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'Too Soon?' Don Jr. Mocks Brutal Attack With 'Paul Pelosi Costume' Meme

Donald Trump Jr. mocked the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul on social media by sharing a "Halloween costume" intended to represent the hammer-wielding intruder.

Trump Jr. shared an image Sunday night showing a hammer lying on top of a pair of Hanes underwear with the comment: "Got my Paul Pelosi Halloween costume ready."

"The internet remains undefeated … Also if you switch out the hammer for a red feather boa you could be Hunter Biden in an instant," Trump Jr. wrote.

He also posted a screenshot of the image on his Instagram, racking 88,000 likes. The underwear in his post appears to reflect a debunked rumor that the intruder was in his underwear at the time of the attack.

Paul Pelosi was "violently assaulted" with a hammer in his California home on October 28, according to San Francisco Police Chief William Scott. He suffered a fractured skull and injuries to his right arm and hands and underwent surgery on Friday.

The intruder planned to keep him tied up until the speaker returned home, law enforcement sources told CBS News.

The suspect, who was identified as David Wayne DePape, had a list of people he wanted to target, according to law enforcement sources that spoke with CBS News.

DePape's social media revealed memes and conspiracy theories he posted about Holocaust denial, COVID vaccines, pedophiles in the government and claims that Democratic officials run child sex rings.

The speaker posted a statement on Twitter saying that her family is "heartbroken and traumatized" by the "life threatening attack" on her husband.

But right-wing personalities on Twitter mocked the attack on Paul Pelosi — with some even spreading falsehoods and amplifying misinformation.

Larry Elder, a conservative radio host, reacted to the assault by ridiculing Pelosi for his prior charge of driving under the influence.

"First, he's busted for DUI, and then gets attacked in his home. Hammered twice in six months," he wrote, adding, "Too soon?"

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)., called the media a "source of misinformation" and continued to promote the falsehood that the intruder was Paul Pelosi's friend.

"The same mainstream media democrat activists that sold conspiracy theories for years about President Trump and Russia are now blaming @elonmusk for 'internet misinformation' about Paul Pelosi's friend attacking him with a hammer," Greene tweeted.

Others went as far as suggesting the attack was fake. Dinesh D'Souza, whose widely-debunked recent film "2000 Mules" pushed Trumpist election conspiracy theories, continued to spread misinformation on Twitter.

"The Left is going crazy because not only are we not BUYING the wacky, implausible Paul Pelosi story but we are even LAUGHING over how ridiculous it is. What this means is that we are no longer intimidated by their fake pieties. Their control over us has finally been broken," D'Souza wrote.

Far-right Arizona Republican lawmaker Wendy Rogers retweeted a post mocking the attack as "fake" and displaying a bloody hammer.


The skepticism regarding the incident seems to have grown after Evan Sernoffsky, a reporter at the Fox-affiliated local news outlet KTVU, tweeted that the attacker was in his underwear at the time of his arrest. Sernoffsky deleted the tweet and said that sources told him this was untrue.

Some people have even floated the baseless conspiracy theory that Paul Pelosi and DePape were lovers.

The Telegram channel for Bannon's "War Room" show shared a story from "The Republic Brief" that repeated some of "the same uncorroborated details about the encounter, including that the suspect was found in his underwear," the Washington Post reported.

D'souza also amplified the theory on his Twitter.

"Were Paul Pelosi and his attacker BOTH in their underwear? BOTH holding hammers? And the attacker didn't strike until AFTER police were on the scene? As a movie-maker, I gotta say this script must be rejected. Nothing about the public account so far makes any sense," he wrote.

Some conservatives have tried to spin the apparently politically motivated attack by tying it to crime in San Francisco. "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver on Sunday called out right-wing claims linking the attack to bail reform after Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), complained on Fox News about letting "dangerous criminals" roam free and commit violence. McCaul suggested that the intruder who attacked Paul Pelosi was out on bail.

"Now, he's wrong about a few things there. Again, the suspect was not out on bail. Also, no one gets bailed out of prison—that's where convicted people go," Oliver said.

People have continued to spread falsehoods about the hammer attack, including new Twitter owner Elon Musk, who amplified a baseless conspiracy theory from a site suggesting that Paul Pelosi was drunk and in a fight with a male prostitute. "There is a tiny possibility there might be more to this story than meets the eye," Musk wrote before deleting the tweet hours later.

