DETROIT —Legal observers filed a complaint in U.S. District Court on Friday against Mayor Mike Duggan, the city of Detroit, Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Detroit officers, citing the use of excessive force during protests downtown following the May 2020 death of George Floyd. The complaint cited alleged incidents on or around several dates last spring and summer. Detroit police used tear gas on Emma Howland-Bolton, tackled her and placed handcuffs tight enough to cause bruising while there was no “probable cause for arrest,” according to the complaint. Howland-Bolton was criminally char...
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) spent the weekend proclaiming victory over the Justice Department probe into paid sexual relations with an underage teen. In fact, Gaetz is still under investigation and it has grown more serious as Gaetz's former intern-turned-girlfriend and wingman were interviewed about the accusations against him.
But on Tuesday, as the ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) loomed over the House Republican Caucus, Gaetz stoked flames by mocking a February tweet from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
In the tweet, Kinzinger was responding to the first vote Republicans took to keep Cheney in the GOP leadership. Gaetz posted a video of himself speaking to Steve Bannon claiming that they had the votes to remove Cheney. They didn't then, though it seems they do now.
Gaetz tweeted it saying that the tweet didn't age well, but it was Kinzinger who got the last laugh.
"I'd stay away from 'aging well' tweets," he said.
@mattgaetz I’d stay away from “aging well” tweets— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger) 1620784915.0
The burn was so major that Daily Beast reporter Matt Fuller said it made him want to report a murder.
I don’t want to do a “Hello, 911? Yes, I’d like to report a murder” tweet, but damn. https://t.co/Z8lRyL79eC— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller) 1620785666.0
Given Gaetz is being accused of having sex with a minor, Daily Beast editor Molly-Jong Fast agreed that Gaetz should probably stay away from talking about the age of anything.
@MollyJongFast @AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz Adam for the win 😂— PGBAGE (@PGBAGE) 1620785710.0
Trash talking along with memes and gifs quickly followed:
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz Well this was a devastating downfield block on Senator Breathalyzer.— Three Year Letterman (@Three Year Letterman) 1620785657.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/Q5y4b01v65— Tina -#VoteBlue (@Tina -#VoteBlue) 1620785150.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/RlYnOuwi9p— Outspoken (@Outspoken) 1620785616.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/tKFLIYHghI— Jerry 🧂 (@Jerry 🧂) 1620785613.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/J21nnJAKZx— BobbyC (FV - fully vaccinated) (@BobbyC (FV - fully vaccinated)) 1620785331.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz Saw a cap of this but HAD to come visit in person. Wow, it's really something, ain't it? Just... beautiful.— Josh Canoe (@Josh Canoe) 1620785903.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/RoN15ftgv6— Cobaltcougar (@Cobaltcougar) 1620785106.0
@TrashPandaFTW @AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz At this point anybody working PR for Matt is just as pathetic as he is...— Johnny White Castle (@Johnny White Castle) 1620785578.0
@tschaffer33 @AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz I can’t stop laughing at this….well done Tom.— BD (@BD) 1620787245.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/kMpaP6mbTA— Will (@Will) 1620785278.0
Republican gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner was asked about her vote in 2020 and whether she cast a ballot for her longtime friend Donald Trump.
Speaking to CNN's Dana Bash, Jenner explained that she opted to go golfing instead because she "couldn't get excited" about the ballot measures. It's unclear if Jenner knew at the time that voting records are public.
"I didn't even vote," Jenner said. "Out here in California, it's like, why vote for a Republican president? It's just not going to work. I mean, it's overwhelming."
Politico called it a "head-scratcher" because Los Angeles County voting records show that she did vote in 2020. About a month ago, Politico reported that Jenner hasn't voted in nearly two-thirds of California's elections since 2000.
After the comment aired on CNN, however, a representative of the Los Angeles County Registrar's office released the information requested to fact-check.
The report cited Republican strategist Tim Rosales, who said that many candidates lie because they don't know the information is public.
"But I've never heard it the opposite way, where somebody said that I didn't vote" and they actually did, he said. "I can imagine, having been on the inside of these types of high profile campaigns, you've got a lot of a lot of people scrambling right now."
'Proof that politics makes you stupid': Chris Cuomo tears into Ted Cruz for calling voting rights 'Jim Crow 2.0'
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Chris Cuomo tore into Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his attack on the For the People Act, the Democrats' comprehensive voting rights and ethics reform bill which began debate in Senate committee this week.
Cuomo started off by noting that the wave of state voting restrictions this bill would strike down hurt Republican voters as well as Democratic ones.
"These are not about color, these laws," said Cuomo. "Just like Jim Crow. They weren't explicitly about color. They were color neutral. But class catches you just the same. And you guys, white and Black, are going to be on long lines. Long lines. With fewer people and less time to exercise your right to fight for anything better in your life. You're going to be put in the back of the line again. And in the party of Trump, defending a move like this means doing what they do most and best. Lie. Like Trump's main minion did today. Listen to this."
"Those Jim Crow laws were drafted by Democrats," said Cruz in the clip from the committee hearing. "They were implemented by Democrats. And they kept Democrats in power. This legislation, to use a phrase that has been popularized on the media recently, is Jim Crow 2.0."
"This man is proof that politics makes you stupid," said Cuomo. "This is a debate champion, Ivy League twice over. And that is one of the stupidest arguments I could imagine. He's right, they were Democrats. You know what they also were? Bigots. That's what they were. And you know who now owns that mantle? He does. Because he stands for laws that are nothing but discriminatory based on class, face, and place. Jim Crow laws were aimed at making it nearly impossible for Black Americans to vote, without ever mentioning color. The remedy is sitting in the House and the Senate: the For the People Act."
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