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Author: BobR    Date: 07/01/2020 13:23:40

It is yet another Wednesday after an election day, with primaries in OK, CO, and UT. At this point, the presidential primary results aren't very interesting, so the focus is on the House and Senate races. Despite all that, though, there are still some things of interest in the presidential campaigns - especially the Republicans desperate attempts to hold onto power.

The first COVID campaign rally that tRump held in OK was something of a disaster. The huge request for tickets (mostly by K-pop and TikTok fans trolling tRump) gave the campaign some short-lived confidence and bragging rights. Sadly (for them), the turnout at the event was pitiful, with the arena only 1/3 full, and the overflow area empty. This was followed by the sad trombone walk tRump did after returning to the White House, disheveled and dispirited.

This - despite explanations - is the likely reason campaign CEO Michael Glassner is being replaced:
Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner, who had been heavily involved in planning the president’s rallies, has been replaced by Trump's 2016 Arizona chair Jeff DeWit, a major shakeup at the top of the president’s campaign following the Tulsa rally debacle and four months from Election Day, multiple sources tell ABC News.

According to the Trump campaign, Glassner, who has worked on the president’s campaign since 2015, will have his role shifted to focus on the campaign's many lawsuits heading into the fall.
(bold-face mine)

It will be interesting to see what the "many lawsuits" entail going into the future.

Another interesting (and aggravating) development is the Republicans stripping a provision from the annual Intelligence bill that required campaigns to report attempts by foreign entities to provide help to the campaign:
The Senate will incorporate the annual intelligence policy legislation into the National Defense Authorization Act -- but only after stripping language from the intelligence bill that would have required presidential campaigns to report offers of foreign election help.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that Senate Republicans forced the removal of the election reporting provision as a condition to include the intelligence bill on the must-pass defense policy legislation.


Warner tried to bring up his bill on the Senate floor several times over the past year, but Republicans objected each time. When Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, blocked the bill in June 2019, calling it a "blatant political stunt." President Donald Trump applauded her efforts on Twitter.

I thought FEC rules already made it illegal to accept help from foreigners? Perhaps the existing law only pertains to monetary donations. Nonetheless, it shows how far the Republican party has fallen from its once lofty ideals.


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