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Since-deleted video shows creepy Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing AOC and staff (again)
Jen Hayden

On Wednesday, two Washington Post reporters witnessed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Karens) chasing and “aggressively confronting” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling her a “terrorist sympathizer.” It was another in a growing catalog of incidents of Greene harassing and bullying AOC.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested the House Ethics Committee should open an investigation into Greene’s actions as there is increasing evidence that Greene seems singularly obsessed with Ocasio-Cortez, repeatedly publicly challenging her to a debate over the Green New Deal, where she no doubt intends to bully rather than debate facts.

CNN reporters Em Steck and Andrew Kaczynski have uncovered a since-deleted video showing the now congresswoman visiting the U.S. Capitol in 2019, before she was elected to Congress.

According to CNN, the video begins with Greene and her gang of bullies filming themselves en route to AOC’s office saying, "We're going to go see, we're going to visit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Crazy eyes. Crazy eyes. Nutty.” Greene is accompanied by Anthony Aguero, a conservative activist who participated in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Aguero told CNN he was at the Capitol as an “independent journalist” but video shows he was participating by encouraging the mob on the outside as they rammed through police guards. Additional video from inside the Capitol showed Aguero inside the building.

The new video below picks up at the point where they find AOC’s office and discover the door is locked. Undeterred, Greene kneels down and begins harassing AOC and her staff through the mail slot, delivering a bizarre speech that begins by mispronouncing Ocasio-Cortez, a microaggression in and of itself. Greene goes onto announce, “I’m an American citizen; I pay your salary through taxes you collect from me through the IRS because I’m a taxpaying citizen of the United States. I am a woman, I am a female business owner and I’m proud to be an American woman.”

Let’s stop there for a second, because the insinuation throughout is that Greene is a true American and Ocasio-Cortez is something else. Her entire speech is dripping with racism. She proceeds with a rant about abortion and then pivots to straight bullying her.

“And I do not support your socialist policies and I do not support your murderous abortion policies. As a mother of three children, I am appalled at New York’s law for abortion and it needs to end and it needs to stop now. You are bringing God’s judgement on our country and I am against it, as well as my friends. So you need to stop being a baby and stop locking your door and come out and face the American citizens that you serve. If you want to be a big girl, you need to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens instead of us having to use a flap. A little flap [she swings the mail slot open and shut].”




After Greene delivered her mail slot speech, Aguero and another member of Greene’s party moved to a second office door and began taunting the staff, saying, "You can't stay in there forever. Come out and play."

Greene’s behavior is disturbing, to say the least. And this latest video is another in a catalog of documented incidents of Greene harassing not only AOC, but other members of Congress as well—Rep. Cori Bush, who was forced to move to a different office because of Greene’s harassment; Rep. Rashida Talib; and Rep. Ilhan Omar; and Rep. Marie Newman, who has a transgender child. Of course you’ll notice Greene seems to be hyperfocused on women of color, when she isn’t harassing the white mother of a transgender child. Her racist, bullying behavior towards these women has been going on for three years now. This isn’t just toxic behavior, this is into threat territory.



For her part, Ocasio-Cortez says she has clear concerns about the mental health of Greene, who has also reportedly fallen into QAnon conspiracies.



The stalking and bullying behavior isn’t just targeted at “the squad.” Greene previously harassed Parkland High School student David Hogg as he lobbied for gun reform after the mass shooting at his school.



So, what exactly does it take to get censured or expelled from Congress? If Greene keeps it up, she’s likely to find out. We may not agree with Republicans, but none of us would stand behind a Democratic member of Congress who behaved like this toward Republicans. The floor of the House of Representatives is where debate is supposed to take place, not chasing members down through hallways and calling them childish nicknames and terrorist sympathizers. The House must address Greene’s behavior, and if the Republican Party had any ethical or moral guidance, they would be leading the calls for expulsion. There should be no room for this toxic, racist, bullying behavior in any workplace.



