A video of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) saying she wants to make it more difficult for college students to vote surfaced online. This came a few days after a video was leaked where Hyde-Smith was telling a man on that if he âinvited me to a public hanging, Iâd be on the front row.â
"...there's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don't want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that's a great idea."
Her spokesperson said, "Obviously Sen. Hyde-Smith was making a joke and clearly the video was selectively edited."
The recount in Florida continues, now with Broward County having to do a manual recount. The President and Florida Governor and Senate Candidate Rick Scott (R) have accused Broward County of voter fraud in support of Democratic candidates.
A Trump campaign fundraising email made an even bolder claim, saying that Democrats in Florida "fought to include votes from people who ARE NOT EVEN UNITED STATES CITIZENS."
Fact check: The email did not provide context for this claim. Votes cast by non-citizens are statistically rare.
"When the President makes claims about voter fraud that have no basis in fact, it plays right into the hands of our adversaries. The Russians arenât Republicans or Democrats. They just want to undermine faith in our democratic system. The President shouldnât be helping them do it."
The election for House Democratic leadership will take place later this month. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) has served as leader of the House Democrats for years, but there is growing support for Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11) to challenge Pelosi.
"Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of Ohio is the kind of new leader that we deserve in this party, and I hope she runs for Speaker. We need more women, including women of color, in congressional leadership."
The President responded to the court ruling that the White House must reinstate Jim Acosta's press pass.
"People have to behave... decorum. You can't take 3 questions and 4 questions, and stand up and not sit down... total freedom of the press is more important to me than anybody would believe, but you have to act w/respect."
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) responds to Secetary of Education Betsy DeVos releasing new sexual assault rules she hails as balancing the rights of victims and the accused.
"The Trump administrationâs proposed rules governing sexual assault on college campuses will silence victims and schools will have less responsibility to keep students safe."
In an interview with The Daily Caller, President Trump commented on CNN's lawsuit against the White House for revoking Jim Acosta's press pass. When asked if Trump expected the White House would win the suit, Trump reiterated he thought they would win and questioned if Acosta "screaming questions and [refusing to] sit down" was considered freedom of the press.
âI really think that when you have guys like Acosta, I think theyâre bad for the country â¦ Heâs just an average guy whoâs a grandstander whoâs got the guts to stand up and shout.â
Rep.-elect Veronica Escobar (D-TX-16) accuses Trump of creating the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and playing on anti-immigrant fears instead of looking for policy solutions.
âThe challenge that we have with this administration is weâre not getting to the root causes of anything, so you have an administration that simply wants to keep people out...â
Senator John Boozman (R-AR) believes Congress can still function, despite the House and Senate being controlled by different parties. His message that both chambers can work together contrasts the tone of many critics who believe the 116th Congress will be particularly tumultuous.
"Divided government is not an unusual thing at all. In fact, it's kind of the norm. Just because it's divided doesn't mean that we can't be successful and have a successful Congress these next two years."
Senator Kamala Harris' (D-CA) tweet calls on Americans to continue the advocacy efforts seen across the nation in the months leading up to the election.
"We all have a responsibility to fight for whatâs right and work to improve the lives of all Americans. Affordable health care. Voting rights. Equal access to justice and opportunity. Just because the election is over doesnât mean we can be silent. Continue to speak out."