Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Did you ask Donald Trump (r) and Mick Mulvaney (r) about that “vital” aid?

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Just asking.

“…U.S. programs have contributed Javelins, night vision devices, communications equipment, Humvees, and more, all of which are vital to Ukraine defending its sovereignty and deterring further Russian aggression…”

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Press Briefing by Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney
Issued on: October 17, 2019

MR. MULVANEY: …Did he also mention to me in pass the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely. No question about that. But that’s it. And that’s why we held up the money…

Q So the demand for an investigation into the Democrats was part of the reason that he ordered to withhold funding to Ukraine?
MR. MULVANEY: The look back to what happened in 2016 —
Q The investigation into Democrats.
MR. MULVANEY: — certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation. And that is absolutely appropriate.
Q And withholding the funding…?

Q But to be clear, what you just described is a quid pro quo. It is: Funding will not flow unless the investigation into the Democratic server happens as well.
MR. MULVANEY: We do that all the time with foreign policy….

Q Or was the call just perfect, as the President has said?
MR. MULVANEY: Again, no one here had any difficulty with the call. We do think the call is perfect. We don’t think there’s any difficulty with the call at all. I read it several times. By the way, I was not on the call; someone from my office was on the call. No one raised any difficulty with me on the call at all. I understand that, in fact, no one on the call in here thought there was any difficulty with it…

Q Did the President direct you or anyone else to work with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine?
MR. MULVANEY: Um, yeah. The — when was it? It was the May meeting, and I think this has been widely reported. In fact, I think Sondland mentioned it in his testimony, and I’m pretty sure that Rick Perry mentioned it in his interview yesterday with the Wall Street Journal, that in the May meeting in the Oval Office that I was in — I think Senator Johnson was there, as well as Mr. Volker was there — the President asked Rick Perry to work with Mr. Giuliani…

Q You were comfortable with Rudy Giuliani’s role?
MR. MULVANEY: I’m 100 percent comfortable with that….

Q Mr. Mulvaney, is it appropriate for any President or this President to pressure a foreign country to investigate a political opponent?
MR. MULVANEY: You know, every time I get that question, that’s one of those things about —
Q It’s a simple question.
MR. MULVANEY: It is, but so is, “When did you stop beating your wife?”
Q So what’s the answer?
MR. MULVANEY: It assumes that the President has done that.
Q Well, what’s the answer? I said “any President.”
MR. MULVANEY: We haven’t done that.
Q I said Mr. Trump or any President.
MR. MULVANEY: I’m not — I’m going to talk about what this President did…

Quid pro quo. Shakedown. Same thing.

A good question: Is it appropriate for any President or this President to pressure a foreign country to investigate a political opponent?

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

Is it appropriate for any President or this President to pressure a foreign country to investigate a political opponent?

Hartzler Statement on Congressional Delegation Trip to Eastern Europe
October 7, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) released the following statement about her bipartisan congressional delegation trip to Poland and Ukraine:

“Both Poland and Ukraine are important allies to the United States. There is broad and bipartisan support for strengthening the relationship between the United States and our two eastern European allies and I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about their roads to freedom, sovereignty, and their unwavering commitment to democracy,” Hartzler said.

The delegation, which included John Garamendi (CA-3), , Ton O’Halleran (AZ-1), John Shimkus (IL-15), Dave Loebsack (IA-2), and Jenniffer González-Colón (PR-AL) released the following statement about their visit to Ukraine:

“We came to Ukraine to show our strong bipartisan support and to hear how we can help advance the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration. We are encouraged by the new government’s energy and commitment to democracy, defeating corruption, and adopting reforms, even while battling Russian aggression. Ukrainian officials explained to us how freedom and sovereignty were ingrained in Ukraine’s history, and we have no doubt it will be part of the country’s future.

“We saw how the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative is supporting Ukrainian troops and bolstering Ukrainian security and defense. U.S. programs have contributed Javelins, night vision devices, communications equipment, Humvees, and more, all of which are vital to Ukraine defending its sovereignty and deterring further Russian aggression. During our visit to Yavoriv, we observed training and cooperation that promotes NATO interoperability. We will continue our close security cooperation.

