Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) sparked a strong reaction online Tuesday after she tweeted that “of course” she denounces “Nick Fuentes and his racists [sic] anti-semitic ideology.”
Greene responded to a tweet from PBS News Hour white house correspondent Laura Barrón-López regarding GOP House leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) being pressed by reporters
earlier on Tuesday about members of his conference being associated with Fuentes – the neo-Nazi who grabbed headlines last week by dining with former President Donald Trump.
“McCarthy was asked about House GOP members associated w/Fuentes, specifically Greene. He said ‘she denounced him,’” Barrón-López tweeted, adding:
There’s no public evidence Greene denounced Fuentes. She claimed she didn’t know about his “controversial” views when she spoke at his white nationalist conference
Of course I denounce Nick Fuentes and his racists anti-semitic ideology. I can’t comprehend why the media is obsessed with him.
Do you actually report real news or just use CNN for your political activism?
Greene replied, “Of course I denounce Nick Fuentes and his racists [sic] anti-semitic ideology. I can’t comprehend why the media is obsessed with him.”
“Do you actually report real news or just use CNN for your political activism? Have you questioned Democrats if they denounce Israel hating Ilhan Omar?” the Republican added.
Twitter users were quick to mock Greene’s reply, which ignored the fact that Greene and Fuentes do have a history.
Greene spoke at Fuentes’s white nationalist America First Political Action Conference in February of this year and was introduced on stage by Fuentes who led the crowd in a chant
of “Putin! Putin!” before bringing up the congresswoman.
Confronted later by CBS News’s Robert Costa, Greene claimed, “I do not know Nick Fuentes. I’ve never heard him speak. I’ve never seen a video. I don’t know what his views are, so I’m not aligned with anything that may be controversial.”
“What I can tell you is I went to his event last night to address his very large following because that is a young. It’s a very young following and it’s a generation I’m extremely concerned about,” she added.
Twitter users pulled no punches in making sure Greene recalled that she did in fact know Fuentes and once embraced him on stage:
Nicolle Wallace led MSNBC on the Friday after Thanksgiving with 890,000 total viewers.
Wallace’s Deadline: White House was the highest-rated non-Fox News show on Friday as The Five and Tucker Carlson Tonight topped the charts. Many cable news programs on Friday were specials looking back at old interviews and highlighting past segments.
The Beat with Ari Melber landed in second place on MSNBC, followed by the Reid Out.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson spent a significant portion of his show Tuesday portraying Apple as a lapdog for the Chinese Communist Party.
During his opening monologue, the host laid out what he said was a secretive pact the company has with China’s government to suppress free speech both in China and in the U.S.
Carlson commented on ongoing protests in China where organizers rely on Apple’s airdrop feature to connect. The feature leaves no digital paper trail and does not rely on either cellular towers or WiFi. Apple has declined
to comment on its decision to suppress the file-sharing feature.
The host then shared a tweet from Twitter owner Elon Musk, who claimed
this week Apple has threatened to remove the platform’s app from its app store.
“Several tech developers are coming forward to confirm this is how Apple operates and has for years,” Carlson said. “So, when Parler was thrown off of the app store because they allowed Donald Trump to speak, you would think it was an anomaly. It wasn’t.”
Carlson claimed suppressing speech its shareholders disagree with is how Apple does business. He continued:
For years the most cynical observers assumed that Big Tech companies like Apple censor speech but only in extraordinary circumstances. Oh, no. They do it all the time. In fact, Apple engages in large-scale secretive censorship. Always and everywhere apple helps the Chinese government.
So, prevents American citizens from saying what they believe or getting to the truth about something, while bolstering the power of one of the most repressive governments in the world.
Carlson concluded the controversial Chinese-owned app TikTok is allowed on Apple’s app store, but only because the company wants to help China spy on Americans.
“Twitter must be silenced because it allows Americans to exercise their birthright – which is free speech, a prerequisite in a democracy – but TikTok must be protected because the Chinese government uses TikTok as a tool for espionage,” he concluded.
NBC News national political reporter Marc Caputo raised some eyebrows on Tuesday with a report that quoted far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos saying former President Donald Trump fell prey to a trap designed to “make Trump’s life miserable” by having him share a meal with neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago.
Fuentes took to Telegram later in the day to call the report, which both he and Yiannopoulos were cited in as sources, “fake news.”
Caputo writes that Trump had planned to meet with West “after weeks of private phone conversations as Ye lost lucrative partnerships and became a mainstream cultural pariah for his antisemitic remarks, according to those familiar with the talks between the two men.”
“But Trump may have been walking into a trap in Mar-a-Lago’s gilded halls — one that leveraged his own penchant for spectacle and showmanship against him,” Caputo adds
, referencing Yiannopoulos and West’s apparent plan to sit Trump down with Fuentes.
