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Trump slammed for 'puffery and lies' in departing speech as he tells America 'have a good life'

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:


















Trump issues one more pardon from Mar-a-Lago with minutes to spare — to ex-husband of Fox News host

On almost every Saturday night for the past four years former judge, Jeanine Pirro, has used her Fox News show to praise and defend President Donald Trump, frequently in a screaming rant. Pirro is close friends with the soon-to-be former president, so it surprised some that her ex-husband's name was not on the list of 143 pardons and commutations Trump released overnight.

That list now stands at 144.

Albert Pirro, Trump's former real estate attorney, has just been granted a full pardon by President Donald Trump, literally with minutes remaining in his term.


Calls grow for expulsion of 'insurrectionist' Josh Hawley after he roadblocks Biden DHS pick

Americans are once again ramping up calls for U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) to be expelled from the United States Senate after he announced he will block quick consideration of incoming President Joe Biden's nominee to head the Dept. of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.

Hawley was one of the leaders of the movement that led to the January 6 insurrection, during which 5 people died. An infamous image of him standing outside the U.S. Capitol that day with his fist raised in the air has circulated countless times on the internet. Many, including his state's top newspaper, has said he has "blood on his hands" while calling for him to resign.

Homeland Security has not had a Senate-confirmed Secretary in nearly two years, since Kirstjen Nielsen tendered her resignation in April of 2019. The massive $52 billion agency created in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks is charged with fighting terrorism and homeland security threats, securing U.S. borders, securing cyberspace and critical infrastructure, preserving and upholding the nation's prosperity and economic security, strengthening preparedness and resilience, according to its website.

On Tuesday Senator Hawley said Mayorkas, who is eminently qualified – including having served as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security from 2013-2016 – had not "adequately explained how he will enforce federal law and secure the southern border."

In response to Hawley's actions today and seditious role in the attempted coup, Americans, including political experts, are demanding Hawley's expulsion from the Senate.

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'Going full white supremacy': Internet drags Pompeo for saying 'multiculturalism' is 'not who America is'

In a shocking tweet barely 24 hours before he will no longer be the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo unleashed a disturbing tweet denouncing "multiculturalism" and claiming it is "not who America is." He also linked multiculturalism to authoritarianism. The outgoing diplomat, a former GOP congressman and former CIA director, is being lambasted on social media for his claim.

The United States is built on the histories and heritages of people from other countries who travel to America. By definition, the United States is a multicultural society: "the presence of, or support for the presence of, several distinct cultural or ethnic groups within a society."

He has spent the past few weeks pushing out a large number of tweets bragging about what he sees as his successes while attempting to position himself as the logical successor to President Donald Trump. On his last full day in office Secretary Pompeo is being called a "demagogue" and is being accused of white supremacy for his remarks.

"Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they're not who America is," Pompeo tweeted. "They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about. Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker."


"This country was built on multiculturalism," CNN's Keith Boykin said, blasting Pompeo. "That's why a descendant of Italian immigrants like you could become Secretary of State. You should know this history. If you don't, you should never have been Secretary of State. If you do and you said this anyway, you're a demagogue."

Here's how others are responding.

























Melania Trump records farewell video urging Americans not to 'lose sight of integrity' — gets totally mocked

Melania Trump is going out the way she came in: apart from her husband.

Americans may remember the First Lady did not move to the White House until the summer of 2017. Now she is leaving Americans with a farewell video, in another break from President Donald Trump. White House aides have been urging the President to record a similar video, as a way to tout his "accomplishments," but he steadfastly refuses.

Mrs. Trump recorded a nearly seven-minute video in which she brags about her "Be Best" anti-bullying program, calling it a "great success."

But perhaps in the most hypocritical portion of the video the First lady urges, "Do not lose sight of your integrity and values. Use every opportunity to show consideration for another person, and build good habits into our daily lives."

She asks Americans to "always choose love over hatred, peace over violence."


Earlier in the day the First Lady's tweet honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. caused "birther" to trend on social media.


And just minutes after the video posted "BeGone" trended on Twitter, thanks to tweets like this:


The First Lady's hypocrisy was quickly mocked.

Here's how some are responding to her video:


















Watch: Viral video calls for Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to be prosecuted for 'aiding and abetting acts of terrorism'

The Really American PAC has just released a video calling for GOP Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to be prosecuted for their role in inciting the January 6 insurrection that left five people dead. Thousands marched to the Capitol after pro-Trump forces – including the President – spent weeks spewing election lies that erupted into a planned coup attempt.

"They need to be expelled from the Senate immediately and prosecuted for aiding and abetting acts of terrorism," the video (below) says. Experts including President-elect Joe Biden have characterized the insurrection as "domestic terrorism."

The video has gone viral, with 2.5 million views on Twitter in under 20 hours.

Really American is calling for the "immediate removal of Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz under terms that are clearly spelled out by the 14th Amendment," and notes the Constitution "is clear in declaring that no American who has engaged in insurrection or rebellion is allowed to hold office."

