So, you know, priorities.
A group of Republican senators led by Steve Daines (R-Montana) marked Flag Day Monday by introducing yet another constitutional amendment to ban the "physical desecration of the American flag." In a possible nod to the First Amendment, the mental or verbal desecration of the flag would presumably remain legal. This is the third time Daines has introduced such an amendment.
Daines's amendment was co-sponsored by fellow Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia), Kevin Cramer (North Dakota), and Mike Crapo (Idaho). It's unclear whether any senators farther along in the alphabet than Daines would be joining in.
It's also not clear whether there's really much support for another go at banning flag burning; as culture war issues go, it feels like its day has passed. When we hear about amending the Constitution to protect the stars and stripes, we think of Michael Dukakis riding around in a tank and President Dana Carvey saying "Nah gunnah duuit."
But then, we thought Donald Trump would fail at igniting a fight over how American history should be taught, so we may not be the best judges of what shiny object the Right will fixate on next.
In a statement, Daines said the sacred piece of fabric must be protected, because the troops and also liberty:
The American flag is a symbol of liberty and a beacon of hope. It represents the ideals that our nation was built upon and for decades, brave men and women have carried its colors into battle to defend the United States of America. The Stars and Stripes are a representation of freedom. We must always protect and respect the American flag.
That's actually a good bit longer than the actual text of the proposed amendment, which simply reads, ''The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.''
When Daines first introduced his pet constitutional amendment in 2018, he also included a list of 50 incidents of flag burning or desecration that occurred since 2014, so there's your crisis. It includes at least two flags burned during Black Lives Matter protests, a number of flag burnings in protest of Donald Trump, and quite a few incidents where flags were anonymously taken down and burned/vandalized during the night.
Also, since March of last year, 600,000 Americans died of COVID-19, so we really need to make sure their memory is honored by preventing the symbolic desecration of a symbol.
Also, let's not forget that the Right loves America's flag so much that they consider it the perfect thing to bludgeon police with while trying to overturn a democratic election.
No telling whether Daines's amendment will catch fire. Earlier this year, Matt Gaetz got nowhere when he tried stirring up patriotic fervor by demanding that each meeting of the House Judiciary Committee begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, particularly since everyone pointed out that the full House says the pledge every morning.
There are so many other objects of "patriotic" backlash these days, stoking paranoia about cancel culture, attempts to cancel the teaching of accurate American history, the burning need to cancel appropriate medical care for trans teens, and moves to cancel the wrong sort of Americans from voting. A lot will depend on whether the rightwing mediasphere decides to push it. If Tucker Carlson starts crying about the dangerous antifa and Black Lives Matter flag burners, then you'd better bet the amendment will become an issue in the 2022 midterm elections.
Or maybe by then the Right will have found some glorious new fuckery to lose its shit over.
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The Big Lie keeps getting larger.
Republicans are eager to downplay or outright ignore the January 6 attack on the Capitol, but authorities are still arresting members of the MAGA mob. John Getsinger Jr. and Stacie Hargis-Getsinger from South Carolina are the latest contestants on the ongoing reality TV series, “So You Wanted To Start An Insurrection?"
The Getsingers were charged this week in Charleston with "entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct, demonstrating in a Capitol building and parading in a Capitol building." That's Joe Biden's America for you. Even parades are illegal.
Four people reportedly contacted an FBI tips line separately with incriminating information about the couple, who had boasted on social media about their involvement in the January 6 attack. The criminal complaint alleges that video exists of the Getsingers entering the Capitol Building saying, "This is war! We're storming the Capitol!"
The FBI confirmed from cell phone data that John Getsinger's phone was inside the Capitol during the riot. A search warrant was served on Stacie Hargis-Getsinger's Facebook page, where she'd allegedly posted, "The (presidential) election was rigged, and this ain't over."
Unfortunately, this isn't over, because Republicans continue giving cover to insurrectionists. We don't need a January 6 commission to understand a few key points: Donald Trump and his Republican cronies spent months spreading the Big Lie about the 2020 election. The Big Lie was primed to explode on a specific date and place, the US Capitol when Congress certified the election results. History is currently repeating itself in Arizona, where morons are conducting a jacklegged “audit" of the presidential and Senate races (because those are the ones Republicans lost).
"What we're seeing from McConnell, from McCarthy, from the RNC, from all of the Republicans in Washington, is an ex… https://t.co/eGhch4kjiO— Deadline White House (@Deadline White House)1623795343.0
The audit's results are scheduled to be announced later this month. No one imagines that those responsible will declare, “Everything checks out! Biden is the undisputed winner. Democracy stands!" No, the audit will “reveal" that Trump actually won by a billion votes or that there was so much fraud we can't (and shouldn't) trust Biden's victory. It's a mistake to treat this as a sideshow. As Tim Miller notes in The Bulwark, people are taking this very seriously, and the intensity is eerily similar to what we saw in the weeks leading up to January 6.
