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MSNBC's Morning Joe rips Jim Jordan's 'sheer idiocy' about Dr. Fauci: 'You have to be a moron to believe it'
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ripped Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for spreading "idiocy" and "lies" about Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The Ohio Republican berated the esteemed epidemiologist during a House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee hearing, and the "Morning Joe" host bashed Jordan for undermining public health by spreading conspiracy theories about the pandemic.
"The lies continue, the scapegoating still continues," Scarborough said. "No personal liberties were taken away. The Supreme Court has reviewed cases, the courts have reviewed cases. It's just, it's sheer idiocy playing for the lowest common denominator."
Republicans have been attacking Fauci since the beginning of the pandemic over his suggestions to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus, and Scarborough said that has cost thousands of American lives.
"You have to be a moron to believe it, but there are, I guess, a lot of morons out there," Scarborough said. "Something called 'Plandemic,' where they get somebody to come in just makes things up whole cloth, suggesting he killed people during the AIDS epidemic. It's all filled with lies, and yet people are stupid enough to believe it."
"Jim Jordan peddles those lies, and peddles the suggestion that Anthony Fauci somehow is the problem instead of a coronavirus that's spread across America and killed 550,000 people," he added.
Scarborough said he personally knows educated people who believe the pandemic is fake and that doctors are risking their careers by lying about COVID-19 deaths for profit.
"Really intelligent people I have known my entire life who run actual operations actually believe that doctors are lying on death certificates, and putting that somebody died of COVID, because their hospital would make more money," Scarborough said.
"These aren't people stepping, you know, out of a cave, chewing tobacco and, like, have never gone to school," he added. "That's one of the great lies of this Trump populism, that it's all a certain group of uneducated, you know, teeming masses. No, no -- a lot of the people that I have to talk to every day, that believe these stupid lies, they're really intelligent. They're really wealthy and they are in a cult and they can't break out of it."
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Trump's DC critics forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars on personal security after Capitol riots: report
According to a report from Punchbowl News, Congressional critics of Donald Trump have been forced to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for bodyguards and home security following the assault on the Capitol on Jan 6th by far-right extremists after the ex-president delivered at a "Stop the Steal" rally.
A review of first-quarter Federal Election Commission reports by Punchbowl reveals lawmakers -- both Republicans and Democrats -- paying for retired Secret Service agents as bodyguards as well as reinforced doors and tinted windows at their homes.
According to the report, "... the phenomenon seems most acute among Republicans who voted to impeach and convict former President Donald Trump. High-profile Democrats also shelled out piles of cash for private security. Several lawmakers privately told us that they got a flood of death threats after opposing Trump."
Tops on the list -- which Punchbowl claimed would be added to as FEC reporting is reviewed _- is out-going GOP Sen. Pat Toomey (PA) who paid out nearly $70,000 in campaign funds.
"His campaign spent $39,000 with T&M USA LLC, which provides a variety of security services; $18,376 with Altronics, which provides closed-circuit security monitoring; $7,300 with Fortified Estate, which brands itself as 'The Leader In Refined Ballistic Doors, Windows, Walls & Panic Rooms'; $3,900 at Tint Pro, which provides shaded windows; and $650 with Lehigh Valley Paladin LLC, security and intelligence professionals," the report states.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who also voted for impeachment, paid $43,633 with Ambolt Security Group, run by "a former police officer and two former FBI agents," while frequent Trump critic, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), ha shelled out "$50,400 with three former Secret Service agents and Command Executive Services."
As for Democrats, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has "spent more than $45,000 on security -- including during a trip to Houston," while Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) spent $44,400 with Global Guardian in Virginia, with the report adding that Swalwell was also provided with Cap[itol security during the time he served as an impeachment manager pressing the case against Trump.
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A data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website shows that police officers have not only helped pay for accused Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse's legal defense, but one even sent him a fawning message praising him for his "courage."
The Guardian reports that data stolen from fundraising website GiveSendGo shows that several donations to Rittenhouse's legal defense were "associated with email addresses traceable to police and other public officials."
One donation that came from an email address for a police officer in Norfolk, Virginia included words of comfort for Rittenhouse, who has been charged with murder for fatally shooting two people during a Black Lives Matter demonstration last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
"God bless," the officer wrote. "Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You've done nothing wrong."
Looking at the big picture, The Guardian found that "in many of these cases, the donations [to Rittenhouse's defense] were attached to their official email addresses, raising questions about the use of public resources in supporting such campaigns."
GiveSendGo, which was set up as a crowdfunding site for Christian charity initiatives, has emerged as a notorious hotspot for far-right fundraising activities and has helped pay for expenses related to the notorious "Stop the Steal" rallies that spread bogus information about the 2020 presidential election being supposedly "stolen" from former President Donald Trump.
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