If there’s one thing that is consistent on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. it’s people claiming to admire him even as they spend the overwhelming majority of their time actively working against causes he stood for.

Such was the case Monday when Republicans, along with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), took to Twitter to celebrate the man who called for an end to the filibuster and demanded equal voting rights for all people. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) didn’t even make a comment about MLK Day on his Twitter or Facebook pages as of 7 p.m. EST.

MSNBC host Ari Melber listed some of the statements from the officials but played a video of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claiming that he was inspired by MLK to help all people of Kentucky.

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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, called King “a man who dreamed and paved a way for many.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, “we remember the sacrifices he made,” when talking about Dr. King.

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) called King “a man who transformed our nation.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), said that today, “we… remember what he courageously stood for.”

As Melber noted, most whites at the time of King’s death regarded him as a criminal or agitator.

“He had the extremely high disapproval rate of about 75 percent at his death,” said the host. “And the calls to create today’s holiday remained controversial into the ’70s. It took a campaign and national effort, among many other pushes to get today to become a holiday, which didn’t happen until 1983.”

Speaking Monday, King’s 13-year-old granddaughter said, “My family and I have been working on getting two major bills passed that can make it easier for people to vote, because one of the fundamental rights is the right to vote. Everybody needs to have access to voting.”

Footage of King’s comments about the filibuster made the rounds on Monday as well. When asked about the Civil Rights Act, King said that both he and Americans support it, but because of a small minority of racist members, it was being blocked.

“Well, this would certainly be all right with me, because I think the vast majority of people in the United States would vote favorably for such a bill,” he said. “I think the tragedy is that we have a Congress with a Senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting. They won’t let the majority senators vote. And certainly they wouldn’t want the majority of people to vote, because they know they do not represent the majority of the American people. In fact, they represent, in their own states, a very small minority.”




Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s comments to Kyrsten Sinema on the Filibuster

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“Manchin has touted MLK as a revolutionary leader, given that he is siding with the establishment to even minor tweaks to Senate rules or take the Democrats of the month, Senator Sinema who has touted King’s ally in marching on those very issues, Rep. John Lewis, calling him a hero, ‘rest in power, my friend,'” Melber quoted. “But she is using her power right now to block King’s call to end the filibuster against voting rights.”

Martin Luther King III took the war to Sinema on Monday.

“We believe as it relates to getting these bills passed that Sen. Sinema has been one of the challenges,” he said.

Melber then turned to those in the GOP who were promoting MLK’s message of peace.

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Kyrsten Sinema claims to love MLK but she’s working against everything he stands for

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that MyPillow CEO and election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell has hired Emerald Robinson, a fired host with the far-right cable network Newsmax, to produce content for him on his streaming platform.

“She has been hired as a host of a new show,” Lindell told the publication. “We are building a great TV network and she is a great host!”

Daily Beast reporter Zachary Petrizzo notes that Robinson was benched by the network last year after she tweeted what he described as a “bonkers” conspiracy theory “that the COVID-19 vaccines consist of a ‘bioluminescent marker’ that has satanic properties.”

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Robinson, after having been suspended from Twitter for posting COVID-19 disinformation, has unapologetically continued pushing her conspiracy theories on any platform she can, including Substack.

Lindell, an ally of former President Donald Trump, has been using Frank Speech to push his ongoing baseless allegations that the election was tampered with in several key states. He has claimed that the Supreme Court would “reinstate” Trump as president once they received his complaint, which hasn’t gone according to his plans.

In one of his most outlandish recent claims, Lindell said he has enough evidence to put “300 million” people in jail for election fraud, which would be about 91 percent of the U.S. population.

Former FBI special agent Clint Watts told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace Monday that he thinks more people will be charged with sedition as the cases move forward.

Last week, 11 Oath Keepers were indicted for their participation in planning the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Among the charges were seditious conspiracy, which marked the first time federal prosecutors had leveled that specific charge.

“Between the one year of what we’ve learned and what people have watched, what they’ve seen repeatedly, anyone that doesn’t believe Jan. 6 was an absolute disaster and that the White House was ultimately responsible has just buried their head in the sand and doesn’t want to hear what’s really going on in the world,” Watts began.

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He noted that many Republicans on Capitol Hill are just pretending that Jan. 6 even happened.

“Or try and change the story, but what they keep forgetting is the number of indictments that will continue to land, probably, in the coming months that are similar to the indictment, the seditious indictment that came out last week about the Oath Keepers, which is an awful document,” Watts continued. “It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen in terms of a domestic extremism case that was literally there to try and overthrow the country. So, that’s going to be hard to just sit and ignore and not speak about. As those roll out, those are hard facts, and it reminds me of other times where we have seen government investigations unfold.”

