Dozens of Trump administration aides and officials, including two Cabinet Secretaries, have resigned in response to the President inciting an insurrection that left five people at the U.S Capitol dead. Now one of Trump’s most-devoted aides, Hope Hicks, is reportedly considering resigning within days.
“One of President Trump’s closest confidants and top aides, Hope Hicks, is discussing resigning before he leaves office, according to two people. She has told people if she does, she would likely leave within the next 48 hours. It’s not clear she has made a decision,” CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins reports.
A Hicks exit would be more of a blow to Trump than the type of Chao and DeVos departures we’ve seen so far.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 8, 2021
Hicks, who left the Trump administration in March of 2018, immediately after admitting to then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller she had lied in service to President Donald Trump, returned to the White House almost exactly two years later. But Hicks has a long relationship with Trump, having worked for him and his daughter Ivanka since 2014.
If Hicks does resign “within the next 48 hours” that means she would be leaving a mere 10 days or so before Trump is no longer President. The recent resignations are not being met with praise from the vast majority of Americans, who mostly ask what took them so long. Some see quitting now as mere “reputation washing.”
Indeed, New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi says “Hicks has barely been around the president since Election Day. If she resigns, as CNN reports she might, the effect will be mostly symbolic for Trump. He’s already isolated.”
Axios’ Jonathan Swan insists Hicks is not resigning in protest, which Nuzzi confirms.
A source familiar tells me that Hicks started packing up her office, which may have led to some confusion among her colleagues who noticed her doing so. But Hicks is packing up because the Biden admin is 12 days away, not because she’s about to quit.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) January 8, 2021
But Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs says Hicks may leave early.
Aides say Hope Hicks’ departure, if she chooses to resign early, would be devastating, partly because it would give other staffers permission to leave, hollowing out the West Wing. https://t.co/D9oJP9TDAO
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 8, 2021
MSNBC says she is leaving next week.
Breaking on @MSNBC: Hope Hicks is planning to leave the Trump admin next week — ahead of the inauguration.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 8, 2021
Regardless, many are taking the opportunity to blast Hicks for her role in enabling and perpetuating Trump’s worst impulses.
All of these resignations are nothing more than symbolism, they are not profiles in courage. These people were all enablers for the last four years and they should not be able to redeem their reputations by walking away with 12 days left.
— Joyce F (@jycefisher) January 8, 2021
Hope Hicks saw the white nationalist terror attacks in El Paso and Dayton, the president facing impeachment over pressuring an ally to fabricate lies about his political opponent, and family separation and thought… I want to go BACK to the White House.
So just ride it out. https://t.co/nyTqOmVAD7
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) January 8, 2021
This is such BS. No one has been a bigger enabler than Hope Hicks. No one gained more from making excuses for serving a pathological, lying demagogue. Blood on her hands, too. It doesn’t wash off this easily. https://t.co/7nOdn8C6Ww
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 8, 2021
hope hicks resigning at this point is like eva braun walking out of the bunker and saying “ultimately, he went a little too far at the end.”
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 8, 2021
Hope Hicks went back for a second scoop of enabling authoritarianism. She doesn’t get to slip quietly out the back door now. https://t.co/N4NZ8PuTn8
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) January 8, 2021
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Employer of Anti-Masker Who ‘Deliberately’ Coughed on Supermarket Shoppers Announces She ‘No Longer Works’ There
A woman who refused to wear a mask inside a Nebraska supermarket and apparently “deliberately” coughed on other customers “no longer works for” her now-former employer, software giant SAP.
The viral video, which has received over 4 million views in just two days, shows the woman, almost giddy, as she claims to have “allergies” and “maybe” a medical condition, while coughing in the direction of other shoppers who recorded her actions.
KRON reported the Nebraska town where the supermarket is located has an ordinance requiring masks, regardless of vaccination status. The report also stated she “was caught on camera appearing to deliberately cough inside a supermarket without a face mask on.”
An internet sleuth identified the woman, and on Wednesday SAP announced it was “investigating.” Hours later the company posted a tweet saying the woman no longer works for them, although it did not disclose any details.
We have reviewed the incident and can confirm that the individual in question no longer works for SAP.
— SAP (@SAP) September 9, 2021
In the video (below) the woman, who apparently does not understand how the coronavirus operates, can be heard saying, “I don’t need to have [a mask] on, I’m not sick and neither are you.”
Video of the woman was posted to Twitter by a freelance reporter who regularly exposes acts of wrongdoing:
COVID-denier in Nebraska coughs on shoppers at a supermarket pic.twitter.com/Ejy9HfsshS
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) September 7, 2021
Pelosi to Cuomo: Resign
The Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, the second most-powerful elected woman in America today wasted no time in telling New York’s Democratic governor to resign.
Speaker Pelosi in a short but pointed statement released to the press told two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo he must leave office after a damning investigation by another Democrat, New York State Attorney General Letitia James, alleges he sexually harassed “multiple women,” and in her view broke federal and state law.
“Under Attorney General Letitia James, a comprehensive and independent investigation into the allegations against Governor Cuomo has been completed,” Speaker Pelosi said.
“As always, I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth.
“Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.”
Other top Democrats, including the Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York also called on Cuomo to quit.
As ABC News reports the list of Democrats calling for Cuomo to resign is long and growing. It also includes New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who is the Democratic nominee for NYC mayor. Several state-level elected officials also are on the list.
By comparison, even before the 2016 presidential election Donald Trump had been credibly accused of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct by dozens of women. Even after his damning comments in the “Access Hollywood” video Republicans ultimately stood by him.
Twitter Announces Massive Revenue Growth, Increase in Users After Banning Trump: Report
Social media giant Twitter has announced a massive level of growth and increase in users.
According to CNBC, Twitter revenue increased 74% this quarter, and 28% in the previous quarter. CNBC calls it “the strongest growth since 2014.”
The company banned Donald Trump on January 8, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” it said in its announcement explaining its reasons for the permanent suspension two days after Trump incited the January 6 insurrection.
Neither CNBC nor Twitter cited the ban on Trump as the reason for the increase in revenue or users, but anecdotally many have commented in the weeks and months after Trump was no longer on the site how much more enjoyable the platform was.
In April The New York Times reported on Twitter sans Trump.
“For all of the country’s news consumers, a strange quiet has descended after a four-year bombardment of presidential verbiage,” wrote Sarah Lyall in a Political Memo, offering these observations from several users:
“My blood pressure has gone down 20 points,” said Mr. Cavalli, 71, whose obsessive hate-following of Mr. Trump ended for good when Twitter permanently barred the former president in January. “Not having to read his latest dishonest tweets has made my life so much happier.”
“I legitimately slept better with him off Twitter,” said Mario Marval, 35, a program manager and Air Force veteran in the Cincinnati area. “It allowed me to reflect on how much of a vacuum of my attention he became.”
For Matt Leece, 29, a music professor in Bloomsburg, Pa., the Twitter suspension was akin to a clearing of the air: “It’s like living in a city perpetually choked with smog, and suddenly one day you wake up and the sky is blue, the birds are singing, and you can finally take a full, nontoxic breath.”
Trump in early July announced he was suing Twitter, Facebook, and Google for banning him. Experts say the lawsuit is without merit.
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