“Ukraine is a country rich in resources and technology. We see significant potential for energy and commercial cooperation and will encourage U.S. businesses to explore these opportunities with Ukrainian partners when we return home.

“Ukraine’s efforts to counter Russian aggression and achieve peace are impressive, even with approximately 14,000 deaths and hundreds of prisoners held. We assured our Ukrainian counterparts that sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Russia reverses the steps that prompted the sanctions initially.
“This includes removing the Russia-led troops and illegal armed formations from the Donbas and creating the security conditions necessary for free and fair elections. Crimea is Ukraine. The Donbas is Ukraine. All of Ukraine’s sovereignty must be restored and it must regain control of its international border.

“We are committed to returning to the United States and continuing to champion the cause of unwavering support for Ukraine. We commend President Zelensky for numerous positive steps since taking office, and look forward to our next visit to Ukraine.”

Is it appropriate for any President or this President to pressure a foreign country to investigate a political opponent?

Great moments in presidential campaign strategery

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Tonight:

Jordan @JordanUhl
At 7:35 pm, it was reported that Tulsi Gabbard was over an hour late for a press event in Iowa and that her aides weren’t telling people what was going on.

She just went live on Tucker Carlson’s show.
[….]
7:21 PM · Oct 18, 2019

There are those 14 minutes. But we catch your drift.

Tucker Carlson. Really? Like a Democratic Party candidate running for the Democratic Party nomination for President should want to go out of their way to engage with Democratic Party voters, you know, the people who actually decide who the Democratic Party nominee is?

Tulsi Gabbard evidently thinking it’s an effective use of her time to try to reach Democratic Party presidential primary voters on a right wingnut white supremacist television show tells you something about her competence and the competence of her campaign staff. And none of it is good or competent.

“Are you a Russian sleeper cell?” Uh, whoever is Tulsi Gabbard’s communications director should be fired and should never again work in the communications business.

A parody:

Austin Powers: Nice to asset you… meet you. Nice to meet you, Russian asset.
[to Foxxy as Basil & the Russian asset leave]
Austin Powers: Don’t say Russian asset.
Foxxy Cleopatra: Now stop.
Austin Powers: I said Russian asset.
Foxxy Cleopatra: Stop.
[Basil gestures him to hush]
Number Three: Bye.
Austin Powers: Russian asset.
[Basil & the Russian asset try again to leave]
Austin Powers: Russian asset.
[Basil warns him again to hush]
Austin Powers: Russian asset.
Basil Exposition: Oh, shut up!
Austin Powers: [Basil and the Russian asset walk out and Austin lets loose] Asset, asset, asset, asset, asset!

“Faux News channel, fascist groupies” – protest sign, circa 2003- 2004.

Previously:

Tulsi who? (October 16, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): “Yeah, you, in the back row, clap louder.”

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Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

Today:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
I wanted to congratulate @SecPompeo and my friend @VP Mike Pence on helping to broker a ceasefire in #Syria.

This agreement will give peace a chance and will encourage Turkey to arrive to a diplomatic solution, which will save a massive amount of lives.
12:42 PM · Oct 17, 2019

All is forgiven, apparently.

Meanwhile, there was much hilarity in the responses:

OMG

We’re all not as stupid as you would hope we are.

This ‘ceasefire’ and what it means is already unraveling in the media, and by this evening we’ll know the truth: you all betrayed our allies, and then rewarded Erdogan for his actions.

Still, Representative Hartzler (r) wants us all to clap louder.

Seriously, have you no dignity left? Are you really such a complete and total sell out?

Do you want us to answer both questions? We could.

Wrong again. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it is not a ceasefire. “We will pause the operation for 120 hours in order for the terrorists to leave,” Cavusoglu said.

A day late & a dollar short. All the innocent who have died already because of reckless Trump! Better than nothing at this point! No one should have murdered to begin with!!!!

