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Sen. Kevin Cramer: There are no GOP ‘wimps’ who will vote to impeach Trump just because Mitch McConnell might

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) on Wednesday told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn’t have the power to sway how he or other Republican senators will vote concerning President Donald Trump’s second impeachment.

Earlier Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the president on charges of inciting an insurrection against the United States government for his inflammatory rhetoric disputing the results of the 2020 election. On Jan. 6, a mob of the president’s supporters, believing his claims that the election was stolen, stormed the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were in the middle of a debate on certifying the results of the Electoral College.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Majority Leader McConnell was “pleased” by the Democrat-led effort to impeach the president, claiming that McConnell viewed impeachment as an opportunity to “purge” Trump from the Republican Party. Anonymous sources that spoke to CNN claimed that if McConnell supports convicting Trump in an impeachment trial, other Republicans will follow.

“If Mitch is a yes, he’s done,” one Senate GOP source reportedly said.

Cramer disagrees.

“Mitch McConnell has a lot of influence, I don’t know that he has a lot of power,” Cramer said during an interview with Shepard Smith. “He has a lot of power over the schedule, obviously, and the process, but I don’t know many wimps in the United States Senate who are going to vote one way or another just because Mitch McConnell does.

“This would a vote of conscience for sure. Hopefully it would be a vote based on facts and evidence that might be presented,” he added.

Responding to speculation in the media, McConnell said Wednesday that he had not yet made a decision on how he would vote during a second Senate impeachment trial for Trump.

“While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell said.

In a statement he squashed a Democratic effort to rush through the impeachment trial before Trump leaves office on Jan. 20, indicating that the trial will take place after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office, if at all.

Cramer was doubtful that the Senate has enough votes to convict the president.

“It seems unlikely to me that 67 people would vote to impeach,” he said.

Cramer added that in his opinion, under “a clear reading of the Constitution, it even seems a little bit iffy” as to whether Congress can even impeach a president after he has left office.

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Mitch McConnell says he ‘has not made a final decision’ on how he will vote on impeachment

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has broken his silence on the second impeachment of President Donald Trump, telling colleagues in a note on Wednesday that he “has not made a final decision” on which way he will vote on the matter.

What are the details?

The Hill reported that according to an excerpt released by his office, McConnell wrote, “While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”

The Republican leader’s statement comes the day after The New York Times reported that McConnell “has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing it will make it easier to purge [Trump] from the party.”

Following the House’s voted Wednesday to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” over his actions and rhetoric surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building by a pro-Trump mob, McConnell issued a statement confirming earlier reports that he would not bring the Senate back in session prior to its scheduled Jan. 19 return—despite Democrats’ push for an emergency session ahead of Trump leaving office.

“Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week,” McConnell wrote, explaining, “the Senate has held three presidential impeachment trials. They have lasted 83 days, 37 days, and 21 days respectively.”

“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week, and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office,” McConnell continued. “This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact. The President-elect himself stated last week that his inauguration on January 20 is the ‘quickest’ path for any change in the occupant of the presidency.”

McConnell led the GOP-controlled Senate’s successful quashing of House Democrats’ effort to remove Trump from office via impeachment last year, but the Republican leader has taken a different approach this time by not condemning impeachment as he did before.

CNN reported:

Several GOP sources said on Tuesday that if McConnell supports conviction, Trump almost certainly will be convicted by 67 senators in the impeachment trial. “If Mitch is a yes, he’s done,” said one Senate GOP source who asked not to be named.

Many Republican senators are staying quiet about whether they’ll back conviction — a sign that they, too, could support conviction in an effort to rid Trump from their party.

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Report: Mitch McConnell ‘pleased’ with Dems’ move to impeach, thinks it could help ‘purge’ Trump from GOP

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (Ky.) is reportedly “pleased” with congressional Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump over last week’s attack on the Capitol building by a pro-Trump mob, according to a report from The New York Times.

The newspaper claims McConnell believes the move could help “purge” the president from the GOP, and that the leader blames President Trump for Republicans losing control of the Senate.

What are the details?

The Times reported that McConnell “has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him from the party, according to people familiar with his thinking.”

A spokesperson for McConnell declined to comment on the report, instead directing the outlet to the speech the Republican leader made condemning the attack that left several Trump supporters dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

Reporter Jonathan Martin, who co-wrote the piece, added in a tweet that President-elect Joe Biden “called McConnell yesterday and asked if Senate could dual track impeachment trial and Cabinet confirmations. Far from telling Biden he would not discuss the impeachment, McConnell said he would check with the parliamentarian and get back to Biden.”

Martin pointed to a tweet that he says is “the thinking in McConnellworld,” which read, “As stunning as Rs moving against Trump would be, the alternative is that he sticks around and makes their lives/careers hell for the next four years (at least.) If that’s going to happen anyway, a clean break looks pretty attractive. Now or never.”

CNN noted that Trump and McConnell have not spoken since the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol, and The Washington Post reported that McConnell had ignored the president’s calls the week before.

What else?

The day after the attack, McConnell’s wife, then-Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, became the first of several Trump Cabinet members to resign over the deadly incident.

Meanwhile, President Trump said Tuesday that Democrats are courting “tremendous danger” by attempting to impeach him a second time, calling it “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”

Trump was impeached earlier this year by House Democrats, but the GOP-controlled Senate led by McConnell voted against convicting the president on the articles brought before them at the time.

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McConnell signals that second impeachment trial won’t happen while Trump is still in office

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a memo to his colleagues Friday spelling out how a second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump might be conducted in the upper chamber if House Democrats follow through with their vow to bring articles against the president next week.

One major detail sticks out in the plan: the soonest the Senate would even consider the matter would be the day before the president leaves office.

What are the details?

The Washington Post obtained the memo, and reported that the Senate “will not reconvene for substantive business until Jan. 19, which means the earliest possible date that impeachment trial proceedings can begin in the Senate is the day before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.”

The outlet noted:

Although the Senate will hold two pro forma sessions next week, on Jan. 12 and Jan. 15, it is barred from conducting any kind of business during those days — including “beginning to act on received articles of impeachment from the House” — without agreement from all 100 senators. With a cadre of Trump-allied senators in the Republican conference, that unanimous consent is highly unlikely.

The Washington Examiner pointed out that this revelation means that McConnell is effectively handing the prospective new impeachment battle in the Senate to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), who will take over as Senate Majority Leader after the inauguration due to Republicans losing control of the Senate earlier this week.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) hailed McConnell’s move on Friday, tweeting, “Completely agree with @senatemajldr‘s analysis that the Senate cannot process the impeachment being contemplated by the House before January 20. I firmly believe impeachment would further destroy our ability to heal and start over.”

Democrats expressed outrage over McConnell’s timeline, with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)—who spearheaded the first impeachment of Trump—telling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “If Mitch McConnell wants to move with expedition, he knows how to do it. And if he doesn’t, then he will bear the responsibility for whatever dangerous acts this president commits.”