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Trump, Don Jr. Fled ‘Truth Social’ Board Just Ahead Of Subpoenas

Former President Donald Trump quietly removed himself from the board of his budding social media venture shortly before it was hit with federal subpoenas "by both the Securities and Exchange Commission and a grand jury in Manhattan," documents obtained exclusively by The Sarasota Herald-Tribune have revealed.

On Thursday, the Florida newspaper reported that on June 8, Trump, the then-chairman of Trump Media and Technology Group, joined five other executives – "Kashyap Patel, Trump's former point man in the White House; Scott Glabe, a former assistant to Trump who was counsel for the media company; and Donald Trump, Jr." – in a mass exodus from the organization.

"The SEC served Trump Media and Technology Group with a subpoena on June 27th, according to a regulatory filing," the Herald-Tribune learned. "Trump's media company owns Truth Social, an app similar to Twitter. Trump was banned by Twitter for inflammatory remarks concerning the insurrection."


Correspondent Chris Anderson uncovered another subpoena issued by the Southern District of New York on July 1st, suggesting that a "potential criminal investigation is in progress." He explained that "the investigations appear to be related to a proposed merger between Trump's media company and a blank-check company called Digital World Acquisitions Corp., according to a recent regulatory filing."

What caught the attention of regulators, Anderson wrote, was that Digital World and Trump Media and Technology Group were engaged in "premature" discussions about fundraising for their merger, which is prohibited before a venture officially goes public.

The amount of money in play was not mere chump change, either.

Anderson pointed out that "the merger between the two companies could reportedly mean $1.3 billion in capital and a listing on the stock exchange for the new company, according to the New York Times." He added that Digital World's top brass received concurrent subpoenas.

"According to Digital World's filing, the grand jury subpoenas served on Trump's company were seeking a 'subset of the same or similar documents demanded in subpoenas to Digital World and its directors," Anderson found. "The SEC's subpoena, according to a filing, seeks 'documents relating to, among other things, Digital World and other potential counterparties for a business transaction involving TMTG.'"

Several unnamed TMTG personnel were also served, and while TMTG said that it "will continue cooperating fully with inquiries into our planned merger and will comply with subpoenas we've recently received, none of which were directed at the company's chairman or CEO," it never acknowledged Trump's departure. It did, however, disclose who some of its leaders are.

"Former California Congressman Devin Nunes is listed as the media company's CEO. A businessman named Phillip Juhan is the company's CFO," Anderson gleaned from the records. "They are now the only two board members listed, both using the same Sarasota office address."

The physical location of TMTG is relatively sketchy too.

"A visit to the office by the Herald-Tribune on June 27th revealed Trump's company name was not on the registry in the main lobby, nor was there any reference to the name at the office suite itself. There was no receptionist either, just a note to ring the doorbell for assistance," Anderson discovered. "The visit to the office by the Herald-Tribune took place on the same day the SEC served Trump's company with the subpoena."

The absence of Trump's name from the building's roster – as well as the opacity behind why TMTG chose Sarasota – only adds to the curiousness of the circumstances, Anderson noted.

"It is still not known why Trump selected Sarasota as home to his company, though it is close proximately to Rumble, the video media platform company used by Truth Social," Anderson wrote. "Rumble is located on Longboat Key, 11 miles from Trump Media's headquarters."

The story continues here.

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Endorse This! Kimmel Exposes Grifter Don Jr.'s 'America First' Gear

We all know that former defeated President Trump is and will forever be a lying, grifting con man who does anything and everything for himself and a buck, but apparently, that's how his entire freakshow family rolls. Case in point, Donald Trump Jr.

When he's not making embarrassing videos on Instagram that indicate a desperate plea for attention (especially from Daddy), Don Jr. is following in his father's footsteps by hawking a bunch of crappy MAGA gear of his own. But where is Don Jr's so-called "America-First" merch actually made?

“The hypocrisy, they don’t even try to hide it anymore,” said Jimmy Kimmel. “I guess they don’t need to hide it, nobody seems to notice.” He noted that Trump Jr. is “always talking about China,” saying things like “my father was tough on China” or “Hunter Biden’s in bed with China,” but the labels on his products tell a very different story.

