Fox News’ Tucker Carlson went on a rant about Black Lives Matter protesters on Monday night, warning that they were going to usher in a demographic shift that would end with America’s cities “broke, dirty and dangerous.”
Tucker focused his ire on weekend demonstrations that awakened sleeping residents of Georgetown, protesters splashing paint on locals in Portland, Oregon and incidents of looting in Chicago, and predicted how Americans will respond.
“There’s no question people will flee Georgetown,” Carlson said. ”[Georgetown] may have BLM signs in their driveways; it doesn’t mean they want screaming BLM lunatics on their streets. They don’t, nobody does actually, no matter what they tell you. No matter what color they are, no one likes that. That’s true for people in Georgetown, in Portland, Oregon, in San Francisco, in Chicago, in New York, any other place where order and decency have disappeared.”
Carlson then suggested that protesters were about to usher in “one of the great demographic shifts in American history.”
“Unless the insanity stops and soon, our biggest cities will revert to what they were 50 years ago ― broke, dirty and dangerous,” Carlson said. “On the bright side, we’ll have resolved the gentrification problem so a lot of college professors will pat themselves on the back.”
Carlson has used similar language when railing against protests in the past, describing Minneapolis demonstrations over the death of George Floyd as “a threat to every American” and calling activists who toppled the monuments of historical figures “the armed militia of the Democratic Party.” He has also frequently lamented America’s changing demographics and used anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Watch the full clip of Tucker’s speech below, courtesy of Media Matters:
Move over, World Pride. Celebrating two continents and 53 nations with “one love,” Fort Lauderdale invites everyone under the rainbow for its first annual Pride of Americas. The April 21-26 event is expected to bring 350,000 visitors to Florida’s southeast coast.
What makes this festival different from other Gay Prides?
“Diversity and inclusion,” punctuates Richard WB Gray, senior v-p of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Known as the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale, boasting stunning canals in its intercoastal waterways, is the perfect sunny backdrop to not only celebrate the LGBTQ+ community’s pride, but also to highlight those who might not get the lion share of the spotlight at other high-profile events.
“People with disabilities, the transgender community, non-binary people, sexually fluid humans, people in recovery, and our aging populations will be our focus,” says Gray. “At many Prides around the world, they are often forgotten about in favour of the mainstream LGBTQ+ world.”
Yep, this isn’t your drag mother’s Pride!
But it won’t be all serious. In addition to thought-provoking lectures, symposiums, and exhibitions on business, health, travel and conservation programs, the highly anticipated event promises concerts, plays, dining, shopping and, of course, plenty of parties. (The Toronto Sun has learned the organization is chasing some high-profile artists and politicians to help host — and one boldface name might even be Canadian!)
It’s no wonder that with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 24.2C, that Fort Lauderdale has been a popular destination for Canadians over the decades.
Just a half-an-hour drive from Miami, Fort Lauderdale is a cozier and chiller hot spot option, especially since its population is not even at 200,000, according to the 2018 census.
Below, we’ve composed your ultimate Fort Lauderdale cheat sheet:
Where To Stay: The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Fort Lauderdale’s premier beachfront luxury boutique hotel, is intimate and highly sophisticated with its oversized guestrooms and suites. The gay-friendly hotel’s guestrooms feature fully equipped kitchenettes, private balconies and breathtaking views of either the Atlantic Ocean or downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Intracoastal Way. The Spa Atlantic is a luxurious, European-style spa featuring eight treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre, sauna, steam room and whirlpool. Its resto, Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery, is a must-dine-in option!
Hottest Entertainment: You won’t believe your eyes when you visit B Ocean Resort for The Aquaman & Mermaid show at Wreck Bar! This historic destination is one of the few places in the world where you can enjoy the beauty of living mermaids from a porthole view while enjoying a tropical cocktail and dining on fresh seafood. It must be seen to be believed. (For a snippet of the Aquaman performance, you can click on my tweet from that night.)
Best Museum: Stonewall Gallery National Museum & Archives is one of the largest gay archives and libraries in the United States, now almost 50 years old. It promotes understanding through preserving and sharing the culture of LGBTQ+ individuals and their role in American society. Many visitors expect the museum to focus mainly on the historic Stonewall Riots, but it’s more than that. When it was established in 1972, founder Mark Silber used the name “Stonewall” to recognize the fight for LGBTQ liberation that began at the Stonewall Inn in 1969. Their impressive collection consists of gay-inspired films over the years, magazines, books — and even a vault of books that were taken out of circulation due to cultural and factual errors. While I was there, I was memorized by the critically acclaimed photography exhibition: Transcending Love: Portraits of Transgender and Non-Binary Couples by superstar lens artist B Proud.
Best Food Ever: When you land in Fort Lauderdale, head straight to champagne and raw bar Bubbles + Pearls. Owned by Top Chef winner Josie Smith Malave and her partner Marcy Miller, I literally experienced a food orgasm when I devoured the most delicious piece of meat I have ever eaten. If you visit, you must order Off The Chain Rib Eye with kale, pesto, cauliflower puree (which is a huge trend right now in Florida) and cipollini onions. The evening I was there, the bar ran out of olives for my dirty martini. But they came to the rescue and made me something very original: A clam-infused martini — which was delicious!
Best Pool: You can’t go wrong at the W Hotel’s WET Pool aquatic masterpiece. Yes, the main demo is hipsters but the view of the ocean and sunrise are to die for. The WET Pool also has the most comfortable yet lux pool chairs and couches. Oh, and they served the most delicious Greek salad ever.
