10/17/2021   The G.O.P.’s Race to Out-Trump the Trumpists, by Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker

Anyone in need of a warning about what the 2022 midterm elections could bring might consider what took place last month at a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Republican Women of Coffee County, Alabama. Katie Britt, a contender for the Republican nomination to replace Senator Richard Shelby, who is retiring, was asked if she had supported Roy Moore in the 2017 special Senate election. Moore is the Constitution-defying judge who was accused of sexually pursuing teen-age girls; he denied the allegations, but lost to the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones. “I have never supported or voted for a Democrat in my life,” Britt said, but added, “I also think it’s important to stand with women.”


That hedged response appeared to provoke the next candidate to speak, Representative Mo Brooks, who accused her of lacking party loyalty. “We are a team,” he said. “We have a belief system.”

10/6/2021   Trump Derangement Syndrome with David Lat, All the Presidents' Lawyers

Ken White and special guest David Lat discuss Jeffrey Clark, who tried to oust fellow Jeffrey (Rosen) as acting attorney general and get Georgia to change its election results. John Eastman, a respected attorney and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is now under fire for a memo he wrote outlining six steps for handing the presidency back to Donald Trump. Perhaps two of the most public examples of what David calls TDS are that of Rudy Giuliani, once the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and “America’s mayor,” and Sidney Powell, a top law school graduate and respected appellate attorney, who is now most known for representing Michael Flynn, legal challenges of the 2020 election, and being sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems.

10/5/2021   Melania texted Grisham on Jan. 6. Grisham says she resigned 15 minutes later, CNN Politics

Former Trump White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham describes the events leading to her Jan. 6 resignation and the "culture of abuse" that took place under the former President.


10/2/2021    EXCLUSIVE: Married Trump donor tells police she feared for her safety when Corey Lewandowski told her 'he stabbed a man in the back of the head and killed him' as her husband slams the political operative's 'violent and harassing' behavior, By Hazel Jones for Dailymail.com and Shannon Thaler for Dailymail.com, The Daily Mail, UK edition

Odom, the wife of a construction company executive, claimed that on the night of the dinner - which she was personally invited to with South Dakota Gov Kristi Noem by American socialite Jackie Siegel - she was frightened when he allegedly told her: 'When I was 10, I stabbed someone over and over again, killing him. She added that the father-of-four told her that when he was older, he 'stabbed a man in the back of the head, also killing him'. 


'Lewandowski proceeded to come on to me aggressively by first stating that, he works out twice a day, that he runs 400miles a week, and that's why he can last for eight hours at a time in bed,' Odom claimed Lewandowski said to her, according to the police statement.


Three page statement of Trashelle Odom, by Matthew Taylor Esq on behalf of the Odom Family.


4/14/2016   The mess surrounding Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and reporter Michelle Fields, explained by Tara Golshan, V0X


"The easiest thing: 'Corey, you're fired!' I can't do that," Trump said at a campaign rally in Wisconsin Tuesday. "I can't destroy a man for that."   In fact, Trump supported Lewandowski since the accusations first surfaced. First he denied it ever happened. Then he denied the video footage existed. Then he said the video footage showed nothing. And then argued that Fields prompted the whole thing by first grabbing Trump while holding a pen (which Trump says Secret Service could have easily mistaken for a tiny bomb). 


How Trump responded to the whole thing was an example of a campaign tactic he has used all along: Even in the face of overwhelming evidence contradicting his statements, he does not back down and he definitely does not apologize. Photographic evidence and violence are not enough to change his tune.



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9/30/2021   South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem won’t use Trump ally Corey Lewandowski as advisor after reports of affair, sexual harassment, by Dan Mangan, CNBC

Noem’s cold shoulder to Lewandowski came a day after she denied a report that she has been having an extramarital affair with the controversial political operative.

9/29/2021   South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem dismisses conservative website’s claims of extramarital affair with former Trump adviser, by Felicia Sonmez and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post

“There are members of Congress close to Mar-a-Lago who have called the affair ‘an open secret’ and worried that about Noem’s viability as a national candidate and within the movement,” a source familiar with the matter told American Greatness.


Noem has recently come under scrutiny for a meeting she organized for her daughter and the state employee charged with leading the agency that moved to deny her application to become a certified real estate appraiser. The meeting prompted allegations of abuse of power among some state lawmakers, and South Dakota’s attorney general, Jason Ravnsborg, is reviewing the matter.


9/30/2021   South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem severs ties with longtime Trump aide after harassment allegations, by Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey, WaPost

9/23/2021   Evangelical pastor to his followers: Jesus hasn’t come back because you haven’t given me enough money, by Sky Palma, DeadState

… If people would call this number and put this victory all over the world, every available voice, every available outlet, God the Father would say, ‘Jesus, go get ’em.’ Because, you see, he wants to see us as much as we want to see him. … And so what is hindering all these things is because people are not doing in the financial realm — because we’re living in an economic world — what God’s called them to do.”

9/20/2021   The For-Profit World of Religious Vaccine Exemptions, BY MARY HARRIS, Slate



7/10/2021   Monroe-area family loses appeal in lawsuit over priest’s funeral remarks on suicide, Associated Press, Detroit News

Mourners were shocked when the Rev. Don LaCuesta gave a critical sermon. He said suicide was a “secular crime” and a “sin against God with dire eternal consequences.”

7/2/2021   Boy Scouts of America reaches $850M agreement with victims, by RANDALL CHASE, AP

The Boy Scouts of America have reached an $850 million agreement with attorneys representing some 60,000 victims of child sex abuse in what could prove to be a pivotal moment in the organization’s bankruptcy case.

5/25/2021   Jim Bakker: ‘Cancel culture’ is the reason I went to prison, by Sky Palma, DeadState

End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker claims that "cancel culture" was responsible for him being unjustly convicted of fraud and sent to prison in the 1980s.

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5/14/2021   Our Fellow Evangelicals Need to Get Vaccinated, by Curtis Chang and Kris Carter, The New York Times

The pathway to ending the Covid-19 pandemic runs through the evangelical church. Tens of millions of evangelical Christians live in the United States, and almost half of white evangelicals surveyed have said they are reluctant to get vaccinated against Covid. For many outside the evangelical world, this resistance seems incomprehensible. But as lifelong evangelicals, we understand why this is happening, and we worry that our community is obstructing recovery from the pandemic.


The decision to get vaccinated is essentially a decision to trust institutions. Many people do not understand the vaccines’ scientific complexities, regardless of religion. That means getting immunized is a decision to trust “them” — the constellation of scientific and government institutions offering assurances that the vaccines are safe and effective.


But American evangelicals are historically prone to ambivalence toward dominant secular institutions. In fact, a posture of critical evaluation is built into the fabric of our faith. Evangelicals interpret Jesus’ teaching that his followers are in the world but not “of the world” (John 17:16) to mean we should engage with secular institutions with a certain measure of wariness. Some amount of caution is healthy for all communities, not just for evangelicals. No institution is infallible, and critical thinking can be a civic virtue.


Unfortunately, in recent years, the evangelical approach to engaging with secular institutions has morphed from caution into outright fear and hostility. Three forces have exploited this inherent ambivalence toward secular institutions. First, conservative media has mastered the art of sowing evangelical suspicion of the establishment to increase ratings. Second, politicians — some Christian and some not — have used evangelicals’ distrust of so-called elite institutions to gain our votes. Third, conspiracy movements such as QAnon and antivaccine campaigns have targeted evangelicals, conjuring fictional enemies intent on destroying our values and, in the case of the vaccines, our actual bodies. All of these forces shape how large segments of the evangelical community perceive the Covid vaccines.


In our vaccination outreach, evangelicals have told us they’re suspicious of the shots for a variety of reasons. Many worry that the development process was rushed, that the vaccines contain a microchip or that they are the “the mark of the beast,” a reference from the Book of Revelation that some Christians associate with a future Antichrist figure. A sharpened distrust of institutions underlies these fears.


