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Herschel Walker loss reignites GOP anger at Trump-picked candidates

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Herschel Walker’s Tuesday night loss to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in Georgia reignited midterm complaints from many Republicans that former President Donald Trump had cost the party control of Congress.

Walker, a candidate hand-picked by Trump, was the only Republican up for statewide election in Georgia to lose their race. Meanwhile, Trump-endorsed candidates also lost their Senate races in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and New Hampshire, costing the GOP control of the Senate.

Walker’s poor performance has once again led to Republicans arguing it is time to move on from Trump, with some commentators saying Georgia will be a blue state so long as Trump remains head of the party.

“Should’ve been clear in the 2020 election and runoffs and even clearer when [Gov. Brian] Kemp trounced his primary opponent earlier this year–Georgia has grown impervious to President Trump’s charms,” wrote GOP operative Matt Whitlock.

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US President Donald Trump is greeted by NFL hall of fame member Herschel Walker during an event for black supporters at the Cobb Galleria Centre September 25, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump is greeted by NFL hall of fame member Herschel Walker during an event for black supporters at the Cobb Galleria Centre September 25, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

“If he’s on a future ballot there, I’d count the state in the blue column,” Whitlock added.

Meghan McCain tweed in all-caps that “CANDIDATE QUALITY MATTERS.” The phrase has become a rallying cry for Republicans who believe Trump endorsed outlandish candidates who turned easy victories into close races, and close races into losses.

Walker’s loss has resulted in a battle over how to interpret the election, with Trump allies arguing the party’s establishment is to blame for not properly supporting candidates.

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Trump’s critics within the party point to the strong performance of candidates who didn’t tie themselves to the former president, however. Those candidates, like Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and others, won their races despite having the same level of support from the GOP establishment.

While Walker lost his race in Georgia by roughly 3 points, his fellow Republicans up for statewide election there all won by 5 points or more.

Sen-elect John Fetterman, left, defeated Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz to secure Pennsylvania's Senate seat. (Nov. 8, 2022, in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.) 

Sen-elect John Fetterman, left, defeated Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz to secure Pennsylvania’s Senate seat. (Nov. 8, 2022, in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.) 
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Tuesday night’s criticisms of Trump echo the grim tones from Republicans on November 8 when it became clear that the GOP was not going to win Congress as expected.

“All the chatter on my conservative and GOP channels is rage at Trump like I’ve never seen,” Michael Brendan Dougherty, a senior writer at National Review, wrote on Twitter at the time. “‘The one guy he attacked before Election Day was DeSantis — the clear winner, meanwhile, all his guys are s—ing the bed.'”

Walker’s loss also comes just days after Republican Senators began distancing themselves from Trump over his comments calling for the “termination” of parts of the Constitution.

Trump brought up his attack on the constitution in response to the release of the “Twitter Files,” a trove of documents detailing Twitter’s communications on censorship in the 2020 election. Trump argued the files showed evidence of “fraud and deception” in the 2020 election.

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

“A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” Trump wrote. “Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”

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Exasperated Senate Republicans suggested it was time to ditch the former president.

“I’m at a loss for words. We need to move on,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Politico on Tuesday, adding that Trump winning the GOP nomination is “increasingly less likely, given statements like that.”

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Trump joins calls for Biden admin to ‘shoot down’ suspected Chinese spy balloon

Former President Trump has weighed in on the suspected Chinese spy balloon hovering above the northern United States, calling on President Biden and his administration to “shoot” it down.

“SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON,” Trump wrote in a Friday morning post to Truth Social.

Trump, who announced last November that he would make a third run for the White House in 2024, is not the only one calling for the Biden administration to take immediate action amid tension with China.

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is expected to announce her 2024 presidential bid later this month, also called for aggressive action from the Biden administration.

CHINA CONFIRMS BALLOON IS THEIRS, AS SPOKESPERSON CLAIMS IT IS CIVILIAN RESEARCH AIRSHIP

Former President Trump has weighed in on the suspected Chinese spy balloon hovering above the northern United States, calling on President Biden and his administration to "shoot" it down.

