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GOP Rep. Mary Miller Praises Hitler During Pro-Trump Capitol Rally
In the wake of her praise of Hitler, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum said it “unequivocally condemns any leader trying to advance a position by claiming Adolf Hitler was ‘right.’ Adolf Hitler’s Germany plunged Europe into the most destructive event in human history, World War II and the Holocaust resulting in the genocide of six million European Jews.”

The leader of the Nazis orchestrated the murder of more than six million Jews and millions of Gypsies, homosexuals, political opponents, religious and ethnic minorities, as well as the disabled.

At the rally, Miller — who has been in office for less than a week — told Trump supporters, “Each generation has the responsibility to teach the next generation. You know, if we win a few elections we’re still going to be losing unless we win the hearts of our children. It’s the battle. Hitler was right on one thing — that whoever has the youth has the future. Our children are being propagandized.

Incoming Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller didn’t slip or improvise when she quoted Hitler and praised how the murderous Nazi built his political movement by indoctrinating youth. She was reading from prepared remarks. Mark Maxwell (@MarkMaxwellTV)

Sen. Tammy Duckworth demands the resignation of GOP congresswoman who told Trump supporters 'Hitler was right'
  • Newly elected GOP congresswoman Mary Miller said "Hitler was right" in a speech to Trump supporters this week.
  • Politicians on the left and right have condemned Miller, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth is now calling for her resignation.
  • Miller released a statement apologizing for her word choice and emphasizing her support for Israel.
Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth tweeted calling for the resignation of Rep. Mary Miller on Wednesday.

"To say that Adolf Hitler, the perpetrator of the worst genocide in world history, is 'right' about anything is disqualifying for any supposed 'leader' serving in Congress," Duckworth posted, along with a video of Miller's remarks.

"Hitler was right on one thing. He said whoever has the youth has the future," Miller, a newly elected representative from Illinois, said to a crowd of pro-Trump supporters on Tuesday outside the Capitol in Washington, DC.

Miller, who represents Illinois' 15th district, was criticized by other politicians from the state, including those in her own party. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker called Miller's words "unfathomable and disgusting," NBC Chicago reported. The state's GOP chairman also Tim Schneider also called on Miller to apologize.

Miller released a statement about her remarks on Twitter Friday. "I sincerely apologize for any harm my words caused and regret using a reference to one of the most evil dictators in history to illustrate the dangers that outside influences can have on our youth," the statement said. She went on to note her stance as "passionately pro-Israel" and as a "strong advocate and ally of the Jewish community."

Following his Twitter ban, Trump could launch a media blitz in the final days of his presidency to highlight his 'amazing achievements,' report says
  • Trump has not made a public appearance since Wednesday's siege of the US Capitol building.
  • He is now considering a media blitz in the final days of his presidency to ramp up his achievements, sources told the Daily Beast.
  • In these interviews, Trump hopes to discuss the Middle East peace deals secured by him and Jared Kushner.
  • Lawmakers are currently pushing for Trump to leave office before his term expires on January 20, 2021.
Following Wednesday's siege at the Capitol, President Donald Trump has been uncharacteristically absent from public view.

Apart from releasing two videos on Twitter, he has not made a public appearance since a pro-Trump mob ransacked the US Capitol building.

Instead, according to Forbes, his schedule has involved bunkering down in the White House and attending private meetings.

The suspension of his Twitter account also means that the president has been silent on social media.

'I want him out': Lisa Murkowski of Alaska becomes the first GOP senator to call for Trump's resignation in the wake of deadly Capitol insurrection
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the first Republican member of Congress to urge President Donald Trump to resign from office over this week's Capitol insurrection.
  • "I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage," Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News in an interview published on Friday.
  • Trump is accused of inciting the rioters to breach the Capitol by lying for months that the presidential election was stolen and could even be overturned by Congress and the vice president.
  • Murkowski also suggested that she might leave the GOP. "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.
"I don't think he's capable of doing a good thing," she added.

