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Jeffries: Maga Republicans ‘wasting so much time’ targeting Democrats because they ‘have nothing to show for their fading majority’

In response to the House’s vote to censure New York’s Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman, House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries said that Maga Republicans “have nothing to show for their narrow, fading and decreasing majority”.

He said:

Extreme Maga Republicans continue to utilize tactics such as censuring Democratic members of Congress, burying their heads in the sand with respect to unlawful or unacceptable conduct by their own members including but not limited to Marjorie Taylor Greene, and engaging in efforts to irresponsibly and illegitimately target president Joe Biden and his family.

Why are extreme Maga Republicans wasting so much time on these efforts to target Democratic members of Congress, target president Biden?… It’s because the extreme Maga Republicans have nothing to show for their narrow, fading and decreasing majority.”

“Why are extreme MAGA Republicans wasting so much time on these efforts to target Democratic members of Congress, target President Biden?…Because [they] have nothing to show for their narrow, fading and decreasing majority.”

— Minority Leader Jeffries on GOP censure resolutions pic.twitter.com/rChMot1oBe

— The Recount (@therecount) December 7, 2023

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Florida’s Democratic representative Maxwell Alejandro Frost has also hit back at Republicans following their vote to censure New York’s Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman, calling it “pathetic.”

In an tweet on Thursday, Frost wrote:

“House Republicans just spent time and taxpayer money to censure one of the people’s champions, Jamaal Bowman.

They did this while they have members who aided and abetted the January 6th insurrection.

Pathetic.”

House Republicans just spent time and taxpayer money to censure one of the people’s champions, @JamaalBowmanNY. They did this while they have members who aided and abetted the January 6th insurrection. Pathetic.

— Maxwell Alejandro Frost (@MaxwellFrostFL) December 7, 2023

Jeffries: Maga Republicans ‘wasting so much time’ targeting Democrats because they ‘have nothing to show for their fading majority’

In response to the House’s vote to censure New York’s Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman, House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries said that Maga Republicans “have nothing to show for their narrow, fading and decreasing majority”.

He said:

Extreme Maga Republicans continue to utilize tactics such as censuring Democratic members of Congress, burying their heads in the sand with respect to unlawful or unacceptable conduct by their own members including but not limited to Marjorie Taylor Greene, and engaging in efforts to irresponsibly and illegitimately target president Joe Biden and his family.

Why are extreme Maga Republicans wasting so much time on these efforts to target Democratic members of Congress, target president Biden?… It’s because the extreme Maga Republicans have nothing to show for their narrow, fading and decreasing majority.”

“Why are extreme MAGA Republicans wasting so much time on these efforts to target Democratic members of Congress, target President Biden?…Because [they] have nothing to show for their narrow, fading and decreasing majority.”

— Minority Leader Jeffries on GOP censure resolutions pic.twitter.com/rChMot1oBe

— The Recount (@therecount) December 7, 2023

Tlaib on Bowman censure: ‘Yet another attempt to silence a person of color’

Rashida Tlaib has criticized House Republicans following the vote to censure New York’s Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman.

In an impassioned address, she said:

“So desperate. You all [are] so desperate to distract from the fact that you all have nothing, nothing to improve the lives of the American people or end the ongoing genocide [in Gaza]. So now you’re trying to shift the focus by baselessly attacking Rep. Bowman to score cheap political points, comparing him to the white supremacists on January 6th, who were smashing windows in the Capitol, you all, and screaming ‘Hang Mike Pence!’

Your inability to govern is so obvious to the American people. You all can’t even find enough Republicans to vote to pass a budget or keep a speaker. This is yet another attempt to silence a person of color in this chamber.”

Last month, the Republican-majority House voted to censure Tlaib, the only Palestinian American in Congress, over her condemnation of Israel’s war in Gaza which has killed over 21,700 Palestinians in the last two months.

This censure of @RepBowman is yet another attempt to silence a person of color in this chamber.

They are obsessed with attacking Black and brown members of Congress, but do nothing to help our families thrive. They need to get a grip. pic.twitter.com/BduoDJK6Zo

— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) December 7, 2023

Here is the moment House speaker Mike Johnson announced the votes on the censure of New York’s Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman:

214-191: The House votes to censure Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) for pulling a false fire alarm in a congressional building on September 30.

