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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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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship



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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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