Rasmussen Poll: Trump finishes presidency with 51% approval rating

On the final full day of his presidency, President Donald Trump finishes his tenure in the White House with a 51% approval rating among likely U.S. voters, according to a Rasmussen poll.

Moreover, 36% of likely voters “strongly approve” of the job Trump is doing in office, the poll found.

Trump is expected to leave the White House Wednesday morning for Palm Beach, Florida before President-Elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.

Click here to read the poll results.


Law professor who addressed Jan. 6 Trump rally won’t return to university

The law professor who spoke at President Donald Trump‘s January 6 rally in front of the White House before rioters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol will not be returning to his teaching job at Chapman University, The Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

Due to the comments Dr. John Eastman made at the “Save America” rally, university president Daniele Struppa announced Wednesday morning that Dr. John Eastman would not be coming back to his job. Eastman had taught at the Southern Californian institution for more than two decades and formerly served as the Fowler School of Law’s dean.

“After discussions over the course of the last week, Dr. John Eastman and Chapman University have reached an agreement pursuant to which he will retire from Chapman, effective immediately,” Struppa’s statement reads. “Dr. Eastman’s departure closes this challenging chapter for Chapman and provides the most immediate and certain path forward for both the Chapman community and Dr. Eastman. Chapman and Dr. Eastman have agreed not to engage in legal actions of any kind, including any claim of defamation that may currently exist, as both parties move forward.”

Also on Wednesday, in his own statement published on the website of the conservative Claremont Institute, Eastman announced “with mixed feelings” his retirement from Chapman.

He stated that his retirement was partially due to “some of my ‘colleagues’ on the campus or to the few members of the Board of Trustees who have published false, defamatory statements about me without even the courtesy of contacting me beforehand to discuss.”

Furthermore, Eastman was angered by a “defamatory” letter signed by about 160 university faculty members who accused him of “participation” in the deadly Capitol riot. Speaking at the rally beside Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Eastman promoted allegations of election fraud.

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He denied the claim that he “participated in a riot that incited” violence at the Capitol, arguing it was untrue.

“I participated in a peaceful rally of nearly ½ million people, two miles away from the violence that occurred at the capital and which began even before the speeches were finished,” Eastman said.

Moreover, the former law professor took the opportunity to double down on a series of election fraud claims that he promoted at the rally, notably defending his claims of “secret folders” in the voting machines that can allegedly add extraneous votes to a candidate’s vote total.

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Pres. Trump slams BIG TECH censorship and denounces violence

President Donald Trump spoke to reporters Tuesday as his social media accounts remain suspended.

Trump condemned big tech for their censorship and denounced violence.

“Big tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country and I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them,” Trump said. “They’re dividing and divisive, they’re showing something that I’ve been predicting for a long time. I’ve been predicting it for a long time and people didn’t act on it.”

Trump said there will be a countermove against big tech which could lead to bigger problems.

“I think big tech is making a terrible mistake and very, very bad for our country. That’s leading others to do the same thing and it causes a lots of problems and a lot of danger. Big mistake and they shouldn’t be doing it, but there’s always a countermove when they do that.”

Trump has received enormous backlash after the riot at the Capitol, with many people blaming him for inciting violence.

Trump denounced the violence at the Capitol, saying he’s never seen such anger in this country.

“I’ve never seen such anger as I do right now and that’s a terrible thing. You have to always avoid violence,” Trump said. “Always have to avoid violence.”

When asked about the role at the Capitol last week, Trump said his speech has been deemed as “appropriate.”

“So if you read my speech… it’s been analyzed. People thought what I said was totally appropriate.”

According to Trump, the “real problem” is what other politicians said about protests and riots over the summer in Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

“If you look at what other people have said, politicians at a high level, about the riots during the summer, the horrible riots at Portland and Seattle and various other places, that was a real problem, what they said. But they’ve analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence and everybody thought it was totally appropriate.”

Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City and personal lawyer to President Trump, joined Sara Carter on the “Sara Carter Show” podcast yesterday to defend Trump’s speech at the capitol.

“When you listen to the President’s speech… there’s nothing wrong with it,” Giuliani said. “To have a speech that incites violence, as he’s saying it, people should be jumping up, running away and shooting people. Have you looked at that audience? And that audience sat there for two and a half hours in the cold. And all they did was cheer and yell. They didn’t run away? They didn’t run away with pitchforks. I mean it’s ridiculous.”

