A note that Albert Einstein gave to a courier in Tokyo, briefly describing his theory on happy living, has surfaced after 95 years and is up for auction in Jerusalem. The year was 1922, and the German-born physicist, most famous for his theory of relativity, was on a lecture tour in Japan.
In a column for the Los Angeles Times, longtime political observer Doyle McManus pointed out that the Republican leadership is finding itself put into a corner by the more extreme elements in the party -- from far-right GOP lawmakers who excuse violence and conservative voters who see no problem with it.
With Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) excusing the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6th and Rep. Andrew S. Clyde claiming the insurrectionists were merely "tourists," Republicans are now confronted with the optics of being the party that condones violence.
According to McManus, Republicans refusing to take a firm stance against political violence is not a good sign for a party that just lost the Senate and the White House.
The problem, he wrote, is that a substantial number of the GOP's most fervent supporters have said they are fine with the use of force to hold political power.
"A significant chunk of the party's most fervent supporters aren't so sure [the insurrection was damaging], and they illustrate the GOP's dilemma. At a time when the party needs every vote it can muster, it can't risk alienating loyal supporters, even if they embrace violence, " he wrote. "In a survey by the conservative American Enterprise Institute after the riot in January, 56% of Republicans agreed that 'the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.'"
According to the columnist, those voters are holding the party hostage as they try to woo voters back after four years of Donald Trump.
"In the same poll, 79% of Republicans said they still had a favorable view of Trump — and 36% said 'very favorable.' That consensus has made GOP politicians fearful of crossing Trump or questioning the actions of his most zealous supporters, including the Jan. 6 revolutionaries," McManus explained before noting, "Republican officials in both Georgia and Arizona, where Trump is still agitating to reverse the election results, say their families have been physically threatened by the former president's supporters."
"This is the Republican Party's problem, and Republicans need to solve it. They are trying to tiptoe around a fundamental problem: Their candidate lost a presidential election, but he not only refuses to accept the voters' verdict; he wants his party to 'fight' to restore him to power," he wrote before warning, "They want to move past the embarrassment of Jan. 6 — but that can't happen until they settle their internal debate: Are they a party that condones extraconstitutional violence or not?"
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Trump's announcement of rallies with Bill O'Reilly sets off furious backlash among QAnon supporters: report
According to a report from Newsweek, Donald Trump's announcement that he will be touring with former Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly in December was greeted with dismay and incredulity by QAnon followers who believed he would already have been reinstalled as president in August.
The tour, which will include stops in Sunrise, Florida, then Orlando before moving on to Houston and ending in Dallas on December 19, carries a ticket price of $100, with Trump announcing, "My tour with Bill O'Reilly is getting a lot of attention, and I'm looking forward to it. Maybe tickets would make a great Father's Day gift? In any event, I'll see you then, and much sooner."
That announcement set off a flurry of comments on Telegram -- a popular forum for QAnon adherents -- who reacted with confusion and anger.
According to Newsweek's Ewan Palmer, "Supporters of the radical movement expressed concerns that Trump going on a speaking tour later this year surely means that he will not be returning a president—a false claim they have continued to believe since he lost the 2020 election more than seven months ago."
As one Telegram user, identified as Peace Lilly, wrote, "OK I GUESS MY QUESTION IS TRUMP COMING BACK? WHY WOULD HE BE DOING A TOUR THRU THE END OF THE YEAR WITH O'REILLY. HMMMMMMMMM SOMETHING DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT?."
"So nothing will happen until December?" wrote another, with a third adding, "Man I sure hope we don't have to wait that long before you're back in office."
"It's only a few dates close together...it could be done if it works out like it should...could cancel....but yup..kinda a gut punch statement. But we are in an information war, so who the hell knows," wrote another with Trump supporter Angela Baldwin writing, "So basically the August thing is a bunch of bull because a reinstated President doesn't go on tour."
Newsweeks' Palmer added that many QAnon followers are still pinning their hopes on the Arizona ballot audit, believing it will set in motion overturning the 2020 presidential election results and reinstall Trump in the Oval Office.
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The GOP tried to put this 'offensively absurd' spin on the Capitol insurrection and CNN quickly shut them down
Conservatives are still pushing widely bizarre claims about the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol in an effort to avoid accountability for the deadly encounter. On Friday, June 18, CNN offered a quick rundown of the latest myths about the Capitol riots as hosts Brianna Keilar and John Berman debunked all of the theories.
While rolling footage of the most harrowing moments that captured the mob attacking U.S. Capitol police officers, Berman noted that "some Republicans and some deranged entertainers keep developing new and provably false ways to say the insurrection did not happen," according to HuffPost.
From the claims suggesting the insurrection was actually nothing more than a normal tourist visit to the U.S. Capitol to Fox News' Tucker Carlson's latest conspiracy theory suggesting members of the (FBI) were co-conspirators in the Capitol insurrection, the myths just continue to grow.
7 myths about the Capitol riots taken apart youtu.be
However, Keilar and Berman have made one point very clear: it is very difficult to dispute all that transpired when there is harrowing footage documenting the deadly encounter.
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