Navarro Trump

'If You're Not Indicted, You're Not Invited': Trump's Fellow Felons At GOP Convention

Peter Navarro, a former aide to Donald Trump who recently completed his four-month prison sentence, was met with "a standing ovation lasting more than a minute" when he addressed the 2024 Republican National Convention crowd Wednesday, according to Rolling Stone.

Navarro served time "for defying a subpoena to testify to the House January 6 Committee," the report notes. Rolling Stone reported, "The crowd lustily applauded this convicted criminal when he insisted of his supposed persecution: 'They did not break me. And they will never break Donald Trump.'"

Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort also made an appearance at the convention Wednesday.

Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis noted via X: "Manafort was pardoned by Trump after he was convicted of lying to tax authorities about tens of millions of dollars he earned as a political consultant in Ukraine, misleading banks about his financial health to get loans, conspiring to lobby illegally for Ukraine, laundering money to support a lavish lifestyle and tampering with witnesses. He was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison."

HuffPost senior politics reporter Igor Bobic reacted to Navarro and Manafort's appearances, writing, "Manafort, Navarro, Trump -- all convicted of crimes and at the GOP convention following their 'law and order' night."

Lawyer Bradley P. Moss commented: "The convicted felon convention."

David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, wrote: "Milwaukee 2024: If you're not indicted, you're not invited."

Rick Wilson, a former Republican and co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, emphasized: "This crime wave must end."

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Trump Never Called Widow Of Firefighter Killed At Rally -- But Biden Did

Trump Never Called Widow Of Firefighter Killed At Rally -- But Biden Did

Since Corey Comperatore was shot and killed by a now deceased gunman during Donald Trump's Butler, Pennsylvania rally Saturday, July 13, the former fire chief's family has yet to hear from the ex-president, according to his wife, Helen Comperatore.

Per TODAY, Corey "Comperatore was an avid Trump supporter who was at the event with his wife and two daughters when shots rang out. He dove on his loved ones to protect them," Helen Comperatore told Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Josh Shapiro.

Helen Comperatore shared more in an interview with the New York Post on Monday, according to CNN.

CNN reports:

Helen told the Post that President Joe Biden tried to call her, but she declined to speak to him since her husband 'was a devout Republican, and he would not have wanted me to talk to him.'

But she added that she does not hold the current president responsible for what happened to her family.

'I don’t have any ill will towards Joe Biden,' she said. 'I’m not one of those people that gets involved in politics. I support Trump, that’s who I’m voting for, but I don’t have ill-will towards Biden.'

'He didn’t do anything to my husband. A 20-year-old despicable kid did,' she continued.

She told the Post, "Me and the kids were all there as a family," adding that her husband "was just excited."

"It was going to be a nice day with the family," she continued. "It was a bad day."

The Washington Post reported, "Trump has not made any public remarks since the Secret Service rushed him offstage shortly after shots were fired at his rally in Butler, Pa., around 6:12 p.m. on Saturday."

Far-right social media influencer Michael Solakiewicz posted to TikTok on Sunday a video, writing, "President Donald Trump playing golf today at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster! TRUMP 2024!"

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Nancy Pelosi Praised For 'Class Act' Response To Trump Shooting

Nancy Pelosi Praised For 'Class Act' Response To Trump Shooting

Among political leaders who have reacted to an unsuccessful assassination attempt on Donald Trump at the MAGA hopeful's Butler, Pennsylvania rally Saturday, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) expressed sympathy and relief — surprising some experts.

Taking to social media, Pelosi wrote via X (formerly Twitter): "As one whose family has been the victim of political violence, I know firsthand that political violence of any kind has no place in our society. I thank God that former President Trump is safe."

The former House speaker added, "As we learn more details about this horrifying incident, let us pray that all those in attendance at the former President’s rally today are unharmed."

In October of 2022, Pelosi's then-82-year-old husband, Paul Pelosi, was brutally attacked by David DePape, an intruder with a hammer at the couple's San Francisco home.

In May, NBC News reported, DePape was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin praised Pelosi, writing, "This. Nothing else is appropriate at this moment."

Former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan replied: "And maybe, just maybe, Trump might realize the horrific act of violence that almost cost your husband his life isn’t so funny after all..."

Andrew Weissmann, former FBI counsel, commented: "Class act response vs. the Trump-MAGA response when her husband was attacked viciously with a hammer to his head.......Everyone shd be deploring violence and not creating a permission structure for it to occur."

