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    In his first public appearance since leaving the presidency, former president Donald Trump called for unity in the Republican Party during a conservative political forum this Sunday in Orlando, even while reaffirming that he was not defeated at the polls in 2020 and ensuring that he was not defeated. he proposed to create a new party. Miami World / Telemundo 51 Trump used his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – where he was greeted as a hero – to lash out at his successor Joe Biden and try to consolidate his status as the undisputed leader of the party despite his defeat. in the November elections. “Do you miss me already?” asked the ex-president when he went on stage. “Today (Sunday) I am here before you to declare that the incredible journey we started together … is far from over.” Despite the fact that Trump has...
    ORLANDO -- Former President Donald Trump took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, looking to reclaim his role as the Republican Party's kingmaker as he positions himself to play a major role in the 2022 midterm elections."It is far from being over," Trump said about the "incredible journey" he said he and his supporters started four years ago. "We will be victorious and America will be stronger and greater than ever before."Trump has remained unbowed and unapologetic since the January 6 insurrection, his political capital among Republicans scarcely diminished even after he was impeached for a second time by the US House and then acquitted by the US Senate - with seven Republicans joining Democrats in the vote to convict him.In his first public comments since leaving the White House, Trump plans to target President Joe Biden, attacking his immigration policies and demanding that...
    Donald Trump does not give up. This Sunday, the former president of the United States has again insisted that he was not defeated in the November elections 2020 versus Joe Biden, so it won’t create a match new, but it will be the Republican, “stronger than ever”, the one will win the elections mid-term in 2022 and the presidential elections in 2024. “I can decide beat them for the third time “said Trump during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on his candidacy in the upcoming elections. “No matter how much the Washington establishment and powerful special interests want to silence us, let there be no doubt. We will be victorious and the United States will be stronger and bigger than ever, “he continued, insisting that the previous elections were rigged. It’s about the first public intervention -50 minutes later than the scheduled time-...
            by Ruth Papazian  Mainstream voters in both parties feel that neither major party represents them, and that their opinions and wishes hold little sway over government policy. Establishment Republicans failed the average American by becoming captive to extreme Libertarian ideology that is divorced from the reality of most people’s lives. Establishment Democrats failed the average American by becoming captive to extreme Social Justice ideology that is divorced from the reality of most people’s lives. Rather than two oppositional parties that hold each other accountable, we have a Uniparty aligned with the administrative state to maintain a status quo that lets the good times roll . . . for the swamp. This status quo is inexorably pushing increasingly marginalized voters to a second civil war. Regardless of party affiliation, most Americans are centrist or somewhat right of center, yet the administrative statekeeps pushing the status quo ever to the Left, because Congress largely has ceded its...
    Donald Trump, back in the political arena in the face of a crowd of enthusiastic conservatives, said on Sunday that the survival of the United States depended on the conservatives, flirting with the idea of ​​running for president in 2024. “We are engaged in a struggle for the survival of America as we know it,” the American billionaire said at the very end of a scrappy hour-and-a-half speech, concluding the Conservatives’ annual High Mass at Orlando, Florida. “It’s a struggle. It’s a terrible, terrible, painful struggle, ”he added in his first speech since leaving the White House on January 20. “But in the end we always win”. Still refusing to admit his electoral defeat to Joe Biden, he has shown himself determined to ensure that his populist movement will keep control of a Republican Party that is struggling to hide its divisions. “The incredible journey we have started...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expounded upon her criticism that former President Donald Trump was "fascist" by saying there is "a lot of fascist sympathizing" within the Republican Party. Host Mehdi Hasan argued during the opening monologue of his new MSNBC weekend program that "journalists should have a bias, a bias toward democracy" and asked the New York Democrat whether she would be willing to extend the "F-word" beyond Trump to the Republican Party at large after watching the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. "I do think that [there are] fascistic tendencies, and we certainly saw a lot of fascist sympathizing," she said. AOC: THERE ARE ‘LEGITIMATE WHITE SUPREMACIST SYMPATHIZERS’ AT THE 'CORE' OF HOUSE GOP "One thing that I do think is very important to acknowledge is that American white supremacy is very different and unique to just the kind of, you know, comparisons to fascism, historical comparisons to...
    Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images 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.Former President Donald Trump intimated a potential 2024 presidential run during his first speech since leaving office last month and surviving a second impeachment trial in February. For over ninety minutes, Trump used his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Sunday as an opportunity to defend his own record, portray President Joe Biden and Democrats as socialists, and offer up red meat in the culture war to his most ardent supporters. But most of all, he relished being in the spotlight again, and used it to insist falsely that he won the 2020 election—the dangerous lie at the heart of the January...
    February 28, 2021 4:42 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. Robert Unanue, CEO of Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States (US), assured this Sunday during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that in his “opinion”, former President Donald Trump is the “legitimate” representative of the country. During his speech at the CPAC, Unanue was proud to be at the closing of the largest Republican Party forum in the country. “It’s an honor to be here. But my greatest honor today will be that, I think we’ll be on the same stage, that, in my opinion, is the real, the legitimate and still current president of the United States: Donald J. Trump“, declared the Goya executive to the CPAC audience. Precisely the words of Unanue, took place a few hours after the expected participation of former President Trump (2017-2021). Trump defender Last January,...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump takes the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference Sunday, looking to reclaim his role as the Republican Party's kingmaker as he positions himself to play a major role in the 2022 midterm elections."I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over," Trump is expected to say in Orlando, Florida, according to excerpts of his remarks released before the speech.Trump has remained unbowed and unapologetic since the January 6 insurrection, his political capital among Republicans scarcely diminished even after he was impeached for a second time by the US House and then acquitted by the US Senate — with seven Republicans joining Democrats in the vote to convict him. Fact checking CPAC: speakers make false claims about the election, the Capitol attack, immigration, Covid, and The MuppetsIn his first public comments since leaving the...
    THE CEO of Goya Foods has called Donald Trump "the real, legitimate, and still actual president of the United States". Robert Unanue made the bogus claim speaking today at the Conservative Political Action Conference. 6The CEO of Goya Foods has called Donald Trump 'the real, legitimate, and still actual president of the United States'Credit: Alamy Live News 6Robert Unanue made the bogus claim speaking today at the Conservative Political Action ConferenceCredit: Getty Images - Getty He said: "It’s just an honor to be here. But my biggest honor today is gonna be that -- I think we're gonna be on the same stage -- as, in my opinion, the real, the legitimate, and the still actual president of the United States, Donald J. Trump." Unanue then went on to joke about the abuse he could receive from making the claim. He said: "Sorry Twitter, I’ve already been canceled. You can’t...
    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump on Sunday will declare himself the dominant figure in the fractured Republican Party and attack President Joe Biden in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago. "I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over," Trump will tell the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, according to speech excerpts released by his team. "We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future --the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country," he will add. Trump’s tumultuous final weeks in office saw his supporters launch a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to block Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory, a win that Trump falsely claimed was...
    Reuters February 28, 2021 0 Comments ormer President Donald Trump on Sunday will declare himself the dominant figure in the fractured Republican Party and attack President Joe Biden in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump will tell the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, according to speech excerpts released by his team. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future –the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country,” he will add. Trump’s tumultuous final weeks in office saw his supporters launch a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to block Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory, a win that Trump falsely claimed...
