Catherine Cortez Masto Holds On to Nevada U.S. Senate Seat, Democrats Win Senate Control

Catherine Cortez Masto Holds On to Nevada U.S. Senate Seat, Democrats Win Senate Control

Democrats will keep control of the Senate due to Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D-NV) narrow election victory against Republican Adam Laxalt, the Associated Press projected on Saturday evening. 

The race results come after several days of delayed mail-in ballot counting — Cortez Masto secured a win with just under 5,000 votes by the time the Associated Press called the race, with 48.7 percent for Cortez Masto and 48.2 percent for former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt. 

With Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly’s win in Arizona, Democrats will now hold a 50-49 majority in the Senate.

“The party will retain control of the chamber, no matter how next month’s Georgia runoff plays out, by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote,” AP reported.

Cortez Masto celebrated her win, tweeting a photograph of herself along with the simple caption: “Thank you, Nevada!”

The race was a close one for months, often projecting either candidate winning within a margin of error. Closer to election day, some polling showed Laxalt taking a slim lead, and by Election Day, RealClearPolitics averaged out Laxalt’s advantage at 3.4 points. 

Cortez Masto, the first Latina to be elected to the Senate, was widely considered to be one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the nation and had a hard time dodging the fact that her voting record aligned with President Joe Biden nearly 100 percent of the time. Her reelection campaign focused heavily on abortion, which has already been codified up to 24 weeks in the Silver State. She often claimed Laxalt would support a federal abortion ban, even though he has explicitly stated that he believes abortion law should be decided by states. 

Laxalt made sure to emphasize Cortez Masto’s Biden-friendly record during his own campaign, and focused heavily on the economy, inflation, crime, and the border. He also received a boost from some big-name conservative endorsements, including former President Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

Spending in the Senate race was projected to reach nearly $109 million by election day, CNN reported. According to OpenSecrets, Cortez Masto spent almost quadruple what Laxalt spent trying to keep her seat, $46.6 million to $12.4 million by Oct. 19. 

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Kari Lake Discusses Status of Arizona Governor Race as Maricopa Ballot Counting Issues Continue

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake appears on Fox News with Tucker Carlson to discuss the insufferable and chaotic state of the Arizona election counting fiasco. {Direct Rumble Link}

Maricopa County remains the epicenter of the ridiculous exploits from election officials, including the intentional dragging out of the vote tabulation in an effort to support the Sunday Talk show narrative.  However, that said, when the final ballots are counted, it’s almost certain that Kari Lake will stand victorious despite the shenanigans of the election officials; the remaining question is by what margin. WATCH:

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Additionally in Nevada, Republican candidate Joe Lombardo has been declared the winner [data].  Republican Senate Candidate Adam Laxalt remains in the lead by 2,000 ballots/votes with 93% of the stuffing counted.   Meanwhile in Colorado, as expected, Lauren Bobert has widened her lead with 95% of ballots (and votes), counted.

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Contra Conventional Wisdom, There Is Little Evidence Dobbs Hurt Republicans

By any measure, Democrats exceeded expectations this week. Though listening to the triumphalism today, you’d think Joe Biden was Hannibal at Cannae. A fractured Republican Party just won the House and still has an outside shot at taking the Senate. The first term of an unpopular Biden presidency is now effectively over (save the executive abuse).

As expected, though, the lazy Dobbs-sunk-the-GOP narrative quickly solidified on the left. “It turns out women enjoy having human rights, and we vote,” Hillary Clinton tweeted. Dem cheerleader Joe Scarborough called it a “massive backlash.” “It will take a while to sort out exactly why Republicans did so much worse than expected,” writes Michelle Goldberg in the New York Times. “But there seems little question that abortion was a big part of the story.”

