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'The Day That Broke The GOP': Republicans Abandon Trump In Wake Of MAGA Riot

Yesterday was an embarrassing day to be an American.

Armed terrorists in support of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress met to confirm Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. If that weren't humiliating enough, the president stood by these people, as they disrupted a Constitutional process that has taken place since the beginning of our country. And the worst part is President Trump responded by telling them, "We love you."

In the hours since, Congress has made President-elect Joe Biden's victory official and Trump finally committed to a peaceful transfer of power. But it's too late. And many Republicans, even some of Trump's close allies, realize that.

"All I can say is count me out, enough is enough." Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Trump's staunchest supporters said in a fiery floor speech last night.

"I, above all others in this body need to say this, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were lawfully elected and will become the president and the vice president of the United States on Jan. 20," Graham continued.

This was a complete reversal for Graham, who has been right by the president's side during the election fight and is considered one of Trump's closest allies.

Kelly Loeffler, who lost her Georgia Senate race yesterday giving Democrats control of the Senate, backed down on the Senate floor and decided not to challenge Joe Biden's victory.

"When I arrived in Washington this morning I fully intended to object the certification of the electoral votes," she said in a somber speech on the Senate floor last night. "However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider, and I cannot now, in good conscience, object to the certification of these electors."

She maintained her belief in "election irregularities" but condemned the terrorists who laid siege to the Capitol.

The Senators changing course on their plan to challenge the electors didn't stop there. After all of the damage caused by Trump and his most violent supporters throughout the day, six senators maintained their election challenge-- which is still too many people considering the overwhelming evidence that the election was fair and free. Still, over half dropped their challenge.

"I did think that today changed things drastically," Indiana Sen. Mike Braun, one of the 13 senators who had signaled he would challenge the electors, said. "Yeah, whatever point you made before that should suffice. Get this ugly day behind us."

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"Obviously the commission we have asked for is not going to happen at this point," said Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, who also planned to object to the result of the election. "I understand that. And we are headed tonight toward the certification of Joe Biden as president of the United States."

Now, some Republicans are considering taking "drastic" measures-- like invoking the 25th Amendment-- to remove President Trump from office in the final days to his presidency, according to Axios.

"Republicans are furious with the president for what they see as fomenting an attack on American democracy, disgracing their party and invading the sanctity of their chambers on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue," the Axios report said. "There's concern about whether the country can withstand another two weeks with Trump at the helm, and what additional chaos and division could be sowed. There's also rage inside the GOP at Sens. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and others whose plans to object to Biden's certification gave oxygen to Trump, the protests, and the notion that Congress could be used to overturn the will of voters."

The Senate floor wasn't the only place where long-time allies who were close to Trump jumped ship, as the ugly events that transpired because of the president were too much for them to stomach. Reports came barreling in last night of top aides and appointees of Trump either were deciding or decided to quit. First Lady Melania Trump's chief of staff and a White House social secretary both decided to resign, according to CNN. A Fox News reporter tweeted that White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews also decided to throw in the towel. Even President Trump's former Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney decided enough was enough, according to CNBC. And these were just the beginning of a long line of resignations that are expected in the coming days.

Politico called the pandemonium caused by our own president, "The day that broke the GOP."

"It literally took a riot of Trump supporters in the Capitol for many Republicans to finally confront the defeated president — a moment of bedlam that put those GOP lawmakers' own lives at risk," the article read.

For many Republicans, yesterday tainted the "legacy" of Donald Trump's presidency -- which was tainted long ago for Democrats and most Americans.

"Everything that (Trump's) worked for ... all of that — his entire legacy — was wiped out yesterday," said Nancy Mace, a Republican Representative from South Carolina. "We've got to start over."

Sadly, not all Republicans came to their senses after the atrocities that their party created and allowed to happen.

A Washington Post report read: "Gaetz admitted he does not know 'if the reports are true.' But, he said to audible boos, 'some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters. They were masquerading as Trump supporters and in fact, were members of the violent terrorist group antifa."

As Virus Crushes Hospitals, Republicans Still Attacking Fauci

Reprinted with permission from American Independent

This week, Republicans in Congress are slamming the COVID-19 safety guidelines recommended by top infectious diseases specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci — even as COVID positivity rates soar and hospitals nationwide face dangerous overcrowding.

On Sunday night, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) attacked Fauci on Twitter, saying his "fantasies" have led to "the extinction of all our freedoms."

