The Trump camp recently changed its messaging regarding the seriousness of the coronavirus threat and his stance on wearing masks. Although the president denied it, saying it is “too big a thing”, the worry is that he will get “bored” of talking about the virus, or the political winds will shift again and we will take steps backwards rather than forwards. As we get closer to the election in November, among the concerns about phantom voter fraud and a constitutional crisis to potentially delay the election entirely, the threat of coronavirus will increase, especially as more states experience varied spikes respective to their policies.
Sen. Bob Menendez eviscerated the actions of Pompeo and the State Department over the past year, noting that, at best, they have failed to use the tools available to them to seriously address threats of Russian subversion, at worst, they have simply abetted Putin’s efforts.
“The racial justice movement, the Black Lives Matter movement, is a particular target of these organizations. Obviously, if you’re a white supremacist you don’t care for racial justice and these are people who you want to stop from expressing their views and reforming American democracy in a positive direction. The government needs to be paying attention to this.”
-Dr. Heidi Beirich
Oddly enough, the narrative coming from the Trump administration about voter fraud is not at all new. In late November of 2016 President Trump tweeted that he would have also won the popular vote, “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Even though he provided no evidence for that claim then, it became a cornerstone of the rhetoric of his administration.
Yesterday’s hearing on “Oversight of the Department of Justice” brought Attorney General William Barr before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions and provide insight on a number of events that he and the Department of Justice have been involved in.
The questions ranged widely throughout the hearing and varied greatly by party. The topics included the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing worldwide protests to support the Black Lives Matter movement, the Roger Stone case, the Michael Flynn case, the Mueller Report, Russian interference in the 2016 and 2020 elections, Jeffrey Epstein, the photo-op at St. Johns Church and the precursory clearing of protesters from Lafayette Park, and more.
Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee Today
He consistently dismissed any notions of systemic racism in the U.S., struggled to answer questions related to the appropriateness of tear-gassing protesters, and attempted to protect President Trump and provide support for law enforcement.