Newsmax Does Damage Control After Airing More Trump 2020 Election Lies

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If Newsmax doesn’t want to keep getting sued for helping Trump continue to spread his lies about the 2020 election supposedly being “stolen,” maybe they should quit airing his rallies. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Newsmax do a lame attempt at damage control, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

Fox “news” cut away from Trump to issue multiple fact-checks during his rally in South Carolina this Friday, but Newsmax apparently waiting until the entire speech was over to issue theirs:

Newsmax host Carl Higbie punctuated a speech by former President Donald Trump in South Carolina by stating it is his network’s position that the results of the 2020 election were “legal and final.”

Speaking in Rock Hill the day before Saturday’s South Carolina primary, Trump played his greatest hits, including his false claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Trump accused the Department of Justice of refusing “to investigate egregious acts of voting irregularities and frauds.” […]

After Trump’s speech, which Newsmax aired in its entirety, Higbie greeted viewers.

“I never get tired of that guy,” he said before adding a caveat from a sheet of paper he was holding up. “The president mentioned in his speech the 2020 elections. Newsmax as a network believes the results were legal and final.”

It won’t matter to the rubes in Trump’s cult. If there were any real accountability for the lies they tell constantly, all of these right wing networks would have been sued out of existence a long time ago.

Don Jr Kicks Off His Morning Posting About Joe Biden’s Junk

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I don’t think someone who is banging Kimberly Guilfoyle gets a say about another person’s sex life. The individual who is obsessing over President Joe Biden’s sex life has a father who was found liable for sexual abuse. Donald Trump Jr’s father is a rapist, and Junior woke up thinking about Biden’s dick. I’m just glad the President has security.

The bedwetting human 8-Ball was responding to a Daily Mail link saying that Biden says the “key to his marriage is ‘good sex.'” The entire Trump clan, except Barron, is completely fucked up.

“There’s literally no amount of Viagra on earth that’s going to give Joe Biden (who can barely walk without falling over) wood,” he posted on X. “Just stop! The more desperate they become trying to make him seem young and vibrant the more obvious it is to everyone that he’s not up to any task!”

Dude, your dad is nearly the same age as Biden.

X users took a few shots at 8-Ball.

People still have sex when they get older, you weirdo. Cocaine can cause various disorders, and it definitely affects a person’s judgment. And that would explain why he posted about Biden’s dick on a behemoth social site. Sorry to hear about your tiny penis, though, Junior.

Nazis Swarm Together At CPAC 2024

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Another year of CPAC, another conference chock full of neo-nazis and white supremacists. This year seemed a bit different though as they didn’t try to hide it and none were ejected for their “beliefs.”

Source: NBC News

Nazis appeared to find a friendly reception at CPAC this year. Throughout the conference, racist extremists, some of whom had secured official CPAC badges, openly mingled with conference attendees and espoused antisemitic conspiracy theories. The presence of the individuals has been a persistent issue at CPAC, and in previous years, conference organizers have ejected well-known Nazis and white supremacists, such as Nick Fuentes. But this year, racist conspiracy theorists didn’t meet any perceptible resistance.

At the Young Republican mixer Friday evening a group of Nazis, who openly identified as national socialists, mingled with mainstream conservative personalities, including some from Turning Point USA, and discussed race science and antisemitic conspiracy theories. Ryan Sanchez, who was previously part of the Nazi Rise Above Movement, took photos and videos of himself with an official badge and touted associations with Fuentes. Other attendees with Sanchez openly used the N-word.

Twitter yawned though.

Shocker! Trump Campaign Seems To Be Cheating On FEC Filings

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The Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger did some excellent digging into the Trump campaign’s FEC filings and came up with evidence of “creative accounting” that’s reminiscent of the scheme that just cost The Donald $454 million for defrauding insurers and banks in New York.

In this case, the maneuvers seem designed to inflate the totals of his donations. As Sollenberger put it, “Trump’s campaign is miraculously not reporting donor refunds—an untested trick that makes it harder to tell how tired his donors really are.” The maneuver, Sollenberger wrote, “rais[es] the prospect of the former president’s campaign once again stretching the bounds of campaign finance law to inflate his war chest—and the public’s impressions of his political strength.”

I won’t begin to wade into the weeds of reporting donor refunds and Trump’s failure to do so. But Sollenberger gives a nice summary:

Typically, if a donor gives a campaign too much money, the campaign refunds the excess amount to the person, reporting it later in FEC filings. But when a donor gives too much to the Trump campaign through this joint committee, the campaign does not refund that person. Instead, The Daily Beast’s analysis of FEC data indicates that some reports appear to have simply vanished the original excessive amount altogether, even though the new amended filings show the exact same bottom line totals, down to the penny.

