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National Guard on standby in DC for March 4 — the day QAnon followers believe that Trump will become president
  • Around 4,900 National Guard troops will stay in Washington, DC, until March 12, CNN reported.
  • This is partly due to the fear of potential violence from QAnon followers on March 4.
  • Some QAnon adherents believe that former President Donald Trump will be sworn in on that date.
The request for 4,900 troops to stay until March 12 was made by US Capitol Police, defense officials told CNN.

Some QAnon adherents believe that former President Donald Trump will be sworn in on March 4.

This date's significance is rooted in a bizarre conspiracy theory that a law enacted in 1871 secretly turned the US into a corporation.

Members of the "sovereign citizen" movement, a loose grouping of anti-tax Americans, believe that all presidents in the last 150 years have been illegitimate. In the eyes of this movement and the QAnon followers who now subscribe to it, the last legitimate president was Ulysses S. Grant.

Grant was sworn in on March 4, as were all other commanders-in-chief up until the 1933 introduction of the 20th Amendment.

Therefore, the conspiracy theorists are clinging to the hope that Trump will be sworn in on March 4, 2021. This, they falsely believe, would make him the US's 19th president.

Rep. Adam Smith, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, expressed his concerns about the security threat presented by this conspiracy theory.

"Some of these people have figured out that apparently 75 years ago, the president used to be inaugurated on March 4," he said. "OK, now why that's relevant? God knows. At any rate, now they are thinking maybe we should gather again and storm the Capitol on March 4 … that is circulating online."

Ivanka Trump told Marco Rubio she won't be running for his Senate seat in 2022, report says
  • Ivanka Trump will not seek the Florida Senate seat held by Marco Rubio in 2022.
  • Sources told The New York Times that Ivanka informed Rubio of the decision several weeks ago.
  • Ivanka's permanent move to Florida in January fueled speculation she would run for state office.
The eldest daughter of former President Donald Trump reportedly informed Rubio of her decision last month, shortly after the January 6 Capitol riots, according to the Times.

For months, Ivanka was rumored to have been considering a Senate run in the Sunshine state, after it was reported that her family was permanently moving into a $32 million home there. Florida voted for Trump in both the 2016 and 2020 elections.

But according to a person close to Ivanka, who spoke to the Times on condition of anonymity, a Senate run was never something she considered seriously.

This was confirmed by Rubio's spokesperson, Nick Iacovella, who told the Times: "Marco did speak with Ivanka a few weeks ago. Ivanka offered her support for Marco's re-election. They had a great talk."

... Ivanka's decision to pass up a Senate bid does not rule out the possibility of her looking at other political avenues.

An Arkansas lawmaker who is ditching the GOP said Trump's attempt to 'overturn the results of a fair and free election' was the 'final straw'
  • An Arkansas state senator this week announced he was leaving the GOP.
  • State Sen. Jim Hendren said he left the party after Trump incited the riot at the US Capitol.
  • Hendren accused GOP of a failure of leadership and said party leaders took a "backseat" approach.
A longtime Arkansas state lawmaker, with deep familial connections to the GOP, announced this week that he was leaving the Republican Party, citing the growing partisan divide and the Republican Party's refusal to rein in former President Donald Trump.

State Sen. Jim Hendren announced he was leaving the Republican Party and switching his affiliation to Independent in a nine-minute YouTube video posted Thursday. In the video, Hendren said political parties had enabled and even rewarded the growing partisan divide and said he'd grown "deeply concerned" over the state of US politics.

"There's a real danger that the Republican Party is going to be one that you can't win a primary without being a Trump supporter, and you can't win a general by being a Trump supporter," Hendren told CNN in an interview Friday. "What would have happened, then, is we've taken a party that was about principle and about conservative government to one that is about one man and a personality. And that is a race that doesn't end well for the GOP."

In the Thursday video, Hendren said his dissatisfaction with the Republican Party's response to Trump has been years-long, beginning with the ex-president's first campaign for the White House. He said Thursday he and his conservative beliefs had remained constant while the Republican Party had changed.

"I watched the former President actively fan the flame of racist rhetoric, make fun of those with disabilities, bully his enemies, and talk about women in ways that would never be tolerated in my home or business," he said. "After he did this from the highest office in the land, I realized that my daughters and my granddaughters were hearing it too. And I worried about the example this set for my sons and grandsons."

... "I've watched a systemic change at the core of our politics that emboldens our worst impulses, the most extreme thinking, disables policymaking, and hurts all of us," Hendren, a former Air Force fighter pilot, said. "It would be easy to blame this on one person or on a few but sadly it runs more deeply and cuts more broadly than that."

