Trump blasts GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who voted for impeachment, as ‘a grandstanding RINO’ and ‘a disgrace’ to Ohio

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio on June 26, 2021.

  • Trump blasted GOP. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez for his impeachment vote following the Jan. 6 riot.
  • The former president gave a speech in support of Max Miller, a former White House aide running against the congressman.
  • Trump derided Gonzalez as “the candidate of Liz Cheney.”
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When the House impeached former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, 10 Republicans crossed over to join Democrats in the highly consequential vote.

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, a two-term lawmaker who represents a conservative Midwestern district, was one of those Republicans.

Trump has not forgotten about the vote.

The former president, who held a rally in Wellington, Ohio, not far from Cleveland, has already backed former White House aide Max Miller in the GOP primary over Gonzalez in the state’s 16th Congressional district.

On Saturday, Trump made it clear that he was willing to go all-out for Miller as he seeks political vengeance against party members that he deems as “RINOs,” or Republicans in name only, a pejorative generally reserved for members of the party who aren’t considered to be true conservatives.

The former president laced into Gonzalez, a 36-year-old congressman and ally of Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, another Republican who backed Trump’s second impeachment and who was stripped of her leadership role for vocally fighting back against his false election claims.

Read more: We identified the 125 people and institutions most responsible for Donald Trump’s rise to power and his norm-busting behavior that tested the boundaries of the US government and its institutions

Trump called Gonzalez “a grandstanding RINO” who’s “not respected in DC” and rebuked the congressman’s vote for what he calls “the unhinged, unconstitutional illegal impeachment witch hunt.”

“I didn’t get to know him too well,” the former president said of Gonzalez, accusing the congressman of repeatedly asking to fly on Air Force One during his presidency.

“I put him on the plane [Air Force One]. The next time I heard his name, he was impeaching me!” Trump said. “He’s a sellout, he’s a fake Republican and a disgrace to your state. He’s not the candidate that you want representing the Republican Party. … Every single Republican needs to vote him out of office.”

Trump derided Gonzalez as “the candidate of Liz Cheney.”

Before Cheney was removed from her leadership post as Conference Chair, Gonzalez told The Hill in April that if House Republicans couldn’t accept her honesty, then she wasn’t the most suitable person for the role.

“If a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit,” he said at the time. “Liz isn’t going to lie to people. Liz is going to say what she believes. She’s going to stand on principle. And if that’s going to be distracting for folks, she’s not the best fit. I wish that weren’t the case.”

In the end, Trump’s loyalists continue to run the House GOP apparatus, which continues to give the former president the upper hand within the party.

“After he voted for impeachment, the Ohio GOP censured Gonzalez and demanded that he resign and resign immediately,” the former president said on Saturday. “He’s still hanging in there. Every single Republican needs to vote him out of office.”

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GOP Rep. Tom Rice says he voted for Trump’s impeachment because ‘what he did in my mind is what dictators do’

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In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, taken from video, Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington.

  • Rep. Tom Rice defended his vote to impeach Trump over his role in inciting the Capitol insurrection.
  • Rice called Trump a “bully” and said his actions were “completely despicable.”
  • The South Carolina lawmaker faces several Republican challengers hoping to unseat him in a primary election.
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Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina defended his vote earlier this year to impeach then-President Donald Trump over his role in inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on January 6.

“I took an oath to defend the Constitution. I didn’t take an oath to defend Donald Trump,” Rice said in an interview with The Washington Post that was published on Sunday. “What he did was a frontal assault on the Constitution.”

Rice expressed no regrets over his decision, telling his constituents at an event last week that Trump is a “bully” and his actions on that day were “completely despicable.”

“I will vote that way every single time,” the Republican lawmaker said, according to The Post.

Rice also blasted Trump for tweeting an attack against then-Vice President Mike Pence while his supporters were storming the Capitol and Pence was being rushed to safety.

“For him to be calling Mike Pence a coward and him sitting at the White House surrounded by Secret Service and tweeting while Mike Pence is in the middle of all that, and he’s a coward? Give me a break,” Rice said, per The Post.

Trump at the time said Pence lacked “courage” for refusing to overturn the 2020 presidential election results over false claims that the race was “rigged” and “stolen” from him. The vice president has no authority to challenge the results, and there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election.

“If the president, by force, can intimidate Congress into voting their way, then we might as well do away with Congress and hand it over to a king. What he did in my mind is what dictators do,” Rice said of Trump.

