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Fox News goes off the rails in fiery clash between two guests: 'You're nothing but a punk!'

Conservative cable news pundits who were once pals have now turned into bitter foes. That's the story of Fox News' Geraldo Rivera and Dan Bongino.

The two initially faced off on Monday debating policing in America and, more specifically, outrage sparked by the killing of Daunte Wright. On Wednesday night, the duo clashed yet again on Sean Hannity's Fox News program, where it ended with Rivera calling Bongino a "son of a b*tch."

"I have been covering cops for over 50 years. I am perhaps the most deeply experienced reporter in television history," Rivera began the Wenesday segment while addressing a matter from the clash on Monday night, highlighting his experience in covering policing in America for many years, adding that he has "been to too many cop funerals to even think about." "I have done hundreds of stories over thousands of hours with cops. Everything from shoot-outs to executing arrest warrants, to roadblocks to drug raids. You name it, I've been there. I've been to too many cop funerals to even think about. They are horrible!" he added. Rivera would then continue by calling the killing of Daunte Wright "reckless or grossly negligent behavior" while proposing that police officers use a taser as their "first weapon of choice."

But those rather straightforward remarks didn't sit well with the former Secret Service agent. Bongino responded to Rivera, stating, "I don't even know how to respond to that. Give me a second to digest the stupidity of that."

The two then got into it on air, which only became more intense as the 8-minute segment pushed forward. "You're nothing but a name-caller!" Rivera declared. "You're a cheap shot artist!" Bongino, a former police officer before becoming a carpetbagger, then fired back: "You've never worn a badge, period. Not interested in your reporting on it because reporters deal with facts, and you brought the race card into it the other night when we had this debate, despite having no facts to back that up."

The war of words from there only got more intense, with Rivera noting that "Blacks are twice as likely to be shot by cops as whites," which Bongino dismissed. "I know more than you! What do you know?" Rivera continued. "What, did you have a ten-minute career as a cop? You've been running for office for the last 20 years."

Bongino, instead of replying with statistics or facts, instead told Rivera to "take a Valium" and "pipe down." "My gosh, you're a 70-year-old man!" the thrice-failed GOP congressional candidate added.

Minutes later, nearing the end of the segment, Bongnio accused Rivera of perpetrating "a race narrative with no data to back it up at all." To which, Rivera quickly fired back: "You only accept facts that you agree with."

"He's injecting race into the argument because he has nothing else!" Bongino continued. The segment would conclude with fireworks Bongino accused Rivera of desiring to "see the country burn."

"I want to see the country burn?! You son of a b*tch! I want to see the country burn, you punk?! You're nothing but a punk!" Rivera shouted as Hannity ended the segment.

You can watch the entire clip below, via YouTube

Geraldo gets schooled on Fox by Dan Bongino, loses it

Roger Stone goes silent on the Matt Gaetz scandal — then lashes out at the media

Notorious GOP operative and informal Trump adviser Roger Stone, who previously urged embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., to go on "offense" and make cable news appearances, has gone silent on the matter following a series of news reports detailing the widening scandal around the firebrand lawmaker. Stone's apparent pullback comes as former President Trump reportedly rejected an invite to meet with the congressman, and while denizens of TrumpWorld are not precisely flocking to Gaetz's defense.

"He needs to go on offense, this is right upfront in Stone's Rules," Stone said on Alex Jones' program on April 2. "The left-wing, non-journalist, fake-news media are the most vicious, malicious, dishonest people that I have ever come across. All of these stories that are maligning Matt Gaetz today are based on leaks. Where is the beef? Where are the facts? I don't think there are any facts. I think this is a good old-fashioned smear." Stone went on to encourage Gaetz to stay in the public eye, not hide in a "hole" and make additional TV appearances.

Roger Stone offers Matt Gaetz potentially disastrous advice (SALON)

"He [Matt Gaetz] should not go hide in a hole, he should be out there, like he was on Tucker [Carlson] last night," Stone declared.

Since Stone's initial remarks, an expositive April 9 report from The Daily Beast outlined that Gaetz allegedly sent a $900 Venmo payment to several young women through Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg in May 2018. Greenberg, a flamboyant figure in Florida politics, has reportedly been under investigation for some time and now faces multiple charges of sex trafficking.

