House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced the GOP on Thursday for refusing to punish Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for her remarks backing the killing of top Democrats and outlandish conspiracy theories. Pelosi, D-Calif., said it’s frightening that the GOP won’t act against Greene, a Georgia Republican, despite her extremist views, including support for conspiracy theories that Israel was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and claims that school shootings were staged hoaxes. “I’m profoundly concerned about their acceptance of extreme conspiracy theorists” and “eagerness to reward a QAnon adherent...
Former President Donald Trump has had difficulty getting attention by writing statements longer than 280 characters.
Data analysis conducted by NBC News shows that Trump's new blog, which he launched as a way to push his message to supporters in the wake of his ban from top social media platforms, has failed to generate the kind of buzz his infamous tweets used to create.
"The ex-president's blog has drawn a considerably smaller audience than his once-powerful social media accounts, according to engagement data compiled with BuzzSumo, a social media analytics company," writes NBC News. "The Desk of Donald J. Trump is limited — users can't comment or engage with the actual posts beyond sharing them to other platforms, an action few people do, according to the data."
Trump's writing style was well suited to Twitter, where he used pithy insults and demeaning nicknames to level political opponents during his first run for the presidency in 2016.
Trump's blog, however, has typically focused on relitigating the election he decisively lost more than half a year ago, as well as occasionally taking shots at "junky" Kentucky Derby horses that failed drug tests.
"The Trump blog's low engagement numbers seem to suggest that the practice of deplatforming, or cutting off a user from their followers and thereby severing networks of common followers, is broadly effective and can be used to reduce hate speech and glorification of violence from mainstream platforms," notes NBC News.
CNN's Brianna Keilar drops the hammer on Caitlyn Jenner's campaign: 'She seems so far out of her depth'
Following a clip from Monday night, where Caitlyn Jenner attempted to make her case to replace California Governor Gavin Newsom, CNN "New Day" host Brianna Keilar summed up the interview by saying the reality TV star is far from qualified to handle running the country's most populous state.
In the clip, which can be seen below, Jenner admitted she didn't vote in the 2020 presidential election for Donald Trump and, in fact, didn't vote at all because none of the propositions on the ballot interested her. Asked how she would deal with the multiple problems that the state faces, she ducked the specifics and said she would surround herself with the best people -- echoing comments Trump made when he ran for president.
After rolling the clip for hosts Keilar and John Berman, CNN's Dana Bash fielded questions about her interview.
"So much to talk about: she didn't vote," Berman began. "She didn't vote in the last election, which to me is indicative of the larger thing that is a takeaway from this, which is that, as you said to me last night, this candidacy is a work in progress and that's putting it charitably."
"She obviously has come to -- she's been following politics, she said, for a long time but came to political activism or even wanting to run for elected office very late in life and she said, you know, one point in the interview that this pretty much came to pass because she was sitting in her house for about a year, many, many months during COVID, getting more frustrated, not able to go anywhere," Bash explained. "She was frankly a bit bored and she said this is something that I want to do in the last chapter of my life."
Co-host Keilar was skeptical, to say the least, and made her feelings known.
"You said she was bored" she inserted. "When I'm bored, I watch a movie. But, I guess, I mean, look, she's -- that's what she's doing -- she's running for governor. But I just have to say, listening to your interview, Dana, she seems so far out of her depth here."
"Well, you know, everybody is going to take away from this what they will," a smiling Bash conceded.
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The California GOP's campaign to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is swirling down the drain and a new poll shows that Republican hopeful Caitlyn Jenner is drawing "anemic" support so far.
The Los Angeles Times reports that a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll gives Newsom an approval rating of 52 percent, which bodes ill for efforts to oust him from office later this year.
What's more, the poll found that just 36 percent of Californians would vote to recall Newsom, while 49 percent said they were opposed to the recall.
While none of the Republicans running for governor drew overwhelming support in the UC Berkeley poll, reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner fared particularly poorly.
"The survey's results were especially bleak for retired Olympic gold medalist Jenner, as just 6% of Californians who took part in the survey said they would vote to have her replace Newsom — a vast majority of Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated or independent voters said they would not be inclined to support her candidacy," the LA Times reports.
Jenner has made a series of self-inflicted wounds during her brief campaign, most notably when she said she heard a fellow rich person complain about the presence of so many homeless people while the two were talking at Jenner's private plane hangar.
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