According to a report from Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gov Brian Kemp (R-GA) had a rough past week as multiple county GOP committees held meetings where he was censured for not agreeing with Donald Trump that there was election fraud in his state that cost the ex-president his re-election.
Kemp, who has been embroiled in national controversy for signing a bill that will suppress voting in the next election, is likely facing an uphill climb if he runs for re-election after Trump made him one of his top targets as fought to remain in office.
Trump's fury has trickled down to Republican committee members across the state as any chance Kemp might have of appealing to grassroots voters in his state seems to now be out of reach.
According to the AJC, "Republican delegates in more than a half-dozen counties passed resolutions over the past week assailing Kemp for not doing more to help Trump's false claims of voting fraud. And several more also punished Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who have also drawn Trump's wrath."
The report goes on to note that Kemp has yet to draw a serious Republican primary opponent for his job, but GOP disgust with him could give his possible Democratic opponent a boost in a state that just saw both GOP U.S. Senate incumbents go down to defeat.
The committee rebukes,"...offered evidence that the governor must still shore up his base in an expected rematch against Democrat Stacey Abrams, the nationally known voting rights advocate and former House leader who narrowly lost to him in 2018," the report states.
According to Brian Pritchard, a GOP activist in Georgia, a Trump endorsement might be Kemp's only hope of holding onto his job.
"Many of the Trump supporters that did not return and vote in the January runoff will not return to vote for Kemp in 2022," he explained. "The only way to get a Trump supporter to vote for Kemp is to get Trump to endorse Kemp. And we don't see that happening."
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The Republican Party may be growing too disconnected from reality to win elections, GOP operatives are warning.
According to a new report in Politico, "some GOP operatives and Trump World luminaries are worried that the truly wild conspiracists may be mucking it all up. Hogan Gidley, one of Donald Trump's top lieutenants, took a subtle dig at some Trump allies and put some distance between their efforts and his group's work on election reform. Other Republicans have expressed fears that talk of 'audits,' machine rigging and foreign plots will depress voter turnout and discourage some people from seeking office."
Gidley is leading the Center for Election Integrity at the Trump-aligned America First Policy Institute.
"The comments illustrate the growing fissures erupting within Republican circles over how the party should address the last election. It's a fissure that's been caused mainly by Trump, who has been intent on continuously re-litigating the 2020 outcome with increasingly outlandish conspiracies that other Republicans echo. Gidley himself has pushed misleading arguments about some of the 2020 election outcomes, including on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots," Politico noted.
But Mike Lindell is not backing down and instead predicted the exact moment that the Supreme Court would take action to reinstall Trump, despite the fact the U.S. Constitution does not allow such a maneuver.
"When asked for comment, Lindell — who has led a national crusade to push false claims of fraud and voting machine hacking, and is being sued for defamation by voting machine manufacturer Dominion for $1.3 billion — said in a text message that he would be bringing his "voter fraud" case to the Supreme Court on Nov. 23 at 9 a.m.," Politico reported.
But could it already be too late?
"A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday shows that 77 percent of Democrats, 49 percent of independents and 28 percent of Republican voters trust the election system a lot or some. Just 9 percent of Republicans say they trust the election system a lot," the publication noted. "Among self-identified 2020 Trump voters, just 22 percent said they believed the 2020 elections were free and fair; while 72 percent said they probably or definitely were not. They were slightly more optimistic about the 2022 elections, with 38 percent saying they believed that they would be free and fair. But 51 percent still said they believed they would not be."
However, the poll showed Republicans have more enthusiasm heading into the midterms as President Joe Biden's agenda remains bogged down in Congress.
"The Morning Consult polI offers some measure of relief for Republicans worried that voters won't turn out amid talk of vast election conspiracies. A full 92 percent of self-identified Republican voters said that they planned to vote in the 2022 elections, with just 4 percent saying they did not plan to. By contrast, just 70 percent of self-identified Democrats said they planned to vote, and 29 percent said they did not plan to," Politico reported.
