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Joe Biden is planning to make his attorney general Merrick Garland the scapegoat for the bombshell report which highlighted his mental challenges, it has been reported.

The Department of Justice released its long-awaited investigation into the president’s mishandling of classified documents Thursday, delivering a damning assessment of his ‘diminished faculties’ and limited memory.

But Biden, 81, has informed his aides and advisers that Garland didn’t do enough to rein in the report written by Special Counsel Robert Hur, according to Politico.

Top Biden aides have even suggested Garland should have edited the parts that made the president look like a senile old man – despite Biden vowing to hire an impartial attorney general in the wake of the Trump presidency.

Democrat insiders have also claimed more time working on makeup and lighting could help ease concerns about his age, according to CNN. They’ve urged aides to have him sat down at the start of appearances, rather than letting him shuffle onto stage stiffly – and to stop claiming the president merely suffers from arthritis.

It comes as the Biden-Harris campaign team also released a statement on Friday hitting out at Donald Trump’s comments that some onlookers claimed was panicked and showed just how badly the White House has reacted to the scandal.

Biden-Harris advisor TJ Ducklo -who resigned from a White House job in 2021 over a bullying scandal – said: ‘Every single time Donald Trump opens his mouth, he’s confused, deranged, lying, or worse.’

‘Tonight, he lied more than two dozen times, slurred his words, confused basic facts, and placated the gun lobby weeks after telling parents to ‘get over it’ after their kids were gunned down at school.

‘But you won’t hear about any of it if you watch cable news, read this weekend’s papers, or watch the Sunday shows.

‘Beltway reporters may be numb to Trump’s horrifying candidacy defined by chaos, division, and violence – but the American people are the ones who will suffer and die if he’s allowed anywhere near the Oval Office again.’

The special counsel report into Biden did not recommend bringing charges against him but it provided a cascade of damaging findings about files found in his garage as well as the president’s fitness for office.

In interviews with investigators, Biden became muddled about the dates he was vice president and could not even remember the year in which his son Beau died.

Biden angrily lashed out at a press conference Thursday – but mixed up the presidents of Egypt and Mexico, galvanizing concerns he is unfit for the job.

The report said his cavalier attitude to classified documents, such as his habit of reading sensitive files to a ghostwriter, posed a significant national security risk.

One of the reasons they decided not to press charges was because ‘at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory’.

Biden is said to be unimpressed at Attorney General Garland over the report, according to two sources close to the president, as it could threaten his presidential campaign.

The two advisors believe Hur went beyond his scope and was misleading in his descriptions.

But they take issue with Garland and say he should have demanded edits to the report.

Biden has not commented on Garland’s future but the belief is that the attorney general will not remain in his post for a possible second term, according to the sources.

‘This has been building for a while,’ one said. ‘No one is happy.’

A former senior Justice Department official insisted that the frustrations at Garland are better directed at the White House.

Biden’s team had the option to exert executive privilege over elements of Hur’s report but chose not to.

While Garland would have had to explain any redactions to Congress if he made edits to the report.

‘The way in which the White House story kept changing at the outset made it much more difficult for the Justice Department to resist having a special counsel,’ the source said.

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  • Hog Jockey says:

    The demmunist party says theres nothing wrong with joeke biden. THEN WHY DOES THE LYING PRESS SECRETARY HAVE TO CORRECT EVERY QUOTE FROM THE DEMENTED DUMMY?? HE’S AN IDIOT AND HE’S DESTROYING THE COUNTRY!

  • Sicsam says:

    Genocide Biden should not have anything to do about the report. FJB

    • V says:

      Fact! Nor should he be allowed interference by asking for changes to be made that allow a lie. He’s so pathetic and needs to go away.

  • Phoenix says:

    Democrats seek to blame others for their problems. True conservatives point out the responsible people. Trump didn’t blame others for his failings, he blamed others when they screwed up. Biden and democrats blame everybody else instead of being responsible for their own actions.

  • Bob Bichin says:

    Lol! No honor among thieves!

