In an attempt to win back women who’ve abandoned the GOP in recent years, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp plans to appoint financial executive Kelly Loeffler to a US Senate seat next week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The move contradicts the wishes of President Trump and others in the GOP, who pushed for the appointment of Trump loyalist U.S. Rep. Doug Collins. The appointment is intended to fill the seat of Republican Johnny Isakson, who is stepping down due to health issues.
Speaking to AJC, Collins said he’s “strongly” considering running for the Senate seat if he’s not picked.
According to Kemp’s supporters, Loeffler, a first-time candidate, can help win back suburban women who have left a party “that’s dominated by white male elected officials.” However, some conservative leaders are pushing back hard against Loeffler’s appointment, citing her past contributions to Democrats and her less-than-conservative positions on issues such as gun rights and abortion.
A report from The Wall Street Journal earlier this week cited a private meeting at the White House this Sunday between Trump and Kemp, which ultimately turned “tense” due to Kemp’s preference of Loeffler over Collins.
Trying to tamp down worries that she’s not sufficiently pro-Trump, Loeffler wrote a letter to Kemp, saying, “If chosen, I will stand with President Trump, Senator David Perdue, and you to Keep America Great.”
In a Twitter post this Wednesday, Kemp wrote that the idea “that I would appoint someone to the U.S. Senate that is NOT pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-freedom, and 100% supportive of our President (and his plan to Keep America Great) is ridiculous.”
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.