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Capitol: riot shaman to undergo psychological test in prison

Jacob Chansley, whose photos had toured the world on January 6, 2021, will be deemed fit or not to answer for his actions, according to Business Insider.

The individual was among the rioters who invaded the Capitol on January 6.  © WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

LIs the “shaman of the Capitol” fit to be judged? Jacob Chansley, a QAnon conspirator, pictured  shirtless in horned shaman gear during the riot in Vice President Mike Pence’s office, was taken into custody in January following the assault. « Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions on Capitol Hill, shows that the purpose of the rioters on Capitol Hill was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government, » prosecutors wrote at the time. They said Jacob Chansley, 33, left a note for Mike Pence on the Senate dais where the Deputy Speaker had stood a few minutes earlier, on which was written: “This is that a matter of time, justice arrives. 

According to the prosecution, the individual is a regular drug user probably suffering from mental problems. « Chansley has spoken openly about his belief that he is an alien, a higher entity, and that he is here on Earth to ascend to another reality, » the record reads. This is why, as Business Insider reports , the man nicknamed the “shaman” will undergo a test in his Colorado prison which will determine whether he is able to understand the charges against him, charges he has. always refuted.

Acts under Trump’s influence, his lawyer says

The review will determine whether Chansley « currently suffers from a mental illness or defect rendering him psychologically unfit, as he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to adequately attend his hearing. defense, ”explains the judge in charge of the case. His lawyer declares, for his part, that the individual is affected by autistic disorders, and believes that his client acted under the orders of Donald Trump that day. If the test concludes that Jacob Chansley is not psychologically fit, he could escape jail. Otherwise, he could still be taken care of in a prison hospital.

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Donald Trump will return to social networks … by creating his own platform

Donald Trump will return to social networks within two to three months with his own platform

The former US president was banned from Twitter in January after his supporters stormed the Capitol

The story does not say, at this time, whether messages will only appear in capital letters. Banned from Twitter since January, Donald Trump will return to social networks within two to three months « with his own platform, » said an adviser to the former president of the United States on Sunday.

« I think we will see President Trump back on social networks in two or three months, » said Jason Miller on the Fox News channel, without providing further details on the contours of this « platform », referring only to many meetings at Mar-a-Lago, the Republican billionaire’s Florida home.

@realDonaldTrump and its 88 million subscribers

“It’s not just a company that approached the president, there are a lot of companies,” and “this new platform will be something big, everyone wants it. It will bring millions and millions, tens of millions of subscribers to this new platform, ”he added.

The ex-president, who left the White House on January 20 after being defeated by Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, has also been temporarily or permanently banned by most other major social networks or platforms internet including Facebook, Instagram, Youtube or Snapchat.

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United States: Joe Biden tackles the death penalty

The US president could ask the Department of Justice to stop scheduling new executions. Before an abolition at the federal level?

Joe Biden is the first sitting president to speak publicly against the death penalty, a sentence still in effect across the Atlantic. Barely installed in the White House, the Democrat would have discussed the possibility of asking the Department of Justice to stop the programming of new executions . 

This information remains confidential, and no official announcement is planned – White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki assured it. If this measure were to be confirmed, it will certainly push supporters of the abolition of the death penalty to lift the pressure they exert on  Joe Biden . But they will quickly want the US president to go further by closing, for example, the death row that belongs to the federal government, located in Terre Haute, Indiana. And why not, that he abolish the death penalty altogether  from  American laws.

The position of the 46th American president contrasts with that of his predecessor. Throughout his tenure, Donald Trump  has been a staunch supporter of capital punishment , and everything has escalated over the past six months. 13 people were thus executed by the federal justice – unheard of in 120 years. The former president even appeared to hasten the executions  as his departure from the White House arrived  . The last execution took place just four days before Joe Biden was inaugurated president. Americans are therefore very aware of the issue.   

A divisive decision

One situation particularly shocked the Americans: it was prisoners suffering from mental illnesses who were executed. It therefore seems natural that Joe Biden wants to return to the practice of the Obama era – the latter had unofficially prohibited executions from 2014. But he did not dare to go all the way, which allowed Donald Trump to enforce sentences. 

Joe Biden could, however, attract the wrath of many Republicans, in favor of capital punishment. And even some members of his own camp might blame him, believing it to be political suicide . Not to mention that this decision would save some controversial criminals, such as Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who  killed nine black parishioners  who attended a small church in South Carolina. It might be difficult for Joe Biden to explain to the families of the victims why the murderer of their loved ones must not die. 

Towards an abolition of the death penalty at the federal level?

Supporters of the death penalty are declining – they now represent only half of Americans. But many still want to keep the possibility of sentencing the perpetrators of terrorist attacks to death – the author of the Boston Marathon bombs, moreover, was found guilty and sentenced to death by his jury. Another court commuted the sentence – but the Trump administration has appealed. The Biden administration will soon have to decide whether to pursue this appeal, or whether to accept this sentencing change. 

