First Cracks Emerge in G.O.P. Support for Trump’s Baseless Fraud Claims

first_imgMr. Trump’s strategy is a familiar one that he has deployed since the first full day of his administration. Then, he demanded that his press secretary, Sean Spicer, march out to the White House Briefing Room to declare his inauguration crowd was the largest in history, despite clear evidence to the contrary. Now, he wants Republicans to ignore the election results to declare him the 2020 winner anyway.When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted earlier this week, with a grin, that there would be “a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Mr. Trump favorably reposted the video on Twitter.The political and rhetorical safe space that many Republicans have retreated to is a call to “count every legal vote,” insinuating there was a raft of illegal ballots that no evidence has shown exist. (There are also more extreme Democratic fears of G.O.P. state legislatures appointing rogue electors who might ignore the results in their states, but Mr. Biden’s campaign has been dismissive of such talk.) Karl Rove, the Republican strategist, published a Wall Street Journal op-ed essay under the headline, “This Election Result Won’t Be Overturned.”Mr. Trump has a long memory, a penchant for seeking revenge on those who cross him and overwhelming support among the base of Republican voters. The fact that so few prominent Republicans are willing to break publicly with him, even in defeat, is the latest sign of his enduring hold on the Republican Party — now and into the future.“When you look at the number of votes that he got, you look at the kind of enthusiasm that he engenders, I mean — he’s going to be a very, very significant figure whether he’s in the White House or not,” said Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri. “I don’t know who else would be considered the leader, if not for him.”- Advertisement – The first small cracks have begun to appear in the Republican wall of support for President Trump and his unfounded claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, with a growing number of elected officials and party leaders signaling on Thursday that they would indulge Mr. Trump’s conspiracy theories for only so long. A few were willing to openly contradict him.Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio said that it was time to call Joseph R. Biden Jr. the “president-elect.” The Republican attorney general of Arizona said that Mr. Trump would not end up winning his state, despite the president’s protestations. And on Capitol Hill, several Republican senators have begun, in measured tones, to say that Mr. Biden should be entitled to classified intelligence briefings as the incoming commander in chief or that it is time to recognize he will soon be certified as president-elect.- Advertisement – No prominent potential Republican candidate for president in 2024 — including Mr. Hawley — has criticized Mr. Trump for his refusal to acquiesce to the transition of power. Most have stayed silent or given Mr. Trump, who has spoken privately about running again in four years, latitude and support without parroting his most baseless conspiracies. Vice President Mike Pence, who followed Mr. Trump to the lectern on election night, tried to sound as if he was standing firmly with the president without echoing his false claims of victory.But with Mr. Biden now leading in enough states to deliver him as many as 306 Electoral College votes — the same sum Mr. Trump won in 2016 and declared a “landslide” — and with no credible evidence of electoral malfeasance, Republicans are gingerly beginning to acknowledge the reality of Mr. Biden’s win. The former vice president leads by more than 20,000 votes in Wisconsin, 53,000 in Pennsylvania and 148,000 in Michigan — comparable to or larger than Mr. Trump’s winning margins in those states four years ago. For now, Senate Republicans are especially leery of crossing Mr. Trump before the two Georgia runoffs on Jan. 5 that will determine control of the chamber, realizing they must mobilize Mr. Trump’s base without him on the ballot. There are fears that Mr. Trump might attack either Senator Kelly Loeffler or Senator David Perdue — rumors of draft tweets have swirled — for being insufficiently loyal.Both senators signed an unusual joint statement calling for the resignation of the Republican secretary of state in Georgia, who has initiated a recount there, in a move widely interpreted as currying favor with Mr. Trump. Only after the PAC gets $5,000 from an individual would any money wind up in the Trump recount fund.Bob Bauer, a top lawyer for Mr. Biden, has dismissed Mr. Trump’s