Trump's former White House physician facing House ethics probe

Trump White House Physician turned far-right MAGA Republican Congressman Ronny Jackson may have unlawfully used thousands of dollars in campaign funds to buy memberships at a private Texas dinner club, a non-partisan federal watchdog office revealed Monday, Forbes reported.

The non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), a ten-member board that is not comprised of members of Congress (and not to be confused with the House Committee on Congressional Ethics), issued a report stating:



“Rep. Ronny Jackson’s campaign committee, Texans for Ronny Jackson, reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes. If Rep. Jackson converted campaign funds from Texans for Ronny Jackson to personal use, or if Rep. Jackson’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Rep. Jackson may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.”

The House Committee on Ethics in a statement said it “will review the matter.”

Madison Cawthorn's possible 'improper relationship' with staffer to be investigated by House Ethics Committee

U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn‘s possible “improper relationship” with a staffer and his possible improper promotion of a cryptocurrency will both be investigated by a specially-formed subcommittee, the bipartisan House Committee on Ethics said Monday.

The Ethics Committee voted “to establish an Investigative Subcommittee” a press release states, which “shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Madison Cawthorn may have: improperly promoted a cryptocurrency in which he may have had an undisclosed financial interest, and engaged in an improper relationship with an individual employed on his congressional staff.”

CNBC adds “the president of a political action committee filed an ethics complaint against him for allegedly failing to file financial disclosures of gifts and loans made to his scheduler, Stephen Smith.”

“Mr. Smith apparently lives with Rep. Cawthorn and various social media postings by them indicate a personal relationship between them, separate and apart from the professional relationship of employer and employee,” David Wheeler, president of the American Muckrakers PAC had said.

Cawthorn’s spokesperson says Smith is his cousin.

The North Carolina freshman Republican lost his primary battle last week and will be a one-term congressman.

‘Lies and hatred’: Top Russian diplomat resigns – accuses Putin of attacking Ukraine ‘to remain in power forever’

A top Russian diplomat, the head of mission to the United Nations in Geneva, has resigned in a damning letter that accuses President Vladimir Putin and his associates of attacking Ukraine "to remain in power forever, live in pompous tasteless palaces, sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and cost to the entire Russian Navy, enjoying unlimited power and complete impunity."

For two decades Boris Bondarev says he has worked in Russia's foreign ministry, as The Daily Beast reports. In his letter, posted by the Executive Director of United Nations Watch (below) Bondarev adds:

"To achieve that [power] they are willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes. Thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have already died just for this."

UN Watch, an accredited non-governmental organization in Geneva, claims Bondarev has "defected."

He singles out Sergey Lavrov, criticizing the Russian Foreign Minister for an increasing "level of lies and unprofessionalism in the work of the Foreign Ministry," which he says have "become simply catastrophic."

"Instead of unbiased information, impartial analysis and sober forecasting, there are propaganda clichés in the spirit of Soviet newspapers of the 1930s. A system has been built that deceives itself."

Lavrov is perhaps best-known to Americans as one of the top Russian diplomats present in the Oval Office in 2017 when then-President Donald Trump gave them code word classified top secret intelligence, putting Israeli spies at risk, while celebrating his firing of FBI Director Jim Comey.

"Today," Bondarev says, "the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not about diplomacy. It is all about warmongering, lies and hatred. It serves interests of few, the very few people thus contributing to further isolation and degradation of my country."

Bondarev told the Associated Press: “Am I concerned about the possible reaction from Moscow? I have to be concerned about it.”

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Critics warn 'the coup is ongoing' after Trump posts message ‘advocating or predicting civil war’

Critics are expressing anger and issuing warnings after Donald Trump, the former president, posted a message over the weekend on his own social media platform that well-known attorney George Conway described as "advocating or predicting civil war in the United States."

Fox Nation propagandist and antisemitic conspiracy theorist Lara Logan had reposted a message from the right-wing "populist" President of El Salvador, that suggests the United States is "falling so fast" due to an "enemy" within.

A pro-Trump account on Trump's Truth Social platform then commented "Civil War."

Trump reposted that message.

"Nothing to see here," George Conway wrote on Twitter. "Just a former president of the United States sharing a social media post advocating or predicting civil war in the United States. No biggie."

