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Anyone Want $2 Million Worth of Hydroxychloroquine? Asking for Oklahoma.

Reuquinol for sale in a pharmacy in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, this Wednesday 20. Fernando Moreno / AGIF (via AP)​

Reuquinol for sale in a pharmacy in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, this Wednesday 20. Fernando Moreno / AGIF (via AP)

Last year, the state of Oklahoma bought $2 million worth of hydroxychloroquine, the repurposed anti-malaria drug that former President Donald Trump promoted as a remedy for coronavirus. Not even a year later, Oklahoma’s trying to get their money back.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s office is “assisting the health department in trying to return the stockpile” of hydroxychloroquine it bought in April 2020—1.2 million pills, or 100,000 doses—Hunter spokesperson Alex Gerszewski confirmed to VICE News Wednesday. Gerszewski said Hunter’s office got involved after being asked by the health department. 

FFF Enterprises, the Southern California-based company that sold Oklahoma the pills, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from VICE News. Oklahoma’s efforts to return the stockpile were first reported by The Frontier

Hydroxychloroquine sulfate was first approved for medical use in the United States in 1955, but at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic it underwent a resurgence as a supposed treatment for the coronavirus. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use to treat the coronavirus on March 28.

But in June, the FDA revoked that authorization, saying that based on available evidence and serious side effects, the agency “determined that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19 for the authorized uses in the EUA.” 

“Additionally, in light of ongoing serious cardiac adverse events and other potential serious side effects, the known and potential benefits of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine no longer outweigh the known and potential risks for the authorized use,” the agency’s revocation said.

But even after the FDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) disavowed the drug to treat COVID-19, Trump continued to defend it and suggested that doctors were only saying it didn’t work because they didn’t like him personally.

“I took it for a 14-day period, and I’m here,” he said on July 28. “I don’t think you lose anything by doing it, other than politically. It doesn’t seem to be too popular, you know why? Because I recommend it.”

Though nearly two dozen states mostly won by Trump in 2016 had obtained 30 million hydroxychloroquine pills by the end of April 2020—mostly free of charge from FEMA—Oklahoma and Utah were the only states which purchased them from private wholesalers, a decision for which they almost immediately came under fire

At the time, a spokesperson for Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt told the Associated Press that buying the stockpile of hydroxychloroquine happened in the “fog of war,” and Stitt defended the purchase by saying hydroxychloroquine was “useful for any number of ailments, to include things like lupus, other autoimmune diseases and, so that money will not have gone to waste in any respect.” 

The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million people in the United States have lupus, and about 2,000 people are diagnosed with malaria in the U.S. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People all over the world who suffer from rheumatological diseases like lupus had trouble filling prescriptions after hydroxychloroquine emerged as a supposed coronavirus treatment and “faced worse physical and mental health outcomes as a result,” a survey by the American College of Rheumatology found in November

Stitt’s office continued to defend the purchase this week in a statement to The Frontier.  

“Every decision the Governor makes is with the health and lives of Oklahomans in mind, including purchasing hydroxychloroquine, securing PPE, and now distributing vaccines as quickly and efficiently as possible to combat this COVID crisis,” a spokesperson told the Frontier. 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Believes In Frazzledrip, QAnon’s Wildest Conspiracy Theory

January 3: Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., wears a "Trump Won" mask during the first session of the 117th Congress in the House Chamber as members of the 117th Congress are sworn in on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Cal

January 3: Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., wears a “Trump Won” mask during the first session of the 117th Congress in the House Chamber as members of the 117th Congress are sworn in on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Unraveling viral disinformation and explaining where it came from, the harm it’s causing, and what we should do about it.

The average QAnon believer likely has no idea what “frazzledrip” is. But Marjorie Taylor Greene, the newly minted representative from Georgia who recently filed impeachment papers against President Joe Biden, is no average QAnon follower.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that Greene had shown support for executing Democrats including liking a comment in January 2019 that said it would be “quicker” to remove Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with “a bullet to the head.” 

At the same time, it was revealed that the Republican lawmaker had signaled her endorsement of the unhinged “frazzledrip” conspiracy.

