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Top GOP Senator Says Trump May Be Criminally Prosecuted Over Capitol Riots

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 22:19

South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds (R) spoke out this week to say that President Donald Trump may be criminally prosecuted for inciting the riots at the U.S. Capitol building last week. However, he stopped short of saying that he would support Trump’s impeachment.

“In my opinion, what we had was an insurrection,” he told the Forum News Service. “We had violence. We had people killed. We had a mob that ignored direct commands. They attacked law enforcement officers. They damaged federal property. They clearly intended to stop us from performing our duties in the recognition of the electoral vote count.

“If there are (impeachment) proceedings brought against him (Trump),” he continued, “and even if the article of impeachment is not followed through in the Senate, if the article of impeachment to incitement of a riot or incitement of an insurrection are followed through in a criminal proceeding, that by itself would … stop him (Trump) for running for election to a public office again.”

Rounds went on to say that many of Trump’s supporters were misled by him when it came to his claims of voter fraud in the election.

“When the story of this last 90 days is told, they will clearly lay out that the president of the United States misled very, very good, honest, patriotic Americans by telling them time and again that the election was stolen,” Rounds said. “I believe that history will hold him accountable.”

After the House voted to impeach Trump for a second time on Wednesday, Rounds added that the timing of impeachment for the purpose of removing Trump from office seems “moot.”

“The timing right now with the removal of office being the primary purpose would seem to me to be moot,” Rounds said, adding that he does not think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will bring the Senate back into session before Trump leaves office next week. This means that an impeachment trial wouldn’t begin until he is out of the White House.

Democrats Drafting Bill To Prevent Anything Being Named After President Trump

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 20:46

As Democrat lawmakers celebrate their vote to impeach President Trump a second time, several of those lawmakers are attempting to take things one step further.

Representatives Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX) are working on a bill that would prevent the naming of anything – including schools, highways, or federal buildings – after the 45th President.

Democrats Trying To Erase History?

Sanchez claimed that her presence in the House Chambers last Wednesday as violent protests broke out in the Capitol building is the catalyst for drafting the legislation.

RELATED: Dem Rep. Swalwell Compares President Trump To Osama bin Laden

“I am working on a bill that would mean that nothing-not even a bench, no airport, no highway, no school-nothing-ever bear the name of this traitor.”

Rep. Linda Sánchez Doesn't Want Anything — 'Not Even a Bench' — Named After Trump After Riot​ https://t.co/ng0jYfWp2k

— People (@people) January 11, 2021

In a statement, Congressman Castro said that, “President Trump incited and insurrection that damaged some of our nation’s most significant and sacred federal property. Donald Trump should never become a future generation’s confederate symbol.”

In addition to supporting the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump, I am also preparing legislation that would prohibit any federal building or property from being named after President Donald J. Trump.

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— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) January 8, 2021

Sanchez claims that, the night before the protests, she called her husband to tell him where her will was. The security alerts came around 1:15 pm on Wednesday afternoon.

In an interview with “People” Magazine, Sanchez says that, “Something told me, ‘You better leave.'”

Both Sanchez and Castro voted for the second impeachment of the president.

RELATED: CNN’s Jake Tapper: GOP Needs ‘Political Exorcist,’ Republicans ‘Clearly Have Lost Their Minds’

In addition to calling Trump a “traitor,” Sanchez went on to say, “I don’t think he deserves any of the benefits that are conferred on prior presidents. I don’t believe that a seditious occupant of the White House should ever have anything named after him.”

If Not Impeachment, Then The 25th Amendment

Sanchez is also among a number of Congressmen and women who would like Trump removed via the 25th Amendment, which would strip the president of his powers.

However, she says she is not optimistic of that prospect. “Given that those around Trump have never stood up to him, I have a hard time believing that they will meet this moment with the, with the appropriate response. So we have also signed onto articles of impeachment to try to remove him.”

Julian Castro, Brother of Joaquin and former presidential candidate,  is in total agreement with his twin. he tweeted out, “I gave him that idea.”

I gave him that idea. https://t.co/BAroYHCrM1

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) January 8, 2021

Both Castro brothers, natives of Texas, have also called for Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to resign due to his and other Republican legislators objections to last week’s electoral college certification.

“He has conducted himself shamelessly, and I think he has done this because he believes it’s the only way, the only chance, the only chance he has to win the Republican nomination for president.”

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This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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Facebook And Twitter Lose Over $50 Billion In Market Value Since Banning Trump

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 20:19

Facebook and Twitter, the two largest social media platforms on the internet, saw their value take a massive tumble in the wake of the decision by both sites to indefinitely ban Donald Trump from both platforms.

Since the president’s banning, both platforms have collectively lost roughly $51.2 billion from their market caps, Markets Insider reported on Wednesday.

The High Cost Of Dumping Trump

Both platforms cited their reason for suspending the accounts of the President as not wanting to “risk additional violence” in the wake of the unrest at the Capitol on January 6th.

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However, there has not been positive reaction from investors.

Facebook dropped four percent on Monday, and another 2.2% on Tuesday. At the close of markets on Tuesday, Facebook’s market cap was $47.6 billion below the level from Friday.

Twitter stock dropped 6.4% at the beginning of last week, and another 2.4% going into the close on Tuesday. Twitter’s market cap plummeted to $3.5 billion.

Facebook Stock Went Down By Over 2% So Far On Monday
Shares of Facebook slid 2.9% to $259.82 at 11:37 EST on Monday, following last session’s downward trend. NASDAQ Composite is sliding 0.74% to $13,104.64, after two consecutive sessions in a row of gains. This seems, up to n… pic.twitter.com/soqaeaT5Ks

— Via News (@ViaNewsAgency) January 11, 2021

Not all the Big Tech companies who banned conservatives fared so poorly.

Apple and Google both had a slight climb, after announcing on Friday that they would be removing the Twitter alternative Parler from their respective app stores.

Shares of Amazon stock rose 1.6% after announcing on Sunday that it had also kicked Parler off its web hosting service.

Companies Distancing Themselves From Republicans

It’s not just tech companies that are running from conservatives.

Many companies like American Express and Marriott have pulled their donations from Republicans in Congress who challenged electors on January 6th.

Home rental company Airbnb is also “withholding” PAC donations to those same legislators. Others are distancing their products from so-called “right wing” movements.

RELATED: Poll: Republican Voters Are Siding With Trump Over Mitch McConnell

Trump Allies Speak Out Against The Ban

Prominent Conservatives have spoken out about the ban on Donald Trump. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “The Ayatollah can tweet but Trump can’t. Says a lot about the people who run Twitter.”

Twitter may ban me for this but I willingly accept that fate: Your decision to permanently ban President Trump is a serious mistake.

The Ayatollah can tweet, but Trump can’t. Says a lot about the people who run Twitter.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 9, 2021

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley added, “Silencing people, not to mention the president of the US, is what happens in China not our country.”

Donald Trump Jr. also voiced his anger at the move by the tech giants. “We are living in Orwell’s 1984. Free-speech no longer exists in America. It died with big tech and what’s left is only there for a chosen few. This is absolute insanity!”

We are living Orwell’s 1984. Free-speech no longer exists in America. It died with big tech and what’s left is only there for a chosen few.

This is absolute insanity! https://t.co/s2z8ymFsLX

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 9, 2021

Repealing Section 230

President Trump has sought, unsuccessfully, to rally Republicans around repealing Section 230, which is part of the Communications Decency Act, which gives platforms like Facebook and Twitter the ability to moderate content on their platforms.

