Things Republican leaders are saying about their candidate Roy Moore:
House Speaker Paul Ryan:
Number one, these allegations are credible. Number two, if he cares about the values that he claims to care about, then he should step aside.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
I think he should step aside.
Senator Lindsey Graham:
He was barred from a mall. His behavior was so extreme in his thirties that apparently the Gadsden mall put him on the no-fly list. That tells me a lot. I don’t know anybody personally who’s been banned from a mall.
Things Republican leaders are NOT saying about their candidate Roy Moore:
Alabama Republicans have the power to say this, but won’t:
We, the Alabama Republican Party, hereby decertify Roy Moore as the candidate of our Party.
And no Republican anywhere has publicly said this:
Vote for the Democratic candidate instead.
An Alabama Republican is standing by Roy Moore, their candidate for Senate in an upcoming special election.
Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler, a Republican operator, gave an interviews in which he justified Moore’s assaults on children by citing scripture, noting that “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter” and stating that Moore’s assaults on children were “nothing immoral or illegal…Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
Today’s Republican Party isn’t misogynist and utterly amoral and fascist, just maybe a little bit unusual. And of course Steve Bannon is blaming the media, not denying the serious allegations the media are reporting.
The President has pardoned Joe Arpaio. Arpaio has been found guilty of criminal contempt of court, and faced up to six months in prison, for willfully violating a court order instructing him not to detain immigrants who were not suspected of any crime. He wasn’t sorry.
The message to racist public officials could not be more clear: it’s open season. If you’re on the wrong side of a racist vigilante sheriff, having the law on your side is no protection at all; you have been warned.
Perhaps there’s another audience for this message as well. Now we know—if we had any doubts—that Trump will use his pardon power to reward personal loyalty to Trump. If you’re being questioned in the Russia investigation, don’t worry about being charged with obstruction of justice or perjury. The rule of law is suspended until further notice.
Update: Joe Arpaio’s history of official abuse is not short. False arrests of reporters, inmate deaths, rapes unprosecuted, a federal judge investigated. This is what Trump considers worthy of a pardon.
Trump gave a half-hearted denunciation of racist, swastika-wearing, Nazi-saluting white supremacists on Monday, days after one of them murdered an anti-racist protester in Charlottesville. And if you think “half-hearted” is unfair, look at what he said today.
In a long, combative exchange with reporters at Trump Tower, the president repeatedly rejected a torrent of bipartisan criticism for waiting several days before naming the right-wing groups and placing blame on “many sides” for the violence that ended with the death of a young woman after a car crashed into a crowd.
Mr. Trump repeated that assertion on Tuesday, criticizing “alt-left” groups that he claimed were “very, very violent” when they sought to confront the nationalist and Nazi groups that had gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a park. He said there is “blame on both sides.”
Sounding very much like a right-wing Twitter feed, the president added, “Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
Trump went on to defend the tiki-torch-wielding racists who gathered on Friday night, before saying, in reference to the racist activists, “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.” …
He actually argued that there were “very fine people on both sides” and that he believes “there’s blame on both sides.”
If that sounds like a message white supremacists will be thrilled to hear, we don’t need to speculate: David Duke has already thanked Trump for this afternoon’s comments.
Where does it stop, indeed?
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham enthusiastically praised President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his foreign policy, a continued departure from his sharp criticism of Trump during the 2016 race and even after the election.
“I am like the happiest dude in America right now,” a beaming Graham said on “Fox & Friends.” “We have got a president and a national security team that I’ve been dreaming of for eight years.”
Give it to Lindsey Graham, when the man abandons his principles they are abandoned for good. Remember when Graham thought Trump was simply un-American?
The South Carolina senator and former presidential candidate blasted Trump following the nominee’s attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, saying fellow Republicans should withdraw their endorsements. “This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” he said. “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it. There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”
Apparently that time will never come for the Republican Party.
Laura Clawson notices that Republicans have completely changed their minds on Syria.
Bashar Assad has been using chemical weapons against the Syrian people since 2013. Syrian children have been dying along with adults all along. But in the U.S., something appears to have changed. What ever could it be?
Because the Republican Party doesn’t stand for anything but putting Republicans in power.