Monday, July 10, 2023

Crazy Tara Reade gets worse

Crazy Tara Reade has morphed into liar Tara Reade. 

I spoke about this publicly in 2019 and 2020 and was dragged by press outlets like PBS stating how “great Joe is” even though I spoke about how he is ill tempered, foul mouthed and violent. Angry Joe: When President Biden loses his cool

No, Tara's that not true.  A cursory review of the timeline -- see WIKIPEDIA for one example -- demonstrates that you said he touched your hair,, that someone told you he made a comment that you had nice legs, and that you said it was not sexual harassment.  Only later did you come forward with your claims of sexual assault.  And I did defend you here but as you continue to lie about what happened in 2019 and 2020, you do not just seem crazy, you seem dishonest.

Why was I at Tara Reade's Twitter feed?  Gal Luft.  That is Ms. Reade's friend and buddy and, she insists, fellow whistle-blower.  

She is not a whistle-blower.  

Bug Gal Luft is in the news and I wanted to see what she had to say about this man who is one of the reasons she defected to Russia.  MEDIAITE reports:

The whistleblower Republicans said would expose the alleged corruption of President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden has been indicted on eight counts.

Gal Luft, who is the co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security think tank in Washington, D.C., was indicted in the U.S. Southern District of New York. The indictment was unsealed on Monday.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement:

As alleged, Gal Luft, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen and co-head of a Maryland think tank, engaged in multiple, serious criminal schemes. He subverted foreign agent registration laws in the United States to seek to promote Chinese policies by acting through a former high-ranking U.S. Government official; he acted as a broker in deals for dangerous weapons and Iranian oil; and he told multiple lies about his crimes to law enforcement. As the charges unsealed today reflect, our Office will continue to work vigorously with our law enforcement partners to detect and hold accountable those who surreptitiously attempt to perpetrate malign foreign influence campaigns here in the United States.

Here is the press release (from the U.S. government) on these charges:

Gal Luft, a Dual U.S.-Israeli Citizen, Allegedly Evaded FARA Registration While Working to Advance the Interests of China in the United States and Sought to Broker the Illicit Sales of Chinese-Manufactured Weapons and Iranian Oil to China

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Matthew G. Olsen, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Christie M. Curtis, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the unsealing of an eight-count Indictment charging GAL LUFT with offenses related to willfully failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”), arms trafficking, Iranian sanctions violations, and making false statements to federal agents.  LUFT, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, was arrested on February 17, 2023, in the Republic of Cyprus based on the charges in the Indictment.  LUFT subsequently fled after being released on bail while extradition proceedings were pending and remains a fugitive.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As alleged, Gal Luft, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen and co-head of a Maryland think tank, engaged in multiple, serious criminal schemes.  He subverted foreign agent registration laws in the United States to seek to promote Chinese policies by acting through a former high-ranking U.S. Government official; he acted as a broker in deals for dangerous weapons and Iranian oil; and he told multiple lies about his crimes to law enforcement.  As the charges unsealed today reflect, our Office will continue to work vigorously with our law enforcement partners to detect and hold accountable those who surreptitiously attempt to perpetrate malign foreign influence campaigns here in the United States.”

FBI Acting Assistant Director in Charge Christie M. Curtis said: “As alleged, the defendant engaged in multiple schemes to evade sanctions and laws intended to protect our national security.   The FBI is determined to defend our nation by enforcing laws designed to promote transparency of foreign influence within the United States.”

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, other filings, public information, and statements made during court proceedings:[1]

For years, LUFT, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who serves as the co-director of a Maryland-based think tank, engaged, along with others, in multiple international criminal schemes. 