Listen, if anyone had told conservatives 30 or 20 or even a year ago that the political price for overturning Roe v. Wade would mean taking back only one chamber of Congress in the subsequent midterm, they would never have believed you. So, even if the left’s tenuous claim that Dobbs saved them in 2022 is to be believed, the price for ridding the nation of the legal and moral abomination of Roe would be well worth it.

But it is a tenuous contention.

It’s humorous that Goldberg begins her piece lamenting how she was hoodwinked into believing in a Red Wave by the right-wing pre-election wishcasting. A Politico/Morning Consult poll, she notes, had warned us “that 48 percent of respondents intended to vote for Democrats for Congress and only 43 percent for Republicans.” But the GOP ended up winning the (irrelevant) popular vote this week. Politico/Morning Consult was wrong.

We’ll know more later, but it doesn’t seem like an army of enraged women and young people flooded the polls to exact revenge on the court. If CNN’s exit polls are to be believed, Democrats lost support among women in 2022 compared to the last midterm in 2018. The Associated Press/Fox News exit poll found that 52 percent of voters were women in 2018, and 52 percent of all voters in 2022 were women. It is a myth that young people came out in droves. Democrats lost support among younger voters, as well.

Beyond that, Goldberg’s column offers not a single piece of tangible, statistical evidence to back up the theory that Dobbs played a “big,” or even a minor, part in the GOP’s 2022 underperformance.

It’s true that pro-lifers lost abortion referendums, including, incomprehensibly, one in Montana that would have compelled medical care for “infants who are born alive.” It’s also true that numerous Republican candidates are either unable or frightened to articulate coherent pro-life views. These are problems for Republicans.

On the other hand, Ron DeSantis, Greg Abbott, and Brian Kemp (in a state where the Senate race is in a runoff) all signed heartbeat bills and easily won re-election. John Fetterman might have beaten a dubious carpetbagging conservative in Dr. Oz, but pro-life Republicans JD Vance and Mike Lee had no problem. It also looks like Adam Laxalt has a chance to knock off Catherine Cortez Masto, an incumbent who made nationalizing Roe v. Wade the central argument of her campaign.

Goldberg highlights two House races to claim to make her case — Bo Hines vs. Wiley Nickel and Lauren Boebert vs. Adam Frisch. One of these now looks like it may stay in Republican hands. And the notion that Boebert’s political struggles are triggered primarily by her abortion position is unconvincing, to say the least. Notice that every Republican loss is chalked up to abortion, the reverse is not. In Iowa, Cindy Axne, an incumbent who made abortion the issue of her candidacy — pledging to pass a national bill legalizing abortion from conception to birth — was beaten by a strongly pro-life Zach Nunn. In Virginia, incumbent Elaine Luria, who ran endless commercials on the abortion issue, fell to pro-life nurse practitioner Jen Kiggans.  

None of this is to contend that there aren’t people moved on the abortion issue. It mattered in 2020 and 2018, as well. Unmarried women might now be the Democrats’ most reliable demographic, but they were already headed in that direction. Nor is it to say Republicans are winning the issue nationally. Conversely, we have no idea what the 2022 midterm environment would have looked like had the Supreme Court let Roe stand. It may well have depressed social conservative turnout. Elections are complicated and regionally unique. But there is little evidence that Dobbs produced a political earthquake or even that it changed very much at all.


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Democrat Senate Incumbents Refuse Responsibility for Fueling Inflation, Gas Prices

Four embattled Senate Democrat incumbents have set a pattern of refusing to take responsibility for soaring inflation and gas prices that have occurred in record-setting fashion under their leadership.

According to September’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), inflation rose 8.2 percent compared to a year earlier. A recent Heritage Foundation study shows wages for American families are down $6,000 after adjusting for inflation, an increase from an earlier estimate that put the decline in real wages at $4,200.

The costly inflation, the number one issue in the 2022 midterm cycle, has caused Democrats to displace the blame for soaring costs on the fossil fuel and pharmaceutical industries rather than on their fiscal or energy policies.

