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President Donald Trump on Thursday weighed in on the topic of racist rants.
One day after LeBron James weighed in on the fatal police shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant in Ohio, Trump lashed out at the basketball legend.
James deleted a tweet with a picture of Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon with the text "YOU'RE NEXT" and the hashtag #accountability, complete with the hourglass emoji.
"LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League. His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning. He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!" Trump unironically said in a statement released through his political action committee.
James explained why he deleted the tweet.
ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger… https://t.co/NkW6ZGJSN6— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1619047341.0
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create m… https://t.co/aP2xoizYEk— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1619047885.0
On Thursday, in a blistering indictment of the political system, Susan Glasser wrote for The New Yorker that Washington appears ready to move on from the Capitol insurrection — and not do anything more to hold to account Republican members of Congress who had a hand in inflaming it, either by participating in the pre-riot "Save America" rally or voting to overturn the election results.
"Three months later, no price has been paid by the Republicans who took that vote," wrote Glasser. "In the immediate aftermath of January 6th, this outcome was not entirely clear. Some Republican politicians initially disavowed Trump and seemed to believe that his hold on the Party would dissipate — Nikki Haley, I'm thinking of you — but have since proved eager to run away from their own words. Many companies even announced that they would suspend political donations to those who had voted against certifying the election results, suggesting there might actually be consequences. Instead, the inevitable walk-back has already started."
Many prominent Republicans were implicated in this crisis, from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who led the charge to block certification in the Senate, to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who spoke at the rally and is now running for Senate.
"This is hardly surprising," wrote Glasser. "Washington is a calculating place, and these companies have calculated, accurately, where the vast majority of Republican officials in Congress still stand. Papering over a scandal, assuming that the public is not paying enough attention to care about a few donations which really matter only to the politicians who receive them — that's what this town is all about."
"In the Washington of Walter Mondale, a President attacking the legitimacy of an American election was unthinkable," wrote Glasser. "Three months after it actually happened, what is unthinkable is that Republicans would even consider repudiating the President who did it."
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An attempt to impress a woman on a dating app resulted in the arrest of a New York man.
"Robert Chapman, from the Putnam County town of Carmel, was arrested Thursday by the FBI in connection with the events of Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., prosecutors said. He was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct on restricted government property," WNBC reported Thursday. "The FBI was provided information regarding Chapman's social media posts in the days following Jan. 6 in which he is pictured in Statuary Hall in the Capitol. He also told a woman he had matched with on the dating app Bumble that 'I did storm the capitol' and that he 'made it all the way into Statuary Hall,' court papers allege."
"A review of bodycam footage from the Metropolitan Police Department also revealed video of Chapman in Statuary Hall. He was previously arrested in New York in 2017, according to the New York State Police Department; it was not immediately clear what he was charged with at that time, but state police were able to work with federal officials to identify Chapman," WNBC explained.
The woman was apparently not impressed with his sedition.
"We are not a match," she replied.
A New York man, Robert Chapman, has been charged with entering the Capitol on Jan 6. The FBI began investigating Ch… https://t.co/aLXo04BphU— Daniel Barnes (@Daniel Barnes)1619129448.0
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