President Has Praised Charlie Kirk in the Past
President Donald Trump Friday morning retweeted four posts by Charlie Kirk, a highly controversial former Breitbart writer who leads a non-profit accused of racial bias and illegally assisting political campaigns. Kirk founded and heads Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a group dedicated to stomping out liberalism on college campuses while supporting conservatives in student government.Â
Here are the posts Trump retweeted:
Kirk just spent three days with Donald Trump Jr., who spoke at TPUSA’s conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to a widely-read report in The New Yorker last week by Jane Mayer, titled, “A Conservative Nonprofit That Seeks to Transform College Campuses Faces Allegations of Racial Bias and Illegal Campaign Activity.”
Turning Point touts its close relationship with the Presidentâ€™s family. The groupâ€™s Web site promoted Don, Jr.,â€™s appearance for weeks, featuring a photo of him raising a clenched fist. Its promotional materials include a quote from the younger Trump praising Turning Point: â€œWhat you guys have doneâ€ is â€œjust amazing.â€ Lara Trump, the wife of Don, Jr.,â€™s brother Eric, is also involved with the group. In West Palm Beach on Wednesday, she hosted a luncheon promoting Turning Pointâ€™s coming Young Womenâ€™s Leadership Summit. The groupâ€™s twenty-four-year-old executive director and founder, Charlie Kirk, told me that he counts Don, Jr., as â€œa personal friend.â€
In The New Yorker, Mayer also reports that “Crystal Clanton, who served until last summer as the groupâ€™s national field director, sent a text message to another Turning Point employee saying, ‘i hate black people. Like fuck them allÂ .â€‰.â€‰.Â I hate blacks. End of story.'”
Media Matters reportsÂ thatÂ earlier this year Kirk “made an appearance on Fox Newsâ€™ Hannity with Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. to discuss how college campuses are ‘islands of totalitarianism & intolerance’ for students with ‘conservative or freedom beliefs.’ Kirk has publicly aligned himself with Milo Yiannopoulos in the past, and college chapters of Turning Point USA sponsored several stops on Yiannopoulosâ€™ ill-fated campus harassment tour earlier this year. Turning Point USA is also closely affiliated with the dangerous ‘citizen journalist’ vigilante work of James Oâ€™Keefe and Project Veritas, and the group recently delved into its own warped citizen journalism project with the launch of a McCarthyistÂ ‘Professor Watchlist’ project in late 2016.”
Just last week Trump posted a tweet praising Kirk:
â€œThe President has accomplished some absolutely historic things during this past year.â€ Thank you Charlie Kirk of Turning Points USA. Sadly, the Fake Mainstream Media will NEVER talk about our accomplishments in their end of year reviews. We are compiling a long & beautiful list.
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2017
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Goes on Angry Rant Demanding AOC ‘Debate Me’ One Day After Accosting Her
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who may face an ethics inquiry after accosting New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is now attacking her nemesis through the media, telling AOC through reporters, “you need to debate me” and “defend socialism to the American people.”
Congresswoman Greene told The Washington Post’s Jacqueline Alemany that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez “can’t call me a bully because I’m trying to talk with her about policy that will change our economy… What she is a coward and a fraud and a fake.”
“Ever since Jan. 6 they can’t even treat us with respect and we were victims, too,” added Greene, who was forced to deny having a role in the insurrection, added. “We didn’t cause it. All these lies they say on and on and on. They need to be civil. None of them are civil to me,” she said of Democrats.
Greene also attacked reporters, telling Alemany that the “behavior you’re exhibiting is exactly the same type of behavior…. Actually, this is far worse.”
Alemany says Greene was “equating her yelling at and chasing down” AOC “to engaging in dialogue with reporters on her walk to her car.”
Greene continued her attack on reporters when Forbes’ Andrew Solender posed a question to her.
“You’ve been asking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to debate for quite a while. At what point does it become harassment to continue to ask her to do this thing that she keeps rejecting?” he asked.
“At what point does this become harassment?” was her response.
When Solender asked Greene if she is going to continue to ask Ocasio-Cortez to debate her, she replied, “Sure! She should debate me. She should defend socialism to the American people.”
According to CNN’s Manu Raju, Ocasio-Cortez compared Greene to “people that I threw out of bars all the time” when “I used to work as a bartender.”
“So she throws out paying customers? Is that how she feels…?” Greene said when confronted with the quote.
“She’s describing the behavior that you exhibited,” NBC News’ Sahil Kapur explained.
Greene went back to attacking the reporters.
“This behavior you’re exhibiting is exactly the same type of behavior,” she claimed.
Here’s more of Greene talking with reporters, telling AOC through them “you need to debate me,” and claiming she is “acting like a child.”
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.”
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