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    It was on this day in both 2014, as well as 2015, that we published our original "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" profile of South Dakota State Senator Phil Jensen, a man who drew national headlines back in March of 2013 for producing legislation that would allow businesses to disciminate against whoever they want, Civil Rights Act be damned. Jensen actually tried claiming that if a bakery owned by the KKK tried discriminating against an African American, that the matter would take care of itself, because customers would be too offended to patronize such a place. This logic, of course then fails to understand everything about the Jim Crow era South. Anyway, South Dakota Republicans threw Jensen under the bus for his remarks, but have never said anything about other extreme legilsation he's produced or supported, including drug testing welfare recipients, an unnecessary ban on Sharia Law in the United States, and an attempt to criminalize abortions as "attacks on a fetus". More recently, he has become obsessed with transgendered citizens, sponsporing as many transphobic bills as he can to limit their access to public bathrooms as well as high school locker rooms, while also co-sponsoring a "religious freedom" bill to try to make it legal to discriminate against the LGBT community. Believe it or not, Phil Jensen is enough of a crazy ***hole that we accidentally profiled him twice within a year, on May 15th.


    Jerry Sonnenberg

    It was in 2016, 2017, as well as in 2018, that “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled Jerry Sonnenberg, a member of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 1, in what is most of rural eastern Colorado. Sonnenberg was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives for eight years from 2007-2015, and when he was term-limited in 2014, he successfully got himself elected to the upper chamber. Sonnenberg drew some attention back in 2011, when he had a meltdown and began screaming profanities at a medical marijuana advocate at the state capitol, and literally shredded up the written amendment that legislators had been working on because he was outraged that someone had dared to film him while he was negotiating with lobbyists (which was their right). Sonnenberg then claimed the cameraman had spit on a lobbyist during their exchange with the cameraman (which was false, because DUH, they filmed their exchange). Through the years, Jerry Sonnenberg has developed a reputation as being staunchly anti-gay rights, and perhaps the best measuring stick to determine that would be that he has voted against bans on gay conversion therapy on minors when Colorado Democrats have attempted to do away with the ridiculous practice back in April of 2015. Sonnenberg is an anti-abortion radical as well, co-sponsoring a bill to attempt to redefine what a "person" is in the legal definition of assault and murder so that it included "fetus" as a person. Y'know, to just outlaw all abortions as "murder", because that's constitutional. Mind you, he's so "pro-life" that he voted against Colorado's attempts to repeal the death penalty in 2009. Sonnenberg even voted against a bill to set regulations in youth corrections facilities, because he’s apparently comfortable with abusive conditions being placed on minors in custody. He also co-sponsored legislation while in the Colorado House of Representatives to attempt to nullify the Affordable Care Act back in 2012, but hands down, perhaps the most disgusting moment from Jerry Sonnenberg came in January of 2016, not long after President Obama announced several executive orders on gun control, after seeing Republicans in the Senate block all gun control legislation since the Newtown Massacre. Reflecting on several mass shootings, the president thought of the victims, and became emotional, with a tear running down his face. Sonnenberg thought it was a great time to be a partisan troll, so he got on social media to share a picture of a gun being lubricated with "Obama tears".

    Not long after our last check-in with Jerry Sonnenberg, he added himself to the long, long list of Republicans who deny climate change, arguing that people who want to reduce carbon emissions would “kill all the trees and plants”:

    While the Colorado State legislature has come under the control of Democrats, the 2018 Blue Wave was far from enough to sweep Jerry Sonnenberg out of office in District 1, as he was re-elected with 79% of the vote in that conservative bastion in the northeastern corner of the state.

    Sonnenberg has had several votes we find problematic over the past year:

    • April 17tth, 2019: Sonnenberg votes against HB 1039, a bill aimed at allowing transgender Coloradans to change the gender listed on their driver’s licenses.
    • April 24th, 2019: Jerry Sonnenberg votes against SB 235, a bill aimed at expanding automatic voter registration.
    • April 29th, 2019: Sonnenberg votes against SB 7, which would establish new, better standards for sexual misconduct at higher education institutions.
    • April 30th, 2019: Jerry Sonnenberg votes against SB 85, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.
    • May 2nd, 2019: Sonnenberg votes against HB 1210, an effort to raise the minimum wage in Colorado.


    Sonnenberg is term-limited in 2022, a date that cannot come fast enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastieRunner View Post
    GOP has yet to deny anything, they are just yammering about process. If fact Gohmer and a couple have flat out said Trump broke the law, but since the process is borked, it should be thrown out.

    That's a ... defense?
    Republicans were like monkeys throwing shit against the wall and otherwise making asses of themselves, which I’m sure has Trump happier than a pig in slop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    I suspect JCAll misremembered the original post about trading away gay rights for climate change legislation, so there's no talk of a tradeoff like that.

    Every side will argue that their big issues benefit everyone, so it shouldn't be compromised.
    No, not misremembering, I was just hastily summarizing. It was entirely in the context that if Democrats will compromise on some of their key issues Republicans would be willing to compromise on some of theirs, and if Democrats aren't willing it's entirely their fault when nothing gets done. I just considered it humorous, because I've seen the GOP outright lie and refuse to compromise or uphold their end of the bargain so many times that it's almost cliche.

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    Why is it that so many Republicans in Congress, and their lawyers, have a look about them that yells out 'Don't trust Me'
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    I'm sure that WBE already has a write up on him....

