According to Daily Beast columnist Molly Jong-Fast, any hopes that Donald Trump's family might have had about becoming a political dynasty likely came crashing down last Wednesday when the president incited a riot that sent Congressional lawmakers fleeing for their lives from the pro-Trump mob.
With reports that first daughter Ivanka Trump is moving to Florida with an eye on primarying Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Don Jr. considering running for office somewhere, and daughter-in-law Lara Trump considering running for office in North Carolina, Jong-Fast said the Trump family brand was likely fatally damaged the day the country watched the U.S. Capitol being overrun with the president's encouragement.
"Sure, many of us knew Trump would kill the Republican Party like five years ago. But Republicans didn't seem to realize it until armed Trump supporters overran the Capitol, killed a police officer, and had politicians hiding in their offices. Trump is over," she wrote for the Beast before adding, "The president's large adult sons have not shied away from civil war talk."
"We know the Republican Party is done with Trump and his failsons because of what the biggest opportunist in the Senate said on the day of the coup. Lindsey Graham, Mr. Whatever Way the Wind Is Blowing, who's practically been Trump's caddy for the last four years, pronounced he was done pretending to like Trump so that he could get reelected," she wrote. "Trump may still be able to command his millions of white supremacists and Confederate fetishizers. But change is in the air, and as we know from the last four years of Republicans losing the House and the Senate, Trumpism isn't transferable. Trumpism doesn't scale. Will Ivanka be able to win a primary against little Marco? Theoretically. Junior might be able to win Matt Gaetz's Florida House seat, but he's not going to be able to ride Daddy's racism to the White House now or ever, and I for one am pretty f*cking glad of that."
According to Jong-Fast, friends of the Trump kids have also been turning on them and the events on Wednesday are not making matters any better, writing, "that people are sort of panicking: 'a lot of Jared & Ivanka friends are either posting political things on their account for the first time or they are frantically Hearting other people's posts.'"
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The Republican war on public health measures was on full display as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) complained about vaccine mandates being "communism."
Greene, a first-term member who was stripped of all committee assignments after only a month in office, has been spending her time throwing red meat to the GOP base and pushing conspiracy theories.
"People should be able to decide if they want to take the vaccine and if they don't want to take the vaccine," Greene argued, even though unvaccinated Americans are breaking the hospital systems in multiple states.
"But the worst thing we're seeing is something I call corporate communism, where these policies are being pushed onto businesses and large corporations and then the government, what the government is saying, like take the vaccine, you have to take the vaccine — they're pushing it through the workplace," she complained.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is instituting a rule that requires employers with 100 or more employees to require weekly testing of unvaccinated workers in an effort to protect against unsafe workplaces.
"And this is something that we've always seen in communism, it's all about the worker, right, and the worker's rights, but yet they're forcing these strict policies, saying you have to take a vaccine in order to go to work, in order to go to the store, in order to go to the restaurant or for your kids to go to school, buy and sell, and this is where we are," she claimed, despite the fact that is not what is going on in America.
'Not what it was intended for!' Anti-abortion activists cry foul after law they created sparks chaotic lawsuit frenzy
On Thursday, Reason reported that the architects of the Texas abortion law are enraged — because the core provision of the law is being hijacked and exploited by activists who hope to have it defeated in court.
Specifically, noted Jacob Sullum, the bill's enforcement mechanism where anyone who facilitates an abortion before six weeks of gestation can be sued by any outside private party is now triggering lawsuits from people who deliberately want the lawsuits to provoke a constitutional challenge.
"The first two S.B. 8 lawsuits both target San Antonio gynecologist Alan Braid, who recently announced in a Washington Post opinion piece that he had deliberately violated the law," wrote Sullum. "Braid's intent was to invite lawsuits that would help settle the issue of whether S.B. 8 is constitutional. That is also the avowed aim of the two plaintiffs who have sued him, Oscar Stilley and Felipe Gomez. Stilley, a disbarred Arkansas attorney who is serving a home-based federal sentence for tax fraud, said he was troubled by the fact that S.B. 8's reliance on private civil actions had frustrated constitutional challenges. Gomez, an Illinois lawyer whose license has been suspended, describes himself as a 'pro-choice plaintiff' who likewise would welcome a ruling against S.B. 8."
According to the report, the proponents of the bill are upset that the only lawsuits so far are coming from people who want to bring down the law.
"These out-of-state suits are not what the bill is intended for," said Chelsey Youman of the anti-abortion group the Human Coalition. She said that her organization does not plan to file a real lawsuit against Dr. Braid.
If it were to ultimately be upheld, the Texas law would essentially demolish current case law on abortion rights laid out in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The Supreme Court is also separately considering a more traditional 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi.
Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary is ‘going to get ugly before it gets positively hideous’: local columnist
The GOP primary for governor in Arizona is going off the rails as candidates attempt to out-do each other to be the Trumpiest candidate in the race.
On Thursday, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts wrote that GOP candidate Kari Lake had been endorsed by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
"It's probably the second most coveted endorsement a Republican could get in Arizona, given his unshaken (read: unhinged) belief that the 2020 election was rigged," Roberts explained, noting Lake had praised the conspiracy theorist who sought to overturn the election as a "great patriot."
Mike Lindell is one of the Great Patriots of our time. I am so incredibly honored to have his Endorsement. He has p… https://t.co/3h7ltpEVfV— Kari Lake for AZ Governor (@Kari Lake for AZ Governor) 1632355790.0
"By Thursday morning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon upped the ante. He announced he wants to audit not just the election in Maricopa County but the whole state, given the 'serious discrepancies' that will be unveiled on Friday by Sen. Karen Fann's ninja auditors," Roberts explained.
Salmon served in Congress and was the unsuccessful GOP nominee for governor in 2002, losing to Democrat Janet Napolitano.
"Me? I'm wondering what Karrin Taylor Robson will come up with to become relevant in the race," she said of another Karrin Taylor Robson, who was appointed to the state's Board of Regents by Gov. Doug Ducey and is also running. Robson has been endorsed by former Govs. Jan Brewer and Fife Symington.
Roberts interviewed longtime Republican political consultant Chuck Coughlin about the battle to secure Donald Trump's endorsement.
"All the other candidates are trying to hug Trump as closely as possible," Coughlin said. "[Kari Lake] is actually imitating him. She's the outside, angry, no-political-record candidate slinging sledgehammers against the establishment."
What a GREAT birthday! Thank you, President Trump. https://t.co/DrK7mwWQlV— Kari Lake for AZ Governor (@Kari Lake for AZ Governor) 1629756899.0
"The Trump brand and anything to the right of it is the only brand that exists anymore in the Republican primary right now because nobody has given voice to anything else," Coughlin explained. "Like lemmings over the cliff. There is no independent thought here. It's following a third of the Republican primary voters over the cliff of irrelevancy."
Roberts warned her readers "It's going to be a loooong year."
"It's going get ugly before it gets positively hideous as the Republicans stoop to show who is the Trumpiest of all while Democrats pass the popcorn," she explained.
Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee is also running in the GOP primary along with Steve Gaynor, who lost the 2018 campaign for Secretary of State to Democrat Katie Hobbs, who is running for the Democratic Party nomination for governor.
It’s going get ugly before it gets positively hideous as the Republican candidates for Arizona governor stoop to sh… https://t.co/ZAPddVEnvZ— Laurie Roberts (@Laurie Roberts) 1632424964.0
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