The lowest temperature ever recorded in the state of Wyoming was -66 degrees, in 1933. This Thanksgiving at the Cheney ranch, just outside of Jackson Hole, it may indeed feel that chilly again.
Yesterday, water-boarding defenderÂ Liz Cheney had a chat with Fox News, perfectly timed to put the holidays on ice. Cheney, a Republican U.S. Senate hopeful, told “Fox News Sunday” that she does not support same-sex marriage (morals, you know,) despite having happily attended her sister Mary’s wedding to Heather Poe.
Liz is a 47-year old Tea Party political activist and (former) professional Islamaphobe, who was forced to pay a fine for lying about the length of time she’s lived in Wyoming — for a fishing license, no less.
The daughter of the former Vice President on Sunday said that while she doesn’t “believe we ought to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation,” she does “believe in the traditional definition of marriage.” (Those points of view are not in conflict, are they?)
“If people are in a same-sex relationship and they want their partner to be able to have health benefits or be designated as a beneficiary on their life insurance, there’s no reason we shouldn’t do that,” said Cheney, whose attempt to unseat now-former friend of the family, Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, has been an absolute circus. “I also doesn’t support amending the constitution on this issue,” she added. “I do believe it’s an issue that got to be left up to the states. I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage. Listen, I love Mary very much. I love her family very much. This is just an issue on which we disagree.”
Yes, “just an issue on which we disagree.” Like, sausage or oyster stuffing. Apple or pumpkin pie. Equality or discrimination. Just issues on which they disagree.
Liz’s younger sister Mary has been the dutiful family member, keeping quiet all these years, occasionally accepting her parents’ support of her relationship with Poe, but rarely appearing in public or doing anything activist.
Apparently, Poe, however had had enough, and did what everyone does when there’s a family feud: she took to Facebook.
“I was watching my sister-in-law on Fox News Sunday (yes Liz, in fifteen states and the District of Columbia you are my sister-in-law) and was very disappointed to hear her say ‘I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage,'” Poe wrote on Facebook. Liz has been slammed for carpetbagging — attempting to run for office by recently buying a house in Wyoming to declare residency there.
“Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 – she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us.
“To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least,” Poe wrote.
“I can’t help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other,” Poe continued — totally slamming Cheney for carpetbagging.
“I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.”
TouchÃ©!, Poe. That last line she wrote was taken from Dick Cheney, who, way back in 2009 said, “freedom means freedom for everyone.” He and Mary’s mother bothÂ support marriage equality. Liz is the only family member who does not, which should make next Thursday a great deal of fun, especially if Heather and Mary bring their two children to the ranch.
Mary Cheney shared her wife’s comment on Facebook.
“Couldn’t have said it better myself,” Mary wrote.
“Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree – you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history.”
Mary Cheney announced she “will not be seeing” Liz over the Holidays.
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‘Makes Me Want to Throw Up’: Investor in New Trump ‘Truth’ Network Is Out Now That He Knows It’s a ‘Fake News Business’
The launch of Donald Trump’s new social media company “TRUTH” has hit another bump in the road as some early key investors are pulling out after discovering he is one of the principals behind itwhich they were unaware of at the time they put money into the start-up.
As the New York Times reported, “The details of Mr. Trump’s latest partnership were vague. The statement he issued was reminiscent of the kind of claims he made about his business dealings in New York as a real estate developer. It was replete with high-dollar amounts and superlatives that could not be verified.”
According to a report from the Huff Post’s Ed Mazza, one hedge fund manager lashed out when he found out about Trump’s involvement.
As Mazza reports, “[Boaz] Weinstein’s Saba Capital had been a major investor in Digital World, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed for the purpose of acquiring another company. As is common in SPAC arrangements, investors put their cash in before the acquisition target was chosen. When Weinstein learned it would be with Trump’s firm, he bailed.”
“I knew that for Saba the right thing was to sell our entire stake of unrestricted shares, which we have now done. Many investors are grappling with hard questions about how to incorporate their values into their work. For us, this was not a close call,” he explained.
