Rachel Maddow regarded on the latest occasions involving Republicans in Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, and Tennessee and painted an image of a celebration that’s fully out of step and rising extra excessive.
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However, you realize, if we’re on the lookout for a high prize right here, like step proper up. Ohio in rivalry, clearly, Michigan in rivalry with their repeated fistfights at Republican occasion statewide conferences. Arizona clearly in rivalry with a neo-nazi faculty Republican talking tour. However I believe if someone goes to take the cake on this present information cycle, it’s most likely not the Republican events in any of these states. It’s most likely Tennessee.
You might need seen over the weekend that there was a weekend ruling from a federal appeals court docket in Tennessee. Tennessee Republicans have been going after trans folks each means they will. A federal appeals court docket this weekend on Saturday in a divided 2-1 resolution let that state go ahead with banning particular sorts of well being take care of trans folks. And this isn’t some, you realize, some distant menace or one thing that’s sort of locked up within the courts now. Due to that appeals court docket ruling, once more, on Saturday, this weekend, for folks beneath the age of 18, that ruling this weekend means no matter ongoing well being care they’ve been getting in Tennessee, it’s now formally unlawful. That ruling went into impact instantly. Any such well being care, ongoing well being care that you just’ve beforehand been receiving has to cease instantly.
However that’s additionally occurring within the context of this different factor that Republicans are doing within the state of Tennessee. I do assume places them form of on the entrance of the road proper now. The Republican state legal professional normal in Tennessee is utilizing his workplace to acquire the personal medical information, unredacted full medical information for sufferers who’ve had care at a specific clinic in Tennessee on the Vanderbilt college medical heart. He’s utilizing his workplace as legal professional normal to take folks’s particular person personal unredacted medical information for the needs of an investigation in his state legal professional normal’s workplace. Now Vanderbilt college medical heart says that they’d no alternative however at hand over the information after the legal professional normal demanded them, however in addition they didn’t notify their sufferers that they’d handed over their information till after they’d already began handing them in.
The Michigan Republican Get together’s descent into Lord Of The Flies sort chaos is humorous, but it surely exhibits how excessive and dysfunctional they’ve change into. Arizona School Republicans are embracing nazism, which is a long run menace that must be monitored. Ohio Republicans are attempting to outlaw folks from having the ability to vote in opposition to them which is an overt assault on democracy, however what’s going on in Tennessee is chilling.
The previous occasion of small authorities and privateness is utilizing the largest of massive authorities ways to violate the rights of individuals in Tennessee and deny them entry to healthcare.
After the 1/6 assault, it grew to become clear the extremism of the best was not one thing to be chuckled at and dismissed.
Republicans are a harmful menace, and the extra elections that they lose, the extra excessive they change into in response. By wanting on the rundown that Rachel Maddow supplied, it’s clear why Republicans, however what isn’t really easy to see is how or if they’re excited about stopping their plunge into authoritarianism.
Jason is the managing editor. He’s additionally a White Home Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Diploma in Political Science. His graduate work centered on public coverage, with a specialization in social reform actions.
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