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'Festering cabal': Kari Lake melts down at 'sham certification' as loss becomes official

Former Arizona candidate for governor Kari Lake (R) on Monday blasted what she called the "sham certification" of her election loss.

During an interview with conservative podcast host Steve Bannon, Lake noted that the certification of her election loss was just an hour away.

"The optics of them sitting there and signing their signature — can you imagine — to this sham election," she opined. "We've got more issues than we saw in 2020, in that sham election. We have just blatant sabotaging of election day."

"And if they sit there and sign their names to this sham certification, history will never forgive them," the former candidate added. "They will go down as three of the very worst in history."

Lake tied her election loss to information about the 2020 election that Twitter's Elon Musk shared recently.

"I don't even know how to describe it other than a festering cabal that's in charge of our government right now," Lake remarked. "And this is our moment to stand up and fight back."

Watch the video below from Real America's Voice.

'Joe Biden is not legitimate': Steve Bannon doubles down on Donald Trump's attack on the Constitution

Conservative podcast host Steve Bannon defended former President Donald Trump's call for a "termination" of the U.S. Constitution over his 2020 election loss.

On his Monday podcast, Bannon referenced Trump's remarks on Truth Social.

"A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution," the former president wrote over the weekend.

While the remarks were widely criticized, Bannon argued that Trump was right.

"President Trump put this thing out about the Constitution the other day," the host said. "But the reality is we have a constitutional crisis. We have a constitutional crisis because Joe Biden is not legitimate. I've said this from the very beginning. I said it [on] the day of his inauguration. He's not legitimate. We have the receipts. And now we see it."

Trump 2024 campaign attorney Christina Bobb agreed that Biden was "absolutely not" a legitimate president.

"I think he was put forward to be a stooge, to be controlled by, you know, shadowy figures that didn't want their fingerprints or their names on certain things," Bobb opined.

Watch the video below from Real America's Voice.

Donald Trump secretly paid off millions in debt to North Korean-linked company while president

There is a “chance” Donald Trump didn’t break the law by hiding debt from his 2016 presidential campaign’s financial disclosure reports, according to Forbes.

Documents obtained by the outlet show that the then-candidate failed to disclose $19.8 million in debt to Daewoo, a South Korean company with a history of ties to North Korea.

“There is a chance that Trump’s omission may have been legal,” the report said, noting that Trump may have used a loophole in the law:

Although officials have to list personal loans on their financial disclosures, the law does not require them to include loans to their companies, unless they are personally liable for the loans. The Trump Organization documents do not specify whether the former president, who owned 100% of the entities responsible for the debt, personally guaranteed the liability, leaving it unclear whether he broke the law or merely took advantage of a loophole.

Forbes also pointed out that Trump may have hidden the debt because Daewoo, at one time, “was the only South Korean company permitted to operate a business inside [North Korea].”

The documents, which were disclosed after being obtained by New York Attorney General Letitia James, said that Trump quickly eliminated the debt after taking office.

“Daewoo was bought out of its position on July 5, 2017,” one document explained.

'It's just personal': Kevin McCarthy is sad because Matt Gaetz won't make him Speaker

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speculated that some Republicans like Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL) might have a "personal" problem preventing them from supporting him for Speaker of the House.

During an interview on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo noted that McCarthy does not have the necessary votes to become Speaker in the next Congress.

"We need to come together as one, otherwise we will not be successful," the lawmaker said. "If people don't come along, that's going to delay our ability to secure the border; that's going to delay our ability to become energy independent; that's going to delay our ability to repeal 87,000 IRS agents; that's going to delay our ability to hold government accountable. There's no subpoena that can go out until that gets done."

McCarthy said that he couldn't explain why Gaetz and members of the Freedom Caucus are opposing him as Speaker.

"I think everybody is respected in the House regardless of where you are," he remarked. "Any five members can hold us up and I respect all. We came together as one conference. We changed the rules; we made it more bottom-up in the process. So I'm not quite sure why people — maybe it's just personal at this basis but what it is doing is harming."

Watch the video below from Fox News or at this link.

Kevin McCarthy: Matt Gaetz's opposition to my speakership is 'personal' youtu.be

'Class what felony?' Election loser Kari Lake endorses crime to stop county certifications

Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for Arizona governor, encouraged county supervisors to break the law to ensure that her opponent, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), is not certified as the winner of the 2022 election.

