Wonkette Weekend Live Chat Is Still Counting Pennsylvania GOP Primary Ballots

Robyn and I are back with a primary week wrap-up! We know you’re excited. Pennsylvania Democrats have a head start on the Senate election in November while Republicans are still mired in a contentious outcome with a razor-thin margin that’s headed for a recount. Hurrah!

Progressive primary challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner also gave the boot to Oregon’s Kirkland Signature Joe Manchin Kurt Schrader (I almost typed Paul Schrader, who I greatly prefer as a filmmaker and human). Senator Kyrsten Sinema shouldn’t count on a second term.

Our weekly chat kicks off at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET. You can watch on YouTube or right here, but don’t forget to like, subscribe, share and all the interactive goodness.

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We Found The Liberal In South Dakota

As the completist Wonkette reader knows, my husband and I (everybody wish Shy a happy FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY today, oh my lord) have picked up sticks from Suddenly Lunatic Montana and beat feet with our family for the Golden Dream by the Sea, wait no that is California, we have beat feet for Detroit Vs. Everybody.

Fuk yeh.

We stopped, as people in Wonkesbago do, at a thousand-acre bison ranch in the prettiest spot in South Dakota (they exist), where the "Harvest Host" (vineyards and farms where you can stay free with the assumption that you'll buy something. I love buying somethings from local people! It is perfect! This is not a paid endorsement but I would absolutely accept one!) put us in the prettiest meadow known to man, and the girls were happy and the dogs were happy and we were happy and the next day I found some off-brand Frontline and now all the ticks are dead.

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Guess Republicans Just Love Starving Babies And High Gas Prices

Good news! The House passed two bills yesterday to help with the baby formula crisis. First off, there's the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, which would appropriate $28 million to the FDA so it can quickly approve imported baby formulas and ensure the agency is better prepared for such shortages in the future so this does not happen again. Second is the Access to Baby Formula Act, which would ensure that low-income families have access to baby formula through the WIC program.

If you're a person who hates it when babies starve to death, you probably think these are some pretty good bills and are relieved to know someone is doing something about this.

And yet 192 Republicans voted against the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act. Only 12 of them joined the 100 percent of Democrats in passing this bill. Those Republicans were "Reps. Don Bacon (Neb.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Trey Hollingsworth (Ind.), John Katko (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), David McKinley (W.Va.), Tom Rice (S.C.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Mike Turner (Ohio), Fred Upton (Mich.) and Ann Wagner (Mo.)."

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Trump Tells Oz Secret Of Winning, It Is Just Say 'I WIN!' Real Loud And Annoying-Like

With 95 percent of the votes counted, the Pennsylvania GOP primary for US Senate remains too close to call, with fewer than 1,500 separating the top two candidates, as the New York Times reports this morning.

The race is so close it's likely to trigger an automatic recount, which is required when there's a difference of less than half of one percent between the top two finishers. As you'd expect, the campaigns of Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick each confidently predict that when all the votes are counted, their guy will come out on top. That could take a while, though; the Pennsylvania Department of State has until May 26 to order a recount, though it might do so sooner.

Totally legitimate former president Donald Trump has an idea about how to speed up the process though. On his hilariously named social media site for idiots, Truth Social, he posted yesterday that Oz should simply "declare victory. It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they just happened to find."

Trump didn't specify who "they" were, and it should go without saying he didn't offer evidence, because how naive you are to want proof the primary is rigged! There's a possibility Trump's chosen guy might not win, and if that doesn't prove massive cheating is at work, nothing will.

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2020 presidential election

How Many Ways Did Ginni Thomas Try To Ratf*ck The 2020 Election? Oh, Just All Of Them.

Surely Justice Thomas will recu— haha, we are very silly today.

Everyone's least favorite red-pilled auntie is back in the news for trying to overthrow a Democratic election. Again.

When last we left Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and member of half the conservative political boards in DC, she was fantasizing about putting the "Biden crime family" on "barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition.” This was in texts exchanged with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, in which she discussed various looney tunes theories about vote fraud.

“Watermarked ballots in over 12 states have been part of a huge Trump & military white hat sting operation in 12 key battleground states,” she hyperventilated, referring to a wackass theory the QAnon weirdos have been vomiting into each other's mouths about Trump seeding the country with marked ballots and catching Joe Biden in the act of committing vote fraud at scale.

It's really fucking crazy, but no crazier than her husband claiming to be the avatar of judicial ethics while refusing to recuse from cases pertaining to the 2020 election while his wife showed up at the pre-riot rally on January 6, was all the way up in efforts to overturn Joe Biden's win, and may have even participated in the "War Room" events at the Willard Hotel leading up to the riot.

And on Friday the Washington Post got even more details of Ginni Thomas's efforts to pressure lawmakers to overturn the will of the voters and steal the election.

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Trump

Pence, Cruz Boldly Defying Trump, Supporting Different Terrible GOP Candidates

Hooray?

Prominent Republicans have started openly defying Donald Trump’s kill orders against the careers of anyone in the party he believes betrayed him. Trump generally defines this betrayal as not doing enough to help him steal the 2020 presidential election.

We’ve noted that Trump’s attempt to unseat incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in Georgia has failed miserably. The Republican Governors Association spent $5 million helping Kemp survive Trump’s vendetta tour. Trump’s hand-picked candidate David Perdue is expected to exit stage right in total humiliation.

Trump’s former vice president and current archnemesis Mike Pence will campaign in Georgia tonight on Kemp’s behalf. Meanwhile, Trump will hold a “tele-rally” for Perdue. The guy lives in Florida, so it’s a short trip to appear in person, but he’s already distancing himself from the stench of failure.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie have also thumbed their noses at Trump and campaigned for Kemp. Pence especially poured it on:

"Brian Kemp is one of the most successful conservative governors in America," Pence said when he announced on May 13 the plan to campaign for Kemp. "Brian Kemp is my friend, a man dedicated to faith, family and the people of Georgia. I am proud to offer my full support for four more years of Brian Kemp as governor of the great state of Georgia!"

We obviously don’t support four more years of Gov. Kemp. Georgia deserves an awesome governor like Stacey Abrams, who’ll even let everyone vote.

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2022 midterms

GOP 'Party Of Ideas' Shares Same Old Post-Midterms Bad Ideas​

A terrifying Sunday shows rundown!

Republicans are so sure they're going to retake control of Congress in November, we can only assume they're already measuring for drapes in current Democratic lawmakers' offices. This overconfidence is the only way we can explain their total lack of subtlety in their villainy.

Let's take a look at the Sunday shows so you can see what we mean.

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