Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon and Deputy Assistant to President Sebastian Gorka on Friday posed with convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza and his new book, The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left, in the White House. D’Souza, a far right wing political pundit violated federal campaign finance laws and was convicted in 2014. He is best-known for his earlier books, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream, and Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.
D’Souza posted the photos of him posing with top Trump appointees to Twitter, but soon deleted them.
Center for Public Integrity investigative reporter Christina Wilkie quickly took screenshots and tweeted them.
Dinesh D’Souza is in the West Wing today handing out copies of his new book, which compares Democrats to Nazis. He signed one for Trump. pic.twitter.com/cr1IEDlhRr
– Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 4, 2017
In his tweets D’Souza noted his goal is to show Trump how he “can flip the accusation of fascism on the Democratic left.” He also said he signed copies for the president and senior staff.
“Your tax dollars at work,” ThinkProgress reporter Aaron Rupar writes, noting “Gorka’s role is particularly interesting since his tenure at the White House has been mired in controversy due to his own alleged association with a Nazi-linked group.”
Legal experts and ethicists will have to determine if Bannon’s and Gorka’s actions violate official Standards of Conduct, and Office of Government Ethics’ rules.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway earlier this year similarly violated ethics rules when, while standing in the White House, appeared on Fox News to give Ivanka Trump’s products a “free commercial.” The Office of Government Ethics expressed frustration over “Conway’s misuse of position,” and further frustration that she would not be disciplined for it.
In March, OGE Director Walter Shaub explained in a letter to the White House that “disciplinary action serves to deter future misconduct.” His warning was ignored. He recently resigned.
This week on Facebook, D’Souza said, “FACT: Hitler got many of his destructive, genocidal ideas from American Democrats.”Â
On Amazon, his book’s page reads:
What is “the big lie” of the Democratic Party? That conservatives and President Donald Trump in particular are fascists. Nazis, even. In a typical comment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says the Trump era is reminiscent of “what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor.”
But in fact, this audacious lie is a complete inversion of the truth. Yes, there is a fascist threat in America but that threat is from the Left and the Democratic Party. The Democratic left has an ideology virtually identical with fascism and routinely borrows tactics of intimidation and political terror from the Nazi Brownshirts.
Last year Salon described D’Souza as a “hack who deserves to be laughed out of politics,” “a convicted felon and adulterer,” and a “defender of Donald Trump’s right to access beauty pageant contestants dressing rooms,” “a total overall sad hack,” and the “world’s most racist amateur comedian.”
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Watch: Dr. Oz Says Legalizing Marijuana Is ‘Giving Them Pot So They Stay Home’
Dr. Mehmet Oz was asked about his position on marijuana and appeared to believe making it legal means everyone in the state of Pennsylvania would be given the drug, which would force workers to “stay home.”
Oz, endorsed by Donald Trump in the race for a seat in the U.S. Senate for Pennsylvania, is in an extremely tight primary race against Republican Dave McCormick. The “celebrity doctor” is barely ahead currently, as ballots from Tuesday’s vote are still being counted. The winner will face Democrat John Fetterman, currently Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor.
“Fetterman has won statewide in Pennsylvania,” Newsmax’s Greg Kelly told Oz. “He wants to legalize marijuana I believe.”
“What is your stance on that by the way?” Kelly asked Oz.
“You know there are not enough Pennsylvanians to work in Pennsylvania,” Oz responded, twisting the question into a labor shortage issue.
“So giving them pot so they stay home is not an ideal move,” he said, as if making it legal would endanger the economy of the state.
“I also don’t want to breed addiction to marijuana,” he added. The CDC says one study has shown about a ten percent addiction rate in those who choose to use the drug.
“I don’t want young people to think they have to smoke a joint to get out of their house in the morning,” Oz added, which contradicts his claim that those who use marijuana will not go to work.
“We need to get Pennsylvanians back at work. You got to give them their mojo. I don’t want marijuana to be a hindrance to that,” he says, contradicting his earlier claim that there are not enough workers in the state.
Pennsylvania has a relatively low unemployment rate of 4.9%.
Mehmet Oz says he disagrees with Fetterman’s position that marijuana should be legalized because Pennsylvanians need to get back their “mojo” and get back to work pic.twitter.com/0G7tiMIyYZ
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Kellyanne Conway Accuses Husband George of ‘Cheating’ on Her – With Twitter
Kellyanne Conway’s forthcoming memoir accuses her husband, George, of having an affair with a social media site, People Magazine reported on Thursday.
