Melanie Schmitz, The American Independent

Melanie Schmitz

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Past articles by Melanie:

No, immigrants aren't spreading COVID to Americans like Republicans claim

Despite xenophobic claims by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and GOP lawmakers, immigrants detained at the border are not being released 'untested' into the country. → Read More

Latinos and Asian Americans are still vastly underrepresented in Congress

The demographic makeup of the 117th U.S. Congress is the most diverse in history, but a new report reveals troubling gaps in representation among Hispanic → Read More

Ted Cruz is mad that a Fox News host wasn't nicer to Trump during the debate

Donald Trump's debate performance Tuesday was widely panned across the political spectrum. CNN's Dana Bash called it a "shit show," and even Fox News host → Read More

GOP senator blames China for global pandemics in fact-free racist tirade

Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) made several racist and incorrect statements on Wednesday while speaking to reporters about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. → Read More

Whistleblower: Workers 'not properly trained or equipped' to help coronavirus patients

A new whistleblower complaint alleges that Health and Human Services employees tended to potentially infected patients without protection and then dispersed into the general population. → Read More

Prosecutors quit Stone case after DOJ backtracks on sentencing

Justice Department attorneys have notified the court that they are withdrawing from the case, less than a day after Trump tweeted that their initial sentencing recommendation was 'unfair.' → Read More

Collins: Trump was 'wrong' and 'improper' but I'm acquitting him anyway

Collins joins the ranks of Republican senators voting to defend Trump in his impeachment trial. → Read More

Trump declines to formally address the nation following Iran attack

Trump spent much of the day following Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani's assassination tweeting about his political rivals and boasting about the airstrike. → Read More

Greenland is ‘open for business, not for sale,’ foreign ministry says

Trump reportedly wants to buy Greenland. Officials say, no way. → Read More

Trump retweets racist British columnist who called Baltimore a ‘proper sh*thole’

The president was criticized last year for referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and several African nations as "shithole countries." → Read More

It sure sounds like Trump thinks America is ‘garbage’

The president took aim at yet another major U.S. city this weekend, after calling Baltimore a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." → Read More

Trump claims Mueller has no power to ‘exonerate’ after months of stating the opposite

The president has frequently claimed the special counsel's report was a "complete and total exoneration." → Read More

Trump repeats racist attack, says Democratic congresswomen ‘can leave’ the US

President Donald Trump on Tuesday repeated his previous racist attacks on four congresswomen of color, saying they were free to leave the country if they did not like his policies. “They can go wherever they want or they can stay,” he said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “But they should love our country. They shouldn’t hate our country. If you look at what they said, I have clips… → Read More

Trump claims he had a falling out with Epstein ‘a long time ago’

The president said in 2002 that the accused child sexual predator was a "terrific guy." → Read More

Democrats are suing to get Trump’s tax returns

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal said he filed the suit in response to the Treasury Department's continued stonewalling on the documents. → Read More

Trump incorrectly complains about Mueller testifying ‘again’

It's actually the special counsel's first time answering questions about his report publicly. → Read More

Trump says he’ll decide new China tariffs following G20, amid trade battle with Republicans

The president threatened to impose an "extra $325 billion worth of tariffs" on the nation, which has already pledged to retaliate. → Read More

Trump warns Republicans not to block latest Mexico tariff

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Republicans lawmakers not to try and stop his new 5% tariff on Mexican imports, saying it would be foolish to try and intervene. “I don’t think they will do that,” he said, speaking to reporters during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. The tariff is set to take effect next week, Trump said, noting that they “haven’t really… → Read More

Warren wants to change the law so that sitting presidents can be indicted

"If Donald Trump were anyone other than the President ... he would be in handcuffs and indicted." → Read More

Mueller gave Congress a roadmap for impeachment. Most members have rejected it.

Just 10% of the House has backed impeachment proceedings publicly, according to Politico. → Read More