Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, on Tuesday called President Donald Trump “dear leader,” a title normally reserved for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
While speaking at an event in New Hampshire, Hogan hinted that he may throw his hat into the presidential race. The governor said that he has “no real timeline” for deciding.
A member of the audience, however, noted that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has already thrown its support behind Trump, giving other GOP candidates little chance to compete for the White House.
“I was pretty critical of that,” Hogan replied. “And not that the Republican National Committee doesn’t have the right to support a sitting president, but to change the rules and to insist 100% loyalty to the dear leader, it doesn’t sound very much like the Republican Party that I grew up in, working for Ronald Reagan and supporting George Bush.”
The governor said that he is “for a return to a more traditional Republican Party.”
“Changing the rules and stifling debate and demanding that we can’t even have an open discussion about the future of the party in the country is to me very short sighted and wrong move for the Republican National Committee,” he added. “It does not represent the average voter, however, it’s a small group of people in Washington that comes from — to make the decisions in there. Not really representative of the average person.”
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Just as he did in 2016, Trump has been flinging baseless accusations of "rigged" elections and has, as president, threatened to withhold funding from Michigan and Nevada for going ahead with plans to allow voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, reported Politico.
"He is planting the seeds for delegitimizing the election if he loses," said Vanita Gupta, a former head of Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama. "It’s from the playbook. It’ll get more intense as he gets more freaked out."
‘Un-American’ anti-lockdown protesters hammered by Army veteran for appropriating military gear to make their point
In a Memorial Day column for the Washington Post, military vet Drew Garza -- who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan among other deployments -- hammered anti-lockdown protesters who have appropriated a quasi-military style of dress while sometimes carrying "un-American" flags at lockdown rallies.
According to the U.S. Army vet who is now a Tillman scholar at George Washington University, protesters who adorn themselves in military-style garb while carrying high-powered weapons to protest stay-at-home orders designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is a personal affront to those who have actually served.