More importantly, there’s this:

Notably, the maneuvering also appears to demand at least some degree of misrepresentation to the FEC, if not outright lying—specifically, the treasurer’s written statements that the campaign had “returned” the money when its reports show no such transactions.

Why does it matter? Because the practice seems designed to make Trump’s campaign finances look better than they are:

High refund rates can signal potential donor burnout, a financial clue that a campaign has maxed out most of its reliable supporters and might be in danger of going into the red if it can’t find other funding sources. This was the case with the Trump campaign in 2020, when a number of news reports identified small-dollar donor burnout as a problem. Combined with reportedly lavish spending, that left the Trump operation with a massive cash deficit against Biden just ahead of the election.

It’s not clear that Trump is doing anything illegal, though:

[I]t appears the Trump team has engaged in some creative accounting, exploiting structural and regulatory nuances to report an artificially low refund rate. The tactic, it seems, accounts for refunded donations through mathematics, without engaging in financial transfers that would trigger reporting requirements.

In other words, the campaign may have found a way to make refunds disappear, thanks to the fungible property of money.

I recommend reading the full article for the details on this scheme. But the clear and important takeaway for us all is that grifter Trump is gaming the system, possibly illegally, to make his campaign cash look better than it is.

Jim Jordan On Biden Informant: ‘Maybe The Guy Did Lie — I Don’t Know’

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) admitted that former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov may have lied when he tried to connect President Joe Biden to allegedly corrupt business dealings.

During a Sunday interview on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo noted that Smirnov had twice been arrested for making false statements after Republicans used intelligence he provided to the FBI to attack Biden.

“Chairman Jordan, I find it really stunning that Smirnov gets indicted, and they say that it’s because he got information from Russians, and it was not true,” Bartiromo said. “You all have been unable to pin anybody down about what we know to be true now, that the Russia collusion story was a lie and that Steele dossier was made up.”

“How come Christopher Steele was never indicted?” she asked.

“Yeah, no kidding, he continued to get paid after they found out what he told the FBI wasn’t true,” Jordan opined. “And of course, now we have this Smirnov guy, and he gets indicted and arrested not once but twice.”

“Here’s the interesting thing about Smirnov, David Weiss, the guy who’s been investigating Hunter Biden for now almost five years, David Weiss had this information, the [FBI 1023 form] back in 2020,” he continued. “What did he do for the last three years? What did he do for the last three and a half years? Why didn’t he look into it before?”

But Jordan admitted he did not know if Smirnov was telling the truth about Biden’s business dealings.

“And now, maybe the guy did lie, I don’t know,” the Ohio lawmaker said. “The other thing is, as you point out, in 2016, it was Trump-Russia collusion. We found out that was garbage.”

“In 2020, it was, oh, the laptops of Russian information operation,” he added. “We knew that was garbage. And now here we go the third time, one more time, they’re bringing out this story.”

“Again, maybe this Smirnov guy did lie to him. We’ll have to see.”

Kristen Welker Battles Byron Donalds Over Trump’s ‘Plain Racist’ Speech

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NBC host Kristen Welker and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) disagreed over a speech Donald Trump gave to a group of Black conservatives.

In a speech Friday to the Black Conservative Federation’s annual gala, Trump argued that African-Americans like him because of his legal problems.

Welker confronted Donalds about the speech on Sunday after Biden campaign co-chair Cedric Richmond, a former congressman, called it “plain racist.”

“How do you respond to that charge that it’s just plain racist?” Welker asked.

“What I would say is that Cedric is trying to play politics and use racial politics even now as we get into the general election,” Donalds replied. “Number two, like I said at the top, the number one reason why minority voters in our country want to support Donald Trump is because he did the job of president. He did a great job as president.”

“What Americans don’t want to see, especially Black Americans and anybody else, they don’t want to see a politicized justice department,” he continued. “They don’t want to see a two-tier system of justice. They want justice to be followed. They want lady justice to be blind.”

Welker corrected the lawmaker.

“Again, there’s no evidence that the indictments against him are politicized,” she pointed out. “But sticking to this question, were you offended at all by his comments, Congressman?”

“No, I wasn’t, because I understood what the president was talking about,” Donalds insisted. “And Kristen, let me push back a little bit.”

“You have to acknowledge the fact that now that the Robert Hur report has come out about Joe Biden’s misuse of classified information, which is a violation of the Espionage Act, he had no rights to any of those documents when he was a senator or vice president, yet there are no charges against President Biden, but President Trump is under prosecution?” he said. “Come on now. We know that doesn’t make any sense at all.”

“I have to hit the pause button for one minute, Congressman, because the Hur report was very clear that there was not enough evidence to bring charges against President Biden, and that ultimately there was not enough,” Welker observed.

Donalds battled the NBC host.

“Kristen, I’ve got to push back on you,” he remarked.

