According to a report in the Washington Post, both Republican members of Congress and voters who backed Donald Trump are starting to see the outgoing president as damaged goods after he incited a riot at the U.S. Capitol that led to five deaths and send lawmakers fleeing for their lives.
Under a headline reading, "As Trump leaves office weakened, Republicans wonder if his wounds are fatal," the Post reports that the Wednesday attack that appalled the country likely damaged any chance the president has of any future in politics with some two-time Trump voters wanting nothing to do with him now.
According to the Post's Phillip Rucker, "In the wake of the mob attack on the Capitol that Trump incited, some allies have abandoned him, many in the business community have shunned him and Twitter took away his social media megaphone. Many Republicans also hold him responsible for losing their Senate majority with last week's twin defeats in Georgia, not to mention their House majority two years ago."
In an interview, Republican strategist Scott Reed admitted that last 60 days of Trump's presidency have been nothing short of a disaster.
"The way he handled himself in the last 60 days has tarnished his reputation and his ability to be a future leader — and by botching the Georgia Senate races, his entire economic agenda is about to get overturned by the Senate," Reed explained. "He's really gone backwards like no one ever would have imagined."
While senior Trump advisor Jason Miller claimed, "President Trump is still the biggest name in American politics and the president is still the leader of the Republican Party. He'll be the most sought-after political endorsement heading into the 2022 midterms," longtime conservative pollster Frank Luntz vehemently disagreed.
Citing a focus group with Trump supporters he conducted the night after the attack that claimed five lives, Luntz stated that Trump voters fall into three categories described as: "those who believe the fact that President-elect Joe Biden won the election and think it's time Trump move on; those who think it was stolen from Trump but he still should move on; and those who think it was stolen and Trump should continue to fight."
Luntz said the fracturing of Trump's base "flabbergasted" him.
"They were very emotional with each other, very harsh with each other," Luntz reported. "This has never happened in a Trump focus group I've done. . . . Trump voters are like single moms with kids. They back each other, they empathize with each other, because they know the stresses and strains they each have. Not anymore. These Trump voters are ready to declare war with each other."
According to Luntz, this is very bad news for Trump if he plans to make another run for the presidency in 2024.
"When you've got a unified force, you can speak to them as their general and motivate them to change their behavior," he elaborated. "But when they have broken down into tribes, it's impossible to deliver a message that reaches everybody. Trump is much less powerful today than he was 72 hours ago."
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'White nationalism and white supremacy is now a key ideology of the Republican Party: MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan
MSNBC host Medhi Hasan cited Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who once protested the Republican National Convention because of former President Donald Trump, but now she has gone all in.
Discussing the new GOP conspiracy from "critical race theory" to the "great replacement theory," Hasan explained it's just another opportunity for Republicans to promote white supremacy.
"It's white nationalist propaganda," he said. "It's the kind of thing that led to Hispanics being gunned down in El Paso. It led to Jews being massacred in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. It used to be backed by Trump alone. Now it's Elise Stefanik, who is supposed to be a moderate Republican. In 2016, she didn't show up to the RNC because she objected to Trump. Now she's pushing this nonsense. It tells you, sadly white supremacy is now a key ideology of the Republican Party. It's not white nationalist adjacent. It's part and parcel of the party's views. Number two, there are no moderate Republicans left. When it came to voting rights, Liz Cheney and [Adam] Kinzinger voted against voting rights. Where are the Republicans where the entire party is heading into the arms of neo-Nazis?"
Host Ayman Mohyeldin said that the new litmus test is how close someone is to Trump and it is no longer about core issues.
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President Joe Biden is dealing with a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, rescuing the final U.S. citizens in Afghanistan, an increasing COVID-19 crisis in red-states refusing to wear masks or promote vaccines, pushing an infrastructure package, hospitals being forced to ration care, a budget showdown with Republicans, the GOP refusing a raise in the debt ceiling and a slew of other crises across the world. CNBC reported Sunday that Elon Musk is miffed Biden didn't shower him with praise over the all-civilian SpaceX mission.
One of Musk's Twitter followers wrote, "The President of the United States has refused to even acknowledge the 4 newest American astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude. What's your theory on why that is?"
Musk replied, "He's still sleeping."
"Sleepy Joe" is the mocking name that former President Donald Trump used against Biden during the campaign. Trump supporters have continued to use the image, even creating deep-fakes shared by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Top NASA officials commented, as did Biden's top NASA chief Bill Nelson, but it simply wasn't enough.
Congratulations, #Inspiration4! With today's splashdown, you've helped demonstrate that low-Earth orbit is open for business.— Bill Nelson (@Bill Nelson) 1632018758.0
Meanwhile, SpaceX is under investigation by the Department of Justice due to accusations that the company discriminated against job applicants based on citizenship.
Musk has also been raging at Biden after the administration proposed giving $4,500 in incentives for electric vehicles. It would stipulate that the companies be unionized and Musk is notoriously anti-union and was even ordered to delete anti-union tweets from the National Labor Relations Board.
Musk has also said he doesn't want to get involved in politics.
Rep. Madison Cawthron (R-NC) spoke to the Henderson County school board about why mask requirements in schools are wrong. While he was there, however, one person spotted what appeared to be a knife underneath Cawthorn's wheelchair, wrote New York Magazine.
The photo spread and the district was forced to contact authorities, promising to cooperate with their investigation in the interest of "the safety of our staff, students, and members of the public in our schools and on our properties." It's a Class 1 misdemeanor in North Carolina to bring a knife onto public school property, though the Henderson County Sheriff's office already said they're letting him off of any accountability.
"Although unacceptable, occasionally a person inadvertently possesses a knife," the statement said.
A political action committee asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to investigate "and take appropriate action."
"The letter includes further documentation about when and where Cawthorn carries the knife in the form of a photograph published in the January 18, 2021 issue of New York," said the report. "The image, taken by photographer Gabriella Demczuk on the morning of January 6 as Cawthorn made his way to speak to the crowd that would go on to storm the Capitol, shows the congressman's fist raised in the air."
There's "an object bearing a knurled, rounded metallic-colored end with a black face, a large hole, and an apparent screw head, bearing a strong resemblance to the Microtech SBD Dagger," said the note.
It's also a violation of Washington, D.C. laws against the possession of a dangerous weapon and rules against weapons in the U.S. Capitol. Rules say that he can have the knife in his office, but not on the floor of Congress.
"Per the Capitol Police, knives fall under the related, 'dangerous weapons' category, and it's not clear if a similar exception is made for members of Congress who carry them," said New York Magazine.
The piece recalled an excerpt from John Boehner's recent autobiography in which Rep. Don Young (R-AK) "pulled a ten-inch knife from his pocket (he was known for carrying one or more knives everywhere he went), flipped the blade open, and held it up to my throat."
The Raleigh News & Observer asked Cawthorn if he brought his knife on school property, but he pretended, "I don't really know anything about that."
During an interview in his office in January, New York Magazine confessed, "I've always got a hunting knife on me."
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