As new information about the planned insurrection comes out, Really American says Cruz and Hawley "have continued their attacks," and say the two Republicans "have likely contributed to plans by various militia groups to hold armed protests outside of various state Capitol buildings around the United States. Those protests are scheduled for January 20, the day Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States."

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'She's not on the home team': Congressman says GOP's Boebert gave 'large tour' of Capitol before insurrection

U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) on Monday identified freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) as the member of Congress who gave a "large tour" in the days before the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

"We saw Congressman Boebert taking a group of people for a tour sometime after the 3rd and before the 6th," Rep. Cohen told CNN late Monday morning, adding that "she had a large group with her."

"She's not on the home team," Cohen said.




Boebert, as many have noted, tweeted Speaker Pelosi's location – or, to be specific, removal – during the insurrection.

Boebert has been called a members of the "QAnon Caucus," an unofficial group of lawmakers who support the dangerous conspiracy theory.

Her communications director resigned over the weekend in response to the attempted coup.

'Tried to nullify millions of Black votes': Kayleigh McEnany smacked down for tweet praising MLK

Outgoing White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is facing an onslaught of criticism after posting a tweet praising Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on MLK Day.

Calling Dr. King "a hero, who embodied love and faith in his pursuit for equality," McEnany posted a quote from the iconic Civil Rights leader. Given that she, as one social media user said, along with her president and her party "tried to nullify millions of black votes," it is an incredible self-own.


And on her personal Twitter account she posted this quote:


Early Monday morning Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, issued a plea, a reminder, and a warning:


Here's how some are responding to McEnany's remarks.

(That is an actual tweet from McEnany, original here.)

'Bad news': Acting Defense Secretary installs Trump and Nunes loyalist as NSA top lawyer

In a move denounced by security and legal experts acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller has ordered the National Security Agency to install Michael Ellis, a Trump loyalist, former chief counsel to GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, and Republican political operative, as the NSA's top lawyer. The role is a civil service position, not one in which a political nominee is legally allowed to be placed.

Miller ordered the NSA chief, General Paul Nakasone, to install Ellis by Saturday at 6 PM. National security experts were relieved when it appeared Nakasone had refused, but on Sunday The Washington Post and CNN both reported Ellis will be the agency's general counsel.

"Mr. Ellis accepted his final job offer yesterday afternoon," the NSA said in a statement Sunday, the Post reports, which is just three days before Trump will no longer be president. "NSA is moving forward with his employment."

Susan Hennessey, a former Intelligence Community attorney who is now a CNN National Security and Legal Analyst, on Saturday basted the Trump administration's 11th hour attempt to subvert the process and blasted Ellis himself as "bad bad news."


On Sunday, after news broke that Ellis will be installed, Hennessey noted that he is now "entirely incapable of credibly leading the office or performing the functions of the job."



She also suggested Ellis is not qualified:



Also on Sunday former SDNY federal prosecutor and former Dept. of Justice Inspector General Michael Bromwich tweeted the "subversion of government continues. No previous lame duck Administration would have attempted something like this. This guy should be terminated on Day 1," he said, referring to Ellis.

In 2017 Ellis, who worked in the White House Counsel's office, was responsible leaking intelligence to Rep. Devin Nunes that kicked off Trump's lies that his "wires" had been "tapped."

The New York Times reported in March of that year that Ellis leaked "intelligence reports that showed that President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies."

More reactions:

Former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel:



Talking Points Memo founder and publisher Josh Marshall:



Watch: Police officer describes Trump's loyal band of insurrectionists wanting to kill him with his own gun

In a recent interview, Capitol police officer Michael Fanone shared a frightening moment when Trump's mob of insurrectionists began tearing apart his uniform and took his radio and gun and one shouted "Kill him with his own gun!"

Fanone says he only escaped with his life because he began shouting that he had kids to try and appeal to the rioters' humanity. Eventually, some of the rioters surrounded him, forming a protective shield until his partner was able to pull him to safety.

Still, his entire two-minute interview below is worth listening to. Here's a transcript:

I try to fight as best I could. I remember like guys were stripping me of my gear. These rioters pulling my badge off my chest. They ripped my radio off my vest, started pulling like ammunition magazines of my belt from thir holder on my belt. And then some guy started getting a hold of my gun, and they were screaming out, You know, "Kill him with his own gun."

At that point you know it was just like self-preservation. You know, how do I survive this situation? And I thought about, you know, using deadly force. I thought about shooting people. And then I just came to the conclusion that, you know, if I was to do that, I might get a few but I'm not gonna take everybody, and they'll probably take my gun away from me and that would definitely give them the justification that they were looking for to kill me, if they already hadn't have made that up in their minds.

So, the other option I followed was you try to appeal to somebody's humanity. And I, I just remember yelling out that I have kids. And it seemed to work. Some people in the crowd started to encircle me, and try to offer me some level of protection. And that provided me with like enough time for other officers, specifically my partner Jimmy Albright enough time to get to me and get me the hell out of there and back into the west front of the capital.

A lot of people have asked me you know my thoughts on the individuals in the crowd that helped me or to tried to offer some assistance. And I think kind of the conclusion I've come to is like, "Thank you, but fuck you for being there."


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