Activists in the QAnon movement have described the audit as the first step in "The Great Awakening." And Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward has threatened "arrests" of those who did not comply with the audit. (N.B.: The Arizona Republican Party does not yet have the power to detain citizens for crimes against MAGA.)
One Arizona GOP precinct committeewoman, Gail Golec, has quit her job as a real estate agent to focus on uncovering "fraud" full-time, which she details on her Facebook and YouTube pages. One America News has hired a local propagandist, Christina Bobb, to "cover the audit"—while also fundraising for it.
Trump has also threatened to primary any Republican who doesn't support an audit in Pennsylvania, a state he lost by 80,000 votes. This cancer is spreading because it remains untreated. Anti-MAGA Republicans such as Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger won't leave the GOP, which just strengthens the disease. They're refusing the necessary chemotherapy and are instead sticking crystals up their asses.
During Tuesday's “Deadline White House," host Nicolle Wallace described the Arizona audit as "the single animating event for the Stop the Steal movement," which endures even after directly leading to a domestic terror attack. This isn't some crazy stunt that will help turn out the MAGA vote next year. It's a looming threat.
MILLER: What we're seeing from McConnell, from McCarthy, from the RNC, from all of the Republicans in Washington, is an exact replay of what they did before January 6th - put their head in the sand, hope that this crystalizing event does not become violent, and they can just move on to the next thing.
But John Getsinger Jr. and Stacie Hargis-Getsinger haven't moved on. They're free on a $75,000 unsecured bond. So far, 521 Trump supporters have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the Capitol insurrection. The Republican Party still embraces the twice-impeached thug while marginalizing Cheney and anyone else who dares refute the Big Lie. William Faulkner wrote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." The same is true for the January 6 insurrection. Only the date might change.
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May their names be a stain.
Wonderful news, America. All of Congress has voted, and for the first time in a very long time, we have a new federal holiday, and it is Juneteenth, commemorating the day — over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — when the last enslaved people, in Galveston, Texas, found out they were free. (Okay, there was peonage slavery until 1963, but it was illegal too.) As Juneteenth falls on June 19, that means it's Saturday. President Joe Biden will sign the bill later this afternoon.
In the Senate, the vote was unanimous. (Yes, really. It was the absolute least some of those Republicans could do.) And in the House, the vote yesterday afternoon was ... not unanimous. But it was close to unanimous, at 415 to 14.
Wonkette believes in writing things down for history's sake, so here are the 14 absolute garbage piece of shit white men in the House who couldn't bring themselves to vote to recognize a celebration of the end of slavery. May their names be a stain on their history books. When you read this list, you'll see that most of these men's names were already a stain before this vote. This just adds to it.
- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.
- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.
- Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.
- Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Wis.
- Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif.
- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala.
- Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C.
- Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas
- Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.
- Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif.
- Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont.
- Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas
- Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.
- Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga.
If your rep is on there, congratulations, that's what you have representing you in Congress. There's Mo Brooks, the seditionist rep who's currently trying to have a process server arrested for doing their job and serving him with a lawsuit. There's Paul Gosar, who took a break from treating Capitol cops like shit to treat Black people like shit. (Indeed, there's some overlap between this list and the list of 21 who just couldn't bring themselves to vote for Congressional Gold Medals for the officers who defended them on January 6.)
There's Andrew Clyde, who called the January 6 attack a "tourist visit." Yesterday, he refused to shake the hand of one of the Capitol cops injured that day. There's that batshit former Trump doctor Ronny Jackson, who just ... we don't know what's wrong with that guy. We seriously don't.
USA Today shares some of these slave state throwbacks' reasons for voting against Juneteenth. Here's Doctor Ronny!
"We have enough federal holidays right now. I just don't see the reason in doing it," he said. "I don't think it rises to the level I'm going to support it."
It just doesn't "rise to the level" for him, commemorating the end of slavery.
Thomas Massie, a true goddamned idiot, is just really worried people are going to get Juneteenth confused with the Fourth of July:
"I fully support creating a day to celebrate the abolition of slavery, a dark portion of our nation's history. However, naming this day 'national independence day' will create confusion and push Americans to pick one of those two days as their independence day based on their racial identity," Massie said on the House floor. "Why can't we name this 'emancipation day' and come together as Americans and celebrate that day together as Americans?"
That's right, MASS CONFUSIONS! How will people be able to tell the two holidays apart when the dates the respective holidays are held are either mostly or fully in the name of the holidays? Also, has anybody told Rep. Massie that Black people have been celebrating Juneteenth since fucking forever?
Rep. Chip Roy similarly said calling it "Juneteenth National Independence Day" was just too confusing and divisive. You know, for racist white people.
The most insane and racist and lie-filled ignorant bullshit we've seen came from Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale. It's truly breathtaking.
