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Lawyer and general Florida troublemaker Daniel Uhlfelder unearthed a 2017 interview where Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) gave a glowing endorsement to his friend Joel Greenberg for Congress.
Speaking to WFLA about defeating Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), who beat Rep. John Mica (R-FL) in 2016, Gaetz explained that Greenberg was the way to win back the district.
"Who do you believe has the best shot of defeating Stephanie Murphy in Florida's 7th Congressional District?" asked the host.
"That is a Republican seat. That is a seat that really should be won by Republicans," said Gaetz. "Joel Greenberg has gone to the Seminole County Tax Collector's office and been a disrupter. If you look at what people want in the country right now, they want that disrupter. A majority of that district is in Seminole County. Stephanie lives in Orange County. If Joel Greenberg were to run for Congress from that district, I think he becomes the next congressman from the 7th district."
Greenberg is scheduled to plead guilty to six charges, down from 33, on Monday.
Listen to the interview excerpt below:
Any comment @mattgaetz? https://t.co/Mo5uBCN0XF— Daniel Uhlfelder (@Daniel Uhlfelder)1621211196.0
CNN host Fareed Zakaria appeared on a special report, "A Radical Rebellion: The Transformation of the GOP," about the downfall of the Republican Party into a civil war between conspiracy theorists and principled conservatives. It isn't merely that the Republican Party is destroying itself from the inside out, and they're also struggling to keep up with a modern era.
He began by noting that approval for social programs like Medicare and Social Security are on the rise after the GOP spent years bawking about it and proclaiming they'd bring it down.
"Secularization is a force that is sweeping almost all advanced industrial societies and one government can do little to stop," he continued. "America's growing diversity is built on immigration and it is proved to be a strength and not a weakness. Republican politicians are now riding the back of a tiger and they can't get off. Reagan, Gingrich, Trump, all the icons on the right, whip their followers up into a froth of hysteria. And promised they would repeal and reverse most of these terrible trends but, of course, it never happens."
Zakaria argued that this makes the Republican base grow angrier and angrier.
"And as their sense of betrayal grows, so does their desperation that America civilization is in imminent danger of collapse," he explained. "There is a great and honorable space in America for a party of limited and efficient government, that values traditionalism and believes that social change should take place slowly and organically. But that's different from a band of ideology warriors with apocalyptic visions that fuelled the end of days, see opponents as traitors and devils and believe all methods are sanctioned in the battle to save civilization and itself."
"In short," he closed, "the Republican Party needs to have a political exorcism and drive out its demonism and come to terms with the modern world."
See his closer below and DVR the full special again at 1 a.m. EST, 4 a.m. EST, and next Saturday and Sunday mornings.
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Trump White House adviser reveals why she won't vote for him again — and how the GOP could save themselves
Former White House adviser to President Donald Trump, Alyssa Farah, spoke to MSNBC on Sunday to explain why she won't be supporting her former employer again in 2024.
Farah quit the White House in December as Trump was ramping up his claim that he actually won the 2020 election. She was long gone by the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
"The GOP is careening down a strategically unwise path and morally reprehensible one, to be completely candid with you," said Farah. "Liz Cheney did the right thing. We shouldn't condemn people for simply telling the facts. Like, facts matter, she did the right thing. But that shouldn't be brave or heroic but just what our leaders do."
She went on to explain that the problem with the GOP is that they're having a numbers problem. The party can't win back the White House or other seats if their party continues to shrink into a cult of Trump.
"But there's a perception we care more about loyalty to the former president and wanting to gloss over the election and Jan. 6," she continued. "My unsolicited advice to my fellow Republicans would be the truth tends to come to the top. It's better to address it now, come to grips with what went wrong, and accept it. Because we're going to be dealing with in the midterms and 2024."
To make matters worse for Republicans, they waited so long on the Jan. 6 commission, the full report will likely be released much closer to the 2022 midterms than if they'd immediately approved the commission earlier in 2021. If it turns out that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is charged criminally, Republicans who've defended him will also be faced with a reckoning around the time his case would wrap up closer to the election than the GOP might prefer.
Farah said that the good news for the GOP is that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is a "moderate" despite her advocacy for Trump. Farah said that she trusts the new Trump believer to make public policy.
Host Medhi Hasan asked how it's possible Stefanik could be a moderate if she believes that 140,000 Georga voters were "fake" and that President Joe Biden didn't actually win the state.
Farah said she doesn't agree with the Georgia claims, and "I'm not familiar with the comments, so wouldn't want to comment further. But, no, that's absolutely ridiculous. We've litigated in states around the country and been thrown out. There's no there there."
She urged her party to accept that they came up short and that if they want to win they'll have to do it on the merits and policy. Currently, the GOP has opted for "the party of no," opposing everything, even the most popular legislation.
She closed by saying, I will not support Donald Trump in 2024."
See the interview below:
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