Kellyanne Conway describes Trump-bashing husband as 'sinister' in upcoming memoir

Kellyanne Conway has some harsh words for her husband George in her forthcoming memoir.

The former White House adviser to Donald Trump published a memoir, "Here's the Deal," that's due out Tuesday, and she complains bitterly about her husband George Conway -- who emerged as one of the former president's loudest conservative critics, reported Axios.

"I had two men in my life," Conway writes. "One was my husband. One was my boss, who happened to be president of the United States. One of those men was defending me. And it wasn't George Conway. It was Donald Trump."

She described her husband as "sinister" in at least two instances, according to published excerpts.

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"What are you doing, George?” I asked him plainly and calmly. I got the same answer every time ... 'You work for a madman,' George would say in a loud, sinister voice," Conway writes.

"Like everything George did during this time," Conway continues, "I found out about it after it happened or as it was happening. It was sneaky, almost sinister. Why not own it, share it, sneer in my face with a copy of tomorrow's Washington Post op-ed or next week's Lincoln Project ad?"

"Night after night, I would come home from a busy day at work," she added. "While I was minding dishes, dogs, laundry, managing adolescent dramas and traumas, George would be just steps away from me, tucked away in his home office, plotting against my boss and me."

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GOP voters stumped when questioned on Antifa claims

Justice Sonia Sotomayor denounces death row ruling as 'perverse' and 'illogical'

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against two men on Arizona's death row who complained they received inadequate legal defense, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor denounced the decision as "perverse" and "illogical."

The court ruled 6-3 along ideological lines that David Martinez Ramirez and Barry Jones, who were convicted in separate cases, cannot raise evidence of ineffective counsel during a federal appeal because they didn't present it in state court, where they also allege they received ineffective representation during that appeal.

"This decision is perverse," Sotomayor wrote in her dissent. "It is illogical: It makes no sense to excuse a habeas petitioner’s counsel’s failure to raise a claim altogether because of ineffective assistance in postconviction proceedings ... but to fault the same petitioner for that postconviction counsel’s failure to develop evidence in support of the trial-ineffectiveness claim."

Justice Clarence Thomas, however, argued in his majority opinion that a federal court hearing evidence that a death row inmate might be innocent was an insult to state authority.

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"Such intervention is also an affront to the State and its citizens who returned a verdict of guilt after considering the evidence before them," Thomas wrote. "Federal courts, years later, lack the competence and authority to relitigate a State’s criminal case."

‘Stay out of our elections’: Trump shooting himself in the foot with Georgia voters

Donald Trump's involvement in Georgia's elections may be hurting his election chances there should he run again in 2024.

The former president remains fixated on the state he won in 2016 and lost in 2020, and he is seeking vengeance against Republican officials who declined to help him overturn his loss.

But his endorsement hasn't helped David Perdue's chances in the GOP gubernatorial primary -- and voters are frustrated by his meddling, reported CNN.

"I wish he'd stay out of our elections," said retired police officer Chuck Horton, a Oconee County commissioner who supports Gov. Brian Kemp. "I did vote for him in 2020. There's no option on the other side. But I think he's wrong. I don't think the election was stolen, and he's not supporting the right man."

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Kemp is expected to win easily over Perdue, a former GOP senator who has staked his candidacy on Trump's election lies, which some voters blame for Perdue and then-Sen. Kelly Loeffler losing their January 2021 runoff elections.

"We wouldn't be in this mess, in my opinion, as far as our senators and representatives, had he done one thing: If he had stayed off his Twitter for three days out of the seven -- just stayed off -- then he wouldn't have alienated his own supporters because of the things that he was saying, and we wouldn't be looking for 11,000 votes," said real estate broker Eddie Drinkard. "But he didn't have sense enough to do that."

Kemp may have rejected Trump's lies about fraud, but he has signed into law restrictive voting measures passed by the GOP legislature, and the governor's supporters say he's more conservative than the twice-impeached former president.

"Those comments are about himself, actually, not about the governor," said Carol Williams, who works in real estate in Athens. "I think that the former president has no skin in the game in Georgia. He does not understand what's best for our state. We have stayed open. We've done the right thing here in this COVID. His endorsements need to stay more so in Florida."