This reflex has taken root so rapidly that a gap has emerged between evangelical pastors and the people in their pews. A survey from the National Association of Evangelicals showed that 95 percent of church leaders would be vaccinated, a marked contrast to the mere 54 percent of evangelicals who planned to get a vaccination. This gap follows a documented trend of pastors feeling afraid to speak on public issues because they might alienate some portion of their members.



5/5/2021   Spiritual Warfare: A Battle Is Raging in the ‘Prophetic Community’ Over the 2020 Election, by Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch

In the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, a variety of self-proclaimed “prophets” were nearly unanimous in their announcements that they had all heard from Heaven that Donald Trump would win the election and serve a second term as president.


Even though that did not happen, many of these “prophets” have vehemently refused to admit they were wrong and continue to insist that God will vindicate them by miraculously returning Trump to the White House.


Concerned about these false prophecies and the refusal of such “prophets” to acknowledge them, a collection of conservative Christian leaders recently signed on to a document laying out standards for the prophetic movement, declaring, among other things, that those who refuse to abide by such standards run the risk of being designated as “false prophets.”

4/30/2021   Detroit Church Militant founder may face legal reckoning for defamation, by Christopher White, National Catholic Reporter

Voris' targeting of de Laire centers around his handling of a canonical matter that involved a traditionalist organization in his diocese known as the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary* of St. Benedict Center.


The group was formed after its founder, former Jesuit priest Leonard Feeney, was excommunicated by the Vatican in 1953 for his belief that only those baptized in the Catholic Church could receive salvation. The group as it operates today has since been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for preaching "anti-Semitic hatred."


The diocese had forbidden the community of the St. Benedict Center in Richmond, New Hampshire, to present themselves as an official Catholic institution, while at the same time allowing a priest to provide ministry to the group. According to the Diocese of Manchester's website, the group "manipulated" this "to imply support or recognition by the Church."


Church Militant has also been banned from presenting itself as a Catholic entity. Under its previous iteration, the organization, which operates in the Detroit suburbs, used to be known as Real Catholic TV. In December 2011, the Detroit Archdiocese said "it does not regard them as being authorized to use the word 'Catholic' to identify or promote their public activities." 

4/30/2021   Support of Trump within church has driven some Catholics to the exits, by Rebecca Bratten Weiss, National Catholic Reporter

 Boyle's departure from the Catholic Church is part of a broader trend, as church membership among Catholics has declined sharply in recent decades, especially over the past 10 years. Many who have left, like Boyle, cite their coreligionists' alliance with the MAGA "Make America Great Again" movement as a key factor in their decision.


H.L. Vogl came from a conservative background and converted enthusiastically to Catholicism as an adult. But in 2016, Vogl was dismayed to see their pastor becoming far more political — and it got worse after Donald Trump was elected president. According to Vogl, their pastor was "explicitly citing Fox News in homilies, preaching on the obligation to respect those in authority in the government, and stoking fear of 'political correctness.' "


Vogl began fact-checking the pastor's homilies, and in the process also discovered falsehoods and misrepresentations that had previously been accepted without question, such as the misrepresentation of Mary Magdalene as a prostitute.


Vogl was also appalled by the church's lack of accountability, and the harshness with which the authorities silence anyone working for gender equality.


Others have been dismayed by the spectacle of prominent Catholics they once respected embracing Donald Trump's far-right nationalist ideology and substituting it for the traditional teachings of the church. This has been especially distressing for converts to witness, as they watch those who once influenced their conversion veer sharply to the right.


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Josh Duggar, whose family became the subject of a TLC reality show in 2008, was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography in Arkansas on Friday.  The material allegedly depicted the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12.

Duggar, 33, was featured in a reality show on the TLC network with his family called “19 Kids and Counting” that ran from 2008 and 2015. The show chronicled the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children, of which Duggar was the eldest, and often centered around the family’s religious beliefs as devout Baptists.



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What evangelicals are hearing from some pastors about Covid-19, Brianna Keilar, CNN


4/17/2021   Why Anti-Abortion Catholics Should Get Vaccinated, by Leah Libresco Sargeant, The New York Times

Although the Vatican has stated clearly that the vaccines approved in the United States are “morally licit” to receive, some Catholics are reluctant because these vaccines have been developed or tested using lab-replicated cells cultured from aborted fetuses.


Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, sent a letter to his diocese that read, “I urge you to reject any vaccine that uses the remains of aborted children in research, testing, development, or production.” On social media, the vaccine selfies I see are interspersed with friends sharing Bishop Strickland’s and other prelates’ exhortations and grieving over their friends’ willingness to compromise with what they see as evil. Vaccine-hesitant Catholics are reluctant to accept protection from viral contagion at the risk of moral taint.


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4/16/2021   Liberty Sues Jerry Falwell Jr. For Millions In Damages Over Granda Episode, by Josh Kovensky, MuckRaker

The evangelical institution claims in the suit, filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court in Virginia, that Falwell concealed his relationship with Giancarlo Granda from the university.  Liberty cites both a lawsuit that Falwell filed against Liberty in November 2020 and a statement that the evangelical scion issued to the Washington Examiner before Reuters broke the news in August 2020 that Granda had a relationship with Falwell’s wife as the son of the famous preacher allegedly looked on.

4/16/2021   The full text of Liberty University's lawsuit against Jerry Falwell, save71.org 

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4/14/2021   Falwell’s son out as VP at Liberty University, by Brandon Ambrosino and Michael Stratford, Politico

Liberty University spokesperson Scott Lamb on Wednesday confirmed to POLITICO that Trey Falwell was “no longer employed by the university.” That development, Lamb said, occurred “this week,” but he declined to provide any additional details about what happened. Lamb also declined to answer questions about whether Jerry Falwell Jr.’s other son, Wesley, or his daughters-in-law were currently employed by the university. Liberty “does not answer questions about personnel,” he said.


His departure follows closely on the heels of another university shake-up. Last week, David Nasser, longtime campus pastor, resigned. He was replaced with Jonathan Falwell, Jerry’s brother and pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, founded by their father.

4/13/2021   Pastor’s son becomes viral star for debunking evangelical thinking on TikTok, by Gustaf Kilander, The Independent

Arguing that it’s weird for kids to read the Bible, Mr Piper said: “While other kids are learning to read with comics or whatever normal parents have around the house, here fundie [fundamentalist] kids are, 6, 7, 8 years old, devouring stories of Jezebel being defenestrated and then eaten by dogs.”


He added that the Bible is “basically Game of Thrones except if you don’t read it, you go to hell.”



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3/30/2020:     Kenneth Copeland and his Assistant Parasite "Casting Out Coronavirus." 


In this clip, Inside Edition Reporter Lisa Guerrero confronted MegaChurcher Kenneth Copland's 3 private jets (and about his $700M+ fortune)

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3/24/2021   Jim Bakker Decries ‘Warfare’ That Has Forced Him to Stop Lying About His Silver Solution, by Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch

Earlier this month, End Times pastor Jim Bakker was ordered by various state and federal agencies to stop suggesting that a silver solution sold by his network could be used as a possible cure for the COVID-19 coronavirus after Right Wing Watch posted a clip in February from “The Jim Bakker Show” in which he and his guests made precisely that claim.


Bakker addressed the controversy on Tuesday’s episode of his program by insisting that the claims made on his program were not misleading and complaining that the attacks against him were demonic warfare, while petulantly announcing that he was suspending the sale of his silver solution because of them.

4/17/2020   How To Be a Prophet the Jim Bakker Way, by Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch

At the time, we noted that Bakker’s “prophecy” was so vague that if anything happened anywhere in the world, Bakker would immediately claim it to be the fulfillment of his prophecy. And that is exactly what Bakker is now doing, as he used his show yesterday to claim that the coronavirus was the judgment that he had foreseen and foretold.


