Trump Accidentally Admits the Truth About Disinformation Strategy; Pelosi’s Husband Invested $5.3M on Tech Stocks Weeks Before House Vote on Antitrust Legislation; FBI Las Vegas is Like a Frat House with Guns, Booze, and Sex Toys, Lawsuit Says; Megan Fox Defends Her 8-Year-Old Son Who Loves to Wearing Dresses; Man Finds the Treasure Chest with $10,000 Cash
Donald Trump Accidentally Admits the Truth About His Disinformation Strategy
If you listen to Donald Trump long enough, he will reveal all his secrets. In his July 3 speech in Sarasota, Florida: “If you say it enough and keep saying it, they’ll start to believe you.”
Trump was referring to the alleged disinformation strategy he and other Republicans are using. However, that phrase expresses everything about his approach to the presidency and life in general.
In his entire career in business and politics, Trump has applied exaggeration, half-truths, and outright lies to make himself look good.
Before entering politics, he wrote books riddled with quotes espousing the merits of inventing a reality and then repeating it until others believe it.
“I play to people’s fantasies,” he wrote in “The Art of the Deal.” “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole.”
“If you admit defeat, then you will be defeated,” Trump wrote in “Think Big.”
Trump, predictably, maintained this behavior once he assumed the presidency.
“Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news,” Trump told a VFW group in 2018. “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
However, Trump’s blueprint is proven effective.
Despite the absence of any evidence of massive election fraud in the 2020 election, a majority (53 percent) of Republicans believed in a late May Reuters/Ipsos national poll that President Joe Biden’s victory was “the result of illegal voting or election rigging.” Over six in ten Republicans (61 percent) agreed with the notion that Trump’s election was “stolen from Donald Trump.”
Isolated in news bubbles and social circles that only discuss their ideas and “facts,” a sizable portion of Republican supporters have been convinced that the election was rigged in some way, partly because Trump told them so.
Taking advantage of the faith people place in you, as well as their limited news consumption, is, of course, profoundly irresponsible. Additionally, this is the polar opposite of what it means to be a leader.
However, for Trump, “winning” is the sole objective – and the sole standard by which he wishes to be measured. The truth and its consequences are secondary.
Nancy Pelosi’s Husband Invested $5.3M on Tech Stocks Including Google, Amazon, and Apple, Weeks Before House Vote on Antitrust Legislation
Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, made a hefty profit on Alphabet Inc. stock and increased his wagers on Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. in the weeks preceding the House Judiciary Committee’s decision on antitrust legislation.
On July 2, Nancy Pelosi signed a financial disclosure, stating her husband reported exercising call options to acquire 4,000 shares at a strike price of $1,200 of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. He earned $4.8 million on the trade, which has since increased to $5.3 million due to the stock’s climb.
The deal closed less than a week before the House Judiciary Committee adopted six bipartisan antitrust proposals, four of which target Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook Inc. The market response was subdued, indicating that investors do not view the House ideas as a serious danger to businesses. Alphabet’s stock price has improved by 3.2 percent since the legislation was approved by a judiciary panel.
Paul Pelosi also purchased 20 call options for Amazon on May 21 with a strike price of $3,000 and an expiration date of June 2022, indicating that he expects the online retailer to continue its upward trajectory. Additionally, he bet on Apple, acquiring 50 call options with the same expiration date and a $100 strike price.
“The speaker has no involvement or prior knowledge of these transactions,” her spokesman Drew Hammill said in an emailed statement on Wednesday, adding that Speaker Pelosi does not own any shares. Indeed, Nancy Pelosi stated last month that she supported the Judiciary Committee’s bipartisan attempt to challenge the grip that big technology companies have over the internet economy.
Paul Pelosi amassed a fortune in the San Francisco area through real estate and venture finance. His transactions do not appear to violate any statutes governing members of Congress, their wives, or insider trading.
According to House rules, disclosure reports must be filed within 30 days of lawmakers becoming aware of a transaction or no later than 45 days after the transaction occurred.
FBI Las Vegas Office is Like a Frat House with Guns, Booze, and Sex Toys, Lawsuit Says
What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas, when it happens in a Sin City FBI office.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Karen Veltri claims in a lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Nevada against US Attorney General Merrick Garland as head of the agency that she was subjected to sexual harassment on several occasions at the Bureau’s Las Vegas office.
According to the claim, the harassment began when Veltri was reassigned to the Las Vegas Division in November 2019.
Veltri worked for Assistant Special Agent in Charge Francis Cucinotta, who she claims attempted sexual relations with her and made inappropriate remarks to her.
Veltri reported Cucinotta’s actions to Supervisory Special Agent Robert Bennett in spring 2020. Bennett was an employee assistance program officer entrusted with assisting employees who are experiencing work-related difficulties.
