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MAGA Conspirators Swamp Election Offices With Bogus Record Requests

Incited by MAGA conspiracy theorists like MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, Trump supporters are flooding elections offices nationwide with records requests from the 2020 presidential election—an election they lost handily according to all lawsuits and disputes but refuse to believe was fair and democratically won by President Joe Biden.

According to reporting from The Washington Post, dozens of states and a slew of counties across the country are being overwhelmed with what appear to be duplicate requests for “cast vote records,” as they’re called by Lindell.

In text exchanges with the Post, Carol Snow, a MAGA activist from Burke County, North Carolina, writes: “We believe those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing. ... Their lack of transparency causes distrust of the electronic voting systems we are required to use to cast our ballots.”

As the Post reports, it seems as though the tsunami of requests started after a livestream from Lindell in mid-August, which was then pushed into wider viewership on Steve Bannon’s podcast. The profusion of public records requests, a tool used by journalists and the public, has effectively inundated offices—and that’s exactly the point.

The timing comes just weeks before early voting in October as election offices prepare to mail out ballots and decide on polling places. Claire Woodall-Vogg, the executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, tells the Post, “When you are asking for every single document under the sun, it becomes difficult for us to do our job.”

In Nevada County, California, clerk-recorder and registrar of voters Natalie Adona tells SFGATE that her office has been flooded with records requests for nearly two years, but in the last week, it’s been outrageous for her as well as offices around the state.

Shasta County Clerk Cathy Darling Allen says that most of the requests have similar wording, repeating the bogus allegations that the Dominion voting machines were somehow taken over by nefarious people or groups.

“I have staff requesting extensions and researching how to obtain the reports requested from our Dominion voting system,” Allen told SFGATE. “This cannot continue.”

According to Maine Public, election officials in the state report that one of the requests “closely mirrors language” used by Terpsichore “Tore” Maras-Lindeman. Maras-Lindeman was Sidney Powell’s “secret intelligence contractor” in the failed bid to have SCOTUS overturn the 2020 election, as well as a podcaster and mouthpiece for QAnon conspiracies.

Lindell recently boasted of donating at least $800,000 toward the legal defense of a “MAGA-supporting Mesa County, Colorado, elections clerk who, along with her deputy, Belinda Knisley, was recently indicted on charges connected to breaching election security, allowing the Dominion voting machines under their care be tampered with by a third party,” Daily Kos Walter Einenkel writes.

Election records are normally kept for 22 months, the Post reports, and Lindell has been desperate to retrieve as many of the records as possible before the Labor Day deadline.

“These machine companies have played out the clock, so to speak. ... But people can request them, and then obviously we can preserve them,” Lindell said.

Matt Crain, who leads the Colorado County Clerks Association, tells the Post the effort from Lindell to encourage the bombardment of election offices is absolutely intentional.

“The only way to look at it is as a denial-of-service attack on local government. ... The irony is, if Lindell wanted the cast vote records, he could have just put in a request to get them. They don’t do that. They put out this call to action for people to do it, and they know it’s going to inundate these offices, especially medium and small offices who are understaffed and overwhelmed already. They know exactly what they’re doing.”

Lindell was recently referred to as “white” Mike Lindell by Vincent James, a white nationalist and conspiracy theorist. James gave a shoutout to Lindell on this DailyVeracity.com livestream, for selling pillows with a discount via a coupon code.



Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos.

Republicans Beg Trump To Cough Up Funds For Struggling Senate Campaigns

Former President Donald Trump is only concerned about one person: former President Donald Trump. So even though he’s bilking his MAGA groupies for millions, he’s failing to support his endorsed Republican Senate nominees—with just weeks until the midterm elections.

According to Politico, Mitch McConnell has been quietly pushing the twice-impeached ex-president to start digging into the coffers of his leadership PAC and super PACs—a necessary move if the GOP wants any chance of winning back the Senate.

Trump is sitting on nearly $99 million in his PAC, and although he vocally endorses a few Senate candidates nationwide—J.D. Vance in Ohio and Blake Masters in Arizona—apparently, he has given them little more than scraps toward the financial support they desperately need.

Sen. Kevin Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, tells Politico that Trump “should invest to win, and not just to finish second or tied. I think he ought to do it. I really do. I think he ought to get generous. [...] One thing Donald Trump doesn’t like to do is lose.”

In a July op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove mused about what Trump was doing with his treasure trove of campaign donations, writing that the former president “hasn’t shown much interest” in giving to Republican candidates. “If Mr. Trump doesn’t start actually deploying these funds to help candidates he’s backed for Congress, governor, and other statewide offices, donors might not keep giving to the former president’s causes. Trump-endorsed candidates might start to wonder how strong an ally the former president really is, beyond lending his name in a primary,” Rove wrote before millions in donations poured into Trump’s war chest following the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago in mid-August.

A GOP strategist working on House and Senate races tells Politico that Trump’s “a penny pincher. He’s not going to spend money on people when he can spend money on himself. In lieu of spending money, he can do events for you. [...] Everyone thought that, by Labor Day, he would be loosening up the purse strings a bit, and money would be flowing in.”

According to reporting from Politico, Trump’s Save America has given the legal maximum of $5,000 to a few vulnerable Senate candidates and a total of $150,000 in those same $5,000 increments to other RNC accounts, including those of incumbents running for safe seats. Republican political strategist Scott Jennings told The Washington Post, “We need all the help we can get.”

According to the Post, when interviewed about the ongoing money woes of the Senate GOP candidates, Mitt Romney said, “I would sure hope that President Trump would use some of that money he's got to get Republicans elected to the Senate. [...] It'll be good for the country and good for the people he's endorsed.”

In an interview with Politico, an unnamed Trump advisor said simply that the former president has no “moral obligation to spend millions on candidates,” but the advisor thinks “it would be a politically smart move for [Trump] to spend big,” adding that the former president still “doesn’t owe it to these people.”

