According to a report from Punchbowl News, four years of Donald Trump as president -- and his two impeachments -- has created a rift between Republicans in Congress who have criticized the former president and the state parties that helped send them to Washington, D.C.
Beyond the high-profile wars between Trump and Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) are squabbles between a handful of other lawmakers that have led to censures or votes of condemnation by either their respective state party or local Republican groups.
As Punchbowl reports, five percent of sitting members of the Senate have been censured at home, with only Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's censure being unrelated to Trump's impeachment.
According to the report, "It’s become commonplace in the 117th Congress for lawmakers to be formally rebuked by their state, local or county parties," adding, "The vast majority of the censured lawmakers are Republicans, of course. These Republicans voted for the impeachment or conviction of former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 insurrection by Trump supporters."
"In the Senate alone, Sinema joins Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in the 'censured by their state party' column after they voted to convict Trump last year following his Senate trial. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) avoided that title, although they were criticized back home," Punchbowl reports.
GOP members of the Senate are not the only ones in Congress who are battling with the folks back home who once championed their campaigns --which could have an impact on the midterm election.
According to the report, "On the House side, GOP Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Tom Rice (S.C.) were censured by their state parties (and some county party organizations) following their votes for Trump’s impeachment. Cheney, of course, was later forced out of the House GOP leadership when she kept bashing Trump. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) was censured by several county parties but not the Illinois GOP
In Michigan, the state Republican Party didn’t censure Reps. Fred Upton and Peter Meijer, but several county GOP parties did. Upton has actually been censured more than once by the Cass County GOP," adding that Washington state GOP lawmakers Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera Beutler were both "condemned" by the state part with calls for Newhouse to resign.
The report notes that Ohio GOP went even further by censuring home-state Rep. Anthony Gonzalez -- who has chosen to not run for re-election -- along with the nine other GOP House members from other states who voted for Trump's impeachment.
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Trump spokesperson cites anti-vax rant from football star Aaron Rodgers as proof election was stolen
Former President Donald Trump's chief spokesperson on Monday cited football star Aaron Rodgers as proof that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
While speaking to conservative podcaster Steve Bannon, Liz Harrington noted that Rodgers had expressed doubts about the election in an interview with ESPN.
"When the president of the United States says, 'This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,' it's because him and his constituents, which, I don't know how there are any if you watch any of his attempts at public speaking, but I guess he got 81 million votes," Rodgers said recently.
Harrington seemed giddy about the remarks.
"There's not a lot of good news," she said. "We see what happens after one year of an illegitimate regime in place. The only good news is the American people know it. I mean, you had four years of them saying the 2016 election was stolen by Russia and you never had quarterbacks questioning President Trump's legitimacy."
"You've got Aaron Rodgers just flat-out calling it out and saying, 81 million votes, yeah, I guess, but it doesn't certainly look like it," she added. "And so what we feel is we keep getting the word out. I mean, the numbers speak for themselves, which the [poll] numbers are inflated for Joe Biden just like they were in the 2020 election."
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Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington cited football star Aaron Rodgers as proof the election was stolen.
U.S. President Joe Biden is reportedly weighing a Pentagon proposal to deploy thousands of American troops to the Baltics and Eastern Europe as progressive anti-war analysts and activists warn such a move would further inflame tensions in the region—and risk a full-blown war with Russia.
"Ukraine demands a diplomatic and political resolution."
The New York Times reported Sunday that top U.S. Defense Department officials have "presented Mr. Biden with several options that would shift American military assets much closer to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's doorstep" after talks between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to produce a diplomatic breakthrough.
"The options include sending 1,000 to 5,000 troops to Eastern European countries, with the potential to increase that number tenfold if things deteriorate," the Times noted. "Mr. Biden is expected to make a decision as early as this week."
Reports of the plan came amid news that both the U.S. and United Kingdom are withdrawing diplomats' families from Ukraine, citing potential "military action" against the country by Russia.
Russia has denied U.S. allegations that it is plotting an imminent invasion of Ukraine, a NATO ally that hopes to join the alliance—an ambition Russia sees as a major security threat. The U.S. has been pumping weapons into Ukraine for years, and in 2014 supported the violent overthrow of the country's elected government. Currently, the U.S. has more than 150 "military advisers" in Ukraine, including Special Operations forces.
Ukraine Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov announced via Twitter over the weekend that the nation had received a fresh batch of "more than 80 tons of weapons" from the U.S. and expects additional arms in the near future.
"This is not the end," Reznikov wrote.
On Sunday, Russia dismissed an accusation—this time from the United Kingdom—that it intends to invade Ukraine and install a "puppet government" there.
"Stop spreading nonsense," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, accusing NATO countries of "escalating tensions around Ukraine."
The Times reported Sunday that the Biden administration is "now moving away from its do-not-provoke strategy" after previously "taking a restrained stance on Ukraine, out of fear of provoking Russia into invading."
William Hartung, senior research fellow of the Quincy Institute, warned Monday that "even indirect intervention could cost billions, while increasing the risks of escalation in ways that could put U.S. personnel—and U.S. interests—in danger."
"Perhaps the biggest risk is posed by the likely deployment of additional U.S. troops and contractors to help to train Ukrainian forces on using U.S.-origin systems, and to assist in maintaining them," Hartung observed. "If any U.S. personnel end up on the front lines and are killed in the event of a Russian invasion, the stakes—and the prospects for escalation—will rise dramatically."
Katrina vanden Heuvel, president of the American Committee for the U.S.-Russia Accord and publisher of The Nation, similarly argued that "if U.S. troops are there training Ukrainians, we may see American casualties."
"That could lead to even more U.S. involvement and a potential and exceedingly dangerous quagmire," she continued. "Ukraine demands a diplomatic and political resolution. A positive outcome would be the expansion of a new and demilitarized international security architecture in the region, and a moratorium on NATO expansion, along with international guarantees for Ukraine's independence. May it be a bridge between East and West."
"Any intervention now," vanden Heuvel wrote, "would squander U.S. attention and resources on challenges posed by the pandemic, economic inequality, racial divisions, and catastrophic climate chang