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Infamous hate-spewing Beverly Hills 'Karen' arrested after videos show her at pro-Trump Capitol riot

A salon owner who went viral for spewing homophobic slurs and other hateful rhetoric during an anti-lockdown protest back in December has been arrested for participating in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Gina Bisignano, 52, was arrested by the FBI at her home in Beverly Hills, California, this Tuesday. Last week, Bisignano told the Beverly Hills Courier that she traveled to Washington, D.C., where she joined the mob that stormed the Capitol building.

Video shows Bisignano holding a megaphone at the Capitol and yelling, "Everybody, we need gas masks, we need weapons. We need strong, angry patriots to help our boys, they don't want to leave. We need protection."

After her outburst went viral in December, TMZ and others dubbed her a "Karen."

Watch a report on the story from CBS Los Angeles below:


Ivanka branded as the ‘plausibly deniable face of Trump’s dark legacy’ in scathing op-ed

In the wake of a riot that was inspired by white nationalism and a conspiracy theory cult, coupled by a growing number of lawmakers who regurgitate baseless conspiracy theories, the Republican Party is facing a reckoning, Mia Bloom writes in the Israeli news outlet Haaretz this Tuesday.

Bloom says that the cognitive dissonance that conservative Jews and many Israelis who support President Trump while ignoring the dog whistles to various right-wing extremists from his administration runs deep, and it will likely continue as a new generation of Republicans running for elected office have last names that are "Trump" -- namely Ivanka who has expressed interest in running for office in Florida.

"Sadly, the current GOP state of affairs is that a history of service, expertise or knowledge has less to do with elections than celebrity even if that sole 'qualification' is tainted by scandal and racism, "Bloom writes.

"Beyond the lack of qualifications, the Trump brand will continue to resonate with the most antisemitic elements of the political spectrum," she continues. "While right-wing extremists initially viewed Trump suspiciously, they realized after his endorsement by David Duke and the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville in 2017 that the Trump family was the best chance they had of shaping America's political rhetoric to be more closely aligned with their own."

According to Bloom, Ivanka's conversion to Judaism will have little impact on the increasing racism and growing cult of conspiracy theories in American politics.

"Ivanka continues to be the plausibly deniable face of Trump's dark legacy, whether she runs for office or not."

Read the full op-ed over at Haaretz.

Texas man fired from his job after being arrested for storming the Capitol

A man from San Antonio, Texas, is out of job after he was identified in photos posted to social media partaking in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, KENS5 reports.

Matthew Carl Mazzocco, 37, was arrested Sunday afternoon and has been charged been with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds.

KENS5 reached out to Mazzocco's employer, Synergy One Lending, and learned that the company fired him.

"For those concerned, we wish to inform you that this individual is no longer employed by our company," the company said in a statement. "Part of our core vision for our company is to build and maintain a pristine reputation. We remain steadfast to that enduring objective."

Even Trump's supporters in Palm Beach aren't looking forward to him living there: 'They don't want the drama'

As President Donald Trump gears up to make the move from the White House to West Palm Beach, some of his future wealthy neighbors in the "extremely Democratic" region won't be welcoming him with open arms, CBS News reports.

"Since the Capitol riots, there has been a real shift in whether or not Mar-a-Lago will continue to be a venue that GOP and conservative groups want to have their events there," Palm Beach Post reporter Christine Stapleton told CBS News. "They may not want to."

In light of a 1993 agreement that prohibits anyone from living permanently at Mar-a-Lago because it is a social club, neighbors are wondering if it will become Trump's permanent home. State attorney for Palm Beach County and Democrat Dave Aronberg says that Trump will make the excuse that he's using the property for political purposes.

"He may say in court that the town and everyone knew that he was living there and never sought to enforce this agreement until now when they started to disagree with his politics," Aronberg said, adding that even Trump's supporters in Palm Beach "don't want the drama" and "the commotion" of Trump living there.

"They like their privacy. They like their quiet. And this will disrupt a lot of things on the island," he said.

Read more at CBS News.

WATCH: Woman says she doesn't regret publicly outing her mother for participating in Capitol riots

A woman who publicly identified her own mother as a participant in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 says she feels guilty for exposing her mom, but she'd do it again.

Helena Duke's mother, Therese Duke, can be seen in a viral video getting punched in the nose by a Black security guard who was being swarmed by a throng of Trump supporters in D.C. on Jan. 5. On Jan. 7, Helena shared a clip of the incident to Twitter, saying, "hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn't go to BLM protests bc they could get violent...this you?"

Speaking to TMZ Live on Monday, Helena says her mother lied about her whereabouts during the lead-up to riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6. If it weren't for the video, she may have never known that her mother was in D.C.

"As for why Therese was in D.C. ... Helena believes Donald Trump radicalized her mother about a year into his Presidency. She says it was 'unsettling' how her mom flipped from lifelong Democrat to far-right Republican," TMZ reports.

Watch the video below:


Trump may fall into a ‘self-pardon trap’ of his own making: legal experts

When it comes to President Trump potentially pardoning himself, he should be careful what he wishes for, according to USA Today contributors Philip Allen Lacovara, Jeffrey Abramson, and Dennis Aftergut.

