Republican Greg Gianforte is projected to soundly defeat Democrat Rob Quist in Thursday’s special election for the only Montana U.S. House seat.
At press time, Gianforte held a 50.5 percent to 43.7 percent lead with 70 percent of the precincts reporting. Gianforte had more than 136,000 votes, topping Quist by more than 18,000. A Libertarian candidate picked up 5.8 percent.
Gianforte survived a last-minute offensive by the mainstream media, which rallied around a left-wing Guardian reporter claiming that Gianforte “bodyslammed” him at a campaign event Wednesday night. No video was provided of the incident, and eyewitness reports differed on what actually happened.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, always a pinprick in any balloon of Deplorable enthusiasm, called on Gianforte to apologize.
Democrats tried to downplay expectations in the race, even though Montana has a Democratic governor and Steve Daines’ 2014 win was the first Republican Senate victory in the state since 2000.
Gianforte was boosted by the recent campaign appearance of Don Trump Jr., an avid hunter who helped galvanize crowds for the popular Republican candidate. Don Jr. was a key member of his father’s presidential campaign and looked like a stone-cold killer in the audience while his father tore apart Hillary Clinton in the second televised debate.
Trump supporters have expressed to Big League Politics their disappointment that Don Jr. did not become a White House adviser when his father got elected. Rather, his brother-in-law Jared Kushner — now a person of interest in an FBI investigation — was given a senior advisory role, despite not understanding or following through on any of the themes, attitudes, or policies that shaped the historic Trump effort.
Don Jr., the avid Deplorable and Twitter ‘Fake News’ critic, has contributed to another feel-good Republican win.
But the victory belongs to Gianforte. The defeat, meanwhile, can be shared many different ways.
Rand Paul Warns Third Party Will Rise if Republican Senators Vote with Democrats to Convict President Trump
The GOP is crumbling.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is warning that at least one-third of GOP senators will revolt and leave the party if Republicans join Democrats to convict the president.
This would potentially create the most viable third party in recent political history if Republican leadership is foolish enough to go down this path. Even though he refused to oppose the vote steal last week, Paul claims he and many of his colleagues intend to leave the party forever if the Senate goes through with impeachment.
“I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week. I voted against over-turning the election,” Paul said while appearing on FOX News on Friday night. “But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. If Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party. A third of the Republicans will leave the party.”
“A third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul added. “This isn’t about, anymore, about the Electoral College, it’s about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.”
Paul made these responses after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly flirted with the idea of voting to convict President Trump.
“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell said.
Paul is putting McConnell and the rest of the GOP leadership on notice. This is the line in the sand as far as he is concerned.
“They will destroy the Republican Party. If leadership is complicit with an impeachment or if leadership votes for an impeachment, they will destroy the party,” Paul said.
“Like I say, I have opposed President Trump when I thought he was wrong, I’ve been for him when he was right. We did a lot of good things throughout the Trump presidency, and impeachment is purely a partisan thing,” he added.
The full segment with Paul and host Laura Ingraham can be seen here:
Big League Politics has reported on the division within the GOP since 10 Republican turncoats in the House join Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time:
Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick, was one of ten GOP House members to vote “yes” on President Donald Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment. Then when some were calling on Cheney to resign over her disgraceful vote, Dan Crenshaw, who voted against impeachment, quickly came to her defense and announced his “full support” for her.
“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” Crenshaw tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support.”
“We can disagree without tearing each other apart,” he added…
Cheney’s vote comes as no surprise. Big League Politics reported on her recent statement in support of Trump’s second impeachment, part of which read: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President.” For this CNN laughably called her the “conscience of Republicans.”
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