â€œBe The Kind of Person Who Makes Mike Pence Leaveâ€
Following Mike Penceâ€™s departure from Sundayâ€™s NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts, Donald Trump confirmed the walkout was pre-meditatedâ€”a political stunt at the American taxpayersâ€™ expense.
â€œI asked [Vice President] Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country,â€ Trump tweeted not long after Penceâ€™s clearly-planned infographic tweet on the matter. â€œI am proud of him and [Second Lady] Karen.â€
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
Prior to his walkout, Pence had tweeted a photo of he and Karen Pence â€œat the game.â€ Following his walkout, however, Twitter noted that the photo was actually from November 2014. Though he did, some suggested, change the filter:
This guy can’t even fake things well pic.twitter.com/fuMI54yJj7
â€” Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) October 8, 2017
They say the Vice Presidency can change a man. Not with Mike Pence! 2014 Colts game tweet on the left; 2017 Colts game tweet on the right. pic.twitter.com/R9QuMQ7GBj
â€” Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) October 8, 2017
At least thereâ€™s a… um… slightly different filter? pic.twitter.com/hPmBW89gco
â€” Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 8, 2017
Others on Twitter took issue with paying for the vice presidentâ€™s political stunt, or for encouraging division in America:
So @VP took a taxpayer-funded airplane knowing heâ€™d be walking out right after the anthem to protest. Swell use of our tax dollars.
â€” Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) October 8, 2017
Trump: You’re really hurting our budget, Puerto Rico!
also Trump: Mike, fly to Indiana for 2 seconds to show how much you hate black people
â€” Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) October 8, 2017
Nothing conservative about he VP’s political stunt. It cost taxpayers a lot of money, inconvenienced fans, and burdened the Secret Service.
â€” Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) October 8, 2017
Fixed it for you
“I left today’s Colts game, as planned, at the request of POTUS, a draft dodger who makes fun of veterans & their parents” https://t.co/YiABRC3FmQ
â€” dick costolo (@dickc) October 8, 2017
â€” Tennesseine (@Tennesseine) October 8, 2017
Bold of the man who worked tirelessly to kick trans people out of the military/deny benefits, to talk about â€œdisrespect[ing] our soldiersâ€ pic.twitter.com/Epvz6pZ5PE
â€” Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 8, 2017
Iâ€™ve never seen a political publicity stunt turn into a PR disaster this swiftly. The incompetence remains staggering. https://t.co/JvztxaDsaJ
â€” Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) October 8, 2017
To recap: Pence spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer money and faked a photo on a stunt to deliberately stoke divisions among Americans.
â€” Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) October 8, 2017
Mike Pence is a pretty expensive drama queen. Can America afford him? https://t.co/8gaGT4YR79
â€” Derek Cressman (@DerekCressman) October 8, 2017
Nobody tells people not to politicize things more than people who politicize things.
â€” andy lassner (@andylassner) October 8, 2017
â€” Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 8, 2017
Mike Pence was so mad that some players kneeled that he left & went back to DC to send gays to conversion therapy and also regulate vaginas.
â€” Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) October 8, 2017
Mike Pence says he won’t have dinner with a woman alone because he obviously doesn’t see them as anything but an object for sex- so pardon if I don’t care what he finds disrespectful #NFL
â€” Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) October 8, 2017
Mike Pence wasted taxpayer dollars just for a political stunt that furthers a culture war premised in white supremacy.
â€” America Resurgent (@ProgressOutlook) October 8, 2017
Mike Pence spent tax payer money to fly to a game with the plan of leaving before it started to enflame a culture war our government wants
â€” Scoe Jarborough (@scoejarborough) October 8, 2017
Mike Pence: â€œAt the sportball competition, some playing men took a knee and I departed as instructed oops I mean of my own free will.â€
â€” Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) October 8, 2017
Mike Pence went to a football game, dragged security to a football game, messed up traffic, messed with fans, so he could leave on purpose.
