Trump: US ‘Laughed at All Over the World’ for Slow Election Results

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By Eric Mack | Saturday, 21 May 2022 06:07 PM

Slow election results and The Wall Street Journal editorial board were the targets of former President Donald Trump's ire Saturday.

"Why can't The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board recognize what a complete disaster our voting system is," Trump wrote in a Truth Social post. "Why does it take sooo long, like in Pennsylvania, to conclude – 5 days now."

Pennsylvania's too-close-to-call Senate GOP primary race, which is likely headed to a recount between Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick, cannot even give a final result of the votes already cast, Trump excoriated in the statement

"Must end mail-in ballots and go to same-day voting," the post continued. "Also, paper ballots and our problems are solved. We are laughed at all over the world (actually, for many reasons!)."

The Journal editorial board was also blasted for its (RINO) Republican in Name Only-like positions, Trump concluded.

"Come on WSJ, put your RINO hatred of me away and get something right (for once!)," Trump wrote. "Our country is going to hell!!!"

GOP Primary Race for Alabama Senate Seat a High-dollar Contest

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Alabama's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby has become a bitter high-dollar contest with the three strongest contenders jockeying for the nomination.

The leading candidates are U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks who won — and then lost — former President Donald Trump's backing in the race; Katie Boyd Britt, the former leader of Business Council of Alabama and Shelby's former chief of staff; and Mike Durant, an aerospace company owner best known as the helicopter pilot whose capture during a U.S. military mission in Somalia was chronicled in the "Black Hawk Down" book and subsequent movie.

Lillie Boddie, Karla M. Dupriest and Jake Schafer are also seeking the GOP nomination.

Observers say it's hard to predict whether the nomination will be settled in Tuesday's primary. The fractured field increases the chances that the race will go to a June 21 runoff, which is required unless one candidate captures more than 50% of Tuesday's vote. David Mowery, an Alabama-based political consultant, said the race has an up-for-grabs feel.

"It's anybody guess as to who's in first and who's in second in the runoff," he said.

As for the barrage of negative campaign ads in the primary's closing days, Mowery said: "The gloves have come off."

The Alabama race is one of several bitterly contested GOP primaries for open Senate seats. Retirements also sparked heated races this season in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and in Ohio. Trump further scrambled the Alabama race this spring when he rescinded his endorsement of Brooks. Both Britt and Durant have courted Trump's nod, but he has so far stayed out of the Alabama race.

"We look at this country and don't recognize it right now. Unfortunately, under the Biden administration, every single thing in this nation is moving in the wrong direction," Britt said during a speech to the Republican Women of East Alabama.

Before leading the Business Council, Britt served as chief of staff to Shelby, one the Senate's most senior members and a traditional Republican known for his ability to bring home federal projects and funding to his home state.

But in speeches Britt, running under a slogan of Alabama First, has leaned away from her hefty Washington resume. She said it's important voters get to know her and kind of senator she will be. Her experience, she said, gave her an opportunity to understand how the Senate works.

"I can hit the ground running on day one. And for me, Alabama First is not just a slogan. It's a mission," she said.

Brooks, a six-term congressman from north Alabama, is banking on his long history with Alabama voters to overcome his feud with Trump.

"If you’re a conservative Republican I would submit to you that I'm the only proven conservative in this race. With me there is no rolling the dice to determine how I'm going to go on major public policy issues," Brooks said, urging people to look up his ratings from the National Rifle Association, Heritage Action and other groups.

Despite losing Trump's backing, he continues to run as "MAGA Mo," invoking Trump's Make America Great Again slogan, and his campaign website continues to include old video footage of Trump praising the north Alabama congressman.

Trump initially endorsed Brooks last year, rewarding the conservative firebrand who whipped up a crowd of Trump supporters at the Jan. 6, 2021 "Stop the Steal" rally that preceded the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

"Today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass," Brooks said. But Trump withdrew the endorsement in March after their relationship soured. Trump cited Brooks' languishing performance and accused the conservative congressman of going "woke" for saying it was time to move on from the 2020 presidential outcome and focus on upcoming elections. Brooks said Trump was trying to get him to illegally rescind the election.

Trump has not made a new endorsement in the race. Both Durant and Britt have maintained they are the superior choice for Trump's backing if the race goes to a runoff.

At a speech in Phenix City, a town in the shadow of the U.S. Army's Fort Benning, Durant pitched himself as the outsider in the race. He began a speech by describing his combat service — which included not just Somalia but Desert Storm and missions in Panama — and then working in the defense industry and founding an aerospace company.

"I’m not a politician," Durant said. "That is what people are tired of. That's why people want outsiders. That is why people want straight shooters."

Durant said his military experience separates him from those in Washington who "don’t know what they're talking about" when discussing deploying troops.

"This is serious business. We don't deploy troops, we don't get in skirmishes, we don't try to do nation building unless we truly understand the commitment that we're about to make — not only financially, but the lives of young men and women, our national credibility, all those things that are on the line.”

Durant, a helicopter pilot who was held prisoner after being shot down, is seeking the endorsement of Trump, who once disputed that Sen. John McCain was a war hero because he was held as a POW. "I like people that weren’t captured," Trump said in 2015. Asked about that, Durant said he thought the divisions between the two were "based on politics, not based on service."

Both Britt and Brooks have criticized Durant for "dodging debates" after his campaign declined three separate dates offered by the Alabama Republican Party. Durant said he is willing to debate but could not make it fit his schedule.

