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Trump is trying hard to recruit politicians and journalists to back the baseless theory he will be reinstated as president
  • Donald Trump is attempting to recruit people to promote his theory that he will be reinstated as president, a report said.
  • "Trump is trying hard to recruit journalists, politicians, and other influential figures to promulgate this belief," the National Review reported.
  • The baseless theory has been circulating among Trump supporters and fringe conservative media outlets for months.
Charles C. W. Cooke, a senior reporter for the National Review, confirmed New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman's reporting that Trump has told a number of people that he believes he will re-enter the White House as president as August.

"Haberman's reporting was correct," he wrote. "I can attest, from speaking to an array of different sources, that Donald Trump does indeed believe quite genuinely that he — along with former senators David Perdue and Martha McSally — will be "reinstated" to office this summer."

He added: "Trump is trying hard to recruit journalists, politicians, and other influential figures to promulgate this belief — not as a fundraising tool or an infantile bit of trolling or a trial balloon, but as a fact."
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Alleged US Capitol rioter who heckled police for 'protecting pedophiles' served jail time for statutory rape of 14-year-old girl
Federal prosecutors say Sean McHugh of Auburn, California, fought with police as they fended off the massive mob of Trump supporters outside the Capitol on January 6. During the scuffle, McHugh was recorded by police body-worn cameras heckling the officers with a megaphone.

According to prosecutors' description of the footage, McHugh allegedly shouted, "You guys like protecting pedophiles?" "you're protecting communists," "I'd be shaking in your little s--t boots too," and, "there is a Second Amendment behind us, what are you going to do then?"

His comments about "pedophiles" are particularly striking, considering his criminal history.

McHugh was convicted in 2010 on a state charge of unlawful sex with a minor, according to California court records reviewed by CNN and lawyers involved in McHugh's cases. McHugh was sentenced to 240 days in jail -- though he served less -- and got four years of probation.

There was DNA evidence that connected McHugh to the girl, former prosecutor Todd Kuhnen told CNN. The victim was 14 years old and McHugh was 23 when the crime occurred, Kuhnen said. The victim also alleged that she was intoxicated when the incident occurred.

McHugh pleaded no contest to the underage sex charge. Kuhnen said he didn't take the case to trial because he didn't want to "run the victim through the ringer again," and said that the victim and her mother signed off to the plea agreement as part of California's victims' rights law.

McHugh has been charged with eight federal crimes tied to the Capitol insurrection, including trespassing charges and the more serious counts of obstructing congressional proceedings and assaulting police officers with a dangerous weapon. He hasn't yet entered a plea in court.

... McHugh has a long rap sheet of misdemeanor convictions, including multiple DUIs and trespassing offenses, according to Negin and a CNN review of California state court records. He is one of many rioters with criminal records, and he is one of a few rioters who were on probation or parole for other unrelated crimes when they went to the Capitol on January 6.

This undercuts recent false claims from some Republicans, who have whitewashed the violent attack and claimed that the rioters were well-meaning patriotic Americans with clean records.

Republicans pushed this lie at a recent House hearing about Capitol security failures. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar complained that "the FBI is fishing through homes of veterans and citizens with no criminal records" and claimed "law-abiding citizens" were being targeted. Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert also recently said on the House floor, "their only crime was supporting Donald Trump."
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Capitol Police officer 'insulted' after Republicans block January 6 commission and continue to whitewash the attack
US Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, who was wounded while defending the US Capitol during the January 6 insurrection, said Thursday night that he feels "insulted" after Republicans blocked the formation of an independent commission last week.

"I feel insulted. I feel like they don't have the courage. They demand something from us that they're not willing to do, which is sacrifice their livelihood," he said in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon Thursday night of the lawmakers who did not support the bill establishing the commission.

Capitol Police officers are increasingly sharing their frustration publicly as efforts for a commission to investigate the attack and bolster funding for Capitol Hill security have stalled, further exposing the fractured relationship between lawmakers and the officers who protect them.

Gonell told CNN's Lemon that officers "feel insulted, because the very minimum that everybody should agree is how to prevent this from happening again."

"At the end of the day, we want to go home to our family. And we feel that right now we are being a pawn. It is insulting. It's disgusting, and we put our lives to give them the chance to run away to safety. I almost lost my life many, multiple times," he said.

... Gonell told CNN that he wants the lies, denials and whitewashing of what happened on January 6th to stop and that "when people deny that this happened, it's insulting. It's a betrayal."