A 1974 ruling from the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel said that a President cannot pardon himself, but the contributors write that courts haven't had an opportunity to test that conclusion -- yet.

"There is a menu of recent federal Trump crimes to choose from — his pressuring the Georgia Secretary of State to 'find' enough votes to overturn the state's election result would seem to violate federal law making it a crime to attempt to deprive citizens of their right to a fair and impartially conducted election," they write. "Trump's call to an angry mob to march on the Capitol has every appearance of violating federal law defining a "seditious conspiracy" as one that uses 'force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States' or to 'hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States.'"

According to USA Today, Acting Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen can't be relied upon to uphold the 1974 ruling. But Joe Biden's pick for Attorney General, Merrick Garland, "is a man of the law."

While there are arguments in favor of self-pardoning, one must consider the absurdity of the concept -- "a president could pardon himself for bribery or treason or fomenting insurrection, the very crimes for which he was impeached the week before. And then re-commit the same acts and pardon himself again," write USA Today's contributors.

"Even ardent textualists, intent on reading the Constitution strictly according to its words, should recognize what the DOJ concluded in 1974 and others have recently agreed: The framers of a Constitution designed to enshrine the rule of law cannot have contemplated allowing anyone to be judge in his or her own case.'"

Read the full op-ed over at USA Today.

'Deep pockets' funded the movements behind the storming of the US Capitol: report

In the wake of the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a picture of the individuals, organizations, and institutions who "lent their weight to the movement" behind those who stormed the Capitol.

One organization highlighted by The Guardian's Brendan O'Connor is the Council for National Policy (CNP), which called for state legislators in six swing states to reject Joe Biden's election victory. Members of the CNP were on the list of scheduled speakers at the "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6 before the violence.

Another organization is the Judicial Crisis Network, whose fundraising arm sent robocalls encouraging Trump supporters to march on the Capitol on Jan. 6.

"Investigative journalists will continue to trace and disentangle the funding networks that facilitated 6 January. The list of names will grow longer; the sum of individual and corporate contributions greater," O'Connor writes. "But already it is clear that what happened at the Capitol was not just the unintended consequence of specific capitalists' ill-advised campaign donations; it was an expression of a deeper, ongoing crisis of capitalism, and the ruling class's (sometimes contradictory) attempts to manage that crisis."

Read the full article over at The Guardian.

'I don't know what treason is’: Trump rioter arrested after incriminating herself on Instagram

University of Kentucky student from West Virginia who was caught in video inside the Capitol on Jan. 6 is now facing multiple charges, WCHS reports.

Gracyn Dawn Courtright is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in any restricted buildings or grounds; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and theft of government property (under $1,000).

According to the complaint filed against her, Courtright had posted multiple videos to social media showing her inside the Capitol, some of which have since been deleted. One photo posted to Instagram shows her at the Capitol with the caption, "can't wait to tell my grandkids I was here." Other photos from security footage show Courtright inside the Capitol carrying a "Members Only" sign up a set of stairs before a law enforcement officer takes it away from her.

Screenshots show a series of direct messages between Courtright and a witness, where Courtright says the riot "wasn't like the news said," adding that she "thought it was cool," and "idk what treason is" after the witness told her what she did was treason.

The University of Kentucky's student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, did a story on Courtright's involvement in the riot, which prompted a student to start a petition to have Courtright expelled. As of this writing, the petition has just over 2,000 signatures.

Melania is discarding an important tradition as the Trumps depart the White House: analysis

Writing for CNN Opinion this Monday, Kate Andersen Brower says that Melania Trump will be the only first lady in modern history to forgo the tradition of giving the incoming first lady a tour of the private living quarters on the second and third floors of the White House.

"...this tradition has long been one of the first lady's many unwritten obligations. And Melania Trump has discarded it," Brower writes.

"It's perhaps unsurprising that Melania Trump has flouted a social norm of her position. Every one-term president -- and his wife -- have felt the sting of defeat, but unlike her husband, none of them have refused to accept the election results," she writes.

According to Brower, tradition matters. Expectations about what's normal and civil behavior in our society matter as well.

"These visits make the presidency -- and all the family roles that go with it -- more connected to the humanity of the people who hold them," writes Bower, adding that former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama will attend Joe Biden's inauguration followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery -- all events where Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in attendance.

"This display of unity will bring Melania Trump's decision to do away with tradition into stark relief," Brower notes.

According to a recent CNN poll, 47% of Americans now have an unfavorable view of Melania.

Los Angeles prosecutors and public defenders skipped the line ahead of health workers for COVID vaccine

According to a new report from the Los Angeles Times, several deputy district attorneys and public defenders received doses of the coronavirus vaccine despite the fact that the county is only supposed to be vaccinating healthcare workers.

"While it is unclear exactly how many doses were administered, an internal e-mail obtained by The Times confirmed several public defenders had been vaccinated as of Wednesday morning," the report stated. "That same e-mail, sent by a supervisor in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, directed prosecutors to go to a testing site in Crenshaw to receive the vaccine."

Read the full report over at The Los Angeles Times.

