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Tuberville Sputters Openly Racist Remarks On Don Jr. Webcast

Tuberville Sputters Openly Racist Remarks On Don Jr. Webcast

Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville has long been known for saying wildly racist stuff out loud in the service of the conservative agenda. And he did it again during an appearance on Donald Trump Jr.’s web show, “Triggered,” while talking about all the “woke” problems in the world.

Making the rounds on Friday was a clip of Tuberville attacking teachers. More specifically, Tuberville blew his racist whistle, saying, “COVID really brought it out about how bad our schools are and how bad our teachers are in the inner city, most of them in inner city.” But he wasn’t done degrading “inner city” educators, adding, “I don't know whether they can read and write.”

Now, Tuberville says lots of racist things, but his appearance with Don Jr. did expose how racism often works for the Republican Party: as an attack on labor.

The full exchange between the two dunderheads gives away the game. Notice how quickly Tuberville’s racist convictions jump track to labor issues.

“And they want a raise. They want less time to work and less time in school. It's just we've ruined work ethic in this country.” They’re also lazy. Got all that old-timey racism?

But basic conservative racism aside, this is Tuberville’s real agenda: breaking unions and ridding Alabama of public schools. Tuberville, like virtually all Republican officials, is in the business of siphoning public school money to the private sector. The lynchpin of the conservative movement’s war on public education and teachers is “parents rights” (unless those parents’ children don’t agree with Christian conservative politics).

Tuberville just has a tendency to bang the racist gongs as loudly as possible, and the MAGA world needs racism the way that the general population needs soylent green. It is no coincidence that Tuberville’s blunt bigotry has found a home in the MAGA camp, pushing Big Lie election fraud claims, even saying this pretend election fraud against the Donald “makes me want to vote for him twice.”

Tuberville has been called out for his dangerous racist statements before. During a Trump rally in October of last year, Tuberville gave his jumbled version of an attack on Democrats and the fake crime wave, saying, ”They want crime, because they want to take over what you got. They want to control what you have. They want reparation because they think the people that do the crime are owed that. Bullshit. They are not owed that."

Tuberville hits pretty much every racist trope that Black Americans have fought against for hundreds of years. In the span of a few months, Tuberville has said, out loud and in front of cameras, that the descendants of slaves are criminals, uneducated (if not illiterate), and indolent. Tuberville’s lazy use of racist tropes exposes him as the low-rent George Wallace he is clearly modeling himself after.

Tuberville’s racist wisdom is always factually wrong, even if the majority of Republican officials believe it. Tuberville joins other bigoted right-wing charlatans in his use of racist dog whistles we all once believed were too archaic to be used anymore—even for racists.

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos.

Ditching Lawyers (And Brothers), Ivanka Hires New Counsel In Fraud Trial

Ditching Lawyers (And Brothers), Ivanka Hires New Counsel In Fraud Trial

Ivanka Trump has parted ways with her family’s legal counsel in the New York civil fraud lawsuit and hired lawyers to defend her, and her alone, distancing herself from her father and brothers in the case.

The move came after the judge overseeing the case rejected Ivanka’s independent attempt to dismiss the accusations against her — and only her.

The lawsuit was brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James against the Trump Organization and its executives — including former President Donald Trump and his three adult children, Ivanka, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump — last September, alleging years of financial fraud.

James accused Trump of conspiring with his children and Trump Organization executives for years to flagrantly distort property and asset valuations to deceive lenders, insurance brokers, and tax authorities to obtain better loans, insurance coverage, and tax benefits.

The lawsuit sought to recover $250 million in financial benefits obtained through fraud, bar the Trumps from serving as executives at any New York company, and bar Trump and the Trump Organization from any New York real estate acquisitions or loans issued by New York-registered lender for five years.

Court documents submitted a week after James filed the lawsuit showed that the Trump children had hired Clifford Robert and Michael Farina as legal counsel. Ivanka also independently engaged the services of two Washington, DC-based lawyers — Reid Figel and Michael Kellogg — to represent her alongside Robert and Farina.

