President Joe Biden and Democratic congressional leaders patted each other on the back Friday as they celebrated the enactment of his signature $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, which bankrolls stimulus checks, beefs-up unemployment benefits and a range of other aid for pandemic-scarred Americans. Appearing in the White House Rose Garden for an unseasonably warm victory event, Biden told top Democrats that they helped him meet his 2020 campaign promise to rapidly bring relief to millions of Americans who have lost their jobs and loved ones to COVID-19. “I served 36 years in the Senate ...
Matt Gaetz proposes Trump 2024 ticket with Nicki Minaj after she threatens reporters on social media
On Friday, at the center of an explosive controversy that has lasted nearly a week, rapper Nicki Minaj posted the phone numbers of two reporters to Instagram, prompting a number of her fans to flood them with threats.
This situation appeared to excite Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) — who suggested on Twitter that Minaj, with her ability to take on reporters, could serve as former President Donald Trump's running mate for another race in 2024.
Trump has maintained a constantly adversarial relationship with the press, calling reporters who reveal unflattering information about him or fact-check his lies "fake news." Gaetz, a devout Trump follower currently under federal investigation as part of an alleged sex trafficking scheme, has similarly gone after the media — and even Fox News.
The reporters Minaj targeted, Sharlene Rampersad of The Guardian and James Fielding of The Daily Mail, have been trying to track down members of Minaj's family to confirm her controversial tweet on Monday claiming that she was skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine. "My cousin in Trinidad won't get the vaccine cuz his friend got it and became impotent," wrote Minaj. "His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding."
Attempts to track down Minaj's cousin or friend have been unsuccessful, and the Health Ministry of Trinidad has clarified that no such adverse event has been reported to them.
Far-right 'boogaloo' activist gets 50 years in jail after he live-streamed his threats to murder cops
On Friday, the Texarkana Gazette reported that Aaron Swenson, a far-right "Boogaloo" activist, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after live-streaming his attempt to find police officers to assassinate.
"The jury took less than an hour to convict Swenson of attempted capital murder of a peace officer," reported Lynn LaRowe. "Swenson pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of felony evading arrest and terroristic threatening. The jury found Thursday that Swenson violated the Texas Hate Crimes Act when he targeted law enforcement. That means he faces an enhanced punishment range on the terroristic threatening charge."
He was convicted on Thursday.
The Texarkana Gazette went on to note that Swenson "dressed himself in the typical garb of Boogaloo members including a Hawaiian shirt and a green tactical vest and armed himself with three firearms, a katana sword and more than 150 rounds of ammunition the night of April 11, 2020."
The report further states that Swenson wore all this gear during a Facebook Live video of himself "driving west on Interstate 30 from his home in Hooks, Texas, as he narrated his hunt for a police officer to execute."
The "Boogaloo Bois" are right-wing extremists who are hoping to start a new civil war in the United States. Last year, they gained prominence after reporting that showed they tried to embed themselves in the George Floyd protests as a way to go after police officers.
WATCH: John Legend drops fact-bombs on Kyrsten Sinema — after she defended the filibuster at his house
Entertainer and activist John Legend listed multiple reasons to eliminate the filibuster during an interview by MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan, which is scheduled to air during his Sunday evening show.
"John, I have to ask, if you could have a conversation one-on-one with either Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema, what would you say to them?" Hasan asked.
"It's funny, because I actually spoke to Kyrsten Sinema," Legend replied.
"I did a fundraiser at our house in Los Angeles for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — this was years ago, two or three years ago — and she at the time was vociferously standing up for the filibuster," he explained.
In addition to being an EGOT winner for his Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, Legend has also been a longtime political activist.
"And I just can't state more clearly how wrong I think she is on this issue," he explained. "The filibuster is not in the Constitution, that's a fact."
"And the history and tradition of the rule has been to exclude black people from our democracy, that has been the principle use of the filibuster over the years," he noted.
"It's time to get rid of it," Legend argued. "It's allowing 40 senators, at any time, to derail the the will of the majority."
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