‘Cry more loser’: Trump brutally mocked as he rages that McConnell is giving Democrats ‘everything they want’
This Thursday, former President Donald Trump released a statement slamming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying that Republicans "continue to lose" under his "weak leadership."
"He lost Arizona, he lost Georgia, he ignored Election Fraud and he doesn't fight," Trump's statement continued. "Now he's giving Democrats everything they want and getting nothing in return. No deal is better than a bad deal."
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America https://t.co/PFBCjtu25Y— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBN 🇺🇸) 1627565199.0
But many of Trump's critics on Twitter see the message as a sign that Trump is losing the grip he once had on the Republican Party.
@RSBNetwork This guy really seems to be spiraling, he should seek professional help.— Bamalina (@Bamalina) 1627566676.0
Dude is powerless 😂🤣😂🤣
— Lucky Jackson 💉💉😎 (@WillieCogburn) July 29, 2021
Wasn't Trump the highest ranking Republican when the Senate, Arizona, and Georgia were lost?
He had the White House, the House, the Senate for two years and all he did was a tax cut for himself and friends. No Obamacare replacement, not infrastructure bill. Just Lies and Fraud.
— DennisTheMenaceWasASurfer 🇺🇸🤙 (@DennisSurfer) July 29, 2021
Cry more, loser.
— Suzie Marie (@SuzieMarie_) July 29, 2021
Hahahaha. Y'all can't do anything but lose. Losers.
— puzzle dust (@PASULOC) July 29, 2021
TFG is butt hurt because we have a real dealmaker in office.
— Ken I. Getalick (@ILickett) July 29, 2021
You idiots keep posting the statenents of a loser. This guy lost and does not fight for anyone but himself.
— Denise Daoust (@denise_daoust) July 29, 2021
Last I checked, Mitch won his race in Kentucky. Trump lost his, while losing Arizona and Georgia for the first time in a generation plus. Mitch is giving Dems a large infrastructure package, which Trump in fact wanted. Maybe had Trump not been so incompetent, he'd have gotten it. https://t.co/HvkIHmakjc
— Douglas Lukasik (@DouglasLukasik) July 29, 2021
America is 'on a precipice' and in danger of 'losing our democracy thanks to Trump and his extremist supporters: top scholar
America is "on a precipice" and "in danger of losing our Democracy," according to a top scholar who has long warned about the dangers of the Republican Party's descent into extremism.
"We've always had extremist groups on the left as well as the right, but they've always been marginalized or co-opted to become more moderate," Thomas Mann told the Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak for a column published Thursday. "This is the first time an extreme set of forces like this has actually won the White House and tried to steal it a second time."
Mann explains that left-wing Democratic groups have never "commandeered the party to the same extent as the 147 Republicans in the House — among them GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield — who refused to certify Biden's election, or the state lawmakers nationwide who've passed legislation making it harder to vote and allowing partisans to overturn elections they don't like," Barabak writes.
Mann, a senior fellow at Washington's Brookings Institution and a resident scholar at UC Berkeley, is widely regarded by members of both parties as a leading expert on Congress and democracy — with his work having been lauded by the likes of Newt Gingrich.
He now says that if Trump had won a second term, "we'd have passed Hungary pretty quickly in moving to an autocratic world and a dangerous world," according to Barabak.
In a column titled "He warned Democracy was in peril. And that was before the Capitol riot," Barabak notes that Mann effectively predicted developments such as the rise of QAnon, Trump's "big lie," and even the Jan. 6 insurrection.
"The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics," Mann wrote in his 2012 book, "It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism."
"It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country's challenges," Mann wrote.
Mann says the solution begins with "utter repudiation of Trump and his authoritarian impulses, first in the 2022 midterm election and then in 2024, when the White House is again up for grabs."
He also advocates eliminating the electoral college, making voting a mandatory requirement of citizenship, and abolishing the filibuster — or, if nothing else, significantly reforming it.
"We're on a precipice," Mann says. "We're actually potentially so close to losing our democracy."
American teenager Sunisa Lee won the women's gymnastics all-around Olympic gold on Thursday, succeeding defending champion Simone Biles who withdrew over concerns for her mental health.
Lee, 18, won ahead of Rebeca Andrade, the first Brazilian woman to win an artistic gymnastics medal, with Russian women's team gold medallist Angelina Melnikova in the bronze medal position.
Her trek to the top of the podium in Tokyo has not been without enormous personal trauma - in 2019 her father was paralysed from the chest down after a fall from a ladder and last year her aunt and uncle perished from Covid-19.
She said: "The past two years with Covid have been crazy. There was one point I wanted to quit. To be here and to be an Olympic gold medallist is just crazy."
The Olympic debutante was adding gold to the silver she won as part of the US women's team on Tuesday with a points tally of 57.433, 0.144 clear of Andrade, with Melnikova 0.099 away in third.
The crown was dramatically left undefended when Biles dropped out of the in-running team competition on Tuesday and subsequently the all-around.
In the normal course of events Biles would have been hot favourite to become the first back-to-back winner in over half a century.
Few would have bet against that outcome in a discipline where she is undefeated since 2013 -- an era of domination that has delivered 19 world championship golds to go with her Brazilian quartet.
But fate in the form of an attack of the "twisties" left Biles as a mere bystander, with the spotlight normally trained on her instead illuminating the face of her smiling compatriot.
It was the fourth final in four days to go down to the final rotation, with Lee's polished floor exercise earning 13.7 to go into provisional gold, with Andrade unable to dislodge her.
Andrade it was who led after the top six in qualifying had visited the vault, with the Brazilian devotee of Beyonce conjuring up an impressive one and a half twisted Cheng, and on the button on the landing too.
And after a clean routine on the uneven bars she held a narrow 0.066 point cushion over the chasing group led by Lee.
But a strong beam routine pushed Lee into the lead going into the concluding floor exercise, with Andrade initially lying third but promoted into second after a tenth of a point was added to her difficulty rating following an inquiry.
Lee had gold in her grasp after her floor routine with Andrade unable to prevent her becoming the fifth consecutive American winner of the all-around.
© 2021 AFP
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