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Rep. Eric Swalwell reports Greene’s spokesman harassed him in the halls of Congress today.

 

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GOP lawmaker who called COVID-19 a 'hoax' is sued by ex-staffer for endangering employees
Aldous J Pennyfarthing

With the new mask guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Thursday, the COVID-19 pandemic feels like it’s nearing an end for many of us. I get my second Moderna shot next week, at which point my transformation into the little-known Batman supervillain Blood Clottus will be complete. (Okay, just kidding. Side effects don’t scare me. Needles, on the other hand ...)

There are plenty of things I want to go back to, like movie theaters, restaurants, worry-free shopping trips, and my favorite sex fetish game: “Bats in Pants.” It feels pretty good because I feel like I’ve earned it by quarantining, social distancing, masking, and, most recently, getting half-vaxxed. I also feel like I’ve spent the past year respecting the rights, dreams, and wishes of my fellow travelers on this fragile blue-green globule of wanton pestilence.

But there are plenty of people who refused to take the vaccine seriously—at all—for the past year and change, people who eschewed common-sense health guidance in favor of the former guy’s sporadic head-methane emissions. We call these people assholes. Another good word for them would be “Republicans.”

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Meet Rep. Doug Lamborn. The Colorado Republican is getting sued for what could only be described in layman’s terms as “chronic assholery.” A former Lamborn staffer named Brandon Pope filed the suit on May 13 in the District Court for the District of Columbia, claiming he was fired after raising objections to his boss’ “reckless and dangerous approach” to COVID-19.

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The lawsuit claims that Lamborn ignored congressional pandemic protocols and endangered his own staff, mocked aides who wanted to wear masks, forced staffers to show up for work in person and dismissed social-distancing guidelines. Eventually, those actions resulted in “widespread transmission of the virus throughout both the district and Washington DC offices,” the lawsuit states, leading both offices to shutter for a time.

Yup, sounds like a horrible, dangerous, and hostile environment—also known as “America” (for most of the past year, anyway).

Pope — a Marine veteran who started with Lamborn as a Wounded Warrior fellow before being promoted to defense policy adviser — claims in the suit that early in the pandemic, he raised safety concerns to a superior. He suggested teleworking or at least some social distancing in the office after hearing from colleagues who were worried about the health risks of in-person work because of immunocompromised family members. Those suggestions were ignored, Pope says.
According to Pope’s lawsuit, early on in the pandemic, when most congressional offices moved to remote work, Lamborn insisted that his staff continue to operate in-person — allegedly saying that he would not allow House leadership to dictate how he ran his office, and “belittl[ing] any staffer who raised health-related concerns.” When Pope suggested that one staffer with health conditions at least be afforded a “zip wall” to limit exposure to other staff, Lamborn denied those requests.

Holy shit, what a prick.

Pope also alleges that Lamborn once told a staffer, “Well, I don’t care about you guys getting it.” This was in October 2020, just as U.S. COVID-19 case numbers were poised to skyrocket, and after Lamborn had discovered his office was becoming a “hotbed” of infection. The lawsuit claims that around Oct. 5, 2020, Lamborn was told that his deputy chief of staff had tested positive. Despite having worked closely with the individual just prior to hearing about the positive result, Lamborn refused to quarantine, attending a campaign event and a shipyard tour in subsequent days. Earlier in the pandemic, Lamborn had also referred to COVID-19 as a “hoax” that was being hyped up to influence elections.

And it keeps getting worse. Lamborn also reportedly told his staff to stay mum about their infections “lest the media pick up on the office’s (COVID-19) problem.”

And that’s
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Pope also claims he was fired for “alleged lack of professionalism and abrasiveness toward his colleagues and supervisors” after continuing to raise concerns about the office’s failure to follow COVID-19 protocols.

