BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Days after an attorney representing one of the men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s death called on Black pastors to be banned from the courtroom, the Rev. Jesse Jackson walked in and took a seat. Attorney Kevin Gough then asked Judge Timothy Walmsley to remove the prominent civil rights leader from the gallery and have him watch the proceedings on a livestream in the overflow room next door. Walmsley denied the request and called comments made by Gough last week “reprehensible.” “Mr. Gough, at this point I’m not exactly sure what you’re doing,” Walmsley said, noting that he wasn’t ...
According to a report from Mother Jones, a QAnon leader who has been promising fellow conspiracists that John F. Kennedy Jr. will soon return from the dead -- or hiding -- to lead the movement and help Donald Trump become president again, has a history of violence that includes an arrest for a domestic assault.
Michael Brian Protzman, who is known to QAnon adherents as Negative48, was arrested in Washington state's King County in 2019 for an "unlawful imprisonment – domestic violence" charge filed by his wife that led her to flee their home to a neighbor's house where she called 911.
According to research provided to Ali Breland of Mother Jones by Amanda Moore, Protzman -- who has told followers in Texas after the failure of JFK Jr. to show up "I am Jesus Christ" -- grew violent with his wife over going to marriage counseling.
"In July 2019, Protzman allegedly 'held [his wife] down on the bed, using both of his hands to physically restrain her, using one of his legs to brace hers,' and 'held her in this position for approximately two to three minutes until she told him that she would agree to marriage counseling so he would let her up.' When she then tried to leave the house, the documents say, Protzman grabbed her and prevented her from departing," Breland wrote.
The report goes on to note she later ran barefoot to a neighbor's home where she told the 911 dispatcher, "she is scared of Michael because he has 'blind rage' and she believes he may hit her."
"According to a police report, she complained that Protzman had recently 'been acting differently, not showering or working and believing in government conspiracies.' She also claimed Protzman had assaulted her before, strangling her roughly six years earlier," Mother Jones is reporting.
The report adds that, although the case was later dismissed "without prejudice this past June" it can once again be reopened if need be.
You can see some of Protzman's antics in Texas below via Twitter.
In case anyone was wondering what\u2019s up with felon Michael Brian Protzman aka \u201cNegative48\u201d after JFK didn\u2019t show up in Dallas.\n\n\u201cI AM Jesus Christ.\u201dpic.twitter.com/ewuGPZwHJy— Jim Stewartson, Antifascist, #RIPQ \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f (@Jim Stewartson, Antifascist, #RIPQ \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f) 1637444239
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Marjorie Taylor Greene rant urges followers to sue doctors over ivermectin because it's used in Africa
In a series of tweets on Saturday morning of dubious scientific value, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) urged her followers to sue doctors to force them to prescribe ivermectin -- a deworming paste -- for the treatment of Covid-19 and to also file a wrongful death suit if a family member was denied and passed away.
According to the Georgia Republican -- who helped run a family construction business before being elected to the House -- ivermectin is used in Africa --which she believes has lower Covid death rates -- and therefore should be used in the U.S. instead of CDC-approved vaccines.
In her 7-part tweet rant, she declared, "Africans have safely taken Ivermectin for decades and many clinical trials have proven Ivermectin to be a very effective safe & cheap treatment against #Covid," before adding, "Any doctor refusing to prescribe Ivermectin for Covid is participating in politics that is killing people."
She then wrote, "With Africa's amazingly low death rate from Covid, combined with the lowest vaccine rate in the world & very little masking, the 'civilized' leaders of the world should immediately stop their tyrannical forced shutdowns, vaccine mandates, & absurd masking policies. If you had a loved one die from Covid, and they were not allowed to take Ivermectin or monoclonal antibodies, you might have a wrongful death suit in your hands."
"With all that is know about #Covid and all the covid studies and the known miracle of low deaths in Africa with very little vaccinations, it's no wonder the Tyrants announce a new #covidvariant from Africa and apply travel restrictions. They control you with irrational fear," she later accused.