Here’s what that theory, which originated on conspiracy site YourNewsWire (now known as News Punch) in April 2018, claims:

A video that was found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the former Democratic congressman who was jailed in 2017 for sexting with a minor, began circulating on the “dark web.” The video was found in a folder on the laptop’s hard drive called “life insurance” and was named “frazzledrip.”

The bogus report says the video — which, for clarity, does not exist on the dark web or anywhere else — shows Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, Weiner’s former wife and long-time Clinton aide, raping and mutilating a young girl. Specifically, the video is supposed to show Clinton filleting the young girl’s face, and then taking turns with Abedin to wear the girl’s face as a mask in order to purposefully terrify the child so that her blood would be flooded with adrenochrome. The girl then bleeds out before Clinton and Abedin drink the blood during a Satanic ritual sacrifice.

But the horrific conspiracy theory didn’t end there. QAnon supporters also spread the rumor that multiple officers from the New York Police Department who saw the video had been killed by Clinton, who then covered up the murders by making them look like suicides.

In May 2018, just a month after YourNewswire first spread the frazzledrip conspiracy, Greene posted a picture of the mother of slain New York Police Department Detective Miosotis Familia with former President Donald Trump, a post first flagged by Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog.

Under the post, a commenter wrote: “This is the mother of a NYPD officer who watched a horrific video seized on anthony weiners laptop of huma and hillary filleting a childs face. This was another hillary hit.” 

Greene liked that comment and replied: “Yes Familia.” 

In another comment, Greene appeared to lean further into the conspiracy: “I post things sometimes to see who knows things. Most the time people don’t. I’m glad to see your comment. I’ve decided it’s time to start doing a lot more videos and engage further in the fight. Most people honestly don’t know so much. The [mainstream media] disinformation warfare has won for too long!”

Most of the millions of Americans who have been brainwashed by the QAnon cult over the last 12 months have been exposed not to the extreme dark side of the conspiracy, but to a lighter version, pushed by hijacking the Save the Children message and eschewing any overt link to QAnon and its origins.

Greene has repeatedly tried to distance herself from links to QAnon, which recently played a central part in the Capitol riots, but she has never disowned the conspiracy movement. And this latest revelation shows that Greene is not just flirting with the fringes of this conspiracy theory, but embracing its darkest corners.

On Tuesday, CNN reported that Greene had endorsed calls, made on Facebook, to execute Democrats. Greene claimed that these problematic posts were all the fault of her “team.”

“Over the years, I’ve had teams of people manage my pages. Many posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views. Especially the ones that CNN is about to spread across the internet,” she wrote.

In that case, Greene has some serious questions to ask her team, because not only has her Facebook account endorsed executing Democrats and embraced the unhinged frazzledrip conspiracy, it has also promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories and called the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings “false flag” events. It labeled Parkland survivor David Hogg a “#littleHitler.” And it liked a meme that claimed some of her now-Democratic congressional colleagues have used the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for human trafficking, pedophilia, and organ harvesting.

And what is the Republican leadership doing about the horrific conspiracy theories being peddled by one of its newest members of Congress?

Apparently, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy “plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them.”

That should sort everything out.

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Senate Republicans Just Showed They’re Not Going To Back Trump’s Impeachment

Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks to members of the media while waiting for the Senate Subway inside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.

Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks to members of the media while waiting for the Senate Subway inside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Welp, so much for consequences.

The Senate voted 55-45 on Tuesday to go ahead with former President Trump’s impeachment trial, proving that there’s nowhere near the 67 votes needed to convict him.

Just five of 50 Senate Republicans agreed with Democrats that Trump’s impeachment trial was even constitutional on a vote that knocked down a motion from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to dismiss the trial on procedural grounds.

Paul called the trial to determine whether Trump incited an insurrection against Congress an “unconstitutional sham.”

He was joined by nearly all of his colleagues—including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who previously said that the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol and endangered the lives of lawmakers was “provoked by the president.” McConnell had promised to seriously consider the Senate trial on its merits, but Tuesday’s vote reveals his acceptance of the theory that Trump can’t be impeached.  The only way a critical mass of  Republicans would vote for conviction is if McConnell decided to back it and brought along other establishment-minded lawmakers.

The only Republicans to vote with Democrats on the bill were the ones who had already been critical of his role in stirring up his supporters with lies about election fraud before they ransacked the Capitol on Jan. 6: Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. 

