Former federal judge warns of danger to American democracy https://t.co/FP6vMi22iw— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) June 18, 2022
During Thursday's Jan. 6 committee hearing, retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig issued a dire warning to the country. Luttig, who advised former Vice President Mike Pence, said that 17 months after the riot on the U.S. Capitol, "Donald Trump and his allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy."
Luttig said the United States is at a crossroads similar to the one the country faced during the Civil War, and he said America needs help. Pence prevented a fall into chaos, and 3 other takeaways from Jan. 6 hearing HOUSE JAN. 6 COMMITTEE HEARINGS Pence prevented a fall into chaos, and 3 other takeaways from Jan. 6 hearing.
Luttig was appointed to the federal bench by George H.W. Bush and worked in both the Bush and Reagan administrations. He said in his written testimony that the U.S. is in a "war" over the nation's democracy and that "only the party that instigated this war can end it," calling on the Republican Party to start a reconciliation process.
Speaking to NPR on Saturday, Luttig reiterated his message that lawmakers must begin talking to each other as "fellow Americans that have a shared destiny and shared hopes and dreams for America." But Republicans must start the process, he added.
Yeah, that’ll happen:
Video showed far-right activists physically accosting U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw on Saturday.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 18, 2022
Tucker Carlson has called Crenshaw an “eye-patch McCain” over his criticism of Russia.
A Navy SEAL veteran, Crenshaw lost his right eye to a bomb in Afghanistan. https://t.co/J3xLuXDjZW
Texas Republicans also voted to formally rebuke U.S. Sen. John Cornyn for leading bipartisan legislation on gun safety in the aftermath of the school shooting in Uvalde that left 19 children and two teachers dead. https://t.co/J3xLuXDjZW— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 18, 2022
One delegate, David Gebhart, said the provision “does no benefit to the party” and calls for softening the language: “We are the Republican Party of Texas, not the Westboro Baptist Church.” Mix of laughter and boos.— Sewell Chan (@sewellchan) June 18, 2022
(So winning is irrelevant? All that matters is owning the libs? The infantilization of America goes on.)
One delegate, Robert Bartlemay, criticized the resolution declaring the 2020 election illegitimate. The @TexasGOP should be forward-looking and focus on getting a Republican back in the White House in 2024, he said.— Sewell Chan (@sewellchan) June 18, 2022
He was greeted with a wave of hissing and booing.