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Gay NYC Hotelier Who Hosted Ted Cruz No Longer Sorry, Calls Gays ‘Extremists’ In New Op-Ed



Mati Weiderpass, who defended then apologized for hosting Ted Cruz, is now play offense, with a new, offensive op-ed in a conservative media outlet.

Mati Weiderpass has no intention of learning from his mistakes.

The co-owner of a New York City real estate development firm that caters to mostly gay men, Weiderpass sees absolutely no obligation or responsibility to respect the community upon which he built a small empire.

In a new op-ed published Sunday night at the conservative New York Observer, Weiderpass slams gays a “extremists” for vocally opposing his hosting of Ted Cruz. Cruz is a Tea Party Republican U.S. Senator who in the same week that he dined at Weiderpass’s Central Park South apartment, filed two bills to halt same-sex marriage. One, a constitutional amendment, would actually nullify the Supreme Court’s impending and expected ruling in support of same-sex marriage, by making it constitutional for states to ban same-sex marriage.

Weiderpass is still surprised at the backlash over what he continues to insist was not a “fundraiser,” but rather, “a discussion with Texas Senator Ted Cruz in my home.”

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Weiderpass, and Ian Reisner, his partner at Parkview Developers, claimed “remorse” over hosting Cruz, calling it “a terrible mistake.” Apparently, they’ve once again changed their minds.

“I have been inundated with hateful, biased social media messages, and attacks from gay extremists (do I dare say the word?) who demand inclusion, but do not believe in dialogue,” he writes, not understanding that the boycotters don’t have the same resources as he, and thus, the boycott is their method of dialogue, as non other would he hear.

I know in my heart that these attacks do not represent the rich culture and diversity of the gay community,” Weiderpass adds.

“Boycotting me for a discussion? Since when have we grown so small and intolerant?,” Weiderpass asks, suggesting that “Senator Cruz’ positions on LGBT issues are considered extreme in New York,” but perhaps not really anywhere else.

Weiderpass apparently thinks that saying gay people are waging a “jihad” against America’s Christians is considered extreme only in New York.

Weiderpass apparently thinks that saying the courts striking down same-sex marriage ban is “a real danger to our liberty” is considered extreme only in New York.

Weiderpass apparently thinks that sponsoring a bill that would strip federal benefits from legally-married same-sex couples is considered extreme only in New York.

“In the U.S.,” Weiderpass continues, “if the rights to free speech, expression, and association are whittled away, the gay community along with most other minority communities will be vulnerable to losing all that has been gained.  Shunning dialogue with political opponents is not the road to advancement.”

“I am not a politician – but I am someone who cares deeply about many issues. I have given significant charitable contributions to support many important gay issues, and will continue to do so. I do not understand, nor do I accept the voices who have organized against me because I spoke to a United States Senator.”

In truth, Weiderpass hosting Cruz gave the Republican presidential candidate cover, allowing him to claim the day after the story broke in the Times, “I know it’s been a long time since we’ve seen it, but this is what it means to truly be a ‘big tent Republican’ instead of a panderer.” 

It is truly astounding the privilege and hypocrisy Mati Weiderpass has displayed – and insists on continuing.



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This article has been updated to correct an editing error. 

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First Capitol Riot Hearing ‘Is Going to Be a Disastrous Day for Kevin McCarthy’: Politico Reporter



The first Capitol riot select committee hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, and Politico reporter Rachel Bade predicted it would create major headaches for GOP leader Kevin McCarthy.

Specifically, Bade pointed to the fact McCarthy pulled all of his nominees out of the committee, which means that he will have no one to challenge the narrative that gets established.

“Tomorrow is going to be a disastrous day for McCarthy on both ends of the spectrum,” she said. “You are going to have men and women in uniform testifying about the violence they witnessed on January 6th. McCarthy is still sticking with Trump. That… is going to be tough for the party and tough for him. He decided to withdraw all his members from this committee, so he is not going to have anybody to push back on anything that is being said.”

Additionally, Bade said that the four far-right lawmakers who are planning to hold a press conference highlighting the alleged mistreatment of jailed Capitol rioters are also likely to create a public relations nightmare for McCarthy.

“These people were rioters. [They’re] calling them [political] prisoners now?” she said. “It’s going to be impossible for McCarthy.”

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4 Top Trump-Supporting House Republicans ‘Demanding Answers’ on ‘Treatment’ of January 6 ‘Prisoners’



The U.S. Dept.  of Justice arrested and charged over 500 people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many in a coordinated effort to overturn a free and fair election. DOJ expects to charge about 100 others as well.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. wrote in March, when the list of people to be charged was estimated at about 400, The Washington Post reported at the time.

On Tuesday, as the newly-minted U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack launches, holding its first day of events, four far right wing House Republicans – some of whom has been linked to white nationalists – will be holding a different type of event.

Instead of working to uncover and piece together all the information about what happened on Jan. 6, including what led up to the attempted coup, four GOP representatives – Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene – will hold a press conference on the “treatment” of the January 6 “prisoners,” suggesting they are “political prisoners,” which is false.

The four extremists will hold that press conference Tuesday at 1 PM, “demanding answers on the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners” from Attorney General Merrick Garland, per a press release.

“This is taking place on the same day as the Jan. 6 select committee’s first hearing,” Forbes’ Andrew Solender reports. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “is also holding a presser ahead of that to counterprogram.”

“The lawmakers have all pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that federal agents were behind the attack, with Gosar also casting slain rioter Ashli Babbitt – who was shot by law enforcement while trying to breach the House chamber – as a martyr,” Solender says in a Forbes article.

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‘Groveling Before White Supremacists’: GOP Senate Candidate Slammed for ‘Going Fully Anti-Semitic’



A Republican candidate for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was both criticized for antisemitism and mocked for accidentally yet accurately linking extremism with conservatism on Monday.

Venture capitalist J.D. Vance, whose former boss, billionaire PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has invested $10 million in a PAC supporting him, posted the strange tweet attacking the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is a civil rights organization dedicated to “monitoring, tracking and responding to antisemitism in the United States.” Vance is the author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

He retweeted this post from and called the ADL “a joke of an organization that just goes after conservatives.”

Some slammed Vance’s tweet as antisemitic:

Others just mocked him for accidentally speaking the truth about “extremist and hate movements.”



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