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Former Pence Chief Of Staff Testifies In January 6 Grand Jury

Just when you thought the House Select committee investigating Jan. 6 wasn’t getting testimony from the A++ players in the White House… think again.

ABC News reports that Marc Short, former Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, was caught by an ABC News camera leaving the D.C. District Court Friday with his attorney, Emmet Flood, beside him. He had reportedly appeared before a federal grand jury investigating the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Sources told ABC News that Short appeared under subpoena.

Short would be the highest-ranking official from the White House under former President Donald Trump to appear before the grand jury.

During the last public hearings from the House Select committee on July 21, an unnamed White House security official testified that during the Jan. 6 attack, Pence’s security detail was calling their families to “say goodbye.”

“The members of the VP detail at this time were starting to fear for their own lives,” the security official testified. “There was a lot of yelling. There was a lot of very personal calls over the radio. It was disturbing. I don’t like talking about it. There were calls to say goodbye to family members.”

The public hearing additionally revealed that while Pence’s security team was planning his escape, Trump was tweeting about Pence’s lack of “courage” to follow the former president’s request and stop the electoral count.

As Daily Kos’ Brandi Buchman reports, in the days and hours leading up to and during the insurrection, Trump badgered, berated, and bullied Pence to get him to stop the electoral count.

The vice president did not follow Trump’s edicts, and while the president did nothing to quell the violence on Jan. 6., Pence ordered deployments to help quash it.

As the public hearings revealed, at the end of a day that left countless law enforcement and others injured or dead, the nation bruised and scared, Congress running for their lives, and a gallows erected for his vice president, all Trump could muster were the words: "Mike Pence let me down.”

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos.

Newly Released Memos Expose Trump's Plan To Rig 2020 Census

After a two-year legal battle by former President Donald Trump and his administration to keep emails and memos hidden about the attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the House Oversight and Reform Committee released the documents Wednesday.

NPR reports that the newly discovered information shows a secret plan by Trump and his team to try to keep undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 census.

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, who chairs the House oversight committee, said in a statement: "Today's Committee memo pulls back the curtain on this shameful conduct and shows clearly how the Trump administration secretly tried to manipulate the census for political gain while lying to the public and Congress about their goals. … It is clear that legislative reforms are needed to prevent any future illegal or unconstitutional efforts to interfere with the census and chip away at our democracy."

Thanks to a 2019 Supreme Court ruling, Trump’s hopes of adding the question “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” to the census came crashing down.

The Trump administration had attempted to use the Voting Rights Act (VRA) as cover, with the unfounded claim that “legal arguments that the Founding Fathers intended for the apportionment count to be based on legal inhabitants.”

The new report by the House Committee should help the House protect the next census in 2030 with its efforts to pass HR 8326, the Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act.

"[HR 8326] basically moves to make sure that the census is fair and accurate, that it is removed from political influence and that the decisions made are made on science and not politics," Maloney explained to NPR.

One of the key players behind adding the citizenship question to the census was former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversaw the Census Bureau.

Ross seemed to be hellbent on adding it to the form. But like all things in the Trump world, adding this particular question was unprecedented. Since the nation’s first count in 1790, based on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, all Americans—citizens and noncitizens—have been counted on the form.

During his testimony in Congress, Ross alleged that the plan to add the question was based “solely” on a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking for more information on citizenship that would be used to protect racial and language minorities and enforce the VRA. However, as NPR reports, Ross was the person who initiated the DOJ’s need for more data.

“Sec. Ross has reviewed concerns and thinks DOJ would have a legitimate use of data for VRA purposes,” former Commerce Department attorney James Uthmeier wrote to John Gore, a Trump appointee at the DOJ.

In fact, an email written on September 17 from Uthmeier to Earl Comstock, another Trump appointee, indicated a need to keep their nefarious plan secret.

“Ultimately, everyone is in agreement with our approach to move slowly, carefully, and deliberately so as to not expose us to litigation risk,” Uthmeier wrote.

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos.

Is Trump Gang Setting Up John Eastman As Fall Guy In Coup Plot?

According to reporting from Rolling Stone, former President Donald Trump and friends are preparing to feed conservative attorney John Eastman to the wolves.

Eastman and his “coup memo” have brought way too much heat on Trump following the House’s Jan. 6 committee hearings, outlining his role in assisting the former president’s efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election and making the legal case for former Vice President Mike Pence to reject the certification of the Electoral College.

One of three primary sources with direct information on the topic told Rolling Stone, “It has been repeatedly communicated to the [former] president that he should not even bring up Johnny Eastman’s name because he is maybe the most radioactive person [involved in this] when it comes to … any so-called criminal exposure.”

Rolling Stone reports that Trump has decided not to defend or even talk about Eastman, has instructed his team not to discuss him, and has said privately that he “hardly” or “barely” knows him. As Trump's social media platform Truth Social shows, as much talking as he does, Eastman’s name has been almost nonexistent.

Before turning to conservative constitutional law, Eastman worked as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

“Johnny does not have many friends in [the upper crust of] Trumpworld left, and most people loyal to the [former] president are fine with him being left out on his own, to deal with whatever consequences he may or may not face,” a source said.

Last Thursday, during the public Congressional hearings, Eric Herschmann, a Trump White House attorney, said that following the insurrection, he told Eastman to “get a great fucking criminal defense lawyer” because “you’re going to need it.” Eastman then infamously emailed Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to say, “I’ve decided that I should be on the pardon list if that is still in the works.”

As Rolling Stone reports, the idea of Eastman as a patsy has become a common conversation.

Last week, Mark Levin, a Fox News and radio host, said:

“How many lawyers did Trump have? He had several … And John Eastman has turned into the fall guy. … He’s a lawyer, he’s an advocate for the [former] president. Whether you agree with his legal judgment, his legal findings, or not, it’s what lawyers do.”

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Georgia Grand Jury Officially Opens Trump Probe

The investigation into a call former President Trump made to Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger after losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden just got a whole lot more real.

On Monday, prosecutors from the Fulton County District Attorney’s office began choosing residents for a special purpose grand jury. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the jury will comprise 23 Fulton County residents and three alternates.

