Club Rules Highlighted Again – Tennessee Republican Club Blocks Morgan Ortagus, Baxter Lee and Robby Starbuck From Ballot

Club Rules Highlighted Again – Tennessee Republican Club Blocks Morgan Ortagus, Baxter Lee and Robby Starbuck From Ballot

The Tennessee Republican Club has met to decide who they will permit on the ballot.  Morgan Ortagus, Baxter Lee and Robby Starbuck have been disavowed by the TN Club for being unworthy candidates according to private rules within the assembly.  Mitch McConnell smiles.

There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution which outlines or supports the use of political clubs to create political parties for candidates for office.  This is one of the lesser-known facets to U.S. elections.

The Republican and Democrat parties are private clubs with internal rules that operate within the system for elections.  Each club chapter can make up their own rules and select candidates for approval based on their own qualifications.

TENNESSEE – The Tennessee Republican Party has removed three candidates, including one endorsed by former President Trump, from the primary ballot for one of the state’s House races.

The Tennessee Republican Party voted on Tuesday to dismiss Trump-backed Morgan Ortagus, who previously served as a spokesperson at the State Department, as well as Baxter Lee and Robby Starbuck, from the primary ballot for the state’s 5th Congressional District, state GOP Chairman Scott Golden confirmed to The Hill. (read more)

As the 2022 primary season begins to take shape, it is important to remember that all messaging from the people within the private club known as the GOP (for selected politicians) or RNC (for membership to support the selected politicians), does not come from some organic coincidence.

Everything we witness as the club enters their season of greatest business opportunity is all carefully coordinated and presented.

Remember, “artful politics is the purposeful creation of an illusion of options for the audience,” and YOU are the audience.

The RNC want to give the illusion of support for MAGA conservatism because they need the base and donor activity.  However, every move they make on an operational level is exactly in line with their previous outlook toward cocktail class republicanism.  The MAGA base of support cannot trust this group and must not be blind or unguarded about the Machiavellian schemes they construct.

Both the Democrat and Republican wings of the UniParty in Washington DC created and support the Fourth Branch of Government.  Political candidates from within the party machinery should be reviewed carefully by voters who must ask themselves are they really seeing an illusion of choice?

At federal and state levels, the party operates as a private club to prescreen approved candidates for their ballots.  Nothing about this entire process changes until MAGA people at the local and state level invest themselves to influence the club determinations.  In order to change the club, you must enter the club. That requires a serious investment in time and effort.   Changing the things you can no longer accept is not easy.

Whether you agree or disagree with the Tennessee Republican club decision, you must ask yourself if you are comfortable with a private club making the decision about who can appear on a ballot.  That is the essential problem with party politics, it is rife for corruption, manipulation and the continuation of a political process that never results in the change you may prefer to see.

Conservatives will argue that to run a candidate outside the GOP approval process leads to a split vote that ultimately helps the Democrat party.  Ultra-leftists will argue that to run a candidate outside the DEM approval process leads to a split vote that ultimately helps the Republican party.  That’s the argument stimulated and promoted by club insiders.

Tactical Civics is the only way to overcome this challenge.  Citizens must join the clubs and work to ensure the voice of the majority is represented by the final club outcome, not a filtering process that only keeps the UniParty system in place.

In the past 15+ years, the Communist wing of the Democrat party has done a much better job of tactical civics.  That is why the Overton window keeps moving left.   The conservative wing of the Republican party, the current MAGA movement, has not been as effective on a local, state and federal level as the Communist wing of the Democrats.

If you live in Tennessee, you might want to ask the state Republican Party officials: what is the intention of blocking choice in a Republican primary?  Shouldn’t the primary contest be the place where the voters decide on these candidate filters?   If not, why not?   What exactly is the intent of club filtration?

Asking these probing questions will likely result in some very uncomfortable discoveries.

It’s your vote, but maybe their candidate.  Find out who “they” are.


Jan. 6 Committee Claims Its ‘Digital Watergate’ Is Above The Law

Jan. 6 Committee Claims Its ‘Digital Watergate’ Is Above The Law

In a legal filing submitted Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s norm-breaking Committee on Jan. 6 claimed its open pursuit of opposition records in what is being called a modern-day “digital Watergate” is above the law.