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Martha Zoller, a talk radio host in Georgia who has worked for both candidates, said she advised Perdue to expand his campaign beyond Trump's grievances, but he ignored her and appears headed to another defeat.

"I'm not sure his heart was completely in it," Zoller said. "I think that Senator Perdue, at his core, ran more because he was angry about losing in 2020 than about what he could do as governor."

NOW WATCH: Jan. 6 panel will reveal bombshell evidence against Trump in six public hearings -- starting and ending in prime time

Jan 6 panel will reveal bombshell evidence against Trump in six public hearings

'Why didn't Trump stop it?' GOP voters stumped when questioned on claims that Antifa was behind Jan. 6

MSNBC's Elise Jordan stumped a focus group of Republican voters who blamed left-wing protesters for the violence on Jan. 6, 2021.

The "Morning Joe" contributor interviewed voters in Georgia, and the panel of Republicans parroted conspiracy theories to minimize the deadly riots and blamed anti-fascist factions for the violence, although all of the hundreds of individuals charged in connection with the insurrection appear to be Donald Trump supporters.

"There was a lot of bad stuff that happened that day, I agree," said one focus group participant, a white man who appeared to be about 60 years old. "But I believe the portion of people that were troublemakers is very small. No. 2 how many of those troublemakers were actually Antifa or intentional troublemakers?"

That caught the attention of another participant, a white woman who twice signaled her agreement by saying, "Exactly."

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"There's a whole series of questions that don't add up," the man continued, "and you have to go through this much boilerplate and crap to find the three nuggets of truth or hard fact or information that really matters. I'm frustrated by the entire thing, I want to forget about it, but I looked at every photograph in the [Atlanta Journal-Constitution], about 20 photos that day. All the ones smashing and bashing and crashing, 25, 28 years old, skinny jeans with the beards. I said to myself, 'That's not the normal Republican.' I mean, look at us here. I mean, maybe he was paid to do that."

"None of it makes any sense," he added, throwing in debunked claims about a riot participant. "When you read about, you know, Ray Epps being at the one gate that fell first, when you read about the Molotov cocktails left at the DNC the night before with only a mechanical kitchen timer, not anything remotely triggered, so after 60 minutes, the timer can't be activated. Kamala Harris went to the DNC. Bombs were found by her crew at 11:50, 12:50, within five minutes of Ray Epps giving the orders to crash the first barrier barrier. Then the riots started because the police had to withdraw from that area and investigate the molotov cocktails. There is so much going on when you bore down into the facts."

Jordan then stumped the man and other panelists by asking about the former president's response to the chaotic violence, which was carried out by individuals wearing MAGA hats and carrying Trump campaign banners.

"Let's take a step [back]," Jordan said. "So if this was happening, and it was Antifa, then why didn't President Trump whip into action and stop it? He didn't tweet, he didn't call off the dogs. Why was that?"

The man smiled weakly and nodded, and then simply shrugged.

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GOP voters stumped when questioned on Antifa claims

NOW WATCH: Jan. 6 panel will reveal bombshell evidence against Trump in six public hearings -- starting and ending in prime time

Jan 6 panel will reveal bombshell evidence against Trump in six public hearings

Jan. 6 panel will reveal bombshell evidence against Trump in six public hearings -- starting and ending in prime time

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots will hold six public hearings next month to reveal evidence that Donald Trump and his allies broke the law in their efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

A draft schedule shows the first and last of those hearings would be staged in television prime time, and the panel's attorneys will explain the unlawful scheme by the former president and his allies to reverse his election loss up to and including the Jan. 6 insurrection, reported The Guardian.

“We want to paint a picture as clear as possible as to what occurred,” said committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS). “The public needs to know what to think. We just have to show clearly what happened on Jan. 6.”

The panel has already accused Trump of breaking multiple federal laws in his attempt to remain in the White House, and the hearings -- starting and ending with 8 p.m. hearings on June 9 and June 23 -- will explain how investigators reached those conclusions.

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The select committee will also stage 10 a.m. hearings on June 13, 15, 16 and 21.

A committee member will lead each of the hearings, but top investigative lawyers who understand the evidence will primarily question the witnesses, most of whom have been subpoenaed, and they will also present texts, photos and videos detailing the attempt to overturn the presidential election.

