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Texas Republicans ignored the pleas from former President Donald Trump and impeached their own state Attorney General Ken Paxton on charges of corruption.
Mr Paxton, who was impeached by a bipartisan vote of 121-23, said after Sunday’s ballot that he has “full confidence” as his fate is to be decided in a trial in the state senate, where some of his allies, including his wife state Senator Angela Paxton, will serve as jurors.
The state attorney general was immediately suspended following his impeachment on 20 articles, including bribery and abuse of public trust.
Ahead of the vote, Mr Trump called Mr Paxton “one of the most hard-working and effective Attorney Generals in the United States” and said that the Republican speaker of the Texas statehouse was a “RINO”.
Meanwhile, prosecutors in Mr Trump’s criminal case in Manhattan have shared a recording of the former president speaking to a witness with Mr Trump’s legal team, according to CBS News.
The witness hasn’t been identified, a document made public by the prosecutorial office on Friday stated.
Trump slams Disney and DeSantis: ‘A Woke and Disgusting shadow of its former self’
“Disney has become a Woke and Disgusting shadow of its former self, with people actually hating it. Must go back to what it once was, or the ‘market’ will do irreparable damage,” he wrote.
“This all happened during the Governorship of ‘Rob’ DeSanctimonious. Instead of complaining now, for publicity reasons only, he should have stopped it long ago. Would have been easy to do – Still is!”
Gustaf Kilander28 May 2023 20:15
Trump congratulates Erdogan: ‘He is a friend’
Mr Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday after the leader claimed victory in Sunday’s runoff election.
“Congratulations to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his big and well deserved victory in Turkey. I know him well, he is a friend, and have learned firsthand how much he loves his Country and the great people of Turkey, which he has lifted to a new level of prominence and respect!” Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social.
Gustaf Kilander28 May 2023 20:03
Republican presidential candidates of color largely support DeSantis’ positions
The NAACP recently issued a travel advisory for the state of Florida under DeSantis’ leadership, warning of open hostility “toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.” The notice calls out new policies enacted by the governor that include blocking public schools from teaching students about systemic racism and defunding programs aimed at diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Republican presidential candidates of color largely support DeSantis’ positions.
Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, said the GOP’s policies are far more important than the racial and ethnic diversity of their presidential candidates. He noted there also were four Republican candidates of color in 2016, the year Trump won the White House after exploiting tensions over race and immigration.
“White nationalists, insurrectionists and white supremacists seem to find comfort in the (Republican) Party,” Morial said. “I think we’re beyond the politics of just the face of a person of color by itself appealing to people of color. What do you stand for?”
As GOP field expands, Trump is getting what he wants
As each candidate enters the Republican race for president, Ron DeSantis is becoming less and less likely to snag the nomination from Donald Trump as the anti-Trump vote within the party is given more opportunities to splinter, according to The New York Times.
2024 may very well end up looking like 2016 when Mr Trump came out victorious in the broad GOP primary as the non-Trump vote was shared among several candidates.
Mr Trump’s base, more than 30 per cent of the GOP, remains devoted to the former president.
Dave Carney, a New Hampshire GOP strategist, told The Times that it’s a “gigantic problem” for Mr DeSantis.
“Whatever percentage” the lower-level candidates receive “makes it difficult for the second-place guy to win because there’s just not the available vote,” he said.
Gustaf Kilander28 May 2023 19:15
GOP may have opportunity in 2024 to weaken Democrats’ grip on African Americans and Latinos
The Republicans’ increasingly diverse leadership, backed by evolving politics on issues such as immigration, suggest the GOP may have a real opportunity in 2024 to further weaken the Democrats’ grip on African Americans and Latinos. Those groups have been among the most loyal segments of the Democratic coalition since Republican leaders fought against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Republican presidential contenders of 2024 walk a fine line when addressing race with the GOP’s overwhelmingly white primary electorate.
In most cases, the diverse candidates in the Republican field play down the significance of their racial heritage. They all deny the existence of systemic racism in the United States even while discussing their own personal experience with racial discrimination. They oppose policies around policing, voting rights and education that are specifically designed to benefit disadvantaged communities and combat structural racism.
