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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Kinzinger: Kevin McCarthy Should've Had His Leadership Challenged After Jan. 6

Monday during an interview with CSPAN, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) weighed in on the growing sentiment for Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) ouster as the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. The calls for removal come in response to her continued opposition to former President Donald Trump following the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. According to Kinzinger, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) should have his leadership position challenged after the Capitol riot because he is to blame for what took place. “I don’t consider [McCarthy] to be speaking on behalf of the Republican Party anymore because he gave his voting card, gave his proxy card to Donald Trump. So, do I think it can be saved? Yeah. But I think that’s gonna happen by, frankly, me and my colleagues same we’re going to, you know, kind of like from the grassroots, changing this,” McCarthy said. “Look, it’s interesting because I actually thought the person that should have their leadership challenged was Kevin McCarthy after January 6, because that’s why this all happened. And the freedom club and, you know, some of those folks went on offense against Liz.” “It was probably a really brilliant strategic play

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Rubio: Kerry Leaking Info to Iran 'Would Be a Major Foreign Policy Catastrophe'

During a Tuesday appearance on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) sounded off on a report showing Biden climate czar John Kerry leaked information about Israel’s military operations to Iran. Rubio said if the report were revealed to be true, it “would be a major foreign policy catastrophe for the country.” He called for the report to be investigated over “dangerous” national security concerns. “[T]hat would be a major foreign policy catastrophe for the country if it were revealed to be true. … And it’s not clear when exactly he told them about it. Was it after he was Secretary of State? Was it during the negotiations?” Rubio outlined. “But I’ll say this, you know, the — what happens with a lot of these guys is they fall in love with these deals, right. The deal becomes more important than the impact the deal’s going to have. Just having that deal because they believe so much in it that you’re willing to do things you wouldn’t do under normal circumstances. That happens all the time in life, it happens all the time in politics, unfortunately, but when it happens in something like this that involves national

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CBC Chair Beatty: Police 'Could Shoot in the Air' and Teachers 'Break Up Fights with Knives Every Day'

On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Weekends with Alex Witt,” Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) argued that police officers “could shoot in the air” and that “Teachers go and break up fights with knives every day.” Beatty said, “We have to have a better way of de-escalating. Here is an occurrence where the police knew they were coming with two girls fighting — or a girl and two adults fighting. So, I think we have to look at the system. one size can’t fit all. You can’t say that you are trained to only shoot to the center of the body. Four shots, I mean, come on, the first shot would knock the knife, a kitchen knife to the ground. And when you look at what’s happening here in Franklin County, I’m embarrassed by it. When you look at the number of percentages of fatal shootings at the hands of law enforcement, when you look at, we’re rated 18th out of 100 of the largest, most populous cities in the nation. We need to take a longer look, a better look, rather, at our system. How are we training police officers? I find it unacceptable that one way of

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Trump: 'Twitter Is Really Boring — A Lot of People Are Leaving Twitter'

Near the end of his presidency, Donald Trump was kicked off of social media platform Twitter for alleged violations of its terms of service. More than three months have passed since, and during an interview that aired on Friday’s broadcast of FNC’s “Hannity,” Trump discussed how he was getting his message out without access to Twitter or Facebook. “I think all of that, but I’m getting the word out because we are doing releases. Every time I do a release, it’s all over the place. It is better than Twitter. Much more elegant than Twitter, and Twitter is really boring. A lot of people are leaving Twitter. It has become very, very boring. When I started with Twitter years ago, it was like a failed thing, concept, a platform, fail. It was failed. And it became exciting. And I think I had a lot to do with it, to be honest with you, it became exciting. Now it is boring. It is no good anymore. The people were telling me.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

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Nat'l Guard Association Chair: Guard Can't Slow Down Problems at Border Unless Biden Authorizes Federal Funding for It

On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” National Guard Association Chairman Michael McGuire said that unless the Biden administration authorizes federal funding for National Guardsmen to help federal immigration officials, “we are not going to be able to slow this problem down and the communities will be less safe on both sides of the border, both in Mexico and in Arizona.” McGuire said, “Without the Biden administration authorizing federal funding for our Guardsmen, we can only be in support of our county sheriffs and other local law enforcement, who are doing great. We can provide resources to the local communities, but the real need is a surge back to Customs and Border Patrol, to our ICE agents, and to our immigration services. All three of which we have served over the past three administrations. If we don’t get authorization from President Biden, we are not going to be able to slow this problem down and the communities will be less safe on both sides of the border, both in Mexico and in Arizona.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

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GOP Rep. Donalds: Dems 'Trying to Race-Bait' with GA Election Law