"For those people who continue to say and propagate this lie, that it was somebody else, that it was another group, come talk to me. I want to talk to them. I have video proof that what happened there was not a concert. It was not Fourth of July. I work those events and nobody beat me or anybody else," he added.

Gonell publicly shared his January 6 experiences for the first time with CNN, speaking on his own behalf and not for the department.

During intense hand-to-hand combat with rioters, Gonell was beaten with a flagpole, had his hand sliced open, and was hit with so much chemical spray that the liquid soaked through to his skin. There were moments where Gonell thought he might die. He underwent bone fusion surgery after an injury to his right foot and still has contusions on his shoulders and gets emotional watching video of that day.

Gonell told CNN that he felt compelled to speak up after seeing Gladys Sicknick, the mother of US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick who died the day after the riot, and other law enforcement officers last week urging GOP senators to support the January 6th commission.
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As Trump readies summer rallies and speeches, allies worry he's stuck in the past
Over the past few weeks, Trump has faced pleas from inside his orbit to move the ball forward as Republicans approach the 2022 midterm elections, when the party hopes to regain control of both congressional chambers, and brace for his high-profile return to the campaign trail. Several former advisers and allies still close to the 45th President said he is under mounting pressure to concentrate on promoting GOP policy priorities and defining his successor, rather than re-litigating his failed reelection campaign.

But the former President has brushed those voices aside, choosing instead to listen to a crowd of characters both on television and in his wider circle who have encouraged him to keep his focus on the 2020 election.

... Sources familiar with Trump's thinking describe him as bored by the issues his advisers wish he would focus on -- from threats to America's energy infrastructure to increased inflation and other economic concerns. He is so obsessed with his unsuccessful quest for reelection, one ex-Trump official said, that he has been moving himself toward irrelevance.

"It's like a slow leak of a balloon that is now laying on the floor," is how the ex-Trump official described it.

... "The conspiracy theories and election fraud rhetoric are helpful for keeping a certain audience engaged but they do virtually nothing to move other voters -- especially those who care about pocketbook issues -- into our column," said one person close to Trump.

"At some point, the election integrity stuff just becomes dull," this person added. "We're six months out and I think we're starting to see that happen. He can keep running through the greatest hits but he needs to weave in some new material too."

... "President Trump's insane conspiracy theories about the election cost Republicans the two Georgia Senate runoffs and with them, our seat at the table in Washington," said Michael Steel, a former aide to House speaker John Boehner and Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential campaign. "If you actually care about conservative public policy -- stopping tax hikes and massive government spending, securing the border, supporting the police -- you have to focus on the future, not the past."
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Facebook Says Trump’s Ban Will Last at Least 2 Years
The decision denies the former president a megaphone at least through the midterm elections. The suspension was put in place after the Capitol riot in January.

Donald Trump will remain barred from Facebook for at least two years.

Facebook said on Friday that Donald J. Trump’s suspension from the service would last at least two years, keeping the former president off mainstream social media for the 2022 midterm elections, as the company also said it would end a policy of treating posts from politicians differently from those of other users.

Facebook said the former president, who was blocked from the platform in January after the Capitol riot, would be eligible for reinstatement in January 2023, when it will then look to experts to decide “whether the risk to public safety has receded.”

The decision denies Trump a megaphone at least through the midterm elections, but a decision on his possible return to Facebook would come before the next presidential election.

“Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols,” Nick Clegg, the vice president of global affairs at Facebook, wrote in a company blog post.

If reinstated, Mr. Trump would be subject to a set of “rapidly escalating sanctions” if he committed further violations, up to and including the permanent suspension of his account, Facebook said.

Facebook also said it was ending a policy of keeping up posts from politicians by default even if their speech broke its rules.
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A former Trump advisor dismissed Caitlyn Jenner's run for California governor as 'a joke,' report says
  • Several political experts have rejected Caitlyn Jenner's run for governor in California.
  • According to Politico, one former Trump advisor called her campaign "a joke."
  • Another source in Los Angeles who works in entertainment and politics said "it's a publicity push."
Several political experts bashed Caitlyn Jenner's run for governor in California in a new Politico report published Friday.

Sam Nunberg, an advisor to former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, disregarded Jenner's candidacy as "a joke."

Mike Madrid, a Republican consultant, told Politico that Jenner's bid "isn't a real campaign" and is just meant to "promote" and "monetize" her.

Some compared her run to that of Trump's five years ago, arguing that Jenner, a former reality TV star and Olympic gold medalist, is a celebrity outsider seeking public office to boost her relevancy.