You can see her tweets below:
1. Africa has the lowest vaccine rates in the world at 6%, and the lowest recorded deaths by drastic numbers.\n\nAfrica\u2019s covid response of not masking & not getting vaccinated is proof that vaccines & masks aren\u2019t stopping covid.https://news.yahoo.com/scientists-mystified-wary-africa-avoids-074905034.html\u00a0\u2026— Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1638024902
3. Along with low obesity rates & higher Vit D & Zinc, Africans have safely taken Ivermectin for decades and many clinical trials have proven Ivermectin to be a very effective safe & cheap treatment against #Covid.\n\nhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8248252/pdf/ajt-28-e434.pdf\u00a0\u2026— Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1638024903
5. With Africa\u2019s amazingly low death rate from Covid, combined with the lowest vaccine rate in the world & very little masking, the \u201ccivilized\u201d leaders of the world should immediately stop their tyrannical forced shutdowns, vaccine mandates, & absurd masking policies.— Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1638024904
7. With all that is know about #Covid and all the covid studies and the known miracle of low deaths in Africa with very little vaccinations, it\u2019s no wonder the Tyrants announce a new #covidvariant from Africa and apply travel restrictions.\n\nThey control you with irrational fear.— Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1638024904
According to a report from NPR's Ron Elving, while the mainstream media has been busy focusing on over-inflating the "Dems in disarray" narrative, they are ignoring a coming apart of the Republican Party that is increasingly choosing sides over Donald Trump with an election on the horizon.
As Elving notes, it has always been an article of faith the Republicans are in a continual state of lockstep, offering up an image of party comity and unity, but recent developments show there is a power struggle within the party tied to allegiance to Trump.
According to Elving, "Heightened tensions within the GOP have been increasingly visible in recent weeks, driven by the still-divisive personality of former President Donald Trump — but also by issues such as vaccines and mandates and by the prospect of big Republican gains in the elections of 2022 and 2024," adding that Republican governors are increasingly turning their backs on not only Trump but GOP lawmakers in Washington, D.C. who are mired in petty squabbles inspired by the former president.
"Eyebrows were raised over the weekend when a big name Republican, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, criticized Trump and his claque in Congress. Sununu was especially disturbed at the so-called 'MAGA Squad,' the hardcore Trump acolytes who have tried to ostracize their in-party House colleagues who voted for the Senate's bipartisan infrastructure bill earlier this month — or who voted to impeach Trump earlier this year," Elving wrote before adding that Sununu is not alone in keeping his distance from Trump and his enablers and balking at running for the U.S. Senate despite the pleadings of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
"Sununu's approval in New Hampshire is 67%, [Maryland's Larry] Hogan's at home is 70%, but both have declined to run for the Senate next year, depriving the GOP of their best chance at a pick-up in both states," the NPR report states. "Also refusing party pleadings are Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont, the nation's most popular governor at 79% approval, and Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, who looks not too shabby at 72%. Scott has said publicly he voted for Biden and also called for Trump to be removed from office after Jan. 6. Baker has said he did not vote for Trump in either 2016 or 2020, and Trump has endorsed someone else for governor in the Bay State."
Beyond that, Elving wrote that Republicans are growing increasingly weary of Trump's insistence that the 2020 election was stolen from him -- and are now looking out for themselves and their political future as prospects of taking over the Senate and the House look promising.
"Trump's continued insistence on his 2020 alternative reality is not the only problem driving the GOP's dive into disunity. Another factor, curiously enough, is the prospect of power," he wrote, "Robust Republican turnout this month in New Jersey and Virginia gave the party near-giddy certainty about its prospects in 2022. This is especially true in the House. The party in the White House nearly always loses seats in the House in the midterm election year. The few exceptions, such as in the aftermath of the terror attacks 20 years ago or the Great Depression 90 years ago, mostly prove the rule."
Then there is the jockeying for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination that could be a referendum on Trump.
"Add to all this the familiar friction between potential presidential contestants already running shadow campaigns for 2024. Most, if not all, still say they will defer to Trump if he runs. This crew includes former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Marco Rubio of Florida and Tom Cotton of Arkansas," the report states before adding, "But not everyone in the field is promising to step aside for another Trump bid. Take for example Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who ran against Trump in 2016, then worked hard to elect and re-elect him."
Writing, "over the years, as the nominally smaller group, the GOP nurtured the image of a tested, hardened cadre with fierce demands on members' loyalty," Elving cautioned, "Some of this was myth, of course, as the GOP always had its share of disagreements and dissension," before recalling, "[Ronald] Reagan also ran hard in the primaries against his party's incumbent Republican president, Gerald Ford."
"Clichés die hard," he conceded. "And the motif of D's in disarray and R's in lockstep is likely to live on in the popular imagination, and in the media, for a long time to come."
You can read the entire analysis here.
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