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    WILMINGTON, Del. -- Melania Trump said Monday that she is "disappointed and disheartened" by the deadly riot at the Capitol last week by supporters of her husband. But in breaking her silence, she also lashed out at people she said have used the tragic event to spread "salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false and misleading accusations about me."The statement marked the first lady's first public comment in the five days since a violent mob of Trump supporters, angry over Trump's election loss and stirred up by the president himself, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday and temporarily disrupted proceedings certifying that Democrat Joe Biden will be the next president come Jan. 20."I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week," she wrote in a White House blog post released before sunrise. "I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and...
    More On: twitter Parler app pulled offline as CEO warns of ‘longer than expected’ outage Rein in abusive Big Tech republic Sen. Rubio warns of Big Tech ‘monopoly power’ following Capitol riot censorship Parler CEO rails against tech bans that are ‘an assault on everybody’ Twitter’s stock price tumbled early Monday as investors appeared to balk at the social network’s decision to ban President Trump from posting. Shares in the San Francisco-based company tumbled 7.5 percent to $47.60 as of 8:07 a.m. in the first premarket trading session after it booted Trump from the platform on Friday, saying his account posed a “risk of further incitement of violence” after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday. Twitter’s move against the outgoing president — whose account had more than 88 million followers — was the first permanent suspension for a head of state, and it’s likely to spark furious debate...
    One of President Trump’s biggest flaws is not knowing when to stop, as his speech before the Capitol invasion demonstrated. But while he thankfully saved his worst mistake for last, Democrats are exhibiting the same flaw at the very start of their term.  Political winds rarely get more favorable for a party than they are now, with Dems winning control of the White House and both chambers of Congress. Joe Biden will get the Cabinet and judges he wants and the path is open to tax and regulatory overhauls. Media handmaidens will cheer his every move. Equally important, the post-Trump Republican Party is in shambles after an absolutely disastrous week. White House and agency officials are jumping ship to distance themselves from the president they served and GOP members of Congress as well as donors and supporters are blasting Trump for the loss of the two Senate seats in Georgia as well as the fatal storming of the Capitol.  ANDREW...
    Reuters January 11, 2021 0 Comments Washington’s mayor has asked for increased security around the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden after last week’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. Describing last week’s assault as an “unprecedented terrorist attack”, Mayor Muriel Bowser said that Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 will require a “different approach” compared to past inaugurations. “While I will be reaching out to a broad range of local, regional and federal partners to enhance cooperation among our bodies, I strongly urge the United States Department of Homeland Security to adjust its approach to the Inauguration in several specific ways”, Bowser wrote in a letter to Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the department. The letter was dated Saturday and made available on Sunday. The storming of the Capitol building last week by Trump supporters delayed the certification of Biden’s election victory. Trump,...
    A pro-Trump lawyer banned by Twitter is being investigated by the Secret Service for calling for Mike Pence to face the firing squad. Lin Wood, a Georgia-based conspiracy theorist and high-profile Trump supporter, had his Twitter account removed on Wednesday for a series of provocative tweets, including saying that the Capitol riot had been staged by Antifa. Wood then switched to Parler, the 'free speech platform', to continue his rant. 'Get the firing squad ready,' he posted. 'Pence goes FIRST.' Pence infuriated the president and his supporters by refusing to block the certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory, and by telling Trump he did not have the constitutional power to overturn the election result.  Lin Wood, a pro-Trump lawyer, is being investigated by the Secret Service for his threats Wood on Thursday posted that Pence should face the firing squad The vice-president, pictured on Thursday, enraged the...
    The outgoing chief of the U.S. Capitol Police said House of Representatives and Senate security officials had thwarted his efforts to call in the National Guard, contradicting assertions from other officials who said the force had not asked for help. The former chief of the federal force, Steven Sund, told the Washington Post his supervisors were reluctant to take formal steps to put the Guard on call even as police intelligence suggested that the crowd President Donald Trump had invited to Washington to protest against his defeat was probably going to be much larger than earlier demonstrations. Sund's remarks were in contrast with those from officials in other branches of government, who said after Trump's supporters stormed into the Capitol building last Wednesday that they could have provided more people to secure it – but no one from the Capitol Police asked. Capitol Police Were Overrun, 'Left Naked' Against...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The insurrectionist mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol at the president’s behest last week was overwhelmingly made up of longtime Trump supporters, including Republican Party officials, GOP political donors, far-right militants, white supremacists, and adherents of the QAnon myth that the government is secretly controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophile cannibals. Records show that some were heavily armed and included convicted criminals, such as a Florida man recently released from prison for attempted murder. The Associated Press reviewed social media posts, voter registrations, court files and other public records for more than 120 people either facing criminal charges related to the Jan. 6 unrest or who, going maskless amid the pandemic, were later identified through photographs and videos taken during the melee. The evidence gives lie to claims by right-wing pundits and Republican officials such as Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., that the violence was perpetrated by...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — At the heart of the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a lie, one that was allowed to fester and flourish by many of the same Republicans now condemning President Donald Trump for whipping his supporters into a frenzy with his false attacks on the integrity of the 2020 election. The response from some of those GOP officials now? We didn’t think it would come to this. “People took him literally. I never thought I would see that,” said Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s former chief of staff. Mulvaney resigned his post as special envoy to Northern Ireland last week after the riots. That argument reveals the extent to which many Republicans have willingly turned a blind eye throughout Trump’s presidency to some of the forces coursing through America. Each time Trump promoted a conspiracy theory or openly flirted with extremist groups, Republicans assumed there...
    Four days after protests at the US Capitol devolved into crowds of people storming the building as Congress attempted to ratify the results of the Electoral College, a new report seemingly confirmed what video of footage appeared to show — that the effort was fueled by embattled supporters of President Donald Trump. That determination was made by the Associated Press, which investigated posts on social media, court files, voter registrations and other public records for over 120 participants who are either facing criminal charges for their roles in the unrest or were later identified in photographs or video footage of the January 6 riot. The ultimate conclusion of the AP investigation stands in direct opposition to statements made by a small segment of elected GOP officials, who have instead focused on the possibility that many who participated in the siege weren’t actually supporters of the president. One of those officials,...
    The majority of working-class Trump supporters who traveled to DC last week were "repulsed" by Wednesday's riots that engulfed the Capitol in chaos and resulted in at least four deaths, conservative activist Charlie Kirk said Sunday.  "The strength of the president's movement is about giving a voice to working people all across the country," Kirk told "The Next Revolution" host Steve Hilton on Sunday, "and I can tell you, working people who voted for the president were repulsed by what they saw. In fact, they were saddened." CRENSHAW BLASTS FELLOW REPUBLICANS FOR 'LYING' TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS VideoKirk argued that Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital to demand that lawmakers take various steps to preserve the integrity of the 2020 election, anticipating "a very spirited and factual discussion in the United States Senate and House around voter integrity. "We were about to have hopefully a constitutional discussion around some of the complaints and concerns that nearly half the country shared," Kirk explained, "and then they felt as if that...
    Most of 120 people who have been arrested in connection to or identified as being at the Capitol riot through photos and videos are longtime supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpKim says North Korean efforts will focus on bringing US 'to their knees' Pelosi urges Democrats to prepare to return to DC this week amid impeachment calls Ken Klippenstein: 'Ideological' blindspot kept law enforcement from urgently responding to Capitol riots MORE, an Associated Press analysis determined. The Associated Press reviewed the social media posts, voter registrations, court files and other public records of 120 individuals suspected of being involved with the riots at the Capitol building and concluded that most backed the president.  The AP analysis comes after several conservatives, including lawmakers, have promoted without evidence the theory that groups like antifa and Black Lives Matter infiltrated the pro-Trump protests and were responsible for the riots in the Capitol. The 120 people...
