Matthew McConaughey Signals at Running for Texas Governor

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In a recent interview, Academy Award winner Mathew McConaughey said he would consider running for Governor of Texas. The actor discussed other entertainers that have made the transition to politics, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Jesse Ventura and even President Donald Trump.

Texas Governor McConaughey?

Mathew McConaughey is making his rounds on the podcast circuit to promote his new memoir, “Greenlight.” In a recent interview on the Hugh Hewitt show he was asked if he would consider running for Governor in his home state of Texas.

He replied, “I wouldn’t be opposed to that. But ultimately it would be up to the people.” McConaughey was born and raised in The Lone Star State. He currently resides in Austin with his family.

“Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now,” McConaughey said during the podcast. “When politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested. You know, I still question how much you can really get done in politics, and I don’t know if politics is my avenue to get what maybe I am best equipped to get done.”

McConaughey has stayed active in his community over the years. He’s been a guest professor at the University of Texas in Austin since 2015 where he teaches a film class.

During the COVID-19 panic earlier this year, the famous actor hit the road with his wife to donate and deliver more than 100,000 masks to rural Texas hospitals. The next governor’s race is in 2022 and current Governor Greg Abbott is up for re-election.

Film star turned politician

McConaughey noted that the political arena has been incredibly divisive lately and he’d like to see things cool down a bit before he gets involved.

“I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people,” he said. “This country’s got to stabilize first before we start to say, ‘OK, here’s how we’re marching out of this together forward.’”

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Matthew McConaughey says he might consider running for governor of Texas

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 26: Matthew McConaughey attends the ‘Mud’ Premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 26, 2012 in Cannes, France. (shutter stock)

Actor Matthew McConaughey hinted that he might consider running for governor of his home state of Texas in the future.

In a Tuesday interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” when asked if he would ever run for governor, the 51-year-old Academy Award-winning actor said, “I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would me.”

He was on the podcast promoting his new book called “Greenlights.”

“I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again,” he said, adding that the country doesn’t “trust each other.”

Matthew MCConaughey

“Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now,” McConaughey added. “And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.”

In further explaining how he feels about the current state of politics, the actor delved into getting behind “personal values.”

“I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again,” he said, adding that the country doesn’t “trust each other.”

“We don’t trust each other, and that leads to us not trust in ourselves, which if that becomes epidemic, then we’ve got anarchy,” the “True Detective” actor continued. “I’m all for the individual, and I think it’s for — to make collective change that the individual needs to look in the mirror and say, ‘How can I be a little bit better today?’”

After that, McConaughey emphasized that “Coming out of the election right now, we’ve got to stabilize. This country’s got to stabilize first before we start to say, OK, here’s how we’re marching out of this together, forward.”

The current governor of the Lone Star State, Greg Abbott (R), faces a re-election contest in 2022. Texas places no term limits on its governors.

If McConaughey runs for governor and actually wins, this wouldn’t be the first time that a Hollywood actor became a governor of a U.S. state. Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California in 1966 and served two full terms before being elected president in 1980. Though former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura isn’t an actor per se, it should be noted that he served a full term as governor of Minnesota in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

While the actor has never publicly endorsed President Donald Trump or any other candidate for president, he has been openly critical of the country’s left wing when it comes to the controversial president. McConaughey said in 2016 after Trump was elected that “A lot of people that I know on the far left were in denial after he had become the president.”

“I remember saying, well look, regardless of [Trump’s] politics, in the very first question, what do we say in America is successful? What do we give credit and respect?” McConaughey continued. “The top two things are money and fame. And I said guys, just on a very base level, Trump has those, so I don’t know why we should be so surprised that he got elected.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden Campaign Operative Implicated…Ballot FRAUD

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Affidavits filed with the Supreme Court of Texas on Monday allege that Joe Biden campaign official Dallas Jones was one of the criminal conspirators running an extensive 700,000 ballot harvesting scheme, fraudulently orchestrated by Texas state Senator Boris Miles and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

Joe Biden bought illegal ballots by the thousands

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ran a well greased election fraud scheme which involved stealing 700,000 absentee ballots from nursing homes and forging voter signatures. One of the biggest surprises of the past few days is that Dallas Jones, “a political operative overseeing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Harris County operation,” was named in the court documents.

