REVEALED: Trump hired another Four Seasons landscaping biz before Giuliani’s infamous press conference
Donald Trump's campaign paid another landscaping company called Four Seasons before Rudy Giuliani's infamous news conference after the election.
Giuliani raged against the former president's election loss in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping, raising numerous questions and prompting laughter, but another campaign expenditure suggests Trump's campaign was drawn to companies that shared a name with the luxury hotels, reported Politico.
The Republican National Committee hired the similarly named Four Seasons Landscape and Property Services in September to set up a Trump fundraising event in California, and Trump Victory -- a joint RNC-Trump campaign fundraising committee -- paid the Santa Clarita-based company $48,515.78 for an event that took place without the candidate.
"Sadly," said company owner Dan Blumel. "Mr. Trump got COVID."
Blumel could not offer an additional details about the work his company did, citing a nondisclosure agreement, but confirmed that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attended instead of the then-president, and he was just as mystified by Giuliani's Nov. 7 news conference in an industrial district of Philadelphia.
"We happen to have the same name as the other one," he said. "But no, we are not affiliated."
During his "Reality Check" segment on CNN on Tuesday morning, CNN's John Avlon pointed out the humiliating fact that GOP lawmakers continue to suck up to former president Donald Trump as he rakes in cash that is supposed to be used to support their campaigns -- but is being used for his personal needs instead.
With legal analysts questioning how Trump is using the money raised by his PACs, Avlon noted the one-way relationship the former president has with members of his party.
"America's battling against the virus continues, not just the delta variant, but the virus of lies that continues to course through our country. from attempts to deflect blame from the January 6th attack to almost daily disinformation about the covid vaccine," Avlon began. "But if you're looking for a reason why the lies are so contagious among Republican elites, don't look for logic, follow the money."
"Ex-president Donald Trump has built up a war chest of more than $100 million and with all things Trump, it's not quite what it seems," he continued. "I'm not talking about how he inflated his totals for the first half of the year, I'm talking about how it's evidence of the grift that goes on even as Trump cows Republicans to staying in an abusive relationship because, for all the fundraising over nonexistent mass voter fraud, Trump has spent no money on the fruitless fraud that continues to keep the big lie alive in the heart of his hard-core supporters."
"They asked to give money so he could contest the election results, and spent the contributions to pay off unrelated debts," Avlon reported. "He's not going to waste his money on what [Republican chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors] Jack Sellers called an adventure in 'never-never land.' He wants his small-dollar and dark money minions to do that while he fights for the umpteenth time, and PACs are generally supposed to support like-minded candidates."
"Trump's special election endorsements didn't see a dime from him for weeks after his endorsement," he continued. "Too late to save Susan Wright in a special Texas election, even with insanely coercive appeals, that if they uncheck a re-occurring donation box, we will have to tell Trump 'you're a defector.' "
"It's not like he's winning converts with his seditious lies, the GOP is caught in a trap," he explained. "They can't win primaries without him, and can't win general elections with him. He's really unpopular with the American people. Get this: in a mid-July ACRP poll Trump had a 76% approval rating with Republicans, and 37% with Americans. 21% of Americans have a very positive view of Trump, while another 11% said they had a somewhat positive view."
"Trump's money haul succeeds in freezing the field and keeping all the attention on him and his talk about a possible 2024 run, so other ambitious GOP candidates have seemed to have retreated to a strategy of sucking up to Trump in the hopes that if he doesn't run, he'll benefit from his endorsement," he added. "This is lunacy... loyalty with Donald Trump is a one-way street."
"Most of Trump's failings can be explained by a simple truth: he cares more about himself than the country," he concluded.
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Fox News hosts blasted for 'disgusting' and 'dangerous' ridicule of Capitol officers after fourth suicide
The founder of a military veterans group blasted Fox News hosts and others for ridiculing Capitol police who testified before Congress last week, after it was reported Monday that two more officers involved in the Jan. 6 insurrection have died by suicide.
CNN's New Day shared a statement from Michael Fanone, one of the officers who testified, in the wake of the deaths of officers Kyle DeFreytag and Gunther Hashida.
"Remember, just last week, he and three fellow officers gave emotional testimony about their harrowing experience defending the Capitol," New Day co-host John Berman said of Fanone. "It was met by ridicule and mocking from right-wing media."
The network then played clips of Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham mocking Fanone and the other witnesses, with the latter giving out fake "Best Performance" awards on her show.
Later, New Day co-host Brianna Keilar asked Paul Rieckhoff,. founder of Iraq & Afghanistan Vets of America, whether such "ridicule" and the "politicization" of the Jan. 6 insurrection could exacerbate mental health issues experienced by officers.
"In my experience yes," Rieckhoff responded. "I mean, imagine a veteran coming home and being ridiculed in the same way after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. You know, there is no silver bullet in dealing with suicide, it's a complex series of factors, but we know that hope is key and that connection is key, and these people who are ridiculing survivors of an assault and a really traumatic experience — it's not just disgusting, it's dangerous, because not only does it compound the experience they're having, it also discourages other people from coming forward. Think about another person who maybe is dealing with a trauma, and sees this kind of ridicule, and says, you know, if I come forward, maybe I'm going to get ridiculed, so we need to blow up that entire misguided, dangerous part of this discussion in America, and really focus on support, strength, and understanding mental health."
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If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
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