President Joe Biden has officially dropped former President Donald Trump’s executive orders that attempted to ban the apps TikTok and WeChat. Instead, the White House will conduct its own review of apps with ties to foreign adversaries that may pose a risk to American data privacy or national security. The new executive order directs the Department of Commerce to undertake an “evidence-based” analysis “of transactions involving apps that are manufactured or supplied or controlled by China,” according to The Associated Press.
According to the latest Morning Consult poll, 29% of Republicans believe former President Donald Trump will be made president again. Most Republicans (61%) dismiss the idea. The poll also found that 59% of Republicans would like to see Trump take a larger role in the party moving forward.
Up until the moment that the ex-president’s supporters stormed the United States Capitol, Brian Sicknick and his girlfriend Sandra Garza were Trump supporters. But Sicknick died following the insurrection and Garza has been searching for answers.
Donald Trump and the night time anchors of Fox News had a symbiotic relationship. The anchors heaped praise on the former president and pushed even his most ludicrous ideas. In return, Trump gave the Fox network huge ratings and unprecedented access.
Donald Trump hit the stage again this weekend, speaking at a North Carolina GOP event. The speech featured a litany of lies including Trump’s continued claims about 2020 election fraud.
In 2016, Russia helped Trump get elected, hoping for a pliable world leader who would turn a blind eye to their abuses. According to Frank Figliuzzi, they got that and more.
Donald Trump gave one of his highest profile speeches since leaving the White House over the weekend. There wasn’t much new material as the former president complained about Democrats and Republicans who are against him.
Donald Trump is still the headliner in the Republican party. The GOP members in the House of Representatives have made sure of that. Still, there is an air of desperation is pretty much all of the former president’s moves these days.
Donald Trump has given every indication that he plans on running for president again in 2024. And most Republicans have been quick to fall in line behind him.
But behind closed doors, there have to be some ambitious young Republicans who want to run for president in 2024. And according to David Jolly, the decline shown by Trump during last night’s North Carolina speech opens the door for people like Ron DeSantis and Kristi Noem.
His belief that he is still president, or entitled to the presidency, is simply the most honest and overt expression Republican ideology.
As the 1/6 insurrection has gotten farther in the rear-view mirror, Republicans have been working hard on absolving Donald Trump of any blame. The majority of GOP senators weren’t even willing to meet with the Mother of Brian Sicknick and Capitol police officers.
Few Republicans are willing to carry more water for Trump than Ron Johnson. The Wisconsin lawmaker was recently asked about the former president’s role in the riot and blamed pretty much everyone but him.
During a Zoom interview with the Milwaukee Press Club, Johnson was grilled about the incident. Charles Benson asked, “
Why are you not aggressively looking at what happened that day from the perspective of President Trump’s role in what happened on January 6th? You were against the bipartisan commission.”
Donald Trump has been sitting in Mar-a-Lago and stewing for months. Unable to air his grievances on Twitter, the former president instead calls into Fox, Newsmax and OAN to talk about what’s troubling him.
But until this week, no one knew just how far Trump’s election delusion had one. The New York Times Maggie Haberman reported that the former president has been telling people that he expects to be placed back in office by the end of the summer.
Haberman’s story had been confirmed by Liberal sources like CNN‘s Brian Stelter. On Thursday, there was confirmation on the Conservative side. And it came from the very Conservative National Review.
Charles Cooke reports:
“I can attest, from speaking to an array of different sources, that Donald Trump does indeed believe quite genuinely that he — along with former senators David Perdue and Martha McSally — will be “reinstated” to office this summer after “audits” of the 2020 elections in Arizona, Georgia, and a handful of other states have been completed. I can attest, too, that Trump is trying hard to recruit journalists, politicians, and other influential figures to promulgate this belief — not as a fundraising tool or an infantile bit of trolling or a trial balloon, but as a fact.”
Supporters of Donald Trump are more than willing to use violence to get their way. This became clear when a mob of Trump fans engaged in an insurrection on the Capitol building on January 6th.
And that means that opponents of the former president, whether they be Democrats or Republicans, have to take their security seriously. Liz Cheney, formerly the Chair of the House Republican Conference, recently became the face of the anti-Trump movement. And according to a new report from the Hill, she’s been paying big bucks to stay safe.
Jordan Williams writes, “Wyoming’s at-large representative paid $58,500 for security from late January to early March.
Of that money, Cheney paid $22,500 to security firm Command Executive Services roughly two weeks after her impeachment
There are plenty of GOP lawmakers who want Donald Trump to be the past, present and future of their party. Lindsey Graham regularly gushes about his importance to the GOP. Republicans in the House of Representatives recently ousted Liz Cheney from leadership for not showing proper deference to the former president.
