Donald Trump's efforts to push his "big lie" of election fraud are receiving powerful help from one billionaire donor, The Daily Beast reported Thursday.
"Among the ranks of “dark money” groups and anonymous megadonors who bankrolled the effort is a familiar name in GOP fundraising circles: Dick Uihlein, founder of the multinational Uline shipping company," The Beast reported. "According to previously unreported tax disclosures, Uihlein’s nonprofit—the Ed Uihlein Family Foundation—poured millions of dollars in 2020 into a sprawling number of groups connected to efforts to challenge Joe Biden’s victory and reimagine election law, as well as other right-wing extremist organizations, including ones designated as hate groups."
The Beast noted the all of the foundations $16.8 million in donations in 2020 came from Uihlein.
Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US, blasted Uihlein for the donations.
“In 2020, as workers and families struggled to get by, Dick and Liz Uihlein’s company cashed in on pandemic aid—then turned around and funded hate groups pushing COVID conspiracy theories, bigotry, and efforts to undermine democracy,” he said. “By signing away more than $1 million to groups that have promoted hate and sedition, Dick and Liz Uihlein have made it clear where their company’s values truly lie.”
The Beast noted Uihlein gave $1.25 million to the Conservative Partnership Institute, where Cleta Mitchell served as a senior legal fellow.
"Mitchell, a veteran GOP operative, helped construct the campaign’s post-election legal strategy mostly behind the scenes. But she drew national attention in early January 2021 after she featured heavily in a taped phone call between then-President Donald Trump, his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Georgia’s top election officials. Trump pressured the election officials in that now infamous call to 'find' enough votes for him to win Georgia. (Meadows joined Mitchell at CPI after he left the White House in January.," The Beast reported.
Uihlein also contributed to the Federalist Society, the Texas Public Policy Forum, and the Center for Security Policy, which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
"Uihlien—whose net worth Bloomberg pegs at about $4 billion—also funded right-wing media outlets that pushed false narratives about the 2020 election. For instance, he donated $750,000 to the FDRLST, which pushed misleading claims of voter fraud. He also slipped $25,000 to the American Conservative, which published a number of articles claiming that Democrats had stolen the election, including a debunked article the evening of Jan. 6 alleging widespread fraud," The Beast reported. "Uihlein also threw a $25,000 bone to conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, run by conspiracy theorist Tom Fitton. That organization also challenged the election results."
Read the full report.
'Maybe they're the ones with dementia': Morning Joe busts Biden critics who forgot 'what a lunatic Trump was at press conferences'
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Thursday mocked President Joe Biden's critics for suggesting he's not mentally fit for office.
The "Morning Joe" host agreed the president made a few misstatements during his two-hour news conference that he likely would not have made as a younger man, but he said those pale in comparison to some of the behavior exhibited by Donald Trump during his public appearances.
"I will say, though, for those on the Trump right sitting there going, 'Oh my God, I can't believe he said this, I can't believe he said that,' it's as if they've completely wiped clean -- maybe they're the ones with dementia," Scarborough said. "They don't remember just what a lunatic Donald Trump was at his press conferences."
"Absolutely crazy," he added. "For instance, one of the reasons [Jonathan] Lemire is not going to Moscow anytime soon. Remember that Helsinki press conference and Donald Trump saying at a press conference, Donald Trump saying stuff like he trusted Vladimir Putin more than the intel committee. So obviously, they're going, 'Oh my God, there were so many horrible gaffes yesterday' -- there were gaffes, as opposed to an hour of real crazed, angry comments we get during the Trump administration. We can critique it, [but] I don't want to hear it from Trump apologists because they were just fine with crazy for four years."
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Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell was widely criticized for suggesting Black Americans were not fully American.
The Kentucky Republican spoke to reporters Wednesday after two Democratic senators refused to go along with a plan to change Senate rule to overcome a GOP filibuster of voting rights legislation, and he was asked what he would say to voters of color who are concerned about their access to the polls before November's midterm elections.
"Well, the concern is misplaced," McConnell said. "Because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans."
McConnell's remarks were quickly condemned online.
I need you to understand that this is who Mitch McConnell is.\n\nBeing Black doesn\u2019t make you less of an American, no matter what this craven man thinks.pic.twitter.com/Esk1NgIhD9— Charles Booker (@Charles Booker) 1642652354
Shockingly racist, even for McConnell.https://twitter.com/bse229/status/1484007688866566150\u00a0\u2026— Marty McKee (@Marty McKee) 1642653182
Holy shit:\n\nMitch McConnell: "African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as American voters." \n\nToni Morrison: "In this country, American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate."— Mary L Trump (@Mary L Trump) 1642652031
Sen. Mitch McConnell just said the quiet part out loud.\n\nHe doesn't think African Americans are Americans...the one word "Americans" is only reserved for White folks, huh, Mitch?https://twitter.com/ashtonpittman/status/1484022166215700483\u00a0\u2026— Russell Drew (@Russell Drew) 1642659600
Tell me you're a white supremacist without telling me you're a white supremacist.\n\nMitch McConnell: "African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as American voters."\n\nJesus fvcking Christ. A bit of overkill, Mitch.\n\nThose damn racist Dems!\n\n#DemVoice1pic.twitter.com/t5kzKffY1r— The Jewish Ginger Resister (@The Jewish Ginger Resister) 1642664540
Wait a minute! Say that again? African Americans are voting at the same rate as Americans? I have to bite my tongue on this one but I thought we were all Americans? I\u2019ve never been to Africa a day in my life. I don\u2019t hear anyone saying European, Scottish or Ireland American.— Phyllis Marshall (@Phyllis Marshall) 1642661138
Mitch McConnell would once again like you to know that he\u2019s a racist.https://twitter.com/stridinstrider/status/1484013191101362176\u00a0\u2026— drew olanoff (@drew olanoff) 1642679329
JUST IN: Mitch McConnell just told voters of color that their concerns about voter suppression are \u201cmisplaced\u201d and added: \u201cIf you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.\u201d\n\nThe dogwhistle just became a foghorn.— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen) 1642654760
Even more exhausting if you are an African American. \n\nMitch McConnell is a racist.https://twitter.com/bellavegan5/status/1484100371421315073\u00a0\u2026— Love and Lemonade \ud83c\udf0a \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf08\ud83e\udde2 (@Love and Lemonade \ud83c\udf0a \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf08\ud83e\udde2) 1642673178
Black people already know that Mitch McConnell is a racist but its still shocking to hear him say it out loud \n\nHe tells the world that African American people aren't Americans -"African American voters are voting in high percentages as Americans"\n\nYes, that racist fuck said ithttps://twitter.com/bse229/status/1484007688866566150\u00a0\u2026— A Black Woman..The End (@A Black Woman..The End) 1642679480