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GOP Texas governor candidate: It would be 'cancel culture' to fire campaign staffer with white nationalist ties
Don Huffines, a Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate who is running a primary challenge against incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott, is refusing to fire a campaign staffer who has in the past been allied with avowed white nationalists.
As Huffington Post reports, Huffines is standing by right-wing activist Jake Lloyd Colglazier, who was once a featured speaker at an America First conference organized by Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, and who once claimed that the white "race is dying."
In an interview with Huffington Post, Huffines said that he wouldn't give in to "cancel culture" by firing Colglazier.
“He has done fieldwork for my campaign," the Texas Republican explained. "I have 12 field offices across Texas and over 70 people on payroll with my campaign. If I were to go through the social media history of any young Texan I would find something I disagree with. My campaign will not participate in cancel culture.”
As Huffington Post explains, however, Colglizier's ties to white nationalists go beyond a few problematic tweets.
In a January 2020 livestream, for example, he explicitly said his goal was to infiltrate the Republican Party to make it more friendly toward white nationalist views.
“We need to get into positions of authority, or within close proximity of positions of authority,” he said. “We need to get into positions of institutional power so that we can enact policies that can prevent or stymie demographic change, so that we can continue to gain institutional power, so that we can restore historical America.”
The 115-page supplemental documents and narrative submitted by New York Attorney General Letitia James outline two instances of possible tax fraud by the Trump Organization as part of an extensive investigation into the company's financial documents.
According to the filings, there were two cases in which former President Donald Trump's company misled the IRS
“Evidence indicates that the Trump Organization also submitted fraudulent or misleading valuations to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), specifically related to the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles and Seven Springs," the introduction reads.
It cites Dec. 26, 2014, when two Trump Organization properties donated a "conservation easement" to use as a driving range for the Trump National Golf Course — Los Angeles (Trump Golf LA).
"The donation meant foregoing the right to build 16 residential lots in the driving range’s location but did not preclude the Trump Organization from continuing to use the site as a driving range," the AG filing explained. "In a process quarterbacked by Mr. Trump’s tax counsel, Sheri Dillon, two Cushman appraisers found that the development value donated was $25 million dollars. Mr. Trump submitted this valuation to the Internal Revenue Service to obtain a tax benefit."
The appraisal overstated the value of the donation, particularly when it came to the speed that it ould be developed and " failing to value a reduction in affordable housing requirements that the donation enabled."
The report goes on to say that the appraisers at Cushman misstated the value due to "an atmosphere of pressure applied to them by the Trump Organization— which one appraiser said was 'fighting for every $1.'"
The site was reportedly unstable and the proximity to the Pacific Coast meant that it had to be approved for development by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. The geologist who looked at the site said that it would need improvements before it could be developed.
"This presented a particular hurdle for 16 planned lots on the driving range and putting green: In June 2011, the Trump Organization’s geologist produced a report stating that 104 'shear pins,' stabilizing implements drilled into the ground to provide engineering stability, would be required to develop the lots safely," the case says.
The filing explained that donating a "conservation easement over the 16 proposed lots would allow it to continue to use the area as a driving range and putting green."
That began a long back and forth detailed in seven pages that point to the Trump Org's efforts to make more out of less.
"The Trump Organization involving misstatements to counterparties, including financial institutions, and the Internal Revenue Service," said the filing. "The Trump Organization has responded to OAG’s document and testimonial subpoenas, producing more than 930,000 documents. Although approximately a dozen current and former Trump Organization employees have testified before OAG, and Mr. Trump personally authorized the production of federal income tax information to OAG, Mr. Trump himself has declined to comply with OAG subpoenas for documents and testimony, moving to quash the subpoenas in this proceeding and (along with the Trump Organization) seeking to enjoin this investigation in its entirety in a recently-filed action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. Mr. Trump should be compelled by this Court to testify before OAG and produce to OAG relevant documents in his possession, custody, or control."
Tusitala "Tiny" Toese, a member of the far-right Proud Boys group who has been seen in numerous videos engaging in street violence with left-wing groups, has been arrested in Oregon in relation to events that took place in Portland protest back August, The Stranger reports.
Toese was captured on video at the so-called "Summer of Love" rally shooting a paintball gun at Antifa protesters, attacking an antifascist protester who was sitting in a truck, and tipping over an empty van that was used to transport Antifa members to the rally. At the same rally, Antifa protesters were captured on video pepper-spraying a female journalist and committing other various acts of violence.
"I know days from now, I might be arrested," he said at the time. "I'm sick and tired, and if we have to die to defend ourselves, our families, and our fucking freedom in America, we're gonna do it."
Toese has been charged with three counts of assault in the second degree, two counts of assault in the third degree, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of riot, and two counts of criminal mischief.