Russia Scandal -- Predictions about its impact on the future of the GOP in 2018
STACKS AND STACKS AND STACKS OF LIES UPON LIES UPON LIES
McConnell: "The biggest lie being told in American politics…has been that the states are involved in a systematic effort to suppress the vote."
In 43 states, Republican state lawmakers have proposed at least 250 laws to limit voting, according to Brennan Center for Justice.
To be clear, the Turtle is lying about lying.
New York State Bar just booted Rudy Giuliani for “making demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers, and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump”.
Former federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani can no longer practice law in the state of NY.
ACCORDING TO THIS REPORT
When Trump got covid, he nearly died.
He was saved by a rare, experimental drug that pretty much nobody else got access to.
Then, rather than being humbled, he doubled-down on a reckless approach that continued to cause hundreds of thousands to die.
Last summer, Der Orangevader had this to say to military and law enforcement officials while dealing with BLM protests:
“Crack their skulls!”
“Beat the fuck out [of them.]”
“Just shoot them… Well, shoot them in the leg—or maybe the foot.”
You could argue that he was testing our military and law enforcement leadership.
To see how far they were willing to go in his name.
As a rehearsal for The Big Lie, when he lost the vote and waged an unholy war against free and fair democratic elections.
Per the NYTimes…
…the NY D.A. has now directly told Trump’s lawyers that the D.A. may indict the entire Trump Organization.
It appears that NY DA will file tax-related charges against Trump Org and its CFO, Alan Weisselberg, tomorrow, Thursday, July 1.
Long time comin’.
FYI I’m busy for the next few weeks – working 12-14-hour days – and won’t be posting much here.
DOUBLING DOWN ON THE DUMB
New Pew research study reveals that Donald Trump won a larger share of white evangelicals in 2020 (84%) than he did in 2016 (77%).
Allen Weisselberg, CFO of Trump Org, has just been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury.
Gentleman, tonight’s special is a long, slow-cooked set of books. Highly recommended.
Trump Org was charged with a 15-year-long scheme “to defraud the government”.
Weisselberg was charged with grand larceny and tax fraud.
The tl;dr version:
There was $1.76 million in illicit income.
There was over $750K in unpaid taxes over 15 years.
Here’s the unsealed indictment:
Nothing about this should be a surprise, though I do wonder why the IRS isn’t charging them simultaneously.
FYI, this is how they got Capone too.
ANDREW WEISSMAN SAYS…
With all due respect to those who think the DA charges this week were all there is, I disagree. This was a shot across the bow. More to come. DA message to Trump Org employees cooperate now or face charges and jail. That’s how this works.
Andrew Weissman is the former chief of the criminal fraud section of the Dept of Justice.
He also served as a member of the Mueller special counsel team.
ACROSS THE NATION, DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ARE FACEPALMING
This is what is called an admission of guilt.
Happy Fourth of July, everybody. It’s a great day to be an American.
TOM NICHOLS ON WHY AMERICANS NEED TO BELIEVE LIES
Because it saves them from hopelessness and nihilism.
As seen on Twitter:
What so many intellectuals miss is how bored and listless these people on both the right and left feel, and how energizing and good it feels to believe the lies, no matter what side they come from. It’s ennobling. It’s heroic. It’s self-actualizing. Are there “forgotten places” that breed despair? Is the social order unjust? Sure. But mostly, the people leading the charges on this stuff aren’t the primary victims of the forgetting or the injustice. Middle-income whites and kids on Ivy campuses are not the victims here. The worst off, most dispossessed in this country don’t even vote, for crying out loud. This is the lashing out of the bored bourgeoisie, not “stories that feel true to them.” These are stories they WANT to be true because it would ennoble their own dull lives to believe it.
We ignore at our peril - and yes, this is part of my book’s argument - the idea that a bored and affluent middle-class, raised on a steady diet of narcissism and self-actualization are the real danger here. We have to stop making up noble excuses for illiberal ideas.
Brooks (and many others of us) are right about an epistemic crisis. But it’s being driven by people with a selfish, emotionally charged need to feel better about themselves. There is no compromising with this because there is no point at which such a need is sated. This is a bubble that will pop with a lot of people doing dumb stuff and going to jail…
This explains so, so much. Especially the part about people doing dumb stuff and going to jail.
That explains Jan 6 perfectly.
Nichols has a new book coming out shortly. I’ll be first in line to order it.
IVANKA’S NEXT ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK?
BTW this would square with my theory that they’ll use Ivanka as a way to get the Big One, i.e. Donnie.
They could force her to choose between ratting on her husband or ratting on her father.
One or the other: choose.
He literally praised Hitler.
To Chief of Staff John Kelly.
WRITING MALICIOUS CODE THAT AVOIDS RUSSIAN LANGUAGE SYSTEMS
Ransomware hackers evidently don’t want to anger their backers.
Here’s a trick to avoid ransomware: Install a virtual Cyrillic keyboard on your Windows PC.
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Trump on polling: “If it’s bad, I say it’s fake. If it’s good, I say, that’s the most accurate poll perhaps ever.”
He’s telling the cult how he’s grifting them.
He’s literally telling them the con.
And they love it.
ANATOMY OF A SCAM
Attacking legitimate electoral processes in order to drum up ca$h.
This is Doug Mastriano, PA state senator, former military intelligence.
This is how politics corrupts what used to be presumably decent men.