‘Women Do Not Exist in This Equation’
Many people are expressing outrage after President Trump defended his former staff secretary Rob Porter, who is credibly accused by both his ex-wives of domestic violence. Friday afternoon the president urged reporters to “remember” that Porter “says he’s innocent,” while saying, “hopefully he will have aÂ great career ahead of him.”
TrumpÂ repeatedly told reporters Porter “worked very hard,” and lamented, “It’s obviously a tough time for him.”
Not once did Trump take the time to offer support for Porter’s ex-wives. Not once did Trump even mention them, or take theÂ opportunity to denounce domestic violence. Not once did Trump apologize for not firing Porter, whoÂ worked for him for over s year.
Here’s how some on social media are responding:
MSNBC host Chris Hayes:
What the president is trying to say is that there were very fine people on both sides of that vase that went into Rob Porterâ€™s ex-wifeâ€™s face.
â€” Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 9, 2018
Journalist Rebecca Traister:
The president, speaking of a man accused by multiple women of violent crime, can only speak of that man’s talents, future, sadness. Men are the subjects, the people whose fates matter, who feel sadness and who are worthy of eliciting sadness. Women do not exist in this equation.
â€” Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) February 9, 2018
Former Obama-era U.S. Attorney Joyce Alene:
He said the same thing about General Flynn, didn’t he? https://t.co/vvfDNPqWyw
â€” Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) February 9, 2018
MSNBC’s Joy Reid:
Trump’s response to the Rob Porter firing was telling. Not a word of sympathy for Porter’s victims. Total support for the man they say abused them. The Trump era is shining a glaring spotlight on a gender ethos that has lingered long past its sell-by date.
â€” Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 9, 2018
Daily Beast’s Sam Stein:
Sensing a pattern pic.twitter.com/6Z5ZW1NAun
â€” Sam Stein (@samstein) February 9, 2018
CNN political commentator Keith Boykin:
Trump still claims the Central Park 5 are guilty even after they were exonerated. And it took him 5 1/2 years to admit that President Obama was born in the United States. But when it comes to accused child molesters and wife beaters, Trump gives them the benefit of the doubt. https://t.co/uuPc4xryWb
â€” Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 9, 2018
Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star:
Trump holds himself out as tough on crime. Aside from his attacks on the FBI, he has also: pardoned convict Joe Arpaio, defended white supremacists after a murder, campaigned for an accused sexual assaulter of children, and, now, expressed sympathy for an accused domestic abuser.
â€” Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 9, 2018
Trump was far more forceful in condemning Black teenagers accused of shoplifting sunglasses – “a very big deal” – than a top aide accused of beating his wives. pic.twitter.com/8HCheuRkLI
â€” Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 9, 2018
Mom’s Demand founder Shannon Watts:
Donald Trump has defended friends, staff and surrogates despite accusations of domestic violence or assault against women: Rob Porter, Steve Bannon, Corey Lewandowski, Andrew Puzder, Steve Wynn, Mike Tyson, Bill Oâ€™Reilly, Roger Ailes, Roy Moore…
â€” Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 9, 2018
HuffPost Senior politics reporter Jennifer Bendery:
Serial sexual harasser says we all probably know the guy who punched and kicked two of his ex-wives is innocent.
Is it too early for whiskey? https://t.co/89HAuSi0oo
â€” Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) February 9, 2018
HuffPost Washington Bureau Chief Amanda Terkel:
Trump makes a point of saying Rob Porter has said heâ€™s innocent. â€œI think you have to remember that.â€ To this White House, denying the charges is what matters.
â€” Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) February 9, 2018
Writer Leah McElrath:
(He is using Porter as a surrogate for himself: over-identifying because other people do not exist as real human beings except in their relationship to him.)
I said *I* was innocent, and my delusional world is the one in which everyone must live. https://t.co/77Q7ywXPfF
â€” Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) February 9, 2018
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Listen: GOP Candidate for Congress Says Garland Should ‘Probably’ Be ‘Executed’ – Later Claims He Was Just Being ‘Facetious’
New York Republican Carl Paladino, running for a U.S. House seat, said Attorney General Merrick Garland should probably be “executed” in a radio interview this past weekend, and later when pressed backtracked, claiming he was just being “facetious,” as The Buffalo News first reported.
“So we have a couple of unelected people who are running our government with an administration of people like Garland,” Paladino said in an attack on President Joe Biden in a Saturday interview with the far-right wing Breitbart media site.
Garland “should be not only impeached he should probably, should be executed, the guy is just lost,” Paladino said.
Paladino called Garland, a former U.S. Supreme Court nominee and former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a “lost soul” who is “trying to get an image and his image, his methodology is just terrible.”
“To raid the home of a former president is just, people are scratching their heads and they’re saying, ‘What is wrong with this guy?’ ”
Later in the interview Breitbart Radio host Matthew Boyle asked Paladino, “Carl, what you just said about Garland, you said you think ‘he should be impeached and probably executed.’ Can you explain that? What do you mean by that?”
