GOP Sen. Blunt: Trump Should Focus on 2022 Elections Instead of Relitigating 2020

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) called on former President Donald Trump to focus on the 2022 midterm elections instead of relitigating 2020. Partial transcript as follows: CHUCK TODD: Well, I want to talk, though, but I don’t know if your report is going to deal with the root cause, right? The root cause is you have the leader of your party, you know — whether, whether everybody wants to acknowledge the former president as the leader of the Republican Party right now or not — he seems to be the biggest, biggest fish in this pond now. He’s had — his chief of staff was pushing the idea that Italy used military satellites to somehow rig the election. And he keeps doing this. And he did it last night in North Carolina. You’re part of this group of Republicans that has stated that you don’t believe in that nonsense, but you don’t, you don’t really push back at the president for spreading these falsehoods so much. Are you not — do you fear you’re not doing enough? I mean, one in four people in your party believe these delusional things. Are you concerned about this?

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Commerce Secretary Raimondo: Cyberattacks 'Are Here to Stay,' 'Will Intensify'

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo predicted that ransomware attacks were “here to stay.” Raimondo said, “The first thing we have to recognize is this is the reality, and we should assume, and businesses should assume, that these attacks are here to stay and, if anything, will intensify. And so just last week, the White House sent out a letter broadly to the business community urging the business community to do more.” She continued, “Some very simple steps like two-factor authentication, having proper backups and backup technology, can be enormously helpful against a wide variety of these attacks. So it is clear that the private sector needs to be more vigilant, by the way, including small- and medium-sized companies. Also, President Biden has been clear that we are going to do more. in fact, certain components of the American Jobs Plan Provide for investments to shore up the nation’s cyber-infrastructure, which is just another reason why it is so important that the AJP passes.” Anchor George Stephanopoulos said, “We know a significant number of these attacks are emanating from Russia. Is it time for the administration to take a more aggressive approach and target the

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FNC's Fisher: Giuliani’s Presser 'Bold and Baseless' — 'So Much of What He Said Was Simply Not True'

Fox News White House correspondent Kristin Fisher reacted to Rudy Giuliani’s press conference alleging fraud in the 2020 election results on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Daily Briefing.” Fisher said, “Well, that was certainly a colorful news conference, but it was light on facts. So much of what he said was simply not true or has already been thrown out in court. He opened by making this really bold and baseless claim that a lot of this alleged inside voter fraud he is referring to all came from one centralized place. He called it a nationwide conspiracy, and yet he failed to provide any hard evidence to back up that one specific claim, especially when it cuts to the core of the democratic process.” She continued, “In Pennsylvania, Rudy Giuliani claimed fraud in Philadelphia, but he said in court, and I quote, ‘This is not a fraud case.’ So what he is saying in public — not under oath — is different from what he said in court. Moving on to Michigan, where the Trump campaign dropped final federal lawsuit just this morning after two Republican canvassers in Wayne County now say they want to rescind their votes to certify the election. Giuliani said they dropped the lawsuit because the state did de-certify,

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Pelosi: 'McConnell Is Not a Force for Good in Our Country'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Monday on MSNBC “All In” that Democrats must win control of the Senate because Senate MajorityLeader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was “not a force for good in our country.” Pelosi said, “One of the things that is so appalling about this judicial appointment right now is they want that person in there to further undermine our democracy. It’s not just about health care, that would be bad enough, but just in time for all the challenges that they may try to make to the election of Joe Biden and that court, they should be all recusing themselves from any decisions about that. But to your point, we just have to win big, and that’s one thing. We’re losing the fight in this coronavirus because they will not do the money for elections, to protect us from overseas interference in terms of protecting the critical infrastructure of our elections, or even to respect the American people who have to stand in line for four hours to vote by just expanding the opportunity to vote, so that they won’t do. But we have to just make sure everybody knows the most important thing the antidote to their

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Strzok: Russia Holds 'Leverage' over Trump — They Are Influencing His Actions

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok said Russia was holding leverage over President Donald Trump on Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Strzok said, “I think it is clear, I believe at the time in 2016, and I continue to believe that Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians. When I say that, I mean that they hold leverage over him that makes him incapable of placing the national interest and national security ahead of his own.” He continued, “I worked counterintelligence over 20 years. I recruited spies during that time, and I defended against those people who were being recruited in our government. One of the largest ways that foreign governments gained leverage, certainly in the case of the president, is through financial entanglement. If you look at the Trump financial enterprise, particularly with Russia, with Russian money and those related to organized crime and other elements that those interactions have placed him in a position where Russians have leverage over him and are able to influence his actions.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

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LA Mayor Garcetti: Trump Administration Is 'the Last Vestiges of the Flat Earth Society'

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the Trump administration “the last vestiges of the Flat Earth Society of this generation,” while discussing climate changes role in the California wildfires on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union.” Anchor Jake Tapper said,  “The Bobcat fire burning fewer than 25 miles outside of Los Angeles. As of yesterday, that fire had destroyed almost 30,000 acres. It’s only 6% contained right now. President Trump is going to travel to your state tomorrow to meet local officials. Are you satisfied with the Trump administration’s response?” Garcetti said, “Well, we always have great cooperation with our federal agencies. And I want to thank them for that because they do step up, whether it’s coronavirus or whether it’s fires. But I think leadership at the very top needs to be earlier, stronger, and from the president. I wish that we would get as much attention not based on an electoral map but just purely on being Americans and the need for leadership to be from the White House for all of America, you know, whether it’s twin hurricanes on the gulf coast or fires here on the west coast, we’re one nation. And looking at

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NBC's Chuck Todd: Trump Is ‘Sounding Increasingly Desperate’

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd characterized President Donald Trump as “increasingly desperate” and attributed that to a possible “fearful of losing.” Todd said, “The Democrats came out of their first-ever virtual convention making their case against President Trump both by looking to the past with luminaries like President Obama and to the future with the woman they hope will become the next vice president Kamala Harris. Joe Biden delivered what may have been the speech of his life putting to rest at least for now the caricature President Trump has painted of him as mentally and firm and not up to the job. Democrats made headway in uniting their often divided party, reaching out to Republicans and stretching their tent without ripping it yet. In short, they’re coming out of their convention running the same campaign they did four years ago, more on character and decency than on policy only this time against an incumbent president and with a nominee with lower negatives. ” He continued, “So now it’s the Republicans turn. President Trump will not have the tens of thousands of supporters packed into an arena that he so desperately wanted. The coronavirus settled that.

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Buttigieg: Trump 'Rode the Tail End of the Obama-Biden Economic Recovery'

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg said President Donald Trump did not improve the economy. Instead, he argued Trump “rode the tail end of the Obama-Biden economic recovery.” Buttigieg said, “Let’s look at the economy. Look, the president is not good at much, but he is very good for taking credit for having rode the tail end of the Obama-Biden economic recovery, but even pre-pandemic we were having a lot of trouble especially in my part of the country, the industrial Midwest, manufacturing was going into recession. Now we are where we are. The economy is in such precarious shape, unprecedented unemployment numbers, unbelievable pain that people are experiencing and because of the inaction of this White House, but that’s likely to get worse as we go into the fall.” “So if they want to battle on the economy, let’s have that battle,” he continued. “But let’s also remember that our democracy, our national character and our ability to fight a deadly pandemic are all on the line, not to mention the fact that the United States also needs to restore our credibility around the world. Something that’s very important both for our security

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CNN's Chalian: Trump's 'Suburban Housewife' Tweet Is 'Racist Fearmongering'