Rice was one of 10 House Republicans who broke from their party and supported Trump’s second impeachment – the most bipartisan impeachment vote in US history. His vote shocked many GOP lawmakers, who at the time called him to make sure it wasn’t an accident, The Post reported.

Rice’s comments come as several pro-Trump Republicans have launched campaigns to unseat him in an upcoming primary election for his South Carolina district.

“If you want a congressman who’s going to choose a personality over the Constitution, I’m not your guy,” Rice told voters at the event last week, per The Post.

The Post reported that some of Rice’s constituents are frustrated over his impeachment vote against Trump and that his job is in jeopardy. But Rice is trying to win voters over by pointing to his record. Rice voted with Trump 94% of the time and helped draft the GOP’s tax cuts legislation in 2017.

“If it cost me the job, then it cost me the job,” Rice told The Post. “I hope it doesn’t.”

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After Rep. Liz Cheney voted to impeach Trump, a male GOP colleague said he was bothered by her ‘attitude’

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming).

  • Rep. Liz Cheney was chastised by several male GOP colleagues following her vote to impeach Trump.
  • Rep. Norman of South Carolina told Cheney that she had “a defiant attitude,” according to The Times.
  • Cheney refused to apologize for her vote and the caucus decided to keep her in leadership.
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This past year, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming has been tested by the most conservative elements of her party.

As the No. 3 House Republican, Cheney’s has a huge platform to influence the direction of the party.

However, after Cheney decided to join nine other Republicans and every House Democrat to impeach former President Donald Trump of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot, her stock within the party sank among many members.

By going against the reigning leader from her own party, her position in leadership was quickly imperiled.

After the contentious vote, House Republicans discussed Cheney’s fate during the party’s Feb. 3 conference meeting.

Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, gave a deeply personal speech, saying she was “deeply, deeply concerned about where our party is headed,” according to The New York Times Magazine.

“We cannot become the party of QAnon,” she stressed. “We cannot become the party of Holocaust denial. We cannot become the party of white supremacy. We all watched in horror what happened on Jan. 6.”

On that fateful day, Trump blasted Cheney in his speech to his supporters that gathered near the Capitol before many of them stormed the Capitol building.

“The Liz Cheneys of the world, we got to get rid of them,” he said.

The former vice president called his daughter to let her know that Trump called her out by name during his speech, according to The Times.

During the Feb. 3 GOP conference meeting, several members asked Cheney to apologize for her vote to impeach Trump, but she refused.

“I cannot do that,” she said.

Read more: Prosecuting Trump does not look like a DOJ priority under Biden’s attorney general. But watch Georgia and New York.

A contingent of members lined up to speak about the subject, with about half of the speakers indicating that they would support removing Cheney from leadership, according to The Times.

Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina said that he was disheartened by Cheney’s vote before critiquing her personality, according to The Times.

“The other thing that bothers me, Liz … is your attitude,” he said. “You’ve got a defiant attitude.”

Rep. John Rutherford of Florida said that by Cheney casting such a consequential vote against Trump, she was not acting as a “team player.”

According to The Times, Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania even compared Cheney’s actions to a jilted girlfriend rooting for another team.

“You look up into the stands and see your girlfriend on the opposition’s side – that’s one hell of a tough thing to swallow,” he said.

A female GOP colleague loudly said: “She’s not your girlfriend!”

Many Republican women in Washington were shocked by the statement.

“We emailed that around, just horrified, commenting in real time,” said former GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia.

Cheney was reportedly unmoved by the heated discourse, only responding to direct questions.

When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California sought to move past the issue, Cheney insisted that a vote on her status within the party be held that day.

In a 145-61 vote, the GOP caucus decided to keep Cheney in leadership.

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Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner says he wishes he’d fought against Bill Clinton’s impeachment by Republicans

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner at the Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall on Inauguration day at the U.S. Capitol building January 21, 2013 in Washington D.C.

  • John Boehner, the former Republican House Speaker, wrote in his forthcoming memoir that he regrets supporting former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
  • He argued that the impeachment was a political effort by his party to win House seats in the midterms.
  • “I regret it now,” Boehner wrote of Clinton’s impeachment. “I regret that I didn’t fight against it.”
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John Boehner, the former Republican House Speaker, wrote in his forthcoming memoir that he regrets supporting former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, which he said was a purely political effort.

