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CNN’s John King Channels Despondent Dems Crying ‘Armageddon’ as Their Voting Bill Fails

CNN’s Inside Politics host John King appeared to realize on Tuesday that the Democrats’ “voting rights” bill was doomed, and he channeled despondent Democrats calling the impending defeat “policy and political Armageddon.”  King began the show by touting “today’s big test vote in the United States Senate. Voting rights is a critical piece of the Biden and Democratic Party agenda, even more so now that Republicans from coast to coast are moving to make it harder to vote.” Later in the show, King returned from commercial with a warning (and an admission about how partisan the Democrat bill was):  KING: A giant piece of the Progressive agenda is poised to die in the Senate today. Republicans promised there will not be enough votes to bring a sweeping Democratic elections bill to the floor. This is not just another Washington political squabble. The Democratic legislation is designed to counter some of the big Republican political advantages of the moment. Whether that question is redrawing congressional districts after the 2020 census, or benefitting in the 2022 midterms from voting restrictions enacted in more than a dozen states now.” Instead of focusing on the fact that Democrats have lost control of many state legislatures, so now they are trying to change the rules, King quoted a desperate-sounding Sen. Jeff Merkley: ‘”We are going to lose the opportunity to basically enact legislation for the people for a decade. The Oregon Democrat goes on to say ‘it’s very, very, very bleak. It is policy and political Armageddon.'” After that melodramatic quote, King welcomed Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-New York) and provided more sensationalist quotes from progressive lawmakers, “One of your colleagues, Ayanna Pressley, one of your friends, just tweeted moments ago, ‘the people did not give Democrats the House, the Senate and White House to compromise with insurrectionists. Abolish the filibuster,’ she says.” Rather than point out the falseness of Pressley’s tweet (the general election and the Georgia runoffs happened before January 6), or ask why Democrats are trying to change the rules just because they keep losing, King quoted another black congressman from New York, Mondaire Jones, admonishing President Biden from the left: “our democracy is in crisis, and we need the president of the United States to act like it.” King asked “Is the president of the United States absent in this big debate?” CNN likes to tell us that apples are not bananas and King started to do that, but, when push came to shove, he ultimately could not bring himself to call the bill a banana. John King’s melodrama on voting rules and “Armageddon” was brought to you by Grubhub. 

‘Major LGBTQ Revelation:’ Marvel’s Loki Comes Out as Bisexual on Disney+

Fresh off the announcement that Loki is gender fluid, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has now officially made the character bisexual, to the delight of LGBTQ activists in and outside the media. Loki’s coming out of the closet came in the third episode of the eponymous Disney+ show, which was released on Wednesday and titled “Lamentis.” In the episode, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his variant Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) are stuck on a moon that is about to be destroyed and must team up to escape. In one scene, as the two travel on a train, the conversation turns to their pasts and that’s when the big bisexual reveal occurs. Sylvie: How about you? You’re a prince. Must’ve been would-be princesses. Or perhaps another prince. Loki: A bit of both. I suspect the same as you. But nothing ever… Sylvie: Real. Yeah, it really wasn’t much, but everyone involved was extremely excited about it and the media raved about how historic it was. Director Kate Herron tweeted, “From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual. It is a part of who he is and who I am too. I know this is a small step but I’m happy, and heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon in #mcu.” Di Martino retweeted Herron with the words “And look at that beautiful lighting,” with red, purple and blue hearts, which several sources identified as referencing the colors in the bisexual flag, because there’s a flag for everything. Apparently, in the comics, Loki is pansexual and gender fluid, but that’s separate from the MCU, which LGBTQ activists have been pushing to get woke for years. Finally, they got their wish and the joy was palpable. Deadline’s headline announced, ‘Loki’ Makes MCU History With Major LGBTQ Revelation; Director Kate Herron’s “Heart Is So Full,” while Decider trumpeted that “Loki Is Now Marvel’s First Canonically Queer Lead Character.” The Hollywood Reporter called it a “significant step forward for the MCU” and AV Club agreed that “his queerness is a major deal for MCU fans.” “This is a big step for the MCU, which has for years been called out for its abysmal track record when it comes to LGBTQ inclusion,” said the L.A. Times. TV Line concurred, “The acknowledgment of Loki’s bisexuality feels particularly notable given the MCU’s glaring lack of LGBTQ representation.” Variety was less enthused: “On ‘Loki,’ the Marvel Cinematic Universe Finally Gets Its First Major Queer Character — But Should We Be Celebrating?” They noted, “[I]n 2021, it feels a bit odd to be celebrating this fleeting acknowledgment as a milestone in queer representation when there are so many other examples of superhero TV shows embracing it.” Agreed. LGBTQ propaganda is EVERYWHERE, it hardly needs to be further celebrated and encouraged, especially on Disney+.