“Congressman, that is exactly what the Hur report said,” Welker said.

“The Espionage Act is clear,” Donalds interrupted.

“There wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges,” Welker noted.

“You cannot possess those documents as a senator or a vice president,” Donalds asserted.

“Bottom line, though, Hur himself said there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges,” Welker concluded.

Opinion: Nikki Haley can still beat Trump. Just not by winning the nomination

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Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley reached a decision point after her loss in January’s New Hampshire Republican primary. She could travel the path of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the Democratic presidential candidate who congenially yielded to the eventual party nominee in 2020. Or she could follow the road of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate who dogged the party nominee for months in 2016, bruising her, draining her resources and damaging, fatefully, her standing with the party base. Which would Haley choose?

She had waffled in New Hampshire, offering a convoluted message in a race in which Donald Trump, and Trumpism, are the paramount issue. Her recent, sharp attacks on Trump, and her vow to stay in the race even after her 20-point defeat by Trump in the South Carolina primary Saturday, suggest that she has achieved greater clarity. For now, she’s opted to take the less hospitable road — more Bernie ’16 than ’20.

That could be very bad news for Trump.

In 2020, Joe Biden won about 87% of Sanders supporters in November, according to estimates by Vanderbilt University political scientist John Sides and two colleagues. In 2016, by contrast, only about 79% of Sanders supporters voted for Hillary Clinton in the general election. Worse, Sanders received a much larger share of votes in 2016 — more than 4 in 10 — than he did in 2020. So Clinton’s November shortfall was even more significant.

“We found in 2016 that Sanders supporters had a less favorable view of Clinton as the campaign went on,” Sides told me.

Every race involving Trump is sui generis. (White nationalist demagogues under multiple federal and state indictments are tough on standard political models.) But it’s not hard to imagine that a miniature version of Bernie-mentum may be taking hold in the 2024 GOP presidential race. Haley is giving anti-Trump Republicans, many of them women, a place to go. The question is whether she will also give enough of them a place to stay — even after Trump is the party’s official nominee.

“She’s not going to win the nomination. But she’s going to pull in over 20% in most of the primaries that she’s involved in,” said Mike Madrid, a former political director of the California Republican Party who is an anti-Trump activist. If a sizable minority of those GOP voters refuse to support Trump in the general election, his path to victory is all but impossible. “He’s got a very hard ceiling,” Madrid said. “If Haley can move that ceiling three or four points downward, that’s devastating.”

Is that Haley’s goal? It’s hard to tell. Haley shuns the “Never Trump” label and casts herself only as a truth teller who has “no fear of Trump’s retribution” and no desire to “kiss the ring.” Squeezed between the mutually loathing camps of MAGA and Never Trump, however, she has found a path of her own. She is joined there by a consistent minority of the primary electorate, a community of exiles that translates into political leverage that no Trump supplicant can muster. It’s still possible that Haley could endorse Trump. But she would gain nothing, and lose much, by capitulating.

“She may be the first Republican politician of this era to realize that, with Trump in this arena, she has no future,” Madrid said. “If Trump wins, the next nominee is either going to be Trump himself or his son or his daughter. He’s putting his daughter-in-law in charge of the Republican National Committee.”

The longer Haley stays in, the more she becomes a rallying point for Republicans who do not wish to be ruled by a degenerate cult. And the more Republicans grow accustomed to opposing Trump, the more precarious his situation becomes. A wave of Democratic voters might be needed to swamp Trump. But only a trickle of Republicans, withholding their support, can achieve a similar result.

Trump has grown more authoritarian and vindictive, but he has not crushed the resistance — even within the GOP. Donors have ignored his threats and continued to fund Haley without genuine hope of victory. In Washington recently, while Haley was losing her home-state primary, pro-democracy conservatives gathered for the Principles First Summit, featuring a range of Never Trump luminaries. Last year, the conference drew about 400 attendees. This year, more than 700 registered. Former Republican Rep. Liz Cheney has given pro-democracy conservatives a backbone. Now Haley is giving them an electoral voice.

Faced with Haley’s intransigence, a Trump campaign official told Semafor’s David Weigel that MAGA’s march to victory would not be diverted by Haley’s “delusion.” It would indeed be delusional for Haley to believe she can seize the Republican nomination for president. If the goal, however, is to destroy Donald Trump, and repel the political pathologies that he embodies, Haley appears to be on the right road.

Francis Wilkinson is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. @fdwilkinson

Newsom unveils multistate ad campaign to fight abortion travel restrictions in red states

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday unveiled a multistate ad campaign to combat proposals in several Republican-controlled states that he said aim to ban out-of-state travel for abortions and related medications.

