Its easy to spot most horror movie villains, but unlike Freddy Kreuger, Dracula and Jason, Republican monsters hide in plain sight. Fancy suits, Rolexes, and professional coiffures instead of the more conspicuous cape, fang, and mask. Rather than chainsaw, cleaver, and spell, their weapons are legislation, sound bites, and press releases.Those manicured hands and permanent grins may make them look harmless, but thats just a disguise.

Here are some of the most terrifying, horrifying, frightening ways that Republicans are celebrating Halloween.

Putting kids in cages:President Donald Trumps family separation policyfor people apprehended at the border horrified the nation and resulted in the kind of human rights violations that America has long spoken out against. Thousands of children were cleaved from their families and stuffed into overcrowded, dangerous, and unsanitary concentration camps where several died.

In a rare move, the administration caved to public pressure and announced an end to the policy in June 2018. But in a predictable twist, that wasnt actually true. In July, CBS and other outlets reported that the administration was quietly exploiting a narrow exception to separate families; at the time, at least 700 more families had been separated since the policy supposedly was revoked.

Gutting the Endangered Species Act:Earth is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction. Its possible that 30-50% of species will be extinct by mid-century. Unlike previous extinctions, this one is avoidable. Its caused by human population growth and greed in the form of habitat loss, pollution and carbon emissions. So whats a Republican to do? Why, gut the Endangered Species Act, of course.

In August, the Trump administration proposed a broad-ranging reduction of endangered species protections. The proposed changes will allow regulators to consider how much money stands to be made by drilling in a coral reef or building a golf course in habitat like the Hawaiian forest home of the critically endangered akiaplau bird. It makes it easier than ever to remove a species from the protected list and it largely requires regulators to ignore climate change when considering whether to protect a species.The administration is also considering removing ESA protections for Key Deer, even though there are only 600 remaining in the wild.

Twenty states are currently suing to stop the changes.

Annihilating freedom of choice: Winning control of the House, Senate and White House in 2016 seriously encouraged Republicans to indulge their longtime obsession with outlawing abortion. One of their guysthe freakin health director for the state of Missourieven had a spreadsheet that tracked the menstrual cycles of women who received healthcare from Planned Parenthood. Seriously.

Not only are many states proposing restricting abortion to the point that it would be effectively unobtainable, theyre also considering imprisoning women and doctors (Georgia has murder charges on the table, even for women who miscarry), and, in a move one might charitably call counterintuitive, making it even harder to get birth control.

Elsewhere efforts are underway to otherwise force women being forced to give birth, even in cases of rape or incest (looking at you, South Carolina), or if carrying to term would pose a serious, even deadly, risk to her life and that of the fetus.


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