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Now, The Insane, Demented, Lying, Extreme Radical Liberal Left Are Coming For Elon Musk After He’s Awakened From His Slumber: Elon Musk Says Claims He Paid ‘$250,000’ To Silence SpaceX Flight Attendant’s 2016 Sexual Harassment Claims Are From ‘Far Left Activist/Actress With Political Ax To Grind’ To Stop Him buying Twitter: Challenges ‘Liar’ To Describe His Naked Body.
- Elon Musk’s SpaceX firm was accused of paying $250,000 to a flight attendant
- She had claimed that he exposed himself to her and propositioned her for sex
- The allegations emerged in papers signed by unnamed friend of flight attendant
- But Musk quickly hit back and rubbished the claims on Twitter Thursday evening
- He said it should be viewed through a political lens and branded it ‘despicable’
PUBLISHED: 00:01 EDT, 20 May 2022 | UPDATED: 09:15 EDT, 20 May 2022
Elon Musk says a sexual harassment allegation made against him has been trumped up by ‘a far left activist/actress in LA with a major political ax to grind.’
The Tesla boss, who’s in the process of buying Twitter for $44 billion, lashed out at claims made in Insider that he paid $250,000 in severance to a SpaceX worker who accused him of exposing himself to her.
Those claims were made by the alleged worker’s friend.
Musk, who is the world’s richest man, branded the ‘wild allegations’ against him ‘utterly untrue’ and answered ‘exactly’ to a Twitter user who said the billionaire had fallen victim to an establishment hit piece.
Throwing down the gauntlet to his accuser, Musk continued: ‘But I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me “exposed” — describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public.
‘She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened.’
Musk also denied responding to Insider’s request for a comment on its exclusive – although the publication says this is false, and pointed to a quote it insists Musk supplied for the original piece pre-publication.
He said: ‘No, it was clear that their only goal was a hit price to interfere with the Twitter acquisition. The story was written before they even talked to me.’
Musk has also since joked about the scandal on Twitter, writing: ‘Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It’s kinda perfect.
The bombshell report, published by; Insider, alleged that Musk’s SpaceX paid $250,000 in severance to one of the company’s corporate flight attendants after she filed a formal complaint against the tech mogul claiming he exposed himself to her and propositioned her for sex.
The flight attendant, who has not been named, also alleged the billionaire rubbed her leg and offered her gifts – including a horse – in exchange for an erotic massage.
The story was based on declaration papers signed by a friend of the flight attendant as part of the complaint against SpaceX. Other records and correspondence were also turned over by the friend.
Musk tweeted Thursday night: ‘The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens – this is their standard (despicable) playbook – but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech.’
He then finally tweeted a denial in response to Cucumber Capital CEO Tara Bull: ‘And, for the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue.’
Elon Musk’s SpaceX allegedly paid $250,000 to one of the company’s corporate flight attendants, who accused the tech mogul of exposing himself to her and propositioning her for sex, according to a new report
He also attacked the credibility of the alleged victim’s friend, tweeting that she ‘is a far left activist/actress in LA with a major political axe to grind.’
The Tesla boss is currently trying to buy Twitter has recently made a public display of switching political allegiances – saying he will vote Republican this year after having voted for Democrats in the past.
Musk, the wealthiest man on earth, hit back in a statement to the publication, saying there is ‘a lot more to this story’ – which he called a ‘politically motivated hit piece’.
He later decried the journalist’s tactics on Twitter.
‘It was clear that their only goal was a hit price [sic] to interfere with the Twitter acquisition,’ he wrote. ‘The story was written before they even talked to me.’
Musk, 50, was also accused of rubbing her leg and offering gifts in exchange for an erotic massage
The 2016 incident is alleged in papers signed by a friend of the flight attendant, who handled a flight to London with Musk on board
Musk today tweeted that he ‘finally’ gets to use ‘Elongate as a scandal name’ amid the sexual assault allegations.
He quote retweeted his 2021 tweet where he said: ‘If there’s ever a scandal about me, please call it Elongate’ and tweeted: ‘Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It’s kinda perfect.’
Meanwhile, SpaceX VP of Legal Christopher Cardaci told Insider: ‘I’m not going to comment on any settlement agreements.’
A friend of the woman claimed the flight attendant told her Musk requested she come to his room to perform ‘a full body massage’ in late 2016.
SpaceX employs in-house massages as a benefit for executives – and according to the declaration the flight attendant was encouraged to take massage classes by her supervisors.
Upon arrival, she allegedly found Musk ‘completely naked except for a sheet covering the lower half of his body.’
The declaration from the friend says that Musk ‘exposed his genitals,’ and touched the flight attendant.
He then, according to the declaration, ‘offered to buy her a horse’ if she would ‘do more,’ which she said she took to mean performing sex acts.
Insider noted that the flight attendant rode horses as a hobby.
The attendant declined Musk’s offer but continued the massage, the friend said. But then ‘he whipped out his penis,’ the friend said.
‘It was erect,’ they added.
‘And he started propositioning her, like he touched her thigh and told her he would buy her a horse. And he basically tried to bribe her to perform some sort of sexual favor.’
Musk today tweeted that he ‘finally’ gets to use ‘Elongate as a scandal name’ amid the sexual assault allegations
The friend said that the flight attendant was ‘really upset’ and visibly shaken after the flight when they got together shortly after.
She added that, while the flight attendant looked up to Musk before the incident, afterwards she found it more difficult to get work, in addition to being ‘full of anxiety.’
‘She figured things could just go back to normal and she would pretend like nothing happened,’ the friend said. ‘However, she started to feel as if she was receiving some sort of retaliation where her shifts were cut back, and she was starting to feel really stressed.’
But Musk said none of this ever happened, writing in another late-night tweet Thursday night: ‘I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me ‘exposed’ – describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public.’
‘She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened,’ he added.
The declaration argues that she felt she was ‘being pushed out and punished for refusing to prostitute herself.’
The attendant hired an employment lawyer to file the complaint in 2018, which led to her friend being contacted to corroborate the claims.
Musk is said to have attended a session with a mediator and the attendant, hoping to resolve the situation quickly.
In November 2018, before making it to court, Musk, SpaceX and the attendant agreed to a severance payment of $250,000, it is claimed. It is also alleged the flight attendant was told to promise not sue.
