Even after being tragically pummeled by tornadoes, Kentucky residents took the opportunity to let visiting President Joe Biden know how they felt about him. Using the now famous “Let’s go, Brandon” chant, which has become the popular replacement for “F*** Joe Biden” was shouted out as the President surveyed the tornado damage.
Tara McKelvey tweeted, “I’m with the president in Mayfield. Looking at destruction. There is a Trump flag and when Biden got out of the motorcade someone called: ‘Let’s go, Brandon.’ They said it twice.”
I’m with the president in Mayfield. Looking at destruction. There is a Trump flag and when Biden got out of the motorcade someone called: “Let’s go, Brandon.” They said it twice. https://t.co/5RuLK62O2Q pic.twitter.com/XTWtXE6ASu
— Tara McKelvey (@Tara_Mckelvey) December 15, 2021
At least 88 people were killed as a result of the 30 tornados and storms that hit six states in the Midwest and South this past weekend. At least 74 of the deaths occurred in Kentucky, largely resulting from a damaged candle factory that trapped dozens of people.
Fox News reports that President Biden “took an aerial tour of the damage in Mayfield, followed by a ground tour through roads lined with destruction. The president was later scheduled to survey damage in Dawson Springs.”
Biden tweeted of his trip, “I’m in Kentucky today to meet with local leaders and to survey the damage from the tornadoes and extreme weather. It will take all of us, working together, to recover and begin rebuilding – and we are committed to providing whatever support is needed for however long it takes.”
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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