Former GOP Congressman Denver Riggleman, a former National Security Agency contractor who calls himself a "Disinfo Hunter" commented: "Trump mirrors his base. Pay attention."

GOP U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger:

"Tell me how ... he has never egged on violence again?" asked Amanda Carpenter, a columnist at The Bulwark.

Veteran foreign correspondent and sports columnist Robert Lusetich:

"After seeking to overturn his election defeat, the former president is now endorsing the claim that we are in a 'civil war.' Incredibly dangerous," wrote Brendan Nyhan, a political scientist and professor at Dartmouth College. "How long until the next gunman takes him literally and/or seriously? What about the next time he or his party lose another election?"

Attorney, journalist, SiriusXM host, and frequent cable news contributor Dean Obeidallah writes, "Trump's suggestion of a Civil War appears to forget that on Jan 6 he and his forces tried that and FAILED. But the fact Trump can call for a civil war today is only possible because DOJ has still not prosecuted Trump--despite it being 502 days since Jan 6!"

Political commentator Lindy Li:

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Matt Gaetz thinks families using government assistance to buy baby formula should take a back seat to 'hard-working' Americans

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said this week babies born into low-income families should not have the same access to food as those born into wealth – or even moderate means – and voted against a bill because, he suggested, it would help them take food away from their more affluent peers.

The Republican Party for weeks has been falsely hammering the Biden administration and Democrats in general about the very real baby formula shortage, baselessly trying to pin the blame on the President and his officials. But when the Democrats put two bills on the House to help ease the crisis, many Republicans refused to vote to help families.

More than half the baby formula sold in the U.S. is purchased through government assistance programs like WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Congressman Gaetz says those families accessing government assistance should take a back seat to "hard-working" Americans when it comes to buying baby formula. Equating wealth with being hard-working is a fallacy, as is saying those who are low-income do not work hard.

WIC narrows and controls the amount of baby formula that families using it can buy, but it also specifies the brands and even stores they can use.

H.R.7791, the Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022, would temporarily reduce those constraints.

Gaetz opposes making baby formula more accessible to people because they are poor, or, as he suggests, not "hard-working."

"H.R. 7791 would make baby formula shortages worse for most Americans," the Florida Republican Congressman tweeted. "It will allow WIC to utilize a far greater portion of the baby formula market, crowding out many hard-working American families."

Gaetz was one of nine Republicans to vote against the bill. It passed the House, and even Republicans in the Senate saw it as so non-controversial that they allowed it to pass by unanimous consent, meaning they didn't require a vote on the bill. It will now head to President Biden to become law.

Gaetz was blasted on social media. A few responses:

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'Sordid, corrupt, lawless': Experts call new Ginni Thomas revelations 'breathtaking' and ask 'what did her husband know?'

The latest revelations about the actions of Ginni Thomas, the far right wing activist, lobbyist, and spouse of a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice who had unprecedented access to the Trump White House are leading experts to demand Clarence Thomas' recusal while calling the combination of their actions "breathtaking corruption," and noting the Justice's extraordinary hypocrisy.

Later Friday morning The Washington Post reported that Ginni Thomas pressed two Arizona lawmakers to overturn the will of Arizona's voters in the 2020 presidential election by choosing a "clean" slate of electors, representing Donald Trump and not Joe Biden. The Post notes Thomas did not mention any candidate by name but reports "the context was clear."

“Before you choose your state’s Electors ... consider what will happen to the nation we all love if you don’t stand up and lead,” an email bearing Ginni Thomas' name, sent to the Arizona lawmakers, reads.

It included a link to a video of a man delivering a message meant for swing-state lawmakers, urging them to “put things right” and “not give in to cowardice.”

“You have only hours to act,” said the speaker, who is not identified in the video.

Thomas also pressed Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to work to overturn the election, as has been widely reported.

Her efforts, combined with Justice Thomas' actions on the Supreme Court, amount to "breathtaking corruption," writes Slate's legal expert Mark Joseph Stern.

"The conflict of interest between Ginni and Clarence Thomas has never been greater. While Clarence was applying the 'independent state legislature doctrine' from the bench, Ginni was using the exact same theory to try to overturn the 2020 election. Just breathtaking corruption," Stern says.