Outside groups have pumped more than $20 million into the race to either support or oppose one of the frontrunners.

The Super PACs have been responsible for many of the attack ads in the race. Alabama Patriots PAC spent $4 million to support Durant after receiving money from America's Project, a Virginia-based PAC associated with Jacob Harriman, a Marine Corps veteran who operates the organization "More Perfect Union." Alabama's Future, a PAC opposing Brooks, has received $2 million from a Mitch McConnell-aligned PAC.

The Rev. Will Boyd, former Brighton Mayor Brandaun Dean and retired Army veteran Lanny Kackson are vying for the Democratic nomination. However, Democrats have struggled in recent years in statewide races in Alabama. Former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones harnessed a well-funded campaign and a scandal surrounding GOP nominee Roy Moore to win a special election in 2017. But Jones, who was the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in more than two decades, lost the following election.

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Trump Adds Slew of House GOP Primary Endorsements

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By Eric Mack | Saturday, 21 May 2022 12:13 PM

Former President Donald Trump, having hailed an 85-3 record on his primary endorsements to date – with Pennsylvania's Dr. Mehmet Oz leading in a race headed for a recount – issued endorsements for a slew of House GOP primary candidates Saturday.

Reps. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., Jerry Carl, R-Ala., Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Ben Cine, R-Va., are the latest beneficiaries of Trump's support.

"Congressman Barry Loudermilk is a fantastic representative for the incredible people of Georgia's 11th Congressional District," Trump wrote in a statement from his Save America PAC. "A U.S. Air Force veteran, Barry is working hard to support our vets, grow the economy, lower gas prices, secure our border, defend the Second Amendment, and shrink the size and scope of the federal government by holding it accountable for unacceptable performance – just like we did with accountability at the V.A.!

"Barry Loudermilk has my complete and total endorsement!"

Tuesday's primaries include Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas.

"Congressman Robert Aderholt is a fierce advocate for Alabama's 4th Congressional District," Trump wrote in another statement. "An early and staunch supporter of our America First movement, Robert is fighting to protect life, defend the Second Amendment, secure our border, strengthen our military, promote American manufacturing, and expand rural broadband to better connect our communities. Robert Aderholt has my complete and total endorsement!"

Trump has hailed the strength of the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement as the strongest in political history.

"Congressman Jerry Carl is a relentless advocate for Alabama's 1st Congressional District," Trump added in another statement. "Jerry fully supports our MAGA agenda, and is working hard to secure our border, defend the Second Amendment, support our brave military and vets, grow our economy, and stand strong against the woke mob destroying our country's values.

"A conservative fighter and winner, Jerry Carl has my complete and total endorsement!"

Rogers was integral in helping Trump launch Space Force during the Trump administration.

"Congressman Mike Rogers is an effective and respected leader for the incredible people of Alabama," Trump wrote in a statement. "The lead Republican on the Armed Services Committee, Mike worked closely with me to create our Space Force, rebuild the military, and defend our country. Mike is fighting hard to secure the border, grow our economy, restore American energy independence, protect the Second Amendment, and support our brave vets.
"Mike Rogers is a strong representative for Alabama's 3rd Congressional District, and he has my complete and total endorsement!"

Virginia's primary is still more than one month, away but Cine drew Trump's endorsement well in advance Saturday, too.

'Congressman Ben Cline is a phenomenal representative of the people of Virginia's 6th Congressional District," Trump wrote. "During my administration, Ben was a warrior for Truth, working with Jim Jordan on the Judiciary Committee to combat the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax. A strong advocate for our America First agenda, Ben is fighting hard to secure our border, stop illegal immigration, restore our energy independence, protect life, and defend the Second Amendment.

"Ben Cline is an effective leader and a MAGA champion in Congress, and he has my complete and total endorsement!"

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Trump Adds Slew of House GOP Primary Endorsements

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By Eric Mack | Saturday, 21 May 2022 12:13 PM

Former President Donald Trump, having hailed an 85-3 record on his primary endorsements to date – with Pennsylvania's Dr. Mehmet Oz leading in a race headed for a recount – issued endorsements for a slew of House GOP primary candidates Saturday.

Reps. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., Jerry Carl, R-Ala., Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Ben Cine, R-Va., are the latest beneficiaries of Trump's support.

"Congressman Barry Loudermilk is a fantastic representative for the incredible people of Georgia's 11th Congressional District," Trump wrote in a statement from his Save America PAC. "A U.S. Air Force veteran, Barry is working hard to support our vets, grow the economy, lower gas prices, secure our border, defend the Second Amendment, and shrink the size and scope of the federal government by holding it accountable for unacceptable performance – just like we did with accountability at the V.A.!

"Barry Loudermilk has my complete and total endorsement!"

Tuesday's primaries include Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas.

"Congressman Robert Aderholt is a fierce advocate for Alabama's 4th Congressional District," Trump wrote in another statement. "An early and staunch supporter of our America First movement, Robert is fighting to protect life, defend the Second Amendment, secure our border, strengthen our military, promote American manufacturing, and expand rural broadband to better connect our communities. Robert Aderholt has my complete and total endorsement!"

Trump has hailed the strength of the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement as the strongest in political history.