    A senior official in Donald Trump’s administration said they can no longer defend him against the accusations of critics after the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol this week, the latest instance of the president losing the backing of a longtime ally. Trump has come under intense scrutiny in the days after the attack on the Capitol, when crowds of his supporters surrounded the building and forced their way inside in an attack that is now connected to the deaths of six people. Prior to the siege, Trump spoke to his supporters, falsely claiming that the election had been stolen from him, advising them to be strong, and telling them he would go to the Capitol with them. Trump instead returned to the White House, where reports indicate he watched with excitement as his supporters besieged the building while Congress was tallying Electoral College votes and finalizing Joe...
    CANDACE Owens took to social media on Sunday to say Democrats have "starting to sound like ISIS" and won't make supporters of President Donald Trump "magically disappear in fear." The right-wing commentator tweeted on Saturday night in response to Former CIA Director John O. Brennan's post about people looking to receive national redemption. 8The right-wing commentator tweeted on Saturday night in response to Former CIA Director John O. Brennan's post about people looking to receive national redemptionCredit: Getty Images - Getty 8Trump fans are seen marching outside the Capitol BuildingCredit: Reuters 8Credit: Twitter 8Credit: Twitter Owens, a 31-year-old conservative author, wrote: "Who the actual hell do these Democrats think they are? "NO ONE IS ASKING YOU PSYCHOPATHS FOR REDEMPTION. We supported him then— we support him now. "MAKE. AMERICA. GREAT. AGAIN. Take your brown-shirt approach to China." Her tweet followed Brennan's post, which read: "Anyone now seeking national redemption by...
    Two weeks before thousands of Trump rioters breached Congress, Stop The Steal organizer Ali Alexander said his group wasn’t violent — “yet.” “One of our organizers in one state said ‘we’re nice patriots, we don’t throw bricks,’” Alexander told a crowd at a Dec. 19 rally at Arizona’s state capitol. “I leaned over and I said, ‘Not yet. Not yet!’ Haven’t you read about a little tar-and-feathering? Those were second-degree burns!” Alexander, who has described himself as one of the “official originators” of the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, went on to use “yet” as a codeword for violence. Then Alexander told the Phoenix crowd about his plans for Washington. “We’re going to convince them to not certify the vote on January 6 by marching hundreds of thousands, if not millions of patriots, to sit their butts in D.C. and close that city down, right?” Alexander said. “And if we...
    Loading the player... An American Airlines pilot on flight 1242 from Washington D.C. to Phoenix threatened to divert his plane in Kansas if they didn’t behave. The Daily Mail reported that Trump supporters who boarded the flight on Friday afternoon from the Regan National Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor were seen on video chanting “USA! USA! USA!” The pilot spoke on the loudspeaker with a noticeably frustrated voice as he issued a stern warning to the rowdy passengers. Wow. I’m on a plane full of patriots flying from DC to Phoenix and we started chanting “USA” …and the Captain came on said told us he’d drop us off in Kansas if he had to if we didn’t obey their every single rule.American Airlines is everything but American.@AmericanAir pic.twitter.com/duFt2W90cc— Mindy Robinson ???????? (@iheartmindy) January 8, 2021 “This is the way it’s gonna be…it’s a four and a half hour...
    More On: DC Protests 2021 Finally calling a riot a riot and other commentary Air Force veteran among Capitol ‘rioters’ charged by US Attorney’s Office Ariel Pink dropped by label for going to Trump rally, says he was asleep for riot Sen. Rubio warns of Big Tech ‘monopoly power’ following Capitol riot censorship On Thursday, Brian Sicknick, an officer with the US Capitol Police, died from injuries sustained during the storming of the Capitol Building. Democratic leaders have presented Sicknick as a martyr of the #Resistance against President Trump and his dangerous supporters.  Reality is more complicated. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Sicknick’s death as a reminder of the need to “protect our country from all threats, foreign and domestic.” President-elect Joe Biden suggested that whoever backed Trump supports “an all-out assault on our institutions of our democracy.” The day’s violence, it seems, has become an all-purpose excuse to denounce...
    With the left and their assistants in big tech on the hunt to destroy conservatives everywhere, former ESPN talker Jemele Hill is once again reviving the theme of Russian election interference. Despite the fact that no evidence has ever been revealed showing the Russians having an outsized influence on the 2016 elections, the Atlantic referenced it in a Sunday tweet. “The Russians created chaos in the 2016 election by flooding our social media networks with misinformation and racial division. If this coup attempt isn’t dealt with harshly, America’s enemies will know they can weaponize white people to do their bidding without consequence,” she wrote. The Russians created chaos in the 2016 election by flooding our social media networks with misinformation and racial division. If this coup attempt isn’t dealt with harshly, America’s enemies will know they can weaponize white people to do their bidding without consequence. — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January...
    San Diego police declared an unlawful assembly as Trump supporters and counter-protesters faced off Saturday, according to reports. The protest also prompted police to warn residents to stay away from the Pacific Beach intersection "due to acts of violence." Local affiliate FOX 5 San Diego tweeted a number of pictures and videos of the event, showing the two groups, and police trying to keep the situation from escalating. "Rocks & bottles are being thrown at officers," the police tweeted. "Pepper spray (OC) from the crowd is being sprayed towards officers." The police promised that "actions will be taken" against those attacking police. CAPITOL POLICE ANNOUNCE OFF-DUTY DEATH OF OFFICER; NO CAUSE OF DEATH GIVEN Around 50 pro-Trump demonstrators and 200 counter-protesters faced off, according to KPBS. The protests started around 1 p.m. All groups appeared to leave the area by 6 p.m., and police said they would arrest...
    A FAR-right group is urging protesters to attend ANOTHER Washington DC march this week - and to "come armed at personal discretion". In the aftermath of the riot on the US Capitol, experts are warning that far-right extremists are calling for more violence ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration. 5The poster calling for protesters to "come armed" to a Capitol Hill march on January 17Credit: Parler 5Five people died following chaos in and around the US Capitol Building as Congress officially certified Joe Biden as the incoming presidentCredit: AP:Associated Press 5It comes after Wednesday's shocking scenes of violence when pro-Trump supporters stormed the US CapitolCredit: AP:Associated Press And on Saturday evening, a post was added to Parler, a social media site that has often proved to be a favourite of MAGA supporters. It urged people to attend a proposed march on Capitol Hill and the state capitol buildings on January 17....
    A newly sworn-in Republican member of Congress is lamenting the state of his party in the aftermath of the attempt by President Donald Trump’s supporters to seize the U.S. Capitol. Freshman representative Peter Meijer (R-MI) wrote an op-ed for The Detroit News to document his experiences on Wednesday after pro-Trump rioters stormed the building. “The illusion of security, of the sanctity of our constitutional order, collapsed,” Meijer reflected as he spoke of how he and other lawmakers took shelter in a committee room after Capitol Police ordered them into the chambers below the hill. In his piece, Meijer voiced opposition to his Republican colleagues who planned to block the certification of the 2020 election, and he took a disapproving view of the attempts from the far-right to overturn the results. When Meijer reached the part of his recollection from when the House reconvened after the riots, he...
    Donald Trump supporters and 'Antifa' demonstrators clashed in San Diego on Saturday afternoon, with both sides being pepper sprayed and cops being pelted with rocks, bottles and more. The MAGA backers had scheduled a 'Patriot March' to start at 2pm near Crystal Peier, which is right in Pacific Beach, but were met by counter-protesters, some adorned in 'Antifa' T-shirts.   One protester held a sign saying 'No Nazis in PB.' Another held a sign saying 'Ashli Babbitt Deserved It,' a reference to a rioter who was killed Wednesday at the Capitol.  As the afternoon dragged on, shouting matches between the opposing groups of began to take place. Scroll down for video  Pictured: Counter-protesters pepper spray Donald Trump supporters during the 'Patriot March' One sigh read 'Ashli Babbitt Deserved It' in reference to a rioter who died at the Capitol While anti-fascist demonstrators were out in force, so were...
