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During an appearance on MSNBC on Saturday morning, podcast host and political commentator Dean Obeidallah rolled his eyes at Donald Trump's assertion that he didn't know who Nick Fuentes -- a notorious anti-semite and Holocaust-denier -- was when he had dinner with him earlier in the week.
Trump has been in damage control mode since news broke that he sat down to dinner at Mar-a-Lago with Fuentes and equally controversial Kanye West -- and went so far as to say he was clueless about who Fuentes was, who has also been associated with Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ).
In a Truth Social post, Trump bluntly stated: "I didn’t know Nick Fuentes."
Speaking with host Ali Velshi, Obeidallah pointed out a major flaw in Trump's defense: his Secret Service protective detail.
"Donald Trump had a meal at Mar-a-Lago with Kanye West who has had a bunch of antisemitic outbursts recently, and with Nick Fuentes who is a Holocaust-denier among a library of other unsavory things," Velshi prompted. "For a guy who is running for president you think he would lay low and try and clean up its act a little bit but that does not seem to be of any interest to him."
"Donald Trump is trying to animate his base," the podcast host replied before joking, "Not all Republicans are racist, but all racists that Republicans -- I like to say that a lot."
"The reality is that Kanye West, who not months ago, not years ago, weeks ago was using all that anti-semitic garbage," he continued.
"It's impossible to believe Trump did not know him [Fuentes]," he continued. "First of all, Trump has Secret service; you don't just wander up to Trump. Secondly, Nick Fuentes ran the America First Foundation that Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke at. There they were huge headlines Trump had to see."
"That guy was the host of a right-wing channel, he loves Trump!" he added. "He was there January 6th, Trump who knew who Nick Fuentes was, I have no doubt about it."
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Having learned their lesson years ago when Republican-led House committees investigated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the 2012 Benghazi attack that led spawned seemingly endless hearings and no evidence of wrongdoing, Democrats are preparing to battle back as House Republicans promise to launch multiple investigations and impeachment hearings aimed President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and assorted administration officials.
As longtime political observer Eleanor Clift wrote for the Daily Beast, Democrats have every intention of "punching back" at the incoming House GOP leadership including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who is obsessed with revenge after previously being kicked off of congressional committees over her first-term stunts.
According to Clift, with the GOP taking control of the House in January, the investigations of Biden and his son Hunter can expect to meet with resistance and fact-checks from a war room being set up by supporters of the Democrats.
'Things are different this time around—Democrats aren’t going to assume that voters can see through the partisan bluster, and are mounting a war room operation outside the White House," wrote Clift. "The Congressional Integrity Project (a pointed moniker, to be sure) will try to fend off the Republican barrage, and go on the offensive in the information war."
According to Leslie Dach, a senior adviser to CIP, "This is a battle over narratives, and we believe we can win that war. They’re (the GOP) saying it in plain English, they’re trying to hurt Joe Biden. It’s the Trump playbook of personal attacks.”
“I think the American people see the hypocrisy, but we’ll be showing it to them. There’s a simple story to tell, and you have to tell it every day,” Dach added.
According to Clift, "The updated war room harks back to the self-described 'Masters of Disaster,' referring to two Clinton administration aides (Chris Lehane and Mark Fabiani) who successfully steered the White House response to GOP attacks during the 1990s, in part by selective leaking to the media and generally outsmarting the other team."
Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont-McKenna College, predicted the Republicans leading the charge on these investigations may find out they bit off more than they can chew.
“The vast majority doesn’t have firsthand knowledge of how GOP investigations backfired," he explained. "Unless they come up with some dramatic new information that directly involves President Biden, this tactic is unlikely to succeed and may well backfire.”
“The Democrats know what’s coming,” he elaborated. “It’s the A team versus the gang that can’t shoot straight.”
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There have been 607 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, the most authoritative source. It defines a mass shooting as an event when at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter. That we even have such a thing as a "Gun Violence Archive" is a black mark against this country which can never be erased. We are the only country in the world with more guns than people, the only country in the world with an excess of 30,000 gun deaths each year, the only country in the world with mass killings like the one that happened earlier this year in Uvalde, Texas, when a teenage gunman fatally shot 19 students and two teachers at the Robb Elementary School, wounding 17 others.
