Trump news: ‘Putin Republican’ Cawthorn slammed as Pence visits Ukraine refugees at border

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As his former boss insists he was in fact tough on Russia during his presidency, former vice president Mike Pence has paid a visit to the Ukrainian border with his wife Karen. Sharing photos from his trip on Twitter, he wrote that the two of them were meeting with Ukrainian women and children seeking refuge from war – part of an exodus that numbers well over 2 million people already.

“The impact of the Russian invasion on these families is heartbreaking and the need for support is great,” Mr Pence wrote. “We encourage everyone to pray and contribute to @SamaritansPurse and other relief organizations today. Let’s stand together as one with the people of Ukraine.”

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Donald Trump’s plane had to make an emergency landing in New Orleans not long after taking off from the Louisiana city after the aircraft suffered an engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico, it has emerged. The pilot immediately turned the plane around and landed just before 11pm on Saturday. The former president’s campaign organisation has since started sending out emails soliciting funds for a new “Trump Force One”, albeit without mentioning last weekend’s incident.

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More GOP reaction to Cawthorn comments

Responding to the description of Volodymyr Zelensky as a “thug” by a member of their own party, Senator Lindsey Graham says Madison Cawthorn is an outlier “in the largest sense possible on our side”, adding that “there are some on the left that are outliers”.

Senator Joni Ernst responded by calling Putin “an actual murderous thug” and says she would tell her colleague in the House that Ukraine didn’t invade Russia, Russia invaded Ukraine.

It begs the question what they would say to Donald Trump about his praise for Vladimir Putin.

Oliver O’Connell10 March 2022 21:25

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US says North Korea missile trials were warm up for ‘full range’ test

Two medium-range ballistic missile tests conducted by North Korea over the last two weeks were likely test runs for a new missile system and were made in preparation for a full-scale Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test that could be disguised as a space launch, US officials have said.

A senior administration official who briefed reporters on the government’s findings called the latest tests “a serious escalation” by North Korea, and a “brazen violation” of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding the rogue state abandon its nuclear weapons programme, suspend ballistic missile development and testing, and re-join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

“These launches … needlessly raise tensions and risk destabilizing the security situation in the region. We urge all countries to condemn these violations,” the official said.

Reporting for The Independent in Washington, DC, Andrew Feinberg has the details.

Oliver O’Connell10 March 2022 21:10

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Trump’s ‘go-to-banger’

If you didn’t know it was YMCA, “the gay national anthem” as he calls it, then you weren’t paying attention during his many, many rallies.

Oliver O’Connell10 March 2022 21:00

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Heckler: ‘Ted Cruz sucks!’

A heckler interrupted Senator Ted Cruz as he gave a speech alongside the “People’s Convoy” trucker protesters who’ve been circling Washington DC to protest Covid mandates.

Midway through the Texas Republican’s remarks about the Covid Chinese lab leak theory, a member of the crowd shouted, “Ted Cruz sucks!” eliciting chuckles from even the truckers alongside Mr Cruz.

“God bless you,” the senator responded.

Oliver O’Connell10 March 2022 20:30

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Garland: DoJ won’t avoid ‘controversial’ Jan 6 cases

US Attorney General Merrick Garland gave some of his most wide-ranging comments yet about the January 6 investigation in an interview with NPR, telling the news organisation that his agency would not shy away from tough prosecutions based on political decisions.

Mr Garland is seen as a lionising figure among some liberals in the US after he was appointed to the Justice Department following his unsuccessful nomination to the Supreme Court in the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency. He now heads up one of the largest investigations in the agency’s history that has already led to hundreds of prosecutions and shows no sign of slowing down.

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell10 March 2022 20:01

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‘Putin Republicans’

“Remember that Zelensky is a thug,” Mr Cawthorn told supporters, a video obtained by WRAL shows. “Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”

California Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell tweeted that “100 per cent of Democrats are Zelensky Democrats. 50 per cent of Republicans are Putin Republicans”.

Gustaf Kilander reports on more the reaction to the far-right lawmakers comments.

Oliver O’Connell10 March 2022 19:43

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Republican ridiculed for supporting Ukraine ‘no fly zone’ but not knowing what it means

A Republican congresswoman has been ridiculed online for supporting a no-fly zone above Ukraine even though she allegedly does not “know what it will mean”.

Maria Elvira Salazar, who represents Florida’s 27th congressional district, told reporters she “absolutely” supported Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s calls for a no-fly zone when asked on Wednesday.

“Absolutely, I support everything that has to do with punishing Vladimir Putin and helping the Ukrainians,” Ms Salazar said when asked whether or not she supported a no fly zone in Ukraine while adding, “I don’t know what it will mean but freedom is not free”.

Oliver O’Connell10 March 2022 19:30

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Madison Cawthorn calls Zelensky a ‘thug’ and Ukrainian government ‘woke’ and ‘evil’

“Remember that Zelensky is a thug,” Mr Cawthorn told supporters, a video obtained by WRAL shows. “Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”

While it remains unclear where the video was filmed, Karl Rove, who served as President George W Bush’s deputy chief of staff, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Mr Cawthorn made the comments over the weekend during an event in Asheville. Mr Rove said he believed that the comments “didn’t reflect Republican opinion”.

Oliver O’Connell10 March 2022 19:00

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How Trump targeted ‘that woman’ Gretchen Whitmer over militia threat

Within weeks, his supporters were chanting “lock her up” as the then-president used the threat against her life to rally support in the key swing state during the final days of the 2020 election.

The trial against four militia members, which began this week, heard that the so-called “Wolverine Watchmen” were “sent overboard” by Covid and the “tyrant” governor’s mask mandates and lockdowns.

Oliver O’Connell10 March 2022 18:30

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Tucker Carlson’s past comments could hurt Fox News in Smartmatic defamation suit, judge says

A judge hearing a defamation lawsuit brought against Fox News by a voting software company has said the network’s case may suffer because one of its own hosts, Tucker Carlson, himself dismissed claims at the centre of the case.

In an opinion handed down in response to several motions to dismiss the lawsuit, New York State Supreme Court Judge David Cohen wrote that Smartmatic USA can continue pursuing its claims against the network and several of its hosts over the reporting of claims made by lawyer and conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell about the company’s systems.

He also wrote that “ironically, the statements of Tucker Carlson, perhaps the most popular Fox News host, militate most strongly in favour of a possible finding that there is a substantial basis that Fox News acted with actual malice” by airing claims that Smartmatic’s software was compromised, allowing the election to be stolen in Joe Biden’s favour.

The Independent’s Andrew Naughtie has more.

Oliver O’Connell10 March 2022 18:05


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