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Sery Kim's Anti-Chinese Immigrants Remarks Denounced by Korean-American GOP Congresswomen
California Representatives Young Kim and Michelle Steel – the first two Korean-American Republicans to serve in Congress – have revoked their support for GOP congressional candidate Sery Kim after she said she did not want Chinese immigrants to come to the U.S. "As the first Korean American Republican women to serve in Congress, we want to empower and lift up fellow members of the (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community who want to serve their communities," Young Kim and Michelle Steel said in a statement to CNN.
Ken Mehlman wanted to apologize. Speaking with, the former Republican National Committee chair came out as gay, and acknowledged that, despite being a party leader, he had not worked against the GOP’s strategy of setting up anti-marriage-equality referendums in key states prior to the 2004 election.
“Mehlman said at the time that he could not, as an individual Republican, go against the party consensus,” Ambinder wrote. He added that Mehlman “often wondered why gay voters never formed common cause with Republican opponents of Islamic jihad, which he called ‘the greatest anti-gay force in the world right now.’”
Highly anticipated trans-Tasman bubble to potentially reopen by Friday
Thousands of separated families either side of the Tasman Sea await New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's bubble announcement that could open as early as Friday.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is scheduled to announce the start date of the bubble tomorrow that will allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel without having to undergo hotel quarantine at either end.
The interview represented a shift in conservative politics, as the Republican Party moved from demonizing one group of Americans to another. The time for blaming the nation’s problems on gay people was over; now was the time to come together as a country and blame our problems on Muslims. For the past 30 years, the GOP has pursued a consistent strategy: Find a misunderstood or marginalized group, convince voters that the members of that group pose an existential threat to society, and then ride to victory on the promise of using state power to crush them.
As president, George W. Bush had courted both Muslims and Latinos as part of his coalition, which somewhat restrained the right’s nativism. But that changed following Barack Obama’s election, after which the Republican Party embraced harsh anti-immigrant and conspiratorial anti-Muslim politics. Republicans today are focused on using the state to discriminate against trans people.
Australia and New Zealand announce travel bubble starts from April
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Australians will not need to quarantine when they travel across the ditch from April 19.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the start date of the bubble on Tuesday, which will allow travellers to fly without needing to quarantine.
In 2004, gay people were the GOP’s target. Mehlman told Ambinder that Bush’s political adviser Karl Rove had “been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans.” Rovein November 2004 that “moral values” had carried Bush to reelection. “People do not like the idea or the concept of marriage as being a union between a man and a woman being uprooted and overturned by a few activist judges or a couple of activist local officials,” he told the Times. Rove later to do with that strategy.
In 2010, when Mehlman apologized, Obama was president. Same-sex marriage was not yet supported by most Americans—Obama himself did not support it at the time—but the trajectory was clear., support for marriage equality increased from 31 to 42 percent. The military’s ban on openly gay service members would be repealed that year. Although the Republican Party would continue to oppose marriage equality, it had become clear that the party had to find a new target, one with fewer political allies.
Arkansas Becomes First State to Ban Health-Care for Transgender Youth
Arkansas has become the first state in America to ban the provision of gender affirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth. The state’s legislature voted Tuesday to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto yesterday of House Bill 1570, which bans transition care for trans minors, prohibiting doctors from providing gender affirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment. Opponents of HB 1570, including the ACLU, have already said they will challenge the bill in the courts, before it becomes law this summer.
In fact, it already had. Mehlman’s remark to Ambinder about “Republican opponents of Islamic jihad” was a nod to the political climate of the 2010s. By that time, Republican legislators were embracing thethat the in America was imminent. This strategy was consonant with many Republicans’ that Obama was a secret Muslim who had not been born in the United States and was therefore not eligible to be president—the same myth that first endeared Donald Trump to the Republican base. Although anti-Muslim fervor has hardly subsided, this political strategy , when dozens of states introduced anti-Sharia laws.
Also during this period, Republicans pursued a series of draconian anti-immigration laws, criticized by immigrant advocates as the “show me your papers” law, because it allowed police to stop anyone they suspected of being undocumented, effectively requiring noncitizens—or anyone who might be mistaken for one—to carry proof of status at all times. Such proposals were a clear license for racial profiling. As with the anti-Sharia legislation, Republican elected officials across the country in an effort to display their animosity toward immigrants by passing or proposing similar legislation. The Supreme Court struck down much of the Arizona bill in 2012 on the grounds that it , which takes precedence on issues of immigration.
Marjorie Taylor Greene’s incredible fundraising haul reveals what the GOP is really about
Marjorie Taylor Greene raised more than $3 million in the first quarter of 2021.It’s a shocking total, one that dwarfs the nearly $728,000 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) pulled in during the first three months of 2019, and it follows months of controversy that have dogged Greene since her election victory in November.