Anything else?

If the second impeachment trial does occur, “there is also a question of who exactly would preside over a trial of a former president,” The Post stated.

The newspaper reported that according to McConnell’s memo, “Senate impeachment rules require Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. preside over a trial of a sitting president, but whether he would have to once Trump is no longer president is ‘unclear.'”

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Mitch McConnell implores fellow senators to not attempt to overturn Electoral College win for Joe Biden

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told his colleagues Wednesday that they should not attempt to overturn the Electoral College victory for President-elect Joe Biden.

What are the details?

“This will be the most important vote I’ve ever cast,” McConnell said at the outset of a sober speech delivered from the Senate floor, adding that he supported President Donald Trump’s desire to contest the election results, which were mired in controversy and hit with numerous charges of fraud.

But McConnell added that after recounts and court proceedings, the results stood — and therefore the outcome must be accepted and supported.

“Every election we know features some illegality and irregularity, and, of course, that’s unacceptable,” he said. “I support strong state-led voting reforms. Last year’s bizarre pandemic procedures must not become the new norm. But, my colleagues, nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale — the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election, nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break when the doubt itself was incited without any evidence.”

He added that Congress members have a “limited role” when it comes to election results: “We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of elections on steroids. The voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken. They’ve all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever. … If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral. We would never see the whole nation accept an election again. Every four years would be a scramble for power at any cost.”

McConnell continued, “The Electoral College, which most of us on this side have been defending for years, would cease to exist, leaving many of our states with no real say at all in choosing a president.”

In one of the more stirring moments of his address, McConnell observed that “we cannot keep drifting apart into two separate tribes with a separate set of facts and separate realities with nothing in common except our hostility toward each other and mistrust for the few national institutions that we all still share.”

Democrats don’t get off the hook

McConnell didn’t let Democrats off the hook either, for contesting Electoral College results as recently as in the aftermaths of the 2000, 2004, and 2016 elections.

“After 2004, a senator joined and forced the same debate, and believe it or not, Democrats like Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and Hillary Clinton … praised them and applauded the stunt,” he recalled. “Republicans condemned those baseless efforts back then, and we just spent four years condemning Democrats’ shameful attacks on the validity of President Trump’s own election.”

More from his speech:

So look, there can be no double standard. The media that is outraged today spent four years aiding and abetting Democrats’ attacks on our institutions after they lost. But we must not imitate and escalate what we repudiate. Our duty is to govern for the public good. The United States Senate has a higher calling than an endless spiral of partisan vengeance. Congress will either override the voters, overrule them — the voters, the states, and the courts — for the first time ever or honor the people’s decision.

We’ll either guarantee Democrats’ delegitimizing efforts after 2016 become a permanent new routine for both sides or declare that our nation deserves a lot better than this. We’ll either hasten down a poisonous path where only the winners of [an] election actually accept the results, or show we can still muster the patriotic courage that our forebears showed not only in victory but in defeat.

McConnell concluded, “It would be unfair and wrong to disenfranchise American voters and overrule the courts and the states on this extraordinarily thin basis. And I will not pretend such a vote would be a harmless protest gesture while relying on others to do the right thing. I will vote to respect the people’s decision and defend our system of government as we know it.”

Here’s the full video of his speech:


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Hillary Clinton mocks ‘Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’ on Twitter — and pays for it bigly

In the wake of what appears to be a Democratic sweep in the Georgia runoff election — which would give Democrats control of the U.S. Senate — former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton couldn’t help herself and joined a massive leftist chorus on social media, which plunged verbal daggers into conservatives far and wide.

But Clinton had a special target in mind: Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Because if the Georgia leads hold, McConnell no longer will be majority leader — and Clinton reminded him of that fact on Twitter:

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,” the former Secretary of State mocked.

What was the reaction?

While Clinton surely has scads of Twitter fans who loved her hearty jab — it has garnered more than 270,000 likes in less than three hours — many others saw a prime opportunity to mock the former first lady right back:

  • “Hillary ‘Will Never Be President’ Clinton,” one commenter offered.
  • “Criminal tampering with evidence, lying about Benghazi, bleachbit computers, smashing cell phones, and not being worth a stolen election Hillary,” another commenter said. “Are you and your staff assisting in destroying election evidence? It would be stupid for the party not to use a pro …”
  • “Has Been Washed Up Secretary of State Hil Clinton, who had patriots and an ambassador killed,” another user noted. “What a resume.”
  • “Citizen Hillary Clinton…. don’t act like you are some leader of people or of a cause,” another user asserted. “You want what stuffs your pockets. You don’t offer anything to society in the way of goods and services and yet make millions off the backs of hard working Americans.”
  • “Donald Trump served as President. YOU will never be president. Ever,” another commenter said.
  • “It certainly doesn’t keep her from fantasizing that she’s still relevant,” another user added to the previous tweet. “Bitter old hag.”
  • “‘Twice’ Not Elected President of the United States Hillary Clinton,” another commenter quipped.
  • “Side chick Hillary Clinton,” yet another user noted.
  • “And Hillary lost; bad, bad sore loser because she has not shut her effing mouth in 4 years,” another commenter said.

No love lost

Clinton and McConnell have locked horns before. In fact, just a few months back, McConnell called Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court a “wonderful birthday present” for Clinton.

“It was a wonderful birthday present for Hillary Clinton to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday night on her birthday,” McConnell said during a campaign stop in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, the New York Post reported. “Oh, I’m sure she was so grateful, so grateful.”

It should come as no surprise that Clinton — who turned 73 years old — was not particularly in favor of the confirmation of Barrett, a deeply religious conservativ, whose presence on the high court following Trump’s nomination tipped the balance further away from liberal justices.

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Schumer hits Republicans for $600 stimulus checks, doesn’t mention all the offers to pass $1,200 checks ?he ignored

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blocked a request from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to increase coronavirus stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 with unanimous consent from the Senate.

Before signing the next coronavirus stimulus package into law, President Donald Trump asked Congress to increase the direct payments to Americans.

“I simply want to get our great people $2,000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 26.

In response, Democrats in the House of Representatives on Monday passed the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help Act, or CASH Act, a bill to increase the direct payments by providing $2,000 per individual making under $75,000 and $4,000 for couples making under $150,000. In a statement given on why he would sign the $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill that was paired with $900 billion in coronavirus relief, the president said that the Senate would “start the process for a vote that increases checks to $2,000.”

On Tuesday, Schumer attempted to fast-track the CASH Act by requesting the unanimous consent of the Senate to hold an up or down vote on the bill.

“The fastest way to get money into Americans’ pockets is to send some of their tax dollars right back from where they came,” Schumer said. “$2,000 stimulus checks could mean the difference between American families having groceries for a few extra weeks or going hungry. The difference between paying the rent or being kicked out of your home that you’ve lived in for years. It could buy precious time for tens of millions of people as the vaccine thankfully makes its way across the country.”

