The Senate Judiciary Committee met today to discuss “The Gun Violence Epidemic: A Public Health Crisis.” One of the witnesses was Dr. Megan Ranney of the Yale School of Public Health. One of her interrogators was Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA).
No one who follows these things foresaw a substantive discussion aimed at lowering America’s stratospheric gun death rate. Kennedy did not buck the prediction. As sure as the sunrise, he brought up Chicago.
Kennedy laid the groundwork for his distraction with vivid but inflammatory language designed to appeal to emotion over reason — “largest outdoor shooting range.” He also added dog whistle racism. Hunters vs. inner-city gangbangers? Guess who MAGA identifies as the white group.
“Let me ask you this. Why do you think that Chicago has become America’s largest outdoor shooting range? Do you think it’s because of Chicago citizens, who have no criminal record, but who lawfully have a gun in their homes for protection, or perhaps for hunting? Or do you think it’s because of a finite group of criminals who have rap sheets as long as King Kong’s arm?”
His most egregious misdirection was statistical. Chicago is the conservative poster child for democratically-run cities with lots of murders. In terms of absolute numbers, this is fair. With 692, Chicago had more homicides than any other US city in 2022 — higher than NY with 433 and Los Angeles with 382.
However, meaningful comparisons require per capita statistics. And by that metric, Chicago is behind 13 other US cities in homicide rate. Two of these killing fields (I take my cues from Kennedy) are from Kennedy’s home state. New Orleans is #4. Baton Rouge is #5. Both of these outdoor shooting ranges have murder rates twice that of Chicago.
Dr. Ranney made the same statistical point at the state level:
“So Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri actually have higher firearm death rates, obviously there’s certain … ”
Kennedy interrupted her. He was not going to let facts distract from his polemic. For the record, Louisiana is the second most murderous state. It is also the third lowest in life expectancy — one of the nine red states on the top ten list of places where citizens die young.
Ranney replied it was not her area of expertise. Nevertheless, Kennedy was determined to keep the focus away from the violence in his own backyard.
Kennedy: “What about Chicago?”
Ranney: “So I don’t live in Chicago. It’s not my primary area of research.”
Kennedy: “You don’t have an opinion on that?”
Ranney then made the point that gun deaths are caused by guns. She also, being an academic and not a politician, tried to answer the question she was asked.
“I think there is easy access to firearms, combined with environmental conditions and lack of great education. There have actually been studies showing that when you green vacant lots and repair abandoned buildings in urban neighborhoods, you see decreases in gunshots and violence as well as decreases in stress and depression in the neighborhoods around them.”
Kennedy, well aware that his intended audience wanted smackdowns, not discussion, dissed Ranney while piously insisting he was not dissing her:
“No disrespect Doc, but that sounds a lot like word salad to me.”
What word salad? Ranney’s answer was grammatical, well-structured, responsive, and easily understandable. Kennedy knew it. So he slimed it. Not just with his words. He offered his dismissive scorn while ignoring her and riffling a sheaf of papers for no purpose beyond theatrics.
The North Carolina-based Students for Trump co-founder Ryan Fournier is facing misdemeanor assault charges, law enforcement records obtained by Axios show.
Context: Fournier, who studied at Campbell University in Buies Creek, co-founded Students for Trump ahead of the 2016 election and now leads the group Radical Alert, which “exposes” radicals’ hate that has “taken over American college campuses,” according to its X bio.
Driving the news: According to the magistrate’s order, Fournier, 27, was arrested in Johnston County last Tuesday and accused of assaulting the woman, identified as his girlfriend, by “grabbing her right arm and striking her in the forehead” with a handgun.
He was charged with domestic assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon.
WTF is it about Republicans beating up women?
Melania Trump is as trashy as the rest of the Trump family.
November 28, 2023: Pence reveals Trump KNEW he had lost, meanwhile, more and more truth slips out, destroying MAGA Republicans.