  • Paul49 says:

    So the idea is lie, lie, lie. Truth has no place in the china joe administration

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    Washington Post technology and online culture columnist and chief woketeer Taylor Lorenz published a 53-minute interview with 2023 MRC Bulldog Award winner Chaya Raichik—A.K.A. Libs of TikTok—to her YouTube account on Saturday, where she compared a woman getting a nose job to getting her breasts cut off under the rationale that she’s really a boy and admitted she’s unfamiliar with the sexually explicit books Raichik is trying to “ban” from schools, among several other things.

    At the 3:30 mark, a mask-clad Lorenz asks Raichik if she is responsible for the hateful comments that get posted in response to her Twitter posts, “I know you have a very conservative fan base, and in your comments sometimes, you’ll see a lot of commentary about, sort of, the Great Replacement Theory. What are your thoughts—what are your thoughts on that?”

    Raichik answered Lorenz’s question with a question of her own, “What are your thoughts on the comments on your post telling me to kill myself?”

    Lorenz said such comments were horrible, but didn’t seem to get that Raichick was trying to get Lorenz to apply her own standard to herself, “So are you saying that, like, somebody posts something then attacks follow, that person should answer for those attacks?”

    Raichik replied, “No, that’s not what I’m saying. People like you tell me that all the time, so I’m just asking you if you think the same thing.

    About a minute later, the conversation shifted to how gender ideology affects minors and the physical procedures that are done in the name of affirming their identity. After Raichik asked “So a kid should be able to cut off their breasts if they think they’re boys,” Lorenz claimed, “My feeling is that I believe in personal liberty. I grew up in a town where a lot of people, for their middle school graduation, women got nose jobs. I know someone who got a boob job at age 14, and I guess I struggle to understand the criticism when there’s certainly no criticism of that sort of thing.”

    Correctly not seeing the two as the same, Raichik asked, “So, you’re comparing a boy being allowed to chop off his penis to a teenage girl getting a nose job?” Lorenz doubted such things actually happen, but Raichik claimed that she has been told directly by hospitals that they do perform hysterectomies for 16-year olds. As an aside, even PolitiFact was forced to admit that there have been cases of 14-year olds receiving so-called masculinizing chest surgery.

    Later, at 29:02, Lorenz returned to the idea, “I mean, women ascribe to certain gender things. You see women getting boob jobs to affirm their gender. I mean, we’re in Los Angeles, you see this kind of gender—” Raichik, again replied, “So, again, you’re comparing boob jobs and nose jobs to people buying into the lie that they could change their sex?”

    At 8:50 on the subject of books, Lorenz asked, “I was just curious, how many have you read?” Raichik replied that she’s read Gender Queer, This Book is Gay, Flamer, My Shadow is Pink, It Feels Good to be Yourself, and “so many more.”

    Several minutes later, at the 44:25 mark, Lorenz could not say the same, “I have not read those books, so I don’t know, but I do think that it’s important to educate kids about sexuality.”

    At one point, Raichik showed both Lorenz and the camera the oral sex cartoons in question, to which Lorenz claimed that context matters and Raichik countered that there is no context in which such images are appropriate to show children.

    Back at 26:25, Lorenz was wondering what Raichik has against transgenders. If transitioning makes people happy, what’s the big deal, she wondered. She also wondered, “What would happen to them?” if Raichik succeeded in her mission against transgender ideology.

    For Raichik, it is a matter of truth, “First of all, the whole trans—it’s based on a lie. You can’t change—you can’t change your gender.”

    As someone who writes for the paper that claims democracy dies in darkness, Lorenz should know that truth, for its own sake, matters. No matter how many times Lorenz claims that chopping off a young girl’s breasts is the same as a nose job is the same thing, it will never be true.

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    Barack Obama’s Oldest Daughter Malia Obama Ditches Last Name

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    Barack and Michelle Obama’s oldest daughter Malia Obama has dropped her last name in favor of her middle name, officially going by Malia Ann for her newest film project The Heart.

    Fans did a double take after Malia’s pen name was revealed in the Sundance Institute’s “Meet the Artist” spotlight video, which introduced her as filmmaker Malia Ann, seemingly in an effort to distance herself from her powerful parents, who have also launched careers in entertainment with Higher Ground Productions.

