The Matt McNeil Show – June 23, 2021

Hour 1 segment: Todd Mikkelson fills in for Matt McNeil today. Gen. Mark Milley responds to accusations from Rep. Matt Gaetz that the military is teaching critical race theory. We then dive deeper into why critical race theory has become such a red meat issue for far right conservative Republicans.

Hour 1 segment 2: Updates on what bills still need to be finalized at the state legislature as the special session winds down. And we break down how much time Republicans have intentionally wasted during the special session.

Hour 1 segment 3: Some good news from the legislature, including banning harmful forever pollutants, increasing funding for schools in Minnesota and more! And we revisit Kurt Daudt’s tantrum from earlier this week and how he tried to bully Rep. Liz Olson, who was presiding at the time over the state house.

Hour 1 segment 4: MN house Republicans finally backed down from their threat to close state parks over proposed clean car rules. Todd highlights an editorial from a car dealership owner in the Minnesota Reformer talking about how the clean car rules are actually good for Minnesota and will create more options for car buyers.

Hour 2 segment 1: We have the first Jan. 6 rioter/terrorist charged. Todd explains that more of these cases will take time to prosecute and eventually sentence.

Hour 2 segment 2: How in the US generally goes through waves and cycles where people are either very engaged with politics or disengaged. And a theory as to why so many Republicans believe the 2020 election was fraudulent.

Hour 2 segment 3: Trump early in the pandemic in 2020 proposed the idea of sending foreigners with COVID-19 to Guantanamo Bay. And later in 2020 he missed the chance to actually have a vaccine rollout plan when instead he was till focused on stealing the election. We then dive into the rise of mainstream conservative politics in the 1980’s and beyond.

Hour 2 segment 4: A look at how different the pandemic may have played out in the US if Hillary Clinton was elected in 2016 instead of Donald Trump. And a reminder of how much Trump was praising China during the early days of the pandemic.