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An impeachment manager says Republicans privately told her she made a compelling case to convict Trump, but they acquitted him anyway
  • Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) was a House manager in Trump's second impeachment trial.
  • She told CNN some Senate Republicans privately told her she "made the case" for conviction.
  • But she said they already planned to acquit Trump and didn't want to "stand out on a limb" by convicting.
"I had senators, even after we presented, who stopped me in the hallway, Republicans, who said that we had made the case, but yet they were going to vote to acquit the president," Plaskett said.

Plaskett said she tried to win these senators over by saying they could vote to acquit Trump, but not vote to disqualify him from holding office in the future — a vote which would have taken place after conviction, and only requires a simple majority.

"The response was, 'Well, I don't think you'll get to 17, so I'll never get to that second disqualification vote and I don't want to stand out on a limb by myself,'" Plaskett recalled, referring to Democratic senators' needing 17 Republicans to vote with them in order to convict Trump.

... While Plaskett didn't get the outcome she was looking for in Trump's second impeachment trial, she said it was necessary for the country, and it may work to stop Trump from running for office in the future.

"I do believe, even though we lost that case, that we have shown who Donald Trump is, we've shown the enemy that was among us, that was attempting to lead us, that was using us for his own greed and power, and that he will not have the same power that he had, should he ever attempt to run again."

The woman who paid to fly a 'convict Trump' banner over Mar-a-Lago says she acted to stop a 'dictator'
  • A woman who paid for a series of critical Trump banners to fly over his Mar-a-Lago resort says she acted to stop a "dictator".
  • She told HuffPost: "When Trump started talking about a third term and then started a chant at a rally of '12 more years,' I thought: "That's it.""
  • Trump is currently living at the luxury Florida golf resort.
The woman in question spoke to HuffPost anonymously after paying for two aerial banners calling for Trump's conviction ahead of his impeachment trial in the Senate last week, where he was ultimately acquitted.

One sign which flew over Mar-a-Lago, read "Convict Trump and lock him up" while another flew over the Daytona International Speedway in Florida reading "GOP grow a spine and expel Trump."

"When Trump started talking about a third term and then started a chant at a rally of '12 more years,' I thought: "That's it. That's a dictator,'" the woman, whose identity was confirmed by the airline company which flew the banners, told HuffPost.

"My parents immigrated from Cuba in the 1960s. They know what a dictator looks like. Trump and his supporters are authoritarian, completely offensive; they stand for what's completely contradictory to this country's ideals."

Wall Street Journal editorial board warns that Trump won't win an election again
  • The Wall Street Journal editorial board warned that Trump won't win a national election again.
  • "The GOP will remain in the wilderness until it" moves past Trump, the board wrote Sunday.
  • The op-ed was published in the aftermath of Trump's acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.
"He lost re-election before the events of Jan. 6, and as President his job approval never rose above 50%," the board wrote. "He may go on a revenge campaign tour, or run as a third-party candidate, but all he will accomplish is to divide the center-right and elect Democrats."

... "The country is moving past the Trump Presidency, and the GOP will remain in the wilderness until it does too," the board wrote.

... In Sunday's op-ed, the board also came out against any efforts to potentially bar Trump from running for office again. Instead, they wrote, it's "far better to trust the voters" to make that decision in the voting booth if Trump's name appears on a ballot again.

3 charts show where young Republicans are splitting from GOP elders — and from Trump
  • With Trump out of office, the Republican Party has to decide which of his policies it will carry forward.
  • Among younger Republicans, sentiment on some foreign policy issues diverges from what Trump advocated and from what the GOP establishment has long pursued.
No matter the outcome of Donald Trump's impeachment trial, the Republican Party must now decide whether to maintain or abandon Trump-era policies during the Biden administration. Among them is Trump's "America First" foreign policy agenda.

Trump portrayed the United States as a dominant, self-sufficient world leader that needs little but subservience from other countries. He was skeptical of trade and hostile to China, and he eschewed global diplomacy in favor of military saber-rattling.

