‘The Left Has Precipitated This Tense, Confrontational Approach’ Claims Rep. Trent Franks
Yesterday Ben Jacobs of The GuardianÂ allegedÂ that Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for Congress in Montana, assaulted him when Jacobs attempted to ask him a question about the GOP health care billâ€”an eventÂ confirmed by three witnesses from Fox News.
The assault, however, has so far not been met with many loud cries of condemnation from the GOP.
In fact, several leading conservatives defended Gianforte over the incident.
Rep. Duncan Hunter said of MT reporter assault, â€œItâ€™s not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it.â€
â€” Mary Clare Jalonick (@MCJalonick) May 25, 2017
South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford responded to the assault allegations by saying people shouldÂ â€œbe careful not to make him mad.â€
Asked Rep. Sanford what kind of greeting House R’s would give Gianforte if he won: “I think people would be careful not to make him mad.”
â€” Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla) May 25, 2017
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., blamed any violence onÂ â€œthe left.â€Â
Louie Gohmert: â€œWe didn’t have a course on bodyslammingâ€¦â€
Trent Franks: â€œThe left has precipitated this tense, confrontational approachâ€¦â€ pic.twitter.com/eYdttV3397
â€” Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 25, 2017
Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, the leading conservative media monitoring group,Â suggested that Jacobs deserved to be assaulted.
Jacobs is an obnoxious, dishonest first class jerk. I’m not surprised he got smacked.
â€” Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) May 25, 2017
Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham mocked Jacobs after Gianforte assaulted him:
Politicians always need to keep their cool. But what would most Montana men do if “body slammed” for no reason by another man?
â€” Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 25, 2017
Did anyone get his lunch money stolen today and then run to tell the recess monitor?
â€” Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 25, 2017
Author Dinesh Dâ€™Souza called Jacobs a â€œcry babyâ€ and suggested he manufactured the incident in order to swing the election against Gianforte:
â€” Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) May 25, 2017
Sandy Rios of American Family Radio similarly wondered if Jacobs was responsible:Â
Reporter sounds pretty chipper for someone who was “body slammed.” Did he hope to cause an incident?https://t.co/hGmYZEcZRj
â€” Sandy Rios (@SandyRiosTweet) May 25, 2017
This article wasÂ originally published at Right Wing WatchÂ and is re-published here by permission.
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Undercover Operatives Waged Sting Operation to Discredit ‘Deep State’ Officials on Trump’s Enemies List: NYT
Undercover operatives from right wing Project Veritas worked with a former British spy trained by Betsy DeVos’ brother Erik Prince to wage a smear and sting operation to discredit “deep state” federal government officials on President Donald Trump’s enemies list while he was in office, including the National Security Advisor and FBI agents.
The New York Times broke the bombshell story, reporting that the “campaign included a planned sting operation against Mr. Trump’s national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and secret surveillance operations against F.B.I. employees, aimed at exposing anti-Trump sentiment in the bureau’s ranks.”
“The campaign,” the Times reports, “shows the obsession that some of Mr. Trump’s allies had about a shadowy ‘deep state’ trying to blunt his agenda — and the lengths that some were willing to go to try to purge the government of those believed to be disloyal to the president.”
“Central to the effort, according to interviews, was Richard Seddon, a former undercover British spy who was recruited in 2016 by the security contractor Erik Prince to train Project Veritas operatives to infiltrate trade unions, Democratic congressional campaigns and other targets. He ran field operations for Project Veritas until mid-2018.”
Last year, The New York Times reported that Mr. Seddon ran an expansive effort to gain access to the unions and campaigns and led a hiring effort that nearly tripled the number of the group’s operatives, according to interviews and deposition testimony. He trained operatives at the Prince family ranch in Wyoming.
The Times’ extensive reporting, which runs about 2700 words, does not reveal who initiated or who bankrolled the campaign.
The Times reports the operation was run out of a house that rented for $10,000 a month, and that it is not known if President Trump or his closest advisors, including family members, were aware of the operation or had anything to do with it.
“The operation against Mr. McMaster was hatched not long after an article appeared in BuzzFeed News about a private dinner in 2017. Exactly what happened during the dinner is in dispute, but the article said that Mr. McMaster had disparaged Mr. Trump by calling him an ‘idiot’ with the intelligence of a ‘kindergartner.'”
Those allegations were never proven, although they echo what some others inside the administration, like first Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, had allegedly stated.
In the end, McMaster resigned amid far right-wing attacks, but no recordings of him calling Trump an “idiot.”
Read the entire New York Times investigation here.
Newsmax Host Off Air After Online Outrage Over Antisemitic Remarks
Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield will be off the air for the remainder of the week after massive outrage over his antisemitic remarks Wednesday night. Stinchfield claimed that American Jews’ “home country” is actually Israel, not the U.S., in a rant attacking President Joe Biden.
“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield had said, as Media Matters reported.
Outrage, especially from Americans who also identify as Jewish, was massive, as NCRM documented.
In March Stinchfield came under attack after claiming there was a “strong case” that President Joe Biden is “not really a Catholic.”
Active Duty US Marine Corps Officer Arrested for Alleged Role in January 6 Insurrection: DOJ
The U.S. Dept. of Justice has announced the arrest of a 40-year old active duty U.S. Marine, a commissioned officer stationed at Quantico, for his alleged role in the January 6 insurrection.
Citing court documents and security camera footage, DOJ in a statement says Major Christopher Warnagiris “violently entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, after pushing through a line of police officers guarding the East Rotunda doors. Once inside, Warnagiris positioned himself in the corner of the doorway, using his body to keep the door open and pull others inside. When a U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officer tried to pull the doors shut, Warnagiris refused and continued pushing it open. Warnagiris can be seen pushing the officer in an effort to maintain his position in the open door in security camera footage and publicly available video footage captured shortly after 2:25 p.m.”
Warnagiris “is charged with federal offenses that include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and obstruction of justice, among other charges. Warnagiris will make his initial court appearance today at 2:00 p.m. in the Eastern District of Virginia,” the DOJ said.
HuffPost senior justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly adds:
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) May 13, 2021
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