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'Apocalyptic': Former GOP lawmaker sounds alarm at lengths Republicans will go to win in the next election
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning, ex-Rep Denver Riggleman (R-VA) said new conspiracy theories being pushed by some of his former colleagues in Congress are pushing about the Jan 6th insurrection are just a taste of what is to come in future elections.
In a word, he called their efforts "Apocalyptic."
Speaking with "New Day" hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar, the former lawmaker -- who also spent time working with the NSA -- said he has been tracking comments by Republicans and watching the spread of social media platforms like Facebook.
"You told me that everything we just laid out there, particularly the false FBI stuff is akin to September 11th trutherism, just as dangerous but they're effective," host Berman began.
"It is very effective," the ex-GOP lawmaker replied. "I deployed to 911. we saw a lot of the 9/11 trutherism type of theories come out and when I saw the FBI thing from Tucker Carlson and DHS is now starting to be mentioned with the FBI and some of these conspiracy theories, it's out of the same playbook, that there's some kind of internal thing going on with the government, so obviously this isn't real. This is going out to the American people and specific groups and in this case they're going after MAGA."
"I did a search," he continued. "People say legitimate questions, we have to find out, when you see these types of things on Facebook and you do these searches -- this should scare the hell out of people. I think it will be used for 2022 and for fund-raising."
"What do Fox entertainers, some members of Congress, what do they get out of spreading this crap?" Berman pressed.
"You win your primary," Riggleman explained. "When you look at fund-raising and poll raising, you look across the spectrum, you see Marjorie Taylor Greene raising $3.2 million. It's even people in my district, they're automatically saying there are legitimate questions here, we have to answer these questions: 'was the FBI involved?" the base is believing this and you think that's how you win an election? the truth doesn't matter. that's why I've been screaming facts have to matter."
"This is very difficult because once it becomes a battle between good and evil, it's going to be almost apocalyptic," he added.
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CNN hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar on Friday took time to take apart seven conservative myths that have cropped up about the January 6th riots at the United States Capitol building.
First, Berman addressed the new talking point floated by Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) that the rioters were merely taking a "tour" of the building when they entered.
He debunked this myth by showing a photo of Clyde himself rushing to set up a barricade on January 6th to keep the rioters from reaching Congress.
Keilar then debunked the myth that none of the rioters were armed, as federal prosecutors this week charged a MAGA rioter with bringing a semi-automatic weapon onto Capitol grounds.
Keilar also burned down the false claim that the riots were orchestrated by the FBI, which she noted was being spread of "Fox News B.S. ringmaster" Tucker Carlson.
"This conspiracy theory is based on references to unindicted co-conspirators in several indictments against Capitol rioters," she said. "Legal analysts, including our own Elie Honig... have called this legally impossible."
Other myths debunked by CNN were claims that the riot was a "peaceful protest," that rioters were secret antifa agents, that the rioters weren't really Trump supporters, and that former President Donald Trump will somehow soon be "reinstated" as president.
Watch the video below.
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The US Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit on Thursday against Cargill and Nestle USA that accused the food giants of aiding and abetting slavery by using cocoa harvested from plantations in the Ivory Coast that used forced child labor.
In an 8-1 ruling, the court ruled that US courts did not have the jurisdiction to decide the case, which was filed by six citizens of Mali who said they had been used as child slaves in the Ivory Coast.
A lower court, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, had allowed the lawsuit to proceed but the nation's highest court disagreed.
"Respondents here seek a judicially created cause of action to recover damages from American corporations that allegedly aided and abetted slavery abroad," the court said in its opinion.
"Although respondents' injuries occurred entirely overseas, the Ninth Circuit held that respondents could sue in federal court because the defendant corporations allegedly made 'major operational decisions' in the United States," it said.
"The Ninth Circuit erred by allowing this suit to proceed."
The lawsuit was filed in 2005 by six Malians who say they were trafficked as children then held as slaves on Ivorian farms, where the US subsidiary of Switzerland-based Nestle and the American agricultural giant Cargill have purchased cocoa.
The suit alleged that the two companies knew what was occurring on the farms.
Lower courts had validated the suit under a 1789 law known as the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which gives US federal courts jurisdiction to hear certain civil actions filed by foreign nationals.
The law, initially intended to fight piracy, has taken on a second life over the last 50 years with lawsuits filed that allege human rights abuses.
But the Supreme Court has repeatedly restricted its scope, such as in 2018 when it ruled against claims against foreign countries.
In Thursday's ruling, the Supreme Court said the plaintiffs were improperly seeking "extraterritorial application of the ATS."
"Nearly all the conduct that they say aided and abetted forced labor -- providing training, fertilizer, tools, and cash to overseas farms -- occurred in Ivory Coast," it said.
Former president Donald Trump's administration supported the companies during arguments before the court.
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