It also shields them from liability for what their users post.

Any changes to Section 230 are sure to bring massive opposition from Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter. With a new incoming administration, reform could be more likely.

In the past, Biden has expressed a desire to repeal Section 230.

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This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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National Guard In DC Authorized To Use Lethal Force Days Before Biden’s Inauguration

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 19:44

Washington, DC is beginning to resemble a war zone, as National Guard troops numbering in the tens of thousands are armed and have been given permission to use lethal force as Joe Biden’s inauguration date looms.

A statement from the D.C. National Guard indicates “National Guardsmen were given authorization to be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol Police to protect the U.S. Capitol and individual members of Congress and their staff.”

A defense official confirmed to U.S. News & World Report that the authorization “includes permission for Guard troops to use lethal force.”

Reports indicate that 20,000 National Guard troops are on-site in preparation for anti-Biden demonstrations over the weekend.

The 20,000 National Guard troops preparing for pro-Trump demonstrations this weekend in the nation’s capital will be armed and permitted to use lethal force. https://t.co/Kfk1NeO18m

— U.S. News & World Report (@usnews) January 14, 2021

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DC Is In Lockdown As National Guard Given Green Light to Use Lethal Force

The Associated Press is reporting that “a state of lockdown” has “descended on Washington that will last through the Jan. 20 inauguration.”

The FBI warned of armed protests being planned in all 50 state capitals as well as in Washington for the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration.

On January 6th, thousands of protesters upset over perceived election integrity issues stormed the Capitol, resulting in its evacuation and lockdown, and leading to five deaths.

The nation’s capitol looking more like a militarized zone before Inauguration via @ashrafkhalil @lbaldor https://t.co/p2GajD8MbN

— Michael Tackett (@tackettdc) January 14, 2021

The protests were mostly peaceful.™

Still, authorities are taking no chances as inauguration day approaches.

Federal officials indicate the National Mall will be closed to the public on Inauguration Day, in-part due to concerns of violence and the fact that Biden’s event will be mostly virtual.

The entire National Mall will be closed for Inauguration Day, only accessible to media and security personnel, two people familiar with the matter told the Washington Post. https://t.co/FfUBRBt3Fu

— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) January 14, 2021

Bloomberg News reports that soldiers flowing into Washington D.C. is “a scene reminiscent of Civil War deployments.”

RELATED: Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene – I Will File Articles Of Impeachment Against Biden The Day After His Inauguration

Stepping up Security

The stepping up of security efforts to include lethal force marks a significant shift in tactics from riots over the summer which caused countless buildings to be torched and businesses to be robbed and vandalized.

Lethal force was not an issue when domestic terrorists were persistently attacking Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland.

In fact, many of those charged with the assault on a federal courthouse were charged with minor offenses.

Republican California Rep. Tom McClintock, during the impeachment debate, pointed out that had criminals on both sides of the political spectrum been treated equally, there might not have been an escalation of violence on January 6th.

“I cannot think of a more petty, vindictive and gratuitous act than to impeach an already defeated President a week before he is to leave office. President-elect Biden’s promise to heal the nation becomes a hollow mockery in the harsh reality of this unconstitutional act.” pic.twitter.com/QpOaWNsPbH

— Tom McClintock (@RepMcClintock) January 13, 2021

“If we had prosecuted BLM and Antifa rioters across the country with the same determination these last six months, this incident may not have happened at all,” McClintock said.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Shames Trump Voters – Lumps Them All In With Nazis, KKK, Alt-Right

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 19:34

CNN host Don Lemon shamed all 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump in this past election, not only lumping them all in with Capitol rioters, but also with Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

While sending off his own show to Lemon’s, Chris Cuomo asked for his fellow host’s reaction to, “Now what you hear is, ‘Well, you can’t say that everybody who voted for Trump is like the people who went into the Capitol.'”

“You need to think about the side you’re on,” Lemon responded. “Principled people — conservative or liberal — never on the Klan side. Principled people — conservative or liberal — never on the Nazi side. Principled people who are conservative or liberal never on the side that treats their fellow Americans as less-than. That says that your fellow Americans should not exist. That says your fellow Americans should be in a concentration camp or that sides with slavery or sides with any sort of bigotry.”

“Right,” Cuomo said. “And if they say, ‘I don’t agree with those people, I just like Trump’s policies—'”

“Well, then get out of the crowd with them,” Lemon fired back. “Get out of the crowd with them.”

That’s when the two engaged in a deranged role-play, with Cuomo taking on the role of Trump supporter.

“I wasn’t in the crowd; I just voted for Trump,” Cuomo said.

“You’re in the crowd who voted for Trump,” Lemon replied. “If you voted for Trump, you voted for the person who the Klan supported. You voted for the person who Nazis support. You voted for the person who the alt-right supports. That’s the crowd that you are in. You voted for a person who incited a crowd to go into the Capitol and potentially take the lives of lawmakers, took the lives of police officers, took the … innocent lives of the people who were at the Capitol that day.”

“You voted on that side,” he added.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said it best when he branded this entire exchange as “vile.” He later added, “It’s this deliberate attempt to lump together anyone who voted for Trump and the Capitol rioters that undermines the possibility of unity. It also happens to be false and indecent.”

Vile https://t.co/qF8VVjTX3j

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 14, 2021

Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene – I Will File Articles Of Impeachment Against Biden The Day After His Inauguration

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 18:21

Newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is vowing to introduce articles of impeachment against Joe Biden the day after his inauguration.

Greene (R-GA) announced her intentions during an interview with Newsmax on Wednesday, the day House Democrats and ten Republicans spent all of eight hours impeaching President Trump for a second time.

She cites Biden’s alleged links to his son’s business dealings with China as motivation.

“We cannot have a president of the United States [Biden] that is willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments, foreign Chinese energy companies, Ukrainian energy companies,” Greene insisted.

“So on January 21, I will be filing articles of impeachment on Joe Biden.”

On January 21st, I’m filing Articles of Impeachment on President-elect @JoeBiden.

75 million Americans are fed up with inaction.

It’s time to take a stand.

I’m proud to be the voice of Republican voters who have been ignored. #ImpeachBiden#QuidProJoe #BidenCrimeFamily pic.twitter.com/E83s1iOoVF

— Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) January 14, 2021

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Will Deliver Articles of Impeachment Against Biden

Greene will no doubt be dismissed due to her past associations with Qanon and 9/11 truthers but look at her argument on its face.

75 million Americans are fed up with inaction – whether it involves election integrity concerns or actions by Democrats who consistently escape scrutiny for stepping over legal bounds (Hillary’s emails, Barack’s actions in trying to take down a political opponent).

And it is time to take a stand.

Democrats have wielded impeachment like some sort of political toy over the last couple of years. President Trump hasn’t become the only president to be impeached twice because of his actions, but because of the unhinged actions of his adversaries.

Impeached over a mundane phone call to the Ukraine president. Impeached over a speech in which he repeatedly urged protesters to make their voices heard “peacefully.”

There is far more evidence of Biden being bought off by foreign governments than there is of Trump’s wrongdoing. And that, using Nancy Pelosi’s own words, makes him an “imminent threat” to “our democracy.”

There are clear grounds for this.@mtgreenee is correct.@JoeBiden was give %10 (more in actuality) of Hunter’s ill gotten gain from Ukraine.

