Freshman swing district Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) said Saturday that Democrats will defeat Republicans by a “large margin” during the 2020 elections.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump could imperil many vulnerable freshman Democrats, such as Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK), according to a poll released Thursday.
Swing district New Jersey voters back President Trump on impeachment, immigration, and trade, which could spell danger for Reps. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) and Andy Kim (D-NJ), according to a report released Sunday.
Republicans continue to hold an edge over vulnerable Democrats in swing districts, internal polling from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) suggests.
Polling from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) shows that impeachment is backfiring bigly in battleground districts.
Senate and House Republicans’ campaign arms announced on Thursday they will be suspending “all spending with Twitter until further notice” in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R., Ky.) campaign Twitter account, Team Mitch, being locked.
McConnell’s account was suspended on Wednesday after sharing a video of protesters making violent threats aimed at McConnell outside his Kentucky home.
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Liberal gun control protesters gathered on a sidewalk near McConnell’s Louisville home Sunday night in response to two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that weekend. During their protest, approximately two dozen demonstrators shouted “No Trump, no KKK, no Fascist USA!” while others called him “Murder Turtle.”
McConnell’s campaign Twitter account shared a video in which a male protester can be heard saying “hopefully” someone has a “voodoo doll” to use against McConnell. A female protester appeared to agree and added, “Just stab the motherf—ker in the heart, please.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee both announced on Thursday they will be pulling all spending on the social media site until it unlocks McConnell’s account.
“The NRCC stands with @Team_Mitch and the @NRSC. We are pulling all @Twitter spending until this is corrected and they stop silencing conservatives,” the NRCC tweeted.
— NRCC (@NRCC) August 8, 2019
“Twitter’s hostile actions toward Leader McConnell’s campaign are outrageous, and we will not tolerate it,” said Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the NRSC. “The NRSC will suspend all spending with Twitter until further notice. We will not spend our resources on a platform that silences conservatives.”
“A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the account was temporarily locked for violating the company’s “violent threats policy,” Politico reported. “McConnell’s campaign manager, Kevin Golden, said the campaign unsuccessfully appealed the decision and accused Twitter of hypocrisy.”
The new halt in spending on Twitter is an escalation from Republicans, who have long complained the social media company of harboring a bias against conservatives. POLITICO reported Wednesday that the White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies.
The NRSC sent out a fundraising email on Thursday urging supporters to “push back” against Twitter for its decision to lock McConnell’s account. Hunt said the committee has spent low five-figures on Twitter during the 2020 election cycle and plans to fundraise off its decision to halt spending.
“Silicon Valley is trying to silence conservatives,” the fundraising email said.
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The Democratic candidate for next month’s North Carolina House special election shared an article Monday accusing his opponent of using “clown” as an anti-Semitic dog whistle based on an obscure alt-right meme.
North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District is currently vacant after ballot fraud by supporters of Republican Mark Harris led the state election board not to certify the results of the 2018 election. Harris subsequently lost to state representative Dan Bishop in the GOP primary, while Democrat Dan McCready won the Democratic primary unopposed.
In April, Bishop unveiled an attack ad calling national Democratic figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders “crazy liberal clowns.” Bishop released a longer version earlier this week attacking their policies, such as taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal immigrants and “open borders.”
Along those lines, Bishop also tweeted several times about Democratic “clowns” after the ad’s release. The left-wing Daily Kos did not care for that rhetoric, with staffer David Nir writing a piece headlined, “North Carolina Republican’s response to shootings: Embrace ‘clown’ slur pushed by white supremacists.”
The clown line, Nir wrote, was “not just a particularly lame joke. It turns out there’s a disturbing genesis. Jared Holt, one of the tireless folks at Right Wing Watch, reported in April that white supremacists have begun adopting a version of the infamous far-right ‘Pepe the Frog’ meme decked out in clown garb that they call ‘Honkler,’ to symbolize ‘their exasperation over an imagined state of collapse in the Western hemisphere that they largely blame on immigrants and minority groups.'”
“Whether or not Bishop understands the significance of his ‘clown’ slurs, the propagation of this meme from the cesspools of the internet directly to the highest levels of Republican power shows just how in thrall to the far-right today’s GOP is,” he argued.
McCready evidently agreed with the article’s premise, tweeting “My God, we are better than this.”
— Dan McCready (@McCreadyForNC) August 5, 2019
“Clown” is a fairly standard insult in U.S. politics for attacking unserious opponents and typically doesn’t carry Nazi connotations. Just in the past week, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough attacked President Donald Trump’s DNI pick John Ratcliffe as a “clown,” and liberal songstress Barbra Streisand attacked Trump in a “Send in the Clowns” parody.
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Republicans only need to net win back 20 seats from Democrats to retake their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy broke down the GOP plan to do just that in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News that aired Saturday morning.
House Republicans launched a national ad campaign with several district-specific targets that depicts Democrat Socialists burglarizing America’s homes, an effort by the GOP to expose H.R. 1–a bill that would take Americans’ money away and use it for Democrat campaigns.
In a Thursday report, Yahoo News reported that the National Republican Congressional Committee had posted a darkened photo of Colin Kaepernick in a fundraiser email.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched an early $5,000 digital ad buy targeting Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio.
