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'Would be a disaster': Trump freaks out at report that pro-impeachment Republican could become Speaker
Former President Donald Trump wrapped up a busy Saturday of posts on his Truth Social platform by angrily lashing out at reports that a Republican who voted in favor of his impeachment could become Speaker of the House if Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) falls short.
Politico this week reported on whispers among moderate Republicans and Democrats about joining together and nominating outgoing Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) as House Speaker should Republican hardliners sabotage McCarthy's bid.
Even though Upton is retiring as a congressman and did not seek a new term in office, the Speaker of the House of Representatives does not have to be an actively serving representative.
While it is currently not certain how serious the chatter about drafting Upton to lead the House of Representatives is, it was enough to trigger Trump into angrily denouncing the idea.
"Rep. Fred Upton, a Pro-Impeachment RINO, would be a disaster for anything having to do with the word Republican, but especially when it comes to Speaker of the House," Trump fumed on Truth Social. "My record on Endorsements in the General Election was 232-22, and in the Primaries was 98.6%. I would never have endorsed Upton, who quit Congress in the face of a challenge, and that’s not what Republican’s need. A very dangerous game is being played. Peace through Strength!!!"
Gregg Nunziata, a general counsel for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), is calling on his party to actively purge former President Donald Trump from its ranks on the grounds that he is a danger to the American republic.
Writing on Twitter, Nunziata took stock of the latest controversies swirling around the former president, who is the only person in this history of the presidency to have been impeached two times.
In particular, Nunziata pointed to Trump's dinner with neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes and his call for the "termination" of the United States Constitution to return him to power as red lines that the GOP should simply not tolerate.
"Former president, current candidate, likely GOP frontrunner this week dined with a Nazi and called for the dissolution of the U.S. Constitution," he wrote. "Sorry, GOP electeds, I know you don't want to be asked about this all the time, but we own it until we purge it."
Trump's declaration that the Constitution must be "terminated" came in response to revelations that Twitter removed pornographic photographs of Hunter Biden in the runup to the 2020 election.
"So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?" Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform. "A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great 'Founders' did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!"
A Florida man engaged in what law enforcement officials are calling a "bad idea" by trying to steal from a Walmart that was crawling with police officers.
Local news station WNDU reports that the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office this week detained a man it is identifying solely as "Brad" decided to steal from the Walmart in St. Cloud, Florida while it was hosting a "Shop with a Cop" event in which children in the community go Christmas shopping with local officers.
The man tried to steal from the store at a time when roughly 40 officers were present, along with Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office mocked the suspect in a post on its Facebook page in which it chided him to try stealing from a store where dozens of law enforcement officers were nearby.
"Brad decided to steal from our good neighbors and partners at Walmart in St. Cloud while we were conducting the Shop With a Cop event with the children of our community," the office wrote. "Bad idea, Brad!"