... In fact, on some foreign policy issues, from China to trade, young Republicans are closer on the ideological spectrum to the Democratic mainstream than to their Republican elders.
  • Young GOPers see trade and globalization more favorably
  • Young GOPers are less hostile to China than older GOPers
  • Young Republicans aren't totally sold on defense spending

An old Ted Cruz tweet mocking California's 'failed energy policies' resurfaces as storm leaves millions of Texans without power
  • In 2020, Sen. Ted Cruz mocked California's "failed energy policies" on Twitter.
  • His post has resurfaced as nearly 4 million Texans are without electricity amid a rare winter storm.
  • Texas' state-run power grid failed due to the weather-related strains on its resources.
An August 2020 tweet in which Sen. Ted Cruz mocked California's "failed energy policies" has reemerged and is circulating on social media as millions of Texans find themselves without electricity due to a rare but severe winter storm swamping much of the United States.

As of Monday, 154 million Americans are under some form of winter weather advisory, CNN reported, and approximately 3.9 million Texass are without power as the state's infrastructure struggles to handle the inclement weather.

On August 19, 2020, Cruz blasted California for being "unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity" in response to a message from the governor's office urging Californians to turn off unneeded life and limit their use of appliances.

Twitter users are now making fun of Cruz's tweet for aging poorly given the current circumstances in Texas, accusing him of hypocrisy, and, in some cases, responding angrily to the six-month-old tweet.

"Hey Sen. Cruz, Texas could use some civilization about now. People are freezing to death," Houston Chronicle opinion editor Lisa Falkengerg tweeted.

... Now, Texas' power grid has failed, with the state's infrastructure largely unequipped to handle high levels of ice, snow, and freezing cold temperatures.

Texas developed its own state-run and -regulated power grid, ERCOT, in the 1970s largely to evade federal regulation and federal energy standards. The rest of the contiguous US states are either on the interstate Eastern Interconnection or Western Interconnection grids, the Texas Tribune reported in 2011.

... "The ERCOT grid has collapsed in exactly the same manner as the old Soviet Union," Ed Hirs, an energy fellow at the University of Houston told the Chronicle. "It limped along on underinvestment and neglect until it finally broke under predictable circumstances."

White House press secretary says Biden backs a Congressional commission investigating the Capitol siege
  • President Biden is in favor of a Congressional commission investigating the January 6 Capitol siege.
  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said he "supports the desire to move forward with it."
  • This comes on the heels of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling for a "9/11-type" commission.
Psaki's comments come on the heels of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling for a "9/11-type" commission, which would involve a lengthy and exhaustive investigation looking into the origin of the insurrection, security failures, and subsequently holding hearings to ask witnesses and other key figures about the riots.

"It's of course Congress's decision to form this commission, but it's certainly one the president would support," Psaki said.

"He supports the desire to move forward with it," she said later in the briefing.

Following former President Donald Trump's second impeachment acquittal, Psaki added that the Biden administration would leave any criminal prosecution to the Department of Justice.

The NAACP is suing Trump, Giuliani, and 2 extremist groups for inciting the violent Capitol riot
  • The NAACP is suing Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani for their alleged connection to the Capitol riot.
  • The suit also named the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers as defendants.
  • It accuses them of violating the Klu Klux Klan Act by conspiring to incite a riot.
A Mississippi congressman and the NAACP have filed suit against former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and two extremist groups in connection to the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

The suit was brought on behalf of Rep. Bennie Thompson — the House Homeland Security chairman — and alleges that Trump, Giuliani, the Oath Keepers, and Proud Boys violated the 1871 Klu Klux Klan Act by conspiring to incite a riot in an effort to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election.

During the violent breach of the Capitol, Thompson was among lawmakers who were forced to lie on the floor and don gas masks to avoid the rioters, the suit said.

Thompson was eventually led out of the Capitol to the Longworth House Office Building to shelter in place in a room with more than 200 other lawmakers, staff members, and family members. At 72, Thompson is at an increased risk of COVID-19 complications. Two other people who were trapped in the confined space with Thompson later tested positive for the coronavirus, the suit said.