On Thursday, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), who is losing in the polls to Republican Adam Laxalt, claimed gas prices are spiking because oil companies are not producing enough oil. “Instead of increasing supply, they’re taking in profits,” she tweeted.

Masto did not mention that gas prices have spiked since Democrats regained control of the executive branch, legislative branch, and administration state in 2021. Nor did she mention President Joe Biden’s campaign promise to reduce oil drilling. In the last two years, the Biden administration has succeeded in driving up private and public financing costs of oil drilling, halting drilling on public lands, and canceling the Keystone pipeline.

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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) on April 26, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cortez Masto faces Republican challenger Adam Laxalt in the November election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), seeking reelection against Republican Herschel Walker, also refused to take responsibility for record high inflation during last week’s debate. Instead, he instead blamed corporations.

“There is no question people are feeling pain at the grocery store and pump,” Warnock admitted about inflation. “While we are seeing record prices, a lot of our corporate actors are seeing record profits in the gas industry and the pharmaceutical industry.”

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This combination of photos shows, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, August 3, 2021, left, and Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaking in Perry, Georgia, September 25, 2021. (AP Photo)

Walker immediately shot back that “families are hurting… because of the bills and the laws you are passing,” noting that he voted for the $433 billion “Inflation Reduction Act,” which will raise taxes “significantly” and could worsen inflation in the long term.

Warnock voted also for Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, despite warnings that it would worsen inflation. Since then, inflation hit its highest level in 40 years.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), who is fighting for her political life against Republican Gen. Don Bolduc, has taken a similar tact. “Bolduc would fight for Big Pharma & Big Oil, not Granite Staters,” she said Tuesday without presenting any evidence. “I’m working to hold corporate special interests accountable and lower costs on everyday goods.”

In turn, Gen. Bolduc has blamed Hassan for voting with Biden nearly 100 percent of the time. “We got to get rid of career politicians. Granite Staters say, ‘number one problem is career politicians.’ Twenty-years, right there,” he said during Tuesday’s debate, pointing at Hassan in the room.

“Look at what has happened to New Hampshire: historic inflation, people are hurting, they can’t afford the necessities of life,” he added.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) speaks at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol September 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) has handled the question of rising costs a different way. During a debate last week, Kelly blamed Biden for inflation, though he voted for the polices Biden has signed into law. Kelly lauded a letter he sent Biden to increase oil production, yet the Senator voted for Biden’s war on American energy agenda 94 percent of the time. Kelly has also voted to spend more money via the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, which will cost taxpayers 700 billion dollars.

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Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) on Capitol Hill, in Washington, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Challenger Blake Masters slammed Kelly for his anti-American energy record. “First, [Biden and Kelly] declared war on oil and gas. Well, what’d they think was going to happen? Masters questioned. “When you declare war on oil and gas in a country that is still mostly powered by oil and gas, you think that’s going to send the price of energy to the moon? Well, yeah, it did.”

“They took gas from two dollars to six dollars. Now they want a prize because it’s back in the five dollars. When you make energy too expensive — everything you need to live takes energy to make or to move — you make energy expensive, you get some inflation,” Master concluded.

According to a Wednesday poll, 93 percent of registered voters are concerned about soaring inflation and the poor economy with the midterm election. Eighty-one percent say the Democrats’ economy will be a “major” factor in how they vote. Eighty percent say the same about inflation. Sixty-four percent say the Democrats’ economic and energy policies were either very or somewhat responsible for inflation.

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WATCH LIVE: Former President Donald Trump Holding ‘Save America’ Rally in Minden, Nevada

WATCH LIVE: Former President Donald Trump Holding ‘Save America’ Rally in Minden, Nevada

Former President Donald Trump will hold a “Save America” rally in Minden, Nevada, on Saturday, October 8.

Trump will be speaking in support of Adam Laxalt, the former attorney general of Nevada and the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, and Joe Lombardo, former Clark County Sheriff and the Republican nominee for governor of Nevada.