The hearings will cover the White House-led effort to send fake electors to Congress, seize voting machines and delay the certification of Joe Biden's election win, and they will also address the "Stop the Steal" rally organized by Ali Alexander that led to the Capitol riot.

The panel also intends to show why Trump deliberately misled rallygoers by saying he would march with them to the Capitol and why he resisted requests to call them off after his supporters became violent.

The final hearing will connect Trump's political plan for Jan. 6 with violence carried out by the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, which the Select Committee believes will show the former president led a criminal conspiracy, and they believe the evidence is so compelling that they may rearrange the schedule to present those findings first.

NOW WATCH: Jan. 6 panel will reveal bombshell evidence against Trump in six public hearings -- starting and ending in prime time

Jan 6 panel will reveal bombshell evidence against Trump in six public hearings

'They've had enough': Morning Joe reveals why Fox News and GOP voters prefer Trump's top rival

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is emerging as the favorite for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough explained why he's overtaking Donald Trump as the GOP leader.

A recent straw poll showed DeSantis leading Trump as the preferred candidate in the next presidential election, and the "Morning Joe" host said there were other signs that Republicans and conservative media are moving on without the former president.

"You look at what happened in Nebraska, the Ricketts political machine crushed Donald Trump in Nebraska," Scarborough said. "You look at Pennsylvania, they're in a run-off right now. It looks like they're going to have a recount right now. Two out of three voters in the Republican primary in Pennsylvania voted against Donald Trump's choice. Now you go to this GOP straw poll. You know, straw polls may not mean a lot, but they do in Donald Trump's party."

"Donald Trump in Wisconsin, one of the key states, is losing to a Florida governor in the straw poll, doesn't matter what year it is, that shows politicians all over the country that Trump's aura of inevitability seems to be fading rather quickly," he added.

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Most importantly, Scarborough said, Fox News is looking toward DeSantis as the preferred candidate.

"What my reporting is finding is that another group of the conservative base is also very excited about Ron DeSantis," Scarborough said, "in part because they're so tired of Donald Trump. That would be the Murdoch faction of the conservative movement, telling people close to them that they are fans of Ron DeSantis and have had enough of Donald Trump."

‘Radical’ Republicans are blowing their election chances with ‘crazy’ talk about civil war: Morning Joe

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough explained that "radical" Republicans were blowing their chances at retaking congressional majorities with "crazy" positions on abortion and civil war.

A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News showed voters preferred a generic Democratic candidate over a Republican in the midterm elections, in a 10-point reversal from a similar poll last month, and the "Morning Joe" host blamed the shift on GOP extremism.

"It's time for people who want to beat radical Republicans to start actually focusing on beating radical Republicans, not taking extreme positions that your own base is going to support," Scarborough said. "But taking positions independents will support, swing voters will support, and will stop Kevin McCarthy from becoming the next speaker of the House. As far as crazy goes, again, we're talking about abortion here, but there is so much crazy out there. People are hearing every day from Republicans. To make matters worse for Republicans, you look at these polls again that are showing they're going in the Democrats' way, despite Joe Biden having horrific approval ratings."

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"Despite all of that, despite Americans being shocked by inflation, being shocked by where the economy is right now, it's happening," Scarborough continued. "To make matters worse for Republicans, on this whole crazy mix of news stories that they literally churn out every day, you now have Donald Trump going on his Truth Social app actually promoting the idea of civil war, which, again, which, again, reminds me how any Democrat that wants to maintain the majority needs to start writing letters or emails to Elon Musk, begging him to take over the company and letting Donald Trump back on Twitter."

"I mean it," he added. "That would be the best thing in the world for the Democrats' prospects in the fall. Please, let Donald Trump come back. Let him, instead of tweeting 280 characters, let him tweet 1,000, just for him. Seriously, turn it over to him for a day, whatever he wants, make him trend, like, around the clock. That would be the best thing in the world."

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Racist tells Black couple to 'go back to Africa' before threatening to shoot them: police

An Oklahoma man threatened to shoot a Black couple during a racist tirade outside a fast food restaurant.

Court records show Michael Southerland pulled up behind the couple as they waited in line at a Wendy's drive-thru in northwest Oklahoma City, and police said he became angry and impatient, reported KFOR-TV.

“The person behind them began getting upset, honking their horns, yelling at them, even yelling some racial slurs toward them,” said Mgst. Gary Knight, of Oklahoma City police.