Clinton’s 1998 impeachment for lying about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was orchestrated by Texas Rep. Tom DeLay, the second highest-ranking Republican in the House at the time, Boehner wrote.

“I know what we all said at the time: Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath,” Boehner wrote, according to an excerpt of “On the House: A Washington Memoir,” obtained by The Washington Post and The New York Times. “In my view, Republicans impeached him for one reason and one reason only – because it was strenuously recommended to us by one Tom DeLay.”

He added: “Tom believed that impeaching Clinton would win us all these House seats, would be a big win politically, and he convinced enough of the membership and the GOP base that this was true.”

Clinton’s impeachment didn’t end up helping the GOP in the midterms – the party lost five House seats in 1998.

Boehner concedes that he supported the impeachment effort – the House ultimately impeached Clinton on two charges before the Senate acquitted him – but now regrets it. He added that Clinton likely committed perjury, but that “lying about an affair to save yourself from embarrassment isn’t the same as lying about an issue of national security.”

“I was on board at the time,” Boehner wrote. “I won’t pretend otherwise. But I regret it now. I regret that I didn’t fight against it.”

Boehner takes aim at his own party throughout the book, saving his most scathing criticism for members of the right-wing Tea Party. He called Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican, “dangerous” and a “reckless asshole.” And he wrote that former President Donald Trump “incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the bullshit he’d been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous November.”

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Trump’s Twitter ban hurt him more than losing the election to Biden, his niece Mary says

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Mary Trump on her uncle Donald: “How is he managing without Twitter?”

  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump’s Twitter ban and losing his golf tournament hurt him more than losing the election.
  • Mary Trump, a psychologist who wrote a highly critical book of Donald Trump, said he “didn’t care about politics.”
  • Twitter permanently banned Trump after the violent siege at the Capitol in January.
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Donald Trump’s Twitter ban will have upset him more than losing November’s presidential election to Joe Biden, his niece Mary has told Insider.

Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist who wrote a highly critical book of Donald Trump and her family, told Insider that the former president “didn’t care about politics” and would have instead been far more upset by Twitter’s decision to permanently bar him from the site as well as the PGA’s decision in January to pull its 2022 championship from his golf club in Bedminster, Jersey than losing the election.

“I think that being banned from Twitter and having the PGA take their tournament away from his golf courses are probably the worst things that have happened to him in the last four years,” she told Insider on Thursday.

“How is he managing without Twitter? Because even he must realize that people really aren’t paying attention to him in the same way,” she said.

“Clearly, this stuff with the Republican party is helping him because imagine if he didn’t have that. If he had become as irrelevant as every other person who loses an election becomes, then I think his mental state would be much different.”

Her comments echo those of New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman in February, who said Trump was more unhappy when he discovered that he had lost the privilege of hosting the PGA tournament at Bedminster than he was about impeachment proceedings against him, which were ongoing at the time.

“He’s angry about impeachment, people who have spoken to him say. But the reaction to the PGA decision was a different order of magnitude,” Haberman tweeted.

Trump was permanently barred from Twitter in January after the social media platform said he risked inciting violence in the wake of the deadly Capitol insurrection.

A Politico report detailed how the president went “ballistic” when he lost access to Twitter, and he attempted to send tweets from different accounts before they were also shut down.

Mary Trump’s tell-all book on the Trump family, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” was published last year and sold over a million copies in the first week.

The book includes incidents Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, observed of her uncle before he was elected as president and details the family dynamics which shaped his personality.

She is currently suing the former president and his two siblings for fraud, alleging that they swindled her out of tens of millions of dollars in inheritance money.

Mary Trump also dismissed the possibility of Trump standing for re-election in 2024, telling Insider that he was merely using the possibility of standing in order to “keep grifting” from his supporters.

“It’s all about maintaining the grip on power. He thinks on some level it’s going to allow him to continue to operate with impunity as he has done his whole life, and also it’s going to allow him to keep grifting money off of people,” she said.

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New York Democrats are launching an impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo following allegations of sexual harassment

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 08: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a vaccination site at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on March 8, 2021 in New York City. Cuomo has been called to resign from his position after allegations of sexual misconduct were brought against him.

  • New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has authorized an impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
  • “The reports of accusations concerning the governor are serious,” Heastie said Thursday.
  • The news comes after multiple women accused Cuomo, a Democrat, of sexual harassment.
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New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie revealed Thursday that he authorized an impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.

