MAGA Hot Mic: Darren Bailey Doubles Down on Extreme Holocaust Comparison

10 Aug

For the second day in a row, MAGA Hot Mic honors fall on Illinois state Senator and GOP candidate for governor Darren Bailey.

In 2017, Darren Bailey said “The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion…”

CBS Chicago: “‘I believe that abortion is one of the greatest atrocities of our day, and I believe it’s one of the greatest atrocities probably forever. The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion since its legalization,’ Bailey said in the video.”

This past weekend, when asked if he should apologize, Darren Bailey doubled down on saying he was “right.” 

REPORTER: “Do you think the Jewish community needs an apology on that?”

BAILEY: *scoffs* “The Jewish community themselves have told me that I’m right.”

And let’s not forget — these comments came after Bailey established he fully supports an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest

CBS Chicago: “Bailey opposes abortion rights, including in cases of rape or incest”

NBC5 Chicago: “Bailey has repeatedly said that he would support a total ban on abortion in the state of Illinois, and would not offer exceptions in the case of rape or incest.”

We said it yesterday, we’ll say it again today, and we will continue to say it every day because Americans cannot afford the GOP’s dangerous, anti-choice agenda. Darren Bailey and extreme MAGA Republicans keep reminding Americans they are too extreme to be in power.

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Kristi Noem Brings Her Woes On The Road

10 Aug

As anti-choice extremist Kristi Noem descends on Massachusetts to stump for Geoff Diehl, the pro-Trump GOP candidate for Massachusetts governor, let’s not forget: Noem is currently under investigation in her home state of South Dakota for possible ethics violations. 

You read that right: Noem is currently under investigation by South Dakota’s state ethics board for not one, but two potential violations, indicating that Noem may have used the power of her office for personal political gain.

Associated Press: “Noem, a potential 2024 White House contender, is under scrutiny from the state’s Government Accountability Board for allegations that she misused the powers of her office by interfering in her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license and flying on state-owned airplanes to political events. She has denied any wrongdoing.”

Both of these complaints were brought forward by the former Republican attorney general. Noem attempted to shut down the investigation, but the board is pressing forward.

Associated Press: “The board’s three retired judges… voted unanimously to deny the governor’s requests to dismiss the complaints.”

As Noem takes her extreme brand of anti-choice MAGA politics on the road, let’s also not forget that she actually went on the record defending South Dakota’s draconian abortion ban. In the same breath, she even said that she would force a 10-year-old rape victim to give birth to their rapist’s child.

CNN: “South Dakota governor defends state’s abortion ‘trigger’ ban when asked if 10-year-old should be forced to give birth”

Let’s be clear: Noem can run, but she can’t hide. The people of Massachusetts simply do not want the extreme agenda she and Diehl are selling.

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REMINDER: Extreme GOP Chose China Over American Jobs

9 Aug

As President Joe Biden signed the historic CHIPS and Science Act into law today, let’s not forget that a majority of congressional Republicans voted to side with China over the American people. 

33 Senate Republicans, 187 House Republicans, and the Chinese Communist Party all opposed the CHIPS and Science Act — legislation that will lower costs and bring manufacturing jobs back to America.

Congressional Republicans sided with China against American jobs because they opposed efforts to lower prescription drug costs.

The Hill: “House Republican leadership [urged] members of its conference to vote against a bill to bolster the domestic chip manufacturing industry… a reversal from its position earlier in the day that [came] hours after Senate Democrats struck a deal on a multibillion-dollar reconciliation package.”

This is despite the fact that a majority of Americans across party lines overwhelmingly support the key provisions of the CHIPS and Science Act. 

Republicans have repeatedly made clear that choosing China and Big Pharma over American jobs is the GOP party line. Voters know better than to support the GOP’s extreme agenda.

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As Biden Signs CHIPS Bill, DNC Delivers Chips to Republicans Who Voted Against It

9 Aug

This morning, as President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law, which will help create jobs across the country, cut the costs of goods, and secure our domestic supply chains, the DNC delivered potato chips to several Republicans in Congress who voted against the bill. 

“As President Biden signs the CHIPS and Science Act into law today, voters deserve to know that these Republicans voted against creating more American jobs and boosting our competitiveness with China,” said DNC States Communications Director Brooke Goren. “We hope they enjoy these chips since they clearly have no interest in the kind that will soon be lowering costs and growing the economy.”