This week made it tragically obvious that Trump is disgusted by his supporters
  • It only took 24 hours for Trump to sell out his supporters who carried out a terrorist attack on the Capitol last Wednesday with his blessing.
  • Please don't be surprised.
  • Trump has never had anything but contempt for his supporters. They are his marks, and no seasoned scammer respects his marks.
The attack on the Capitol made so many of the ugliest parts of Donald Trump obvious even to people who pretended they didn't exist. Of all of these personality "flaws" — as his former White House chief of staff John Kelly's said in an interview — the one most likely to elicit schadenfreude is Trump's clear contempt for his own supporters.
Schadenfreude is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another. Schadenfreude is a complex emotion where, rather than feeling sympathy, one takes pleasure from watching someone's misfortune. This emotion is displayed more in children than adults. However, adults also experience schadenfreude, although generally they conceal it.

Perhaps you've seen this video from the rally before the violence on Wednesday. Trump and his entourage watch the crowd as they wait for the president's speech while blasting the song "Gloria" — Donald Trump Jr. narrates, preening ecstatically. According to the Washington Post, this moment of triumph was bittersweet for Trump. While the always-camera-conscious president said he enjoyed the masses assembled to hear him talk, he was dismayed that his supporters in their costumes looked "low class." This was no Brooks Brothers riot.

In a short speech the day after the terrorist attack on the Capitol, Trump did not apologize for inciting these individuals to insurrection. That would mean that he would actually have to take some responsibility. He did, however, sacrifice his loyal supporters to America's anger, disavowing them and saying that they would be punished to the fullest extent of the law for their crimes.

Meanwhile, Trump's lackeys in the media and in Washington tried to convince Americans that the attack was actually staged by antifa members disguised in MAGA hats and animal pelts, despite the FBI declaring that antifa wasn't involved.

Trump only cares for his followers insofar as they adore him keep him rich, and do his bidding. Otherwise, he wouldn't even bother to look at them while driving by in his limo. Most of them could never join Mar a Lago, or become regulars at one of Trump's golf clubs. You won't find most of these people having dinner at the now-shuttered 21 Club or being seated at black tie charity functions.

When he tells them he "loves them" and that "they're special" like he did in a video following the insurrection, he's just manipulating them. What's more telling is what Trump does and says to his supporters when he's under duress. According to reports, once Trump realized he could face legal consequences for inciting them to violence he denounced them.

The GOP's dangerous political games lit the fire that is now burning down America's democracy
  • The GOP has long inflamed the fears of their supporters, sparked conspiracy theories, and burned down norms.
  • Now, the fire the Republican party started is out of control and consuming our democracy.
  • And the GOP doesn't like reaping what they sowed.
Sometimes the political class is too polite when responding to acts of violence. "It wasn't President Donald Trump's fault. He didn't pull the trigger. His rhetoric is not to blame."

So let's be clear: the violence that erupted at the Capitol this past week is a direct outgrowth of Republican senators' reckless behavior.

It is not too strong to say that the responsibility for the violence, injury, and deaths on Wednesday sits squarely on the shoulders of Sens. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Rick Scott, and every other member of the GOP who instigated the actions of the mob on the Hill.

Republicans have been playing with fire for more than a decade. They have stoked racism by embracing birtherism, ignored Trump's calls for violence against the media, protesters, and his opponents, and attempted to revise history when Trump called the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville "very fine people."

The GOP's dangerous games have inflamed supporters, demonized Democrats, sparked conspiracy theories, and burned down long-standing norms. Now, as Trump pours fuel, they're reaping exactly what they've sowed – an out-of-control conflagration of our democracy.

... Republicans never had the chance to overturn the results of Biden's election this year. But their irresponsible, self-serving, and futile actions could set off of a true, new anti-democratic movement in our country. We will be okay in the short term, but in the long term the shameless and selfish – the Profiles in Cowardice awardees – will take it to the next level and move us beyond the brink if it suits them politically.

While the Republican Party has become poisonous, praise should go to the Republicans who have put country first at our time of peril.

... If the reasonable Republicans can't or don't retake control of the party, the Democrats must be laser focused on rebranding the Republic Party as what it is: anti-democracy.