CNN's Alisyn Camerota is done interviewing Trump supporters: 'There's nothing anyone in this delusional group can teach us'

In an op-ed published at CNN.com this Friday, network anchor Alisyn Camerota said she'll no longer interview Trump supporters, due to their penchant for conspiracy theories and disinformation.

"Now, at the end of Trump's term and after the deadly Capitol insurrection, I think the time for listening to present-day Trump supporters is over," she wrote. "There is nothing that anyone in this destructive and delusional group can teach the rest of us about being open-minded and tolerant."

She began hosting Trump voter panels on her show New Day five years ago, and some of the video segments went viral due to the outlandish things some of the participants would say.

"Since 2015, I've listened closely to Trump supporters' feelings and motivations. I've drawn insights from every one of my panelists on the appeal of Donald Trump as a disruptor, how they believed he was 'a fighter' for them, how they believed his success in business would translate into lifting the US economy." she wrote. "I hoped the panels could model civil discourse and how to hear each other. But a week after the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, I'm rethinking my position."

According to Camerota, nothing more can be gained from people who would carry out an attack on the U.S. Capitol based on a steady stream of conspiracy theories and lies about a rigged election.

"Of course, the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capitol do not represent all 74 million Trump voters," Camerota wrote. "But you'd be amazed how many Trump supporters still believe the fact-free nonsense the rioters were chanting. According to a Quinnipiac poll, 73% of Republican voters believe there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election, despite dozens of Trump-appointed judges rejecting those specious claims and Republican Secretaries of State investigating and confirming that there were very few incidents of voter fraud."

Trump should face criminal charges for giving cause to an insurgency: Gen. Wesley Clark

Speaking on CNN this Friday, retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark said that during his time in Vietnam, he studied insurgencies, and the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of President Trump "had all the earmarks of an insurgency if you stand back and look at it."

Clark went on to say that if you define the Capitol riot as a "domestic insurgency," it helps law enforcement understand how to respond, adding that people he's talked to in the Republican Party are "physically afraid" of speaking out against those who participated in and fanned the flames of the attack.

"They're threatened -- they're threatened by other legislators and they're threatened by their constituents who label them as traitors," he said.

When asked by CNN's Brianna Keilar if President Trump should face criminal charges over his alleged role in inciting the incident, Clark replied, "Absolutely."

"He's given this broad-based insurgent movement a cause ... and, he's the charismatic leader."

Watch the video below:


Nurse fired for participating in pro-Trump Capitol riot -- but she has no regrets: 'I'd do it again tomorrow'

Lori Vinson of Morganfield, Kentucky, has lost her job as a nurse after she posted videos to Facebook documenting her participation in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 14 News reports.

"I hope that is something I remember and say, 'I'm glad I was a part of that 30 years from now," Vinson said.

"You know people have asked, 'Are you sorry you've done that?' Absolutely I am not. I am not sorry for that, I would do it again tomorrow," she continued.

According to 14 News, Vinson was fired from her job Ascension St. Vincent in Evansville. Paperwork related to her termination says she let go because she admitted to engaging in criminal behavior at a "high-profile event." But Vinson says she didn't do anything illegal.

"I participated in none of that," Vinson said. "I would never participate in that."

Despite the fallout from her actions, Vinson is making no apologies.

"Because I was there for a peaceful protest and that's what I was doing," Vinson said. "I felt like I have done nothing wrong and I wouldn't change it."

"I would do it again tomorrow," she added.

FBI investigating more than 30 suspects in killing of Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick: report

The FBI is now investigating 37 people regarding the death of Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, who died due to an injury he sustained during the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the New York Times reports.

As the Capitol was breached by a violent mob, Sicknick was struck by a fire extinguisher. According to an FBI memo on the incident, 14 other officers were injured during the riot.

"Since the Jan. 6 siege, intelligence officials have seen Chinese, Iranian and Russian efforts to fan the violent rhetoric, according to a joint threat assessment dated Thursday," the Times reports. "The amplification is consistent with previous efforts to take advantage of divisive Republican rhetoric, such as the Russian efforts to amplify disinformation spread by Mr. Trump during the campaign about the security of mail-in voting."

Sacramento GOP leader forced to resign after bragging on video about breaking into Pelosi’s office

A man from Sacramento, California, has resigned his position in the California Republican Assembly (CRA) after he was discovered to have participated in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, ABC10 reports.

The CRA confirmed to ABC10 that Jorge Riley was the Corresponding Secretary for the State Board of the California Republican Assembly and President of the Sacramento Chapter. Riley was forced to resign both positions after he posted images and video on his Facebook page showing him taking part in the riot. In one video, Riley can be seen explaining his actions inside the Capitol.



"We breached over there I think. We broke windows. We went into the door. We pushed our way in," he said, adding that he pushed his way into Nancy Pelosi's office.

The CRA released a statement condemning Riley's actions, and said the organization played no part in the riot.

"Specifically, we denounce the lawlessness that took place at our nation's capital on January 6, 2021. The perpetrators should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. CRA was not involved with the event and any participation by individual CRA members was in their capacity as private citizens," the statement read.

Watch ABC10's report on the story below: