Picking up on President Trump’s obsessive signaling, a demented redcapper from Michigan threatened to shoot and kill CNN employees.
About a week ago, the raging lunatic called CNN over 20 times, breathing threats that he probably got off of a meme.
“Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down,” the man told a CNN operator, according to court documents obtained by WGCL-TV.
He allegedly later called CNN again, saying, “I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours.”
“I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f—ing gun every single last one of you,” he said.
He wasn’t smart enough to keep his call from being traced by the FBI. They found the man and he has been arrested.
They’re not releasing his name, at this time.
Trump’s loyalist will rush to say this has nothing to do with Trump.
It does. Don’t kid yourself.
Just as there were Trumpidians punching protesters during his rallies, after hearing him say he’d pay their legal bills if they got in trouble (so far, he hasn’t paid anyone’s bills), the continuous drumbeat of “fake news” and the gifs he’s so proud of, showing him attacking CNN.
His “fake news awards” was so ridiculously beneath the dignity of the office and apart from what his job is supposed to be, and there’s no way to say some unstable nutjob isn’t looking to up the stakes and go full in, as a service to Trump.
That seems to be exactly what happened here.
It’s a blessing that nobody was hurt. That doesn’t mean we’ll always be so fortunate.
A disturbed and extremely angry fan of President Trump, apparently triggered (in the genuine sense of the word) by the constant barrage of what the President and his spox call “fake news”, has been arrested after threatening to murder CNN employees recently.
A Michigan man was arrested after an FBI investigation, accused of threatening to travel to Atlanta to commit mass murder at CNN headquarters.
According to federal court documents, 19 year-old Brandon Griesemer made 22 calls to CNN about a week ago.
It began with claims of “fake news” and ended with threats of violence.
Griesemer apparently called CNN over 20 times making a variety of threats, including:
“Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down.”
“I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours.”
“I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f—ing gun every single last one of you.”
Griesemer is also accused of making derogatory comments regarding the Islamic Center in Ann Arbor in September of 2017.
There is no doubt about this guy’s motivation. It’s easy to say he’s crazy, but crazy looks for a home, and he certainly found one.
When a so-called “lone gunman’ Islamic terrorist strikes, conservatives and in particular Trump’s supporters are openly hostile to liberal attempts to paint the terrorist as mentally unstable or deranged rather than state that he is motivated by his religion or beliefs.
So it would pretty silly to just ignore the endless loud drumbeat of “Fake News” complaints from the President and his entire MAGA apparatus. From the early Republican primary and on through just the last few days, the President has relentlessly harped on the notion of “Fake News” and the idea the media is out to get him and, by extension, everyone who supports him. He would point to the press at every rally and insult them, call them liars, and his fan base would yell at them and boo them.
It would be absurd not to note this. It would be just as asinine to ignore this man yelling “fake news” as it would be to ignore a radical Islamist saying “Allahu Akbar” before making a threat.
But we also have to realize that this was just a threat. Or threats.. So far, from what we know, it doesn’t even rise the level of “plot.” It’s just angry phone messages. Scary, yes. But just words.
So yes, it must be acknowledged that the man is citing the President’s crusade against the press. But it must also be pointed out that nothing actually happened beyond the threatening calls. It’s too soon to draw a conclusion about the volatility of fighting the press, and too early to absolve as well.
We’re only at the point where we acknowledge things. And now they are.
Trump and his lackeys may be underestimating just how unified the FBI is.
A new report from Axios spells out how close the Trump administration came to losing Trump’s handpicked successor to former FBI Director James Comey – Christopher Wray.
According to the report, after bringing in Wray, Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to the new director and pressured him to get rid of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Wray didn’t just refuse. He threatened to resign if McCabe was replaced.
Sessions also allegedly told White House counsel Don McGahn about Wray’s response to the pressure for him to fire McCabe. McGahn replied by telling Sessions that McCabe wasn’t worth losing Wray, according to Axios.
That’s exactly the kind of turmoil the administration wants to avoid, especially in the heat of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said that Trump “believes politically-motivated senior leaders including former Director Comey and others he empowered have tainted the agency’s reputation for unbiased pursuit of justice.”
“The president appointed Chris Wray because he is a man of true character and integrity and the right choice to clean up the misconduct at the highest levels of the FBI and give the rank and file confidence in their leadership,” Shah said.
Cool. Then give Wray a copy of that memo Devin Nunes is sitting on, like it’s an egg he’s waiting to hatch.
That’s kind of like, “We want your agency cleaned up, but we don’t want you to see what we’re claiming. We want you to take our word for it.”
McCabe, who came under fire, along with Comey, for the incredibly bad handling of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal spent hours being interviewed behind closed doors by congressional committees in December.
He plans to jump ship and retire in March, when his full retirement benefits kick in.
Meanwhile, Trump has acted like the spoiled little monkey we’ve come to expect, by taking to his Twitter forum and slapping out the usual insulting tweets.
How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?
I gotta hand it to Washington Post “token conservative” Jennifer Rubin: she always seems to be a step ahead of whatever unfolding drama is about to break in political circles and is able to take the reigns of any narrative and lead it in one direction or another.
I’m legitimately in awe of that skill.
It’s unfortunate that Rubin all too often chooses a direction that involves a hard left with a yell of “racist!” out the window at any passing Republicans. Odd for a conservative, but she’s found a niche. And she’s good at it.
This morning’s example comes in the form of a story that, distilled to its essence, basically says “because I, J. Rubin, believe Trump to be a racist, all Republicans are therefore also racists.”
Not sure who awarded Ms. Rubin the royal power of determining hate in the hearts of man, but she believes she has it.