Plus Beijing Joe was involved in the transfer and laundering of Chinese funds…this MUST be addressed… https://t.co/3xFNWqS20d

— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) January 14, 2021

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Biden’s Abuse of Power

Hunter Biden announced after the election that an investigation into his “tax affairs” had been opened in 2018. There were Senate committees and subsequent reports that indicated inquiries into Biden’s son.

A documentary out prior to the election claimed Hunter’s numerous business deals in China “served” the communist country and their military.

Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter’s turned whistleblower, claimed president-elect Biden discussed business dealings with his son, and suggested the Democrat is also compromised by the Chinese Communist Party.

An email obtained by Fox News at the time appeared to outline a payout for Biden in a joint venture with a Chinese energy firm.

It included a proposed equity split of “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?”

Bobulinski, in an interview with Tucker Carlson, insisted the ‘big guy’ is a reference to Joe Biden.

Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski: “I 1000% sit here and know that ‘the big guy’ is referencing Joe Biden”https://t.co/CDtS3zSI7P pic.twitter.com/HlttD5WOPw

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 28, 2020

A supplemental report produced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) claims documents contain new evidence “that confirm the connections between the Biden family and the communist Chinese government.”

Senators release new evidence tying Hunter Biden business to communist China, Russian energy https://t.co/5de8JNbTeg

— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) November 19, 2020

Greene was part of a group of House Republicans who met with President Trump in late December to discuss challenging the election results in Congress.

She noted other lawmakers were jumping “on board immediately to #StopTheSteal on Jan 6th” and that they “have more coming!”

Greene and other Republicans who contested the election have been cited by Democrats as the cause for the Capitol riots on that same date.

Greene’s counter-effort to impeach Biden is purely for show, with Democrats controlling the House and none of them likely to vote in favor. But it’s a game the left started.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) suggested he had designs on impeaching President Trump … before he even took office.

“I just know that if I’m going to vote to impeach the man at some point, I would like to be able to look him in the eye on Inauguration Day,” Raskin said in discussing whether or not he would attend Trump’s swearing-in.

Raskin now serves as one of Pelosi’s impeachment managers, tasked with arguing that the President started an uprising by contesting election results, something he himself did back in 2017.

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s impeachment effort against Biden may not be a serious one, but it’s equally as serious as any putrid effort put forth by the Democrats so far.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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Democrats Split On When To Send Impeachment To The Senate For Trial

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 18:09

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has not given any definite indication on when the article of impeachment against President Trump, passed by the House on Wednesday, might make its way to the Senate for any possible trial.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is urging that the latest round of impeachment articles, accusing President Trump of “inciting and insurrection,” be sent to the upper chamber “as soon as possible.”

Steny Hoyer says no decision has been made yet on when to send the article of impeachment to the Senate: “The Speaker’s talking to Mr. Schumer and will determine that, but I’m personally urging them to send it over as soon as possible.”

— Jason Donner (@jason_donner) January 13, 2021

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Would The Senate Reconvene In Time For A Trial?

There is confusion in the Senate as well. Currently, the body is scheduled to reconvene on Jan. 19, the day before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

There is only one day, a pro forma session, scheduled before the official reconvening on Jan. 19.

The Senate is not allowed to do any business on that day without unanimous consent.

A 2004 resolution gives Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer the power to reconvene the Senate without unanimous consent which would create an emergency session.

McConnell has said that he would not invoke this resolution, but Schumer may put the pressure on to do it.

My full statement on the next seven days and the Senate schedule: pic.twitter.com/Nh5z3f79yq

— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 13, 2021

As it stands now, unless McConnell calls a special session, the Senate would not receive any articles of impeachment before Jan. 19, and a trial would not begin before 1pm on either Jan. 20 or 21, making Donald Trump at that time the ex-president.

However, Chuck Schumer has stated, “But make no mistake, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate.”

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Is Impeaching An Ex-President A Wise Use Of Senate Time?

This would put the United States Senate in a precarious situation. Should the trial move forward, the Senate at that point is committed to completing the process.

This puts other priorities, such as Biden administration nominees and COVID relief, on hold.

Biden has urged the Senate to do their “Constitutional responsibilities” while also attending to “other urgent business.”

Today, in a bipartisan vote, the House voted to impeach and hold President Trump accountable. Now, the process continues to the Senate—and I hope they’ll deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 14, 2021

There is also some question as to whether or not an ex-president can be impeached once he is a private citizen.

The United States Constitution provides for the process of impeachment, but says nothing about the timing of when the trial can take place.

What Exactly Is The Urgency About?

On Wednesday, Pelosi called the president, “a clear and present danger” as she urged members of the House to support impeachment.

But there seems to be some confusion there as well.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said on Sunday that it may not be until after Biden’s first 100 days in office before the House would send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

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But the urgency may be about more than a trial and conviction rather than how fast the articles of impeachment would reach the Senate.

According to reports from Vox, there is talk among Republicans that this second impeachment, and any subsequent trial and conviction, could bar Trump from ever running for office again.

From colleague John Roberts: A well-placed source tells me there is talk swirling among Republicans in Congress of a possible 2nd impeachment proceeding – and conviction against Trump – to insure he can’t run for re-election.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 7, 2021

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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Poll: Republican Voters Are Siding With Trump Over Mitch McConnell

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 16:59

A new poll from Axios-Ipsos shows Republicans are siding with President Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who signaled support of a second impeachment.

The numbers are actually quite astounding.

The poll was conducted during the early part of this week – when impeachment discussions were in full swing, and Democrats and the mainstream media were assailing the President for allegedly having incited an insurrection involving white supremacists at the Capitol.

“Republicans across the U.S. are siding with President Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — big time,” Axios writes.

The results show a vast majority of Republicans do not hold Trump responsible for the Capitol riots, believe he has a right to challenge the election, and still support him, with Trump supporters even sticking with him as their preferred nominee in 2024.

Republicans across the U.S. are siding with President Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — big time — according to a new Axios-Ipsos poll. https://t.co/jqkhRlfE6O pic.twitter.com/CgnV3xLttp

— Axios (@axios) January 14, 2021

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The GOP Is Still Trump’s Party, Not Mitch McConnell’s – Poll

The Axios report is remarkable considering the fact that President Trump was a victim of character assassination by the usual suspects  – the Democrat media – over the last several days, but also by Republican lawmakers.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) accused the President of having “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack” in describing his actions leading up to the Capitol riots.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she dramatized.

BREAKING: House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney announces she will vote to impeach President Trump. pic.twitter.com/zbs510SQgJ

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 12, 2021

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) meanwhile, reportedly viewed the Democrats’ effort to impeach the president as a means to “help rid the Republican Party of Trump and his movement.”

80% of Trump voters and 76% of Republicans in Battleground states are less likely to vote for a Member of Congress/U.S. Senator who votes for impeachment.

“Mitch McConnell Said to be Pleased About Trump Impeachment Efforts – The New York Times” https://t.co/AgL9JlkqeE

— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) January 12, 2021

And yet, 64 percent of Republicans said they support Trump’s recent behavior, 57 percent of Republicans said he should be the 2024 GOP candidate, and just 17 percent think he should be removed from office.

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Traditional Republicans Are in Trouble

Cowardice by some Republicans in siding with Democrats appears to be backfiring as the poll clearly shows support for Trump and not squishy lawmakers like Mitch McConnell.