During his remarks, he chastised Republicans for taking so long to consider an additional round of stimulus payments to Americans and criticized the initial compromise value of $600 checks.

“Of course, we could have taken up this issue weeks ago,” Schumer claimed. “In the COIVD bill Congress just passed, Democrats wanted generous direct payments to the American people. Speaker Pelosi and I repeatedly asked our Republican counterparts how much they could support. Their answer? $600.”

“$600 was the most Republicans would support,” Schumer charged. But the Democratic leader did not mention several opportunities Republicans gave Democrats to advance direct economic relief payments to Americans with additional relief provisions.

When Republicans introduced their $1 trillion economic stimulus bill on July 29, Schumer declared his opposition to the bill — which included $1,200 stimulus checks — saying the GOP bill did not go far enough and demanding billions of dollars more to bail out state and local governments facing budget shortfalls. A day later, when Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced a competing stand-alone bill to provide $1,200 stimulus payments, Schumer ignored the legislation and it never advanced in the Senate. Additionally, when President Trump in October offered to sign a clean “Stand Alone Bill” for stimulus checks, Democratic leaders in Congress rebuffed the president’s offer.

Now, Schumer says that passing the CASH Act is “the only way to deliver these stimulus checks before the end of session.”

McConnell objected to Schumer’s request, noting that the president also asked the Senate to consider reforms to Section 230’s protections for big tech companies and additional election-related items.

“Those are the three important subjects the president has linked together. This week, the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus,” McConnell said, seeming to indicate that the Senate will take up these issues at a later time.

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Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville defies Mitch McConnell, opens door to Electoral College challenge in Senate

Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) indicated this week that he may challenge the Electoral College votes from several key battleground states in the U.S. Senate in defiance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Some congressional Republicans led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) are discussing a plan to challenge the results of the election when Congress convenes on Jan. 6 to certify Joe Biden as president. In a video posted by Lauren Windsor, the executive producer of “Undercurrent,” Tuberville appeared to lend his support to the effort.

“Well, you see what’s coming. You’ve been reading about it in the House. We’re gonna have to, we’re gonna have to do it in the Senate,” Tuberville said.

The congressional procedure for accepting a state’s Electoral College results can be slowed considerably if one member of the House and one member of the Senate each object to recording the electoral votes of a state.

Should objections be raised, each house of Congress will be forced to debate for two hours and then hold a floor vote on whether to accept the results. In the event that the Democratic-controlled House votes one way and the Republican-controlled Senate votes another way, the tie is broken by the governor’s certification in the disputed state.

Rep. Brooks has been leading the charge to challenge the results of the Electoral College in Congress.

“I find it unfathomable that anyone would acquiesce to election theft and voter fraud because they lack the courage to take a difficult vote on the House or Senate floor,” Brooks told Politico in an interview. “Last time I checked, that’s why we were elected to Congress.”

So far it’s been unclear that any GOP senators would join Brooks and his House colleagues. Sen. McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, on Tuesday warned Republican senators on a private conference call that challenging the Electoral College would result in a “terrible vote” because they would have to vote the challenge down and appear to side against President Donald Trump.

Until Tuberville’s comments, no GOP senators gave hints they would support an effort to challenge the election. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) perhaps came the closest. She faces a tough runoff election in Georgia on Jan. 5 and on Wednesday told reporters she hadn’t decided whether she would challenge the election if she wins.

“I haven’t looked at it,” she said. “Jan. 6 is a long way out and there’s a lot to play out between now and then.”

Trump wants Republicans to fight. On Wednesday the president told McConnell via tweet that it is “too soon to give up,” despite the election results being certified by every state and the Electoral College officially selecting Biden to be the next president of the United States.

The odds that Republicans could successfully reject the results of the election in Congress are almost nonexistent. Even if Tuberville or Loeffler were to object, there are not enough votes in the Senate to toss the election results from not one, but several states Trump would need to overcome Biden’s 306-232 lead in the Electoral College. The Trump campaign’s various legal challenges, most of which have been dropped or dismissed, and the remaining pending cases, even if successful, would not be enough to overturn the election.

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Congress ‘Close’ On Stimulus; Will Include New Round Of Direct Checks, Nix State And Local Funding, Liability Protections

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

Congress is ‘close’ on a coronavirus deal, which is expected to remain below the $1 trillion upper boundary set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and GOP leadership earlier this year, according to The Hill. The current iteration of the deal will include direct stimulus payments to individuals but excludes liability protections and direct aid for state and local governments.

The  new round of stimulus checks will come in “at an amount lower than the checks of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child included in the CARES act,” according to The Hill‘s Scott Wong, who adds that it will “leave out $160B in funding for state and local governments, which was originally included in a $908 billion compromise proposal that Democratic leaders endorsed in early December, as well as liability protection for businesses, a top priority of GOP leadership.”

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Looks like Goldman was right this time: one day after the bank’s chief political economist Alec Phillips flipped his stimulus position again, and said yesterday that think “it is more likely than not that Congress will pass this week a package similar to the recent $748bn bipartisan proposals, which would be close to our standing assumption of a $700bn (3.3% of GDP) package” moments ago Politico’s Jake Sherman confirmed what was already widely expected when he tweeted that negotiators “are on the brink of a $900bn coronavirus rescue package that would include a new round of direct payments, but would leave out state and local aid, and a liability shield.”

More importantly, he added that “a deal could come as early as early this morning.

The news immediately spiked the EMini, pushing it briefly above 3,700 before the gains fizzled as traders realized that much of this was already priced in.

The news also pushed 10Y yields to session highs above 0.94%.

For those who missed it, yesterday Goldman said that congressional leaders appear slightly more likely than not to include most of the other aspects of the bipartisan $748bn proposal (summarized below).

The largest of these would be another round of loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for hard-hit businesses, payments to states to cover COVID-related education costs and public health funds for activities like testing and vaccine distribution. A $300/week UI top-up payment through March also looks likely.

As an aside, Goldman’s base case for additional stimulus remains $700bn (3.3% of GDP):

At this point, the discussions appear to be shaping up similar to our own expectations regarding the size of the additional fiscal measures. However, while we believed that Congress would provide around $200bn to state and local governments, it looks likely that if Congress acts this month, it would include only around $100bn for state and local governments, directed to schools.

And as we wait for details on the full stimulus package, something ominous: according to Goldman, “if Congress acts this month, it could be the last major installment of fiscal relief. If Congress passes fiscal legislation this month, it will likely create a new set of expiring policies in March or April 2021, which could pressure lawmakers to pass additional fiscal relief.”

While this might create some upside risk to our fiscal assumptions, we would expect the amount of additional fiscal measures Congress passes next year to be modest. With warming weather and vaccine distribution well underway by that point, another package worth several hundred billion dollars seems unlikely.

This means that another round of payments to individuals and aid to state and local governments could pass in early 2021 only if Democrats win both Senate seats in Georgia. Prediction markets currently put the odds that Democrats win both seats at around one in three. If they win both seats, Democrats will likely pass additional measures to provide state and local relief as well as payments to individuals, along with some other fiscal priorities that Congress is likely to omit from any fiscal legislation it passes this month. That could add an incremental $300bn to $800bn to the total fiscal relief we expect under a divided government scenario.

