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The prospect that Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) will be the Republican nominee on the November ballot to replace retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R) appears to be growing despite Donald Trump yanking his endorsement in mid-March, reports the New York Times.
Brooks initially received the former president's whole-hearted approval to run for the seat after making an appearance at the "Stop the Steal" rally that preceded the Capitol insurrection on Jan 6th, but then fell out of favor when his campaign didn't catch fire with voters.
Now, the Times' Trip Gabriel writes, the GOP lawmaker is surging in a tight race with two other frontrunners batting for the nomination in what the Associated Press has labeled a 'bitter' fight to the end with one GOP consultant claiming "The gloves have come off," in the battle for supremacy.
Noting that Brooks' campaign was reportedly "imploding" just weeks ago, Gabriel now writes, "Under a rain of attack ads, polls showed him falling behind two rivals. Former President Donald J. Trump humiliated Mr. Brooks by rescinding an earlier endorsement. But Mr. Brooks has staged a compelling comeback, with recent polling putting him in a statistical tie for the lead in a tight three-candidate race ahead of the primary on Tuesday."
According to the report, Trump may have abandoned the controversial lawmaker who is also under investigation over his part in the Jan 6th riot, but so-called "Trump Republicans" are sticking with him despite the loss of the former president's backing.
As conservative talk show host Dale Jackson put it on Friday, "Brooks may be surging just at the right time."
"Mr. Brooks — who appeared at Mr. Trump’s Jan. 6 rally before the siege of the Capitol, where he goaded election deniers to start 'kicking ass' — has returned to contention not only despite Mr. Trump’s fickleness, but also in the face of opposition by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. A super PAC aligned with Mr. McConnell has funneled $2 million to a group attacking Mr. Brooks in television ads," Gabriel writes before adding, "A polling average by Real Clear Politics showed Katie Britt, a former aide to Mr. Shelby, in the lead with 34 percent, Mr. Brooks with 29 percent and Mike Durant, a military contractor and Army veteran, with 24 percent. If no candidate consolidates more than 50 percent on Tuesday, the top two advance to a runoff on June 21."
Gabriel also notes in his report that Brooks' surge is another sign, like the primary loss of Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) this past week despite Trump's endorsement, that the former president's influence with voters may be subject to question by the GOP leadership and other candidates.
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In her new book, Kellyanne Conway claims former president Donald Trump was in a panic after the notorious "Access Hollywood" tape was revealed in 2016 and wanted to drop out of the race for the presidency and that she talked him out of it.
That is one of the revelations in her new book "Here's the Deal: A Memoir" which will be released this week, reports the Daily Beast's Zachary Petrizzo.
As Conway tells it, the former president was blindsided by the release of the tape where he boasted that women were fine with him groping them because he was famous, and anxiously asked her “Should I get out [of the race]?” during a Trump Tower meeting on Oct. 8, 2016.
As Petrizzo reports, "She writes that Trump had seen reports that the GOP 'could force him off the ticket or hold a vote to expel him' amid the fury over his misogynistic comments, captured on video a decade earlier," adding, "Conway said that at the time, she questioned whether Trump might be testing her, or if he was really second-guessing himself."
“You actually can’t unless you want to forfeit and throw the whole damn thing to Hillary," the former White House adviser claims she told him adding that he fired back, "What do you mean, I can’t?”
"She said she then explained to him that stepping out of the race at that point wasn’t in the picture, since early voting had begun," the Daily Beast report continued.
“I know you don’t like to lose but I also know you don’t like to quit,” Conway reportedly told him, with Petrizzo adding that she also claims she ripped into him over his comments by telling him they were “disgusting” and “reprehensible.”
According to the report, no one from Trump's office responded when asked about Conway's account.
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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" imagined the NSA interviewing three women who say they were abducted by aliens in the opening skit of the season finale.
Two of the women, played by cast member Cecily Strong and SNL host Natasha Lyonne, describe a great experience, learning about science.
But the third woman, portrayed by Kate McKinnon, kept graphically describing her lady parts.
She graphically described her different experiences in third class and where the aliens were infatuated with her public hair.
She apparently left enough of an impression on the aliens that they offered to trade amazing technology if the U.S. Government if her character would live on their planet.
The skit ended with an emotional send-off for McKinnon, who is leaving the show.
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