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DC judge blocks release of 'Zip Tie Guy' Eric Munchel who stormed Capitol with plastic hand restraints

A man who was allegedly seen storming the U.S. Capitol with tactical hand restraints must remain in jail after his release order was blocked by a Washington, D.C. judge.

Eric Munchel, 30, was arrested last week after online researchers accused him of being the person photographed with so-called "Zip Ties" during the siege on Capitol Hill earlier this month.

Since the insurrection, Munchel has earned the label of "Zip Tie Guy."

"Law enforcement interviewed Munchel and identified that he was carrying a black and yellow 'Taser Pulse' taser that emits electrical shock," FBI Special Agent Carlos D. Fontanez explained in an affidavit that was filed following his arrest.

Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Chip Frensley in Tennessee ordered Munchel released from confinement.

“In our society, liberty is the norm, and detention before trial is an exception," Frensley explained at the time.

But in an order over the weekend, D.C. District Court Judge Beryl Howell stayed Frensley's ruling.

Howell said that Munchel would remain in custody pending a review of the detention order.

Josh Hawley defended militia members after Oklahoma City bombing and Mark Fuhrman after OJ trial

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) exhibited "warning signs" of an extremist sympathizer long before he sided with a mob of people who set out to attack the U.S. Capitol, according to a recent report.

The Kansas City Star revealed on Sunday that Hawley has a history of standing up for racists and extremists that stunned his early mentors.

According to the Star, Hawley spoke up for the rights of militia members after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and defended L.A. police detective Mark Fuhrman against charges of racism following the trial of O.J. Simpson.

“Many of the people populating these movements are not radical, right-wing, pro-assault weapons freaks as they were originally stereotyped," Hawley wrote regarding militia groups following the bombing. “Dismissed by the media and treated with disdain by their elected leaders, these citizens come together and form groups that often draw more media fire as anti-government hate gatherings."

Hawley also argued in his writings that Fuhrman was unfairly called a racist after his use of racial slurs came to light during the Simpson trial.

“In this politically correct society, derogatory labels such as 'racist' are widely misused, and our ability to have open debate is eroding," he opined.

"Since the Capitol rampage, Hawley's mentors have disavowed him," the Star report explained. "Donors have demanded refunds. Colleagues have called for his resignation or expulsion. And those who helped guide his career are asking themselves if they missed something essential about their former mentee."

David Kennedy, a Stanford professor who served Hawley's academic adviser, told the paper that he felt "a little bamboozled" after learning the details of the senator's past.

Read the entire report from The Kansas City Star.

'This is why Joe Biden won': Amy Klobuchar unloads devastating response after Rand Paul's election meltdown

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said that she listened in disbelief on Sunday as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) became incensed after he was put in the position of defending President Donald Trump's election lies.

Paul made the remarks during an interview with ABC host George Stephanopoulos.

"Where you make a mistake is that people coming from the liberal side like you, you immediate say everything's a lie instead of saying there are two sides to everything," Paul complained. "Historically what would happen is if I said I thought there was fraud, you would introduce someone else who said there wasn't. But now you insert yourself in the middle and say that the absolute fact is that everything I'm saying is a lie."

Following Paul's interview, Klobuchar offered a reaction to Stephanopoulos.

"As I listened to Rand Paul, George, I just kept thinking, man, this is why Joe Biden won," Klobuchar said. "The American people right now are struggling. They need pandemic relief, they are literally trying to balance toddlers on their knees and their laptops on their desks and teaching their first graders how to use a mute button just to go to school."

"They need help and I thoroughly believe we can handle this impeachment trial and -- just as the American people are doing -- juggle what we need to get done," she added.

Watch the video below from ABC.

'Unfairly vilified': Glenn Greenwald cries 'censorship' after getting NYT reporter 'fired' for Biden tweet

Free speech warrior Glenn Greenwald complained about "censorship" over the weekend after he was accused of triggering the firing of a New York Times reporter who tweeted about getting "chills" as Joe Biden was on route to becoming the 46th president.

According to reports on Twitter, the Times fired contract editor Lauren Wolfe after Greenwald complained about one of her tweets that seemed to suggest she was relieved that Biden was about to become the next president.

Greenwald later claimed that he disagreed with Wolfe's dismissal.