The vote came after Trump spent the weekend warning GOP lawmakers that he might come after them in primaries if they voted to impeach, amidst threats that he might leave the GOP and start his own Patriot Party.

The Republicans’ argument that only current office-holders can’t be impeached don’t match with historical precedent. 

The Senate has held multiple impeachment trials for private citizens, and there’s at least one example of them trying a former government official. In 1876, the House impeached Secretary of War William Belknap after he’d already resigned. The Senate voted that he was still eligible to be tried — but failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to convict him, as a sizable minority of senators decided the Senate didn’t have the authority to try him after he’d left office.

It always looked like long odds that enough Republican senators would vote to convict Trump of his impeachment charge and then vote to bar him from running for office again in the future. But Tuesday’s vote all but guaranteed that Trump won’t face any legal consequences for his role in the attacks on the Capitol.

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Trump Isn’t Through With the GOP Just Yet

Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport on the way to Mar-a-Lago Club on January 20, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport on the way to Mar-a-Lago Club on January 20, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Contrary to popular belief, even among his allies, it looks like former President Trump will continue to dominate the conservative movementand the Republican Partyfor the foreseeable future. 

On Monday, the same day an article of impeachment for his alleged role in inciting the Capitol riot was delivered to the Senate, Trump officially opened the “Office of the Former President” in Palm Beach, Florida.

The new office will be “responsible for managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump administration through advocacy, organizing and public activism,” according to a statement. 

The news of Trump’s “office” was quickly met with derision and mockery from Twitter. But Republicans still very much like Trump, with an NBC News poll after the Capitol riot showing that his job approval among Republicans was 87%.  

In short, Trump’s not leaving politics anytime soon. And in recent days, the former president has aggressively shut down the idea that he’s going to start a new party rather than stick with Republicans. 

“The president wanted me to know, as well as a handful of others, that the president is a Republican, he is not starting a third party and that anything he would do politically in the future would be as a Republican,” North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer said Sunday in an interview with Politico, which reported that former White House political director Brian Jack spent the weekend calling GOP senators to reassure them Trump wouldn’t start a third party. 

On Monday, Trump officially jumped into 2022 with an endorsement of his former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is running for governor of Arkansas as a Republican. He has also urged primary challenges against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a conservative Republican who Trump endorsed in 2018, after Kemp declined to intervene in the certification of President Joe Biden as the winner of Georgia’s electoral votes.

Further distancing himself from third party rumors, the Trump campaign filed a disavowal notice with the FEC on Monday against the newly registered Patriot Party, and Trump spokesperson Jason Miller told Axios the campaign had “nothing to do with” another group, the MAGA Patriot Party. 

In an email to VICE News, MAGA Patriot Party treasurer James Davis said that his group wasn’t affiliated with Trump despite saying so in its FEC filings. 

“We listed his committee on our filing so we can do fundraising for his campaign if he runs in 2024,” Davis said. “We are not accepting funding or donations for that committee unless he accepts us, but we wanted to make sure that he knew our group was behind him.” 

While 10 House Republicans voted along with the Democrats to impeach Trump following the Capitol riot earlier this month, so far there’s no indication that 17 GOP senators will join them to convict Trump, which would bar him from running for office in the future. 

Sen. Mitt Romney, himself a former Republican presidential candidate, said Sunday that Trump’s conduct was impeachable, but several GOP senators who didn’t support the objection to Biden’s Electoral College victory last month have criticized the impeachment push. 

“The first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I’ll do it because I think it’s really bad for America,” Sen. Marco Rubio said in a Sunday interview on Fox News. 

Some senators are going so far as to try to kill the impeachment trial before it even starts. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Tuesday that he would force a vote on the constitutionality of impeaching a former president. 

“I think there will be enough support on it to show there’s no chance they can impeach the president,” Paul told reporters Tuesday, according to Politico. “If 34 people support my resolution that this is an unconstitutional proceeding, it shows they don’t have the votes and we’re basically wasting our time.”

