DNC Statement on Ron DeSantis

4 Aug

In response to Ron DeSantis’s decision to suspend Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, including for pledging to not prosecute Floridians under DeSantis’s abortion ban, DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement:

“Ron DeSantis is so hellbent on banning abortion and throwing doctors in jail he’s willing to overturn the will of Florida voters and suspend a democratically elected state attorney. It’s fundamentally un-American and a clear demonstration of what extremes DeSantis will go to to infringe on Floridians’ freedoms.”

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MAGA Hot Mic: GOP Nominee for Michigan Governor Tudor Dixon

4 Aug

Tudor Dixon: “Yeah, perfect example… I know people who are the product. A life is a life for me. That’s how it is.”

Today’s MAGA Hot Mic honor falls on Trump-endorsed GOP nominee for Michigan governor Tudor Dixon.

Tudor Dixon supports an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest, and even agreed that incestual rape of a child was a “perfect example” to justify her dangerous plan to ban abortion. Tudor Dixon’s comments put the extreme MAGA agenda on full display — showcasing just how out of touch Republicans are with Americans on abortion. 

NPR: “Dixon is fervently against abortion rights and made recent headlines after responding to a question about the hypothetical rape of a 14-year-old by a family member being a ‘perfect example’ of why abortion should be banned.”

Even Dixon knows — her MAGA agenda is too extreme for Michgianders.

Heartland Signal: “Dixon contradicted herself in the past on whether she supports or opposes an exception for the life of the mother. Last September, she told the MIRS Monday podcast that there should not be an exception for the ‘health of the mother.’”

Heartland Signal: “Earlier in the interview, Dixon dismissed polling that shows abortion bans like hers being unpopular in Michigan.”

Washington Post: “Dixon joins a cohort of Republicans who have, amid the fall of Roe, pushed for abortion bans without exceptions for fetuses conceived through rape or incest.”

It is clear that extreme MAGA candidates and the GOP believe their agenda is more important than the reproductive freedom of Americans. If they gain power in November, Michigan Republicans could answer Tudor Dixon’s call to ban abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest. It is critical that Americans know what is at stake. 

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Republicans Want to Gut Medicare and Social Security

3 Aug

The Social Security and Medicare benefits that millions of Americans rely on are on the line if MAGA Republicans take control – they’ve made that abundantly clear, over and over again.

In an interview airing yesterday, Johnson doubled down on his proposal that could gut Social Security and Medicare for Americans.

Washington Post: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has suggested that Social Security and Medicare be eliminated as federal entitlement programs”

Washington Post: “Saying programs like Social Security and Medicare suffer from improper oversight, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson on Tuesday called for turning every government program into discretionary spending programs, meaning Congress would have to allocate funding for the programs each year. Such an effort could lead to yearly battles over the programs.”

Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has now gone on the record several times supporting an agenda that would end the Medicare and Social Security guarantee.

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’”

Washington Post: “Asked Wednesday whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would support such a plan, a representative for the Kentucky senator pointed to his previous rejection of a proposal by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) that would have similarly upended Social Security and Medicare. In March, Johnson said he supported ‘most’ of Scott’s plan and called it “a positive thing.”

HuffPost: “[In 2016], Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) described Social Security as a ‘legal Ponzi scheme’ and voiced support for privatizing the program while meeting with conservative activists.”

Johnson’s comments confirm what we already know — the MAGA agenda is simply too dangerous for Americans as both House and Senate Republicans have shown voters that they could gut essential programs like Social Security and Medicare if given the chance.

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MAGA Won Last Night’s Republican Primaries

3 Aug

From pushing the “Big Lie” to supporting draconian abortion bans, the GOP nominees who won yesterday’s primaries represent what the Republican Party is today: Totally beholden to Donald Trump and his extreme MAGA agenda.

Trump may be out of office, but Trump-ism is alive and well in today’s Republican Party. Across the country, extreme candidates swept GOP contests at all levels of the ballot. 

New York Times: “Election Victories by Trump Allies Showcase His Grip on the G.O.P. Base” 

In Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, MAGA extremist John Gibbs — who was endorsed by Trump and has gone on the record dismissing victims of rape — won the GOP nomination. 

Detroit News: “… John Gibbs, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, opposes rape and incest exceptions.”

John Gibbs: “There are many great Americans all around the country who were actually conceived from rape, and they’re doing great things.”

