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2 men who posed with 'murder the media' scrawled on Capitol doors say they were just there to report for their outlet, Murder the Media
  • Nicholas Ochs and a man who identified himself as "Dick NeCarlo" were pictured next to the words "murder the media" scrawled on a door at the US Capitol on the January 6 insurrection.
  • Ochs — the leader of the Hawaii Proud Boys — and NeCarlo told the Los Angeles Times that they were there as citizen journalists for the outlet named "Murder the Media."
  • "What I did was journalism," NeCarlo told the paper.
  • But the pair's livestream of events also shows Ochs saying: "We came here to stop the steal," according to the LA Times.
Ochs is the leader of the Hawaii chapter of the Proud Boys, a group known for white nationalist, anti-Muslim, and misogynist rhetoric, and which is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Och was later arrested by the FBI in connection with the break-in.

Ochs also made a failed run for Congress as a Republican in the last election, gaining the support of Roger Stone, the conservative political strategist whom Trump pardoned last month.


During the Capitol riot, Ochs and NeCarlo livestreamed the events and posted a selfie, grinning and flashing a thumbs up next to the "murder the media" sign.

... The men's positions cloud the distinction between reporting and advocacy. Most mainstream news organizations, including Insider, have strict rules barring reporters from any public affiliation with or support for a political cause.

National Guard at Capitol Authorized to Use Lethal Force in Aftermath of Mob
The 20,000 National Guard troops preparing for pro-Trump demonstrations this weekend in the nation's capital will be armed and permitted to use lethal force, the headquarters overseeing them says, marking a striking escalation in the way authorities there are preparing for repeat violence after last week's deadly mob.

Jared and Ivanka's Secret Service detail reportedly had to use Obama's bathroom because the couple wouldn't let the officers use theirs
  • Secret Service agents assigned to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner aren't permitted to use any of the six bathrooms in the couple's Washington, DC, home in the wealthy neighborhood of Kalorama, according to The Washington Post.
  • The agents were forced to use port-a-potties and even the restrooms in the homes of Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama.
  • Since 2017, US taxpayers have shelled out roughly $100,000 — which amounts to about $3,000 a month — for the government to rent a nearby studio apartment so the Kushners' Secret Service detail can use its bathroom.
Ivanka and Kushner, President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law, live in DC's affluent neighborhood of Kalorama, which also is home to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Obama, and other well-known names.

The Secret Service eventually came to a more permanent and comfortable solution for the agents — on the taxpayer's dime. The Post reported that taxpayers have spent a whopping $100,000 since 2017 — around $3,000 a month — on a basement studio apartment near the Kushner residence with a bathroom for agents to use.

"It's the first time I ever heard of a Secret Service detail having to go to these extremes to find a bathroom," one law enforcement official told the Post.

FBI affidavit details how a Trump supporter turned over evidence to a 'nice FBI lady' and explained walking into 'big boss' Nancy Pelosi's office
  • An FBI affidavit filed this week details at length how one Trump supporter who participated in the Capitol siege turned over evidence of his potential crimes to an FBI agent.
  • In an email to the agent, whom the defendant addressed as "Nice FBI Lady," he attached multiple videos that allegedly featured his voice and footage recorded inside and outside the Capitol.
  • The defendant, Kevin Lyons, also described to agents how he walked into "big boss" Nancy Pelosi's office after entering the Capitol.
  • Lyons was charged with "knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority" and "violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds."
According to the affidavit, the defendant, Kevin Lyons, posted multiple photos on social media showing his plans to attend a January 6 rally in Washington, DC, headlined by the president. Trump has been widely accused of inciting the Capitol riot at his rally, during which he urged supporters to march to the Capitol, "fight" the results of the 2020 election, and "take back our country."

One photo Lyons posted to his Instagram account was a screenshot of a map depicting the route from Lyons' home in the Chicago area to Washington, DC. In the caption, Lyons wrote that he was "heading to DC to STOP THE STEAL!" After the attempted coup, Lyons posted another photo on the social media platform of a wooden sign that said "Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi." Lyons' caption accompanying the photo said, "WHOS HOUSE?!?!? OUR HOUSE!!"

The FBI's affidavit said that when agents questioned Lyons about the second photo on January 8 — two days after the riot — he expressed surprise that investigators had uncovered it because it was only up on his account for an hour before being taken down. Lyons added that he couldn't "guarantee that he posted it," but went on to show agents the same photo, which he had saved, on his phone, the affidavit said.

He was also "evasive" about revealing whether he had entered the Capitol, the document said, but told agents he had a "dream" in which he saw "a lot of banging on doors, paper being throwing about, and a mob of people." Lyons went on to say people in the dream "really didn't have much choice of where they were going because of the mob" and that if he was inside the Capitol, it was for about 45 minutes.

Lyons also showed agents video footage that was recorded inside the Capitol. When asked if he would be willing to turn over the video to the FBI, the defendant said the file was too big to send over and offered to upload the videos to YouTube and send the links over instead.

"Hello Nice FBI Lady, Here are the links to the videos," Lyons said in an email to FBI Special Agent Land, according to the affidavit. "Looks like Podium Guy is in one of them, less the podium. Let me know if you need anything else. Kevin Lyons."