Although the special grand jury can’t approve indictments, it will assist Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis in building her case, as the group will have the power to issue subpoenas for documents and testimony. Ultimately, she will present her full case to a regular grand jury.

More than 30 witnesses have refused to testify voluntarily since the investigation opened in Feb. 2021—including Raffensperger—and that won’t change until June 1, Willis told the AJC, in order to avoid any conflict with the May 24 primaries.

Former Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter told the AJC Monday’s special jury selection is a “significant legal step.”

“I think (Trump) probably should be concerned in that now, instead of just investigators poking around the edges, he’s got a grand jury that can go directly to the heart of it and compel testimony… They may be able to compel his testimony.”

In addition to the call from Trump to Raffensperger, AJC reports that Willis will probe the resignation of U.S. Attorney Byung “BJay” Pak, who has testified he felt pressured to investigate bogus election fraud allegations; Sen. Lindsey Graham’s call to Raffeensperger to request he trash legally cast ballots in the state; erroneous statements from Trump’s former attorney Rudy Giuliani during a Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee, and finally, the forged election docs falsely claiming that Trump won in 2020.

Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert C.I. McBurney will oversee the special grand jury and the DA’s entire investigation will be kept secret. The panel could meet for up to a year and at the end of their service, the group makes recommendations for the case.

“Anything’s possible because they don’t just sit there and listen to two sides present a case. They get to ask questions, they get to get involved,” Pete Skandalakis, executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia told the AJC. “They can break out in committees if they want to look at different things, and then come back and report to the full body.”

Willis has remained steadfast in her investigation into Trump’s call to Raffensperger, vowing to hold him to account.

“I’m going to bring an indictment—I don’t care who it is,” Willis told the AJC in April.

In early February, Willis, who is Black, was forced to ask for additional security from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after Trump lashed out at her during a rally in Texas.

The veteran district attorney alleged that since Trump’s speech, in which he called her a “racist,” she began receiving threats.

“If these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal, I hope we are going to have in this country the biggest protests we have ever had in Washington, D.C., in New York, in Atlanta, and elsewhere, because our country and our elections are corrupt,” Trump said at the rally.

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos.

Mark ‘Election Integrity’ Meadows Was Illegally Registered To Vote In Three States

It hasn’t even been two weeks since we reported that Mark ‘Big Lie’ Meadows was removed from voter rolls in North Carolina after it was discovered he was registered in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Now it seems there’s yet another state the former President Trump lackey has registered in: South Carolina.

According to records obtained by The Washington Post, Meadows was registered in three different states for about three weeks.

Let’s not forget that Meadows serves as a senior partner at the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), a think tank devoted to “restor[ing] election integrity safeguards” the “left is trying to tear down.”

As first reported by The New Yorker in September 2020, about three weeks before North Carolina’s voter registration deadline for the general election, Meadows—a devout Stop the Stealer—claimed to be living in a 14-foot-by-62-foot mobile home in North Carolina, where he never actually lived. But he voted absentee using that address in the 2020 general election. Meadows, a former Asheville resident and Western North Carolina congressman, was living in Virginia at that time.

In March, an investigation into Meadows’ possible voter fraud was launched by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

“The allegations, in this case, involve potential crimes committed by a government official,” Macon County District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch wrote in a letter to the attorney general’s office on March 14, CNBC News reported.

Melanie Thibault, Macon County Board of Elections director, told the Asheville Citizen Times on April 12 that she consulted with the North Carolina Board of Elections staff after discovering that Meadows was registered in North Carolina and Virginia. The board removed him from their voter rolls.

"What I found was that he was also registered in the state of Virginia. And he voted in a 2021 election. The last election he voted in Macon County was in 2020," Thibault said.

In March 2022, Meadows registered to vote in South Carolina—while he was already registered in Virginia, where he voted in a 2021 election, while he was already registered absentee in North Carolina, where he voted in the 2020 general election. My head is spinning.

The issue is that when he registered to vote in South Carolina, he should have let the state know he was registered in Virginia. But according to Angie Maniglia Turner, the general registrar and director of elections in Alexandria, Virginia, neither Mark nor Debra Meadows had changed voter registration status in Virginia.

Come on, Mark. Get it together, man. One state, one vote. That’s how this whole process works.

Printed with permission from DailyKos.

Trump’s Georgia Rally Drew Only 5000 — And Some Kooky Candidates

Saturday evening, former failed President Trump was in Commerce, Georgia, for a rally. Trump’s mouthpiece claimed the crowd was “massive,” and that the “Fake News Media” didn’t show it. But local reporters from Georgia say the gathering was scant and similar to others held across the state recently.

Greg Bluestein, a politics reporter from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, tweeted: “This is the smallest crowd I’ve seen at a rally of his in Georgia since he won the 2016 election—significantly smaller than the crowd in Perry [Georgia] in September.”

Georgia Public Broadcasting reporter Stephen Fowler tweeted: “It’s almost time for Trump to speak here in Georgia and there’s probably no more than 5,000 people here, the smallest Trump rally I’ve ever covered here. Way less than the Perry rally in 2021 (closer to 10k).”

Trump was in Georgia to stump for a bunch of Republican primary candidates. But, mostly he spent his time ravaging Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for their lack of support in overturning his loss in 2020 to President Joe Biden.

"You know what, if Kemp wins, I think Herschel Walker is going to be very seriously and negatively impacted because Republicans that happen to like Donald Trump—MAGA Republicans—are not going to go and vote for this guy Kemp," Trump said Saturday. "And if they don't vote for Kemp, they're not going to be able to vote for a great man right there, Herschel Walker. And we don't want that to happen. So a vote for Brian Kemp, RINO, in the primary is a vote for a Democrat senator who shouldn't be in the Senate."

And Trump’s tone set the tone for the evening. GOP candidate after GOP candidate slammed Kemp and alleged a stolen election.

Gubernatorial candidate David Perdue chummed the audience with the old standby conspiracy that the “elections were absolutely stolen.”