An opposition memo filed in response to an RNC lawsuit over the committee’s broad subpoena demanding sensitive personal information on the party’s donors and supporters asserts Pelosi’s weaponized probe designed to persecute political dissidents is not subject to any executive or judicial oversight.

“The RNC cannot demonstrate a likelihood of success because the Speech or Debate Clause bars its lawsuit and its application for injunctive relief,” the committee wrote arguing the Constitution’s protection of congressional independence. “The Clause provides that ‘any Speech or Debate in either House, [Senators and Representatives] shall not be questioned in any other Place.’”

Citing case law wherein the Supreme Court protected outside interference with the legislative process, the probe’s lawyers argued the legislative branch’s independence is absolute. The Jan. 6 Committee, however, is operating with no legitimate legislative purpose, lacks any minority-appointed lawmakers, and is operating without a ranking member. The only Republicans serving on Pelosi’s Select Committee are Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., both of whom were hand-picked by the speaker. Pelosi notoriously barred GOP appointments from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, blowing up her own committee. In Wyoming, the state party no longer recognizes Cheney as Republican. The Republican National Committee censured Cheney for her obsessive work on behalf of Pelosi. She laughed about her alienation from Republican voters earlier this week.

The Jan. 6 Committee’s claims to be above the law as it executes a “digital Watergate” demanding supporter data from the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) conjures memories of former President Richard Nixon’s insistence that “when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”

Five decades apart, the two cases of political warfare are different only by way of method and ability to conduct illegal opposition research openly.

In 1972, a team of political operatives broke into the Watergate complex to steal confidential strategic information from the DNC. When the operation became public, the scandal led to the first and only resignation in presidential history.

In 2022, Democrats on the Jan. 6 Committee, who’ve admitted the partisan probe is all about the midterms, are seeking confidential strategic information from Republicans in the form of a subpoena issued under questionable authority. The subpoena targets Republican financial records housed with the database firm Salesforce, requiring the party to hand over detailed personal information about Republican supporters and their engagement with the party.

“What the Salesforce subpoena demands is for the company to hand over the ‘Holy Grail’ of the RNC’s internal digital playbook,” the NRSC wrote in an amicus brief to the RNC lawsuit, with millions spent to compile its treasure trove of data. The NRSC calls the Jan. 6 Committee’s operation a “digital-age Watergate.”

While the Jan. 6 Committee claimed in its opposition memo the subpoena is “narrowly tailored,” its compliance would require the Republican Party to reveal its digital strategy and identification of its supporters to ideological state actors running the partisan probe with an explicit vengeance. The committee has already selectively leaked private communications obtained through its subpoenas to smear dissidents to friendly media while manipulating other texts to promote a political narrative.

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


Exclusive — Donald Trump on Nord Stream 2: ‘I Shut It Down,’ Then Biden ‘Opened It Up’

Exclusive — Donald Trump on Nord Stream 2: ‘I Shut It Down,’ Then Biden ‘Opened It Up’

Former GOP President Donald Trump is bashing his Democrat successor President Joe Biden for enabling Russian President Vladimir Putin by opening up the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for Russians to pump natural gas into western Europe — something Trump blocked during his presidency.

Trump’s comments came during an appearance on Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel’s Real America podcast, which the RNC provided to Breitbart News exclusively on Tuesday evening ahead of its public release on Wednesday.

“There was never anybody tougher on Russia than I was,” Trump said in the interview with McDaniel. “And I would say that Putin would, if he was being honest, he would say that the sanctions I put on — I was the one that ended Nord Stream. There was never anybody even close. I mean, Nord Stream 2 was the biggest thing. Nobody ever even heard of it until I came along and complained. And then I shut it down, and there was never anything so big that happened to Russia than shutting down Nord Stream 2. And then Biden came in and he opened it up almost immediately. I couldn’t believe it. And now we are where we are. It’s a disgrace. The other thing we are, and we’re just a little while ago, energy independent. We were producing more energy by far than Russia or Saudi Arabia. We were going to be double the size of both in a very short period of time, probably within 12 months. But we were energy independent for the first time in more than 72 years. And that was a killer for Russia because we brought the price of energy down. We were down at $30 a barrel, $32 a barrel, $40 a barrel. And actually much less than that for a period of time. And nobody had ever seen anything. And that was certainly tough for Russia and other countries because they had to go out and they had to compete with those prices. And now they’re making a fortune with what’s going on, and we’re buying energy from Russia.”