    Chris Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said that President Donald Trump “has to resign” in order to “prevent further bloodshed.” Trump has faced harsh criticism and calls for resignation or removal from Democrats and members of his own party who say he incited the riot at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday that led to five deaths, including one Capitol Police officer. “But there is an opportunity here, I think, to prevent further bloodshed,” Krebs told anchor Margaret Brennan during a Sunday morning appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I don’t know if the president is capable of doing it, but he has to resign. He has to tell his supporters that he lied to them, that this was all his own fraud. He has to come out.” WATCH: “We have to set an example for the rest of the free world, that attempted...
    DENVER (CBS4) – While many debate whether Twitter’s indefinite suspension of President Donald Trump’s account was ethically right, social media and law experts say Twitter legally muted the president from their platform. Some Republicans have accused the social media giant of suppressing conservative voices and ideologies in favor of promoting a more liberal agenda. While that can be debated, University of Denver Media, Film and Journalism Studies Professor Derigan Silver said Twitter indisputably acted within their legal right. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) “Twitter did not break the law at all,” Silver said. “This is not constitutional law, this is contract law.” Silver said user terms and agreements upon signing up for social media platforms like Twitter supersede, and replace, First Amendment rights protected under the United States Constitution. The First Amendment protects most forms of speech from prosecution by the government, known as “state action.” Most speech is protected...
    New York (CNN Business)The Capitol insurrection didn't come out of thin air: It was a result of rage and a web of delusion that many supporters of President Donald Trump are entangled in. "A web of delusion had real life consequences on Wednesday and it will continue to have real-life consequences," CNN's Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter said on "Reliable Sources" Sunday.A large number of Trump followers cleaved to misinformation they were fed by the president, right-wing media and social media platforms. That led some to believe the most extreme creed imaginable: that Trump was "an agent of God," reported The Atlantic's editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, who spoke to Trump supporters ahead of the Capitol siege on January 6."Many people I talked to were completely untethered from observable reality," Goldberg told Stelter Sunday. That's just the tip of the iceberg of delusions that created a deluge of chaos in Washington last...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators now say President Donald Trump should resign as support for the drive to impeach him a second time is gaining momentum in his final days in office after the deadly riot at the Capitol by a violent mob of Trump supporters. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Sunday joined Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski in calling for Trump to “resign and go away as soon as possible.” Murkowski, who has long voiced her exasperation with Trump’s conduct in office, told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that Trump simply “needs to get out.” Toomey said that even though he believes Trump committed impeachable offenses in encouraging loyalists in the Capitol siege on Wednesday, he did not think there was enough time for the impeachment process to play out. Toomey said that resignation was the “best path forward, the best way to get this person in...
    A US Capitol Police officer has reportedly died by suicide three days after the force was thrown into chaos when Donald Trump's supporters stormed Congress.   Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, died while off-duty on Saturday, the USCP announced in a statement.   Liebengood had been with the department since April 2005 and was assigned to the Senate Division, the statement said.  Unconfirmed social media reports claimed that Liebengood, the son of former Sergeant at Arms Howard S Liebengood, took his own life.  Liebengood is the second Capitol Police officer to die in the days after Trump supporters stormed the building in a bid to block the certification of Joe Biden's election victory.  The other officer, Brian Sicknick, died on Thursday after reportedly having been hit over the head by a fire extinguisher during the riots.   This is a developing story.   US Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood reportedly died by suicide...
    Arnold Schwarzenegger reacted to the violent mob of Trump supporters storming the Capitol with a video Sunday that drew a very clear parallel to Kristallnacht. “I grew up in Austria. I’m very aware of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass. It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys,” the former California governor said. “Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States.” He got very personal talking about the physical and emotional pain he witnessed from “broken men” when he was growing up who were riddled with guilt “over their participation in the most evil regime in history,” even his own father. Schwarzenegger said Trump is a failed leader who would “go down in history as the worst president ever” because of his attempts to overturn the results of an election…...
    More than half of the Americans surveyed in a new poll said that they believe President TrumpDonald TrumpKim says North Korean efforts will focus on bringing US 'to their knees' Pelosi urges Democrats to prepare to return to DC this week amid impeachment calls Ken Klippenstein: 'Ideological' blindspot kept law enforcement from urgently responding to Capitol riots MORE should be removed from office following the attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.  Fifty-six percent of respondents in the ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday said that Trump should be removed from office before his term ends in 10 days. Two-thirds, or 67 percent, also said that the president deserves a "good amount" of the blame for the riots in Washington, D.C. last week.  During a "Stop the Steal rally" on the National Mall last Wednesday, Trump urged his supporters to march to the Capitol as a joint session of Congress met to certify Joe BidenJoe BidenKim says North...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper closed out State of the Union by excoriating Donald Trump’s supporters for their attempt to seize the U.S. Capitol, and by calling for the president and his allies be held accountable for their actions. After blasting people for ignoring the dangers of Trump’s lies and rhetoric until the attempted insurrection, Tapper lamented that what happened at the Capitol “honestly not much of a surprise.” He made this point by looking at how many violent incidents were connected to Trump’s demagoguery as president, plus the number of times where Trump gave cover to people who committed acts of violence. From there, Tapper moved on by calling out Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Trump’s other allies who amplified his lies, tried to stop the 2020 election from being certified, or incited the president’s supporters at the rally that turned into an attack on Congress. “Did no...
    Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly contended that President Donald Trump has “destroyed his legacy” by failing to “tamp down the angry protesters” who stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. In an op-ed published on his website Saturday, O’Reilly lamented the fact that “anti-Trump zealots” have now been emboldened because of the “horrendous display of sedition and treachery” put on by a mob of pro-Trump rioters who rampaged the Capitol. “Mr. Trump’s failure to tamp down the angry protestors supporting him in Washington has destroyed his legacy,” O’Reilly wrote. WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) Calling the notion that Trump encouraged the violence “false,” the former Fox News host nevertheless argued that press mistreatment and bitterness over the 2020 election has caused the president to lose “all...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP Sen. Pat Toomey calls on Trump to resign, says it’s what’s best for country after Capitol riot by Trump supporters. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Fox News’ Jedidiah Bila emphasized the unavoidable reality that President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election are the very reason why his supporters have been driven to anger (and now actual violence) against the process. Fox & Friends spoke to Joey Jones on Sunday about the efforts by Democrats to remove Trump from office early and restrict his executive powers in the time he has left. This comes in the aftermath of Trump inciting his supporters before they launched a failed attempt to take over the U.S. Capitol Building and prevent Congress from certifying the election of President-Elect Joe Biden. “If President Trump fanned the flames of fear, this is pouring fuel on it,” Jones responded. He continued by slamming Democrats as “opportunists,” claimed “I don’t think anyone at that rally was tryin to incite this,” and argued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “will hurt our country” with her efforts...
    TRUMP supporters have been sprayed in the face with chemicals by Antifa demonstrators. As the two sides squared up to each on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, California, video shows a black clad Antifa supporter pulling out a canister and spraying the MAGA fans. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 4The moment the Trump supporters are sprayed Credit: FOX 5 4The MAGA fans recoiled after being hitCredit: FOX 5 About 100 Trump supporters had gathered on Saturday ahead of a pro-Trump 'Patriot March'. The march had been scheduled long before the violent riot at the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob Wednesday, the LA Times reports. But the unrest began around 1pm when a crowd of Black Lives Matter supporters and others dressed in black and wearing Antifa T-shirts and hats, gathered at the pier. Screaming matches broke out between the...
    Supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpKim says North Korean efforts will focus on bringing US 'to their knees' Pelosi urges Democrats to prepare to return to DC this week amid impeachment calls Ken Klippenstein: 'Ideological' blindspot kept law enforcement from urgently responding to Capitol riots MORE and counter demonstrators clashed during what San Diego authorities eventually declared an unlawful assembly on Saturday.  Trump supporters faced off with a small group of people wearing black and carrying a flag depicting Antifa symbols on it, local television station KSWB reported.  Police dispatched officers in riot gear to the Pacific Beach boardwalk to quell the unrest. Videos from the scene shows members of both groups pushing and yelling at one another and one person in black garb spraying a chemical irritant at another person. Several people are also seen throwing bottles or other items during the melee. #breaking trump supporters clash with BLM and antifa on the...
