Report: Trump’s Allies Are Pleading With Him to Not Defend Matt Gaetz

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Donald Trump has shown a willingness to defend almost anyone who is willing to defend him. When it comes to the Capitol insurrectionists, he went as far as saying that rather than attacking the police officers, they were hugging and kissing them.

Matt Gaetz, though, presents a new challenge. Few are more sycophantic towards Trump. And while the former president may have trouble remembering the Florida congressman’s name, it is still likely that he could come out in support of him.

Gaetz, though, has been accused of sexual misconduct with a teenager. Trump’s allies, according to Maggie Haberman, don’t want him to touch this situation.

CNN host Jim Sciutto asked the New York Times scribe, “Congressman Gaetz is a staunch and vocal ally of President Trump. Any sense how this news is being received by the president or people in his orbit?”

“The only other person I can think of that I have seen handled an investigation this way is Donald Trump, under investigation by the Mueller team,” the journalist responded. “But he was president. And it’s a little different the protections you have as president, versus anyone else.”

Haberman continued:

“In terms of how Trump and his folks are handling it, they are still processing the information. There are some people around President Trump, and President Trump himself, who like Matt Gaetz a lot, and people wary of him in the former president’s orbit. The former president’s first impulse will be to want to defend him and suggest that this is political, despite the fact it was Bill Barr under whom this investigation started. There are others around the former president who are cautioning him to wait and see what, if anything else, comes out.” read more

The Department of Justice is Investigating Matt Gaetz Over Sex Trafficking Claims

When Donald Trump was president, the lawmakers most willing to by sycophantic to him became Republican starts. People like Jim Jordan, Paul Gosar and Louie Gohmert earned notoriety by sticking close to Trump.

But no one represented this phenomenon better than Florida congressman Matt Gaetz. Gaetz, who threatened Michael Cohen before a hearing, was paid back for his Trump loyalty with a national profile and speaking spots at CPAC.

This morning, it was revealed that Gaetz could be looking into leaving the House of Representatives for a place in cable media. And now the New York Times is reporting that the Florida Rep. is being investigated in a sex trafficking case.

Michael Schmidt and Katie Brenner write, “R

epresentative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida and a close ally of former President Donald J. Trump, is being investigated by the Justice Department read more

Trump Lawyer David Schoen is Whining That he Was Marginalized by Legal Team

There was a large contrast between the two legal teams during the Trump impeachment trial. The Democratic House Managers were well prepared and effective. The Trump lawyers were seemingly unprepared and drew laughter and derision from Conservatives and Liberals alike.

The former president’s legal team can claim it “won” the case. Their efforts, though, did little to burnish their reputations. On Tuesday, the New York Times published a report on the lawyers and in that report, David Schoen complains that he was marginalized by Bruce Castor and Michael van der Veen.

Schoen told Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt, “

Again, the president made clear that I was to take the lead and do most of the presenting. However, when Bruce came in, he brought his partner Mike and several other lawyers to help them. He immediately began setting an agenda and assigning roles. My role was marginalized.” read more

Relatives of Adam Kinzinger Told Him He’s Lost the Respect of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham

In mid-January, only 10 Republican congresspeople were willing to vote to impeach Donald Trump. All of them have taken heat from their parties. Many have been censured by their state GOP’s.

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger not only voted to impeach Trump, he’s been a consistent critic of the former president since the November election. In addition to facing censure from the Illinois GOP, he’s also felt heat from his own family.

Kinzinger told the New York Times about a letter sent to him by some family members. “Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God!… You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name,” it read

In action section,  family members wrote, “You should be very proud that you have lost the respect of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Greg Kelly, etc., and most importantly in our book, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh and us!”

The GOP congressman doesn’t seem to be moved at all by the letter. He recently said of the response to his vote, “

I understand there is going to be backlash when you make a decision like that. I felt backlash from family. I felt backlash from friends. I felt backlash from constituents. If I would have voted against impeachment, I would have regretted it forever. … I’m at total peace. I have zero regrets whatsoever.” read more

NYT’s Haberman: Trump is More Upset About Losing Golf Event Than Pending Impeachment

Donald Trump has been unhinged his entire presidency. Since the lost the presidency in November, though, he has become even more unhinged.

And all his crazy behavior and comments came to a head last week when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol. And there will be consequences for his actions.

First, the Democratic led Congress will soon impeach Trump for a second time. The PGA also announced that they will be moving the 2022 Championship away from Trump‘s Bedminster Club.

According to Maggie Haberman, Trump is much more upset about losing the tournament than the looming impeachment. The New York Times scribe tweeted, “A lot has happened in the last week, including the president losing his Twitter feed, impeachment coming to the fore and the PGA withdrawing from Trump National. He’s ‘gutted’ by the PGA move, a person close to the White House says.”

He’s angry about impeachment, people who have spoken to him say. But the reaction to the PGA decision was different order of magnitude.

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 11, 2021 read more

“Same Old, Same Old,” Pence Waves Away Story About Trump’s Taxes

When he first signed up to be Donald Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence had somewhat of a spine. When the Access Hollywood tape came out, the former Indiana Governor reportedly gave serious thought to leaving the campaign. He infuriated his wife by choosing not to.

At this point, Pence is all in with the Trump campaign. This loyalty to the President was obvious on Tuesday when the Vice President referred to the damning New York Times story about Trump’s taxes as, “same old, same old.”