The 2024 presidential campaign is heating up. This morning, Katherine Faulders, Mike Levine, and Alexander Mallin of ABC News broke the story that former vice president Mike Pence had offered to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office new details about Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Pence allegedly said he had told Trump that they had lost the election, but Trump turned to those lawyers who would tell him otherwise.
Pence also allegedly decided—briefly—that he would not attend the January 6 counting of the electoral votes because it would be “too hurtful to my friend,” Trump. But his son, a Marine, later reminded him that they had both taken the same oath to “support and defend the Constitution,” making Pence reconsider his plan to avoid the ballot counting.
Also on the topic of Trump’s attempt to overturn the election was a story by Jamie Gangel, Jeremy Herb, and Elizabeth Stuart of CNN about a forthcoming book by former representative Liz Cheney (R-WY). The trio obtained an early copy of the book, which will be released on December 5, and say it outlines the many lawmakers and media figures who knew Trump had lost the election but lied about it.
“So strong is the lure of power that men and women who had once seemed reasonable and responsible were suddenly willing to violate their oath to the Constitution out of political expediency and loyalty to Donald Trump,” Cheney says. She notes that now-chair of the House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan (R-OH) didn’t appear to care about rules or legal processes surrounding the election results. “The only thing that matters is winning,” he told her.
Cheney wrote of how she and then–House speaker Nancy Pelosi came to respect each other over their common defense of the Constitution, a nonpartisan stance that foreshadows her conclusion that Trump is dangerous to the country.
“Every one of us—Republican, Democrat, Independent—must work and vote together to ensure that Donald Trump and those who have appeased, enabled, and collaborated with him are defeated,” she writes. “This is the cause of our time.”
Still, MAGA Republicans are defending the former president, in part by trying to launch an impeachment case against President Joe Biden. But that effort took a hit today. Representative Lisa McClain (R-MI), who sits on the House Oversight Committee that is out front on the impeachment effort, admitted on Fox Business that the committee has found no evidence that President Biden changed any policies after what Republicans claim was a bribe from China — the alleged “bribe from China” was actually a check from his brother to pay back a loan from President Biden.
Also today, the lawyer for the president’s 53-year-old son Hunter responded to a subpoena from Representative James Comer (R-KY), chair of the Oversight Committee, for Hunter Biden’s testimony in what Republicans insist is business corruption (there is no evidence of such wrongdoing by either Hunter Biden or his father).
Although his lawyer noted that the committee appeared to be ignoring the business activities of the Trump family, whose members were actually in office whereas the younger Biden is a private citizen, he said that Biden agreed to testify but that he would do so in a public hearing, not in the closed-door session Comer wanted.
“We have seen you use closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and mislead the public,” Biden’s lawyer wrote, and indeed, Comer did not even attend the July closed-door deposition of Biden’s former business partner Devon Archer but nonetheless went on television to misrepresent Archer’s denial that Hunter Biden’s father was involved in the business. “If, as you claim, your efforts are important and involve issues that Americans should know about, then let the light shine on these proceedings,” the lawyer wrote.
Comer, whose previous hearings have tended to blow up in his face as well-prepared Democrats tear into the Republicans, rejected the idea of holding a hearing in public.
“Let me get this straight,” Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the top Democrat on the committee, said. “After wailing and moaning for ten months about Hunter Biden and alluding to some vast unproven family conspiracy, after sending Hunter Biden a subpoena to appear and testify, Chairman Comer and the Oversight Republicans now reject his offer to appear before the full Committee and the eyes of the world and to answer any questions that they pose? What an epic humiliation for our colleagues and what a frank confession that they are simply not interested in the facts and have no confidence in their own case or the ability of their own Members to pursue it.
