Former president Donald Trump's coup attempt may have been "amateur" and "farcical" – but that doesn't mean it wasn't also both real and dangerous, according to MSNBC analyst Michelle Goldberg.
"That's always been the trick of Trump and people around him, is to do it in plain sight, because if the conspiracy is in plain sight, then it looks like less of a conspiracy," Goldberg said Wednesday night, reacting to a clip of former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn admitting on the network last week to his role in a fake electoral certificate plot.
"Something else that you see over and over again with the people around Trump is that the line between fascism and farce is often hard to parse," Goldberg added. "So, just because it seems ridiculous that you can just go to the coffee shop and make a certificate and send it in to the National Archives, just because it's laughable, doesn't mean that there wasn't also a real plot."
"And I think that when you have an authoritarian government, you can put forward the laughable, the farcical, with a straight face, and kind of demand that people accept the absurd," Goldberg said. "And that's what you see from Trump and the people around him over and over again. I think the shoddiness of it, the armatureness of it, can in some ways obscure the seriousness of it."
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The Daily Beast is reported that a witness who is cooperating with prosecutors can confirm that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was told by former "wingman" Joel Greenberg that he'd had sex with an underage girl.
According to the Daily Beast's sources, the witness was in the same room with Greenberg when he called Gaetz and informed him that a woman they had paid for sex was under the age of 18.
The witness in question is talk radio host “Big Joe” Ellicott, who earlier this week pleaded guilty to charges of paying bribes and kickbacks, as well as illegally selling Adderall.
"While the sources did not know whether Ellicott had discussed the call with investigators, his account would likely be of critical interest, since it would match a key claim Greenberg made separately in a confession letter," The Daily Beast writes.
Ellicott is not the only potentially incriminating witness Gaetz has to worry about, as a grand jury earlier this month heard sworn testimony from one of Gaetz's former girlfriends, who was granted immunity in exchange for testifying.
A San Antonio restaurant is denying allegations of racism after putting up a sign saying, "No saggin of pants or shorts. No durags or wave caps allowed."
Kimiya Factory, a local activist who serves as executive director of Black Freedom Factory, tweeted a photo of the sign outside Bentley's Beer Garden earlier this month.
"Looking for a Racist Bar to attend in San Antonio? Bentleys Beer Garden got it covered," Factory wrote. "Discriminating against Black Hair Products/styles. It’s the anti-blackness for me. #Texas101"
Factory said she wanted to share the image because the establishment's policy "targets specific dress styles commonly associated with Black culture," according to the San Antonio Express-News.
“Bars are places that people should be able to go to enjoy themselves and unwind,” Factory said. “This kind of sign further marginalizes its patrons that enter that bar and are seeking a safe experience from racism.”
Despite Factory's allegation, Bentley's Beer Garden has no plans to take down the sign or change its dress code, according to manager E.J. Rodriguez
“We’re not racist by any stretch of the imagination, we just don’t want that at our bars,” Rodriguez told the newspaper, adding that he wears wave caps and durags, but they are meant to be worn at night.
“They’re not made to come out to the club or to wear in public,” he said, adding that the sign acts as a deterrent. “They don’t come into our bar because it’s just unacceptable in society today. Period."
Looking for a Racist Bar to attend in San Antonio ? Bentleys Beer Garden got it covered \n\nDiscriminating against Black Hair Products/styles. It\u2019s the anti-blackness for me. #Texas101pic.twitter.com/L0Q23CIm7t— Kimiya deniseee (@Kimiya deniseee) 1642096473