Republican Chad Connelly is vying to win Tuesday’s primary in a special election for the South Carolina Fifth District congressional seat. But Connelly’s record as a delegate-stealing #NeverTrumper is coming back to haunt him.
Connelly, the former South Carolina party chairman, was literally on the RNC payroll when the campaign started. That’s not a joke. As the great Alex Swoyer reported:
Chad Connelly was paid $120,000 last year and $31,000 this year by the RNC to serve as the party’s director of faith management. He collected checks until he resigned in early March, the month after he announced his candidacy.
Analysts said the legality of the payments depends on the details of the arrangement — but said politically the revelation looks bad because it suggests the national party was picking favorites.
Chad Connelly is not just an RNC stooge. He is also a member of an insidious underground cult: The #NeverTrump Delegate Thieves.
Ted Cruz’s delegate thieves briefly threw the presidential race into chaos in the weeks leading up to the Republican convention in Cleveland. Cruz people tried to rig delegate slates at state party conventions in order to steal delegates away from Trump — even though Trump already won those delegates on paper in the actual state primaries and caucuses. Trump supporters battled through “Robert’s Rules of Order on steroids” in Cleveland to finally put down the rebels’ plot. Trump was nominated, Ken Cuccinelli threw his credentials to the ground in protest, Ted and Heidi Cruz were booed out of the arena with chants of “Goldman Sachs,” and the thieves were defeated.
In Saudi Arabia, thieves get their hands cut off. In Republican politics, Trump supporters take aim at their political fortunes.
“I can personally attest to these facts: Chad passed around and lobbied for a slate (that included many Cruz and “Never Trump” names) competing with the Trump Slate,” Trump campaign senior adviser Karen Giorno told Big League Politics.
“Chad did not attend the Unity Breakfast designed to bring non-Trump supporters onboard. And although everyone was asked to show their support by singing the Defeat Hillary Vote Trump banner, Chad did not. Well over three-fourths of those in attendance did,” Giorno added.
Big League Politics has obtained photographs of the pro-Cruz NeverTrump slate of delegates that Connelly promoted, and also the “Defeat Hillary” banner that Connelly did not sign.
Where is Connelly’s signature? It cannot be found.
The Chad Connelly campaign did not provide comment for this report.
So what happened to the NeverTrumpers after the convention?
Some of the rebels plunged on, waging a guerrilla campaign in the foothills to help Hillary Clinton win. These rebels included John Kasich, who shut down Trump’s ground game with his state party and forced pro-Trump activists to win Ohio on their own. Bill Kristol backed a harebrained scheme to run Evan McMullin as a third-party candidate in Utah to peel off Mormon votes from Trump and keep him below 270 electoral votes. Paul Ryan tried to knock Trump off the ticket during the “Access Hollywood” scandal and make Mike Pence the nominee. But on Election Night, all of the rebels felt humiliated and fearful for the future. Some, like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, vowed to make Trump’s life as president as difficult as possible.
Most of them either hide their faces now or give lip-service support to the president, hoping that nobody will remember what they did, or who they really are. But make no mistake: if left unwatched, the NeverTrumpers will nest, reproduce, and invade.
Connelly is running against a wide field of candidates in Tuesday’s primary.
The legendary Trump “Strike Team” that carried the great state of South Carolina for Trump in the primaries has endorsed Connelly’s challenger Tom Mullikin.
Congress Uses Fake Russia-Taliban Report as Excuse to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
Another victory for the war party.
Democrats are seizing upon a fake news report alleging that Russia has funded Taliban mercenaries to kill U.S. soldiers in order to make it more difficult for troops to be pulled from Afghanistan, thus undermining President Trump’s foreign policy agenda.
The House Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to make it more difficult for Trump to pull troops out of Afghanistan. It would force several certifications to be met before Trump could bring troops home. Republicans in the committee joined the Democrats to undermine Trump with the approval of this National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the neoconservative who supports Bush-era globalism, said the measure “lays out, in a very responsible level of specificity, what is going to be required if we are going to in fact make decisions about troop levels based on conditions on the ground and based on what’s required for our own security, not based on political timelines.” It was approved by a 45-11 vote.
The amendment requires an assessment to determine whether or not “state actors have provided any incentives to the Taliban, their affiliates, or other foreign terrorist organizations for attacks against United States, coalition, or Afghan security forces or civilians in Afghanistan in the last two years, including the details of any attacks believed to have been connected with such incentives” before troops can be removed from the country.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) bragged about how the measure will make sure the U.S. does not leave the region and more American lives are put in jeopardy for a war effort that is largely recognized to be a lost cause.
“There’s been bipartisan criticism of what a weak deal [Trump] got with the Taliban, a deal that is already falling apart,” Moulton said. “Now we learned that he was making this deal at the same time as there were bounties on the heads of American troops, American sons and daughters. We clearly need more oversight over what the president is doing in Afghanistan.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is the most eloquent voice for an “America First” foreign policy in the House, opposed the measure because of its obvious implications against peace.
“A great nation does not force the next generation to fight their wars, and that’s what we’ve done in Afghanistan,” Gaetz said. “I think the best day to have not had the war in Afghanistan was when we started it, and the next best day is tomorrow.
“I don’t think there’s ever a bad day to end the war in Afghanistan,” he added. “Our generation is weary of this and tired of this.”
The defense industry is pushing the Russia bogeyman yet again, in order to create xenophobic outrage and a pretense to keep troops occupying in the region. The Pentagon has reported that Russia is trying to expedite the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but they are painting this news as if it is a bad thing.
“As of February, the Russian government was working with the central government, regional countries, and the Taliban to gain increased influence in Afghanistan, expedite a U.S. military withdrawal, and address security challenges that might arise from a withdrawal,” a report from the Pentagon said.
“Russia has politically supported the Taliban to cultivate influence with the group, limit the Western military presence, and encourage counter ISIS operations, although Russia publicly denies their involvement,” they added.
The political establishment, including the military-industrial complex, is pulling out all the stops to sabotage President Trump and deprive him of achieving his goals before November’s election.
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