Michael Flynn, the short-tenured nationwide safety adviser employed, fired, then pardoned by former President Donald Trump, appeared at a rally in South Carolina on Sunday to help pro-Trump legal professional Lin Wooden’s bid to oust South Carolina GOP Chairman Drew McKissick on Might 15. Flynn led the Wooden supporters, gathered on the Honkytonk Saloon in Ladson, in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, after urging everybody to take off their hats and place their fingers over their hearts. Then Flynn botched the pledge.
Wooden attacked not solely McKissick, a longtime conservative activist who led the state GOP to features in November’s election, but additionally Sens. Lindsey Graham (R) and Tim Scott (R) and former Gov. Nikki Haley, Trump’s United Nations ambassador and a possible 2024 presidential candidate, The Publish and Courier experiences. His important grievance was that they didn’t publicly again Trump’s false declare that he truly received the November election, not Biden. Whereas McKissick “went round celebrating how the elite institution had accomplished so nicely in South Carolina,” Wooden stated, he fought to overturn Biden’s victory in court docket.
“We aren’t going to simply accept this RINO [Republicans in Name Only] crowd, these Republicans which were stabbing — they have been stabbing Trump within the again, they have been stabbing you within the again,” Flynn stated.
McKissick doesn’t appear significantly frightened concerning the problem from Wooden, who stated he legally moved to South Carolina from Georgia earlier this 12 months. Wooden is a “carpetbagging RINO” who’s “to this point up in bizarro land, he could not discover his manner out with a flashlight and a map,” McKissick stated.
However Wooden’s fealty to the lie that Trump received the election seems to place him the Republican mainstream. In actual fact, rejecting the 2020 outcomes “has more and more turn out to be an unofficial litmus take a look at for acceptance within the Republican Occasion,” The Washington Publish experiences. Because the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, “Republicans from Congress to statehouses to native celebration organizations have fervently embraced the falsehood.” A CNN ballot on Friday discovered that 70 % of Republicans say Biden didn’t legitimately win sufficient votes to turn out to be president, whereas solely 23 % of Republicans acknowledge that he received legitimately.
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