Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tried to hold a press conference this Tuesday in support of people they say are being persecuted for participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, but the event was cut short by protesters, including one who showed up with a whistle to drown out the GOP lawmakers' speeches.
In a tweet Wednesday, Gaetz posted video of the whistler, accusing him of "assaulting" a reporter who was on the scene, due to the fact that the protester was blowing his whistle in the direction of the reporter who was asking him to back away.
"Behold the tolerant, pro-speech Left," Gaetz wrote.
BREAKING: Masked whistle man assaults @RSBNetwork reporter. Behold the tolerant, pro-speech Left 👇 https://t.co/yAGZbuQL5q— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz) 1627483895.0
But in the comment thread beneath Gaetz's tweet, his critics pointed out that he was being a bit over dramatic.
@mattgaetz @RSBNetwork Conservative values: https://t.co/uSW60dzNLy— Fuck trump (not a fan of coups) (@Fuck trump (not a fan of coups)) 1627485373.0
GAETZ : Blowing a whistle?... assault.
Also Gaetz: insurrection?...tourism
violence on Jan 6?.....tourism.
People killed?... tourism
Capital cops bashed?... tourism
Attempt to overthrow democracy?.... tourism
— Cindy Shakeshaft ✊🍀 (@Brittox62) July 28, 2021
"Unmasked reporter assaulted masked protester"
Fixed it for you
— Tish Bryce (@tish_bryce) July 28, 2021
I did not see any assault as a matter fact she touched him if she doesn't want to have the whistle in her ear move away. Isn't blowing a whistle the same thing as freedom of speech?
— Ruffteacher36 (@ruffteacher36) July 28, 2021
@mattgaetz @RSBNetwork Assault? Where? Are you serious? She came closer to touching him and you should know all abo… https://t.co/OulxzH3fBl— 💙 🇺🇸 Robbi 🌊 👩🏼⚕️⚓️🐾 (@💙 🇺🇸 Robbi 🌊 👩🏼⚕️⚓️🐾) 1627486926.0
She should wear a mask.
— Jerry Mander (@realpublicius) July 28, 2021
watched this about 10 times still looking for any kind of assault except for the reporter laying her hands on the guy. I will say this Matt you ran out there yesterday like a guy who just got caught with an underage girl.
— Cold As Hell (@XColdasHellX) July 28, 2021
He doesn't understand what legal age means so he wouldn't understand what assault means pic.twitter.com/GAmvzsESwS
— The Meidas Jules ✨ (@TheMeidasJules) July 28, 2021
"Please point to where the evil person assaulted you."
— Chris Swartout (@chrisswartout) July 28, 2021
At what point did she feel threatened that she was going to be attacked? Where was the assault?
— ☕ Coffee ☕ (@CoffeeForever5) July 28, 2021
Assault? What? Where? Are you high on crack, again?
— Sgt Joker (@TheSGTJoker) July 28, 2021
'The grift that keeps on grifting': Jared Kushner mocked over report he plans to 'leave politics' to launch investment firm
Former president Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly plans to "leave politics" to launch an investment firm.
"Kushner, the former chief executive of Kushner Companies, who served as the Republican president's senior adviser in the White House, is in the final stages of launching an investment firm called Affinity Partners that will be headquartered in Miami," Reuters reported Wednesday. "Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, is also looking to open an office in Israel to pursue regional investments to connect Israel's economy and India, North Africa and the Gulf, said two people briefed on the plan, who spoke on condition of anonymity."
Kushner remains close with Trump, and he and his family are spending the summer as the former president's next-door neighbor at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., according to the report. Before that, Kushner spent several months in Miami working on a book about his White House experiences to be published early next year.
Here's how Twitter greeted the news.
But he was so good at politics … 🤮 https://t.co/6RqLEZo1bQ— Jail Bill Barr (@Jail Bill Barr) 1627488548.0
“Leave politics” — he’d have to enter politics first. 🤣🤣🤣 — #JaredKushner was NEVER in politics!! https://t.co/bTqiYh7vm2— 🧚 STINA LYNN 🧚 (@🧚 STINA LYNN 🧚) 1627488272.0
@kelly2277 I don’t recall him ever running for a public office. He just trades on access.— meester (@meester) 1627488406.0
@jacobkornbluh So he thinks he can avoid prosecution by hiding out in Israel?— Vicki Polin (@Vicki Polin) 1627482614.0
@HeathaT @aidnmclaughlin @steveholland1 @Yahoo Alternate title: Florida Man starts up money laundering racket, pyramid scheme— Lagerwhat? (@Lagerwhat?) 1627487215.0
Otherwise known as "How to lose a lot of money in 555 easy steps" (ahem 😎) Anyone who invests with this latest exa… https://t.co/e5gNiVVUgm— James Gow (@James Gow) 1627490521.0
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate negotiators to a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have reached agreement on the major components of the measure, Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters on Wednesday.
That could clear the way for the legislation to begin moving through the Senate following months of talks. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said a procedural vote on a bipartisan bill was possible as soon as Wednesday night.
"Senators continue to make good progress," Democrat Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor.
Republican Senator Susan Collins, however, cautioned that some details were still being finalized.
Another Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski, told reporters, "I think that there is a strong, solid number of folks on both sides of the aisle that want to get on to an infrastructure package."
She added that senators will be briefed on the measure being negotiated "in these next hours."
The procedural vote would simply limit debate on whether the Senate should begin considering a bipartisan infrastructure investment bill that is thought to be in the range of $1.2 trillion.
On July 21, Republicans blocked such a move, complaining that a bill had not yet been written.
Democrats are hoping to pass this month or early next month whatever measure is agreed upon in the bipartisan negotiations.
That could help clear the way for Democrats to begin pushing another large spending bill totaling around $3.5 trillion that Republicans are vowing to oppose.
(Reporting by Richard Cowan; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Diane Craft)
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