McConnell, despite his reported support for ridding the party of the President and his supporters, has yet to commit to a vote on conviction in the Senate.

But he’s clearly got a voter problem.

“The survey shows why Trump could run again in 2024 (and possibly win) if he isn’t convicted — or banned from holding federal office — by the Senate,” Axios reports.

“It also shows the peril and opportunity for institutionalists like McConnell trying to reclaim the GOP.”

.@ByronDonalds .@kilmeade .@SteveDoocy Pres Trump didn’t intend for violence to occur. He told rally goers to protest peacefully. Most lawyers & Jonathan Turley, Alan Dersh, Andrew Mccarthy say his Jan 6 speech didn’t come close to meeting threshold for incitement. Also https://t.co/NUjt0JZQYy

— Convfefe (@CovfefeForT) January 14, 2021

Fox News personality Tucker Carlson recently commented on what impeachment would mean for the President.

“By impeaching the president during his final week in office, Congress will not succeed in discrediting Trump among Republican voters,” he cautioned. “In fact, it will enhance Donald Trump among Republican voters. Obviously!”

Axios’ report and polling seem to confirm Carlson’s assessment.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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If Republicans Put America First, They’ll Remove Liz Cheney, Not Donald Trump

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 16:41

As the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, much praise was given to Congresswoman Liz Cheney for being one of the ten Republicans who voted to impeach.

Cheney is the #3 Republican in the House, which added weight to her stance.

But it was her father Dick Cheney and his legacy – a legacy she clearly plans to continue – that is arguably the most impeachable offense in American history.

House officially has the votes to impeach Trump for the second time. 10 Republicans vote yes:

John Katko (NY)
Liz Cheney (WY)
Adam Kinzinger (IL)
Fred Upton (MI)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA)
Dan Newhouse (WA)
Peter Meijer (MI)
Tom Rice (SC)
Anthony Gonzalez (OH)
David Valadao (CA) pic.twitter.com/shL72IO5sT

— The Recount (@therecount) January 13, 2021

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President Trump: Iraq War Was The ‘Worst Single Mistake Ever Made’

President Trump has been at war with the Bush faction of the GOP since he announced his campaign for President in 2015.

Trump was right when he called President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s war in Iraq the “worst single mistake” in U.S. history.
“The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country: going into the Middle East, by President Bush,” Trump told The Hill in 2018. Trump added, “Obama may have gotten (U.S. soldiers) out wrong, but going in is, to me, the biggest single mistake made in the history of our country.”
Why was it such a colossal mistake? President Trump had an answer for that too.

@realDonaldTrump: “The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country: going into the Middle East, by President Bush.”https://t.co/Bi1S6E3aCG

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 19, 2018

Cheney Unapologetic About Iraq War, Bush Foreign Policy

“Because we spent $7 trillion in the Middle East,” Trump said. “Now if you wanna fix a window some place they say, ‘oh gee, let’s not do it.’ Seven trillion, and millions of lives — you know, ‘cause I like to count both sides. Millions of lives,” Trump explained.
“To me, it’s the worst single mistake made in the history of our country,” Trump reiterated.
This is a charge President Trump would repeat throughout both presidential campaigns and during his time in the White House.

Today, a majority of Americans agree with Trump on the wrongness of the Iraq War, including military veterans.

But what does Liz Cheney think? She agrees with her father who still says “I was right about Iraq.”

Unbelievable.

Oh: and the only small pockets of opposition to the partnership between pro-war Dems and Liz Cheney to fund Endless War came from anti-war factions on the right and left – could call them "populists". Here's @mattgaetz working with @RoKhanna to denounce this militarism: pic.twitter.com/J1zMjHie4i

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 8, 2020

But Trump’s radical break with the Establishment’s foreign policy isn’t limited to Iraq.

Just weeks ago, Cheney and the Democrats worked hand-in-hand to block President Trump from removing troops from Afghanistan, where we have been mired for 20 years.

In October of 2019, Democrats (and many Republicans) voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Trump’s effort to withdraw troops from Barack Obama’s war in Syria.

Remember when Democrats at least pretended to be anti-war, when Bush was President?

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‘America First’ vs. Neoconservative Ideology

But despite all the establishment praise being given to Cheney and a handful of anti-Trump Republicans this week, it is the “America First” foreign policy of Donald Trump that has completely flipped the script on this front in the GOP.

Republican members of Congress like Rand Paul, Matt Gaetz, Thomas Massie, and many others are staunchly opposed to needlessly starting another war like Iraq, and Trump’s position on this issue has largely helped solidify this sentiment among Republican voters.

Donald Trump Jr. has helped too.

This aged well. Bernie should really thank @realDonaldTrump for pulling our amazing troops out of DC’s endless wars https://t.co/GX5JrdNC7R

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 10, 2020

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Liz Cheney Deserves To Be Removed More Than President Trump

Congresswoman Cheney will continue to pursue a foreign policy agenda like her father’s – one that puts America and our soldiers last.

She will find a more willing partner in a President Biden than she did with President Trump.

If there was an administration that deserved impeachment, it was Bush-Cheney for the disastrous foreign policy they foisted upon America – one that was continued by Barack Obama.

We are still dealing with the repercussions of Obama (and Hillary Clinton’s) disasters in Libya and Syria.

President Trump set a new course for America. Along the way, he secured four Middle East peace deals.

The Republican Party and Congress would do well to remove those who would take us back to the disastrous foreign policy of the past, and continue to build upon the Trump path to peace.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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House Democrats Wonder If Capitol Attack Was An ‘Inside Job’

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 16:23

Some House Democrats are now wondering if the Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol on January 6th might have had inside help – from some members of the Capitol Police.

According to Politico, while many have praised Capitol Police for their efforts, “videos have also surfaced showing a small number of officers pulling down barricades for the rioters and, in another instance, stopping for a photo with one of them.”

Some members of Congress fear Capitol mob attack was an inside job. A House Dem aide told me/⁦@axios⁩ that among other things discussed on their weekly caucus call, members expressed “lots of anger and frustration about national security failures." https://t.co/JEMge8lLfD

— Alexi McCammond (@alexi) January 12, 2021

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Did The Rioters Have Help?

On Friday, House Democrats had a call to discuss the possibility that rioters might have had some sort of inside help.

According to two lawmakers on the call, Democratic Congressman Steven Horsford said that he thought the riots were “an inside job.”

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn wondered how looters had found their way to his unmarked, third floor office to steal his iPad.

According to others on the call, Democrat Congresswoman Linda Sanchez wondered if there had been collusion with Capitol Police officers.

The attack on the Capitol is looking more and more like an inside job. The insurrectionists had maps of the offices, some well-hidden and unmarked, and active support from yet-to-be-identified members of Congress. IT'S TIME TO ROOT OUT THE EVIL.

— Richard Graus (@r_graus) January 9, 2021

Democrat Jayapal: ‘A Very Well-Coordinated Plan’

Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said in an interview Sunday that she believes some Capitol Police officers aided the rioters and that it was “one of the most troubling things” about the attack.

Jayapal told Gray TV’s “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren,” “I am very sad to say that I believe that there were people within the Capitol police and within the Capitol building that were part of helping these insurrectionists to really have a very well-coordinated plan for when they were going to come, how they were going to come.”

When Jayapal was asked if some Capitol Police officers were actually involved, the Democrat replied, “It appears that way, both from what happened, how coordinated it was, how easy it was.”