"Congressman Jerry Carl is a relentless advocate for Alabama's 1st Congressional District," Trump added in another statement. "Jerry fully supports our MAGA agenda, and is working hard to secure our border, defend the Second Amendment, support our brave military and vets, grow our economy, and stand strong against the woke mob destroying our country's values.

"A conservative fighter and winner, Jerry Carl has my complete and total endorsement!"

Rogers was integral in helping Trump launch Space Force during the Trump administration.

"Congressman Mike Rogers is an effective and respected leader for the incredible people of Alabama," Trump wrote in a statement. "The lead Republican on the Armed Services Committee, Mike worked closely with me to create our Space Force, rebuild the military, and defend our country. Mike is fighting hard to secure the border, grow our economy, restore American energy independence, protect the Second Amendment, and support our brave vets.
"Mike Rogers is a strong representative for Alabama's 3rd Congressional District, and he has my complete and total endorsement!"

Virginia's primary is still more than one month, away but Cine drew Trump's endorsement well in advance Saturday, too.

'Congressman Ben Cline is a phenomenal representative of the people of Virginia's 6th Congressional District," Trump wrote. "During my administration, Ben was a warrior for Truth, working with Jim Jordan on the Judiciary Committee to combat the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax. A strong advocate for our America First agenda, Ben is fighting hard to secure our border, stop illegal immigration, restore our energy independence, protect life, and defend the Second Amendment.

"Ben Cline is an effective leader and a MAGA champion in Congress, and he has my complete and total endorsement!"

Kathy Barnette to Newsmax: ‘Absolutely, I Want Our Party to Win’

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By Eric Mack | Saturday, 21 May 2022 11:17 AM

Despite facing a barrage of political attacks in the final week after a well-regarded performance in a Newsmax debate, Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate Kathy Barnette vows to support the eventual winner between Dr. Mehmet Oz or David McCormick.

"I support whoever comes out of this, of course, right?" Barnette told "Saturday Report." "I mean right now standing, trying to pick between the two is like trying to pick between six in one and a half dozen in another. There's very little distinction between the two.

"But whoever should prevail out of this process, absolutely I want our party to win."

While Barnette is a too far out of the tally to win in the expected recount to come, the real losers in the primary are the Pennyslvanians who have to suffer through another contested election that could not be solved on Election Day, she lamented to host Rita Cosby.

"It's really sad for the people, especially coming out of 2020 with those of us specifically on the Republican side," Barnette told Cosby. "It's quite disheartening is what I'm hearing among the people of once again having to sit back and wait at any election not being definitive.

"So my heart goes out to the people here in Pennsylvania of wanting to know who that person is going to be to represent them in the fall, so that we can get busy winning, right? Because it's very important that we do so."

Barnette admits if she had gotten the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, she would have not only been a "shoo-in" in the GOP primary but also the general election against Democrat Sen.-nominee John Fetterman in November.

"Everyone wanted President Trump's endorsement for obvious reason: His endorsement carries a tremendous amount of weight and influence," Barnette said. "It opens up doors and would have made my race so much easier. I believe we would have been a shoo-in to win in the general election, but nonetheless — as I said once before — MAGA does not belong to President Trump. He coined the word. But the movement, in and of itself, it belongs to the people."

Barnette, referencing the hailed Make American Great Again (MAGA) mantra, added Trump's "voice" remains strong in the party, but "he's not Jesus" and "we're not in a cult."

"He gets to be wrong, and the people saw a lot of his base thought that he was wrong on that endorsement," Barnette continued. "I believe that his voice is very valuable, and we want that voice in this race. Our our nation is in trouble. There are people who are very anti-anything America First.

"And so we need our people, our voices such as Trump's to remain strong and viable and a leader. And we don't want him picking people that go against what MAGA actually stands for."

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By Eric Mack | Saturday, 21 May 2022 11:17 AM

Despite facing a barrage of political attacks in the final week after a well-regarded performance in a Newsmax debate, Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate Kathy Barnette vows to support the eventual winner between Dr. Mehmet Oz or David McCormick.

"I support whoever comes out of this, of course, right?" Barnette told "Saturday Report." "I mean right now standing, trying to pick between the two is like trying to pick between six in one and a half dozen in another. There's very little distinction between the two.

"But whoever should prevail out of this process, absolutely I want our party to win."

While Barnette is a too far out of the tally to win in the expected recount to come, the real losers in the primary are the Pennyslvanians who have to suffer through another contested election that could not be solved on Election Day, she lamented to host Rita Cosby.

"It's really sad for the people, especially coming out of 2020 with those of us specifically on the Republican side," Barnette told Cosby. "It's quite disheartening is what I'm hearing among the people of once again having to sit back and wait at any election not being definitive.

"So my heart goes out to the people here in Pennsylvania of wanting to know who that person is going to be to represent them in the fall, so that we can get busy winning, right? Because it's very important that we do so."

Barnette admits if she had gotten the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, she would have not only been a "shoo-in" in the GOP primary but also the general election against Democrat Sen.-nominee John Fetterman in November.

"Everyone wanted President Trump's endorsement for obvious reason: His endorsement carries a tremendous amount of weight and influence," Barnette said. "It opens up doors and would have made my race so much easier. I believe we would have been a shoo-in to win in the general election, but nonetheless — as I said once before — MAGA does not belong to President Trump. He coined the word. But the movement, in and of itself, it belongs to the people."

Barnette, referencing the hailed Make American Great Again (MAGA) mantra, added Trump's "voice" remains strong in the party, but "he's not Jesus" and "we're not in a cult."