KABOOM: On Her Show, Joy Reid Gets Sunk By Critical Race Theory Critic

Despite her best yet pathetic efforts Wednesday night to win a debate about Critical Race Theory by yelling over her guest, putting words in his mouth, and trying to deny reality, MSNBC ReidOut host Joy Reid didn’t stand a chance against the Manhattan Institute’s Christopher Rufo, who she had a dust-up with on Twitter after she attacked him on her show. The highly contentious interview began with Reid throwing shade at Rufo for going after her on Twitter and suggested he was the problem. But despite quoting him and inviting him on the program, she failed to do her research and find out his background (Click “expand”): REID: Now, I will note that Twitter is a hyperbole zone. So, whatever, it’s all water under the bridge. But I just want to get to a couple of little factual things. Why would I need courage to have you on? Are you like an expert in race or racial history? Are you a lawyer? Are you a legal scholar? Is that part of your background? RUFO: Yeah, I’m a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute where I’m running their initiative on Critical Race Theory. And the reason that I reached out on Twitter to you, and I appreciate you having me on, I enjoy this cross partisan dialogue. But the reason is not just because you were attacking me on air, which I think is fine, it’s politics that’s fair game. REID [Cuts of Rufo]: One second. I’m sorry. I wasn’t attacking you. I was reading your quote. So, that’s what I did, I read your quote. But go on. “You were reading it with the framing calling me a political operative, which I’m not. I’m actually a think tank scholar,” Rufo shot back. Rufo proceeded to call out and breakdown the four biggest lies Reid has told about Critical Race Theory and its proliferation in public schools: You’ve claimed in recent weeks that Critical Race Theory isn’t being taught in schools. You’ve claimed that most American public school students learn what you call confederate race theory and are taught that slavery was, quote, “not so bad.” You’ve claimed that state legislation will prevent schools from teaching about the history of racism. And finally, you’ve claimed Critical Race Theory isn’t rooted in the philosophical tradition of Marxism. Instead of addressing Rufo on the topic and the merits of his argument, the Reid chose to argue with him about who he’s called out as a supporter of Critical Race Theory. After reading some quotes from one of her friends refuting his suggestion, Rufo quipped about how “it’s very interesting to me that so many people are running away from the label of Critical Race Theory.”     Looking to use the words of Critical Race Theorists against them, Rufo quoted Barbara Applebaum who said “all white people are racist” and Robin de Angelo who said “white identity is inherently racist.” The use of quotes triggered Reid to launch into a shouting fit where she refused to let Rufo speak, while he was calling her out for playing “word games” (Click “expand”): REID: She’s not a critical race theorist. RUFO:  — quote, “white identity is inherently racist.” REID: No. RUFO: So what you’re doing is playing a series of word games. REID: No, no. RUFO: You know that critical whiteness studies — REID: That’s ironic. RUFO: — is a subfield of critical race theory. REID: No, it’s not. RUFO: These are deeply interrelated. REID: No, they’re not. They’re not. They’re just not. RUFO: And I’m not going to let you play word games. This is really, I think, the most essential thing. Hold on. REID: No, no, no, no. No, not hold on. RUFO: Let me respond at least once. I haven’t gotten a full sentence out. Reid even had the nerve to snap at Rufo and claim she doesn’t “allow people to just make up and say lies on the show. It’s just not really right to do that and let people hear it.” Then again, that’s really her job. As the interview progressed, Reid played a series of edited together soundbites of Rufo’s appearances and talks, which wasn’t actually damaging but she tried to put words in his mouth and prescribe his motive anyway. “You want to make a campaign and stuff everything in there and you want to stuff it all into Critical Race Theory,” she sneered. “And here’s the bottom line Joy. What you’ve done in tonight’s segment is exactly what I’m fighting against. I’m fighting against the manipulation of language. I’m fighting against language deconstruction,” Rufo declared. “And I’m trying to basically load off of these euphemistic terms with subversive content, because otherwise you just say whatever you want and then you back away from it and dance around it.” He also warned Reid that parents knew what was going on and they weren’t going to stand for it: It’s not going to happen. Parents all over this country, they know what’s happening in schools. They know what’s happening in public institutions and you’re seeing people revolt against this divisive identity politics. And you can dance all you want but you’re not going to stop people from understanding what’s happening in the classrooms. And you know, for all her shouting about how what he was saying wasn’t actually Critical Race Theory, she never explained why it was from her perspective. That’s because he was right on the money and she didn’t want him to expose the truth. Joy Reid’s shouting and lies to protect Critical Race Theory were made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Febreze and Walmart. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund. The transcript is below, click “expand” to read: MSNBC’s The ReidOut
June 23, 2021