“I believe that there were people within the Capitol police and within the Capitol building that were part of helping these insurrectionists to really have a very well-coordinated plan,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal said. https://t.co/3YmqzTjg6y

— Bill Kuchman (@billkuchman) January 9, 2021

Democrat Maxine Waters wondered during a recent radio interview if some Capitol Police failures were the result of “poor planning or whether it was because there was certain kinds of infiltration.”

Democrats continued to wonder how some of those who infiltrated Congress seemed to navigate it so well.

Democratic Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, who was hunkered down in the chambers during the attack, said, “Somebody must get to the bottom of how they, with such efficiency and such alacrity, moved themselves in mobs into [Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s] office. Into the whip’s third-floor office.”

If it's true that Pressley's panic buttons were ripped out before the January 6 insurrection, it suggests the possibility of an inside job involving security personnel at the Capitol. It raises the stakes of any probe into the sudden suicide of USCP officer Howard Liebengood, Jr.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 13, 2021

‘Reconassaince Missions?’

According to CNN, Democrat Mikie Sherrill claimed that Republican Congressmen brought in rioters the day before the protests to do “reconnaissance” of the building.

Sherill said there were “members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on January 5th for reconnaissance for the next day.”

Her office refused to give CNN any further details on her claim.

Dems Want More Capitol Police Oversight

“We all joke about the fact that it’s so hard to find some of these offices, and we work in the building,” Dean added.

“I saw those videos,” said Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan on Friday. “You had people fighting their hearts out and getting hit over the head with a lead pipe … and you had people taking selfies with these terrorists.”

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“So there are all of these different levels and we will be examining all of the footage,” Ryan added.

Democratic Congressman Anthony Brown said independent oversight was needed for the Capitol Police force.

“The Capitol Police are probably the only law enforcement agency I can think of that does not have non-uniform civilian oversight,” Brown said on Friday. “That’s a problem.”

Was the Capitol Hill security breach an inside job? There is video showing Capitol Police officers opening the door to the domestic terrorists. FBI Investigating 'Inside Job' Involving Capitol Police, Other Staffers During Insurrection https://t.co/aiS5ay77Fk

— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 8, 2021

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Rudy Giuliani Could Get Kicked Out Of New York State Bar Association Over ‘Combat’ Remarks

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 16:05

The New York State Bar Association could expel Rudy Giuliani for his comments to supporters of President Donald Trump before the U.S. Capitol was violently attacked on January 6th.

On Monday, the organization that it has opened an inquiry into whether Giuliani should remain a member.

The New York State Bar Association is now considering removing Giuliani.

— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 11, 2021

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New York State Bar Association Launches Investigation

According to the New York State Bar Association’s bylaws, “no person who advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States” can remain a member.

The group is a voluntary membership organization that originated in 1876. No longer being a member is not the same as being disbarred, and Giuliani could still practice law.

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.

— New York State Bar Association (@NYSBA) January 11, 2021

The bar association said the former New York City mayor will be given due process and an opportunity to give his side of how events unfolded.

Giuliani is President Trump’s personal lawyer and has been the lead attorney for President Trump’s claims about election fraud.

The bar association said hundreds of complaints have come in regarding Giuliani’s attempt to prove Trump’s fraud claims.

“If we're wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we're right a lot of them will go to jail,” Mr. Giuliani said. “Let's have trial by combat.”

— New York State Bar Association (@NYSBA) January 11, 2021

Rudy: ‘Let’s Have Trial By Combat’

Speaking to Trump supporters at the massive Washington, D.C. rally on January 6th, Giuliani told the crowd, “If we’re wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail.”

“Let’s have trial by combat,” Giuliani added.

Watch Giuliani’s speech here:

According to the bar association, Giuliani’s words “quite clearly were intended to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election’s outcome to take matters into their own hands.”

For his part, Giuliani claimed he was referencing the popular HBO television show “Game of Thrones.”

The 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.https://t.co/2yesbOntIb

— New York State Bar Association (@NYSBA) January 11, 2021

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‘Nothing Short Of An Attempted Coup’

The bar association strongly condemned the Capitol attack, calling it “nothing short of an attempted coup, intended to prevent the peaceful transition of power.”

“We cannot stand idly by and allow those intent on rending the fabric of our democracy to go unchecked,” the organization said in a statement.

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Combat Veteran And Double Amputee Rep Brian Mast Shreds Jake Tapper After CNN Anchor Questions His Patriotism

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 15:58

Rep. Brian Mast, an Afghanistan war veteran and double amputee, fired back at Jake Tapper after the CNN anchor questioned his patriotism.

Tapper, during a segment covering impeachment proceedings in the House, went low and questioned Mast’s commitment to Democracy as the congressman spoke in opposition to the impeachment of President Trump.

“Congressman Brian Mast, a Republican from Florida – who lost his legs, by the way, fighting for democracy abroad, although I don’t know … about his commitment to it here in the United States,” Tapper told a panel.

Mast repeatedly condemned the Capitol protests that led to Trump’s second impeachment but stated, “I do not believe this conduct rises to the standard necessary for invoking the 25th Amendment or impeachment.”

Tapper’s unprovoked attack drew a response from Mast himself.

Jake Tapper:

“Congressman Brian Mast… who lost his legs by the way fighting for democracy abroad, although I don’t know — about his commitment to it here in the United States” pic.twitter.com/GidrZHUzOe

— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 13, 2021

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Brian Mast Hits Back at Jake Tapper Over His Vile Comments

Jake Tapper, whose closest brush with combat of any kind involved a date with Monica Lewinsky, got an earful for his shameful comments, not the least of which came from Brian Mast himself.

“I lost two legs for [Jake Tapper’s] right to say whatever the hell he wants, but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election,” Mast tweeted.

I lost two legs for @jaketapper‘s right to say whatever the hell he wants, but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election. https://t.co/ViNrwz9cbU

— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) January 13, 2021

Rather than manning up, Tapper took the cowardly route and doubled down on his comments from behind a keyboard.

“You’re a hero for your service and I’m grateful, as I’ve said before,” Tapper tweeted in reply.

“And yes, I question the commitment to democracy of anyone who spread election lies, signed onto that deranged TX AG lawsuit, and voted to commit sedition,” he added. “You were not just asking questions.”

You’re a hero for your service and I’m grateful, as I’ve said before. And yes i question the commitment to democracy of anyone who spread election lies, signed onto that deranged TX AG lawsuit, and voted to commit sedition. You were not just asking questions.

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 14, 2021

The only sedition – conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state – over the past four years took place at the behest of the media, CNN in particular.

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Tapper Gets Blasted

Others on social media came to Mast’s defense as well, hammering Tapper for his ill-advised comments.

“This is DISGUSTING,” former Trump campaign social media director Mike Hahn responded. “Is [Tapper] planning on apologizing for this egregious comment?”

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) called the CNN anchor’s comments “repulsive” and “disgusting.”

“Representative Mast, along with myself and many others in Congress and across the country, served in the military so Americans can have freedom of speech, regardless of how repulsive or disgusting it may be,” replied Crawford.

Representative Mast, along with myself and many others in Congress and across the country, served in the military so Americans can have freedom of speech, regardless of how repulsive or disgusting it may be. https://t.co/YoUa8d72Vs

— Rep Rick Crawford (@RepRickCrawford) January 13, 2021

Tapper was on the receiving end of further scorn.