He adds:

Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance, now an NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst and law professor, issued a strong warning:

"Either Justice Thomas recuses in every case that comes to the Court where his wife is heavily involved in the action or the public’s confidence in the Court will be damaged beyond repair."

Reuters reporter covering the U.S. Supreme Court, Lawrence Hurley:

Former federal corruption prosecutor Noah Bookbinder, who is president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) says it is "outrageous" Justice Thomas has refused to recuse:

"New evidence that Ginni Thomas's participation in efforts to overturn the 2020 election was even greater than we knew; in this case pressure on AZ legislators to overturn that state's vote. Makes it even more outrageous that Justice Thomas did not recuse."

"Wow!" exclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. "Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pressed Arizona legislators to overturn Biden's win and choose a 'clean slate of electors.' In other words, she supported a coup to overthrow an elected president. What did her husband know?"

Economist and frequent political commentator David Rothschild observes, "Ginni Thomas was conspiring with high ranking Republicans to overturn [the] republic, and her husband was either privy to or actively involved in this conspiracy before using his position to coverup his wife’s role."

Former SDNY Asst. U.S. Attorney Richard Signorelli sums up:

Watch: Dr. Oz says legalizing marijuana is 'giving them pot so they stay home'

Dr. Mehmet Oz was asked about his position on marijuana and appeared to believe making it legal means everyone in the state of Pennsylvania would be given the drug, which would force workers to "stay home."

Oz, endorsed by Donald Trump in the race for a seat in the U.S. Senate for Pennsylvania, is in an extremely tight primary race against Republican Dave McCormick. The "celebrity doctor" is barely ahead currently, as ballots from Tuesday's vote are still being counted. The winner will face Democrat John Fetterman, currently Pennsylvania's Lt. Governor.

"Fetterman has won statewide in Pennsylvania," Newsmax's Greg Kelly told Oz. "He wants to legalize marijuana I believe."

"What is your stance on that by the way?" Kelly asked Oz.

"You know there are not enough Pennsylvanians to work in Pennsylvania," Oz responded, twisting the question into a labor shortage issue.

"So giving them pot so they stay home is not an ideal move," he said, as if making it legal would endanger the economy of the state.

"I also don't want to breed addiction to marijuana," he added. The CDC says one study has shown about a ten percent addiction rate in those who choose to use the drug.

"I don't want young people to think they have to smoke a joint to get out of their house in the morning," Oz added, which contradicts his claim that those who use marijuana will not go to work.

"We need to get Pennsylvanians back at work. You got to give them their mojo. I don't want marijuana to be a hindrance to that," he says, contradicting his earlier claim that there are not enough workers in the state.

Pennsylvania has a relatively low unemployment rate of 4.9%.

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Second most-powerful Senate Republican says bill to fight domestic terrorism after Buffalo is too ‘partisan’ to pass

Senate Republican Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota immediately poured cold water on a just-passed House bill to help fight rising domestic terrorism, in the wake of his past weekend's massacre of ten Black people in Buffalo by a self-avowed white nationalist and antisemite and a California church shooting deemed a "politically motivated hate incident" by local law enforcement.

The House bill passed with all Democrats and just one Republican voting for it. 203 Republicans voted against the legislation that would establish new offices across three federal agencies to help identify and combat domestic terrorism. Three of the Republicans who voted against the legislation are original co-sponsors of the bill, and many who voted for a very similar bill two years ago voted against this bill Wednesday. The final tally was 222-203.

CNN's Manu Raju reports Senator Thune, the second-most-powerful Senate Republican, is "skeptical the domestic terrorism bill that passed the House will get 10 GOP senators," which it would need to pass, assuming all 50 Democrats vote for it.

"He noted that it was a 'pretty party-line vote.' Said he had not studied the details of the bill yet but noted the outcome in the House makes him think it is 'largely a partisan bill.'"

Republicans have a long history of blocking any attempt to curtail or get out in front of preventing domestic terrorism, despite – or because of – the vast majority of extremist-related murders are committed by right-wing extremists.