So far this year, 639 people have been killed in mass shootings. More than 2,500 were wounded, according to records kept by CNN. During the month of November alone, there have been 35 mass shootings, with a total of 185 people shot with a firearm, and 49 of them killed.
As we count our blessings that we were not among the dead during this Thanksgiving week, let's have a look at the mass shootings that killed 45 people during this month alone, sending 140 to the hospital.
Nov. 1: In East St. Louis, Illinois, two people were killed and three were wounded when a fight broke out after an argument.
In Baltimore, three adults and a teenager were wounded in a nighttime shooting.
In Denver, one person was killed and five were wounded in a drive-by shooting.
Nov. 2: In Hattiesburg, Mississippi, two people were killed and three were wounded in a shooting downtown.
Nov. 4: In Chicago, four men were wounded in a shooting on the street in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood.
In Orlando, a 23-year-old man shot and killed a four-year-old girl and three women.
In La Plata, Maryland, four people were shot dead in a house.
Nov. 5: In Gainesville, Florida, five people were shot and wounded outside a grocery store.
In Philadelphia, nine people were shot and wounded while they stood outside a bar in the city's Kensington neighborhood.
Nov. 6: In Buffalo, four people were wounded in a mass shooting inside what police called a "party venue."
In Jordan Township, Pennsylvania, three people were killed by the same gunman in two separate locations.
In Chicago, one person was killed and three were wounded in a shootout with a security guard outside a nightclub.
In a second Chicago shooting, five people were wounded at a birthday party on the city's Southwest Side.
In Tulare, California, five people were shot and wounded during an argument after a drag race.
Nov. 7: In McAllen, Texas, a man shot and wounded four of his neighbors during a dispute over a palm tree.
Nov. 11: In Jersey City, New Jersey, four people were wounded in a shooting on the street.
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Nov. 12: In Indio, California, one person was killed and three wounded in a shooting on the street.
In Fort Worth, Texas, four people were shot and wounded in an apartment complex.
Nov. 13: In Enfield, North Carolina, one adult was shot and killed, and five adults were wounded along with a teenager at an outdoor bonfire.
In Omaha, Nebraska, one person was shot dead, and seven others were wounded at an early morning gathering on the street.
In Philadelphia, four people were shot and wounded during an argument at a nightclub.
In Memphis, four people were shot and wounded outside a high school.
In Charlottesville, at the University of Virginia, a man shot and killed three students and wounded two others after a school bus trip off campus.
Nov. 16: In Phoenix, a man shot and killed his wife and three children and then killed himself.
Nov. 17: In Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, three Customs and Border Protection agents were shot, one fatally, along with a suspected drug smuggler.
Nov. 18: In Chesterfield County, Virginia, a woman and her three children were shot and killed in what police called a "domestic dispute."
Nov. 19: In Colorado Springs, a gunman with an AR-15 style rifle shot and killed five people and wounded 25 others inside Club Q, a gay bar and nightclub.
Nov. 20: In Philadelphia, Mississippi, one man was shot and killed, and six others were wounded during a dice game on a farm.
In Dallas, four people were wounded during an argument outside a pool hall.
Nov. 22: In Chesapeake, Virginia, a night manager at a Walmart killed seven people and wounded six others before killing himself inside the store.
Nov. 23: In Philadelphia, four high school students were shot outside their school just after early dismissal for Thanksgiving in a drive-by shooting.
In Temple Hills, Maryland, four teenagers and one adult were wounded in an unexplained shooting.
Nov. 24: In Houston, a man walked into a home while people were having Thanksgiving dinner, shot two people dead and wounded two others.
That's just this month, folks, and it's not over yet. These United States are on track to beat last year's total of 690 mass shootings during the 365 days of 2021. Whatever number we end up with this year, guns are being used to kill multiple people nearly twice a day on average, and that doesn't count the number killed in shootings that kill or wound less than four people at once.
So if you made it through Thanksgiving without being shot, watch your step this weekend in grocery stores, bars, nightclubs and even walking down the street. There are enough guns out there in private hands to put a bullet in every one of us with plenty of ammunition left over.
I hope you have a nice weekend, if you survive. If not, you'll have plenty of company as a statistic.