His address to the party loyalists was a familiar punch to him, who attended his 2020 election rallies. He attacked President Joe Biden’s foreign policy maneuvers, claimed Biden was destroying the economy, insisted he deserves more credit for the rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines, and argued that The radical left and “cancelling culture” are destroying America’s freedom. But it was his relentless propaganda campaign about the November presidential election that was most troubling – as the past few months have proved that Trump’s lies are now accepted as gospel by most Republicans.
“We won’t have a country – if you don’t have electoral integrity, and if you don’t have strong borders, our country can be run like a dictatorship and that’s what they want to do,” Trump said. “They want to silence you. They want to silence your voice. Remember, I am not trying to undermine American democracy. I am the one who is trying to save it.”
Meanwhile, Democratic efforts in Congress to counter various state laws with federal legislation suffered a major setback when West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said on Sunday that he was opposed to passing voting rights legislation to get rid of filibuster. We do.
“We are seeing now that the fundamental right to vote itself has been openly politicised,” Manchin said in an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette. “Today’s debate about how to protect our right to vote and hold elections, however, is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage.”
Trump as GOP Kingmaker
On Saturday night, Trump attempted to project himself as the GOP’s kingmaker, endorsing Republican Representative Ted Budd for the US Senate race, as he said he “don’t want too many people to run”.
Bud, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, won Trump’s loyalty as one of 147 House Republicans who voted against ratifying the outcome of the 2020 election on Jan.
Anti-Trump Republicans Speak
While Trump still enjoys a firm grip on the Republican Party and is flirting with the prospect of another run for the White House in 2024, a small but increasingly vocal group of anti-Trump Republican leaders are countering their election lies. speaking to. They also face some hurdles in getting their message out as social media platforms continue to debate about how they should handle their misunderstandings.
In recognition of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric, Facebook announced this week that Trump would remain suspended from that platform until at least January 7, 2023 — two years after his initial suspension — and would then assess the circumstances to see if they should be. allowed to return.
In Friday’s post, the company said that once two years have passed, it will “see experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has diminished. We will evaluate external factors, including the risk of violence.” Incidents, restrictions on peaceful assembly and others. Signs of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the ban for a certain period and reduce the risk of that risk. Will continue to re-evaluate until it happens.”
Trump called the ruling an “disgrace to the record-setting 75 (million) people” who voted for him: “They should not be allowed to get away with this censoring and silence,” he said in a statement Friday.
On Saturday night, he mocked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, claiming that he begged his wife to come to the White House.
Prominent Republicans have spoken increasingly about the damage done by Trump’s election lies, including Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who was later ousted from her No. 3 position in the House Republican leadership, and former Wisconsin House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Some, such as former Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock, have predicted that Trump will continue to lose vote share as he continues his election spectacle.
“He’s fading as a figure,” Comstock told CNN’s Pamela Brown on “The Newsroom” Saturday before Trump spoke.
“He will not be reinstated in August. He lost the election. People have to face it and accept the reality that he was an unpopular candidate and was not re-elected,” Bolton said on “The Newsroom” on Saturday. ” ”
Like Comstock, Bolton said Trump’s influence within the GOP is “decreasing” and warned that Republican candidates could face consequences for supporting the former president’s disinformation campaign.
“The lies they tell are not only harmful to the country. They are especially harmful to Republicans, and I think we have to understand that we will be doomed by our opponents if we don’t make it clear.” The things Trump is saying are just insane,” Bolton said.