Semafor Washington Bureau Chief Benny Carlin added: "As reactions come in, shocking to recall how many of them are leaders who have been personally touched by violence. Former Speaker below, current Majority Leader Steve Scalise, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, whose husband is also a senator."

Mississippi Free Press News Editor Ashton Pittman pointed out the stark contrast between Pelosi's response to political violence against Trump, and the former president's response to political violence against the ex-speaker almost two years ago.

"A reminder of how Trump responded when a supporter broke into Nancy Pelosi's home and brutally attacked her husband with a hammer," Pittman wrote, also sharing a screenshot from a September 2023 Politico report.

'''We’ll stand up to crazy Nancy Pelosi, who ruined San Francisco — how’s her husband doing, anybody know?' Trump said to a raucous crowd of California Republicans at a state party convention," Politicoreported. "And she’s against building a wall at our border, even though she has a wall around her house — which obviously didn’t do a very good job," the former president added.

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Christine Todd Whitman

Former GOP Governor Compares Trump's Project 2025 To 'Nazi Manifesto'

In an interview earlier this week with the right-wing Real America's Voice network, Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts praised the Supreme Court's Monday immunity ruling in favor of Donald Trump, and appeared to threaten violence against Democrats should the former president lose his reelection bid in November.

"In spite of all this nonsense from the left, we are going to win," Roberts said. "We're in the process of taking this country back. We are in the process of the second American Revolution, which will remain bloodless, if the left allows it to be."

Earlier this year, legal analyst and New York University professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat told MSNBC's Ali Velshi that the far-right organization's Project 2025 "would effectively transform American government from a meritocratic democracy to a regime resembling Vladimir Putin's Russia."

Months later, a former Republican leader is warning that the GOP's plan also resembles former Nazi Party Adolf Hitler's manifesto, Mein Kampf.

Speaking with MSNBC's Katie Phang on Wednesday, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman (R) said, "If you look at Project 2025, and compare it to the Nazis' manifesto, it's very, very scary. There's so many parallels there of what can be done, of what they're promising in 2025 to do. Do away with the justice system, basically. Get rid of all public servants, do away with actually every department and agency that provides any kind of stability for this country. It's really frightening. The people who say 'Oh, well, he'll never do that.' Why would you say that? If you believe he's gonna cut taxes, and you believe he's gonna do away with regulation, why don't you believe the rest of it? You can't have it both ways. Our democracy is teetering the brink right now."

In December, while speaking to an Iowa rally crowd, Trump denied that he'd ever read the manifesto.

ABC News reported, "Trump's denial that he had read Hitler's memoir came after he has made a series of incendiary remarks in recent weeks referring to his political opponents as 'vermin' and saying illegal immigrants are 'poisoning the blood of our country.'"

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RNC Taking Unprecedented

RNC Taking Unprecedented Steps To Write 2024 Platform In Total Secrecy

The Republican Party has recently argued, according to NPR, that "an unwieldy platform could be weaponized by Democrats and the media."

As a result, in "a break with tradition," the Republican National Convention has decided to launch its platform privately this election cycle, Semafor reports.

The news outlet notes that the party's choice "to keep spectators and media out of the room, at Milwaukee’s Baird Center, was reported last week by the New York Times."

Trump campaign staffers Chris LaCitiva and Susie Wiles wrote in a memo last week, "For decades, Republicans have published textbook-long platforms that are scrutinized and intentionally misrepresented by our political opponents. The mainstream media uses their bully pulpit to perpetuate lies and misrepresentations, and the voters are often left believing we stand for something different than we actually do."

Semafor reports the pair "did not cite examples in the memo, but in 2016, the committee’s tweak to languageabout defending Ukraine generated bad headlines; well into 2018, it was inspiring questions from a special counsel. In 2020, the decision to punt on the platform inspired some embarrassing coverage, but not too much."

Politico reported Tuesday that "two hardline anti-abortion delegates to next week’s GOP platform committee have been stripped of their positions, according to several members of the Republican National Committee, underscoring a broader fear among evangelicals and other social conservatives that the party is poised to moderate its stance on abortion at the direction of former President Donald Trump."