    A Perennial Congressional Candidate Beloved by Trump World Was Just Arrested on Stalking Charges

    A perennial Republican House candidate whose doomed bids against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) have become a cause celebre on the right was arrested Saturday on three felony charges.

    Businessman Omar Navarro has leveraged his frequent campaigns against Waters to become a prominent voice on the far-right, earning more than $1 million in campaign contributions and the backing of Trumpworld figures like controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Trump adviser Roger Stone, and Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn.
    Despite that support, Navarro lost both his 2016 and 2018 runs against Waters by more than 50 percentage points each. Faced with unanimous voter rejection, Navarro has chosen to run again in 2020. But now, he faces significant legal troubles related to alleged stalking of his ex-girlfriend.

    San Francisco police arrested Navarro on Saturday night, after he was allegedly seen near ex-girlfriend DeAnna Lorraine Tesoriero’s apartment.

    Tesoriero, a self-styled MAGA relationship expert who is running a quixotic congressional run of her own against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), told The Daily Beast that she saw Navarro skulking outside her home late at night. Tesoriero said she then received a text from an unknown number with the message, “Bitch, I came to see you.”

    “Clearly, he has a lot of screws loose,” Tesoriero told The Daily Beast. “I think a lot of this power has gotten into his head. He has a lot of money now from campaign donations”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    WBE definitely has written up about this guy. I remember bringing him up several times because he was reeking awfulness. Good to know that still rings true after I stopped thinking about him for a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    WBE definitely has written up about this guy. I remember bringing him up several times because he was reeking awfulness. Good to know that still rings true after I stopped thinking about him for a bit.
    I did.
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/201...y-Omar-Navarro
    Please note that he already had been charged with a crime for placing a tracking device on his ex-wife's car, and he also has been charged with stalking Maxine Waters.

    He's more likely to end up in jail than in office.
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    House Democrats Expected To Unveil Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump

    The announcement is expected to come early Tuesday morning, although it’s unclear what articles will be drafted. Should be plenty interesting.

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    Republicans Throw A Tantrum During Second Impeachment Hearing

    Lawmakers protested the proceedings and made theatrical outbursts in defense of the president. Good to have seen Republicans acting like the smacked asses they are.

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    Chris Wallace: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger Issue’ Than Clinton’s

    The Fox News anchor rejected Ken Starr’s argument that the case against the president is “narrow.” Spongedon Whinepants won't like hearing that, especially on his personal propaganda network.

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    Pete Frates, Who Championed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies At 34

    Frates, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2012, launched a fundraising movement that attracted celebrity participants and donors worldwide.

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    Washington Post Reports U.S. Officials Lied About Afghanistan War Progress

    “We didn’t know what we were doing,” a three-star Army general told government interviewers in 2015. Well, that was shocking.
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    Fox & Friends cancelled Comey interview after DOJ report came out

    FYI: I offered to go on Fox & Friends to answer all questions. I can’t change their viewers on Donald Trump but hoped to give them some actual facts about the FBI. They booked me for tomorrow at 8 am. They just cancelled. Must have read the report.

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    The mystery of Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman

    The gatekeeper to the lawyer for the most powerful man in the world is a 20-year-old conservative activist with a thin resume, an inflated biography and an impossible job.

    For the past three months, Trumpworld has been both abuzz and baffled by Christianné Allen, a little-known Instagram personality who became Rudy Giuliani’s director of communications in September. She accompanies him wherever he goes, recently appearing by his side in Ukraine, where he’s working on a documentary defending himself against accusations that he ran a malicious campaign to get a U.S. ambassador fired. She’s his media strategist, technology consultant and the employee who helps field reporters’ daily onslaught of inquiries — or, at least, tries to do so.
    “For a 20-year-old college student to be the communications director to one of the country’s most talked-about men is quite something,” said Kelly Jane Torrance, a conservative journalist who met Allen while interviewing Giuliani.

    Numerous people POLITICO spoke with, from her family to her friends to the people who’ve met her, praised Allen’s remarkable maturity and poise, a trait they said she exhibited in her early teenage years.

    Even so, some of her friends privately wonder how she found herself in such a sensitive position. “I don’t think she had a client like Rudy before, let alone worked as a press secretary,” said one.
    She did not elaborate further, but Allen’s Twitter bio, LinkedIn, and old personal website list an array of suitable credentials: representative of the Trump Victory Finance Committee, the official joint fundraising committee for the re-election campaign; and video columnist for the Daily Caller. Spokeswoman for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Executive director of the Middle Eastern Women’s Coalition.

    According to representatives of these entities, these titles are embroidered at best, and completely untrue at the most. She is, however, an “ambassador” for both Turning Point USA and Liberty University’s Falkirk Center, titles she gained this year. And there’s no question she enjoys Giuliani’s confidence.

    After POLITICO asked Allen and Giuliani about her resume and biography on Friday, he tapped out several tweets before responding privately. “Politico is about to write a malicious hit-piece on a Comms Director of mine,” Giuliani wrote. “Not just because she’s pro-Trump but because she’s lined up one witness after the other, proving just how corrupt the Democrat party is. Politico has assisted this cover up for years. It’s a shame!”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    How did this young woman land such a position with Rantin' Rudy? Probably the old fashioned (and lecherous) way. Everyone can go right ahead and draw your own conclusions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    How did this young woman land such a position with Rantin' Rudy? Probably the old fashioned (and lecherous) way. Everyone can go right ahead and draw your own conclusions.
    Basically she lied, conned, and hustled like crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    They're unlikely to remain the only two.
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