On CNN Monday, correspondent Jim Acosta elaborated on the damage social media bans like the newly upheld suspension from Facebook have done to former President Donald Trump's political brand — and his self-confidence.
"Not surprisingly, the former president lashed out after the decision, accused the social media companies of decimating the electoral process, apparently with zero irony there," said anchor Anderson Cooper. "After covering this so long, it's kind of exactly what we thought was going to be happening. He is still talking to anybody who will listen down in Mar-a-Lago, repeating these same lies over and over and over again."
"Yeah, Anderson, he's sort of like a snake in search of a sewer these days and he just can't find one," said Acosta. "I talked to a Trump adviser, longtime Trump adviser who still loves the guy even though he feels that Trump lied about the election. This adviser said, this is the right decision the Facebook oversight board made. Obviously, Trump keeps lying about the election and it's already led to violence once. It could lead to violence again."
"In terms of how it's impacting them, this adviser said this is actually worse than losing re-election," continued Acosta. "This adviser said it was similar to having half of his tongue cut out. Just yesterday, they unveiled this new website, this blog that Donald Trump is going to be using. They called it a 'platform,' something, you know, they're trying to make it sound like it's like Facebook or Instagram or Twitter when that's just not the case. It's a blog. And you know, in the words of this adviser, you know, this is something that a sixth-grader could have come up with. They're scrambling and he is struggling to deal with this, no question about it."
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BUSTED: FBI tracks down New Jersey Capitol rioter after his elderly mother gossips about him to a friend
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a New Jersey man who participated in the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was nabbed by the FBI because of a conversation between two grandmothers — one of whom happened to be the man's mother.
"Authorities say that days after the insurrection, the mother of Robert Petrosh Jr. of Mays Landing told her friend that Petrosh had been one of the mob who broke into the Capitol building," reported McCaffrey Blauner. "Her friend then repeated the gossip to her grandchild. In turn, the grandchild turned the information over to the FBI, authorities say."
Petrosh faces multiple charges, and was released on $50,000 bond pending trial.
Several Capitol rioters have been turned in with the help of family and acquaintances. In Pennsylvania, one man was turned in by his ex-girlfriend after he confessed the whole thing to her in a text calling her a "moron" for not believing in the cause. Another rioter even got turned in by a "Facebook stalker" who lived in their hometown.
MSNBC host hilariously ridicules Republicans Ted Cruz and Kevin McCarthy for debasing themselves for Trump cult
MSNBC host Chris Hayes began his Wednesday show walking through the humiliation of the Republican Party at the hands of former President Donald Trump.
The catalyst was Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) rushing to Mar-a-Lago this week to "kiss the ring" and beg Trump for help with one thing or another.
It was reminiscent of the way that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has humiliated himself for Trump over the past several years.
"The binding glue of the Republican Party under Donald Trump is the performance of self-debasement and humiliation," said hayes. "That's what you do to be part of the Trump cult. That's what binds all of these people to each other. We've watched it happen over and over almost ritualistically."
Hayes noted that the one overseeing the ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is McCarthy, "who knows that the cost of being in power in Donald Trump's Republican Party is to humiliate yourself as much as humanly possible."
"That is what you have to do. Kevin McCarthy has seen this play out up close," Hayes said. He recalled just over 10 years ago, McCarthy joined with former Rep Eric Cantor (R-VA) and former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to create the now-defunct "Young Guns Caucus."
In a hilarious film, the caucus bragged about being "common-sense conservatives ready to make history." Those days are clearly over.
"I'm sorry, we set off that sadness bomb in your television," Hayes said with a chuckle. "So, much hope, so much promise. We know what happened. First, in 2014 Eric Cantor lost his seat in a shocking primary upset, getting knocked out by an essentially proto-Trump anti-immigrant Republican challenger. Next year after the hard-right-wing Republican caucus basically boosted House Speaker John Boehner, Young Gun Paul Ryan was dragged into duty to take his place. But as the cult of Donald Trump grew, Paul Ryan, who was going to be the future of the party, was completely and abjectly dragged and humiliated and jeered when he did not tow the Trump party line culminating in his early retirement from politics. So, Kevin McCarthy understands the rules, which are that Kevin McCarthy has to humiliate Kevin McCarthy. He has to make him as small and as painfully abject as possible in order for Kevin McCarthy to thrive in the Trump cult."
See the full opener in the video below:
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