Palm Beach Post accuses clerk of punishing them for attempting to access Jeffrey Epstein records

The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the local County Clerk of the Courts is seeking to make the newspaper pay the legal fees he incurred during a legal battle over grand jury records related to a 2006 Jeffrey Epstein investigation.

Getting right to the point, the Post's Jane Musgrave wrote, "Despite insisting he wants the public to know why serial molester Jeffrey Epstein escaped serious punishment 15 years ago, Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts Joe Abruzzo wants to punish The Palm Beach Post for trying to open secret records that could do just that."

As the report notes, Abruzzo employed the Tampa law firm belonging to Shane Vogt to fight the request at a cost of $32,794 and, in a motion before Circuit Judge Donald Hafele, seeks double that plus additional costs.

Abruzzo has denied that he fought the release of secret records related to the Epstein investigation after the newspaper filed a lawsuit against the Clerk’s office.

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Explaining the Post's case, Musgrave wrote, "The newspaper went to court after records showed only one teen was called to testify to the grand jury even though dozens told police Epstein sexually abused them at his Palm Beach mansion."

"Further, sources familiar with the grand jury proceedings said the 14-year-old girl was vilified by state prosecutors," she added. "Rather than focus on her claims of abuse, lieutenants for then-State Attorney Barry Krischer quizzed her about her online social media posts where she talked about drinking and boys, they said."

But Abruzzo said in a statement that the Palm Beach Post did not follow the proper procedures to seek the release of the grand jury records.

“Had the newspaper followed the proper procedure from the start, we would not be where we are today,” he said. “As a public official, it’s my responsibility to seek attorney fees and other costs related to this case. That’s the action my office is taking now.”

Abruzzo added that he is working with the Florida legislature to craft "a narrowly tailored amendment that would allow for these specific records to be released."

(Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that a Palm Beach lawmaker was suing the Palm Beach Post. Raw Story regrets the error.)

'Tyranny grows': MAGA fans meltdown after YouTube pulls plug on one of Trump's biggest boosters

Fans of Donald Trump reacted with dismay on Wednesday after YouTube permanently banned conservative gadfly Dan Bongino for his attempt to circumvent their terms of service after receiving a temporary ban for spreading Covid misinformation.

In a statement to the Daily Beast a spokesperson for the video platform explained, “We terminated Dan Bongino’s channels for circumventing our Terms of Service by posting a video while there was an active strike and suspension associated with the account. When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension. If a channel is terminated, the uploader is unable to use, own or create any other YouTube channels.”

With Bongino, a hardcore supporter of Trump and regular contributor on Fox News attempting to direct his supporters to YouTube rival Rumble, his fans took to Twitter to rage at the permanent ban.

"YouTube's loss. At least now we all know it's the Communist echo chamber they always wanted to be but never could admit to being," conservative Jeremy Frankel tweeted.

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'Game of Thrones' quote comes back to haunt Capitol rioter at his sentencing: report

According to a report from Business Insider, a Capitol rioter facing six months in prison for his actions during the Jan 6th insurrection is finding out that quoting a character from the HBO series "Game of Thrones" on social media is coming back to haunt him as a judge ponders his sentence which is expected on Feb 1.

Jeremiah Caplinger, 25, has already pleaded guilty to reduced charges of "stepping on, climbing, removing, or injuring property on Capitol grounds," and, in a court filing on Tuesday, prosecutors used his social media posts to make their case for him to receive the maximum.

In particular, for quoting throne usurper Cersei Lannister.

According to Business Insider's Sophia Ankel, "Two days after the insurrection, Jeremiah Caplinger, 25, posted an image of a soldier from the American Revolution with the caption: 'As said by Cersi Lannister 'I choose violence.'"

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"Cersei Lannister is a fictional character in the HBO television series 'Game of Thrones.' After being confronted by a group of politically-empowered religious zealots, who warn her that if she does not yield to them 'there will be violence', Cersei Lannister responds, 'I choose violence,'" prosecutors wrote before adding, "Lannister used 'a weapon of mass destruction to blow up one of the largest and most important buildings in the capital city' which contained 'politicians and religious leaders.'"

