Saturday, on a billboard along U.S. 70 outside Roswell, New Mexico:
It’s not Peoria, Illinois (July 30, 2018)
“Executive time” his morning:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
“The Democrats can’t come to grips with the fact that there was No Collusion, there was No Conspiracy, there was No Obstruction. What we should be focused on is what’s been going on in our government, at the highest levels of the FBI….” Senator Josh Hawley
5:36 AM – 1 May 2019
Michael Bersin @MBersin
On the somewhat brighter side when it comes to Congressional oversight – at least Missouri is represented by a U.S. Senator who has first hand experience with an Attorney General who obstructs and lies. Oh, wait…
6:16 AM – 1 May 2019
A runaway freight train to…
The “[expletive deleted]” of the early 21st century.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2019
Contact: Emily Phelps | firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC — The Indivisible Project’s national policy director Angel Padilla released the following statement in response to the release of the redacted Mueller report:
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Voted AGAIN this afternoon to secure our ally Israel. Dems AGAIN blocked it as they continue their shutdown. Anti-Israel and anti-Semite groups celebrating. Dems: are you proud of this?
3:39 PM – 10 Jan 2019
What a yutz.
Some of the responses:
Why is this your #1 Concern during the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT shutdown.
You have to admit, that’s a good point.
Dish it out but can’t take it, huh?
And the First Amendment won today, and you voted against federal law enforcement again the day after you said you appreciate law enforcement. Congrats I guess
GOP is all for freedom of speech, as long as it agrees with them.
Hey fellow MO citizens! Aren’t we proud of our newest Senator? He’s doing exactly what we said he’d do when those of us with a brain DIDN’T vote for him.
I wish you worried as much about your fellow Americans who are working with no pay or furloughed as you do Israel. The Russians are celebrating our government being shut down! Do your job, OPEN THE GOVERNMENT.
Constitutional lawyer in your bio. No 1st Amdt. concerns?
Until you kick Steve King out of your party, STFU about antisemitism.
Please vote to end shutdown so furloughees like myself can get back to work. I don’t give a shit about anything else right now. Thank You!
WOW! Way to go, dividing the nation. Remember that a great number of your constituents are democrats. You are sworn to represent all Missourians, even those of us who have Jewish heritage and are former republicans.
When everyone finds out that you are trying to criminalize free speech, how do you think it will go over?
Um. It’s Trump’s shutdown and getting the government open should be priority 1
Vote on appropriations bills to reopen the federal government. Everything else is secondary.
Why is this your #1 priority? Re-open the government.
When did Democrats get control of the Senate Josh?
Not a Democratic shutdown, but you already know that. Tell McConnell to release the hostages.
Have you voted to re-open the government?
Yes. Criticism of a foreign power – even an ally – should not restrict our own free speech here in the US. Quite a slippery slope. What other foreign nation’s policies should we not criticize? Russia? China? Turkey? Syria?
Hey Josh, you’re in the same party as Steve King. Have a great night!
Wow, you’re really not good at this at all.
Heh. Josh Hawley (r) needs to hire better political consultants to write his Tweets.
I think you should be focusing on a bi-partisan solution to the government shutdown instead of using non-priority legislation as an excuse to criticize the dems. Today Mitch McConnel prevented you from voting on a bill that was previously Senate approved. I am not proud of you.
Were we ever?
Lot of overlap in that Venn diagram..
you proud of denying hard earned basic paychecks to Americans?
Dems are doing their job. You sound like you’re still campaigning.
He has this thing about ladders.
@Twitter @nytimes Josh you fit perfectly in the Trump era: stoking anger, fear & resentment. You are conflating disagreeing with Israel’s hard right govt w being anti Semitic. As an American Jew I support the Ds and condemn your incendiary tweet.
Which flag do you pledge allegiance to?
319 U.S. 624 West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (No. 591)  – He doesn’t have to.
imagine being the type of rube that believes this hawley nonsense.
So you’re against the first amendment, then? Noted.
Why do you hate the First Amendment?
Because for right wingnut republicans there’s only one amendment that counts.
How do you not know Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is Jewish? The reason Trump calls him “Crying Chuck” is because Schumer became emotional when speaking about his great-grandmother, who was killed during the Holocaust.
And hopefully, they will keep doing it. Actions have consequences and how dare you say one damn word after @senatemajldr refused to allow a vote. Screw the lot of you.
The Pro 1st Amendment Senators are anti semites?
