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When Hillary Clinton fainted from dehydration after the flu earlier this month, conservatives, like Allen West, called it the “Benghazi Flu,” in an attempt to claim she was refusing to testify before Congress on Benghazi. Now that the Secretary of State has been hospitalized with a blood clot after her concussion, of course, they’re apologizing, right?

Of course not.

Fox New commentator and right wing nut Monica Crowley labeled Hillary Clinton’s flu “a virus with impeccable timing,” on Twitter and in an exchange on Fox News with anchor Megyn Kelly, as Media Matters reported:

Kelly asked Crowley, “What’s really going on? I mean, she fainted sometime last week and can’t show up this Thursday for a previously scheduled testimony? I mean, there was speculation, I want all the viewers to know, about whether she’d really go” to the Benghazi hearing even before her illness. Kelly then said, “I’m not suggesting she didn’t get a concussion. But there is a legitimate question about, is — do we believe this is an excuse and that she really will show up to testify?” Crowley responded by referring to Clinton’s illness as “this virus with apparently impeccable timing.”

Fox News contributor John Bolton told host Greta van Susteren that when foreign service officers “don’t want to go to a meeting or conference or event,” they have “a diplomatic illness. And this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band.”

Almost former Congressman Allen West had said, “I’m not a doctor, but it seems as though – that the Secretary of State has come down with a case of Benghazi flu.”

And this, via Daily Kos:

The pride of the Washington Post Charles Krauthammer, who suggested that Clinton was suffering from:

… acute Benghazi allergy which causes lightheadedness when she hears the word Benghazi or is being asked about it. Tucker Carlson hack:

We’re told she collapsed and hit her head and got a concussion, and that’s why she can’t testify about Benghazi this week. And we’re supposed to just take her word for it. […]If she has a concussion, let’s see the medical report. Let’s see some proof that she’s not just stonewalling. If it’s true, then we can all wish her a speedy recovery. But it’s ridiculous to expect us to take her word for it.

Of course, all the above and more have now apologized, right? Retracted their hate statements, bowed their heads in shame, right?

Wrong.

Crickets, from them all.

But who is still speaking?

Asinine conservatives on Twitter and on blogs are now claiming Hillary Clinton being hospitalized for a blood clot, which was announced this evening, is a fraudulent attempt to dodge testifying about Benghazi.

Disgusting.

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Conservatives Attack Hillary Clinton Even After Blood Clot Hospitalization

