‘Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Cochise, Chesty Puller, General Patton, Rosa Parks, and Me’
In a Facebook Live video Thursday afternoon Ted Nugent rambled on about his visit to the White House at the invitation of PresidentÂ Donald Trump. The 68-year old rocker and gun activist sat down to dinner with the president and two other guests of note: Sarah Palin and Kid Rock. Both Palin and Nugent posted photos to Facebook.
Nugent posted this photo:
So today is the 242nd anniversary of The Shot Heard Round The World is it! Well well well looky looky here boogie…
And Palin posted this photo of the trio mocking Hillary Clinton:
Nugent of course is one of the most offensive characters ever allowed inside the Oval Office.
ThinkProgress described Nugent as “a man whoÂ became the target of a Secret Service investigationÂ after he said in 2012 that if President Obama were reelected, Nugent would ‘either be dead or in jail by this time next year.'”
Nugentâ€™s 2012 comments about Obamaâ€Šâ€”â€Šwho he has called a â€œpiece of shitâ€ and a â€œsubhuman mongrelâ€â€Šâ€”â€Šare far from the only threat heâ€™s made against prominent Democrats. As theÂ Daily Beast chronicled, Nugent discussed shooting Harry Reid during the National Rifle Associationâ€™s annual meeting in 2015. In January 2016, he called for both Obama and Clinton to â€œbe tried for treason & hung.â€ Nugent once called Clinton a â€œworthless bitchâ€ and called for her to â€œride one of these [guns] into the sunset.â€ He told Obama to â€œsuck on my machine gun.â€
There’s more, but you get the picture.
In that Facebook Live video, Nugent, who in 2015 defended the word “n*gger,” and in the ’90’s defended apartheid, said:
“The dust has not settled yet in Washington, D.C., because an enormous, inescapable, overwhelming… hum, we the people, crowbar, swinging wildly, like Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Cochise, Chesty Puller, General Patton, Rosa Parks, and me.”
It’s not exactly clear what all those he named have in common, although, with the exception of Chesty Puller, most are known for having stood up to the U.S. government or fought unjust laws.
It’s unclear what unjust laws Nugent thinks he has fought, although he sits on the board of directors of the NRA.
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Trump Has Left Behind a Republican Party Almost as ‘Toxic’ as He Is: GOP Adviser
According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump may no longer be president but the Republican Party he left behind has been damaged to the point where it has almost become as “toxic” as he is to voters, according to one former top aide to a Republican senator.
As the report notes, high-profile members of the Republican party are still pushing Trump’s “Big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him and have made that their focus going forward in lieu of proposing new policies that would allow them to win back the White House and both chambers on Congress.
Writing for Politico, David Siders explained, “Nearly four months after the election and one month into Joe Biden’s presidency, the politics of grievance has become the near-singular organizing principle of the post-Trump GOP. And whether at CPAC or in statehouses across the country, policy prescriptions for restoring so-called voter integrity have emerged as the primary focus of the party’s energy.”
That focus on stopping people from voting could blow up in their faces, but worse still, it means they have no other message for voters other than the fact that they are lingering on Trump’s loss.
Benjamin Ginsberg, a conservative election lawyer asked, “Tell me what the innovative Republican policies have been of late?” before adding it is “probably a sign that the Republican Party is mired in a bit of a policy wasteland and doesn’t know which way to turn to get out.”
According to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who served in President George W. Bush’s administration, there is no evidence of widespread election fraud and Republicans harping on it is, “a big distraction. And I worry that it will continue to be a big distraction as long as a certain individual makes statements that it was stolen.”
Former Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) adviser Kevin Madden was a bit more blunt in his assessment.
“It is a party that has been fashioned in the mold of Trump — Trump’s message, Trump’s tactics — and it is perfectly comfortable being a party that is defined by what it’s against,” he explained before adding, “… you become almost toxic as a party brand to larger, growing parts of the electorate. … The limitation of a message and a platform that’s just about disagreeing with the opposition is that it doesn’t speak to the broader concerns or anxieties of a big part of the electorate.”
You can read more here.
Matt Schlapp Lashes Out at Critics of CPAC’s Nazi Symbol Stage Design
The head of the Conservative Political Action Committee on Saturday attacked critics noting CPAC’s stage looks like a Nazi symbol.
Matt Schlapp made his denial after “Nazi” trended nationwide on Twitter as users discussed the stage looking like an Odal rune symbol.
And by “resembles,” I mean “is identical to.”
— Ilyse Hogue (@ilyseh) February 27, 2021
Would be easy for Matt Schlapp to address this today, apologize and make some small changes to the stage.
Would make it clear it was a mistake and that CPAC doesn't want any one to believe they are giving any more aid and comfort to American extremists than they already are.
— Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) February 27, 2021
Schlapp, however, did not apologize. Instead he said, “stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous.”
Stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous. We have a long standing commitment to the Jewish community. Cancel culture extremists must address antisemitism within their own ranks. CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 27, 2021
Trump Is Making Noises About a 2024 Run to Get Rich Off the ‘Rubes’: Ex-White House Official
President Donald Trump will be running for president for a third time in 2024, but the effort will be largely geared towards personal enrichment, a former official explained on Saturday.
MSNBC’s Alex Witt interviewed Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served as Trump’s communications director in 2017.
“Is he going to run in 2024 or is this just a great excuse to fundraise?” Witt asked.
“I think it’s both,” Scaramucci replied. “I think he’s going to run in 2024, this is the most money he’s ever made — just imagine making $300 million off of these rubes that he’s coning after the election with his big lie. So he’ll run again in 2024.”
“Will he go to the finish line? Maybe not,” he continued. “There are 10 or 12 Republicans that see themselves as a future president. They’re going to try to find ways to undermine him, obviously Governor Nikki Haley already started that process, so I don’t know if he gets to the finish line, but why would he not run and raise money off the rubes that he’s raising money from?”
“Right, but if he runs, do you really think he doesn’t get the nomination?” Witt asked. “Today he would, there’s no doubt today he would get it.”
“I think it could get interrupted by the potential criminal investigations that are going on and the potential indictments, so if he runs and there are no indictments and I think he has a clear path to that nomination, and that’s why Sen. McConnell said ‘Of course I’m going to support him’ — which is even more levels of hypocrisy, but yes, he runs, he wins the nomination,” Scaramucci replied. “There is risk here, though, because of his potential tax fraud case and other cases — even the D.C. case related to the insurrection is a potential speed bump to him getting that nomination.”
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