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Hannity: ‘We need new leadership in the Senate’

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down from his position as leader of the Republicans on Fox News’ “Hannity” Tuesday night.

Hannity said he had a “special message” for McConnell and any other Republican in the Senate who supports the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

“For every Republican in the Senate, let me be more clear, not one Republican Senator should be wasting a second of precious time, you’re off half the year anyway, on this post-presidential impeachment charade,” the “Hannity” host told viewers.

Earlier on Tuesday, McConnell said on the Senate floor that the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, which left five people died, was “provoked” by Trump and “other powerful people.”

“Mitch McConnell, I’m all ears,” Hannity said. “Tell the American people exactly what part of the president’s speech that you thought was violent. Was it when he urged his followers to peacefully and patriotically march to the capitol so their voices could be heard?”

Hannity then called Republicans who are in support of the impeachment “spineless.”

“Many spineless Republicans are joining forces with their Democratic friends to repudiate all things Trump,” Hannity said.

“Establishment Republicans have no backbone, no principle, no courage, no vision,” he continued. “Too many politicians in D.C. are just far too willing to go along, get along, and protect the swamp. And that is why conservatives like myself, well, we’re tired of these empty promises, and your rehearsed speeches, and had never getting anything done.”

Hannity continued, “We need new leadership in the U.S. Senate. You can represent the people of Kentucky. You’re showing basically right now that you are the king of the establishment Republicans that frankly have always had, and remain having, contempt for President Trump, but more importantly, the 75 million Americans that voted for him.”

Hannity went on to say that if the impeachment process continues, it could be the end of the Republican party.

“If the Senate, that you supposedly lead, …go along with this snap impeachment nonsense, it will be the end of the Republican party.”

Hannity reminded viewers that “freedom is a fragile thing. It’s never more than one generation away from extinction. This cannot, my fellow American citizens, happen on our watch. You know why? Because our children and our grandchildren deserve better, and Mitch McConnell, if you’re not going to fight, we deserve better.”

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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