    As thousands of President's Trump's supporters swarmed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, many carried flags, brandished signs and wore symbols with signaled their affiliation with particular groups and displayed their anger at government. The Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters were among the right-wing groups that could be identified among the floods of Trump fanatics. 'More than a cardboard sign, flags are dynamic. They communicate ideas quickly especially when hoisted to the heavens,' Laura Scofield, a member of the North American Vexillological Association told Quartz. She argues that flags are 'the most powerful artifact ever designed'. Activist Mirko Ilić also explained that white supremacists have been fascinated with how potent flags after their use in Nazi Germany. 'In my opinion, branding was truly invented by Nazi Germany. It was total design,' Ilić claims. 'We have to be vigilant about these symbols because they're like tea leaves. You can...
    Twitter has been forced to step in and stop 'Hang Mike Pence' trending in the wake of the MAGA mob riot where Donald Trump supporters called for the Vice President's execution and strung up a noose outside the Capitol. The phrase was trending on the platform in the early hours of Saturday morning just hours after the social media giant permanently banned Trump citing risks of 'further incitement to violence'. As of 1:26 a.m. over 14,400 Twitter users had used the phrase, according to a screengrab posted online by journalist Yashar Ali.   'WTF why is this allowed to trend?' tweeted Ali, adding that many social media users were quoting the mob rather than making threats toward Pence.  'I get that people have been tweeting it to quote some of the insurrectionists but it shouldn't be allowed to trend.'  Twitter has been forced to step in and stop 'Hang Mike Pence' trending...
    An Antifa group armed with a baseball bat, bottles, and chemical sprays attacked a group of Trump supporters at a demonstration in San Diego. Antifa also threw glass bottles, rocks, and eggs at a line of police officers attempting to maintain order. A video tweeted by Fox5’s Paul Makarushka shows a large group of Antifa counter-protesters attempting to surround a group of Trump supporters. One man is seen waving an Antifa flag over the head of one of the Trump supporters. Another can be seen wielding a baseball bat. #breaking trump supporters clash with BLM and antifa on the boardwalk in PB. Heavy police presence some fights and scuffles. Pepper spray etc (not from pd). @fox5sandiego pic.twitter.com/SrMjWnISlZ — Paul makarushka (@heyguyfox5) January 9, 2021 The video shows one Antifa man with a bat approaching a few Trump supporters with a bat while another dowses the couple with pepper spray. As...
    Washington DC, Compass.com – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence The following January 20th he attended the inauguration of Joe Biden. He did not follow President Donald Trump, Announced on the day of the inauguration that he would not set foot in the White House. Trump, the fourth president in U.S. history and the first in the last 150 years, has refused to attend his successor. Also read: Blocked social media? No problem, Trump says he will build his own site … Biden previously said he would be honored if Vice President Mike Pence attends on January 20. On the contrary, he agrees that it is “the right thing to do” if he chooses not to attend to the traditions of his predecessor. Since being declared defeated by Pita, Trump has repeatedly claimed that he was deceived US presidential election 3 November 2020. When the US Congress approved Biden’s victory,...
    San Diego —  About 100 Trump supporters and dozens of counter-demonstrators, some of whom described themselves as anti-fascists, faced off for hours in the heart of Pacific Beach in San Diego on Saturday, with officers trying to keep the opposing groups apart following several skirmishes. The dueling demonstrations shut down Mission Boulevard near the Crystal Pier. Police declared the gathering unlawful and ordered the crowds to disperse about 2:30 p.m. Police reported on Twitter that officers had been struck by a glass bottle. Rocks and eggs were also being thrown at police, and pepper spray was being deployed in their direction from the crowd, police said. They did not say who was responsible. During one confrontation, officers fired what appeared to be pepper ball rounds into the anti-fascist crowd. By 4:30 p.m., supporters of President Trump reconvened on the boardwalk, and police allowed them to march. The marchers yelled...
    Democratic Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson claimed in a Saturday appearance on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” that if the Capitol police officer had not fired the shot that killed a Trump supporter during the riots Wednesday, then he and his colleagues would have been lynched. “This is nothing but a race war that was about to be unleashed,” Johnson told host Al Sharpton. “Had it not been for the gunshot of the one shot fired by that plainclothes officer in the Speaker’s lobby right behind the House gallery … if those people had been able to get through, they would have had us who were in the gallery up on the third floor trapped.” Johnson, alluding to the shooting of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt as she tried to climb through a barricaded window near the gallery, went on to say that he and other members of Congress “who look like” him “would have been...
    After videos went viral showing supporters of President Donald Trump accosting Senators in airports to yell at them and accuse them of being traitors to the president — not to mention the troubling scenes of the riots at the Capitol — members of Congress will be getting increased security at airports, at least for the near future. CNN’s Manu Raju reported that the U.S. Capitol Police and Sergeant at Arms’ office sent a notice to members of Congress on Saturday, outlining plans to coordinate with the U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies around the country to ensure their safety as they travel between Washington, D.C. and their home districts. Capitol Police officers will also be stationed at all three major D.C. area airports through Inauguration Day, January 20: Reagan National Airport (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) spoke to CNN’s...
    As scenes of carnage unfolded on the television in his private dining room off the Oval Office, President Trump was raging. Surrounded by a handful of loyal consiglieres, he watched as the rioters stormed the US Capitol – astonishing images that shocked the world and would signal the brutal denouement of his four-year presidency. Yet it was not the mayhem and violence that caused Trump to roar in fury – not the dead bodies, including a Capitol police officer who died from a massive brain bleed after being struck in the head with a fire extinguisher. Far from it. As a White House source told The Mail on Sunday last night, Trump was ‘apoplectic’ in embarrassment because the ‘white trash’ mob on screen made him look bad. ‘He was angry, not at the appalling crimes they were committing, but because he felt embarrassed,’ said the source. ‘When they first stormed...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with counter-protesters in San Diego on Saturday, prompting police to declare the gathering an unlawful assembly because of acts of violence. Officers were hit with rocks, bottles and eggs, police said, and the crowd directed pepper spray at them. KSWB-TV tweeted video of counter demonstrators, most of them dressed in black and waving an antifa flag, throwing a folding chair and spraying a chemical irritant at a smaller group of people participating in the march on the Pacific Beach boardwalk. The station said in other instances, members of both groups shoved and threw objects at one another. Police sent in dozens of officers in riot gear to separate the two groups. Police asked residents to stay away from the area and warned that those who refused to disperse may be cited or arrested. Copyright © 2021 The...
    House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPressure grows on Trump to leave Hillicon Valley: Twitter permanently suspends Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and others | Laptop stolen from Pelosi's office during Capitol riots | Reddit bans r/DonaldTrump forum House chairman: Biden Pentagon pick 'shares my commitment to civilian control of the military' MORE (D-Calif.) said Saturday that the rioters who took part in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday chose their "whiteness" over democracy. The Associated Press first reported her remarks, which she made during an online video meeting with constituents in San Francisco. A transcript of her comments were shared with The Hill.  The comment came after Pelosi acknowledged the number of people who died of COVID-19 on Wednesday and Thursday, both of which were records for single-day coronavirus deaths in the United States.  On Wednesday, a mob of President TrumpDonald TrumpMcConnell circulates procedures for second Senate impeachment trial of Trump...
    Getty Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. David Blair of Maryland was among those charged with a siege on the US Capitol and faces charges for allegedly assaulting a police officer. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced a slew of arrests following the January 6, 2021 protests, including Jacob Anthony Chansley, aka Jake Angeli, of Arizona, and Adam Johnson of Florida. Authorities said Chansley was the man who appeared in the Capitol wearing a horned helmet and red, white and blue face paint, and Johnson was the man pictured carrying Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s lectern. Blair apologized to police, according to his charging documents. He said he...