Elaborating on their point, the filing continued, "In stating, 'I choose violence', Cersei Lannister embraced — and then carried out — mass murder to achieve her political ends. In the context of Caplinger posting this just two days after January 6, Caplinger's adoption of this quote is alarming and provides insight into his mental state and intent in storming the Capitol."

The report notes that the Michigan man has since tried to walk back his actions, explaining in an interview: "I think it was a great stupid thing when it came to breaking and destroying things, sure ... But I will not sit here and allow people to constantly demonize, patronize, criticize and try to ostracize Trump supporters for doing what they believe in."

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Matt Gaetz's 'allies are quietly isolating him' as sex trafficking investigation nears end: report

According to a report from Business Insider, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is being kept at arm's length by a substantial number of his Republican colleagues as the investigation into allegations he engaged in sex trafficking appears to be coming to an end.

Two weeks ago it was reported that his former girlfriend was granted immunity before testifying before a Florida grand jury which led former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance to caution, "It's never a good sign for the target when a key witness gets immunity to testify in front of the grand jury."

According to Kimberly Leonard, Camila DeChalus, and Bryan Metzger of Business Insider, "Most Republicans are neither embracing nor condemning scandal-ridden Rep. Matt Gaetz. Yet they may soon face a decision day — one they've been happy to avoid, since Gaetz is one of former President Donald Trump's most vocal defenders — and some Republicans are quietly preparing for the real possibility that federal officials will charge the Florida Republican with crimes."

As to why they have refrained from any negative comments about the Florida Republican, Luis Alvarado, a Republican political strategist explained, "Matt Gaetz is still a poster boy for Trumpism. And if you deny that, then a question arises whether you're still part of that movement."

Instead, the report notes, his colleagues -- with the exception of equally controversial Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) -- have sidelined him, including not asking him to be a co-sponsor on a bill to legalize cannabis written by Republicans despite the fact that he is a vocal proponent of legalization.

According to Insider, "Asked about Gaetz's omission from the bill, a cannabis-industry source who spoke on condition of anonymity cited the DOJ investigation," saying, "It has been more difficult for him to lead legislative efforts because of the associated issues."

The report continues, "It shows that while Gaetz still has friends in Congress, even his allies are quietly isolating him — or at least not going out of their way to work with him," before adding, "Some Republicans, who have never much cared for Gaetz since he entered Congress in 2018, have been privately sneering at him in the months since his legal woes began, Insider previously reported. Other Republicans have given donations from Gaetz's campaign committee, called Friends of Matt Gaetz, to charity, according to Federal Election Commission records."

As for Gaetz's future, should he be indicted, one Justice Department official predicted he will still have one defender: Donald Trump.

"Gaetz is almost as toxic as Marjorie Taylor Greene," the official remarked. "However, Trump's associates are often slimy or controversial and it doesn't seem to impact his supporters."

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Trump's star is fading as Republicans learn to steal his message and ignore him: columnist

According to Washington Post political analyst Philip Bump, a video clip of Donald Trump's "please clap" moment that was filmed at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend is indicative that the public is rapidly losing interest in the former president as fellow Republicans adopt his rhetoric but do it without the actual baggage of being the twice-impeached president who lost re-election.

Describing the video moment by recalling a similar humiliating clip of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in 2016 just before his campaign to be the GOP presidential nominee died a quiet death, Bump wrote that Trump seems to be suffering the same fate, while also noting polls seem to bear that out.

"Until now. Before January 2021, Trump was consistently identified as the target of more support among Republicans than was the GOP. A year ago, after Trump lost his reelection bid, the two pulled even. And since then, the GOP has built a widening lead," Bump wrote. "Seven years after Trump first emerged as a significant political force, and with him now in semi-retirement post-2020, the party seems finally to have figured out how to use to its own advantage what made him appealing. Trumpism, if you will, has been licensed out like so many Trump products before."

Using the election of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) as an example of someone who got Trump's endorsement while keeping him at arm's length, the analysts said that lesson has not been lost by other GOP candidates who want Trump's fans -- but not him.

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Bump also noted Trump's attempts to make the case that he is still important with his curious decision to endorse two GOP candidates running for the same seat so he can take credit for their win.

