MAGA Republicans found new lows with their extremism, hypocrisy, chaos, and — as President Biden would call it — malarkey. In case you missed it: Mike Pence bragged about his MAGA credentials, Vivek Ramaswamy floated a plan to let China invade Taiwan, MAGA Republicans continued to deny the climate crisis, Ramaswamy proposed putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block, and Tim Scott bragged about his tax giveaways for the ultra-wealthy.
Mike Pence described himself as a MAGA Republican and highlighted his four years as Trump’s wingman who helped pursue an extreme MAGA agenda.
Chuck Todd: “Do you consider yourself a MAGA Republican?”
Pence: “I’m incredibly proud of what we did in the Trump-Pence administration for four years, and you better believe it.”
Vivek Ramaswamy unashamedly floated a plan to let China invade Taiwan.
Ramaswamy: “We will further deter China from annexing Taiwan by shifting from strategic ambiguity to strategic clarity: we will defend until 2029 but not afterward.”
Ramaswamy: “Our interests include Taiwan until we have achieved semiconductor independence. … after the end of my first term, we will be in a position to say our commitments will be different. Xi Jinping will not go for Taiwan until the end of my first term.”
Ramaswamy: “My message to China is clear. Do not mess with Taiwan before 2028. And before 2028, our commitments are strong. After 2028, we have semiconductor independence. We have very different commitments, lower commitments, significantly lower commitments.”
The Maui wildfires are another horrific disaster made worse because of climate change, but Donald Trump and other MAGA Republicans are still denying the climate crisis.
Trump: “The aftermath is going very poorly, with the governor of the island wanting to do nothing but blame it on global warming and other things that just happen to pop into his head.”
Washington Post: “Trump reiterated some of his frequently repeated falsehoods and petty grievances. ‘The global warming hoax, it just never ends,’ he said. He mocked the concept of sea levels rising, disputing widely held science. ‘To which I say, great, we have more waterfront property,’ he said. ‘There was a big thing about global cooling — what will be next?’ he said. Trump said he was more concerned about ‘nuclear warming’ than global warming.”
Ramaswamy also became the latest 2024 Republican candidate to propose putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block.
Tim Scott said “the most important thing” he’s done was help write legislation that gave tax handouts to the ultra-wealthy and big corporations while leaving working families behind.
Scott: “Perhaps the most important thing I’ve done in public office is 2010, is I was one of the three main authors of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. So I helped write the tax cuts that we saw in 2017.”
The Republican “side show” heats up as we move to the early fall. The wackadoodles keep coming out of the woodwork. The cult that was once the GOP has totally lost it. They have become nihilistic, just like their orange leader.
Proof of a cult? See below.
Excerpted from the national Democratic Party website, Aug 18,2023.