“I’m just being facetious,” Paladino replied. “The man should be removed from office. He’s shows his incompetence. He wants to get his face in front of the people. And in short, he’s got some mettle to him, but his choice of issues and his choice of methodology is is is very sad. And then he wants to take full blame for it, you know he’ll he’ll stand there.”
Paladino, who is strongly endorsed by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the Chair of the House Republican Conference, has a long history of controversial remarks and actions.
Just last month the New York Post reported he “has a convicted sex offender on his company payroll who also now works as ‘assistant treasurer’ of his campaign.”
“Joel Sartori was controller of Ellicott Development when he was busted in 2013 for accessing child porn on a company computer,” The Post adds. “Sartori was convicted of two felonies — possessing and promoting kiddie porn — and sentenced to 10 years’ probation in 2017, court records show.”
As CNN has reported, Paladino has called Black people “dumb and hungry,” claimed they are “conditioned” to only vote for Democrats, while insisting he’s not “a racist.” He also said a woman who had accused Donald Trump of sexual assault “probably enjoyed” it.
Stefanik, the third most powerful House Republican, on June 3 praised Paladino as an “inspirational” leader, a “doer,” and “the kind of leader we need today.” That endorsement came just days before it was revealed Paladino in 2021 had called Adolf Hitler “inspirational,” and “the kind of leader we need today” (audio.)
Stefanik later doubled down on her endorsement despite Paladino’s praise for Hitler, a genocidal fascist responsible for the murders of approximately 17 million people.
As CNN also reported, in 2016, “Paladino had said he would like to see Michelle Obama ‘return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla,’ and that he hoped Barack Obama would die of Mad Cow Disease after having sex with a cow.”
Listen to Paladino’s remarks about Attorney General Garland below or at this link:
Image: Screenshot via Facebook
Trump’s Fundraising Off Mar-a-Lago Raid Hit $1 Million a Day – and It’s Still Higher Than Usual
When Donald Trump announced that the FBI was raiding Mar-a-Lago his fundraising operation went into high gear, and produced tremendous results: up to $1 million a day, and still trending higher than usual more than a week after federal agents removed 20 cartons including at least 11 sets of classified materials.
“Contributions to Trump’s political action committee topped $1 million on at least two days after the Aug. 8 search of his Palm Beach, Fla., estate, according to two people familiar with the figures,” The Washington Post reports, calling it a “cash bonanza.”
“The daily hauls jumped from a level of $200,000 to $300,000 that had been typical in recent months, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss nonpublic information,” The Post adds, noting more than 100 fundraising emails have been sent. “The donations stayed unusually high for several more days and are still above average, both of these people said, though they have leveled off in recent days. There are more contributors than usual, these people said, and the average donation has climbed.”
Describing the Mar-a-Lago themed fundraising emails as a “firehose,” The Post offered some examples: “THEY BROKE INTO MY HOME,” “They’re coming after YOU,” and “THIS IS INSANE.”
“One message included a poll asking, ‘Do you agree that President Trump is being politically persecuted?’ Another promised ‘an exclusive 1300% MATCH today only!,’ a common tactic used to encourage people to respond immediately.”
The Daily Beast last week reported Trump’s “campaign wants to cash in on his Florida residence being raided by FBI agents. ‘My home, Mar-a-Lago, was raided by the FBI,’ an early Wednesday morning fundraising email stated. ‘These are dark times for our Nation,” the message continued. ‘WITCH HUNT,’ another email sent out by Trump’s Save America PAC declared, while soliciting donations.”
Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license
‘A Perfect Call!’: Trump Rails Against Georgia Election Probe in Late-Night Truth Social Rant
Former President Donald Trump is posting vintage rants attacking investigators on his Truth Social platform.
In a late-night tirade, the former president lashed out against the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office just hours after Rudy Giuliani testified before a special grand jury that’s probing the Trump campaign’s efforts to illegally remain in power despite losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden.
“So, let me get this straight!” Trump’s rant began. “In the Great State of Georgia, if you want to challenge or protest Election results in any way, shape, or form (despite the fact that in Atlanta, murders and crime are the highest in the Nation, with many people dying each month – at numbers never seen before), they will charge you and put you in jail. But if you kill people, you will quickly be set free to murder again. Isn’t there something ‘slightly’ wrong with this scenario? A PERFECT PHONE CALL!”
In fact, the grand jury is not probing Trump’s efforts to challenge the election results, but is rather investigating incidents such as his phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which he pushed for Raffensperger to “find” 12,000 votes and “recalculate” the final vote tally.
In a separate post, the former president attacked the Washington Post for reporting that he was having trouble finding top-notch legal representation, as he is currently relying in part on a lawyer who previously worked as general counsel for a parking garage company.
“The WAPO story that ‘Trump is scrambling to add seasoned lawyers’ to the Mar-a-Lago Raid case is, as usual, FAKE NEWS,” he wrote. “I already have excellent and experienced lawyers – am very happy with them. This is highly political prosecutorial misconduct, I have not been charged with anything and, most importantly, I did nothing wrong. Thank you!”
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