First, LUFT conspired with others in an effort to act within the United States to advance the interests of the People’s Republic of China (“China”) as agents of China-based principals, without registering as foreign agents as required under U.S. law.  As part of this scheme, while serving as the co-director of a Maryland-based non-profit think tank, LUFT agreed to covertly recruit and pay, on behalf of principals based in China, a former high-ranking U.S. Government official (“Individual-1”), including in 2016 while the former official was an adviser to the then-President-elect, to publicly support certain policies with respect to China without LUFT or Individual-1 filing a registration statement as an agent of a foreign principal with the Attorney General of the United States, in violation of FARA.  Among other things, in the weeks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, LUFT and a co-conspirator (“CC-1”), who is a Chinese national and worked for a Chinese nongovernmental organization affiliated with a Chinese energy company, created a written “dialogue” between CC-1 and Individual-1, in which LUFT wrote Individual-1’s responses and included information that was favorable to China.  The dialogue was then published in a Chinese newspaper online and sent to, among others, individuals in the United States, including a journalist and professors at multiple U.S. universities.  When LUFT was writing the dialogue, CC-1 told LUFT that “[i]n these articles, we do not want to spill all the beans yet, just enough to let ‘people’ know he [i.e., Individual-1] is in the corridor of power to be.  Just broad stroke policy consideration that leaves plenty of room for interpretation and imagination to be filled in later.”  After the purported “conversations” were published, LUFT told CC-1 that certain information, favorable to China, had been “tucked between the lines.”  Shortly after the 2016 election, LUFT and CC-1 also discussed possible roles Individual-1 might have in the incoming U.S. administration and discussed Individual-1 taking a “silent trip” to China.  LUFT responded that “[w]e are debating about his role in the new admin.  There are all kinds of considerations . . .We should talk ftf [i.e., face-to-face] as there can be a supremely unique opportunity for china.”

Second, LUFT conspired with others and attempted to broker illicit arms transactions with, among others, certain Chinese individuals and entities.  In his role as a broker or middleman, LUFT worked to find both buyers and sellers of certain weapons and other materials, without a license to do so as required under U.S. law, in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.  Among other things, LUFT worked to broker a deal for Chinese companies to sell certain weapons to Libya, including anti-tank launchers, grenade launchers, and mortar rounds (which LUFT and his associates referred to in coded language as “toys”).  LUFT also worked to broker deals for certain weapons to be sold to the United Arab Emirates, including aerial bombs and rockets.  LUFT further worked to broker deals for certain weapons to be sold by a Chinese company to Kenya, including unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs”) – and specifically “strike” UAVs, which LUFT acknowledged “[t]he US doesn’t want to sell[, . . .] hence the opportunity.”  LUFT also discussed brokering a deal for weapons to Qatar and told CC-1 that Israel was “not a good fit” as the middleman for the deal because it had the “[s]ame problem the [] Q [i.e., Qataris] have w uncle [i.e., the United States].  Need a third party.  . . .  I will activate.”  In his role as a broker for illicit arms deals, LUFT worked on a commission basis and traveled to meetings and received and passed on documentation needed to secure the deals.  During a voluntary interview with U.S. law enforcement in which he was asked questions about his involvement in arms trafficking, LUFT made multiple false statements, including that he had not sought to engage in or profit from arms deals.

Third, LUFT conspired with others and attempted to broker deals for Iranian oil – which he directed an associate to refer to as “Brazilian” oil in an effort to conceal the activity and evade sanctions – in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.  In his role as a broker or middleman, LUFT solicited buyers and passed on pricing and other information.  One offer letter for Iranian oil that LUFT received noted that the “origin” of the oil was “Iranian / It can be presented as UAE origin without Iranian papers.”  He also assisted in setting up meetings between Iranian representatives and a Chinese energy company for the purpose of discussing oil deals.  During a voluntary interview with U.S. law enforcement in which he was asked about his role brokering deals in Iranian oil, LUFT made multiple false statements, including that he had tried to prevent oil deals with Iran and had not been present during meetings with the Chinese energy company and Iranians. 

*                *                *

LUFT, 57, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who formerly resided in both Maryland and Israel and is now a fugitive, has been charged with the following offenses, which carry the maximum prison terms listed below.  The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by a judge.



Maximum Prison Term


Conspiracy to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act

Five years


Conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act

Five years


Violation of the Arms Export Control Act (relating to Libya)

20 years


Violation of the Arms Export Control Act (relating to the United Arab Emirates)

20 years


Violation of the Arms Export Control Act (relating to Kenya)

20 years


Making false statements

Five years


Conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act

20 years


Making false statements

Five years

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI and its New York Field Office, Counterintelligence Division.  Mr. Williams also thanked the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs for their assistance.

