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Ex-GOP Congressman Joe Walsh says his radio show was canceled because he criticized Trump
  • Former US Rep. Joe Walsh says his radio show was canceled because he doesn't support Trump.
  • He spoke about his now-canceled "The Joe Walsh Show" while appearing on CNN on Thursday.
  • Walsh also claimed that Republicans have to "make love to Donald Trump every day" if they want to get elected.
Former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh claims his conservative radio show was canceled because he doesn't support former President Donald Trump.

Walsh, who was a member of the US House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, spoke about Trump and his now-canceled "The Joe Walsh Show" while appearing on CNN on Thursday.

"If you want to get elected as a Republican, you have to make love to Donald Trump every day," he said. "If you want to succeed in conservative media, they don't want you to be honest. You have to get down and bow down and praise Donald Trump every day."
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Trump calls George P. Bush, the only member of the political dynasty to back him, 'My Bush'
  • Trump calls George P. Bush "My Bush," a Trump adviser told Politico.
  • George P. Bush, Jeb Bush's son, is the only member of the Bush family to publicly support Trump.
  • He said this week that he spoke to Trump about the "future of Texas."
Former President Donald Trump calls Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush — the only member of the political dynasty to publicly support him — "My Bush" as a pet name, a Trump adviser told Politico.

While Jeb Bush and former President George W. Bush, as well as their parents, former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush, have been critical of Trump, George P. Bush has publicly shown his support.

... Asked about the photo George P. Bush tweeted showing his conversation with Trump, Jeb Bush told Politico: "I love my son."

Trump has publicly referred to George P. as "the only Bush who got it right," according to Politico.

"I can tell you the president enjoys the prospect of knowing how much it kills Jeb that his son has to bend the knee and kiss the ring," a Trump confidant told Politico. "Who's your daddy? Trump loves that."
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Almost a quarter of Republicans believe Satan-worshiping pedophiles control the US government, media, and financial sector
  • About a quarter of Republicans believe in the major tenets of the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory.
  • Overall, between 15 and 20% of Americans say they completely or mostly agree with QAnon.
  • Right-wing news consumption is the strongest predictor of belief in QAnon.
Nearly a quarter of Republicans say they believe that the US government, media, and financial sector are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex trafficking operation, according to new polling from the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute.

This belief is a core tenet of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, which continues to dominate far-right thinking months after former President Donald Trump left office. An even larger share of Republicans -- 28% -- believe in two other tenets of QAnon: that a coming "storm" will oust powerful elites and restore the country's rightful leaders, and that "patriots" may have to use violence to save the US.

Overall, between 15 and 20% of Americans say they completely or mostly agree with the three tenets of QAnon. The polling found that a host of factors, including political orientation, news consumption, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic and demographic profile, correlate with belief in the conspiracy theory. Republicans are significantly more likely than Independents and Democrats to believe in QAnon.

Right-wing news consumption is the strongest predictor of belief in QAnon. Those who say they trust far-right media the most are nearly nine times more likely to believe in QAnon than those who most trust broadcast networks including ABC, CBS, and NBC.

Certain groups of Christians are also much more likely to believe in QAnon. Hispanic Catholics and Hispanic Protestants are almost three times as likely as non-religious Americans to believe in the conspiracy theory. White Catholics, evangelical Protestants, and mainline Protestants are about twice as likely as to subscribe to QAnon.

About a quarter of white evangelical Protestants believe in all three tenets of QAnon, while 24% of Hispanic Protestants believe in the Satan-worshiping cabal, 29% believe in the coming storm, and 12% believe Americans might have to resort to violence.

Just over 20% of white evangelical Protestants, Hispanic Protestants, and Mormons believe in QAnon. Jewish Americans and Americans who don't associate with a religion are the least likely to believe in QAnon.

QAnon believers are also much more likely than other Americans to believe in various other conspiracy theories. Nearly three-quarters of QAnon believers also believe that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump.

Overall, 29% of Americans believe Trump's lie that the election was stolen.

The PRRI poll surveyed 5,625 adults in all 50 states between March 8 and 30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.
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New York prosecutors are treating the Trump Organization like it's the mob
  • NY prosecutors examining the Trump Organization seem to be treating it like it's run by mobsters.
  • Similar to mob organizations, the Trump Org is run by family members who prosecutors want to "flip."
  • Prosecutors may seek racketeering charges, used in both organized crime and business contexts.
When Donald Trump built Trump Tower, he made an unusual decision.

He wanted to build with concrete, when in the 1970s and 1980s large steel beams built the skeletons of most skyscrapers. To supply the massive amount of concrete needed, he paid inflated prices to a company run by Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno and Paul Castellano, the respective heads of the Genovese and Gambino crime families. Trump and Salerno shared a personal lawyer, Roy Cohn, at the time.