This might be the most vile thing ever said on cable news.

Tapper was CNN’s last hope and he turned out to be the absolute worst. https://t.co/ePR1gXaUh1

— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) January 13, 2021

So @jaketapper has written so many books-pandered enough on Twitter about other people’s heroic service he truly believes he has some assumed moral authority on it. What a disgusting thing to say about @BrianMastFL thankfully those of us who’ve done something can laugh it off https://t.co/vkCJhw5xR8

— Joey Jones (@Johnny_Joey) January 13, 2021

Tapper comments are so wrong in so many ways. https://t.co/FVMzHHAS02

— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) January 13, 2021

Mast went on Fox & Friends Thursday morning to respond to Tapper’s comments.

“My commitment to democracy and to my country is unwavering, I love this place so much it literally breaks my heart to see the divide that exists in it,” Mast said.

“I love our democracy. For all of our problems there is no government that I would rather be a part of anywhere in this world, and to strengthen that and keep it strong, we have to ask those questions,” he continued.

Mast went on to suggest that anger in this country is rising because certain entities aren’t listening or even debating the concerns of those who question the integrity of the 2020 presidential election – they are simply dismissed out of hand.

“We’ve got to get to the point that we’re saying, ‘This is why I think something,’ now I can say, ‘This is why I think you’re wrong,’ and we can have a real debate and hopefully you end up learning something about each other instead of just coming away with two people that are pissed off.”

Rep. Brian Mast, a military combat veteran, is giving history lesson to US troops deployed to the Capitol. Says he’s going to try to get them into the Speakers Gallery for the famous view. pic.twitter.com/WAfRXrlPsr

— Lindsay Wise (@lindsaywise) January 13, 2021

It should be noted that Tapper’s concerns regarding interference in the democratic process only apply to President Trump.

He was, after all, caught interjecting in a House race in Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district, where he tried to convince Republican Sean Parnell not to run against Democrat incumbent Connor Lamb in 2019, and instead find a different district to run in.

Yes. https://t.co/RGJZQbt592 pic.twitter.com/qTsRbKpNU4

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) September 10, 2020

It seems the only person whose commitment to Democracy needs questioning is Tapper.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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Democrat Rep. David Cicilline Pulls Down Mask To Sneeze Into His Hand

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 15:54

On Wednesday, you could clearly see Democrat Congressman David Cicilline of Rhode Island pull down his mask to sneeze into his hand.

This happened on the House floor during the debate over impeaching President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting the crowd that attacked the Capitol last week.

https://twitter.com/soy_simply_kate/status/1349430927387222016

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Democrat Congressman Cicilline Ignores COVID Safety

Cicilline is one of the impeachment managers appointed by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Sitting behind Democratic Congresswoman Yvette Clark, who was advocating to impeach Trump, you could clearly see Cicilline pull down his mask and sneezed into his hand.

After he sneezes, the congressman pulls his mask back up.

Did I really just see David Cicilline take his mask off, sneeze in his hand, then put his mask back on …….

— Lauren Campbell (@laurencamppbell) January 13, 2021

Democrats Demand Fines For Not Wearing Masks

More than a few Democrats have called for fines for members of Congress who do not wear a mask while on the floor.

Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal recently announced she had COVID-19, blamed it on GOP members, and declared that there should be “serious fines” for any member who refuse to wear one.

Jayapal said, “Additionally, any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be immediately removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms. This is not a joke.”

“Our lives and our livelihoods are at risk, and anyone who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy,” Jayapal claimed.

House Dem Pramila Jayapal now calls for serious fines for members of Congress who refuse to wear masks — having contracted coronavirus after spending hours with maskless Republicans during the Capitol siege.

— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 12, 2021

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Wear A Mask Or Pay A Fine

The Hill reported Tuesday, “House Democrats on Tuesday will adopt new rules slapping fines on any lawmakers who refuse to wear masks on the chamber floor.”
“The new guidelines will hit offending lawmakers with a $500 fine on the first offense and $2,500 on the second, to be deducted from the lawmakers’ pay, according to a senior Democratic aide,” The Hill noted.
Republican Congressman Thomas Massie responded by asking if the fines were constitutional.

“How does this not violate the 27th amendment which states: “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.”

How does this not violate the 27th amendment which states:

“No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.” ? https://t.co/2Alvg0Lr7V

— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 14, 2021

Legal or not, don’t expect any penalties for Democratic Congressman David Cicilline.

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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger: Impeachment ‘Was Not A Hard Decision,’ Didn’t Need To Look For Evidence

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 15:37

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday for allegedly inciting the attack on the Capitol last week.

During an interview on “PBS NewsHour,” Kinzinger said that the decision to impeach President Trump wasn’t a particularly difficult decision given that “the evidence was not something we had to go discover. It was brought right to us on the 6th.”

Watch the video below.

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Rep. Kinzinger Claims ‘It Was Hard To Go Through With It’

Kinzinger said, “Truthfully, it was not a hard decision. I mean, it was hard to go through with it.”

“Because, bottom line is, you’re impeaching a president a second time,” Kinzinger said. “It’s never something that should be easily done.”

But the evidence was no problem for Kinzinger.

“But I think the evidence was not something we had to go discover,” the Republican said. “It was brought right to us on the 6th.”

The 10 Republicans who have voted to impeach Trump in the House, per pool:

Liz Cheney, WY

Gonzalez, OH

Jamie Herrera-Beutler, WA

John Katko, NY

Adam Kinzinger, Ill.

Peter Meijer, MI

Dan Newhouse, WA

Tom Rice, SC

Fred Upton, MI

David Valadao, CA

— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) January 13, 2021

Kinzinger also claimed he had predicted the violence.
“Of course, I had predicted violence for weeks leading up to the 6th, but the 6th was the culmination, hopefully the culmination, of that violence coming to here,” Kinzinger said, referring to Washington, DC.

#BREAKING: GOP Rep. Kinzinger says he'll vote to impeach Trump https://t.co/ptWLJ5RrbF pic.twitter.com/G5Que19JIF

— The Hill (@thehill) January 12, 2021

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Kinzinger: ‘If That Is Not Impeachable, I Don’t Know What Is’

The GOP congressman then cited the Constitution as justification for his vote.
“And, look, when you have the president of the United States, the Article 2 part of the Constitution, incite and send and ignite a mob to attack the Article 1 branch, that is nothing short of an insurrection,” he said.
The Congressman didn’t provide any evidence of how President Trump incited the mob.
Kinzinger added, “I think most people can look at that and know that the president has both built the foundation and executed the command to do it.”
“And if that is not impeachable, I don’t know what is,” Rep. Kinzinger added.

Remember David, Kinzinger, along with John McCain, received a copy of the Steele dossier and handed it to the FBI. Kinzinger has always been against Trump.

— StephPaige40 (@sberghuis43) January 7, 2021

Kinzinger Is A Longtime Trump Critic

Kinzinger has long been a Trump critic. He was also one of the early recipients of the Steele Dossier, the now-discredited document that supposedly showed President colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
Kinzinger and the chief of staff to House Speaker Paul Ryan both received the Steele dossier, according to a court memo.
The Political Insider reported in December 2018, “The judge handling the case filed a document that stated that Christopher Steele, the dossier author, provided at least one memo from the dossier to Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Jonathan Burks, a longtime Ryan aide.”