"Liberals — who spend half their day online attacking New York Times reporters for insufficient fealty to the Democratic Party (which is like criticizing Maddow for insufficient attention to Russia) — have promulgated a new rule for everyone else," he wrote.

In an interview on Fox News on Sunday, Greenwald complained about "censorship" of conservatives.

During the discussion, Fox News host Maria Bartiromo opined about a "major problem" of the media "trying to mislead the public."

"Big tech continues to snuff out free speech on its platforms," she warned, citing a recent poll.

"I think it's an incredibly important story that's receiving almost no attention," Greenwald said. "Because the people who should give attention are the ones that this poll says they are losing faith and trust. This is not a new sudden development. This has been taking place for years."

According to Greenwald, media "blame others who criticize their bad reporting as though they're being unfairly vilified."

"And when that doesn't work," he continued, "what they do now is a third response, which is trying to censor their critics and those who are actually inspiring trust by saying, 'Kick these people off the Internet, their audience is too big, censor these people, throw their platform off the Internet.'"

"They're now at the point where they're advocating censorship," Greenwald said.

"Unbelievable," Bartiromo agreed. "Let's not forget, The Washington Post and The New York Times won Pulitzers over their coverage of the Russia hoax! Right? So they don't want to give the mea culpa that, oh, wait, we were had."

Watch the video below from Fox News.

Fox News host whitewashes Capitol Hill siege: Portland liberals 'have an insurrection every night'

Fox News hosts on Sunday downplayed the attack on Capitol Hill supporters by suggesting that left-leaning protesters in Portland "have an insurrection every night."

On Sunday's edition of Fox & Friends, hosts attempted to shift attention to protests in Portland instead of focusing on a seditious and deadly attempt to overthrow the U.S. government.

"I guess the next time I disagree with someone, I'll punch them in the mouth and tell them I'm helping with their own personal growth," Fox & Friends host Pete Hegseth snarked. "That's ultimately the perspective. Any violence is justified."

"In Portland and Seattle, they are rioting against the government," he continued. "You might say they have an insurrection against he government every night. Every single night you've got extremists on the street pushing it."

Hegseth complained: "Yet, we have an ongoing conversation about what happened on Jan. 6. No one is justifying that. But at the same time, we're starting to see new breadcrumbs of new phrases like domestic violent extremism. In fact, we haven't covered it much on this program and we will."

According to the Fox News host, the government is preparing to "go after domestic violent extremists."

"Not the Antifa types we're seeing every single night," he said. "What we're talking about is maybe supporters of the [former] president. Maybe people who are America first, who talked about 'Stop the Steal.' The could be the focus of that, including their involvement in Jan. 6 or regardless of it. It's a scary moment right now."

Watch the video below from Fox News.

'The trial is stupid': Marco Rubio battles Chris Wallace over Trump's insurrection impeachment

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Sunday said that he will attempt to end former President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial because it is "stupid."

Rubio make the remarks during an interview with Fox News host Chris Wallace.

"First of all, I think the trial is stupid," Rubio said dismissively. "We already have a flaming fire in this country and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire."

Rubio suggested that a pardon of Trump would be "good for the country."

Wallace pointed out that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has condemned Trump for his responsibility in the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"Is Sen. McConnell wrong, sir?" Wallace wondered.

"I think the president bears responsibility for some of what happened," Rubio admitted. "It was most certainly a foreseeable consequence of everything that was going on and I think that's widely understood and maybe even better understood with the perspective of time. I think that's separate from the notion of let's revisit this all and stir it up again."

"All I'm arguing is we have some really important things to work on," he continued. "You want to kind of really bring the country together and remember once again how we can get things done. It isn't by uniformity on all the issues, it's about working through a process that allows people with different points of view to debate all that and get to a solution for the country."

But Rubio said that it is time to move on from the last five years instead of "stirring it up again with a trial."

"And it's just going to be bad for the country," he added. "It really is."

Rubio also revealed that he will move to end the trial on procedural grounds if he has the opportunity.

"The first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I'll do it," he said. "I think it's really bad for America."

Watch a portion of the video below from Fox News.

'You're saying we're all liars': Rand Paul melts down on ABC when he's confronted with election 'lies'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) became annoyed with an ABC host on Sunday over the suggestion that former President Donald Trump's defenders are all "liars" about the results of the 2020 election.