Yeah, Turkey did a quick smash and grab, and got what they wanted, and now they’ve gotten away with no penalty.

That’s not much of a victory.

You should just give the whitehouse communication team direct access to your account, it would save time retyping their talking points

Uh.

Sad that #trump put us in this position in the 1st place.

Any comment on #potus?

Alarm bells are ringing for Trump Impeachment.

You’re wise to congratulate your male handlers, whether they did anything or not. Good girl.

No

You don’t get to gaslight the nation all the way to a corrupt election in Nov 2020.

Nice try Vicky, thanks for trolling.

So as I understand it this deal will give the Kurds 5 days of cease fire to escape (and go where to?) then Turkey can go back to murdering them. Great job Pence and Trump.

Sound about right, Icky?

At what cost & how many lives? Missourians do not be fooled by @RepHartzler, @POTUS was & is impulsive, his actions cost humans lives. Further, our Air Force had to destroy an exposed ammo depot due to @POTUS actions.
@GOP creates a problem to take credit 4 the resolution?

You don’t get credit for pulling out a fire extinguisher on a house fire you started.

This genocide is happening *because* of your president.

Oh, I see. You meant the complete capitulation to Turkey and Putin. Plus the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds, and now the forced relocation. And the millions of wasted taxpayer $$, plus our bombing of our own facilities.

Pathetic

How disingenuous of you.

Oh, pulease. Not all of us are stupid republicans.

Turkey has gotten what they wanted, to be seen a major player in the world. This wasn’t about the Kurds, this was about power. Trump was played like a fiddle.
Your buddies are pretty much as worthless as the rest of your party, soulless pseudo-christians.

Are you kidding me? Trump caused this mess. Now you’re trying to give him credit for a cease fire? Unbelievable.

You’re kidding, right?

So the Kurds have 120 hours to evacuate their homes and relocate before Turkey again uses force to seize land?

Shame on you, Vicky, for abandoning our allies.

You are a fool.

Nice try, you treasonous hack. Doing Putin’s bidding yet again, Trump sold out our allies.

You know it was a terrible deal, actually it really wasn’t a deal, it was what Putin wanted. By the way, why are you sending our boys to Saudi Arabia the land of hijackers and a prince who orders Americans residents to be chopped up if we are getting out of the Middle East?

you are an imbecile

Dunning Kruger Effect.

Turkey already said it’s not a ceasefire you feckless POS. Learn to read.

Campaign Finance: those pennies and nickels add up

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C180554 10/17/2019 It Starts Today Missouri It Starts Today Co. 237 Florida Ave NW Washington DC 20001 7/13/2019 $170,000.00

C180554 10/17/2019 It Starts Today Missouri Progressive Multiplier Action Fund 714 G St SE Suite 200 Washington DC 20003 9/3/2019 $15,000.00

[emphasis added]

From their web site:

Fund every Democratic nominee for MO State Legislature with a single monthly donation.

1. Set it and forget it.
Set up a monthly subscription, give yourself a high-five, and know your money is going where it is needed.

2. Equitable support.
Your donation is split evenly among every democratic nominee for State Legislature.
We don’t play favorites.

3. No middle person.
Your donation goes directly to each candidate — not the party accounts.

Subscribe to a better Missouri, for as little as one penny per State House district and one nickel per State Senate district:

[….]

Why such a strange amount? Because all 163 seats in the Missouri House of Representatives, as well as 17 seats in the Missouri Senate, are up for election in each cycle. Missouri’s Senate districts are five times the population size of its House districts, so we’re sending them five times as many pennies. 5 × 17 = 85, and 85 + 163 = 248. Voila! A fully funded slate of Democrats for less per month than the cost of a pumpkin spice latte.

[….]

Why are we doing this?

