On Wednesday morning, hyperbolic MSNBC host Joe Scarborough crowed about the “massive headline” that Kansas rejected a pro-life amendment to its state constitution.
The former Florida GOP congressman claimed that some “radical, freakish” Republicans are actually pushing a “rapists’ bill of rights,” as he spewed a litany of outrages that could benefit from a thorough fact check.
“A ‘yes’ vote to approve the Kansas amendment would have effectively overridden a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling and would have cleared the way for GOP super-majorities in the Kansas legislature to enact more stringent abortion restrictions,” ABC News explained.
Voters, however, in the sold red state rejected the state constitutional amendment by approximately 20 points.
According to Scarborough, the vote was not about abortion rights, but it was “to protect the rights of women to have control over their own bodies instead of state legislators who have just been extreme and radical across America…”
Joe continued to lay it on thick. “This is the crazy stuff that — this is the Republican party of 2022,” he claimed. “You look in Kansas, and the Kansas voters, even people who are pro-life, said no, we’re not going in that radical, freakish direction…and there is no doubt that that message from Kansas reached Washington, D.C., late last night.”
Scarborough wasn’t done: “You look at all of the extremities, and now again, in another Republican state legislature trying to give the right to members of a rapist family to sue a rape victim for $20,000 unless she has a forced pregnancy. This is a rapist’s bill of rights that these Republicans are passing. A rapist bill of rights for forced childbirth on children. This is the Republican Party in 2022, and even in a pro-life state, even in a Republican state that hasn’t elected a Democratic president in 50 years. They are repulsed by the radicalism of this new Republican Party.”
During Joe’s over-the-top rant, co-host Mika Brzezinski, his “work wife” who later became his actual wife, appeared to have a smug smile plastered on her face.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) August 2, 2022
Brzezinski, a career journalist who always has been liberal, also implied that female voters have a monolithic point of view when it comes to reproductive rights. So far, polling data seems to indicate that single-issue, pro-choice voters may not have a major impact on the midterms.
Scarborough, who is now perhaps indistinguishable from the other left-wing hosts on the conspiracy theory-pedaling network, has been predicting the demise of the GOP for some time now over various issues that don’t fit with the liberal narrative.
Moreover, “Morning Joe” is one of many pundits in the Trump era, or post-Trump era, who abandoned — sometimes abruptly — their so-called principled conservative beliefs or other aspects of what turned out to be a flexible, transactional ideology in exchange for a paycheck from MSNBC, CNN, or at another liberal corporate news outlet.
What the trio (which included co-host Willie Geist) failed to acknowledge is that many Americans who don’t find themselves fully in either the pro-abortion or pro-life camp are often understandably conflicted over this highly sensitive issue, which may explain the Kansas outcome.
Polling data purportedly has suggested that most voters approve of a 15-week limit on the abortion procedure.
Time will tell, but America, which is suffering from out-of-control inflation at the grocery store and at the gas pump along with other calamities under the Biden administration, seems far less obsessed with the abortion issue than establishment Democrats and their TV and online allies such as possible future CNN employee Joe Scarborough.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 21, 2022
“With Tuesday’s vote, Kansas became the first state in the nation to vote on an abortion-related issue since the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn federal protections for abortion granted under the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade,” Fox News observed. The decision in the Dobbs case returned abortion regulation to each state to determine individually.
Fox also noted that most of the cash that supported the No campaign in Kansas came from out-of-state entities.
Also on Tuesday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt easily won the GOP nomination for governor. He is the likely winner in November over incumbent Democrat Laura Kelly (who only won four years ago because the Republican establishment disfavored Kris Kobach), although third-party candidates are on the ballot in November.
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