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Trump 'obviously admired Hitler,' says Anne Frank's stepsister, referring to claims he studied his speeches
  • Former President Donald Trump "obviously admired Hitler," Anne Frank's stepsister Eva Schloss told the Daily Beast.
  • "I even heard that he studied Hitler's speeches and things like that, so he obviously admired Hitler and just copied him with his anti-Semitism."
  • Trump's former wife Ivanka once reportedly claimed that Trump kept a book of Hitler's speeches near his bed.
  • "If, I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them," Trump said at the time.
The 91-year-old stepsister of Anne Frank claimed in an interview this week that former President Donald Trump "obviously admired Hitler," referring to a claim by his former wife that he kept copies of his speeches at home.

Eva Schloss, co-founder of The Anne Frank Trust UK, told the Daily Beast in an interview where she discussed surviving the Holocaust and her opinions of Donald Trump that the former president was "a racist."

Schloss said: "There was a noticeable uptick in anti-Semitic hate crimes during the Trump administration. And there was a president in Trump who described neo-Nazis chanting "Jews will not replace us" as "very fine people."

She went onto say: "Trump wasn't just against the Jews. He was against the Mexicans, and many others. He was a racist. Full-stop, he was a racist."

"I've compared him to Hitler. I even heard that he studied Hitler's speeches and things like that, so he obviously admired Hitler and just copied him with his anti-Semitism."

... Jews in the United States in 2019 suffered the largest number of anti-Semitic incidents since the Anti-Defamation League started recording them 40 years previously, the watchdog reported last year, per Reuters.

The president was repeatedly criticized during his presidency for failing to adequately condemn far-right violence in the United States. He refused explicitly to condemn the far-right Proud Boys organization during a 2020 presidential debate and instead told the group to "stand back and stand by!"

In one of the most notorious episodes of his presidency, he blamed "many sides" for neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville in August 2017 and said there were "very fine people" on "both sides."

Trump subsequently claimed that his remarks had been embellished by opponents.
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John Boehner says his time as House speaker was like being the 'mayor' of a 'Crazytown' full of 'jackasses'
  • John Boehner says his time as House speaker was like being the "mayor" of "Crazytown."
  • The Ohio Republican describes his years in Congress in his new book out Tuesday.
  • "Crazytown was populated by jackasses," Boehner writes, per an excerpt from the Washington Post.
Boehner, a Republican who represented Ohio's 8th Congressional District since 1991, went on to describe his ascent to the House speakership in the Obama years as becoming the "mayor" of "Crazytown."

"Crazytown was populated by jackasses, and media hounds, and some normal citizens as baffled as I was about how we got trapped inside the city walls," Boehner writes in "On the House: A Washington Memoir," per The Post. "Every second of every day since Barack Obama became president I was fighting one bats--- idea after another."

The tea party movement within the Republican Party boosted Boehner to the highest-ranked position in the House in 2011, but by late 2015, Boehner resigned from the top post as the increasingly-influential conservative caucus plotted to get rid of him.

... Boehner argued in his book that these fractures in the GOP eventually prompted the rise of somebody like Donald Trump, a wealthy political outsider and a celebrity, to become leader of the party.

"That was fine by me because I'm not sure I belonged to the Republican Party he created," Boehner writes about missing Trump's 2017 inauguration, according to the Post.

Boehner writes that he doesn't believe he would have a place in the GOP today as it has steered far from his style of traditional conservative politics.

"I don't even think I could get elected in today's Republican Party anyway," he writes, per the Post. "I don't think Ronald Reagan could either."
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Creator of a scam PAC that targeted Trump supporters has been charged with defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program
  • Prosecutors have charged the creator of a pro-Trump scam PAC with wire fraud.
  • Authorities say James Kyle Bell defrauded the Paycheck Protection Program of over $1 million.
  • The websites for Bell's Keep America Great PAC were seized and taken down by the FBI in 2020.
Federal prosecutors have charged the creator of a political action committee that scammed donors by purporting to be supporting President Donald Trump's reelection with wire fraud for defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program.

In a charging document filed in the US District Court for the District of Columba and first reported by the Huffington Post, prosecutors say James Kyle Bell, a Nevada man, created the Keep America Great PAC and registered it with the Federal Election Commission to defraud donors by mimicking the Trump campaign, down to using the exact language in Facebook and Google ads and promising non-existent matching funds.

The Daily Beast reported in October 2020 that the FBI had seized and taken down the "" website and domain, which authorities say improperly lifted copyrighted material and source code from the Trump campaign itself, including its logo, and another PAC.

