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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    "no substantial constitutional question is directly involved."
    Well, we all know Trump said he wasn't bound by the Constitution. Maybe this is what he meant.

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    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/tr...lders-7aca70ae

    Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. — the company behind former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social platform — said Tuesday that regulators allowed some of its investors to resell certain securities and made certain warrants available for exercise.

    Shares of Trump Media & Technology DJT, -9.82% tumbled 16.4% after hours on Tuesday, amid fears the moves would fatten the overall supply of shares, lowering their price for shareholders in the process.

    The company on Tuesday said that the Securities and Exchange Commission had declared “effective” an amended registration statement for potentially millions of warrants and common shares, some of which would be issuable once the warrants are exercised. Warrants allow investors to buy or sell stocks at a pre-set price within a pre-set time period.

    Trump Media & Technology said if all warrants in the registration statement were exercised for cash, the company could reap “up to an aggregate of approximately $247 million in proceeds.”

    Chief Executive Devin Nunes, a former Republican lawmaker from California, said the move helped set the stage to pursue Trump Media’s streaming ambitions as well as “potential mergers and acquisitions.”

    The company said it would not receive any proceeds from the sale or resale of the securities, “except in connection with any possible future exercise for cash of any outstanding warrants.” And it said company directors, officers and Trump himself — who owns around two-thirds of the company’s outstanding stock — were still subject to a lockup period and were otherwise currently barred from selling shares.

    Tuesday’s share-price drop follows a steady move lower for the stock since Trump was found guilty last month of concealing a hush-money payment to a porn star.

    Shares of Trump Media & Technology have seesawed, but are still up 78.9% so far this year, after a meme-stock-like run following its public debut in March. The company has called for investigations into possible illegal short-selling of its stock, although some experts have said those suspicions are unlikely to bear out.

    Trump Media lost money during its first quarter.
    Still going well, I see. Also, damn it's been a hot second since I saw Devin Nunes name pop up.

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    Every time I see him I think, "one foot in the grave."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    The company said it would not receive any proceeds from the sale or resale of the securities, “except in connection with any possible future exercise for cash of any outstanding warrants.”
    I'm not an expert, but in this context, "warrants" are when you let someone sell a stock to someone else at a pre-set price. For example, "We the board declare we are selling one hundred brazillion shares to Trump for $0.05 each, making your shares worthless. Shares he's allowed to sell because they weren't part of the original bargain."

    And yes, I'm predicting that's basically what's going to happen. Trump is looking to cash out of his worthless property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowferal View Post
    Every time I see him I think, "one foot in the grave."
    And hopefully the other on a few banana peels.

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    What are the chances that Trump doesn't show up to the debate he wanted so badly on June 27th?

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    Quote Originally Posted by postman1782 View Post
    What are the chances that Trump doesn't show up to the debate he wanted so badly on June 27th?
    I think Trump has been shopping for an excuse to bail and claim it's Biden's fault. Specifically, the cognitive testing and the drug testing. However, I think the response hasn't been good enough for him to use those. I think bailing with such lame excuses will cost him more support than it gets hi, I think Trump knows that, I think he's weighing whether bailing or getting his ass kicked will cost him the least, I think the rules of the debate aren't to his liking either, but in the end, I think Trump believes that bailing is the worse of the two options he has.

    Bear in mind, the only reason he didn't lose the second 2020 debate to Biden was because he caught COVID and nearly died, handing Biden hours of free advertising that Trump can no longer afford to part with. Even though, by then, he knew he was a horrible debater (tore up his notes after Clinton won, for example) and still knows, he might be clinging to the faint hope that he doesn't need to debate, he needs to show up and shout things at the camera. If the moderators shut him down, asking for an actual debate, maybe he'll walk offstage and claim the debate he agreed to was still rigged somehow.