    Although the former president and first lady are now movie moguls, Michelle and Barack did not attend the 2024 Sundance Film Festival earlier this month, when Malia, 25, made her red carpet debut at the premiere of The Heart.

    Malia described her project as “an odd little story, somewhat of fable, abut a man grieving the death of his mother after she leaves him an unusual request in her will,” as she put it in her Sundance spotlight.

    While the film—which was produced by Donald Glover’s company Gilga—was Malia’s first time directing, she already has writing credits under her belt as a staff writer on his Amazon Prime show Swarm.

    “She’s a very professional person,” Swarm’s co-creator Janine Nabers said of the Harvard grad in a January 2023 Vanity Fair interview. “She’s an incredible writer and artist.”

    Donald also echoed the sentiments, singing Malia’s praises and noting her famous parents didn’t play a role in how she was treated on set.

    “I feel like she’s just somebody who’s gonna have really good things coming soon,” he told Vanity Fair in March 2022. “Her writing style is great. We can’t be easy on her just because she’s the [former] President’s daughter.”

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    Stephen Miller: “Seal the Border, Deport All the Illegals”

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    The architect of many of former President Donald Trump’s most effective and controversial policies on Friday laid out what is likely to be Trump’s first-day immigration plan if he beats President Joe Biden in November.

    “The simple part is seal the border, deport all the illegals,” Stephen Miller told an audience at the 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference.

    “You get in; you have two policy objectives that you proceed with utter determination on: seal the border, no illegals in, everyone here goes out. That’s very straightforward,” Miller said.

    More so than Homeland Security officials, Miller was the brainchild of Trump’s immigration policies that saw a sizable cut in illegal immigrants succeeding in crossing the border. He was involved in every angle, from building a border wall to working with Mexico to keep migrants on the southern side of the border until their paperwork needed to enter the United States was ready.

    When Biden came to office, the new president ended virtually every Trump immigration policy. The result has been historic and record-breaking illegal immigration. Some expect 10 million illegal immigrants to have crossed the border by the end of Biden’s first term.

    The issue has become so hot in the nation that it now tops the economy as the No. 1 election issue and polls show a wide lead for Trump on it.

    Trump has spoken broadly about what he would do, but Miller dished details of what a new plan would likely include.

    He said that construction of the border wall would resume, the so-called “remain in Mexico” policy would be re-established, travel bans from certain countries would resume, and limits to asylum would be imposed.

    He also told the crowd of conservative politicians and young activists that the military would have a role.

    “You deputize the National Guard to carry out immigration enforcement. And then you also deploy the military to the southern border, not just with a mission to observe but with an impedance and denial mission,” Miller said. “In other words, you reassert the fundamental constitutional principle that you don’t have a right to enter into our sovereign territory to even request the asylum claim. The military has the right to establish a fortress position on the border and to say no one can cross here at all.

    Miller, president of the influential America First Legal, said that a second Trump presidency would build on the successes of the first.

    “We did a few of those in the Trump administration; you would bring those back and add new ones on top of that,” he said. Another idea he offered was to establish staging grounds for immigrant flights back to their home nations.

    “It’s a series of interlocking domestic and foreign policies to accomplish this goal,” Miller said.

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    Fed-Favored Inflation Gauge Seen Rising Most in a Year

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    Underlying US inflation probably rose in January by the most in a year, as tracked by the Federal Reserve’s preferred metric, highlighting the long and bumpy path to taming price pressures.

    The core personal consumption expenditures price index, which excludes food and energy costs, is seen rising 0.4% from a month earlier. That would mark the second straight monthly acceleration in a gauge that’s largely been receding over the past two years.

    And when annualizing the data on a three- or six-month basis, both would rebound above 2% after dipping below the Fed’s target in December.

    Fed officials have stressed they’re in no rush to lower borrowing costs and will only do so once they’re confident that inflation is retreating on a sustained basis.

    The PCE data, due Thursday, will likely validate that stance and possibly further diminish market expectations for an interest-rate cut in the coming months.

