Mark Zuckerberg laughed at by Obama alums after Trump discussed his imprisonment at Georgia rally

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg received harsh criticism from former Obama administration officials following Donald Trump's political rally in Georgia.

When Trump complained about Zuckerberg at the rally, the crowd began chanting "lock him up."

"Well, they should be looking at that, Trump said.

Trump's comments came less than one week after a new report claimed the Facebook CEO cut a deal with Trump to avoid fact-checking political posts. In return, the Trump administration would not impose regulations on the social media behemoth.

"Facebook sold its soul and got a 'lock him up' chant in return. While doing its part to destroy democracy around the world," former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said.

"This speech is a real indictment of the entire strategy employed by the Facebook public policy team. Years of twisting themselves into a pretzel to appease Trump only to have him through Zuck into imaginary Gitmo," former White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer said.

"Guess those ass-kissing sessions at the White House and letting him break Facebook's rules didn't protect you Mark," former Obama spokesperson Tommy Vietor said.

Georgia Republicans outraged Trump trashed Brian Kemp at rally: 'I am just so mad — beyond words'

Republicans in Georgia are worried that Democrats may win the governor's mansion during the 2022 midterms after Donald Trump blasted GOP Gov. Brian Kemp during a Saturday night campaign rally.

Trump did not just tear down Kemp, he also spoke kindly of Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost to Kemp in 2018 and is widely expected to mount a rematch.

""Of course, having [Abrams] I think might be better than having your existing governor," Trump said. "Might, very well, be better."

"Stacey, would you like to take his place?" Trump asked. "It's okay with me."

It is highly unusual for a former president to trash a member of his own party running for re-election.

"Former President Donald Trump returned to Georgia on Saturday to showcase a trio of loyalists he's endorsed in 2022 elections, deepening an internal rift among state Republicans that helped fuel upset Democratic victories in the last election cycle," Greg Bluestein reported for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The visit only sharpened the division within a state GOP reeling from losses in November's presidential race and the Democratic sweep of U.S. Senate runoffs that flipped control of the chamber."

Trump continued to push his "Big Lie" of election fraud in the state, which may have depressed GOP turnout in the Senate runoff elections enough to allow the Democratic Party sweep.

"Tens of thousands of Trump supporters stayed home in the January runoffs as he promoted the Big Lie and attacked fellow Republicans. Trump intensified that GOP feud tonight, essentially handing [Stacey Abrams] his endorsement," Buestein posted to Twitter.

He also reported text messages he was receiving from Republican officials, one of who described the rally as "a sh*t show."

3 dead after Amtrak's Chicago to Seattle train derails in Montana: report

The people died when Amtrak's Empire Builder train derailed in Montana.

"Five cars of the Empire Builder train 7/27 left the tracks at around 4 p.m. near Joplin, according to an emailed statement from Amtrak Public Relations Manager Jason Abrams. There were approximately 147 passengers and 13 crew members onboard," the Billings Gazette reported Saturday.

Initial reports put the derailment near Havre, an old railroad town which is roughly halfway between Minneapolis and Seattle.

The total number of passengers injured in the derailment is not currently known.

Photos of the derailment and rescue effort were posted to social media.

Trump gushes about Marjorie Taylor Greene: 'She's really, really smart!'

QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has been ridiculed for pushing a conspiracy theory that California wildfires were started by a giant Jewish space laser, but was praised for her intelligence on Saturday.

At a campaign rally in Georgia, Trump described the congresswoman who had a meltdown on the Capitol steps on Friday as "very low-key."

"She's really tough and she's really, really smart!" Trump said of the Republican who had to hold a press conference to apologize for not understanding the Holocaust.

"Very smart," he said.

"She is smart as hell, she knows what's going on, she knows what's going on," Trump said of the conspiracy theorist.

"Thank you Marjorie, you are loved. You are loved all over this country," he claimed.

Trump sought to settle scores during dark speech in Georgia that lasted over 90 minutes

Donald Trump traveled to Georgia on Saturday where the former Republican president repeatedly slammed the state's GOP governor while describing America as a dystopian hellscape under President Joe Biden.

