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November 26, 2022

Bill Barr Says “Trump Will Burn Down the GOP”

1789: 1st national Thanksgiving in America.

Bill Barr, who served as Attorney General during the Trump administration, called for “new leadership” in the Republican Party, warning that former President Donald Trump “will burn down the GOP.”

Barr penned a scathing op-ed for the Substack publication Common Sense, entitled “Bill Barr: Trump Will Burn Down the GOP. Time for New Leadership.”

The former AG noted Trump’s qualities that he had admired, including “the clear and direct way he staked out a position and his willingness to state unpleasant truths that many were afraid to say.”

“Above all, Trump had accurately diagnosed, and given voice to, the deep frustration of many middle-class and working-class Americans who were fed up with the excesses of progressive Democrats; the shameless partisanship of the mainstream media; and the smug condescension of elites who had mismanaged the country, sold them out, and appeared content to preside over the decline of America,” Barr wrote.

However, Barr wrote that Trump “lacks the qualities essential to achieving the kind of unity and broad election victory in 2024 so necessary if we are to right our listing republic. It is time for new leadership.”

Barr cited Trump’s “wrecking-ball style” as president. “He did not temper his disruptiveness and penchant for chaos,” Barr wrote. “He yielded to his impulse for pettiness and pointless nastiness; got drawn into infantile name-calling spats; and, in his press conferences, made everything about himself.”

Barr wrote that “the defining feature of our political landscape continues to be the sharp leftward lurch of the Democratic [P]arty” which “opens up a historic opportunity for the GOP—the opportunity to revive something like the old Reagan coalition: a combination of Republican-leaning, college-educated suburbanites; culturally conservative working-class voters; and even some classical liberals who are repulsed by the left’s authoritarianism.”

Barr concluded his piece with the following:

Trump’s willingness to destroy the party if he does not get his way is not based on principle, but on his own supreme narcissism. His egoism makes him unable to think of a political party as anything but an extension of himself—a cult of personality.

Trump is due credit for stopping progressives’ momentum and achieving important policy successes during his administration. But he does not have the qualities required to win the kind of broad, durable victory I see as necessary to restore America. It is time for the 45th president to step aside.

Trump hit back at Barr, calling him “a disgrace to the Republican Party” and the United States.

“Weak RINO Bill Barr always caved to the Dems, and is a disgrace to the Republican Party, and our Nation,” Trump wrote in a post on his Truth Social account.

“Sloppy Bill Barr was a weak and ineffective Attorney General who was fired (he didn’t quit!), and now he’s nothing more than a disgruntled former ’employee,'” Trump wrote.

Sources: Mediaite | Common Sense | The Independent

November 24, 2022

Kanye West Says He’s Running For President in 2024

Rapper Kanye West announced that he’s running for president in 2024.

West, who now goes by Ye, also shared that he asked former President Donald Trump to be his running mate.

“First time at Mar-a-Lago Rain and traffic,” Ye tweeted. “Can’t believe I kept President Trump waiting And I had on jeans Yikes What you guys think his response was when I asked him to be my running mate in 2024?”

The rapper’s tweet included a poll with two options for what Twitter users thought Trump’s response was: “That’s very Ye” or “That’s very Nay.”

Ye has been the subject of recent controversy over antisemitic remarks. Trump addressed Ye during a recent interview with podcast host Chris Stigall. The host suggested Ye was a “marked man” after aligning with the former president, and questioned whether the rapper was getting a “fair shake.”

“I was very honored, in a sense, because he said all those great things about me on Tucker Carlson. He made statements, rough statements, on Jewish [people],” Trump said. “You’ve heard them and you know them well, and they’re saying that was the reason. So then you ask, well, would it have been the same thing if he didn’t say all those good things about Trump? You know, you just don’t know.”

West previously ran for president as an independent in 2020. He received roughly 60,000 votes after only being placed on the ballot in 12 states.

Ye has yet to file the paperwork required to be a federal candidate, according to Insider. It is likely that the rapper and fashion designer would face an uphill battle if he does officially enter the 2024 race.

A Morning Consult poll conducted shortly after his antisemitic remarks found that 60% of U.S. adults hold an unfavorable opinion of West — up 10% from a survey conducted in Dec. 2021.

Sources: Insider (1) | Insider (2) | Morning Consult

November 18, 2022

Ivanka Trump Quits Politics as Dad Launches 2024 Campaign

1978: In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones.

