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  #2653222 10-Feb-2021 19:12
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Politico - Trump plans a reemergence and some retribution after impeachment

 

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Three weeks ago may have been the nadir of Donald Trump’s political influence. A meager crowd of supporters gathered to send him off to Florida, he’d lost access to Twitter and the Senate’s most powerful Republican, Mitch McConnell, seemed fully prepared to ghost him out of the party.

 

Now, heading into what could have been an historic bipartisan rebuke, the former president and his team are confident both of his acquittal and that he’ll come out of the trial with his influence over the Republican party all but cemented.

 

Not even Trump's closest allies can believe the turn in fortunes.

 

“He’s Teflon, right. It’s been a month since the Capitol riot and I would say, for the most part, the GOP has coalesced back behind him,” said a former Trump campaign official. ...

 

Already, Trump aides contend, the impeachment process has proved beneficial to the ex-president - exposing disloyalty within the party’s ranks and igniting grassroots backlash against Republicans who have attempted to nudge the GOP base away from Trump.  ...

 

 

 

 





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  #2653268 10-Feb-2021 21:16
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The Republicans are fools. They only support Trump out of fear, but he has no power without their support. If they simply turned their backs on him he would shrivel and die.


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  #2653272 10-Feb-2021 21:33
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Deep Capture: How DJT Lost the White House, Chapter 1: All the President’s Teams (3 Nov – 17 Dec)

"Over the next month and a half, a number of my colleagues interacted with {Trump's Personal lawyer} Rudy {Giuliani} from time to time, afternoons and evenings, and weekends.

Nearly all mentioned two things: the inordinate amount of attention he was paying to his daily podcast, and his drinking. His own staffers brought it up to us.

Something was clear to all who were around him: almost every evening, and many afternoons, Rudy was sh_t-faced.

That, and his podcasts, were the only guarantees in Rudy’s life."


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  #2654543 11-Feb-2021 12:00
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The Washington Post - Georgia prosecutors open criminal investigation into Trump’s efforts to subvert election results

 

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An Atlanta-area prosecutor has opened a criminal investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election result in Georgia in the wake of calls President Donald Trump placed to state officials, urging them to invalidate Joe Biden’s victory in the state.

 

In a letter Wednesday to several state Republican officials including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis did not mention Trump by name but stated that her office is examining a raft of potential criminal charges related to “attempts to influence” the administration of the 2020 election in the state.

 

In early January, Trump pressured Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to reverse Biden’s victory in the state during an hour-long phone call. 

 

He also called the top Georgia state elections investigator shortly before Christmas, asking the person to “find the fraud” and become a “national hero,” as The Washington Post first reported. 

 

In a third call placed in early December to Kemp, Trump urged the governor to persuade the state legislature to overturn Biden’s victory and asked him to order an audit of absentee ballot signatures.

 

Prosecutors are scrutinizing all three of those calls, as well as the circumstances around the sudden resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta, according to an official familiar with the probe ...





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  #2654673 11-Feb-2021 14:41
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The Washington Post - The 5-Minute Fix: Day 2

 

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Wednesday’s impeachment news, in a sentence: The House impeachment managers focused their arguments on two themes: Trump’s own words leading up to and on Jan. 6 and a visceral recounting of the attempted insurrection at the Capitol.

 

Democrats just completed a polished and at times chilling presentation that - regardless whether it results in Trump’s conviction or a second impeachment acquittal - will ultimately be a national record of what the president said leading up to the riot and what happened at the Capitol that day.

 

The impeachment managers started as far back as last summer, when Trump refused on Fox News to say that he would accept the election results regardless of who won. 

 

For several hours, the House Democrats showed Trump speaking at rallies, White House events, and played the audio clip, first obtained by The Washington Post, of Trump pressuring Georgia officials to “find” enough votes to overturn President Biden’s win in the state. ...

 

In an interesting bit of timing, an Atlanta-area prosecutor announced a criminal investigation into “attempts to influence” the election results in the wake of Trump’s multiple calls to state officials.*

 



 

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  #2654678 11-Feb-2021 15:06
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The Washington Post - State and local GOP committees attack any Republicans who dare turn on Trump

 

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The Louisiana Republican Party sharply denounced Sen. Bill Cassidy (R) when he surprised the state by voting Tuesday to support the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.

 

In an unsigned statement, the party declared itself “profoundly disappointed” that its own elected leader, the most senior Louisiana Republican in Washington, would support a “kangaroo court” that amounted to an “attack on the very foundation of American democracy.”

 

But Cassidy, who just started a six-year term after being reelected by a 40-point margin, did not appear bothered by the threat of grass-roots anger back home, joining a growing list of lawmakers who have decided, for politics or principle, to buck the infrastructure at the lowest rungs of the party.

 

As an impartial juror, I’m going to vote for the side that did the good job,” he said of the Democratic arguments he had heard in trial proceedings. ...

 

You are welcome to censure me again. But let’s be clear about why this is happening.

"It is because I still believe, as you used to, that politics isn’t about the weird worship of one dude.
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  #2654689 11-Feb-2021 15:53
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Politico: New York Assembly advances bill to rename Donald J. Trump State Park

...The biggest hurdle to renaming the park has been the way the state obtained the land in 2006. When former President Donald Trump, a Queens native, donated the property he obtained with the intent of building a golf course, he said one of his conditions was that his name “be prominently displayed at least at each entrance to each property.”

The Cuomo administration said at a recent budget hearing that it’s “looking at” changing the name of the park, and is examining factors such as “agreements with the donor.”

