Wednesday, February 10, 2021

9+ Democrats Who Should Be Ousted From Their Committees by the Marjorie Taylor Greene Standard

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On Thursday, House Democrats, with the help of a few Republicans, took the unprecedented step of voting to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments, for her past embrace of QAnon conspiracy theories.
Their action came with a warning from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who said of Democrats, “I would remind them what Leader McConnell said when Democrats voted to nuke the judicial filibuster: ‘You’ll regret this. And you may regret this a lot sooner than you think.'”
“If people are held to what they have said prior to even being in this House, if the majority party gets to decide who sits on what other committees, I hope you keep that standard, because we have a long list you can work with in your own,” McCarthy added.
Make no mistake about it, 2022 is fast approaching, and I’d put money on the GOP retaking the majority. Remember, the GOP managed to gain seats in 2020, despite predictions of losing more seats. Also, historically speaking, midterm elections are usually pretty bad for the party in power. So, in the event that the Republican Party gains control, they will now have a precedent giving them the green light to strip Democrats of committee assignments for embracing conspiracy theories and other unseemly behavior. Here’s a list of Democrats they should start with.
9. Rep. Adam Smith (Washington)
In June, the New York Times published a report claiming that “a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops,” and that President Trump was briefed on it in March, but did nothing about it. The report was quickly debunked by multiple sources. John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, confirmed that “neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times.”
Catherine Herridge, a senior investigative reporter for CBS News, also reported that a “senior intel official” told her the “GRU/Taliban bounty allegations were not contained in the President’s Daily Brief (PDB).” Herridge added that an “intelligence official with direct knowledge” said intel on alleged Russian bounties only reached “low levels” of the NSC but “did not go further” because it was deemed “uncorroborated” and because of “dissent” within the intelligence community.
Despite this, Rep. Adam Smith, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, claimed there was “clearly evidence” that Russian intelligence officers had placed bounties on U.S. and coalition soldiers, and contradicted intelligence officials and insisted that Trump must have known about it.
8. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (New York)
Last summer, the conspiracy theory that the Trump administration was sabotaging the United States Postal Service actually wasn’t limited to just a few crazies in the Democratic caucus. The conspiracy theory was promoted by the Democratic National Convention and was treated as real by the mainstream media. As absurd as the accusations were, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the chair of the Government Oversight Committee, accused Trump of attempting “to prevent millions of Americans from having their votes counted,” and subpoenaed Postmaster General Luis DeJoy, and even fundraised off the conspiracy during DeJoy’s testimony. “After being appointed by Trump as a major donor to his campaign, PMG DeJoy has implemented detrimental changes to the quality and services that so many Americans rely on the U.S. Postal Service to provide,” the fundraising email read. “It’s all part of Trump’s scheme to sabotage the USPS and steal the presidential election.”
Claims of sabotage were boosted by photos of mail collection boxes in piles presented as proof of “voter suppression” that went viral on social media. It was embarrassing how easily Democrats and the media were manipulated. Even the left-wing website Vox had to admit that a viral photo of collection boxes in a pile behind a chain-link fence was “a lesson in misinformation.”
“This photo of collection boxes represents a particularly dangerous form of misinformation,” explained Vox reporter Rebecca Heilweil. “But … the collection boxes in the image aren’t in a dump. They’re on a lot operated by a company called Hartford Finishing, which regularly refurbishes mailboxes for the Postal Service.” The removal of unused or seldom-used collection boxes has been part of a longstanding cost-cutting effort of the USPS, which is notorious for losing money every year—long before Trump took office. USPS spokeswoman Kimberly Frum told The Hill last summer that installation and removal of USPS collection boxes has been going on for decades. “It is a fluid process and figures can vary from day-to-day. Historically, mailboxes have been removed for lack of use and installed in growth areas,” she explained. In September 2016, the USPS inspector general noted that “Nationally, the number of collection boxes declined by more than 12,000 in the past 5 years.” This means that the USPS, during the Obama-Biden administration, removed thousands of mail collection boxes.
7. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts) --->LOTS MORE HERE

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