Not to be outdone, Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon called the incestual rape of a child the “perfect example” of why abortion should be banned. Dixon, who was also endorsed by Trump, handily won the Republican nomination for governor last night.

Click On Detroit: “In an interview with a conservative online news outlet, Dixon… [was] asked about whether a 14-year-old victim of incestuous rape should have access to abortion… 

‘Perfect example,’ said Dixon. ‘Because I know people who are the product, a life is a life for me… That’s my feeling.’”

Trump’s stranglehold on the GOP was also on full display in Arizona, where election denier Kari Lake became the Republican nominee for governor — and Blake Masters, a Trump-endorsed MAGA foot soldier, won his nomination for U.S. Senate. 

MAGA won yesterday’s GOP primaries. Candidates like Gibbs, Dixon and Lake represent the state of today’s Republican Party — completely out of touch and totally beholden to Donald Trump’s conspiracies and lies. Voters simply cannot afford this dangerous agenda.

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MAGA Hot Mic Special Edition: Republicans Want To Make Abortion Illegal Nationwide

3 Aug

Today’s MAGA Hot Mic is a special edition rounding up what extreme MAGA Republicans have said on the record regarding abortion. After voters in Kansas made it resoundingly clear yesterday that they oppose their extreme anti-choice agenda, all of the MAGA Republicans should be ready to be held accountable in November. 

Here’s what they are saying: 

  • Virginia GOP congressional candidate Yesli Vega implied that people who experience rape are less likely to get pregnant. 
  • While touting his anti-choice record, Nevada GOP Senate candidate Adam Laxalt called the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade a “joke.” 
  • When asked by a reporter whether a “12-year-old molested by her family members should carry that pregnancy to term,”Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said  “That is my personal belief.”
  • South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem made clear she thinks a 10-year-old rape victim should be forced to carry out her pregnancy. 
  • GOP Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania proposed a federal abortion ban that would ban abortion after six weeks — well before many people know they are pregnant — and criminalize providers, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
  • Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin doubled down on his promise to expand abortion restrictions saying he will sign “any bill… to protect life.”
  • Trump-endorsed Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels left the door open to banning contraceptives. 
  • In an interview, Maine GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Paul LePage completely dismissed the millions of women now living in fear about not being able to make their own health care decisions saying it only affects a few and he doesn’t have time to address the issue. 
  • In a desperate attempt to cover up the Republican Party’s extreme views on women’s health care and abortion, North Carolina GOP Rep. Greg Murphy claimed “no one forces anyone to have sex.”
  • Maine GOP State Rep. Peter Lyford put his GOP MAGA extremism on full display — bragging about his anti-choice record and the fact that he opposes abortions even with NO exceptions for when a mother’s life is in danger.
  • Montana GOP State Rep. Brad Tschida said, “a woman’s womb serves no specific purpose to her life or well-being.” 
  • In an interview, Idaho GOP State Rep. Brent Crane touted the fact that his caucus is considering banning Plan B. 
  • In Ohio, a group of House Republicans led by Gary Click introduced a bill that would effectively ban all abortions from the moment of conception, and potentially forms of birth control like IUDs.
  • Texas GOP Rep. Jodey Arrington said he wants to bring Texas’s abortion ban with NO exceptions for rape or incest to the rest of the country.
  • At the GOP state party convention, Idaho Republicans rejected an amendment to the party platform that would protect abortion access in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.
  • West Virginia GOP Rep. Alex Mooney introduced the The Life at Conception Act, which lays the groundwork for Republicans to totally ban abortion nationally and could affect access to forms of birth control and IUDs. 
  • The top Republican in Michigan, Senate Majority Leader Rep. Mike Shirkey, reminded everyone that the decision to overturn Roe was only the beginning of Republicans’ war on reproductive health, and made clear Republicans want to take away women’s right to make health care decisions for themselves and infringe on their right to privacy.
  • North Carolina Republicans, led by Larry Pittman, introduced HB 158 last year, which would authorize the use of force against abortion providers and women seeking medical treatment. 
  • New Hampshire GOP Senate Candidate Kevin Smith doubled down on his decades-long, extreme anti-choice stance and supported bringing it to the federal level.
  • Matt Birk, Minnesota GOP Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate, made a misogynistic joke and claimed a negative impact of promoting abortion is that it promotes women working. He even went on to dismiss victims of rape and incest. 
  • After Georgia’s abortion ban took effect,Georgia Republican Senate Candidate Herschel Walker made clear what his goal would be if he was elected — a national abortion ban.
  • During a recent podcast, Minnesota GOP State Rep. Tony Albright bragged about supporting an abortion ban with NO exceptions and falsely claimed the case of a 10-year-old rape victim in Ohio was not corroborated. 
  • West Virginia State Senator Robert Karnes insisted that child rape victims “romanticize” their adult abusers to justify his anti-abortion position. To add to it, Karnes has a history of promoting anti-abortion views and has called for a draconian abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest in West Virginia. 
  • Hung Cao, Virginia congressional candidate, compared abortion access and a bill to prevent criminalizing miscarriages to Nazism.
  • Michigan State GOP Rep. Steve Carra introduced a bill that would ban abortion at all stages and punish health care workers who provide abortion services.
  • In Wisconsin, all three GOP candidates running for governor support an abortion ban with NO exceptions for rape or incest.

