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CNN Newsroom Host Jim Acosta tore into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his unwillingness to stand up to the controversial members of the House Republican Conference, warning this “means more hatred, more bigotry, more glorification of violence, and more appeasement.”

Acosta began his comments Saturday night, saying:

“Welcome to the Trump Republican Party freak show caucus, home of Paul Gosar (R-AZ) who was recently censured for posting a violent photoshopped anime showing him attacking prominent Democrats.

And of course, there is Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who has been stripped of her committee assignments in part because of her past racist and anti-Semitic statements.”

He continued saying, “The freak show caucus knows the party’s current leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, is not going to stand in their way. McCarthy has gone from blaming Trump for January 6th to complaining that Trump should have been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.”

Acosta played a clip of McCarthy speaking in the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection saying former President Donald Trump “bears responsibility” for the attack on Congress. He then played a clip from a recent House floor speech in which McCarthy complains Trump did not get the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East.

Acosta then explained that McCarthy is now beholden to Greene and Gosar as he eyes becoming speaker if the GOP flips the House in 2022, noting recent comments from Greene saying the McCarthy “doesn’t have the votes” right now to do so.

Acosta concluded:

“The lesson learned for Green and the rest of the freak show caucus, appeasement is always interpreted as weakness. And in the freak show caucus, loyalty only flows in one direction, not to the Republican leader, more like to the dear leader, which means more hatred, more bigotry, more glorification of violence, and more appeasement.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers front office executives Omar Khan and Brandon Hunt have already interviewed for the general manager vacancy that will be opening up once Kevin Colbert steps down after the 2022 NFL Draft.

Colbert has been with the Steelers since 2000. The former director of pro scouting and director of football operations became the team’s general manager in 2010, assuming a vice presidency role within the organization beginning in 2016. With him retiring after this spring’s draft, Pittsburgh may take a page out of a division rival’s playbook and replace from with after one last offseason.

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Could either Khan or Hunt be Colbert’s long-term successor in Pittsburgh?

The #Steelers have two in-house candidates — Omar Khan and Brandon Hunt — who could replace Colbert. Both already interviewed for the position, but the team plans to conduct more interviews. No hire is expected until after the draft. https://t.co/yJJu7W573k

— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 28, 2022

Pittsburgh Steelers interview two candidates internally to replace Kevin Colbert

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Hunt is the Steelers’ pro scouting coordinator. He is a native of Pittsburgh. While both candidates have deep Pittsburgh roots professionally, it does serve the Rooneys to interview other candidates outside of the organization to see if they are missing out on anything in the process. Whoever replaces Colbert as the Steelers general manager will have been closely vetted for it.

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