Misty Russell, a mother of three, had just moved to Greenville, South Carolina, and was ecstatic for her 8-year-old daughter to attend school in-person in a new state and school district. But, after visiting her daughter’s elementary school in August, she noticed most adults did not have on a mask, and her excitement turned into anger and fear, she said. And last week, her daughter’s class was exposed to COVID-19, forcing the child and her classmates to quarantine and transition to virtual learning. “The school’s job is to provide a safe environment for your kids to go to school ... which they...
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
'This is going to be a giant joke': CNN reporter delivers brutal epitaph for Trump-backed Arizona 'audit'
The results of the Trump-backed Arizona "audit" are due to be released on Friday, but CNN reporter Kyung Lah said on Thursday that no one except for diehard Trump fans will be taking it seriously.
While discussing the audit, host Jake Tapper asked Lah if she expected its results to have any resonance beyond people who already believe that Trump actually won the 2020 election.
"The blindly faithful to Donald Trump will probably take note of this," she replied. "But election workers and election experts both, Republicans and Democrats, are widely saying this is going to be a giant joke."
She then went on to recap how things got this far and how they got so out of hand.
"It was funded by conspiracy theorists, millions of dollars funded into this exercise," she explained. "And then you mentioned the Cyber Ninjas, the ones who actually conducted this beyond just having no experience. The CEO also tweeted and retweeted baseless election fraud theories."
She then showed footage of an interview with did with Republican Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates, who has been targeted with harassment by Trump supporters.
"I call it a show trial," Gates said of the "audit." "I mean, that is what all of these have been up to this point. It is a Soviet show trial. Democracy is not the word I would use, but a theater show of an attempt to steal an election."
Watch the video below.
Reporter delivers brutal epitaph for Trump-backed Arizona 'audit' www.youtube.com
Dem Congressman reveals some GOP lawmakers expressed 'glee' and 'were having a good time' during Capitol riot
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) revealed some details about his experience on Jan. 6 when the Capitol was under siege.
According to the Congressman, while the Capitol was being torn apart, an attacker was being shot and terrified congressional staffers were hiding afraid for their lives, some Republicans were filled with "glee."
Maloney explained that the American public should know the truth and he encouraged the Biden White House to release Trump-era documents related to the hours when the riot took place.
"It's pretty simple," he began. "Let the facts come out. If the president and Kevin McCarthy and other members of Congress were involved in inciting or encouraging a violent attack on the Capitol, I think we should know that. If they weren't, we will know that, too. But I do think that it's important that this special committee get all the information about a completely unprecedented attack on our Capitol, and the American public should want that."
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace asked him why Republicans seem to care so much about covering up their actions when so much of what they were saying and doing was in public view. She recalled Trump saying, "we want Mike to do the right thing."
"Where do you think the fervor comes from to keep secret their conversations with Donald Trump?" she asked.
He explained that's the question they hope to answer with the Jan. 6 committee.
"You are right, we already have, out in the open, outrageous conduct, inciting an insurrection against the Capitol, there is really no debate about that," said Maloney. "Denying the science and trying to flip the results in Georgia and other places. Let's know the details, too, let's know who on Capitol Hill was involved in it. That's fair. I think there is a reason why they are so freaked out about their conduct and their actions being revealed on that terrible day."
Wallace asked about the Republican officials who had already confirmed that they spoke to the president, so she and Maloney both didn't understand what they have to hide.
"Let's just get the facts," Maloney began. "I was there on the House floor, at that location with a bunch of Republicans who were -- one in particular who was gleeful of the events transpiring outside. It took me a minute to understand why she was having such a good time. But I saw it. I saw it with her staff who caught up with her. They were excited about what was going on. They had been at the White House, I believe, the day before talking about what was going to happen."
He noted that it wasn't exactly a mystery when Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was at the rally "whipping up the crowd and pointing them to the Capitol, I believe with a bullet-proof vest on."
Malone explained that the important facts are about deciding what Trump knew and when he knew it and how he was coordinating with Republicans on the ground in the Capitol.
"Congressman, who was the gleeful Republican?" Wallace asked.
"Well, I don't want to say but her initials were Marjorie Taylor Greene," he said.
Maloney went on to recall what it was like being in the undisclosed location with Republicans mocking Democrats trying to give them masks.
"It took me a minute to notice why they were having a good time," he said. "Look, I am reading into their behavior but it seemed to me like they were enjoying what was happening and when they united with some of their staff and some of the people they had been separated from, it was clear to me that they were happy in a way that made no sense given the tragedy that was unfolding."
See the full interview below:
Why were Republicans so happy on Jan. 6? www.youtube.com
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