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A Dozen Cops Have Been Charged After a No-Knock Raid Killed a Couple and Their Dog

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo talks to reporters during a news conference at Memorial Hermann Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Houston.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo talks to reporters during a news conference at Memorial Hermann Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Houston. (Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

When a Houston couple and their dog were killed during a botched no-knock drug raid in 2019, the incident kicked off an investigation leading to murder charges and the discovery of an elaborate scheme to steal overtime pay—for a total of 12 officers now indicted.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Monday that Houston PD officer Felipe Gallegos has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle and his wife, 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas, killed in a January 2019 drug raid on their home. The couple’s dog was also killed, and several officers were shot in the chaos. Gallegos is the second officer, after officer Gerald Goines in 2019, to be charged with the deaths of the couple. If convicted, Gallegos could be sentenced to life in prison.

Eight other members of the HPD were indicted Monday, including five active officers and three retired officers who were indicted on other charges last year, charged in connection to a scheme to falsify overtime hours, which was discovered during the investigation of the deadly raid. The overtime scheme dates back to at least 2017, according to NPR affiliate Houston Public Media. The officers have been charged with tampering with government records, theft by a public servant, and first- and second-degree charges of engaging in organized crime. An additional officer was charged with misapplication of fiduciary property in July 2020.

“The consequences of corruption are that two innocent people and their dog were shot to death in their home by police,” Ogg said during a press conference Monday. “Four officers were shot, one paralyzed, and now all of them will face jurors who will determine their fate.”

On January 28, 2019, Houston police officers executed a no-knock warrant on the Tuttle residence after officer Goines claimed to have received a tip that the couple was selling heroin from their home. As the officers barged into the home, they were met with gunfire. The officers returned fire, killing the couple and their dog. Goines was one of five officers injured during the raid.

In February 2019, an internal Houston Police Department investigation found that Goines fabricated the details of the lead that confirmed the couple was selling drugs in order to obtain a no-knock warrant from a judge. Further investigation of the narcotics unit revealed the scheme to falsely secure overtime pay. A total of 12 police officers have been indicted in connection to the corruption investigation, according to Ogg.

Since May 2019, prosecutors with the DA’s office have been reviewing about 14,000 cases tied to the disgraced narcotics unit. Ogg told reporters that the two-year investigation of the corruption case will be a game-changer for how police-related prosecutions are handled in Houston and across the country.

“We’re looking at the cases we filed, how we filed them, and how they’re handled, in a new light,” Ogg said. “There will be more to come on cases that are pending, on past convictions and possible exonerations.”

The Houston Police Department did not immediately return VICE News’ request for comment, but HPD Police Chief Art Acevedo advised that officer Gallegos wasn’t directly involved in the corruption that led to the deaths of the couple, implying that he should face less-severe charges.

“I have said many times that the other officers involved in the incident, including the officer, indicted today, had no involvement in obtaining the warrant and responded appropriately to the deadly threat posed to them during its service,” he said in a statement Monday. “Nonetheless, I respect the grand jury process and hope this case will go to trial as soon as possible.”

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A ‘Stop the Steal’ Speaker-Turned-Capitol Rioter Was Busted by His Own Video

Brandon Straka, founder of the Walk Away Campaign and organizer of the Unsilent March, leads a crowd of protesters in chants before marching, in Washington, D.C., on October 3, 2020 (Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)​

Brandon Straka, founder of the Walk Away Campaign and organizer of the Unsilent March, leads a crowd of protesters in chants before marching, in Washington, D.C., on October 3, 2020 (Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

Brandon Straka, a self-described former liberal who became one of former President Donald Trump’s most visible online supporters, was arrested Monday for his alleged role in the Jan 6. Capitol insurrection. 

Straka, 44, was arrested in Omaha, the FBI’s Omaha office said in a release Monday. He has been charged with impeding a law enforcement officer during civil disorder, knowing and entering restricted grounds, and disorderly conduct with intent to disturb a Congressional hearing. 

Straka is the founder of the #WalkAway campaign, a right-wing social media campaign that aimed to convince liberals to leave the Democratic Party. He was a speaker at the pro-Trump Stop the Steal rallies in D.C. on Jan. 5 and 6. As recently as a few months ago, Trump was sharing Straka’s social media posts, and Straka was speaking at events alongside members of Rep. Don Bacon, an Omaha Republican who has a reputation as a moderate. (A request for comment on Straka’s arrest to Bacon’s office was not immediately returned.)