“Ye’s political adviser Milo Yiannopoulos has grown disillusioned w/Trump & said he was the ‘architect’ of the dinner trap. He said he knew the meeting would leak, & he dispatched Fuentes there ‘just to make Trump’s life miserable,’” Caputo summarized on Twitter.
5/10 Ye’s political adviser Milo Yiannopoulos has grown disillusioned w/Trump & said he was the “architect” of the dinner trap. He said he knew the meeting would leak, & he dispatched Fuentes there “just to make Trump’s life miserable.”https://t.co/Dq7yQBBsgL
Fuentes shot down the idea he was part of a plot to deliberately try to hurt Trump in a post on Tuesday, writing, “My intention was not to hurt Trump by attending the dinner, that is fake news. I love Donald Trump.”
He also quoted from Caputo’s article
and added, “This is just not true at all.”
Fuentes is an avowed neo-Nazi Holocaust denier who has stirred controversy before by hosting GOP members of Congress at his annual white nationalist conference.
Meanwhile, Yiannopoulos appeared to stand behind Caputo’s story, sharing a link to it and writing, “Everybody, me included, loves Trump and wants 2016 Trump back. That still won’t be enough to beat an authentically Christian #YE24. But at least it would make the journey more interesting!” Hate monitor Right Wing Watch flagged both the reactions from Yiannopoulos and Fuentes to Caputo’s article.
As for Trump, Caputo reported the former president blamed West, who suggested during the dinner that Trump run in 2024 as the rapper’s vice president. “He tried to f**k me. He’s crazy. He can’t beat me,” Trump reportedly told someone close to him after the meeting.
“So [redcated ] proud of my guys,” he wrote without expounding on his condition. “I’ll be ready Saturday don’t worry.”
Pulisic’s status for Saturday was in doubt until he shared the message. As ESPN noted
The Chelsea winger was involved in a hard collision with Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand shortly before half-time as he tapped in a headed cross from Sergino Dest to put the US up 1-0 — a goal would that be enough to earn the Americans the win and second spot in the group.
Pulisic lay on the ground in the goalmouth for a few minutes before leaving the field and receiving attention from the team’s trainers before coming back on and finishing the first half.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) issued an executive order on Tuesday banning “Chinese social media platform TikTok” fro being used by entities associated with the state’s government.
“Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2022-10, which bans the Chinese social media platform TikTok for state government agencies, employees, and contractors using state devices,” announced the governor in a press release.
“This order is in response to the growing national security threat posed by TikTok due to its data gathering operations on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” the statement added.
“South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data off the devices that access the platform.”
South Dakota is banning TikTok for state government.
We will have no part in intelligence gathering for China, a nation that hates America. I hope other states quickly follow this example and protect the vital private information of our citizens. pic.twitter.com/rJ2H2k0Rlk
Noem joins others on the right in blasting TikTok as a tool for the Chinese government. In mid-November, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carrspoke
to Fox News’s Dana Perino about the dangers of TikTok.
Perino asked Carr, “So we had Mike Gallagher, a congressman from Wisconsin, on a little bit ago and he and Senator Marco Rubio yesterday — I believe they, I read it yesterday, have introduced legislation, or will be, to ban TikTok. You agree? Why do you think we should ban TikTok?”
“Yeah, I think it’s a very smart move. At the end of the day, TikTok is China’s digital fentanyl.”
Noem order “takes effect immediately and would apply to employees and agencies of the State of South Dakota, including persons and entities who contract with the state, commissions, and authorities or agents thereof.”
“The order prohibits downloading or using the TikTok application or visiting the website on state-owned or state-leased electronic devices capable of internet connectivity,” adds the statement.
Carr told Fox News he believes a federal ban
of TikTok may be soon on the horizon, arguing one could come as soon as the next few weeks, before the new Congress is sworn in in January.
Fox News’s resident Democrat, Jessica Tarlov, dismissed concerns from some that Twitter might not be safe to use under the ownership of Elon Musk.
The platform has undergone serious and widespread changes in the month since Musk officially purchased it for $44 billion. Twitter’s new owner has unbanned numerous high-profile people such as former President Donald Trump. More large accounts that were axed in recent years are also on their way back as part of Musk’s “amnesty
Some users, many of them on the left, have also expressed concerns the platform is devolving into a wasteland of racism and disinformation. Many have threatened to flee for the networking service Mastodon
On Tuesday’s edition of The Five, the show’s panel discussed the changes at Twitter. Tarlov laughed off the idea of jumping ship for another platform.
“The whole Mastadon thing I find incredibly funny,” she said. “All of those people that I follow [are] posting, ‘If it becomes unsafe for us here, this is where you can find me.’”
She added, “It is not that serious. Twitter is the only social media that I have. I really enjoy it. If I’m doom-scrolling, I do it on Twitter.”
Tarlov added she believes if Twitter disappeared people would ultimately get over it fairly quickly.
“If it went away, in about a week we would all be okay,” she said. “Its main function is to get you up-to-date news information, at least for people that work in the business that we do and the majority of the people we interact with on Twitter.”
