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Many Republicans think Doug Mastriano is 'a threat to democracy' and secretly 'pray Dems win': Ex-Ted Cruz aide
Republicans in Pennsylvania have expressed fears that Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has no shot in this November's general election.
Now, a former aide to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) campaign is revealing that Republicans secretly hope that Democrats will win.
Writing for the Bulwark, Amanda Carpenter argued that "Mastriano is an insurrectionist" and that the GOP knows it.
"Behind the scenes, Republicans have fretted about Mastriano’s candidacy," Carpenter wrote. "Phrases such as 'nightmare' and 'total disaster' are frequently used to describe him. He is so off-the-wall that even Donald Trump, who has gone as far as endorsing an insurance commissioner in hopes of racking up wins, stayed out of the race, unwilling to put his finger on the scale until the very last minute. But because Mastriano gained such a strong grassroots following by whipping up the God, guns, and #StopTheSteal base, Trump had no choice. Mastriano boxed in Trump on MAGA. In the final days of Pennsylvania’s GOP gubernatorial primary, Trump said he was 'obligated' to endorse Mastriano.
The problem that the GOP now faces is that Mastriano could throw future presidential elections into chaos by refusing to certify results that favor Democratic candidates.
"So here’s the big question," she continued, "now that Mastriano has easily won the Republican nomination, who else will feel similarly 'obligated?' Good Republicans always have to support the Republican nominees. Big Elephant Mascot Thingy Says So."
Commenting further on Twitter, Carpenter claimed that many Republicans "will look you in the face, tell you Mastriano is an awful threat to democracy, and do absolutely nothing to stop him," even as they secretly "pray Dems win."
Payton Gendron, the white supremacist accused of killing 10 people during a shooting rampage at a Buffalo supermarket this Saturday, wrote back in March that he stabbed and beheaded a feral cat in a message that apparently originated on Discord, The Washington Post reports.
“I called my mom and she gave me a box and I dug a shallow grave in the backyard,” he wrote on March 25. “Honestly right now I don’t feel anything about killing that cat. I thought I would be in pain but I literally just feel blank.”
He also described smashing the cat on a hard surface after swinging it around by its tail.
In another message cited by The Post, Gendron said that he was nervous about his parents discovering his plot to shoot up the supermarket, which he targeted due to the fact it was in an area with a predominantly Black population.
“My parents know little about me,” he wrote on February 22. “They don’t know about the hundreds of silver ounces I’ve had, or the hundreds of dollars I’ve spent on ammo. They don’t know that I spent close to $1000 on random military s---. They don’t even know I own a shotgun or an AR-15, or illegal magazines.”
A recently rediscovered sketch by Michelangelo, the artist's first known nude, sold at auction at Christie's in Paris on Wednesday for 23 million euros ($24 million), a record for one of the Italian master's drawings.
Representing a naked man with two other background figures, the late 15th-century sketch in pen and brown ink recently resurfaced in a private French collection after more than a century.
Including the buyer's premium, the sale price far outstripped the Renaissance artist's previous record for a drawing of 9.5 million euros for "The Risen Christ" at Christie's in London in 2000 but fell short of the list price of 30 million euros.
"There are fewer than 10 drawings by Michelangelo which exist in private hands," Helene Rihal, director of Christie's ancient and 19th-century drawings department, told AFP ahead of the auction. The sketch was last put up for sale in 1907 at Paris's Hotel Drouot.
The nude, partly based on a fresco by Masaccio in the Brancacci chapel in Florence, had thus far managed to "escape the attention of specialists", according to Christie's, which has declared it to be very well preserved.
It was only in 2019 that experts identified it as the work of the Italian Renaissance genius (1475-1564) during an inventory of a private French collection.
In September that year it was declared a "national treasure of France", which prevented its exit from French territory for 30 months, while giving the French government and museums the opportunity to buy it.
No offer was forthcoming, however, and recent weeks saw the work exhibited in Hong Kong and New York to drum up interest ahead of the auction.
The sketch is the size of an A4 sheet of paper (eight by 12 inches, 21 by 30 centimeters) and closely resembles a figure in Masaccio's fresco "The Baptism of the Neophytes" (1426-27).
But "it's so much more than a copy", Christie's Old Masters expert Stijn Alsteens said on the auctioneer's website.
"Michelangelo has decided to make the figure into something that corresponded more to his aesthetic by making him much more robust and monumental, while at the same time keeping the fragility of the figure, who is exposed and shivering" as he awaits baptism, he said.
Alsteens added that the artist might have made the sketch aged around 21, on the cusp of his high-profile career.