Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has denounced Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as “corrupt,” along with his government. Greene effectively put herself in the same camp as far right-wing colleague Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), who has harshly slammed Ukraine’s leader even as Zelenskyy leads the fight against the Russian invasion. “Do you agree with Madison Cawthorn that Zelenskyy is corrupt and that the Ukrainian government is corrupt?” Greene said, reading a question submitted by a participant in a Tuesday evening town hall. “Yes and yes. That’s an easy one,” the lawmaker said. Gree...
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Doug Mastriano, the Trump-backed Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor whom multiple polls suggest is losing to Democratic rival Josh Shapiro by a considerable margin, is apparently resorting to divine intervention.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Mastriano this week announced he would be leading "40 days of prayer and fasting" between this coming Thursday and election day, even as he struggles to raise money and keep wary Republicans from abandoning hope.
"While it is unclear who Mastriano expects to start fasting on Thursday, the recent entreaties seem to indicate that his campaign, which epitomizes what scholars call Christian nationalist ideology, has fallen on hard times," notes the Inquirer. "The messaging has grown increasingly erratic, sometimes arguably bordering on nonsensical. One of Mastriano’s main attack strategies these days is emphasizing that he is taller than Shapiro."
The Republican Governors Association has refused to come to Mastriano's financial aid, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey referred to the race as a "lost cause" earlier this year.
Mastriano has also had troubles building a grassroots army to propel him to victory, as a recent event that was billed as a "big rally" in the state capital of Harrisburg attracted only 60 people.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) hosted a podcast on impeaching President Joe Biden and members of his administration as Hurricane Ian's eyewall was breaching Florida's coast.
Gaetz spent less than 90 seconds of his Wednesday 30-minute Firebrand podcast on the hurricane.
"I want to take just a moment to let you know while we're here live at the Longworth Office Building at the Capitol complex, my heart is in the sunshine state," the congressman said.
Gaetz recommended having candles and charged batteries before moving on.
"Please keep my fellow Florida man, Florida woman in your prayers because there are a lot of people on the peninsula going through a lot," he said.
But Gaetz spent most of the podcast on what he called the "MAGA oversight agenda."
"I don't care what the leadership in Washington think of either party if their desire is to go engage in some unified effort against the American people," he said. "And I think we have to get to the corrupt core of these agencies."
"At a minimum, we have to open the impeachment inquiries of people like [DHS Secretary] Alejandro Mayorkas," he continued. "If we're not willing to engage in an impeachment inquiry at least at the outset, I believe we will have betrayed the voters who indend to give us power."
Gaetz added: "The MAGA agenda is an investigations first agenda and it is an agenda that will include impeachment."
Gaetz used a portion of the show to plot with Newsmax host Sebastian Gorka about how to create a select committee to investigate members of the Biden family.
"We're here strategizing what Republican control is going to look like in the next Congress," he told Gorka. "There's some talk on the Hill today about what a select committee would look like to be able to delve into the compromise of the first family."
Gaetz concluded his podcast with another mention of the hurricane.
"It's gonna be a rough one," he admitted. "It's a big storm but we're tough folks down in the Sunshine State."
Ian reportedly made landfall just minutes after Gaetz ended his live stream.
Former GOP congressman has 'legitimate concerns' Clarence Thomas was involved in 'push to overturn the election'
Questions surfaced after Justice Clarence Thomas was the only member of the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose the release of Mark Meadows' texts and information to the Jan. 6 committee. It turned out that in those text messages that the justice didn't want revealed were communications with his wife.
Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA), wrote in his new book that he thinks Justice Thomas is far more involved in his wife Ginni Thomas' 2020 election overthrow attempts.
Riggleman, who left the committee in April, included many of the text messages that had previously been released from Ginni Thomas, along with the note that he had a difficult time trying to get the House Select Committee to sound the alarm on her actions.
"Supreme Court spouses are typically low profile. Ginni’s involvement with political groups had already led to questions about whether Clarence would need to recuse himself in cases with a political component," wrote Riggleman. If Clarence had been in the logs, it would be a much bigger deal than all that. When I began to suspect Ginni and Clarence had texted with Meadows, I put together a technical brief outlining how we might be able to cement the identifications."
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) called him to express concern that telling Americans that such an influential figure had gone full-Q. Cheney was worried it would turn the whole committee into a political sideshow and overshadow all of the other work the committee was doing. The release of Riggleman's book has left the committee members furious over possible leaks after spending a year with so few.
Riggleman persisted in pressing Cheney to tell Americans about the Thomases.
"The committee needed to show the American people that there was an organized, violent effort to reverse the election—and that there were indications it could have been directed by the White House," he wrote. "Thanks to their prominence, Ginni and Clarence would make a lot of headlines, but those headlines might overwhelm the other important work we were doing."
The conversation with Cheney didn't go well, with the two "type A personalities" duking-out their arguments. Riggleman argued that data wasn't political. It wasn't right or wrong.
"I also thought that, given Clarence’s position and Ginni’s prominence in conservative circles, the American public had to know what she had been up to," argued Riggleman. "Some of the messages went beyond simply cheering Meadows on. It was legitimate for me to have concerns as to whether a Supreme Court justice had been involved in the legally questionable push to overturn the election. Was it possible that one of the country’s nine top judges was on board with an authoritarian interpretation of the Constitution? The implications were overwhelming. Cheney found it all improbable. I think she still had more faith in the institutional GOP than I did at that point."
Riggleman's book, The Breach, is on sale now and Raw Story has complete coverage here.