The General Election Risk
While candidates like Lake, Watkins and Finchem hope to ride the wave of anger within the Republican base about non-existent widespread election irregularities, some Arizona GOP strategists warn that those messages have limited appeal beyond Trump’s hard-core base in Arizona and that their embrace of conspiracy theories jeopardizes the party’s ability to win in next year’s general election.
Montague argued that the GOP’s future in Arizona “can be bright if we’re talking about policies that are broadly supported like lower taxes, less regulation, personal freedom — those things are popular and we can win.” But he added, “If we’re talking about conspiracy theories and QAnon, that’s a losing formula.”
Republicans still have a slight registration advantage over Democrats, but they only comprise a little more than a third of the electorate, according to the latest figures from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.
Paul Bentz, senior vice president for research and strategy at the Republican-leaning firm HighGround Inc. that advised former GOP Gov. Jan Brewer, said the central problem the GOP is facing is that primary-voting Republicans “have really walled themselves off from everyone else — and the audit is a huge example of that.”
When asked about her reaction to Trump’s statement, Lake told CNN that she still wants to see Republican voters cast ballots despite her concerns about the election system.
Resignation Of Eason Jordan
In February 2005, Jordan resigned from CNN. The resignation came in response to controversy sparked after bloggers wrote that, at the recent World Economic Forum, Jordan had seemed to accuse the U.S. military of having purposely killed journalists. While Jordan acknowledged his remarks were not sufficiently clear, he denied that this was what he had meant to imply, saying that he had “great admiration and respect for the men and women of the U.S. armed forces”.
Club For Growth Bashes Cnn In Social Media Ad
The conservative group Club for Growth is spending $30,000 on an ad bashing CNN, alleging the network is obsessing over former President TrumpJoe BidenHow ‘Buy American’, other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policiesOvernight Defense & National Security Presented by Raytheon Technologies Biden backtracks on TaiwanMORE.
The Cable News Network used to break news, the ad states in its opening lines. Now theyre breaking records, losing nearly 70 percent of their viewers since President Trump left office. And no wonder. Theyre still obsessed with Donald Trump.
NEW: launches digital ad highlighting s continued obsession with Trump, its covering for the many failures of liberal leaders like President and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Club for Growth
The ad, released Wednesday, will run on Facebook and YouTube for around 10 days and is targeted at conservatives, the group said.
It’s about giving them a voice and hopefully bringing change, said Joe Kildea, vice president of communications at the Club for Growth. The ad drives users to a standard activist dashboard-style page which allows them to send CNN a message.
CNN did not immediately respond to requests from The Hill for comment about the ad.
The ad includes a number of edited clips of CNN reports displaying network correspondents and anchors purportedly making positive comments about Biden and tells viewers to tell CNN to cover the news and stop cheerleading for liberal politicians.
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Harriet Tubman On The Twenty
In May 2019, the Trump administration announced that the plan to replace the portrait of Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill with that of Harriet Tubman by 2020, as had been planned by the Obama administration, would be delayed until 2026. Some critics viewed this decision as a reflection of Trump’s racism, including Representative Ayanna Pressley, who said “Secretary Mnuchin has allowed Trump’s racism and misogyny to prevent him from carrying out the will of the people.” Trump is a great admirer of Andrew Jackson and had his portrait installed in the Oval Office immediately after moving into the White House. Critics have suggested that Trump’s support of Jackson is “barely veiled racism” as an attempt to appeal to his largely white political base, and point to Jackson’s ownership of slaves and genocide against Native Americans.
Funding For The Community Relations Service
The Community Relations Service is part of the United States Department of Justice. The office is intended to act as a peacemaker for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and religion. During Trumps term in office the CRS was targeted for elimination or severe staffing reductions. The president of one advocacy group, Asian Americans advancing Justice, spoke out saying the administration threatened to discontinue its entire budget, which had ranged between $15 million and $16 million.
