On Tuesday evening, the New York Timesreported that the Chief Financial Officer of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, is on the verge of being indicted and that the charges could come down as soon as this summer:
“In recent weeks, a grand jury has been hearing evidence about Mr. Weisselberg, who is facing intense scrutiny from prosecutors as they seek his cooperation with a broader investigation into Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization, the people with knowledge of the matter said. The prosecutors have obtained Mr. Weisselberg’s personal tax returns, the people said, providing the fullest picture yet of his finances.”
If Weisselberg does indeed wind up being charged, according to former federal prosecutor Elie Honig, that could also wind up bringing down former President Donald Trump.
During an appearance on CNN shortly after the Times story broke, Honig remarked:
That led host Erin Burnett to inquire:
Honig added that the prison time Weisselberg could be facing would help determine if he agrees to flip on Trump and tell what he knows to prosecutors:
There’s another possibility that Weisselberg has to take into consideration: That Trump will flip on him in order to save his own ass. That alone should give Weisselberg all the motivation he needs to cooperate with investigators.
Hundreds of millions of people here in the United States and around the world watched in absolute horror on January 6, 2021 as a mob of pro-Trump protesters marched on the U.S. Capitol, rioted, and engaged in the sort of insurrection that wasn’t thought impossible in this, the strongest democracy in the world.
Thankfully, the insurrection was put down, Joe Biden was certified as the 46th President of the United States, and federal authorities began deciding how to find and prosecute those who took part in the riots.
But according to Texas GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert, those people who broke into the Capitol building are “political prisoners” who did absolutely nothing wrong.
Gohmert made his remarks Friday in the House of Representatives, the very same House where insurrectionists called for the blood of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and chanted that then-Vice President Mike Pence should be hanged. The Texan proudly stood and declared:
Actually, the Justice Department is prosecuting the people who committed federal crimes that have been on the books for decades. And if these rioters didn’t want to destroy their own lives and those of their families, they should have stayed home and not engaged in criminal acts. It’s just that simple.
However, Gohmert was only getting warmed up, and what he said next is a slap in the face of both reality and history:
Wrong again! Rioters and looters “on the left” are also charged when they break the law. They are prosecuted to the full extent of the law because that law is written to apply to everyone, not just those of one political stripe or the other. And that’s exactly how it should be.
Louie Gohmert, like so many on the right, is delusional and seeking to rewrite what happened on that fateful day in January. His attempt to pretend what we all saw didn’t happen is an insult to every reasonable American’s intelligence.
But that’s the Republican way in the Age of Trump: Lie and deny, use falsehoods and conspiracy theories to cover up your own nefarious actions. It’s the epitome of what Orwell warned us of in 1984.
Sedition, treason, and rioting are wrong, un-American, and illegal. And Louie Gohmert is a lying sack of dung for trying to whitewash such actions.
Before he ever left office, failed one-term former President Donald Trump was reported to be desperate for a way to make money, especially since he had enormous loan obligations coming due in the near future.
New York Times financial investigative reporter Dean Enrich explained Trump’s financial bind during an appearance on MSNBC earlier this year:
And now we have further proof that Trump is trying to make some money by any means possible by offering a necklace for women that’s made from a shotgun shell:
The description of the necklace on the website reads:
“A classic accessory for everyday wear, our Concho Necklace is inspired by our crowd favorite Concho Bracelet! Perfect for layering or standing on its own, each gold necklace has been delicately crafted to pair well with every occasion.”
A shotgun shell necklace. Nothing says love quite like ammo jewelry, especially when it has the TRUMP name engraved on it.
Reaction on social media was immediate:
If you do decide to give your mother one of these necklaces, don’t be surprised if she disowns you.
The people who are opposed to anyone getting vaccinated for deadly diseases such as smallpox, flu, or even the novel coronavirus live in a fact-free world where the only source of information consists of conspiracy theories they find on the internet from others who share their bizarre worldview. Science, medicine, and logic do not exist for such easily deluded individuals.
But a new theory circulating among the anti-vaxxer crowd may well be the most absurd yet: If you take the vaccine for COVID-19, it will change you to another race.
The Daily Beast reports that there’s a strain of misinformation circulating that tells people the coronavirus vaccine threatens to turn the human race into a mutated pro-human:
“This long-simmering idea, which could not only help to steer some people away from vaccines but also fan the flames of already volatile cultural divisions and conflicts, came into stark focus in mid-March, when a meme spread across pandemic denialist Telegram channels, featuring a large image of two sheep fucking, and a block of text that reads: ‘DO NOT BREED WITH SHEEP.’
“‘People who are vaccinated will have modified DNA,’ it continues. ‘No one discusses that DNA is passed onto the next generation. The risk that your children will marry into other cultures is possibly now shadowed by the fact that your children may marry into a COVID vaxed gene group potentially shortening their lives and that of others.'”
Another anti-vaccine poster went a step further, breathlessly opining that those who are vaccinated suddenly become a threat to the unvaccinated:
“They are now genetically modified humans,” that user posted in a community chat last month. “They are not even technically human anymore. Vaccinated people are honestly a threat to humanity as a whole.”
Did you know you had been genetically modified? It must be true; it was on the internet!
There’s also the race change theory for those who wear their tinfoil hats a few sizes too small:
“Only vaccinated people will marry each other while non vaccinated will also get married,” one Redditor wrote earlier this year. “[It] will split the human race into a fake race. The Vaccinated Race.”
Oh my gosh! Does that mean all those flu vaccines we’ve taken for nearly a hundred years have turned us all into flu virus superspreaders without our knowledge?! Make it stop! Soylent Green is people!!!
Let’s all take a few deep breaths and listen to what medical professionals have to say about the matter.
Paul Knoepfler, a cell biologist and genetics researcher at the University of California, Davis, said this about the nutso shit floating around on the World Wide Web:
More deep breaths. Are those gills on the side of your neck that you’re breathing through? In that case, I have to ask: Did you get Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson?
Republicans are terrified of the American electorate because they know that if people go to the polls in record numbers the way they did in the 2020 election, the GOP loses.
The majority of Americans either lean Democratic or progressive, and that means conservatives can see that the GOP’s days as a viable political party are numbered.
Proof of that was given by Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo and former Trump administration aide Stephen Miller, both of whom bemoaned the fact that Democrats control the House, Senate, and White House.
The only solution, according to Miller is that Republicans need to pass legislation that protects Christians and conservatives on social media, which led Bartiromo to remark:
Miller then chimed in:
Hmm…is that anything like Donald Trump and his Republican co-conspirators trying to stay in power by overturning the results of an election and having their supporters storm the U.S. Capitol and kill members of the Capitol Police Force?
Miller then added:
Actually, H.R. 1 says that no state should be allowed to make it harder for registered voters to cast a ballot. Or to randomly close polling locations. Or, for that matter, to enact obstacles to voting for the purpose of disenfranchising people of color or the economically disadvantaged.
Every state should be allowed to set their own for national elections such as the presidential one we hold every four years. That’s not fundamental; that’s bullshit!
Republicans are the ones who want to stack the deck so they can continue to cheat at elections. It’s the only way they can win. They’re devoid of ideas or cogent policies, so they whine and try to bar people from voting. That’s un-American and antithetical to democracy.
Maria Bartiromo and Stephen Miller aren’t interested in democratic ideals. They’re far too busy trying to impose their brand of fascism on everyone.