The Beast said that even as scam PACs go, Keep America Great was "brazen" in its efforts to swindle people who thought they were giving money to the Trump campaign or a PAC, with even Google and Facebook cracking down on their digital ads. In all, prosecutors found, Keep America Great brought in over $246,000 from donors over the course of 2020.

Prosecutors further say that Bell then applied for business loans through the Paycheck Protection Program on behalf of five separate companies, an effort that involved submitting falsified information and even "fictitious tax forms" to defraud the program.

"For example, Bell claimed that three of the companies each had an annual payroll over $2 million with more than 200 employees, when in fact those companies combined had at most six employees with far less in payroll expenses.

Bell ultimately ended up receiving a total of $1,139,836 in PPP loans for four of his companies, which prosecutors then say he diverted to put towards personal expenses and padding Keep America Great's coffers, where he "co-mingled the PPP loan proceeds with donations to KAGC," the charging document said.

On top of Keep America Great, prosecutors say Bell also created a less lucrative pro-Biden scam PAC, the Best Days Lie Ahead Committee, which ended up bringing around $100,000 from online donors.

In addition to the charges, authorities have also ordered Bell to forfeit over $524,000 in funds from his bank accounts and an over $862,000 money judgement.
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POW/MIA flag returns atop the White House
A White House official said the flag went up overnight and will permanently remain atop the residence of the White House.

Friday marked National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.

In 2019, former President Donald Trump signed a bill requiring the POW/MIA flag be flown with the US flag on certain federal properties at all times.

While it flew on top of the residence for some time, the flag was moved to another location on the White House grounds, according to a video posted last June, prompting frustration from some veterans groups and lawmakers.

... "I am thankful that the POW/MIA flag now once again flies high in its rightful place above the White House," Hassan said in a statement Friday.

"It is a powerful way to continually remember and pay tribute to the tremendous sacrifice of prisoners of war and missing service members," she added. "I am thinking of their families and loved ones today and always as we honor their brave service to keep our country safe, secure, and free." the full article:

The Republican National Committee is shelling out over $100,000 for a 400-person dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort
  • The RNC is hosting a 400-person dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort on Saturday.
  • The Washington Post reported that Trump has been hosting political events at his club.
  • The move underscores Trump's ongoing influence within the GOP.
The Republican National Committee plans to throw a lavish 400-person dinner on Saturday at Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump's Florida resort and residence, according to a Washington Post report published on Friday.

The banquet is set to cost more than $100,000, one person familiar with the event told The Post, and comes just two days after another dinner hosted by a conservative group with over 100 guests took place at the Palm Beach club.

On Friday, a fundraiser was held at Mar-a-Lago for Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida — the same day Trump endorsed his reelection bid for 2022.

The back-to-back events are a sign of Trump's ongoing influence within the GOP as he continues to rake in money from Republican officials booking his properties for fundraisers and other political activities.

Also scheduled for this weekend are fundraisers for Trump's former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who's running for governor in Arkansas, and GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The Post noted that at least six fundraisers for Republican candidates have been hosted at Trump's club since he left the White House, and that many more events are scheduled for this spring.

... The move demonstrates how many top Republicans still view Trump as a major figure in the party and believe his support matters for next year's midterm elections.
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Texas GOP chairman Allen West falsely says Texas could secede from the US: 'We could go back to being our own Republic'
In radio interviews after the 2020 presidential election, West suggested Texas could vote to again become a republic, as it was before joining the United States in 1845.

"This is something that was written into the Texas Constitution," the former congressman said in one late December radio broadcast. "Or it was promised to Texas when we became part of the United States of America-- that if we voted and decided, we could go back to being our own republic."

Experts, however, say that Texas cannot legally secede and leave the United States to become its own republic. The annexation resolution West is referring to stipulates that Texas could, in the future, choose to divide itself into five new states, not divide itself from the US and declare independence. West mistook the congressional annexation resolution that made Texas a state for the Texas constitution.

Texas does have a history of secession. In 1861, Texas voted in favor of secession and later left the Union to join the Confederate States of America, setting the stage for the American Civil War. After the Confederacy lost the war, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas had remained a state, despite joining the Confederate States of America in an act of rebellion for four years, and that any acts ratified by the Confederate-era state legislature were "absolutely null." Texas eventually rejoined the Union in 1870.

In the December broadcast, West added that he supported a bill that would soon be introduced in the Texas state house in January, which would create a nonbinding referendum election on whether Texans should secede.

The bill, which has little chance of passing, would allow for a vote on whether the state could form a committee to develop a long-term plan to secede.

... West's comments on secession come as he repeatedly and baselessly questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election and pushed debunked claims of massive voting fraud, including the lie that Dominion Voting Software changed votes. Following President Joe Biden's election, West has claimed the US is in an "ideological Civil War" and agreed with a radio host who suggested that an actual civil war would be "worth it."

