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Vice President Kamala Harris kept up Democrats’ narrative that former President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are threats to ‘democracy’ on Saturday during a speech, even as Democrat-run states are literally kicking Trump off their 2024 ballots, thus preventing his supporters from being able to vote for him.
Harris was speaking on the third anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol Building, which Democrats and their allies in the media hyped for days in an effort to push their false narrative that Republicans don’t believe in democracy.
“We fight to protect the sacred freedom to vote while they try to silence the voice of the people,” Harris said in her speech criticizing the Republican Party at the 7th Episcopal District AME Church Women’s Missionary Society annual retreat in Myrtle Beach, Reuters reported.
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South Carolina GOP Chairman Drew McKissick and Horry County GOP Chairman Reese Boyd both released statements in response to the vice president’s visit, according to WMBF News.
“It’s no coincidence that both Joe and Kamala are making plans to visit less than a month away from the Democratic primary,” KcKissick said in a statement. “Along with the majority of Americans, South Carolinians are sick and tired of what this administration has done to our country, and they’re going to use their voices and their votes to make a change – starting with the Republican Presidential Primary on February 24th. No amount of appearances from Biden or Harris is going to change that fact.”
“It is unfortunate that the President and the Vice President can find nothing else to run on, so they appear to be creating a campaign for re-election that is based on a platform of demonizing ‘MAGA Republicans’ as an existential threat to American democracy. This is sad, and absurd,” Boyd added in a statement. “But when you look at the economy, the southern border, what’s happening on the international stage, what happened in Afghanistan and what is now happening in Ukraine, what do they have to show for three years in office?”
“It’s understandable why the President is now seeking to demonize President Trump and Mr. Trump’s ‘MAGA Republican’ supporters,” Boyd continued. “It’s a very sad day for America, but understandable. When you think about it, what other cards does the President have? Fortunately, most Americans see through this, and realize that the President is talking about them. So we don’t think this strategy is one that is going to resonate with many South Carolinians, if any.”
The U.S. Supreme Court decided late Friday afternoon to take an emergency appeal from attorneys for Trump after the Colorado Supreme Court banned him from that state’s 2024 ballot last month.
The nation’s highest court said that all briefs filed in the case are due by Jan. 31, and that the justices would hear oral arguments on Feb. 8, Fox News reported.
“The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The case is set for oral argument on Thursday, February 8, 2024,” the decision said. “Petitioner’s brief on the merits, and any amicus curiae briefs in support or in support of neither party, are to be filed on or before Thursday, January 18, 2024.”
At the same time, the high court issued a stay of Colorado’s order, instructing that state’s secretary of state to place Trump’s name back on the ballot pending the final decision in the case.
The Colorado court barred Trump under the 14th Amendment’s provision banning “officers” of the United States who engaged in “insurrection” from running for elected office. Supreme Court justices will likely consider the meaning of the phrase “engaged in insurrection” to make their decisions, Fox News reported.
Meanwhile, a Wyoming district court judge dismissed a lawsuit aiming to remove Trump and Republican Sen. Cynthia Lummis from election ballots, which led to a celebration from Wyoming Republican Secretary of State Chuck Gray, Fox reported separately on Friday.