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6 August 2019

My sister-in-law and I were texting each other at 5 a.m. this morning.  I know she watches Morning Joe and I was letting her know how powerful it was today.

Morning Joe starts at 3 a.m. and I usually wake up around 3 a.m., so turn it on to help me get back to sleep.  There was no going back to sleep for me this morning. There was so much of import that was talked about today.

I was particularly taken by the comments by Nebraska Republican lawmaker John McCollister, who is that rare Republican who has the balls to speak out against the rhetoric of the president.  He believes in his own party's complicity in "enabling white supremacy," and says history won't judge his fellow Republicans kindly.  "As a lifelong Republican, it pains me to say this, but it's the truth."

From CNN:

McCollister, who represents part of Omaha, said that he didn't think all Republicans are racist or white supremacists, but "the Republican Party is COMPLICIT to obvious racist and immoral activity inside our party."

"We have a Republican president who continually stokes racist fears in his base. He calls certain countries 'sh*tholes,' tells women of color to "go back" to where they came from and lies more than he tells the truth," he added.

He finished the tweets asking his colleagues to no longer look the other way....
"When the history books are written, I refuse to be someone who said nothing,"

For making his comments, the Nebraska Republican party has asked him to change his registration.

I may be mistaken, but this is the only republican I have heard since the latest mass shootings who has made any comment whatsoever.  The silence from Republicans is deafening and I applaud McCollister for refusing to join their number.  I too refuse to be someone who says nothing.

Trump read a statement yesterday that was obviously written by someone else (he didn't even realize that when he went off script and talked about the city where there was a shooting that he said "Toledo" instead of "Dayton")

If it weren't so tragic, it would be laughable to hear him denounce hate speech, when he himself uses it so regularly and to say that we need to fight white supremacy, when he embraces it at his rallies over and over again.  He laughs about shooting immigrants only in the panhandle, and uses the term "invasion" over and over and over again.  His campaign has posted over 2,000 ads on Facebook using the term "invasion."

And then there is Moscow Mitch McConnell, who within hours after the El Paso shooting posted a picture on Instagram of a graveyard, including a grave marker for his opponent in the upcoming election.

Hours after 22 people are killed with guns which McConnell refuses to consider banning, he finds it funny to post a graveyard hinting at the death of his opponent.  In addition to Amy McGrath, a veteran Marine fighter pilot who spent 20 years defending this country in a combat role, the graveyard also has a marker for former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.  McConnell has boasted that his proudest moment was refusing to allow Garland's nomination to be considered. McGrath noted how grossly inappropriate it was for McConnell to send such a message, especially at a time when the nation mourns dozens more killed in multiple mass shootings.

What is WITH these guys?



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