The Enemy Within the House of Representatives
We begin with the degradation of our political discourse to the point Democratic lawmakers are now wearing body armour to work as some Republicans who supported the assault on the Capitol by a mob wanting to lynch the VP and assassinate the Speaker, insist on carrying loaded weapons onto the House floor. As Republicans move to downplay the coup attempt and try to stop the impeachment trial in the Senate, Nancy Pelosi warned that “The enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about, in addition to what is happening outside.” Wendy Brown, a professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley whose latest book is In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West, joins us to discuss how the threat of right-wing domestic terrorism has been aided and abetted by Trump and the Republican who have played down this growing menace while focusing law enforcement on Antifa and creating the false equivalence that BLM is a threat to public safety rather than a movement for justice and police reform. With dangerous radicals like the QAnon Congresswomen Taylor Greene and Boebert and Congressmen Gosar, Biggs and Gaetz who campaigned against Liz Cheney in Wyoming on Thursday, we speculate whether Trump will split the Republican Party he still dominates, and lead the lunatic fringe as the Patriot Party.
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