    But simply put, I don't think "Biden won't take a test before the debate" polled well enough with his focus groups and campaign. I think his people told him that their market research said "If Trump bails, he's a coward and a loser" and Trump might literally rather die -- he almost did. I think he'll show up and get kicked in the metaphorical balls for several hours, then claim victory because of the bots he paid for on an online poll, rather than skip entirely and shed more points in a race that's not only turned against him, but the last line of defense between him and a prison cell.

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    Posting the entire thing. Bolding for emphasis.

    Trump Loses It At Fox News, Says No One Can Trust It

    Donald Trump bashed Fox News, his on-again-off-again favorite news network, on social media Wednesday, proclaiming that “nobody can ever trust” its reporting.

    Trump’s screed appeared to be in response to former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan’s appearance on the network over a week ago, when he said Trump was unfit for office.

    Nobody can ever trust Fox News, and I am one of them, with the weak and ineffective RINO, Paul Ryan, on its Board of Directors,” the presumed GOP nominee for president wrote, using the acronym for “Republican in name only.”

    “He’s a total lightweight, a failed and pathetic Speaker of the House, and a very disloyal person,” the former president continued.

    A representative for Fox News didn’t immediately return a request for comment on the former president’s remarks.

    Ryan’s criticism during his June 11 appearance focused on Trump’s character.

    “If you put yourself above the Constitution, as he has done, I think that makes you unfit for office,” he said.

    The former House speaker, who retired midway through Trump’s stint in office, also blamed Trump for recent GOP election losses.

    “He’s cost us a lot of seats,” Ryan said. “He cost us the Senate twice. He cost us the House because he is nominating, he is pushing through the primaries people who cannot win general elections but who pledge fealty to him.”

    It’s true that several candidates Trump propelled forward have cost the GOP seats in recent years, including ex-NFL player Herschel Walker in Georgia and venture capitalist Blake Masters in Arizona.

    Trump regularly sours on Fox News whenever one of the network’s hosts says anything he finds damaging to him. In January, he even lashed out at his press secretary-turned-Fox News contributor Kayleigh McEnany after she suggested he work on uniting the GOP more.

    I don’t need any advice from RINO Kayleigh McEnany on Fox,” Trump wrote on social media.
    Wow. So glad I got all those FOX News points while they still had meaning!

    At this point, I think this declaration means every single poster here must accept CNN as a valid, citable, quotable news source without reservation, and nobody is allowed to complain anymore. Of course we can/will still cite the NYTimes and WaPo and the like, but CNN won, FOX News lost, get over it.

    "Aren't there some Dems, some indy's, and some non-American posters who don't care for CNN?"

    No longer relevant. FOX News has been deemed useless, CNN was not. CNN is the winner and gets to enjoy the spoils of that victory from behind the shield of "we didn't push election fraud".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Posting the entire thing. Bolding for emphasis.

    Trump Loses It At Fox News, Says No One Can Trust It



    Wow. So glad I got all those FOX News points while they still had meaning!

    At this point, I think this declaration means every single poster here must accept CNN as a valid, citable, quotable news source without reservation, and nobody is allowed to complain anymore. Of course we can/will still cite the NYTimes and WaPo and the like, but CNN won, FOX News lost, get over it.

    "Aren't there some Dems, some indy's, and some non-American posters who don't care for CNN?"

    No longer relevant. FOX News has been deemed useless, CNN was not. CNN is the winner and gets to enjoy the spoils of that victory from behind the shield of "we didn't push election fraud".
    Did Fox forget what happens when you contradict Dear Leader? They must have, because this isn't the first time this has happened.

    Maybe Fox keeping Donald at arms length for a bit, which they've sorta given up, made them forget how he be. And Donald has been getting friendly with Newsmax and more extremist "news" outlets since Fox was having him on less, and they don't even pretend to challenge his delusions and agree with them. Newsmax would have never published this poll, they would have killed the story and made it known they killed a bad "FAKE NEWS" story to Donald's team and can they get another interview soon?

