Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News’ Hannity on Wednesday that House impeachment managers had grown the “not guilty” vote in the Senate that day with an “absurd” presentation that floated a conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump planned the Capitol riot.
Graham told Hannity that Democrats had rushed to impeach Trump before investigating. Now that their “incitement” claim was falling apart, he said, they had to invent a “cockamamie” theory:
Let me tell your viewers: the “not guilty” vote is growing after today. I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House managers offensive and absurd. We all know what happened at the Capitol was terrible. I hope everybody involved that broke into the Capitol goes to jail. But I don’t remember any of the House managers saying a damn thing when they were trying to break into my house and going after [Republican Senator] Susan Collins [of Maine] and spitting on all of us. If this is a problem for a politician to give the speech that President Trump did, well, then [Vice President] Kamala Harris has a real problem, because she actively engaged in bailing out rioters. And here is what I would suggest. if you are a politician trying to raise bail for people accused of rioting, you are inciting more riots. But here’s something that nobody talked about that is important. If there was preplanning, there was no incitement. … The managers have got this cockamamie idea absurd theory that Donald Trump wa monitoring the Proud Boys’ website, and other far right websites, and that he and [former White House social media manager] Dan Scavino knew this was going to happen and they encouraged it. That is Looney Tunes. And you know why they are saying that? Because if the president didn’t know, and it was actually preplanned, he is not guilty. So for the first time today, they are trying to create a storyline that Donald Trump was in on it before it happened, that he was monitoring the proud boys and other crazy websites and he knew they were come to Washington with violence on their mind, and he encouraged it. That beyond bizarre. This is not evidence. This is a liberal democratic novel being presented as evidence.
Graham added that he wanted to know what Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) knew about the imminent violence, if law enforcement had been aware of the possibility before January 6.
“This is why you don’t want to have snap impeachments,” Graham concluded. “Evidence really does matter.”
Author: Joel B. Pollak
Source: Breitbart: Lindsey Graham: House Impeachment Managers’ Argument Was ‘Offensive’, ‘Absurd’
President Joe Biden claimed Monday that the United States has “never” lived up to its founding principles.
“We’ve never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation, but our Administration is committed to finishing the work left undone. It’s long past time to confront deep racial inequities and systemic racism and fulfill the promise of America for all,” Biden tweeted.
Last week, Biden made a nearly identical claim, during the signing of executive orders on racial equality: “We have never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation, to state the obvious, that all people are created equal and have a right to be treated equally throughout their lives,” he said.
Biden had made the claim before, notably during the 2020 presidential campaign, when he used it as a line in his stump speech. His point appeared to be that the United States had embraced principles of equality in the Declaration of Independence, but that American society remained unequal, even after the achievements of the civil rights movement.
That refrain led to one of Biden’s most infamous flubs: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, all men and women are created by, go, you know, you know the thing!”
More ominously, Biden told an interviewer in October: “America was an idea.” He later tweeted:
Biden linked his latest criticism of the United States to his celebration of Black History Month.
Author: Joel B. Pollak
Source: Breitbart: Biden: America Has ‘Never Fully’ Lived Up to Its ‘Founding Principles’
Twitter has spoken out in favor of free speech, and against the shutdown of the Internet — in Uganda.
Twitter’s public policy department tweeted in opposition to reported efforts to shut down internet access ahead of Uganda’s election this week, where President Yoweri Museveni is asking voters for a sixth term. He has been in office for 35 years.
Last week, Twitter banned President Donald Trump from its platform permanently. It also continues to suspend and expel tens of thousands of Trump supporters. Twitter’s main competitor, Parler, was also kicked off Amazon’s servers.
This week, however, Twitter stood up for free speech and the open Internet, arguing that “Access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”
Twitter also specifically opposed the blocking of “social media and messaging apps.”
Before the November 2020 election, Twitter censored a New York Post story that exposed emails from the laptop of Hunter Biden, son of President-elect Joe Biden. The emails suggested that then-Vice President Biden met with his son’s business associate from the corrupt Ukrainian energy company, Burma.
Other emails also described the Biden family’s attempt to start a joint venture with a Chinese company, in which Joe Biden — the “big guy” — was to have received a 10% stake.
Former Vice President Biden told reporters on the campaign trail in 2019 that he had never discussed his family’s overseas business interests.
Author: Joel B. Pollak
Source: Breitbart: Twitter Says Internet Shutdowns ‘Violate Basic Human Rights’ — in Uganda