He continued, “They assume that somehow he caused it. He had nothing to do with it. His last words were, ‘be peaceful and patriotic.’ That’s hardly words of incitement.”

Giuliani said that there is no connection between the speech and the “pre-planned activities in the Congress” According to Giuliani, Trump will continue the fight against big tech.

“President Trump is going to do everything he can to combat this, this will be his mission,” Giuliani said. “He’ll do it not for himself, he’ll do it because his goal is always to make America greater and better. And to take away free speech in America is to take away America. We were founded on two basic principles, freedom of religion, freedom of speech.”


Impeachment: House Dems introduce ‘incitement of insurrection’ charge against Pres. Trump

Monday House Democrats pushed forward a resolution, charging President Donald Trump with “inciting an insurrection” as part of their impeachment push.

The impeachment resolution cites Trump’s January 6 speech before rioters stormed the Capitol. For example, the Democrat lawmakers cite Trump’s statement that, “…we won this election, and we won it by a landslide.”

Moreover, the Democrat members find Trump’s comments that “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore” statement to be troublesome.

“President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021, followed his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 Presidential election,” the resolution reads.

Additionally, the House Democrats point to Trump’s January 2 phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump called for an audit of the election in the peach state, arguing he had won the state if it weren’t for massive election fraud.

“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” the lawmakers write. “He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”

The House will vote later this week on whether to proceed with the articles and a trial, according to reports.

Trump was previously impeached by the U.S. House in December 2020 for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress over his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Senate later acquitted Trump on both charges.


Report: Pence expected to attend Biden inauguration

After overseeing the certification of the states’ Electoral College votes Wednesday, making President-elect Joe Biden‘s 2020 election victory official, Politico reports that Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend Biden’s inauguration unlike President Donald Trump, who is heavily expected to skip his successor’s January 20 ceremony.

Three sources close to Pence told Politico in a Thursday report that Pence would likely attend the swearing-in ceremony in a show of support for the peaceful transition of power. The decision to make an appearance, they said, became easier after Trump openly criticized his second-in-command leading up to, and following, his 11th-hour refusal to prevent the certification.

“It was a much more difficult decision days ago, but less difficult now,” said a person close to Pence.

President Trump, on the other hand, is highly expected to not attend Biden’s inauguration, according to multiple reports. This comes after a divisive presidential election that Trump continues to claim was “rigged” and “stolen” from him.

Politico, citing several sources, says Trump may be at Mar-a-Lago that day and could possibly hold a rally.

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After Wednesday’s riot that saw anarchists storm the U.S. Capitol and attack police ahead of Congress certifying the 2020 election later that day, Trump—whose response has been broadly condemned—committed in a Thursday morning statement to “an orderly transition on January 20th.”

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Whether the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies had already offered an invitation to Pence or other VIP guests who have confirmed their attendance, such as the Bushes, remains to be seen, Politico noted.

President George W. Bush and his wife Laura will attend the inauguration, according to their spokesman, Freddy Ford. “President and Mrs. Bush look forward to returning to the Capitol for the swearing in of President Biden and Vice President Harris,” Ford said in a statement, per the Associated Press.

Bush is the last living former Republican president. His father, President George H.W. Bush, who passed away in 2018, chose not to attend Trump’s 2017 inauguration while the younger Bush did.

The 96-year-old former and longest-living president Jimmy Carter also announced this week that he and his wife Rosalynn will not attend the event this time around, marking the first time in his 39-year post-presidency that he will not attend a presidential inauguration.

A spokeswoman at the Atlanta-based Carter Center said the Carters have sent Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris their “best wishes” and “look forward to a successful administration,” the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Due to the health risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Inauguration Day 2021 will diverge from tradition in how the massive event will be planned, the Biden transition team has said.

In particular, the team is rethinking the usual crowding along the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol’s West Front for Biden’s inaugural address and the subsequent parade that travels down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House in a manner that will let Americans participate from home.

Furthermore, due to Wednesday’s violent political upheaval, the D.C. National Guard will be put on a 30-day mobilization, so that they are available on the January 20, two defense officials told NBC News in a report published Thursday.

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Some Dem lawmakers call for Trump, his allies in Congress to resign

Throughout Wednesday afternoon, as pro-Trump rioters occupied Capitol Hill and violently clashed with law enforcement, calls have grown for the resignation of President Donald Trump and Republicans who planned to object to the certifying of President-elect Joe Biden‘s Electoral College victory.

