Now that the January 6 hearings are taking a hiatus before its new season, it seems like Morning Joe is struggling to find things to gripe about. So on Tuesday, they decided to conduct an experiment using Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), hoping he’d be a pawn in their plot to push their pro-abortion agenda. Their experiment worked.
The show’s main host, former U.S. Congressman and self-proclaimed Republican Joe Scarborough threw the first weak pitch towards Kaine, hoping he’d take the swing. He first ranted his anger over the Republicans shooting down a bill that could potentially help Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, labeling them as “anti-veteran.”
He then ranted: “You look at that radicalism, the radicalism of opposing universal background checks that 90 percent of Americans support, the radicalism of passing legislation on state levels that force 10-year-old rape victims to cross state lines because they are afraid that they’re going to be compelled to have a forced birth of their rapist’s baby.”
And as if Kaine was an impartial observer, Scarborough asked the Virginia Democrat what is happening with this “anti-women” GOP.
Senator Kaine swung at his weak pitch, droning on and on about his theory as to why these “dirty” Republicans struck the bill down. He figured it was because they were “mad the Democrats were doing a reconciliation deal,” and wanted “revenge.”
This was when Kaine became Scarborough and friends’ mouthpiece, sounding the alarm about the “reproductive danger” women will now face as a result of Roe’s falling. He stated this is “an America where a 10-year-old has to get smuggled across state lines to get an abortion to terminate a pregnancy because of a rape.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski joined the conversation, hoping to set up Kaine even further. The bait she laid out was the bill Kaine is helping to work on, the Reproductive Freedom for All Act. She asked him, “What are the chances that this will—will come—go through,” observing that the GOP is “really pushing back on a lot of things that women considered part of their daily lives and part of their daily rights.”
Once again, Kaine, the so-called “devout Catholic,” took her bait, saying that for the past 50 years, women had “relied on” the cases of “Roe versus Wade and Casey and Griswold.”
His tone went darker when talking about how the Supreme Court “just took it all the way with the Dobbs decision.” He then accused the Court of “massively misinterpreting what the 14th Amendment was designed to do,” even though interpreting the Constitution is their job, like he can do any better.
After his spiel about what he and his colleagues are up to in the crusade to codify killing unborn babies into law, he was hopeful that more stories like the poor 10-year-old’s will pop up so the reality will change “here in Congress and get us to a point where we will protect women's reproductive freedom.”
In the minds of MSNBC, wanting to protect both mother and child is “radicalism.” But exploiting a little girl in a horrific situation to promote their anti-life agenda is perfectly fine to the loony lefties. It's safe to say that Americans with a brain are disgusted.
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MSNBC’s Morning Joe
August 2, 2022
7:28:24 a.m. Eastern
JOE SCARBOROUGH: John Lemire and I were just curious what the Republicans in the Senate have been doing over the past couple weeks. They’ve bizarrely enough taken a pro-Beijing, anti-vet position on two bills that—my gosh I would think 90 percent of Americans would support.
You look at that radicalism, the radicalism of opposing universal background checks that 90 percent of Americans support, the radicalism of passing legislation on state levels that force 10-year-old rape victims to cross state lines because they are afraid that they’re going to be compelled to have a forced birth of their rapist’s baby.
What is going on with the Republican Party? It seems even—even those who claim to be anti-Trump, are quietly anti-Trump, are now taking extreme pro-Beijing, anti-veteran positions.
SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA): Wel—well Joe, I was listening to the segment you had with Jonathan and you know just to take two of the items mentioned, this Republican switcheroo where they voted for veterans’ healthcare to provide care to our Iraq and Afghanistan war vets who suffer because of these burn pits. They voted for it and then because they were mad the Democrats were doing a reconciliation deal, not only did they switch their votes and kill the bill but there's video of Republican senators on the floor giving each other fist bumps, “didn’t we do such a great thing by knifing veterans in the back and voting against this healthcare bill?”
I mean, it was astounding and then second point you mentioned, post-Dobbs America is now an America where a 10-year-old has to get smuggled across state lines to get an abortion to terminate a pregnancy because of a rape. And what does Indiana do in the aftermath of that? They tried to say, “wow we ought to be compassionate to 10-year-olds?” No, the Republican attorney general in the state is slandering and attacking the doctor who provided care and the Indiana legislature is trying to close loopholes so that a 10-year-old can’t get this kind of care in the Hoosier state. What have we come to?
And so, you know, those of us here who since before January have really been worried about the state of this democracy, it just means we have to work even harder to build bridges and inject common sense into a politics that seems like it’s going haywire.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Well, you—you’ve gone to my next question, Senator, because of this Reproductive Freedom for All Act, the bill that you are working on with Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, and Susan Collins. What are the chances that this will—will come—go through, because at this point we are looking at a Republican Party that is (laughs) really pushing back on a lot of things that women considered part of their daily lives and part of their daily rights.
SEN. KAINE: Abs—absolutely, Mika. American women had relied for 50 years on the basic case—you know the Roe versus Wade and Casey and Griswold, and the Supreme Court just took it all the way with the Dobbs decision. Massively misinterpreting what the 14th Amendment was designed to do, ignoring a century of precedent including 50 years of precedent about reproductive rights.
We’d had two votes earlier this year on a Democratic bill, the Women's Health Protection Act which I voted for, but in the first instance in February, we only got 49 votes. And when we were cuing up the same bill for a second vote in May, I started to think, “you know, I don't think it sends a good signal if the Senate—if it seems like only a minority of the Senate wants to protect women's reproductive freedom and I think we're leaving some votes on the table.”
So I went out to colleagues who I knew wanted to codify the holdings of Roe into federal statute and said “okay, if the WHPA is not what you like can we do it a different way?” and that led to the Reproductive Freedom for All Act which is based pretty significantly on a Michigan ballot referendum to add a protection to the Michigan constitution that’s going to be on the ballot in November.
You ask me “will it get passed?” I will be honest, I don't have 60 votes to pass this today, but two months ago we did not have 60 votes to pass gun legislation. We sat on our hands for a decade, but the tragedies in Buffalo and Texas changed the reality. And I think the tragedies of a post-Dobbs America with 10- year-olds being smuggled across state lines, and those stories are going to happen again and again, will change the reality here in Congress and get us to a point where we will protect women's reproductive freedom.