Three Democrats voted with Republicans, and five lawmakers voted “present.” pic.twitter.com/Ym0q5nTmTG

— The Recount (@therecount) December 7, 2023

House votes to censure New York Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman

The House has voted to censure Jamaal Bowman with 214 yeas and 191 nays.

There were also five votes of present.

The House is now voting on the censure of New York’s Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman.

The vote follows Bowman pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge for pulling a fire alarm in a House office building in September.

House to vote on censure of New York Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman

The House is set to vote on the censure of New York Democratic representative Jamaal Bowman who pleaded guilty to setting off a fire alarm in a House office building in September.

The expected vote follows a censure resolution introduced by Michigan’s Republican representative Lisa McClain on Tuesday over the matter.

Following Bowman’s guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge, he agreed to pay a maximum fine of $1,000 and serve three months of probation, after which the misdemeanor charge is set to be dismissed.

Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison has also called out Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis, saying in a tweet:

“I’ll say it because Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis refused to.

Donald Trump admitting that he will be a dictator on day one absolutely disqualifies him from being president.”

I’ll say it because Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis refused to.

Donald Trump admitting that he will be a dictator on day one absolutely disqualifies him from being president.

— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) December 7, 2023

A handful of Iowa voters told CNN that they believe Nikki Haley won last night’s Republican presidential debate.

In response to which candidate they believe won last night’s debate, one voter raised her hand for Ron DeSantis while six others raised their hands for Haley.

According to a new Wall Street Journal poll, Haley is trailing second to Trump at 15% while the ex president dominates 59% of the vote.

Chris Christie on Republican presidential debate: ‘Answer the questions. Be honest.’

In a new interview with Fox News following last night’s Republican presidential debate, Chris Christie said that he was “calling people out for not answering the questions”.

He went on to add:

“Answer the questions. Be honest. And even if people disagree with you or wind up voting for you, at least they believe you’re playing it straight.”

Answer the questions and be honest. People may not always agree with you, but they will trust and respect you if you play it straight. pic.twitter.com/8jaq1Ylf7N

— Chris Christie (@GovChristie) December 7, 2023

Vivek Ramaswamy remains defensive about his attacks against Nikki Haley last night during the Republican presidential debate.

In a tweet on Thursday, Ramaswamy criticized mainstream media, saying:

“The MSM cracks me up. At debate #2, Nikki Haley called me ‘dumb’ & the MSM coddled her. Last night, I outed Nikki for her lack of actual foreign policy knowledge & the MSM criticizes me for ‘attacking her intelligence.’”

The MSM cracks me up:

At debate #2, @NikkiHaley called me “dumb” & the MSM coddled her.

Last night, I outed Nikki for her lack of actual foreign policy knowledge & the MSM criticizes me for “attacking her intelligence.”

😀 https://t.co/LWfTbm6k5Z

— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) December 7, 2023

Following last night’s Republican presidential debate, Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison called it “chaotic, petty and pathetic.”

Tonight’s debate was a perfect metaphor for the state of the Republican Party: chaotic, petty, and pathetic.

The American people deserve better.

— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) December 7, 2023

DNC chair calls Republican debate ‘chaotic, petty and pathetic’

Good morning,

Four Republican presidential candidates went head to head last night in Alabama during the fourth Republican debate. Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Chris Christie and Vivek Ramaswamy traded blows on Donald Trump, the Israel-Hamas war and conspiracy theories with each other.

According to a new Wall Street Journal poll, Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, has climbed into second place behind Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. While Trump maintains a stark lead with 59% of the vote, Haley has 15% of the vote while DeSantis is close behind at 14%.

Responding to last night’s debate, Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison called it a “prefect metaphor for the state of the Republican party: chaotic, petty and pathetic”.

“The American people deserve better,” he added.

Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate blocked a major supplemental funding bill that included $106bn in financial aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. Republicans have demanded for stricter border regulations in exchange for their support on the supplemental funding bill and argued that the bill did not meet their demands.

Joe Biden has accused Senate Republicans of “political blackmail, pure and simple,” adding that the “stakes are too high and the consequences are too significant for political brinksmanship”.

Here are other developments in US politics:

  • Fulton county prosecutors in Georgia have signaled they want prison sentences in the Trump 2020 election subversion case.

  • The House is set to meet at 9am to consider a bill condemning Biden’s recent action on student loan aid, Politico reports.

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