'Traitors get shot': Capitol rioter accused of threatening kids could be first to stand trial

A gun-toting Capitol rioter from Texas — who's accused of threatening to kill his children if they turned him in — could soon become the first person to stand trial on charges stemming from the insurrection.

Guy Wesley Reffitt, an oil worker with ties to the Three Percenters militia group, appeared in federal court on Friday and sought to have his case moved from Washington to Texas, invoking Watergate.

However, U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich rejected Reffitt's motion for a change of venue, saying he had "not come close" to demonstrating that such a move is necessary.

After Reffitt, through his attorney, declined to waive his right to a speedy trial, Friedrich scheduled the proceeding for Nov. 15.

"(A)ppears Guy Reffitt will be the 1st #CapitolRiot defendant to go to trial on November 15 – one month from today," WUSA9's Jordan Fischer reported. "Witnesses and exhibit lists are due to the other parties by November 1."

"Parties need to be prepared for opening statements on November 17," Fischer added. "Trial is expected to take 5 days. Guy Reffitt says it is his desire to go to trial on November 15 knowing he has not received all of the evidence the DOJ says may be available in his case."

Reffitt is accused of transporting a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun from Texas to Washington — where he allegedly planned to use them during the insurrection. According to federal prosecutors, he illegally carried the handgun on Capitol grounds. Prosecutors also allege Reffitt played a "significant and dangerous role" at the front of the first group of rioters to challenge a police line trying to secure the building.

After returning home to Wylie, Texas, Reffitt allegedly told his son and daughter: "If you turn me in, you're a traitor and you know what happens to traitors … traitors get shot."

Trump-loving restaurateur's anti-Biden 'only serving patriots' sign backfires

A Trump-loving restaurateur in the shadow of the former president's Mar-a-Lago resort says he regrets posting an anti-Biden sign after his business declined, his phone lines blew up with complaints, and his Yelp page was shut down after being flooded with negative comments.

Eddie Lubic, who owns Eddie's Ristorante in Jupiter, Florida, posted a sign a few weeks ago outside the Italian eatery saying "only serving Patriots of the USA," the Palm Beach Post reports.

"If you are still a Biden supporter, this restaurant is not for you," the sign read.

Although Lubic now admits he "may have made a mistake," he doesn't appear to have learned anything, according to Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino.

Lubic recently replaced the sign with a new one saying, "We are only serving Patriots of the USA vaccinated and unvaccinated. Question … In light of the Afghanistan debacle and the border crisis, do you still support Sleepy Joe and the corrupt White House administration?"

Lubic told the newspaper that after he posted the first sign, "I gained some (customers), but I probably lost more people than I gained. The message was too heavy for the guys on the Left."

He also said it was "very tough on his staff."

"My hostess is 19 years old. People call her 100 times a day, and they curse at her," Lubic said. "They're relentless."

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Meanwhile, people who had never stepped foot in Lubic's restaurant inundated the restaurant's Yelp page with comments like, "Come for the biscotti, stay for the Benghazi."

Cerabino, the columnist, brutally mocks Lubic, calling it an example of "cancel cannoli culture" and suggesting that diners might not want their "braciole with a side of Tucker Carlson baloney."

Cerabino also notes that although Palm Beach County is home to Mar-a-Lago, voters there favored Biden by 56 percent to 43 percent in November 2020.

Although Lubic is within his rights, Cerabino adds that turning away customers based on political views is "hardly ever done because it's a self-destructive way to do business."

Lubic told the newspaper of Biden, "I just can't stand looking at him. This guy's killing the country. Did you see him today with the Teleprompter?"

But Cerabino concludes that the restaurateur's "myopia is a result of the right-wing media bubble he lives in."

"He has swallowed whole the right-wing narrative when it comes to Biden: that he's an incompetent old man who is even despised by the Democrats who voted for him last year," Cerabino writes. "Lubic is fully invested in his imaginary universe and the cartoonish faux-patriotism that comes with it like a complimentary basket of garlic rolls."

Regarding Lubic's new sign, Cerabino writes that "bringing up the COVID-19 vaccine out of the blue is like dropping a 72-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano on your toes."

Lubic told the newspaper he is unvaccinated and believes masks are "ridiculous."

