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GOP election official in the Arizona county targeted by ballot recount called Trump 'unhinged' and said 'we can't indulge these insane lies'
  • GOP election official Stephen Richer called Trump "unhinged" over claims about the election.
  • Richer leads the elections department in Maricopa County, where a GOP-backed recount is taking place.
  • "We can't indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country," he said.
The Republican official in charge of the elections department in the Arizona county where a GOP-backed recount of the election is taking place lashed out at former president Donald Trump on Saturday.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer took to Twitter to refute a statement in which Trump repeated unsubstantiated claims about the election and claimed, without evidence, that the "entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!"

"This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, who is leading the Forensic Audit, is up in arms," Trump said.

Richer tweeted the statement, calling it "as readily falsifiable as 2+2=5."

"Wow. This is unhinged. I'm literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now," he wrote. "We can't indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country."
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Donald Trump's new blog crashed after he posted an unverified claim about election fraud in Arizona
  • Former President Donald Trump's blog crashed on Saturday after he posted about an Arizona recount.
  • His post alleged massive fraud in the form of "broken seals on boxes, ballots missing, and worse."
  • Trump launched the "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" blog earlier this month.
Former President Donald Trump's "From the Desk of..." blog crashed on Saturday. Users were greeted with an error message, saying "something has gone wrong and this URL cannot be processed at this time."

The hourlong outage came after Trump posted a message about the ongoing election recount in Maricopa County, Arizona, according to the Gateway Pundit.

The message included unverified statements about election fraud in Arizona, saying "seals were broken on the boxes that hold the votes, ballots are missing, and worse."

Trump launched the blog in early May as a way to talk directly to his followers and the media. He was previously removed from both Twitter and Facebook, his most-used social media networks.

... Earlier this month, Peter Loge, an associate professor at George Washington University, told Insider's Thomas Colson that "Trump is just shouting into the void."

Loge added: "He isn't letting anyone shout back. Shouting at people is a less effective way to maintain celebrity status and keep selling new merchandise than finding ways to create the illusion of interaction is."

Trump's blog states that it's paid for by Save America, a joint fundraising committee paid for by political action committees Save America and Make America Great Again.
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Liz Cheney said more Republicans would've voted to impeach Trump but were in fear for their lives
  • Rep. Liz Cheney said some GOP lawmakers feared the consequences of opposing Donald Trump.
  • Cheney said some GOP voted not to impeach Trump not because they thought he was innocent but out of fear.
  • Cheney was ousted from her GOP leadership position last week over her opposition to Trump.
Rep. Liz Cheney has said that some Republicans chose not to impeach Donald Trump over his role in inciting the Capitol riot not because they thought he was innocent but because they feared the consequences of opposing the former president.

Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper Friday, Cheney addressed the recent decision by party colleagues to oust her from her position in the party leadership over her rejection of Trump's conspiracy theory that the election was stolen from him as a result of mass fraud.

Cheney said that opposition to Trump was, in fact, more widespread among GOP lawmakers in Congress than it might appear, and there are "more members who believe in substance and policy and ideals than are willing to say so."

"If you look at the vote to impeach, for example, there were members who told me that they were afraid for their own security – afraid, in some instances, for their lives," Cheney said.

"And that tells you something about where we are as a country, that members of Congress aren't able to cast votes, or feel that they can't, because of their own security," she added.
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Arizona Republicans want to expand the controversial vote recount to all elections held in 2020
  • The Arizona Senate is considering expanding its controversial audit of votes in Maricopa County.
  • An audit of ballots in last year's presidential and US Senate elections was launched in April.
  • Observers say the audit is shambolic and driven by conspiracy theories.
The Senate in April ordered a recount of votes in last year's presidential and US Senate elections in Arizona's most populous county on the basis of Donald Trump's groundless claim that last year's election was stolen from him as a result of mass fraud.

The recount, which is being conducted by contractors Cyber Ninjas, has been criticized by observers from the Arizona secretary of state's office as shambolic and inaccurate. They said auditors appeared to be seeking to verify conspiracy theories about last year's election using dubious technology.

Joe Biden flipped Arizona in his election win last year, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Arizona since 1991, and Democrat Mark Kelly was elected to the US Senate.

Ken Bennett, who is serving as the state Senate's audit liaison, told the Arizona Republic that the recount could be expanded to include all of the elections held in the county last year. As well as voting to elect the president and to fill one of its US Senate seats, voters in Arizona elected their representatives in the US House of Representatives and a slew of officials in state and municipal roles.

"We are looking with other companies to do a machine tabulation of all the races on the ballot to compare with the Dominion tabulation back in November," Bennet told the outlet.

"We will be looking at the images of all 2.1 million ballots."