"Almost everything Fauci has said this year has been exaggerated, misleading, and/or flat-out wrong. He is not to be trusted under any circumstances," tweeted Biggs, linking to a New York Times interview with Fauci about required herd immunity rates. "Americans must reject his doctrine of destruction before his fantasies lead to the extinction of all of our freedoms."

In the interview, Fauci said that while he has previously stated that 60 percent to 70 percent of the American population required vaccination in order for the country to achieve herd immunity, he really thinks that number could be as high as 90 percent.

The Times reported that Fauci has been adjusting the figure over time based on the latest scientific findings and also his concern at how the public would react to the numbers.

"We need to have some humility here," Fauci told the Times. "We really don't know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent. But, I'm not going to say 90 percent."

But, he said, he's increased the goal vaccination rate incrementally, since he now feels the American public is ready to hear the fuller picture — that the safest route to eradicating coronavirus is for a higher number of Americans to be vaccinated.

His comments drew more ire from his frequent critics on the right.

Biggs, for one, lashed out at Fauci and the science surrounding coronavirus in general. Demonstrating a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept of herd immunity, on Monday he denied the existence of asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

"Many of the COVID-19 testing policies revolve around the notion that asymptomatic people are unknowingly spreading COVID-19 to many others," he wrote on the platform. "Or maybe most of them aren't. Maybe the asymptomatic 'doctrine' wasn't everything the 'experts' told you it was.

But recent studies have repeatedly shown that 40 to 50 percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms, and leading experts have noted that this has played a huge role in the pandemic's spread.

And Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio also came under fire this weekend for criticizing the science underlying COVID guidelines and vaccine protocols, as well as for claiming Fauci "lied" to Americans and was "distorting" information about vaccines.

"Dr. Fauci lied about masks in March," Rubio tweeted. "Dr. Fauci has been distorting the level of vaccination needed for herd immunity. It isn't just him. Many in elite bubbles believe the American public doesn't know 'what's good for them' so they need to be tricked into 'doing the right thing'."

Critics were swift to note that Rubio's remarks undercutting the importance of vaccines in achieving herd immunity came after the senator was among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

And while Fauci did recommend against the wearing of masks in March, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommending mask-wearing were not implemented until April as experts came to understand more about the disease.

And Biggs and Rubio's remarks undermining the importance of vaccines and other safety protocols are ill-timed, coming as American hospitals face overcrowding of epic proportions due to the pandemic.

In parts of California, including Los Angeles County, doctors have warned that they will soon have no room for other patients because they are so inundated by COVID-19 patients.

"I'm not going to sugarcoat this. We are getting crushed," said Dr. Brad Spellberg, LAC and USC Medical Center's chief medical officer.

Earlier this month, hospitals in eastern Tennessee had only 8 of their 284 ICU hospital beds unoccupied.

A December report by The Atlantic noted that patients in Laredo, Texas, were being sent to San Antonio hospitals and other Texans sent to Oklahoma as their own hospitals filled up; and that in South Dakota, 37 hospitals reported sending patients home with oxygen tanks because they ran out of room in the hospital for the most desperate cases.

"Calamity is no longer imminent; it is here," the outlet noted.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Pence Blurts Out The Real Reason Why Republicans Hate Democrats

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

The grassroots organization People for Bernie on Tuesday advised the Democratic Party to take a page from an unlikely source—right-wing Vice President Mike Pence—after Pence told a rally crowd in Florida that progressives and Democrats "want to make rich people poorer, and poor people more comfortable."

"Good message," tweeted the group, alerting the Democratic National Committee to adopt the vice president's simple, straightforward description of how the party can prioritize working people over corporations and the rich.

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Everyone who voted in the 2020 presidential election should understand what the hierarchy of the Republican Party is doing right now. It is seeking to thwart the decision of the American electorate, expressed in a substantial majority vote for Joe Biden, with full consciousness of their own dishonesty. The Republicans are following directives from President Donald Trump that they know are based in falsehood, violate constitutional order and threaten to destroy democracy. They are elevating the warped impulses of one man above any moral or political value they once swore to uphold.

What the Republicans are so cravenly enacting is known in German as the Fuhrerprinzip. Enunciated by Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf — one of very few books Trump has ever been accused of reading — it means "leadership principle"; it demands that every public official kneel in cowering debasement before the boss and abandon any pretense of intellectual independence. It is the method by which the "Big Lie" — in this case, the claim of massive nationwide election fraud — gains acceptance even though everyone is aware of its factual emptiness.

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