It looks like the MAGA cult is alive and well. That’s good news for Donald Trump.
…Trump was able to handedly bump one of the most vocal of that list, Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina, off his seat, rendering him out of a job come November. Rice was one of the ten Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment, a “conservative vote” he told ABC News’ Jon Karl that he would make again in a heartbeat, even if it cost him his job. And lost his job he did, to MAGA-world challenger Russell Fry, who was quick to paint Rice as a traitor to his party.
It was mixed bag nonetheless. Incumbents always have the upper hand no matter who endorses the challenger:
Totally flipped dynamics greeted South Carolina’s 1st District, where Trump was wholly unsuccessful in booting a challenger in Rep. Nancy Mace, who carried her primary win by at least ten points.
But in an open seat crazy is good:
Voters in Nevada seem to not be scared of a little election denial. Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s open-armed embrace of conspiracy surrounding the 2020 presidential election helped him notch a win in the state’s GOP Senate Primary. Laxalt, who hails from a state political dynasty, bested political outsider Sam Brown who tried and failed to paint Laxalt as cozy with party insiders.
How pathetic is this? Democrats can’t keep a Congressional seat in where the majority of voters are hispanic. This despite the GOP’s constant racist attacks on people of color:
Republican Mayra Flores flipped a Democratic House district in South Texas on Tuesday, a major special election victory building on GOP gains among Latino voters in the region in the 2020 election.
Flores, a respiratory care practitioner, had 51 percent of the vote to Democrat Dan Sanchez’s 43 percent when Sanchez conceded the race in a district where 85 percent of residents are Latino. Flores won the seat outright by taking a majority of the vote, without needing a runoff.
The seat was open after former Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela resigned to work for a lobbying group in March. Flores will be the first Mexican-born congresswoman and the first Republican to represent the Rio Grande Valley area since Reconstruction. However, she will only hold the seat until January.
Supply chain problems and inflation have hit virtually all consumer goods, but women who menstruate are now facing an added strain as a shortage of period products hits the United States.
Top retailers and manufacturers acknowledged the shortages this week, confirming complaints that have been circulating on social media for months. The issue garnered national attention this week after an article in Time called the dearth of tampons and pads the shortage “no one is talking about.”
“I haven’t seen any products in stores for months,” one user posted on Reddit. “I’ve been ordering my tampons on Amazon and have been getting price gouged.”
Meanwhile, the baby formula shortage continues. And it’s shameful that the wealthiest country in the world should depend on foreign countries for help:
British manufacturer to deliver at least 2 million cans to U.S.
Powerful House Republican Elise Stefanik has a lot of explaining to do. She endorsed a congressional candidate in New York who has a fondness for Adolf Hitler:
An upstate congressional candidate with a long history of controversial remarks is once again in hot water after saying that Adolph Hitler is “the kind of leader we need today.”
In an audio clip unveiled Thursday by Media Matters for America, a left-leaning watchdog group, Republican Carl Paladino is heard invoking the Nazi leader and commending “how he aroused the crowds.”
“(H)e would get up there screaming these epithets and these people were just — they were hypnotized by him,” Paladino said during a February 2021 appearance on the The r-House Radio Show, which airs on WBEN in Buffalo. “That’s, I guess, I guess that’s the kind of leader we need today.
“We need somebody inspirational. We need somebody that is a doer, has been there and done it,” he added.
Quite surprising coming from a Murdoch owned news outlet. This editorial is indicative that even Trump’s biggest a apologists are tired of his act. And they could be looking elsewhere in 2024:
A scathing editorial in Saturday’s New York Post lashed former President Donald Trump for “obsessing” over the 2020 presidential election, and urged Republicans to abandon him in the past and move on.
“Trump has become a prisoner of his own ego,” slammed the conservative newspaper controlled by long-time Trump supporter Rupert Murdoch. “He can’t admit his tweeting and narcissism turned off millions. He won’t stop insisting that 2020 was ‘stolen’ even though he’s offered no proof that it’s true.”
Respected officials like former Attorney General Bill Barr call his rants “nonsense,” the editorial added. “This isn’t just about Liz Cheney. Mitch McConnell, Betsy DeVos, Mark Meadows — they all knew Trump was delusional. His own daughter and son-in-law testified it was bull.”
Among the notable revelations related to the Jan. 6 investigation this week was an unexpected tidbit about Mark Meadows. The New York Times reported that the Republican, who served as Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff, used his office fireplace “to burn documents.”
The reporting hasn’t been independently verified by MSNBC or NBC News, though The Washington Post also reported that some of the witnesses who’ve spoken to the bipartisan select panel “said Meadows used his fireplace to burn documents.”
That should come as no surprise since Trump had a habit of destroying, or stealing, sensitive documents.
During his presidency, Trump was known to tear up papers and throw them in the trash. Aides would scurry to reassemble those papers for archiving, as federal record-keeping laws require.
After leaving the White House, Trump had 15 boxes of documents shipped to Mar-a-Lago. Some of those boxes were marked as classified, according to The Washington Post, and the Justice Department is now investigating the matter. Mishandling classified material is illegal.
Whether it’s by a coupe or health factors Putin’s dictatorial control over Russia is rapidly fading. The almost certain defeat in Ukraine is guarantee that Putin will be forced out. He has brought disaster and dishonor to Russia. He cannot survive such failure.
Opposition to the war in Ukraine has existed from the beginning, even if small. Soldiers refusing to fight in commonplace:
Putin brought this upon himself by refusing to call the invasion a war. He got outsmarted. Technically these soldiers are not traitors or deserters.
Non combatants are also are making their voices heard. They are very courageous to do so. Since they could be prosecuted for speaking out against the war: