According to CNN political analyst Chris Cillizza, former president Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are headed for a blow-out over which Republican candidates will get the nod for GOP nominations in the 2022 election.
As Cillizza notes, Trump is trying to play GOP kingmaker now that he is out of office -- endorsing potential candidates who are either loyal to him or toe the Trump line -- while McConnell is more interested in winning back both the House and the Senate.
Trump's interference has already caused headaches for McConnell, the CNN analyst reported.
"So Donald Trump is all about Donald Trump, breaking news on that front," the CNN analyst quipped. "Not always about the Republican Party, and Mitch McConnell wants to be the Senate majority leader in 2023. In order to do that, he has to help nominate the candidates who have a best chance of winning."
"I want to walk through a few places where they will come in conflict," he continued. "In Alaska, Lisa Murkowski is the incumbent -- Donald Trump is going to campaign against her. There's a candidate: Kelly Tshibaka. Let's see if he endorses Kelly Tshibaka."
"Missouri should not be an open state," he continued. "Eric Greitens is the former governor; well he is running again and he's running expressly to get Donald Trump's endorsement in a crowded primary, worrisome because if he's a Trump candidate he may wind up winning and people can remember when Todd Akin was the nominee in Missouri back in 2010 and they lost a seat in Missouri they should have won and that could happen again"
"North Carolina, if you watched Donald Trump's rally in North Carolina, he says Lara Trump, Eric Trump's wife, is not running. He [Trump] endorses this guy Ted Budd who basically no one has ever heard of," he continued. "He's a congressman, credible, but Trump passed over and took a shot at Pat McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte and the former governor of the state who's widely seen as a candidate who can be in the center in a general election. So Budd clearly has benefitted from Trump's endorsement but does that help the Republican Party?"
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GOP drawing from ‘authoritarian playbook’ by trying to make everyone forget Trump’s behavior toward Putin
Republicans are taking a page out of George Orwell's "1984" by trying to make everyone forget the way Donald Trump behaved toward Vladimir Putin.
GOP lawmakers are trying to wave away Trump's fawning over the Russian president, and now the ex-president and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy are even trying to claim President Joe Biden "gave Vladimir Putin a pass" in their first meeting this week, reported CNN's Stephen Collinson.
"McCarthy didn't mention two intelligence operations by Russia to meddle in US elections to help Trump win," Collinson wrote. "Nor did he mention Trump's notorious press conference in Helsinki when the then-president threw U.S. spy agencies under the bus on live television and embraced the denials of Putin, a former KGB officer, on election interference. Trump's former top Russia adviser, Fiona Hill, told CNN this week that she considered faking a medical emergency to stop the press conference in 2018 since it was so excruciating and damaging to US interests."
The former president, outrageously, told Fox News sycophant Sean Hannity that Biden gave Russia "a very big stage" but "we got nothing."
"Trump's critique of his successor was especially ironic, because the key criticism of his meetings with tyrant Kim Jong Un was that he ceded the prize North Korean leaders have craved for decades -- recognition on a platform alongside the U.S. leader -- while failing to slow Pyongyang's nuclear program," Collinson wrote.
Republicans are trying to rewrite the history of Trump's four-year term, which ended only months ago, with the same lies and false realities that marked his presidency.
"What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening," Trump said in 2018, giving away the game.
Now the entire party is engaged in spreading the "alternative facts" that Trump's White House once used to mislead Americans.
"It is a chilling reminder of how a totalitarian government rewrote every book, changed dates and falsified every record in George Orwell's novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four,' to such a point that 'history has stopped' and nothing exists except a present in which the Party is always right," Collinson wrote.
'You didn't watch all the videos!' MAGA rioter squirms when CNN reporter confronts him with damning evidence
An accused MAGA rioter squirmed when confronted with video evidence of his guilt this week by CNN investigative reporter Drew Griffin.
In an interview that aired on Friday morning, Griffin shot down Proud Boy Joshua Pruitt's claim that police officers invited him into the Capitol building, despite video evidence showing him jumping a railing and entering the Capitol shortly after other rioters forcefully broke into the building and opened up doors.
"You know that's not true," Griffin informed Pruitt after he claimed police had let him in.
"I know that is true," Pruitt replied. "There's proof of it, there's video of it!"
"The video I saw of that moment was a couple of cops overwhelmed by a mob," Griffin countered.
"Well, you didn't watch all the videos then," Pruitt replied.
"I didn't?" Griffin asked. "I'm pretty sure I did!"
He then showed footage of Pruitt walking into the Capitol with other rioters just 70 seconds after other rioters broke windows to enter the building.
"Armed with sticks, flagpoles, and riot shields, they had stormed and overpowered police, who could do little but coax and steer them away from lawmakers," Griffin commented.
Watch the video below.
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