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Lindsey Graham on Trump: He could make GOP ‘stronger’ or ‘could destroy it’

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), once one of former President Donald Trump’s harshest critics, says that the best way forward for the Republican Party is to continue to stand with Trump and his policies.

In an interview with reporter Jonathan Swan for “Axios on HBO,” Graham said that Trump has the capability to make the GOP “bigger” and “stronger” or he “could destroy it.”

“He could make the Republican Party something that nobody else I know can make it. He can make it bigger. He can make it stronger. He can make it more diverse. And he also could destroy it,” Graham said.

Graham said he thinks that the “movement” started by Trump is “good for the country,” noting that former Republican presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney were unable to galvanize the American people in the way Trump accomplished to win the White House in 2016.

“Mitt Romney didn’t do it. John McCain didn’t do it. There’s something about Trump. There’s a dark side, and there’s some magic there. And what I’m trying to do is just harness the magic,” Graham told Swan.

He went on to describe the former president as “sort of a cross between Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan, and P.T. Barnum.”

Graham explained that he’s trying to keep in touch with Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and after he voted, against Trump’s wishes, to certify the Electoral College results declaring President Joe Biden the legitimate winner of the 2020 election. “Enough is enough,” Graham said in an impassioned speech decrying the effort to overturn the election as “the most offensive concept in the world.”

But now it’s time to move on. “Donald Trump was my friend before the riot. And I’m trying to keep a relationship with him after the riot. I still consider him a friend. What happened was a dark day in American history, and we’re going to move forward,” he told Swan.

That statement is a far cry from where Lindsey Graham was in 2015, when he himself was running for president against Trump in the Republican primary. During that election, Graham called Trump a “kook,” “crazy,” and said he was “unfit for office.”

“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot,” he said on CNN. “He doesn’t represent my party.”

After Trump won the White House, Graham’s tone changed drastically. He once explained to the New York Times magazine that his embrace of Trump was “to try to be relevant” and work with the president to achieve “really good outcomes for the country.” Taking Trump’s side helped Graham win re-election in South Carolina in 2020, but even now that Graham isn’t up for re-election for another six years, he still wants the Republican Party to follow Trump’s lead.

“I want us to continue the policies that I think will make America strong,” Graham said. “I believe the best way for the Republican Party to do that is with Trump, not without Trump.”

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In a hilariously blistering letter, former President Donald Trump quits the Screen Actors Guild: ‘Who cares!’

Former President Donald Trump has resigned from the Screen Actors Guild, proclaiming that he no longer has any interest in being associated with the actors union.

The SAG-AFTRA board condemned Trump following the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan.6, claiming that he violated its guidelines and threatened to expel him from the union.

According to reports, the board voted “overwhelmingly” that the former president violated the union’s membership guidelines.

Trump had been a member of the actors guild since 1989.

What are the details?

In a blistering Thursday letter addressed to SAG President Gabrielle Carteris — most notably known for a role in “Beverly Hills: 90210” — Trump wrote, “I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!”

“While I’m not familiar with your work, I’m very proud of my work on movies such as ‘Home Alone 2,’ ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’; and television shows including ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and of course, one of the most successful shows in television history, ‘The Apprentice’ — to name just a few!” Trump added.

He also pointed out that while in the White House, he also “greatly helped the cable news television business” and “created thousands of jobs at networks such as ‘MSDNC’ and ‘Fake News CNN.'”

He continued, “[This] brings me to your blatant attempt at free media attention to distract from your dismal record as a union. Your organization has done little for its members, and nothing for me — besides collecting dues and promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas — as evident by your massive unemployment rates and lawsuits from celebrated actors, who even recorded a video asking, ‘Why isn’t the union fighting for me?'”

“I no longer wish to be associated with your union,” he wrote. “As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resigning from SAG-AFTRA.”

He added, “You have done nothing for me.”

In a statement, Carteris and National Executive Director David Whit said, “Thank you.”

You can read the letter in its entirety below.

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Kid Rock has special message for liberals and media who think ‘deprogramming’ Trump supporters is a good idea

Musician Kid Rock issued a rather unmistakable message to “far left socialist liberals and media” who want to “deprogram” supporters of President Donald Trump.

What’s a brief history on his remarks?

Over the last several weeks, a variety of people have suggested that Trump voters should be “deprogrammed.”

In November, David Atkins, California Democrats regional director and DNC member, tweeted, “No seriously … how *do* you deprogram 75 million people. Where do you start? Fox? Facebook? We have to start thinking in terms of post-WWII Germany or Japan. Or the failures of Reconstruction in the South.”

Eugene Robinson, a Washington Post columnist and MSNBC analyst, recently issued similar remarks, saying, “[T]here are millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans, who somehow need to be deprogrammed. It’s as if they are members of a cult, the Trumpets cult, and have to be deprogrammed. Do you have any idea how we start that process, much less complete it?”

Even former NBC anchor Katie Couric recently said, “The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump?”

So what did he say?

On Thursday, the 50-year-old conservative rocker tweeted, “Just to be clear and follow up … THESE FAR LEFT SOCIALIST LIBERALS AND MEDIA CAN DE-PROGRAM DEEZ NUTZ!! Everyone else, have a great weekend! —Kid Rock.”

He also shared a meme with the tweet featuring a photo of himself on a jaunty walk, which was captioned, “Headed to de programming to woop some ass.”

At the time of this reporting, the tweet has received more than 20,000 likes.

Anything else?

Former Democratic presidential nominee and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) both questioned whether the United States should craft a “9/11-type commission” in order to determine whether Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin” on the day of the U.S. Capitol raid.

“But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy,” Clinton recently said to Pelosi.

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Donald Trump looking to form his own political party — the ‘Patriot Party’: Report

Donald Trump has reportedly spoken to confidants and aides over the last several days about possibly forming his own political party, according to a Tuesday night report from the Wall Street Journal.

The outlet reports that the move comes on the heels of Trump feeling that Republicans abandoned him following the early January attack on the U.S. Capitol as well as the GOP members who voted in favor of a historic second impeachment.

What are the details?

The outlet, citing inside sources reportedly familiar with the matter, said that the president would like to call the party the “Patriot Party.”

“Trump discussed the matter with several aides and other people close to him last week,” the outlet reported. “The president said he would want to call the new party the ‘Patriot Party,’ the people said.”

The Daily Wire
reported that “top pro-Trump Republicans” close to the administration said that it was a “bad idea” and would effectively split the Republican Party so that it would be nearly impossible for Republicans or otherwise to defeat the Democratic Party in elections.