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A state representative in Alaska outed in September as a member of the Oath Keepers has doubled down on his loyalty to the group by blasting the Department of Justice for indicting its leader, Stewart Rhodes, and 10 others.

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, issued the following statement Friday in response to an interview request from the Anchorage Daily News in the wake of the indictments:

“Politically-driven indictments out of D.C. during an election year are nothing new to Alaskans. The indictment against Ted Stevens disappeared once Mark Begich was elected. The January 6th commission’s narrative is falling apart, and with it the Democrats’ last hope of keeping their majority in Congress,” Eastman said. “I predict that narrative will continue to fall apart, regardless of how many indictments they put forward, and that Republicans win back Congress in November.”

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Suffice it to say Eastman wasn’t chastened by having been revealed as a life member of the Oath Keepers through a leak shared with ProPublica by the whistleblower group Distributed Denial of Secrets.

He was one of 10 sitting state lawmakers outed, but among the only ones to confirm his Oath Keepers status.

“Eastman has publicly acknowledged his presence at the Jan. 6 ‘March to Save America,’ and posted a photo of himself standing with a group of Alaskans near the Capitol that day,” The Anchorage Daily News reported. “No evidence has been released that links him to the violence that erupted, in which police officers were injured and Capitol offices ransacked.”

This week, however, “Eastman did not directly respond to several questions about his connection to Oath Keepers, including whether his membership is still active, whether he had any contact with Rhodes during or before the attack, or whether he brought any firearms with him to Washington,” the newspaper reported.

Also declining to comment about their Oath Keeper colleague were Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young — the three Republicans who comprise Alaska’s congressional delegation. That was consistent with the state party’s unwillingness to call out Eastman, as reported by the newspaper:

“Alaska House leaders, in interviews, said they’re aware of the Oath Keepers indictments and Eastman’s ties to the group. But even though the news has prompted some discussions, there are no plans for immediate action against Eastman, said House Speaker Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak.

“I’m not aware of any conversations in the Capitol that pertain to removing him or any kind of disciplinary action,” Stutes said in a phone interview. “He’s an elected official, and I would think it would be left up to his constituency, unless I or we as a Legislature see or have actual proof of his involvement in the incitement of what went on.”

On the other hand, according to the report, “Dozens of graduates of the U.S. Military Academy have called on Eastman, a fellow West Point alumnus, to resign.”

Speaking to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel cited a Detroit News report that said a fake elector admitted that he got his marching orders from former President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Republicans in Michigan, as well as other states, attempted to install an alternate slate of electors to replace the ones who would have followed the will of the public vote in the state. Nessel hasn’t yet investigated or spoken to the fake elector, but she did turn over all of the evidence and information that her office found relating to the fake electors to the Justice Department.

“It’s an open and shut case,” said Nessel, saying that they committed the crime in full view of the public.

Wallace, along with commentator Charlie Sykes, noted that the documents were signed by the false electors and given to the government as official documents, which is fraud for all who signed the documents.

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The host also said that she couldn’t help but notice that the forms, the fonts, each detail in the documents all looked exactly the same from each of the states where Trump electors attempted to overthrow the valid electors.

Nessel said that it appears the principal actors transmitted the form to every state that they took issue with. Because of the multi-state nature of the crime, it was necessary to take everything to the DOJ.

The Detroit News detailed how the fake electors were working with a Republican lawmaker with a Capitol office who could figure out a way to get them inside the elector room where the official count was taking place. The building was sealed off, however, after electors tried to barge in.

“…(W)e convened and organized in the state Capitol, in the city of Lansing, Michigan, and at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the 14th day of December 2020,” said a false certificate signed and submitted to the National Archives that MSNBC Rachel Maddow pointed to last week.

Nessel said Monday that those fake electors should be prosecuted.

Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot told the Detroit News that he was asked to show up in Lansing to sign the document. He said he didn’t know who called him and told him to do it, and claims it was merely “a call from an attorney working on behalf of Trump in Washington, D.C.”

See the full conversation below:




False Michigan elector confessed he got marching orders from the Trump campaign: report

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On Monday, at a Martin Luther King Day event, Oklahoma GOP Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) invoked the name of Dr. King to trash the Supreme Court’s decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, a 2019 ruling that held Oklahoma must honor a treaty granting large swathes of Eastern Oklahoma to Native American tribes with respect to law enforcement jurisdiction.

“I believe that freedom fighters like Dr. King would be astounded, maybe even disgusted, by the McGirt ruling,” said Stitt. “The ruling created two sets of rules for Oklahomans based on their race. In Eastern Oklahoma right now there is not equal protection under the law.”

