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Michigan AG Says Trump-Backed Opponent is “A Dangerous Guy” Who “Does Not Believe in Democracy”

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The top law enforcement official told Rogue Rocket her Republican challenger is unfit for office because of his false claims about the 2020 election and other far-right extremist views he holds.


DePerno’s Dangerous Election Lies

Much of the national discourse around the upcoming midterm elections has focused on the contests that will ultimately decide the future of the House and Senate. Some statewide races for attorney general and secretary of state, however, have garnered significant media attention due to the notoriety of the Republican candidate who could assume power.

One of the most high-profile and widely-discussed contests this year is the race for attorney general of Michigan, where Democratic incumbent Dana Nessel is locked in a close battle against the attorney and well-known election denier Matthew DePerno.

DePerno rose to prominence among far-right conservative circles after filing a lawsuit in Antrim County, Michigan disputing the results of the 2020 election. The suit, which was struck down in court, became well-known nationwide in the effort to spread disinformation. Despite that, DePerno has continued to spread false claims about election fraud.

In an interview with Rogue Rocket, Nessel said DePerno was hand-picked by former President Donald Trump because of his lawsuit, noting that her opponent was also at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

“He became the nominee for the Republicans simply because that’s who Trump wanted,” Nessel said, adding that “if he were to be attorney general in our state,” he could “very likely manipulate [elections] in a way so that it’s not the will of the millions and millions of people who vote in the state of Michigan.

“Matthew DePerno has said all kinds of things. It’s not just that he’s still, to this day, legally trying to decertify the 2020 election by filing lawsuits to do so,” Nessel continued. “He’s a dangerous guy, does not believe in democracy, gets very upset if you call America a democracy. He stops his foot, and says, ‘it’s a constitutional republic. We are not a democracy. Stop calling us a democracy.’ I’ve never seen anybody so upset about the concept that, you know, each person should be able to have a say in their government and have their views represented.” 

DePerno is also currently under criminal investigation for an alleged scheme to tamper with voting machines. 

“In 2021, there was a set of circumstances where we learned that tabulators, election tabulators had been taken from clerk’s offices and placed into the hands of third parties that were not legally permitted to have possession of that election equipment,” Nessel explained, adding that her office began investigating the case, which was referred by the Michigan Department of State.

“Unfortunately, it led to a trail directly to my opponent, Matthew DePerno,” she continued, noting that she could no longer investigate the case because it posed a conflict of interest, and thus referred the case to a special prosecutor.

Other Extremist Stances

Nessel also detailed to Rogue Rocket the many other extremist views DePerno has voiced, including on hot-button issues like abortion.

“He’s gone so far as to say it’s not just that he believes [in] abortion criminalization, without exception of rape, without exception to incest, but he’s even said even if the mother is going to die,” she said.

“But he went even a step further than that and said he actually wants to also ban birth control. And he said specifically he wants to treat plan B the same way you would treat illegal fentanyl shipments that come across our border.” 

Nessel further noted that DePerno also has some very extremist views on guns that go beyond the traditional Republican base.

“His views on the Second Amendment are so extreme that he doesn’t think that there should be a prohibition on owning firearms by anyone, anywhere, anytime,” she asserted. “So that includes people who have been convicted of domestic violence, of sexual assault, you know, homicide.

So basically guns for all, guns for children, guns for convicted murderers.”

To Debate or Not to Debate

Like a few other candidates in contentious and polarized races, Nessel has refused to debate her opponent. 

However, unlike those other races, Nessel’s reasons here are in part based on legal concerns. Specifically, she is unable to speak about the investigation into DePerno because it would violate the code of prosecutorial ethics established by the American Bar Association.

“But he can talk about it. If he talks about it during a debate, I can’t respond,” she added. “All I can say is, ‘no comment, no comment, no comment, no comment.’ I don’t see how that’s informative for the public and it’s really like going to a boxing match with one arm tied behind my back.”

 There are other reasons the Michigan Attorney General will not debate DePerno, including the fact that he “continues to disseminate disinformation about the 2020 election.”

“I think what it does is it undermines people’s faith and confidence in the election, and we know 100% we know that what he’s saying is untruthful,” she stated.

“And lastly, he’s a bully who engages in name-calling,” Nessel continued. “He continually refers to me as ‘General Groomer.’ He says that because I’m the first openly gay person to hold statewide office in Michigan.”

“You know, to call a person a groomer because they are, you know, outward LGBTQ, I mean, to me, what it does is it diminishes the community,” she explained. “And for children, for kids who hear that kind of talk, it leads LGBT kids to self-harm, to feel terrible about themselves, and to oftentimes commit suicide. And I’m not going to give them a platform to do that.”

