President Donald Trump was destroyed for his final remarks to the American people Wednesday morning, just before he boarded Air Force One for the very last time.
“Have a good life. We’ll see you soon,” Trump told America, after speaking for several minutes in off-the-cuff remarks CNN’s Jake Tapper described as “puffery and lies.” As Air Force One taxied for takeoff Tapper called it a “planeload of grievances and grudges.”
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer called Trump’s speech “repulsive,” and the event a “totally inappropriate campaign rally.”
Here’s how some are responding to Trump’s departing speech:
Like watching my first beheading video, I was amazed at every turn https://t.co/ODuUSUqqiq
— James Miller (@Millermena) January 20, 2021
“Have a good life. We’ll see you soon.”
The final words of a failed, twice-impeached president.
— Sean Eldridge (@SeanEldridge) January 20, 2021
And he goes into the pages of history, played off stage by the sound of YMCA by The Village People a song about…(checks notes)…uhhhh we’ll be back after this pic.twitter.com/fO40j0jN2j
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 20, 2021
Donald Trump has fled the scene of the crime
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 20, 2021
Just total gibberish pic.twitter.com/jg6Fsjujuu
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) January 20, 2021
What a contrast. Maskless Donald Trump and Melania Trump wave goodbye to fans at pep rally at Joint Base Andrews while President-elect Biden and Dr. Jill Biden leave Blair House with masks to go to church. pic.twitter.com/MT5rOLzis8
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 20, 2021
“We will back in some form … have a good life,” says Trump, befor he’s serenaded off the stage one last time as president by the thumping beat of “YMCA” pic.twitter.com/daAN2J23wO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 20, 2021
He just couldn’t leave office without calling it the “China virus” one last time. FFS.
— Dr. Saskia Popescu (@SaskiaPopescu) January 20, 2021
What a juxtaposition…
As Air Force One departs Joint Base Andrews with President and Mrs. Trump aboard, the Bidens are in church with masks on, and in the company of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Mitch McConnell. pic.twitter.com/SypmbbH5iM
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 20, 2021
Trump’s message — don’t screwup the great things i’ve built. Completely divorced from reality.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) January 20, 2021
Goodbye, birther trash. And your birther trash husband.
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) January 20, 2021
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Biden Moving Quickly to Fire Postmaster General as DeJoy Tells Dems to ‘Get Used To Me’
President Joe Biden is moving quickly to fire Louis DeJoy. Or rather, since the President does not have the power to fire a Postmaster General, he is moving quickly to have him terminated.
Biden is set to nominate three candidates to the Postal Service’s Board of Governors, giving Democrats a majority, The Washington Post reports.
The President “will nominate Ron Stroman, the Postal Service’s recently retired deputy postmaster general; Amber McReynolds, the chief executive of National Vote at Home Institute; and Anton Hajjar, the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union,” the Post reports.
McReynolds’ inclusion was hailed, given her work as a voting rights advocate.
Earlier Wednesday DeJoy snarkily told Democrats they will have to “get used to” him, saying he has no plans to resign despite the millions of dollars of damage to postal machines he caused, and despite the massive delays in mail delivery times he created. Many believe those actions were taken after President Donald Trump waged war on mail-in voting which Democrats advocated for to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. It was, many say, a concerted effort to undermine the election.
“Get used to me.”
— Postmaster General Louis DeJoy rejects the notion he’s “a political appointee” and plans to stay in his role “for a long time.” pic.twitter.com/VQTEGx07Zu
— The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2021
Biden Takes First Steps to Replace USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
President Joe Biden this week took what could be the first steps necessary to replace USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
In a statement on Monday, the White House explained that the president has moved to fill vacancies at the postal service’s Board of Governors, which has the power to name a new Postmaster General.
“Only the Board of Governors of the US Postal Service has the power to replace the Postmaster General,” the statement said. “The President can, however, nominate governors to fill vacancies on the board pending Senate confirmation.”
The statement noted that three vacancies are currently open on the board. Additionally, a fourth nomination would replace an existing member who is serving a hold-over year.
“President Biden’s focus is on filling these vacancies, nominating officials who reflect his commitment to the workers of the US Postal Service — who can deliver on the post office’s vital universal service obligation,” the White House added.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was appointed during President Donald Trump’s administration, came under fire after he was accused of trying to undermine the postal service’s role in the 2020 election.
Read the statement below.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 8, 2021
Mass GOP Exodus: Alabama US Senator Becomes Fourth to Announce Retirement
The mass exodus of Republicans from the U.S. Senate continues, with Richard Shelby of Alabama announcing Monday his retirement at the end of his term, the fourth in the GOP caucus to do so so far.
“Today I announce that I will not seek a seventh term in the United States Senate in 2022. For everything, there is a season,” Shelby said in a statement, as The Washington Post reports. “I am grateful to the people of Alabama who have put their trust in me for more than forty years. I have been fortunate to serve in the U.S. Senate longer than any other Alabamian.”
Republican Senator Shelby, now a hard-core conservative, was first Democratic Congressman Shelby in 1978. In 1986 he ran for and won a seat in the Senate, and in 1994 became a Republican.
Shelby has a virulently anti-LGBTQ record. He voted for a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage and for the unconstitutional federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.) He also voted against adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes and no on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation.
Most recently, Shelby voted against Pete Buttigieg’s confirmation as Transportation Secretary.
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