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Liz Cheney says Trump is 'poisoning our democratic system' after he tries to label the 2020 election he lost 'the big lie'
  • Donald Trump announced his intention to redefine the phrase "the Big Lie," which has been used for months to describe his election lies.
  • Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday became a lone voice pushing back on Trump's attempt to repurpose the phrase.
  • "The 2020 presidential election was not stolen," Cheney tweeted. "Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE."
Former President Donald Trump on Monday announced his intention to redefine the phrase "the Big Lie," which Democrats have used for several months to describe Republican misinformation about the 2020 election.

In a press release emailed out to supporters, Trump declared, "The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!"

Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-highest ranking House Republican, became a lone voice pushing back on Trump's attempt to repurpose the phrase, saying his continued lies about the election were "poisoning our democratic system."

"The 2020 presidential election was not stolen," Cheney tweeted on Monday morning. "Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system."

Cheney, the most powerful female GOP lawmaker in the House, has become vocally anti-Trump, a position she cemented after voting to impeach Trump for inciting the deadly January 6 Capitol riot. As a result, many members of her own party, including the ex-president, have launched a campaign against her. Despite surviving a February caucus vote to remove her from leadership, her position in the party is reportedly at risk.

Monday's move isn't a new one from Trump. He's previously successfully redefined certain phrases he views as politically threatening and weaponized them against his opponents. Most notably, he successfully appropriated the term "fake news" — which was originally used to describe false, largely right-wing reports — to refer to any media reports he disliked and as a broad description of the mainstream press.

Trump and his right-wing allies have for months pushed the lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" from Trump and "rigged" by Democrats through widespread illegal voting and other means. And they've been successful in their misinformation campaign. About 55% of GOP voters believe Trump lost the 2020 election because of voter fraud and election rigging, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll.
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Pennsylvania man sentenced to 5-year probation after voting in name of dead mother
A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to casting a vote in the name of his deceased mother in an effort to reelect then-President Donald Trump, according to court records and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer's office.

Bruce Bartman, 70, received the sentence Friday after entering a guilty plea to two counts of perjury and one count of unlawful voting. Bartman will also lose his right to vote for four years, pursuant to Pennsylvania statute, the district attorney's office said in a news release.

Voter records show that Bartman used Pennsylvania's online voter-registration portal to register both his late mother, Elizabeth Bartman, and his deceased mother-in-law, Elizabeth Weihman, who died in 2019 -- illegally registering both as Republican voters, the district attorney's office said.

Bartman then requested, filled out and sent in the absentee ballot for his deceased mother for the 2020 general election. Bartman's attorney, Samuel Stretton, told CNN that his client regrets the decision.
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Trump calls Romney a 'stone cold loser' after the Utah senator was booed at a Utah GOP conference
  • Donald Trump on Sunday celebrated Sen. Mitt Romney being booed at a Utah GOP convention.
  • Trump called Romney a "stone cold loser" and a "RINO" — an acronym for "Republican in name only."
  • Romney was booed at the conference hours before an attempt to censure him for voting for Trump's impeachment failed.
"So nice to see RINO Mitt Romney booed off the stage at the Utah Republican State Convention. They are among the earliest to have figured this guy out, a stone cold loser!" Trump said in a statement.

Romney was booed by conference-goers at a state Republican Party event, which he attended hours before the Utah GOP voted against a resolution to censure him over his votes to convict Trump during the impeachment trials.

CNN reported that the resolution to censure Romney was submitted by a party delegate from Davis County, Don Guymon. Guymon alleged in the resolution that Romney "consistently publicly criticized President Trump" and that the senator's comments "not only hurt President Trump's reelection but hurt other Republicans on the ballot."

The resolution to censure Romney failed with a vote of 711 to 798.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, conference delegates began booing when Romney started to speak, and flung insults at him from the audience, calling him a "traitor" and a "communist."

"You know me as a person who says what he thinks, and I don't hide the fact that I wasn't a fan of our last president's character issues," Romney was heard saying in the video.

"Aren't you embarrassed?" the senator later asked the crowd, as he struggled to make himself heard amid the booing and shouting.

"I understand that I have a few folks who don't like me terribly much, and I'm sorry about that. But I express my mind as I believe is right, and I follow my conscience as I believe is right," Romney added, continuing with his speech after Utah GOP chair Derek Brown stepped in, asking delegates to "show respect."

Romney has not shied away from criticizing Trump publicly and was the only Senate Republican who voted to convict Trump in both his Senate impeachment trials.

That's made him a longtime subject of Trump's scorn. CNBC reported in 2019 that the former president called the 2012 GOP presidential nominee a "pompous ass" and a "fool" for criticizing him.
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The GOP's devotion to Trump threatens to destroy American democracy
The ex-President is showing that he doesn't have to be in the Oval Office to damage faith in US elections and to trash truth, as his movement based on lies and personal homage takes an increasingly firm grip of the Republican Party. The widespread mistrust he continues to foster in the fairness of the US political system among millions of voters poses grave risks to democracy itself.

