Trump holds rally in Florence, AZ
Democrats believe Attorney General Merrick Garland has enough evidence to charge Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Capitol riots.
Several Democratic senators said the Department of Justice was likely to prosecute Mr Trump for the 6 January attacks, but stressed they held no inside knowledge of the investigation.
Tim Kaine, of Virginia, said he believed Mr Trump’s actions were illegal and that the DOJ has “all of the evidence at their disposal,” The Hill reported.
Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal said his conduct was forming part of the FBI probe and “perhaps is criminal.”
Meanwhile, Mr Trump is under fire for sharing the false claim that white people are being discriminated against 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 against and denigrating, just denigrating white people to determine who lives and who dies,” he told supporters.
Mr Trump also railed against enemies including Joe Biden and retiring GOP Congressman John Katko, one of the only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the 45th president after the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.
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Attendees waited hours to leave Trump rally as fans lash out on social media
The vast majority of the attendees appeared to enjoy Mr Trump’s first rally of 2022, as was evidenced by the crowd’s enthusiastic responce to his speech. As ever, it featured his greatest hits of falsehoods and lies about the supposedly stolen 2020 Presidential election, allegations which have been repeatedly disproven.
And yet, for all that those statements went down well with his fans, what transpired after Mr Trump left the stage certainly did not. Soon after he finished his speech, a number of people took to social media to complain that they were not allowed to leave the site of the rally for several hours.
Tom Fenton has the full story.
Bevan Hurley17 January 2022 21:34
Trump can’t say what Republicans should do if they retake Congress
Speaking to far-right network Newsmax, Donald Trump didn’t offer an answer when asked what Republican’s first move should be if they retake the Congress in the 2022 midterms.
Instead, he attacked his Democratic rival Joe Biden’s record on Afghanistan and immigration.
Bevan Hurley17 January 2022 20:45
Trump is briefing insiders that DeSantis is too dull to be President
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been touted as Donald Trump’s chief rival for the GOP Presidential nomination in 2024.
However, the former President has been briefing associates that Mr DeSantis has no realistic chance of beating him in the 2024 GOP primary due to his “dull personality”.
Tom Fenton has the story.
Bevan Hurley17 January 2022 20:00
Analysis: Five takeaways from Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona
The Independent’s Eric Garcia and John Bowden analyse Mr Trump’s conspiracy-laden speech and some chilling messages from his endorsed candidates.
Bevan Hurley17 January 2022 19:15
Antisemitic terror in the US
This weekend’s deadly hostage incident at a Texas synagogue came at a time when racial, religious and antisemitic hate crimes are at an all-time high in the US. Rabbi Charlie Cytron Walker has described how he was able to deal with the situation in his synagogue thanks to training he had received on handling violent situations:
And as Masada Siegel writes for The Independent, many American Jews are being reminded year after year that they still have to be vigilant in the face of lethal threats.
Andrew Naughtie17 January 2022 18:37
‘Of all the places for it to happen, my first Trump rally’
MAGA supporters who were blocked from leaving Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona on Saturday until the event had finished have taken to social media to complain.
A woman who claimed to be attending her first Trump rally said she was considering filing a lawsuit after she was barred blocked from exiting the carpark by the Secret Service.
“I have never had my freedom restricted like this in my life and of all the places for it to happen, my first Trump rally.”
Others claimed they had been “held hostage”, and that there were no restrooms available to stranded rallygoers.
Bevan Hurley17 January 2022 18:15
‘The content of shameless characters’
Financial Times associate editor Edward Luce says he finds it jarring how Martin Luther King’s legacy is co-opted by people who “bitterly oppose” everything the late civil rights leader stood for.
Bevan Hurley17 January 2022 17:42
Calling the FBI out on Martin Luther King
Jezebel editor-in-chief Laura Bassett picks up on another tin-eared tribute to Dr King today:
Andrew Naughtie17 January 2022 17:12
What happened at Trump’s Arizona rally?
Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona this weekend saw him repeating many of his usual falsehoods about the supposed theft of the 2022 election, as well as pondering 6 January conspiracy theories that have gained a new foothold on the right.
It was the sort of performance that has some mainstream Republicans worried that the former president could wreck their messaging for this year’s midterm elections by focusing on his own grievances. John Bowden and Eric Garcia have this rundown:
Andrew Naughtie17 January 2022 16:35
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, has issued a call for action rather than just remembrance of his father’s work.
Andrew Naughtie17 January 2022 16:15
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