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The only debate between Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Katie Arrington, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Arrington previously lost the race when running against Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC), noted the Washington Examiner.
Arrington attacked Mace saying that she turned her back on Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol when his supporters tried to stop the 2020 election certification. Mace then voted to impeach Trump for his involvement in the attempt to overthrow the government.
"She read the room wrong. She thought this district was a moderate district, and we are not," said Arrington.
Mace alleged that while working at the Pentagon, Arrington disclosed classified information.
"Everything she said is a lie," Arrington said.
"You're the liar," a member of the crowd shouted.
"I've got the receipts," Mace said simply.
Arrington spoke about critical race theory and taking books away from schools. She talked about the "transgender agenda" and went on to call for the Department of Education to be abolished.
Mace, by contrast, noted that she was the only one who could defeat a Democrat in 2020, when Arrington couldn't make it the first time she ran.
"Her platform ... is almost a Democrat's platform," Arrington complained. "You can say you're a fiscal conservative, but then you act like a liberal or a RINO. And that is not what we need in this district."
The primary elections are June 14.
See the full debate below or at this link.
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Allen Weisselberg drubbed in Manhattan DA filing after trying to scapegoat Michael Cohen for his indictment
In the just-released 129-page court filing from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, prosecutors go through the claims made by Trump Org. CFO Allen Weisselberg as a reason to escape any accountability for his involvement in tax fraud.
This is part of the ongoing investigation on whether the Trump Org. falsified tax documents and loan information over many years.
Weisselberg's argument against the DA is predicated on the idea that Michael Cohen testified to the grand jury about Weisselberg as part of his revenge campaign. However, Cohen never testified to the grand jury.
Ironically, the case references the hush-money payments facilitated by Weisselberg and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen -- though Cohen's name is redacted, Cohen told Raw Story.
"Weisselberg testified in a federal grand jury in connection to federal campaign finance charges stemming from the so-called 'hush money' payments that Weisselberg and [redacted] facilitated on the eve of a national presidential election, on behalf of then-candidate Trump, in order to quash a story about Trump’s extra-marital affair with an adult-film actress," the DA's documents say, confirming the affair of adult film star Stormy Daniels.
In the second count of the filing, the prosecutors reject Weisselberg's claim that they learned all of their information from the federal government in an effort to charge Weisselberg. The problem, the prosecutors explain, is they actually didn't. They say that even if they did get the information from Cohen, it didn't violate anything because it involves completely different and unrelated cases.
"A defendant (who was granted immunity in a separate, unrelated investigation years earlier) cannot even claim that the person against whom he gave immunized testimony has, in turn, testified in the subsequent case against the defendant," the document says.
In the third point, prosecutors reply to the claim that Cohen's vengeance against Weisselberg is what is leading the court to go after him. Here again, Cohen's name is redacted.
"First, Weisselberg’s argument that [Cohen] was tainted by a desire to obtain revenge against Weisselberg because Weisselberg’s immunized testimony led to [Cohen's] indictment and conviction finds no non-speculative support in the record," said the documents. "To advance his argument, Weisselberg asks this Court to infer that [Cohen] was aware of the fact of the federal testimony; assumed, without knowing, that it reflected negatively on him; and then essentially retaliated against Weisselberg by 'cooperating' with the Office’s investigation."
They explain that they took copious notes at every interview, but at no point could Weisselberg point to evidence that proves Cohen has it out for him.
"On the contrary, when asked about his motivation for providing information to investigators, [Cohen] rejected the idea that he was motivated by anger at Weisselberg’s testimony, and explained that he 'didn’t want to be a scapegoat for [Trump’s] dirty deeds,'" said the document.
They noted that Cohen has a book, has done many interviews, and operating his own podcast and the only thing that Weisselberg can point to that illustrates Cohen is out to destroy him are a few tweets prior to the indictment -- and none of them show a "vengeful motive for Cohen" to speak to the prosecutors about him.
“Weisselberg fails and fails miserably in his vengeful witness defense in the fact that I never testified before the grand jury against him," said Cohen in a statement to Raw Story. "Mr. Shinerock’s opposition papers clearly demonstrate that the Trump methodology of lying and blaming others only works for Trump; all others get jail time."
“This might be the right time for Weisselberg to think about cooperating," he added.
Russian state TV erupts over historian's accusation Kremlin is 'fascist' — and claims the real fascist is Trump
Russia has sought from the outset to claim that their invasion of Ukraine is about "denazifying" the nation — purging Ukraine of far-right militias that pose an alleged threat to the so-called "independent republics" declared in the east of the country by rebel forces backed by the Kremlin. But international experts have largely rejected that notion, saying that it is Vladimir Putin's Russia that is acting as a fascist state.
Anchors on Russian state-run TV are enraged at this accusation — and according to The Daily Beast, one had an odd response: to claim the real fascist, all along, was former President Donald Trump.
"A New York Times essay by Yale University professor and historian Timothy Snyder entitled “We Should Say It. Russia Is Fascist,” has spread through Russian state media like wildfire, producing a bombastic firestorm of outraged reactions from the Kremlin’s most prominent mouthpieces," reported Julia Davis. "In a broadcast of state TV show The Evening With Vladimir Solovyov on Friday, the host of the program and its panel of pundits were breathing fire over the essay. Solovyov was so desperate to refute the article, in fact, that he resorted to lambasting one of the few Americans beloved by Russian state television: former U.S. President Donald Trump."
"'Listen, you bastards,' Solovyov fumed in a direct address to Americans. 'Let me tell you a secret: first of all, your signs are idiotic in their nature. Secondly, looking at your listed indications, how are they any different from the election campaign of Donald Trump? Down to his slogan, ‘Make America Great Again,’'" said the report. "Solovyov went on to list various signs of Trump’s 'fascism,' without any mention of how those descriptions also applied to Putin. 'Strong leader, with large crowds coming out in his support... Discussions of former greatness. Donald Trump promised to make America great again,' he said. Referring to visual symbols as a sign of belonging, Solovyov pointed out 'Donald Trump’s red hats.' To emphasize his point about 'mass events to support the leader,' the host asked: 'Would you like me to put on a video of the dancing Trump?'"
Scholars have intensely debated whether Trump's ideology is a kind of proto-fascism; some believe it is, others do not. But the ultimate irony is that for years, Russian state TV has played up Trump as a hero and friend to the regime — even aside from the overwhelming body of evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election on his behalf.
On some broadcasts, Russian anchors have called for "regime change" in the U.S. to "help our partner Trump." Russian propagandists are also enamored with Fox News' Tucker Carlson, and often broadcast his anti-Ukraine musings.