These are the Republican lawmakers facing calls for resignation after they attended the Trump rally ahead of the Capitol riot
  • Days after last week's riot at the US Capitol, lawmakers have condemned the violence exhibited during the riot.
  • Others have referred to the rioters as "patriots" and displayed support for their actions.
  • Rioters were emboldened not just by President Donald Trump, who was pleading them to protest the election results, but also by the Republican rally attendees, which included state lawmakers.
  • On GOP state lawmaker has resigned.
Here's a list of some of the Republican officials who attended the rally before the riot.
  • West Virginia State Delegate Derrick Evans
  • Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase
  • Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley
  • Tennessee State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver
  • Former candidate for Pennsylvania Congressional representative Rick Saccone
  • Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano
  • Illinois State Rep. Chris Miller
  • Arizona State Rep. Anthony Kern
  • Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones

Forbes editor issues warning to companies intending to hire Trump officials: 'We'll assume everything you talk about is a lie'
  • The editor of Forbes — Randall Lane — has warned companies that choose to hire officials from President Donald Trump's administration that they will be heavily scrutinized, he wrote in an article.
  • Lane wrote that, following Wednesday's attempted coup, there should be a "truth reckoning."
  • The editor said that, as part of that reckoning, there would be "repercussions" for those who have lied on behalf of Trump.
  • Lane name-called Trump's former press secretaries and said that companies that employ them could be viewed as a "potential funnel of disinformation" by the magazine.
Businesses that choose to hire Trump administration alumni will, the editor said, be held to account.

"Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie," the magazine's editor Randall Lane wrote. "We're going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we'd approach a Trump tweet," Lane added.

In the article titled 'A Truth Reckoning: Why We're Holding Those Who Lied For Trump Accountable,' Lane reflected on the lies that spurred rioters to ransack the US Capitol building.

The easiest way for American democracy to recover from the insurrection, he wrote, is to "create repercussions for those who don't follow the civic norms."

In the Forbes article, Lane name-called Trump's press secretaries and a former senior counselor to the president — Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephanie Grisham, Kayleigh McEnany, and Kellyanne Conway — and referred to the group as "Trump's fellow fabulists."

This ultimatum follows the news that some White House staff are worried about securing their next job,
according to Politico.

A Truth Reckoning: Why We’re Holding Those Who Lied For Trump Accountable
That Donald Trump devolved from commander-in-chief to liar-in-chief didn’t surprise Forbes: As we’ve chronicled early and often, for all his billions and Barnum-like abilities, he’s been shamelessly exaggerating and prevaricating to our faces for almost four decades. More astonishing: the number of people willing to lend credence to that obvious mendacity on his behalf.

... As American democracy rebounds, we need to return to a standard of truth when it comes to how the government communicates with the governed. The easiest way to do that, from where I sit, is to create repercussions for those who don’t follow the civic norms. Trump’s lawyers lie gleefully to the press and public, but those lies, magically, almost never made it into briefs and arguments – contempt, perjury and disbarment keep the professional standards high.

Here are the most prominent people who got banned from social media platforms after the Capitol riots
  • Donald Trump, Sidney Powell, and Michael Flynn were among the people whose accounts were banned following the attack on the Capitol.
  • These accounts, social media platforms said, violate their rules of engagement and pose a risk to the public.
Here are the people who've been banned since the Capitol riot attacks:
  • Donald Trump
  • Sidney Powell
  • Steve Bannon
  • Michael Flynn
  • Ron Watkins

Trump lowers the White House flag after pressure from both Republicans and Democrats
  • Lawmakers requested President Donald Trump to lower the White House's flag to half-staff in honor of a US Capitol Hill police officer who died after the deadly Capitol Hill siege on Wednesday.
  • On Sunday, days after the police officer's death, Trump lowered the White House's flag.
  • "He gave his life protecting our nation's Capitol, its Members, and all who worked inside from a violent mob intent on harm," Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina said in a letter addressed to the Trump.
Buildings in state capitals had also already lowered their flags.

"Our hearts are with his family and all of our fellow public servants, our Congressional delegation and the brave men and women in uniform who protect us," Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement on Saturday. "In Officer Sicknick's memory, I have called for the flags over the Capitol of the State of California to fly at half-staff ... in solidarity with those that were lowered in his memory over our nation's Capitol."

In 1998, President Bill Clinton ordered the White House's flags to be lowered after a gunman killed two officers at the Capitol.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment as to why it took days to observe the tradition. Trump, who promised to implement "law and order" throughout the country, frequently touted his support from police unions.

Trump was previously criticized after showing some wariness in honoring notable figures. After John McCain's death in 2018, Trump was reportedly reluctant in lowering the White House's flag in honor of the late Republican senator,
according to The Atlantic.

