It’s a given that politicians will do just about anything to get their name and face before the public. After all, that’s how they attempt to get attention and votes.
But a photo op doesn’t always go according to plan, as former vice president Mike Pence discovered when he climbed aboard a motorcycle and made an appearance at the annual “Roast and Ride” held by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) in Des Moines, as the Omaha World-Herald reported.
Pence was the only White House hopeful who participated in a morning motorcycle ride for charity that is a staple of the event. He wore jeans, boots and a leather vest with patches that said “Indiana” and messages supportive of the military.
The former Indiana governor, who has made frequent trips to Iowa over the past year, is expected to launch his long-anticipated campaign at an event in Des Moines on Wednesday.
“I’ll be back a little later next week,” Pence teased the crowd when he spoke later at the rally. “I don’t have anything to announce today.”
That was all it took for Twitter to start lobbing mockery in Pence’s direction, with one comedian posting a video in which he noted, “Pence is looking like if a glass of milk was a person.”
“Looking like a wolf in biker’s clothing,” he added. “Looking like moved by the holy ghost rider.”
Not long after a jury in New York found failed former president Donald Trump guilty of sexually assaulting writer E. Jean Carroll and then defaming her when she came forward with the accusation, a Republican senator appeared on Fox News and eagerly defended the disgraced ex-president/sex offender.
Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) was being interviewed by Fox host Neil Cavuto, who asked him, “While I have you, Senator, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention, you know, former President Trump has been found liable for battery in an alleged 1996 attack on E. Jean Carroll. The jury has ruled that he has to pay her $5 million. He’s going to appeal, but this is the latest case. There are probably others. I’m just wondering whether you think that dings him as a potential presidential nominee for your party,”
Hagerty tried to deflect the question and change the subject.
“Neil, we’ve been watching this legal circus in Manhattan unfold. This is just the latest act in it. Uh, I, I don’t think this is having an impact on the American public’s viewpoint. I think the American public is very focused on what’s happening to the real economy right now. Look at what happens at our border right now. We’re about to lose Title 42. We’re about to have another, you know, increase in the crisis there. Look around the globe at the, you know, the various crises that have been precipitated by this administration. I think that’s where the focus of the American public is right now, and they’re gonna be looking for leadership to solve that,” the senator responded. “Joe Biden is not the one to deliver that leadership.”
Cavuto then inquired, “So someone like an Asa Hutchison, the former Arkansas governor running for president says that the president should step down facing all of these legal battles. He was referring first and foremost, obviously, to this earlier case. I’m just wondering whether you agree that maybe another nominee wouldn’t have as many as many burdens, whether justified or not.”
Once more Hagerty refused to utter a single word of criticism against his political lord and savior.
It’s been said before but it needs to be repeated: The GOP has become a cult and their cult leader is none other than Donald J. Trump.
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.
A Republican caucus meeting to determine who will be the next Speaker of the House devolved into rancor and cursing Tuesday morning as Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO) chided House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) for stating that he had “earned” the position.
CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reports that McCarthy was heard cursing and yelling at caucus members during a closed-door meeting to decide when a floor vote would be held on the job of Speaker.
At one point, McCarthy angrily told his colleagues, “I’ve earned this job!”
The CNN reporter added:
Of course, for Boebert to complain about anyone is the height of hypocrisy. She did almost nothing during her first term in office other than tweet out conspiracy theories, lie, and attack anyone who disagrees with her.
Forced to admit under oath that he didn’t “for one second” believe the lies Donald Trump and his surrogates spouted in the aftermath of the 2020 election, Fox News host Sean Hannity now finds himself in an unfamiliar position: #1 on the right-wing shit list, branded as a traitor to the MAGA movement.
The Daily Beast reports that a host of MAGA conspiracy theorists — MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, attorney Lin Wood, former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon, and even the failed ex-president himself have soured on Hannity, who was once believed to be in daily contact with Trump while he was still in the White House.
“Sean Hannity is disgusting,” Lindell told The Daily Beast. “He’s a terrible journalist that does not do his job or his diligence” when it comes to “election crime.”
“He doesn’t seem to have any concern over any election problems in the country, and it’s disgusting,” he added.
Asked if he’s expressed such frustration to Hannity, Lindell said he’d “of course” told him, but the right-wing pillow superstar claimed the Fox News host “never got back to me.”
Bannon has even suggested that Hannity needs to face “accountability” for giving “TERRIBLE advice” to Trump. Exactly what accountability Bannon has in mind is unclear, and since he’s a convicted felon, he might want to dial back his public comments or face new charges from the Justice Department.
And then there’s the conservative media world, members of which say they’re done with Hannity.
Hannity’s also been called a “fraud” by conservative commentators. Far-right radio host Stew Peters has labeled the Fox News host a “clown” following his voter fraud boomerang. “He regularly washes and dries Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer’s jock straps,” Peters told The Daily Beast.
Conservative media has also gone after Hannity over his election fraud comments, suggesting Hannity is part of a “fake patriot grift.”
Sources close to Trump admit that the Donald is also disappointed with Hannity.
Still, Hannity could probably dismiss the dissatisfaction of most of the Island of MAGA Misfit Toys if it weren’t for one problem: According to two sources close to Trump, the former president himself is apparently “mad” at Hannity.
“In terms of direct contact with Sean, I think it’s been a while,” a Trump source said.
Oh well. Maybe Sean can try to get a position as full-time ass kisser for Ron DeSantis. After all, the Florida governor is said to be looking for acolytes who are willing to worship him and parrot his every word.