The settlement included non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements preventing the flight attendant for ever revealing any information regarding the settlement or anything about Musk and his business.
Those sorts of agreements were then banned in the state of California – just months after Musk’s settlement.
The flight attendant’s friend claims she is under no such agreements and felt an ‘obligation’ to tell the story as a survivor of sexual assault herself.
‘I absolutely felt a responsibility to come forward with it, especially now,’ she said. ‘He is the richest man in the world. Someone with that level of power causing that kind of harm and then throwing some money at the situation, that’s not accountability.
‘There are predators all over the world. But when someone is particularly wealthy and powerful, they literally have systems that are like a machine working for them, to set them up to be able to do whatever they want.’
‘When you choose to remain silent, yeah, you do become a part of that system,’ she added.
‘You do become a part of that machine that allows someone like Elon Musk to continue to do the horrible things that he’s done.’
It’s not clear if the friend has spoken to the flight attendant ahead of the story being revealed.
Musk attended a session with a mediator and the attendant (not pictured), hoping to resolve this quickly
‘If there were a way for [her] to come forward without putting herself at risk, without jeopardizing her life in any way, I believe she would,’ the friend said. ‘I hope she feels like I did the right thing. I hope she feels I said the things that she didn’t feel safe enough to say.’
This is the first such allegation of sexual misconduct against the tech mogul – which Musk noted when asked for comment on the situation.
He said: ‘If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light.’
He added that there is ‘a lot more to this story’ which he called a ‘politically motivated hit piece.’
The friend said she hopes anyone else who may have been mistreated by Musk comes forward.
These accusations come during a period where Musk has perhaps never dominated the news cycle more.
He’s in the middle of a tumultuous buyout of the social media giant Twitter – which Musk repeatedly said was ‘on hold’ over the past week over claims that the platform was downplaying its number of bots.
Executives at the social media giant, however, insisted on Thursday that the deal was still on.
Asked initially why he wanted to buy Twitter, the South African billionaire said it was to promote free speech, and that he intended to ‘clean up’ Twitter, and get rid of spam and bots. Then, on Friday, he said that the $44 billion deal was ‘temporarily on hold’ until Twitter could prove that less than 5 percent of its users were fake or spam accounts
Musk on Thursday tweeted a meme showing himself looking at the Twitter data and realizing many accounts were bots – while the Twitter board said they always knew that
‘This is a big deal,’ he said on Monday at a podcast summit.
‘It seems like if you said, ‘Okay, I agree to buy your house.’ You say the house has less than 5 percent termites. That’s an acceptable number. But if it turns out it is 90 percent termites, that’s not okay. It’s not the same house.’
Musk remains convinced that Twitter’s leadership is not being honest with him about the number of bots, and on Thursday tweeted a meme of an astronaut, labelled ‘Elon’, staring into the abyss and saying: ‘Wait it’s all bots?’
Another astronaut, labelled ‘Twitter Board’, holds a gun to his head and replies: ‘Always has been.’
Musk on Thursday afternoon insisted he was not spending an excessive amount of time on the Twitter deal
When CEO Parag Agrawal tweeted a lengthy explanation of the 5% figure Musk was given – which was stated in company documents before Musk made his offer – the billionaire responded with a poop emoji.
Musk also garnered headlines this week after claiming that he will switch political allegiances and vote for the Republican party in the next election, after casting his ballot ‘overwhelmingly’ for the Democratic party in the past.
The world’s richest man, who was born in South African and holds US citizenship, is registered as an independent voter and describes himself as a moderate.
However, in recent years – and particularly while publicly discussing his Twitter takeover – the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has shown a leaning more towards the political right.
Speaking via video link at a tech summit in Miami, Florida on Monday, hosted by the All-In podcast, Musk confirmed he would be changing his vote.
‘The reality is that Twitter at this point, you know, has a very far left bias,’ Musk told attendees. ‘I would classify myself as a moderate, neither Republican nor Democrat.
‘I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically. Like I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear,’ Musk continued, adding: ‘Now this election I will.’
Elon Musk says sex assault accuser is ‘far left activist/actress with major political ax to grind.
Historian WILFRED MCCLAY: ‘The Radical Lefts Tyrannical Impulse Is The Greatest Modern Threat To Freedom’.
Control, Coerce and Censor: From mobs targeting Supreme Court justices to President Biden’s Disinformation Board, the American left’s tyrannical impulse is the greatest modern threat to freedom, writes historian WILFRED MCCLAY
I don’t agree with all of Mr. Mcclay’s views like for instance his assertion at the end of the article that liberalism means allowing everyone to be who they want to be. Unfortunately, that’s just like saying we should allow everyone to do what they want to do. And unfortunately, that’s the quickest way to undermine and destroy lives and societies.
The Daily Mail article is below.
PUBLISHED: 12:27 EDT, 9 May 2022 | UPDATED: 14:16 EDT, 9 May 2022
Wilfred McClay is Professor of History at Hillsdale College and author of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story
We are living through a teachable moment. The lessons on offer are familiar ones, but in urgent need of review.
The first lesson is from Ronald Reagan, the guy whom all the smart people have dismissed as passé, who taught us repeatedly, and never more memorably than when he told us that ‘Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.’
The message is that freedom is fragile, perishable, ever in need of protection. We need to remember the lesson, once again.
The second lesson is that the principal effort to shut down American freedom today is coming from the political left in our own country.
Usually, we assume that the extinction threat will come from the outside, from some dark and unblinking enemy, like the Soviet Union or China.
Or that if there is an internal threat, it surely must come from the fever swamps of the fascist right-wing.
But today, we find the threat coming from elements in our society that have long declared their affinity for freedom and have had a creditable record of fighting for it in years past.
The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion, suggesting that a majority of the justices are on the verge of overturning the most controversial decision in modern history, has unleashed leftist rage and illustrated the movement’s worst anti-democratic impulses.
President Joe Biden and his administration have made it clear that they will not condemn the unprecedented breach of high court’s deliberative process. Instead, they have expressed sympathy with it and are determined to capitalize on it.
