'Vile' Republican faces furious backlash after calling Michigan's first Black lieutenant governor a 'scary masked man'
Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist has been in office for over three years, making history as Michigan’s first African-American lieutenant governor.
The Democratic father of three, who contracted COVID-19 earlier this month after his daughter tested positive, posted a Twitter video Thursday afternoon in which he was masked up and announced that he was back to doing events: “Hey Michigan! I’m ready to get back out into our communities again and continue speaking with Michiganders on the issues that matter to them most.”
On Thursday evening, CNN posted a blockbuster story that former President Donald Trump’s team directed the 2020 fake GOP elector scheme in Michigan and six other states to help overturn the Electoral College results and install him for another term, even though President Joe Biden won the election.
The story also featured leaked audio from Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock, telling a right-wing group, Stand Up Michigan, co-founded by GOP gubernatorial candidate Gerald Soldano: “We fought to seat the electors. The Trump campaign asked us to do that. I’m under a lot of scrutiny for that today.”
After CNN’s story broke, Maddock took to Twitter. But the state GOP co-chair, who is married to state Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford), did not address the false elector machinations.
Meshawn Maddock was one of the 16 false GOP electors who signed a document in December 2020 claiming Trump won all of Michigan’s electoral votes. She also was part of a group of Republicans who tried to enter the Michigan Capitol on Dec. 14, 2020, while the Electoral College was meeting.
In reality, Biden won Michigan by more than 154,000 votes and thus all 16 of the state’s electoral votes.
She was elected in 2021 co-chair of the state Republican Party along with Ron Weiser, a former ambassador and current University of Michigan regent.
That was after Maddock helped organize buses to pro-Trump protests in Washington, D.C., as Congress was meeting to certify Electoral College votes. She spoke at a Jan. 5, 2021, rally in D.C. The day after, Trump incited a mob of his supporters and encouraged them to storm the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the electoral votes for Biden’s 2020 presidential win. Five people died, hundreds of law enforcement officers were injured and four later died by suicide.
Rodericka Applewhaite, a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, on Saturday blasted Maddock’s tweet: “.@MIGOP @CoChairMeshawn Maddock showing exactly what we’re up against. Can anyone tell me what’s scary here?”
Jeff Timmer is a former Michigan GOP executive director who left the party during the Trump era and is now a consultant to Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s campaign.
“Will a single Republican display honor and denounce the racism of this vile human?” Timmer tweeted on Saturday. “Do they agree with her? Or are they just chickenshits?”
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Evangelical Jerry Falwell Jr. took testosterone supplements in bid to win wife back from pool boy: report
Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. began taking testosterone supplements in an effort to win back his wife from the Miami pool boy with whom she had been having an affair, according to a new report.
That was one of the many revelations after the Falwells sat down with Gabriel Sherman for a Vanity Fair interview at their 500-acre Lynchburg farm.
"A former Miami pool boy named Giancarlo Granda claimed he had a nearly seven-year affair with Falwell’s wife, Becki—and that Falwell often liked to watch them have sex. Granda went on a national media tour—he gave interviews to ABC News, CNN, Reuters, Politico, and The Washington Post—and said the Falwells began 'grooming' him when he was 20 and bought his silence with luxury vacations, rides on Liberty’s private jet, and an ownership stake managing a Miami Beach hostel. To bolster his claims, Granda released screenshots of Facetime calls and text conversations with Becki ('I’m not wearing any panties,' she allegedly wrote Granda in one message). Falwell released a statement that acknowledged Becki and Granda’s relationship, but he vehemently denied watching the trysts. Instead, Falwell said he was the real victim of a 'Fatal Attraction–type' extortion plot after Granda demanded $2 million to keep the affair secret," Sherman recounted.
The Falwells recounted how Becki Falwell and Granda grew closer in 2012.
"They swapped love songs over text (Becki said Granda sent her 'Little Things' by One Direction and 'Sideways' by Citizen Cope)," Sherman reported. "Around this time she started signing her texts to Granda 'I love you.' When Granda called, Becki snuck off to talk. Her unexplained absences became a running joke in the Falwell family. Her kids printed T-shirts that read 'Where’s Becki?'"
The couple went into business with Granda after Becki says she informed her husband of the affair.
“The only way I could do it was to detach. I let it go on. I’m partly to blame," Falwell said. "I was thinking maybe I was the reason she was lonely because I wasn’t taking care of myself."
Gabriel described how Falwell sought to win her back, saying he, "hired a trainer. He lifted weights and took testosterone supplements. Jerry attributed a lot of the incendiary things he later did to side effects of the hormones."
Granda says he has a forthcoming book and Hulu documentary.
Read the full report.
According to Washington Post political analyst Philip Bump, a video clip of Donald Trump's "please clap" moment that was filmed at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend is indicative that the public is rapidly losing interest in the former president as fellow Republicans adopt his rhetoric but do it without the actual baggage of being the twice-impeached president who lost re-election.
Describing the video moment by recalling a similar humiliating clip of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in 2016 just before his campaign to be the GOP presidential nominee died a quiet death, Bump wrote that Trump seems to be suffering the same fate, while also noting polls seem to bear that out.
"Until now. Before January 2021, Trump was consistently identified as the target of more support among Republicans than was the GOP. A year ago, after Trump lost his reelection bid, the two pulled even. And since then, the GOP has built a widening lead," Bump wrote. "Seven years after Trump first emerged as a significant political force, and with him now in semi-retirement post-2020, the party seems finally to have figured out how to use to its own advantage what made him appealing. Trumpism, if you will, has been licensed out like so many Trump products before."
Using the election of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) as an example of someone who got Trump's endorsement while keeping him at arm's length, the analysts said that lesson has not been lost by other GOP candidates who want Trump's fans -- but not him.
Bump also noted Trump's attempts to make the case that he is still important with his curious decision to endorse two GOP candidates running for the same seat so he can take credit for their win.
"It’s an unintentionally revealing consideration, one that would make explicit that Trump’s concern is not values but the demonstration of success. This isn’t really a secret, but Trump’s generic-to-the-point-of-parody endorsements were in the past at least theoretically predicated on issues," he wrote. "This is the “please clap” of endorsement strategies, an effort to simply gin up the appearance of importance where it otherwise wouldn’t exist. It would demonstrate not Trump’s exaggerated power but, instead, emphasize his weakness."
"It’s also a sign that the party is moving on. Lots of candidates — most candidates! — running for Republican nominations are echoing Trump’s rhetoric and priorities, and nearly all would rather have his endorsement than not. But it’s not hard to imagine that Trump’s endorsement would simply become another factor in the mix as candidates scramble to appeal to the Republican base, " he added before suggesting, "But, out of office and trying to find his footing, there is a lot of evidence that Trump’s position itself has softened, that the GOP has figured out ways to make his priorities and energies work to their advantage — just as he, in 2016, figured out how to make the GOP work to his."
"Trumpism isn’t going anywhere, clearly," he predicted. "The question now is the extent to which Trump himself will still get to benefit from it."
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