Republicans' opposition to addressing right-wing extremism and domestic terrorism goes back at least as far as 2009, when, as Wired reported, "an analyst at the Department of Homeland Security focusing on far-right extremist groups" published this report about the danger of right-wing extremism. Outrage was so dramatic DHS was forced to retract it.

In 2016 Politico reported Congressional Republicans also in 2009 "succeeded in pushing to shut" down a DHS program, an intelligence unit "called the Extremism and Radicalization Branch." Its mission? "Studying and monitoring sub-sections of the population for potential signs of ideological and political radicalization."

In wake of Buffalo mass shooting 203 House Republicans vote against domestic terrorism bill that had 3 GOP co-sponsors

203 House Republicans on Wednesday voted against legislation to help monitor and prevent domestic terrorism just days after an avowed white supremacist and antisemite drove 200 miles to a Buffalo neighborhood and slaughtered 10 Black people at a local grocery store. Only one Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, voted with all the Democrats to pass the bill.

Three Republicans were original co-sponsors of the legislation. All three voted against it.

The bill is similar to one that passed the House just two years ago. Many Republicans who voted for that bill voted against the one that passed Wednesday by a 222-203 margin.

The move to try to block every Democratic bill they possibly can followed 192 House Republicans voting against a bill to help protect and expand the nation's access to baby formula amid a shortage, and 9 Republicans voting against expanding access to families on government assistance.

"House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) urged members of his party to vote against the legislation," The Washington Post reports. "He argued, in part, that the Justice Department had previously 'targeted and labeled rightfully concerned parents as domestic terrorists for speaking out at school board meetings' — a false claim that The Washington Post’s Fact Checker has awarded Four Pinocchios."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) blasted the GOP.

“The problem is not that the Republican Party is racist; it’s that the Republican Party won’t call out the racists in its midst," Nadler said. "They won’t call the insurrection ... on January 6th of last year what it is: an insurrection. They call it ‘legitimate public discourse.’ It is not ‘legitimate public discourse’ when police officers are attacked, when the members of this House are attacked, when the members of the Senate are attacked. That’s domestic terrorism.”

Steve Schmidt calls for ‘venomous and dangerous’ Rupert Murdoch to be stripped of US citizenship

Lincoln Project co-founder and former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt wants the United States to strip Rupert Murdoch of his U.S. citizenship, calling the 91-year-old Australian-born media titan "the most venomous and dangerous foreigner to ever arrive on American soil."

Murdoch is the man behind News Corp, a massive multi-national conglomerate that in the U.S. owns Fox News, The New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, book publisher HarperCollins, and even realtor.com.

But it is Fox News that Schmidt is focused on.

"The January 6 Committee will prove a massive conspiracy," Schmidt tweeted Tuesday night. "That conspiracy will likely involve @foxnews hosts and personalities. @rupertmurdoch is responsible for what happens on @foxnews, which has long claimed in Federal Court that is not news but entertainment."

Taking a dig at Murdoch and the birther movement which Fox News amplified, Schmidt says Murdoch "is not a Birthright Citizen like @BarackObama. He is a Naturalized Citizen. Though it happens rarely, there is a Denaturalization process that can lead to revocation of US Citizenship and removal from the country."

Murdoch became a U.S. citizen in 1985 so he could own American television stations.

"There are conditions and requirements for Denaturalization," Schmidt continues. "This should be studied closely by Attorneys. I believe a strong case could be made that @rupertmurdoch, the most venomous and dangerous foreigner to ever arrive on American soil meets it easily."

Schmidt in his final tweet tags former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who over the past few years has accused Murdoch and his media properties of undermining democracy in the U.S. and in Australia.

Last November Schmidt said Murdoch “has been a pancreatic cancer on democracy, pluralism and decency.”

And in February Schmidt suggested Fox News was an enemy of the U.S., calling it "an American Fifth Column that has declared war on American patriotism."

Texas school district under fire for punishing minority student who was victim of apparent bullying chokehold

A video that has been circulated widely on social media platforms over the past week appears to show a white student bullying a student of minority descent, ending with the white student standing over the seated minority student and appearing to put him in a chokehold.

Dr. Brad Hunt, the Superintendent of the Coppell, Texas Independent School District is now under fire after public outrage over how the incident was handled. The white student who appears to be the aggressor was suspended for one day, the apparent victim for three days, his mother says. It is not known what led to the altercation. Because both students are minors NCRM is not using the names of the students in our report.

