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    CNN's Jake Tapper was stunned on Thursday when Ginni Thomas reportedly said she still believed former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election, nearly seven hundred days after the incumbent lost to challenger Joe Biden. "Our hurricane coverage continues in a moment," Tapper said. "But I do want to turn to a major development in our politics lead, because Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, met today with Jan. 6 House Select Committee." "Her lawyers stressed it was a voluntary interview, even though members of the panel have wanted to speak to her for some time about her involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, including text messages to the White House chief of staff, begging him to keep fighting the results and state lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin encouraging them to meddle in their respective slates of presidential electors," Tapper reported. He spoke with CNN's Jamie Gangel for more. "We have learned that she had a prepared statement, in fact, at the top of her interview, in which she made...
    Comic and pundit Bill Maher confronted Trump fan and country singer Trace Adkins with what has become a loaded question in America: Who won the 2020 election? A week ago Thursday, President Joe Biden delivered a speech entitled “The Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation” that was largely a rebuke of former President Donald Trump and those who support the insurrection that culminated in the attack on the Capitol on January 6. Opponents and media figures criticized the speech as “political” or “divisive.” On Friday night’s edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host renewed his criticism of that speech as he closed out his interview with Adkins, but not before he quizzed Adkins on the outcome of the 2020 election: BILL MAHER: Who won the last election? I’m sorry I didn’t… just thought I’d sneak that in. TRACE ADKINS: Joe Biden won the last election. BILL MAHER: Oh, there you go! And you know, TRACE ADKINS: What did you think I was going to say? BILL MAHER: I don’t know. But, you know, I thought Joe Biden made a bit of a mistake in the speech he made a...
    (CNN)The 2022 primary season officially ended Tuesday night, with voters in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Delaware casting their final ballots.There are a lot of good takeaways from the primary season that was, but in raw political terms, there's really only one lesson that matters as we contemplate where we are as a country at this moment: Donald Trump still has a vice grip on the Republican Party.In contested primary after contested primary, the Trumpiest candidate -- and usually the one who the former President explicitly endorsed -- won. And in many of those races, the Trump-ified candidate defeated an opponent who had backing from the more establishment wing of the party.Tuesday's results in New Hampshire are a good microcosm of this trend.Don Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general, won the Senate primary over a field of candidates that included state Senate President Chuck Morse. Bolduc did not receive Trump's endorsement, but he is an outspoken supporter of the former President's election denialism and even floated the possibility of disbanding the FBI in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago search last...
    President Joe Biden walked back his attacks on Donald Trump's MAGA supporters, saying on Friday he doesn't consider 'any Trump supporter a threat to the country.' 'I don't consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country,' the president said at the White House. It was a contrast to his remarks on Thursday night when,  in a primetime address on the threat to democracy, he said Trump and his supporters were a threat to the republic. But Biden toned down his tough talk on Friday, defending supporters of the former president.  He said the 74 million people who voted for Trump 'weren't voting for attacking the capital. They weren't voting for overruling the election. They were going for a philosophy he put forward.'  He did condemn the Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol in the January 6th insurrection and those who attempted to overturn the 2020 election results. 'I do think anyone who calls for the use of violence, fails to condemn violence when it's used, refuses to acknowledge an election has been won, insists upon changing the way in...
    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said he would continue investigating Hunter Biden and wanted to root out 'political bias' within the FBI, during a gathering with Iowa Republicans on Sunday.  'I want you to know that I'm not going to give up on the Hunter Biden investigation,' Grassley said, according to The Washington Examiner. 'Every one of you in this room and everybody that isn't in this room, ought to have extraordinary confidence in the FBI. But today, we can't have it.'  Grassley was among the GOP politicos to appear at an event at the Linn County, Iowa fairgrounds organized by Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson.  He was joined by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott - a likely 2024 presidential contender - and the state's Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.  The longtime Iowa senator is up for reelection and favored to win over Democrat Mike Franken.  However, recent polling shows that Democrats may be able to hold onto their Senate majority - a 50-50 split with Vice President Kamala Harris acting as a tiebreaker - as several Republican candidates in key states like...
    Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney said Sunday that President Joe Biden called her after she lost her seat in a heated primary race against a GOP challenger backed by Donald Trump.  Cheney told ABC News' This Week that she had a 'very good talk' with the Democrat commander-in-chief, confirming earlier reports that the two spoke following her ouster from the House of Representatives. The three-term lawmaker revealed she's heard from 'some' of her soon-to-be-former Congressional colleagues as well, the vast majority of whom publicly shunned Cheney for her criticism of Trump and work on the Democrat-led January 6 committee. When pressed, however, Cheney refused to name who they were - though she did offer praise for the nine other House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over last year's Capitol riot. On Tuesday last week, Trump-endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman soundly defeated Cheney in the Republican primary for Wyoming's at-large Congressional District. Cheney lost all but two counties in the deep-red state. However her final year in the House has been marked by bipartisan praise for her continued criticism of Trump,...
