After months of reckless lies about election integrity culminated in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a national reckoning is in order. U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., showed the way toward accountability during former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. She has suffered unjustly for it ever since. On Feb. 12, the eve of the trial, Herrera Beutler threw off partisan handcuffs, not only volunteering information useful for his prosecution but calling on others to do the same. This act ensured proceedings — and history — would include a more complete account. The nat...
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Reacting to the CDC's advisory to suspend Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccinations due to reports of blood-clotting issues in women, former president Donald Trump -- under whom the coronavirus pandemic raged before he failed to be re-elected -- issued a statement in which he offered up an opinion that the pause is a mistake.
As part of his statement, which also included his racist "China virus" name for COVID-19, Trump attacked fellow vaccine maker Pfizer and the FDA with Trump insisting, "They didn't like me much because I pushed them extremely hard," before taking credit for the medical breakthroughs.
While many critics of the former president -- who is increasingly being referred to to as the "former guy" -- took to Twitter to say he should be ignored, others encouraged him to just go away because he has become "irrelevant."
You can see some responses below:
@Bencjacobs Context: Pfizer announced successful trials on November 9, six days after the election in which the ne… https://t.co/X9XC3sVlPd— J... Fa... (@J... Fa...)1618327651.0
@Bencjacobs Former guy just needs to shut up. No one cares what he has to say. He is irrelevant now. What he really… https://t.co/OuOWbiR3U1— Gwennie (@Gwennie)1618327507.0
@Bencjacobs We really dont have to pay attention to the completely inappropriate ravings of a bitter old man.— mr. G (and the good trouble). (@mr. G (and the good trouble).)1618327459.0
@Bencjacobs I pity the human that had to sit in a room long enough with the Former President long enough to dictate this conspiracy theory.— mpiatt🇺🇸 (@mpiatt🇺🇸)1618327349.0
@Bencjacobs Who. Oh the disgraced twice impeached dumpster fire. He can go away if we let him.— Chris Maye (@Chris Maye)1618327923.0
@Bencjacobs Why the fuck do we care about the rantings of a retired con man in Florida?— Newman 🇺🇲 (@Newman 🇺🇲)1618327283.0
@Bencjacobs Disgraced past president says what? He’s a lunatic.— lesa-with-an-e (@lesa-with-an-e)1618331311.0
@Bencjacobs Haha, this guy is still crazy. Retirement hasn’t mellowed him out at all.— Fresh Peppers (@Fresh Peppers)1618327735.0
@Bencjacobs The guy that hid his own vaccination from the public, now has a strong opinion on vaccinations.— Carlos Rosado (@Carlos Rosado)1618328076.0
@kristirice47 @Bencjacobs His followers. Which has been the problem since he came down the escalator.— Tia Will (@Tia Will)1618327906.0
@Bencjacobs Thank you to whoever got Trump to say “This is all about me, and the vaccines are safe” instead of “Vac… https://t.co/dxng4fzuOI— Will Saletan (@Will Saletan)1618328897.0
@Bencjacobs Who. Cares. What. Trump. Thinks.— Meri (@Meri)1618328274.0
@Bencjacobs Yep. Donald doesn't care who gets sick. Typical former guy.— Max Bingman (@Max Bingman)1618329250.0
@Bencjacobs Why keep posting this garbage? The former guy is clearly unhinged. Let him crawl back in his hole, alone and defeated.— Susan Speakman (@Susan Speakman)1618328165.0
@Bencjacobs Only Tuesday and already I’m out of f*cks to give for anything that fat, orange puss-bag has to say.— Peter Lion (@Peter Lion)1618331222.0
@Bencjacobs My response to ex-president (by the grace of God) Trump is: It is over, https://t.co/hUOGwwuV5e— J. A. Dunleavy (@J. A. Dunleavy)1618329384.0
@Bencjacobs Desperate for attention. Even more desperate to be relevant. Knows nothing about any subject. Pathetic… https://t.co/Rz7XlGhoMc— Paula J Marcotte (@Paula J Marcotte)1618329916.0
@Bencjacobs In more relevant news.... https://t.co/HaO2SFUfky— Political Jerk (@Political Jerk)1618327785.0
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's wife, Yulia Navalnaya, said on Tuesday she was increasingly concerned for her hunger-striking husband's health after visiting him at his penal colony outside Moscow.
Navalny, who is serving a two-and-a-half year sentence on old embezzlement charges, was jailed in February after returning to Russia from Germany where he was receiving treatment for a poisoning attack he says was orchestrated by the Kremlin.
Russia's most prominent opposition figure announced a hunger strike two weeks ago to demand adequate medical treatment, and his allies said this week that authorities had threatened to force feed him.
In a post on Instagram, Navalnaya said she had visited Navalny on Tuesday and communicated with him by phone and through a glass screen.
"He is just as cheerful and fun. But he speaks with difficulty and from time to time hangs up and lies down on the table to rest," she wrote.
"I know that he is not going to give up... But after the visit with Alexei, I worry about him even more."
She added that prison officials were continuing to prevent a doctor from seeing Navalny and that he now weighed 76 kilograms (168 pounds) -- down nine kilograms (20 pounds) since beginning his hunger strike almost two weeks ago.
Navalny, who is 189 centimetres (six feet two inches) tall, had already lost significant weight in prison before launching the hunger strike.
He weighed 93 kilograms (205 pounds) when he entered the facility in February and was down to 85 kilograms (187 pounds) when he started the hunger strike on March 31.
- Koran lawsuit -
In his own Instagram post earlier Tuesday, the 44-year-old opposition politician said he was suing prison officials for denying him access to the Muslim holy book, the Koran.
Navalny said he was taking legal action against prison authorities because "they won't give me my Koran. And it's infuriating."
"When I was jailed, I made a list of ways I wanted to improve myself that I will try to complete in jail. One of the points was to deeply study and understand the Koran," he wrote.
"Books are our everything, and if you have to sue for the right to read, I will sue."
Navalny came under fire early in his political career for making nationalistic comments and deriding immigrants in Russia from predominantly Muslim countries in Central Asia.
His post came as many Muslims around the world started Ramadan after religious leaders confirmed the month of fasting would begin on Tuesday.
Navalny said he had read the Koran before but had not internalised its core tenets.
"I realised that my development as a Christian also requires studying the Koran," he wrote in the Instagram post.
Navalny's lawyers and allies are demanding that he be transferred to a regular hospital. The Kremlin has said that Navalny is not entitled to any special treatment.
Navalny has been a thorn in the Kremlin's side for a decade by probing corruption among officials and leading large protests throughout Russia.
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Several high schoolers in Aledo, Texas are facing punishments after their school discovered they held a virtual "slave auction" where they put prices on Black classmates.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a group of white ninth graders used Snapchat to set up mock "auctions" for Black classmates where they would bid anywhere from $1 to $100.
While the school has not detailed how the students who set up the auction are being disciplined, Superintendent Dr. Susan Bohn said that she wanted to make clear that racism has no place in her school district.
"There is no room for racism or hatred in the Aledo ISD, period," Bohn said. "Using inappropriate, offensive and racially charged language and conduct is completely unacceptable and is prohibited by district policy."
Tony Crawford, an activist and leader with Parker County Progressives, tells the Star-Telegram that there have been "a long line" of racist incidents at the school.
"Can you imagine what it's like for somebody to put a price on your head?" he said. "I cannot imagine the embarrassment and hurt that people you might be friends with are having that conversation."
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