In the Trump era of constant scandals, it’s easy to suffer from information overload. There is such a deluge of bad news coming out of the White House you might overlook some important scandals. And with the Mueller probe heating up, the news alerts are coming thick and fast.
However, here are five important scandals that you need to pay attention to:
- The Republicans committed blatant voter fraud in North Carolina. This is slowly turning into a national story. However, in the 9th district, Republicans hired canvassers to go into the homes of elderly black voters and seize their absentee ballots. These votes were never counted. But Republican Mark Hariss won by 905 votes. The situation has gotten so bad, the state election board has decertified the vote and is calling for a recount. But is this any worse than what happened in Georgia and Florida? In Georgia, then Sec. of State Brian Kemp scrubbed more than 300,000 mainly African Americans voters from the polls, and in Florida, ballots were left sitting in a warehouse. However, the N. Carolina situation is marginally worse, and it seems someone is definitely going to face charges.
- Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta arranged for Jeffrey Epstein, a sexual predator who was accused of exploiting up to 60 underage girls, to get a reduced sentence. Epstein ending up doing 13 months in a private wing of the county jail. Acosta got a cabinet position. He replaced fast food CEO Andy Puzder, whose nomination was scuttled once news came out that he beat his wife. This proves that Trump’s replacements are even worse than their predecessors. BTW, Epstein used to party with Donald Trump, who was also accused of raping an underage girl. The woman decided to drop charges against Trump after she was attacked online.
- According to the Texas Observer, Ray Myers, a Texas GOP activist recently declared that he was a “proud white nationalist.” Even the president didn’t go that far. Trump said he was a nationalist, but he didn’t actually put the two words together. Although, that doesn’t matter at this stage. Trump has already threatened to end birthright citizenship, limited both legal and illegal immigration and pursued policies designed to make America white again. He doesn’t need to announce that he’s a white nationalist. You could easily denounce Myers’ comments as typical, far-right rhetoric coming out of Texas. But the Tarrant County GOP is currently trying to remove vice chair, Dr. Shahid Shafi, simply because he’s Muslim. Apparently, Texas Republicans seem to think that being a Muslim means you’re in league with ISIS. I don’t know whether to cry at the bigotry or laugh at the ridiculousness of Shafi joining the GOP in the first place.
- The Illuminati is literally running the Veterans Affairs Administration. That might be a bit of hyperbole, but it’s essentially true. A secret group of unelected rich men is literally overseeing the Veteran’s Administration, according to ProPublica. This group, Marvel Entertainment Chair Ike Perlmutter, West Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskowitz and attorney Marc Sherman are all members of Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago country club, and apparently, that qualifies them to run the VA. And that’s what they’re doing. Even though, they claim to be just “advisers.” A VA secretary who ran afoul of the trio, ended up being shown the door. So these three Friends of Donald are overseeing a federal agency with no oversight. They were not elected to their positions or confirmed by the Senate. And the VA is now using Moskowitz’s medical app. This is classic cronyism!
- On Tuesday, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed some members of the Senate on the details of the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, was lured to the Saudia embassy in Turkey. Tortured and then dismembered on the orders of Saudia Arabian Crown Mohammed bin Salman. The murder was also captured on audio. But Trump has reacted to the atrocity with nonchalance. He said, “Maybe he did it, maybe he didn’t.” Trump was more concerned about Khassogi’s torture and murder jeopardizing Saudi arms sales. Sen. Lindsay Graham, a Trump supporter, was livid at the report, but it was no big deal to Utah Sen. Chris Stewart who said, “Journalists disappear all over the country.”
And we’re only halfway through the week …