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Democratic Congresswomen Should Go Back To Their Countries
On July 14, 2019, Trump tweeted about four Democratic congresswomen, and although he did not mention any member of Congress by name, it was widely inferred that he was referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. This group, known collectively as the Squad, had verbally sparred with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a week earlier:
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world , now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!
âDonald J. Trump
The Washington Post, after interviews with 26 involved sources, reported that after the backlash, Trump defended his statements to his advisers. Trump said that he had been watching Fox & Friends, that his statements were aimed at bringing more attention to the four congresswomen because he believed they were ‘good foils’.
Bad Hombres And Rapists
Trump has repeatedly called Mexican men “bad hombres” and “rapists”. While campaigning in 2015 he made multiple false assertions that the Mexican government was sending their most unwanted people to the U.S. “When Mexico sends their people… They’re bringing drugs. Theyâre bringing crime. Theyâre rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” In 2017, the Associated Press reported that during a phone call to Mexican President Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto Trump warned the Mexican president that his military was not doing enough to stop “a bunch of bad hombres down there” and threatened to send U.S. troops into Mexico to “take care of it.” Following the 2020 murder of George Floyd, some protesters used the slogan “Defund the police“, supporting divesting some funds from police departments and reallocating them to non-policing forms of public safety and community support. Trump addressed this issue when speaking at a campaign rally in late June 2020, saying: “It’s 1 o’clock in the morning and a very toughâyou know I’ve used the word on occasion, ‘hombre’âa very tough ‘hombre’ is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do. And you call 911 and they say, ‘I’m sorry, this number is no longer working.'” After Trump posted a video that included his “bad hombres” comments on his Twitch channel, the livestreaming platform suspended his account due to “hateful conduct.”
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Central Park Jogger Case
On the night of April 19, 1989, Trisha Meili was assaulted, raped, and sodomized in Manhattan’s Central Park. On the night of the attack, five juvenile malesâfour African Americans and one of Hispanic descentâwere apprehended in connection with a number of attacks in Central Park committed by around 30 teenage perpetrators. The prosecution ignored evidence suggesting there was a single perpetrator whose DNA did not match any of the suspects, instead using confessions that the suspects said were coerced and false. They were convicted in 1990 by juries in two separate trials, receiving sentences ranging from 5 to 15 years. The attacks were highly publicized in the media.
On May 1, 1989, Trump called for the return of the death penalty by taking out a full-page advertisement in all four of the city’s major newspapers. He said he wanted the “criminals of every age” who were accused of beating and raping a jogger in Central Park “to be afraid.” Trump told Larry King on CNN: “The problem with our society is the victim has absolutely no rights and the criminal has unbelievable rights” and, speaking of another case where a woman was raped and thrown out a window, “maybe hate is what we need if we’re gonna get something done.”
Why The Media Is Worse For Biden Than Trump
Over the last week, the media has hammered Joe Biden with relentlessly critical coverage of his pullout from Afghanistan, resulting in noticeable drops in his approval ratings. Put aside for a moment whether this reflects failures by Biden or biases by the media. One conclusion we can draw is that this sort of dynamic is a regular feature of Democratic presidencies, and as the Trump administration showed a near impossibility during Republican ones.
But wait, youre thinking. Didnt the media hound Donald Trump for four straight years at least as hard as its hounded Biden over the last week?
Well, sort of. The mainstream media certainly gave Trump harsh and even overtly hostile coverage. But the mainstream media only describes roughly half the media landscape. The other half of the media is a right-wing messaging apparatus that makes no effort to follow traditional journalistic norms. Republicans communicate to their base through a media that functionally operates as part of their party, while Democrats communicate to their base through a media that still exerts substantial independence. If you want to understand the strange difficulty that Joe Bidens sane, competent administration has in yielding measurably higher approval than Trumps insane, incompetent presidency, the asymmetrical relationship between the two parties and their respective media environments is the most important place to start.