In order to further establish Lamborn’s assholery, Pope also alleged that Lamborn let his son live in a storage area in the Capitol basement after he moved to Washington, D.C., and that the congressman’s staff did personal errands for him and his family, such as moving furniture or picking up his personal mail when he went on vacation. Staffers were also allegedly told to do campaign work during office hours.

Having watched Republicans flout the rules from sea to shining sea for most of the past year, it’s refreshing to see that there may be a comeuppance for at least one of them.

And, hey, maybe this will inspire others to file their own suits. Now wouldn’t that be fun?
 

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Tom Cotton wants to punish ‘liberal’ universities with a new tax act. Jen Psaki has questions
Walter Einenkel

At Thursday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki fielded questions about Israel and Palestine, the CDC’s evolving public health recommendations, and what was happening with the Grand Old Party of do-nothings in regards to Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan. At one point a reporter asked Psaki to weigh in on the Republican Party’s new boogeyman: critical race theory (CRT) being taught in schools. There has been a spate of GOP-controlled states across the country trying to legislate important American history out of existence.

The specific question that Psaki was answering had to do with Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s Ivory Tower Tax Act, which would tax higher education institutions that taught “un-American ideas.” Unfortunately, the Arkansas politician, a man who believes that the entire world should be bombed out of existence to end the nightmare that is his own existence, doesn’t mean higher education institutions teaching that the Big Lie is a real thing. No, Cotton means schools educating students on the systemic racist history of the United States, from its founding to Tom Cotton. According to Cotton, schools like Harvard and Stanford teach their students to "hate America,” explaining that, "Our wealthiest colleges and universities have amassed billions of dollars, virtually tax-free, all while indoctrinating our youth with un-American ideas.”

So Psaki gave a three-minute lesson on how full of sh!@# Sen. Tom Cotton is.
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After passing on the Tom Cotton quote about indoctrination into “un-American ideas,” Psaki smiled and poked back. “Now you’ve intrigued me. What are the un-American ideas that are indoctrinating our youth?” The reporter responded, “The legislation doesn’t lay out the precise—,“ at which point, Psaki made sure this important detail wasn’t left off mic, asking “Oh, he’s not specific about the indoctrination by leaders from universities?”

The reporter gives what he suspects are examples of what Cotton is likely talking about, including the Arkansas senator’s anger at historical analysis like the 1619 Project and critical race theory. The reporter reminds Psaki that Sen. Cotton is one of a slew of conservative and libertarian types who claim “there’s a liberal bias on campus that targets conservatives.” There isn’t much to say about the conservative movement’s issues with reality. Educational institutions are supposed to have a mandate to present their students with the realities of the world and history for discussion—something that flies in the face of the fairytale lies conservatives tell themselves. So Psaki asks the reporter if he knows what Cotton says he’s going to do with the tax money he plans on generating. The reporter, like the rest of us, only has the vaguest of ideas what Cotton’s plan is, except that it is connected to some promise of “job training” programs.

Psaki decides to end this idiocy here:

SEC. JEN PSAKI: Well, without much detail of where he thinks our youth are being indoctrinated, it sounds very mysterious and dangerous, but — although I don’t think that [...] we believe that educating the youth and the future leaders of the country on systemic racism is indoctrination. That’s actually responsible.
But I would say, if he’s trying to raise money for something, then our view is there’s lots of ways to do that. We know that a number of corporations hugely benefited financially during the pandemic. They could pay more taxes. We think the highest 1 percent of Americans can pay more taxes. And if he wants to have a conversation about worker training, we’d love to have him over and have that conversation.

Tom Cotton isn’t serious about helping anyone not named Tom Cotton so sadly, I doubt he will except that invitation.

 

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Cheney: 'Absolutely' McCarthy should testify to Jan. 6 commission. Under subpoena if necessary
Laura Clawson

One thing we know about Cheneys is that they get revenge. If House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy somehow forgot that, he is perhaps remembering about now, with the release of a clip of a new ABC News interview with Rep. Liz Cheney.