"Podium Guy" was a reference to Adam Johnson, another pro-Trump insurrectionist who was photographed carrying Pelosi's lectern out of the Capitol and has since been arrested. The lectern was also recovered.

GOP lawmaker and Army veteran who voted for Trump's impeachment says he's buying body armor over death threats
  • GOP Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan on Thursday said that he and other colleagues are buying body armor over death threats linked to their impeachment votes.
  • "It's sad that we have to get to that point, but you know our expectation is that someone may try to kill us," Meijer told MSNBC.
  • Meijer was among 10 GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday for provoking a violent insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.
  • Trump is the only president in US history to be impeached twice.
"We don't know what's going to happen next. We weren't expecting for the Capitol to get overrun for the first time in 200 years," Meijer said. "And so in this unprecedented environment with an unprecedented degree of fear of divisiveness and hatred, we have to account for every scenario."

Trump administration staffers are getting snubbed while hunting for jobs. One recruiter tried to place six of them and couldn't land any interviews.
  • Departing Trump White House communications staff are getting the cold shoulder from some corners of the job market.
  • One PR recruiter has been unable to place candidates, and Trump staff are viewed as lacking credibility.
  • Those who stood up to Trump might find an easier route than those who stood by the impeached president, though.
Former White House staff can usually walk into top jobs after years of dealing with some of the toughest crises in government.

But as businesses begin to shun Trump enterprises, the group leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are already getting the cold shoulder.

Those with less name recognition such as former White House director of strategic engagement Alyssa Farah have been dropping resumes to Hollywood agencies to explore work in the entertainment industry. Farah is also talking about running her own company, according to a person familiar with talks. Farah wasn't immediately available to respond.

Meanwhile, John Horstman, special assistant to the president and deputy director of communications, is also looking for jobs in Hollywood. A special assistant to the president, Carolina Hurley, is also said to be trying to secure a role in the fashion industry.

... A financial industry source said former CNBC personality, Larry Kudlow, who was head of the National Economic Council, was holding talks with Newsmax. A Newsmax spokesman said the company did not discuss future hiring.

Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is said to be in talks with CNBC; the network declined comment and Mulvaney denied he was in talks. A Fox Business report suggested Mulvaney is on the lookout for a TV contributor position. Mulvaney appeared on CNBC last week to discuss his resignation from his special envoy position.

But people from Trump's orbit are getting a cool reception from various corners.

One PR recruiter told Insider they had received inquiries from at least 15 people from the White House looking for jobs. The recruiter took on six people as clients but none were able to even secure an interview with corporations they had applied to.

"It's just very hard," the recruiter said. "You're supposed to put anyone in front of a job that has the credentials. Morally, it's hard for people to want to work with them."

This person added: "They're all very all about themselves with narcissistic attitudes, thinking any company in the country will want to hire me. I listened to one for about 20 minutes and it was so much baloney, what he was spewing out to me."

... One mainstream news network executive told Insider: "We're not taking people who have no credibility. Very few of them have real value beyond Fox News, OAN, and Newsmax."

Hilary Rosen, vice chair of public affairs firm SKDK, told Insider of the prospects of the Trump media team: "None of them are going to be TV commentators anytime soon. They really have a Scarlet Letter, particularly the most visible ones. There is a perception that companies are most worried about their public reputation, and they are, but really they worry about their employees too, so it's not worth it to companies to bring on people with a bad reputation to represent the company in any way if it's going to create employee revolt."

'Kill him with his own gun': DC police officer recounts being attacked by pro-Trump mob at the US Capitol
  • Michael Fanone, a police officer in Washington, DC, said he was attacked by a pro-Trump mob during the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.
  • Fanone, who suffered a mild heart attack, told The Washington Post that he was dragged down the Capitol steps, shot with a stun gun, and struggled to retain consciousness.
  • "We got one!" Fanone claimed rioters shouted. "Kill him with his own gun!"
"We were battling 15,000 people," he said. "It looked like a medieval battle scene."

According to The Post, Fanone barely survived that battle. One rioter grabbed his helmet and dragged him down the stems where others swarmed over him, attacking Fanone and another officer with metal pipes and a flag pole amid chants of "USA."

White House officials blame Rudy Giuliani for both of Trump's impeachments, New York Times report says
  • White House officials blame Rudy Giuliani for not one, but two impeachments of President Donald Trump, according to a report by The New York Times.
  • The president was impeached over his role in the deadly Capitol riots, which were largely fueled by Trump supporters' unsubstantiated belief the election was "stolen," an idea Giuliani has strongly pushed.
  • Though White House officials are reportedly angry with Giuliani, one of Trump's advisors tweeted on behalf of the president and praised the former mayor.
Giuliani, Trump's attorney and a staunch ally, has strongly supported the president's election challenges and has relentlessly pushed the unsubstantiated claims of fraud that helped fuel the siege.

But even amid recent reports that the president at one point told aides not to pay Giuliani after he requested $20,000 a day in legal fees for his work challenging the election results, Trump continues to praise him.

Though the president is banned from Twitter, Jason Miller, one of his advisors, said: "Just spoke with President Trump, and he told me that @RudyGiuliani is a great guy and a Patriot who devoted his services to the country! We all love America's Mayor!"

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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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