    US Rep. Liz Cheney has hinted at a possible 2024 run for president against Donald Trump in her concession speech where she compared herself to Abraham Lincoln.  In her concession speech on Tuesday in Jackson, Cheney made comparisons to President Lincoln, who lost a string of races before winning the White House. 'Abraham Lincoln was defeated in elections for the Senate and House before he won the most important election of all,' Cheney said. Although hinted at presidential aspirations, the bulk of her time up on the podium was spent condemning former President Donald Trump, whose unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen she attributed to her loss.  'Two years ago, I won this primary with 73 percent of the vote,' Cheney said as she recalled the pre-Trump political landscape. 'I could easily have done the same again. The path was clear.  'But it would've required that I go along with President Trump's lie about the 2020 election.. That was a path I could not and would not take.'  Republican Rep. Liz Cheney said Tuesday night that she called...
    Rep. Liz Cheney conceded to her Trump-backed primary opponent Harriet Hageman in the race for the GOP nomination for Wyoming’s at-large House seat, expressing no regrets about her decision to speak out against the former president and hinting at a potential 2024 bid during a speech in Jackson on Tuesday evening. The Wyoming Republican, who has become arguably the face of the anti-Trump movement, said that despite losing the race, “the real work begins” now as she plans to continue her fight to keep Trump out of office in 2024 and rebuke unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 election was stolen. CHENEY LOSES TO TRUMP-BACKED HAGEMAN IN WYOMING GOP HOUSE PRIMARY “Two years ago, I won this primary with 73% of the vote. I could easily have done the same again. The path was clear, but it would have required that I go along with President Trump's lie about the 2020 election. It would have required that I enable his ongoing efforts to unravel our democratic system and attack the foundations of our republic — that was a...
    Calls for the House January 6th committee to subpoena Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, have been ramping up after her lawyer told the panel she would not testify at the hearings. The committee has asked Thomas to voluntary testify about her role in the illegal plot to overturn the 2020 election after it emerged the conservative activist pushed election fraud conspiracy theories in dozens of text messages with ex-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the run-up and day of the insurrection at the Capitol. But her lawyer, Mark Paoletta, responded to the committee by insisting there was not a 'sufficient basis' for Thomas to testify, according to a letter obtained by the New York Times.  Thomas repeatedly texted with Meadows and urged him to press on with Trump's election overturn effort. This included a Nov. 10th text where she called Joe Biden's election win 'the greatest Heist of our History.' Along with emailing Arizona officials, Thomas, who attended a rally Trump held just before the Capitol riot, also had written emails to John Eastman, the...
    Kellyanne Conway said that Donald Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows is 'responsible' for the Stop the Steal rally and protests in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 and doubled-down that the former president really does think he won the 2020 election. 'I hold Mark Meadows responsible because you are not going to get all these different supplicants, showmen and charlatans, as I say in the book, around the resolute desk in the oval office without the approval, if not the invitation of the chief of staff,' Conway said in an upcoming episode of The Daily California with Steve Hilton exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com. Conway served as senior counselor to Trump from the first day of his presidency until just five months before he vacated the White House. She was a frequent pundit for the president during the campaign and following his election to office. She told Hilton in a podcast episode being released on Monday that Meadows allowing too many people access to Trump in the final weeks and months of his presidency was 'problematic' and 'crowded out...
    During a Fox Nation debate moderated by FNC host Bret Baier, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) went head to head over policy and politics, including the outcome of the 2020 election. Sanders contended former President Donald Trump’s claim he won the 2020 election, which Sanders deemed the “big lie,” was a threat to democracy. After pinning Graham down to get him to say he did not believe Trump won in 2020, Graham insisted that Sanders address the left’s calls to defund the police. Partial transcript as follows: SANDERS: We have a former president, whose name is Donald Trump, who goes around the country telling people hey, I won the election, in fact, I probably won it by a landslide, but they — they stole it, they took it away from me. All right, now that happens to be what we call a big lie. And yet, many of the Republicans that Senator Graham are asking you to vote for are maintaining that big lie. What does that mean? It goes beyond Trump; it goes beyond the 2020...
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro raised doubs that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election two days before their first in-person meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.  Bolsonaro, nicknamed the 'Trump of the Tropics,' said in a television interview Tuesday that he is still suspicious of Biden's win, echoing complaints made by former President Donald Trump, who still falsely claims he was robbed a second term due to widespread voter fraud.  'The American people are the ones who talk about [election fraud,],' he said, according to Reuters. 'I will not discuss the sovereignty of another country. But Trump was doing really well.'  'We don't want that to happen in Brazil,' said Bolsonaro, who is on the ballot in October.  On Monday a reporter asked a senior White House official on a planning call of the conference why Biden is rewarding Bolsonaro with a meeting, pointing to statements the leader made suggesting he might not concede the race - similar to what Trump pulled in 2020.   'I guess what I would say about the decision to do a meeting...
    By Simone Pathe | CNN The month of May brought the first Senate primaries of the year. Ohio voted first, followed by a near weekly stream of contests that are shaping the midterm campaign for control of the chamber. At the close of the month, the general election matchups in almost half of this year’s most competitive races are nearly set, with the exception of Pennsylvania, where the Republican primary has gone to a recount. Republicans only need a net gain of one seat this fall to win the Senate, and much of the intrigue about primaries has so far been on the GOP side. Former President Donald Trump endorsed in all four Senate contests that were on the ballot in May that are expected to be competitive in the fall — Ohio, where his chosen candidate won on May 3; North Carolina, where his chosen candidate won on May 17; Georgia, where his chosen candidate won on May 24, and in Pennsylvania, where his chosen candidate leads by roughly 900 votes. Those primaries cemented his hold on the party...