Nessel concluded by arguing that the reason her race is so close is that many people are blindly supporting DePerno as the Republican candidate without knowing all that he stands for, and to beat him, she says it is important to discuss how extreme his beliefs are.

“This is a person who would really have the authority to do a lot of damage in our state. And I think he would if he was given the opportunity. So I think the more we tell people about him and the more that we highlight his very extreme and radical viewpoints, the less likely it is that voters are going to consider him come November.” 

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Trump Mocks Florida Gov. “Ron DeSanctimonious” Ahead of Possible 2024 Bid

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The former president may announce a bid to take back the White House on Nov. 14, according to his inner circle.


Trump Concocts His Latest Nickname

From “Little Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted” to “Sleepy Joe” and “Crazy Bernie,” former president Donald Trump’s nicknames for his political opponents have been known for their punchy style, but Republicans found it hard to swallow his latest mouthful for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

“We’re winning big, big, big in the Republican Party for the nomination like nobody’s ever seen before,” he said Saturday at a rally in Pennsylvania. “Trump at 71, Ron DeSanctimonious at 10%.”

The former president drew rebuke from some allies and conservative commentators for driving a wedge through the GOP three days before the midterm elections.

“DeSantis is an extremely effective conservative governor who has had real policy wins and real cultural wins,” tweeted The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh. “Trump isn’t going to be able to take this one down with a dumb nickname. He better have more than that up his sleeve.”

“What an idiot,” wrote Rod Dreher, a senior editor at The American Conservative. “DeSantis is a far more effective leader of the Right than Trump was, if, that is, you expect a leader to get a lot done, rather than just talking about it and owning the libs.”

In April 2021, Trump said he would “certainly” consider making DeSantis his running mate for a potential 2024 presidential bid. But as DeSantis established himself as a credible rival to Trump, their relationship grew colder.

Last September, sources told The Washington Post that Trump had called DeSantis “ungrateful” in conversations with advisors. The former president reportedly had not spoken with the governor in months.

The Party of Trump or DeSantis?

One day after his “DeSanctimonious” jab, Trump took to the stage in Florida to support Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R) reelection campaign but grabbed more attention when he seemed to endorse DeSantis for governor.

“The people of Florida are going to reelect the wonderful, the great friend of mine, Marco Rubio to the United States Senate, and you’re going to reelect Ron DeSantis as your governor of your state,” he said to the cheering crowd.

The brief moment of support was overshadowed, however, by the conspicuous absence of DeSantis himself.

Both men held competing, contemporaneous rallies in the same state hundreds of miles apart, and multiple sources told Politico that DeSantis was not invited to Trump’s event, nor did he ask to attend.

The governor has repeatedly refused to say whether he will make a run for the presidency in 2024, but national polling consistently puts Trump ahead of him among Republicans by a wide margin.

Some recent polls, however, have shown DeSantis to lead the former president in specific states like Florida and New Hampshire.

A survey last month found that 72% of GOP voters believe DeSantis should have a great or good deal of influence in the future direction of the party, while just 64% said the same about Trump.

Sources told Axios that Trump’s inner circle is discussing a Nov. 14 announcement for his presidential campaign, timing it to capitalize on the expected post-midterm euphoria as vote counts roll in.

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The Midterms Are Tomorrow, But We May Not Have Results for a While. Here’s What You Need to Know

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The counting of mail-in ballots and possible legal challenges will almost certainly slow the final results.


Election Delays Expected

As Americans gear up for Election Day on Nov. 8, experts are warning that many races, including some of the most highly anticipated ones, may not have the final results in for days or even weeks.

These delays are completely normal and do not indicate that election fraud or issues with vote counting took place. However, like in 2020, former President Donald Trump and other election-denying Republicans could seize on the slow-coming returns to promote false claims to that effect.

There are a number of very legitimate reasons why it could take some time before the final results are solidified.  Each state has different rules for carrying out the election process, like when polls close and when ballots can start being counted.

There are also varying rules for when mail-in ballots can be received and counted that can extend when those votes will be tallied. That lag could seriously skew early results in many places because there has been a major rise in the number of people voting by mail.

Red Mirage, Blue Mirage

One very important thing to note is that the early returns seen on election night may not be representative of the final outcomes. 

In 2020, there was a lot of talk about a “red mirage,” which is when ballots cast on election day and favoring Republicans are reported first while mail-in ballots used more by Democrats are counted later, creating the appearance that Republicans have a much wider lead.

That phenomenon may very well take place in several key battlegrounds that not only could decide the House and the Senate but also have incredibly consequential state-wide elections of their own.

For example, in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, election officials cannot start counting mail-in and absentee ballots until Election Day. 

