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The far-right Proud Boys were viewed as 'bar-fight types' and their terrorist intent was ignored, a former Trump administration official said
  • The growing threat from the Proud Boys was shrugged off by law enforcement, a Trump admin official said.
  • Elizabeth Neumann said the group evaded legal scrutiny despite committing terrorist acts.
  • Proud Boys members were on the front line during the Capitol riot.
Elizabeth Neumann, a former assistant secretary for threat prevention in the Department of Homeland Security, told The New York Times that US officials had not seriously taken the growing threat from the far-right Proud Boys street gang.

In the wake of the Capitol riot, the group has come under pressure from law enforcement agencies, with several members arrested for alleged involvement in the violence.

Neumann told the Times that though the group had committed terrorist violence ahead of the riots, it wasn't deemed a threat to national security.

"There was a sense that, yes, their ideology is of concern, and, yes, they are known to have committed acts of violence that would be by definition terrorism, but we don't worry about them," Neumann told the publication.

"The Proud Boys are just the guys-that-drink-too much-after-the-football-game-and-tend-to-get-into-bar-fights type of people — people that never looked organized enough to cause serious national security threats," she said.

Neumann left the DHS in April 2020, and in an interview with NPR, September warned that the Trump administration had poured "fuel on the fire" of domestic extremism.

She said that the Trump administration largely ignored her warnings about the dangers of rising far-right extremism.

The White House at the time denied her claims, describing her as a "disgruntled employee."
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A California GOP group gave an insurrectionist who stormed the US Capitol a trophy and posed for photos with him
  • A California GOP organization honored a Capitol rioter for his years of service on its board.
  • Jorge Riley bragged about breaching House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on January 6 in an interview.
  • Riley, holding a trophy, posed for a photo with members of the Sacramento Republican Assembly.
Craig DeLuz, a spokesperson for the California Republican Assembly, told the Sacramento Bee that the parent organization is "concerned" about Riley having been honored in this way.

As a political organization, we want to set an example for how you engage in political discourse, and Jorge's actions were not how we believe you should be engaging in political discourse," DeLuz said.

"It's one of the reasons he was asked to resign from the CRA," he added.
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Pastors are leaving their congregation after losing their churchgoers to QAnon
  • Pastors are trying to fight conspiracy theories and misinformation that have gripped churches.
  • Insider spoke to two pastors who left their congregation after watching members become radicalized.
  • More than a quarter of white evangelicals believe in the QAnon conspiracy theory, research shows.
According to a poll released in January by Lifeway Research, more than 45% of protestant pastors say they have often heard congregants repeating conspiracies about national news events.

Another survey by the conservative American Enterprise Institute found that more than a quarter of white evangelicals believed in QAnon, and that three in five believed that President Joe Biden's win in the 2020 election was "not legitimate." Those rates were the highest in any religious group.

The trend has prompted hundreds of evangelical pastors and faith leaders to speak out. In February, more than 1,400 of them published an open letter condemning "radicalized Christian nationalism" and the "rise of violent acts by radicalized extremists using the name of Christ," The Washington Post reported.
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The atmosphere is grim at Trump's deserted Washington DC hotel as the MAGA crowd skips town, says report
  • Trump's Washington hotel has suffered a loss of income and interest, a Guardian report says.
  • The hotel is bearing the brunt of the pandemic and the fallout of Trump's election defeat.
  • The former president once dubbed it "one of the great hotels of the world."
Former President Trump's Washington DC hotel, which was once the bustling hub of the MAGA world, is now eerily empty after suffering a huge loss of income and status, according to a report by the Guardian.

... But since Trump left the White House and moved his base to the Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida, the atmosphere has been eerily quiet. One week after President Biden's inauguration, the lobby was left largely vacant and waiters and staff members outnumbered the customers, the New York Times reported.

Sally Quinn, a local journalist who has written about the hotel, told the Guardian she "can't imagine who goes there now."

... Asked about the hotel's current occupancy and revenue numbers, Eric Trump, who runs day-to-day operations of the family real estate empire, praised the hotel in a statement without providing any specific figures."Our location is unrivaled and we are incredibly proud to have the best hotel in our nation's capital," he said.

... Kevin Chaffee, the senior editor of Washington Life magazine, told the Guardian: "The Trump hotel has been struggling for quite a while and, without him being there, people don't need to curry favor by staying there. Some embassies had their events there and they don't need to do that now."

He added: "The bar was like the White House mess but those people no longer have any reason to meet and try to find out what's happening on the scene because the man is gone. So it must be like a ghost town."
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Georgia's GOP lieutenant governor rules out Senate run but says 'Trump's divisive tone and strategy is unwinnable' for the future of the Republican party
  • Geoff Duncan, the lieutenant governor of Georgia, called Trump's strategy "unwinnable" going forward.
  • Duncan, a Republican, on Sunday said he wouldn't run for US Senate in 2022.
  • Trump lashed out at members of the Georgia GOP for refusing to help him overturn the election.
"Republicans don't need election reform to win, we need leadership," Duncan said during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. "I think there's millions of Republicans waking up around the country that are realizing that Donald Trump's divisive tone and strategy is unwinnable in forward-looking elections.

"We need real leadership, we need new focus, a GOP 2.0 that includes moderates in the middle, to get us to the next election cycle," he added.

Duncan said Trump's refusal to concede the election and continued spread of unfounded conspiracy theories about the election did damage to the GOP.

"It hurt Republicans in any sort of conversation around election reform," he said. "We lost credibility. Those were 10 weeks that we can't take back. January 6th was a pivot point for this country and for this party. And, look, we've got four years to win back the White House. We're not going to do it with a divisive tone."
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Self-styled evangelical prophet Jeremiah Johnson apologizes for predicting Trump's re-election and says he's dismantling his ministry
  • Evangelist Jeremiah Johnson apologized for prophesying that Trump would be re-elected in 2021.
  • Johnson previously said in a lengthy prophecy that "God had chosen Trump."
  • Johnson broke with other evangelicals, who still believe that a miraculous reversal of the 2020 election results will happen.
The prominent evangelical leader announced in a now-deleted open letter to his Facebook followers that he was shutting down his ministry, "Jeremiah Johnson Ministries," and that he would be removing all the ministry's social media handles over the next week.

In a YouTube video titled "I Was Wrong," Johnson apologized for his inaccurate predictions and for his repeated claims that Trump would be re-elected against all odds.

"I believe that it is a tremendous mistake to take the next four years to argue and debate and cause division and grow more prideful talking about how we think the election was taken from Donald Trump. I actually believe we need to take the next four years and humble ourselves," he said in the video.

Johnson said as well in the video that fellow evangelical Christians "need to recognize that God is up to something far greater in the prophetic, charismatic movement."

"We need to stop, we need to take a breather, and we need to come back to a place where we can begin to dialogue about these issues rather than be so triggered," he said.

Johnson's change of heart is surprising, as he used to be one of the former president's staunchest supporters. In 2015, he predicted that Trump would win, as he had been "chosen" by God. He did so again in 2020.

According to Newsweek, Johnson said he had made this decision "after much prayer and the clear direction of the Lord."

... According to a Politico article, televangelists like California Pentecostal pastor Johnny Enlow still claim that the "January 2020 inauguration date doesn't really mean anything." Enlow goes on to say in a YouTube video that more than 100 "credible" Christian prophets were continuing to back Trump, prophesying his return to power.

Enlow is among many charismatic, prophetic Christians who also believe deeply that Trump is still president or will ascend to power again, The Washington Post reported.

According to the Religion News Service, Johnson will be starting a new ministry called "The Altar Global." As part of this new ministry, Johnson will no longer offer "prophetic commentary" but will instead help prepare the world for the "end times."

The ministry's website says that The Altar Global will "prepare the Bride of Christ for the return of our glorious Bridegroom King Jesus," doing so through a one-year intensive program in North Carolina, as well as through local and national conferences.
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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.