Jan 6th Organizers Urged Trump To Intervene To Stop Ali Alexander From Causing Violence At The Rally

A troubling report on MSNBC’s Velshi show(10/02/2021) says that the leaders of the pro-Trump group Women For America First, and other organizers of the January 6th rally, tried desperately to get former President Trump to intervene and stop Ali Alexander and his cohorts, from causing violence at the 1/6 rally. Ali Alexander is an avid Trump supporter and founder of Stop The Steal movement, which aimed to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential elections in favor of Trump. According to venerable journalist Carol Leonnig, who was a guest on Velshi show, the organizers of the January 6th rally were well aware that prior to January 6th, Ali Alexander was already urging prospective rally attendees, both directly, and through online posts, to come and violently attack the Capitol. The January 6th rally organizers apparently reached out to Trump’s allies at the White House, and even Trump himself for intervention regarding Ali Alexander, but nothing was done to stop him.

Carol Leonnig told host Velshi:“There are, reportedly, people who were warning the White House, and warning President Trump directly, about the potential for violence and chaos, and a promoted march on the Capitol. The folks who are subpoenaed[by January 6th Commission]involve Women For America group, who were complaining to their allies in the White House that Ali Alexander of Stop The Steal, was privately and publicly, arguing with protesters they should march on the Capitol, and trying to promote that online.”

There’s no other way any reasonable person would interpret Carol Leonnig’s statements on Velshi’s show other than, the leaders of Women For America First, and other organizers of the January 6th rally, were fully aware of Ali Alexander’s plans to turn the rally into a violent attack on the Capitol, in violation of their permit, and when they reached out to former President Trump and his allies to stop Mr Alexander, Trump and his allies failed to do so.

To make matters worse for Trump, Leonnig added that there are credible reports indicating that his former campaign staffer Katrina Pierson, directly confronted him with the Ali Alexander problem, meaning Trump was fully aware of the potential for a violent attack on the Capitol. Leonnig told host Velshi: “Katrina Pierson, as described in previous reports, was herself frustrated about the[online]promotion that Ali Alexander was stoking for a march on the Capitol…What’s critical about Katrina Pierson is, in addition to her frustration about this claim, she is tasked with going directly to the President to resolve this dispute between Women For America, a very pro-Trump group, and Ali Alexander of Stop The Steal, a very pro-Trump group. She is reported to have gone to him personally to warn him, and to ask for his help in resolving this…”

So there’s no question that Trump was fully aware of the potential for a violent attack on the Capitol on January 6th. The question for the January 6th Commission will be whether Trump made any effort to prevent the violent insurrection or whether, as many fear, he encouraged Ali Alexander and company, to attack the Capitol and disrupt the certification of the election results.

Bottom line folks, evidence is finally trickling in, confirming what many have suspected all along, and that is, the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol was not a spontaneous event that sprung up among some over-excited Trump supporters, but rather, a well planned, well funded event, that was known by former President Trump and his allies. Reasonable people will agree that if the legal principle “equal justice under law” is still applicable in the United States, then former President Trump and his allies also need to be held to be held accountable by being criminally prosecuted for aiding and abetting the January 6th insurrection in Washington DC.

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo:”Texas Is Being Run From Maralago”

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (09/24/2021), where she blasted elected Republicans in Texas for giving in to former President Trump’s baseless demands for an audit into the state’s 2020 election results. The decision by the Texas Secretary of State’s office to conduct an audit into the election results of Collin, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant counties, came literally a few hours after Trump’s demand, which led a visibly upset Judge Hidalgo to tell host Maddow that Texas was “being run from Maralago.”

Judge Hidalgo told Maddow:“We have to remember we had incredibly successful elections here in Harris County in 2020. We had innovations that led to record turnouts from both parties, the highest in 30 years, I mean it was beautiful, and since then, no evidence has come out that would in any way cause the need for this kind of audit. All we’ve seen is [former]President Trump exhorting the state, or [Governor]Abbott, to have this audit…The reality of it is Texas is being run from Maralago, and that is dangerous, and it’s not appropriate…it’s extremely concerning.”

