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Trump rips ‘Pathetic!!!’ Senate GOP for blocking $2,000 checks


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Trump rips ‘Pathetic!!!’ Senate GOP for blocking $2,000 checks 1

President Trump on Friday trashed Senate Republican leaders for blocking his requested $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks while failing to repeal legal protections for social media companies.

“Our Republican Senate just missed the opportunity to get rid of Section 230, which gives unlimited power to Big Tech companies. Pathetic!!!” Trump tweeted.

He added: “Now they want to give people ravaged by the China Virus $600, rather than the $2000 which they so desperately need. Not fair, or smart!”

The Senate on Friday voted to override Trump’s veto of a $740 billion defense bill despite failing to reach an agreement on the $2,000 checks or repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Earlier Friday, Trump vented against Senate Republicans leaders when he called on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to launch a Republican primary challenge against Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD).

Both Thune and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are discouraging Trump allies from challenging President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the Electoral College on Jan. 6.

Trump said last month he vetoed the defense bill because it did not repeal Section 230 and because it sought to hamstring his drawdown of troops in Afghanistan from 4,500 in November to 2,500 by Jan. 15. He also opposed a provision to rename 10 military bases that honor Confederates.

Many Republicans rallied to repeal Section 230, which gives internet platforms immunity for third-party content, after Twitter and Facebook censored The Post’s reporting in October on a Hunter Biden hard drive that contained documents appearing to link the then-Democratic candidate to his son’s business relationships in China and Ukraine.

McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he wanted to bundle together $2,000 stimulus checks, Section 230 repeal and creation of a voter fraud commission, which also was requested by Trump.

Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked McConnell to instead allow separate votes on the three issues because the legislative session ends Sunday and only the $2,000 checks passed the House.

Ultimately, Democrats allowed the override of Trump’s defense bill veto to proceed without gaining a vote on the $2,000 checks.

Trump took a full 10 days to veto the defense bill after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delayed its consideration last month as a tactic to allow the Afghanistan drawdown to proceed.

Although many conservatives opposed the $2,000 checks out of concern for the national debt and inflation, the proposal gained 44 GOP votes in the House and a group of Republicans senators also sought a vote, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Marco Rubio (R-Ky.)

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