"Dr. Gnocchi has spoken," Cerabino writes. "In a way, Lubic is unintentionally doing a lot of people in the area a valuable public service. Let's face it, trying to eat amid a room full of Trump dead-enders and self-anointed 'patriots' is bound to lead to agita, not to mention putting you at heightened risk of being among the recklessly unvaccinated. On the other hand, you might be turning away a chance to order an ivermectin insalata."

Read the full column here.

‘Trump’s Sodom and Gomorrah’: Melania pal leaves DC amid scandal after appointment to Kennedy Center board

A Melania Trump pal who was appointed to the prestigious Kennedy Center board by former president Donald Trump recently left Washington amid scandal, after sending a series of text messages to DC power players accusing a woman he had a relationship with of being a prostitute.

Paolo Zampolli once represented Melania Trump in her modeling career, and introduced her to Donald Trump in 1998.

"This is the story of what happened when a notorious New York City playboy not named Donald Trump tried to replicate his act in Washington," Politico reported in an article about Zampolli on Friday. "Few people are more intertwined with Donald and Melania Trump than Paolo Zampolli."

After Donald Trump became president, Zampolli "spent multiple New Year's Eves with the first lady and was a frequent visitor at the White House and Mar-a-Lago," according to Politico, before eventually relocating from New York to Washington in October 2020.

"But Zampolli's high-flying, models-and-bottles lifestyle didn't go over well with the tight-laced politicians and staffers with whom he sought to make connections," the site reports, adding that he had an affinity for entertaining "questionable folks" at his DC mansion.

After former president Trump lost the November 2020 election, Melania convinced her husband, in one of her final acts as first lady, to appoint Zampolli to the board of the venerable Kennedy Center, according to Politico. Although Zampolli said he had "big plans" for the institution, they never materialized — as he instead appeared to continue his New York City lifestyle and host after-parties at his mansion.

One acquaintance described Zampolli as "a man without a country" in DC after Trump lost, and in July he moved back to New York — but not before ending a relationship with a woman in Washington "that threatened to ruin his family still living in New York," according to Politico.

Zampolli, who is not married but has a partner of 17 years and a son, sent a series of text message in July with screengrabs of exchanges between himself and the woman to "a dozen lobbyists, business owners and other power players in D.C.," the site reports.

"Please stay away from my family, you are a pro, all [sic] city knows you are a working girl, since day one you said I had to pay you," Zampolli said in one message to the woman.

Zampolli's text messages reportedly were met with silence from recipients, some of whom now say they're relieved that he's left DC.

"He was the continuation of Trump's Sodom and Gomorrah," said one of Zampolli's friends. "I told Paolo many times to cool off, this is not New York."

Zampolli, one of Trumps' few board appointees who has not been asked to step down, told Politico he sent the texts because he "truly felt blackmailed, and that she was somebody who wanted to hurt my family."

He also claims he only left DC because his lease had expired.

"Why did you get this tip three months later?" Zampolli asked Politico. "Because there's no more free food and free booze. They have nothing to do."

The woman who was the target of Zampolli's text messages denied his allegations.

"Any accusations about me being a 'working girl' or that I trade 'sex for money' are entirely false," she said. "In no way, shape or form, did I partake in any exchange of sex for money with Paolo Zampolli. We had a brief consensual relationship, but I learned he was dishonest about the nature of his relationship with the mother of his son and no longer wanted to be involved or associated with him. He proceeded to verbally threaten me by saying false things about my character. I blocked him from all form of communications."

Read the full story here.

Trump 'Walking Dead' meme sparks outrage as GOP lawmaker faces accusations of 'inciting violence'

A Republican state lawmaker in Idaho is accused of inciting violence against journalists and others by posting a meme of President Donald Trump holding a barbed-wire-wrapped bat.

"Rep. Tammy Nichols on Tuesday posted an image showing former President Donald Trump, a red-colored Idaho image covering his head and face, carrying a barbwire-wrapped baseball bat and others behind him with their heads covered with logos representing 11 groups, including Boise State University," according to CBS Channel 11. "The meme is an altered image from The Walking Dead, a post-apocalyptic American television series. The fictional character with the bat uses it to smash another character's head open in a graphic scene of violence."

Nichols wrote below the meme on Twitter, "Idaho has a swamp and there are many players that are working hard to turn it blue. We must stand and not let a Rocky Mountain Heist happen here in the Gem State. Local elections are coming up and they will have consequences."