During an interview on Tuesday, right-wing podcast host Steve Bannon asked Lake if she could prove that the election had been stolen.

Lake argued that election fraud was indisputable.

"We had poll watchers, poll workers, attorneys that were out there — observers and there's not a darn thing that they could do when as if on clockwork, all the computers went down, all the tabulators — or the majority of the tabulators went down. I mean it's diabolical geniusness on their part."

Lake referred to a video clip of one county supervisor saying that he faced legal action for threatening not to certify Hobbs' victory.

"This is a time for Americans, for Arizonans to stand up," she said. "I saw in Mohave County with [Ron Gould] on the Board of Supervisors. He said, 'I'm doing this — I'm certifying this under duress. They're telling me if I don't, I'll be locked up. They're telling me, I'll be arrested. They're telling me is a Class 6 felony and I'm doing this under duress.'"

The candidate argued that the certification could not stand up in court if it were done under duress.

"But I wish that somebody would say, 'You know what? Arrest me then. I don't care,'" Lake remarked. "We need people with courage to say, 'Class what felony? Go ahead, go for it, arrest me because this is a botched election and you're disenfranchising the folks in Mohave County when you allow this kind of election in Maricopa County to stand.'"

Watch the video below from Real America's Voice.

'That's not an accurate take': Peter Doocy ripped by White House’s John Kirby

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby pushed back after Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy suggested that President Joe Biden rather companies drill for oil in Venezuela than the United States.

At a White House press briefing on Monday, Doocy reframed news that the U.S. government had lifted some oil sanctions in Venezuela because of humanitarian concerns.

"Why is it President Biden would rather let U.S. companies drill for oil in Venezuela than here in the U.S.?" Doocy asked.

"That's not an accurate take," Kirby replied diplomatically.

"Earlier this month, he said no more drilling!" Doocy exclaimed.

"The president has issued 9,000 permits for drilling on U.S. federal lands," Kirby pointed out. "9,000 being unused. There are plenty of opportunities for oil and gas companies to drill here in the United States."

"Our expectation is that there won't be a whole lot of oil coming out of there and it will have to be shipped to the United States," he added.

"Does the president think there is some benefit to the climate to drill oil in Venezuela and not here?" Doocy pressed.

"It has nothing to do with a benefit to the climate," Kirby said of the sanctions relief. "Again, there are 9,000 unused permits here in the United States on federal land that oil and gas companies can and should take advantage of. 9,000! And we're talking about one there in Venezuela."

Watch the video below from Fox News. You can also watch at this link.

Marjorie Taylor Greene: Melania Trump is 'just sick' over jailed January 6th defendants

Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) revealed that former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump are both "just sick" because some Jan. 6 defendants are still behind bars.

During an interview with right-wing podcaster Steve Bannon on Saturday, Greene explained that she had posted a thread of messages defending the former president on Twitter. Greene said that she was trying to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday when she saw Twitter users angry at Trump for failing to pardon the Jan. 6 defendants.

"I thought, this is ridiculous; they're lying about him," the lawmaker recalled. "People are lying about him. The very idea that he could have pardoned all the Jan. 6 defendants before he left the White House on Jan. 20 is impossible because the high majority of those people weren't even arrested until after he left office!"

"And he didn't even know them!" she continued. "He had no idea who they are. He doesn't know who they are still. He had nothing to do with what they did on Jan. 6, um, so it would have been impossible for him to magically know how to find these people and pardon them."

Greene said that she gave a report about the Jan. 6 defendants to Trump and the former first lady.

"President Trump and Melania were both just sick over what they learned," she revealed. "And he said over and over that he will — he will pardon the Jan. 6 defendants."

"This is real political persecution," Greene added. "And it shouldn't be happening in America and so the criticism on President Trump is ridiculous!"

Watch the video below from Real America's Voice or at this link.

'We need to win': Kristi Noem blames GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel as Republicans 'continue to lose'

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) took a shot at Republican Party Chair Ronna McDaniel after her party performed poorly in the 2022 midterm elections.

During a Sunday appearance on Fox News, host Sean Duffy asked Noem to comment on McDaniel's future as RNC chair.

"Listen, Sean, we need to win," Noem replied. "I mean, that's just the fact. Our kids' future depends on it. So, you know, we really all have a responsibility to message what Republican policies bring to this country."