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Trump: “It’s Too Soon To Give Up” The Election Fight

Donald Trump has expressed his irritation at politicians such as Mitch McConnell who congratulated Joe Biden after the electoral college voted to further cement the Democrats’ win. But Trump has not thrown in the towel, and says it’s “too soon to give up!”

Trump took to his social media of choice, Twitter, on Wednesday, venting his anger at the top Republican senator’s words, according to a report by RT.  “Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!” he wrote.

 

The remark from Trump came in response to a statement made by McConnell on Tuesday in which he acknowledged Biden’s win after the electoral college vote, congratulating him and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. “The Electoral College has spoken,” McConnell said, noting that “as of this morning, our country has a president-elect and a vice president-elect” even though “many millions of us had hoped the presidential election would yield a different result.”

McConnell has reportedly privately warned fellow Republican senators against challenging the election results, urging them to not dispute the Electoral College decision during the upcoming joint session of Congress to confirm the results. The session is scheduled to take place on January 6. The words of the Senate majority leader have angered Trump’s supporters, with the most hardcore going so far as to accuse McConnell of being a “traitor.”

“McConnell just wants power, influence, & money. He is willing to sell America to get what he wants. McConnell is a traitor to American Patriots,” Trump campaign attorney Lin Wood said.

The Trump campaign appears poised to stick this out for the next month as things continue to unravel.  At this point, though, the division between the left and right has never been wider.  No republican will accept a Biden presidency and not democrat will accept another four years of Trump.

The time to wake up to this division is now. Be aware of what’s happening but don’t get sucked in. Stay the course, stay prepared, and know the real-world ramifications of either one of these two being inaugurated next month. Either way, there will be consequences.

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Mitch McConnell congratulates ‘President-elect’ Joe Biden, says ‘the Electoral College has spoken’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on winning the presidential election, saying that “the Electoral College has spoken.”

According to reports, McConnell has also privately urged Senate Republicans not to contest the results of the election in Congress, despite President Donald Trump’s ongoing challenges to the outcome.

What are the details?

During a speech from the Senate floor, McConnell spent several minutes heaping praise on Trump and listing the president’s many accomplishments during his term before saying, “Many millions of us had hoped that the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on Jan. 20.”

He added, “The Electoral College has spoken. So today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.”


Sen. Mitch McConnell: “I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.”

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The New York Times reported:

A short time later, on a private call with Senate Republicans, Mr. McConnell and his top deputies pleaded with their colleagues not to join members of the House in objecting to the election results on Jan. 6, when Congress meets to ratify the Electoral College’s decision, according to three people familiar with the remarks.

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks (R) has vowed to challenge the Electoral College votes in the House. The GOP congressman made his decision nearly two weeks ago, explaining, “In my judgment, if only lawful votes by eligible American citizens were cast, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a significant margin, and Congress’s certification should reflect that.”

According to Politico, “If a Republican senator joins the effort, however, it will force both chambers to take a vote on the election. But they have yet to get official buy-in from any GOP senators.”

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to insist the election was rigged against him and that Biden won due to widespread voter fraud. He tweeted Tuesday, “Tremendous evidence pouring in on voter fraud. There has never been anything like this in our Country!”

The president also retweeted a post from pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood, who stated that Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “will soon be going to jail” over their handling of the election in their state.

Wood tweeted photos doctored to show Kemp and Raffensperger wearing masks with the Chinese flag, writing “President Trump @realDonaldTrump is a genuinely good man. He does not really like to fire people. I bet he dislikes putting people in jail, especially ‘Republicans.’ He gave @BrianKempGA & @GaSecofState every chance to get it right. They refused. They will soon be going to jail.”

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STALEMATE: 2ND STIMULUS – THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!

This article was contributed by Future Money Trends. 

Nancy Pelosi wants a stimulus bill that is over $3 trillion. Mitch McConnell wants to pass something in the order of $500 billion. These leaders are clearly worlds apart. Nancy even rejected bills that were $1.5 trillion, saying that they were “nice but not nearly enough.” On the other hand, conservative Republicans are saying that the free market ought to be taking the lead while the government has done enough and that the debt is already gigantic.

The problem is that neither party wants to concede, giving even an inch to the other side since they’ll appear weak in front of their voters. Both parties desperately want to win the Senate race in Georgia. It’s going to get very political, with hundreds of millions raised for the cause, and January 5th is the vote – even Trump and Biden might campaign. The problem is that January 1st comes before that and if nothing is done, millions of people, many of which are parents with children, face evictions since they’re not capable of paying rent, while millions of others will cease receiving enhanced unemployment benefits.

Therefore, a bipartisan group of senators is working on a bridge-stimulus plan as we speak.

Future Money Trends believes that there’s a strong chance that, when it comes to rent, an extension of the moratorium will be introduced. If it doesn’t, Q1 2021 could be one of the best times to purchase homes since prices will dip because of the excess inventory.

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November has been the best-ever month for stocks on a global basis. It’s absolutely mind-boggling how much euphoria is out there. When you think about mortgage forbearance, which has allowed households to “save” $1,000 to $2,000 every single month since the bill was introduced, you can understand how much leverage is being put into the stock market that will need to be taken out later. Households have been using the extra cash to invest, but they’ll need to pull it out, at some point.

It’s happening all over the place and the temptation to trade has never been bigger.

As you can see above, indices of entire nations have gone up in one month as much as stocks return in 4 or 5 years.

The technical Relative Strength Indicators (RSI) are just green everywhere, save for precious metals most likely.

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On the 15th of December, the FED will convene to discuss interest rates and asset purchases, going forward. If there’s no bipartisan bill by then, we believe they’ll increase QE again.

There are now talks about forgiving student loan debts from $10,000 to upwards of $50,000. There are 45 million Americans who have student loans, and these are individuals who struggle to originate mortgages, raise their credit scores, and save anything.

On the flip side, forgiving these loans will fuel even more socialistic programs, and will cause tuition in this country to be jacked up further, argue the fiscally-conservative. It’s also unfair to reward debtors while punishing those that chose not to assume massive obligations.

In our assessment, when the next president asks his economic advisors for the best ROI for another fiscal program, they’ll point towards state and local government aid, where for every $1,000,000 spent, nearly 90% of it goes immediately back to the economy.

This is much higher than in the case of student loans, so while Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders introduce far-left initiatives, it doesn’t seem like that’s the way the country is headed.

We currently put the odds of stimulus checks hitting the mailboxes of Americans as being very low in the next 40 days. We give it more of a chance after January 20th, but if the bipartisan proposal somehow passes, markets will celebrate this surprise.

As for us, we are not aggressively participating in this party. There’s not enough alcohol in the world to convince us to play with fire.