Trump endorsed Laxalt in June, calling him “one of the toughest AGs in all of America.”

Trump endorsed Lombardo in April, writing, “As the elected Sheriff of Clark County, Joe has fought some of the worst criminals and defended neighborhoods and communities from horrific violence enabled by the Radical Left across our great country.”

A CNN poll from earlier this week found that both Trump-backed candidates enjoyed narrow leads in their races.

Tonight’s rally is notable because of its location; Minden has a population of just 3,500, which — as CNN’s Dan Merica argues — “highlights the importance of rural voters” in the Silver State. Despite the town’s small size, organizers anticipate that the rally will draw upwards of 10,000 attendees, according to the Record Courier, which also noted that Trump’s 2020 rallies in the area sometimes drew crowds of more than 30,000 people.

Disclosure: Breitbart News is represented by Cooper & Kirk, PLLC. Adam Laxalt is a partner at Cooper & Kirk. He is not actively engaged or working on any matters for Breitbart News.

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Will Fake News Purveyor Catherine Cortez Masto Vote To Confirm Biden’s Radical FCC Nominee?

Will Fake News Purveyor Catherine Cortez Masto Vote To Confirm Biden’s Radical FCC Nominee?

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., has campaigned on her vote to pass President Joe Biden’s dubiously named “Inflation Reduction Act” this summer, falsely claiming the bill would bring down the deficit and serve as a model of fiscal responsibility.

Between August and September, the Western Democrat, who is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents this November, tweeted at least 10 times that the colossal legislation will cut the deficit — but that’s just not true. Don’t count on Cortez Masto’s posts being flagged by Big Tech for disinformation, however. Instead, count on Cortez Masto casting the deciding vote on Biden’s radical pro-censorship nominee for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Gigi Sohn, whose record of demanding overt censorship of dissenting voices precedes her.

As one example of Cortez Masto’s misinformation-peddling, the Democrat wrote in an Aug. 8 tweet: “The Inflation Reduction Act reduces the deficit by $300 billion. This is a critical first step for our families dealing with rising prices – and I’ll keep working in the Senate to lower costs for Nevadans.”

But the “Inflation Reduction Act” does nothing to fight inflation, and certainly doesn’t lower the deficit by “$300 billion.”

On the contrary, an analysis from the conservative fiscal group Americans for Tax Reform estimates, based on numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), that President Joe Biden’s latest spending package would contribute $25 billion to the deficit over the next five years. To be fair, Cortez Masto’s initial post came two days after the CBO’s initial scoring of the bill published on Aug. 5, in which the government agency estimated an $18 billion deficit reduction, according to Americans for Tax Reform. One month later, however, a revised analysis upped that number to a $25 billion deficit increase — in either case, a far cry from the $300 billion reduction Cortez Masto claimed from her campaign Twitter account.

Chris Jacobs, the founder and CEO of the Juniper Research Group and frequent Federalist contributor, outlined on Tuesday how the bill will only exacerbate inflation and add to the deficit. Estimates by Democrats claiming deficit reduction, Jacobs explained, rely on problematic assumptions made to sell the bill to voters as a well-conceived measure to bring the nation’s finances in order. Those assumptions include budget gimmicks, the expiration of Obamacare subsidies, and a spike in tax collections from the “Internal Revenue Service’s new army of auditors.”

“To put it more bluntly,” Jacobs wrote, “The law can only reduce the deficit if the IRS can investigate, audit, and harass enough Americans to generate additional buckets of cash for Washington to spend.”

But again, don’t count on Silicon Valley Giants flagging the senator’s posts for fake news, which brings us back to the FCC and Sohn.

Sohn, an American attorney and former agency staffer under the Obama administration was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission in October. And given her pro-censorship background, Sohn is the perfect nominee for an administration that almost created a “Ministry of Truth.” Sohn has questioned whether conservative media should maintain their broadcasting licenses and has called Fox News “state-sponsored propaganda.” The nominee to the influential communications commission also complained that lawmakers paid too much attention to the expansion of broadband to rural communities.

