PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump lost his favorite online megaphone Friday, when Twitter permanently suspended his account over concerns his messages would incite further violence following Wednesday’s siege on the U.S. Capitol. While Trump and his allies quickly accused the social media platform of silencing free speech, First Amendment lawyers said the action didn’t violate the president’s rights: The Constitution protects against government action censoring a citizen’s speech. Twitter, meanwhile, is a private company. First Amendment protections against government censorship do not app...
'Absolute insanity!' MSNBC's Morning Joe rips Republicans for trying to take elections away from voters
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough reacted to the news that nearly half of Republicans say it would have been appropriate for state legislatures to overturn Donald Trump's election loss.
A recent poll found 46 percent of Republicans would support a substantial departure from democratic norms to keep their party in power, which GOP-led state legislatures are trying to codify into law, and the "Morning Joe" host was stunned.
"It's absolute insanity that we're talking about it in the greatest country in the world," Scarborough said. "But there are actually people who are talking about that, and want to depart from 240 years of American exceptionalism. It's crazy."
Trump's election lies undermined Republican trust in democracy, despite all evidence showing last year's vote was the most secure in history.
"I voted in Florida this past year," Scarborough said. "It was, without a doubt, the most efficient election I've ever seen in my life. I'm a politician -- it's like once a politician, always a politician -- [on] Election Day, I nervously go and go from one precinct to another, and I just love to see it, I love to see how many people are there, how long the lines are -- ghost towns everywhere, because everybody had already voted. You could literally go up and every precinct I went to, you could go up and just vote, and I sat there going, 'My gosh, this is extraordinary how efficient Florida is, we knew who the winner was, even though the networks didn't call it. We knew the winners by 8:00, 9:00 at night, and yet the legislature and governor feels a need we must reform our election system."
"That's like Steve Jobs, a year after the iPhone, 'I must reform the iPhone,'" he added. "No, it worked well. But it shows you the madness of this."
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Matt Gaetz torched after he ramps up attacks on Gen. Milley: 'Only war you fought is against age of consent'
Gaetz, who is being investigated by federal authorities for potential child sex trafficking charges and could reportedly be indicted as soon as next month, launched a Twitter attack on Milley after video of the general schooling Gaetz on critical race theory went viral.
"With Generals like this it's no wonder we've fought considerably more wars than we've won," Gaetz wrote.
Gaetz, the son of a former Florida state senator, has never served in the United States military.
Given this, many of his followers slammed him for attacking the service of a man who has spent the last four decades in the American military.
Check out some replies below.
@mattgaetz buddy the only war you fought is against age of consent— kilgore trout, dna harvester (@kilgore trout, dna harvester) 1624479732.0
@mattgaetz When did you serve, Congressman? Underage girls aren’t allowed in the barracks, FYI.— Rachel Vindman (@Rachel Vindman) 1624488218.0
@mattgaetz The guy who’s spent years getting his daddy to make his DUIs disappear and paying child sex traffickers… https://t.co/A4NDalpykS— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1624489865.0
@mattgaetz Why didn’t you say that when General Milley was in the room? Actually, we know why.— Mark R. Yzaguirre (@Mark R. Yzaguirre) 1624480220.0
@mattgaetz With congressmen like you it’s no wonder underage females must stay vigilant for predators— Exploding Space Moocow Singh, MD 🌊 (@Exploding Space Moocow Singh, MD 🌊) 1624476281.0
@mattgaetz Says the only congressman to vote against child sex trafficking laws.— Cousin Greg's Benign Fungus (@Cousin Greg's Benign Fungus) 1624480336.0
@mattgaetz Dude embarrassed you lol, which is kinda hard to do at this point seeing as how you’re being investigated for fucking teenagers— Mankrik’s Wife (@Mankrik’s Wife) 1624476244.0
@mattgaetz “we’ve fought”???!??! Sorry, didn’t realize that committing sexual assault on minors and then paying th… https://t.co/8Eo92PAHxn— Mandolyn Hicks 🏖 (@Mandolyn Hicks 🏖) 1624479761.0
@mattgaetz Matt, this is the closest you’ll ever get to a green beret. https://t.co/UgIJ76wMsv— Political Southpaw (@Political Southpaw) 1624497975.0
A postmortem posting on the notorious tech mogul John McAfee's Instagram account has unleashed a wave of new conspiracy theories.
The antivirus software maker was found dead of what Spanish authorities say was suicide in his prison cell Wednesday, and a short time later someone posted a block-letter "Q" on a white background -- which Qanon adherents and others see an omen, reported The Daily Beast.
"Newsmax host Steve Cortes tweeted to his 222,000+ followers, 'So...if Jeffrey Epstein got Vincent Fostered then...did McAfee just get Jeffrey Epsteined?'" the website reported. "Alt-right social media personality Tim Pool tweeted to his 820,000 followers, 'Bull F--KING S--t.' Progressive social media personality BrooklynDad_Defiant wrote to more than 900,000 followers, 'John McAfee died today. They said it was suicide. But HE says he didn't do it. WOW.'"
McAfee, who had long embraced fringe theories, got a tattoo in November 2019 of the word, "$WHACKD," to ensure reports of his own future death would be questioned like Epstein's.
"Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: 'We're coming for you McAfee! We're going to kill yourself,'" McAfee tweeted at the time, in case his Instagram photo of the tattoo was unclear. "I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn't. I was whackd. Check my right arm."
McAfee was arrested in Barcelona in October after he was accused of avoiding taxes on selling the rights to his life story and cryptocurrency promotion, and he had faced two wrongful death suits and accused of drugging and raping a woman who worked for him.
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