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McDaniel then cited Trump’s speech last weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where he laid out how, in this century, he is the only president under which Putin did not invade another country. It is notable that McDaniel even criticized former President George W. Bush, a Republican, who allowed a Putin incursion into Georgia. During former Democrat President Barack Obama’s administration, Putin annexed Crimea from Ukraine, and now of course, during Biden, the Russians have invaded the whole country of Ukraine.

“He did it under Bush. He did it under Obama. He’s done it under Biden,” McDaniel said. “What do you say about Biden taking this Russian oil?”

Trump replied by recounting how aggressive Putin has been under every other president than him during the 21st century. “He took over Georgia, he took over Crimea, and now it looks like he’s taking over the world the way Biden talks,” Trump said. “During my four years — in fact, I watched Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd the other day, which it’s not often that I watch him, and he asked I guess [Secretary of State Antony] Blinken a question: ‘How come this didn’t happen during the four years that Trump was president?’ You know what the answer was? ‘I don’t know.’ But I can tell you, we were very tough on Russia.”

Trump added that he believes the Chinese Communist Party will “be making a move soon” against Taiwan. “China is going to make a move — and a very strong move — on Taiwan,” Trump said. “I would say sooner rather than later. Now the Olympics — I would say after the Olympics — now that the Olympics is over, they see what fools we made of ourselves in getting out of Afghanistan and the way they got out. I got it down to 2,000 soldiers and the rest was easy. There’s never been anything so mishandled, so bungled, so incompetent. I think actually a big reason why the problem you have with Ukraine — I think when Putin and when Xi and when Kim Jong-un and when the Iranians are watching that, the Iranian leaders, I think they saw what happened in Afghanistan — and I think that gave them a new sense of power and dignity.”

McDaniel then touched on how with the record-high gas prices and Biden-caused inflation among other things, ordinary Americans are struggling economically. She said Trump was a “voice” for those forgotten American workers and asked him what he would say to those people now.

US President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with his cabinet at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2022.

President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with his cabinet at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2022. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

“Well, I think the party is still the voice,” Trump said. “When you look at Hispanics, if you look at African Americans, Asian American people, we have taken in so many people that we never would have taken in if it wasn’t for Make America Great Again, me, a whole group, you, a lot of people, we all worked on [bringing people to the GOP] very hard. And you know, we have a much bigger, much more powerful party. We’re going to do fantastically well [in 2022]. We did great in 2020. We did much better than we did in 2016; we got 12 million more votes and the most votes ever gotten by a sitting president.”

McDaniel noted that the Republicans flipped a bunch of House seats in 2020, defying expectations and proving Trump has serious coattails. “We had tremendous coattails,” Trump said.

Trump then touted his victories in endorsements in Texas primaries, where every single candidate he endorsed either outright won their primary or led heading into a runoff. “In Texas, we were 33-0,” Trump said. “We won 33, or in a few cases, they’re in primaries but they’re way ahead. We had a tremendous night in Texas [last week], and I think people saw that loud and clear.”

After that, Trump laid out how Republicans have a “big obligation” to “straighten out the country” from the “mess” that Democrats and Biden have created.