    McCarthy has long made it known he did not plan to comply with the committee GOP Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced through his lawyer that he will not be complying with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee, citing 'procedural deficiencies.'  Attorney Elliot Berke wrote in a letter Friday that the committee had failed to establish its legitimate legislative purpose and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had failed to seat McCarthy's picks on the committee.  Pelosi rejected some of the minority leader's picks, citing their 2020 election fraud claims or, in the case of Rep. Jim Jordan, his proximity to the investigation. McCarthy pulled all of his nominees in protest, and Pelosi later appointed GOP Reps. Liz Cheney, Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, Ill.  'The words and actions of the Select Committee and its members have made it clear that it is not exercising a valid or lawful use of Congress' subpoena power,' Berke wrote in a letter to chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.  'Its only objective appears to be to attempt to score political points or damage its political...
    Far-right favorite Kandiss Taylor received just 3.4 percent of the vote in Georgia’s GOP primary for governor on Tuesday, less than one-twentieth of current Gov. Brian Kemp’s 73.7 percent of the vote. But that isn’t stopping Taylor from refusing to concede and claiming the election was “rigged.” Taylor, a Trump loyalist who campaigned with the slogan “Jesus Guns Babies” and promised to “stand up to the Luciferian Cabal,” simply believes it’s impossible that she lost this spectacularly. “Given that my vote total currently lags my number of volunteers by nearly 20,000, I do not trust these election results and neither should any supporter of either of my opponents or candidates in any other races,” Taylor wrote in a press release. “It is my opinion that our elections in Georgia have become a travesty spearheaded by the corrupt, organized, willful assault that Governor Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Attorney General Chris Carr, and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams have inflicted on our election process.” Taylor went on to write that she does “not concede.” And that’s because she does...
    Former President Donald Trump’s crusade for vengeance suffered a devastating blow on Tuesday after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp won his primary despite rejecting Trump’s entreaties to overturn his 2020 election defeat in the state. Voters also demonstrated an openness to embracing scandal-plagued candidates — depending on the candidate, and the scandal. Here are some takeaways from Tuesday’s primary elections in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Minnesota: TRUMP’S BIGGEST PRIMARY DEFEAT Trump had hoped to turn Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp into an example of the danger in defying him. Instead, Kemp on Tuesday became an example of how Republican incumbents might not have as much to fear from Trump as the former president would like. Kemp cruised past former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in the Republican primary, easily clearing the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. The victory came a year and a half after Kemp rejected Trump’s demands to help overturn the presidential election by declaring Trump the winner in Georgia instead of Joe Biden, who actually won. Despite the former president’s efforts, Kemp comfortably led in polls and fundraising...
    Still, fringe candidates are luring GOP voters and winning key races. The Republican Party’s radical right flank is making inroads among voters and winning key primaries east of the Mississippi. But out West, among the five states that held their 2022 primary elections on May 17, a string of GOP candidates for office who deny the 2020’s presidential election results and have embraced various conspiracies were rejected by Republicans who voted for more mainstream conservatives. This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. In Pennsylvania, Douglas Mastriano, an election denier and white nationalist, won the GOP’s nomination for governor. He received 587,772 votes, which was 43.96 percent of the vote in a low turnout primary. One-quarter of Pennsylvania’s 9 million registered voters cast ballots. In Idaho, by contrast, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who also claimed Joe Biden’s election was illegitimate and has campaigned at white supremacist rallies, according to the Western States Center, an Oregon-based group that monitors the far right, lost her bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination to incumbent Gov. Brad Little....
    Joe Maiorana/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.J.D. Vance, the Peter Thiel-ally and Hillbilly Elegy author, has won the highly contested Republican Senate primary in Ohio. Vance’s victory over a group of Ohio politicians, including former state treasurer Josh Mandel and state Sen. Matt Dolan, is more evidence that Donald Trump’s towering influence over the Republican Party has yet to abate.  At the start of his campaign, Vance shocked the media by adopting an explicitly Trumpian persona and an agenda that mirrored the former president’s policy positions. Vance initially struggled in the polls, hampered, in part, by his reputation as an erstwhile anti-Trumper. However, he became the frontrunner virtually overnight after beating out his opponents to receive Trump’s coveted endorsement and maintained that status through the election. If you’re curious to read more about his transformation, here’s a non-comprehensive list I pulled together of his craziest statements.  Vance will now advance to the general election, where he’ll take on moderate Democrat Tim Ryan. Although Ryan remains...
    Fox Nation host Piers Morgan said Sunday on FNC’s “Media Buzz” that former President Donald Trump had a “pathological belief” he won the 2020 presidential race while discussing the details of his interview with Trump set to air on his new show “Piers Morgan Uncensored” on Monday. Discussing Trump asking about his criticism, Morgan said, “He was very angry, quite profane in parts. And he was reading out these things, one by one, and saying, ‘How can you say these things about me? This is so disloyal after all I’ve done for you.’ I said, ‘Look, I didn’t agree with what you were doing.’ When we got around to the election results and to January 6, I just looked him straight in the eye and said, ‘I want to be clear with you, I do not agree that you had this election stolen or that it was rigged.’ And at that point, the fuse kind of went with him, and he started insulting me. He called me a fool seven times. ” He added, “I was very respectful back and accepted...