Storified by David Badash· Sun, Dec 30 2012 21:17:46

Imagine how much sympathy trim Bill Clinton will get if Hillary kicks it. #uspoli #tcot #hillary cc @PimpBillClintonD Frunk
Hillary fakes blood clot to avoid questions about her alleged concussion. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/30/hillary-clinton-blood-clot-hospital_n_2385951.html #TCOT #benghazi @TheOnionErik Shelley
Gee! I hope those clots don’t cause any MEMORY LOSS for Hillary considering her #Benghazi testimony’s coming up… #convenient #tcotRhonda
See Hilary! Liars never prosper! … I know that’s cruel, but I had to say it! #tcot #Hillary #PATRIOTSam the Republican
Should I care that Hillary has a blood clot? She’s had blood on her hands for several months & Obama don’t care. Follow the leader!#tcotjohn q. public
Hag Hillary Clinton hospitalized: Hillary Clinton Hospitalized With Blood Clot – YouTube Good news http://bit.ly/VRlgC7 #tcotMike
Hillary fakes blood clot to avoid questions about her alleged concussion. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/30/hillary-clinton-blood-clot-hospital_n_2385951.html #TCOT #benghazi @TheOnionErik Shelley
The Immaculate Concussion has now become Clot-gate! DECEITFUL Hillary Clinton ‘in hospital’ with blood clot http://bbc.in/10Cr61Z #tcotThe Cosmic Kid â„¢
vince foster sends his best wishes to hillary clinton #p2 #tcotlonnie
Hillary has a blood clot? That’s what liberals call a fetus… so is she going to speak about #Benghazi after her abortion then? #tcotJami
Hey Hillary, I bet our guys at the UN in #Benghazi had blood clots form too while they were being murdered…. #tcot #LibyaJami
This benghazi thing must be a real problem for admin, if Hillary has to fake a blood clot. #tcot #tlot #maddow #sgp #NRA #edshowbbone
Hillary’s hematoma is probably going to affect the part of the brain which contains the “Benghazi memories” #tcotAnnabella
KARMA is a bitch, eh hillary? http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/30/secretary-clinton-in-hospital-with-blood-clot-stemming-from-concussion/ #tcot #lnyhbt @seanhannityT. Price
I don’t wish Hillary ill, but not sure I can believe any reports about her health any more, #LNYHBT #TCOTPat Gooley
First she LIES to save Obama now she fakes blood clot what’s next? Watch your back Hillary http://nbcnews.to/TWo0UV #Benghazi #tcot #tlotGreg Fettig
Wow, Hillary’s really taking this fake medical condition all the way to avoid testifying… #tcotKendall Clark
We are justified to doubt the clot claims from Hillary. She represents a party that could care less for the interests of Americans. #tcotAnnabella
#BestMemories2012 Hillary Clinton faking more injuries than a #NBA player with a guaranteed contract #tcot #tlot #p2 #lnyhbtMichael O’Seasnain
So where is Hillary’s clot? #Benghazi #bluedress #tcot #LNYHBTcolsie
HILLARY CLINTON IS ONE BIG LIE! Again, right before Benghazi Briefing she falls ill with supposed Blood Clot? BULLSHIT! #p2 #tcotRight Hand Jab
#Benghazi recap #Petraeus career shattered by extra marital affair and now Hillary MIA with brain clot, does anyone else smell a rat? #tcotBossyMother
Hillary “the wizard” Clinton implanted a blood clot in order to avoid the Benghazi herrings #GopFAIL #TCOT #Benghazi http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/30/politics/hillary-clinton-hospitalized/?hpt=hp_t1Joseph Ruotolo
BREAKING NEWS: Barack Obama (The Chosen One) will outlaw (Ban) Benghazi Brain Region Blood Clots thanks to Hillary Clinton #p2 #tcotRight Hand Jab
Hillary Clinton is hospitalized with a blood clot following her concussion? A blood clot would be a good way to make it look real. #tcotD.R. Berry
We don’t have to worry about Hillary Clinton getting brain damage from her clot since there’s nothing there to damage #p2 #tcotConservative News
#ThankYouNotesDear Hillary,Thank you for proving that “lying” can come back and smack you upside your head! #tcotKathy in SC
HILLARY CLINTON TELLS BILL “LICK MY CLOT” YOU LYING, CHEATING BASTARD! #p2 #tcot #MyWishIn2013Right Hand Jab
HILLARY CLINTON is a MINION of Barack Hussein Obama & is NOTHING BUT TRASH we could do without! FUCK HILLARY CLINTON, shes a LIAR! #p2 #tcotRight Hand Jab
If Hillary is in trouble this might be a good time for a Priest to go talk to her about Vivce Foster, Rose Law Firm and Whitewater. #tcotSullivan’s Projects
All they know how to do is lie. I KNEW Hillary’s story wasn’t holding water. http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1641.htm #TCOTproud2b4family
I still have my doubt that Hillary is really injured at all. #Benghazi must be really a big cover up. #tcot #ncpol @RuffusMD #bloodclotdi kele
Clinton: I did not have SEXual relations with that woman; Nixon: I am not a CROOK; BO/Hillary: WE R not the BUTCHERs of Benghazi ! #tcotI am John Galt!!
They should make a TV show called “A Thousand Ways To Get Out Of Testifying On #BenghaziGate” starring Hillary Clinton. #Benghazi #tcot #GOPTyler Leleux
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‘Ran a Bribery Center Blocks From the White House’: Comer Mocked for Claiming No Evidence of Trump Influence Peddling

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The powerful Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, James  Comer (R-KY) is being highly mocked after declaring he will investigate President Joe Biden for “influence peddling” despite admitting there’s little if any evidence President Biden has engaged in influence peddling.

When pressed, he pointed to Biden’s classified documents and one alleged email from Hunter Biden’s laptop.

But when pressed again by a frustrated CNN host, asking why he’s not investigating ex-president Donald Trump, he couldn’t offer a valid reason, except to claim there no evidence of it.

Some were quick to point out the Trump’s tenure in the White House was filled with alleged influence peddling operations.

Here’s Chairman Comer with CNN’s Pamela Brown on Sunday. While the transcript is a bit simplified, it’s not far off.

“What’s different with Joe Biden is we’re investigating the Biden family for influence peddling,” Comer said on CNN Sunday evening. “We have a strong suspicion that people around Joe Biden, mainly in his family, have been peddling access to the Biden family, with our adversaries around the world, and when we find out that they have multiple classified documents scattered throughout multiple residences and office buildings across the East Coast, then this raises a huge red flag for us. We want to make sure that those documents in the possession of Joe Biden weren’t somehow sent to our adversaries and didn’t somehow compromise our national security.”

