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Monday, December 09, 2019

Pressure Increases on Weiner to Step Down

The calls for Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to resign because of his raunchy online chats with a series of women are escalating, especially in light of reports that his wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime top aide to Hillary Clinton, is in the first trimester of pregnancy. Weiner, who was never popular in the Democratic caucus for the same reasons he became a liberal hero during the healthcare fight last spring–his ability to yell loudly and endlessly, on every possible channel–has seen several House colleagues and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine publicly insist that he step down.

It seems like he’s trying to ride out the storm, and stay in office. It’s a strategy that worked for Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) in 2007 when it was revealed that the right-wing social conservative frequented prostitutes. Weiner–a former roommate of Jon Stewart who lives in the media capital of the world–may face more obstacles in keeping a low profile in the media capital of the world. [LAT]

 

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Tape of home invasion attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi

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Video released Friday of the harrowing home invasion and assault that nearly killed then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband in October brought little in the way of self-reflection or regret from far-right Internet trolls and Fox News stars who spent months baselessly insisting that the attack had actually resulted from a gay tryst gone wrong. Instead, the denizens of the right-wing conspiracy theory ecosystem either claimed that the new evidence proved that they were right all along, or used it to float additional conspiracy theories about why it hadn’t been released earlier.

The key facts were available within hours of the October 28, 2022, attack. Law enforcement swiftly alleged that David DePape broke into the Democratic leader’s home in the middle of the night seeking to harm her and pummeled her 82-year-old husband Paul, sending him to the hospital for emergency surgery. Journalists who reviewed DePape’s Internet history subsequently revealed that he had been radicalized online and espoused a wide array of right-wing conspiracy theories, including QAnon.

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