In a Tuesday farewell video, Trump said that his movement is “only just beginning.”

“As I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning,” he said. “There’s never been anything like it. The belief that a nation must serve its citizens will not dwindle but instead only grow stronger by the day. As long as the American people hold in their hearts deep and devoted love of country, then there is nothing this nation cannot achieve.”

In his final speech as president, Trump at Joint Base Andrews said, “We will be back in some form.”

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In late-night move, President Donald Trump pardons Steve Bannon, Lil Wayne, and more

Late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump was busy issuing a long list of pardons and sentence commutations, including for former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, rapper and Trump supporter Lil Wayne, and scores more.

According to reports, Trump fired off a total of 73 pardons and 70 commutations, but did not pardon himself or any members of his family in the 11th-hour move.

What are the details?

A pardon comes for Bannon, who was accused of defrauding donors in a “build the wall” fundraising effort. He has pleaded not guilty to the fraud-related charges and was awaiting trial.

Lil Wayne — real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. — received a pardon after pleading guilty to a weapons possession charge in Miami, Florida. The president also pardoned rapper Kodak Black — real name Bill Kapri — who was also convicted of weapons-related charges.

He also pardoned Elliott Broidy, one of his top fundraisers in 2016, who was convicted on charges of conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws.

Other pardons included Bob Zangrillo, a Miami real estate developer who was charged in the college admissions scandal, and Rick Renzi, a former GOP House member who, in 2013, was sentenced to three years in prison in connection with a land swap bribery scheme.

The president also offered clemency to conservative political operative Paul Erickson, who is the ex-boyfriend of alleged Russian spy Maria Butina and was convicted in July on charges of wire fraud and money laundering, and a pardon for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted on federal charges of racketeering, extortion, filing false tax returns, and more.

You can read the full list here.

The president has until noon on Wednesday to issue any final pardons.

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Mitch McConnell says mob that rioted at the US Capitol was ‘provoked by the president’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that President Donald Trump is responsible for provoking the mob that rioted at the U.S. Capitol earlier in January.

What are the details?

In remarks from the Senate floor, McConnell said that the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol was “provoked by the president and other powerful people.”

“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding … which they did not like.”

He continued, “But we pressed on, we stood together, and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation, not even for one night. We certified the people’s choice for their 46th president.”

His remarks came as he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) prepare for Trump’s forthcoming impeachment trial.

The House impeached Trump last week for inciting an insurrection but has yet to transmit the article of impeachment to the Senate. Once the House transmits the article, the trial can begin, but McConnell has yet to offer up how he plans to vote in the Senate impeachment.

Following McConnell’s remarks, Schumer insisted that Trump “should not be eligible to run for office ever again.”

“Healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability,” he added. “There will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate, there will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors, and if the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again.”

Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

As Axios pointed out, “A McConnell vote to convict would likely open the floodgates for other Republican senators to do the same.” Undisclosed sources also told the outlet that the chances of McConnell voting to convict the president are “higher than 50%.”


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First lady Melania Trump issues a farewell message in video statement emphasizing unity and peace over hatred

First lady Melania Trump issued a farewell statement in a video address posted Monday that called for Americans to unite and reject hatred and division.

“My fellow Americans it has been the honor of my life to serve as first lady of the Unites States,” said the first lady.

“The past few years have been unforgettable. As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all of the people I have taken home in my heart, and their incredible stories of love, patriotism, and determination,” she continued.

Trump thanked the military, members of law enforcement and teachers. She also addressed the coronavirus pandemic.

“I ask all Americans to use caution and common sense to protect the world, as millions of vaccines are now being delivered,” the first lady said.

Trump went on to say that she was proud of her “Be Best” initiative and called on Americans to be ambassadors of the goals of her program.

“The promise of this nation belongs to all of us. Do not lose sight of your integrity and values. Use every opportunity to show consideration for another person, and build good habits into our daily lives,” she said.

She exhorted Americans to “focus on what unites us, to raise above what divides us, to always choose love over hatred, peace over violence, and others before yourself.

“Together as one national family we can continue to the light of hope for future generations, and carry on America’s legacy of rising our nation through greater heights through our spirit of courage, goodness, and faith. No words can express the depth of my gratitude for the privilege of having served as your first lady,” she concluded. “To all the people of this country, you will be in my heart forever.”

President Donald Trump is not expected to attend the inauguration. The Trumps are expected to leave Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning and fly to his Palm Beach, Florida, resort, Mar-a-Lago.

President-elect Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will assume the White House on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.

Here’s the video of the first lady’s comments:


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Murkowski: It would be ‘appropriate’ to bar Trump from running in 2024

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said earlier this week that she believes it would be “appropriate” for Congress to bar President Donald Trump from holding public office again, blaming him for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach Trump a second time, with 10 Republicans voting alongside Democrats to impeach the president on charges of inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government.

Speaking to KTUU-TV, Murkowski said that the first time Trump was impeached was “a highly, highly, highly, highly partisan process, this is different.” Citing House Republican Conference Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump, Murkowski said that this time impeachment shares bipartisan support.

She did not indicate how she will vote when the Senate conducts an impeachment trial — which will take place sometime after Jan. 19 — but she did say she believes Trump committed impeachable offenses.

“I will do what I am required and entrusted to do as a senator, as effectively listening to that trial and that proceeding, and I will make that determination at that time,” Murkowski said. “But what I will tell you is that what I believe is that this president has committed an impeachable offense through his words on the sixth of January, and leading up to the sixth of January, when he was not honest to the American people about the election and the election results.”

“There must be a consequence for this action,” she added.

A Senate impeachment trial conducted after the defendant has already left office is unprecedented in U.S. history. While some Republican senators such as Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) have said impeachment for the purpose of removing the president would be “moot,” the second part of the Senate’s impeachment power would bar Trump from seeking office again.

Murkowski supports preventing Trump from running for president again.

“I think that is one of the most consequential actions that we could take, and I think that would be appropriate,” she said. “Given what we have seen from his actions and his failure to uphold the Constitution.”

Though she did not say how she would vote, Murkowski’s past statements indicate her strong preference for Trump to leave office. Last week, Murkowski called on President Trump to resign from office.

“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News.

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After President Trump’s de-platforming, his Facebook page is drawing a colossal number of new ‘likes’

President Donald Trump’s Facebook page continues to draw new “likes” despite the president having been de-platformed, Newsweek reported.

What are the details?

According to a Thursday report, Trump’s Facebook page has brought in nearly 150,000 new likes since Facebook indefinitely suspended the president from using his account on Jan. 7.

