Pinkerton: The Twitter Files Remind Us the Deep State Lives

Pinkerton: The Twitter Files Remind Us the Deep State Lives

By now, anyone with a political pulse knows about the Twitter Files. Thanks to their release, we have proof of what we long suspected: that the real collusion was between Big Tech and Big Government. And one of the leading chroniclers of this historic moment, Matt Taibbi, helps us tie up another loose end:  

The takeaway: what most people think of as the “deep state” is really a tangled collaboration of state agencies, private contractors, and (sometimes state-funded) NGOs. The lines become so blurred as to be meaningless.

Ah yes, the Deep State, much written about here at Breitbart News. Back in late 2016, Breitbart News noticed that hidden forces in the federal government were mobilizing against Donald Trump, even before he was inaugurated as the 45th president. In a flurry of articles, this website chronicled the Deep State’s successful effort, for example, to take out Michael Flynn as Trump’s national security adviser.

At the time the establishment denied that there was any such thing as the Deep State. Nothing to see here—just patriotic civil servants doing their duty! Yet then, in November 2021, after Trump was safely gone from office, they fessed up; one Beltway establishmentarian published a book entitled—you guessed it!—American Resistance: The Inside Story of How the Deep State Saved the Nation. The book received admiring notices from—you guessed this one, too!—National Public Radio. Obviously, as they emerged from the gloom of Trump to the bright light of Biden, Deep Statists were happy to shift, from denying the plainly obvious to basking in liberal applause. 

Yet as Taibbi documents, the Deep State is more than just lifer-bureaucrats in the Federal Triangle. It also includes sympathetic techsters, easily enlisted in the Deep State doings. And here, providing granular detail, the Twitter Files are invaluable. Another Twitter File scribe, Michael Shellenberger, notes that the FBI was so eager to get the company in on its game that it extended Top Secret security clearances to Twitter employees. Did you know that the FBI could do that? Indeed, the FBI gave Twitter $3.4 million to help with the suppressing, filtering, shadow-banning, and deplatforming. Did you know the FBI could do that?

Shellenberger further adds, “As of 2020, there were so many former FBI employees—‘Bu alumni’—working at Twitter that they had created their own private Slack channel and a crib sheet to onboard new FBI arrivals.”

Beyond career enhancement and networking for FBI alums, the big mission was discrediting the Hunter Biden laptop story. The FBI (the one headquartered in Washington) had gained possession of the laptop in late 2019, seizing it from the Delaware repair-shop owner. And while the Bureau obviously had no intention of telling anyone about the laptop prior to the election—indeed, two years after the election, we don’t even know for sure that the laptop even still exists—the FBI seems to have figured that there were copies of the laptop somewhere, perhaps due to surface prior to election day, 2020. And that would be bad for Joe Biden, and thus good for the dreaded Trump. So the FBI and its Deep State pals hatched a plan to preemptively declare the laptop’s contents to be a hoax, nothing but Russian disinformation. 

Hunter Biden and his son Beau Biden, President Joe Biden's grandson, arrive with the president and first lady Jill Biden at Nantucket Airport in Nantucket, Mass., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. The Baden's are spending the Thanksgiving Day holiday in Nantucket with their family. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hunter Biden and his son Beau Biden, President Joe Biden’s grandson, arrive with the president and first lady Jill Biden at Nantucket Airport in Nantucket, Mass., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Shellenberger explains of the laptop-release strategizing, “The goal was to shape how the media covered it—and how social media carried it.” As Taibbi puts it, the relationship between the FBI and Twitter was “master-canine.” And journalist Lee Fang shows us part of the plan of preemption: 

The Aspen Institute hosted reporters, media companies and social media firms in Sept. 2020 to prep for a possible Russian hack of Hunter Biden, one month before the NY Post story, at a time when the FBI had the laptop and had Giuliani under surveillance. Amazing coincidence.

Yes, it’s an amazing coincidence that the Deep State warned about a “fake news” laptop a month in advance. So when the laptop’s real contents were revealed by The New York Post on October 14, the pre-planned preemption was ready, and the story was kiboshed on Twitter. The woman who helped break the story at the Post, Emma-Jo Morris, recalls,

The closeness—and dare I say control—the FBI had with Twitter runs roughshod over the 1st, 4th, and 5th amendments. But the IC [Intelligence Community] isn’t the only one coming out of this reporting with a bruising. Or shouldn’t be.