Southerland was holding a black pistol pointed at the couple, court documents show, and security cameras allegedly show him pulling back the slide as if to load a round into the chamber.

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“I’ll shoot you, you f*cking n*ggers,” Southerland said, according to investigators. “That’s what is wrong with the United States. Go back to Africa.”

Police issued an arrest warrant for Southerland, whom the couple said they had never seen before and considered "dangerous."

Southerland was charged with felony pointing a firearm and malicious harassment based on race.

Newly revealed emails show Ginni Thomas pressuring Arizona legislators to overturn Trump's loss

Ginni Thomas urged Arizona legislators to reject Joe Biden's popular-vote victory in favor of Donald Trump electors, according to newly revealed emails.

The Washington Post obtained communications between Thomas and Russell Bowers, speaker of the Arizona House, and state Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who served on the House elections committee at the time and is currently running for secretary of state, showing the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas arguing that legislators had to intervene to counter baseless fraud claims.

“Stand strong in the face of political and media pressure,” Thomas wrote on Nov. 9, 2020, adding that the responsibility to choose electors was “yours and yours alone ... to fight back against fraud.”

Thomas sent the message through an online platform that allows users to send pre-written form emails to multiple elected officials at once, and the emails show the conservative activist and outspoken Trump supporter was even more involved in pushing to overturn the former president's election loss.

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“Article II of the United States Constitution gives you an awesome responsibility: to choose our state’s Electors,” read the Nov. 9 email. “… [P]lease take action to ensure that a clean slate of Electors is chosen.”

She also signed an email to the same two GOP legislators on Dec. 13, the day before the Electoral College cast their votes to certify Biden's election.

"Before you choose your state’s Electors," Thomas wrote, "consider what will happen to the nation we all love if you don’t stand up and lead."

Trump-era 'creatures of the swamp' let off the hook by DC attorney general for alleged scam that ruined investors

A pair of politically connected Donald Trump allies were let off the hook by District of Columbia’s attorney general for an alleged fraud that embarrassed the U.S. at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai.

D.C. attorney general Karl Racine sued the nonprofit Pavilion USA 2020, which had been started by political operative Fred Bush and international trade lawyer Alan Dunn, for alleged "mismanagement and greed," but The Daily Beast found investigators signed off on a deal last month that allowed their insurance company to pay a $220,000 settlement and let them go free without admitting guilt or liability.

“The only thing this case discouraged, as far as I can tell, is people like me from coming forward and helping with their investigations,” said Greg Houston, the nonprofit’s CEO-turned-star witness. “I lost my savings, my credibility, and my livelihood over my involvement with Pavilion USA. The D.C. taxpayers spent countless funds on the investigation and case, and it’s the taxpayers and nonparties like me who were the ones who ended up paying the tab for this whole thing."

The State Department tapped Bush, whose son served there during the Trump era, and Dunn, a former assistant secretary at the Commerce Department, to represent the U.S. at the modern World's Fair, but prosecutors found so much concern about the pair's spending that the nonprofit's chief financial officer quit in disgust.

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“World Expo 2020 Dubai is an extremely important undertaking on behalf of the United States and the State Department. I believe it deserves the best of efforts,” wrote philanthropist Theresa E. Behrendt in her resignation. “The behavior I have witnessed over the past few weeks seems counterproductive to the success of this endeavor.”

Bush rewarded himself with a $200,000 yearly salary, with an additional $7,000 raise, and Dunn proposed a $10,000 monthly salary for himself, along with bonuses, while investors like Asad Gharwal -- who spent nearly $200,000 of his own and persuaded his associates to contribute another $750,000 -- holding the bag.

Gharwal, who ran a Minnesota restaurant and aviation food company, trusted Bush -- who was nearly appointed ambassador to Luxembourg in 1990 until the nomination was derailed by scandal -- due to his connections to the president and other political insiders.

“Fred Bush was an ambassador," Gharwal said. "I believed everything that he said. How can I not believe him? He is the fundraiser for the Republican Party. He was close to the Trump administration."

The longtime D.C. insiders had been accused of influence peddling before, and Dunn's own twin brother, Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL), had called him a "creature of the swamp," but the attorney general's deal allows them to continue contract work for nonprofits and serve on their boards anywhere outside the district, but their investors lost everything.