The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion, suggesting that a majority of the justices are on the verge of overturning the most controversial decision in modern history, has unleashed leftist rage and illustrated the movement’s worst anti-democratic impulses. (Above) Demonstrators in support of reproductive rights march to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Robert’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, U.S., May 7, 2022
Pro-choice demonstrators identified and swarmed the homes of sitting justices. At least one Catholic church was vandalized. (Above) Pro-abortion graffiti on the doors of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder, Colorado, on May 4, 2022
Biden, who constantly calls on Americans ‘to prove democracy works,’ couldn’t muster a defense of the judiciary branch.
He ignored the pro-life movement’s 50-year history of dignified and nonviolent protest and tenuously linked the news with his contemporary political opponents, whom he labelled the ‘most extreme political organization’ in recent history.
Pro-choice demonstrators identified and swarmed the homes of sitting justices. At least one Catholic church was vandalized.
The purpose of these protests is less an exercise in free speech than an effort to destroy the independence of judges and institutions that should be protected from politics.
Of course, the men and women who run today’s left all want to convince you otherwise.
When they seek to undermine institutions, shut down free speech or suppress ‘disinformation,’ they do it in the name of democracy.
What we see from the political left today is a rising tide of intimidation, coercion and censorship, epitomized by the Biden administration’s creation of a Disinformation Governance Board, but also by the decision of numerous powerful and politically aligned Big Tech companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and the like, to disfavor or suppress speakers and viewpoints with which they disagree.
Even the venerable American Civil Liberties Union, which once defended the right of Nazis to march through a Chicago-area neighborhood inhabited by Holocaust survivors, has caved to pressure, and now uses political litmus tests in its selection of cases. gallery
When they seek to undermine institutions, shut down free speech or suppress ‘disinformation,’ they do it in the name of democracy. (Above) Nina Jankowicz, head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board
And the egregious Southern Poverty Law Center has arrogated to itself the right to brand organizations, as proponents of ‘hate speech,’ and to do so with complete impunity.
Leftists celebrate Banned Books Week without any sense of irony—as if they were not the ones who are banning books today and inhibiting the expression of disapproved opinions!
They pick at the motes in others’ eyes, while failing to note the gigantic beam in their own. Human nature is prone to such perversity.
Any form of righteousness can turn, over time, into something very ugly. That is one lesson of the times, and it is a perennial truth.
But our particular moment is offering us an additional lesson — the difference between liberalism and leftism.
We often confuse the two, and that is a grave error.
What we are seeing before our eyes is a demonstration that if we are to keep and cherish freedom, we must defeat the tyrannical excesses of our out-of-control left.
As a first step, we must recover the true meaning of ‘liberalism.’
It has nothing in common with the radical Jacobinism that now seems to have taken over many formerly ‘liberal’ circles.
Nor is it the philosophy upholding the idea of a large and ever-expanding state, directing the economy and culture with a controlling hand.
Instead, liberalism is a philosophy that affirms our freedom and our rights of conscience, one in which these fundamental liberties are taken to be inherent rights, a part of who and what we are.
These liberties are even, as our Declaration of Independence says, unalienable rights—meaning, rights that cannot be taken away, and cannot even be given away. And it is a philosophy that solidly supports the free exchange of ideas, not only as a right of expression but as a necessary tool for the work of self-government.
What we should also understand is that this change is not entirely new. The progressive Left has always had a problem with free speech.
President Woodrow Wilson mounted an extensive propaganda campaign in support of the nation’s involvement in the First World War, and brutally suppressed most criticism of the war effort, through measures that included the jailing and deportation of dissidents.
Ever since the 1960s, the effort to control discourse and dictate acceptable vocabulary, the practice often decried as ‘political correctness,’ has been one of the recurrent concerns of the campus left.
The Left’s urge for control springs from its’ confident belief in its capacity to remake the world in its own image—the image of a utopian world based on complete equality of condition.
Freedom is not the goal. Hence it is not sufficient for government to give individuals the freedom to speak for themselves, as classical liberalism does. Instead, those individuals must be supplied with the correct opinions and made to say the right things.
They can’t be allowed to express opinions that do not support the governing powers. They must, in the chilling but sincere words of French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, be ‘forced to be free.’
Author, Wilfred McClay is Professor of History at Hillsdale College and author of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story.
Until the world is re-created in the Left’s image, nothing can be loved or respected simply for what it is, only for what it could be made to be.
Even at its best—and the left has often been an admirable force for good—it can never accept and love the world as it is.
Here is the core of the new puritanical ideology: the entire human past must be seen as a nightmare, from whose clutches only we few have at last finally awakened.
This is light-years removed from the generous original spirit of liberalism, which accepts people as they are, protects and values their voice in the public square, denies the authority of any party to silence them, and gives them the right to do as they please, within the limits of laws that enable their liberties rather than suppressing them.
The Left consistently reverts to the urge to control and remold. Liberalism, in its original sense, stands against that urge.
We need to affirm the second and reject the first. That is the lesson to be learned, and it is just that clear.
Can we do it? Let’s hope we can.
Our future as free men and women may depend upon it.
Reports are now surfacing that BLMs profits were around 900 million as opposed to 90 million. And if that is the case where has all the money gone? And what percentage has been used to help the black community?
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BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors admits she LIED when she denied using group’s $6m LA property ONLY for official business: Reveals she hosted parties for Biden’s inauguration and her son’s birthday.
- In an interview with The Associated Press, Cullors conceded she had made mistakes and regrettable decisions when it came to managing funds
- Cullors denied claims organization brass misused millions in donation dollars
- In the interview, Cullors, 38, said she used the seven-bed Studio City palace – purchased in cash by BLM in October 2020 – for her own recreation twice
- She previously issued a statement denying she’d ever lived there or used the property for her personal gain
- The first instance saw her hold a party to toast Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s inauguration as president and vice president in January 2021
- Then, in March 2021, she used the luxury property – whose purchase has sparked fury among other racial justice campaigners – for her son’s birthday party
PUBLISHED: 01:03 EDT, 9 May 2022 | UPDATED: 16:00 EDT, 9 May 2022
BLM’s controversial co-founder Patrisse Cullors has admitted she lied when she said she had only ever used the group’s $6million LA mansion for official business.
Cullors, 38, told the Associated Press Monday that she used the opulent seven-bed Studio City compound – purchased in cash by BLM in October 2020 – for her own recreation twice.