"He gets to be wrong, and the people saw a lot of his base thought that he was wrong on that endorsement," Barnette continued. "I believe that his voice is very valuable, and we want that voice in this race. Our our nation is in trouble. There are people who are very anti-anything America First.

"And so we need our people, our voices such as Trump's to remain strong and viable and a leader. And we don't want him picking people that go against what MAGA actually stands for."

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Dr. Ben Carson to Newsmax: We Must Rebuke ‘Selective Outrage’

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By Eric Mack | Saturday, 21 May 2022 10:39 AM

Weaponizing a George Floyd killing or a Buffalo racist shooting for political purposes is egregious "selective outrage" and Americans are tired of it from their elected leaders, according to Dr. Ben Carson on Newsmax.

"People can see that there's selective outrage, selective interest," Carson told "Saturday Report." "All of these things have been happening for quite some time, particularly with the current administration. And it's not necessarily a Democrat or Republican thing. It's a politician thing.

"And what we need are people in leadership who actually have the interest of the people at heart, not the interest of their party, not their political aspirations. But what about the people? I can tell you if somebody like that were to come along, I think that people would be extraordinarily happy."

Carson, a Black neurosurgeon who served in former President Donald Trump's administration, released a book this week: "Created Equal: The Painful Past, Confusing Present, and Hopeful Future of Race in America."

"You know this guy in Buffalo, he is way off the end of the chart — you know, very much like Derek Chauvin was," Carson said of the Buffalo domestic terrorist who targeted Blacks in a mass shooting and the cop who was convicted of murdering Floyd in 2020.

"You know, this guy is in no way representative of policemen, and yet they try to make it seem like this was a everyday occurrence. And now they're trying to make it seem like — because this relatively unstable guy comes in and commit to horrendous act — that somehow you can take that and make it into a broad application for those who you disagree with."

President Joe Biden and his White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, should be uniting Americans on race, not further dividing us, which is how we got here in the first place, according to Carson.

"I would hate to be his press secretary, let me just put it that way," Carson told host Rita Cosby. "That's got to be a very hard job to try to spin all these things, and I don't think people really listening to that."

Carson, a noted Black conservative who has been calling for school choice, denounced Democrats for using race for political means.

"It really is sad, but you can always expect the left to accuse you of what they're guilty of. That's a given," Carson said. "But you know what's really racist is keeping people dependent — and, you know, determining how people are supposed to think.

"You know when President Biden said, 'If you're having trouble deciding between me and Donald Trump, you ain't Black.' Why does he get to decide who is Black? You know there's sort of this right that a lot of people on the left think that they have to define how other people should think and how they should behave. You know what's really racist?

"It's not looking at our educational system and how it's funded and keeping people who are poor in bad educational situations so that they don't climb out of that situation. Those are the things we should be looking at."

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Dr. Ben Carson to Newsmax: We Must Rebuke ‘Selective Outrage’

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Dr. Ben Carson to Newsmax: We Must Rebuke 'Selective Outrage' dr. ben carson and south carolina republican senator tim scott stand behind then president donald trump (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 21 May 2022 10:39 AM

Weaponizing a George Floyd killing or a Buffalo racist shooting for political purposes is egregious "selective outrage" and Americans are tired of it from their elected leaders, according to Dr. Ben Carson on Newsmax.

"People can see that there's selective outrage, selective interest," Carson told "Saturday Report." "All of these things have been happening for quite some time, particularly with the current administration. And it's not necessarily a Democrat or Republican thing. It's a politician thing.

"And what we need are people in leadership who actually have the interest of the people at heart, not the interest of their party, not their political aspirations. But what about the people? I can tell you if somebody like that were to come along, I think that people would be extraordinarily happy."

Carson, a Black neurosurgeon who served in former President Donald Trump's administration, released a book this week: "Created Equal: The Painful Past, Confusing Present, and Hopeful Future of Race in America."

"You know this guy in Buffalo, he is way off the end of the chart — you know, very much like Derek Chauvin was," Carson said of the Buffalo domestic terrorist who targeted Blacks in a mass shooting and the cop who was convicted of murdering Floyd in 2020.

"You know, this guy is in no way representative of policemen, and yet they try to make it seem like this was a everyday occurrence. And now they're trying to make it seem like — because this relatively unstable guy comes in and commit to horrendous act — that somehow you can take that and make it into a broad application for those who you disagree with."

President Joe Biden and his White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, should be uniting Americans on race, not further dividing us, which is how we got here in the first place, according to Carson.

"I would hate to be his press secretary, let me just put it that way," Carson told host Rita Cosby. "That's got to be a very hard job to try to spin all these things, and I don't think people really listening to that."

Carson, a noted Black conservative who has been calling for school choice, denounced Democrats for using race for political means.

"It really is sad, but you can always expect the left to accuse you of what they're guilty of. That's a given," Carson said. "But you know what's really racist is keeping people dependent — and, you know, determining how people are supposed to think.

"You know when President Biden said, 'If you're having trouble deciding between me and Donald Trump, you ain't Black.' Why does he get to decide who is Black? You know there's sort of this right that a lot of people on the left think that they have to define how other people should think and how they should behave. You know what's really racist?

"It's not looking at our educational system and how it's funded and keeping people who are poor in bad educational situations so that they don't climb out of that situation. Those are the things we should be looking at."