Instead of helping Veltri, Bennett also allegedly sexually harassed her.
“On November 20, 2020, Bennett sent Plaintiff in a text message on her bureau-issued cell phone, a photograph with a rainbow-colored dildo between his legs,” the suit alleges.
“My D*ck pic!!!!!” he wrote under the photo, according to the suit.
Bennett also texted her on multiple occasions about the firearms he had and his excessive alcohol habit. He allegedly sent her photos of himself at a 2021 Super Bowl party.
“I’m out hanging with my buddy Chris and had a good time at the Super Bowl party, but I’m obviously f–king drunk, so I won’t be in til noon or one,” the text read, according to the suit.
“I just don’t wanna bulls–t you I’m drunk as f–k, and I need til noon or one to sober up to show up so handle s–t for me,” he added, the suit states.
Veltri stated to the EEO that she was particularly concerned about “a loaded shotgun Bennett kept in a cabinet, next to his desk, in his office,” considering his speculated alcoholism.
She complained to the bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility about the harassment by both bosses, but no action was taken.
Megan Fox Slams Bullies and Defends Her 8-Year-Old Son Who Loves to Wear Dresses to School
Megan Fox is determined to protect her children from bullies at all costs. The actress, 35, opens up to InStyle about parenting her three children, Noah Shannon, 8 1/2, Bodhi Ransom, 7, and Journey River, 4 1/2. At one point in the video, Fox states that her eldest child has been targeted online by “mean, awful people and cruel people.”
“I don’t want him to ever have to read that’s— because he hears it from little kids at his own school who are like, ‘Boys don’t wear dresses,’ ” the mom says.
In a 2019 interview on The Talk, Fox stated that Noah is “really into fashion” and frequently wears anything he wants to school, including dresses, despite unpleasant feedback from other students at his school.
“Sometimes, he’ll dress himself, and he likes to wear dresses sometimes,” Fox said at the time. “And I send him to a really liberal, hippy school, but even there — here in California — he still has little boys going, Boys don’t wear dresses, or Boys don’t wear pink.”
“So we’re going through that now, where I’m trying to teach him to be confident no matter what anyone else says,” she added.
“He just wore one two days ago to school, and he came home, and I was like, How was it? Did any of the friends at school have anything to say?” recalled Fox. “And he was like, ‘Well, all the boys laughed when I came in, but I don’t care, I love dresses too much.”
During that television appearance, the mother of three also said that Noah occasionally offers advice during her own fittings. “He designs, he draws outfits. He’s very talented,” she shared.
Green, 47, has previously admitted to approving of his son’s wardrobe choices. He spoke with Hollywood Pipeline’s Straight from the Source on his oldest son’s preferred method of self-expression.
“My son, he’s 4,” he explained at the time. “I’ve heard from some people that they don’t agree with him wearing dresses. To them, I say, I don’t care. He’s 4, and if he wants to wear it, then he wears it.”
Man Finds the Buried Chest with $10,000 Cash in Utah Treasure Hunt
The search for $10,000 in cash stashed away in the Utah mountains is finished. John Maxim and David Cline launched the second Annual Utah Treasure Hunt last month, and the treasure was discovered just 17 days later.
Andy Swanger, 33, of Draper, Utah, told Fox News that he discovered the buried chest — which contained $10,000 cash, a 10-ounce silver coin, and other valuables — on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at a location called Heughs Canyon Trail near the entrance of Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah.
Swanger told Fox News that he and his wife had been looking for the treasure on Sunday and had come close to finding it but had to call it a night.
“I woke up yesterday morning, and I just had a feeling like it’s right there; it’s got to be right there,” Swanger said. “So I just got up and went out, kind of retraced our footsteps and went a little higher, and I was standing on top of it for a few hours. It was crazy.”
Swanger was taken aback when he discovered the treasure buried beneath a dead tree. Even now, it hasn’t dawned on him that he won.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “It’s been like nonstop just getting messages … It’s kind of overwhelming and humbling.”
He intends to use the $10,000 cash to pay off bills and possibly send his daughters to Disneyland. He stated that he would be on the lookout for Maxim and Cline’s next major treasure hunting event.
“They’re really doing good stuff for the community,” Swanger said.
Maxim and Cline established the first Utah Treasure Hunt last year with a $5,000 cash prize to boost morale and encourage people to get outside.
Though they believed the 2020 treasure would remain concealed throughout the summer, it was discovered only four days after they began the search.
They attempted to make it more difficult and doubled the prize money for this year’s tournament. Cline told Fox that the 2021 hunt drew up to 1,000 participants, with treasure hunters traveling from as far away as Hawaii.