Former President Trump has weighed in on the suspected Chinese spy balloon hovering above the northern United States, calling on President Biden and his administration to “shoot” it down.
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“Shoot down the balloon. Cancel Blinken’s trip. Hold China accountable,” Haley wrote in a tweet. “Biden is letting China walk all over us. It’s time to make America strong again.”

The Pentagon addressed the suspected surveillance balloon that was detected over Billings, Montana and said Thursday that while they considered taking down the possible threat, they ultimately decided against any action due to “the risk to safety and security of people on the ground from the possible debris field,” according to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

“From the spy balloon to the Chinese Communist Party spying on Americans through TikTok to CCP-linked companies buying American farmland, I’m deeply troubled by the constant stream of alarming developments for our national security,” Gov. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., wrote in a statement addressing the high priority concern.

The suspicious balloon, reportedly the size of three school buses, is currently being tracked by the U.S. government, but Montana lawmakers do not believe the Biden administration is doing enough to combat the potential threat.

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., a fifth generation Montanan, demanded there be a “full security briefing from the administration on this situation.”

‘SHOOT IT DOWN’: MONTANA GOP DEMAND BIDEN TAKE OUT SUSPECTED CHINESE SPY BALLOON HOVERING OVER US FOR DAYS

“Shoot. It. Down. The Chinese spy balloon is clear provocation. In Montana we do not bow. We shoot it down. Take the shot,” Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., a former Navy SEAL, tweeted urgently on Thursday.

A balloon flies in the sky over Billings, Montana, Feb. 1, 2023 in this picture obtained from social media.

A balloon flies in the sky over Billings, Montana, Feb. 1, 2023 in this picture obtained from social media.
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“The fact that this balloon was occupying Montana airspace creates significant concern that Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB) and the United States’ intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) fields are the targets of this intelligence gathering mission,” Daines wrote in a letter to Austin amid growing concerns over the balloon.

The People’s Republic of China confirmed Friday that the balloon craft floating over Montana is Chinese.

“The airship is from China. It is a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed Friday. “Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course.”

The spokesperson said China regrets the incident.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping
(Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS)

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The statement continued, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into US airspace due to force majeure. The Chinese side will continue communicating with the US side and properly handle this unexpected situation caused by force majeure.”

Announcing an investigation by China’s government to look into the reports of the balloon, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Friday during a daily briefing that “China is a responsible country and has always strictly abided by international laws, and China has no intention to violate the territory and airspace of any sovereign countries.”

She also urged U.S. officials and Chinese authorities to proceed “calmly and carefully” amid the investigation.

Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi and Aubrie Spady contributed to this article.

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House GOP announces aggressive, first-of-its-kind effort to combat ESG movement

EXCLUSIVE: Republican leaders on the House Financial Services Committee are creating a first-of-its-kind task force to coordinate their response to various proposals related to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) movement.

Financial Services Committee Chairman Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., said Friday that the ESG working group would lead the Republican effort to combat the threat ESG policies pose to U.S. capital markets. He added that Financial Services Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., would lead the initiative and appointed another eight GOP committee members to serve on the working group.

“Progressives are trying to do with American businesses what they already did to our public education system—using our institutions to force their far-left ideology on the American people,” McHenry said in a statement shared with Fox News Digital. “Their latest tool in these efforts is environmental, social, and governance proposals. This is why I am creating a Republican ESG working group led by Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chair Bill Huizenga.”

“This group will develop a comprehensive approach to ESG that protects the financial interests of everyday investors and ensures our capital markets remain the envy of the world,” he continued. “Financial Services Committee Republicans as a whole will continue our work to expand capital formation, hold Biden’s rogue regulators accountable, and support American job creators.”

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Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., speaks alongside fellow Republicans during a news conference on May 12, 2022.