Bakker said that he had to re-watch his own sermon because he didn’t even remember what he said since he was “under the anointing” of God when he delivered it, adding that he was shocked by how accurate it was.

4/14/2020   Desperate Times For Jim Bakker, by Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch

End Times pastor Jim Bakker closed out his television program today by begging viewers to financially support his ministry using checks, as his network has reportedly been unable to process credit card transactions ever since it came under fire for promoting the silver solution it sold could possibly kill the coronavirus and heal those who have been infected.

3/10/2020   Missouri AG Sues Jim Bakker Over Fake Coronavirus Cure, by Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch

3/5/2020   New York AG Orders Jim Bakker to ‘Cease and Desist’ Making Misleading Claims That His Silver Solution Kills the Coronavirus, by Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch

10/3/2019   Jim Bakker: The Left Is Under ‘Massive Demon Possession’, by Kyle Mantyla, RIght Wing Watch 

“I want to tell you people today, America has gone crazy,” Bakker said. “I believe much of politics today, especially those that have gone out on an extreme—I’ll say left, they are way left—I believe there is a massive demon possession in the political realm today.”


Bakker’s guest, pastor and author Rick Renner, readily agreed.


“I believe it,” Renner said. “It’s like Hell found a voice. Hell is speaking through the political system today and through the media. It is amazing what is happening to the media, it is just wicked what is taking place. It should not be permitted. I think about Jesus; Jesus told the demons to shut up and I think we need to take authority over all these voices and command them to be still, in Jesus’ name.”

3/7/2019   Jim Bakker Warns That ‘Civil War Is Coming to America’ by Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch

11/14/2017   Jim Bakker: Apache Helicopters Are Mentioned In The Bible, by Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch

For instance, Bakker said, people who have studied the Bible will realize that Apache helicopters were mentioned in Revelation 9:


The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.


“Everything in the Bible is not a fairy tale,” Bakker said. “It’s all things that you can learn [if you study] … Do you know the Apache helicopter, I think, is in the Bible. John the Revelator saw it, he heard it, he saw it, it’s there. It said it had a face of a man; look in the helicopter, there’s the face of a man. It had a blue breastplate; it’s there. It’s so easy to understand the revelation if you read it.”

2/3/2017   Jim Bakker: Trump Protesters Are ‘Demon-Possessed’, by Brian Tashman, Right Wing Watch

Bakker told evangelist Billye Brim that he encountered “four rotten little girls” demonstrating against Trump during the president’s inauguration, asserting: “It was a possession, it’s the demons.”


“What’s happening is we’ve had leaders who have opened our country to demon powers,” he said. “They have worked for the dark side, the other side. We have millions of demon-possessed people in this country now.”


Brim agreed that demons were behind such anti-Trump protests such as the Women’s March on Washington and urged viewers to pray for confusion in their ranks.

2/2/2017   Bakker: Trump Hotel Looked Like Heaven, by Brian Tashman, RIght Wing Watch

“If God builds ballrooms, it’s going to be nicer than Trump’s, I know, but I tell you what, it looks like heaven to me,” he said, adding that “the spirit of God came in” to the city for Trump’s inauguration.

1/31/2017   Jim Bakker Guest Says Women Marchers Were Possessed By Demons, By Brian Tashman, Right Wing Watch

Bakker described Trump’s inauguration in glowing terms, saying that he felt “the presence of God” in Washington. But he and his guest, evangelist Billye Brim, railed against the subsequent Women’s March on Washington, which Brim said was “driven by demons.”


Upon seeing the Women’s March, Bakker said, he suddenly felt “the most evil spirit I’ve ever felt.”


Bakker was particularly offended that march participants used “dirty” and “filthy” words like “nasty” and “pussy”—words that the protesters pulled directly from the now-president, including from the infamous tape of him boasting about sexually assaulting women.


Brim said that the Women’s March was dominated by “the kingdom of darkness” and urged residents of Washington to “control those demons that were in those women.” 

1/24/2017   Jim Bakker: Trump’s Critics Look ‘Demon-Possessed’ By Brian Tashman, Right Wing Watch

Today, televangelist Jim Bakker once again declared that Donald Trump’s election as president was a victory for God and the church, even going so far as to tell his guest, End Times radio host Rick Wiles, that the new president’s many critics appear to be possessed by demons.


“Have you ever looked into the eyes of some of these people?” he asked, criticizing Trump’s “mean” detractors from both sides of the aisle. “I’m telling you, there are some people that I’m concerned are demon-possessed. They’re just going crazy. Their eyes look like demons [are] coming out of them. I’m scared.”


Wiles said Trump victory blocked Satan’s attempt to drive the U.S. into another world war, while Bakker said that “there’s a warfare in the heavenlies” and “the great battle of the Antichrist” has already arrived.

12/29/2016   Bakker: Forces Of Hell Oppose Donald Trump Because He Stands For ‘Righteousness’ By Brian Tashman, Right Wing Watch

All hell is against this presidency,” Bakker said, because Trump stands for “righteousness.”


Bakker went on to falsely claim that the United Kingdom has legalized “three-person marriage” and “so they’re going to take parts, stuff from three people; so three people now can get married, pretty soon you’ll be able to marry a baboon.”

11/30/2015   Jim Bakker Blames Witches For Televangelists’ Scandals, By Isabel Carter-Kahn, Right Wing Watch

This week on “The Jim Bakker Show,” Jim Bakker recounted a story that “a very well-known man of God” told him after he was released from prison about the threats facing televangelists. According to Bakker, this man sat next to a self-proclaimed witch on an airplane who told him that her coven was going to “take down” Jim Bakker.


“She said, ‘Right now, all the witches … They’re all agreeing they’re going to destroy the television ministries and we’re starting with Jim Bakker. And we are all praying, praying to destroy him,’” Bakker said.


Bakker’s guest, End Times radio host Rick Wiles, chimed in to mention a former Satanist named John Ramirez, who he says “targeted the pastors and the ministers that were really preaching the word of God.” Bakker added that these practices are why you see pastors “going through troubles,” because “all the demons in hell brought whatever, whether it be sex, drugs, or women” with them to attack godly preachers.

8/12/2015   Jim Bakker: America Is Descending Into Cannibalism, by Brian Tashman, Right Wing Watch

While speaking with fellow End Times preacher Rick Wiles about the potential return of an Ice Age, Bakker urged viewers to stock up on food before it becomes scarce and America descends into violence.


“New York, Chicago, all of your big cities, will be Hell,” Bakker said. “The gangs will take what they want. They will kill to take what they want. Then then they will start eating bodies of the people they kill.”

1/5/2015   God Came To Jim Bakker In The Bath To Tell Him That He’s Punishing America For Abortion Rights, by Brian Tashman, Right Wing Watch

On New Year’s Day, televangelist Jim Bakker informed viewers of his show about what God has in store for America in 2015, including increased tensions with North Korea and violence from Islamist extremists, something that no one else could have predicted.


He warned, however, that the U.S. military will fail to ever win a war because Americans are “mocking God, taking God out of schools, making it legal to murder the babies, [taking] the Ten Commandments down and literally denying the word of God.”


Bakker also told his audience that he received divine revelations while he was taking a bath.


















9/30/2021   Fringe conspiracy theory has now become mainstream, by Sunlen Serfaty, CNN

Far right White supremacist groups, conservative media personalities and some Republicans in Congress are trying to inflame nativist feelings among conservative Whites by warning that liberals want immigrants to "replace" native-born Americans. CNN's Sunlen Serfaty reports elements of replacement theory appear to have motivated some of the most heinous recent mass murders.