    It’s fitting that this year’s CPAC conference is being held in Orlando, a land of make-believe where thousands of folks travel each year to gawk at a surly, splotchy whale flailing around with no real purpose other than to wow a small cross-section of Americans who’ve grown bored with taunting the three-legged goat at their local petting zoo. I mean, one of the speakers is a high-profile member of a right-wing Japanese cult that believes its leader is the reincarnated spirit of an alien from Venus who created all life on Earth millions of years ago. Sure, that’s still less bonkers than believing Donald Trump was a good president, but it gives you some idea of the kinds of people they’re letting in these days. I mean, larval-stage Brundlefly would have given a better speech than Ted Cruz did Friday, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t welcomed with open arms. (Okay, with icy stares, sneering contempt, and the...
    By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press ORLANDO (AP) — Less than six weeks after leaving office, former President Donald Trump will deliver the closing speech at a conservative conference Sunday as he reasserts himself on the national stage and makes clear he intends to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party. Aides say Trump will use the speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference to blast his successor, President Joe Biden, and try to cement his status as the party’s undisputed leader going forward despite his loss in November. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump will say, according to excepts of his speech released early. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future — the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country.” The...
    ORLANDO (AP) — Less than six weeks after leaving office, former President Donald Trump will deliver the closing speech at a conservative conference Sunday as he reasserts himself on the national stage and makes clear he intends to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party. Aides say Trump will use the speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference to blast his successor, President Joe Biden, and try to cement his status as the party’s undisputed leader going forward despite his loss in November. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump will say, according to excepts of his speech released early. “We are gathered this afternoon to talk about the future — the future of our movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country.” The event so far at a...
    (CNN)For obvious reasons, President Joe Biden made the coronavirus pandemic his first legislative priority. Polling shows wide public support for his $1.9 trillion relief plan.But that didn't translate to Republican support for the measure. When the House passed the bill last week, not a single GOP lawmaker voted yes.That offered a bookend to developments in state capitals across the nation, where Republicans seek to restrict access to the ballot. After Biden defeated Donald Trump in a presidential election free of large-scale voter fraud, Republican legislators have proposed curbing voting methods used last November in the name of stopping large-scale fraud.In both cases, Republicans defied broad signals from the political marketplace. Instead, they heeded the defiant partisan impulse that Trump sounded before leaving office: "If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore."Those words explain why Trump's pugnacity continues to grip the GOP despite his electoral...
    ORLANDO, Florida — The “party of Liz Cheneys is over,” Donald Trump Jr. told Breitbart News this week during an exclusive interview with Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Poll after poll shows former President Trump leading by double digits in a hypothetical 2024 GOP primary. A recent Rasmussen survey spoke to that fact, showing that 72 percent of GOP voters want the Republican Party to be “more like former President Trump” rather than “more like the average GOP member of Congress.” Even if Trump chooses not to run, the post-election sentiment among the GOP base is the desire for a fighter, Boyle pointed out. “The party of Liz Cheneys is over,” the former president’s eldest son said. “She’s got the popularity of her father in a quail hunt right now. And we have to make sure we get rid of those kinds of Republicans.”...
    After enduring a second impeachment of former President Donald Trump and intraparty battles in the first two months of the year, top House Republicans are ready to look toward the future and win again — and they think they have a game plan. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks laid out a vision for "winning back America" at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, and it doesn't involve abandoning what Trump brought to the party. "The least popular [Republicans] in our party are the ones who want to erase Donald Trump and Donald Trump supporters from our party," Banks said. "If that happens, we will win back the majority in 2022. We definitely want to go back to the White House in 2024." DON TRUMP JR. BLASTS CHENEY, BIDEN, AND CNN IN CPAC SPEECH Banks said that his...
    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...
    There are so many memorable quotes from Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather series that be can be applied to our current political environment. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer,” comes to mind, for example. But there is a lesser known quotation, specifically from The Godfather Part II, that seems uniquely suited to the way Democrats ought to be viewing the circus of abject Trump tongue-bathing currently underway in Orlando at CPAC. It’s a line Michael Corleone delivers to his adopted brother Tom Hagen early on in the film, reflecting a strategy he learned from his father, Don Vito Corleone, but one he applied to friend and foe alike. He advises Hagen to “try to think as the people around you think,” noting that “on that basis, anything is possible.” A grandiose, egotistical and sociopathic carnival barker with no demonstrable features of human empathy, one with a sordid, shady and criminal past, leaving two...
    By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two days before the assault on the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican, said supporters of then-President Donald Trump's claims of election fraud were basically in a “death match with the Democrat Party.” A day later, right-wing activist Alan Hostetter, a staunch Trump supporter known for railing against California's virus-inspired stay-at-home orders, urged rallygoers in Washington to "put the fear of God in the cowards, the traitors, the RINOs, the communists of the Democrat Party.” The shared grammatical construction — incorrect use of the noun “Democrat” as an adjective — was far from the most shocking thing about the two men's statements. But it identified them as members of the same tribe, conservatives seeking to define the opposition through demeaning language. Amid bipartisan calls to dial back extreme partisanship following the insurrection, the intentional misuse of “Democrat”...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two days before the assault on the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican, said supporters of then-President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud were basically in a “death match with the Democrat Party.” A day later, right-wing activist Alan Hostetter, a staunch Trump supporter known for railing against California’s virus-inspired stay-at-home orders, urged rallygoers in Washington to “put the fear of God in the cowards, the traitors, the RINOs, the communists of the Democrat Party.” The shared grammatical construction — incorrect use of the noun “Democrat” as an adjective — was far from the most shocking thing about the two men’s statements. But it identified them as members of the same tribe, conservatives seeking to define the opposition through demeaning language. Amid bipartisan calls to dial back extreme partisanship following the insurrection, the intentional misuse of “Democrat” as an adjective remains in nearly...
              COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee (SCC) voted 53-11 on Friday to elect Bob Paduchik chairman over candidate John Becker. Paduchik will replace Jane Timken who resigned just weeks following her mid-January re-election to run for the U.S. Senate seat that will not be sought by the incumbent and two-term winner Rob Portman (R-OH). The first candidate to speak was Paduchik who said that his focus over the next two years would be three-fold. First, he committed to build financial resources and the organization to elect Republicans throughout the state. Second, he promised to give attention to urban areas where there are challenges – conversely, opportunities. Third, Paduchik said he would run the ORP as a service organization, treating its members as customers. The former Ohio campaign director for Presidents George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump said...
    Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, but his populist ideas may continue to animate the Republican Party. As scholars of American beliefs and elections, we can envision a less Trumpy version of Trumpism holding sway over the party in coming years. We call it “polished populism.” Populism is folk-politics based on the premise that ordinary citizens are wiser and more virtuous than supposedly corrupt and self-serving elites. Populist rhetoric is often expressed in cruder, coarser language than ordinary political speech – less like a politician on a stage and more like a guy in a bar. Trump, a prime practitioner of populist rhetoric, took this to an extreme with the shorthand of Twitter and the insults of the locker room. Polished populists take a different approach, arguing for the same policies that Trump did – limiting immigration, redistributing wealth toward the working class rather than just the poor, opposing the...