Of course, the blame was placed directly on the shoulders of Gov. Kemp, even stoking the crowd with a promise that if he wins the governor's seat, he would send “whoever was responsible” for the alleged theft to “jail.” The MAGA crowd went wild, and began shouting, “Lock him up!”

Perdue wasn’t alone in using the Big Lie to rile up Trump supporters for 2024, true deplorable Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “supposed” and Sen. Burt Jones, who’s running for lieutenant governor, declared a ban on ballot drop boxes and an end to “cursed Dominion machines,” according to the AJC.

Even virtually unknown John Gordon, who is challenging Chris Carr for Attorney General insisted that if elected, he would open an investigation into the 2020 presidential election.

“We are going to uncover the facts, we will expose the truth and we are going to hold the people responsible accountable,” Gordon ranted, per the AJC. “It will never happen again.”

Despite the fact that some in the Republican party have suggested that it’s in fact time to move on from the Big Lie, it seems like it remains a requisite in order to keep Trump’s support. Ask GOP candidate for Senate in Alabama, Mo Brooks.

Brooks mentioned his desire to move past Trump’s loss in 2020, prompting the petty former president to pull support of him.

According to one AJC reporter, the mini-crowd Saturday only really roared to life when the candidates decried Kemp and cited the bogus conspiracy of a stolen election.

“I’m doing my research, but I know I’m backing Perdue. Kemp threw Trump under the bus after the election,” Dale Branham, a teacher from Sandy Springs, told the AJC. “Everyone else who watched what went on knew what was going on. And David Perdue never doubted what happened.”

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Mark Meadows’ Wife Filed Three Fraudulent Voter Forms In North Carolina

Debra Meadows was a busy bee in 2020. According to the North Carolina Board of Elections, on October 26, Debbie showed up at the Macon County community building in Franklin, North Carolina, and filled out a one-stop voter application for early voting in the 2020 presidential election. She claimed she lived in Scaly Mountain in a 14-foot by 62-foot mobile home. The problem was … she didn’t.

According to North Carolina state law, in order to vote in that state, you must reside in the claimed address for at least 30 days prior to the election. Again, she didn’t. Debbie must not have read the top of the voter form either, which clearly states: “fraudulently or falsely completing this form is a Class I felony under Chapter 163 of the NC general statutes.”

Debbie additionally dropped off an absentee ballot for her hubby Mark Meadows, who was then the White House chief of staff for failed President Donald Trump.

This is just the latest in a long list of discoveries regarding Mark and Debbie and their shady-as-hell voting practices.

As first reported by The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea, Meadows does not own the Scaly Mountain property, which sits in the southern Appalachian mountains. Debbie did rent the house for a couple of months, but as the unnamed owner of the house told The New Yorker, “He [Mark Meadows] did not come. He’s never spent a night in there.” The Meadows family did stay at the home in the fall of 2020 when they were in the area for a Trump rally as nearby hotels were mostly booked.

According to The News & Observer, Meadows is still registered to vote at the mobile home address.

As The Washington Post’s Fact Checker reporting shows, Debbie signed not one, not two, but three forms fraudulently. First a voter registration form, then an absentee ballot request for Mark, and then the one-stop application—a form that’s intended to warn someone of the legal ramifications of knowingly falsely signing.

Debbie voted in the 2020 primary runoff using the false mobile home address; Mark signed a voter registration form but did not end up actually voting in the primary.

Prior to the election on September 19, 2020, the Meadows listed a P.O. box in a town about 70 miles away from the mobile home near Asheville, North Carolina, as their mailing address, and listed the move-in date to the mobile home as the following day: September 20. But in March 2020, the Meadows sold their Sapphire, North Carolina, home, meaning they didn't actually live in the state. They in fact lived at the time in their recently purchased condominium in Old Town Alexandria in Virginia.

As the Post reports, Debbie used the Sapphire registration to vote in a June primary runoff election for someone she’d done fundraising for.

“We are early into the investigation,” Anjanette Grube, the SBI’s public information director, told the Post. “As the investigation continues, information will be shared with the prosecutor who will make a determination as to whether any additional persons could be subject to the investigation.”

Last month, Pamela Moses, 44, was sentenced to six years in prison for trying to register to vote.

Moses, a longtime Black Lives Matter activist in Memphis, Tennessee, told The Guardian that what happened to her was a straight-up “scare tactic” designed to keep her—and people who look like her—from voting.

In 2019, Lanisha Diresha Bratcher was charged with felony voter fraud. Jones had served time for a felony offense and was out on probation when she tried to vote. She learned then that under North Carolina regulations, as a convicted felon, she wasn’t allowed to vote. However, she hadn’t been informed of that when she registered to vote in 2016.

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

GOP Voter Fraud Again! Authorities Probe Meadows Over Fake North Carolina Address

On Sep. 19, 2020, about three weeks before North Carolina’s voter registration deadline for the general election, failed President Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, claimed to be living in a 14-foot by 62-foot mobile home in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. The trouble is it doesn’t appear to be true. Now Meadows is being investigated by authorities in North Carolina for possible fraud.

“The allegations, in this case, involve potential crimes committed by a government official,” wrote Macon County District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch in a letter Monday to the attorney general’s office.

Nazneen Ahmed, spokeswoman for Attorney General Josh Stein’s office, told CNBC that “we have agreed to [Welch’s] request” to take over the probe.

“We have requested that the Department of Justice’s Special Prosecutions Sections investigate alongside the State Board of Elections,” Ahmed said. “At the conclusion of the investigation, we’ll review the findings.”

As first reported by The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea, Meadows does not own the Scaly Mountain property, which sits in the southern Appalachian mountains. His wife, Debbie, did rent the house for a couple of months.

The unnamed owner of the house told The New Yorker, “He did not come. He’s never spent a night in there.” The Meadows family did stay the home in the fall of 2020 when they were in the area for a Trump rally as nearby hotels were mostly booked.

According to The News & Observer, Meadows is still registered to vote at the mobile home address.

