A construction crane collapsed onto the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Friday, the holy city of Islam located in Saudi Arabia, killing 87 people and injuring at least 180, according to the New York Times. Conservatives wasted no time gloating on Twitter that the tragedy was divine payback for the September 11 attacks of 2001.
The mosque is currently surrounded by cranes because the Saudi government has embarked on a multibillion dollar project expanding it, the Times reports. The crane appears to have toppled amid a heavy rain storm. Video from inside the building shows chaos and worshippers covered in blood.
Mecca is the site of pilgrimage, or Hajj, for Muslims and the Grand Mosque houses the Kabaa, a black structure that is the equivalent of Tabernacle in Christianity and Judaism in that it is considered a dwelling place of God. When Muslims pray, no matter where they are in the world, they pray facing the Kabaa.
Conservative Christians seemed to believe the tragic accident was divine “karma,” a concept borrowed from Eastern religions unrelated to Christianity — a strange claim considering Christianity and Islam are two of the three Abrahamic religions, and they worship the same God.
The tweets, as seen here, were quite ugly:
— Watching PM #NaMo (@goyalsanjeev) September 11, 2015
Yesterday 9-10 over WTC & today 9-11 at Mecca: Hmmm….. pic.twitter.com/qVyF7c5WCI
— penelope210 (@penelopesire) September 11, 2015
— Conspiracy Quean (@ConspiracyQuean) September 11, 2015
http://t.co/kPXAwtXqf1 ….. so we now know god ain’t Allah and it get 9/11 revenge lmao
— Citizen Roscoe (@citizenroscoe) September 11, 2015
— Mr. I.M. Wright (@PubliusScion) September 11, 2015
— Amethyst Braincloud (@AmethystBcloud) September 11, 2015
Video of both the crane collapsing from the outside and chaos in the immediate aftermath can be seen here, posted to YouTube by Nature Reporter.
Giuliani’s latest trip to Ukraine opened a new door for prosecutors to go after Trump: MSNBC analyst
On MSNBC Saturday afternoon, legal analyst Danny Cevallos explained how Rudy Giuliani's trip to Ukraine to produce anti-impeachment propaganda could end up harming his legal position — by muddying attorney-client privilege with President Donald Trump.
"The only path to legitimacy is if there was a true corruption threat in Ukraine, and specifically if Hunter Biden and Burisma posed a true corruption threat," said Cevallos. "That is why Rudy Giuliani is in Ukraine. He's building that case. So that he can show, bring a news network there, right-leaning news network to do a documentary or investigate this issue and yield factual information that Rudy Giuliani can point to and say, this corruption, this evidence, these facts show that President trump was warranted in requesting an investigation, not generally into corruption, specifically into Hunter Biden. It's the only path that will work for Republicans that passes even remotely any kind of smell test. Even then, it's a bit of a stretch."
Devin Nunes likely under federal investigation over foreign contacts after Parnas phone call revelation: ex-FBI official
On MSNBC's "AM Joy," former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi speculated that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) may already be under FBI investigation for his secret calls with indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.
"What do you make of the fact that the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, who participated in the Adam Schiff portion of the impeachment hearings, never said anything to anybody about the fact that he was not just the guy who's sitting on the dais, he was involved in some way with one of the players?" asked host Joy Reid.
"Well, it says a lot on two levels," said Figliuzzi. "It says a lot about Devin Nunes as an individual, his ethics, his integrity, and what he's all about. And then on a larger level, it's just a huge, ironic development that we're hearing all of this about — the Republicans are defending allegations that the president lacks integrity and ethics, and they're sitting there overseeing this and they're not recusing themselves, and they're not saying anything about their colleague, Devin Nunes. So, you know, the hypocrisy is loud and clear here. And eventually when the dust clears, Joy, I wouldn't be surprised if ethics investigations and perhaps even criminal investigations really point the finger at Nunes as someone who should have recused himself and is much deeper into this than we know now."
Mitch McConnell’s effort to sabotage Trump impeachment could hit this brick wall
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his GOP allies have signaled that they might pass a highly partisan set of rules designed to sabotage an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which might include everything from time limits on Democrats trying to submit evidence, to a parallel public investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden to make Trump's Ukraine behavior look legitimate.
But on MSNBC's "AM Joy," justice and security analyst Matthew Miller walked host Joy Reid through how difficult such a package of rules could be to pass — and how even a small defection of senators from his caucus could block it.