If you have any information about LUFT’s whereabouts, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.  Tips can be reported anonymously and can also be reported online at

This matter is being handled by the Office’s National Security and International Narcotics Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel C. Richenthal and Catherine Ghosh are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance from Trial Attorney Scott Claffee of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.


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Tara Tweeted and reTweeted multiple times today but never noted her good and trusted friend -- despite having defended him for months now.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:

Monday, July 10, 2023.  The persecutions against Julian Assange continues, TotalEnergy signs a deal with Iraq that's good for TotalEnergy, tourism is up in Iraq but down in Florida -- just like Ron DeSantis' polling numbers, Junior continues his bizarre campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential campaign with more people noticing serious problems, and much more.

 Ben Cohen, co-founder of popular American ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, was arrested Thursday outside the Department of Justice while protesting in support of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange.

Cohen had shared in a tweet on Wednesday that he planned to “protest the criminalization of the free press and the prosecution” of Assange, acknowledging that the move would "risk arrest." 

Julian is being persecuted for the 'crime' of journalism.  Julian Assange remains imprisoned and remains persecuted by US President Joe Biden who, as vice president, once called him "a high tech terrorist."  Julian's 'crime' was revealing the realities of Iraq -- Chelsea Manning was a whistle-blower who leaked the information to Julian.  WIKILEAKS then published the Iraq War Logs.  And many outlets used the publication to publish reports of their own.  For example, THE GUARDIAN published many articles based on The Iraq War Logs.  Jonathan Steele, David Leigh and Nick Davies offered, on October 22, 2012:

A grim picture of the US and Britain's legacy in Iraq has been revealed in a massive leak of American military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crimes.
Almost 400,000 secret US army field reports have been passed to the Guardian and a number of other international media organisations via the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

The electronic archive is believed to emanate from the same dissident US army intelligence analyst who earlier this year is alleged to have leaked a smaller tranche of 90,000 logs chronicling bloody encounters and civilian killings in the Afghan war.
The new logs detail how:
US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished.

A US helicopter gunship involved in a notorious Baghdad incident had previously killed Iraqi insurgents after they tried to surrender.
More than 15,000 civilians died in previously unknown incidents. US and UK officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.

The numerous reports of detainee abuse, often supported by medical evidence, describe prisoners shackled, blindfolded and hung by wrists or ankles, and subjected to whipping, punching, kicking or electric shocks. Six reports end with a detainee's apparent deat

The Biden administration has been saying all the right things lately about respecting a free and vigorous press, after four years of relentless media-bashing and legal assaults under Donald Trump.

The attorney general, Merrick Garland, has even put in place expanded protections for journalists this fall, saying that “a free and independent press is vital to the functioning of our democracy”.

But the biggest test of Biden’s commitment remains imprisoned in a jail cell in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been held since 2019 while facing prosecution in the United States under the Espionage Act, a century-old statute that has never been used before for publishing classified information.

Whether the US justice department continues to pursue the Trump-era charges against the notorious leaker, whose group put out secret information on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, American diplomacy and internal Democratic politics before the 2016 election, will go a long way toward determining whether the current administration intends to make good on its pledges to protect the press.

Now Biden is facing a re-energized push, both inside the United States and overseas, to drop Assange’s protracted prosecution.


On the 30 June, Stella Assange and her two children were granted a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Mrs Assange has reported that the Pope is well aware of the urgency of the situation her husband Julian is in, as he awaits his appeal against extradition from England to the United States to face charges of violations of the US’s 1917 Espionage Act. 

[. . .]

In light of her audience with Pope Francis last week, I caught up with Stella Assange in London earlier today to ask her about her own faith and the role that faith has played throughout the ordeal. 

Anthony McCarthy (AM)

Can you tell us what the audience with the Pope meant to you and your children? 

Stella Assange (SA)

The audience with the Pope was a moment of humanity and compassion at a human level and contrasted with much of the day-to-day fight where we are confronted with the opposite. The prison, which is a place that we spend a lot of time, and which Julian is in all the time, is where humanity and compassion and dignity is denied in a systematic way. We felt the exact opposite in meeting with Pope Francis, where we were greeted with great warmth. I have huge respect for Pope Francis and I am very grateful that he allowed for this meeting to be publicised.  