Stone, who at one time posted virtually nonstop on Parler about Gaetz's innocence, has since gone silent on the matter online and in media appearances and hasn't mentioned the Gaetz saga on his newly minted TikTok account. "The 'leaked' smear on Congressman Matt Gaetz is an extortion play and an effort to destroy the up and coming conservative leader who has the balls to call the left out," Stone wrote on Parler at the beginning of the month.

Salon checked in with Stone last Thursday and Friday, seeking to inquire whether he still believes the Florida congressman is innocent. A few days passed, and Salon heard nothing back anything until the above tweet sent out by this reporter, which noted that Stone has gone silent on Gaetz. Shortly after that tweet was sent, Stone responded to Salon early on Monday morning, never directly mentioning the Gaetz scandal but taking swings at the media, a classic Stone tactic.

"Much like Salon, nothing reported in the Daily Beast can be considered either true or accurate," Stone told Salon in an email on Monday. When asked a series of additional questions regarding GaetzGate, Stone simply responded, "Stay tuned."

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre faces tough questions in court — 'Russia' expense remains a mystery

National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre, on the virtual witness stand during the third day of the group's highly anticipated bankruptcy trial in Texas, was peppered with a harsh line of questioning, including one about a $60,000 invoice marked "Russia."

In Wednesday's testimony, the NRA's longtime executive vice president "conceded that he did not inform several senior NRA officials that he would file his bankruptcy petition before he did so, including a board member who would have been his successor," Law & Crime reported. "LaPierre also testified that he did not inform board members about the establishment of a company Sea Girt, LLC, which he formed in Texas for the purpose of filing for bankruptcy."

LaPierre was also asked about his use of a yacht owned by Hollywood producer Stanton McKenzie, which LaPierre admitted to using for vacations in the Bahamas, while not making clear in the group's paperwork that the trips could be construed as a conflict of interest. LaPierre was asked if he offered to pay for using the yacht and responded, "I did not," according to Law & Crime.

LaPierre testified on Wednesday that he also took a couple of trips on another yacht called the Grand Illusions, and he acknowledged that McKenzie picked up the tab on his stay at an Atlantis resort. Before the COVID-19 era, LaPierre testified, he flew out to Los Angeles to meet up with McKenzie at Beverly Hills and staying at a hotel there paid for by the producer. The NRA's ex-longtime PR firm Ackerman McQueen picked up the tab on nearly $300,000 for LaPierre's Italian suits at Zegna in Beverly Hills, which LaPierre defended as an expenditure the firm recommended for his television appearances.

This yacht was the same yacht which in an earlier deposition LaPierre admitted to using as a getaway following mass shootings in the U.S. such as the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut in 2012.

During the hearing on Wednesday, the New York attorney general's charities bureau chief, James Sheehan, peppered LaPierre with questions regarding his online digital footprint. Law & Crime reported on the courtroom exchange:

"Is it true you send no emails?" Sheehan asked.

"That's correct," LaPierre replied.

"Is it true that you send no texts?" the attorney continued.

"That's correct," the NRA chief answered again.

Before LaPierre's testimony, John Frazer, the NRA's general counsel, fielded a stringent series of questions from Emily Stern, an assistant to New York Attorney General Letitia James, which resulted in the NRA lawyer claiming that "he did not know" the NRA planned to sue its longtime public relations firm, Ackerman McQueen, according to Law & Crime. Ackerman McQueen has now joined forces with the New York attorney general's office in opposition to the NRA, after a bitter lawsuit left the PR firm and the NRA at odds with each other after working together for years.

Questioning from Ackerman McQueen's attorney Mike Gruber revealed that a law firm had filed a $60,000 invoice with the NRA, with the accompanying memo line "Russia." Gruber "pressed Frazer on the NRA's position that the group had to file for bankruptcy in Texas because of a weaponized regulatory framework in New York. Gruber noted that the allegations are currently before state and federal judges in New York, whose fairness the NRA has not questioned," Law & Crime noted.

"If the courts aren't weaponized against the NRA, what's the issue?" Gruber asked.

Avoiding impugning the judges, Frazer noted that litigation comes with inherent risks: "Sometimes the processes are unpredictable."

Gruber's questioning revealed that the Brewer law firm billed the NRA in an invoice charging $59,155.25 for the line item "Russia" in 2020. Before the charges could be fully explained, an objection on the ground of confidentiality struck the matter from the court record. Russian agent Maria Butina's attempts to infiltrate the NRA led to a string of embarrassing headlines for the gun group, during her prosecution and eventual deportation from the United States in 2019.