Let’s not forget. Congressional Republicans are already fulfilling their promise to go even further than overturning Roe. 

  • majority of House Republicans voted AGAINST a woman’s right to contraceptives. 
  • majority of House and Senate Republicans voted AGAINST a bill that would protect a woman’s ability to travel to another state to access reproductive care.

MAGA Republicans are blowing the door wide open on their agenda and proving to voters exactly what’s at stake in November. They are all in on their plan to ban abortion. Americans cannot afford the GOP’s dangerous, anti-choice agenda.

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Americans Will Hold Republicans Accountable for Extreme Abortion Views

3 Aug

Yesterday’s results from Kansas are a dire reminder for Republicans across the country hellbent on banning abortion that their position is wildly out of step with Americans and that they will be held accountable for their extreme views. Make no mistake — if they gain power, MAGA Republicans will stop at nothing to pursue their dangerous, anti-choice agenda. 

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell actually celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade as a “gigantic step forward” and said that a Republican majority could try to make abortion illegal everywhere. 

The Hill: “McConnell says national abortion ban ‘possible’”

As if that weren’t bad enough, Mike Pence — Donald Trump’s former MAGA wingman — vowed to try to ban abortion in every state in a speech discussing his post-Roe vision last month.

Mike Pence: “We must recognize that we have only come to the end of the beginning. Standing here in the first days of Post-Roe America, we must resolve that we will not rest, we will not relent, until the sanctity of life is restored to the center of American law in every state in the nation.”

Worst of all, high-profile Republicans like South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem want to force 10-year-old rape victims to give birth to their rapist’s child. Other GOP lawmakers have followed suit, promising to ban abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

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

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

Remember: Every single House Republican voted down a proposed bill that would codify Roe and restore the right to an abortion for all Americans.

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.”

But House Republicans didn’t stop there: 195 of these loyal MAGA foot soldiers voted against a bill to protect a woman’s constitutional right to access contraceptives. 

This is the state of today’s MAGA Republican Party — and just like in Kansas, GOP candidates will be held accountable for their dangerous agenda this November.

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DNC on Kansas Voters Protecting Abortion Rights

3 Aug

In response to Kansas voters rejecting Republicans’ proposed constitutional amendment, which would have paved the way for the GOP to outlaw abortion in the state, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison issued the following statement:

“Tonight’s result speaks for itself: the majority of Kansans rejected Republicans’ assault on the right for women to make their own health care decisions and believe that abortion should be safe and legal. Kansas Republicans’ attempt to lay the groundwork for an extreme and wildly unpopular abortion ban failed.

“While the fight to defend abortion access in Kansas and across the United States is far from over, today’s victory is a reminder that voters will hold Republicans accountable for their extreme anti-choice agenda.”

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FACT CHECK for Republicans: Inflation Reduction Act Will Lower Costs

2 Aug

As Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell holds his weekly press conference today, where he’ll likely spread false information about the Inflation Reduction Act, we wanted to make sure he didn’t get away with his desperate spin.

This historic legislation will tackle inflation, lower costs, and reduce the national deficit while making sure that middle-class families don’t pay a penny more in taxes

New York Magazine: “Republicans Say Biden’s Plan Taxes the Middle Class. That’s False.”

Don’t just take it from us — 126 economists, including Nobel laureates, signed a letter writing that the Inflation Reduction Act will help bring down costs for American families.

CNN: “‘This historic legislation… will fight inflation and lower costs for American families while setting the stage for strong, stable, and broadly-shared long-term economic growth,’ 126 economists said in a letter sent to congressional leadership.”

