SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Darren Bailey, who had tempered his criticism of Chicago since winning the Republican nomination for governor, returned to calling the state’s largest city a crime-ridden “hellhole” Thursday in playing to a downstate crowd during the GOP’s annual day at the Illinois State Fair. “Our legislators are going soft on criminals to the point where they’ve made Chicago a hellhole, friends,” Bailey, who is challenging first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, told an audience of several hundred people at the director’s lawn at the state fairgrounds. “Chicago, that once great city, w...
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Trump threatens to sue Jan. 6 Committee for not investigating vote fraud claims debunked by his own officials
On Monday night, in a series of posts to his Truth Social platform, former President Donald Trump touted his new $475 million lawsuit against CNN for calling his election conspiracy theories "the Big Lie" — and vowed to take it even further by suing the House January 6 Select Committee next.
"We may bring appropriate action against the Unselect Committee of January 6th because, notwithstanding overwhelming evidence, they REFUSED to investigate the massive Presidential Election Fraud which took place, but only investigate and harass the people and Patriots who complained and asked questions about it," wrote Trump. "The rigging and stealing of our Presidential Election was perhaps The Crime Of The Century, and look at what is happening to our Country now!"
There is no evidence of any kind that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
Indeed, some of Trump's own former administration officials have explicitly debunked Trump's conspiracy theories, including ex-Attorney General William Barr, who went so far as to call the pro-Trump voter fraud documentary 2,000 Mules "singularly unimpressive."
Trump went on in another post to blame everyone but himself for the January 6 attack.
"The Unselect Committee has refused to acknowledge, as was done by the Biden Inspector General at the Department of Defense, and others, that days ahead of January 6th, I recommended and authorized thousands of troops to be deployed to ensure that there was peace, safety, and security at the Capitol and throughout the Country," wrote Trump. "That offer of National Guard was rejected by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Mayor Bowser of Washington, D.C. — the law requires their request, they failed to make one, and in turn failed the Country."
Most of Trump's claim is false. Mayor Muriel Bowser did in fact request the National Guard, Pelosi did not reject an offer of the National Guard, she didn't have any authority over Guard movements in the first place, and Trump didn't activate the Guard at all on January 6, with them being deployed only after former Vice President Mike Pence intervened and went outside the chain of command to order them to help.
'Fascism and mob rule': MSNBC panelists fear Marjorie Taylor Greene is 'going to get someone killed'
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) delivered a speech at former President Donald Trump's rally over the weekend saying that Democrats are murdering Republicans as part of a long, fact-free rant.
At the same time, Trump attacked Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) over the weekend by saying the Republican Senate leader has a "death wish," while also launching a racist attack against McConnell's "China-loving wife" Elaine Chao.
On MSNBC Monday, host Juanita Tolliver warned that this violent rhetoric could lead to real-world political violence in the near future.
"We shouldn't be surprised, but in a post-Jan. 6th reality, where we know his supporters take him literally, argue in court that he summoned them there to commit violent acts on the Capitol, they could take this literally as well," she said. "Where we see Trump attacking McConnell, that's something that is only going to continue if he is showing people that they have permission to do that. And what's really, really frustrating I think — and that voters are paying attention to, is this juxtaposition of Trump and the Republican Party's making violent rhetoric and racism a part of their Republican Party while you have the juxtaposition with President Biden down in Puerto Rico, providing aid to people in need."
The Atlantic's Mark Leibovich noted how difficult Trump has made things for Republicans, and he in particular singled out Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) for refusing to address Trump's racist attacks on Chao.
"I don't quite know why he keeps going out there and what he -- I guess there are savvy ways to parry these kinds of questions," he said. "He hasn't solved it yet. You'd think he'd be better prepared. The larger point is Donald Trump is operating like a person who is in a consequence-free environment, which he is in the Republican Party. This is a pet issue of mine, but it's been true for six years now, and he knows he can throw out the most bizarre, counterproductive -- there's no reason for it. It's not going to help anyone win an election — it's not a strategy or work in the service of elevating his own brand. He just does it."
Leibovich explained that if Trump were working for a business he would have been removed by the board for such actions
"What we need to call out here basically is this is fascism. This is mob rule," said Leibovich. "When you connect the death threats we're talking about on one hand with the other fear that the Republican Party is operating under, that is sort of the net result of the whole thing. It's not a party of ideas, it's a party of fear, obedience, and it's a party of whatever this was Rick Scott was trying to say on Sunday shows yesterday, which I don't think was terribly effective."
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Trump-endorsed candidate Herschel Walker has staked out his position as a no-compromise anti-abortion candidate in his run against incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.
However, The Daily Beast is now reporting that Walker once paid for an abortion for a former girlfriend, who literally kept the receipts for it and is now sharing them with reporters.
The woman, who asked not to be identified by the publication, told The Daily Beast that Walker urged her to get an abortion after she got pregnant in 2009, and that she got him to reimburse her for the procedure.
"She supported these claims with a $575 receipt from the abortion clinic, a 'get well' card from Walker, and a bank deposit receipt that included an image of a signed $700 personal check from Walker," the publication writes. "The woman said there was a $125 difference because she 'ball-parked' the cost of an abortion after Googling the procedure and added on expenses such as travel and recovery costs."
The Daily Beast also talked with a friend who helped take care of her in the wake of the procedure who corroborated her account.
Walker attorney Robert Ingram told The Daily Beast that the woman's story was "false" and accused them of trying to "target Black conservatives."