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    https://www.axios.com/2024/06/20/tru...arthur-engoron

    Donald's team is again calling for Judge Engoron to recuse himself over...well it doesn't fucking matter it'll get tossed/ignored like every other desperate, pathetic attempt to evade responsibility for his actions and be held accountable for his criminal and civil issues.

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    https://apnews.com/article/trump-gre...ee6eb924803d7f

    So Donald, in pandering to tech investors, just unintentionally announced quite possibly the biggest expansion of the American immigration system in recent decades - green cards for all foreign students graduating from college so they can immediately begin working.

    They're gonna "take" so many more jobs from Americans!

    He said he knows of stories of people who graduate from top colleges and want to stay in the U.S. but can’t secure visas to do so, forcing them to return to their native countries, specifically naming India and China. He said they go on and become multibillionaires, employing thousands of workers.
    AP continuing to uncritically repeat the bullshit stories Donald makes up is wild to me. Like, the absolute lack of any real serious professional standards here is unfortunate. I should write to them, we use AP Style at work and even pay for an account and I don't like how they're still somehow treating Donald as if he's an individual that participates in good faith or should be given the presumption of honesty at this point. It's utterly detached from reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    AP continuing to uncritically repeat the bullshit stories Donald makes up is wild to me. Like, the absolute lack of any real serious professional standards here is unfortunate. I should write to them, we use AP Style at work and even pay for an account and I don't like how they're still somehow treating Donald as if he's an individual that participates in good faith or should be given the presumption of honesty at this point. It's utterly detached from reality.
    AP's whole thing is just reporting facts without much spin. It's what makes them one of the most unbiased sources of news available. This isn't some glowup of Trump's position, by the way, as the rest of the article outlines how this is completely in contrast with most other things he's had to say about immigration in the past including:

    Trump has blamed immigrants who are in the country illegally for committing crimes, stealing jobs and government resources, and suggested that they are “poisoning the blood of our country.” He has promised to carry out the largest deportation operation in U.S. history if elected.
    I'm not going to criticize them for continuing to just relay facts as long as they're relaying ALL the facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benggaul View Post
    AP's whole thing is just reporting facts without much spin. It's what makes them one of the most unbiased sources of news available. This isn't some glowup of Trump's position, by the way, as the rest of the article outlines how this is completely in contrast with most other things he's had to say about immigration in the past including:



    I'm not going to criticize them for continuing to just relay facts as long as they're relaying ALL the facts.
    I'm gonna put them on blast for not doing a better job as framing his story as vague and wholly unsupported with a single piece of evidence or example. I got no bones about that.

    And tell a conservative they're unbiased, they'll get offended or laugh at you for being "stupid". They're libs. I don't think AP are a bunch of secret conservatives or anything, but I think they're still functioning as if this is decades ago and people they're report on are participating and acting, largely, in good faith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    So Donald, in pandering to tech investors, just unintentionally announced quite possibly the biggest expansion of the American immigration system in recent decades - green cards for all foreign students graduating from college so they can immediately begin working.

    They're gonna "take" so many more jobs from Americans!



    AP continuing to uncritically repeat the bullshit stories Donald makes up is wild to me. Like, the absolute lack of any real serious professional standards here is unfortunate. I should write to them, we use AP Style at work and even pay for an account and I don't like how they're still somehow treating Donald as if he's an individual that participates in good faith or should be given the presumption of honesty at this point. It's utterly detached from reality.
    Hot take: this sentiment at face value isn't a terrible idea. Trump's random grasping at bullshit numbers aside, incentivizing educated people to stay in the US and fast track them to citizenship which then also helps alleviate pressures on the immigration system is an interesting concept.

