After Entirety of Hawaii Fears Incoming Ballistic Missile, Trump Attacks ‘Fire and Fury’ and Media
â€œHe Couldnâ€™t Care Lessâ€
Early Saturday, the entire state of Hawaii was advised to seek immediate shelter due to an inbound ballistic missile. It took the state nearly 40 minutes to issue an official correction for the â€œfalse alarm,â€ and now the president has issued his first statement in the incidentâ€™s aftermath.
Having returned from his latest round of golf this afternoon, Donald Trump took to Twitter not to offer comfort to Hawaiians who literally feared for their lives as they awoke â€“ but to attack Â Michael Wolff‘s bombshell tell-allÂ book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White Houseâ€ and the free press at large.
â€œSo much Fake News is being reported. They donâ€™t even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong,â€ Trump tweeted, completely ignoring his own tendencies and mere flirtations with the truth. â€œThey promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information. The Mainstream Media is crazed that WE won the election!â€
So much Fake News is being reported. They donâ€™t even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong. They promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information. The Mainstream Media is crazed that WE won the election!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2018
The lack of empathy for U.S. citizens was noted by Twitter users:
No reference to what happened in #Hawaii, no “Going to investigate so does not happen again”?? Where is the leadership in all this?
â€” Sonia Esparza (@SEcorona12) January 13, 2018
â€” meydey (@meydey0) January 13, 2018
This is your first tweet after the Hawaii incident. Are you serious?? You have no sense of what is important.
â€” Ron Shaw (@RonShaw80) January 13, 2018
That should totally reassure the people of Hawaii your Royal Highness. Go back to golfing
â€” Shea Cameron (@sheacameron) January 13, 2018
This is Trumpâ€™s first public statement since the Hawaii false alarm. Itâ€™s about Michael Wolffâ€™s book. https://t.co/Co5j7fwsEH
â€” Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 13, 2018
Attack the media & their right to free speech while spending the day golfing during a crisis in Hawaii that shook Americans to the core. Trump is not prepared to steer Americans incase that 3am phone call does ever occur. https://t.co/quNw43yJsj
â€” Simar (@sahluwal) January 13, 2018
Trump hasnâ€™t said anything about Hawaii. He was golfing when the false alarm went off, and just kept on golfing. He didnâ€™t reassure the thousands of people who undoubtedly are still in a strange shock/panic. Wouldnâ€™t expect anything more from him, but still. Just let that sink in
â€” ÄmÉ‘É³da (@__amnda_) January 13, 2018
Not only is Trump a failed President, he failed the people of Hawaii, all the U.S. Service people stationed there…
He failed all of the families who have relatives and service members stationed there.
Trump is an utter #Failure
â€” Tim (@SupermanHotMale) January 13, 2018
Trump’s first tweet since the mistake missile alert in Hawaii. He couldn’t care less. https://t.co/pCC42tuaC8
â€” Patricia McGahan (@BeachcomberNC) January 13, 2018
Prior to the tweet, one user made this astute observation:
Panicked Hawaiians were fleeing for shelter after the false missile alert.
Donald Trump still hasnâ€™t chimed in to provide any leadership at all.
Too busy golfing?
Or doesnâ€™t care because Hawaii is a blue state with a non-white majority?
â€” Adam Best (@adamcbest) January 13, 2018
Also of note:
You know what this means? Trump would rather we go back to talking about #FireAndFury, his gross incompetence, and the dysfunctional White House than his racist comments. https://t.co/5QIZ2xlLSz
â€” Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) January 13, 2018
Following the false alert in Hawaii, the White House released a statement advising that Trump had been briefed on the matter. â€œThis was purely a state exercise,” deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters wrote.
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Dominion Wins ‘Blockbuster Victories’ Against Fox News – Last Legal Issue Will Be Decided by a Jury: Report
Dominion Voting Systems won what are being called “blockbuster victories” Friday afternoon when a judge ruled the company suing Fox News for $1.6 billion in a major defamation lawsuit had met its burden of proof that Rupert Murdoch‘s far-right wing cable channel had repeatedly made false statements.
The final, and likely greatest legal issue Dominion will have to prove will be actual malice. That issue will be decided in a jury trial, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis ruled Friday, according to Law & Crime.
Unlike previous cases, Fox News will reportedly not be able to argue the on-air statements its personalities made were opinion.
CNN legal analyst and Brookings senior fellow Norm Eisen calls Friday’s decision a “huge win for Dominion on their summary judgment motion against Fox News.”
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“Dominion won partial summary judgement that what Fox said about them was false! Now they just have to prove actual malice and damages,” Eisen says. “Meanwhile Fox’s motion was totally denied.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, an MSNBC contributor adds: “Dominion’s evidence Fox made false statements with reckless disregard is as strong as any I’ve seen.”
