New Delhi (AFP) - Millions of Indians have joined homegrown social media platforms since New Delhi banned a slew of Chinese apps, including TikTok, amid growing tensions between the giant neighbours, industry officials said Thursday.The ban comes as India steps up economic pressure on China following a border battle last month in which 20 Indian soldiers died.The 59 banned apps include video-sharing giant TikTok, Helo and Likee, with authorities accusing them of activities "prejudicial" to the "sovereignty and integrity of India".Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has a huge social media profil...
Former president Donald Trump on Saturday complained that the "fake news" media never reports on the size of the crowd at his Jan. 6 "Stop the Steal" rally prior to the Capitol insurrection.
"They talk about the people that walked down to the Capitol," Trump told the crowd at his MAGA rally in Arizona. "They don't talk about the size of that crowd. I believe it was the largest crowd I've ever spoken before, and they were there to protest the election."
Trump also promoted a false-flag conspiracy theory that the FBI — which he controlled at the time — was somehow behind the insurrection.
"Exactly how many of those present at the Capitol complex on Jan. 6 were FBI confidential informants, agents, or otherwise working directly or indirectly with an agency of the United States government?" Trump said.
"How about the one guy (who said) 'go in, go in, get in there everybody' — Epps — 'get in there , go, go, go,'" Trump said, referring to Jan. 6 protester Ray Epps.
This week, the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection debunked the conspiracy theory about Epps, which has been pushed by others including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
"Nothing happens to him," Trump said of Epps. "What happened with him? Nothing happens. Did any of these individuals play any role whatsoever in facilitating the events at the Capitol? That's what we want to know."
Trump on January 6th: They don\u2019t talk about the size of that crowd\u2026 I think it was largest I ever, and the fake news never talks about itpic.twitter.com/FkAIR3NY7b— Acyn (@Acyn) 1642302352
Trump pushes the fedsurrection conspiracy theory, ignoring that we all witnessed him organizing and inciting the January 6 attack on the Capitol.pic.twitter.com/1tmNfFxg7a— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1642302393
The crowd at former president Donald Trump's rally in Arizona on Saturday repeatedly chanted "lock him up" when speakers, including Trump himself, mentioned Dr. Anthony Fauci's name.
Some speakers also spewed dangerous rhetoric about Fauci, including Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
"When we’re back in the majority, I’ll get to see Anthony Fauci and ask him some important questions because that man has been a destroyer," Biggs said of Fauci. After the crowd chanted "lock him up," Biggs added: "Let’s see what happens to Dr. Fauci."
Another speaker, Trump-backed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, told the crowd: "I want to lock somebody down, and it's that liar Dr. Fauci."
After the crowd chanted "lock him up," Lake called Fauci "bad news" and said she also wants to imprison "anybody who was involved in that corrupt shady, shoddy election of 2020. Lock them up."
The crowd also erupted into a "lock him up" chant during Trump's speech, after the former president said Fauci is "like the king."
Biggs: When we\u2019re back in the majority, I\u2019ll get to see Anthony Fauci and ask him some important questions because that man has been a destroyer\nCrowd: *chants lock him up*\nBiggs: Let\u2019s see what happens to Dr. Faucipic.twitter.com/K8SD9zpASb— Acyn (@Acyn) 1642292876
Trump-endorsed AZ gov. candidate @KariLake\u00a0spews dangerous rhetoric listing off who she wants to lock up:\n\n"I want to lock somebody down, and it's that liar Dr.Fauci" and "anybody who was involved in that corrupt shady, shoddy election of 2020. Lock them up."pic.twitter.com/GkxsRys6Ef— The Republican Accountability Project (@The Republican Accountability Project) 1642296821
Speaking at Donald Trump's rally in Arizona on Saturday, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell claimed no computers or voting machines will be used in 2022 midterm elections.
Lindell told the crowd that things have actually gotten better for Trump supporters who believe the 2020 election was stolen during the last year.
"The reason I say that is because everybody now is out there with no fear, and we all know what happened, and it's all going to get corrected, and it's been on God's timing, not our timing, and I will promise you this: There's not going to be any election done with any machines or any computers in 2022," Lindell said.
In an interview with Right Side Broadcasting Network after his speech, Lindell claimed he's preparing to launch "a replacement for the machines," which he called "paper on steroids."
"It’s the most awesome paper you've ever seen," he said. "You can’t copy it. It’s better than money."
Lindell is currently facing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems over his false claims about the 2020 election. He has for months been promising a Supreme Court lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election results, but the complaint has never materialized.
Asked about the lawsuit on Saturday, Lindell said "it's coming," blaming the delay on state attorney generals who've "made changes."
Speaking at the rally, Lindell also claimed the media has "all of a sudden" been attacking him again "a year later."
"It's risen to a new level. You know why? Because all these great things are coming out," Lindell said, before referring to the Maricopa County election audit, which actually affirmed president Joe Biden's victory. "So they want to deflect. It's called election deflection."
Lindell also complained about DirecTV's decision to drop the pro-Trump One America News Network. But he said the real problem is conservative media.
"The biggest problem we face is not the fake news media, we're all on to them," Lindell said. "It's the conservative media, the ones that don't talk. One of them rhymes with Fox. They're disgusting. They won't talk about anything. When was the last time you saw anyone on Fox talk about the 2020 election?"
Watch clips from Lindell's speech below.
Lindell: This brings up the biggest problem we face. It\u2019s not the fake news media\u2026 It\u2019s the conservative media. The ones that don\u2019t talk. One of them rhymes with Fox. Disgusting! They\u2019re disgusting!pic.twitter.com/Oo1UlLwIHg— Acyn (@Acyn) 1642291541