    Republican strategist and pollster Frank Luntz is warning former President Donald Trump that members of the GOP are mocking him for being 'childish' and are fed up with talk about the 2020 election. 'Trump isn't the same man he was a year ago,' Luntz told the Daily Beast. 'Even many Republicans are tired of going back and rehashing the 2020 election,' he added. 'Everybody else has moved on and in Washington everyone believes he lost the election.' The comments come after Republican New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu called the former president 'f***ing crazy' at the Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, which turned out to be a COVID-19 superspreader event. Luntz said that Sununu's comments were indicative of a larger feeling within the Republican Party veering away from Trump. 'I don't know a single Republican who was surprised by what Sununu said,' Luntz said. 'He said what they were thinking,' the media maven continued. 'They won't say it [in public], but behind his back, they think he's a child. They're laughing at him. That's what made it [Sununu's comments]...
    (CNN)A coup. That's what Donald Trump Jr. was advocating for in a text message to his father's then-chief of staff Mark Meadows that laid out ways to subvert the Electoral College process and keep his father in power. Dean ObeidallahThere are many alarming -- and even bone-chilling -- aspects of Trump Jr.'s November 5, 2020, text message. But the most jaw-dropping is that the text was sent just two days after the 2020 election, when the result was still too close to call. That Trump Jr. was already pushing for several strategies -- from pressing Republican state legislators to put forward slates of fake "Trump electors," to firing the FBI Director and replacing him with a loyalist who would do Trump's bidding -- reveals the level of preparation and dogged determination within Trump's inner circle to keep him in power, no matter the outcome.On November 5, 2020, two days before news outlets finally projected Biden won, votes were still being tallied in key states like Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Yet Trump Jr. was texting Meadows: "We have operational control...
    Thirty five-year Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan announced Monday he will not run for reelection, making him the fourth GOP member who voted to impeach Donald Trump to seek retirement.  Upton, 68, has been sent by voters to Congress 18 times. He joins Reps. John Katko of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois in getting out of the House next year.  'Even the best stories (have) a last chapter. This is it for me,' Upton said during remarks on the House floor.  Upton is the only member of the House in history to vote to impeach two presidents: Bill Clinton and Trump in his second impeachment, for inciting an insurrection. He was one of 10 Republicans in the House who voted for Trump's second impeachment.  'Even the best stories (have) a last chapter. This is it for me,' Upton said during remarks on the House floor In February, the moderate Upton had aired a campaign ad that made it seem like he planned to run again.  Upton was one of 10 GOP House members...
    by Gavin Wax   Imagine if, following the disputed 2016 presidential election, the recently sworn-in President Donald Trump had sicced his Justice Department, hand-in-hand with allies in Congress and state governments throughout the country, after his Democratic political opponents who maintained that his election was the work of Russian interference. Although the claim that Trump was a Russian asset was laughably false, and the subsequent investigation into those spurious claims damaged the federal government’s credibility in immense and perhaps irreparable ways domestically and internationally, applying criminal penalties to the promulgation of that theory would have been wrong, anti-American, and contrary to the First Amendment. In keeping with his stalwart defense of American values, President Trump made no directive to the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against these Democrats. Similarly, his Republican predecessor allowed Democrats to freely “challenge an election”: Democrats had previously contested the 2000 election by claiming that George W. Bush was “selected, not elected” as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore. A smaller minority contested Bush’s reelection in 2004, alleging irregularities in Ohio and elsewhere. Reasonable concerns...
    Fox Business’ Stuart Varney pushed back on Donald Trump over the former president’s obsession with the 2020 election and his bogus claims that the contest was fraudulent. Varney held a lengthy interview with Trump on Monday that he concluded by asking the ex-president what he thinks about his CPAC speeches getting banned on YouTube. “Well they don’t like the truth,” Trump said before he digressed and started complaining the election was “rigged” (which it wasn’t). “So look at all the hundreds of thousands of votes. They don’t like it and they ban it and of course, Fox is afraid to put it on,” Trump continued. His comment comes as Fox News is still caught up in defamation lawsuits for airing conspiracy theories about the 2020 election being corrupted. As Trump was making his comments, Varney interjected to suggest that the former president’s fixation on the 2020 election won’t help the GOP as it moves into future elections. “If we go into 2022, the elections, and 2024, you’re still looking back to the election of 2020 saying that you really won,...
    Donald Trump definitively said that if he runs again for president he would add his former Vice President Mike Pence on the ticket, according to a Wednesday report from The Washington Examiner. 'I don't think the people would accept it,' Trump said in a Tuesday evening interview when asked about potentially running with Pence for a third White House bid. 'Mike and I had a great relationship except for the very important factor that took place at the end. We had a very good relationship,' he added. 'I haven't spoken to him in a long time.' Speaking from Mar-a-Lago, which doubles as his club and political headquarters in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said there has been friction between him and his former No. 2 since the 2020 election. Trump has consistently blamed Pence for his loss against Joe Biden, claiming he could have overturned the outcome of the 2020 presidential election by delaying certification of the Electoral College results on January 6, 2021. Former President Donald Trump (left) told the Washington Examiner Tuesday that if he runs for president again...