Straka posted a nearly-hour long video on Twitter the day after the riot, claiming to have not known about anything violent happening there, a sworn affidavit by an FBI special agent assigned to the case said. In the video, Straka said that he heard that “patriots had entered the Capitol,” and that he thought to himself: “Wow, so they’re going to basically storm and try to get into the chamber so that they can demand that we get the investigation that we want,” according to the complaint.

A witness identified as a relative of Straka tipped the FBI off on the existence of a nearly nine-minute long YouTube video showing Straka pushing and encouraging other people to storm the Capitol, at one point yelling at other rioters to grab a riot shield away from a Capitol police officer working his way through the crowd. 

“At around the 3:59 mark of the video, Straka stated, ‘Take it away from him,’” according to the complaint. “Straka and others in the crowd then yelled, ‘Take the shield!’ As several people in the crowd grabbed the officer’s shield, Straka yelled, ‘Take it! Take it!’”

At no point does it appear Straka was actually successful in entering the Capitol, but not for lack of trying. Near the end of the video, a man says, “We got hit hard, man.” Straka taps him on the shoulder and says, “We got hit hard?” and the man responds, “Yeah.” Then another man says, “Let’s get out of here.” The video ends with Straka still outside of the building. 

Straka maintained in his online posts that he didn’t see any incidents of vandalism or violence during the riot in which five people died, and as a result of which well over a hundred people have been arrested. Still, he defended the riot that day, according to tweets referenced in the complaint.

“I’m completely confused,” Straka said in a Jan. 6 tweet referenced in the complaint. “For 6-8 weeks everybody on the right has been saying ‘1776!’ & that if congress moves forward it will mean a revolution! So congress moves forward. Patriots storm the Capitol – now everybody is virtual [sic] signaling their embarrassment that this happened.”

Straka’s Twitter account, which has over 530,000 followers, is now locked. His most recent Instagram post was a screenshot of his own tweet promising a pro-Trump takeover of the Republican Party by 2024. “They’re going to have a hell of a time fighting all of us,” Straka said.

Straka is set to make an initial court appearance Monday. 

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Claudia Conway Accuses Her Mom Kellyanne of Posting A Topless Photo Of Her on Twitter

Claudia Conway has accused her mother, former senior advisor to Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, of posting a topless photo of the 16-year-old to her Twitter account on Monday evening.

Screenshots that captured the photo before it was deleted appear to show Kellyanne Conway’s account posting it late Monday evening using Twitter’s ephemeral messaging feature Fleets, the company’s version of Instagram Stories.

Censored versions of the image, which shows a picture of a phone displaying the image of the 16-year-old in what appears to be a bathroom, are being shared on social media. The picture on the phone that was photographed appears to be dated Jan. 4.

Claudia Conway responded to the incident in a now-deleted TikTok video posted in the early hours of Tuesday morning. She said she was at a loss for words but offered an explanation of what may have happened.

“The picture is from months ago, and I’m assuming my mom took my phone—she takes it all the time—she took a picture of that, so that was on her phone. So she accidentally posted it or somebody hacked her, but nobody would ever have any photo like that.”

Claudia Conway then adds: “So Kellyanne, you’re going to fucking jail.”

In a second video, also deleted, Claudia Conway says she doesn’t know what to do and asks followers to report the image if they see it.

“My mom deserves to go to jail, that’s unreal, she is the only person who has it, that’s insane,” she added.

In another one, a fearful Claudia tells followers, “there’s nothing that can really be done.” 

“I’ve tried everything,” she continues. “My parents are too powerful and nothing happens. I’m probably going to get in a lot of trouble for this. I just want everyone in the world watching this to know that I’m not lying at all. I wouldn’t lie about anything like this.”

In comments under previous TikTok videos about the photo-sharing incident, Conway told her 1.7 million followers: “It’s real, goodbye world.”

Neither Kellyanne Conway nor Twitter responded to requests for comment on the incident.

Monday’s incident is the latest in an increasingly fractious relationship between Kellyanne Conway and her daughter that is playing out live on social media.

Last week, Claudia Conway posted a number of videos to TikTok that showed her mother appearing to verbally and physically abuse her. 

One of the videos shows Kellyanne calling Claudia an “ungrateful bitch” and saying, “You’re never gonna record another fucking thing in your life! It’s going in for a forensic analysis!”