“Steele gave Report 166 to Kramer, an unnamed senior British security official, Ms. Wallender [sic] at the NSC, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Chief of Staff, John Burks,’ wrote Judge Ursula Ungaro, who ruled in favor of BuzzFeed in a defamation lawsuit filed by a Russian businessmen identified in Report 166, which Steele produced on Dec. 13, 2016.”

Kinzinger also considered running as an independent against Trump in 2016, when it became clear Trump would be the Republican nominee for President.

Watch Kinzinger’s interview below:

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PBS Fires Employee Who Promised “Re-Education Camps” For Trump Supporters And Their Children

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 15:26

While the Republicans and their followers are often labeled as radicals, it’s interesting to note that recently the left has introduced steps to expel Freedom of Speech and introduce “re-education camps” for Trump supporters.

Since winning the election, the Democrats have been on a warpath when it comes to President Trump and his devoted fanbase. Most recently, a PBS employee was recorded talking about certain steps that should be taken to re-program children.

Luckily, the employee has already been fired from his position at PBS, but it should be noted that he isn’t the first to mention the idea of re-education camps for Trump Supporters. The idea has been supported before by the radical left since Trump first took office.

The former employee was PBS principal counsel Michael Beller. Unknown to him, Beller was being recorded by a Project Veritas journalist before the 2020 presidential election. He was recorded saying, “Kids who are growing up know nothing but Trump, for four years. You’ve got to wonder what they’re going to be like. They’ll be raising a generation of intolerant, horrible people – horrible kids. Even if Biden wins, we go for all the Republican voters, and Homeland Security will take their children away. And we’ll put them into re-education camps.”

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“Go to the White House & throw Molotov cocktails…”

“Even if Biden wins, we go for all the Republican voters, Homeland Security will take their children away…”#ExposePBS pic.twitter.com/OzBLeCP8YH

— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 12, 2021

While frightening to imagine your children being ripped from your arms, Beller went on to brag in the video about how well the kids will be taken care of. He said, “The re-education camps — they’re nice, they have Sesame Street in the classrooms, and they watch PBS all day.”

The interview didn’t stop there as the employee was asked what the left should do if Trump was to win re-election. Again, Beller doubled-downed on his message of hate by saying, “Go to the White House and throw Molotov cocktails …”

Towards the end of his rant, Beller discussed COVID-19 and the impact it was having on the country. Surprisingly, Beller laughed about the virus and was happy to see Republican states having COVID-19 spikes. Beller said, “What’s great is that COVID is spiking in all the red states right now. So, that’s great. Because, either those people won’t come out to vote for Trump — you know, the red states — or a lot of them are sick and dying.”

As mentioned above, the video soon went viral and PBS was quick to release the employee and make a statement on the matter. The station said, “There is no place for hateful rhetoric at PBS, and this individual’s views in no way reflect our values or opinions. We strongly condemn violence and will continue to do what we have done for 50 years – use our national platform and local presence to strengthen communities and bring people together.”

This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on January 14, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.

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Mace Already A Standout In The House

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 13:46

During the 2020 campaign season I had a chance to talk to many candidates for office at many levels. None was as impressive in every way as freshman Rep. Nancy Mace of the South Carolina 1st congressional district.

Over several conversations Mace displayed the right message and the moxie to get it out to the public in an effective manner. Now Wednesday, in her first remarks in the House on Trump impeachment, her words cut through the partisan miasma and got to the heart of the matter.

Mace: “The U.S. House of Representatives has every right to impeach the president of the United States. But what we’re doing today, rushing this impeachment in an hour- or two-hour-long debate on the floor of this chamber, bypassing judiciary, poses great questions about the constitutionality of this process…”

“I believe we need to hold the president accountable. I hold him accountable for the events that transpired, for the attack on our Capitol last Wednesday. I also believe that we need to hold accountable every single person, even members of Congress if they contributed to the violence that transpired here.

“Today I’m asking my colleagues to remember the words of the legendary, the great leader in this country Dr. Martin Luther King, who once said, ‘The time is always right to do what is right.’ And if we’re serious about healing the divisions in this country, Republicans and Democrats need to acknowledge this is not the first day of violence we’ve seen. We’ve seen violence across our country for the last nine months.

“And we need to recognize, number one, that our words have consequences; that there is violence on both sides of the aisle. We’ve contributed to it. We need to take responsibility for our words and our actions, we need to acknowledge there’s a problem, take responsibility for it, and stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.”

Absolutely right. The president needs to be held accountable for last Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol and any member of Congress who applauded or excused BLM and Antifa riots also needs to held accountable and at least censured. Mace nailed it.

This piece was written by David Kamioner on January 14, 2021. It originally appeared in SteveGruber.com and is used by permission.

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Joy Behar Claims Trump Voters Who Still Think He Won Don’t Want To Count Black Votes

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 03:56

On Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” Joy Behar launched yet another attack on the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, this time claiming that those who still think he won the election are enthralled in a “the white supremacy mentality” that does not want Black votes to count.

“This problem that we’re having in this country seems to be much larger than Jim Jordan or any of these people,” Behar said. “There was a professor, Timothy Snyder, a professor of history from Yale yesterday, and he was talking about how Trump believes he won, and these other people believe he won because they only count white people. They eliminate Black people from the rolls. They would like it to have only white people vote forever in this country. Then they can say they won.”

Not stopping there, Behar doubled down and further bought into the liberal narrative of making absolutely everything about race.

“Unfortunately, Black people vote and are here to stay, unfortunately for them,'” she said. “When you say 40% still want him to be president, it’s possible that that is the white supremacy mentality that is pervasive in this country. Until you get rid of that— and it’s all around the world, by the way — it’s not just this country.”

“There’s a feeling of the other is not good enough,” Behar concluded. “We saw this in the Holocaust. The Jews were the other, and the Blacks in this country, according to these people in this country, are the other, and they don’t deserve to vote. That’s why they keep saying they win. Because in their minds, only white people should vote.”

REP. JORDAN REFUSES TO REBUKE BASELESS ELECTION CLAIMS: The co-hosts question how there can be unity if some lawmakers are still holding on to baseless claims about the 2020 election. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/rwNGx9hqv4

— The View (@TheView) January 13, 2021

Behar has spent the past four years relentlessly attacking Trump and his supporters every day on her talk show. Just after the November election, Behar went on the attack against Trump voters, saying that they need to “look in the mirror” and see what they did.

“A lot of people in this country need to have a come-to-Jesus moment and look in the mirror and see what they did,” Behar said.

“Again, we don’t call people names but look in the mirror and say, ‘Did I vote because of my pocketbook and did I ignore the fact that children are being separated from their parents? Did I vote because I don’t want Black people moving into the suburbs and ignore the fact that Black people are always behind the eight ball in this country and can’t get a leg up because of my vote?’” she added. “People need to look in the mirror.”

Boston Marathon Bomber Sues For $250k, Claims Prison Guards Took His Hat And Bandana

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 02:31

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reportedly sued the federal government for $250,000 over his treatment at a Colorado prison where he is currently serving a life sentence.

The lawsuit specifically cites in part the allegation that prison guards took his hat and bandana away while restricting his use of showers, something Tsarnaev asserts is contributing to his anxiety.

The Boston Herald reports that Tsarnaev “specifically cites the confiscation of his white baseball cap and bandana that he purchased at the prison commissary and not being able to take more showers.”

The report notes that Tsarnaev claims “the harsh treatment has made his life inside the prison’s H-Unit so anxious it is adding to his ‘mental and physical decline.'”