"And I don't know a party that can continue to lose like we have and keep their jobs," she added. "Everybody needs to evaluate what we are doing. Is it effective and are we messaging truly that our policies work?"

Watch the video below from Fox News or at this link.

Kristi Noem blasts Ronna McDaniel because Republicans 'continue to lose' youtu.be

Kari Lake posts video claiming voters wearing 'Let's Go Brandon' t-shirts had their ballots rejected

Failed Arizona candidate Kari Lake (R) shared a video on Tuesday suggesting that some voters may not have had their ballots counted if they were wearing a "Let's Go Brandon" slogan.

In the video shared by Lake, a woman named Sherry claimed to have been a poll watcher in Phoenix during the recent election.

She recalled that a "young man" had his ballot rejected by a voting machine 24 times.

"Because I counted the different times he got into line going from one tabulating machine to another," Sherry said. "Then that ballot was spoiled and he got a second ballot, got back in line and, again, I don't know how many times — I lost count of the number of times — the times that he went back and forth in line. And finally, he had that ballot spoiled and got a provisional ballot and the same thing happened."

The poll watcher concluded: "This young guy was wearing a 'Let's Go Brandon' shirt. And there is no way that those were just random odds."

"It's uncertain if he got to vote at all," Lake added in her tweet.

Though out her campaign for governor, Lake also insisted that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from former President Donald Trump.

Watch the video below or at this link.

'What are we doing here?' Judge scolds Trump attorney for failing to prove search was unlawful

Chief Judge William Pryor grilled Trump attorney James Trusty on Tuesday after the former president's legal team failed to prove that the U.S. government had illegally searched Mar-a-Lago.

At a hearing before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Pryor interrupted Trusty when he suggested that the hearing was part of a "process."

"It seems to me the entire premise of the exercise of this extraordinary kind of jurisdiction would be that the seizure itself is unlawful," Pryor explained. "And if you can't establish that, what are we doing here?"

"We are in the process of establishing that, your honor," Trusty replied.

"So you're saying that the end object here is to establish that it was an unlawful seizure?" Pryor pressed.

Trusty claimed to have "good evidence" of unlawful seizure because a "general warrant" was used.

"But you didn't establish a general warrant," Pryor noted.

Judge Britt Grant pointed out that the Trump team had initially sought to argue the case differently.

"Even the purpose that you all have articulated, you've asked for a special master to review the documents for privilege," Grant said. "That doesn't sound like an attempt to demonstrate that the seizure was unlawful."

The government has asked the court to remove a special master that was put in place to oversee the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago. Two of the judges on the panel have previously ruled against Trump.

Listen to the arguments below.

'What are we doing here?' Judge scolds Trump attorney youtu.be

Militia-linked radio host threatens to 'seize all of Mitch McConnell's assets' using Trump order

A radio and podcast host with a history of militia links claimed to have the power to "seize all of Mitch McConnell's assets" because of an order from former President Donald Trump.

On his Monday broadcast, host Pete Santilli blamed Republican leadership for poor performance in the midterm elections.

Guest co-host Sherronna Bishop linked McConnell, the Republican Senate minority leader, to a scheme to fund campaigns underwritten by executives from cryptocurrency exchange FTX.

According to Santilli, the federal government has the power to confiscate the property of anyone caught meddling in an election, thanks to former President Donald Trump's Executive Order 13848.

"We're talking about like they can seize the property of China," the host explained. "Now, that applies to the FTX people. Anybody associated with this FTX stuff, with the money laundering that came through Ukraine for the purposes of manipulating the 2022 election, we can seize all of Mitch McConnell's assets per 13484 that President Trump put into office."

"What does it take to do that?" Bishop wondered. "If the FCC is investigating, do we have the culture, do we have the character, people there that are going to see this through? Do we have that?"

"We do," Santilli replied. "It's the people that we're talking to right now."

The host pointed to the U.S. Constitution and his experience at Bundy Ranch, where he was accused of bringing gunmen he recruited to intimidate law enforcement.

"I'm not trying to incite anything other than constitutionality," he said.

Watch the video below from The Pete Santilli Show.

Jim Jordan threatens to investigate newly-appointed special counsel in ongoing probe of Donald Trump

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) threatened to investigate special counsel Jack Smith after he was appointed to lead an investigation into former President Donald Trump's misuse of government documents and his effort to subvert the 2020 presidential election.