Trump has been livid since Kemp refused to overturn the state's 2020 election, which was won by Biden.

"You're not going to have a country left. If you want to have a country left you must elect no Democrats and vote only for America first Republicans," Trump said near the beginning of the rally.

But he soon began attacking Kemp, who is facing re-election in 2022. And he repeatedly suggested likely Democratic Party challenger Stacey Abrams might be a better governor.

Trump demanded that Georgia voters replace Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Trump's fixation with his conspiracy theories about the 2020 election dominated his speech. Despite the controversial Cyber Ninjas audit in Arizona confirming he also lost that state, Trump demanded that the state decertify Biden's victory.

Trump didn't just criticize those who refused to go along with his "Big Lie" of election fraud, he also defended those who acted upon his conspiracy theories. Trump mentioned Ashli Babbit and said that people charged for the January 6th attack on the Capitol are "being held prisoner, very unfairly."

The 90-minute rant was detached enough from reality for Trump to deny having a big mouth while bragging about his honesty.

Trump says Stacey Abrams might be a better Georgia governor than Republican Brian Kemp

Donald Trump continued his grudge against Gov. Brian Kemp at a campaign rally in Georgia and suggested to his audience that they might be better off voting for a Democrat in the 2022 midterm elections.

Trump was pushing his debunked conspiracy theories about election fraud when he mentioned Abrams, who is widely expected to face off against Kemp in a 2022 gubernatorial rematch. After Kemp won under a cloud of voter suppression in 2018, Abrams founded the voting rights group Fair Fight Action which helped Joe Biden win Georgia while Democrats swept both U.S. Senate seats.

"Of course, having her I think might be better than having your existing governor," Trump said.

"Might, very well, be better," he repeated.

Trump has been angry at Kemp for not overturning the election in Georgia. Trump is reportedly under criminal investigation for the attempt to overturn the vote.

Trump went on to say why his endorsement of Kemp was a "mistake."

Trump launches fresh attack on the legitimacy of the Obama administration at Georgia rally

In 2011, Donald Trump embraced the racist birtherism conspiracy theory against then-Sen. Barack Obama.

In 2016, The New York Times reported Trump pushed the conspiracy theory for five years. The newspaper described it as "a remarkable campaign of relentless deception that tried to undermine the legitimacy of the nation's first black president."

"He nurtured the conspiracy like a poisonous flower, watering and feeding it with an ardor that still baffles and embarrasses many around him," The Times explained. "Much has been made of Mr. Trump's casual elasticity with the truth; he has exhausted an army of fact-checkers with his mischaracterizations, exaggerations and fabrications. But this lie was different from the start, an insidious, calculated calumny that sought to undo the embrace of an African-American president by the 69 million voters who elected him in 2008."

Trump returned to the theme at a Saturday night rally in Georgia where he was repeating his "Big Lie" of election fraud.

At the rally, Trump attempted to brag about the "75 million" people who voted for him, even though he has received multiple fact checks reminding him that his 74,223,369 votes actually rounds down to 74 million.

"But you know what that is? That's 75 million people, but it's really much more than that," Trump said, attempting to further inflate the number.

"Much, much more than that," he said.

"And that's the largest vote — by far — every gotten by a sitting president," Trump said, even though President Joe Biden received 7,059,547 more votes.

"And most presidents go down in the second term, even if they win, they go down," Trump argued, even though the last two GOP presidents to be re-elected both increased their total number of votes by over 10 million in their re-election.

"Obama went down, way down, but he won. Well, I don't know, maybe he won, who the hell knows if he won? Nowadays, with these elections, who the hell knows if they won," Trump argued.

WATCH LIVE: Trump pushes 'Big Lie' at Georgia rally despite ongoing criminal investigation

Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to rally supporters in Perry, Georgia on Saturday.