7:19:52 p.m. Eastern JOY REID: Raucous school board meetings are one result of a national campaign by political operatives to eradicate curriculums on racial and other forms of equity, which, mind you, are not the same thing as Critical Race Theory. One of those operatives, Critical Race Theory owe Christopher Rufo joins me now. And Christopher, thank you so much for making some time to be with us this evening. CHRISTOPHER RUFO: Thank you. REID: Thank you. Let’s started off – do the elephant in the room. You and I started off on a little bit of a Twitter beef. I talked about you, I quoted you in an article that one of our great journalists here at NBC had quoted you in a piece. And I quoted that on TV. And then you tweeted that you wanted to come on the show and said I didn’t have the courage to put you on. Now, I will note that Twitter is a hyperbole zone. So, whatever, it’s all water under the bridge. But I just want to get to a couple of little factual things. Why would I need courage to have you on? Are you like an expert in race or racial history? Are you a lawyer? Are you a legal scholar? Is that part of your background? RUFO: Yeah, I’m a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute where I’m running their initiative on Critical Race Theory. And the reason that I reached out on Twitter to you, and I appreciate you having me on, I enjoy this cross partisan dialogue. But the reason is not just because you were attacking me on air, which I think is fine, it’s politics that’s fair game. REID [Cuts of Rufo]: One second. I’m sorry. I wasn’t attacking you. I was reading your quote. So, that’s what I did, I read your quote. But go on. RUFO: You were reading it with the framing calling me a political operative, which I’m not. I’m actually a think tank scholar. But put all that aside. The problem that I have is you’ve really spread four key false pieces of information about Critical Race Theory. You’ve claimed in recent weeks that Critical Race Theory isn’t being taught in schools. You’ve claimed that most American public school students learn what you call confederate race theory and are taught that slavery was, quote, “not so bad.” You’ve claimed that state legislation will prevent schools from teaching about the history of racism. And finally, you’ve claimed Critical Race Theory isn’t rooted in the philosophical tradition of Marxism. And I think that all four of those claims are wrong. And I’d love to discuss them tonight. (…) 7:25:48 p.m. Eastern RUFO: Well, I’ll say two things. First of all, it’s very interesting to me that so many people are running away from the label of Critical Race Theory. REID: He’s not a critical race theorist! RUFO: Hold on.  I’m going to quote two Critical Race Theorist, Barbara Applebaum with the book “Being Good, Being White.” She says, quote, “all white people are racist.” Robin de Angelo, who’s another critical whiteness scholar and says that– REID: She’s not a critical race theorist. RUFO:  — quote, “white identity is inherently racist.” REID: No. RUFO: So what you’re doing is playing a series of word games. REID: No, no. RUFO: You know that critical whiteness studies — REID: That’s ironic. RUFO: — is a subfield of critical race theory. REID: No, it’s not. RUFO: These are deeply interrelated. REID: No, they’re not. They’re not. They’re just not. RUFO: And I’m not going to let you play word games. This is really, I think, the most essential thing. Hold on. REID: No, no, no, no. No, not hold on. RUFO: Let me respond at least once. I haven’t gotten a full sentence out. REID: No, no. Because I’m not going to let you– You probably never watch me on TV. We didn’t know who each other were not too long ago, but I don’t allow people to just make up and say lies on the show. It’s just not really right to do that and let people hear it. But hold on. Robin de Angelo is not a critical race theorist and I want everyone to know that. I don’t who the other woman is, but she’s not. (…) 7:29:47 p.m. Eastern REID: So you don’t give an S about this stuff. You’re really just having a campaign to take everything that everything that annoys white Americans and white conservatives– RUFO: No, that’s not right. No. REID: — hold on. You want to make a campaign and stuff everything in there — RUFO: You played my highlight reel, give me a chance to respond. REID: And you want to stuff it all into Critical Race Theory. Right? RUFO: What I don’t think is right is forcing 8-year-olds in Cupertino, California to deconstruct their racial identities and rank themselves according to REID: That’s not Critical Race Theory. RUFO: — is power and privilege. It’s intersectionality theory which was invented – REID: That’s intersectionality. RUFO: by Kimberle Crenshaw, which is part of Critical Race Theory. REID: No, it’s not dear. RUFO: You had her on your show. You know this. REID: Yeah, she invented both things. She invented both things. RUFO: And here’s the bottom line Joy. What you’ve done in tonight’s segment is exactly what I’m fighting against. I’m fighting against the manipulation of language. I’m fighting against language deconstruction. REID: Right, you’re fighting against wokeness and you don’t like corporate wokeness, I get it. I get it. RUFO: And I’m trying to basically load off of these euphemistic terms with subversive content, because otherwise you just say whatever you want and then you back away from it and dance around it. It’s not going to happen. Parents all over this country, they know what’s happening in schools. They know what’s happening in public institutions and you’re seeing people revolt against this divisive identity politics. And you can dance all you want but you’re not going to stop people from understanding what’s happening in the classrooms. (…)