During an interview with Jordan on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo wondered why Attorney General Merrick Garland had not also appointed a special counsel to look into President Joe Biden's son Hunter.

"Well, I think it's just one more example of just how political the Justice Department has become," Jordan replied.

Jordan took aim at Smith because he had discussions about opening investigations into conservative non-profits during President Barack Obama's term. But the investigations never moved forward.

"In our report, we found the Department of Justice was trying to find ways to prosecute the very people who Obama's IRS targeted," Jordan claimed. "And, Maria, guess who was the lead person at the Justice Department looking for ways to target and prosecute the very people Lois Lerner went after? Jack Smith! The guy Merrick Garland just named the special counsel to go after President Trump."

Jordan pointed to the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election as evidence of a broad pattern of political investigations.

"They suppressed the Hunter Biden story just days before the most important election we have and in 2022, 91 days before the midterm election, they raided President Trump's home and then, this week, three days after President Trump announces he's running for president ... guess what? Merrick Garland says we're going to put in as the special counsel the very individual who was at the Justice Department and was looking for ways to prosecute the people Lois Lerner and Obama's IRS targeted."

"If that's not a political Justice Department, I don't know what is!" he exclaimed. "So, this is why we're going to look into this issue. And we're going to get to the bottom of everything they've been doing at the politicized DOJ."

Watch the video below from Fox News.

Jim Jordan launches smear campaign against special counsel Jack Smith youtu.be

'He resurrected Donald Trump': Adam Kinzinger says Kevin McCarthy will not 'last very long' as speaker

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) may realize his dream and become Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives — but he won't last long, according to one House Republican.

During an interview on CNN, host Jake Tapper asked Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) what kind of Speaker he expects McCarthy to be.

"If you had asked me five years ago, I would have said a pretty good one," Kinzinger replied. "Now, I think he has cut so many deals with bad people to get to this position that I think he's not going to be a leader."

"I think he'll be completely hostage to kind of the extreme wings of the Republican Party," he continued. "And I frankly don't think he's going to last very long, Maybe he'll prove me wrong but it's sad to see a man that I think had so much potential just totally sell himself. He's the one that resurrected Donald Trump. The second he went to Mar-a-Lago a week or two after Jan. 6, he resurrected Donald Trump politically. So he owns everything that Trump says now."

Watch the video below from CNN.

Adam Kinzinger: Kevin McCarthy won't last long as Speaker youtu.be

'Can we keep it about Hunter Biden?' GOP rep refuses to talk about Jan. 6 at press conference

Rep. James Comer (R-KY) pleaded with reporters not to ask questions about Jan. 6 while announcing an investigation into President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Just days after the 2022 midterm elections, House Republicans on the Oversight and Judiciary Committees held a joint press conference to announce their investigations.

At one point, reporters asked if the investigations would include the fallout from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is expected to be the House Judiciary Committee chairman but would not give a straight answer.

"Do you think the Jan. 6 insurrectionists have been wrongly imprisoned?" the reporter wondered.

"I didn't say anything!" Jordan exclaimed. "All I said is we're going to look at the politics of the Justice Department based on the fact that we have had 14 different — actually more than 14 now — whistleblowers come talk to us."

"If we could keep it about Hunter Biden," Comer pleaded. "This is kind of a big deal we think. If we can keep it about Hunter Biden that would be great."

Another reporter pressed about the future of the Jan. 6 Committee.

Comer seemed exasperated.

"I think that's a question for Kevin McCarthy," he said.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene assigns herself to House Oversight Committee: 'Nobody has told me no'

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) suggested that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will name her to the Oversight Committee if he becomes Speaker.

During an interview on Wednesday, conservative host Charlie Kirk asked Greene how she could be sure McCarthy would follow through with a far-right agenda, including subpoenas for Dr. Anthony Fauci and people close to President Joe Biden.

"He has said publicly that we are going to do all of these investigations into everything you just named," Greene insisted. "We are definitely doing these investigations and he's allowing the chairmen of the committees to run it."

Greene added: "I'm very excited to serve on Oversight. That's the committee I've asked for and no one has told me no about anything. I am going to be pursuing many things and I'm thrilled to be able to do that."

The lawmaker has split with fellow Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) over a disagreement about who should be the next Speaker of the House.

Democrats stripped Greene of all committee assignments in 2021 after reports found she repeated conspiracy theories and bigoted comments.

