Acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse was in full whine mode during an appearance on The Jenna Ellis Show podcast, saying he has repeatedly called the White House and asked to speak with President Joe Biden, but the president won’t return his calls.
Ellis asked Rittenhouse what he wanted people to know about his story, to which he responded:
“I was attacked. I was 17 years old. I was attacked and had to defend myself. I’m not a racist. I’m not a white supremacist. I’m not a domestic terrorist. I’m not a murderer, and anybody who wants to sit down and have a conversation, I’m more than open.”
Shortly after he was acquitted by a jury in Wisconsin, Rittenhouse met with failed, one-term former President Donald Trump. The meeting, Rittenhouse noted, was “phenomenal,” and included some advice that the ex-president shared with him:
“He told me that he understands what it feels like to have a lot of people not like you, and then just stay truthful to yourself and be yourself. Who cares what other people think?”
Who cares what other people think? Donald Trump does. His entire life has been an effort of striving to be respected and admired, even though he’s been a failure at everything he’s ever attempted: Business, marriage, fatherhood, and being president.
You may have never heard of Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), and if you haven’t, consider yourself lucky because he’s one of the most objectionable members of the extreme far right in the GOP.
On Saturday, Massie posted a disgusting tweet that has caused all sorts of controversy and may wind up getting him booted from Twitter, Forbes reports:
In the photo, Massie appears to be holding an M60 machine gun while seated next to his youngest daughter, who sports an Uzi — his wife, three other children and another man hold assault-style rifles.
Massie’s posting also comes just a day after the shooting at a high school in Oxford, Michigan, that left four dead. Both the shooter and his parents have been arrested and charged for that horrific crime:
Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of the 15-year-old accused of murdering four students at a high school in Michigan, have been charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter —an exceptionally rare move the prosecutor said was warranted by laying out a timeline of “egregious” mistakes and missed opportunities to prevent the shooting.
Shortly after Massie posted his controversial tweet, Manuel Oliver, the father of student killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, appeared on CNN, telling host Jim Acosta:
He claims to be an eye doctor, but isn’t certified by any recognized board of certification in his state.
He pretends he’s a libertarian, but often sounds like little more than an obsequious butt weasel for failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump and an apologist for whatever multinational corporation donates the most to his campaign.
Oh, and Rand Paul also thinks he’s some sort of intellectual, and yet he posts shit like this on Twitter:
What in the hell?! Joe Biden hasn’t banned any guns since taking office, as HuffPost notes, Paul’s tweet is factually inaccurate in other ways:
Though it’s been said millions of times before, it bears repeating: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the biggest, most obnoxious douchebag in the U.S. Senate.
Cruz proved what a petulant shitbag he is once again recently during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence when he accused Democrats of wanting to “defund the police,” which is a lie that gets repeated by conservatives whenever anyone says there’s far too much death and destruction caused by the weapons of mass murder produced by arms companies in the United States:
Of course, what Cruz said contains not a shred of truth. Gupta has written that she favors using some of the funds currently spent on cops to programs that would focus on improving care for the mentally ill, addressing the underlying economic causes of violent crime, and looking for alternatives to merely hiring more police officers.
Despite having already misstated what Ms. Gupta stands for, Cruz continued to trash a woman who dares to have an opinion that differs from his:
But Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT) called Cruz out for his nonsense, reminding him:
Rather than stay and participate in rest of the hearing, Cruz stood up and walked out like a child taking his toy and running home to mommy. Seems the Texas senator isn’t just a lying asshat, he’s also unable to take criticism, which is a sure sign of insecurity.
Maybe it’s time to rename Sen. Cruz the Raving Infantile Liar. It’s a hell of a lot more accurate.
Donald Trump loves to brag about the fact that he managed to appoint three associate justices to the Supreme Court during his failed presidency. It’s literally the only bright spot in his term in office.
But it appears that Trump’s single “accomplishment” will also turn out to be another miserable failure, based on a decision from the high court on Monday, USA Today reports:
“The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up three challenges to a federal ban on gun ownership for people convicted of nonviolent crimes, disappointing Second Amendment advocates who hoped a more conservative court would begin to chip away at the restriction.
“By not taking the appeals, the nation’s highest court let stand a series of lower court rulings that prohibited people convicted of driving under the influence, making false statements on tax returns and selling counterfeit cassette tapes from owning a gun.”
Particularly galling to gun fetishists will be the fact that Amy Coney Barrett didn’t agree to form a majority with four other conservatives, which many believed she would based on her prior rulings while an appellate court judge:
“Several of the court’s conservatives signaled in recent years that they were interested in revisiting the issue, and it’s not clear why they chose not to do so. Four conservative justices have expressed a desire to address outstanding Second Amendment questions – enough to take a case but one vote short of the five needed to corral a majority. Many expected Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, seated last fall, to provide that fifth vote.”
But she didn’t, and that means that Trump’s hot air about how he was going to cement a conservative majority on the court is nothing but rhetoric. If a right-wing judge like Barrett won’t agree to hear a case on who can own a gun, has the court actually swung to the right?
Gun control supporters hailed the the decision, with Adam Skaggs, chief counsel and policy director at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, remarking:
Another gun case remains before the justices, but it’s unclear when exactly the court will decide whether or not to take it.