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EDITORIAL: This Week In Stupid Questions, Stupid Answers And Hot Takes

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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American wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock won gold and went viral — after failing to get the memo that American flags were offensive — and Ron DeSantis went to war with the White House (Meghan McCain’s money is on him).

The 24-hour news cycle — coupled with thousands of media outlets and a gradual return from pandemic boredom to a somewhat normal life — makes it all but impossible for anyone to truly stay abreast of all the news.

So here it is, the week that was:

  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States was not returning to lockdowns despite the rising number of COVID-19 infections and, in a number of states and municipalities, a return to mask mandates. Psaki left that door open, however, adding, “He has said from the beginning that we are going to be guided by the science, guided by our public health experts, and we’re not going to take options off the table.”
  • Meghan McCain predicted disaster for Democrats if Vice President Kamala Harris were to run against Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2024 presidential election. “The problem for Democrats going into 2024 is if President Biden chooses not to run for reelection, she’s just not going to be a strong enough candidate to run for president. And if people don’t want to listen to me and think it’s all about race and gender, that’s fine,” McCain said. “But Ron DeSantis would put her in the ground. I mean, it would be [an] election for Republicans. Republicans would love nothing more than to run against Vice President Harris.”
  • Democratic New York Attorney Gen. Letitia James announced the findings of an independent investigation into Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The independent investigation has concluded on Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually arrested multiple women and violated federal and state law,” James said. “The investigation found that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed current and former New York state employees by engaging in unwelcome and non-consensual touching and making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women.”
  • “The View” host Joy Behar referred to DeSantis as a “negligent homicidal sociopath” after he refused to support mask mandates for school children. “Then this sociopath, this dangerous criminal, he tells schools that they will rescind funding if they insist upon a mask mandate,” Behar said. “What is he doing? What is he doing? He’s risking the lives of children, children’s parents, their grandparents, anyone they come in contact with so he can appeal to his white supremacist base and continue in his career and get reelected.”
  • Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, an outspoken critic of Cuomo, called for his impeachment and argued that he should also face charges for the thousands of seniors who died in New York nursing homes and rehab facilities after he signed an order instructing them to accept patients regardless of COVID-19 status. “I have always said that I don’t care what brings him down,” Dean said after the results of the sexual harassment investigation were made public.
  • American wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock could not hold back the love for her country in a press conference after she became the first black woman to win Olympic gold for the U.S. in wrestling. “I love representing the US. I freaking love living there. I love it,” she added, as she made a heart gesture with her hands. “And I’m so happy I get to represent USA!”
  •  President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the chorus of voices calling for Cuomo to resign. “I think he should resign. I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach,” Biden said, but he declined to say whether he was in favor of impeachment.
  • Cuomo’s response to the investigation report was an uncomfortable montage of photos showing him hugging and kissing men and women of all ages at public events.
  • Fox News’ Katie Pavlich said that many of the people defending Harris’ poor performance as vice president were doing so by “weaponizing race and gender.” Co-host Geraldo Rivera agreed somewhat, calling Harris “unpleasant and unfocused.”
  • Meghan McCain blasted CNN for allowing anchor Chris Cuomo the freedom to not discuss the breaking news concerning his brother and the sexual harassment investigation. “Not having to talk about the biggest scandal in the country when it has to do with your brother and you’re hosting CNN, that’s nepotism. The Cuomo family and CNN are the worst kind of nepotism that the media has an example of. If it were my brother, if my brother were somehow the governor and he had been accused of this, damn straight I would be talking about it on ‘The View’ this morning, and it makes all of them cowards,” she said.
  • DeSantis took aim at the White House after both Biden and Psaki suggested his refusal to implement mask mandates meant he was “in the way” of his state recovering from the pandemic. “Why don’t you do your job? Why don’t you get this border secure?” he asked. “And until you do that, I don’t wanna hear a blip about COVID from you.”
  • And to round things out, Democratic Missouri Rep. Cori Bush defended her own use of private security while at the same time arguing that “defunding the police has to happen.” Fox Business host Dagen McDowell called it “her version of ‘let them eat cake.’ Instead, it’s ‘let them eat lead.'”