â€” BadgerBoo!-nan (@BadgerNoonan) October 8, 2017
This would be a better event for Mike Pence to condemn.https://t.co/X6tyw105pI
â€” Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 8, 2017
Is Mike Penceâ€™s official job now being sent around the country by Trump to stage walkouts on things? Do Kimmelâ€™s show next!
â€” James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) October 8, 2017
Mike Pence has run away from a Hamilton showing and an NFL game, and once said he was victimized by watching Mulan. Maybe try PBS, big guy
â€” Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) October 8, 2017
Activist Nick Jack Pappas may have said it best:
If your protest angers a misogynist homophobe, you’re doing something right.
Be the kind of person who makes Mike Pence leave.
â€” Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) October 8, 2017
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Anti-LGBTQ Slurs on Twitter Up Over 800% as Musk Allows Thousands of Previously Banned Users Back: Reports
In the wake of the Colorado Springs hate crime mass shooting last month at an gay nightclub’s drag show event that left five people dead, the anti-LGBTQ slur “groomer” and other anti-LGBTQ hate speech posts on Twitter skyrocketed, “peaking at 885% over their highest level before the shooting,” NBC News reports.
“Barely 24 hours after the Colorado Springs hate crime attack,” Salon reported last week, “Elon Musk’s new Twitter responded to the massacre by reinstating the account of James Lindsay, the right-wing activist responsible for popularizing the anti-LGBTQ slur ‘OK groomer,’ which over the last 10 months has been used to imply that demands for LGBTQ rights or representation are tantamount to child molestation. In August, Lindsay was banned from Twitter for using a variation on the term, which under Twitter’s old regime was prohibited as a form of hateful conduct. But by Monday night, not only was Lindsay back, but ‘OK groomer’ was trending on the platform under its new ownership.”
Slurs against gay men on Twitter have increased by a daily average of 58% in the weeks following Elon Musk taking the critically influential social media platform private, firing its board, and welcoming back thousands of previously-banned accounts, according to information from NBC News and The New York Times.
“Travis Brown, an independent software developer in Berlin who tracks Twitter suspensions and screen name changes as part of a project studying extremism,” NBC News reports, shared data “that showed a wide variety of far-right accounts had been reinstated since Musk’s announcement” of a so-called “general amnesty.”
“In that time, Brown has logged an estimated 12,000 reversals of past bans, in a set that, while not a definitive list of reversals, provides a window into the types of users being welcomed back to the platform and leaving experts alarmed.”
In addition to “spammers, copyright rule-breakers, adult-content creators and high-profile accounts, Twitter has reopened the door to a growing and emboldened community of trolls, white nationalists, conspiracy theorists and extreme right-wing activists,” NBC adds.
Musk’s general amnesty “has restored hundreds of accounts of right-wing activists and QAnon adherents, according to data reviewed by NBC News. The reinstatement of far-right accounts has coincided with a series of bans of left-wing accounts, leaving users unsure of how the company is now applying its rules.”
The New York Times adds, “Before Elon Musk bought Twitter, slurs against Black Americans showed up on the social media service an average of 1,282 times a day. After the billionaire became Twitter’s owner, they jumped to 3,876 times a day.”
“Slurs against gay men appeared on Twitter 2,506 times a day on average before Mr. Musk took over. Afterward, their use rose to 3,964 times a day,” The Times reports. “And antisemitic posts referring to Jews or Judaism soared more than 61 percent in the two weeks after Mr. Musk acquired the site.”
“I see good things about Hitler,” West told Jones. “Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
Musk apparently personally had West’s Twitter account suspended when the artist who goes by “Ye” posted an image of a Jewish six-pointed star embedded with a Nazi swastika. The account, at least for now, remains suspended.
The Times reporting, which includes information from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups, calls the increase in hate speech on Musk’s Twitter “unprecedented.”
“Accounts that Twitter used to regularly remove — such as those that identify as part of the Islamic State, which were banned after the U.S. government classified ISIS as a terror group — have come roaring back. Accounts associated with QAnon, a vast far-right conspiracy theory, have paid for and received verified status on Twitter, giving them a sheen of legitimacy,” The Times reveals.