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., speaks alongside fellow Republicans during a news conference on May 12, 2022.
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According to McHenry, the working group will be focused on reining in regulatory overreach from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), reinforce the materiality standard — which requires corporations to disclose key information to investors — “as a pillar” of the financial disclosure regime and hold those who misuse the proxy process that gives shareholders a saying in company decisions accountable.

The task force will ultimately organize Republican efforts to fight back against the ESG movement, educate congressmen on the issues and develop policy proposals.

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“Last year, the Supreme Court ruled in West Virginia vs EPA that government bureaucracies cannot arbitrarily expand their own regulatory reach,” Huizenga said in a statement. “The SEC’s climate disclosure rule is a prime example of this overreach that would have a wide-ranging impact on hard-working Americans across all walks of life.” 

“I look forward to leading our committee’s ESG working group, which will focus on promoting strong, vibrant capital markets, while defending the interests of all retail investors,” the Michigan lawmaker added.

In addition to Huizenga, fellow committee members Reps. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., Bryan Steil, R-Wis., Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y., Byron Donalds, R-Fla., Monica De La Cruz, R-Texas, Erin Houchin, R-Ind., and Andy Ogles, R-Tenn., will serve on the working group.

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler has led the charge on a climate disclosure rule that Republicans have characterized as dangerous.

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler has led the charge on a climate disclosure rule that Republicans have characterized as dangerous.
(Reuters/Jose Luis Magana)

The ESG movement, which has picked up steam over the last few years, broadly seeks to promote a green energy transition and left-wing social priorities through the financial sector and major corporations. 

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It has largely been spearheaded by massive trillion-dollar asset managers and financial institutions like BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard, which have used their large stakes in large companies to push the adoption of ESG standards. The firms often utilize their outsized influence during the proxy voting process.

The movement has also been supported by Democratic lawmakers and the Biden administration which has moved ahead with various ESG actions over the last 12 months. 

For example, in March 2022, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, who President Joe Biden appointed a year earlier, unveiled rules requiring publicly-listed companies to disclose climate-related information, an action that Republicans and business industry leaders warned may be unconstitutional

And late last month, a Labor Department rule went into effect allowing retirement plan managers to factor ESG standards into investment decisions.

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House Homeland Security chair rips ‘weak’ Biden for hiding Chinese spy balloon, emboldening adversaries

EXCLUSIVE: House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green on Friday criticized the Biden administration for failing to keep Congress informed about the discovery of a Chinese spy balloon floating above the U.S., and said his committee should have been notified by the administration instead of the media.

“The Committee on Homeland Security of the U.S. Congress — a co-equal branch of government — should not be finding out about a CCP spy balloon over Montana in the news,” Green told Fox News Digital exclusively.

Green said the Biden’s weakness toward China and other countries is only emboldening U.S. adversaries, and said the committee “cannot stand by” the Chinese Communist Party attempts to overtake the U.S.

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Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Mark Green, R-Tenn.

Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Mark Green, R-Tenn.

“The Biden administration owes us, and the American people, answers — now! Our adversaries around the world see a weak president in Joe Biden and are testing their boundaries. Time and time again, the President has failed in countering, curbing, and competing with Beijing,” Green told Fox News Digital.

“We cannot stand by as the CCP continues to exercise threats of intimidation in an unbridled attempt to overtake the U.S.,” Green continued, promising action by the committee.

US GOVERNMENT MONITORING SUSPECTED CHINESE SPY BALLOON OVER NORTHERN STATES

The chairman blamed the "weak" Biden administration for allowing U.S. adversaries to take such striking measures against America.

The chairman blamed the “weak” Biden administration for allowing U.S. adversaries to take such striking measures against America.
(The Associated Press)

The People’s Republic of China confirmed Friday that the balloon floating over the northern United States is Chinese.

China claimed that the airship is a civilian research craft that was blown far off course by prevailing winds, and that it regrets the incident.

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“The airship is from China. It is a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed Friday. “Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course.”

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