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Pennsylvania Senate GOP Primary Too Close to Call, Recount Likely

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MARC LEVY Saturday, 21 May 2022 09:33 AM

Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat is too close to call and is likely headed for a statewide recount to decide the winner of the contest between heart surgeon-turned-TV celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick.

A recount would mean that the outcome of the race might not be known until June 8, the deadline for counties to report their results to the state.

Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, led McCormick by 1,079 votes, or 0.08 percentage points, out of 1,340,248 ballots counted as of 5 p.m. Friday. The race is close enough to trigger Pennsylvania’s automatic recount law, with the separation between the candidates inside the law’s 0.5% margin. The Associated Press will not declare a winner in the race until the likely recount is complete.

Both campaigns have hired Washington-based lawyers to lead their recount efforts, and both have hired Philadelphia-based campaign strategists who helped lead the operation to observe vote-counting on Election Day for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2020.

The two campaigns combined already had hundreds of lawyers and volunteers fanned out around the presidential battleground state as election workers and election boards toiled through the remaining ballots.

McCormick's lead recount lawyer is Chuck Cooper, a veteran Washington lawyer and a go-to attorney for prominent conservative figures. He represented then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and former national security adviser John Bolton in a dispute over the publication of his book. He recently successfully argued a campaign finance case on behalf of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oz's lead recount lawyer is Megan Newton, who was general counsel for Jeb Bush’s unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and has represented Trump's campaign and Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

The winner will face Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in November's midterm elections in what Democrats see as their best opportunity to pick up a seat in the closely divided Senate.

Fetterman won the Democratic nomination while in the hospital recovering from a stroke four days before the election. The incumbent, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, is retiring after serving two terms.

Trump’s clout is again on the line, as he looked for a third straight win in Republican Senate primaries after “Hillbilly Elegy” author JD Vance prevailed in Ohio earlier this month and U.S. Rep. Ted Budd easily scored a victory in North Carolina on Tuesday.

County election boards began meeting Friday to sort out problematic or provisional ballots, even as election workers processed the last of the mail-in ballots and election-day ballot tallies from precincts.

A federal appeals court threw a wrench into the counting Friday when it ruled in an unrelated case that mail-in ballots without a legally required date on the return envelope can be counted. McCormick's campaign saw it as a positive development, since McCormick has led Oz in mail-in ballots.

“When every single vote cast in this U.S. Senate election is finally counted, Dave McCormick will win,” his campaign said.

Oz’s campaign did not comment Friday evening.

The state’s 67 counties have until Tuesday’s deadline in state law to certify their results to the state. Then the state’s top election official has until next Thursday to issue a recount order, which is mandatory — unless the losing candidate asks in writing that it not be carried out.

McCormick’s campaign said it has no plans to decline a recount. Oz’s campaign declined to comment.

Counties have until three weeks after the election — June 7 — to finish the recount and another day to report results to the state.

The initial result could change: A recount of a statewide judicial race last November ended up padding the winner’s margin by more than 5,500 votes in a race where more than 2 million ballots were cast.

Before that, there could be a flurry of lawsuits contesting the decisions of certain counties on whether to count ballots that may be difficult to read or bear some kind of irregularity.

As of yet, neither campaign has gone to court, and both candidates have expressed confidence in victory.

The big field of Republican candidates and their super PACs reported spending more than $70 million during the primary campaign.

Oz and McCormick dominated the seven-person GOP field, blanketing the state’s TV screens with political ads for months and spending millions of their own money, before conservative activist Kathy Barnette surged in the campaign’s final days.

The fiery, hard-line pro-Trump alternative blistered both Oz and McCormick as “globalists,” pro-Trump pretenders, carpetbaggers and too wealthy to help regular people. She finished a distant third.

Oz, who is best known as the host of daytime TV’s “The Dr. Oz Show,” had to overcome misgivings among hardline Trump backers about his conservative credentials. Rivals also charged that his dual citizenship with Turkey would compromise his loyalties to the United States. If elected, Oz would be the nation’s first Muslim senator.

McCormick was virtually unknown four months ago and emphasized his credentials as a hometown success story.

He not only had to overcome Trump’s endorsement of Oz, but Trump also attacked McCormick viciously and repeatedly in the final two weeks of the race, calling him a Wall Street liberal, a sellout to China and the candidate of “special interests and globalists and the Washington establishment.”

McCormick got help from a super PAC supporting him that spent $20 million, giving him a massive cash advantage, much of it from Wall Street figures that paid for TV ads to attack Oz.

Both men reported assets of more than $100 million and moved from out of state to run — Oz from a mansion in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, above the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan, and McCormick from Connecticut’s ritzy Gold Coast.

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Report: Giuliani Met With Jan. 6 Committee for Over Nine Hours

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Report: Giuliani Met With Jan. 6 Committee for Over Nine Hours Report: Giuliani Met With Jan. 6 Committee for Over Nine Hours Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By Luca Cacciatore | Friday, 20 May 2022 09:59 PM

Rudy Giuliani, who recently served as former President Donald Trump's attorney, reportedly met with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot for more than nine hours, two sources told CNN.

According to Giuliani's attorney Robert Costello, the deposition hearing was initially postponed due to demands from the former New York City mayor to video record the interview. However, after negotiations, Giuliani agreed to appear virtually on Friday.

Giuliani was summoned by the House Select Committee in January, following a string of subpoenas that have since included five top House Republicans: Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Mo Brooks of Alabama.

