US President Donald Trump said negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program would be a waste of time Sunday after it emerged that Washington had channels of contact with Pyongyang. "I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man," Trump wrote on…
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning, former Donald Trump White House director of Communications Alyssa Farah Griffin predicted that her former boss will go down to defeat if he runs for president again in 2024.
Appearing with former Trump advisor David Urban -- who did not agree with her on all of her points -- Farah Griffin said Republicans in 2024 will have a "come to Jesus moment" when they acknowledge he will lose again.
Speaking with host Dana Bash, she explained, "It's no question that the January 6th committee is going to loom large over the next couple of years of Donald Trump's life, I actually surprisingly agree with David on this, but what is going to take Trump down in terms of 2024, being the nominee and potentially being the president, is less his legal woes and much more the country's fatigue with him."
"There is a recent AP poll that showed that only 27 percent of Americans even want him to run again," she continued. "So at a time right now, when the Biden presidency is frankly on life support, the economy is struggling, we have this high inflation, this is a moment for Republicans, to get through midterms, keep him around through midterms because he is a monster fundraiser, but then have a come to Jesus moment and say what can Donald Trump do that Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, Tim Scott, Nikki Haley can't do? All of them that don't have this cloud of January 6th and having led an insurrection on their back."
She later added, "I have a theory and we will see it play out, Republicans are going to keep him around through 2022 because he will be helpful in winning back House seats, getting back the House majority. He is monster fundraiser, he does have a death-grip on the party, but I'm going to be curious to see if there starts to be a break after 2022 because, if I'm reading the tea leaves, how can this guy beat Joe Biden? I don't see him being more popular."
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According to a report from the New York Times, some attendees at the Jan 6th insurrection who have not been indicted admit they are not ashamed of their actions after the Capitol was stormed and lawmakers fled for their lives, but are instead inspired by the day's events and plan to remain active, still believing the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
In interviews with several participants who are not under investigation, the Times' Elisabeth Dias and Jack Healy spoke with one attorney who was there on Jan 6th who claimed that his participation is a "badge of honor" and that it has led to a change in his career path that he is pleased with.
"There were moments when Paul Davis questioned his decision to join the crowd that marched on the United States Capitol last January. When he was publicly identified and fired from his job as a lawyer," the Times report states. "But then something shifted. Instead of lingering as an indelible stain, Jan. 6 became a galvanizing new beginning for Mr. Davis."
Explaining that he has made new contacts within conservative circles in his hometown of Frisco, Texas, Davis stated, "It definitely activated me more,” before adding, "It gave me street cred."
With the report stating, "The post-mortems and prosecutions that followed that infamous day have focused largely on the violent core of the mob. But a larger group has received far less attention: the thousands who traveled to Washington at the behest of Mr. Trump to protest the results of a democratic election, the vast majority of whom did not set foot in the Capitol and have not been charged with any crime — who simply went home," one participant admitted he did have one regret.
Oren Orr, 32, of Robbinsville, North Carolina, rented a car to drive to the "Stop the Steal" rally, marched on the Capitol, admitted he brought a baton and a taser with him that he never used and claims he was there to pray.
Speaking with the Times, Orr stated, "Most everybody thinks we ought to have went with guns, and I kind of agree with that myself. I think we ought to have went armed, and took it back. That is what I believe.”
"The ralliers were largely white, conservative men and women who have formed the bedrock of the Trump movement since 2016. Some describe themselves as self-styled patriots, some openly carrying rifles and handguns. Many invoke the name of Jesus and say they believe they are fighting a holy war to preserve a Christian nation," the Times reports. "The people who went to Washington for Jan. 6 are in some ways an isolated cohort. But they are also part of a larger segment of the public that may distance itself from the day’s violence but share some of its beliefs. A question now is the extent to which they represent a greater movement."
According to Robert Pape, the director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats at the University of Chicago, the 47 million who believe the election was stolen remain a looming threat.
“They are combustible material, like an amount of dry brushwood that could be set off during wildfire season by a lightning strike or by a spark,” he warned.
Julie McKechnie Fisher, who was at the Capitol and now works with the far-right Look Ahead America, explained that their fight is not over.
“We just can’t become complacent,” she remarked. “I can’t see anything good that this administration has done for us, and it doesn’t feel like he loves our country.”
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According to a report from Business Insider, Michael Cohen admitted on Saturday that Donald Trump instructed him in 2012 to make sure that Don Trump Jr. be the one to take the fall instead of Ivanka Trump during an investigation by Manhattan's district attorney into lying about property sales.
In an interview with MSNBC's Alex Witt, Cohen recalled that the former president was concerned about Ivanka's well-being if she was sentenced to jail and that Don Jr. would handle it better.
According to the report, Cohen told the MSNBC host, "You may recall that there was the district attorney's case here for Trump Soho where it was either Don or Ivanka was in very big trouble as a result of lying about the number of units that had been sold."
"And Donald said it to me – I mean I wouldn't say it if it wasn't said directly to me – he goes 'if one or the other has to go to prison, make sure that it's Don because Don would be able to handle it, " he continued.
Cohen later said that he doesn't expect Ivanka to willingly appear before the House committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection and claimed the first daughter would likely plead the 5th before explaining, "Ivanka is only interested in Ivanka."
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