Citing analytics information from Social Blade, Newsweek reported that Trump’s YouTube channel — which was also ultimately suspended — has gained 100,000 new subscribers since Jan. 6., the very day that a violent mob descended on the U.S. Capitol.

On Jan. 7, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a post announcing that Trump’s Instagram and Facebook accounts would be indefinitely blocked.

“Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies,” Zuckerberg wrote in his widely viewed Facebook post. “We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech.

“But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government,” he added.

On Monday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that the company has “no plans” to rescind the suspension.

What did Trump say?

The riots resulted in a historic second
impeachment against the president after much of the media and many government officials accused him of inciting the riots as insurrection.

Following the impeachment, Trump issued a statement on the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol.

“As I have said, the incursion at the U.S. Capitol struck at the very heart of our Republic. It angered and appalled millions of Americans across the political spectrum,” he said in a Wednesday statement. “I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country, and no place in our movement.

“Making America great again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement, and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values,” he added. “Mob violence goes against everything I believe in, and everything our movement stands for. No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence.”

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Parler CEO claims he has received death threats amid platform shutdown, rips Big Tech for kowtowing to Democrats

Parler CEO John Matze said this week that he has been facing death threats in the days following his platform shutdown.

He also said that the de-platforming is nothing short of unconstitutional, and that technology companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google are kowtowing to Democrat demands.

What’s a brief history here?

Between Friday and Saturday, Google and Apple removed Parler from its app stores.

A day later, Amazon Web Services suspended the social media network’s web hosting abilities, citing the company’s reported refusal to remove inciting content shared by its users, which it said ultimately resulted in contributing to last week’s deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Parler filed a lawsuit on Monday that accused Amazon Web Services of breaching its contract and the violation of an antitrust law over the move.

Amazon Web Services said in response that it warned the site about user posts repeatedly, but to no avail.

“People have acted on these calls: Parler was used to incite, organize, and coordinate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol,” Amazon Web Services said Tuesday in its court filing on the suit.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday report from
Newsweek, Matze revealed that he heard through news headlines that Apple, Google, and Amazon all had a hand in shuttering his web application, prohibiting users from downloading, logging on, or even viewing the social media site.

Matze told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday that he is now receiving death threats.

“People are threatening my life,” he said. “I can’t go home tonight. This is really a lot. This is not just our civil liberties. [Big Tech] can shut down a billion-dollar company, half-a-billion dollar company, overnight.”

He did not specify the threats he purportedly received.

According to the outlet, Matze also said that he never thought the tech giants would actually shut down such a site.

“I’ve theorized about it, we’ve definitely theorized about it,” he said. “You just never think it will happen though. What’s really interesting is that they all did it on the same day, those three, without any prior warning.”

He added that there is varying reactions to the site’s shutdown, but there are many people who are “egging it on and cheering.”

“I have seen a lot of people say this is scary, but I’ve seen a lot of people who are participating in the five minutes of hate and egging it on and cheering,” Matze said. “It is disgusting.”

A spokesperson for Google told the outlet that the app will remain absent from the Google Play store until the application addresses the speech issues.

“We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.,” the statement began. “We recognize that there can be reasonable debate about content policies, and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content, but for us to distribute an app through Google Play we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content.”

The statement continued, “In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”


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Anything else?

Matze said that he believes the site will be operational again “one day.”

“We will be back up eventually because we’re not going to give up,” he insisted. “But soon is difficult. I thought immediately, ‘No problem, I’ll call up a new vendor.’ We call up the vendor, we’re all good to go, and then right at the last second, ‘Sorry, somebody said something and we can’t host you. ‘Bye.’ And it’s been that one after another since then. Right at the last minute they just bail. We’re going to do it. We’re going to be back online one day, and hopefully soon, as soon as possible. But this is a real challenge. We have to build our own infrastructure, our own everything, in order to do it.”

In an interview published Tuesday, Matze said that the suspension is nothing short of unconstitutional.

“I think it’s sick,” he said. “That’s not what the Constitution said. That’s not what the Constitution stands for, banning 10-plus million US voters from the internet, barring people from free speech.”

He also said that tech companies are simply placating Democrats who are looking for a finger to point after the Capitol riots.

Fox News reported, “[Rep. Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), recently urged Apple and Google to take action against Parler, in a tweet the leader of the so-called ‘Squad’ of progressives sent to her 11.4 million followers. Ocasio-Cortez isn’t alone. Many people on the left have made similar complaints.”

Of the complaints, Matze said, “Frankly, I would call it evil, because my definition of evil is ‘forcing your will upon others.’ If you don’t like what I have to say, you can disagree with me, but you cannot take vindictive action against me without being evil.”

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NYC cancels Trump Org contracts in Central Park and more following Capitol riots

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Wednesday that the city will terminate its business contracts with the Trump Organization following last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol.

What are the details?

According to a Wednesday report from NPR, the city will sever its contracts with the Trump Organization — owned by President Donald Trump and helmed by his sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump — which operated two public ice rinks and a carousel in Central Park, as well as a Bronx golf course.

In a statement, de Blasio said, “The president incited a rebellion against the United States government that killed five people and threatened to derail the constitutional transfer of power. The City of New York will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way, or form, and we are immediately taking steps to terminate all Trump Organization contracts.”

He also added that the Trump Organization profited about $17 million annually from the sites.

James Johnson, corporation counsel with the mayor’s office, added, “In light of last week’s attack on our Capitol and our democracy, we have concluded that it is in the best interests of New Yorkers for the City to commence the process of canceling these contracts and terminating its business ties with the Trump Organization.”

In response to the announcement, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization told CNN Business that the city does not have any right to cancel the contracts.

“Yet another example of Mayor de Blasio’s incompetence and blatant disregard for the facts,” the statement said. “The City of New York has no legal right to end our contracts and if they elect to proceed they will owe The Trump Organization over $30 million. This is nothing more than political discrimination and we plan to fight it vigorously.”

Mayor declares ‘right to sever the contract’

De Blasio appeared Wednesday’ on MSNBC’s broadcast of “Morning Joe,” where he said the city has every legal avenue at its fingertips to execute the cancellation.

“The contracts make very clear that if the company and the leadership of that company is engaged in illegal activity, we have a right to sever the contract,” de Blasio said. “Inciting an insurrection against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity.”

“So, the City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization,” he added.

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President Trump breaks silence, says new impeachment probe is a ‘witch hunt’ and refuses to resign: Dems courting ‘tremendous danger’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday broke his silence after last Wednesday’s deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol and said that he has no intention of resigning — and that Democrats are courting “tremendous danger” by attempting a second impeachment.