NEW NewsBusters Podcast: The Collapse of ‘Sweeping Election Reform’

On Tuesday night, the network anchors on ABC, CBS, and NBC warmly eulogized the Democrat “election reform” bill, and ripped Republicans for their “tough voting restrictions.” They’re never going to sound happy when their team loses a vote. CBS in particular touted the Democrat effort to “greatly expand voter rights.” They found Cliff Albright of Black Voters Matter to uncork the outrageous claim that Republicans are like segregationists: “It’s Jim Crow 2.0. It’s the same impact and the same patterns and that’s why we’re fighting it.” The Democrats were the originators of Jim Crow 1.0.  The guest is kept in the family: podcast producer Ben Graham of MRCTV discusses taking a camera to interview people outside the raucous school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia over schools teaching transgender orthodoxy and critical race theory. Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts. 

ABC Backs Poisoning Students With CRT, Ignored Parents Rising Up

In a disturbing segment of Wednesday’s World News Tonight, ABC came out in support of poisoning the minds of students with Critical Race Theory. And instead of showing the parents of Loudoun County, Virginia rising up against their radical school board who wanted to teach it to their kids, the network promoted Joint Chiefs Chairman, General Mark Milley defending the teaching of the racist theory to West Point cadets. Leading into the segment, sensationalist anchor David Muir downplayed Critical Race Theory’s true nature by describing it as “the military’s new diversity efforts.” And he lauded the General for “firing back against Republican critics” at a hearing earlier in the day. “America’s top general today made an impassioned defense of the education that soldiers receive at West Point, after a Republican congressmen accused the military academy of embracing divisive theories on race,” added chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl. He then played a soundbite of Florida Republican Congressman Michael Waltz, who called out West Point for teaching racism to cadets. “A seminar that over 100 cadets attended, titled, ‘Understanding whiteness and white rage’, taught by a woman who described the Republican Party platform as a platform of white supremacy,” he said to Milley. Milley disgustingly defended Critical Race Theory by suggesting it would help cadets understand why the Capitol Riot happened (Click “expand”): I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read. And the U.S. Military Academy is a university. And it is important that we train and we understand — and I want to understand white rage, and I’m white. And I want to understand it. So, what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out.     “He went on to say there’s nothing wrong with studying controversial ideas. In fact, it’s important,” Karl boasted. The General went on to whine that he “personally” found it “offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, noncommissioned officers, of being, quote, ‘woke’ or something else, because we’re studying some theories that are out there.” Now, as Muir was coming back for a live shot with Karl, they had some audio issues but the latter seemed to make a statement about an effort to “censor the study of America’s troubling history on race.” What ABC tried to hide from their viewers was the fact a multiracial coalition of parents was standing up to Critical Race Theory being thought to their kids. “Meanwhile emotions are running high tonight in a suburban Washington school district and at times it’s getting physical. The issue is about political correctness and Critical Race Theory in the classroom,” announced Special Report fill-in anchor Bill Hemmer. In a soundbite, one black parent put it bluntly: “My child is not oppressed, and don’t assume that. As long as you Marxists push your unconstitutional agenda on my child, she will not be returning to Loudoun County schools.” “There are two hot button issues right now in Loudoun County public schools that have been simmering for months,” reported correspondent Mike Emanuel. “One is transgender policy, the other is critical race theory. Parents are worried that curriculum change will divide the children and teach them to see skin color.” Former Virginia State Senator Dick Black (R) also gave the school board a piece of his mind. “Your teaching children to hate others because of their skin color and you’re forcing them to lie about other kids’ gender,” he forcefully told them off. No wonder ABC wanted to hide it from their viewers. ABC’s support for a poisonous curriculum for student was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Allstate and CARFAX. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund. The transcripts are below, click “expand” to read: ABC’s World News Tonight
June 23, 2021
6:4058 p.m. Eastern DAVID MUIR: Next this evening, America’s top general firing back against Republican critics of the military’s new diversity efforts. The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in answering a question today saying, “I want to understand white rage and I’m white.” Here’s our chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl. [Cuts to video] JON KARL: America’s top general today made an impassioned defense of the education that soldiers receive at West Point, after a Republican congressmen accused the military academy of embracing divisive theories on race, citing one class in particular. REP. MICHAEL WALTZ (R-Florida): A seminar that over 100 cadets attended, titled, “Understanding whiteness and white rage”, taught by a woman who described the Republican Party platform as a platform of white supremacy. This is going on at West Point as we speak to our future military leaders. GEN. MARK MILLEY: I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read. And the U.S. Military Academy is a university. And it is important that we train and we understand — and I want to understand white rage, and I’m white. And I want to understand it. So, what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out. KARL: He went on to say there’s nothing wrong with studying controversial ideas. In fact, it’s important. MILLEY: I’ve read Mao Tse-Tung. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist. So, what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend? And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, noncommissioned officers, of being, quote, “woke” or something else, because we’re studying some theories that are out there. [Cuts back to live] MUIR: And Jon Karl, General Milley saying, what’s wrong with understanding the country we’re here to defend? KARL: [Audio issue on ABC’s side] – to censor the study of America’s troubling history on race, saying it matters to the cohesion and discipline of the military. MUIR: Jon Karl live in Washington. Jon, thank you. Fox News Channel’s Special Report
June 23, 2021
6:21:34 p.m. Eastern BILL HEMMER: Meanwhile emotions are running high tonight in a suburban Washington school district and at times it’s getting physical. The issue is about political correctness and Critical Race Theory in the classroom. (…) 6:22:52 p.m. Eastern MIKE EMANUEL: A former Republican state senator blasted the school board. DICK BLACK (R-VA): Your teaching children to hate others because of their skin color and you’re forcing them to lie about other kids’ gender. EMANUEL: There are two hot button issues right now in Loudoun County public schools that have been simmering for months. One is transgender policy, the other is critical race theory. Parents are worried that curriculum change will divide the children and teach them to see skin color. LOUDOUN COUNTY PARENT: My child is not oppressed, and don’t assume that. As long as you Marxists push your unconstitutional agenda on my child, she will not be returning to Loudoun County schools. [Cheers] [Cuts back to live] EMANUEL: The school board chair called the disruptions politically motivated antics. That vote on transgender policy is now expected to take place in August.

