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Trump renews threats to GOP over election lies: the memo

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But consider his most recent statement on the subject and the priority he demands that it be given. Consider its target audience, too, as the promotional season for next year’s semesters heats up.

“If we don’t solve the 2020 presidential voter fraud (which we have documented extensively and conclusively), Republicans will not vote in 22 or 24. This is the most important thing for Republicans to do,” he said. writes Trump. in a statement Wednesday.

This represents an outright lie (Trump-aligned forces neither thoroughly nor conclusively documented electoral fraud) accompanied by a threat (reduced turnout) and questionable prioritization (“one thing la more important for Republicans “).

That same week, Trump urged his supporters to rally in the name of yet another election “audit,” and on the same day, the Jan.6 committee heard from former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen. And the list of potential witnesses loyal to Trump is growing, even as at least one defies a subpoena from Congress in accordance with what he says is Trump’s request.

It also comes at a time when Republicans would like to talk about anything else, including any number of crises the Biden administration is facing. A CNN poll released on Wednesday that had decent news for President Joe Biden, including a 50% approval rating, also found that only 36% of Americans say it is good for the country for Democrats to control the Congress.

Muted Republican enthusiasm is not an unnecessary threat to the ears of many Republicans, including GOP senators and various turnout watchers who believe Trump cost them two Senate seats in Georgia in January by attacking the integrity of the race he lost in November.

Looking forward to next year, GOP leaders may never have felt better about their chances of taking the House and Senate. But the question of whether Trump is helping or harming his party takes on a new urgency when he makes implicit or explicit demands of candidates and elected officials.

The RUNDOWN with Alisa wiersema

The pressure is on for one of the country’s most visible industries after the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees sets a national strike date for next Monday. Unless an agreement is reached by then, 60,000 union members will shut down film and television production.

In a statement on Wednesday, IATSE said it was continuing negotiations this week “in the hope of reaching a deal that addresses fundamental issues, such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks and a living wage. for those at the bottom of the pay scale. “

Development is one of many similar movements across the country as workers exert their influence at large companies like John Deere, Kaiser Permanente and Kellogg’s. Labor pressure is amplifying existing economic tensions in a changing work environment complicated by the pandemic.

Companies are also assessing logistical difficulties due to supply chain bottlenecks. On Wednesday, the White House announced plans to ease the flow of goods across the country by increasing the hours of operation at the Port of Los Angeles, the largest port in North America. Still, Biden called on private companies to “step up” to better facilitate the supply chain.

“If federal support is needed, I will lead all appropriate actions. And if the private sector does not mobilize, we will call them and ask them to act,” said the president.

While it remains to be seen how the Biden administration’s efforts translate into the strategies and operations of private companies, the issue will remain a priority for the White House given the political cost associated with looming inflation months ahead. the holiday season.

The tip with Quinn Scanlan

It was quite an escape from the senatorial campaign of former football star Herschel Walker in Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday morning that Trump-approved Walker would be in Texas on Saturday to attend a Fundraising hosted by a woman whose Twitter profile picture was a swastika made from what looked like vaccine syringes.

In a statement to the newspaper, a campaign spokesperson first said the image was “clearly a mandatory anti-vaccination graphic.” But hours later, amid mounting criticism, her spokesperson released a new statement saying the fundraiser had been called off.

“Despite the fact that the apparent intention behind the graphic was to condemn government vaccine mandates, the symbol used is very offensive and does not reflect the values ​​of Herschel Walker or his campaign,” the spokesperson said. Mallory Blount lyrics by ABC News.

Even before Walker, a political novice, officially launched its campaign, some Republicans worried about its viability against Senator Raphael Warnock, a fundraising powerhouse. This misstep – which happened on the same day that a political nonprofit linked to Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell chose not to include Warnock in a $ 10 million ad campaign targeting vulnerable Democrats – does will likely allay none of those lingering fears.


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