    By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A conference dedicated to the future of the conservative movement turned into an ode to Donald Trump on Friday as speakers declared their fealty to the former president and attendees posed for selfies with a golden statue of his likeness. As the Republican Party grapples with deep divisions over the extent to which they should embrace Trump after losing the White House and both chambers of Congress, those gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference made clear they are not ready to move on from the former president — or from his baseless charges that the November election was rigged against him. “Donald J. Trump ain’t going anywhere,” said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of several potential 2024 presidential contenders who spoke at the event, being held this year in Orlando to bypass COVID-19 restrictions. Trump on Sunday will be making...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A conference dedicated to the future of the conservative movement turned into an ode to Donald Trump on Friday as speakers declared their fealty to the former president and attendees posed for selfies with a golden statue of his likeness. As the Republican Party grapples with deep divisions over the extent to which they should embrace Trump after losing the White House and both chambers of Congress, those gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference made clear they are not ready to move on from the former president — or from his baseless charges that the November election was rigged against him. “Donald J. Trump ain’t going anywhere,” said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of several potential 2024 presidential contenders who spoke at the event, being held this year in Orlando to bypass COVID-19 restrictions. Trump on Sunday will be making his first post-presidential appearance...
    Donald Trump Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle previewed Donald Trump's return to the political stage when the duo addressed CPAC on Friday, declaring the president to be the future of the Republican Party.  'The Republican Party is being reborn thanks to President Trump,' Guilfoyle declared. 'It is being reborn as a party of the working class of minorities, of hard working American men and women, the party of America First, the party of President Trump.' The former president makes his first post-White House appearance when he addresses the annual conservative gathering on Sunday. He is expected to solidify his hold on the GOP while slamming Joe Biden, his successor in the Oval Office. Donald Trump Jr., his oldest son, told the crowd: 'I'm looking forward to Sunday. I imagine it will not be what we call a low energy speech.' He added that his father's remarks would 'solidify Donald Trump and...
    Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said Friday that former President Donald Trump remains the leader of the Republican Party despite “a handful of people” in the GOP who want him gone. WATCH: “He is the leader of our party,” Jordan told Fox News’ “America’s Report.” “I don’t care what a handful of people have to say.” Trump is expected to address the influential Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 28 in what will be his first major public appearance since his presidential term ended. Jordan went on to say that Trump does not have to prove anything during his speech Sunday. “I don’t think he has to show that he has support, ’cause I think everybody knows that he does. I don’t think he has to show that he is in control of the party, because everyone knows he’s the leader of the party,” he said. (RELATED: ‘I...
    Without me, you're nothing. It’s Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) time, and Sen. Ted Cruz is knocking them dead—both metaphorically and literally—with jokes about how wearing a mask during a pandemic is “dumb.” But just because Cruz took time out to scoff at the pandemic, make fun of Bernie Sanders’ mittens, and throw in the requisite lies about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t mean anyone at the “conservative” conference has taken their eye off the Big Lie. That’s still going strong. As the Associated Press reports, Republican officials across the nation continue to spread divisiveness and encourage violence by pushing disinformation and conspiracies that mimic, or exceed, the claims that drove the deadly Jan. 6 insurgency. Meanwhile, the vaunted algorithms behind social media are driving the evolution of these conspiracies by selectively elevating the most outrageous—and most threatening—lies. Not only are Republicans failing to condemn the assault on the Capitol; in increasing numbers, they’re supporting it....
    In 2020, President Donald J. Trump created one of the greatest voter coalitions in American political history, bringing millions of new voters into the Republican Party and expanding the GOP’s vote among African Americans and Hispanic Americans. The electoral votes that decided this election were determined by a mere 44,000 votes out of a record almost 160 million ballots cast. And two of the three states that decided the electoral outcome — Georgia and Wisconsin — were decided themselves by contested recounts. These states, and the nation at large, did not see Independents and Republicans who voted for Trump in 2016 swing away from him. They came out and voted for Trump and Republicans again. Instead, a record turnout of early, pro-Democrat Party voters was facilitated by changes to state election laws to create mail-in ballots and drop boxes funded by hundreds of millions of dollars from pro-Biden corporate non-profits...
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Former President Donald Trump isn't the leader of the free world anymore. But many of the attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, still want him to be the leader of the Republican Party.  The annual conservative confab, even during its first event after the Trump presidency, is still very much a pro-Trump gathering. Make America Great Again hats are some of the most popular attire among the attendees, and there's plenty of locations for people to buy more Trump gear. There are even some folks in "Students for Trump" yarmulkes and the viral "Lady MAGA" drag queen is one of the most visible attendees.  Former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One with first lady Melania Trump at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, en route to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick...
    Former President Donald Trump’s eldest son proclaimed on Thursday that his father continues to be the future of the Republican Party. "If you're reading the room and you're intelligent, you realize that Donald Trump is still the future of the Republican Party," Donald Trump Jr. told Fox News’s Sean Hannity. FORMER TRUMP ADVISER SAYS MCCARTHY ‘HAS TO GO’ OVER LIZ CHENEY IMPEACHMENT VOTE FALLOUT Trump explained that Republicans who follow the 45th president are "following an America First agenda" to "fight for the hardworking men and women.” He also made the case that it’s a “good” thing that many Republicans have broken from the former president over the past several weeks. "The Republican Party isn't going to be bound to those corporate interests anymore," he said. "So I love that they are making that link and breaking it because we need more of that, and we need candidates and...
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he would "absolutely" support former President Donald Trump if he became the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, a notable commitment following his recent blistering critiques of the former President.While McConnell maintained that the 2024 presidential election cycle would be a "wide-open race," when pressed by Fox News' Bret Baier about supporting Trump if he captured the Republican nomination, McConnell offered, "The nominee of the party? Absolutely."The Kentucky Republican's comments come just weeks after he delivered a pointed rebuke of Trump on the Senate floor for fomenting the deadly US Capitol insurrection. Though McConnell voted to acquit Trump anyway, he called the former President's actions that preceded the riot "a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.""Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," McConnell said as he suggested that the former President could be subject to criminal prosecution.EMBED...
    Caroline Brehman/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.It took less than two weeks for Mitch McConnell to go from condemning Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrection as a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” to voicing his unequivocal support for the twice-impeached former president should he win the Republican nomination in 2024. “The nominee of the party?” the Senate minority leader told Fox News on Thursday when asked if he’d back Trump. “Absolutely,”  McConnell’s full-throated commitment to a man he claimed to find “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly January 6 insurrection is further evidence of Trump’s hold among Republicans, despite rumblings of dissensions within the party. But the timing of McConnell’s latest comments is notable, as more and more Republicans surrender to the notion that Trump’s grasp will endure till...