    Republican Sen. Pat Toomey stated his belief that President Trump committed impeachable offenses related to the mob of his supporters who stormed the Capitol. Toomey is not the first Senate Republican to come out against the president after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol and forced a lockdown because Congress was certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory. The pandemonium led to five deaths (including a law enforcement officer), countless injuries, a lockdown of the Capitol, and dozens of arrests, but it only temporarily halted Congress before it certified the Electoral College votes for Biden. Toomey, a senator from Pennsylvania, said he wasn't certain he would vote to remove him from office. "I do think the president committed impeachable offenses," he told the Journal Editorial Report on Saturday, before adding, "but I don’t know what is going to land on the Senate floor, if anything." The Pennsylvania legislator...
    A pro-Trump mob breaks into the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. Win McNamee/Getty Images Thousands of pro-Trump supporters descended on the US Capitol on Wednesday, but relatively few have faced criminal charges so far. It took more than four hours for law enforcement to secure the US Capitol building so Congress could continue its certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. By Saturday, only about 80 people had been arrested. This searchable graphic shows all the charges we know so far. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the days since thousands of Trump supporters swarmed the US Capitol, forcing Congress to go on lockdown and damaging the halls of government, fewer than 100 people have been arrested and charged with crimes. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public's help to identify members...
    Arieh Kovler, who last month predicted that Donald Trump’s supporters would likely storm the Capitol on January 6, claims that some of the president’s backers believe that Wednesday’s riots were a cover for a much larger plan involving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “This is holding up already. The latest QAnon-type theory is that Special Forces used the Capitol attack as cover to take Nancy Pelosi’s laptop which supposedly contains some damning evidence that Trump will use to have her arrested.” he tweeted. As reported by Reuters, Drew Hammill, one of Pelosi’s aides, claimed on Friday that a laptop was stolen from the Hosue Speaker’s office. According to Hammill, the laptop was the property of the conference room and was used for presentations. “The theft of electronic devices from congressional offices has been a persistent worry following the invasion by pro-Trump followers,” the news outlet noted. Brandon Hoffman, the chief information...
    DEMOCRATS in Congress are planning a swift impeachment of President Donald Trump. The country and lawmakers are still coming to terms with the violent siege of the US Capitol by Trump supporters on January 6. 4President Donald Trump addresses his supporters at a rally in Washington, DC, on January 6Credit: Getty Images - Getty Where is Donald Trump today? Here is a timeline of what Donald Trump has been doing ever since the Capitol riots rocked the country. January 6 - Trump addresses his supporters at a massive rally in Washington, DC, hours before many of them storm the Capitol. January 7 - Trump reluctantly concedes defeat to Joe Biden and called the riots a "heinous attack on the nation's capital." January 8 - Twitter permanently suspends not only Trump's personal Twitter account but also his campaign account, prompting the president to tweet from the presidential...
    AN American Airlines pilot threatened to “dump” MAGA fans in Kansas after they started chanting pro-Trump slogans. The pilot on Friday’s flight from Washington DC to Phoenix threatened to divert the plane and leave the unruly Trump supporters stranded. 4Many passengers were heard chanting 'fight for Trump' and 'USA'Credit: Twitter 4The pilot warned passengers to behave or he would leave them in KansasCredit: Twitter 4Mindy Robinson, who posted one of the videos and a Trump fan, described the plane as 'full of patriots'Credit: Twitter On Wednesday, hundreds of the president’s supporters stormed the US Capitol which disrupted Congress’s session and ultimately leading to five deaths. Videos taken at the beginning of the flight show people chanting “fight for Trump” and “USA”. Mindy Robinson, who posted one of the videos and a Trump fan, described the plane as "full of patriots." Another video shows several people onboard appearing to wear red...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): 4:20 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is accusing the Trump supporters who rioted in the Capitol this week of choosing “their whiteness over democracy.” The California Democrat used an online video meeting with her hometown San Francisco constituents to criticize the overwhelmingly white mob that attacked Congress on Wednesday as it met to formally finalize Joe Biden’s presidential victory. “It has been an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy,” Pelosi said. Pelosi has set the House on course to potentially voting on a new impeachment of Trump as early as this coming week, a move that has overwhelming support from Democrats. She shed no new light...
    In an interview on Saturday, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen weighed in on Wednesday’s riots at the U.S. Capitol. Per Raw Story, speaking with MSNBC anchor Alex Witt, Cohen argued that Trump encouraged and incited violence and noted that he was not surprised by the riots. As Witt pointed out, Cohen testified before the the United States Congress in 2019. During his testimony, the lawyer issued a dire warning, saying that Trump would refuse to peacefully surrender power. The lawyer, who spent years working for Trump, said that the president often uses “dog whistles” when talking to his supporters. He did the same at his “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C., essentially instructing his followers to cash with police, storm the Capitol building and commit violent acts, Cohen explained. Trump “knew exactly what he was doing” when he blew those dog whistles, enjoyed watching the...
    Tasos Katopodis, Getty An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the violent actions by rioting supporters of Donald Trump on Wednesday, and most also blame the President at least in part for those deadly events taking place. That data comes from the latest PBS/Marist poll, a national survey released this week which shows that the riots found almost no real support among most Americans. A full 88% opposed the actions of the rioters, significantly including 80% of Republicans. “Despite the belief among many that the presidential election results were not accurate — the very belief that spurred Trump supporters to gather in the nation’s capital this week — the vast majority of Americans — 88 percent — oppose the actions of those who broke into the U.S. Capitol, according to this latest poll,” PBS NewsHour reports. “That includes 96 percent of Democrats, 86 percent of independents and 80 percent of Republicans.”...
    Can you summarize what happened Wednesday night in Washington? Two significant events have taken place in recent days in American political life. In Tuesday’s election in Georgia, the Democrats won the seat needed to control the Senate. This increased tensions with Donald Trump supporters gathered in Washington. The next day, the 6th Congress was to open the ballot for every fifty states, and then the events that everyone saw took place. Security in the United States Capitol is not expecting an aggressive crowd: Overall, Trump supporters are supporters of the order and are quietly protesting. However, some in the crowd wanted to put on a big show. They quickly sank the perimeter of the Capitol, not knowing how the police would respond. It is unclear what is going on, and law enforcement may well consider it a violent movement, which is why the shooting took place. It later became clear...
    Loading the player... In the days following the violent insurrection on the U.S. Capitol building by Trump supporters, several Democrats of the House of Representatives demanded answers about how the rioters were able to enter the Capitol and access certain rooms so easily. Politico reported that some Democrats felt that Trump’s supporters were assisted by members of the Capitol police as well as Capitol employees. Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) reportedly said it was an “inside job” during a caucus call on Friday, January 8. Well, confirmation that the cops literally just let them through pic.twitter.com/kqhLn4swjq — Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) January 6, 2021 During the call, many of the Democrats made mention of the ways that the Capitol Police aided in the siege of the building. Not only was there an inadequate number of officers at the scene, but after footage surfaced of officers opening barricade fencing to...
    Win McNamee/Getty Images In the wake of the riot in D.C., in which a mob stormed the Capitol building, forcing the evacuation of lawmakers and leaving five people dead, law enforcement has brought charges against a series of the rioters. Many of those spotted at the protest, some of whom have already been arrested, are known online as prominent supporters of President Donald Trump. Thousands of his supporters were assembled in D.C. for a protest of the certification of Joe Biden’s win. They attended a Trump rally, where the president told them to head to the Capitol building to protest. There, the large group overwhelmed police and broke into the Capitol building. Officials said the mob, clad in MAGA hats and waving Trump flags, attacked police with metal pipes, chemical irritants and other weapons. Defenders of the president, from Fox News hosts to members of Congress, have pushed the conspiracy...
