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On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told the Washington Post that “some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting.” He added that initially, “most of us [Republicans] didn’t think that,” but “what we did learn is this — it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming.”

The remark comes two days after Vice President Joe Biden accused the Tea Party of having “acted like terrorists” during the debt ceiling negotiations. Biden’s accusation prompted howls of protest from conservatives. Michele Bachmann tried to turn it into a fundraising opportunity. “I am offended by Vice President Biden’s irresponsible words and need your immediate support to defend myself and fellow Tea Party members right away,” she said in an email to supporters. Sarah Palin, meanwhile, joked that “if we were real domestic terrorists, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us,” referencing the President’s friendship with William Ayers.

The precedent set — the full faith and credit of the United States is a bargaining chip in terrorism-style negotiations over the fate of the U.S. economy — is an ominous one.

President Trump boards Air Force One for his return flight home from Florida on July 31, 2020

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Florida senior residents have been reliable Republican voters for decades, but it looks like their political impact could shift in the upcoming 2020 election.

As Election Day approaches, Florida is becoming a major focal point. President Donald Trump is facing more of an uphill battle with maintaining the support of senior voters due to his handling of critical issues over the last several months. Several seniors, including some who voted for Trump in 2016, have explained why he will not receive their support in the November election.

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