    By THOMAS BEAUMONT and DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Josh Venable, a longtime Michigan GOP operative and chief of staff to former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, can trace the arc of the state's Republican Party clearly. “This was the state where to be Republican was defined by Gerald Ford and George Romney,” Venable said, referring to the moderate former president and former governor. Now, he said, it's defined by Mike Shirkey, the state Senate majority leader who was overheard calling the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot a “hoax"; Meshawn Maddock, the new co-chair of the state party who backed former President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud; and the Proud Boys. While the state has swung back to Democrats since Trump's narrow 2016 win, choosing President Joe Biden by more than 150,000 votes, Michigan's Republican Party has taken a hard right turn. Its own Capitol...
    Among the participants of CPAC, the high mass of American conservatives which opens on Friday, and across the United States, the same question resonates: will the billionaire announce that he is running again in 2024? Undoubtedly not directly, said the organizers, but the tribune should well flirt openly with this idea, Sunday afternoon in Orlando, Florida. For his first speech since January 20, the former president will talk about “the future of the Republican party and the conservative movement,” his entourage told .. The former president should also speak about immigration and “disastrous policies” of his democratic successor Joe Biden on this file, according to the same source. After four years in Trump’s tenure, Republicans lost control of Congress and the White House. And it is a former president marked with the infamous stain of an indictment (“impeachment”) for inciting insurgency in the attack on the Capitol who will...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Josh Venable, a longtime Michigan GOP operative and chief of staff to former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, can trace the arc of the state’s Republican Party clearly. “This was the state where to be Republican was defined by Gerald Ford and George Romney,” Venable said, referring to the moderate former president and former governor. Now, he said, it’s defined by Mike Shirkey, the state Senate majority leader who was overheard calling the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot a “hoax”; Meshawn Maddock, the new co-chair of the state party who backed former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud; and the Proud Boys. While the state has swung back to Democrats since Trump’s narrow 2016 win, choosing President Joe Biden by more than 150,000 votes, Michigan’s Republican Party has taken a hard right turn. Its own Capitol in Lansing was the rallying point in...
              COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Republican Party (ORP) will select its next leader Friday when the State Central Committee (SCC) members cast their votes for chairman. SCC members will meet in person at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center or join the meeting virtually. The SCC currently has 65 members who are eligible to vote as opposed to their traditional roster of 66 – one seat is vacant. The Ohio GOP leader will be decided by a simple majority vote. The special election is the only item on the agenda, according to one of the candidates, former State Representative John Becker. Whether a vote is cast in person or online, the SCC has committed to a secret ballot. In-person votes and votes cast online will happen via electionbuddy.com, according to Becker. The Cincinnati-area Republican announced his candidacy last Friday.“A lot of questions and...
    ORLANDO, Florida — Republican Study Committee (RSC) chairman Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), someone who was first elected in 2016 alongside President Donald Trump and has since risen to lead the largest organization of conservative lawmakers in Congress, told Breitbart News in a lengthy exclusive interview that he intends to help flesh out the Trump agenda after the former president’s exit from office and to use that to help push the GOP further in the right direction. When Republicans are focused on policy, and not personality, Banks said, they win. And Banks wants to lead the GOP’s efforts to frame a new agenda designed to take all the good parts of Trump’s policies and “marry” them with the good parts of the traditional conservative movement. Banks, who will host a panel with House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy here at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, is setting out to...
    Former President Donald Trump is the future of the Republican Party, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. argued on Thursday. "If you're reading the room and you're intelligent, you realize that Donald Trump is still the future of the Republican Party," Trump Jr. told "Hannity" ahead of his father's weekend speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Trump Jr. insisted to host Sean Hannity that Republicans who support the 45th president are "following an America First agenda" to "fight for the hard-working men and women" in the United States. "Those people who are being displaced by illegals, those people who are being swept aside by the Democrat Party, who has just flagrantly ignored them for decades, Donald Trump is all over that," he added. MITCH MCCONNELL ‘ABSOLUTELY’ WOULD SUPPORT TRUMP IF GOP NOMINEE IN 2024 Trump Jr. went on to argue that corporations cutting ties with Republicans in the wake of...
    Former President Donald Trump's influence on the Republican Party has created a jagged split in the GOP that the House Republican Study Committee hopes to bridge with a robust conservative agenda. A dozen members of the 150-member Republican Study Committee met this week with former Vice President Mike Pence in his northern Virginia office. They began hashing out conservative priorities for a party that has been hobbled over internal divisions about who should lead it. Pence and committee members discussed an agenda centered on a strong national defense, anti-abortion policies, election security, Big Tech reforms, fiscal responsibility, and more. It would center on advocating and defending the Trump administration record, the group decided. Still, the conversation steered clear of what role, if any, Trump would play in the GOP's future. "Our primary focus at the moment is building a conservative agenda that unifies Republicans," Rep. Jim Banks, an...
    If we’re ever going to surmount this truly toxic period in our politics, each warring faction must realize that winning is not possible without help from the other. And by faction, I don’t mean Republican or Democrat. The real dividing line in our country today is not Republican and Democrat, left and right. That still exists, of course, and in certain areas, our partisan differences are still clearly defined. The true dividing line is between the corporatists in each party and the average Americans in each party — and despite what they think, neither the corporatist side nor the populist side can succeed in the long term without support from the other.  Both Republican and Democratic political power is in the hands of those with an agenda driven mostly by big business. This relatively small group holds the vast majority of American wealth. It also controls pretty much every other...
    (CNN)Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he would "absolutely" support former President Donald Trump if he became the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, a notable commitment following his recent blistering critiques of the former President. While McConnell maintained that the 2024 presidential election cycle would be a "wide-open race," when pressed by Fox News' Bret Baier about supporting Trump if he captured the Republican nomination, McConnell offered, "The nominee of the party? Absolutely."The Kentucky Republican's comments come just weeks after he delivered a pointed rebuke of Trump on the Senate floor for fomenting the deadly US Capitol insurrection. Though McConnell voted to acquit Trump anyway, he called the former President's actions that preceded the riot "a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.""Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day," McConnell said as he suggested that the former President could be subject to criminal prosecution.In response,...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Rep. Liz Cheney of engaging in 'cancel culture' after she told reporters former President Donald Trump should have 'no role in the future of the party or the country.'  McCarthy appeared on Fox News Channel Thursday and was specifically asked about Cheney's comments.   'The idea that a Republican would join with the cancel culture I just think is wrong, it's beyond just having a difference in opinion,' McCarthy answered, after also acknowledging that the GOP was a 'big tent' party.  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Rep. Liz Cheney of engaging in 'cancel culture' when she suggested former President Donald Trump should be ousted from politics  On Wednesday, top House Republicans Liz Cheney (left) and Kevin McCarthy (right) publicly clashed over the role of former President Donald Trump in the GOP On Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (right) appeared on...
    Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with a headline keynote address Sunday afternoon, his first public appearance since leaving office last month.
    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...
    CNN’s Don Lemon is less than impressed with Republican officials demanding bipartisanship civility after years of ignoring or making excuses for former President Donald Trump. Lemon led CNN Tonight with a segment on the GOP outrage over Neera Tanden’s history of mean tweets before she was nominated to lead the Office of Management and Budget. The CNN anchor argued that Republicans have some nerve, demanding civility when they don’t engage in it themselves, nor did they ask for it while Trump was stirring up anger and division while in office. “The hypocrisy of the Republican party is off the charts,” Lemon declared. Lemon went on by calling out examples of the GOP’s “hypocrisy,” starting with Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) dodge when asked if Republicans have any grounds for criticizing Tanden after years of Trump’s conduct. He had a similar disdain for Senator John Thune’s (R) clumsy attempt to claim that...