Salerno and Castellano were later put behind bars for racketeering. Now Trump is locked in prosecutors' crosshairs, and the criminal investigations into his and the Trump Organization's finances sure look a lot like mob investigations.

... Like many mob organizations, the Trump Organization is a family business.

The former president inherited it from his father, Fred Trump. After he was elected to the presidency in 2016, he left it in the hands of his two eldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr. His eldest daughter, Ivanka, left her executive position at the company to join his White House staff.

Though the Trump Organization reportedly has around 20,000 employees, it's run by a tight inner circle. And members of that inner circle who don't have the last name "Trump" typically have been with the company for decades.

Trump hired Matthew Calamari, the company's chief operating officer, as a bodyguard in 1981 after seeing him tackle someone at the US Open. Calamari's son also now has a prominent security role in the company. And Jason Greenblatt worked on legal issues for the Trump Organization for two decades before joining his presidential administration. Chief Legal Officer Alan Garten has worked for the company since 2006. Ron Lieberman, the executive in charge of management and development, has stuck around since 2007.

Michael Cohen — who worked for Trump for more than a decade as an executive and personal lawyer before testifying against him before Congress and federal prosecutors — has likened the Trump Organization to a "cult:" everyone listens to the leader, people don't talk about what it's really like to the outside world, and no one ever leaves.

"If he said something — I hate to use the example — it's like Ramses from 'The Ten Commandments': So it has been said, so it shall be done," Cohen said in 2019 testimony to the House of Representatives. "That is how the Trump Organization works."

... Trump's links to organized crime in his real estate career extended beyond building Trump Tower. When he built casinos in Atlantic City in the 1980s, he leased properties from two mob-linked figures, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation.

"They are not bad people from what I see," Trump said in 1982.

In 2016, Trump had a different approach to mobsters. He said that organized crime led only to trouble.

"When you have those relationships, in the end, you lose," he told the Wall Street Journal. "You can solve some problems short term, but long term, you've got a disaster."
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Biden tells Republicans who oppose a Capitol riot commission to 'eat some chocolate chocolate chip' ice cream
  • President Joe Biden made a surprise stop on Thursday at Honey Hut ice cream shop in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • With an ice cream cone in hand, he said he "couldn't imagine" why Republicans are opposed to a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol riot.
Reporters at the scene were eager to know how the president felt about congressional Republicans rejecting the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Biden, famous for his love of ice cream, held up his cone and advised his colleagues across the aisle to "eat some chocolate chocolate chip."

It was a joke, folks.

After cheers from the small crowd gathered around him, he added, "I can't imagine anyone voting against establishing a commission on the greatest assault since the Civil War on the Capitol. But at any rate, I came for ice cream."
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Former daughter-in-law of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg says that he's evicting her as retribution for speaking out
  • The former daughter-in-law of Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg said he's evicting her for cooperating with prosecutors.
  • Allen Weisselberg's finances are being probed in the criminal case around the Trump Organization.
  • Prosecutors reportedly want to "flip" him into guiding them through Trump's finances.
Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, told CNN that she is being evicted from her apartment because she has agreed to collaborate with prosecutors investigating the Trump Organization.

"Yesterday I was served to leave my apartment within the next seven days. It's a threat... They're kicking me out... because I'm not wrong about the information I'm giving," she said on CNN's "New Day" in a Thursday interview.

... Jennifer Weisselberg told CNN that her former father-in-law remains a guarantor on her apartment lease. She said the eviction was retribution for her cooperation with prosecutors, and that she tried to speak with Allen Weisselberg about it directly, but he ignored her.

"I contacted Allen numerous times last year to try and discuss this privately, with dignity, gracefully, within the family," she said, adding that she even tried to make entreaties through Donald Trump, Jr. "I haven't spoken to him since last June."
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Former DHS secretaries tell Senate to 'put politics aside' and support January 6 commission
A group of former Homeland Security secretaries who served in both Republican and Democratic administrations is calling on the Senate "to put politics aside" and create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, according to a joint statement provided first to CNN.

The statement, released by former Homeland Security Secretaries Michael Chertoff, Tom Ridge, Janet Napolitano and Jeh Johnson, went on to say that "we must understand how the violent insurrection at the Capitol came together to ensure the peaceful transfer of power in our country is never so threatened again."

The former secretaries' statement comes as Republicans have sought to block a bill that would create a January 6 commission, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking Republican senators to oppose the bill as a "personal favor" to him, CNN reported Thursday. A procedural vote on a bill creating the panel is expected to fail later Thursday.