Trump, using his bond with the conservative grassroots, has effectively made fealty to his false claims of a fraudulent election last year the price of entry for any Republican candidate in any race. Under his influence, one of America's two great political parties has effectively shed its belief in democracy -- a dereliction that is massively significant for the country's future.

... The former President retains an extraordinary ability to dictate the beliefs of his followers and the orthodoxy of the GOP on a daily basis.

... Trump is answering one question that was often asked in his dark last days in office -- would he be as powerful in private life as he was with the trappings of presidential office? If anything the former President wields even more control of his party now than he did over the last five years , a fact made more remarkable by the social media silence enforced by bans from major social media platforms.

... A flurry of recent developments prove Trump's power in the GOP and his undiminished threat to trust in the electoral system, and show that the fight for American democracy merely entered a new phase when he left office.

A slew of Republican state legislatures have passed laws making it more difficult for Democrats, and especially Black voters, to cast ballots. They often cite voter mistrust in the electoral system as a rationale for those changes. But the chief cause of that mistrust is the relentless campaign by Trump to discredit the election he lost, both before and after voters went to the polls.

... Any idea that the GOP will shed its fealty to Trump was exposed as a pipe dream by the poor showing of Marine veteran Michael Wood, who ran in a special election for a House seat in Texas at the weekend on an anti-Trump platform and lost badly in a jungle primary with only 3% or the vote.

"There is a sickness in our party that must be acknowledged and addressed," Wood wrote in a message to voters after his defeat.

"We are too much a cult of personality and a vehicle for the grievances of Donald Trump. We are too comfortable with conspiracy theories."

... The secret of Trump's appeal from the start of his presidential campaign in 2015 was that he channeled the distrust many conservatives felt towards the Washington establishment and the political system itself. He gave people a kind of permission to believe in what they felt viscerally rather than facts and truth. His attempt to destroy trust in the electoral system is creating another false reality with a built-in belief system that is deeply attractive to his voters. The fact that none of it is true does not detract from the power of his appeal.

But it is still extraordinary that the Republican Party, which in recent memory styled itself as the guardian of democracy and boasted about winning the Cold War against tyranny, could transform in this manner.
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House Republicans are plotting to oust Liz Cheney and replace her with a pro-Trump woman
  • House Republicans are plotting to replace Rep. Liz Cheney, Axios reported.
  • It follows her sustained criticism of former President Donald Trump.
  • Potential replacements include Reps. Elise Stefanik, Ann Wagner, and Jackie Walorski, Axios reported.
Axios reported that House Republicans are now considering introducing efforts to replace her with one of her female colleagues, including Reps. Elise Stefanik, Ann Wagner, and Jackie Walorski, none of whom joined Liz Cheney in calling for Trump's impeachment.

Both Stefanik and Walorski objected to the Electoral College certification of the election in January.

The House Republicans believe Cheney can't be succeeded by a white man and their could move against her as soon as May 12, when the Conference next meets, Axios reported. Cheney comfortably survived a GOP leadership vote in February following intense criticism over her decision to vote for Trump's impeachment.

But several factors have imperiled Cheney's leadership position since then, not least the continued efforts of Trump — who still exerts a vice-like grip on the Republican Party — to ensure Cheney's political demise.

The schism between Cheney and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has also grown far more apparent since February, Insider's John L. Dorman reported.

McCarthy publicly backed Cheney to remain in post in February, but last week refused to offer the same endorsement, saying instead: "That's a question for the conference."

He also criticized Cheney in an interview with Politico last week, saying: "There's a responsibility, if you're gonna be in leadership, leaders eat last. And when leaders try to go out, and not work as one team, it creates difficulties."

She was also intensely criticized by House colleagues for giving a fist bump to President Biden last week.
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Former MI6 spy Christopher Steele produced a 2nd dossier on Trump while he was president, report says
  • Christopher Steele previously made an unverified dossier on the Trump campaign and Russia.
  • The Telegraph reported on Monday that he made a second one for the FBI during Trump's presidency.
  • The second document contains further claims of Russian meddling and sex tapes, The Telegraph reported.
Christopher Steele's first dossier was later leaked to and published by BuzzFeed in January 2017.

That unverified report detailed supposed collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and was later used by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the FBI as they investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that Trump won.

The document also claimed that Russia had incriminating material on Trump, including a tape of him with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.

Some of its allegations have been proven true, though much still remains uncorroborated. Trump has denounced it as false.

The Telegraph, citing unnamed sources, reported that Steele produced for the FBI a second dossier on Trump during his presidency, which lasted from January 2017 to January 2021.

The Telegraph wrote that the second document "contains raw intelligence that makes further claims of Russian meddling in the US election and also references claims regarding the existence of further sex tapes."

The newspaper also said the second dossier relied on different sources to the first one.

It also noted that the existence of a second dossier suggests the FBI was confident in the material in his first dossier.
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Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.