Best Areas To Explore: You’ll regret not hanging out at Wilton Manors (a small city where the mayor and all the councillors are gay!); Hollywood Beach Boardwalk will have enough eye candy and beaches to satisfy your naughty and nice side; and garnering national praise is the popular and edgy creative enclave FATVillage, which is located downtown. Oh, and check out Sebastian Beach, which was recently named the U.S.’s hottest gay beach!
Best Dance Bar: If you’re on the prowl for a hookup, looking to get your groove on, or just to imbibe with the hottest guys and gals of all age groups in Florida, pay a visit to the aptly titled Hunters. The completely renovated space features a large dance floor with the largest video screen on the drive, a video bar with eight screens for viewing your favourite videos, and an upstairs lounge overlooking the dance floor. First-class DJ’s, the most advanced light and state-of-the-art sound system, sexy go-go dancers, monthly theme parties, and special guests on the Hunters Stage will have you coming back the next night!
IF YOU GO
Make your plans to fly your flag high and proud at sunny.org/PrideAmericas.
When the former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani emerged as one of Donald Trump’s most bareknuckle defenders during the Russia investigation, attacking his former colleagues in the justice department, people asked: “What happened to Rudy?”
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Now, as federal prosecutors tighten a net of criminal investigations around Giuliani, the question has become: “What is going to happen to Rudy?”
The poignancy of Giuliani’s downfall from national hero and presidential candidate to the subject of multiple federal criminal investigations has been often remarked in the past year.
The net tightened again last week when it emerged a grand jury had issued a broad subpoena for documents relating to Giuliani’s international consulting business as part of an investigation of alleged crimes including money laundering, wire fraud, campaign finance violations, making false statements, obstruction of justice, and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
“We who admired him for so long expected much more from Rudy Giuliani and his legacy,” Ken Frydman, a former Giuliani press secretary, wrote in a New York Times opinion piece last month. “‘America’s Mayor,’ as Rudy was called after September 11, is today President Trump’s bumbling personal lawyer and henchman, his apologist and defender of the indefensible.”
Giuliani has denied wrongdoing and scoffed at the notion he is in any legal jeopardy – particularly from federal prosecutors in the southern district of New York, an office he once led as a star US attorney during Ronald Reagan’s first term. There Giuliani built a reputation for taking on mob bosses and aggressively prosecuting the kind of criminal activity he now stands accused of.
“Me ending up in jail?” Giuliani told the celebrity gossip site TMZ at a Washington airport on Monday. “Fifty years of being a lawyer, 50 years of ethical, dedicated practice of the law, probably have prosecuted more criminals of a high level than any US attorney in history. I think I follow the law very carefully. I think the people pursuing me are desperate, sad, angry, disappointing liars. They’re hurting their country. And I’m ashamed of them.”
But in no version of events does Giuliani appear not to be in big trouble.
The immediate source of his current problems is the work he did in Ukraine over the last two years for himself and on behalf of Trump, who instructed the Ukrainian president to speak to Giuliani in a 25 July phone call.
Giuliani wanted the Ukrainians to announce an investigation of Joe Biden, Trump’s chief political rival, according to US officials who testified in the impeachment hearings. In pursuit of his errand, Giuliani contacted current and former Ukrainian prosecutors, multiple Ukrainian presidential administrations and multiple Ukrainian oligarchs, according to testimony.
Prosecutors are investigating whether Giuliani offered the oligarchs help with their problems with the US justice department in exchange for help with his project to harm Biden, a charge Giuliani has denied.
Two Soviet Union-born American associates of Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested last month on campaign finance charges, and Parnas is cooperating with investigators. Alongside the prosecutors in New York, the US justice department in Washington is also investigating Giuliani’s conduct, as is the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Congress is also after Giuliani, who came in for sharp public criticism in the impeachment hearings earlier this month, when Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch described a smear campaign Giuliani had mounted against her, allegedly because as an anti-corruption advocate she stood in the way of Trump’s Ukraine scheme.
“I do not understand Mr Giuliani’s motives for attacking me,” Yovanovitch testified. “What I can say is that Mr Giuliani should have known those claims were suspect, coming as they reportedly did from individuals with questionable motives and with reason to believe that their political and financial ambitions would be stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine.”
As the pressure on him has intensified, Giuliani’s antics in his own defense have grown increasingly animated. He warned last week that he had collected information that would put his political enemies on their heels.
“I’m also going to bring out a pay-for-play scheme in the Obama administration that will be devastating to the Democrat party,” Giuliani told Fox News.
He even threatened to start an impeachment podcast.
But what matters most for Giuliani right now is his long friendship with Trump, his most powerful protector, which goes back to the late 1980s, when Trump served as co-chair of Giuliani’s first fundraiser for his 1989 mayoral campaign, according to Wayne Barrett, who has written books about both men.
In a telephone interview with the Guardian, in response to a question about whether he was nervous that Trump might “throw him under a bus” in the impeachment crisis, Giuliani said: “I’m not, but I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid.”
Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, who was also on the call, then interjected: “He’s joking.”
“We are friends for 29 years and nothing will interfere with that,” Giuliani told TMZ of Trump. “The president knows that everything I did, I did to help him. And he knows it. I did it honorably. I did it legally. I did it in a way that it will embarrass the people who are pursuing me and have nowhere near the integrity and honor that I have.”
Trump has tweeted that Giuliani “may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer”.
In an interview with disgraced former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly last Tuesday, however, Trump distanced himself from Giuliani.
Analysts watching Giuliani’s case expect that an indictment could be handed down at any moment, raising the prospect of America’s Mayor in handcuffs.
“If Rudy’s story ends the way it feels like it’s going to end,” wrote Evan Mandery, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and veteran of New York City political campaigns, “it’s not plausible for anyone who knows or has studied him to say they never saw it coming.”