 

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Far-left actress Bette Midler rips conservatives, wealthy people ‘sailing by us in their yachts.’ Then she’s reminded of her bank account.

Far-left actress Bette Midler and longtime member of the Hollywood elite is taking it on the chin for a tone-deaf tweet in which she ripped conservatives and wealthy people “sailing by us in their yachts.”

What did she tweet?

Midler on Sunday hopped on Twitter and made her case:

“How will Americans make any progress with #MoscowMitch as #SenateMajorityLeader?” she asked. “He’ll block every piece of legislation created to move us forward, because that’s the definition of conservatism. We’ll be treading water for years, except the rich, sailing by us in their yachts.”

What was the reaction?

Some folks who read Midler’s tweet were more than a little bit taken aback by her hypocrisy:

  • “I agree Bette & I’m a huge fan, but if I’m not mistaken, you’re pretty rich,” one commenter wrote back. “So while I agree that Mitch needs to go, you probably shouldn’t call out rich ppl when you are one of them. Maybe call out rich ppl and get them to support the cause and help out. Just a suggestion.”
  • “You Are ‘the rich.’ Lol,” another observer said. “McConnell isn’t the most conservative, but he’s wise for blocking anything you call ‘moving forward.’ You wouldn’t know the definition of conservatism even if someone explained it to you in 3rd grade-level terms in crayon.”
  • “What is your net worth, Bette baby?” another commenter asked. “Why haven’t you put your money where your loud mouth is and given it away voluntarily to help those worse off than you? Why do you still live as a rich person? Could it be because you’re just another hypocrite piece of s**t. Why yes, yes it is.”

A few other commenters offered visual aids along with their words:


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Anything else?

This was far from the first time Midler let loose with an outrageous social media statement:

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Mitch McConnell warns against ‘premature American exit’ from Afghanistan amid reports of Trump troop drawdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Monday against rushing to pull more U.S. servicemembers from Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East, saying that a “premature American exit” would harm U.S. allies and help its enemies.

His comments come as several outlets reported that President Donald Trump is planning a significant troop drawdown before Inauguration Day.

What are the details?

Politico reported that according to an unnamed defense official, “The White House has told the Pentagon to begin planning to bring the troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq down to 2,500 each by Jan. 15, just days before President Donald Trump leaves office.”

The outlet further noted:

The military is in the midst of drawing down from roughly 8,600 to 4,500 troops in Afghanistan under the terms of a peace agreement with the Taliban announced in February. The new order would roughly halve the number of American troops in the country again, to 2,500 ahead of the full withdrawal planned by May 2021 in exchange for a set of guarantees from the Taliban.

News of the purportedly pending drawdown was first reported by CNN, and came just days after Trump fired Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Speaking from the Senate floor on Monday, McConnell did not directly criticize the president. Rather, he said that in Congress, “a small minority in both parties seem to think it is in America’s power to unilaterally remove conflicts by simply walking away from them.”

The majority leader went on to praise the Trump administration for making “tremendous headway in creating the conditions that will secure the enduring defeat of the terrorists,” but argued that there is still work to be done before the U.S. withdraws its troops too aggressively.

“The consequences of a premature American exit would likely be even worse than President Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq back in 2011,” McConnell said, according to The Hill. “It would be reminiscent of the humiliating American departure from Saigon in 1975. We’d be abandoning our partners in Afghanistan.”

He added, “A disorganized retreat would jeopardize the track record of major success this administration has worked to compile.”


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Not everyone agreed with McConnell’s remarks.

Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, tweeted in reaction to the majority leader’s comments, “We’ve been in Afghanistan for 20 year[s]. Withdrawal is long overdue, not ‘quick.’ It’s a myth that there’s no bipartisan consensus in Washington. Both parties have spent decades trying to push two things down America’s throat: open borders, and forever war.”

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News anchor suspended for complaining that 2020 ‘took’ Alex Trebek, but not Mitch McConnell

A veteran news anchor has been suspended after complaining on social media that 2020 “took” recently departed “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek while Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remains among the living.

What are the details?

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that WITI-TV anchor Ted Perry was pulled off the air after he wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post: “2020 takes Alex Trebek but leaves Mitch McConnell? Just end already.”

The outlet further reported:

Perry, who has been at the Milwaukee station since 1993, came under sharp criticism from conservatives and others for his inappropriate and partisan joke about the Kentucky Republican. McConnell was just re-elected earlier this month to his seventh term in the U.S. Senate.

A number of people on social media suggested Perry should lose his job while a few others thought he should have the right to express his political views.

According to the New York Post, “Perry apologized for the post, which led to blowback both on Facebook and Twitter, including from conservatives who said the comment revealed the anchor’s ‘bias,’ while others called for him to be fired. Hours later, he took it down.”

Perry’s post was made as fans continue to mourn the beloved Trebek, who passed away days ago after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

It also comes as the nation awaits the final results of a contested presidential election and the prospect of Democrats controlling the House, Senate, and White House, while McConnell, 78 — who sparked health concerns due to visible bruising in recent weeks — could end up being the most powerful Republican in Washington.

President Donald Trump is fighting back against mainstream media’s widespread declaration that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the presidency. Meanwhile, Democrats maintained their control of the House, and the fate of the Senate is up the air.

If Biden is indeed inaugurated, but at least one of the two remaining Senate runoff races in Georgia is won by a Republican, McConnell will stand as the GOP’s foremost elected leader.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom calls Mitch McConnell an ‘invertebrate,’ compares him to slugs and snails

Despite recent calls for “unity” and “healing” from former Vice President Joe Biden following the 2020 presidential election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom fired off insults at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday.

Newsom, a Democrat, attacked McConnell on Twitter by calling him an “invertebrate.” Newsom insinuated that McConnell is spineless because of his non-commitment on whether Biden should be granted access to classified intelligence briefings.

In the tweet, Newsom linked to a CNN article with the headline: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declines to respond to a question about whether President-elect Joe Biden should receive classified briefings.” Newsom also provided the definition of an invertebrate, and included examples such as “jellyfish, corals, slugs, snails, octopuses,” and said that McConnell was also an animal lacking a backbone.

While McConnell has not commented on Biden obtaining access to intelligence briefings, other Republicans have weighed in on the topic.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Biden is “not president right now,” adding, “Don’t know if he’ll be president January 20, but whoever is will get the information.”

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said, “I’ve always felt that any candidate should not necessarily be involved in those until that person becomes the president-elect and he is not the president-elect.”

Other Republicans have said that Biden should be authorized to receive intelligence briefings.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told CNN, “I would think, especially on classified briefings, the answer is yes.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said, “I think it is very much in our national interest to have the president-elect receiving information.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) insisted that Biden “should be receiving intelligence briefings right now.”

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) went so far as to say that he would “step in” if Biden wasn’t given access by Friday.

“There is no loss from him getting the briefings and to be able to do that and if that’s not occurring by Friday I will step in as well, and to be able to push and to say this needs to occur so that regardless of the outcome of the election … people can be ready for that actual task,” Lankford told KRMG on Wednesday. “I can assure you there will be a peaceful transition of power in the United States.”