Judge Hidalgo added that time had come for politicians in Washington to get off the sidelines, and actively join the fight against voter suppression in the states, telling host Maddow, “We need the federal government to act, I mean, this has gone too far… This should be another call to action. We’ve got the writing on the wall. We’ve got to get off our chairs and get moving on all this.”

Bottom line folks, as Judge Hidalgo correctly pointed out, time has come for some decisive action to be taken against these naked efforts by Republicans at the state level, to restrict the voting rights of minorities. Democrats in Washington cannot just sit on the sidelines, and watch their counterparts in Republican-led states like Texas, go to war against GOP’s efforts to restrict minority voting rights. Simply put, time has come for Democrats in Washington to finally do away with the filibuster, and institute a national voting standard geared towards making it easier for people to vote, as opposed to GOP’s scheme of limiting access to the ballot box. As Judge Hidalgo correctly put it, congressional Democrats need to “get off their chairs and get moving” on a comprehensive federal voting rights law.

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Rep McCaul Says The Taliban Are Holding Americans Hostage At An Airport In Afghanistan

Rep Michael McCaul(R-TX), the top Republican in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, appeared on Fox News Sunday(09/05/2021), where he made the bombshell claim that the Taliban are holding Americans, already seated in planes and awaiting departure, hostage at the Mazar-i-Sharif Airport in Afghanistan.

Rep McCaul’s full interview on Fox News Sunday is available here, but the relevant clip is below

Rep McCaul told host Chris Wallace: “We have six airplanes at Mazar-i-Sharif Airport, six airplanes, with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now. State[Department] has cleared these flights, and the Taliban will not let them leave the airport…And that’s my concern…they[Taliban] are going to demand more and more, whether it be cash, or legitimacy as the government of Afghanistan…This is really turning into a hostage situation, where they are not going to allow American citizens to leave until they get full recognition from the United States of America.”

Needless to say, Americans being held hostage in a hostile foreign nation, will always be a big deal, or as TeamBiden would say, a “bfd”. It will be interesting to see how the Biden administration addresses this bombshell claim by the ranking Republican in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Defends State’s Controversial Abortion Law

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick(R-TX) appeared on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle show(09/02/2021) to defend the controversial Texas abortion bill(SB8), which the U.S. Supreme Court recently allowed to stand. Lt. Gov Patrick told fill-in host Jason Chaffetz that SB8 is simply meant to punish doctors in Texas who perform abortions after detecting a heartbeat.

Lt. Governor Patrick specifically said: “The Supreme Court said in Roe v Wade…that the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the potentiality of life, and that’s what SB8 does. When we pass this bill, we want to give that little Texan in the womb, who has a heartbeat, a chance to see their full potential. And so everyone who is speaking against this bill, obviously for whatever their reason, [is] very comfortable with taking the life of a little Texan who has a heartbeat. Our bill, which has everyone apoplectic on the left, simply says that any doctor who performs an abortion once that doctor detects a heartbeat, can be sued by any citizen in Texas, for up to $10,000, and anecdotally…what we hear now, our Planned Parenthood abortion centers around the state, have stopped doing abortions on little Texans with a heartbeat. That’s the purpose of SB8.”

Abortion has been, and continues to be, a very charged topic in U.S. politics. Yours Truly, the consummate “gentleman and scholar”, believes that it is in the public’s best interests, that the contours of the SB8 debate be clearly defined–that people know exactly what each side is arguing. It is very clear, that according to Lt. Governor Patrick, SB8 is meant to punish doctors in Texas, who perform an abortion, even after detecting a heartbeat. Whether one agrees or disagrees with that point of view is not the issue here. The important thing is that the public is very clear as to the Republican stance re SB8 versus the Dem/liberal stance. Everybody benefits from an informed debate.