In early March, Figel urged the judge via letter to delay the trial to give just Ivanka time to prepare a defense stating that “other individuals” — suggestively, her father and brothers — had prepared the fraudulent financial statements cited in James’ lawsuit.

James’ complaint “does not contain a single allegation that Ms. Trump directly or indirectly created, prepared, reviewed, or certified any of her father's financial statements,” Figel wrote.

He added: “The complaint affirmatively alleges that other individuals were responsible for those tasks.”

However, at least one of James’ allegations pertains to a property that Ivanka had lived in, reports the UK’s Daily Mail.

The request was denied.

According to Forbes, the Trump children’s legal divorce occurred last week. Figel and Kellogg withdrew from the case on Tuesday.

Three days later, Bennet Moskowitz, who represented Jeffrey Epstein, informed the court he was replacing Robert and Farina as Ivanka’s sole legal counsel. Forbes stated in its report that Robert and Farina still represent Trump Jr. and Eric.

While Ivanka's decision to legally distance herself from her family in such a high-stakes legal battle isn’t unheard of, the timing of her move is, former elected state attorney Michael McAuliffe told Newsweek.

"The timing is somewhat unusual as discovery is ending, so the evidence in the case is by now largely identified and developed," McAuliffe told the paper.

“Ivanka Trump [could be] looking ahead to the trial in the fall and wants a separate advocate who is free to point out the disparity in the evidence against the various defendants. A lawyer representing all or several of the defendants can't realistically or effectively make that argument,” he added.

Blaming Eric and Don for the expansive financial fraud alleged by James could put Ivanka’s defense at odds with her brothers’, Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, told Newsweek.

The lawsuit’s ongoing discovery process is set to end on April 30, per Forbes. The trial, scheduled for 2nd October, will commence on time “come hell or high water,” the judge has since said.

Don Jr. Touts Populist Cred Because He Once Tended Bar In Aspen (VIDEO)

Don Jr. Touts Populist Cred Because He Once Tended Bar In Aspen (VIDEO)

Donald Trump Jr., the first son of billionaire ex-President Donald Trump, suggests that he is more average American than political elite because he had worked minimum wage jobs — an experience he said could teach lawmakers the “hustle” culture.

In last week's second — and arguably most embarrassing — episode of the nascent far-right podcast Triggered With Don Jr., Trump Jr. sat down with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to discuss a panoply of right-wing talking points, spread alt-right misinformation and conspiracy theories, and attack Democrats.

In a cringy portion of the show, the Trump Organization executive sought to validate his fear-mongering by claiming a connection with everyday Americans and their hustle, saying he once worked for tips.

"I understand where I come from and my background — I get it. But my father made sure I worked minimum wage jobs… I also worked for tips, which is something that's really important that everybody should understand,” Trump Jr. told McCarthy, according to Newsweek.

Seeking to distance himself from the political elite in Congress by citing his supposed work experience, Trump Jr. added, "They've never actually had that hustle."

Trump Jr. has often brought up his bartender gig in Aspen, Colorado, in sit-downs with media outlets, recalling that he lived in a truck at the time.

According to Politico Magazine, though, the Trump son — who grew up in the ostentatious 53-room penthouse atop Trump tower, cared for by nannies and protected by bodyguards — moved to Aspen as a raging alcoholic “to keep the party going” and returned to New York a year later after “he grew tired of the mindless high life in Aspen.”

The news outlet also reported that Trump Jr. had, during summers, tended to boats as a dock attendant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and worked at Trump Organization construction sites while in high school.

Trump Jr. suggested that many in Congress can't connect with the constituents who elect them because the lawmakers lacked “so much” of the work experience he’d had.

"No one's ever had to make payroll. No one's signed the front of a check, as opposed to the back," Trump Jr., a millionaire, told McCarthy. "You always come to expect that not to exist in these offices."

Trump Jr., a culture war troll on Twitter, has repeatedly assailed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for her political views and frequently made fun of the Democrat’s stint as a once-struggling bartender, portraying as suspicious her eventual rise to the People’s House.

