In a fervent testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R) expressed pride in Black Americans’ advancements, while condemning Democrats’ opposition to Georgia’s new election laws as “preposterous” and “insulting,” Fox News reported on Thursday.
At a Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing on voter discrimination, Robinson, the first Black person to hold his office, concentrated on the Georgia law’s identification requirements for both in-person and absentee voting, which Democrats have been calling racist and restrictive.
“Am I to believe that Black Americans, who have overcome the atrocities of slavery, who were victorious in the civil rights movement, and now sit in the highest levels of this government, cannot figure out how to get a free ID to secure their votes? That they need to be coddled by politicians because they don’t think we can figure out how to make our voices heard? Are you kidding me?” the North Carolina Republican said. “The notion that Black people must be protected from a free ID to secure the vote is not just insane, it is insulting.”
Robinson later charged that Democrats’ motivation behind their ongoing voting rights endeavors “doesn’t have anything to do with justice. This has everything to do with power.”
Citing a recent event where Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Woolworth counter in Greensboro, North Carolina to commemorate the 1960 sit-in protesting segregation, the lieutenant governor said that while Harris was there, Clarence Henderson–who took part in the sit-in–was not invited. Henderson, according to the Fox News report, was an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump.
“The goal of some individuals in government is not to hear the voices of Black Americans at all. It’s to hear the voices that fit their narratives and ultimately help keep power with one group,” Robinson said.
Robinson labeled Democrats’ wide-ranging election reform bill H.R. 1—also known as the For The People Act—as “despicable” and accused them of attempting to use it “to keep one party in power and ensure they stay there indefinitely.”
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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