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  1. CNN conservative commentator: Trump's "spy-gate" is a "repeat of birtherism. It's a repeat of the whole idea of the rigged election and voter fraud."

    JAKE TAPPER (HOST): Amanda Carpenter, one of the things I wonder about, if the erosion of norms is continuing as we keep saying. The president has long called for the Justice Department to investigate his political opponents and such. Now he's calling for an investigation into the investigators. He's sharing information about this FBI confidential source with allies of his from Capitol Hill. No Democrats, just Republicans. Don't Republicans on Capitol Hill understand that these norms are being eroded and that means that a Democratic president will then do them too. 

    AMANDA CARPENTER (CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR): You would think. Listen, "Spy-gate" is a movie we've all seen before. It is a repeat of birtherism. It's a repeat of the whole idea of the rigged election and voter fraud. It is a repeat of the unmasking scandal, which was kind of a dud, because they have all of the same elements. He's making things up and getting people to go along with it. But this one is different because Capitol Hill is going along with it, Republicans, and there is a cost. There has been an asset used that has been outed. There may be more. They're having a meeting tomorrow where there is going to be more information given to Trump's allies on Capitol Hill. And if that information leaks and more assets are damaged, they are now responsible for it. And I think now there's a push from some to include Democrats because they realized if it's only Republicans there, they can't blame it on Democrats for leaking because they want the information to get out. I think Trump is damaging the FBI, but now other people are helping him do it and using the levers of government. And that's what's different. 

    Previously:

    A short history of phony anti-Trump conspiracy theories

    Here's what you need to know about the right's theory that the FBI planted a spy in the Trump campaign

    Fox & Friends is scandalizing the counterintelligence investigations of people Trump chose to hire

    Fox & Friends guest claims the FBI started Trump campaign probe without "evidence that anyone had actually committed a crime"

  2. Local outlets spotlight impact of Trump’s proposed funding cut for clinics that perform or refer for abortions


    Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

    The proposed Title X rule change would impact clinics that offer or refer for abortions

    The Trump administration announced that clinics performing or referring for abortions would lose family planning funding. On May 18, the White House released a statement saying that President Donald Trump would propose a new rule that would eliminate Title X family planning funding from clinics that perform or refer for abortions. This rule is similar to the “global gag rule” that Trump re-implemented early in his term that stripped funding from international clinics performing or referring for abortions. While the full impact of that decision isn’t yet known, Bustle reported it has already caused a clinic in Kenya to lose “more than $2 million in funding.” While abortion opponents claim that the rule is necessary to ensure the separation of federal family planning funds and abortion services, the Hyde Amendment already prohibits federal funding for abortion services. [The White House, 5/18/18; Care2, 5/22/18; Kaiser Family Foundation, 5/15/18; Bustle, 5/2/18; Planned Parenthood, accessed May 2018]

    The proposed rule will impact low-income communities, Planned Parenthood, and other Title X clinics. As Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News reported, 4 million patients rely on Title X funding, and these “patients are overwhelmingly young, female and low-income.” While Planned Parenthood clinics are only 13 percent of the Title X clinics, they “serve an estimated 40 percent of its patients.” In addition, “several studies have suggested that in many remote areas Planned Parenthood is the only provider of family planning services.” According to Ally Boguhn at Rewire.News, research by the Guttmacher Institute indicates that “other Title X sites would have to increase their client caseloads by an average of 70 percent to accommodate the change” and would likely be unable to absorb Planned Parenthood’s Title X patients. [Kaiser Health News, 5/18/18; Rewire.News, 5/18/18]

    The Trump administration announced the language of the proposed rule before a speech at an anti-abortion group’s gala. The Trump administration revealed the actual language of the proposed rule May 22 before his keynote at the annual “Campaign for Life” gala held by the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. Media Matters found that in the weeks before the announcement of Trump’s speech, the Susan B. Anthony List had been promoting official room blocks for the event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., although this listing was later deleted. [Axios, 5/23/18; Rewire.News, 5/23/18; Media Matters, 5/15/18]