The New York Assembly Judiciary Committee, chaired by state Rep. Charles Lavine, will now examine the allegations, Heastie said in a statement.

“The reports of accusations concerning the governor are serious,” he said.

Six women have now accused Gov. Cuomo of inappropriate touching and sexual comments in the workplace. The Albany Police Department said Thursday it was investigating one alleged incident, saying it may rise “to the level of a crime,” The New York Times reported.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is also conducting an independent investigation. That, however, is expected to take months – amid calls for the governor to step down immediately.

Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. He denies the allegations.

It’s not the only scandal facing the governor, however. Cuomo has also been accused of undercounting nursing home deaths amid the COVID-19 pandemic — indeed, his aides were found to have altereed a report to lower the reported number.

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New York Democratic lawmakers say they’re open to impeaching Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is under increasing pressure from fellow Democrats.

  • Several New York state lawmakers shared their thoughts with Insider on the fate of Andrew Cuomo.
  • While the Democrats largely agreed on wanting Cuomo to resign, they disagreed on impeachment.
  • Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, an influential progressive, said Cuomo should be impeached if he doesn’t resign.
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New York lawmakers from the Democratic side of the aisle are calling for accountability in the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s growing sexual harassment scandal, but they say they differ on whether impeachment, resignation, or sticking with an independent investigation is the best route.

The left wing of the party has been the most aggressive, with six socialist lawmakers demanding the governor’s resignation in a letter obtained by Insider on Tuesday.

On the other end of the spectrum, leadership has resisted moving forward with impeachment or pushing for the governor’s resignation, with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, issuing a statement Tuesday that chastised Republicans for pursuing impeachment.

Despite members of his own caucus going public with their calls for impeachment, Heastie said Republicans are “trying to score meaningless political points” instead of helping New Yorkers struggling through the pandemic and economic malaise.

For Assemblyman Phil Steck, a Democrat representing the eastern part of Schenectady County in Upstate New York, impeachment poses a logistical problem with the state budget deadline approaching on April 1.

“Well I think calling for impeachment is not very sensible when we’re right in the middle of the budget,” Steck told Insider. “By the time the budget is done, I think we’ll be in a better position to see what the facts are with the governor.”

But Steck has also sought Cuomo’s resignation, and he said the governor’s sexual harassment and COVID-19 nursing home death scandals have rendered him ineffective as both an executive and de facto leader of the party.

“The reason I called for resignation is there is a consistent pattern of abusive behavior,” Steck said, with three women coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo. 

“I can’t predict what governor Cuomo is and is not going to do,” Steck added. “But honestly I think that in the best interests of the Democrats and the party, he should resign.”

Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, a Manhattan Democrat whose district includes the Financial District and Chinatown, said she does not expect Cuomo to resign, which means that impeachment should be on the table.

“He should resign, but because that is dependent on him, we also need to be willing and ready to investigate and impeach,” Niou told Insider.

State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, an influential progressive representing a sprawling Bronx district from North Riverdale to Pelham Bay and Throgs Neck, said impeachment is the proper remedy if Cuomo won’t resign.

“Right now I’m calling for the governor to resign, but I am not ruling out impeachment and believe it would be appropriate if he chooses not to step down himself,” Biaggi told Insider.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, a Democrat whose district covers three upstate counties in the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley, said the legislature should “keep all options on the table” even after moving on Tuesday to strip Cuomo of his emergency powers.

 

“This is beyond removing emergency powers, this is about restoring a balance of power,” Santabarbara said. 

The fifth term assemblyman also opened up about his decision making in initially coming forward to call for Cuomo’s resignation, recalling his Democratic colleague, Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens, disclosing a threatening phone call he says he received from Cuomo while giving his child a bath.

Santabarbara said he has also been on the receiving end of such calls.

“You know, it’s no secret that this governor has a history of bullying members of the legislature,” Santabarbara said. “It’s well known in Albany … And I gotta tell you, it’s a scary thing to get a call like that. You don’t know what’s gonna happen.”

Biaggi said she came to Albany to “break the culture of sexual harassment, abuse, and misconduct” in the Empire State capitol, and that Cuomo’s behavior cannot be tolerated.

