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Listen to Lincoln—you Neanderthals

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Back on March 2, President Joe Biden implored the states of Mississippi and Texas not to jump the gun by lifting their mask mandates. “I hope everyone's realized by now these masks make a difference,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office. “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything's fine, take off your mask — forget it. It still matters.” His comments were specific and direct but of course, the deplorable wing of the Republican party mischaracterized his statement as identifying all Republicans as Neanderthals. “Simply giving freedoms causes Joe Biden – the great uniter – to call us Neanderthals among other words that his predecessor Hillary Clinton did as well,” said former White House press secretary and now Fox News contributor Kayleigh McEnany.

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt”~ Abraham Lincoln.  

The party of Abraham Lincoln should spend more time listening to his words than looking for tricks to pull from his stovetop hat. It does not surprise me that the GOP, who spent four years following someone with mashed potatoes for brains, thinks one of the pressing issues of the day is Mr. Potato Head. Although the growing sexual harassment scandal surrounding the tenure of Andrew Cuomo disgust Democrats, the Republican party is trading in #Me Too for #Who Me; evidence of this is the ignoring of multiple allegations made against Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC)  and continuing to minimize the disgraceful charges made against Donald Trump, including rape.  

Fox News talker Tucker Carlson derided the service of women in the military by disparaging the combination of women, pregnancy, and service to the country as a “mockery.” The Pentagon roundly denounced Carlson for saying,  “Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It's a mockery of the U.S. military,” Carlson went on to say, “While China's military becomes more masculine as it's assembled the world's largest navy, our military needs to become, as Joe Biden says, 'more feminine,' whatever 'feminine' means anymore since men and women no longer exist.” To which the Defense Department spokesman John Kirby responded, “What we absolutely won't do is take personnel advice from a talk-show host or the Chinese military.” Fellow Fox talker Sean Hannity decided that questioning if Joe Biden truly overcame a stutter was a viable critique of the current President, insinuating that Biden used his stuttering history as a cover for his declining mental capacity.

Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI) accused Black Lives Matter members of being a group that “doesn’t like old-fashioned families.” The stunning audacity of a statement chastising a group founded on fighting the murderous destruction of black children was rebuked by Stacey Plaskett who represents the Virgin Islands. Speaking of the Virgin Islands Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) cited Guam as an example of a foreign country the United States should no longer support. Former President Obama was once chastised for including both the states and territories in his count when talking about the “57 states,” but for MTG I guess it is just an accepted part of her obliviousness. Fox News is finding it hard to directly criticize Joe Biden because he is so representative of their core audience; old white men.  Instead, they resort to scurrilous innuendo, siding with racists and deceiving their audience using cognitive dissonance. For those Fox viewers and certain members of Congress, that is Neanderthal Thinking.

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