The first instance saw her hold a party to toast Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s inauguration as president and vice president in January 2021.
Then, in March the same year, she commandeered the luxury property – whose purchase has sparked fury among other racial justice campaigners – for her school-aged son’s birthday party.
Cullors said of her earlier decision to lie: ‘I look back at that and think, that probably wasn’t the best idea.’
She previously issued a statement denying that she’d ever lived there or used the property for her personal gain after its purchase was revealed by New York magazine, triggering allegations of racism from BLM.
The purchase of the 6,500 square-foot Studio City property – which officials previously said was reserved exclusively for official foundation business – was disclosed last month by NY Mag.
News of the previously under-wraps transaction – made more than a year and a half ago – triggered a firestorm of criticism concerning the financial practices of the foundation’s top brass, which have already come into question in recent months.
Black Lives Matter raised $90million in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and still has an impressive $60million of cash at hand.
Explaining the reason behind the luxurious purchase, Cullors told AP: ‘We looked at commercial buildings and we looked at homes and then we found this really amazing space that’s a sweet spot between commercial and residential.’
She went on to justify its purchase by highlighting how the mansion had a soundstage which enabled BLM to produce podcasts.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, pictured here during an interview with The Associated Press in Los Angeles last week, has admitted she lied when she said she had only ever used the group’s $6million LA mansion for official business. The interview saw the former BLM leader – who resigned last spring -address claims she misused donated funds
This is the luxurious Studio City property BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has now admitted she used for personal, non-BLM business, after previously denying doing so
The property was bought as a haven for black artists – but Cullors commandeered it to host a Biden-Harris inauguration party, and to celebrate her son’s 21st birthday, she revealed in an interview last week
Cullors threw a birthday party for the son she has with Damon Turner (pictured at left with the BLM cofounder in 2020) at the $6million Southern California mansion in March 2021. A charity run by Cullors donated $86K to Turner’s clothing company the year prior, after the foundation garnered nearly $100million in donations in 2020
After receiving the email asking for comment on the house’s existence last month, BLM officials reportedly circulated an internal memo with possible responses to the outlet’s query concerning the alleged purchase.
The responses ranged from: ‘Can we kill the story?’ to: ‘Our angle – needs to be to deflate ownership of the property,’ the magazine reported.
At the time, Cullors – who attested the property was bought as a ‘safe space’ for black creatives, activists and thought leaders, and that its purchase was never disclosed because it needed renovating – angrily hit back at her detractors, describing criticism she was facing since the purchase was made public as ‘racist and sexist.’
Cullors, meanwhile, defended the purchase while speaking to the AP last week, arguing that the opulent home was bought to bring further value to the BLM empire.
‘We really wanted to make sure that the global network foundation had an asset that wasn’t just financial resources,’ she said, ‘and we understood that not many black-led organizations have property. They don´t own their property.’
Cullors says she was paid $120,000 in ‘consulting fees’ by BLM, and claims she wanted to pay to hire the mansion for her son’s birthday
Speaking to AP, Cullors said she intended to pay a fee to rent the property for her son’s birthday. Cullors is in a relationship with a woman, and her son’s father is musician Damon Turner.
Black Lives Matter has since confirmed that it had billed her – but it’s unclear how much for, if she was charged the same rate as anyone else, and if she has since settled up the supposed debt.
Records show that Turner’s Los Angeles-based clothing company, Trap Heals, was started just days before partnering with Cullors’ foundation.
The company received an $86,000 donation later that year from a nonprofit run by Cullors – on of several transactions that have raised eyebrows amid the recent scrutiny of the group’s finances.
In the interview, Cullors angrily denied claims BLM brass misused funds, roughly three months after the organization ceased online fundraising following a demand by the California attorney general to show where nearly 100 million in donations received in 2020 went.’The idea that (the foundation) received millions of dollars and then I hid those dollars in my bank account is absolutely false,’ Cullors said, calling those claims ‘a false narrative.’
Cullors said she had been paid $120,000 in consulting fees by BLM, which raked in $90 million in donations in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. ‘It’s impacted me personally and professionally, that people would accuse me of stealing from black people.’Questioned by AP about what BLM’s donations have been spent on, Cullors continued: ‘No I have never used BLM donations to pay for any of the properties that I’ve owned in the past or owned right now.’
She admitted hiring both her mom and brother to work at the mansion, but denied doing so was corrupt, and said BLM had just been looking for ‘folks’ with ‘skillsets’ to work at the lavish compound.
Cullors denies it was corrupt to hire her mom and brother to work at the opulent compound – and says her ultimate ambition is to abolish the police and prisons
The former BLM co-founder went on to deny accusations of cronyism for employing both her mom and brother at the BLM compound.
Cullors said: ‘My brother is head of security, mom did work at the property – there’s also dozens of other people doing amazing work.
‘It’s not like I literally was like, I’m bringing all my family and friends in. Folks had skillsets. It’s been a really bizarre experience to know the truth and to have false and misinformation be spread about me, especially around my own personal resources that I worked my ass off to attain.’
Cullors claimed much of the criticism of BLM’s work was rooted in ‘white supremacy,’ and laid bare her woke ambition to abolish the police.
She said: ‘I have the wish for (BLM) to truly abolish the police and prison state.
‘I have the wish for movement leaders and people inside of our movement to be treated with care and dignity and love. I have the wish that black families who’ve been impacted by police violence get everything they deserve.’
Cullors, who resigned from the group last May amid reports she spent millions on a slew of lavish homes with donated dollars, conceded she had had made mistakes and poor decisions when it came to the managing foundation funds.
However, she denied feathering her own property portfolio with the tens of millions of dollars that gushed into Black Lives Matter’s accounts in the wake of George Floyd’s May 2020 murder.
Cullors says BLM struggled to process the tidal wave of cash that flowed into its coffers after George Floyd’s murder – and admits campaign group was hampered by ramshackle infrastructure
Cullors acknowledged that BLM was ill-prepared to handle a tidal wave of contributions in the aftermath of protests over George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in 2020. She said the foundation was slow to build the necessary groundwork to address the flood of financial contributions.
‘On paper, it looks crazy,’ she said. ‘We use this term in our movement a lot, which is we’re building the plane while flying it. I don’t believe in that anymore.’
