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For most of the now almost-forgotten vice presidential debate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence kept his cool, ignoring, deflecting, or outright denying any effort by Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to tie him to his running mate, Donald Trump. But it’s hard to keep your composure for the length of a debate. It takes work. And toward the end of the 90-minute showdown, Pence began to falter, and then with a single infelicitous phrase he evoked the only wall Trump will ever build: the one between the Republican Party and Latino voters.

It happened after Kaine returned to Trump’s rhetoric, pressing Pence to answer for his running mate’s insults and bigotry. “When Donald Trump says women or Mexicans are rapists and criminals … or John McCain is not a hero, he is showing you who he is,” said the Virginia senator, to which Pence had a reply. “Senator,” he said, “you’ve whipped out that Mexican thing again.” Adding, “There are criminal aliens in this country, Tim, who have come into this country illegally who are perpetrating violence and taking American lives.”

That Mexican thing. That Mexican thing, to be precise, is Trump’s anti-Hispanic demagoguery, which stretches back to the beginning of the campaign. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” said Trump when he opened his campaign last summer. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”


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Senator John McCain lies in state at the Arizona State Capitol.

The only way emperor puppetine could 'lie in state' would be if he could continue pretending to be an American president.

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"You know you're all f___ed up when your fam don't even want you to win an election."

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar's Siblings Endorse Rival in New Campaign Ads
by Joseph Flaherty

Republican Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar might be a near lock for re-election, but not if his six siblings have anything to say about it.

Gosar’s siblings — Grace, David, Jennifer, Tim, Joan and Gaston — recorded a campaign advertisement “wholeheartedly” supporting the Fourth District Republican’s Democratic opponent, Dr. David Brill.

Gosar, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, recently made news when it was revealed he “attended an hours-long dinner in London in July with an extremist Belgian politician who has a history of inflammatory and racist comments,” according to CNN.

“(Gosar) ’s not listening to you. He doesn’t have your interests at heart,” his brother Tim Gosar said in Brill’s ad.

In another video, Grace Gosar said “It would be difficult to see my brother as anything but a racist,” according to the Phoenix New Times.

The Gosar siblings have grown estranged from their brother, a four-term congressman, because of his frequent conspiracy theorizing and hair-raising comments about immigrants.

Gosar is the eldest son of a family of 10 children who grew up in Wyoming.

Many of his siblings don't share their brother's hardline views.

One of his brothers, Pete Gosar, ran for governor of Wyoming as a Democrat in 2014.

Paul Gosar, on the other hand, is one of President Trump's most loyal defenders.

David Gosar, a 57-year-old attorney in Wyoming and the third of the Gosar children, told Phoenix New Times on Friday that the siblings are not seeking attention.

But after watching their brother's career in Congress unfold over seven years, they couldn't stay silent any longer.

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Monday, 22nd October 2018
The Grand Ol' Predators Strategy is Fear & Loathing
by Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey/Washington Post

The Latino migrant caravan traveling north is 1,100 miles, approximately the same distance as Miami, Fl and New York City

emperor puppetine has settled on a strategy of fear - laced with falsehoods and racially-tinged rhetoric - to help lift his party to victory in the coming midterms, part of a broader effort to energize Republican voters with two weeks left until the Nov. 6 elections.

puppetine's messaging - on display in his regular campaign rallies, tweets and press statements - largely avoids much talk of his achievements and instead offers an apocalyptic vision of the country, which he warns will only get worse if Democrats retake control of Congress.

The puppet has been especially focused in recent days on a caravan of about 5,000 migrants traveling north to cross the U.S. border, a group he has darkly characterized as gang members, violent criminals and "unknown Middle Easterners" - a claim for which his administration has so far provided no concrete evidence.

"You're going to find MS-13, you're going to find Middle Eastern, you're going to find everything. And guess what? We're not allowing them in our country," puppetine said, when asked by reporters Wednesday if he had any proof of terrorists infiltrating the caravan.

"We want safety."

The approach in many ways seeks to re-create the 2016 playbook that lifted puppetine to the presidency, in which cultural flash points and controversies, like the specter of mass illegal migration, helped energize puppetine's supporters.

puppetine believes his best contrast with Democrats is on immigration and is looking for a way to keep the issue in the news until the midterms, advisers said.

Stephen Miller, puppetine's senior policy adviser who has long espoused hard-line immigration policies, is one of the chief authors of puppetine's rally messages, though the president often goes further than his prepared remarks.

But unlike two years ago - when some Republicans were hesitant to follow their nominee's lead in using divisive rhetoric - Republicans are now more eagerly following the emperor's cues, including in their own campaign rhetoric and ads.

