Trump news – latest: Confusion as ex-president appears to endorse multiple ‘Erics’ in Missouri
Trump ‘refused to call off attack’ on Capitol during January 6 riots, US rep says
Former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of “Eric” for the Republican primary election for a U.S. Senate seat to replace incumbent Senator Roy Blunt has caused a stir among party members.
There are two GOP favorites named Eric in this race — former Gov. Eric Greitens and state Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Both appeared to assume they were endorsed by Mr Trump.
There is also a third GOP candidate named Eric McElroy on the Republican primary ballot.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Schmitt wrote: “I am grateful for President Trump’s endorsement.”
However, Mr Greitens also announced that he was “honoured to receive President Trump’s endorsement”. “I just had a great phone call with President Trump, thanked him for his support! Together we will MAGA and save America,” he added.
Meanwhile, Guy Reffitt, the Jan. 6 rioter convicted of five counts earlier this year, on Monday received the longest sentence given to a participant in the Capitol riot to date.
Reffitt was the first accused Capitol rioter to stand trial by jury after pleading not guilty.
Voices: Senate Republicans lose control of narrative on veterans bill
Over the past week, Senate Republicans have been dogged by the press, public opinion and veteran activists, after 25 Republicans reversed their previous vote for the PACT law. The law would have provided care for American veterans who were exposed to toxic exposure from burning fireplaces.
Veterans have also seen a boost in publicity for their fight thanks to former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart speaking out against GOP senators who opposed the legislation. But now, probably sensing that public opinion is not on their side, Republican senators have a new line of complaint: Democrats have tossed it out.
Senate Republicans lose narrative control over veterans bill
Is this a “Democrats started” problem or is it revenge?
Olivier O’ConnellAugust 2, 2022 6:30 p.m.
Several candidates celebrate after Trump simply endorses ‘ERIC’
Donald Trump’s endorsement of the Missouri GOP Senate primary turned many heads Monday night, confusing supporters and critics alike.
The former president, facing Tuesday’s primary election with just hours to make an endorsement that could impact the race, issued a statement late Monday declaring his support for the ‘ERIC’ campaign, without specifying. which favorite he was talking about: former Governor Eric Greitens, or current Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
Several candidates celebrate after Trump endorses ‘ERIC’ in Missouri Senate race
GOP factions waged war on Trump’s golf course ahead of crucial endorsement
Olivier O’ConnellAugust 2, 2022 6:05 p.m.
JD Vance finally on air in Ohio
JD Vance, who morphed from a critic of white working-class addiction and grievances to a vicious participant in right-wing culture wars, sent Ohio Senate primary polls skyrocketing earlier this year when Donald Trump endorsed it. Since winning the nomination, however, he has left many Republicans worried about his approach to the race — or rather his disengagement from it, visiting Israel without launching a single post-primary TV ad.
That finally seems to be changing, with news that he and the GOP Senate campaign operation are finally buying screen minutes.
Andrew NaughtyAugust 2, 2022 5:45 p.m.
Kevin Costner is dating Liz Cheney
During filming Yellowstone in Wyoming, actor Kevin Costner donned a shirt supporting Jan. 6 Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney – who conventional wisdom says is set to lose her primary as she campaigns for re-election at the seat of the General Chamber of the State.
Andrew NaughtyAugust 2, 2022 5:20 p.m.
Watch: AZ candidate Kari Lake refuses to explain voter fraud allegations
Kari Lake, the Trump-backed candidate leading the Republican pack in Arizona’s gubernatorial primary, has become a zealous promoter of conspiracy theories about voter fraud, not just elections that have already taken place. She now claims to have evidence of machinations to steal the current election from Trumpist candidates…but in the clip below, she refuses to discuss these allegations of illegality with the mainstream media.
Andrew NaughtyAugust 2, 2022 5:09 p.m.
Non-Eric Missouri candidate clings to faint hope
After Donald Trump decided to endorse two competing candidates named “Eric” in today’s Missouri Senate primary, other candidates were left dry. That hasn’t stopped Congressman Billy Long from half-jokingly trying to re-enter the top echelon as his candidacy fades:
Andrew NaughtyAugust 2, 2022 4:36 p.m.
Is Dr Oz collapsing in Pennsylvania?
Donald Trump endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary over the objections of many conservatives, and the controversial TV doctor ultimately just barely got through. Now he seems to be having a hard time in the inescapable race to fill a currently Republican seat.
The IndependentEric Garcia has that view on the latest poll.
Andrew NaughtyAugust 2, 2022 3:50 p.m.
Liz Cheney contradicts Fox News host on fake voters
Fox News host Mark Levin, a reliable pro-Trump commentator who has indulged in conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, launched a lengthy on-air rant last night about ‘voters’ summoned by Trump allies at the end of 2020 to form false slates that could be submitted to Congress on January 6, 2021 in an attempt to essentially reject certification of Joe Biden’s victory.
Mr. Levin’s view of this plan, he said, is that it is well within acceptable limits.
In response, Liz Cheney – vice chair of the January 6 committee – flatly contradicted it, pointing out that the evidence collected and made public by her committee clearly details that those involved in the plot knew it was illegal.
Andrew NaughtyAugust 2, 2022 3:18 p.m.
Accused Jan. 6 rioter wants ‘list of dead’ excluded from trial evidence
Thomas E. Caldwell, one of several members of the Oath Keepers militia charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, has asked a court to prevent the introduction of several pieces of evidence by the prosecution.
Among them is ‘any evidence’ of various gun-related actions, including purchases by other oath keepers and ‘quick reaction forces (QRFs) and guns that were outside of the District of Columbia at any time during the alleged conspiracy”. The filing also asks the court to exclude “A notepad – characterized by the government as a ‘death list’ – recovered from Caldwell’s residence on January 19, 2021.”
According to the government, the document “had the words ‘DEATH LIST’ handwritten across the top along with the name of a Georgia election official, an alleged family member of that official, and the associated county and state. to this manager, all handwritten below.”
Read his full case in court here.
Andrew NaughtyAugust 2, 2022 2:30 p.m.
Trump-backed candidate compares abortion to Holocaust
GOP Illinois gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey is in hot water over abortion comments — ones that go even further than many right-wing Republicans are willing to walk,
“I believe abortion is one of the greatest atrocities of our time and I believe it’s probably one of the greatest atrocities forever,” he said in a video. discovered by non-profit outlet The Forward. “The attempted extermination of Jews in World War II doesn’t even compare to the shadow of life that has been lost with abortion since it was legalized.”
Andrew NaughtyAugust 2, 2022 2:00 p.m.