The abolition of the death penalty at the federal level is in any case a campaign promise of candidate Biden. He didn’t give a lot of details though, remaining very factual. Presumably he is feeling a little guilty and could reallyunravel the laws around the death penalty – to which he nevertheless contributed as a senator. In 1994, it was he who proposed to expand the range of federal crimes punishable by capital punishment. Supporters of ending the death penalty know he has an Achilles heel and they are unlikely to let go until they get a guarantee. 

Source : RTL

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United States: Joe Biden’s tenure begins with popularity Trump has never seen

the new president of the United States enjoys a popularity rating that his predecessor Donald Trump never achieved

Eight days after  entering the White House , the new President of the United States enjoys a popularity rating that his predecessor Donald Trump has never achieved in four years in office, according to a poll released Wednesday by the University of Monmouth.

The survey indicates that the 46th Democratic president drains 54% of favorable opinions in the country, against 30% of dissatisfied and 16% of undecided, a rate « higher than at any time of the mandate of Donald Trump “, According to this survey conducted between January 21 and 24 on 809 people questioned.

A Gallup Institute survey shortly before the inauguration noted that the Republican left the White House with only 34% favorable opinions, a historic low, after starting his presidency with 45% satisfied and reaching 49% early 2020.

More kindness for Joe Biden

Other polls indicate that Joe Biden enjoyed good popularity in the early days of his mandate: 56% for Morning Consult, 63% for Hill-HarrisX.

But Monmouth, like other surveys, points out that the president’s supporters and opponents are deeply divided based on their political views. He enjoys a 90% approval rating among Democrats, compared to just 15% of Republicans and 47% of Independents.

« Generally speaking, there seems to be more benevolence for Joe Biden than there was for Donald Trump but she really follows partisan lines as more people currently identify as Democrats than Republicans » , explained the director of the University’s polling institute, Patrick Murray.

Donald Trump was the first president not to have a “honeymoon” with Americans at the start of his term, according to, with an average popularity of 41.4% over the first six months in office, far from Barack Obama (60%) or George W. Bush (53.9%) in their first half year in office.

Source: Le monde

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États unis : Le mandat de Joe Biden débute avec une popularité que Trump n’a jamais connu

le nouveau président  des États-Unis bénéficie d’une cote de popularité que n’a jamais atteinte son prédécesseur Donald Trump

Huit jours après son entrée à la Maison Blanche, le nouveau président  des États-Unis bénéficie d’une cote de popularité que n’a jamais atteinte son prédécesseur Donald Trump en quatre ans de mandat, selon un sondage à publié mercredi par l’Université de Monmouth.

L’enquête indique que le 46e président démocrate draine 54% d’opinions favorables dans le pays, contre 30% de mécontents et 16% d’indécis, un taux « plus important qu’à n’importe quel moment du mandat de Donald Trump », selon ce sondage conduit entre le 21 et le 24 janvier sur 809 personnes interrogées.

Une enquête de l’institut Gallup peu avant l’investiture avait noté que le républicain quittait la Maison Blanche avec seulement 34% d’opinions favorables, un plus bas historique, après avoir démarré sa présidence avec 45% de satisfaits et avoir atteint 49% début 2020.

Plus de bienveillance pour Joe Biden

D’autres sondages indiquent que Joe Biden bénéficie d’une bonne popularité aux premiers jours de son mandat: 56% pour Morning Consult, 63% pour Hill-HarrisX.

Mais Monmouth, comme d’autres enquêtes, souligne que partisans et opposants du président sont profondément divisés en fonction de leurs opinions politiques. Il bénéficie d’un taux d’approbation de 90% chez les démocrates, contre seulement 15% des républicains et 47% des indépendants.

« D’une manière générale, il semble y avoir plus de bienveillance pour Joe Biden qu’il n’y en avait pour Donald Trump mais elle suit vraiment les lignes partisanes alors que plus de gens s’identifient actuellement comme démocrates que comme républicains », a expliqué le directeur de l’institut de sondage de l’Université, Patrick Murray.

Selon le site, Donald Trump a été le premier président à ne pas connaître de « lune de miel » avec les Américains au début de son mandat, avec une popularité moyenne de 41,4% sur les six premiers mois au pouvoir, loin de Barack Obama (60%) ou George W. Bush (53,9%) sur leur première demi-année dans leurs fonctions.

Source : le monde

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Investiture of Joe Biden: imminent departure of the White House for Donald Trump

INVESTITURE – D-Day for Joe Biden: the new American president is sworn in this Wednesday, January 20 at noon local time . Donald Trump, whose departure is imminent, has granted his presidential pardon to 73 people before leaving the White House. 