"It's a standard tactic to use fear as a motivating choice at the end of a campaign and the fact is the fork in the road is pretty stark," said Scott Reed, senior political strategist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, noting the possibility of investigations or impeachment proceedings in a Democratic House.

The overall strategy, puppetine advisers and political operatives said, is to paint a portrait of a chaotic, dangerous world - with puppetine and Republicans as the panacea.

"Voter satisfaction is the enemy of voter turnout," said Bill Stepien, the White House political director.

"What's changed is that while voters are still happy in the direction the president is leading the country, they're angry at the way Democrats treated the fraudulent justice Kavanaugh, they're scared when they hear Democrat after Democrat talking about socializing medicine and Medicare-for-All, and voters are plugged in as the president spends more and more time on the campaign trail."

Over the past several weeks, the president has portrayed Democrats as a mob "too dangerous to govern"; a threat to Medicare and Social Security; supporters of voter fraud; and funders of caravans of migrants streaming illegally across the nation's southern border.

Many of the puppet's assertions are false or clear distortions of the facts.

The puppet is incorrect, for example, in his claim that Democrats will "destroy" both Medicare and Social Security, while he has made both programs "stronger."

There is also no evidence that Democrats are paying for the migrant caravan snaking its way north toward the southern border, while voter fraud remains exceedingly rare.

But that has not stopped the president from repeating such false or misleading claims, in part because advisers say his key midterm strategy is to fuel Republican turnout by riling up his most avid supporters, often through frightening and emotional appeals.

On this point, Democrats agree.

"As Election Day approaches, the puppet is running the only play he knows: fear," said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. "He's seeking to suppress the vote of those who oppose him with the threat of prosecution and trying to motivate his supporters with round-the-clock talk of the caravan.

This strategy reflects puppetine's bankruptcy of ideas and a realization that it's not mobs going to the polls, but moms. Lots of moms."

The migrant caravan has proved to be a particularly effective wedge issue for puppetine, according to White House aides and Republican operatives.

Images of the caravan are already dominating cable news coverage, allowing puppetine to revive an issue that was successful for him two years ago.

Barry Bennett, a former puppetine campaign adviser, described the caravan as "a political gift."

"I wish they were carrying heroin. I wish we had thought of it.

It speaks to the dearth of our creativity, unfortunately," Bennett said.

"There are 7,000 people marching toward the U.S. border. One party wants to let them in. The other party wants to keep them out."

The Grinch, a puppetine ally and former House speaker, has begun calling the caravans "an invasion," and hosted a Facebook Live chat Monday under the headline "the #caravan attack on America."

"Voters are motivated by fear and they're also motivated by anger," The Grinch said in an interview with The Washington Post.

"When I see 7,000 people marching towards my border carrying Honduran flags and arrogantly demanding that we allow them to cross, the first reaction I feel is anger. They are trying to invade my home."

puppetine seems intent on keeping the focus on the migrants as well.

In a telephone interview with The Washington Post on Saturday about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, puppetine at one point began to complain about the Central American caravan and argue that new actions were required at the border.

He declined to offer specifics.

In a series of tweets Monday, puppetine warned without offering evidence that "criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in" and urged voters to "think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!"

A puppetine-backed immigration plan failed to pass earlier this year, but not just because of Democrats: 14 Republicans also opposed the bill.

puppetine's claim - again, without providing evidence - that Middle Easterners are "mixed in" with the caravan is an example of how some leaders blend a mix of fact and fiction to instill fear in their electorate, said Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a New York University professor who studies authoritarian rulers.

"This is the way propaganda works," Ben-Ghiat said.

"You put different enemies together that really have nothing to do with one another.

He's trying to create this image of a wave of people of color, or threats, who are coming to invade the border."

At last Thursday's rally in Missoula, Montana, puppetine alleged without evidence that Democrats were paying migrants to enter the United States so that they could vote for Democratic candidates.

"A lot of money's been passing to people to come up and try and get to the border by Election Day, because they think that's a negative for us," puppetine said.

He added that Democrats like "the illegal immigration onslaught" because "everybody coming in is going to vote Democrat."

The puppet went on to posit that some of the migrants attempting to cross the border into the United States were "hardened criminals" and "bad people," but again declined to cite any evidence.

When a reporter asked him for an example, he dismissed her question with, "Oh, please, please, don't be a baby."

If the caravan is the president's current favored cudgel against his rivals, it is not his only one.
puppetine also accused Democrats of wanting to "take away your health care," "destroy your Second Amendment" and "throw open your borders to deadly drugs and vicious gangs."

None of those things appears in the platforms of Democratic challengers.