The DNC delivered potato chips to Senator Ron Johnson in Wisconsin and Representatives David Schweikert in Arizona, Maria Elvira Salazar in Florida, Buddy Carter in Georgia, and Scott Perry in Pennsylvania, each of whom voted against the CHIPS and Science Act – siding with China and Big Pharma. 

See below for some photos from the deliveries:



According to the Washington Post, the bill that each of these Republicans voted against, “would provide $52 billion in subsidies to domestic semiconductor manufacturers … in a bid to strengthen the United States’ competitiveness and self-reliance in what is seen as a keystone industry for economic and national security.” Incentivizing the manufacture of computer chips in America and being less dependent on China for them will help to lower the cost of everything from cars to household appliances that these chips are used in, and protect our national security by working to ensure we aren’t relying on China and other countries for these critical components.”

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MAGA Hot Mic: State Senator and GOP Candidate for Illinois Governor Darren Bailey

9 Aug

Darren Bailey: “The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion since its legalization.”

Today’s MAGA Hot Mic honor falls on Illinois state Senator and GOP candidate for governor Darren Bailey.

If Darren Bailey makes anything clear it’s that he fully supports an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest

CBS Chicago: “Bailey opposes abortion rights, including in cases of rape or incest”

NBC5 Chicago: “Bailey has repeatedly said that he would support a total ban on abortion in the state of Illinois, and would not offer exceptions in the case of rape or incest.”

In 2017, Bailey said “The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion…”

CBS Chicago: “‘I believe that abortion is one of the greatest atrocities of our day, and I believe it’s one of the greatest atrocities probably forever. The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion since its legalization,’ Bailey said in the video.”

MAGA Republicans like Darren Bailey keep reminding Americans how extreme Republicans are. Americans cannot afford the GOP’s dangerous, anti-choice agenda.

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Here’s What You Won’t Read in Tim Scott’s New Book

9 Aug

Since Tim Scott is releasing a new book today, we wanted to make sure you read the things he won’t mention in his rewriting of history.

While Scott will brag about writing the Opportunity Zones initiative, he conveniently won’t mention that the program gave massive tax breaks to wealthy real estate developers while leaving the small businesses and low-income communities it was supposed to help out to dry. 

PBS: “Trump-era Opportunity Zones meant to help low-income communities exploited by investors”

The New York Times: “A new tax break that President Trump frequently touts as a boon to black Americans and hard-hit communities is spurring relatively little job creation while disproportionately helping high-profit real estate projects and not small businesses, an extensive new study by the Urban Institute has found.”

Scott was an architect of the GOP Tax Scam that cheated middle-class families and gave huge tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy and big corporations.

The Washington Post: “Scott: ‘In 2017, I was one of the architects of reforming the personal side of the tax code.’”

Just this weekend, Scott stood with Big Pharma to oppose lowering health care costs and helped block a cap on insulin costs for people with private insurance.

Newsweek: “These 43 Republicans Voted Against Capping Insulin Costs”

To this day, Scott is still calling to repeal the Affordable Care Act and rip away health coverage for millions of Americans.

Tim Scott: “I will continue to work towards the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and to replace it with solutions that will tackle health care costs and improve access.”

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ICYMI: Local Coverage of GOP Saying No to Affordable Insulin

9 Aug

Over the weekend, while Senate Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act, legislation that lowers costs for families and fights inflation, Senate Republicans voted against making prescription drug prices like insulin cheaper for American families. After blocking bills that would prevent oil companies from price gouging, make baby formula more available, and help lower costs, Senate Republicans have shown once again that they are more interested in siding with big pharma than the American people. 

Across the country, headlines are slamming ultra-MAGA Republicans who voted against lowering costs for this essential, life-saving care:

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WATCH: DNC Chair Jaime Harrison Touts Democrats’ Historic Record

9 Aug

Yesterday, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison joined Zerlina Maxwell on Peacock to highlight President Joe Biden and Democrats’ tireless work to pass the Inflation Reduction Act — historic legislation that will tackle inflation, lower costs for hardworking American families, and reduce the deficit by ensuring corporations pay their fair share. 

