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What Marjorie Taylor Greene's Constituents Really Think of Her
Talk to Republicans in her district, and many will tell you that Greene's antics are the point. She is, they say, something like the 14th District's middle finger to Washington.

"The people in our district knew exactly what they were getting," said John Cowan, the neurosurgeon and local football star who lost to Greene in a Republican runoff here last year. "They have such a low view of Congress that they said, 'Y'all deserve her.' We know what we're sending to you, and it's because we think so poorly of our US Congress that we're going to send the worst up there."

... Some GOPers describe her as an embarrassment to the district and fret that places such as Rome, the largest city in her district, are losing out on economic development because of her exploits.

"Her lack of seriousness, her tone, her approach — it's not a very good representation of our community," one longtime Rome Republican said.

"She will never get the respect that we need," said another lifelong Rome Republican who requested anonymity to speak out against Greene in the relatively small world of northwest Georgia politics. "To me, it's an embarrassment to say she's our congresswoman. People love her here. She totes her gun and she yells and screams. She knows how to play to her audience."

"She is who she said she would be," Cowan said. "That's the problem though."
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Arizona's ridiculous election audit should be the end of Trump's 'Big Lie' — if only Republicans had the courage to condemn it
  • Trump's "Big Lie" that he lost the election because of voter fraud continues in Arizona's ridiculous audit, run by a QAnon-friendly company Cyber Ninjas.
  • Republicans in Congress could demonstrate a commitment to democracy and condemn the Arizona audit fiasco.
  • GOP leadership either supports the audit or is so afraid of offending Trump that they're staying silent.
The vast majority of elected Republicans would really rather not talk about January 6 anymore.

Sure, they'll admit, a violent mob assaulted police and forced its way into America's citadel of democracy at the behest of then-President Donald Trump.

Ok fine, some of them were well-known neo-Nazis and neo-fascists with ties to the Trump administration.

Yeah, there were police officers, members of the military, and elected Republicans among the marauders who brought the traitorous Confederate battle flag into the Capitol.

But it's time to "move on," goes the GOP talking point.

There was a fleeting moment where it seemed like congressional Republicans might finally be willing to break with the president who disgraced their party and willfully undermined American democracy.

At the conclusion of Trump's second impeachment trial — the one where the 45th president was accused of incitement of insurrection — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a stirring speech in which he said Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for the attack.

McConnell also denounced the "intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories orchestrated by an outgoing president … determined to either overturn the voters' decision or else torch our institutions on the way out."

But because Trump had left office a few weeks earlier, McConnell said the point was moot, so he voted to acquit.

And while McConnell had hinted at keeping an "open mind" to the idea of an independent bipartisan inquiry in the mold of the 9/11 Commission, he ultimately came out against a full accounting of the attempted insurrection on January 6.

To some extent, a political realist can understand why Republicans in Congress fear losing their seats to a Trump-backed insurgent, and how it discourages them from doing the right thing.

However, the Trumpist "election audit" happening in Arizona is an easy opportunity for Republicans to put an end to Trump's "Big Lie" that has effectively destroyed Republican confidence in elections and directly caused the January 6 siege on the Capitol.

Republicans, both local and national, could take a stand against the brain poison that is Trump's election fraud conspiracy theory.

... When the auditors claimed to have found evidence of a deleted database of ballots, Fann made the claim public, and Trump amplified it in a statement saying, "This is illegal."

The auditors later backtracked on their explosive fraud claims.

But the damage had been done, and this week some Arizona Republicans decided enough was enough.

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chair Jack Sellers said Fann's efforts were an "attempt at legitimizing a grift disguised as an audit." Another Republican on the board said, "This is creating a black eye to Arizona."

That's more courage than we've seen yet from most Republicans in Congress, who have largely ranged from silent acquiescence to avid support of the QAnon-linked Arizona audit.