The president also defended the speech he made immediately preceding the riots, saying that many people believed his remarks were “totally appropriate.”

What are the details?

Trump made the remarks — his first since Wednesday’s riots — while boarding Marine One as he prepared to go on a trip to Alamo, Texas, in order to inspect the U.S.’s southern border wall.

“If you read my speech — and many people have done it, and I’ve seen it both in the papers and in the media, on television — it has been analyzed, and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” he insisted. “They’ve analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence, and everybody to a T thought it was totally appropriate.”

During his Wednesday speech, Trump encouraged his supporters to “march” on the Capitol and to “fight.” In his Tuesday remarks, he did not offer up any indicators of who “they” were.

The president also said that Democrats were only creating “tremendous danger” with their attempt to remove him from office.

“I want no violence — never violence,” Trump added when further pressed. “We want absolutely no violence.”

He continued, “And on the impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing tremendous anger.”

Pointing specifically to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Trump said, “It’s a really terrible thing that they’re doing for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path. I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger.”

On Tuesday, the House will vote on legislation calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. Democratic leaders have said that if Pence does not sign off on the 25th Amendment process, the House will move to impeach the president for an unprecedented second time.

What else?

Trump last week concluded his speech, “So we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue … and we are going to the Capitol. And we are going to try and give — the Democrats are hopeless, they are never voting for anything, not even one vote — but we are going to try to give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Trump issued remarks via video amid the riots, calling for peace. “We love you, you’re very special. I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it. Especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace.”

A day after the riots — which reportedly were connected to the deaths of five people — Trump issued a second video statement on the matter.

“Those who violently besieged our Capitol, who are the opposite of everything this administration stands for, the core value of our administration is the idea that all citizens have the right to live and safety, peace and freedom,” he said. “Those who are working in this building are working to ensure an orderly transition of power. Now it is time for America to unite to come together to reject the violence that we have seen, we are one American people, full, under God.”


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CNN analyst says Trump is the ‘leader of a terrorist organization’

A CNN national security analyst on Tuesday called President Donald Trump the “leader of a terrorist organization,” calling for the “complete isolation” of a president 74 million Americans voted for in the 2020 election.

Juliette Kayyem, a lecturer at Harvard University and former member of the Obama administration’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, appeared on a CNN panel with Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow, during which she made the case that Trump is the “spiritual” and “operational” leader of a “domestic terrorism effort.”

“Trump is the spiritual, but I will also say operational leader of this domestic terrorism effort. He tells them where to go. He tells them what to do. He tells them why they’re angry,” Kayyem charged.

She argued that the United States government needs to begin a counterterrorism effort against elements of the president’s supporters who participated in the violent riots at the Capitol building Jan. 6, during which five people died, and that such an effort requires going after Trump first.

“And so we need to start at the top, like any counterterrorism effort, which is total isolation of the president of the United States. Impeachment, yes. 25th Amendment, yes. Deplatforming, yes. All of the above. No money. No access to campaign funds,” Kayyem said.

She called for Trump’s “complete isolation” because Trump, “as the leader of a terrorist organization,” will have a more difficult time recruiting followers if he is “viewed as a loser.”

“He’s going to have his radical elements. We will arrest them, we will isolate them. But what we have to make sure is that Donald Trump does not have a second act. I know I sound incredibly harsh right now calling the president this, but we are in the tactical response right now. Enough with the ‘let’s unity’ and stuff, this is a tactical effort right now to make sure that we protect American citizens and, of course, the next president of the United States.”

Kayyem laid out her argument in more detail in a column published by the Atlantic Tuesday in which she accused the president of being a “rallying point for a coalition of theocrats, internet fantasists, white supremacists, and various other authoritarians who are in no way committed to peaceful transitions of power.”

“The way to unite this country is to isolate acts of violence—and a leader who incites it—from legitimate expression,” Kayyem wrote. “Trump was a north star for a certain kind of radical. Americans will be safer the more that star loses its shine.”

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Airbnb set to ban violent protesters from inauguration bookings, asks hosts to turn in suspect renters

Airbnb plans to ban Capitol rioters from booking its rentals in the Washington, D.C., area for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, according to reports.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday report from CNN, the company has announced its plans to restrict renters who stormed the Capitol last week from returning to the city for the presidential inauguration.

The San Francisco, California-based company now says it will begin the process of reviewing all area reservations and will cross-reference the bookings as best as it can with the known identities of those people who were involved in criminal activity during Jan. 6’s Capitol siege.

CNN reports, “Airbnb’s steps may not prevent a person with violent intentions from staying in one of its properties. The names of every person involved in the Capitol riots are not known, making it difficult to issue a comprehensive ban. Airbnb said it’s cross-referencing a January 6 arrest log from the DC police department. It’s also looking at US Attorney press releases listings arrests and changes.”

Further, the outlet reports that the company is looking into permanently banning those rioters from the Airbnb platform altogether.

The Los Angeles Times also reported that the company will warn all guests in the Washington, D.C., area that it may “bring legal action against them if they are members of hate groups or if they plan violent activities.”

The company asks hosts to reach out to the company if they suspect guests are violating the policy.

ABC News on Tuesday reported that Janeese Lewis George, a Washington city council member, implored property owners to keep vigilant.

“There’s no way to guarantee that your guests are not coming to incite violence,” George said of possible travelers. “Please protect your neighbors and the District from more attacks.”

At the time of this reporting, the company has declined to say if it has canceled any related bookings.

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Amid Capitol riot fallout, Deutsche Bank reportedly cuts off President Donald Trump as Signature Bank closes his personal accounts

Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank — which has reportedly financed more than $340 million in loans for President Donald Trump’s Trump Organization — has reportedly cut ties with the president and will no longer do business with him.

New York-based Signature Bank, another Trump-favored lender, has also reportedly closed personal accounts connected with the president and has called for his resignation.

The moves come in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol siege, carried out by extremist supporters.

House Democrats on Monday introduced an article of impeachment in connection to the attack on the Capitol.

What are the details?

On Monday evening, the New York Times reported that the bank will no longer do business with the president, who has a variety of outstanding loans that are due over the next few years.

“Deutsche Bank, which has been Mr. Trump’s primary lender for two decades, has decided not to do business with Mr. Trump or his company in the future, according to a person familiar with the bank’s thinking,” the outlet reported in a widely cited article. “Mr. Trump currently owes Deutsche Bank more than $300 million, which is due in the next few years.”