A civil lawsuit filed before the election by conservative activist Steven Hotze and others implicates the Biden official. The complaint relies on two separate affidavits. One from a former FBI agent and the other a retired captain with the Houston Police Department. Both are currently private investigators working the same election fraud case. Now that their investigation has wider importance, their affidavits were shared with the highest court in the state. Criminal charges are expected to follow.

Senator Boris Miles and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis were the ones who “orchestrated” the scheme with the help of Houston businessman Gerald Womack and political consultant Dallas Jones, who investigators describe as “chief lieutenants.” Jones has extensive political connections in Texas, having “previously served as district director for both state Rep. Garnet Coleman and then state Senator Rodney Ellis.” Now he runs the Texas branch of the Biden campaign.

Former FBI undercover agent

Charles F. Marler signed and swore under oath that he’s a “former Investigative Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, conducting undercover operations on espionage and terrorist targets and now a private investigator.” In December of 2019, he wrote, “I was approached by two individuals who witnessed activity from an illegal ballot harvesting operation in Harris County. Since that date, I have been investigating the illegal ballot harvesting operation.” It turned out to be harvesting ballots for Biden.

“the ballot harvesters take absentee ballots form the elderly in nursing homes, form the homeless, and form unsuspecting residents’ mailboxes. The ballot harvesters then complete the ballots for their preferred candidate and forge the signature of the ‘voter.’” Not only that, “two individuals employed at the Harris County Clerk’s Office” are aware of the illegal Biden ballot stuffing, “and help facilitate and mask the processing of the ballots into the legal stream of ballots.”

Diane Troutman was really nervous about backing Biden like that. As noted in the affidavit, former Harris County Clerk Diane Troutman “resigned alleging health concerns due to Covid 19. However, witnesses have told me that Ms. Troutman was arguing with Commission Rodney Ellis about the legality of the mass purchasing and mailing of mail-in ballots and that Troutman was concerned she would be included in the eventual arrest pertaining to illegal ballot harvesting.” She’s probably right. She had her chance to do the right thing. “Instead of coming forward and exposing the scheme, Ms. Troutman abruptly resigned.” Another witness “stated to me that an employee of Commissioner Ellis, Tyler James, has bragged that he could guarantee that the illegal ballot harvesting operation, with the help of mass mail-in ballots, could harvest 700,000 illegal ballots.”

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Democrats Lament Failure to Turn Texas Blue: ‘What the F*ck Is Happening?’

Texas Democrats are trying to regroup after failing to make gains at nearly every level despite their belief they would turn the state blue during last week’s presidential election.

“I remember sitting [in] the office, putting my hands on my temples and saying, ‘what the f— is happening?’” Progress Texas executive director Ed Espinoza recalled of watching the votes come in on election night.

A Democrat strategist who worked on down-ballot races told the Hill it was “pretty clear at this point that we were wrong about what the environment would look like. And I don’t think it was just us.”

“Our polling showed the same thing national polling showed, and ultimately Republican polling too, which was that Trump was going to lose 7 to 10 points off of his 2016 margins in Texas and across the country. That didn’t happen,” the strategist explained.

President Trump made big gains in traditionally Democrat-held counties on or near the Texas border on November 3 while Joe Biden lost more counties than nearly any Democrat candidate in the state’s history, a political consultant told Breitbart News.

“There is a systematic bias in the Democrat world that pigeonholes people into voting certain ways,” said Dave Carney, chief political consultant for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. “There is a belief that if more Latinos voted, more Democrats would get elected.”

