March 4, 2021

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Trump enters final days in power as US braces for potential unrest – live

Away from the capital, the Capitol and the capitols in the state capitals (a sentence I’ve always dreamt of writing, at least since the days of A-level US politics), one of Georgia’s two new Democratic senators has been doing his old day job, the Associated Press reports…

A day before the nation’s annual holiday celebrating life of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr, Senator-elect Raphael Warnock returned to the pulpit at the church that was King’s spiritual home, calling for the nation to adhere to “God’s vision of equity”.

Warnock’s wide-ranging holiday message included a tribute to King and a remembrance of his last days organising an anti-poverty crusade before he was shot dead in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.

“The tragedy is that the minimum wage had more purchasing power in 1968 than the minimum wage does in 2021,” he said at one point.

Warnock decried the pain and death of the Covid-19 pandemic. And he called the 6 January attack on the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump “an unthinkable attack on the very house of the people by those who are driven by the worst impulses, stirred up by demagogues.”

Election victories over incumbent Republicans by Jon Ossoff and Warnock ensured a 50-50 Senate split, positioning Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote for Democratic control. But Ossoff and Warnock cannot join the chamber until Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger certifies the final vote tally. Raffensperger, a Republican, has said he could act as soon as Tuesday.

Warnock didn’t mention the outgoing president by name in his sermon but included clear criticisms of Trump as he named “crooked places” he said God seeks to make straight.

“You don’t like the facts? Just create some ‘alternative facts,”’ Warnock said, referencing a term once used by former Trump aide Kellyanne Conway. “Just exchange science for fiction, or your own imagination.”

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