While some couples might feel their partner spends too much time on the internet, Conway went to the extreme.
“Heading into the school year in the fall of 2018, all four Conway children were thriving,” the senior Trump adviser wrote in the book. “They were with me full-time in D.C. My mom had moved in with us to help with my Core Four. George was spending chunks of time in New York at the firm, where he voluntarily went from partner to an of-counsel role, spending his nights alone at our house in Alpine, New Jersey, 240 miles away from D.C. The numbers don’t lie. During this time, the frequency and ferocity of his tweets accelerated. Clearly, he was cheating by tweeting. I was having a hard time competing with his new fling.”
Instead of blaming Conway for being 240 miles away from her and the family, she says that his public disagreements with the president is what appears to have damaged their marriage.
“Don’t assume that the things he says and does are part of a rational plan or strategy, because they seldom are,” Mr. Conway wrote of Trump in 2019. “Consider them as a product of his pathologies, and they make perfect sense.”
Mrs. Conway refused to address it when asked by the media, but the president was eager to do so on her behalf.
“George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted,” Trump responded, threatening Mr. Conway’s manliness by calling him Mr. Kellyanne Conway. “I barely know him.”
“I had already said publicly what I’d said privately to George,” wrote Mrs. Conway in the book. “That his daily deluge of insults-by-tweet against my boss—or, as he put it sometimes, ‘the people in the White House’—violated our marriage vows to ‘love, honor, and cherish’ each other. Those vows, of course, do not mean we must agree about politics or policies or even the president. In our democracy, as in our marriage, George was free to disagree, even if it meant a complete 180 from his active support for Trump-Pence–My Wife–2016 and a whiplash change in character from privately brilliant to publicly bombastic.”
She implies that something significant happened in 2018 to change her husband’s attitude so much toward the president that it was enough he switch sides.
“Whoop-de-do, George!” Mrs. Conway told him. “You are one of millions of people who don’t like the president. Congrats.”
“If I had a nickel for everybody in Washington who disagreed with their spouse about something that happens in this town, I wouldn’t be on this podcast. I’d be probably on a beach somewhere,” Mr. Conway said about his regular disagreements with the president in an extended Skullduggery podcast in 2018. “I don’t think she likes it. But I’ve told her, I don’t like the administration. So it’s even.”
Critics of Mr. Conway harken back to his desperation for a job with the Trump administration. But he has said that top Justice Department gig wasn’t something he wanted after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed.
“If I get this door prize, I’m going to be in the middle of a department he’s at war with,” Conway recalled thinking at the time. “Why would anybody want to do this?”
He went on to brag about his wife and that she was the one who got Trump elected. Prior to her, “he was in the crapper.”
By the end of 2018, Conway said he was so disgusted with the Republican Party that he was quitting.
“I don’t feel comfortable being a Republican anymore,” he said. “I think the Republican Party has become something of a personality cult.”
All of it circulated around Trump’s treatment of the Justice Department and the justice system. Mr. Conway said he was “appalled” when Trump tried to go after federal prosecutors for indicting GOP members of Congress before an election.
“To criticize the attorney general for permitting justice to be done without regard to political party is very disturbing,” he said.
Thus began the internal marriage war of the Conways.
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Three Republicans were original co-sponsors of the legislation. All three voted against it.
The bill is similar to one that passed the House just two years ago. Many Republicans who voted for that bill voted against the one that passed Wednesday by a 222-203 margin.
The move to try to block every Democratic bill they possibly can followed 192 House Republicans voting against a bill to help protect and expand the nation’s access to baby formula amid a shortage, and 9 Republicans voting against expanding access to families on government assistance.
“House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) urged members of his party to vote against the legislation,” The Washington Post reports. “He argued, in part, that the Justice Department had previously ‘targeted and labeled rightfully concerned parents as domestic terrorists for speaking out at school board meetings’ — a false claim that The Washington Post’s Fact Checker has awarded Four Pinocchios.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) blasted the GOP.
“The problem is not that the Republican Party is racist; it’s that the Republican Party won’t call out the racists in its midst,” Nadler said. “They won’t call the insurrection … on January 6th of last year what it is: an insurrection. They call it ‘legitimate public discourse.’ It is not ‘legitimate public discourse’ when police officers are attacked, when the members of this House are attacked, when the members of the Senate are attacked. That’s domestic terrorism.”
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