Tourism Committee Chair Danny O’Donnell (D-Manhattan) expressed confidence that changing the name would not result in any problematic lawsuits.

“I don’t think [Trump] will have the resources to care when the time comes,” he said. “But maybe he would; he’s sufficiently a narcissist.”...

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  #2654738 11-Feb-2021 16:05
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New York Times: Can Trump Live in Mar-a-Lago? Palm Beach Leans Yes

The Palm Beach Town Council did not take a formal vote but was advised that former President Donald J. Trump should be considered a Mar-a-Lago employee

The relationship between former President Donald J. Trump and his adopted Florida hometown has been uneasy from the start, with Mr. Trump seen by staid Palm Beach officials as a bull in a china shop whose presence they once barely tolerated. Things improved somewhat while he was in the White House, with the town deferring to its most famous part-time winter resident.

Now that he has been back for three weeks as a private citizen, Palm Beach has been forced to deal with a question it turned a blind eye to while Mr. Trump was in office: Is he allowed to reside full time at his private Mar-a-Lago club?

The answer appears to be leaning yes.

...The Palm Beach Town Council met via Zoom to discuss if Mr. Trump was in violation of a 1993 agreement that allowed him to convert his Mar-a-Lago estate from a private residence into a moneymaking club.

Lawyers for preservationists and some of his neighbors argued that the agreement required Mar-a-Lago to operate as a social club that no one could live in.

“This issue threatens to make Mar-a-Lago into a permanent beacon for his more rabid, lawless supporters,” Philip C. Johnston, a lawyer for the group called Preserve Palm Beach, said, referring to Mr. Trump.

The town attorney, John C. Randolph, opined that nothing in the agreement specifically prohibited Mr. Trump from using the property as his residence — if, as the club’s president, Mr. Trump is considered a Mar-a-Lago employee.

...The Town Council did not take a vote. But it was clear that members had no appetite to pick a fight with the former president, if he even wants to live here year-round.

South Florida shows off in {wintertime} February {15 - 26 C}, but less so in {summertime} August {24-33 C}.

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  #2654815 11-Feb-2021 18:11
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Powerful stuff from The Times ...

 

 

 

The New York Times - Opinion - What Do ‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’ Mean to the G.O.P.?

 

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For years - decades even - the conservative elite had alternately tolerated, recruited or activated racists, white nationalists and white supremacists.

 

The elite have their own versions of these biases, but they thought themselves more erudite and tactical, not brash and brazen. They would use surgical tools of voter suppression, states’ rights campaigns and defense of marriage and the unborn to advance their goals in a way they saw as honorable.

 

But Trump saw the voters that the elites kept under the stairs, the ones they want to excite only around election time. He saw the resentment and rage in them. He saw that their voices had been muted and their tongues chastened.

 

He drew them out. He let them vent. He allowed them to see they were indeed the majority of the party. He offered to be their leader, their white knight of white power, and they accepted. They grew loud and strong and he fed them red meat. They rampaged and he basked in the glow of the blaze.

 

Leader and followers had found each other. Now the traditional Republicans were on the run or on the ropes. Rather than become victims of the mob, they yielded to it. They tried to tap into it. They tried to grab the reins of it.

 

But this mob had only one leader: Trump. It was a cult of personality. It was a religion with one god. And that god is a jealous god. And vindictive. And mean.

 

Anyone who would dare forsake Trump runs the risk of being smote by him, and targeted by his minions. 

 

To diverge from Trump is essentially to abdicate power, and for a career politician that is a fate worse than death. ...

 





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  #2654828 11-Feb-2021 19:09
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Piers Morgan clashes with Sarah Palin over alleged US voter fraud & Donald Trump's impeachment

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  #2654844 11-Feb-2021 19:55
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I did read somewhere that John McCain choosing her as his VP actually - in some ways - paved the way for a Trump presidency. She was pretty loose with the truth, too.


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  #2654927 12-Feb-2021 07:57
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If you ever heard Kellyanne Conway, Former Counselor to the President, give an interview, you'll note they have similar high-strung styles.

Off subject, but Kellyanne Conway must have a weird family dinner conversations. Her husband George_Conway has been anti-Trump, and their daughter doesn't like either of them.

Variety: Kellyanne Conway Accused of Posting Topless Photo of Her 16-Year-Old Daughter on Twitter

"...Last week, {Kellyanne's daughter} Claudia posted a series of TikTok videos accusing her mother {Kellyanne} of physical and verbal abuse, according to reposts of the clips on Twitter.

In August 2020, Kellyanne Conway announced that she was exiting her White House post to focus on her family after Claudia claimed she was seeking emancipation from her parents over alleged “trauma and abuse.”

In 2019, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel cited Kellyanne Conway for repeated violations of the Hatch Act, an ethics law prohibiting government officials from using their official capacity to advocate for or against political candidates. ..."

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  #2654931 12-Feb-2021 08:09
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Cartoon was drawn two months before Capitol riots


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  #2654936 12-Feb-2021 08:23
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Washington Post: Trump is banned from Twitter forever. He’s so lucky.

He certainly wouldn’t think of it this way. But former president Donald Trump is lucky to have been kicked off Twitter.

Trump’s exile from his favorite online platform was made permanent Wednesday — no matter the result of his impeachment trial or what he decides about running for president again.

The service’s initial decision to ban him in January accelerated a fraught debate over what people can say online and whether the services they use have an obligation to monitor their speech.

These are important conversations. But they often proceed as if another question has already been asked and answered: Should we be spending so much time on social media, given what it appears to be doing to our brains?
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