President Trump has disputed the results of the election, and his legal team has filed several election lawsuits in several battleground states. The results of the presidential election have yet to be certified.

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Mitch McConnell says Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation was ‘wonderful birthday present’ for Hillary Clinton

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took an opportunity to poke some fun at Hillary Clinton by saying Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court on Monday was a “wonderful birthday present” for the former Democratic presidential nominee.

What are the details?

“It was a wonderful birthday present for Hillary Clinton to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday night on her birthday,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said during a Wednesday campaign stop in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, the New York Post reported. “Oh, I’m sure she was so grateful, so grateful.”

It should come as no surprise that Clinton — who turned 73 years old — was not particularly in favor of Barrett’s confirmation.

And she took some time out on her birthday to blast the move on Twitter:

“It is an insult to the American people that the GOP is ramming through a Supreme Court justice with just eight days until the end of an election in which nearly 60 million people have already voted,” she wrote.

‘I’m sorry that this tragic day in American history has landed on your birthday’

Far-left actress Debra Messing — who earlier this year tweeted a doctored image likening President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and even called it a “dog whistle to white nationalists and Nazis” — didn’t miss that Barrett’s confirmation came on Clinton’s birthday. And she was very sorry about that:

“I’m sorry that this tragic day in American history has landed on your birthday,” she wrote. ” I, for one, am grateful for you, and all that you have given our country. Happy birthday. May this next year be one of enlightment [sic] and healing.”

But like McConnell, House Judiciary Committee Republicans couldn’t resist using Barrett’s confirmation to mock Clinton on her birthday:

Others tore into Clinton’s “insult to the American people” tweet:

  • “The fact that you walk free is an insult to America,” Errol Webber, a GOP U.S. House candidate, commented. “Happy Birthday, by the way, you demon!”
  • “You’re just pissed it’s happening on your birthday… ” another commenter said. “But the rest of us absolutely LOVE it.”

And this guy chimed in, too:


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McConnell says Democrats have ’50-50′ shot at taking the Senate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Thursday the odds are “50-50” that the Democratic Party could wrest control of the Senate away from Republicans in the upcoming general election, saying races across the U.S. are simply too close to call less than a week from Nov. 3.

What are the details?

McConnell was asked during a campaign stop in his home state whether he believes the GOP will be able to maintain control of the upper chamber, WLEX-TV reported, and the Republican leader said that is up in the air as far as he is concerned.

“It’s a 50-50 proposition,” McConnell replied, according to Fox News. “We have a lot of exposure.”

He explained, “This is a huge Republican class. There are dogfights all over the country.”

Fox pointed out that “Republicans will be defending 23 seats in Tuesday’s election, compared to Democrats’ 12 seats.”

As of this writing, RealClearPolitics‘ polling averages indicate that 45 Senate seats appear safely or likely in the hands of Democrats, while 46 seats appear safely or likely in the hands of Republicans. Another nine races are considered toss-ups, and seven of those seats are currently held by GOP incumbents.

McConnell himself is up for reelection this cycle, and faces a challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot whose campaign has outraised McConnell’s “repeatedly” throughout the race. But several polls highlighted by the Louisville Courier Journal show McConnell, who has served the commonwealth in Congress for more than three decades, holding a double digit lead over McGrath.

The Republican senator gave his supporters a rosier outlook about his own race than the Senate at large, adding Wednesday, “I’m confident that I’m going to be successful. I’ve made my case to the people of Kentucky. I think it’s a convincing case.”


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The Daily Caller noted that “Republicans currently have a 53-47 majority in the Senate,” but “Democrats are fighting to take back the three seats and the White House, to have the tie-breaking vote from the Vice President.”

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Senate Republicans torch Washington Post over ‘religious smear’, ‘disgraceful attacks’ on Amy Coney Barrett

High profile Senate Republicans Ted Cruz (Texas) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) blasted the Washington Post on Wednesday for publishing a “religious smear” against Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

The Post investigative article titled “Amy Coney Barrett served as a ‘handmaid’ in Christian group People of Praise” examined Barrett’s involvement with People of Praise, “a small Christian group founded in the 1970s based in South Bend, Ind.” One of the contributing authors of the article is Emma Brown, who The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway noted was the same reporter who first published the sexual harassment allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.

In a tweet, Cruz shared a screenshot of the article and wrote “WaPo levels religious smear at Judge Barrett,” adding “Next, the Dems propose a test: if she floats . . . she’s a witch!”

The Post’s article reviewed Barrett’s connections to People of Praise and raised the possibility that Barrett will be asked about the Christian group during her Senate confirmation hearings, which are set to begin Oct. 12.

The Post reported that Barrett held the title of “handmaid” within the group. The title is a reference to the biblical description of Jesus’ mother Mary as “the handmaid of the Lord.”

The Post noted that the word “handmaid” holds a recent pop culture connotation as a reference to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a television series based on a 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood about a dystopian future where a totalitarian society subjugates fertile women, called “handmaids,” to child-bearing slavery. Some progressives have
adopted the story as, “an expression of the deepest, most intense political fears haunting liberals during the Trump presidency.”

Last month, Newsweek and other publications falsely reported that People of Praise inspired Atwood’s story and were forced to issue a correction.

McConnell’s office issued a press release criticizing the Post for reporting on the term.

“The word ‘handmaid’ appears dozens of times in the King James Bible. It was good enough for the Virgin Mary,” McConnell said. “But now, because one liberal author put it in the title of an anti-religious novel in the 1980s, the press tries to imply that one of the most brilliant and powerful women in the legal world is anti-woman.”

The responsibilities of a “handmaid” in People of Praise include giving younger women advice on issues like “child rearing and marriage.” The Post reported that Barrett was “one of three handmaids in the South Bend branch’s northwest area” in 2010, and brought attention to Barrett’s parents’ role in the group:

Barrett’s position was in keeping with her family’s prior service in the community. Her mother, Linda Coney, served in the New Orleans branch as a handmaid, the Associated Press
previously reported, and her father, Michael Coney, led that branch as principal coordinator and sat on the national group’s all-male board of governors.

The article highlighted that “handmaids” “did not carry authority equivalent to positions held by men in the group’s formal hierarchy.” It also stated “some critics of Barrett” accuse People of Praise of holding a “sexist expectation that women defer to men.” It also called attention to Barrett’s relationship with the People of Praise’s co-founder Kevin Ranaghan and the group’s “male-dominated hierarchy and view of gender roles.”

Also, while in law school, Barrett lived at the South Bend home of People of Praise’s influential co-founder Kevin Ranaghan and his wife, Dorothy, who together helped establish the group’s male-dominated hierarchy and view of gender roles. The group was one of many to grow out of the charismatic Christian movement, which sought a more intense and communal religious experience by embracing such practices as shared living, faith healing and speaking in tongues.

