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On Thursday, the Seattle Times reported that disgraced Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer, on trial for pursuing a Black newspaper delivery man and telling police he threatened to kill him, is denying he is racist — and blaming his false police report on "shoddy police work."
"Mounting his defense in a Tacoma courtroom, Troyer and his attorneys portrayed him as an innocent victim of shoddy police work, a politically motivated prosecution and unfair media coverage," reported Jim Brunner. "Asked by defense attorney Anne Bremner whether he had made a false report to police the night of his Jan. 27, 2021 confrontation with newspaper carrier Sedrick Altheimer, Troyer replied: 'No, I did not."
"I wouldn’t do that,” Troyer continued. “I mean, the reason why I’m here testifying is the media’s made me out to be a racist, and the state’s made me out to be a liar.”
"The prosecution’s case relies in large part on a police incident report written by Tacoma police Officer Chad Lawless, who was among the first officers to respond last January, after Troyer called an emergency dispatcher and said Altheimer was threatening to kill him, triggering a massive police response," said the report. "Lawless spoke with Troyer at the scene and wrote in his report that he asked the sheriff specifically whether Altheimer 'ever made any threats towards him or displayed any weapons.' Troyer replied that Altheimer 'never threatened him' and had no weapons, according to Lawless’ incident report. Lawless testified Wednesday that he remembers asking Troyer twice about threats and that both times Troyer said there were none — contradicting his recorded emergency-dispatch call."
"Troyer on Thursday ripped into Lawless’ work, noting he didn’t include typical information that would be noted about a witness or suspect at a crime scene," said the report. "For example, Troyer said, Lawless’ report didn’t include his middle initial, date of birth, height or weight, or hair and eye color — details Troyer said have ususally been filled out in other police reports mentioning him."
Troyer's deceit was first reported in March 2021. He has vehemently denied lying, despite the contradiction between the phone call and the police report, and said, "In 35 years, I have never had a complaint against me for racial bias."
Moments after CNN contributor Van Jones called Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) an "enigma" while speaking with the hosts of "CNN This Morning," he launched into a diatribe aimed at the former Arizona Democrat for being all over the place when it comes to her politics.
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, the CNN analyst pointed out Sinema's central failure as a lawmaker.
"I wonder what effect that might have on the race here if you have a Democrat, Independent and Republican, how does that vote split up in 2024 in Arizona?" host Sciutto asked about Sinema's conversion to Independent after being elected as a Democrat.
"I mean, that's -- it's really -- she's correct, she says it's not about D.C., it's about Arizona," Jones explained. "It is about Arizona but it's about the politics on the ground in Arizona where she's been censured by her own party for not being willing to stand up against the filibuster on behalf of voting rights. She's somebody in hot water in her own party and she's got a serious challenger in [Rep.] Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). That is a big part of what's going on here."
"We do have independents that caucus with Democrats -- that's not a problem," he elaborated. "You have Senators Angus King (ME), you have Bernie Sanders (VT) so that's not a problem. But the challenge has always been with her it's not her independence, it's not her bipartisanship, it's just her way of negotiating and dealing, she just won't tell you what she wants, she just tells you what she doesn't want and that made it very, very difficult in the past two years with the Biden administration to know how to handle it."
"You know [Sen.] Joe Manchin (D-WV) wants coal, you know Bernie wants taxing the rich. What does Kyrsten want? It's hard to know," he concluded.
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Finger-pointing has already begun around Donald Trump's third presidential campaign, but his aides insist everything is going as planned.
Advisers and confidants have questioned why Trump hasn't held any public events since announcing his 2024 campaign last month, and instead has hosted a white nationalist and antisemitic rapper Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago and called to terminate the U.S. Constitution to make himself president now, reported The Daily Beast.
“The former president announced his 2024 run against the wishes of most of the GOP and his close advisers, largely out of frustration with momentum shifting to Ron DeSantis,” said Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former White House communications director for Trump and current co-host on The View. “Now he’s several weeks into a presidential run with no real apparatus, zero message, and no events. So far, it’s a spite-run and it’s being received as poorly as one could expect.”
Another former White House adviser, Larry Kudlow, told Fox Business that Trump's strategy so far was mystifying.
“I don’t understand what our former boss is doing,” Kudlow said. “I love the guy [but he is] hanging out with white nationalists, hanging out with antisemitic people, talking about ending the Constitution or postponing the Constitution.”
His last MAGA rally was more than a month ago in Ohio, on behalf of J.D. Vance -- the only one of his Senate endorsements to win -- and allies have been dismayed by his inability to generate any positive buzz after a disappointing GOP midterm election and a string of legal defeats.
“Since the announcement for his re-elect, I don’t think that by any measurable standard you can say it’s been going well,” former adviser David Urban told Politico. “You’ve had unforced error after unforced error.”
One adviser told The Daily Beast that younger, “inexperienced” staffers were to blame for the shaky rollout, but a source close to Trump said that building up a campaign team was being prioritized over rallies for now.
A source close to Trump explained the hiatus as all part of the plan, with recruiting staff currently taking precedence over rallies.
“They’re being methodical, looking at the numbers, planning the campaign, and recruiting the right team to execute the plan," the source said. "Why would an announced candidate travel to a state where there is no leadership in place? Selecting and publicizing a cadre of key leaders in vital early primary states would be a significant accomplishment before Christmas.”
Another Trumpworld source told The Daily Beast the ex-president would attend holiday events this month at Mar-a-Lago and hit the road early next year.
“This is a marathon and our game plan is being implemented even though the presidential primary calendar hasn’t been set yet and the 2022 midterm cycle just ended,” said Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung. “Our strategy is by design. We’re focused on building out a robust operation that has already been tested on every political level and putting in place a foundation to wage an overwhelming campaign that’s never been seen before.”“We are not going to play into the media’s game where they are trying to dictate how we campaign," Cheung added. "We’re also building out teams in early-voting states and expanding our massive data operation to ensure we dominate on all fronts.”