"During this entire time, Plaintiff Thompson reasonably feared for his physical safety," Attorney Joseph M. Sellers, of the human-rights firm Cohen Milstein wrote in the suit. "While trapped in the building, during the siege by the rioters that Defendants unleashed on the Capitol, Plaintiff Thompson feared for his life and worried that he might never see his family again."

... Thompson is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday morning in the Federal District Court in Washington.

Trump is being sued personally because he "acted beyond the outer perimeter of his official duties," Sellers wrote.

Thompson told The New York Times he wouldn't have brought the suit against Trump if the Senate had voted to convict him during his second impeachment trial last week.

During the insurrection, Thompson heard a gunshot ring out. He later learned it was the moment Capitol Police shot Ashli Babbitt as she broke into the building.

"January 6th was one of the most shameful days in our country's history, and it was instigated by the President himself. His gleeful support of violent white supremacists led to a breach of the Capitol that put my life, and that of my colleagues, in grave danger," Thompson said in a written statement distributed by the NAACP.

"It is by the slimmest of luck that the outcome was not deadlier," he said. "While the majority of Republicans in the Senate abdicated their responsibility to hold the President accountable, we must hold him accountable for the insurrection that he so blatantly planned."

Trump calls his former ally Mitch McConnell a 'dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack' in blistering statement
  • Trump threw Sen. Mitch McConnell under the bus in a blistering Tuesday statement.
  • Trump called the powerful Senate Republican a "dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack."
  • McConnell voted to acquit Trump in the recent impeachment trial, but strongly criticized him after doing so.
Trump blasted McConnell as a "dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack," saying that "if Republican Senators stay with him, they will not win again."

He added: "The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle — they never had it so good — and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell's Beltway First agenda or Biden's America Last."

Adam Kinzinger’s Lonely Mission
Censured by his party and shunned by family members, Mr. Kinzinger, a six-term Illinois congressman, is pressing Republicans to leave Donald Trump behind — and risking his career doing so.

As the Republican Party censures, condemns and seeks to purge leaders who aren’t in lock step with Donald J. Trump, Adam Kinzinger, the six-term Illinois congressman, stands as enemy No. 1 — unwelcome not just in his party but also in his own family, some of whom recently disowned him.

Two days after Mr. Kinzinger called for removing Mr. Trump from office following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, 11 members of his family sent him a handwritten two-page letter, saying he was in cahoots with “the devil’s army” for making a public break with the president.

... A 42-year-old Air National Guard pilot who represents a crescent-shaped district along the Chicago’s suburbs, Mr. Kinzinger is at the forefront of the effort to navigate post-Trump politics. He is betting his political career, professional relationships and kinship with a wing of his sprawling family that his party’s future lies in disavowing Mr. Trump and the conspiracy theories the former president stoked.

... He has taken his case to the national media, becoming a ubiquitous figure on cable television, late-night HBO programming and podcasts. He began a new political action committee with a six-minute video declaring the need to re-format the Republican Party into something resembling an idealized version of George W. Bush’s party — with an emphasis on lower taxes, hawkish defense and social conservatism — without the grievances and conspiracy theories that Mr. Trump and his allies have made central to the party’s identity.

To do so, Mr. Kinzinger said in an interview, requires exposing the fear-based tactics he hopes to eradicate from the party and present an optimistic alternative.

“We just fear,” he said. “Fear the Democrats. Fear the future. Fear everything. And it works for an election cycle or two. The problem is it does real damage to this democracy.”

... “We have a lot of work to do to restore the Republican Party,” he said, “and to turn the tide on the personality politics.”

Mr. Kinzinger now faces the classic challenge for political mavericks aiming to prove their independence: His stubborn and uncompromising nature rankles the very Republicans he is trying to recruit to his mission of remaking the party.

... Mr. Kinzinger said he has little desire to reach out to the loudest critics in his district’s Republican organizations, whom he hasn’t spoken to in years and said hold little sway over voters. The letter-writers in his family, he said, suffer from “brainwashing” from conservative churches that have led them astray.

“I hold nothing against them,’’ he said, “but I have zero desire or feel the need to reach out and repair that. That is 100 percent on them to reach out and repair, and quite honestly, I don’t care if they do or not.”

