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Calling Pennsylvania "#Biden's home state" as an excuse for why his base of operations isn't Delaware, where he was senator for THREE DECADES, ignores that he's trying to deflect from what Delaware stands for and what he did there when #Warren is going to hammer him on it.
#Biden never lived in #Philadelphia, ever.
He was born in Scranton, a white town upstate that is diametrically oppositional from Philadelphia which is majority black and the poorest big city in America.
Biden moved to Delaware from Scranton, PA when he was TEN.
It's fine to decide to distance yourself from the place--DELAWARE, not PA-- you lived for SIXTY SIX YEARS & where you grew up, got married, raised your kids & grandkids. But don't pretend it's because you are FROM Philadelphia when you just want our votes & your state is tiny.
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We all know #ThisIsNotNormal. 💯
Some folks are saying it may never be normal again. 🙄

But I'm gonna let you all in on a secret.
Are you ready?

Our "normal" was hot garbage.
No, really.
Hot. Frelling. Garbage.

Let's review, shall we?

<thread> It's going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal—especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions. So keep reminding yourself: this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It Note & stick it on your refrigerator, hire a skywriter once a month, tattoo it on your ass. Because a klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the sotu. And that's fucked up. - John Oliver
"Normal" gave us a Republican party that flatly refused to work with President Obama. On anything. At all. Ever.

Think I'm exaggerating?
Two words: #MerrickGarland.

McConnell sat on a vacancy in the highest court of the land for a year.

And it was so "normal" we did nothing. Gorsuch arrives at a SCOTUS seat, in which President Obama's nominee is bound & gagged, saying,
"Normal" gave us 60+ votes to repeal the #AffordableCareAct. Heck, it gave us the ACA passing with zero GOP votes.

That's not hyperbole, folks.
The 1st House vote, ONE Republican.
The Senate vote, ZERO Republicans.
The final House vote, ZERO Republicans.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_P… Roadrunner as Obamacare (Affordabilis Care Actus) outmaneuvers a pack of Coyotes as Republicans (Grandium Old Party).
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THREAD―FAILED STRATEGY: HOW DEM LEADERS BUNGLED #Kavanaugh

I'm seeing a lot of blame going around so I want to provide some clarity on what I believe Dems did wrong. First and foremost, they failed to realize that the GOP would use their majority to seat Kavanaugh AT ALL COSTS.
THREAD―FAILED STRATEGY

Understanding that the GOP would not settle for anything less than Justice Kavanaugh, Democrats should have walked out of what they called a "charade" and a "sham." When you call something a sham and then participate in it, you're legitimizing it.
THREAD―FAILED STRATEGY

Democrats had ample reason to refuse to participate: Kavanaugh was nominated by a president who may have committed federal crimes. His records were being withheld. And so on. Simply applying the #MerrickGarland standard, Kavanaugh didn't merit a hearing.
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Is it me or has @LindseyGrahamSC become one of the most disingenuous, sycophantic, and loathsome Republican senators?
Can anyone guess what Trump/Putin have on #LindseyGraham? Even @mitchellreports just said that there is "talk" on Capitol Hill about how unwaveringly devoted he is to Trump.
Do us all a favor, @LindseyGrahamSC, and Google #MerrickGarland. Now stop hectoring us about how Democrats are dealing with the #KavanaughHearings.
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Trump: Day 596
-154th Day at Trump Golf Club
-197th Day at Trump Property
-Discussed Plans 4 Venezuelan Coup
-Narrowing List on NYT OpEd Writer
-Criticized by Miss West Virginia
-Influenced by GOP Props & Praise
-Kushner Sz 2 Pen Flattering Articles
-Defamation Case Progressing
Add...
Day 701 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Add...
Day 553 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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🚨BREAKING: A criminal complaint and judicial ethics complaint are being filed against Kavanaugh for perjury in Congressional testimony — and LOOK WHO’S REVIEWING IT!

Happy Saturday, everyone!