The Times added, “The bank has concluded that, short of forgiving the debt, it has no way to extricate itself from the Trump relationship before the loans come due.”

Reuters on Tuesday pointed to a recent LinkedIn post from Christiana Riley, who is head of Deutsche Bank’s U.S. operations, regarding the Capitol siege.

“We are proud of our Constitution and stand by those who seek to uphold it to ensure that the will of the people is upheld and a peaceful transition of power takes place,” she wrote according to the news organization.

In November, Reuters reported that the bank was seeking ways to distance itself from the president.

What else?

Bloomberg on Tuesday also reported that the lender decided “not to conduct any further business with Trump and his company,” citing two people with knowledge on the matter.

The outlet also reported that Signature Bank is closing two of Trump’s personal accounts — which purportedly held approximately $5.3 million — according to a bank spokesperson.

In a Monday statement, a spokesperson for Signature Bank said, “We believe the appropriate action would be the resignation of the President of the United States, which is in the best interest of our nation and the American people.”

The statement added, “We have never before commented on any political matter and hope to never do so again.”

The New York Times reported a spokeswoman for the bank, also said that Signature Bank announced that it “will not do business in the future with any members of Congress who voted to disregard the Electoral College.”

The Trump Organization has yet to issue public comment on the reports at the time of this writing.

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NY State Bar Association takes steps to revoke Rudy Giuliani’s membership

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has begun an inquiry to determine whether President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani should be removed from membership in the organization.

In a news release published Monday, the NYSBA said that after receiving hundreds of complaints about Giuliani’s conduct and after considering statements he made at the Jan. 6 rally in Washington D.C. that precipitated violence at the Capitol building, the organization’s president Scott M. Karson “has launched an inquiry pursuant to the Association’s bylaws to determine whether Mr. Giuliani should be removed from the membership rolls of the Association.”

“The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) strongly condemned the violent uprising that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, orchestrated by individuals bent on subverting the will of the voters by disrupting the certification of the 2020 presidential election results,” the Association said.

“Thankfully, Congress overcame this assault and fulfilled its constitutional responsibility in certifying the Biden-Harris victory. However, we must address the root cause of this abhorrent incident, the blame for which lies first and foremost with President Donald Trump.

“But the president did not act alone. Hours before the angry mob stormed the Capitol walls, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, addressed a crowd of thousands at the White House, reiterating baseless claims of widespread election fraud in the presidential election and the Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs.”

Giuliani addressed a crowd of tens of thousands of Trump supporters when he spoke at the Jan. 6 rally. He called on Congress to reject the lawfully certified results of the Electoral College and send those slates of electors back to their respective states. He claimed that the states would then be able to review the electors and over a period of 10 days to audit the election.

“Over the next 10 days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent, and if we’re wrong, we will be made fools of,” Giuliani said. “But if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail. Let’s have trial by combat.”

President Trump spoke after Giuliani finished his remarks. By the time the president finished speaking, around 2:00 p.m., the gates on the east and west sides of the Capitol building were breached by rioters. Officer Brian D. Sicknick was killed in the ensuing violent altercations between the rioters and police, Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot by police, and three other persons died of unknown medical complications.

“Based on these complaints, and the statement Mr. Giuliani uttered shortly before the attack on the Capitol, NYSBA President Scott M. Karson has launched an inquiry pursuant to the Association’s bylaws to determine whether Mr. Giuliani should be removed from the membership rolls of the Association,” the Association said.

“NYSBA’s bylaws state that ‘no person who advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States, or of any state, territory or possession thereof, or of any political subdivision therein, by force or other illegal means, shall be a member of the Association.’ Mr. Giuliani’s words quite clearly were intended to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election’s outcome to take matters into their own hands. Their subsequent attack on the Capitol was nothing short of an attempted coup, intended to prevent the peaceful transition of power.

“Mr. Giuliani will be provided due process and have an opportunity – should he so choose – to explain and defend his words and actions,” it added.

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‘MAGA internet’ turns on President Donald Trump: reports

The “MAGA faithful,” or “MAGA internet,” according to a Friday Politico report, are reportedly turning on President Donald Trump after he appeared to acknowledge his defeat in the 2020 presidential election and called for political peace following Wednesday’s siege on the Capitol.

On Thursday, Trump
said in a video statement that he condemned the violence that took place Wednesday and put out a call for political peace.

“A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th,” he said. “My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”

What are the details?

The Politico report pointed out that many die-hard, online fans of the president turned on him as a result of his apparent concession and call for peace.

Nick Fuentes, host of “America First” podcast and the “unofficial leader of the white nationalist Groyper Army,”
tweeted that the president threw his supporters under the bus.

“People were willing to die for this man and he just threw them all under the bus,” he said. “That’s the only thing that’s shameful about the events of the past 36 hours. I’m sure the usual suspects suggested that this was a good idea, I hope Trump reverses course, for our sake.”

He wasn’t the only one with such feelings.

MAGA activist Cassandra Fairbanks
tweeted, “[Trump] tells angry people to march to the capitol [sic] [and then] proceeds to throw his supporters under the bus.”

She
added, “The movement matters more than a politician anyway.”

In a popular response, social media user Free the Truth added, “He could of [sic] mentioned the cold blooded murder of someone who risked their life for MAGA. The ONLY real violence that occurred. Instead he reads the script handed to him. He’s captured.”

Far-right activist and failed congressional candidate Laura Loomer — on Parler, according to Politico; she has been banned from Twitter — added, “It’s over. Life is about to become very hard for conservatives in America.”

The outlet added, “[T]here was anger [across social media]. It was directed at Trump for letting things get this far. Over on Parler … users erupted in a fury, calling him a number of expletives, a ‘dildo,’ and ‘100% THE SWAMP.'”

The outlet highlighted Twitter account We The Inevitable, which
addressed the president’s Thursday remarks.

“In no way did Trump say he conceded,” the tweet said. “He said: transitioning to a new Admin. As in, he gonna clear this one out and bring a new one. The words ‘I lost, I concede, congratulations Biden’ did NOT come out of his mouth.”

What else?

Over on Reddit, according to the Independent, user KAG_2020_BB castigated Trump, writing, “Get f***ed. Seriously. I am now saying it. F*** TRUMP. He’s disrespected everything we risked our lives for. I have a right to dislike Trump for this video … I respected Trump for everything he did for us, but he has now abandoned us and disrespected everything we believe in. I have a right to be angry. He can go f*** himself in this video.”

Reddit user ConfiscateTheCoats added, “F*** Donald Trump. This f***ing piece of s**t dragged us into DC for what? To leave us holding the bag? What the f***.”