“Policymakers,” Sohn said in written testimony, “have focused disproportionately on broadband deployment in rural areas of the United States.”

Never mind that rural Americans are the most underserved when it comes to high-speed internet connectivity. Good luck to rural Nevadans getting high-speed internet with Sohn at the helm of the FCC.

Cortez Masto has not yet committed to a decision on Sohn’s nomination, at least not publicly. The senator’s office did not respond to The Federalist’s inquiry.

Former Nevada Attorney General and Republican Senate nominee Adam Laxalt called on Cortez Masto to reject Sohn’s confirmation last week, highlighting her opposition to the Fraternal Order of Police. The union, representing more than 330,000 law enforcement officials across the country, archived a long list of her attacks on officers, with demands to defund police as a “violent institution.”

“Sohn is an anti-police radical who has publicly supported defunding the police and repeatedly promoted social media posts attacking law enforcement,” Laxalt said in a press release. “As the deciding vote in the U.S. Senate, the choice before Cortez Masto is clear: Will she stand with the cop-hating far-left or will she stand with our brave police officers and oppose Sohn’s nomination?”

According to the latest aggregate of polls by RealClearPolitics, the Nevada Senate race remains a tight contest two months before November, with Laxalt up by a mere 1 percent.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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Exclusive — Donald Trump on Elon Musk Pulling Out of Twitter Deal: ‘I Called It Early’

Exclusive — Donald Trump on Elon Musk Pulling Out of Twitter Deal: ‘I Called It Early’

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Former President Donald Trump told Breitbart News exclusively that he knew Elon Musk would not actually acquire Twitter, despite the hype.

“I knew that Twitter had a lot of the fake accounts because I read, like everyone else does,” Trump told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Friday night. “I knew they had a lot of the fake accounts like the bots and everything else that they had. I thought that the price was exorbitant; the price he was paying for it was exorbitant.”

Trump pointed out correctly, too, that he “called it early” that Musk would not end up buying Twitter. Trump’s interview came just hours after Musk, through a formal filing, moved to void his bid to buy Twitter, citing concerns with the volume of fake bot accounts on the platform. Twitter’s chairman, however, fired back, saying the company intends to attempt to enforce the agreement with Musk to buy the company, something Trump said he expects “a lot of litigation” over.

“I called it early and said, ‘That deal is never going to happen,’” Trump said. “We’re going to have to see what happens because they’re going to be saying, ‘You owe us $44 billion’ because I hear they have a very tight contract. It’s supposed to be ‘iron-clad,’ but I don’t know how you define ‘iron-clad.’ But it’s an ‘iron-clad’ contract, and he put up a billion-dollar deposit, so I see that ending up in a lot of litigation.”

All of this bodes well, Trump said, for his social media platform, Truth Social. Trump’s platform, which he noted this reporter joined recently, is something he said is “very successful” so far and is on the verge of eclipsing the five million user mark.

A phone screen displays the Truth Social app in Washington, DC, on February 21, 2022. (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

A phone screen displays the Truth Social app in Washington, DC, on February 21, 2022 (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images).

“Personally, I have something called Truth that you’re on,” Trump said. “It’s very successful. We have better interactions. It’s doing phenomenal, and it’ll be over five million people very soon, and we’ll be at ten million people in the not-too-distant future.”

Trump has been quite active on his Truth Social platform, regularly making comments there about the news of the day or political matters, such as endorsements and weighing in on races around the country. He launched it after Twitter and Facebook banned him following the events of January 6, 2021, in his last days in the White House. The Big Tech giants censoring a sitting President of the United States has further ignited national debate about the power such companies have over free speech in the country, and alternatives like Trump’s have raced to capitalize on the moment.