... In other interviews, West contended that states could choose not to follow executive orders or even federal laws they deem unconstitutional.
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House Ethics Committee launches probe into Rep. Matt Gaetz over allegations of sexual misconduct
  • The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it was launching a probe into GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz.
  • The committee cited allegations of sexual misconduct, illicit drug use, and reports that he showed photos of nude women to colleagues.
The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it was launching an investigation into GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida over allegations of sexual misconduct, illicit drug use, and reports that he showed photos of nude women to colleagues on the House floor.

The Ethics Committee separately opened an investigation into Rep. Tom Reed over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Rep. Matt Gaetz is also under a federal investigation, according to reports, over whether he violated federal sex trafficking laws.

The Ethics Committee investigation into Gaetz also covers whether the Florida representative used campaign cash for personal use and allegations of bribery and impermissible gifts. Several House members, including at least one Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, have called for Gaetz to resign.
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Matt Gaetz is employing Trump-style fundraising pitches — including automatic recurring contributions that could dupe donors
  • Embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz is asking supporters for help in fighting the "fake news" and the "left."
  • A Gaetz fundraising pitch uses a controversial tactic similar to what Donald Trump used.
  • The fundraising come-on includes a picture of a grinning Gaetz alongside Trump.
Embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz on Thursday asked his supporters for a little cash, Donald Trump style.

Gaetz's re-election campaign committee is employing a controversial fundraising strategy similar to that of the former Republican president — including automatically selecting a "recurring donation" option and separate "additional" donation option for prospective donors.

The New York Times recently detailed Trump's use of similar tactics as he tried to boost revenues for his campaign in September. That led to Trump's campaign charging unsuspecting supporters on a repeated basis, including a 63-year-old man in hospice, whose bank account was depleted by the charges.

... In his email fundraising pitch, Gaetz tells supporters that "the left" is "coming for me" and that he's always had a target on his back "for being an American First conservative and for draining the swamp."

A link takes supporters to another page to donate. This page includes a blue box with an opt-in check mark that says "Make this a monthly recurring donation."

Another checked box says Gaetz doesn't need PACs or the establishment, "only patriots like you." For someone who chooses to donate $50 to Gaetz's re-election campaign, the box reads, "Donate an additional $50 automatically on 4/30." Someone who donates more money likewise has their base contribution automatically doubled.

Unless a donor proactively unchecks the pre-checked boxes, they may donate more money than they had intended to.

The fundraising ask also includes a picture of a smiling Gaetz sitting alongside Trump.

... Adav Noti, senior director at the Campaign Legal Center, said there is no law in the books that would allow the Federal Election Commission to target such a solicitation.

"Congress really needs to give the FEC authority to crack down on solicitation fraud by federal candidates," Noti said.

Noti said the tactic is the exact same "money-bomb" tactic used by Trump's campaign.

"It's obviously from the same playbook. It's even the same color. It's the same. Same color, same design, same everything," Noti said. "Most people read that [New York Times] story and thought, 'How disgusting'. He read it and thought, 'Hey, how do I get in on it.'"

Paul Ryan, vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause, called the second checked box that requested a recurring donation "troubling."

"That strikes me as not sufficiently clear for the purpose of informing donors about what they're doing," Ryan told Insider. "I would put this in the camp of troubling and arguably unethical fundraising tactics that have been in the news for a week now."

Ryan also said a recurring donation should have been mentioned in the initial email pitch for clarity sake.

And Issue One, a nonprofit watchdog group, told Insider the Federal Election Commission "should move expeditiously to put a stop to this bait-and-switch ploy."

"As is the case with any transaction, consumers deserve to know exactly what they're signing up for," Issue One executive director Meredith McGehee said in a statement to Insider. "Politicians should not be in the business of swindling supporters out of their money, and these fundraising platforms should be more transparent in giving people clear notice about what their pledge is going to entail."
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Here's what's in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that Trump abandoned and Biden is vying to restore
  • Biden has made restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal a top foreign policy goal.
  • Trump withdrew from the deal in May 2018, pushing tensions with Iran to historic heights.
  • Reviving the deal will be hard, but there's been signs of progress at diplomatic talks in Vienna.
Reviving the deal has proved complicated, however, with both sides insisting the other make the first move. Iran has said it will not return to compliance with the deal until the US lifts sanctions, while the Biden administration has maintained there will be no sanctions relief until Tehran shows it's adhering to the pact.

... The Vienna talks represent the most significant steps toward reviving the 2015 deal since Former President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the agreement nearly three years ago.

