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As Joe Biden marks his first full week in office, a new report suggests that more than 30,000 registered Republican voters have left the GOP in response to the events of 6 January when a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in protest at the Democrat’s election win, leaving five people dead.
The US remains on high alert over the threat posed by “violent domestic extremists”, with California governor Gavin Newsom believed by the FBI to have been the target of a planned attack by a Trump supporter charged with weapons offences in Napa County.
The US Department of Homeland Security issued a new domestic terrorism advisory bulletin on Wednesday, warning that the country faced a “heightened threat environment” from anti-government “ideologically-motivated violent extremists” motivated by “perceived grievances fueled by false narratives”.
Joe Scarborough: ‘These are Trump terrorists, call them by their name’
The former Republican congressman and MSNBC host has lambasted party senators who failed to support Trump’s second impeachment proceedings and urged viewers never to forget the deadly Capitol riots.
Scarborough criticised Republican senators, including Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham, on his programme Morning Joe for asking people to forget about the Capitol violence.
“I am a conservative. You come after us… you come after our Capitol… We’re gonna come after you. We sure as hell are not gonna let you inside our Capitol,” he said.
He said Senator Graham “wants us to forget about the fact that people were bludgeoned in the head with an American flag because of Donald Trump… he wants us to forget that a cop was beaten to death.”
He also suggested that former vice president Mike Pence has been left “in fear for his life because of Donald J Trump”.
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Joe Sommerlad28 January 2021 11:55
Progressive Democrats push ‘overhaul’ of US immigration system
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Progressive Caucus, has drafted a Roadmap to Freedom resolution with immigration advocates that outlines a “bold, progressive, visionary north star for what humane immigration policy looks like”, she told reporters on Wednesday, part of a bid to oveturn Donald Trump’s toxic record at the border.
The five-pronged resolution endorsed by more than 60 civil rights and immigrant advocacy groups centres on family unity, immigrants’ access to social services, protections for front line workers, ending police militarisation in border communities and alternatives to detention and deportation.
“We are not simply reversing the hateful immigration policies of the last four years,” Jayapal said.
The nation’s “racist, xenophobic immigration system has been broken for decades,” she added. “We need to finally leave the nation’s long history of criminalising immigration and leaving families behind.”
Alex Woodward has this report.
Joe Sommerlad28 January 2021 11:35
Biden’s first week celebrated as ‘hopeful moment’
Here’s Chris Riotta’s assessment of the new president’s first seven days in the Oval Office, which has seen him issuing a flurry of executive orders to overturn nefarious Trump-era policies and set an impressive pace.
Joe Sommerlad28 January 2021 11:15
Tens of thousands of voters leave Republican Party after Capitol riot
More than 30,000 registered Republicans have left the GOP in response to the events of 6 January, according to The Hill.
Of that total, 10,000 were from Pennsylvania and 5,000 from Arizona, both key swing states that went blue for Joe Biden during the election and which thereafter became the focal point for Donald Trump’s chaotic and unconvincing legal challenges to the vote count, all but one of which, out of more than, 60 was…