    Republican Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said that efforts to censor certain conservative networks “sounds like actions from the Chinese Communist Party” during a House hearing on “disinformation and extremism in the media” Wednesday. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce held a hearing titled “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media,” which saw lawmakers and witnesses debate whether conservative networks like Newsmax, One America News Network and Fox News should be taken off the air due to coverage that some Democrats claim led to violence. Rodgers began by ripping House Democrats’ efforts to pressure big tech into censoring conservative media during her opening statement. (RELATED: House Democrats Pressure TV Broadcasters To Deplatform Conservative Networks) “Elected officials using their platform to pressure private companies to censor media outlets they disagree with? That sounds like actions from the Chinese Communist Party, not duly elected representatives of the United States Congress,” Rodgers...
    (CNN)In a speech on Tuesday in Washington, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said something remarkable."It's very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren't the party of White supremacy," she said at an event at at the Reagan Institute. Of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, Cheney added: "You certainly saw anti-Semitism. You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial. ... You saw a Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda. We, as Republicans in particular, have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection."Consider that. Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House, felt compelled to make clear to her fellow Republicans that they can't be the party of White supremacy. To borrow a phrase from my childhood: No duh!It speaks to how far the Republican brand has fallen that one of its top leaders needs to say publicly that the...
    Madison Summers February 24, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) believes if former President Donald Trump were to run in the 2024 presidential election, he would win the Republican Party’s nomination. In an interview with the New York Times’ DealBook, Romney said Trump “has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party.” “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” Romney added. The Republican senator, who has been a vocal critic of Trump, noted “a lot can happen between now and 2024” and said he is “not great at predicting.” Noting polls of potential contenders for the 2024 presidential election, Romney said: “If you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.” Watch the video below: On Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney at...
    This week’s episode of The Brief was set against a backdrop of partisan deadlock, as Democrats and Republicans continued to wrangle over a stimulus bill to offer additional relief to American families amid the ongoing pandemic and vaccine shortages across the country. Hosts Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld discussed messaging around the COVID-19 relief bill, growing the Democratic base in rural areas, and the situations playing out in statehouses across the country as Republicans continue to assert their waning influence over the general American populace. Featured guests included Matt Hildreth, executive director at RuralOrganizing.org, and Carolyn Fiddler, state politics expert and communications director for Daily Kos. Markos and Kerry opened the show by talking about the coronavirus relief bill and how opposition to the legislation on the part of Republicans could set the stage for their party’s poor performance in the 2022 and 2024 elections. Republican senators are now saying that they could outright vote against the bill in unison,...
    Liz Cheney, the third ranking House Republican, on Wednesday called on the Republican party to "make clear we aren't the party of white supremacy." Cheney's remarks came during an event hosted by the Reagan Institute.  "It's very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away," Cheney said. "And it's very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren't the party of white supremacy.  "You certainly saw anti-Semitism. You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial... you saw a Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda," she said, referencing the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. "We, as Republicans in particular, have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection." Cheney has been one of the most vocal Republicans to speak out against the insurrection and what she sees as former President Trump's role in inciting the events of...
    Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), chair of the campaign arm for Senate Republicans, called for the party to unite amid concerns that internal divisions could hurt them in the 2022 midterms. In a memo released by the National Senatorial Campaign Committee (NRSC) addressed to “Republican voters, activists, leaders, donors,” Scott sounded the alarm over Democrats' policies, stating that unity is necessary to win back the House and Senate next year. The Florida Republican noted some within the GOP may be ready for a fight between the establishment and far-right wings of the party, telling them to “save it for another day” and that “The Republican Civil War is now cancelled.” “Perhaps in more genteel times, a bunch of infighting and arguing wouldn’t do much damage. Truthfully, I enjoy bantering back and forth, and I have no interest in trying to quell intraparty policy dialogue and debates,” Scott wrote. “But now is...
    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...
    Appearing on ABC’s The View on Monday, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) discussed the future of former President Donald Trump, claiming that he remains a “threat to the American public” and is likely to “destroy the Republican Party” due to “his authoritarianism and his determination to remain a cult leader.” After noting the former president’s recent attacks on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as well as his threats “to support primary challenges to non-MAGA conservatives,” The View co-host Meghan McCain asked Rep. Raskin about previous statements of his that had seemingly downplayed any future political role for Donald Trump. .@RepRaskin to @TheView: “[Trump] remains a very clear and viable threat to the American republic, and obviously to the Republican party. He is likely to destroy the Republican party because of his authoritarianism and his determination to remain a cult leader.” pic.twitter.com/OiABDubMQd — The View (@TheView) February 22, 2021 “You’ve said that...
    (CNN)Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has made a name for himself within the party by speaking out against former President Donald Trump, said the country can learn from the rift his outspoken views have caused within his family.As the result of being one of 10 Republican members to vote to impeach Trump last month, 11 members of Kinzinger's family sent a letter to him accusing him of being a part of the "devil's army." The New York Times first reported on the letter last week."I'm glad the letter came out," Kinzinger said on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," "because I think that people need to see -- if you haven't experienced that division in your family, this is the best example of it."Kinzinger said that while he has no ill will against his family, he does not feel the need to reach out and make amends at this time."So look, I...
    Loading the player... This week, former chair of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele has made it clear that he would have no problem with vocal Trump supporters leaving the GOP altogether to organize an entirely new political party. “You’ve got the national [Republican] leadership making their way down to Mar-a-Lago [Trump’s residence in Florida] to confer with Trump,” Steele pointed out Monday morning during a segment on MSNBC. The former GOP leader praised Republican Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois for taking a stand against the former president’s movement. (Credit: Getty Images) READ MORE: Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen open up about ‘unlikely friendship’ on new podcast Renegades “And then there’s this: the Trump party. And so you have 46 percent of the folks saying that they will follow Trump. I’m like, ‘OK, there’s the door. Y’all go do your thing and we’ll just pick up...
    Forty-six percent of Trump voters said they would ditch the Republican Party to join the “Trump party” if the former president opted to create one, a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll released this week found. The survey, taken February 15-19 among 1,000 Trump voters, found the former president continues to enjoy strong support among the GOP base following the conclusion of the Democrats’ second, failed impeachment trial. Forty-six percent of those surveyed indicated that they would “abandon the GOP and join the Trump party if the former president decided to create one.” Twenty-seven percent said no, and the remainder indicated that they remain unsure. According to USA Today, “half of those polled” said the GOP should “become ‘more loyal to Trump,’ even at the cost of losing support among establishment Republicans.” “We feel like Republicans don’t fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as...