“After the miserable failure of their impeachment hearing in September, Chairman Comer has now apparently decided to avoid all Committee hearings where the public can actually see for itself the logical, rhetorical and factual contortions they have tied themselves up in,” Raskin said. “The evidence has shown time and again President Biden has committed no wrongdoing, much less an impeachable offense. Chairman Comer’s insistence that Hunter Biden’s interview should happen behind closed doors proves it once again. What the Republicans fear most is sunlight and the truth.”
MAGA Republican lawmakers’ defense of Trump ran into another snag today as Americans for Prosperity Action, an anti-Trump super PAC backed by billionaire Charles Koch, announced it was backing former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. A memo from AFP Action said Haley offers “the opportunity to turn the page on the current political era.”
The AFP Action endorsement is a window on the reaction of pro-business Republicans to the party’s recent shift to embrace Christian nationalism. Today’s party rejects small government and a market economy, which was the rallying cry of the Reagan Revolution, in favor of laws based on right-wing religious ideology. As Florida governor Ron DeSantis showed with his attack on Disney for supporting LGBTQ+ rights, this ideology would require businesses to ignore market forces and instead bow to the will of a strong government.
AFP Action stayed out of the presidential races of 2016 and 2020, but now, saying that Haley’s policies are close to AFP Action’s free-market ideology, it is taking a stand against the MAGA movement. Even if Haley doesn’t win the nomination—and that looks unlikely considering Trump’s commanding lead—weakening Trump so he is defeated in the general election would get rid of the MAGA base and enable libertarian-leaning business leaders to regain control of the Republican Party.
“Would you be OK with taking a pregnancy test to prove your innocence?”
There’s a place where pregnancy is a crime. I’m not talking about some future dystopian fiction, but rather what happens at Pensacola Christian College. Students who have attended school there say they are encouraged to turn in their peers, whether for a violation of one of their extensive rules, or more serious “crimes” like suspected homosexual activity or becoming pregnant. Lillith was seen throwing up in a garbage can, so informants reported her to Student Life. She was called to the dean’s office on a Sunday to take a pregnancy test.
What happens at PCC is not unique among Christian colleges. Most fundamentalist colleges require far-reaching control over their student body (both physically and emotionally). Yet these kinds of schools have problematic curriculums as well. That’s why most remain unaccredited, which is a big problem if you want to transfer credits to a better school. Regionally accredited schools have rigorous educational standards and are widely accepted, but it also means you can’t teach nonsense like Earth creationism, flood geology, or archeology that pretends dinosaurs were ridden by humans.
One of my favorite TikTokers is a young woman who was raised in an evangelical fundamentalist Christian household. She was homeschooled and then went through several years at PCC. Today, Cherie Mae has left fundamentalism, is happily married, and shares her stories on TikTok as TheCanceledChristian. She overcame her years of brainwashing and fear of hell to break free from the religious cult that tried to control her.
To say the rules she had to live under at college were strict is an understatement. They are akin to North Korea, except even Pyongyang allows dancing. Students are not allowed to use the internet, nor are they allowed to listen to any rock, folk, or new age music—not even gospel music. School officials can, and do, inspect their students’ computers at any time.
Mae chronicled her deconstruction with fundamentalism and put her videos together with clever images and music, with titles like: “Things I got in trouble for at my college,” “What my college did to women,” and “Things fundamentalists say after public tragedies.” It gives a good glimpse into the mindset of the fundamentalist. One of her videos that struck me was about how her fellow students were trained to squash any connection with empathy.
Fundamentalists and conservatives are trained to ignore their empathy…
- The homeless guy? He needs to get a job.
- She got pregnant? She should close her legs.
- Mass shootings in school? They’re not taking my guns! People should just homeschool.
These messages are ingrained in us from a young age. We are taught to ignore our empathy and our feelings.
But there is hope. I had a community that accepted me and gently corrected my views. They showed me what real love and acceptance looks like. They allowed me to get my empathy back.
Life is better without fundamentalism.
