NEWS AND OPINION:
Former President Donald Trump will stage one of his signature jumbo rallies on Saturday in Arizona — and Republicans in the state couldn’t be happier.
“There will be the first Save America rally of 2022 with President Donald J. Trump in Florence, Arizona,” said a beaming Arizona Republican Party chair Kelli Ward in an upbeat video message.
She is among 10 guest speakers — a roster that includes Arizona Republican Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and Debbie Lesko — along with Ms. Ward, Alveda King and Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow.
The rally is considered a “continuation” of Mr. Trump’s effort to advance his signature MAGA agenda and highlight “America First” candidates and causes, according to advance information for the event.
“I am so looking forward to seeing so many amazing patriots from across our state as we launch into this crucial election year,” Ms. Ward said in her message.
“We have got to get our country back on course. The best way to do that is by restoring voter confidence in our elections and taking back the United States House and Senate while expanding our majorities in the state legislature and sweeping — yes, sweeping — statewide offices in November. We can do all of those things. All of them. Here at the Republican Party of Arizona, it is always America first,” Ms. Ward concluded.
Kari Lake — a former Fox News anchor now running for governor of Arizona — is also on the rally program and has made the defense of Arizona’s 373-mile border with Mexico a pillar of both her campaign and her policy statements. That includes “finishing Trump’s wall,” according to the candidate.
“It is self-evident that states must boldly step into this breach and do what Washington D.C. simply will not: protect the citizens of Arizona and finally put an end to the violence, chaos, and human misery caused by our unsecured border with Mexico. As governor, I will do precisely that,” Ms. Lake said in a statement.
NewsmaxTV.com and the Newsmax channel, featured on cable and streaming outlets, will offer pre-rally coverage starting at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, with live coverage of the event starting at 9 p.m.
There is frequent talk about the persistent partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats and its influence on both society and culture. This divide may have reached its largest schism yet.
Numbers tell the story best, and here they are, courtesy of a Quinnipiac University poll of 1,313 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 7-10. It found that 33% of U.S. adults approve of the job President Biden is doing. That includes 2% of Republicans and 75% of Democrats.
And there is one more finding of note as well. The poll found that 42% overall believe Mr. Biden is doing more to unite the country than divide it; 5% of Republicans and 84% of Democrats agree with that.
First TV, by the way, reviewed the findings and concluded that an apt nickname for Mr. Biden at the moment is “Underwater Joe.”
Funny? Forget it. Another longtime comedian has vowed he won’t make another TV special to showcase his craft and humor because of political and social pressures.
“The only way I can do one more special is if it’s at the end of my television career because it will end my television career,” Steve Harvey said Thursday during an appearance before a Television Critics of America panel.
“We’re in the cancel culture now. No stand-up comedian alive that is sponsor-driven can say anything he wants to. Chris Rock can’t. Kevin Hart can’t. Cedric the Entertainer can’t. D.L. Hughley can’t. I can go down the list,” Mr. Harvey noted.
“If I had tried to continue as a stand-up, there’s no way I could maintain it. Political correctness has killed comedy,” he told the gathering.
ONE FOR THE PUPS
American Humane has announced that nominations for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards campaign are now underway.
Dog owners across the country are invited to nominate their heroic hound in one of seven categories: law enforcement and detection dogs, military dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs, shelter dogs, search and rescue dogs, and guide/hearing dogs.
The top dog in each category will appear at the star-studded, red-carpet awards gala in Palm Beach on Nov. 11 — and one of the seven will be named the American Hero Dog of the year, the most prestigious honor a canine can receive. Nominations are open until March 16. Consult Herodogawards.org for complete information.
“Whether they protect us on the battlefield, help us with medical challenges, or just lighten our spirits with an enthusiastic kiss after a hard day, dogs save and improve our lives every day,” said Robin Ganzert, American Humane’s president and CEO, in a statement shared with “Inside the Beltway.”
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POLL DU JOUR
• 47% of U.S. adults think that “some other Democrat” besides House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should be the leader of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives; 72% of Republicans, 49% of independents and 31% of Democrats agree.
• 20% think Mrs. Pelosi should remain in the role; 3% of Republicans, 12% of independents and 45% of Democrats agree.
• 18% are “not sure” about the issue; 11% of Republicans, 21% of independents and 18% of Democrats agree.
• 15% overall “don’t care” about the issue; 13% of Republicans, 18% of independents and 6% of Democrats agree.
SOURCE: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 8-11.
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