As to his own future in the party, Mr. Kinzinger said he will know by the end of the summer whether he can remain a Republican for the long term or whether he will be motivated to change his party affiliation if it becomes clear to him that Mr. Trump’s allies have become a permanent majority.

“The party’s sick right now,” he said. “It’s one thing if the party was accepting of different views, but it’s become this massive litmus test on everything. So it’s a possibility down the road, but it’s certainly not my intention, and I’m going to fight like hell to save it first.”

Trump supporter and alleged Capitol rioter says 'we proudly take responsibility' and erupts over allegations that antifa protestors stormed the building
  • A Trump supporter who allegedly took part in the Capitol riots has rejected claims that antifa perpetrated the attack.
  • "Don't you dare try to tell me that people are blaming this on antifa and BLM," Jonathan Mellis said.
  • Some Republicans have tried to blame other groups for carrying out the attack.
A Trump supporter who said he participated in the January 6 Capitol riot expressed frustration over allegations that other groups were responsible for the insurrection, according to legal documents first reported by the Huffington Post on Tuesday.

"Don't you dare try to tell me that people are blaming this on antifa and BLM," a man named Jon Gennaro, identified by the FBI as Jonathan Gennaro Mellis, wrote on Facebook, referring to the anti-far right movement known as "antifa" and Black Lives Matter protestors. They are "too p----," he added.

"We proudly take responsibility for storming the Castle," Mellis continued. "We are fighting for election integrity."

Since a pro-Trump mob violently stormed the Capitol last month, some Republicans have attempted to cast blame elsewhere, elevating theories that antifa and Black Lives Matter protestors had disguised themselves among the former president's supporters and carried out the siege. The FBI has said that there is no evidence to support the claims.

Mellis' social media posts, documented in an affidavit, also push back on the GOP talking point.

... "It was not Antifa at the Capitol," Brandon Straka, who was charged last month, said per the Huffington Post. "It was freedom loving Patriots who were DESPERATE to fight for the final hope of our Republic because literally nobody cares about them."

There have been zero reported US drone strikes since Joe Biden took office
  • Since Joe Biden took office, there have no reports of US drone strikes or civilian casualties.
  • This comes after Trump carried out more strikes in Somalia and Yemen than all other presidents combined.
  • "If there is a pause in airstrikes overall, we hope it's due to a reassessment of the United States' strategy," said Amnesty International's Daphne Eviator.
It's a dark trend for new, post-9/11 US heads of state: Usually, within the first weekend, the new president, having inherited a global war on terror, orders the military or an intelligence agency to end someone's life with an airstrike. To adversaries, it demonstrates resolve; to allies as well as critics, it demonstrates that there will be continuity, no matter which party controls the White House.

President Joe Biden, it appears, has been different. Under his watch, there has been just one declared US airstrike: a February 9 attack in Iraq that, the military claims, "resulted in the deaths of two Daesh terrorists."

And in stark contrast to his immediate predecessors, there have been no immediate reports of civilian casualties — this, following months of escalated US attacks, from Central Asia to Africa, during his predecessor's last couple months in office.

Clandestine operations, by their nature, cannot be ruled out. What we know for sure, though, is that "there have been zero local or official reports of US drone or other strikes in Somalia, Libya, Yemen, or Pakistan so far under Biden," Chris Woods, director of the monitoring group, told Insider.

Biden's forerunners, Republican and Democrat alike, both carried out US military operations that were both well-publicized and fraught, the demonstration of American power resulting in the death of innocents.

... Biden is no peacenik. In the US Senate, he backed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. And there is no reason to believe a lull amid a pandemic and other domestic crises will evolve into a policy of unilateral disarmament.

... Critics of the US-led war on terror hope the apparent moratorium signals something greater.

"If there is a pause in airstrikes overall, we hope it's due to a reassessment of the United States' strategy," Daphne Eviatar, director of the Security With Human Rights program at Amnesty International, told Insider, "and a recognition that past strikes have not succeeded in ending attacks by armed groups, but have instead killed and injured thousands of civilians."