The usual suspects of QAnon-friendly, "Stop the Steal" conspiracy theory-obsessed Republicans — Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, and Paul Gosar — are fully on-board with the Arizona audit.

Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, once considered a centrist, has risen to a leadership position in the GOP by prioritizing Trump loyalty above all else. She told former Trump advisor and Breitbart boss Steve Bannon earlier in May that she "fully supports" the audit, and asked, "What are Democrats afraid of?"

The more apt question is what are Republicans afraid of?

It's not hard to admit that this thoroughly vetted and contested election was free, fair, and decisive. If that costs a candidate the support of some Trump voters, at least Republicans can say they stand for democracy and the rule of law, rather than acting as servile foot soldiers for a deposed politician.

Mitch McConnell, for a brief moment, seemed like he truly wanted to move on and disassociate the GOP from the Big Lie. By staying mute on the Arizona audit, McConnell is allowing the lie — and Trump — to further infect his party.

The Senate minority leader could demonstrate actual leadership and denounce the Cyber Ninjas audit. Other congressional Republicans could follow suit — it would be the death knell for the Big Lie.

What are they afraid of?
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A Chinese-American civil rights group is suing Trump for $22.9m for calling COVID-19 the 'China Virus' and 'Kung Flu'. That's $1 for each Asian American and Pacific Islander living in the US.
  • A Chinese-American civil rights group is suing former President Donald Trump for $22.9 million, TMZ said.
  • He is reportedly being sued for defamation and infliction of emotional distress on Asian Americans.
  • Trump has famously used offensive terms, such as "Wuhan Flu," and "Kung Flu," to describe COVID-19.
Former President Donald Trump is being sued by the Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition for defamation and infliction of emotional distress, according to a lawsuit seen by TMZ. The civil rights group is arguing that Trump's use of derogatory terms for the coronavirus has led to a rise in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, TMZ reported.

The former president has famously used terms such as the "Chinese Virus," "China Virus," "Wuhan Flu," and "Kung Flu," to describe COVID-19.

The Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition is suing Trump for roughly $22.9 million, or $1 for every Asian American and Pacific Islander living in the United States,
TMZ said.

The money would be used to establish a museum showcasing AAPI contributions to the US, the media outlet reported.

In recent months, there has been a spike in violence against Asian Americans. Most notably, in March, a fatal shooting at three Atlanta-area spas left eight dead, including six Asian women.

In April, more than 80 percent of Asian Americans said violence against them is on the rise, a Pew Research Study showed.

And one-in-five of those surveyed blamed Trump for the rising violence,
the study said.
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Conservative media outlets feud as OAN accuses pro-Trump Newsmax of being a 'left-leaning' network
  • A host on One America News has accused Newsmax of being a "left-leaning organization," Newsweek reported.
  • He said that Newsmax did not back former President Donald Trump strongly enough after the 2020 election.
  • Both stations are openly supportive of Trump and are popular in right-wing circles.
As an increasing number of conservatives move from Fox News to outlets further on the right, the battle for pro-Trump views is well underway for One America News (OAN) and Newsmax.

So much so that an OAN host has challenged the right-wing credentials of pro-Trump Newxmax by calling it a "left-leaning organization," Newsweek reported.

In a recent segment, journalist Pearson Sharp accused Newsmax of professing to be conservative but not backing former President Donald Trump strongly enough.
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A court ruled that a Trump spokesperson must pay $42,000 to Gizmodo Media Group for wrongfully claiming the outlet defamed him
  • Trump spokesperson Jason Miller lost a defamation lawsuit against G/O Media, the parent of Gizmodo and once-active outlet Splinter.
  • Splinter in 2018 reported that Miller had given a dancer abortion drugs after getting her pregnant.
  • Miller has repeatedly said the story is untrue, but the court ruled in favor of G/O Media and ordered him to pay about $42,000.
Jason Miller, spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, must pay about $42,000 to G/O Media after a Florida court found that the outlet is not guilty of defamation, court documents show.

