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    If Republicans regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and/or the U.S. Senate in the 2022 midterms, it won’t be traditional Reagan and Goldwater conservatives running Congress. It will be far-right MAGA extremists and fringe conspiracy theorists who have a lot more in common with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán than they do with the late Sen. John McCain or President George H.W. Bush. The radicalization of the Republican Party and the GOP’s abandonment of traditional conservatism is discussed in two articles published by the conservative website The Bulwark on January 19 — one by Sarah Longwell, founder of the Republican Accountability Project (formerly Republican Voters Against Trump), and the other by history professor and frequent Bulwark contributor Thomas Lecaque. Lecaque, using former President Donald Trump’s first MAGA rally of 2022 as an example, describes the type of fringe kooks who have achieved prominence in the GOP. Longwell, meanwhile, describes a strategy in which some Republican candidates will pander to the far right in rural areas but try to appear more moderate in suburban...
    The RNC’s Presidential Debates Committee has voted unanimously that the RNC will no longer work with the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Debates are an important part of the democratic process, but this outdated organization has had a monopoly on organizing general election presidential debates and, for far too long, has shown clear bias against Republican candidates. We are not walking away from debates. We are walking away from the CPD. It didn’t have to be this way. Over the past year, we have attempted to work with the CPD to enact simple and commonsense reforms to help ensure fair debates going forward: hosting debates before voting begins, selecting balanced and unbiased moderators who have never worked for candidates on the debate stage, and prohibiting board members from publicly disparaging nominees. A guarantee that they would fix these issues would have solved the problem, but they refused to do that. Now, we are officially initiating the process of changing the Republican Party’s rules to ensure that our future candidates are not forced to go through the biased CPD in order...
    Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw was caught on video snapping at a young girl at a Texas Tea Party event on Monday evening, earning furious heckling from GOP voters there.  One angry audience member shouted that the girl was just 10 years old.  She had asked the veteran-turned-lawmaker about recent comments he made suggesting Jesus Christ was not 'real' despite publicly declaring himself a devout Christian, during a question session at the at the Montgomery County Tea Party meeting. Crenshaw appeared on the Jocko Podcast in March 2020 to promote his new book Fortitude, where he was asked to elaborate on his thoughts on heroism. 'The important thing is that we societal hero archetypes that we look up to. Jesus is a hero archetype, Superman is a hero archetype. Real characters too, I could name a thousand,' the 10-year-old quoted Crenshaw as saying, adding civil rights icon Rosa Parks and former President Ronald Reagan to the list.  She seemed to take issue with him putting Jesus in the same category as Superman. 'I can't wrap my head around this,' she said after...
    With all attention being paid (and rightly so) to Republican efforts to rig upcoming elections in their favor by making it harder to vote, especially harder for African Americans and other Democratic-leaning groups, the steady improvement during 2021 of Republicans in the quarterly Gallup survey of party identification my not have received the attention it deserves. In the first quarter of 2021, Democrats had a nine-point lead (combining those who described themselves as Democrats with those who said they leaned Democratic). In the second quarter, it shrank to six. In the third quarter, the Democratic advantage was down to a single percentage point, 45-44. Gallup’s recently-published numbers for the fourth quarter of 2021 show that Republicans and Republican leaners outnumbered Democrats and Dem-leaners by 47-42 percent.  According to the Gallup writeup of this trend, Republicans haven’t held a quarterly advantage this large since 1995. The biggest shift, in the case of both parties, was among “leaners.” Democrats dropped just two points (from 30-28) among those who identified as Democrats, and Republicans gained by just three (from 25 to 28). But...
    Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton told "Fox News Primetime" Monday that the Democratic Party has seen a "leftward lurch" under President Biden as a recent poll shows more American voters are identifying as Republicans.  DRAMATIC 14-POINT SHIFT IN PARTY PREFERENCE DURING 2021 GIVES GOP BIGGEST LEAD SINCE 1995: GALLUP TOM COTTON: That's welcomed news for us in the Republican Party. We are excited to have so many more Americans registering as Republicans. It reminds me of what Ronald Reagan said, though, that he didn't leave the Democratic Party. It left him. That's what you've seen over the last year in this far, far leftward lurch of the Democratic Party under Joe Biden.  These Americans are joining the Republican Party because they know that we will protect them, protect their families, protect our country, we will protect their rights, we'll protect their job and their right to earn a living and to keep that money. We'll protect them from the kind of threats that we face on our streets and a crime wave that's washing all across America, or foreign threats like...
    During a recent appearance on the Daily Beast’s podcast, “The New Abnormal,” veteran journalist Carl Bernstein discussed his new book, “Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom” — which looks back on the beginning of his journalism career. Bernstein, speaking to co-host Molly Jong-Fast, also shared his thoughts on the state of journalism in 2022, the modern Republican Party and Fox News’ popularity with its viewers. Bernstein, now 77, became famous in the 1970s for his reporting on Watergate with his Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward. The duo’s Watergate reporting was so famous that in 1976, it was depicted in the Hollywood film “All the President’s Men” (starring Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein and Robert Redford as Woodward). But Bernstein had a career in journalism before Watergate, and in “Chasing History,” he remembers being hired by the Washington Star when he was only 16 back in 1960. Speaking to Jong-Fast, Bernstein complained that today’s reporters aren’t outgoing enough. “People don’t answer their telephones anymore,” Bernstein told Jong-Fast. “It’s not about doing most of the reporting on the telephone. It’s about...
