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WATCH: Seth Meyers Decimates Donald Trump’s Claims About a ‘Rigged’ Delegate System

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Proves Trump’s Candidacy Built on False Claims

“The system, folks, is rigged,” Donald Trump told supporters Monday in Albany, New York. “It’s a rigged, disgusting, dirty system.” CNN reports that on Sunday “he referred to the party’s nominating process as ‘crooked’ or ‘corrupt’ seven times during his speech.”

Trump has built his candidacy on the claim that he has common sense, is a great manager, is very smart, and even, that he has a “very good brain.” In “man on the street” interviews with Trump supporters, they often point to those claims, saying Trump is a great businessman so they have confidence he will do a great job managing the federal government.

Seth Meyers on his “Late Night” show Wednesday decimated those claims, along with Trump’s recent attacks on the GOP delegate system.

Sure, America’s political party system is insane. How two entities got control of our political process is a great question – for another time.

You can’t claim to be a great manager, a great businessman, a great negotiator, a great everything, then fail at the most important part about running for president: getting delegates who will vote for you, as Meyers explained.

“Ever since Donald Trump declared his candidacy, there has been one thing above all else that he and his supporters say is his greatest qualification,” Meyers said. “That’s right, Donald Trump knows how to run things, like casinos into the ground. But there’s least one thing that Trump has proven he can’t run and that’s his own delegate operation.”

“Now, this is complicated, but basically when you win a primary, you get delegates to the GOP convention. But you need people to serve as those delegates. In addition to that, a few states – like Colorado – don’t even hold primaries, they hold local and statewide conventions where they choose those delegates directly. Getting those delegates requires a strong organization on the ground and so far Trump has been very, very bad at this.”

It’s not that the system is rigged, as much as there are rules and, yes, a system. And the right’s ridiculous desire to back a novice to be their frontrunner has its costs. One of the first rules of business is surround yourself with people who know what needs to be done and who know what they’re doing. Trump believed the hype, didn’t do his job, and now is blaming everyone else for problems of his own creation.

“Yet, in spite of his ‘very good brain,’ Trump’s campaign has made some of the dumbest mistakes ever in his delegate recruitment efforts. For example, the state of Washington has’t held its primary yet, but the campaigns still need to recruit people to serve as delegates there. Because even if Trump wins the Washington primary, those delegates can vote for whoever they want to on the second ballot of a contested GOP convention.”

Turns out, Trump sent an email looking for Washington State delegates – two days after the deadline, and to people in Washington, D.C.

So much for being a great manager.

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Image: Screenshot via Late Night with Seth Meyers/YouTube
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Matt Gaetz Just Compared Child Sex Trafficking Allegations to a Parliamentary Debate on Earmarks: Report

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Embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) addressed the Ohio Political Summit in Strongsville on Saturday.

NBC News correspondent Henry Gomez reported from the event, noting “a bunch of Senate and gov candidates have backed out of the event.”

Gomez reported Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), “was supposed to speak at this event this afternoon but she’s nowhere to be found. Organizer won’t answer questions about if she’s still speaking and just pulled a candidate from a different congressional district on stage to fill the time.”

When Gaetz took the stage, he reportedly addressed the allegations against him.

“I’m being falsely accused of exchanging money for naughty favors. Yet, Congress has reinstituted a process that legalizes the corrupt act of exchanging money for favors, through earmarks,” Gaetz said.

 

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Busted: Marjorie Taylor Greene Caught Illegally Claiming a ‘Big Tax Break’ in Georgia

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Local press in Georgia caught Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) illegally claiming a major tax break.

“A Channel 2 Action News investigation has found that Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband have two active homestead exemptions, which is against Georgia law. A homestead exemption is a big tax break any Georgia homeowner is entitled to for their primary residence. It is against the law to file for more than one,” WSB-TV reported Friday.

“But Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray pulled records showing that the Greenes are getting the tax break on two different homes in two different counties,” the network reported.

WSB-TV had a fascinating interaction when it called the controversial Republican’s office.

“In a statement, Greene’s office told Gray to mind his own business and called it a ‘pathetic smear’ when he asked them about the homestead exemptions,” the network reported. “Greene still owns a North Fulton county home, but also bought a $610,000 house in Floyd County last year in the 14th Congressional district, which she represents.”

 

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Bombshell Report on Matt Gaetz Is Just the Beginning: ‘This Is the Start of a Long Road’

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One of the reporters who broke the bombshell Daily Beast report on Matt Gaetz doing cocaine with an escort who had a no-show state job said the story is just the first in many to come.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes interviewed Jose Pagliery on Friday about the report.

“When Rep. Matt Gaetz attended a 2019 GOP fundraiser in Orlando, his date that night was someone he knew well: a paid escort and amateur Instagram model who led a cocaine-fueled party after the event, according to two witnesses. The Florida congressman’s one-time wingman, Joel Greenberg, will identify that escort to investigators as one of more than 15 young women Gaetz paid for sex, according to a source familiar with the investigation,” The Beast reported.

“But what distinguishes this woman, Megan Zalonka, is that she turned her relationship with Greenberg into a taxpayer-funded no-show job that earned her an estimated $7,000 to $17,500, according to three sources and corresponding government records obtained by The Daily Beast. On Oct. 26, 2019, Gaetz attended the “Trump Defender Gala” fundraiser as the featured speaker at the Westgate Lake Resort in Orlando. Two witnesses present recalled friends reconvening at Gaetz’s hotel room for an after-party, where Zalonka prepared lines of cocaine on the bathroom counter. One of those witnesses distinctly remembers Zalonka pulling the drugs out of her makeup bag, rolling a bill of cash, and joining Gaetz in snorting the cocaine,” The Beast reported.

“It seems to me, should this all be true, I just feel like there’s not going to be real shortage of witnesses here,” Hayes said. “Has a real open secret vibe to me right now.”

“This was an afterparty, we have identified at least half a dozen people who were there and saw this take place,” Pagliery said. “The reason that we decided to break this news and start with this one is that there are lots of other parties like this. There are more young women, more locations and more actions and bad behavior on the part of Gaetz and Greenberg that we’re going to be exposing.”

“This is the start of a long road,” he added.

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