"It’s an unintentionally revealing consideration, one that would make explicit that Trump’s concern is not values but the demonstration of success. This isn’t really a secret, but Trump’s generic-to-the-point-of-parody endorsements were in the past at least theoretically predicated on issues," he wrote. "This is the “please clap” of endorsement strategies, an effort to simply gin up the appearance of importance where it otherwise wouldn’t exist. It would demonstrate not Trump’s exaggerated power but, instead, emphasize his weakness."

"It’s also a sign that the party is moving on. Lots of candidates — most candidates! — running for Republican nominations are echoing Trump’s rhetoric and priorities, and nearly all would rather have his endorsement than not. But it’s not hard to imagine that Trump’s endorsement would simply become another factor in the mix as candidates scramble to appeal to the Republican base, " he added before suggesting, "But, out of office and trying to find his footing, there is a lot of evidence that Trump’s position itself has softened, that the GOP has figured out ways to make his priorities and energies work to their advantage — just as he, in 2016, figured out how to make the GOP work to his."

"Trumpism isn’t going anywhere, clearly," he predicted. "The question now is the extent to which Trump himself will still get to benefit from it."

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Trump turmoil: Congressional GOP critics of former president creating disarray with local parties

According to a report from Punchbowl News, four years of Donald Trump as president -- and his two impeachments -- has created a rift between Republicans in Congress who have criticized the former president and the state parties that helped send them to Washington, D.C.

Beyond the high-profile wars between Trump and Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) are squabbles between a handful of other lawmakers that have led to censures or votes of condemnation by either their respective state party or local Republican groups.

As Punchbowl reports, five percent of sitting members of the Senate have been censured at home, with only Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's censure being unrelated to Trump's impeachment.

According to the report, "It’s become commonplace in the 117th Congress for lawmakers to be formally rebuked by their state, local or county parties," adding, "The vast majority of the censured lawmakers are Republicans, of course. These Republicans voted for the impeachment or conviction of former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 insurrection by Trump supporters."

"In the Senate alone, Sinema joins Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in the 'censured by their state party' column after they voted to convict Trump last year following his Senate trial. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) avoided that title, although they were criticized back home," Punchbowl reports.

GOP members of the Senate are not the only ones in Congress who are battling with the folks back home who once championed their campaigns --which could have an impact on the midterm election.

According to the report, "On the House side, GOP Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Tom Rice (S.C.) were censured by their state parties (and some county party organizations) following their votes for Trump’s impeachment. Cheney, of course, was later forced out of the House GOP leadership when she kept bashing Trump. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) was censured by several county parties but not the Illinois GOP

In Michigan, the state Republican Party didn’t censure Reps. Fred Upton and Peter Meijer, but several county GOP parties did. Upton has actually been censured more than once by the Cass County GOP," adding that Washington state GOP lawmakers Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera Beutler were both "condemned" by the state part with calls for Newhouse to resign.

The report notes that Ohio GOP went even further by censuring home-state Rep. Anthony Gonzalez -- who has chosen to not run for re-election -- along with the nine other GOP House members from other states who voted for Trump's impeachment.

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Rudy Giuliani's fake electors scheme was 'nothing short of a coup': CNN

According to two of the CNN reporters who broke the story that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and campaign officials working for Donald Trump were behind a plot to create a false set of electors in order to steal the 2020 president election, the efforts had all the hallmarks of a coup.

Speaking with CNN's Chris Cillizza, Marshall Cohen and Zachary Cohen followed up on their report where they revealed "Trump and some of his top advisers publicly encouraged the 'alternate electors' scheme in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico. But behind the scenes, Giuliani and Trump campaign officials actively choreographed the process."

"After various election fraud lawsuits in these states failed, Giuliani and his team shifted their focus to January 6. The idea, as outlined in a memo written by conservative lawyer John Eastman, was for then-Vice President Mike Pence to throw out President Joe Biden's electors and replace them with the GOP electors on January 6 when Congress counted the electoral votes," they explained to Cillizza before adding, "This, in theory, would give Trump more electoral votes than Biden and allow him to maintain his grip on power."

Admitting that they did not turn up any evidence that Trump himself was involved, the Cohens pointed out, "But we do know that on a zoomed-out level, Trump publicly supported and encouraged the scheme. There are a few examples of Trump advocating for state legislatures in many of these battleground states to overturn their election results, by recognizing the legitimacy of the pro-Trump electors."