While most of the content is funny, like exposing her college’s weird rules and the ridiculous things they were forced to learn, there is also a much darker side, such as how women are treated. Women in these schools tend to get blamed for everything, from pregnancy to rape. Mae told me in an interview, “In Sunday school, they would say women are worthless if they are not virgins. I knew girls who had been assaulted as children and were constantly re-victimized by having to hear how ‘dirty’ and ‘worthless’ they are.”
Another former student, Samantha Field, was sexually assaulted at PCC. She reached out to the school’s Student Life Office, as she was told to do, but said she was told she was the one who needed to repent for it. “I stammered, ‘He—he hurt me.’ She continued as I sat there in disbelief, ‘It’s important, though, that you face what you are responsible for. If you don’t repent, then your relationship with God is broken and can’t be mended. You need God’s grace and forgiveness—and you need to forgive your ex as well.’”
The Pensacola News Journal requested information on the college’s policy and procedures on sexual assault victims but was denied. Because PCC does not participate in federal student aid programs, it is not required to contribute to the U.S. Department of Education’s national database of alleged criminal offenses reported to local law enforcement agencies. In response to allegations, PCC has claimed allegations about how they treat rape victims are part of a campaign to harass the school, and President Troy Shoemaker stated that “reports of harassment in any form have been quite rare.”
However, it’s not just PCC that’s the problem. Bob Jones University, according to a multi-year investigation, shamed sexual assault victims for decades and urged them not to go to the police. A teenager was allegedly forced to confess her “sin” of being raped before a school trustee’s congregation.
At Visible Music College, a fundamentalist college in Memphis, Tennessee, a student rape victim was banned from campus. Becca Andrews was raped multiple times at Moody Bible Institute, one of the country’s most prestigious evangelical colleges, but the school wound up investigating her instead of her attacker and simply failed her at every turn.
Christian schools are profoundly influenced by a phenomenon known as “purity culture.” Within evangelical educational settings, lessons on sexuality and gender roles begin at a young age, instilling a set of beliefs that place a strong emphasis on sexual and emotional purity, particularly concerning female virginity, prior to marriage. These teachings frequently convey the idea that women are expected to be subservient to men, mirroring the way Christians are called to serve God. It is in this environment that the onus is placed entirely on the women to prevent their own rapes, because men can’t be expected to control their own sexual desires. (To be fair, this is a mindset prevalent in many religions, from Muslim women wearing burkas to Orthodox Jewish women wearing wigs after marriage.)
Furthermore, Mae said her school played deeply into this gender role for women that their primary purpose was to get married and become completely submissive to their husbands, which means never saying “No.” “They would tell women that their job is to have as many kids as possible, and support their husbands. Pastors and staff would comment how Muslims have a higher birth rate than Christians, and so Christians need to have more children. Their goal was to put men into politics and create essentially sex slaves of their wives.”
That’s exactly what is happening. She told me a former PCC student actually helped on the case to overturn Roe v. Wade, and another one of her former student friends became a higher-up in Donald Trump’s campaign. “So many PCC students end up in Washington, D.C.”
Even Liberty University’s former vice president of communication was appalled at how active a role his school was taking in politics, in violation of their tax-free status. He secretly recorded the new president, Jerry Prevo. Prevo took over after the Falwell scandal. (Conservative televangelists are infamous for preaching to others how to live while engaging in questionable moral, sexual, and financial behaviors.)
Prevo said he wanted Liberty to become a more effective political player with the goal of helping to influence elections, Politico reported. “Are they getting people elected? Which is one of our main goals.” Prevo holds the Christian nationalist worldview that claims the U.S. is a Christian nation and everyone should be forced to adhere to laws rooted in the right-wing evangelical interpretation of Christianity. (By the way, if Trump returns to power, expect to see these evangelical students assume primary positions of power under the terrifying Project2025 plan.)
According to Politico, when Scott pushed back, Prevo replied, “For 30 years, I’ve known how to handle that and not get into trouble. The homosexual community has tried to take me down for at least 30 years, and they have not been successful because I know how to work the 50c3.”
