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At its core, the Constitution of the United States sets forth the rules for attaining power, limiting power, sharing power and transferring power. With his speech on the Ellipse on Jan. 6, Donald Trump violated every one of them. A man obsessed with power and panicked about losing it threw away his oath to protect and defend the Constitution and incited a mob to violate his oath alongside him. With the same lies he used to get elected president in the first place — the lies of racism and white supremacy, and fealty not to country but to tribe — he whipped his crowd of followers into a frenzy and set them upon his enemies in the Congress, the body which was at that moment certifying the election of his opponent, Joe Biden, as president. He told them Biden's election was illegitimate. His presidency was being stolen from him. His followers were to "stop the steal" by stopping the count of the legitimate votes of state electors in the Electoral College. He encouraged his mob, nearly every one of them white, to steal back the election from Biden and return him to the White House.
This article first appeared in Salon.
It's no secret that President Donald Trump's angry supporters were seen storming the U.S. Capitol but the president's Kremlin-controlled Russian state broadcasts are still circulating lies the series of events that erupted on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6. According to Russian media, members of Antifa were seen storming the Capitol—not Trump supporters.
According to The Daily Beast, Russian media outlets claimed "the pro-Trump insurrectionists were merely "peaceful demonstrators" and blamed "Antifa" for the violence that took place in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021."
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Ivanka's political future in question after Capitol riot: 'It’s a stain we’ll never be able to erase'
According to a report from Politico, first daughter Ivanka Trump and those around her are being coy about her future as a political candidate as she prepares to leave the White House for Florida after her father, Donald Trump, lost his re-election bid to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Reportedly Ivanka is looking at primarying Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) after she and husband Jared Kushner set up shop at their pricey new Floria estate, but some campaign consultants are saying talking about running and then running successfully are two very different animals.