This is what Mitch gets for trying to have it both ways with Donald Trump
  • Oh, Mitch McConnell you sweet summer child.
  • You thought you could please Trump's base by acquitting him and also please your donors by blasting him.
  • Now Trump is slamming Mitch and promising to back primary rivals to GOP establishment candidates.
This is called having your cake and eating it too. Historically, this never works, especially not with someone like Donald Trump. In a statement on Tuesday, Trump fired back at McConnell, calling the Kentucky Republican a "dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack." The now-private citizen vowed to support Trumpy primary opponents against GOP establishment candidates who sided with McConnell. In other words, this means war.

This might have been the most obvious turn of events in American politics. Donald Trump has a history of viciously turning on people who fall even a little bit out of line. You're either with him 100% or you're an enemy.
He turned on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions because Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Trump's ties to Russia, as ethically he was bound to do.

And then there's Michael Cohen, Trump's most loyal adviser and attorney. When Cohen got in legal trouble for paying adult actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about her affair with Trump, Trump tried to destroy Cohen.

There are more: DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson... the list goes on.

Yet with all this history, McConnell thought that he could deviate from Trump's line — blasting him for inciting the January 6 riots, while still allowing Trump to keep the spectre of another presidential run hanging over the GOP. This was supposed to keep the hardcore Trump voters excited and on the Republican bandwagon while letting the donor class know the GOP hasn't completely lost its mind. But that doesn't work for Trump.

... Trump is vindictive, but he is also lazy. So it's quite possible that McConnell could've saved himself a lot of heartache if he had just voted to convict Trump and barred him from running for office in the future. Trump may have found the work of politics too taxing without the prospect of another stint in the White House.

... Now, even if Trump doesn't run for President in 2024, the mere prospect of him running gives him sway over the party. It will excite the base. He'll hold rallies. He'll be a kingmaker. And, most important for him of all, he'll raise lots of money that could be going to the GOP and their actual candidates instead.

Biden says he's 'tired of talking' about 'former guy' Trump in first town hall as president
  • President Joe Biden referred to Donald Trump as "the former guy" in his first town hall.
  • "I'm tired of talking about Donald Trump," Biden said Tuesday evening.
  • Trump has remained in the national spotlight in recent weeks given his impeachment trial.
President Joe Biden tried to steer clear of conversation about his predecessor in his first town hall as president on Tuesday evening.

"I'm tired of talking about Donald Trump," Biden told an audience in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the CNN event.

Biden, who referred to Trump as "the former guy," tip-toed around questions from CNN host Anderson Cooper about the former president. Cooper pressed Biden for any reaction to Trump's recent acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial, yet Biden did not weigh in.

"For four years, all that's been in the news is Trump," Biden said. "For the next four years, I want to make sure that all the news is American people."

Biden says he's spoken with all of his predecessors 'with one exception'
He declined to say who he had spoken with, noting that they had "private conversations," but then suggested he'd spoken with all of his living predecessors except, he implied, former President Donald Trump.

"By the way -- all of them, with one exception, have picked up the phone and called me, as well," he said, a clear allusion to Trump, without naming him.

Trump was the first president in modern history to decline to participate in the traditional meeting with his successor, and the Trumps did not host the Bidens at the White House for the customary inauguration day meeting or beforehand.

A woman who was charged in connection to the Capitol riot bragged about being recruited by the Proud Boys
  • Felicia Konold was arrested in Arizona last week in connection to the Capitol riot.
  • According to the complaint, Konold said she was recruited by the Proud Boys' Kansas City chapter.
  • Her claimed acceptance into the notoriously misogynistic group has puzzled experts.
Felicia Konold was arrested in Arizona last week on charges of conspiracy, civil disorder, obstruction, trespassing, and disorderly conduct, according to the Department of Justice.

According to the criminal complaint against Konold, she recorded multiple Snapchat videos after the riot detailing the event.

In one of the videos, she claimed to have been recruited by the Kansas City chapter of the Proud Boys, and displayed what she said was a membership coin.

"In the post the woman claimed that she had been told that even though she was not from Kansas City, she was 'with them now,'" the criminal complaint said.

