North Carolina GOP scrambled to save Trump from further embarrassment after his coming out speech: report
According to a report in the conservative Washington Examiner, the North Carolina Republican party buried the results of a straw poll taken at last week's convention that illustrated Donald Trump's waning influence with the party faithful.
Last Saturday Trump appeared at the North Carolina GOP convention in what was called his" coming out" party after being exiled to first Florida and now New Jersey after losing re-election to now-President Joe Biden.
What some Trump insiders hoped would be a tentative launch for a 2024 presidential bid instead became bogged down in commentary about Trump's "slurring speech" and questions about whether the former president was wearing his pants backward. He wasn't.
Less remarked upon was the ex-president's surprise endorsement of Rep. Ted Budd (R) for an open U.S Senate seat representing North Carolina, that led to some awkwardness for the state's GOP leadership.
According to the Times, Trump's endorsement held little sway with the convention attendees who took part in a straw poll on who should get the nod for the GOP nomination.
"The North Carolina Republican Party sat on the results of a straw poll that former Rep. Mark Walker won by a country mile," the Times' David Drucker reported. "Walker topped Budd 44% to 29.4% in a survey to gauge who grassroots Republicans support for Senate in the 2022 primary. Former Gov. Pat McCrory finished third, with 17.5%, in voting conducted at the annual state GOP convention."
While Drucker added, "The North Carolina Republican Party insists the results were not withheld to avoid embarrassing Trump," he also reported that the timing of the release of the poll results was unusual.
"State party officials shared the outcome privately with the candidates. But for two days, they refused to publicize to media outlets or the public. When the North Carolina Republican Party finally acknowledged the straw poll, the tally was buried at the bottom of a newsletter detailing the highlights of the weekend-long convention and emailed out in the evening after regular business hours," Drucker reported.
As for the GOP leadership of the state, they distanced themselves from Trump's selection, with state party chairman Michael Whatley issuing a statement reading, "When President Trump endorsed Congressman Ted Budd for U.S. Senate, he was not speaking on behalf of the NCGOP. He made the endorsement completely independently, and the NCGOP was not aware of the endorsement prior to his speech. The NCGOP will continue to remain neutral in all primary races."
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According to CNN, a late-night shooting on the busy streets of Austin, Texas left 13 injured -- two critically -- amid chaos as people attempted to flee.
CNN reports, "Six people were taken to a hospital by the Austin Police Department, and the Austin-Travis County EMS brought in four others for medial treatment, [Austin Interim Chief of Police Joseph] Chacon said. Three other victims brought themselves to the hospital."
The re[port adds, "One hospital received 11 of the victims for treatment while another person was transported to a different hospital. One person went to an urgent care facility with multiple gunshot wounds," adding, "Police have a very general description of the suspect and the incident appears to be isolated to the area, but could not say for certain that there was no additional public danger because the suspect is not in custody."
You can watch video of the chaos, posted to Twitter, below:
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NEW: This is video of the aftermath of the downtown Austin shooting showing officers performing first aid on the wo… https://t.co/p2fDDrnjKR— Tony Plohetski (@Tony Plohetski) 1623493646.0
Although Democrats have won the popular vote in seven of the United States' last eight presidential races, only three of the nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were appointed by Democratic presidents: Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Stephen Breyer. Kagan, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010, found herself butting heads with Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the case Borden v. the United States — and Slate's Mark Joseph Stern, in a Twitter thread posted on June 10, lays out the ways in which Kagan refuted what Kavanaugh had to say.
On June 10, the High Court rendered its 5-4 decision in Borden, reversing an earlier decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. On SCOTUSBlog, the Court announced, "The decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit — holding that an offense with a mental state of recklessness may qualify as a 'violent felony' under the Armed Career Criminal Act's elements clause, 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(2)(B)(i) — is reversed, and the case is remanded."
According to SCOTUSBlog, "Justice Kagan announced the judgment of the Court and delivered an opinion, in which Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and Gorsuch joined. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Kavanaugh filed a dissenting opinion, in which Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito and Barrett joined."
The Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, imposed a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence if the defendant had three prior convictions for major drug offenses or violent felonies. Charles Borden, Jr., the Borden in Borden v. the United States, was arrested during a traffic stop in which police found a firearm and drug paraphernalia — and he was sentenced to almost a decade in federal prison. Borden had previously been convicted twice for "intentional or knowing aggravated assault" and once for "reckless aggravated assault." But the day of his sentencing, Borden argued that "reckless aggravated assault" was not a violent felony under § 924(e)(2)(B)(i); the judge who sentenced him disagreed.
A High Court syllabus released on June 10 explains, "JUSTICE KAGAN, joined by JUSTICE BREYER, JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, and JUSTICE GORSUCH, concluded that a criminal offense with a mens rea of recklessness does not qualify as a 'violent felony' under ACCA's elements clause."
Stern, in his Twitter thread, writes that Kagan "continues to ruthlessly own Kavanaugh." Stern notes that Kagan, disagreeing vehemently with Kavanaugh in Borden, "mocks" his dissent. And Kavanaugh, Stern writes, was both "whiny" and long-winded in his dissent:
Kagan continues to ruthlessly own Kavanaugh—here she mocks him for complaining "how unfair it is" that his "view ha… https://t.co/GBVZT0q7gQ— Mark Joseph Stern (@Mark Joseph Stern) 1623334681.0
According to Stern, Kavanaugh's unnecessarily lengthy dissent shows that he "needs an editor":
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