28 thoughts on “Republicans – the “serious” party

  1. Seriously says:

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday told Alabama congressman Mo Brooks that participating in an attempt to overthrow the United States is not part of his job description. https://www.alreporter.com/2021/07/28/doj-deals-blow-to-mo-brooks-defense/
    In a series of events that left some social media observers confused, the Department of Justice and the General Counsel for the House of Representatives each separately announced on Tuesday evening that they would not represent House Republican Mo Brooks in a civil suit brought by House Democrat Eric Swalwell. This is bad news for Brooks – particularly the DOJ part – and bad news for a number of other political figures who played a role in the January 6th Capitol attack. https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/bad-day-for-house-republican-mo-brooks-and-its-bad-news-for-donald-trump/40465/

    • HAR says:

      Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele Blasts Jim Jordan On His Jan. 6 Trump Amnesia https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jim-jordan-michael-steele-capitol-insurrection-trump_n_6105df36e4b000b997e272d9
      “You’re a grown-ass man,” Steele addressed Jordan, who claims he can’t recall when he spoke to Donald Trump Jan. 6. “Stop acting like a 10-year-old.” https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1421233223867191298
      On Tuesday, Jordan told Fox’s Bret Baier that he “can’t remember all the days” he spoke with Trump after being asked whether he and the former president talked on the day of the Capitol riot.
      “Yes, I mean, I’ve talked to the president, I’ve talked to the president so many, I can’t remember all the days I’ve talked to him. But I’ve certainly talked to the president,” Jordan said.
      He subsequently acknowledged specifically speaking to Trump on Jan. 6 in a separate interview.
      “I spoke with him that day, after? I think after,” Jordan told Spectrum News reporter Taylor Popielarz. “I don’t know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don’t know … I don’t know when those conversations happened.” https://news.yahoo.com/former-rnc-chair-jim-jordan-221400210.html

      • p/s says:

        “Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has suddenly remembered another phone call — or more — that he had with then-President Donald Trump while insurrectionists rampaged through the Capitol on January 6, Politico reported Sunday.
        Some observers speculated that the Ohio congressman may be trying to get his story straight if he’s called to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 — including looking into activities by Trump and GOP lawmakers. The committee revealed just days ago that it would seek phone records and other communications as part of its probe.” https://www.yahoo.com/news/rep-jim-jordan-suddenly-remembers-035702962.html
        “A source told Politico that Jordan and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) both got on a phone call to Trump at one point while when they were hunkered down in a secret safe room during the Capitol attack. They pleaded with Trump to tell his supporters to “stand down,” Politico reported, citing the source, who declined to reveal how Trump responded.
        When asked if Gaetz joined him in a call to Trump that day, Jordan told Politico that he’d “have to think about it.” https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2021/08/29/about-jim-jordans-other-jan-6-call-with-trump-494169

  2. Clocks striking 13 says:

    “Top Republicans move to protect Trump from Capitol attack fallout : Some party leaders blamed the former president in the charged moments after the insurrection – but are now embarking on a campaign of revisionism” (Guardian UK) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/05/us-capitol-attack-republicans-trump-fallout
    “The revisionism over the Capitol attack heralds what some experts see as a dangerous new era in American politics: even with Trump out of the White House, Republicans advancing demonstrably false narratives to safeguard their political survival.
    “The GOP is thinking enough time has passed to somehow rewrite the history of events,” said Fiona Hill, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former top White House Russia expert who testified at Trump’s first impeachment inquiry.
    “They’re hoping that it gets into the record, even if it’s pointed out that it doesn’t correlate with the facts, because once their version is out there in the media, then that’s sufficient for it to become the raw material for shaping how history recounts things later on,” Hill said.”

  3. Serious indeed says:

    “Trump Is Planning a Much More Respectable Coup Next Time” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/08/trump-2024-coup-federalist-society-doctrine.amp
    “Trump’s ‘disturbing’ plot to use the DOJ to steal the election appears to have broken at least two federal laws: legal expert” https://www.rawstory.com/trump-steal-the-election/
    “The DOJ Official Who Tried to Steal the Election for Trump Has a Sweet New Gig
    Conservative attorneys who fought to overturn the 2020 election continue to face no professional consequences.” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/08/jeffrey-bossert-clark-justice-department-covid-vaccine.amp
    “Former Atlanta-based U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak has received the Justice Department’s permission to speak to congressional committees investigating his abrupt resignation and whether it had anything to do with attempts by President Donald Trump to interfere in the 2020 election.” https://www.ajc.com/politics/justice-department-authorizes-pak-to-testify-to-house-oversight-committee/I2PKRPCBIJHTPOA5WXS5HXXA44/
    “The newly formed House select committee is taking the lead on investigating January 6 going forward, consolidating the investigation, as other committees looking into the matter begin handing over their work, according to a multiple sources familiar with the matter.” https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/05/politics/house-select-committee-january-6/index.html

  4. Seriousness says:

    “Arizona ‘bracing for impact’ of Trump-driven election report : Two prominent Arizona officials, one Democrat and one Republican, released lengthy prebuttals on the eve of the Cyber Ninjas’ report to the GOP-controlled state Senate.” https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/19/arizona-audit-elections-trump-report-506324
    “Office of the Arizona Secretary of State, Report on the Partisan Review of the 2020 General Election in Maricopa County, August 19, 2021” https://azsos.gov/sites/default/files/2020_Ballot_Review_Report_ver20210819-03_Review.pdf
    “The Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that the leading contractor of Arizona’s audit of the Maricopa County 2020 election results must turn over documents related to the effort.” https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/568704-arizona-senate-must-release-election-audit-records-court

  5. Pants on fire says:

    House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy made at least five false claims during a seven-minute Sunday interview on Fox News.
    McCarthy uttered inaccurate statements to host Maria Bartiromo about a wide variety of topics — oil prices, inflation, prisoners released in Afghanistan, the behavior of Democratic state legislators, and the content of an elections bill supported by congressional Democrats.
    Fact check: https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/politics/fact-check-kevin-mccarthy-fox-news-bartiromo-august/index.html

  6. Omar's Coming Yo! says:

    Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday threatened to use a future GOP majority to punish companies that comply with the House’s Jan. 6 investigators, warning that “a Republican majority will not forget.” https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/31/mccarthy-january-6-threaten-phone-records-requests-508166
    The select panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection took its first step in obtaining phone records on Monday, asking an array of telecommunications companies to save records relevant to the attack — a request that could include records from some lawmakers. More than 30 companies, including Apple, AT&T and Verizon, received a request for records from April 1, 2020, to Jan. 31, 2021.

  7. Bloody Shirt™️ says:

    Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn on Sunday suggested there could be “bloodshed” over future elections as he pushed false claims about election security and voter fraud.
    Speaking at a North Carolina county GOP event, Cawthorn repeated the lie about US election systems being “rigged” and “stolen,” something he said would “lead to one place, and that’s bloodshed” if it continued.
    “And I will tell you, as much as I am willing to defend our liberty at all costs, there’s nothing that I would dread doing more than having to pick up arms against a fellow American. And the way that we can have recourse against that is if we all passionately demand that we have election security in all 50 states,” the North Carolina Republican continued.
    There is no evidence of mass voter fraud, as Republican election officials around the country and Trump-appointed former Attorney General William Barr have acknowledged. https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/30/politics/madison-cawthorn-elections/index.html

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