She then declared: ‘The only regret I have with BLM is wishing that we could have paused for one to two years, to just not do any work and just focus on the infrastructure.’
Criticism over the foundation’s purchase of the Southern California property and its subsequent secrecy was wide-ranging and fervent last month, even coming from the foundation supporters such as Justin Hansford, the director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University.
He said the property purchase could be used as fodder by BLM’s already growing number of detractors, which may lead to possible donors shying away from black-led social justice organizations in the future. Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors denies wrongdoing.
‘That’s the thing that you don’t want to get out of hand,’ the professor and civil activist said after news of the property first surfaced last month.
Cullors went on to angrily and adamantly reject accusations that she had personally benefited in the six years she guided the BLM foundation, including media reports that she had purchased a slew of homes to the tune of more than $4.5million.
Following the flood of donations seen in the latter half of 2020 – making BLM the largest mobilization of a movement in US history – Cullors signed documents with Thousand Currents transferring $66.5million into the foundation’s accounts.
In February 2021, Black Lives Matter confirmed it took in $90million throughout 2020, distributed to their partner organizations, and had $60million remaining in its accounts.
Earlier this year, DailyMail.com also revealed the group blew $12.7million of those funds on ‘professional fees’, according to the charity revenue and expenses statements that were included in its application for tax-exempt, nonprofit status in August 2020.
Cullors said she became the foundation’s full-time executive director that year, charged with ensuring it had the organizational infrastructure to handle the massive influx of donations and would use the resources to further its mission.
However, neither of those reports included records of the $6million property purchase made months earlier.
As donations and support grew, an array of local BLM chapters transformed into a nonprofit organizations run by Cullors that have also now come under scrutiny.
Cullors personal property empire has come under scrutiny – as have the other nonprofits she’s been linked to
Last April, Cullors slammed the scrutiny over her $4.5million empire of four homes purchased following BLM’s successful crowdfunding campaign as a ‘racist and sexist’ attack by the ‘right-wing media.’
‘Organizers should get paid for the work that they do. They should get paid a living wage,’ Cullors said at the time, responding to criticism chiding the activist for using donated dollars for personal gain.
‘The fact that the right-wing media is trying to create hysteria around my spending is, frankly, racist and sexist and I also want to say that many of us that end up investing in homes in the black community often invest in homes to take care of their family,’ she said.
The assertion followed an expose published by the New York Post early last year that revealed Cullors had bought three other homes – two in Los Angeles and a sprawling ranch in Georgia – since 2016 at a total cost of around $3million.
This includes the $415,000 ‘custom ranch’ on 3.2 acres in Conyers, Georgia, which boasts its own pool and airplane hangar.
Additionally, the spending spree saw Cullorssnap up two Los Angeles homes, including a three-bedroom home in Inglewood for $510,000 and four-bedroom home in South LA for $590,000.
Then, in April of that year, it emerged Cullors had bought a $1.4million home in the largely white district of Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles – valuing her property empire at roughly $4.6million.
BLM’s Global Network filtered its donations through a group called Thousand Currents – which made it even more complicated to trace the cash.
Solome Lemma, executive director of Thousand Currents, said at the time of the allegations over misused funds: ‘Donations to BLM are restricted donations to support the activities of BLM.’
Since then, the group has been tied to several charities set in place by Cullors, that have subsequently made payments to Cullors and her business partners, according to a report released earlier this year on the organization’s spending.
Included in the the scrutiny into BLM’s finances was a report that the group transferred $6.3million to Cullor’s spouse, Janaya Khan, and other Canadian activists to purchase a mansion in Toronto in 2021, as well as several other charities whose finances raise ‘red flags’ concerning the foundation’s spending.
The report also showed how Cullors had designated some of the $90million the nonprofit made in 2020 to prison reform charities.
Reform LA Jails then gave $270,000 to Christman Bowers, treasurer of the Black Lives Matter PAC; $211,000 to Asha Bandelle, a friend of Cullors’ who co-wrote her memoir; and another $86,000 to Trap Heals LLC, an entertainment, clothing and consulting company started by Damon Turner, the father of Cullors’ child.
In April 2021, reports began emerging – provided by the National Legal and Policy Center – which showed Cullors had amassed a $3.2million property empire by buying four properties – three in the Los Angeles area and one outside of Atlanta.
Cullors bought this house in South Los Angeles – one of four she owns following a slew of real estate purchases the former BLM leader made in 2020 to the tune of more than $4.5million
The activist also bought a home in Conyers, Georgia, after receiving a stream of donations and creating several nonprofit charities with BLM fundsBLM co-founder defends her $3 million property portfolio
Cullors now owns three properties in Los Angeles – including this one in the hills above the city. All were purchased in 2020 following the success of the foundation’s fundraising campaign
She also owns the above home, valued at $1.4million, which is located in scenic Topanga CanyonBLM founder under fire after blowing millions on home
The revelation saw many within BLM turned against Cullors, questioning where she had accumulated the money. Cullors has written two books, has a deal with YouTube, and signed a production deal with Warner Bros. in 2020 to develop programming ‘for children, young adults and families.’
However, amid the furor she stood down and announced that two people were taking over as executive directors – Makani Themba and Monifa Bandele.
Yet Themba and Bandele in September said that they had never taken up the roles, following disagreements with leadership.
‘Although a media advisory was released indicating that we were tapped to play the role of senior co-executives at BLMGN, we were not able to come to an agreement with the acting Leadership Council about our scope of work and authority,’ they said in a statement.
‘As a result, we did not have the opportunity to serve in this capacity.’
Themba and Bandele said they did not know who was now running BLM, as their discussions never progressed.
Two other people remained on the board, after Cullors’ departure – Shalomyah Bowers and Raymond Howard, according to undated documents obtained by The Washington Examiner.
Cullors acknowledged that a lack of transparency about the foundation´s board and staffing drove perceptions that things were amiss. And when the organization was transparent – revealing that it had raised millions – the reaction wasn’t what she expected.
‘I thought practicing radical transparency with black people would have been received well,’ she said. ‘What was unhelpful about releasing it was not getting enough people allying with us about it. We weren´t the only organization to receive millions of dollars.’