    February 22, 2021 1:37 PM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. Former US President Donald Trump will claim full control of the Republican Party in his speech next Sunday in Orlando, the first he will give after leaving the White House. “The message will be: I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I am still in office,” sources from his close environment transferred to Axios. According to these, Trump wants to present himself as the “presumed candidate” for the 2024 elections by the Republicans. However, it is still unclear if he will eventually run for it. “Trump is effectively the Republican Party (…) When you attack President Trump, you are attacking the Republican bases,” the former president’s adviser, Jason Miller, told said media. Money and data to help Trump players Trump’s political committee received numerous donations during the months in which he upheld the unproven thesis...
    Donald Trump, according to his aides, will use his remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference next Sunday to send a message to the GOP: I am Republicans' 'presumptive 2024 nominee.' In his first appearance since leaving the White House, Trump allies told Axios in a Monday report that the former president will display his grip and influence over the Republican Party in a 'show of force' keynote speech. 'I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I'm still in charge,' a longtime adviser said of Trump's planned message, adding that payback is his main motivator right now. With President Joe Biden claiming during his White House run that he will seek reelection 2024, it appears Trump is ready for a rematch. 'Much like 2016, we're taking on Washington again,' a Trump source said. CPAC announced at the end of last week that Trump would make his grand...
    After "the art of the deal" comes "the art of the comeback," according to Rep. Matt Gaetz. The Florida congressman called on former President Donald Trump to run for a second, non-consecutive term in 2024 during a Sunday evening broadcast of The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton on Fox News. "I believe that the future of the GOP is another candidacy for [former] President Trump in 2024," said Gaetz, who noted Trump was "talking, absolutely, like a candidate" when he visited with the former president in Florida on Saturday. GAETZ SLAMS CHENEY AFTER SHE VOWS NOT TO RESIGN FOLLOWING WYOMING GOP CENSURE Gaetz also argued that the Republican Party continues to be plagued by intra-party warfare in the post-Trump era exemplified by the dual rises of Reps. Liz Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has remained steadfastly loyal to the former president while fending off...
    If the total breakdown of a state’s electrical power grid, plummeting millions of people without warning into subzero temperatures for several days, had occurred anywhere else but Texas, most media outlets, including Fox News, would have dutifully covered the story in accordance with their usual practice. In other words, it would have been a major news item on Fox, but they wouldn’t have spent an inordinate amount of time on it, certainly not making it a subject for their opinion-based commentators to fixate on. As bad as the effects of the Texas storm were, neither winter storms nor power outages (even severe ones) really reflect that network’s bottom line, which is mainly amplifying political propaganda on behalf of the Republican Party.  However, as reported by Rob Savillo for Media Matters, Fox allotted an extraordinary degree of coverage to the Texas power outages last week. Nearly every instant of that coverage falsely blamed the power...
    CNN senior political analyst John Avlon had a blunt take on the infighting currently roiling the Republican Party, calling it a “stupid civil war” that was not between former President Donald Trump and the establishment GOP, but rather “between truth and lies.” Avlon appeared in a CNN Newsroom segment with his wife and frequent television commentary partner, Margaret Hoover, and the pair reacted to a recent interview with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), in which he repeatedly ducked questions about whether Trump  bore responsibility for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot “They’re afraid of the base,” Hoover told guest anchor Erica Hill. “They’re afraid of telling the truth to the base of the Republican party. It’s very clear. Mitch McConnell drew a line in the sand. The Republican party is divided between those who will continue to be fearful of Donald Trump and the way that he can embolden the base of the Republican Party and continue the ‘Big Lie,’ and the people...
    Former Republican Texas Rep. Will Hurd explained Sunday that “the Democratic Party has some real problems” and that the Republicans have an opportunity to take back the House of Representatives in the 2022 elections. In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hurd was asked by host Chuck Todd about the future of the Republican Party and if “the messaging of constantly berating government” and saying “government is the problem” is part of an overall party messaging problem. WATCH: “I don’t disagree with your premise. The reality is, the Republican Party should be based on our core values. If we’re going to be a party that’s viewed as representing nuts and conspiracy theorists, we’re going to ultimately have a problem. And so, it’s not about no government, it’s about reasonable and sensible government. If we can reduce the size and scope of the government and still provide great services, we should be able to do that,” Hurd responded.  He continued, saying...
    A new poll Sunday shows 46 per cent of Donald Trump's voters would ditch the Republican Party if he formed his own political party – as some GOP lawmakers continue to break with the former president. The Suffolk University/USA TODAY survey shows 27 per cent of respondents – those who voted for Trump in 2020 – would stick with the GOP even if Trump created his own party, while another 27 per cent say they are unsure what they would do. Rumors emerged shortly after Trump left office on January 20 that he was considering creating his own party separate from the GOP focusing on an 'America first' agenda. His team quickly snuffed out those whispers, however, as the Senate impeachment trial loomed and there were fears Republican senators could turn against him. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said Sunday that Trump 'should not define our [GOP's] future' and said if...
    NBC political analyst Cornell Belcher claimed Sunday that the “civil war” within the Republican Party is over and “mainstream conservatism” has lost because it’s “being killed by Donald Trump and his tribalism.” While appearing as part of a panel on “Meet the Press,” Belcher and former Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory discussed with host Chuck Todd the state of the Republican Party and the debate over Trump’s role in it. “You’ve got to understand we are going through a grieving process right now, just like the Democrats had to go through over four years ago. We’re going through some anger, we’re going through some denial, we’re right now in the blame game, which is not unusual. Remember Hillary Clinton and Sanders and others going through the blame game. And we’re in that blame game right now,” McCrory began.  He then assured Todd that the party would “heal” around policies that the Democrats are pushing....
    Bradley Cortright February 21, 2021 0 Comments Former Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) says former President Donald Trump should not have a large role in the party going forward and that the former president could harm the party’s electoral prospects if he maintains his influence.  During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Hurd was asked what role Trump should play in the party going forward.  “I think very little, if not none at all,” Hurd said as he went on to note that Republicans lost the White House and the majority in the House and Senate, which he blamed in part on the former president. He continued, “This is a president that lost the House, the Senate, the White House in four years. I think the last person to do that was Herbert Hoover, and that was in the Great Depression.” Hurd expressed his belief that there are swaths...
    Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Sylvia Garcia pack food boxes for Houston residents in the wake of the power crisis Near the end of his rambling, 75-minute long 2016 "Mourning in America" speech, then-candidate Donald Trump took a break from pitting minorities against one another and declaring the United States was beyond saving to do his best impression of a broken clock and make one salient point. "The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens," he graveled monotonously, "(and) any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead." Well, he wasn't wrong, for once. But, contrary to the GOP's opinion, national security means more than writing a blank check to the military-industrial complex, and spending trillions of dollars on boondoggles like a $14 billion aircraft carrier that can't launch aircraft, the costliest weapons program in history, the development...
    Donald Trump will preview his vision for the future of the GOP during his keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference next weekend. 'I think what you're going to hear President Trump talk about next Sunday on the 28th is the future of the Republican Party and the number of lessons that we learned in 2020, where we saw President Trump bring in a record amount of African American voters, Latino American voters on the GOP side, bigger numbers than we've seen in modern Republican presidential history,' Trump's senior adviser Jason Miller told Newsmax on Saturday. He continued: 'We have to keep these voters engaged in the party.' Miller confirmed to Newsman that Trump, during his speech, would share his views on the 'America First' agenda and what he feels the GOP can do to garner more wins in 2022 and 2024 – including winning majorities in the House...