Voters in the region turned out, thanks to President Trump delivering on his promises regarding economic growth and border security, according to Carney.

“Trump’s performance with Latino voters was impressive. In many counties, he doubled his 2016 turnout,” he noted.

In addition, Republicans kept their majority in the Texas House, maintained control of the Texas Senate, the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Railroad Commission.

“They’re really good salesmen. But they’re clearly not using good data because they lose and they lose and they lose,” GOP strategist Corbin Casteel said of Democrats.

“Texas is absolutely still a red state, and all you need to do is look at all these contested House races that Democrats were spending all this money to try to flip,” Casteel concluded.

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ALERT: They Caught One of the Main Culprits…Charged With Over 100 Counts of Election Fraud

They Caught One of the Main Culprits...Charged With Over 100 Counts of Election Fraud

In Austin, Texas, a social worker has been charged with multiple counts of election fraud.

Kelly Reagan Brunner, a social worker at the Mexia State Supported Living Center, was charged with 134 counts of election fraud by the Texas Attorney General’s Office Election Fraud Unit.

If convicted, Brunner could receive a sentence of up to ten years in prison.

Brunner, whose job involves assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, allegedly submitted voter registration applications for 67 residents without their knowledge, signature, or consent. Brunner claimed that she was acting as an agent for these residents.

According to the Texas Attorney General’s Office, none of the residents that Brunner submitted voter registration forms for had the ability or capacity to consent. Many of them had been declared mentally incapacitated by the court, which made them ineligible to vote in Texas.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said:

“I strongly commend the Limestone County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, and Elections Office, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General for their outstanding work on this case and their commitment to ensuring a free and fair Presidential election in the face of unprecedented voter fraud.

“Registering citizens to vote or to obtain mail in ballots without their consent is illegal. It is particularly offensive when individuals purport to be champions for disability rights, when in reality they are abusing our most vulnerable citizens in order to gain access to their ballots and amplify their own political voice.

My office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this insidious form of fraud.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, made a statement about the fraud on Twitter. “Election fraud is real. In Texas, we investigate and prosecute it. Today a Limestone County social worker was charged with 134 felony counts involving election fraud. All states must take election fraud seriously to ensure confidence in elections,” Abbott tweeted.

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Election Day 2020: What are we seeing from make or break states?

November 3, 2020

Today is Election Day and this presidential election has set itself up to be one like no other. One thing, however, that this election has in common with elections past is that the swing states still play a crucial role—for different reasons though. Let’s go over what will make this election challenging to operate and quickly get the results of as well as which swing states, as of the final polls, will likely have the closest margins.

Major challenges facing this election

Due to risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of voters have cast their ballots through the mail (both the “absentee” and “mail-in” types of ballots). Not to mention, stations for early voting in person have been set up all across the country. Altogether, this unprecedented amount of ballots arriving prior to Election Day has placed a never-before-seen amount of stress on each of the 50 states’ (plus the District of Columbia’s) election systems.

For an explanation about the difference between mail-in and absentee ballots, check out this piece here by Ben Wilson: The Difference Between Absentee and Mail-In Ballots.

These factors mean that we may not know the likely victor on Election Night. I say “likely victor” because, even if we receive preliminary results tonight, the results will be likely incomplete with many states forbidding election workers from counting the ballots before Election Day to some degree or another. As a result, in many states there will likely be a backlog of ballots that will need to be counted on top of those cast Tuesday in person.

In addition to that, Democratic voters are overwhelmingly more likely than Republican voters to cast their votes through the mail while the latter tend to vote in person more. Because of this, the preliminary results will likely not be reflective of the whole electorate within a given state, since the votes cast in person today, November 3, will most likely be disproportionately Republican.