    However, remember. This is Trump proposing this. Which means even if he were honest about wanting to do it (which would require doing something, so he probably isn't) that would mean he would need to have competent people (with whom he does not surround himself) draft cogent legislation (something he and the GOP have no interest in) and then see it through to passing. And because I don't immediately see a way that this puts money in Trump's pocket, I'm going to guess it's hot air.
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    Kaleredar is right...
    Words to live by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaleredar View Post
    Hot take: this sentiment at face value isn't a terrible idea. Trump's random grasping at bullshit numbers aside, incentivizing educated people to stay in the US and fast track them to citizenship which then also helps alleviate pressures on the immigration system is an interesting concept.

    However, remember. This is Trump proposing this. Which means even if he were honest about wanting to do it (which would require doing something, so he probably isn't) that would mean he would need to have competent people (with whom he does not surround himself) draft cogent legislation (something he and the GOP have no interest in) and then see it through to passing. And because I don't immediately see a way that this puts money in Trump's pocket, I'm going to guess it's hot air.
    I agree. In general I have no major opposition to this proposal, though I'd rather pursue more comprehensive reform that includes something like this vs. isolated policies here or there. I'm absolutely sure Donald isn't remotely the first person to make such a proposal though.

    But I still don't think he understands what he just proposed. I really hope someone asks him about it directly.

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    Steve is still reporting to prison on July 1, a federal court of appeals panel said Banon isn't special and gets to go to prison like everyone else after they're convicted and sentenced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    I'm gonna put them on blast for not doing a better job as framing his story as vague and wholly unsupported with a single piece of evidence or example. I got no bones about that.
    Huh? They were literally just reporting that he said he was going to do something and immediately followed it up by demonstrating it's unlikely he'd actually do it based on his past statements. So I'd say they absolutely did point out that it was unsupported.

    Also I couldn't give less of a fuck what "conservatives" think about them or Reuters or the like. They aren't reading it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaleredar View Post
    Hot take: this sentiment at face value isn't a terrible idea. Trump's random grasping at bullshit numbers aside, incentivizing educated people to stay in the US and fast track them to citizenship which then also helps alleviate pressures on the immigration system is an interesting concept.
    I think AOC should grab hold of this idea and run with it. AOC: Yes! This is a great idea, let's draft up a law! Let's make the republicans vote against trumps own ideas! LOL

  15. #91135
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...-death-threats

    Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney who prosecuted Donald Trump in his felony trial, has asked a judge to extend a gag order against the ex-president after an onslaught of threats and harassment against him and other officials since the guilty verdict.

    The gag order was placed on Trump before the start of the felony trial. It prevented the former president from attacking witnesses, court staff, jurors and relatives of Judge Juan Merchan, who oversaw the trial.

    Trump’s legal team has unsuccessfully attempted to overturn the gag order, arguing that it prevents voters from being able to hear from a presidential candidate.

    But Bragg and others have said that part of the order should remain for jurors, prosecutors, their staff and their families, given a high number of threats, the New York Times reported.

    Bragg specifically has faced an onslaught of death threats and harassment since Trump was found guilty. He has received more than 100 threatening emails via his campaign website, the New York Daily News reported, citing a source who asked to remain anonymous.

    Several of the abusive messages obtained by the Daily News use racial slurs including the N-word, “gorilla” and “primate”, it reported, adding that Bragg also faced death threats and racial abuse throughout the seven-week trial.

    In one instance, a package was sent to Bragg from Portland, Oregon, containing a picture of Bragg alongside a noose, with the caption: “I am past the point of just wanting them in prison.”

    The New York police department has logged 56 “actionable threats” since the start of April against Bragg, his employees, and his family, the Times reported.

    A representative for Bragg did not respond to a request for comment.
    Donald's supporters seem nice!

    Also - https://x.com/AGAndrewBailey/status/1803942813245280715

    BREAKING: I will be filing suit against the State of New York for their direct attack on our democratic process through unconstitutional lawfare against President Trump.

    It’s time to restore the rule of law.
    The AG of the "great" state of Missouri announced he's filing a lawsuit against the state of New York because they prosecuted Donald Trump under state law and he was found guilty by a jury of his peers and damnit that's "lawfare".

