All of the Trumpworld Figures Who’ve Been Arrested, Indicted, or Jailed

All of the Trumpworld Figures Who’ve Been Arrested, Indicted, or Jailed

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About a year before Donald Trump’s shocking presidential victory, the real-estate mogul made a promise: If elected, he would surround himself “only with the best people.”

“I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people,” Trump told The Washington Post in August 2015. “We want top of the line professionals.”

Since then, it’s become clear Trump has a dubious understanding of “best.” At least 18 shady figures in the president’s orbit have either been arrested or gone to jail since he took office, on charges from fraud to battery to child pornography. While many of those charges stem from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference in 2016, several other politicians and donors have been convicted of crimes unrelated to the president.

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Parler Was Pitched as a Conservative Twitter. It’s Now a Depository For Hunter Biden Political Porn.

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Conservative meme-maker Benny Johnson took to Twitter in June with an announcement. After amassing hundreds of thousands of followers on the platform, he was done with it, having come to see Twitter as a “communist gulag dumpster fire.”

“10 years on Twitter,” Johnson tweeted. “I’m done. Disgusted with the censorship on this platform. Twitter is now so aggressively ANTI Free Speech, it’s not fun anymore.”

Having laid out his case, Johnson urged his fans to join Parler, the latest conservative social media network pitching itself as a “free speech” alternative for conservatives who feel the social media giants are biased against them.

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Biden Can’t Repeat Gore’s Mistake and Let the Supreme Court Overrule Democracy

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Democratic senators should have refused to participate in the absurdly rushed effort to pack Amy Coney Barrett on to the Supreme Court in the midst of the election, instead of giving Republicans’ partisan power play the veneer of legitimacy.

But that ship has sailed and now, with Justice Barrett officially on the court, a new potential challenge to the Constitution looms as the GOP is banking on its newly super-packed Supreme Court majority to reinstall Trump in the White House if he stands to suffer a narrow loss in one or more swing states.

Now voters, and Joe Biden, may have to decide whether to accept an effort by the Supreme Court to decide who will sit in the White House in 2021 by preventing all duly cast ballots from being counted. Trump’s second Supreme Court appointee, Brett Kavanaugh, openly threatened to do just that on Monday, even as Trump’s last minute addition to the court, Amy Coney Barrett, headlined another White House superspreader event to celebrate her mid-election installation and provide Trump with campaign propaganda in the process.

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Watch Sarah Cooper and Helen Mirren Recreate Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape

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When Netflix first announced just a couple of months ago that TikTok sensation Sarah Cooper was getting her own comedy special, it was kind of hard to imagine what it might look like.

The final product, titled Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine, landed on Netflix this Tuesday, just one week ahead of the 2020 election. Packaged as a sort of dystopian morning show parody, the special features plenty of new Trump lip syncs from Cooper. In one especially inspired sketch, she plays a series of American Girl-style dolls for sale on a QAnon shopping network, mouthing memorable quotes from Kellyanne Conway, Ivanka Trump, and Melania Trump.

Everything’s Fine is also packed with even more celebrity cameos than it deserves, including Jane Lynch as a “Karen” cooking show host, producer Maya Rudolph as an apocalyptic meteorologist, and Jon Hamm as the “Mr. Pillow” guy pushing a Trump-approved coronavirus vaccine.

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Rudy Rages at Fox Host for Comparing Him to Christopher Steele: ‘You Better Apologize for That!’

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Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who has been peddling unverified documents of suspect provenance alleging wrongdoing by the Biden family, exploded and demanded an apology when a Fox Business host had the temerity Tuesday night to compare him to ex-British spy Christopher Steele.

With Republicans noting that the Hunter Biden laptop story isn’t swaying the opinion of the American electorate, and the Trump campaign backing off its attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son as the election winds down, Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery grilled Giuliani about the credibility of the anti-Biden dirt he’s been pushing recently.

