Said McConnell: “The Supreme Court has held that that activity is a protected First Amendment right. In this country, we have a long history of protecting unpleasant speech.”
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) challenged Donald Trump to back up his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, Politico reports.
Said Graham: “If you really believe that millions of people voted illegally, you should have some proof. Because your voice is not just an ordinary voice.”
Meanwhile, USA Today reports Newt Gingrich also said Trump made a mistake by making the allegation.
Sean Hannity told Breitbart News Daily that President-elect Donald Trump should shut down the White House press office.
Said Hannity: “People don’t need them any more. They’re done. I suggested the other day that if any of these organizations were involved in collusion with the Clinton campaign, why do they get a seat in the White House press office? Why does Donald Trump need a White House press office? He doesn’t. You know, you can have a pool person that’s standing by if, God forbid, there’s any bad news about the president that the country needs to know, but his own staff could tweet it out, for crying out loud.”
“These are things that don’t happen when parties are healthy and when movements are healthy. But the left is in the process right now of sort of spinning out of control and getting goofier and goofier.”
— Newt Gingrich, quoted by Politico, on Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) bid to chair the Democratic National Committee.
“Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — a self-made billionaire who considered mounting his own third party presidential bid this year but ultimately quelled his own ambitions for fear of helping to elect Donald Trump — phoned the president-elect on Monday,” Politico reports.
“It was a ‘very good talk, and long,’ said a source familiar with the discussion, who would not elaborate on the details.”
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New York Times: “Support for autocratic alternatives is rising, too. Drawing on data from the European and World Values Surveys, the researchers found that the share of Americans who say that army rule would be a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ thing had risen to 1 in 6 in 2014, compared with 1 in 16 in 1995.”
“That trend is particularly strong among young people. For instance, in a previously published paper, the researchers calculated that 43 percent of older Americans believed it was illegitimate for the military to take over if the government were incompetent or failing to do its job, but only 19 percent of millennials agreed. The same generational divide showed up in Europe, where 53 percent of older people thought a military takeover would be illegitimate, while only 36 percent of millennials agreed.”
“I’ll tell you something, somebody’s making a mistake because that would be an active primary.”
— Former New York Gov. David Patterson (D), quoted by the New York Daily News, on the lack of a primary challenger for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).
A new YouGov poll finds that 54% of Americans think it is likely that Donald Trump will use the presidency to enrich himself.
This is true of most Democrats (76%) and independents (52%) and just under one-third of Republicans (30%).
Government Executive reports that once Donald Trump assumes the presidency, he will be in violation of the leasing agreement he signed for his new $212 million Pennsylvania Ave. hotel in Washington D.C.
The 60-year, $180 million leasing agreement clearly states: “No elected official of the Government of the United States … shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom… This policy is intended to avoid any conflict of interest that might arise between the employees’ interests and their Government duties, and to avoid the appearance of favoritism or preferential treatment by the Government toward its employees.”
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) told Bloomberg that he’s weighing a run for the U.S. Senate in 2018, depending in part on whether fellow Republican Orrin Hatch decides to seek an eighth term.
Said Huntsman: “I’ve always said that I’ve got one more run left in our bones. And I don’t know what that will be. But I love this country.”
President-elect Donald Trump “is set to return to the heart of a state that helped deliver him his unexpected victory earlier this month. On Thursday evening, Trump will kick off a ‘thank you’ tour in Ohio, with a massive rally at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati,” Politico reports.
“Trump has said he wants to get back to the trail and revisit the states he won, on a victory tour where he can re-energize the base of white, working class voters who put him in the White House. It’s also where Trump still feels most comfortable.”
“Privately, insiders said, Trump is still in postmortem mode, rehashing with friends his unexpected victory, even as his day to day is consumed with looking forward.”
Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is set to be announced as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Transportation, Politico reports.
Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Charlie Cook: “In just a few weeks Democrats have gone from driving for what figured to be an easy lay up to having the rest of the season cancelled, with the next season in real doubt. They seemed to have the presidency in hand, a majority in the Senate very likely, and, while winning a majority in the House was always unrealistic, they did seem to have a good chance to cut the GOP majority in half with a gain of between 10 and 20 seats. Instead they allowed the White House to slip from their grasp, gained just two Senate seats, leaving them in the minority, and gained only a half dozen seats in the House, below the bottom end of what thought possible.”
“It only gets worse. Democrats would need a three-seat net gain in the to secure a Senate majority in 2018, a tall order since they’ll be defending 25 seats and Republicans just eight. Of the eight Republican seats up in 2018, just one, that of freshman Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada, is in a state that went for Democrats in either the 2012 or 2016 presidential elections (it voted Democratic in both). No other GOP-held Senate seat appears to be even remotely in danger.”
“Conversely, Democrats are defending some states that have been pretty rough on them in the past.”
“For two decades in the Senate, Jeff Sessions led an anti-immigration crusade that made him an outlier in GOP politics — raging against illegal immigration and an excess of foreign workers well before Donald Trump tore onto the political scene,” Politico reports.
“But next year, Sessions likely will be the one engineering the immigration crackdown.”
“If confirmed as Trump’s attorney general, the Alabama senator would instantly become one of the most powerful people overseeing the nation’s immigration policy, with wide latitude over the kinds of immigration violations to prosecute and who would be deported.”
Rick Klein: “A campaign that was never about policy has morphed into a transition that’s looked like a reality show, if cable news was in charge of the scripts. But with the selection of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as HHS secretary, President-elect Donald Trump is giving a solid indication of his policy ambitions in a very big area. Price, an orthopedic surgeon and a savvy political operator, hasn’t just criticized Obamacare, or thought about replacing it in theory: He’s written a bill that’s among the most serious GOP efforts to take Obamacare apart and patch something else together in its place.”
“It’s going to come under serious scrutiny for its impact – Price would repeal the Medicaid expansion, and make coverage significantly more expensive for some of those who can least afford it – and it’s not clear how much Trump and his new team are on board for. But for Price, at least, ‘repeal and replace’ is much more than a slogan.”