Diverse Republican presidential primary field sees an opening in 2024 with voters of color
During Donald Trump‘s first visit as president to Chicago, a frequent target in his attacks on urban violence, he disparaged the nation’s third largest city as a haven for criminals and a national embarrassment.
At a recent town hall, Republican presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy sat alongside ex-convicts on the city’s South Side and promised to defend Trump’s “America First” agenda. In return, the little-known White House hopeful, a child of Indian immigrants, found a flicker of acceptance in a room full of Black and brown voters.
The audience nodded when Ramaswamy said that “anti-Black racism is on the rise,” even if they took issue with his promise to eliminate affirmative action and fight “woke” policies.
“America First applies to all Americans — not just the few that Republicans talk to,” he said.
Race has emerged as a central issue — and a delicate one — in the 2024 presidential contest as the GOP’s primary field so far features four candidates of color, making it among the most racially diverse ever.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the first Black senator in the South since Reconstruction, entered the contest earlier in the month. He joined Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador who is of Indian descent, and Larry Elder, an African American raised in Los Angeles’ South Central neighborhood who came to national attention as a candidate in the failed effort two years ago to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who is of Cuban descent, says he may enter the race in the coming days.
Most of the candidates of color are considered underdogs in a field currently dominated by Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Trump leads DeSantis among California Republicans
Donald Trump is leading his main rival for the GOP presidential nomintation, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, among Republicans in California.
The former president have the support of 44 per cent of Republicans in the state, while Mr DeSantis has 26 per cent, according to a poll by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.
Three months ago, Mr DeSantis led Mr Trump among likely GOP primary voters in the state by eight percantage points.
Poll director Mark DiCamillo told the Los Angeles Times: “Trump dominates the news, and I think he enjoys that, and I think he gets the sense when he is dominating the news, he’s probably expanding his messaging to his base.”
“I think this poll pretty much proves that. Even when the news isn’t necessarily great, he’s able to give his own opinion about why things are the way they are, and the Republican base pretty much believes him,” he added.
Among California’s overwhelmingly Democratic electorate, there are still millions of Republican voters.
Gustaf Kilander28 May 2023 17:00
Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux on new Watergate series White House Plumbers: ‘It’s absurd and ridiculous’
When White House Plumbers was first announced in late 2019, Donald Trump was still in office. As a series of legal battles involving the twice-impeached president continues to intensify, the significance of Watergate has only sharpened.
Louis Chilton28 May 2023 16:15
Government tries to claw back money so Jan. 6 rioters don’t profit from online appeals
Less than two months after he pleaded guilty to storming the U.S. Capitol, Texas resident Daniel Goodwyn appeared on Tucker Carlson‘s then-Fox News show and promoted a website where supporters could donate money to Goodwyn and other rioters whom the site called “political prisoners.”
The Justice Department now wants Goodwyn to give up more than $25,000 he raised — a clawback that is part of a growing effort by the government to prevent rioters from being able to personally profit from participating in the attack that shook the foundations of American democracy.
An Associated Press review of court records shows that prosecutors in the more than 1,000 of the Jan. 6, 2021, criminal cases are increasingly asking judges to impose fines on top of prison sentences to offset donations from supporters of the Capitol rioters.
Dozens of defendants have set up online fundraising appeals for help with legal fees, and prosecutors acknowledge there’s nothing wrong with asking for help for attorney expenses. But the Justice Department has, in some cases, questioned where the money is really going because many of those charged have had government-funded legal representation.
Liz Cheney to give Colorado College graduation speech as GOP campaign speculation persists
Former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney will give a graduation speech at her alma mater, an elite Colorado liberal arts college, amid questions about her political future and insistence that Donald Trump never become president again.
At Colorado College’s commencement on Sunday, the Wyoming Republican is expected to touch on themes similar to those she has promoted since leaving office in January: Addressing her work on the House January 6 Select Committee that investigated the U.S. Capitol insurrection and standing up to the threat she believes Trump poses to democracy.
Cheney’s busy speaking schedule and subject matter have fueled speculation about whether she may enter the 2024 GOP presidential primary. Declared or potential candidates ranging from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley have calibrated their remarks about Trump, aiming to counter his attacks without alienating the supporters that won him the White House seven years ago.