MAGA Malarkey: The Extremism You Missed From Republicans This Week
September 15, 2023
MAGA Republicans this week stooped to new lows with their extremism, hypocrisy, chaos, and — as President Biden would call it — malarkey. In case you missed it: Donald Trump plans to go even further with his MAGAnomics tax scam that rigged the economy the ultra-wealthy and big corporations, Chris Christie called to extend the tax scam as well, Tim Scott rolled out his own MAGAnomics agenda, and Mike Pence once again supported Tommy Tuberville’s military promotion blockade while Nikki Haley attacked the Department of Defense.
Also this week, reporting revealed Trump pushed House Republicans to chase a baseless impeachment inquiry against President Biden — which RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel admitted is a shameless political game for Trump — and Vivek Ramaswamy doubled down on his plans to defund law enforcement and shut down the Department of Education.
Trump is planning to go even further with his extreme MAGA tax scam that ballooned the deficit and created incentives for companies to ship jobs overseas by adding more giveaways for the ultra-rich and big corporations.
Washington Post: “Trump and his advisers have discussed deeper cuts to both individual and corporate tax rates that would build on his controversial 2017 tax law, which they see as a major accomplishment worth expanding, according to interviews with a half-dozen people close to the former president, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.”
Christie doubled down on his support for Trump’s tax scam and even called for the giveaways to be extended.
Christie: “First of all, we need to extend the Trump tax cuts. I think those need to be extended and they worked well.”
Tim Scott’s new economic rollout is based on the same failed MAGAnomics agenda — handouts for major corporations and the one percent at the expense of the middle class.
Scott: “I would tell Trump supporters if you like his policies, if you like tax cuts, if you like $4,400 more in your pockets because you got to keep your own money, I wrote it and he signed it.”
Mike Pence once again threw his support behind Tommy Tuberville as he undermines our military and jeopardizes our national security all in the cause of anti-abortion extremism.
Fox News: “Pence says he ‘commends’ senator’s blocking of military nominations in response to Pentagon’s abortion policy”
Pence: “I commend Senator Tuberville, and rather than asking him to stand down, I’d ask the Pentagon to stand down.”
Haley doubled down on criticizing the Department of Defense as Tommy Tuberville’s military blockade halts hundreds of military promotions and puts our national security at risk.
HuffPost: “GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley took aim at the Defense Department for beginning a policy at the center of Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s (R-Ala.) hold on 300-plus military promotions in the Senate.”
Trump suggested that House Republicans are pursuing their impeachment sham as payback for his own impeachments and was actively involved in the decision by Speaker-in-name-only McCarthy to ramp up the House GOP’s political games.
Trump: “I think had they not done it to me — and I’m very popular, they like me and I like them, the Republican Party — perhaps you wouldn’t have it being done to them.”
Kate Sullivan, CNN: “Trump suggests Biden wouldn’t be facing an impeachment inquiry if he hadn’t been impeached.”
New York Times: “Trump Has Been Privately Encouraging G.O.P. Lawmakers to Impeach Biden”
Politico: “Trump privately discussed Biden impeachment with House GOPers”
The Hill: “Trump speaks with Stefanik as GOP moves forward with Biden impeachment inquiry”
When asked about Kevin McCarthy’s impeachment sham, Ronna McDaniel brazenly suggested that it will help Republicans politically and that their stunts are about vengeance.
McDaniel: “I think [Kevin McCarthy] is right on. … our voters are sick and tired of Republicans getting attacked all the time through the courts or whatever and it’s time to go after Biden.”
Ramaswamy doubled down on his extreme “America First 2.0” agenda that includes defunding federal law enforcement and shutting down the Department of Education.
NBC News: “Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is laying out plans to shut down a number of federal government agencies if elected, starting with the FBI, Department of Education and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.”
Ramaswamy: “I think the FBI as an institution should not exist.”
Washington Post: “Billed as ‘America First 2.0,’ an argument that Trump did not go far enough in passing his policy agenda as president, Ramaswamy’s platform — which leans heavily on executive actions — includes raising the voting age to 25 unless certain requirements are met, ending affirmative action ‘in every sphere of American life,’ shutting down the FBI and trimming 75 percent of executive branch employees to reduce the size of the ‘administrative state.’”