Ivanka Trump, former President Donald Trump’s daughter who served in his White House administration, announced that she doesn’t “plan to be involved in politics.”

“While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena,” Ivanka Trump wrote on Instagram. Her statement came the same evening her father announced that he was running for president again.

“This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family,” she said. “I do not plan to be involved in politics.”

The 41-year-old said she’s “grateful to have had the honor of serving the American people” and “will always be proud of many of our Administration’s accomplishments.”

Ivanka reiterated to Fox News that she’s “extremely close” with her father.

“That hasn’t changed and will never change,” she said. “I’ve had many roles over the years but that of daughter is one of the most elemental and consequential.”

The mother of three described her current situation of living in Miami and working in the private sector as “one of the greatest times of my life.”

“We’re happy where we are right now, and we will continue to support my father — as his kids,” she said.

Sources: Politico | Fox News

November 17, 2022

House Dem Floats Bill to Ban Trump From Office

1800: Congress holds its 1st session in Washington, D.C., in an incomplete Capitol Building.

A House Democrat is circulating a potential bill that would ban former President Donald Trump from holding office under a subsection of the 14th Amendment.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) sent a letter to other House Democrats on Tuesday night previewing a bill to bar Trump from serving in office under the 14th Amendment “for leading an insurrection against the United States.”

“Given the proof – demonstrated through the January 6th Committee Hearings, the 2021 impeachment trial, and other reporting – that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection on January 6th with the intention of overturning the lawful 2020 election results, I have drafted legislation that would prevent Donald Trump from holding public office again under the Fourteenth Amendment,” Cicilline wrote.

The congressman’s letter came the same night Trump announced his decision to run for president in 2024.

Cicilline, who served as an impeachment manager during Trump’s first impeachment, didn’t immediately specify when he plans to introduce the bill. Lawmakers have until noon Thursday to co-sponsor the legislation.

The House first impeached Trump in Dec. 2019 for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” but he was ultimately acquitted of both charges by the Senate. Trump’s second impeachment came in Jan. 2021, with the House citing the charge of “incitement of insurrection.” Again, the Senate acquitted him.

Despite Trump’s acquittals, Cicilline argues that he should be banned from holding office under the “Disqualification Clause” outlined in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. The clause dictates that individuals shouldn’t be allowed “to hold any office” if they “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

Cicilline said his legislation “details testimony and evidence” from Jan. 6 select committee hearings that demonstrates “how Donald Trump engaged in insurrection against the United States.”

“It specifically details how Donald Trump engaged in insurrection when he helped to plan and encouraged the insurgence on January 6th despite knowing that the election results were lawful; attempted to intimidate state and federal officials when they did not support his false claims and unlawful plans; tried to manipulate Mike Pence into unlawfully refusing to certify the election results, despite Mr. Pence’s and legal advisors’ assertion that he held no such authority; and supported the violent insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, refusing for hours to denounce or act against the mob and putting thousands of lives in danger,” the congressman wrote.

But Cicilline will be required to detail exactly how the bill would use Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. A report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) determined that its text is vague.

“It is unclear whether Section 3 is self-executing, which, if it is not, would leave federal and state courts or election authorities without power to determine the eligibility of candidates unless Congress enacts legislation to permit it. Courts have produced mixed results on this question,” the report reads.

“Section 3 does not expressly provide a procedure for its implementation other than Section 5’s general authority of Congress ‘to enforce [the Fourteenth Amendment’ by appropriate legislation.’”

Trump declared his decision to run for president at an event at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Tuesday night. He told attendees that “we always have known that this was not the end. It was only the beginning of our fight to rescue the American dream.”

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” he said.

Source: The Hill

November 16, 2022

Civil War Erupts Within the GOP

1776: American Revolution – British troops capture Fort Washington.

An underwhelming performance in the recent midterm elections has caused a civil war to erupt in the Republican Party at nearly every level, according to Axios.

Members of the GOP are lashing out at each other, revealing a distinct divide that extends beyond the usual policy disagreements.

Last week, former President Donald Trump unloaded on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious.” Meanwhile, conservative media outlets — including Fox News and the New York Post — declared that DeSantis is the GOP’s best hope in the 2024 presidential election.