The news outlet noted that a Trump campaign official argued the two delegates — "longtime party activist LaDonna Ryggs and former state party chair Chad Connelly" — were never "on the platform committee and maintained that two other people were the ones properly elected to the body by South Carolina’s convention delegates, suggesting that the 'state party' had tried to circumvent the RNC."

Additionally, Politico reports, "Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council and a member of the platform committee, accused RNC Chair Michael Whatley of 'stalling tactics' in a letter on Monday about efforts to ensure the meetings are open."

Perkins said that keeping the meetings private "heightens speculation that the GOP platform will be watered down to a few pages of meaningless, poll-tested talking points.'"

RNC committee person Oscar Brock said, "The lack of transparency is unwelcome. When people operate behind closed doors, you always have to wonder what the outcome is going to be.”

Semafor emphasizes, "The decision to pull curtains around the platform won’t stop coverage of what’s in it, but it will prevent the real-time drama of prior years."

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Ralph Nader

Nader Ripped After Blaming High Court Immunity Ruling On Hillary

Ralph Nader — who ran as a third party candidate during the 2000 presidential election, ultimately handing George W. Bush a win — said on Monday that the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling of presidential immunity in favor of Donald Trump is Hillary Clinton's fault.

Taking to social media, Nader wrote: "A dictatorial, unelected majority in the Supreme Court has just rendered America a dictatorial president above the law. Thank you Hillary Clinton, whose blundering campaign let the dictatorial Trump become president and led to a rightwing dictatorial majority on the Supreme Court."

A slew of legal and political experts swiftly called out the former presidential hopeful.


MSNBC columnist Katelyn Burns added: "This man is responsible for the appointment of the guy who wrote the opinion and a second vote for it."

American Enterprise Institute emeritus scholar Norman Ornstein said: "Sorry, Ralph, you of all people have no standing here."

Bradley P. Moss wrote: "Ralph, kindly excuse yourself from this discussion. You and your ilk are forever the election spoilers who helped make this possible."

Mississippi Free Press news editor Ashton Pittman said: "Absolutely nobody needed to hear from Ralph Nader today."

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'Lowest Level Of Corporate Support': Why Top Executives Shun Trump

'Lowest Level Of Corporate Support': Why Top Executives Shun Trump

Last week, the New York Timesreported that business expert and Yale School of Management professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, "who is in frequent contact with corporate leaders, said most chief executives he had spoken to preferred" President Joe Biden to ex-President Donald Trump, "some of them enthusiastically and some of them biting their lip and holding their nose."

Sonnenfeld expanded on his assertion in a June 23 op-ed published by the Times, adding, "Trump continues to suffer from the lowest level of corporate support in the history of the Republican Party."

The Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute president noted that some "chief executives resented Mr. Trump’s personal attacks on businesses through divide-and-conquer tactics, meddling and pitting competitors against each other publicly."

The School of Management professor added that he knows this information because he works "with roughly 1,000 chief executives a year, running a school for them," which he founded 35 years ago.

Although Sonnenfeld noted, "Our surveys show that 60 to 70 percent of them are registered Republicans," he also emphasized that many of those same executives "rushed to distance themselves from Mr. Trump’s more provocative stances, resigning en masse from his business advisory councils in 2017 after he equated antiracism activists with white supremacists. Dozens of them openly called for Mr. Trump’s impeachment in 2021 after the Jan. 6 insurrection."

Sonnenfeld writes:

If you want the most telling data point on corporate America’s lack of enthusiasm for Mr. Trump, look where they are investing their money. Not a single Fortune 100 chief executive has donated to the candidate so far this year, which indicates a major break from overwhelming business and executive support for Republican presidential candidates dating back over a century, to the days of [former Presidents William Howard]Taft and stretching through [Calvin] Coolidge and the Bushes, all of whom had dozens of major company heads donating to their campaigns.

The Yale professor also noted that business leaders' "legitimate misgivings about Mr. Biden are overwhelmed by worries about Mr. Trump, version 2024," adding, "Trump’s primary conduits to the business community in his first term — more-reasonable voices like those of Jared Kushner, Dina Powell and Steven Mnuchin — are gone, replaced by MAGA extremists and junior varsity opportunists."

Furthermore, Sonnenfeld emphasized, "Chief executives are not protectionist, isolationist or xenophobic, and they believe in investing where there is the rule of law, not the law of rulers."