Bennet told the publication that a California company which he did not name was being considered to conduct the audit. He added that it would not involve a physical recount of ballots like that being conducted by Cyber Ninjas but would involve digital images of ballots.

He appeared to be referencing groundless conspiracy theories spread by Trump and his allies that voting machines recorded millions of Trump votes for Biden last year as part of an elaborate plot to deprive Republicans of victory.

Dominion has issued a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against allies of Trump who were the most prominent backers of the allegation.

The result of the audits cannot be used to change the elections, but Republicans say will be used to ensure the integrity of future elections.

... Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobb and the US Justice Department have expressed concern about the recount currently being conducted.

"We already know this election was free from fraud," Hobbs told a CBS News interview Saturday, referencing audits that have already been conducted into last year's results. "This is unprecedented, and it's not sustainable to think this will be the future of how we handle elections."
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The Republican party is no longer serious
  • The Republican party used to generate actual policy ideas, but no longer.
  • Now trolling and obstructionist shenanigans are all the GOP cares about.
In 1994, Americans were presented with "A Contract with America" from Republican Leaders Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey. This policy document was a set of proposals inspired by President Ronald Reagan's 1985 State of the Union speech.. The "contract" was a detailed document of specific policies and actions that Republicans would advance if they took over the majority of the US House of Representatives. Many of these proposals made their way into actual laws.

Fast forward to today's Republican Party, and it's no longer a party of ideas and policy, nor do they even pretend to be.

Instead, the GOP has turned into a party of obstruction. Recently, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that "100% of my focus is standing up to this administration," meaning that his entire goal was blocking whatever the White House proposes. A few weeks ago, President Biden introduced his anticipated infrastructure plan to the American people, and upon the release of that plan it hit its first roadblock, as the GOP widely panned it.

... Instead of focusing on or proposing ideas to help solve the problems facing the country, the GOP has devoted most of its time and energy to promoting "The Big Lie:" that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. Republicans even purged conservative leader Rep. Liz Cheney from House leadership simply for refuting that lie.

Republicans once had grand visions for America. Other than the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the failed American Health Care Act of 2017, there has not been any significant or bold policy proposal from the GOP. The party has been sluggish in solutions and anemic in answering the calls from Americans to work to move the country forward.

Whether you liked it or not, Republican President George W. Bush pushed for an ambitious plan to reform our immigration system. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 demonstrates that the GOP used to be serious about tackling important issues facing many Americans, and were willing to work with Democrats to solve them. The bill never became law, in large part to opposition on both sides, but the same forces in the Republican Party that helped kill this bill are now the "mainstream" leaders of the party.

In 2005, Republicans and Democrats worked together on a major $286.4 billion transportation bill. The Republican sponsored bill won enormous bipartisan support. It received the support of 412 members of the House to eight in opposition, and passed 91 to four in the Senate. This goes to show that when Republicans put forward sensible policy and aren't afraid to work with Democrats, great things can be accomplished.

It's important to notice that at that time, the Democrats weren't solely focused on obstructing the Republicans. They were willing to compromise with them. Lately, that hasn't been the case with the GOP.

In 2016, when the Republican Party was debating who their nominee should be, we saw that base voters chose to support candidates that offered more sensational soundbites than solutions. Candidates like Governors John Kasich and Jeb Bush were heavy with policy ideas, but the media and the GOP base were more attracted to the chaotic candidacies of Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz. Sadly, this laid the foundation for many others in the party to become less serious about policy and more interested in becoming a personality, to the detriment of their part and their constituents.

This desire to become a personality has reinforced the notion that the GOP isn't serious on policy or putting forth any new ideas. Representatives Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene go on Fox News to be incendiary figures who care more about throwing elbows and airing GOP grievances to grow "their personal brand" and bank accounts rather than discussing substantive policy. Sadly, this problem is rotten to the GOP core, as this is what their base wants.

There are some Republicans who care to focus on policy, but as a whole, the party doesn't care to lead on ideas.

While a significant majority of the GOP is focused on extraneous matters like old books from Dr. Seuss, there are people who have been castigated from the Trumpist portion of the GOP that hope to lead the way and unveil a new set of guiding principles. This group, to which I belong, consists of current and former Republicans and should be listened to, as we have the vision to lead a policy-oriented debate, free of Trumpism. We have put out a call for an American Renewal.

The best path forward is to increase competitive incentives for the GOP to recommit to truth, our founding principles, and decency. If ultimately the GOP won't accept our agenda, and continues down this path of conspiracies and anti-democracy, we'll have no choice but to forge a new path.
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Republican congressman calls out 'bogus' claims by GOP colleagues downplaying Capitol riot
"It's absolutely bogus. You know, I was there. I watched a number of the folks walk down to the White House and then back. I have a balcony on my office. So I saw them go down. I heard the noise -- the flash bangs, I smelled some of the gas as it moved my way," the Michigan congressman Fred Upton told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" when asked about comments made by several congressional Republicans last week who attempted to re-write what happened on January 6.

