GOP In Disarray

The past few days have shown the extent to which the Republican Party is in disarray and deeply divided. Trump is threatening to primary fellow Republicans, top Republican leaders are publicly feuding with top Trump allies in Congress, another Republican senator retired, and Republicans are even censuring members of their own party. Sad.

Trump is threatening to primary Republicans who put the country first and vote to convict Trump for inciting and encouraging an insurrection.

The Hill: “Allies of former President Trump are waging an intense pressure campaign aimed at convincing GOP senators to vote against his conviction in next month’s impeachment trial. The message to wavering GOP senators is that anyone who votes to convict Trump is guaranteeing a tough primary challenge that could end their political career.”

Republicans in Arizona reinstated a Trump ally as state chair and voted to censure fellow Republicans.

Arizona Republic Editorial: “Apparently, the Arizona Republican Party has decided that it no longer wants to be affiliated with … Republicans. There is really no other explanation for the party on Saturday re-electing Donald Trump cultist Kelli Ward as the state chairperson and, then, passing resolutions to censure Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain.”

A top Trump ally in Congress and a leading House Republican are feuding, holding a petty public event and attacking the other for wearing makeup.

Fox News: “One of former President Trump’s top supporters in the House of Representatives is targeting one of Trump’s biggest House GOP critics. GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is heading to House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney’s home state of Wyoming on Thursday, where he’ll hold an event outside the state capitol in Cheyenne.”

HuffPost: “Rep. Liz Cheney’s Office Slams Rep. Matt Gaetz — For Wearing Makeup, Of All Things”

Another Republican has retired over the direction Trump has taken the Republican Party, creating more uncertainty for the party’s future.

Politico: “Portman’s exit signals uncertainty for Senate GOP”

Politico: “Ohio Republican Rob Portman will not seek a third Senate term in 2022, a blow to both Republicans’ hopes of taking back the Senate and the chamber’s dwindling number of centrists… Portman said in an interview in November he was planning on running in 2022. But the GOP is now undergoing a major reckoning after Trump’s attacks on the election inspired an attack on the Capitol by his supporters.”

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Michigan Democratic Party statement on Speaker Wentworth’s refusal to work with Governor Whitmer

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes regarding this recent news story with Speaker Wentworth.

“Speaker Wentworth’s commentary on his refusal to work with Governor Whitmer is disgraceful. His lack of understanding of how federal dollars work and what they would do for Michigan families is simply embarrassing. He is fighting against money to vaccinate our seniors and teachers, get our kids back to school safely, support small businesses, fix our roads, and extend unemployment benefits. And in typical Republican form he attacks the Governor, criticizes her bold leadership, and then calls on her to make a commitment to unity. This is the hypocrisy that we continue to see out of the MIGOP.  Michiganders would be better served by a leader that is truly willing to work across the aisle for the good of everyone, instead of spending his time starting political fights in the press.”

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DNC LGBTQ Caucus on Historic Appointment of Dr. Rachel Levine

DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes released the following statement on the historic nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary for Health: 

“For the LGBTQ community and its allies who have long fought for the promise of true equality and representation, today is a day to celebrate as we mark the historic nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She would be the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed federal official in our nation’s history. Currently serving as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Levine brings with her a wealth of experience and exemplary record of leadership as she spearheads the state’s efforts to reign in the COVID-19 pandemic. The LGBTQ community is proud that the Biden administration has chosen Dr. Levine to play such a critical role at such an important time for our country.”

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Declaración del DNC sobre la juramentación de Joe Biden y Kamala Harris

El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata emitió la siguiente declaración: 

“Hoy es un día nuevo para los Estados Unidos. En el mismo lugar donde hubo un ataque violento contra nuestra democracia hace dos semanas, Joe Biden y Kamala Harris juramentaron para servirle a nuestra nación – un ejemplo de la fortaleza del mejor experimento democratico en la historia del mundo. Confío en que la nueva administración tendrá muchos logros. Los retos que enfrenta nuestra nación son muchos: tenemos que luchar contra una pandemia, reconstruir una economía y unir y sanar una nación. El momento ha llegado para tener liderazgo en la Casa Blanca. El momento ha llegado para poner al pueblo estadounidense por encima de la política partidista. El momento ha llegado para tener una presidencia que use como base la esperanza, la compasión, los hechos y la ciencia; una presidencia que celebra la diversidad de nuestra nación y lucha por los más vulnerables. Es por eso que el pueblo estadounidense votó de manera histórica en noviembre. Esto es lo que veremos durante los próximos cuatro años; dignidad, empatía y gracia. Con Joe Biden y Kamala Harris, la primera vicepresidenta afroamericana y asiática americana. Ya hemos hecho historia y ahora es el momento de reconstruir nuestra nación mejor que antes.”

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DNC on the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“It’s a new day in America. At the same site where a violent mob attacked our democracy two weeks ago, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris just swore a solemn oath to serve this country to the best of their ability – a testament to the endurance of the greatest democratic experiment in the history of the world. And I have every confidence in the success of this new administration. The challenges before our nation are many: We have a pandemic to battle, an economy to rebuild, a nation to unite and heal. The time has come for real leadership in the White House. The time has come to put the American people above partisanship. The time has come for a presidency grounded in hope and compassion, facts and science; a presidency that celebrates our nation’s diversity and fights for our nation’s most vulnerable. That’s what the American people voted for in November in record numbers. And that’s what we are going to see over the next four years. Grace. Dignity. Empathy. Under Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the first Black and Asian American woman to serve as our nation’s vice president, we have already made history, and now we will begin to build our nation back better.”