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As Debate Looms, Trump Suddenly Says He Won't 'Underestimate' Biden

As Debate Looms, Trump Suddenly Says He Won't 'Underestimate' Biden

One week ahead of CNN's debate between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, the MAGA hopeful admitted that he isn't "underestimating" the president, despite taking aim at his mental acuity for months.

POLITICO national political correspondent Meredith McGraw wrote via X (formerly Twitter), "Trump to @theallinpod on upcoming debate against Biden: 'All I can say is this, I watched him with [former US Rep.] Paul Ryan (R-OH) and he destroyed Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan with the water, he was chugging water left and right...and he beat Paul Ryan. So I'm not underestimating him.'"

McGraw added, "Trump on Biden: 'I think he will be somebody who will be a worthy debater. I don't want to underestimate him.'"

Crooked Media co-founder Jon Favreau said, "Two other times Trump watched Biden debate...when they debated each other four years ago I can see why Trump might not have remembered the first time since he was sweaty and feverish due to the highly contagious and deadly virus he chose to hide from everyone."

Attorney Bradley P. Moss commented, "For four years, Trump and his media lackeys have told us Biden is a drooling dementia patient who can barely walk and doesn’t know where he is. But now he is a proven debater worthy of Trump?"

NY Daily News columnist Brandon Friedman wrote, "Trump forgot that he debated Joe Biden in 2020"

Politico California bureau chief Christopher Cadelago added, "Biden and Ryan debated eight years before Trump and Biden last debated. Trump is reaching back a long way to help set expectations. And he’s setting the bar a lot higher than heading into Biden’s last State of the Union."

ABC News Will Steakin commented, "Trump says he’s 'not underestimating' Joe Biden, who he’s also said 'doesn't know he's alive.'"

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'When I Lost The Election': Author Reveals Key Admission From Trump Interview

'When I Lost The Election': Author Reveals Key Admission From Trump Interview

Former President Donald Trump has long pushed what has become known as the "Big Lie" that President Joe Biden did not actually win the 2020 election — he did.

The lie is what stoked the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, and it's what has landed the ex-president in legal trouble with Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Although Trump and many of his MAGA allies still push the same claim today, Vanity Fair co-Editor-in-Chief and author Ramin Setoodeh revealed on Wednesday that the former president does, in fact, know that he lost to Biden.

During an interview with MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, the Apprentice in Wonderland: How Donald Trump and Mark Burnett Took America Through the Looking Glass author shared a glimpse into one of his many conversations with Trump.

"He slips," Wallace said to Setoodeh. "You talk about the mask coming off moment, when [Trump] told you that he lost."

The award-winning journalist replied, "He does. In one of our conversations we were watching clips of The Apprentice, and I showed him a clip of Geraldo Rivera, who was a contestant. And he got worked up over their falling out and the feud that they had, and he said 'when I lost the election.'

And that was a really revealing moment to me and proved something I'd been thinking about, is Donald Trump is playing a character. He's a reality show character that projects this image that people want to see. And I think truthfully, if we were able to get inside of his head and find the truth, he would admit that he lost the election, because he said it to me."

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Rep. Mike Johnson

Johnson Names Alleged Insurrectionist Perry To Intelligence Committee

During Sunday's episode of CBS' Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan spoke with House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner (R-OH) about House Speaker Mike Johnson's (R-LA) newest committee appointments — which was met with "bipartisan uproar," according to Axios.

"I want to ask you about the Intelligence committee (IC)," Brennan said to the Ohio congressman. "You've tried to keep it nonpartisan, as you've said on this program. Speaker Johnson recently decided, as you know, to add two congressmen, Scott Perry (R-PA) and Ronny Jackson (R-TX), to your committee, reportedly at the behest of Donald Trump.

Axios notes, "Perry's phone was seized by the FBI as part of its Jan. 6 probe, while Jackson has faced allegations of drinking on duty and harassing staff when he was the White House physician."

Brennan noted, "Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) referred to Perry as a threat to oversight, saying, 'He will be on the very committee that oversees FBI while he is under direct investigation by this very agency. This, in and of itself, amounts to disqualifying conflicts of interest.'"

Turner replied, "Being concerned, obviously, about that issue, and being the chairman, to see whether or not there was an issue — in due diligence from our committee — that we needed to resolve or address — they indicated that there was not an ongoing or continuing issue, or even a current issue that we need to address."

Brennan asked, "The FBI told you that?"