Watch the video clip below from Real America's Voice.

'GOP defectors' could cost Lauren Boebert her House seat

So-called Republican "defectors" refused to vote for Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) because she is an extremist and an election denier, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

After nearly a week of vote counting, Boebert had not been named winner in the surprisingly close Colorado race against Democrat Adam Frisch.

"I'd like to vote for a Republican, but I'm not going to vote for these extremists and election deniers," local resident Bill Heller told the paper.

Heller, a Republican, said he had become increasingly concerned about democracy, climate change, free trade and Ukraine.

"You can't even mention her name in a restaurant because 50% of people start screaming and 50% start applauding," Boebert supporter Chris Brown said.

The Journal argued that Boebert's close race was a sign that voters were tired of former President Donald Trump.

"Though most political analysts expect Ms. Boebert will prevail, Mr. Frisch's strong showing is a sign that some Republican voters are losing interest in candidates who have closely allied with Mr. Trump and practice his style of politics," the paper pointed out.

Boebert spokesperson Benjamin Stout accused Frisch of stealing the congresswoman's platform.

"He just copped her policies and ran on them," Stout complained.

Experts expect Boebert to win in the race eventually, the Journal reported.

Watch: Ron Johnson has a 'feeling' that Joe Biden is 'highly compromised' by China

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said on Sunday that he has a "feeling" that President Joe Biden is "compromised" by China.

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo asked Johnson about his expectations for an upcoming meeting between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

"It's hard to say," Johnson said. "We'll get some kind of readout from it. But again, I just — my feeling is that Joe Biden is highly compromised."

Johnson pointed to the end of a Trump-era policy, the China Initiative, that was criticized as a blunt instrument for cracking down on espionage by China.

"There's only one explanation," Johnson insisted. "Joe Biden is compromised."

"I've been asking the question for months," Bartiromo agreed. "Absurd."

But many, including Just Security, called for the program to be canceled following Donald Trump's presidency.

"The reverberating effects within the scientific community threaten to undermine the primacy of U.S. science and technology at a time when the pandemic and climate change have become predominant threats to Americans' health and prosperity," the organization noted earlier this year.

Watch the video below from Fox News or at this link.

Ron Johnson: 'My feeling' is Joe Biden is 'highly compromised' by China youtu.be

'We are not a cult!' GOP senator insists that Donald Trump is not the 'leader' of the Republican Party

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) insisted that his party is "not a cult" despite a cult-like following for former President Donald Trump.

NBC host Chuck Todd pointed out in a Sunday interview that Republicans largely maintained "the same leadership" despite underperforming in the midterm elections.

"And of course, Donald Trump is sort of the leader out there," he said. "If there's no change there, do you think that's a problem for Republicans going forward?"

"First, we're not a cult," Cassidy offered without prompting. "We're not like, OK, there's one person who leads our party. If we have a sitting president, she or he will be the leader of our party."

Cassidy argued that the Republican Party has been missing a "fulsome discussion" of policies.

"Again, we are not going to have one person anointed unless she or he happens to be a sitting president," he remarked.

Watch the video below from NBC or at this link.

'We are not a cult': GOP senator insists to NBC youtu.be

Judge stays Steve Bannon's prison sentence while appeal moves forward

United States District Court Judge Carl Nichols entered an order on Monday that officially means conservative provocateur Steve Bannon will be allowed to remain free while he appeals his prison sentence.

Last week, Bannon filed notice of appeal after Nichols sentenced him to four months in prison for contempt of Congress.

In an order on Monday, Nichols made Bannon's temporary freedom official.

"Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the sentence in this case shall be STAYED pending Stephen K. Bannon's appeal of his conviction," the filing said.

'It's about character!' CNBC panel erupts over 'election deniers' taking control of Congress

A CNBC discussion about the 2022 midterm elections turned into a disagreement about deniers of the 2020 election.

During an interview on Monday, Fox Broadcasting Company founder Barry Diller told CNBC that Republican control of Congress was not likely to impact the economy or crime.

"This is supposedly an election now about the economy," Diller said.

"Well, business is on the ballot, Barry!" host Joe Kernen shouted. "As you'll see tomorrow night!"

"I don't think it's about it at all," Diller continued. "I think it's about character."

"The only effect that will be if that happens and that you have 170 or whatever deniers of the previous election, I think that's about character," he remarked. "And that I think is what I think is going to be revealed tomorrow."

