‘It Would Be a Bombshell of Epic Proportions’ Says CNN’s Erin Burnett
Christopher Ruddy, who often seems to appear just as the PresidentÂ is getting himself in to more trouble, saysÂ Donald Trump is considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It could create a constitutionalÂ crisis not seen since Watergate.
“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel,” Ruddy, who for years has golfed with Trump and offered him advice, told PBS Newshour’s Judy Woodruff Monday night. Ruddy reportedly was seen leaving the White House today, which the White House denies.
“I think he’s weighing that option,” Ruddy, who co-founded and serves as CEO of the very right wing media Newsmax TV and website.
â€” PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) June 12, 2017
Ruddy opined that he thinks firing MuellerÂ “would be a very significant mistake,” but, as he always does, stood by to defend Trump, saying he didn’t think there was “justification” for hiring a special counsel at all. Ruddy went on tho claim there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Trump, which is false.
CNN’s Erin Burnett Monday night said if Trump were to fire Mueller “it would be a bombshell of epic proportions.” California Attorney General Xavier Beccerra said it would be reminiscent of Watergate.Â
â€” OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) June 13, 2017
Over the past day or two Trump loyalists have gotten his message out to the media. Newt Gingrich was among the first. Less than a month ago Gingrich tweeted:
Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down
â€” Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017
But on Monday, hypocritically, he offered this:
Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.
â€” Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 12, 2017
“I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel,” the former House speaker said. “Because Comey makes so clear that it’s the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the FBI director leaking to The New York Times, deliberately set up this particular situation. It’s very sick.”
Trump’s attorney took to ABC News to say he wouldn’t “speculate” on whether or not Trump would fire Mueller.Â
Meanwhile, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA), made clear what would happen if Trump fired the special counsel:
If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don’t waste our time.
â€” Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 12, 2017
Schiff discussed the issue on MSNBC’s “Hardball”:
Schiff: If Mueller is fired, Congress would immediately take up legislation to re-establish the independent counsel law & reappoint Mueller. pic.twitter.com/wzvuww2O34
â€” Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 13, 2017
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‘You Falsely Smeared My Wife and She’s Getting Death Threats’: Eric Swalwell Posts Angry Texts With Tucker Carlson
On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) posted screenshots of an angry argument between him and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who wanted to get him on the phone for a call.
“Tucker, I’m hesitant to do that. You falsely smeared my wife on Tuesday and she’s getting death threats,” said Swalwell, referring to a retracted Fox News story alleging that Swalwell’s campaign funneled money to a business employing his wife. “That’s way out of bounds. She’s a pregnant mom of a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. Hit me all you like. But to go after her. That’s just wrong.”
“Carlson responded by calling the Democrat a ‘coward’ and then apparently phoning him a few minutes later,” reported Blake Montgomery. “Swalwell tweeted, ‘I’m just not that into you.'”
After years of lying about me and my family, @TuckerCarlson is losing his mind that I won’t return his calls. Sorry, Tucker, I’m just not that into you. Who knows what lie he’ll tell next? #TuckerTantrum pic.twitter.com/vwX7AfwJ1Z
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 23, 2021
Swalwell, the second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has long been a target of rage for conservatives. Carlson has also accused Swalwell of aiding a Chinese spy — although experts have made clear that Swalwell in fact properly worked with the FBI to help upon learning the spy had tried to get information from him.
Hydroxychloroquine-Promoting Ex-Journalist Launches AZ Governor Bid With Unhinged Video Attacking the Press
Former Fox 10 anchor Kari Lake is running as a Republican for governor of Arizona.
Earlier this year, Lake left the Phoenix network after 22 years, in part because she was upset that her employer would not let her do segments promoting Bitcoin and hydroxychloroquine.
Bill Goodykoontz, the media critic for The Arizona Republic, explained the dynamics surrounding Lake’s departure from journalism in a March analysis.
“While Lake has done her share of responsible journalism, the past few years of her career have been notable for controversies. Lake shared disinformation about the First Amendment after Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts for his posting of misleading information and lies after his words inspired the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,” Goodykoontz wrote. “It wasn’t a First Amendment issue, despite conservative talking points meant to frame it as one.”
After Lake announced her gubernatorial bid, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts reminded readers of her coronavirus misinformation.
“Lake was a longtime Fox 10 news anchor who in recent years has taken to peddling conspiracy theories and spreading outright misinformation,” Roberts wrote.