According to CNBC, Welch—whose jurisdiction includes Scaly Mountain—said in her letter Monday to Attorney General Criminal Bureau Chief Leslie Cooley Dismukes that she’d previously spoken to DIsmukes about “the voter fraud allegations surrounding former Congressman and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.” Welch went on to ask the attorney general’s office to “handle both the advisement of law enforcement agencies as to any criminal investigation as any potential prosecution of Mark Meadows.”

Welch has recused herself from Meadows’ case as he was a congressman in her congressional district, and he had donated to her campaign for district attorney in 2014 as well as appearing “in several political advertisements endorsing my bid.”

The district attorney added: “Historically, I have requested the Attorney General’s Office to handle prosecutions involving alleged misconduct of government officials.

“It is in the best interests of justice and the best interests of the people of North Carolina that the Attorney General’s office handles the prosecution of this case,” Welch wrote.

Last month, Pamela Moses, 44, was sentenced to six years in prison for trying to register to vote.

Moses, a longtime Black Lives Matter activist in Memphis, Tennessee, told The Guardian that what happened to her was a straight-up “scare tactic” designed to keep her—and people who look like her—from voting.

In 2019, Lanisha Diresha Bratcher was charged with felony voter fraud. Jones had served time for a felony offense and was out on probation when she tried to vote. She learned then that under North Carolina regulations, as a convicted felon, she wasn’t allowed to vote. However, she hadn’t been informed of that when she registered to vote in 2016.

North Carolina’s ban on voting for people who have been convicted of felonies dates back to a crooked 19th-century policy rooted in racism. It was born out of an urgency to limit the voting power of newly enfranchised African Americans. In 1898, the North Carolina Democratic Party wrote in a Democratic Hand Book of “the special mission of the Democratic Party to rescue the white people of the east from the curse of negro domination.”

“A law that is intended to racially discriminate against a group is unconstitutional,” John Carella, Bratcher’s lawyer, told The Guardian about Bratcher’s case in 2019.

We wonder if Meadows will receive the same treatment as Moses or Bratcher.

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos


Idaho Republicans Embrace White Nationalism, Vow To 'Take Over' Dem State Party

Idaho has long been on the white side of history. The population is 93% white. It is quite literally the whitest state in the nation, home of the Aryan Nations and a bastion for neo-Nazis and Klansman. And though the Aryan Nations has splintered into smaller, less powerful groups in recent years, Idaho remains one of the leading states for hate crimes, according to The Southern Poverty Law Center.

So, I guess it’s no surprise that the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee (KCRCC) has been attempting to infiltrate the Kootenai Democrats, funnel money from the Dems to GOP organizations, and plant an “antisemitic troll” as the party’s chair.

The plan was revealed after a call was discovered between Kootenai County resident John Grimm, who unsuccessfully ran for Kootenai County Sheriff in 2020, and a person he identified as KCRCC Youth Chair Dan Bell, according to reporting by the Coeur d’Alene Press.

“Long story short, we want to take over the Democrat Party,” Bell reportedly said during the call.

Grimm says he recorded the call to prove what he believed—that KCRCC members were “masters of deception” who could “twist the meaning” of their own statements. He also says he’s a devout conservative Republican and thinks that KCRCC went “too far.”

The Kootenai GOP planned to install notorious antisemite Dave Reilly. Bell described Reilly on the call as “an F-list antisemitic troll,” adding: “He recently ran for school board in the area, despite saying he would never enroll children in public schools.” Reilly did unsuccessfully run for a local school board seat last year, The Daily Beast confirms, as part of a larger trend of fringe, far-right conservatives making moves to control Coeur d’Alene.

Reilly went to Twitter to confirm the plan, tweeting, “Today, I registered as a Democrat and filed to become a Precinct Captain.” He added a photo of his voter registration card and accused the Dems of “Left Wing Extremism.”

Even Idaho’s lieutenant governor has her two feet firmly planted in the white side of the race line. Lt. Gov. McGeachin is being pressured to resign after she recently spoke at the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC), a conference organized by white nationalist Nick Fuentes.

McGreachin claimed not to know what or where she was speaking, but the man who spoke just before her, Vincent James or Vincent James Foxx, is a well-known white nationalist and antisemite. He's the founder of the website Daily Veracity and was once a proud member of a white supremacist group from southern California. Fuentes is known for his role in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

On his America First podcast, Fuentes called writer Matt Walsh a “Shabbos goy race traitor,” and went on to explain how accurate his own assessment was:

“That's what it is folks. I know some people don't like to use that expression but it's totally true, throwing his own people under the bus he hates white people. Nobody else talks like that about their own people except white people and it’s gross.”
“Race traitor, you worked for Jews, you know. That's going to get me in trouble.”

In her speech, McGreachin said:

"I need freedom fighters all over this country that are willing to stand up and fight for the protection of our freedoms and our liberties. Even when that means fighting amongst our own ranks because there are too many Republicans who do not exhibit the courage that is needed today for us to fight and protect our freedoms and our liberties. We are literally in the fight for our lives.”

When asked by reporter Sergio Olmos if she knew who Nick Fuentes was, and if she’d researched who he was before she spoke at the event, McGreachin claimed she didn’t. Of course, her go-to was to flip the confrontation to the fault of the media. When Olmos told her that Fuentes has an antisemitic history, she proceeded to cut him off.

Even today, Nick Fuentes went on a rant praising Russian soldiers fighting to "liberate Ukraine from the Great Satan and from the evil empire in the world, which is the United States."

When Olmos asked her about Vincent James, a 31-year-old video blogger and livestreamer with a fondness for white supremacists and radical right-wing politics, McGreachin said she doesn’t know who he is, and accuses “the media” of making “conservatives [...] guilty by association.”

Olmos then gave her one final out, asking her, had she already known who Nick Fuentes was and what he stood for, if would she still have spoken at the event.

“Who cares what Nick Fuentes says,” she says flatly. “I’m not going to run away or hide from being willing and wanting to talk to young conservatives about these issues.”