    Photo via Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images An analysis of America’s political trends shows that Democrats lost the advantage they had in 2021 — with the country now identifying as majority Republican. A new Gallup survey tracked the party affiliations of Americans throughout 2021. In the 1st quarter of the year, Gallup found that 49 percent of America leaned towards the Democrats while 40 percent favored the GOP — giving the Democrats their strongest advantage in the Gallup poll since 2012. While the data remained steady for Democrats in the 2nd quarter of 2021, their slice of the electorate went down to 45 percent by the 3rd quarter, while Republicans went up to 44 percent. And by the 4th quarter, Democrats were down to 42 percent while the Republicans overtook them at 47 percent. In all, the poll tracked 14 point negative shift for Democrats through the year. “Both the nine-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter and the five-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter are among the largest Gallup has measured for each party in any quarter since it began...
    Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez took aim at President Joe Biden on Sunday, claiming his 'disastrous' policies are driving Hispanic voters out of the Democratic Party. She made the comments in an interview with Fox & Friends, less than a year until the midterm elections that will decide who controls Congress -- and largely, Biden's agenda -- for the latter half of the president's term. 'When you look at these numbers, it should be not a shock to anyone,' she said of why many Spanish-speaking Americans are joining the GOP. 'You have seen Hispanic voters are flocking to the Republican Party, and part of that is because they agree that we want to be the party.' Nuñez, the first Hispanic woman to be elected the Sunshine State's lieutenant governor, said they believe Republicans will give them 'freedom that will provide them opportunities for their families.' She also lashed out at Biden for his Justice Department's crackdown on public education settings late last year amid a rise in violent incidents at school board meetings and after a letter from the National School...
    The Republican Party is a 'front for a terrorist movement,' MSNBC contributor and controversial political scientist Dr. Jason Johnson argued on the network Thursday, comparing the GOP to a 'terror cell.'  Dr. Johnson made an appearance on 'Deadline: White House,' where he proceeded to make the brazen comparison while discussing the relationship between former President Donald Trump and the Republican Party as the 2024 presidential election draws ever near. Dr. Johnson referred to Trump as 'the bad guy' and called the Republican Party itself a 'front for a terrorist movement.' 'If Trump is on the ballot in 2024, it's the easiest thing in the world for Democrats because you can always run against the bad guy,' Johnson said. 'But I think the bigger more dangerous thing, and I've been saying for a while, I'm working hard to never say "Republican Party" again because it's not a party.'  'The GOP is no longer a governing party and news outlets should stop using that term.'  The author, who is a paid contributor to MSNBC, was temporarily removed from the network back in February...
    MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that the Republican Party is a “dime storefront” for a “terrorist movement.” Johnson compared the Republican Party to the Palestine Liberation Organization, which represents Palestine at the United Nations, and Hamas, a terrorist group that controls Gaza and has affiliations with the PLO. Johnson said, “We don’t know if Trump’s going to be on the ballot. If Trump is on the ballot in 2024, it’s the easiest thing in the world for Democrats because you can always run against the bad guy. But I think the bigger, more dangerous thing — and I have been saying this for a while — I’m working hard to never say Republican Party again because it’s not a party.” He continued, “They’re Sinn Féin to the IRA. They’re the PLO to Hamas. They are a dime storefront for a terrorist movement. They didn’t have a policy in 2020 except loyalty to Trump.” Johnson added, “They’re no longer a party. And so, nothing surprises me anymore. When it’s essentially a personality cult when there’s no difference between supporting Trump...
    Trump wasn't happy with the debates so he decided it was a conspiracy against him. Now that, too, is going to be an official party stance. Donald Trump and his far-right, anti-democracy allies have long since purged the Republican National Committee of anyone not willing to jump to attention no matter how ridiculous Dear Leader's demands might get, so this is hardly a surprise: The committee is now signaling that their candidate won't be participating in any presidential debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit group tasked with organizing and hosting them. They're bowing out. That's the Republican National Committee (RNC) message in a letter to the commission obtained by The New York Times. Specifically, the RNC intends to make their presidential candidates sign a "pledge" to not appear in those debates. The reason? Well, Times reporter Maggie Haberman had to leave the most likely explanation out of her article and relegate it to Twitter, but Donald Trump was very put out with the way his own debates turned out in 2020, complaining bitterly that the debate...
    (CNN)On Thursday, the Republican National Committee threatened to keep its 2024 presidential nominee from participating in the three traditional general election debates unless and until the debates are adjusted more to their liking. "So long as the [Commission on Presidential Debates] appears intent on stonewalling the meaningful reforms necessary to restore its credibility with the Republican Party as a fair and nonpartisan actor, the R.N.C. will take every step to ensure that future Republican presidential nominees are given that opportunity elsewhere," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote in a letter to the commission. At the heart of McDaniel's demands are for the RNC to have much more say in who moderates the three general election debates between the two major-party nominees every four years. That demand echoes former President Donald Trump's complaints about the 2020 debate moderators, who, he insisted without any real evidence, were biased against him.Read More Trump refused to participate in the second scheduled debate in 2020 after the commission decided it should be held virtually to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. "The commission changed the debate style...
