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According to a report from the Charlotte Observer, the Republican leadership in North Carolina is growing increasingly nervous about a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate in the 2022 election who was handpicked by former president Donald Trump.
At issue is Trump's endorsement of relatively obscure Rep. Ted Budd (R) and whether he will stand a chance against a well-funded Democratic opponent.
Trump's choice of Budd in June during a rally in the state baffled the state's GOP leadership at the time and, after watching another Trump endorsee lose in a Republican primary last week, they are afraid that Budd will win the primary and then lose in the general election -- handing a Republican-held seat in the Senate to the Democrats.
The Observer reports, "On Tuesday, a Navy veteran supported by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry beat the Trump-endorsed Susan Wright in a Republican special election primary for Texas's 6th Congressional District. The loss garnered national attention as political strategists try to determine the value of a post-presidency Trump endorsement," before adding, "In North Carolina, some were paying particular attention, as Trump had already weighed in on the Republican primary for Senate and given his full endorsement to Rep. Ted Budd on June 5."
According to a campaign adviser to former governor Pat McCrory (R) -- who is also seeking the GOP nomination -- Trump's pick was influenced by the conservative Club for Growth, and they are both betting on the wrong horse.
"With the short campaign period in Texas, the Trump endorsement and Club for Growth money should have made it easier to win," explained Jordan Shaw. "But the Club gave Trump bad advice and pushed him into endorsing an unvetted candidate who couldn't win, just like they've done in North Carolina."
The report goes on to note that a poll taken in the state by Paul Shumaker shows a Trump endorsement could cripple a candidate in the state.
"When comparing a Trump endorsed candidate to a Biden endorsed candidate, (Republicans') advantage with the Unaffiliated voters evaporates," Shumaker wrote in a report distributed to Republicans.
He added ominously, "Candidates for state and federal office at any level who are on the wrong side of these issues will alienate suburban voters and jeopardize Republicans' chances of winning in 2022."
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In an interview on Fox News late Friday night, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) dismissed the idea of mandating vaccinations for COVID-19, saying mandates should only used in the case of an "incredibly deadly disease."
Speaking on the "Ingraham Angle" with guest host Brian Kilmeade, Johnson was asked, "Could you ever get behind a vaccine mandate for everybody?" to which he replied, "No, not unless there's some incredibly deadly disease. I mean, much higher infection-fatality rates than we have with COVID."
Without noting the over 613,000 Americans who have already succumbed to the deadly disease in just over a year -- and the frightening increase in new infections due to a variant -- Johnson added, "We don't know the final infection-fatality rate but right now it's looking like it's not going to be much more than double a bad season of flu."
Those comments set off a furious backlash from critics of the Republican lawmaker with one person calling the senator a "loud idiot."
You can see some responses below:
@JEandJL @Acyn Even if it’s 1%… if every American gets it, that’s 3 MILLION people. That is “incredibly deadly” to me.— msdr (@msdr) 1627701832.0
@Acyn Maybe the families of some of the over 600,000 dead American COVID victims can show up at Ron’s door & have h… https://t.co/UbHCsVCyYX— Serenity Now! (@Serenity Now!) 1627704175.0
@Acyn Like say, a disease that had already killed over 600k Americans and over 4 million people worldwide? A deadly disease like that?— Israel Jablonski (@Israel Jablonski) 1627701297.0
@Acyn The fact over a million Americans will die in two years and they won’t consider it incredibly disgusting is fucking terrible.— National Champion School Graduate (@National Champion School Graduate) 1627701834.0
@Acyn Was he dropped on his head when he was a small child? I'm seriously asking.— David Eoll (@David Eoll) 1627702217.0
@Acyn I guess it has to be like measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus. chickenpox, whooping cough, Diphtheria, and the a… https://t.co/kfqSy7YBRZ— Jªℓª℘ℯƞℴℓⱭĐƔ (@Jªℓª℘ℯƞℴℓⱭĐƔ) 1627726772.0
@Acyn 5 bucks says that double talking dbag is vaccinated.— Bryan 💉x2 M (@Bryan 💉x2 M) 1627701872.0
@Acyn If Fox keeps putting Sen. Johnson on TV, will he become an even deadlier variant--like the disease he is willing to let spread?— NC Vates (@NC Vates) 1627702863.0
The wife of Haiti's murdered president, seriously wounded in the very attack that killed her husband, listened in terror as the gunmen ransacked their home, she said in her first interview since the assassination.
The killers eventually found what they were looking for in president Jovenel Moise's residence, and made cursory efforts on their way out to see if first lady Martine Moise was still alive.
"When they left, they thought I was dead," she told the New York Times in an interview published Friday, weeks after the July 7 assassination that heaped a fresh crisis on the fragile Caribbean nation.
She survived and was rushed for emergency treatment to the United States, where she spoke to the newspaper while flanked by security guards, diplomats and family.
Martine is left wondering what happened to the 30 to 50 men usually posted to guard her husband at the house. None of those guards were killed, or even wounded.
"Only the oligarchs and the system could kill him," she said.
Haitian police have arrested the head of Jovenel Moise's security, as well as some 20 Colombian mercenaries, over the plot they say was organized by a group of Haitians with foreign ties.
Jovenel Moise had been ruling the impoverished and disaster-plagued nation by decree, as gang violence spiked and Covid-19 spread.
His widow told the New York Times that the couple had been asleep when the sound of gunfire woke them.
He called his security team for help, but soon the killers were shooting in the bedroom. She was struck in the hand and elbow.
As she lay bleeding, her husband dead or dying in the same room, she felt like she was suffocating because her mouth was so full of blood.
The killers spoke only Spanish -- Haiti's languages are Creole and French -- and were communicating by phone with someone while they carried out the attack.
She said she doesn't know what the assassins took, but that it came from a shelf where her husband kept his files.
Martine Moise wants the killers to know she is not afraid and is seriously considering a run for the presidency once she is healthy.
"I would like people who did this to be caught, otherwise they will kill every single president who takes power," she said. "They did it once. They will do it again."
© 2021 AFP
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