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President Donald Trump is reportedly floating the idea of holding a 2024 campaign-related event during the week that President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.

The Daily Beast in a Saturday report cited a trio of sources “familiar with the conversations” who claimed that the president has discussed “the specifics of a campaign launch” as early as inauguration week.

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The conversations have explored, among other things, how Trump could best time his announcement so as to keep the Republican Party behind him for the next four years. Two of these knowledgeable sources said the president has, in the past two weeks, even floated the idea of doing a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on Inauguration Day, if his legal effort to steal the 2020 election ultimately fails.

Trump, who has yet to concede in the election, also has reportedly begun assessing which major donors would back another potential presidential run.

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on October 16, 2020 in Macon, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

The Daily Beast called the president’s “scheming” an “implicit recognition that he views his own current legal efforts as longshots and a reflection of his inherent desire to maintain political power and public attention.”

Trump has reportedly told advisors that he plans to officially announce a 2024 run as soon as the 2020 election is certified, and the president has already emerged as the GOP frontrunner.

The news of a potential 2024 campaign event during inauguration week comes after another Daily Beast report earlier this month contended that some members of Biden’s team are concerned that the inauguration could appear like a MAGA rally if COVID-19 restrictions keep the president-elect’s supporters away and Trump supporters show up to counter-protest.

Author: Scott Morefield

Source: Daily Caller: REPORT: Trump Floats 2024 Campaign-Related Event During Inauguration Week

Democrats have so far failed to flip any state legislative chambers and have already lost both in New Hampshire as votes from 2020’s election continue being counted.

Heading into Tuesday, Republicans controlled 58 of 98 chambers, not including Nebraska’s unicameral nonpartisan legislature. While that tally is down from the 65 controlled by the GOP headed into 2018 and the 68 before 2016, Democrats had hoped to make even more gains at the state level by running down-ballot against President Donald Trump.

“Democrats had targeted 10 legislative chambers they hoped to flip, and national groups raised at least $88 million to support that cause, compared with more than $60 million for Republicans,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The results mirror a weak showing for Democrats in U.S. Congressional races.”

Significantly, Republicans in Texas fought off what the Texas Tribune called a “well-financed Democratic effort” to flip the Texas House. For their efforts, the balance will reportedly remain close to the 83-67 GOP majority it was last term.

AUSTIN, TX – JULY 14: Cars drive on Congress Avenue in front of the Texas Capitol building on July, 14, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Austin public health officials reported 657 new cases of COVID-19 in Travis County on Monday. (Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

Cook Political Report in October included 14 GOP held legislatures of its 19 “vulnerable chambers” and wrote that Democrats were “well-positioned to net up to a half-dozen new chambers this fall.

“Among the chambers still rated as Toss Ups, the Republicans hold all six: the Arizona Senate, the Iowa House, the Michigan House, the Minnesota Senate, the North Carolina Senate, and the Pennsylvania House,” wrote Cook Political Report, which had also listed New Hampshire’s legislative bodies as “lean Democratic.”

So far, none of those have flipped to Democrats, and while control of Arizona’s state bodies is still up in the air pending a final count, both New Hampshire’s House and Senate are now controlled by Republicans, WSJ reported. The New Hampshire state Senate flipped from 14-10 Democratic to 14-10 GOP, while Republican candidates won dozens of races to gain control of the 400 member state House.

Control of statehouses not only affects state legislation, but also Congressional redistricting. The National Conference of State Legislatures told The Wall Street Journal that 24 of the 36 states where legislatures draw the district lines are now controlled by Republicans.

Author: Scott Morefield

Source: Daily Caller: Democrats Have So Far Failed To Flip A Single State Legislative Chamber, And Lost Two

The official Twitter account of the Girl Scouts of America deleted posts Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook that congratulated Justice Amy Coney Barrett for becoming the 5th woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court.

Barrett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 52-48 vote Monday night, and she took her seat Tuesday after being sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts.

“Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789,” the organization wrote Wednesday in a since-deleted tweet that include an image of all five women who have served on the court. The removal was noted by the New York Post’s Jon Levine.

Before it was deleted, the post was also replicated on the organization’s Facebook page along with a note clarifying that the Girl Scouts “is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization,” CNBC reported.

“We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN,” the since-removed post reportedly read. “We are here to lift up girls and women. This is not the place to debate partisan politics.”

However, CNBC recorded several thousand comments, many critical of the Girl Scouts’ post.

“This post is insanely tone-deaf from a female-centered organization to celebrate a woman who believes that we should have our rights stripped,” wrote a female commenter on Facebook, one of the more than 2,000 comments that were made an hour after the post.