There was always a big reason for separation of church and state, and it wasn’t to protect the government from the church, which is what most people believe: It was to protect religion from politics. The cults at these schools are taking everything Christianity is supposed to stand for and twisting it to become a set of right-wing political principles. The students at these schools are told how to vote, even if the people they are told to support contradict all of the church’s teachings in how they live their lives.
Suddenly, Christianity isn’t about Jesus—which many evangelicals now believe is a “weak” figurehead and “doesn’t work anymore.” It’s about Trump, guns, destroying the environment, and hurting the people you hate. Christianity simply isn’t equated with love anymore. And despite Jesus preaching against the evils of excess wealth in every book of the New Testament, preachers who like the high life created the fake so-called “prosperity gospel” to worship wealth.
Ironically, the parents who send their children to these Christian colleges are doing so because they feel they will be kept safe and learn good values. Unfortunately, the opposite can be true. The most frightening belief that can take root is that there are people worth destroying. The world has witnessed too many times what happens when cultish extremism embeds itself. With a combination of propaganda and the systematic erosion of empathy, “normal” people who consider themselves religious become monsters. Less than a century ago, groups within German churches started to embrace many of the nationalistic and racial aspects of Nazi ideology. Once the Nazis seized power, these groups sought the creation of a national “Reich Church” and supported a “nazified” version of Christianity.
There was no separation of church and state as the Nazis took over the church. The same thing in the early stages is happening here in America. Right-wing conservatives are trying to stake claim to Christianity, and shape it into their hateful world view. A visiting pastor of Christian colleges who had his own megachurch, Kevin Young, said he supported Trump blindly even though how he treated marginalized communities was at odds with Jesus’ behavior. His final straw was COVID-19, he wrote in Reconstructing Faith. “I didn’t recognize my Christian and conservative brothers and sisters. Their callous response to the health of others shocked me. All told, I lost 19 people to COVID. All of them would be alive had conservatives and Christians practiced ‘Love Thy Neighbor.’”
The common thread among people caught in these fundamentalist cults is that they found one or more people who challenged their world view. For Young, it was a guy in the church media department who was a closet liberal who he said simply led by example of how to love. For Mae, it was friends who cared enough to be patient with her. She told me, “I had people over and over again send me an article that disputed a point I heard on Fox News. I had people just say over and over how treating the LGBTQ+ with love and acceptance is Christ-like. I am so grateful people stayed as my friend while I had hateful beliefs and helped me work through them and see the error of my ways. I use that now when I talk to my parents or fundamentalist family members.”
People who believe they are doing God’s work are often those who commit the most heinous of actions. I don’t mind engaging if the opportunity presents itself, even though it likely isn’t going to change someone’s mind, at least not right away. In researching this story, I talked with a number of caring, compassionate people who ironically didn’t become that way until they left their cult. They are now trying to get others to leave as well. Considering the stakes with what their leaders are trying to get them to do, I think it’s worth the attempt—no matter how frustrating it can be.
Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo continues to tilt at Biden corruption windmills. On Tuesday, she had Republican Lisa McClain of Michigan on her show to dish the dirt on the Biden crime family! McClain is all-in on trying to prove President Joe Biden is corrupt—or at least create the appearance that he is corrupt. The big problem the right-wing-o-sphere continues to have is that not only do they lack a smoking-gun piece of evidence, they lack smoke entirely.
Bartiromo did what she does best: Create some bullshit before being informed there was no evidence to back up her bullshit, and then asking a direct question about evidence. In this case, that question was: “Have you been able to identify any actual policy changes that Joe Biden made as a result of getting money from China?”
McClain’s response? “The short answer is no.”
The be accurate, the long answer is also no. Bartiromo, a proven misinformation machine, has so little to go on these days it seems that the entirety of the project is to have some conservative “investigator” on, spout conspiracy theories, and then be told there is no evidence to support any of those theories.
MEANWHILE — HUNTER BIDEN AGREES TO TESTIFTY BEFORE CONGRESS IF HIS TESTIMONY IS PUBLIC – – – REPUBLICANS REFUSE
An interesting development in the Hunter Biden story today. As you may be aware the House Oversight Committee, desperately trying to find something impeach Joe Biden over, has subpoenaed his son Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden has responded that he will gladly, VOLUNTARILY testify IF such testimony is public.
Hunter’s attorneys sent a letter to Committee Chairman James Comer stating in part:
“We have seen you use closed-door sessions to manipulate, even distort the facts and misinform the public. We therefore propose opening the door. If, as you claim, your efforts are important and involve issues that Americans should know about, then let the light shine on these proceedings.”
Alas, the Republicans refuse. Seems their effort to shine a light on Biden’s alleged corruption does not include transparency for their own processes. In denying the request Comer stated:
“our lawfully issued subpoena to Hunter Biden requires him to appear for a deposition on December 13.”
The lawfulness of said subpoena is disputable. However, I suggest Hunter appear. So long as he appears he cannot be found in contempt. They cannot compel him to provide substantive answers. I suggest that he then sit there, and in response to every question, answers something like this:
“I respectfully invoke my 5th Amendment right and decline to answer in this forum. However, if you open the doors, let the public and media in, then I will waive my 5th Amendment right and answer your questions substantively.”
“I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things?” — Cliven Bundy
Brian Kilmeade, Fox News host, spent part of his Monday giving Charlie Kirk’s audience a history lesson. No doubt the MAGA audience thought it illuminating. Everyone else will question his thinking — to put it kindly.
Brain started, while the host giggled, by claiming that without slavery, there would be no United States. The form of his argument was basically: “Southern slavery was bad, but it had a huge upside — and besides, everybody was doing it.”
“We are a country that was born, like every other country, every continent had slaves. In the South, most houses most plantations had slaves. Nobody condones it. But without those slaveowners, we don’t have a country.”
It is a classic example of confusing correlation with causation. The colonies had slaves. Today, we are the United States. Ergo, slaves must have been the sine qua non for the creation of the US. This facile thinking raises the question. If slavery had not existed pre-1776, would we still be a British colony? I think we all know the answer.
Kilmeade’s argument was probably an economic one. So, we should ask if slavery was the factor that propelled the US economy to its eventual stratospheric heights. Hardly. If slavery were such a boon, the country would have suffered an economic decline when slaves stopped being slaves. It did not. In fact, Black Americans headed north to drive the US economy in areas where slavery had been largely absent.
More importantly, the economic driver of American prosperity was industrialization — a northern phenomenon. We can still see the legacy of slavery and segregation in the dismal GDP performance of southern states — especially the Deep South — today.
Kilmeade then unleashes the conservative “America, love it or leave it” trope.
“So you make your choice. I mean if you don’t like a country, travel — and if you find a place better, stay. And stop messing with our past.”
Patriotism is like owning a house. It does not encourage the citizen to ignore broken things. It demands that you make where you live better. Which means you sometimes have to tear out the rot. Not sit there on a sagging porch, under a leaking roof, grinning vacantly.
When Brian says, “Stop messing with our past,” he means, “Do not harsh my historical buzz with facts.”
Kilmeade then straps on his revisionist armor and revisits his happy place — his youth.
“Now it’s like a mission to win the war on history. Because the 1619 project was the formal first salvo. But it has been happening for quite a long time. I mean I’m older than you. And in 1976 I was in grade school and they launched this thing called “Roots.” The most successful mini-series ever — averaged 60 million a night. It was the story of slavery and all its brutality.”
There is no respectful debate in MAGA-world. Everything is a war. Further, Kilmeade’s argument is self-defeating. He extols Roots, a groundbreaking 1977 event in US TV history, without asking why there has not been the like since. And more importantly, without considering what the reaction to it would be today.
