– Advertisement – Trump’s loss in Minnesota was huge—over 230,000 votes—so any claims of ballot fraud there might not directly suggest a change in the outcome. But it would help to promote Trump’s false claims of fraud in other areas. And, as Carnahan made clear, this same call was going out to Trump activists in other areas with the goal of creating a chorus of false claims.The Zoom call took place as the numbers in Pennsylvania were shifting rapidly. With Trump’s early lead vanishing as mail-in ballots were added to the totals, and it was clear that Joe Biden was about to tip over the 270 electoral vote threshold. Unknown to Republican officials, a reporter for the Minnesota Reformer became aware of the Zoom call, registered for the meeting, and listened in to the entire appeal.Attempting to vote multiple times is fraud. Attempting to alter ballots is fraud. Deliberately discarding submitted ballots is fraud. But claiming that election fraud occurred when it did not is also election fraud. And encouraging thousands of activists across the nation to engage in deliberately fraudulent conspiracy puts the RNC and chair Ronna McDaniel at the center of a genuine “vast right-wing conspiracy” that demands to be given swift attention by both state and federal law enforcement.- Advertisement – As the Minnesota Reformer reports, Minnesota GOP chair Jennifer Carnahan appeared on an invite-only Zoom meeting with Republican activists on Thursday night, and told them that the party would back their play if they made claims of ballot fraud, even if there was no basis for those claims. And Carnahan made it clear she didn’t mean just local support. In fact, she told the Trump activists, this wasn’t a Minnesota thing, but a plan from Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel.According to Carnahan, McDaniel put out a request for “GOP officials around the country” to recruit Republicans to make false claims of ballot fraud. She made it clear the party would amplify any claims of ballot fraud, as part of a plan to back Trump’s false claims. – Advertisement –
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Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs While the trade deadline has passed, it’s unclear if the locker room has recovered. Several players spoke Saturday of playing without urgency or consistency, and with the pressure of needing to win to stay in the playoff race, it was hard for any of them to explain exactly why that’s missing.During All-Star weekend, Kyle Kuzma told reporters that he was sure the Lakers would be in the playoffs. After the game in New Orleans, he said “I don’t know” when asked if the loss made him question if the Lakers would indeed get there.“I just think that we got to be consistent,” he said. “We got to be consistent with everything, just consistent with our body language, our effort as a whole. We’re just not consistent.”Still, other Lakers didn’t quite buy that the sky is falling. Rajon Rondo acknowledged a lack of urgency and team buy-in, but noted that no one questioned that the Lakers had it after beating Houston at home to start the All-Star break.A few losses down the stretch will be inevitable. Rondo said the Lakers must withstand the criticism and doubt that accompanies them.“Everything is blown up when you lose,” he said. “When we won the game in Houston everything was fine, but obviously we’re going to lose probably one or two or three more games within this 23-game stretch so just try to keep an even-keel mentality – never too high and never too low.”Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers NEW ORLEANS — He’s talked about being “activated” and “kick starting something” in the last week. But for all the faith LeBron James has in himself to play more intensely for the final 23 games of the season, the Lakers’ star still seems to have some doubt.After Saturday’s loss in New Orleans, the 34-year-old vented some of his frustrations in a five-minute media session that captured his unrest with the Lakers’ current predicament. With the Lakers (29-30) still stuck in 10th place and losing ground against the Pelicans in the 128-115 defeat, the franchise is at risk of missing the playoffs for a sixth straight season. James might miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005.His response to the latest loss was to question, in roundabout fashion, the approach of others in the locker room who have yet to go to the playoffs.“When you’ve never been there or know what it takes to actually shoot for something like that, sometimes you’re afraid to get uncomfortable,” he said. “So you got to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. So I’m not saying that’s what we are as a whole. It kind of looks that way at times that sometimes we’re afraid to be uncomfortable and kind of get out of our comfort zone.” While James seemed low after the game, he also seemed to accept, to a certain degree, that some of the Lakers’ struggles were out of any one person’s control – even his own. He acknowledged that he knew turning the franchise around would be an uphill battle, and injuries and suspensions have made it harder.He hoped that Lonzo Ball’s return from a sprained ankle, which still might be some time away, would help the team return to the level of play they reached when they were 20-14 back in December. It might be that having reached that plateau already this season has deepened James’ frustration that it’s been so difficult to get back.“I knew it was going to be very challenging, just because of the experience the roster had at that point and time,” he said. “I knew it was going to be challenging from that sense, but I felt like we could still play better basketball. And we were doing that and obviously, it sucks that my injury happened and Zo’s injury happened and so many of our injuries happened.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOn the floor, James’ contributions have been up to his high standard: He’s averaging a triple-double – 24.6 ppg, 10.4 apg, 10.4 rpg – during the eight games he’s played since returning from an injured groin. While he receives criticism at times for less intensity on the defensive end, he showed some surprising scrappiness against the Houston Rockets, including taking a late charge against James Harden.But James has also held unapologetically high standards for teammates, saying at the trade deadline, for example, that previous teams he had played on had found a way to play on past rumors and speculation that clouded players’ futures. James’ expectations have been molded by eight straight trips to the NBA Finals, and he has occasionally offered postgame comments that question whether the Lakers are ready to follow suit.When asked what it meant to be “uncomfortable,” James seemed to offer some advice for the players around him.“It’s like, basketball, is that the most important thing while we’re doing this?,” he said. “Is it the most important thing in your life at this time? … If you feel like you’re giving it all to the game then you can do other things. But if you feel like you’re not giving as much as you can, then you can’t focus on anything else.”The Lakers’ locker room has been particularly tense for about a month, since two things became public: That Pelicans star Anthony Davis wanted to be traded, and that the Lakers were interested in acquiring him.