    Trump seeks to retain control of the party by attacking his main Republican opponent
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a man of few words, and his delivery of those few words is often "dour, sullen, and unsmiling," as Donald Trump colorfully observed in his declaration of war this week against the McConnell wing of the Republican Party. Trump's assessment of McConnell's oratory skills were an apt description of the GOP leader's post-acquittal indictment of Trump from the Senate floor, which frankly read better on paper. Still, it was more than enough to whip the irascible Trump into a frenzy. But now that the two men vying to lead an exiled party have both gone for the jugular with no apparent winner, the prevailing question is whether the GOP can stanch the bleeding enough to retake control of Congress in 2022. And while McConnell is viewed by most Washington observers as the more cunning of the two men, the comments coming from him and his allies over...
    Republicans, it’s 11 pm: Do you know where your party is? Donald Trump didn’t make off with the silverware when he checked out. Instead he took the GOP with him, as if the White House were one of his hotels and the party consisted of miniature bottles of shampoo and shower gel. So much for whispers that his impeachment would give the establishment a chance to purge him. Instead, repeating the 2017 mistake when the “adults” kept waiting for Trump to pivot to being presidential, they realized too late that they had created a monster beyond their control. History is repeating itself. For a while, it looked like there would be a post-election battle for the soul of the party but the party folded with hardly a skirmish. Any Republican with the idea of opening up daylight between themselves and Trump, or building their own following, listen up: Trump may...
    Many Republicans have been vocal in decrying “cancel culture,” and in a new interview one GOP senator said people within the party have been engaging in it as well. Senator John Thune spoke with the Associated Press about the backlash across the country from Republicans to members of Congress who backed impeaching and/or convicting Donald Trump. Multiple state Republican parties have censured people like Senators Bill Cassidy and Richard Burr, who voted for conviction. The Wyoming Republican party censured Congresswoman Liz Cheney for voting for impeachment. Thune defended Republicans who voted against Trump as he commented on GOP “cancel culture”: The Senate’s No. 2 Republican defended fellow Republicans who sided with Democrats on the “vote of conscience” and warned against shutting out dissenting voices in the party. “There was a strong case made,” Thune said of the Democrats’ impeachment presentation. “People could come to different conclusions. If we’re going...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Before he became the object of fury of Republicans for voting to convict Donald Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was once the insurgent from the right. It is now Toomey facing angry rank-and-file state Republican Party committee members and the potential of a censure vote, a symbolic gesture that may have no real effect on the senator since he isn’t seeking reelection next year. READ MORE: Several County GOP Committees Vote To Censure Sen. Pat Toomey Over Impeachment Vote Toomey, who once endorsed challenges to Republican officeholders who weren’t seen as conservative enough, is now urging Republicans to be tolerant of a difference of opinion over whether Trump and his long campaign of falsehoods to discredit the election result is to blame for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “I understand that most Republicans probably...
    By MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Before he became the object of fury of Republicans for voting to convict Donald Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was once the insurgent from the right. It is now Toomey facing angry rank-and-file state Republican Party committee members and the potential of a censure vote, a symbolic gesture that may have no real effect on the senator since he isn't seeking reelection next year. Toomey, who once endorsed challenges to Republican officeholders who weren't seen as conservative enough, is now urging Republicans to be tolerant of a difference of opinion over whether Trump and his long campaign of falsehoods to discredit the election result is to blame for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “I understand that most Republicans probably disagree with the conclusion that I came to," Toomey said...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Before he became the object of fury of Republicans for voting to convict Donald Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was once the insurgent from the right. It is now Toomey facing angry rank-and-file state Republican Party committee members and the potential of a censure vote, a symbolic gesture that may have no real effect on the senator since he isn’t seeking reelection next year. Toomey, who once endorsed challenges to Republican officeholders who weren’t seen as conservative enough, is now urging Republicans to be tolerant of a difference of opinion over whether Trump and his long campaign of falsehoods to discredit the election result is to blame for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “I understand that most Republicans probably disagree with the conclusion that I came to,” Toomey said during a Thursday radio appearance...
    Nikki Haley issued condemnation of Donald Trump in an op/ed published late Wednesday night where she said he 'will be judged' for his actions but praised the former president for the lasting changes he brought to the Republican Party. 'Here's my take: Most of Mr. Trump's major policies were outstanding and made America stronger, safer and more prosperous,' Haley wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. 'Many of his actions since the election were wrong and will be judged harshly by history. That's not a contradiction. It's common sense.' 'We can't go back to the pre-Trump GOP,' she continued. 'Those days are over, and they should be.' The main question of Haley's op/ed: 'Where does the Republican Party go from here?' Haley is a prominent voice within the GOP, serving as governor of South Carolina before joining Trump's administration as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for the first...
    Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Glenn Youngkin, the former co-CEO of a global investment firm, told Fox News he believes Virginians want a political outsider and said he's tired of Republicans in the state losing after using "the same playbook year after year after year." "I'm tired of the Republican Party losing. ... We tend to forget the job is not to try to run towards a nomination process but to serve Virginians," Youngkin told Fox News in an interview. "There are people who want this job so they can just prepare for their next job." Virginia hasn't elected a Republican governor since Bob McDonnell in 2009, but a crowded field of Republican candidates is hoping to change that. State Sen. Amanda Chase, former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox, former Department of Defense official Sergio de la Pena, tech entrepreneur Pete Snyder and others are competing for the party's 2021 nomination. VIRGINIA GOP GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was reportedly unfazed by the scathing broadside he endured from Donald Trump on Tuesday, in which the former president, among other things, labelled him a ‘dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack’. According to CNN, the Kentucky Senator just laughed off the blistering comments and has no plans to dignify Trump’s remarks with a response. McConnell’s apparent choice to take the proverbial high-road, sources say, is indicative of how he plans to navigate the post-Trump era: by ignoring him completely. ‘You probably are not going to hear him utter the name Donald Trump ever again,’ a source told the network. ‘He's moving on.’ Whether Trump will follow suit, however, remains to be seen. But the source said that 'McConnell is too disciplined' to rise to any future bait.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was reportedly unfazed by the scathing attack he endured from Donald...
    In the months before the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans, stuck deep in the minority in the U.S. Senate, began to see the glimmerings of a path back to the majority. Rising voter anger over a glacial economic recovery handed the GOP an unlikely win in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, and polls showed other Democratic incumbents in trouble.   But a vein of unrest had opened among Republican voters upset with leaders in Washington they saw as insufficiently conservative or conspiratorially aligned with Democrats.   The nascent Tea Party movement upended mainstream Republican candidates in a handful of key states, replacing them with arch conservatives who promised to burn down the establishment. And in the process, they cost Republicans control of the Senate.   In 2010, Republicans gained a net six U.S. Senate seats. But inept and far too conservative candidates in states like Colorado, Delaware and Nevada lost winnable races, costing...
