If you thought you’d heard all of the absurd defenses that can possibly be offered up in the vain attempt to suggest that Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas didn’t do anything unethical when he accepted free trips worth tens of thousands of dollars from a Republican megadonor, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested today that it’s all due to racism on the part of Democrats.
Appearing on “Sunday Futures” with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Cruz had this to say:
According to Cruz, some of the liberals on the high court had also accepted trips, but he conveniently neglected to mention any names, probably because he was lying.
Ted Cruz wants us to believe that questioning the ethics of a justice on the Supreme Court is racist. So if the question was about Amy Coney Barrett, would that mean it was sexism? Interesting to see how quickly Republicans play the race card when they have no actual defense for one of their right-wing heroes.
Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene walked right into a massive self-own when she accused the Biden family of being engaged in criminal activities.
In a video she posted on Twitter, the controversial Greene said the Biden family “has been influence peddling Joe Biden’s public office as Senator, VP, and POTUS.”
“Not one person has done anything about it, but the buck stops under the Republican-led House,” she added.
Greene also alleged that President Biden’s son, Hunter, has been engaged in sex trafficking (though she provided no proof), which led her to remark, “I want you to really think about that. Hunter Biden is the biggest piece of white trash in America.”
Hunter Biden is white trash? That’s incredibly rich coming from a woman who gets off on shooting semiautomatic rifles, screwing around on her ex-husband as often as the sun rises in the East, and even resorted to heckling during the State of the Union address, a move that led Democratic strategist to respond:
“Well, you know, I told people I have a PhD in white trashology, you saw real white trash on display. Let me say something about congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. She dresses like white trash. She really needs a fashion consultant. I recommend George Santos. He could do a good job of dressing up where she doesn’t announce her white trashdom by her own clothes.”
As for Greene’s clear psychological projection of her own insecurities onto Hunter Biden, Twitter users had some thoughts.
These are tense times for many at Fox News, especially since the network fired its highest-rated primetime host, Tucker Carlson, on Monday in the aftermath of the Dominion defamation settlement which cost the network $787.5 million, a hefty sum, even for the deep pockets of the Murdoch family. And there’s another, even larger lawsuit from Smartmatic on the horizon.
Other on-air hosts are terrified they’ll be the next to get the pink slip, according to an article from Rolling Stone, and the names most often mentioned are the hosts who told the most lies on their programs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro.
Bartiromo would seem to be the most likely to get the ax, the report continues, if only because she allowed so many questionable guests to come on her show and spread their lies and conspiracy theories.
In recent years, the host became a mouthpiece for Trump, propping up conspiracy theories and peddling lies about the 2020 election. Those falsehoods found their way into a Dominion Voting Systems filing in the company’s mega-lawsuit against Fox. The filing pointed to Bartiromo’s Nov. 8 interview with Trump-aligned attorney, Sidney Powell, to discuss “voting irregularities” — on-air programming that contrasted sharply with the host’s Dominion deposition statements, in which Bartiromo said the email underpinning Powell’s claims was “nonsense.”
In other words, no one feels safe anymore. But would Fox actually clear the decks completely and get rid or Bartiromo, Pirro, and even Sean Hannity? No one’s job is safe at the moment, including those of top executives who helped enable the faulty reporting in the first place, in addition to speaking to the press about what’s going on inside Fox headquarters.
Other sources at and close to the network say that, in the wake of Carlson’s ouster, some Fox brass have grilled certain staff about whether they or their teams had recently blabbed to the press about Carlson’s abrupt dismissal.
It should be an interesting to watch what happens at Fox in the weeks ahead. About the only people whose jobs are safe all have the last name of Murdoch.
Ever since many conservatives began calling for a boycott of Bud Light in response to the beer’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch, partnering with transgender TikTok influencer Dylan Mulvaney, one figure in the right-wing community has remained silent: Failed former president Donald Trump, who has yet to say a thing about the boycott.
And now we know why.
The Independentreports that Trump has a major stock investment in Anheuser-Busch and clearly doesn’t want to see the company suddenly start losing millions of dollars due to a boycott.
According to data reviewed by The Independent, it’s possible that Mr Trump’s reluctance to criticise the company that makes the middling American beverage stems from his personal financial interests.
Mr Trump’s most recent financial disclosure shows he holds a significant financial interest in Anheuser-Busch InBev, the company that produces Bud Light.
A recent disclosure report filed by Trump with the Federal Elections Commission on April 14 shows that the indicted ex-president owns between $1 and 5 million of Anheuser Busch InBev stock, which is shown under an account listed as “DJT Trust — Investment Account #2,” Business Insider notes.
However, despite the millions in Anheuser-Busch stock the twice-impeached former president owns, that doesn’t mean he isn’t a bigot when it comes to the trans community.
For example, in a video he released as part of his 2024 presidential campaign, Trump specifically remarked that if he’s elected again, he will “stop the chemical, physical, and emotional mutilation” of transgender children in the United States and vowed to use federal law enforcement against any doctor or healthcare provider who provides gender-affirming treatment to any member of the trans community.
For now, Trump is happy to hold on to his Anheuser-Busch stock and expect handsome returns in the the long run, even though he won’t be able to spend any of the profits when he’s incarcerated.
In addition to the criminal charges failed one-term former president Donald Trump could face when Justice Department Special Counsel Jack Smith completes his investigation of the classified documents Trump had illegally at Mar-a-Lago, a report fromThe New York Times also suggests that Smith may well indict Trump for wire fraud.
According to The Times, “Led by the special counsel Jack Smith, prosecutors are trying to determine whether Mr. Trump and his aides violated federal wire fraud statutes as they raised as much as $250 million through a political action committee by saying they needed the money to fight to reverse election fraud even though they had been told repeatedly that there was no evidence to back up those fraud claims.”
That led former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner to note during a Saturday appearance on MSNBC, “Wire fraud is the stock and trade of the federal prosecutors. If you use the wires, it’s an old-time term, it used to mean the TV, the radio, the telephone — now it’s the internet — as part of a scheme to defraud others out of their money.”
Kirschner continued, “Those are fairly easy charges to prove. So I have a feeling, you can see a series of wire fraud charges in what I would predict would be the larger charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States.”
Trump has been committing fraud for decades by refusing to pay contractors, attorneys, and employees. But defrauding the United States is a much more serious matter, if only because the DOJ has almost unlimited resources to pursue Donald to the doors of the nearest federal prison.