(Reuters) - New cases of COVID-19 in the United States rose 5% to more than 394,000 last week, the first increase after declining for nine straight weeks, according to a Reuters analysis of state, county and CDC data. Thirty out of 50 states reported more new infections in the week ended March 21 compared with the previous seven days, up from 19 states in the prior week, according to the Reuters analysis. Nationally, the weekly number of new cases had been on a downward trend since January, though health authorities have warned that infections could surge again if Americans relaxed social dist...
Richard Spencer claims alt-right followers were jealous of his fame and Charlottesville was like 'his concert tour'
Richard Spencer and many of those involved in what was previously called "the alt-right" spoke to CNN's Elle Reeve as the group faced the verdict in the civil suit that they ultimately lost. She's been following the white power and white supremacy movement since 2015, first starting at VICE News and now for CNN.
Spencer told Reeve that his real purpose was to be famous and that the people who followed him were really just jealous of his success and that they wanted to be famous too.
"I was trying to unite everything where it would be simply me and it would have been better if they had f*cking bent the knee and shut the f*ck up," Spencer said. "The whole 2016, 2017 experience was quite something, wasn't it? I was making headlines every week. Trump was also reaching people online and the alt-right became an advertising wing. And the alt-right's anonymous — I am not anonymous if I dare say so, I think I'm interesting."
She asked if that meant he was part of a broader movement that never had a face to it.
"Exactly, yeah," Spencer agreed. "And people could kind of freak out and love to hate me and maybe hate to love me."
He went on to say that he felt like there were a lot of people that wanted to "come hang out in the alt-right. And yeah, I just was too old. I was slumming. I don't know."
"Did I predict this? No. I feared there was going to be some kind of violence at a lot of those rallies. That was becoming present. I think I underestimated a lot of people," Spencer continued. "I think a lot of people wanted to be me. One of the big things the alt-right was I want to be Spencer. I want to be in the headlines. It created a tremendous amount of jealousy."
He admitted that he knew that he would attract attention if he was at the rally in Charlottesville.
"And I wanted attention," said Spencer. "Yeah. It was just kind of almost like a concert tour or something."
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Former President Donald Trump bragged that he effectively obstructed justice during a Fox News interview.
Amid demands for Attorney General Merrick Garland to impanel a grand jury, Trump told Fox News that he simply had to fire former FBI Director James Comey. Otherwise, he could have been held accountable for his relationship with Russia during the 2016 election.
"Don't forget, I fired Comey," Trump bragged. "Had I not fired Comey, you might not be talking to me right now about a beautiful book about four years in the White House, and we'll see about the future. If I didn't fire Comey, they were looking to take down the president of the United States… I don't think could've survived if I didn't fire him."
The report published by former special counsel Robert Mueller said that they didn't even look at whether Trump broke the law during the 2016 election because he followed the Office of Legal Counsel's opinion that the president couldn't be indicted while in office. What Mueller did say was that he uncovered at least 10 examples of obstruction of justice from Trump attempting to stop his investigation.
In the video below, Trump admits that firing Comey was one of those examples:
Trump: If I didn\u2019t fire Comey, they were looking to take down the President of the United States\u2026 I don\u2019t think could\u2019ve survived if I didn\u2019t fire himpic.twitter.com/AHxYyPBZA6— Acyn (@Acyn) 1638755926
CNN announced Sunday evening that the United States wouldn't send any diplomats or lawmakers to Beijing for the 2022 Olympics.
According to the report, President Joe Biden intends to make the announcement this week that they won't stop athletes from participating but that human rights abuses in China have left him unwilling to send any leaders.
China has been under scrutiny about the country's treatment of an ethnic group known as the Uyghurs. The Chinese government has been accused of rounding up the Uyghurs and killing them.
There's also the matter of abuses of protesters angry that China took over Hong Kong earlier than scheduled.
Another concern is for a Chinese tennis player who publicly said that the former vice president forced her into an affair. She was then called back to China and disappeared from public view until questions surfaced about whether the government had imprisoned her or worse. She ultimately reappeared in a meeting with the International Olympic Committee that the Chinese government photographed and published to dispel myths she had been disappeared.