The Butina scandal would later lead to a September 2019 U.S. Senate that the gun rights organization had acted as a "foreign asset" on behalf of the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign.

This day of proceedings was characterized by those coving the trial as tense, as LaPierre repeatedly "tried to insert justifications for expenditures which Sheehan elicited in his questions." The trial judge "repeatedly sustained motions to strike answers, and LaPierre's lawyer reminded him that he will have the opportunity to make those remarks at a later time."

On Thursday, LaPierre took to the stand again, only to have the judge scold him for not responsively answering questions.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell still believes Trump will be heading back to the White House

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has no plans of backing down from his fight to prove there was widespread election fraud in 2020 election, despite the total absence of any legitimate evidence. The pillow magnate is now faced with a $1.3 billion dollar lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems, but is doubling down on his allegations despite projecting that MyPillow will lose $65 million this year after 22 retailers pulled his products off the shelves.

Lindell has a new plan, not only to expose alleged "widespread voter machine fraud" in the 2020 election but also to stop his business from hemorrhaging cash. MAGA World's favorite bedding manufacturer has turned to right-wing influencers to hawk his products, ranging from the eponymous (and formerly popular) MyPillow to bedsheets and dog beds. From Newsmax hosts Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known as "Diamond and Silk," to "pizzagate" conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec, Lindell has set up lucrative deals with characters in the lower depths of conservative media to push his products, in exchange for commissions on sales revenue.

Lindell believes that by going all-in on selling his products directly to consumers, he can make up for his losses with commercials and online advertising. "We obviously can't get that back; we're going to lose that," Lindell told Business Insider on Sunday, speaking of the financial setbacks his company has already suffered. "We're going to look at other strategies to try and get that revenue back," Lindell said. "We're looking at every space for that. We've expanded so much in radio and podcast. ... It's just booming right now. We hope that that makes up a lot of it."

A spokesperson for MyPillow assured Salon that Lindell would comment for this story, but he did not respond to repeated requests in time for publication.

In other MyPillow news, Lindell has said that his new social media platform, FRANK, which stands for "Free, Forthright, and Sincere Expression of Speech," will be online next week. "Coming next week ... a social media platform like no other!" Lindell wrote in a Parler post his week. The new platform will have plenty of conservative-leaning alternatives to compete against, from Parler to the far-right platform Gab, and eventually, perhaps, Donald Trump's own social platform.

Lindell has also been busy attempting to roll out a series of documentaries based on the holy grail of "exposing" Dominion Voting machines and proving there was "voter fraud" in the 2020 election. The MyPillow CEO began by releasing a two-hour video in February called "Absolute Proof," but apparently it did not live up to its title because he plans to keep going. Detailing his plans during appearances on right-wing YouTube channels, Lindell said he plans to premiere other long-form "films," with titles that include "Absolute Cover-Up" and "Absolute Interference." To date, Lindell has already followed up "Absolute Proof" with another video entitled "Scientific Proof," which features a doctor making data prediction models from the 2010 census, attempting to prove "irregularities" in the 2020 election.

Late in March, Lindell went on something of a tirade as a guest on Steve Bannon's podcast, claiming without explanation that Trump would somehow return to office later this year. Bannon tried to interrupt him, saying, "Hold on a sec, hold on," but Lindell would not be dissuaded, shouting: "Donald Trump will be back in office in August!"

Democratic lawmaker: Put Stephen Miller behind bars

Texas Democratic Congresswoman Veronica Escobar declared that former senior Trump administration advisor Stephen Miller should be tossed into the big house over his continuous "heinous human rights violations."

Reflecting on the Trump administration's immigration policy of separating children from their parents, Escobar didn't hold back. "I think Stephen Miller should be behind bars," Escobar said on a recent episode of The Intercept's "Deconstructed" podcast, "I think he committed heinous human rights violations, and I think that those around him who helped plot this out should be held accountable as well."

Miller, who has since turned his focus to frequently appearing on Fox News and running a right-right legal foundation to pester the Biden administration, was a vital part in implementing inhumane immigration policies enacted by the Trump administration governing the Southern Border. Such policies included the "zero-tolerance" immigration stance, which had all immigrants prosecuted and separated from their children.

Escobar conceded that seeing Miller held criminally accountable for policy decisions is unlikely.

"That is going to be very difficult, but it kills me that these people could potentially walk away and even potentially rebuild their reputations," she stated. The congresswoman, who currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee, further ripped into lawmakers that have advocated and implemented Trump's immigration policies, "I find them to be just among the most reprehensible, abhorrent people that our generation could have ever produced."

Additionally, on the podcast, Escobar stated that the difference between the Trump approach and the Biden administration's strategy isn't night and day - but progress has been made in making immigration more humane under Biden's reign. "The Trump administration put up all sorts of obstacles, trying to prevent families from being reunited. The Biden administration is approaching this in the opposite way, doing everything possible quickly and safely to get families who are here in the United States re-united," Escobar stated. "There's progress. Is it still unacceptable, it is, but there is progress."

While talking with The Intercept's D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim on the podcast, Escobar also made sure to assert that if she feels the Biden administration isn't doing enough, she will speak up.

"I am in good frequent communication with the Biden administration on what's happening, and as long as I continue to see progress and movement in the right direction and input from folks on the ground — including advocates and attorneys who shoulder the consequences of horrific policies right alongside their clients and the migrants who they're advocating for — as long as the admin is moving in the right direction, I will keep working with them and will keep providing them with ideas for reform and for forward movement," the lawmaker stated. "But if at any point I feel like we are sliding backward, or there's not absolutely every resource and effort being put toward a more humane and compassionate system that does justice to our values, I will be among the Biden administration's loudest critics."

CBS faces backlash for reporting on Ron DeSantis' vaccine deal and accusation of 'pay for play'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has strongly denied suggestions in a Sunday night broadcast of CBS' "60 Minutes" that the rising Republican star took part in a pay-for-play scheme, allocating coronavirus vaccine doses designated to the state to major donors, including the Publix supermarket chain, which had previously cut his campaign a $100,000 donation.

"Publix, as you know, donated $100,000 to your campaign, and then you rewarded them with the exclusive rights to distribute the vaccine in Palm Beach," CBS reporter Sharyn Alfonsi stated at a recent DeSantis press conference, which was featured in the "60 Minutes" segment.

DeSantis responded to Alfonsi by saying her question was based on calling a "fake narrative." "So first of all, what you're saying is wrong," the Florida governor replied. "That's a fake narrative. ... I met with the county mayor. I met with the administrator. I met with all the folks in Palm Beach County, and I said, 'Here's some of the options. We can do more drive-through sites. We can give more to hospitals. We can do the Publix.' And they said, 'We think that would be the easiest thing for our residents.'"

The exchange between Alfonsi and DeSantis continued when the governor was pressed on what many observers have described as an inequitable rollout of the state's coronavirus vaccines. "It's wrong, it's a fake narrative. I just disabused you of the narrative, and you don't care about the facts because obviously, I just laid it out for you in a way that is irrefutable," DeSantis declared.

There was one more rebuttal and attempted question from Alfonsi before DeSantis snapped, "No, no, no, you're wrong, you're wrong, you're wrong."

The "60 Minutes" segment reported on FEC records indicating that the grocery giant gave DeSantis' campaign a $100,000 donation weeks ahead of the governor's announcement that vaccines would be distributed in Publix stores. "Campaign finance reports obtained by '60 Minutes' show that weeks before the governor's announcement, Publix donated $100,000 to his political action committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis," Alfonsi reported in the segment. "Julie Jenkins Fancelli, heiress to the Publix fortune, has given $55,000 to the governor's PAC in the past. And in November, Fancelli's brother-in-law, Hoyt R. Barnett, a retired Publix executive, donated $25,000."

This isn't the first time DeSantis has been accused of implementing a vaccine rollout that favorited privileged communities and wealthy donors. A January analysis published by the South Florida Sun Sentinel found that "Publix vaccine sites were out of reach for many poor and Black Floridians." In February, numerous state officials said the governor's COVID vaccine distribution plan was based on "political influence," which was "potentially illegal." Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., told the Sun Sentinel at the time that DeSantis' implied threats "that he would pull vaccine if people don't like the way the distribution system is working is vile and shows the callous indifference he has had in how the vaccine has been handled." DeSantis was also criticized by Florida State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the top statewide elected Democrat, who said there was "no reason that Gov. DeSantis should be rationing vaccines based on political influence."\

Following the Sunday "60 Minutes" interview, a coordinated campaign pushed by conservatives and right-wing media, including Fox News and Newsmax, began to spin a defense of DeSantis, claiming that CBS News had "maliciously edit[ed]" the governor's remarks.

