TRENTON -- Gov. Chris Christie may be on likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's short list of potential running mates, but that doesn't mean New Jersey voters support the idea. A wide majority of Garden State voters, 72 percent, say Trump should not choose Christie as a running mate, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll…
Trump denies report he demanded DOJ investigate Saturday Night Live — but insists the show's attacks on him were 'illegal'
On Tuesday, following a Daily Beast report that former President Donald Trump pushed the Justice Department to investigate the show "Saturday Night Live" for making fun of him, the former president released a statement angrily denying he did any such thing — but maintaining that SNL's satire of his behavior could somehow be illegal.
Satire is legal under the First Amendment and unlike things on Fox News, for example, SNL doesn't paint itself as "news."
"The story that I asked the Department of Justice to go after ratings-challenged (without Trump!) Saturday Night Live, and other late-night Losers, is total Fake News," wrote Trump. "It was fabricated, there were no sources, and yet the Lamestream Media goes with it."
However, he continued, "I do believe that the 100% one-sided shows should be considered an illegal campaign contribution from the Democrat [sic] Party, hard to believe I got 75 million votes (the most of any sitting President) despite all of that, together with a very Fraudulent Election." Decades of court precedent makes clear that satire is protected political speech.
Trump also gave a wink to the QAnon conspiracy theories that he could be "reinstated," saying that he expects to be back in office "2024 or before!"
Read the full statement below:
Trump's former bodyguard is the one who really knows where the bodies are buried: Ex-Trump Org executive
Speaking to MSNBC on Tuesday, former Trump Organization executive Barbara Res explained that while CFO Allen Weisselberg might know everything about financial documents, the person who really knows where the bodies are buried is Trump's former bodyguard.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Tuesday that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's office is now investigating Matthew Calamari, who, like Weisselberg, may have gotten "gifts" from Trump as another form of tax-free payment.
"Calamari knows where the bodies are buried," Res explained. "He's been with Trump through thick and thin, every single move that Trump has made Matt has been there, or someone else, but usually Matt. He might not know anything financial, but he probably was sitting around when things were discussed, so he probably does. The thought that Trump gave him something to engender his loyalty, that's not new. He's been doing it all along."
She recalled that Trump would give out free tickets to the U.S. Open or cars to employees as a mechanism of collecting loyalty from people.
"That's sort of the way -- like a Godfather," she continued. "I don't doubt that Trump gave Matt different things. We'll find out. We know one thing for sure, he gave his son a job. That's a big deal for anyone -- and he's done that with others. For anyone who gets a job for their child that works for Trump, that's an automatic loyalty and 'Do everything I say,' because if you don't, not only do you get fired, but your kid loses their position."
See the video below:
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On Tuesday, Newsweek reported that a highway sign in south Florida was hacked to say the words, "Arrest Fauci," "COVID-19 was a hoax," and "VACCINES KILL."
"NBC 6 reported that by mid-morning, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority officials were aware of the sign and had turned it off," wrote Emma Mayer. "Newsweek reached out to the Miami Department of Transportation for comment but has yet to receive a response."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institutes of Health's infectious disease division and a top adviser on the coronavirus pandemic under both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, has become a lightning rod for anger among the far-right and anti-vaxxer groups, who are convinced the pandemic was not serious and he called for public health restrictions like masking and lockdowns for some other, more nefarious reason.
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