"Let's call an ace an ace. This is an effort by the Left to create a day out of whole cloth to celebrate identity politics as part of its larger efforts to make Critical Race Theory the reigning ideology of our country. Since I believe in treating everyone equally, regardless of race, and that we should be focused on what unites us rather than our differences, I will vote no."
Don't even try to factcheck it, because the glue-sniffing moron is so far outside of reality as to render factchecking a futile act. He thinks the Left just "made up" Juneteenth five minutes ago. He barks racist rabies words about "Critical Race Theory." He, of course, makes it about how Juneteenth makes white racists FEEEEEEEEL. Fucking snowflakes.
As Matt Rosendale is Editrix Rebecca's personal congressman, we have a feeling she just might write a letter to her congressman today, right here on Wonkette.
As for the rest of us, Juneteenth is Saturday, and that is something worth celebrating.
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Biden Sorry For Being Pissy To Kaitlan Collins, Not Sorry For Making Peter Doocy Look Like Idiot (Again)
Sorry not sorry.
At the end of President Joe Biden's press conference after his meeting with the whiny Russian, there was a testy moment!
All day, some journalists have been dead-set on misinterpreting Biden's stated intentions — to give Vladimir Putin a chance to see if he'll act in good faith — as Biden saying he's actually confident that's going to happen. At no point did he say anything like that. He wasn't born falling off a turnip truck into his first rodeo yesterday.
As Biden was leaving, jacket in hand (it was hot), CNN's Kaitlan Collins shouted out a question: "Why are you so confident he'll change his behavior, Mr. President?" It was a dumb and bad question from somebody who's usually a pretty darn good reporter. And Biden was not happy about it, because he never said any words like that.
So he got PISSY.
"What the hell? ... when did I say I was confident? ... if you don't understand that, you're in the wrong business"… https://t.co/7ic1btE7jJ— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1623866472.0
BIDEN: I'm not confident he'll change his behavior, what the hell? What do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident? What I said was, let's get it straight. I said what will change the behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and it diminishes their standing in the world. I'm not confident of anything. I'm just stating the facts.
WHAT THE HELL, KAITLAN COLLINS, WHAT THE HELL?
Collins asked how, based on how Putin downplayed human rights abuses and wouldn't even say Alexei Navalny's name, Biden could say it was a constructive meeting. Biden said, "If you don't understand that, you're in the wrong business." MEOW, JOE.
Please note, though, that President Biden did not call Kaitlan Collins an enemy of the people or tell his crowd to harass her. He also didn't order the Justice Department to spy on her phone records. (THAT WE KNOW OF.)
Nonetheless, he is sorry for saying that and being such a "wiseguy." On his way to Air Force One, the president said, "I owe my last questioner an apology. I shouldn't have been such a wiseguy." And Kaitlan Collins went on TV and said his apology was "completely unnecessary." She said he didn't have to do that, but she appreciates that he did, and right there in front of all the reporters.
Kaitlan Collins says Biden apologizing for the way he handled her question is "completely unnecessary" https://t.co/StQ8LZLz3z— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1623868938.0
She wasn't mad. It was just President-Journalist Fight Club. It happens.
So that's nice! Apologies are good!
During the press conference, just before the Kaitlan Collins foofaraw, Fox News's Peter Doocy stood up and opened the chinless slit in his face and asked a dumbass question about CHINA and THE REAL ORIGIN OF COVID. This was a press conference about Biden's meeting with Putin, which everybody else in the room and everybody else in the world knew, but details like that will never stop Peter Doocy from being a hack. This is the chicken Peter Doocy has decided to dedicate his life to fucking.
Doocy, who thought he was being cute, referred to Chinese President Xi as Biden's "old friend." Biden calmly explained that they are not "old friends," and then proceeded to school Doocy on how life and diplomacy with China work. It wasn't hilarious fireworks like it is when Jen Psaki dismantles Doocy and steals his lunch money. It was just Doocy making himself look like an idiot again, and getting an adult answer from an adult. (You can see the video above in the tweet thread above with the Kaitlan Collins thing.)
Joe Biden did not say he was sorry for what happened when Peter Doocy dickstomped himself again. Whatcha gonna do? That's just what Peter Doocy does.
We're going to end this post with a bonus video from Putin's press conference, which happened before Biden's presser, because it is just very awesome. ABC News reporter Rachel Scott set up her question by noting that all Putin's political enemies are either dead or imprisoned, and that Putin has banned Alexei Navalny's supporters from running for office. And then, to Putin's face, she asked, "So my question, Mr. President: WHAT ARE YOU SO AFRAID OF?"
ABC’s Reporter Rachel Scott @rachelvscott to #Russia’s Putin: “The list of your political opponents who are dead, i… https://t.co/e4SRVpyclb— Joyce Karam (@Joyce Karam)1623861343.0
That's right, that was her question! And it was badass.
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