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From 'Infowars GOP' to 'Never Trump,' these 5 factions compose the current Republican Party, according to Trump's former pollster
  • Trump's former pollster has found five main factions in the present day GOP.
  • "We found that there are clear and distinct 'tribes' of Trump supporters within the GOP," he said.
  • They include "Trump Boosters," "Die-hard Trumpers," and a "Never Trump" minority.
Even though the former president oversaw historically bad losses for his party in just four years, the Republican Party is much more in his image now than it was when he first ran for president, Trump's former pollster found in a new survey.

Fabrizio and Lee, a polling firm that did work for Trump in the 2020 campaign, quizzed 1,264 Republicans in a nationwide survey that found "clear and distinct 'tribes' of Trump supporters within the G.O.P. and, not surprisingly, a small Never Trump group."

Trump "still wields tremendous influence over the party, yet it is not universal or homogeneous," the authors of the survey wrote in the introductory.

The firm looked into these five factions following Trump leaving office:
  • "Trump Boosters"
  • "Die-hard Trumpers"
  • "Post-Trump GOP"
  • "Never Trump"
  • "Infowars GOP"
Trump's approval rating among those surveyed came in at 88%, while 57% said they would back him again if he runs for president in 2024.

The "Die-hard Trumpers" made up 27%, with their defining feature being an unflinching loyalty to Trump without believing in or supporting QAnon conspiracy theories.

"Trump boosters" composed 28% of the cohort, indicating they liked Trump's performance as president, but would prefer he not run again in 2024 and generally consider themselves more loyal to the GOP than Trump himself.

The "Never Trump" faction only made up for 15% of those polled, while the "Post-Trump GOP" was not much bigger at 20% and only differentiated itself as wanting someone other than Trump to be the next nominee while still liking the former president.

"Infowars" GOP was the smallest at 10%, but showed solidarity in their belief in QAnon.

While just 13% of the audience overal said they believe in those conspiracy theories, 69% of the Infowars tribe said they do, hence the moniker in homage to the extremist website owned by Alex Jones.
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Mark Zuckerberg says Trump 'should be responsible for his words' before the 'disgraceful' Capitol siege
  • Zuckerberg said Trump "should be responsible" for his statements before the Capitol riot.
  • "I believe that the former president should be responsible for his words and that the people who broke the law should be responsible for their actions," he testified to Congress.
  • Zuckerberg's statements came at a hearing about the spread of misinformation and extremism online.
Zuckerberg joined Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the role tech platforms play in the spread of misinformation and extremism. The issue has been under the spotlight since the Capitol riot and comes as lawmakers re-examine the way the government fights domestic terrorism and white supremacy.

"We did our part to secure the integrity of the election, and then on January 6, President Trump gave a speech rejecting the results and calling on people to fight," Zuckerberg said Thursday. "The attack on the Capitol was an outrage and I want to express my sympathy to all of the members, staff, and Capitol workers who had to live through this disgraceful moment in our history. And I want to express my gratitude to the Capitol Police, who were on the frontlines in defense of our democracy."

... Zuckerberg testified on Thursday that Facebook "worked with law enforcement to identify and address threats" before January 6 and "provided extensive support in identifying the insurrectionists" and removing "posts supporting violence" during and after the attack.

"We didn't catch everything, but we made our services inhospitable to those who might do harm," he said. "And when we feared that he would incite further violence, we suspended the former president's accounts."

Zuckerberg went on to say, however, that he doesn't believe tech companies alone can fix the divisions in the country and that "polarization was rising in America long before social networks were even invented, and it's fallen or stable in many other countries where social networks are popular."

The Facebook CEO then laid the blame for divisions in the US at the feet of a "political and media environment that drives Americans apart."
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The Trump Organization controlled employees by giving them houses and paying for their kids’ tuition instead of giving raises, the ex-wife of a key employee says
  • The Trump Org uses unusual financial arrangements to control employees, a cooperating witness said.
  • It paid for apartments and tuition instead of normal salary raises, Jennifer Weisselberg said.
  • The Manhattan DA office hired investigators who have experience studying mob finances.
"They want you to do crimes and not talk about it and don't leave," Jennifer Weisselberg said in an interview with Insider. "It's so controlling."

Weisselberg is a cooperating witness in investigations into Donald Trump's finances. Between 2004 and 2018, she was married to Barry Weisselberg, the son of Trump's loyal longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg. Barry Weisselberg is also a significant employee for the company in his own right, as the manager of the Trump Organization-operated Wollman Rink in Central Park.

Jennifer Weisselberg said she handed over "seven boxes" of documents that came out of her divorce proceedings to prosecutors. Prosecutors in both the Manhattan District Attorney's and New York Attorney General's offices are investigating the finances of Trump and the Trump Organization. The Manhattan DA's office is analyzing whether they violated tax laws by distorting financial information to receive favorable loan terms and pay little in taxes.

... Jennifer Weisselberg says the company retains a grip on key employees by withholding raises. In yearly compensation meetings with Barry Weisselberg, she said, Trump or Allen Weisselberg would offer to pay the tuition of their children instead of giving raises. She said her ex-husband's base salary didn't change substantially in the roughly 20 years he's worked there.

"It was like Allen designing a plan," she said. 'It was like, 'Okay, the way we're going to maestro this is instead of a raise, we're going to pay my daughter's tuition. Instead of a raise, we're going to pay for the apartment.'"

Donald and Melania Trump gave Jennifer and Barry Weisselberg an apartment in their Trump Parc East building by Central Park in Manhattan as a wedding gift, as Bloomberg News first reported. The couple paid only $400 per month in utilities and other fees — far below the market rate for rent. Prosecutors are examining whether the way the arrangement was reported in tax documents violated tax laws, according to Bloomberg News.

These arrangements, while generous on the surface, also served as a way to keep Trump Organization employees in line, Jennifer Weisselberg told Insider.

"Obviously, it's not a gift when you get the same salary for 20 years," she said.

"It's so controlling," she continued. "Because if you want to leave and make the same money — you live there. If you want to leave, where are you going to live?"

Since Allen Weisselberg handled the finances for both the Trump Organization and her family, gifts like that also served as a way to avoid paying taxes, Jennifer Weisselberg said.

"That's the compensation. They just pay for everything, instead of paying on the books," she said. "It was a way Allen decided to [benefit] Donald, or to avoid employee taxes, state taxes, gift taxes. I mean, if you want to get compensated and thank Donald — great. But you got to pay taxes on it."
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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.