"Wow, this is really, really bad. They ask a question full of innuendo ... and cut off the answer. Political ads have gotten taken off the air for less than this. @60Minutes has some explaining to do," GOP staffer Matt Whitlock wrote in response to the segment. Conservative Twitter pundit Stephen Miller argued, "So it turns out this is a lie & 60 Minutes used deceptive edits to create a narrative."

Interviews on a news-magazine show like "60 Minutes" are often edited for narrative or dramatic impact, and rarely feature verbatim remarks. Whether CBS News presented DeSantis' answers fairly or unfairly is the central question here — and not one on which his boosters and critics are likely to agree. While Fried tweeted that the "60 Minutes" segment was "exposing the nation to @GovRonDeSantis' failings & corruption during the pandemic," Jared Moskowitz, outgoing director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, tweeted that no one from DeSantis' office had suggested Publix as a vaccination site and the story was "absolute malarkey."

Roger Stone and allies seek to destroy fellow GOP operative in bizarre personal feud

Longtime Republican operative and Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, along with an allied far-right leader, is attempting to take down fellow GOP operative and MAGA Twitter personality John Cardillo, and it's getting messy.

Cardillo, a former New York police officer turned Newsmax TV host, who later became a conservative Twitter pundit of sorts, was once a close friend and ally of Stone. But in recent weeks the duo have apparently become bitter enemies. The rift is somewhat mysterious in origin, but appears related to Stone's allegations that Cardillo is "pray[ing] on single women" [sic], while arranging "phony divorce papers with the county."

Over the past three weeks, Stone has posted a series of messages to Parler making allegations against Cardillo. "What kind of an asshole files phony divorce papers with the county, tells his wife nothing, and actually gets the date of their marriage incorrect in the filing that he has no intention of bringing to trial or settlement just so he can pray on single women? #busted #Congentalliar #Cardiilo #asswipe," Stone posted to Parler this week.

Stone included copies of the purported divorce documents in his Parler post, but Salon has been unable to verify their authenticity.

A potential clue to the Stone-Cardillo feud emerged in another post, when Stone expressed anger that Cardillo had not spoken up for an NYPD officer named Sal Greco, who reportedly received money from Stone's wife and is now under "investigation by NYPD's Internal Affairs."

"I spoke up today in the case of Officer Sal Greco of the New York Police Department, who the New York Daily News is attempting to smear," Stone posted. "One former New York Police Department officer who was fired Newsmax thinks I should be silent in the face of this lynching, but then John Cardillo needs to shut the f*ck up. #talentless #conman."

In another recent message posted to Parler by Stone, the self-described "dirty trickster" claimed Cardillo was a "bunko," "conman," "b*llshit artist," and a "psycho." "The best one yet — one woman has come forward to say that she and @johncardillo were attempting to have a baby invitro at the time she believed that she was his girlfriend and did not know that he was married. She's going to make one hell of a witness on the stand," Stone wrote in late March in Parler messages.

Cardillo didn't return a Salon request for comment. Stone responded in curious fashion that perhaps suggested faulty voice-transcription software. "I have a firm policy of only responding to increased [sic] from legitimate news organizations. Salon does not meet this criteria," Stone wrote. Notably, following a Salon's inquiry to Stone via email, all the Parler messages in question disappeared from the social media site.

But the pile-on from the far right didn't stop, with "Stop The Steal" activist Ali Alexander writing on Telegram, "I warned everyone of John Cardillo. Remember when he tried to kill the Stop the Steal movement? Now you all know more about him." Alexander has long not seen eye-to-eye with Cardillo over the perception that the latter is no right-wing enough.

The now-former Newsmax host is best known for his controversial takes on social media. "Does this look like an appropriate father/son interaction to you?" Cardillo tweeted at the end of 2020, questioning a picture of Joe Biden for embracing his son Hunter and giving him a kiss on the cheek.

Clear back in 2015, Cardillo caught blowback over posting a picture of himself pointing his gun at the camera, tweeting, "I'm really enjoying these Eggs Benedict so move along now. #BlackBrunchNYC," in the wake of protests occurring in California and New York at restaurants during brunch hours to protest the killings of the unarmed Black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The MAGA Twitter personality, as Salon has previously reported, has also gone after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claiming she is "spoiled and pampered." With more than 226,000 Twitter followers and regular retweets by Donald Trump Jr., Cardillo remains in a prominent position in right-wing social media, even as he attempts to fend off fellow denizens of MAGA world who hate his guts.

