This new New York Times report on an NFL player/owner meeting back in October is painful reading and not at all pretty. This passage stands out …
The New England Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft pointed to another “elephant in the room.”
“This kneeling,” he said.
“The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” said Kraft, who is a longtime supporter of Mr. Trump’s. “It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”
It’s not altogether clear to me what Kraft was calling “divisive” and “horrible.”
It looks like Alek Minassian, the man who, police say, killed ten people in a van attack in Toronto Monday, had written a Facebook post praising Elliot Rodger earlier that day. Rodger, of course, is the young California man whose 2014 shooting rampage came after he left a hateful and misogynistic manifesto lamenting his failures with women.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Minassian was inspired by Rodger. As Allegra Kirkland reports, Rodger has become an icon of sorts for some of the more extreme members of the online men’s rights and “incel” (“involuntarily celibate”) communities, who have hailed him as “the only one who ever stood up for us,” by being willing to violently avenge the crime of women not wanting to have sex with them. And this rancid subculture increasingly has ties to the broader alt-right.
Good morning. Here’s what the TPM team has its eyes on today.
The head of that ridiculously large security detail EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt created for himself also does ‘investigations’ for The National Enquirer, specifically for Trump buddy/protector David Pecker, CEO of Enquirer parent company AMI.
Patrick Fitzgerald and James Comey have separately confirmed this evening our story that Fitzgerald is a member of Comey’s personal legal team. Fitzgerald has been representing Comey since President Trump fired Comey as FBI director in May 2017, we have now learned.
You might have seen the document we posted earlier, which was filed by Kris Kobach’s legal team in the Kansas proof of citizenship case. The legal wizards in Kobach’s office forgot to delete a comment musing that a particular legal claim — that the plaintiffs lack standing — “PROBABLY ISN’T WORTH ARGUING.” (Well, it definitely isn’t now!)
This kind of incompetence is part of a pattern. Much of Tierney Sneed’s reporting from the recent trial over the citizenship law focused on the pretty basic legal mistakes that Kobach and his team appeared to keep making.
From the pool report …
Thanks to Jon Karl and our TV friends for settling the debate of the day. When POTUS brushed something off President Macron’s suit coat, he said it was dandruff: “We have a very special relationship, in fact I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off,” POTUS said. “We have to make him perfect — he is perfect.”
In addition to being great representatives of civic evil, Kris Kobach and his clowns are amazingly incompetent …
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his lawyers appear to have forgotten to delete a section of a document they filed in federal court that a point of law "probably isn't worth arguing." pic.twitter.com/c7JV8544Cv
— Sam Levine (@srl) April 24, 2018