Former Republican

Republican former Michigan governor says he’s voting for Biden | TheHill – The Hill

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Thursday endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenKenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several ‘peaceful’ nights Conway says even more ‘hidden, undercover’ Trump voters will help him win reelection Disrupting the presidential debates MORE, becoming the latest high-profile Republican to back President TrumpDonald John TrumpKenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several ‘peaceful’ nights MSNBC’s Joy Reid concedes ‘framing’ of Muslim comments ‘didn’t work’ Conway says even more ‘hidden, undercover’ Trump voters will help him win reelection MORE‘s removal from the White House. 

“I will continue to support and stand up for Republican policies and values, and support Republican candidates, but I will not support Donald Trump for reelection,” Synder said in USA Today op-ed

Synder, who served as Michigan governor between 2011 and 2018, declined to publicly endorse Trump during the 2016 campaign. He said that he hoped the president would find a way to govern in a way that unified the nation. Instead, the president has directed all of his attention to his supporters, Synder said. 

The former governor described the president as a “bully” who is “verbally abusive” toward those who disagree with him. He also claimed Trump “ignores the truth” while also demonstrating a lack of knowledge about policy matters including public health, the economy and foreign relations. 

“Some regulatory reforms have been helpful. But his tax reform was a failure,” Synder said. “It didn’t have real long-term value, enriched large corporations and violated the basic principles of good tax reform to be simple, fair, and efficient.”

Synder concluded the op-ed by pushing for a return to civility, arguing that Biden is best suited for that job. 

“I hope you will join me and help others by using Relentless Positive Action to elect Joe Biden as America’s next president,” Synder said. 

The endorsement from Synder comes as the 2020 campaign enters its final stretch. He joined nearly 100 Republicans who on Thursday endorsed Biden.

Dozens of other Republicans, including former Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMaybe they just don’t like cowboys: The president is successful, some just don’t like his style Bush endorsing Biden? Don’t hold your breath The Hill’s Convention Report: Trump rails on mail voting at surprise convention appearance | Republicans prepare for convention close-up | New York AG investigating Trump Org MORE (Ariz.) and John Warner (Va.) and former Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentBush endorsing Biden? Don’t hold your breath The Hill’s Convention Report: Trump rails on mail voting at surprise convention appearance | Republicans prepare for convention close-up | New York AG investigating Trump Org Jeff Flake, dozens of former GOP congressmen joining ‘Republicans for Biden’ MORE (Pa.), have come out in support of the former vice president. 

More than 70 former national security officials who served under Republican administrations also endorsed Biden last month, saying in a joint statement that Trump has “disappointed millions of voters who put their faith in him and has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term.” 

National and state polls show Biden with a lead over Trump in his bid for the presidency. A RealClearPolitics average of polling shows Biden with a 7.2-point advantage over the president nationally. He also leads by about 2 points in Michigan, a key battleground state that Trump carried in 2016, according to RCP averages

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Republican Swift

Republican who ‘swift boated’ John Kerry to run pro-Trump Super Pac – The Guardian

The Republican strategist who orchestrated the swift boating of John Kerry in 2004 is behind a new effort to aid Donald Trumps re-election campaign.
Chris LaCivita will run a Super Pac called Preser…
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Republican silence

The Republican silence on what’s happening in Portland is jarring – NBC News

WASHINGTON — The Republican silence on what’s happening in Portland is jarring: If you’ve followed American politics over the last 10 years, you might be surprised that Republicans are more outraged at Liz Cheney than they are federal armed agents that just tear-gassed a city’s mayor.

What happened to “Don’t tread on me”?

What happened to states’ rights?

What happened to freedom of speech and assembly?

It’s easy to understand in our current politics why elected Republicans aren’t speaking out against the Department of Homeland Security forces in liberal, urban Portland. (Sen. Rand Paul is one exception.)

But if you lived through the Obama Era, this Republican silence is jarring.

And the next time they’re out of power from the White House, it will only undercut future efforts by them to decry federal overreach.

America’s partisan divide over race stands out in NBC News/WSJ poll

The nation’s two political parties couldn’t be more divided over the issue of race after George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed it, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll numbers we released earlier this week.

One party believes that discrimination of Blacks and Latinos exists (between 80 and 90 percent of Democrats say this); the other party doesn’t (just 15 to 26 percent of Republicans).

One party believes that America is a racist society (82 percent of Democrats); the other party doesn’t (30 percent of Republicans).

One party believes President Trump has made it more acceptable for people to be racist (79 percent of Dems); the other party doesn’t (18 percent of GOPers).

One party has a positive view of Black Lives Matter (83 percent of Dems); the other party doesn’t (11 percent of GOPers).

And one party’s members want to remove Confederate monuments either by being destroyed or put in a museum (81 percent of Dems); the other party doesn’t (16 percent of Republicans).

White Democrats vs. white Republicans on race

And if you think this partisan divide over race is due to Democrats having more Blacks and Latinos in their ranks, just see below.

The differences between white Democrats and white Republicans couldn’t be starker.

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Data Download: The numbers you need to know today

3,989,346: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, per the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 79,832 more cases than yesterday morning.)