The revelation about Konold's reported acceptance into a Proud Boys chapter has puzzled extremist-group experts, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The Proud Boys are by definition a male-only group, describing themselves as a "pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world," the criminal complaint said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has designated the Proud Boys as a hate group, said the group is "known for misogynistic rhetoric" and believe "women are happier when they stay home and have children."

Alex DiBranco, executive director of the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism, told the AP that no one in her company is aware of a woman ever having been recruited by a Proud Boys chapter.

Cassie Miller, a senior research analyst for the SPLC, also told the AP that for a time, women formed auxiliary Proud Boys groups like the "Proud Boys' Girls," made up of wives and girlfriends of members.

But these women were never considered full members of the Proud Boys and she's not aware of any of these auxiliary groups being active now.

"The group has been very clear from the beginning it is an organization for men only and they hold misogynistic beliefs and believe that women are best suited for domestic labor and should act as mothers and homemakers," Miller said.

A hacker claims to have breached a law firm used by Trump and dumped legal files on the dark web, report says
  • Hackers posted images of documents stolen from a top law firm on the dark web,per The Wall Street Journal.
  • The documents marked "confidential" are said to be from law firm Jones Day.
  • Donald Trump's administration is among its clients.
The newspaper claimed to have reviewed screenshots of some of the files, and said they included a memo to a judge marked "confidential mediation brief," while another is a cover letter for "confidential documents."

The Journal said it was unable to confirm the authenticity of the documents.

Jones Day said on Tuesday that that a file transfer platform it used, Accellion FTA, had been compromised. It said that its own networks had not been breached.

... The hackers denied to the Journal that the files came from Accellion, and insisted they had directly access Jones Day's servers.

The hackers said that they had stolen 100 gigabytes of data, and the Journal found evidence of large files posted on the dark web.

... The law firm has several high-profile clients, including former president Donald Trump's administration, as well as his reelection campaign.

There is no information indicating whether files from those accounts are among those that were stolen.

Biden says he's uncomfortable with how much he's waited on in the White House. Trump bragged about the opulence at a similar point in his presidency.
  • President Biden said he is "extremely self-conscious" about being waited on in the White House.
  • He told CNN's town hall he was "raised in a way that you didn't look for anybody to wait on you."
  • Trump had bragged about the opulence of the White House in the first week of his presidency.
When asked by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper what it was like to be at the White House as president, as opposed to vice president, Biden joked: "I get up in the morning and look at Jill and say: 'Where the hell are we?'"

He noted that he had spent time in the Oval Office while serving as vice president, but he had never been in the residence before.

He also touched on the service he's receiving at the White House as president, saying: "I was raised in a way that you didn't look for anybody to wait on you."

He continued: "I find myself extremely self-conscious" because there are so many White House staff members waiting on him, including somebody "handing me my suit coat."

Biden's description contrasts with how Trump described living and working at the White House on the fifth night of his presidency.

In an interview with The New York Times' Maggie Haberman in January 2017, Trump had bragged about many of its features.

He told Haberman during their phone interview that "these are the most beautiful phones I've ever used in my life."

He added that everyone who walks into the Oval Office is impressed: "I've had people come in, they walk in here and they just want to stare for a long period of time," he said.

Trump, famously, also used an old call button in the Oval Office to order Diet Cokes from his staff. It's not clear what Biden is using that button for now.

In his Times interview, Trump also praised the White House resident, calling it "beautiful" and "very elegant."

Of the White House master bedroom, Trump said: "There's something very special when you know that Abraham Lincoln slept there.

"The Lincoln Bedroom, you know, was his office, and the suite where I'm staying is actually where he slept."

"Knowing all of that, it's different, than, you know, just pure elegance and room size," Trump added. "There's a lot of history."

In the CNN town hall, Biden said the White House is very different from Number One Observatory Circle — the vice president's residence where he lived during President Barack Obama's administration — and noted the relative freedom he had there: "You can ride a bicycle around and never leave the property and work out," he said.

In comparison, he described the White House as more restrictive, calling it a "gilded cage, in terms of being able to walk outside and do things."

or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by 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.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.