Rachel Maddow regarded on the current occasions involving Republicans in Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, and Tennessee and painted an image of a celebration that’s utterly out of step and rising extra excessive.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 11, 2023
However, you recognize, if we’re in search of a high prize right here, like step proper up. Ohio in competition, clearly, Michigan in competition with their repeated fistfights at Republican social gathering statewide conferences. Arizona clearly in competition 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 approach they will. A federal appeals court docket this weekend on Saturday in a divided 2-1 choice let that state go ahead with banning particular sorts of well being look after trans folks. And this isn’t some, you recognize, 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 underneath 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 simply’ve beforehand been receiving has to cease instantly.
However that’s additionally taking place within the context of this different factor that Republicans are doing within the state of Tennessee. I do suppose places them form of on the entrance of the road proper now. The Republican state lawyer normal in Tennessee is utilizing his workplace to acquire the non-public medical information, unredacted full medical information for sufferers who’ve had care at a selected clinic in Tennessee on the Vanderbilt college medical heart. He’s utilizing his workplace as lawyer normal to take folks’s particular person non-public unredacted medical information for the needs of an investigation in his state lawyer normal’s workplace. Now Vanderbilt college medical heart says that that they had no alternative however handy over the information after the lawyer normal demanded them, however additionally they didn’t notify their sufferers that that they had handed over their information till after that they had already began handing them in.
The Michigan Republican Social gathering’s descent into Lord Of The Flies kind chaos is humorous, but it surely exhibits how excessive and dysfunctional they’ve turn into. Arizona Faculty Republicans are embracing nazism, which is a long run menace that must be monitored. Ohio Republicans try to outlaw folks from with 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 social gathering of small authorities and privateness is utilizing the largest of huge authorities techniques to violate the rights of individuals in Tennessee and deny them entry to healthcare.
After the 1/6 assault, it turned clear the extremism of the fitting was now not one thing to be chuckled at and disregarded.
Republicans are a harmful menace, and the extra elections that they lose, the extra excessive they turn into in response. By trying on the rundown that Rachel Maddow offered, it’s clear why Republicans, however what isn’t really easy to see is how or if they’re serious 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 targeted on public coverage, with a specialization in social reform actions.
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