Then she runs away like an Olympic sprinter.

Olmos gets one last statement in, hammering the nail in the coffin with, “That’s not the first time you’ve associated with groups like this.”

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Asked About Ukraine, Trump Answers With Weird Rant Against ‘Windmills’

There’s only one thankful aspect to Russia’s horrific and illegal invasion of Ukraine: Failed one-term President Donald Trump isn’t leading the U.S. as it happens.The orange monster recently sat down with the bros from the Ultimate Fighting Championship podcast Full Send, and although it’s anyone’s guess what they expected, what they got was an off-the-rails answer to the war in Ukraine.

Trump initially began with the usual, talking about how great his leadership was, that “Putin would not have done it [invaded Ukraine],” and if he’d been in office there’d be “no war.”

Side note: Somehow the twice-impeached dolt seems to have completely forgotten about his illegal phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, pressuring him to work with Rudy Giuliani on a probe into then-candidate Joe Biden’s son.

After being asked about how the Ukraine conflict would look in the future, whether or not it would drag on for some reason, Trump launched into a bizarre rant about—wait for it—windmills?

“I said this a long time ago, if this happens we are playing right into their hands—green energy,” he said, adding: “The windmills, they don’t work. They’re too expensive, they kill all the birds, they ruin your landscapes.

“And yet the environmentalists love the windmills. I’ve been preaching this for years … the windmills are the most expensive energy you can have and they don’t work.”

Trump went on to say: “By the way, they last a period of 10 years and by the time they start rusting and rotting all over the place nobody takes them down. They just go onto the next prairie or land and destroy that.”

Trump has long proffered weird and false claims about wind energy. In 2019, he claimed windmills “killed all the birds.” He added that windmills cause cancer.

Meanwhile, former failed Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen went to the Ukrainian border, asking for thoughts and “prayers” for Ukrainian refugee families and donations to the relief organization @SamariansPurse, a “non-denominational evangelical Christian organization” that provides worldwide aid.

Trump’s full interview here, if you can stomach it:

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Former Pompeo Flack Knows Zero About District She Wants To Represent

Morgan Ortagus, a former State Department spokesperson under Mike Pompeo, wants to be a congresswoman in Tennessee’s 5th District. The problem is, she knows less than nothing about the district she’s running in.

When Ortagus showed up to Nashville’s talk radio show on 1510 WLAC for an interview Monday, host Michael Patrick Leahy asked if she’d be up for a game of “Taking the Fifth.”

What followed was a total shit show, revealing that the congressional wannabe Barbie was clueless about the district she says she wants to run.

Leahy began with a simple question, asking Ortagus to name the three highways that ran through the district. “I’m a terrible driver,” she said laughing. “I don’t know that. I don’t drive anywhere that I go.”

Okay …

Then Leahy asked her to name the multi-Grammy Award-winning country music singer who owns a popular winery in the district. She attempted to dodge the question saying, “I have been to that winery. It’s great—I love that winery. I bought some wine.” Leahy pushed on asking her to name the singer who owns the winery. She admitted to having no idea, but added that she’d gone there and had “a picnic outside,” and it “was beautiful.”

The answer is Kix Brooks, a country music artist, actor, and film producer best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn and host of radio's American Country Countdown.

Leahy then asked her who Brig. Gen. Robert Reese Neyland was, to which she plead the fifth.

Neyland was a legendary football player and coach in the U.S. Army and served three stints as the head football coach at the University of Tennessee. There’s even a stadium in Tennessee named after him.

Leahy attempted to go to what should have been Ortagus’ strong suit, politics, but that was an apparent failure as well. When she was asked to name the four previous Republican governors who are still living in Tennessee, she said:

“Well, let’s see. All four of them. No. I know Lee and Haslam. I met with Haslam right after I moved here. What a nice guy. And then, of course, I’ve met Governor Lee,” Ortagus said.

The correct answer is Don Sundquist, Lamar Alexander, and Winifield Dunn.

Leahy then switched topics again, hoping to give the Biden-basher another chance to get at least one answer right. But no chance.

”One of the most famous NASCAR drivers living today lives in the 5th District and has a large auto dealership in Franklin. Who is that,” Leahy asked. To which she answered: “My husband is the car guy. He used to race. He knows all of the racing stuff.”

The answer is Darrell Waltrip.

In one final hope, Leahy asked her again about the political history of her state.

“Who was the only Tennessee governor who ever served time in prison for crimes committed while in office?” he asked, giving her the hint that the man was a Democrat, a well-known Confederate general, one whose name and history have been a source of enormous controversy in Tennessee the last few years and who was born and raised in the community of Chapel Hill, in the 5th district.

But, alas, Ortagus did not know.

The answer is Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was not just any Confederate general, but the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan from 1867 to 1869. Before the war, Forrest amassed substantial wealth as a cotton plantation owner, horse and cattle trader, real estate broker, and slave trader.

The last question was probably the most embarrassing of them all.

Leahy asked her to name the county Chapel Hill is in. Again, she did not know.

“Marshall County. It’s in your district,” Leahy said.

And that my friend is the Republican Party in a nutshell.

Ortagus is running against incumbent Democrat Rep. Jim Cooper, who announced his retirement after more than 32 years in Congress as the current district will be dismantled.

Ortagus has been running on her “concern” over immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border.

“You see a border that he [Biden] has absolutely no control of. It’s a major national security issue. You see inflation over 7.5%. You see people like my neighbors, people who live in the 5th Congressional District in Tennessee, who are making really hard choices about getting a full tank of gas or getting a full cart of groceries. It shouldn’t be that way in America.”

Ortagus served during the Bush administration in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and was posted to Baghdad. She served as a spokesperson for the USAID in 2017 and later worked as an intelligence analyst for the Treasury Department.

While in Baghdad she began exploring Judaism and eventually converted.

“I just had a sense of it really touching me in a way that religion had not in a very, very long time,” Ortagus told Jewish Insider. Following the service, which was held in a U.S. Army trailer, attendees ate a “kosher-ish” meal at the chow hall. “I don’t think we ever had any challah, but we definitely had some rolls,” she said.