User bck- responded, “Wow, what an absolute punch in the gut. He says it’s going to be wild, and when it gets wild, he calls it a heinous attack and middle-fingers to his supporters that he told to be there. Unbelievable.”

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Sen. Marco Rubio: Capitol violence was the result of media bias, Big Tech censorship, and lies from President Trump

In a video message posted Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) forcefully condemned the violence that took place in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday while calling out the hypocrisy of the left and legacy media, which throughout last year downplayed violent riots in American cities as “peaceful protests” for racial justice.

“The events that we saw this week should sicken every one of us. Mob violence of the kind that you see in third world countries happened not just in America, but in your Capitol building. I don’t care what hat they wear, I don’t care what banner they’re carrying, riots should be rejected by everyone every single time,” Rubio said in his video statement.

On Wednesday, tens of thousands of Trump supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest the certification of the Electoral College results in Congress, which officially made Joe Biden president-elect. An initially peaceful protest turned into mob violence after some of the protesters led the crowd to lay siege on the Capitol. Police officers were assaulted, government property was damaged by the trespassers, and offices in the Capitol were ransacked as the mob ran wild. One woman was fatally shot by Capitol Police and three other members of the mob died of medical complications during the incident. A Capitol Police officer who was violently beaten by rioters wielding a fire extinguisher later died of his injuries.

News media headlines about the incident called it a “riot,” a “siege,” or even an “insurrection.”

Without making excuses for the violence this week, Rubio accused the media and the left of engaging in hypocrisy for being quick to condemn the riot by Trump supporters but slow to do so for mob violence at Black Lives Matter protests throughout last year.

“Now are the left hypocrites? Absolutely,” Rubio said. “I remember what they now are calling ‘insurrection,’ they were justifying just this summer. They called it ‘the language of the unheard’ when rioters were burning cities. Is the mainstream media, especially places like CNN and MSNBC outrageously biased? Of course, 100%. I remember one of the CNN hosts last summer on the air saying something like, ‘tell me where it says protests need to be polite and peaceful.'”

Rubio was referring to CNN host Chris Cuomo, who after violence and looting by BLM and Antifa last June, said on the air, “show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful.”

“This kind of blatant bias, this double standard, that’s one of the reasons why so many Americans have sought political shelter in divisive political movements and in conspiracy theories that offer them the promise of fighting back against it,” Rubio asserted.

“But here’s what I want you to hear right now,” he said. “We can’t allow our anger about all of that stuff to turn us into them.”

“Remember what President Nixon said at the White House as he was leaving after his downfall, one of the lessons he said, ‘Others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.’

“We can’t destroy ourselves,” he continued.

Rubio went on to give his opinion on what led to the violence that shocked and horrified Americans this week. He accused the media, Big Tech companies like Facebook and Twitter, and the Democratic Party of eroding the confidence of millions of Americans in the integrity of the election.

He also said, without naming President Trump specifically, that politicians lied when they said that Vice President Mike Pence had the power to overturn the election, which he did not. Trump repeatedly and incorrectly claimed that Pence had the power to reject slates of electors from states whose results were disputed by the Trump campaign.

Now, how do we explain what we saw, how could this happen here in America?

It kind of begins with millions of Americans who voted for President Trump. They saw the nonstop bias and double standard of the legacy media. They see how social media companies covered up stories negative to Joe Biden. They saw how state officials mutilated election integrity laws to help the Democrats. And the result is you have millions of people who are convinced that the election wasn’t fair and that the outcome wasn’t’ t legitimate. Millions of people. And they wanted something done about it.

And of those millions of people, tens of thousands of them came to Washington D.C. this week demanding that action be taken, that we do something. Ninety-nine percent of the people who came here had nothing to do with that mob. Nothing. But one percent of tens of thousands of people is a lot of people. It’s enough to inflict damage on buildings, and it’s enough to do even more damage to our country.

Now that we’re looking at what’s going on and learning more about it, there are growing signs that many of those in that mob were believers in a ridiculous conspiracy theory. And others were lied to by politicians that were telling them that the vice president had the power to change the election results.

The result is that now four people have died. Police officers were seriously injured. And our country was embarrassed before the entire world.

Rubio called on the Republican Party to take a moment for “honest reflection,” noting that when President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, the GOP controlled the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. Four years later, they’ve lost control of all three.

“We need to reflect on why this has happened, because this country needs a viable and attractive alternative to the agenda of the radical left,” Rubio pleaded.

“We shouldn’t and we can’t go back to the party of 2012, a party that frankly was out of touch with the unheard voices of millions of working Americans,” he continued.

“We must continue to fight for working Americans, not for corporations. We welcome legal immigrants, but we have to enforce our laws. We have to take the threat of China seriously. We have to investigate what went wrong in the last election and fix our election laws so people can have faith and confidence in them. We must continue to call out the media bias instead of being bullied by them. And we must oppose political correctness, social media censorship, identity politics, and this cult of wokeness.

“And we can do all these things without indulging the darkest instincts or inciting the most destructive impulses, and without the rhetoric and behavior that keeps the millions of Americans who agree with us from joining us in this fight.”

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigns following Capitol siege, says Trump to blame for violence and destruction: ‘Impressionable children are watching’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has resigned from President Donald Trump’s administration following the deadly Wednesday siege on the U.S. Capitol.

DeVos’ resignation makes her the second Trump Cabinet member to resign following the raid — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao submitted her resignation earlier Thursday.

What are the details?

In a Thursday resignation letter, DeVos said that rioters’ behaviors were “unconscionable” and that Trump played a signifiant role in spurring on the confrontation.

The letter, obtained by CNN, argued, “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”

“Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us,” DeVos’ letter added. “I believe we each have a moral obligation to exercise good judgment and model the behavior we hope they would emulate. They must know from us that America is greater than what transpired yesterday.”

The New York Times reported that DeVos’ statement added, “We should be highlighting and celebrating your administration’s many accomplishments on behalf of the American people. Instead, we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protesters overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the people’s business.”

She concluded the statement, “Holding this position has been the honor of a lifetime, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve America and her students.”

‘We must set a better example’

DeVos’ resignation letter echoes a statement she released on Wednesday following the raid.

“The eyes of America’s children and students — the rising generation who will inherit the republic we lave them — are watching what is unfolding in Washington today,” the former education secretary said Wednesday. “We must set a better example for them, and we must teach them the solemn obligations and duties that come with the title ‘American.'”

What else?

DeVos’ resignation was met with scorn from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as well as the Teachers Union.

