Confusion as Trump Appears to Support Multiple ‘Erics’ in Missouri – Follow Live

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Trump ‘refused to call off attack’ on Capitol during Jan. 6 riots, US representative says

Former President Donald Trump’s approval of “Eric” in the Republican primary for a seat in the US Senate to replace outgoing Senator Roy Blunt has caused an outcry among party members.

There are two GOP frontrunners named Eric in that race — former Governor Eric Greitens and Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Both seemed to assume they were endorsed by Mr Trump.

There is also a third GOP candidate named Eric McElroy on the Republican primary ballot.

On Twitter, Mr. Schmitt wrote, “I am grateful for President Trump’s endorsement.”

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However, Mr Greitens also announced that he was “honored to receive President Trump’s endorsement”. “Just had a great phone call with President Trump, thanking him for his support! Together we will save MAGA and America,” he added.

Meanwhile, Guy Reffitt, the Jan. 6 rioter who was found guilty of five felony charges earlier this year, Monday received the longest sentence yet handed down against a participant in the Capitol riot.

Reffitt was the first accused Capitol rioter to be tried before a jury after pleading innocent.

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Nancy Pelosi arrives in Malaysia amid reports of her visit to Taiwan

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday for the second leg of an Asian tour that was clouded by an expected stop in Taiwan, which would escalate tensions with Beijing.

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The plane carrying Pelosi and her delegation landed at an air force base amid tight security, the national news agency Bernama reported.

While there are no official announcements, local media in Taiwan reported that Ms. Pelosi will arrive in Taipei on Tuesday evening, becoming the highest-ranking US official in more than 25 years.

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Joe Scarborough: Trump is a ‘horrific person’

ICYMI: Hosts of MSNBCs Tomorrow Joe unloaded on Donald Trump on Monday as the former president continues his vandalism of WNBA star Brittney Griner and the Biden administration’s alleged plans to secure her release from a Russian prison.

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough said the criticism was more proof of what a “terrible” person Donald Trump is at heart.

“It just goes to show what a horrible guy this is, what a horrible human being. How cruel it is. And you wonder if he’s saying that because she’s a black basketball player,” he said.

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Endorsed candidate Tim Michels refuses to commit to supporting Trump in 2024 race

Tim Michels, who was backed by Donald Trump as governor, said he would not commit to backing the former president for the 2024 race.

Mr. Michels, the millionaire co-owner of Brownsville-based construction company Michels Corp., and his two main opponents in the Republican primary for governor, distanced themselves from Mr. Trump during a candidate forum in front of City Hall in Milwaukee.

“I will look at all the evidence and everything will be on the table and I will make the right decision,” Michels said, when asked if he would sign legislation to invalidate the election results.

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Trump backs ‘Eric’ in Missouri Senate primaries

The night before Missouri’s closely watched Republican primary for a seat in the US Senate to replace outgoing Senator Roy Blunt, Donald Trump announced his endorsement: “Eric.”

There are two GOP frontrunners named Eric in that race — former Governor Eric Greitens and Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

There is also a third GOP candidate named Eric in the Republican primary: Eric McElroy, a comedian, ignorantly named among the Erics in the former president’s announcement.

“I trust the Great People of Missouri to make their own decisions in this matter, just as they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and I am therefore proud to announce that ERIC has released my full and Total approval!” the former president announced on August 1.

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Will This Republican Senator Take on Donald Trump in 2024?

ICYMI: Sen. Tim Scott tries to dispel rumors of presidential ambitions after critical reviewers noticed a page in his memoir appeared to betray his intentions.

The copyright page of the South Carolina Republican senator’s memoir reads briefly: “Senator Scott is a rising star who sees and understands the importance of duality in moving America forward. This book is a political memoir that contains his key messages as he prepares for a presidential bid in 2022.”

If that were the case and Scott plans to launch a presidential campaign later this year, he could end up taking on Donald Trump, who remains publicly excited about the idea of ​​going back to the White House himself.

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Trump receives Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor Greene at LIV golf tournament

Donald Trump attended TBEN News host Tucker Carlson and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene at a Saudi-funded LIV golf tournament, which the former president held this weekend at his Bedminster resort in New Jersey.

A video shared on Twitter by conservative political adviser Alex Brusewitz captured the crowd gathering at the tournament chant, “Let’s go Brandon.”

The derisive slogan “let’s go Brandon” is used by conservatives to attack President Joe Biden.

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Michigan Secretary of State diverts efforts to challenge primary results

ICYMI: Michigan’s top election official is warning campaigners and candidates against trying to do funny things as a controversial primary season concludes with an election on Tuesday.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson made the statement in an interview with: The Detroit News in which she echoed the comments she has made on social media in recent days.

“Any attempt to block the certification of our elections, regardless of the results, will be futile,” she told the news channel.

John Bowden writes that her comments would seem alarming were it not for the kick-off of five Republican candidates who previously ran in the gubernatorial primaries on Tuesday.

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Could Trump Lose the GOP the Senate?

ICYMI: Negative impressions of former President Donald Trump are dragging Republican candidates for the US Senate down in four major swingstate races, according to a recent poll commissioned by a political action committee affiliated with a former top Trump adviser.

The survey of 1,200 voters — 300 general election voters each in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia — was commissioned by the John Bolton Super PAC. The PAC is headed by Ambassador John Bolton, Trump’s third national security adviser.

It found that Trump-approved candidates in three of the four states follow their Democratic opponents and have largely unfavorable ratings with “independent and undecided voters.”

Andrew Feinberg has more.

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Trump: No deal to bring Brittney Griner home if I was in the White House

ICYMI: Former President Donald Trump attacked WNBA star Brittney Griner, accusing her of being “overloaded with drugs” in a new interview, while suggesting he wouldn’t work to end her captivity in Russia while he was still in the White House. .

Talk about The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show On Saturday, he sharply criticized reports circulating since May that suggested the Biden administration was proposing a prisoner swap that would release Ms Griner and ex-Marine Paul Whelan in exchange for the extradition of a Russian arms dealer to Moscow.

Read more from Bevan Hurley and Gustaf Kilander in TBEN:

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Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’d be ‘honoured’ to join Trump on 2024 presidential ticket

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who conspires, says she would be “honored” to serve as Donald Trump’s running mate, should he make a third bid for the White House in 2024.

The congresswoman made the comments last week in an interview with a right-wing broadcaster ahead of her appearance alongside the president at a Saudi Arabia-funded golf tournament he hosted this weekend.

“I think if he asked me, I would definitely think hard about it,” she said when asked during an interview with America’s Real Voice.

“I love President Trump. I never hide that fact,” she added.

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