Then there’s the integrity of this election. Incumbent President Donald Trump has repeatedly refused to say that he will accept the results of the election no matter what they may turn out to be. He has also cast doubt onto the efficacy and security of vote-by-mail. While most studies support that vote-by-mail is reliable and safe, there have been multiple incidents in many states that have raised eyebrows about how ready the states and the United States Postal Service (USPS) are to handle the largest deluge of mail ballots they’ve ever witnessed. Plus, the wait times at lines for polling stations are through the roof.

In New York City, for example, nearly 100,000 people were sent absentee ballots with the wrong names and addresses back in late September. Additionally, the City’s wait times at polling station lines have been a source of frustration and outrage at city and state government officials.

There will most likely be a legal challenge to the results—already, both the Trump and Biden campaigns are preparing for a harsh legal battle. Whether one side’s arguments have more salience than the other will depend on how widespread there are issues or allegations of mishaps and fraud Tuesday as well as during the counting process that will likely happen for days after Election Day.

The pivotal swing states

Now, onto the swing states. Assuming that the polls and their margins of error are to be trusted, this election between President Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, will potentially be determined by slim margins of error in a handful of swing states.

As of today, the states with the closest margins of error according to FiveThirtyEight’s polling average are: Ohio (Trump +0.8), Texas (Trump +1.1), Georgia (Biden +1.2), North Carolina (Biden +1.8), Florida (Biden +2.5), Arizona (Biden +2.6), and then Pennsylvania (Biden +4.7) to a lesser extent.

Since this presidential election in these states will likely come down to a slim vote difference, nearly all of the ballots will have to be counted before it is possible to certify who wins a certain state. Thus, it is paramount that these states are allowed to count all of their ballots and that all of us wait patiently for the full independently verified results. All this goes hand in hand with taking the polls with a grain of salt since they were mostly wrong in 2016 when it came to the chance of Trump winning that election.

Remember: Nobody has the right answers about the election. All we can do is formulate educated guesses, account for different possible scenarios, and urge that people listen to their better angles and don’t commit acts of politically motivated violence.

The best we can do is wait.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Is Texas About To Turn Blue? Not According To Early Voting Data

Texas made national headlines last week when news broke that turnout for early voting surpassed total voting turnout in 2016. When early voting ended on Friday, about 9.7 million Texans had voted compared to about 9 million total who voted four years ago.

This is a big deal for the Lone Star State, where traditionally voter turnout has been among the lowest in the country. It’s also a big deal for Texas Democrats and mainstream media pundits, who assume that high voter turnout in Texas will hurt President Trump and benefit former Vice President Joe Biden and down-ballot Democrats.

They point to tightening polls in Texas, not just in the presidential race but also in the U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent John Cornyn and Democratic challenger M.J. Hegar, as well as a number of other congressional races. This could be the long-awaited year, they say, that Texas turns blue.

But the conventional wisdom that higher turnout will help Democrats doesn’t quite square with the data we have about early voting. TargetSmart, a Democratic data and polling firm, modeled party affiliation for early voting in Texas and found that turnout was actually higher among Republicans than Democrats, 50.9 points to 39. More importantly, the analysis found that compared to 2016 early voting, Republican turnout increased 0.6 percent this cycle while Democrat turnout declined by 1.7 percent.

Of course, just because more Republicans than Democrats are coming out for early voting doesn’t mean we know how they’re going to vote. Four years ago, millions of registered Democrats voted for Trump in Midwest battleground states, propelling him to victory. And certainly, higher overall turnout in Texas means more young voters, who lean heavily Democratic. So far, more than 1 million Texans under the age of 30 have cast their ballots in early voting, far surpassing early youth voter turnout in 2016.

But we also know that party loyalty looms large in this presidential election. The Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas pegged Trump’s approval rating among self-identified Republicans at 90 percent in October, while 75 percent of self-identified Texas Democrats reported being favorable or somewhat favorable to Biden in a June survey. As Chuck DeVore noted last week at Forbes, “If Texas voters adhere to their party affiliations, the early voting there could indicate that President Trump is on track to meet or exceed his 9 point win over Hillary Clinton in 2016, meaning the polls are understating support for Trump by an average of about 7%.”