Monday, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) reacted to the criticism over the stronger election law in Georgia. The law, which was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA), includes voter ID laws for absentee voters and limits ballot drop boxes, among other more restrictive measures to shore up election integrity. Donalds, on Fox News Channel’s “America Reports,” pushed back against the claims that the more restrictive measures are racist or from the Jim Crow era. He said Democrats are “trying to race-bait” because their immediate overreaction to the law was “wrong.” “The Democrats are race-baiting. They are wrong,” Donalds asserted. “Look, I’ve reviewed the Georgia law on myself. What Georgia is doing is the absolute right thing. I know the president is running around trying to tell people that you can’t give someone a cup of water, but that’s not what Georgia law says. What Georgia law says is that you can’t give people something of value when they are in lines getting ready to vote because you know, we don’t want to buy off votes in America. That’s like a sound concept. That’s what we should be doing. The other thing that’s happening in these voting lines — people are getting

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GOP Rep. Babin: We Have Wall and National Guard in D.C. While We're Releasing Migrants

On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) criticized the Biden administration for releasing migrants into the U.S. while “in Washington, D.C., we have miles of steel wall and National Guard troops standing around, thousands of them, and some of them are sleeping on the concrete and on the floor for no credible threat.” Babin said, [relevant remarks begin around 2:30] “The Biden administration simply denies reality. In fact, in Washington, D.C., we have miles of steel wall and National Guard troops standing around, thousands of them, and some of them are sleeping on the concrete and on the floor for no credible threat. We haven’t been able to find anything there. And yet the Biden administration has spent $86 million on hotel rooms to house illegal aliens. They have released 23,000-plus aliens into the country, many of them COVID-positive. We know that. There are up to 15,000 unaccompanied juveniles and children, many of these children are 16 and 17 years old. And we’ve got them housed all over.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

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Ed. Sec'y Cardona: 'Premature' to Say All Kids Should Be in Class in Fall, 'COVID-19 Numbers Will Dictate' Re-Opening

On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said that it’s too early to say that all children will be in class in the fall and coronavirus numbers in the community “will dictate how we move to re-open schools.” Cardona also stated that if mitigation strategies are followed, “we should have students in school next year. We should have them in school in the spring.” Host Chris Hayes asked, “Your anticipation for the fall, I saw an announcement that Gov. Phil Murphy (D) of New Jersey just announced, I think, that he will not allow any remote education in the fall. I know there are parents who are still hesitant and worried. We don’t know the trajectory of vaccines. It seems to me that getting all kids in class makes sense. Do you have a position? Does the department have a position on that?” Cardona responded, “You know, it’s premature to tell. One thing that I know as a former commissioner of education, COVID-19 numbers will dictate how we move to re-open schools. So, it’s not just about what’s happening in the schools. It’s about what’s happening in the community. If, as members of our

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DeSantis on Biden Border Policy: 'They've Created This Crisis — But I Think That This Is Intentional, I Think This Is Ideological'

During an appearance on FNC’s “Justice,” Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) questioned the Biden administration’s approach on immigration, which argued was behind the ongoing border crisis. DeSantis told host Jeanine Pirro the Biden administration was responsible for the crisis. “It obviously is a disastrous change in policy, Judge,” he said. “If you look, Donald Trump had obviously the wall, which we all supported, but also safe third party agreements, as well as remain in Mexico. And guess what happened? The border was under control. So they’ve gone back on those policies, and they’ve created this crisis. But I think that this is intentional. I think this is ideological. I think that they’re getting bit by this politically now. But I think that this was something that they absolutely anticipated.” “So it’s a disastrous way to start an administration,” DeSantis continued. “I think most of the American people are going to be strongly opposed to this, and hopefully, they’ll reverse course. You know, in Florida, though, we’re ready. When I became Governor, we banned sanctuary cities, and we also did e-verify. And so that’s not going to work in Florida, and hopefully, we can do those policies nationwide at some point, but

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Fauci: We Shouldn't Go to Clubs Until 'There's No Threat' to Do So – Can Have Audiences for Shows in 'Early Fall' 'Not Necessarily' at Capacity

On Friday’s broadcast of CBS’ “Late Show,” White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that people who have been vaccinated shouldn’t “hit the clubs until we get the level of virus down so low that there’s no threat to hit the clubs.” And that he thinks performances like late-night shows can have audiences back, “not necessarily full capacity, as we get into the early fall” if the “overwhelming majority” of people are vaccinated by that time. Host Stephen Colbert asked, “If I get the vaccine, can I hit the clubs two weeks after I get the shot?” Fauci answered, “No, you shouldn’t hit the clubs until we get the level of virus down so low that there’s no threat to hit the clubs.” Colbert also asked, “When can late-night hosts have audiences back?” Fauci responded, “You know, I think it’s going to be reasonably soon. I think what we’re going to be talking about is a gradual getting audiences back, not necessarily full capacity, as we get into the early fall. If we can get the overwhelming majority of people vaccinated by then, I think we could start to take those steps towards normality. Which, in my mind,

