(TMU) — Comedian George Lopez is facing calls from conservatives for his arrest after he jokingly commented on an Instagram post that he could meet an alleged $80 million Iranian bounty on President Trump by half.
The comedian, who has made no secret of his opposition to the Republican president, was responding to a post by Instagram account Chicano World Star about false reports carried by mainstream news outlets that Iran had offered an $80 million bounty on Trump’s head.
“We’ll do it for half.”
The comment quickly received hundreds of replies, with many enjoying the joke and others feeling that Lopez making light of the hypothetical killing of Trump should be an arrestable offense.
George Lopez’s short comment quickly scandalized conservative media outlets and social networks, with reports from right-wing newspapers Washington Times, Breitbart, and Washington Examiner stoking outrage against the outspoken Mexican-American comedian.
“@SecretService should take a look at this … The Left is sick.”
George Lopez just said he’d assassinate President Trump for half of the $80 million dollar bounty.@SecretService should take a look at this.
The Left is sick. pic.twitter.com/hNCsMwOTrV
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) January 5, 2020
On Twitter, various users began using the hashtag #ArrestGeorgeLopez while also tagging the Secret Service in their posts. It appears unclear whether the users took Lopez’s comment literally.
The Secret Service needs to go to this violent lunatic’s house and arrest him. https://t.co/iBvgMBhfH9
— W.E. Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) January 6, 2020
In a caption for a videotaped rant posted to Twitter, Conservative comedian Terrence K. Williams wrote:
“George Lopez said he would assassinate President Trump for bounty money. We have a duty to report any threats or violence against the President, his family or anyone in his administration.”
PLEASE REPORT GEORGE LOPEZ
George Lopez said he would assassinate President Trump for bounty money.
We have a duty to report any threats or violence against the President, his family or anyone in his administration.
PLEASE RT & tag @SecretService
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) January 6, 2020
Far-right gadfly Charlie Kirk also issued a breathless demand for law enforcement to intervene in the supposedly “deadly threat.”
Other users felt that the outrage was a clear double standard, and that no such hue and cry had been raised in similar comments about Democratic politicians like former President Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
— SSGT 🇺🇸DISABLED VET USAF🇺🇸❌ (@bobsacard) January 6, 2020
Twitter user @BigWinInTx raised the fact that guitarist Ted Nugent had previously ranted that Obama should “suck on my machine gun.” Noting that the comedian was simply plying his trade—joking—the user wrote:
“Man, I can’t believe George Lopez made a joke… I mean, it’s not like he stood onstage and threatened the president AND Secretary Of State, right? I mean, if anyone dared do that, they should’ve been arrested within hours, right? Right?? #ArrestGeorgeLopez”
Man, I can’t believe George Lopez made a joke…
I mean, it’s not like he stood onstage and threatened the president AND Secretary Of State, right?
I mean, if anyone dared do that, they should’ve been arrested within hours, right?
— Big Win (@BigWinInTx) January 6, 2020
The controversial comment, along with the original post it was replying to, has since been removed.
The alleged “bounty” has also been debunked. According to reports, no such bounty has been offered by authorities in Iran. Instead, Al Arabiya reports that a eulogist and private citizen had suggested that 80 million Iranians pool their money for a bounty by contributing one dollar each for whoever “brings us [Trump’s] head.”
Trumpers are outraged over comedian George Lopez's joke-Trumpers want PC comedy when it comes to their side but applaud non comedians like Ted Nugent who called for killing President Obama who was then later rewarded for threatening Obama by being welcomed to Trump White House pic.twitter.com/40BDg3O0jz
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 6, 2020
Since Trump began his successful bid to be elected president, George Lopez has been vocal about his opposition to the former reality television star. The comedian has even led chants of “Fuck that puto”—puto means “whore” in Spanish—at his live shows.
While the controversy over the professional comedian continues to swirl online, it remains unlikely that Lopez will face the death penalty for treason—or any other major criminal penalties—for his offhand comment.
As Law & Crime blog explains:
“Lopez is a professional comedian long-known for making ethnic jokes precisely like the one in his Instagram comment. Furthermore, the context in which the statement was uttered is relevant. A comment made on social media – a forum in which jokes are commonplace—is less likely to be deemed a ‘threat’ than the same comment made in other contexts. Finally, plenty of folks on social media did get Lopez’s joke—demonstrating that there is ample evidence that a reasonable person might not have interpreted the comment as a threat.
Bottom line: it’s possible that Lopez’s comment might be deemed an illegal ‘threat,’ but given the context, it’s pretty unlikely. Reasonable people can certainly disagree as to whether a joke is funny or appropriate—but even a bad joke isn’t a threat under the law.”
as a citizen of the United states of America am calling for the immediate arrest of Mr. George Lopez for treason and soliciting for the murder of the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
this is a request for citizens arrest.
— tb (@allbritellc) January 6, 2020
FBI Seizes Capitol Building LEGO Set From Alleged Rioter’s House
Many of us know, either from our childhood or even our adulthood, that building and collecting LEGO can be a fun hobby that allows us to tap into our creativity in a relaxing, stress-free way.