Some women who settled with Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson plan to be in attendance for his first game back from an 11-game suspension.
Watson was suspended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, in an agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA, after he was accused by more than 20 women of committing sexual assault during massage therapy.
Watson will play his former team, the Houston Texans, in his first game back from the 11-game suspension. The game will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Attorney Tony Buzbee, who represented 25 of the women who filed lawsuits against Watson, stated
that some of his client who settled lawsuits against Watson plan to attend the game on Sunday.
When asked why some women would attend the game, Buzbee said, “to kind of make a statement, ‘hey, we’re still here. We matter. Our voice was heard, and this is not something that’s over. [Sexual harassment and assault] happen every day in the United States.’”
When the alleged incidents occurred, Watson was still a member of the Texans. More than 20 women alleged that Watson tried to kiss them, touch them, or expose himself to them when they gave him a massage.
Out of the 25 women who filed a lawsuit against Watson, 23 settled out of court, one woman dropped her case against Watson, and one declined to settle. Buzbee thinks her case will go to trial.
Buzzbee added that the women declined to comment.
In March, Watson was traded to the Browns from the Texans and continued to deny any wrongdoing. Two Texas grand juries did not indict Watson on any charges.
In October, Watson faced a new sexual misconduct charge
filed in Texas regarding a 2020 massage.
Former President Donald Trump insulted Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday after the Kentucky senator condemned Trump for meeting with avowed anti-Semites Kanye West and Nick Fuentes – who is a prominent neo-Nazi.
Trump called McConnell “a loser for our nation and for the Republican Party” in remarks
made to Fox News digital.
Earlier in the day, McConnell reacted to Trump’s meeting with West and Fuentes, saying
, “There is no room in the Republican Party for antisemitism or white supremacy. And anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States.”
McConnell dodged and repeated his condemnation of antisemitism and white supremacy when asked directly if he would support Trump’s run for the presidency in 2024.
“Mitch is a loser for our nation and for the Republican Party who would not have been re-elected in Kentucky without my endorsement, which he begged me for because he was going down,” Trump said. “His well-financed opponent had $93 million ready to spend when I drove him from 2 points down to 21 points up in a matter of days.”
When asked about Fuentes, Trump told Fox News he “had never heard of Nick Fuentes.” Notably, Trump has a long history
of claiming to have never met people that he has indeed met or interacted with.
“I had never heard of the man—I had no idea what his views were and they weren’t expressed at the table in our very quick dinner, or it wouldn’t have been accepted,” Trump added.
Trump also explained why he met antisemitism-spewing rapper West. Trump said West “asked to see me for advice,” adding he had “heard Kanye had difficulties, including financial difficulties.”
“He asked me to meet with him,” Trump said.
“If you see him, the fake news media will create a problem,” Trump said. “If you don’t see him, the fake news media will claim I’m a racist.”
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said that if Apple will hamper protests in China on the one hand while retaliating against Elon Musk on the other, that would be an exercise of monopolistic power worthy of government scrutiny.
Monopoly-busting is generally a bipartisan issue with a long tradition in the United States among both Republicans and Democrats
. Opposition to the “raw exercise” of monopolistic power is neither a contradiction of the American free market system nor a hypocritical view for a Republican, but instead enjoys broad populist appeal. It is on that ground that Florida’s conservative Republican governor — who makes many appeals to populism — made his case for Twitter and against Apple when delivering remarks in Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday.
Speaking ahead of an announcement, DeSantis brought up China’s zero-covid policy which was recently criticized
by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The governor segued from the criticism of China to Apple, citing reports that Apple is “not allowing the protesters to use this AirDrop function where [protesters in China] are trying to communicate.”
“That obviously is providing aid and comfort to the CCP,” he said of the Apple decision
DeSantis then compared reports on that decision against Musk’s assertion that Apple could remove the app from their App Store.
“So you see that report and that’s very concerning, and then when you also hear reports that Apple is threatening to remove Twitter from the App Store because Elon Musk is actually opening it up for free speech and is restoring a lot of accounts that were unfairly and illegitimately suspended for putting out accurate information about covid,” said DeSantis.
He said that many of the accounts being reinstated were banned under the covid policy that Twitter quietly removed after Musk’s takeover, saying that it was the “old regime” trying to ‘stifle dissent.”
“Elon Musk knows that’s not a winning formula, and so he’s providing free speech,” said DeSantis. “And so if Apple responds to that by nuking them from the App Store, you know, I think that that would be a huge, huge mistake.”
He then made the appeal to trustbusting.
“It would be a really raw exercise of monopolistic power that I think would merit a response from the United States Congress,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis wrapped up by once again comparing the tech giant’s behavior with the CCP against their actions toward an American company.
“So, don’t be a vassal of the CCP on one hand, and then use your corporate power in the United States on the other to suffocate Americans and try to suppress their right to express themselves,” he said.