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'Comply don't die': MSNBC anchor slams GOP for attacking FBI after 'smug' defense of police brutality
On Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," anchor Ari Melber slammed what he called the "double standard" of Republicans outraged that Trump was subject to an FBI search at Mar-a-Lago after months of refusing to comply with requests to return classified documents — when "they should have just complied" is the go-to defense Republican commentators use to defend police officers who injure or kill Black suspects with excessive force.
"It is a standard piece of conservative refrain," said Melber. "In these clashes over law enforcement and policing, including when people are documented as innocent or did nothing wrong or are facing very aggressive or illegal police treatment, the line we hear over and over is, just follow the officer's commands and comply no matter what." He then showed several clips of right-wing commentators saying this.
"If, in fact, the police officer gives you a command, please exit the car, you should say, yes, officer, no, officer, okay, officer," said Sean Hannity in one clip. "Bad decisions by a cop, but those decisions wouldn't have been made if the perp didn't run away," said Eric Bolling in another. "Just comply. Please, listen," said Kimberly Guilfoyle in yet another.
"Just comply," said Melber. "This frequent conservative claim goes well beyond complying with lawful police requests. The demand is comply first, fully, no matter what. Yes, officer. Make any objections that may come up, presumably, later. And this logic, this argument, this talking point has come from conservatives over and over. So I'm showing you stuff that's on air, but this is in communities around America. Minnesota has a police union representative who in that Daunte Wright case, mistakenly drawing a gun, said they should have complied. And he argued it was the noncompliance that set off the chain of events that led to the death. Houston Police has a union, and they had a similar take when they said, quote, 'Comply don't die. Live to have your day in court.' Those are real examples. And that includes times where police were later found to make mistakes or used excessive force, even on tape."
"But that loud stubborn and often smug lecture comes from national political elites on the right and MAGA leaders and Trump allies all the way down to the police unions: comply," said Melber. "That's when innocent people were beaten or killed. That's the context for the recent legal problems for Trump because, again, this sometimes gets pushed out. There's so much going on and that's why it's our special report right now because I want everyone to understand Donald Trump was given months to comply. But he didn't. And Trump aides who have been given special elite treatment when asked to follow the law and testify have benefitted from that whole different approach. There are Trump officials who partially resisted and there are others, especially for the January 6th Committee, who fully resisted. No compliance."
"I want to be clear," said Melber. "We're talking about Donald Trump and other powerful, well-connected white people, who have acted like they are above the law and their own past demands are really not about the rules. They are just telling others to comply. And many of those other cases involve regular citizens who don't have political connections, and who are Back and Brown people in America. So this is a documented double standard. Lawless resistance for Trump elites, compliance or violence for regular citizens, and especially regular citizens who are Black and brown.
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Longtime New Yorker Donald Trump received less than 23% of the vote in New York City as he was losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, but the Florida man on Wednesday offered his thoughts on two of the city's Democratic primaries for Congress.
The former president joined The New York Times in endorsing former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman, who served as counsel for the House Judiciary in Trump's first impeachment hearing.
"Lawyer Dan Goldman is running for Congress, NY-10, and it is my great honor to strongly endorse him," Trump posted to his Truth Social website.
"I do this not because of the fact that he headed up the impeachment Committee and lost, but because he was honorable, fair, and highly intelligent," Trump explained. "While it was my honor to beat him, and beat him badly, Dan Goldman has a wonderful future ahead."
"He will be very compassionate and compromising to those within the Republican Party, and will do everything possible to make sure they have a fair chance at winning against the Radical Left Democrats, who he knows are destroying our Country," Trump alleged. "I would like to thank Dan for fighting so hard for America, and for working so tirelessly to stop 'Trump.' He was not easy to beat, but winning against him made me realize just how very talented I am!"
Goldman is facing U.S. Rep. Mondaire Jones and New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou among others in the August 23rd Democratic Party primary.
Trump also offered his thoughts on New York's twelfth congressional district, where House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney and House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler are facing off in the Democratic primary.
"A vote for Carolyn Maloney in NY-12 is a vote for the future!" Trump wrote.
"She is a kind and wonderful person, who has always said terrific things about me, and will support me no matter what I do, just as I supported her very early on," he continued. "She begged for a check with no quid pro quo, and I gave it to her. In fact, I gave her many."
"On the other hand, Jerry Nadler is likewise a hard-driving man of the people, whose energy and attention to detail is unlike anyone else in Congress," Trump said. "He is high energy, sharp, quick-witted, and bright. You can’t go wrong with either, but Carolyn Maloney is the better man. She will lead our Country into a very green and prosperous future. Carolyn has my complete and total endorsement, she will never let our conservative movement down!"
Former RNC Vice Chairman James Bopp, Jr. is one of the top far-right attorneys in America and his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election may be catching up with him.
"A judge has declared that attorneys for the now-fired former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who led a yearlong election inquiry can no longer represent the effort," Wisconsin Public Radio reported. "In a scathing opinion Wednesday afternoon, Judge Frank Remington wrote that the out-of-state lawyers representing the Wisconsin Assembly’s Office of Special Counsel "applie(d) phony legal principles to invented facts" in a public records case filed in December 2021."
Bopp was a 2016 Trump delegate at the Republican National Convention.
"In Wednesday's decision, Remington found that Indiana-based Republican attorney James Bopp and his team had failed to meet Wisconsin's legal rules for professional conduct and had filed frivolous motions in the case, including one accusing the judge of bias," Wisconsin Public Radio reported.
The judge wrote, "I revoke [Office of Special Counsel's] out-of-state attorneys' pro hac vice admission because the motion to which they have signed their names applies phony legal principles to invented facts. Near every claim they make is frivolous under Wisconsin law.”
The pro hac vice admission is what allowed the out-of-state lawyers to practice in Wisconsin without being members of the state bar.
'"In November 2020, Bopp filed four lawsuits challenging the election results favoring President Joe Biden in four battleground states: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan. But he withdrew the suits without explanation a week after filing them," Law.com reported in April.
Bopp also represented the far-right group True the Vote in multiple failed lawsuits.
"He is perhaps best known in legal circles for his litigation challenging campaign finance limits. He drafted the petition in Citizens United v. FEC, which the Supreme Court granted, but he did not get to argue the case. Citizens United President David Bossie hired former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to argue the case. Bossie later joined the Trump White House," Law.com reported. "Bopp has been an ardent foe of abortion rights on behalf of the National Right to Life Committee, where he has been general counsel, and other anti-abortion groups. He has argued five U.S. Supreme Court cases. Most recently, he represented groups of students and others in challenges to vaccine mandates."
Bopp was the focus of a 2010 New York Times profile reporting "for most of the last 35 years, he has been a lonely Quixote tilting at the very idea of regulating political donations as an affront to free speech. Not anymore. Mr. Bopp won his biggest victory last week when the Supreme Court ruled that corporations, unions and nonprofit groups have the right to spend as much as they want supporting or opposing the election of a candidate."
The profile was titled, "A Quest to End Spending Rules for Campaigns."
Election law professor Richard Hasan told the newspaper the case was Bopp's "brainchild."
“He has manufactured these cases to present certain questions to the Supreme Court in a certain order and achieve a certain result,” Hasen explained. “He is a litigation machine.”
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