Newsom Romps, Elder Concedes: Going Trumpy In California Falls Way Short

Long Beach, CA - September 13: U.S. California Governor Gavin Newsom listens as US President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event for him at Long Beach City Collage, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 in Long Beach, CA. (... Long Beach, CA - September 13: U.S. California Governor Gavin Newsom listens as US President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event for him at Long Beach City Collage, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 in Long Beach, CA. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 15, 2021 7:59 a.m.

A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things.

A Flop For The GOP

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) fended off the GOP’s attempt to get him kicked out of office in a recall election that was called barely after the polls closed, and it wasn’t even close.

  • Newsom’s victory was largely due to his emphasis on California Republicans’ attacks on COVID-19 safety measures and how his top GOP rival, radio host Larry Elder, was a far-right Republican who was out of step with staunchly blue California, per the Sacramento Bee’s analysis.
  • In fact, the governor barely pointed to his own achievements in his fight against the recall, the L.A. Times notes.
  • Gavin’s tactic of focusing on COVID-19 seems to have paid off:

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  • Elder seemed to give up his Trumpian attempt to sow doubt about the election results almost immediately on Tuesday night, telling his supporters, “Let’s be gracious in defeat.”

  • Elder doesn’t really get a cookie for not committing to his gambit to undermine American democracy. It’s just fascinating that he went through the trouble of promoting a form to “report” voter fraud, that Trump and the right-wing media worked to preemptively paint the election as “rigged,” only for the GOP candidate to actually concede despite refusing to commit to accepting the election results the day before: 

Trump Loses His Mind Over Milley Bombshells

The ex-president railed against Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley on Tuesday night after Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa revealed in their book that Milley had gone behind Trump’s back to circumvent a potential attack on China and got involved in the U.S.’s nuclear chain of command in the days following the Capitol insurrection.

  • Trump attacked Milley as a “dumbass” and a “failed leader” in a deranged statement on Tuesday, asserting that “actions should be taken immediately against” the general.
  • The ex-president also denied ever thinking about attacking China. “The people that fabricated the story are sick and demented, and the people who print it are just as bad,” he ranted.
  • Read what military experts had to say about Milley’s actions in interviews with TPM reporter Josh Kovensky considering that the general is not part of the chain of command.

Dems Play Hardball In NY Redistricting

Even though New York will lose a House seat, New York Democrats, who enjoy supermajorities in both chambers of their state’s legislature, have an opportunity to wipe out five Republican House seats as they draw the new congressional district map.

  • House GOP conference chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) could potentially be affected if Democrats target the more red areas in upstate New York, where her district lies.

Arizona Attorney General Sues Over Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Mark Brnovich, Arizona’s Republican attorney general, is suing the Biden administration after the President put in a mandate ordering all workplaces with 100 or more employees to ensure the employees either get the COVID-19 vaccine or get tested weekly.

  • Brnovich accused the administration of making an “unprecedented and unconstitutional power grab” with the mandate as he was announcing his lawsuit.

U.S. Poverty Fell In 2020 Thanks To COVID Aid

Poverty dropped to 9.1 percent last year after the federal government provided emergency relief for COVID-19.

  • Compare that figure to 2019, when poverty was at 11.8 percent.
  • Nearly 8.5 million people were rescued from poverty thanks to the stimulus checks.

Delete Your Account

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) posted–and has yet to delete–a fake article claiming that Biden ordered the Veteran Affairs department to withhold health benefits from veterans who hadn’t received the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • “If true, this is insane!” the Republican tweeted.
  • The website that published the article, Delaware Ohio News, literally says at the bottom of the page that “everything on this website is made up” and “Do not rely on anything said here.”

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