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On Monday, the Tacoma News Tribune reported that Democratic strategists are increasingly desperate for President Joe Biden to directly and publicly confront former President Donald Trump for his repeated conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was stolen.
"During his first nine months in office, Biden has largely avoided attacking Trump by name, even as he has broadly criticized those sowing doubt about the electoral process and pushed for measures to safeguard voting rights," reported Francesca Chambers. "Some Democrats agree with Biden's posture, arguing that he should not provide oxygen to Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud when he is no longer in power. But others in the party say Biden should be more focused on combating efforts they see as undermining democracy, especially as Trump ramps up his political activity ahead of the 2022 and 2024 elections."
This comes as Trump has refused to back down from his election lies, even defending the January 6 Capitol insurrectionists by claiming in a recent statement that "November 3" was the real insurrection.
While some Republicans, in particular retired GOP leaders like former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), have condemned Trump's behavior, Trump has maintained the allegiance of most sitting GOP elected officials. Biden, for his part, has occasionally gone after Trump's "Big Lie" directly in speeches — but strategists want a more constant condemnation.
"The Jan. 6 insurrection was the DEFCON 1 moment for the Biden administration and for American democracy," said Democratic Fernand Amandi. "And by not elevating that to the most important focus of the country in the administration today — which is the efforts by the Republican Party and President Trump and Trumpism to end American democracy — we dilute and diminish the very existential nature of what that threat represents."
"In recent weeks, Biden has signaled a willingness to more vigorously counter the activity of Trump and his supporters on legal and constitutional issues," noted the report. "Biden waived executive privilege this month for a set of records pertaining to the Jan. 6 riot that a congressional committee had sought, and he encouraged the Department of Justice to prosecute a Trump associate attempting to skirt a subpoena issued by the committee."
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Conservative group pledged to secrecy influenced Trump's tax reform -- then bungled the cover-up: report
According to a report from the Guardian -- based on recordings that were mistakenly posted online -- a secretive conservative group conspired together and directed former President Donald Trump's decisions on a tax plan that, in the end, benefitted the super-rich.
The Guardian's Jason Wilson writes that the Council for National Policy (CNP), whose members include conservative activist Dennis Prager, TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk and Donald Trump nominee to the Federal Reserve Stephen Moore got together for a confab to discuss what tax rates would be acceptable to them -- with an emphasis on protecting the wealthy.
"[The] panel discussion at CNP's February 2019 meeting suggests that Trump decided one of his most far-reaching economic policies on very limited evidence – on the basis of a personal conversation," with close Trump advisers who sat him down and walked him through where they felt those tax rates should be.
According to the report, "The panelists offered a favorable assessment of the Trump administration's economic performance, but also used the platform to claim credit for pushing the administration in the direction of radical free-market policies. Moore claimed that he, together with Larry Kudlow, Trump's director of the National Economic Council from 2018, had persuaded the then-president to offer unprecedented corporate tax cuts."
Moore recalled that he and Kudlow presented their suggestions using colorful charts because "Donald Trump likes to look at pictures, he doesn't like to read."
"Trump looked at this and he said: 'No, I don't want to do that,'" instead proposing 'not 20%. I want 15%,"'Moore explained with Wilson adding, "with the number coming back to an effective 20% rate only after Senate negotiations."
The secretive discussion -- despite being recorded -- was supposed to remain that way only to be made available to the Guardian by mistake.
As Wilson reports, "CNP conference director, Mary Margaret Hathaway, enjoined participants to secrecy, reminding them to 'not record any speaker remarks'."
She added, "CNP meetings are off-limits to the press. So please be aware of who you're talking to. Don't grant any interviews and if you run into a reporter asking questions about the event, please let a member of the CNP staff or leadership team know."
But, as the report states, "Despite her warnings, the organization itself made the recordings obtained by the Guardian, and uploaded them on their website in a manner that made them accessible to any internet user," adding, "Other recordings obtained by the Guardian include talks at 2018 and 2019 meetings by senior Republicans including Senator Tom Cotton and the US congressman Steve Scalise; and former governors including Scott Walker and Sam Brownback."
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Ron DeSantis’ latest ‘intellectually bankrupt’ stunt shows why the GOP can’t come back from Trump: Morning Joe
Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to offer $5,000 bonuses to persuade anti-vaccine police officers to move to Florida, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said that showed Republicans wouldn't be moving beyond Trumpism any time soon.
The Florida Republican, who's considered the face of the post-Donald Trump GOP, wants to encourage police officers who lost their jobs for refusing to comply with vaccine mandates to move to his state, and the "Morning Joe" host blasted DeSantis.
"Any Republicans out there who wants to believe this party can come back and Trump is just a phase that we are going through, take a look at a guy who's considered to be the frontrunner for 2024," Scarborough said. "You can see how intellectually bankrupt this party is. Because that guy who's seen as a frontrunner, if Donald Trump doesn't run, a guy that is saying state power can be used to step on small business owners, oppress small business owners, and stop small business owners from protecting themselves, their workers and their customers. You have a guy that, again, is at the head of this party that's stepping on larger businesses, on cruise lines and telling them what they have to do and what they cannot do, if they want to take steps and keep people on their cruise line healthy, and let's face it, deep their bottom line healthy, Ron DeSantis is using the power of the centralized state to step on them, as well."
"He's stepping on teachers and using the centralized state to step on local school boards," Scarborough added, "and he's using the centralize states to step on anybody on the local level who wants to take reasonable and rational steps that their family doctors would recommend they take to keep their students and teachers and school principals and families safe. Now he's going to give a $5,000 bonus to somebody if they are an anti-vaxxer. That, ladies and gentlemen, is your Republican Party."
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