Turner replied, "The IC told us that. I think what's very important here, is the speaker makes the appointment, and then what he's done since. The speaker has absolutely committed himself to these two individuals, following the rules — not only the laws. Both of them have military experience, both of them have had access to classified information before, and there's been no report of their handling or mishandling of classified information. The speaker has met with our committee — Republican members. We have had a meeting with Mr. Perry, myself and the speaker. The speaker has said this: He's going to continue to monitor the situation, if there's any indication of anything improper happening, that he will intervene. And I believe the speaker will assert leadership here."

"And withdraw...that nomination potentially?" Brennan asked, before saying "Scott Perry has come out, and took aim at you, as you know. Because he said if he gets on this committee, he'll conduct actual oversight, not blind obedience to some facets of our intelligence committee that he claimed are spying on the American people. How do you respond to that?"

The IC chair replied, "He has apologized, and certainly those are the types of words that you would not want from someone that is joining a committee that is obviously very dedicated to national security."

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Sheriff Candidates In Both Parties Reject Trump's Mass Deportation Scheme

Sheriff Candidates In Both Parties Reject Trump's Mass Deportation Scheme

When Time national politics reporter Eric Cortellessa asked Donald Trump in April how he plans to carry out the "largest deportation operation in American history" if elected in November, the ex-president replied: "We will be using local law enforcement."

Local law enforcement candidates — both Democrats and the GOP candidates backed by Trump — in Miami-Dade County, Florida, told the Miami Herald in a recent interview that they don't plan to assist the former president with this plan.

"As far as I’m concerned, if the law stays the way it is, immigration stays in their lane and I stay in mine," Republican sheriff candidate and veteran police union boss John Rivera told the Florida newspaper.

The Miami Heraldreports:

A spokesperson for Trump’s campaign did not respond to the Herald’s request for comment on how he sees the role of local law enforcement in carrying out his mass-deportation promises. U.S. law states that federal officials can’t deputize state or local law enforcement officers to carry out the work of federal immigration officers without permission from the agency’s head — like, for example, a sheriff. But even the candidate endorsed by Trump in the race — Rosanna Cordero-Stutz — said that she would only be willing to help federal immigration agents in limited circumstances.

The newspaper also notes:

Currently, the county’s Democratic mayor, Daniella Levine Cava, oversees the Miami-Dade Police Department, which would become the county Sheriff’s Office in 2025. Florida rules also require partisan elections for sheriff, meaning Republican and Democratic voters will select their nominee for sheriff in the Aug. 20 primaries. Despite the partisan incentive of Republican candidates to align themselves with Trump, there’s a divide over immigration enforcement between the presumptive GOP nominee and Miami-Dade’s GOP sheriff candidates.

Candidates assert that participating in Trump's deportation ploy "would erode the community’s trust in law enforcement and pull officers away from their ultimate mission of ensuring public safety," the newspaper reports.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Sanchez — who's also a GOP candidate — emphasized, "We’re not going to help the president on that one."

GOP candidate Jose Aragu added, "Quite frankly, I don’t think we have the time for that."

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Donald J. Trump and Amy Coney Barrett

Justice Barrett's Husband Represents Fox In Defamation Lawsuit

While US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito faces ongoing backlash for hanging flags related January 6 and Christian nationalism outside of his homes — which he attributes to the actions of his wife; another Supreme Court justice’s spouse appears to also be connected to right-wing entities.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s husband, according to court documents obtained by Rolling Stone, is representing Fox Corporation in an ongoing defamation lawsuit.

Noting that Coney Barrett's husband, Jesse Barrett, “is a partner at SouthBank Legal,” Above the Lawreported, “That, in and of itself, isn’t a problem. The issue is she won’t disclose who her husband’s clients are.”

Rolling Stonereports:

Jesse Barrett’s work for Fox Corporation highlights one of ethics experts’ biggest complaints about the Supreme Court: Justices are not required to disclose their spouses’ clients, so the public has no way to track who is paying money directly to their families. In her 2021 financial disclosure, Justice Barrett even redacted the name of her husband’s firm, despite it being common knowledge that he works there.

There’s no way for the public to identify the high-profile attorney’s clients, Rolling Stone reports, “for the most part. However, federal court records show that Barrett is serving as Fox Corporation’s lead counsel in an ongoing defamation case. He had the case moved from Cook County, Illinois, to federal court late last month.”