Cheney was just stripped of her leadership role in the House Republican conference for the unpardonable sin of telling the truth about Donald Trump, Jan. 6, and the 2020 elections, and calling on the Republican Party to respect election results going forward. She was replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is less conservative but more loyal to Trump, while McCarthy distinguished himself for his lack of leadership, ditching Cheney and clinging to Trump just months after he said Trump did bear responsibility for the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Now, Congress is moving to create a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission, and Cheney absolutely thinks McCarthy is going to need to testify—perhaps under subpoena. Check out her spectacular deadpan here as she twists the knife:

 

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Deal struck on Jan. 6 commission, with House vote scheduled next week
Joan McCarter

After months of foot-dragging and obstruction from Republicans to the forming an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, a bipartisan deal has emerged. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had delegated Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson to work with ranking committee member John Katko of New York to find a solution. One, it should be noted, that has been greeted tepidly by Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Thompson and Katko have crafted legislation to create a commission modeled after the 9/11 panel. It would have 10 members, half of them appointed by Democratic congressional leaders, who would also appoint the chair. Republicans would appoint the other half, including the vice chair. Critically, if the chair and vice chair agree, the panel would have the power to issue subpoenas. So, problematically, they can veto each other's efforts to subpoena witnesses or documents. On the other hand, the chair is given sole power to get information from federal agencies and to appoint staff.

That, New York University law professor Ryan Goodman tells Greg Sargent at The Washington Post, gives the forces of truth a chance to prevail. "Thanks to powers invested in the Chairperson alone, the Democratically-appointed members would have significant control over the direction of the investigation," Goodman said, helping to prevent Republican appointees from "engaging in mischief." He added that the "Chairperson would be able to move ahead quickly with getting information from the government without needing a vote," saying that the chair can "appoint staff" who would "shape how the investigation and hearings unfold."
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The bill specifies that those members cannot be "an officer or employee of an instrumentality of government"—i.e. there can be no currently serving government officials on the panel. They must have "national recognition and significant depth of experience in at least two" areas: previous government service; law enforcement; civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy; experience in the armed forces or intelligence or counterrorism; and a background in cybersecurity or technology or law. A final report, including recommendations for preventing future attacks, would be due at the end of this calendar year.

McCarthy told reporters Friday morning that he hadn't looked at the text yet (he's been too busy installing Trump's toady in leadership to pay attention, I guess), but continues to have concerns about the scope. Namely that "you got to look at the buildup before, and what went on afterward," meaning the BLM and antifa straw men.

The House is voting on the bill next week, along with a supplemental funding bill to beef up Capitol security. It will pass, and should get at least a handful of Republican votes, if not a few dozen, including one from Rep. Liz Cheney, who got a coveted Wall Street Journal quote Friday (take that, Stefanik). "I hope we'll be able to really have the kind of investigation we need about what happened on Jan. 6," Cheney said.

"As I have called for since the days just after the attack, an independent, 9/11-style review is critical for getting answers our [Capitol Police] officers and all Americans deserve," Katko said in a statement announcing the agreement. "This is about facts, not partisan politics." Thompson said in his statement. "I am pleased that after many months of intensive discussion, Ranking Member Katko and I were able to reach a bipartisan agreement. […] Inaction—or just moving on—is simply not an option. The creation of this commission is our way of taking responsibility for protecting the U.S. Capitol."

As of this writing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn't reacted to the announcement that a deal has been struck, or that the legislation should advance in the House as soon as next week. In the past, he's been critical of the effort, casting it as "partisan" and demanding that the commission also encompass "the full scope of the political violence problem in this country," meaning those BLM and antifa straw men again.

One of the problems with McCarthy and McConnell potential foot-dragging is, of course, whether it would pass in the Senate with the filibuster. The other problem is that the two of them are responsible, along with Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, for appointing half of the commission members. That gives them more opportunity to delay, with the clock ticking on the still-unformed commission's deadline for the end of the year for a report and recommendations.