legal filings and tweets as “theater.” As Mr. Trump continues to whip up fears of a stolen election, even some aides and allies in his orbit privately acknowledge the reality that Mr. Trump has lost.Mr. Trump himself diverted attention from fighting for votes on Thursday to settling scores with Fox News, whose coverage he did not view as sufficiently pliant and supportive in 2020. The reality is that Mr. Trump is not just the president but also a major publisher and distributor. In the week after the election, his postings dominated Facebook, accounting for the 10 most engaged status updates in the United States, and 22 of the top 25. “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” was his top post.Mr. Trump also posted the single most engaged link on Facebook that week, a solicitation for cash to fight the election results.Inside the Republican Party itself, the president remains a singular influence. He effectively anointed Ronna McDaniel for another term as chair of the Republican National Committee with a tweet this week. “There is an inevitable logic to this,” said Ari Fleischer, the White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, who has congratulated Mr. Biden on his win on Fox News. “None of these recounts and allegations are going to turn this election around.”Democrats argue that indulging Mr. Trump’s recalcitrance is undercutting faith in the nation’s democratic institutions and undermining the incoming Biden administration’s legitimacy in the eyes of broad swaths of the nation.On Thursday, the president made new baseless accusations about a voting software company. Groups representing government election and security officials, including in the Trump administration, as well as private sector election vendors, issued a joint statement declaring, “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” Asked when he believed Mr. Trump should accept the result, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, even set a deadline for the president to acknowledge reality: Dec. 13 — the day before the Electoral College delegations cast their votes for president.Influential party financiers and strategists have begun to weigh in, as well.“The president does a disservice to his more rabid supporters by insisting that he would have won the Nov. 3 election absent voter fraud,” said an editorial in The Las Vegas Review-Journal, a newspaper owned by the family of the Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson. “That’s simply false.” Mr. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have given more than $75 million to super PACs supporting Mr. Trump. The Presidential TransitionUpdated Nov. 12, 2020, 11:30 a.m. ET “It’s pretty clear that the president doesn’t give a damn about the Senate majority or those two senators, so they know it would not be anything to turn on them and crush turnout,” said Brendan Buck, who served as a top adviser to the last two Republican House speakers, Paul D. Ryan and John A. Boehner. “We’ve always been talking about how the president has taken over the party. But here is an example where is he holding base G.O.P. voters hostage to force Republicans to participate in his charade.”Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, said blind Republican fealty to Mr. Trump revealed that the party was “now a full-on cult of personality.”“I think they understand that Trump will continue to dominate their politics for the next decade and they’ve all made a decision that they can’t survive personally if they get crosswise with him,” he said. “That’s a devastating development for our country.”Mr. Murphy said undermining the legitimacy of Mr. Biden’s win had real-world consequences. “If there is a lingering belief among 40 percent of the country that Joe Biden’s election was fraudulent, it does make it very hard to do even the nonpartisan things, like distribute a vaccine,” he said. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Several R.N.C. members echoed Mr. Trump’s claims about fraud on Thursday.“It is possible the true winner will never be known,” said Rob Steele, an R.N.C. member from Michigan, where some Republican lawmakers are demanding a “thorough audit” of the election.Most were happy to hold off recognizing Mr. Biden as the president-elect until Dec. 14 — if then.“Parties always belong to the last presidential nominee until the next presidential nominee comes along,” said Mr. Fleischer, the former White House press secretary. “It will not be Donald Trump’s party once Republicans have a new nominee in 2024.”“Unless,” he added, “it’s Donald Trump.”Luke Broadwater and Reid J. 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2020-11-20