#MerrickGarland #CancelKavanaugh #StopKavanaugh #BlockBrett
☎️CALL THESE SENATORS DAILY

Collins
ME: 207-784-6969
DC: 202-224-2523

Murkowski
AK: 907-271-3735
DC: 202-224-6665

Donnelly
IN: 317-226-5555
DC: 202-224-4814

Manchin
WV: 304-342-5855
DC: 202-224-3954

Heitkamp
ND: 701-258-4648
DC: 202-224-2043

📣 “VOTE NO ON KAVANAUGH!”
So far, thousands of citizens have pledged OVER $700k to @SenatorCollins’s 2020 opponent if Collins votes Yes on Kavanaugh.

Together, we can BEAT Collins’s cash on hand!

🔥Help crank up the pressure by pledging $20.20 right now!
bit.ly/collinsbeahero
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THREAD: WALK OUT, DEMOCRATS.

Dems should refuse to participate in what they've called "sham" #KavanaughHearings. They should release a joint statement that if #MerrickGarland was blocked FOR NO REASON, the #lodestar insurrection bars Trump from making lifetime appointments.
Yes, @KamalaHarris asked good questions. But that only sets up the narrative that #Kavanaugh was confirmed "despite a tough nomination process." He's being legitimized by this process. The GOP is pushing him through no matter what Dems do, so TAKE A STAND. Refuse to play along.
#TakeAKnee is a symbolic gesture, but an important one. #DemWalkout would be equally extraordinary. It would leave a permanent stain of illegitimacy on #Kavanaugh. Trump could be found guilty of obstruction, why are Dems participating in a hearing that could seat his defender?
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THREAD: WALK OUT, DEMOCRATS

I said this yesterday and I'll say it again today: Democrats are legitimizing #Kavanaugh by not walking out.

They should release a joint statement that until the #Mueller and #Cohen matters are resolved, Trump cannot appoint a #SCOTUS justice.
The GOP is hellbent on pushing the #KavanaughConfirmation through. If Democrats walked out and he were seated, he'd have far LESS legitimacy on the bench than if they went through the motions of what they called a "sham" proceeding.
No matter how sharp their questions, no matter how much they protest the rules and procedures and document dumps, Dems are ENABLING THE GOP in brazen court-stacking. Republicans STOLE #MerrickGarland's seat and are shoving rightwing justices through. WHY ARE DEMS PLAYING ALONG?
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Tonight I see the rule of law dying, the principles our country was founded on are being ignored, due process is being trampled upon.

I care very much about women's rights, LGBTQ rights, healthcare as we know it, and the possibility getting justice against an #IllegitimatePOTUS
The respect that I once had for elected officials has faded, the respect that I had for fellow Americans who were on the other side of the aisle disappears

No I don't hate them, I am disgusted by the fact that we have forgotten that while we may have differences we are Americans
As Americans, sure we make mistakes, but we also learn from our mistakes and fix it so that we don't repeat them.

In the current environment, I do not feel I can trust fellow Republicans, who once cared about 🇺🇸, blindly turn a blind eye towards atrocities and hate
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@EdKrassen @mschreiweis66 @SenateMajLdr Mitch #BenedictMcConnell, a.k.a. Mitch "#MerrickGarland" McConnell, will be remembered by history as one of the @GOP co-conspirators who tried, and failed, to destroy the Republic for which our flag proudly stands from within our halls of power. Koch failed, guys.
@EdKrassen @mschreiweis66 @SenateMajLdr @GOP @HouseGOP/house-republicans
@SenateGOP/senaterepublicans