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DNC on U.S. Passing 400,000 COVID-19 Deaths

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the United States reached 400,000 COVID-19 deaths:

“An American dies of COVID-19 nearly every 20 seconds. More than 4,000 in a single day. And now, more than 400,000 in the last year. The pain of this pandemic is immeasurable. Every day, families are shattered, small businesses shut their doors, and hospitals are filled to capacity. Instead of fighting this pandemic, the president decided to incite a violent insurrection of mostly maskless supporters at the U.S. Capitol, and Republican lawmakers put their Democratic colleagues in danger by refusing to wear masks as they huddled for safety. We need new leadership in America. And tomorrow, we’re going to get it as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are inaugurated as president and vice president of the United States. They will move swiftly to end this pandemic, bring relief to those in need, and build our economy and our country back better.”

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DNC on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

“Every year, we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; we honor his legacy through acts of service; we remember his courage and wisdom, and his ability to marshal millions to action in the fight for jobs, justice, and equality. But this year’s MLK Day comes during a trying time for our nation, a time when Dr. King’s message and mission have never been more urgent. Over the past year, America has grappled with civil unrest over the systemic racism that still pervades our society. And our country has been ravaged by a pandemic that has further exposed the relics of racial injustice that remain. So as we celebrate Dr. King’s life, let us also recommit ourselves to his life’s work. Because MLK Day is about more than releasing a statement or tweeting a quote of his inspiring words. It’s about acting on those words. It’s about realizing his vision for equality and opportunity. Even when it is uncomfortable. Especially when it is uncomfortable. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are committed to carrying on Dr. King’s legacy and championing his cause of justice for all.”

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Michigan Democratic Party Calls for Investigation into Senator Mike ‘Militia’ Shirkey

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes.

“It has become increasingly clear that there needs to be a full investigation into Senator Mike Shirkey’s dealings with Michigan Militia groups.  He has spoken at their rallies.  He has defended their actions. And most recently it has come to light that he met with the leaders of three Michigan-based militia groups to help them with their messaging. He has, time and time again, betrayed the trust of the people that he is elected to serve. His sympathetic approach to working with right-wing armed militia groups is disturbing and dangerous and must come to an end.”

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Michigan Democratic Party Statement on President-elect Joe Biden’s picks to lead the DNC

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes.

“With the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden just days away, our long national nightmare is almost over. That doesn’t mean that our work is done though. We made significant strides in this last election, taking back the White House, flipping the U.S. Senate, and holding the U.S. House. But as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, systematic racism, a struggling economy, and many challenges facing working families across America, there is a need to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2021 and 2022. That is why President-elect Joe Biden’s slate of officers for the DNC gives me hope. Each of the individuals he has chosen, including Governor Whitmer, are well respected leaders that understand what it takes to win. I am looking forward to working alongside all of them to continue electing Democrats who will fight to build America back better.”

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Unemployment Claims Soar & Deaths Hit New Record High As Trump Continues To Botch Vaccine Rollout

The pandemic continues to surge uncontrolled because of Trump’s refusal to do anything to help. Coronavirus deaths just hit a new record high for the second day in a row and new unemployment claims soared last week. Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues to botch the vaccine rollout and has only made it more difficult for the incoming Biden administration to control the pandemic.

Weekly unemployment claims soared last week to nearly 1 million — four times higher than the pre-pandemic average.

NBC News: “The latest weekly initial jobless claims soared to 965,000 last week, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Labor, as the economy struggles to contain the fallout from rising coronavirus infection rates across the country… the weekly figure continues to be four times higher than the pre-pandemic average.”

The U.S. hit a new single-day record high yesterday, for the second day in a row, with over 4,300 coronavirus deaths.

Associated Press: “Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. hit another one-day high at over 4,300 with the country’s attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly uprising at the Capitol. The nation’s overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is closing in fast on the number of Americans killed in World War II, or about 407,000.”

Washington Post: “The United States set a another record for coronavirus deaths reported in a single day, tallying more than 4,250 lives lost on Tuesday, with new infections still at an all-time high and hospitals across the country contending with a flood of sick patients.”

The Trump administration continues to botch its vaccine rollout and made abrupt changes that could create hurdles for the Biden administration.

Politico: “Trump administration health officials blindsided states on Tuesday with an abrupt and dramatic shift in how they’ll distribute coronavirus vaccines that may set up new hurdles for the Biden transition team. The administration plans to punish states that don’t move fast enough on vaccinations or that fail to provide the government real-time reports on inoculations. Trump officials also urged states to immediately start vaccinating anyone 65 and over or with high-risk medical conditions. Those moves, however, won’t fix the chaos and inequities that have marked the vaccine rollout so far, including low uptake in underprivileged communities hardest hit by the pandemic, public health experts and some officials representing state health departments told POLITICO. And they could put states struggling to vaccinate hard-to-reach communities farther behind.”

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