A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things.
Working At The Car Wall
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has engineered a “steel wall” of Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles at the Del Rio area of the southern border, which has seen a major influx of Haitian migrants in recent days.
- Abbott calls his barrier a “steel wall,” and it looks like……this:
“Our #bordercrisis goes beyond the RGV and South TX communities — the smuggling of drugs, people, and weapons reaches far and wide, and it affects all of us. I will continue to work tirelessly to secure our border and protect the people of Texas." — @GregAbbott_TX pic.twitter.com/2kMkse29l2
— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) September 18, 2021
- Abbott bragged about the “wall” on Fox News earlier this week, claiming that “we effectively regained control of the border.”
(Sorry, it’s just way too easy to picture migrants casually strolling between those cars in the middle while the agents inside struggle to open their doors.)
The House Jan. 6 Select Committee Is Still Digging
Seven executive agencies have handed over records the committee requested in its massive sweep for Trump-era documents to get to the bottom of the Capitol attack, according to Politico.
- The committee will reveal its subpoena targets this week, according to committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
- Thompson aims to wrap up the investigation this spring, he told Politico.
Proto-Trump Is Officially Gunning For His Old Job
The infamous former Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) announced yesterday that he is running to get his seat back.
- Sen. Susan Collins (R) endorsed LePage, claiming that he was the “best candidate to grow our economy.”
- LePage had already filed his campaign back in July. I wrote about that with a short recap of some of his worst hits here.
- Calling LePage a proto-Trump isn’t a lazy comparison between two racist shit-stirrers; this is how the ex-governor reacted to an election result he didn’t like (and how you can certainly expect him to react if he loses):
I’ve signed off on the CD2 election result as it’s no longer in federal court. Ranked Choice Voting didn’t result in a true majority as promised-simply a plurality measured differently. It didn’t keep big money out of politics & didn’t result in a more civil election #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/0fEhD1dvAb
— Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) December 28, 2018
Your Kids Are Learning About MLK Being Mean To Whites And That Is A Problem For Me
A local group of Tennessee moms is on a warpath to scrub out any educational material that it deems to be “critical race theory” via a detailed list of complaints to the state’s department of education.
- One of those materials includes “Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington”
- Go ahead and take a guess as to whether the leader’s kid actually goes to public school.
Bipartisan Talks Over Police Reform Collapse
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) six-month effort to reform laws on policing is dead.
- Biden blamed Republicans for the failure, saying that they “rejected enacting modest reforms, which even the previous president had supported, while refusing to take action on key issues that many in law enforcement were willing to address.”
Trump v. Bush: The Cheney Round
- It’ll be Bush’s first campaign event of the 2022 midterms. The event will reportedly be held in Dallas on Oct. 18.
- Trump has endorsed one of Cheney’s primary challengers, Harriet Hageman, as part of his revenge mission against the Republicans who voted to impeach him for fomenting the Capitol insurrection.
- Bush has (sort of) criticized Trump without actually calling him out by name, while the latter fully mocked Bush’s “failed and uninspiring presidency” (even though Trump should probably thank Bush’s incompetence for giving rise to his own future presidency).
How To Do A Science
Dennis Prager, a conservative commentator behind the “Prager University” videos, offered this solution to climate change while ranting about women who choose not to have kids:
Dennis Prager downplays effects of climate change: "Did you know that there is a solution to warm climate? It's called air conditioning. It's very effective" pic.twitter.com/vGNxbVN7Sk
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) September 22, 2021
The Smoothest Of Brains
Lt. Col. Paul Douglas Hague, an Army officer who says he’s quitting over the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, admits he’s gotten all the other vaccines the military requires, but he insists the COVID-19 shot is BAD because freedom and eagles.
- Hague told Fox News host Sean Hannity that his stunt is “really not about whether I’ll get the shot,” it’s about “the freedom of the American people.” It’s about “The right to decide what’s gonna be injected into your body and what’s not,” said Hague.
Army officer who says he's resigning rather than get the covid vaccine admits to Hannity he's taken all the other Army vaccines, such as smallpox and anthrax, but is refusing the covid vax because "this is really about the freedom of the American people." pic.twitter.com/CkK9c3UjIz
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) September 23, 2021
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