The anti-vax Republican from southwestern Idaho told the Associated Press in an email, "The meme was based on an original Donald Trump meme, but the real question is why is the media worried about a meme on Twitter instead of the potential issues and corruption that seem to be occurring in Caldwell."

Nichols didn't explain what she meant by the "corruption" in Caldwell, but her email included the original Trump meme, which shows the former president carrying the bat with the logos of national media outlets covering the faces behind him.

The national media outlets were replaced in Nichols' meme with logos representing Boise State University, Idaho Education News, the Idaho Conservation League, Moms Demand Action, Boise-based KTVB-TV, the anti-extremist Idaho 97 Project, and other organizations.

Joe Parris, a reporter for KTVB-TV, wrote on Twitter in response to Nichols' meme: "Only the elected official can say what they meant by a tweet. I can tell you from experience though that threats against journalists from community members can often be rooted to images like this."

Mike Satz, executive director of the Idaho 97 Project, told the AP: "I did take it as a threat of physical harm. The problem with this kind of behavior and what makes it so pernicious is people like Tammy Nichols can pretend they didn't mean what the meme obviously means. But anyone with two brain cells knows that there are people out there in her base who would look at that and take it as a call to action against all of those organizations through violence."

The AP notes that, "Boise State University saw its proposed budget cut earlier this year despite a record budget surplus in the state after Nichols and other right-wing lawmakers complained about critical race theory, a way of thinking about America's history through the lens of racism, and accused the university of indoctrinating students."

'We ain't playing nice no more!' New video shows ‘zip-tie guy’ Capitol rioter storming building with his mother

A newly released video shows "zip-tie guy" Capitol rioter Erik Munchel and his mother making their way through a crowd of insurrectionists as they entered the building and proceeded upstairs to the Senate chamber on Jan. 6.

The 50-minute video, taken from a cellphone attached to the front of Munchel's vest, was recently unsealed by a federal judge, the Tennessean reports.

"(I'm going to) take my weapons off before I go in there," Munchel can be heard telling his mother, Lisa Marie Eisenhart, as they stand outside the Capitol, in a montage from the video published by the newspaper.

But apparently Munchel never did so, because later in the video as they approach the Capitol he says, "This is probably the last time I'll be able to enter the building with armor and weapons."

Munchel is accused of carrying a taser inside the Capitol, and he and Eisenhart wore tactical military gear.

At one point, Eisenhart can be heard telling her son, "This sh*t is on the news, that guy was saying."

"Oh yeah, duh," Munchel responds. "They are going to use this against us as hard as they can. But we ain't playing f*cking nice no godd*mn more."

"I guess they thought we were playing," Munchel yells later in the video. "This is our godd*mn country!"

As Munchel and Eisenhart push their way through the crowd, one fellow rioter announces that "Congress is shut down."

"Tear gas package was thrown in the Congress," the rioter says, as the crowd cheers and Eisenhart laughs.

"Oh my God. That is one of my best days to know that they got tear-gassed," Eisenhart says.

Still outside the Capitol, other fellow rioters comment that Eisenhart and Munchel look "ready to go" in their military gear, and ask if they are members of the far-right Proud Boys.

"No, we're not Proud Boys," Eisenhart responds.

"We're proud Americans," Munchel adds.

As they pass another rioter who is walking away from the Capitol, Eisenhart asks, "Did you get flash-banged and pepper-sprayed?"

"I got maced," the man responds. "I punched two of them (police officers) in the face."

"Good," Eisenhart responds. "While everyone else was on the couch, you guys were training and getting ready."

"Absolutely," the maced rioter says.

After they enter the Capitol, Munchel appears to have second thoughts. "What's your goal here, mom?" he says.

After they walk upstairs and head down a hallway, Munchel can be heard telling other rioters, "Don't vandalize anything, or y'all are Antifa."

Then Munchel discovers a pile of zip ties that would result in iconic photos from the insurrection showing him hopping over seats in the Senate gallery while carrying a handful of the plastic tactical handcuffs.

"Zip ties! I'm gonna get me some of them motherf*ckers!" Munchel says in the video, as both he and Eisenhart grab some of the restraints.

Munchel has said he picked up the handcuffs after a Capitol police officer left them behind, but prosecutors allege he could have used them to take lawmakers hostage.