Can you tell us more about what the Pope’s letter to Julian meant to him at the time it was received? 


The Pope sent a message in March 2021 to Julian via the Catholic chaplain of the prison. It came at an especially low point, as the lower court in UK had ruled that Julian’s treatment in the US would not be humane, but the court, despite this finding, did not grant him bail. The letter was a significant event and it was very important to Julian that he received this message, which also coincided with some very difficult days – he had lost one of his close friends to suicide in the prison just a couple of months previously and it was during the cCvid lockdown period, so there was much isolation. While these communications are private there is much significance in these gestures and Julian has found much comfort from the pastoral care of the Catholic chaplain at Belmarsh, who also blessed our wedding. It was this same chaplain who verbally read to Julian the Pope’s message through the prison door. 

[. . .]


Is there any final message you would like to give to Catholics in the British Isles ?


I would like to thank everyone who has been praying for Julian and supporting his freedom. I think that many people whom I have met along the way are both deeply concerned and disgusted about the dehumanisation and mistreatment of Julian, but also share my understanding that what is being done to Julian is a bigger attack on the truth and on people’s right to know the truth. And without the truth we can never have justice. The most important thing is not to allow Julian to become a taboo issue. This case is so flagrant, it concerns the exposure of the killing of thousands and thousands of men, women and children and what the punishment is for exposing that. Justice here should not be seen as a taboo subject.

We all have a responsibility to ensure that injustice isn’t allowed to carry on in silence. It’s crucial that people don’t remain silent in the face of this. That is why I am so grateful to the Pope for having decided to highlight this in this way. 

Turning to Iraq where the big news, according to the media, is a business deal.  THE CRADLE reports:

Iraq sealed a $27 billion energy deal with French oil major TotalEnergies on 10 June to develop the nation's oil, gas, and renewable energies sectors over 25 years in a step toward achieving energy self-sufficiency.

"This is the starting day, and we'll deliver the project in the next four years for the benefit of everyone in Iraq," TotalEnergies Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanne said during the signing ceremony in Baghdad, stressing that this was a “historic day.”

OIL & GAS notes, "The deal between both parties was initially signed in 2021 with an investment of $10 billion in southern Iraq over 25 years, but it was delayed amid disputes between Iraqi politicians." At its website, TOTAL notes, "We have been operating in Iraq since the late 1920s in oil and gas exploration and production. Today, we are also active in the retail sector. "  Not noted in most of the coverage is that fact that this has been an on-again-off-again deal for some time.  For example, last year on Valentine's Day, Aref Mohammed, Rowena Edwards and Dmitry Zhdannikov (REUTERS) reported, "A $27 billion deal between France's TotalEnergies (TTEF.PA) and Iraq that Baghdad hoped would reverse the exit of oil majors from the country has stalled amid disputes over terms and risks being scrapped by the country's new government."  It would be over a year later, April 3, 2023, before the deal again had any real movement.  Ahmed Rasheed and Maha El Dahan (REUTERS) reported, "Baghdad has reached an agreement to hold a 30% stake in TotalEnergies TTEF.PA long-delayed $27 billion Iraq project, two sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The deal was signed in 2021 for TotalEnergies to build four oil, gas and renewables projects with an initial investment of $10 billion in southern Iraq over 25 years." The 'new' deal?  Julian Bechocha (RUDAW) explains, "The finalized deal saw TotalEnergies holding the lion’s share with a 45 percent stake in the Gas Growth Integrated Project (GGIP), followed by Iraqi state-owned Basra Oil Company with 30 percent, and QatarEnergy with 25 percent."  Sinan Mahmoud (THE NATIONAL) adds, "Baghdad had wanted a 40 per cent stake but the French company insisted on a majority holding." Of the deal struck, ZAWYA notes:

The four contracts include:

  • Building a seawater treatment plant to provide water injection for pressure maintenance to increase regional oil production
  • Development of nearly 600 million cubic metres of associated gas and several oilfields in South Basra governorate
  • Boosting output from the Artawi oilfield
  • Developing a 1 GW solar power plant to supply electricity to the Basrah regional grid.