    Unsure what he's specifically suing over (vague "unconstitutional" mention) or what standing he has to sue another state for executing their state laws, but damnit he's trying to make sure Donald-senpai notices him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    https://apnews.com/article/trump-gre...ee6eb924803d7f

    So Donald, in pandering to tech investors, just unintentionally announced quite possibly the biggest expansion of the American immigration system in recent decades - green cards for all foreign students graduating from college so they can immediately begin working.

    They're gonna "take" so many more jobs from Americans!



    AP continuing to uncritically repeat the bullshit stories Donald makes up is wild to me. Like, the absolute lack of any real serious professional standards here is unfortunate. I should write to them, we use AP Style at work and even pay for an account and I don't like how they're still somehow treating Donald as if he's an individual that participates in good faith or should be given the presumption of honesty at this point. It's utterly detached from reality.
    https://www.salon.com/2024/06/21/rig...nesty-promise/

    It's very unlikely Donald had any idea what he just proposed, as I earlier claimed (I stand by it), but some people apparently weren't so completely oblvious.

    Conservative columnist Pedro Gonzalez blasted the plan as a “de facto amnesty.”

    “It’s completely unacceptable,” Gonzales wrote on X, adding that the plan would “undermine employment opportunities for American college grads who took the advice to work hard and go to school.”

    “Anyone who claims to be an immigration restrictionist and doesn’t call this out is a fraud. This is a policy that Biden himself could have come up with,” Gonzales said.
    Well that's not too bad, at least.

    Some expressed a desire for Trump to bring white supremacist and anti-immigrant Stephen Miller back into the advisory fold, with one X user joking that he “need[s] Stephen Miller to tattoo the actual immigration policy on the back of Trump’s hand.”
    Oh...ok yeah we're starting to get worse.

    Other critics noted the potential impacts on universities, like immigration restriction activist Jeremy Beck, who told the Washington Post that the plan would “turn colleges into visa mills.”
    Likely unintentional, but an actual salient point that would create a problem of turning that into a pathway for wealthy foreigners to buy themselves or their children's way to citizenship if they aren't quite rich enough for the "I'm rich" visas and the like.

    The Trump campaign made sure to roll back his apparent endorsement of the idea in part, with campaign spokesperson Karoline Leavitt outlining a screening process to weed out “communists, radical Islamists, Hamas supporters, [and] America haters.”
    Oh, at least someone, at some point, started thinking about what this might actually mean. Even if the answer was, "We'll magically only let in the good people."

    “Trump is (hopefully) misleading us with the green card stuff, to deflate the issue. I can’t see him actually going through with that proposal,” an X user wrote.
    Copium intake intensifies.

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    The AG of Missouri suing New York for Trump is some Class A, ass licking of all time. Plus this person tweeted about it as if some victory or fighting for freedumb; FML. Keep licking that doo doo brown AG Andrew Bailey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoid Android View Post
    The AG of Missouri suing New York for Trump is some Class A, ass licking of all time. Plus this person tweets about it. Keep licking that doo doo brown AG Andrew Bailey.
    doo doo butta the best butta.

    Also - https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/21/u...pac-funds.html

    The political account that former President Donald J. Trump has been using to pay his sizable legal bills has dwindled to less than $4 million in the bank, after accounting for its debt, according to new federal election filings.

    So far in 2024, Mr. Trump is averaging nearly $5 million per month in spending through his PAC, which is called Save America, with an overwhelming share going to legal bills. That means that as of the end of May, Mr. Trump had barely enough cash left to cover a single month of legal bills.

    Mr. Trump has avoided tapping his own personal fortune to fund his hefty legal bills. Instead, he has relied on donor funds through his PAC. He has not used his campaign committee for legal bills.