Morris, who now works for Breitbart News, is blunt in spreading the blame on to Twitter: in her words, the company “employed a gang of spies leading up to the 2020 Election.” And Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who has been an ace on this issue, adds, “Big Tech interfering in elections is bad enough. The FBI doing it is far, far worse.” 

Writing in The American Conservative, Sumantra Maitra summed up Twitter’s role as a Deep State and Democratic enabler, which could yet lead to legal trouble for the enablers:

Twitter was connected deeply to the national security bureaucracy. It was led by extreme radicals with a hatred for any view even remotely conservative.  The company interfered with elections. It was deeply censorious, a place where halfwit bureaucrats shadow-banned counterfactual analysis from a Stanford epidemiologists just because that analysis didn’t fit an approved narrative.  In the name of social justice and equity, the company was a hotbed of trans and pedophilia activism.  Twitter leadership lied to Congress, an offense punishable under law.

And iconoclast Glenn Greenwald adds, “When Dems controlled both houses of Congress and the WH (and Exec Branch), they repeatedly summoned Big Tech CEOs and openly and explicitly threatened them: if you don’t *censor more*, you will be punished. And DHS/FBI/CIA applied immense pressure.”

Of course, none of these transgressions will lead to trouble for either the Deep State or Twitter employees—most, if not all of them, by now ex-employees—unless there’s a law enforcement mechanism in place. The normal mechanism would be the U.S. Department of Justice, of which the FBI is a unit. And yet the same people who have sat on the Hunter laptop for the past three years are hardly likely to rouse themselves now. What are they supposed to do? Put themselves in jail? 

Okay, so that’s the bad news: Nobody is going to get in serious legal trouble for machinations that might have well have tilted the 2020 election in Biden’s favor. At least no time soon. But there’s good news , too. And what’s that? We’ve all learned a lot. Thanks to the Twitter Files–which keep coming–we’ve seen inside the belly of the beast, and we know that we’re not paranoid–we really do have enemies, in very high places. The Deep State is real. We’ve seen it and  its workings. That’s knowledge we can take with us: into 2024 and beyond. And as they say, knowledge is power. 

Yet in the meantime, what tools do we have to to enforce accountability? All that remains now is Congressional oversight: the power of the Legislative Branch to demand that the Executive Branch do its job. (That job doesn’t properly include protecting Joe Biden.) 

Fortunately, the Republicans won the House last  year, and so they will have oversight power in that chamber in the 118th Congress. To be sure, this oversight power is contingent on the GOP’s ability to actually elect a Speaker to replace Nancy Pelosi. That’s a likely thing, but not, alas, a sure thing.

But assuming that House Republicans do get their act together for the new Congress and assert their majority, the GOP will still have to split its oversight power with the Democrats, who retained the Senate in the midterms, thank to some issues regarding candidate quality. And the Democrats will not be any more interested in pursuing Hunter Biden, the FBI, or Deep State in the future than they have been in the past.  

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reacts after winning the 15th vote in the House chamber as the House enters the fifth day trying to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reacts after winning the 15th vote in the House chamber as the House enters the fifth day trying to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Yet even if Republicans control only half the Congress, they are rarin’ to go, and that could be worth a lot. Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and James Comer of Kentucky are now taking over the chairmanships of the Judiciary and Oversight Committees, respectively, and they are both determined to expose Twitter, Big Tech, and the Deep State, even as more revelations keep surfacing.  For instance, just on January 3, as all eyes were on the speakership election drama in the House, Taibbi showed the world how Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) maneuvered to get the MSM and the Deep State to pressure Twitter management to “show” how the Russians were running a big pro-Donald Trump ring on Twitter in the presidential election.  (They weren’t.) 