In other Iraq news, TRAVEL AND TOUR reports:

In the five years from the time the Islamic State terrorist group was compelled to get out of the country, Iraq has had a comparatively peaceful time.

In spite of some persistent economic and political disputes, the northwestern Kurdish highlands of the country have witnessed a huge rise in tourism as stability in the country has been reinstated.

Convention organizers are pulling out of Florida, which is devastating knock-on tourism and causing panic over the future of the industry, experts warned in a report Friday.

When asked for a reason why they were scrapping plans, one organizer wrote simply: “Governor DeSantis.”

More than half a dozen planned conventions in Broward County, which encompasses the Fort Lauderdale area, have been scrapped in recent months, according to a list drawn up by the county’s tourism promotion group Visit Lauderdale and reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“We lost this program due to political climate,” Visit Lauderdale notes on a decision by the Supreme Council of America Inc., Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite Masons to cancel its meeting, planned for August next year. It also canceled 855 hotel rooms

Imagine that, people happy to visit The Sunshine State are less inclined to visit in its latest incarnation as The Hate State.  Who could have guessed?  Anyone with a brain.  Which leaves out the state's governor Ron DeSantis and Ronnie's chief cheerleader Jonathan Turley.  Poor dumb Ron, Mike handed him "Idiot of the week" for the way Ron's campaign is imploding.  On the imploding campaign:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign is sinking into oblivion – and that's filling Floridians with dread, columnist Fred Grimm writes for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

“Somehow, DeSantis has failed — so far — to captivate Republican voters despite his relentless exploitation of crafted-for-MAGA issues like race, abortion, immigration, guns, gender dysphoria, gay rights, drag queens, the Disney Company," Grimm wrote.

Grimm notes that despite DeSantis’ efforts to project a “tough guy” image of Trump without the baggage, MAGA voters are sticking with what they know.

William Spivey (LEVEL) observes, "The good news is that the American public has seen Ron DeSantis for who he is and rejected him. In addition to him having almost no social skills, his likability levels are near zero. His entire campaign was based on appealing to hate, and he’s now been exposed."

Turning to another imploding campaign, this time in the Democratic Party, Robert F. Kennedy Jr's bid for the party's presidential nomination becomes more of a longshot with each passing day.  John Gallagher (LGBTQ NATION) notes:

For example, last month Kennedy said that chemicals in the water are turning kids trans. His proof? It’s happening to frogs.

“There’s atrazine throughout our water supply,” Kennedy claimed. “If you, in a lab, put atrazine in a tank full of frogs, it will chemically castrate and forcibly feminize every frog in there. And 10 percent of the frogs, the male frogs, will turn into fully viable females able to produce viable eggs. If it’s doing that to frogs, there’s a lot of other evidence that it’s doing it to human beings as well.”

If this particular rant sounds familiar, it’s because Alex Jones has used it as well. No one has ever suggested that Jones, who claimed the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, was a credible presidential candidate.

Kennedy has also said he opposes trans athletes participating in sports. “I am against people participating in women’s sports who are biologically male,” Kennedy said on CNN last April.

Kennedy’s disdain for the health of LGBTQ+ people extends to HIV as well. In his worldview, AIDS is actually caused by poppers. In a nice blame-the-victim touch that would have made the Reagan administration proud, he also sounds as if he believes gay men were at fault for their own deaths.

“A hundred percent of the people who died in the first thousand [with] AIDS were people who were addicted to poppers, which are known to cause Kaposi sarcoma in rats,” Kennedy said. “And they were people who were part of a gay lifestyle where they were burning the candle at both ends.”

Kennedy believes that AZT, one of the earliest treatments for AIDS, killed more people than the disease itself would have if left untreated. (It didn’t.) He has blamed Anthony Fauci for deliberately sabotaging treatments that were cheaper and more effective and even accused Fauci of essentially murdering 80 Black children in a clinical trial and burying them in a mass grave. Kennedy recently endorsed a book that argues that HIV does not cause AIDS.