Officers from the Alpine Police Department in New Jersey responded to Conway’s home on Wednesday, January 20, in response to a “juvenile matter,” that’s  now under investigation, OK! Magazine reported.

The Alpine Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether it has received reports about the nude image being posted on Twitter.

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So Weird How Fox News Hosts Keep Defending QAnon

Unraveling viral disinformation and explaining where it came from, the harm it’s causing, and what we should do about it.

Tucker Carlson on Monday night became at least the third major Fox News host to downplay or defend QAnon on the network.

During the opening monologue of his show, Carlson devoted much of his time to attacking a proposed piece of legislation by Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) that would bar QAnon believers from obtaining a federal security clearance.

He mocked the idea that QAnon posed a major threat to the U.S. and instead attempted to portray the bill as an attempt by Democrats to impose some kind of mind control over U.S. citizens.

“There’s a clear line between democracy and tyranny between self-government and dictatorship,” Carlson said. “And here’s what that line is. That line is your conscience. They cannot cross that. Government has every right to tell you what to do. No democratic government can ever tell you what to think.”

Carlson went on to claim that the ultimate result of this would be U.S. citizens becoming enslaved. 

“If they succeed in controlling what you believe you are no longer a citizen, you are no longer a free man, you are a slave,” Carlson said.

In recent months, QAnon has moved from a fringe conspiracy theory to a mainstream movement with millions of followers across the U.S. Its followers were central in spreading misinformation about the presidential election being “stolen,” and they played a central role in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

A joint bulletin issued by the National Counterterrorism Center and the Department of Justice on Jan. 14 specifically mentions QAnon as an extremist threat. It was released after internal memos from the FBI and the Defense Department that also warned about QAnon.

Carlson did speak about a “conspiracy theory that hurt our country in immeasurable ways,” but rather than referring to QAnon, the host was speaking about the investigations into Trump’s possible collusion with Russia. 

Carlson’s defense of QAnon should not come as much of a surprise, given he has in the past hosted known QAnon supporters on his show, including Noor Bin Laden, the niece of Osama Bin Laden.

Since Trump was defeated and President Joe Biden was inaugurated — contradicting QAnon prophecy — the movement has been trying to recalibrate and find a new direction. It is also seeking validation from establishment figures within the conservative movement, and Carlson’s comments were shared by one of the biggest QAnon groups on Telegram on Monday night. 

“Perhaps he has finally realized it is best to support the 80% of voters who voted for Trump because we will have him again for our President,” one member of the group commented. 

Fox has increasingly embraced and boosted the conspiracy theory in recent months. Hosts Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld have both defended it, and shows like “Fox & Friends” have brought on multiple QAnon supporters as guests. 

In fact, Carlson wasn’t the only Fox News personality on Monday night to raise a defense of QAnon.

Moments after Carlson went off air, Laura Ingraham took up the baton, saying that attempts to prevent QAnon radicalization in the military are “absolutely poisonous.”

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Banned From Twitter For Good

Even his pillow’s “patented, interlocking fill” won’t be enough to give MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell a peaceful night’s sleep right now.

His friend Donald Trump lost the election and is no longer president. Major retailers have dropped his products over his support of the Capitol riots. He is embroiled in legal action against a newspaper over a report he was romantically involved with “30 Rock” actor Jane Krakowski. He is facing a potential billion-dollar lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems for spreading baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud. 

And now Twitter has permanently banned him, cutting him off from his 500,000 followers.

Late on Monday night, Twitter announced Lindell had been banned for repeatedly spreading lies claiming that Trump won the presidential election.

“The account you referenced has been permanently suspended due to repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told VICE News.

The decision is part of a sweeping effort by Twitter targeting users who spread misinformation about the election result and those who helped incite the Capitol riots on Jan. 6. Earlier this month, the company permanently banned Trump as part of its crackdown. 

Lindell’s ban could have an impact on his plans to run for governor in Minnesota in 2022, hindering his ability to communicate with supporters and voters.

But the Twitter ban is just the latest fallout from Lindell’s unflinching support for Trump and pushing of conspiracy theories about the election being stolen.

Last week a raft of retailers announced they were cutting ties to Lindell and MyPillow, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Kroger, H-E-B, and BJ’s. While the retailers maintained publicly that the decisions were linked to poor sales, Lindell himself said it was linked to his support for Trump and part of a wider trend of  “cancel culture.” 