Some experts have also speculated that a similar occurrence could occur in Georiga because the suburbs — which have shifted blue in recent years — report their results later than rural counties.

At the same time, there are also some states where the opposite might happen: a blue mirage that makes it seem like Democrats are doing better than they actually are.

Such a scenario is possible in Arizona, where election officials can process mail-in ballots as soon as they receive them, and where a similar trend played out in 2020.

Other Possible Slow-Downs

Beyond all that, there are a number of other factors that could delay when results are finalized.

For example, in Georgia, candidates need to get at least 50% of the vote to win, and if none do, then the top two are sent to a run-off election on Dec. 6. That is a very real possibility for the state’s closely-watched Senate race because there is a libertarian on the ballot who could siphon enough votes from Republican Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock to keep them both below the 50% threshold. 

In other words: if control of the Senate comes down to Georgia again — as it did in 2020 and which is a very real possibility — voters may not know the outcome until a month after the election.

Meanwhile, experts also say that legal battles over mail-in ballots could further delay results, or even go to the Supreme Court. According to The New York Times, before Election Day, over 100 lawsuits had already been filed.

In Pennsylvania, for example, the State Supreme Court ruled last week in favor of a lawsuit from Republican groups requesting that mail-in ballots that did not have dates on outer envelopes be invalidated, causing thousands of ballots to be set aside. Multiple rights groups are now suing to get that decision reversed. 

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DHS Confirms Paul Pelosi Attacker is a Canadian National in the U.S. Illegally

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The suspect espoused many political conspiracy theories promoted by the American far-right and told investigators he wished to harm House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send a message to other U.S. politicians.


Pelosi Attacker’s Immigration Issues

The man accused of attacking Paul Pelosi and trying to kidnap House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) is a Canadian national currently residing in the United States illegally, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) late Wednesday.

Law enforcement officials say the suspect embraced far-right conspiracies about U.S. politicians and told investigators he wanted to break the House Speaker’s kneecaps as a lesson to other members of Congress. 

Despite his lack of citizenship, the man also allegedly told police he was on a “suicide mission” and had a list of state and federal lawmakers he wanted to target.

In its statement to the media, DHS said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had lodged a “detainer” on the suspect, which is a notice the agency intends to take custody of an individual who could be deported and requests it be notified before that person is released. The detainer, however, likely will not impact the case against him, because deportations are civil proceedings that happen after criminal cases are resolved.

According to several reports, federal records indicate the suspect came to the U.S. legally via Mexico in March 2008. Canadians who travel to America for business or pleasure are usually able to stay in the country for six months without a visa. DHS told The Washington Post the Canadian citizen was admitted as a “temporary visitor” traveling for pleasure.

Before the confirmation from DHS, there was some mixed reporting on how long the suspected attacker has been in America. On Monday, an anonymous U.S. official told the Associated Press the man had legally entered in 2000 but stayed way after his visa expired.

One day later, The New York Times reported he was registered to vote in San Francisco County from 2002 to 2009, and even voted once in 2002. 

Heightened Security Concerns

The new revelation comes as lawmakers are facing increased threats, prompting conversations about safety and security with a specific focus on the role of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP).

On Tuesday, multiple outlets reported that USCP security cameras trained on the Pelosi’s house actually captured the attack, but no one was watching. In a statement Wednesday, the agency said its command center has access to around 1,800 cameras and not all are watched constantly.

The Capitol Police also said that the Pelosi’s home is “actively” monitored “around the clock” when the Speaker is there, but not when she is in Washington.

As a result, many argued that there should be more security and surveillance for the second person in line for the presidency — especially given the threat of violence after the Jan. 6 insurrection and warnings from law enforcement ahead of the midterms.

That was echoed in a scathing letter yesterday sent to Capitol Police by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Ca.), who is one of the most senior Democrats in Congress and heads the Administration Committee.

In her letter, Lofgren noted that the agency “has previously reported to the committee that the speaker receives the most threats of any member of Congress,” and asked why that protection was not extended “to the spouses and/or other family members of the congressional leaders in the presidential line of succession.”

She questioned why the USCP had turned down an offer from the FBI for some of its officers to be part of terrorism task forces investigating threats against Congressmembers and why it had not made a formal agreement with San Francisco police for a car to be posted at the Pelosi’s home 24-hours a day as had been done in the months after Jan. 6.

Lofgren also inquired why the Capitol Police did not direct more threats against lawmakers for prosecution. She noted that members of Congress received at least 9,625 threats in 2021, but just 217 were referred.

Editor’s Note: At Rogue Rocket, we make it a point to not include the names and pictures of mass murders, suspected mass murderers, or those accused of committing violent crimes who may have been seeking attention or infamy. Therefore, we will not be linking to other sources, as they may contain these details.

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