Sports Illustrated, Woke Athletes Demand NCAA Punish ‘Anti-Trans’ States

This spring when red states were legislating against male intrusions on women’s sports, the NCAA threatened to withdraw postseason events from them. LGBT activists smelled blood in the water as they envisioned conservative states losing postseason competitions and tons of tourist dollars, but so far, they’ve been disappointed. In April, the NCAA Board of Governors said it “firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports.” Since then, it has not followed through on its threats even though laws banning trans athletes in six states take effect next month — contradicting woke NCAA policy allowing men who underwent hormone replacement surgery to compete as “women.” Trans and “nonbinary” athletes wrote to the NCAA in protest of softball tournaments scheduled in some of those very states. They pressed the NCAA to pull tournaments out of these states and to “keep trans athletes safe.” The NCAA responded, “We are also concerned with the laws in several states and are tracking them and their pending effective dates closely.” Now the LGBT activists and Sports Illustrated are demanding an accounting from the NCAA. They’re incensed that the NCAA isn’t following through on its threats and doesn’t have their backs. SI’s Julie Kliegman is taking on the fight for them, demanding answers, too. Kliegman’s allegiance to the whiny woke mob is unveiled: “The science around trans athletes is slim and unsettled—it has not been proved that trans girls and women, who at higher levels of competition are required to go through hormone therapy, retain any advantage over their cisgender peers.” Outside of Connecticut, there is hardly any controversy over trans athletes’ participation in sports, says Kliegman, who isn’t up on biology, science or the outrage over male Chelsea Wolfe making the Olympic women’s BMX team. Sports Illustrated cites an anonymous college track and field athlete from New England (who sounds a lot like trans Olympic hopeful Cece Telfer) calling softball tournament sites in red states Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee “toxic.” This whole thing is just a wedge issue for Republicans from the top down, Kliegman swears. Not a matter of fairness for females disadvantaged by bigger, stronger males. “It does not feel like [the NCAA has] done a whole lot. A lot of these statements feel like they’re full of hot air,” wails Washington University runner Aliya Schenck. By not punishing the states in question, the NCAA is not recognizing discrimination when it sees it, says C.J. Johnson, a former field hockey player at Earlham College: “It feels like we’re being erased. It almost feels like you’re being backstabbed, because it’s like you commit yourself to this organization and you absolutely love it. You put your heart and your soul into sports, right? And then they just make decisions that backstab your people, your identity, your community.” SI’s story gets even wackier as Kliegman relates how the extremely gender-confused Jordan Keesler, a former softball player at Agnes Scott College, would have quit the team during “their” career if transgenders were not allowed to play on women’s teams in certain states. “They” already found sharing bus trips to road games with a certain female teammate “violent and threatening.” Woke athletes are not giving up the battle. They’re plotting to “ratchet up pressure on their school administrations and conference heads” by boycotting competition in states with trans bans in place this fall.

MSNBC’s Hayes Wails: GOP Is ‘Radicalized Against Democracy!’