In Giuliani's subpoena, the Select Committee alleges that Giuliani "actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of the former President and sought to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results."

According to the filing, Giuliani was allegedly in contact with Trump and members of Congress "regarding strategies for delaying or overturning the results of the 2020 election."

The news comes after Donald Trump Jr. met with the select committee earlier this month. His sister and the former president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, was also interviewed in April, according to the outlet.

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Mo Brooks: ‘I’m the Only MAGA Candidate’ in Alabama GOP US Senate Primary

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Mo Brooks: 'I'm the Only MAGA Candidate' in Alabama GOP US Senate Primary (Newsmax/''Spicer & Co.'')

By Jay Clemons | Friday, 20 May 2022 07:50 PM

As an observer of college football in the pigskin-mad state of Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks certainly understands the power of drawing comparisons from one player to another, or one coach to another, covering various eras.

Or, in the case of Tuesday's GOP primary, brainstorming "comps" for the three most prominent candidates in the Alabama race for U.S. Senate.

While appearing on Friday's "Spicer & Co." on Newsmax, the Alabama Republican likened GOP candidate Mike Durant to the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., calling Durant a good businessman with a solid war record, but not someone advancing an "America First" agenda.

For GOP candidate Katie Britt, Brooks drew an easy comparison to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in terms of being an open-borders, establishment-type pick.

And as for the Alabama voters who are clamoring for an America First, pro-rule-of-law option, Brooks said they should embrace his own run for a Senate seat.

"I'm the only [Make America Great Again] candidate in this race," Brooks told host Sean Spicer. "And Katie Britt is the 'anti-MAGA'" candidate.

Heading into Tuesday's primary, Brooks initially acknowledged that he didn't have sufficient financial resources to respond to what he called a "dishonest, scurrilous" recent attack from Britt's campaign.

But once The Club for Growth PAC stepped in with a large donation (reportedly in the millions), Brooks was able to regain his footing on the marketing/promotional side — and with various polls tracking the Alabama GOP primary.

"Slowly, but surely, the people in the state of Alabama are figuring out how dishonest Katie Britt's campaign is. Once they hear all the facts, they say, 'Oh, my goodness! We can't have [this] person representing Alabama in the United States Senate,'" said Brooks, who received his law degree from the University of Alabama.

"And [the voters] also better understand where I am … that I'm the only principled conservative in this race."

With improved standing in the polls, and proper America First messaging for the masses, it seems like Brooks, 68, may have everything working in his favor.

Minus the support of one notable closer: former President Donald Trump.

"In my judgment, Donald Trump got some bad advice," Brooks said regarding Trump's decision to withhold support from all three GOP candidates at the time of this writing. "There's very little that I can do about it, though. From what I've learned, [Trump] is going to do what he wants to do."

Brooks said it's Trump's right to wait and see with four days before Primary Tuesday.

Still, Brooks said he feels great about his status among Alabama voters.

"I'm the only MAGA conservative [in this race], and the public is discerning that," says Brooks. "And it's why we're doing so well in the polls."

According to Newsweek, a poll conducted by Alabama Daily News and Gray Television "shows Brooks in a [near-]statistical tie" with Britt.

Specifically, Britt leads at 30.8%, with Brooks (28.5%), and Durant (24.3%) also faring well.

If a GOP primary candidate doesn't secure more than 50% of Tuesday's vote, the top two candidates would compete in a subsequent runoff.

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Federal Judge Blocks Biden Admin from Lifting Title 42 Border Expulsions

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By Jay Clemons | Friday, 20 May 2022 06:32 PM

A Louisiana-based federal judge on Friday blocked the Biden administration from lifting the Title 42 order which immigration officers have used to expel migrants at the United States-Mexico border, including asylum-seekers.

Twenty-four states successfully blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from repealing Title 42, for which the Biden administration had promised to remove, beginning Monday.

District Judge Robert R. Summerhays, a President Trump-era appointee in Lafayette, Louisiana, ruled the Biden administration violated administrative law back in April, when it announced its intentions to halt Title 42, a health order aimed at preventing the spread of communicable diseases in the country.

In his ruling, Judge Summerhays said the removal of Title 42 would cause "irreparable harm" because the American border states would subsequently have to spend money on health care, law enforcement, education, and other services for migrants.

"In sum, the Court finds that the Plaintiff States have established a substantial likelihood of success based on the CDC’s failure to comply with the rulemaking requirements of the [Administrative Procedure Act]. This finding is sufficient to satisfy the first requirement for injunctive relief," Summerhays wrote in his decision.

As a counter, Department of Justice lawyers representing the administration argued that Title 42 was originally meant to be temporary, and that it merely served as an emergency health order.

In March 2020, the CDC — then under the direction of former President Donald Trump — established Title 42 during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, the CDC and Biden White House announced it would stop expelling migrants under Title 42 starting May 23 and resume detaining and deporting migrants who don’t qualify to enter and remain in the United States — a longer process that allows migrants to request asylum in America.

This prompted the 24-state injunctive lawsuit, aimed at blocking the CDC's repealing of Title 42. The states collectively argued the chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border — where roughly 7,400 migrants are crossing the southern border per day, with projections for the coming months potentially topping out at 10,000 crossings per day — still warranted Title 42 protections.

The 24 states involved in the injunction: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

A preliminary injunction is intended to preserve the status quo to "protect [the] plaintiff from irreparable injury and preserve the court's power to render a meaningful decision after a trial on the merits."