    SUPPORTERS of Donald Trump have lashed out at Mike Pence after the vice president publicly defied him. Rioters appeared to scream "hang Mike Pence" during the Capitol riots after President Trump blamed the "furious" VP for not blocking Joe Biden's win. 4Rioters storm the Capitol on January 6Credit: AFP or licensors Did Trump supporters say they wanted to hang Mike Pence? Video shared on social media from a livestream during the Capitol riots on January 6 appeared to show demonstrators calling for the vice president to be "hanged." "Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!" crowds at the Capitol in Washington, DC, appeared to yell. The apparent chants came after Trump repeatedly called for Pence to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the winner - but the VP said he would not do so. Republican Sen Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma told Tulsa World ahead of the riots that Pence was outraged at Trump's calls to block...
    TWITTER has banned President Donald Trump’s account, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence” following the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol. But the US leader's fuming son, Donald Trump Jr, slammed the move, saying that "free speech no longer exists in America. It died with big tech." ⚠️ Read our US election live blog for the latest news & updates 9Donald Trump is refusing to back down over the Twitter banCredit: EPA 9The president vowed to have another platform built to communicate with his millions of supportersCredit: Twitter Why has Donald Trump's Twitter account been banned? Twitter permanently suspended not only Donald Trump's personal Twitter account, but also his campaign account, prompting the president to tweet from the presidential @POTUS account - which Twitter then subsequently deleted. Twitter Inc announced on January 8 that it had permanently suspended Trump’s account due to the risk of further incitement of...
    An American Airlines pilot threatened to divert his plane and dump a group of pro-Trump passengers in Kansas if they didn’t ‘behave’ during their flight from Washington, DC, to Phoenix on Friday. The incident took place on American Flight 1242 which departed Friday afternoon from Reagan National Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor. Video posted to Twitter shows the passengers in the cabin chanting ‘USA! USA!’ At one point, the pilot becomes fed up and tells the passengers on the loudspeaker: ‘This is the way it's gonna be… it's a four and a half hour flight to Phoenix. ‘We'll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off - I don't care. An American Airlines pilot threatened to divert his plane and dump a group of pro-Trump passengers in Kansas if they didn’t ‘behave’ during their flight from Washington, DC, to Phoenix on Friday Video...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): 1:25 p.m. There have been several incidents of unruly passengers aboard flights leaving the Washington, D.C., area in recent days, and now the head of the Federal Aviation Administration is threatening to “pursue strong enforcement action against anyone who endangers the safety of a flight.” Administrator Stephen Dickson says he expects passengers to follow instructions from airline crews. He notes that the penalties for interfering with crews range from fines to jail time. The recent incidents include an American Airlines captain threatening to land a Washington-to-Phoenix flight in Kansas if passengers chanting “USA” didn’t behave. A female passenger can be heard mocking the captain’s warning. Flight attendants have expressed concern that their flights could be carrying supporters of President Donald Trump who took part in Wednesday’s violent...
    Friends and family of the Capitol Hill victims have spoken out against their death as one relative blamed President Trump for inciting the riot that killed 'four of his biggest fans.'  Five people including one police officer were killed in Wednesday's violent siege of the Capitol after dozens of Trump supporters stormed the federal building to protest Joe Biden's election win.   Ashli Babbitt, a US Air Force veteran from San Diego, was among those who died after she was shot by Capitol Police as she attempted to climb through a broken window.  Those close to the 35-year-old have paid tribute to Babbitt in recent days remembering her as a passionate Trump supporter and and true 'patriot'. Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, who was shot dead by Capitol Hill police in Wednesday's riot, is being hailed a martyr by online extremists  DC Police Chief Robert Contee said four died at...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): 11:50 a.m. The incoming chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is calling the Capitol a “crime scene” with evidence that needs to be preserved. Sen. Mark Warner has written 11 telecommunication and social media companies asking them to immediately preserve content and associated meta-data connected to the insurrectionist attack on the Capitol on Wednesday. Those companies include mobile carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon and from the social media world — Apple, Facebook, Gab, Google, Parler, Signal, Telegram and Twitter. Warner says the FBI and other law enforcement agencies investigating the events of that day are trying to piece together what happened when supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol. The Virginia Democrat tells the companies that “messaging data to and from your subscribers that may...
    (CNN)When the history of the 45th presidency is written, Wednesday, January 6, will go down as the day America realized how dangerous President Donald Trump really is.In the span of hours, the country finally witnessed the price of its five-year experiment turning its election process into a reality show that produced an unhinged megalomanic as commander-in-chief who amassed so much power through his lies and fear-mongering that he was able to engineer an insurrection as a final act that left democracy dangling by a thread.Wednesday's siege at the Capitol marked the culmination of Trump's years-long quest to cultivate a fiercely loyal base that would do anything for him by playing on their fears and resentments as he lured them into believing his incessant lies about the sinister motives of government, election fraud and his own conduct. The consequences were deadly: five people have died as a result of Wednesday's riot,...
    THE man who swiped Nancy Pelosi’s lectern during the Capitol riots has been arrested in Florida. It comes as another person involved in the violent disorder “vowed to shoot her in the head on TV”. 2Adam Johnson is currently being held in Pinellas County JailCredit: AFP or licensors 2House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her office ransacked during Wednesday's violent disorderCredit: AP:Associated Press Adam Christian Johnson, 36, from Parrish, Florida, is currently being held in Pinellas County Jail on a federal warrant after he was picked up by US Marshals. Johnson was photographed carrying off the lectern after the Capitol building in Washington DC was taken over by die-hard Donald Trump supporters, with the image widely shared on social media. Johnson is a stay-at-home-dad who lives with his wife and their five children, The Bradenton Herald reported. The dad claimed he was off to Washington DC ahead of the riots in...
    More from: Salena Zito How Mark Robinson beat Bloombergs billions to win NCs second-highest office Conservative populism stronger than ever despite Trumps election loss Why Pennsylvania miners are voting Trump — even though he didnt bring jobs back Meet the suburban women who may yet win the election for Trump The door-to-door army that helped Trump win in 2016 is ready for battle On Wednesday, Jan. 6, a line was drawn in the sand. Before that date, critics had unfairly slammed Trump supporters for being violent, resentment-fueled lunatics for four years, but they couldn’t point to any major proof of it.  Yes, the 2017 march on Charlottesville was deadly and shocking, but the protesters involved in that event were white supremacists objecting to the removal of Confederate statues. They weren’t there to support President Trump.  Then, on Jan. 6, the critics were proved right, as thousands of Trump fans...
    WASHINGTON -- Three supporters of President Donald Trump who allegedly rioted at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday now face several federal charges, including a man photographed carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern, the horned QAnon promoter and a West Virginia lawmaker.They are three of 15 facing federal charges as of Saturday.Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, of Arizona, was taken into custody Saturday and charged with entering restricted federal property and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Angeli, a regular at pro-Trump events, was photographed shirtless, wearing horns, a bearskin headdress, face paint and carrying a spear with an American flag tied just below the blade. Experts say he's a known follower of QAnon, a baseless conspiracy theory based on the idea that Trump is secretly fighting deep state enemies and a cabal of child sex traffickers.Adam Johnson, 36, of Florida, allegedly carried Pelosi's lectern through the building during the...
    Trump's Twitter superfans are heading for the exits. Hours after President Trump was permanently banned from Twitter, his diehards on the platform vowed to move on as well. Photo credit: Getty images "Goodbye Twitter" trended during the early morning hours Saturday as people continued to come to grips with the leader of the free world being banned from the social media platform. "Goodbye Twitter friends. See you @parler," said one user, citing a more freewheeling alternative to Twitter that is increasingly popular with conservatives. "I’m a small MAGA account and I have lost 400 followers in 3 days. Goodbye Twitter. You don’t want me, I don’t want you. I’m at Parler @snakeoil. I hope PATRIOTS will come join me! Flag of United States." said another unhappy user. TWITTER SUSPENDS @REALDONALDTRUMP ACCOUNT PERMANENTLYwitter suspends @realDonaldTrump account permanently Moments after Trump was dumped by Twitter, the website for Parler crashed, likely as a result of a crush...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There is more support for Father Michael Pfleger as he fights allegations of sexual misconduct. About 100 people showed up at a rally and march at Saint Sabina Friday night. The Archdiocese of Chicago is looking into accusations that Pfleger sexually abused a minor 40 years ago. Pfleger is said to be cooperating in the investigation, according to a letter from Cardinal Blase Cupich. According to the timeline, the incident would have happened before Pfleger arrived at St. Sabina. Father Pfleger, 71, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 14, 1975. In 1981, at the age of 31, he became the youngest full pastor in the diocese when he was appointed pastor of Saint Sabina. Since 1968, Father Pfleger has lived and ministered in the African-American community on both the west and south sides of Chicago, according to his bio on St. Sabina’s website....
