Molly Jong-Fast and Congresswoman-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, an avowed QAnon supporter, fell out on Twitter over different interpretations of government interference in a woman’s health.
“I did make fun of her because she used the phrase ‘My body, my choice,’ when referring to not wanting to wear a mask, which is, of course, an expression that is used by the pro-choice community,” Molly said. “So, I may have suggested that she might also be pro-choice, which got her just enraged because while she won’t wear a mask, she does not want anyone to have control over their own uterus.”
Rick said Greene will continue to court the vote of conspiracy theorists who believed President Donald Trump went to Washington to fight a cabal of elite pedophiles even though he is now on the way out. “She’s a weaponized money suck for crazy people. And so that’s why she’s going to flirt with Q and all this other bullshit.”
Rick also said he had been following one other Twitterstorm this week, over the blossoming friendship between forgotten Trump child Tiffany and another fringe Republican congressman, Matt Gaetz. “It's someday going to grace the pages of TMZ and perhaps even be the subject of a Netflix show called ‘The Orange Crown.’”
Molly agreed this one has legs: “I feel like it's so stupid. They're probably going to get married.”
Presidential transition veteran Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress then joined the chat to answer some of our most pressing transition questions.
Tanden, who worked on the 2008 Obama transition, said Trump’s “temper tantrum” over the election, which he lost, would have real terms consequences. “You may face unnecessary deaths because of their slow walking transition, which has nothing to do with anything other than feeding the defeated president’s ego,” she said.
In most departments, Tanden says the challenge for Biden is not about understanding how the agencies work: Biden and his team have ample experience of that. It’s trying to work out just how much damage has been done. “I imagine there’s a fair amount of trying to bury the bodies,” she said.
Plus! Carl Zimmer of The New York Times gets us up to speed on the latest vaccine breakthroughs.