Former Vice President Mike Pence sat down with the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody this week to talk about his unwillingness to follow former President Donald Trump's orders to block certification of the 2020 election.
During the interview, Brody asked Pence if he shared Trump's belief that the election was "rigged" or "stolen" by the Democrats.
"There were states across the country that conducted their elections outside of how the state legislatures had approved them," Pence said, referring to new procedures that had been adopted during the novel coronavirus pandemic. "And I truly believe that that was properly reviewed in the courts and was ultimately passed on."
Trump had encouraged Pence to reject the results of the 2020 election from several swing states and demanded that the vice president send the votes back to states where Republican-led state legislatures could determine the winner of the election.
Pence, however, refused to do so, as the Constitution gives the vice president no authority to unilaterally reject election results.
Trump proceeded to attack Pence on Twitter for refusing to go along with his scheme -- and Trump supporters subsequently stormed the Capitol building and called for Pence's hanging on January 6th.
Watch the video below.
In a interview this afternoon on J6, Mike Pence says he does not believe that the 2020 election was rigged or stolen.pic.twitter.com/ODeHRq43pN— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1638477967
Over the course of 2021, QAnon cultists have flocked to Dallas, Texas believing that former President John F. Kennedy and his son, will be resurrected from the dead. There was a belief that the younger Kennedy would show up in Dallas on Nov. 2. As packed crowds met in Dealey Plaza, no one showed. The date changed to Nov. 17, but there was still no John-John. Then the 59th anniversary of the shooting of JFK, on Nov. 22. Still no Kennedy. Many are still there, waiting.
Earlier this week, some held a guided meditation and influencer Michael Protzman (aka Negative48) indicated that those waiting in the area are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
A VICE News interview with an ardent believer revealed a woman so radicalized by QAnon that she abandoned her family to flock to Dallas and wait for the return of a Kennedy. Patricia, not her real name, has been married to her husband for 32 years, but when she walked out the door for Dallas, all she did was thank him and her two children for "being a great family."
Patricia's journals were found by her daughter Laura, also not her real name, with page after page filled with "indecipherable nonsense," the report described.
“Before she went to Dallas she kept a couple of journals,” Laura said in an interview with VICE. “We don't know if it was people on Telegram telling her these things, or she's just having delusions, but it's just books of what she believes JFK Jr. is saying to her directly.”
Across the front and back of the books were the words, “I'm going to follow God. Thank you for a wonderful life. Look up to the sky, I will always be close by.”
It sounds like a suicide note, a fear that was confirmed during a video chat where followers said they discussed the need “to experience that physical death" to let go of their egos and witness the truth.
What in the fresh hell is he saying\u2026\n\nThey all have to go through physical death to let go of the ego to witness the truth?\n\nWHAT?! How?!pic.twitter.com/hsNvyv2JGT— Hot Tub Twin (@Hot Tub Twin) 1637460439
“It would not be hard to believe at this point if they were suicidal as a group,” Laura said. “I would not be surprised at all, because, initially, after we read her books, we were just waiting for a call, to hear that they'd done something like that.”
The only option the family felt they had was to obtain guardianship and put Patricia in a behavioral health center after a psychiatric evaluation.
She's certainly not the only one. Protzman was outed for domestic violence after a researcher discovered a 2019 arrest report, Mother Jones reported last week. Protzman denied any abuse.
Instead, he's been posting cryptic messages on his Telegram channel saying, “There is no more room in the plan for arrogance and self impotence." Another tells followers to “Prepare for the next phase. Prepare each other.”
Another report from Nov. 2021 revealed that some followers have become broke over the expensive cult that mandates they stay in Dallas waiting for the JFK Jr. return.
Maureen McNamara bought into the claims too, though her interest was more about seeing other QAnon followers who shared her values. After watching children and the elderly sleeping on the ground waiting for the return of JFK Jr., she decided she was finished. She now works to help "wake up" others who have been captured by the cult.
The movement first began when a person calling themselves Q began posting "inside" information about President Donald Trump's administration. Believers think that he is saving children from a Democratic ring that drinks the blood of the young.
Republican lawmakers had a heated standoff with state troopers in the Statehouse Thursday after flouting a new policy requiring them to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to enter the legislative chambers.
The ruckus began when lawmakers were getting ready to take their seats ahead of their 1 p.m. session. Eight troopers blocked the Assembly doors when about half a dozen Republican lawmakers tried to enter without complying with the vaccine rules.
The legislators had entered the Statehouse earlier Thursday morning without incident, with security permitting anyone with building passes to enter without showing proof of vaccination.
Several of the lawmakers — the group included Assemblymen Parker Space (R-Warren), Brian Bergen (R-Morris), Hal Wirths (R-Warren), Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth), Erik Peterson (R-Hunterdon), and Christopher DePhillips (R-Bergen) — shouted at the troopers as journalists crowded behind trying to document the drama.
“This is tyranny!” one yelled.
After several tense minutes, the troopers allowed the Republicans to enter the chambers, but barred reporters and photographers, even though all had their vaccine cards in hand.
On the Senate side, a handful of GOP senators walked into the chamber after a minor back-and-forth with troopers. But it appeared the senators relented, showed their vaccine cards, and were permitted entry.
The kerfuffle came one day after Republicans from both chambers filed a lawsuit against the State Capitol Joint Management Commission in an effort to block the new vaccine policy, which the commission approved in October.
“I think it’s an assault on the people’s house. Enough already,” DiMaso said. “I’m not against keeping people safe — of course I want everybody to be safe — but we’ve been coming in, we’ve had a deal. We wear masks around the building. When we’re in our seats, we take them off. What changed?”
An hour and a half after the Assembly’s session was supposed to start but hadn’t, DiMaso tweeted: “Speaker Coughlin has said that if we do not vacate the chambers in two hours we will be physically removed and/or carried out.”
A legal opinion from an Office of Legislative Services attorney issued Monday says presiding officers can keep lawmakers out of chambers if they violate the vaccination policy, but troopers cannot arrest them for it.
Peterson had plenty to say, as well.
“This is really not about COVID, folks. This is about denying the minority their right to speak out against policies that Phil Murphy and his minions in this house think that they want to shove down your throats, whether you like it or not. We have a Constitution, which I know is about Phil Murphy’s pay grade, but you know what, we need a governor who reads the Constitution, understands and respects it.”
He also took issue with the Senate starting their session while the Assembly delayed for hours.
“You can’t have two classes of Legislature,” Peterson said. “You can’t have one class on the floor and one not. There’s nothing in the Constitution saying I need to be vaccinated or pass a test. All it says is I have to be a certain age, live in my district a year, and get enough votes. And I’m allowed to come down here and represent my folks and speak out on issues that affect them.”
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