This of course would once again crush progressives’ thus far quixotic quest to turn Texas blue. Democrats haven’t won a statewide race in Texas since 1994. They had high hopes in 2014 when Wendy Davis attracted national attention in her bid for governor, which she then lost to Greg Abbott by 20 points. Two years later, when Trump won just 52 percent of the Texas vote, underperforming Mitt Romney’s 2012 margin by more than five points, Democrats took heart. In 2018, they were convinced Beto O’Rourke would unseat Sen. Ted Cruz.

None of that is to say Democrats aren’t gaining ground in Texas or that they won’t eventually win back the state. Democrats only need to flip nine seats in the state House to take control of that chamber, which Republicans have controlled since 2003. The key to flipping Texas might not be a polarizing presidential election but the inexorable process of urbanization in the state. All the major cities in Texas are Democratic now, and their rapidly-growing suburbs are trending blue.

If Trump performs as well in Texas this time around as he did in 2016, it will likely be thanks to gains among Hispanic voters off-setting GOP voter attrition in the suburbs. The place where you’re more likely to see Democratic gains isn’t at the top of the ticket, though, but in congressional races. Republican congressional candidates outperformed Trump by five points in 2016. If those margins are closer to Trump’s this time around, it’s a sign that Democrats are gaining ground in the right places.

But don’t put too much stock in record early voting as a sign that Texas is turning blue. If anything, what we know about early voting so far indicates that Trump might well be ahead going into Election Day. And because Republicans are more likely than Democrats to vote in-person on Election Day, Trump might well see a huge surge, once again upending Democrats’ expectations of a blue wave.

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Police: Biden Staffer ‘At Fault’ For Fender Bender With Texas Trump Caravan

San Marcos Police determined that a Friday afternoon road altercation involving a group of Trump supporters and the Joe Biden presidential campaign appears to be a Biden staffer’s fault.

The incident occurred after vehicles displaying “Trump 2020” and other Trump-Pence paraphernalia surrounded the Biden-Harris campaign bus between San Antonio and Austin, Texas on Friday. While corporate media and Democrats attempted to construe the event as an “ambush,” claiming that the Trump supporters wanted to attack the Biden caravan, local police concluded differently.

Travis County Democratic Party Chair Katie Naranjo and numerous other Democrats accused the Trump supporters of intimidating Biden supporters and even attacking their cars.

“They ran into a person’s car, yelling curse words and threats. Don’t let bullies win, vote,” Naranjo wrote.

The San Marcos Police Department, however, say the white SUV that appears to have started the fender-bender belonged to a Biden-Harris campaign staffer.

“The at-fault vehicle may be the white SUV and the victim appears to be the black truck,” a statement from SMPD reads.

“Calls to the driver of the white SUV have gone unanswered and SMPD has not been contacted by the driver of the black truck. Since SMPD has not spoken to either driver at this time, additional investigation would be required to fully ascertain who was at fault,” the statement continued.

The skirmish, which is currently under FBI investigation, occurred shortly after the Biden-Harris campaign bus started its journey through Texas on one of the state’s busiest highways, I-35. While the bus was scheduled to visit multiple locations to campaign for the Democratic presidential nominee and other Democrats around the state, many of the events were canceled, citing safety and aggression concerns after the campaign could not acquire police escorts.

“Rather than engage in productive conversation about the drastically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters, and others in harm’s way,” Texas Biden spokesman Tariq Thowfeek said in a statement.

“To the Texans who disrupted our events: We’ll see you on November 3rd,” he added.

“This aggressive, abusive conduct by his supporters results from Trump continuing to incite acts of intimidation and violence,” said U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett also concluded in a statement. “As Republican lawyers use Republican-dominated courts to diminish voting, this is only another, more outrageous form of voter suppression. Those who fear their party is about to lose Texas resort to such desperate tactics. We have to stand up to these bullies just as we seek to protect the right of every last Texan to vote out the Bully-in-Chief.”

