Thune: Senators don't care what Meghan Markle thinks about paid family leave

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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is lobbying Republican senators on behalf of paid family leave. She’s dialing the wrong numbers, though, according to Senator John Thune. When asked about Markle’s lobbying efforts on Fox and Friends this morning, Thune said, “I don’t think senators care what Meghan Markle has to say about paid family leave.” Thank goodness.

The Duchess, an American citizen, is desperately trying to insert herself into American politics. Failing spectacularly to win over the Brits, she convinced her husband to abandon his family, his royal duties, and his country to move to California and live the life of celebrities. Royal celebrities, of course, because Meghan is not about to stop using her title to make headlines. The Royals are not supposed to meddle in politics, certainly not in England. It shouldn’t happen in America, either. We fought a war about that. Meghan, a super woke feminist and race-baiting activist, can’t help herself. She has opinions and we must all hear them. There are even rumors that she is planning a political career of her own.

Meg’s latest move is to call Republican senators on their personal lines and weigh in on paid family leave. She’s decided to not even bother with Senators Manchin or Sinema, she is targeting Republicans. According to Politico, she only called two senators yesterday – Sens Shelley Moore Capito and Susan Collins. It’s no mistake that she is beginning with women. She thinks they will automatically be open to her thoughts. She probably assumes they agree with her because liberals always assume that everyone else agrees with them. Shelley Moore Capito is the other senator from West Virginia, though, and all she has to do is point to Joe Manchin and say, see, my Democrat colleague isn’t supporting that in order to shut down the conversation. Susan Collins noted the irony of such a call coming from the Duchess.

“I’m in my car. I’m driving. It says caller ID blocked. Honestly … I thought it was Sen. Manchin. His calls come in blocked. And she goes ‘Sen. Capito?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘This is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex,” Politico quoted Moore Capito as saying.

“Much to my surprise, she called me on my private line and she introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex, which is kind of ironic,” Collins told Politico’s Senate reporter Marianne LeVine. “I was happy to talk with her. But I’m more interested in what the people of Maine are telling me about it,”

Senator Manchin’s calls come in blocked on Moore Capito’s phone?

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) gave out the personal phone numbers of the senators. Gillibrand intends to bring Meghan in as a member of a working group to work on the subject with politicians. You can’t make this stuff up.

“I talked to each of the women senators and let them know that she’s going to reach out, because she only completed two of the calls,” Gillibrand said, according to Politico. “She’s going to call some others, so I let them know in advance.”

“She wants to be part of a working group to work on paid leave long term and she’s going to be. Whether this comes to fruition now or later, she’ll be part of a group of women that hopefully will work on paid leave together,” Gillibrand said of the duchess.

The Duchess probably has staff who do research on various topics for her. She isn’t elected to any office, though, and she doesn’t have experience in making policy. She’s just a run-of-the-mill progressive from California who thinks the government should run our lives from cradle to grave. She wrote an open letter in support of paid family leave last month, to the delight of Democrats and their loyal stooges in the press. Meghan has recently given birth to her second child so clearly she’s an expert on how American families should allow the government to control their families. “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent,” Meghan wrote in support of Paid Leave for All.

She went on to admit that paid family leave wouldn’t be necessary for her and Harry, formerly known as the prince, but it’s necessary for the little people. Here’s the thing – if she’s just speaking out as “an engaged citizen”, she should do so with her American identity. She should introduce herself as Meghan Markle from California, not the Duchess of Suffolk. If she’s weighing in on an American political policy, she should do so as an American, not a member of the royal family. Fortunately, while rubes like Gillibrand may be taken with Meghan, Republicans will politely listen to her and then go and vote against it. There is not a single Republican senator who will vote for the social spending bill – the reconciliation bill – and it looks like Manchin will also oppose such overreach like paid family leave at this time.

Manchin said during an interview with CNN this morning that he opposes including paid family leave and Medicare expansion in the reconciliation bill. He advised his fellow Democrats to not go too far left.

Manchin labeled himself a “responsible West Virginia Democrat,” adding that he is “fiscally responsible and socially compassionate.”
He urged members of his party to “come together” and “realize what can and can’t be done,” before urging them not to “force, basically, something that’s not going to happen to make people believe it will.”

Does Meghan Markle think Shelley Moore Capito will out-liberal Joe Manchin in social spending? I think the Duchess is in for some disappointment. She should stick to tea with Oprah and leave the rest of us alone.