Melania Trump once again is under fire for hypocrisy.
Thursday the First Lady released a video honoring “National Substance Use Prevention Month” (it’s actually “Abuse,” not “Use,”) and working to “highlight the dedicated efforts of our Nation’s youth to encourage healthy drug-free lives.”
The video is also a promotional one for the First Lady and the First Family.
This October I am honoring National Substance Use Prevention Month by joining @ONDCP to highlight the dedicated efforts of our Nation’s youth to encourage healthy drug-free lives. Share how you are helping your community using #BeDrugFree – we look forward to hearing from you! pic.twitter.com/DiMTCsk9Si
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 1, 2020
Important work, to be sure. So is erasing stigma from the one in 10 Americans who will suffer with substance abuse at some point in their lives, as Business Insider notes.
But on Wednesday Donald Trump, Jr. attacked Joe Biden’s son Hunter during a Glenn Beck radio show segment, calling him “Crackhead Hunter.”
For days before the debate President Donald Trump repeatedly and baselessly insisted Joe Biden take a drug test.
I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night. Naturally, I will agree to take one also. His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2020
And on Tuesday Trump attacked Joe Biden while the former vice president was talking on stage about his late son Beau, a military veteran. Trump tried to turn Biden’s remarks toward Hunter Biden.
“Hunter got thrown out of the military,” Trump shouted. “He was thrown out, dishonorably discharged for cocaine use. And he didn’t have a job until you were vice president.”
Hunter Biden was not dishonorably discharged. (He reportedly was separated from the Navy after failing a drug test.)
“My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem,” Joe Biden told Trump, defending his son. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it, and I’m proud of him.”
Here’s what many are saying:
Her husband and step son have spent the last two days mocking the child of their political opponent for his difficulties with addiction. https://t.co/2mYuIyoNtN
— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 1, 2020
Nothing emptier than sending this message just after Donald Trump and Donald Trump Junior mocked Hunter Biden for his addiction struggles.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 1, 2020
This is just like her being against bulling. The addicts are close to home. Dad and junior.
— heather holeman (@hlholeman) October 1, 2020
God, the hypocrisy here. How low can the #Trump‘s go?
– 48hrs after her husband attacked Hunter #Biden on national TV for his past challenge with drugs.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) October 1, 2020
Is this trolling?
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 1, 2020
They know what they’re doing. They don’t care. Also, this video… it’s just some creepy, creepy shit.
— Christian (@PDXClink) October 1, 2020
To @FLOTUS: Your husband mocked Hunter Biden’s cocaine addiction at the debate on Tuesday and your stepson, his namesake called him “crackhead Hunter” yesterday.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) October 1, 2020
It isn’t going to excuse Trump bringing it up during the debate or his lie about it. And she shot this like a cosmetic commercial. Typical of the Trump family. They’re more concerned about how they look than the message they are delivering.
— Shelly (@ShellyMKFisher) October 1, 2020
By family, do you mean her currently drug addicted husband and stepson who spent the past 2 days mocking a former drug addict?
— The Barking Ghost (@TheEarlSaxon) October 1, 2020
This PSA is so representative of the Trump family: attempt at style, absolutely no substance.
— Tanya (@Tanya_RBLee) October 1, 2020
Damn woman, you are the most tone deaf person in the world, do we need to play you the tape of Jr?
— Trump Lied. People Died. (@MBershod) October 1, 2020
One of the most important efforts to fight addiction and substance abuse is ending attacks on addicts and destroying stigmas for getting help.
This includes attacks like those Donald Trump made when he called Joe Biden’s son a “crackhead” and mocked his previous cocaine use. https://t.co/lCDQlL4nA1
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) October 1, 2020
Ok, I’ll share.
— Dawn Johnson 🇳🇴🇺🇸🇬🇧🇩🇰 (@sundene) October 1, 2020
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Santos Campaign Can No Longer Raise or Spend Money After Treasurer Officially Calls It Quits: NYT
Enmeshed in a web of deceit and possibly under federal criminal investigation, U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY) is now apparently unable to lawfully spend money or accept donations via his political campaign, which reportedly now may also be in violation of FEC rules.
On Tuesday the embattled freshman Republican announced he was temporarily stepping down from his committee assignments, reportedly after a conversation with Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Before the end of the day his campaign treasurer filed official paperwork notifying the Federal Election Commission she had resigned.
“Nancy Marks’s resignation effectively leaves the Santos campaign unable to raise or spend money and in seeming violation of federal rules,” The New York Times reports, calling her his “longtime campaign treasurer and trusted aide.”
“Mr. Santos’s financial operations, which are the subject of several complaints filed with the F.E.C. and are being investigated by local, state and federal law enforcement,” The Times adds. “It also leaves the Santos campaign in disarray, effectively rendering it unable to raise or spend money and placing it in seeming violation of F.E.C. rules.”
In fact, FEC rules state: “If a committee’s treasurer is absent, the committee cannot make expenditures or accept contributions unless it has designated an assistant treasurer or designated agent on the committee’s Statement of Organization.”
The resignation comes after last week’s stunning report revealing that Santos, or his campaign, amended FEC filings to indicate the $700,000 he had claimed to have personally loaned his campaign had not actually come from his personal funds.
Unlike political candidates, campaign treasurers are held to an actual standard of truth, and can be personally – and legally – liable if they report false information.
FEC rules also state, “the treasurer can be named and found liable in his or her personal capacity if he or she knowingly and willfully violates the Act, recklessly fails to fulfill duties imposed by the law, or intentionally deprives himself or herself of the operative facts giving rise to the violation.”