Rep. DeFazio has been a member of Congress since 1987, but Republicans are increasingly hopeful his 4th Congressional District can be flipped in 2020. It went heavily for President Obama in both 2008 and 2012, but in the last presidential vote, the district on the Pacific coast south of Portland tilted to Clinton by a slim 554 votes.
“Tell Socialist Democrat Peter DeFazio to oppose impeaching President Trump!” the Facebook ad says. It also quotes a television interview from the congressman, saying, “We are moving forward essentially with an impeachment inquiry…”
The early move against the long-serving Democrat comes on the heels of a CNN exclusive last week reporting the Trump campaign was eyeing Oregon for more attention and spending for the 2020 cycle.
DeFazio recently co-sponsored a ‘Medicare for All’ bill, “to create a single payer universal healthcare system,” and also boasted that he was an “original co-sponsor of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution.”
“Socialist Democrat Peter DeFazio’s complacency in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District will cost him his job,” said NRCC regional press secretary Torunn Sinclair. “Instead of representing the will of his voters, DeFazio’s cosponsoring legislation that will take away your private health care, and decimate America’s free market to support a socialist system of government.”
The 16-term incumbent is also facing pressures from within his own party with a primary opponent.
“[L]ike other established Democrats across the nation, he’s now seeing a challenge from the left,” reported the Willamette Week. “In his case, it comes via Doyle Canning, a longtime activist now studying law at the University of Oregon.”
DeFazio was already one of 55 Democrats on the initial list of targeted seats released by the NRCC in February, but the early ad investment seems to be evidence Republicans are serious in their hopes they could score an upset.
Emails to the DeFazio team requesting comment were not returned, but comment will be added to this story if provided.
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North Carolina congressional candidate Dan McCready’s lawyers demanded that Republicans stop attacking his company for using products from Huawei, a Chinese manufacturing firm.
Lawyers from Robinson-Bradshaw, a firm that employs McCready’s father, took issue with political attacks by both the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican-aligned Super PAC, claiming that McCready “outsourced jobs to China” and endangered the state’s power grid by investing in a company that relied on Huawei-manufactured string inverters.
The cease and desist letter from McCready’s lawyers focuses on a Fox News story from late May which detailed how McCready’s investment fund helped finance a North Carolina solar company, Strata Solar, which reportedly outsourced production of string inverters to Huawei.
McCready’s lawyers said McCready’s solar-energy investment fund, Double Time Capital, “has not invested in and owns no part of Strata Solar,” in their original letter to CLF.
Local coverage of McCready’s initial efforts to build up his fund appears to contradict the lawyers’ claim.
“Double Time has invested money in solar developed only by N.C.-based companies. Much of that has been invested in projects by Strata Solar,” the Charlotte Business Journal reported in 2017.
The letter additionally asserts that “not one of the solar farms receiving investments from Double Time Capital utilizes Huawei inverters.”
In fact, Strata, which Double Time Capital invested in, announced in 2016 an exclusive partnership with Huawei to incorporate its string inverters into several of Strata’s solar farms.
A bipartisan group of Senators issued a letter earlier this year describing these products as a potential national security threat and asked the Trump administration to consider banning the inverters.
Lawyers for CLF responded by rejecting the cease and desist call and defending the facts behind the political attack.
“It is a matter of clear public record that Double Time has heavily invested in Strata projects, and Strata clearly busy from China,” CLF lawyers asserted in their response.
Lawyers from CLF also took issue with McCready’s lawyers claims that the candidate’s investment fund “does not build or operate solar farms.”
Pointing to McCready’s claim that his company helps “build solar farms all across North Carolina,” at a recent campaign event, CLF lawyers highlighted how McCready’s own words contradict his lawyers’ arguments.
“There is no question that the statements by CLF are based on a reasonable interpretation of events and sources available,” the letter from CLF concludes. “There can be no doubt, therefore, that CLF’s statements are fully protected by the First Amendment.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee, which received a nearly identical cease and desist letter from McCready’s lawyers, also rejected the cease and desist order.
“The NRCC and its employees are not distracted by your tricks or intimidated by your letter,” its lawyer wrote. “We reject your demands and will continue informing the voters of North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District about Double Time and its founder China Dan McCready’s support for Chinese enterprise.”
McCready, a former Marine Corps officer and entrepreneur, narrowly lost the 2018 general election for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional but the contest was voided due to election irregularities.
A special election will be held on September 10. McCready will face off against North Carolina state senator Dan Bishop.
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“The Green New Deal,” Trump said. “Done by a young bartender, 29-years-old, a young bartender, wonderful young woman.”
“You got to confront it!” he said. “Republicans should not run away from health care, you can’t do it, you’re going to be clobbered.”
“It looks like the only non-sort of heavy socialist, he’s being taken care of pretty well by the socialists. They got to him,” Trump said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy raised the most money of any House Republican ever as he continues a flow of action on conservative issues.
Republicans lost seven House districts in California in 2018 — some in dubious circumstances that involved so-called “ballot-harvesting.” But the party plans to target those same districts in 2020, hoping the Democrats move so far left that suburban and rural voters come back to the GOP.