In addition to promoting her latest book, ‘An Abolitionist´s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World,’ Cullors is focused on the Crenshaw Dairy Mart.
It’s a former convenience store in Los Angeles that was converted into an artist collective and gallery, which overlaps with her activism on criminal justice issues. Cullors is also well into a multiyear programming development deal with Warner Bros.
In the year since her resignation, the BLM foundation hasn´t hired new leadership or publicly discussed plans for money still sitting in its coffers.
Two veteran civil rights organizers who were announced last May as interim senior executives for the foundation said they never began serving in that capacity, citing in a statement a failure to reach an agreement with BLM´s leadership council about the scope of their work and decision-making authority.
It was only earlier this month that the foundation announced a new board of directors, which leaders said will grow in the coming months.
And it was only recently that the foundation caught up with its financial filings: In California, where it had been deemed delinquent in submitting required charity disclosures from 2020, the state Registry of Charitable Trusts now shows the foundation is current.
Records show a small number of people with responsibility over the foundation. A 990 filing submitted to the IRS for January through June 2020, lists Cullors as an uncompensated executive director and the foundation’s only employee.
At that point, still under the fiscal sponsorship of a well-established charity, the BLM foundation reported no revenue, assets, contributions or expenses.
The filing lists just two board members, including Shalomyah Bowers, who is the president at Bowers Consulting, a firm that has provided operational support to the BLM foundation for two years.
In a phone interview, Bowers said the organization had been working since Cullors´ departure to sort out its infrastructure.
He said the organization underwent an independent financial audit which, along with the expected May release of its latest 990 filing, will show that ‘nothing impermissible or nefarious has happened’ with BLM’s finances.
‘We are now a foundation that is deeply devoted to investing in organizations that are committed to doing the work of abolition (and) committed to building black power,’ he said.
Cullors is far from the only black activist to withstand questions about her money, her motivations and her leadership. Elders in the civil rights struggle often speak of attacks, both from within and outside of the movement, meant to discredit or stop social change.
On Saturday, Candace Owens, the black conservative political pundit and opponent of the BLM movement, arrived uninvited with a camera crew at Cullors’ Los Angeles-area home.
In an Instagram video shared with millions of followers, Owens said she was there to film a documentary about BLM’s finances and ask questions about the foundation’s property (which is not at the same address as Cullors’ home).
‘The constant harassment, online and offline, that I’ve experienced is unacceptable and dangerous,’ Cullors said.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors sits in an abolitionist pod, a garden in the form of a geodesic dome, during an interview with The Associated Press in Los Angeles, Wednesday
Still, legitimate questions of accountability should not be dismissed, said Garza, the BLM co-founder who was not involved in the BLM organization after 2015.
‘I think it is important to be transparent about what is actually happening,’ Garza said. ‘And my assessment is that because there was a lack of response (to public questions), specifically from the global network foundation, it allowed for people to fill in the blanks.’
She added: ‘If there is impropriety (in the foundation), we should talk about it. I don´t think we should sweep that under the rug, but we haven´t established that.’
Cullors knows that she gave critics an opening when she issued a statement denying suggestions that she had lived at the Studio City property or taken advantage of it for personal gain.
She later acknowledged to the AP that, during a four-day stay at the property, she had used the compound for purposes that were not strictly business.
She said in January 2021, while seeking refuge at the property amid threats on her life, she hosted a small party to celebrate the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
The gathering included about 15 people, including BLM Los Angeles chapter members and other prominent movement supporters, she said.
And in March 2021, she held a private birthday party for her son at the property, for which Cullors said she intended to pay a rental fee to the foundation. The foundation confirmed it had billed her, and it said it was reviewing its policies to prevent such uses in the future.
Cullors said, in hindsight, she should not have used the property that way.
She conceded Wednesday to the AP: ‘I look back at that and think, that probably wasn´t the best idea.’
We have no association or affiliation with WSHH they are just the source of this information. We also don’t agree with all of Candace Owen’s views but we are certainly in agreement with her in relation to this evil corrupt organization.
Extreme radical BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors weeps fake tears while lying on camera in an effort to paint a false picture that Candace Owens arrived at her home with right-wing radicals while loosely suggesting they may have had evil intent. When in reality she was doing a documentary about how BLM has misappropriated millions of dollars in a massive corruption scandal.
Patrisse Cullors being one of the leaders who were leading the charge in terms of stealing money and depositing it into their own pockets. I also find it offensive that she would shed fake tears while falsely claiming that she was under threat of harm when none of that is true.
While at the same time encouraging other extreme left-wing radicals to terrorize Supreme Court Justices in hopes of forcing them to vote the way they want them to vote as it relates to Roe v Wade. And when she has been instrumental in undermining and destroying the black community by promoting sexually perverse abominable behavior throughout the black community. The blatant hypocrisy of this evil, corrupt, organization, is nauseating.
The truth of the matter is BLM has never cared about the black community but instead has been an arm of the LGBTQ community working to advance their ungodly, destructive, corrupting, sexual engineering agenda. And God’s word continues to ring true based on its accuracy when describing the corrupt spiritual condition of individuals given over to this kind of warped sexual perversion and how that in turn completely destroys, corrupts, and perverts the character of these individuals. Romans 1:18-32.
The word of God continues to prove itself infallible and accurate when describing these kinds of sexually perverse individuals. And Patrisse Cullors further validates God’s word being a lesbian woman once again caught in nefarious activity in the form of stealing millions from a corrupt organization that falsely claims to be advancing the interest of black people while doing nothing for them financially but yet instead enriching themselves through theft of funds.
I also find it disturbing that these kinds of extreme leftist radical activists have the audacity to cry when someone shows up at their door just to do a documentary when they are at the doors of Supreme Court Justices and Religious Institutions hurling insults and threatening violence in hopes of forcing Justices to vote how they want them to vote as it relates to Roe v Wade? These types of people are nothing but cowards, cry babies, and bullies, and when you stand up to them they fold like lawn chairs on a rainy day and tuck their tails and run. Boy how things change when the tables are turned on them.
The Ominous Ministry Of Truth?: Is The Biden Administration Working To Destroy Free Speech By Varied Methods Which Include The Creation Of New Departments With New And Different Names And Titles That Claim To Tackle And Address What They Define As Disinformation?
