Republican Louie Gohmert Tests Positive for Coronavirus After Refusing to Wear a Mask

Louie Gohmert has tested positive for Covid-19 following a screening at the White House. He becomes the latest person in President Donald Trump’s orbit to be diagnosed with the illness.

The Republican congressman from Texas was due to fly back to his home state on Wednesday with the President, which is apparently why he was tested. Gohmert had publicly refused to wear a mask. read more

Trump and Mitch McConnell Have Secret Meeting at the White House as Deadline for Stimulus Plan Looms

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Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell held an unscheduled meeting at the White House on Monday along with other senior Republicans. They were reportedly discussing the upcoming stimulus bill.

The Senate Majority Leader met with the President, according to CNN’s Manu Raju, who shared a photo on Twitter. Also in attendance were House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. read more

Nearly a Quarter of Republicans Think GOP Should Replace Trump as Presidential Candidate

Nearly one-in-four likely Republican voters think their party should nominate someone other than Donald Trump for president in 2020. However, most will still vote for him.

Conservative pollster Rasmussen found that 23% of Republicans believe “their party should find someone other than Trump to be their presidential nominee.”

This is a significant number considering Trump has been president for almost four years. GOP voters also tend to be loyal to their elected officials, especially presidents.

“Men feel more strongly than women that Trump is the right candidate for the GOP. Women are more likely to be undecided,” Rasmussen reports.

Likely Republican voters under 40 are more likely to think Trump should be replaced. Until recently, the President enjoyed huge support among senior citizens but Joe Biden has chipped away at this.

“Blacks and other minority voters share that view more than whites do,” the poll says.

Despite these numbers, 95% of Republicans think Trump will end up being the nominee. Possible challenges to his status from unhappy conservatives gained little traction this year.

By contrast, 28% of likely Democratic voters think their party should find a nominee other than the former vice president.

In a separate poll, Rasmussen found that just 54% of Democrats want Biden bur 92% believe he will be their nominee. It would be very difficult to replace Biden or Trump at this time.

However, it’s important to note that Rasmussen typically skews conservative and has frequently given President Trump higher than average approval ratings.

Trump has approvingly cited Rasmussen polls on many occasions, which may be cause for concern considering the latest findings. Conservatives may also be more likely to be honest with Rasmussen as a result of its popularity with the party.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Slams “Tyrannical” Decision to Overturn Stay-at-Home Order

A conservative judge has harshly criticized his colleagues for their decision to overturn Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order. The court ruled 4-3 to strike down Governor Tony Evers’ restrictions.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has a conservative majority but Justice Brian Hagedorn dissented from the ruling and blasted the majority for acting in a “tyrannical” fashion.

Hagedorn wrote that Wisconsinites had not given the court the power to “to step in and impose our wisdom” but “they left that to the legislative and executive branches.”

“The rule of law, and therefore the true liberty of the people, is threatened no less by a tyrannical judiciary than by a tyrannical executive or legislature,” Hagedorn said in the minority’s dissent.

“Today’s decision may or may not be good policy, but it is not grounded in the law.”

“In striking down most of Order 28, this court has strayed from its charge and turned this case into something quite different than the case brought to us,” he went on.

“To make matters worse, it has failed to provide almost any guidance for what the relevant laws mean, and how our state is to govern through this crisis moving forward.”

Two other members of the court joined the dissent but Hagedorn’s fellow conservatives in the majority naturally disagreed with his view.

Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley said his dissent “contains no constitutional analysis whatsoever, affirmatively rejects the constitution, and subjugates liberty.”

Critics have previously accused Wisconsin’s supreme court of extreme partisanship, driven by Republicans’ attempts to seize control of the court in furtherance of their political goals.

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New Poll: Just 36% of Americans Trust Trump as Source of Coronavirus Information

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A large majority of the country do believe Donald Trump when it comes to Covid-19. A new poll shows the President is not viewed as a reliable source of information.

A CNN poll conducted by SSRS shows that just 36% of Americans view Trump as a trusted source on the pandemic. This may be due to the fact he’s spread disinformation almost since the outbreak began.

Interestingly, the poll shows Trump’s approval rating stands at 45%. This means some of the voters who approve of him don’t believe him on the Coronavirus.

JUST NOW: A major holy cow from new @cnn poll.

Just 36% of Americans say they trust what @realDonaldTrump is telling them about Coronavirus.
His approval is 45%. That means even some people who approve of him…don't believe him.@NewDayhttps://t.co/eMg9gMUsJm read more

Former Republican Justin Amash Faces Huge Backlash for Third Party Presidential Bid

There’s been major backlash following Congressman Justin Amash’s announcement that he’s exploring a third party presidential run. The former Republican had been teasing the idea for some time.

Amash resigned from the Republican Party because of his opposition to President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, he said he’d created an exploratory committee for a presidential bid as a Libertarian.

Today, I launched an exploratory committee to seek the [Libertarian]  nomination for president of the United States. Americans are ready for practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people,” he tweeted.

“We’re ready for a presidency that will restore respect for our Constitution and bring people together. I’m excited and honored to be taking these first steps toward serving Americans of every background as president.”

Today, I launched an exploratory committee to seek the @LPNational’s nomination for president of the United States. Americans are ready for practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people. read more

How Fear of Trump May Cause Republicans to Lose Senate Control in 2020

Although there were 12 Republican U.S. Senators who voted against Donald Trump in the vote last week on his emergency declaration, this doesn’t mean there is a widespread revolt in his party. In fact, what’s more revealing is to look at the senators who did NOT vote against the president, and understand why. Because it shows that Donald Trump’s stranglehold on the Republican Party is as strong as ever.

Of the 12 senators who voted to condemn Trump’s national emergency declaration, only one is running for reelection next year. And that one is Susan Collins of Maine, who is perceived as an independent by her home-state voters.

This means all of the other Republicans in the Senate who will face an election challenge in 2020 voted to support the president’s national emergency, including many who were strongly opposed to it.

Why would they do that? The answer is simple: fear.

These senators in the president’s party are afraid of one thing above all others, and that is to get “primaried.”

With up to 90% of Republican primary voters likely to be supportive of Trump, the last thing these senators can afford to do is alienate them by appearing disloyal to the president.

There are several Republicans running in swing states who would likely have benefited from voting against Trump. For example Sens. Cory Gardner (Colo.), Martha McSally (Ariz.) and Thom Tillis (N.C.) all are considered “at risk” next year. They represent states where Donald Trump is not popular with the general electorate, yet in the crucial Senate vote they stuck with him.

Another good example is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Although there are rumors that McConnell may retire next year, he still is up for reelection. And he endorsed Trump’s national emergency declaration even though he had initially warned Trump against making the move.

Republicans have little choice given how important the issue of border security is with Trump’s base of Republican voters.

One Republican strategist said:

“I think what they’ve seen is the Republican base has been energized by the issue the last couple years and it’s not going away.” read more