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Trump mocked over latest guilty ruling: There's going to be 'a lot of ketchup on the walls' at Mar-a-Lago
While there have been legitimate legal analyses about the verdict in Manhattan Tuesday and what it means for future fraud cases, some responded the news about the Trump Organization's convictions concerned for condiments.
While testifying before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack and the attempt to overthrow the 2020 election, the former aide to chief of staff Mark Meadows revealed Donald Trump had a tendency to throw his food.
“There was ketchup dripping down the wall and a shattered porcelain plate on the floor,” Hutchinson testified, noting that White House staff nearby said the president was “extremely angry” after Bill Barr's interview saying there was no voter fraud. She said she got a towel and tried to help wipe the ketchup off of the wall with the president's personal valet.
The color commentary has become a running joke about Donald Trump for every piece of bad news the former president faces.
Such was the case on Tuesday when the ex-president's company was found guilty on 17 charges involving tax fraud and sketchy business practices. The word "ketchup" started trending among liberal Twitter while the "Trump Organization" was trending nationally.
Snarky activist Jeff Tiedrich started the ketchup talk early after it was announced that the Jan. 6 committee was readying to refer some for criminal prosecution at the Justice Department.
"I hope they've hidden the ketchup at Mar-a-Lago. WILL BE WILD," he mocked.
Democratic fundraiser Jon Cooper agreed, noting that the ketchup was likely "flying."
"I feel badly for the cleaning staff who will be stuck cleaning up all of that ketchup tonight," agreed Twitter user Maverick.
Author and lawyer Howard Altman also sent a message to Mar-a-Lago to "brace for ketchup."
"Breaking: shortage of ketchup at MAL area supermarkets. No reason ascertained as yet," quipped former assistant U.S. Attorney for the SDNY, Richard Signorelli.
Humor columnist for USA Today, Rex Huppke, announced, "BREAKING: South Florida under emergency 'ketchup tsunami' warning."
Cartoons, memes and gifs then followed:
Trump Organization just found guilty on all counts of tax fraud, 17 in total The halls of Mar-a-Lago will be drip… https://t.co/YNvguBiAnL— Caitlin of County Kerry (@Caitlin of County Kerry) 1670361297
\u201cBREAKING! Lots and lots of ketchup bottles at Mar-A-Lago\u201d— DrDinD \ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@DrDinD \ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1670361220
\u201cAll of the ketchup is heading to Mar-a-lardo right now\u2026.\u201d— All Out Of Bubblegum (@All Out Of Bubblegum) 1670362682
The Trump Organization's conviction will help connect the man himself to the fraud cases: legal experts
The fine that the Trump Organization will be forced to pay in the New York case is not tax-deductible, quipped New York Times reporter Susanne Craig about the recent 17 guilty verdicts. She went on to explain that listening to the trial it became very clear that the idea that only CFO Allen Weisselberg got the fringe benefits were not believable.
This happens amid the possibility that the Manhattan District Attorney could levy a case he'd been criticized for putting aside, which could result in a $250 million fine. In this case, it is no more than $1.7 million.
Former FBI general counsel and NYU law school professor, Andrew Weissmann explained that the charges specifically focused on the company and not Donald Trump himself. The DA did not pursue Trump as an individual despite him directing the company.
"But there is a big 'however,' which is that, in the proof at trial, as the government said in its summation, included proof that Donald Trump knew of this wide-ranging, as you said, 15-year conspiracy, that was ongoing in the two Trump Organizations," he explained. "And, frankly, the idea that it would have been ongoing for 15 years in a small company and it was happening behind his back, when his own company and he were benefitting from it which seems, you know, laughable. I think that's part of the reason that the jury came back, you know, so quickly here."
Former U.S. Attorney, Harry Litman explained that the conviction here will likely make the New York attorney general's case broader.
Attorney General Letitia James released a statement saying, "We can have no tolerance for individuals or organizations that violate our laws to line their pockets. I commend Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his team for their successful prosecution of the Trump Organization, and I was proud to assist in this important case. This verdict sends a clear message that no one, and no organization, is above our laws."
Her state charges against the Trump Organization include a charge for CFO Allen Weisselberg as well around insurance fraud.
Former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu recalled that Bragg had previously dropped the case against Trump as an individual, leading to the resignation of top prosecutors Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz who believed that a case could be made.
"Sure the case is significant but Trump will spin it - as did his defense counsel - as being all his CFO Alan Weisselberg's fault who pled guilty to tax fraud and happily took his sweet-heart of 5 months jail followed by probation," said Wu.
Harry Litman agreed with Wu, noting that Bragg targeting Trump is likely on the horizon.
"Just on the evidence in the trial, not only was the Trump stuff part of it," said Litman. "But it was actually joined at closing by the defense. In other words, you can see this, and law authorities will see this as a likely determination by a jury of Trump's involvement in the overall scheme."
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen also explained that he has spoken to the DA over a dozen times about exactly this.
The next question is whether the IRS will also take up the case. As Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation at NYU Daniel Shaviro explained, it will be difficult to see how the Trump Org. could be considered innocent of federal tax fraud while being guilty of state-level charges. James has made a referral to the IRS already.
"But arguably of greater interest would be federal and state tax fraud (and other) charges against Trump himself," Shaviro said.
Legal commentator Bradley Moss quipped, "You know who doesn’t have a corporation named after him that was convicted of tax fraud? Joe Biden."
Not only did Weisselberg score the benefits, but so did Trump's own children.
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On Monday, "Cheers" actor Kirstie Alley was reported to have died after a brief illness. “We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” wrote her children True and Lillie Parker in a statement.
But according to VICE News, this explanation from her loved ones did not satisfy the QAnon movement, an infamous group of believers in an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that America is controlled by cannibalistic, child-trafficking Satanists. Many of them are now convinced that Alley, an outspoken anti-vaxxer, was assassinated for her opposition to the COVID vaccines.
"On the QAnon message board the Great Awakening, members concluded that the sudden nature of Alley’s death was a clear sign that her death was part of a global plot to silence critics of the COVID vaccines," reported David Gilbert. "'I wholly believe the [deep state] has a way of dosing people with poisons that create aggressive cancers,' one member wrote. Another added: 'She either just drew the short straw or she was poisoned by the Deep State for being a public Patriot.'"
Alley previously claimed that she would be "ignoring" vaccine mandates until they "can prevent me from getting COVID or prevent you from getting it." In fact, the vaccines do both those things. A supporter of former President Donald Trump, Alley has also promoted QAnon content herself.
As the report noted, the QAnon movement often attributes any sudden death of a public figure to the COVID vaccines, spurred by the recent release of a debunked antivaxxer propaganda film, "Died Suddenly." Because Alley was well known not to have taken the vaccine, some believers are now speculating that she was forcibly given the shot, in order to kill her.
"Some conspiracy theorists claimed on extremist message boards, as well as social networks like Truth Social, Gab, and Telegram, that because she had recently joined the cast of The Masked Singer Alley would have been 'forced' to get a vaccine against her will. Others speculated, without any evidence, that she would have had to be vaccinated in order to receive treatment for her cancer," said the report. "One member of a conspiracy group on Telegram claimed they had called the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, where Alley was being treated to try and find out if patients there needed a COVID vaccine in order to be admitted. The person got no answer but encouraged others to call the hospital on Tuesday morning to try and get an answer. 'Can't help but wonder if 'they' got her in another way,' another member of the group wrote."