“When you talk inflation, when talk the border, when you talk about the wall, all of these things — the wall could have been finished in three weeks,” Trump said. “It had such an impact because we built 500 miles of wall and we had the best numbers on the border we’ve ever had, and the drug numbers were the lowest we’ve ever recorded. They’ve been recording them for a long time, but we were stopping the drug traffic to a large extent. We’ve never had a southern border as good, and now it’s the worst it’s ever been. Whether it’s human trafficking, whether it’s drugs, whether it’s people coming across, it’s by far the worst it’s ever been. Every single thing we have is in bad shape. The military has become woke — we have great generals, but not the guys you see on television that took out ISIS, 100 percent of the ISIS caliphate — we got Al-Baghdadi. Nobody has done the job we had done, and now every single thing — inflating is totally self-inflicted. I think inflation is largely because of the energy. It’s gone up so much that the baking goes up with it. Every single thing you do, whether it’s the trucks or the machines you use to make a product or whatever it may be — the planes that fly it to a destination — everything is related to energy. It’s so bad. Energy has doubled and tripled — and it’s going to be tripled and quadrupled.”

Later in the interview, Trump ripped Biden even more, saying he calls him “O’Biden” — a “combination of the two,” Obama and Biden — and saying, “he really hurt this country.”

“They hurt this country,” Trump reiterated. “They hurt this country so badly. But what’s happened in the last year, and now it’s almost — it’s hard to believe it’s almost two and a half years until the big presidential election. Time does fly. And we’re talking about six months until I think we’re going to have a tremendously successful midterm. But when you look at the damage this man and this administration has done, if you take the worst five presidents in the history of our country and add them up together, you haven’t seen damage like this. There’s never been anything like it. This country is so badly hurt. Plus, it’s lost its confidence. America has lost its confidence, it’s lost its self-respect. It’s not respected anymore in the world. They’re laughing at us.”

FLORENCE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 15: Former President Donald Trump prepares to speak at a rally at the Canyon Moon Ranch festival grounds on January 15, 2022 in Florence, Arizona. The rally marks Trump's first of the midterm election year with races for both the U.S. Senate and governor in Arizona this year. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump prepares to speak at a rally at the Canyon Moon Ranch festival grounds on January 15, 2022, in Florence, Arizona. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

McDaniel and Trump discussed Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s victory — thanks in large part to Trump’s tele-rally in the lead-up to the election that turned out many voters McDaniel said otherwise might not have voted — in November and then turned to the midterm elections coming up.

“We’ll be working with a lot of good candidates with endorsements, rallies, and tele-rallies,” Trump said. “We’re going to be doing a lot of rallies — we have one next week in South Carolina … We’re going to be doing very big rallies. We had 87,000 people in Texas a few weeks ago. We had 63,000 people — it was incredible — at one in Alabama. We’re going to different states, and we’re getting bigger numbers than we’ve ever gotten. And the reason is they’re angry. People are angry with what’s gone on in the country with the elections, with the border, with Afghanistan, with everything. And now, Ukraine is maybe worse than everything combined. What’s happening in Ukraine is a mass murder. It could be millions of people by the time it’s finished.”

Trump said next, too, that his direct message to the people is to keep fighting — and that all hope is not lost yet.

“I think we can really do something that will be comparable if not even better than the job we did before,” Trump said. “So, don’t lose hope. People can’t lose hope.”


Exclusive — RNC Sues Key Pennsylvania County for Absentee Ballot Transparency

Exclusive — RNC Sues Key Pennsylvania County for Absentee Ballot Transparency

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is suing Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to push for more transparency when it comes to the county’s processes for counting absentee ballots, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.

The lawsuit represents an escalation by the GOP in an effort to establish uniformity in the Keystone State when it comes to the process of absentee ballot counting, with several counties in the state still resisting transparency and reform efforts.

“The RNC is suing the Bucks County Board of Elections because Pennsylvanians deserve transparent elections,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Breitbart News. “Refusing to share crucial information about how absentee ballots are counted is unacceptable. This is yet another example of how the RNC is fighting for election integrity in courts across the country: whether it’s non-citizens voting in New York City or local election boards hiding information, we hold Democrats accountable.”

Filed Friday in the Court of Common Pleas in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the RNC lawsuit against the Bucks County Board of Elections seeks to compel the county to provide documents and information the RNC previously filed formal requests for regarding the process for absentee ballot counting in Pennsylvania elections. The county previously denied the information through the formal request, and the RNC seeks to have the court overturn that denial and force the county to cooperate with the public records requests.