    Local outlets show the impact of the Title X defunding on their communities

    St. Cloud Times: Minnesota’s other Title X clinics may not be able to absorb Planned Parenthood’s patients. Minnesota’s St. Cloud Times reported that Planned Parenthood clinics in the state “received $2.6 million in Title X funds last year to provide family planning services, including exams, contraception and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases,” and “serve 90 percent of patients who rely on Title X funding in the state.” The CEO of the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers (community health centers can also receive Title X funding) said, “The demand for our services is well beyond our means to provide it.” The paper reported that according to a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, “it's unclear if other Minnesota clinics will be able to absorb new patients, meaning many could go without care.” From St. Cloud Times:

    In Minnesota, Planned Parenthood received $2.6 million in Title X funds last year to provide family planning services, including exams, contraception and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases. The group, which has 18 clinics in Minnesota, only one of which provides abortions, said its clinics serve 90 percent of patients who rely on Title X funding in the state.

    It's unclear if other Minnesota clinics will be able to absorb new patients, meaning many could go without care, said Jennifer Aulwes, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.

    ...

    "This will protect taxpayer dollars from funding the abortion industry," said Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. "Abortion is not family planning. Abortion is not contraception."

    The state's network of federally qualified health centers will be able to pick up some of the slack, Fischbach said.

    But a representative for the state's 17 federally qualified health centers, which operate 72 clinics, said it's unlikely they could absorb 25,000 new clients seeking family planning services.

    "It's not as easy as simply flipping over the switch to the federally qualified health centers," said Jonathan Watson, CEO of the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers. "The demand for our services is well beyond our means to provide it." [St. Cloud Times, 5/20/18, via Nexis]

    California’s Times-Standard: Funding cuts to Planned Parenthood may “impact some of the most vulnerable people” in Northern California. Northern California’s Times-Standard reported that if the proposed rule change is enforced, “the loss of funding could lead to a cutback in the services offered at Planned Parenthood offices across the region” as Planned Parenthood of Northern California serves “more than 180,000 patients a year.” The chief of staff for Planned Parenthood of Northern California told Times-Standard that “even a small drop in the services Planned Parenthood can provide will impact some of the most vulnerable people in North Coast communities.” She explained that those most impacted are patients who “are uninsured or under-insured, or they don’t have easy access to health care services.” [Times-Standard, 5/18/18]

    San Francisco Chronicle: Proposed rule could hurt “1 million low-income Californians” and negatively “affect teen pregnancy rates.” The San Francisco Chronicle noted that “more than 1 million low-income Californians” could be affected by the proposed restrictions on Title X funding, as the “federal program is particularly prominent in California, which accounts for more than 25 percent of all Title X patients nationwide.” The president and CEO of a nonprofit “that advocates for the expansion of family planning services” said “she is worried about how this rule would affect teen pregnancy rates.” [San Francisco Chronicle, 5/18/18]

    Las Vegas Sun: Funding proposal would relegate women “to second-class status in terms of their health.” The editorial board of the Las Vegas Sun wrote that the proposed rule would bar the provision of family planning services by Planned Parenthood and other clinics providing or referring for abortions and “also would eliminate women’s Title X guarantee of receiving comprehensive and accurate information about their health care from their doctors, essentially reducing them to second-class status in terms of their health.” The proposed rule change could negatively affect the “14,000 to 19,000 patients a year” who go to Planned Parenthood clinics in Las Vegas and Reno. [Las Vegas Sun, 5/20/18]

    The Boston Globe: The new rule change “sets off alarms” in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe talked to a Planned Parenthood patient who “pointed to the importance of Title X funding to her life.” The patient “said she was a 24-year-old making minimum wage when she discovered her partner had given her human papillomavirus.” The Planned Parenthood she went to at the time “diagnosed, treated, and [gave her] regular Pap smears and biopsies.” As she explained to the Globe, “Planned Parenthood was the only place that I could afford that.” From The Boston Globe:

    One patient pointed to the importance of Title X funding to her life. Makenzie Peterson, now 37, of Amherst, said she was a 24-year-old making minimum wage when she discovered her partner had given her human papillomavirus.

    At a Planned Parenthood in Utah, where she was then living, she was able to be diagnosed, treated, and given regular Pap smears and biopsies.