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has joined the chorus of critics tearing into the Biden administration’s new ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ – headed by a ‘Russia expert’ who said Hunter Biden‘s laptop was a ‘product of the Trump campaign’
‘You cannot have a Ministry of Truth in this country. We’re not going to let Biden get away with this one. So we will be fighting back,’ the Republican said on Friday at a news conference.
‘When you’re not doing well, you have two options: You can try to do better. Or you can try to silence your critics. [The Biden Administration] is doing the latter,’ he added.
DeSantis led the uptick in fury as Republican Senator Tom Cotton said he would introduce legislation to have the new ‘Disinformation’ board defunded and a new video showed its head Nina Jankowicz singing about ‘misinformation’ to the tune of the Mary Poppins song ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’
‘You cannot have a Ministry of Truth in this country. We’re not going to let Biden get away with this one. So we will be fighting back,’ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Friday at a news conference
Jen Psaki on Friday defended the head of President Joe Biden ‘s ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ and slammed the board’s critics, noting its existence goes back to the Donald Trump administration.
Psaki pushed back, noting Jankowicz is ‘an expert on online disinformation.’
‘Any hiring decisions are up to the Department of Homeland Security, but this is a person with extensive qualifications,’ she noted.
Jankowicz, who has researched Russian misinformation tactics and online harassment, is author of the book ‘How To Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict.’ She has also advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications, according to the Wilson Center think-tank, where she served as a global fellow.
Psaki also pointed out repeatedly in her press briefing that the board was created in the Trump administration.
‘This is a continuation of work that began at the Department of Homeland Security in 2020 under former President Trump,’ she said.
‘So for anyone who is critical of it, I didn’t hear them being critical of the work under the former president, which is just interesting to note contextually,’ she added.
She said of the work the board will do includes understanding how misinformation spread by human smugglers helps prey on vulnerable populations trying to enter the United States.
‘This is also work that is helping to address unauthorized terrorism, other threats and see how disinformation and misinformation is being pushed to lead to increase those,’ she said.
Jankowicz, a self-described ‘Russia expert’, has questioned the authenticity of Hunter Biden’s laptop by calling it a ‘product of the Trump campaign’ – even though its contents have been verified.
In March 2020 she also said on COVID restrictions: ‘Lock us down. People are not taking this (COVID) seriously’.
The head of the Biden administration’s new ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ Nina Jankowicz sings about ‘misinformation’ to the tune of Mary Poppins song ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’
‘Information laundering is really quite ferocious. It’s when a huckster takes some lies and makes them sound precocious,’ she sings in the new video.
‘By saying them in Congress or a mainstream outlet, so disinformation’s origins are slightly less atrocious.
‘It’s how you hide a little, hide a little, little, little lie, it’s how you hide a little, little lie, it’s how you hide a little, little, little lie.
‘When Rudy Giuliani shared bad intel from Ukraine. Or when TikTok influencers say Covid can’t cause pain. They’re laundering disinfo and we really should take note. And not support their lies with our wallet, voice or vote – oh!’
Jankowicz was brought on to lead the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board to combat disinformation related to national security – and she expressed concerns last week that Musk expanding free speech on social media would be bad for ‘marginalized communities’.
On Wednesday, Jankowicz defended her previous remarks casting doubt on the validity of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.
A tweet Jankowicz sent in October 2020 has resurfaced and is making the rounds in conservative circles.
‘Back on the ‘laptop from hell,’ apparently- Biden notes 50 former natsec officials and 5 former CIA heads that believe the laptop is a Russian influence op,’ she tweeted at the time.
- Elon Musk slams Biden’s ‘discomforting’ ‘Disinformation…Biden sets up ‘Disinformation Board’ headed by Russia expert…ANOTHER Democrat set to drop out before the midterms: Hawaii…Biden might joke about ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ and his age rather…
She now claims that the tweet was part of her ‘live tweeting’ a debate between Trump and Biden just one month before the presidential general election as Republicans are using the post to pounce on her political leanings.
‘For those who believe this tweet is a key to all my views, it is simply a direct quote from both candidates during the final presidential debate,’ Jankowicz defended in a repost of the original tweet.
‘If you look at my timeline, you will see I was livetweeting that evening,’ she added in the Wednesday night tweet.
Jankowicz confirmed reports on Wednesday that she is being brought on as executive director of the new board at DHS.
Republicans immediately blasted the move, claiming she has shown too much bias to head the group – specifically in casting doubt on Hunter’s laptop scandal.
In October 2020, Jankowicz called the laptop stories a ‘Trump campaign product.’
Elon Musk called on Thursday the creation of Joe Biden’s new ‘disinformation’ board ‘discomforting’ as the president tapped a Russia misinformation ‘expert’ to lead the initiative.
The billionaire, who just acquired Twitter this week, was responding to a tweet from conservative political commentator, comedian and media personality Steven Crowder.
‘The government is creating a misinformation governance board,’ Crowder tweeted on Thursday.
‘Who else did something like that?’ he continued. ‘Oh I remember, the Nazi’s. And there’s some data showing some interesting things going on post- @elonmusk’s Twitter takeover!’
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton also chimed in Friday saying the U.S. government had ‘no business creating a Ministry of Truth’ DeSantis slams Dept of Homeland Security for ‘misinformation board’
Republican Senator Josh Hawley is demanding that the White House ‘dissolve’ the new Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board she is heading, claiming that it would only ‘monitor Americans’ free speech’.
Senator Hawley insisted on Thursday that the board should be dissolved before it even gets started.
‘I write with deep concern about the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to create a new Disinformation Governance Board,’ he penned in a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
‘I confess I at first thought this announcement was satire,’ he continued. ‘Surely no American Administration would ever use the power of Government to sit in judgment on the First Amendment speech of its own citizens.’
‘Sadly, I was mistaken.’
Republicans immediately pounced after Jankowicz, a Russian disinformation expert, confirmed Wednesday that she will head up the new Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board
Nina Jankowicz defended her previous casting of doubt on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, claiming that a tweet she sent in October 2020 was a livetweet of a debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump
He then demanded that DHS provide more information on this new board, including how it will function and be monitored.
Hawley also questioned why the announcement was made just following billionaire Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, which he vowed to make a more free speech platform with all ideas.
