‘The Trump Effect’
At 5:59 PM Monday a CBS affiliate in Atlanta broke the news that a man had been arrested a week ago after allegedly calling CNN 22 times threatening to shoot and kill all their employees.Â
“Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down,” the 19-year old man, according to court documents, told a CNN operator during one call, CBS 46 reports.
“I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours,” he reportedly said during another.
“I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f—ing gun every single last one of you,” he is also accused of saying.
Barely more than 12 hours after the CBS report, which quickly spread overnight, President Trump was back calling CNN “Fake News.”
In a rare twist, the president tweeted a back-handed compliment to CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent.
Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees: â€œTrump World and WH sources dancing in end zone: Trump wins again…Schumer and Dems caved…gambled and lost.â€ Thank you for your honesty Jim!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018
TrumpÂ has specifically called Acosta and CNN “fake news” on camera before.
On Twitter alone, Trump has called CNN “Fake News” more than 30 times.
Some are now pointing at President Trump and blaming him directly for creating the environment where someone would threaten a domestic terror attack on the news media.
A terrorist attack targeting CNN was averted. Thank God. It was bad enough before, but the next time this President or any one in his WH engages in attacks on the FAKE NEWS AS ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE they do so with the full knowledge that the blood will be on their hands next time
â€” Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) January 23, 2018
“Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down.”
The things our leaders say and do, good and bad, inspire others to act accordingly. Their examples should encourage unity and respect for our vital institutions, not enmity and threats of violence.https://t.co/ogHw0MBJxi
â€” Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) January 23, 2018
A Michigan man threatened to go to Atlanta to commit mass murder at @CNN headquarters. The man made 22 calls to CNN about a week ago that began with claims of “fake news” and ended with threats of violence. Wonder where he could have been radicalized. https://t.co/h2FiHvWnQT
â€” Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 23, 2018
If POTUS can complain in a campaign ad the Democrats are complicit in murder for a government shutdown, then POTUS is complicit in any harm done to journalists when he screams “Fake News” and says we are the enemy of the people. https://t.co/chyRLw9EgE
â€” Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) January 23, 2018
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â€” David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) January 23, 2018
A week after Trump’s Fake News Awards, this—–>>>>>>>> https://t.co/I1JI7dqzk7
â€” Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) January 23, 2018
The Trump Effect.https://t.co/ylBByZb9g5
â€” Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 23, 2018
A plot to kill journalists was discovered and prevented. Trump’s next tweet: Attacking the journalists that were targeted. This is stupid, irresponsible, reckless. pic.twitter.com/Y227lOxtuR
â€” Marcel Dirsus (@marceldirsus) January 23, 2018
When you call journalists â€œthe enemy of the people,â€ or â€œa stain on Americaâ€ & tweet violent images of CNN being beat up (by the President) or hit by a â€˜Trump train,â€™ it matters. Thank goodness this domestic terror plot was prevented, but Trumpâ€™s reckless rhetoric is dangerous. https://t.co/BSDMyS3EH3
â€” Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) January 23, 2018
Trump calls a reporter â€œcrazyâ€ and reiterates his baseless claim that they are â€œfake newsâ€â€”the day after a would-be domestic terrorist was jailed for plotting to kill what he called the â€œfake newsâ€ journalists at CNN. https://t.co/b44TxRYoXn
â€” Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) January 23, 2018
Trump is a terrorist, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… https://t.co/og8SPIO4eV
â€” Tim (@SupermanHotMale) January 23, 2018
FBI stops crazy person from going on a shooting rampage at â€œfake newsâ€ CNN headquarters.
Trump starts his day calling CNN â€œfake newsâ€ and attacking the FBI.
â€” Brandt (@UrbanAchievr) January 23, 2018
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‘Oddest’: Legal Experts Mock Trump’s ‘Nutty’ and ‘Doomed to Fail’ Emergency Supreme Court Motion
It weighs in at 240 pages but legal experts are still mocking Donald Trump’s emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an 11th Circuit Court ruling and allow the special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents retrieved from him Mar-a-Lago home.
“Oddest SCOTUS petition. Very technical and not terribly logical,” observed Andrew Weissmann, an NYU School of Law law professor and former DOJ official who served as the General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as special counsel to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller.