    “Planned Parenthood was the only place that I could afford that,” she said.

    To be eligible for free services from the health centers through Title X funds, a woman must make no more than the federal poverty level — $12,170. Individuals can get discounted services if they make less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level, or $30,350. [The Boston Globe, 5/19/18]

    Portland Press Herald: Advocates in Maine are “angry” at the proposed changes. Maine’s Portland Press Herald noted that after the announcement, Planned Parenthood “patients already are concerned about what the administration’s move could mean.” The paper talked to a Planned Parenthood patient who was also an immigrant from the Ivory Coast who said that “she sought health care from the organization and was amazed how empathetic staff was.” According to the report, the patient said that “she and others within the immigrant community don’t have a lot of places they can go where they aren’t judged or shamed,” making access to Planned Parenthood essential. [Portland Press Herald, 5/18/18]

    WOSU: Title X restriction happening as Ohio attempts to block other funding to Planned Parenthood. Public radio station WOSU-FM in Columbus, OH, spoke to a representative of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio who noted that the proposed Title X rule “comes on top of Ohio’s plan to strip $1.4 million in funding for Planned Parenthood, which was blocked by a federal court last month.” He told WOSU that in addition to the state “wasting countless tax dollars fighting in court,” the proposed rule “would have a severe impact on Ohio patients” by further denying them access to necessary health care services. [WOSU, 5/18/18]

    The Seattle Times: This policy “is likely to backfire” and lead to “higher rates of unwanted pregnancies and more abortions.” The editorial board of The Seattle Times said that in Washington, almost 40,000 Planned Parenthood patients use Title X funding “to stay healthy, as well as avoid getting pregnant with children they are unprepared to care for or don’t want.” The editorial board also argued that “the federal government should abandon its anti-abortion crusade” because such an effort “is likely to backfire, leading to higher rates of unwanted pregnancies and more abortions rather than fewer.” [The Seattle Times, 5/21/18]

  3. Fox News added more female hosts but still had the same abortion misinformation problem


    Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

    When Media Matters last crunched the numbers on Fox News programming responsible for the most abortion misinformation, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Tucker Carlson were unsurprisingly the worst culprits. However, as allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against O’Reilly (and other network figures including Eric Bolling) and he was eventually fired, Fox News transitioned to an evening lineup with more female hosts -- Shannon Bream, Martha MacCallum, and Laura Ingraham. But this change has not come close to fixing the network’s abortion misinformation problem.

    Media Matters analyzed evening prime-time news programs on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN from March 1, 2017, through March 1, 2018, and identified segments featuring a substantial discussion of abortion and reproductive rights. The resulting 211 segments were then coded for the number of accurate or inaccurate statements made about four abortion-related topics: the discredited anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress (CMP), abortion funding rules, Planned Parenthood’s essential services, and so-called extreme abortion procedures. We found that Fox News dominated the conversation about abortion -- airing 114 of the 211 total segments across all cable news networks (54 percent) -- and that its coverage of the four abortion-related topics was inaccurate 77 percent of the time. And 44 percent of its 114 segments were aired on programs Bream, MacCallum, and Ingraham anchored.

    The shows Bream, MacCallum, and Ingraham hosted had 107 statements about the four abortion-related topics, out of which the hosts either personally spread -- or gave a platform to those spreading -- anti-abortion misinformation 76 times (71 percent). Here’s a sample of what each host has offered her viewers in the last year:

    Shannon Bream

    Overall, Bream made 30 appearances on Fox News where a substantial discussion of abortion occurred. Although Bream entered the prime-time lineup when she started hosting her own show, Fox News @ Night, on October 30, 2017, she had previously regularly appeared as a guest or a correspondent during The First 100 Days and Special Report. Bream individually made 35 total statements about CMP, abortion funding rules, Planned Parenthood’s essential services, and so-called extreme abortion procedures. Of these 35 statements, 23 contained misinformation (66 percent).