The Dallas Morning News points to a "petition circulated online by Sonika Kukreja, who is the sitting student’s mother." She has "called on the district to remove the other student from her son’s classes immediately."

That Change.org petition has nearly a quarter of a million signatures. It says in part that the "aggressor in the video is on the wrestling team and can be seen carrying out a very dangerous carotid restraint on [the other student's] neck. This technique restricts blood flow to a person's brain by compressing the sides of the neck where the carotid arteries are located. {The victim] appears to briefly lose consciousness at the end of the neck choke maneuver."

“It was horrible. I couldn’t sleep for three nights straight,” Sonika Kukreja told KXAS-TV (NBC5), after watching the video. “I felt like I was being choked. I cried many times watching it.”

Dr. Brad Hunt, the superintendent, said in a public statement to parents: "Bullying, both verbal and physical, as well as physical acts of aggression are never acceptable and do not align with who we are at CISD and our core values."

But Dr. Hunt also calls it a "physical altercation between two students."

Some on social media have claimed the white student's father ran for the school board, has connections, and local law enforcement is refusing to issue a police report.

It does not appear that any school official stopped what appeared to be a physical assault.

The school district first made its Twitter account private after this tweet (below) was posted, then appears to have deleted the account altogether. Its Facebook account appears to be shuttered currently.

This is the video that was posted multiple times:

Madison Cawthorn projected to lose seat in Congress

U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn is projected to have lost his primary Tuesday night and be a one-term Congressman.

Dave Wasserman, the U.S. House editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report first made the call Tuesday night:

Business Insider also reports Cawthorn was "ousted."

Republicans in Cawthorn's North Carolina district had eight candidates to choose from and picked state Senator Chuck Edwards. As recently as last week Edwards was "polling a distant second at 21 percent," Newsweek reported.

Edwards will face a formidable Democrat, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara. A Buncombe County Commissioner, Beach-Ferrara is an ordained Christian minister and the founding Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE).

Beach-Ferrara has a strong focus on policy. Unlike many modern-day candidates, especially on the right, her website lists her positions on 16 different issues: Agriculture, Children’s Issues, Choice, Climate Issues, COVID, Economic Opportunity & Job Creation, Education, Healthcare, Higher Education & Student Loan Debt, Legalizing Marijuana, LGBTQ Rights, Opioid Crisis, Racial Justice, Social Security & Medicare, Veterans, and Voting Rights & Independent Redistricting.

"Jasmine and her wife, Meghann Burke, live in Asheville with their oldest child Cal, twins Lily and Wyatt and dog, Ruggles," her campaign website says. "They love hiking, swimming, exploring every playground in the county, and BBQ-ing. Jasmine is a fan of the UNC Tarheels, Carolina Courage, and Carolina Panthers."

Chuck Edwards was endorsed by several Republicans, including U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, Phil Berger, the President pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate, and North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore.

But Cawthorn's constituents reportedly had grown tired of his immaturity, including, as Newsweek noted, "being stopped by police three times since October—for alleged speeding and driving with a revoked license—being caught for the second time with a gun at airport security and accusations he was involved in illegal insider trading in relation to his ties to a 'Let's Go Brandon' cryptocurrency."

'Here we go': Legal experts discuss new DOJ request for transcripts from Jan. 6 committee for 'criminal' investigation

The U.S. Dept. of Justice has formally requested transcripts from the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, saying their extensive interviews “may contain information relevant to a criminal investigation we are conducting.” The House Select Committee has conducted interviews with more than 1000 people, including former Trump associates and even his family members.

The New York Times, which broke the story Tuesday, reports the request comes "as Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appears to be ramping up the pace of his painstaking investigation into the Capitol riot," and calls it "the clearest sign yet of a wide-ranging inquiry at the Justice Department."

Also telling is that the request came from Kenneth A. Polite Jr., the assistant attorney general for the criminal division, and Matthew M. Graves, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

But House Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) says not so fast, according to The Guardian's Hugo Lowell:

Former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega suggests Chairman Thompson's remarks may be to ensure no one thinks there was coordination behind the scenes:

"DOJ will get what it needs from the January 6 committee. There might have to be some negotiation, maybe even grand jury subpoenas, but the committee doesn't want to be seen as working hand in glove with DOJ."

