Several Republicans, including Texas Rep. Jodey Arrington and Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, have said that Trump "conceded" the election. It's complicated. He has never said that word, never called Biden to concede the race. From his Jan 7 speech:
Since January 6, Trump has only referred to Biden by name in his remarks in Texas, when he said "the 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden," indulging the conspiracy theory that the far left would remove Biden and install Harris.
Why does this matter? Hopefully it doesn't! But we know that conspiracy theorists read between the lines of Trump remarks to find secret codes. (That said, the Jan 7 remarks were so pathetic that a lot of conspiracy theorists thought Trump sold them out.)

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11 Jan
Even if you want to take Turley seriously — doctors do not recommend this — the Trump campaign had actually used “peaceful” sarcastically for months. It reacted to media descriptions of “peaceful” BLM protests by handing out “PEACEFUL PROTEST” signs Image
The joke was that the media insisted BLM rallies were “peaceful” while impugning Trump voters.
There *were* some dumb looking TV broadcasts where hosts struggled to explain that a day of civil disobedience was followed by a night of riots. But this got shorthanded by Trump et al to: The media says BLM and Antifa are “peaceful” because they let them get away with stuff.
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Leave aside the riots, silly as that sounds. Had some big city mayor been caught on tape pressuring officials to forge election results and keep him in office, he’d have resigned or been removed within a week.
Why does impeachment exist? What is the crime that a dial-a-quote academic like Turkey thinks a president can be removed for?
The premise of all this is that if the winner of the 2016 election for Vice President becomes president for several days, it will irrevocably divide the country. Really?
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Best part of this is Domenech's smug aside about "the media" saying a protest was "justified because of the wars." Once Trump was president, "the wars" became a bad Democrat thing and the Federalist was against them, safe behind their keyboards.
I'm particularly sensitive to this because I was wrong about Iraq and once helped interrupt an anti-war protest, something I've regretted for 18 years. The protesters were right.
It's been written about, it comes up when I annoy people on here, but I was in college and joined some counter-protesters who were *invited onstage* to address the crowd anyway. But of a clue about which side was right...
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New Mexico's probably got the first House race of 2021 - the special for Deb Haaland's seat - and Rs are starting it by trying to overturn an election they lost by 11 percentage points.

A fun issue for the eventual GOP nominee to be asked about endlessly
This is one lawmaker, but the NM GOP gathered the Trump electors on December 14 and claimed that they represented an alternate slate.

One argument - I am serious - was that the state legislature didn't vote to approve every drop-box individually, making the election invalid.
This is a problem in Haaland's seat; if Rs turn out every single Trump voter there and Ds turn out just 4 in 5 Biden voters, Ds win.
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More of a second day story, but there are some swing seat Rs, like Mike Garcia, who announced that they'd support the electoral contest when they thought it would be a box-checking thing. How much of this do they own in 2022?
People forget things like shutdowns, but the footage of armed men storming the House at gunpoint is going to stick with people. And years of "we're the jobs, not mobs" party branding, poof.
Social justice protests are politics, but they're not about electoral politics. When they turn into riots, it's not because Democratic politicians told them to be "wild" and "stand up and stand by" to keep them in power.
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Crowd here should fill in after Trump rally but pretty underwhelming rn
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