    Ethan Miller/Getty Images The Republican Party of Nevada sent the National Archives a fake electoral certificate following the 2020 election which declared former President Donald Trump the winner of the state, even though Joe Biden won it. KLAS reported the documents were sent in December of 2020, about six weeks after the presidential election. David Charns of KLAS reported: The Nevada Republican Party sent the federal government documentation certifying the election for former President Donald Trump, even though the state’s real electors for President Joe Biden had already done the same, documents obtained by the 8 News Now I-Team indicate. … As the I-Team reported in December 2020, the Nevada Republican Party’s six electors signed paperwork signaling their support for Trump in a symbolic ceremony devoid of any legal merit. The event in Carson City coincided with the actual state-sanctioned tally on Dec. 14, 2020. The certificate read, in part, “We, the undersigned, being the duly elected and qualified electors for president and vice president of the United States of America from the State of Nevada, do hereby certify [Nevada’s...
              by Joel Williams   At the start of 2022, 36.5% (120 million) of Americans lived in a state with a Democratic trifecta, while 41.8% (137 million) lived in a state with a Republican trifecta. The other 71 million Americans lived in a state with a divided government. A state government trifecta is a term to describe single-party government, when one political party holds the governorship and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. At the start of 2022, there were 38 trifectas—15 Democratic and 23 Republican. Virginia’s will change from a Democratic trifecta to a state with divided government when legislators and Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) are sworn into office on Jan. 12. In the 2021 elections, Republicans won control of the Virginia House of Delegates and the governor’s office, currently held by Democrat Ralph Northam. Democrats still control the Virginia State Senate. When this happens, 33.9 percent of Americans (112 million) will live in a state with a Democratic trifecta, 41.8 percent (137 million) will live in a state with a Republican trifecta, and 24.3 percent (78 million)...
    Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said on Sunday that Donald Trump is a 'symptom' of the anger stoked by right-wing talk radio narratives that profit off of fear and victimization. Speaking to NBC's Meet The Press, the outgoing GOP lawmaker said the former president's meteoric rise to power came because he was at the right place at the right time. Kinzinger also claimed Trump's enduring grasp on the party is due in large part to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who paid a visit to Trump's Mar-a-Lago club days after denouncing his role in the Capitol riot. 'Did Donald Trump reveal what the Republican party is or change it?' host Chuck Todd asked. You know, I think it's actually a little of both,' Kinzinger said.  'So, I think, on the one hand, Donald Trump is a symptom of years and years of leaders, you know, profit-driven radio shows, whatever, turning the base into this angry, fearful, you know, victimized group of people.' He said those talk radio shows, without naming any hosts or titles, convince their viewers that they...
    (CNN)Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz got himself into some trouble with one of the party bosses at Fox News this week. January 6 was a test the US keeps failing The problem began on Wednesday, when, in a US Senate hearing, Cruz said that the nation was approaching "an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives to defend the men and women who service in this Capitol." The choice of using the word "terrorist" echoed remarks that he'd made in the past -- including on January 7, 2021, a day after the attack. Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host who has gone out of his way to downplay and distort the terrible events of that day, was less than pleased. He reprimanded Cruz on Thursday night -- and, in doing so, sent a clear message: in today's Republican Party, he -- not Cruz -- has all the power.Read MoreCarlson started his segment by accusing Cruz of lying for referring...
    Howard Chandler Christy's depiction of George Washington presiding at the signing of the Constitution of the United States in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787. “I […] do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” —Congressional oath of office In the last decades of the 18th century, a remarkable thing happened on these shores. It was the convergence in one place at one time a group of brilliant, forward-thinking inventors who wanted to build something new. They wanted to build a representative democracy in which the functions of governance were housed in three co-equal branches, the powers of each balanced and checked by the reach of the others. Yes, they were flawed and yes, their vision was...
    Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Matt Gaetz, and Louie Gohmert championing Jan. 6 defendants The insurgency that smashed its way into the Capitol on Jan. 6 didn’t end on that day. It certainly didn’t begin on that day. For more than five decades, Republicans have become more and more dependent on a system that feeds the most extreme voices, punishes any sign of moderation, and ensures that there is no such thing as “going too far.”  When wondering why Republicans didn’t turn away from Donald Trump and try to salvage some modicum of responsibility as they tried to rebuild the Republican Party, the answer is simple enough—there is no Republican Party. There hasn’t been one in decades. There is simply nothing there to reform. This is a party that, in the 2020 elections, did not even bother to write a platform. It makes no promises to the people. It has no defining philosophy. What it has is funding. What that funding demands is extremism.  It’s a six-decade history of using “strategic extremism” to keep people angry and America off-balance.  There...
    A year after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump-supporting insurrectionists, the nation’s democracy remains at risk, former President Jimmy Carter has written in a New York Times op-ed. Carter, who spent years of his post-presidential life promoting democracy in other countries, sounds a warning, writing, “I now fear that what we have fought so hard to achieve globally—the right to free, fair elections, unhindered by strongman politicians who seek nothing more than to grow their own power—has become dangerously fragile at home.” Carter never mentions Donald Trump by name, and only directly names Republicans once, in a reference to polling data showing that “roughly 40 percent of Republicans believe that violent action against the government is sometimes justified.” But he is unsparing in describing what “unscrupulous politicians” and “promoters of the lie that the election was stolen” have done: A year ago they guided a violent mob that “stormed the Capitol and almost succeeded in preventing the democratic transfer of power,” and since then, they “have taken over one political party and stoked distrust in our electoral systems. These forces exert power...