The motion was addressed to Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees the 11th Circuit courts. His wife, Ginni Thomas, is an avowed supporter of Trump and his “Big Lie” claims he won the 2020 election.
“SCOTUS should send him packing,” tweets former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now an MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst. “No surprise here, this was why he paid former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise $3 million to sign on, no one else on his team could handle this.”
“Just watch SCOTUS turn Trump down 9-0. (Or 8-1 if Thomas dissents . . . ),” writes retired Harvard professor of law Laurence Tribe. “Will The Donald start calling ‘his’ three justices traitors? Will he say they have a ‘death wish’ as he did with McConnell?”
Weissmann took another hit at Trump’s Lawsuit, declaring it “nutty.”
“Trump argument to SCOTUS: 11th circuit had power to stay Cannon decision BUT it [could] not take the classified docs away from SM Dearie review. Nutty and if he won Dearie wd just say he won’t review the docs bc they are not Trump’s.”
University of Texas School of Law professor of law Steve Vladeck says that while the lawsuit is “not *entirely* laughable,” but he thinks “it’s both (1) doomed to fail; and (2) unlikely to accomplish much even if it succeeds.”
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says, “I would not be surprised if the Supreme Court decides not to hear it.”
Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case
Donald Trump on Tuesday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in his classified documents case, and reverse a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the U.S. Dept. of Justice access to the more than 100 classified and top secret documents federal agents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence and resort.
Trump is asking the nation’s highest court to order a special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents, despite the special master emphatically stating the government, not Trump, gets to decide what is classified and what is not, especially when Trump refused to provide a list of what he considered declassified.
The lawsuit, which is a massive 240 pages, mostly made up of other documents including the now infamous FBI photo of the classified documents on the Mar-a-Lago rug, is addressed to “The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Circuit Justice for the Eleventh Circuit,” and refers to the former president as “President Trump.”
The lawsuit also mentions the contents that federal agents took, including “89 empty envelopes,” while not noting they were classified document envelopes.
“As part of the 11th Circuit’s decision, the panel allowed the criminal investigation to use the seized documents, something [Judge] Cannon had previously barred,” The Washington Post notes. “Trump’s filing seeks only to reverse the appeals court’s ruling on the special master’s access to the documents, not the part of the decision concerning the investigation.”
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
Biden Will Include DeSantis in His Visit to Support Florida Hurricane Victims
President Joe Biden will travel to Florida Wednesday to support families devastated by Hurricane Ian, and will include the state’s GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, in his trip, the White House announced Tuesday.
Last week, asked if he would meet with DeSantis, a top detractor of the president, Biden told a reporter who asked, “I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.”
President Biden on whether he plans to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) when he goes to Florida:
“I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.” pic.twitter.com/nJvW9kKH7T
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2022
“This is not about anything having to do with our disagreements politically, this is about saving people’s lives, homes and businesses,” Biden also said last week.
President Biden says he’s had good conversations with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) about Hurricane Ian aid:
“He complimented me, he thanked me for the immediate response we had, he told me how much he appreciated it … This is not about … our disagreements politically.” pic.twitter.com/SymBlqG75X
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2022
DeSantis asked President Biden for financial assistance for his state, battered by what experts say is one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history. DeSantis voted against relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy when he served in Congress.
President Biden and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel via Air Force One to Fort Myers, one of the hardest-hit areas of Florida by Hurricane Ian.
But Fort Myers is also part of Lee County, where officials delayed evacuation orders.
“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” The New York Times reported. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”
“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” the Times added. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”
The St. Louis Post Dispatch blasted the Florida GOP governor, calling his “flip-flop on hurricane relief” a “study in right-wing hypocrisy.”
“DeSantis’ willingness to shelve his usual attacks on the Biden administration to politely request emergency federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Ian is an inspiring example of constructive bipartisanship — as is Biden’s announcement that the government will bear a big part of the expense,” the Dispatch Editorial Board stated. “It’s interesting, though, that DeSantis took exactly the opposite stance a decade ago when he joined other hard-right members of Congress who argued against generous federal recovery aid when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast.”
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