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There is a pivotal scene in the final act of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in which the two outlaws are trying their best to escape from horseback lawmen tracking them in which an astonished Butch (played by Paul Newman) asks “Who are those guys?”

One might get the feeling that former President Donald Trump is sharing a similar reaction about the House Select Committee investigation of the events of January 6th, based on a statement released early Tuesday morning.

Trump made some news on Sunday evening when he flatly blamed his Vice President Mike Pence for not overturning the election, which he returned to again in a statement that, true to form, opens with insults of those who oppose him.

Calling out what he derides as the “Unselect Committee of political hacks, liars, and traitors,” Trump repeated his specious claim that a Vice President IS able to wantonly overturn election results, and citing a Congressional effort to clarify the Vice President’s ceremonial role in certifying the Electoral College.

Trump also hit out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who he appears to blame for the Capitol attack on January 6th by his supports, many of whom yelled out “where the fuck is Nancy?” before breaking into her office and rifling through her desk.

Trump concludes his statement with calls for Congressional investigation into both Pelosi AND Pence. “Therefore, the Unselect Committee should be investigating why Nancy Pelosi did such a poor job of overseeing security and why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval, in that it has now been shown that he clearly had the right to do so!”

Hmm…I wonder if Mike Pence has any insight on the events that led to January 6th that might interest the Select Committee and why Trump is willing to foster an apparently inimical relationship with his former number two.

Read Trump’s full statement below:

So pathetic to watch the Unselect Committee of political hacks, liars, and traitors work so feverishly to alter the Electoral College Act so that a Vice President cannot ensure the honest results of the election, when just one year ago they said that “the Vice President has absolutely no right to ensure the true outcome or results of an election.” In other words, they lied, and the Vice President did have this right or, more pointedly, could have sent the votes back to various legislators for reassessment after so much fraud and irregularities were found. If it were sent back to the legislators, or if Nancy Pelosi, who is in charge of Capitol security, had taken my recommendation and substantially increased security, there would have been no “January 6” as we know it! Therefore, the Unselect Committee should be investigating why Nancy Pelosi did such a poor job of overseeing security and why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval, in that it has now been shown that he clearly had the right to do so!

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Ron DeSantis deeply cringeworthy autobiography probably signals a presidential run: columnist

Unlike former President Donald Trump, far-right Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has not officially announced that he will be running for president in 2024. Trump made his announcement on November 15; DeSantis has yet to make an announcement.

But many political pundits are confident that DeSantis will, like Trump, decide to seek the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. One of them is liberal Vanity Fair columnist Bess Levin.

In her November 30 column, Levin cites DeSantis’ forthcoming autobiography “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival” as evidence that the Florida governor will probably run. The book has a February 28, 2023 release date on Amazon.

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Other evidence, according to Levin, is DeSantis’ refusal to commit to serving out his second term as Florida governor in its entirety.

“DeSantis’ autobiography is set to be released next February by Broadside Books, the conservative imprint of HarperCollins — which happens to be owned by none other than Rupert Murdoch, who recently all but dumped Donald Trump in favor of the governor,” Levin explains. “While obviously not everyone who writes or has someone ghostwrite a memoir ends up running for president, it’s a time-honored tradition among elected officials gunning for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Levin continues, “What will the tome be titled? Not surprisingly, DeSantis and his publisher have chosen to go with the extremely eye-rolling ‘The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival,’ which has the distinction of not just being deeply cringeworthy, but is also an indication that the book will be filled with lies. While the Florida official likes to boast that his is the freest state in the nation, that claim doesn’t actually hold up in the face of his attempts to stop people from saying the word gay or talking about racism, or his habit of punishing anyone who disagrees with him. But that’s not the only bit of hypocrisy readers can expect from the book!”

Levin goes on to quote an excerpt from DeSantis’ book. The Florida governor, who defeated Democratic challenger Charlie Crist by 19 percent in the 2022 midterms, writes, “What Florida has done is establish a blueprint for governance that has produced tangible results while serving as a rebuke to the entrenched elites who have driven our nation into the ground. Florida is proof positive that we, the people are not powerless in the face of these elites.”

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The Vanity Fair columnist finds it “interesting” that DeSantis is slamming “elites” in light of the fact that he “attended literal bastions of elitism Yale (undergrad) and Harvard (law school)” and “appears to set a record for backing by elitist billionaires.”

Trump has come up with a new name for DeSantis: “Ron DeSanctimonious,” which shows that the former president now views him as a rival. And Trump has been urging DeSantis to stay out of 2024’s presidential race.

The “news” that DeSantis’ book is forthcoming, Levin says with sarcasm, probably “has not gone over well at Mar-a-Lago, where Donald Trump has been sticking pins in a DeSantis-shaped voodoo doll since the midterms.”

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