“The [retailers] were afraid of being boycotted by customers because they live in fear of all these attack groups,” Lindell told Business Insider last week. “And they’re not their customers. What’s going to happen to them now is that all the real customers are going to be very upset.”

Dominion Voting Systems, which announced a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani on Monday, has warned Lindell that a lawsuit is “imminent” if he doesn’t stop sharing baseless conspiracy theories about the company’s machines. 

Those theories originated among QAnon supporters but were quickly spread widely by Trump and his allies as part of their effort to overturn the election.

Lindell has never wavered in his support for Trump, and in recent weeks he has funded and participated in “Stop the Steal” rallies across the country, though he claimed he did not fund trips in support of the protests on Jan. 6 that turned violent with the storming of the Capitol.

Despite the violence at the Capitol, Lindell continues to support Trump and called the Jan. 6 incident “very peaceful,” blaming “undercover antifa that dressed as Trump people” for the riots.

“Donald Trump will be our president for the next four years,” Lindell claimed in an interview on Newsmax earlier this month.

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Capitol Rioter Tells AOC He’s Very Sorry for That ‘Assassinate AOC’ Tweet

The Texas man who posted selfies from the Capitol riot and followed that up with a death threat to AOC is now apologizing, saying he’s “ashamed” of his comments and blaming former President Trump for leading him into rioting.

Garret Miller, 34, was arrested Wednesday and originally charged with four counts related to his alleged participation in the Capitol riot, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, knowingly entering a restricted building, certain acts during civil disorder, and obstructing an official proceeding. And then his charges were updated to include a fifth count of threats, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to CNBC

He targeted AOC after she tweeted “Impeach” following the riot and one of her commenters called to “arrest any maga [sic] supporter in dc [sic] and hold them.”

To that, Miller said: “We acted with honor and we where [sic] not armed,” according to a criminal complaint. “We where [sic] gentle with the police. They murdered a child.” Miller then followed that up with another reply that said simply: “Assassinate AOC[.]” In another post, Miller said of the Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt that “we gonna hug his neck with a nice rope.”

Miller’s online posts earned him a threat charge, along with the four other charges related to the Capitol riot.

He released a statement Monday through his lawyer apologizing to Ocasio-Cortez and Capitol Police and claiming he was following the orders of former President Donald Trump when he participated in the riot. 

“While I never intended to harm Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez nor harm any members of the Capitol police force, I recognize that my social media posts were completely inappropriate,” Miller told VICE News in an email through his lawyer, Clint Broden. “They were made at a time when Donald Trump had me believing that an American election was stolen.”

Miller said he left D.C. after Trump told the protesters to go home and said he now recognizes Joe Biden as the president of the United States, according to CNBC. “I want to publicly apologize to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and the Capitol police officers,” he reiterated. “I have always supported law enforcement and I am ashamed by my comments.”

More than a hundred people have been charged so far in connection with the riots, and Miller isn’t the first to say he was following Trump’s orders. 

A lawyer for Jake Angeli, the “QAnon Shaman” who wore face paint and a Viking headdress during the riot and told VICE News that he was “quite proud of my participation,” told St. Louis television station KSDK last week that Angeli is actually quite sorry for his participation. 

“He regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the president, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made,” the lawyer said.

Like others arrested in the wake of the Capitol riot, Miller is alleged to have posted videos and photos of himself inside the Capitol to social media. The feds allege that Miller posted a selfie of himself inside the Capitol wearing a Make America Great Again hat, and a commenter said, “bro you got in? Nice!”

“Just wanted to incriminate myself a little lol,” Miller allegedly responded.

Prior to the riot, Miller had allegedly posted that he was bringing “a grappling hook and rope and a level 3 vest. Helmets mouth guard and bump cap,” and that he ““had a lot of guns” on him when he had previously attended a pro-Trump rally in the capital.

Following his initial court appearance Friday, Miller was due to appear in federal court Monday for a detention hearing. 

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Miller’s arrest Friday. “On one hand you have to laugh, and on the other know that the reason they were this brazen is because they thought they were going to succeed,” she tweeted. 

The account purportedly belonging to Miller has since been suspended by Twitter, though screenshots were included in the charging documents.