The original request from the RNC sought several items, per the lawsuit. “Any and all communications from the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Elections, regarding the counting, processing, curing, or rejection of mail-in or absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election” is the first item listed.

The next eight items sought are as follows, quoted directly from the lawsuit:

  • Any and all communications to the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Elections, regarding the counting, processing, curing, or rejection of mail-in or absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election.
  • Any and all communications from the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Elections, regarding training for poll workers and judges of elections for the 2020 General Election.
  • Any and all documents reviewed or utilized by the Bucks County Board of Elections regarding the counting, processing, curing, or rejection of mail-in or absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election.
  • Any and all documents regarding and/or relating to any training sessions regarding the procedures to be used in counting, processing, curing, or rejection of mail-in or absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election.
  • Any and all documents reflecting the procedure used to count, process, cure, or reject mail-in or absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election.
  • Any and all documents relied upon and/or referred to during the Canvass, as that term is described in the Pennsylvania Election Code.
  • Any and all communications to or from any employee or staff member of the Bucks County Board of elections, including the administrator of mail-in elections regarding the counting, processing, curing, or rejection of mail-in or absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election.
  • Any plan, documents, training materials, or other materials created or used by the Bucks County Board of Elections, its employees, officers, or agents for creating the system used to process, count, cure, or reject mail-in or absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election.

At first, per the RNC lawsuit, Bucks County sought extensions from the deadline Pennsylvania open records laws impose on such requests—but then later formally denied the request. The RNC appealed the denial to the state Office of Open Records, where the request was also denied. This lawsuit is the next step in attempting to procure all that information as the GOP seeks to rein in the left when it comes to election matters in Pennsylvania and other states.

Bucks County is also not the only Pennsylvania where the GOP is fighting this matter. Similar battles are playing out in Berks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Allegheny counties as well. Party officials say they are prepared to bring similar lawsuits against other counties that resist the production of these records, like Bucks County is doing.

RNC officials told Breitbart News that during the 2020 election in Pennsylvania, counties lacked uniformity in how absentee ballots were counted and that some counties allowed voters to “cure” what election officials considered “defective ballots” while other counties did not allow curing of ballots—something that the party believes negatively impacted Republican voters, while disparately helping Democrat voters, in the state of Pennsylvania.

The RNC is attempting to, through these efforts, compel counties across Pennsylvania to be transparent in how they process and count absentee ballots—several of these countries are notoriously secretive about the process, as evidenced by the formal denials of the open records requests. What’s more, RNC officials believe that once the information on the process is available and transparent, it could provide the basis for a larger lawsuit and legal action forcing a uniformity statewide on the process of handling absentee ballots.

This latest action comes on the heels of a state court in Pennsylvania in late January striking down Act 77, the state law that retiring Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf used as the basis for the state’s 2020 election activities.


Leftist Media Falsely Frames RNC’s Defense Of Jan. 6 Free Speech As A Defense Of Rioting

Leftist Media Falsely Frames RNC’s Defense Of Jan. 6 Free Speech As A Defense Of Rioting

Jan. 6 hoaxers were whipped into another routine hysteria this week after the Republican National Committee (RNC) voted to censure a pair of GOP lawmakers who’ve colluded with Democrats to punish protected speech.

Earlier this month, the RNC issued a well-deserved reprimand of Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney for their leading roles on Democrats’ House Select Committee on Jan. 6.

After an explicit assault from the committee on private citizens who peacefully protested as opposed to a genuine probe of the Capitol security failures, complete with subpoenas for more than 100 private telecom records unrelated to the riot, the RNC condemned the pair for “participating in a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.”

The line’s final three words were a clear defense of the constitutionally protected protest practiced by the tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters who flocked to the nation’s capital on Jan. 6, 2021. A hostile press characterized the RNC’s defense of protected peaceful speech as instead a reference to the rioters who stormed the Capitol complex.

Legacy media falsely framed Republicans as defenders of the Capitol chaos, rather than as defenders of the Constitution-protected rights to free speech and peaceable assembly.