Jordan’s deft and fact-based exposing of ex-conservative Rob Schenck at a December 11 Judiciary Committee hearing gives conservatives hope that a lot more exposing will come. (If Jordan can do that from the mostly powerless minority, imagine what he can do as majority chairman, wielding subpoena power.) And for his part, Comer told Fox Business on December 20 that he will seek to put a hold on FBI funding until they “come down here” and “explain.” Indeed, Republicans have said they want to see a “Church-style investigation” of the FBI and CIA, referring to the extensive Congressional investigation of those agencies led by Sen. Frank Church of Idaho back in the 1970s. Interestingly, Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner–and the man who ultimately deserves credit for the release of the Twitter Files–has endorsed the idea of a full Congressional investigation.

Admittedly, no matter how hard they try, Jordan, Comer, and other GOP diggers can’t do much more than shine a light on the problem–in the short run. Hearings can set the agenda, as Americans discuss this three-way between the Democrats, the Deep State and Big Tech. (And, as Breitbart News has further reported, the federal government, including ex-government employees, has insinuated itself into virtually every big tech company.)

The real movement in exposing, and perhaps undoing, this cronyism will come if and when Republicans win back the White House–Donald Trump, to name the only announced 2024 GOP aspirant, has made “dismantling the Deep State” a prime objective– and investigate the DOJ, the FBI, Big Tech, and all the rest from a position of real power.  

Until then, the Deep State lives. And thrives.  

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Nancy’s Goodbye Letter as Speaker: House Dems Are the ‘Greatest Collection of Intellect, Integrity, Imagination Assembled’

Nancy’s Goodbye Letter as Speaker: House Dems Are the ‘Greatest Collection of Intellect, Integrity, Imagination Assembled’

In her final letter as Speaker of the House before a Republican majority is sworn in, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote that she believes House Democrats are the “greatest collection of intellect, integrity and imagination assembled.”

“One final thought that I wanted to leave with you is my belief that the House Democratic Caucus is the greatest collection of intellect, integrity and imagination assembled for the good of the American people,” she wrote in her final to her colleagues on both sides of the aisle on Monday evening.

Expressing the “appreciation” she had for the “high honor bestowed upon [her] by House Democrats” of letting her serve as Speaker of the House, she added:

During the 117th Congress, President Biden and Congressional Democrats have put forth a shining vision of justice for all.  Together, we have worked tirelessly to infuse this value into our legislative efforts.  We can all take immense pride in our achievements toward that goal, which is making a real difference in the lives of the American people.

In the 118th Congress, I am confident that the new House Democratic Leadership – led by Hakeem, Katherine and Pete – will do even better, remaining always faithful to our shared mission to safeguard our treasured Democracy For The People.

With gratitude for your kind wishes to Paul, we send you and your loved ones our warmest personal wishes for a Healthy, Happy New Year!

The Democrats lost their slim majority in the House during the 2022 midterm elections after Republicans picked up a handful of seats. This week, a Republican majority will be sworn into the House, which will put an end to the Democrats’ one-party rule in Washington, DC, and ultimately Pelosi’s time as speaker.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jbliss@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.

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Democrat Raphael Warnock Defeats Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate Runoff Battle

Democrat Raphael Warnock Defeats Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate Runoff Battle

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) will keep his seat in Washington after defeating Republican Herschel Walker on Tuesday in the runoff race for U.S. Senate in Georgia.

Warnock was beating Walker by about one percent with 92 percent of precincts reporting at the time of this writing. Networks including CNN and NBC called the race about three hours after polls closed.

The race marks the end of a disappointing Senate midterm run for Republicans, who had been highly optimistic about a possible red wave this year. The GOP’s hopes were first dashed in November when Democrats secured the majority for next year, but now, with Warnock’s win, Democrats will not only have a 51–49 advantage, but they will not be subject to power-sharing agreements with Republicans that a deadlocked Senate would have necessitated.

Warnock’s victory comes after the Georgia Democrat narrowly beat Walker by less than one percent in the general election but did not cross the 50 percent threshold required by state law to win the race outright.

Walker, a University of Georgia football legend and former NFL player, had from the outset of his campaign faced an uphill climb against Warnock, a well-funded senior pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks during a campaign event in Carrollton, Georgia, October 11, 2022. (Ben Hendren/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Warnock, as expected, ran an expensive campaign, far outraising and outspending Walker in both the general and runoff elections.

