According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the last days of Donald Trump's tenure as president have found him still looking for any chance of remaining in office as demoralized staffers look forward to Inauguration Day bringing the era to a close.
The Journal notes that the president has asked for information on the Republicans in the House who voted for his impeachment last week and whether they are susceptible to being primaried in 2022 while still fuming about his election loss.
As regarding the ongoing articles of impeachment passed by the House, Trump is still searching for attorneys to defend him if it comes to a trial after White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and attorneys who represented him during his last impeachment have let it be known they won't take part.
Reporting that, "... one of his close allies say his handling of his election loss has created an entirely avoidable crisis that will overshadow his accomplishments in office and complicate his future business and political aims," the Journal also noted, "advisers describe the president as sullen and regretful about the events of the last week, though he says he is not responsible for prompting them. Many of his aides say they are ready to turn the page."
According to one aide close to the president, they just want it to be over.
"It's complete shellshock," they explained. "People are praying for the inauguration to come and to get Trump the hell out of there."
The Journal went on to add, "In private, the president has continued to pursue which pardons he can grant in his final days in office, calling advisers to ask for suggestions. The White House is expected to release dozens of pardons in the days before he leaves office, aides say. Aides say they don't know if some of the most controversial pardons—including for Mr. Giuliani, for the president's children, and for the president himself—will be among them."
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Fox 46 reporter Ryan Kruger found startling results when he researched those arrested for the Capitol insurrection who live in North Carolina.
"Brad Bennett of Randolph County stood in front of the Capitol recording a video right before he and hundreds of others stormed the building," he reported. "In FBI charging documents, Bennett is described as a devote follower of the conspiracy theory QAnon. Just days before the riots at the Capitol, Bennet posted on Facebook, 'FAIR WARNING: If this election is stolen for Biden, Patriots will go TO WAR.' But despite Bennett's passion for the former President, it doesn't appear he voted for him."
In all, of the twelve people arrested from North Carolina, five aren't even registered to vote in the state.
"Another Trump devotee, Stephen Baker of Wake County, was recorded on a video posted to social media accusing democrats of rigging the election. 'Trump won,' Baker said. But Baker, who according to the FBI live streamed videos while inside the capitol, also isn't registered to vote in North Carolina," he reported.
Clemson University Prof. Darren Linville explained why Trump's message that the system is corrupt may have provided a disincentive to voting.
"There's a lot of assumptions about a corrupt process in a lot of these communities," Dr. Linville explained. "And certainly that's the case within the QAnon community that the system is corrupt. And if you believe the system is corrupt, then why bother voting?"
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) attempted to make a historical analogy on Saturday afternoon that led critics of the conservative lawmaker -- who seems to spend every waking hour on Twitter-- to inform her that she seems to have no idea what she is talking about.
At the same time that President Joe Biden was encouraging European leaders to take a tougher line with China, Boebert compared China to post-Weimar Germany in such a way that had many puzzled and even more thinking she was just stringing words together.
According to the Republican lawmaker: "China is looking an awful lot like 1930s Germany. The policy of appeasement didn't work then. It won't work now. History doesn't repeat itself, but it definitely rhymes."
Then came the responses.....
@laurenboebert Did you get your history degree at Trump University?— StarMztyk (@StarMztyk) 1623516809.0
@laurenboebert America looks a lot like 1930s Germany, Bobo. Thanks. https://t.co/SomyVaXuDx— Bruno (@Bruno) 1623516935.0
@laurenboebert What you know about 1930s Germany could fit on the head of a straight pin with room left over for angels to dance on— dreadknyght17013 🏴🇮🇪🇺🇸⚖️⚔️🌊🧒 (@dreadknyght17013 🏴🇮🇪🇺🇸⚖️⚔️🌊🧒) 1623522024.0
@laurenboebert I'm having a hard time finding a supportive reply to this gem of a Twitter post.— Nicholas Mitchell (@Nicholas Mitchell) 1623521662.0
@laurenboebert Someone should have stayed in school and learned what rhyming is. Also…https://t.co/VmCfGoZkgW— liddle’ Carter BLM (@liddle’ Carter BLM) 1623517076.0
@laurenboebert That moment when you're straining to have a lucid thought for the first time in your entire life, an… https://t.co/ET85dWUYnO— Ghost of MaverickCtzn Fully Vaccinated! (@Ghost of MaverickCtzn Fully Vaccinated!) 1623517556.0
@Murp1953Tim @laurenboebert You're asking a high school dropout to do research?— Patrick H (@Patrick H) 1623517630.0
@laurenboebert Qbert, this water is over your head & you can't swim. I doubt your GED prep class covered 1930's Wei… https://t.co/oaZG9umAV6— vacekra (@vacekra) 1623520364.0
@laurenboebert Pick up a history book and yes.......READ IT. China looks nothing like Germany in the 40's. It blows… https://t.co/GMXcBenGfn— Michael Petty (@Michael Petty) 1623517980.0
@laurenboebert Since the attribution is missing...'History doesn't repeat itself, but it definitely rhymes' - Mark… https://t.co/9yWa0Ib1Am— ShirtyandSniffy (@ShirtyandSniffy) 1623519979.0
@laurenboebert Just stop. Go watch cartoons.— Will Koenig #vaccinated (@Will Koenig #vaccinated) 1623517523.0
@laurenboebert When did you ever study 1930's Germany? You dropped out of high school at 15. Did someone tell you to post that?— therealjaymath (@therealjaymath) 1623521939.0
@laurenboebert Oh please enthrall us with you DEEP knowledge of the history and the rise and fall of Germany in the… https://t.co/OZyDfhIhZV— Christopher Martin (@Christopher Martin) 1623521941.0
@laurenboebert I feel dumber for even reading this tweet. I'm not quite sure I know what you mean and I'm not sure… https://t.co/fhkOj3NuOe— 〽eidas 〽ighty In The 〽itten 💯🏳️🌈#Pride🖤#BLM (@〽eidas 〽ighty In The 〽itten 💯🏳️🌈#Pride🖤#BLM) 1623522503.0
Outrage in North Carolina resulted in the cancelation of an event scheduled for June 19th — the same day as the Juneteenth holiday commemorating the emancipation of slaves.
"A racist event description, promising to tell the story of 'white refugees' and defeated Confederate soldiers, was abruptly removed Friday by the Historic Latta Plantation after backlash," the Charlottesvillle Observer reports. "The event billing is sympathetic to those who owned slaves in the aftermath of emancipation, and inaccurately minimizes an unnamed slaveowner to an 'overseer,' referring to him as 'massa.' The post on Latta Plantation's site also refers to 'freedmen' but inexplicably omits that Black people were enslaved in the United States for nearly 250 years. Instead, the museum's site refers to slaves as 'former bondsmen.'"
Mecklenburg County said they are reviewing their contract with the site vendor following the scandal.
"Mecklenburg County has zero tolerance for programs that do not embrace equity and diversity. Park and Recreation was not aware of the planned event at Latta Nature Preserve until it appeared on social media," the county said in a statement. "We immediately reached out to the organizers and the event was canceled. As a result of this incident, Mecklenburg County is looking at its contract with the facility vendor regarding future programming."
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles also released a statement.
"We should not support any business or organization that does not respect equality, history, and the truth of the African-American people's journey to freedom. Despite intent, words matter. And the Historic Latta Plantation should know better," Lyles wrote.
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