Watch the entire segment below:

Twitter Derides Mindless Don Jr. Comments On School Safety

The eldest son of the former president is calling for the firing of “critical race theory” teachers in public schools and to use those funds to pay for armed guards. He also wants all “gender studies” teachers fired, and is calling for putting the hiring and firing of those teachers on state and local ballots.

Donald Trump, Jr., who, it appears, has no teaching degree, training in early childhood education (ECE), early child development, or any other education training, has a B.S. in economics.

Trump appeared to be specifically referring to elementary schools, after last week’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. 19 children and two teachers were shot and killed, and another 17 were wounded.

Most elementary schools, and in fact most public schools at the elementary, middle school, or high school level, do not have teachers dedicated to teaching gender studies classes, although some teachers may touch on the subject in conjunction with their regular classes.

A search by NCRM could find no critical race theory classes at the elementary, middle, and high school level public schools. Like many Americans, Trump Jr. appears to be misunderstanding what critical race theory (CRT) is.

Critical Race Theory, according to the law professor who coined the term, “is a way of seeing, attending to, accounting for, tracing and analyzing the ways that race is produced,” Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, a law professor at the U.C.L.A. School of Law and Columbia Law School told The New York Times last year, “the ways that racial inequality is facilitated, and the ways that our history has created these inequalities that now can be almost effortlessly reproduced unless we attend to the existence of these inequalities.”

“It is a way of seeing, attending to, accounting for, tracing and analyzing the ways that race is produced,” she said, “the ways that racial inequality is facilitated, and the ways that our history has created these inequalities that now can be almost effortlessly reproduced unless we attend to the existence of these inequalities.”

As many know, it is a college-level method of investigating, not an elementary school class.

Donald Trump, Jr. appeared to disagree, and was widely mocked Sunday night:
























Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Endorse This: Kimmel Mocks Don Jr. Over 'Weird Porn' Addiction (VIDEO)

While most of the country was celebrating Passover and Easter with their families like normal human beings, the Trump family freakshow was attacking prosecutors and obsessing over trivial issues that divide the country. Late-night comedy host Jimmy Kimmel, perpetually mocking the Trumps with excellent precision, spotted a bizarre set of Easter messages from Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr.

The once-elected and twice-impeached former president used the holiest of days on the Christian calendar to do what he does best: put out a series of statements slamming his critics, including New York Attorney General Letitia James, whom he called “racist” for simply investigating him.

“This is rare, because typically when he lashes out at a racist attorney general, it’s one that he hired that later turned on him,” Kimmel noted.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the former president’s equally awful son posted an image of heavily armed Easter bunnies guarding eggs. Seriously, Don Jr. seems to have some bizarre violent furry fetish, or maybe something worse.

“What does this have to do with anything? Is somebody threatening to take the Easter Bunny’s machine guns away?” Kimmel asked. “Don Jr. is into some weird porn.”

Watch the entire segment below:


Don Jr. Launching 'News' Site With Same Name As Korean Boy Band

Donald Trump, Jr. is getting into the news business – well, the news aggregation business, and he says he’s doing it to amplify “real information” like Hunter Biden’s laptop, a supposed story that has become a fetish for the far right.

“You know, just watching what happens there on social media, you can see the stories – the Hunter Biden laptop, the Wuhan lab leak theory and everything that was debunked and all of the nonsense,” Trump Jr. told Steve Bannon, referring to two “stories” that have been debunked but perhaps not in the way he likely believes.

(Vox and The Washington Post over the past few days have taken additional looks at the Hunter Biden laptop story, with Vox reporting: “There is no obligation for media outlets to run with conveniently timed opposition research pushed by one presidential candidate’s team shortly before an election.”)

“You know, people were writing about these things – they were real,” Trump Jr. insists, which may or may not be true depending on what he means by “real.”

“You just never saw it anywhere,” he claimed, which is false given the vast number of stories on right-wing media about both topics.

“I just needed people to see what was actually out there,” he adds, never once using the words “facts,” or “truth.”

“So we created – me and a couple friends, super MAGA guys, all smart guys, all political, all saw just the dearth of information, the suppression of real information that’s out there.”

And then he announced the name of the company.

“We created MxM for a place that people can find the stories that are out there that they’re not going to see anywhere else unfortunately.”