Warren tweeted the news, writing, “Betsy DeVos has never done her job to help America’s students. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that she’d rather quit than do her job to help invoke the 25th Amendment. Good riddance, Betsy. You were the worst Secretary of Education ever.”

Randi Weingarten, chair of the American Federation of Teachers, echoed Warren’s sentiments and, captioning a statement from the org on Twitter, wrote, “#GoodRiddance.”

Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, added, “Her complicity, cowardice, and complete incompetence will be her legacy. #DoYourJob.”

In a longer statement, Pringle added, “Resigning 13 days before the end of this administration does nothing to erase the harm Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has done to this country’s students, their families, and educators. She has failed our students yet again when they needed her most. Her complicity, cowardice, and complete incompetence will be her legacy.”

“The 3 million members of the National Education Association are looking ahead to working with the Biden-Harris administration and Education Secretary-designate Miguel Cardona to make sure that we undo the damage done by the Trump administration,” the statement added. “We will build a new public education system to ensure it is one where all students — no matter who they are or where they live — have access and opportunity to a racially just and high-quality education.”

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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger calls for Pence to invoke 25th Amendment and remove Trump from presidency

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois has joined Democrats in calling for Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump administration Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove President Donald Trump from office before the official end of his term in 13 days.

“It’s with a heavy heart I am calling for the sake of our Democracy that the 25th Amendment be invoked,” Kinzinger tweeted Thursday.

“Yesterday was a sad day, as we all know. It was the day where fires stoked by the president and other leaders finally leapt out of the pit and then lit the trees. Thankfully, the strength of our Constitution and democracy held, and we emerge today a little battered but resolved,” he began in a video statement.

“What happened yesterday is a wake-up call to many, but it’s a call to accountability for others,” he continued.

Kinzinger said that in the past, the 25th Amendment had been invoked by prior administrations to temporarily relieve the president of his duties and powers while he underwent minor surgery. Now he says it’s time to invoke the amendment to remove Trump from power, accusing the president of violating his oath of office by not doing enough to stop the mob that sieged the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

“Sadly yesterday it became evident that not only has the president abdicated his duty to protect the American people and the people’s House, he invoked and inflamed passions that only gave fuel to the insurrection that we saw here. When pressed to move and denounce the violence he barely did so, while of course victimizing himself and seeming to give a wink and a nod to those doing it,” Kinzinger charged.

“All indications are that the president has become unmoored not just from his duty, or even his oath, but from reality itself. It is for this reason that I call for the vice president and members of the Cabinet to ensure that the next few weeks are safe for the American people and that we have a sane captain of the ship,” he demanded.

“It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment and to end this nightmare.”

Kinzinger joins several Democratic lawmakers who have called for the president to be removed from office since the riots, including Reps. Ted Lieu (Calif.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), David Cicilline (R.I.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Jennifer Wexton (Va.), and presumptive Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.).

Schumer, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, called for Trump’s immediate removal from office Wednesday evening, invoking the 25th Amendment.

“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer,” he said.

“The quickest and most effective way — it can be done today — to remove this president from office would be for the vice president to immediately invoke the 25th amendment,” he continued. “If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”

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Political columnist’s eyewitness account details mass fear, confusion from inside House chamber

Political columnist Jamie Stiehm delivered disturbing remarks during an interview with the BBC, which detailed her time in the U.S. Capitol during Wednesday’s siege.

What are the details?

In a Thursday morning article from the BBC, Stiehm told Jessica Lussenhop about her experience during Wednesday’s events at the Capitol.

In an interview that was condensed and edited for clarity, Steihm — who was in the press gallery in the House of Representatives at the time of the raid — told Lussenhop, “I had told my sister earlier: ‘Something bad is going to happen today. I don’t know what, but something bad will happen.'”

She wasn’t wrong.

Stiehm explained that before she entered the building, she witnessed a “group of very boisterous supporters of President Donald Trump, all waving flags and pledging their allegiance to him.”

“There was a sense that trouble was brewing,” the article continued, noting that when Stiehm arrived inside the press gallery, it appeared to be business as usual for House lawmakers.

“As we went into the second hour, all of a sudden we heard breaking glass,” the article continued. “The air began getting fogged. An announcement from the Capitol Police said, ‘An individual has breached the building.’ … [A]fter that, the announcements kept coming. And they were getting more and more urgent.”

The article pointed out that the Capitol Police continued their announcements, and proclaimed that intruders breached the Capitol rotunda.

“The sacred house of democracy was under fire,” the article continued. “[T]his was very unpredictable. The police didn’t seem to know what was happening. They weren’t coordinated. They locked the chamber doors but at the same time, they told us we would have to evacuate. So there was a sense of panic.”

Stiehm, who admitted to being afraid, also said that she and other journalists felt that the situation was quickly spiraling out of control, and went on to compare the incident to the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

“If you think back to the September 11 attacks in 2001, there was one plane that went down and didn’t hit its target,” the article continued. “That target was the Capitol. There were echoes of that. I made a call to my family, just to let them know that I was here and it was a dangerous situation.”

What happened next?

Stiehm explained that conditions began to deteriorate further from there.

“There was a shot,” the missive revealed. “We could see there was a standoff in our chamber. Five men were holding guns at the door. It was a frightening sight. Men were looking through a broken glass window and looked like they could shoot at any second.”

“We had to crawl under railings to get out of the way. … I sheltered in the House cafeteria alongside others. I’m still shaking now,” the article said.

The article concluded, “I have seen a lot as a journalist, but this was something more. This was the collective public sphere being undermined, assaulted, degraded. And I think this was why [Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi] wanted to return and hold the gavel again and go on. Afterwards I had to decide whether I was going to go back to the chamber too. I decided l probably would, because the message that is sending is: ‘You can incite a mob, but we’re going to go on.'”

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Mick Mulvaney resigns from Trump administration, says more will come: ‘We didn’t sign up for what you saw last night.’

Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff and current special U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland, has resigned from the Trump administration after the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

What are the details?

According to a Thursday morning report from CNBC, Mulvaney said he called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday evening to deliver his resignation.

Mulvaney made the remarks on a “Squawk Box” interview.

“I called [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning from that. I can’t do it. I can’t stay,” he said, pointing out that Trump was “not the same as he was eight months ago.”

He also speculated that other Trump administration officials may soon follow suit.

“Those who choose to stay, and I have talked to a couple of them, are choosing to stay because they are concerned that the president might put someone in to replace them that could make things even worse,” Mulvaney said.

Mulvaney added, “We didn’t sign up for what you saw last night. We signed up for making America great again, we signed up for lower taxes and less regulation. The president has a long list of successes that we can be proud of.”

