Buried deep in a report claiming Donald Trump has no intention of walking away meekly after Congress certifies the 2020 presidential election on January 6th, the Daily Beast reports that "diehard' fans of the president are openly threatening violence the day they descend upon Washington D.C. for a "Stop the Steal" rally the president is promoting.
With the president suggesting to aides he may make a public address to the gathering-- meant to counter the election certification process on the Senate floor -- fans of the president are boasting they will bring a "literal war" to the streets of D.C.
According to the report, "the protesters' mood ahead of the Jan. 6 protest has turned even more desperate."
"Trump diehards from across the country have organized their travel to Washington on 'The Donald' forum," the Beast's report states. "One of the hottest topics on the site is how protesters can bring guns to D.C., which would count as a local crime in nearly all circumstances under Washington's strict gun laws. Others have talked about breaking into federal buildings or committing violence against law enforcement officers who try to stop them from storming Congress."
One comment that received approving nods stated, "I'm thinking it will be literal war on that day. Where we'll storm offices and physically remove and even kill all the D.C. traitors and reclaim the country."
The report notes that noted Trump supporter Proud Boy Joe Biggs, boasted on Parler, "Watch out, January 6 — you ain't gonna know who the f*ck it is standing beside you."
The Beast also reports that Trump fans are discussing dressing up as Antifa protesters so the anti-fascist group will be blamed for any violence.
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'I like this guy -- he gets me!' New details emerge on Trump's praise of Holocaust denier at Mar-a-Lago dinner
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan has delivered new details about former President Donald Trump's dinner with Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.
Although Trump has tried to downplay his meeting with Fuentes, who came to Mar-a-Lago this week as a guest of anti-Semitic rapper Kanye West, Swan's sources say that the two men hit it off during their dinner discussion.
Trump was particularly taken by Fuentes' declaration that he would crush any other Republican running against him in 2024, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
"I really like this guy," Trump said of Fuentes, according to Swan's source. "He gets me."
Even among far-right media influencers, Fuentes is particularly toxic figure.
In addition to repeatedly calling the Holocaust a hoax, he has also called for a return to segregation and for taking away women's rights to vote.
Fuentes also marched at the notorious "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which featured torch-carrying neo-Nazis chanting, "Jews will not replace us."
In fact, Fuentes is so toxic that even Breitbart News, normally one of the most pro-Trump outlets in the right-wing media ecosystem, wrote a story that cast a critical eye on the meeting.
Donald Trump reportedly discussed his decision to read off of teleprompters at his 2024 announcement speech at Mar-a-Lago.
"Former President Trump dined and conversed with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Tuesday night, according to two sources familiar with the matter," Axios reported.
The rapper said Trump was "really impressed" with Fuentes.
"Fuentes told Trump that he represented a side of Trump's base that was disappointed with his newly cautious approach, especially with what some far-right activists view as a lack of support for those charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack," Axios reported. "Trump didn't disagree with Fuentes, but said he has advisers who want him to read off teleprompters and be more 'presidential.'"
Trump appeared "bored" at his announcement as he read his speech.
On Truth Social, Trump admitted to having dinner with Fuentes, but claimed he "knew nothing about" the notorious racist. Historian Michael Beschloss noted that in 2016 Trump claimed, "I don't know anything about David Duke."
Many shoppers looking for Apple's latest high-end phones returned empty handed from its stores this Black Friday as the technology company struggles with production snafus in China.
Among them were Sally Gannon and her son Michael, who were visiting an Apple store in Bethesda, where they found no iPhone Pros in stock.
Similarly, Abisha Luitel wanted to get an iPhone 14 Pro for her 21-year old cousin. But the Apple store she visited was out. She purchased an older version, the 12, instead.
The "iPhone shortages are accelerating and were front and center this morning on Black Friday across many retailers, Apple Stores, and online channels," Wedbush analyst Dan Ives wrote in a note.
"We believe many Apple Stores now have iPhone 14 Pro shortages based on model or color or storage of up to 25%-30% below normal heading into a typical December, which is not a good sign heading into holiday season for Cupertino," he said referring to Apple's headquarters.
Shares of Apple ended down 2.0% after its supplier Foxconn flagged on Friday that iPhone production could be further hit due to worker unrest at the plant.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment on Friday. In a statement on Nov. 7, it said it expected lower iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments than previously anticipated.
Foxconn's plant in China makes Apple's premium models including the latest iPhone 14 Pro, a source told Reuters.
The plant, the world's largest Apple iPhone factory has been grappling with strict COVID-19 restrictions that have fueled discontent among workers and disrupted production ahead of Christmas and January's Lunar New Year holiday.
At an Apple store in a Bethesda, Maryland mall, an employee said there were almost no 14 Pro and Pro Max in stock. Another employee at a store in Raleigh, North Carolina said that iPhone 14s were in low stock, while the iPhone 14 Plus was completely out of stock.
Sally Gannon said that she and her son were now leaning towards ordering the iPhone online. She said an Apple store employee told them that a phone ordered online would be delivered on Dec. 28.
U.S. electronics chain Best Buy warned earlier this week of shortages of high-end iPhones at its stores this holiday season.
Wedbush's Ives expects roughly 8 million iPhones will be sold on the Black Friday weekend, down from 10 million a year ago, mainly due to supply challenges.
And if you want to shop online, he said wait times on Apple's website are now up to 40 days for the new iPhone 14 Pro, which will only grow over the coming weeks as more consumers try to find iPhone Pros to purchase as gifts.
(Reporting by Hilary Russ in Bethesday, Maryland, and Siddharth Cavale in New York; Editing by Nick Zieminski)