Is there a more definitive image of an irreparably broken GOP than watching members of the base calling for the hanging of Republican Vice President Mike Pence as they stormed the U.S. Capitol (where Pence was presiding over the electoral count)? It seems like a pretty strong contender.
After years of Donald Trump undermining our democracy with the enabling of the Republican Party and conservative media (including Fox News) providing the platform for their lies, last Wednesday’s attempted coup was the inevitable culmination.
Days after his inauguration, Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Muslim Ban was the first major policy Trump enacted rooted in fear and bigotry. His decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is just his latest action marinated in hate.
“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained Obamacare to the National Association of Counties’ 2010 legislative conference. It’s a line often quoted by conservative pundits attacking President Obama’s landmark health care legislation. It’s also one of the most misinterpreted quotes in modern politics.
Pelosi’s full quote actually advocates for reading the bill “away from the fog of the controversy” surrounding it. Fast forward to last Thursday, when multiple Republican Representatives who voted for the GOP’s American Health Care Act admitted that they hadn’t read it before voting.
In their latest attempt to rid the nation of the President’s 2014 immigration executive actions, House Republicans have linked the continued funding of Homeland Security to the defunding of the latest immigration reform. The two parties were clearly not trading heart-shaped candies with loving inscriptions this past Valentine’s Day weekend.