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Trump Believes He Can Regain the Presidency This Summer



The position of mainstream Republican leaders in Congress is that the January 6 insurrection, while regrettable, is behind us now. It does not require congressional investigation nor any further rebuke. What is needed, instead, is a series of state-level laws to clamp down on voting and make it easier for Republican poll-watchers and legislatures to challenge any results they don’t like.

In the Trumpiest portions of the party, the view is quite different. The rioters are martyrs, their plight needs redress, and their cause remains very much alive.

Maggie Haberman and the Washington Post report that Donald Trump has been proclaiming to anybody who would listen that his return to power is imminent. Trump is obsessively following a so-called “audit” in Arizona, which actually consists of right-wing grifters conducting alchemical procedures on ballots in order to supply a predetermined conclusion that Trump was robbed. The defeated president “has become so fixated on the audits that he suggested recently to allies that their success could result in his return to the White House this year, according to people familiar with comments he has made,” reports the Post.

The comical proceedings in Arizona have attracted Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania, who are interested in staging their own farcical ceremony to uphold Trump’s claim to power. In the Trumpist mythology, the Arizona cyber-ninja “recount” will be the “first domino,” followed by other states overturning their election results, culminating in Trump’s “reinstatement.”

Trump’s self-styled presidency in exile continues to focus on somehow seizing power. Pillow-monger Mike Lindell has reportedly persuaded Trump that his restoration will occur in August (though, as the Daily Beast notes, his timetable presumes a series of Supreme Court rulings that should have already begun to drop, but obviously have not). Trump recently met with Jeff Brain, CEO of the social-media site CloutHub, who helped organize the January 6 caravans, reports Hunter Walker.

Meanwhile, American Greatness, a journal dedicated to the proposition that one can stay loyal to Trump while maintaining a highbrow affect, has undertaken an editorial crusade to rehabilitate the Capitol rioters. One AG essay claims the real insurrectionists are “running the country and the bureaucracy, having imprisoned a few sad-sack political opponents who did not understand the rules of the game being played.” Another proposes that the rioters are heroes who should be elected to Congress.

Trump obviously is not going to be reinstalled as president this summer, or any time before 2025. But the neo-insurrection is no joke. Trump and his dead-enders have won the argument, or at least staked a claim to a large enough segment of their party that they can’t be cut off.

The party elite may roll its eyes in private, but its public agenda is to placate the insurrection. The Republican mainstream is refusing to talk about it not because it’s too weak to be taken seriously, but because it’s too strong. In the red states, Republicans are laying the groundwork to make the next insurrection easier. Trump and his diehards are busily rehabilitating the last one.

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Covid’s Detrimental Effects To American Society



This COVID-19 pandemic has put the lives of billions of people around the world on hold and despite efforts to slow down its spread, the situation seems far from simmering down. Thanks to the swift roll out of the vaccine, a return to normalcy can be seen on the horizon.

The economic struggle has burdened all countries all over the globe and a superpower like the United States is no exception to this. However, we tend to forget that unemployment and lack of revenue aren’t the only major problems during the pandemic. Our society is inclined to put aside the psychological well-being of the people, especially the youth.

Libby Emmons, editor in chief for conservative news outlet The Post Millennial, summed up the terrible experience of Americans in trying to cope with daily life under the pandemic.

“In some schools, the pandemic has also created a permanent “remote school” practice, where even when kids are in school, fully masked, socially distanced, they have computers on their desks and login to Google Meets in order to talk to their teacher, follow lessons, or chat with each other. Teachers don’t come over to assist students at their desks because they don’t want to “spread COVID.” Rightly or wrongly, this makes life worse,” Emmons wrote.

In her opinion piece, Emmons elaborated on a variety of problems that COVID-19 has brought upon American life in general. Unlike the more common calamities such as storms and even earthquakes, a virus outbreak or a plague seeps deeper into society and the agony is much more prolonged.

“Remote work has its benefits, but for many the isolation of perpetual solitude is more horrifying than rush hour traffic. Labor shortages and job losses caused by the pandemic-inspired business closures, combined with extended government funding to try to make sure no one falls through society’s cracks, resulted in a rush toward self-check out kiosks at shops and fast food restaurants and an extended unemployment holiday. Supply shortages and inflation loom. There aren’t enough workers to fill the positions available,” Emmons detailed.

Despite our severe limitations, we must never succumb to further degradation. America must act now and do our best to preserve the things that made us one of the greatest nations in the history of the world.

“The way forward, as a nation, is not to remake everything all at once and in a hurry, but to stick to our values, hold up our core principles, and remember that the process of representative democracy is what brought us the prosperity, freedom, and independence of the past, and it can do it again, if we let it,” Emmons concluded.

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GOP Republicans Agree To Refugee Resettlement Plan For Afghans



Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in GOP governors supporting the massive refugee resettlement program being planned for our allies in Afghanistan. The said operation is slated to bring in around 95,000 Afghans to the United States through the rest of 2022. A total of 46 states except West Virginia, Wyoming, Hawaii, South Dakota and Washington DC, will be participating in this initiative.

Republican governors Brian Kemp (Georgia), Doug Ducey (Arizona), Henry McMaster (South Carolina),  Kim Reynolds (Iowa), Larry Hogan (Maryland), Charlie Baker (Massachusetts), Spencer Cox (Utah), Phil Scott (Vermont), Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas) and Kevin Stitts (Oklahoma), have agreed last month to president Biden’s plan to save the Afghans who helped America during its battles in the region.