The Justice Department and FBI are investigating whether Roger Stone and Alex Jones played a role in the Capitol siege, report says
  • Right-wing influencers are being investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department, according to The Washington Post.
  • Investigators are exploring possible ties between Alex Jones, Roger Stone, and the insurrectionists.
  • The investigation wants to understand what the rioters were thinking when they ransacked the US Capitol.
Investigators intend to explore whether there is a link between those who stormed the Capitol and those who may have influenced them by promoting election fraud conspiracy theories, the paper said.

... "We are investigating potential ties between those physically involved in the attack on the Capitol and individuals who may have influenced them, such as Roger Stone, Alex Jones, and [Stop the Steal organizer] Ali Alexander," an unnamed US official told the paper.

All three men made unsubstantiated claims of election fraud in the lead-up to the Capitol siege.

On one occasion, Stone baselessly claimed that North Korea had interfered in the presidential election by shipping in ballots through Maine ports.

The longtime friend of former President Donald Trump also spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court the day before the insurrection. He was reportedly flanked by extremists who later stormed the Capitol.

Jones, who also gave a speech at this event, posted a video on his website of him telling a crowd: "We have only begun to resist the globalists. We have only begun our fight against their tyranny. They have tried to steal this election in front of everyone."

He has publicly stated that his media company funded the Stop the Steal rally— the precursor to the Capitol siege.

Alexander, who is also said to be under investigation, helped organize several rallies that preceded the insurrection.

GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert was slammed on Twitter for bungling the basics of the Constitution
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado was slammed on Twitter for bungling basic constitutional knowledge.
  • She said the Constitution was not meant to "rewrite the parts you don't like."
  • There have been 27 amendments to the Constitution since it was first ratified in 1788.
Freshman GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado has made headlines as a vocal and provocative defender of gun rights, but on Friday she was slammed by Twitter users for bungling a basic civics lesson.

Boebert, a self-professed champion of Constitutional rights, tweeted that "protecting and defending the Constitution doesn't mean trying to rewrite the parts you don't like."

Her statement belies the fact that the document has changed and expanded multiple times, hence the additional amendments.

The Constitution, which was written in 1787, established America's national government and fundamental laws. It was ratified by nine of the original 13 states in 1788.

When the Constitution was first drafted, the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were not a part of the document. In December 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified.

There have been 27 amendments to the Constitution, which includes the Second Amendment, which guarantees a right to keep and bear arms, the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, and the 17th Amendment, which mandated the direct election of Senators in each state.

The blowback was swift.

Charlotte Clymer, the director of communications at Catholics for Choice, called out Boebert for her lack of knowledge about women's suffrage.

"Lauren Boebert is a member of Congress and doesn't understand that we have literally rewritten/revised the Constitution 27 times to do things like abolish slavery and, you know, extend the right to vote and run for office to women ... like Lauren Boebert," she tweeted.

Gov. Ron DeSantis faces backlash from Florida Democrats after he says flags will be flown at half-staff to honor Rush Limbaugh
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced flags will fly at half-staff to honor Rush Limbaugh.
  • Limbaugh, the conservative and often offensive radio host, died this week aged 70.
  • His announcement sparked an immediate backlash from Democrats.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican and fierce critic of President Joe Biden, announced Friday that flags in the state would be flown at half-staff to honor late radio personality Rush Limbaugh.

"What we do when there's things of this magnitude, once the date of interment for Rush is announced, we're going to be lowering the flags to half-staff," DeSantis said at a Friday political rally in West Palm Beach, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

As the Times noted, DeSantis had recently flown flags at half-staff when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September and again in January when five people were killed as a result of the insurrection at the US Capitol.

According to state protocol, flags are lowered on holidays honoring veterans, if a present or former governor of Florida dies, if a member of the military from Florida dies while serving on active duty, if a prominent present or former state official dies, or if a law enforcement officer or firefighter is killed in the line of duty, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

... "Lowering the flag of the United States is a high honor reserved for those who have honorably and bravely served our state and our nation," said State Sen. Gary Farmer in a statement. "Unfortunately, Gov. DeSantis has now transformed this distinction into a partisan political tool to salute a man who served no other interests than his own and did his best to deeply divide a country along political fault lines."

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, called the decision an "an embarrassment to Florida," and said, "Limbaugh weaponized his platform to spread racism, xenophobia and homophobia across the nation."

... Limbaugh was known for his brash commentary and was known as a key figure in developing key tenants of the modern Republican Party and its far-right stances and attitudes. But Limbaugh was controversial and widely disliked by Democrats for his airing of sexist, racist, and homophobic comments during his radio show.

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.