"Character is in the eye of the beholder," Kernen grumbled.

"You have people whose platform is that it was a fraud," Diller said.

"Stacey Abrams," Kernen observed sarcastically.

"Please," Diller replied.

"I don't know which denier you're talking about," Kernen claimed.

Co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin pointed out that Democrats had questioned the elections "in a totally different way."

"In your view!" Kernen told Sorkin.

"No, not in my view, in just reality," Sorkin shot back.

"To focus on deniers is not going to help," Kernen insisted.

"It is what it says about character," Diller said.

"What if for five years, the office of the vice presidency was for sale with foreign interests?" Kernen posited. "Is that character for you? Talking about Hunter, talking about Burisma, I'm talking about China."

"If you just think about what happened out of this election," Diller noted, pointing to the election deniers.

"Barry, if it was that important, the American people — you should win in a landslide tomorrow, Democrats," Kernen admitted. "It's not going to."

Watch the video below from CNBC.

Sparks fly on CNBC over 2020 election deniers youtu.be

Kellyanne Conway pitches fit at Democrats for 'vomiting' out warnings about 'protecting democracy'

Former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway blasted Democrats on Sunday for "vomiting" campaign talking points about Republican threats to democracy.

During a Fox News panel discussion about the midterm elections, Conway noted that Republicans had an advantage on inflation and the economy.

"Double-digit advantage for the Democrats on abortion, but number six or eight in the entire poll in terms of the most important issue," Conway said. "Protecting democracy, the Democrats have a four-point advantage."

"It's been their only message," she continued. "They've been vomiting it for three weeks."

"Oh, my goodness!" Fox News host Harris Faulkner gasped.

"And yet, they are tied basically with Republicans on education," Conway added. "It's going to be a big Republican night."

Watch the video below from Fox News or at this link.

Kellyanne Conway: Dems are 'vomiting' warnings about threats to democracy youtu.be

'Why put seniors through that?' Chuck Todd grills Rick Scott over potential Social Security cuts

NBC host Chuck Todd called out Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) for playing political games with programs for seniors.

While speaking to Scott on Sunday, Todd noted that the senator has called for making Social Security and Medicare eligible for cuts every five years.

"Why do that?" Todd wondered. "Why put Social Security into sort of the political arena every five years? Why put seniors through that? Why do you think that's a good idea?"

"I have no interest in changing the Medicare program," Scott replied. "I want to make sure we preserve the benefits of Medicare and Social Security. I don't know one Republican who wants to change that. In my plan, I said that we've got to start being honest with the public that — what's our plan? Medicare is going bankrupt; Social Security is going bankrupt."

Scott tried to blame Democrats for cutting Medicare benefits.

"You're playing a math game," Todd interrupted. "You are playing a math game here, Senator. Senator, you're playing a math game here. You're playing a math game. [Democrats] didn't cut anything on Medicare. It's cost savings having to do with the prescription drug benefit."

"Look, I understand you want to call it something else," the host added.

"If you cut spending on Medicare, it's probably going to impact the ability of somebody to provide things," Scott protested.

"I will remember that when you guys claim a Medicare cut isn't a cut," Todd shot back.

Watch the video below from NBC or at this link.

Chuck Todd battles Rick Scott for Social Security cut 'game' youtu.be

'Here we go': Judge 'upbraids' Trump lawyer for changing the definition of 'objectively'

State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron reportedly admonished an attorney for former President Donald Trump after he changed the definition of "objectively."

In a hearing on Thursday, Trump attorney Chris Kise objected to the potential appointment of a court monitor that has been requested by New York Attorney Letitia James after the former president created a new company that could be used to shield his wealth from court rulings.

James' office is suing the Trump Organization for alleged real estate fraud. Trump has recently launched a counter-lawsuit.

"Here we go," Colin Kalmbacher reported from the Thursday hearing. "An actual upbraiding from the court for the Trump Org."

"Objectively according to whom?" Kise asked the judge.

"Objectively doesn't mean according to anybody. Objectively means objectively," Engoron replied.

Kalmbacher noted that the New York Attorney General's office previously accused the Trump Organization of "using objectively false factual assumptions like inflated square footage."

Engoron has indicated that he may rule on the need for a court-appointed monitor for the Trump Organization on Thursday.

