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Trump Holds Rally in Florence, AZ
Democrats believe Attorney General Merrick Garland has enough evidence to indict Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Capitol riots.
Several Democratic senators have said the Justice Department is likely to prosecute Mr Trump over the January 6 attacks, but stressed they have no inside knowledge of the investigation.
Tim Kaine of Virginia said he believed Mr Trump’s actions were illegal and the DOJ had “all the evidence at their disposal”. The hill reported.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said his conduct was part of the FBI investigation and “may be criminal.”
Meanwhile, Mr Trump is being criticized for sharing the false claim that white people face discrimination in the distribution of Covid-19 treatments at his rally in Arizona on Saturday.
“The left is now rationing life-saving therapeutics based on race, discriminating and denigrating, simply denigrating white people to determine who lives and who dies,” he told his supporters.
Mr. Trump also denounced enemies, including Joe Biden and incumbent GOP Congressman John Katko, one of only 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach the 45th president after the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.
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Attendees waited hours to leave Trump’s rally as fans go wild on social media
Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona on Saturday left many of his supporters frustrated after some waited hours before they could leave.
The vast majority of attendees appeared to enjoy Mr. Trump’s first rally of 2022, as evidenced by the enthusiastic crowd response to his speech. As always, he featured his greatest hits of lies and lies about the allegedly stolen 2020 presidential election, claims that have been repeatedly refuted.
And yet, for all that these statements welcomed his fans, what happened after Mr. Trump left the scene certainly did not. Shortly after he finished his speech, a number of people took to social media to complain that they were not allowed to leave the rally site for several hours.
Tom Fenton has the whole story.
Bevan HurleyJanuary 17, 2022 9:34 p.m.
Trump can’t say what Republicans should do if they take over Congress
Speaking to the far-right Newsmax network, Donald Trump did not respond when asked what the Republicans’ first decision should be if they take over Congress midterm in 2022.
Instead, he attacked his Democratic rival Joe Biden’s record on Afghanistan and immigration.
Bevan HurleyJanuary 17, 2022 8:45 p.m.
Trump informs insiders that DeSantis is too boring to be president
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been touted as Donald Trump’s main rival for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
However, the former president told his associates that Mr. DeSantis had no realistic chance of beating him in the 2024 GOP primary because of his “dull personality.”
Tom Fenton has the story.
Bevan HurleyJanuary 17, 2022 8:00 PM
Analysis: Five takeaways from Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona
Donald Trump raged against his enemies in the Republican Party, as well as President Joe Biden and the media during his first campaign rally of 2022.
The Independents Eric Garcia and John Bowden analyze Mr. Trump’s conspiratorial rhetoric and some chilling messages from his endorsed candidates.
Bevan HurleyJanuary 17, 2022 7:15 p.m.
Anti-Semitic Terror in the United States
This weekend’s deadly hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue came at a time when racial, religious and anti-Semitic hate crimes are at an all-time high in the United States. Rabbi Charlie Cytron Walker described how he was able to cope with the situation in his synagogue thanks to the training he had received on handling violent situations:
And as Masada Siegel writes for The Independent, many American Jews are reminded year after year that they still need to be vigilant in the face of deadly threats.
Andrew NaughtyJanuary 17, 2022 6:37 p.m.
“Of all the places this is happening, my first Trump rally”
MAGA supporters who were barred from leaving Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona on Saturday until the event was over took to social media to complain.
A woman who claimed to attend her first Trump rally has said she was considering filing a complaint after being blocked from the parking lot by the Secret Service.
“I’ve never had my freedom restricted like this in my life and of all the places it’s happened, my first Trump rally.”
Others claimed they had been “held hostage” and there were no toilets available for stranded attendees.
Bevan HurleyJanuary 17, 2022 6:15 p.m.
“The Content of Shameless Characters”
Financial Times deputy editor Edward Luce says he finds it shocking how Martin Luther King’s legacy is being co-opted by people who “fiercely oppose” everything the late civil rights leader represented.
Bevan HurleyJanuary 17, 2022 5:42 p.m.
Appeal to the FBI against Martin Luther King
Jezebel Editor Laura Bassett today reflects on another tin-eared tribute to Dr King:
Andrew NaughtyJanuary 17, 2022 5:12 p.m.
What happened at Trump’s rally in Arizona?
Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona over the weekend saw him repeat many of his usual lies about the alleged theft of the 2022 election, as well as pondering January 6 conspiracy theories that have taken on a new right-wing footing.
It’s the kind of performance that has some mainstream Republicans worried that the former president could destroy their message for this year’s midterm elections by focusing on his own grievances. John Bowden and Eric Garcia have this recap:
Andrew NaughtyJanuary 17, 2022 4:35 p.m.
Son of Martin Luther King Jr: “I will not accept empty promises in pursuit of my father’s dream”
Martin Luther King III, the son of the civil rights hero whose life is celebrated today, issued a call to action rather than just a reminder of his father’s work.
Andrew NaughtyJanuary 17, 2022 4:15 p.m.