President Donald Trump, however, denounced the widespread accusations, saying that his supporters “did nothing wrong.”

Trump had also posted in support of the impromptu caravan, writing “I LOVE TEXAS!”

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TX Supreme Court strikes down attempt to toss 127,000 drive-thru ballots

November 2, 2020

The Texas Supreme Court has struck down Monday an effort led by Republicans to toss out 127,000 ballots in the Lone Star State’s largest county.

The court, comprised entirely of Republicans, according to The Hill, decided to strike down an attempt by GOP candidates and activists, who were the plaintiffs, to toss over 127,000 ballots cast at drive-thru early-voting sites from Harris County, which contains the city of Houston.

The county set up 10 of these drive-thru voting stations, where voters have the ability to remain in the comfort and safety of their vehicles while they vote to avoid coming into contact with many people inside of a traditional polling site and possibly contracting the novel coronavirus.

Fox News reported that, as of Friday, these 127,000 ballots amounted to 9% of all the votes cast so far in Harris County, with the county having 2.4 million eligible voters.

According to Popular Information journalist Judd Legum, the reason for why the court struck this down is because, in the judge’s view, the “plaintiffs didn’t articulate a specific injury, which is required for standing.”

It is important to note, however, that a federal judge on Monday will have an emergency meeting with the same group of GOP plaintiffs as part of a separate lawsuit about this same issue. Thus, this issue regarding drive-thru voting sites may not be an entirely closed-and-shut case.

The plaintiffs argue that these drive-thru sites defy the U.S. Constitution as well as Texas election laws. According to the state laws, per The Hill, curbside voting is permitted for those with disabilities in Harris County. However, all voters are allowed to vote at these drive-thru stations. The plaintiffs claim that this should be restricted only to those with disabilities.

The battle for Texas is hot this election, as demographic trends and increased Democratic voter-registration efforts in the state have pushed the crown jewel of the Republicans’ electoral wall toward swing-state status over the course of many elections.

Incumbent GOP President Donald Trump won the state by nine points in 2016. In the 2018 U.S. Senate election, Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) lost to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) by less than three points. As of Monday, FiveThirtyEight’s polling average places Trump at 48.5% and former Vice President Joe Biden at 47.5% in the state.

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WATCH–Houston Pro-Trump Parade Draws Hundreds: ‘We Want Him to Win’

A huge group of Americans joined a parade Friday in Houston, Texas, to show their support for President Donald Trump.

“Hundreds of people caravanned down Memorial Drive from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, in what one supporter said was a ‘warm Trump Texas welcome’ for vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris,” according to ABC 13.

Facebook user Scott Ahrendt shared an aerial photo of the parade, writing, “Cars as far as you can see both ways on Memorial Drive”:

Participants decorated their cars with American flags, balloons, and Trump 2020 flags.

“We love Trump and we want him to win and we’re so excited to be part of this process and join the parade today,” one attendee said.

In Houston on Thursday, a Trump supporter driving an “Official Democrat Cemetery Vote Collector” hearse tailed a Biden campaign bus, causing it to run at least one red light while trying to escape, according to Breitbart News.

“It was in the midst of a state-wide tour, titled, Battle for the Soul of Our Nation Bus Tour, and neither candidate was aboard,” the article said.

Several dozen people showed up for Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) campaign event in Fort Worth on Friday, according to Breitbart News.

Twitter user Joel Fischer shared a photo of the group, sitting socially distanced in white chairs:

In North Richland Hills on Sunday, over 700 vehicles joined a pro-Trump parade that made its way around Loop 820, Breitbart News reported.

“He’s doing what he’s doing for no money to show people that he loves America and everybody else does it because they want the money. They want to use their power to make money, and he’s not doing that,” attendee Robert France said of the president.

France added that he supports Trump because he is “not a lying politician like all the rest of them.”

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