4/23/2021   The racist 'replacement theory' has it all backward, Analysis by Ronald Brownstein, CNN


Racist "replacement theory" inverts the real consequence of immigration for its target audience of Whites uneasy about social and racial change: Many of the Whites most drawn to the far-right argument that new arrivals are displacing "real Americans" are among those with the most to lose if the nation reduces, much less eliminates, immigration in the decades ahead.


With or without immigration, the White share of the population will decline in the coming decades, census projections show. But if immigration is reduced or eliminated, America will grow older, with many fewer working-age adults available to support an exploding number of retirees. And that would not only slow overall economic growth, multiple projections have found, but also would increase pressure for cuts in the Social Security and Medicare benefits that provide a lifeline to the older Whites most drawn to the right's anti-immigrant arguments.


"The projections show we are going to be dealing with lower population growth and an aging population, and the only way we are going to be able to keep our labor force growing and vital is through immigration," says William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. "It's a matter of math. I never understood why people who are anti-immigration can't understand the math of the whole thing, because it's quite simple."

Already, in nearly half the states, the number of working-age adults -- defined as those aged 18 to 64 -- declined from 2010 through 2019, according to a recent analysis by Frey. Without immigration, that squeeze will only tighten in the years ahead, forcing Washington to either cut benefits for retirees or to raise the payroll taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare to an unprecedented level on the shrinking number of workers.


If the nation severely restricts immigration, the fiscal impact would be to "double the load on working-age people of all these seniors," warns Dowell Myers, a demographer at the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy.


Today, Whites make up about 60% of the population. At the immigration levels America experienced during the first half of the past decade -- a little over 1 million new entrants per year -- that would decline by 2060 to 44%. With immigration levels reduced to about half that, roughly as the Trump administration and most congressional Republicans proposed in 2018 legislation that ultimately failed, the number still shrinks to 46%. Even if the US shut off all immigration in the coming decades, Whites would still decline to just over 51% of the population, the census projections concluded. (At an accelerated level of immigration, the White share fell to 42%.)

11/23/2018    U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Attended All-White ‘Segregation Academy’ to Avoid Integration, by Ashton Pittman, Jackson [Mississippi] Free Press

Although the U.S. Supreme Court ordered public schools to desegregate in 1954 and again in 1955 to do so with “all deliberate speed,” Mississippi slow-walked the integration of its schools as long as possible, trying a variety of “school choice” schemes, state legislation and court cases to stop full integration, including arguing that white kids should not go to school with so-called "genetically inferior" black students.

9/8/2021   Former district attorney arrested after indictment in connection with Ahmaud Arbery murder investigation, by Martin Savidge and Angela Barajas, CNN

7/9/2021   White man sentenced in attack on Black teen at Michigan park, Associated Press

4/17/2021   Left-Behind Suburbs Are a Civil-Rights Battleground, by Will Stancil, The Atlantic

In some respects, segregation is even more harmful in the suburbs than in major cities, which typically have a larger industrial and commercial tax base that allows them to weather crises and sustain public services. On average, predominantly nonwhite suburbs have the lowest per capita tax base of any community type in a major metropolitan area—about 25 percent less than major cities, and about 40 percent less than predominantly white suburbs. In many segregated suburbs, the quality of public services erodes over time, forcing the communities to raise revenue through fees and traffic tickets.


U.S. Census Bureau data indicate that Brooklyn Center is typical of a rapidly segregating Minnesota community. In 1990, the city was 90 percent white; its poverty rate was low, at 5 percent. Three decades later, the city is 38 percent white and its poverty rate has tripled, to 15 percent. It is now the poorest major suburb in the Twin Cities region, and it has a higher percentage of residents of color than any other major municipality in the area. Ferguson underwent nearly identical changes in the years before a police officer shot Michael Brown to death in 2014; the city transitioned from 85 percent white in 1980 to 29 percent white in 2010. Over the same period, its poverty rate almost quadrupled.


Social-science researchers describe this process as resegregation: Communities that start out as almost exclusively white go through a brief and unstable period of racial integration, and before long, an overwhelming majority of residents are people of color.


Black Americans especially are migrating to the suburbs in record numbers. Just since 2000, the urban Black population in major metropolitan areas has fallen by about 5 percent, while the suburban Black population has grown by more than 40 percent.  


In wealthy new suburbs and exurbs, where McMansions line endless cul-de-sacs, housing that working-class families of color can afford is scarce. Inner-ring suburbs typically have an older housing stock, including small postwar houses, more rental units, and affordable high-density housing. Families migrating from the central cities of a metro area tend to cluster in these more affordable communities; so do immigrants.


Other, more nefarious forces also funnel nonwhite families toward the inner suburbs—such as the practice of discriminatory racial “steering,” wherein real-estate agents are more likely to show families of color homes in already-diverse neighborhoods.


1/19/2021   Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination Against Livingston County Real Estate Agents, Jessica Matthews & Jon King, WHMI

"The complaint states that upon information and belief, currently there are no African American home owners on Zukey Lake and there never has been.


The complaint states that the agents set forth various conditions and provided false information to dissuade them from making an offer because of their race.

4/17.2021   The Trumpy Republican Who Won in Biden Country, by Olga Khazan, The Atlantic

The less flattering origin story is this: Around 2002, Van Duyne and other homeowners in her subdivision organized to block a big new commercial development from coming to the area. Hackberry Creek is a “master-planned gated community” full of 3,000-square-foot houses with Jacuzzi tubs and plantation shutters, all set among “hillside vistas and winding creeks.” The residents were worried about trash and food odors drifting over from the proposed restaurants and stores, according to Herbert Gears, who was a city-council member at the time and favored the plan. Riled up by the dispute over the development with Gears, Van Duyne ran for city council in 2004 and won his seat.


Van Duyne opposed building apartments in Irving because, as she wrote in a 2008 Dallas Morning News op-ed, “in addition to the greater susceptibility to crime and increased traffic created by the high density of people in an apartment complex, many Irving residents are averse to apartments because of their long-term effects on the community … Will the apartments beautify the area or lower its aesthetic value?”

4/8/2021   Opinion: Republicans are learning that there’s more to capitalism than tax cuts, by Catherine Rampbell, The Washington Post

For a long time, the Republican Party had what it believed was a tacit deal with corporate America. Companies donated enormous sums to GOP campaigns and aligned groups, and in exchange, Republicans delivered tax cuts: on corporate profits, capital gains, estates. Whatever other agenda items Republicans pursued — on immigration, civil rights or anything else — corporate America would generally keep its mouth shut. So long as the tax cuts kept flowing, the only “speech” that corporations engaged in came from their wallets, which in turn were fattened by those tax cuts.


An un-virtuous cycle, if you will.


Last week, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to revoke a break on fuel taxes that benefits Atlanta-based Delta Airlines, which had criticized the state’s recent voting law. House Speaker David Ralston (R) explained: “You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand. You gotta keep that in mind sometimes.” Apparently — shockingly! — this tax break had not been based on some abstract notion of public welfare or good governance or economy-boosting policy but, rather, a perceived quid pro quo.


Textbook Fascism.

4/8/2021   Republicans’ list of enemies keeps growing, by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

The disgraced former president maintained an enormous list of people and institutions he insulted while in office. The Republican Party’s list of enemies seems to have expanded well beyond even that.


Republicans these days don’t like the National Football League, the National Basketball Association or Major League Baseball. They do not like corporations such as Coca-Cola and Delta that, however belatedly, support voting rights (though they are fine taking their money). They don’t like historians, climate scientists or statisticians. They do not like Anthony S. Fauci and other public health officials.


They do not like atheists or churches that practice the social gospel and advocate for civil rights. They do not like critics of the Confederacy. They do not like police reformers.


They don’t like judges — even ones they appointed. They do not like book publishers, social media platforms, the mainstream media or Hollywood. They also think universities and tech companies are bad.

