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Pro-Trump Lawyer Becomes ‘Chaos Candidate’ in South Carolina Race

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The final few months of the Trump presidency were a spectacle, there is no denying that, but the lasting effects of the MAGA movement’s mania appear to be here to stay.

As then-President Trump vehemently maintained that the 2020 election had been “stolen” from him, a number of lawyers lined up for the chance to help the Commander in Chief prove his case.  There was both the official team and the unofficial team; the former being made up of Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani, and the latter being the loosely affiliated duo of Sidney Powell and Lin Wood.

Now, one of those unofficial attorneys is looking to remain in the spotlight.

Lin Wood played a starring role in Georgia’s GOP civil war after the 2020 elections. Now the pro-Trump lawyer is taking his roadshow to South Carolina, where he’s campaigning as a “chaos” candidate to lead the state Republican Party.

Wood, who transformed from a top Atlanta trial lawyer to a leading election conspiracy theorist in November, moved to South Carolina in February. Then the firebrand lawyer shocked the political establishment in one of the GOP’s most important state parties by mounting an unexpectedly strong challenge to the incumbent chairman, Drew McKissick.

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The outcome has out-sized implications because of South Carolina’s role in GOP presidential primaries — the state hosts the first primary in the South, and almost always votes for the eventual Republican nominee. It’s emblematic of broader divisions between longtime GOP members and those brought into the Republican fold by Donald Trump, who remains the party’s center of gravity.

Trump himself has endorsed McKissick, which could complicate Wood’s instance that his work in the post-election fracas carries more weight with the MAGA movement than a simple endorsement.

Furthermore, Wood has been a bluntly prolific supporter of the Qanon faction that exists within the larger MAGA movement, hoping to cash those votes in when the time comes.

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Florida Governor Offers Pardons to Anyone Convicted of COVID Infractions

That’s one way to take a stand.

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Every day, it becomes more obvious that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has dreams of running for President in 2024, and this week was no exception. The Sunshine State politician has aligned himself heavily with in-state political heavy-hitter Donald Trump on just about any issue out there, even taking some of these ideologies further than the former President himself. It seems as though DeSantis has a rather large grudge with COVID-19 precautions as well, consistently pushing for Florida to move quickly and sternly toward unfettered freedom on the matter.  He was one of the first state lawmakers to rescind coronavirus restrictions, and has made a very public show of it all, which has belied his belief in a higher political calling. On Wednesday, DeSantis took another very public shot at those who continue to see coronavirus as a public health threat in need of government intervention. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will pardon anyone in the Sunshine State charged for not wearing masks or socially distancing — breaking the news live on air to a gym-owning couple who were facing jail time for defying coronavirus safety recommendations. The Republican governor made the unexpected announcement on Fox News Wednesday as he decried county officials penalizing people. “It’s a total overreach,” he told Laura Ingraham. “These things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive.” The governor did not mince his words. He broke the news of his pardon directly to Mike and Jillian Carnevale, who faced up to 120 days in jail for repeatedly allowing people to forgo masks at their gym in Plantation in Broward County. “I’m glad you have Mike and Jillian on, and I’m also glad to be on to be able to say that effective tomorrow morning, I’m going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority,”…

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McCarthy Defies Trump and MAGA, Says ‘No One’ is Questioning 2020 Election Results

One has to wonder how uncomfortable Trump could make things for McCarthy in the coming months.

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There is a major rift within the Republican Party in 2021, and the deepest, darkest parts of this crevasse plays host almost exclusively to conversations on a single subject:  The 2020 election. The MAGA Movement, which represents the far-right end of the GOP, believes wholeheartedly that Donald Trump was cheated out of the election, either by the work of Dominion Voting Systems or via Democratic balloting procedures that were tilted in the direction of the liberal left.  Of course, none of his legal surrogates have been able to get a judge to so much as listen to their case, and those who spoke on the subject of Dominion often found themselves on the receiving end of defamation lawsuits totaling over one billion dollars. On the opposite side of this field of battle in the GOP’s civil war, the “establishment” Republicans have been lining up, urging calm and a return to their less radical roots.  These conservatives are so concerned about the machinations of the MAGA masses that they’ve even threatened to break off into their own party – effectively sabotaging the entire right side of the aisle in the process. While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has long been a supporter of Donald Trump, his latest statement will almost assuredly see him savaged by the far-right. Hours after Rep. Liz Cheney was ousted from her Republican leadership position for rebuking former President Donald Trump’s ongoing claim that the election was “stolen” from him, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.” “I think that is all over with,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said at the White House, where he was meeting with President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about Biden’s…

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