“Barrett’s ties to the group, which has conservative stances on the role of women in society and other social issues, did not come to light until after she was questioned by senators considering her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 2017,” the Post reported. “Senators are preparing to question her next week over her nomination to the high court.”

The story also expanded on the “male-dominated hierarchy and view of gender roles” of People of Praise:

The community was led by men, who taught members to run their families according to their interpretation of biblical views of gender roles, according to former members and group documents.

“Women were homemakers; they were there to support their husbands,” one former member said in an interview. “My dad was the head of the household and the decision-maker.”

A person who was raised in the community said she was instructed by elders not to “emasculate” her male peers by getting the better of them in conversation. “I was made aware of the difference from a young age,” the person said. “I was aware that it would have been better if I had been born a boy.”

The article also cited critiques of feminism from a 1991 essay by Dorothy Ranaghan, the wife of the group’s co-founder:

Dorothy Ranaghan, a former high school religion teacher, co-wrote two books on charismatic Christianity with her husband in the years around People of Praise’s founding.

She lamented the impact of modern feminism in a 1991 essay that said “the basic differences between men and women should be respected and given cultural expression” and promoted the traditional roles of husbands as decision-makers and wives as homemakers, even as women pursue professional ambitions.

“The wife for her part is called to submit to her husband, not as a slave, but as a companion,” Ranaghan wrote, while stressing that there was “no room here for domination, oppression or of thinking of her as less than a full and free human person.” The Post obtained a copy of the essay from a former People of Praise member.

The essay also criticized a magazine for Girl Scout leaders as presenting an “overly aggressive idealization of girls and women.”

A spokesman for People of Praise, Sean Connolly, told the Post the Gospel of Jesus Christ treats men and women as equals before God.

“In the People of Praise we live by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which recognizes that men and women share a fundamental equality as bearers of God’s image and sons and daughters of God,” he said. “We value independent thinking, and teach it in our schools.”

McConnell characterized the Post article and other “attacks” on Barrett as a “disgrace.”

“The ongoing attacks by Senate Democrats and the media on Judge Barrett’s faith are a disgrace. They demean the confirmation process, disrespect the Constitution, and insult millions of American believers,” McConnell said.

He accused the press of “following the lead of Senate Democrats,” pointing out that last week Judiciary Committee member Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said Barrett’s “closely held views” were relevant to her confirmation, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) wrote a letter calling Barrett’s views “disqualifying” based on a report that Barrett signed a pro-life ad sponsored by a group that opposes in-vitro fertilization.

“These euphemisms fool no one,” McConnell said. “United States Senators are suggesting that Judge Barrett is too Christian, or the wrong kind of Christian, to be a good judge.”

“The secular left says they’re for progress, but they’ve just wandered back into the embarrassing tropes of the 1960s, when some argued John F. Kennedy would obey the Pope over the national interest,” he continued. “These disgraceful attacks only reinforce why it is crucial to confirm judges like Judge Barrett who understand and respect our Constitution, including its protections for all Americans’ religious liberty.”

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Schumer rages after McConnell moves to halt Senate activity — but allow Amy Coney Barrett confirmation to proceed

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday after McConnell moved to temporarily halt Senate activity — but still allow Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to proceed.

What did McConnell do?

After three Republican senators tested positive for COVID-19 — Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Thom Tillis (N.C.), and Ron Johnson (Wis.) — McConnell announced Saturday that he intends “obtain a consent agreement for the Senate to meet in pro forma sessions for the next two weeks.”

If the Senate halts activity, McConnell said Barrett’s confirmation process would not be affected. McConnell explained:

The important work of the Senate’s committees can and will continue as each committee sees fit. The Senate Judiciary Committee will convene on October 12th as Chairman Graham has scheduled to begin confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair, and historically supported confirmation process previously laid out by Chairman Graham.

Since May, the Judiciary Committee has operated flawlessly through a hybrid method that has seen some Senators appear physically at its hearings while other members have participated virtually. The Committee has utilized this format successfully for many months while protecting the health and safety of all involved. Certainly all Republican members of the committee will participate in these important hearings.

According to The Hill, Democrats can object to McConnell’s motion. However, it’s not yet clear how Democrats will respond given the number of COVID-19 infections circulating on Capitol Hill.

How did Schumer respond?

Schumer fumed in a statement that Republicans are “turning an illegitimate process into a reckless and dangerous one” by moving full-steam ahead on Barrett’s confirmation.

“The decision to recess the Senate for two weeks after at least three Republican Senators have tested positive for COVID-19 makes clear that the Senate cannot proceed with business as usual as the virus continues to run rampant,” Schumer said. “If it’s too dangerous to have the Senate in session, it is also too dangerous for committee hearings to continue.”

“Leader McConnell and Chairman Graham’s monomaniacal drive to confirm Judge Barrett at all costs needlessly threatens the health and safety of Senators, staff, and all those who work in the Capitol complex,” he continued. “Their decision to move ‘full steam ahead’ with a Supreme Court nominee who could take away the healthcare of 20 million Americans a month before Election Day is turning an illegitimate process into a reckless and dangerous one.”

Schumer’s statement echoed one that he released Friday with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he used COVID-19 as yet another excuse for why Barrett’s confirmation process should be delayed.

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Senate Leader McConnell says vote on Barrett SCOTUS nomination could come after the election; doesn’t know when confirmation will happen

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.) indicated Thursday that Senate Republicans could hold a vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court after the Nov. 3 general election.

Answering a question from Fox News’ Brett Baier, McConnell said there were no constitutional barriers to confirming a Supreme Court nominee during a lame duck session of Congress between the election and the inauguration of the new Congress in January.

“Well, this Republican Senate was elected for a term that ends in January of next year. The president was elected for a four-year term that ends Jan. 20 of next year,” McConnell said.

“There are no reduced constitutional prerogatives during either of our tenures and in fact, Brett, you will remember two years ago when my party actually gained two seats in the Senate while we were losing the House, the biggest issue in the campaign was a Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.”


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McConnell said he has not decided when the confirmation vote on Barrett’s nomination will take place.

“I haven’t decided when the vote would occur on the floor, but we do anticipate Judge Barrett coming out of committee on Oct. 22,” McConnell said. “I think that’s a pretty likely outcome and then we’ll decide when to go forward.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for Judge Barrett on Oct. 12. An aide to the committee told Reuters Friday the nomination will proceed “full steam ahead.”

McConnell said the hearings will give the American people “an opportunity to get to meet and know Judge Barrett.”

“We were calling each other hypocrites before, what we need to see is the nominee. And we’ll have an opportunity to do that over the next few weeks,” McConnell said. “She’s spectacular, an incredible life’s story, wonderful family — five kids, two adopted kids, one special needs kid. And one of her professors at Notre Dame wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post recently saying she was the single most brilliant student he’d ever had in all of his years teaching law at Notre Dame.”

McConnell also said he will make Barrett a centerpiece of his re-election campaign.

