(The Federalist) Politico came out swinging on Tuesday with the tired “Christian nationalist” slur in an article about a second Donald Trump term. It intended to shame conservatives who “believe that the country was founded as a Christian nation and that Christian values should be prioritized throughout government and public life” — in other words, mainstream Christians.
(Zerohedge) Ballot harvesting, which is legal in many states, allows people to deliver other voters’ absentee or mail-in ballots to election officials. Some fear this practice facilitates election fraud. Republicans have long frowned upon it; Democrats have taken advantage of it. “Whether or not they [Democrats] do it legally, that’s up for discussion,” Ms. Trump said.
‘MAGA Will Govern for 50 Years’: Steve Bannon Opens CPAC With Prediction of Trump Victory Amid ‘Three Global Crises’
(Mediaite) “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party,” Trump fumed in January 2018.
(The Economist) Despite its name, national conservatism could not be more different from the ideas of Reagan and Thatcher. Rather than being sceptical of big government, national conservatives think ordinary people are beset by impersonal global forces and that the state is their saviour. Unlike Reagan and Thatcher, they hate pooling sovereignty in multilateral organisations, they suspect free markets of being rigged by the elites and they are hostile to migration
(Zerohedge) In a post last week (“A Good Weekend For Russia”), when news broke that Tucker Carlson was in Moscow and might be interviewing Putin, we wrote: Even if he doesn’t get an interview with Putin, Tucker is likely to report what he sees there, and what he’s going to see is a city that looks like it’s doing well economically (on top of being cleaner and safer than American cities like New York or Los Angeles).
(American Conservative) That’s why we’ve been the subject of extended profiles (some more negative than others) in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Atlantic, and other major left-wing publications in just the last couple of years. Not bad for a think-tank whose annual budget is equal to the cost of a few of the missiles that America lobs ineffectually at Houthi tribesmen in Yemen.
(Foreign Policy) If we turn to foreign policy, the differences are not so stark. Although many people now fear that a second Trump term would have dramatic effects on U.S. foreign policy, I suspect the differences will be less significant than you might think. Trump will be erratic, mercurial, boorish, and confrontational—especially toward America’s NATO allies—just as he was during his first term. But in other respects, a second Trump term may not be that different from what Biden would do should he win another four years in office.
(American Greatness) Over the next few days and weeks ahead, the pundits, the critics, and social media “influencers” will no doubt continue their nastiness and direct their vitriol at DeSantis—as they pathetically try to write off his future political aspirations as dead on arrival. They sure do love kicking people when they’re down, especially when that person is a Republican.
(The Federalist) DeSantis, also known as “the greatest Republican governor of my lifetime,” effectively ended his so very disappointing campaign for president on Sunday. As politicians of the same party routinely do after primaries, he immediately endorsed his competitor Donald Trump. That should be all his supporters needed to swallow however hard is necessary and do the same, but the wounds are apparently not just superficial for some of Team DeSantis.
(Newsmax) Trump pulled in an overwhelming majority 60% support, leading Haley by 22 points, after the departure of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis from the race. DeSantis endorsed Trump, along with former GOP presidential primary candidates Vivek Ramaswamy, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.
(Veterans Today) “Most neoconservative defense intellectuals have their roots on the left, not the right. They are products of the influential Jewish-American sector of the Trotskyist movement of the 1930s and 1940s, which morphed into anti-communist liberalism between the 1950s and 1970s and finally into a kind of militaristic and imperial right with no precedents in American culture or political history.”
(The Federalist) For one thing, the former president is effectively running as an incumbent, and incumbents have a lot of things going for them. They have built-in party loyalties. Voters have already seen the incumbents win. There is name recognition and Trump, no matter what he does, is perpetually at the center of the political universe.
GOP Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy Blames Liberal ‘White Guilt’ for Creating a ‘New Wave of Racism’
(Big League Politics) Republican Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is taking aim at the racism-industrial complex that is being perpetrated on the American people by hostile, anti-American leftists. Ramaswamy made the point that “white guilt” and other nonsense is being exploited in order to deepen racial divisions and undermine the “dream” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Move over, AARP. A conservative competitor that rejects the AARP’s liberal political agenda for seniors has 2.2 million members and growing.
(The Federalist) For decades now, AARP, which once stood for the American Association of Retired Persons and has been subsequently rebranded as just a set of initials that stand for nothing, has been one of the most influential lobby groups in Washington, D.C. Though AARP was supposed to represent a large and politically diverse cross-section of older Americans, its transformation into an overtly partisan Democrat organization is hard to deny.
(The Bulwark) Once the speech had concluded, I decided to pick the brains of this rising generation of right-wing activists. They liked Vivek fine, but when I asked whom they were most excited to see here at Americafest, Turning Point USA’s yearly MAGAchella, the answer was Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz.
(Daily Mail) The Supreme Court last year voted to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe V Wade ruling that made abortion care legal and state abortion bans unconstitutional. On June 24 2022 that right was overturned when a majority voted in the Mississippi case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization to state that there was not constitutional protection for abortion.
(The Hill) The debate, the last Republican National Committee-sanctioned one of the year, at times turned nasty, with Ramaswamy at one point comparing Haley’s campaign launch video to “a woke Dylan Mulvaney Bud Light ad” and Christie calling the entrepreneur an “obnoxious blowhard.”
Trump Campaign Strikes Back At ‘Dictator’ Hit-Piece as Gaetz Says its ‘Green-Lighting Assassination’
(ZeroHedge) The Washington Post most notably ran a piece written by Robert Kagan, husband of Former State Department official Victoria Nuland (who was deeply involved in peddling the Steele dossier) titled “A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending.”
(Conservative Brief) Carlson started off by saying everyone he knows and has spoken to recently is “angry and paranoid,” but added they are not prone to conspiracy theories and are just normal people who are concerned about what they are seeing around the country.
(Daily Beast) The nonprofit, called American Compass, included the names of five donor organizations on a schedule in its 2022 tax statement, a copy of which was obtained by The Daily Beast. The page header says, “Do Not File” and “Not Open to Public Inspection,” indicating the donors may have been accidentally disclosed.