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A YouTuber pretending to be Donald Trump prank-called Mike Lindell during a livestream. Lindell fell for it.
  • Mike Lindell fell for a prank-caller pretending to be Donald Trump during a 48-hour livestream.
  • Lindell introduced "our real president," and then the caller abandoned the prank.
  • It happened during a livestream for the launch of Lindell's own social-media site, Frank.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell had a difficult telethon launch for his new social-media site, Frank.

Technical hitches and prank callers plagued the "Frankathon" – including one caller who pretended to be former President Donald Trump.

Lindell appeared to fall for it.

Ron Blackman, a British internet personality who makes prank-call videos and podcasts under the title "The Macron Show," called in to the livestream.

When Lindell answered his phone, Blackman said he had Trump "on standby."

He then played a recording of Trump saying "hello everybody."

"Oh we have the president here, our real president, everyone," Lindell said to the livestream audience, apparently taken in by the call. "Hello, Mr. President."

The prank didn't last long, though.

", b******," Blackman shouted back, using the name of his website

Lindell quickly hung up, before saying that the call was caused by a "hack."

... Lindell has repeatedly touted the "Frankathon" as a 48-hour livestream and said that he personally would broadcast throughout, but he said in the early hours of Tuesday morning that he would sign off at some point to sleep and roll videos on the site instead.
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George W. Bush condemns the Republican Party as 'isolationist, protectionist' and 'nativist' and says it's scaring people about immigration
  • Former President George W. Bush called his own political party "isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent nativist" during a "Today" interview.
  • Bush is calling for immigration reform that he broadly describes as "border enforcement with a compassionate touch."
  • "It's an easy issue to frighten some of the electorate and I'm trying to have a different voice," Bush said.
"It's a beautiful country we have and yet it's not beautiful when we condemn and call people names and scare people about immigration," he said. "It's an easy issue to frighten some of the electorate and I'm trying to have a different voice."

Bush, who is coming out with a new book of his paintings, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants," joked that his opinion is somewhat irrelevant.

"It's not exactly my vision, but I'm just an old guy they put out to pasture, a simple painter," he said.

During an interview with CBS News' Norah O'Donnell that aired Sunday, Bush said that failing to pass immigration reform during his two terms in office was one of the biggest disappointments of his presidency.

Bush said he wants "border enforcement with a compassionate touch," and that he isn't "pro-immigration" because that involves "open borders."

... Bush didn't support former President Donald Trump's reelection, but didn't make any public statement before the election. He has said the Jan. 6 Capitol siege made him "sick" and on Tuesday he lamented the pervasiveness of political misinformation online.
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'Clean up your mess, Kevin': Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries responds to Maxine Waters censure effort by telling GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to 'sit this one out'
  • Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries admonished Republican efforts to censure Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.
  • Jeffries argued that GOP leaders are hypocrites for condemning Waters' comments urging protesters to "get more confrontational."
  • "Clean up your mess, Kevin. Sit this one out," Jeffries said, referring to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the 4th-highest ranking House Democrat, admonished Republican efforts to censure Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters and argued the GOP should deal with their own "mess" before attacking Democrats.

"Kevin McCarthy should focus on his own conference, because the Republicans in the House are a mess right now," Jeffries told reporters. "Perhaps he should sit this one out."

Jeffries named specific Republican lawmakers who've been mired in controversy in recent months.

"Lauren Boebert is a mess. Matt Gaetz is a mess. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a mess," he said. "Clean up your mess, Kevin. Sit this one out."

Waters is facing criticism for telling a group of supporters to "get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murdering George Floyd, is acquitted. She made her comments during a visit to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, where Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by a police officer last week.

"We've got to stay on the street, and we've got to get more active. We've got to get more confrontational," she said. "We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."

The judge overseeing Chauvin's trial called Waters' remarks "abhorrent" and said they could warrant an appeal once the case is decided. The jury's verdict is expected to be made public on Tuesday afternoon.

