‘Teeing Up to Claim That This Election Isn’t Legitimate’
A threatening tweet from President Donald Trump late Monday morning, less than 24 hours before the polls open nationwide, is leading some to accuse him of engaging in voter suppression. Others are saying the tweet is the President’s attempt to lay the groundwork to call the results of Democratic midterm wins illegitimate.
“Law Enforcement has been strongly notified to watch closely for any ILLEGAL VOTING which may take place in Tuesday’s Election (or Early Voting),” Trump tweeted. “Anyone caught will be subject to the Maximum Criminal Penalties allowed by law. Thank you!”
Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler, who specializes in national security and civil liberties, offered this take:
Area man under active investigation for cheating to win an election calls for Maximum Criminal Penalties for cheating to win an election. Thank you! https://t.co/nmCOpxT7Uo
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) November 5, 2018
But Media Matters for America Visiting Fellow Melissa Ryan had a more dire impression:
Trump is already teeing up to claim that this election isn’t legitimate. Recall that was the same playbook in 2016 when it looked like Hillary was going to win. Expect him and his supporters to keep whining about this after Tuesday. https://t.co/MvDu3988Ta
— Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) November 5, 2018
Washington Bureau Chief for Canada-based Global News:
Trump is already working to delegitimize an election that hasn’t yet happened. https://t.co/50HYJ8Q41W
— Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) November 5, 2018
The Human Rights Campaign’s digital strategist:
The current occupant of the White House is blatantly intimidating people from voting. How is this even legal?! https://t.co/UZ3t64too3
— Brian McBride (@BrianDMcBride) November 5, 2018
Washington Post reporter:
coming from other users, this comes pretty close to crossing a line for Twitter, FB, etc, which have taken action against posts saying ICE would be at polling places on grounds it could deter voting. https://t.co/QId1McEG4U https://t.co/icsfWJzpfX
— Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) November 5, 2018
Investigative reporter for USA Today:
In the federal system, sentences are determined by judges, not the executive branch. Very few people are sentenced to the statutory maximum. https://t.co/XQ5lAilXlU
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) November 5, 2018
The White House editor for Bloomberg Business notes this important fact:
It’s not illegal to vote if you’re unsure whether you’re registered. Every state is required by federal law to offer such citizens a provisional ballot. https://t.co/8KjbjYrHQB
— Alex Wayne (@aawayne) November 5, 2018
Former Senior Advisor to President Obama:
Now he is just making shit up to scare people from voting https://t.co/Qb9DvCuNWz
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) November 5, 2018
Election law and voting rights professor:
— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) November 5, 2018
Classic voter suppression (the real scandal and problem thanks to GOP) right here: https://t.co/IUa3wDMBHy
— Andrea Stone (@andreastonez) November 5, 2018
Voter suppression is 100Mx more likely than illegal voting.
You are more likely to be bitten by a shark and hit by lightning at the same time than participate in illegal voting.
— Holly Fιɢυeroα O’Reιlly (@AynRandPaulRyan) November 5, 2018
Illegal voting is not a thing. This is voter suppression, pure and simple. The right actually hates when people vote. It means they lose. https://t.co/H0fCzjlbgD
— Charles Marleau (@charlesmarleau) November 5, 2018
The U.S. president is engaged in voter suppression, pure and simple. https://t.co/EVJKhI6qey
— Just Bob (@rlawton) November 5, 2018
This is transparent, rank voter suppression. Trump should be ashamed of himself. But more, every Republican and especially every Republican elected official should be vocally, publicly disgusted by this. https://t.co/KIfeYKXKli
— Mary Kelly Persyn (@mkpersyn) November 5, 2018
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Pence Press Secretary Katie Miller Condescendingly Blasts Reporter for Asking if Uninsured Can Get Tested for Coronavirus
Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller blasted a well-known reporter for asking if uninsured Americans will be able to get tested for COVID-19.