4/6/2021   Fears of White People Losing Out Permeate Capitol Rioters’ Towns, Study Finds, by Alan Feuer, The New York Times

When the political scientist Robert Pape began studying the issues that motivated the 380 or so people arrested in connection with the attack against the Capitol on Jan. 6, he expected to find that the rioters were driven to violence by the lingering effects of the 2008 Great Recession.


But instead he found something very different: Most of the people who took part in the assault came from places, his polling and demographic data showed, that were awash in fears that the rights of minorities and immigrants were crowding out the rights of white people in American politics and culture.


Mr. Pape’s initial conclusions — published on Tuesday in The Washington Post — suggest that the Capitol attack has historical echoes reaching back to before the Civil War, he said in an interview over the weekend. In the shorter term, he added, the study would appear to connect Jan. 6 not only to the once-fringe right-wing theory called the Great Replacement, which holds that minorities and immigrants are seeking to take over the country, but also to events like the far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 where crowds of white men marched with torches chanting, “Jews will not replace us!” 

4/6/2021   Opinion: What an analysis of 377 Americans arrested or charged in the Capitol insurrection tells us, by Robert A. Pape, The Washington Post

The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by a violent mob at the behest of former president Donald Trump was an act of political violence intended to alter the outcome of a legitimate democratic election. That much was always evident.


What we know 90 days later is that the insurrection was the result of a large, diffuse and new kind of protest movement congealing in the United States.


The Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), working with court records, has analyzed the demographics and home county characteristics of the 377 Americans, from 250 counties in 44 states, arrested or charged in the Capitol attack.


Those involved are, by and large, older and more professional than right-wing protesters we have surveyed in the past. They typically have no ties to existing right-wing groups. But like earlier protesters, they are 95 percent White and 85 percent male, and many live near and among Biden supporters in blue and purple counties.


When compared with almost 2,900 other counties in the United States, our analysis of the 250 counties where those charged or arrested live reveals that the counties that had the greatest decline in White population had an 18 percent chance of sending an insurrectionist to D.C., while the counties that saw the least decline in the White population had only a 3 percent chance. This finding holds even when controlling for population size, distance to D.C., unemployment rate and urban/rural location. It also would occur by chance less than once in 1,000 times.


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3/16/2021   Tom Cotton slams Chamber of Commerce as "a front service for woke corporations", by ALEX GANGITANO, The Hill


1/14/2021   Four years ago, I set out in an RV to understand Trump’s appeal. Here’s what I found, Opinion by Donna F. Edwards, The Washington Post

8/31/2021   Five Republican Candidates Linked to Racist, Far-Right Conspiracy Facebook Group, Later Removed Themselves From Page, by Ramsey Touchberry, Newsweek

The five candidates were Daniel Crenshaw, a House candidate from Texas; Danny Tarkanian, a House candidate from Nevada; Corey Stewart, a Senate candidate from Virginia; Matt Rosendale, a Senate candidate from Montana; and Patrick Morrisey, a Senate candidate from West Virginia.


Crenshaw, who was a group administrator as of Friday morning, has shared two of his campaign videos to the group, on July 29 and August 13. Other group administrators have shared his campaign website. In a statement to Newsweek, Crenshaw claimed he has "never actively managed or interacted with that page," despite posting his videos.


"They contacted me once and said they'd sign me up as an admin, in case I ever wanted to post," said Crenshaw, who removed himself from the group after Newsweek contacted him. "I quickly forgot about the page and never saw it again. How exactly is this news?"




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926/2021   GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz said Tucker Carlson is correct about white nationalist 'replacement' conspiracy theory and called ADL racist, by Kelsey Vlamis, Insider

9/25/2021   A Republican saying the quiet part out loud, Martin Pengelly in The Guardian

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8/12/2021   Joel Greenberg Providing Investigators With ‘Thousands of Photos and Videos’ Probably Doesn’t Bode Well for Matt Gaetz, by Ryan Bort, Rolling Stone

A periodic reminder that the congressman is under investigation for sex trafficking a 17-year-old

5/14/2021   Former Gaetz Confidant Agrees to Plead Guilty and Cooperate, by Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times

  • "A former confidant of Representative Matt Gaetz admitted in court papers on Friday to an array of federal crimes, including sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department’s ongoing investigations."
  • "Mr. Greenberg did not implicate Mr. Gaetz by name in court papers filed by prosecutors in Federal District Court in Orlando. But Mr. Greenberg admitted that he “introduced the minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts” with her, according to the documents, and that he was sometimes present. The others were not named.  Mr. Gaetz is said to be under investigation."
  • News reports have portrayed Gaetz and other Florida Republicans as partiers and devotees of the sex&rave drug, Ecstasy. When that wasn't enough, they made the sex transactional. 
  • Why else would anyone sleep with a loudmouthed creep like Gaetz?


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4/29/2021   Bombshell Letter: Gaetz Paid for Sex With Minor, Greenberg Says, by Jose Pagliery and Roger Sollenberger, Daily Beast

“From time to time, gas money or gifts, rent or partial tuition payments were made to several of these girls, including the individual who was not yet 18. I did see the acts occur firsthand and Venmo transactions, Cash App or other payments were made to these girls on behalf of the Congressman.”

The letter, which The Daily Beast recently obtained, was written after Greenberg—who was under federal indictment—asked Roger Stone to help him secure a pardon from then-President Donald Trump.

  • “If I get you $250k in Bitcoin would that help or is this not a financial matter,” Greenberg wrote to Roger Stone, one message shows.
  • “My lawyers that I fired, know the whole story about MG’s involvement,” Greenberg wrote to Stone on Dec. 21. “They know he paid me to pay the girls and that he and I both had sex with the girl who was underage.”



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4/29/2021   Gaetz, Greene plan national tour to call out RINOs, by Marc Caputo, Politico

The Two Clownacts are taking their stupidity on the road to attack both Democrats and Republicans.


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4/29/2021   Matt Gaetz’s wingman confesses they trafficked a 17-year-old girl: ‘I saw the acts occur firsthand’ by Sky Palma, DeadState

A confession letter written by friend of Florida GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz and accused sex trafficker, Joel Greenberg, has been obtained by The Daily Beast. The letter was written in the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency and admits that he and Gaetz paid for sex with a girl who was 17-years-old at the time.

4/26/2021   The Crazy Case of Gaetz Wingman’s Fraudulent COVID Relief Loans, by Roger Sollenberger, Daily Beast

Greenberg was himself an elected official at the time—the Seminole County tax collector—and he did not even operate an independent business, let alone one that would qualify for the taxpayer-backed COVID relief loans he sought. He allegedly got around that technicality by reinstating two of his companies that had been defunct for years—DG3 Enterprises and Greenberg Media Group, both terminated in 2016, the year he was first elected tax collector.


Prosecutors say Greenberg, with help from a “Recruiter Conspirator,” conscripted a government loan officer to override the SBA’s automated system. Among the list of criteria that the co-conspirators faked was revenue in the preceding year (a combined $1.2 million), the number of employees (12), operational dates, and, rather remarkably, that Greenberg was not under criminal indictment at the time. He applied for the loan on June 24, the day after federal law enforcement arrested him on charges of identity theft and stalking a political opponent.


But for Greenberg, the son of a wealthy Florida dentistry mogul, that apparently wasn’t enough. On July 21, he received roughly $300,000 from two additional EIDLs, bumping his total to more than $400,000, according to the Project on Government Oversight's COVID loan tracker. He paid the SBA official $3,000 for her trouble, using the online payment platform Cash App, and his friend and co-conspirator pocketed $16,000, according to prosecutors.


Gaetz, who has acknowledged the investigation, also got pandemic relief money. His family-owned senior care company CareGivers Inc, in which Gaetz holds a sizable stake, took in $475,000 in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans.