Roger Stone — no stranger to indictment — gives Matt Gaetz a piece of potentially dangerous advice

Republican operative and pro-Trump dirty trickster Roger Stone, a man well acquainted with indictment (in his case for lying to Congress and witness tampering), is urging Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., the charismatic Trump ally now embroiled in seemingly bottomless scandal, to potentially incriminate himself further by going on "offense" and continuing to appear on cable news.

"He needs to go on offense, this is right upfront in Stone's Rules," Stone told conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his Infowars program. "The left-wing, non-journalist, fake-news media are the most vicious, malicious, dishonest people that I have ever come across," the GOP operative continued. "All of these stories that are maligning Matt Gaetz today are based on leaks. Where is the beef? Where are the facts? I don't think there are any facts. I think this is a good old-fashioned smear." Later in the segment, Stone encouraged Gaetz to stay in the public eye, not hide in a "hole," and make additional TV appearances. "He [Matt Gaetz] should not go hide in a hole, he should be out there, like he was on Tucker [Carlson] last night," Stone added.

As additional allegations about Gaetz continue to surface, Stone has kept on defending him enthusiastically, despite a Thursday night CNN report that Gaetz showed off nude pictures and videos of women he had sex with to fellow lawmakers on the House floor. "CNN Doesn't identify the lawmakers making these FAKE allegations against Gaetz because they have no evidence or documentation. Loathsome bottom feeders," Stone wrote on Parler after the story broke.

Stone didn't return multiple requests for comment from Salon as to why he continues to back Gaetz. The veteran GOP operative has refused to speak to this reporter after learning he now works for Salon, claiming that this site isn't a "legitimate news organization."

Following the initial report about the Department of Justice probe of Gaetz's personal life that emerged on Tuesday from The New York Times, Stone wrote on Parler, "I am going to public humiliate [sic] New York Times reporter Mike Schmidt tomorrow. He is the single most dishonest fabricator of the Russian hoax narrative in American press corps. And now he's doing it again with the smear of Matt Gaetz. Watch for the slap-down of this cretin."

No discernible "slap-down" came from Stone on Wednesday, although he continued to attack the media in Parler posts, writing: "The 'leaked' smear on Congressman Matt Gaetz is an extortion play and an effort to destroy the up-and-coming conservative leader who has the balls to call the left out."

In other Stone-adjacent news, two additional members of the Oath Keepers militia-style group, who were part of Stone's security detail on Jan. 6, were added to a conspiracy indictment relating to the Capitol siege, which court documents allege that Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes helped to spearhead.

The Washington Post summarized those charges in a report published on Thursday:

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, his deputy, and three members who guarded Roger Stone exchanged nearly 20 phone calls over three hours on Jan. 6, coinciding with the first assault on police barricades protecting the U.S. Capitol and spanning the time the three members breached the building, prosecutors charged Thursday. In a new indictment adding previously charged Stone guards Joshua James, 33, of Arab, Ala., and Roberto Minuta, 36, of Prosper, Tex., to an Oath Keepers conspiracy case that now has 12 defendants, prosecutors bluntly laid a path to Rhodes and a person they said he put in charge of his group's operations that day.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson refuses to say Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's name in fuming rant about her

Fox News host Tucker Carlson called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a "low-IQ race-baiter" on Thursday while claiming that she seeks to change the demographic make-up of the nation to shore up Democratic Party power.

The "Outnumbered" segment — part of Fox News' daytime programming — featured Carlson responding to a clip of the firebrand progressive lawmaker pushing back against the characterization of the current situation at the southern border as a "crisis." During the clip, Ocasio-Cortez further stated that Biden's positions on the border haven't yielded "the same as what happened during the Trump administration, where they took babies out of the arms of their mothers." She also argued that reparations should be allocated to migrants impacted by the harsh treatment at the border.

"It's just interesting to come to a place where a low-IQ race-baiter like that has an important voice in national policy," Carlson said. "Who cares what she thinks? She's totally reckless. And she's racist, openly."

Carlson did not elaborate on that claim, pivoting instead to accusing Ocasio-Cortez of seeking to change the country's population demographics in order to make her own party more powerful.

"I think the key is though is to think clearly about what is best for the United States. Obviously, the border policy now is a disaster — to be fair, it's been a disaster for a long time," Carlson continued. "It doesn't serve the interest of most Americans, and it won't because people like that use the magic word, which is 'racism,' to cow the rest of the country into submission."