Trump’s interview came backstage here after an event focused on law and order with Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and former Attorney General Adam Laxalt—the Republican nominees, respectively, for governor and U.S. Senate here in Nevada—at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Both candidates recently won the nomination with Trump’s endorsement in the primary and hope to defeat incumbent Democrat Gov. Steve Sisolak and Sen. Cathy Cortez Masto (D-NV), respectively, in November.

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Exclusive — Donald Trump Says He Is Considering Attending Shinzo Abe’s Funeral in Japan

Exclusive — Donald Trump Says He Is Considering Attending Shinzo Abe’s Funeral in Japan

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Former President Donald Trump told Breitbart News exclusively here that he is considering attending the funeral of the assassinated former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and that he is communicating with Abe’s family about the matter.

“We’re going to see how it goes,” Trump said when asked if he would attend Abe’s funeral. “We’re talking to their family. We love the family. His wife is a phenomenal woman. He is so loved in Japan I can imagine that is going to be an incredible celebration of life. He was just very special. Every aspect of that man was just very special. You know he was the first person I saw? Do you remember he came early? He came right after the election—he was the first person I saw. But we had a special relationship. We’re going to see about that, we’re talking about that right now.”

Trump’s comments came during an exclusive interview backstage after an event he hosted with the GOP nominees for U.S. Senate and for governor here in Nevada, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo. Trump spoke for close to an hour to a packed ballroom at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip Friday night after Laxalt, Lombardo, and several local and national law enforcement personnel hosted a law-and-order-focused panel.

Trump and Abe were the closest of friends during Trump’s time in the White House and Abe’s time as Prime Minister. Perhaps there was no other world leader with whom Trump was as close, as the two shared dozens of phone calls, several visits to each other’s countries, and even played golf several times together. Abe was, as Trump said, one of the first foreign leaders to recognize his win after he shocked the world in 2016 and defeated former Secretary of State Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton—an important step for Trump when he took the White House in early 2017.

“He was a great man,” Trump told Breitbart News of Abe. “He was a great leader. He loved his country and he loved our country. We did incredible deals together. We made a new deal with Japan. Japan had a one-sided deal and he brought back some fairness because we had just a terrible group of trade deals with Japan. We renegotiated it. But he was a real friend of mine. He really was a distinguished, incredible person. What a disaster that is for this world. He was a true world leader and everybody respected him. We’d go to the G7 and everybody respected Shinzo. That this can happen is just horrible.”

The loss of Abe definitely leaves a hole in the Indo-Pacific, an important geopolitical theater in which the United States is competing with China as an increasingly powerful Chinese Communist Party continues to gain regional control. A key part of the U.S. strategy under Trump to countering a rising China was a strong Japan—and a strong U.S.-Japan relationship—and Trump told Breitbart News he is not worried that Japan will become weak because he said its current leaders came to power with Abe’s support.

“We have some very good leaders now in Japan who really were put in place to a certain extent by Shinzo,” Trump said. “You know, Shinzo gave the blessing to your leaders right now. But to lose him is very hard to ever make up. He was really unique.”

During his remarks at the top of his speech, Trump also called for a “steep price” to be paid by the gunman who killed Abe.

“Before we begin, I’d like to profess my profound condolences to the family of a great, great man—Shinzo Abe,” Trump said. “He was an amazing leader. I knew him well—tough negotiator…. This was a man of tremendous moral courage and was a fantastic person. Prime Minister Abe was a friend of mine, an ally, and an incredible patriot. He was a tireless champion for peace and for freedom and for the priceless bond between the United States and Japan, and his assassination is not only a grievous atrocity, it is a devastating loss for the entire world. We will miss him greatly. And this being a speech about law and order, I hope the man who committed this crime will pay a steep price for the greatness he has taken from our planet.”

More from Trump’s latest exclusive interview with Breitbart News here in Las Vegas is forthcoming.

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