There are at least 15 top Trump administration and campaign officials, including the head of the RNC, who have all voted by mail, despite President Donald Trump’s attacks on the nearly-fraud free process as being rife for fraud.
The President in recent months has also claimed those who vote by mail are “cheaters” and their ballots are “fraudulent.” He called the process “a very dangerous thing for this country,” “corrupt,” and “a terrible thing.”
On Monday he re-upped his attack on mail-in voting.
RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
But last month Trump made clear his real concern with voting by mail: When given the choice, in a free and fair election, Americans will elect Democrats.
MAIL-IN VOTING WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE FRAUD AND ABUSE. IT WILL ALSO LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE CAN NEVER LET THIS TRAGEDY BEFALL OUR NATION. BIG MAIL-IN VICTORY IN TEXAS COURT TODAY. CONGRATS!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Among the latest to be exposed are Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence, who over the past four years have indicated their home address is still the Indiana Governor’s mansion, despite the family not living there – or anywhere in Indiana – during that time, as Business Insider reports.
The Pences are just the latest in the Trump administration to be exposed for living full-time in Washington, D.C. but voting by mail from their former residence – which is often not illegal, although some may question the legality of using a mailing address for which someone no longer has a home.
Attorney General Bill Barr, who on Sunday said voting by mail “absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud,” votes by mail. The Washington Post reports the AG voted by mail via the state of Virginia in 2012 and 2019.
In addition to Vice President and First Lady Pence, reporting shows President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump voted by mail in this year’s Florida primary. The Trumps use Mar-a-Lago as their home address despite the President having filed a form promising he would never live at the property. The Trumps also voted by mail via New York in 2017 and 2018.
Also voting in Florida by mail is White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who for reasons unknown used her parents’ Florida address despite maintaining a home in the Sunshine State. She voted 11 times in 10 years, by mail.
First Daughter and Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, and Trump son-in-law and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner also voted by mail via their home state of New York.
Another Florida voter – by mail – is Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who The New York Times notes “has voted absentee 15 times in the last 15 years,” by mail.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar voted in the 2018 election by mail.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale voted by mail in 2018. He reportedly tried to vote by mail in 2016, but didn’t vote at all, citing a problem obtaining an absentee ballot.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, The Post also notes, voted absentee, by mail, via Michigan in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020.
The American Independent adds that Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow “has voted absentee ‘at least 13 times in the past 20 years,’ according to Tom Bonier, the CEO of the political consulting firm TargetSmart.”
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper voted absentee in 2016.
Chief of Staff to the First Lady Stephanie Grisham also voted absentee in 2016, according to Bonier.
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Clarence Thomas Blasted for Declaring SCOTUS Can’t Be ‘Bullied’ Into Giving ‘Outcomes You Want’ After Spouse’s Actions
Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving justice currently on the U.S. Supreme Court, defiantly declared the justices will not be “bullied” into handing down decisions the American people want. Some on social media are taking offense and pointing to the reported actions of his far-right-wing activist wife, Ginni Thomas, in the weeks and months after the 2020 election.
“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want,” announced Justice Thomas, speaking Friday evening in Atlanta at a judicial conference of 11th Circuit judges and attorneys, Reuters reports.
He called the historic leak of a draft opinion striking down Roe v. Wade a “symptom” of Americans expecting to be handed decisions they want.
“Thomas is the member of the court least likely to adhere to stare decisis, the principle of letting past decisions stand,” The Washington Post adds. “In past cases, including Casey, he called for Roe to be overturned.”
Ironically, on Friday he berated younger Americans for not respecting the law.
Thomas “said he also worried about a ‘different attitude of the young’ that might not show the same respect for the law as past generations did. ‘Recent events have shown this major change,’ he said.”
Responding to Thomas’ defiant and critical remarks, some on social media noted Justice Thomas’ wife, Ginni, to whom he is exceptionally close, worked to try to get the election of Joe Biden overturned. She attended the “Stop the Steal” rally before the attack on the Capitol and for months exchanged text messages with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
“Virginia Thomas urged White House chief to pursue unrelenting efforts to overturn the 2020 election, texts show,” The Washington Post reported in March.