Host Chris Hayes had another meltdown on MSNBC’s All In Tuesday night. This time over Republican’s so-called “war against democracy” that only exists in the left-wing anchor’s wild imagination. Hayes went on a wild rant in the wake of Senate Democrats’ failed attempt to hijack the entire electoral system. He returned to a familiar liberal lie: Republicans want fewer people to vote! During Hayes’ hysterical rant he continued to propagate the proven lie that Republican legislatures in states all over the country are passing laws to prevent people from voting. This is obviously not true, as NewsBusters has previously addressed. But the truth has never been Chris Hayes’ strong suit.     The factually challenged MSNBC host harkened back to the 2020 presidential election’s record high turnout to make the case why Republicans want to limit further voter participation in elections going forward: “Now, rather than looking at that outcome and thinking, wow, we could be a competitive party even in high turnout elections, which would have been a totally rational conclusion. Republicans said, no, oh, God, never again. We want fewer people to vote. We need to do everything we can to manipulate the very mechanisms of American democracy to give ourselves a competitive advantage, or it’s over for us. But of course, Republicans view that, you know, expanding voter access, in the aggregate, as a purely partisan exercise. And think of this. That is because in their heart of hearts, in their deepest souls, they do not trust their own message enough to appeal to a majority of Americans in a high turnout election.” It’s ironic that leftists like Hayes say Republicans don’t believe their ideas will win. If Hayes and his party are so sure that’s the case, why do their allies at Google, Twitter, Facebook, and all the other tech tyrants spend so much time and energy censoring or banning conservatives from their platforms? If conservative ideas are so terrible, then surely they would be allowed to be heard so that voters run into the arms of Democrats.   The truth is they know conservative policies work. That’s why they are accusing Republican legislatures of doing the exact same thing that the so-called “For The People Act” would do, meanwhile letting their buddies at big tech censor and deplatform conservatives so nobody can hear what they have to say. Always remember what the late great Rush Limbaugh used to say: the left always accuses their opponents of doing what they themselves are guilty of.   This latest example of liberal media spin was endorsed by Lexus and Noom. Let them know how you feel about them endorsing this content by visiting our Conservatives Fight Back Page here.   Read the transcript below by clicking “expand” All In With Chris Hayes 6/22/2021 8:01 PM CHRIS HAYES: Good evening from New York. I’m Chris Hayes. It was a very, very big day for the future of American democracy. We will get to that significant action in a moment, but before we do, just give me a second here to go back to the context of what happened in the last election. Because, I think, honestly, I think it has been obscured by the sabotage and the disinformation and of course the violent insurrection, unlike anything we’ve really seen in the history of the country stoked by the former president. Remember this, last November, right, once in a century pandemic, we got a glimpse of what a full or fuller participation version of our democracy would look like because due to that pandemic, state after state, jurisdiction after jurisdiction, and I should note this is both Democratic and Republican — there were some fights over this. But across the board, more or less on the whole in the aggregate, all these places did something praiseworthy and novel. They took steps to make it easier to vote. They did this by expanding eligibility for mail-in voting and early voting and adding drop boxes for ballots.  There’s a public health concern. You don’t want everyone crowding in on election day. So, people found ways to make it easier to vote so you wouldn’t have that. And the results were clear. It worked. Turnout was the highest it had been in 120 years, nearly 67% of eligible voters casting a ballot. And also there was no uniform drubbing of one party by the other. It was not a blowout. It was a competitive election. Yes, Joe Biden won by a healthy margin, 7 million votes. 70-plus electoral college votes. But remember Republicans gained seats in the House. They won some key Senate races, right? Now, rather than looking at that outcome and thinking, wow, we could be a competitive party even in high turnout elections, which would have been a totally rational conclusion. Republicans said, no, oh, God, never again. We want fewer people to vote. We need to do everything we can to manipulate the very mechanisms of American democracy to give ourselves a competitive advantage, or it’s over for us. Now, today the Senate had the opportunity to stop that assault on democracy, to rebalance the playing field with a vote on the For The People Act. And what that bill would do — there’s a lot of parts — if it had not been killed by the Republican filibuster this evening, would create a permanent national floor for voting access kind of similar to the rules we saw across the country during the pandemic that led to that historic turnout, the highest level of democratic participation we have seen in our lifetimes. But of course, Republicans view that, you know, expanding voter access, in the aggregate, as a purely partisan exercise. And think of this. That is because in their heart of hearts, in their deepest souls, they do not trust their own message enough to appeal to a majority of Americans in a high turnout election. Ahead of the vote, Senator Mitch McConnell even called it a power grab.  [Cuts to video] SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL: Later today the Senate will vote on whether to advance Democrats’ transparently partisan plan to tilt every election in America permanently in their favor. By now the rotten inner workings of this power grab have been thoroughly exposed to the like. It’s a recipe for undermining confidence in our elections, remaking our entire system of government to suit the preferences of one far end of the political spectrum.  [Cuts back to live] HAYES: Ok, obviously laughable bit of projection. What McConnell claims Democrats are doing is exactly precisely what has happened in state after state controlled by Republicans. Earlier this year in Georgia, sweeping voter restriction law passed with just Republican votes, transparently partisan, you might say, in the statehouse and in the Senate signed by Republican governor. In Iowa Republican legislatures approved new restrictions including knocking an hour off of when you can vote on election day, for no reason. And again on a party-line vote signed into law by a Republican governor. Transparently partisan.  In Montana, two bills changing election law passed the Republican-controlled legislature almost entirely on a party-line vote. Governor of course, also a Republican. In Texas, another restrictive bill passed in the Senate. Party line vote, transparently partisan. Democrats, before the House Democrats, walked out and killed it. But they’re not done yet.  Okay. So, that’s the scorecard on transparently partisan attempts to tilt the field, right? In terms of undermining trust in the system, I mean, come on, spare me. What are we doing here? I mean, Mitch McConnell’s Republican Party is the one whose leader undermined the election even before and during and after and then culminated in whipping up a violent insurrection. And then Mitch McConnell himself refused to vote to sanction or remove him. And now state after state is falling down the Republican Party’s conspiratorial rabbit hole. In Arizona, the ballot audit continues, as a Pennsylvania state senator who chairs a key election committee now says he wants a similar audit in his state. In Fulton County, Georgia, a judge is deliberating over whether to allow an audit of their 147,000 ballots. Democratic state lawmakers in those states and all across the country have been watching this assault on voting rights. 480 of them signed on this letter to congressional leadership pleading with them to pass federal voting rights legislation. Some of those Texas Democrats who walked out of their own statehouse to kill that restrictive voting bill have been on Capitol Hill pushing for federal action. Arizona’s Democratic Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs, herself the target of threats and harassment and vitriol, called out her own state Senator Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for refusing to get rid of the filibuster that stands in the way of passing this voter protection law. Because full Democratic unity is the only way to get this done. Senator Raphael Warnock, pastor, the same church as Martin Luther King Jr. who spent a lifetime working on these issues, along with preaching to the pulpit before being elected, thanks to last year’s incredible turnout in Georgia, eloquently laid out the stakes today.  [Cuts to video] SEN. RAPHAEL WARNOCK: Right now across the nation, constitutional rights are being assaulted. And I fear that if we don’t act as a body in this moment, we will have crossed a dangerous rubicon in our nation that will make it extremely difficult for the next generation to secure voting rights for every eligible American. This is not our house. This is the house of the people. We are stewards of that trust. We have to ensure that the voices of the people can be heard in their own house. [Cuts back to live] HAYES: In the end, we ended up where we knew we would end up. 50/50, party-line vote in the United States Senate tonight. Stark division, one party that is radicalized against democracy and in pursuit of its own power, a party whose leader can count on every member of the caucus no matter where they are not to defect on the most elemental questions. A party that has come to rely not only on winning over voters but on manipulating the machinery of access as Texas Congressman Ronny Jackson explicitly copped to yesterday.  [Cuts to video] REP RONNY JACKSON: We have everything working in our favor right now. We have redistricting coming up, and the Republicans control most of that process in most of the states around the country. That alone should get us the majority back.  [Cuts back to live] HAYES: Sorry, four days ago. That alone should get us the majority back. Why listen to the voters? Who cares what the voters want? We control the process for redistricting. That alone. Think about that phrase there. That alone. That alone, independent of the will of the people. That alone, independent of democracy. That alone gives us power. Who cares what these people think? 