Warnock raised $150.5 million through November 16, roughly triple Walker’s $58.3 million, and Warnock had more than three times Walker’s amount of cash on hand at that time, according to an OpenSecrets report. Between general election candidates and outside groups, a jaw-dropping $380.7 million was spent through November 29, which easily makes the Georgia Senate race the costliest federal election of the midterms, according to the report.

Walker, who has openly spoken about grappling with dissociative identity disorder, was also bombarded with nonstop media attacks about his personal life during the course of the race.

The left-leaning Daily Beast dropped multiple bombshell reports during the race, including a report revealing Walker had more children than what was initially publicly known and reports of an allegation that he encouraged one of his children’s mothers to get an abortion.

Another similar abortion allegation later surfaced, and Walker, who is vocally pro-life, denied both of them.

The New York Times and the Warnock campaign also zeroed in on Walker’s hometown, a downscale rural place called Wrightsville, and highlighted one-off detractors from the area, which is overwhelmingly red.

The Times viciously pushed a narrative that Walker had been ostracized from the black community in Wrightsville, though Breitbart News interviewed several residents from Wrightsville and the surrounding Johnson County area who adamantly rejected that notion.

Warnock was subject to far less mainstream media scrutiny, though he did appear rattled by a discovery, first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, about a low-income apartment building his church owned. The report found the church-owned building’s management had initiated eviction processes against several tenants between 2020 and 2022 while Warnock was advocating for an eviction moratorium in Congress and while he was receiving a cushy housing stipend from the church.

Warnock, however, underwent much of the initial typical media vetting for his candidacy during his first bid for Senate in 2020.

At the time, several revelations about his past were uncovered, such as a police-involved domestic altercation with his ex-wife and sermons and lectures Warnock gave making racially-charged and anti-law enforcement comments.

Warnock just barely won that race, another high-dollar runoff contest but one with the Senate majority on the line, and went on to fill the remaining term of the late Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Walker, who is widely viewed as a celebrity star athlete in Georgia, was repeatedly publicly encouraged to challenge Warnock by former President Donald Trump before Walker decided to formally jump in the race.

FILE - Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Herschel Walker throws a football to a supporter during a campaign rally Nov. 29, 2022, in Greensboro, Ga. Walker is in a runoff election with incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker throws a football to a supporter during a campaign rally November 29, 2022, in Greensboro, Georgia. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Walker, as many predicted, blew out the rest of the GOP primary field in May, beating his closest competitor by more than 50 points.

Walker proceeded to campaign largely on the concept of “unity” in a state that made national headlines for the GOP tension between Trump and the popular Gov. Brian Kemp (R) following the 2020 election. Walker also heavily focused on combatting crime amid Atlanta’s high crime rates, opposing any pushes toward a “woke” military or education, and correcting the nation’s sky-high inflation rates.

In line with his overarching unity campaign theme, during the runoff, Walker had support from a number of different party leaders from Trump to Kemp to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and more.

Warnock, for his part, brought in famous surrogates, such as the Dave Matthews Band and Atlanta-based rap star Killer Mike, and touted a direct-to-camera video from leftist singer John Legend urging Georgians to turn out for Warnock.

Warnock also campaigned ahead of runoff race day with former President Barack Obama, but, noticeably, Warnock did not appear on the trail with President Joe Biden. Biden has remained unpopular in Georgia, according to polls, but the president did campaign for Warnock in deep-blue Massachusetts days before the election, as reported by the AP.

Despite keeping a physical distance from Biden, Warnock has voted almost perfectly in line with the president’s agenda during his time in the Senate. Warnock was notably also a leading proponent of Biden’s student loan cancellation order, a massive student debt transfer plan that has suffered a number of legal setbacks.

Voters turned out in relatively large numbers during the condensed runoff period, which was buzzing with record-high daily numbers of early in-person voters and many millions of dollars worth of television and radio campaign ads. The runoff duration had been shortened from nine weeks to four weeks through passage of Kemp’s Election Integrity Act of 2021.

Ahead of race day, 1.8 million voters had already voted in the runoff, and the secretary of state’s office estimated Tuesday night, per a campaign source, that another roughly 1.6 million votes will have been cast day-of once the results are finalized.