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Stitt’s comments drew immediate outrage, with House Minority Leader Emily Virgin and Cherokee Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. weighing in.

Dr. King, ironically, was a supporter of Native American rights and spoke forcefully against the U.S. atrocities against them.

Stitt, who is himself a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has made his opposition to McGirt a pet issue, although often his attacks on the ruling have fallen on critical ears; one forum last year saw his attacks on the ruling shouted down by Native Americans in the audience.

For months Virginia’s incoming Republican governor has been promising he would neither mandate masks in schools nor ban school districts from requiring them.

“Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) will not outlaw local COVID-19 mandates when he takes office in January,” reported the far right wing website Daily Wire back in November.

Local ABC affiliate 8 News, also in November reported, “Youngkin won’t try to block local mask, vaccine mandates like other Republican governors.”

Glenn Youngkin was sworn into office on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

Business Insider reports that on Saturday, after Youngkin was sworn into office, he “signed an executive action that banned schools from requiring that students wear masks to stem the spread of COVID-19, instead allowing parents to decide when their children wear masks during the school day.”

Youngkin’s first act as governor was to sign eleven executive orders. Among them: effectively banning any mask mandates in schools across the state, by allowing parents to opt-out for any reason or no reason.

In other words: flip-flopping on his promise.

Youngkin is using his Lt. Governor to threaten angry school districts. Fox News’ John Roberts:

Pundit and political analyst Bill Scher:

Youngkin made a big deal over the weekend claiming schools have to “listen to parents” and if they oppose his mask ban they aren’t listening to parents.

Gov. Youngkin is the one not listening.

In poll after poll after poll after poll Virginia parents make clear they support mask mandates in schools, and Virginians overall support mask mandates, period.

Trump ally Roger Stone is ramping up the war of words against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

As reported by The Daily Beast’s Zachary Petrizzo, Stone on Monday described DeSantis as “fat, slow, and dumb” in a diatribe against the man who could be Trump’s rival for the 2024 GOP nomination.

Stone also said of DeSantis that “the Yale Harvard governor will never be president” because, among other reasons, he “opposes constitutional open carry.”

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Trump and DeSantis have now been trading barbs for weeks, with DeSantis slamming Trump for not firing Dr. Anthony Fauci at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Trump implying DeSantis was “gutless” for refusing to say that he received a booster shot against COVID-19.

Trump has also reportedly called DeSantis “dull” and is angry that the Florida governor is not giving him more deference and gratitude for helping him launch his political career.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the former friend of first lady Melania Trump, is now claiming that the Trump family tried to tie her to corruption on the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) because she refused to go along with what she describes as their “grifting.”

Taking to Twitter on Monday, Wolkoff responded to a Daily Beast report about the Trump committee noting that they tried to make her the fall gal for the corruption.

“It was their friends. It should never have been sent to the PIC. That’s misuse of funding. The Trump Organization being involved in any way and getting the PIC to pay any sort of balance anywhere on their behalf? It just doesn’t seem legitimate,” said Wolkoff, who did inaugural events.

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“I never went along with their grift or lies so they punished me by making me the New York Times covergirl of their graft for the Presidential Inauguration. I’ve been working with prosecutors for over 3 years,” Wolkoff said in response to the article on Twitter. She tagged former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner.

“Thank you Stephanie @SWinstonWolkoff for taking the kind of principled stand that weak, sycophantic individuals like Meadows, Jordan, Perry, McCarthy & other members of #TheCoverUpCaucus will never take,” Kirschner responded.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been ratcheting up his criticisms of former President Donald Trump, most recently when he suggested that Trump let Dr. Anthony Fauci pressure him into issuing too many restrictions at the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Conservative writer Jonathan Last, however, believes that DeSantis’s gambit is going to massively fail.

Writing in The Bulwark, Last argues that DeSantis is too much of a “smarty-pants” for the GOP base, which wants a more genuine ignoramus on par with Trump.

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Among other things, Last notes that DeSantis is being evasive about whether he got a booster against COVID-19, which the GOP will see as a sign of weakness.

“If this turns into a hot war, Trump is going to crush him,” Last writes. “Maybe it’s possible to outflank Trump on vaccines, but not if you’re a phony who took the vaccines. Republican primary voters will smell that a mile away.”

Last also thinks DeSantis is underestimating the damage that will be done to his long-term prospects if he challenges Trump and loses.

Once you’ve bent the knee to Trump, you have to fight like hell just to keep your station,” he writes. “Moving up in the world? Forget about it. Why is this? Because no one who has submitted to Trump after getting clobbered by him is capable of selling the dominance politics that Republican voters want.”

Read the whole piece here.