“GOP Declares Jan. 6 Attack ‘Legitimate Political Discourse,” titled The New York Times’ news coverage. “GOP Declares Deadly Jan. 6 Attack ‘Legitimate Political Discourse,” ran another in The Daily Beast aggregating the Times, spewing misinformation in the process by branding the riot “deadly.”

Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post declared the line a “blunder.” ABC News highlighted a judge’s rebuke of the line in a Jan. 6 sentencing, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi capitalized on the coverage to pile on Republicans while she conceals her own culpability in the Jan. 6 riot.

“You’ve heard me say again and again that the Republicans seem to be having a limbo contest with themselves to see how low they can go,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference on Wednesday. “They seem to have reached rock bottom with their statement that what happened on Jan. 6 was normal political discourse. Legitimate, legitimate political discourse.”

Even Republicans were duped into the Democrat messaging, which included the usual culprits.

“To suggest that a violent attack on the seat of democracy is legitimate political discourse is so far from accurate as too … make people wonder what we’re thinking,” Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday. Romney was the sole member of the upper chamber to support Democrats’ Trump impeachments twice.

Worse yet, the highest-ranking elected Republican in the country, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, adopted the leftist talking points promoted by the Times, provoking another headline in the Washington Post, “Legitimate political discourse’: Three words about Jan. 6 spark rift among Republicans.” It shouldn’t have if Republicans learned anything from the prior six years of false narratives peddled by corporate outlets to apply undue pressure on GOP politicians. See the Russia hoax.

The idea that Republicans declared any episodes of political violence “legitimate political discourse,” isn’t just untrue, it’s entirely absurd given the party’s consistent record of condemning criminal unrest. The phrase is even more clear to anyone who actually read the censure as opposed to just its coverage from a hostile media.

Of Democrats’ Jan. 6 Committee subpoenas, 90 percent have targeted individuals associated with the peaceful White House protest who had nothing to do with the Capitol. One issued by the committee on which Cheney serves as vice chair took aim at a political consultant working to unseat the congresswoman in Wyoming who had no involvement in Jan. 6 activities whatsoever, including the rally or the riot.

Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul was among the few Republicans who offered a reasonable answer when confronted about the made-up scandal.

“My understanding is [the statement] pertains to the legitimate protesters that I saw that day,” McCaul told ABC “This Week” on Sunday. The network went on to write the headline, “Top GOP lawmaker won’t condemn calling events of Jan. 6 ‘legitimate political discourse.’”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, whose GOP appointees were barred from Pelosi’s personalized panel at the speaker’s behest, also gave a response Republican voters ought to demand of their Republican representatives.

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“I think anybody — and we all know this — who entered this building, who rioted, is not legitimate political discourse, but that is not what the RNC was talking about,” McCarthy said. “If you watch what the January 6 committee is doing, they subpoenaed people who weren’t here on January 6 but were down in Florida. They have gone after people and their records who weren’t even involved on January 6.”

The media’s knee-jerk reaction to frame the RNC censure as justifying rioting at the Capitol is part of the true scandal embedded in the Democrats’ Jan. 6 efforts. Democrats and their allies in the corporate press have sought to conflate the Capitol turmoil with the peaceful White House protest, prosecuting any and all involved with protected speech as villains of democracy. But protests are not illegitimate merely because they fly contrary to Democrats’ views.

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


Something Not Emphasized Enough

Something Not Emphasized Enough

There is a baseline CTH readers are likely familiar with, but something we have not emphasized enough in quite some time.

The Republican National Committee (RNC), and the Democrat National Committee (DNC), are private clubs.

The RNC and DNC are corporations, private businesses; and just like all private businesses, they have the ability to make rules, bylaws, terms and conditions of membership and association that are completely arbitrary according to their charter.

The RNC and DNC are not entities of government.  The RNC and DNC are not affiliates of government.  The RNC and DNC have absolutely no connection to government, other than their arbitrary business model for helping politicians enter and remain within government.

In fact, the RNC and DNC are simply private corporations who engage in the business of politics.  Whenever we start to forget the DNC and RNC are private corporations, we can slip into the mistaken belief that they operate on any form of baseline altruism.

These corporations exist for the fulfillment of their mission; and their mission is to use the business of politics as a method of financial reward to sustain the business model.