“Based on the totality of information that we all know, there is a clear pattern of abusive behavior from our Governor that has lasted for decades,” she said. “The assertions made against the Governor by Charlotte Bennett, Lindsey Boylan, and Anna Ruch demonstrate this abuse.”

Steck added that the Cuomo allegations are “part of a pattern of an abuse of power,” and Democrats should not fall back on arguing there is a double standard for the governor compared to former President Donald Trump.

“I think if you’re comparing to Trump,” the upstate Democrat said, “you’re setting the bar too low.”

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South Dakota’s legislature is moving to impeach its attorney general after investigators uncovered a hit-and-run victim’s glasses in his car

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South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg in Washington, DC in September 2019.

  • South Dakota’s attorney general is facing impeachment and calls to resign.
  • AG Jason Ravnsborg was charged with three misdemeanors in connection to a fatal car crash.
  • New details have since emerged with the victim’s glasses found in Ravnsborg’s car.
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South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is facing impeachment proceedings and calls for his resignation over criminal charges in connection to a fatal hit and run crash.

Ravnsborg was charged with three misdemeanors last week after initially saying he thought he hit a deer, not a person. Pressure for his ouster mounted on Wednesday when it became public that the victim’s glasses were found in Ravnsborg’s car.

“His face was in your windshield, Jason. Think about that,” a detective told the AG in an interrogation on Sept. 30, video of which was released on Tuesday.

The video came from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who called for Ravnsborg’s resignation earlier in the day. Republicans in the state legislature also filed articles of impeachment on Tuesday. 

On Thursday, Noem promised she would release more documents surrounding the investigation, and the Republican house speaker outlined the next steps for impeachment, which include the formation of a committee with ten lawmakers to investigate whether the conduct constitutes an impeachable offense.

Notably, Noem and the lawmakers who filed the articles of impeachment are fellow Republicans, with Ravnsborg elected to the post in 2018 after securing the nomination at the South Dakota GOP’s convention.

Investigation materials released in recent days have cast further doubt on Ravnsborg’s initial story. Phone records show he logged into a Yahoo email account and visited news sites in the minutes before he called 911, according to a compilation by the Argus Leader newspaper out of Sioux Falls.

After emerging from a meeting to announce the articles of impeachment on Tuesday, Republican state Rep. Will Mortenson of Pierre said the attorney general should not go to prison, but needs to be held accountable.

“This is not political, and it is not personal,”Mortenson said. “Again, I do not believe Attorney General Ravnsborg belongs in prison, but I know he does not belong in the Office of the Attorney General anymore.”

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This is what Mitch gets for trying to have it both ways with Donald Trump

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell listens to President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting Republican congressional leaders and members of Trump’s cabinet in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020, in Washington, DC.

  • Oh, Mitch McConnell you sweet summer child.
  • You thought you could please Trump’s base by acquitting him and also please your donors by blasting him.
  • Now Trump is slamming Mitch and promising to back primary rivals to GOP establishment candidates.
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In his attempt to both keep the GOP voter base happy and keep the GOP donor class happy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to acquit former President Trump for inciting the January 6 riots. Then he blasted Trump for his behavior in a speech following the vote.

This is called having your cake and eating it too. Historically, this never works, especially not with someone like Donald Trump. In a statement on Tuesday, Trump fired back at McConnell, calling the Kentucky Republican a “dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack.” The now-private citizen vowed to support Trumpy primary opponents against GOP establishment candidates who sided with McConnell. In other words, this means war.

This might have been the most obvious turn of events in American politics. Donald Trump has a history of viciously turning on people who fall even a little bit out of line. You’re either with him 100% or you’re an enemy. He turned on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions because Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, as ethically he was bound to do.

And then there’s Michael Cohen, Trump’s most loyal adviser and attorney. When Cohen got in legal trouble for paying adult actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about her affair with Trump, Trump tried to destroy Cohen.

There are more: DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson… the list goes on.

Yet with all this history, McConnell thought that he could deviate from Trump’s line – blasting him for inciting the January 6 riots, while still allowing Trump to keep the spectre of another presidential run hanging over the GOP. This was supposed to keep the hardcore Trump voters excited and on the Republican bandwagon while letting the donor class know the GOP hasn’t completely lost its mind. But that doesn’t work for Trump.

I mean, just look at this Mean Girls stuff:

 

For a minute there, I lost myself.