A quick search for “MxM” reveals it’s popularly associated with a Korean boy band duo (tweet is not a video, but links to a video):

Also, several unflattering Urban Dictionary definitions including:

Pressing your tongue against your teeth while sucking air inside your mouth to make a high pitch suction sound to express apathy towards a person or thing. This is sometimes accompanied by a dismissive flick of the hand.

Watch:

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Internet Destroys Don Jr After Claiming His Dad Could Resolve Ukraine Conflict

In his continuous sad and pathetic quest to remain in the spotlight while simultaneously always searching for his daddy's approval, Don Trump Jr recently tweeted to share his disapproval of President Joe Biden's upcoming trip to Belgium as he claimed it “will only embolden our enemies further.”

"Sending Biden to Europe for 'High Stakes' NATO talks will only embolden our enemies further," Trump Jr. tweeted, adding, "If you want to get something done right send Trump."

One, who refers to their own father by using their last name? In any case, Junior was naturally met with a barrage of justifiable snark and criticism over his complete and utter ridiculous tweet. In fact, Some users reminded Trump Jr. of his father's love of Russian President Vladamir Putin, writing "If you want to get something done right (for Putin) send Trump since what we actually want is something done well for America, we're sending Biden."

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Vindman Serves Trump Jr. In Retaliation Lawsuit

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Alexander Vindman, the star witness in the first impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, has officially served Donald Trump Jr. with a lawsuit alleging witness intimidation and retaliation.

Vindman first sued Trump Jr. on Feb. 2 in a federal court in Washington, D.C., But Trump Jr. wasn’t alone; Vindman added Rudy Giuliani and two other Trump White House officials, Julie Hahn and Dan Scavino, to the complaint. Vindman claimed the president’s son, attorney, and two aides falsely promoted conspiracies about him during Trump’s impeachment, including that he was a spy for Ukraine.

Attacks on his character, Vindman said, were “part of a well-worn playbook that included public threats and smears.” Sometimes that playbook was used purely to advance political goals, Vindman said, but Trump Jr., Giuliani, Scavino, and Hahn were part and parcel of the president’s efforts to obstruct justice and scare him off from testifying during impeachment.

On Wednesday, an affidavit of service was filed on Vindman’s docket, noting that Trump Jr. was personally served late Tuesday afternoon.

Affidavit of Service Trump Jr by Daily Kos on Scribd

Trump Jr. could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. He must respond to the lawsuit by March 15. Service was waived for Giuliani on February 3 but he must respond to Vindman’s lawsuit no later than April 4.

Vindman has not disclosed how much he is seeking in damages. He has asked that the judge make that determination after trial.

The experience he underwent at the hands of the Trump administration, however, had severe emotional, financial, and reputational harm repercussions, he alleged.

Vindman was born in Ukraine and with his family fled the rule of the Soviet Union and came to the United States in 1979. The family settled in Brooklyn and Vindman’s ascent in the U.S. military followed years later, first serving as an infantry officer in Iraq. He took shrapnel from an IED in his leg, shoulder, and back. He earned a Purple Heart for his service.

His proficiency speaking Russian helped him land a prestigious role serving under then Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford. That translated to a role serving on the National Security Council where, eventually, Vindman would one day overhear Trump’s impeachable call with Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelensky.

Vindman contends that the incessant attacks on his character from the Trump White House were a direct result of his willingness to come forward and testify about Trump’s call with Zelensky.

Giuliani, in particular, attacked him on Twitter the very day he testified before Congress. The president’s attorney and alleged ringleader of the former president’s 2020 election subversion efforts suggested at the time that Vindman was advising both the U.S. and Ukrainian government.

In his lawsuit, Vindman argues that the conspiracy to intimidate him was a violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act, which prohibits intimidation of officials carrying out their duties.

“In this case, the threat to our democracy came from a conspiracy among people within the highest reaches of our government and their close allies,” Vindman alleged.

Meanwhile, both Giuliani and Scavino have come under the scrutiny of the January 6 committee. Giuliani was subpoenaed on January 18 and for weeks, it has been reported that he is in so-called “talks” with the committee to cooperate. Investigators say a raft of documents, testimony, and other evidence so far obtained in the probe have led them to believe that Giuliani was a ringleader of the former president’s “alternate electors” scheme. Scavino was subpoenaed in September and has reportedly been quietly cooperating with the committee.

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos