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A Pennsylvania elected official allegedly slapped a fellow township commissioner in the face during an event for children.
John Lorenzo, a Rostraver Township commissioner, was cited with two counts of harassment or physical contact, disorderly conduct and an additional harassment charge in connection with a trick-or-treat event on Halloween, reported the Tribune-Review.
“The defendant did create such an inconvenience to the public that he was escorted out of the area by (the) Rostraver Police Department,” the citation reads.
The 43-year-old Lorenzo, who switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican after his 2019 election, is enrolled in the state’s probationary Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program after he was prosecuted earlier this year for creating fake social media accounts and using "burner" phones to harass political opponents and other rivals.
In the Halloween incident, Lorenzo is accused of yelling obscenities, grabbing people by the shoulder and slapping commissioner Jeffrey Johnson in the face while children were present.
Lorenzo's attorney disputes the facts presented in the citation, and he said his client was "adamant that he was not escorted out by the police at all."
His father, Nick Lorenzo, served as a Democratic township commissioner for nearly 30 years before he was defeated in 2011, and he died three years later.
A CNN panel on Tuesday documented how former President Donald Trump has seemingly cast off whatever remaining moderating influences he once had in favor of embracing his most fringe supporters.
In particular, panelist Audie Cornish argued that the fact that Trump had anti-Semitic rapper Kanye West and Holocaust-denying podcaster Nick Fuentes over for dinner at Mar-a-Lago showed that things have gone even further off the rails in recent months.
"One of the things we learned from the subsequent reporting of the last couple months is that there was sort of like a 'Team Crazy' and a 'Team Normal' around Trump," she said. "There were some people who encouraged his worst impulses around trying to hold onto power, and others who fought it. And you do have to ask whether or not a dinner like this happens because there are fewer and fewer people who will say 'no' to the things that do not make sense for the former leader of the free world to be doing, and is that how you end up at a dinner like that?"
"I think the answer is self-evident," replied fellow panelist John Avlon. "The answer is... it's all Team Crazy, all the time."
Multiple leading Republicans, including former Vice President Mike Pence and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, have denounced Trump for meeting with West and Fuentes.
The former president still has not issued any apology for the meeting and has not denounced the pair's frequent anti-Semitic statements.
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'Such dopes': Morning Joe explains how AZ officials refusing to certify the election could damage Kari Lake
Reacting to a report that a Republican Party-dominated county in Arizona is refusing to certify the 2022 election results that showed GOP nominee Kari Lake lost to her Democratic opponent for the governorship, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called out the officials for doing additional damage to the candidate they ostensibly appear to be trying to help.
As NBC reported, a lawsuit "filed in Arizona Superior Court, aims to compel the Cochise County Board of Supervisors to certify the county's results from the Nov. 8 election. The deadline for county certification is Monday. Officials in Cochise, one of 15 counties in the state, voted earlier in the day against certifying its election results. The county previously postponed certification at a Nov. 18 meeting."
Prior to going to commercial on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Scarborough made a point of noting the foolishness of GOP officials refusing to certify the votes when Lake won the county -- saying it just hurts her case that there is election fraud.
"These people are such dopes. They don't understand, " Scarborough told co-host Mika Brzezinski as she read the NBC report.
"That's a county Kari Lake won!" he continued. "So if they don't certify the results, then the shadow... of [Governor-elect] Katie Hobbs gets even more of a victory."
'Yeah, Kari Lake lost to the shadow," his co-host quipped.
Watch the video below or at this link.
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