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Mary Trump: My uncle knew J6 rioters would 'escort' him because he's too much of a 'physical coward' to go into a riot
On MSNBC Wednesday, Mary Trump argued that the only way former President Donald Trump's actions on January 6 make sense is if he understood that the far-right groups attacking the U.S. Capitol would "escort" him safely into the building to do whatever he wanted.
This comes after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that the former president demanded his supporters be allowed to approach the Capitol even knowing they were armed, and attacked his own security detail when they wouldn't take him to the Capitol to join them.
"Knowing Donald Trump as you do, what do you think he might have done if he had gone to the Capitol?" asked anchor Joy Reid.
"Joy, I've been thinking about that a lot, because it doesn't make sense if Donald thought for a second he was going to be in harm's way — quite honestly, when I first heard months ago he was going to go to the Capitol, I didn't think it was true because he's such a physical coward," she said.
The testimony from figures like Hutchinson on what Trump knew about the riot, said Mary Trump, made everything click.
"But then we hear he knows the people are armed, we know the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers were on board from the very beginning," she said. "I'm beginning to — he knew they were going to be there to escort him into the building where he would make his play on the floor of Congress. Again, it's speculation. I can't think of any other scenario in which he would put himself in such a position. He needed to feel 100 percent confident that he was going to be just fine."
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'His faith turned violent': Republican candidate panned after ad featuring 'angry Democrats in Klan hoods'
GOP congressional candidate Jerone Davison brandished an AR-15 in a new campaign ad where he wards off "a dozen angry Democrats in Klan hoods."
"Davison, a former NFL player and pastor, is one of five Republicans running for the GOP nomination in Arizona's 4th Congressional District, which includes parts of Tempe, Mesa and Chandler," The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday. "He posted the 24-second clip with the caption 'Make Rifles Great Again,' with an emoji of a bicep curl, which is often used to indicate strength."
In the ad, the Ku Klux Klan is armed with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, a hammer, a hatchet, and a 4-tine garden cultivator.
Davison received harsh criticism online.
\u201c@Jerone4Congress Wait...you're a Republican and you're trying to say WE'RE the KKK risk. Rotflmao.\u201d— Jerone Davison for Congress #AZCD4 (@Jerone Davison for Congress #AZCD4) 1657120379
Not everyone was critical of the ad, self-described "Anarcho-Nihilist" Justin O'Donnell praised Trump for his role in inspiring the bit.
"Donald Trump's presidency normalized hyperbole and absurdity in political advertising. And that alone may stand as his greatest contribution to the world," he wrote.
But much of the commentary was harsh.
"What in God's name is wrong with these people?" wondered bestselling author Jeff Pearlman.
He asked Davison, "have you not seen what's going down with guns? With innocents getting slaughtered?"
"Is it JUST about being loud and toxic and attention-seeking on social media? Is that what this is? F*cking shameful," he wrote.
"Once upon a time, [Davison] used his faith for good. He saw people hurting, and aspired to help. Then, over the past decade, he became infected. His faith turned violent. Prayer morphed into threats. Machismo trumped humility. Like so many others. Honestly breaks my heart," he added.
\u201cOnce upon a time, @Jerone4Congress used his faith for good. He saw people hurting, and aspired to help. Then, over the past decade, he became infected. His faith turned violent. Prayer morphed into threats. Machismo trumped humility. Like so many others. Honestly breaks my heart.\u201d— Jeff Pearlman (@Jeff Pearlman) 1657145455
\u201cBy their ads, Eric Greitens is running for Senate with an assault gun to kill \u201cRHINO\u201d Republicans; Jerone Davidson is running for Congress with an AR15 to kill \u201cDemocrats in Klan hoods.\u201d\n\nThe rest of us\u2753\n\nWe\u2019re just running to AVOID getting killed. SMDH \n\u201d— Rev. & Prof. Cornell William Brooks (@Rev. & Prof. Cornell William Brooks) 1657151513
\u201cOnly in Arizona..... "When this rifle is the only thing standing between your family and a dozen angry Democrats in Klan hoods, you just might need that semi-automatic. And all 30 rounds."\u201d— Laurie Roberts (@Laurie Roberts) 1657145356
\u201c\u201cA dozen angry Democrats in klan hoods.\u201d\n\nYou can\u2019t even make this stuff up anymore.\n\nThe gaslighting, lies, projection, and ignorance are off the charts.\n\nJerone Davison is insane.\n\nArizona is a beautiful, magical state, but wtaf is going on out there?\n\n\u201d— The USA Singers (@The USA Singers) 1657141011
\u201cThis is sickening. Arizona Republican (of course) congressional candidate Jerone Davison releases campaign ad using his AR-15 to threaten killing \u201cangry Democrats in Klan hoods\u201d who are lurking outside his home for some reason.\u201d— Mike Sington (@Mike Sington) 1657148582
\u201cWeird that Republicans know where to get Klan hoods. Hmmm.\u201d— Martha Brockenbrough FRANK AND THE BAD SURPRISE (@Martha Brockenbrough FRANK AND THE BAD SURPRISE) 1657144348
The best part is he had to say "democrats in Klan hoods" because he knows his base (republicans) would be offended by a less specific description.
— Rod (@rodimusprime) July 6, 2022
Lindsey Graham's refusal to cooperate might actually make it easier to prosecute Trump: Former GOP congressman
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is moving to try to block a subpoena from the Fulton County, Georgia district attorney in an investigation into former President Donald Trump's attempt to force the state's elections chief to "find" extra votes for him — a move that has triggered outrage from some legal experts.
But, noted former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) on MSNBC's "The ReidOut" Wednesday, Graham's resistance to the subpoena could actually end up putting Trump in even more legal liability.
Specifically, he argued, Graham is one of the only people who could testify in Trump's favor, and his refusal could force the former president to answer more questions of his own.
"I wonder if there's a sense that ... there are some Republicans who might be kind of rooting for this [investigation]," said anchor Joy Reid. "I'm thinking about Mitch McConnell who said — there was this quote, this was about the impeachment, that Mitch McConnell allegedly said, and this is a quote from the book 'This Shall Not Pass' — 'The Democrats are going to take care of this son of a bitch for us,' referring to his imminent impeachment. It's schadenfreude, because not it wouldn't be the January 6 Committee. It would be the Black lady in Georgia."
"Quite ironic," said Jolly. "You know who can help solve the threats of violence and racism? Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham. He should be the first to condemn the epithets coming toward the prosecutor in Fulton County, but he's not. He's hiding from her. It's almost comical how perfectly Lindsey Graham this moment is, the guy that lights the fire wants to run from it."
"Here is the other great irony in Lindsey Graham's behavior in this moment," added Jolly. "You know what ultimately will lead to the subpoena of Donald Trump? Lindsey Graham's lack of cooperation. If he said there was a legitimate legislative purpose, I wasn't doing this on behalf of the president — if he wanted to go under oath and say that was the nature of my phone call, it gets very hard for the Fulton County prosecutor to then subpoena Donald Trump. But it's very easy, without Lindsey Graham, for the Fulton County prosecutor to say, you know what, judge, because of the lack of cooperation of Lindsey Graham, we have reason to believe that we need to bring under oath the former president of the United States. It is perfectly Lindsey Graham, it's all about the senior senator from South Carolina, and it's about nobody else."
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