    He is balancing an extraordinary series of serious and costly legal threats alongside his 2024 presidential campaign. He was just on trial in New York and found guilty of 34 felony counts related to falsifying business records to cover up a sex scandal. And Mr. Trump has also been indicted in three other criminal cases — all of which require expensive legal work — that have yet to come to trial. His PAC has also covered legal expenses in his civil cases

    In May alone, when most of the Manhattan criminal trial against Mr. Trump took place, Mr. Trump paid $1.8 million to the firm of Todd Blanche. Mr. Blanche was the former president’s principal lawyer for the trial in New York and is working on two federal cases in which Mr. Trump has been indicted, one in Florida and one in Washington D.C.

    Overall, Mr. Trump has spent more than $100 million on legal and investigation-related bills since leaving the White House in early 2021. And at least 17 firms and companies have been paid $1 million or more since the beginning of last year.

    Save America had $4,474,030 at the end of May, and it had accumulated $861,630 in unpaid bills, according to the filings.

    While the legal cases have been costly for Mr. Trump, they have also helped motivate his base to donate. In the 24 hours after his criminal conviction in May, the Trump campaign said that it had raised $53 million online, a windfall that is reshaping the financial landscape of 2024. Mr. Trump’s operation with the Republican National Committee entered June with more cash, $235 million, than President Biden had with the Democratic National Committee.

    “President Trump’s lawyers will continue to fight all of these Biden trials and they will continue to be appropriately compensated for their time and efforts,” Steven Cheung, a spokesman for Mr. Trump, said in a statement.

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    And more money will be on the way from the fund-raising agreement Mr. Trump struck with the Republican National Committee after he became the presumptive nominee.

    Mr. Trump’s advisers have publicly said that the party would not be funding Mr. Trump’s legal bills. And while that is technically true, the agreement instead sends $5,000 of major contributions directly to Mr. Trump’s PAC, even before the party gets its cut.

    The account where those larger donations are accumulating, the Trump 47 Committee, has so far made only one $183,054 transfer to Save America, records showed. There were no transfers in May.

    Mr. Trump’s advisers also set up a legal defense fund several months ago, which has continued to raise money but does not have an updated public accounting. (Legal defense funds are subject to different, less frequent disclosure requirements.) The fund was described as intended for advisers to Mr. Trump, although officials could always decide to expand it.

    While Mr. Trump’s lawyers were not the only lawyers paid during the filing period — some represent other clients — those representing him received the largest amounts.

    Besides the payments to Mr. Blanche, Save America’s largest payments of legal fees last month were $450,000 to John F. Lauro, $253,849 to Continental PLLC and $236,148 to Chris Kise & Associates, the filings showed.

    The largest nonlegal expense from his PAC in May was an $80,533.74 payment to Mr. Trump’s own property in Bedminster, New Jersey, for lodging and catering. The committee has also continued to make monthly “strategy consulting” payments to Hervé Pierre Braillard, a stylist who worked with the former first lady, Melania Trump, the records showed.
    Being a career criminal and liar is expensive, yo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    doo doo butta the best butta.

    Also - https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/21/u...pac-funds.html



    Being a career criminal and liar is expensive, yo.
    Hmm I read this also about PAC and legal bills.

    So I guess good for the lawyers? They are actually getting paid. I mean we have read many article of Trump's legal bills at $50 million plus being paid by his Super PACs. Umm, I'm guessing it is coming in and going out as billable hours to the lawyers. DAMN! They are getting paid then. As a cynic I still believe Trump is skimming more money than what the article stated about his Bedminster property.

    Oh and Timothy Mellon secretly gave Trump $50 million to Pro Trump Group.

    Who is he? Some brilliant tech person who is on cutting edge of AI? Perhaps the American Dream of a person who started with 1 lemonade stand and is now a billionaire through hard work. Nope! He is the grandson of banker Andrew Mellon from the great Gilded Age of the 1920's. So that $50 million means he at least wants an ROI on his inheritance of a reported $14 billion.
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    Anyone who thinks this man-baby exudes masculinity or confidence needs their head examined. He's a whiny little b-.

