Leaders of the Puerto Rican diaspora in Florida reacted to a new proposal seeking statehood for the U.S. territory. The new legislation was introduced Tuesday by Florida Rep. Darren Soto and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González at a news conference. Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Florida (PRFAA), Anthony Carrillo Filomeno, said the measure “is the right step to ensure the political equality of the 3.2 million American citizens on the island.” Unlike the 1.3 million Puerto Ricans who reside in Florida, those living on the island “do not have the right to vote ...
GOP congressman 'repositioning' his stance on the 'Big Lie' as he runs statewide in New York: report
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) is "repositioning" his stance on Donald Trump's "Big Lie" about election fraud as he runs statewide for governor of New York in 2022.
During the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in New York by a landslide, receiving over 60% of the vote.
In the days leading up to the January 6th insurrection, Zeldin inflamed tensions by pushing Trump's conspiracy theories.
"Some insist everything President Trump & his supporters claim about the 2020 election is 'evidence free'. That lie may be easy to rattle off, but it's still a massive, destructive lie that will haunt them on Jan 6th & far into the future," Zeldin posted on Twitter only days before the insurrection.
Some insist everything President Trump & his supporters claim about the 2020 election is “evidence free". That lie may be easy to rattle off, but it's still a massive, destructive lie that will haunt them on Jan 6th & far into the future.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) January 3, 2021
Following the insurrection, Zeldin took to the floor of the House and sided with the insurrectionists.
In defense of the republic https://t.co/SwdzdA3igM— Lee Zeldin (@Lee Zeldin)1609993893.0
Zeldin then voted to overturn the election results.
The GOP congressman toned down his rhetoric, in an interview with Newsday.
"So, you had tens of millions of people that came out and voted for each of the candidates. Their votes were counted. They're counted once, and you ended up with an outcome," Zeldin said.
"And that's how President Trump, uh ... President Biden became the president, was by winning the November 2020 election," he admitted.
Joel Siegel, the managing editor of Spectrum News DC, offered his analysis.
"Rep. Lee Zeldin repositioning himself now that he's running for governor of NY. In interview with Newsday, Zeldin acknowledges Biden won the election — even though Zeldin sought to overturn it," he wrote.
Rep. Lee Zeldin repositioning himself now that he’s running for governor of NY. In interview with Newsday, Zeldin a… https://t.co/YaWj0rlgGu— Joel Siegel (@Joel Siegel)1621127796.0
The private evangelical school founded by Jerry Falwell, Sr. has hired a Republican official who officially announced he is leaving his position in the GOP.
"Glenn Clary, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, formally resigned Friday to take a job at Liberty University in Virginia. Under state party rules, he is automatically replaced by the party's vice chair, Ann Brown of Fairbanks," the Anchorage Daily News reported on Saturday.
"In a message to members of the Republican State Central Committee, Clary wrote that he will become vice president of strategic partnerships and alliances at Liberty. That role will entail lobbying federal and state legislators as part of a network of Christian organizations," the newspaper reported. "Among the priorities for that network, known as the Standing for Freedom Center, is the defeat of federal legislation mandating elections standards and a separate piece of legislation banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans."
Clary has also been a pastor at Anchorage Baptist Temple.
Glenn Clary, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, formally resigned Friday to take a job at Liberty University… https://t.co/lqVeMwUNuJ— Anchorage Daily News (@Anchorage Daily News)1621121222.0
Perjury charges could hit gun dealer in Congress for testimony in Trump insurrection cases: Ex-prosecutor
The Georgia Republican who made national headlines after trying to minimize Capitol insurrectionists as tourists could soon be facing charges of his own.
"There was no insurrection," Clyde falsely claimed during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. "And to call it an insurrection, in my opinion, is a bold-faced lie."
"Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures. You know, if you didn't know the TV footage was a video from January the sixth, you'd actually think it was a normal tourist visit," he argued.
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner on Saturday offered his analysis.
"How's that for propaganda? I mean, that kind of statement would make George Orwell blush," he said.
"So why is Congressman Clyde's statement as dangerous as it is idiotic? Well, first of all, he's plainly giving aid and comfort to those who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6th," Kirschner said. "But even more importantly, but making those statements, he has made himself a star witness — a marquee witness — in the upcoming trials of those individuals who attacked the Capitol on January 6th."
He laid out why he anticipated Clyde would be the first witness called by defense lawyers in upcoming trials.
He predicted, "the questions will go something like, 'Congressman Clyde, you were in the Capitol on January 6th, was there an insurrection that day?' And Congressman Clyde will say, 'No, there wasn't and the prosecutors are engaged in a bald-faced lie when they say there was an insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th.'"
He said "that kind of testimony would be absurd, it would be propaganda, it would be false," but went on to suggest it could influence a juror to have reasonable doubt.
"You know, if Congressman Clyde testified that way — the same way he just spoke to the American people during a congressional hearing — he would be probably on the hook for perjury, obstructing justice, accessory after the fact," he said. "But let's face it, Congressman Clyde was willing to lie to 360 million Americans in that congressional hearing, might he be willing to lie 12 jurors in the jury box about what happened on January 6th?"
"You know what folks, I have a feeling justice might be waiting around the corner for a guy like gun salesman turned congressman, Andy Clyde," Kirschner concluded. "And justice, matters."
Rep Andrew Clyde's Lies About Capitol Attack Make Him Star Defense Witness in Insurrectionist Trials www.youtube.com
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