Voters in North Carolina went to the polls on Tuesday for a special election to fill the vacancy created when Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) resigned from Congress to serve as Trump’s chief of staff.
Trump had repeatedly urged his supporters to back Lynda Bennett in the race for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district.
Please let this serve as my Complete and Total Endorsement of a great fighter and ally in North Carolina, @LyndaBennettNC. She is strong on Crime, Borders, Military, our Great Vets & 2A. She will be a great help to me in DC. EARLY VOTING STARTS TODAY. We need Lynda Bennett! #NC11
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
.@LyndaBennettNC has my Complete & Total Endorsement. She is a great fighter & ally in North Carolina. Lynda is Strong on Crime, Borders, Military, our Great Vets & 2A. She will be a great help to me in DC. We need Lynda to help DRAIN THE SWAMP! VOTE EARLY!https://t.co/0HTBHOHNSr
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2020
But voters decided not to go along with Trump’s wishes.
“A 24-year-old motivational speaker has defeated the Republican candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in a GOP runoff for Meadows’ old congressional seat, according to unofficial results,” the Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday evening. “Madison Cawthorn defeated Lynda Bennett in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District in far-western North Carolina. He was leading with 65% of the vote with nearly all of precincts reporting. The Associated Press called the race in Cawthorn’s favor at 8:47 p.m.”
Here’s some of what people were saying about the race:
for the fleeting gratification of boasting that a bunch of incumbents he endorsed won re-nomination, Trump now has to deal with "but that NC race!"
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) June 24, 2020
As one member of NC delegation puts it, Cawthorn could be a "serious star" … "Compelling life story, great communicator."
GOP member adds outcome is a "huge blow" to Mark Meadows as he & Trump endorsed Lynda Bennett.
"He convinced Trump to endorse, & couldn’t deliver." https://t.co/My1B49OjFH
— Al Weaver (@alweaver22) June 24, 2020
Did I just hear that Lynda Bennett who Trump kept twitter endorsing, who was supposed to fill Mark Meadows empty seat, lost in NC 11th District??
Is that correct?? https://t.co/yYMx8wyTQG
— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) June 24, 2020
An interesting result so far in #NC11, where Lynda Bennett, endorsed by Trump and Mark Meadows, is down 2-1 to 24-year old motivational speaker Madison Cawthorn. (Cawthorn would be the youngest member of Congress, turning 25 before being sworn in.)
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) June 24, 2020
It’s a landslide. @CawthornforNC will face @ColMorrisDavis in November. Cawthorn’s opponent in the republican runoff, Lynda Bennett, was endorsed by President Trump and Mark Meadows #ncpol @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/WbUww02j9e
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) June 24, 2020
A loss by Lynda Bennett would also be embarrassing because local #NC11 Republicans suspected Meadows timed his retirement to help her. Bennett is a close friend of his wife, Debbie.
— Ally Mutnick (@allymutnick) June 24, 2020
Get out and vote today for Pro-Trump conservative Lynda Bennett. Lynda is the only candidate endorsed by President Trump, and she's the only candidate with a proven record of business experience to help carry out the President's agenda. Listen to President Trump HERE. pic.twitter.com/ZPNGBOMJuL
— Lynda Bennett (@LyndaBennettNC) June 23, 2020
The GOP ‘fundamentals’ are the same as 20 years ago — and they’re ‘running short on competence’: columnist
The Republicans in charge today may be different in some cases than the ones who ran it 20 years ago, but not much else has changed according to The Washington Post's James Downie.
"In the span of an hour, CNN’s State of the Union featured both new and old faces of the Republican Party. First, host Dana Bash interviewed Sen. Roy Blunt, who has held elective office from Missouri for most of the past 35 years. Then she welcomed Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) and Nancy Mace (R-SC), both newly elected members of the House. Though all three looked very different, they sounded much the same," Downie wrote on Sunday evening.
Trump lashes out at ’60 Minutes’ interview with ex-cybersecurity chief using more false conspiracy theories
President Donald Trump apparently watched the "60 Minutes" interview with Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
According to Krebs, the election was the most secure election in history, and none of Trump's claims of fraud are valid. He explained that there would have been a huge difference in votes during the recount if there was fraud. There are not.
Trump’s ex-election security official attacks Giuliani for ‘apparent attempt to undermine confidence in the election’
President Donald Trump and his legal crew of misfit attorneys have waged 39 lawsuits to overturn the 2020 election. All but one of them has been laughed out of court. Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, have continued going to court in an attempt to get a legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump also fired his cybersecurity czar responsible for securing the election after refusing to corroborate the story that the election was stolen.
In an interview with "60 Minutes," Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, explained that Giuliani and Trump are apparently attempting "to undermine confidence in the election, to confuse people, to scare people.”