"She wants to change the population, she wants her party to be more powerful," Carlson further declared. "I get it, but we're allowing her and people like her to do that because we are afraid of being called names."

Carlson concluded his comments by insisting that, in fact, viewers shouldn't care about what Ocasio-Cortez has to say, after allocating nearly a minute and a half of air time to responding to her, arguing that "rational" immigration reform can't happen "until decent people shed their fear of being smeared by someone whose opinion you really shouldn't care about."

"I don't care whatever that woman's name is thinks, and no one should care what she thinks," he concluded.

Fox News' audience likely does know "whatever that woman's name is," as the network has covered Ocasio-Cortez extensively since she rose to national prominence in the 2018 midterm elections. A Media Matters study found that in one six-week period in 2019, the New York lawmaker was mentioned at least 3,181 times on Fox News and the Fox Business Network just under 76 times a day.

"Not a single day passed in that time frame when Ocasio-Cortez was not mentioned on the networks," Salon reported on the study. "More specifically, host Tucker Carlson called her an 'idiot wind bag,' a 'pompous little twit,' a 'garden-variety hypocrite,' 'self-involved and dumb,' a 'moron, and nasty and more self-righteous than any televangelist.'"

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Conservatives are fuming about potential 'vaccine passports' — but they're ignoring one key fact

Conservatives are outraged over reports that the Biden administration is considering the adoption of a nationwide "vaccine passport" program that would track one's vaccination status and allow private companies to restrict entry into spaces from airplanes to restaurants if a person hasn't been vaccinated. Right-wing pundits quickly reacted by calling the idea an infringement on the "freedom" they hold dear as Americans.

On Monday, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis blasted the idea and vowed to utilize an executive order to halt it from being implemented in his state. "It's completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society," DeSantis stated. "You want the fox to guard the henhouse? I mean, give me a break," the governor continued. "I think this is something that has huge privacy implications. It is not necessary to do."

Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado ranted about the passport being a "privacy" concern, tweeting, "Vaccine passports are meant to control what you can do, where you can go, and how much the government can know about your activities. Privacy is a right." Congressman Madison Cawthorn added, "America will NEVER become a 'show your papers' society." Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican infamous for her QAnon affiliation, called the idea of a vaccine passport a sign of "Biden's Mark of the Beast." Referring to something as the "mark of the beast" relates to a biblical passage from the Book of Revelations that notes something is evil or demonic in nature. Notably, not too long ago, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell used the analogy, calling the coronavirus vaccine "mark of the beast."

Other right-wing pundits ripped into the idea, calling the safety measure a "violation of individual freedom."

"Vaccine passports are a violation of individual freedom and a dangerous privacy risk regardless of the entity mandating their use," Federalist co-founder Ben Domenech tweeted. "Vaccine passports but no voter ID. Lol. Clown country," white nationalist friendly congressman Paul Gosar remarked. Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, attempting to own the liberals, wrote: "The same leftists pushing vaccine passports are the same people claiming voter ID is racist. There is no actual principle or consistency behind the left's agenda except total control." Right-wing pundit Jesse Kelly also commented that vaccine passports would lead to a communist victory. "You must play offense, or you will lose to the communists. Freedom is not something you acquire by practicing it," he declared.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson railed against the idea of "vaccine passports," but not too long ago, Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel was promoting the idea of the card as a way to get back to normal.

The idea of documentation being mandated to allow someone to enter onto a property for the safety of the public's health isn't necessarily a novel idea, as elementary to high schools in the United States have long required students to be vaccinated and show proof of such to be enrolled at the institution. Another similar comparison to that of a "vaccine passport" would be "vaccine cards," which are already circulated and used by international travelers. "Vaccine passports are not a new idea. Frequent international travelers might be familiar with vaccine cards, which are typically a yellow paper showing a persons' vaccinations. Certain areas require proof of vaccination against illnesses like yellow fever or tuberculosis," U.S. News and World Reports noted.

As for if "vaccine passports" become the way of the future, one Stanford University professor believes so. "I think they are going to be pretty broadly adopted for certain activities, and it looks like air travel will be one of the first," Stanford University professor Dr. David Studdert told Salon in February. "I think there's a certain inevitability to them, but the question that I think many of us are wondering about is whether the government will get involved here, and offer some sort of public program."


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