The future ex-tenant of the Oval Office has already packed his bags and will leave the White House at 8 am aboard the presidential helicopter. Head to Andrews Air Force Base, where a military ceremony awaits him. Donald Trump will then travel for the last time aboard Air Force 1. He is due to land in Florida  when the new president-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in at the foot of the Capitol. The Republican billionaire will return to his residence in Mar-a-Lago, where a moving truck was seen last Monday.

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United States:Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger wields Conan’s sword against Trump

Screenshot of video posted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Screenshot of video posted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. © Twitter

In the United States, a video posted this Sunday by Arnold Schwarzenegger has been around the internet. The former Republican governor of California denounces the attack on the Capitol, criticizes Donald Trump and calls to unite behind Joe Biden.

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Did the Trump family party after the riots on Capitol Hill?

On his Facebook account, Donald Trump Junior shared a video showing the behind the scenes of the preparation of Donald Trump's speech on January 6.
On his Facebook account, Donald Trump Junior shared a video showing the behind the scenes of the preparation of Donald Trump’s speech on January 6. © Facebook Donald Trump Jr

Videos posted on social networks claim that Donald Trump and his family celebrated the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill. In the footage, the US President is seen stepping out into a large tent, looking at monitors while music blares, and family members dance. Except that these images were filmed several hours before the start of the clashes.

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In addition to Donald Trump’s account, Twitter closes hundreds of QAnon-linked accounts

The personal account of the President of the United States was deleted overnight, as well as those of the main figures of this conspiratorial movement. Twitter justifies its decision by the fear of « new armed demonstrations » in the United States.

Donald Trump's Twitter account, closed on January 8.
Donald Trump’s Twitter account, closed on January 8. JOSHUA ROBERTS / REUTERS

Donald Trump is not the only one to have seen his personal Twitter account suspended on Friday January 8  : several hundred profiles linked to the conspiracy QAnon were also closed in the same movement.

The theory propagated by QAnon postulates that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against a pedophile cabal that secretly controls the US government, and even the world. When the Capitol was invaded on Wednesday, January 6, many pro-Trump demonstrators wore the symbols linked to this movement, which spread widely in the United States in 2020 thanks to confinement, but also to the electoral context.

On January 8, almost all of the movement’s influential figures lost their account, starting with retired Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn, an admired figure of QAnon. The account of Ron Watkins, a former administrator of the 8kun unmoderated board, and suspected of being one of the people behind the figure of « Q », has also been deleted. Just like those of conspiratorial « influencers » very followed, including « Praying Medic » or, for French speakers, that of the Quebec conspiratorialist Alexis Cossette-Trudel.null

Attorney Sydney Powell, who has been leading a massive disinformation campaign since Donald Trump’s defeat claiming that a massive voting machine fraud took place during the election, also had her account deleted. On the same day, Dominion Company, one of the largest distributors of voting machines in the United States, announced that it was filing a defamation suit against Ms. Powell – the company is claiming more than $ 1 billion in damages and interests.

An unprecedented but late wave of deletions

Twitter did not explain in detail the reasons for this spate of QAnon-related account closings. But in the statement posted explaining why Donald Trump’s account was finally suspended, Twitter mentions in particular the « plans for new armed demonstrations that have already started to proliferate on Twitter and elsewhere, including plans for a new attack on the Capitol this 17 January ” .

This is not the first time that Twitter has carried out a massive deletion of accounts linked to QAnon – in July, the social network had closed some 7,000 accounts , but these closings had largely spared the movement’s most popular figures. The January 8 series of deletions is generally considered late by movement specialists. « Twitter has finally decided to use the ax rather than a scalpel » , and writes the specialist journalist QAnon Travis View .

Some of the activists whose accounts have been censored have taken refuge on the unmoderated, pro-Trump social network Parler, which appears to be experiencing some disruption in the face of an influx of users and messages. Lawyer Sydney Powell denounces « fascist » censorship and calls on Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency.null

The Talk app was removed on January 8 from Google’s app store, and Apple threatens to do the same if the social network does not provide proof, within 24 hours, that it is in a position to moderate the calls for violence, many on this platform.

source le monde

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Members of the movement were present on Wednesday during the pro-Trump invasion of Capitol Hill. Most sport a distinctive « Q » on their clothing or on signs, Pro-Trump, conspiratorial, close to the far right.

QAnon saw the light of day in October 2017 on the maligned 4CHAN forum. An Internet user called « Q clearance patriot » launches a crazy theory that the United States has been ruled for decades by a criminal and pedophile organization, implicating among others the Clintons and Obamas, false information relayed on Youtube and Reddit.

The members of QAnon were very present in the meetings of Donald Trump. The phenomenon then went from virtual to real, and the movement is slowly gaining momentum in Europe members were seen in Germany last August during an anti-mask demonstration.