Poor guy.

The 27-year-old is seeking $250,000 in damages from a maximum security prison in Colorado.

He claims his baseball cap and bandanna were confiscated by prison guards “because, by wearing it, [he] was ‘disrespecting’ the FBI and the victims” of the attack.https://t.co/LOkiZDMD98

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 9, 2021

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Boston Marathon Bomber – Who Killed Four People – Sues The United States

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan set off homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing three people and injuring over 260.

They later shot Sean A. Collier of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department six times, killing him.

Tamerlan was killed during a shooting with police three days later after the bombing, while Dzhokhar was captured following a massive manhunt the following day.

Tsarnaev was referred to by law enforcement as “White Hat,” as security video caught him sporting a backward cap during the terror attack.

The lawsuit claims guards took his cap “because, by wearing it, I was ‘disrespecting’ the FBI and the victims” of the bombing.

FLASHBACK: Should convicted terrorists like the Boston marathon bomber, people on death row, and people convicted of sexual assault be able to vote from prison?

Kamala Harris: “I think we should have that conversation.” #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/BCSJg9zUhd

— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) June 28, 2019

Kamala Harris Thinks We Should Consider Allowing Boston Marathon Bomber To Vote

Tsarnaev was convicted for his crimes and initially sentenced to death.

The death sentence was overturned last July after a three-judge panel ruled that the trial judge “fell short” while screening the jury for potential biases.

That decision has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democrats have moved so far to the radical left that their actual proposals now include giving full voting rights to terrorists in prison like the Boston Marathon bomber, all while stripping away the 1st and 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. pic.twitter.com/xs2YlFFCVs

— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) April 24, 2019

Kamala Harris, who will officially be sworn in as Vice President of the United States in just days, said during the primaries that she she is open to the idea of letting the Boston Marathon bomber vote.

The comment came as a result of socialist Bernie Sanders offering “a full-throated defense of letting criminals vote while imprisoned, not ducking from including convicted Islamist terror-bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.”

In the fourth CNN town hall of the Democratic primaries, host Don Lemon asked Harris, “People who are convicted, in prison, like the Boston marathon bomber, on death row, people who are convicted of sexual assault, they should be able to vote?”

“I think we should have that conversation,” Harris replied.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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Dem Rep. Swalwell Compares President Trump To Osama bin Laden

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 02:31

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who has had his own fair share of problems lately in the wake of the scandal involving him allegedly associating with a suspected Chinese spy, spoke out on Tuesday night to compare President Donald Trump to the late 9/11 terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

“Well, Osama bin Laden did not enter US soil on September 11, but it was widely acknowledged that he was responsible for inspiring the attack on our country,” Swalwell said on “PBS NewsHour.”

“And the president, with his words — using the word ‘fight,’ with the speakers that he assembled that day, who called for trial by combat and said we have to take names and kick ass — that is hate speech that inspired and radicalized people to storm the Capitol,” he continued.

A visibly surprised host Judy Woodruff asked of Swalwell was really comparing Trump to bin Laden, at which time the Democrat doubled down.

“I’m comparing the words of a [sic] individual who would incite and radicalize somebody, as Osama bin Laden did, to what President Trump did,” Swalwell said. “You don’t actually have to commit the violence yourself, but if you call others to violence, that itself is a crime.”

Rep. Eric Swalwell compares President Trump to Osama bin Laden saying that he "inspired and radicalized people to storm the Capitol" in the same way that bin Laden inspired 9-11 pic.twitter.com/pYr3l4qhMw

— The First (@TheFirstonTV) January 13, 2021

This comes one month after seventeen Republicans sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) demanding that Swalwell be immediately removed from the House Intelligence Committee after his relationship with a suspected Chinese spy was revealed.

“We write to you today out of concern with Congressman Eric Swalwell’s reported, close contacts with a Chinese Communist Party spy recently reported by Axios. Because of Rep. Swalwell’s position on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, his close interactions with Chinese intelligence services, however unintentional they may be, are an unacceptable national security risk,” they said in the letter.

“HPSCI handles some of the most sensitive information our government possesses — information critical to our national defense,” they added. “As such, we urge you to immediately remove Rep. Swalwell from his position on the House Intelligence Committee.”

Not only did Pelosi not remove Swalwell from the intelligence committee, she has also just made him one of her impeachment managers in her effort to remove President Donald Trump from office.

ABC Quietly Edits Story That Claims Republican Movement Should Be ‘Cleansed’ Of Trump Supporters

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 02:22

An ABC News column written by Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks was quietly edited after it originally argued for “cleansing” the movement of Trump supporters.

“Even aside from impeachment and 25th Amendment talk, Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days. The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part,” they argued in a column for a section called ‘The Note.’

“Cleansing the movement he commands, or getting rid of what he represents to so many Americans, is going to be something else,” it continued.

Klein also tweeted a column with the original phrasing about Trump supporters quoted.

ABC quietly changed the verbiage in the column to “cleaning up,” while Klein simply deleted the tweet.

Political Director for @ABC News based in Washington DC appears to have deleted his tweet about the 75 million Americans who voted for Trump that talked about the challenge of “cleansing the movement.” pic.twitter.com/HS1Rwrn94S

— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) January 7, 2021

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ABC Reporter Wants Trump Supporters “Cleansed”

Nothing quite says ‘unity’ like the media suggesting that Republicans “cleanse” themselves of Trump supporters – 75 million strong.

The Media Research Center’s Nick Kangadis writes that Klein “can celebrate that Trump is leaving office all he wants.”

“But it is the height of hypocrisy for those in the media to condemn others for violent acts that are dwarfed in comparison to the consistent violence of the far-left — one act doesn’t justify the other — and then go out and call for something like a ‘cleansing’ of people and think there’s nothing wrong with a statement like that,” he added.

Sounds like a perfectly unbiased comment from a perfectly unbiased media organization…

Nothing to see here… everyone move along.

— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 7, 2021

It wasn’t long before viewers were able to draw a link between past instances of ethnic cleansing and the call for a political cleansing.

“Cleansing” is an interesting term. Seems like a leader in Germany used the same term in the 1930’s and 1940’s. It was problematic.

— We hold these truths to be self-evident… (@BradH0101) January 7, 2021

I’m not going anywhere. What is this “cleansing” you speak of? You represent a major network you probably better delete this

— DeniseVB (@blogho) January 7, 2021

“Cleansing” ? Where have I heard that before?

— Bakes (@bakesinnc29) January 7, 2021

ABC Suggested It, Big Tech Is Actually Doing It

Amid threats of the 25th Amendment being invoked and a second impeachment vote cleared the House, it seems there is a push to completely wipe out any memory of the Trump administration.

Big Tech has been dutifully following the demands of former First Lady Michelle Obama who insisted social media permanently ban President Trump from their platforms.

They did, but weren’t about to stop with the President. They’re going after Trump supporters too.

Thousands of conservatives have reportedly been ‘cleansed’ from Twitter’s platform since the Capitol riots took place.

This is how you create an echo chamber… pic.twitter.com/aPDA37qKS0

— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) January 9, 2021

“The radical left and their big tech allies cannot marginalize, censor, or silence the American people,” former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

“This is not China, this is the United States of America, and we are a free country.”

They’re certainly trying their best to ‘cleanse’ America of the conservative moment. Communist China would be so proud.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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