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Clyburn: We'll Have New Voting Rights Act Named After John Lewis 'by August'

In an interview with this week’s “The Sunday Show” on MSNBC, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) shared he intends to have the John Lewis Voting Rights Act on President Joe Biden’s desk by August. According to Clyburn, the new voting rights act, named after the civil rights icon and Georgia congressman who passed away in 2020, is supposed to “restore the efficacy of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.” “[W]hat we’re attempting to do now, we’ve renamed HR-4 in honor of John Lewis. We want to pass that bill. We’re doing exactly what the Supreme Court said we should do — update the formula,” Lewis explained. “In the next six months, as you did before, by August 6, we want to have on President Biden’s desk a new voting rights act in order — named after John Lewis — to restore the efficacy of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” he added. “I think we can do it.” The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6 — 56 years to the day Clyburn vowed the new act would be signed into law. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

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Dick Morris: 'Inevitable' Dems Invoke 25th Amendment on Biden

During an interview that aired Sunday on New York WABC 770 AM radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris predicted Democrats would invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Joe Biden from office. According to Morris, Democrats have been “working on laying the basis” to invoke the 25th Amendment partly because Biden is becoming increasingly “senile.” “Four Democrats and four Republicans in the Senate have come to an agreement on legislation to repeal the War Powers Act that was granted to Bush Sr. for Kuwait and Bush Jr. for Iraq in 1991 and 2002. Now, those are war powers acts that basically permitted the U.S. to send in troops, and at the time, they were both controversial, but now they are just rotting away. … It enabled Biden to bomb Syria last week using the Iraq War Powers Act — he bombed the Syrian troops in Iraq. And they are seeking to repeal that. When you combine that with the fact that 30 Democrats who sent the letter to Biden last week asking him to give up sole control of the nuclear codes so that a strike could not be launched without consulting … with his cabinet

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FNC's Carlson: 'Our Political Class Has Deliberately Decided to Use This Pandemic as a Way to Gain Political Power'

During his show’s opening monologue that aired on Thursday, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson explained how those in positions of power were attempting to capitalize off the coronavirus pandemic to increase the amount of power they have over the public.Carlson offered examples of it and pointed out other examples of hypocrisy from those in charge. CARLSON: It is Thanksgiving. We hope you’re having a wonderful time with your family. Nothing is more important or happier than spending time with the people you love. We haven’t had a lot of chances to do that this year, we’ve been pulled apart. Many Americans are alone tonight, more than any time in our history. A lot has changed in this country. But a lot remains the same and we should be thankful for that. In a year when cultural vandals and tragically unhappy graduate students set out to destroy virtually everything in sight from statues of the saints to the very idea of Columbus Day, they haven’t gotten Thanksgiving yet. It remains and there’s a reason for that. Americans care about Thanksgiving and they have for a very long time. Back in 1939, Franklin Roosevelt moved the holiday a week earlier. He said

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Tom Cotton: This Time Is Not for Politicians, Press Conferences — Time for Evidence in Court

Friday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) commented on the press conference led by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani a day earlier. The Arkansas Republican argued the time for press conferences had passed, and the present was for court proceedings. “I think where we are is to the point that we need the evidence to be adduced in court,” Cotton said. “Rudy Giuliani and the president’s lawyers have multiple lawsuits filed around the country. We’re to the point, though, where this is time not for politicians or for press conferences. That was during the election. This is a time for evidence in court.” “So you still have some recounts going on, as we heard, in Wisconsin, and potentially another recount in Georgia,” he added. “But this will be decided in the end on the law and the facts.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

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Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell Responds to Tucker Carlson: 'He Was Insulting, Demanding and Rude'

Friday on Fox Business Network’s “Morning with Maria,” Trump lawyer Sidney Powell responded to Tucker Carlson, who a night earlier had said his show had asked for evidence from Powell to back up allegations electronic voting machines had changed millions of votes that went for President Donald Trump. Powell called Carlson’s requests “insulting, demanding and rude.” “I didn’t get angry with the request to provide evidence,” she said. “In fact, I sent an affidavit to Tucker that I had not even attached to a pleading yet to help him understand the situation, and I offered him another witness who could explain the math and the statistical evidence far better than I can. I’m not really a numbers person.” “He was insulting, demanding and rude,” Powell added. “And I told him not to contact me again, in those terms.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

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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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