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These calls from journalists, commentators, and Democratic politicians alike especially ramped up after Trump tweeted a taped statement in which he told the rioters to “go home.” They criticized his repeated claims the 2020 presidential election was “fraudulent” and statements that “We love you” and “You’re very special.”

Alongside Trump, the Republicans who people have been calling to resign the most are Sens. Josh Hawley (Mo.) and Ted Cruz (TX), for spearheading the effort to object to the tallying of the Electoral College votes, as well as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).

RELATED: Twitter prevents liking, sharing of Trump video statement about Capitol rioters

Coupled with these resignation calls are calls for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.

Here are some of these calls:

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Twitter prevents liking, sharing of Trump video statement about Capitol rioters

Twitter has prevented the liking, replying, and retweeting of a taped statement that President Donald Trump tweeted about the rioters supporting his election claims who violently clashed with Capitol Police at, and stormed, the U.S. Capitol. Under the tweet, Twitter has placed a label which reads: “This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence”.

It should be noted, however, that users can still share the tweet in question if it is in the form of a “Quote Tweet.”

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For months, the social media platform has labeled Trump’s tweets spreading controversial allegations of election fraud, but users were still allowed to interact with these tweets normally.

In the video, Trump—while continuing to claim the election was “fraudulent”—urged rioters to “go home,” but what has drawn controversy is that he tried to sympathize with the rioters, saying “We love you” and “You’re very special.”

This video came hours after violence began to break out.

“I know your pain, I know you’re hurt,” Trump said in the video. “We had an election that was stolen from us, it was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side.”

“But you have to go home now, we have to have peace,” he added. “We have to have peace. We have to have law and order we have to respect our great people in law and order.”

“We don’t want anybody hurt,” Trump said in the video.

“It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us from me from you from our country. This was a fraudulent election. But we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace,” he said.

“So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens, you see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. but go home and go home and peace.”

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Sen. Loeffler to object to Electoral College vote certification on Jan. 6, joining vocal group of GOP senators

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) on Monday the day before the runoff race for her U.S. Senate seat, announced that she would object during Congress’ Wednesday certification of all the states’ Electoral College votes, joining about a dozen other current and incoming Republican senators who have stated they will take part in the effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden‘s 2020 win.

Her Republican colleague, Sen. David Perdue, is also facing a runoff election for his seat on Tuesday. Both races will determine which political party controls the Senate for likely the next few years. If Democrats squeak out victories in both runoffs, they will control 50 of the upper chamber’s 100 seats and have Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Tuesday’s election results will have major bearing over how much of Biden and the Democrats’ agenda during the 117th Congress can be realized.

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“Elections are the bedrock of our democracy and the American people deserve to be 100% confident in our election systems and its outcomes,” she said in a statement to Fox News on Monday night. “But right now, tens of millions of Americans have real concerns about the way in which the November Presidential election was conducted—and I share their concerns.”

“The American people deserve a platform in Congress, permitted under the Constitution, to have election issues presented so that they can be addressed,” Loeffler continued. “That’s why, on January 6th, I will vote to give President Trump and the American people the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection to the Electoral College certification process.”

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Back on December 14, all 50 states and the District of Columbia cast their official Electoral College votes, solidifying Biden’s 2020 victory.

According to a Sunday explainer piece from The Wall Street Journal, it takes one House representative and one senator to file an objection to a state’s electoral votes. For each objection to a given state’s electoral votes, lawmakers from each chamber break for two hours at most to debate the objection. When debate concludes, a straightforward majority vote is held on the objection, and both the House and Senate must agree in order for the objection to succeed.

The effort led by GOP Sens. Josh Hawley (Mo.) and Ted Cruz (TX) to object to certain swing states’ Electoral College votes is widely expected to fail, with experts viewing it as a longshot. They are also joined by a sizable contingent of House Republicans in their effort.

One of those House GOP members, Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.), on Tuesday joined Loeffler in announcing he’d object on Wednesday.

“This isn’t partisan politics. We’re fighting for election integrity,” he argued. “We have a clear constitutional duty to defend the sacred trust of the electoral process.”

More current Republican senators who have said they’d object during certification are Sens. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), James Lankford (Okla.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Kennedy (La.), and Mike Braun (Ind.). Senators-elect who have pledged to object, too, include Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Roger Marshall (Kan.), Bill Haggerty (Tenn.), Tommy Tuberville (Ala.).

President Donald Trump, who still refuses to concede to Biden, has been openly urging congressional Republicans to object on Wednesday. He has even placed pressure on Vice President Mike Pence, who that day oversees the counting of the official electoral votes cast by the states, to help overturn Biden’s victory.

