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GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said Friday that she was told then-President Trump initially sided with supporters storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, with the Washington Republican urging “patriots” to come forward and share what they know about a key Trump call.

Herrera Beutler, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted for impeachment last month, issued a statement Friday night confirming key details of a CNN report that said Trump had told House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) on Jan. 6 that rioters at the Capitol were “more upset about the election” than the Republican leader.

“When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was antifa that had breached the Capitol,” Herrera Beutler said in her statement.

“McCarthy refuted that and told the president that these were Trump supporters. That’s when, according to McCarthy, the president said: ‘Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,'” the statement added.

CNN reported that the remark from Trump preceded a shouting match between the two Republicans, with McCarthy telling the then-president that members of the mob were breaking through his office windows.

The outlet said that Trump and McCarthy did not respond to its request for comment for its report. The Hill reached out to offices of both Republicans on Friday.

Herrera Beutler pointed to her statement last month explaining her decision to support the article of impeachment accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, in which she noted that McCarthy had described “pleading with the President to go on television and call for an end to the mayhem, to no avail.”

“The President attacked Vice President Mike Pence on Twitter while Pence was in a secure room having fled from the mob that had breached the Senate floor threatening to hang him,” she said then.

The GOP lawmaker, who was first elected in 2010, noted Friday that she had shared details about the McCarthy-Trump call in interviews, a virtual town hall and conversations with constituents.

“To the patriots who were standing next to the former president as these conversations were happening, or even to the former vice president: if you have something to add here, now would be the time.”

The timing of when Trump knew the Capitol had been stormed and how he initially responded faced growing scrutiny from several GOP senators during the question-and-answer portion of his trial Friday.

The handful of Republicans, all viewed as potential swing votes on whether to convict the former president, questioned Trump’s defense lawyers on what Trump knew and how he responded to the riot.

“The real issue is what was the president’s intent, right?” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), one of the four senators. “Only the president could answer that and the president chose not to testify.”

GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Mitt Romney (Utah) asked if Trump was aware that Pence had been removed from the Senate chamber when Trump tweeted in part that his vice president “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done” to intervene with the Electoral College count.

The former president’s lawyers were not able to say exactly when Trump knew a mob had overtaken the Capitol as Congress met to certify the electoral results, while denying that he knew Pence was in danger.

Cassidy noted that Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) had said he also spoke with Trump on Jan. 6 as the riot was unfolding and had told him that Pence was removed from the Senate chamber.

The new details come as the Senate impeachment trial is set to come to a close on Saturday. While several Republican senators have indicated they are open to the impeachment article, it is not expected that that there are the 17 necessary GOP votes to convict the former president.
(TheHill)

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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.
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