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After spending the morning flipping out on the Department of Justice for failing to return government documents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago resort after an FBI search, Donald Trump once again lashed out at American Jews for not appreciating all he has done for them.
Trump's latest diatribe on Truth Social follows the firestorm the former president ignited by sitting down to dinner just before Thanksgiving with noted anti-Semite Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes, a noted Holocaust denier.
The former president linked to column from longtime conservative political gadfly Wayne Allyn Root who wrote, "While president, Trump did more for the state of Israel and the Jewish people than anyone in history. He risked his career and political standing to always support Israel, through thick and thin. In Israel, Trump is beloved. Israelis have named streets, train stations and soccer teams after Trump."
Root then added, "There will never be a president who does more for Israel, or the Jewish people. Period."
Taking the praise to heart, Trump used the occasion to thank Root while lashing out at Jewish leaders in the U.S. who don't share the columnist's opinion.
On Truth Social he snarled, "Thank you Wayne – You are great but how quickly Jewish Leaders forgot that I was the best, by far, President for Israel. They should be ashamed of themselves. This lack of loyalty to their greatest friends and allies is why large numbers in Congress, and so many others, have stopped giving support to Israel."
On Thursday, the Seattle Times reported that disgraced Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer, on trial for pursuing a Black newspaper delivery man and telling police he threatened to kill him, is denying he is racist — and blaming his false police report on "shoddy police work."
"Mounting his defense in a Tacoma courtroom, Troyer and his attorneys portrayed him as an innocent victim of shoddy police work, a politically motivated prosecution and unfair media coverage," reported Jim Brunner. "Asked by defense attorney Anne Bremner whether he had made a false report to police the night of his Jan. 27, 2021 confrontation with newspaper carrier Sedrick Altheimer, Troyer replied: 'No, I did not."
"I wouldn’t do that,” Troyer continued. “I mean, the reason why I’m here testifying is the media’s made me out to be a racist, and the state’s made me out to be a liar.”
"The prosecution’s case relies in large part on a police incident report written by Tacoma police Officer Chad Lawless, who was among the first officers to respond last January, after Troyer called an emergency dispatcher and said Altheimer was threatening to kill him, triggering a massive police response," said the report. "Lawless spoke with Troyer at the scene and wrote in his report that he asked the sheriff specifically whether Altheimer 'ever made any threats towards him or displayed any weapons.' Troyer replied that Altheimer 'never threatened him' and had no weapons, according to Lawless’ incident report. Lawless testified Wednesday that he remembers asking Troyer twice about threats and that both times Troyer said there were none — contradicting his recorded emergency-dispatch call."
"Troyer on Thursday ripped into Lawless’ work, noting he didn’t include typical information that would be noted about a witness or suspect at a crime scene," said the report. "For example, Troyer said, Lawless’ report didn’t include his middle initial, date of birth, height or weight, or hair and eye color — details Troyer said have ususally been filled out in other police reports mentioning him."
Troyer's deceit was first reported in March 2021. He has vehemently denied lying, despite the contradiction between the phone call and the police report, and said, "In 35 years, I have never had a complaint against me for racial bias."
Moments after CNN contributor Van Jones called Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) an "enigma" while speaking with the hosts of "CNN This Morning," he launched into a diatribe aimed at the former Arizona Democrat for being all over the place when it comes to her politics.
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, the CNN analyst pointed out Sinema's central failure as a lawmaker.
"I wonder what effect that might have on the race here if you have a Democrat, Independent and Republican, how does that vote split up in 2024 in Arizona?" host Sciutto asked about Sinema's conversion to Independent after being elected as a Democrat.
"I mean, that's -- it's really -- she's correct, she says it's not about D.C., it's about Arizona," Jones explained. "It is about Arizona but it's about the politics on the ground in Arizona where she's been censured by her own party for not being willing to stand up against the filibuster on behalf of voting rights. She's somebody in hot water in her own party and she's got a serious challenger in [Rep.] Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). That is a big part of what's going on here."
"We do have independents that caucus with Democrats -- that's not a problem," he elaborated. "You have Senators Angus King (ME), you have Bernie Sanders (VT) so that's not a problem. But the challenge has always been with her it's not her independence, it's not her bipartisanship, it's just her way of negotiating and dealing, she just won't tell you what she wants, she just tells you what she doesn't want and that made it very, very difficult in the past two years with the Biden administration to know how to handle it."
"You know [Sen.] Joe Manchin (D-WV) wants coal, you know Bernie wants taxing the rich. What does Kyrsten want? It's hard to know," he concluded.
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