Republicans accuse Democrats of using scare tactics as well.

They are warning voters that the president and his party will decimate their health-care coverage by repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and arguing, to varying degrees, that puppetine is unfit to lead the nation.

But Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen argued that, so far, Democrats are largely unwilling to employ the same strategies as the puppet.

"I don't think we have come up with a formula yet where hysteria matches hysteria effectively,"

Rosen said. "I know some people think we're going to have to get there in 2020, but we're definitely not there now."

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Explosive devices were sent to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as to CNN’s offices in New York, sparking an intense investigation on Wednesday into whether a bomber is going after targets that have often been the subject of right-wing ire.

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Wednesday, 24th October 2018
Southern California white nationalist leaders arrested; private messages show effort to 'reimagine' movement
by Alene Tchekmedyian  and Brittny Mejia

Federal authorities have arrested key members of a Southern California white-power group, the latest move in an ongoing effort by authorities to break the back of an organization linked to racism-fueled violence.

Robert Rundo, leader of the so-called Rise Above Movement*, was taken into custody Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Two others — Tyler Laube and Robert Boman — were arrested Wednesday morning in connection with organizing and participating in riots, according to federal authorities. Another, Aaron Eason, was charged but remains at large, they said.

All four were charged with using the internet to organize or participate in riots, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Private messages between group leaders, members and associates show an effort to keep their violent intentions secret, according to an FBI affidavit attached to the complaint.

Daley urged members in one 2016 phone call to attend events wearing polo-style shirts and khakis, and to get military-style haircuts.

In an August 2017 exchange with someone considering joining the group, Daley said the individual would have to "change your [style] up a bit when your with us."

The associate said he could grow out his hair and drop the "boots and braces look," the affidavit said.

Daley responded: "think its time to reimagine the nationalist look and playbook, we have become predictable that needs to change.”

He told another associate to keep a low profile on social media.

In private Facebook messages to the person in January, Daley said:

“I would be mindful of saying anything that could be misconstrued as a call to violence. I know people who literally have had feds show up at there door over posts. Just food for thought. Trust I’m not speaking in terms of morality rather practicality.”

In a hearing Wednesday, the judge in the case denied bail for Rundo, calling him a flight risk.

Prosecutors argued that Rundo — who appeared in court in a white jumpsuit, mostly staring down at his hands — had taken several trips abroad, including one to Mexico.

He was picked up in Central America before he was taken into custody at the airport in L.A.

Rundo “has demonstrated and undergone a significant personal sacrifice over the past three weeks, repeatedly seeking to flee from this ongoing engagement of law enforcement,” said Assistant U.S. Atty. David Ryan.

Prosecutors also pointed out Rundo’s criminal history, which includes a conviction in a stabbing case, and said that when authorities searched his home, they found a large framed portrait of Adolf Hitler.

An attorney representing Rundo argued that her client had abstained from drugs and alcohol, and maintained a stable lifestyle.

The arrests come after several other members and associates of the group were publicly accused of traveling to Virginia with the intent to incite a riot and commit violence in Charlottesville last year.

Benjamin Daley, 25, along with Thomas Walter Gillen, 34, both of Redondo Beach; Michael Paul Miselis, 29, of Lawndale; and Cole Evan White, 24, of the Northern California city of Clayton, were arrested earlier this month.

Federal authorities said the group was founded in late 2016 or early 2017 by Rundo and Daley, originally branded as “DIY DIVISION.”

The group grew in numbers through use of social media, on which they coordinated combat training before political events and bragged about the violence to recruit members.

Posts include video clips of members assaulting people at political events, their faces covered by distinctive skeleton or U.S. flag masks.

In one February post, the group posted a photo of members covering their faces with books, along with the text:

“When the squads not out smashing commies . . . #nationalist #lifestyle.”

Authorities believe that their Twitter account, @RiseAboveMvmt, was operated by Rundo. It has since been suspended.

As bold as the group’s social media presence was, members have been guarded with the media and remain relatively under the radar in their communities.

Family members of some group members have declined to speak with The Times, and former neighbors of others said they didn’t know who the group members were.

Local law enforcement agencies said they were unaware of the group causing major problems in the South Bay.

For more than a year, authorities say, the group has caused trouble across California, at political rallies in places including Berkeley and Huntington Beach.

Much of the violence at the Charlottesville rallies was captured in photos and videos, screenshots of which were laid out in an affidavit prepared by an FBI task force officer.

In one scene, White is seen headbutting a woman, leaving her with a bloody gash on her face.

In another, White grabs a counter-protester by the shoulders and jerks him away before headbutting a minister wearing a clerical collar.