Another unnamed investor, who reportedly held a 10 percent stake in the company, was considerably more graphic when talking about being taken in by Trump’s latest venture and he “sold everything as soon as he could,” reports Mazza.
“The idea that I would help [Trump] build out a fake news business called Truth makes me want to throw up,” they said.
You can read more here.
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‘Act of War’: Trump Blasted for ‘Chilling’ Statement Calling Election an ‘Insurrection’
Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president, on Thursday issued what is being called a “chilling” statement on the election and the insurrection he incited.
“The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” Trump said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh simply and clearly calls it an “act of war.”
This statement is an act of war against America. ANY Republican who does not publicly rebuke this statement must be defeated. ANY Republican. pic.twitter.com/mVAsPXkqGK
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 21, 2021
U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) during debate on the House floor has “repeatedly” been “calling on Republicans to denounce the Trump statement,” according to reporter Jamie Dupree.
“All my colleagues were elected on November 3,” McGovern said. “If you believe that Election Day was an insurrection, then your election results are illegitimate.”
McGovern is not the only one to blast the Trump statement:
In debate on the January 6 investigation today on the House floor, Democrats are repeatedly bringing up this new statement from Donald Trump. Rep. Jim Clyburn D-SC says the “Big Lie” is just like the “Lost Cause” after the Civil War. pic.twitter.com/NDNHdjKrYq
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) October 21, 2021
Some journalists are also slamming the former president’s latest remarks.
S.V. Dáte, the White House correspondent at HuffPost weighed in, saying, “Donald Trump tried to overthrow American democracy after he lost his election by 7 million votes, but nearly a year later, he’s still lying. About all of it.”
Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez called it a “chilling statement … that makes clear his stance on peaceful democracy vs. violent insurrection.”
Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker pointed to the statement and said: “In which Trump’s shamelessness continues to be his political super power.”
ProPublica Senior Reporter Peter Elkind says: “This is the position of the widely embraced leader of the GOP. Republicans all behind that?”
A former president of the United States who took an oath to uphold the US Constitution: “The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” #DonaldTrump #ThisIsGoingWell NB: almost no evidence of voter fraud has been uncovered or confirmed.
— Priscilla Huff (@phuffdaddy) October 21, 2021
Trump’s New Social Media Site ‘Hacked’ Just Hours After Announcement
Donald Trump announced Wednesday night he is launching TRUTH Social, a new social media site next year to fight “Big Tech,” because “We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced.”
Within hours that brand new site, in a pre-launch state, was “hacked.”
“Trump announced he was launching a new media company, Trump Media & Technology Group, and its ‘Truth Social’ app,” Newsweek reports. “The ‘Truth Social’ app will begin a beta launch for ‘invited guests’ in November, with a nationwide rollout planned for early 2022, according to a press release.”
The Washington Post’s tech reporter, Drew Harwell, was hard at work late Wednesday night, revealing that accounts for Donald Trump and Mike Pence were either created by those who are not them, or those accounts were vulnerable and hacked.
The “donaldjtrump” account of Trump’s TRUTH Social has already been hacked. pic.twitter.com/LDQ5w24tcV
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) October 21, 2021
The Daily Dot’s tech writer says he is the one who created the Donald J. Trump account:
Was just able to setup an account using the handle @donaldtrump on ‘Truth Social,’ former President Donald Trump’s new social media website.
Although the site is not officially open, a URL was discovered allowing users to sign up anyway. pic.twitter.com/MRMQzjNhma
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) October 21, 2021
Apparently Trump’s TRUTH agents were able to cut access to the vulnerable site:
For those asking, the public domain for what appeared to be the mobile beta of Trump’s new social media platform ‘TRUTH Social’ has been taken offline.
I did manage to grab a screenshot of the Account Settings menu before access was blocked. pic.twitter.com/M8G3PE0JES
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) October 21, 2021
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