Decades of neglect have taken a toll on Missouri Democrats. Once a purple bellwether state, Missouri is now a GOP trifecta. So it’s tempting to focus all of our attention on a handful of districts that might be “winnable” — but that strategy leaves some of the candidates that need the most support in the dust.
60% of Missouri has seen nothing but GOP candidates for cycle upon cycle. Democrats running in those districts have little infrastructure to rely on and significant fundraising challenges to overcome. With no support, they become just a name on a ballot, abandoned and unable to spread a message about common-sense policies to the people who need to hear about them most. Activists in those districts are left without a cause to rally around, and voters are left without a real choice.

We can change that.

With small change.

Tulsi who?

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Great optics for a presidential “candidate” there:

H J RES 77 2/3 YEA-AND-NAY 16-Oct-2019 2:44 PM
QUESTION: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass
BILL TITLE: Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria

—- YEAS 354 —

—- NAYS 60 —

—- ANSWERED “PRESENT” 4 —

—- NOT VOTING 14 —

Gabbard

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D): perfectly owning Donald Trump (r)

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He’s definitely not the brightest bulb in the chandelier:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!
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5:29 PM · Oct 16, 2019

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D) new cover photo on Twitter:

The Speaker (D) lives rent free inside of Donald Trump’s (r) head.

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R): don’t ask about Moscow Mitch

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Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r), in the House minority, will now be able to totally refocus her legislative agenda on naming post offices (November 7, 2019)

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

This morning:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
We have important legislation that is ready to move forward, including the #USMCA and the bipartisan bills to tackle prescription drug prices both parties worked together on in the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Instead, we’re naming 13 post offices today. We can do better.
8:34 AM – 16 Oct 2019

This is much hilarity in the responses:

Tell that to Mitch McConnell.

Hundreds of Bills passed by the House waiting to come to the Senate floor for a vote. “We can do better today.”

As of May of THIS year, you were all about renaming post offices.

Tell Mosco Mitch to get moving on the hundreds of bills sitting on his desk. Trump and the GOP are criminals.

How about you do something about the #GOPGenocide first. Get back to us when you have. Thanks.

You named a post office less than a year ago

Yeah, we were wondering about that.

Benedict Donald

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“Россия” (Russia) – a variant of the Russian presidential flag.

This:

Kurt Eichenwald @kurteichenwald
Today, Russia took over a US military base that was rapidly abandoned. I wonder if Trump gave time to shred/destroy classified info and devices, or if everything is now in Russian control.

PS: This is the first time in memory that the US has surrendered a base to Russia. MAGA!
12:11 PM · Oct 15, 2019/a>

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): bless her heart

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Over two years ago:

GOP Aims To Kill Obamacare Yet Again After Failing 70 Times (July 29, 2017)

It didn’t happen. It was all about repeal anyway.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2018 file photo].

This afternoon, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Our healthcare system is failing. High premiums force many to forgo insurance; sky-high deductibles mean they can’t afford to use it.

I look forward to working with @HouseGOP on a plan to protect those with pre-existing conditions and give Americans more control over healthcare.
2:59 PM · Oct 15, 2019

Yeah, right.

Medicare for all would work great.

Some of the responses:

I dunno. Ever think about something like the Affordable Care Act?

GOP had control for 2 years and came up with nothing.

Rich coming from someone who tried her damndest to eliminate health care coverage for millions of Americans.
#Hypocrite

How? You had full control for two years and the only thing you tried to do with healthcare was take it away!

Yep.

JUST STOP LYING!!! The @GOP wants to gut healthcare and you know it!!! Do your job stand up for us and against the criminal in the Oval. Hawley barely won you and @RoyBlunt have an up hill climb after you crapped on the small family owned farms. Get to work and impeach him!!!

Nah, she’s all in.

Why don’t you/they already have one. Trump PROMISED during his 2016 campaign that he had the BEST plan, with better coverage and lower premiums than the ACA.

Ask him to show you THAT great plan!

(Or was that a false promise, just like yours . . . . )

They were never going to create one, they were just going to take the one people had away.

So I guess that TWELVE YEARS you and your @GOP handlers said you were working hard on a superior replacement for the ACA was a lie?

Give or take a few. Actually, around eight years for Representative Hartzler (r).