Congressman angry at Americans not following ‘God’s laws and his definition of marriage’ lied to high school students
Virginia GOP U.S. Rep. Bob Good is attacking Americans who do not follow "God's laws," and blaming them for all of society's ills.
Good, a 56-year old freshman, won the seat held by moderate Republican Denver Riggleman, one of the few in the GOP who have denounced QAnon. Riggleman also warned Republicans about the "weaponization" of "tribalism."
Congressman Good on Tuesday stood on the House floor and falsely declared, as has been widely reported, "nearly everything that plagues our society can be attributed to a failure to follow god's laws for morality and his rules for and definition of marriage and family."
While opposing a domestic violence prevention bill, a Republican claims nearly everything that “plagues our society" is a result of failing to follow “god's rules for and definition of marriage" pic.twitter.com/z4ktzEpx8m
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 26, 2021
His refusal to observe the wall between church and state, especially while speaking on the House floor is disturbing, but so is lying to children.
Earlier this month Congressman Good spoke to a group of 20 or so Rappahannock County, Virginia high school students as part of a public school program, and urged them all to defy the school's mask mandate.
“If nobody in Rappahannock [High School] complies, they can't stop everyone," he told the students. “If I was ya'll, I'd say none of ya'll wear a mask. What are they gonna do? They're still going to have school."
Rep. Good also "spread anti-vaxx lies and other Covid-19 information while speaking to a high school government class," according to Rolling Stone.
After refusing to wear a mask himself, his speech and Q&A with the students had to be held outdoors, as the Rappahannock News reported:
Good's speech to the students included misinformation about masks and vaccines, saying that President Joe Biden and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, both Democrats, are “lying to us about the effectiveness of masks." Good said there is no scientific evidence that proves the efficacy of masks, and that COVID-19 vaccines pose more of a health risk to teenagers than the virus itself.
The GOP congressman, who holds an MBA from the right-wing Christian Liberty University, also pushed his anti-abortion and anti-choice views, claiming “science says life begins at conception." He told the students, according to Rappahannock News, that colleges and universities, with the exception of faith-based Christian schools, are “going to try and change what you believe" because they are “dominated by the left."
He added that he thinks there should be video cameras in classrooms so parents can see what their kids are learning, and that he is against history curriculum that includes Critical Race Theory, which is not taught in Rappahannock schools.
Congressman Good, a self-described "biblical and constitutional conservative," just weeks ago bragged about following the far right anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council "for years."
‘Narcissism’: Sinema blasted after video of her ignoring constituent and apologizing to GOP senator goes viral
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), accused of blocking President Joe Biden's agenda on climate change, infrastructure, and the social safety net, is being accused of being more comfortable talking to her Republican colleagues than to her own constituents.
In a video that's gone viral on social media, garnering over 1.5 million views in under 24 hours, the former Green Party candidate turned conservative lawmaker can be seen walking with hard core conservative U.S. Senator Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, through an airport.
While Senator Scott is rumored to have White House ambitions, Senator Sinema may want to be concerned about holding on to her current job.
Earlier this month The Guardian describes her, along with fellow Biden agenda blocker Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as "DINOs," Democrats in Name Only. It also reports that in Arizona, "Democrats have become weary of Sinema. The state's Democratic party passed a motion pledging a no-confidence vote if she votes against the bill, while some members are plotting a primary challenge."
Closer to home, Elvia Díaz in an opinion piece at the Arizona Republic writes, "Arizona Democrats have a few good choices to primary Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who keeps drawing the ire of her constituents."
Sen. Sinema did just that on Monday, ignoring a self-identified constituent as she walked with Senator Scott.
The unidentified woman in a video posted by People's Watch questions Sinema about "the package," the Biden Build Back Better bills. At one point Sinema accuses the woman of touching her: "Don't touch me," to which the woman replies she did not.
"How many times have you met with constituents in negotiations?" the woman asks. "Why won't you meet with my family, your constituents?"
Sinema ignores the questions but tells Sen. Scott, "I'm sorry about this."
Many are expressing upset over Sinema ignoring her constituent:
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