The CDC, DOJ, and Biden administration now have the option of appealing Judge Summerhays' ruling to a higher court.

Earlier this month, Newsmax chronicled a CNN/SSRS poll which determined that nearly 60% of Americans do not support the Biden administration's decision to repeal the Title 42 order, which allows migrants to be turned away at the United States-Mexico border and stopped from seeking asylum for public health reasons.

Among the 1,007 respondents, 57% don't believe it's the right time to lift Title 42, compared to 43% favoring an end to Title 42.

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Federal Judge Blocks Biden Admin from Lifting Title 42 Border Expulsions

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By Jay Clemons | Friday, 20 May 2022 06:32 PM

A Louisiana-based federal judge on Friday blocked the Biden administration from lifting the Title 42 order which immigration officers have used to expel migrants at the United States-Mexico border, including asylum-seekers.

Twenty-four states successfully blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from repealing Title 42, for which the Biden administration had promised to remove, beginning Monday.

District Judge Robert R. Summerhays, a President Trump-era appointee in Lafayette, Louisiana, ruled the Biden administration violated administrative law back in April, when it announced its intentions to halt Title 42, a health order aimed at preventing the spread of communicable diseases in the country.

In his ruling, Judge Summerhays said the removal of Title 42 would cause "irreparable harm" because the American border states would subsequently have to spend money on health care, law enforcement, education, and other services for migrants.

"In sum, the Court finds that the Plaintiff States have established a substantial likelihood of success based on the CDC’s failure to comply with the rulemaking requirements of the [Administrative Procedure Act]. This finding is sufficient to satisfy the first requirement for injunctive relief," Summerhays wrote in his decision.

As a counter, Department of Justice lawyers representing the administration argued that Title 42 was originally meant to be temporary, and that it merely served as an emergency health order.

In March 2020, the CDC — then under the direction of former President Donald Trump — established Title 42 during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, the CDC and Biden White House announced it would stop expelling migrants under Title 42 starting May 23 and resume detaining and deporting migrants who don’t qualify to enter and remain in the United States — a longer process that allows migrants to request asylum in America.

This prompted the 24-state injunctive lawsuit, aimed at blocking the CDC's repealing of Title 42. The states collectively argued the chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border — where roughly 7,400 migrants are crossing the southern border per day, with projections for the coming months potentially topping out at 10,000 crossings per day — still warranted Title 42 protections.

The 24 states involved in the injunction: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

A preliminary injunction is intended to preserve the status quo to "protect [the] plaintiff from irreparable injury and preserve the court's power to render a meaningful decision after a trial on the merits."

The CDC, DOJ, and Biden administration now have the option of appealing Judge Summerhays' ruling to a higher court.

Earlier this month, Newsmax chronicled a CNN/SSRS poll which determined that nearly 60% of Americans do not support the Biden administration's decision to repeal the Title 42 order, which allows migrants to be turned away at the United States-Mexico border and stopped from seeking asylum for public health reasons.

Among the 1,007 respondents, 57% don't believe it's the right time to lift Title 42, compared to 43% favoring an end to Title 42.

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Gordon Chang to Newsmax: US Should Issue Interpol Notice for WHO Director-General

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Gordon Chang to Newsmax: US Should Issue Interpol Notice for WHO Director-General (Newsmax/"The Chris Salcedo Show")

By Solange Reyner | Friday, 20 May 2022 06:40 PM

The U.S. should be issuing an Interpol red notice for World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and not giving him any more power, China expert Gordon Chang told Newsmax Friday.

Additionally, the U.S. shouldn't give WHO sovereign authority over health care decisions, Chang said during an appearance on "The Chris Salcedo Show."

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has drafted a series of amendments to a legal framework called the International Health Regulations. The IHR defines countries' rights and obligations in handling public health emergencies that have the potential to cross borders. It was last amended in 2005 after the global SARS epidemic. The U.S. amendments now call for greater accountability and transparency in reporting and responding to such emergencies.

Some Republicans and pundits say the proposal would give the WHO total authority over emergency operations in the U.S. if there is ever a public health emergency.

"Really what they're trying to do is to see how far they can push this," Chang told Salcedo. "My response would be what President Trump did, which is to withdraw from the World Health Organization.

"Yes, we need a global health architecture but one that is not dominated by China. And, by the way, we should give no power to Tedros. And the reason is in December and January of 2019 and 2020, he was propagating a narrative that he knew was false that came from China that SARS CoV2, the pathogen for COVID-19, was not contagious."

This, said Chang, "helped China deliberately spread the coronavirus beyond its borders. This means a million Americans have died through an intentional act that Tedros promoted. This is absolutely wrong. We should be issuing an Interpol red notice for Tedros, not not giving him any more power."

Experts familiar with the International Health Regulations say these assertions are misleading, and the idea that the director-general could impose enforceable mandates on other countries is unfounded.

The U.S. amendments to the IHR tighten requirements for reporting information to the WHO surrounding public health emergencies of international concern. They ask the WHO to develop early warning criteria for assessing, updating and communicating risks posed by such emergencies. They also modify the guidelines surrounding investigations and assistance in such instances. In the past, countries could refuse to cooperate with the WHO's expert teams. Now, the amendments seek to have all signatories agree not to block such actions.