Miller, recently married to white nationalist and Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller, condescendingly criticized CNN political analyst Brian Karem during Wednesday’s coronavirus press briefing at the White House.
Karem, who is also the White House correspondent for Playboy, at the end of the event asked, “Guys, guys, can the uninsured, can the uninsured get tested?”
Pence and his numerous aides walked away without answering the very valid question.
Karem repeated his question.
“Gentlemen, ladies,” he pressed, “Can the uninsured get tested?”
Katie Miller paused, turned her head to Karem, and replied, “Screaming for the camera isn’t going to get you anywhere.”
Karem did not miss a beat.
“Well how about answering the question?”
As Miller continued to walk away, Karem continued: “A valid question – could you answer it?”
This was probably not picked up most cable network coverage.
“Can the uninsured get tested?”
“Gentlemen, ladies…Can the uninsured get tested?”
WH staffer(?): “Screaming for the camera can’t get you anywhere.”
These people. SMH. pic.twitter.com/zBxPmPrCsn
— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) March 4, 2020
Trump White House Adds Loyalty Litmus Test Questions for Job Applicants
New applicants for jobs in the Trump administration will now have to answer a six-page questionnaire detailing everything from their social media accounts to any interviews they have ever given, CNN reports. They even have to answer this question: “What part of Candidate Trump’s campaign message most appealed to you and why?”
John McEntee, the new head of the White House Personnel Office who is the former body man to President Donald Trump, has been authorized by the President to “purge” anyone not fully embracing Trump’s views. McEntee was previously fired from the White House over a problem related to gambling that apparently led to a security clearance issue.
Now, John McEntee is going after prospective employees by expanding the administration’s loyalty test, quizzically called a “research questionnaire.”
The document makes clear all applicants must be completely loyal to Trump. It reportedly is not being used for applicants to career positions.
It also asks questions like, “Have you ever appeared in the media to comment on Candidate Trump, President Trump or other personnel or policies of the Trump Administration?”
And, “Have you ever appeared on a political podcast, talk radio/local radio, the major cable networks (Fox, CNN, CNBC, etc.), given speeches in a public forum, or testified before Congress?”
There’s this important question: “Is there anything in your background that could potentially embarrass the Administration were it to come out?”
And there’s even a question that might stump President Trump.
“Brie?y describe your political evolution. What thinkers, authors, books, or political leaders influenced you and led you to your current beliefs? What political commentator, thinker or politician best reflects your views?”
For those who question the administration’s loyalty litmus test, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham says, basically, too bad.
“Every President has the right to appoint people who are in line with their agenda and policies.”
Clarence Thomas’ Wife Is Helping Trump Purge ‘Snakes’ From the White House — and Replace Them With Fox News Regulars
The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is spearheading an effort to purge the White House of staffers perceived as disloyal to President Donald Trump.
Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of the Supreme Court justice, has been advising the president as he seeks to rid the government of “snakes” since his impeachment acquittal, reported Axios.
Thomas heads a network of activists, including GOP Senate staffer Barbara Ledeen, that meets weekly in the offices of conservative legal group Judicial Watch to make recommendations for White House staffing.
She sent one memo directly to the president last year, according to a source close to Thomas, but a presidential personnel office review found some of her recommendations were not appropriate candidates — but Axios reported that Trump may revisit some of those names now that impeachment is behind him.
A source with direct knowledge of the memo told the website that Thomas recommended former Sheriff David Clarke for a senior Homeland Security role and Fox News regular and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino for a role with Homeland Security or as a counterterrorism adviser.
Thomas also recommended Devin Nunes aide Derek Harvey and Federalist contributor Ben Weingarten for the National Security Council, and she suggested talk radio host Chris Plante for press secretary.
Harvey served on the National Security Council until he was pushed out by former national security adviser H.R. McMaster — who was eventually removed himself after Thomas and her Groundswell network pushed for his ouster.
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, who reported the story, declined to say whether any of the officials targeted by Thomas had pushed back against her campaign.
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