Donohue demands that the DNC shut out Bitch PhD because she's not an annoying, crazy, treacly Catholic. You know, like K-Lo. I was unaware that political parties had a responsibility to make sure that the journalists covering their conventions adhere to official dogma of churches they are affiliated with. I wonder if the DNC is supposed to come to your house and spank your butt if you don't go to Christmas mass. Or if you're Jewish, for instance, if the DNC needs to monitor your diet to make sure it's kosher.
'Hard not to use the word cult': CNN analyst stunned by footage of Trump fans insisting he's still using Air Force One
On Tuesday, CNN's John Avlon reacted in disbelief to "Daily Show" footage of a Trump supporter at a rally in Iowa claiming that Jacob Chansley, the so-called "QAnon Shaman" who broke into the Capitol with devil horns and war paint, was a government crisis actor who also posed at the scene of Afghan civilians trying to cling to departing U.S. military aircraft at Kabul Airport.
"The one with the bullhorns? He is not a Trump supporter," said the man. "I don't care what his resume says, he's not a Trump supporter. In fact, do you remember the picture in Afghanistan with all the people running next to it? If you look at the pictures of the real plane, there is pieces that are missing from the real plane to that plane ... there was one guy there, the only guy who turned to the camera and waved his hands. Do y'all remember that? Everybody remember that? He is the guy with the horns on his hat."
Other footage shown by the Daily Show included a Trump supporter who falsely believed Trump was still using Air Force One to fly around the world.
Host Erin Burnett then asked Avlon what he made of these kinds of statements.
"It's sad because you need to point out obvious truths after hearing people make up completely delusional lies," said Avlon. "But it's a function of the fact they have been misled. It's a function of the fact this, you know, interview by Jordan Klepper is — these folks — it is hard not to use the word cult when you see the way they have embraced this alternate reality completely. And it's the downstream effect of the Big Lie and it's why Republicans need to recognize and confront the fact they are dealing with a cult."
"When they play footsie with the Big Lie because they think they can benefit politically, they are playing footsie with fanatics, and these folks will turn on them," added Avlon. "This is dangerous lies being disseminated through our body politic. Doesn't represent Iowa, but it represents a core cadre of folks who were at this Trump rally."
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A federal judge who has harshly condemned the Capitol insurrection will hear former President Donald Trump's bid to block the release of White House documents related to Jan. 6.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2014, has been assigned to preside over Trump's lawsuit filed Monday, in which he claims the records subpoenaed by a House select committee are protected by executive privilege.
CNN reports that Chutkan, while presiding recently over the cases of Capitol rioters, has described the insurrection as "a violent mob seeking to overthrow the lawfully elected government," adding that the crowd that day posed a "very real danger... to our democracy." Chutkan has also said that rioters "soiled and defaced the halls of the Capitol and showed their contempt for the rule of law."
"Speaking earlier this month at a sentencing hearing for a nonviolent rioter who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol, Chutkan made a tacit reference to Trump, saying that the rioter 'did not go to the United States Capitol out of any love for our country ... He went for one man,'" CNN reports. "And last week, Chutkan sentenced two cousins with extensive criminal records to 45 days in jail for storming the Capitol, a somewhat rare punishment among convicted January 6 rioters. In doing so, she blasted the men for their 'decision to take that protest and turn it into a violent occupation of the US Capitol ... at a time when we were attempting the peaceful transfer of power.'"
According to CNN, Chutkan "conveys a sense of toughness and control over her hearings."
Regardless of how she rules in the Trump lawsuit, Chutkan's decision is likely to be appealed. But time is of the essence, and Neil Eggleston, who served as White House counsel under Obama, said he believes Chutkan will handle the case efficiently.
"(She will) give each side 10 days to brief it, have a hearing and decide it," Eggleston said. "She knows whatever she decides is not going to stay with her."
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots on Tuesday unanimously approved a referral of criminal charges against former Trump political strategist Steve Bannon.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said ahead of the vote that Bannon had "chosen a path toward criminal contempt" and warned other Capitol riot committee witnesses to not follow in his footsteps.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the vice chair of the committee, similarly emphasized that Bannon has "no right" to defy lawful congressional subpoenas.
The vote comes one day after the committee issued a report and resolution recommending a referral of criminal charges for Bannon, who so far has defied its subpoenas ordering his testimony.
The committee's report began by detailing the reasons it is seeking Bannon's testimony.
"Mr. Bannon appears to have had multiple roles relevant to this investigation, including his role in constructing and participating in the 'stop the steal' public relations effort that motivated the attack, his efforts to plan political and other activity in advance of January 6th, and his participation in the events of that day from a 'war room' organized at the Willard InterContinental Washington D.C. Hotel," the committee explained. "Although he was a private citizen not employed by the White House at the time, he reportedly spoke with Mr. Trump directly regarding the plans for January 6th on at least one occasion."
The committee then outlined the legal statute that it says "makes clear that a witness summoned before Congress must appear or be 'deemed guilty of a misdemeanor' punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and imprisonment for up to 1 year."
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