WATCH:

Harrison: “[President Biden] has been able to probably achieve more than what you see some presidents accomplish in two terms, and he’s been able to do that in two years. So, think about what we can do as Democrats if we get more votes in the United States Senate, if we keep our majorities in the House… I hope people learn… Don’t bet against Joe Biden.”

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RNC Can’t Spin Republicans’ Out-of-Touch Agenda

8 Aug

As Democrats are on the cusp of delivering historic legislation to lower costs, reduce the deficit, and tackle inflation, Republicans are sending out bad spin and trying to distract from Senate Republicans’ unanimous opposition. In case there was any confusion: The Republican Party has no plans to bring down costs and is completely out of step with the American people. 

While Democrats remain laser-focused on bringing down prices, Republicans are the ones detached from reality. Let’s take a look how:

The Senate GOP chose to side with Big Pharma over the American people. That’s right — every single Senate Republican voted against the Inflation Reduction Act to lower costs and Republicans also blocked legislation that would cap out-of-pocket insulin costs for Americans with private insurance at $35 per month. 

Washington Post: “Republican lawmakers… stripped a $35 price cap on the cost of insulin for many patients from the [Inflation Reduction Act]… invoking arcane Senate rules to jettison the measure.”

New York Times: “Senate Passes Climate, Health and Tax Bill, With All Republicans Opposed”

Congressional Republicans have also hatched a wildly unpopular plan to gut Social Security and Medicare. Florida Senator Rick Scott, the man in charge of electing Republicans to the Senate, has doubled and tripled down on his plan to end the Social Security and Medicare guarantee if given the opportunity. 

Washington Post: “The Republican Study Committee sets out to balance the federal budget through spending cuts alone and keep it balanced well into the future… The proposal’s most notable features are its changes to the major entitlement programs most Americans rely on in old age. The age at which one receives full Social Security benefits would go up to 69 by 2030, from a planned rise to 67 in 2022. Medicare’s eligibility age would rise from 65 to 69.”

Washington Post Opinion: “Scott’s plan would also sunset — eliminate — all federal legislation over five years, under the (risky) assumption that worthy laws would be reenacted. That could mean an end to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, everything else mentioned above — and potentially more.”

This isn’t a one-off exception: Just last week, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson voiced his support for eliminating Social Security and Medicare as federal entitlement programs.

Washington Post: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has suggested that Social Security and Medicare be eliminated as federal entitlement programs, and that they should instead become programs approved by Congress on an annual basis as discretionary spending.”

Up North News: “Ron Johnson Thinks a GOP Plan for Tax Increases and the Potential End of Medicare and Social Security Is a ‘Positive Thing’”

As if that weren’t enough, some Republicans have thrown their full support behind draconian abortion bans in their states and gone on the record saying that they would force 10-year-old rape victims to carry their pregnancies to term. 

CNN: “South Dakota governor defends state’s abortion ‘trigger’ ban when asked if 10-year-old should be forced to give birth”

Let’s be clear: Today’s GOP has no plans to lower costs and is wildly out of touch. The American people simply cannot afford this backward agenda. 

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Indiana Republicans Ban Abortion

8 Aug

This past weekend, Indiana Republicans voted to pass a near-total abortion ban in the Hoosier State — which GOP Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law on Friday. Indiana became the first state to pass an abortion ban after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and stripped the American people of their constitutional right to make their own health care decisions. 

Make no mistake: Indiana Republicans are setting a model for GOP lawmakers in other states to follow — putting the health of women across America at risk. 

CNN: “Indiana becomes first state post-Roe to pass law banning most abortions”

The Indiana law goes even further: It will punish doctors who perform the procedure and strip them of their medical licenses. 

NPR: “Doctors in the state who perform illegal abortions will lose their medical licenses.”

Let’s be clear — abortion extremism is the GOP party line. Just last month, every single House Republican voted against a bill that would codify the protections of Roe v. Wade. And as if it couldn’t get any worse, the Idaho GOP passed a party platform banning abortion with no exceptions for the life of the mother

The Washington Post: “The House on Friday passed legislation that would protect access to reproductive health care… One bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act, would enshrine the protections of Roe v. Wade into law… All Republicans voted against the measure.”

Idaho Capital Sun: “No exception for life of mother included in Idaho GOP’s abortion platform language”

But as last week’s ballot measure vote in Kansas made clear, Republicans’ abortion views are wildly out of step with the American people — and they will be held accountable for their dangerous agenda in November.

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