It will be interesting to see how the fight over SB8 will play out in the months and years to come, and whether the conservative U.S. Supreme Court will ever entertain a challenge to SB8 on the merits. Until then, as Trump famously says, “We’ll see what happens.”

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Sen Lindsey Graham Calls For Biden’s Impeachment For “Dereliction Of Duty” Over Afghanistan

Senator Lindsey Graham(R-SC) appeared on CBS’ Face The Nation show(08/29/21) to discuss the ongoing evacuation crisis in Afghanistan. At his Face The Nation interview, Sen Graham blasted his “good friend”, President Biden, saying Biden needs to be impeached for “dereliction of duty” over his handling of Afghanistan.

Senator Graham’s full interview on Face The Nation is available here, but the relevant clip is below.

Host Ed O’Keefe:“You called for his impeachment[Thursday] over Afghanistan. Do you still feel he should be impeached over this?”

Sen Graham:“Yeah, I think it’s dereliction of duty to leave hundreds of Americans behind enemy lines, turn them into hostages, to abandon thousands of Afghans who fought honorably along our side, to create conditions for another 9/11 that are now through the roof. Yeah, I think he’s been derelict in his duties as Commander-in-Chief. I don’t think he got bad advice and took it, I think he ignored sound advice. This is Joe Biden being Joe Biden. He’s been this way for 40 years, but now he’s the Commander-in-Chief. He’s not a Senator, he’s not the Vice President. These are Commander-in-Chief decisions. I think the best you can describe him is dereliction of duty at the highest level.”

Notice how Sen Graham went out of his way to low-blow his “good friend” Biden, by projecting him as some kind of knucklehead, who’s impervious to wise counsel. Wow, with friends like Sen Graham, who needs enemies?

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, expect this “left our people behind” attack line, to feature heavily in GOP campaign ads for 2022. You’re already hearing the same chorus from establishment Republicans like Senators Mitch McConnell, Ben Sasse, Rep Liz Cheney , and others. Will TeamBiden/Democrats come up with an effective counternarrative to blunt this GOP attack line in 2022? As Trump famously says, “We’ll see what happens.”

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McConnell:”This Is One Of The Worst Foreign Policy Decisions In American History, Much Worse Than Saigon”

At his appearance on Fox News Sunday(08/29/21) to discuss the ongoing evacuation crisis in Afghanistan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY), slammed President Biden’s Afghanistan policy, calling it “one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history, much worse than Saigon.” Senator McConnell added that Biden’s Afghanistan policy was worse than America’s pullout from Vietnam because when we left Vietnam, we did not have to worry about further attacks from the country.

Senator McConnell’s full interview on Fox News Sunday is available here, but the relevant clip is below.

Sen McConnell told host Chris Wallace:“This[Biden’s Afghanistan policy]is one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history, much worse than Saigon, because after we left Saigon, there weren’t Vietnamese terrorists who were planning on attacking us here at home…”

Whether or not Biden’s Afghanistan policy is worse than Saigon, is a topic historians will feast over for years to come. Biden and fellow Democrats however, can bet on “worse than Saigon” being a popular attack line from Republicans, as we approach the 2022 elections. You heard similar attacks last weekend from Rep Liz Cheney(R-WY), and again this weekend from Senator Lindsey Graham, meaning the GOP intends to make Afghanistan a top campaign issue in 2022.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly warned from the onset of the Afghanistan debacle, a warning that was no doubt met with your eye roll, this is the kind of stuff that can destroy an administration.

TeamBiden needs to take these attacks by Senators McConnell, Graham, Sasse, Rep Cheney, and other establishment Republicans very seriously, and if that means keeping our troops longer in Afghanistan to prevent the Taliban from killing U.S. citizens, or our Afghan allies still trapped in the country, so be it. Leaving Afghanistan without coming up with a way to counter these establishment Republican attacks–“Biden abandoned Americans in Afghanistan”–will assuredly lead to major Dem losses in 2022. Plain and simple.