She has said that she got her job as an intelligence analyst at the Treasury Department while “at a bar.” Despite her lack of experience, she was hired.

“You may not be the smartest, you may not be the most accomplished, you may not be the best looking; you may not be any of these things, but no matter what, I will outwork you,” she told Jewish Insider.

Well, at least part of that statement is correct.

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Tennessee Pastor Hosts Massive Book-Burning At His Church

When the Nazis began burning books in May 1933, they claimed the books were “un-German.” Joseph Goebbels, “chief propagandist,” delivered an incendiary speech claiming “No to decadence and moral corruption!”

The Gleichschaltung, as it was called, was an effort to cleanse German arts of culture that didn’t align with Nazi ideology, focusing particularly on books by Jewish, liberal, and leftist authors—a bellwether of censorship and control that ultimately led to the murder of six million Jews.

Fast-forward to a Tennessee pastor who organized a book burning with his congregation Wednesday, citing his church’s right to "burn occultic materials that they deem are a threat to their religious rights and freedoms and belief system."

The event took place in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, at the Global Vision Bible Church, which is led by the extreme right-wing conspiracy theorist Pastor Greg Locke.

Locke is a notorious anti-vaxxer and anti-masker. He’s has called COVID-19 “nonsense” and the pandemic “fake,” according to Fox affiliate WZTV-Nashville.

As reported by Nashville Scene, Locke delivered a sermon before the burning, directing parishioners to throw young adult titles such as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight into a large bonfire on the basis that the titles promote "witchcraft.”

”We have a constitutional right and a Biblical right to do what we're going to do tonight," Locke said. "We have a burn permit, but even without one a church has a religious right to burn occultic materials that they deem are a threat to their religious rights and freedoms and belief system."

The Nashville Scene also reported that one counter-protester claimed that he threw a Bible into the fire while holding tightly to copies of Fahrenheit 451 and On the Origin of Species. Published in 1953, Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 depicts a dystopian American future wherein books are outlawed, and "firemen" are tasked with burning any books they find.


A local Mt. Juliet resident told Daily Kos that no one should just brush this event off as just a “local church, local pastor.”

“Locke has over 2 million followers. He live-streamed the January 6 insurrection. He regularly tours the state with elected officials and Roger Stone spoke at the church,” Sarah Moore said. She adds, “It’s not just Locke or Trump, but the people who support them who scare me.”

Locke threw himself into hellish hot water last week after suggesting during a sermon that autism, epilepsy, and other mental health disorders are actually demon possession.

A clip of Locke’s controversial sermon “ Desperate for Deliverance” went viral, and the comment section blew up by Christians and non-Christians alike.


Locke’s book-burning party comes just a week after the McMinn County, Tennessee, school board issued a statement defending its removal of Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus to teach eighth-graders about the Holocaust.

A truly concerning number of conservatives have jumped on the train of trying to get books banned from school and public libraries, if not outright calling for texts to be burned. In addition to Tennessee, books have been banned in the Granbury Independent School District in Texas and pulled from shelves in Polk County, Florida.

“The McMinn County Board of Education voted to remove the graphic novel Maus from McMinn County Schools because of its unnecessary use of profanity and nudity and its depiction of violence and suicide.”

Tennessee children live in a state with the tenth-highest teen birth rate of any state, the tenth-highest homicide mortality rate, the third-highest violent crime rate, and the ninth-highest poverty rate.

But Locke is worried about witchcraft and the school board is worried about profanity in a book about the world’s most horrific examples of extremism.

“Orwellian” was one of the choice words Spiegelman had to describe a Tennessee school board’s unanimous decision to ban Maus. “I’m kind of baffled by this,” Spiegelman told CNBC, and “It’s leaving me with my jaw open, like, ‘What?’”

We are all Spiegelman.

Just for the record, one of the books that was torched by Nazis was by Helen Keller, an American author “whose belief in social justice encouraged her to champion disabled persons, pacifism, improved conditions for industrial workers, and women's voting rights,” the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum writes.

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Sen. Warnock Crushing His Trump Lapdog Opponent, Herschel Walker, In Fundraising

Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock has proved once again that his reputation is warranted. He’s a fundraising giant. He has outraised his GOP opponent, Herschel Walker, by almost double in the last quarter of 2021, with donations averaging $43.

According to Warnock’s campaign, the Democratic senator raked in $9.8 million to the retired NFL star’s $5.4 million in the same three-month period ending on December 31.

Warnock’s latest haul will give him a hefty $23 million cash on hand for a reelection battle that could decide control the U.S. Senate. His campaign says he acquired the contributions from 130,000 donors from October to December.

"As Reverend Warnock continues to fight for hardworking Georgia families, the enthusiasm behind Reverend Warnock's campaign continues to grow,” Warnock’s campaign manager Quentin Fulks said in a statement, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“After driving another record-breaking fundraising haul, our strong network of grassroots support is fired up to send Reverend Warnock back to the Senate to fight for Georgia,” Fulks added.

    The state’s first Black senator and Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor is seeking a full six-year term, but given Georgia’s divided political landscape, Warnock is far from being a shoo-in.

    Walker has been knighted by former twice-impeached former President Donald Trump and racist, vote suppressing Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, which, so far, has worked in his favor—hand in hand with the fact that he’s beloved in Georgia.

    According to Fox Business, a super PAC supporting Walker, 34N22, spent more than $50,000 on a billboard campaign attacking Warnock. The billboards target inflation and gas prices, while a third reads, "Crime is killing Atlanta."

    But all the attacks on Warnock in the world aren’t going to undo Herschel’s own history, not to mention his recent mistakes while campaigning.

    In December, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein called out Walker for saying he “graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice,” a lie found on his Amazon author site, his Speaker Booking Agency page, and his New Georgia Encyclopedia entry, AJC reported.

    Now, here’s the thing: Not everyone cares whether a senate candidate is a college graduate, but I would suspect most care if you lie about it.

