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Trump team set up a 'command center' dedicated to overturning the election the week of the Jan 6th riot: report
According to a report in the Washington Post, allies and lawyers employed by Donald Trump set up what was called a "command center" in a Washington D.C. hotel the week of the Jan 6th Capitol riot from which they coordinated efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The report states that the center headquartered at the Willard Hotel became home to Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon and John Eastman -- the attorney behind the now notorious "coup memo -- among others.
According to the report, while the "Stop the Steal" rally and the ensuing riot was the most visible effort to stop the certification, "...an emerging picture of a less visible effort, mapped out in memos by a conservative pro-Trump legal scholar and pursued by a team of presidential advisers and lawyers seeking to pull off what they claim was a legal strategy to reinstate Trump for a second term," at the hotel.
"They sought to make the case to Pence and ramp up pressure on him to take actions on Jan. 6 that Eastman suggested were within his powers, three people familiar with the operation said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations," the Post is reporting. "Their activities included finding and publicizing alleged evidence of fraud, urging members of state legislatures to challenge Biden's victory and calling on the Trump-supporting public to press Republican officials in key states."
Sources told the WaPo that work was intense at the command center, "... leading up to and even extending beyond 1 p.m. on Jan 6."
"In those first days in January, from the command center, Trump allies were calling members of Republican-dominated legislatures in swing states that Eastman had spotlighted in his memos, including Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona, encouraging them to convene special sessions to investigate fraud and to reassign electoral college votes from Biden to Trump, two of the people familiar with the operation said," the report notes.
The report goes on to add, " [Bernard] Kerik and Giuliani set up shop in Washington in early November at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, according to Kerik, and in the third week in December moved to the Willard, closer to the White House. The Willard attracted many pro-Trump figures around that time, including 'Stop the Steal' provocateur Roger Stone. Stone was not part of the Giuliani team at the Willard and did not participate in the team's efforts, according to the three people with knowledge of the matter."
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Florida officials beg Republicans to stop talking about the 'stolen 'election' as death threats pour in: report
According to a report from Orlando Weekly, the Florida Supervisors of Elections association issued a panicky memo on Wednesday begging GOP officeholders and candidates to stop talking about Donald Trump's election loss as if it was stolen.
With Republicans trying to stay on the former president's good side by either echoing his unfounded claims or saying nothing at all, election officials in Florida just wish it would all go away so they will stop receiving death threats despite the fact that Trump won the state.
The memo stated, "The Great American Experiment, our cherished democracy, is under threat. Our nation is only as strong as the faith our citizens have that their voice, their vote, has a say in our government. In this hour, public trust in our elections is being systematically undermined, to the detriment of all Americans," before adding the supervisors "continuously strive to debunk false claims, and ensure voters have access to accurate election information."
"Many of us have been threatened by our fellow citizens who have been led astray by these deceptions," it continued before asking officials to "tone down the rhetoric and stand up for our democracy."
As Orlando Weekly's Dara Kam wrote, "The statement from supervisors in a state in which Trump handily defeated his Democratic challenger by more than three percentage points —- a landslide by Florida standards —- comes as elections officials in various parts of the country are receiving death threats, quitting their posts or facing calls for 'audits' to revisit the outcome of the 2020 presidential race."
According to Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett, a former Republican senator from Bradenton, "The fraud that they're talking about is very dangerous for our country because people lose faith in the system. The old adage, you tell a lie, you tell it big enough and long enough, it becomes true. And that really bothers me. It bothers me as a former member of the Legislature. Certainly it bothers me as a veteran. I just hate it."
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Appearing on MSNBC's the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot -- and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.
Using one of Schmidt's tweets where he called Trump's "truth" a "hideous deception" as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, "We're in trouble."
"Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical," Schmidt began. "Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement."
"Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results," he continued.
"The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office," he added. "They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures"
He later added, "This is a serious moment."
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