The rally has been overshadowed by Republican infighting, the Arizona audit fiasco and the issuance of subpoenas the the select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Previewing the speech in an email sent to reporters, Trump suggested he would continue to push his "Big Lie" of election fraud even after the Arizona audit confirmed Joe Biden won.

"I will be discussing the winning results of the Arizona Forensic Audit, which will show 44,000 possibly illegal ballots cast, tomorrow at the Great State of Georgia rally, which will be packed!" Trump said.

Trump lies about the election and effort to overturn the election are the reason he's under criminal investigation in the state.

On Friday, the Brookings Institution released a 109-page report analyzing the publicly available evidence in the reported investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

"Whether Trump will in fact be charged must await Willis's decision, based on all the evidence and consideration of the presumption of innocence to which all Americans are entitled. But there is no doubt that attempting to subvert democracy — to effectively disenfranchise millions of Georgians, and particularly Georgians of color — is not just wrong; it is potentially criminal," the authors of the report, Norman Eisen, Donald Ayer, Gwen Keyes Fleming, and Joshua Matz, wrote in The Washington Post.

"The centerpiece of Trump's Georgia interference is his now infamous phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, during which Trump repeatedly insisted that he had won Georgia "by hundreds of thousands of votes" and demanded that Raffensperger "find 11,780 votes" — exactly one more vote than the margin of Joe Biden's 11,779-vote victory in the state. But Trump's actions went far beyond his solicitations and threats on this one call. He also personally contacted other officials in Georgia — including the governor, the attorney general and the secretary of state's chief investigator — to urge them to alter the election outcome," they explained.



Betsy DeVos offers veiled criticism of GOP's infatuation with Trump

Billionaire Betsy Devos "implicitly criticized the GOP's ongoing capture by former President Donald Trump" the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.

DeVos, who served as Trump's education secretary and is the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party, made the comments at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

"DeVos told attendees at the biennial conference on Mackinac Island she worries that 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in today's political environment," the newspaper reported. "Though personalities can be important to point the party toward its policies, 'ours is not a movement dependent on any one person,' DeVos said."

The comments were made the same day Trump is holding a campaign rally in Georgia.

"It appeared to be a rare GOP acknowledgement and criticism of what amounts to something close to a cult of personality surrounding Trump — who was defeated in November after one term in office — for many Republican activists," the newspaper explained.

Read the full report.

QAnon congresswoman brazenly lies at Trump rally — while demanding audit of the vote in Georgia

Controversial Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) lied to the audience at a rally in Perry, Georgia on Saturday.

While warming up the crowd ahead of Donald Trump's speech, the first-term representative lied about the elections in her state.

"And there's something that all of us know in Georgia, Trump won Georgia," Greene said, even though the initial tabulation and two hand recounts proved that statement is a lie.

"And that's why I'm calling for an audit in Georgia, it's time to do it," she said, even though the election was over ten months ago.

Even though the controversial audit in Arizona showed Trump was an even bigger loser than was announced in November, Trump has refused to accept reality and instead argued that the opposite result was found.

"I will be discussing the winning results of the Arizona Forensic Audit, which will show 44,000 possibly illegal ballots cast, tomorrow at the Great State of Georgia rally, which will be packed!" Trump emailed to reporters late Friday evening.

A CNN fact-check found "Trump's claims of fraud in Georgia remain completely baseless."

Trump is currently under criminal investigation in Georgia for his efforts to overturn the state's 2020 election, which was won by Joe Biden.

'Bleakest scenario': Advisor to 4 presidents warns 'all hell breaks lose' after 2024 election

One of the most experienced former White House staffers in America warned of the unraveling of America during a Saturday appearance on CNN.

David Gergen served as director of speechwriting for President Richard Nixon, communications director for Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and counselor to the president under Bill Clinton.

CNN's Pamela Brown said, "as someone who has advised so many presidents, who cares so much about American democracy, how concerned are you about the future U.S. elections with this backdrop of the 'Big Lie'?"

"I'm very concerned," Gergen replied.