Miller accused G/O of defaming him in a report on an allegation made by his former girlfriend AJ Delgado last year in a sealed filing in a custody battle for their son. The report said Miller had given a dancer at a strip club in Florida abortion drugs in a smoothie after getting her pregnant.

He has strenuously denied the allegation and said the story was untrue.

G/O, formerly the Gizmodo Media Group, is the parent company of Gizmodo and Jezebel, among other news outlets.

The story originally ran in September 2018 in Splinter, which has since shut down.

Miller had claimed that the story was inaccurate and had led to the termination of his contract with CNN. Prior to the termination, Miller had been a paid political commenter for the network.

When Miller first filed the defamation suit in 2019, a court struck it down and sided with Gizmodo.

But Miller in 2020 revived the lawsuit, filing an appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, court docs show.

In his appeal, Miller argued for confidentiality "to prevent a serious and imminent threat to the fair, impartial, and orderly administration of justice," to "avoid substantial injury to innocent third parties," to "avoid substantial injury to a party by disclosure of matters protected by a common law or privacy right not generally inherent in the specific type of proceeding sought to be closed," and to "comply with established public policy," according to court documents.

During oral arguments, attorney Shane Vogt called the allegation against Miller "indisputably false." Miller had been seeking $100 million from G/O in damages.
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Former Rep. Justin Amash says Liz Cheney could have spoken out against Trump sooner, rejects her being 'some sort of hero'
  • Justin Amash warned against turning Liz Cheney into "some sort of hero" for her criticism of Trump.
  • Amash said that Cheney didn't join him when he was criticizing Trump's behavior before January 6.
  • "I also think we need to be careful, because you want to give people the room to learn and change," he said.
Former Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who became a contrarian within the GOP after former President Donald Trump's 2016 election before eventually leaving the party, warned against calling Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming a "hero" for her criticism of the former president.

During an interview on "The Axe Files" podcast with CNN senior political commentator David Axelrod, Amash said that Cheney could have joined him in rebuking Trump years ago.

Amash, who served in the House from 2011 to 2021, was a member of the Republican Party until 2019, when he officially became an Independent. Last year, he became a Libertarian.

"For a long time, I was warning that the president's approach could lead to things like violence, could lead to a lot of animosity and contempt, and all sorts of things that would be harmful to our country," he said. "She didn't stand up for that view."

Amash has been a longtime critic of Trump and called for the former president's impeachment based on the findings from the Russia investigation in February 2019, months before Trump's eventual 2019 impeachment by the Democratic-led House.

The former congressman, who nixed his third-party presidential bid last year, said Cheney was nowhere to be found when he was the lone voice pressing for Trump's ouster.

"We had four years where she could have stood up and said, 'There's a problem here. What Donald Trump is doing is wrong,'" he said. "I think this effort to turn her into some sort of hero is a bit misguided."
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Ex-Trump ambassador says former President 'absolutely' bears responsibility for January 6 riot
"Absolutely, I mean he bears responsibility. I think his presidency was diminished as a result of this, and I think he's paying a price. He's been impeached twice. He was impeached for those actions," said former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who served as Trump's ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, of his former boss to CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union."

Brown, who said some of Trump's foreign policy accomplishments and his response to the coronavirus pandemic "are by the wayside now" following the riot, told Bash that he supports an independent commission to investigate the events surrounding the attack.

"To have a commission like this to find out who was responsible, what went wrong, to make sure it never happens again, it should be a no-brainer," he said.

"You look at what happened on 9/11 when we were attack by foreign terrorists and we wanted to find out immediately: where was the breakdown, what happened and why. Well, this is no different," Brown said. "They weren't tourists. They weren't visiting just to have fun."
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Peter Meijer, GOP lawmaker, condemns Marjorie Taylor Greene's comparison of mask mandates to Holocaust as 'beyond reprehensible'
"Well, first off, any comparisons to the Holocaust it's beyond reprehensible. This is -- I don't even have words to describe how disappointing it is to see this hyperbolic speech that, frankly amps up and plays into a lot of the anti-Semitism that we've been seeing in our society today. Vicious attacks on the streets of New York and in Los Angeles," Meijer told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union."