Brendan Buck, a former aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan and John Boehner, tweeted: “Let’s suppose for a second there is a real challenge to Trump for the ‘24 nomination. And let’s suppose someone actually does beat him in that primary. What then are the chances Trump wouldn’t entirely sabotage that person in the general election?”

At the Senate level, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and campaign chief Rick Scott (R-FL) publicly blamed each other for the midterm situation.

Josh Holmes, McConnell’s former chief of staff, told the Wall Street Journal that the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) “was run basically as a Rick Scott super PAC, where they didn’t want or need to input any Republican senators whatsoever.”

Scott adviser Curt Anderson retorted by saying that “insecure small people never accept responsibility for failure.”

Scott and Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have all called for the GOP leadership elections to be postponed.

“The old party is dead. Time to bury it. Build something new,” Hawley tweeted.

Meanwhile, the House Freedom Caucus members are planning to challenge GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) bid for House speaker nomination.

But Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) criticized the efforts to challenge McCarthy, saying that doing so is “risky” and a “bad strategy.”

The rift also extends to the Republican National Committee (RNC), where Ronna McDaniel is seeking re-election. She faces a new potential challenger in Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.).

Source: Axios

November 14, 2022

Trump Voters Turn On Former President: “We’re Done with Him”

1908: Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light.

One-time supporters of former President Donald Trump say they’re “done” with the former commander-in-chief, citing most of his picks failing to secure U.S. Senate seats in this year’s midterm elections.

David Urban, a former senior adviser to Trump, told the New York Post that he keeps hearing that it’s time for the former president to step aside.

“If you’re a Republican in Pennsylvania and you look at Donald Trump’s bigfooting of the people in Pennsylvania and the implosion of his candidates in Pennsylvania, you’re pretty upset,” Urban said.

Urban, a Pennsylvania-born strategist currently based in Washington, D.C., said he’s been fielding nonstop phone calls from county chairs and committee members telling him that they’ve had enough with Trump.

“They said, ‘Look, we’re done. We’re done with him. He cost us this election and we’re done,’” Urban said.

The New York Post’s Salena Zito claimed that she’s also been inundated with similar phone calls.

“All day Wednesday my phone lit up with calls and emails from voters who expressed the exact same frustration,” Zito wrote. “One woman said she saw the writing on the wall last weekend when Trump decided to take a swipe at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — calling him ‘Ron DeSanctimonious’ — while he campaigned for (Mehmet) Oz and (Doug) Mastriano in Pennsylvania.”

The former Trump supporter, who didn’t want to be named, told Zito she had a “pit-of-my-stomach moment” as she watched Trump tease a big announcement ahead of Tuesday’s midterms.

“It is hard to quit Trump — I voted for him twice enthusiastically,” she said, adding that “at this juncture, I think we have to move forward to a new generation of leaders.”

A Pennsylvania father, who asked to not be identified, echoed the woman’s claims.

“Trump needs to disappear,” he said. “He got us Oz over McCormick in the primary who would have won by at least by five points. In fact, most of the failures in [Tuesday’s] midterms tie back to Trump.”

The man said that he still likes Trump’s policies, but the jab at DeSantis was a bridge too far.

“Then he made the DeSantis comment and we are all done in our family with him. It is becoming very clear it’s about Trump first, not the conservative movement.”

Conservative strategist Dave Myhal, who said he’s donated $10,000 to Trump, voted for him twice, and campaigned to get him elected in Ohio in 2016 and 2020, now says he’s looking forward to other rising members of the GOP.

“The era of Trump is over,” Myhal told the New York Post.

“It is time for Trump to retire. I see golf courses and a rocking chair in his future. We appreciate the time he fought in the war against the woke, but it will be finished by Ron DeSantis, (South Carolina Sen.) Tim Scott, and (Virginia Gov.) Glenn Youngkin.”

Source: New York Post

October 22, 2022

Pence Takes Thinly-Veiled Shots at Trump

1962: Cuban Missile Crisis – U.S. President John F. Kennedy addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba and imposes a naval blockade on Cuba, beginning the missile crisis.

Former Vice President Mike Pence took several thinly-veiled jabs at former President Donald Trump during a speech this week, according to The Hill.

“Conservatism is bigger than any one moment, any one election, any one person. It’s about ideas,” Pence said.

Pence delivered remarks at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., wherein he warned conservatives against being “led astray by the siren song of unprincipled populism.”