"I think that we're in more, we're in potentially more danger than we were six months ago, a year ago. Listen, the bleakest scenario is that all the efforts that are being made now between Democrats and Republicans on where we're going to go on the economy and pandemic, you know, that all these talks may collapse and we in government may be seen as dysfunctional," he explained.

"The Republicans then use this in 2022 to take back the House and set themselves up for 2024. Trump could go on as crazy as he is now, he gets crazier as it goes along. You can see all this coming together at an outcome in 2024," he continued.

"If Trump were to be re-elected, all hell is going to break loose in this country. On the other hand, if his supporters think it's been stolen from him after 2024, all hell could break loose on that side, too. So I think we're in pretty treacherous territory right now," Gergen warned.

"Those are not very good options you just laid out there, David Gergen," Brown said. "Pretty terrifying."

Pelosi warns Congress of 'time of intensity' as Dems rush to pass Biden's agenda by September 30th

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Saturday warned "the next few days will be a time of intensity" as the House of Representatives rushes to pass a slew of bills by the end of September.

In a "dear colleague" letter written to members of the Democratic Caucus, Pelosi argued Democrats to one week to "pass a Continuing Resolution, Build Back Better Act and the BIF" (Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework).

She said "September 30th is a date fraught with meaning."

Pelosi explained both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework and the reconciliation bill were key to delivering President Joe Biden's agenda.

"We must pass the BIF to avoid the expiration of the surface transportation funding on September 30. And we must stay on schedule to pass the reconciliation bill so that we can Build Back Better," she explained. "The Build Back Better Act is a jobs bill for the future: addressing the empowerment of women in the workplace and creating good-paying green jobs by tackling the climate crisis. The jobs initiatives relating to child care, home health care, paid family and medical leave, universal pre-K and more are transformative."

Pelosi announced the Democratic Caucus will meet on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Pro-Trump website host subpoenaed by law enforcement following Jan 6 Capitol attack: hacked documents

Researchers of online extremism were given a treasure trove of information following the hack and release of documents from Epik, a provider of internet services which rose to prominence working for those who had been kicked off other platforms.

"The breach of Epik's internal records has cast a spotlight on a long-hidden corner of the Internet's underworld, and researchers expect it could take months before they can process the full cache — the equivalent of tens of millions of pages. Many are digging for information on who owns and administers extremist domains about which little was previously known," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Extremism researcher Heidi Beirich, co-founder of the nonprofit Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, explained the importance of the lead to the newspaper.

"This is like the mother of all data lodes because Epik was at the center of so many of the extremist websites and organizations that people like me study. Epik was the place of last refuge for a lot of these sites," said Beirich, co-founder of the nonprofit Global Project Against Hate and Extremism. "And as the data is analyzed and looked at more deeply, we're going to see this ecosystem in a way that was simply not possible before."

The leak is also shedding light on the law enforcement response to the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump seeking to overturn the 2020 election, which was won by Joe Biden.

"The data includes internal memos describing apparent subpoenas from law-enforcement agencies for information about Epik-registered websites, including two domains, and, in the weeks after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6," the newspaper reported. "One of the internal notes, which appeared to have been written by an Epik employee, mentions a grand jury subpoena, a request to preserve records for 90 days and a nondisclosure order — a court-approved document that law enforcement can secure to prohibit tech companies from telling customers what information they'd shared as part of an investigation. 'DO NOT tell Registrant,' read the note, which did not include further details of the investigation."

Read the full report.

Trump's Georgia rally overshadowed by GOP infighting, backfiring Arizona audit and Jan 6 subpoenas

Donald Trump's Saturday rally in Georgia got off to an inauspicious start as multiple factors converged to scuttle the former president's hopes for a triumphant return to the campaign trail.

The former president's troubles exploded on Thursday when the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Daniel Scavino, former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel, and former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon.

Trump had hoped the focus on subpoenas would be distracted by the results of the controversial Cyber Ninjas audit in Arizona.