    Former Attorney General Bill Barr unleashed on his former boss in his forthcoming memoir, claiming Donald Trump 'lost his grip' when he began pushing his baseless 2020 election fraud theories, according to a Sunday report. Barr said those theories directly 'led to the rioting on Capitol Hill' on January 6 last year in an excerpt from his 600-page new book that was shared with the Wall Street Journal. 'The election was not "stolen." Trump lost it,' the former attorney general states plainly in 'One Damn Thing After Another.' The lengthy memoir recounts his time as the Republican president's attorney general. Trump and Barr's relationship soured after Barr, the nation's top law enforcement official at the time, told the Associated Press on December 1, 2020 that his Justice Department found no evidence of widespread election fraud.  Barr left his post at the end of that month, just weeks before Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol in a bid to overturn the 2020 results. Trump called Barr a 'disappointment in every sense of the word' in June of last year.  In the new...
    Marc Short explained Sunday that bad advisers are to blame for Donald Trump getting the idea that Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the 2020 presidential elections as Marco Rubio warned of setting precedent that could allow Kamala Harris to influence 2024 results. 'Unfortunately the president had many bad advisers who were basically snake-oil salesmen giving him really random and novel ideas as to what the vice president could do,' Short said to NBC's Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Sunday. 'But our office researched that and recognized that was never an option.' 'Are you chalking this up to bad advisers, or was the former president seeking the bad advice?' Todd posed to the former chief of staff to ex-Vice President Mike Pence. 'I don't know the answer to that question,' he responded. Short continued: 'I think that, honestly, he did get a lot of bad advice, but I think that it was not something that the vice president – from the very beginning he counseled the president, 'I don't think I have that authority, always willing to look...
    During the 2020 presidential election, many of the Never Trump conservatives who supported now-President Joe Biden over then-President Donald Trump were hoping that if Trump lost, the Republican Party would abandon Trumpism and return to a more traditional Goldwater or Reagan brand of conservatism. But a year into Biden’s presidency, authoritarian Trumpism is stronger than ever in the GOP — and Never Trumper Amanda Carpenter, in a listicle published by The Bulwark on the one-year anniversary of Biden’s inauguration, warns that Democrats had better prepare for the worst in 2024 because another coup attempt may very well be “on the way.” Although Biden’s victory in 2020 wasn’t the type of mega-landslide enjoyed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932 or President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 — FDR won 472 electoral votes, LBJ 486 — it was decisive nonetheless. Biden won 306 electoral votes, and he defeated Trump by over 7 million in the popular vote. But Trump, the sorest of sore losers, continues to falsely claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him because of widespread voter fraud...
    A majority of Americans says in a stunning new poll that U.S. democracy is at risk of 'extinction.' The assessment comes in a new poll near the anniversary of President Joe Biden's first year and office, just days after the anniversary of the Capitol riot.   About half, or 26 per cent, said U.S. democracy's survival 'is secured for future generations,' according to the poll from Schoen Cooperman Research. Slightly fewer, 23 per cent, said they weren't sure, with 51 per cent saying the democracy was in danger of extinction. The result comes after President Joe Biden spoke about the Capitol riot during a voting rights speech in Atlanta, saying that a year ago a 'dagger was literally held at the throat of American democracy.' A new Schoen Cooperman poll shows a 51 percent majority believe the U.S. democracy is at risk of extinction Only 54 per cent of Americans said President Joe Biden was the legitimate winner of the election in a new poll On Saturday, former President Donald Trump, who launched an unsuccessful election overturn effort last year, once again...
    Trump supporters showed up in droves in rural Arizona Saturday  witness the former president give his first rally of the new year to kick off the mid-term season, where he was joined by several GOP candidates in the state he lost to Joe Biden by less than half a point.   The Saturday night rally kicked off with a full embrace of the so-called 'big lie.' 'Who won the election?' Arizona's GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward asked the crowd. She received a chorus of 'Trump!' in return. At other times the crowd was urged to chant 'de-certify!' My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, one of the president's most ardent defenders of his claims of election fraud, aimed his ire Saturday at conservative media outlets who won't fully embrace those false claims. 'This brings up the biggest problem we face. It's not the media, the fake news media, we're all onto them. It's the conservative media,' Lindell said. 'The ones that don't talk. One of them rhymes with Fox,' he joked. 'They're disgusting. They're disgusting. They won't talk about anything,' he continued. 'When was...
    A third Republican lawmaker who voted in favor of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment has announced he's retiring from Congress.  New York Rep. John Katko, 59, said Friday that he would not seek a fifth term.  'Great news, another one bites the dust,' Trump said in a statement. 'Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!' Katko follows Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Anthony Gonzalez out the door instead of trying to withstand a MAGA-backed challenger.  New York Rep. John Katko, 59, said Friday that he would not seek a fifth term. He's the third Republican who voted for former President Donald Trump's second impeachment who will retire instead of face a MAGA-backed challenger Former President Donald Trump reacted to Katko's retirement announcement by sending out a statement saying: 'Great news, another one bites the dust. Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!'  Trump has been on a mission to take out pro-impeachment Republicans. His first rally in support of the midterm races last year, in Ohio in June, was to Gonzalez's district to officially endorse former aide Max Miller Trump has...