Ironically, he exemplifies the probable reaction with his hostility to the 1619 Project. It makes you wonder if he has examined Nikole Hannah-Jones’s endeavor, as it argues that slaves were an understated driver of the antebellum economy — which is also Kilmeade’s point.
Brian then descends into pure fantasy.
“Nobody was ever ducking our past. I don’t know what people are talking about. And nobody ever said “Segregation, not that bad. Slavery, well it happens.” Nobody, Republican or Democrat.”
Schools in America’s third most populous state, Florida, are ducking “our past”. And if Moms for Liberty succeeds, vast swathes of America’s education system will join them in ignorance. Segregation not only has supporters, but plenty of red state legislatures are doing what they can to revive it at the polls.
Then Kilmeade offers up MAGA’s favorite misdirection. “Democrats are the real racists.”
“Especially, because most of these people were Democrats, they kept on pushing to keep it and almost tried to reinstall it in the 20th century. Having said that we’ve come a long way.”
Who is Kilmeade referring to when he says “we’ve”? And what comprises their journey?
Anyway, white conservatives are America’s preeminent racists. Until Nixon’s southern strategy — advanced by Reagan — they found their home in the Democratic Party. Now, they vote and run as Republicans. Or does Kilmeade think all those good old Bible Belt boys packed up and moved to New York City and Los Angeles?
There was a time when Russell Kirk, Milton Friedman, F. A Hayek, and even William F. Buckley Jr. gave conservatism intellectual respectability. Today, Brian Kilmeade represents right-wing thinking. And Barry Goldwater now seems rational (relatively).
God help us.
An independent pathologist examining the newly exhumed body of Dexter Wade — the Mississippi man killed by police and buried in a pauper’s grave without his mother’s knowledge — found a wallet with a state identification card that included the address of a home he shared with his mother, the family’s lawyer said Thursday.
The pathologist, Frank Peretti, reported that he found the wallet in the front pocket of Wade’s jeans and that it contained his state identification card with his home address, along with a credit card and a health insurance card, attorney Ben Crump said in a statement.
So to be clear, our sequence of events:
Worth pointing out that even a crack, professional organization such as the Jackson, Mississippi Police Department can miss an obscure detail such as the corpse carrying his ID in his front pocket rather than his back pocket. I mean, why would anyone ever do that? Probably a criminal of some sort.
Let’s take a deep look at the piece of shit that is Donald Trump and that, by extension, is the pieces of shit who support him.
He ran for office thinking he could avoid prosecution. He was proven wrong.
He stiffed over 3,500 contractors, knowing they couldn’t afford prolonged legal battles.
His Trump University misled veterans and everyday people, resulting in millions in fines.
He used $250 million from your donations as his “defense” fund to cover personal expenses.
He manipulated elderly supporters by quietly setting up recurring donations, draining their bank accounts.
Trump and his children stole money from a children’s cancer charity.
At last, he’s facing consequences for trying to undermine U.S. democracy by pulling all stops to snatch an election he knew was lost. He even went to the extent of calling for the dismantling of the U.S. Constitution, which he vowed to defend.
If you still believe he’s innocent, the problem isn’t with him; it’s you. You are in a cult.
Trump’s other achievements:
-Gave over $1.7 TRILLION (5 times student relief )in tax breaks two the ultrarich.
– $7.8 TRILLION added to deficit. His only “accomplishment” was 8 miles of new wall – that Mexico was suppose to pay for.
-$150 Million in costs for Secret Service protection while he played golf
-Had to be praised every 5 minutes
-Lied over 30,000 in 4 years
-Kissed Putin’s ass in Helsinki in front of the world.
-Was impeached twice in 1-term
-Asked for dirt on his opponent, twice
-Tried everything to steal our election.
-Taxpayers overpaid for his Secret Service protection because he charged the agency $1200 per night for staying at his properties.
