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‘They can go to hell’: Meghan McCain blasts Katie Couric, others for calls to ‘deprogram’ Trump supporters

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Meghan McCain blasted Katie Couric and others who have called for the “deprogramming” of Trump supporters by saying Monday on ABC’s “The View” that “they can go to hell.”

McCain, a co-host of the daytime talk show, went after the veteran journalist Couric, who told Bill Maher earlier this month: “I also think some of them are believing the garbage that they are being fed 24/7 on the internet, by their constituents, and they bought into this big lie. And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump.”

Others in media over the past couple weeks, including one of McCain’s “The View” co-hosts, Sunny Hostin, have called Trump supporters “brainwashed” or in need of “deprogramming.”

“Instead we’re hearing a lot of language from people like Katie Couric that Republicans like me need to be ‘deprogrammed,’ that we’re ‘brainwashed’—that 74 million Americans are basically irredeemable people, that we don’t need to communicate towards or in any way have anything to do with,” McCain said. “I think it’s horribly dangerous for the country and I also think it’s horribly dangerous for Democrats.”

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“If you don’t care about unity, you should care about the politics of this,” McCain continued, “because right now there is a vacuum to pick up the four people—four in ten Republicans who feel very disenfranchised, and if President Biden and Democrats want to have a big tent party and include some of these people, great, and if we’re all just deplorable and need to be reprogrammed as Katie Couric said, then honestly they can go to hell, because I don’t need to be deprogrammed,” McCain said.

“I just have a different perspective on how the government should be run,” she added.

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McCain, who is the sole conservative on the show, has been very critical of former President Donald Trump. In the 2020 presidential election, she voted for President Joe Biden, who was a longtime friend of her father, the late Arizona Sen. John McCain (R), whom Trump had attacked for his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

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NY Lawmakers want to tax tech giants to get $500M to fund unemployment benefits for illegal migrants

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New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.

The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.

Ramos has alluded to her belief that migrants are a fundamental contribution to the state’s economy. Despite their authorization to work, payment of taxes, and active involvement in the labor force, undocumented immigrants face a glaring disparity—they are excluded from accessing vital safety nets like unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.

In a social media post, Ramos cited the expiration of federal unemployment insurance for freelancers and the depletion of the Excluded Workers Fund. She argues vehemently for a safety net aligned with the evolving dynamics of the labor market, one that extends support to all workers, regardless of their immigration status.

The proposed fund, aptly named the Unemployment Bridge Program, outlines comprehensive eligibility criteria encompassing a spectrum of marginalized workers—from undocumented migrants to freelancers and individuals recently released from incarceration or immigrant detention. By establishing clear guidelines and procedures, the program endeavors to streamline the application process, ensuring equitable access to unemployment benefits for those in need.

The initiative comes in the wake of prolonged deliberations regarding jobless benefits for undocumented immigrants and nontraditional workers in New York. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state previously allocated $2.1 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund, offering a lifeline to those excluded from conventional unemployment benefits.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2025 underscores a commitment to supporting asylum seekers, with significant allocations directed towards housing and legal assistance. The proposal has met with opposition from Republicans, who argue for prioritizing legal residents and taxpayers in the allocation of state resources. Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt contends that limited resources should be reserved exclusively for those who have contributed to the state’s tax base.

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