"This election was not stolen," ABC host Georgia Stephanopoulos began his interview with Paul by noting. "Do you accept that fact?"

Paul, however, refused to respond with a straight answer.

"The debate over whether or not there's fraud should occur," Paul opined. "But, yes, were there people who voted twice? Were there dead people, illegal aliens who voted? Yes. And we should get to the bottom of it."

"I have to stop you there," Stephanopoulos said. "No election is perfect. But there were 86 challenges, they were filed by President Trump and his allies in court. All dismissed."

Paul tried to interrupt but the ABC host continued.

"There were counts and recounts," Stephanopoulos continued. "The Department of Justice, led by William Barr, said there's no widespread evidence of fraud. Can't you just say the words: This election was not stolen?"

"What I would suggest is if we want greater confidence in our elections -- and 75% of Republicans agree with me -- is that we do need to look at election integrity and we do need to see if we can restore confidence in the elections," Paul remarked.

"Well, 75% of Republicans agree with you because they were fed a big lie by President Trump and his supporters who say the election was stolen," Stephanopoulos pressed. "Why can't you say it was a fair election?"

"I think you make a mistake," Paul interrupted. "Hey, George! Georgie, where you make a mistake is that people coming from the liberal side like you, you immediate say everything's a lie instead of saying there are two sides to everything. Historically what would happen is if I said I thought there was fraud, you would introduce someone else who said there wasn't. But now you insert yourself in the middle and say that the absolute fact is that everything I'm saying is a lie."

"I said what the president said was he said was a lie!" Stephanopoulos pushed back. "Hold on a second! He said the election was stolen. This election was not stolen. The results were certified in every single state after counts and recounts!"

"You're saying there was not fraud and it's all been investigated," Paul complained. "And that's just not true."

"That's not what I said, sir," the ABC host asserted. "I said the Department of Justice found no evidence."

"You said it's all a lie!" Paul shouted.

"Let me finish my point," Stephanopoulos implored.

"You say we are all liars!" Paul insisted. "You're just simply saying we're all liars."

"I said it was a lie that the election was stolen," Stephanopoulos affirmed.

Watch the entire interview below from ABC.

'Are we on another planet right now?' Liberal pundit laughs in Fox News host's face over Biden complaints

Left-leaning activist Nomiki Konst pushed back against Fox News host Harris Faulkner after she complained that the press has not been tough enough on Joe Biden during his first 24 hours in office.

"President Biden's White House press secretary is facing mostly friendly questioning," Faulkner said. "A stark contrast for what we were seeing for President Trump's press secretaries."

Conservative pundit Matt Schlapp argued that Trump was never given a "honeymoon" period by members of the press.

"Half of this country abhors what President Trump had to put up with," Schlapp opined. "The persecution of Trump and his supporters with impeachment, it is terrible politics for Joe Biden. If he wants healing, stop the madness."

Konst responded: "I'm not sure how [White House Press Secretary] Jen Psaki treating the press like they are actual reporters has to do with not healing the country. I lost the logic there."

"Nomiki, let me just step in," Faulkner interrupted. "Are you honestly saying that you don't see the percentage being higher of negativity in terms of coverage for President Trump than already we have seen with Biden?"

At that point, Konst burst out in laughter.

"It really is obvious," Faulkner continued. "So the question is, doesn't the country deserve to see transparency at this point, which is what Jen Psaki offered? So it does further divide the country if we're not getting the truth."

Schlapp agreed that Faulkner's assessment was "exactly right."

"Being a press secretary for a Democratic president is night and day between being a press secretary for a Republican president," Schlapp said. "They just are against our policies! And what's funny about the Trump policies is they're very popular."

"Matt, Trump should have hired you to be press secretary," Konst chimed in before laughing involuntarily. "Again, this is day one and I can't believe -- I'm like, are we on another planet right now? She's had one press conference where she literally just introduced herself to the press corps. And we're suddenly saying that there's a double standard!"

Faulkner, however, was not convinced.

"They asked Jen Psaki about the preferred colors inside the White House," the Fox News host noted. "Shots in arms! We were promised a million a day by the new president. Might have started there."

