LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan GOP activist who organized busloads of Trump supporters who travelled to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. for a Wednesday protest that devolved into a riot is about to become state co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party. The proposed leadership role for Meshawn Maddock is not sitting well with some party members. On Wednesday, Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox announced she would not seek a second two-year term — a decision she said in an email to party members she arrived at over the Christmas holidays. The unexpected announcement from Cox means that unde...
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Former Sen. David Perdue, a Republican candidate for governor in Georgia, accused Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams of "demeaning her own race" because she had suggested a plan for creating higher-paying jobs.
Perdue made the remarks while appearing at a campaign stop in Georgia on Monday afternoon.
"Did y'all see what Stacey said this weekend?" he asked the crowd. "She said that Georgia is the worst place in the country to live. Hey, she ain't from here. Let her go back where she came from if she doesn't like it here."
"The only thing she wants is to be president of the United States," he continued. "When she told Black farmers, you don't need to be on the farm. And she told Black workers in hospitality and all this, you don't need to be -- she is demeaning her own race when it comes to that."
Perdue added: "I am really over this. She should never be considered material for governor of any state, much less our state, where she hates to live."
Perdue was most likely referring to remarks Abrams made about agricultural work in 2018. Abrams later clarified that she was "the only candidate with detailed plans to invest in rural Georgia by creating good-paying jobs, expanding access to broadband, and investing in rural educators and students."
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Donald Trump's spokesperson, Taylor Budowich, lashed out at former Vice President Mike Pence for backing a number of non-MAGA Republicans in this year's primaries ahead of a potential 2024 presidential bid, calling him "desperate to chase his lost relevance."
"Mike Pence was set to lose a governor's race in 2016 before he was plucked up and his political career was salvaged," Budowich told The New York Times. "Now, desperate to chase his lost relevance, Pence is parachuting into races, hoping someone is paying attention. The reality is, President Trump is already 82-3 with his endorsements, and there's nothing stopping him from saving America in 2022 and beyond."
Budowich's remarks come amid a growing rift between Trump and Pence, who the former president castigated back in January 2021 for not going along with a plan to overturn his 2020 election loss.
In recent months, that rift has grown wider in light of the former vice president's support of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who likewise resisted Trump's pressure to reverse the last presidential election. Kemp is currently facing a gubernatorial primary challenge from the former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who the former president recruited into the race.
Earlier this month, outlets reported that Pence would campaign with Kemp, a joint effort that's set to officially commence on Monday, according to the Times.
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"Brian Kemp is one of the most successful conservative governors in America," Pence said back in May. "Brian Kemp is my friend, a man dedicated to faith, family and the people of Georgia. I am proud to offer my full support for four more years of Brian Kemp as governor of the great state of Georgia!"
Pence's name has also been floated in the national conversation about potential presidential contenders in 2024. On Monday, the former vice president left open the door to jumping into the race even if Trump runs as well.
"We'll go where we're called," Pence said, suggesting that he would act on God's will. "That's the way Karen and I have always approached these things."
Pence also told the Times that people have expressed gratitude over his unwillingness to overturn the 2020 election.
"I have been very moved traveling around the country how much people have made a point to express appreciation, it has been very humbling to me," he said, adding that he spent "five years in a foxhole" while working for the Trump administration.
Most Americans believe that the former vice president had no right to alter the results of the election, according to a poll from February.
School is out at Central Elementary school in Lucedale, Mississippi, and the final bus ride revealed the bus driver left it unattended for about 15 minutes after reportedly falling ill.
The result was 15 minutes of hell for children who were scared, reported WKRG.
“They were crying and yelling,” said Ramiro Pruitt, who was on the bus at the time. Some called their parents.
“She calls me, she’s crying she says mom, come get me, I’m scared,” said Kattie Bragg. Like many parents, she was concerned and wants to know what happened.
“My kids called me, I couldn’t hear them, there were too many kids screaming in the background for their parents,” said mom Nicki Pruitt.
Some then came to the bus to pick up their children, where things got even worse. The bus driver began yelling at the students to stay on the bus and parents to get off the bus. An adult trying to take a child off the bus is likely something the schools generally refuse without the verification of a family member. The school is responsible for children on the bus until they are dropped off.
“She scared those kids on the school bus, nobody wants to get back on the school bus,” said Pruitt.
“I think they want everyone to be quiet about it and they’re going to brush it under the carpet,” said parent Anthony Pruitt.
The videos surfacing are causing a community uproar.
The school is researching what happened.
See one of the videos below:
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