Beijing on Saturday said it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had "violated" its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea. The USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island on the night of January 17 without alerting Beijing, the foreign ministry said, referring to the shoal by its Chinese name.
‘We’re going to hang you’: Trump supporters bombard elections official with death threats over ‘inappropriate joke’
Supporters of former president Donald Trump have been bombarding Milwaukee's top elections official with death threats in response to what she called "an inappropriate joke" — prompting a police investigation, forcing the closure of her office so that visitors can be screened as a precaution, and likely making it harder to recruit poll workers in the future.
"To me, it's just frustrating that this is what elections in a country like ours has come to," Milwaukee Election Commission executive director Claire Woodall-Vogg told the Journal Sentinel in response to the threats. "It feels like we live in a third world country, like a developing country with a developing democracy, not a long-established democracy."
The threats began after right-wing outlets the Wisconsin Spotlight and Gateway Pundit reported on what appeared to be an innocent, light-hearted email exchange between Woodall-Vogg and an elections consultant at about 4 a.m. on the day after the presidential election, when Milwaukee's results came in.
"Damn, Claire, you have a flair for drama, delivering just the drama needed at 3:00 a.m.," Ryan Chew of the Elections Group wrote to Woodall-Vogg. "I bet you had those votes counted at midnight, and just wanted to keep the world waiting!"
"Lol," Woodall-Vogg responded. "I just wanted to say I had been awake for a full 24 hours!"
Woodall-Vogg told the Journal Sentinel that in retrospect, Chew's email was "a very inappropriate joke," and she shouldn't have responded.
It's typical for Milwaukee's results to come in late, because Wisconsin officials cannot begin their counting until election day, and this year there were a flood of mail-in ballots due to COVID-19. Biden narrowly won Wisconsin, and those results have been upheld by a recount and court rulings.
But Trump's supporters have seized on the email exchange as evidence to back up their false claims of election fraud, and Woodall-Vogg has received more than 150 messages since it was published.
"We're going to try you and we're going to (expletive) convict your piece-of-(expletive) ass and we're going hang you," one caller said in a voice mail. "You get the (expletive) out of my country, you pile of (expletive)."
"I am looking forward to the citizens of your city coming after you to hang you the public square," one person wrote. "I hope the legal system of your state goes after you and put you in jail for the rest of your miserable (expletive) life. BITCH!"
One woman read Chew's email in a voice message and added, "We're coming for you, Claire."
Trump suggests Rand Paul needs to apologize to him -- calls the Kentucky senator 'a different kind of guy'
Energy lobbyist Mike Carey, who was supported by former President Donald Trump, won the GOP primary race in a special House election in an Ohio district Tuesday. After the win, Trump released a statement attacking Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul for daring to throw money behind a candidate who opposed Carey.
"Do you think Rand Paul will apologize for spending nearly $1 Million on another candidate in Ohio's 15th District congressional race after I had already endorsed Mike Carey?" Trump's statement read.
NEW! President Donald J. Trump: "Do you think Rand Paul will apologize for spending nearly $1 Million on another… https://t.co/LHUV2tznKf— Liz Harrington (@Liz Harrington) 1628177929.0
Trump went on to say that Paul "is a different kind of guy, but I like him a lot anyway, and I'm proud to have endorsed him when he ran."
"Do you think he learned his lesson?" Trump said.
As The Hill points out, Carey was a virtual unknown before Trump's endorsement. He beat out around a dozen other primary candidates eyeing the seat of GOP Rep. Steve Stivers, who retired to run the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Richard Trumka, the longtime president of the AFL-CIO labor organization, had died suddenly and unexpectedly.
Two sources told Politico the 72-year-old Trumka had died, and one source said he apparently had suffered a heart attack either Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.
AFL-CIO staffers were notified of his death Thursday morning.
Trumka had led the federation, which represents more than 12.5 million workers, for more than a decade and has been a close ally of President Joe Biden's White House.
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