Santos may find it difficult to hire a new treasurer: “Even when an enforcement action alleges violations that occurred during the term of a previous treasurer, the Commission usually names the current treasurer as a respondent in the action.”
The Times adds, “The lack of clarity over who, if anyone, is operating as Mr. Santos’s treasurer has already caused confusion. On Tuesday, a joint fund-raising committee associated with Mr. Santos filed paperwork to end its operations. Ms. Marks’s signature was on the paperwork, even though she had resigned as the committee’s treasurer the week before.”
Marks’ resignation also comes after someone affiliated with the Santos campaign falsely listed a well-known Republican treasurer on the official FEC forms as the treasurer for his campaign. As one expert put it, that’s a “big no-no,” and “completely illegal.”
‘Can Be Used Against You’: Trump Took Big Risk Pleading the Fifth 400 Times in Deposition Says Legal Expert
A newly released video shows Donald Trump pleading the Fifth Amendment hundreds of times in a deposition, and a legal expert explained how that could be used against him in court.
The former president was finally hauled in to testify last year in the $25 million fraud lawsuit filed against the Trump Organization by New York attorney Letitia James, and he exercised his constitutional right against self-incrimination nearly 450 times — but MSNBC legal analyst Andrew Weissmann said the move carried potential risk in a civil case.
“I agree with him on the point of taking the Fifth,” Weissmann said. “It’s important to remember everyone has a right to the Fifth if a truthful answer would tend to incriminate you. In a civil case, it can be used against you, unlike in a criminal case.”
“One other thing I would disagree is when he is saying there’s this witch hunt, he left out jurors,” Weissmann added. “The Trump Organizations went to trial, they had their day in court. They could present all of their evidence, [and] 12 jurors, that’s everyday citizens, found beyond a reasonable doubt that there was a multi-year tax conspiracy that his organizations were involved in, and there was evidence he knew about it as would make sense. That’s one more reason for him to be asserting the Fifth Amendment.”
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Stefanik Was Once ‘Laser Focused on Electing Santos’ – Now She Blames Voters for Electing Him as She Backs Away
One of the most powerful Republicans in the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), used her reputation and geographic proximity to help get fellow New York Republican George Santos elected to Congress. But now, as her donors and his express anger at being misled and lied to, and ahead of what appears to be a likely federal investigation and possible prosecution against the freshman GOP lawmaker, Stefanik is blaming voters for electing him to Congress: “Ultimately voters make this decision,” she said Tuesday.
Stefanik is the Chair of the House Republican Conference, a role she was first elected to when the now former Congresswoman, Liz Cheney, was thrown out of GOP leadership for telling the truth about the January 6 insurrection and Donald Trump. Stefanik was re-elected to her role after the November election.
Amid Santos announcing on Tuesday he is temporarily recusing himself from the two committees he was appointed to, Stefanik was asked if she regretted supporting his candidacy.
Indeed, one of the top reasons Santos was elected was Stefanik’s endorsement – and all the donor money that came with it.
“Stefanik’s team was laser focused on electing Santos to Congress – more than just about any other race in the country,” a senior Republican strategist involved in campaigns before the midterms told CNN. “Another donor, who attended a fundraising luncheon with Stefanik and Santos, confirmed to CNN through a representative that ‘he donated to George Santos because of Elise Stefanik’s endorsement.'”
It wasn’t just her endorsements. It appears Stefanik took great interest in getting Santos elected. CNN also reported that a source “said that a top political aide for Stefanik was involved in campaigning for Santos. Multiple sources told CNN that aide was closely advising Santos’ campaign and involved in hiring people.”
Stefanik’s spokesperson denied the allegations.
In July, Santos tweeted that Stefanik “has been one of my strongest backers and closest friends. I fully stand with her vote today as she stood up for civil rights. I look forward to serving alongside her when I’m elected to Congress in November.”
In fact, this was the banner atop Santos’ Twitter account for a very long time, up until recently:
Here is Stefanik tweeting her “major announcement” – her endorsement of Santos – on August 11, 2001, more than a year before Election Day.
“Excited to endorse my friend and fellow America First conservative George Santos for Congress in #NY03. @Santos4Congress will take on NYC liberal elites and bring a new generation of GOP leadership to NY and America. He has my full support!”
🚨🚨 MAJOR ENDORSEMENT ALERT 🚨🚨
Excited to endorse my friend and fellow America First conservative George Santos for Congress in #NY03.@Santos4Congress will take on NYC liberal elites and bring a new generation of GOP leadership to NY and America. He has my full support! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/vGTnWW1ROY
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) August 11, 2021
And in May of last year: “WOW! Great lunch event for @Santos4Congress! We raised over $100,000 to help George FLIP #NY03 George has my complete and total endorsement and come November, New Yorkers will send George to Congress! #SaveNewYork #SaveAmerica”
WOW! Great lunch event for @Santos4Congress!
We raised over $100,000 to help George FLIP #NY03 🔵➡️🔴
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 23, 2022
She literally told voters that electing George Santos to Congress will “Save New York” and “Save America.”
On Tuesday, Stefanik told voters something very different: it’s their fault they voted for him, she said, taking no responsibility for her endorsements.
“Like all of my colleagues, particularly in New York State, I supported George Santos as the nominee, and the people of his district voted to elect him,” she told reporters – not once mentioning there was no Republican primary and Santos automatically became the Republican party’s nominee.
“Ultimately voters make this decision about who they elect to Congress,” Stefanik declared, wholly removing herself, her endorsements, and any possible assistance she or her campaign may have given to Santos or his campaign.
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 31, 2023
See the tweets and video above or at this link.
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