Republicans are planning to hold a vote to censure Waters on Tuesday afternoon. The party has refused to censure their own members who've been accused of making comments that incited violence, including before and during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Waters, saying the congresswoman's remarks were "absolutely not" meant to incite violence.
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Judge revokes bail for Proud Boys leaders after prosecutors introduce new Capitol riot evidence
  • A federal judge ruled two accused Proud Boys leaders would be jailed again, ahead of their trials.
  • Ethan Nordean and Joseph Biggs are facing charges related to the January 6 Capitol riot.
  • But prosecutors introduced new evidence last month that showed the defendants planning the attack.
Two accused Capitol rioters and Proud Boys leaders are headed back to jail to await trial on charges related to the Capitol attack, after prosecutors introduced new evidence that ended the men's short bout of freedom.

Ethan Nordean of Washington and Joseph Biggs of Florida are accused of conspiring to halt the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral victory on January 6. The two are also accused of coordinating and leading members of the far-right paramilitary group, the Proud Boys, in an organized attack on the US Capitol as some of the first rioters to breach the building, according to prosecutors.

Nordean and Biggs were both arrested and jailed following the siege, but were granted pretrial release under strict conditions earlier this year.

Federal Judge Beryl Howell noted weaknesses in the government's case during the prosecution's first bid to detain the men, according to Politico, but prosecutors at the time declined to present supporting evidence for the most incriminating allegations, in part because a more serious set of charges against the Proud Boys were in the works, the outlet reported.

Prosecutors issued that indictment in March, connecting Nordean, Biggs and two other suspected regional Proud Boys leaders, Zach Rehl and Charles Donohoe, to the apparent conspiracy.

On Monday, Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, ordered Nordean and Biggs to be arrested and jailed again while they await their pending trials, the Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors introduced new evidence including messages the defendants sent using Telegram the government says show Nordean and Biggs taking a central role in strategically planning the obstruction of Congress on January 6, when a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol in an attack that left five dead.
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Georgia Faith Leaders Urge Boycott of Home Depot Over Voting Law
Black religious leaders representing more than 1,000 churches in the state issued a “warning shot” for other Republican-led states that are trying to limit voting access.

A major coalition of Black faith leaders in Georgia, representing more than 1,000 churches in the state, called on Tuesday for a boycott of Home Depot, arguing that the company had abdicated its responsibility as a good corporate citizen by not pushing back on the state’s new voting law.

The call for a boycott, led by Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, who oversees all 534 African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia, represents one of the first major steps to put significant economic pressure on businesses to be more vocal in opposing Republican efforts in Georgia and around the country to enact new restrictions on voting.

“We don’t believe this is simply a political matter,” Bishop Jackson said in an interview. “This is a matter that deals with securing the future of this democracy, and the greatest right in this democracy is the right to vote.”

Home Depot, Mr. Jackson said, “demonstrated an indifference, a lack of response to the call, not only from clergy, but a call from other groups to speak out in opposition to this legislation.”

While boycotts can be challenging to carry out in ways that put meaningful financial pressure on large corporations, the call nonetheless represents a new phase in the battle over voting rights in Georgia, where many Democrats and civil rights groups have been reluctant to support boycotts, viewing them as risking unfair collateral damage for the companies’ workers.

But the coalition of faith leaders pointed to the use of boycotts in the civil rights movement, when Black voters’ rights were also threatened, and said their call to action was meant as a “warning shot” for other state legislatures.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene is holding another gun giveaway — despite there having been at least 156 mass shootings in the US since the start of the year
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is holding a gun giveaway, saying she will gift an AR pistol to the winner of a lucky draw.
  • This is not the first firearm raffle Greene has held. She organized several draws in 2020, before the election.
  • The giveaway will go on even as the number of mass shootings in the US this year mounts.
In October last year, the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) sent a cease-and-desist letter to Q, the manufacturer of the Honey Badger pistol. The ATF asked that Q stop manufacturing and selling the gun, as it fell under the category of a "short-barreled rifle" subject to regulations under the National Firearms Act.

On April 7, Biden announced a series of executive actions that his administration would take to address gun violence.

These include drafting model "red flag" laws, which will allow family members or friends to alert the authorities or apply for a court order to prevent someone from getting a gun if there is a reasonable belief that they could be a danger to themselves or others.

Biden also plans on tackling "ghost guns", which are firearms that can be assembled at home using an assortment of parts.
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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.