    As Media Matters documented after Fox News @ Night debuted, Bream appears well-attuned to the talking points and interests of the anti-abortion movement; an anti-abortion leader even celebrated her promotion, tweeting that Bream “covers Life issues with fearlessness and fairness.” Since then, Bream has promoted anti-abortion talking points and myths -- suggesting they were simply concerns she “heard from a lot of pro-life groups” -- including by asking a misleading question about taxpayers paying for the abortions of undocumented minors who come to the United States.

    As a host, Bream has been consistent in repeating misinformation about anti-abortion group CMP, which engaged in a smear campaign against Planned Parenthood by releasing deceptively edited videos. Just as she had done repeatedly in the past, Bream promoted CMP and said its actions caused Planned Parenthood to become “mired in scandal” and that CMP’s videos showed “Planned Parenthood officials discussing pricing for fetal body parts and tissue left over after abortions.”

    Martha MacCallum

    MacCallum made 14 appearances in Fox News segments that had a substantial discussion of abortion. All these segments were on the two Fox News programs she hosted during the study period -- The First 100 Days and The Story. During those appearances, MacCallum made nine statements in total about CMP and so-called extreme abortion procedures, all of which were inaccurate (100 percent). MacCallum also frequently relied on extreme and stigmatizing rhetoric about abortion.

    When discussing CMP, MacCallum often treated the discredited organization and its deceptive smear videos as credible sources of information. For example, during a March 2017 segment of The First 100 Days, MacCallum not only played a long excerpt from one of the videos, she also said that it was “still hard to watch,” implying that it accurately depicted that Planned Parenthood was engaged in the sale of fetal body parts. In an interview with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), MacCallum focused on Blackburn’s phrasing in one of her campaign ads, which Twitter briefly blocked her campaign from promoting. In the ad, Blackburn referred to her time on the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, saying, “I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts.” Instead of questioning Blackburn on her inaccurate phrasing or talking about the smear campaign that Blackburn and the panel had engaged in against Planned Parenthood, Bream accepted her narrative, saying, “You fought hard, as you say, to ban the sale of baby body parts. I mean, it’s such a difficult phrase even to say and I think you’ve fought very hard for it.”

    Similarly, during a July 2017 segment on The Story, MacCallum pushed several myths about the existence and widespread practice of so-called sex-selective, late-term, and full-term abortions. In reality, these are inaccurate descriptions of abortion, created by anti-abortion groups to vilify those accessing legal health care. In one example, MacCallum said that an Oregon bill (now law) that ensured protection of reproductive rights for all -- including undocumented immigrants -- would allow for “sex-selective” and “late-term, even full-term, abortions for an illegal immigrant.” MacCallum continued to push the misinformation, asking her guest, political commentator Danielle McLaughlin, whether she thought it was “OK for someone to decide because they don’t like the sex of their baby to abort it at eight months” and demanding to know, “Why would any state want to pass a law that would allow that?”

    Laura Ingraham

    During the study period, Ingraham made 10 appearances in Fox News segments where there was a substantial discussion of abortion. Like Bream, Ingraham started hosting her own show, The Ingraham Angle, on October 30, 2017, and before that, she had also occasionally appeared as a guest on Special Report and Hannity. Although Ingraham made only three statements total about the four abortion-related topics, two of these statements were inaccurate (67 percent).

    Despite only making 10 appearances during the period of study, Ingraham made a splash with her frequent use of alarmist and stigmatizing rhetoric. In one appearance, Ingraham called Planned Parenthood a “monstrosity of killing.” A December 2017 segment of The Ingraham Angle may be the most bewildering segment of the year about abortion. It started as a fairly regular Fox News segment about abortion, with Ingraham fearmongering that because of a court decision to allow undocumented minors abortion access, the United States would become “an abortion magnet.” Then, Ingraham insisted that a picture of a baby be put up on screen and demanded that her guest, attorney Rachel Self, “look at the screen.” Self calmly explained that she was unable to see the image because she was not in studio. Undeterred, Ingraham escalated the situation and eventually cut Self’s mic off, saying, “I can’t hear her talking over me.”

    Fox News added more female hosts to its prime-time lineup, but having greater gender representation didn't translate to accurate and nuanced coverage of abortion. Bream, MacCallum, and Ingraham show that a push for gender parity in the cable news world cannot happen in a vacuum and must go hand-in-hand -- particularly for abortion-related issues -- with a commitment to frank, fair, and accurate coverage.

