AUSTIN, Texas — With attention focused on a Texas House hearing about competing bills — one to remove Confederate monuments from the Capitol and two to prohibit historical monuments from removal — it was Republican opposition to a relatively low-key bill that drew sparks Monday. Democratic state Sen. Borris Miles of Houston presented a resolution pressing federal officials to finally take action on a bill passed 30 years ago to rename areas of Texas containing the word "Negro" — many changed from the N-word in a futile bid to cleanse the sites of racial offense. No senators on the State Affair...
Trump provokes fear among Georgia GOP leaders as he continues crusade against state’s Republican governor
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Georgia Republican officials are upset and concerned by former President Donald Trump's attacks on Gov. Brian Kemp and mock endorsement of Democratic voting rights activist and former state Senate Minority Leader Stacey Abrams to replace him in 2022 — but many of them are still too worried about reprisal from Trump's voting base to criticize him directly over it.
"The former President's criticism of Kemp now includes hyping Democrat Stacey Abrams as a preferable alternative to the GOP governor, whose crime against Trump was staying out of his attempt to overturn the Georgia 2020 election returns," reported Michael Warren. "'Having her, I think, might be better than having your existing governor, if you want to know what I think,' Trump said Saturday at his rally in Perry, adding later, 'Stacey, would you like to take his place? It's OK with me.'"
Trump has been furious at Kemp ever since President Joe Biden won the state of Georgia last year. The former president expected Kemp and other GOP officials he endorsed like Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to step in and prevent Georgia's electors going to Biden. Although they swiftly enacted a package of controversial new voter restrictions going forward, Kemp and Raffensperger bluntly told Trump there was nothing in the law to let them overturn the election.
According to the report, however, Republicans are divided over how to respond to Trump's behavior, fearful that efforts to criticize him could simply make officials like Kemp even more divisive.
"Despite Trump's loss in Georgia last year, he remains a popular figure among the Republican base in the state. Candidates get nowhere with their own voters by taking Trump on directly," said the report. "'What they don't put up with is you attacking him, because then it is Trump and them against you. They see themselves as Trump's people, Trump's followers, Trump's defenders,' said a senior GOP official who is loyal to Kemp. 'As long as you don't make him the victim ... that's the only needle to thread.' So far, neither Kemp nor his campaign has responded publicly to Trump's taunts. His office declined to comment for this story."
Abrams, who was Kemp's opponent in 2018, has not yet formally decided if she will mount a rematch in 2022.
Trump berated Melania in front of aides over 'I Really Don't Care' jacket -- and then lied about her wearing it: new book
A new book reveals that Donald Trump berated his wife in front of the White House staff over the now-infamous jacket reading, "I Really Don't Care, Do U?" that she wore on a visit with migrant children at the Texas-Mexico border.
Stephanie Grisham, who served as the first lady's chief of staff and then as White House press secretary, devotes an entire chapter to the saga in her new book, "I'll Take Your Questions Now," according to excerpts obtained by the Washington Post.
"The first lady had been upset by the situation her husband's immigration policies had caused and wanted to see it for herself," the newspaper reported. "For reasons that still remain a mystery, she'd ordered a $39 jacket online from Zara. Grisham said she was on her phone ironing out details for the trip and missed the chance to stop Melania Trump from wearing it."
Melania Trump insisted it was just a jacket when she huddled with Grisham to do damage control on the plane ride back to Washington, D.C., where the first lady was immediately summoned to the Oval Office.
"It was the first time he'd ever summoned her in such a way in front of staff," the Post reported. "He yelled and asked 'what the [expletive]' they thought they were doing. Then just as quickly he came up with a solution. He would tweet out that the jacket was a message to the Fake News Media."
Donald Trump became obsessed with a young female press aide during his presidency — asking that she be brought into his cabin on Air Force One so he could "look at her (behind)," according to a new tell-all book from former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
Trump "constantly asked where the young aide was during press events," Grisham reports in "I'll Take Your Questions Now," according to the Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the forthcoming book.
Trump also "allegedly once requested that she be brought to his cabin on Air Force One so he could 'look at her [behind].'"
"Trump behaved inappropriately with Grisham, too, she wrote — once calling her from Air Force One to assure her that his penis was not small or toadstool-shaped, as the porn star Stormy Daniels had alleged in an interview," the Post reports. "Grisham wrote that Trump once asked her then-boyfriend, a fellow Trump aide, if she was good in bed."
Trump responded to the book in a statement from his spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, calling Grisham "a disgruntled employee."
"This book is another pitiful attempt to cash in on the President's strength and sell lies about the Trump family," Harrington said, adding that publishers "should be ashamed of themselves for preying on desperate people who see the short term gain in writing a book full of falsehoods."
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