    Also due are the US government’s second estimate of fourth-quarter growth, durable goods orders, and the Institute of Supply Management’s manufacturing gauge for February. January figures for new- and pending-home sales will give the latest readout on the housing market, while the Conference Board and the University of Michigan will release separate measures of consumer sentiment.

    What Bloomberg Economics Says:

    “The stage is set for monthly PCE inflation to jump following hot CPI and PPI reports. While that certainly won’t put the Fed at ease, we think policymakers will largely look through the January increase. Temporary factors — including residual seasonality and the increase in prices of portfolio-management services — serve as critical drivers behind the January increase. Similarly, some of the expected gain in personal income comes from cost-of-living adjustments and an unsustainably high nonfarm-payroll print.”

    Looking north, Canada will publish its growth data for the fourth quarter, for which preliminary numbers last month pointed to a rebound.

    Elsewhere, crucial inflation reports from the euro zone, Japan and Australia will also keep investors busy, while Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers are set to meet in Sao Paulo from Wednesday.

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    Alabama Judge Clinging to Life After Being Shot by Son with History of Violence

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    An Alabama judge was left in serious condition Saturday after his convict son fired at him during a heated argument, police said.

    Khalfani Hardwick allegedly gunned down his father, Judge Johnny Hardwick, the presiding judge of Montgomery County’s Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, inside his Montgomery home shortly after 1 p.m., the county sheriff’s office said.

    What led to the “domestic incident” remains a mystery, but investigators immediately fingered Khalfani Hardwick — a killer who dodged jail time for a decade-old murder — as the gunman.

    “Judge Hardwick was involved in a domestic incident with his son and suffered serious injuries from a gunshot wound,” Assistant Chief Wesley Richerson told The Post.

    After allegedly shooting his father, the 36-year-old convict fled in a truck, which he ditched just five miles from the home near a local fire department.

    He was found just 45 minutes later, and only 1 mile from the abandoned vehicle.

    Khalfani Hardwick was taken into custody as a suspect, but has not yet been charged with a crime.

    His father went through at least one surgery and is being treated for the “serious” injuries, Richerson said.

    Police could not reveal what led to the violent attack and how many times Judge Hardwich was shot.

    Khalfani Hardwick has a history of violence, including fatally gunning down another man in 2014.

    The judge’s son admitted to fatally shooting Clayton Riley in the head in exchange for his attempted murder charge to be downgraded to second-degree assault.

    Khalfani Hardwick, whose father was a sitting judge at the time, served no prison time for the case, WFSA reported.

    Judge Hardwick has served on the 15th Judicial Circuit since 2001. He was named the president of the Alabama Association of Circuit Court Judges last August.

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    US and UK Launch Missile Strikes Against More Than a Dozen Targets in Yemen

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    The US and UK have launched missile strikes against more than a dozen Houthi targets in Yemen in response to the ‘increase in attacks’ by the terrorist organization on cargo ships.

    American and British fighter jets carried out ‘necessary and proportionate strikes specifically targeted 18 Houthi targets across eight locations in Yemen,’ the Pentagon has confirmed.

    The joint operation targeted weapons storage facilities, drones, air defense systems, radars and a helicopter, and other unmanned surface and underwater vehicles.

    The Houthis have launched at least 57 attacks on commercial and military ships in the the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden since November 19, and the pace has picked up in recent days.

    President Joe Biden and other senior leaders have repeatedly warned that the US will not tolerate the Houthi attacks against commercial shipping. UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps reiterated that it is ‘our duty to protect lives at sea and preserve freedom of navigation’.

    But the counter-attacks have not appeared to diminish the Houthis’ campaign against shipping in the region, which the militants say is over Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    The US and Britain launched the counter-offensive in response to the rise in Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including a missile strike this past week that set fire to a cargo vessel.

    US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, following the joint attack, said the strikes were meant ‘to further disrupt and degrade the capabilities of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia’ and vowed the group will continue to face retaliatory action for their attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and surrounding waters.

    ‘The United States will not hesitate to take action, as needed, to defend lives and the free flow of commerce in one of the world’s most critical waterways,’ Austin said in a statement.

