Are you a Republican who would like to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020? Good luck with that.
The Republican National Committee just voted to get rid of the body that organizes presidential primary debates, so if you want to debate other GOP presidential candidates, including President Trump, you’ll have to do it on your own. (And don’t expect Trump to agree to a debate.)
CNN calls it “a small but meaningful change signaling that Republicans do not plan to sanction any primary debates in the upcoming presidential election cycle.” It’s also “a warning to would-be Republican rivals of President Donald Trump about his strong support among party loyalists.”
Ohio’s John Kasich and Arizona’s Jeff Flake are among the disgruntled GOP politicians who oppose Trump’s leadership and might challenge him for the nomination.
RNC co-chair Bob Paduchik told Buzzfeed the debates committee is “unnecessary.”
The RNC insisted it discussed the move to dismantle the debates committee. No one opposed shutting it down. In fact, several “committeemen spoke in favor of the change, including Randy Evans of Georgia, who is awaiting confirmation as ambassador to Luxembourg.”
“Obviously this is intended to dissuade a primary challenge to the president,” Evans said.
Here’s Trump in 2016 at a GOP debate:
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US Intel Official’s Whistleblower Complaint Is About a ‘Promise’ Trump Made to a Foreign Leader
A U.S. Intelligence official who used to work at the White House lodged a whistleblower complaint with the Inspector General about a “promise” President Donald Trump made to a foreign leader. The subject of the communication with the unknown foreign leader is not publicly known, nor is the name of the foreign leader.
The Washington Post reported this latest development late Wednesday night, reporting that “Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a ‘promise’ that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community.”
Trump’s “direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed.”
The IC’s inspector general “determined that this complaint is both credible and urgent,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has said.
“White House records indicate that Trump had had conversations or interactions with at least five foreign leaders in the preceding five weeks,” the Post reports. “Among them was a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the White House initiated on July 31.”
The whistleblower complaint was filed August 12.
MSNBC adds the whistleblower complaint should have been shared with the “Gang of 8,” the top leaders from each party of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. It has not been, which has become the subject of tremendous conflict between the White House, its Acting Director of National Intelligence, and Congress.
Read the entire report here.
Leaks Against Jerry Falwell Jr Suggest Liberty University Wants Him Out as President: Conservative Columnist
Jerry Falwell Jr. took over the evangelical Liberty University when his father died in 2007. Today, his myriad controversies—from his embrace of Donald Trump to the bizarre tale involving him, his wife and a pool boy—are threatening to spark a civil war at the institution.
Writing in the conservative publication The Bulwark, columnist Andrew Egger chronicles Falwell’s recent PR problems.
“Fallout from a legal dispute led to a series of bombshell reports about Falwell, which unearthed wacky details about, in the words of the New York Times, ‘the friendship between Mr. Falwell, his wife, and a former pool attendant at the Fontainbleau hotel in Miami Beach; the family’s investment in a gay-friendly youth hostel, and purported sexually revealing photographs involving the Falwells,’” Egger writes.
He points out that recent stories about Falwell Jr. in Politico and Reuters indicate Liberty insiders are leaking embarrassing information to reporters. The Reuter’s story contained nasty emails Falwell had written about students and faculty. In one, he called a student “emotionally imbalanced and physically retarded.” He also denigrated the police chief as a “half-wit.”
Eggers observes that whoever leaked the emails does not have a lot of faith in Falwell’s leadership. “Somebody, or some group of somebodies, wants Falwell out,” he notes. “The dispute is partly personal—Falwell certainly doesn’t come across as a guy who’s a good leader and manager in those emails—but also partly ideological.”
He notes that Falwell’s tenure has not been entirely unsuccessful: he’s upped enrollment, possibly grooming future right-wing leaders. Yet, his vulgar demeanor—confirmed by the leaked emails—makes him an uneasy fit in the evangelical movement.
Egger observes that Falwell is very similar to Donald Trump in this way. “In other words, the argument for evangelicals supporting Falwell as president of Liberty bears a strong resemblance to the argument Falwell pioneered for evangelicals supporting Donald Trump as president of the United States,” he writes. “You don’t have to like everything he gets up to; in fact, plenty of it you’re probably better off not knowing about. But he’s the kind of guy, the argument runs, that you want in your corner when the chips are down.”
But that can easily backfire. “Because the trouble with having a guy like Falwell or Trump running your institution, is that there’s always a danger that the institutional brand is consumed by the individual’s personal brand.”
“A few years more of that, and what brand beyond Fallwellism will Liberty have to call its own?” he asks.
Trump Signal Boosted Dangerous Tweet Falsely Claiming Democratic Congresswoman ‘Partied’ on 9/11 Anniversary
A dangerous and false tweet claiming Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar “partied on the anniversary of 9/11” has been deleted. President Donald Trump retweeted the lie, which includes a video of the Minnesota Congresswoman dancing at a Congressional Black Caucus event on Sept. 13. The original video had been posted by progressive activist Adam Green, but was co-opted and repurposed by a Trump supporter.
Here’s the original tweet from Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:
— Adam Green (@AdamGreen) September 14, 2019
Here’s a screenshot of the now-deleted, dangerous and false tweet from Trump loyalist and “comedian” Terrence Williams who has over 600,000 followers. It includes the video from Green’s tweet:
And here’s Trump’s retweet, which is still up:
IIhan Omar, a member of AOC Plus 3, will win us the Great State of Minnesota. The new face of the Democrat Party! https://t.co/aQFEygSa4D
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
Here’s how the tweet looked before the offending tweet was deleted by the Trump-supporting troll:
Trump has not removed his tweet, but he subsequently posted this tweet about Williams:
Terrence K. Williams, “You can’t impeach Trump for being a winner!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
Williams last month reportedly suggested former President Bill Clinton was involved in the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein.
A CNN reporter cites Twitter saying Williams deleted the original tweet:
— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) September 18, 2019
Some responses to Trump’s retweet:
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) September 18, 2019
Our co-founder @AdamGreen posted this video from a CBC event on Sept 13, and @IlhanMN retweeted it. Today @realDonaldTrump tweeted that she “partied on the anniversary of 9/11.” This is an abhorrent lie that endangers a Member of Congress. Twitter must remove Trump’s Tweet now. https://t.co/zzeb1dXTzc
— BoldProgressives.org (@BoldProgressive) September 18, 2019
Fucking shameful lie. Any other President did this and he’d be out of office by sunrise. https://t.co/E67CdqbMXK
— Kevin Stapleton (@KStapleton_BTV) September 18, 2019
— Richard W. (@IceManNYR) September 18, 2019
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