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AOC And Fellow House Democrats Want Annual Refugee Cap Raised To 200K

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY) appeared on MSNBC’s ReidOut show(08/26/2021) to discuss the ongoing evacuation crisis in Afghanistan, and the plight of Afghan refugees currently trickling into the United States. Rep Ocasio-Cortez told host Joy Reid that she’s joining hands with about 70 other House Democrats, in urging the Biden administration to raise the annual refugee cap from the paltry 15,000 under former President Trump, to at least 200,000.

Rep Ocasio-Cortez told host Joy Reid:“When it comes to the devastation that we have seen in Afghanistan, the United States plays a role. We have a responsibility, and in order to… make good on the role that we have played in this violence, we have a responsibility to make a home for the people whose lives have been upended by interventionist U.S. foreign policy. And so, as a result, I’m proud to have co-written a letter with Rep Barbara Lee[D-CA], to ask and urge the Biden administration to, as they set their refugee quota, to make it no less that 200,000 in the upcoming year.”

You’ll remember the Trump administration dropped the annual refugee cap from 85,000 under President Obama, way down to a paltry 15,000.

Bottom line folks, as Rep Ocasio-Cortez correctly stated on ReidOut, we have a moral obligation to fulfill the promises we made to Afghans, whose help we enlisted in the fight against terrorism, and whose lives have been upended by the current state of affairs under Taliban rule. The least we can do, is raise our paltry annual refugee cap to at least 200,000, so that we can admit into the United States, as many of our Afghan allies as is possible. It’s also the moral thing to do, and one sincerely hopes the Biden administration will grant Rep Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow House Democrats, their noble request.

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Top DOJ Official Drafted Letter Bolstering Trump’s Election Fraud Claims

Jeffrey Clark, Former Acting Head Of DOJ’s Civil Division Under President Trump

A shocking report on MSNBC’s Ali Velshi show(08/15/2021) says that Jeffrey Clark, the former head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, drafted a letter that he intended to send to the Republican-led Georgia legislature, which would have bolstered Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election results in Georgia were somehow fraudulent, thereby laying the groundwork for Trump to overturn the state’s results. If this reporting holds up, it will be one of Trump’s most egregious abuses of the Department of Justice, and grounds for an immediate investigation into Jeffrey Clark’s entire tenure at the department.

Host Velshi said:“The ex-President[Trump] was particularly obsessed with trying to overturn Biden’s victory in Georgia, and he managed to find someone who would help him do that. Enter Jeffrey Clark..He’s the former acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division…Clark’s scheme involved plans to send letters to the Republican-led Georgia legislature, claiming that the Justice Department was investigating possible voter fraud in Georgia. This was a lie, but Clark drafted those letters in a way that would have made them seem legitimate, with a Department of Justice letterhead up on the top…That letter would have laid the groundwork for Republicans in the state of Georgia to essentially invalidate as many votes as they wanted to, in order to overturn the will of the Georgia’s voters, and falsely declare the ex-President the winner.”

The letter would have read like this.

Velshi added that the reason Clark’s letter was never sent to the Georgia legislature, is that a few people at DOJ refused to go along with his potentially criminal scheme, and that then Acting AG Jeffrey Rosen, and his number two Richard Donoghue, also refused to sign off on Clark’s scheme.

Bottom line folks, Americans are increasingly getting impatient with U.S. Attorney General Garland’s seeming reluctance to go after crooks, both at DOJ and other federal agencies, who were complicit in Trump’s demonstrable corruption. As host Velshi correctly put it, “currently there are no legislative or legal guardrails in place that would prevent a scheme like Clark’s to be launched again in the future, which is why he and the other of the ex-President’s enablers must be held to account.” Americans turned out in record numbers, and stood in long lines at the polls, with the hope that a Biden administration would deal with the crooks who abused their government positions to aid and abet Trump. It is high time the Biden administration, and especially Garland’s DOJ, meet the voters halfway.

