Bob Brigham

Multiple signs point to this weekend's rally for MAGA rioters being a massive dud: extremism expert

Saturday's "Justice for J6" rally supporting those arrested for the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol may be a dud.

NBC News correspondent Ben Collins, who monitors online extremism, offered his thoughts on the rally in a thread posted to Twitter on Wednesday.

"Users on the extremist forums that hyped the rally-turned-riot on January 6 are not so hot on this one. They're telling each other not to go, fearing it's a honeypot from the feds," Collins reported.

Collins noted the absence of travel photos being shared, noting that pro-Trump websites were "littered with pictures of people boarding planes, posting pictures of guns, their hotel rooms" before January 6th.

"Pro-Trump extremist boards have basically conspiracy theory'd themselves into inactivity. Everything is 'glowing,' their word for a setup. Everything's a 'false flag' or 'honeypot.' They realize now their own rhetoric has put them in a bit of a bind," he explained.

Collins warned that "the rhetoric on these extremist boards is insanely violent."

However, the interpersonal dynamics of the extremist movement could increase turnout.

"Here's where it gets extremely stupid: Ron Watkins (board admin from 8kun, likely Q from QAnon) told people not to go to the rally on the 18th. Pro-Trump forums are sick of Ron because of QAnon/the Arizona audit's false promises. So some are back on board for Saturday," Collins reported.

Collins linked to a new story he co-wrote with Brandy Zadrozny titled, "Paranoia and accusations cloud efforts to launch 'Justice for January 6' rally."

Roger Stone interrupted during radio interview to get served papers for Capitol riot lawsuit

Notorious GOP dirty-trickster and longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone had a radio interview interrupted by a process server.

Audio of the event was posted to Twitter by former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski.

"While Roger Stone was live on the air this morning with 'Real Talk 93.3' (St Louis) doing an interview about the 2024 election, he gets served by a process server with the January 6 lawsuit," he explained, while posting a clip from Joe Hoft's show.

Stone was answering a question about why he thinks it is "imperative" for Trump to run in 2024 when the interview was interrupted.

"Hold on a second, I have a process server at my front door about to serve me in the latest lawsuit," Stone said.

Stone said the papers were for a lawsuit in civil court in the District of Columbia.

"Alright, I have just been served in the January 6th lawsuit — live, right here on your radio show," Stone said. "This is a big, big stack of papers, which is good, because we're out of toilet paper."

Arizona Republicans' attempt to hide so-called 'audit' documents from the public goes down in flames

Republicans in Arizona were blocked by the state's supreme court from concealing documents about the controversial audit.

"The AZ Supreme Court won't hear [Arizona Senate President Karen Fann's] appeal of the Court of Appeals' ruling that audit documents possessed by Senate subcontractors are public records. The Senate will have to turn over communications, invoices and other audit-related records," Jeremy Duda of the Arizona Mirror reported Tuesday.

Duda noted the records would include who is getting paid, "contracts or agreements the audit team has with outside funders" and communication among subcontractors.

Jim Small, the editor in chief of the Arizona Mirror, offered his analysis on Twitter.

"To drive home what this means: The AZ Supreme Court is rejecting the claim by [Arizona Senate Republicans] and [state Senate President Karen Fann] that they are above the law," he wrote.

"Arizona law does not allow public servants to outsource democracy and shroud their conduct in secrecy," said Austin Evers, the group's executive director. "The Arizona Senate's legal maneuvering to conceal these records from the public matches the outrageousness of their so-called audit. That ends today. Arizonans can look forward to much-needed transparency, even if it may reveal gross attacks on democracy itself."

Here's the bizarre way Texas AG Ken Paxton commemorated 9/11 anniversary

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton raised eyebrows on Saturday after honoring 9/11 by posting a bizarre picture imaging the scene inside the World Trade Center just before it was struck.

The photo shows three men in an office, drinking from red Solo cups before the early morning attack.

"Our enemies turned planes into missiles & used them to strike at the heart of American Democracy," Paxton wrote.

As Twitter user Ian Livingston noted, former MTV "Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans had generated controversy when she posted the same image a year earlier.

"'AWFUL' Teen Mom Jenelle Evans slammed for posting 'tone deaf' and 'horrible' photo of plane to commemorate 9/11," was the headline used by the U.S. Sun.

And sure enough, Paxton was also dragged.

Lindsey Graham is ‘heartbroken’ Biden ended 20-year Afghanistan war: ‘The Taliban have won the Super Bowl’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Friday criticized President Joe Biden for ending the war in Afghanistan, which dragged on for two decades.

Before taking over Strom Thurmond's seat in the U.S. Senate, Graham voted for the war in Afghanistan as a member of the House of Representatives.

"On this 20th anniversary, I am heartbroken and I am worried," Graham said.

Graham focused his criticism on Biden ending the war instead of the disastrous 20-year occupation.

"What have we done here in the last 30 to 45 days? We've allowed the Taliban to take back over the country by force of arms, we've abandoned thousands of people who fought along our side, and every jihadist in the world is going to run to Afghanistan because the Taliban won the Super Bowl," he argued, despite the fact the Taliban is not a National Football League team eligible to play in the big game.