The footage also appears to show Miselis, his hands taped, shoving a black man to the ground and then striking him.

12:30 p.m.: This story was updated with new details and additional information about private messages.

11:05 a.m.: This article was updated with information from the criminal complaint and information from a court hearing.

This article was originally published at 9:45 a.m.

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puppetine's distinguished military career:

1 confirmed kill in the trenches after the mid-term elections

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About that 'invading caravan'...

Caravan from Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks, California...

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Speaking of Arizona, the Senate race still rages on...

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mc sally?

Highlights from Sinema & mc sally engaged in contentious debate.

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Sunday, 11th November 2018
Political Foreshadowing on the Horizon

Has anyone else seen this?

A topless female protester jumps in front of puppetine's motorcade in France.

The last time a topless female protester jumped in front of a male celebrity defendant under intense scrutiny, he recieved a 3 - 10 year bid.

Just sayin'...

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It's Senator-Elect Kyrsten Sinema!!!

Arizona's first woman Senator

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Tuesday, 13th November 2018
CNN Sues puppetine empire
by Brian Stetler

New York (CNN) - CNN has filed a lawsuit against emperor puppetine and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of chief Executive Mansion correspondent Jim Acosta's access to the Executive Mansion.

The lawsuit is a response to the Executive Mansion's suspension of Acosta's press pass, known as a Secret Service "hard pass," last week.
The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN's First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning.

It was docketed and assigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee.

CNN is seeking a preliminary hearing as soon as possible.

Both CNN and Acosta are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

There are six defendants:

puppetine, chief of staff John 'strawman' Kelly, press secretary sarah huckleberry, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Randolph Alles, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta's hard pass away last Wednesday.

The six defendants are all named because of their roles in enforcing and announcing Acosta's suspension.

"This is not a step we have taken lightly. But the Executive Mansion action is unprecedented,"
CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in an internal memo to staff.

Sanders responded to the suit by saying that CNN is "grandstanding" by suing.

She said the administration will "vigorously defend" itself.
In a statement on Tuesday morning, CNN said it is seeking a preliminary injunction so that Acosta can return to the Executive Mansion right away, and a ruling from the court preventing the White House from revoking Acosta's pass in the future.

"CNN filed a lawsuit against the emperor puppetine this morning in DC District Court," the statement read.

"It demands the return of the Executive Mansion credentials of CNN's Chief Executive Mansion correspondent, Jim Acosta.

The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process.

We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process."

The Executive Mansion Correspondents' Association said it "strongly supports CNN's goal of seeing their correspondent regain a US Secret Service security credential that the Executive Mansion should not have taken away in the first place."

CNN also asserted that other news organizations could have been targeted by the puppetine empire this way, and could be in the future.

"While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone," the network said.

"If left unchallenged, the actions of the Executive Mansion would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials."

Sanders pointed out that lots of other CNN reporters and producers have press passes.

But to many journalists and press defenders, that's not the issue.

Echoing the views of many journalists, the correspondents' association said the president "should not be in the business of arbitrarily picking the men and women who cover him."

puppetine's actions and threats fly in the face of decades of tradition and precedent.

Republican and Democratic administrations alike have had a permissive approach toward press passes, erring on the side of greater access, even for obscure, partisan or fringe outlets.

The ACLU, in a statement supporting CNN, said

"it is un-American and unlawful for the president to expel a reporter from the Executive Mansion briefing room for doing his job. It shouldn't take a lawsuit from CNN to remind the president of the First Amendment."
The legal battle

On CNN's side, CNN Worldwide chief counsel David Vigilante is joined by two prominent attorneys, Ted Boutrous and Theodore Olson.

Both men are partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Last week, before he was retained by CNN, Boutrous tweeted that the action against Acosta was "angry, irrational, false, arbitrary, capricious content-based discrimination," and thus a clear violation of the First Amendment.

In an interview on Tuesday morning, Boutrous said CNN tried to resolve the matter privately, but the Executive Mansion was not responsive so "we really had no choice but to sue."

"We didn't want to have to go to court. We wanted to just report the news," he said. "Mr. Acosta wants to report the news. CNN wants to report the news."

CNN's lawsuit cites, among other precedents, a 1977 ruling in favor of Robert Sherrill, a muckraking journalist who was denied access to the Executive Mansion in 1966.

Eleven years later, a D.C. Court of Appeals judge ruled that the Secret Service had to establish "narrow and specific" standards for judging applicants.

In practice, the key question is whether the applicant would pose a threat to the president.

The code of federal regulations states that "in granting or denying a request for a security clearance made in response to an application for an Executive Masnion press pass, officials of the Secret Service will be guided solely by the principle of whether the applicant presents a potential source of physical danger to the President and/or the family of the President so serious as to justify his or her exclusion from Executive Mansion press privileges."

