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On Monday, one of the men charged with invading the Capitol and threatening Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologized.

Garret Miller, a Texas resident, claims he was only following Trump’s orders when he joined the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6 and is willing to testify to Congress or in a trial. He also wants to apologize for writing “Assassinate AOC” in a Twitter post.

Authorities say that Miller, 34, also used a social media account to threaten a Capitol Police officer who fatally shot another rioter, saying that he planned to “hug his neck with a nice rope.”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, Miller decided to apologize after a federal judge in Dallas found him to be both a danger to the community and a flight risk. He was detained without bail pending trial.

“I am ashamed of my comments,” Miller said in a statement released by his defense attorney Clinton Broden.

Miller alleges that he was motivated by Trump’s false claims about being cheated out of re-election by ballot fraud.

He said, “I was in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, because I believed I was following the instructions of former President Trump, and he was my president and the commander-in-chief. His statements also had me believing the election was stolen from him.”

“Nevertheless, I fully recognize Joe Biden is now the President of the United States and that the election is over. Donald Trump is no longer president, and I would not have any reason to continue to follow his lead,” Miller explained.

He added, “While I never intended to harm Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez nor harm any members of the Capitol police force, I recognize that my social media posts were completely inappropriate. They were made at a time when Donald Trump had me believing that an American election was stolen.”

He said: “I want to publicly apologize to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and the Capitol police officers. I have always supported law enforcement, and I am ashamed by my comments.”

Miller also said in the statement that he was not armed when he entered the Capitol.

He said he left Washington and headed back to Texas “immediately after President Trump asked us to go home.”

Miller said that he had not been interested in or involved with politics “until very recently.”

He added, “Nevertheless, what Donald Trump had been saying about the election really got to me, and I felt I had to support him. Still, I recognize that I am solely responsible for my actions and that there are no excuses for what I did.”

Miller said, “I come from a good and supportive family. My parents and brothers do not deserve the pain I have caused them. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I am prepared to testify at any trial or Congressional proceeding.”

The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., has charged Miller with: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted buildings or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; obstructing or impeding any official proceeding; certain acts during civil disorder, and threats in interstate commerce.

“On one hand, you have to laugh, and on the other, know that the reason they were this brazen is because they thought they were going to succeed,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to Miller being charged with threatening her.

She said that she feared for her life, and other Congress members were “nearly assassinated” during the riot.

On January 12, Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram Live video, “I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive, and not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense.”

 




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Coronavirus mRNA vaccines may not work for obese people

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A new study suggests the coronavirus mRNA vaccines may not be as effective when administered to obese people.

So far, only 15% of the U.S. population has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Of that number, less than 1% are Black.

The CDC even has a term for it: Black vaccine hesitancy.

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According to the news media, the vaccines are “safe and effective.” Yet obese Black women are dying within hours after receiving their vaccine doses. A majority of Black women who reportedly died after receiving the vaccines are obese.

A new study out of Italy found that Pfizer’s vaccines may be less effective in obese people who received both doses.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute Regina Elena determined that obese people produced only half of the antibodies compared with people with a normal body mass index (BMI).

“Since obesity is a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality for patients with Covid-19, it is mandatory to plan an efficient vaccination program in this subgroup,” the study’s authors wrote.

In addition to obesity, other risk factors for Covid-19 include respiratory disorders, heart disease, diabetes, HIV and smoking.

Researchers say further studies are needed to determine why the vaccines are less effective for obesity people.

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Civil Rights Activist and Former Clinton Advisor Vernon Jordan Passes Away At 85

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Last night it was announced that Civil Rights Activist and former Clinton advisor Vernon Jordan has passed away at 85.

His daughter, Vickee Jordan Adams, said in a statement this morning to CBS News that “My father passed away last night around 10 pm surrounded by loved ones his wife and daughter by his side.”

Jordan rose through theNational Urban League rankse after working as field secretary for the Georgia NAACP and executive director of the United Negro College Fund. He was the face of Black America’s contemporary fight for jobs and justice for more than a decade. Before turning to business and politics, he was almost killed by a racist person’s bullet in 1980.

 

 




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Donald Trump Will Pretend To Run For President in 2024 To Make More Money

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According to his niece Mary, Donald Trump will “pretend” to run for president in 2024 to collect funds before finally dropping out.

Since leaving the White House in January, Trump has attempted to maintain his status as the center of political attention within the Republican Party.

On Saturday, he teased a 2024 run against the Conservative Political Party, falsely claiming that he defeated the Democrats last year and saying that he “may even decide to beat them for a third time.”

Mary Trump, who published a highly critical book about her uncle last year, told MSNBC on Monday that Trump would continue to tease a presidential run in the 2024 election because he had raised large sums of money from supporters since he lost the election to Biden by falsely claiming victory.

As he continued to promote unfounded allegations of systemic voter fraud to his allies, Trump has collected at least $150 million in contributions opposing the outcome of November’s election.

According to Ashley Collman of Insider, the rest of the funds will be used to finance the president’s political future.

Mary Trump told MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, “I think he’s going to pretend to [run].”

“Think about how much money he’s made off the big lie over the last few months. He’s made more money since President Biden won the election than I think he has in his entire life. So I don’t think he’s going to let that grift go quite so soon.”

Trump predicted that her uncle would not run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 because he is afraid of losing.

She said, “There’s no way that he is going to put himself in the position of losing again. The problem is the Republican party seems determined to keep him legitimate, which is the really scary part.”

Despite losing to President Joe Biden last year, several influential Republican lawmakers have already begun to explore the possibility of Trump running for president in 2024.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said this weekend that he would “absolutely” support Trump for the next presidential nomination, while Sen. Lindsey Graham has said that he intends to use Trump’s political image to win the House and Senate in 2022.

Senator Mitt Romney, who voted in February to convict Trump on impeachment charges related to the Capitol riot, estimated that if Trump wanted to run in 2024, he would win by a “landslide.”

He told listeners during an interview with the New York Times project, “I look at the polls, and the polls show that among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024 if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.”




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