    ‘We will continue to make clear to the Houthis that they will bear the consequences if they do not stop their illegal attacks, which harm Middle Eastern economies, cause environmental damage, and disrupt the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemen and other countries.’

    Shapps issued a similar statement, saying the Royal Air Force aimed to ‘degrade’ Houthi weapons that have been used to ‘mount their dangerous attacks’ and thanked the ‘brave’ military members involved in the operation.

    ‘In recent days, we have seen severe Houthi attacks against commercial ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including against the British-owned MV Islander and the MV Rubymar, which forced the crew to abandon ship,’ Shapps said.

    ‘It is our duty to protect lives at sea and preserve freedom of navigation.

    ‘That is why the Royal Air Force engaged in a fourth wave of precision strikes against Houthi military targets in Yemen. We acted alongside our allies to further degrade Houthi drones and launchers used to mount their dangerous attacks.’

    He added: ‘I thank the brave British personnel involved for their service.’

    The US has carried out near daily strikes against the Houthis, who control the most populous parts of Yemen and have said their attacks on shipping are in solidarity with Palestinians as Israel strikes Gaza.

    The months of attacks by Houthis have continued and have upset global trade and raised shipping rates.

    There have been at least 32 US strikes in Yemen over the past month and a half; a few were conducted with allied involvement.

    In addition, US warships have taken out dozens of incoming missiles, rockets and drones targeting commercial and other navy vessels.

    Earlier this week the Houthis claimed responsibility for an attack on a UK-owned cargo ship and a drone assault on an American destroyer, and they targeted Israel’s port and resort city of Eilat with ballistic missiles and drones.

    The group’s strikes are disrupting the vital Suez Canal trade shortcut that accounts for about 12 per cent of global maritime traffic, and forcing firms to take a longer, more expensive route around Africa.

    No ships have been sunk nor crew killed during the Houthi campaign. However there are concerns about the fate of the UK-registered Rubymar cargo vessel, which was struck on Feb. 18 and its crew evacuated.

    The rebels’ supreme leader, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, announced this past week an ‘escalation in sea operations’ conducted by his forces as part of what they describe as a pressure campaign to end Israel’s war on Hamas.

    Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said in a briefing on Thursday: ‘We’ve certainly seen in the past 48, 72 hours an increase in attacks from the Houthis.

    Singh also acknowledged that the Houthis have not been deterred, telling reporters: ‘We never said we’ve wiped off the map all of their capabilities.

    ‘We know that the Houthis maintain a large arsenal. They are very capable. They have sophisticated weapons, and that’s because they continue to get them from Iran.’

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    South Carolina Republican Primary Results: Tonight

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    South Carolina voters head to the polls today to choose the GOP nominee for president. Voting runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Former President Donald Trump is expected to defeat Nikki Haley, but the margin will be closely watched.

    Polling: Trump leads polling in the state by an average of 31 percentage points, according to the nonpartisan FiveThirtyEight average.

    Nikki Haley: When Haley announced her presidential bid, South Carolina’s early slot on the GOP nomination calendar seemed like an opportunity for her.
    Now, she is seeking to avoid a landslide drubbing in her home state’s presidential primary on Saturday. A narrower than expected loss could bolster her case to stay in the race; a blowout could add to the pressure for her to get out.

    Donald Trump: Trump has won all the states that have voted so far, and Haley is the last candidate standing between Trump and the GOP nomination.

    How Many Delegates Does South Carolina Award?

    In the South Carolina race, there are 50 delegates at stake and 29 will be awarded to the winner of the statewide vote. Twenty-one delegates will be allocated according to the vote in each of the state’s seven congressional districts. The top vote-getter in each district will get three delegates from that district. Heading into Saturday, Trump has 63 delegates, to Haley’s 16.

    What’s at Stake for Trump and Haley in South Carolina?

    Donald Trump is hoping to beat Nikki Haley in her home state by a wide enough margin that she will drop out and he can look ahead to the general election and an expected rematch between him and President Biden. Haley, the state’s former governor, isn’t going to win, barring a miracle, but she needs to keep her loss margin to a minimum in order to show she can still fight – and raise money to fund her efforts.