Another woman wrote, “This is not an appointment to celebrate for women. She does not support women’s rights at all.”

A third woman wrote of Barrett: “She goes against so much of what Girl Scouts stands for — very disappointed in this. This appointment is nothing for girls or women to celebrate.”

The organization tweeted a statement about the posts’ deletion Wednesday night.

“Earlier today, we shared a post highlighting the five women who have been appointed to the Supreme Court,” the post read. “It was quickly viewed as a political and partisan statement which was not our intent and we have removed the post. Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization. We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN. We are here to lift up girls and women.”

Author: Scott Morefield

Source: Daily Caller: Girl Scouts Delete Social Media Posts Congratulating Amy Coney Barrett

Fox News host Tucker Carlson played parts of an alleged 2018 conversation between CNN host Chris Cuomo and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen on a Wednesday night “Tucker Carlson Tonight” segment.

The recording, obtained exclusively by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” reportedly featured Cuomo prepping Cohen for an upcoming CNN appearance, “guidance” Cohen asked for “as a friend more than anything.”

“Chris Cuomo was happy to oblige,” Carlson said after describing CNN as a “scripted drama written for the benefit of the Democratic Party” earlier in the segment.

Cohen was concerned about questions he’d get “about the payments he made to Stormy Daniels,” Carlson said, and so “wanted Chris Cuomo to tell him what to say.”

“On TV, Cuomo might have launched into a lecture about how it’s wrong to send money to strippers,” Carlson said. “But in private, he skipped that lecture.”

The Fox News host went on to quote and play several reported exchanges between Cohen and Cuomo discussing how to strategically answer questions the former Trump attorney would receive about Stormy Daniels and even anticipate questions he would need to answer.

“But it’s not clear that Cohen understood what he was saying,” Carlson said. “On the tape, some of Michael Cohen’s responses to Chris Cuomo seem disjointed. Others sound like he’s grunting. Perhaps to make it easier for Cohen to follow, Chris Cuomo began acting out both sides of the exchange: he acted out the news anchor’s question, and then he acted out Cohen’s scripted response to that question. The conversation devolved into a kind of one-man play, with Chris Cuomo as the performer, and Michael Cohen as the audience.”

“Sometimes when you watch a political show on television, you’ll notice that the dialogue seems unnatural, almost like parts of it have been scripted,” Carlson continued after playing another segment. “Well at CNN, that is literally what you’re seeing. Scripted conversation. What you just heard was the writers’ meeting before the show.”

The Fox News host ended the segment by playing a clip of Cuomo reportedly telling Cohen he wanted to “make sure” he didn’t get indicted.

“Chris Cuomo offers that help to Michael Cohen unsolicited,” Carlson said. “And honestly it’s a lot more than most news anchors would do for a guest, we can tell you first hand. Did Chris Cuomo call his brother, the governor of New York on behalf of Michael Cohen? We don’t know the answer to that. We do know that whatever Chris Cuomo did, it didn’t work. In the end, Michael Cohen went to prison anyway. But Chris Cuomo did try. Even back then, Cuomo understood that Michael Cohen could be useful some day. And indeed, Michael Cohen definitely has been useful. Tonight, two months before the election, Michael Cohen is appearing CNN in primetime, to make the case against Donald Trump. In other words, in the end, it all paid off.”

Author: Scott Morefield

Source: Daily Caller: Tucker Carlson Reveals 2018 Recording Of Chris Cuomo Reportedly Coaching Michael Cohen Before A CNN Appearance

Comedian Adam Carolla brought a dose of philosophy to the isolation most Americans are experiencing as they hunker down in light of the coronavirus crisis.

Appearing on Thursday night’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carolla likened the temporary isolation required to fight the virus’s spread to “a short prison sentence” during which Americans should “do the time” instead of letting the time “do you.”

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“It’s a prison sentence,” Carolla said, responding to Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s question about how Americans should perceive the quarantine. “It’s a short prison sentence. And as they say, as the convicts say, you can do the time or the time can do you, and I figure you should do the time, meaning go out, build a tree house with your son and daughter. Cook lasagna with your wife. Don’t let the time do you. Don’t end up with a face tattoo and a toilet filled with prison wine. You go out and use this little snapshot in life to live your life.”

Carolla questioned when change, over the long view, has ever “really been bad, big picture,” speculating that some of the changes society is experiencing could be “a good thing.”

“That’s the time you learn to play Stratego with your 9-year-old son,” he said. “Whatever it is, I think philosophically, change is always good, even negative change is good with time.”

“What do you think we are going to learn now that we are forced to take a pause, get off the treadmill, experience a little silence?” asked the Daily Caller co-founder.