Pence made the comment while speaking with Fox News Bret Baier. He told the host, “

It feels like the same old, same old, doesn’t it, Bret? These same issues and allegations came up in 2016. The American people know President Donald Trump was a job creator. He’s a builder. He saved tens of millions of dollars in state and local taxes, payroll taxes. He created thousands of jobs as he built his business over many, many years.” read more

Fox’s Stirewalt: Trump Must Decide if Tax Story is “Fake News” or if Documents Were Illegally Obtained

When the New York Times bombshell Donald Trump tax story broke on Sunday night, the President reacted in the way everyone would expect him to. He lashed out at the “fake news” report and claimed that he paid a lot in taxes.

The reality is, however, that the Times has copies of the documents and the numbers are almost assuredly accurate. So on Monday morning, a number of Conservative commentators claimed that Trump was smart for gaming his taxes and that the documents were “illegally obtained.”

It is unclear which spin would work better than the other. According to Fox News’ political editor, Chris Stirewalt, the president is going to have to choose one or the other.

Host Bret Baier asked, “Chris, it’s going to come up at the debate tomorrow night. Your thoughts on the story and how it plays?”

“TheTimessays the $100 million is on the line for Trump. It could be a bank breaker for him according to the story,” he responded. “He’s in a difficult position because on the one hand he says ‘totally fake news’ but also then he has to say it was ‘illegally gotten’ and it can’t be both illegally gotten and fake I don’t think. So, that’s a pickle.” read more

NY Times Poll Has Biden up by 9% in Tipping Point State Pennsylvania

There are a number of different ways Joe Biden could defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 election. The most two likely scenarios, however, include the Democratic hopeful winning in Florida or in Pennsylvania.

According to a number of different national polls, Biden is up in both states. Florida is tricky, though, and Democrats have been burned by the sunshine state on a number of occasions.

So the Biden campaign had to be happy on Monday to see the results of the most recent NY Times/Sienna poll. The survey showed Biden up by 9% in Pennsylvania.

The Democrat is now holding commanding polling advantages in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Trump narrowly won these 3 states in the 2016 election. If Biden holds the states won by Clinton in 2016 and wins these 3 states as well, he would win the election.

Elections expert Nate Silver explained that capturing these 3 states would also give Biden some breathing room if Trump is able to flip a state won by Democrats back in 2016.

Small-ish thing, but note that Biden could lose Nevada if he’s doing well with white voters in the North and wins back MI/PA/WI,” he wrote. “Maps like these are not too crazy.”

Small-ish thing, but note that Biden could lose Nevada if he's doing well with white voters in the North and wins back MI/PA/WI. Maps like these are not too crazy.

— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538)

September 28, 2020 read more

What The Coronavirus Teaches, And What Trump Won’t Learn, About A Free-Market Economy

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Republicans continue to block legislation to provide relief to tens of millions of Americans as well as the state and local governments that provide services and employment to them. Their hand-wringing, it seems, is rooted in the worry that providing relief, such as extending enhanced unemployment benefits, will eliminate any incentive, or coercion, for people to seek employment and return to work. read more

New York Times Wants Congress Tested for Coronavirus Following Louie Gohmert Debacle

The New York Times has called for all members of Congress to be tested for Coronavirus following the positive diagnosis of Republican Representative Louie Gohmert.

In an editorial entitled “Congress, Test Thyself“, the Times cited Gohmert critically and urged the lawmakers to institute a testing regime in the Capitol.

“Elected officials have a particular responsibility both to model responsible behavior during this pandemic and to take extra precautions so they don’t become super spreaders,” the editors wrote.

“Put another way, when a lawmaker behaves like a ‘ding dong,’ as one Republican aide said of Mr. Gohmert, he puts everyone at risk.”

“For one thing, Gohmert’s experience has led to renewed calls by members and staff workers to implement a testing regimen on the Hill. That’s an important next step.”

The editorial comes as more and more reports emerge of anonymous staffers on Capitol Hill complaining about the lack of Covid-19 precautions. Many have said mask-wearing is discouraged.

The newspaper appeared to address these issues directly.

“Congress members are influential figures, and in this time of crisis they ought to be leading by example,” the editors wrote.

“By taking steps to protect themselves, their staff members and their constituents, lawmakers can send a signal about the seriousness of this situation to a confused and weary public.”

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John Lewis Appeals for National Redemption in Powerful Posthumous Article

John Lewis made one final appeal to the American people on Thursday in the form of an op-ed written before he passed away. The column was published on the day of his funeral.

The New York Times published the piece, entitled “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation” on the very day the Civil Rights hero and Democratic congressman will be laid to rest.

“Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe,” the subheading reads.

“While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me,” Lewis wrote.

“You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society.”

“Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.”

Lewis’ final message to the country focused on racial justice, Civil Rights and the ongoing struggle for equality. He also called on Americans to rise the challenge.

“Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe,” Lewis wrote.

“In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.”

“When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down

the heavy burdens of hate read more

Barack Obama: Trump Saying Kung Flu “Shocks and Pisses Me Off”

Barack Obama is reportedly not happy with Donald Trump for using the terms “kung flu” and “China virus” to refer to Covid-19. The former president made the comments at a fundraiser.

Obama criticized Trump’s use of the racially charged terms on Thursday. He was raising money for former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

“I don’t want a country in which the president of the United States is actively trying to promote anti-Asian sentiment and thinks it’s funny,” Obama said.

“I don’t want that. That still shocks and pisses me off.”

The New York Times reported that Obama told an aide Trump has “no idea what he’s doing.” This followed a meeting between the two men in 2016.

Obama also tries to avoid mentioning Trump’s name. The Democrat is “so determined to avoid uttering the new president’s name that one aide jokingly suggested they refer to him as ‘He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’ — Harry Potter’s archenemy, Lord Voldemort.”

Trump has repeatedly referred to Coronavirus as “kung flu” or “China virus.” Early on in the pandemic, the term “Wuhan virus” was popular among the President’s supporters.

Many critics have pointed out that

these terms are racist read more