    Haley has said she is staying in the race to the end because voters deserve an alternative to the former president, but Trump could secure the nomination as early as next month if he continues with commanding wins.

    What Time Is the South Carolina Primary and When Should We Expect Results?

    The South Carolina GOP primary will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. Some residents have already voted early. Each county election office will report their tallies and results will be announced on a rolling basis after 7 p.m. If former President Donald Trump leads by wide margins – as he did in previous primary elections this year – a winner could be projected quickly by the Associated Press and other news organizations after voting concludes.

    In the South Carolina Democratic primary held earlier this month, the AP said it first reported results at 7:08 p.m. ET, so just minutes after the polls closed.

    Who’s Won the GOP South Carolina Primary Since 2000?

    Some states have a track record of winnowing primary fields rather than picking nominees. But South Carolina Republicans have more often than not in recent years voted for the candidate who eventually secured the party nod. Only once since 2000 has the state GOP picked someone who didn’t make it to the November ballot.

    2000 – George W. Bush
    2004 – No GOP primary (Bush was incumbent)
    2008 – John McCain
    2012 – Newt Gingrich
    2016 – Donald Trump
    2020 – No GOP primary (Trump was incumbent)

    Republican Primary Calendar: What’s Next After South Carolina?

    After South Carolina, candidates head to Michigan, followed by a steady stream of primaries and caucuses culminating in Super Tuesday in early March. At that point we could have a clear winner, even with dozens of races still to come through June, when the nominating contests wrap up. Here’s a look at the GOP schedule through Super Tuesday, from 270towin.

    Feb. 24: South Carolina
    Feb. 27: Michigan
    March 2: Idaho, Missouri
    March 3: D.C.
    March 4: North Dakota
    March 5 (Super Tuesday): Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

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    Trump and Javier Milei Meet and Hug Backstage at CPAC

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    Former President Trump on Saturday painted a bleak picture of America under President Biden’s leadership, describing himself as a “political dissident” and as the country’s last hope to address its problems.

    “For hard-working Americans, Nov. 5 will be our new Liberation Day,” Trump said in an address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “But for the liars, and cheaters, and fraudsters, and censors and imposters who have commandeered our government, it will be their Judgment Day.”

    “When we win, the curtain closes on their corrupt reign and the sun rises on a bright new future for America,” he added. “I believe it’s our last chance.”

    He repeatedly described the state of the country as the “Biden nightmare” and referred to his opponents as “thugs,” “tyrants” and “fascists.” He claimed “hordes” of migrants would stampede into the country, programs like Medicare and Social Security would “buckle” and law enforcement would “hunt” for conservatives.”

    “If crooked Joe Biden and his thugs win in 2024, the worst is yet to come. Our country will go and sink to levels that were unimaginable,” Trump said.

    Trump frequently bemoaned what he called the “weaponization” of government and law enforcement. The former president is facing 91 felony charges across four separate investigations. He was also ordered to pay $355 million as part of a civil fraud ruling in New York over his business practices, and a jury ordered him to pay $83 million in a defamation suit brought by writer E. Jean Carroll.

    “Our country is being destroyed and the only thing standing between you and its obliteration is me,” Trump said.

    “I stand before you today only as your past and hopefully future president, but as a proud political dissident. I am a dissident,” he added.

    Inflation has dogged the Biden White House since it first spiked in late 2021, even as prices have cooled in recent months. The southern border has also become a political liability for Biden, with record-setting levels of apprehension taking place there in recent months.

    Trump is on track to become the Republican presidential nominee having won the first three primary contests and holding a comfortable lead in the remaining states on the calendar. His campaign projected he could win the necessary delegates to clinch the nomination no later than March 19.

    Trump offered glimpses into what a second term of his own might look like. He said he would protect police immunity to crack down on crime and he would initiate the “largest deportation in the history of our country” to remove migrants who crossed the border illegally.

    He claimed conflicts involving Israel and Ukraine would not have happened while he was in office, though he did not offer specific solutions for how he would address them if reelected.