“[A]ll of that went away yesterday, and I think you’re right to ask the question as to ‘How did it happen?'” he said, and insisted that the violent riot that took place on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol will overshadow any of the president’s accomplishments and forever tarnish his legacy.

“The folks who spent time away from our families, put our careers on the line to go work for Donald Trump, and we did have those successes to look back at, but now it will always be, ‘Oh yeah, you work for the guy who tried to overtake the government,'” Mulvaney added. “That legacy is gone as of yesterday and that’s extraordinarily disappointing to those of us who work for him.”

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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser extends public emergency through end of Trump’s time in the White House

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has extended her declaration of a public emergency for an additional 15 days — through inauguration day.

Bowser’s move comes after rioters breached the D.C.’s Capitol building, causing destruction and mayhem, in protest of Wednesday’s Electoral College certification. She also declared a curfew to begin at 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday in response to the storming of the Capitol.

What are the details?

According to WTTG-TV, the declaration will allow Bowser to call a curfew at any time between Wednesday and through Inauguration Day. Bowser shared a portion of the order on Twitter, writing, “I have issued Mayor’s Order 2021-003 extending the public emergency declared earlier today for a total of 15 days, until and unless provided for by further Mayoral Order.”

According to the declaration, the order is expected to end on Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. local time.

President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

A portion of Bowser’s order states, “Today, First Amendment protests turned violent. Many persons came to the District armed and for the purpose of engaging in violence and destruction and have engaged in violence and destruction. They have fired chemical irritants, bricks, bottles, and guns. They have breached the security of the Capitol and their destructive and riotous behavior has the potential to spread beyond the Capitol.”

“Their motivation is ongoing,” the order continued. “Today, they sought to disrupt the Congressional proceedings relating to the acceptance of electoral college votes.”

According to a report from The Hill, D.C. City Administrator Kevin Donahue was given authorization to implement such measures that are “necessary or appropriate to protect persons and property in the District of Columbia from the conditions caused by this public emergency.”

“This order gives multiple D.C. leaders such as the City Administrator, Deputy Mayor and Chief Financial Officer the authority to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to ‘recoup expenditures incurred, or obtain funding needed, under this order,'” the outlet adds.

You can read the full declaration here.

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Trump blasts ‘weak’ Republicans, advances his case for rejecting Electoral College certification

President Donald Trump addressed supporters at a rally protesting the certification of the Electoral College results in Washington, D.C., Wednesday after Republicans lost the U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia.

The president told his supporters that the election was rigged, and that Republicans who do not support his claims of voter fraud or who refuse to object to certifying the results are “weak.” Several times Trump put pressure on Vice President Mike Pence to take action to reject the Electoral College votes from several states, sending them back to the state legislatures — a power which constitutional experts and even the vice president himself say he does not have.

Several thousand protesters gathered near the White House to hear the president speak as he told them, “We will not let them silence your voices,” referring to Democrats and the media.

“We have hundreds of thousands of people here and I just want them to be recognized by the fake news media,” Trump said. “These people are not going to take it any longer.”

The president’s speech was the main event of the “Save America” rally to protest the certification of the Electoral College results by Congress. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives met in a joint session Wednesday presided by Pence to read the votes sent by several states and certify them. Several Republican lawmakers had in recent days declared their intentions to object to the results from some states where Trump’s campaign disputes the results and has made allegations of voter fraud.

“They rigged the election, they rigged it like they never rigged an election before. And by the way, last night they didn’t do a bad job either,” Trump told the large gathering.

His speech reviewed the various allegations of election impropriety the president’s campaign and state Republicans have made over the months since the Nov. 3 election. Trump accused the Pennsylvania government of violating its own state election laws by ignoring signature verification requirements for mail-in ballots. He criticized “illegal, unmanned, unsecured drop boxes” for mail-in and absentee ballots in Wisconsin. Trump also repeated various claims of dead voters sending in ballots by mail, large votes being “dropped” late at night or in the early hours of the morning, and other assertions made in affidavits submitted in the various lawsuits the Trump campaign pursued to overturn the results of the election.

Nearly all of the court cases filed on behalf of the Trump campaign making these assertions of illegal voting activity were either dismissed by courts for lack of standing or found to not have enough evidence to support their claims.

Despite the failure of his various legal challenges, the president continues to refuse to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden.

“We will never give up, we will never concede,” Trump declared at the rally. “You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”

He again urged Vice President Pence to take action to decertify the official results of the Electoral College, insisting that, “if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election.”

“States want to revote. The states got defrauded. They were given false information. They voted on it. Now they want to recertify, they want it back. All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states to recertify, and we become president and you are the happiest people,” Trump told his audience.

While the president spoke, Vice President Pence released a statement announcing that he would not act as directed by Trump and refuse to certify the results.

“As a student of history who loves the Constitution and reveres its Framers, I do not believe that the Founders of our country intended to invest the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide which electoral votes should be counted during the Joint Session of Congress,” Pence said.

While several GOP lawmakers followed through with their promise to object to the electoral votes from Arizona and other states, the effort was opposed by Republican leadership in the Senate and many Republican senators.

Trump accused those who would not support the effort of being “weak.”

“Weak Republicans, and that’s what they are. There are so many weak Republicans,” Trump charged. “Many of the Republicans, I helped them get in, I helped them get elected. I helped [Mitch McConnell] get elected. I could name 24 of them, let’s say, I won’t bore you with it.

“The weak Republicans, they’re pathetic Republicans,” he continued. “The weak Republicans, and that’s it, I really believe it. I think I’m going to use the term. The weak Republicans … they’ve turned a blind eye even as Democrats enact policies that chipped away our jobs, weakened our military, threw open our borders, and put America last.”

He vowed to challenge incumbent Republicans who would not support his efforts to overturn the election in future primaries.

“If they don’t fight we have to primary the hell out of the ones that don’t fight. We primary them, we’re going to let you know who they are,” Trump said.

Additionally, Trump criticized the Supreme Court, saying “they love to rule against me,” and berated the Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp as the “dumbest” governor in America.

“The Republicans have to get tougher, you’re not going to have a Republican Party if you don’t get tougher. They want to play so straight,” Trump said, before mimicking Republicans who tell him the Constitution does not permit the vice president or Congress to send Electoral College results back to the states.

“You can’t vote on fraud. And fraud breaks up everything, doesn’t it? When you catch somebody in a fraud, you’re allowed to go by very different rules. So I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do. And I hope he doesn’t listen to the RINOs and the stupid people that he’s listening to.”

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