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: Trump went off the rails as he met with his MAGA minions in Congress to further discuss their extreme 2025 blueprint in his first visit to Capitol Hill since January 6; Trump called Milwaukee — the site of the 2024 GOP convention —  a “horrible city”; he then said he would work “side by side” with an anti-choice extremist group that wants abortion “eradicated entirely”; some of Trump’s VP contenders voted against protecting access to IVF; VP contender Marco Rubio defended Trump’s horrifying comments that immigrants are “poisoning the blood” of our nation; Trump told voters he doesn’t care about them, only their votes; Trump and MAGA Republicans doubled-down on slashing the corporate tax rate for big corporations while letting hardworking families suffer; and a bunch of Republicans voted against new investments for their constituents, but took credit for it anyway. 

Trump returned to Capitol Hill for the first time since a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol and attacked our democracy on January 6, and met with his MAGA minions to conspire on an extreme blueprint for 2025.

NBC News: “DNC to tail Trump with mobile billboard of Jan. 6 attack during visit to Capitol Hill”

“The billboard will play a loop of an 11-minute video montage from the riot and Trump’s speech before it. The video was released by the House committee that investigated the attack.

“DNC spokesperson Alex Floyd said: ‘Donald Trump is on Capitol Hill for the first time since the American people watched him rally his supporters to storm the Capitol, launching a violent insurrection to overturn our democracy. Trump has only doubled down on his dangerous record since then.’”

Washington Post: “Thursday marked Trump’s first trip back to Capitol Hill since he urged his supporters on Jan. 6, 2021, to head to the joint congressional meeting to try to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. Since then, Trump and many GOP lawmakers have tried to revise the history of that day and suggested that some of the rioters are political ‘hostages,’ some of whom he plans to pardon, baselessly labeling them ‘warriors’ and ‘victims’ last weekend in Las Vegas.”

Axios: “The Democratic National Committee went so far as to deploy a mobile billboard outside Trump’s Business Roundtable meeting calling him ‘unfit’ for office.”

Trump then called Milwaukee — the site of the 2024 GOP convention — a “horrible city.”

Wisconsin Examiner: “In a closed door meeting with Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump reportedly called Milwaukee, the location of this summer’s Republican National Convention, a ‘horrible city.’ 

“Trump’s comments were reported by Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman. 

“‘Milwaukee, where we are having our convention, is a horrible city,’ Trump is reported to have said on Thursday.”

New York Times: “In a closed-door meeting with G.O.P. House members, the former president disparaged the city where his party’s convention will be held, according to people in the room.

“Democrats, likely eager for an edge in a battleground state, immediately seized on the comments. ‘Let’s be clear: Milwaukee is not a horrible city — and Wisconsinites should remember what Donald Trump thinks of them when they vote in November,’ Alex Floyd, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement.”

Trump vowed to work “side by side” with an anti-choice extremist group that calls abortion “child sacrifice” and wants abortion to be “eradicated entirely.”

Washington Post: “Trump vows to be ‘side by side’ with group that wants abortion ‘eradicated’”

“Former president Donald Trump pledged Monday to walk ‘side by side’ with the Danbury Institute, a coalition of Christian groups that opposes abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, and has called the procedure ‘child sacrifice.’”

“The Christian group has also asserted in statements that ‘abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of a mother’ and that ‘aborting an innocent child conceived in rape or incest only compounds the injustice and pain caused by the initial crime.’”

MSNBC: “Trump tells extreme anti-abortion group it would make a ‘comeback’ if he’s re-elected”

Politico: “Trump to make virtual appearance at event with group that calls abortion ‘child sacrifice’”

Then, some of Trump’s MAGA VP contenders voted against protecting access to IVF, in yet another move to rip away reproductive freedoms.

The Hill: “Senate Republicans block legislation to codify IVF access”

“Thursday’s vote comes a week after Republicans blocked a similar bill from Democrats that would have guaranteed the right to contraception.

“Republicans who voted against include: J.D. Vance, Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Tom Cotton, Bill Hagerty, Katie Britt, Marsha Blackburn, Joni Ernst, and Mike Lee.”

VP contender Marco Rubio defended Trump’s horrifying comments that immigrants are “poisoning the blood” of our nation.

CBS News: “Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a possible vice presidential pick for former President Donald Trump, defended Trump’s previous remarks on immigrants ‘poisoning the blood of our country’ in a Spanish-language interview Wednesday with Telemundo. 

“The Democratic Party sharply criticized Rubio for defending Trump’s characterization of immigrants.

“‘Donald Trump’s statement that immigrants are ‘poisoning the blood of our country’ is the kind of dangerous language used by the likes of Hitler and Mussolini — and Marco Rubio is willing to defend him just for the chance to be Trump’s running mate,’ DNC spokesperson Kenia Guerrero said after Rubio’s interview. ‘Rubio has lost his last shred of dignity just to compete in a race to the bottom to be on an extreme MAGA ticket this November that is wildly out-of-touch with voters who will decide this election.’”

Trump reminded voters exactly how little he cares about the political issues and problems affecting their everyday lives last weekend. 

Trump: “I don’t care about you, I just want your vote. I don’t care.”

The Independent: “Trump tells rally-goers not to die in searing Vegas heat: ‘I don’t care about you, I just want your vote’”

Trump and his MAGA allies are planning to put big business ahead of the American people by making Trump’s expensive “MAGAnomics” tax scam permanent.

New York Times: “Trump Vows to Lower Prices. Some of His Policies May Raise Them.”

“And several of [Trump’s] policies — whatever their merits on other grounds — would instead put new upward pressure on prices, according to interviews with half a dozen economists.

“Mr. Trump says he plans the ‘largest domestic deportation in American history,’ which would most likely increase the cost of labor. He intends to impose a new tariff on nearly all imported goods, which would probably raise their prices and those of any domestic-made competitors.

“And he not only wants to make permanent the entire deficit-financed tax cut law he and congressional Republicans enacted in 2017, but also to add some kind of new ‘big tax cut’ for individuals and businesses, which would stimulate an economy already at full employment.

“As a matter of textbook economics, each of those three signature Trump policy plans would be likely to raise prices. Some could even cause continued, rather than one-time, price increases — adding to the possibility of inflation.” 

Washington Post: “Republicans pitch tax cuts for corporations, the wealthy in 2025”

“Republicans in Congress are preparing to not just extend former president Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts if they win control of Washington in November’s elections, but also lower rates even more for corporations, laying the early groundwork for a ferocious debate over taxes and spending next year and beyond.

“Now GOP lawmakers and some of Trump’s economic advisers are considering more corporate tax breaks — which could expand the national debt by roughly $1 trillion over the next decade…  

“Extending all of the Trump tax law would add $4.6 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office, Congress’s nonpartisan bookkeeper.”

Voted no but took the dough: House Republicans continue to take credit for funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law after railing against it.

Politico: “The Republicans taking credit for federal funding they voted against”

“Billions of dollars in infrastructure funding are flowing into cities and towns nationwide, nearly three years after Congress passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill approving the cash.

“And some vulnerable House Republicans are tacitly taking credit for the local funds, despite opposing that bill.

“Those battleground Republicans who opposed the law are careful not to tout their personal involvement in it on Capitol Hill — instead, they’re showing up at opening ceremonies and praising the actions of local leaders.”