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    UPDATED: Georgia Nursing Student Laken Riley Murdered by Illegal Alien from Venezuela

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    Cops investigating the murder of a University of Georgia nursing student have released her cause of death.

    Laken Riley, 22, was killed by ‘blunt force trauma,’ police confirmed. Her body discovered in a field on the Athens campus on Thursday after she failed to return home from a run.

    Illegal Venezuelan immigrant Jose Antonio Ibarra was arrested for her murder on Friday and is now being held at the Clarke County Jail.

    The 26-year-old crossed into El Paso, Texas in September 2022 but had been released from a detention center due to a lack of space, according to NewsNation reporter Ali Bradley.

    Family statement

    A community member who is close to the family released a statement on behalf of Riley’s family, thanking law enforcement for their swift efforts and reflecting on their daughter’s life.

    “Laken was an amazing daughter, sister, friend and overall person in general. Her love for the Lord was exemplified in every aspect of her life. She will be missed every day, but we promise to honor her life moving forward in a very big way,” the statement reads, in part. “During this most difficult time, we ask that you respect our privacy, and provide us the time and space necessary to grieve our daughter’s life that was tragically cut short.”

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    A 26-year-old illegal migrant from Venezuela has been charged with murdering nursing student Laken Riley, whose body was found dead on the University of Georgia campus after going for a run, according to police.

    Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was arrested on Friday for allegedly kidnapping and killing the 22-year-old Augusta University junior, UGA Police Chief Jeffrey Clark told reporters at a press conference Friday night.

    Ibarra was not a UGA student and is not a US Citizen, Clark said.

    He and Riley had no prior relationship.

    “He did not know her at all. I think this is a crime of opportunity where he saw an individual and bad things happened,” Clark said.

    Riley, a dean’s list student and sorority member, was found dead with “visible injuries” in a wooded area near Lake Herrick around 12:38 p.m. Thursday.

    Clark confirmed Friday that she died of “blunt force trauma.”

    Ibarra’s apartment in Athens was being searched by authorities while Clark spoke, but he said police had enough evidence to charge him before the search warrant was executed.

    “The evidence is robust. It is supported by key input by the community, physical evidence and expert police work. Importantly, we were assisted by video footage from our campus security cameras network,” Clark said.

    Three or four persons of interest had been questioned but only Ibaira was charged.

    Clark said there’s “No indication of a continuing threat to the community related to the case at this time.”

    Ibara is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another.

    Riley was reported missing by a friend after going for a run around the Intramural Fields on UGA’s East Campus, police said.

    Riley had transferred to the nursing program at Augusta University from the nearby University of Georgia after the spring 2023 semester, UGA spokesperson Greg Trevor told UGA’s student newspaper The Red & Black.

    “She was still active in her sorority [Alpha Chi Omega at UGA]. She was active in the community and well known and from all accounts very well-liked,” Trevor said.

    The shocking death was the second in just 24 hours on UGA’s campus.

    Another student was found dead in a dorm room on Wednesday — which police said is not connected to Riley’s death but did not give additional details.

    Both UGA and the Augusta University College of Nursing canceled classes Friday.

    Chief Clark urged students to “travel in groups” and keep their “head on a swivel.”

    Jose Antonio Ibarra’s brother faces federal charges of possessing a fake green card, the Department of Justice announced late Friday.

    Diego Ibarra, 29, of Venezuela, was one of the three men questioned by officials on Friday in the death of 22-year-old Augusta University nursing student Laken Riley. His 26-year-old brother would eventually be arrested for her murder.

    The elder Ibarra was stopped by Athens-Clarke County police on Friday because he met the description of a person of interest in the case. He showed investigators a U.S. permanent resident card, commonly known as a green card, as his identification. Investigators, believing the card was fake, contacted Homeland Security Investigations.

    In a statement sent to FOX 5 Atlanta, the United States Attorney’s Office Middle District of Georgia wrote:

    “Ibarra is a citizen of Venezuela and was processed for expedited removal but claimed a credible fear of return to Venezuela. He was consequently released from immigration custody pending adjudication of his claim for asylum on April 30, 2024.”

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