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Ric Grenell supports recalling Newsom, says conservatives ‘have already won’ in California

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The former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell appeared on Hannity Monday to plead that Californian vote to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. Grenell is a current California resident himself. Therefore, he attended the Newsom rally in the state.

“One thing that is clear is that Gavin Newsom is scared,” Grenell told host Sean Hannity. “He has Joe Biden here today in long beach campaigning. They are paying people with stimulus checks. He is calling this the Republican recall. He is doing everything he can because they are scared.”

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Yet, Grenell reported that many booed the president at the rally. As the president’s motorcade drove down Long Beach, California, many captured the boos on video.

“I think no matter what happens over the next couple of days, we have already won,” Grenell said. “We conservatives and we republicans in California have already won. We are putting to the vote of the people whether or not the governor is qualified.”

However, Sean Clegg, Newsom’s strategist feels differently. He reportedly told a crowd of journalists at the rally that there is “no scenario” where the governor loses. Fox News reporter Matt Finn tweeted Clegg’s quote Monday night.

Now, California voters will decide on Tuesday whether to recall current Governor Gavin Newsom. If he is recalled, conservative Larry Elder takes his place. Otherwise, Newsom will finish his term.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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BREAKING: IL judge orders state election board to remove Trump from primary ballot

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday which orders the state election board to remove former President Donald Trump from the Illinois primary ballot on March 19. Porter wrote Trump is disqualified from the presidency due to his actions relating to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Porter said she was aware her “decision could not be the ultimate outcome,” given that higher courts will have a chance to weigh in; she also put her order on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the State Board of Elections voted unanimously last month to reject the same bid to block Trump from Illinois’ ballot under the 14th Amendment. But Porter found the board’s decision to be “clearly erroneous.”

The 14th Amendment bars from “any office, civil or military, under the United States” anyone who previously took an oath as an “officer of the United States” to support the Constitution but then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.”

Trump’s lawyers have told the U.S. Supreme Court the amendment doesn’t apply because the president is not an “officer of the United States” under the Constitution and because he did not engage in “anything that qualifies as ‘insurrection.’”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the “U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversy soon — and appeared skeptical of the arguments to kick Trump off Colorado’s ballot. The clock is ticking on the nation’s high court given that Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday.” Porter also said her order would be put on hold if the Supreme court’s ruling is ultimately “inconsistent” with hers.

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