    In the lead up to the year-anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, a Politico guest writer argued on Wednesday that the Republican Party as well as the U.S. Constitution are threatening democracy. Corey Robin, a Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, contributed an opinion column for Politico titled "Republicans Are Moving Rapidly to Cement Minority Rule. Blame the Constitution." As the title implied, Robin suggested the Republican Party as well as the U.S. Constitution are preventing the "national majority" from acting. MEGHAN MCCAIN SAYS TREATING JAN. 6 LIKE PEARL HARBOR, 9/11 IS ‘TONALLY AND LOGICALLY INAPPROPRIATE’ This photo made available by the U.S. National Archives shows a portion of the first page of the United States Constitution.  (National Archives via AP) (AP) "Driving the initiatives of the Republicans and the inertia of the Democrats are two forces. The first is the right’s project, decades in the making, to legally limit the scope and reach of democracy. The second is the Constitution, which makes it difficult for the national...
    There are a number of things that make Donald Trump happy when he thinks of Jan. 6, and the long-term consequences of the riot. But it’s the anguish and trauma that has really sparked his joy. In the full year since the deadly, Trump-inspired assault on the U.S. Capitol, several lawmakers, police officers, and reporters who were there have publicly opened up about the lingering distress they still feel stemming from the anti-democratic violence and body count of the day. According to three people with direct knowledge of the matter, the twice-impeached former president has noticed the emotional accounts, particularly that from Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Some he has found annoying. Others, however, have become targets of mockery and casual hilarity for him. In several conversations with close allies over the past 12 months, Trump has repeatedly made fun of the idea that certain legislators, police, or journalists were traumatized by the violent events of the day, according to these sources. There are moments when the ex-president has speculated that his critics are “faking” their trauma and anxiety, for attention....
    (CNN)Some top Democratic operatives are terrified that their down-ballot candidates are responding too timidly to the threat of former President Donald Trump using this year's midterm elections to launch a return to the White House, and they've formed a new group to raise the alarm. The super PAC, whose creation was shared first with CNN, doesn't have a subtle name: Stop Him Now. Its aim is calling attention to Republican candidates' ties to Trump and his efforts to subvert the 2020 election, as well as how GOP wins up and down the ballot this year could help further undermine systems designed to keep elections fair and democratic. Trump has signaled he wants Republican victories to lay the groundwork for another presidential bid, and these Democrats think their party needs to start talking about that a lot more -- and quickly.The new group will be targeting members of Congress running for reelection, as well as state-level candidates who are using lies about the 2020 election to try to springboard into higher office, often with Trump's backing.The Stop Him Now operatives know...
    As we close in on the anniversary of a coup that has not yet failed, even top voices in the nation's political press are beginning to express exasperation with the political press. For an entire year now, the political media has systemically downplayed both what happened last Jan. 6 and the relentless, continued propagandizing being used to justify the nullification of elections in the future. The Republican Party has, in numerous Republican-controlled states, rewritten election laws to allow summary rejection of election processes and outcomes in future elections—targeting the precise places where Trump's attempted nullification of elections failed with new rules that will now allow the sort of vote-tossing he demanded. The Republican Party has explicitly targeted each of the elected officials who rejected the hoaxes invented by Trump's shrieking propagandists. Republicans who did not go along with the demands to throw out votes based on conspiracies as varied as "my cousin's brother's friends saw a guy delivering pizza who might have secretly been smuggling in fake ballots" to "actually the ballots came from communist China" to "an Italian satellite did...
    A CBS guest said Tuesday the 2022 midterm elections posed one of the top risks to the entire world and a landslide Republican victory would effectively delegitimize the 2024 presidential election. Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer said on "CBS Mornings" that the upcoming elections were the "most important" midterms in American history. "We have January 6 coming up in just a day," he said. "As you know, since the profoundly challenged elections of 2020, no lessons have been learned at all in the United States. The country is much more divided … The United States has an election process that is increasingly broken, increasingly delegitimized. In the midterm elections especially, if you have a significant win for a Trump-led Republican Party, means that 2024 is going to be seen as illegitimate and potentially a constitutional crisis. In the world's most powerful country, it's hard not to rank that high on your list." DEMOCRAT FORMER MAYOR WARNS LEFT OF 2022 ELECTION WIPEOUT: ‘DON’T WANT TO GO THE WAY OF BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO' "It's deeply worrying," CBS anchor Tony Dokoupil agreed. With President...
    (CNN)Nearly a year after rioters sought to overturn the free and fair presidential election of 2020, the Republican Party faces a stark choice -- framed perfectly by Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney on Sunday."We can either be loyal to Donald Trump or we can be loyal to the Constitution, but we cannot be both," said Cheney during an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation."That's a really succinct way of putting it. And, again, a stark choice before Republicans.As Cheney notes, you simply can't be the servant of two masters -- especially when those masters are directly contradicting one another.Trump has spent the last year-plus telling anyone who will listen that the 2020 election was stolen -- despite every available piece of evidence showing that it wasn't. The Constitution -- and those who adhere to it -- is based on the peaceful transfer of power and the rule of law. You can't simultaneously put the Constitution at the center of your political beliefs and support Trump's attempts to undermine it at the same time. It just doesn't work.Read MoreUnfortunately for Cheney (and...
