Former US President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a rally in South Carolina
Donald Trump used Volodymyr Zelensky’s virtual address to Congress to brag about his supposed rescue of the NATO alliance – this despite his history of derogatory remarks
Last night, the Republican National Committee made a last-ditch effort to block the January 6 committee from accessing its email communications weeks after the 2020 election.
In a late-night legal filing, the party committee says the subpoena seeking access to the emails in question ‘would give the select committee unprecedented access to the RNC’s internal political strategies and private information. and personal information about his supporters”. However, the party seems unlikely to succeed, as the company that processed and stored the emails, Salesforce, said it still intended to comply with the committee’s subpoena.
Don Jr’s ‘Send Trump’ tweet mocked
Donald Trump Jr had a new idea about who should attend the next NATO conference regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – send his father.
Trump’s eldest son tweeted: “Sending Biden to Europe for ‘high stakes’ talks with NATO will only further embolden our enemies. If you want to do something right, send Trump.”
Critics were quick to react.
Mehdi Hasan has posted a reminder of the former president’s behavior at a previous NATO meeting when he pushed his way past other leaders as a child.
Keith Olbermann suggested that the trip should be one-way.
One article read that he had not offered to mediate on the Ukraine-Russia border because “his bone spurs had yet to act up”.
“Of all the dumb ideas you’ve had, and there have been many, this is by far the dumbest,” one person wrote.
Olivier O’ConnellMarch 16, 2022 6:25 p.m.
Trump to host Saudi-backed golf league
The Trump Golf Resort in Bedminster, New Jersey (which the former president occasionally uses as an adjacent New York residence) is set to host an event in the LIV Super Golf league, a multi-million entry dollars in top international golf tournaments and perhaps a very useful source of income for the president’s currently less than stellar business portfolio.
Andrew NaughtyMarch 16, 2022 6:10 p.m.
Has Trump ruled out bringing Mike Pence back?
the Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker reports that Donald Trump has more or less canceled the prospect of racing with Mike Pence again in 2024.
“Mike and I had a great relationship, except for the very big factor that happened at the end. We had a great relationship,” Trump reportedly said in a phone interview from Mar-a-Lago. “I haven’t spoken to him in a long time.”
That “very important factor that took place in the end” was, of course, Mr. Pence’s refusal to participate in a plan to illegally overturn the result of the 2020 congressional election. The refusal saw Trump supporters storm the halls of the Capitol chanting “hang Mike Pence,” a sight the ex-vice president wouldn’t likely overlook if offered another seat on a ticket. Trump.
Andrew NaughtyMarch 16, 2022 5:40 p.m.
Report: Jan. 6 committee will not subpoena members of Congress
ABC News reported that the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack does not plan to issue subpoenas to sitting members of Congress who refuse to testify when asked.
Among those in the crosshairs were Trump representatives like Jim Jordan and even Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, both of whom sought to cast the panel as a political witch hunt. However, the committee has already gathered tons of evidence through other means, and its members are only too aware that there is a good chance that their work will be completely halted if Republicans retake the House in November. This prospect means that long and complex legal battles could only help their opponents run out of time.
Andrew NaughtyMarch 16, 2022 5:10 p.m.
Extreme congressman warns of ’emotional’ response to Zelensky’s speech
The Independent reported from the United States Capitol during and after Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech. Here’s a look at how far-right North Carolina congresswoman Madison Cawthorn played it today…
Andrew NaughtyMarch 16, 2022 4:40 p.m.
Crash at Fox News over Trump’s relationship with Russia
Fox News’ internal debate over Russia’s attack on Ukraine frequently plays out on the air, with the hosts openly disagreeing and even rambling on basic facts about why Vladimir Putin launched the war and what it means.
The latest setback broke last night on the evening show The fivewith Jeannine Pirro tearing up her co-host Geraldo Rivera after asking if Putin had “played” Trump while he was in power.
“I don’t care what Putin thinks,” she replied, “I only care what Putin did, and he was a wimp when Trump was president, and that’s the end of it.”
Andrew NaughtyMarch 16, 2022 4:10 p.m.
How Republicans are reacting to Zelensky’s speech
As Donald Trump focuses on boasting about his supposed defense of the NATO alliance, others in his party are responding to Volodymyr Zelensky’s congressional speech with variously angry and somber statements. And they overwhelmingly support the Ukrainian president.
Alex Woodward has a summary of their reactions:
Andrew NaughtyMarch 16, 2022 3:35 p.m.
Domestic Terrorism: The Incel Threat
A new Secret Service report has revealed that so-called “incels” are a growing domestic terrorist threat in the United States.
After several years of deadly attacks by men who identify with the online subculture of self-described “involuntary celibates”, the report warns that this form of “misogynist extremism” demands increased attention. In particular, the authors argue for greater awareness of certain types of behaviors that may indicate increasing radicalization, including “concerning and threatening communications, an interest in violence, intense or growing anger, blaming others, bizarre or inappropriate behavior and interpersonal difficulties”. .
Andrew NaughtyMarch 16, 2022 3:00 p.m.
ICYMI: Tucker Carlson Promoted by Russian Embassy Wire
Tucker Carlson has recently begun to insist that he is not in fact a pro-Russian propagandist despite growing criticism of his show, where he frequently repeats a pro-Russian version of events in Ukraine.
Regardless of his real intentions, here is an example of the warm reception he receives from the Russian side of the argument: an endorsement from the Russian Embassy in Luxembourg.
Andrew NaughtyMarch 16, 2022 2:30 p.m.
After ‘thugs’ controversy, Madison Cawthorn arrives late for Zelensky’s speech
Far-right Republican congresswoman Madison Cawthorn was recently in hot water for calling Volodymyr Zelensky a ‘thug’, raising questions about whether or not he would attend the Ukrainian president’s virtual speech to Congress today. today.
Eventually he introduced himself – but only at the end of Mr. Zelensky’s speech.
Andrew NaughtyMarch 16, 2022 2:00 p.m.