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Gov. Phil Murphy: Independent Review Of NJ's Covid Response Should Trigger Congress To Take A Similar Look

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 17:30
N.J. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J., assesses the impact of COVID-19 school closures and his plan for a review of pandemic response policy in his state.

GOP Rep. Gallagher: "Not Enough Transparency" From DOJ And FBI Over Mar-a-Lago Raid

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 17:23
Wisconsin GOP Rep. Mike Gallagher told FNC's "Sunday Morning Futures" that the FBI's raid at the home of the former president highlights the need for transparency within federal law enforcement agencies.

Texas Rep. Van Duyne: "Hypocritical" For D.C. And N.Y. To Complain About Illegal Migrants, "Welcome To What We've Been Living"

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 17:21
GOP Rep. Beth Van Duyne told Sean Duffy on FNC's "Sunday Morning Futures" that Northern cities complaining about Texas sending illegal immigrants across the country in buses are being "hypocritical." "At least they're now having to deal with what we see on a daily basis," she quipped. REP. BETH VAN DUYNE: Welcome to what we have been living with for years and why you have heard so many of us that are in border states speaking out against all of the illegal migrants that are coming over our border. We are looking at increases in fentanyl. We are looking at increases in crime. We are looking at increases on our -- on our public systems that we can't handle. And I think Governor Abbott, by sending them to places like New York and D.C. and Chicago, who are the most critical, who are the most hateful on our leadership here who's speaking out against them, are now getting a taste of what we feel. And you look at what happened in New York. We had 900 illegal immigrants that went there, and they wanted to declare a state of emergency. Well, folks, we have had over two million that have come in, in this last year alone. How do you think the rest of us feel? I just find it oddly hypocritical, but at least they're now having to deal with what we see on a daily basis.

Deval Patrick: Trump's Election Claims Are "A Whole Other Order Of Magnitude" Than Democrats' Claims In 2000

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 17:01
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick discusses President Biden's speech on democracy, former President Donald Trump's supporters and the next generation of political leaders. MAJOR GARRETT: Governor, in our focus group that our audience will see in a few moments of Trump supporters, one pointed out that Democrats raised objections in 2000, and they wouldn't let them go. They raised objections in 2004, some wouldn't let them go, and in 2016, raised objections and wouldn't let them go. And they consider Democrat criticism of Republican objections to what they saw in 2020 hypocritical. Respond to that. FMR GOV PATRICK: Well, I think it's important for us to hear that first of all, and to really try to process that, I think I experienced that differently. I think when-when Donald Trump- if what you mean is objections to Donald Trump winning the presidency, I don't think there was any Democrat calling the-the election itself illegitimate, because the outcome was surprising or disappointing to Democrats. I think it is important, though, to acknowledge that there is frustration that runs pretty deep throughout the political spectrum about democracy as a path to a better future. And that is because I think we've been treating it in this- in these kind of careless ways for a long, long time. It's a whole other order of magnitude. And that is serious enough, but a whole order-other order of magnitude to say that democracy is illegitimate, unless the outcome is the one you want, or the one you voted-voted for. I don't think that's what Democrats were objecting to, in the policy choices of Donald Trump and those who have supported him. That's a very, very different thing.

Michigan Secretary Of State Jocelyn Benson Warns Of Election Day "Violence And Disruption"

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 16:56
During an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation," Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson warned about the possibility of "violence and disruption on Election Day" on November 8. MAJOR GARRETT: Welcome back. We turn now to Michigan's Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Madam Secretary, welcome to Face The Nation and good morning. I know you talk to lots of secretaries of state of both parties as well as election officials nationwide, what are they most worried about, as the midterms approach? SECRETARY OF STATE JOCELYN BENSON: Violence and disruption on election day, first and foremost, and in the days surrounding the election. And secondly, there's a concern about the ongoing spread of misinformation which of course, fuels the potential for additional threats, harassment and, and even violence on election day MAJOR GARRETT: A natural question that viewers might have hearing you just now is, well, is there a plan to deal with violence? Should I be afraid when I go to the polls? BENSON: There is- and- and they should– all voters should know that election officials on both sides of the aisle are working night and day to ensure we're collaborating with law enforcement and every other potential partner to protect the sanctity of the polling place and protect the integrity of our democracy. And it's also important to note that we've been doing this work now for close to two years or over two years, and we've been succeeding really, at every turn. Democracy prevailed in 2020. There have been, in Michigan and in other states, no significant attempts, apart from the tragedy in our Capitol on January 6, to really see disruption of the polling places on election day itself. So we are, in many ways, even more prepared this year than ever before than even though we were in 2020 to ensure that we are eliminating, mitigating or certainly protecting the system against any potential disruptions. And also speaking clearly to folks who are thinking about interfering with our elections that the law is clear, and we will seek accountability and consequences for anyone who tries to interfere with a citizen's right to vote and democracy itself.

