New York Times: “The recall does offer at least one lesson to Democrats in Washington ahead of next year’s midterm elections: The party’s pre-existing blue- and purple-state strategy of portraying Republicans as Trump-loving extremists can still prove effective with the former president out of office, at least when the strategy is executed with unrelenting discipline, an avalanche of money and an opponent who plays to type.”
Political Wire members get exclusive analysis, new features and no ads. Join today!
Former President Donald Trump offered his public support to those accused of joining the January 6 riot at the Capitol, claiming that suspects are “being persecuted so unfairly.”
He added: “In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice.”
“A grand jury working with special counsel John Durham’s office handed up an indictment Thursday of lawyer Michael Sussmann, who prosecutors have accused of making false statements to the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign,” the Washington Post reports.
New York Times: “The charge centers on a Sept. 19, 2016, meeting with an FBI official in which Mr. Sussmann relayed concerns by cybersecurity researchers who believed that unusual internet data might be evidence of a covert communications channel between computer servers associated with the Trump Organization and with Alfa Bank, a Kremlin-linked Russian financial institution.”
Christopher Ingraham: “A new YouGov survey conducted on behalf of a democracy watchdog group finds that 66% of Republicans living in the South say they’d support seceding from the United States to join a union with other Southern states.”
“Secession is actually gaining support among Southern Republicans: back in January and February, 50% said they’d support such a proposal.”
Meanwhile, conservative Ben Shapiro floated the idea of a “friendly separation” of certain states away from the union.
“Hackers breached the Republican Governors Association in February, potentially exposing the personal data of nearly 500 people affiliated with the organization,” CNN reports.
“It was unclear who was responsible for the breach, which exploited Microsoft software, or what the hackers did with any data they may have accessed.”
“On Saturday, that’s a setup. If people don’t show up they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.’ And if people do show up they’ll be harassed.”
— Former President Donald Trump, talking to The Federalist about the rally at the Capitol this weekend.
Become a Political Wire member for 15% off an annual membership.
Your support make this site possible. Thank you!
Former President Donald Trump put out a statement praising Don Bolduc (R), who is running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, even though GOP leaders have been pushing for Gov. Chris Sununu (R) to run for Senate.
“A new conservative coalition led by former Trump administration advisers plans to launch an up to $10 million campaign attacking President Biden’s economic package as it advances through Congress,” the Washington Post reports.
“Conservative alarm about Biden’s proposed tax hikes — which some nonpartisan estimates have found overwhelmingly target the rich and large corporations — has intensified as they move toward passage. Democrats face a difficult legislative path in holding together virtually all of their members in both the House and Senate to approve a plan to spend approximately $3.5 trillion over 10 years on safety net expansions, education programs, and funding to mitigate climate change.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has been holding private talks with advisers and supporters about the possibility of a gubernatorial run, CNBC reports.
After students in the Ohio town of Hudson were given an obscene writing assignment, Mayor Craig Shubert told town’s Board of Education they could either all resign or be charged with crimes, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
For the assignment, students received writing prompts which included, “Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom,” “@rite a sermon for a beloved preacher who has been caught in a sex scandal,” and “Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t.”
“Furious over President Biden’s announcement of a deal to help Australia deploy nuclear-powered submarines, French officials in Washington on Thursday angrily canceled a gala at their Washington embassy to protest what they called a rash and sudden policy decision that resembled those of former President Donald Trump,” the New York Times reports.
Ahead of the Jan. 6 attacks at the Capitol, domestic extremists used TikTok to “recruit people to their causes, as well as share ‘tactical guidance’ for terrorist and criminal activities,” Politico reports.
“The DHS alert shows concern that TikTok — already under scrutiny for possibly sending people’s data to China, accusations the company denies — has become a hotbed of extremist activity and that law enforcement enforcement will have to pay closer attention to a platform more associated with viral dance videos than far-right radicalism.”
WinRed, the GOP’s small-dollar fundraising operation, is planning to lower the fees it charges candidates and committees for each contribution they receive, a change that could significantly boost incoming money to Republican campaigns ahead of the midterms, Politico reports.
In a marked change from the past, women accounted for nearly half of new gun sales in the U.S. since 2019, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Researchers and gun store owners attributed the jump to fears driven by the Covid-19 pandemic and the protests, sometimes accompanied by violence, that followed the police killing of George Floyd, as well as the divisive atmosphere around the 2020 presidential election.”
After this week’s recall election, California Democrats haven’t lost a statewide race in 15 years, the AP reports.
CNN: “As the midterm election season begins to take shape, party leaders are closely watching the decisions the five senators make about their political careers, something that could reshape the body, spark internal jockeying for key leadership positions and alter the race for the next Senate majority.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) is building a following of engaged, young, conservative activists who are willing to spend their own money in order to see him speak at a series of summits, Politico reports.
It is the latest “logical extension of the celebrification of politics” that “underscores how the currency of campaigns has shifted from ideas and traditional forms of communication to communities and shared moments.”