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A DC police officer who was beaten and dragged at the Capitol riot says he got PTSD and slammed Republicans who downplayed the violence
  • An officer who policed the Capitol riot criticized politicians who "downplay" the event's violence.
  • Michael Fanone was beaten and stun-gunned at the riot, and suffered a heart attack.
  • He told CNN he had PTSD and said it was hard seeing officials "whitewash the events of that day."
A Washington, DC Metropolitan Police officer who was attacked at the Capitol riot has said he was left with post-traumatic stress disorder and slammed the politicians who "whitewash" the violence.

In an emotional interview to CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday, Michael Fanone said: "I experienced the most brutal, savage hand-to-hand combat of my entire life, let alone my policing career, which spans almost two decades."

"This was nothing I had ever thought would be a part of my law-enforcement career."

Prosecutors say that Fanone was stun-gunned several times, dragged down the steps, and beaten with a flagpole during the insurrection, and that he suffered a heart attack.

... He described himself as a "pretty apolitical" person, but criticized some politicians who had been downplaying what happened: "It's been very difficult seeing elected officials and other individuals kind of whitewash the events of that day or downplay what happened."

He said: "Some of the terminology that was used, like 'hugs and kisses,' and 'very fine people,' is very different from what I experienced and what my coworkers experienced on the 6th."
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The DOJ quietly repealed a Trump-era policy to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities, leaked memo says
  • A Trump-era policy that withheld sanctuary cities from some federal grants is being axed.
  • A DOJ memo obtained by Reuters said cooperation with ICE will not be a grant condition.
  • Sanctuary cities are those that refuse or limit cooperation with federal immigration agencies.
The policy held back millions of dollars in grants from states, cities, and counties that totally oppose or would not fully comply with federal immigration authorities.

In the memo cited by Reuters, acting head of the Office of Justice Programs Maureen Henneberg said that areas that already received grants would no longer have to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to get the grants.

This includes a $250 million annual grant program for local law enforcement, Reuters reported.

Henneberg also told staff that any other grants that have similar provisions in their application processes should be changed to remove those provisions, Reuters reported.

Trump previously threatened to withhold coronavirus aid from states that didn't follow his immigration policies.
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Trump may have to testify in court over allegations his bodyguards beat up protesters outside Trump Tower in 2015

  • Trump's personal bodyguards clashed with protesters outside Trump Tower in 2015.
  • The protesters sued Trump and his guards, claiming one of them was hit with a closed fist.
  • Trump's lawyers had appealed a 2019 summons for him to testify. A judge denied their request Tuesday.
On September 3, 2015, a group of demonstrators heckled Trump outside Trump Tower in New York City, saying the then-president candidate was peddling racist narratives about Mexican immigrants.

Trump's security detail approached the group and were filmed manhandling several members, and wresting placards from them.

On September 9, 2015, five of the protesters sued Trump, the Trump Organization, the Trump 2016 campaign, and several members of Trump's security detail.

According to the complaint, Keith Schiller, a member of Trump's security detail, hit protester Efrain Galicia "with a closed fist on the head" so hard that it caused him "to stumble backwards," The Daily Beast reported.

The complaint also alleged that another guard "placed his hands around Galicia's neck in an effort to choke him," The Daily Beast reported.

In September 2019, Judge Doris M. Gonzalez summoned Trump to testify as part of proceedings, saying Trump's testimony was "indispensable," The Washington Post reported at the time.

The president's lawyers subsequently asked Gonzalez to excuse Trump, but the judge denied their request. Trump's lawyers then appealed in 2019, arguing that he was a sitting president.

But a court in New York's Appellate Division denied that request Tuesday, saying he is no longer in office.

"This appeal concerning the proper standard for determining whether a sitting President may be compelled to give videotaped trial testimony about unofficial acts in a civil action against him or her is moot given that the rights of parties will not be directly affected by our determination," the Appellate court said, according to The Daily Beast.

This means Trump would have to testify in person if called upon.

... The protesters gathered outside Trump Tower were trying to draw attention to a series of derogatory comments made by the presidential candidate, such as that Trump had called Mexicans "rapists" who were "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime" to America in June 2015.

The protesters held signs reading "Trump: Make America Racist Again!" and dressed in Klu Klux Klan outfits.

Galicia told the New York Post at the time: "They pushed me around. We brought all our banners. We know the law. We know we can protest along the sidewalk."
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Biden at 100 days is far more popular than Trump was at the same point in his presidency
  • Biden is receiving generally positive reviews from voters as he approaches the 100-day mark.
  • Polls consistently show most Americans approve of the job Biden is doing.
  • Trump's approval rating at the same point in his presidency was far lower than Biden's.
His leadership style is markedly different from Trump's, who spent much of his presidency airing grievances on Twitter while shifting from one self-induced crisis to the next. Biden has taken a decidedly less belligerent tone, hardly ever tweets, and his administration has so far not been embroiled in a seemingly never-ending stream of scandals. These factors could all be contributing to the large gap in approval between Biden and Trump.

