Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has yet to be indicted for sex trafficking or possible campaign finance shenanigans but that hasn't stopped fellow Republicans in the Sunshine State from casting a covetous eye on the House seat he holds that is considered a safe seat for any aspiring GOP lawmaker.
According to a report from Politico, no fewer than eight possible candidates for the seat Gaetz now holds are having their names bandied about as his successor -- including conservative gadfly Laura Loomer who just lost a bid for a Florida House seat in the 2020 election.
As a sign that possible candidates are lining up in the belief that Gaetz won't survive the almost daily revelations about his involvement with young women, Politico is reporting that Florida Republicans are receiving robocalls asking who should replace him.
"Several Republican elected officials and others who live in the sprawling Panhandle district said they received a robo-call over the weekend asking voters if they thought Gaetz would step down due to his legal woes," the report states. "They were also asked about potential candidates — including Laura Loomer, the provocateur who mounted an unsuccessful campaign for a South Florida congressional seat last year."
One Gaetz defender pointed out that he has seen no indication that Gaetz might resign -- but quickly turned around and admitted he would consider running for the seat.
"The seat is not open. Congressman Gaetz isn't resigning," explained State Rep. Alex Andrade (R) of Pensacola. "If the seat became open at some point I would strongly consider it."
You can see the list of possible candidates and read more here.
Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara has her own show on Fox News where she can promote talking points from the campaign. But her discussion Sunday about President Joe Biden stressed her fears that the new president would be overtaken by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Fiona Hill, the national security advisor on Russian affairs for Trump, revealed that Putin brought a "very attractive" woman to translate the conversation, despite the fact that Putin speaks English. Hill suspected that Putin brought the woman to "distract" Trump. It's the same tactic that Putin once used when meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel when he brought his black Labrador. Merkel is afraid of dogs after being attacked by one. Putin, a former spy, swore he never knew that story.
Trump's advisers met with or spoke with Russian leaders many times throughout the 2016 campaign, and a special counsel was brought in to investigate any illegal activity involved in those contacts and other behavior by his aides. According to former special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump attempted to obstruct that investigation at least ten times, which is illegal.
Upon leaving office, Trump still maintained that anything about him and Russia was a lie, despite considerable information from the intelligence community proving otherwise. He ultimately hired his own special counsel to investigate the Mueller investigation. The only thing that investigator, John Durham, has been able to find is a loose claim that someone lied to the FBI, which looks "shakey," explained former prosecutor Elie Honig.
Unlike Trump, Biden has met Putin before. Trump had only desperately tried to meet Putin before the two spoke for the first time in Helsinki in 2017.
When discussing Biden's first meeting with Putin, Hill said that the two men had sparred before.
"Biden has been around for 50 years in politics. Putin has been president of Russia for about 20 years.," said Hill. "These are both going to be very experienced people who will be sitting down here. What we're all hoping for, those of us who watch Russia and not in the business of making a drama out of it for television, is, we get out of this unscathed. What it would be good to be back again is to some kind of predictability and sequences of meetings so we don't have to hyperventilate every time there's an idea of an American president meeting with their Russian counterpart."
See Lara Trump's comments below:
Trump got rolled by Putin -- now lara thinks biden will too www.youtube.com
Former President Donald Trump has been mocked over the past several days for his bizarre rant while crashing a wedding and a grammatical error in a press release that ultimately called himself an idiot.
Speaking about the "pathetic" Trump, former Homeland Security aide and adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, Olivia Troye, also spoke out against chief of staff Mark Meadows for knowing that Trump was endangering staff in the White House.
Meadows penned his story saying that Trump knew he was COVID-positive before it was publicly announced that he had the virus. Trump likely infected several people attending events in the White House and other places.
"It's Donald Trump in keeping with who he truly is if he's not attacking military generals even though he proclaims to be a big supporter of the military or undermining them or putting out ridiculous statements that usually don't actually even make sense, it's part of the insanity of who this man is, unfortunately," said Troye.
When Troye mentioned Meadows, she pointed out his new book and that he is endeavoring to profit off of irresponsible behavior that he enabled.
"I found it infuriating because all of these people know and lived what I did," said Troye. "They know how firsthand how reckless Trump was, especially during the onset of the COVID pandemic. And thinking back to that moment of the fact that here we have the leader of the country of the time putting these families' lives at risk. These are the families that had a family member pay the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the plain disregard and disrespect shown. And yet, you have a whole group of people surrounding this man who are enabling him. None of these people came forward to tell the truth about what was happening. And coming forward could've saved lives at the time. And I think it's just — it just goes to show that a lot of this is done in self-interest. Mark Meadows decided that this was a story that he would finally tell the truth about what this man was capable of, his behavior. But he saves it because it's for-profit in a book."
She went on to call it self-aggrandizing but noted the greatest concern is that Meadows helped Trump endanger others
"I keep thinking about who got infected that day from covid possibly," she said. "And I just think about how deplorable it was to put other staff consistently at risk. And I know the extent that they're capable of going, you know, the extent they'll go to, to cover up when things like this happened."
Meadows then came out and admitted that it was fake news.
"It must be nice to cherry-pick when you decide to tell the truth for profit or else decide that you're going to double down and continue a lie for someone who you continue to be loyal to," she said of Meadows' decision to admit his book was false. "But the fact of the matter is I think Mark Meadows, he's at a crossroads right now, I would say. He needs to decide which path to go on. Is he going to continue to be loyal to a man that is, quite frankly, waning in his power, especially in the Republican Party?"
She noted, however, that Trumpism isn't fading, but that the man himself benefits from GOP loyalty that Americans no longer have for him.
"But what I'm saying is will he remain committed to a man, or is he going to actually start to cooperate, to tell the truth of what really matters, in a moment that really matters, especially when it's come the events of January 6th," she said.
See the discussion below:
Meadows and the sad pathetic world of post-Trump white house www.youtube.com
Charlie Sykes stuns MSNBC host with lewd description of Thomas Massie’s gun photo as like pic of his privates
Speaking to MSNBC on Sunday, conservative commentator and Bulwark editor attacked Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY) after he posted a Christmas photo of him with his family in their pajamas with a bunch of guns.
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, generally known as the "prince of peace."
In describing the photo, Sykes called it nothing more than a "d*ck pic," photos that men send unsolicited to women of their penis to show off their masculinity. Sykes explained that Massie's need to show off how big his gun is.
"Frankly, I'm sorry to be offensive, but that's the equivalent of a dIck pic," said Sykes. Host Lindsey Reiser noted she wasn't sure they could say that on television.
"But it's all about showing off weapons as a fetish!" said Sykes.
Others on the panel agreed with the assessment but noted they weren't willing to go as far as Sykes in describing it so explicitly.
Reiser came back after the panel discussion and apologized to "families" who may have been watching and heard Sykes refer to Massie's guns the way he did. The stand-in-host, didn't make it clear whether she finds the gun photo more objectionable than the use of the word "d*ck pic."
See the discussion below:
Charlie sykes and Tom Massie www.youtube.com