We've talked in the past about the wonderful world of moral panics that typically show up anytime a new kind of entertainment and/or technology is introduced. Whether they revolve around Dungeons and Dragons, social media, now-accepted pagan holidays…
Jimmy Kimmel slams 'Typhoid Harry' Trump for spreading COVID: 'I wonder whose tiny hand they all shook'
Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night mocked Donald Trump for denying a report from his own "friend" and former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, suggesting that the then-president knew he had COVID-19 when he participated in the first 2020 debate.
Kimmel noted that according to Meadows' new book, Trump tested positive three days before the debate, on Sept. 26.
"He then tests again and gets a negative result, and says, 'Well that settles it, I'm fine,' and continues to hold a number of maskless ass-kiss rodeos," Kimmel said, adding that Trump didn't get tested prior to the debate, even though the rules required it, because he "arrived late," but Fox News allowed allowed him to participate anyway.
"Three days later, he announces to the world he has COVID and is airlifted to the hospital like a cow with a broken leg," Kimmel said.
Noting that Fox News claimed the network was "relying on the honor system," Kimmel said, "You might as well rely on the Dewey Decimal System. Have you met Donald Trump? 'Do you promise you're negative, guy who ran a fake university?' Of course typhoid Harry wanted to debate anyway."
Kimmel then pointed to Trump's statement from Wednesday calling the report "fake news," which the host called "especially hilarious" given that the former president celebrated the announcement of Meadows' book in October.
"Two months later, Mark Meadows is a jerk and it's fake news," Kimmel said. "And If you do the math on the COVID, it means Trump had it at that little soiree he threw for judge Amy Coney Barrett, after which at least eight people who were there tested positive. I wonder who they got it from. I wonder whose tiny hand they all shook at that party."
Kimmel also noted that Trump later called in to Fox News and suggested he caught COVID from Gold Star families at another event on Sept. 27.
"The only thing shocking about any of this is that anyone would be shocked by it," Kimmel said. "Of course he didn't tell the Gold Star families and the Supreme Court justice and Joe Biden he was positive. This is a guy who didn't even wear a condom with a porn star. He draws on weather maps and tells you it's the real weather. Sadly, testing positive for COVID was the only positive thing he did in four years as president."
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Capitol rioter Mark Simon, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in August, is asking a federal judge for leniency because he was not sober at the time of the insurrection.
The charge of "parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol" carries a penalty of up to six months in prison. However, Simon is asking for probation, according to NBC News investigative reporter Scott MacFarlane.
"I am deeply sorry and regret my actions on the day of Jan. 6," Simon wrote in a letter to the judge. "Unfortunately, I was under the influence of drugs and alcohol that day. I probably would not have made the decision to go to DC if I were sober at the time."
Simon, from Huntington Beach, California, said he's had a problem with drugs and alcohol since he was young. He went to a treatment program in 1998 and stayed sober until 2016.
"During the time that I was sober, I got married, had 2 children an (sic) started and maintained a successful air conditioning business," he wrote. "I relapsed in 2016 after my divorce. And I made series of bad decisions since then. Including supporting Donald Trump and going to the Capital (sic) on January 6th."
Simon violated his probation from a previous California charge when he participated in the insurrection. As a result, he served 90 days in jail earlier this year. But he said he's been sober since he was went into custody on Feb. 25.
The Orange County Register reported that Simon was first linked to the Capitol insurrection thanks to a since-deleted blog post saying "Storm the Capitol for Trump!" and showing him with a woman in Washington.
"Local law enforcement officials helped identify Simon for their federal counterparts, describing him as a 'known activist' in Huntington Beach," the newspaper reported. "Simon videotaped himself saying, 'In the Capitol, baby, yeah!' and '2021 Donald Trump!' as he joined a group of people who were pushing their way into the building, according to a description of the recording in court filings."
Simon's video reportedly captured alarms sounding in the building, broken glass visible on adjacent doors and law enforcement attempting to remove people from the area, according to an FBI agent.
"During an earlier hearing, a prosecutor told a magistrate judge that Simon’s live-in girlfriend went with him to the Capitol and could potentially face charges," according to the Orange County Register. "There is no indication in court records that she has since been charged in connection to the Jan. 6 event."
Simon's sentencing is set for Dec. 7.
A Texas woman who allegedly pointed a gun at a mother and her six-month-old baby during a parking dispute has been arrested.
"Rossie Dennis, age 60, was arrested in Corpus Christi, Texas on Tuesday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after cops identified her as the person captured on a viral cellphone video pointing a handgun at a woman during a dispute over a parking spot at a grocery store," Law & Crime reports.
In the wake of the incident, which reportedly occurred outside an HEB grocery store, social media users alleged that the woman in the video pointed the gun at a woman who had her six-month-old baby with her in the car.
Corpus Christi police did not confirm that there was a baby in the car, but they said in a statement that Dennis "pointed a handgun at the victims" — plural — "and made a threat to shoot them."
When officers arrived at the scene on Nov. 24, they "were advised that a disturbance occurred in the parking lot over a parking space,” according to police.
"Officers were able to identify the female from video captured by one of the victims," the department said in the statement.
Dennis' bond was set at $50,000, according to the local CBS affiliate. Watch the report below.