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    Lee Zeldin, the New York Republican gubernatorial candidate, recently revealed that he is “worried there is a political element" to the Federal Bureau of Investigations' (FBI) search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. On August 16, Zeldin appeared on "The Breakfast Club" where he weighed in on the recent highly publicized search. During the radio interview, the Republican candidate insisted some of the individuals involved in the investigation may have a problem with the former president. "There are people who are involved in this process ... who may be supportive of signing off on this, who do not like President Trump," Zeldin suggested without presenting any evidence to back up his claim. READ MORE: GOP House candidate endorsed by Elise Stefanik called Adolf Hitler 'the kind of leader we need today' Zeldin's comments came shortly after reports began surfacing about Zeldin's alleged involvement in what has been described as "clear and convincing" election fraud. In fact, Democratic lawmakers are calling for a criminal investigation into Zeldin. "The petitioning centered on statewide Republican candidates seeking to run on...
    A Republican who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump is ripping into Democrats for propping up his MAGA primary rival.  'I'm sick and tired of hearing the sanctimonious bulls**t about the Democrats being the pro-democracy party,' GOP Rep. Peter Meijer told Politico.  The site reported Wednesday on growing discontent among the Democratic ranks over the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's decision to meddle in the Republican primaries - boosting MAGA, election-denying candidates over GOP moderates.  'I'm sick and tired of hearing the sanctimonious bulls**t about the Democrats being the pro-democracy party,' GOP Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan told Politico for a story out Wednesday. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running ads that could help his rival Rep. Peter Meijer is fighting for his political survival as he faces the Trump-backed John Gibbs (pictured) in a Michigan Republican primary next Tuesday  One of those races will come to a conclusion on Tuesday, when Meijer - one of just 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of Trump's second impeachment - faces John Gibbs, who's been endorsed by the Republican ex-president, in a...
    (CNN)Mitch McConnell could be forgiven for experiencing a sense of deja vu in the run-up to Pennsylvania's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday.The Senate minority leader has spent the entire 2022 election telling anyone who will listen that a) Republicans should win back the majority this fall and b) the easiest way to blow it is to nominate candidates who can't appeal to general election voters."How do you screw this up?" McConnell said in an interview earlier this year. "I'm gonna mention four names, some of which you may actually remember: Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock."That quartet were Republican nominees for Senate in 2010 and 2012. They all won primaries fueled by tea party outrage but ultimately lost general elections because they proved unable to expand their appeal beyond the GOP base.And now, McConnell may we watching it happen all over again.Read MoreWith just hours to go before the Pennsylvania primary, it's clear that Kathy Barnette, a little known conservative, is a real threat to beat TV doctor Mehmet Oz and wealthy businessman David McCormick for the Republican...
    (CNN)North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer was asked recently by CNN about former Sen. David Perdue's embrace of election denialism in his run for Georgia governor. "I don't know whether he believes it or not. I really don't," Cramer said. "But I'm sure it's a political strategy."Consider that for a minute. Read MoreA US senator is saying that he isn't sure whether a former US senator believes the false claims that the 2020 election was stolen (it wasn't). But what he is sure of is that Perdue has embraced the unfounded notion of election fraud as a political strategy. Which tells you a whole lot about what Republicans think they need to say and do to win elections in this moment. Donald Trump has made believing his election lies a litmus test for his support. In places like Georgia, it appears as though that is the only reason Trump is supporting Perdue over Gov. Brian Kemp in the GOP primary. (Kemp refused to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia -- even under considerable pressure from Trump.)And the truth of it...
    (CNN)Tuesday proved it again: The Republican Party is Donald Trump's party. Make no mistake: Trump's endorsement of J.D. Vance in the Ohio Republican US Senate primary was the reason the author and first-time candidate won the nomination. As he has done many times before -- Ron DeSantis, I am looking at you -- Trump reached down into the middle of the Republican pack, plucked someone out and drove them to a victory.Read More What's new about the Vance endorsement and win is that they didn't come with Trump as president, at the zenith of his political power and influence. They came, instead, after Trump became the first incumbent president since George H.W. Bush to lose his bid for a second term. And after his party had, in quick succession, lost its majorities in the House (2018) and Senate (2020), due in large part to Trump's unpopularity in the country at large. All of which brings me to a line from a speech Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate in his own right, gave Tuesday evening at...
    As Democratic lawmakers worked to finalize the confirmation of US Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, a number perplexing events took place in national political theater this week. One of the most pivotal moments centered on Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison’s attack on Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) following the Republican senator's suggestion that Jackson is a Nazi sympathizer, per The Washington Post. Harrison described Cotton as a “maggot, infested man” while collectively calling out the Republican Party and labeling it a political party “built on fraud, fear, and fascism.” Almost immediately after Harrison made the remarks, the Republican National Committee (RNC) fired back with a response. But instead of criticizing the Democratic official for his charge about the party, the RNC focused more on his remarks targeting Cotton. In a newly published op-ed, The Washington Post's Dana Milbank highlighted the seemingly odd argument from the party. "Interestingly, a statement from the Republican National Committee taking offense at the 'maggot-infested' charge did not dispute the “fraud, fear and fascism” formulation," Milbank wrote. "As your self-appointed fact-checker, I have...
    Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin heckled his Republican colleagues over statements made by GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn as he argued for the federal legalization of marijuana on the House floor Friday.     'I concede our party is not for the kind of cocaine-fueled orgies that a freshman Republican representative bragged about this week,' the Maryland Democrat said. 'But we do understand that their marijuana prohibition laws don't work for our people.' Cawthorn said in an interview with Warrior Poet Society that Washington, D.C. is like Netflix's House of Cards in that he's witnessed 'sexual perversion' and cocaine use. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin heckled his Republican colleagues over statements made by GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn as he argued for the federal legalization of marijuana on the House floor Friday Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn is under fire for saying that Washington, D.C. is like Netflix's House of Cards in that he's witnessed 'sexual perversion' and cocaine use 'The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington ... being kind of a young guy in Washington where the average age is probably 60 or 70, I look...
    You know what that means! Any story written about Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina must begin with the continent-sized caveat that Cawthorn is a liar. He’s a pathological liar. He has lied about getting accepted into the United States Naval Academy; he’s lied about his own friend’s responses to the car accident that left him without use of his legs; he’s lied about training for the Paralympics; he’s lied about running a racist website—there are only so many semicolons one can use before running out of runway with Madison Cawthorn’s lies. On Sunday, a clip popped up of Cawthorn talking about the “sexual perversion” he has come into contact with in Washington, D.C., since becoming an elected representative. The clip, like most clips we see these days emanating out of the stench that is Cawthorn, was filled with pretty wild assertions that if true really say something about the state of the Grand Old Party. The clip specifically begins with Cawthorn rubbing his hands together, saying excitedly, “It’s about to get serious,” before answering that he has watched the (American version) show...
    Howard Stern fumed at the easing of mask mandates in certain states, warning that Republican “wackos are winning!” On Wednesday’s episode of The Howard Stern Show, mask mandates were the hot topic of discussion. “The reason they’ve lifted these mask mandates is because we gave into this small minority of people who are completely out of their fucking mind, who think masks are some sort of prison sentence,” Stern lamented. Co-host Robin Quivers chimed in to say, “the government is tired of fighting with people who want to get sick and die.” Stern agreed. He then referenced their interview earlier in the week with comedian Jon Stewart, in which they discussed division in America. “When they focus on those battles then that becomes big news and politicians get scared,” Stern said. “So many wackos. I miss the old Republican party. Used to be nice to have a two party system. Now it’s wackos versus, you know, Democrats. The wacko party!” Stern concluded the conversation saying, “I hate to say it, only 65% of Americans are fully vaccinated and I can’t...
    Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is warning about the spread of "Putinism" throughout the Republican Party and how it could erode what's left of the political party. In an op-ed published by The Guardian, Reich highlighted Republicans' assault on democracy how some of their actions are similar to Putin's authoritarian leadership style amid his invasion of Ukraine. "The Trump-led Republican party does not openly support Putin, but the Republican party’s animus toward democracy is expressed in ways familiar to Putin and other autocrats," Reich wrote. He added, "Trump Republicans continue to refuse to acknowledge the outcome of the 2020 election, claiming without evidence that it was 'stolen' from Trump. In many states, on the basis of this big lie, they are making it more difficult for people who don’t share their beliefs to vote." Reich also noted how Republican lawmakers are aggressively working behind the scenes to manipulate laws that will ultimately give them the advantage of ignoring the actual will of the people. "In several states, they are laying the groundwork for ignoring the...
    (CNN)A year after Donald Trump left the White House and with the 2022 midterms looming, much of the Republican Party has its sights on what, and who, comes next. Though Trump is still very much in the picture -- his recent rally in Arizona had strong back-on-the-campaign-trail vibes -- two Republican governors (and the states they represent) have emerged as possible answers to these GOP questions: Virginia's Glenn Youngkin and Florida's Ron DeSantis. Nicole HemmerBut as debates continue about the party's post-Trump future, it will be critical to see past conventional political labels -- lest they conceal the true threats imperiling American democracy. Youngkin, who won in a state that's been reliably blue in recent years, has emerged as the party's new moderate face, a Republican who kept Trump at arms' length during his campaign and avoided talking about issues like abortion and guns. DeSantis, on the other hand, has positioned himself as Trump's natural heir, picking up Trump's trigger-the-libs patois and his conspiracy-driven grievance politics. Not that the Trump mimicry has earned DeSantis the former president's favor. In...
    Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw was caught on video snapping at a young girl at a Texas Tea Party event on Monday evening, earning furious heckling from GOP voters there.  One angry audience member shouted that the girl was just 10 years old.  She had asked the veteran-turned-lawmaker about recent comments he made suggesting Jesus Christ was not 'real' despite publicly declaring himself a devout Christian, during a question session at the at the Montgomery County Tea Party meeting. Crenshaw appeared on the Jocko Podcast in March 2020 to promote his new book Fortitude, where he was asked to elaborate on his thoughts on heroism. 'The important thing is that we societal hero archetypes that we look up to. Jesus is a hero archetype, Superman is a hero archetype. Real characters too, I could name a thousand,' the 10-year-old quoted Crenshaw as saying, adding civil rights icon Rosa Parks and former President Ronald Reagan to the list.  She seemed to take issue with him putting Jesus in the same category as Superman. 'I can't wrap my head around this,' she said after...
    (CNN)Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz got himself into some trouble with one of the party bosses at Fox News this week. January 6 was a test the US keeps failing The problem began on Wednesday, when, in a US Senate hearing, Cruz said that the nation was approaching "an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives to defend the men and women who service in this Capitol." The choice of using the word "terrorist" echoed remarks that he'd made in the past -- including on January 7, 2021, a day after the attack. Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host who has gone out of his way to downplay and distort the terrible events of that day, was less than pleased. He reprimanded Cruz on Thursday night -- and, in doing so, sent a clear message: in today's Republican Party, he -- not Cruz -- has all the power.Read MoreCarlson started his segment by accusing Cruz of lying for referring...
    (CNN)Some top Democratic operatives are terrified that their down-ballot candidates are responding too timidly to the threat of former President Donald Trump using this year's midterm elections to launch a return to the White House, and they've formed a new group to raise the alarm. The super PAC, whose creation was shared first with CNN, doesn't have a subtle name: Stop Him Now. Its aim is calling attention to Republican candidates' ties to Trump and his efforts to subvert the 2020 election, as well as how GOP wins up and down the ballot this year could help further undermine systems designed to keep elections fair and democratic. Trump has signaled he wants Republican victories to lay the groundwork for another presidential bid, and these Democrats think their party needs to start talking about that a lot more -- and quickly.The new group will be targeting members of Congress running for reelection, as well as state-level candidates who are using lies about the 2020 election to try to springboard into higher office, often with Trump's backing.The Stop Him Now operatives know...
    Congressman Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., praised the Republican Party on "America's Newsroom," welcoming his colleague on the opposite side of the political aisle to switch parties and follow in his footsteps. Rep. Van Drew told Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino on Tuesday the Democratic Party isn't what it used to be, and he is happy to have made the switch as reports claim Manchin is mulling the change.  AOC UNDERESTIMATED MANCHIN BECAUSE OF BIAS AGAINST THE SOUTH: DAGEN MCDOWELL JEFF VAN DREW: The party has changed in so many ways. So for me, and again, parallel examples: It was impeachment, but it was many other things. It was the constant berating of the president, the lack of any bipartisanship, not giving us any information on the Republican side, which bothered me a lot because I don't think that's the way government should run. And then the final straw was impeachment, which was not constitutional. It wasn't being done properly. It was the wrong thing to do, and there was no cause for impeachment period, and I said, I wouldn't do...
    MSNBC anchor Joy Reid said on Tuesday night that, amid the Virginia gubernatorial election cycle, education is “code for White parents don’t like the idea of teaching about race.” During election night coverage, Reid remarked that exit polls showed that the coronavirus was “not of importance to many voters” in Virginia. That was the case with at least one poll, but not with other polls. Rather, the most important issue to Virginia voters, was “education,” a word she said while using air quotes. “Which is code for White parents don’t like the idea of teaching about race.” “Unfortunately, race is just the most palpable tool in the toolkit,” she continued. “It used to be of the Democratic Party back in the day when there were Dixiecrats and now of the Republican Party. It just is powerful.” Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, is projected to win the Virginia gubernatorial race over Democratic former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Watch above, via MSNBC. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    (CNN)Most Republicans want former President Donald Trump to remain their party's leader, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. But differing views about Trump's role in the party -- and his strength as a future presidential nominee -- highlight divides within the GOP.Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say, 63% to 37%, that Trump should be the leader of the Republican Party. But they are about evenly split over whether having the defeated former President back on the ticket in 2024 would be an advantage: 51% say that Republicans have a better chance of retaking the presidency if Trump is the nominee, with 49% saying the party would be better off with a different nominee. That's a very different landscape from 2019, when more than three-quarters of Republicans said their party had a better shot in 2020 with Trump as their nominee than they would with a different candidate. Americans turn pessimistic amid concerns over economy and coronavirusTrump's support isn't equally distributed throughout the party: 69% of Republicans without a college degree think Trump should head the party, compared with...
    Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy MORE (R-Wyo.) on Wednesday said her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney (R), is “deeply troubled” about the state of the Republican Party. “My dad is deeply troubled about where our party is, deeply troubled about where the country is,” Cheney said during an event hosted by the Aspen Institute. She said her father, who served under former President George W. Bush, has been a “tremendous source of advice and guidance and wisdom for me.” Liz Cheney has been among the most vocal GOP critics of former President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE's failed campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and the Republican Party's support of his efforts. She repeatedly rejected his claims that the vote...