The six-figure ad campaign and an online petition effort are set to launch Monday, beginning with a TV ad targeting a bill under consideration in Tennessee. There, eight Republican male state legislators are primary co-sponsors of bills that would create a felony offense of “abortion trafficking,” making it a crime for adults to help minors obtain an abortion or medications to end early pregnancies without the consent of parents or legal guardians. The bills also would allow civil lawsuits for the “wrongful death of an unborn child that was aborted.”

Similar legislation is pending in several states that have banned or tightly restricted abortion, including Oklahoma, Mississippi and Alabama. Newsom plans to take them on with, an effort paid for by a national political action committee he launched last spring with $10 million from his state campaign funds. He has said the effort, dubbed the “Campaign for Democracy,” is meant to boost Democrats and counter a radically conservative GOP agenda.

“We can’t let Trump Republicans hold women hostage,” Newsom said in a news release announcing the campaign. “These abortion travel bans are a new, sick and twisted attempt by the far right to control women and take away their freedom. We have to fight back.”

A key sponsor of one of the Tennessee bills, Republican state Rep. Jason Zachary, has said his intent is to protect the rights of parents to decide on medical procedures involving their children. He noted that children are not allowed to be given aspirin or COVID-19 vaccinations without parental consent.

“This bill is to protect parental rights … to ensure that no adult preys on a vulnerable minor who may be pregnant,” Zachary said in a hearing last week.

Zachary also said the bill does not seek to restrict interstate travel, an area of federal jurisdiction he said Tennessee lawmakers cannot control, but only the transporting of minors within Tennessee.

Tennessee is among the states that have banned abortion at all stages of pregnancy with narrow exceptions, meaning most pregnant people seeking an abortion have few in-state options.

Opponents of the “abortion trafficking” bill say the intent is to cut off the ability to seek abortions in states where abortion rights are protected, and one of Zachary’s Republican colleagues reiterated that understanding at the hearing.

Zachary faced critical questioning from Democratic legislators, who noted that the most trusted adults in a youth’s life are sometimes not parents but grandparents or other relatives, teachers, nurses or ministers, who would be subject to felony charges for trying to help them with an unwanted pregnancy.

Newsom’s new ad, titled “Hostage,” portrays a tearful young woman handcuffed to a hospital bed, with a “sexual assault evidence collection kit” on a nearby table. She cries out for help.

“Trump Republicans want to criminalize young women who travel to receive the reproductive care they need,” the narrator says. “Don’t let them hold Tennessee women hostage.”

Lara Trump Refuses To Say Putin Responsible For Navalny’s Death

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Here’s the new head of the RNC, a.k.a. the Trump slush fund once they allow this family of Putin-loving grifters to take over. During an interview at CPAC this week, a reporter pushed Trump daughter in law Lara Trump about his ridiculous remarks calling his civil fraud indictment “a form of Navalny.”

Trump had plenty to say about that, but clammed up when asked whether Putin was responsible for Navalny’s death.

Here’s the exchange via Mediaite:

REPORTER: We’ve seen Trump like his legal woes and indictments to the death of Navalny in Russia. In what ways are the two similar?

LARA TRUMP: Well, I think you would have to ask him exactly what he meant, but I think we’re talking about targeting a political foe.

And that’s what you’ve seen happen with Joe Biden weaponizing his Department of Justice. There’s no doubt that if my father in law was not running for president of the United States right now, you wouldn’t see any of these indictments against him.

They wouldn’t be trying to tear his business apart, to ruin and destroy his family, his legacy and everything that he’s worked his entire life for. These things are not just, they are not real. They are very clearly designed to be election interference. And that’s exactly what it is.

Those are things you see happen in a communist country. Those are things you see happen in Russia to political opponents.

So I assume he meant that in very much the same way he’s been targeted as well.

REPORTER: And do you believe that Putin is responsible for the death of Navalny?

LARA TRUMP: I don’t know enough to comment on that.

Trump Gives The Most Racist Speech EVER To A Room Of Black Conservatives

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Listen, guys. We know Donald Trump is a racist, misogynistic, unintelligent, traitor. Oh, and he sexually assaults women and commits business fraud. And he really loves dictators who murder their political opponents.

The racism has always been there, undercurrents. He wanted (and probably still wants) the exonerated Central Park Five to still be in prison. He was accused of racist housing policies in the 1970s. It even dripped into his horribly fake reality show, The Apprentice, where he fired a contestant because he doesn’t like “educated” Black people. Let’s not even get started on his birtherism claims, which he has still never let up on.

So it should come as no surprise that on Friday night, when giving a speech to a group of Black Conservatives that he leaned into the racism to a degree that honestly shocked everyone. Here are clips:

The racism is just so crazy. But I guess when you are speaking to a group of Black Conservatives, you gotta lean into the “I have a Black friend”, right?

Oh wait, the room was 90% white