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has recently done some in-depth, comprehensive reporting on far-right MAGA Republicans who, following the 2020 presidential election, tried to pass off “forgeries” as legitimate Electoral College documents in states that now-President Joe Biden won. The fake documents were no more legitimate than their claims that then-President Donald Trump won those states, one of which was Michigan. And copies of the fake documents from Michigan Republicans, according to Michigan’s MLive, have been given to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection. “Sixteen Republicans, including the current co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, signed certificates asserting they were Michigan’s presidential electors and sent the illegitimate documents to the National Archive,” MLive reporter Malachi Barrett explains. “The unofficial documents were part of a failed Republican strategy to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in battleground states, which is under new scrutiny from a U.S. House panel and the Michigan Attorney General’s office.” The events that followed the 2020 presidential election were unprecedented in United States history. Never before had Republicans, after...
    A new poll found that only 9% of voters for Donald Trump believe that President Biden won the 2020 election 'fair and square.'  Meanwhile, three-quarters of voters believe the election was 'rigged and stolen,' according to a YouGov/Yahoo poll.  Last January, even as a mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol, more of them had believed that Biden won fairly - 13%.  And now almost all voters, 88% of those who support Biden and 89% of those who support Trump say they are 'worried about the future of U.S. democracy.'  The poll was conducted by surveying 1,537 U.S. adults from Dec. 18-22, 2021.  A majority of Trump voters, 52%, believe the next election will be rigged.  But at the same time, only 27% of Americans of both parties believe that the next election will be 'free and fair.' Trump voters are less optimistic the next election will be 'free and fair' - just 10% said so. But only 41% of Biden voters believed the election would be free and fair, signaling worries over new GOP-led voting restrictions in states across...
    Washington (CNN)Five Republican candidates for governor of Minnesota were asked at a forum last Wednesday whether they thought President Joe Biden won a "constitutional majority in the Electoral College." None of them was willing to utter a plain "yes." Their responses, which ranged from explicit inaccuracies to feeble dodges, made national news. But they weren't unusual. The Minnesota candidates sounded like Republican candidates generally tend to sound on the subject of the 2020 election. A refusal to endorse the legitimacy of Biden's victory has become a key requirement in Republican primaries across the country. From conservative Alabama to the swing states of the Midwest, numerous Republicans trying to win party nominations in 2022 have joined former President Donald Trump in refusing to publicly admit that Trump just plain lost.Some candidates are aggressive, turning the lie that Trump was the rightful winner into a central part of their campaign pitches. Other candidates are evasive, straining to sidestep a direct answer on the question of Biden's legitimacy. Both approaches are dishonest. And both are evidence of a disturbing fact about the state...
    Mike Lindell, CEO of the MyPillow thing, is supposedly spending a lot of his own money in pursuit of overturning our democracy—at least according to famed liar Mike Lindell. He told CNBC that he has spent $25 million of his own money since Nov. 3, 2020. That’s the day that America voted to make sure Donald Trump couldn’t continue to run our country into the dirt. Lindell sat down for a non-ultra-right-wing media interview on Wednesday, saying, “I will keep spending it because there is no tomorrow. We lose our country. We either only have two paths: either it gets changed before the 2022 election or we lose our country forever. I will spend every dime I have. I will spend whatever it takes.” Fingers crossed! On spending all of your money! Of course, one must take what Mike Lindell says with a two-ton grain of salt. It isn’t hard to believe that Lindell has spent a lot of money, but where exactly that money is being spent, and how much he has been able to pull in via “fundraising” for the big lie conspiracy...
    (CNN)If Republicans win the House majority next November -- and they are currently favored to do so -- then Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan will almost certainly rise to one of the most prominent positions in the chamber: Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.Which makes his role in fomenting a potential coup on January 6 more than a little troubling.We now know that Jordan forwarded to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows a message (sent from a former Department of Defense inspector general) that laid out the supposed Constitutional backing for then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election the following day."On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all," read the text that Jordan has confirmed he forwarded to Meadows.That should worry us all -- and amounts to an escalation in Jordan's conduct in and around the election. Read More THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will...
    A US-British financier who once described himself as Vladimir Putin's 'number one enemy' has claimed that if Donald Trump was re-elected in 2020 he would have handed him over to Russia.  Bill Browder, who inspired America's Magnitsky act targeting Russian officials, insisted he would have been 'thrown under a bus' by the former US President if he had beaten Biden and stayed in the White House. Browder, 57, claimed Trump had considered it a 'great idea' to allow Russian investigators to question him about alleged tax evasion and funneling money overseas after Putin raised the possibility at the Helsinki Summit in 2018. It then took the US Senate to vote 98-0 against the idea before Trump backed down. But Mr Browder, who was born in New Jersey and now lives in the UK, said if Trump had been re-elected in the 2020 US Presidential elections, he would have 'absolutely' thrown him under the bus and handed him over to Putin. Mr Browder has previously voiced his fear that being turned over to Russia would essentially be 'handing him over to his...