Latino Nets H.R. 1 Repeal Reports Scant and Fake

The defeat on Tuesday of the so-called “For the People Act”, or H.R.1, by Senate Republicans, didn’t get much attention from the Latino media where the audiences were granted a grand total of 24 on-air seconds on the failure of the controversial bill – and that over Telemundo´s late evening news edition. The black-out further confirms a trend of silence and disinformation, as MRC Latino reported in a study on Hispanc media coverage of HR1 published in May. Watch the biased rhetoric pre-and-post the GOP filibuster to move forward with the bill in this video compilation of two Spanish-speaking media reports over Univision and Telemundo that aired on June 22, 2021:      DESPIERTA AMERICA  ALAN TACHER: This morning, the Senate prepares to vote on the electoral bill. Democratic legislators come together in order to achieve its passage, arguing that they want to guarantee the right to vote for more people in elections to come. BUT, this does not persuade the Republican Party, which, as of this moment, seems willing to do whatever it takes to block this bill as well as any other bill that expands the role of the federal government in elections. TELEMUNDO EVENING EDITION JULIO VAQUEIRO: President Joe Biden´s election reform clashed today against the unanimous Republican bloc. The Act, known as the “For the People Act”, sought to counter voting limitations that exist in many states. Fourteen states have passed laws that restrict the votes of Hispanic and African-American minorities. The Democratic bill did not attain the 60 votes required to make it to the Senate.  Univision´s Tacher frames the report by portraying the Democrat bill as one that will “guarantee the right to vote for more people in elections to come”. As per the host, this doesn’t persuade Republicans who will block any and all voting bills that “expand the role of the federal government in elections”; at least they got that last part right.  Telemundo’s sole report hammers the White House talking point that H.R. 1 (S.1) will counter voting limitations that exist in many states that “have passed laws that restrict the votes of Hispanic and African-American minorities.” A claim that not only lacks veracity, but insinuates that “minorities and certain groups” are incapable of getting an ID to vote, to say the least. Unsaid by the Latino media, is that the massive support to the failed bill by the nation´s Spanish-speaking media is seated in their own ambitions: pushing for the elimination of voter ID, for the acceptance of voter registration from individuals under 18 years of age, to mention a few of the actual provisions of the Act, means that the millions of illegals flooding into our country, thus ensuring their permanence in the air waves.  This disinformation campaign was brought to Latino media by Comcast. 

Senator Lee SCORCHES Politicians for Accepting Big Tech Money

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) torched fellow politicians for denying that Big Tech needs an antitrust reckoning, especially those Republicans who are taking money from Big Tech. Lee raked fellow politicians over the coals for either being blind or bought out. He gave the keynote speech at the American Antitrust: Reforms to Create Further Innovation and Opportunity event hosted by NetChoice. Lee specified that one of the biggest obstacles to actually regulating Big Tech to reflect a fair and free market is bribery of conservatives: “At this point, the only people who still argue that there’s no reason to be concerned about competition in Big Tech are the ones paid by Big Tech to say so.” Lee made abundantly clear that the game has changed and American politicians need to wake up to the reality of Big Tech’s stranglehold on markets and politicians: “[A]s we’ve seen, the idea that Big Tech operates in a functioning free market can no longer be taken as a serious position, and the fact that Big Tech doesn’t have a standing army is cold comfort. Who needs physical force when you can control the public’s patterns of speech and thought and commerce?” The senator then invoked one of America’s founding fathers to show how far America’s standards of sovereignty have fallen. “Benjamin Franklin worried that Americans might one day sacrifice liberty for security,” he said. Lee also illustrated the danger of Big Tech’s ability to buy the favor of politicians: “When well compensated lobbyists and their nonprofit proxies attempt to pervert conservative economic and legal philosophy into a defense of Big Tech monopolists, antitrust policy and consumers suffer. This is what happens when conservatives are told that we just have to live with the status quo.” Lee illustrated that Big Tech’s clear contempt for millions of conservatives is proof that platforms don’t fear any free market alternatives. “Censoring your users’ speech is something that you can get away with only when you know that your customer base doesn’t have anywhere else to go,” he explained. “No business would treat its customers with the prejudice and disdain shown towards conservatives by Big Tech, and, unless that business were confident that it was the only game in town.” NetChoice’s official page for the event described the summit as “journey discussing reforms that could further innovation and opportunity.” Protocol summarized Netchoice as a “right-leaning lobbying group” that “counts Big Tech companies like Amazon and Google among its membership.”  MRC Free Speech America’s Big Tech Report Card gave Big Tech an abysmal “F” grade rating for censorship across multiple platforms, conveying that “By almost any measure, the first three months of 2021 were the worst ever for online freedom.” Conservatives are under attack. Contact your local representative and demand that Big Tech mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Meghan McCain Hammers Sanders on Squad’s Vile Anti-Semitism