“The pending nomination I think is a big asset,” he said. “I’m happy to put this nominee front and center in my campaign. I’m happy to tell voters of Kentucky my opponent would oppose this outstanding nominee. I support her. I think it’s an asset in my state and an asset in many, many states around the country.”

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Democrats Promise Violence: “This Is WAR!”

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has prompted President Donald Trump to act quickly to secure a replacement before the election. That decision has upset the left and they are promising violence in increasingly concerning statements such as “this is war!”

We may not be able to escape a civil war in this country. There’s simply too much division. Even though Donald Trump has vowed to replace Ginsburg with another female justice, those on the left feel that it should be put off until after the election.

The fight over the 2017 Kavanaugh nomination already looked tame by comparison Sunday as Democrats geared up to block whomever President Trump picks to fill the seat left by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to the Washinton Times. 

Calls of “burn it down” and “this is war” raged on social media as activists held weekend protests outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s homes in Louisville, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C., and a rally outside the Supreme Court featuring Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body isn’t even cold and Mitch McConnell is dancing on her grave. This is war. Dems have powerful weapons. Now is the time to use them,” tweeted progressive Hollywood director and actor Rob Reiner.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday warned that another impeachment attempt of Trump is on the table. They have also suggested making big changes and expanding the government, which is never a good idea for the public.

“If in fact, they are successful in placing a justice on the court, I think that what Democrats have to do, assuming that Biden is president and there is a Senate majority in for the Democrats, we need to think about court reform,” said former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on MSNBC. “And at a minimum, as part of that reform package, I think additional justices needed to be placed on the Supreme Court.”

The election has already been promised to be one of complete horror.

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Now is the time to ensure you have adequate protection. Violence appears inevitable and if we can trust anything, it’s that violence and looting and rioting will all be on the table this year no matter what. Brace yourselves, it will get uglier.

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Breaking: Mitch McConnell has enough support for nomination to the Supreme Court after statements from Grassley and Gardner

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will likely be able to push the Senate to consider a nomination to the Supreme Court after several Republicans made statements of support on Monday.

Democrats and their supporters were hopeful that enough moderates would break from the party line in order to doom the effort to fill the seat left empty by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said in a statement that he would not stand in the way of another nomination by President Donald Trump.

“Over the years, and as recently as July, I’ve consistently said that taking up and evaluating a nominee in 2020 would be a decision for the current chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Senate Majority Leader,” Grassley said in the statement.

“Both have confirmed their intentions to move forward, so that’s what will happen. Once the hearings are underway, it’s my responsibility to evaluate the nominee on the merits, just as I always have. The Constitution gives the Senate that authority, and the American people’s voices in the most recent election couldn’t be clearer,” he continued.

“While there was ambiguity about the American people’s will for the direction of the Supreme Court in 2016 under a divided government, there is no such ambiguity in 2020,” Grassley added.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, informed members of the committee on Saturday that he would hold confirmation hearings for the nomination.

‘Senate must decided how to best fulfill its constitutional duty’

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado also said that he would not stand in the way of a nomination.

“When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decided how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent,” Gardner said.

“I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law,” he concluded. “Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm.”

A heated debate

Democrats have argued that if Republicans were to push a nomination that it would be hypocritical because of McConnell’s refusal to consider former President Barack Obama’s nomination so close to the 2016 election.

Republicans have countered that the history of nominations to the Supreme Court offers precedence for senators of the same party as the president to have the mandate from the people to move forward on a nomination.

“[M]ake no mistake: if the shoe were on the other foot, Senate Democrats wouldn’t hesitate to use their Constitutional authority and anything else at their disposal to fill this seat,” Grassley said.

Republicans have a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate, but Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have already said they would not support a nomination before the election.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has not made a statement about his position in the debate, but if no other Republicans go against the party line, a tie in the Senate would lead to a tiebreaker vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

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Mitch McConnell debunks ‘myth’ that the GOP won’t have time to confirm a SCOTUS nominee

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the Senate Monday to debunk claims that the Senate does not have sufficient time to consider a Supreme Court nominee before the general election in November.

Citing historical precedent, McConnell argued that the Senate has plenty of time to confirm a nominee and promised that there will be a vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee this year.

“President Trump’s nominee for this vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell said, reiterating a statement he issued Friday after the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, passed away from complications due to pancreatic cancer.

“Now already, some of the same individuals who tried every conceivable dirty trick to obstruct Justice [Neil] Gorsuch and Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh are lining up to proclaim the third time will be the charm,” he continued.

“The American people are about to witness an astonishing parade of misrepresentations about the past, misstatements about the present, and more threats against our institutions from the same people who’ve already been saying for months — well before this — already been saying for months they want to pack the court.”

Already, Democrats and some in the media have misrepresented the so-called “McConnell rule,” claiming the Republicans are hypocrites for promising to move forward with a Supreme Court nomination during an election year after previously refusing to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland to fill Justice Scalia’s vacancy on the court in 2016. Though Democrats say McConnell’s 2016 position was no Supreme Court confirmations during an election year, McConnell’s actual position was that if the presidency and the Senate majority are of different political parties and cannot agree on a nominee, then the American people may resolve the matter with an election.

This year there is a GOP majority in the Senate and President Trump is a Republican president. Republicans have the constitutional power to fill a Supreme Court presidency and they say it is their obligation to do so.

McConnell also addressed “incorrect” claims that the Senate does not have time to complete the confirmation process before the election.

“We are already hearing incorrect claims that there is not sufficient time to examine and confirm a nominee,” McConnell said. “We can debunk this myth in about 30 seconds.”

“As of today there are 43 days until Nov. 3 and 104 days until the end of this Congress,” McConnell said. “The late iconic Justice John Paul Stevens was confirmed by the Senate 19 days after this body formally received his nominations — 19 days from start to finish.”

“Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, another iconic jurist, was confirmed 33 days after her nomination. For the late Justice Ginsburg herself it was just 42 days. Justice Stevens’ entire confirmation process could’ve been played out twice between now and Nov. 3 with time to spare. And Justice Ginsburg herself could’ve been confirmed twice between now and the end of the year, with time to spare.

“The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination. History and precedent make that perfectly clear.”

So far only two Senate Republicans have publicly stated their opposition to confirming Trump’s nominee before the election.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters Friday she will not vote to confirm a new SCOTUS justice until after inauguration day, saying “fair is fair,” presumably in reference to Republicans refusing to confirm Garland.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) issued a statement Saturday giving her support to holding confirmation hearings on Trump’s nominee before the election but opposing a confirmation vote until afterward.

“In order for the American people to have faith in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently — no matter which political party is in power. President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and I would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s beginning the process of reviewing his nominee’s credentials,” she said.

“In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the president or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the president who is elected on November 3rd.”

On Friday, Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) communications director Liz Johnson refuted a claim that Romney “committed” to not confirming a nominee until after Inauguration Day.

Romney is reportedly waiting to meet with Sen. McConnell at Tuesday’s GOP conference lunch before making a statement on his position.

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