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Devin Nunes latest lawsuit hilariously backfires as #YachtCocaineProstitutes soars to top of Twitter’s trending topics

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U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes used to be best known for the press conference he delivered from the White House lawn during which he breathlessly – and falsely – announced a “source” had tipped him that Trump and his associates were essentially being surveilled by U.S. intelligence, which was false. It was political theater and not very good at that. That “source” turned out to be Trump administration officials and Nunes was forced to recuse himself from his own committee’s – he was its chairman at the time – Russia investigation.

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Now Nunes is on another tear. Through his (apparently not great) attorneys he as been on a mission to sue his detractors, something politicians rarely do because this is America and we have something called the First Amendment.

After suing a Republican strategist, Twitter, and two anonymous Twitter accounts named Devin Nunes’ Mom and Devin Nunes’ cow for defamation, Congressman Nunes is now suing his hometown newspaper.

Related: Internet Ridicules ‘Snowflake’ Devin Nunes for Suing Parody Accounts for ‘Extreme Pain and Suffering’

Long story short, Nunes apparently is furious that his hometown newspaper ran an article titled, “A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes: Winery partly owned by Nunes sued after fundraiser event” in May of 2018.

Here’s how The New York Times describes it:

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Less than a month after suing Twitter for allowing its users to insult him, Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, said he was suing the McClatchy Company, a newspaper chain, over what he called “character assassination.”

The defamation lawsuit seeks $150 million and the deletion of an article in The Fresno Bee, a McClatchy newspaper, about Alpha Omega Winery, a company that Mr. Nunes partially owns. The article, published last May, described a lawsuit by a server who was aboard a San Francisco Bay cruise in 2015 attended by some of the winery’s top investors, which she said included drugs and prostitution.

The article said it was “unclear” whether Mr. Nunes “was aware of the lawsuit or was affiliated with the fund-raiser” at which the cruise was auctioned.

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Nunes says, “If you’re out there and you lied and you defamed, we’re going to come after you.”

The Times notes “the standard for a public figure to prove defamation against a news outlet is high.”

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On social media, that Fresno Bee article is getting a lot of attention, and thanks to Nunes’ lawsuit, has spawned the hashtag, #YachtCocaineProstitutes, which is the number one trending topic on Twitter.

Rep. Nunes is again being mercilessly mocked as a result. Take a look:

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Catholic leaders promised transparency about child abuse — but they haven’t delivered

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It took 40 years and three bouts of cancer for Larry Giacalone to report his claim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a Boston priest named Richard Donahue.

Giacalone sued Donahue in 2017, alleging the priest molested him in 1976, when Giacalone was 12 and Donahue was serving at Sacred Heart Parish. The lawsuit never went to trial, but a compensation program set up by the archdiocese concluded that Giacalone “suffered physical injuries and emotional injuries as a result of physical abuse” and directed the archdiocese to pay him $73,000.

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Mike Pompeo’s behavior is straight out of Nixon VP’s playbook: historians

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‘Our chances of ever exiting the nightmare are shrinking’: Paul Krugman explains how the GOP is getting worse

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