She noted “that time in April 2020 when she tweeted a debunked COVID-19 video, calling it ‘one of the most HONEST COVID-19 briefings I’ve seen to date.’ The video – featuring two California doctors who advised that staying home during a global pandemic would weaken your immune system – was condemned by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians as ‘reckless and untested musings” that are “inconsistent with current science and epidemiology regarding COVID-19.'”
“Somewhere along the line, Lake lost her way as a journalist, believing that it’s OK to pass along lies and misinformation but it’s an ‘attack’ to question a high-profile, long-time news anchor about her sudden and mysterious disappearance from the airwaves,” Roberts explained. “I will say this. She’s certainly on brand at the moment for our beloved Arizona, the birthplace of bamboo ballots and unending election audits. Lake should play well on the far-right fringe of the Republican Party.”
In an apparent effort to solidify the far-right fringe, Lake released a video where she smashes TVs with a sledgehammer to show her hatred of the media.
The TV’s in the video feature CNN reporters Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, and Brian Stelter among others.
Lockdowns, Masks, Weak Border Policies, Sketchy Elections & FAKE News Media — I’m taking a Sledgehammer to ALL of it
Elect the Conservative Outsider as Governor to drain the Arizona Swamp
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) July 22, 2021
Lake will be speaking at Donald Trump’s Saturday rally in Phoenix pushing his “Big Lie” of election fraud which resulted in the widely panned Arizona audit.
I’m excited to speak at the Rally to Save our Elections with President Donald J Trump this Saturday in downtown Phoenix.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there. #SaveOurElections #PresidentTrump #TurningPointAction #MAGA #KARIZONA pic.twitter.com/DfICOvwHmD
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) July 22, 2021
Image via Facebook
GOP Senator Dismisses Deaths of 400 Children From COVID After Assuming They All Had ‘Underlying Conditions’
U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, a Republican of Kansas and an obstetrician, dismissed the deaths of 400 children who have died from COVID-19 during a Senate hearing Tuesday with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
Senator Marshall’s remarks were based on his false claim that “probably zero” of the 400 children who died of COVID (that number has not been confirmed) had no pre-existing condition.
“Children are not supposed to die,” Dr. Walensky told Sen. Marshall, right before he delivered his remarks dismissing their deaths, as if having a pre-existing condition makes it acceptable for a child to die of COVID-19.
In questioning the CDC chief, Senator Marshall touted his credentials as a doctor, before attempting to sow doubt on the need of children to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
“As a physician, we always want to be able to know and discuss the benefits and risk of anything that we’re prescribing, including a vaccine,” Marshall, a hydroxychloroquine-pusher who has said he takes the malaria drug to fight against the coronavirus, told Walensky. “It’s estimated that 40, maybe 50% of children have already had the COVID virus. What are the additional benefits to the vaccine to a child who’s already had the virus?”
It’s unknown where the Kansas lawmaker, whose government website refers to him as “Doc Marshall,” is getting his statistics, but the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that as of July 15 over four million children in the U.S. are believed to have been infected with the coronavirus. One abstract posted by the National Institutes of Health, a federal government agency, says “Almost half of children who contract covid-19 may have lasting symptoms.”
Dr. Walensky told Marshall that “it very much depends on what that variant that child might have had whether they could potentially be infected or reinfected.”
And then she added, “you know, one thing I just want to note with the children is, I think we fall into this flawed thinking of saying that only 400 of these 600,000 deaths from COVID-19 have been in children. Children are not supposed to die. And so 400 is a huge amount for our respiratory season.”
Marshall then moved on to acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock, asking her, “how many children under the age of 18 without a pre-existing condition, a significant health condition, have died from COVID in this country?”
The acting commissioner did not have that information so Senator Marshall declared “the answer is probably zero.”
That’s false, according to the CDC in 2020.
“So,” he surmised, “I think if you if you take a deep dive, most of the children that have died had some type of underlying health condition.”
Senator Marshall voted to overturn the 2020 election, voted against expanding the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, supports repealing ObamaCare, and has said, “I’m not sure that there is even climate change.”
“I think we fall into this flawed thinking of saying, ‘Only 400 of the 600,000 deaths from COVID-19 have been in children.’ Children are not supposed to die.”
— CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky responds to question from Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS). pic.twitter.com/0i6ImKoxrC
— The Recount (@therecount) July 20, 2021
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