The list of GOP leaders joining in to provide sanctuary for the refugees have increased since last month and more support is on the way. Among the new batch of governors who agreed to the plan are Montana’s Greg Gianforte, Indiana’s Eric Holcomb, Alabama’s Kay Ivey, Idaho’s Brad Little, Tennessee’s Bill Lee, New Hampshire’s Chris Sununu, Nebraska’s Pete Ricketts and Ohio’s Mike DeWine.

“These are individuals who have been partners with United States and deserve our support in return for the support they’ve given us. Thank you to the resettlement agencies and communities who have stepped forward and demonstrated they have the resources necessary to help these individuals in their time of need,”  Gov. Mike DeWine stated.

“A debt of gratitude to those allies who actively helped our soldiers and diplomats stay safe during our two decades in the country,” Gov. Kay Ivey said.

“Whether it’s persecuted Christians or interpreters who served with our troops, Tennesseans have the right to know exactly who is being settled where. While we await more information from the federal government, we are in direct communication with our congressional delegation, members of the General Assembly, and local officials,” Gov. Bill Lee said.

“Montana welcomes our fully-vetted Afghan allies who worked alongside us, have left their homes in the face of the Taliban’s reemerging, merciless terror and seek freedom and safety,” Gov. Greg Gianforte stated.

The suffering that our Afghan allies have gone through during the twenty-year war in Afghanistan is a great sacrifice that will not be forgotten by the American people. Right now, their lives are still at risk and they will be facing danger under the rule of the Taliban until the day that they will be given protection in the U.S.

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Biden Asks for Early Talks with Macron amid Submarine Row



President Joe Biden has requested early talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, France said on Sunday, in an apparent effort to mend fences after a row over a submarines contract sparked rare tensions between the allies.

The announcement came after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejected French accusations that Canberra had lied about plans to cancel the contract to buy French submarines, saying he had raised concerns over the deal “some months ago”.

Australia’s decision to tear up the French deal in favour of American nuclear-powered vessels sparked outrage in Paris, with Macron recalling France’s ambassadors to Canberra and Washington in an unprecedented move.

But French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said Sunday that there would be a telephone conversation between Biden and Macron “in the coming days” at the request of the US president.

Macron will ask the US president for “clarification” after the announcement of a US-Australian-British defence pact that prompted Canberra’s cancellation of the huge contract for diesel-electric French vessels.

“We want explanations,” Attal said. The US had to answer for “what looks a lot like a major breach of trust”.

Morrison insisted that he and his ministers had made no secret of their issues with the French vessels.

“I think they would have had every reason to know that we had deep and grave concerns,” he told reporters in Sydney. “We made very clear that we would be making a decision based on our strategic national interest.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had on Saturday used distinctly undiplomatic language towards Australia, the US and Britain which is also part of a new three-way security pact announced Wednesday that led to the rupture.

“There has been lying, duplicity, a major breach of trust and contempt,” Le Drian told France 2 television.

The recall of the ambassadors for the first time in the history of relations with the countries was “to show how unhappy we are and that there is a serious crisis between us”.

The French contract to supply conventional submarines to Australia was worth Aus$50 billion ($36.5 billion, 31 billion euros) when signed in 2016.

Morrison said he understood France’s disappointment, but added: “I don’t regret the decision to put Australia’s national interest first. Never will.”

Defence Minister Peter Dutton also insisted Canberra had been “upfront, open and honest” with Paris about its concerns over the deal — a claim quickly rejected by French Defence Minister Florence Parly.

“His statement is inaccurate,” she said during a visit to Niger. “We were never informed of Australia’s intentions”.

– ‘The third wheel’ –

Le Drian also issued a stinging response to a question over why France had not also recalled its ambassador to Britain over the AUKUS security pact.

“With Britain, there is no need. We know their constant opportunism. So there is no need to bring our ambassador back to explain,” he said.

Of London’s role in the pact he said: “Britain in this whole thing is a bit like the third wheel.”

NATO would have to take account of what has happened as it reconsiders strategy at a summit in Madrid next year, he added.

France would now prioritise developing an EU security strategy when it takes over the bloc’s presidency at the start of 2022, he said.

A source at France’s defence ministry meanwhile said Paris had cancelled a meeting set for this week between its Defence Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart Ben Wallace.

In London, a Ministry of Defence source said they could neither confirm nor deny the cancellation of the meeting, but said the two countries maintained a “strong and close-working defence partnership with France, as they remain trusted allies of the UK”.

– ‘Stab in the back’ –

Biden announced the new Australia-US-Britain defence alliance, widely seen as aimed at countering the rise of China.

It extends American nuclear submarine technology to Australia, as well as cyber-defence, applied artificial intelligence and undersea capabilities.

Le Drian has described it as a “stab in the back” and said the behaviour of the Biden administration had been comparable to that of Donald Trump, whose sudden changes in policy long exasperated European allies.

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune has hinted that the row could affect Australia’s chances of making progress towards a trade pact with the EU, which is its third-biggest trading partner.

For America, the row has sparked a deep rift in its oldest alliance and dashed hopes of a rapid post-Trump renaissance in relations.

State Department spokesman Ned Price on Saturday stressed the “unwavering” US commitment to its alliance with France.

Australia meanwhile has shrugged off Chinese anger over the nuclear-powered submarines order.

Beijing described the new alliance as an “extremely irresponsible” threat, warning the Western allies that they risked “shooting themselves in the foot”.

© AFP 2021

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