Wednesday on CNN’s “Situation Room,” network political director David Chalian called President Donald Trump’s tweet about the “suburban housewife” being in his column for the 2020 election “racist fearmongering.” The “suburban housewife” will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge! @foxandfriends @MariaBartiromo — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020 Acosta said, “I talked to a Trump campaign adviser who said look for us to use the term radical over and over again regarding Kamala Harris. Today the president put out a tweet essential warning voters: If Biden wins, more people of color will move into the suburbs. It is an astounding thing to even contemplate a president tweeting in the year 2020, but that is what happened.” Chalian said, “This is called racist fearmongering. That is the tactic that the president is employing in his ability to get re-elected as president of United States of America. It doesn’t belong in a race to become president of the United States of America, but that isn’t going to stop

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CNN's Acosta: Trump's 'Suburban Housewife' Tweet a 'Twofer — Racists and Chauvinist'

Wednesday on CNN’s “Situation Room,” White House correspondent Jim Acosta said President Donald Trump’s tweet about “suburban housewife” was a “twofer,” meaning it was both “racists and chauvinist.” The “suburban housewife” will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge! @foxandfriends @MariaBartiromo — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020 Acosta said, “I talked to a Trump campaign adviser who said look for us to use the term radical over and over again regarding Kamala Harris. Today the president put out a tweet essential warning voters: If Biden wins, more people of color will move into the suburbs. It is an astounding thing to even contemplate a president tweeting in the year 2020, but that is what happened.” Chalian said, “This is called racist fearmongering. That is the tactic that the president is employing in his ability to get re-elected as president of United States of America. It doesn’t belong in a race to become president of the United States of America, but that isn’t going to stop President Trump

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Seattle Police Chief Best: Retirement Due to 'Overarching Lack of Respect for the Officers'

Tuesday, during a press conference outgoing, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said she was resigning due to a lack of respect for officers in the wake of a city council vote enacting significant budget cuts to the city’s police department. Best said, “After serving this department and this community for over three decades, I can honestly say I have no regrets. There are things I would change, but being a Seattle police officer and the opportunity to be a police chief was the dream of a lifetime.” She continued, “I will continue to do all I can over the next three weeks to set this department up for a smooth transition. I will always love being a Seattle Police Department officer. To the men and women of the Seattle Police Department, sworn and civilian, you will always have my respect. You will always be in my heart. You are, without a doubt, the best police department in the country.” When asked if she is retiring because of the protests or a pay cut, Best said, “This is not about the money, and it certainly isn’t about the demonstrators. Be real, I have a lot thicker skin than that. It really is about

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Pelosi: Trump's Language About Women Gives Rep. Yoho 'License' to Attack AOC

Friday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said President Donald Trump ‘s “language” about women gave Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) “license” to have a confrontation with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) earlier in the week. When asked about Trump, ‘Suburban Housewives of America,’ tweet, Pelosi said, “It sounds like condescension and disrespect, is what it does, and it also sounds like discrimination and fear baiting. He’s just fearmongering. It’s just a ball of his tricks that he does all the time, bigotry, fearmongering, condescension, and distortion. But you know what? American women are smarter than that. Again, the “housewives” part was interesting. I loved being a housewife when I was a housewife, but I had other things as well, and I had judgment. It’s sort of in the same vein of Mr. Yoho, and I’m proud of Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, as a grandmother of two young granddaughters and a mother of four during the course, I’m saying, you go, congresswoman. It’s the same condescension and disrespect.” Mitchell said, “I wanted to play a little bit of her very impactful speech yesterday. Let’s watch.” Ocasio-Cortez said, “What I believe is that having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife

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Schumer: Trump Is the 'Weakest' President in American History

Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called President Donald Trump the “weakest” president in American history. Schumer

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Pence: I Believe That All Lives Matter — Black Lives Matter Group Is Radical Left

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Vice President Mike Pence refused to say black lives matter. Host John Dickerson said,

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Bolton: Putin Isn’t Worried About Trump — ‘Thinks He Can Play Him Like a Fiddle’

In a preview clip of an interview set to air on Sunday on ABC, former National Security Adviser John Bolton

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