The 10-member bipartisan commission proposed by House lawmakers earlier this month would be modeled after the panel that investigated the September 11 terrorist attacks. Those attacks spurred the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to better coordinate federal, state and local entities against domestic and foreign threats to the US. Ridge, the first Homeland Security secretary, was among those called to testify before the 9/11 commission.
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Feds investigate alleged plot by some Ukrainian officials to help Donald Trump win in 2020, NYT reports
  • Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal probe into alleged Ukrainian intervention in the 2020 election.
  • Some Ukranian officials are suspected of using Rudy Giuliani to spread disinformation.
  • The apparent goal was to help former President Donald Trump win reelection.
Federal investigators are now looking into whether current and former Ukrainian government officials — some appearing to act on behalf of Russian state interests — used former President Donald Trump's personal attorney to spread disinformation ahead of the 2020 election, The New York Times reported Thursday.

... Giuliani traveled to Ukraine in 2019, where he allegedly helped orchestrate the firing of US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. The FBI is currently looking into whether the former New York City mayor broke any laws by working with Ukrainian officials on that effort.

One subject of the newly reported investigation, according to The Times, is Andriy Derkach, a member of Ukraine's parliament. The Trump administration had been warned by US intelligence officials that Derkach "was seeking to spread disinformation," The Times reported.

In September 2020, the US Treasury Department sanctioned Derkach for intervening in the 2020 election, declaring that he "has been an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services."

Federal prosecutors could bring charges that Ukrainian officials failed to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires disclosing efforts to lobby in the United States on behalf of a foreign government.
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Trump and Giuliani ask judge to drop Capitol riot conspiracy case
Former President Donald Trump and his onetime personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Thursday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to incite the deadly invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

The lawsuit, brought by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and 10 other House Democrats, accuses the defendants of violating the federal Ku Klux Klan Act on Jan. 6 by fomenting a mob of Trump's supporters to stop Congress from confirming President Joe Biden's electoral victory.

Separate motions to dismiss the suit on Thursday argued that Trump's and Giuliani's remarks at a pre-riot rally near the Capitol were protected under the First Amendment.

Trump at that event had heaped pressure on Republican lawmakers — as well as then-Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the joint session — to reject key states' electoral results. He called on his followers to march to the Capitol and told the crowd, "If you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country anymore."

... Lawyers representing the Democrats told CNBC that the plaintiffs would press forward with the lawsuit.
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Paul Ryan enters GOP's civil war by criticizing Trump's hold on party
Ryan, a critic of the former President in the past, said at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, that Republicans must move away from the "populist appeal of one personality" because "then we're not going anywhere."

"Once again, we conservatives find ourselves at a crossroads. And here's the reality that we have to face: If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or of second-rate imitations, then we're not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle," Ryan said.

... Although Ryan didn't mention Trump by name in his criticism, the remarks by the Republican Party's 2012 vice presidential nominee add him to a growing list of establishment Republicans who are publicly objecting to Trump's grip on the party.

Like-minded Republicans, including Ryan's predecessor, John Boehner, have lamented the current direction of the party, which has actively rebuked and ostracized members who have taken on Trump and his brand of populist and nativist politics.

... In his speech, he also warned his fellow conservatives at being drawn into cultural battles with Democrats.

"As the left gets more 'woke,' the rest of America is getting weary. This stuff is exhausting. And we conservatives have got to be careful not to get caught up in every little cultural battle," he said. "Sometimes these skirmishes are just creations of outrage peddlers, detached from reality and not worth anybody's time. They draw attention away from the far more important case we must make to the American people."
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Michael Fanone, an officer assaulted in the Capitol riot, met with Sen. Ron Johnson over January 6 commission and 'let him have it,' report says
  • The Senate was expected to vote Thursday on establishing a commission to study the Capitol riot.
  • Sen. Ron Johnson had a tense meeting with Capitol Police officer Michael Fanone ahead of the vote, CNN reported.
  • Johnson said in a statement he thanked Fanone but that he still doesn't support a commission.
Fanone was one of the police officers defending the Capitol when a pro-Trump mob breached the building, attacking officers and forcing lawmakers to evacuate. Video obtained by CNN showed the moment Fanone was assaulted. Prosecutors said Fanone was shot with a stun gun, beaten with a flagpole, and had a heart attack.

Fanone has been vocal about the violence he experienced that day, saying he had PTSD as a result. He has also criticized Republicans who have tried to downplay the day's events.

... The outlet reported the meeting was tense and included a discussion of Johnson's comments about the riot, which he referred to as "by and large a peaceful protest" last week. ABC reported Fanone said he was exhausted after having to relive the events of the insurrection on Thursday.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene doubled down on her Holocaust narrative, saying Nazis were the 'National Socialist Party' of their time like the Democrats are now
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared Democrats to Nazis.
  • She said: "You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party."
  • She previously compared COVID-19 vaccination badges to the yellow star Nazis forced Jews to wear.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared Democrats to Nazis at a Georgia rally.

She said the media had spent four years "calling Republicans Nazis" and said the word "Nazi" is a "mean, nasty dirty word."
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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.