After President Trump briefly congratulated the wrong state on winning the Super Bowl, Fox & Friends is quickly providing some defense.
Trump in a tweet on Sunday night congratulated the "great state of Kansas" after the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl win, despite the fact that the team is actually based in Missouri. After 11 minutes of Twitter dunking, Trump issued a follow-up tweet congratulating Missouri, instead.
But the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday decided the original tweet was completely fine, actually. "Kansas City is in Kansas, and it is also in Missouri," Steve Doocy said, insisting the situation is like the fact that "people call them the New York Giants, but they're in New Jersey."
Even though Trump himself seemed to admit his mistake by deleting and re-posting the tweet, Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union, took the defense further, blasting the "East coast establishment" for not realizing that "Kansas City, Kansas is in Kansas." It seems we have 2020's first map-related Trump controversy on our hands. Brendan Morrow
Steve Doocy defends Trump's tweet congratulating Kansas for the Kansas City Chiefs winning the Super Bowl: "Kansas City is in Kansas and it is also in Missouri. ... [It's like when] people call them the New York Giants, but they're in New Jersey." pic.twitter.com/tQFd5KlTy8
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has been dogged all election cycle by claims he doesn't truly live in state and is something of a three-term carpetbagger. That critique will only get louder now, as Roberts listed a home in Fairfax County, Virginia, as his "principal residence," according to documents obtained by the Topeka Capitol-Journal.
On Wednesday, records surfaced that Roberts signed a Deed of Trust in 1997 and 2003 for property owned in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Franki, that contained text about a principal residence.
The documents, which include a series of covenants, required Roberts to attest the couple within 60 days of executing the document "shall continue to occupy the property as borrower's principal residence for at least one year after the date of occupancy." [Capitol-Journal]
Roberts had already come under fire because he pays $300 per month to rent out space in a home on a golf course in Kansas to maintain his residency there. The latest New York Times forecast gives Roberts a 45 percent chance of keeping his seat. Jon Terbush
The underfunded Taylor dropped out of the race two weeks ago, and filed a notice to have his name taken off the ballot — thus potentially clearing the way for Independent candidate Greg Orman to have a clear shot at defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. However, Kansas Secreatry of State Kris Kobach (R) then ruled that Taylor had to remain on the ballot. Kobach maintained that Taylor's filing did not use the precise legal language needed to withdraw — a direct statement that he was unable to serve in the office of senator — arguing that Taylor's filing had instead stated he was withdrawing pursuant to the statute.
Kobach's decision could have potentially helped Roberts win the election, since a number of Democratic voters could have picked Taylor if they did not know he had dropped out. Taylor then sued Kobach at the state Supreme Court. During oral arguments on Tuesday, the justices very pointedly inquired of Kobach's attorney as to why Kobach's office had accepted other candidates' withdrawal notices, even though they were either similar to Taylor's or otherwise did not meet Kobach's exact requirement.
Today's court order for Taylor to be removed from the ballot likely provides an immediate boost to Greg Orman. In a Fox News poll released yesterday, Roberts edged out Orman by 2 points, 40 percent to 38 percent — plus 11 percent for Taylor. The same poll, however, also found that Orman would leapfrog ahead of Roberts in a two-way race, 48 percent to 42 percent.
Update: Kobach now says he has informed the Kansas Democratic Party that they have eight days to select a replacement nominee, The Wichita Eagle reports. Kobach has previously maintained that if Taylor dropped out, the Democrats would still be required to select a replacement — but it is not exactly clear what action he could take if they simply refuse to do so, now that he has been ordered to remove Taylor's name. Eric Kleefeld