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Nikki Haley’s Rank Hypocrisy On Dealing With The Taliban Exposed

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who is widely believed to be laying the groundwork for a potential presidential run in 2024, wasted no time in blasting President Biden, her potential 2024 Dem opponent, for the crisis currently playing out in Afghanistan. While the Afghanistan crisis is a legitimate attack topic for Republicans, Nikki Haley is finding out, like former Secretary of State Pompeo did, that her job in the Trump administration, makes it harder for her to slam President Biden over Afghanistan. Nikki Haley’s attack on President Biden for “dealing with the Taliban” in particular, is demonstrably hypocritical, because she is on record as having supported the exact same approach under Trump.

The full CNN segment on Nikki Haley’s Taliban hypocrisy is available here, but the relevant clip is below.

Then Ambassador Nikki Haley said in 2018 re the Taliban:“Our[Trump admin]policy on Afghanistan is working. We can see dramatic changes in terms of what the U.S. policy has been doing. We are seeing that we are closer to talks with the Taliban and the peace process than we’ve seen before. We think peace is very important, we think the Taliban coming to the table is very important, and we think that the entire international community needs to support this process…”

There’s no other way to interpret this, other than Ambassador Haley was in favor of the Trump administration negotiating with the Taliban, but is now totally opposed to a Democratic President, Biden, doing the exact same thing–the quintessential rank hypocrisy.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly stated recently regarding similar hypocrisy from former Secretary of State Pompeo, the situation in Afghanistan is clearly a mess, and a legitimate attack topic for Republicans. However, for Nikki Haley, Pompeo, and other former members of the Trump administration, attacking Biden over the Afghanistan mess is a tricky business, that will almost always expose them to rank hypocrisy charges.

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Texas State Rep Exposes The Real Deal Behind GOP’s Voter Suppression Laws

Texas State Rep Jasmine Crockett On MSNBC’s Cross Connection show on 08/14/2021

Texas State Rep Jasmine Crockett, one of the Texas Democrats currently “in exile” in Washington DC, appeared on MSNBC’s Cross Connection show(08/14/2021), where she exposed the real deal behind Texas GOP’s voter suppression laws. Rep Crockett basically exposed what Texas residents have known all along, but is rarely mentioned in the national mainstream media, and that is, Texas is quickly becoming majority-minority state, and Texas Republicans, who are heavily dependent on the White vote, are freaking out. This, she correctly points out, is the real reason behind the Lone Star State’s voter suppression laws.

The full Cross Connection segment is available here, but the relevant clip is below.

Rep Crockett told host Tiffany Cross:“We have the real deal numbers[from the census], and it shows that over the last ten years, 95% of the growth in the state of Texas has been people of color…that’s absolutely true. When we look at Trump and Biden, he only lost Texas by five percentage points. That’s what scary. So they[TexasGOP]are saying wait a minute…we only added 180,000 Anglos in the last ten years, whereas Asian-Americans grew over half a million, Black-Americans grew over half a million, Latino-Americans grew over two million. So they are saying wait a minute, if we don’t do something now, then that floor[Texas Legislature]is going to start to look like what the state looks like. The state is a majority-minority state, and they don’t want that.”

Folks, if you miss everything else in the fight for voting rights currently playing out in Texas, do not miss what Texas Rep Jasmine Crockett said on the Cross Connection show. GOP’s freak-out over the dwindling White population in Texas is right at the heart of their voter suppression effort. The restrictive voting laws Texas Republicans are currently pushing, have zero to do with the integrity/security of the vote. It’s all an effort to keep as many Blacks and Browns as possible, from voting.

Bottom line folks, Democrats need to bring a lot of pressure to bear on Senators Joe Manchin(VA) and Kyrsten Sinema(AZ) who are still reluctant to get rid of the filibuster, despite it’s racist roots. They need to be told in no uncertain terms, that racism is at the center of GOP’s voter suppression efforts in Texas and other Republican states, and that by insisting on keeping the filibuster, they are complicit in GOP’s racism. Plain and simple!!

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