The amendments also seek to allow a committee to assess member countries' compliance with the framework, though they do not ascribe any specific punishments or legal consequences for those that don't.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Rep. Gohmert to Newsmax: ‘This Is How You Start’

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Rep. Gohmert to Newsmax: 'This Is How You Start' (Newsmax/"American Agenda")

By Nicole Wells | Friday, 20 May 2022 05:32 PM

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert told Newsmax on Friday that the testimony of Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager in the government's case against former Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann "is a big deal."

"To actually have a witness say, 'Yup, Hillary knew that we wanted to go public with this, she agreed to it' — that is a link we didn't have before," Gohmert, a Republican, said during an appearance on Newsmax's "American Agenda."

Clinton's 2016 campaign manager Robby Mook testified Friday that the former Democrat presidential candidate "agreed" to leak alleged secret communications between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia's Alfa Bank to the media.

The supposed link between Trump and the Russian bank has since been debunked.

Sussmann is accused of lying to the FBI in 2016 when he attempted to manufacture an investigation on Trump.

Gohmert said that Mook's testimony could potentially be the catalyst for legal action against other individuals involved in the "conspiracy."

"So this is a big deal, and this is how you start, keep in mind," the congressman said. "This is a charge just against Sussmann, but this is how you start."

"I would imagine the way that [Special Counsel John] Durham works is you get a conviction against Sussmann and then you say, 'OK, we're awaiting sentencing and what we recommend on your sentencing depends on how much help you give us to go up the chain,' and then you work that case up the chain," he continued. "I would imagine Sussmann was not willing to do that, but once he's looking at prison time, I would expect you'll find him a lot more cooperative."

The Congressman added that he was surprised that information linking Clinton to the misinformation campaign against Trump came so quickly.

"I really thought that it would take longer to get somebody to actually have Hillary with knowledge and approval of going forward with this conspiracy against Trump and the Trump campaign," he said. "But here in the very first trial we have a direct connection."

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Rep. Fleischmann to Newsmax: Biden’s Poll Numbers ‘Much Lower’ Than 39 Percent

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Rep. Fleischmann to Newsmax: Biden's Poll Numbers 'Much Lower' Than 39 Percent (Newsmax/"John Bachman Now")

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Friday, 20 May 2022 03:06 PM

President Joe Biden's poll numbers may have been reported at 39% approval in a new poll Friday, but they are "much lower than that," Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said on Newsmax.

"Every decision he makes is wrong," the Tennessee Republican told Newsmax's "John Bachman Now." "He can't get one right, and I think it's their fundamental ethos that is flawed. The American people are rejecting Joe Biden."

Biden's ratings have hit the lowest point of his presidency, with Democrats also becoming pessimistic of his record, according to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. His numbers dropped from already being in the negative column in April.

"Families are hurting, communities are hurting and it's all needless," said Fleischmann. "This is the direct result of the attack of the Biden administration from day one on the free enterprise system on all of the great things that we had in place under the Trump administration … this is an abject failure and an outrage."

The lawmaker also reacted to Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and his questioning of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm over the rising gas prices in the United States, which Biden and his administration blamed on Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

The prices, Fleischmann said, have come because Democrats gave "Biden and his minions pass after pass as he was undoing successful Trump-era policies."

"The American people ought to be outraged," he said. "They're feeling it at the pump, they're feeling it in the grocery store. They're feeling it around the table. There's concern and angst.

"This is an administration that is beyond rudderless and confused. They're rudderless and wrong and they're not stopping. They continue to listen to their left-wing minions who have absolutely no respect for the free enterprise system."

Biden needs to bring in corporate leaders to the White House who are experienced in dealing with supply issues and supply changes, Fleischmann continued.

"American entrepreneurs have made this country great for years, the free enterprise system and, yes, capitalism, Joe Biden, it's a good word," said Fleischmann. "Profit is a good word. Get people in there and get this country back on track."

Fleischmann also addressed the threats and protests against conservative members of the Supreme Court in the wake of the leaked Roe v. Wade draft decision.

"Respect for our institutions, especially the Supreme Court, and our justice system is critically important," he said. "There ought to be national outrage that justices at any court would be threatened in any way, shape, or form. There needs to be a universal condemnation against any form of violence against anybody on the bench. We need an independent American judiciary that without fear or favor will render their opinions."

The leak from the Supreme Court, he added, will "degrade the credibility" of the institution," but is important to overturn Roe.

"It's wrong," Fleischmann said. "It is flawed constitutional law … I have opposed Roe for years, but as a lawyer, I've opposed it for other reasons. It's constitutionally flawed precedent."

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Palin to Rally With Perdue in Georgia

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By Jeffrey Rodack | Friday, 20 May 2022 02:39 PM

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will join David Perdue for a campaign rally as he seeks to unseat Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary next week.

The announcement was made by Perdue, a former senator, on Twitter. He wrote: “Proud to have @SarahPalinUSA’s endorsement and looking forward to having her join us in Savannah on Friday!”

He also included a statement from Palin in his tweet: “David is an America First fighter with a proven record of results and he will be an outstanding governor of Georgia.”

Perdue has also been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. The winner of the Tuesday primary will go up against Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Former Vice President Mike Pence will headline a rally for Kemp on the eve of the state’s May 24 GOP primary.

Trump has endorsed Palin’s bid to replace the late Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska in a special election.

Voters in a special primary June 11 will choose four candidates from major or minor parties to compete in the special election Aug. 16.

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