Monday Open Thread: Democrats refuse to take impeachment off the table after Mueller report

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97 Responses to Monday Open Thread: Democrats refuse to take impeachment off the table after Mueller report

  1. rikyrah says:

    Starts with tomorrow ‘s show

  2. rikyrah says:

    Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) Tweeted:
    Democrats usually dread the “how you gonna pay for it” question but Elizabeth Warren has flipped the script with a $2.75 trillion tax that’s popular because it targets an unsympathetic group — $50-millionaires and billionaires.

  3. rikyrah says:

    EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) Tweeted:
    The path after #Mueller: Keep impeachment on the table but first use hearings & further inquiries to make clear to the majority just how outrageous #Trump’s behavior is. Dems must avoid helping Trump by tearing each other apart over impeachment.
    My column

  4. rikyrah says:


    Andrew S. Weiss (@andrewsweiss) Tweeted:
    THREAD: The Mueller Report is conspicuously silent on the harm to US national security from the Trump team’s dalliances w Russian emissaries during 2015-2017, but a little-noticed DoJ filing last Friday sheds light on Mueller’s ongoing counter-intelligence (CI) investigation. 1/

  5. rikyrah says:

    Lyanna Mormont Stan (@just_Mooya) Tweeted:
    It’s crazy how many people have a baseline distrust of POC without even realizing it. The willingness with which people believe anything negative about a POC is unsurprising but still disheartening.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Black Women Views (@blackwomenviews) Tweeted:
    @BellaAugust4 That is why the new Obama label pisses me off. Obama did not go from Harvard to a cushy consulting job…he returned to the community and did the tough work. It took him 48K votes to win State Senator and 3.6M for US Senator vs Pete’s 8500 votes. Put some respect on Obama’s name!

  7. rikyrah says:

    Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) Tweeted:
    Bernie Sanders reparation answer, even invoking Jim Clyburn’s proposal, was awful and misses the whole point. A rising tide does not lift all boats. What are you policy specific proposals for ppl of color? It’s been almost 5 years and he’s still bad at this.

  8. rikyrah says:

    When you think about the evolution of mild mannered Norm😂😂

  9. rikyrah says:

    Amene (@Ange_Amene) Tweeted:
    The truth hurts folks.

    Elizabeth Warren did not leave the GOP due to their racism and anti-Civil Rights agenda.

    She left because of banking issues and disagreements.

    Die mad about it.

    Ain’t no use in getting mad at me lol

  10. rikyrah says:

    Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) Tweeted:
    Sir, you do realize many people are choosing not to have children because of their student loans debt. The conservative argument is profamily by erasing everyone’s debt so they can have families which builds our tax base & having consumers invest in the American economy.

  11. rikyrah says:


    Bella August (@BellaAugust4) Tweeted:
    Now the donors are convinced that he is the new Obama. But he isn’t Obama, who served as a state senator for 8 years & 3 years as a US Senator. It’s disappointing to see Obama’s experience comparable to Pete’s slight experience as a mayor of a 100k town

  12. rikyrah says:

    He has been really good about Warren’s new student debt proposal
    ..he brought up the point of how a lot of the for profit colleges target the military 😠😠

    Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) Tweeted:
    There’s a particular contempt I have for people who exclusively invoke “the troops” in support of ethnonationalism or in defense of screwing other people over, but not actually helping veterans, that I honestly do not have the words to express.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Scott Dworkin (@funder) Tweeted:
    Republicans would impeach Trump if he were a Democrat. That tells you everything you need to know.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) Tweeted:
    One thing about Warren’s flood of policy proposals is the work she’s doing with her staff to figure this stuff out is going to help her enormously in debates and interviews. She’s going to be (and, tbh, already is) a lot more knowledgeable and fluent than the other candidates.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) Tweeted:
    It’s flat out undemocratic to tell students who live, work, and learn in local communities that they can’t participate in the democratic process. I join @JeanneShaheen in condemning this blanket voter suppression scam.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) Tweeted:
    I’ve read a lot of books about Watergate in the last 2 years.

    One relevant point: the Senate Watergate Committee held nationally televised public hearings educating the public about Richard Nixon’s wrongdoing before the House Judiciary Committee began impeachment proceedings.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) Tweeted:
    I’m looking forward to joining @CapehartJ for a thoughtful conversation about the future of America, post-Donald Trump. Join us at the @92Y in #NYC tomorrow, April 22 →

  18. rikyrah says:

    Buffy Wicks (@BuffyWicks) Tweeted:
    I don’t know how far Dems should take the Q of #impeachment, but I know who I trust to answer the Q.

    I trust the woman who passed #ACA.
    I trust the woman who led Dems to our greatest gains in a gen.
    I trust the woman who fought the Trump shutdown & WON.
    I trust @SpeakerPelosi.