144,183: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far. (That’s 1,224 more than yesterday morning.)

48.02 million: The number of coronavirus tests that have been administered in the United States so far, according to researchers at The COVID Tracking Project.

$1 trillion: The price tag on the tentative agreement Senate Republicans and the White House have reached to address the next round of coronavirus relief

$3.4 trillion: The cost of the recovery bill Democrats have already passed in the House

More than half: The number of states that now have mask-wearing mandates

At least 76 percent: The share of voters who are eligible to cast a ballot by the mail in the fall, according to a study by the Washington Post.

72: The number of House Republicans who joined with Democrats to vote to remove statues of Confederate leaders from the Capitol.

45 percent to 44 percent: The head-to-head between Biden and Trump in Texas, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

Tweet of the day

2020 Vision: Obama, Biden discuss health care

In the latest release of the Biden campaign’s conversation between Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the two men discuss health care and Biden’s son, Beau, per NBC’s Mike Memoli and Marianna Sotomayor.

Biden: “I remember when Beau was toward the end, and the only person I told the detail all the time as you, because you had a right to know exactly what my, and he only had months left to go. And I used to sit there and watch him in the bed and in pain and dying and glioblastoma, I thought to myself, what would happen if his insurance company was able to come in, which they could have done before we passed Obamacare and said, you have outrun your insurance. You’re about to suffer the last five months of your life in peace. You’re on your own. All the things that it did, that it was so profound, an impact on people. It was like, it took them a while until they started to take it away to realize what was happening.”

Obama: “I mean, you and I both know what it’s like to have somebody you love get really sick. And in some cases to lose somebody, but that loss is compounded when you see the stress on their faces, because they’re worried that they’re being a burden on their families. They’re worried about whether the insurance is gonna cover the treatments that they need. I couldn’t be prouder of what we got done. 20 million people have health insurance that didn’t have it because of what we did.”

Where Senate Republicans agree and disagree on the relief bill

Senate Republicans announced Wednesday night that they “reached a fundamental agreement” with the White House on the next phase of coronavirus relief, per NBC’s Hill team.

While the particulars of the bill remain fluid, Republicans still are not totally in sync on it, and Democrats haven’t begun to weigh in.

Here’s what our Hill team can report will be in the proposal:

  • $25 billion for testing total ($9 billion from earlier packages plus $16 billion in this package).
  • $70 billion for K-12 schools: Half of that will go to all schools on a per capita basis, and the other half will go to costs for schools that have re-opened.
  • $30 billion for colleges/universities which is not tied to reopening.
  • $5 billion for governors to use at their own discretion.

And what are we waiting to know?

  • There is an agreement to provide more direct stimulus payments to Americans, but what that amount looks like and what income levels that will cover is still not public.
  • There is no agreement on additional unemployment insurance benefits at this point.
  • Whether or not a payroll tax cut will be in this bill.

The Lid: We are never, ever getting back together

Don’t miss the pod from yesterday, when we looked at a big schism in the GOP and what it might mean for the party.

ICYMI: What else is happening in the world

Joe Biden says that Trump is the first racist president.

Mike Bloomberg’s gun control group is pouring millions into races in eight states.

The White House cafeteria is closed after a worker tested positive for coronavirus.

The Biden campaign is going on the offensive on the Senate GOP’s probe of Burisma.

The Trump administration is sending more federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque.

Mike Pompeo’s wife is coming under scrutiny from some State Department insiders.

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Republican senators

Republican senators dodge questions, defend clearing out peaceful protesters – Washington Post

More than a dozen Senate Republicans on June 2 refused to say whether the gassing of peaceful protesters outside the White House was appropriate before President Trump’s church visit. Read more: SPECIAL OFFER: To thank you for your support, here’s a deal on a Washington Post digital subscription: $29 for one year

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Calif Republican

Republican wins Calif. House seat vacated by ‘throuple’ Democrat Katie Hill – New York Post

May 13, 2020 | 5:13pm

A Republican has won the vacated House seat of former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill — the Southern California lawmaker who stepped down last year amid intense scrutiny over her “throuple” relationship with her now-estranged husband and a female staffer.

Former Navy fighter pilot Mike Garcia managed to flip the seat after closing polls showed him ahead with a comfortable 12-point lead and state Assemblywoman Christy Smith conceded the election Wednesday.

“We believe that the current tally shows Mike Garcia is the likely victor in the May 12 special election,” she said in a statement. “As such, I’d like to congratulate him.”

Garcia will now finish Hill’s term after she resigned from Congress in October last year amid allegations she was in a three-way relationship with her husband and a female staffer. He faces re-election in November.

“Big Congressional win in California for Mike Garcia, taking back a seat from the Democrats. This is the first time in many years that a California Dem seat has flipped back to a Republican,” President Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday.

California’s 25th congressional district, which stretches across Northern Los Angeles, was a Republican stronghold for two decades before Hill flipped the seat in the 2018 midterms.

The former congresswoman was also accused of having an affair with a separate legislative aide in her office — a charge she vehemently denied.

The scandal sparked a House Ethics Committee probe, with Hill blaming the leaks on her estranged husband.

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