Trump and this iteration of the Republican party have made aversion to diversity such a vital principle, it cannot be considered trivial. This is how Rs have chosen to define themselves these days — and why many are leaving the GOP https://t.co/HXuAD3S2d4
That aside, her piece is indicative of something at once more interesting, less silly. Her attempt to define the Republican party by assigning it the blame of whatever sin she believes Trump guilty of is a skill Democrats have perfected over the years and used to inflict heavy damage in the past. But this time it seems more projection than anything else. Because if there’s a party that deserves to be shackled together as a single unit and brought before the judge to answer en masse for its crimes, it’s the Democrats.
There is, after all, evidence that at the highest levels of the Obama administration, there may have been efforts afoot to abuse the FISA court using a corrupt and weaponized FBI to damage candidate Donald Trump to help Hillary Clinton in her campaign against him. That would be one Democrat already in office using the power of that office to help the next Democrat in line win that same office.
There’s also word, to hear Donna Brazile tell it, that Hillary Clinton took over the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as her unofficial fundraising and campaign apparatus, and that using that apparatus, paid for dubious opposition research on her opponent in the 2016 election.
And now this ridiculous shutdown that Democrats orchestrated as a stand to get something they already had (DACA doesn’t expire till March). Their shutdown tantrum worked back in 2013 when they successfully convinced the world that Harry Reid’s reticence and decision to vote against funding the government was the fault of Sen. Ted Cruz.
Sen. Chuck Schumer tried to resurrect the same narrative last week, but failed miserably at it. He finally caved and accepted a new continuing resolution to fund the government.
Schumer shut down the government then backstabbed the liberal base, getting nothing in exchange for total surrender. Dems in disarray doesn't begin to describe it.
As if taking a lesson from Jennifer Rubin, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan posted this tweet as the drama of a shutdown rolled over into the weekend:
→Half of @DeptofDefense's civilian workforce has to be furloughed. →Training for Reserves has to stop & Guardsmen have to be sent home. →States are running out of money for children's health insurance.
Senate Dems believe none of it is too high a price to appease their base.
The Democrat base. This, Schumer seemed to be saying through his actions, is what the average Democrat wants (although many Democrats, the ones who liked Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton for example, may disagree with that). But leave it disgraced former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to remind those apostates they are a party, dammit. And the party has their back. Whether they like it or not.
To any outside, casual observer, it looks a lot like the Democrats are the party where the sins run downhill and affect all who wear the vagina hat. They are a political party in the old-school, World War II style, where you you can check in anytime you like, but you can never leave (with apologies to the Eagles).
And they’re fracturing. And the tricks that worked in 2013 aren’t working anymore. And they’re running out of ideas.
But at least they still have the Jennifer Rubins of the media, assigning their troubles to the GOP for them. Maybe that’ll keep them afloat while they figure out what dead weight they’re going to have to throw overboard if they’re going to survive.
It’s because Congress is stupid. Even worse, they think we’re stupid too.
The bill that failed on Friday and finally passed today wasn’t really a budget, but something called a “continuing resolution.” To understand what that is, and how screwed up Congress really is, let’s take a moment and talk about the federal budget process.
The federal government spends our money in two categories: mandatory spending and discretionary spending.
Mandatory spending is the spending that is enacted by law and can continue without a specific appropriations bill. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlement programs fall under this category.
Discretionary spending is the spending that requires a specific act of Congress to appropriate the funds. With some rare exceptions like military procurements and housing programs, the vast majority of discretionary spending items require an annual appropriations bill.
In Fiscal Year 2017, 63% or about $2.6 trillion of federal spending was mandatory spending, 30% or $1.2 trillion was discretionary spending, and the remaining roughly 7% represented net interest on the federal debt.
Currently, there are twelve appropriation bills that Congress is required to pass every year, and there is an appropriations subcommittee for each of these categories in both the House and the Senate (Defense, Homeland Security, Interior and the Environment, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, etc.). Congress can combine the twelve appropriation bills into one or more omnibus bills, but they do have to approve appropriations for all twelve categories by the end of the fiscal year, September 30 of each year.
If Congress fails to meet that fiscal year deadline, the government will go into shutdown unless they pass a continuing resolution authorizing expenditures of the funds.
This is the process established by the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, which has been amended several times but the fundamental procedures remain the same.
Since that bill was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1974, Congress has managed to pass all the required annual appropriation bills by the deadline only four times: 1977, 1989, 1995, and 1997.
That’s right — Congress has not been able to pass a budget on time for over twenty years.
This is stupid.
Kids born in 1997 will be able to legally drink alcohol this year, and it will be tough to blame them for desperately wanting a stiff drink when they realize how much debt our incompetent Congress is leaving for them to pay.
What happens all the other years Congress can’t do its job by its deadline is a repeated series of continuing resolutions. The vote on Friday was the fourth for this fiscal year; the third was last December.
Remember, Congress itself established the rules and deadlines for its own budget process.
If they can’t follow their own rules, perhaps they need to try harder, or amend the rules so they make more sense.
Instead, what the American taxpayer got this month was an absolute circus, as Congress struggled to agree on approving funding for less than a third of our government’s spending (as stated above, the mandatory entitlement spending and interest on the debt comprise about 70% of total federal government spending).
This is stupid.
Congress knows it’s stupid.
They think we’re too stupid to notice if it’s not fixed.
Every now and then, you’ll see a Congresscritter talk about this — usually on the campaign trail. But the longer they settle into their cozy Washington habitat, it gets mentioned less and less and less.
This week, we saw members of both parties jumping in front of TV cameras and posting their outrage in tweets and press releases, denouncing the other side’s irrational malfeasance for driving the government into a shutdown, or for making ridiculous demands.
The truth is that they’re all to blame, they have all failed to follow their own rules and meet their own deadlines, and — perhaps most egregiously — they have all failed to take any real and practical steps to address our growing national debt.