But what if someone’s LEGO hobby is something much more nefarious – or even seditious in the eyes of the government?
Such may have been the case when special agents with the FBI confiscated a fully completed LEGO set of the U.S. Capitol Building from the home of Robert Morss, 27, whom they allege participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, according to court documents published by The Smoking Gun.
The large LEGO set is comprised of 1,032 pieces and was released in 2016 and is no longer available for retail. The agents seized the finished set along with other items matching those they believe Morss had in his possession when he allegedly stormed the building – including a neck gaiter, a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, a military-style satchel, a black tourniquet, and military battle dress uniforms.
The documents also note that he “had three different firearms including a handgun, a shotgun and a rifle” in his possession.
According to LEGO, the United States Capitol Building set “focuses on the structure’s neoclassical style facade, steps and lawns” and is “finished with a decorative ‘US Capitol’ nameplate.” In 2019, the product was “retired” – which has less to do with politics and more to do with the limited availability of the company’s unique product lines.
Morss, who is from Pennsylvania, was arrested last month on a range of federal charges. According to the Department of Justice, his alleged crimes “include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of an official proceeding; civil disorder; and robbery of personal property of the United States.”
An FBI investigator’s affidavit notes that Morss joined rioters in direct confrontations with officers guarding the Lower West Terrace doors of the Capital in “an intense and prolonged clash between rioters and law enforcement.”
Law enforcement officers claim that they also found a notebook in Morss car that had instructions on a “Step by Step to Create Hometown Militia” that included a list of names, equipment, and sections on “ambush,” “battle drills,” and “formations.” The notebook also contained notes that said “bring assault rifle,” “4 magazines,” and “bring kit/body armor.”
However, the court documents do not indicate whether the LEGO set was deployed in tactical drills prior to the botched uprising.
The DOJ says that roughly 465 individuals have been arrested on charges related the events of Jan. 6.
Neptune, the Roman God of Water, ‘Emerges’ From Waves in Photo During UK Storm
If we were to believe our eyes, it would seem that the ancient Roman god of water himself made an appearance on the shores of New Haven, England, on a day of especially rough surf.
What appears to be the “face” of Neptune was captured on Tuesday when photographer Jeff Overs of the BBC was taking photos of waves crashing over the harbor wall in the port city.
Of course, one is free to believe that the ferocious deity emanated from the depths of the sea to remind us puny humans of his wrath.
But alas, it was likely a simple example of pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces and figures in otherwise random or ambiguous everyday objects.
The photographer snapped the shot amid high tide and winds exceeding 50 miles per hour (80km/h), namely because of the violent nature of the shore.
“It’s become a popular location for photographers because the sea ‘boils’ in high wind against the sea wall,” Overs explained.
“The waves splash into the high wind and when blown back occasionally make patterns that look like ghoulish faces.”
Overs added that one of the small foreground waves even resembles a hand – albeit a pareidolic one.
“It’s a straight shot and I haven’t manipulated the image at all,” he added.
Lunar New Deal: GOP Lawmaker Suggests Altering Moon & Earth’s Orbit to Stop Climate Change
Texas Republican Congressman Louise Gohmert raised the eyebrows of his Congressional colleagues on Tuesday after seemingly suggesting that climate change could be combatted by changing the orbit of the moon, or even altering “Earth’s orbit around the sun.”
Gohmert, who has been decried as the “dumbest member of Congress” for his past absurdly anti-scientific comments regarding the ongoing pandemic and a number of other issues, has been a vocal opponent of progressive legislators’ attempts to put a “Green New Deal” on the government’s agenda.
However, his apparent suggestion of a “Lunar New Deal” to mitigate global warming could take the cake as his most hare-brained idea yet.
The comments came during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on four pending bills while questioning Jennifer Eberlien of the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, reports NBC.
“I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the B.L.M. [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” the Texas congressman began.
“I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they’ve found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun,” he continued.
“We know there’s been significant solar flare activity,” Gohmert said. “And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or B.L.M. can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?”
“Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate,” the lawmaker added.
Responding, Eberlein said with a smile: “I would have to follow up with on you on that one, Mr. Gohmert.”
“If you figure out there’s a way in the forest service you could make that change, I’d like to know,” Gohmert responded, without any trace of irony.
Longtime critics of the conservative legislator were besides themselves with bewilderment and mockery over the out-of-this-world suggestion.
On the opposite side of the aisle California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu suggested that perhaps Marvel Comics superheroine Captain Marvel was up to the task.
“She can alter planetary orbits with her superpowers. I’m going to work on a bipartisan resolution asking for her help,” Lieu wrote on Twitter.
According to NASA, the Earth’s climate has changed throughout history for various reasons, including small variations in the planet’s orbit.
However, the agency’s website notes that this doesn’t discount the fact that anthropogenic or human-caused activities are the culprit of the current warming.
“The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over millennia,” the site says.