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A ‘dumb son of a b—-‘: Trump reportedly slammed McConnell, Pence during fundraiser speech

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Former President Donald Trump went after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former Vice President Mike Pence during a Saturday speech in front of Republican donors, according to attendees, multiple outlets reported.

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The Saturday evening comments from the former president and potential 2024 GOP contender occurred at his Mar-a-Lago club and residence in Palm Beach, Florida at a fundraiser in front of top Republican National Committee donors.

Citing an attendee, The New York Times reported the former president calling McConnell, the top Senate Republican, a “dumb son of a b—-” and a “stone cold loser”. A “real leader,” Trump said, would never have accepted the results of that election, according to the attendee.

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The Wall Street Journal also reported Trump calling McConnell the first insult, citing an attendee who heard the comments. According to the person, while the former commander-in-chief also said he was “disappointed” in former Pence, Trump didn’t project the same tension as with McConnell.

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Furthermore, The Times‘ Maggie Haberman reported that the 45th U.S. president took credit for the Kentucky Republican’s margin of victory in 2020, citing an attendee.

“Did he ever say thank you to me? No. I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you to me? No,” Trump reportedly said, referencing McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who was Secretary of Transportation in his administration. The former president reportedly added that he feels “sorry” for her, saying, “She’s suffered so greatly.”

Haberman also reported in the same Twitter thread that Trump said Pence, whose life was in danger from a mob storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6, should have had “the courage” to refuse to certify the results.

McConnell voted with all Senate Republicans—except for seven—to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial over the former president allegedly inciting the Capitol riot that resulted in five deaths. However, the top Senate Republican blamed him for all that the rioters’ did that day.

“They did this because they had been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth—because he was angry he’d lost an election,” McConnell said in a February 13 speech. “Former President Trump’s actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty.”

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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