    Walker also has a very dark history of mental health issues. Again, not a big deal, unless you have a history of domestic violence.

    According to public records reviewed by Associated Press, Walker repeatedly threatened ex-wife Cindy Grossman during his divorce. In 2005, Grossman secured a protective order against him, alleging violence and controlling behavior, AP reports.

    In an interview with ABC News, Grossman said Walker held a gun to her head, saying, “I’m going to blow your f---ing brains out.” She filed for divorce in 2001, citing “physically abusive and extremely threatening behavior.”

    In October, Walker fumbled again when he was forced to cancel a planned fundraiser after the host was discovered to have a swastika as her profile pic.

    The event was co-hosted by dubious figure Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais—a film producer, proud birther, and president and owner of Accelerate Entertainment, which offers a very short slate of very bad movies.

    Viviano-Langlais not only produces crap entertainment, but she’s also a vehement right-wing anti-vaxxer. This brings me to my next embarrassing Walker tidbit.

    The Daily Beast found an August 2020 interview where Walker told right-wing talk show host Glenn Beck about the new FDA-approved “spray” that kills COVID on contact.

    “I probably shouldn’t tell you,” Walker says, adding “Do you know right now, I have something that [you can bring] into a building, that will clean you of COVID, as you walk through this, this dry mist?”

    Even Beck looked suspicious, but Walker rambled on.

    “As you walk through the door, it will kill any COVID on your body,” he continues. He leans in and adds, “EPA-, FDA-approved,” then continues: “When you leave—it will kill the virus as you leave, this here product,” Walker says. He adds that he has a second unspecified miracle product, a “spray” possibly indicated for use after the dry mist treatment.

    “They don’t want to talk about that. They don’t want to hear about that,” Walker says. “And I’m serious.”

    Walker is up against at least three other Republican primary candidates for Warnock’s seat, including the state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, a Navy veteran; former bank executive Latham Saddler; and construction company owner Kelvin King.

    Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

    Gun-Toting Anti-Vax Leader Urges Guzzling Urine As Covid-19 'Antidote'

    Ex-con, anti-vaxxer, and king of the village of nincompoops, “Vaccine Police” leader Christopher Key is giving out advice on his latest nontreatment treatment for COVID-19. He says it is the “antidote,” and we hope you’re sitting down for this. Yes, folks, it’s … ”urine therapy.”

    That’s right: Instead of taking a safe and effective vaccine, Key is telling his bonehead followers to buckle up and take a big sip of their own liquid gold.

    “The antidote that we have seen now, and we have tons and tons of research, is urine therapy. Okay, and I know to a lot of you this sounds crazy, but guys, God’s given us everything we need,” Key said in a video posted over the weekend on his Telegram account.

    “This has been around for centuries,” he added.

    Key—who was recently released from jail in Birmingham, Alabama, over a criminal trespassing charge—admits that what he’s saying might seem a bit “cray cray.” But he went on to tell a small group of his followers to “drink urine” because “this vaccine is the worst bioweapon I have ever seen.” He concluded with: “I’m not a medical doctor and I’m not telling anyone to drink their own urine, but I drink my own urine. And I’ve been drinking my own urine for the last 23 years and I’m still alive. And I drink chlorine dioxide!” The concludes with a brief sales pitch on chlorine dioxide.

    So here’s where I’d like to interject a quick travel story from when I was on my honeymoon in Thailand in 2018.

    My husband and I started our trip in Bangkok. After a pleasant taxi ride and small talk with the driver on our second day in the city, we asked if the driver would take us to Ayutthaya the following day. We wanted to see the historic Grand Palace and a famed sculpture of a Buddha head embedded in a Banyan tree.

    He agreed, and the next morning he was at our hotel sitting in the lobby.

    We drove the hour to Ayutthaya and walked around the palace grounds in the blazing hot sun. We saw the Buddha and it was truly amazing. On the way back, our driver was talking a lot and it became difficult to understand with his thick Thai accent, so we got out our Google translate to communicate better.

    During the drive back to our hotel, out of the blue, my husband asks the driver what the worst health issue was for Thai people. He answers quickly that it is HIV/AIDS, which is unsurprising as sex tourism in Thailand is a billion-dollar business.

    We’d done our own research and learned that the Thai government had done a lot to combat the virus. As of 2014, all antiretroviral therapies were free to people living with HIV. Around 2018, the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center began offering PrEP, a preventative medicine for HIV, free to those who are at high risk.

    But our driver told us that his answer to preventing HIV/AIDS was to drink his own urine. Now, we were convinced when he told us this that Google translation had lost its mind. But we asked him repeatedly, in Thai, if he actually drank his own urine, and repeatedly, he told us he and his family did. So that’s my story.

    But back to Key. When he’s not guzzling waste matter, Key is on the road wearing a fake badge and an arsenal of weapons, hoping to arrest Democratic state governors over vaccine mandates.

    According to The Daily Beast, Key has harassed several state officials and “served” people with packets of information that he insists prove his conspiracy that COVID-19 vaccines are “bioweapons.”

    Key additionally carries a flamethrower, which he showed off in one of his many Telegram videos. And according to The Washington Post, Key went to a Walmart pharmacy in Springfield, Missouri, along with several of his followers in August to threaten pharmacists over giving out COVID-19 vaccines.

    “What they’re doing is crimes against humanity,” he said in a live stream on Facebook. “And if they do not stand down immediately, then they could be executed. They can be hung in the state.”

    He added: “If you allow one more shot in one more person’s body, you yourself will be executed in violation of the Nuremberg Code,” he said as he pointed to a Walmart employee standing nearby. “We don’t want that to happen to any of you guys at all. We love you guys. We want to keep you safe.”

    Key has repeatedly referred to America’s Frontline Doctors, a group notoriously known for proliferating bogus claims about COVID-19. Key even falsely claimed that days after getting COVID-19 vaccines, 45,000 people died. This is, of course, completely untrue.

    Reprinted with permission from DailyKos