2024 FryTheRice: Trump’s Revenge Campaign Gains First Victim

Ten MPs from their own ranks voted in favor of the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. Now one of them feels the revenge of the former US president: he will have to resign from his mandate. But there is much more to it.

It took almost a year and a half, but he got his revenge only a little. Former President Donald Trump said goodbye to one of his biggest internal party critics a few days ago. Republican Tom Rice is a member of the House of Representatives in the South Carolina constituency. Still. Would have to join mid-term elections they are seeking re-election in November, as are the other 434 MPs every two years. Rice has won five times in a row. Now he has lost the primaries to a Trump-backed candidate right-wing Russell Fry.

A majority in the House of Representatives voted to open an impeachment procedure against Trump for inciting an uprising on January 6, 2021. Ten Republicans were among them. Tom Rice was one of them, and perhaps the most surprising. The 64-year-old has not previously stood out as a critic of Trump, but has consistently voted for all of the presidential bills. After the storming of the Capitol, his loyalty was ended. “I’d do it again tomorrow,” Rice said of his vote against Trump. It’s about a constitution that he swore.

Rice is the third renegade the former president will get rid of. Anthony Gonzalez from Ohio and Adam Kinzinger from Illinois are also not coming back. Kinzinger is in his sixth term, he is also on the commission of inquiry on January 6, and has faced hostility from Republicans and even his own relatives. “Two ready, eight left!” Trump was pleased with the relevant announcements.

One of the ten broken Republicans in the House of Representatives: Tom Rice.

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But it’s not just about summer campaign slogans and revenge among the Republicans. But also about how the next president will be elected in 2024. There are many indications that Trump is applying for the Republican nomination again. The upcoming November Congressional elections are a precursor to this. Most likely, the Republicans will take away the Democrats from a majority in at least one house.

To select candidates for this, the states are currently holding primaries, about half of which have been completed. It also identifies candidates for 39 governorate positions, which roughly corresponds to German prime ministers of the federal states, as well as secretaries of state and chief prosecutors. And they help decide, among other things, how elections are conducted and approved in their states.

Even in disputed states, the so-called battlefields such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada, such offices are up for grabs. Dozens of candidates campaigned, publicly challenging President Joe Biden’s 2020 win. The more right-wing politicians loyal to Trump take office, the more likely his interests will unfold.

The Washington Supreme Court could give the next incumbent even more powers. Now the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering whether to hear a case that could lead to a precedent in the presidential and congressional elections. The question is who sets the rules for holding elections. The right government or judiciary? According to the New York Times, a law scientist at the University of California called him an “800-pound gorilla in voting rights.”

In the most extreme case, not only all countries could conduct elections to the taste of their government. Moreover, the Supreme Court could even grant itself the power to annul elections if the protection of voters exceeded that guaranteed by the constitution.

Defective right to choose

The protection of electoral rights has been increasingly perfected for years. The Supreme Court dealt a decisive blow in 2013, subjugating the “voting rights law”. That’s what the Republicans were working on. For decades, since the 1965 Civil Rights Movement, this US bill required electoral law changes to a fixed list of states and constituencies to be approved by the Washington Department of Justice. This was to prevent discrimination against certain groups of voters – especially blacks.

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Trump’s opponent, Russell Fry

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These were particularly true in the southern states, where the black portion of the population is looking back on racist suppression of elections: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina. Arizona was also on the list. The Act generally prohibits discrimination in elections and remains in force. But the Supreme Court hit the list of states and constituencies. Since then, they no longer need to approve changes. They can enact changes to electoral law like any other act. As long as possible complaints do not lead to a court decision.

Since then, new restrictions have been introduced, especially in Republican-ruled states. Depending on the state, they range from new postal voting requirements, fewer polling stations in areas with many registered Democrat voters, opening hours during high office hours, to a ban on giving water to voters who wait for several hours. On the other hand, if electoral activists go to court, they can go to the Supreme Court. That shouldn’t have encouraged them: the Supreme Court dismissed a similar lawsuit from Arizona last year.

As a candidate for the office of Secretary of State in Nevada, the Republicans nominated Jim Marchant, an election denier and organizer of a Trump-loyal coalition of various candidates. “Your vote has not been counted in decades,” he told voters a few months ago, according to the New York Times. According to the will of the local republicans, Doug Mastriano is to be the governor of the state of Pennsylvania. Mastriano campaigned for the annulment of the results of the presidential election in 2020.

In January 2021, 139 out of 221 Republicans voted for him in the House of Representatives and 8 out of 51 in the Senate. Of these 139 MPs and senators, at least 72 had already been re-nominated in the November elections. Down in the state, Trump’s wing is also present: Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Texas will vote a total of 157 politicians who have done something with the 2020 election result. This does not necessarily mean that they will be successful, or that they will later lay hands on the right to vote. But the numbers show to what extent Trump had, and still does, control the party. Rice’s defeat in the South Carolina primary election after five consecutive election wins is further evidence.

Called a “traitor”.

According to his own statement, still the deputy just can not forget about January 6. When protesters stormed the building, Rice was in the plenary room that the crowd was trying to enter. Politicians were taken, he saw bloody security forces on the way, Politico said. Instead of doing anything about it, Trump rejoiced and relished the violence and looting because he saw the invaders only as his fanatical supporters. “That changed everything,” said Rice, “that’s what a dictator does.”

Rice ran the gauntlet in his home country for 17 months. From the crowd or from the car, voters in the constituency insulted him, among others as a “traitor”. MEPs received so many written death threats that the office manager initially determined which of them were serious enough to be sent directly to the police. Rice’s wife was sometimes afraid to go shopping after the Congressional vote. The US media also used Rice and Fry’s duel as an indicator of how great Trump’s influence over the party is. Trump candidate password? “#FryTheRice”, fry the rice.

After the November elections to Congress, Rice will definitely not be in the House of Representatives. The Congressman had five opponents during the first campaign – and all of them complained about Rice’s voice. “Trump cleans up,” said Politico a few days before the defeat: “He is trying to turn the Republicans into a party of loyal tak-men. (…) Trump is the most vicious, petty and vengeful person I have ever met. “He himself is proof of this, because Rice’s political career may well be over soon.

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