Texas pastor openly calls on 'Christian nationalists' to 'impose their values on society'

Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said over the weekend that Christian nationalists had a right to "impose their values" on everyone else.

During an interview with Real America's Voice host Tim Clinton, Jeffress addressed recent concerns about the rising nationalist movement among Christians.

"We always put our love for God above everything, even allegiance to our country," he explained. "But that's not what they're really talking about. Listen carefully. They say they are opposed to people who say America was founded as a Christian nation, Americans who believe not only in the spiritual heritage of our nation, but believe that we ought to use elections to help return our country to its Christian foundation."

"If that's Christian nationalism, count me in," the pastor laughed. "Because that's what we have to do. And what's so hypocritical about this, Tim, is the left don't mind at all imposing their values on our country through the election process. They don't mind forcing their pro-abortion, pro-transgender, pro-open borders policy upon our nation."

Jeffress added: "But they object when conservative Christians try to impose their values on society at large. It's complete hypocrisy."

The pastor has previously rejected the Christian nationalist label.

Watch the video clip below from Real America's Voice.

Watch: Proud Boys members harass 'groomers' at drag queen brunch in North Carolina

Members of the Proud Boys gathered in Sanford, North Carolina on Sunday to protest a brunch with drag queens.

Raw Story reporter Jordan Green captured video of the Proud Boys group outside of a restaurant in Sanford.

As patrons entered the drag brunch, about a dozen members of the Proud Boys could be heard shouting, "Groomers!"

Proud Boys members were also seen blocking the entrance to the venue before Sanford police asked them to clear the sidewalk.

Conservatives have falsely claimed that people dressed in drag are trying to "groom" children.

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'I don't think it matters': Chris Christie tells panel of women abortion isn't 'important'

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told a panel of women on Sunday that their right to an abortion does not "matter" when it comes to the 2022 midterm elections.

During a panel discussion on ABC's This Week, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said that abortion is an "important" voting issue even if it is not number one in polls.

"It is," host Martha Raddatz agreed. "It's number three in the polls. And you've also got 62% saying it should be legal in all or most cases. How do Republicans square that?"

"I don't think they square it," Christie replied. "And I don't think that it matters. I mean, look, yeah, it's the third issue but it's three and a half times less important than the economy in this race. And I think the Democrats have made a serious strategic error."

"Remember, too, the intensity of voters matters," he continued. "In the end, look, I think people who are voting that as their number one issue have their jerseys on a long time ago, Martha. They were voting Democrat if they're pro-choice; they're voting Republican if they're pro-life. And the vast number of folks in the middle on where that issue is not their number one issue, they're making this decision based on the economy and crime."

He added: "And so, I think the Democrats who made this the centerpiece — and I've been traveling around I've seen a lot of ads about this from Democratic candidates — I think are going to look back on it and say they should have come up with a different strategy."

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Chris Christie on abortion rights: 'I don't think it matters' youtu.be

'It's just unfair': RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel whines after Fox News host links GOP to Paul Pelosi attack

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel protested on Sunday after a Fox News host suggested that her party might bear responsibility for the attack on Paul Pelosi.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Shannon Bream confronted McDaniel with a Washington Post column that blamed Republicans for Pelosi's violent attack.

Bream noted that the paper called the attack the "all-but-inevitable conclusion on Republicans' increasingly violent and threatening rhetoric toward their political opponents."

"What do you make of that accusation?" Bream asked McDaniel.

"Well, I think that's unfair," the Republican Party chair answered. "I think this is a deranged individual. You can't say people saying let's fire Pelosi or let's take back the House is saying go do violence."

"It's just unfair," McDaniel continued. "And I think we all need to recognize violence is up across the board. Lee Zeldin was attacked. We had an assassination attempt against Brett Kavanaugh. And Democrats didn't refute — didn't repudiate that. Joe Biden didn't talk about the assassination attempt against Brett Kavanaugh."

According to McDaniel, the man who attacked Pelosi would have been released already if he had attacked someone else.

"This is what Democrat policies are bringing," she charged. "But of course, we wish Paul Pelosi a recovery. We don't like this at all across the board. We don't want to see attacks on any politician from any political background."

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'It is unfair': Ronna McDaniel bellyaches over GOP role in attack on Paul Pelosi youtu.be

'Not your body': Marjorie Taylor Greene battles Georgia woman over abortion rights

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tangled with a Georgia voter who disagreed with her on whether or not a 10-year-old girl should be forced to have her rapist's child.