Some call these private entities, these corporations, “clubs,” because using that term helps to remind us that these groups do not operate without a private agenda.

The rules within the RNC club are determined by the people who control the club charter, primarily large donors who fund the corporate business.  If they have a particular intent or direction, they wish the club to support or take, they control how the club engages in the process of achieving their outcome.  That effort is taken regardless of the opinion from the subordinate members in the club.

Through the process of controlling the corporations, the private clubs, both the RNC and DNC control how political events take place.  Nothing within this process is contingent upon the support of the voting electorate.

Each state and local precinct has their own chapter of the club, and often the corporate direction, specifically the club activity in/around Washington DC, is different from what the local groups want to see take place.  However, just because the local chapter of the group disagrees with the parent company or board of directors, does not mean the larger corporate entity will change anything.

When we are evaluating political events inside the United States, it is critical to keep reminding ourselves that what is taking place, or what is not taking place, are outcomes determined within the executive suites of a private club.   This is an unfortunate system dynamic, but it is a critical point that once fully understood explains many of the issues people have with the registered politicians within the club.

The RNC and DNC are businesses.  Their decisions are business decisions.  The club actions, or lack thereof, are all part of the business of politics.

The tenured participants in the club do not operate arbitrarily in a vacuum.  They talk to each other, communicate with each other, organize with each other, plan with each other, and collaborate for the larger objectives of the private corporation.

Nothing within the business system of DC and club politics has anything to do with the constitutional framework of U.S. government.

Again, for emphasis.  The governing process and constitutional aspects of the framework within the U.S. government, have absolutely nothing to do with the two private corporations known as the RNC and DNC.

A potato farmer has no influence on McDonalds, despite the fact the fast food corporation sells french fries.

Please keep this reference point in mind.


Republican National Committee Ditches Presidential Debates After Commission Refuses To Fix System That Favor Democrats

Republican National Committee Ditches Presidential Debates After Commission Refuses To Fix System That Favor Democrats

The Republican National Committee announced on Thursday that GOP candidates will no longer be required to participate in presidential debates hosted by the “partisan” Commission on Presidential Debates due to the commission’s refusal to “provide a fair and impartial forum.”

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said that “the RNC has a duty to ensure that its future presidential nominees have the opportunity to debate their opponents on a level playing field” and that as long as the CPD refuses to fix the overtly partisan issues that have plagued the debates for years, Republicans plan to no longer participate.

The RNC has spent months urging the CPD to adopt a list of reforms meant to address the problems that riddled the 2020 presidential debates but so far, the commission has ignored the requests for board term limits, limited public commentary on candidates by CPD staff, and a penalization and disqualification process for moderators who “have apparent conflicts of interest due to personal, professional, or partisan factors.” 

“We are especially frustrated with the CPD’s refusal to enact reforms aimed at ensuring nonpartisanship by claiming that doing so would somehow render the organization more partisan,” McDaniel noted.  

The chairwoman previously released a statement in June demanding the commission fix its problems or lose support from the GOP.

“The Republican Party needs assurances that the CPD will make meaningful reforms to the debate process by working with stakeholders to restore the faith and legitimacy it has lost. If not, as RNC Chairman, I will have no choice but to advise future Republican candidates against participating in CPD-hosted debates,” she said in a statement at the time.

The CPD has a history of allowing left-wing journalists with a tendency to interrupt Republican candidates as moderators. It also seems to be hellbent on painting GOP candidates in a poor light, as Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway noted in her book “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.”

In 2020, the commission used COVID-19 as an excuse to delay the first presidential debate until after mail-in balloting in some states began. This rightfully frustrated then-President Donald Trump and his team who also tried to reason with the CPD and even threatened to pull out of the live-streamed spectacle unless changes were made.

“The commission flatly refused, saying that the dates for the debates were well known and that voters could just wait to send their ballots. To Trump’s request that the debate be moderated by someone from a list of journalists less liberal than the type usually asked to host debates, the commission said it would exercise ‘great care, as always, to ensure that the selected moderators are qualified and fair.’ In other words, the commission politely refused Trump’s request,” Hemingway wrote.