  4. A short history of phony anti-Trump conspiracy theories


    Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

    President Donald Trump has moved beyond Twitter griping and is using the powers of his office to try to discredit the Russia investigation. This past weekend, Trump demanded that the Department of Justice “look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration.” He met with top DOJ officials on Monday to pressure them to start an investigation into their own department’s investigation of Trump’s campaign.

    To observers outside the conservative media bubble, Trump’s directive was a critical moment of this presidency. “The president has now crossed one of the brightest red lines in the American rule of law: demanding the Department of Justice open a politically motivated investigation designed to sabotage the criminal and counterintelligence probe into the president’s own campaign,” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said on his show Monday. Charlie Savage of The New York Times wrote that Trump “inched further toward breaching an established constraint on executive power: The White House does not make decisions about individual law enforcement investigations.”

    The significance of Trump’s action is compounded by the fact that even the president and his subordinates acknowledge that this notion that the Obama administration acted inappropriately is just speculation. But it would be extremely convenient for Trump and his defenders if it were true -- or perceived to be true -- which is why he’s ordered this investigation.

    It's crucial to view this attempt by the White House to assert the existence of an anti-Trump cabal within the government in context: It's the latest in a series of fraudulent and debunked attemps to push such a claim. Trump’s demand that his investigators be investigated rests on a foundation of lies that was built with the critical assistance of a credulous and complicit right-wing media.

    Let’s run through all the major conspiracy theories that brought us to this point.

    Wiretapping 

    The effort by Trump and his defenders to deflect attention from the Russia investigation onto the previous administration started with this early-morning tweet from March 2017:

    Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017

    It was a deathly serious allegation for the president to make, and it was completely false. Top Justice Department officials denied the allegation, a DOJ court filing affirmed that there are “no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” and the president has not produced any evidence to back up his accusation.

    Nonetheless, Trump’s defenders in the conservative media contorted themselves to try to prove Trump was right, especially following House intelligence committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes’ March 22, 2017, press conference (which Nunes secretly coordinated with the White House) announcing that “surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.”

    Unmasking 

    Speaking of Nunes, he became the driving force behind the allegation that Obama administration officials had improperly unmasked the identities of Trump associates whose conversations were incidentally captured by intelligence agencies. Once again acting on information provided by the Trump White House, Nunes accused former national security adviser Susan Rice and other Obama officials of abusing the unmasking process. Rice acknowledged that she had requested certain identities, but congressional investigators from both parties said she’d done nothing wrong.

    The “unmasking” nonsense permeated conservative media and was presented as evidence of an Obama-led conspiracy to undermine Trump as president-elect. Trump himself told The New York Times that he believed Rice had committed a crime.

    “Secret society”

    This was an especially stupid fiasco kicked up by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX). The pair went on Fox News to reveal the existence of a text message exchange between two FBI agents sent the day after the 2016 election that referenced a “secret society” supposedly populated by anti-Trump law enforcement officials. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate homeland security committee, seized on the message to allege “corruption at the highest levels of the FBI.” Conservative media went absolutely crazy with the “secret society” allegation, holding it up as proof of a “deep state” conspiracy against Trump.

    The “secret society” turned out to be nothing more than an inside joke between the two agents.

    Obama “wants to know everything we’re doing”

    The White House’s deflection strategy rests on the idea that Barack Obama corrupted law enforcement agencies by directing them to investigate Donald Trump’s campaign as a way of undermining his candidacy. To that end, Republicans and conservatives are invested in demonstrating that Obama actively meddled in politically sensitive law enforcement business, such as the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

    In February, Johnson’s committee released a report alleging that a text message from an FBI agent stating that Obama “wants to know everything we’re doing” raised “questions about the type and extent of President Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email scandal and the FBI investigation of it.”

    Once again, conservative media was driven to a frenzy, fueled partially by Trump’s tweet that the “NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!” And, once again, it all turned out to be false -- the text in question referred to presidential briefing materials regarding the investigation into Russian election interference, not Clinton.