“I hope that Mike Pence comes through for us,” the president said at a Monday night rally in Georgia to cheers. “He’s a great guy. Of course if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much.”

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DC Mayor mobilizes National Guard ahead of protests against Jan. 6 electoral vote certification

Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on Monday announced that she’s mobilizing about a hundred D.C. National Guard troops to help manage the thousands of Trump supporters expecting to flood the nation’s capital in the next few days to protest Congress on Wednesday certifying the states’ Electoral College votes cast back on December 14.

The Pentagon on Monday subsequently approved Bowser’s request, a defense official told CNN.

A U.S. defense official told the Associated Press that Bowser put in a request on New Year’s Eve to have Guard members on the streets from January 5 to 7, in order to help with the protests. The official reportedly said the D.C. National Guard troops will be used for traffic control and other assistance but they will not be armed or wearing body armor.

During her Monday press conference, she stated that the troops will be unarmed but will be expected to assist Metro Police in arresting individuals openly carrying firearms.

“We will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate residents or cause destruction in our city,” Bowser said, then warning DC residents to avoid downtown and adding that she is thinking about issuing a curfew for Tuesday and Wednesday.

A spokesman for the D.C. National Guard confirmed troops’ involvement to The Daily Caller in a statement indicating more details would be released later in the day.

“The District of Columbia National Guard will provide support to the city during demonstrations this week,” the statement reads. “We will provide more information about our support later today.”

Despite the Electoral College on December 14 declaring President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election, President Donald Trump refuses to concede and routinely has claimed that the election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him, alleging widespread election fraud.

11 GOP senators have stated they will object to the certification of the electoral votes on Wednesday along with some members of the House. Despite this, an overwhelming amount of experts have called this effort to overturn the election results a longshot with little to no chance of succeeding.

Trump has repeatedly urged his supporters to assemble in the nation’s capitol ahead of Wednesday’s certification.

Back in November, two weekends after Election Day, many Trump supporters converged on Washington in a march against what they saw as a fraud-riddled election. Counter protests from left-wing groups challenged them, resulting in violent clashes breaking out with members of Antifa.

RELATED: Pro-Trump protesters assemble in DC ahead of march demanding investigation into election fraud allegations

During this summer’s George Floyd protests, which resulted in intense violence and property damage in the city, Bowser did not call in the National Guard. Trump, however, going against Bowser’s wishes, controversially called in the Guard. The president faced intense criticism for the military’s crowd control tactics used against protesters and rioters.

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GOP senators call for an election commission last used in 1876 to investigate fraud

A group of GOP senators is planning to challenge electoral votes during the official counting before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. They are opposing to encourage Congress to create an electoral commission to investigate voter fraud like what was used in the 1876 election that resulted in the election of Rutherford B. Hayes.

Unlike the recently thrown-out lawsuit led by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) which sought to give Vice President Mike Pence Pence the sole authority to deem which electors are valid and which will cast their vote for president, this new call is seeking a commission to study election fraud and irregularities in swing states and to make a decision on who should get electoral votes.

This has happened before—the last time being in 1876 and it resulted in Rutherford B. Hayes winning the presidency, as reported by Fox News.

As reported by SaraACarter.com, at least 12 senators and senators-elect are planning to object to the certification on Wednesday.

The group now includes Senator’s Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Mike Braun (R-IN).

Several senators-elect plan to object, including Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).

“We should follow that precedent. To wit, Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states. Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed,” the statement said.

The last time this was implemented was in 1877 following the 1876 election, as reported by Fox. Election results from some states were disputed and Congress set up the commission to determine who the electoral votes should go to. In the end, all 19 of the votes were given to Hayes and he won the election by 1 electoral vote.

Some GOP sneators, like Lindsey Graham, are not getting behind the effort, instead he called it a “political dodge.”

Senator Lankford told Fox it’s actually “very simple.”

“We’ve asked a very simple question: Can we put together an electoral commission, have five senators, five House members, five members of the Supreme Court?” Lankford told Fox News. “This is exactly how it was set up in 1876 when there was three states that had all kinds of fraud issues. And so the election commission was set up at that time in 1876, just like this, to be able to study it, look at it, make recommendations. We think that’s a good plan. Obviously, there are millions and millions of Americans that think there are major issues with the election.”

Wednesday will involve many elected officials pulling different stops to ensure either Biden or President Trump wins—including perhaps resulting in techniques not used since the 1800s.