    In interviews with Politico, as the anniversary of the Jan 6th insurrection looms later this week, conservative activists and some Republican Party officials expressed dismay and anger that Donald Trump continues to have a hold on the party as the 2022 midterm election lurks over the horizon. Speaking with Politico's David Siders, one adviser to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) summed up the feeling of others with Scott Jennings complaining, "He is not the leader of any Republican Party I recognize.” According to the Politico report, Trump plans to give a speech on the anniversary of the riot this week and has already "telegraphed" what he plans to say. "If he follows the script laid out in his announcement of the news conference, he will commit a whitewashing of the day, repeating the lie that the 2020 election was rigged and defending his part in fomenting the insurrection — all while a solemn prayer service is held at the Capitol, in a vivid split-screen moment," Politico reports. "And, as Trump castigates Republicans not toeing his line, his event will...
    One of the biggest mysteries heading into 2022 will be: What exactly do Republicans stand for? But it's not a new question—it's a holdover query from 2020 when the Republican Party refused to produce a party platform. Instead of doing the work to present a new vision last cycle, the Republican National Committee simply adopted its 2016 platform all over again and then declared itself the party of Donald Trump. “The Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the president’s America-first agenda,” read the resolution that was passed in August 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now Senate Republicans are promising more of the same. According to Axios, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has told both colleagues and top donors that the Senate GOP won't release an agenda before next November. McConnell's long-held belief is that articulating for voters what a party plans to do if they retake the majority merely distracts from keeping the focus on the policies of the party in power. McConnell reportedly made his strategy perfectly clear at a meeting with donors and lobbyists on Nov. 16, when a...
    Noam Chomsky warns the Republican Party is “marching” the world to destruction by ignoring the climate emergency while embracing proto-fascism at home. Chomsky talks about the January 6 insurrection, how neoliberalism is a form of class warfare and how President Biden’s climate plans fall short of what is needed. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we return to our discussion with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky. Nermeen Shaikh and I recently spoke to him. He was at his home in Tucson, Arizona.AMY GOODMAN: Noam, you have called the Republican Party the most dangerous organization in human history. You’ve also called the political leaders a gang of sadists. I was wondering if you could elaborate on this. But also, in all of your 93 years, have you ever seen such an anti-science, anti-fact trend in this country before? And then, if you can talk about how it links up with other such movements...
    Former President Donald Trump has been gone from the White House for 11 months, but his mountain of legal bills remains — and the Republican Party is continuing to pay them. During a recent discussion on “PBS NewsHour,” host Amna Nawaz and the Washington Post’s David Farenthold discussed some reasons why the 75-year-old ex-president is still costing his party a fortune in legal expenses. Nawaz told Farenthold, “Your reporting has found that Mr. Trump's legal bills, up to the tune of $1.6 million, are being paid for by the Republican Party. Is there precedent for that?” Fahrenthold responded, “There is no precedent for this…. Former President Trump is not a Republican candidate. He's not a Republican officeholder. And the investigations he is facing have nothing to do with his time in office. They all predate — they focus on his business in the years before he ran for president. So, there is no connection to the Republican Party or Republican officeholders involved here. But the Republican Party still is paying this money. And obviously, Trump...
    The GOP has a lot to look forward to, electorally speaking, heading into the 2022 midterms. Joe Biden’s approval rating has seen a steady decline since the embarrassing withdrawal from Afghanistan. The economy — often the best indicator of whether the incumbent party will retain power — continues to struggle amid supply chain issues, oppressive lockdown measures and runaway inflation. According to a poll released in November, Republicans have their largest lead in the generic congressional ballot since the poll began in 1981. Fifty-one percent of registered voters said they would vote for the Republican candidate in their congressional district, whereas 41% said they would vote for the Democrat. Additionally, 23 Democrats have announced their retirement ahead of the midterms — traditionally an indication of a lack of confidence in the party’s chances — and there’s still 11 months to go. Even if the country’s situation improves somewhat, Republicans will most likely reclaim both the House and Senate by comfortable margins. And many people, pundits and experts alike, seem to believe that this will save the conservative movement and the...
    [jwideo id= ePWA7b51] Former Republican strategist Stuart Stevens told CNN’s Jake Tapper that “every level of the Republican Party was involved” in planning the events of January 6th.  Stevens, a prominent “Never Trump” conservative, offered commentary as the House Select Committee seeks to subpoena records and obtain the testimony of a growing list of GOP members of Congress and Republican activists regarding the funding behind the rallies that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Tapper introduced the segment with a report from CNN law enforcement correspondent Whitney Wild about the House Select Committee subpoenaing bank records of a spokesman for former President Donald Trump, and the status of the legal battles over those records. The Lead host asked Bakari Sellers for his reaction, asking him what was the point of figuring out who paid for the rallies, since the rallies themselves were not being investigated, but rather what happened at the Capitol itself. “Well, you can’t look at one without the other,” Sellers replied, noting that this was how racketeering charges were put forward, by looking at who financed...
    DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport’s 81-year-old Centennial Bridge across the Mississippi River creaks under the weight of tens of thousands of cars and trucks every day. Rust shows through its chipped silver paint, exposing the steel that needs replacing. This city’s aging landmark is among more than 1,000 structurally deficient bridges in the area. The tally gives Iowa’s 2nd congressional district the dubious distinction of having the second-most troubled bridges in the country. So, it struck some Iowans as strange when the district’s Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks voted against a bill that would pour more than $100 million in federal money to repair and replace bridges into southwest Iowa. Miller-Meeks objected to majority Democrats’ handling of the bill, never mentioning its contents, a common refrain from the minority that overwhelmingly opposed it. If anyone in Iowa was surprised that the Republican would oppose money for a glaring local priority, few in Washington were. Strategists and onetime party leaders note it’s become so common for lawmakers to prioritize their party’s line over district needs that it’s hardly mentioned. ...
