First Tweet Is Almost a Dare to the Highly Volatile North Korea
Donald Trump is still not the president but he’s certainly acting as if he wereÂ â€“ although his actions are far from presidential. Late Monday afternoon Trump tried to provoke two powerful foreign countries over nuclear weapons, just ten days after calling for a nuclear arms race with Russia.Â
His first nuclear tweet was almost a dare to the highly volatile North Korea (DPRK):
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
His second was to China, a nuclear power:
China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
Independent journalist Leah McElrath who has written about Trump for Salon made the observation:
In less than an hour, Trump:
1. Provokes North Korea about their nuclear weapons;
2. Provokes nuclear superpower China. pic.twitter.com/nY4aHvrOF6
â€” ðŸ—½ (@leahmcelrath) January 2, 2017
Also on Twitter, many are sounding the alarm:
Trump really is going to start a nuclear war with a tweet
â€” Jordan Ashby (@JM_Ashby) January 2, 2017
Just a reminder that Donald Trump will have the White House Nuclear Launch Codes in 18 days.
â€” Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 2, 2017
Not only is DPRK going to test, develop, increase and improve their nuclear arsenal, if Trump keeps threatening them they’ll use it on USA.
â€” Marcin Kubik (@kuffodog) January 2, 2017
â€” davesnothere (@davesnothere33) January 2, 2017
Dear @jack – For mankind’s sake, can you set up a widget where every time Donald Trump tweets the word “nuclear” you change it to “puppies”?
â€” Max Weiss (@maxthegirl) January 3, 2017
â€” Jim Bessman (@JimBessman) January 3, 2017
President-elect Trump kicking off 2016 by provoking nuclear war with both North Korea and China in a span of 42 minutes pic.twitter.com/1UVEaW6gpU
â€” Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) January 3, 2017
No big thing if you don’t value living and all but Donald Trump will have the White House Nuclear Launch Codes in 18 days
â€” RespectMyGame (@battletested5) January 3, 2017
I fear for Trump to send us into Nuclear war. 3 weeks to go. #TickTock
â€” ã‚¯ãƒãƒŽã‚¹ (@misfitkronos) January 3, 2017
Trump is literally going to taunt North Korea into using a nuclear weapon on us ðŸ™ƒ
â€” Tyler Brown (@TYdal_wave7844) January 3, 2017
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Matt Gaetz Just Compared Child Sex Trafficking Allegations to a Parliamentary Debate on Earmarks: Report
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.
Gaetz: “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.”
— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) May 15, 2021
Busted: Marjorie Taylor Greene Caught Illegally Claiming a ‘Big Tax Break’ in Georgia
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.”
Bombshell Report on Matt Gaetz Is Just the Beginning: ‘This Is the Start of a Long Road’
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.
Exclusive: US Congressman Matt Gaetz snorted cocaine at a GOP fundraiser after-party… with an escort.
His donors footed the bill, because the hotel was a campaign expense.
The woman landed a taxpayer-funded job… where no one saw her work.https://t.co/uGIqQhALAj
— 𝙅𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙋𝙖𝙜𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙧𝙮 (@Jose_Pagliery) May 14, 2021
“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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