There are other guidelines as well.

Floyd Abrams, one of the country's most respected First Amendment lawyers, said case law specifies that before a press pass is denied, "you have to have notice, you have to have a chance to respond, and you have to have a written opinion by the Executive Mansion as to what it's doing and why, so the courts can examine it."

"We've had none of those things here," Abrams said.

CNN's suit makes the same point.
The Executive Mansion's shifting rationales

Acosta found out about his suspension when he walked up to the northwest gate of the Executive Mansion, as usual, for a live shot last Wednesday night. He was abruptly told to turn in his "hard pass," which speeds up entry and exit from the grounds.

"I was just told to do it," the Secret Service officer said.

Around the same time Acosta was denied entry to the White House grounds, Sanders announced the decision and claimed that he had behaved inappropriately at a presidential news conference earlier in the day.

At first Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands" on an intern who was trying to take a microphone away from him.

In reality, Acosta held onto the mic, said "pardon me, ma'am," asked a followup question, then gave up the mic.

On Twitter, Sanders shared a distorted video clip of the press conference that didn't show the complete back-and-forth.

The same video had been posted by an InfoWars personality two hours earlier.

The Executive Mansion's rationale was widely mocked and dismissed by journalists across the political spectrum.

And puppetine himself has cast doubt on the rationale: He said on Friday that Acosta was "not nice to that young woman," but then he said, "I don't hold him for that because it wasn't overly, you know, horrible."

In Tuesday's response to the lawsuit, Sanders did not repeat her claim about Acosta "placing his hands" in the intern.

Instead, she accused Acosta of being disrespectful and unprofessional.

As for the argument that Acosta isn't respectful enough, that justification "is not sufficient as a matter of law," CNN's lawsuit asserts.

"The content and viewpoint of CNN's and Acosta's reporting on the puppetine empire—not his interaction with the staffer at the November 7 press conference—were the real reason the White House indefinitely revoked his press credentials," the suit states.

Acosta is on a previously scheduled vacation this week. He declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Since his pass was suspended, he has continued to do part of his job, contacting sources and filing stories, but he has been unable to attend Executive Mansion events or ask questions in person -- a basic part of any Executive Mansion correspondent's role.

"Relevant precedent says that a journalist has a First Amendment right of access to places closed to the public but open generally to the press.

That includes press rooms and news conferences," Jonathan Peters, a media law professor at the University of Georgia, told CNN last week.

"In those places, if access is generally inclusive of the press, then access can't be denied arbitrarily or absent compelling reasons. And the reasons that the Executive Mansion gave were wholly unconvincing and uncompelling."

Last Thursday, according to the suit, Zucker wrote to Kelly and requested reinstatement of Acosta's credentials.

Zucker's message said that "no complaints were raised with CNN and there was no attempt to reach anyone at CNN before taking this unlawful action."

The next day, CNN sent a formal letter to the Executive Mansion repeating the request and warning of a possible lawsuit.

Over the weekend, Acosta reported on the president's trip to France.

Ahead of Trump's planned visit to an American military cemetery, he requested and received a credential from the French government, but was denied access by the Secret Service.

"It was not without irony to me that a U.S. Executive House correspondent who is an American citizen was denied access to a ceremony by his own government but was granted access by the government of France," CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist noted in a declaration attached to the lawsuit.

Feist said "Jim's ability to cover a public event of historic international importance was completely blocked by the Executive Mansion."
A high-stakes case

David McCraw, the top newsroom lawyer at The New York Times, said instances of news organizations suing a president are extremely rare.

Past examples are The New York Times v. U.S., the famous Supreme Court case involving the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and CNN's 1981 case against the Executive Mansion and the broadcast networks, when CNN sued to be included in the Executive Mansion press pool.

The backdrop to this new suit, of course, is puppetine's antipathy for CNN and other news outlets. He regularly derides reporters from CNN and the network as a whole. But he also seeks out attention from CNN and other outlets.

During his presidential campaign, puppetine told CNN that, if elected, he would not kick reporters out of the puppetine.

But since moving into the puppetine, he has mused privately about taking away credentials, CNN reported earlier this year. He brought it up publicly on Twitter in May, tweeting "take away credentials?" as a question.

And he said it again on Friday, two days after blacklisting Acosta.

"It could be others also," he said, suggesting he may strip press passes from other reporters.

Unprompted, he then named and insulted April Ryan, a CNN analyst and veteran radio correspondent.

"The revocation of Acosta's credentials is only the beginning," CNN's suit alleges.

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