Do yourselves a favor, if you knew of or participated in any secret meetings among @GOP and/or NRA lobbyists where Russia or money from unclear sources was discussed, make a statement to the FBI now. Save yourselves time.
@EdKrassen @mschreiweis66 @SenateMajLdr @GOP (prison time, I mean ... seriously ... clock's obviously ticking on this one)
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I’m spending a lot of time reviewing Judge Kavanaugh’s rulings to see if he has the temperament and wisdom—and whether he has shown the independence needed of our next #SupremeCourt Justice. Very disappointed by what I’m seeing:
He disagreed with, and wrote a dissent against, a court ruling that the punishment for entering this country illegally cannot be “forcing a child to have a baby”
His opinion would have allowed the government to use delay tactics to prevent women and girls from controlling what happens to their own body. Or, in other words, he drafted a (losing) legal argument that would have forced a child to have a baby acludc.org/sites/default/…
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THREAD: We are witnessing the collapse of our Constitutional democracy. Much has been made of the GOP's unwillingness to be a check on Trump. It's a true abdication of their constitutional duty. But Trump's recent interactions w/the Courts bring this to a new disturbing level /1
The decision to pardon Arpaio was a prelude of what was/is to come. Remember that Arpaio was charged w/contempt of court for failing to follow the Court's order that his office cease racial profiling. Trump was signaling that contempt of court was fine for HIS SIDE. /2
With today's #HammondPardon, trump lets right wing militias (& his right wing base) know that they are free to break the law w/out fear of consequence. At the same time, the Trump admin is actively disobeying the Courts on #FamilySeparation. /3
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If you are a self-declared liberal, at least have the courtesy to wait more than a half hour before posting your pro-Kavanaugh screed that you had at the ready.
This really is antithetical reasoning at it's worst.

A Liberal’s Case for Brett Kavanaugh nyti.ms/2KZCQWR
#AkhilReedAmar, who taught BK at Yale says: "#BrettKavanaugh has taught courses at leading law schools & published notable law review articles. He is an avid consumer of legal scholarship. He reads and learns. And he reads scholars from across the political spectrum."
#AkhilReedAmar: "#Kavanaugh prioritizes the Constitution’s original meaning. An 'originalist' judge,who also cares about what the Constitution meant when its words were ratified in 1788 or when amendments were enacted,cannot do all the historical & conceptual legwork on his own."
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If you are confused about who voted the #CivilRightsAct into law, here's the historical record.

SPOILER ALERT: It was the party of #LBJ--the Democrats. govtrack.us/congress/votes…
Unlike modern-day racist Southern #GOP leader @SenateMajLdr McConnell, who blocked #SCOTUS hearings for #MerrickGarland because he felt @POTUS44 wasn't owed a full 4yr term, #LBJ signed the most sweeping anti-racist and anti-poverty legislation in US history.
#CivilRightsAct
Just five months after the #CivilRightsAct was passed, the country voted overwhelmingly to return #LBJ to the White House, 49 weeks after the assassination of #JFK.

Voters thought LBJ was far more capable of holding the nation together amidst growing racial and societal strife.
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For 3yrs #SCOTUS was my beat.
It taught me so much--like that you vote as if SCOTUS depends on it.
So all you "couldn't vote for Hillary" folks?
Thanks for today's decision by #NeilGorsuch.
YOU gave us that.
And him for the next FORTY FREAKING YEARS.
Explain it to your kids.
Excellent explanation of how #NeilGorsuch just screwed every worker in America courtesy of Trump/Stein/Johnson voters.

You wanted it, you got it.

Neil Gorsuch just demolished labor rights
slate.com/news-and-polit…
Honestly, America, are you EVER going to get smarter?
The president lasts for eight years max.
The #SCOTUS is forever.
Voting for the wrong SCOTUS is like getting the name of your 5th grade sweetie tattooed across your face 100 times at 10.
The impact is phenomenal and lasting.
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Structural #misogyny is as deeply entrenched as #racism. Women are paid less: only 5% of highest wage earners & 80% of lowest. 1 in 5 is raped, 1 in 4 a victim of DV. Hillary addressed BOTH racism & misogyny AND pledged to create a gender & race parous admin, upending status quo.
No other woman in US history got within reach of political power that #HillaryClinton did.

It took 242yrs.

Somehow that doesn't register with folks as a huge issue: that folks STILL want to invalidate HRC's accomplishments to refute what was done to her: A stolen presidency.
For weeks the nation stopped to fight for Al Gore in 2000. There wasn't a moment or a single recount for #HillaryClinton.

Why not?

Why did we just accept that states that hadn't voted #GOP in decades had narrowly--mere thousands, less than a half percent of votes--gone red?
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