Republicans have been trying to argue that the withdrawal was worse than the war, which had claimed the lives of 2,448 service members before the withdrawal began. Graham has even predicted America would re-invade the country.

Also on Friday, Trump's Political Action Committees sent an email arguing that "Joe Biden is the Taliban's puppet."

"President Trump was the greatest President in history, and Joe Biden is doing everything he can to destroy his legacy, including surrendering to the Taliban," the emails said, even though it was Trump who negotiated the withdrawal with the Taliban.

Marine in Congress skewers Trump over his inflammatory Robert E. Lee comments

Donald Trump was hilariously mocked by Marine serving in Congress following comments by the former president on the Afghanistan war.

Trump, who is marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by providing commentary during boxing matches at a Florida casino, sent out a statement to reporters on Afghanistan on Wednesday.

"Robert E. Lee is considered by many Generals to be the greatest strategist of them all," Trump wrote complete with his unusual capitalization. "If only we had Robert E. Lee to command our troops in Afghanistan, that disaster would have ended in a complete and total victory many years ago. What an embarrassment we are suffering because we don't have the genius of a Robert E. Lee!"

But Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), who went on to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves after leaving active duty in 2013, offered his thoughts on Trump and Lee.

"I guess Trump & Robert E. Lee both know how it feels to suffer a humiliating defeat at the hands of pro-democracy forces in Pennsylvania," Lamb wrote.

Lamb is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who has announced he is not seeking re-election.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, state Sen. Sharif Street, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and Val Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissions, are also seeking the Democratic Party nomination.

Trump has endorsed Republican Sean Parnell, although Jeff Bartos is also seeking the GOP nomination and says Parnell is "unelectable."

'Don't you dare': Sean Spicer freaks out after Jen Psaki questions his role military academy board

Former Donald Trump press secretary Sean Spicer announced on Wednesday that he will pursue legal action after being fired by the Biden administration.

Spicer and Kellyanne Conway were told they had until the end of the day to resign or be fired for boards governing U.S. military academies.

At 6 p.m. eastern, the exact time Conway had said was the deadline, Spicer appeared on Newsmax.

"Tonight, all Trump appointees — including myself — have been kicked off the boards of the United States Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and West Point in an unprecedented move by the Biden administration," Spicer said.

And he also lashed out at current White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

"I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified, or not political, to serve on these boards, but the President's qualification requirements are not your party registration, they are whether you're qualified to serve and whether you're aligned with the values of this administration," Psaki said at Wednesday's press briefing.

"Don't you dare ever minimize or question my service to this nation! You got it?" Spicer said.

Kellyanne Conway refuses to quit Air Force Academy board — and makes a ridiculous demand of Biden instead​

Former Donald Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway announced on Wednesday that she was refusing to resign from a military post and that President Joe Biden would have to fire her.

Conway's announcement came after Biden gave Conway a 6 p.m. Wednesday deadline to resign or be fired.

"I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified, or not political, to serve on these boards, but the President's qualification requirements are not your party registration, they are whether you're qualified to serve and whether you're aligned with the values of this administration," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

In a letter posted to Twitter, Conway made it clear she is not aligned with the values of the administration, complaining about Biden's poll numbers, the rise in COVID cases, jobs, inflation, drugs, and Afghanistan.

"I'm not resigning, but you should," Conway said defiantly.

Here’s why GOP attempts to obstruct Jan. 6 investigations have largely succeeded

Eight months after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Republican efforts to obstruct investigations into the matter have largely been a success.

On Monday, MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian interviewed former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.

After a question about whether Trump could try to invoke executive privilege to stop document requests, Katyal took a big-picture look at GOP "delay tactics."

"And in some ways it's worth noting they've already worked. I mean, today is September 6th — it is eight months to the day from when this attack on our nation happened and we still don't have answers to basic questions because of Republican obstruction," Katyal explained.

"They first wanted to block a committee altogether and now they're invoking all these fake privileges to try and hide the truth from the American people. It will eventually not work, but I think it's a real shame that here we are eight months later and we don't know the answers to a lot of basic questions," he said.


Neal Katyal

Prosecution of Kevin McCarthy 'increasingly plausible' after bombshell new report: former federal prosecutor

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is among the group of GOP lawmakers whose communications records are being scrutinized by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

On Thursday, CNN reported that McCarthy was on the list.

On Tuesday, McCarthy threatened telecommunication companies that cooperated with Congress.

The new revelation could make it more likely that McCarthy will be prosecuted under the Victim and Witness Protection Act of 1982.

The law "forbids anyone from corruptly, or by threats of force or by any threatening communication, influencing, obstructing, or impeding any pending proceeding before a department or agency of the United States, or Congress."

Former federal prosecutor Ken White, who offers legal analysis from the popular @Popehat account on Twitter, noted how McCarthy's inclusion on the list could change perceptions of McCarthy's "corrupt intent."

"'If you comply with an investigation request and turn over MY records to a Congressional committee then next Congress will punish you' sounds even more like corrupt intent under 18 USC 1505. Still not a sure thing but increasingly plausible," White wrote.


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