The CPD’s noncompliance left Americans’ questions and concerns about the 2020 candidates in the hands of Fox News’s Chris Wallace, who asked slanted questions favoring Biden, and Steve Scully, who incompetently tweeted a private conversation he had with a notable anti-Trumper and then falsely claimed he was hacked.

These partisan performances by moderators earned the wrath of the public and former politicians who noted the commission’s decline in recent years.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposedly bipartisan w/ an equal number of Rs and Ds. I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine. I am concerned that none of them support @realDonaldTrump. A biased Debate Commission is unfair,” former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas tweeted.

“The commission represents precisely the values and attitudes which were repudiated in the election of President Trump. Even the Republicans on the supposedly non-partisan commission board are pre-Trump members of the old order,” Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich wrote.

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordangdavidson.


Is The FBI Ever Going To Get Around To Finding The Jan. 6 Pipe Bomber, Or Nah?

Is The FBI Ever Going To Get Around To Finding The Jan. 6 Pipe Bomber, Or Nah?

One year after a mysterious hooded figure placed two explosives outside the Republican and Democrat national headquarters, federal investigators, corporate media, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 6 commission are mum about the premeditated act of violence.

What started as “one of the highest-priority investigations for the FBI and the Justice Department,” as noted by The Associated Press, was quickly usurped in the public eye by leftist coverage of the Capitol riot. Instead of focusing on why a suspect was caught on cameras lurking around the RNC and DNC buildings on the evening of Jan. 5, scrutiny of Jan. 6 has largely been focused on blaming Republicans and tens of thousands of peaceful protesters for the actions of hundreds of fools who vandalized the Capitol.

Leftists and their cronies in the corporate media have scrambled to pin the violence from last year on former President Donald Trump and conservatives concerned about election integrity. They claim that Republican officials and Fox News hosts worked together to plan an “insurrection” against the government.

Yet the lone example of a very clearly premeditated attempt at violence on Jan. 6 has been nearly completely wiped from the memory of the American public. The pipe bombs discovered at the RNC and DNC aren’t mentioned in the press’s “remembrance” coverage of the day, and the federal government has hardly offered any updates on the investigation since releasing footage of the suspect, who was covered head to toe in dark clothing. Even the Jan. 6 commission, which has gone to great lengths to obtain the phone records of private citizens, doesn’t seem interested in pursuing the person behind the explosives.

“There has been no questions or no oversight or no investigation on what was planted that day outside of the RNC and DNC. This is an example of why this is a partisan sham select committee. It’s used as a political weapon against political opponents rather than investigating the facts and following the facts wherever they may lead,” House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York told reporters on a Monday call.

This isn’t the first time important information about the events leading up to Jan. 6 has been masked by the media and the government. An explosive report from Revolver published in October detailed how Ray Epps, who was captured on video telling people to go into the Capitol, mysteriously disappeared from the FBI’s Capitol Violence Most Wanted List on July 1.

The FBI had previously plastered pictures of Epps’s face all over its Jan 6. wanted posters. Even The New York Times mentioned Epps’s actions. But Epps was never arrested nor indicted despite hundreds of others who were at the Capitol being charged with trespassing and other crimes.

When Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky later questioned Attorney General Merrick Garland about whether there were government agitators involved in the Capitol riot, the Biden appointee refused to answer.

“I was hoping today to give you an opportunity to put to rest the concerns that people have that there were federal agents or assets of the federal government present on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6. Can you tell us, without talking about particular incidents or particular videos, how many agents or assets of the federal government were present on Jan. 6, whether they agitated to go into the Capitol, and if any of them did?” Massie asked.

“So I’m not going to violate this norm of, uh, of, of, of the rule of law,” Garland replied. “I’m not going to comment on an investigation that’s ongoing.”

One year after the Jan. 6 chaos, we still want answers about who placed pipe bombs in front of the RNC and DNC. Those questions, for now, however, clearly remain on the backburner for federal investigators, the corporate press, and Democrats dead-set on smearing Republicans as “insurrectionists.”

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordangdavidson.



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