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'You can't win anything nationally': Nicolle Wallace's panel tells GOP to stop being a slave to 'Trump cult'
Former DNI John Bolton's super PAC published polling data that he said proves supporting President Donald Trump is a pathway to Republican losses. While Trump's numbers are great for a Republican Party primary, the GOP is slowly losing its voters outside of the most ardent Trump supporters.
I just released a new poll that reveals Trump's GOP base is weakening. This is the first in a series of surveys exp… https://t.co/zwIfZsMceS— John Bolton (@John Bolton)1618929760.0
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace confessed that she had a million questions about the idea of polling Trump's "personality" as favorable or unfavorable.
"But what I wanted to know was, what is lumped into personality? Right?" she said. "Is it the big lie? Inciting an insurrection? It is all about it Independents do not like Trump anymore? And may have taken a few years but I think the harder question for Republicans to answer is then this is who you are, right? I think that's probably the conclusion you've reached."
Former Republican Tim Miller explained that Bolton's numbers are good, showing that "56 percent of voters in 2024 don't want to vote for Trump." But the problem is that 44 percent do. So, that's pretty alarming."
"If you look at the Republicans the 2024 head to head is 50 Trump, 50 everybody else and undecided," he continued. "That's a good position for somebody running in 2024 and a long way off. The important takeaway is that yes Independents are repelled by him and, yes attracted to Joe Biden's agenda. Joe Biden should keep on ... and the Republican Party needs to decide will we try to attract the Independents or continue in this protracted battle appealing to the 50 percent, the half of the base that is really in a Trump cult, and right now they're all deciding with the exception of Liz Cheney, yes to appeal to that Trump cult."
Wallace confessed that as a political campaign nerd, but noted that the shrinking party registration among Republicans and increase in Independents show a "perilous" future for the GOP.
"I don't think you can run someone who's minus 20 among Independents if you've got 20 to 29 to 25 is the drop in Republican registration just last year, pre-insurrection and pre what happened last night," Wallace noted. "Do you think that the calculation will be let's try to harden -- the calculation now seems to be let's harden the 25 percent. You can't win anything nationally with 25 percent."
Miller said it's one of the many reasons why he agrees with the strive to look at underlying data and how difficult it will be to try and appeal to the GOP base while also trying to win Independent voters who left the GOP.
"The problem is that they have to deal with primary electorates," Miller continued. "A lot of them are in red states where is the numbers are different and totally not interested in appealing to the suburbs because of the political incentives that they face. Look. I think that we, you know -- they're making a rational choice for the narrow political interests. They're stuck between the rock and the hard place and it's why Bolton is trying to encourage them to move off Trump by showing the Independent numbers and I think that's the main thing here."
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Michigan Republican wants to ban Secretary of State from mailing absentee ballot applications: report
House Republican lawmakers are trying to make big changes to budget bill that would "eliminate [Michigan's] Secretary of State's ability to mail absentee ballot applications and establish a timeline for reviewing petition initiatives," the Detroit Free Press reports.
"The budget is always an important place to focus on government efficiency. Local clerks have always had responsibility for sending out absentee ballot applications – the Secretary of State created confusion among the public and press by sending out a mass mailing last year," said Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, R-Norton Shores and lead sponsor of the budget bill.
"This eliminates confusion, makes the process simpler to understand, and keeps the exact same level of service and access for voters," he added.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the bill aligns with Republicans' push to propose measures across the nation that would likely make it harder to vote.
Read the full report over at The Detroit Free Press.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday hailed his government's "stunning" achievement in administering 200 million Covid-19 vaccine shots across the United States ahead of schedule.
Biden said the landmark had been reached a week before he hits his administration's 100-day mark -- the deadline he'd announced for meeting the 200 million doses challenge.
"Today we did it, today we hit 200 million shots," he said in a televised speech from the White House. This is "an incredible achievement for the nation."
Biden called the 200 million shots in 100 days a "goal unmatched in the world or in prior mass vaccination efforts in American history."
"The progress we've made has been stunning," he said.
Announcing a tax break to encourage businesses to give all employees a day off for vaccinations, Biden said the country was still "on track" to being able to celebrate the July 4th Independence Day holiday in relative normality.
But he warned that rising infection rates in parts of the country showed that it was too early to declare victory.
"If we let up now and stop being vigilant, this virus will erase the progress," he said.
While the United States leads the world in reported Covid-19 deaths, it has also raced ahead in the vaccination stakes, outperforming some major European countries and neighboring Canada.
Biden came into office on January 20 initially vowing to get 100 million shots administered in his first 100 days. On March 25, with vaccination deliveries far ahead of their targets, he doubled the goal.
Starting in May, all states will be required to lift restrictions on eligibility for access to the free shots. Many have already done that.
Dampening the celebratory mood in the White House is a surge of infection rates in parts of the country, including the state of Michigan.
Death rates, however, remain down nationwide as a result of the high vaccination rate among the elderly and improved care.
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