Jankowicz was critical of Musk buying Twitter, claiming that more free speech on the social media platform was a negative thing.
Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson sent a statement against the formation of the board.
‘The Biden Administration has not proven itself to be a credible arbiter of ‘disinformation.’ Instead, it has taken steps to silence information that is unflattering to this Administration under the guise of ‘disinformation,’ Johnson wrote.
Woke Nina Jankowicz is now head of Biden’s dystopian ‘disinformation board’
Nina Jankowicz had already made a name for herself before being appointed head of Biden’s Russian disinformation unit.
Jankowicz, 33, is a successful author who is currently eight months pregnant with her first child. She grew up in New Jersey and is dating Michael Stein.
The couple are happily shacked up in a $1 million, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom property they own in Arlington, Virginia.
Jankowicz, attended Bryn Mawr College and Georgetown University, before embarking on a glittering career in foreign relations.
She managed programs to Russia and Belarus at the National Democratic Institute.
Jankowicz also advised the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on disinformation and strategic communications
She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Eurasia Foundation and is a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center
But the author is best known as a prominent woke voice online.
The Biden appointee’s latest book, How To Be A Woman Online has just been released, and deals with the topics of internet bullying and trolling.
She has complained about hordes of men tracking down her private Facebook and Instagram accounts after she appears on TV to try to follow her and find out more about her life.
Jankowicz says she prefers strangers to follow her Twitter account, and speculates that many of those who criticize her online are jealous of her ‘verified’ blue check mark and media career.
She has identified five different types of trolls who target her most, including ‘reply guy’ types who insist on trying to meddle in all aspects of her life, including in how brown she toasts her bread.
Despite claiming to be a free speech campaigner online, Jankowicz has spoken out against the First Amendment.
Aligning herself with many online progressives who’ve begun to call for an end to unqualified free speech, Jankowicz recently tweeted: ‘I shudder to think about if free speech absolutists were taking over more platforms, what that would look like for the marginalized communities…which are already shouldering…disproportionate amounts of this abuse.’
She also said the prospect of Elon Musk taking over Twitter made her ‘shudder.’
‘For example, unnamed intelligence officials, the media, and social media platforms engaged in a coordinated effort to censor stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop and his questionable financial dealings under the false label of ‘disinformation.’
‘I am concerned DHS’s Disinformation Board will only serve to silence or censor those voices critical of your disastrous policies and serve a political cover for your failure to secure the border,’ the senator concluded.
Mayorkas did not disclose any powers that would be granted to the dystopian-sounding board while addressing lawmakers on Wednesday.
He explained that the board would work to tackle disinformation ahead of the November midterms, particularly in Hispanic communities.
He also said that the board would come under the Biden-era Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3), meaning it would have no powers to crack down on disinformation and will instead try to combat it by throwing money at what it sees as problems.
The CP3 program provides communities with resources and tools to help prevent individuals from radicalizing to violence. Last year, CP3 awarded about $20 million in grants through its Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program. It is unclear how much cash will be spent on the Disinformation Board.
Mayorkas noted that the focus of the new board would be to stop the spread of misinformation in minority communities, including election misinformation ahead of the 2022 midterms.
He added that it would focus on the latest trend of misinformation allegedly targeting Spanish-speaking voters. No further details on the exact misinformation being deployed against these communities was shared.
Jankowicz, who revealed she was the head of the department following Mayorkas’ meeting with lawmakers, tweeted: ‘Cat’s out of the bag: here’s what I’ve been up to the past two months, and why I’ve been a bit quiet on here.
Mayorkas noted that the focus of the new board would be to stop the spread of misinformation in minority communities, including election misinformation ahead of the 2022 midterms.
He added that it would focus on the latest trend of misinformation allegedly targeting Spanish-speaking voters. No further details on the exact misinformation being deployed against these communities was shared.
Jankowicz, who revealed she was the head of the department following Mayorkas’ meeting with lawmakers, tweeted: ‘Cat’s out of the bag: here’s what I’ve been up to the past two months, and why I’ve been a bit quiet on here.
‘Honored to be serving in the Biden Administration @DHSgov and helping shape our counter-disinformation efforts.’
She added that ‘a HUGE focus of our work, and indeed, one of the key reasons the Board was established, is to maintain the Dept’s committment (sic) to protecting free speech, privacy, civil rights, & civil liberties.’
The Russia disinformation expert previously called the laptop of President Joe Biden’s son Hunter a ‘Trump campaign product’.
This is causing questions over Jankowicz’s ability to accurately judge disinformation now that several sources have come out confirming the validity of Hunter’s laptop.
Jankowicz also suggested last week that she opposes the The First Amendment because she thinks it is bad for ‘marginalized communities’ and called Elon Musk a ‘free speech absolutist’ because he wants to make Twitter more open to all voices.
The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Jankowicz is a fellow at the Wilson Center where she studies the ‘intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe’. She is also the author of How To Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict.
When stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop started emerging, several outlets, social media sites and left-leaning disinformation experts claimed that it was just misinformation coming from Trump and others on the right.
In an October 2020 report, Jankowicz shared her skepticism of the contents of the laptop and the claims it belonged to Hunter.
‘We should view it as a Trump campaign product,’ she told the New York Daily News at the time.
Twitter repeatedly took down the Hunter Biden laptop story and prevented it from being spread on the platform.
Billionaire Elon Musk, who just purchased Twitter, said that his aim is to make the social media platform a more open ‘digital town square.’
‘Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,’ Musk wrote in a statement upon the purchase approval.
Jankowicz spoke with NPR last week and questioned Musk’s purchase of the platform and
‘I shudder to think about if free speech absolutists were taking over more platforms, what that would look like for the marginalized communities,’ she said.
She said these groups are ‘already shouldering…disproportionate amounts of this abuse’ and said free speech and lack of censoring on social media would make it worse.
Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley tweeted an image of her remarks to NPR with the caption: ‘The Biden Administration’s new anti-speech czar is apparently no fan of the @elonmusk Twitter acquisition.’
‘This is the person Joe Biden just put in charge of policing Americans’ speech. Using the power of the government.’
Jankowicz has advised the Ukrainian government on strategist communications – she also managed democracy assistance programs to Russia and Belarus.
She received her masters in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and her bachelors degree from Bryn Mawr College.