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Treasury Secretary’s $10,000 an Hour Gov’t Plane Ride Culminated in Watching Solar Eclipse Atop Fort Knox

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Solar Eclipse Watching on Top of $200 Billion in Gold

Did Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, actress and film producer Louise Linton, take a federal government plane, at a cost of up to $10,000 per hour, so they could have a great view of Monday’s solar eclipse?

They couple have been in the news all week. They traveled to Kentucky on Monday, on a federal government plane – proof of which Linton infamously posted to Instagram, hashtagging it with the designer brands she was wearing.

We all know how that ended: she blasted a woman who criticized her blatant display of wealth and privilege while visiting one of the country’s most poverty-stricken states. Linton’s publicist later issued her “apology,” which was anything but sincere and genuine.

Along the way, as NCRM reported, one newspaper mentioned that the couple had watched Monday’s solar eclipse on their trip, and that caught the eye of CREW, a watchdog group who has since demanded documents related to the trip to determine if it was scheduled to allow Mnuchin and Linton to view the solar eclipse atop Fort Knox – which, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), they did.

McConnell even posted a photo to Facebook, eclipse-watching glasses in hand (photo above.)

“It turns out that Mnuchin did view the eclipse while he was in Kentucky, and from an extraordinary place: Just outside the path of totality, from the roof of the nation’s fabled Fort Knox, atop nearly $200 billion in American gold,” The Washington Post reports. 

Mnuchin’s Treasury Dept. is pushing back, insisting there was nothing untoward with the trip, one that Mnuchin himself bragged was the first visit to Ft. Knox by a Treasury Secretary in decades:

Treasury officials said Thursday that the trip was planned explicitly around ‘official government travel,’ rejecting the idea that the Fort Knox visit and the appearance at a luncheon for the local chamber of commerce were mere cover,” The Post adds.

But federal government policy is for government officials, even cabinet secretaries, who are traveling domestically to use commercial airlines, as the Post notes:

Defense Department policy calls government air transportation “a premium mode of travel involving high costs and limited resources” and urges federal employees to make “every effort . . . to minimize travel cost.”

CREW may or may not get to the bottom of this imbroglio, but what’s clear to all is this administration, including its Secretary of the Treasury and his wife, have only themselves in mind. 

And those who voted for them have only themselves to blame.

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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

And many others:

 

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