“Our movement cannot forsake the foundational commitment that we have to security, to limited government, to liberty and to life,” he said. “But nor can we allow our movement to be led astray by the siren song of unprincipled populism that’s unmoored from our oldest traditions and most cherished values.”

“Let me say: This movement and the party that it animates must remain the movement of a strong national defense, limited government and traditional moral values and life,” Pence added.

The former vice president, who is believed to be laying the groundwork for a potential bid in the 2024 presidential election, said that conservatives “must do more than simply criticize and complain.”

“We must unite around a bold and optimistic agenda. And that was how the freedom agenda was born,” Pence said.

When asked on Wednesday if he’d potentially vote for Trump in 2024, Pence said: “Well, there might be somebody else I prefer more.”

“Wh​at I ​can ​tell you ​i​s I have every confidence that the Republican Party is going to sort out leadership, all my focus has been on the midterm elections and it’ll stay that way for the next 20 days,” he said. “But after that, we’ll be thinking about the future — ours and the nation’s — and I’ll keep you posted.”

October 19, 2022

Trump Hits Back at “Stupid, Big Mouth” GOP Candidate

1987: Black Monday – Stock markets crash worldwide, including the Dow Jones stock index, which falls 508.32 points (22%) — 4½ times the previous daily record.

Former President Donald Trump hit back at Republican Colorado Senate candidate Joe O’Dea, who recently said he would campaign against Trump if he ran for office again.

“There’s this RINO [Republican in name only] character in the Great State of Colorado, Joe O’Dea, that is running against the incumbent Democrat for the United States Senate, who is having a good old time saying that he wants to ‘distance’ himself from President Trump, and other slightly nasty things,” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.

“He should look at the Economy, Inflation, Energy Independence, defeating ISIS, the Strongest EVER Border, Great Trade Deals, & much more, before he speaks. MAGA doesn’t Vote for stupid people with big mouths. Good luck Joe!” 

Trump’s retort came a day after O’Dea told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would “actively campaign against” the former president in the 2024 race.

“I don’t think Donald Trump should run again,” O’Dea said.

“I’m going to actively campaign against Donald Trump and make sure that we’ve got four or five really great Republicans right now,” he added. 

The Senate hopeful responded to Trump on Monday, saying the former president “is entitled to his opinion but I’m my own man and I’ll call it like I see it. Another Biden, Trump election will tear this country apart.”

Source: The Hill

October 5, 2022

White House Confirms Biden’s Intentions for 2024

1978: 30+ major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention, prohibiting weather warfare that has widespread, long-lasting, or severe effects.

The White House has confirmed that President Joe Biden intends to run for reelection in 2024.

The news comes after NBC News reported that the Rev. Al Sharpton had said that Biden told him he intends to seek another term.

Sharpton reportedly told members of his staff at the National Action Network that Biden had privately told him he would be seeking reelection.

“I’m going to do it again,” Biden told Sharpton, according to an official with National Action Network.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that the reports were accurate.

“The president has said this himself: He intends to run in 2024,” Jean-Pierre said.

The press secretary said that she’s unable to speak too much about the 2024 election due to the Hatch Act, which bans employees in the executive branch from engaging in political activity.

“I will just reiterate what the president has said many times … is that the president intends to,” she said.

There have been questions over Biden’s intentions to run for reelection in 2024 amid lackluster approval ratings and concerns about his age and cognitive health.

On Sept. 18, Biden told “60 Minutes” that it “remain[ed] to be seen” whether he would run again.

“Look, my intention, as I said to begin with, is that I would run again,” Biden said in the interview. “But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”

Sources: NBC News | The Hill

September 28, 2022

Liz Cheney Will Leave GOP If Trump Wins 2024 Nomination

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said she “won’t be a Republican” if former President Donald Trump wins the GOP’s 2024 nomination.

“I’m gonna make sure Donald Trump — I’m gonna do everything I can to make sure he’s not the nominee,” Cheney said during an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival.

“And if he is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican,” she added.

Cheney, who serves as the vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee, has been highly critical of Trump, despite largely supporting his policies.

The second-generation Republican lawmaker voted with Trump 93% of the time during his term, Newsweek reported.

“Knowing what I know now, I would not have voted for Donald Trump,” Cheney told Texas Tribune CEO, Evan Smith.

In August, Cheney emphatically lost her state’s GOP primary to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman.

Source: Business Insider | Newsweek

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