After they enter the Senate gallery, Munchel can be heard shouting, "I want that f*cking gavel!"

Nashville's Channel 5 reports that, "After passing through the gallery, the pair quickly begin looking for an exit, with little comment on their way out."

Munchel and Eisenhart are awaiting trial of charges of obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted area and violent entry related to the insurrection. They were released from jail pending trial in March.

Recently, federal prosecutors asked a judge to bar Munchel from consuming any alcohol, after he was evicted from an apartment where he had been couch-surfing, and violated the conditions of his pretrial release.

Watch the video from the Tennessean and Channel 5's report below.

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Anti-Trump Republicans troll him with billboards — and back Dems in 2022 races

A Republican group plans to erect dozens of billboards saying "Trump Lost: No More 'Audits'" in eight states as part of a quarter-million-dollar campaign targeting supporters of the former president who are still pushing for ballot recounts.

"Today, Republicans for Voting Rights (RVR) launched a billboard campaign across the country in response to reckless Republican calls for sham audits of the 2020 election," the group wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. "Here's one we've put up in New York City's Times Square:"

"These billboards will run in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan to denounce sham election audits that delegitimize our democratic process," the group added.

According to the group's website, Florida will get the most "Trump Lost" billboards with 5, followed by Texas with four and Pennsylvania with three.

Meanwhile, another group of anti-Trump Republicans planned to endorse a slate of Democratic lawmakers facing tough races in 2022 midterm elections on Thursday.

"The Renew America Movement (RAM), formed by centrist Republicans after a mob of Trump supporters stormed Congress on Jan. 6 to try to stop lawmakers from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's election victory, concedes that Trump and his conspiracy theories now have an iron grip on the party," according to Reuters. "RAM, whose leadership includes former Republican Governors Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and Bill Weld of Massachusetts, said supporting moderate candidates is vital to safeguarding American democracy."

RAM reportedly planned to endorse 11 Democrats, nine moderate Republicans, and one Independent running for the U.S. House and Senate. They include Democratic Reps. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, as well as Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona.

The group also plans to back Republican Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who are among the few GOP lawmakers who've denounced Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud.

Trump 'advance man' who became whistleblower says it ruined his life — but he has no regrets

A Trump administration staffer who exposed former EPA chief Scott Pruitt's corruption slammed the former president in a new interview about how his life has fallen apart since he became a federal government whistleblower.

Kevin Chmielewski, who now manages a small golf-course restaurant in Maryland and drives for Uber to make ends meet, told Rolling Stone he "doesn't regret blowing the whistle" and has "long since grown disillusioned with Trump and his cronies."

"We made the swamp bigger and put bigger creatures in there," Chmielewski told the magazine. "I wasn't going to be one of those creatures."

In 2015, Trump hired Chmielewski as an "advance man" — one of the campaign staffers "in suits and earpieces who map out every trip, drive the candidate from event to event, and protect him as he walks through a crowd," Rolling Stone reports.

Chmielewski had previously served in similar roles for George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.

"It was while working for Romney that Chmielewski met Trump. According to Chmielewski, Trump turned to Corey Lewandowski a few months before launching his own presidential bid in 2015 and asked, 'Who was that Polack that used to work for Romney? He was a good guy.'"

For the next 18 months, Chmielewski "planned Trump's trips, safeguarded his cellphone, fetched his McDonald's (two Big Macs and two Fish Filets with fries), and delivered the voice-of-God announcement that signaled Trump's entrance at campaign rallies: 'Please welcome the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump!'"

Chmielewski also fended off a protester who rushed a stage, guided Trump's motorcade through a violent crowd, and grew close with Trump's children.

"I don't stick up for Trump or the Trumps that much," Chmielewski told Rolling Stone. "But Ivanka, to the staff, was incredible. Jared was helpful and pleasant, would never ask for anything. They were very easy to work for."

Following Trump's victory in 2016, Chmielewski initially joined the Department of Homeland Security, but White House officials later moved him to the EPA — reportedly because they wanted him to keep an eye on Pruitt.

"Pruitt was 'a knucklehead,' Chmielewski remembers Trump telling him," according to Rolling Stone. "'He's doing a lot of stuff we don't agree with,' a White House official told him. 'We need one of our guys' to rein him in."