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has raised alarms about the clash between President Donald Trump and Senate leader Mitch McConnell with the two men 'at each other's throat' – even while calling Trump the 'dominant' party figure. He warned about the impact the clash could imperil the party's chances in the mid-term elections, traditionally an opportunity for gains and an opportunity to strip Democrats of unified national political control. Graham discussed the raging civil war in the party with Fox News host Sean Hannity, a favorite of Trump's. He did not side with his Senate colleague over the man who became a political mentor and golf partner. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Donald Trump loyalist, warned Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell were 'at each other's throat' and cautioned about the mid-term elections 'President Trump's statement today in response to what McConnell said Saturday is very predictable. I remind everybody, Ronald...
    On this week’s episode of The Brief, hosts Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld talked all things post-impeachment and the potential for the rise of a third major party in American politics. This episode’s featured guest was Elie Mystal, legal expert and writer at The Nation. Markos and Kerry opened the show by discussing Trump’s second impeachment trial and what the process has shown about his lasting influence on the Republican party. Markos noted that Trump has hurt the party substantially, as demonstrated by the most recent election cycle, when Democrats captured the trifecta of the U.S. House, Senate, and the presidency. Moreover, Trump is the only the third president in 100 years to lose reelection. Yet, Trump’s hold over a significant chunk of GOP voters remained clear from the way Republican leaders responded to his incitement of the insurrection. As Kerry added, “Mike Pence wouldn’t even stand up for himself and his family after it became...
    It'll take time, but we will get there Tom Nichols/USA Today: Republicans who acquitted Trump put their careers over duty, honor and the Constitution Trump's acquittal proved with final certainty that Republicans are driven only by ambition, comfort and self-interest — and the Constitution be damned. The Republicans who voted to acquit Trump acted with selfishness, cynicism and even malice. They have smeared their betrayal of the Constitution all over their careers the same way the January insurrectionists smeared excrement on the walls of the Congress itself. At least human waste can be washed away. What the Republicans did on Feb. 13, 2021, will never be expunged from the history of the United States. xABC News/Ipsos poll: 58% of Americans say that Donald Trump should have been convicted at his impeachment trial— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) February 15, 2021 xNew Politico poll - majorities trust teachers unions (along with school administrators and...
    The Conversation Spain Brexit, the never ending story Shutterstock / rawf8 Four and a half years after the start of negotiations that brought down governments and shaken markets, on January 1 Brexit finally became a reality. After 47 years of British presence in the EU, the terms of separation were agreed broadly. But both parties will continue to haggle over the small details of the first departure of a member state of the community family. Many warn that the deal may turn into endless Brexit. The divorce has been harder than soft, since it was decided that the former partners maintained a controlled relationship. The UK barely got any concessions: its financial services do not enjoy special access, there is no automatic recognition of academic qualifications, very onerous import requirements have been imposed on some of its products and regulations that could damage many supply chains British production and logistics...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Since the start of this year, more than 21,000 Pennsylvanians have switched their party registration, and the Republican party is losing members at more than twice the rate. Over the last 12 years, it’s been mostly Pennsylvanian Democrats switching to Republican, but now the trend seems to be reversing. RELATED: Cranberry Township Fire Department Set To Open $450,000 Burn Building This Summer In the first five weeks of this year, nearly 15,500 Pennsylvania Republicans have left their party compared to just under 6,000 Democrats. Democratic officials think they know why. “We have a lot of Republicans who were just disgusted by what we see in the Capitol last month on the 6th, and I think after four years of Trumpism, after the extremism that you’re seeing in Harrisburg by our state Republicans, I think people are just fed up,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Executive...
    Fox News’ Jesse Watters said Tuesday that the public fight between Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump is concerning for the immediate future of the Republican party. After voting to acquit Trump, McConnell excoriated Trump over the Capitol riots this past Saturday, leading to Trump putting out a statement Tuesday afternoon going on a tear against McConnell. Watters said on The Five that McConnell was “very skillful” in how he worked with Trump for four years, but that “when it became clear that Donald Trump was not going to win the election, Mitch dumped him, and I guess personally he was very offended by what went down with regards to how he saw Trump’s role in the Capitol riot.” “And now there’s a ton of bad blood.” He encouraged viewers to read the “explosive statement” before adding the following: “What I’m worried about is in the next two, three, four years,...
    Take some time to survey the barren landscape of budding 2024 GOP hopefuls and it's hard to escape the conclusion that Republicans have little choice but to stick with Donald Trump for now. Following the devastating Jan. 6 riot, GOP lawmakers had the perfect inflection point to part ways with Trump on the most basic of principles—the U.S. commander in chief shouldn't launch an attack on the nation's seat of government and then gleefully watch it unfold. The only Americans who could argue with that logic are dead-to-rights seditionists. But instead of capitalizing on a golden opportunity, the nation’s three most-powerful elected Republicans melted into a telling puddle of uselessness. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy folded within weeks, rushing down to Mar-a-Lago to kiss Trump's ring. Vice President Mike Pence—the man Trump targeted for physical harm during the insurrection—refused to step forward and take a stand for himself or even his family members, who...
    Meghan McCain told her co-hosts on Tuesday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View” that the media after former President Donald Trump’s term is essentially acting like “the only way to become a good Republican is to become a Democrat.” Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “This is the Republican party today. It’s the MAGA party. It’s the QAnon party. It’s the Confederate flag, statue-loving party. It’s the Trump party. That’s the party of today. Those who refuse to be that type of party get censured, get nasty letters from their families, get ostracized. That’s what our country is looking at today, the party of white supremacy, the party that carries swastikas into the Capitol.” McCain said, “It’s easy to say that the Republican Party is only the party of QAnon and all these things. If that’s the truth, the Democratic Party is the party of socialism and cancel culture and no responsibility and...
    Meghan McCain hammered Tuesday the media’s coverage of the Republican Party, saying that according to media outlets “the only way to become a good Republican is to become a Democrat.” McCain was responding on “The View” to her co-hosts’ thoughts on former President Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal and the state of the Republican Party when she laid into the media’s stereotypes of Republicans. “It’s easy to say that the Republican Party is only the party of QAnon and all these things. If that’s the truth, then the Democratic Party is the party of socialism, and late-term abortion, and cancel culture, and no responsibility or ramifications for any of your actions, and you can burn down cities like Kenosha and it’s fine, and there’s no ramifications,” McCain began. (RELATED: QAnon Is ‘Part Of The Fabric Of The GOP’: Conspiracy Theory Researcher Says Republican Sen. Sasse’s Warning Is ‘Way Too Late’)...
    Can Republicans survive as a cohesive party with this man casting his shadow? I’m excited about this week’s episode of Daily Kos’ The Brief, with me and Kerry Eleveld, featuring two fantastic guests! The first is our first repeat guest, Elie Mystal of The Nation, an expert on legal matters and one of the most entertaining people I’ve ever encountered. You’ll love him! We also get to visit with Sarah Longwell, founder of the never-Trumper publication The Bullwark, founder of the Republican Accountability Project, and founder of Republican Voters Against Trump. We’ll talk about what happened to her party, and whether it has any future in its current state.  x x YouTube Video The Brief is now also a podcast! You can catch it wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Please subscribe and leave a review to help the podcast grow. The more people we reach, the better...