A Republican former congressman who used to lead the House committee to elect more GOP members to Congress said Wednesday that the party has expected wins like Conor Lamb’s in Pennsylvania for months.
“They’ve seen this coming,” Tim Davis, a Virginia Republican who led the National Republican Congressional Committee, told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd.
“It’s a different kind of year,” the former congressman said of Lamb’s win in a district that voted for President Donald Trump by nearly 20 points more than Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Davis admitted that for some Republican congresspeople, “there’s nothing they can do” — and that those who do have a shot against the Trump resistance votes that ushered Lamb into office “need to run really good campaigns.”
“Open seats now are particularly vulnerable in this environment, as we saw yesterday,” the former NRCC head said.
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Congresswoman criticizes Republican press guy for claim Black folks don’t care about Kamala Harris: Does he know any?
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) hilariously mocked former press secretary Ari Fleischer, who worked for former President George W. Bush's White House. Fleischer claimed Black people won't be that excited about Sen. Kamala Harris on the ticket.
"She's just not that historically exciting to African-Americans," said Fleischer speaking to Laura Ingraham during a Fox News appearance after the announcement.
During a conversation with MSNBC's Joy Reid, the host called Fleischer "a sort of a bygone era Republican voice" and asked Bass to listen to his comments.
"I wonder how many African-Americans," asked Bass, chuckling.
Trump draws ridicule for press conference after Biden/Harris event: ‘Did someone give him a Valium?’
On Wednesday, just as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) were winding down their first official joint campaign event, President Donald Trump kicked off his latest White House briefing.
As usual, the president triggered a round of mockery from social media.
A somnambulant Trump starts his August 12 press briefing with some casual xenophobia and then starts hyping the stock market pic.twitter.com/T4ObIke7qN
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 12, 2020
Trump doubles down after being confronted with his claim Biden wants an ‘invasion’ of suburbs
At Wednesday's press conference, President Donald Trump was confronted with his claim that former Vice President Joe Biden would trigger an "invasion" of suburban neighborhoods — widely considered to be a racist dog whistle for affordable housing that will attract more people of color.
“What do you mean by invasion?” the reporter asked.
“They’re going to open up areas of your neighborhoods — they’re going to destroy suburbia,” insisted Trump. He added that "by the way, 30 percent of the people in suburbia are minorities," evidently on the defensive from claims that he was appealing to racism.