  19. rikyrah says:

    andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) Tweeted:
    NEW story: Trump’s Fed pick Stephen Moore wrote four separate times women shouldn’t be allowed to announce men’s basketball games. Moore also wrote women should be banned from refereeing men’s games and mocked reader’s who complained he was sexist.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Protect the Investigation (@NoOneIsAboveLaw) Tweeted:
    WATCH: @nedprice shares what he thinks is most alarming about the Mueller report: what’s not in the report. #ReleaseTheFullReport

  21. rikyrah says:

    This is heartbreakingly real and honest 😪😪😪

    Jennifer #KamalaHarris2020 (@leftyjennyc) Tweeted:
    One of the most horrible things about losing someone to addiction is the miserable, guilty knowledge that your own life is much easier with him gone.

  22. rikyrah says:


    Emmy of House Targaryen 🐉 (@missedshapes1) Tweeted:
    Yeah, Harry and Meghan renovated Frogmore Cottage just so they could live abroad for months at a time. Lord knows they’re not planning for a baby or anything. God forbid Harry and Meghan enjoy this pregnancy for a fucking second.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Eunice Chantilly’s tacky barrette. (@RafiDAngelo) Tweeted:
    Buttigeig: I’m a basic white guy candidate BUT GAY.

    Biden: I was your favorite President’s best friend.

    O’Rourke: I was in a band.

    Liz Warren: Student loan forgiveness, free public college, $50 billion set aside for HBCUs.

    Voters: Hard choice, which white guy should we pick?

  24. rikyrah says:

    David Butler (@Davidls6) Tweeted:
    Just my opinion but l feel had William and Kate capitalised on the goodwill following their wedding they would be in a much stronger position now. Signs are Harry and Meghan are running with theirs and ultimately could be the ones to keep the monarchy relevant.

    • rikyrah says:

      When I say that the cancelling student debt would be life-altering…it really would.
      Black women are the most educated group in America, but, the overwhelming majority of us don’t have rich parents, so we are taking out loans.
      We can’t buy homes or do investing, because we have those loans. Taking away those loans would change the trajectory of folks’ lives.

      • Liza says:


        There are other strong arguments as well. Google “how many tech jobs go unfilled” and look at the results. Fact is, it’s the 21st century and we’re falling further and further behind in building the 21st century workforce.

  25. Ametia says:


    I’m going to sit back, watch & listen to Speaker Pelosi. I believe she has a strategy. She knows the process, and will come out, take aim with guns blazing when the ALL the right ammunition is at her disposal.

    • Liza says:

      I hope that’s what is going on.

      • Ametia says:

        They are giving 45 all the rope he needs to hang himself. He’s threatening law suits, refuses to turn over documents that are legal to ask for, etc. House Dens will have the evidence to support their case for impeachment, because of 45 NOT COOPERATING WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS.

  26. rikyrah says:

    These tweets are related:

    Uh huh😒😒🙄🙄

    Kerri Carey (@Kerritweetz_) Tweeted:
    Black Twitter drags Tamera for marrying that white guy and Tia props for marrying a black guy but when their sons were born, Y’all ooh’d and aahh’d over Tamera’s white, blue eyed son and called Tamera’s black son ugly. Folks all in her comments dragging Tia’s black child.


    Kerri Carey (@Kerritweetz_) Tweeted:
    @spiggeragenda They always, ALWAYS do that. Drag Kimye and hype Jayonce but talked about how North was cuter than Blue. They were downright terrible to Blue because she looks black with 4C hair. That disconnect blows my mind. They want two black ppl to have children w/ a Biracial phenotype.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Thread 👏👏👏

    Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) Tweeted:
    In this Dem primary it’s not just important to say we need systemic changes, you have to tell voters how you will make those changes to bring about solutions. Kudos @ewarren and @kamalaharris @juliancastro who so far are leading and pushing the dudes w/ B names to show their work

  28. rikyrah says:

    A black woman who always vote (@grandoftwo) Tweeted:
    I don’t hate millionaires or billionaires. I can’t imagine their lives. What I do hate is politicians trying to make me hate them. I hate conmen who pretends their not rich and taking advantage of their wealth.

  29. rikyrah says:

    From Charles Blow:

    Impeachment exists separately from removal. Impeachment in the House is akin to an indictment, with the trial, which could convict and remove, taking place in the Senate. The Senate has never once voted to convict.

    So, an impeachment vote in the House has, to this point, been the strongest rebuke America is willing to give a president. I can think of no president who has earned this rebuke more than the current one.