    Chris Christie says Donald Trump's repeated claims that he actually won the 2020 election 'incited' the January 6 Capitol riot, but that he doesn't regret voting for the former president twice. 'I think everything that he was saying from election night forward incited people to that level of anger,' the former New Jersey governor told CNN's Dana Bash Monday night. 'I don’t think they wouldn’t gone there if they thought the election had been fair,' he said, after admitting that he wouldn't have voted for someone else in retrospect simply because Democrats' policies are 'so long term bad for the country.' Christie's comments come as he promotes his new book, Republican Rescue: Saving the Party From Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden.  On Monday, he told ABC's The View that First Lady Melania Trump called him every day after he contracted COVID at a White House reception, while the president himself was only worried about whether Christie would blame him for catching it. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie admitted that Trump's rhetoric from Election...
    In the latest poll to show the political headwinds President Biden is facing, he trails former President Donald Trump 40-51 in a new survey out of Iowa. That is a greater margin than Trumps eight-point 53-45 2020 win over Biden in the state, which helped launch Trump's political career in 2016 during the GOP primaries there. Trump cracks an outright majority in the new Des Moines Register poll, winning 51 per cent support, with 4 per cent saying they wouldn't vote for either man, and 5 per cent saying they weren't sure.  A critical part of Biden's dip comes from independent voters. Independents back Trump in the survey by 45 to 37 per cent.   Former President Trump leads President Biden 51-40 in Iowa Former President Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden in Iowa, a state Trump carried in 2016 and 2020 'Trump won Iowa convincingly in 2020, and that's reflected in these data,' said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who conducted the survey. Trump held a campaign rally in the state in October, appearing with longtime Sen. Chuck Grassley, who said...
    Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin's son twice tried to vote in the election his father later won - despite being underage, officials say. Thomas Youngkin, 17, turned up at Great Falls Library in Virginia on two occasions to attempt to vote in the November 2 election his Republican father later won. Notes written by observer Jennifer Chanty, and seen by WUSA reporter Mike Valerio for the day say: '9:30am, 17 yo voter came in requested ballot. Told he had to 18 today to vote. Offered voter registration. He declined.' Then in the next entry, for 10am, the observer wrote: 'Same 17 yo voter - named Thomas Youngkin - came back to request a ballot. Again offered opportunity to register - he declined if he would not be able to vote today.' Thomas Youngkin (right), pictured on stage next to his siblings at a victory rally on November 3, tried to vote for his father twice in Virginia's gubernatorial election Thomas, pictured behind his mom Suzanne on at a victory rally on November 3, did not vote or break any state election...
    Two exits polls from the Virginia gubernatorial election show vastly different distributions of the Latino vote between the candidates. An Associated Press VoteCast exit poll showed that Republican Glenn Youngkin, who won the race on Tuesday, secured 55% of the Latino vote. However, an Edison Research exit poll showed that McAuliffe received 66% of the demographic’s votes. “Today, polling in general has a real problem: We’re getting low response rates across the board, and that’s not limited to Hispanic voters, but it’s even harder when you poll smaller groups,” Eduardo Gamarra, a Latino vote pollster, told Politico. “The fact is, we probably don’t know who won the Hispanic vote or by how much on Tuesday,” he added. “But I can tell you from my research that what we have been seeing is a real message for the Democrats, who are not getting behind issues that really speak to Latinos. It’s a reason we’re seeing the shift.” Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe hugs his wife Dorothy after speaking at his election night rally on November 02, 2021 in...
    Democrats in Virginia are scrambling to stave off disaster in the state's governor's race - the most competitive major election since Donald Trump left the White House. The surprisingly tight contest has exposed the depth of the party's dependence on Trump as a message and motivator. Public polling has been shifting in Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin's direction in recent weeks, while Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former governor and close ally of President Joe Biden, has struggled to energize his base as Biden's approval ratings sink. Youngkin - who has campaigned on 'fighting back against the Radical Left and putting families first' - on Saturday that he will not take part in Donald Trump's virtual 'tele-rally' for his campaign on Monday. 'I'm not going to be engaged in the tele-town hall,' said Youngkin. 'The teams are talking, I'm sure.' Public polling has been shifting in Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin's direction in recent weeks, while Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former governor and close ally of President Joe Biden, has struggled to energize his base as Biden's approval ratings sink Youngkin said on Saturday...
    (CNN)Misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines has cost lives.Disinformation about the 2020 election threatens US democracy. Counternarratives about climate change allow countries and corporations to ignore the effect of their actions on the Earth's atmosphere.Dangerous falsehoods, spreading like an invasive species, are emerging as a great challenge to society in 2021. The election lie finds new life in GOP House candidates. We've written over and over in this newsletter about the threat of former President Donald Trump's false fantasy about the 2020 election. And we'll continue to do that as long as he repeats the lie that he won.Read MoreBut rather than becoming ostracized by Republicans, he's staying very much in their mainstream.A new CNN report by Alex Rogers, Melanie Zanona and Manu Raju scrutinizes a crop of House candidates in a special program for "Young Guns" -- politicians showing promise. Read the report here.More than a third of these recruits from states across the country have, like Trump, sown doubts about the 2020 election or embraced his efforts to overturn it.That list includes: Eli Crane and Walt Blackman in Arizona; Cory...
