A conservative congressman on Friday assailed the Department of Justice for commemorating Pride month after it took the agency more than two years to reply to a letter from him on an unrelated matter.
Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mon.) on Friday tweeted that he just received a reply to a letter he wrote to the agency in 2021 over concerns about potential anticompetitive cattle and beef industry practices.
Rosendale posted a portion of the letter from the DOJ that said “We apologize for our delay in responding to your letter. The Department appreciates having the benefit of your perspective.”
The DOJ letter acknowledges Rosendale’s letter to the agency was dated May 17, 2021.
The Freedom Caucus member wrote sardonically in a tweet “Glad the DOJ has time to celebrate pride month.”
“Meanwhile, I received a response just this afternoon to a letter I sent over TWO YEARS ago!”
Conspiracy theorist and 2024 Democratic candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., recently said he has "conversations with dead people," The Guardian reports.
Son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY), and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy — who were both assassinated in the 1960s — the proud anti-vaxxer spoke with the Free Press about "how he thought his father and uncle would tackle challenges facing America today."
Kennedy said, "I do meditations every day," adding, "That's kind of the nature of my meditations. I have a lot of conversations with dead people."
Per The Guardian, the 2024 hopeful followed up with the Free Press via text, saying, "They are one-way prayers for strength and wisdom. I get no strategic advice from the dead."
Regarding his decision to run against President Joe Biden, Kennedy insisted the Democratic Party has become "a war party … the party of the neocons," adding, "It's become the party of Wall Street and the party of censorship, which, I think [is] antithetical to liberal values."
Furthermore, the longtime lawyer said he "always liked" the Biden, but insisted the president is "a function of a system that a growing majority of Americans don't trust."
He emphasized, "There are people who are angry, and they deserve to be angry, and either Trump is going to sign them up, Donald Trump, for a ride into the darkness, or we can try to capture that energy and turn it into something positive for our country, something that is reflective of the highest ideals of the American experience."
A former security guard at the Destiny USA Mall in Syracuse, N.Y., who allegedly threatened to "shoot up" the premises along with a nearby Pride parade, could face hate crime charges, the Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said on Friday, according to CNY Central.
He allegedly made the comments to coworkers on May 20, just weeks after starting work at the mall, the report said. He was fired on May 24 and has not yet been charged.
"Paperwork shows that there is a trespass order being put in place to forbid him from entering all property owned and operated by Destiny USA," CNY Central reported.
The report said police found a pellet gun and a "rusty" shotgun at his home.
"It's infuriating and deeply troubling," said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, adding that security procedures for the mall and parade are being examined. "I can't help but think about the actions taking place around this country where this type of rhetoric has been emboldened in many ways by other people's actions. It's disgusting."
All of this comes amid an explosion of right-wing panic toward LGBTQ people, spurred on by laws being passed around the country limiting their rights. Two months ago, a blogger in Maryland was hit with federal charges for leaving a threat-filled voicemail for an LGBTQ advocacy group, saying, "