MAGA Malarkey: The Extremism You Missed From Republicans This Week

MAGA Republicans stooped to new lows this week with their extremism, hypocrisy, chaos, and — as President Biden would call it — malarkey. In case you missed it: Donald Trump doubled down on his threat to repeal the Affordable Care Act, MAGA Mike Johnson took hypocrisy to new levels by fundraising off of a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law project after voting against the bill, Lauren Boebert continues to rail against bringing good-paying manufacturing jobs to her district, Nikki Haley was endorsed by architects of Trump’s MAGAnomics agenda, and Tommy Tuberville failed to see the irony in claiming that we have the weakest military of all time while dragging on his shameful military blockade.

Donald Trump doubled down on his plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would jeopardize the health care of 40 million Americans and could subject up to 135 million Americans with preexisting conditions to discrimination.

Daily Beast: “Trump Revives Plan to Dismantle Obamacare if Elected in 2024”

Mediaite: “‘OBAMACARE SUCKS!!!’ Trump Rants About New Plan — Years After He Promised It Was ‘Two Weeks’ Away”

The Messenger: “Former President Donald Trump said he is ‘seriously looking at alternatives’ to Obamacare in a new post on his social media platform Truth Social. He also called it a ‘low point for the Republican Party’ that lawmakers failed to ‘terminate’ the health insurance program established by the Affordable Care Act. According to the latest figures this year, more than 40 million Americans rely on the program for those who can’t afford private plans.”

Trump: “The cost of Obamacare is out of control, plus, it’s not good Healthcare. I’m seriously looking at alternatives. We had a couple of Republican Senators who campaigned for 6 years against it, and then raised their hands not to terminate it. It was a low point for the Republican Party, but we should never give up!”

Washington Post: “But what’s clear is that an effort to ‘terminate’ Obamacare is not something Americans are pining for. Not only were the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare during Trump’s term historically unpopular, but the law also appears to have gotten more popular since then. … And when politicians talk of ending health insurance for tens of millions of Americans, dropping coverage of preexisting conditions and cutting Obamacare’s Medicaid funding, things get even dicier.”

CNN: “Some Trump advisers who spoke with CNN also conceded that calling for the termination of a health care law that provides millions of Americans coverage and is largely viewed favorably by the public is a political loser going into 2024. Republicans have tried and failed for years to implement substantial changes to Obamacare and the party has largely abandoned efforts to campaign on the issue.”

“Trump’s health care legacy while in office is viewed by many Republicans as lackluster at best. His failure to fulfill his core campaign promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare – even with a GOP monopoly on power in Washington – was an early blow to Trump, who had painted himself as the ultimate dealmaker.”

MAGA Mike Johnson tried to take a victory lap and tout improvements made under President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law — which he voted against at Trump’s behest.

NBC News: “In Biden’s first two years, Johnson voted against a slew of bipartisan bills — including one to establish a Jan. 6 independent commission, the infrastructure law, reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a modest new gun law and the CHIPS and Science Act.”

Jake Sherman, Punchbowl News: “@SpeakerJohnson will be at the Sarasota airport tomorrow with @VernBuchanan. JOHNSON is in Sarasota for a fundraiser at Vern Buchanan’s home in Longboat Key.”

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “Sarasota Bradenton International Airport will build a new concourse ground boarding facility with the help of $10 million in federal funds. The Biden Administration on Thursday announced the first $1 billion in federal funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will be used to improve airport terminals across the country.” 

Rather than do her job and look out for her constituents, MAGA minion Lauren Boebert continues to rail against President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act — which is creating hundreds of good-paying manufacturing jobs in her district. 

Boebert: “[The Inflation Reduction Act] was a complete scam.”

Associated Press: “Boebert, who has cultivated a national reputation as a far-right insurgent, has called the Inflation Reduction Act ‘a massive failure’ that ‘needs to be repealed.’ She also described the bipartisan infrastructure law enacted in 2021 as ‘garbage’ and ‘wasteful.’” 

The Hill: “[President Biden] added that Boebert, ‘along with every other Republican, voted against this bill — and it’s making all this possible. And she railed against its passage. But, that’s OK, she’s welcoming it now.’”

The White House: “If Representative Boebert had it her way, Colorado would have lost out on over $5.6 billion in infrastructure projects already announced in Colorado.” 

Politico: “CS Wind says the Pueblo facility is the world’s largest manufacturing plant for wind turbine towers. The company, which is based in South Korea, has credited the IRA with helping spur the growth that allowed it to expand its Pueblo facility. In April, the company broke ground on an expansion that is due to open next year and is expected to create 850 new jobs in Colorado by 2026. CS Wind will be eligible for clean-energy tax credits under the IRA.”

Nikki Haley was endorsed by Americans for Prosperity, a right-wing group pushing an extreme MAGAnomics agenda to rip away Americans’ health care, cut taxes for the ultra-wealthy, and end Social Security and Medicare as we know them. 

Politico: “The conservative outside-spending behemoth Americans for Prosperity will launch a $9 million ad campaign targeting the Affordable Care Act in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the law, AFP president Tim Phillips tells me.”

Haley: “We have fought Obamacare in South Carolina as much as we possibly could. We said no to the state exchanges. We said no to the Medicaid expansion. … They just turned and set every state back with this bill that we know did not work.”

Associated Press: “Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is proposing changes to entitlement programs for younger generations, opening the door to potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare if elected.”

New York Times: “Conservative activist groups like Americans for Prosperity, celebrating what they expect is the imminent passage of a tax package that they and the Republican Party’s corporate backers have sought for a generation, now need to convince ordinary Americans that this is good for them too.”

Haley: “Well I think what I’d like to see is us go back to what Trump had under the tax cuts under him … I was there.”

Tommy Tuberville had the audacity to insult our nation’s military while dragging on his shameless military blockade that is preventing hundreds of servicemembers from being promoted.

Tuberville: “We’ve got the weakest military than we’ve had probably in my lifetime.” 

Business Insider: “After blocking hundreds of promotions, Tuberville said the US has ‘the weakest military than we’ve probably had in my lifetime’”

“While Tuberville piled on President Joe Biden and his administration for what he considers to be a “self-inflicted” disaster, he didn’t mention the outsized role effect he’s had in 2023 on the nation’s defense forces.”

Politico: “At stake are 400-plus military nominations that the Alabama senator has stalled in the Senate for months. He’s endlessly said he won’t back down unless the Pentagon changes a policy that reimburses travel costs for service members who have to travel for an abortion.”