4/21/2021   New Docs Show Matt Gaetz Campaign in Full Damage-Control Mode, by Roger Sollenberger, The Daily Beast

As part of his public relations scramble, Gaetz has invested heavily in fundraising, paying Nevada-based Red Rock Strategies nearly $160,000 for fundraising consulting. That’s roughly $10,000 more than the campaign spent on fundraising services in 2019 and 2020 combined, according to The Daily Beast’s analysis of filings in the FEC database.


However, one expense in particular will raise eyebrows: A $5,000 “strategic political consulting” fee to Drake Ventures, the company belonging to longtime GOP smear artist and Gaetz associate Roger Stone. On Friday, the DOJ sued Stone and his wife, Nydia, alleging that the couple owes millions in unpaid taxes and have used Drake Ventures to shelter more than $1 million.


The campaign paid Stone’s company on March 24, just days before Gaetz’s father held an in-person meeting with a former DOJ prosecutor, according to a person familiar with the meeting. In a bizarre March 31 interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Matt Gaetz claimed that his father recorded that conversation at the direction of the FBI, alleging without evidence that the former prosecutor was at the center of a convoluted scheme to extort the congressman. The Gaetz campaign had never paid Drake Ventures until then.


Gaetz has also continued to rack up legal fees, a pattern established last summer around the time the DOJ investigation was reportedly launched. The Daily Beast reported earlier this month that weeks after Greenberg was first indicted—in June 2020—Gaetz paid the law firm Venable LLP $38,000, nearly four times the combined amount of legal fees incurred in the previous five years. The new filing reveals a $21,000 payment to Venable in February, bringing total legal expenses up to $85,000 since Greenberg was charged.

4/21/2021   Roger Stone spent weeks publicly defending Rep. Gaetz after being paid by his campaign, by Matt Gertz, Media Matters

The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that federal campaign finance disclosures reveal Gaetz’s campaign paid Stone’s Drake Ventures $5,000 for “strategic political consulting” fees on March 24. It was the first time the campaign had ever made a payment to the firm.


Stone is a longtime Trump political adviser who at one point was banned from all three major cable news networks over racist and misogynistic commentary and conspiracy theories. Trump and his 2016 campaign tasked Stone to “obtain advance information about WikiLeaks's planned releases'' of Democratic Party emails stolen by Russian intelligence in 2016, and they believed he had succeeded in doing so, according to a Republican-led Senate committee’s investigation. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe ultimately led to his conviction on seven federal felony counts, but Trump commuted his 40-month sentence and ultimately pardoned him. Stone is also connected to the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.  Like Gaetz, Stone is currently in hot water with the Justice Department. On Friday, federal prosecutors sued him and his wife over an alleged $2 million in unpaid taxes and penalties. Stone claims there’s a conspiracy behind that one, too.

4/20/2021   Matt Gaetz sparked William Barr to drop the f-bomb in a legal spat over Florida voting, by Betsy Woodruff Swan and Daniel Lippman, Politico

Months before news broke that the feds were investigating him for sex trafficking, Rep. Matt Gaetz was at the center of a separate internal fight at the Justice Department. The sparring match involved an Oval Office meeting, a foul-mouthed threat from the attorney general and voting in Florida. It has not been previously reported.


In Aug. 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Larry Keefe — a former law partner of Gaetz’s at the firm Keefe, Anchors & Gordon — as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida. More than a year after he was sworn in, and as Joe Biden was locking up the Democratic nomination, Keefe looked to open a wide-ranging probe into voter fraud in Florida, according to two people familiar with the matter.


After Keefe and Gaetz discussed the issue, the congressman had a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with Trump. Gaetz said Trump brought up his views on fraud connected to mail-in voting. In response, Gaetz brought up Keefe’s legal theory.


“I said to him that an appreciation for the Keefe position on venue would give good U.S. attorneys in every capital city the necessary jurisdiction to root out fraud,” Gaetz said. “I also shared with President Trump that Keefe had faced substantial resistance from the Department of Justice.”


Gaetz said that Trump then told White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who was in the room, to tell Attorney General William Barr that Trump believed Keefe’s legal theory had merit.


When Barr learned about Gaetz’s conversation with the president, he was incensed. The attorney general called the U.S. attorney and gave him an earful, according to two people familiar with the call.


If I ever hear of you talking to Gaetz or any other congressman again about business before the Department, I am going to fucking fire your ass,” Barr told him, according to one of the people with knowledge of the call.

4/17/2021   How ‘Papa Gaetz’ tells you everything you need to know about Matt Gaetz, by Gary Fineout, Politico

Want to know how Matt Gaetz became who he is today? Just look at his father.

4/16/2021   How Scandal-Plagued Matt Gaetz Became ‘Excommunicado’ at Fox News, by Asawin Suebsaeng, Lachlan Cartwright, Diana Falazone andJustin Baragona, Daily Beast

“It’s highly unlikely you’ll see him on again anytime soon,” one Fox News insider emphasized to The Daily Beast when asked about Gaetz personally returning to any of their TV programming.  Honchos at Fox were annoyed—and in some cases infuriated—by their perception that Gaetz, in his first big television interview after the “Gaetzgate” broke, had used two different parts of his Tucker appearance to try to rope the Fox News star into the congressman’s scandal. Multiple people at Fox described it as Gaetz seemingly trying to turn Carlson into an exonerating witness, which caused Carlson palpable discomfort on air.

4/16/2021   Gaetz ex-girlfriend feared alleged sex-trafficking victim taped call for feds, by Marc Caputo and Matt Dixon, Politico

MIAMI — Matt Gaetz’s former girlfriend has told friends she’s worried that the woman who is key to the federal government’s sex-crimes investigation tried to get her to incriminate the Florida lawmaker on a recorded call.


The revelation raises the possibility that federal prosecutors have two top cooperating witnesses: the woman who was an alleged sex-trafficking victim when she was a minor and the Gaetz associate already indicted for that crime, former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg.


Gaetz’s former girlfriend has played a bit role in the unfolding public drama — she is the woman who sent the lawmaker a nude video of her performing a hula hoop dance that he showed to other members of Congress.

4/16/2021   Jimmy Kimmel Heckles ‘Future Former Florida Congressman’ Matt Gaetz, by Trish Bendix, The New York Times

“Kimmel poked fun at Gaetz and his friend Joel Greenberg for making their Venmo transactions public: “One of those ‘salads’ cost more than $1,000 — I guess they added avocado. They didn’t check the privacy box. What’s the opposite of a criminal mastermind?” Jimmy Kimmel joked on Thursday.


Last Friday we noted that the Republican lawmaker was “well and truly f--ked,” in light of Venmo transactions showing Gaetz had paid $900 to his accused sex-trafficker friend, Joel Greenberg, which Greenberg proceeded to send to three young women. On Tuesday, though, new reporting indicated that he has been upgraded to exceptionally, royally f--ked.

4/14/2021   Women detail drug use, sex and payments after late-night parties with Gaetz and others, by David Shortell and Paula Reid, CNN

The partygoers, at times dressed in formal wear from a political event they'd just left, mingled and shared drugs like cocaine and ecstasy. Some had sex.
Gaetz, the brash Republican, liked to discuss politics, said one of the women. He behaved like a "frat type of party boy," she said, sometimes taking pills she believed were recreational drugs.

4/14/2021   Gaetz Attended Champagne-Fueled Sex Parties With Other GOP Officials, Two Women Tell CNN, by Jamie Ross, Daily Beast

If a party host requires you to hand over your cellphone before entering in order to stop anyone from documenting what’s about to take place, it’s not usually a sign of an imminent wholesome evening. But, according to women who say they frequently partied with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) over the past two years, that was just part of the normal routine.


Two women have spoken out about their experiences of the parties, which they say were typically packed with Republican officials.