On the other hand, McConnell has no love for Trump. Here's a pretty much hands-off way for him to damage Trump and to fight the Big Lie. He could make sure that at least some of the five Republican appointees aren't Trumpers. There are plenty of former Republican officials who would relish the opportunity to serve as his proxy.

It's also incumbent on someone in Republican leadership to acknowledge reality, especially as the lunatic fringe of the House Republicans have taken over and are in full denial mode. There was the truly ugly revisionism on display in this week's House Oversight hearing, where Republican Rep. Paul Gosar called even investigating the events of Jan. 6 an assault by the "deep-state" on "law-abiding citizens," and GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde said that day in the Capitol looked like a "normal tourist visit." The nation's dumbest man (yes, dumber than Sen. Ron Johnson) Rep. Louie Gohmert took to the floor Friday to flat-out lie about the events of that day.

Here's McConnell's chance to counter what's happening in his party in the House, including the ouster of Cheney in deference to Trump and the Big Lie. After Trump's acquittal on his second impeachment, McConnell excoriated Trump. He said that Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for the attack. "This was an intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories orchestrated by an outgoing president who seemed determined to either overturn the voters' decision or else torch our institutions on the way out," McConnell said. "A mob was assaulting the Capitol in his name," he said. "These criminals were carrying his banners, hanging his flags and screaming their loyalty to him."

Having said all that, it's now largely going to be up to McConnell to do something about it.

 

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Reporter gets stumped when White House press sec. Psaki turns his hack question back on him
Walter Einenkel

One benefit to the conservative sphere’s IQ of diminishing returns is that it is very easy to spot and answer what passes for ‘gotcha’ journalism among Republicans these days. White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s job is to, as diplomatically as possible, promote the Biden administration’s agenda and not be an embarrassment to the country. In some respects it is a very simple job. But it is not an easy job. As the last administration showed us all, it can also provide the world with a public manifestation of the behind-the-scenes corruption and ineptitude of an incompetent and malignant administration.

The conservative media does not have much in the way of policy to ask about. They can spew conspiracy theory hooey, but they do not have much intellect or serious integrity when it comes to investigating what the Biden administration is doing or not doing for the American people. As a result, press secretary Psaki has shown great acumen in flipping around what amounts to conservative talking points, thinly disguised as media questions, from right-wing news correspondents. On Friday, Psaki fielded two back-to-back, made-up Republican talking-point crises from the same reporter. As politely as possible, and not in so many words, she told him to go back to school.
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The reporter began by asking about the release of the 2020 Human Rights Report and Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying that human rights around the world should always be a No. 1 priority, and aren’t mutually exclusive from the rights that people have to practice their religions. “Why should the faith community not see that as a de-emphasis when the previous administration made religious freedom a top priority?” the reporter asked. Psaki takes this made-up issue, which in all honesty is a damning statement about the so-called “faith community,” and points out that human rights include people’s right to practice their religion.


JEN PSAKI: What the secretary, and certainly the state department—religious freedom—what he was saying is it's incredibly important around the world, and we’re going to work to protect that. And I think our U.S. policies convey that. As is the freedom of speech, the freedom of expression, and you know, the role of the state department, when they put out this report and any report is certainly to convey what our values are in the United States and what we're going to convey as we engage diplomatically around the world.

He followed that up by beginning his next “question,” by saying “What do you say to those who are criticizing the president who has not to date made an in-person visit to the southwest border?” Can you believe this BS? Psaki asks, “Like who?”

Reporter: “Criticism from those in the Republican Party. Criticism from others.” He felt good about his answer. Or that piece of him that once was filled with dreams of doing important reporting work just farted into his soul.