Raskin Responds To Criticism Of J-6 Committee: "The Stalinists Are On Their Side"

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 16:52
Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the January 6 investigation committee, told CBS's "Face The Nation" that President Trump's MAGA movement is making the jump into being a "fascist political party." He also responded to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's charge that the committee is a "Stalinist show trial" by essentially saying, "no, you." MAJOR GARRETT: So, former President Trump says that MAGA Republicans are trying to save democracy. They want to be taken seriously on this issue. So let's review what the former president said this week earlier. He said the 2020 election should be rerun, or he should be reinstated in office, and that if reelected in 2024, he would provide apologies and full pardons to those charged and or convicted for storming the Capitol on January 6, evaluate that. RASKIN: Well, first, if he's saying that the election should be rerun, which is something he's been asserting from the beginning, that's totally outside of the Constitution. There is no procedure for the military just to seize the election machinery and run a new election, which is one of the things that his disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was pushing, and we know was part of the January 6 plot. And look, more than 60 courts rejected every claim of electoral fraud and corruption which Donald Trump advanced. He's had the benefit of more than 60 courts, including eight courts, where he appointed the judges to office, look at all those claims and they were all rejected. It was rejected in the states and he lost the election. Two of the hallmarks of a fascist political party are one, they don't accept the results of elections that don't go their way and two, they embrace political violence. And I think that's why President Biden was right to sound the alarm this week about these continuing attacks on our constitutional order from the outside by Donald Trump and his movement.

CBS News Focus Group Of Trump Supporters: "I Can't" Trust The FBI, "I'll Never Believe It"

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 16:44
To better understand the pulse of Republican politics at the moment, CBS's "Face The Nation" spoke with a group of several voters who still plan to support former President Donald Trump in 2024 about the FBI's raid at Mar-a-Lago.

"People don't know their history, because they don't know how Democrats argued over the 2000 election - obviously they said the Supreme Court elected George W. Bush - and then again in 2004 it was the same thing."

CBS News's Major Garrett: "I don't disagree with you at all"

- RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 4, 2022

NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer: 2022 Election Is About Economic, Physical, And Border "Security" For Republican Voters

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 16:38
GOP Rep. Tom Emmer, the head of the NRCC, told "FOX News Sunday" that the Republican Party will be focused on "security" ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Stacey Abrams: DeSantis And Kemp Are Just As Dangerous To Democracy As "Carnival Barkers" Like Lindsey Graham And Donald Trump

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 16:25
Democratic Nominee for Governor of Georgia Stacey Abrams told MSNBC this weekend that she believes the rest of the Republican Party, like Georgia and Florida Governors Brian Kemp and Ron DeSantis, are just as dangerous to the future of "democracy" as are "carnival barkers" like Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham.

GOP Rep. Owens: Democrats Are Not Clueless, They Want Americans To Be "Hopeless" And Dependent On The Government

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 16:23
Utah GOP Rep. Burgess Owens told FNC's "Sunday Morning Futures" that President Biden's divisive rhetoric about MAGA Republicans is part of a Democratic Party strategy to make Americans "hopeless." REP. BURGESS OWENS: Let me tell yyou what I have learned over the last year-and-a-half. And this is something Americans I think need to kind of embrace. What you're seeing is not a lack of common sense. It's not a lack of just being clueless. It's on purpose. We have to understand we have a hard left of the Democratic Party who could care less about any of us Americans. And Democrats or Republicans, independents, they lose -- they use misery as a political strategy. And what we're seeing here with inflation is not only an attack on the poor, but attack on the middle class. It's a way to get Americans to be hopeless, to lean further into dependency on the government. And I'm telling you, as a black American seeing this for the last 60 years, to a community that was remarkably successful before, they leaned in on us. I'm here to serve as a warning buoy. It's same thing they have done to my community, to Hispanic community, to the American Indian, they're trying to do to our country, that is, destroy our faith in our future, get us hopeless, and destroy particularly the middle class and business ownership. So, know this is who the hard left is. They hate what we stand for. And we have to make sure we understand that and fight up against them big time. ... I will tell you how we're going to do that. We have remarkably strategic and smart leadership in a House. This last year, as a conference, we have been discussing having task forces. What do the American people really want? Look to the next two to three weeks. We're going to come out with a plan of what we look for, what we plan on doing, what the American people want, and how we're going to solve it. And I will tell you what. What we're going to do is give Americans hope. And when I say this, I'm talking to all Americans, Democrats, independents, Republicans. We all feel the same way when we started getting into this common denominator of misery. And the next few weeks, look for the Republican Party to come out with a commitment that will allow Americans to see, this is what we stand for, not just what we stand against. And it's going to shine so much more light and hope to the American people than what the Democrats have done, who, again, look at divisiveness, anger, hopelessness. We're going to see the difference in the two parties. And, believe me, there will be a red wave. And the American people will actually show exactly what they're -- who we're all about, and what our DNA has always been about. And it's freedom. And I'm excited about the opportunity. And we will see that next in the coming weeks, I'm sure.