  20. #91140
    Conservatives Makin' A List Of Civil Servants, Checkin' It Twice, Gonna Fire Your Ass If You're On It

    Imagine it is 1950. Sen. Joe McCarthy has just given a speech to the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he waved around a piece of paper and hollered that it contained a list of 205 communists working in the State Department.

    Now imagine that the internet existed in 1950. Imagine that the moment McCarthy gave this speech, the lackeys in his office published the list of names on a website for the entire public to read and freak out over. Links to the site got blasted out over email and on social media. Right-wing outlets ran with it. William F. Buckley started posting installments of McCarthy and His Enemies as a Substack instead of the tedious slog of taking years to write and publish the entire book. Richard Nixon made imprisoning all those communists a central part of his Senate campaign. Every person on that list suddenly needed a round-the-clock security detail.
    We also have in our hand a list, but it is our subscribers whom we love.
    Now imagine it is 2024, and this scenario really is happening. At least it will if a group of Republican nutters backed by the Heritage Foundation get their way:
    Professional dickhead Tom Jones and his American Accountability Foundation are digging into the backgrounds, social media posts and commentary of key high-ranking government employees, starting with the Department of Homeland Security.

    The goal is to post 100 names of government workers to a website this summer to show a potential new administration who might be standing in the way of a second-term Trump agenda — and ripe for scrutiny, reclassifications, reassignments or firings.
    Jones is a political operative who worked on Capitol Hill for Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz. He also served as the legislative director for Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a job whose duties probably mostly consisted of explaining to the senator that congressional bills are not sentient creatures capable of song, no matter what he might have seen on ”Schoolhouse Rock.”
    "We need to understand who these people are and what they do,” said Jones.
    Of course one could accomplish this without putting these people’s names on the Internet, where Trump’s legions of syphilitic howler monkeys can find it and inundate them with death threats, but we’re betting Jones thinks of that possibility as a feature and not a bug.
    He acknowledges some of the work is often a “gut check” or “instinct” about which federal employees would be suspected of trying to block a conservative agenda.
    Ah, well. Our gut tells us Tom Jones is actually a giant cockroach in a human skin-suit. And now that’s out on the Internet. Uh-oh.

    How is this group of knuckle-dragging mongoloids finding these names of random bureaucrats they want to toss to the wolves? They are relying on tips from a network of “conservative contacts, including workers.” So: mad at your officemate Jim for warming his Filet-O-Fish in the office microwave? Mad at your ex-wife, who thinks undocumented immigrants should be treated humanely and also happens to be a level GS-13 employee with the Border Patrol? Tell Tom Jones and ruin their summers, and possibly their lives!

    This project, which has a $100,000 grant from the Heritage Foundation, is part of the wider push by Trump lackeys to weaken civil service protections and reclassify thousands of non-political employees across the government who can then be fired if they do not swear fealty to the orange ape and his agenda.

    Or as Heritage president and human thumb Kevin Roberts put it:
    "Weaponization of the federal government” has been possible only because of the “deep state of entrenched Leftist bureaucrats.” He said he was proud to support the work of American Accountability Foundation workers “in their fight to hold our government accountable and drain it of bad actors.”
    By “bad actors,” he means government employees who have sworn an oath to the Constitution, not to the president. Unfortunately, Trump and his cultists don’t see a difference.

    We're old enough to remember when a Republican administration reclassified political appointments as civil servants so those employees could stay on in their jobs during a Democratic administration and hamstring its policy goals. Now the wingnuts want to do the exact opposite.

    Trump already tried this reclassification scheme once with Schedule F, a rule he put in place towards the end of his administration in 2020. The Biden administration reversed it practically the moment it took office. Reviving Schedule F is one of the goals of Project 2025, the Heritage-supported blueprint for fucking over American democracy that a new Trump administration will put in place if Tangerine Tito gets restored to office next year.

    Somewhere Joe McCarthy is smiling, and only partly because he’s drunk.

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