Per the report, “The defamation case was filed by Lavell Redmond, an Illinois man who was convicted of aggravated sexual assault as a minor and served 24 years in prison. Redmond was hired as a code enforcement officer by the mayor of Dolton in 2021, the original complaint says.”

“FOX 32’s reporting directly led to Redmond being arrested and wrongfully charged with violating the reporting requirements of the sex offender registry,’ as well as his subsequent termination," according to the complaint, and “Redmond has suffered more than $1 million in damages based on Fox’s reporting.”

Redmond is seeking $3 million from the corporation.

Above the Law’s Kathryn Rubino writes:

Jesse Barrett is a lawyer, this is what lawyers do… it’s a non-issue.

…Unless, of course, the case somehow winds up before the Supreme Court and Coney Barrett doesn’t recuse herself. Which, again, we have no way of knowing as long as Coney Barrett refuses to disclose the list of her husband’s clients.

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Former President Donald Trump

'Sad Way To Dishonor Our Fallen Heroes': Trump Ripped For Memorial Day Whining

Former President Donald Trump's Memorial Day remarks were met with fierce backlash from a slew of journalists, legal and political experts Monday.

The MAGA leader's message — which was posted to Truth Social — included attacks on Judges Lewis Kaplan, who presided over two defamation cases against Trump from veteran writer E. Jean Carroll, and Arthur Engoron, who presided over the ex-president's New York civil fraud case. He also mentioned Judge Juan Merchan, who's presiding over Trump's hush money trial, which is expected to conclude this week.

The former president wrote:

Happy Memorial Day to All, including the Human Scum that is working so hard to destroy our Once Great Country, & to the Radical Left, Trump Hating Federal Judge in New York that presided over, get this, TWO separate trials, that awarded a woman, who I never met before (a quick handshake at a celebrityevent, 25 years ago, doesn't count!), 91 MILLION DOLLARS for 'DEFAMATION.' She didn't know when the so-called event took place - sometime in the 1990's - never filed a police report, didn't have to produce the 'dress' that she threatened me with (it showed negative!), & sung my praises in the first half of her CNN Interview with Alison Cooper, but changed her tune in the second half - Gee, I wonder why (UNDER APPEAL!)? The Rape charge was dropped by a jury! Or Arthur Engoron, the N.Y. State Wacko Judge who fined me almost 500 Million Dollars (UNDER APPEAL) for DOING NOTHING WRONG, used a Statute that has never been used before, gave me NO JURY, Mar-a-Lago at$18,000,000 - Now for Merchan!

Veteran congressional reporter Jamie Dupree replied, "Memorial Day started after the Civil War, as a tradition to honor U.S. soldiers who died in military service."

Daily Beast columnist Barry Markson wrote: "Pres. Biden is laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier and this is Trump’s message. Not one mention of a fallen soldier who died for our country because Trump calls them losers. Just more grievance about him. Trump doesn’t care about you or the country."

KTLA journalist David Lazarus said: "The simple fact is that if we did away with the archaic Electoral College, a man like this would never again get within reach of the presidency."

Former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard W. Painter commented: "What a sad way to dishonor our nation’s fallen heroes."

Deadline.com DC correspondent Ted Johnson replied: "As Joe Biden visits Arlington for Memorial Day…"

The Hill notes that Trump's "statement is a stark difference from President Biden, who gave a somber address at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. Biden used the opportunity to remark on the death of his own son, Beau Biden, who died from brain cancer believed to be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals during his service in the Iraq War."

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Marjorie Taylor Greene

FBI Publicly Rebuts MAGA Fantasy Of Biden Plot 'To Assassinate Trump'

Similarly to his MAGA colleague — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) — on Tuesday, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) claimed that President Joe Biden wanted to have former President Donald Trump killed during the FBI's raid on the Mar-a-Lago estate.

Referencing the statement, "Law enforcement officers of the Department of Justice may use deadly force when necessary ...." Gosar claimed via X/Twitter: "Biden ordered the hit on Trump at Mar-a-Lago."

About an hour prior to the Arizona congressman's claim, Rep. Greene baselessly claimed that "Biden and the FBI planned to assassinate" the former president.

ABC News Justice Department reporter Alex Mallon reported via X/Twitter, "FBI issues rare statement directly responding to this attack from Trump and his allies. Says 'standard protocol' was followed - 'No one ordered additional steps to be taken and there was no departure from the norm in this matter."

