According to a report from Politico, former Vice President Mike Pence is re-emerging with an eye on the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and the reception from supporters of Donald Trump is less than enthusiastic.
Noting that the relationship between the two was irreparably damaged during the last few days of the administration when the former president and his supporters turned on Pence because they thought he could stop the certification of Joe Biden's win, Politico reports that Pence is done laying low as he starts up a PAC and delivered a speech that was largely ignored.
While Pence praised the work the Trump administration did, Politico reports his relationship with Trump remains "cordial," but for the most part non-existent.
"If Pence is seeking solidarity, however, it has not entirely been reciprocated. Since January 6, Trump and Pence have talked more than five times, according to a Pence aide, including three this month. But the two have mostly gone their own separate and distinct ways," the reports states. "And Trump aides say they are not keeping tabs on his political machinations like they are for other leading Republicans. Indeed, a handful of those contacted for this piece confided that they had no idea Pence was making his post-White House debut on Thursday."
"I like Mike Pence. I think he was a great VP. A great guy," explained a former campaign aide. "But the reality is a large portion of the Trump base doesn't like him or care about him. He wasn't a liability [in 2020]. But was he an asset? Sure. He could give good interviews. But his ability to attract new voters wasn't really there."
As for that speech by Pence given to evangelicals -- a major part of Pence's base -- in South Carolina on Thursday night, it didn't even make a ripple with Fox News or even Pence backers.
"On Thursday, Pence debuted the type of lines and arguments that could serve to relaunch him politically in the months ahead. He slammed the Biden administration's 'avalanche of liberal policies' including the president's record on government spending, abortion rights, immigration, Iran Nuclear Deal and the 'woke chorus' calling for police reform," Politico's San Stein reported. "But there was evidence, even then, that the benefits that came with hitching his wagon to Trump had ended when that hitch came undone. As Pence spoke, no cable channel picked up his remarks. Just a few dozen people at any given time watched him live on Facebook, including roughly 55 when the speech ended."
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CNN's Jim Acosta demands to know if Tucker Carlson has been vaccinated — and why he won't tell his audience
On his show Sunday, CNN host Jim Acosta addressed Fox News host Tucker Carlson and the bad-faith questions that he's asked about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The "questions" came to a head on Wednesday when Carlson implied that thousands of people had died as a result of the COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, what was found is that because elderly people were prioritized to get the vaccine, some of them died as a result of their age or illnesses in the weeks that followed.
Speaking to Acosta, medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner explained that actual fatalities due to the vaccine are at almost zero. The greatest concerns have been about allergic reactions to the vaccine, which present within 30 minutes of getting it, and blood clots in older women from the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Death from the virus is significantly higher than death from the vaccine, he explained.
Correlation does not imply causation, as Carlson claims. For example, if a Fox News viewer dies while watching the network, it doesn't mean Fox News killed them.
It prompted Acosta to ask if Carlson has been vaccinated. Presumably, if Carlson has gotten the vaccine, his viewers deserve to know if what he's saying applies to him or only to his viewers.
"I have two questions for Tucker Carlson," Acosta began, "ave you been vaccinated and why won't you tell your audience whether you've been vaccinated?"
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Republican Lin Wood claims Lindsey Graham will be gone soon and South Carolina could lead another Civil War
Attorney Lin Wood addressed the South Carolina Bikers for Trump rally Sunday as he continued to campaign to chair the state's Republican Party.
Among the things that Wood said in his speech, which took longer than an hour, was that former President Donald Trump would be running for his "third term" in 2024. If Trump supporters believe that Trump is the president now, then they can't vote for him in 2024 because the constitution limits two terms as president.
Wood also said that "only God knows if Joe Biden is dead or alive," noting that "people you think are alive may be dead."
He then ranted about "the pedophilia, the symbols, the sickness in society," which he says "they think they're getting away with it." While Wood didn't specify who he was talking about there are several famous conservatives like Josh Duggar who faces charges involving possession of over 200 images of sexually explicit images and videos of a child under 12. Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore was similarly accused of preying on teenage girls at a local shopping mall. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is being accused of paying a 17-year-old teen to have sex with him.
Wood then turned to attack Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who Wood would be defending if he takes over the GOP in the state.
"Get ready for a new senator, I don't think that Lindsey Graham's time is long," said Wood. "Prepare yourselves to rebuild America from the ground up."
He then went on to praise South Carolina's role in the Civil War.
"South Carolina led the way when we had the Civil War. South Carolina is a leader," said Wood.
South Carolina seceded from the United States, December 20, 1860, months ahead of the outbreak of the war.
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Mike Lindell says Elvis meeting with Nixon was a 'miracle' from Jesus — then begs to be sued by Dominion
During the Bikers for Trump rally in South Carolina Sunday, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell gave an hour-long meandering speech highlighting his history as a crack addict who found Jesus and became a millionaire pillow manufacturer.
"What is this ex-crack addict sitting next to the president? Jesus is real!" Lindell told the crowd.
Lindell went through a list of other things he thought were miracles from God, including a photo he saw of former President Richard Nixon shaking hands with Elvis Presley.
The photo he's referencing goes back to an unannounced visit Elvis paid to Nixon while in Washington after the musical decided on a whim, Smithsonian Magazine reported.
Elvis told Nixon that he wanted an honorary badge to be a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officer. Then, the department was referred to as the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Nixon complied and handed Elvis the badge, but what followed wasn't exactly a miracle. Nixon not only resigned in disgrace, but Elvis spent the time that followed acting as an actual law enforcement officer against people he didn't like.
"With the federal narcotics badge, he [believed he] could legally enter any country both wearing guns and carrying any drugs he wished," wrote Priscilla Presley in her memoir, Elvis and Me.
Elvis' note to Nixon said that he'd be staying in Washington until he could get the badge.
Lindell went on to say that another miracle was that Dominion Voting Systems sued him for $1.3 billion because it drew more attention to him. He went so far as to imply that he intentionally attacked the company to garner news coverage.
"To get back in the news again, I want Dominion to sue me," said Lindell.
It's unclear what he's talking about as Dominion Voting Systems announced their lawsuit against Lindell in February.
The Wall Street Journal reported at the time that the legal complaint says, "He is well aware of the independent audits and paper ballot recounts conclusively disproving the Big Lie. But Lindell…sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows."
At the time, Lindell claimed he was excited by the lawsuit because "I have all the evidence on them." It has been several months and Lindell still hasn't shown that evidence.
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