Lock Them Up
Can You Believe?
Can you believe Rep. Duncan Hunter (see below) blaming the “deep state” for his legal woes?
Can you believe Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey (R-WV) leading Trump supporters in a chant of “lock her up” just hours after the Manafort guilty verdict and Cohen guilty plea?
Can you believe Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh trying to win support from pro-choice senators just by saying that Roe v. Wade is “settled law”? As Chuck Schumer said, “Everything the Supreme Court decides is settled law until it unsettles it.”
Question of the Week
Q: What does it mean when your national security adviser, your campaign manager, and your personal attorney are all felons?
A: It means you’re in a heap of trouble, and it will only get worse.
They Said It
As Donald Trump takes a wrecking ball to America, virtually every GOP senator and House member has either egged him on or stood by in silence. But outside of Congress, Republicans like George Will, Michael Gerson, and Christine Todd Whitman are speaking the truth to power. Starting this week, Boxer’s Corner will highlight the words of these brave and sensible Republicans. Don’t just take it from me – take it from them.
Former White House aid and longtime GOP strategist Steve Schmidt recently quit the Republican Party, saying it had become “corrupt, indecent, and immoral.” He went on to say, “The first step to a season of renewal in our land is the absolute and utter repudiation of Trump and his vile enablers in the 2018 election by electing Democratic majorities.” Amen, brother.
Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves
Hit of the Week: Mueller’s one-two punch with the Manafort conviction and Cohen guilty plea. Manafort’s felonies occurred before he worked for Trump, but don’t forget how he worked with Trump to soften the GOP platform on Russia. And Cohen, once considered a sideshow, took center stage by stating under oath that Trump directed him to violate campaign finance laws.
Miss of the Week: Rudy Giuliani’s tortured parsing of the Cohen plea, claiming that it didn’t impugn Trump – as if “a candidate for federal office” could be anyone else.
Hot House Race of the Week
Nothing like a corruption indictment to heat up a race. Despite the huge GOP registration advantage in CA-50, former Obama aide Ammar Campa Najjar was always a strong candidate to challenge Duncan Hunter. Now that Hunter has been charged with spending a quarter million dollars in campaign funds on himself – including family vacations, private school tuition, and a $600 airline ticket for a pet rabbit – Ammar has a real shot. To learn more, visit his campaign website.
On this week’s podcast, Nicole and I discuss the recent decision to roll back coal emission restrictions and what that could mean for our lives and our health. Then I speak with former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu about diversity, racism, and his recent memoir; and Nicole talks to Ana Kasparian, co-host and producer of The Young Turks online news show.