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Former President Donald Trump has been falling in interest in the past several weeks as the press turns to report on the current administration and ignore the golf-playing ex-president. Now it appears Trump is deploying a whole different strategy: joining President Joe Biden's team.
In a release Sunday, Trump announced that he firmly supports Biden's withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a policy that Trump attempted to implement but wasn't able to do before leaving office.
Calling it "a wonderful and positive thing to do," Trump's only complaint was the timeline. Trump said the U.S. "should get out earlier."
It flies in the face of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Trump pal, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), both of whom attacked Biden for saying he'd withdraw troops. Graham even called it a "disaster in the making."
Trump encouraged Biden to make the exit by May 1, a heavy lift for troops given the immense amount of equipment and supplies that must be packed up.
While still president, Trump told his supporters that he was already bringing troops home.
"A rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan now would hurt our allies and delight the people who wish us harm. Violence affecting Afghans is still rampant. The Taliban is not abiding by the conditions of the so-called peace deal," McConnell said of Trump's draw-down. "The consequences of a premature American exit would likely be even worse than President Obama's withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, which fueled the rise of ISIS and a new round of global terrorism. It would be reminiscent of the humiliating American departure from Saigon in 1975."
Graham claimed that he was "for the idea of coming down" and found it acceptable if some troops would remain on the ground, noting that "2,500 may be the residual force that protects us from a collapse" in the war-torn country.
Even Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) blessed the Trump plan, saying in a 2020 statement, "Americans have been fighting in Afghanistan for more than 19 years … Sons and daughters are now patrolling their parents' old routes, and many of the U.S. service members in Afghanistan were not even born when the 9/11 attacks occurred."
Hawley, who never served in the military, agreed with Trump that Biden should pull out by May 1.
Austin gunman was a police detective accused of child sexual assault ahead of shooting deemed 'domestic incident'
More information is coming forward about the Austin, Texas shooter who killed three people on Sunday in what is being described as a "domestic incident," CBS Austin reported.
At this time the Great Hills Trail scene is still active. We are still asking residents to shelter in place and rep… https://t.co/vII1I29lC1— Austin Police Department (@Austin Police Department)1618770453.0
According to local news reports, Stephen Nicholas Broderick previously worked as a Sheriff's detective for Travis County and was charged with first-degree felony sexual assault of a child last year. According to KVUE, before working for Travis County, Broderick worked as an investigator with the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office.
The American-Statesman, reported, "Authorities allege in court documents that Broderick sexually assaulted the teen at a residence in Elgin on June 3. The girl reported the incident to her mother the same day, court documents say. The teen was evaluated at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin and went through a forensic interview at the Bastrop County Child Advocacy Center, court documents say."
"He was released on a $50,000 bond in June of 2020. Sunday, the Travis County District Attorney's Office announced they have now filed a motion to revoke the bond," the report said.
Heavy.com reported that while police believe that he was targeting specific victims, it's possible he could take hostages.
Austin Police Chief Chacon provided an on scene brief today, regarding the incident at Great Hills Trail and Rain C… https://t.co/LkmCBgu8lS— Austin Police Department (@Austin Police Department)1618776090.0
After he was arrested, his wife filed for a protective order and for divorce. The manhunt is still underway.
Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn't know what Anglo-Saxons are — she's confusing them with Normans
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has proven again that she's not the brightest bulb in the tanning bed. This week she launched her own ideas from the "America First," which promoted a "common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political tradition."
Her flier also outlined a nativist argument warning that "mass immigration" poses a threat to "the long-term existential future of America as a unique country with a unique culture and a unique identity."
She has now come out against the flier, saying it was a flyer from the caucus and published without being approved by her, Axios reported Sunday.
Greene's communications stafferNick Dyer, told CNN Saturday that she "didn't approve that language and has no plans to launch anything."
Still, the idea of Anglo-Saxon traditions isn't exactly what Greene would appreciate. The group existed in what is now Britain and Wales, from 410-1066AD, known as the Early Middle Ages. It was around the time of the breakup of the Roman empire into smaller kingdoms and battles against the Vikings. They were largely pagan and slowly grew more secular or Christian after several hundred years. However, the English pagan festivals come from the Anglo-Saxons.
Normans, by contrast, were famously martial in spirit and eventually for Catholic piety, ultimately becoming known for Catholic orthodoxy. Under Norman rule, women didn't have any power, while under the Anglo-Saxons, they did.
Saxons had Germanic laws that were largely financial in nature, saying each person has a kind of "weregild," explained the Norfolk Museums Service as a monitary value. If someone stole your chicken, they had to pay for it. If someone broke your arm, they'd pay money for the price of your injury and aftermath. Each status of a person had a different price, so Dukes were worth more than commoners and Kings were worth the most. Under the new Norman rule, any Saxon who was wronged had no real resource. If a Norman was wronged, the person was killed. Capital punishment made a reappearance after the Norman's took over, ushering in the Holy Roman Empire in. the12th century.
As History Today explained it, "The Norman dynasty is famous for its martial accomplishment, its aggression and, of course, its conquests. Yet, caught up in banners and battlements, it is easy to miss the spiritual and moral foundations on which their great achievements rested."
It makes it seem as if Greene is confused about Anglo-Saxons and how they compare to the Norman Conquests.
"There is no such thing as 'Anglo-Saxon' political traditions' unless Margorie [sic] Taylor Greene is talking about Old English charters and she isn't," wrote University of Toronto medieval scholar Mary Rambaran-Olm. "If she wants to return to those, she'll have to stop advocating for gun use. 'Anglo-Saxon' is being weaponized by the far-right." She added that the very term "Anglo-Saxon" is a "racist dog-whistle, inaccurate and generally sucks balls."
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