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CNN’s Pamela Brown pushed back.

“But you’ve also talked about how you worried about the same situation with the Trump family. Trump had 300-plus documents at Mar-a-Lago, why don’t you have that same concern?” Brown asked. “I mean, there are visitors going in and out of Mar-a-Lago from different countries, including China, there’s been a Chinese spy who was arrested at Mar-a-Lago and it was in an unsecure location at Mar-a-Lago. So would you apply that same concern evenly across the board?

Comer was unimpressed with the facts she presented.

“If someone can show me evidence that there was influence peddling with those classified documents that were in the possession of President Trump, then we would certainly expect it.”

His defense for the Chinese spy? It’s a public place – making all the more dangerous for unsecured classified documents.

“Do you have evidence of influence peddling with the classified documents that was for Biden?” Brown asked. “It sounds like you don’t – you’re looking into it, but why wouldn’t you look into it in the same way for Trump?”

“We have evidence that the Biden family has been very cozy with people from the Chinese Communist Party. We have evidence that Hunter Biden was receiving payments that were that were linked directly to the Chinese Communist Party through those Chinese energy companies. We’re very concerned about all the money connected to Ukraine.”

“How is that connected to classified documents?” Brown again pushed.

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“We don’t know we want to look. We see there’s one email that’s been identified that is suspicious that we want to look into. We want to make sure that there’s one email that was on Hunter Biden’s laptop wasn’t one of the classified documents. So I think there’s ample reason to be concerned.”

Comer revealed he has no evidence against President Biden or the Biden family.

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) called it a “a politically-driven fishing expedition.”

“Republican hypocrisy on full display,” Gomez tweeted in response. “How can you launch an investigation without any evidence? This is a politically-driven fishing expedition — full stop. Lots of political stunts, not a lot of problem-solving.”

But, as several people noted, there is plenty of apparent evidence against Donald Trump.

HuffPost White House correspondent S.V. Dáte called Comer out: “Trump ran a bribery center five blocks from The White House,” he shouted, referring to the Trump D.C. Hotel, while tweeting in all-caps.

“Just a stunning dereliction of duty,” charged Robert Maguire, the research director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). “Trump brought in tens of millions of dollars as president from businesses he refused to divest, which were used by special interests and foreign governments to enrich him while currying favor with him and his administration.”

Telling Chairman Comer he is “happy to chat,” Mother Jones’ David Corn tweeted, “I know of 2 billion reasons Comer and the House Republicans should look at the Trump family regarding influence peddling and overseas dealings.”

Corn is likely referring to the $2 billion “investment” Trump son-in-law and senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner received.

“Six months after leaving the White House,” The New York Times reported last April, “Jared Kushner secured a $2 billion investment from a fund led by the Saudi crown prince, a close ally during the Trump administration, despite objections from the fund’s advisers about the merits of the deal.”

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MSNBC’s Steve Benen likened Comer’s interview to “watching a snake eat its own tail.” Benen also pointed to Comer’s second attempt, Monday morning, which did not go well.

Bloomberg’s Emily Wilkins, the Vice President of the National Press Club, apparently mistakenly, said to Comer: “So you are asking questions about Trump.”

He made clear he is not.

 

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Principal Ordered Librarian to Take Down Holocaust Survivor’s Famous Quote Just Days Before Holocaust Remembrance Day

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A Pennsylvania principal drew criticism last week after telling a Bucks County school librarian to take down posters with a famous quote by Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize winning human rights activist, professor, and Holocaust survivor, just days before Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Central Bucks School District reportedly has ties to an organization that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

Despite being under investigation by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights after an ACLU complaint, the Central Bucks School District earlier this month voted 6-3 to pass “a contentious policy that bans teachers from engaging in ‘advocacy activities’ and displaying inclusive symbols like Pride flags in their classrooms,” WHYY reported earlier this month.

Citing that new rule, known as Policy 321, the school principal told Central Bucks High School South librarian Matt Pecic to take down four posters that displayed Wiesel’s famous quote from his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, WHYY reports.

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” Wiesel said.

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The principal reportedly told Pecic if he did not comply human resources would have to get involved. Pecic, who has worked for the school district for three decades, met with the principal accompanied by his union representative.

“If I didn’t take it down, I knew there would be consequences that could impact me,” Pecic said. “It’s a horrible feeling. And you feel like you have to do something that you don’t agree with.”