'FOX News Sunday' Panel: Biden Targets MAGA Republicans, Pennsylvania Senate Race Drama

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 16:16
FNC's Mike Emanuel hosts Marie Harf, Francesca Chambers, Marc Short, and Howie Kurtz to discuss this week in politics.

AOC To Chuck Todd: Justices Kavanaugh And Thomas Could Be Impeached For Lying In Their Confirmation Hearings

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 16:10
In a June 2022 interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that she might support the impeachment of conservative Supreme Court justices in response to the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which she said they may have lied about their intention to do under oath during confirmation hearings. Read more via NYT: Ocasio-Cortez wants two justices impeached for 'lying under oath' CHUCK TODD: I want to put up the Joe Manchin quote in particular on his reaction because he empha -- he used the word -- he said they testified under oath. He made sure that was in his release. It sounds like you believe, okay, that -- he might as well be saying they lied to him, that he feels like they lied to him and they lied -- REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: They lied. CHUCK TODD: -- under oath. You think the House Judiciary Committee should begin the process of an investigation there? REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under, under oath and secure lifetime appointments to the highest court of the land and then issue, issue without basis -- if you read these opinions -- issue without basis, rulings that deeply undermine the human and civil rights of the majority of Americans, we must see that through. There must be consequences for such a deeply destabilizing action and a hostile takeover of our democratic institutions. To allow that to stand is to allow it to happen. And what makes it particularly dangerous is that it sends a blaring signal to all future nominees that they can now lie to duly elected members of the United States Senate in order to secure Supreme Court nomin -- confirmations and seats on the Supreme Court. This is what we're saying -- CHUCK TODD: Do you think lying -- do you think lying in a confirmation hearing is an impeachable offense? REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: I believe so. I believe so. I believe lying under oath is an impeachable offense. I believe that violating federal law in not disclosing income from political organizations, as Clarence Thomas did years ago, is also potentially an impeachable offense. I believe that not recusing from cases that one clearly has family members involved in with very deep violations of conflict of interest are also impeachable offenses. And I believe that this is something that should be very seriously considered, including by member -- senators like Joe Manchin and Susan Collins.

AZ Governor Candidate Kari Lake: Democrat Katie Hobbs Thinks So Little Of You That She Won't Even Campaign Or Debate

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 15:01
Former journalist Kari Lake takes aim at her Democratic rival in the Arizona gubernatorial race, Katie Hobbs, in this web ad featuring a clip from one of her public events. "Ask me tough questions," Lake said. "You can grill me, seriously. I'm applying for a job and you're the hiring manager. Unlike Katie Hobbs, I will not be hiding."

AZ Gov. Candidate Kari Lake vs. Reporter: How Does Questioning An Election Where There Were Obviously Problems Divide The Country?

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 14:56
Arizona Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake delivered this tight response to a question about whether former President Trump is dividing the country by continuing to doubt the results of the 2020 election: REPORTER: You said you feel like Joe Biden is dividing the country, but do you feel like Donald Trump is doing the same by falsely telling people that he won the election, when he lost it? KARI LAKE: How does that divide the country? Questioning an election where there were obviously problems is dividing the country? Since when can we not ask questions about our elections? As a journalist for 20 years... since I was 16, and I distinctly remember many people just like you asking a lot of questions about the 2016 election results. And nobody tried to shut you up. nobody tried to tell Hillary Clinton to shut up. nobody tried to tell Kamala Harris when she was questioning the legitimacy of these electronic voting machines to stop. We have freedom of speech in this country and you of all people should appreciate that, you are supposedly a journalist. You should appreciate that. So I don't see how asking questions about an election where there were many problems is dividing the country. What I do see dividing the country is shutting people down, censoring people, canceling people, and trying to destroy people's lives when they do ask questions. Last I heard, we still have the Constitution, but it is hanging by a thread thanks to the work some people in this area have done. We're going to save that Constitution and bring back freedom of speech, and maybe some day you'll thank us for that.