All of this loyalty, though, is obscuring that fact that Trump is looking increasingly pathetic. On Wednesday, the former President had to shut down his website that was promised to challenge both Twitter and Facebook for internet dominance.
And Trump has continued to claim that audits in places like Arizona could return him to power. While these predictions are largely nonsensical, there are many people taking them seriously. And Jim Acosta claims this conspiracy theorizing is a desperate play to stay relevant.
Wolf Blitzer remarked, “it is potentially very dangerous to hear this talk from the former president who still has an enormous amount of supporters out there.”
Acosta responded, “It reminds me of what I heard from Trump’s allies during the time of the insurrection, that Donald Trump has lost it. Lost his mind. To be talking about this sort of thing. Whoever he talks about it with. I talked to someone that’s known Trump for a long time and said he is desperate for attention and coverage from us. This is a way to go about it.”
Jim Acosta calls Trump's election conspiracy theories a desperate ploy for attention. pic.twitter.com/uoPps8pA5j
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) June 2, 2021
Legislation naming a section of State Highway 287 from Oklahoma’s Boise City southeast to the Oklahoma–Texas border as “President Donald J. Trump Highway” will go into effect on November 1 after the state’s governor, Kevin Stitt (R) signed a new bill into law.
“Republican legislators slipped the Trump highway proposal into the Oklahoma Legislature’s annual omnibus bridge-and-highway-naming bill, which is typically uncontroversial,” The Oklahoman reported.
The legislation had been briefly derailed after lawmakers protested the removal of a previous provision that required a person be deceased for three years before a portion of the highway can be named after them.
New signage will be paid for by the
Former President Donald Trump’s blog, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” which he used to promote baseless conspiracies about the 2020 general election, has permanently shut down. The ex-president launched the page after he was booted off social media, losing his major platforms and influence after inciting an insurrection against Congress.
Trump’s senior aide Jason Miller confirmed that the blog “will not be returning.”
“It was just auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on,” Miller told CNBC in an email. “Hoping to have more information on the broader efforts soon, but I do not have a precise awareness of timing,”
The blog had launched only last month, just four months after Facebook and Twitter suspended Trump from their platforms following the Capitol riot, which took place after a mob of Trump’s supporters stormed the
United States Capitol
Former President Donald Trump has reportedly been telling people that he expects he will be “reinstated” to the White House by August. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman revealed the information earlier this morning. There is no constitutional basis that supports Trump’s claim.
“It isn’t happening in a vacuum. It is happening as he faced the possibility of an indictment from the Manhattan DA,” Haberman noted.
It isn’t happening in a vacuum. It is happening as he faced the possibility of an indictment from the Manhattan DA.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 1, 2021
Of course, these Republicans, strenuously posing as “principled,” remain quiet about their own election-stealing strategy, even as it sits ponderously front and center as the proverbial elephant in the American political arena.
If Republicans are committed to anything, it is protecting Donald Trump at all costs. On Friday, GOP senators voted to kill a bill that would have created a commission to investigate the events leading up to the January 6th insurrection.
Prior to their vote, a delegation that included Capitol police officers and the Mother of Brian Sicknick met with Republican lawmakers. Some senators met with the group while others gave them the cold shoulder.
Ron Johnson actually did meet with the delegation, but on Friday he released a statement saying that he disagreed with their take on the matter.
The Wisconsin senator wrote, “As I did publicly at the time, I again condemn the grotesque violence, repugnant racial slurs, and other illegal acts that occurred on January 6th. All who engaged in these repulsive acts should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Johnson continued, “I also asked what questions regarding January 6th they are seeking answers to. Although we respectfully disagreed on the added value of the proposed commission, I did commit to doing everything I could to ensure all their questions will be answered.”
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) May 27, 2021
Johnson is one of the more disingenuous Republicans on the Hill. He has made protected Trump as much as any other GOP senator. So this type of statement is no great surprise.
For a number of years, Conservatives have accused major tech companies of discrimination. Republican lawmakers frequently called the heads of major tech companies to testify in front of committees.
The last straw for the GOP seemed to be when Donald Trump was batted from all of the most prominent social media sites. Florida’s Ron DeSantis, a major Trump fan, recently introduced legislation to punish tech companies that “discriminate” against Conservatives.
DeSantis told reporters, “
Many in our state have experienced censorship and other tyrannical behavior firsthand in Cuba and Venezuela. If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable.”
Following the events of January 6th, Republicans signaled a willingness to understand how the insurrection happened. Terrified of Trump, though, most of them have changed their minds on that matter.
Mitch McConnell understands that a commission will be very bad politically for Republicans. So he is urging them to vote against the bill. And that Republican resistance has driven some Democrats nut, specifically Montana’s Jon Tester.
Tester told Politico on Thursday, “
We’ve got to get to the bottom of this sh*t.