"Interesting that the Unselect Committee of political hacks 'dropped' their subpoena request the night before Arizona is expected to announce its findings from the Forensic Audit on voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election Scam," Trump said in an email sent after 11 p.m. eastern on Thursday evening.

But the results of the audit had already been leaked, and they showed that Trump was an even bigger loser than was announced in November.

Things got even worse on Friday, as even Fox News reported on the Arizona audit confirming Joe Biden won.

Then, on the eve of the rally, the state's Republican lieutenant governor handed CNN an opinion column where he likened Trump to Satan.

"This weekend, former President Trump is hosting a rally in my neck of the woods," Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan wrote. "If the legendary Southern rocker Charlie Daniels were still with us today, his hit song could be re-written as, 'A president went down to Georgia, he was looking for a party's soul to steal.'"

The Republican official worried the rally would be like recent Trump rallies in Alabama, Ohio and Arizona where the former leader of the free world would recite his expansive list of grievances, while pushing long-ago debunked conspiracy theories.

"Republican candidates cannot win general elections around the country if they exert all of their energy in the primary on a litmus test around unfounded election conspiracy theories. When Trump comes to Georgia this weekend, expect him to re-package his 'greatest hits' and once again hijack our great state for his own selfish agenda. It might make for good theater, but it is setting back the conservative movement," Duncan warned.

But Trump doubled-down on Arizona, and announced it would be a focus of his rally.

"I will be discussing the winning results of the Arizona Forensic Audit, which will show 44,000 possibly illegal ballots cast, tomorrow at the Great State of Georgia rally, which will be packed!" Trump said in a statement emailed to reporters.

Weighing heavily over Trump's rally is the fact he's reportedly under criminal investigation in the Peach State for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

As Trump prepared to depart for his Georgia rally, The Washington Post published an op-ed by Norman Eisen, Donald Ayer, Gwen Keyes Fleming, and Joshua Matz of the Brookings Institution titled, "Trump is going back to Georgia. Did he break the law there?"

The four explained a new report their think tank published on "publicly available evidence in connection with the reported ongoing investigation by the Fulton County district attorney, Fani Willis."

"The centerpiece of Trump's Georgia interference is his now infamous phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, during which Trump repeatedly insisted that he had won Georgia "by hundreds of thousands of votes" and demanded that Raffensperger "find 11,780 votes" — exactly one more vote than the margin of Joe Biden's 11,779-vote victory in the state. But Trump's actions went far beyond his solicitations and threats on this one call. He also personally contacted other officials in Georgia — including the governor, the attorney general and the secretary of state's chief investigator — to urge them to alter the election outcome," the explained.

They went on to essentially prosecute the former president in the pages of The Post, warning of the risks of not holding Trump accountable.

"Trump has still not gotten over the 2020 election results, and he is still trying to overturn them. Last week, he sent a letter to the Georgia secretary of state again reiterating baseless voter fraud allegations and the secretary to consider decertifying the 2020 election result — now close to a year after the election. By this conduct, Trump is proving that he would do the same things again if given the chance. Investigating and, if justified, prosecuting past crimes may be the best bulwark against future ones," they argued.

Despite it all, Trump supporters are already waiting in line to hear him repeat his greatest hits.

Bill Maher ridicules GOP for pushing Texas audit after Arizona's backfired: 'The crazy never stops'

HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher on Friday mocked Republicans for audits of the election President Joe Biden won over ten months ago.

"The crazy never stops," Maher said. "The results from the audit of the election, which was almost a year ago, are in from Arizona. Whoops, they found actually Biden got more votes."

"And this was done by a company with no auditing experience, called Cyber Ninjas, who will now go back to their old job playing Dungeons and Drags in their mom's basement," he explained.

"So a fake company hired to do a partisan recount couldn't produce a bulllsh*t result — and this has really shaken up MAGA nation," he continued.

He went on to ridicule Republicans in Texas who are conducting an audit even though Trump won the state.

"Trump demanded an audit yesterday and the governor, Greg Abbott, ordered it that night," Maher said. "Boy, I thought those Haitian immigrants were whipped."

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