CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney on Tuesday accused fellow Republicans of fomenting political division by perpetuating the myth that massive voter fraud denied Donald Trump reelection, and said unity will be difficult to achieve without acknowledging Democratic President Joe Biden won a fair contest. Romney, in a livestreamed interview with Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar on behalf of the Economic Club of Chicago, also said he shared hopes that the Jan. 6 uprising at the Capitol might lead to more bipartisanship but said there’s been no sign of any change in rhetoric. Romney acknowledge...
"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert warned that supporters of Donald Trump were acting like a "death cult" by refusing coronavirus vaccines.
Colbert's comments came during an interview with MSNBC's Joy Reid, who was discussing the targets of misinformation online during the last two presidential campaigns and the pandemic.
"The targets have been Republicans, particularly white, evangelical Republicans. African Americans and latinos," she said. "And surprise, surprise, it's the same three groups of people who are being targeted again with anti-vax information from a very small number of people and they seem determined to get that triad to not be vaccinated."
"And when it comes to the people of color, I get it, they don't care about those people. But, again, I go back to evangelical Republicans being the biggest target of this disinformation campaign," she explained. "I don't understand. I mean, the Trump following is in many ways fundamentally a cult. It's a cult in every sense and now it appears to be a sort-of Jim Jones era cult."
"A death cult," Colbert interjected.
"A death cult," Reid agreed.
"That's ultimately where it ends," Colbert said. "If the leader doesn't care whether you live or die, that's a death cult."
Reid said that, "A religion is when your savior dies for you, a cult is when you're being asked to die for your savor. And unfortunately, that's where we're at with the Republican Party."
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Friday was interviewed by WNBC on Friday.
Reporter Melissa Russo met Giuliani at the World Trade Center Memorial to tape a segment for an upcoming story on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"But it was clear that also weighing heavily on the former mayor is fallout from the recent election and the fact that he's still facing that criminal investigation," Russo reported. "Former Mayor Giuliani seems fixated on declaring his innocence as a federal investigation looms into whether he was working as an unregistered lobbyist for Ukrainian officials."
Giuliani is being investigated by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York — an office Giuliani once led as the United States Attorney.
"I committed no crime, and if you think I committed a crime, you're probably really stupid, because you don't know who I am," Giuliani claimed. "Is the guy who put the mafia in jail, terrorists in jail, Ed Koch's commissioners in jail, and the worst people on Wall Street — I'm not going to file (a form)? I mean, that's just crazy."
He suggested prosecutors would suffer consequences in the afterlife if he was sent to jail.
"I am more than willing to go to jail if they want to put me in jail. And if they do, they're going to suffer the consequences in heaven. I'm not, I didn't do anything wrong," he claimed.
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Russians hacked email accounts of federal prosecutors — including Southern District of New York: report
The Justice Department revealed on Friday that the same Russian hackers alleged to have committed the SolarWinds cyber attack reportedly breached the email accounts of federal prosecutors.
"The department said 80% of Microsoft email accounts used by employees in the four U.S. attorney offices in New York were breached. All told, the Justice Department said 27 U.S. Attorney offices had at least one employee's email account compromised during the hacking campaign," the Associated Press reported.
That would include the Southern District of New York office in Manhattan that was once led by Rudy Giuliani — and is now investigating the former mayor. It is also the office that prosecuted Michael Cohen.
"The Justice Department said in a statement that it believes the accounts were compromised from May 7 to Dec. 27, 2020. Such a timeframe is notable because the SolarWinds campaign, which infiltrated dozens of private-sector companies and think tanks as well as at least nine U.S. government agencies, was first discovered and publicized in mid-December," the Associated Press reported.
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