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Of all the Republican House incumbents running for re-election — instead of simply retiring in fear of the coming blue wave — it is hard to find one less defensible than Pennsylvania Rep. Pat Meehan.

Last weekend, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Meehan settled a sexual harassment case with a congressional staffer for thousands of dollars, on the taxpayer’s dime, prompting his immediate removal from the House Ethics Committee.

Despite all this, he is stubbornly committed to running for another term, in a congressional district that voted for Hilary Clinton in 2016.

And even more incredibly, the Republican National Committee is still supporting him.

“I’m going to be out there working to keep majorities in the Senate and the House,” she said. “I know the country is better off under President Trump and Republican leadership.”

Asked again whether the RNC still stands with Meehan, she said, “Right now, we’re going to let the investigations take place, we’ll see everything that happened through the ethics investigation, and then we’ll let the voters decide. And it’s too early to say.”

Photo Credit: Julien Chambon

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump on Monday evening called for law enforcement across the country to dominate the ongoing protests and riots in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police. The dark and authoritarian message delivered from the Rose Garden was sharply juxtaposed on cable news with images of peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates who were fired on by police with tear gas.

The president threatened to send the military into the streets if the unrest could not be quelled by other means.

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