Firing back at allies of Donald Trump who have been critical of Republicans who did not defend the ex-president no matter what the accusation, Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) criticized the wave of censures aimed at the dissident GOPers and said the party needs to move on.
In an interview this week, Thune -- who has previously drawn Trump's ire -- said Trump-aligned conservatives are engaging in "cancel culture" by censuring Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach the president over his part in the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6th, reports the Journal-Times.
Thune -- who voted to acquit Trump of inciting an insurrection -- stated there were good reasons for some of his GOP colleagues to differ with him on his decision.
"There was a strong case made," Thune said of the articles of impeachment. "People could come to different conclusions. If we're going to criticize the media and the left for cancel culture, we can't be doing that ourselves."
Acknowledging there is a rabid Trump-wing in the party, he also stated that Trump-like potential candidates may not be welcome as he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) try to reclaim the Senate as well as the White House.
"At the grassroots level, there's a lot of people who want to see Trump-like candidates," he said. "But I think we're going to be looking for candidates that are electable."
The Journal-Times adds, "Thune suggested he would be taking steps to assist candidates 'who don't go off and talk about conspiracies and that sort of thing.' He praised Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, who was censured by the Wyoming GOP for voting to impeach Trump, for doing an 'exceptional job on most issues' and said he was ready to jump into primary battles like the one she is sure to face."
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The Pentagon announced on Friday that it has identified the remains of a US Army chaplain who died in a prison camp during the Korean War and is being considered for canonization by the Vatican.
Captain Emil Kapaun, of Pilsen, Kansas, was captured by Chinese forces near Unsan, North Korea, in November 1950 and held with other American soldiers at a prison on the south bank of the Yalu River.
Donald Trump appointee Federico Klein complained about jail conditions during his first hearing after being arrested on charges related to the fatal January 6th insurrection seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
"Magistrate Judge Faruqui is reading Klein the charges now. Notes that obstruction of Congress charge carries a 20-year max, assaulting police [with] dangerous weapon also 20-year max," Politico's Josh Gerstein reported Friday.
White House: Biden will advocate for the LGBTQ Equality Act but does not support ending the filibuster to pass it
President Joe Biden remains committed to the passage of the LGBTQ Equality Act, legislation he has said he wants to sign into law during his first 100 days. But the President, who served in the U.S. Senate for four decades, does not want to see the filibuster be killed in order to pass the vital civil rights bill.
The LGBTQ Equality Act "is a piece of legislation the President supports as you all know, and he discusses a range of his priorities with members of Congress the House and the Senate, and I'm certain when given the opportunity he will advocate for the passing" of the bill, White House Press Secretary Psaki told Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson Friday during the daily press briefing.
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