-Gave Taliban their leader and 5,000 soldiers, with no exit plan for May 2021.
-His campaign chair, NSA chief and others were indicted, convicted, then he pardoned them.
-Called himself THE CHOSEN1!
-Pleaded the 5th 440 times.
-Took over $250 million from his supporters when he left office for “Defense Fund” to pay his own personal bills.
-Stole our national secrets for who knows why. Many Top Secret folders were empty – where did the documents go?
-Met with Putin with no records kept of their discussions.
Trump’s Taxing Concerns in China:
The New York Times unveiled Trump paying over $188,000 in taxes to China between 2013-2015, while maintaining an undisclosed bank account there. He paid more taxes to China than to the U.S.
Shady Transactions Post White House: His son-in-law, despite failing a White House security clearance, received $3.1 billion from a foreign government right after leaving office
Allegations of Trump’s Criminal Acts:
Election Conspiracy: Trump’s alleged efforts to halt the 2020 election certification via fraudulent tactics and pressuring officials.
Obstruction Charges: Accusations of obstructing the January 6th Congress certification, particularly through urging Pence to invalidate the election and stirring the Capitol insurrection.
Allegedly intimidating election officials and disenfranchising voters.
Evidence Handling: Retaining unauthorized documents, only revealing them post-FBI search, pointing to potential criminal intent.
Comparisons: Unlike previous classified document cases, evidence here suggests a clear intent to lie and hide sensitive information.
Trump’s Ties to Russia:
Financial Dependencies: Eric Trump’s 2014 admission about banking on Russian finance. Eric told Golf Digest magazine: “We don’t need money from banks, we get all the money we need from Russia.”
The 2016 Campaign: Donald Jr.’s tryst with a Russian agent for dirt on Clinton, combined with Trump’s open request to Russia for her “missing” emails.
Paul Manafort: Sharing election details with a Russian, resulting in a subsequent pardon.
Russian Investigation Results: Yielded 199 charges, 37 indictments, and 5 incarcerations.
Michael Flynn’s Sanction Talks: Trump’s NSA was discovered privately assuring Russia about reducing sanctions.
Helsinki Summit: Trump disregarded U.S. intel in Putin’s favor.
Hidden Meetings with Putin: Only a translator in attendance with no notes allowed.
Revealing Conversations: Openly confessing to the Russian envoy about firing the FBI Director to lessen the Russian probe pressure.
Energy Sector Attacks: His mute response to Russia’s attack on our energy infrastructure is unsettling.
4th Indictment Against Trump: Trump is accused of multiple actions to overturn Georgia’s election results, including spreading false claims of fraud, pressuring state officials, and soliciting pro-Trump electors. He allegedly abused his power, targeted investigators, and filed misleading lawsuits.
These allegations suggest deliberate election fraud and misuse of power.
-Conspiracy to Defraud the US: Accused of unlawfully disrupting the 2020 election by making fraudulent claims and pressuring officials.
-Obstructing an Official Proceeding: Accused of hindering Congress’s January 6 certification of election results.
-Obstruction of Official Proceeding: Alleged to have impeded certification by pressuring Pence and inciting the Capitol riot.
-Conspiracy Against Rights: Accused of intimidating election officials and disenfranchising voters.
Second Indictment Highlights:
-Knowledge and Intent: Accused of withholding subpoenaed documents, suggesting possible illegal intent.
-Obstruction of Justice: Allegedly kept unauthorized documents hidden from the National Archives.
-Evidence Depth: Varied evidence indicates illegal document acquisition and concealment attempts.
-Document Selection: The 31 indictment documents were likely chosen for relevance.
-Comparison to Other Cases: The evidence stands out compared to Biden’s and Clinton’s cases due to Trump’s concealment and deception.
We can and deserve better than this guy.
We can and do deserve better than these DO-NOTHING Republicans with their AmericaFirst slogan..