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Pressed for the significance of their endeavors, the two journalists replied, "the Trump campaign tried to exploit the Electoral College process to undo Biden's victory. More than 13 million Americans voted for Biden in those states. Trump got millions of votes too, but not enough to beat Biden. So Biden was entitled to the 84 electoral votes from these seven states. Remember, 84 electoral votes is a big deal. You only need 270 to win."

"Team Trump attempted to usurp that Electoral College process and, quite literally, steal the election in those states," they asserted before adding, "Nullifying elections, in this fashion, is nothing short of an attempted coup."

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Lawyers for Oath Keepers founder to seek his release because the government waited too long to arrest him

Attorneys for Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes are expected in court on Monday, seeking to get their client released pending his trial for seditious conspiracy related to the Jan 6th insurrection.

With prosecutors laying out the case that he should remain in jail after reportedly spending "over $22,000 on firearms and 'firearms-related equipment' in the week before Jan. 6," they maintain that he is both a flight risk and worry he will destroy additional evidence about his group's efforts to keep Donald Trump in office after losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.

In a motion filed last week, federal prosecutors maintained: "Rhodes spearheaded a conspiracy to oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power in the United States, " adding, "Rhodes stood at the center of the seditious conspiracy—orchestrating plans to use force, recruiting and financing co-conspirators, purchasing weaponry and tactical gear, inciting support and action, and endeavoring to conceal his and other co-conspirators’ crimes.”

Countering that, Politico's Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney wrote that Rhodes' attorneys are expected to make the case that, if Rhodes was a risk, the government wouldn't have waited a year to take him into custody.

READ: The pathway to impeaching Clarence Thomas begins here

"The yearlong delay in arresting and charging Rhodes may be a point of contention at Monday’s court hearing on whether he should be detained pending trial," the Politico report states. "While prosecutors contend Rhodes is too dangerous to be released, Rhodes’ attorneys — Phillip Linder and James Lee Bright — are expected to argue that the authorities have undermined their argument by letting Rhodes remain free for a year despite the clear signs of his involvement in the events of last January and the fact that Rhodes' whereabouts since that time have been well known."

Additionally, the militia leader's attorney will also contend that their client did not participate in the actual riot and that his words exhorting his followers "were protected speech and that despite his alleged leadership of the conspiracy, he ultimately never gave an order to deploy the so-called armed quick reaction force stationed at a Comfort Inn in Arlington, Va., to deploy to the Capitol."

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Chief Jan 6th investigator fired from his state job by Virginia's new Republican attorney general: report

According to a report from the Washington Post, a University of Virginia counsel who has been on leave to help with the Jan 6th investigation has been fired by Virginia's new Republican attorney general.

AG Jason Miyares took over as the 48th Attorney General of Virginia on January 15 and has proceeded to conduct a mass purge of approximately 30 staffers which included attorney Tim Heaphy.

On August 12,2021, Heaphy was designated by House riot committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) as the Chief Investigative Counsel for the Select Committee. In his annoucement he stated, "It’s good news for the Select Committee and for the American people that Mr. Heaphy has agreed to come onboard as our top investigator. Mr. Heaphy is a committed public servant with deep experience tackling complex and high-profile challenges. The Committee will need his expertise as we push ahead quickly on a number of fronts. I’m grateful for his willingness to support the Committee’s work getting answers about January 6th and protecting our democracy."

That didn't stop Miyarres from firing Heaphy, the WaPo reports.

"Tim Heaphy, who had worked at the state school for about three years, was among roughly 30 staffers who were let go by Jason Miyares shortly before he took office a little over a week ago. Democrats have questioned the firings and how they were carried out," the Post is reporting. "Victoria LaCivita, a Miyares spokeswoman, said the attorney general’s office had also fired the counsel for George Mason University, Brian Walther, but offered no explanation for why he was let go. George Mason referred questions about Walther’s firing to Miyares’s office. Walther did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Both Heaphy and Walther are Democrats."

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Former AG Bill Barr has been working with the House riot committee: Rep Bennie Thompson

Appearing on "Face the Nation" on Sunday morning, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) was asked by host Margaret Brennan if his committee was going to speak with former Attorney General Bill Barr about a proposed plan from Donald Trump's administration to seize voting machines in swing states with the help of the military.