Musk himself set the stage. At the end of October he retweeted a false, anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory involving Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband, who had recently been bludgeoned in a “near death” attack in their San Francisco home, allegedly by a man who has promoted far right extremism. He later removed that retweet.
Just last week Bloomberg News reported Musk was “restoring a string of accounts previously suspended for harassing transgender people, rolling back protections for the LGBTQ community as the country confronts the aftermath” of the Colorado Springs mass shooting. “Advocates say the shooting… highlights the potential real-world violence that can stem from rhetoric against the trans community. They noted that anti-trans abuse has been mounting on the platform since the shooting.”
As Musk welcomes back thousands who were banned for various reasons, from hate speech to disinformation to spamming to attacks on minorities and more, NBC’s reporting makes clear that left wing activists are finding their accounts suspended for apparently no legitimate reason.
“Chad Loder is an independent journalist in Los Angeles with more than 137,000 followers whose reporting on the Jan. 6 riot has been cited in Justice Department charging documents. Loder, who uses they/them pronouns, recently had their account suspended, briefly reinstated and then suspended again without a clear reason.”
For his part, Musk took to Twitter to refute reports hate speech has increased dramatically.
Image: Elon Musk by Duncan.Hull via Wikipedia
15-Year Old Campaigning Door-to-Door for Raphael Warnock Shot Through Door– ‘No Indication’ Politically Motivated: Police
A 15-year old boy campaigning door-to-door for U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) was shot by a 42-year old man through the front door, according to Savannah Police who claim “there is no indication the shooting was politically motivated.”
The man was arrested after police responded to the shooting on Thursday around 5:35 PM, “and discovered a 15-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.”
His injuries are not life threatening.
“According to the preliminary investigation, the teen was campaigning for Raphael Warnock for the upcoming run-off election when the incident occurred. While at the front door of one of the residences on Hartridge Street, the suspect fired a shot through the closed door, striking the teen,” according to the Savannah Police statement.
The 42-year old man “was booked into the Chatham County jail on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.”
“I am saddened to learn about this incident,” said Sen. Warnock, who faces off against Herschel Walker in the U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday, as WSAV-TV reports. “I am praying for the victim and their family and wish them a full recovery.”
Watch the video from WSAV below or at this link.
Fox News Chief Lachlan Murdoch to Be Deposed in $1.6 Billion Dominion Defamation Case
Lachlan Murdoch, the executive chairman and CEO of Fox News‘ parent company, Fox Corporation, is set to be deposed next week in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit. Dominion Voting Systems, which manufactures voting machines, claims the eldest Murdoch son and his father, Rupert Murdoch, have responsibility in Fox News promoting pro-Trump false election fraud claims it says has caused its company harm.
Murdoch is “scheduled to face questions from Dominion’s lawyers on Monday in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports, and will be the highest-ranking official at Fox to be deposed by Dominion,” The Hill reports.
Fox News propagandists Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson have already faced Dominion’s attorneys.
After a federal judge in June ruled the case could move forward, Law & Crime explained, “Dominion’s lawsuit contends that Rupert and his son Lachlan Murdoch personally caused Fox News to broadcast false claims about their role in the 2020 election, even though the Murdochs knew former President Donald Trump’s election fraud narrative was false.”
Rupert Murdoch reportedly spoke with Donald Trump just days after the 2020 presidential election to tell him he had lost.
Judge Eric M. Davis ruled there is “a reasonable inference that Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch either knew Dominion had not manipulated the election or at least recklessly disregarded the truth when they allegedly caused Fox News to propagate its claims about Dominion.”
“Dominion has successfully brought home actual malice to the individuals at Fox Corporation who it claims to be responsible for the broadcasts,” Judge Davis added, Law & Crime reported.
A federal judge has rejected Fox News’ First Amendment defense. The case is expected to be argued before a jury early next year.
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