During an interview last week with the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody Real America's Voice TV show "The Water Cooler," the Georgia congresswoman accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being a hypocrite for asking GOP members to prove they have all been vaccinated before allowing members to be in the House chamber without a mask.

"You know, we can look back at a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany," Greene said. "And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about."

... Greene later defended her comments to CNN affiliate KPNX, saying, "I stand by all of my statements, I said nothing wrong."

"I think any rational Jewish person didn't like what happened in Nazi Germany & any rational Jewish person doesn't like what's happening with overbearing mask mandates and overbearing vaccine policies," she said.

Pelosi's office declined to comment on the remarks, but Greene's comments drew the ire of multiple congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
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Rep. Eric Swalwell says GOP opponents of the Jan. 6 commission aren't 'standing up for the cops that protected them'
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell criticized GOP opponents of a bill that would create a January 6 commission.
  • He said that Republicans are "blowing it" and not "standing up" for the cops that protected them.
  • Swalwell was hopeful that the bill could clear the Senate, despite opposition from Mitch McConnell.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California criticized the overwhelming GOP opposition to a bipartisan January 6 commission in a recent podcast interview with The Daily Beast, saying that the party is "completely blowing it."

During an episode of "The New Abnormal" featuring editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast, Swalwell mocked the Republican Party's approach to handling the bill, which Democrats modified in order to secure GOP support for investigating the deadly Capitol insurrection.

"Go negotiate this deal. Get everything we want, bring it back, and then let's reject it," Swalwell said of the strategy of GOP leadership. "That's a hell of a game plan. If this is any preview of how they would govern, I think it's good reason not to let them anywhere close to a [House] majority."

Swalwell lauded Democratic attempts to enact policing reforms and seek answers regarding the safety of the officers who protect lawmakers at the Capitol complex.

"When you look at law and order, you're starting to see a party that can hold the cops accountable when they make mistakes and put reforms in place, but also a party that can stand by them when they act honorably," he said. "Here, you see they're [Republicans are] completely blowing it and walking away when it comes to standing up for the cops that protected them."

He added: "There are Republican colleagues of mine who I think look these officers in the eyes, recognize that these are the people who take care us, and this is the one opportunity to show them that you're taking care of them and saying a meaningful thank you to them."
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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said none of the 8 presidents he served would recognize the GOP today, saying its values are 'hard to find these days'
  • Robert Gates told CBS on Sunday that traditional GOP values "are hard to find these days."
  • He said none of the presidents he served, including 5 Republicans, would recognize the party now.
  • Trump's election claims "gives an opportunity to America's enemies to say America is a declining power," he said.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates rebuked the Republican Party, saying none of the eight presidents he served would recognize it today.

"I worked for eight presidents, five of them were Republicans. I don't think any of them would recognize the Republican Party today," Gates, a Republican, told CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

"The values and the principles that the Republican Party stood for under those five presidents are hard to find these days," he told host John Dickerson.

Gates also said the Capitol riot and former President Donald Trump's baseless claims that the 2020 election was rigged "gives an opportunity to America's enemies to say America is a declining power."

However, Gates said that he didn't think many Republican lawmakers actually think the 2020 election was fraudulent, calling the claim "political gaming rather than a real conviction."

He also praised Rep. Liz Cheney — who earlier this month was ousted from her congressional GOP leadership role for refusing to back Trump's election-fraud claims — saying she was a person "of real integrity."

Gates began his career with the CIA in the late 1960s and ended it as President Barack Obama's defense secretary in 2011. He had served Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
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or Trump-ism

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.