President Trump’s second impeachment trial will move “as quickly as possible,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said Sunday, brushing aside concerns that the process will hamper the Senate’s ability to work on the Biden agenda. “The American people have a right to expect that we can work on a lot of different fronts, from an economic recession to a pandemic to national security threats, as well as holding a president accountable who persistently lied to the American people,” Booker said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” On Wednesday, Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, wi...
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Failed Arizona candidate Kari Lake said it is "probably true" that a "CIA coup" took control of the United States and caused her to lose the 2022 election for governor.
During an interview billed as having a "mega-bombshell," conspiracy theorist Pete Santilli repeatedly pushed Lake to talk about what he believed was a CIA-backed coup d'état.
"I will raise a trillion dollars for any candidate, including President Trump and yourself, that says, 'Ladies and gentlemen, this is a CIA coup.' This system is so corrupt, and the courts have been corrupted."
"The leaders that come out and say, 'Let's launch a counter-coup through the system; let's rally together.' I'm saying we've got a CIA coup; let's not have a bake sale in response," the host told Lake. "That was my criticism [of you]."
"What you're saying, I'm absolutely sure, is probably true," Lake replied. "And I haven't looked at all the evidence, but nothing would shock me anymore."
Santilli followed up: "All I'm asking, is this an overthrow of the United States of America by this entity, you know, the intel services? We already know the FBI has been involved in it. The Central Intelligence Agency."
"Are you courageous enough to say, this is a coup, and we need to counter it in the fashion that we're doing?" he pressed.
"But I think you left one of the most damaging entities out of that," Lake said. "And that is the fake news. The mainstream media has been lying to people for so long, prevented us from speaking about 2020 — except for the brave ones — lied about the laptop, lied about Trump, lied about everything."
At one point, Santilli became frustrated with Lake's lukewarm acknowledgment of the alleged coup.
"You're asking if there's a coup going on?" she said.
"You said that the mainstream media, the CIA Mockingbird media is complicit in that," Santilli remarked. "It's a coup d'état, and we need to respond to it accordingly as a counter-coup d'état."
"Yeah," Lake agreed.
"We have to talk about the counter to the coup, not just go into a corrupt court system," Santilli opined. "Because that's like going as a rape victim, right? You want to go to court, and they say, 'all rise,' and the person in the black robe is the rapist."
"The court system is corrupt, and it is part of the coup," he added.
"You know, it is corrupt," Lake confirmed. "You're right. The judiciary is corrupt."
Lake's legal team is in the process of appealing a court verdict finding she legitimately lost the 2022 election.
Fatima Suarez says a stranger broke into her parents’ home with a hammer and then began repeatedly harassing them at their St. Louis home and sending them racist threats, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.
Suarez could not get police to do anything until a video of the incident captured by the family’s Ring doorbell went viral Tuesday on TikTok. It was then discovered that a warrant for the woman’s arrest had sat unresolved for more than a year in a drop-off box at the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office containing warrants for nonviolent crimes.
“It’s just crazy how it took this for it to be important for them,” said Suarez. “If the video hadn’t gone viral. I guess it would have just still been put on the side.”
The video shows a white woman beating the door of Suarez’s parents’ home with a hammer while making racist threats.
“You’re illegals living here,” the woman says in the video. “Get out. You’re a bunch of illegals. You don’t belong on American property ... show me some illegal paper ‘cause I know you didn’t buy this house. You don’t have enough money.”
It the first of at least six times the woman harassed the family at the home after being arrested three times.
Suarez said her parents were afraid to speak publicly because the woman harassing them hadn’t yet seen their faces.
“They don’t feel comfortable to even open up the windows or the curtain,” Suarez said.
Charlie Kirk, the longtime director of the right-wing student group Turning Point USA, is facing a schism as his years-long relationship with "Students for Trump" is falling apart, reported The Washington Post on Wednesday.
When former President Donald Trump was in power, the two groups worked hand in hand, with Students for Trump leasing its web domains to TPUSA, and the two groups amplifying each other's messages to boost the fundraising and organizing for each. But that partnership is crumbling over disagreements about how to run their operation.
"The separation follows a failed effort by Kirk’s main deputy, Tyler Bowyer, to assert greater control over the Students for Trump accounts, said knowledgeable people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private dealings," said the report. "The changes Bowyer floated would have included removing the Trump name and renaming the accounts as official Turning Point properties. He discussed leveraging the rebranded accounts as part of a new initiative using social media influencers to fundraise for political candidates, according to people who heard Bowyer’s pitch. But not all the money would go to the candidates, as influencers would get a cut of any fundraising they perform."
Ryan Fournier, the chairman of Students for Trump, reportedly rejected all of these ideas, and while TPUSA's spokesman maintains that they are “still allies of the Students for Trump project and support it wholeheartedly,” sources say Students for Trump are now retaking control of their assets TPUSA had been using.
This comes as leaders of these groups appear to be moving in different directions, with donors to TPUSA increasingly preferring Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) as a possible challenger to Trump. DeSantis has not yet declared a run for president, but he is widely known to be interested in running, and several GOP donors have lined up behind him. Trump has responded by going after the governor he once endorsed, calling him a "RINO globalist" and even sharing posts on Truth Social implying he is a child predator.
TPUSA has frequently come under controversy. Its local chapter leaders have sometimes been involved in racial incidents, including one at the University of Missouri who caused outrage last year by posting slurs on Snapchat. Kirk himself drew national attention after blaming the recent FAA shutdown on "white guilt."