Bad take, Josh.
*believes the purpose of Israel is to create the Temple and Armageddon so as to force God to take them up to Heaven and send all their enemies, especially as it turns out the Israelites and their progeny, to a particularly cruel and depraved Hell…while the people in Heaven get to watch and revel in their suffering*
*accuses literally anyone else ever of being anti-semitic*”.
oh honey, this ain’t it
That appears to be a variant of “bless your heart”.
This morning, via Twitter:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
What’s going on at @CNN is happening, to different degrees, at other networks – with @NBCNews being the worst. The good news is that Andy Lack(y) is about to be fired(?) for incompetence, and much worse. When Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia, they were hurt badly!
6:02 AM – 30 Aug 2018
…with a major in Fascism.
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda. This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction. Enemy of the People!
6:11 AM – 30 Aug 2018
If you’re astute you’ll invest in popcorn futures.
Less than a month ago:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
7:26 AM – 12 May 2017
Contemporaneous notes might do. We’ll find out on Thursday.
“…This is great if you live in la-la land where the current House is capable of passing any sort of solution on immigration. Yes, they should “quit stalling, get to work, and do their jobs.” — but you know full well that is not going to happen. So when the chips are down, Claire, where do you really stand? I’m so tired of your ‘bipartisan’ platitudes. Families are suffering because of our broken system. You are part of the problem and I wish Missouri had a better Democrat representing us…”
Senator Claire McCaskill [file photo].
Senator Claire McCaskill
11 hours ago
“Our immigration system is broken, and I support a comprehensive plan to fix it, but executive orders aren’t the way to do it. The system can only be truly fixed through legislation by Congress. The Senate’s comprehensive plan got overwhelming bipartisan approval, and Republicans in the U.S. House have sat on their hands for a year-and-a-half, refusing to even consider that bill. They should quit stalling, get to work, and do their jobs-debate the comprehensive plan that passed the Senate with a two-thirds margin.” -Claire
A sample of the responses:
[….] I can’t believe I voted for you. I’ve never voted republican in my life.
[….] When did you become a republican?
[….] When you give the voter a choice between Republican and Republican-lite, they’re going to choose the full-flavor choice.
[….] Congress does need to get to work and pass an immigration bill but we all know that isn’t going to happen as long as we have the current president because the republicans will pass nothing. Until we have a comprehensive immigration bill the executive action is the best solution! I am highly disappointed in you lately Claire!
[….] Claire…you’re losing your base…..support our President…or we see no reason to support you…
[….] A “yes” vote for Keystone and now this, Claire? I wish we had more Bernie Sanders in office.
[….] Well they haven’t done a thing! So I support whatever Pres. OBama feels he needs to do. The GOP already want to jump down his throat, funny how they didn’t do that with the Bush presidents or Reagan when they use executive orders!!! You should be supporting him also Claire.
[….] I am really concerned by this trend you seem to be displaying to be at odds with everything that the president has been attempting to do! I worked hard in past election cycles to get you re-elected here in my home town, and I am really regretting my decision to do so! Please, if you are so afraid of losing your senate seat, that you don’t back the president that we, YOUR CONSTITUENTS, elected, then at least have the decency to tell us about your change of party affiliation!
[….] In a prior interview, around 2011, you stated “If my walk doesn’t match my talk, shame on me and don’t ever vote for me again.” so, I will take your advice.
[….] You can tell it is coming to an election cycle. We did not elect you to be on the right. Stand up for Democratic values!
[….] Claire, deeply disappointed in you. Your principles are no longer mine. You have lost my support, both financially and my vote.
[….] Claire, I have recently lost respect for you. You just confirmed why.
[….] I support the President on this issue. Sick of a do-nothing congress.
[….] Hmmm sounds like a republican answer. Time to vote in a democrat.
[….] Senator McCaskill, I have always been a strong supporter of you, but after reading this post and realizing that you no longer stand for the people, nor do you support OUR President, I will be withdrawing all support for you. You have become too much like the far right, perhaps you have been bought by special interests like the rest of Congress, but your behavior (not to mention the behavior of Congress in general) is inexcusable. Shame on you and many of the Democrats. Don’t you understand that your non-support of the POTUS is part of the reason why we lost in the mid-terms? Despicable. I will certainly be finding a new Democratic candidate for my vote next election.