At the time, the Obama administration wason illegal immigration in an attempt to bring Republicans to the table for a grand bargain on comprehensive immigration reform—but it was more effective politics for both Democrats and Republicans to pretend that Obama was less of a border hawk than he really was.
Again and again, Republicans have targeted groups they believe too small or too powerless to spark a costly political backlash. By attacking them, the GOP seeks to place Democrats in a political bind. If they decline to bow to demagoguery, Democrats risk looking either too culturally avant-garde for the comfort of more conservative voters—whose support they need to remain viable—or too preoccupied with defending the rights of a beleaguered minority to pay attention to bread-and-butter issues that matter to the majority. This strategy has worked in the past—President Bill Clinton, who signed the federal statutein 1996, was no Republican. Many people across the political spectrum accept the premise that defending a marginalized group’s civil rights is “identity politics,” while choosing to strip away those rights is not.
In 2004, Republicans pursued a good-cop/bad-cop strategy:in public, while Republican strategists pursued an anti-gay-rights agenda behind the scenes. In 2012, the party’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, ran to the right of Bush on both and in order to prove that he was “ .” In 2016, the Republican base wanted a nominee who would sound their hatreds with a foghorn rather than a dog whistle. Trump obliged, promising to ban Muslims from coming to the United States and build a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump had previously mocked Romney’s harsh “self-deportation” policy as “maniacal,” but the reality-show star knew what the Republican base when he finally ran.
Nevada GOP Secretary of State Responds Scathingly After Party Censures Her Over Election 'Fraud'
"Members of my own party continue to believe the 2020 general election was wrought with fraud despite a complete lack of evidence to support that belief," Barbara Cegavske said.Cegavske is just the latest GOPer to face censure from fellow Republicans for accurately pointing out that former President Donald Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud are groundless. Despite constantly repeating the extraordinary allegations, the former president and his loyalist supporters have failed to provide credible evidence to support those claims.
That brings us to 2021. Republicans lost the fight over marriage equality so decisively that some now pretend not to have vigorously opposed it in the first place—much to the alarm of many religious conservatives, who are their most dedicated supporters. The fight over immigration is locked in a stalemate, because Trump showed national Republicans that embracing nativism is less politically costly than they had supposed. Anti-Muslim animus has hardly disappeared, but it is no longer as useful a tool to oppose the current leader of the Democratic Party, an elderly Irish Catholic man.
Conflicts between civil rights and religious freedom can certainly present thorny legal dilemmas, but most of what I’m describing here involves Republicans consciously choosing not to leave people alone. There was no threat to life or liberty that demanded same-sex-marriage bans, Sharia bans, or draconian state-level immigration laws. They embraced these causes because they believed that picking on these particular groups of people was good politics, because of their supporters animus towards them, and because they believed their targets lacked the votes or political allies to properly fight back.
And so Republicans have conjured a new existential threat, targeting trans people, a tinythat is nevertheless the subject of full-blown panic. Earlier forays into anti-trans politics resulted in a backlash, with North Carolina’s infamous 2016 . But Republicans have , with a particular emphasis on “protecting” children, a familiar echo of their opposition to the civil rights of gay Americans.
Arkansas' Asa Hutchinson Urges 'Conservative Compassionate View' Toward Transgender Minors
"Let these decisions be made by those people that know and love the children the best," the Republican governor said.Hutchinson's veto of the Arkansas anti-trans bill last week came as a surprise to many activists and lawmakers. But the conservative governor described the legislation as "a vast government overreach," noting that he vetoed the bill after discussing the issue directly with medical providers, parents and transgender minors receiving treatment.
Republican legislators in Arkansas just passed afor trans youth, , and Alabama is on the verge of a similar ban. Republican legislators in North Carolina that would go further, forcing state employees to immediately notify parents in writing if a child displays “gender nonconformity,” forcing public workers to act as gender cops. A Texas label gender-affirming care a form of child abuse and separate trans children from parents who helped them secure it. More such proposals are sure to follow, as Republicans indulge the moral panic about trans identity, hoping to reap the benefits of once again forcing Democrats to defend the civil rights of a small community that lacks the numbers to outvote them.
These laws are egregious violations of personal liberty, inserting the state into decisions best made by families in consultation with medical professionals. That many of the people involved in passing such laws are among those who fought marriage equality is no coincidence. Perhaps they believe that, in picking a fight with children, they’ve chosen a war they can actually win.
Nearly All of Trump's House GOP Impeachers Set Fundraising Records Since Capitol Riot .
All 10 of the House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his alleged role in the deadly January 6 Capitol riot have managed to out-fundraise their Trump-backed challengers. According to the latest Federal Election Commission records first obtained by Bloomberg, all 10 incumbents have collectively raised $6.4 million, with seven of them pulling in non-election year personal records.So far, 15 primary challengers have formally announced their campaigns to take down the dissenting 10 Republicans in their districts.