Trump News Today: Ex-president refers to nukes as ‘the n-word’ in Fox interview

Eric Trump says Putin could say Donald Trump was ‘a very strong person’

Former President Donald Trump started his day with a bizarre phone interview on Fox Business in which he called Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats an “n word”, dismissed climate change as “a thing called weather”, and insisted he would. continue to run on the supposed theft of the 2020 election despite the host’s suggestion that it could hurt Republicans at the polls.

His exciting morning comes after a weekend event in which he appeared to promise a return to the White House.

“With the support of everyone in this room, we will take back the House, we will take back the Senate and we will take back our country,” he said during the “American Freedom Tour” in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “And then especially in 2024, we will take back our beautiful White House”.

Following his remarks, Republican U.S. Representative Liz Cheney warned that the ex-president could face criminal penalties for the attacks on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, telling NBC that the House Select Committee investigating the assault was considering recommending criminal punishment for the “kind of supreme dereliction of duty you saw with President Trump.”

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Twitter suspends ‘satire’ account for misinterpreting Biden administration’s assistant health secretary

US Deputy Health Secretary Rachel Levine – the first openly transgender four-star officer in the United States – is a frequent target among right-wing transphobic and anti-LGBT+ figures. She was recently honored by USA Today as one of the publication’s Women of the Year.

Twitter has suspended the account of right-wing satire website Babylon Bee for posting “Babylon Bee’s Man of the Year is Rachel Levine”.

CEO Seth Dillon suggested he wouldn’t delete the post to gain access to the account.

“They could, of course, delete the tweet themselves. But they won’t. It is not enough for them to erase it. They want us to bend the knee and admit we engaged in hateful conduct,” he tweeted.

Last week, Twitter flagged a similar post from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton — whose state is seeking to prosecute gender-affirming health care for minors as “child abuse” — but the platform has left the message with a warning tag.

Alex WoodwardMarch 22, 2022 02:00

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Trump’s PAC has more money than both sides combined – but it’s not spending much

Trump’s Save America PAC raised $110 million in late February after raising millions that month but spending only $1.2 million, according to FEC filings.

His PAC war chest is larger than those of the Democratic and Republican National Committees combined.

So far, Trump appears to be keeping the money to himself, with no new donations or independent spending supporting Trump-endorsed candidates, according to Politico.

But the documents “reveal substantial payments to two law firms representing high profile witnesses” sought by the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack.

Alex WoodwardMarch 22, 2022 01:00

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“A Thing Called Weather”

In an interview with Fox Business on Monday, Donald Trump – who was asked if he believed the climate crisis was happening – said in his ‘opinion’ that there was ‘a thing called the weather’. .

“The climate has always changed,” he says.

Meanwhile, Florida – home to the Trump Mar-a-Lago resort – is at the center of the country’s sea level rise.

Even with cautious projections of sea level rise, water could lap onto the manicured lawns of his home from the intracoastal waterway within the next 30 years, according to Climate’s Coastal Hazard Screening Tool. Central based on latest NOAA data.

Alex WoodwardMarch 22, 2022 00:00

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Giuliani says Trump threatened to blow up Russian churches during Putin call

In an interview with the right-wing cable network Newsmax, Rudy Giuliani claimed that Trump once threatened Putin with a campaign of church bombings.

Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 11:15 p.m.

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Trump says Putin ‘constantly uses the n-word’ – as in ‘nuclear’

In an interview with Fox Business, Trump said Vladimir Putin continued to use the “n-word” — as in “nuclear” — and claimed the Russian president was a “different” man than the one he interacted with during his stay in the White Loger.

“I constantly listen to him use the n-word, it’s the n-word, and he constantly uses it, the nuclear word,” he said Monday.

Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 10:40 p.m.

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New York AG responds to Trump’s attempts to deny subpoenas in Trump Organization investigation

New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office is presiding over a broad civil investigation into the Trump family business, said she was undeterred by their latest attempt to delay or quash a subpoena request. to appear for their testimony.

“Despite continued efforts to prevent this investigation, no one can stop our quest for justice, however powerful it is,” she said in a statement. “We will continue to follow the facts without fear or favor.”

Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 10:00 p.m.

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New Mexico residents file lawsuit to remove county commissioner from office over Jan. 6 turnout

New Mexico County Commissioner Couy Griffin should be removed from office and disqualified from future duties under the 14th Amendment after participating in the events surrounding the attack on the Capitol, according to a lawsuit filed by a group of residents.

Griffin — founder of Cowboys for Trump — is currently on trial on two misdemeanor charges (entering a restricted area of ​​the Capitol and disruptive or disorderly conduct) related to the assault. He is not accused of entering the building.

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Noah Bookbinder, president of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics watchdog group in Washington, said Griffin “used his public platform to spread the false narrative that the election was stolen from Donald Trump and to defend the attack. against our Capitol,” and that “his actions on January 6 were part of and contributed to an insurrection, and his tenure in government continues to be a threat to our democracy.

“It’s time Couy Griffin was removed from his position,” he said.

Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 9:30 p.m.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson’s husband in tears as she delivers commencement speech as her daughter looks on smiling

As Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson delivered her opening statement during her Senate confirmation hearings for the United States Supreme Court, her husband, Dr. Patrick Jackson, was understandably emotional behind her.

The IndependentJohn Bowden in Washington says more about the historic moment:

Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 9:09 p.m.

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Pro-Trump Senate hopeful Mo Brooks says he’ll ‘fire’ Mitch McConnell if elected

U.S. Representative from Alabama Mo Brooks, who is in a three-way primary for the Republican nomination to replace incumbent Senator Richard Shelby, has accused Mitch McConnell of being a ‘debt addict and weak knees’ in a new campaign ad.

His announcement comes just days after Trump said he could withdraw his endorsement of Brooks, who said the former president was in ‘a war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party’ against the Senate leader. of the GOP.

The IndependentBevan Hurley has more on the Senate hopeful’s attempts to bring Trump back in his favor and the GOP’s battle over insufficient deference to the ex-president.

Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 8:28 p.m.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson pledges to be transparent and serve ‘without fear or favour’

Ketanji Brown Jackson closed the first day of her confirmation hearings by pledging to remain transparent and serve without “fear or favor” if confirmed as the 116th justice of the United States Supreme Court.

“If confirmed, I pledge to work productively to uphold and defend the Constitution, and this great experiment in American democracy that has endured for these past 246 years,” she said at the start. of his speech.

“I assess the facts and interpret and apply the law to the facts of the case before me without fear or favor consistent with my judicial oath,” she said.

More follows from The Independentfrom Eric Garcia in Washington:

Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 8:02 p.m.

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