Kennedy’s fringe (to be polite) beliefs will no doubt come out as the campaign wears on. But it’s in the interest of the far right to promote him as a legitimate alternative to Biden during the primary. The more votes Kennedy might siphon from Biden, the weaker Biden will appear, softening him up for the general election.

That’s the apparent reason why such Trump-world figures as Steve Bannon and Roger Stone are singing the praises of Kennedy. Bannon actually encouraged Kennedy to run for president as, in the words of CBS reporter Bob Costa “a useful chaos agent.” Stone has said that a Trump-Kennedy ticket would be a “dream.” Michael Flynn and Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk have also expressed their admiration.

The right is certainly doing its best to create a race between Biden and Kennedy. “With RFK Jr. … surging in the Democratic primary, is Biden in trouble?” Sean Hannity asked on one recent show. As it turns out, Kennedy is rising in the polls – among Republicans. Democrats have had an increasingly unfavorable opinion of him as they learn more about him.

That’s a problem for someone who is running as a Democrat. The other problem Kennedy has is that his family isn’t lining up to support him either. Three years ago, two of his siblings and a niece wrote an op-ed in which they said they loved him but called his anti-vax stance “tragically wrong” and “an outlier in the Kennedy family.”

Meanwhile, the foundation named after his father, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, is carrying on exactly the kind of mission that Junior is not. It has decried last week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing selective discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, criticized the attack on books, and, most telling of all, advocated for the rights of trans people.

The president of the group is Kerry Kennedy, Robert Kennedy Jr.’s sister. 

Junior is not carrying his father's legacy, he's just a little boy -- an elderly little boy -- who wants to play in the right-wing sandbox.  As we noted last week:

Junior stands for nothing and that's why he's not increasing his support.  He's far too busy reaching out to the most pathetic of panhandlers -- Glenneth, Matt Taibbi, Tulsi Gabbard, Bari Weiss, serial plagiarist Chris Hedges, Col Douglas Macgregor, Joe Rogan. Jordan Peterson, et al.  He should have known that he'd be judged by the company he keeps.   And that we would notice how he apparently doesn't know a single person of color.  It's a monochromatic world for Junior.

[. . .]

Junior is not bridging a gap between middle class and poor nor between Whites and African-Americans.  

Junior's in bed with racists.  Maybe he expects non-racists to just trust him but why should they?  

His father, as a candidate in 1968, did not bridge the gap by glorifying racists.  Nor did he just pose with and visit White people.  

The Kennedy image is supposed to be about uplift.  It's Eunice starting The Special Olympics, for example.  It's Caroline leaving private life to become a US ambassador.  It's not Teddy drunk in his 80s feeling up an actress (true story, by the way) during a public dinner.  It's not acting like a frat boy (William Kennedy Smith, Junior and so many more examples).  

The Kennedy luster has been squandered by Junior.  People wanted to be inspired.  They wanted to right a wrong (the assassinations of JFK and RFK).  They want to believe -- as so many films and novels tell them -- that the child emerges as an adult to right the wrongs done to the family.  Instead, he became a boring frat boy, hanging out with every extremist White person he could, refusing to speak to people of color -- as a general rule, if you're trying to reach out to people of color you don't make White bread Dennis Kucinich your campaign manager. 

He failed to inspire.  He instead came off like so many others born with every opportunity who only identifies with those just like him.  

That image could be turned around but the campaign doesn't appear to have a clue and has instead focused on the low hanging and rotten fruit like Moms For Liberty.  You can believe that no other Kennedy, past or present, would have been stupid enough to get entangled with them or any other identified hate group.

He shows no leadership at all.  Claire Thornton (USA TODAY) reports:

Days after the Supreme Court's ruling that businesses can deny same-sex wedding services if it clashes with their religious views, new data says most American voters disagree with that position.

Last week, the nation's high court sided with a Colorado business owner who argued a state nondiscrimination law could not compel her to make same-sex websites.

The survey, conducted by Data for Progress, found 65% of voters believe businesses should not be allowed to turn away customers who are of a particular sexual orientation because of the business owner's personal beliefs. Data for Progress describes itself on its website as "a multidisciplinary group of experts using state-of-the-art techniques in data science to support progressive activists and causes."

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