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RNC Won’t Be Returning Steve Wynn’s Donations Any Time Soon – if Ever – and Here’s Why

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RNC Wants Wynn to Have ‘Due Process’ First – Which Could Be Years, a Decade, or Never

Casino billionaire Steve Wynn resigned his position as Republican National Committee finance chair on Saturday after a Wall Street Journal bombshell detailed accusations from “dozens of people” claiming he engaged in sexual misconduct, including pressuring employees to perform sex acts on him. The Journal says it contacted over 150 people to create its report.

Many have been waiting for the RNC to return the donations Wynn has made to the Republican Party, GOP politicians, and GOP groups. 

Almost none have.

RNC chair Ronna McDaniel took to Fox News Tuesday to explain why she won’t be returning Wynn’s donations – at least not any time soon, if ever.

Calling the allegations against Wynn “deeply troubling,” McDaniel told Fox News Tuesday that she took them so seriously “within 24 hours Steve was no longer our finance chair.” 

Wynn announced he had resigned on Saturday, but given the extent of the allegations the RNC should have fired him.

“Steve has denied these allegations,” McDaniel noted, adding, “unlike Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken,” as if Franken’s actions were anywhere close to what Weinstein and Wynn have been accused of doing.

“Steve has denied them, there’s going to be an investigation that’s going to take place,” she said.

“He should be allowed due process,” McDaniel insisted.

But in fact, Wynn won’t receive “due process,” unless he is arrested and charged with a crime. Which may never happen, and if it does, any trial could take years, even a decade. Wynn is 76.

Which means the RNC has no intention of returning the “hundreds of thousands of dollars” Wynn donated, according to the Fox News host who interviewed McDaniel.

“So safe to say there’s no plans right now to give those donations back?” the Fox News host asked.

“We’re going to let the investigation take place,” McDaniel repeated. 

RELATED: RNC Waged War Against Democrats Over Weinstein Donations – What Will They Do Now About Steve Wynn?

Under pressure, she also admitted, “We took the allegations seriously enough to remove him as finance chair,” contrary to previous statements.

Former RNC communications director and chief strategist Sean Spicer, who was also President Trump’s press secretary, has said the RNC should return the donations.

Some say that since Wynn was the finance chair for the RNC for the past year, all donations given to the RNC under his leadership should be returned.

 

 

 

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Ocasio-Cortez Takes Victory Lap After Amazon Goes to NYC — Even After She Helped Block $3 Billion in Subsidies

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was one of the progressive leaders in New York City credited with blocking $3 billion in public subsidies for Amazon to open an additional headquarters.

But Amazon is moving into NYC despite the lack of subsidies.

“The giant online retailer said it has signed a new lease for 335,000 square feet on the city’s west side in the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, where it will have more than 1,500 employees,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Amazon is taking the space without any of the special tax credits and other inducements the company had been offered to build a new headquarters in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, the company said.”

“The new lease represents Amazon’s largest expansion in New York since it stunned the city by abandoning those earlier plans. Amazon pulled back after facing a backlash from some politicians and activists over the roughly $3 billion in financial incentives the city and state had extended to woo the company and the 25,000 new jobs it had pledged to create,” The Journal explained.

Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, took a victory lap after her argument that the subsidies were unnecessary was vindicated.

“Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway – *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, and corporate giveaways,” she tweeted.

Here are some of her previous thoughts on the company:

 

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Nikki Haley Tries to Stop National Outrage: It Was Other People Who Saw Confederate Flag as ‘Service, Sacrifice, Heritage’

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Former UN Ambassador and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is trying hard to stop the national outrage over an interview she gave in which she suggested the Confederate flag stood for “service, and sacrifice, and heritage” until white supremacist Dylann Roof slaughtered nine Black church-goers attending a Bible study class.

Haley’s exact words were: “Here is this guy that comes out with his manifesto, holding the Confederate flag, and just hijacked everything that people thought of. We don’t have hateful people in South Carolina. There’s always the small minority that’s always going to be there, but, you know, people saw it [the Confederate flag] as service, and sacrifice, and heritage, and, but once he did that there was no way to overcome it.”

Haley took to Twitter and pushed back by posting the text of a speech she gave when she called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Statehouse grounds.

Rather than say directly what she apparently wanted to say, Haley retweeted tweets like these that deliver the message that she didn’t call the Confederate flag an icon of service, sacrifice, and heritage – other people did.

But given that the flag represents an actual attack on the United States of America – the Civil War – and has been used by white supremacists, including the KKK, and others to subordinate, discriminate against, and attack Black people and other minorities, it’s hard to see how splitting hairs makes the former South Carolina governor any better.

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THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

READ: White House Attacks Impeachment as ‘Completely Baseless’ in Letter to Congress Suggesting It Will Not Participate

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The White House has just sent Congress a letter attacking the impeachment inquiry as “completely baseless” while suggesting to the Judiciary Committee that neither the president nor his attorneys will participate in any manner. Chairman Jerry Nadler had set a deadline of Friday 6 PM for a response.

Claiming Congress has “violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness,” which is false, White House Counsel Pat Cipillone also falsely claimed the Committee has not “heard a single shred of evidence” against the president.

The tone of the letter is highly-partisan, calling the impeachment a “charade,” claiming congressional Democrats have “wasted” Americans’ time, and saying if Democrats adopt Articles of Impeachment it will constitute an “abuse of power.”

None of those statements are true.

Read the full letter below:

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