The judge was very clear in his ruling.
“While the Court must view the record in the light most favorable to Fox, the record does not show a genuine issue of material fact as to falsity,” Judge Davis wrote. “Through its extensive proof, Dominion has met its burden of showing there is no genuine issue of material fact as to falsity. Fox therefore had the burden to show an issue of material fact existed in turn. Fox failed to meet its burden.”
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Attorney and MSNBC host and legal analyst Katie Phang points to this key passage in Judge Davis’ ruling.
Dominion has won the argument on the issue of falsity, meaning that as the Court funds below, “it is CRYSTAL clear that none of the Statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true.” pic.twitter.com/7lKEspN0WI
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) March 31, 2023
Court watchers and news junkies are familiar at this point with the massive legal filings Dominion has made in which it exposed how Fox News knowingly made false statements regarding the 2020 presidential election. Those filings, each hundreds of pages, also detail internal Fox News communications and bombshell conversations between the company’s top personalities, executives, and even Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Capitol Police Issue Warning Over Possible Trump Protests ‘Across the Country’
The U.S. Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant at Arms on Friday jointly issued a statement warning they “anticipate” Trump protests across the country. The statement is not time-specific, and it states it has no information on “credible threats,” but some Democratic offices are allowing staffers to work from home Friday and Tuesday.
“The Sergeant at Arms and United States Capitol Police (USCP) anticipate demonstration activity across the country related to the indictment of former President Trump. While law enforcement is not tracking any specific, credible threats against the Capitol or state offices, there is potential for demonstration activity. USCP is working with law enforcement partners, so you may observe a greater law enforcement presence on Capitol Hill,” the statement reads.
“The SAA and USCP are monitoring the potential nationwide impacts to Senate state offices,” it adds.
The House Sergeant at Arms was conspicuously absent from the statement. Speaker Kevin McCarthy has control over that office.
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Additionally, Axios is reporting, “several House Democrats are allowing staffers to work from home as a safety precaution,” noting that “the memory of Trump supporters ransacking the Capitol on Jan. 6 is still fresh on the mind.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is allowing staff to work from home for safety reasons. She told Axios, “I don’t ever want to see a Jan. 6 again.”
“I’ve been in the Trump hate tunnel, Donald Trump has gone after me, and quite frankly I don’t have security. I don’t have entourages.”
She’s not the only Democrat to raise concerns.
“Much of the language from the former President and his devotees is similar to what inspired Jan. 6th,” U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips said. “I’m concerned about safety for my colleagues and my staff.”
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Meanwhile, House Republicans are issuing full-throated support for Trump and calling for protests.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who was called out by name in a six-page letter Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg sent to Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan Friday morning, announced she will be in New York on Tuesday to support Trump when he is arraigned. She has posted several tweets since Trump was indicted.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy issued a statement Thursday seemingly designed to gin up rage and action in the MAGA base.
“Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election. As he routinely frees violent criminals to terrorize the public, he weaponized our sacred system of justice against President Donald Trump. The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.”
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Trump Trial Could Go Well Into the 2024 Election – Or Possibly Even Past It: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump, and all of America, could spend the next 18 months – or longer – engrossed in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s trial of the ex-president, and that could bring the trial close to Election Day.
That’s according to a former prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, Charles Coleman, who is now a civil rights attorney and MSNBC legal analyst.
Asked by MSNBC’s Chris Jansing, “How long typically might a case like this take?” Coleman offered a two-tiered answer.
“A case like this is usually going to take a year or a year and a half,” Coleman said.
That could be through September of 2024.
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“Wow,” a surprised Jansing replied. “So it’s going right up into the campaign.”
“Absolutely,” agreed Coleman. “But it’s important to understand I said a case ‘like this.’ This particular case, I expect may take longer because I am anticipating a number of different legal maneuvers by Donald Trump’s defense team.”
That theoretically means into October of 2024, or longer.
“I do see motions to dismiss at a number of different terms, more likely than not to the point that the judge probably will ultimately end up admonishing them and telling them stop filing motions to dismiss. I think that that’s going to happen,” Coleman explained.
“I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, I do believe that we are going to see an attempt to try to change the venue, in this case outside of somewhere in the five boroughs. All of that is going to extend the time deeper and deeper into election season.”
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Reuters agrees, reporting Friday morning, “any potential trial is still at minimum more than a year away, legal experts said, raising the possibility that the former U.S. president could face a jury in a Manhattan courtroom during or even after the 2024 presidential campaign, as he seeks a return to the White House.”
And because “Trump’s case is far from typical,” Reuters notes, his trial could extend “past Election Day in November 2024.”
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