“My life is basically, ‘I have to start from nothing and work for someone.’ I don’t have anything left after years of doing business for myself,” Gharwal said. “Put it this way: I’m broke, and I don't have anything."

"When I put my foot on this country, I worked 15 days after my arrival as a dishwasher," he added. "I worked my entire life. I never got a penny of help from the government. I never got any financial aids. I'm proud of that, and I paid a lot of taxes. I created a lot of jobs and opportunity. But I never thought that I, in America, would face this kind of corruption.”

Trump wants a loyalist to oversee Georgia elections — but his preferred candidate is running ‘odd’ campaign

Donald Trump wants vengeance against Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, who refused to go along with his attempts to overturn his 2020 election loss, but the former president's preferred candidate to replace him isn't getting much traction.

The former president has endorsed GOP Rep. Jody Hice in his primary challenge to the state's top election official, but a recent poll shows the two Republicans deadlocked in the 20s with nearly 40 percent of voters undecided, and two other challengers combined for about 9 percent support, reported Politico.

“I think it’s competitive, and I don’t know that many prognosticators saw that coming a year ago, that Raffensperger is in it," said Georgia GOP operative Brian Robinson.

Trump has promoted Hice's campaign at rallies and in a robocall, but even politically aware Georgia voters say they haven't heard much from Hice himself, and many GOP voters mistakenly believe he's a woman.

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“I’m seeing a lot of ads on social media from Brad Raffensperger, little bit from the others, from David Belle Isle, and not a whole lot from Jody Hice, which is odd,” said former state representative Buzz Brockway, who finished fourth in the 2018 secretary of state primary.

GOP voters strongly preferred Hice to Raffensperger by a 60-16 margin when told of Trump's endorsement, but that poll found that few voters actually knew about the former president's backing, and Republican pollsters say the incumbent secretary of state and Gov. Brian Kemp remain popular despite Trump's vendettas against each of them.

“I think a lot of the early projections about Raffensperger’s demise were based on the idea that Trump was going to be very aggressive in that state campaigning against him,” said Republican pollster Sarah Longwell, who has worked with anti-Trump GOP groups. “Voters like Kemp, so Trump -- it’s going to be embarrassing for him, so he just really kind of stayed out of the state, and that’s allowed Raffensperger to kind of fly under the radar.”

Trump-loving Doug Mastriano aired 'poisonous' conspiracies in old thesis calling for military takeover of US society

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano wrote a master's thesis two decades ago warning of a left-wing “Hitlerian Putsch."

The Donald Trump-endorsed Republican candidate published the highly unusual thesis in 2001, when he was a major at the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College, from the point of view of a colonel living in 2018 who has taken refuge in an "isolated cavern" following the collapse of the U.S. military and the deaths of millions of Americans under a left-wing leader by the United Nations and the European Union, reported the Washington Post.

“Domestically, life was bleak with a rampant drug culture, hedonism and a plethora of ‘alternate’ religions dominating the American youth,” wrote Mastriano, in the voice of his fictional colonel. “We were a people without vision or direction.”

Mastriano concluded the military must take action to "prevent the destruction of the republic," which he linked to “aberrant sexual conduct,” and the thesis foreshadows the right-wing conspiratorial worldview that fed his claims about Donald Trump's election defeat and the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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“This thesis proves that Mastriano’s embrace of activity that undermines the U.S. Constitution is no recent corruption,” said Peter Feaver, a former senior White House official under George W. Bush. “It stems from poisonous views and misunderstandings that he has held for a very long time.”

‘Laughable’: Morning Joe mocks reports showing Trump’s unhappy with GOP candidate’s work ethic

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough laughed about reports showing former President Donald Trump was unhappy with the work ethic of one of the Republican candidates he had endorsed.

The former president has reportedly washed his hands of David Perdue, the former GOP senator who's running for Georgia governor on a platform based on Trump's election lies, but he won't be lending any more support as his low-effort campaigns sinks ahead of next week's primary.