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The 52nd Vinkovci Autumn was officially opened

first_imgOn the big stage on Ban Šokčević Square, a program entitled “Ex Slavonia” or “From Slavonia” was held, which officially opened the 52nd Vinkovci Autumn, which is held from 8 to 17 September in Vinkovci.Actors, singers, soloists on traditional instruments, tamburitza ensembles, cultural and artistic societies, singing groups and many others, were part of the stage and music event, which this year was conceived by the author Ana Cvenić, according to whom the script structure is ditiramb beauty of Slavonia plains expressed by the song of Vinkovci poet Vladimir Kovačić “Ex Slavonia” and a series of fragments through which the story of Slavonia. It is also a story about young people, for whom love and beauty are in the first place in terms of importance, explains Ana Cvenić.”Welcome to a city that has nurtured Croatian traditional history for more than half a century. I invite you to take a peek into the rich treasury of Croatian traditional culture and heritage this weekend, which is the crown of our event, and to experience all the beauty of the customs of the Homeland in our city, and on our streets and squares you can taste Slavonia with all your senses. The beauty of our tame Slavonian plain was crowned by this event which, with its optimism and unsurpassed beauty, always brings joy to the hearts of both the participants, of whom there are almost 10.000 this year, and I believe you who are here tonight. Slavonia provided the world with a great constellation of people who enriched their homeland with their words and vision, enriched a person’s life, stimulated his thoughts and quivered his feelings. I am convinced that the Vinkovci Autumns, through their half a century, have managed to evoke the past in its original forms, successfully show the present, and at the same time direct many young generations to the future who will nurture the customs of their ancestors and love for the Croatian land. ” – said Vinkovci Mayor and President of the Organizing Committee of the 52nd Vinkovci Autumns Ivan Bosančić, and then the event was opened by Parliament Speaker Goran Jandroković, who stressed that this traditional Croatian folklore festival has become one of the most important events of its kind in Croatia, but also in this part Europe.The rich program was attended by 14 professional and four amateur actors, then KUD Šumari, HKUD Osijek 1862, KUD Šokadija from Stari Mikanovac, tamburitza ensembles Dike, Slavonske lole, Caprio, Đeram, Slavonski dukati, singing group Sinovi atara, Women’s singing group Andrijaševci , singing group Lipe, Šima Jovanovac, Stanko Šarić…The little folklorists in the procession showed that they are worthy guardians of the heritage of their ancestorsOver 2500 children from 58 children’s folklore groups from all Croatian counties marched through the streets and squares of Vinkovci last weekend and it was the culmination of this year’s Children’s Vinkovci Autumns, one of the most attractive events of the 52nd Vinkovci Autumns held from 8 to 17 September. Passing in a procession, small folklorists performed parts of their program, and in front of the gymnasium in the Pedestrian Zone, each group stopped and performed a dance, a game, sang a children’s popcorn, a count or a custom and thus presented themselves to the audience who rewarded them with applause. by way of parade.Proudly wearing the folk costume of their place and region, the children showed that they are diligent and proud guardians of the heritage they inherited from their ancestors, and many spectators knew how to reward them with long applause.last_img read more

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2020-11-18

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Rijeka 2020: International Conference “Branding Culture”

first_imgDistinguished lecturers on the conference program Culture branding: Due to the desire for independent financing of culture and the new character of the audience that wants a more interactive experience, cultural workers should think harder about their identity, ways of communication, the experience they bring to visitors, but also the recognizability of their cultural product. This creates an opportunity to strengthen the cooperation of the cultural sector with representatives of marketing, design, visual arts, creative industries, but also tourist boards, local and regional self-government units. Erik Kessels, designer, photographer, artist, publisher and co-owner of the agency KesselsKramer, which worked on the branding of numerous museums and cultural events (Frans Hals Museum, NEMO Science Museum, Kids Book Week, Dutch Film Festival, Trienalle di Milano), but also cities (I Amsterdam ) and the province (Friesland, the Netherlands),Miguel Rivas, a partner in TASO Group, an organization specializing in city branding,Kai Amberla, director of Finland Festivals, an umbrella organization that brings together prominent music, theater, dance, literary, visual and children’s cultural programs and connects them with the tourism sector, thus representing their interests,Boris Ljubičić, his most important project is the design of Croatian visual identity in various fields, which he designed as an extremely simplified and recognizable national identity that is now associated with Croatia around the world, and for decades won the most important awards for graphic design from Tokyo to New YorkMUZE, an organization from Croatia that helps cities and areas in understanding their heritage and identity, and then in creating attractive tourist destinations, attractions and experiences Conference program It consists of lectures, examples of good practice, workshops and panel discussions where participants will receive guidelines for orientation in thinking about the topic of cultural branding, and includes branding of all expressions and types of cultural activities aimed at creating cultural products, not just branding cultural institutions. Also, the conference will present positive domestic and international examples on the topic of cultural tourism to motivate participants to apply similar ideas in the organizations and communities in which they operate. Three-day conference “Culture branding”, which is organized as part of the project Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, within the program Classroom from February 28 to March 2, 2019. will bring together experts with experience in branding culture such as Erik Kessels, Kai Amberle, Miguel Rivas, Sanna and Bart van Poole, Boris Ljubičić… A brand is not just a logo, but a perception, expectation, memory, recollection, overall emotional experience of a product or service. He is the one who answers questions related to the offer, values, mission, vision and goals and thus combines the entire experience creating a story and visual content that are relevant to customers, audiences and current and future visitors. Link to applications>last_img read more