Psaki responds that she has no idea who she is responding to. The reporter then adds that “one of the senators” had a press conference the “other day,” where “that was a major criticism.” I’m not making this up. There’s video below. Psaki repeats that last part “one of the senators,” just to drive home the point that this reporter should listen to what he just said out loud while addressing the White House press secretary about President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ actions. Quickly, the reporter murmurs Rick Scott. Maybe Rick Scott has this poor lost soul’s conscience sunk in a dungeon somewhere? Hard to say. Psaki gives an answer about how holding press conferences while offering zero ideas is not leading, nor is it productive.


She explained that when the Biden administration came into office, the previous administration who had created a humanitarian crisis that our country’s reputation will be stained with for generations, had not even created a meaningful way to handle the mess they created. She cited the work being done to end child separation, and the improving numbers in the right direction. She ended by explaining why this is a non-starter of a question: It isn’t a story about anything other than GOP talking points. “We are less worried about press conferences or political games that are being played by some.”

Psaki has done an excellent job of sticking to the facts and telling the truths of this administration. Whether or not you agree with the Biden administration’s moves or positions, Psaki has been able to convincingly and relatively easily handle any and all questions the press has had for her regarding Joe BIden and Kamala Harris’ moves and statements. Part of this is the fact that the Biden administration has been very popular and progressive in working diligently to undo the cataclysmic failures of the previous administration, and part of this is because when not serving up softball-sized meatball questions to an ultra-right-wing clown car circus, the conservative media is really at a loss.

 

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Explosive new report has witnesses putting Matt Gaetz, an escort, and cocaine in the same hotel room
Walter Einenkel

Florida man Rep. Matt Gaetz is in deep doo doo, as the scientists say. He is facing allegations that he paid for sexual liaisons with a variety of women, some of whom were potentially underage. He may have also broken the law having young women cross state lines for money and sex. His buddy Joel Greenberg seems to have cut a plea deal after admitting to all kinds of bad and illegal deeds, and claims to have basically acted as a pimp for Mr. Gaetz. The story is lurid, filled with the kind of stuff that MAGA types like Gaetz have been projecting onto the entire Democratic Party establishment for about a decade now.

Now, The Daily Beast has released an explosive report detailing Rep. Gaetz’s experience during a 2019 Orlando, Florida, GOP fundraiser. According to the report, Gaetz’s old buddy Greenberg will identify a paid escort, named Megan Zalonka, as one of 15 women Gaetz paid for sex during his fun times with Greenberg, and Zalonka’s story includes sex and drugs with Mr. Gaetz. Ms. Zalonga also had a scandal-level shady taxpayer-funded gig with Greenberg.
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The Daily Beast report alleges that Zalonka made many thousands of dollars partying with Gaetz and Greenberg at the fundraiser, and it is not just Greenberg who can give testimony about the debauched times the two men spent.

On Oct. 26, 2019, Gaetz attended the “Trump Defender Gala” fundraiser as the featured speaker at the Westgate Lake Resort in Orlando. Two witnesses present recalled friends reconvening at Gaetz’s hotel room for an after-party, where Zalonka prepared lines of cocaine on the bathroom counter. One of those witnesses distinctly remembers Zalonka pulling the drugs out of her makeup bag, rolling a bill of cash, and joining Gaetz in snorting the cocaine.

The Daily Beast says that hotel stay was written off by Gaetz as a campaign expense. I thought it was Hillary Clinton that was selling pizzas or something? I guess it was the “Trump Defenders” instead. Gaetz’s folks are mum on this story and Zalonka has hired an attorney, who told the news outlet that she “is not speaking to any media outlet.” The Zalonka connection goes back to why Greenberg resigned in disgrace from his position as Florida tax collector. According to The Daily Beast:

Zalonka, who is an amateur fashion model and the communications director for the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, received $4,000 on Venmo from Greenberg during his first year in office in 2017—mostly in $500 installments. And Greenberg, who is married, listed various explanations for why he paid Zalonka. In the memo fields of his Venmo payments, he paid her $500 for “Stuff,” another $500 for “Orher stuff” [sic], and $1,000 for “Pool.” On a single day in November, he paid her $500 for “Food” and another $500 for “Appetizers.”

