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Trump says he does not miss 'very boring' Twitter and claims his press releases are 'more elegant'
  • Donald Trump told Fox News this week that Twitter has become "very boring" without him.
  • The former president said that he prefers communicating via his "more elegant" press releases.
  • Trump was banned from most mainstream social media platforms following the January 6 Capitol riot.
Several months after being kicked off his favorite social media platform, Former President Donald Trump maintains he does not miss Twitter and claims his substitute press releases are "more elegant" anyway.

Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in a sit-down interview on Monday that he believes he transformed Twitter from a "failed ... concept" to a platform that was "very exciting," according to Newsweek.

The former president, who started sending press releases via email to get around his social media bans, also claimed his new way of communicating was "better."

"I'm really getting a big word out because we're doing releases," Trump said, according to Newsweek. "And every time I do a release it's all over the place. It's better than Twitter, much more elegant than Twitter. And Twitter now is very boring, a lot of people are leaving Twitter."

"When I started with Twitter years ago it was like a failed thing, concept, media platform," Trump continued. "And it became exciting. And I think I had a lot to do with it, to be honest with you."

Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube following the deadly Capitol riot on January 6 and has spent the last few months trying to navigate the digital wilderness.

... Since he was banned, Trump has resorted mainly to issuing press statements via email. Many of his statements read exactly like his tweets and are usually crafted just under Twitter's 280-character threshold.

They've been quote-tweeted on numerous occasions by journalists, politicians, and media organizations.

... Longtime Trump adviser Jason Miller revealed last month that the former president is also planning on launching his own social media platform.

However, experts previously told Insider they doubt the project will ever get off the ground.

"Donald Trump says a lot of things. Before he was elected, he said he would rarely leave the White House and that he wouldn't have time to play golf and that he'd give up Twitter if elected," Peter Loge, an associate professor at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, told Insider.
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Biden has formally recognized the Armenian genocide, becoming the first US president to do so
  • President Joe Biden on Saturday officially recognized the Armenian genocide.
  • In doing so, Biden becomes the first US president to acknowledge the atrocity as genocide.
  • The US had avoided declaring such for decades over fears of angering Turkey.
"Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring," Biden said in a statement published Saturday by The White House in recognition of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

"Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination," he added.

As The Associated Press reported, previous US presidents had long avoided calling the atrocity a "genocide" to avoid angering Turkey. Biden last year, then a candidate for president, said he would recognize the genocide.

While other presidents had released statements recognizing the atrocity, none before Biden had called it "genocide" because of the US' relationship with Turkey as part of NATO. Former President Donald Trump in 2019 blocked an attempt by Congress to formally recognize the genocide.

In an April 2019 statement, Trump referred to the genocide, which occurred between 1915 and 1923, as "one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century" but stopped short of calling it genocide. It's estimated that 2 million Armenians were deported during the period, while 1.5 were killed, the AP reported.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was honored with two awards for having the worst film in 2020
  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has won two distinctions from the Razzies, a parody awards show.
  • His so-called "documentary," full of election fraud conspiracy theories, took home Worst Picture.
  • Lindell himself received Worst Actor for his role in the film.
The Razzies, Hollywood's parody award show that honors the worst content created in the last year, has presented MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell with two awards.

Lindell won Worst Actor for his role in his own self-produced film, "Absolute Proof." He has called the film a "documentary," despite the fact that it's laden with disinformation about the 2020 presidential election.

The movie, two hours long, has been banned from YouTube and ran on conservative outlets that have also peddled election-related conspiracies theories such as OAN.

The premise behind "Absolute Proof" is that former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election to now-President Joe Biden because of interference from Chinese cyberattackers.

"Now for a narcoleptic coma-inducing performance by a male lead that put our entire voting body to sleep — with or without a pillow," said the voiceover announcing the Worst Actor award. "The Razzie for Worst Actor goes to Mike Lindell, the pillow guy, by a landslide for 'Absolute Proof.'"

The movie also won Worst Picture award.

"The Razzie winner for Worst Picture of 2020 is Absolute Proof. Oh boy, here come the demands for a recount," the voiceover said after announcing "Absolute Proof" the winner.
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Trump supporters could be incited to future violence by his continued promotion of 2020 election lies, DOJ and judges say
Two federal judges this week brought up the disinformation about 2020 from right-wing figures, and even Trump himself, as they considered keeping alleged Capitol rioters in jail before trial.

And prosecutors from the Justice Department are arguing more explicitly that violent threats stemming from Trump-backed conspiracy theories are still alive, and that Trump supporters could be called to act again.

"It's never too late" for pro-Trump extremist groups like the Proud Boys to mobilize, because the right-wing political climate hasn't shifted much since Trump left office, federal prosecutor Jason McCullough argued at a hearing for one of the accused Proud Boys leaders earlier this week.

The comments from prosecutors and judges demonstrate how Trump's post-presidency lying about 2020 is complicating matters for some of his most ardent supporters -- including people who heeded his call to come to Washington on January 6 and are now in jail cells awaiting trial.

Most Trump supporters still believe his lies about 2020, according to recent polling, including a Quinnipiac University survey from February that found 76% of Republicans think there was "widespread fraud" in the election. There is no proof of massive vote-rigging, audits in key states confirmed the accuracy of the results, and election officials from both parties said the vote was free and fair.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers in swing states have used their concerns about fraud to propose and enact restrictive voting laws that many experts say make it harder to cast a ballot.

Trump has embraced many of these proposals and has continued peddling conspiracies about the election in recent interviews and statements. He said Friday that "large scale Voter Fraud" occurred and praised Arizona Republicans who ordered a new audit of ballots in the Democratic stronghold of Maricopa County, despite previous audits finding no widespread irregularities.

... The "big lie" lives on not just in Trump's press releases but also in many of the media outlets that cheered him on during his presidency, which are deeply influential among his followers.

Many of these right-wing outlets have given airtime to false claims about the 2020 election.

... Prosecutors explained to a judge in a court filing Thursday that its Capitol riot cases pursue right-wing militia members and people who have said they want to "continue in similar violent endeavors until the current administration is overthrown."
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A Texas couple who deleted Facebook posts bragging about being at the Capitol riot was arrested for assaulting police officers, FBI says
  • A Texas couple has been charged with assaulting police officers during the Capitol siege.
  • A criminal complaint says the two were captured on police body cameras striking officers.
  • In since-deleted posts, the Middletons bragged about their participation on Facebook.
Mark and Jalise Middleton
A couple from North Texas was arrested Wednesday on charges related to the siege at the US Capitol on January 6, when a mob of Donald Trump's supporters breached the building to disrupt the certification of the election.

In a criminal complaint, the Federal Bureau of Investigations said Mark and Jalise Middleton of Forestburg were captured on footage from body cameras worn by police that showed them assaulting two Metropolitan Police Department officers who were guarding the Capitol.

They are facing charges that include assaulting police officers and remaining on restricted grounds, though they did not appear to have entered the building.

The footage shows the police officers struggling against rioters who are pushing against a barricade and trying to break the police line, ignoring commands from officers to step back, the complaint said.
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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.