Meanwhile, Glenn Kirschner, a federal prosecutor for 30 years who is now a popular NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst notes the Dept. of Justice may get access to a wealth of testimony that it might not have been able to obtain otherwise:

"Whether this was always the DOJ plan (& whether the J6 committee knew it or not), important info has been developed by the [January 6 Committee] that would not have been developed had the witnesses been subpoenaed to the grand jury (as they would have pled the 5th)."

(In March, Kirschner concluded that Donald Trump "will be charged" after remarks Attorney General Merrick Garland made.)

National security and civil liberties expert and journalist Marcy Wheeler also suggests this may have been the plan all along, and implies it is a smart strategy:

"And YES, it allowed Jan 6 to interview people against whom DOJ did not and/or would never get probable cause a crime had committed to share evidence," she adds.

But former federal and state prosecutor Elie Honig, now a CNN legal analyst, is less complimentary of Garland and DOJ, calling the request for access to transcripts "an obvious and overdue move."

MSNBC legal analyst Daniel Goldman, the well-known former Lead Counsel for the House Impeachment Inquiry, and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for SDNY agrees it's wise for the Jan. 6 Committee to focus on its own work and deal with DOJ after the public hearings.

Former U.S. Attorney and national security prosecutor Barb McQuade, now a well-known MSNBC and NBC News legal analyst and law professor summed up what many appear to be thinking: "Here we go."

‘What happened here is straightforward terrorism’: Biden condemns ‘those who spread’ Great Replacement ‘lie’

President Joe Biden unequivocally condemned white supremacism, domestic terrorism, and those who spread the "lie" known as the great replacement theory, during impassioned remarks at the Delevan Grider Community Center in Buffalo, New York Tuesday. The President, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other top Democrats traveled to Buffalo to grieve and mourn with those suffering after a self-avowed white supremacist and antisemite massacred ten Black people in a neighborhood supermarket Saturday.

"White supremacy is a poison," President Biden declared repeatedly, lamenting that "it's been allowed to fester and grow right in front of our eyes."

"No more," he declared. "We need to say as clearly and as forcefully as we can that the ideology of white supremacy has no place in America. None."

"Silence is complicity. We cannot remain silent."

The President also warned that democracy itself in America is in danger as he chastised "those who pretend to love America."

The President paid tribute to those who were shot and killed on Saturday.

“What happened here is simple and straightforward: Terrorism. Domestic terrorism. Violence inflicted in the service of hate and the vicious thirst for power that defines one group of people as inherently inferior to any other group," he told mourning community members.

"I call on all Americans to reject the lie," of great replacement, President Biden implored. "And I condemn those who spread the lie for power, political gain, and for profit."

“Evil will not win, I promise you,” President Biden declared.

Stefanik on Buffalo mass shooting: ‘Not the time to politicize this tragedy’

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) on Tuesday spoke about Saturday's racist mass shooting in a predominantly Black neighborhood supermarket in Buffalo, New York, saying that now is "not the time to politicize this tragedy." 13 people were shot, 10 of them – all Black – died in a massacre by a self-avowed white supremacist and antisemite who said he specifically chose the location to target Black people.

Stefanik stands accused of promoting the false and racist conspiracy theory known as the "great replacement theory," which has been promulgated by far-right extremists, white nationalists, and white supremacists, including Fox News propagandist Tucker Carlson more than 400 times.

“I want to take a moment," Congresswoman Stefanik said Tuesday, "my home state [of] New York, our nation is heartbroken and saddened of the horrific loss of life in Buffalo. This was an act of pure evil and the criminal should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It is not the time to politicize this tragedy."

"We mourn together as a nation," Stefanik said during a Republican House leadership press conference announcing the creation of the "Hispanic Leadership Trust."

Stefanik then went on to promote what she said will be the "most diverse" GOP ever.

President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and top New York Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, are in Buffalo today to mourn with the families who lost loved ones in Saturday's targeted massacre.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the mass shooting is being investigated "as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism."

Video of Stefanik's remarks here.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.