But when Chmielewski began to report Pruitt's "cartoonishly corrupt" behavior to top administration officials, "it felt like his White House contacts and other Trump pals weren't all that interested in the issues he was raising."

"Maybe his disclosures got lost in the day-to-day chaos of the Trump administration; maybe the White House really didn't want to know about Pruitt's wrongdoing. Plausible deniability," according to Rolling Stone.

Pruitt was eventually fired and "removed from the EPA building by an armed security guard."

"His friends from the Trump White House won't return his calls and texts," Rolling Stone reported. "No Republican campaign will hire him, he says. When he sought protection under a federal whistleblower statute, he learned that as a political appointee he fell into a legal loophole. He then sued the EPA, saying the agency had violated his First Amendment free-speech rights as a citizen whistleblower. The lawyers for the Trump administration fought his case, only for the Biden administration to pick up where the Trump-era lawyers left off."

After Pruitt resigned, Chmielewski hoped to rejoin the Trump administration in 2020. A friend from the 2016 campaign, Johnny McEntee, tried to help him, finding a position in the Department of Energy, which said it planned to hire him.

"But when McEntee tried to finalize Chmielewski's paperwork, someone blocked it," Rolling Stone reported. "Chmielewski suspects advisers close to Trump had blacklisted him. 'There's nothing I can do,' Chmielewski says McEntee told him. 'My hands are tied because the job has been rescinded.'"

Read more here.

Capitol rioter who joined Army after insurrection arrested at Fort Bragg

An active-duty soldier has been arrested at Fort Bragg on charges that he participated in the Capitol insurrection.

Spc. James Phillip Mault, 29, of Brockport, New York, joined the Army in May, the Fayetteville Observer reports.

Mault is accused of spraying a chemical agent at police who were attempting to stop a mob of Capitol rioters from entering the building on Jan. 6, according to a newly unsealed criminal complaint.

Col. Joe Buccino, a Fort Bragg spokesman, confirmed that Mault was arrested at the base on Oct. 6.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, Buccino said "it was important to note that Mault joined the Army in May, several months after the incident."

"This thing he allegedly did happened before he was a soldier," Buccino said.

In addition to spraying police with a chemical agent, Mault is accused of ripping down a barricade that allowed rioters to access the Capitol grounds. Although his actions were captured in numerous videos, Mault denied assaulting anyone or damaging property when he was first interviewed by FBI agents on Jan. 18.

"Mault described being caught up in the crowd and the mass of people pushed him closer and closer to the Capitol Building. Mault claimed to have no choice but to move forward because of the press of people behind him," the complaint states.

An anonymous tipster identified Mault to the FBI, pointing out the decal on his hard hat from the Ironworkers Local 33 Rochester, New York. Mault, who became known to online investigators as #IronWorkerGuy, told FBI agents he "wore his hard hat from work because he was aware of ANTIFA attacking Trump supporters after events in Washington, D.C. and the helmet would provide some level of protection."

One video from the insurrection reportedly shows Mault cheering on his friend, Cody Mattice, after Mattice was pepper-sprayed by police.

"And you f*cking took it like a man! I f*cking love you dude!" Mault screams in the video.

Mault and Mattice, who was also arrested last week, allegedly traveled from New York to Washington with several other friends on a bus driven by Mault's father.

Mault and Mattice are charged with assaulting law enforcement, entering a restricted building with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct inside a restricted building with a dangerous weapon, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and an act of violence inside Capitol grounds, according to a Department of Justice news release.

REVEALED: Police warned Secret Service that Trump supporters might 'come armed' on Jan. 6

A newly uncovered email shows that Washington's Metropolitan Police Department warned federal law enforcement agencies on Jan. 5 that Donald Trump supporters who planned to attend his "Stop the Steal" rally the following day were being urged on social media to "come armed."

"Social media reporting is urging individuals attending the events on January 6 to come armed. No threats have been identified," the email stated.

CNN reported Thursday that the email "provides additional evidence that law enforcement dramatically misread the situation in the critical days before the riot," adding that the document "could prove useful to a House committee investigating the riot."

The email, obtained by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), was sent from the FBI's field office in DC to the Secret Service, according to CNN. It provided a short summary of a Metropolitan Police Department briefing.

"The email noted that eight firearms were recovered and five arrests were made at a pro-Trump event in November 2020," CNN reported. "Further, the document shows how local law enforcement knew DC-area hotels were sold out, indicating that a large crowd would be in the city around that time. The extremist Proud Boys group is also highlighted in the document, although it says 'the number expected' to attend the rally was 'unknown.'"

