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Pro-Trump primary candidates take on GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach him

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By Jenny Goldsberry

The first election since the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump isn’t until next year, but pro-Trump candidates have already rallied support against Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach. Fox News broke down each candidate Monday.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is one such congresswoman up for reelection in 2022. Not only did she vote to impeach then President Trump following Jan. 6th, but she was also recently ousted from her position as GOP Conference Chair. Pro-Trump Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) took her place.

Now, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard is running against Cheney in the primaries. On Monday, he shared a Fox News article that reported his campaign fundraised over $500,000. He’s even changed his Twitter name to “Anthony Bouchard for Congress Against Cheney.”

However, Bouchard is not without scandal himself. He recently admitted that he impregnated a 14-year-old when he was 18-years-old at the time.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) will be facing off against four other Republican candidates in the primary election. Among them, is Green Beret Joe Kent. According to Kent, Herrera Beutler “no longer represents our community’s values.”

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) is also facing fierce competition in the same state. His opponents include State Rep. Brad Klipper, Army veteran and author Loren Culp and veteran and former NASCAR driver , Jerrod Sessler.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) voted to impeach Trump and also supported Cheney while she was ousted. While it was a vocal vote that removed her as GOP Conference Chair, it was reported at the time that Kinzinger was one of the votes against her removal.

Now, a former Trump administration official is campaigning against him. Catalina Lauf worked in the Commerce Department under Trump. She says Kinzinger is a “fake Republican.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) is also facing a former Trump aide, Max Miller. He already received Trump’s endorsement back in February, wearing it proudly in his Twitter bio.

Reps. Fred Upton, (R-MI), Peter Meijer (R-MI), David Valadao (R-CA) and John Katko (R-NY) are also up for reelection against pro-Trump candidates.

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You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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