Trump is vindictive, but he is also lazy. So it’s quite possible that McConnell could’ve saved himself a lot of heartache if he had just voted to convict Trump and barred him from running for office in the future. Trump may have found the work of politics too taxing without the prospect of another stint in the White House. 

But no, like any coward, it appears McConnell wanted someone – anyone– to take care of the GOP’s Trump problem but him. 

Now, even if Trump doesn’t run for President in 2024, the mere prospect of him running gives him sway over the party. It will excite the base. He’ll hold rallies. He’ll be a kingmaker. And, most important for him of all, he’ll raise lots of money that could be going to the GOP and their actual candidates instead.

McConnell’s caucus has got to be despondent. Trump just raised a lot of money, and to the extent that he can’t use it on himself, he will use it to cause pain to people he dislikes. Menwhile, the Senate has a number of presidential hopefuls waiting in the wings, and the prospect of having to choose sides in a war between winning back the suburban voters who abandoned the party in droves or driving out the Trump base is not great for their chances at the White House. 

Because remember, Donald Trump is a loser. He lost the 2020 presidential election by 6 million votes. He contributed to the loss of not one but two GOP Senate seats in the state of Georgia making McConnell the Minority – not Majority – Leader of the Senate.

And as the GOP decides whether or not it has more respect for Rep. Liz Cheney, or conspiracy theory addled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, President Biden is presenting his agenda to the American people and speeding up our national coronavirus vaccination program more and more every day.

Mitch McConnell and the GOP are really going to need that donor money now.

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Giuliani is no longer currently representing Trump, per report, despite the former president’s ongoing legal battles

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference about lawsuits contesting the results of the presidential election at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday Nov. 19, 2020.

  • Rudy Giuliani is no longer “currently” representing former President Trump in legal matters, per CNN.
  • A Trump adviser said Giuliani’s parting was only because there are no “pending cases” he’s involved in.
  • Trump faces a slew of criminal and civil cases targeting his campaign, administration, and business.
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Former President Donald Trump has reportedly cut ties with his personal attorney and ally, Rudy Giuliani, according to CNN.

Senior Trump adviser Jason Miller told the outlet Tuesday that the former New York mayor is “not currently representing President Trump in any legal matters.” 

Miller later explained in a tweet that Giuliani is not representing the former president “simply because there are no pending cases” in which he’s involved. “The Mayor remains an ally and a friend,” Miller tweeted. 

After Trump was impeached for the second time last month, he was reportedly angry at his allies, whom he felt should have done more to stand up for him. He was said to be particularly upset with Giuliani and instructed his aides not to pay the attorney’s legal fees.

Insider reported that Trump was “offended” by some of Giuliani’s actions, including requesting $20,000 a day for his work fighting the election results. Though Giuliani vehemently denied he had requested the sum, he eventually acknowledged that one of his associates had asked campaign officials for a $20,000 a day fee to help Trump after his election loss.

Giuliani did not represent Trump in his impeachment trial because the attorney was a “witness” in the case and gave a speech at the pro-Trump rally that preceded the Capitol attack in which he told the crowd it was time for “trial by combat.” 

For months, Giuliani encouraged baseless conspiracy theories that challenged the integrity of the 2020 US election. He was also a part of several losing lawsuits that attempted to overturn the election results. 

Trump lost presidential immunity when he left office in January, and a “tsunami” of civil and criminal matters targeting his administration, campaign committee, business interests, and his own words await him, now without the protective powers of the presidency.

Though the Senate acquitted Trump for his role in the Capitol riots, federal prosecutors haven’t ruled out investigating the former president for inciting the attack that left five dead, according to Insider’s Dave Levinthal. 

“He’s worried about it,” one adviser told CNN.

The former president also faces potential legal repercussions for his January phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which Trump pressured the official to “find” additional votes in an attempt to overturn the state’s election results. Prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, said earlier this month that they were launching a criminal investigation into Trump’s actions.

Giuliani remained one of Trump’s most loyal supporters throughout his presidency, even though his close relationship with the president has resulted in numerous legal troubles of his own.

On Monday, a newly elected district attorney in Georgia said he is looking into potential racketeering charges against Giuliani for his repeated false claims of election fraud.

Then Tuesday, Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi filed a suit against Giuliani, Trump, and two extremist groups in connection to the Capitol insurrection.

Giuliani also faces a defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems and one from Smartmatic after he promoted baseless conspiracy theories that the voting technology companies were responsible for election fraud.

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