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GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn let his son live in a storage unit in the US Capitol basement for weeks, lawsuit claims
  • A GOP congressman's son lived in a basement storage space in the Capitol, a lawsuit claims.
  • A former staffer is suing Lamborn's office for retaliation after he was fired in December 2020.
  • The lawsuit also accuses the Colorado lawmaker of dangerously flouting COVID-19 safety protocols.
GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado allowed his son to live in a storage unit in the basement of the US Capitol for a few weeks, according to a lawsuit from a former staffer.

Former Lamborn staffer Brandon Pope made the claim in a lawsuit first reported by NBC Washington, but it remains unclear when the alleged incident occurred.

The lawsuit says Lamborn "gave his son the necessary access to live in a storage area in the basement of the U.S. Capitol for a period of weeks when Lamborn's son relocated to Washington, D.C. for work."

Pope tested positive for the coronavirus and raised concerns about Lamborn's "reckless and dangerous approach to COVID-19," per the lawsuit, which accuses Lamborn's office of retaliating by terminating him.

Broadly, Pope claims that Lamborn violated the Congressional Accountability Act's prohibition against retaliation and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) by disregarding COVID-19 safety protocols, including requiring employees to come back into the office amid the pandemic, being inflexible with remote work, not mandating mask-wearing, and "not permitting" social distancing.

Pope's lawsuit also said that both Lamborn and his wife "claimed that COVID was a hoax and asserted that the pandemic was being used to alter the course of the congressional and presidential elections."

Pope, who worked as an advisor on business and defense policy, said that Lamborn "has consistently disregarded ethical rules and norms that apply to Members of Congress."

In addition to flouting COVID-19 protocols and putting staff at risk, Pope accused Lamborn of deputizing congressional staff to perform personal tasks and errands for him and his family, and using his position as a member of Congress to the benefit of himself and his family.

Pope also said that staffers were assigned to help Lamborn's son apply for federal jobs by showing him how the USA Jobs website worked, assisting him with applications, and even preparing him for interviews "by asking him mock interview questions and helping him craft his responses."

Other errands House staffers were expected to perform included picking up mail, moving furniture, doing campaign-related tasks during official work hours and lunch breaks, and "assisting Representative Lamborn's wife to set up a video telecom system so that she could hold personal video calls with her family," according to the lawsuit.

Pope also suggested that previous staffers had been fired for not attending events and gatherings at Lamborn's house.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/gop-doug-lamborn-son-lived-capitol-basement-storage-unit-lawsuit-2021-5

Marjorie Taylor Greene vandalized Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's guestbook and taunted her in a deleted 2019 video
  • Before Marjorie Taylor Greene ran for office, she traveled to the US Capitol and taunted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • In a deleted video unearthed by CNN, Greene insulted Ocasio-Cortez and vandalized her guestbook.
  • One of Greene's associates, Anthony Aguero, entered the Capitol with pro-Trump rioters on Jan. 6.
Before Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene ran for office, she and a few associates traveled to the US Capitol and taunted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside her office in the Capitol building, according to a since-deleted video unearthed by CNN's KFile on Friday.

Greene, then a right-wing activist, was joined by her close associate, Anthony Aguero, who entered the Capitol with pro-Trump rioters on Jan. 6, 2021.


"We're going to go see, we're going to visit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Crazy eyes. Crazy eyes. Nutty. Cortez," Greene tells her audience on Facebook live.

The group filmed themselves vandalizing the congresswoman's guestbook with pro-Trump messages and insults, and demanding that the congresswoman "come out" and "face" them. Greene wrote "you're a traitor" and drew a picture of the US-Mexico border wall in the book and called to Ocasio-Cortez through the mail slot in her locked door.

Greene and her associates taunted Ocasio-Cortez and her staffers, calling the New York lawmaker a "baby" and referring to her office as a "daycare" and a "college sorority" because of a wall of post-it note messages left outside her office door by supporters.

Greene also encouraged her followers to travel to the Capitol and confront Democratic lawmakers.

"This needs to happen, like, every week," she said. "I want you to imagine if every single week, every single day, people like us showed up and did this and walked around and said here's what we're pissed off about, here's what we demand."

She added later, "We own this building, we're the taxpayers. We can do whatever we want."


At one point a security official approached the group and asked whether they were "threatening" the lawmaker, to which Greene's associates responded that they were "peaceful" and "we love you guys," referring to the security officials.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-vandalized-aocs-guestbook-in-a-deleted-2019-video-2021-5

Rep. Eric Swalwell slams Marjorie Taylor Greene's spokesman during mask confrontation: 'You don't tell me what to f---ing do'
  • "You don't tell me what to f---ing do," Rep. Eric Swalwell told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's spokesman on Friday
  • The confrontation came after Greene's staffer told Swalwell to take off his mask at the Capitol.
  • The CDC announced on Thursday that fully-vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell on Friday scolded Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's spokesman for telling him to remove his mask.

