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Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial got underway Thursday with Democrats set to wrap up their case — a day after they unveiled new surveillance video that showed how narrowly some lawmakers escaped last month’s Capitol riot.

Impeachment managers from the House of Representatives have up to eight hours to conclude their presentation before Trump’s lawyers get their chance to defend him against a charge of “incitement of insurrection” in the Jan. 6 rampage by his supporters.

It’s unclear if the House managers will use up all their allotted time, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has said that some of the Day 3 session may be devoted to a complaint lodged by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

During Wednesday’s proceeding, Lee forcefully objected when House manager David Cicilline (D-RI) referred to published claims that Trump mistakenly phoned Lee during the riot.

“They are not true! They were false!” Lee said.

“I ask them to be stricken.”

Lead House manager Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) agreed to strike the remarks from the record, saying they had “nothing to do with our case.”

Meanwhile, some GOP senators said Wednesday’s dramatic, never-before-seen evidence wouldn’t likely affect their vote on the verdict — which is expected to end in Trump’s acquittal.

“Today’s presentation was powerful and emotional, reliving a terrorist attack on our nation’s Capitol,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said.

“But there was very little said about how specific conduct of the president satisfies the legal standard.”

The Senate’s No. 2 Republican — John Thune of South Dakota — called the Democratic presentation “very effective” and said, “I think they’ve done a good job connecting the dots.”

But Thune — against whom Trump has encouraged a primary challenge next year — added, “I’ll see what kind of arguments the defense put out.”

On Tuesday, 44 Senate Republicans voted to block the trial based on Trump’s argument that the lawmakers don’t have jurisdiction over him because he’s no longer in office, having been succeeded by President Biden on Jan. 20.

The move was thwarted when six GOP colleagues switched sides and threw in with all 50 Democrats to go forward with Trump’s second impeachment trial.

But the vote, which followed an even closer one of 55-45 on the same issue last month, strongly suggests House managers will be unable to convince at least 17 Republican senators help comprise the two-thirds majority needed to convict.

During Trump’s first impeachment trial last year, the Senate acquitted him of charges he allegedly abused his power and obstructed Congress over a phone call in which he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into Biden and his son, Hunter.
(NYpost)

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Mexican-Made Golden Trump Statue Turns Heads At CPAC

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A golden statue of former President Donald Trump that caused a stir at the annual US gathering of conservatives was made in Mexico,  a country he frequently ‘demonized.’

The statue is large, complete with a golden head and Trump’s trademark suit jacket with a white shirt and red tie. 

Video and pictures of the tribute being wheeled through the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, went viral on Friday.

The conference is seen as a vital gathering of the Republican right, and this year has become a symbol of Trump’s continued grip on the party, despite losing the 2020 presidential election. 

The artist behind the massive statue, Tommy Zegan, has revealed that it was ironically made in Mexico, a country that has been the target of Trump’s policies over the years. 

“It was made in Mexico,” Zegan told Politico’s Playbook newsletter. 

Zegan spent over six months crafting the 200lb fiberglass statue with the help of three men in Rosarito, where he then transported it to Tampa, Florida, where it was painted in chrome, then hauled it from there to CPAC.

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‘It was sabotage’: McConnell ally tells CNN that Trump destroyed GOP’s Senate majority

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The feud between former President Donald Trump and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shows no signs of slowing down, and a McConnell ally on Thursday said the former president was to blame for costing Republicans the Senate.

Scott Jennings, a CNN political commentator who has also worked on McConnell’s Senate campaigns, told the network that it’s clear that Trump was to blame for his party’s losses in the two Georgia Senate runoff elections.

“It’s pretty clear what happened: a whole bunch of Trump people didn’t turn out because, shockingly, they were listening to Donald Trump when he told them their votes didn’t count anymore,” Jennings said. “It was a sabotage and it was obvious to anybody who has even a little bit of political professional expertise.”

Jennings went on to say that the Republican Party cannot win if it simply becomes a Donald Trump personality cult.

“It’s pretty clear that Donald Trump overall was a net drag on the Republicans because we don’t control anything now,” he said. “He lost the White House, and that was before January the 6th. And so what I think the party has to do is find a way to hold the coalition together.”
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Hillary Clinton effortlessly mocked Trump after his Atlantic City hotel was demolished

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Much like his presidency, Donald Trump’s real estate empire is now starting to crumble around him as evident by the demolition of his former hotel and casino in New Jersey, known as Trump Plaza on Wednesday.

The once luxury 32-story complex situated on the Atlantic City boardwalk had fallen into disrepair and ruin after being closed to the public in 2014 after suffering a downturn in profits at the turn of the century combined with Trump filing for bankruptcy.

The implosion of the building was watched by thousands online and there was much schadenfreude going around as another piece of Trump’s image came tumbling down.

It was quite the moment and we’re just sorry that Trump isn’t allowed on Twitter anymore so we could have gotten his thoughts on the destruction of his old casino.

That being said we do still have Hillary Clinton, who in many ways, isn’t shy of sharing her opinions on social media, especially when it comes to her former presidential election opponent.

Quote retweeting a video of the implosion, Clinton added a simple wave emoji in response proving once again that she is the undisputed champion of succinct Trump trolling.

In January, she mocked the former president after he was permanently suspended from Twitter by using a call back to a 2016 tweet of hers where she told him to ‘delete your account.’

In regards to his demolished hotel, Atlantic City Council President George Tibbit called it an “end of an era” for the boardwalk which is now going to go under redevelopment.
(Independent)

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