A deluge of desperate ‘Team Trump’ emails: ‘There is no end to them’

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Former President Donald J. Trump must be getting desperate.

Over the past few weeks he has deluged me with emails begging for money and trying to sell me various sorts of stuff that I would mostly describe as “junk.’’

He is clearly deranged.

“Lucy,

President Trump knows you have been here for him since day one.

Despite the never-ending WITCH HUNTS, the countless calls for his IMPEACHMENT, the FAKE NEWS LIES, AND most recently, the Censorship coming from BIG TECH, he’s always been able to count on you, Lucy.’’

That is merely the beginning of a September 5 email sent by “Team Trump.’’

Contribute any amount, the emails repeatedly say, promising that someone will increase that by 400 or 500 percent. They don’t say who will do this.

Some of his emails offer bargains like some of Mike Lindell’s “MyPillow’’ collection or special t-shirts made to insult someone.

He also wants me to claim my “Official Trump Card,’’ the one with an Eagle on the front and the infamous Trump signature in the corner.

Or buy his new T-shirts printed with “Everything Woke turns to Sh-t.’’

Some emails try to link Dr. Fauci to Hitler and promote various miracle cures for things like “mosquito bites’’ or old people who fall down.

He also promises “Biblical weapons’’ which sound suspiciously like home grown marijuana to rid us of constant pain. He says God told him about the “Biblical weapon’’ that will usher in a new era of spiritual and physical healing in America.

He constantly criticizes the vaccines that are being dispensed to save us from COVID-19, President Joe Biden and the “lamestream media,’’ and the handling of our withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Every day he wants more money so he can “flood the airwaves with our new video.’’ He says he wants to see a list of “every patriot who steps us to help us reach our $1,000,000 goal. I hope to see your name.’’

On Sunday one of his fundraising emails even came from former U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich, with a promise to put my name on the “Gold Medal” list.”

In between emails seeking contributions, Trump is peddling a “kicka$$ EDC fixed blade survival knife’’ at a 66 percent discount or a military styled knapsack with a stars and stripes patch on the front.

His emails predict a coming fall in the value of our dollar and the decline of stocks and tout a mysterious substance that will relieve “digestive discomfort, fatigue, any joints, brain fog, dry skin and weight gain.”

There is no end to them. They come from the “Daily Trump Report.’’

Could he be more misinformed?

They must really be desperate to think any contribution might come from me.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Lucy Morgan was chief of the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times capital bureau in Tallahassee for 20 years. She is now a contributor to the Florida Phoenix, which first published this essay.

 

North Carolina past helps drive the civil rights attorney representing George Floyd’s family

Attorney Benjamin Crump (right), originally from Lumberton, represents the family of George Floyd. He spoke to the media in front of the Fountain of Praise church where Floyd was laying at rest on June 8, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Left: The Rev. Al Sharpton. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

[Editor’s note: This story is republished from the Florida Phoenix, which, like NC Policy Watch, is a part of the States Newsroom network.]

“Black America’s attorney general” is a native of Robeson County

Ben Crump was 10 years old in 1978 and living on the “wrong side of the tracks’’ in Lumberton when he discovered how different life was for Black folks from that of their white neighbors who had newly integrated their schools, because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

He was standing in the cafeteria’s free lunch line with other Black children when a Black friend who lived near him in a government housing project approached a white girl named Jenny. She pulled out a one-hundred dollar bill and offered to buy lunch at the more expensive à la carte line that had hamburgers and french fries.

Jenny said the money was her weekly allowance, a sum that was equal to the money Ben’s mother made working two jobs: One in a hotel laundry room, and another at night in a Converse shoe factory.

“I wanted to understand this money and ownership disparity that seemed to be very much tied up with economic justice and race,’’ Crump recalls in a newly published book about the cases he has taken in pursuit of racial, social and economic justice.

The book, “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of People of Color,’’ included details of many of the civil rights cases he has handled.

Crump soon learned that he owed much of his newfound access to education to a lawyer named Thurgood Marshall and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering desegregation of the nation’s public schools.

By the time Crump learned about him, Marshall had become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice himself and blazed a trail of success for young Black lawyers throughout the nation.

Today, Crump is following in Marshall’s path, handling legal battles all over the country on behalf of Black Americans who have been denied justice, most often at the hands of white law enforcement officers.

His cases often focus on civil rights, and many have garnered a lot of media attention.

Tuesday, Crump was representing the family of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who was killed by a police officer who knelt on Floyd’s throat as he was arresting him on a misdemeanor charge. Witnesses recorded the 8 minutes and 46 seconds it took to kill him.

The officer who knelt on him has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter; other officers who did nothing to intervene have been charged with manslaughter.

The death, more than many that came before it, has sparked protests all over the world in Floyd’s name. Thousands of Americans have flooded the streets of Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., New York and other American cities during the past few weeks.

Protesters have also staged marches in London and several European cities and as far away as Australia.

Crump was in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday attending Floyd’s funeral and preparing for a trip to Washington, D.C.. to testify before a U.S. House committee looking at similar cases nationwide.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, at Floyd’s funeral, described Crump as “Black America’s attorney general probably because we don’t feel like we have one.”

The next day Crump will be in Louisville, Ky., to appear before city commissioners with the family of Breonna Taylor, another victim of police violence. Taylor, an emergency medical technician was shot eight times as three plain clothes officers served a no-knock warrant at her home on March 13.

Speaking from a car after the funeral as he joined the procession to the graveyard where Floyd was being laid to rest beside his mother, Crump said he believes the Minneapolis death has exploded in the news because the death was so completely documented. Read more