Making the issue even more difficult, “Pecic’s ninth-grade daughter, a Central Bucks student at Holicong Middle School, originally emailed him the quote,” WHYY reports.

“This is where I get choked up,” Pecic said. “She said that ‘this quote reminds me of you.’”

Pecic describes himself as someone who often speaks up, “if I disagree with something, especially if I think it’s not for the benefit of students, I will say something.”

On Thursday, after uproar from the community, the district stepped in and allowed the posters with Wiesel’s quote to be put back up.

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“We regret that the decision was made to remove it,” the district said in a statement, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported,  “and in a manner that promotes not only the importance of the novel, but continued awareness and education surrounding the Holocaust and its National Day of Remembrance this coming Friday. The district apologizes for any hurt or concerns this has caused, particularly for those in the Jewish community.”

The Central Bucks School District hired a public relations firm, Devine + Partners, at the cost of $15,000 a month, “in an attempt to repair strained public relations and improve the school district’s image,” The Buck’s County Herald reported last summer.

Devine + Partners was hired to help after “a series of executive decisions made by the Central Bucks School District, most of which appear targeted towards the LGBTQ+ student body.”

“This includes the removal of Pride Flags in the classroom, under the justification that they were political symbols, and as such, not fit for the classroom. It also includes only allowing students to attend Human Growth and Development classes that matched with their assigned genders at birth, and pausing said classes shortly after they began, effectively outing these students to their teachers and peers.”

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WHYY is a separate report notes on Monday that the Central Bucks School District has ties to an anti-LGBTQ hate group, the Family Research Council.

The district is currently reviewing five books after rolling out a new, harsh policy “which aims to keep books that a yet-to-be-determined group might deem ‘inappropriate’ for unspecified ‘sexualized content’ out of school libraries,” WHYY reported in July.

“Recent updates to the policy were reviewed by a conservative Christian law firm, Independence Law Center, as first reported by the Bucks County Courier Times,” WHYY adds. “The Independence Law Center is the legal arm of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which is a statewide branch of the national organization Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ Christian nationalist group designated as an extremist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Earlier this month NBC 10 Philadelphia reported on the passage of Policy 321 by the school board. Watch below or at this link.

 

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Criminal Charges Against Trump Possible as Manhattan DA Presents Grand Jury With Evidence in Hush Money Probe

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has empaneled a special grand jury and prosecutors are now presenting evidence against Donald Trump in their revived investigation into hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and one other woman during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Calling it “a dramatic escalation of an inquiry that once appeared to have reached a dead end,” The New York Times reports the Manhattan DA is “laying the groundwork for potential criminal charges against the former president in the coming months,” and says it “a clear signal” that Bragg “is nearing a decision about whether to charge Mr. Trump.”

Among the witnesses testifying is David Pecker, “the former publisher of The National Enquirer, the tabloid that helped broker the deal” with Daniels.

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Prosecutors have also contacted members of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and have subpoenaed phone records and other documents that could provide evidence.

But The Times notes that a “conviction is not a sure thing, in part because a case could hinge on showing that Mr. Trump and his company falsified records to hide the payout from voters days before the 2016 election, a low-level felony charge that would be based on a largely untested legal theory. The case would also rely on the testimony of Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former fixer who made the payment and who himself pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the hush money in 2018.”

Cohen broke with Trump and in 2016, “made the extraordinary admission in court on Tuesday that Mr. Trump had directed him to arrange payments to two women during the 2016 campaign to keep them from speaking publicly about affairs they said they had with Mr. Trump,” The Times reported in 2018.

The payments were made “for the principal purpose of influencing the election” for president in 2016, Cohen testified.

He was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

“Days before then-President Donald Trump left the White House, federal prosecutors in New York discussed whether to potentially charge Trump with campaign finance crimes once he was out of office,” CNN reported on Friday, citing a new book from CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig.

But they “decided to not seek an indictment of Trump for several reasons, Honig writes, including the political ramifications and the fact that Trump’s other scandals, such as efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and the January 6, 2021, insurrection, ‘made the campaign finance violations seem somehow trivial and outdated by comparison.'”

Award-winning journalist and author Brian Karem tweeted: “As someone who worked extensively with [Michael Cohen] on the book ‘Revenge’ I can say this: Facts show that the MOST dangerous criminal case against Donald Trump could be made by the Manhattan D.A.”

Read The Times’ full report here.

This article has been updated to include Brian Karem’s tweet.

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