Month: January 2021

How Has The Radical Right Evolved Under Trump?

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarahf (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): Last Wednesday, the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a mob of President Trump’s supporters, many of whom had very explicit and not so explicit ties to right-wing extremism in the U.S. There are reports now, too, that there

These Textbooks In Thousands Of K-12 Schools Echo Trump’s Talking Points

Christian textbooks used in thousands of schools around the country teach that President Barack Obama helped spur destructive Black Lives Matter protests, that the Democrats’ choice of 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton reflected their focus on identity politics, and that President Donald Trump is the “fighter” Republicans want, a HuffPost analysis has found. The analysis, which focused on three

Horned Capitol Rioter Wants Pardon From Trump: Only There At ‘Invitation Of President’

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the shirtless, horned, conspiracy theory-touting U.S. Capitol rioter receiving an organic diet while in jail — now wants a pardon from President Donald Trump. Defense attorney Albert Watkins told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday that clemency would be the only “honorable” thing after the president’s rhetoric whipped his supporters into a frenzy that sparked

Tucker Carlson Slammed For ‘Vile And Vicious’ Attack On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson faced backlash and accusations of hypocrisy on Thursday after he mocked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for saying she feared for her life during last week’s U.S. Capitol riot. Critics described Carlson’s vitriolic monologue— in which he called Ocasio-Cortez dumb, narcissistic and “the Kim Kardashian of Congress” — as “vile and vicious.” Ocasio-Cortez

Storming The U.S. Capitol Was About Maintaining White Power In America

On Wednesday, after weeks of refusing to accept the outcome of the election, President Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol of the United States as members of Congress were meeting to carry out their duties to certify the election results and confirm Joe Biden’s victory. Much will be said about the fact that these actions threaten

Donald Trump Will Not Attend Joe Biden’s Inauguration

President Donald Trump officially announced he will not be attending President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Trump tweeted the announcement Friday. To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021 The announcement was no surprise; Trump has

For Police, MAGA Insurrectionists Weren’t A Threat. Black Lives Matter Was.

On Wednesday, a crowd of white supporters of President Donald Trump livestreamed a fascist insurrection. They filmed themselves storming the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., tossing aside barricades, smashing windows and ransacking legislative offices. They filmed themselves screaming and chanting, exultant that they’d somehow just occupied the seat of American power. Most didn’t even bother

Mike Pence Reportedly Opposes Using 25th Amendment To Remove Trump

Vice President Mike Pence opposes invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office, according to multiple media reports, effectively thwarting the chances of the procedure taking place.  The vice president would need to take the lead and have the approval of a majority of Cabinet members in order to remove Trump from

In Dueling New Year Messages, Trump Reflects, Biden Looks Ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump in a New Year’s Eve message reflected on his accomplishments in office, calling them “historic victories,” while his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, struck an upbeat tone in looking ahead to 2021. After weeks of vowing to win his fight to remain in office, Republican Trump said in a video

What To Watch For In Georgia’s Senate Runoff Elections

Following the November election, the country’s attention ― and donors’ money ― turned to Georgia’s Senate runoff elections, where Republicans are defending two seats and their razor-thin hold on power in the U.S. Senate. Which party controls the Senate will shape the course of Joe Biden’s presidency.  HuffPost has answers to all the most important questions