According to Thompson, the former AG has already been helping with the investigation.

"We've had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals," Thompson admitted. "We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false. So, if you are using the military to potentially seize voting machines, even though it's a discussion, the public needs to know. We've never had that before."

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Ivanka facing threat from her father if she doesn't defend his Jan 6th actions: Mary Trump

During an interview on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, Donald Trump's niece said her uncle has put his daughter in an impossible position now that she has been asked to testify before the Jan 6th House committee.

Speaking with host Alex Witt, Mary Trump suggested Ivanka Trump has intimate knowledge of what was happening at the White House on the day of the insurrection and likely fears what would happen to her if she told the truth.

"I think what's probably happening with my cousins and Donald is they're trying to make the calculation of what is in their best interests," Mary Trump began. "Donald isn't playing the card that she's his child to protect her. He's doing that to protect himself because he knows she may, indeed, have potentially damning information."

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"She's making the same calculation; what will help her in the long run because she must understand that, as a government employee, as somebody who is at least involved by association, someone who was there that day and wasn't taking any direct action to stop what was going on, at least not publicly, she knows she has to come down on the right side of things or she'll continue to stay her father's ally and have to see how that plays out," she added. "She's in a very bad situation because she must understand that, if Donald feels it's necessary, he will stop protecting her."

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Trump second term will be focused on getting revenge: former White House aide

Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham predicted a Donald Trump victory in the 2024 election would lead to an administration spending four years seeking revenge for Trump's 2020 presidential loss.

Speaking with host Alex Witt, Grisham claimed Trump would be on a "revenge tour."

"Last question, Stephanie," the MSNBC host asked at the end of the of interview. "Donald Trump, as you know, has been teasing the potential of a 2024 White House run. Do you expect he will actually do it and if so, what kind of a threat would a second Donald Trump term pose?"

"I don't know," Grisham at first conceded. "I thought at first there was no way he was going to run, then I've changed my mind to think he was going to run."

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"Knowing the man like do, it's weird for me to not know," she continued. "I believe he's waiting to see what happens in the '22 midterms. I think that if a lot of his more radical candidates that he's backing get into Congress, he'll run, because he'll feel empowered to do so. I do believe that if he is our next president, again, all the guardrails will be off."

"He won't have to worry about running for reelection," she continued. "When I was in the Trump White House, there was a common saying that senior staff would say -- Jared Kushner was one of them -- that's a 'second term project,' meaning we're going to wait and do the more crazy, draconian things until the second term."

"I also believe wholeheartedly it was a revenge tour," she added. "Anybody and everybody who spoke out against him, he'll be speaking revenge against. I don't think he'll be looking at it as what's best for our country anymore, it will be what's best for him and how do I get back at all the people who dared to defy me."

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Trump should have been 'vaporized' the moment he announced he won: Ann Coulter

In an email to New York Times columnist Michelle Cottle, conservative gadfly Ann Coulter ramped up her attack on Donald Trump and dragged the former president's daughter and son-in-law into the fight.

Before that she claimed the best thing that could have happened for the GOP would have been for Trump to have been "vaporized" after he was first elected.

Last week, Coulter made waves with a full-throated attack on Trump in a column where she wrote, "No one wants Trump. He’s fading faster than Sarah Palin did — and she was second place on a losing presidential ticket.”

Not content to stop there, she responded to a request for additional comment from Cottle by going off on the president for damaging the Republican Party.

RELATED: Ann Coulter tells NY Times Trump 'is done' — and they should 'stop obsessing over him'

“Trump accomplished everything he was ever going to accomplish at 2 a.m.” [on election night in 2016] the columnist reported. “The best thing that could have happened to the Republican Party (and the country) would have been for him to be vaporized at the moment he was announcing his victory. Pence would have been afraid to betray Trump’s supporters. Trump wasn’t!”

Continuing in that vein, she attempted to make the case for Florida Gov Ron DeSantis to be the new face of the Republican Party, writing, "DeSantis is better than Trump, for many, many reasons, including: He won’t bring Jared and Ivanka into the White House.”

She then added that she thinks the Florida Republican can dash Trump's hopes of re-election, writing, "He’s mostly just ignoring the 11-year-old. Unlike Trump, DeSantis has a day job.”

