Conservatives Are Just Openly Endorsing Book Burning Now

The resolution will be introduced Friday by Reps. Jackie Speier, Jim Cooper, Brenda Lawrence, Sylvia Garcia, Veronica Escobar, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rashida Tlaib, Eric Swalwell, Nikema Williamsand Ayanna Pressley.

The video, which Gosar tweeted and posted to Instagram on Sunday and appears to have since been deleted, was an altered version of an anime series in which Ocasio-Cortez’s face was edited over one of the characters. In one scene, Gosar’s character de Ella slashes her in the back of the neck, killing her. In another scene, he swings two swords at a character whose face was replaced by Biden’s. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday night that Gosar would likely “face no consequences bc @GOPLeader cheers him on with excuses.” In response, Gosar’s office insisted that “Everyone needs to relax,” adding: “The left doesn’t get meme culture. They have no joy. They are not the future. It’s a cartoon. Gosar can’t fly and he does not own any light sabers. Nor was violence glorified. This is about fighting for truth.”

Gosar’s sister Jennifer, who was one of six Gosar siblings who starred in an ad in 2018 begging people not to vote for their brother, has condemned the video. In an interview with CNN, she said the congressman’s behavior is “definitely getting worse, because no one—no one—holds him accountable.” She also wondered aloud if he has to actually act on said behavior before people realize that “he is an absolute…sociopath.”

Texas judge shoots down governor’s ban on mask mandates

Greg Abbott, who’s been duking it out with Florida governor Ron DeSantis to see who can come up with the most irresponsible coronavirus policies, suffered a major setback in his quest to just let everyone in the Lone Star State get COVID. By Bloomberg:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s anti-mask crusade was dealt a serious blow by a federal judge, who permanently blocked Abbott’s edict banning school mask mandates as a violation of disabled students’ right to equally access educational facilities. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided Wednesday with some Texas parents who fear their medically vulnerable children will catch—and potentially die from—COVID-19 transmitted by unmasked classmates and teachers. The parents said their children could safely access the benefits of in-person instruction if others would wear masks around them.

Yeakel, a George W. Bush appointee, rejected Abbott’s argument that voluntary mask policies don’t discriminate because they treat all students the same, and the disabled kids are free to attend classes if they choose. The Republican governor has said he believes wearing masks should remain a matter of personal responsibility decided by parents. “The spread of COVID-19 poses an even greater risk for children with special health needs. Children with certain underlying conditions who contract COVID-19 are more likely to experience severe acute biological effects and to require admission to a hospital and the hospital’s intensive-care unit,” Yeakel wrote.

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