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Trump Has Become So Extreme He Now Thinks Fox News Is the Same as MSNBC and CNN – So He’s ‘Looking for a New News Outlet’

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President Donald Trump has moved so far to the right he’s become an extremist. The former Democrat who became a Republican politician to run for president is now moving away from Fox News and has started supporting a far right wing media outlet that’s been called a “conspiracy theorist news network.”

Trump unleashed a rancid rant Wednesday morning, attacking his once beloved Fox News by lumping the right-wing cable network into the same batch as the (formerly) liberal MSNBC and (formerly) moderate CNN.

The president went berserk, slamming the number-one ranked cable news network and complaining it had aired an interview with DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa (whose name Trump did not use.) The interview wasn’t even about Trump, it was about the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, as Vox’s Aaron Rupar showed in these tweets that include video from the interview:

Of course, Trump knows his base is shrinking and the only ones certain to vote for him are the far right wing extremists. Earlier Wednesday his tweets were based not on his watching Fox News, which he does religiously every morning during his growing “executive time,” but were based on his watching of a small, far right news station, OANN, One America News Network.

In fact, Trump has been praising OANN, which is even more to the right of Fox News, for months:

The very pro-Trump OANN, according to Vanity Fair, “often promotes conspiracy theories.” The UK’s Independent calls OANN a “conspiracy theorist news network.”

Trump has been attacking Fox News more frequently. Several times recently, he has blasted the network that literally helped put him in the White House when polls it released weren’t to Trump’s liking.

It’s clear Trump wants a state TV network to do his bidding and support him unreservedly. It was a good run for Fox News. But Trump has a new favorite now, which reveals just how extreme he has become.

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Die-Hard MAGA Trump Supporters in Arizona Think ‘It’s Very Possible’ States Will ‘Decertify’ the 2020 Election

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Donald Trump’s most recent rally in Arizona brought many opportunities for his supporters to explain why they think the former president will be back in office any day.

Politico spoke to a few MAGA folks on the ground at the event and got their thoughts on what’s next in the Trump movement.

“I hope states decertify the election. I want to hear him say it’s over, we are ready to move on and hold a new election,” Politico cited Ray Kallatsa from Tucson. “I do think it’s possible, very possible.”

His thoughts echo those of pillow mogul Mike Lindell, who spoke to the crowd ahead of the former president. He cited QAnon language.

“Can you feel the storm building? It’s America,” he said using the allusion of “the storm” which is part of the conspiracy group’s messaging.

The storm, “refers to excessive social conflict that is predicted to occur prior to society reaching the point of ‘The Great Awakening,’ explained Murray State University.

See the photos from the event at Politico.

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Virginia’s Republican Attorney General-Elect Fires Dozens of Lawyers Including in Civil Rights Division

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He has yet to be sworn in but Virginia’s Republican Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares has already fired dozens of lawyers, including those working in the Office of Civil Rights, and including those who are not political appointees but career civil servants.

Miyares campaigned on enforcing the law while promising to refuse to allow coronavirus mitigation efforts including masks and vaccine requirements, despite the surging pandemic.

But enforcing the law – certainly specific aspects like civil rights – will be much harder when he is sworn into office on Saturday.

I’ve been told incoming AG @JasonMiyaresVA just FIRED the entire civil rights division in the Attorney General’s office,” tweeted Virginia Democratic state Senator L. Louise Lucas, the President Pro tempore. “My bill helped create and expand the authority that this division uses.”

This whole campaign we had to listen to @JasonMiyaresVA whining about local prosecutors choosing not to prosecute certain crimes- then he gets elected and eliminates an entire division dedicated to enforcing civil rights law. Total hypocrisy and it needs to be SEEN,” she added.

It’s unclear if Miyares has fired the entire civil rights division but the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports he has fired 30 attorneys including “Helen Hardiman, an assistant attorney general who focuses on investigating and litigating against housing discrimination in the Office of Civil Rights.”

“I am not a political appointee. I don’t have a political job,” she says, adding she has 20 cases that are in court or going to trial.

“I don’t want those people who have been discriminated against to be left hanging,” Hardiman said. “I also felt like a cursory email with 24 hour notice was unprofessional. And I’m disappointed that the new administration seems to be signaling that they care less about civil rights issues like fair housing than the current administration.”

On his Twitter page Miyares posted numerous platitudes and promises like, “My oath of allegiance is to follow the law, to respect the code of Virginia, and the people of Virginia As AG, I am going to go back to calling balls and strikes and we are going to enforce the law.”

He also posted tweets attacking coronavirus mitigation policies, saying, “no Virginian should be forced to choose between their job and the vaccine.”

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For the First Time in Jan. 6 Cases the DOJ Has Filed Charges of Seditious Conspiracy

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The U.S. Dept. of Justice raised the stakes one year and one week after the violent and deadly January 6 insurrection, filing charges of seditious conspiracy against eleven people including the leader of the far right anti-government vigilante group Oath Keepers and ten others, CNN reports.

A D.C. grand jury “returned an indictment yesterday, which was unsealed today, charging 11 defendants with seditious conspiracy and other charges for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election,” the Dept. of Justice said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

According to court documents, Elmer Stewart Rhodes III, 56, of Granbury, Texas, who is the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers; and Edward Vallejo, 63, of Phoenix, Arizona, are being charged for the first time in connection with events leading up to and including Jan. 6. Rhodes was arrested this morning in Little Elm, Texas, and Vallejo was arrested this morning in Phoenix.

Nine others including eight members of the Oath Keepers, all of whom have been charged previously, had seditious conspiracy charges added.

Seditious conspiracy charges carry a maximum of 20 years in jail.

UPDATE:
Former federal prosecutor and former Republican Ron Filipkowski:

 

 

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