4/14/2021   Matt Gaetz’s Wingman Paid Dozens of Young Women—and a 17-Year-Old, by Jose Pagliery and Roger Sollenberger, The Daily Beast

Federal investigators seized Gaetz's phone in December 2020, and they took his ex-girlfriend's device shortly after, according to two people who heard the woman describe the episode. Timothy Jansen, a criminal defense lawyer representing the woman, said she is refusing to speak to journalists and declined to comment.  Others were more opaque, such as 'Stuff' and 'Orher stuff' [sic]. According to three people with knowledge of the relationship, Gaetz was among the men who tapped Greenberg to access a large network of young women. Three payments in the reviewed documents — in amounts of $500, $500, and $250 — were designated for 'Ice cream.' Five other payments were for 'Salad,' one of which topped $1,000."

4/13/2021   New details shed light on Gaetz’s Bahamas trip, by Marc Caputo and Matt Dixon, Politico

Questions surrounding the ages of some of the women surfaced immediately upon their return — three of them looked so young when they returned on Beshears’ private plane that U.S. Customs briefly stopped and questioned him, according to sources familiar with the trip, including a woman on the flight.


In July 2020, as the full scope of his legal troubles were coming into view, Greenberg made a failed attempt to get politically connected friends to ask Gaetz to get President Donald Trump to pardon him, two of the friends told POLITICO.  Greenberg was not invited to the Bahamas, the three sources said, because of a conflict with Pirozzolo’s girlfriend. Pirozzolo, who recently told patients that his office was closed “due to a family emergency,” could not be reached for comment, nor could his lawyer or girlfriend.

4/13/2021   Indicted Gaetz Associate Is Said to Be Cooperating With Justice Dept., by Michael S. Schmidt and Katie Benner, The New York Times

Speculation about Mr. Greenberg’s cooperation began mounting last week, after his lawyer and a federal prosecutor both said in court that he was likely to plead guilty in the coming weeks. “I’m sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” Fritz Scheller, Mr. Greenberg’s lawyer, told reporters afterward.


The United States attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida is leading the investigation, which is examining not only whether Mr. Greenberg, Mr. Gaetz and others broke sex trafficking laws but also whether Mr. Gaetz paid for women over the age of 18 to travel with him to places like the Bahamas.

4/12/2021   ‘Felt like a setup’: WhatsApp chat shows Gaetz ally scrambling to contain fallout, by Marc Caputo, Josh Gerstein and Matt Dixon, Politico

The Florida county tax collector was five days away from a federal indictment for sex trafficking involving a 17-year-old — the same one Gaetz is now being investigated over — so Greenberg reached out to mutual friends on Aug. 14 last year and tried to enlist them in his defense, according to a WhatsApp chat shared with federal investigators and obtained by POLITICO.  Greenberg went so far as to push Gaetz to use his influence with Trump for a pardon, according to two sources familiar with the discussions, including one who heard Greenberg say it repeatedly.  Gaetz couldn’t be reached this weekend to discuss the WhatsApp messages that are the subject of this story.

4/12/2021   Exclusive: John Boehner believes Matt Gaetz should step down if indicted, by Jessica Koscielniak, USA TODAY

In an exclusive interview, Former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner told USA TODAY's Susan Page that he believes embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz should resign if indicted.

4/11/2021   ‘Like the Tiger King Got Elected Tax Collector’: Inside the Case That Ensnared Matt Gaetz, by Patricia Mazzei, Michael S. Schmidt and Katie Benner, The New York Times

Records and interviews detailed a litany of accusations: Mr. Greenberg strutted into work with a pistol on his hip in a state that does not allow guns to be openly carried. He spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to create no-show jobs for a relative and some of his groomsmen. He tried to talk his way out of a traffic ticket, asking a police officer for “professional courtesy.” He played police officer himself, putting a flashing light on his car to pull over a woman and accuse her of speeding. He published an anti-Muslim Facebook post. He solicited help to hack critics on the county commission. Stalking a rival candidate got him arrested. Federal agents looking into the matter found at least five fake IDs in his wallet and backpack, and kept digging.  Their inquiry culminated in 33 federal charges against Mr. Greenberg, 36, including sex trafficking of a minor, bribery, fraud and stalking — and led to a mushrooming political scandal that burst into national news in recent days and ensnared Mr. Gaetz,

4/8/2021   Indicted Matt Gaetz Associate Is Expected to Plead Guilty, Lawyers Say, by Patricia Mazzei, Katie Benner and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times

Investigators have also been told of a conversation where Mr. Gaetz and a prominent Florida lobbyist discussed arranging a sham candidate in a State Senate race last year to siphon votes from an ally’s opponent, according to two people familiar with the investigation. 


Mr. Gaetz’s legislative director in Washington, Devin Murphy, abruptly quit last week, three people familiar with the decision said on Thursday, becoming the second senior aide to resign since the Justice Department inquiry came to light.

4/8/2021   Key figure in Matt Gaetz probe likely cooperating with federal prosecutors, by Josh Gerstein, Politico

“I am sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” Joel Greenberg’s defense attorney said.

4/8/2021   Justice Dept. Inquiry Into Matt Gaetz Said to Be Focused on Cash Paid to Women, By Katie Benner and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times

Investigators believe Joel Greenberg, the former tax collector in Seminole County, Fla., who was indicted last year on a federal sex trafficking charge and other crimes, initially met the women through websites that connect people who go on dates in exchange for gifts, fine dining, travel and allowances, according to three people with knowledge of the encounters. Mr. Greenberg introduced the women to Mr. Gaetz, who also had sex with them, the people said.

Some of the men and women took ecstasy, an illegal mood-altering drug, before having sex, including Mr. Gaetz, two people familiar with the encounters said.

4/7/2021   Sean Hannity and his Fox News colleagues leave Matt Gaetz for dead, by Matt Gertz and Eric Hananoki, Media Matters

Perhaps the most notable absence from Gaetz’s defense is prime-time host Sean Hannity. Even as Gaetz responded to the allegations by spinning the sort of convoluted tale of deep state conspiracy and right-wing victimhood that seems tailor-made for Hannity’s program, the Fox star has seemingly left him for dead.  Hannity campaigned with Gaetz in 2018, praising him as the Mickey Mantle of Congress


Gaetz is a Hannity fixture. Since August 2017, he made 127 appearances on the program, roughly 41% of the 310 interviews he gave the network overall (including a disastrous turn on Tucker Carlson Tonight to respond to the initial Times report), according to Media Matters’ database of weekday programming. Gaetz is the 11th most-frequent Hannity guest over that period, and ranks second to Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) among guests who have not served as paid Fox contributors.



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4/6/2021   The congressman and his wingman, by Marc Caputo, Politico

Florida has never seen a tax collector like Joel Greenberg.


His Seminole County tax office was the only one in the state where employees were armed with pistols and body armor. He wore his own law enforcement badge and carried a sidearm at tax collector conferences. He let people pay property taxes with Bitcoin. He tweeted Islamophobic comments, installed a remote-controlled sprinkler system to spray petition gatherers he didn’t like and doled out fat contracts to his groomsmen shortly after winning the usually humdrum Orlando-area office with a campaign to stop “crony capitalism.”


Less than a week after his initial arrest and resignation, federal prosecutors allege, Greenberg kickstarted a new fraudulent scheme over Covid relief money. That charge was added to his third and (so far) final superseding indictment that was returned March 30. The indictment also alleged Greenberg had set up a company called Government Blockchain Systems LLC to use his elected office to “embezzle and divert over $400,000” in public money to personally benefit himself by using cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.  Greenberg is accused of misusing tax money to buy Bitcoin mining machines and then selling them at a personal profit on Amazon.


“You couldn’t make this story up, it’s so crazy,” said David Bear, an attorney for a Greenberg political rival whom the now-former Seminole County tax collector is accused of falsely smearing as a pedophile two years ago.  


“Ultimately, it’s about abuse of power and how the Republican Party lost its way with guys like this,” Bear said. “As one of the few remaining Never Trump Republicans, nothing could make me happier than seeing Matt Gaetz and his kind being taken down. They’re the embodiment of Trumpism.”