The email is among numerous documents uncovered recently that suggest the Capitol insurrection was not an intelligence failure.

'I know I messed up': Bail bondsman Capitol rioter sentenced to 18 months on gun charges

A Florida bail bondsman facing charges in the Capitol insurrection was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday for separate gun charges.

When FBI agents searched 40-year-old Adam Avery Honeycutt's home in February, they found four handguns, three rifles, 5,000 rounds of ammunition, and marijuana, First Coast News reported.

Honeycutt, who reportedly goes by the nickname "Bundy," was charged under a federal law that prohibits gun ownership by anyone who is "an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance."

During a court appearance on Wednesday, Honeycutt told Senior District Judge Harvey Schlesinger, "I know I messed up. I was wrong," Jacksonville's Channel 4 reports.

"Honeycutt, a former bail bondsman who will now lose his license, faced a minimum of 30 months in prison based on the charges, but Judge Schlesinger chose to reduce the sentence based on positive letters from the community along with the fact that he contracted COVID-19 and was attacked in a county jail during his time in custody," the station reports.

Honeycutt is expected to appear in court in January on misdemeanor charges stemming from the Capitol insurrection.

"Investigators said that multiple confidential sources reported photos and videos that Honeycutt posted on his Facebook page showing him at the Capitol during the riot," Channel 4 reports. "One photo shows a gloved hand holding a broken piece of furniture with a sticker reading 'U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms.' According to court documents, there is also a video recorded outside the Capitol where he said, 'It's about to go down!' Another video recorded inside the Capitol shows him saying, 'Well, made it in,' court documents show."

Honeycutt later downplayed his role in the insurrection, claiming he was "not part of the violence" and was "at the food truck when the sh*t hit the fan."

First Coast News reported that Honeycutt, the owner of Buddy's Bail Bonds in Port Charlotte, had dozens of previous charges against him in Charlotte County.

"The charges are related to driving without a license, failure to stop playing music too loudly, breach of peace or disorderly conduct, battery and failure to restrain a vicious dog resulting in injury," the station reported.

Trump adviser calls for ‘truly evil’ Dr. Fauci to be jailed for ‘killing Americans’

Peter Navarro, who served as former president Donald Trump's trade adviser, ripped into Dr. Anthony Fauci in an interview on Wednesday.

"He's truly evil," Navarro said of Fauci, calling him "the most evil man on the planet."

"He betrayed the president, he betrayed this country, and more important, I made the very strong case that he is responsible for the pandemic itself," Navarro said during an interview about his new book, "In Trump Time," with South Dakota radio host Greg Belfrage.

According to Navarro, his book begins in January 2020 in the East Wing of the White House, where Trump was meeting with China's vice premier about a new trade agreement. Navarro claims he was in a "cold sweat" because reports had already surfaced about the novel coronavirus in Wuhan – and he once predicted that "communist China would create a global pandemic that would kill millions."

"I'm looking at the stage thinking, what do these commies know that we don't?" Navarro said. "What aren't they telling us? Could they be infected? And if so, why are they sitting right next to the president of the United States and the vice president? And most of all, what I'm thinking is, could this thing be a bioweapon that the Chinese have unleashed on us basically to take out the only president in modern history to stand up to communist China?"

Navarro said that two weeks later, he met Fauci for the first time during a meeting about the coronavirus in the Situation Room.

"Two minutes into this thing, I'm in a violent shouting match with this guy," Navarro said, alleging that Fauci was insisting travel bans wouldn't work to contain the virus.

"At that point, Fauci knew that if that thing was genetically engineered and came from Wuhan, that Fauci paid for that using American taxpayer dollars and authorized the dangerous gain-of-function experiments which turned a benign bat virus into a human killer," Navarro said. "All he did was cover things up from there, fight the president, stab the president in the back, stab him in the chest. If the 'In Trump Time' book succeeds, Fauci will be gone by Christmas — the Christmas that Fauci doesn't want to have us have."

"I want him gone," Navarro added. "He killed Americans. He needs to be fired, stuck in a chair in Congress, strapped in, confess his sins, and be put in an orange jumpsuit."

Listen to the full interview below.

