Van Jones rails against Greene after spat with Dems: ‘She’s a disgrace to that Congress’

CNN commentator Van Jones slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) following her personal attacks on a fellow member of Congress during a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday night.

The committee hearing, held to vote on whether to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress, divulged into chaos after Greene made a comment about the appearance of Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) and her “fake eyelashes.”

“I don’t think you know what you’re here for,” Greene said to Crockett, after the Georgia Republican made comments about former President Trump’s hush money trial. “I think your fake eyelashes are messing up what you’re reading.”

In response to the incident, Jones suggested that some lawmakers just want attention.

“I think that the standard of conduct has been pulled down slow by some of these folks in Congress,” Jones said Friday in comments on CNN. “They go there ’cause they want to be celebrities. I’m talking about Marjorie Taylor Greene and others.”

“Why do we even know her name? Marjorie Taylor Greene has never passed a bill,” he continued in the panel interview, highlighted by Mediaite . “She’s never chaired a committee. She’s never done anything but be a provocateur and a clown and get under the skin of people and this kind of stuff that goes on.”

After the eyelash comment, Crockett shot back at Greene later in the hearing, seemingly referring to her GOP colleague as “bleach blonde bad-built butch build.” The Texas Democrat, and many others, also accused Greene of making her comments laced with racial undertones.

While Jones seemingly agreed with the assessment, he added that she’s “a disgrace” regardless of the intent behind her remarks.

“Whether she’s racist or not, she is a disgrace to the American people. She’s a disgrace to that Congress,” he said.

Following the incident, several committee members railed against the episode as “disgusting,” “embarrassing,” and a “middle school fight.”

But despite the fracas, the committee ultimately voted to hold Garland in contempt in an effort to censure him for failing to turn over audio recordings of President Biden to use in their impeachment probe.

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Jeffries calls on Alito to apologize for ‘disrespecting’ American flag

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) called on Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Friday to apologize for “disrespecting” the American flag.

“Samuel Alito should apologize immediately for disrespecting the American flag and sympathizing with right-wing violent insurrectionists,” Jeffries said in a statement in a press release Friday. 

“He must recuse himself from cases involving the 2020 election and [former President Trump,]” the New York Democrat continued in the statement. ”Congress should immediately consider legislation to impose an ethical code of conduct on a runaway Supreme Court. The Constitution demands and the American people deserve more from a justice serving on the highest court in the land than baseless election denial.”

Jeffries’ statement follows a Thursday report from The New York Times about an upside-down American flag that was flown at Alito’s Alexandria, Va., home in January 2021. The upside-down American flag is a symbol connected to the “Stop the Steal” efforts that have a basis in inaccurate claims of election fraud.

Alito has said that his wife, Martha-Ann Alito, was responsible for the flag.

“I had no involvement whatsoever in the flying of the flag,” Alito said to the Times. ”It was briefly placed by Mrs. Alito in response to a neighbor’s use of objectionable and personally insulting language on yard signs.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called on Alito to recuse himself from every case connected to Jan. 6, 2021 and the 2020 election following the news of the flag coming to light.

“Flying an upside-down American flag — a symbol of the so-called ‘Stop the Steal’ movement — clearly creates the appearance of bias,” Durbin said.

“Justice Alito should recuse himself immediately from cases related to the 2020 election and the January 6th insurrection, including the question of the former President’s immunity in U.S. v. Donald Trump, which the Supreme Court is currently considering,” he added.

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Bob Good says Republicans went to Trump trial because of gag order

Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) said he and fellow Republicans went to former President Trump’s hush money trial in New York City due to a gag order the former president is under. 

“And they’ve got this gag order against him,” Good said on Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.” Friday. “That’s why we went up there, so that we could say the things… this corrupt judge is not allowing him to say.”

Good was one of a large group of Republicans that traveled to Trump’s New York criminal trial Thursday, along with Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Mike Waltz (Fla.), Eli Crane (Ariz.), Andy Ogles (Tenn.), Anna Paulina Luna (Fla.) and Ralph Norman (S.C.).

Trump is currently under a gag order in the hush money trial that restricts him from publicly commenting on witnesses, prosecutors, court staff and Judge Juan Merchan’s family.

“This is a judge who seems to get all the high profile conservative trials up there,” Good continued in the Fox Business interview. “And his own daughter is making — raising… tens of millions of dollars for the Democrat party, off this very trial.”

Merchan’s daughter , Loren, has served as an executive at a progressive political consulting firm that has worked for Democrats including President Biden and Vice President Harris. 

Other Republicans, including Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and former GOP presidential primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, have also made their way to Trump’s hush money trial recently.

Johnson pushed back against the hush money trial in remarks outside the Manhattan courthouse Tuesday.