The altercation first reported by The Hill involved Greene's spokesman, Nick Dyer, telling the California congressman: "Biden says you can take off your mask."

According to Swalwell, Dyer shouted at him for wearing a mask as he stepped off the House floor. Swalwell confronted Dyer and replied, "You don't tell me what to f---ing do!"

"No one should be bullied for wearing a mask. So I told the bully what I thought of his order," Swalwell tweeted after the incident. "Predictably, he went speechless. I regret I wasn't more explicit."

... The Senate does not have a mask mandate for its members, but the House still requires lawmakers to wear a mask on the floor. Those without masks can face fines up to $2,500. The penalties were established in response to the January 6 Capitol insurrection, when several lawmakers sheltered in place together but many were maskless. At least a handful of lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus afterward.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/eric-swalwell-marjorie-taylor-greene-staffer-mask-confrontation-capitol-2021-5

A Colorado man accused of murdering his wife told FBI agents that he submitted a ballot for Trump in her name because the 'other guys' were cheating
  • Suzanne Morphew has been missing since May 2020 after not returning from a bike ride.
  • Her husband, Barry, was recently arrested and charged with her murder.
  • He also admitted to sending in a ballot voting for Trump for her while she was still missing.
A Colorado man accused of killing his wife told FBI investigators that he voted on her behalf for then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, court filings show.

Suzanne Morphew, 49, went missing in Chaffee County in May 2020 after not returning from a bike ride. Investigators have searched for her with no luck other than finding a few personal items. About a year after she went missing, her husband, Barry Morphew, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant.

Leaked court documents now reveal that Morphew was charged with more crimes: forging public documents, a felony, and an unclassified misdemeanor mail ballot offense.


Court filings show that investigators were originally tipped off after the Chaffee County Clerk's Office received an election voter ballot that was "predesignated for a Missing Person."

... "I didn't know you couldn't do that for your spouse," Morphew told investigators. He went on to say that he submitted a vote for her because he thought that the 2020 election was being rigged by the Democratic Party, so he submitted a vote for Trump under her name to "give him another vote."

Morphew also said his wife would have voted for Trump if she were around to send in her ballot.

"I figured all these other guys (Democrats) are cheating," Morphew said. "I know she was going to vote for Trump anyways."
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/colorado-man-tried-vote-for-trump-using-missing-wife-identity-2021-5

The teacher who wrestled a gunman at Marjorie Taylor Greene's high school says Greene is 'an idiot' for wanting firearms in classrooms
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene has promoted conspiracy theories about school shootings.
  • She defends her stance by referring to a 1990 hostage situation at her own high school.
  • Congress largely remains gridlocked on gun bills in response to mass shootings.
A teacher who wrestled with a gunman at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's Georgia high school in 1990 called Greene "an idiot" for her stance on guns in schools.

The 17-year-old gunman, Randy Floyd Addis, held nine of his classmates hostage at gunpoint for five hours before he surrendered to police. Greene attended the school at the time, but wasn't among the hostages, said Forsyth County Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo.

When Greene was running for Congress last year, she called Johnny Tallant — a history teacher at South Forsyth High School in 1990 who wrestled a gun from Addis — to talk about guns in schools, Tallant told Insider in an exclusive interview this week.

"She called me last summer before she started to campaign and was talking about the hostage situation," Tallant said. "Her comment was that if we had had guns it would have solved the situation. I said, 'You're an idiot.' Now I realize she really is an idiot."

Tallant hadn't known Greene when she was a student and isn't sure why she called him, he said.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-guns-high-school-shooting-hostages-2021-5

Witnesses said Matt Gaetz snorted cocaine and had sex with an escort who was paid with campaign money, report says
  • Matt Gaetz reportedly snorted cocaine with a female escort at a hotel party in 2019, The Daily Beast reported.
  • The Florida congressman reportedly wrote off the hotel stay as a campain expense.
  • Gaetz faces a Justice Department investigation into whether he violated federal sex-trafficking laws.
Witnesses said Rep. Matt Gaetz snorted cocaine and had sex with an escort who was paid with campaign money, The Daily Beast reported Friday.

In late October 2019, Gaetz headlined as a featured speaker at the "Trump Defender Gala" fundraiser, hosted by the Westgate Lake Resort in Orlando, Florida. At an afterparty in Gaetz's room following the event, witnesses told The Daily Beast that a woman named Megan Zalonka brought and prepared lines of cocaine on the bathroom counter.

The Florida congressman wrote off the hotel stay as a campaign expense, The Beast reported. Two sources also told The Beast that Gaetz and Zalonka, who worked as a paid escort and amateur Instagram model according to the report, had an ongoing paid relationship in exchange for sex.

"She was just one of the many pieces of arm candy he had," one source familiar with their relationship told The Beast.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/report-gaetz-did-cocaine-had-sex-with-escort-with-campaign-money-2021-5

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.


Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.