Speaking with CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday morning after the failed attempt to convict Donald Trump of sedition on the Senate floor late Saturday, House impeachment manager Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D- Virgin Islands) slammed Mike Pence and Republicans for lacking the "spine" to do the right thing during the trial.
Asked why Democrats didn't push harder for witnesses, she shot back, "We didn't need more witnesses, we needed more senators with spines."
"We did have eyewitnesses, remember, there were three police officers who gave their testimony by video during the hearing," she continued. "To have individuals who were close to the senator -- close to the president, former president, testify, would have required subpoenas. Recall that we're still in court fighting over the [former White House counsel Don] McGahn testimony being admitted into the first impeachment trial. That's a year later we still do not have his testimony that we wanted and we knew that these were hostile witnesses, they were not going to testify. Has anybody even heard from Vice President Pence? The man [Trump] tried to assassinate him and he still hasn't come forward."
Three kids were sitting on a bench in southeast Pennsylvania when adults came up to harass them about wearing masks.
"What are you doing out here?" a male adult's voice asks the kids.
"What do you idiots — face mask—" a woman's voice can be heard saying.
"Why are you wearing a mask?" the man asks.
"Where are your parents at?" the woman asks. "They have you out here masked?"
"You don't need to wear them, you know that?" the man says.
"Why the hell you wearing a mask out? Where's your mom and dad?" the woman asks.
The kids can be heard mumbling that the CDC said that it's safer.
"How come you ain't dead yet," the man asks.
"Yeah," the woman follows.
"Take it off!" the man says before the video cuts off.
The interesting part of the video is that it was the woman who appeared to be filming their attack on the kids. She had to have uploaded it to social media to further attack the youth.
The people in the video are following the instruction of Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who told viewers on April 26 that they should accost Americans they see wearing masks and call 911.
Tucker Carlson is now telling his audience to harass people who wear face masks outside. If they see children wear… https://t.co/LYi6TeesQx— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1619482915.0
"So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path, do not hesitate," Carlson told his audience. "Ask politely but firmly, 'Would you please take off your mask? Science shows there is no reason for you to be wearing it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable.'"
"Call the police immediately, contact child protective services," he told the Fox News audience.
At the time, former FBI Agent Asha Rangappa tweeted about how dangerous it was to instruct his audience to do this. Clearly, the people were more agitated and confrontational than Carlson told them to be and they didn't appear to call the police or child protective services.
This is really, really dangerous. Listen to his tone of voice, and what he’s instructing. He’s moving from his view… https://t.co/Tv0CB36cy7— Asha Rangappa (@Asha Rangappa) 1619486342.0
See the shocking video below:
A Fairfield, Connecticut-based lawyer has filed a defamation lawsuit against a local town meeting member who accused him of exhibiting "white fragility" in response to a message sent out by the local superintendent of schools.
Fairfield Patch reports that Fairfield Schools Superintendent Mike Cummings earlier this year sent out a letter to parents addressing the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in which he asked members of the community to recognize and guard against their own inherent racial biases.
Local attorney Jason Gladstone, however, took this message personally and believed that Cummings was calling him a racist.
"I am truly offended that you would insinuate that I am inherently racist or biased," Gladstone wrote in reply. "You are truly out of bounds with your message and I am concerned that you are incapable of understanding this community and the people that reside here. Shocking would be a good word to describe your message."
Fairfield Town Meeting member Laura Karson criticized Gladstone's response in a Facebook post and said that it was a prime example of "white fragility" to treat all discussions of racism as personal attacks.
"These are tough times for all of us, but tearing down an educator, accusing him of calling other racists, when in fact he was trying to share his own reflections and ask for everyone in the community to do better, will not lead to a stronger Fairfield," she wrote.
This was enough for Gladstone to sue Karson for purportedly defaming him and causing him "emotional distress."
"It has affected my emotional wellbeing, my business relationships, my business reputation, my relationships with people of my community, my children and has severely and emotionally damaged me," he wrote in an affidavit.
Trump-loving militant charged with bringing guns to the Capitol riot after relative warned against violent plot
A U.S. Capitol rioter was slapped with a gun charge in addition to charges that have kept him jailed since March.
Guy Reffitt, an alleged member of the right-wing Three Percenters militia movement, was indicted Thursday on one count of transporting a firearm in furtherance of civil disorder, on top of previous charges of obstructing an official proceeding, obstruction of justice and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds.
The North Texas man was accused of bringing a rifle and semi-automatic handgun to the Capitol, where he is accused of leading a group of rioters up the steps to confront law enforcement officers, which forced them to retreat closer to the building and allowed them to be overwhelmed.
After returning home, prosecutors said, Reffitt told his children they would be considered traitors if they reported him to investigators and warned that "traitors get shot."
Reffitt had allegedly threatened social media companies for months before the Capitol riot, and a relative warned the FBI in December that he seemed to be plotting violent action against lawmakers, and investigators said he took and AR-15 and handgun with him to Washington.
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