"When Donald Trump ran for president, he didn't run for president to be president. He ran for president because his TV show's ratings were floundering, and he needed to get a lot of attention for himself to prop up the name," one Democratic strategist told Politico. "Caitlyn Jenner is going to be doing the same thing, right?"

"This is just the next way she can get a lot of attention," another Democratic strategist said.
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Trump's Republican convention fireworks caused $42,000 in damage to the National Mall
  • The fireworks display at the RNC last August caused more than $42,000 in damage to federal property.
  • The RNC has reimbursed the federal government for damage on the Washington Monument's grounds.
  • Trump's unprecedented use of the White House and National Mall for the convention drew criticism from ethics experts.
The controversial fireworks display celebrating former President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention last August caused more than $42,000 in damage to the National Mall, according to Department of Interior documents obtained by the Democratic group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics.

The National Park Service wrote in a February letter to the Republican National Committee that turf on the grounds of the Washington Monument was damaged by a forklift operator "who drove at a high rate of speed" and scorched by fireworks, while "extensive compaction damage" was caused by "improper setup and security/setup/takedown vehicles." A water fountain was also damaged by a dumpster truck.

The RNC has reimbursed the federal government for the damages related to the show, which included fireworks spelling out "TRUMP 2020." The RNC also paid the government more than $177,000 in labor costs for almost 4,000 hours of work by NPS employees on the fireworks show.

CREW obtained the documents through its lawsuit against the Interior Department for failing to turn over documents relating to the department's involvement in the RNC's firework show.

Trump's unprecedented use of the White House and National Mall for his convention last year drew widespread criticism. Government ethics experts argued that the administration's use of federal property for political purposes violated federal laws, including the Hatch Act, that prohibit federal employees from engaging in political activities.

Trump administration officials committed a slew of Hatch Act violations during Trump's time in office, but the violations were regularly dismissed by the White House. In 2019, the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency, recommended that Trump fire presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway for repeatedly violating the ethics law. Trump refused to do so.
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Trump keeps exaggerating the number of people who cast ballots for him in the 2020 election by nearly 800,000 votes
  • Trump has repeatedly said that 75 million voters or more cast ballots for him in November.
  • In fact, he received 74,223,369 votes, which is nearly 800,000 fewer than he's claimed.
  • Joe Biden got 81,282,916 votes and 306 electoral votes, securing him the presidency.
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Psaki says it's 'pretty unlikely that the zebra is going to change his stripes over the next two years' when asked about Facebook's Trump ban
  • Psaki expressed doubt that Trump will use Facebook differently if he gets his account back in two years.
  • "Feels pretty unlikely that the zebra is going to change his stripes over the next two years," she said.
  • Facebook announced on Friday that it would uphold Trump's ban for at least two years.
"We learned a lot from President Trump, the former president, over the last couple of years about his behavior and how he uses these platforms," Psaki told reporters. "Feels pretty unlikely that the zebra is going to change his stripes over the next two years. We'll see."

Psaki added that the White House believes "it's a decision for the company to make" but that every platform spreading information to millions of Americans "has a responsibility to crack down on disinformation."
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The GOP has proven to be an even 'greater threat' to US democracy than Trump in 2021, experts warn
  • Democracy experts are sounding the alarm.
  • Republican-led legislatures nationwide are taking extraordinary steps to restrict voting.
  • "The Republican party has proven to be a greater threat than Trump," one expert told Insider.
By the time Donald Trump left the White House, it was widely agreed upon that he was the most anti-democratic president in modern US history. He exhibited an unparalleled disdain for democratic institutions during his four years in power, and topped it all off by refusing to accept the legitimate results of the 2020 election and provoking a deadly insurrection at the US Capitol. It was unprecedented and the US is still dealing with the consequences.

On his way out the door, Trump was impeached for a second time for inciting the riot. A week later, President Joe Biden was inaugurated, and some scholars of democracy were hopeful that Trump's departure would open the door for the GOP to hit the reset button. But those feelings of optimism didn't last long as Republicans continued to show unwavering loyalty to Trump and his "big lie," and as GOP-led legislatures nationwide pushed for laws to restrict voting in extraordinary ways.

Sheri Berman, a professor of political science at Barnard College and author of "Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Rรฉgime to the Present Day," told Insider she's become even "more pessimistic" about the future of American democracy in 2021.

"With Trump gone, I hoped the Republican party might recalibrate, moving away from his illiberal, anti-democratic and irrational behavior and embracing a conservative, but firmly reality-based and small 'd' democratic politics," Berman said. "That the Republican party has proven to be a greater threat than Trump — a single individual — bodes poorly for the health of American democracy."
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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.