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'Power without principle': Elise Stefanik slammed by college mentor who encouraged her congressional run
In an interview with the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, a former teaching fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, who mentored then-student Elise Stefanik and was so impressed by her that he urged her to run for office, admitted he now regrets his actions.
According to John Bridgeland, he was assigned the current Republican Party lawmaker as a student back in 2004 and said she was eager and pleased when she discovered he was a Republican, adding that, for his part, he found her "extremely bright” and “through-and-through public-service-oriented.”
Bridgeland admits, "I thought the world of her."
Now, since she swiftly ascended the House GOP leadership ladder to the number three spot, primarily due to her allegiance to twice-impeached Donald Trump, the former George W. Bush White House official has had a change of heart about his former student.
Speaking with Milbank, he explained how pleased he was when she ran for office with his encouragement, stating, "I was so incredibly happy and proud. I viewed her as the bright light of her generation of leaders. She was crossing the aisle. She was focused on problem-solving. She had the highest character.”
Then along came Trump and everything changed, with the WaPo's Milbank writing, "Ambitious Republican official abandons principle to advance in Trump’s GOP. But perhaps nobody’s fall from promise, and integrity, has been as spectacular as the 37-year-old Stefanik’s."
According to her old college mentor, "I was just so shocked she would go down such a dark path. No power, no position is worth the complete loss of your integrity. It was just completely alarming to me to watch this transformation. I got a lot of notes saying, ‘What happened to her?’ ”
Asked what he thinks happened, he suggested, "Quest for power. But power without principle is a pretty dark place to go. She wanted to climb the Republican ranks and she has, but … she’s climbed the ladder on the back of lies about the election that are undermining trust in elections, putting people’s lives at risk.”
According to Bridgeland, one of his greatest disappointments came when she joined Trump in pushing the "Big Lie" that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.
“I was shattered. I was really heartbroken,” he remarked.
Speaking with the Post, he stated he held put hope that she might see the error of her ways, explaining, "People become totally ruined by their failure to stand up for the good and the true, but I do think she has the spark still and could awaken to it. It’s not too late.”
You can read the whole interview here.
Geraldo Rivera: Nazis are 'too stupid' to watch '1 minute' of Tucker Carlson's replacement theory shows
Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera defended his network over the weekend for promoting a racist conspiracy theory that was cited by a man suspected of carrying out a mass shooting in Buffalo.
The so-called "great replacement" or "white replacement" theory was first highlighted on Fox News by host Tucker Carlson in 2021. Believers of the theory claim that immigrants are replacing white citizens.
The theory was recently included in a manifesto written by alleged Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron.
But Rivera suggested that it was a coincidence that Gendron cited the theory just months after Fox News began broadcasting it into millions of homes. He said criticism of the network was unfair.
"Replacement theory & related racist anti-Semitic bullshit disgusts me," Rivera tweeted on Sunday. "I hate Neo Nazis & plenty of video tape proves that from many violent confrontations. Now Fox criticized for fomenting it, bullshit. There is 0 evidence any watched 1 minute of Fox News."
"They’re too stupid," he added.
While there is not a preponderance of evidence that Republican governors are making efforts to stop their colleagues in the legislatures from tampering with election returns, the Washington Post is reporting they did meet in November to hatch a plan to keep Donald Trump from coming after their own jobs with primary challengers.
With the former president currently enduring a mixed bag of his endorsees both winning (Pennsylvania's Doug Mastriano) and losing (Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) their primary bids, the report states GOP governors met back in November to make plans to protect their own.
According to the WaPo's Annie Linskey, Josh Dawsey, Michael Scherer and Matthew Brown, the meeting involved agreeing to set aside funds to push back at what was termed Trump's "vendetta tour" stemming from his anger over his loss of the 2020 presidential election.
The report states "...the Republican Governors Association decided to spend millions of dollars in primaries, an unusual step for an organization that typically reserves its cash for general election matchups against Democrats," before adding that the primary election to be held on Tuesday in Georgia involving Trump nemesis Gov. Brian Kemp was central to their efforts.
"The RGA invested some $5 million in Georgia, according to a person familiar with the group’s outlays, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive details. A parade of Republican governors and luminaries have lined up to protect Kemp. And former vice president Mike Pence, who once served as governor of Indiana, will appear with Kemp on Monday — setting the stage for Pence’s most direct confrontation yet against Trump in the midterms," the WaPo is reporting.
RGA Co-Chairman Doug Ducey, now serving as Arizona's governor, was blunt about the group's plans to put Trump's obsession with his 2020 loss in the past, explaining, "The focus is on 2022. I don’t believe we should spend one more moment talking about 2020.”
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who serves as co-chair of the RGA 2022 fundraising arm, added, "This is just not the best use of our money. We would much rather use it just in races against Democrats. But it was made necessary because Donald Trump decided on the vendetta tour this year and so we need to make sure we protect these folks who are the objects of his vengeance.”
"The clash has brought into focus an extraordinary battle over the future direction of the GOP that extends well beyond Georgia. On one side is an aggrieved former president who retains widespread loyalty in the party from voters. On the other, conservative governors who align with Trump on many issues but have grown tired of his election claims, which post-election audits have shown to be false," the report adds.
You can read more here.