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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that former President Donald Trump could play a “constructive” role for Republicans after his acquittal for allegedly inciting the Capitol riot.

“I don’t rule out the prospect that [Trump] may well be supporting good candidates,” McConnell (R-Ky.) told the Wall Street Journal when asked what role he saw for Trump in GOP politics.

“I’m not assuming that, to the extent the former president wants to continue to be involved, he won’t be a constructive part of the process.”

McConnell tore into Trump on Saturday, despite voting for acquittal, and said he was “practically and morally responsible” for the violence on Jan. 6. But McConnell voted to acquit Trump on constitutional grounds and has sought to avoid Republican in-fighting.

McConnell told the Journal that he cares most about supporting electable Republicans in 2022 as he hopes to reclaim the Senate, which is currently divided 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking ties in favor of Democrats.

 “I personally don’t care what kind of Republican they are, what kind of lane they consider themselves in,” he said. “What I care about is electability.”

Trump said Saturday after his acquittal: “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you.”

On Monday, Trump aide Dan Scavino tweeted a video of hundreds of Trump fans rallying along a road in Florida to support Trump on Presidents’ Day. Because he was acquitted by the Senate, he’s eligible to run again for president in 2024.

Trump recently met with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) who had also accused Trump of being responsible for the riot that killed five. Trump told McCarthy he would work to help Republicans flip the House, where Democrats have a thin majority.

But Senate races could become a power struggle between pro- and anti-Trump wings of the party.

Trump has publicly called for a primary challenge against No. 2 Senate Republican John Thune of South Dakota, who is up for re-election in 2022. Thune was not among the seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump.

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who did vote to convict Trump, is up for re-election, and there are open seats currently held by pro-conviction Republicans in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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7-year-old boy mauled to death by dogs in South Carolina

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A 7-year-old-boy was mauled to death by dogs in South Carolina as he walked through his neighborhood with his brother, cops said.

Young Shamar Jackson and his brother were swarmed by dogs on Sunday as they looked for their pet Chihuahua in Marion, reports said.

Dogs reportedly ripped away Shamar’s clothes as his brother escaped.

“They couldn’t get away because it was so many dogs coming from different directions,” Carnell Jackson, Shamar’s father, said, according to The State newspaper.

The dogs may have been from a neighbor’s yard and come through a hole in the fence, WBTW reported.

The child’s father told the TV station that his wife was told not to touch her Shamar until the police could get him.

“How are you going to tell her to leave her child there?” Charnell Jackson said.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday it seized five dogs and a puppy from a nearby property as part of its investigation, but it didn’t provide any information on if anyone had been arrested or charged.

The sheriff’s office Facebook page said an account was established for people looking to donate to help the family pay Shamar’s funeral costs.

“Shamar tragically lost his life earlier this week in a dog attack near Wilbur Road. Shamar was a straight A student finishing up the first grade at Lake View Elementary,” the post said.

“You may donate at any Anderson Brothers Bank location, simply specify Shamar Jackson Fund.”

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Soldiers tried to smuggle 2 people from Mexico into TX: US attorney

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A Fort Hood soldier and Pennsylvania National Guardsman were busted for trying to sneak two Mexican citizens over the Texas border in the trunk of a car, officials said.

Soldier Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, and Guardsman Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, were in Army uniforms trying to avoid questions when their scheme came to a halt at a border checkpoint, according to a press release from the US prosecutor on Tuesday.

Oppongagyare took a $100 upfront payment and the pair was expecting be paid more for picking up a man and woman in McAllen and driving them to San Antonio, The Associated Press said, citing the criminal complaint.

The guardsman was in the driver’s seat of the car when they were stopped at the Hebbronville Border Patrol Checkpoint on June 13, said a press release from Jennifer B. Lowery, acting US attorney for the Southern District of Texas.

Oppongagyare allegedly said they were traveling from Zapata to San Antonio. The two Mexican citizens were found in the trunk after a secondary inspection, the charges said.

Both men made appearances on Tuesday in front of a magistrate judge and are now being held on $75,000 bonds pending detention hearings, according to the AP. And the migrants are in custody as material witnesses, the AP said.

Oppongagyare and Saint-Joie face up to 10 years behind bars and a fine up to $250,000.

With Post wires.

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Texas man accused of fatally beating mom’s ex, dragging him behind truck

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A Texas man was charged with murder for allegedly beating his mom’s ex-boyfriend to a pulp and dragging him behind a pickup truck where he was found dead, authorities said.

Robert Hoffpauir, 37, is accused of killing Roman Rodriguez, 60, at about 10 p.m. Sunday after the victim visited his ex-girlfriend’s home in Rye, according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

Hoffpauir, who lives with his mother, was home at the time and allegedly snapped at Rodriguez and “beat him into submission,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Investigators said the suspect then tied a tow strap around Rodriguez, attached the other end around the victim’s pickup truck and drove a “lengthy distance” before setting the vehicle on fire, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities said an autopsy will determine if Rodriguez was killed before or after he was dragged.

Hoffpauir is being held on a $1 million bond.

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