Writing for the Washington Post Thursday, reporter Aaron Blake noted that as time crawls forward, the best arguments against former President Donald Trump's "wild baseless claims" has come from the ex-president's own party members.
Most recently, the downfall of Trump's claims about the 2020 election in Michigan came as a result of the state's own Republicans. Wednesday, the Michigan Republican Oversight panel issued a report explaining why nothing illegal happened in the state's vote last November. There was no fraud.
The report even goes so far as to call out Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani for outright lying in court about "overvotes."
"In Michigan and Wisconsin, we have over-votes in numerous precincts of 150 percent, 200 percent and 300 percent," Giuliani said.
"Up to 350 percent in some places!" added infamous "Kraken" lawyer Sidney Powell.
The Michigan GOP called out Giuliani specifically for lying.
This adds to the slate of Republicans who have lined up to take down Trump's lies about the election and the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The congresswoman told the Today Show that Trump has become "more aggressive, more vocal pushing the lie" that the election was stolen.
"It's an ongoing threat. So silence is not an option," she said.
In Arizona, Republicans, some even Trump supporters, are begging the so-called audit to stop because it has become a national joke.
"I think they should maybe just call it quits. I don't think that it's going to serve any purpose. It's not going to change the election," said former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R). "The votes have been certified. Biden is the president. It's not changing. I say move on."
"We express our united view that your 'audit,' no matter what your intentions were in the beginning, has become a spectacle that is harming all of us. Our state has become a laughingstock. Worse, this 'audit' is encouraging our citizens to distrust elections, which weakens our democratic republic," wrote Maricopa County Board of Supervisors urged Senate President Karen Fann (R).
In Pennsylvania, Republicans are eating their own, with the far-right wing of the party demanding censure for anyone who disagrees with Trump. Such was the case with the GOP's reaction to Sen. Patt Toomey (R-PA), who voted that Trump was guilty of the crimes brought during the second impeachment.
"If that primary is going to be a race to the extreme right - and a race to see who is most loyal to Donald Trump - I guarantee you it will be extremely difficult for the Republican Party to win," said Republican county commissioner and former state representative.
They are just among the few out of many.
'The arc of history bends toward disbarment': Rudy Giuliani brutally mocked after court suspends his law license
Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani has now been suspended from practicing law in the state of New York -- and many Americans reacted to the news with unabashed glee.
Specifically, the Attorney Grievance Committee for New York State Supreme Court's First Judicial Department concluded that Giuliani "communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign," which clearly violates the New York Bar's code of conduct for attorneys.
The suspension was notable for containing multiple examples of Giuliani willfully lying before courts, and his only defense when pressed on those lies was that he sincerely believed them at the time he said them.
Giuliani's suspension provoked brutal mockery on Twitter -- check out some reactions below.
He deserves endless humiliation but this is a good start https://t.co/Nl3eSFdYyN— Jay Jaffe (@Jay Jaffe) 1624549015.0
The arc of history is long but it bends toward disbarment. https://t.co/33Pe0w63q5— Benjamin Wittes (@Benjamin Wittes) 1624548465.0
This entire opinion should be required reading in ethics classes for new attorneys. Rudy gets taken out behind the… https://t.co/b7OADRyCDY— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1624549176.0
Thank you for your service, Borat's daughter https://t.co/rIj2Ai8uIx— Chris Evangelista (@Chris Evangelista) 1624548579.0
whole legacy lopped off like lorena bobbitt did it. #FuckAroundAndFindOut https://t.co/BpyQlQsNRc— pfire☔Baby I Could Never Steal You From Another (@pfire☔Baby I Could Never Steal You From Another) 1624549155.0
News conference scheduled for later today at the Hilton Haberdashery and Massage Parlor. https://t.co/T0ZCITnq7T— Margaret #SaveTheOA 🏳️🌈 (@Margaret #SaveTheOA 🏳️🌈) 1624549109.0
It’s hard to imagine anyone having a more embarrassing year than Rudy. - Face melted at a presser - Ended up at a… https://t.co/Xxh6BAx7YH— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer) 1624549481.0
June 24, 1986: Trump lawyer Roy Cohn disbarred June 24, 2021: Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani disbarred https://t.co/H6KdkbDAQ3— Max Abelson (@Max Abelson) 1624549156.0
HAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! Roy Cohn sends his salutations from the fires of hell. https://t.co/llOz08JN6c— Lincoln's Bible (@Lincoln's Bible) 1624549610.0
Does Four Seasons Total Fraud Guarantee have an outplacement program? https://t.co/CTUsddYor8— Robert Young Pelton (@Robert Young Pelton) 1624548791.0
The United States plans to evacuate at least some Afghan interpreters who have worked with US forces before the full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a senior official said Thursday.
The move would keep the interpreters, facing violent reprisal from Taliban forces, safe as their immigration visas are processed, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
"We have identified a group of SIV applicants who have served as interpreters and translators to be relocated to another location outside of Afghanistan before we complete our military drawdown by September, in order to complete the visa application process," the official said.
They did not specify the number of interpreters or destination, but said their visa applications were "already in the pipeline."
And they said that even after the withdrawal, visa processing will continue, "including for those who remain in Afghanistan."
"Should it become necessary, we will consider additional relocation or evacuation options," the official said.
Some 18,000 Afghans who have worked with US forces, including as interpreters, are hoping to move to the US, fearing violent revenge by Taliban militants if they return to power.
But the process is extremely lengthy and they risk being stranded without a visa if the Afghan government collapses soon after foreign troops leave.
Many congressional representatives and human rights organizations are urging the Biden administration to evacuate Afghans with pending cases to the Pacific island of Guam.
The Pentagon has signaled for several weeks that it has begun preparations for a mass evacuation that could, if necessary, slow the full withdrawal of US forces from the country.
President Joe Biden in April ordered the departure of the 2,500 remaining troops in Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the anniversary of the 2001 attacks that triggered the US invasion.
© 2021 AFP
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