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GOP should use Trump to win the 2022 midterms and then dump him: former Trump admin official

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning, former Donald Trump White House director of Communications Alyssa Farah Griffin predicted that her former boss will go down to defeat if he runs for president again in 2024.

Appearing with former Trump advisor David Urban -- who did not agree with her on all of her points -- Farah Griffin said Republicans in 2024 will have a "come to Jesus moment" when they acknowledge he will lose again.

Speaking with host Dana Bash, she explained, "It's no question that the January 6th committee is going to loom large over the next couple of years of Donald Trump's life, I actually surprisingly agree with David on this, but what is going to take Trump down in terms of 2024, being the nominee and potentially being the president, is less his legal woes and much more the country's fatigue with him."

"There is a recent AP poll that showed that only 27 percent of Americans even want him to run again," she continued. "So at a time right now, when the Biden presidency is frankly on life support, the economy is struggling, we have this high inflation, this is a moment for Republicans, to get through midterms, keep him around through midterms because he is a monster fundraiser, but then have a come to Jesus moment and say what can Donald Trump do that Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, Tim Scott, Nikki Haley can't do? All of them that don't have this cloud of January 6th and having led an insurrection on their back."

She later added, "I have a theory and we will see it play out, Republicans are going to keep him around through 2022 because he will be helpful in winning back House seats, getting back the House majority. He is monster fundraiser, he does have a death-grip on the party, but I'm going to be curious to see if there starts to be a break after 2022 because, if I'm reading the tea leaves, how can this guy beat Joe Biden? I don't see him being more popular."

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'We ought to have went armed': Unindicted Capitol rioters readying for next election

According to a report from the New York Times, some attendees at the Jan 6th insurrection who have not been indicted admit they are not ashamed of their actions after the Capitol was stormed and lawmakers fled for their lives, but are instead inspired by the day's events and plan to remain active, still believing the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

In interviews with several participants who are not under investigation, the Times' Elisabeth Dias and Jack Healy spoke with one attorney who was there on Jan 6th who claimed that his participation is a "badge of honor" and that it has led to a change in his career path that he is pleased with.

"There were moments when Paul Davis questioned his decision to join the crowd that marched on the United States Capitol last January. When he was publicly identified and fired from his job as a lawyer," the Times report states. "But then something shifted. Instead of lingering as an indelible stain, Jan. 6 became a galvanizing new beginning for Mr. Davis."

Explaining that he has made new contacts within conservative circles in his hometown of Frisco, Texas, Davis stated, "It definitely activated me more,” before adding, "It gave me street cred."

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With the report stating, "The post-mortems and prosecutions that followed that infamous day have focused largely on the violent core of the mob. But a larger group has received far less attention: the thousands who traveled to Washington at the behest of Mr. Trump to protest the results of a democratic election, the vast majority of whom did not set foot in the Capitol and have not been charged with any crime — who simply went home," one participant admitted he did have one regret.

Oren Orr, 32, of Robbinsville, North Carolina, rented a car to drive to the "Stop the Steal" rally, marched on the Capitol, admitted he brought a baton and a taser with him that he never used and claims he was there to pray.

Speaking with the Times, Orr stated, "Most everybody thinks we ought to have went with guns, and I kind of agree with that myself. I think we ought to have went armed, and took it back. That is what I believe.”

"The ralliers were largely white, conservative men and women who have formed the bedrock of the Trump movement since 2016. Some describe themselves as self-styled patriots, some openly carrying rifles and handguns. Many invoke the name of Jesus and say they believe they are fighting a holy war to preserve a Christian nation," the Times reports. "The people who went to Washington for Jan. 6 are in some ways an isolated cohort. But they are also part of a larger segment of the public that may distance itself from the day’s violence but share some of its beliefs. A question now is the extent to which they represent a greater movement."

According to Robert Pape, the director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats at the University of Chicago, the 47 million who believe the election was stolen remain a looming threat.

“They are combustible material, like an amount of dry brushwood that could be set off during wildfire season by a lightning strike or by a spark,” he warned.

Julie McKechnie Fisher, who was at the Capitol and now works with the far-right Look Ahead America, explained that their fight is not over.

“We just can’t become complacent,” she remarked. “I can’t see anything good that this administration has done for us, and it doesn’t feel like he loves our country.”

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