    Candidates like Dean Heller have tried to play both sides of the hoax, refusing to acknowledge Biden's win while staying mostly silent on the lies used by his party to stoke those doubts. Republicanism is now fully a fascist movement. The hoax claims that our current elections have been "rigged" against Republicans—claims that continue to be provably false—continue to be used to stoke the convenient fear and outrage of a base that now increasingly believes the party is justified in taking control of the government through the erasure of future election results or, as happened on Jan. 6, through violence. The party is not just anti-democracy: It is demanding adherence to a lie that has already resulted in deaths and will result in more, and purging anyone unwilling to go along. This is the behavior of a cult. It is also the behavior of fascist movements throughout history, movements in which false propaganda is used to rally support for the violent "remaking" of nations. That is the context in which this CNN report on Republican candidates' near-universal adoption of the Big Lie...
    Congressman Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., praised the Republican Party on "America's Newsroom," welcoming his colleague on the opposite side of the political aisle to switch parties and follow in his footsteps. Rep. Van Drew told Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino on Tuesday the Democratic Party isn't what it used to be, and he is happy to have made the switch as reports claim Manchin is mulling the change.  AOC UNDERESTIMATED MANCHIN BECAUSE OF BIAS AGAINST THE SOUTH: DAGEN MCDOWELL JEFF VAN DREW: The party has changed in so many ways. So for me, and again, parallel examples: It was impeachment, but it was many other things. It was the constant berating of the president, the lack of any bipartisanship, not giving us any information on the Republican side, which bothered me a lot because I don't think that's the way government should run. And then the final straw was impeachment, which was not constitutional. It wasn't being done properly. It was the wrong thing to do, and there was no cause for impeachment period, and I said, I wouldn't do...
    Mitch McConnell said Monday Democrats 'don't want' Joe Manchin in their party and made it clear he is welcome in the GOP should he ever want to switch affiliations after intense backlash for opposing Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda. 'I don't know if Joe [Manchin] will ever become a Republican but I can tell you this for sure, the moderates are gone,' the Republican Senate minority leader told Fox News in an interview with The Guy Benson Show on Monday. 'There are two left in the Senate – two moderates out of 50,' McConnell said, referencing Manchin and Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona. 'There were more moderate Democrats when Barack Obama was president than there are today.' The Kentucky senator told the radio host: '[I]t's a completely uncomfortable fit for Joe. I think he's probably, for example, the only pro-life Democrat of the 50.' 'He doesn't fit well over there but that's a decision, ultimately, he has to make. We'd certainly welcome him to join us if he was so inclined,' McConnell said. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell...
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hailed his Democratic colleague Joe Manchin, W. Va., following his shocking declaration he could not support Build Back Better.  "I think Joe's decision was the right decision. I think it's a really big deal," Cruz told Fox News on Monday at Turning Point USA's AmericaFest in Phoenix. "The Build Back Broke Bill was a disaster. It was a train wreck. It was Bernie Sanders' socialist budget. It was trillions in new spending, trillions in new debt, trillions in new taxes, it would have driven inflation through the roof. We've already got inflation exploding across the country. And it was reckless and irresponsible. And you know what, the people of West Virginia don't want it. Manchin did the right thing. He actually represented the men and women of his state."  REP. BYRON DONALDS CALLS MANCHIN KILLING BUILD BACK BETTER ‘GREAT NEWS FOR THE COUNTRY': THAT BILL WAS ‘TRASH’ Cruz slammed how "nasty" and "vicious" many Democratic lawmakers have been in response to his opposition to President Biden's signature legislation and how their demonization of him could backfire...
    From the moment that Donald Trump first ran for president in 2015, there's been a longing — from not just the mainstream media, but from large numbers of Democrats — for Republican heroes who will stand up to him. The tiny percentage of almost entirely elite Republicans who objected to Trump became known as "never-Trumpers" and were exalted in #Resistance circles as patriots and heroes, even though their actual power over the GOP was non-existent. They existed more to prop up this illusion that the Republican Party was once an upstanding party, and that it's only after the advent of Trump that the GOP lost its way. "I say to my Republican friends, take back your party. The country needs a big, strong Republican Party," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, embodying this type of thinking, remarked in September. Pelosi is right in one respect: Democracy can't endure when only one party feels constrained by the demands of basic morality. But the premise of her remarks was rotten in multiple ways. For one thing, there is no better form...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) would be more likely to make the switch to an independent, rather than a Republican, if he does exit the Democratic Party following his potential death knell to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act. Manchin on Fox News Sunday essentially closed the door on his party’s agenda when he told host Bret Baier, “I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there… This is a no on this legislation.” Manchin cited, among other things, his fear that the $1.7 trillion bill would add to inflation. His comments came as Democrats, including Biden, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had all negotiated to get him onboard. Democrats Sunday launched a series of attacks on the West Virginian as the announcement he would oppose the bill was compounded by the fact that the stunning news broke on Fox News. Amid speculation Manchin might exit the Democratic Party over the fracas, Axios reported Monday that if he indeed were to make a...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Monday dared angry Democrats to "push" him out of the party after he effectively ended President Joe Biden's legislative agenda by announcing his opposition on Fox News. The White House and House progressives reacted by suggesting that Manchin breached his promise to work on legislation in good faith. The West Virginia senator responded to his Democratic critics during an interview with MetroNews on Monday. Portions of the interview were posted online by Politico's Burgess Everett. Manchin said that he "just got to the wit's end and they know the real reason" negotiations fell apart. He said that the White House "put some things out that are inexcusable. And they know what it is." Manchin also left the door open for being "pushed" out of the Democratic Party. "I would like hope that Democrats feel like I do," he said of having a place in the party. "If there are no Democrats like that, they ought to push me where they want me." Manchin says Dems thought they could could pressure him into a deal and...