    (CNN)All Republicans want is for Donald Trump to stop living in the past."The best thing that President Trump could do to help us win majorities in 2022 is talk about the future, and he can be an important part of that -- this '22 effort," said Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt over the weekend. "But I think better off to talk about the future than to focus on the past."Blunt's advice to Trump to, well, move on from the 2020 election is simply the latest example of prominent Republicans telling the former president to do just that."Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022," Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said earlier this month. "Let's talk about the future. The election is past, it's been certified, the states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where it need be. It's about the future, it's not about the last election, and that -- those kinds of comments are not constructive. We can win in 2022. And we're going to, but let's focus on the important issues of...
    Former President Donald Trump accused Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg of 'illegal' election interference by donating more than $400 million for local election offices after a new study found they boosted Democratic turnout in Texas.  Trump has repeatedly said the social media giant is guilty of censorship after it banned it from the platform after the Jan. 6 attack on Congress.  Now he is targeting Zuckerberg's donations of about $419.5 million to a pair of nonprofits — the Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Center for Election Innovation and Research — to support local election offices as they tried to cope with increased mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 'What he did, in my opinion, was illegal,' Trump told Bill O'Reilly in an interview broadcast on Monday interview on The First TV. 'He's going to get away with it,' O'Reilly said, according to the New York Post. Trump replied: 'Well, you don't know if he's going to get away with it. OK.'  At the time Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said their money would be used 'to...
    CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein said Monday on “Anderson Cooper 360” that he believed former President Donald Trump was a “rogue criminal president.” According to Bernstein, Trump was perpetuating the lie that he won the 2020 presidential election, which is undermining American democracy. Discussing former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit to block the January 6 select committee from getting documents citing executive privilege, Bernstein said, “This is clearly not a legitimate exercise of executive privilege.” He continued, “This is about trying to suppress the truth, about a president engaging in illegal acts, anti-constitutional acts, trying to learn what, indeed, he was doing as he tried to thwart the American electoral process. This is not about trying to find out anything about the legitimate functions of the president of the United States and the exercise of his power.” Bernstein added, “This is about a rogue criminal president undermining the Constitution, undermining American democracy. Again, you go back to the Nixon example, but this is even more grievous, particularly because this president tried forever to keep himself in office after the election. After...
    Former President Donald Trump issued a stark warning to Republicans as he continued to repeat his allegations of voter 'fraud': back his ongoing efforts or Republicans 'will not be voting' in the off-year elections and beyond. Trump made the threat in one of a flurry of statements from his 'Save America' PAC Wednesday, after once again claiming he 'won' the election. If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 or ‘24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.' Trump's attack comes as GOP leaders are eyeing the 2022 elections as potential takeover opportunity, with Democrats holding just three-vote majority in the House. The Senate is split 50-50. Former President Donald Trump, who held a rally in Iowa Saturday, warned that Republicans won't vote if the party doesn't 'solve' what he called 'fraud' in the 2020 elections With covid still raging, built-in advantages, historical trends for off-year elections, the GOP stands a chance to stop or slow much of the Biden...
    Oct. 12, 2021 "Trump Won the County In a Landslide. His Supporters Still Hounded the Elections Administrator Until She Resigned." was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. This article is co-published with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. An elections administrator in North Texas submitted her resignation Friday, following a monthslong effort by residents and officials loyal to former President Donald Trump to force her out of office. Michele Carew, who had overseen scores of elections during her 14-year career, had found herself transformed into the public face of an electoral system that many in the heavily Republican Hood County had come to mistrust, which...
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Republican lawmakers that back former President Donald Trump’s claims he won the 2020 presidential election are “insurrectionists in suits and ties.” Co-host George Stephanopoulos said, “Let’s fast forward to January 6. You start out the book in pretty dramatic fashion, having to put on a gas mask you thought you would never have to use as a member of Congress.” Schiff said, “I remember when the police officer said grab your masks, thinking masks? Are there masks here? He told us they were under the seats. I have been in Congress for 20 years, I didn’t know they were gas hoods under the seats, but the whole thing was just surreal. Once you took out those masks, a fan started, this buzzing all over the chamber. People were becoming increasingly panicked and shouting.” He continued, “I remember first running into one of the Republicans and saying, ‘How long have you been here?’ Because I didn’t recognize him. He said 72 hours, and I said ’72 hours?’...
    Republican Rep. Jim Jordan sounded off about Democrats who have accuse Trump and his allies of perpetuating the 'Big Lie' of election fraud in an Oversight Committee hearing Thursday.  'How about all the lies the Democrats have told us over the last couple of years?' the Ohio Republican said at the hearing investigating the Arizona election audit.   'Democrats told us the protests in the summer of 2020 were peaceful. Democrats told us the dossier was real. Democrats told us Trump colluded with Russia.'  'Democrats told us COVID didn't start in a Chinese lab,' he continued. 'Nope, didn't start there -- it was a bat to a pangolin, to a hippopotamus, to Joe Rogan and we get bit -- no, no, no, Democrats for four years told us the 2016 election was stolen. They can investigate that for four years, we're not allowed to question some concerns we have about the 2020 election for four minutes, but they can investigate that for four years.'   Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin and Republican Rep. Andy Biggs also got into a heated exchange during the...