"An adviser said Donald Trump did more to elect David Perdue than David Perdue," said NBC News reporter Marc Caputo, who reported the split between the former president and the Senate candidate. "Trump believes that Perdue's work ethic has been shoddy. Republicans in other races when we discuss Perdue with them, they said the problem is Perdue. He doesn't really like campaigning, he doesn't really like voters, he doesn't really like raising money and talking to donors, and he doesn't like giving campaign speeches. That's a problem if you're running a statewide campaign."

"Part of the result of what we're seeing in the polls so far with [Gov. Brian] Kemp dominating him is just that fact," Caputo added, "Perdue probably wasn't the right candidate, or this wasn't the right time to take on a Republican candidate like Gov. Kemp in this year when he is running for re-election."

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Scarborough mocked the idea that Trump was critical of someone else's supposed laziness.

"Donald Trump criticizing somebody's work ethic?" he said. "That's laughable considering the man had too much executive time on his hands so he could watch cable news all day while president."

"Lots of TV watching and tweeting," agreed co-host Mika Brzezinski, "as long as he could."

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John Eastman reveals Trump took a direct role in developing legal strategy to overturn election loss

John Eastman revealed Friday in a court filing that he routinely communicated with Donald Trump either directly or through "six conduits" in the weeks ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The right-wing attorney asked a federal judge to maintain attorney-client privilege over his work for the former president, and the late-night filing gave the clearest view yet of the communications between Trump and the battalion of attorneys and allies helping his effort to remain in power despite losing the election, reported Politico.

The filing shows Trump took a direct role in those efforts, describing “two hand-written notes from former President Trump about information that he thought might be useful for the anticipated litigation," which Eastman is looking to shield, and the attorney also said he spoke directly to the former president about legal challenges in states he lost.

Eastman wants to prevent the House select committee from obtaining 600 emails related to his so-called "coup memo," which sought to enlist Mike Pence and GOP-led state legislatures to overturn the 2020 election outcome, and he also asked U.S. District Court Judge David Carter of California to shield his contacts with state legislators to discuss appointing pro-Trump electors in state Joe Biden had won.

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The filing does not identify the White House officials and attorneys he communicated with during that period, but some of those attorneys -- including Kurt Olsen and Bruce Marks -- filed declarations supporting Eastman's claims about his work for Trump.

Eastman also reveals that he exchanged a dozen emails with Fox News host Mark Levin, whom he doesn't identify by name but whom he describes as “an individual who, in addition to his role as a radio talk show host, is also an attorney, former long-time President (and current board Chairman) of a public interest law firm, and also a former fellow at The Claremont Institute.”

Trump's populism is 'fundamentally fraudulent' -- and here's the deadly proof: columnist

Meatpacking companies knew early on in the pandemic that their facilities were hot spots for the coronavirus, but rather than take safeguards to protect their workers, they instead pushed the Trump administration to limit local health requirements and insulate themselves from legal accountability.

A congressional select committee recently issued a report on COVID outbreaks in the meatpacking industry, and their investigation found that industry lobbyists ginned up bogus fears of meat shortages to keep their plants open and force workers back onto the job, despite the health risks, reported MSNBC.

“Now to get rid of those pesky health departments!” one lobbyist told a Koch Foods executive, according to the report.

The companies probably could have kept their facilities open without turning them into COVID factories, according to MSNBC columnist Ryan Cooper, but rather than take countervailing steps to improve ventilation or provide masks to workers, the industry successfully lobbied the Trump administration to invoke the Defense Production Act to overrule local regulations and shield companies from legal liability for worker deaths.

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"Sure enough," Cooper wrote, "meatpacking facilities, where workers are commonly immigrants and about 69 percent are nonwhite, have been some of the deadliest places during the pandemic, and workers also spread the virus around their communities. One study found that the presence of a meatpacking plant increased case numbers in U.S. counties by about 160 percent."

Some of the protective measures might have been difficult to implement, although grocery store chains successfully pulled them off, but Cooper said the episode shows that American executives view their workers as "lazy rabble" who must be coerced into work and then discarded, and "pseudo-populists" like Trump help them get away with it.

"It’s an illustration of the fundamentally fraudulent nature of Trump-style 'populism,'" Cooper wrote. "He and his party might rail against 'globalist' bankers, corporate fat cats or slanted trade deals and occasionally might even make some token policy gesture in that direction. But when corporate profits — or capitalists’ control of their workforces, especially diverse ones — are on the line, then Donald Trump and his goons have their backs, always."