Watch the video below from Fox News.

'I was offended': Karl Rove says Biden ruined inauguration by bringing up 'the racism thing'

Karl Rove is the latest Fox News personality to be "offended" after President Joe Biden decried white supremacy in his inauguration speech on Wednesday.

"Whether it's COVID, the economy or racism, why are they talking everything down?" Fox News host Bill Hemmer wondered during a segment with Rove on Thursday.

"Part of it is to lower expectations," Rove explained. "The racism thing to me is -- I was offended in the speech. I mean, I thought it was a good speech. It wasn't a great speech, but it was a good speech and it was the right speech for the moment."

"But there was a point in there where he said we're divided as a country between the people who believe in the American ideal and racism, nativism and fear," he continued. "No, no, no. We're divided as a country politically over questions of policy and direction and respect."

Rove went on to insist that the country is "united against racism and nativism."

"There are people in this country that are racists, there are people who are nativists," he admitted. "But the vast majority of Americans stand together on those issues. And that was an attempt to basically say, if you're not for me, you're part of the group that's, you know, racist and nativist and fear mongering, which I didn't think was a good note to strike."

According to the Republican strategist, Biden called out racism as a "payoff to the left of the Democratic Party."

"If everything we face as a country ultimately has a root in racism then that's what the left believes and that's what he's willing to give them," Rove remarked.

Watch the video below from Fox News.

'That is what the Republican Party is': Fox & Friends hosts take it personally after Biden denounces racism

The hosts of Fox & Friends on Thursday blasted Democrats after President Joe Biden denounced “racism, nativism, fear [and] demonization" during his inauguration speech.

In Wednesday's speech, Biden also pledged to defeat "political extremism, white supremacy [and] domestic terrorism."

The hosts at Fox & Friends seemed to take the attack on racism personally.

"Dividing America has been the Democratic political strategy," Fox News host Will Cain opined the next morning. "Name the line which divides us, whether it be race or socio-economic or political party. Dividing us has been a political win for the Democratic Party."

"What I have found is that those that yell 'fascist' are the first to embrace authoritarian crackdowns on dissent," he continued. "Those that yell 'racist' are the first to ensconce themselves in suburbs where they're totally insulated from any exposure to diversity, to pay $50,000 a year in private school tuition for their children never to encounter someone who looks much less -- earns less money than their parents."

"If you want to live that life, fine," Cain said. "But then don't turn around and preach that you are more virtuous than others that you look down upon and call racist. What I see here is a movement populated in essence by frauds. They are largely what they accuse others of being."

Co-host Steve Doocy then suggested that Biden's inauguration speech was divisive because it condemned racism.

Another of the show's hosts, Ainsley Earhardt, agreed.

"If you're pro-life, it doesn't mean you're racist," she complained. "If you like lower taxes, it doesn't mean you're racist. If you like constitutional judges, it doesn't mean you're racist. If you like less government, it doesn't mean you're racist."

"You might have supported Trump because of those issues," the co-host added, "because of the policies. You might not like his tweets, you might not like some of his rhetoric, calling names to other people. But you like his policies."

According to Earhardt, "a lot of people" in the Republican Party voted for Trump just because they are Republicans.

"They have been Republicans their whole life!" she insisted. "And they liked that option better than the other option, which was Kamala Harris -- progressive movement. So that is what the Republican Party is."

"All of the Republicans I know wouldn't be storming the Capitol," Earhardt concluded. "They're not racist. They just -- they like Trump policies. That's it."

Watch the video below from Fox News.

Lindsey Graham uses inauguration to rip Hunter Biden: 'Nobody hesitated to send a wrecking ball to the Trump family'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday used an interview about Joe Biden's inauguration to launch an attack on the new president's son, Hunter Biden.

Just minutes after the inauguration ceremony concluded, Graham appeared on CBS News, where he defended smearing Hunter Biden during the 2020 campaign.

"If Mike Pence's son had been accused of doing the things that Hunter Biden did, you wouldn't be asking me does it hurt my relationship with Vice President Pence to make sure that these things are looked at," Graham complained. "So, no, I like Joe Biden. But what I can't get over is the fact there are allegations about Hunter Biden and his brother monetizing the vice presidency and all of the sudden you're a bad guy if you want to let the process move forward."

