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December 2, 2020

A team of Trump-adjacent lawyers are turning on the electoral process as a whole.

Sidney Powell, a former lawyer for the Trump campaign who has since been disavowed, and high-profile lawyer Lin Wood, along with a bunch of other people falsely alleging the whole 2020 election was rigged, gathered Wednesday in Georgia for a so-called "Stop the Steal" rally. There, they brought up some old favorite Trump rally chants and election conspiracy theories, though with a decidedly non-GOP-approved twist.

With Trump campaign flags flying, the scantily masked crowd was reminiscent of a rally for the outgoing president. But the "lock him up" chants at this rally were actually targeted at Brian Kemp, Georgia's Republican governor. Wood initiated the chants, calling for a protest outside Kemp's house and his resignation because he hasn't moved to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win in the state.

Powell added to that, calling for ballots that are signed and marked with a thumbprint — an idea that doesn't jibe with the secret ballots mandated in Georgia and most of the U.S. "I would encourage all Georgians to make it known that you will not vote at all unless your vote is secure," Powell added, essentially advocating for a boycott of the January runoffs that will decide control of the Senate. And when Rep. Vernon Jones (R-Ga.) tried to butt in and encourage people to turn out, Wood jumped back in, telling everyone to stay home until Trump is given the win and even suggesting Trump should split from the GOP altogether.

If all that wasn't enough, someone brought a literal pitchfork to the event. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 30, 2020

President Trump made another visit to the swing state of Wisconsin on Friday evening, bringing some unfounded theories and repetitive rants along with him.

For starters, Trump celebrated reports that Democratic nominee Joe Biden wasn't driving Black voter turnout, framing it in a way that made it seem like he was happy about the disenfranchisement. "The Black vote is not turning out for him," Trump said of Biden. "They're not showing up to vote and others aren't either."

Biden's team is worried that he's failed to drive Black and Latino voters to the polls, Bloomberg reports. But far less believable — in fact, actually false — is Trump's claim that Biden will send the U.S. back to the 18th century. "There will be no heating in the winter, no air conditioning in the summer, and no electricity whenever the hell you want it," Trump claimed, for some incomprehensible reason.

Meanwhile Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), whom Trump ranted about despite not even being in her state, was having none of it. Kathryn Krawczyk

May 26, 2020

President Trump has given the Biden campaign a death sentence — literally.

On Tuesday, Trump shared a video declaring former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign effectively over for declaring that black voters who can't decide between him and Trump "ain't black." It first shares the devastating clip, and then cuts to video of Ghana's dancing pallbearers, with Biden's campaign logo on the coffin.

While closing out a Friday interview with Charlamagne tha God on The Breakfast Club, Biden declared that "you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or [President] Trump, you ain't black." A whole lot of people unexpectedly found Biden's comment racist and offensive, and by Friday afternoon, Biden had acknowledged he "shouldn't have been such a wise guy." Kathryn Krawczyk

October 9, 2019

To President Trump, the Kurds don't exactly deserve America's help.

Trump drew nearly universal condemnation after his Sunday night decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria and let Turkey invade the Kurdish-held area, especially considering the Kurds helped the U.S. fight ISIS in the region. But Trump doesn't quite understand why many people are calling his move a betrayal, seeing as the Kurds "didn't help us in the second World War, they didn't help us with Normandy," he said in a Wednesday press conference.

When asked about the Kurds on Wednesday, Trump cited an unnamed article that apparently pointed out the "Kurds are fighting for their land," not actually helping their allies. The U.S. also "spent tremendous amounts of money" to help the Kurds, Trump said. Trump failed to mention that this was ISIS that the Kurds were fighting, not a group that was of no threat to the U.S. Those ISIS fighters, by the way, will be headed "to Europe" if they're left unwatched by the U.S. and allowed to escape, Trump said.

Trump spun on several other topics during the press conference, suggesting that former Vice President Joe Biden would "get the electric chair" if he were a Republican and mocking Golden State Warriors' Coach Steve Kerr as a "little boy" for his response to the NBA's China controversy. Kathryn Krawczyk

July 1, 2019

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) apparently thinks he's a civil rights warrior now.

Cruz is currently fighting a campaign finance rule that prohibits him from getting the full $260,000 he personally loaned to his 2016 Senate campaign paid back via campaign donations. The FEC has responded by saying it's Cruz's fault for loaning himself the money in the first place, though Cruz's lawyers argued in a Friday filing that his fight against this purportedly unconstitutional law makes him just like the civil rights leader Rosa Parks.

In the filing, Cruz's lawyers said "the FEC also asserts that Senator Cruz and the Cruz Committee inflicted their injuries on themselves because they could have arranged to repay the Senator's loans using pre-election funds. Yes, and Rosa Parks could have sat in the back of the bus."

The suit regards Cruz's 2018 Senate run, where he loaned his campaign $260,000 but only could get $250,000 back. That's because the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act lets candidates repay personal loans to their campaigns with supporters' donations, but only up to $250,000. Cruz's lawsuit is trying to upend that provision entirely. Kathryn Krawczyk

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