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'Like your worst nightmare': Video captures shooting of Black man who asked white motorist to slow down

A white motorist shot a Black man seven times for asking him to "slow down" in an apparent hate crime that was captured on surveillance video in Stockton, Calif., last week.

The victim, Bobby Gayle, is recovering in a hospital, while the suspect remains at large.

Gayle's brother, Marlon Gayle, told Fox Channel 40 that the suspect was driving in the wrong direction and almost hit Bobby Gayle and a co-worker.

"And so my brother said, 'Hey, slow down,'" Marlon Gayle said. "And that's when a guy got out the car and he started saying the N-word and shooting my brother. And you know, we were just like, wow. He didn't just … he was trying to kill my brother."

In an online fundraiser to help with Bobby Gayle's medical expenses, his family wrote: "They placed their hands up and begged for him to not shoot them. The perp fired without mercy and struck Bobby 7 times. Bobby was able to roll under a truck and seek some cover. His friend was able to escape unscathed and later came back to aid Bobby and contact emergency services."

Bobby Gayle, who was found lying on the ground and rushed to a hospital, left a voicemail for his brother moments after the shooting, saying "I've been shot, pray for me, I swear to God, please, in the name of Jesus, hallelujah."

"It's like your worst nightmare. You never want a call like that," Marlon Gayle told the station, adding that it's a "miracle" his brother is alive.

"My brother, he's a hardworking man and he's loved by everybody, and I'm glad that this is something that didn't take his life," Marlon Gayle said. "Our messages is love and hope and justice and truth, so we want the guy to be found. But at the same time, we're just so thankful and we're not going to let that message of hatred take away that blessing that our brother is alive and that, you know, hatred and violence, it will never win."

Marlon Gayle told ABC10 that his brother was shot in his throat, upper arm, shoulder and twice in the face.

Stockton police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Chief James Chraska described it as a "very brazen act of violence."

"He's dangerous and nobody should ever have to experience this," Chraska said of the shooter, whom he described as a white male in his 30s.

Below is raw video of the shooting captured by a surveillance camera at a nearby business, as well as the station's report.

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Slur-spewing suspect tries to choke police dog after brutal anti-gay assault

A suspect repeatedly kicked a police dog and tried to choke the K-9 as authorities attempted to apprehend him following a brutal anti-gay hate crime in Palo Alto, Calif., early Sunday.

Alexander Joseph Furrier, 26, is charged with felony battery, felony hate crime, felony assault on a police dog, and resisting arrest, according to CBS Channel 5.

According to police, Furrier was at a house party with a woman he knew on Saturday night. When the woman left with two gay male companions, Furrier followed them, yelling homophobic slurs. When the gay men eventually parted ways with the woman, Furrier continued to follow her.

"The male victim then returned and told the suspect to leave the woman alone," the station reports. "According to police, the suspect then punched the man several times and while continuing to direct homophobic epithets at him. The suspect also threw the woman to the ground when she tried to intervene."

The male victim, described as being in his 60s, lost consciousness during the attack and was taken to a hospital after suffering a cut to the back of his head. The woman, in her 20s, wasn't injured.

When police arrived shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Furrier allegedly fled on foot and hid in a stairwell.

"Officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect, but he did not comply, police said," according to the station. "When a police dog was brought in to help take him into custody, officers said the suspect kicked the canine repeatedly and attempted to choke the dog. The dog bit the suspect in the leg and he was taken into custody without further incident."

Furrier was treated for a wound on his leg and a cut on his face, while the dog had a cut above its eye and may have injured a paw. A veterinarian was expected to examine the dog's injuries, according to the Palo Alto Daily Post.

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Trump trashes MAGA-loving Dan Patrick’s GOP opponents in Texas — but expert says it could backfire

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has been "end-running" normal Texas politics by enlisting the help of former president Donald Trump, according to one leading expert in the Lone Star State.

Trump appears to have taken a "sudden interest" in the Texas Legislature — meddling in "down-ballot races" and "highly granular topics of interest mainly to political junkies," the Dallas Morning News reports, citing five recent statements and emails from Trump's Save America PAC.

While Trump's "musings and demands" are of "great concern" to Texas Republicans, no one can fully explain the "recent flurry."

