According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump may no longer be president but the Republican Party he left behind has been damaged to the point where it has almost become as "toxic" as he is to voters, according to one former top aide to a Republican senator.
As the report notes, high-profile members of the Republican party are still pushing Trump's "Big lie" that the 2020 election was stolen from him and have made that their focus going forward in lieu of proposing new policies that would allow them to win back the White House and both chambers on Congress.
Writing for Politico, David Siders explained, "Nearly four months after the election and one month into Joe Biden's presidency, the politics of grievance has become the near-singular organizing principle of the post-Trump GOP. And whether at CPAC or in statehouses across the country, policy prescriptions for restoring so-called voter integrity have emerged as the primary focus of the party's energy."
That focus on stopping people from voting could blow up in their faces, but worse still, it means they have no other message for voters other than the fact that they are lingering on Trump's loss.
Benjamin Ginsberg, a conservative election lawyer asked, "Tell me what the innovative Republican policies have been of late?" before adding it is "probably a sign that the Republican Party is mired in a bit of a policy wasteland and doesn't know which way to turn to get out."
According to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who served in President George W. Bush's administration, there is no evidence of widespread election fraud and Republicans harping on it is, "a big distraction. And I worry that it will continue to be a big distraction as long as a certain individual makes statements that it was stolen."
Former Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) adviser Kevin Madden was a bit more blunt in his assessment.
"It is a party that has been fashioned in the mold of Trump — Trump's message, Trump's tactics — and it is perfectly comfortable being a party that is defined by what it's against," he explained before adding, "... you become almost toxic as a party brand to larger, growing parts of the electorate. … The limitation of a message and a platform that's just about disagreeing with the opposition is that it doesn't speak to the broader concerns or anxieties of a big part of the electorate."
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There was a mass shooting in Indianapolis that reportedly involved an assault rifle.
"Multiple people were shot late Thursday night at a FedEx facility on the southwest side near Indianapolis International Airport, police said. The scene has been declared a 'mass casualty, Level 1,' according to dispatches. The declaration allows more emergency responders to go to the scene to provide support," WISH-TV reports.
The network interviewed Jeremiah Miller, who was starting his second shift at the facility.
"This made me stand up and actually look out the entrance door, and I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open. I immediately ducked down and got scared and my friend's mother, she came in and told us to get inside the car," he said.
Here are videos from the scene:
A witness who says he's an employee at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis said he heard several shots being fired a… https://t.co/v8V9UchWCb— WRTV Indianapolis (@WRTV Indianapolis)1618548734.0
BREAKING: MASS CASUALTY AT FEDEX INDIANAPOLIS: Police now calling this a mass casualty. Unclear how many victims.… https://t.co/mFKuRIy9hJ— Darius Johnson (@Darius Johnson)1618547884.0
Shooting at FedEx in Indianapolis https://t.co/DDDQAJMUHt— WCIA.com (@WCIA.com)1618548668.0
Publishing giant Simon & Schuster has pulled out of a project after a day of intense social media scorn.
"One of the Louisville Metro Police officers who fired shots during the attempted search warrant execution that left Breonna Taylor dead in her apartment last year is writing a book about the case. 'The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy,' written by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, 48, will be edited and published by Tennessee-based Post Hill Press," the Louisville Courier Journal reported Thursday. "Post Hill Press' website says it focuses on the areas of "pop culture, business, self-help, health, current events, Christian, and conservative political books," and its books are distributed by Simon & Schuster."
Simon & Schuster received harsh criticism following publication. Author Don Winslow was among those who blasted the publisher.
Dear @simonschuster This is just wrong. Horribly wrong. Don't do this. https://t.co/r8Uha2F9DQ— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow)1618540189.0
However, after Simon & Schuster announced it would not distribute the book, Winslow praised those who had spoken out.
https://t.co/iYYsiK6D0m— Simon & Schuster (@Simon & Schuster)1618541950.0
'Comically evil' Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert vote against National Marrow Donor Program
Controversial Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) were the wrong side of a 415-2 vote in Congress on the TRANSPLANT Act.
"Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert were the lone two members to vote against a bill that would reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program, which matches bone marrow donors and cord blood units with patients who have leukemia and other diseases," CNN's Manu Raju reported.
Roll call vote on the TRANSPLANT Act.Screengrab.
Here's some of what people were saying about the first-term GOP lawmakers:
standing up for liberty means fighting bone marrow donors https://t.co/XoHWrvkNvF— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans))1618542431.0
Some people will do anything to reject science. https://t.co/K1wwi6eQhH— Hemant Mehta (@Hemant Mehta)1618541972.0
These two are like an evil Laverne and Shirley. https://t.co/k09ko4VET6— Mr. Newberger (@Mr. Newberger)1618542741.0
Comically evil and for no reason other than they’ll get talked about bc of the vote https://t.co/qO2pGybkYg— Carl Anderson fan club (@Carl Anderson fan club)1618542856.0
Thank you so much Aspen, Colo. and East Jesus, Ga. I have to assume everyone else you could have sent was worse? https://t.co/P9J850jHUy— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy)1618542415.0
Well, when you believe in Jewish Space Lasers and Chips in Vaccines, what would you expect. We Must Declare this a… https://t.co/osZbCXQM4M— Badd Company (@Badd Company)1618542769.0
This blows my MIND! These 2 are NOT in Gov to help. They are simply there to start fires. I'll also take this mome… https://t.co/PuYnbfkbXK— themocollins (@themocollins)1618543188.0
If you wanted any more proof that these people are nothing but trolls with no purpose other than to frustrate and d… https://t.co/ztCtTA7myI— Gary Whitta (@Gary Whitta)1618542338.0
The asshole caucus https://t.co/nV41tpXin4— Marcus J. DiPaola (@Marcus J. DiPaola)1618542734.0
Who the hell votes against something like that? QAnon morons, that's who. https://t.co/nUtrb9SMvJ— Short-N-Snarky™ (@Short-N-Snarky™)1618543082.0
there are a lot of nominees for the shittiest person in Congress, but wow, these two really rose to the occasion. https://t.co/YlocTclXuS— Jay Jaffe (@Jay Jaffe)1618541576.0
Of course. They’re professional provocateurs. They don’t care about people. They just like the attention doing horr… https://t.co/VZAEQggQ02— Kaz Weida (@Kaz Weida)1618542445.0
Because they think Leukemia is a hoax? https://t.co/DvFpd5asuY— Lori Coleman (@Lori Coleman)1618542353.0
A year from now, we'll find out they've been trafficking bone marrow. https://t.co/ZJDauIcgL2— David Jordan Nestor (@David Jordan Nestor)1618542580.0
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