    There is only one truth: the truth of the party. And the party is Donald Trump. That's what it's come down to, folks. The Republican Party has been effectively transformed into a doppelgänger of the Chinese Communist Party, with its own version of Chairman Mao Zedong at its head — and the first thing on the Party agenda is a purge. It started soon after Trump lost the election last November. Who was out? Anyone who refused to help facilitate the Big Lie was pushed out by the Republicans' Maximum Leader. Brad Raffensberger, the Republican secretary of state in Georgia, who turned down Trump's plea to "find" 11,000-plus votes so he could flip the election in that state. Out. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, another Republican who didn't sign onto the Big Lie with enough enthusiasm to please the Maximum Leader: Out. Trump tweeted on Dec. 30 (when he still had a Twitter account), "@BrianKempGA should resign from office. He is an obstructionist who refuses to admit that we won Georgia, BIG!" CNN described Trump's purge campaign this way: "Trump...
    From holding American corporations accountable for their dealings with China to cleaning out America’s public school curriculums, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s new book charts a roadmap for the future of the Republican Party. The book is published under Haley’s Stand for America, a public policy group Haley founded in 2019 after leaving former President Donald Trump’s administration. The book tackles the prime issues facing Americans both in domestic and foreign policy, including solutions from politicians like Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and cultural firebrands like Prager University’s Dennis Prager. The policy proposals come as the conservative movement is having a fundamental debate about the role of government in American life. Conservatives in recent decades have taken a Reaganite view that smaller government is better government, but an increasingly large movement within the party — calling themselves National Conservatives — argues the right should be less concerned with how big the government is than what the government is being used to do. (RELATED: Youngkin Beats McAuliffe, Clinching First Statewide Win In Virginia For Republicans Since 2009) Haley herself is...
              moreby Josh Hammer   In the 2016 Republican Party presidential primary, decades of dissonance between the party’s aggrieved grassroots and its blinkered elite spilled out into the open. For years, the chasm widened between the GOP’s heartland base, the river valley-dwelling “Somewheres” from David Goodhart’s 2017 book, The Road to Somewhere, and the party’s bicoastal “Anywhere” rulers. The foot-soldier Republican “Somewheres,” disproportionately church-attending and victimized by job outsourcing and the opioid crisis, felt betrayed by the more secular, ideologically inflexible Republican “Anywheres.” Donald Trump, lifelong conservative “outsider” and populist dissenter from bicoastal “Anywhere” orthodoxy on issues pertaining to trade, immigration, and China, coasted to the GOP’s presidential nomination. He did so notwithstanding the all-hands-on-deck pushback from leading right-leaning “Anywhere” bastions, encapsulated by National Review magazine’s dedication of an entire issue to, “Against Trump.” Trump’s subsequent victory in the 2016 general election sent the conservative intellectual movement, as well as the Republican Party itself, into a deep state of introspection. Trump’s victory was primarily propelled by a white working-class revolt, but the emergence during his presidency of a deeply censorious and anti-American left—epitomized by...
    NBC’s The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon gushed over President Joe Biden, telling him that he is “bringing class back” to the presidency by attending events at the Kennedy Center and mingling with the elite, unlike former President Donald Trump. “I was at the Kennedy Center, and I saw Republicans and Democrats in the crowd,” Fallon told Biden. “Everyone was laughing at jokes and listening to great music — everyone seemed cordial and nice, and I go, ‘This seems like this should be much easier to get along with everybody.'” Biden responded by stating that “the Trump arm of the Republican Party — which seems to be the Republican Party now — did not even show up at the Kennedy Center. They wouldn’t go to the awards.” “So all the people you have — we saw at that event, which was a very fulsome event — were people who in fact, are Republicans, but they’re the kind of — like, for example, a lot of Republicans and Democrats used to get really on well together,” Biden added. Watch Below: Biden...
    Shortly after the deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, some of the United States' biggest law firms and corporations vowed to stop donating to Republican lawmakers who supported Trump's "Big Lie" about the presidential election; a dangerous claim that subsequently led to a mob of angry Trump supporters storming the federal building. Now, according to Rolling Stone, new reports suggest that commitment did not last a year because some of the law firms have already begun donating to those same Republicans who supported again. A detailed review of campaign finance records was reportedly conducted by Rolling Stone and government watchdog groups Protect Democracy and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The shift began with large corporations and now some of the country's largest law firms are also following suit. According to records, law firms including Hogan Lovells, McGuireWoods, Holland and Knight, and Cozen O’Connor donated thousands of dollars to Republican party committees after distancing from the political party following the Capitol riots. The review indicates that "more than two-dozen major law firms have donated nearly...
    Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., applauded Hispanic voters and the Republican Party on "America Reports" Thursday on the heels of a new Wall Street Journal poll showing the demographic steadily moving to the right. HISPANIC VOTERS SHIFT TOWARD REPUBLICANS, NOW SPLIT EVENLY BETWEEN BOTH PARTIES: POLL REP. SALAZAR: We are waking up, the largest minority in the country, 60 million people, 20% of the population. Finally, we are realizing that those values are entrenched in the Republican Party: God-fearing, law-abiding, taxpaying. And not only that is that the GOP is welcoming us and I am the best example. That's one, and number two the economy. It's the economy, stupid. Do you remember that phrase that was said during the Clinton years is the economy? What do you think that we come to this country for, to go to Disney World or to go to Saks to shop? We come because we want to have a better economic life… the last administration, the policies were so good for us and so good for our pocket that that is why we're waking...
    On Tuesday, Rep, Matt Gaetz broadcast a warning. Republicans expect to retake the House in 2022, and when they do … "it's not going to be the days of Paul Ryan, and Trey Gowdy, and no real oversight, and no real subpoenas. It's going to be the days of Jim Jordan, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Dr. Gosar, and myself."  On this point at least, Gaetz is right. Paul Ryan was a hyper-partisan hack, and Trey Gowdy was merely generally incompetent in his brief stint in Congress. As well as his short-lived attempt to head Donald Trump’s impeachment defense.  But neither would be welcome in the Republican Party today. Because that party requires more than loyalty to Trump. It requires a fanatical loyalty that holds no other concerns, and a commitment to victory at all cost, democracy literally be damned. Earlier this week, a profile of Republican Rep. Peter Meijer showcased how a young congressman who, in spite of a deep affection for the party, solidly conservative credentials, and what appeared to be long political career ahead of him, smashed into the real Great Wall of...
    Notorious GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone has become a "key connector" bringing anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists into the Republican Party. "In October, a conference filled with anti-vaccine activists in Nashville, Tenn., received a high-profile political guest: former President Donald Trump's son, Eric Trump," NPR reported. "The day before Trump's speech, a homeopathic doctor named Edward Group stood on the same stage and suggested to the audience they should drink their urine as an alternative to getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Another speaker, Carrie Madej, said that the vaccines contained microscopic technology designed to put 'another kind of nervous system inside you.' The true purpose of the vaccines, she claimed, was to turn humans into cyborgs." NPR noted that pre-COVID, the anti-vaccine movement was largely nonpartisan, with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. supporting some liberal causes while "well-known anti-vaccine activist" Del Bigtree describes himself as a registered Democrat. "Stone, who spoke at the conference, says he's quite open to some of the ideas presented there about vaccines. But he also sees the shot as a powerful wedge issue that Republicans can use to motivate...
    Washington’s Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Loren Culp told Breitbart News Saturday he is challenging “spineless” Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) to unseat him after he failed the Republican Party by voting to impeach former President Donald Trump and in favor of the January 6 committee. “I’m running against Newhouse because he is now, as you mentioned, one of the ten who voted to impeach President Trump, but he also doubled down, and he voted for the January 6 Commission, which is allowing that to closer to keep the charade going and attack conservative people,” Culp explained. Culp explained in the show he is ready to take on Newhouse since he received the largest amount of votes than any other Republican in the state when he ran for governor in 2020. He said that was because he stood for individual freedom and liberty. Additionally, he explained, in 2018, he was Chief of Police in a small town. Culp said he was the “first law enforcement executive to stand up and say that I will not enforce this unconstitutional law,” clarifying that he will do the same thing in Congress....
    Moderate Republicans are declining paths toward higher office, or withdrawing from their positions altogether, as the GOP becomes increasingly essentialized by right-wing extremism following Donald Trump's presidency. On Wednesday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a two-term governor who is more popular amongst Democrats than Republicans, announced that he will not be running for re-election next year, making the seat especially vulnerable to a Democratic pickup in the deep blue state. Baker, a former healthcare executive, attributed his withdrawal to Massachusetts' ongoing need for pandemic recovery, calling another campaign of his "a distraction." "We want to focus on recovery, not on the grudge matches political campaigns can devolve into," Baker wrote in a public letter. As of November, Massachusetts has seen 852,527 confirmed cases and 19,373 deaths, with roughly half of the latter occurring in nursing homes. Baker came under scrutiny for an outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Spring of last year, according to The Boston Globe, which took the lives of 67 veterans. Baker was also harshly criticized this February over his decision to cut off the vaccines...
              more   The chairman of the Ohio Republican Party sent a November 30 open letter addressed to “Interested Parties,” denouncing State Central Committeeman Mark A. Bainbridge for his criticism of how party finances are handled. “Quite simply, Mark is making crazy accusations of fiscal malfeasance to damage the State Central Committee,” said Robert A. Paduchik, who took over the party’s reins in February, succeeding Jane E. Timken, now a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. “When Mark first brought up his concerns, I tried to work with him and his followers. In some instances, we employed some of his recommendations,” Paduchik said in the letter, whose authenticity a party spokeswoman confirmed. “ORP has hired a CPA to manage the books and campaign finance compliance,” he said. “Additionally, we have hired a COO to coordinate all the ORP operational activities, so most staff can focus on what we do best, winning elections. We will always work to improve operations.” Paduchik said after a while, the working relationship between Bainbridge and the ORP staff became strained. The chairman said Bainbridge...