Democratic Rep. Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts, a former Marine Corps officer, took note.

"For every Republican that sees this and stays silent, I don't want to hear that they support the police every again," Auchincloss told Insider, shortly before the White House's decision to act.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who supports impeaching Trump in light of the Capitol siege, said she believes 'every minute' that he is 'in office represents a clear and present danger'
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she believes President Donald Trump should be impeached because "every minute" he stays in office "represents a clear and present danger" to Congress and the Country.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would could move to impeach Trump this week if Vice President Mike Pence does not answer the chamber's calls to invoke the 25th amendment.
  • "It is an act of insurrection. It is an act of hostility," Ocasio-Cortez said. "And we must have accountability because without it, it will happen again."
"Our main priority is to ensure the removal of Donald Trump as president of the United States," Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday. "Every minute and every hour that he is in office represents a clear and present danger, not just to the United States Congress but frankly to the country."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter obtained by CNN that impeachment proceedings could be set into motion as early as this week if Vice President Mike Pence does not respond to calls to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would allow the vice president and some of Trump's cabinet to depose the president.

In addition to removing the president, Ocasio-Cortez said the House is also considering the "complete barring" of Trump from "running for office ever again" and to prevent him from "pardoning himself from those charges that he was impeached for," she said during the interview.

... "It is an act of insurrection. It is an act of hostility," she said. "And we must have accountability because without it, it will happen again."

Pelosi tore into Trump and House Republicans for refusing to accept the election results in light of the Capitol siege: 'Shame on them'
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore into President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers for refusing to accept the election results in light of the deadly Capitol siege on January 6.
  • House Democrats are seeking to pursue impeachment proceedings against the president if Vice President Mike Pence doesn't respond to calls to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would allow him and a majority of Trump's cabinet to depose the president.
  • "Sadly, the person running the executive branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States, and [there are] only a number of days until we can be protected from him," Pelosi said. "But he has done something so serious that there should be prosecution against him."
She described the January 6 incident as a "terrible, terrible violation of the Capitol, of the first branch of government — the legislative branch — by the president of the United States." Pro-Trump protesters broke into the Capitol as lawmakers were certifying the results of the 2020 election, causing the chamber to temporarily halt the count and take cover.

... "Shame on them, and shame on two-thirds of the Republican caucus in the House supporting the — so these people are enablers of the president's behavior," Pelosi said. "I remember when Republicans in the Senate went to see Richard Nixon and said it's over, and that's what needs to happen now."

The PGA of America is pulling its 2022 Championship from Trump's New Jersey golf course after Wednesday's insurrection
  • The PGA of America has voted to pull its 2022 PGA Championships from Donald Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club.
  • "Our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster," PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh told the AP.
  • The Trump Campaign said they'd always enjoyed a "beautiful partnership" with the PGA and claimed the cancellation was "a breach of a binding contract."
"We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making," he said. "We're fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission, and for our brand. And how do we best protect that? Our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster. The damage could have been irreparable. The only real course of action was to leave."

... The PGA had previously held events at various Trump-owned golf clubs. However, in 2015, it canceled its PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Los Angeles Gold Club after the then-presidential candidate referred to Mexicans as "rapists" and people who are "bringing crime" and "bringing drugs."

... The president campaigned on the promise that he would be too busy "working for you" and wouldn't "have time to play golf," but he managed to squeeze in around 300 visits to his various clubs during his term.

The bulk of those visits were to Bedminster, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump National. He was notably playing a round at his DC-area club when the 2020 presidential election was called for Joe Biden.

Parler is now offline after Amazon cut it off, and its CEO said it could be down for up to a week
  • Social media app Parler is now offline.
  • Amazon booted the app off its web-hosting servers after it said Parler failed to moderate threats of violence.
  • Parler CEO John Matze said the site could be down for up to a week.
Amazon announced its intention to sever ties with Parler on Sunday, saying it "cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others."

"Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler's account effective Sunday, January 10th, at 11:59PM PST," a spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Insider.

... Amazon is not alone in taking action against Parler: Apple and Google both removed the app from their app stores. Apple said it was because Parler had failed to regulate "threats of violence and illegal activity" on its platform, and Google gave a similar line of reasoning.

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Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

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