Sep 18, 2017

Lindsey Graham to Breitbart: “Bernie-Care” is coming

Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Saturday that "Bernie-Care" is coming, and urged Americans concerned about the Affordable Care Act to call up their senators and congressmen to vote for the repeal bill he and Sen. Bill Cassidy have sponsored. Graham described that bill described as "Bernie Sanders' worst nightmare." More from Graham's radio interview with Breitbart:

  • Americans will either repeal the ACA or be stuck with Bernie-Care, which Graham calls "full-blown single-payer socialism."
  • On the Republicans considering voting "no": "If you're not for this, then you really got to wonder whether or not you're a Republican."

His bottom line: "This is not about repealing and replacing Obamacare. This is about stopping a march towards socialism... this is the last best chance we will have to act and end Obamacare and stop Bernie-Care."

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American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd

Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are "anguished" by the death of George Floyd, and said that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."

Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.