Slate.com revealed Wednesday evening that Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was wearing body armor while speaking to President Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally.
But in a strange moment, Brooks confessed something he hasn't previously said about that day. In a conversation where he was trashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Brooks complained that her office wasn't "doing a better job with respect to the Capitol Police and their level of preparation."
"Then, to prove his point about preparation," wrote Newell, "he revealed a new detail to me: that because of a tip he'd received about potential violence, he'd been wearing body armor at the very same Ellipse speech in which he encouraged rally attendees to 'start taking down names and kicking ass.'"
"I was warned on Monday that there might be risks associated with the next few days," Brooks said. "And as a consequence of those warnings, I did not go to my condo. Instead, I slept on the floor of my office. And when I gave my speech at the Ellipse, I was wearing body armor.
"That's why I was wearing that nice little windbreaker. To cover up the body armor," said Brooks. Newell said he was grinning as he said it. Newell noted that Brooks didn't say who warned him or what specifically he was warned would be a "risk."
It was a detail that MSNBC host Ali Velshi keyed in on, wondering, who gave Brooks that "tip."
"Well, those sound like good questions for the new-select committee investigating the Jan 6th attack," said Velshi. "We don't know who will be getting subpoenas from that committee, but select committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), told us on this program last night that those subpoenas are going out, soon. In terms of what led to and prompted the Jan 6th attack? The lies about election fraud. The narrative of a stolen election. The fantasy that Donald Trump's election loss could be overturned. That, all, needs to be investigated by this select committee. But that is not just stuff that happened before Jan 6th. As far as a false narrative about the 2020 election that is inciting people to violence or potential violence, we're all living in an active crime scene, right now. This is ongoing."
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'You sound like an idiot': CNN's Chris Cuomo blasts anti-vax restaurant owner to his face in tense interview
CNN host Chris Cuomo got into a tense exchange on Wednesday with a California restaurant owner who is requiring customers to show proof that they are unvaccinated before entering.
Tony Roman, the owner of Basilico's Pasta e Vino, told Cuomo that he was dead serious about making sure no vaccinated people ate at his restaurant because he thought getting vaccinated is a sign of low intelligence.
"It's an IQ test," he said. "Like I say to people when they ask me, if they're so blinded with their rage and their hate, I tell them, you know what, if you don't understand it, maybe we should put up a sign that says you're too stupid to come into the restaurant."
This made no sense to Cuomo, who asked Roman if he was vaccinated. Roman responded by demanding Cuomo give his vaccination status first, to which Cuomo replied that he and his family were vaccinated.
"You're failing the IQ test," Roman replied, before then saying that barring vaccinated people from eating at his restaurant was not intended to be an anti-vaccine statement.
At the end of the interview, a frustrated Cuomo bluntly told Roman that "honestly, you sound like an idiot.":
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Violent demonstrations erupt at spa after Fox News hypes misinformation about trans people exposing themselves to kids
On Wednesday, The Guardian reported on how a viral right-wing hoax about a spa in Los Angeles picked up by Fox News' Tucker Carlson led to two weeks of violent clashes and far-right threats against the transgender community.
"On 24 June, a woman claimed on Instagram that a Korean spa in Los Angeles had allowed a 'man' to expose himself to women and girls in the women's section," reported Sam Levin and Lois Beckett. "The unsubstantiated allegations about Wi Spa in LA's Koreatown neighborhood quickly spread from social media to rightwing forums to far-right news sites to Fox News, and were distorted by anti-transgender groups across multiple countries."
According to the report, there is no evidence that anyone, male or female, exposed themselves to children at Wi Spa — the video that started the controversy just showed a woman demanding to know if one of the other customers was transgender, and an employee saying the spa doesn't discriminate by gender identity.
But the story picked up a life of its own, in large part thanks to Carlson.
According to Media Matters, Fox News discussed Wi Spa a dozen times in a week, with Carlson claiming a "man" was naked in the "female kids section". Internet commentators also turned their rage on Precious Child, a transgender activist in L.A. who has never actually been to the spa, as people speculated she was the supposed flasher and bombarded her with slurs and death threats, with one account sending her a picture of a rifle with the caption "Dirty piece of sh*t predator."
"The massive media attention resulted in two weekends of chaotic rallies in LA this month, in which anti-trans and trans-rights protesters fought in the streets, and women carrying 'protect female spaces' signs paraded alongside members of the far-right Proud Boys," said the report. "Trans counter-protesters and their supporters described being Maced, stabbed and chased by rightwing demonstrators, as well as injured by police." Futhermore, "Marie Dumouch, a 20-year-old French woman who came to both demonstrations to film and interview participants, said she was surrounded by rightwing demonstrators and bear-sprayed in the face during the 17 July protest: 'I got called a pedo lover and a bitch.'"
The Proud Boys, a self-described "Western Chauvinist" group, also had a hand in carrying out the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and several of their members have been charged in connection with the incident.
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