Outside analyses show that the Inflation Reduction Act is a fiscally responsible piece of legislation that will actually reduce government spending in the long-term and bring down the federal deficit. 

New York Times: “Analysis Deems Biden’s Climate and Tax Bill Fiscally Responsible”

Let’s not forget: In 2017, led by none other than Mitch McConnell, MAGA Republicans in Congress gave massive government handouts to corporations and the ultra-wealthy. Make no mistake — the GOP is the party of fiscal irresponsibility. 

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MAGA Hot Mic: West Virginia GOP State Senator Robert Karnes

2 Aug

Breaking News USA: “A Republican lawmaker in West Virginia said that child rape victims ‘romanticize’ their relationship with rapists.”

Today’s MAGA Hot Mic moment comes from West Virginia State Senator Robert Karnes. 

While arguing against rape and incest exceptions to West Virginia’s abortion ban, Karnes insisted that child rape victims “romanticize” their adult abusers to justify his anti-abortion position.

Karnes has a history of promoting anti-abortion views and has called for a draconian abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest in West Virginia. 

Read Karnes’ full comments below: 

KARNES: “The dynamic in these relationships, quite often, is that the child has a very romanticized view of what’s happening. They think this is their boyfriend. Would you agree with that?”

So, to be clear, Republicans’ position is that child rape victims should be forced to give birth. This isn’t a hypothetical — Republican lawmakers around the country argued a 10-year-old rape victim in Ohio should’ve been forced to give birth. The Republican positon on rape exceptions to abortion bans is extreme and out of step with America.

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REMINDER: Trump, Cruz, Headline Another Extreme Right-Wing Cattle Call

1 Aug

WFAA8 Texas: “Everyone who is anyone in today’s Republican Party will be there.”

Here’s your reminder: This weekend, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and extreme MAGA Republicans will be standing alongside the extreme, far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Dallas, Texas for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). 

The extreme MAGA GOP is embracing Viktor Orban, who is best known for his anti-democratic principles, and his homophobic, racist, and anti-immigrant comments.

Associated Press: “Orban’s appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he’ll be joined by former President Donald Trump and right-wing icons such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., is the most dramatic indication yet of how a leader criticized for pushing anti-democratic principles has become a hero to segments of the Republican Party.”

Washington Post Editorial: “U.S. conservatives who lionize Mr. Orban appear unfazed by his racist, retrograde rhetoric.”

Rolling Stone: “The 2022 [CPAC] will play host to Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The most influential Republican ideas conference lending the podium to Europe’s most notorious nationalist is yet another troubling sign of the right’s embrace of authoritarianism.”

Just recently, Obran made “pure Nazi” comments on mixing races to supporters at a conference similar to CPAC in Romania. 

Axios: “Speaking Saturday at an annual event in Romania — where he famously declared in 2014 his intent to build an ‘illiberal state’ within the European Union — Orbán asserted that migration ‘has split the West in two.’”

Washington Post: “Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is facing backlash after a speech arguing that Europeans should not ‘become peoples of mixed race,’ although the far-right leader is still slated to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas next week.”

CNN: “Hungary’s hardline nationalist leader Viktor Orban is facing international condemnation after making remarks on race and multiculturalism that were slammed as a ‘pure Nazi text’ by his longtime aide.”

CPAC knows exactly who Viktor Orban is and the message he promotes. That’s why CPAC kept him in their event’s lineup even AFTER he made these comments. 

Bloomberg: “‘Let’s listen to the man speak,’ Matt Schlapp, chair of CPAC, said in an interview at the America First Policy Institute summit in Washington.”

Rolling Stone: “The conservative idolization of Orbán’s grip on power relies on the acceptance of the Hungarian backslide into autocratic rule, and Orbán’s administration of Hungary has provided a playbook for Republicans trying to fashion the same kind of oppressive, nationalist state out of America. Orbán even unveiled a literal playbook for other nations to emulate his administration during his appearance at the Budapest edition of CPAC. He’ll bring it to America in person this August.”

Washington Post: “Mr. Orban’s racism, embodied by his attack on the “mixed-race” menace he sees in Europe, is the antithesis of American values. It should get him disinvited from CPAC. Instead, there is every indication he will arrive in Dallas to cheers.”

As these individuals gather in Texas this week, it’s critical Americans know what is at stake. Viktor Orban, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and others speaking at CPAC are pushing the same extreme agenda. 

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