In an interview with The Age, former Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott's on and off again love affair with Donald Trump is back in the dumps after Abbott took shots at the American ex-president for the way he has conducted himself since losing re-election in 2020.
According to the report, Abbott once considered the former New York real estate developer not prepared for the rigors of the job as the leader of the free world, claiming Trump was "uniquely under-qualified" for the job right before the 2016 election.
Abbott later became a fan of Trump's, believing he had delivered on his promises to the American public. As recently as early 2020, Abbott addressed the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C., and told his audience that Trump had exceeded his expectations.
"Much to the surprise of many … indeed, somewhat to my own surprise … I think he's been quite a success: his style sometimes grates, but he's been a very good president," he stated.
In his recent interview, Abbott -- who served as prime minister from 2013 to 2015 and in parliament until 2019 -- expressed disgust with Trump, who has contended that the 2020 election was stolen from him and then helped incite an insurrection on Jan 6th that had lawmakers fleeing for their lives.
"He has not behaved well since the election … I suppose he was always going to be a sore loser [and] you don't have to like losing, but you have got to respect the people's verdict," he stated. "And for all the things that might have looked a bit fishy on the [election] night, no court anywhere in the United States was convinced that there was anything fundamentally wrong."
In further conversation he softened his tone, saying history will likely judge Trump more favorably as time passes.
"While he might have been a sore loser, he was in many respects quite a good president, he … had great political integrity," he elaborated. "I suspect that history will be kinder to him than his contemporaries are being right now."
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, an avid supporter of former President Donald Trump, has repeatedly claimed the 2020 presidential election was rife with fraud.
But the latest place he is looking for fraud is an odd choice: Alabama, a state Trump won by 25 points and where Democrats do not control a single statewide office. Lindell's plans in the state were detailed by Al.com on Friday.
"MyPillow founder and Donald Trump adviser Mike Lindell plans to conduct "tests" on Alabama's voter rolls after purchasing the list, said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, who along with Gov. Kay Ivey met with Lindell on Friday," reported Howard Koplowitz. "Lindell, the founder and CEO of MyPillow who is Trump's main attack dog in the former president's battle contending the 2020 presidential election was stolen, is going to comb through the list of Alabama voters to determine whether the state has any ineligible people on it, including deceased residents."
"Lindell, who set up the meeting with Merrill after attending Trump's 'Save America' rally in Cullman in late August, heaped praise on Alabama's election procedures, ranging from the state's voter ID law to how votes are tabulated in the state, according to Merrill," noted the report.
Lindell is currently facing a defamation suit by Dominion Voting Systems after he repeatedly claimed that their voting equipment was illegally switching votes. To this day he has provided no credible evidence of this accusation. In the wake of his controversies, Lindell has lost contracts with retailers to sell his pillows, and even Fox News is refusing to be involved with him, which has led him to denounce the right-leaning television network.
Donald Trump's demands to see the "routers" used by Maricopa County hit a dead end on Friday evening.
"Why won't the RINO Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Arizona give the routers? What are they trying to hide?" Trump asked in a July 19th statement to reporters.
Trump returned to the issue during a speech in Phoenix a few days later.
Trump speaking of “routers” here is a reference to a MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell conspiracy theory which alleges the… https://t.co/m0EMD15UG3— Zachary Petrizzo (@Zachary Petrizzo) 1627175927.0
But the Cyber Ninjas audit will not receive the routers, KPNX-TV political correspondent Brahm Resnik reported Friday evening.
"Maricopa County Board settles with Senate GOP over subpoena for computer routers. County faced loss of hundreds of millions in revenue after GOP AG Brnovich ruled subpoena was valid," Resnik reported. "enate drops subpoena but won't get routers."
"Maricopa County will eat the $2.8 million it spent to replace ballot-counting machines it said were irreparably damaged by Senate contractors. County had filed notice of claim with senate to obtain payment for machines," he explained. "A 'special master' - former GOP Congressman John Shadegg - appointed to oversee router review w tech experts, to answer Senate GOP questions."
All four Republicans on the board, whom Trump had complained were "RINO" or "Republican in Name Only" voted to approve the settlement.
BREAKING Maricopa County Board settles with Senate GOP over subpoena for computer routers. County faced loss of hun… https://t.co/mofnOYrqEC— Brahm Resnik (@Brahm Resnik) 1631928294.0
Pennsylvania Republicans hit with 53-page lawsuit over 'fishing expedition for clearly partisan purposes'
On Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Pennsylvania state Senate Democrats have filed a lawsuit against the GOP's planned "audit," which will seek to gather information on voters.
"Democrats had said they would sue within days after the Republican-controlled Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee voted Wednesday to issue a subpoena for detailed state election records, including the names of who voted in last year's presidential election, their birth date, address, driver's license number, and the last four digits of their Social Security number," said the report. "The 53-page lawsuit, filed by all 21 Senate Democrats, contends that the Senate Republican bid to investigate the election illegally treads on the court's duties, violates state law over election audits and seeks information that is barred from public disclosure."
"The unprecedented maneuver of collecting the sensitive personal information of millions of voters without their consent, including Social Security information and driver's license, for political purposes is unjustifiable and a gross misuse of taxpayer resources," said Senate Democrats in a statement. "The fact that they will not share how that personal information will be stored, used or who will have access to it is astonishing."
Democrats used harsh language to describe what they see as motivating the subpoena.
"Simply put, Senate Republicans seek to go on a fishing expedition for clearly partisan purposes, despite the fact that the Secretary of the Commonwealth, working in concert with the county Boards of Election, has undertaken a thorough review of the election, as has the bipartisan Senate Special Committee on Election Integrity and Reform," they charged.
The move comes as Arizona Republicans wrap up their controversial partisan "audit," which drew national scrutiny as the pro-Trump Florida-based "Cyber Ninjas" company conducting the checks pursued conspiracy theories like hunting for bamboo fibers in ballots to prove they were Asian forgeries.
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