A Republican congressman from Alabama says rocks falling into the ocean cause sea levels to rise. He and his GOP colleagues assert that “the Earth is not warming. The White Cliffs of Dover are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise. Global warming is helping grow the Antarctic ice sheet,” Science News reports.
A Republican congressman from Nebraska wants to slash food stamps and refuses to say that Americans are entitled to eat. In other words, it’s ok if they starve. A Republican candidate for Congress in Montana assaults a reporter but still manages to win a special election. Another declares that “nobody dies” for lack of health insurance, and that health care “isn’t a human right.” Still another says “bullcrap!” to constituents who remind him they pay his salary. Another asserts that Republicans in Congress work for Donald Trump, not constituents or taxpayers. And a GOP legislator from North Carolina equates Abraham Lincoln with Adolph Hitler.
Florida congressman Ted Yoho could be in trouble after saying on TV that House Intel Chair Deven Nunes “works for the President,” not his constituents, the American people, the taxpayers, and is not obliged to conduct an independent investigation into the Trump administration’s Russia ties. He later said he “misspoke,” but this represents a basic misunderstanding of the American political system and separation of powers.
Yoho, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, is facing some tense town hall meetings, especially in Gainesville. He serves in the gerrymandered third district, redrawn for the 2012 elections, which he won with more than 60 percent of the vote.
Oklahoma congressman Markwayne Mullen snapped at constituents who reminded him that they pay his salary, according to The Hill publication. “You say you pay for me to do this? That’s bullcrap,” Mullin said at the town hall in Jay, Okla., according to a video of the incident.
“I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go,” he added.
After constituents pushed back, Mullin reiterated that being a lawmaker is not “how I make my living.”
Mullen owns multiple plumbing companies and doesn’t have to settle for just the measly $174,000 a year plus generous benefits that a member of Congress receives.
Due to gerrymandering, Mullen — first elected in 2012 — won re-election with 70 percent of the vote in the last two elections. However, he has canceled several town hall meetings with constituents recently because he says they weren’t sufficiently respectful.
In North Carolina, Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus) posted on Facebook that both Abraham Lincoln and Adoph Hitler were tyrants. Pittman wrote that Lincoln was “personally responsible for the deaths of 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”
He has introduced legislation repealing a ban against secession in the NC Constitution, asserting that NC ought to have the right to secede from the US.
Pittman represents a solidly Republican district and won re-election handily. But his neo-Confederate opinions may be too much for even a solidly Republican district.
- Two Republican lawmakers face anger from their own voters on health care. Washington Post. Report on town halls of Coffman (Colo.) and Yoho (Fla.), including quotes from constituents who usually vote for Republicans but don’t plan to back Coffman next year. One Republican said he doesn’t trust Coleman to live up to his moderate reputation in the face of Trump’s agenda. “When he gets to Washington, he votes 96 percent of the time with the far-right wing,” Haas said. “That’s not who we are here. Republicans like me don’t like it.”
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