While McCarthy and Trump Jr. performatively recited right-wing lies on the podcast, the speaker suggested that impeaching Biden is on agenda for House Republicans, possibly in retaliation for Trump’s impeachments for extorting Ukraine and inciting an insurrection on January 6, 2021.

“After watching what they did to your father about impeachment, using it politically, I’ll never send use it politically, but that doesn’t mean we won’t use,” McCarthy said. “We’re going to investigate ‘why is the border like that,’ which could lead to an impeachment inquiry.”

Twitter users ridiculed the Trump spawn for peddling populist commentary and offering faux menial job experience as his connection to the struggles of regular Americans and for repeatedly talking over at a point during the show in which both men struggled to outdo each other in praising Trump.

Far Right Disgraced In Meltdown Over Ukraine President's Historic Visit

Far Right Disgraced In Meltdown Over Ukraine President's Historic Visit

Fresh off a historic midterm face-plant, some Republicans seemed to believe that trolling Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s U.S. visit would improve their standing, in a deranged attempt to "own the libs "— and they were dragged for it, badly.

Zelensky’s historic visit to Washington on Wednesday — his first trip outside Ukraine since an unprovoked Russia unjustly invaded his country — was met with a rousing welcome, highlighted by the wartime hero’s vocal appreciation to Americans for helping his country weather Russia’s brutal offensive, and capped with an emotional appeal to a joint Congressional session to approve a new round of crucial aid to Ukraine.

“Your money is not charity,” Zelensky said, seeking to reassure Americans that his cause is ours. “It’s an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way.”

Despite a cascade of new reporting on brutal Russian war crimes in Ukraine, a contingent of Republican figures ignored Zelensky’s speech — or blew it off altogether — while other prominent right-wing luminaries took to attacking the visiting president.

According to the New York Times, Reps. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), both of whom privately lobbied the former administration to impose “Marshall” law to keep then-lame-duck President Trump in power, skipped the speech, as did Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and insurrectionist Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO).

“Never Kevin” lawmaker Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Tim Burchett (R-TN), and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) pointedly sat out several standing ovations for Zelensky, according to severalreports.

But that was not all the GOP-inflicted embarrassment that Americans had to endure on Wednesday. In his most humiliating diatribe yet, Fox News star Tucker Carlson launched unhinged attacks on Zelensky during his late-night show, complaining about the wartime leader’s attire and comparing him to disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman Fried.

“As far as we know, no one’s ever addressed the United States Congress in a sweatshirt before, but they love him much more than they love you,” Carlson told his viewers.

Then, courting further disgrace, Carlson compared the American super-majority supporting the Zelensky-led Ukraine’s stand against a bullying oppressor to Bankman-Fried’s fanboys.

“The media, Congress, the White House all love this weird little guy called Bankman-Fried. Remember that? We were reminded of that,” he said.

Recent polling found that most Americans — from both sides of the political spectrum — support continued aid to Ukraine, but on Wednesday night, Carlson likened such support to “fawn[ing] over the Ukrainian strip club manager” and falsely accused Zelensky of “anti-Christian[ity].”

“It is hard — in fact, it may be impossible — to imagine a more humiliating scenario for the greatest country on Earth,” he added.

But that was still not the nadir of right-wing depravity the nation had to endure last night. While MAGA lawmakers were sulking on the Hill and far-right pundits ranted on TV over Zelensky’s visit, prominent Republican social media trolls were putting up a show of shame on Elon Musk’s Twitter.

Donald Trump Jr. — whose coup-plotting father dodged the military draft several times and paid zero federal income tax in 2020 while profiting off the federal government — attacked Zelensky with the decades-old, conservative-coined “welfare queen” slur.

Greene, a conspiracy theorist and serial peddler of Russian propaganda, echoed Trump Jr.’s deranged attacks, branding Zelensky a “shadow president” and labeling his supporters “so naive & ignorant they think my views are extreme but are totally blind and stupid.”

Appalled by this far-right rubbish, the American public for whom Greene purported to speak, promptly dragged her and Trump Jr., as well as other Ukraine-hating Republicans, on Twitter for their baseless attacks and hypocrisy.