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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*** Election Night Livewire *** Georgia Showdown Between Walker, Warnock to Settle Balance of Power in Senate

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) faces GOP challenger Herschel Walker in the final U.S. Senate contest of 2022’s midterm elections in a runoff election on Tuesday, a contest that will settle the balance of power in the upper chamber of Congress.

While Democrats will, due to flipping the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat in November, retain the majority no matter what–since they have the White House and Vice President Kamala Harris in the worst case scenario for them to break any tie — holding this seat would give Democrats a clear majority and allow them to avoid entering into another power-sharing agreement with the GOP as they have had to this past Congress. On the other hand, should Walker flip it back into GOP hands, a 50-50 split Senate would force the Democrats to again make another power-sharing agreement with Republicans that ties up more controversial legislative proposals and nominees in committee.

Walker has long faced an uphill battle, as establishment media outlets and Democrats have attacked him aggressively personally throughout the campaign, while Warnock has generally received a pass on legitimate concerns about his background and work in Congress the past two years. Warnock won the seat in a special election runoff in January 2021, defeating then-Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA)–who was appointed into the job upon the retirement of former Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)–allowing the Democrat to serve out the remainder of Isakson’s term. This election would be for a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

The runoff was forced after neither candidate cleared a majority threshold back on Nov. 8 on Election Day. The polls in Georgia close at 7 p.m. ET. Follow along here for results as soon as they begin coming in.

UPDATE 9:19 p.m. ET:

After Walker led for a bit ever so slightly, now with 77 percent reporting Warnock has retaken the lead and is up by more than a percent again.

UPDATE 9:10 p.m. ET:

With 74 percent reporting, Walker has taken a very slim lead 50.03 percent to Warnock’s 49.97 percent.

UPDATE 8:49 p.m. ET:

With 64 percent in now, Walker has sliced Warnock’s lead back down to 1.2 percent.

UPDATE 8:48 p,m. ET:

With 61 percent in now, Warnock’s lead is back up to 2 percent with Warnock at 51 percent and Walker at 49 percent.

UPDATE 8:42 p.m. ET:

With 59 percent in, Warnock’s lead is down to a little over a percent with Warnock at 50.6 percent and Walker at 49.4 percent.

UPDATE 8:41 p.m. ET:

There seems to be mixed news for Walker in the returns so far:

UPDATE 8:25 p.m. ET:

With 53 percent reporting now, the race has tightened considerably. Warnock still leads, but at 52 percent he is just four points above Walker’s 48 percent.

UPDATE 8:03 p.m. ET:

Others are saying similar things to what Cohn is saying:

UPDATE 7:55 p.m. ET:

The New York Times’s Nate Cohn is saying things are tracking for a Warnock victory:

UPDATE 7:38 p.m. ET:

With 30 percent reporting now statewide, the race is tightening and Warnock’s lead is down to just 10 points. Warnock is at 55 percent and Walker at 45 percent. Warnock leads by about 100,000 votes.

UPDATE 7:32 p.m. ET:

The first two counties close to complete suggest at least in these two counties Walker is outperforming his percentages in November:

UPDATE 7:25 p.m. ET:

Here is a look inside Walker’s campaign HQ tonight:

UPDATE 7:23 p.m. ET:

With 17 percent reporting statewide now, Warnock leads Walker by a little more than 125,000 votes. Warnock’s 61.1 percent is higher than Walker’s 38.9 percent.

UPDATE 7:19 p.m. ET:

From Breitbart News’s Ashley Oliver: “The Walker campaign is holding an election night event at the College Football Hall of Fame in Midtown Atlanta. The Warnock campaign is holding its event nearby in Atlanta as well. A Walker campaign spokesperson said on background that the secretary of state’s office expects Election Day turnout to hit around 1.6 million votes, which does not include the 1.8 million early voters.”

UPDATE 7:14 p.m. ET:

A huge chunk of votes just reported from Fulton County, in the Atlanta area, surging Warnock into the lead. Warnock’s approximately 227,000 votes leads Walker’s approximately 111,000 votes significantly. Again, still early and votes are streaming in from across the state.

UPDATE 7:10 p.m. ET:

The very first results are trickling in and Walker has an early lead. With just over five thousand votes, Walker is just north of 65 percent and Warnock, just shy of 2,700 votes, is just shy of 35 percent. More than a million Georgians voted on Tuesday though so this is very, very early.

UPDATE 7 p.m. ET:

Polls have closed in Georgia. Results are expected imminently.

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Republicans Appear to Defend Every House Seat Won in California in 2020

Republicans Appear to Defend Every House Seat Won in California in 2020

Republicans appear to have defended every U.S. House seat they won in California in 2020, despite determined Democratic efforts to take them back.

The last undecided race in the nation, the contest in the newly-created 13th district in the Central Valley, Republican farmer John Duarte appeared to hold a narrow lead of several hundred votes over Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced), such that some analysts were ready to call the race.

In 2018, Democrats succeeded in flipping seven of the seven Republican-held congressional seats in California where Hillary Clinton (D) won more votes than Donald Trump (R) in 2016. They were aided by the fact that Trump’s tax law, which cut taxes for many Americans (primarily in the middle class, contrary to President Joe Biden’s constant refrain), also limited the exemption for the state and local tax deduction (SALT) to $10,000.

That had the effect of raising taxes on wealthy homeowners in high-tax, Democrat-run states.

However, the Republican Party bounced back in 2020, thanks in part to the party’s embrace of ballot harvesting techniques.

In 2020, Republicans won back four of those seven seats — two in Orange County, one in the Central Valley, and one in Ventura County. They defended those seats in 2022, and appear to have won in the new 13th.

Democrats still hold Rep. Josh Harder’s seat in the Central Valley’s 9th district, and they narrowly defended two seaside Orange County seats. The Democratic Party now controls every district along the Pacific Coast for the first time since the late nineteenth century, before Washington state had achieved statehood.

However, the seats Republicans defended will likely help a local, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), become Speaker of the House.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Democrat Adam Frisch Concedes to Republican Lauren Boebert in Tight House Race

Democrat Adam Frisch Concedes to Republican Lauren Boebert in Tight House Race

Democrat Adam Frisch conceded to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO) Friday morning, effectively ending the race for Colorado’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

After the race was expected to head to an automatic recount, the Democrat conceded to Boebert, citing that the expected recount was unlikely to change the outcome of the race after he was trailing by roughly 550 votes.

During a video call with reporters, Frisch reportedly said he called the congresswoman to offer his concession while adding that “the likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is very small” as the race appeared to be headed towards a recount.

“We are not asking for this recount. It is one that the citizens of Colorado mandate through our election system,” he said, turning supporters away from donating to his campaign for the effort. “Please save your money for your groceries, your rent, your children,” he added.

Frisch, a former Aspen City councilman, said he was proud of the campaign he ran and criticized his own party for eroding “the trust of rural Americans.”

“Democrats have abandoned rural America and working-class America for the last many years,” Frisch said. “Republicans have had a monopoly over the backbone of this country.”

Frisch — recently accused of being the target of a blackmail attempt concerning surveillance footage of him showing up at a storage unit facility where a local business owner alleged he was caught having an affair — was losing to Boebert by 551 voters Thursday night, when the race appeared to be headed towards a recount.

As Breitbart News wrote Thursday night, nine days after Election Day, the congresswoman only led by 551 votes; she had 163,758 votes (50.08 percent) to the Democrat’s 163,207 voters (49.92 percent), with 99 percent reported.

Colorado law triggers a mandatory recount if the margin is half a percentage point or less, and according to the secretary of state’s office, the recount must be ordered by December 5 and must be completed by December 13. The losing candidate, whoever it may be, can request a recount at their own expense. The request from a candidate must also be made by December 6 and must be completed by December 15.

With the recount still likely to happen under state law, the Democrat’s concession effectively closes out the race, giving Boebert a second term in office. In the next Congress, Boebert will be in the majority after Republicans won at least the 218 seats needed to take control of the House.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jbliss@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.

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Democrat Karen Bass Projected Winner in Los Angeles Mayor Race, Billionaire Rick Caruso Defeated

Democrat Karen Bass Projected Winner in Los Angeles Mayor Race, Billionaire Rick Caruso Defeated

Democrat Rep. Karen Bass has been declared the projected winner in the Los Angeles mayor race over billionaire Rick Caruso.

NBC News declared Bass the projected winner on Wednesday after she pulled ahead of Caruso as late and mail-in ballots were counted throughout the week since Election Day. As of this writing, with 76 percent reporting, Bass holds a seven-point lead over Caruso — 53.1 to 46.9 percent. With her victory, Bass will become the city’s first female mayor.

“This is a historic moment and a win for all Angelenos. Mayor-elect Bass has been a personal friend for decades, and her leadership has been a constant source of inspiration and guidance during my years in office,” outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “What Karen brings to this moment is unparalleled energy and experience, both legislative and lived, from which she will drive the city’s next chapter.”

“I know that she will lead this city with grace and compassion, and that she’ll lean on her skills as a natural consensus-builder, deep ties to our neighborhoods and community leaders, and her unwavering commitment to equity and justice that has defined her as one of America’s great visionaries and leaders,” he added.

Garcetti said that Karen Bass has his “unconditional support” through her period of transition.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22, 2022 - - Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, right, responds to a pointed accusation made by businessman Rick Caruso as U.S. Rep. Karen Bass observes during the mayoral debate at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus on March 22, 2022. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Los Angeles businessman Rick Caruso and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass during the mayoral debate at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus on March 22, 2022. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Real estate magnate Rick Caruso had been a lifelong Republican before switching over to the Democrat Party prior to his run for mayor. Running on a tough-on-crime platform with an aim to clean up the city’s ongoing homeless crisis, Caruso earned himself a string of high-profile endorsements from the likes of rapper Snoop Dogg, pop star Katy Perry, wellness queen Gwyneth Paltrow, and actor Chris Pratt.

“I’ve lived in LA for over 20 years,” Pratt wrote in an Instagram Story. “It’s been great to me. In that time I’ve seen what many residents here have seen, the city’s gradual decline into pain and utter disarray. If you live here, you know exactly what I’m talking about.”

“I don’t normally support political candidates. But in this election, there too much to lose,” he added. “If you’re an LA voter, I urge you to vote for [Rick Caruso]. He’s a builder. He knows how to get shit done. He’s the guy for our city.”

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Says It’s a ‘Bad Strategy’ to Challenge Kevin McCarthy for Speaker

Marjorie Taylor Greene Says It’s a ‘Bad Strategy’ to Challenge Kevin McCarthy for Speaker

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) said it is a “risky” and “bad strategy” to try and challenge Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for speaker of the House.

In response to the reports of Rep. Andy Bigg (R-AZ) possibly challenging McCarthy for the speakership, Greene said during an appearance on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast, “I actually think that’s a bad strategy when we’re looking at having a very razor-thin majority, with potentially 219 [seats], we’re talking about one vote.”

Greene also warned that “RINO” Republicans that are still in the House could join the Democrats in electing so-to-be former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) — a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump — to the speaker position since only 218 votes are needed.

“It’s very, very risky right now to produce a leadership challenge, especially for speaker of the House, when they are going to open the door and allow Liz Cheney, possibly, to become Speaker,” Greene said on the podcast.

“There are Republicans in our conference right now that would make a deal with the Democrats and cross over. We’ve already seen the former Republican vice president of the United States daughter do it,” The Peach State congresswoman explained.

Even though Cheney will not return to Congress next year, House rules do not require the speaker to be an incumbent member of the House — even though the speaker has always been a member of the House historically. Reportedly, Cheney is not seriously considering the position.

“Do we want to watch a challenge for speaker of the House simply because the ‘Never Kevin’ movement — just like we’ve seen a ‘Never Trump” movement — do we want to see that challenge open the door to Nancy Pelosi handing the gavel to Liz Cheney,” Greene questioned.

This all comes as the latest House projection from far-left NBC News on Monday said the Republican Party will narrowly win a majority in the U.S. House. NBC projected that the narrow margin would be 219 to 216, with the majority being anything over 218.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jbliss@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.

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