  30. rikyrah says:

    clap clap clap

    James E Powell says:
    April 22, 2019 at 11:46 am
    Democrats who are constantly being badgered about impeachment need to disconnect the question from the Highly Redacted Mueller Report. They need to state that until they see the entire report, they cannot say. They need to say that until they get Trump’s tax returns and financials, they cannot say. And then they need to say that if Trump refuses to comply with producing those items, that his refusal will be among the grounds for impeachment.

  31. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    FlipYrWhig says:
    April 22, 2019 at 11:36 am
    Doesn’t it feel like all the young white dudes are sort of running on the premise that if the old white dudes falter there’ll be a white-dude-shaped gap in the field, so, hey, maybe if they can hang in there a few months they can be the one true That Guy?

  32. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : April 22, 2019

    intoxicate: verb in-TAHK-suh-kayt

    1 : poison
    2 a : to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point where physical and mental control is markedly diminished
    b : to excite or elate to the point of enthusiasm or frenzy

    • majiir says:

      Thanks, Ametia. I’ve been missing your “Word of the Day” feature soooo much! I was suffering from “Word of the Day” withdrawal symptoms. LOL.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Stephen Robinson (@SER1897) Tweeted:
    The desire from some Dems for “white Obama” in response to Trump ignores that Trump himself was white America’s reaction to actual Obama.

    Stephen Robinson (@SER1897) Tweeted:
    This family was what made white conservatives desperate for someone vile enough to crush all that they stood for.

    Stephen Robinson (@SER1897) Tweeted:
    Majority of white people resented the Obamas so much they specifically wanted Trump to crush his memory.

    Stephen Robinson (@SER1897) Tweeted:
    The designer imposter Obamas running, especially Buttigieg, believe their whiteness will make them different. I almost look forward to seeing them proved wrong.

  34. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Ladies. Thank you for holding it down.
    I can’t begin to tell you how healing it is to get away, get outdoors, and spend time with my family.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) Tweeted:
    Only liberals think this way. Republicans would have impeached Obama in a HEARTBEAT!

  36. rikyrah says:

    Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) Tweeted:
    Student loan debt is crushing millions of families. That’s why I’m calling for something truly transformational: Universal free college and the cancellation of debt for more than 95% of Americans with student loan debt. Read all about it here:

  37. rikyrah says:

    NewDemRicoP (@reesetheone1) Tweeted:
    I’m also annoyed with dems following Sanders on that little engine that Good no super Pac shit.

    Trump is gonna raise a billion dollars in 2020, have Russian help and the DOJ come in with. Necessary and disrupt and shutdown polling places in black areas in Battleground states.

    NewDemRicoP (@reesetheone1) Tweeted:
    Illinois had a rich Republican In office. How did we fight back?

    We voted for a billionaire in JB pritzker.

    Didn’t take long to get that 15 an hour minimum wage passed and now working on a progressive income tax. You don’t unilaterally disarm…. or resent wealth.

  38. rikyrah says:

    Trump and Bernie, Mueller is a cop. (@ReginaA1981) Tweeted:
    What kind of White centered BS is this? Nothing on civil rights, nothing on reproductive rights, nothing on K-12, nothing on retirement, nothing on reparations, nothing on voting rights nothing on paid family leave. They just went to Bernie’s white site and downloaded his shit.

  39. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) Tweeted:
    British intelligence reportedly told the CIA months before the election that Trump’s campaign had illicit contacts with Russia via @businessinsider

  40. rikyrah says:

    Please See Pinned Tweet (@JustAGurLnSwedn) Tweeted:
    Well, this was DUMB….. how about we NOT hand Bernie more bombs to throw at the Democrats.

    ‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum

    Please See Pinned Tweet (@JustAGurLnSwedn) Tweeted:
    Momentum happens when a person wins a primary, NOT before.

    You can’t have momentum if there have been no votes.

    Momentum implies winning, and Bernie has NOT won a fucking thing yet.

  41. rikyrah says:

    Brit (@thatgirlfrmOhio) Tweeted:
    Bernie spent $444k of campaign dollars on his own books in 2015

  42. rikyrah says:

    Charlotte Clymer🏳️‍🌈 (@cmclymer) Tweeted:
    Pundit: Democrats should call for impeachment!

    Other Pundit: No, Dems should offer a policy vision!

    Elizabeth Warren: Why not both? While we’re seeking impeachment, I have a few dozen bold + nuanced policy proposals to change America.

    Pundit to Pundit: Did you hear something?

  43. rikyrah says:

    #ListenToBlackWomenKamalaHarris2020 (@psddluva4evah) Tweeted:
    I can certainly get down with this! Kamala Harris repping for the teachers and Liz Warren repping for students!!!

    Harris/Warren 2020!!!

    Elizabeth Warren’s Higher Education Plan: Eliminate Tuition and Cancel Student Debt

  44. rikyrah says:

    Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) Tweeted:
    If you see impeachment as only an “option”, you admit we’re livin’ in a Constitution-optional democracy.

