More ex-staff participated in anti-Trump meeting than expected — and a former official says they're all worried
Former Homeland Security adviser Olivia Troye revealed to CNN that the meeting of former officials in the Donald Trump administration had more attendees than anticipated.
Speaking to Jim Acosta on Sunday, Troye explained that the discussions were in the early stages, but were about how they could work together to combat the firmer president's lies.
"It's the first time we've all come together as a group," she said. "This is a group of people that have worked across the Trump administration at varying levels, whether it be national security or more on the political side of the White House, and in different departments. I did find it encouraging that it was a much larger number of people who participated in this meeting than I actually expected it to be. And it was very clear that there is grave concern amongst these circles about what is happening, about the fact that Trump continues to play such a significant role in influencing our U.S. politics, and also what it means for this movement that continues to follow him and the movement that he continues to enable."
He also asked her about the op-ed in the Washington Post by former President Mike Pence, who Troye advised. She said that Pence is clearly giving credence to Trump's election lies.
"I read that op-ed, and while I was, like, okay, finally, you're actually publicly acknowledging that this was an angry mob and it was a dangerous situation that day," said Troye. "But then he doubles back on the claims of election integrity, which is basically code for the big lie. So when he does that, he's by de facto enabling it. That's what he's doing. You're enabling the big lie that almost led to your death. And I think he's doing that because he really has no other choice. He is right now scrambling to figure out where his political home is in the Republican Party."
She explained that if Pence decides that the GOP is the party of Trumpism then his chance at anything in 2024 is "an extreme long shot."
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Trump-loving Tulsa pastor spits on his hand and smears it on parishioner to prove trusting God isn't easy
Tulsa, Oklahoma Pastor Mike Todd delivered a sermon to parishioners Sunday titled "Receiving vision from God might get nasty."
To illustrate his point, he had a man on stage with him, and while speaking to him, he snorted all of the mucus he could muster from his nose and sinuses into his mouth and spit into his hand.
The Transformation Church leader held the mucus and saliva mix as he told the flock that trusting the Lord can be difficult. Sometimes it can be outright disgusting. But the righteous can face anything.
He then smeared the mucus on the forehead and cheeks of the man next to him. The audience erupted with "ew" sounds.
As the man stood with mucus visibly stuck to his cheeks, Pastor Todd explained, "How you just reacted, is how the people in your life will react when God is doing what it takes for the miracle."
According to studies, COVID-19 has spread through the larger aerosolized droplets of spit within things like coughs or sneezes.
Pastor Todd worked with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) in a state-wide day of prayer to protect the state from the pandemic. Sadly, more Oklahomans have died since that day of prayer than before it. Todd was also a supporter of Donald Trump but only after he met with 900 other evangelical pastors who he said convinced him.
Hope Is Rising. Thank you to Pastor Mike Todd and pastors from across our state for inviting me to join in prayer & worship for Oklahoma. As we stay united in prayer for our state we will continue to take proactive measures against #COVID19 & we will get through this together.pic.twitter.com/AKC1MHOp6Z— Governor Kevin Stitt (@Governor Kevin Stitt) 1585320989
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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis isn't grateful enough for what President Donald Trump has done for him, the ex-leader has complained privately.
According to Axios, Trump is trashing DeSantis as an ingrate with a "dull personality." According to the one-term president, DeSantis has no chance of beating him in the 2024 race for president, sources who've spoken to Trump told the site.
DeSantis performed well in early straw polls, but only if Trump didn't win. If he went up against Trump in 2024, DeSantis flopped.
Axios noted that DeSantis through the first punch in the battle when he told the "Ruthless" podcast, his biggest regret in office was failing to be "much louder" in March 2020, when Trump told Americans to stay home during the early part of the pandemic.
His comments likely come more as a response to Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD), who attacked DeSantis last year for kowtowing into lockdowns. She said that her state, which has a population smaller than Jacksonville, Florida, never shut down, where Florida did briefly close along with the rest of the vast majority of the U.S.
Like Trump's attacks on previous candidates, Trump thinks that DeSantis is low energy.
"He says DeSantis has no personal charisma and has a dull personality," the source told Axios.
Another source, however, said that Trump's true anger comes from DeSantis refusing to say whether or not he'll run for president in 2024.