                        Former U.S. Republican Sen. Bob Corker this week granted an exclusive interview to The Atlantic, and he used the occasion to voice his differences with the Tea Party. This, while the writer of the article, Emma Green, touted Corker as someone who called out the “racism” and “moral failings” of the Republican Party. Green asked Corker if he knew in 2010 just how much the Tea Party would influence the GOP. “I was unaligned with them because I was from Washington, and I didn’t say the red-meat things because I don’t believe them,” Corker said. “I’ve never been able to say those kinds of things. I cannot bash the other side of the aisle. I’ve just never been able to bash a Democrat because they’re a Democrat. The Tea Party—they liked me. They didn’t love me.” In April, Corker downplayed talk that he might run for United States president. The former Tennessee senator also opined on whether and how his brand of Republican Party differs from what it...
    (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is refusing to give ground on the effort to investigate the January 6 insurrection. After the House voted to establish a new select committee to investigate the attack on the US Capitol, McCarthy threatened to strip Republicans of their committee assignments if they agreed to join it, according to a CNN report that cited to GOP sources. (He denied the reports on Thursday, saying, "I'm not making any threats" about committee assignments.) Julian ZelizerBut that threat did little to stop Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who defied McCarthy and her party by accepting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's offer to join the panel. McCarthy, who responded by saying he was shocked, took the opportunity to knock Cheney. "It would seem to me, since I didn't hear from her, that maybe she's closer to (Pelosi) than us," he said. McCarthy, of course, backed the effort to oust Cheney from her leadership role in May after she repeatedly spoke out against former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election. McCarthy's approach, along with the...
    MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) touted the results of a recent poll commissioned by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the Republican Governors’ Association (RGA) to claim that Republicans would be able to successfully make the 2022 elections about “issues,” but admitted that the survey didn’t ask key questions about former President Donald Trump. Trump still wields enormous influence over the Republican base, from his ongoing false claims that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him, to the weight of his endorsements in primaries, to his continued popularity in polls as one of the frontrunners for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. That influence is a double-edged sword, however, because as much as Trump may fire up elements of the GOP faithful, he also motivates liberal and moderate voters against him. So when NRSC chair Scott, joined by his counterpart at the RGA, Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ), announced that President Joe Biden’s “honeymoon is over” on a media call earlier today, confidently predicting that issues would win the 2022 election for his party, it seemed a...
    New York Representative Elise Stefanik claimed on Sunday that the Republican Party is unified following Liz Cheney's ouster in a Republican leadership role and called former President Donald Trump 'an important voice in the Republican Party.' Stefanik recently replaced Cheney as the House Conference Chair, after Cheney was ousted from her position last week for blasting the former president's claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. Cheney previously said she would do 'whatever it takes' to keep Trump from being president again and from solidifying his control of the Republican Party. And she would not rule out her own presidential bid in 2024 to keep Trump from winning another term. 'I'm going to do everything that I can both to make sure that that never happens, but also to make sure that the Republican Party gets back to substance and policy,' she said. 'We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.'  But Stefanik said in another interview on Sunday that the party is 'unified in exposing the radical far-left agenda of President Joe Biden and...
    New House Republican conference chair Elise Stefanik insisted Sunday that the GOP is looking forward and it’s Liz Cheney looking backward by continuing to call out Donald Trump over the 2020 election and January 6th Capitol riots. Cheney was ousted from her leadership role — and replaced by Stefanik — for blasting Trump’s big lie about the 2020 election. In a Fox News Sunday interview, Cheney even said she believes both Stefanik and Kevin McCarthy are complicit in the former president’s lies. Stefanik appeared on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, and said that the party is “unified in exposing the radical far-left agenda of President Joe Biden and Speaker Pelosi.” Bartiromo brought up Cheney “focusing on January 6th, focusing on slamming President Trump,” and showed video of Cheney saying last week, “We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.” Stefanik immediately responded by accusing Cheney of being the one “looking backwards.” “Republicans are looking forward. We are unified and we are talking about conservative principles,” Stefanik said. “President Trump is an important...
    (CNN)Lindsey Graham, South Carolina senator and lead enabler of Donald Trump, said something recently that told more truth than maybe he intended."He's the most popular Republican in the country by a lot," Graham said of Trump in an interview with Fox News. "If you try to drive him out of the Republican Party, half the people will leave."Yes they will! And if half (or even a third) of people who identify as Republicans right now left the party if there were a concerted effort on behalf of the establishment -- such as it is -- to rid the party of Trump, then the GOP would have approximately a 0.0% chance of winning a national election.Which Trump knows. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell knows. And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy knows.(Worth noting: Republicans lost control of the White House, the Senate and the House during Trump's time in office.)Read MoreAll of which creates a simple dynamic: Trump has the Republican Party right where he wants it -- using his cult following among a large-ish segment of the Republican base to...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said has a lot of admiration for Rep. Liz Cheney, who was ousted as the Chair of the House Republican Conference Wednesday. Cheney was outspoken against former President Donald Trump. Hogan, who’s also a Republican, said he’s very concerned about the direction of the party. READ MORE: Maryland Health Officials Prepare To Vaccinate Children Ages 12 To 15 After CDC Advisors Recommend Pfizer “You know, I’ve been pretty clear about where I am on this issue,” Hogan said during a press conference Wednesday. ” I’m very concerned about the direction of the Republican Party in the country.” He said he was proud of Cheney and ” her courage to stand up and speak out the way she did.” READ MORE: Gov. Larry Hogan Lifts All COVID-19 Capacity Restrictions As Of Saturday “Quite frankly, she reminded me of my dad, when he was in Congress during the impeachment of Nixon — was not a very popular thing to do,” Hogan said. “But he stood up.” Hogan’s father was the sole Republican to vote for...