The confrontation occurred during a Monday night call-in show on UCTV. The clip was first reported by Aaron Rupar.

"You're blaming this all on the women," the caller told Greene. "My body is my body and I want — I don't want the government telling me what I can do with my body."

"Ma'am, are you having children anytime soon?" Greene interrupted. "That's my question. I'm asking a legitimate question. And you're right it's your body but a baby inside a woman's womb is another person's body, not your body and not my body. And abortion is murder of another human being, whether that body is inside your uterus or not. But that is murder. I do not support the murder of another human being."

"But I don't think you're having children anytime soon," the lawmaker said. "So I appreciate your interest in women's rights but killing an unborn baby is not a woman's right and that's not health care."

The caller posed a question about a 10-year-old child who became pregnant after being raped.

"A child abuser and a rapist should be put to death if they are doing that to a 10-year-old child," Greene replied. "Number one, I think that should be our focus. That is a very rare, rare, rare, rare occasion so that should not be the entire premise of the argument on abortion."

"Again, ma'am, I know you say it's your body, you're choice, but I don't think you're having any children anytime soon," she added. "I think we need to focus on the future of America and that's our children because they are our future and the unborn; they're our future also. So let's focus on protecting their lives instead of being focused on a lie that abortion is women's health care because that's not health care."

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Clarence Thomas temporarily blocks Lindsey Graham’s Georgia subpoena in 'shadow docket' order

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas used the "shadow docket" on Monday to temporarily block a subpoena seeking to have Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) testify in a Georgia election case.

According to The Hill's John Kruzel, Thomas made use of the "shadow docket" to "unilaterally" block the subpoena.

"IT IS ORDERED that the August 15, 2022 order of the United States, District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, case No. 1:22-CV-03027, as modified by the district court's September 1, 2022 order, is hereby stayed pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court," the order said.

Thomas is responsible for emergency applications issued out of the federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Georgia.

The court has requested that the parties provide additional responses by Thursday, so more action on the case is expected.

Liz Cheney stomps Mitch McConnell for 'political calculation' to ignore Trump's election crimes

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) responded to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday after he criticized her for speaking out against former President Donald Trump.

"Obviously, the idea that we could simply ignore Donald Trump and the threat would go away is clearly wrong," Cheney told Todd. "And I think that, you know, Leader McConnell and Leader McCarthy obviously have taken slightly different approaches to Donald Trump. Leader McCarthy is embracing him. Leader McConnell has thought we can ignore him and go forward as a party without him continuing to have power and authority."

"That's clearly not the case," she insisted. "And my view from the beginning has been, you know, we have to, as a party, reject insurrection; we have to reject what he stands for. I don't think this is an issue about which you can make a political calculation. I think it matters too much."

Cheney added: "Clearly, Leader McConnell and I do not see eye to eye."

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'You were on board': Fox News host confronts GOP Senator Mike Lee for role in fake electors plot

Fox News host Shannon Bream challenged Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) over his role in a plot to overthrow the 2020 presidential election.

During an interview on Fox News, Bream noted that Lee has been accused of participating in a plot to use fake electors to change the outcome of the presidential election.

Lee was caught sending text messages to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about the fake electors plot.

"I'm trying to figure out a path," Lee wrote in one text.

Bream asked the senator to explain the text messages.

Lee argued there was "not a scintilla of truth" to the allegations despite the text messages being a matter of public record.

"I made phone calls to investigate the truthfulness of those [fake elector] rumors," Lee said. "That's all. Not advocating, just investigating the truthfulness of them. It's the only scenario in which Congress would have had a role. I concluded after my investigation that the rumors were false. And on that basis, I voted to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election."

"So when you say I'm looking for a path forward," Bream countered, "that path forward would suggest that you were at some point on board with the idea."

"No," Lee stuttered. "Look, the point here is there was the — there was only one path and that — that path was trying to get the White House and the president's team to acknowledge — that was the only path. If a state concluded that it had incorrectly certified the results of its election, and on that basis shifted out its slates of electors, that would be the only way of [overthrowing the election]."

Lee concluded: "I wanted the president's team to acknowledge that would be the only scenario where there would be a role for Congress. There wasn't. And on that basis, I voted to certify."

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'You were on board': Fox News host confronts Mike Lee for role in fake electors plot youtu.be

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