“I think we are going to learn something about ourselves,” Carolla responded. “Hopefully, we are going to learn that it’s not all about the bottom line. Hopefully we are going to learn that family is more important than your savings account. They are both important, but I think we have a chance to like stop and re-prioritize and shift just a little bit.”

“Again, do you want to do the time or do you want the time to do you?” he continued. “We really all have to look at this as a small window. We’re almost in prison. You want to come out with a great novel or do you want to come out with a venereal disease?”

“So those are your choices, the great novel or the venereal disease,” responded Tucker, laughing. “I actually think what you said is about the most hopeful thing I have heard and I mean that, since this all began, and I knew that you would put it all in perspective for us.”

Author: Scott Morefield

Source: Daily Caller: ‘The Most Hopeful Thing I Have Heard’: Adam Carolla Impresses Tucker With Philosophical Take On Coronavirus Crisis

Republican Tennessee State Rep. Micah Van Huss filed a bill Wednesday in the state’s General Assembly that would explicitly label media outlets The Washington Post and CNN as “fake news” and condemn them for “denigrating our citizens.”

“A RESOLUTION to recognize CNN and The Washington Post as fake news and condemn them for denigrating our citizens,” the bill’s summary reads.

“I’ve filed HJR 779 on behalf of a constituency that’s tired of fake news and Republicans who don’t fight,” Van Huss wrote on his Facebook page.

The bill’s text cites several instances where The Washington Post and CNN have drawn a “line between Trump opponents and Trump supporters” by asserting without evidence or definition that Trump’s supporters are “cultists,” such as when a CNN guest “suggested that Trump supporters belong to a cult and that our president is using mind control.”

“WHEREAS, it is fascinating to see this latest ‘cult-of-Trump’ meme coming from the left, because they are the true masters of deploying mobs to demand total conformity and compliance with their agenda,” the bill reads, “because they are the true masters of deploying mobs to demand total conformity and compliance with their agenda; and WHEREAS, any thoughtful observer can see the cult-of-Trump meme as a classic case of psychological projection; after all, accusing someone’s perceived opponent of exactly what one intends to do is a very old tactic; and WHEREAS, the mainstream media is in a panic because President Trump has opened the eyes of many average Americans who are tired of politics as usual.”

Since the “cult diagnosis draws a line between Trump opponents and Trump supporters” and “oversimplifies the way people think and feel about their own beliefs and those on the other side of that line,” the bill reasons, the media outlets should be recognized by the State of Tennessee as “fake news and part of the media wing of the Democratic Party.”

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we condemn them for denigrating our citizens and implying that they are weak-minded followers instead of people exercising their rights that our veterans paid for with their blood,” it concludes.

A former Marine who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Van Huss has represented Tennessee’s 6th district in the state’s legislature since 2013.

“I remember when the news was informative and honest,” Van Huss told the Daily Caller, explaining that he filed the bill on behalf of his constituents. “CNN continues to divide this country in an era of significant political polarization.”

The Tennessee lawmaker said his fellow Republicans have seemed “excited” about the bill, although it’s too early to gauge its prospects for passage. “I have not received any negative feedback,” he said.

Author: Scott Morefield

Source: Daily Caller: Tennessee State Rep Submits Bill To Officially Categorize CNN, WaPo As ‘Fake News’

President Donald Trump’s campaign is set to spring for a giant anti-socialism banner along with a plane to fly it over Houston before Thursday night’s Democratic debate.

The banner and flight will reportedly cost around $7,500 and it will fly from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., just an hour before the start of the debate.

The banner will read, “Socialism Will Kill Houston’s Economy” above a plea to “Vote Trump 2020,” according to a rendition provided to ABC News by the Trump campaign.

Bernie Sanders (L) and Elizabeth Warren hug after participating in the first round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

“Every single Democrat candidate has job killing, economy crushing policies that won’t work for America. Team Trump is here to remind them and let everyone in Houston know what a complete disaster Democrats are for America,” deputy communications director Erin Perrine told the network in a Wednesday statement.

Trump and Republicans have made a practice of pointing out Democrats’ socialistic policy positions, and evidence suggests it could be an effective tactic. While 50 percent of Americans view socialism in a negative light, only 18 percent of all Americans say they view socialism positively, according to a Wall Street Journal poll conducted in May.

The ad campaign will also include full-page print ads directed at Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Julian Castro, ABC reported

Author: Scott Morefield

Source: Daily Caller: Giant Anti-Socialism Banner To Fly Over Houston Before Democratic Debate, Paid For By The Trump Campaign

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