"I like you, I want to work with you," the senator said of the Biden family. "But nobody hesitated to send a wrecking ball to the Trump family. So all I can say is if you want to heal the nation, we need to start anew."

Last month, Graham called on the Trump Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate Biden's son.

Watch the video below from CBS.

Chris Wallace gushes over Biden's swearing in: 'This was the best inaugural address I ever heard'

Fox News host Chris Wallace on Wednesday lauded President Joe Biden for giving the "best inaugural address I ever heard."

"I thought it was a great speech," Wallace declared at the conclusion of Biden's address. "I've been listening to these inaugural addresses since 1961 -- John F. Kennedy -- 'Ask not...' I thought this was the best inaugural address I ever heard."

The Fox News host pointed out that the speech came just two weeks after former President Donald Trump incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

"It was less of an inaugural address and more part sermon, part pep talk," Wallace continued. "It was a call to our better angels, it was a call, saying, look, we've got tremendous challenges -- COVID, the economy, racial injustice, climate change -- but there's nothing we can't do if we come together."

"There's one other thing," he observed. "Us in the media must note. He said that there is truth and there are lies, lies that are told for power and lies that are told for profit. And I think it was a call to all of us, whether it's us on the air, on cable or broadcast, whether it's us in social media, on our Twitter accounts, understanding that we have to deal from facts, from the truth, to hear each other out, as he said."

"I thought it was a great start," Wallace added.

Watch the video below from Fox News.

WATCH: NBC repeatedly cuts to Mike Pence as Joe Biden mentions 'lies' and 'manufactured' facts

NBC News repeatedly showed the face of former Vice President Mike Pence as President Joe Biden blasted a culture of "lies" during his inauguration speech on Wednesday.

"Let's begin to listen to one another again," Biden told the crowd at the event. "Politics doesn't have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war. And we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured."

As Biden spoke about "manufactured" facts, NBC's camera crew cut to Pence.

"Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson," Biden continued. "There is truth and there are lies, lies told for power and for profit. And each of us had a duty and a responsibility as citizens, as Americans and especially as leaders, leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and project our nation."

With Biden's mention of "lies," NBC again switched to the camera showing Pence's face.

"Defend the truth and defeat the lies," Biden said.

Watch the video below from NBC.

'A fraudulent, phony thing': Fox News pundit says Trump skipped inauguration because he 'doesn't fake things'

Fox News contributor Ari Fleisher, a former White House press secretary, on Wednesday praised soon-to-be former President Donald Trump after he refused to attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony.

Fleisher made his remarks as former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush arrived for the swearing in of the 46th president.

"I think, frankly, and I may be a lonely voice on this," the former press secretary opined, "I think Donald Trump was right not to go today. It would have been so fake of him. And one thing we all know about President Trump, he is not a politician. He doesn't fake things."

Fleisher continued: "If he feels something, he lets it rip. And if he had gone to this ceremony today for the symbolism of it all, it would have been such a fraudulent, phony thing, having done what he's done and said what he has said. So I think this is keeping to who he is, his personality."

"I also think it's wonderful for all the former presidents and vice presidents who are there," he added.

Watch the video below from

'Pretty repulsive': Wolf Blitzer bashes Trump's 'totally inappropriate' rally before leaving office

CNN host Wolf Blitzer reacted with horror to outgoing President Donald Trump's final campaign-style rally that took place just hours before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

After complimenting himself at the rally, Trump exited the stage to Y.M.C.A by The Village People as he had done during the 2020 campaign.

"A fitting end to the Trump presidency," CNN's Jake Tapper noted. "A speech full of puffery and lies. Although of course with this president, it always could have been worse. There weren't the worst of his typical lies about the election."

"But we don't have to grade on a curve," he added. "It was an embarrassment that he did not even mention the name of his successor, Joe Biden. And the fact that he is making it all about himself and not about the country at all."

Blitzer also weighed in by calling the event "repulsive."

"The soon-to-be former President of the United States at a campaign rally," Blitzer observed. "Totally inappropriate, I must say. The music that was playing there. That was a campaign rally."

"The fact that he avoided saying anything about the new president of the United States was pretty repulsive," the CNN host concluded.

Watch the video below from CNN.