    THE Republican vote to oust Liz Cheney has been blasted by Meghan McCain in a rant over the GOP’s “failing leadership”. The View host, 36, lashed out at her own party during a rant on the show after Liz Cheney, 54, was ousted as House Republican Chair by Republicans. Read our Liz Cheney live blog for the very latest news and updates...   5The right-wing co-host of The View blasted the GOP over the ousting of Liz CheneyCredit: The View 5Cheney vowed to do 'everything' she can to ensure Donald Trump is not re-elected as presidentCredit: Getty She is likely to be replaced by New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has a less conservative voting record than Cheney, though has recently emerged as a staunch Trump ally. In response to the Congresswoman losing her post after saying the 2020 presidential election wasn’t rigged, Meghan McCain admitted she was “having a hard time with the news”. The conservative co-host pointed out that while Cheney has a “hyper-conservative” voting record, her possible replacement, Stefanik, is “much more centrist and mushy in the...
    Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHouse conservatives take aim at Schumer-led bipartisan China bill There will be no new immigration law under Biden, unless he changes course McConnell safe in power, despite Trump's wrath MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday made the argument for keeping former President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE a main figure in the Republican Party, contending that without him “half the people will leave.” In an appearance on Fox News, host Martha McCallum asked Graham about his previous comments in which he suggested that people fear that if they do not have Trump’s support, they will not get elected, according to a video provided by Mediaite. Graham responded saying Trump is "the most popular Republican in the country.” “He's the most popular Republican in the...
    (CNN)In a single sentence on Monday night, Mitt Romney explained why the planned removal of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the House on Wednesday is such a giant mistake for Republicans."Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won't gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few," tweeted the Utah senator (and 20212 Republican presidential nominee).Yup. Nailed it.Here is the political reality that Republicans currently face: They don't control the White House, the Senate or the House. They have lost the popular vote in seven out of the last eight presidential races. Republicans face their largest deficit on the party identification question in almost a decade. And the man who oversaw these losses -- Donald J. Trump -- is deeply unpopular among the general electorate.It doesn't take a political genius to figure out that the Republican Party needs to grow, considerably, if it wants to return to the once-dominant position it held in the early 2000s.Read More THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube...
    Ana Navarro mocked an older woman during Friday’s broadcast of “The View,” claiming in an anecdote the woman had bought into comments on Fox News suggesting President Joe Biden was too old or had dementia. Navarro said the woman “looked like the last survivor of the Mayflower” and claimed the woman had heard Biden was either too old or suffering from dementia on Fox News. (RELATED: ‘From America’s Mayor To American Crime Story’: Ana Navarro Blames Trump For Dragging Giuliani Down) WATCH: Co-host Joy Behar began the segment by asking Navarro, who has said that she is still a Republican, whether she believed that Fox News was helping or hurting the party. Navarro said that she believed the network was hurting the party, but she did not stop there. “I think it’s hurting the country. I think it’s hurting democracy. I think it’s hurting journalism,” Navarro said, referring to the network as “Faux News” and saying that it was responsible for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Republicans. “The other day I had this lady come up to me who...
    'We all need to be working as one if we're able to win the majority,' GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy said this week.  There's a new buzzword among Republicans in Washington: unity. The House GOP, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, is moving toward stripping Rep. Liz Cheney of her leadership post for her frequent criticism of Donald Trump. The unusual step, they say, is necessary to unify a party whose base still reveres Trump four months after he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. "We all need to be working as one if we're able to win the majority," McCarthy said this week. With Republicans close to reclaiming control of the House next year, the treatment of Cheney suggests GOP leaders will do almost anything to rally the party's base, even if that means sweeping the events of Jan. 6 under the rug and embracing — or refusing to confront — Trump's ongoing lie that he won the 2020 election, a campaign that he actually lost by...
    (CNN)Ohio Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez hasn't been in Washington long, but he's been there long enough to understand his party is rotting from the inside out.Asked by The Hill newspaper about efforts to remove Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from Republican Party leadership because of her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, here's what Gonzalez said:"If a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit. Liz isn't going to lie to people. Liz is going to say what she believes. She's going to stand on principle. And if that's going to be distracting for folks, she's not the best fit. I wish that weren't the case."Uh, wow.Just to reiterate: This is a REPUBLICAN member of Congress elected in 2018 in the heart of the Trump era who is saying publicly that many in his party continue to lie to voters, while Cheney does not.Read More(Worth noting: Gonzalez and Cheney were two of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the January 6...
    Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun Sentinel via Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Over the weekend, some of the Republican party’s biggest financial supporters gathered at a Florida Four Seasons resort for a donor retreat, hobnobbing with emerging candidates and plotting a course forward they hope can unite the party. Trump says some of the party’s most senior figures failed to do enough for him. Through the course of the Trump administration, the GOP lost the House, Senate, and presidency, a string of defeats that, in other situations, might prompt a wholesale rethinking of the party’s relationship with Trump. But he continues to hold enormous sway among Republicans—so much that this limo and black car set eagerly piled on shuttle busses on Saturday night to trek from their luxury hotel to Mar-a-Lago to hear him speak. According to the Washington Post, the Republican National Committee signed a contract paying the president’s private club for facility use and catering surrounding the dinner speech, a...
    Rep. Paul Gosar, objecting to the certification of his state's electoral votes because he didn't like the results. Here’s today’s Republican Party in a nutshell: Arizona Republicans censured Cindy McCain for endorsing Joe Biden for president. When Rep. Paul Gosar spoke at a white nationalist conference, the Arizona Republican Party was silent. Gosar showed up at the America First Political Action Conference on Friday night, serving as its surprise keynote speaker at the same time as the House was debating COVID-19 relief. At that event, he was followed by conference organizer Nick Fuentes, who called the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol “awesome” and “light-hearted mischief.” “If America ceases to retain that English cultural framework and the influence of European civilization, if it loses its White demographic core and if it loses its faith in Jesus Christ, then this is not America anymore,” Fuentes said. Gosar then appeared at the more moderate CPAC on Saturday—where the stage was totally accidentally in the shape of a Nazi symbol—and offered a weak denunciation of “white racism” as “not appropriate.”  Arizona’s Republican Party is not alone in embracing the far-far-far right. Republican committees in North...
    ORLANDO — Former President Donald Trump’s Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, speaking to Mediaite on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), didn’t hold back when asked about the future of the Republican Party, saying the era of the GOP “lovable loser” is over. Gidley, interviewed by Meidiaite’s very own editor-in-chief Aidan McLaughlin, was first asked about his thoughts on the future of the GOP, specifically about the growing factions emerging between more moderate party members such as Congresswoman Liz Cheney and the larger MAGA movement. “Look, the Republican Party is a very big tent, and I think a lot of people are welcome, but I do think that the era of the lovable loser, on the Republican side, self-loathing Republicans, I think that’s over. I think President Trump taught us we can fight back; we don’t have to take the allegations from the Left at face value.” “We don’t have to argue on their ground,” Gidley added. “We can shift the narrative and shift the topics and take it right back to them.” McLaughlin further asked Gidley if he...
    Washington (CNN)The schedule for this week's Conservative Political Action Conference is yet more evidence that much of the conservative movement remains deeply committed to the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald Trump. That lie continues to be a widespread belief among Republican voters. It continues to be endorsed or at least humored by some Republican candidates seeking the support of those voters in party primaries. It is fueling Republican state legislators' attempts to impose hurdles to voting. And the CPAC agenda suggests it is about to be given another big public push at one of the most prominent gatherings on the conservative calendar -- which will feature not only speeches from Trump and son Donald Trump Jr. but seven separate panels or addresses under the title "protecting elections." Read MoreThese have not been set up as benign, educational discussions among experts. Rather, the sessions in Orlando appear designed to allow right-wing partisans to promote some of the same complaints Trump made in the highly dishonest January 6 rally speech that immediately preceded a mob of his...
    The modern Grand Q Party. Rural America went even more deeply into Trumpian territory in 2020, while the Republican Party wages a civil war between the dominant Q-aligned Trump conspiracy crowd, and a seemingly shrinking cadre of rational-thinking conservatives.  This week we’ll explore both these topics on our YouTube show and podcast, The Brief. Joining us will be never-Trump Republican Sarah Longwell, founder of the The Bullwark, the Republican Accountability Project, and Republican Voters Against Trump, as we discuss whether her party can be saved. We’ll also have Matt Hildreth, the Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org, a national "boldly progressive and proudly rural" organization based in Columbus, Ohio working locally and nationally to build a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. The show airs live every Tuesday, 130PT/430ET, and the podcast goes live the next day Wednesday wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. x x YouTube Video Please subscribe and leave a review to help the show or podcast grow. The more people we reach, the better we spread the Daily Kos message of grassroots empowerment and progress.
    (CNN)Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he spoke to former President Donald Trump after his acquittal in his second impeachment trial and that Trump is "excited" about the midterms in 2022."I spoke to him last night; he was grateful to his lawyers. He appreciated the help that all of us provided. You know, he's ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party," Graham told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "He's excited about 2022. And I'm going to go down to talk with him next week, play a little golf in Florida. And I said, 'Mr. President this MAGA movement needs to continue, we need to unite the party.' "As Trump was seen golfing Sunday at his course in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Republican Party is grappling with how the former President fits into the future of the GOP. The Senate vote on Saturday highlighted the dilemma Trump has posed to most congressional Republicans in the aftermath of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, with many GOP senators eager for the party to move on...
    Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse is calling out state party members who he says are 'hacked off' that he condemned President Dump following the Jan. 6 riot. He released a YouTube video message to the state party's central committee where he said he was 'not bending the knee to one guy' and that the Republican Party was bigger than any one person. 'Politics isn't about the weird worship of one dude,' Sasse said. 'The party can purge Trump skeptics. But I'd like to convince you that not only is that civic cancer for the nation, it's just terrible for our party.'  'Politics isn't about the weird worship of one dude,' said Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse His appeal came after party members moved to censure him after he expressed openness to convicting Trump in his Senate impeachment trial.  Sasse cited his conservative voting record even as he let loose on the former president, saying Trump 'lied about the election results for 60 days.'   'Let's be clear: The anger in this state party has never been about me violating principle or...
    (CNN)Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska stood firm against leaders of his state's Republican Party on Thursday after they advanced a censure resolution against him for decrying efforts to overturn the election results and then-President Donald Trump's involvement in the US Capitol riot.In a video addressing members of the Nebraska GOP State Central Committee, Sasse urged the party to accept critics of the former President and remain true to conservatism as the party's future."Let's be clear: The anger in this state party has never been about me violating principle or abandoning conservative policy -- I'm one of the most conservative voters in the Senate -- the anger's always been simply about me not bending the knee to one guy," Sasse said.Sasse's comments come as the Republican Party at large grapples with warring factions at odds over whether to continue the party in Trump's likeness or forge a new path veering from the former President's legacy."January 6th is going to leave a scar," Sasse said, referencing the date of the violent insurrection at the US Capitol, where rioters encouraged by Trump sought...
    As the country is on the eve of swearing in a new Democrat president, some ask what is next for the Republican Party. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) says she is optimistic about her party’s future. During an interview with Fox News Channel’s Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday’s broadcast of “Fox News Primetime,” Stefanik said she based that outlook on what she was seeing at the local level of the GOP. “I am not worried about the future of the Republican Party because I see it at a local level. Republicans are energized,” she said. “We were very excited about the outcome in the House, the historic number of Republican women who we elected. We have a very diverse class.” “And I think our message of standing up for the working people in this country, for economic opportunity against big government that we see in the state of New York with the shutdowns and the struggles for small businesses,” Stefanik continued. “I also think that we are seeing that, even though President-elect Biden is talking about unifying, his policy proposals are far-left...
    (CNN)Mitt Romney is the only person in the Senate who knows what Donald Trump is going through. Romney, like Trump, lost a presidential general election and knows the sting and soul-searching that follows such a rejection.So when Romney stood on the Senate floor to speak about the storming of the US Capitol by pro-Trump forces on Wednesday and the ongoing debate over whether or not to formally object to the Electoral College results that affirmed Joe Biden's victory, I listened closely. And the Utah senator said something about politics and leadership that every single one of his colleagues would do well to remember.Here it is (bolding is mine):"The objectors have claimed they are doing so on behalf of the voters. Have an audit, they say, to satisfy the many people who believe that the election was stolen. Please! No congressional-led audit will ever convince those voters, particularly when the President will continue to claim that the election was stolen. The best way we can show respect for the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth. That is...
    (CNN)In the wake of a record number of Republican women winning seats in Congress, two of the newly elected lawmakers, Rep. Nancy Mace and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, stressed the importance of building representation in the Republican Party to serve as a check on their Democratic counterparts.Mace, who flipped a South Carolina House seat red, said her party had more women running this year, adding that this trend needs to persist if Republicans want to continue to diversify. She later admitted that Democrats have previously done a better job recruiting women to run. "We really reflect the faces of America," she said of the incoming Republican freshman class. "The diversity and the inclusion that we have in the Republican Party. That is our future. And if we don't get on board with recruiting the right people -- minorities, women, veterans, et. cetera, then we're going to lose in the future." RELATED: A record number of women will serve in the next CongressMalliotakis, who also flipped a House seat red in New York, called the GOP a "big tent party," and credited...
    BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – Straight ticket voting has become a controversial topic in Texas, causing months of friction between Democrats and Republicans. The option of straight-ticket voting allows people to choose one party’s entire slate of candidates on a ballot, instead of selecting each candidate at a time. Most states don’t offer it, but Texas has for decades. This year, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law removing the option, and Democrats promptly filed a lawsuit. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, out of Laredo, blocked the GOP legislation, saying the main reason had to do with COVID-19. She said straight-ticket voting is quicker and allows people to get in and out. Elections department leaving straight-ticket voting issue ‘up to courts,’ busy working 7 days a week, Callanen says Bexar County Democratic Party Chair Monica Alcantara agrees. “That is the easier way to do it. Of course, it does make it a bit safer, but if things don’t turn out the way we want it to, we still want to ensure that everybody is going out and voting regardless,”...