    Donald Trump released a video on Thursday saying he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power and condemning his supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent attack just the day before. But Trump reportedly came to regret putting out the message and said privately that he would not heed bipartisan calls to resign. The New York Times (via Business Insider) reported that Trump had a more defiant tone after releasing the message, saying that he planned to stay in office and had plans to remain a powerful force in American politics. In the message, he acknowledged that Joe Biden would be sworn in as president, but did not acknowledge the legitimacy of his victory after months of claiming it was won through fraud. “In the video Trump reportedly now regrets, he did not repeat the unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud that he has spread since losing...
    President Donald Trump considered deploying the National Guard to hold off would be anti-Trump counter protesters, according to advisers familiar with the matter.  Trump is said to have expressed interest beforehand in calling the National Guard to Wednesday's demonstration and eventual assault on the Capitol to protect his own people, the New York Times reports.  Instead, Trump was resistant in calling the troops even after the mob of brazen Trump supporters descended on the Capitol and stole property. Trump is said to have expressed interest beforehand in calling the National Guard to Wednesday's demonstration and eventual assault on the Capitol Instead, Trump was resistant in calling the troops even after the mob of brazen Trump supporters descended on the Capitol.  In addition to calling the National Guard for his supporters, Trump is said to have also told advisers in the days leading up to the march that he...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) stated that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on Wednesday was “utterly irresponsible,” and that while he didn’t tell people to break into the Capitol, he “betrayed” the trust of his supporters. McClintock dismissed the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment against Trump, stating, “The 25th Amendment is specifically to address physical incapacity of a president. It has nothing to do with bad conduct, which the president is guilty of.” He further stated that the riots at the Capitol were “the conservative movement, unfortunately, treating the left as their teachers. The moment we allow the left to become our teachers, we lose our country.” And that the riots over the summer “normalized violence in pursuit of political objectives, and that’s simply spreading.” McClintock later added, “Well, the people that broke into the Capitol were terrorists, but the vast...
    WASHINGTON -- The police were badly outnumbered.Only a few dozen guarded the West front of the U.S. Capitol when they were rushed by thousands of pro-Trump demonstrators bent on breaking into the building.Armed with metal pipes, pepper spray and other weapons, the mob pushed past the thin police line, and one protester hurled a fire extinguisher at an officer, according to video widely circulated on YouTube."They're getting into the Capitol tonight! They're getting in," the man filming shouts in delight.WATCH: Full coverage of the chaos at the Capitol EMBED More News Videos Congressional Electoral College vote: Protesters storming Capitol, lawmakers speak | VIDEOS (1 of 24) Before dawn Thursday, lawmakers completed their work, confirming Biden won the presidential election. They breached the line moments later, and rioters soon broke into the building, taking over the House and Senate chambers and running wild in Statuary Hall and other hallowed symbols...
    Sundar Pichai, CEO of GoogleAnindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg | Getty Images Google has removed Parler, a social media app popular with Trump supporters, from the Google Play Store, making it much harder for Android users to download and access the app. Google said in a statement that its requires social media apps to have content moderation policies that remove posts that incite violence, and that posts on Parler were encouraging further violence after the U.S. Capitol riot earlier this week. The removal of the app comes as the violence at the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters on Wednesday that left five dead has renewed calls for social media and technology companies to more closely moderate their platforms, especially when it comes to calls to incite violence. Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump's personal account on Friday because it felt that Trump's most recent tweets were inciting violence, while Facebook prevented...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Republican state senator who was on the scene when a violent mob of fellow Donald Trump supporters commandeered the U.S. Capitol should resign, the top Democrat in the Pennsylvania Senate said Thursday. Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, said Sen. Doug Mastriano’s words and actions since November encouraged a coup attempt and inspired the people behind it. At least eight other Senate Democrats have said Mastriano should step down. “He has questioned the integrity of our elections without evidence, wasted taxpayer resources with sham hearings that claimed fraud without proof, and yesterday he was intimately engaged in the protest at the nation’s capital,” Costa said. Mastriano, from Franklin County, has not returned multiple messages in the past two days, but said in a statement late Wednesday that he did not enter the Capitol or go beyond police lines, and “when it was apparent that this was...
    Supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpMcConnell circulates procedures for second Senate impeachment trial of Trump Trump suggests building own platform after Twitter ban Poll: 18 percent of Republicans support Capitol riots MORE mused openly on social media about the possibility of violence in the days leading up to the riot at the Capitol, using various mainstream and conservative-leaning sites to organize. As tech platforms crack down on Trump in the wake of the attack, experts say increasingly popular right-wing sites could pose an even greater danger down the road as conspiracy theories breed real-life crises. “Jan. 6 is an inflection point for how the United States and the world views conspiracy theories, and how conspiracy theories, ranging from election fraud and ‘Stop the Steal,’ can lead to real-world harm in a way that a lot of people never really kind of believed,” Jason Blazakis, director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism at the...
    Twitter on Friday took the unprecedented step of banning President Trump’s world-famous account from the platform “permanently” — less than two weeks before he leaves office. “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a statement shortly after 6 p.m. The decision comes after Wednesday’s US Capitol siege in which five people were killed when thousands of pro-Trump supporters unhappy with the election stormed Congress. In explaining its decision, Twitter revealed, “Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.” “In the context of horrific events this week, we...
    A Reuters' photographer covering Wednesday's riot on the U.S. Capitol has claimed he heard at least three Trump supporters speak about hanging Vice President Mike Pence from a tree as a 'traitor'. Jim Bourg, the Reuters News Pictures Editor in D.C., tweeted on Friday that he heard 'many more' speak about executing Pence as they stormed the Capitol and tried to hunt him down. Pictures from D.C. on Wednesday revealed that a noose was erected on a wooden frame on the West Front of the Capitol by the president's mob. According to CNN, the VP and his family could hear the angry and violent crowds shouting 'where's Mike Pence' while they stormed through the building as Trump did nothing to check in on his second-in-command's safety. Pence angered Trump and his supporters earlier this week after pushing back against the president's incorrect claim that the VP could put a stop...
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man is speaking out after he says he was maced and hit in the face by pro-Donald Trump demonstrators outside Los Angeles City Hall Wednesday.The agony on Christian Angelo's face is clear to see in photos taken when violence erupted between Trump supporters and counter-protesters that afternoon."I'm getting hit by bear mace right here on the right," he recalls. "I didn't do nothing to nobody and I'm getting a face full of bear mace all over my right side."Angelo turned out that day in support of Black Lives Matter. Angelo says he did cross over into the other crowd, but he didn't expect it to turn so violent.RELATED: Several taken into custody after Trump protesters clash during rally in downtown LA, police sayEMBED More News Videos A small group of President Donald Trump's supporters gathered near City Hall in downtown L.A. Wednesday, following the...
    The LAPD has opened a hate crime investigation after viral photos emerged of a black woman being attacked by a crowd of Trump supporters. Berlinda Nibo was walking home in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday when she encountered members of a local ‘Stop the Steal’ demonstration and began to live-stream the event, the Washington Post reported. When supporters of the president’s effort to overturn the election saw her recording, things grew ugly. “They’re yelling at me because of my color, calling me the n-word, calling me the b-word, saying, ‘All lives matter. Black lives doesn’t matter,’” Nibo, 25, told KCAL. When she responded to her harassers, dozens of demonstrators swarmed and pushed her, beat and punched her, ripped her wig off and doused her with pepper spray, she told the station. “I’m telling them, ‘No, I’m not a Trump supporter. I don’t care. Please just leave me alone. I’m just...