The comments from the longtime congressman come as a rift in his party grows between members who are offering an inaccurate account of the insurrection and those who have consistently condemned the violence on January 6 while also casting blame on former President Donald Trump and his 2020 election lies for the attack. Upton was among the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the riot.

Among the claims made last week was one by Rep. Andrew Clyde, a Republican from Georgia, who falsely compared the riot to a tourist visit, saying during a hearing on the attack that "there was no insurrection and to call it an insurrection, in my opinion, is a bold baseline."

Upton told Bash he wasn't sure what was motivating his colleagues to make such claims, but that those statements stand as a reason why he supports a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack. Lawmakers on Friday cleared a hurdle on Friday in creating a bipartisan commission after the top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee struck a deal on how to structure the independent panel.

"Get the facts out, try to assure the American public this is what happened, and let the facts lead us to the conclusion," Upton said.
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Liz Cheney said she refuses to 'whitewash' the Capitol Riot, calling Republicans who do 'disgraceful and despicable'
  • Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said she won't "whitewash" the events of the January 6 Capitol Riot.
  • Cheney was ousted from her leadership position last week in the House GOP.
  • "The notion that this was somehow a tourist event is disgraceful and despicable," she said.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said Sunday that she refused to be part of the "whitewashing" of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol as members of the GOP work to distance themselves from it.

"It's indefensible," Cheney told ABC News' Jon Karl during an interview that aired Sunday on "This Week."

"I will never forget seeing the law enforcement officers, the members of the SWAT team, the rapid response forces — seeing them in their exhaustion," she said.

She continued: "They had been through hand-to-hand combat and people died. And the notion that this was somehow a tourist event is disgraceful and despicable, and I won't be part of whitewashing what happened on January 6. Nobody should be part of it and people oughta be held accountable."
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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says he would 'love to move on' from Trump, slams McCarthy for giving 'his leadership card' to the former president
  • Rep. Kinzinger criticized Republicans who are giving contradictory opinions about Trump's influence.
  • "You can't say he's the leader and then say we have to move on," he said.
  • Kinzinger criticized GOP leader McCarthy for effectively handing over power to the former president.
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Sunday criticized Republicans who have expressed a desire to move on from former President Donald Trump while also supporting him as an enduring force within the party.

During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Kinzinger told host Chuck Todd that the party members couldn't embrace the former president and his debunked election claims, which have continued beyond his one term in office.

"Trump set the table," Kinzinger said. "He's the one that continually brings up a stolen election narrative. He's the one that has convinced, members of Congress, including what we saw a few days ago, to have a hearing on January 6th and claimed that this was nothing but a tourist group, or that it was hugs and kisses."

Kinzinger then chided House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California for what he said is the Republican leader's abdication of his duties.

"You cannot on the one hand say that Donald Trump is a leader or the leader of the Republican Party — which I believe he is the leader of the Republican Party right now because Kevin McCarthy gave him his leadership card," he said. "You can't say he's the leader and then say we have to move on. I would love to move on."
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Matt Gaetz deflects accusations he paid for 'naughty favors,' says the corruption actually lies in legislative earmarks
  • At an appearance in Ohio, Matt Gaetz tried to deflect allegations that he paid for sex with a minor.
  • The beleaguered Florida lawmaker once again denied that he exchanged cash for "naughty favors."
  • Instead, he called out earmarks — which are legal — for being corrupt acts of exchanging cash for favors.
Controversial Florida lawmaker Matt Gaetz said on Saturday that allegations that he paid for sex were false — and compared these accusations to legislative earmarks.

Denying once again all allegations of sexual misconduct, the embattled congressman drew an equivalency between paying for sex and earmarks — a legal congressional process where funds can be marked out to be spent on specific projects.

"I'm being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors," Gaetz said at the Ohio Political Summit, a GOP conference in Cleveland, as reported by MSNBC.

"Yet, Congress has reinstituted a process that legalizes the corrupt act of exchanging money for favors, through earmarks, and everybody knows that that's the corruption," Gaetz added.

NBC News reported that Gaetz's keynote speech at the Ohio conference was given to 400 people, and was advertised as a prominent GOP forum in the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections.

During his speech, Gaetz side-stepped references to the sex trafficking allegations that have been leveled against him, while comparing these accusations to earmarks. Congressional earmarks, often used by lawmakers to fund pet projects in their states, returned to use in legislation this year — and are not the same as exchanging cash for sex.
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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.