4/6/2021   Matt Gaetz, Loyal for Years to Trump, Is Said to Have Sought a Blanket Pardon, by Michael S. Schmidt, Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Fandos, The New York Times

Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, was one of President Donald J. Trump’s most vocal allies during his term, publicly pledging loyalty and even signing a letter nominating the president for the Nobel Peace Prize.


In the final weeks of Mr. Trump’s term, Mr. Gaetz sought something in return. He privately asked the White House for blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed, according to two people told of the discussions.

4/2/2021   Matt Gaetz sex competition was so shocking it had a Harry Potter rule: report, by Bob Brigham, RawStory

"The sex competition even involved the 'Harry Potter' book series, the GOP source told Insider. Anyone who had sex with a certain conservative woman "won the whole game regardless of points," she said. That woman was known as the 'snitch,' a nod to the Harry Potter game of Quidditch. The GOP source said she 'heard specific references of Gaetz being involved and scoring points.' She declined to name the woman to protect her privacy," Business Insider explained.


The game was initially revealed by Chris Latvala, a Republican who served alongside Gaetz in the Florida legislature. Latvala revealed the game over a year ago after Gaetz complained about him meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

4/2/2021   Feds' investigation of Matt Gaetz includes whether campaign funds were used to pay for travel and expenses, by Evan Perez, David Shortell, Paula Reid and Pamela Brown, CNN

The investigation of Gaetz began in the closing months of the Trump-era Justice Department under then-Attorney General William Barr and was initially part of a broader probe into trafficking allegations against another Florida politician, Joel Greenberg.

4/2/2021   The Matt Gaetz Investigation: What We Know, by Nicholas Fandos, The New York Times

Gaetz has claimed his family is being extorted. Not exactly.

The disclosure of a serious federal criminal investigation would typically prompt carefully vetted statements and studied silence in Washington. Mr. Gaetz has gone on a media tour instead, confirming the existence of the inquiry while shifting attention to another attention-grabbing claim: that his family is being targeted by two men trying to extort it for $25 million in exchange for making potential legal problems “go away.”

4/2/2021   Feds looking at alleged payments Rep. Matt Gaetz made to women and online solicitation: Sources, by Alexander Mallin, Mike Levine, John Santucci, Katherine Faulders and Will Steakin, ABC News

Sources said Gaetz was part of a group of young male lawmakers who created a "game" to score their female sexual conquests, which granted "points" for various targets such as interns, staffers or other female colleagues in the state House. One of the targets of the scoring system was a group the lawmakers had heard were "virgins," according to a source. The scoring system by male Florida lawmakers was previously reported by the Miami Herald.


One source said Gaetz was often spotted trying to pick up young women at 101 Restaurant, a once-popular watering hole in Tallahassee for some lawmakers and students from nearby Florida State University.


While on Capitol Hill as a member of Congress, Gaetz allegedly boasted of his sexual encounters with women, and would allegedly try to show colleagues photos and videos of naked women he said he slept with, according to sources familiar with Gaetz’s actions.  One video in particular was of a naked woman with a hula hoop, according to a source who was shown the material -- an allegation first reported by CNN.


Prior to joining Congress, Gaetz was a member of the Florida House of Representatives when his father was also a member of the Florida Senate. Sources told ABC News the two were often referred to as "Daddy Gaetz and Baby Gaetz." Sources said some women referred to him as "Creepy Gaetz." 

3/31/2021   Rep. Matt Gaetz under federal investigation, accused of having sex with a minor, Staff Video, USA Today

3/31/2021   The one *big* problem with Matt Gaetz's explanation, by Chris Cillizza, CNN

The Department of Justice declined to comment to CNN on Tuesday night. In a statement to CNN, the FBI in Jacksonville said, "The FBI declines to confirm nor deny the existence or status of an investigation. We refer you to the Department of Justice for further comment regarding this report."

Which, well, seems to matter. Because, if Gaetz's allegations are totally accurate, it would seem incumbent upon the DOJ and/or the FBI to say so. Allegations that a 38-year-old member of Congress had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and may have paid for her to travel with him are serious. The Justice Department is even investigating whether Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws, according to The New York Times report. If they are entirely inaccurate -- and if the teenager is, as Gaetz claims, entirely fictional -- then the FBI and DOJ not saying so could, after a while, amount to character assassination.

And yet, neither the DOJ or FBI has said anything -- amid repeated requests from media organizations to do so. (Worth noting for people alleging that this is a political hit on Gaetz, a major ally of former President Donald Trump: The investigation began in the final months of the Trump presidency, while Bill Barr was still the Attorney General.) 

3/31/2021   In investigation of Rep. Gaetz's alleged sexual relationship with minor, feds looking beyond Florida, sources say, by Mike Levine, Katherine Faulders, Alexander Mallin and John Santucci, ABC News

Within the last several weeks Gaetz started reaching out to prominent attorneys, according to one source. The source said that one of the attorneys Gaetz asked to represent him was Washington attorney Bill Burck, who represented Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Don McGahn during the Mueller probe. Burck turned down the case, according to a person familiar with the decision.

3/30/2021   Joel Greenberg's Third Superceding Indictment, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division

3/30/2021   Matt Gaetz Is Said to Face Justice Dept. Inquiry Over Sex With an Underage Girl, by Michael S. Schmidt, Katie Benner and Nicholas Fandos, The New York Times

The investigation was opened in the final months of the Trump administration under Attorney General William P. Barr, the two people said. Given Mr. Gaetz’s national profile, senior Justice Department officials in Washington — including some appointed by Mr. Trump — were notified of the investigation, the people said.

12/11/2017   Women in politics fear #MeToo moment will backfire — and they’ll be the ones punished, by Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau

Mayfield said she was outraged her freshman year as a House member when a group of freshmen male legislators lived together and ran their rented session home “like a frat house.”


They created a scoring system to rank female legislators and lobbyists, she said. One of them was asked what he wanted to do in Tallahassee and his answer was “to sleep with as many women as possible,” Mayfield recalled. “Who is investigating that?”


She said she believes Latvala’s accuser, but Mayfield also suggests that Tallahassee’s go-along, get-along culture may have allowed him to become “desensitized,” while those he may have shamed and offended did not feel free to complain.


‘I’ve walked around the building and you can look in women’s eyes and you just know they’re in pain. They’re terrified,’ said Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation. 







4/18/2021   I tell my criminal law students to start with jury instructions if they want to understand crimes, by Joyce Alene, MSNBC

The instructions explain what the prosecution must prove to convict.

In my new piece for @msnbcdaily I explain why they're so important in the Chauvin trial

Why Chauvin trial's verdict may hinge on Judge Cahill's jury instructions, by Joyce Alene, MSNBC


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 - TREASON ISN’T JUST A CRIME—IT’S A SIN OF THE HEART, by Asha Rangappa, Zocalo Public Square, 12/5/2017

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4/8/2021   How the Supreme Court Gave Cops a License to Kill, bBy Elie Mystal, The Nation

Derek Chauvin’s defense team is hoping that the 1989 Graham v. Connor ruling will be his ticket to acquittal.


There is nothing unique or interesting about the defense strategy employed by the lawyers for Derek Chauvin. The trial has produced no made-for-television stunts or rhetorical flourishes. There’s no bloody glove, no rhyming couplets. Chauvin’s defense is so basic that an attorney straight out of law school could pull it off. His lawyers are simply arguing that cops have the right to kill people, if they think they need to.


Those who have watched the Chauvin trial have undoubtedly noticed the string of racist bread crumbs laid out by the defense about Floyd’s apparent “strength.” There is a long and ugly history of white people ascribing super strength to Black people as a way to justify the use of deadly force against those Black people. There’s even a controversial medical term, “excited delirium,” that is often cited by the police to explain why they just had to kill an unarmed Black person.



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