    The first Republican senator to call on Donald Trump to resign after his incitement of Wednesday's chaos has confirmed she is considering leaving the party, in a move which would give the Democrats a majority in the Senate. Lisa Murkowski, who represents Alaska, has long been considered an independent-minded senator. On Friday she told her local newspaper, Anchorage Daily News, that she was considering abandoning her party entirely after Trump, her party leader, whipped up his supporters into a violent frenzy and directed them to the Capitol, in an uprising which left four rioters and a police officer dead. 'If the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me,' she said.   Only three senators have changed party while in office in the 21st century, according to the Senate's data. Lisa Murkowski, senator for Alaska, has said...
    AUBURN GRESHAM — Dozens of community members and faith leaders marched and prayed at St. Sabina Church Friday night in support of embattled pastor Father Michael Pfleger. The event is the first in a series — #westandwith Father Pfleger — hosted by The Cabinet of St. Sabina. The group also is planning a prayer vigil, children’s coat distribution and silent march over the next week. Cardinal Blase Cupich shocked the city earlier in the week when he announced someone had accused Pfleger of child sex abuse in an incident dating back more than 40 years. Cupich asked Pfleger to step aside from the ministry he’s led since 1981 while the Archdiocese of Chicago investigates. Pfleger has agreed and will live away from the Auburn Gresham parish. Members of the faith community rally in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on January 8, 2021 the week Rev. Michael Pfleger was removed from his...
    RUSH Limbaugh has deactivated his Twitter account hours after Donald Trump, Sidney Powell and Mike Flynn were suspended and conservatives threatened an exodus from the social media platform. A search for the right-wing radio host's account on Friday night returned the message: 'This account doesn’t exist". 14Rush Limbaugh has quit TwitterCredit: Fox News 14NINTCHDBPICT000629530764Credit: Twitter 14NINTCHDBPICT000629530765Credit: Twitter Neither Limbaugh nor Twitter have commented on the removal however it comes as conservatives threatened to abandon the platform in response to its bans on Trump and several far-right commentators. It came just hours after Twitter after killed President Donald Trump's account on Friday for allegedly violating the terms of the site and "inciting violence" in relation to Wednesday's siege on Capitol Hill. Donald Trump has been banned from Twitter Also on Friday, Twitter removed the accounts of Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and other high-profile supporters of Trump who promoted the QAnon conspiracy...
    THE FEDERAL Bureau of Investigations (FBI) reportedly suspects the Capitol siege may have been an inside job given how quickly Trump supporters found House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, among other factors.  MAGA fans navigated a maze of corridors in the Capitol not open to the public in just 10 minutes, leading the FBI to believe that police and staffers may have aided them, Capitol Police sources told TMZ on Friday. 8Trump supporters found House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office in only 10 minutesCredit: EPA 8The FBI is reportedly looking into whether the Capitol siege was an inside jobCredit: Getty Images - Getty The FBI thinks the Capitol rioters on Wednesday may have gotten a roadmap of the Capitol that enabled them to find and vandalize Pelosi’s office and steal a laptop, according to the media outlet.  Pelosi’s office is not adjacent to other Congressional offices or off a main hallway. And...
    After Twitter suspended President Donald Trump’s account and some other Trump team accounts, people noticed that Rush Limbaugh‘s account was down. Unlike the other accounts that Twitter confirmed it suspended, the message on Limbaugh’s profile read, “This account doesn’t exist,” so there was some confusion as to what happened. Twitter told reporters that Limbaugh was not suspended and that his account was deactivated: Twitter SPOX: "I would like to correct that He is not suspended. The user deactivated their account." Deleted previous tweet. pic.twitter.com/30agl2Aqbl — Joseph A. Wulfsohn (@JosephWulfsohn) January 9, 2021 A Twitter spokesperson tells me, re: Rush Limbaugh: "He is not suspended. The user deactivated their account." — Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) January 9, 2021 Limbaugh reportedly deactivating his account came on the heels of other high-profile Trump supporters railing against the bans of the president. Mark Levin said he’s leaving Twitter “in protest...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Thursday evening that President Donald Trump “recklessly encouraged” violence at the U.S. Capitol, The Hill reported. Violent riots in the nation’s capital broke out on Wednesday, when thousands of Trump supporters gathered to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election. Carlson — who has been vocally supportive of the outgoing administration — admitted that Trump bore responsibility for the riots and argued that Democrats will use the riots as an excuse to crack down on civil liberties and take aim at conservatives. Carlson said that powerful national figures have already embarked on an effort to disenfranchise and ostracize Trump supporters. “Just in the last several hours we have heard people in positions of power and authority demand that those who support Donald Trump should no longer be allowed to publish books or use the internet or fly on airplanes.” “What happened yesterday, they’re...
    After Twitter took the extraordinary step of banning President Trump from its platform Friday, a stunned group of lawmakers and supporters weighed in. The company said it resorted to a permanent suspension due to "the risk of further incitement of violence," following a deadly riot on Capitol Hill Wednesday. It broke out after Trump spoke to supporters and repeated his unproven claim that the 2020 election had been "stolen" from him. Donald Trump Jr. blasted the move Friday, highlighting the different approaches Twitter has taken to President Trump and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. TWITTER SUSPENDS @REALDONALDTRUMP ACCOUNT PERMANENTLY "So the ayatollah, and numerous other dictatorial regimes can have Twitter accounts with no issue despite threatening genocide to entire countries and killing homosexuals etc... but The President of the United States should be permanently suspended," he tweeted. "(Former Chinese Communist Party Chairman) Mao would be proud." The president’s son likely was...
    Donald Trump lashed out at Twitter after the site banned his personal account on Friday evening, taking instead to the official account of the president of the United States to attack the site in a series of tweets that were deleted by the site within seconds. Twitter had given Trump a temporary ban earlier in the week following the attack on the U.S. Capitol, which many blamed on Trump. Earlier on Wednesday, Trump spoke to a rally near the White House, reiterating his unfounded claims of voter fraud and telling his supporters that he would march with them to the Capitol. Trump instead returned to the White House, reportedly watching in excitement as the crowds surrounded the building and attacked. Twitter suspended the @POTUS account within seconds of Trump posting from it pic.twitter.com/XgHRfHv1R9 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 9, 2021 In the messages posted to the official @POTUS account...
    More On: hate crimes Woman admits threatening Catholic school over same-sex wedding announcements Man busted for series of attacks on women in Brooklyn subway station Man accused of vandalizing four Brooklyn synagogues charged with hate crime Police hunting vandal who targeted four Brooklyn synagogues The LAPD has opened a hate crime investigation after viral photos emerged of a black woman being attacked by a crowd of Trump supporters. Berlinda Nibo was walking home in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday when she encountered members of a local ‘Stop the Steal’ demonstration and began to live-stream the event, the Washington Post reported. When supporters of the president’s effort to overturn the election saw her recording, things grew ugly. “They’re yelling at me because of my color, calling me the n-word, calling me the b-word, saying, ‘All lives matter. Black lives doesn’t matter,’” Nibo, 25, told KCAL. When she responded to her harassers,...
    They were hurling racial slurs at her and pouring pepper spray, hot like habaneros, into her eyes and ear. Someone or something — perhaps the butt of a metal flagpole carrying a “Don’t tread on me” banner — pummeled her shoulder, leaving a circle-shaped bruise. Another person snatched her wig off. As a violent mob of President Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, a crowd of at least 20 pro-Trump demonstrators, many clad in “Make America Great Again” hats, surrounded 25-year-old Berlinda Nibo on a busy downtown Los Angeles street, she said, feet away from a gaggle of police officers. “It seemed like these people were trying to kill me,” said Nibo, 25. “To use me to make some kind of statement or something.” Nibo said she unwittingly found herself in the midst of Wednesday’s pro-Trump demonstration in downtown Los Angeles, where she was accosted...