“This is the fifth week that President Trump has been in court for this sham of a trial. They are doing this intentionally to keep him here and keep him off of the campaign trail,” Johnson said. “And I think everybody in the country can see that for what it is.”

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House approves measure condemning ‘calls to defund the police

The House approved a resolution on Friday that condemns “calls to defund the police,” taking aim at the rallying cry embraced by some progressives amid the Black Lives Matter movement.

The chamber approved the four-page measure in a 337-61 vote, with all opposition coming from Democrats, a number of whom are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

The non-binding resolution — which Republicans brought to the floor as part of their Police Week legislative push — condemns calls to defund the police which, the measure claims, “has increased violence towards law enforcement officers.”

It also “expresses condolences and solemn appreciation” to the loved ones of law enforcement officials who were killed in the line of duty, and recognizes the need for better data collection regarding officers who are assaulted, injured or disabled in the line of duty, among other provisions.

The “defund the police” resolution was one of several law enforcement-related measures  House GOP leadership brought to the floor as part of Police Week. Republicans have sought to put a spotlight on crime, which has become a central topic in the 2024 election cycle and emerged as a key weak spot for President Biden as he vies for another four years in office.

“Under Joe Biden and far left failed leadership, the safety of America’s law enforcement has been sacrificed for the sake of the Democrats pro-criminal agenda,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), the chair of the House GOP conference, said on Wednesday. “Lawless liberals handicap our police from doing their jobs with failed bail reform like my home state in New York and pro-criminal policies that appease the far left Democrats’ defund the police agenda.”

A number of Democrats, however, slammed the Police Week proposals as messaging bills.

“Resolutions that mislead the public about violent crime rates, legislation that increases the availability of deadly weapons in our communities, and bills that fuel xenophobic and anti-immigrant sentiments do not make our communities safer–for our children, for our most vulnerable neighbors, for law enforcement, other first responders, or anyone else,” Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) wrote in a statement  earlier this week.

The phrase “defund the police” was popularized following the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly after the 2020 murder of George Floyd. Black advocates argued police departments were overfunded, allowing for the over-policing of Black communities.

For many advocates, defunding the police would mean reinvesting city and state funds from law enforcement to services such as mental health services or other first responders.

But many opposed to the concept argued the phrase — and advocates — demonized law enforcement. They also expressed concerns that limiting the police budget would lead to a closure of police departments, though advocates said they do not want police departments abolished.

Republicans have seized on the rallying cry since it surged in popularity, with GOP lawmakers using it as a way to argue that Democrats and anti law enforcement.

The House Democratic campaign arm, however, has pointed out that the Republican Study Committee (RSC) — which is the largest conservative caucus in the lower chamber — put out a budget proposal  in March that called for reducing funding to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, the federal program that offers funding for various levels of law enforcement agencies.

“Conservatives support our men and women and blue but should question whether the government should involve itself in state and local law enforcement, even if it is only a matter of funding,” the RSC budget reads.

“The federal government should not bail out cities that wish to cut their police budgets, so the RSC Budget would support a reduction to this program,” the budget adds.

Asked about that provision of the RSC budget on Wednesday, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) — a former chair of the RSC — said “I haven’t looked into the details of the RSC budget” before shifting the focus back on to Democrats.

“A lot of the Democrats in the House now are trying to revise history and pretend as though and even say that they never supported defund police,” Johnson said.

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Ocasio-Cortez hits back at Fetterman: ‘I stand up to bullies’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hit back at Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) following his derisive comments on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing Thursday night that erupted in chaos and was littered with insults. 

“In the past, I’ve described the U.S. House as The Jerry Springer Show,” Fetterman said Friday morning on social media platform X. “Today, I’m apologizing to The Jerry Springer Show.” 

Ocasio-Cortez, who was one of the major lawmakers who clashed during the committee’s markup to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt, shot back at the first-term senator, saying she stands up to “bullies.” 

“I understand you likely would not have stood up for your colleague and seem to be confused about racism and misogyny being a ‘both sides’ issue,” Ocasio-Cortez said Friday on X. 

“But I stand up to bullies, instead of becoming one. And to the women of Pennsylvania: I’d stand up for you too. Enjoy your Friday.” 

During the hearing, which was stalled for nearly an hour due to blows being traded on all sides, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) accused Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) of wearing “fake eyelashes.” Ocasio-Cortez then moved to strike Greene’s remarks down, saying they were “disgusting” and “absolutely unacceptable.” 

Later, Crockett threw a jab at the Georgia Republican that went viral, asking “If someone on this committee then starts talking about somebody’s bleach blonde bad built butch body, that would not be engaging in personalities, correct?” 

The chaotic markup, in which Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) struggled to maintain order, was mocked and criticized by both CNN and Fox News’ personalities Friday morning.

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