Former CIA Director John Brennan accused Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-SC, of “pure hypocrisy” for pledging to support President Donald Trump’s expected decision to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States before the November election.
On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87 after battling cancer, and allegedly her dying wish was to have her seat filled after the election.
Lawmakers have been fighting mostly along partisan lines, with a few Republicans saying they won’t confirm a pre-election nominee, over the President’s expected announcement.
Graham’s office could not be immediately reached for comment.
When it comes to Senator Graham, Brennan says that he “once told me not to pay attention to his public statements, as it’s all just politics,” adding that “He fully deserves to be bounced from the Senate.”
Graham was authorized to subpoena Brennan and others for their roles in the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, in which Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants were used to spy on Trump and members of his campaign. Graham has yet to issue any such subpoena. The predicate for that investigation was a now-debunked dossier alleging that Trump was colluding with Russia to win in the 2016 election.
U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating the alleged malfeasance as part of the Justice Department’s probe into the matter. However, it’s unclear if any senior officials will be indicted.
You may like
Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic
You may like
Politics6 days ago
Identity of SCOTUS leaker will be revealed ‘in short order’
Politics3 days ago
BIZARRE: Biden gets heated over poor conditions for Americans…that HIS administration created
Podcast2 days ago
James O’Keefe Exposes ‘Constitutional Crisis’ at the FBI
Politics5 days ago
‘Menstrual Dignity Act’ Includes ‘Transgender, Intersex, Nonbinary and Two Spirit Students’