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'You know nothing about us': Ted Cruz humiliated by Australian leader for lecturing them on COVID-19
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was on the receiving end of an international smackdown after he tweeted about Australia's COVID-19 rates, only to have Australia's Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner fire back, telling the Texas Republican, "You know nothing about us."
On Sunday, Cruz shared a clip of Gunner talking about COVID-19 rates and how citizens would be fined for not following newly implemented vaccine rules. Cruz commented, "I love the Aussies. Their history of rugged independence is legendary; I've always said Australia is the Texas of the Pacific," before adding, "The Covid tyranny of their current government is disgraceful and sad. Individual liberty matters. I stand with the people of Australia."
Gunner responded on Twitter:
"Hey Ted Cruz, g'day from the Northern Territory in Australia. Here are some facts. Nearly 70,000 Texans have tragically died from COVID. There have been zero deaths in the Territory. Did you know that?" he wrote before adding, "Vaccination is so important here because we have vulnerable communities and the oldest continuous living culture on the planet to protect. Did you know that?"
He then added, "We don't need your lectures, thanks mate. You know nothing about us. And if you stand against a lifesaving vaccine, then you sure as hell don't stand with Australia. I love Texas (go Longhorns), but when it comes to COVID, I'm glad we are nothing like you."
You can see the tweets below:
For the past few months, some analysts have speculated that if Republicans win control of the House in 2022, they could elect former President Donald Trump as House speaker — something that would be perfectly allowed by the Constitution, which doesn't require the speaker to actually be an elected member of the House of Representatives. This would bring Trump back into political power two years earlier than running for president, as well as put him in the line of presidential succession.
But on Monday, NPR suggested that the mere rumors of this idea could be a drag on Republicans in House races next year.
"Democrats would want to force every Republican House candidate to answer the question: If Trump wants the job, would they vote for him?" reported Mara Liasson. "Saying no would anger their MAGA base, but saying yes would risk turning off swing voters who are exhausted with the former president. They'd be stuck, which is appealing to Democrats."
"I think it's totally fair game," Democratic strategist Doug Thornell told GPB. "Look, like Republicans do this to Democrats all the time. To our front-liners, they say, 'Well, would you vote for Nancy Pelosi?' For Republican members, yeah, they should absolutely be on the record on ... would they vote for Trump as speaker."
Republicans have a clear path to winning the House in 2022, as they only need to flip five seats to gain a majority, and midterm years historically almost always result in gains for the party out of power.
Trump, for his part, has said through spokesperson Liz Harrington that he does not have an interest in becoming speaker. He has preferred to stoke speculation he will simply run for president again in 2024, although his aides have reportedly talked him out of immediately declaring a run. At least some Republican elected officials, like Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), are against him running again, and Trump himself has admitted he might be precluded from doing so by his health.
"For Republicans, according to one lobbyist, the thought of Trump as speaker is either a joke or a nightmare or a dream come true," NPR reported.
According to a report from the Daily Beast's William Bredderman, one of the top executives with the American Conservative Union -- the group behind the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) -- is being scrutinized for allegedly pocketing millions from the group's non-profit wing and leaving important information off of IRS disclosure forms.
The report focuses on Vice Chairman Charlie Gerow, claiming he and one other director have reaped millions through direct payments and through outside vendors he has a financial interest in.
As Bredderman wrote, "The ACU, best known as the group behind the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, has enriched companies belonging to two of its directors to the tune of $4 million in the past five years," adding, "This cash has poured out of the ACU's own coffers, out of its political committees, and straight from the pockets of the right-wing rank and file into firms controlled by Vice Chairman Charlie Gerow—now a candidate for governor of Pennsylvania—and Kimberly Bellissimo, secretary of the ACU's foundation."
As an example, the report notes that in the past two years, the ACU has paid out $153,315 to Quantum Communication in Pennsylvania which lists Gerow as its CEO.
According to one attorney, the ACU failed to disclose that information, answering "no" when asked "a series of questions on its federal 990 form about whether it had hired any company in which one of its directors held a position or interest."
As Marcus Owens, an attorney who formerly directed the IRS's charities division, that could constitute perjury.
"It certainly sounds like that's the sort of relationship that should trigger disclosure in at least one place in the return," he explained. "If they answered that question incorrectly, and they are doing business with firms in which the officers, directors, and key employees have an ownership interest or are themselves officers and directors of those other firms, it's difficult to say that isn't material."
The report also notes that Bellissimo has also been the recipient of money from the non-profit conservative group.
"The group's federal committees have also dumped money into Bellissimo's firms: $116,756.25 to her company ForthRight Strategy for graphic design and printing, and $516,418.16 to Direct Support Services—a company registered in Bellissimo's name and based out of ForthRight's offices—mostly for "database management.'" Bredderman reported.
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