... Since the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had his work cut out for him coming into office at the height of the Great Depression, the 100-day benchmark has been used to grade presidents on their early progress (or lack thereof).

Biden was inaugurated in the midst of a global pandemic and on the heels of a fatal insurrection at the US Capitol that sent shockwaves across the world. He inherited a mess.

Though Washington continues to be dominated by hyper-partisanship, there appears to be growing optimism in the US — especially as it continues to show signs of progress with the pandemic under Biden's leadership.

Biden has repeatedly received top marks in polling regarding his handling of the pandemic, which appears to have contributed to his positive favorability rating from American voters.

In the days since he was sworn-in, Biden signed a historic COVID-19 stimulus package and the pace of vaccination in the US has improved dramatically. He's also introduced ambitious plans on infrastructure and immigration as he continues the fight against the virus.

Under Trump, who consistently downplayed the threat of COVID-19 before being hospitalized after contracting it last October, the US was the epicenter of the pandemic. Under Biden, the US has emerged as global model for the vaccination process.
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A Trump loyalist was found guilty of making death threats against lawmakers, including AOC, Pelosi, and Schumer
  • Trump loyalist Brendan Hunt faces up to 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of making a death threat against elected officials.
  • In January, Hunt posted an 88-second video titled "KILL YOUR SENATORS: Slaughter them all" to the platform BitChute.
  • Hunt's attorneys argued his rhetoric didn't amount to a serious threat and Hunt defended himself in court in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
Two days after rioters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, Hunt posted an 88-second video titled "KILL YOUR SENATORS: Slaughter them all" to BitChute, a platform popular on the far right. In the video, he called on viewers to travel to Washington, DC for President Joe Biden's inauguration and "spray these motherf------" with guns.

"If anybody has a gun, give me it," Hunt wrote. "I'll go there myself and shoot them and kill them."

In December 2020, Hunt demanded Trump hold a "public execution of pelosi aoc schumer etc," referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He said outside groups would kill the lawmakers if they weren't executed by the government. Hunt didn't participate in the Capitol riot.

That same day, Hunt posted another threatening comment in response to a New York Daily News article about a man who, infuriated by police enforcement of COVID-19 regulations, ran a police officer over with his car.

"Yeah booiii run those pigs over," Hunt wrote. "Anyone enforcing this lockdown mask vaccine bulls--- deserves nothing less than a bullet in their f------ head! Including cops! If you're going to shoot someone tho, go after a high value target like pelosi schumer or AOC. They really need to be put down."

Prosecutors argued that Hunt's speech is not constitutionally protected because he made detailed and specific violent threats. They also put forward evidence that he holds racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic beliefs.

Hunt's attorneys argued his rhetoric didn't amount to a serious threat and Hunt defended himself in court in Brooklyn on Tuesday, telling the jury that he was depressed and bored during the pandemic and had been using a lot of marijuana and alcohol. He said he was not sober while filming the video in which he made the death threats.
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Rep. Lauren Boebert produced a space blanket and covered her lap with it during Biden's address to Congress
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert unfurled a space blanket during President Biden's speech to Congress Wednesday.
  • The Republican lawmaker was photographed wearing the blanket over her lap while using her phone.
  • Boebert also live-tweeted the address from inside the House chamber, hurling criticism at Biden.
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado took a unique approach to maximizing comfort during President Joe Biden's hour-long address to Congress Wednesday night.

She unpacked what appeared to be a space blanket about halfway through the address and laid the mylar sheet over her lap. Photos from the evening show Boebert using her phone while covered by the blanket and her Twitter account shows she tweeted more than 25 times during Biden's address.

Matt Fuller, a politics reporter at The Daily Beast who was inside the chamber, tweeted that Boebert "sort of loudly opened" the blanket, then "shook it free so that everyone could hear it in the chamber," before draping it across her lap.

The freshman lawmaker's behavior during the speech raised eyebrows on a number of occasions — from live-tweeting vitriol at Biden from inside the House chamber to refusing to rise during a standing ovation for first lady Jill Biden.

Boebert, who has made a name for herself as a pro-gun right-wing ideologue during her short time in the House of Representatives, visibly shook her head several times when Biden's speech turned toward gun control in the latter half of the address.

The Republican lawmaker also refused to stand when Biden suggested lowering prescription costs for Americans — a rare moment that drew a standing ovation from members of both parties.
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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.