    President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that if Joe Biden defeats him in this year’s presidential race, it won’t be because voters wanted to see the former vice president in the Oval Office, but because Democrats successfully “rigged” the election. Republican attorney Benjamin L. Ginsburg, who practiced election law for 38 years and co-chaired the bipartisan 2013 Presidential Commission on Election Administration, addresses Trump’s claims of voter fraud in an op-ed published in the Washington Post this week — and explains why those claims are so misleading. Ginsburg notes that although “four decades of dedicated investigation have produced only isolated incidents of election fraud,” the Republican Party is “involved in” more than “40 voting cases…. around the country.” “These cases are part of a torrent of 2020 voting litigation that pits Republicans’ belief that election results won’t be credible without state law safeguards against Democrats’ charges that many such rules are onerous and designed to suppress the votes of qualified citizens inclined to vote Democratic,” the attorney explains. Ginsburg goes on to say that before he retired in August, he...
    NHL star Logan Couture tweeted out Wednesday that he was “sucker punched” for talking about voting “for the Republican Party.” “I spent last night in Toronto Ontario,” the San Jose Sharks player wrote. The post was noted by NBCSports.com. “I talked about voting for the Republican Party, and I mentioned Donald Trump by name.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) “I was sucker punched,” he added. “Is this really what we are coming to? If you vote you are a villain? Man this world is so wrong.” (RELATED: Mike Milbury Stops Commentating NHL Games After Comment About Women Not Distracting Players) I spent last night in Toronto Ontario. I talked about voting for the Republican Party, and I mentioned Donald Trump by name. I was sucker punched. Is this really what we are coming to? If you vote you are a villain? Man this world is so wrong — Logan Couture (@Logancouture) August 26, 2020 The Shark’s captain is a Canadian native so can’t vote in the election in November and when pressed by...
    Late-night hosts Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah mocked the Republican Party for becoming a “cult” during their post-convention shows — both pointing to the fact the GOP isn’t updating its platform this year as proof that it’s President Donald Trump’s party now. Colbert began his monologue by showing his second Avengers spinoff, but this time starring the members of the RNC, before he brutally mocked Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle’s speeches. During last week’s post DNC shows, Colbert’s Avengers parody featured the Democratic party as Marvel’s very best heroes. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was cast as Captain America of course, while his running mate Kamala Harris was shown as Captain Marvel and Barack Obama as Iron Man. This week’s episode took a look at Trump’s team, with the president leading the pack as supervillain Thanos. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were featured as Trump’s evil sidekicks while first lady Melania Trump played Thor: Ragnarok’s Hela,  Mitch McConnell was Red Skull, and William Barr was a beast. Colbert must not have thought Vice President Mike Pence needed an evil alter ego, since he played...
    When Joe Biden spoke of the “darkness” that’s been delivered by Donald Trump, there is more to it than just Trump’s violent rhetoric and angry divisiveness. Trump’s darkness is of the same variety that has been draped over whole centuries of history: the darkness of ignorance. During the 2016 election, Donald Trump described his perfect voter. “I love the poorly educated," said Trump. That’s not hyperbole or sarcasm. For the last four years, Trump has been dedicated to the idea of undermining sources of public information. He’s called the truth “fake” and passed off lies as truth.  It should be no surprise that out of this stew of ignorance is rising a distorted worldview that’s twisted, uninformed, and as filled with monsters as the marginalia of any Medieval manuscript. QAnon, the movement that began as a gathering of internet cranks reading messages from a clearly false source, has grown to become not just accepted in the Republican Party, but the core of the party. Because the natural outgrowth of an attack on science, evidence, and reason is an explosive growth of nonsense, falsehoods, and...
    A Friday report from The Dispatch explored the alleged fears with the Republican Party about QAnon’s influence that have surfaced in the wake of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Tuesday win in the Republican primary held in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. Greene is an open supporter of QAnon, which BBC called a “pro-Trump conspiracy theory.” She has also come under fire for downplaying the existence of racism, amplifying white identity politics, and accusing Barack Obama of using MS-13 gang members to kill Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. “I think it should worry all of us,” said one source close to the campaign of Dr. John Cowan, which lost to Greene. “The fact that [Greene] is about to end up in Congress should hopefully be a wake up call for everybody, because she’s no better than Steve King. And you know how long it took to get him out of Congress.” The source was referring the controversy surrounding King, a former Iowa congressman who was associated with high-profile white nationalists and accused of racism for various controversial comments. According to a a...
    I was raised in the Episcopalian church, the American variation of the Church of England, or Anglicanism. It used to be illegal to hold office in England if you believed in transubstantiation. Personally, I prefer to keep religion out of politics, and that goes double for theology, but I’ll note that one of the main appeals of settling in the New World was to get away from governments that dictated what you could and could not believe. That process wasn’t really complete in America until we had to pull all the colonies together into one cohesive unit. It was only then that we banned religious tests, and we originally only banned religious tests for federal offices. Today, you can believe that the communion sacrament literally turns the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and this belief cannot bar you from working in or for state or federal governments. So, from a legal and political point of view, it’s completely irrelevant what I think about it. I certainly don’t think it’s a terribly important subject for understanding...
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