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Hotel accommodations for Secret Service assigned to former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have cost taxpayers over $30k: The Daily Beast
  • US taxpayers continue to pay for Mnuchin's travel perks, according to The Daily Beast.
  • Since leaving his post, over $30,000 has been spent on hotel accommodations for Mnuchin's security.
  • Trump extended full-time security for 6 months for his children, Mnuchin, and two other officials.
Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin left his post in January, but hotel accommodations for the Secret Service agents that still accompany him cost US taxpayers over $30,000, according to The Daily Beast.

A review of federal spending data by The Daily Beast showed one contract for $15,604 that reads "MNUCHIN VISIT-USSS ROOM RESERVATION ST. REGIS - APRIL 2021," with the report stating that the money came from the US Embassy in Doha, Qatar.

In a second contract, $16,658 was spent for hotel accommodations under "FORMER SECRETARY OF TREASURY MNUCHIN VISIT - SECRET SERVICE SUPPORT." The contract overlapped with the first contract and also listed the US Embassy in Doha as the funding source.

According to The Daily Beast, the charges exclude salary, flight costs, and overtime pay.

Former administration officials outside of former presidents usually don't receive additional Secret Service protection.

The other former Trump administration members granted security were former chief of staff Mark Meadows and former national security adviser Robert O'Brien, according to The Post.

The taxpayer-funded security detail includes former senior advisor Ivanka Trump and her husband, former senior advisor Jared Kushner, along with Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Tiffany Trump.

Trump's grandchildren are also part of the security detail extension due to the proximity to their parents.
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The QAnon insurrectionist who filmed himself begging to be shot and inciting rioters to storm the Capitol told the FBI he was only there as a 'journalist'
  • Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. claimed to be at the insurrection as a civil rights auditor and journalist.
  • Several now-deleted recordings show him encouraging the pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol.
  • An Insider investigation reveals that he was motivated by far-right, conspiratorial beliefs.
Wearing his trademark Harley Davidson beanie and an unauthorized 'PRESS ACCESS' lanyard around his neck, Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. captured one of America's darkest days on camera.

Unlike legitimate reporters who kept a safe distance from the rioters, the 60-year-old YouTuber was in the midst of the chaos of January 6.

As the pro-Trump mob around him attacked police officers with stolen batons and riot shields, Morgan recorded himself and others whooping and cheering as the storming of the Capitol took place.

"Forward, march," he yelled several times in a since-deleted video from his "Political Trance Tribune" YouTube page. "Go through the windows," Morgan urged the mass of insurrectionists.

Now, the man who claimed to be there as an "independent journalist" is charged with four counts for his role in the Capitol riots, including aiding and abetting the deadly insurrection.

... Morgan may soon "pay for it."

His videos were supplied to the FBI on January 19 and he was then identified by special agents. On April 9, he surrendered to Austin agents and was charged for his role in the insurrection. Morgan is now accused of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, obstruction of an official proceeding, and aiding and abetting. If convicted, he could face several years in jail.

Experts say that a legal defense claiming to be a journalist is unlikely to stand in court

Lucy Dalglish, the dean of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, told the Associated Press that journalists need to be credentialed and cannot claim to be reporting if there is evidence to suggest they were encouraging the violent mob.

For Morgan, the lessons learned from the events of January 6 might have come too late.

"I've learned a lot," he said in his live stream. "From this day on, my auditing is gonna be a lot different."
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Leading QAnon antisemite who was retweeted by Trump was hiding in plain sight as a chiropractor from Denver, says investigation
  • Prominent QAnon influencer 'InevitableET' has been identified as Craig Longley, Vice reported.
  • The antisemitic conspiracy theorist works as a chiropractor in Denver, Colorado.
  • He runs one of the most famous QAnon Telegram channels. It has over 200,000 subscribers.
Craig Longley, originally from Texas, has been living a double life for several years; running a popular QAnon channel on Telegram, and working as a healthcare professional in Colorado.

Known to his far-right followers as InevitableET, Longley has gone to great lengths to protect his true identity since 2017.

But he has now been identified through images of him used on his social media channels and by those in Denver who know him, Vice's David Gilbert said.

A former client of Longley at his downtown Denver clinic, who asked to be referred to as Maria, is one of the people who helped identify Longley. She told Vice that she met him at a CrossFit gym in 2016.

She later signed up to chiropractic sessions with him and told the media outlet that Longley spoke to her about Jeffrey Epstein, Hillary Clinton, and the Obamas — popular boogeymen in the QAnon world.

"He was effectively trying to red pill me," Maria said.

Longley has also been identified via content he shared on his QAnon accounts. Three individuals, who were granted anonymity, told Vice that a profile picture of him used on his InevitableET Twitter account and an Instagram video of him reciting the QAnon Oath match the image of Longley.

A Vice review of content posted on his InevitableET pages shows that Longley has embraced many far-right views for at least four years. He has supported election fraud myths, COVID-19 denial, and the popular QAnon lie that Democratic politicians are part of a shadowy cabal of pedophiles, Vice said.

Much of the conspiracy theorist's content has also focused on vicious antisemitism, Gilbert reported. He has taken part in the "Blue the Jew" movement, where antisemites photoshop notable Jews blue to identify them, Vice added.

He has also claimed in Instagram posts that Jews are attempting to enslave the world and has endorsed material from the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" — an infamous antisemitic conspiracy theory from the early 20th century. In 2019, Vice reported, Longley achieved any QAnon influencer's dream; he was retweeted by then-President Donald Trump. In that tweet, he falsely claimed that "Trump has not been impeached."

But, following the January 6 insurrection, his Twitter account was suspended.

His banishment led him to establish the "We The Media" Telegram channel — one of the most popular forums for hardcore adherents of the discredited QAnon movement. It now has over 200,000 subscribers.

Longley's clout in the QAnon world has also provided him with an opportunity to speak at an upcoming conference in Dallas, Texas.

The now-identified influencer will be speaking at the "For God & Country Patriots Roundup" Memorial Day weekend event alongside controversial attorney Sidney Powell, former national security advisor Michael Flynn, Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Texas GOP chair Allen West, Vice said.
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Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia, doesn't know the Pledge of Allegiance, video suggests
  • Former national security adviser Michael Flynn appeared at a campaign event for Lin Wood on Sunday.
  • Flynn began reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for the crowd but stopped after starting the wrong word.
  • Flynn plead guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about contact with Russia, but was pardoned by Trump.
It appears former national security adviser Michael Flynn doesn't know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance.

On Sunday, Flynn appeared at a campaign event for Lin Wood, a pro-Trump attorney, held at the Honkeytonk Saloon in Ladson, South Carolina, The Post and Courier reported. Hundreds of supporters attended the rally, including the Bikers for Trump group.

In a video of the event shared on Twitter, Flynn appeared on stage and announced he was going to say the pledge of allegiance and that the audience was going to say it along with him.

"I want you to hear, not just listen, I want you to hear every single word of the Pledge of Allegiance," Flynn said. "That is our pledge to each other, that is our pledge to this country."

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America," Flynn began. He then started to say what sounds like "indiv-" before cutting himself off as the crowd continued.

After a moment, he picked back up with the crowd to finish it off: "under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The full Pledge of Allegiance is: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
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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.