  45. rikyrah says:

    Silicon Valley Came to Kansas Schools. That Started a Rebellion.
    By Nellie Bowles
    April 21, 2019

    WELLINGTON, Kan. — The seed of rebellion was planted in classrooms. It grew in kitchens and living rooms, in conversations between students and their parents.

    It culminated when Collin Winter, 14, an eighth grader in McPherson, Kan., joined a classroom walkout in January. In the nearby town of Wellington, high schoolers staged a sit-in. Their parents organized in living rooms, at churches and in the back of machine repair shops. They showed up en masse to school board meetings. In neighborhoods with no political yard signs, homemade signs with dark red slash marks suddenly popped up.

    Silicon Valley had come to small-town Kansas schools — and it was not going well.

    “I want to just take my Chromebook back and tell them I’m not doing it anymore,” said Kallee Forslund, 16, a 10th grader in Wellington.

    Eight months earlier, public schools near Wichita had rolled out a web-based platform and curriculum from Summit Learning. The Silicon Valley-based program promotes an educational approach called “personalized learning,” which uses online tools to customize education. The platform that Summit provides was developed by Facebook engineers. It is funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician.


    In a school district survey of McPherson middle school parents released this month, 77 percent of respondents said they preferred their child not be in a classroom that uses Summit. More than 80 percent said their children had expressed concerns about the platform.

    “Change rarely comes without some bumps in the road,” said Gordon Mohn, McPherson’s superintendent of schools. He added, “Students are becoming self-directed learners and are demonstrating greater ownership of their learning activities.”

    John Buckendorf, Wellington High School’s principal, said the “vast majority of our parents are happy with the program

    The resistance in Kansas is part of mounting nationwide opposition to Summit, which began trials of its system in public schools four years ago and is now in around 380 schools and used by 74,000 students. In Brooklyn, high school students walked out in November after their school started using Summit’s platform. In Indiana, Pa., after a survey by Indiana University of Pennsylvania found 70 percent of students wanted Summit dropped or made optional, the school board scaled it back and then voted this month to terminate it. And in Cheshire, Conn., the program was cut after protests in 2017.

  46. rikyrah says:

    After Democrats Surged In 2018, Republican-Run States Eye New Curbs On Voting
    April 22, 2019
    5:00 AM ET

    After high turnout in last year’s midterm elections propelled Democrats to a new House majority and big gains in the states, several Republican-controlled state legislatures are attempting to change voting-related rules in ways that might reduce future voter turnout.

    In Texas, state lawmakers are considering adding criminal penalties for people who improperly fill out voter registration forms. Arizona Republicans are proposing new voting rules that could make it more complicated to cast an early ballot. In Tennessee, GOP lawmakers are considering a bill that would fine groups involved in voter registration drives that submit incomplete forms.

    Republican lawmakers in those states say new laws are needed to maintain the integrity of voter rolls and prevent fraud. Voting rights advocates and Democrats dismiss those claims and argue that the policies are designed to dampen turnout among younger, nonwhite and poorer voters, who are less likely to back Republicans.

    If enacted, these proposals could have an impact on future elections, especially in Arizona and Texas, where demographic and political trends are making both states more competitive on the national level for the first time in decades.

    Last fall, Arizona Republicans saw their total control of all statewide offices shattered by surging Democratic turnout, losing four of nine statewide races — including a U.S. Senate seat. Democrats view the state’s other Senate seat as one of their best pickup opportunities in 2020. In Texas, record turnout helped Democrats flip two congressional and 12 state legislative seats — not to mention come closer than they have in decades in the Senate race. While Tennessee wasn’t ultimately competitive in 2018, there was a surge of newly registered voters in the Democratic strongholds of Memphis and Nashville.

  47. rikyrah says:


    Billionaire ASOS tycoon who is Scotland’s biggest landowner loses three of his four children in Sri Lanka Easter suicide attacks by Islamist terrorists that killed 290 people including eight Britons

    Anders Holch Povlsen is the second largest private landowner in the UK and biggest shareholder in Asos
    Has four children with wife Anne Storm, Alma, Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, but it is not known which have died
    Previously said he planned to leave large estate to children so they could continue his rewilding project
    At least 290 people were killed and 500 wounded after eight explosions rocked hotels and churches
    The blasts, mostly around Colombo, have killed at least 39 foreigners including Britons and Americans
    Eight British nationals, and two holding dual UK-US nationality, are among the dead, Sri Lankan officials said
    Sri Lanka has blamed attack on National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), who were subject of intelligence warning


    PUBLISHED: 03:06 EDT, 22 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:41 EDT, 22 April 2019

  48. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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