The Trump-loving Fraternal Order of Police has inadvertently delivered ‘a tremendous indictment of police unions in general‘: columnist
This Tuesday, the National Fraternal Order of Police released a statement designed to "clear up confusion" about its position on the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, saying that those who partook in assaults on police officers "must be arrested and held to account."
"We continue to offer our support, gratitude, and love to our brothers and sisters in law enforcement who successfully fought off the rioters, and we will be with them as they grieve and recover, however long that may take," the statement read.
But as The Atlantic's Adam Serwer pointed out on Thursday, the statement came after the organization was "conspicuously subdued" when it came to discussing the riot.
In the past, the FOP wasted no time in condemning Walmart for selling Black Lives Matter T-shirts, or Nike for its ad campaign promoting the activism of Colin Kaepernick. The organization's Twitter feed is a parade of right-wing-based rhetoric in support of police, but you won't find any condemnations of the pro-Trump mob that attacked police on Jan. 6, Serwer said.
He added that the police union, which endorsed Trump for president in 2020, was "uniquely positioned" to convince conservatives that the right-wing political violence directed against law enforcement officers on January 6 deserves an independent congressional investigation.
Serwer wrote: "The organization is ideally suited to pressure Republican lawmakers to support the commission examining the incident, and to criticize those who seek to turn that process into a circus or rewrite the events of the day."
But instead, according to Serwer, the FOP has chosen to stay "meekly silent" on the Capitol riot, "reserving harsher language for protesters against police brutality than for a mob that brutalized police."
District of Columbia police officer Michael Fanone told CNN that he personally asked FOP's president Patrick Yoes to speak out against those downplaying the events of January 6.
"I found it interesting that, you know, while the Fraternal Order of Police regularly releases statements protecting and defending officers who have been involved in 'line of duty shootings,' that there was no statement denouncing an elected representative who described this officer as an 'executioner laying in wait'. To me that was insane," Fanone said.
But FOP's president refused to commit to anything.
The situation is "a tremendous indictment of police unions in general and the FOP in particular," Serwer said.
"The group has placed its parochial interests ahead of the needs of the public, from whom police derive their authority, and ahead of its sworn brothers and sisters in Washington, who drew the wrath of a political constituency that police unions would prefer not to antagonize. If a commitment to 'law and order' does not include support for the peaceful and democratic transition of power, it is meaningless."
Read the full op-ed over at The Atlantic.
Trump's 'disturbing' plot to use the DOJ to steal the election appears to have broken at least two federal laws: legal expert
On CNN Thursday, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti analyzed former President Donald Trump's efforts to force the Justice Department to help him nullify the 2020 presidential election.
"You're a lawyer," said anchor Jim Sciutto. "Is this evidence of illegal activity by the former president?"
"It certainly looks like it," said Mariotti. "I will say it's one of the most outrageous and dastardly things I've ever seen in my life. It is something that I think people at home should be able to see on its face is something that's very problematic, which is — an effort by the president of the United States, and in this case a top DOJ official, really to spread what some people call the big lie. Essentially that letter says there are irregularities in the election, suggests that the legislature should call a special session to effectively overturn the results in Georgia, and doesn't cite any real law. It essentially says there is 'irregularity.' It's disturbing stuff."
"There are federal criminal laws that prohibit efforts to try to interfere with an election, an election of the president," said Mariotti. "There's also laws that prohibit coercing employees in the federal government to engage in political activity. It sure looks a lot like a partisan effort, very, very concerning stuff."
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‘Demented clown’ Trump blasted for ‘rooting against America’ with unhinged statement attacking US women's soccer team
Echoing a MAGA chorus three days later, former president Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Women's National Team on Thursday, calling the players "leftist maniacs" and claiming they didn't win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics because they are "woke."
After a disappointing loss to Canada in the semifinals on Monday, the U.S. team captured the bronze medal with a victory on Thursday. Longstanding right-wing attacks on the team began to resurface when members participated in a protest against racism at the start of the Olympics.
In his statement, shared by spokeswoman Liz Harrington on Twitter, Trump singled out an old nemesis, Megan Rapinoe, who incidentally scored two goals in the bronze medal victory over Australia — her final Olympic game.
"If our soccer team, headed by a radical group of Leftist Maniacs, wasn't woke, they would have won the Gold medal instead of the Bronze," Trump said. "Woke means you lose, everything that is woke goes bad, and our soccer team certainly has. There were, however, a few patriots standing. Unfortunately, they need more help than that respecting our Country and National Anthem. They should replace the wokesters with Patriots and start winning again. The woman with the purple hair played terribly and spends too much time thinking about Radical Left politics and not doing her job!"
Here's how Twitter reacted.
The leader of the republican party is rooting against America. Remember that. https://t.co/IenH6kunlN— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@Bill Pascrell, Jr.) 1628171535.0
I’ll give Trump every cent I have if he can explain the offside rule. Fuck this demented clown. https://t.co/FkrB8YoFG1— Schmetzer's Tough Kids (@Schmetzer's Tough Kids) 1628173275.0
GOP's hatred for US Olympians really hasn't gotten the press attention it deserves. if a Dem ex-president had eve… https://t.co/KvSACCL3Vy— Eric Boehlert (@Eric Boehlert) 1628171516.0
Megan Rapinoe still living rent-free in the ex-president’s mind, I see https://t.co/8HIvzlJlMU— Elise Foley (@Elise Foley) 1628170930.0
Trump, the Big Election Loser, is now 'woke' https://t.co/nTdDDREUgv— stuart jones (@stuart jones) 1628171859.0
Wait till Trump finds out anything about the Canada team https://t.co/UCAUrt0szw— Igor Bobic (@Igor Bobic) 1628171283.0
The team that beat the "woke" US Women's team: https://t.co/FaM4IxCayT https://t.co/sWtnFwB2wE— Chicago Spurs (@Chicago Spurs) 1628171569.0
Canada has a trans man on their team. https://t.co/QW4x1reo6A— sonibill NGA (@sonibill NGA) 1628171389.0
If anyone knows about historical losses, it's him. https://t.co/pCP3C39WFj— New York City should only have 1 District Attorney (@New York City should only have 1 District Attorney) 1628172214.0
Like an aging rock star, playing tiny, half-empty clubs, just weakly strumming through old hits.... https://t.co/OnAtFun7dJ— McNally 🗺 (@McNally 🗺) 1628172330.0
USWNT you see was notably not woke when they won the World Cup in 2019. https://t.co/y7PYnTDkiW— Mike L. Goodman (@Mike L. Goodman) 1628172044.0
the men's team is so woke, it didn't even qualify. https://t.co/AQCYREMwOL— please be careful (@please be careful) 1628171607.0
imagining the previous president taking the field against the women's soccer team and getting immediately slide tac… https://t.co/fb7jphnqEx— Chris Mohney (@Chris Mohney) 1628172021.0
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