CHICAGO — John Catanzara officially retired from the Chicago Police Department on Tuesday, his attorney announced, one day after the embattled head of the city’s largest police union dramatically revealed his plans to leave the department in the midst of a disciplinary case and perhaps run for mayor. Lawyer Tim Grace confirmed Catanzara’s departure at a status hearing of the Chicago Police Board, where the controversial union figure faced a hearing for allegations of making numerous inflammatory social media statements as well as naming high-ranking command staff in arrest reports. It effectiv...
Former president Donald Trump reportedly crashed another wedding on Saturday, but instead of using his speech to congratulate the couple, he ranted about Gen. Mark Milley and the 2020 election.
"I know Trump claims he doesn’t drink, but he sounded even more like a drunk uncle at a wedding tonight than usual," attorney Ron Filipkowski wrote on Twitter, above video of Trump's remarks.
In the video, Trump appears to be recounting an alleged conversation he had with Milley, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, about withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Referring to "$70 million planes," Trump claims he told Milley, "You mean you think it's cheaper to leave it there so they can have it than it is to fill it up with a half a tank of gas and fly it into Pakistan or fly it back to our country?"
Mocking Milley's voice, Trump says the general responded, "Yes sir, I think it's cheaper, sir. "
"That's when I realized he was a f*cking idiot," Trump tells the audience, to laughter and applause.
In another clip, Trump falsely claims the 2020 election was "all rigged."
"The mail-in ballots, it was just horrible," he tells the wedding party, before referring to the Capitol insurrection as a "protest."
"The insurrection took place on Election Day, and the rest was a protest, and what they should be investigating is the election, not what took place that day, because the reason they had the protest was because of the election," Trump says. "It's very simple."
It's not the first time Trump has used the occasion of someone else's wedding to push his "big lie."
"One wedding-related fear many people have is the prospect of a drunk guest grabbing the mic and, through slurred words, asking everyone to take their seats so they can just 'say a couple of words,' tripping over the bandleader’s foot in the process and yelling, 'Hey, man, watch where you’re going!' before launching into a rambling, incoherent speech about how they and the bride were supposed to be together before the groom came along and stole her," Vanity Fair reported in March. "Presumably fewer, if any, have ever worried about a former president of the United States wandering into their reception and giving a toast that involves ranting about how the election was stolen from him, in addition to some incomprehensible thoughts on the situation at the border and how he could have made a beautiful deal with the Iranian government the likes of which the world had never seen. Until now!"
Watch the clips from Saturday's wedding, as well as from the one in March, below.
I know Trump claims he doesn\u2019t drink, but he sounded even more like a drunk uncle at a wedding tonight than usual. Here, he calls General Milley a \u201cf*cking idiot.\u201dpic.twitter.com/YxUfY3suXm— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1638672534
And here is sad sack loser drunk Uncle Trump again tonight whining and crying about how unfair the world has been to him. What a snowflake loser!pic.twitter.com/nGgABSw9DY— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1638673126
Former president Donald Trump apparently fell victim to a double-negative on Saturday night — inadvertently stating that anyone who believes his "big lie" is stupid or corrupt.
"Anybody that doesn’t think there wasn’t massive Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election is either very stupid, or very corrupt!" Trump said in a statement from his Save America PAC.
This… doesn’t say what Donald Trump thinks it does. pic.twitter.com/uhpS4EO6nv
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 5, 2021
As Politico reporter Kyle Cheney noted, "This… doesn’t say what Donald Trump thinks it does."
Daniel Drezner, a professor at Tufts University's Fletcher School, wrote, "Former President Donald Trump is 100% correct."
CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale added, "This is, accidentally, Trump's first ever accurate statement on the legitimacy of the 2020 election."
double negative own goalhttps://twitter.com/reallizusa/status/1467310339217924100\u00a0\u2026— Shawn Hils (@Shawn Hils) 1638669560
It took a double negative, but he finally told the truth!https://twitter.com/reallizusa/status/1467310339217924100\u00a0\u2026— Tim Fullerton (@Tim Fullerton) 1638670156
Listen to the man. He doesn\u2019t not know what he\u2019s talking about.https://twitter.com/reallizusa/status/1467310339217924100\u00a0\u2026— Scott Imberman (@Scott Imberman) 1638669823
I don't not agree with this statementhttps://twitter.com/realLizUSA/status/1467310339217924100\u00a0\u2026— Jeremy Sklarsky (@Jeremy Sklarsky) 1638670638
I didn\u2019t not just burst out laughing at thishttps://twitter.com/reallizusa/status/1467310339217924100\u00a0\u2026— Kendall Baker (@Kendall Baker) 1638671079
BREAKING: Trump concedes to Biden.https://twitter.com/reallizusa/status/1467310339217924100\u00a0\u2026— Evan Cree Gee (@Evan Cree Gee) 1638671073
Who wants to tell them?https://twitter.com/reallizusa/status/1467310339217924100\u00a0\u2026— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1638671044
Suspended teacher said shooter should have pulled fire alarm as diversion to fulfill hit list: report
A Michigan teacher has been suspended after allegedly telling his class that Oxford school shooter Ethan Crumbley should have pulled a fire alarm as a diversion so that he could fulfill his hit list.
In the wake of the Oxford shooting, which left four dead, Hopkins High School in Allegan County reportedly sent out a memo designed to assist teachers in talking to their students about the tragedy. But according to News Channel 3, one teacher "took it too far."
"Hopkins High School principal Ken Szczepanski said the comments referenced physical violence and weapons on the day after the deadly shootings at Oxford High School," the station reported.
One parent told the station that her child was in the teacher's class on Wednesday.
“The things that he said, how he would’ve committed the act differently with detail, is extremely scary,” the parent said. “That he would’ve pulled a smoke detector, so that he could create a distraction, in order to carry out his hit list and kill the people that he would need to. It was gut-wrenching devastation that a grown adult would mentally harm our children this way.”
Szczepanski called the teacher's comments "insensitive" and "off-script" — and they reportedly led to rumors that an employee planned to "shoot up" the school on Friday.
The district superintendent sent a letter to parents on Friday saying the rumors stemmed from an inappropriate classroom conversation. Now, parents are calling for the teacher — who reportedly is on leave pending a police investigation — to be fired.
“Zero tolerance, zero tolerance," one parent said. "He should absolutely not be back in school or teaching anywhere, ever."
Watch the report here.