Patrick, Trump's top supporter in Texas, prompted the former president to issue at least one of the statements, according to the Morning News. And Patrick's top strategist, Allen Blakemore, acknowledged that "these are all things on the lieutenant governor's mind," but "disavowed any knowledge of how the other four Trump statements arose."

The Morning News notes that Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, a Texan who has endorsed a right-wing challenger to GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, could also be an influence. However, Pierson reportedly "deflected questions" about whether she was behind any of the statements.

Two of the five statements have urged Abbott to add election audits to the agenda for the Legislature's third special session of 2021, even though Trump won Texas handily. Abbott quickly responded to one of Trump's statements by commissioning election audits in four large Texas counties, but Trump has called that "a weak, risk-limiting audit that is being slow-walked."

"Speculation that Patrick, who was Trump's top supporter in Texas in both of his White House bids, is guiding his hand intensified after two of last week's Trump bombshells," the Morning News reports.

In one of the statements, Trump blasted GOP state Sen. Kel Seliger as a "Texas version of Mitt Romney" after he voted against Patrick's elections audit bill. In another, Trump criticized Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan for "weak RINO leadership" — and called him "another Mitch McConnell" — demanding that he advance Patrick's elections audits bill immediately.

Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University, noted that "Trump and his Mar-a-Lago brain trust have lots of lines into Texas, certainly including Dan Patrick, but also including Fox News and the morning paper."

But Jillson said there "may be danger" for Patrick if Trump continues to trash Abbott and Phelan — which could explain Blakemore's denial.

"While I do think that Patrick is closer to Trump than anyone else in Texas, it is probably not wise for him to end-run the state's normal politics too frequently," Jillson said. "Abbott and Phelan certainly won't like it. And Patrick would be well-advised to keep in mind that Trump is fickle and [Patrick] could find himself without an umbrella when the rains come."

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Experts explain why military vets are vulnerable to joining 'dangerous' groups that stormed the Capitol

Military veterans are joining extremist groups whose members stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 — such as the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters, and the Boogaloo Bois — in part because they "miss the camaraderie" of the Armed Services, according to one expert who's set to testify before a House panel on Wednesday.

The House veterans affairs committee hearing will examine concerns about a rising number of veterans and active-duty service members joining "dangerous and potentially violent" right-wing groups, which comes amid a widespread government review of domestic extremism following the Jan. 6 insurrection, UPI reports.

"In February, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a military-wide stand down for 60 days to deal with extremism in military ranks, and a Pentagon report in March warned that service members are highly prized recruiting targets by White supremacists and other extremist groups as a means to 'bring legitimacy to their causes and enhance their ability to carry out attacks,'" according to UPI.

Jeremy Butler, CEO of Afghanistan Veterans of America, plans to tell the committee in his opening remarks that his group is "extremely concerned" about the number of veterans who participated in the insurrection.

"It is clear that while veterans transition they often miss the camaraderie that military service brings them," Butler says. "Unfortunately, it can also be a time when extremist groups could target them for recruitment and seek to fill a void that the veterans feel they are missing."

According to retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Joe Plenzler, who will also testify, "These terrorist organizations use sophisticated recruiting, communication and indoctrination methods to attract followers, provide them a sense of community and purpose and incite them to violence."

Seth Jones, an expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will note that some of the best-known domestic terrorists — such as Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Atlanta Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph and Ruby Ridge extremist Randy Weaver -- were military veterans.

"In October 2020, the FBI arrested Adam Fox, Barry Croft and several other accomplices in a plot to kidnap and potentially execute Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer," according to Jones. "Violent far-right and far-left networks have solicited military personnel because of their skill sets."

Another witness, Anti-Defamation League vice president Oren Segal, plans to tell the committee at least four people charged in the insurrection were active-duty military service members, while 39 were veterans.

Heidi Beirich, co-founder and chief strategy officer at the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, says in her testimony that veterans and active-duty service members make up roughly one-quarter of the membership of extremist groups.

"This is not an accident," Beirich says. "These groups spend considerable time reaching out to the community."

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab at American University, plans to draw attention to the recent "explosion of far-right violence and the normalization of the extremist ideas that drive it."

"Unlike in prior generations, the vast majority of extremist content and radicalization today is experienced online," according to Miller-Idriss. "One of the most worrying trends is the increasing number of Americans who were not previously affiliated with any [extremist] groups but are now increasingly drawn into the large tent of the networked extreme far right."

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