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2020-11-18

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Predstavljeno drugo izdanje gastronomskog vodiča Gault&Millau Croatia 2019

first_imgThis year, as many as two Grand Chef of Tomorrow trophies for 2019 were awarded; The winners are chefs Fabricio Vežnaver from the Pergola restaurant in Savudrija and Matija Bregeš from the Boškinac restaurant on Pag. Također, u sklopu večeri, dodijeljeni su prestižni godišnji trofeji Gault&Millau, svojevrsni „kulinarski Oscari” te je proglašen i Gault&Millau Chef godine.  Chef restorana Laganini na Palmižani, Hrvoje Zirojević, Chef je godine Gault&Millau Croatia 2019 Ključ ulaska u ovaj prestižni vodič jednostavan je, isključivo i samo kvaliteta. Moto Gault&Millau glasi „Luksuz je u kvaliteti, a ne u cijeni”. Trofej za Chefa tradicijske kuhinje za 2019. dobila je chef Vesna Miletić, iz restorana Tač u Zagrebu. U kategoriji Mladi talent 2019., trofej je dodijeljen chefu Tinu Sinožiću iz opatijskog Navisa. Chef Biljana Milina iz konobe Mate s Korčule dobitnica je trofeja Chef slastičar 2019. Trofej za najbolji POP 2019. otišao je u splitski Wine & Cheese bar Paradox. Za Chefa godine Gault&Millau Croatia 2019., proglašen je Hrvoje Zirojević iz restorana Laganini na Palmižani. The four best Croatian restaurants with four caps were also awarded: Restaurant 360 from Dubrovnik, Monte from Rovinj, Pelegrini from Šibenik and the already mentioned Laganini. U Hotelu Esplanade Zagreb održana je gala svečanost povodom predstavljanja drugog izdanja gastronomskog vodiča Gault&Millau Croatia za 2019. godinu, u koji je uvršteno 150 najbolje ocijenjenih hrvatskih restorana, 70 POP lokala, 113 vrhunskih i kvalitetnih vina te 25 vodećih hotela iz svih krajeva Hrvatske.  „Gault&Millau, jedan od dva najprestižnija svjetska gastronomska vodiča, a jedini ima izdanje za Hrvatsku. Vodič je dvojezičan, na hrvatskom i engleskom jeziku te je namijenjen domaćim ljubiteljima fine hrane i stranim gostima. Prepoznatljiv je po svojoj žutoj boji i izgledu koji je indentičan u svim zemljama u kojima izlazi. Stručni i anonimni inspektori G&M-a u cijelome svijetu rade po istoj metodologiji ocjenjivanja i po istim kriterijima. Svaki restoran može dobiti od jedne do pet kuharskih kapica, što je slučaj i u Hrvatskoj.last_img read more

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2020-11-18

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