On CNN Friday, former Mitch McConnell adviser Scott Jennings slammed Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for her comments joking that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was a suicide bomber.
"Scott, was it just another day at the office and they got these folks in the far right in certain parts of the caucus that they just can't control?" asked anchor Jim Acosta.
"Senator McConnell serves in the Senate," said Jennings. "I guarantee you, I know what he's thinking. It's a garbage comment from a garbage politics. I'm as anti-Squad as the next [Republican], but there's plenty of ways to debate these folks without stooping to this garbage rhetoric. I noted, by the way, that Boebert has been forced to apologize. I assume that didn't happen in a vacuum, but she's of course committed the ultimate sin, which is the people she's being performative for here would say you never should apologize."
"Ultimately this is not the future of the party, not the future of the country, not the future of what any of us wants," added Jennings. "These are not the leaders that we need for America or for the Republican Party."
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QAnon congressional candidate sets up Bitcoin fundraising operation -- and it appears illegal: reporter
Ron Watkins, the longtime QAnon influencer who is now running for Congress in Arizona, has set up a fundraising operation that relies on cryptocurrency -- but one reporter thinks that Watkins may be running afoul of the law.
The Informant's Nick Martin writes on Twitter that Watkins this week started soliciting "no more than $2,000 worth of Bitcoin" in donations from his supporters.
As Martin writes, this is a legally dicey proposition.
"What he doesn't say is that the FEC prohibits anyone from donating more than $100 to a campaign when using Bitcoin," he explains, while adding that $2,000 in Bitcoin donations would be "20 times the FEC limit."
Watkins announced his campaign back in October with a bizarre video in which he invoked God in his decision to run while also doubling down on bogus conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.
"I also want to emphasize that we must stay vigilant and keep up the pressure — both here in Arizona and throughout the country — to indict any and all criminals who have facilitated election fraud," Watkins said. "President Trump had his election stolen, not just in Arizona, but in other states, too."
Newsmax host Steve Cortes, who once worked as a campaign adviser for former president Donald Trump, has been let go by the right-wing network, the Daily Beast reported Friday, citing five sources familiar with the matter.
"Tensions between Cortes and the MAGA cable network had long been simmering, sources suggested, but it was the Trump loyalist's vehement disagreement—which he wasn't shy about publicly voicing—with Newsmax's company-wide vaccine rules that was the final straw," the site reported. "Earlier this month, Newsmax instituted a rule that all employees must either be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing. The news of such a policy, which was in compliance with the Biden administration's policy for businesses with more than 100 employees, pushed Cortes to unequivocally declare on Twitter that he wouldn't have any part of it."
One current Newsmax staffer called Cortes "a constant risk" due to his inflammatory comments. The staffer said Cortes' show is on a broadcast delay, to allow producers to censor his comments, because they "can't trust him."
Another staffer said Cortes was ousted " "because the ratings for [his] show suck."
"He still insists the election was stolen," the second staffer told the Daily Beast, which noted that Newsmax has already been sued by two voting machine companies for pushing Trump's false claims of election fraud.