Amid the usual softball questions from The View’s liberal co-hosts Wednesday morning, socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was also grilled by Meghan McCain on the vile anti-Semitism coming from far-left members of the Squad in Congress, his radical proteges. She demanded to know how he could “stand by everything AOC, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar have said and done.” “Senator Sanders, you have been a vocal critic of certain Israeli policies, with still acknowledging and sometimes even celebrating Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,” McCain observed in the first part of the segment. She then pointed out that “some of your surrogates and supporters have taken things in a different direction, calling Israel an ‘apartheid state,’ publicly pronouncing themselves as anti-Zionist, and implying that Israel is akin to terrorist organizations.”     McCain directly asked him: “Do you agree that this kind of extreme anti-Israel rhetoric – and I want to make it clear again, I am not talking about criticizing specific Israeli policies – has contributed to the rise in attacks against Jewish-Americans?” She even cited a recent interview she conducted with a victim of one of those attacks: “Joseph Borgen, who was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack in New York City, and he is deeply dissatisfied with the response from Democrats.” Sanders condemned the bigotry: “Well, look, anti-Semitism is a serious and growing problem not only in this country, around the world, and it is obviously unacceptable, and we have to combat it in every – in any and every way.” However, he then resorted to general platitudes about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and creating a peace process. After a commercial break, McCain again pressed Sanders on the topic, hitting harder by naming and shaming left-wing members of Congress: Senator Sanders, you are the godfather of the Squad. You’re a hyper-progressive socialist and you were talking about social justice before it was cool. But it feels like the Squad today has moved even to the left of you. How is it for you to stand by everything AOC, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar have said and done, particularly when it comes to Israel, and talking about from the river to the sea and the extermination of Israel as a right to exist, or do you think the movement which you started has moved away from what you envisioned? At first, Sanders tried to falsely claim such comments hadn’t been uttered: “Well, Meghan, first of all, I don’t believe that’s what they’re saying…” He then added: “…and second of all, it’s not my job to have to defend any member of Congress any more than it is their job to defend every statement that I make.” In reality, Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib deleted a tweet in December which included the anti-Israel phrase “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” suggesting the end of the Jewish state. In May, the radical Democratic lawmaker was caught holding a fundraiser with a Holocaust skeptic. On Wednesday, Sanders told McCain that “the progressives in the House are doing a very good job standing up for working families” and reiterated: “It’s not my job to comment about everything that every member of the House says, any more than it is for them to comment on what I say.” Apparently that means he doesn’t mind when Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar compares the U.S. and Israel to terrorist organizations or when New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tars Israel as an “apartheid state.” At least someone is trying to actually hold the left accountable for it’s outrageous and offensive rhetoric. This contentious exchange was brought to ABC viewers by Procter & Gamble and Liberty Mutual. Here is a transcript of the June 23 exchange: 11:36 AM ET (…) MEGHAN MCCAIN: Senator Sanders, you have been a vocal critic of certain Israeli policies, with still acknowledging and sometimes even celebrating Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. But some of your surrogates and supporters have taken things in a different direction, calling Israel an “apartheid state,” publicly pronouncing themselves as anti-Zionist, and implying that Israel is akin to terrorist organizations. Do you agree that this kind of extreme anti-Israel rhetoric – and I want to make it clear again, I am not talking about criticizing specific Israeli policies – has contributed to the rise in attacks against Jewish-Americans? Because I interviewed Joseph Borgen, who was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack in New York City, and he is deeply dissatisfied with the response from Democrats. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS [I-VT]: Well, look, anti-Semitism is a serious and growing problem not only in this country, around the world, and it is obviously unacceptable, and we have to combat it in every – in any and every way. My own view in terms of American policy toward the Middle East or Israel and the Palestinians is that we need an even-handed policy. It cannot simply be 100% pro-Israel, that we have to understand that in Gaza for example, you have 60% youth unemployment. You have a horrendous situation which was only made worse by the recent war. So what I want to see is our country play an even-handed role, and I want to see the United States work with other countries to try to bring the Israelis and the Palestinians together to bring about some peace in that region.          (…) 11:44 AM ET MCCAIN: Senator Sanders, you are the godfather of the Squad. You’re a hyper-progressive socialist and you were talking about social justice before it was cool. But it feels like the Squad today has moved even to the left of you. How is it for you to stand by everything AOC, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar have said and done, particularly when it comes to Israel, and talking about from the river to the sea and the extermination of Israel as a right to exist, or do you think the movement which you started has moved away from what you envisioned? SANDERS: Well, Meghan, first of all, I don’t believe that’s what they’re saying, and second of all, it’s not my job to have to defend any member of Congress any more than it is their job to defend every statement that I make. What I am focusing on right now is the reality that for the last many, many decades, the very rich in America have become much richer while working people are struggling. Real wages have not gone up in 48 years. And what I’m working on right now is a budget which says to the wealthiest people in this country, you know what? Even if you’re a multi-billionaire with incredible power, you’re gonna have to start paying your taxes. Large profitable corporations will start paying their taxes so that we can, in fact, rebuild our infrastructure, create good-paying jobs, make sure that families can afford child care, expand medicare so that elderly people can have teeth in their mouth and be able to hear and have eyeglasses that they can afford. That’s what I am focusing on right now. I think the folks in the – the progressives in the House are doing a very good job standing up for working families. It’s not my job to comment about everything that every member of the House says, any more than it is for them to comment on what I say. (…)