ABC News contributor Sarah Isgur noted: "Anytime the fbi takes an adversarial action like executing a search warrant, there is a deadly force policy. If there is danger to you or public and there’s no alternatives, you are authorized to use deadly force. This is standard policy."

She added, "And of course they gave the Secret Service and local law enforcement a heads up. Authorized to use deadly force is not the same as 'planning to shoot people.' But every briefing has to include a deadly force policy that is acknowledged by every agent before they go in."

Adam Kinzinger replied: "Gosar is a clown."

Lawyer Bradley P. Moss said: "Per Trump, Biden has complete immunity"

A former CIA attorney under the account @secretsandlaws wrote: "As a general rule, I don't judge any lawyer for zealously representing a criminal defendant, but blatant distortions in legal filings like this were clearly designed to generate over-the-top responses from Trump's supporters, just like the one below. It's unethical and immoral."

Lawrence Hurley said: "Based on Trump's arguments in his election interference case, Biden could not be prosecuted if he had actually ordered this..."

Doug Thompson replied: "I try not to retweet nonsense but this is outrageous.Pre-authorization for use of deadly force is routine when issuing a search warrant. 'Go search for and seize evidence at the scene of a serious crime but go unarmed' would be absurd."

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Jim Jordan

Jim Jordan Making 'Aggressive Moves' To Replace Speaker Johnson

Since both Republicans and Democrats blocked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) motion to vacate the speakership Wednesday, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is safe — for now.

The Georgia lawmaker has not been the only Republican House member plotting on Johnson's removal, according to a Thursday, May 9 Axios report.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) has plans of his own to takeover his Louisiana colleague's position in 2025.

Per Axios, several sources said that "Jordan privately told colleagues what he would be doing differently than Johnson during the recent fight over foreign aid funding."

Additionally, the Ohio GOP leader "has been noticed handing out more campaign checks to colleagues," according to some of his colleagues, and one Republican told the news outlet "that Jordan previously said it was 'not his job' to help vulnerable members. His shift has raised his peers' eyebrows."

Jordan was vying for the speakership last year after Rep. Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) ouster, but failed when "25 Republicans refused to vote for him on the House floor on his final ballot."

The Ohio lawmaker has not given up hope.

According to Axios, "Jordan has hit the trail for a bevy of Republicans in recent months, including vulnerable Republicans and" McCarthy allies.

Axios' full report is available here.

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Kari Lake

Rift Between Trump And Kari Lake Hinders GOP In Arizona

Arizona GOP candidate Kari Lake hopes to secure a US Senate seat this year with the help of her longtime ally — Donald Trump — but the ex-president's support isn't promised, according to The Washington Post.

In January, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jeff DeWit abruptly resigned after Lake "warned that she would 'leak additional recordings of their private conversations.'

When she later publicly endorsed fellow MAGA supporter Gina Swoboda to replace DeWit during a Republican event, Lake "was met with 'boos and jeers as she took the stage.'"

The Postreports:

Trump’s top advisers were furious after a Lake ally released a recording of then-Arizona GOP Chairman Jeff DeWit encouraging her to stay out of the Senate race, which embarrassed the party chairman and led him to resign.

Trump was more surprised than angry when told about the January incident, according to three people familiar with his reaction. 'She tapes everything?' he asked, sitting in a New Hampshire hotel suite before taking the stage on the night he won that state’s primary. 'That’s good to know.'

Now, the newspaper reports, "Since Lake jumped into the race, Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about her political prospects in a state he sees as key to his bid to return to the White House, and has shown annoyance with her frequent presence at his Florida resort, according to five people close to him, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe his comments."

Furthermore, the Post notes the incident "killed any desire by some elected Republicans in the state to communicate with her, fearing they could be secretly recorded."

One top Arizona Republican told the Post, “Whether they end up voting for Kari Lake or not, they don’t trust her. They think they’re being recorded and it’s a running joke.”

The newspaper emphasizes, "So far, there has been no public schism between Trump and Lake, and the Senate candidate was at Mar-a-Lago again this month for a fundraiser. But Trump’s frustration with Lake has only increased over the past year, heightening the tension between the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and one of his most prominent followers — casting doubt on whether Republicans can present a sufficiently united front to win a key U.S. Senate contest and a presidential battleground state."

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.