Trump controversially withdrew the US from the landmark pact in May 2018.

Subsequently, the Trump administration unsuccessfully sought to squeeze Iran into negotiating a more stringent version of the deal with harsh economic sanctions as part of a "maximum pressure" campaign. Trump's approach to the issue pushed tensions between Washington and Tehran to historic heights, and raised concerns that a new war was on the horizon in the Middle East.

Trump's unilateral decision to withdraw the US from the JCPOA in May 2018 was also promptly condemned by US allies, who have scrambled to find a diplomatic solution ever since.

Before Trump withdrew from the deal, Iran's breakout time to a nuclear weapon was roughly a year. But it's now closer to a few months, according to US officials.

Critics of Trump say that his decision to abandon the pact unnecessarily sparked a global crisis and increased the prospect of war, while pushing Iran closer to developing a nuclear weapon.
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A man in Texas was arrested on suspicion of trying to buy explosives from an undercover FBI agent as part of a plot to blow up data centers
  • A man in Texas has been charged with purchasing inert explosives from an undercover FBI agent.
  • Investigators say Seth Pendley, 28, planned to blow up data centers that federal agencies rely upon.
  • Pendley boasted on Facebook about the Capitol riot, but told friends he never entered the building.
Seth Pendley, 28, made his first appearance in federal court on Friday morning in the Northern District of Texas.

According to the criminal complaint, an anonymous person contacted the FBI on January 8 after finding posts on, a forum devoted to organizing militias, about planning to "conduct a little experiment" that would "draw a lot of heat" and result in "death." The source gave the FBI the user's email address, which investigators traced to Pendley.

After reviewing Pendley's Facebook accounts, federal investigators found he "boasted" about being at the US Capitol insurrection on January 6 — two days before an informant warned the FBI about his online posts— but privately told friends he never entered the building itself. Investigators allege he also admitted to bringing a sawed-off rifle to the city on January 6, a crime in itself in Washington, DC, but that he left the weapon in his car during the riots.

According to the court filings, a confidential source connected Pendley with an undercover FBI agent who Pendley believed to be an explosives supplier. Prosecutors allege Pendley told the agent he wanted to bring down "the oligarchy" in the US by attacking Amazon AWS web servers that federal agencies rely upon, most of which were located in Virginia.

"The main objective is to f--k up the Amazon servers," prosecutors accuse Pendley of saying. "There's 24 buildings that all this data runs through in America. Three of them are right next to each other, and 24 run 70 percent of the Internet. And the government especially the higher-ups, CIA, FBI, special s--t, they have like an 8 billion dollar a year contract with Amazon to run through their servers. So we f--k those servers, and it's gonna piss all the oligarchy off."

On Thursday, Pendley met with the undercover agent once more to acquire what he believed to be active explosives, but the FBI agent supplied him with inert devices instead, and explained his motives to the agent. According to the DOJ, agents promptly arrested Pendley after he had placed the fake explosives into his vehicle.

After searching Pendley's home, investigators said they found hand-drawn maps, flashcards relating to the planned attack, a piece of sawed-off rifle, wigs and masks, and a machete with his username from affixed onto the blade.

... Pendley's specific charges have yet to be announced, but the DOJ said he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors have not announced whether Pendley will face any charges stemming from the Capitol siege on January 6. In three months, authorities have arrested over 400 people involved in the attack.
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Anti-Defamation league calls on Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson after host embraces white supremacist "great replacement theory" on air
  • ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt sent a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott asking for Tucker Carlson to be fired.
  • On Thursday, Carlson openly embraced the white supremacist Great Replacement theory.
  • The racist theory alleges that masses of foreigners are invading the US to strip white Americans of political power.
"Given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott.

On Thursday night, Carlson alleged that Democrats were "importing a brand new electorate" of "Third World" immigrants to "dilute" the political power of Americans.

He referenced the replacement theory, a well-known racist philosophy that has inspired racist violence and mass murder in the US and around the world for years and presumes that white, western populations are facing a demographic ticking clock in multicultural societies.

... "I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term 'replacement,' if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate — the voters now casting ballots — with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World," Carlson told his audience of millions. "But they become hysterical because that's what's happening, actually. Let's just say it. That's true."

... Demonizing immigrants is a recurring theme in Carlson's show, with the host once saying that immigrants make the country "dirtier."

In recent years, replacement theory has been referenced at the white supremacist march on Charlottesville in 2017, where extremists shouted slogans like "Jews will not replace us" and killed peaceful protestor Heather Heyer, and the 2019 El Paso Walmart mass shooting, where a white gunman intentionally targeted predominantly Latino victims.
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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.