    FBI hid info from the FISA court 

    In February, Nunes’ committee released a memo that, according to the frantic hype that preceded its release, would reveal rampant surveillance abuses committed by intelligence agencies against the Trump campaign. Chief among the alleged abuses was the accusation that the FBI had illicitly obtained a warrant to surveil former Trump aide Carter Page by concealing from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court the political origin of some of the evidence it cited in its application.

    Right-wing media figures like Sean Hannity called this “Watergate times a thousand” and said the FBI “lie[d] to a foreign intelligence surveillance court.” Trump tweeted that the memo “totally vindicates” him and showed the Russia investigation to be “an American disgrace.”

    It was a lie -- the political origin of the evidence was indeed disclosed in the FBI application -- and Nunes and his Republican colleagues admitted as much in the days following the memo’s release.

    What emerges from all this is a damning picture of a Republican political operation -- involving the White House and key members of Congress -- to concoct blatant falsehoods and conspiracy theories, and a conservative media apparatus that readily absorbs and rebroadcasts that propaganda. At a certain level, behavior like this is to be expected -- these same characters spent all eight years of the Obama administration cobbling together ridiculous conspiracy theories about Benghazi, the former president’s birthplace, and a secret military invasion of Texas.

    There is a key difference, however, in all the lying about the Russia investigation. These conspiracy theories are defensive. Most conservative pundits will describe the Russia investigation as a threat to the very fabric of American government; they recognize the extreme danger it poses to Trump’s presidency. Trump himself has no discernible legal strategy. Instead, he’s fighting a public relations campaign and casting himself as the victim of a “witch hunt.”

    These attacks on the legitimacy of the investigation are the only weapon they have against it. And as the investigation exposes Trump to more and more legal and political peril, the conspiratorial attacks on the Justice Department and the Obama administration become more strident. Trump used to be content to vent on Twitter about the Russia investigation, but now he’s using the weight of his office to give life to an evidence-free accusation of political persecution.  

    Trump relies on the conservative media’s unthinking support as he wages this increasingly unhinged campaign. He needs to hear the hosts of Fox & Friends chirp every morning about how each new phony “bombshell” about the Russia investigation vindicates him. He needs to chat with Sean Hannity every night before bedtime about how Robert Mueller is out to get him. But Trump is only going to get more frustrated as each increasingly elaborate falsehood fails to produce the desired outcome, and that means the coordinated lying and conspiracy-mongering are only going to get worse as the investigation moves forward.

  5. Alex Jones: If Democrats lose the midterms, people like James Clapper should consider shooting themselves in the head

    ALEX JONES (HOST): The tide has turned, the deep state’s back is broken and we have a very good opportunity, once these folks are routed out and prosecuted, to really reform all the illegal spying and the new royalty that has been set up in Washington, D.C. And the people that are so arrogant that they say, “Oh, we were spying on Trump.” [Former Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper said this on The View, “We were spying on Trump for his own good.” After you lied to Congress and said you weren't. Did you lie to Congress for our own good too?

    He just disintegrated on The View. And Joy Behar went further. She said, “Well, America and the Trump campaign should be thankful that you were spying on him.” These guys have the stink of failure and the stink of implosion about them, don’t they? Oh, you want to see people locked up? There’s a different sheriff in town and I can guarantee you that when we’re done, these people are all going to be totally humiliated and they’re going to have choices. They’re either going to go to prison, or they can get in a bathtub and slit their wrist. Within, I’d say, six months when they lose those midterms, they’ll be given the ultimatum: We’re ready to destroy you publicly and have a full war. Tear you apart, to quote [Trump lawyer Rudy] Giuliani or you need to start sucking on the barrel of a big old fat juicy firearm. Just saying.

    [JUMP CUT]

    JONES: And I wish no harm upon these scumbags. And they’re so arrogant they’ve got some of the personnel to do it to launch some false flags. But they’re too scared to give the orders themselves because they know they’re compromised now, and they know they’re being watched now.

    Previously:

    Alex Jones celebrates Trump victory by telling George Will: “Blow what little is left of your brains out”

    Alex Jones threatens “globalists” and other political enemies: “How about you hang yourself tonight? Because if you want us to die, I say you need to die first”