Eric Trump simply cannot believe that people are blaming his father for contributing to the pathetic showing of Republicans in the midterm election. After all, he claims, his old man has “fought for this country.”
Oh, and while he was at it, Eric also compared his dad to quarterback Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In a video shared online by Ron Filpikowski, Eric remarks:
Of course, as has been established years ago, Donald Trump never “fought” for his country. During Vietnam, he was excused from military service because he claimed to have “bone spurs” in his feet. However, years later the ex-president couldn’t remember if the spurs were in both feet or just one.
Also, the daughter of a New York podiatrist has since revealed that her father gave Donald the medical excuse as a favor to Fred Trump, the former president’s father.
Eric’s absurd comments were thoroughly mocked on Twitter.
Caleb Campbell is a pastor at Desert Springs Bible Church in Phoenix, and he says that something he witnesses at a supposedly “Christian” pro-Trump event he recently attended left him disgusted by how scriptures were being misquoted and even used to justify some of of the most hateful things imaginable.
Speaking with Nathan Vandeklippe of The TorontoGlobe and Mail, Campbell notes that he was at a revival event sponsored by Turning Point, a conservative group based in Phoenix that is associated with conservative broadcaster Charlie Kirk.
“I was absolutely terrified and horrified,” Mr. Campbell recalled. He was in a familiar environment: people gathered inside a church singing Christian worship music, with a prayer and a collection of money.
But the person delivering the homily was not a minister. It was Charlie Kirk, a college dropout who has become a prominent conservative broadcaster and pivotal figure in spreading and sustaining the new U.S. wave of populist conservatism. He talks “like a pastor would talk,” Mr. Campbell recalled.
That includes bringing the Bible to the pulpit. Mr. Kirk regularly refers to the Book of Jeremiah, where the 29th verse says, “seek the peace and prosperity of the city.” Mr. Kirk, however, replaces “seek” with “demand,” a notion that becomes the basis for him to argue, Mr. Campbell said, for a proclamation of “why we’ve got to demand our gun rights and demand school choice.”
God and guns, what an odd mashup of completely disparate concepts. But some in the right-wing religious community seem convinced that Jesus would be toting an AR-15 if he was walking among us in this day and time. So much for that whole “prince of peace” thing, huh?
Kirk has gone even further, telling followers that the Founding Fathers didn’t actually want separation of church and state, remarking that “the church founded this country,” which would certainly be news to Thomas Jefferson, who created his own version of The Bible and didn’t think religion had any place in the workings of government. As a matter of fact, the deliberate mixing of religion and government was one of the main reasons the Jefferson and others like him left England and declared their independence from a tyrannical king who was cloaked in the blessings of the church.
Campbell adds that even more troubling than what Kirk said at the revival was the way his message was so rapturously received by attendees:
And that’s not all that was being spouted at the event, Campbell notes. There was also plenty of fearmongering about how ethnic minorities and others were attacking white Christians:
“They’re afraid the outsider is going to take over and eliminate their life. It’s the erasure part that is the greatest threat,” he said. He came to understand Mr. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” as “an appeal to ethnic preservation,” in the guise of defending a Christian nation.
Campbell now sees his mission as one of trying to counter the hateful messages being spewed by Kirk and others.
Campbell says he is driven to counteract what he sees as a false doctrine of power, one that conflates political and religious kingdom-building. Such an idea is not new to Christendom, he said, pointing to Rome under Constantine and Charlemagne.
“It’s a perpetual heresy,” he said. “This one just is sprinkled with red, white and blue. This one tastes like apple pie.”
The Justice Department has contacted former Vice President Mike Pence and his legal team requesting Pence’s witness testimony as part of the ongoing criminal investigation of disgraced ex-president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election so he could remain in power.
According to The New York Times, “Thomas Windom, one of the lead investigators examining the efforts to overturn the election, reached out to Mr. Pence’s team in the weeks before Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed a special counsel on Friday.”
Garland appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee the DOJ’s investigations regarding January 6, 2021 and his hoarding of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago in violation of federal law.
The Times notes:
“Mr. Pence, according to people familiar with his thinking, is open to considering the request, recognizing that the Justice Department’s criminal investigation is different from the inquiry by the House Jan. 6 committee, whose overtures he has flatly rejected.”
While the Justice Department has reached out to Pence’s attorneys, the report adds, “the discussions about questioning Mr. Pence are said to be in their early stages. Mr. Pence has not been subpoenaed, and the process could take months, because Mr. Trump can seek to block, or slow, his testimony by trying to invoke executive privilege.”
Pence could prove to be very important as the DOJ continues to weigh what actions it will take against Trump. Multiple federal grand juries are currently sitting to investigate both Jan. 6 and the classified document matter. Those could result in indictments against the former president for charges ranging from seditious conspiracy and violations of the Espionage Act.
Geraldo Rivera just had the second worst idea of his life (the first being his failed 1986 opening of Al Capone’s vault, which contained nothing but some worthless debris), and once again he decided to share his idiocy with the world, only to be humiliated for the entire internet to see and mock.
Rivera wants President Joe Biden to give a presidential pardon to disgraced, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump for the “good of the nation.”
Ford pardoned Nixon for the good of the nation? Really? There have long been suggestions that Ford actually pardoned Nixon as part of a larger plan: Nixon agreed to hand the presidency to Ford in return for getting a pass on all of his many crimes while in office.
It should also be noted that when Ford ran for reelection in 1976, the nation decided he needed to be booted from the White House and elected Jimmy Carter.
Pardon Trump? To hell with that idea! The man has repeatedly avoided paying the price for a lifetime of criminal behavior and belongs behind bars until the day he passes from this world.
Sorry, Geraldo, but Twitter thinks you should go back to Capone’s vault, only this time be sure and stay there.
A campaign ad released this week by Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) against his GOP opponent, Herschel Walker, is generating lots of attention and may wind up being a turning point in the upcoming runoff election scheduled for December 6 in the Peach State.
CNN reports that the ad masterfully uses former president Trump’s praise of Walker against the Republican candidate.
The ad opens on Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential announcement earlier this week – and specifically his support for Warnock’s Republican opponent in the Georgia Senate runoff, Herschel Walker.
“We must all work very hard for a gentleman and a great person named Herschel Walker, a fabulous human being who loves our country and will be a great United States senator,” Trump says.
As Trump continues to speak, six words appear on screen to close the ad: “Stop Donald Trump. Stop Herschel Walker.”
And that’s it. That’s the whole ad.
Simple, to the point, and incredibly effective, CNN’s Chris Wallace noted.
Why is the ad such a problem for Walker’s campaign? Because Trump isn’t exactly the most popular person in the country. Matter of fact, his endorsement in close races has been shown to increase Democratic turnout and suppress the number of Republicans who decide to cast a ballot. So tying Walker to Trump is meant to make it clear the two are joined at the hip, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains.
Warnock’s decision to nationalize this race around Trump tells you that he believes the former president is a net negative in the state, and will function as an anchor on Walker’s attempt to get a majority of the vote.
Trump may wind up destroying the Republican Party completely. It would be the first positive thing he’s ever done in his life.