The Axios "Off the Rails" series outlined what went on from election night through the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol. The installation reviews former President Donald Trump's final attempts to remove all U.S. forces before leaving office.
"John McEntee, one of Donald Trump's most-favored aides, handed retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor a piece of paper with a few notes scribbled on it," said Axios.
"This is what the president wants you to do," McEntee told Macgregor, "1. Get us out of Afghanistan, 2. Get us out of Iraq and Syria, 3. Complete the withdrawal from Germany, 4. Get us out of Africa."
McEntee was just a 29-year-old staffer who was essentially told to send a secret withdrawal order to the Secretary of Defense without the National Security Council, chief of staff or Department of Defense knowing.
Macgregor told McEntee to use "a presidential decision memorandum" and model it off of that.
The information about the final days of Trump may be nothing more than a desperate plea at the last minute, but as MIT Associate Professor Vipin Narang it shows something far more sinister. If Trump could order a troop withdrawal secretly, there's much more he could have done despite security barriers in place to prevent it.
"A lot of people I respect a lot insisted in Jan. that there was no way Trump could invoke his sole authority to launch e.g. a single low yield nuclear weapon against Fordow because guardrails existed to prevent that," he tweeted. "Well….that presumes Trump wasn't actively trying to bypass them."
A lot of people I respect a lot insisted in Jan that there was no way Trump could invoke his sole authority to laun… https://t.co/YjGixjM6ww— Vipin Narang (@Vipin Narang)1621217856.0
Lawyer and general Florida troublemaker Daniel Uhlfelder unearthed a 2017 interview where Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) gave a glowing endorsement to his friend Joel Greenberg for Congress.
Speaking to WFLA about defeating Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), who beat Rep. John Mica (R-FL) in 2016, Gaetz explained that Greenberg was the way to win back the district.
"Who do you believe has the best shot of defeating Stephanie Murphy in Florida's 7th Congressional District?" asked the host.
"That is a Republican seat. That is a seat that really should be won by Republicans," said Gaetz. "Joel Greenberg has gone to the Seminole County Tax Collector's office and been a disrupter. If you look at what people want in the country right now, they want that disrupter. A majority of that district is in Seminole County. Stephanie lives in Orange County. If Joel Greenberg were to run for Congress from that district, I think he becomes the next congressman from the 7th district."
Greenberg is scheduled to plead guilty to six charges, down from 33, on Monday.
Listen to the interview excerpt below:
Any comment @mattgaetz? https://t.co/Mo5uBCN0XF— Daniel Uhlfelder (@Daniel Uhlfelder)1621211196.0
CNN host Fareed Zakaria appeared on a special report, "A Radical Rebellion: The Transformation of the GOP," about the downfall of the Republican Party into a civil war between conspiracy theorists and principled conservatives. It isn't merely that the Republican Party is destroying itself from the inside out, and they're also struggling to keep up with a modern era.
He began by noting that approval for social programs like Medicare and Social Security are on the rise after the GOP spent years bawking about it and proclaiming they'd bring it down.
"Secularization is a force that is sweeping almost all advanced industrial societies and one government can do little to stop," he continued. "America's growing diversity is built on immigration and it is proved to be a strength and not a weakness. Republican politicians are now riding the back of a tiger and they can't get off. Reagan, Gingrich, Trump, all the icons on the right, whip their followers up into a froth of hysteria. And promised they would repeal and reverse most of these terrible trends but, of course, it never happens."
Zakaria argued that this makes the Republican base grow angrier and angrier.
"And as their sense of betrayal grows, so does their desperation that America civilization is in imminent danger of collapse," he explained. "There is a great and honorable space in America for a party of limited and efficient government, that values traditionalism and believes that social change should take place slowly and organically. But that's different from a band of ideology warriors with apocalyptic visions that fuelled the end of days, see opponents as traitors and devils and believe all methods are sanctioned in the battle to save civilization and itself."
"In short," he closed, "the Republican Party needs to have a political exorcism and drive out its demonism and come to terms with the modern world."
See his closer below and DVR the full special again at 1 a.m. EST, 4 a.m. EST, and next Saturday and Sunday mornings.
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