'This Week' Roundtable: Biden MAGA Speech Fallout, Could Republicans Take Back Congress In November?

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 14:44
Rick Klein, Susan Page, Astead Herndon, and Meridith McGraw join ABC's Martha Raddatz for the "This Week" roundtable.

Biden Advisor Keisha Lance Bottoms: "This MAGA Agenda Has No Place In Our Democracy"

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 14:42
President Biden's senior adviser and the former mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, tld ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that the "MAGA agenda has no place in our democracy." KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS: Well, we saw this summer when the president was able to work in a bipartisan way to get gun legislation passed. The president has always stood on the fact that he can work with mainstream Republicans to get things done on behalf of the American people. But it's also going to take for all of us to stand up to hatred and what the president again continues to say it's this MAGA agenda. The president has not called out all Republicans. He's been very specific about this MAGA agenda. And I'll just remind you the words from Martin Luther King Jr., when he said it's not the words of our enemies that we will remember, it's the silence of our friends. And what the president has said is that mainstream Republicans, independents, Democrats can all come together. We've seen us come together to do what's right on behalf of the American people. But if people are silent, then the very core of who we are as a country is in danger. ... BOTTOMS: I think what the president will continue to do is encourage people to go out and vote their conscience, whatever their conscience may be. And what the president will continue to do is what we saw him do just this week, is to remind people of who we are as a country, who we are a nation. We are a nation that -- RADDATZ: So, does he support that? Does he support supporting those extreme candidates? BOTTOMS: I cannot speak to what the president supports. I can speak to what he has said publicly. And what he has said publicly is that we are a nation that values the rule of law, that we are nation of peace, that we are a nation that values a peaceful transition of power and this MAGA agenda has no place in our democracy.

DCCC Chair Rep. Sean Maloney: Nothing Biden Said About MAGA Has Not Been Said By Leading Conservatives

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 14:41
Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney predicts that the Democratic Party will maintain the majority in the House of Representatives throughout the midterm elections on 'Fox News Sunday.' MALONEY: Well, there's nothing the president said on Thursday that has not been said by leading conservatives and Republicans. I mean, what the president said is exactly what people like Judge Luttig said. It's exactly what people like Vice President Mike Pence and John Bolton have said. If you listen to comments from previous presidential nominees like Mitt Romney. In other words, this is not Republicans versus Democrats. This is mainstream Republicans and Democrats versus MAGA extremists. This election is about mainstream versus MAGA, and I'm proud that we have a president that knows right from wrong.

Trump: FBI's Mar-a-Lago Raid A Travesty Of Justice That Made A Mockery Of America's Laws, Traditions & Principles

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 03:03
Former President Donald Trump on the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid: "One of the most shocking abuses of power by any administration in American history, the shameful raid and breaking into my home Mar-a-Lago was a travesty of justice. That made a mockery of America's laws, traditions and principles. Before the entire world the entire world was watching and they're shocked. They're shocked." TRUMP: Republicans in the MAGA movement are not the ones trying to undermine our democracy. We are the ones trying to save our democracy very simple. The danger to democracy comes from the radical left, not from the right. Not from the right. This November, we're going to stand up to this rising tyranny of sickness, lawlessness And death. And we are going to take back our country. We're going to take it. There could be no more vivid example of the very real threats from American freedom. And just a few weeks ago, you saw when we witnessed one of the most shocking abuses of power by any administration in American history, the shameful raid and breaking into my home Mar-a-Lago was a travesty of justice. That made a mockery of America's laws, traditions and principles. Before the entire world the entire world was watching and they're shocked. They're shocked. South American countries, numerous of them, their leaders said could you imagine if that was ever done in our country? What the United States would be saying about us. The Biden administration invaded the home of their chief political opponent who is absolutely destroying him and everyone else in the polls. I hate to say it. Even including the Republicans, but we love the Republicans, on a phony pretext getting permission from a highly political magistrate who they hand-picked late in the evening, just days before the break-in. And trampled upon my rights and civil liberties as if our country, that we love so much. We're a third world nation. We're like a third world nation.

Trump: "Weirdo" Mark Zuckerberg Admitted The FBI Influenced Them On Hunter Biden's Laptop From Hell

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 02:59
Former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally on Saturday: "Weirdo Mark Zuckerberg confessed that in 2020, the FBI went to Facebook & the media & gave them the false narrative that the Hunter Biden laptop from hell was Russian disinformation, even though they knew that was not true."

Trump Uses Cinematic Music To Conclude Speech: We Will Not Bend, We Will Not Break, We Will Not Yield

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 02:56
Former President Donald Trump uses cinematic music to close out his speech in Pennsylvania on Saturday.