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Reactions By The Congressional Black Caucus
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have criticized Trump for “repeatedly stirring racial controversies.”Emanuel Cleaver, former head of the CBC, voiced concerns when Trump began raising doubts about President Obama’s birthplace: “I don’t know if the people around the country understand that he has launched … an assault against African-American people starting with his refusal to accept the first African-American president, by continuing to declare that he was from Kenya. No other president in history has had to face that kind of criticism. We’ve come to conclude that this is a part of his belief system.”
Some lawmakers protested by refusing to attend Trump’s 2018 State of the Union Address. John Lewis said “I’ve got to be moved by my conscience,” and Barbara Lee said “This president does not respect the office, he dishonors it.” Frederica Wilson, whom Trump called “wacky” after she supported the wife of a soldier killed in Niger, also skipped the address. Maxine Waters released a video response wherein she said, “He claims that he’s bringing people together but make no mistake, he is a dangerous, unprincipled, divisive, and shameful racist.” Other black lawmakers attended the address wearing kente stoles as a show of support following Trump’s “shithole” comments about African and other countries.
Rolling Back Civil Rights Protections
In January 2021, the Trump administration’s Justice Department sought approval to end enforcement of the Civil Rights Act in cases of “disparate impact” on minorities. Not being able to use disparate impact analysis would result in less accountability for organizations with policies that result in racially disparate outcomes, such as discipline for students of color, and treatment of residents of color by their city’s police force.
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Suppression Of Bahraini Protests And Reporting Of Iran And Syria
In October 2011, correspondent Amber Lyon met with Tony Maddox, president of CNN International, twice about a documentary on advances of democracy in the Middle East in which she was featured, and which was aired in the US but never by CNN Internationalthe most watched English news channel in the Middle Eastdespite a high production cost, international acclaim and awards. She claimed that during the second meeting she was threatened and intimated to stop speaking on the matter. According to a CNN employee, officials from the Bahrain regime called CNN constantly complaining about Lyon’s participation in the network. She was later laid-off.
Cnn Chief Jeff Zucker Says Fox News Is Propaganda Machine
NEW YORK CNN chief Jeff Zucker sharply attacked the networks rivals at Fox News Channel on Thursday, saying that it has become a propaganda machine that is doing an incredible disservice to the country.
Zucker spoke at the Financial Times Future of News conference two days after a former Fox military analyst quit, claiming he was ashamed at the way the networks opinion hosts were backing President Donald Trump. Zucker said that analyst, Ralph Peters, voiced what a lot of people have been thinking about Fox in the post-Roger Ailes era.
What has happened to that network in the last 18 months, especially the last year, is that it has just turned itself into state-run TV, Zucker said. TASS has nothing on them, he said in reference to the Russian news agency.
There was no immediate comment from a Fox representative.
However, Trumps former White House strategist, Steve Bannon, said later at the same conference that Zuckers comments were absurd. He said you cant name a more propaganda outfit than CNN.
Every night its hate Trump, Bannon said. He questioned why anyone wasnt fired at CNN after the 2016 election results took many people by surprise.
Zucker said that Fox has a handful of good journalists but they get lost in the propaganda machine.
The idea that they are a news channel is really not accurate at all, he said.
But he said the Trump has created an atmosphere of hostility toward reporters that has spread from the U.S. across the world.
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Conservatives Come And Go
Pro-Trump contributors at CNN seem to have come and gone in recent months. Last week, the network fired former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as reports indicated he was being considered for a high-ranking immigration post in the Department of Homeland Security.
Earlier this year, CNN fired economic analyst Stephen Moore after President Trump nominated him to serve on the Federal Reserve Board. But Moore withdrew from consideration after CNN and other outlets reported old derogatory remarks he made about women and the Obamas.
Previously, CNN let go other commentators who supported President Trump. Contributors Jeffrey Lord and Ed Martin were fired for remarks they made outside the network. Paris Denard was let go after he was accused of sexual misconduct from a previous job. The contracts of Kingston and former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer were not renewed. And former Trump campaign and administration officials Corey Lewandowski, Marc Short and Jason Miller all had short-lived paid contributorships.