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Newly released court documents allege that in 2018, the National Rifle Association and its CEO Wayne LaPierre approved a $1.5 million dollar contract to keep then-NRATV host Dan Bongino on for the 2019 calendar year at the NRA's failing TV outlet. This came as the gun rights organization was falling deeper into financial troubles over the course of 2018.
A legal document obtained by Salon and filed by Ackerman McQueen, the NRA's longtime PR agency, in the gun group's ongoing bankruptcy case in Texas, contains a list of commitments that Ackerman alleges the NRA "refused to honor." It then claims that at an October 2018 meeting in Dallas, "LaPierre approved NRATV for the 2019 budget year, including Dan Bongino's $1.5 million contract (which Mr. Bongino ultimately turned down)."
According to reporting by The Daily Beast, Bongino was "dropped" by NRATV around the end of 2018, but Ackerman McQueen's new legal filings suggest that was not in fact the case.
Reached for comment by Salon about the $1.5 million offer and about whether LaPierre ever told him about the NRA's financial struggles, Bongino responded angrily. "I typically send your ridiculous inquiries to junk because I think so little of you, and your drifting," Bongino wrote. Then he observed, in his colorful style, that the court documents show that the Daily Beast's reporting three years back may have been inaccurate.
"Liberal media morons, and their blind, gullible, imbecilic followers breathlessly reported for years that I was 'fired' from NRATV, or 'dropped,' as the disingenuous Daily Beast put it," Bongino wrote. "Now that court documents have surfaced to completely refute this b*llsh*t story, you send me an email asking for comment on the NRA? You guys are a pathetic joke. Your parents must be horrified at what they spawned."
In light of the NRA's bankruptcy petition in Texas, which is now being heard in court and has yielded some unfavorable moment court for both the organization and LaPierre, one gun safety group argues that the $1.5 million Bongino deal offers more evidence of the NRA's "egregious spending."
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, told Salon the alleged Bongino offer further illustrates the NRA's financial ineptitude. "Offering Bongino $1.5 million to be on its faux-TV-network, that no one watched, is yet another example of the NRA's egregious spending and financial mismanagement, which have led them into multiple investigations and lawsuits culminating with the disastrous ongoing bankruptcy trial," Watts said.
A Trump supporter who allegedly beat police officers during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots was ordered to stay in jail ahead of his trial after it was revealed that he tried to flee to Switzerland.
CNN reports that Judge Emmet Sullivan on Wednesday ruled that MAGA rioter and professional geophysicist Jeffrey Sabol was "the epitome of a flight risk" after he tried to book a flight to Switzerland after the riots because he believed the country would shield him from extradition.
Sullivan also wrote that Sabol should remain in jail before trial due to the violent actions he took against Capitol police officers during the riots.
"He stripped a vulnerable police officer of his police baton," Sullivan wrote. "He then used that stolen police baton to force another officer away from his post and into a mob of rioters who proceeded to viciously attack him, leaving him bleeding from the head."
After being apprehended by police in February, Sabol declared that he "was fighting tyranny in the D.C. Capitol" during the riots, although his attorneys told the court this week that he had been "lied to" about the 2020 election by former president Donald Trump, former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone.
On Wednesday, Ivanka Trump posted an image of herself being vaccinated for COVID-19 to Instagram, urging her followers to get immunized as well.
"Today, I got the shot!!! I hope that you do too!" wrote Ivanka. "Thank you Nurse Torres!!!"
But Ivanka's urging fell on unwilling ears. Her post quickly filled up with angry replies from Trump supporters refusing to be vaccinated and suggesting a government conspiracy — despite the fact that the development of the vaccine began under, and was promoted by, former President Donald Trump himself.
"I'm losing respect for the Trump family. So over this virtue signaling," said one poster. Another said, "No thanks! Don't want to be a lab rat. #justsayno." Yet another replied, "Your personal choice but please don't push on others."
"No thanks! With a 99% survival rate, I shall pass. With Bill Gates involved I will not get one," said Rice448.
"Hell no. Why would you post this?" asked kenny_vv.
"Nope not putting that in my body," said call_me_g95.
"Bummer. I was hoping you were above this kind of virtue signaling," rmgvd commented.
"Wow that's extremely disappointing, but honestly I'm not surprised," said heather_15la.
"Nope and please stop trying to manipulate us into doing so. It's surprising to see you doing this now like the left and Hollywood have been," said the__real__american.
In recent weeks, polling indicates the percent of Americans unwilling to be vaccinated has dropped significantly. However, vaccine refusers remain, with white Republicans being among the most hostile group.
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