[….] President Obama has already tried to work with Congress and you have already seen what has happened on immigration. He is creating action and helping to eleviate a problem. You should be supporting his efforts!!
[….] We no longer care about what you think, Claire. Not after you sold us out for KXL.
[….] Senator McCaskill – Take a peek at Senator Elizabeth Warren’s post tonight. That’s what a true Democrat looks like. I’m very disappointed in you.
[….] And the hits just keep coming. I am officially not following your feed anymore and you have lost my vote when you decide to re-up for Senate or for the Gov. of Missouri. You know good and well why he had to do what he did. You are now part of the problem in my view… Quit pandering for vote, it doesn’t suit you.
[….] When did Clair become a repubican?
[….] I disagree. Nothing will ever get done that way. I support my President and so should you.
[….] President is doing what has to be done and that’s why I support him.
[….] Claire, they haven’t passed anything – I’m proud our President is taking legal action to get it moving. Be careful you’re leaning the wrong direction!
[….] I thought you are a democrat. You are talking like a republican
[….] Claire, trying to be a centrist for the sake of being a centrist does not a centrist make. Do you actually believe the Republicans are going to bend one inch for the likes of you if you pander to them?
[….] This is great if you live in la-la land where the current House is capable of passing any sort of solution on immigration. Yes, they should “quit stalling, get to work, and do their jobs.” — but you know full well that is not going to happen. So when the chips are down, Claire, where do you really stand? I’m so tired of your ‘bipartisan’ platitudes. Families are suffering because of our broken system. You are part of the problem and I wish Missouri had a better Democrat representing us.
[….] Wow, I remember a time when you dissed Clinton and jumped into Obama’s camp…. why don’t you just turn republican?
[….] You should be applauding our president, not bad mouthing what he is doing! While comprehensive immigration reform passed by Congress is, of course, the ideal, in the meantime, executive action is the only possible way forward. Bravo, President Obama! (BTW – I was out knocking on doors for you during your last election.)
[….] I support the President.
[….] You’ve become a truly lousy senator. I hope someone runs against you in your next primary. You are a political coward.
[….] Stop your nonsense and get on board with our President!
[….] Claire, what planet do you live on? If the last House couldn’t agree on immigration, what makes you think the next (more Republicans, more conservative) House can agree on anything?
[….] What is WRONG with you Senator??? Congress has had its chance. It is most certainly time for executive action. Between this and your pipeline vote, I have to ask: who bought you??
[….] Claire you got my last vote
[….] Such a disappointing response from you! You too run away from a President who has accomplished so much with a worthless Congress and such lack of disrespect I am disappointed in you as a Senator.
And there were several hundred more comments.
By all means, keep bleeding off the base.
President Obama: On Immigration (November 20, 2014)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): Well, that went over like a lead pipeline… (November 19, 2014)
Padding Mary Landrieu’s resume (November 18, 2015)
A good take on Claire “Lieberman” McCaskill’s dissing of Harry Reid (November 17, 2014)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): shifting tar sands (November 15, 2014)
We need the Keystone XL pipeline because? – part 3 (November 15, 2014)
We need the Keystone XL pipeline because? – part 2 (November 14, 2014)
Charles P. Pierce is meaner (November 14, 2014)
And then all hell broke loose (November 13, 2014)
We need the Keystone XL pipeline because? (November 13, 2014)
Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning (r – obstruction) blinked:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2010
Statement by President Obama on Signing of UI Extension Bill
“During these difficult economic times, supporting American workers, their families and our small businesses must be everyone’s focus. The bill passed tonight by the Senate will extend access to health care benefits for workers who have lost their jobs, help small businesses get loans so they can grow and hire, and extend unemployment insurance benefits for millions of Americans who are looking for work. I’m grateful to the members of the Senate on both sides of the aisle who worked to end this roadblock to relief for America’s working families.”
We received the following statement from Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D) office:
“The idea that someone would play politics with unemployment benefits while our country is facing ten percent unemployment is offensive,” McCaskill said. “This emergency extension was about keeping food on the table for thousands of unemployed families, yet Republicans were more concerned with holding things up in the Senate. When Americans see this sort of thing happening in Congress, they have every right to be frustrated. Frankly, I’m frustrated too.”
Petulance appears to be a republican trait:
…Bunning’s obstruction, however, continues on another front.
Democrats say he has put a hold on all pending presidential nominations, effectively blocking “several dozen” of President Obama’s nomations…
Good luck Senator McCaskill.