Expressing skepticism about the explanations Giuliani has made for how he came upon the laptop and materials purporting to belong to Hunter Biden, Kennedy brought up the former New York City mayor’s pal Andriy Derkach, a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker who claims he has yet another laptop.

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The Coronavirus Infects ‘This Is Us’: Welcome to TV’s New COVID Nightmare

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In the first moments of Tuesday night’s This Is Us premiere, Madison (Caitlin Thompson) confides to Kevin (Justin Hartley) her stress about being pregnant with twins at this particular moment. “It feels like this is all happening just as the world is falling apart,” she says.

“The virus thing?” he responds, dating the events of the two-part, two-hour premiere to the stretch of spring when the coronavirus was making its way to America. “Madison, trust me, I’m a movie star. I think if there was really something to worry about my agent would have…” He stops because he’s interrupted by a phone call—and also, probably, the reality of what exactly is to come.

And thus launches what will be, from a pop-culture standpoint, our new normal. Or, depending on how you look at it—and on your feelings about this show—our new nightmare.

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NXIVM Sex-Cult Leader Keith Raniere Sentenced to 120 Years in Prison After Accusers Confront Him in Court

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For two decades, NXIVM founder Keith Raniere was hailed as “the smartest man in the world” by thousands who joined his ultra-secretive organization in upstate New York that preached personal growth through sacrifice.

But on Tuesday, his downfall was made complete when the 60-year-old was sentenced by a judge to 120 years in prison for sex trafficking and fraud, shortly after 15 former NXIVM members confronted him in Brooklyn federal court, recalling in harrowing detail the abuse they endured in his sex cult.

In addition to what is effectively a life sentence, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis slapped Raniere with a $1.75 million fine for his crimes, stating that his offenses were “cruel, perverse, and extremely serious.” The judge also forbade Raniere from having contact with any NXIVM associates.

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Joe Biden’s Closing Plea in Georgia: Help Me ‘Unite and Heal’ the Country

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden expressed reverence for former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his last formal pitch to Georgia voters before next Tuesday’s election, using restorative and religious notes to amplify his commitment to “heal” the frayed American morale under President Donald Trump.

“The divisions in our nation are getting wider. Anger and suspicion are growing. Our wounds are getting deeper,” Biden said on Tuesday afternoon in Warm Springs. “And many wonder: Has it gone too far? Have we passed the point of no return? Has the heart of this nation been turned to stone?” he asked rhetorically. “I don’t think so. I refuse to believe it. I know this country. I know our people. And I know we can unite and heal this nation.”

Biden spoke for 20 minutes in the same town as Roosevelt’s picturesque “Little White House,” which he constructed primarily to serve as a calming refuge for his debilitating polio, calling it a “magnificent setting.” During his address, Biden subtly drew parallels to those suffering from coronavirus today.

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These Gifts Under $50 Will Save You Some Serious Cash This Holiday Season

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The holiday season puts a strain on both your calendar and your wallet. Shopping for gifts is joyful, yes, but also completely stress-inducing, especially if your to-buy-for list is a mile long. But the good news is that thoughtful gifts need not break the bank. Whether you’re trying not to surpass a strict Secret Santa price maximum or are simply feeling too broke to spend more, there are tons of amazing gifts for under $50 to be found at some of your favorite retailers this holiday season.

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Iranian Trolls Who Posed as Proud Boys Spread Wild Claims on Facebook

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The Iranians trolls who disguised themselves as Proud Boys fans in an attempt to intimidate voters were linked to a disinformation campaign that targeted Israel and Saudi Arabia, according to Facebook.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Facebook announced that it took down a handful of accounts on Facebook and Instagram after a tip from the FBI about Iranian election-related meddling. The tip followed an announcement by FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe that U.S. intelligence had found Iran was behind emails sent to Democratic voters in Florida and Alaska threatening that “You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you.”

The company says an initial investigation following the tipoff led it to a single account created in October 2020 that “attempted to seed false claims and unsubstantiated election related threats” as part of an election influence plot that relied mostly on email.

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