The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell, who has been expertly reporting on the insurrection, made the insightful connection:
New: Justice Clarence Thomas says in Atlanta: “We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want” — though his wife Ginni Thomas attempted to do just that as she sought to help overturn Biden’s 2020 election win.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 7, 2022
Attorney Chuck Katz bemoaned Thomas’ hypocrisy:
Clarence Thomas, objecting to the leak, said governmental bodies should not be bullied. Isn’t that just what the protesters did to congress on January 6? Isn’t congress a governmental body? And wasn’t Ginni Thomas one of the chief bulliers? Will the hypocrisy NEVER END?
— chuck katz (@chuckkatz13) May 7, 2022
PoliticusUSA editor-in-chief Sarah Reese Jones:
New: Clarence Thomas in Atlanta warns that the court cannot be “bullied…we are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like.”
Strange take for someone married to planner of insurrection to overthrow 2020 outcome they didn’t like.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) May 7, 2022
Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license
‘Did Not Apologize’: Cyberbullied Teen Blasts Youngkin After Gov. Acknowledges ‘Unauthorized’ Attack by His Campaign
A 17-year old high school student who was repeatedly cyberbullied by Glenn Youngkin‘s political campaign team over the weekend is blasting the Virginia GOP governor for only acknowledging the attack while not even bothering to reach out or apologize.
“While he acknowledged the situation, Governor Youngkin did not apologize and did not condemn what happened over the weekend,” said Ethan Lynne, the Virginia high school senior who was the target of an ugly attack by Youngkin’s campaign. “I still hope he does, and that he will take time to recognize the culture of toxicity he has created within his first month of office.”
Late Monday morning Gov. Youngkin acknowledged the attack via his Twitter account. He did not give any details, nor did he say if any steps would be taken against those who perpetrated the scheme.
“On Saturday night, an unauthorized tweet came from a campaign account. I regret that this happened and it shouldn’t have. I have addressed it with my team. We must continue to work to bring Virginians together. There is so much more that unites us than divides us.”
Indeed, on Saturday the official verified account of the Youngkin campaign, “Team Youngkin,” posted this tweet in response to Lynne merely tweeting out an article, and calling the actions “shameful.” The photo is of Youngkin’s Democratic predecessor, who survived a Blackface scandal.
(The author of the piece later amended the article to say the space was not turned into a family room. Lynne also tweeted that correction out.)
Sometime after midnight, the tweet was deleted but not before outrage and rebukes from Democratic lawmakers and many others on social media.
The Youngkin campaign told The Washington Post they considered the 17-year old high school student a “Democrat Party official,” which he is not, and despite his bio clearly stating he is a high school student, they claim they were not aware he is a minor.
‘Hang on a Minute’: Chuck Todd Confronts GOP Governor Who Wants ‘Liberty’ for Vaccines but Not for Abortion
NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday challenged Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) over his push to deny abortion rights for women while insisting that people should have control over their own bodies when it comes to vaccines.
During an interview on Meet the Press, Todd noted that Reeves had recently championed “freedom and individual liberty” when it comes to vaccine mandates.
“Why should the state of Mississippi tell a woman what they should do with their body?” Todd asked. “Why shouldn’t they have that individual freedom on their body particularly in the first 20 weeks [of pregnancy].”
“The far left loves to scream ‘my body, my choice,'” Reeves replied. “And what I would submit to you, Chuck, is you absolutely ignore the fact that in getting an abortion, there is an actual killing of an innocent unborn child that is in that womb.”
Reeves went on to insist that fetuses should be considered “babies” at 15 weeks of age.
“Those babies at 15 weeks can feel pain,” he argued. “The difference between vaccine mandates and abortions is vaccines allow you to protect yourself. Abortions actually go in and kill other American babies.”
“But vaccines are not about yourself,” Todd interrupted. “Hang on a minute. A vaccine is about protecting a larger community. A vaccine is about preventing spread. You could argue a vaccine mandate is a pro-life position.”
“You could certainly argue that, Chuck,” Reeves agreed. “The vaccine may not keep you from getting the virus. It may not keep you from spreading the virus but it can keep you from ending up in the hospital. That’s what’s been proven during this delta surge that we’ve seen in America.”
He added: “Conversely, when you’re talking about the pro-life position of protecting unborn babies, let’s put it also in perspective, the fact is that during this very horrible and challenging time since I was sworn into office in January of 2020, Chuck, we’ve had 800,000 American lives lost because of Covid. And my heart aches for every single one of those individuals that has died because of Covid … But since Roe was enacted, 62 million American babies have been aborted and have therefore been killed.”
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