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Clarence and Ginni Thomas are telegraphing the roadmap for stealing the 2024 election: legal experts
In a column for Slate, legal experts Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern make the case that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his conservative gadfly wife Ginni are laying out a roadmap for Republicans to successfully steal the 2024 presidential election after Donald Trump failed to do so in 2020.
Noting that there appears to be no appetite by the House Select Committee looking into the Capitol insurrection to call Ginni Thomas in to talk about her efforts to get election officials in Arizona to defy the will of the voters, the two analysts claim this will embolden conservatives by providing them with a path to future election interference.
Writing, "there is seemingly nothing to be done about Justice Clarence Thomas’ refusal to recuse in cases that materially affect his spouse, even as he has already decided several matters surrounding the 2020 election … and also because that same spouse had written far more inflammatory, QAnon-style texts to Trump’s chief of staff urging him to set aside the 2020 contest, and nothing was done about that either," they added, "What’s past is prologue, and what was done sloppily in 2020 is being mapped out by experts for 2024."
Calling the texts and emails about the 2020 election of Ginni Thomas "demented," the two analysts said they nonetheless should be looked at as "a warning and road map for what is already being put into place for the next presidential contest. But next time, the lawyers won’t be sweating brown makeup or referencing crackpot theories of Italian election meddling."
Stating that the Ginni Thomas's Arizona emails contained a "prefabbed piece of legal advocacy,' they added that her husband has echoed the theory previously "as a matter of constitutional law," with Lithwick and Stern writing, "It didn’t work in 2020 because the legal and political structures to support it weren’t in place at the time. Those pieces are being put into place as we type this."
To make their point, they wrote: "Recall, for instance, that back in November of 2020, it wasn’t clear there were five votes at the Supreme Court to support the proposition that state legislatures could simply set aside election results they deemed tainted by impropriety. Recall that when lawyer/insurrectionists John Eastman (a Thomas clerk) and Jeffrey Bossert Clark floated that notion at the White House and elsewhere, serious DOJ attorneys told them in no uncertain terms to go away. Recall finally that one of the lawmakers in Arizona, Shawnna Bolick, is married to a state Supreme Court justice and is parent to Clarence Thomas’ godchild."
Adding that Jane Mayer of the New Yorker previously reported that Bolick introduced legislation that “would enable a majority of the legislature to override the popular vote … and dictate the state’s electoral college votes itself," the analysts wrote, "In other words, what Bolick couldn’t lawfully do in 2020 is a thing she hopes to do under color of law in future."
Dahlwick and Stern went on to add that Bolick is not alone in her beliefs and that "election deniers around the country are running for secretary of state and attorney general—vying to be swing states’ top election officer and top cop, respectively. If successful, they can use this power to aggressively investigate bogus claims of voter fraud, attempt to nullify Democratic ballots, refuse to certify the true results, and even try to approve an 'alternative' slate of electors for the loser."
"The question remaining isn’t whether it’ll happen; the question is whether it’ll succeed," they suggested.
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It's a good bet that Joe Biden is planning on running for reelection in 2024, but according to a new report from New York Magazine, some Democrats are secretly worried that Biden won't be up for the task when the times comes, and they're looking for alternatives.
According to a recent analysis from the Los Angeles Times, Vice President Kamala Harris has an even worse approval rating that Biden, compounding Democrats' worries.
"The result is a bizarre disconnect within the Democratic Party, with two factions talking past each other. One group consists of Biden and his loyalists, who are convinced that while the ticket’s numbers are undeniably bleak, they’re historically unsurprising for a president and VP facing their first midterm and will surely bounce back," writes NY Mag's Gabriel Debenedetti.
The second group, Debenedetti writes, consists of "a broad swath of the Democratic elite and rank and file alike, who suspect that vectors of age, succession, and strategy have created a dynamic with no obvious parallel in recent history."
Even news of the Supreme Court's potential overturning of Roe v. Wade didn't seem to move the needle, and Biden's historic squeamishness about abortion seemed to weaken his response and he failed to galvanize his party around a cataclysmic moment.
Democrats are nervous about the midterms too, which are less predictable in the wake the SCOTUS' Roe debacle. But in the meantime, "nothing has budged Biden’s sense that nobody but him can keep Trump out of the White House," writes Debenedetti.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, one of Biden's longtime friends expressed wariness at the prospect of Biden facing another grueling campaign. “I’m 66 and I’m f***ing exhausted,” the friend said. “I can’t even imagine being 78, 79, 80, 81, 82 and starting again. Just waking up is a chore.”
"Still, Trump is who Biden can’t stop thinking about," writes Debenedetti. "Whatever doubts his party harbors, his inner circle believes that 'if it’s Trump, Democrats will circle the wagons,' in the words of a former aide."
Trump supporter tells Fox News that 'Harley-Davidson would be making baby formula' if he were still president
A patron of a Georgia diner told Fox News on Tuesday that motorcycle companies like Harley-Davidson would be making baby formula if Donald Trump was still president.
Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones visited a restaurant in Brooklet where one man said that he supported both Trump and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R).
"You say that you're a proud supporter of what you call the MAGA King but you're not going to get between the MAGA King and Kemp and you decided to [vote for] Kemp," Jones explained.
The restaurant patron also slammed President Joe Biden and Democrats for the current economic situation.
"Young families have children," he said, "can't get formula. Everything's too high. Me, my money is running away because of the stock market. People older than me, their money is running away. And that's what you work all your life for."
Jones ended the interview by revealing a comment the man had made earlier in the morning.
"I think my favorite quote from you today was if Trump was still in office, Harley-Davidson would be making baby formula," the Fox News contributor said.
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