MAGA Malarkey: The Extremism You Missed From Republicans This Week

This week was jampacked with 2024 GOP candidates and other MAGA Republicans spouting extremism, hypocrisy, chaos, and, as President Biden would call it, malarkey. In case you missed it: Donald Trump endorsed an extreme national abortion ban, MAGA Republicans tried to take credit for President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Kevin McCarthy carried water for Trump, Ron DeSantis gave a spineless response to the January 6 insurrection, Tim Scott is running a campaign ad pledging to sign a national abortion ban, and Trump attacked Michigan’s electric vehicle manufacturing boom in his latest campaign stop.

Over the weekend, Trump endorsed a national abortion ban – this is the same man who’s called to punish women for having abortions and has bragged about clearing the path for extreme abortion bans all over the United States. 

USA Today: “‘A vital role:’ Donald Trump endorses the idea of national abortion restrictions” 

Trump: “There of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life.”

After President Biden announced a historic investment in bringing affordable, high-speed internet for all 50 states, MAGA Republicans in Congress who voted “no” once again took credit for the dough. 

Sen. John Cornyn, June 2023: “Texas to receive $3.3 billion in federal funds to boost broadband expansion efforts via @TexasTribune” 

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Roll Call Vote, August 2021: “Cornyn (R-TX), NAY”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, June 2023: “Great to be back in Wartburg, Tennessee this morning! I enjoyed hearing from members of the community on the progress they have made in expanding broadband and how it has positively impacted the county.”

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Roll Call Vote, August 2021: “Blackburn (R-TN), NAY”

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, June 2023: “Broadband is vital for the success of our rural communities and for our entire economy. Great to see Alabama receive crucial funds to boost ongoing broadband efforts.”

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Roll Call Vote, August 2021: “Tuberville (R-AL), NAY”

Brian Kemp celebrated the groundbreaking of a new manufacturing plant  which will create hundreds of jobs – but gave NO credit to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Associated Press: “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is escalating his attack on President Joe Biden’s electric vehicle policy, speaking Tuesday at the groundbreaking for a company that received more than $100 million to refine graphite for electric batteries from the infrastructure law Biden signed.”

“The remarks are unusually partisan for a factory groundbreaking. Anovion’s $800 million investment promises 400 new jobs in rural Bainbridge, in the state’s far southwest corner.”

Kevin McCarthy once again showed how embarrassingly weak he is – continuing to carry water for Trump as he scrambles to keep the extreme House GOP from further disarray.

New York Times: “The hurried attempt at ingratiating himself to Mr. Trump underscores Mr. McCarthy’s fear of alienating the former president as he struggles to keep together his fractious House majority and withstand mounting pressure from right-wing lawmakers loyal to Mr. Trump. And it reflected the precarious position of Mr. McCarthy, who has not endorsed Mr. Trump or any other candidate, as the G.O.P. presidential primary takes shape.”

Ron DeSantis is catching heat for his weak answer on the January 6 insurrection – which comes as no surprise as he was one of the first Republicans to encourage a fake elector plan in the wake of the 2020 election and STILL won’t say that Trump lost. 

Newsweek: “DeSantis Sidesteps Question on Trump’s Transfer of Power”

The Hill: “DeSantis dodges question on Trump, Jan. 6: ‘I have nothing to do with what happened that day’”

New York Times: “A teenage boy invited [DeSantis] to condemn Mr. Trump’s efforts to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power on Jan. 6, 2021. Mr. DeSantis declined to do so.”

Newsweek: “Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has sidestepped a question on whether ex-President Donald Trump ‘violated the peaceful transfer of power’ following his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election… After being asked to comment on the implications of Trump’s actions leading up to the January 6 Capitol attack, the governor argued that Republicans would lose in 2024 if they were ‘re-litigating things that happened two, three years ago’ and boasted about his own reelection in 2022.”

Tim Scott tripled down on his extreme anti-abortion agenda in a new ad in which he calls for a nationwide abortion ban, brags about his role in the overturning of Roe, and vows to sign the most extreme ban possible. 

Washington Times: “In new Iowa ad, GOP presidential candidate Tim Scott vows to back 15-week federal abortion ban”

Scott: “As President, I will sign the most pro-life legislation that reaches my desk. Our immediate priority should be passing a national 15 week limit on abortion while we support Republican-led states that do even more to protect life.” 

Trump said in Michigan that he wants to roll back federal support of electric vehicles even though it’s fostering investments and is expected to create thousands of jobs across the country. 

Michigan Advance: “Trump returns to Michigan, rallies GOP faithful in railing against electric vehicles”

The Hill: “Trump takes aim at EV industry during speech to Michigan Republicans”

Politico: “Driven in part by the incentives in Biden’s climate law, the electric vehicle industry is poised to expand its presence in Michigan. General Motors has proposed spending $4 billion on a factory to build electric pickup trucks. Ford is spending $7 billion on four battery or vehicle manufacturing factories in the state.”