After that, Zalonka seems to have begun a more lucrative business relationship with Greenberg, where she had a government job and was paid but never seemed to work—and no one knew what “services” she provided. Two sources told The Daily Beast that Gaetz and Zalonka had an ongoing financial arrangement that included sex amongst other things, though the newspaper could not confirm that the two had slept together.

It’s starting to become clear why Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy are trying to stay far away from Matt Gaetz right now. Gaetz will say he didn’t do it, but considering that Matt Gaetz has made a career of never saying anything that is actually true, it’s going to be hard for him to be believed.

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FOX News (And Trump) Whines that Trump Didn't Get Credit for the Vaccine that They Say Kills People
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Historical revisionism is one of the primary functions of Fox News. They are working hard to misinform their gullible viewers on a wide range of subjects. They have already succeeded in convincing them that Donald Trump was the real winner of the 2020 presidential election. Now they are trying to peddle the blatant lie that the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol was just a day at the park.

In addition to those fallacies, Fox News is collaborating with Trump to make sure that Trump gets the credit he imagines that he deserves for personally creating the COVID vaccines and saving the world. On Friday morning Fox News interviewed Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito. Host Bill Hemmer managed to contort a question with a preface suggesting that President Biden had cheated Trump out of the glory that he believes is rightful his. Hemmer asked...

"Were you struck by the fact that the President did not make a single mention of Operation Warp Speed?"



Not surprisingly, Capito replied that credit should be given where it's due, and that means to Trump. Never mind that Operation Warp Speed played no role in the development of the first vaccine that became available in the U.S. (Pfizer). Hemmer's loaded question not only falsely implied that Trump was entitled to recognition for the vaccines, but that Biden was rude not to have mentioned it.

The only thing Trump deserves credit for is his negligence, incompetence, and deliberate malfeasance, that resulted in the deaths of more than half a million Americans, and the illness of hundreds of thousands more. Trump downplayed the severity of the pandemic from the start. He promised that it would disappear by magic when only a few hundred people had died. He proposed treating it with bleach and ultraviolet light. And he failed to put in place a plan to distribute and administer the vaccine.

Other than that, Trump was a perfectly nauseating attention hog who had endless praise for himself. And he continues to play that demented character for his cult followers. Less than an hour after the segment on Fox News, Trump posted a comment on the hysterically lame blog that he set up because he was booted off of Twitter. He wrote that all he wanted was
"Just a mention please!," and then asked...

"Isn’t it incredible that because of the vaccines, which I and my Administration came up with years ahead of schedule (despite the fact that everybody, including Fauci, said would never happen), that we no longer need masks, and yet our names are not even mentioned in what everybody is calling the modern day miracle of the vaccines? [...] The Biden Administration had zero to do with it. All they did was continue our plan of distribution, which was working well right from the beginning!"

So Trump and his administration came up with the vaccines? It wasn't the scientists and doctors who were working on them long before Trump's "Warped" speed sham? And notice that Trump isn't expressing any gratitude for the lives saved by Biden's successful inoculation project. The only thing Trump demonstrates any interest in with this comment is satisfying his own voracious ego and maligning his foes.

It's rather odd that Trump and Fox News are now so insistent that Trump be celebrated for
"his" vaccine. This is the vaccine that Trump received himself in secret. For months Fox News and the rest of Rupert Murdoch's media empire have been scare mongering about the vaccine. Tucker Carlson is convinced that it doesn't work, but that government overlords will force it on you. The New York Post has been publishing stories about how it is supposedly killing people.

All of that notwithstanding, Trump is now whining that he isn't getting credit for the vaccine. He can't understand why he isn't being celebrated for his selfless devotion to the cure. But that's a typical reaction for a malignant narcissist. And for Trump it's just another day of exalting himself and disparaging others. To Trump, nothing else matters.

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