Trump mocks army generals who care more about being ‘woke’ than ‘fighting enemies’

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Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, on on June 26, 2021.

  • Trump said military leaders were more concerned about being “woke” than “fighting enemies.”
  • In his first rally post-White House, Trump branded military leaders as “weak and ineffective.”
  • His comments come after top military officials voiced their support for critical race theory.
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Donald Trump mocked “woke” military generals and critical race theory on Saturday as he addressed thousands of supporters at this first post-White House rally in Wellington, Ohio.

The former president accused the country’s “weak and ineffective” military of becoming more concerned about being politically correct than they are about “fighting their enemies,” the Telegraph reported.

“The Biden administration issued new rules pushing twisted critical race theory … into our military,” Trump said, according to the Telegraph. “Our generals and our admirals are now focused more on this nonsense than they are on our enemies.”

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“You see these generals lately on television? They are woke,” he continued. “Our military will be incapable of fighting and incapable of taking orders.”

Trump’s comments come in the same week the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen Mark Milley, defended the study of critical race theory in the military, saying he wanted to “understand white rage,” the Guardian reported.

“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military … of being ‘woke’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there,” Miley told the House armed service committee on Thursday, according to the Guardian. During the remarks, was joined by the defense secretary, Lloyd Austin.

Critical race theory is an academic field that seeks to understand systemic racial prejudice and combat it.

In recent weeks, it has become a lightning-rod issue for some conservatives, who claim that it is divisive and presents a distorted picture of American history.

Trump made an appearance at Saturday night’s rally to show support for Max Miller, his former aide who is now challenging Republican incumbent Anthony Gonzalez in Ohio’s 16th congressional district.

He also used the opportunity to bash President Joe Biden’s immigration policies, hint at his 2024 presidential run, and to (once more) criticize the Supreme Court for not supporting his claims of election fraud.

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A Corn Palace official says there has been ‘amazing’ demand ahead of a rally by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Reportedly the world’s only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.

  • The South Dakota location of Mike Lindell’s upcoming rally has seen a spike in interest.
  • “We’re certainly aware of some of the controversy,” Corn Palace official Doug Greenway said.
  • The day rate for the venue was $1,750, plus fees for light and sound.
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In the days since Mike Lindell, chief executive of MyPillow, announced he’d be holding a rally at the Corn Palace in South Dakota, the venue’s management has been fielding phone calls from about 30 people a day.

That’s an “amazing” number of calls for the venue, director Doug Greenway told Insider via phone. The Palace is in Mitchell, a town with a population of about 15,000.

“No one has said: ‘Oh, gosh, why are you having this person?’ It’s, like, ‘How do we get in and when’s it open?'” he said.

The event on Monday evening has been promoted as the “Frank Rally,” taking its name from Lindell’s voter-fraud website, Frank. Lindell is expected to speak for about 90 minutes during the event.

Lindell is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.3 billion, in a case accusing the pillow executive of spreading misinformation about the November 2020 presidential election. Lindell has repeatedly said the election was stolen from President Donald Trump.

On Saturday, Lindell said during an interview on “Real America’s Voice” that Dominion’s case was “coming apart at the seams.”

Some of the callers who’ve connected to the Corn Palace in recent days have asked how early they should start lining up for the un-ticketed first-come-first-served event. One caller asked if Saturday afternoon was too early to get in line, Greenway said. Another was expecting to travel from Tennessee.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.

As Insider spoke to Greenway, he was hustling around the 3,000-seat venue, preparing it for one of three graduation ceremonies it was holding that day.

“We’re certainly aware of some of the controversy that surrounds Mike Lindell, but quite honestly it’s just an event for us,” he said.

He said he’d talked with the Corn Palace’s administrators before agreeing to host Lindell.

“We do have the right to say this isn’t a fit for us, but, honestly, he hasn’t done anything that would prevent us,” Greenway said. “It’s no secret he’s a born-again Christian and is a recovering addict, and those are all good things.”

Lindell’s bill for the event will be $1,750 for the venue, plus fees for add-ons like light, sound, and portable toilets. The rally will be held on a pro-sized basketball court, surrounded by 1,350 floor seats and 1,750 elevated ones. If too many people show up, there will be an overflow area outside.

COVID-19 pandemic safety measures ended in February in Mitchell.

Later in the week, the Corn Palace was set to host an event for the American Corn Hole Association, according to its calendar of events.

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Clashes broke out between Trump supporters, Proud Boys, counter-protesters, and police after thousands gathered in DC to contest the election results

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Members of the Proud Boys and counter-protesters stand off near Black Lives Matter Plaza on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Clashes broke out between protesters, counter-protesters, and police following a day of pro-Trump rallies in Washington DC on Saturday.
  • The DC mayor’s office said at least 23 arrests were made and at least eight people were hospitalized, local Fox 5 DC reported.
  • Two days before the electoral college vote is expected to solidify President-elect Joe Biden’s win, thousands demonstrated in support of President Donald Trump earlier on Saturday.
  • Hundreds of members of the far-right Proud Boys were in attendance and were seen facing off with black-clad counter-protesters and vandalizing “Black Lives Matter” flags.
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Clashes broke out between protesters, counter-protesters, and police on Saturday night, leaving multiple injuries and nearly two dozen arrests following a day of pro-Trump rallies in Washington, DC.

Two days before the electoral college vote is expected to solidify President-elect Joe Biden’s win, thousands demonstrated in support of President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the election.

The march was largely made up of people who defended the president’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and refused to acknowledge that Biden won the election.

Hundreds of members of the Proud Boys were in attendance as well, and could be seen in videos marching while chanting “fuck antifa.” The far-right group is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 

Later in the evening, pro-Trump protesters and Proud Boys clashed with black-clad counter-protesters near Black Lives Matter Plaza and other areas of DC. The Washington Post reported at least six people were arrested during the protests earlier on Saturday.

The DC mayor’s office said at least 23 arrests were made related to the protests, and at least eight people were hospitalized, local Fox 5 DC reported. Two of those hospitalized were reportedly police officers.

Videos shared on social media showed the confrontations between the groups, as well as police intervening and people being arrested.

Other video showed members of the Proud Boys pulling down, tearing, or burning “Black Lives Matter” signs.

 

The pro-Trump rally occured one day after the Supreme Court rejected a bid to overturn the election results. It was the latest in a string of defeats for the Trump campaign and other Republican officials who have mounted a flurry of legal challenges to no avail.

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