Two former employees filed complaints against Infowars founder Alex Jones alleging he made racist and anti-Semitic comments, groomed them for sex and groped a female staffer.
Rob Jacobson, who worked as a video editor for Infowars for 13 years, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming Jones frequently singled out his Jewish background and referred to him as a “beefcake” over the course of four years, according to documents obtained by the Daily Mail.
Jacobson, who said the term referred to male porn stars, wrote, “I felt like this was intimidating and harassing and a form of sexual harassment in that he was grooming me for homosexual sex.”
Jones also allowed his friend to enter the video editor’s office and display images from gay porn on his computer, according to Jacobson.
The conspiracy theorist, who had a number of other nicknames for Jacobson, including “Resident Jew,” “The Jewish Individual” and “Yacobson,” once photoshopped his face onto the body of a Hasidic Jewish man and circulated it around the office, the complaint states.
Ashley Beckford filed another EEOC complaint alleging she was subject to harassment, racial slurs and a “hostile, sexually offensive work environment.”
The African American production assistant said she was discriminated against “when it came to my salary/wages and benefits, in regards to my dress, including my hair style.”
She was also mocked for her skin tone and called a “coon” by a senior manager, she said in the complaint.
Beckford also alleged Jones once groped her butt and asked, “Who wouldn’t want to have a black wife?”
“I felt embarrassed and nervous, but I knew that he had specifically touched my behind at that moment as a sly come-on that other people may not notice,” she wrote.
“It’s my opinion that it was his intention to see if he could groom me for sexual exploitation,” Beckford added.
Jones vehemently denied the allegations, calling them “completely, totally false.”
Republican Charlie Baker is incapable of LEADERSHIP! This is solely ONE issue and ignores Charlie Baker's MISMANAGEMENT that caused a BOND RATING DOWNGRADE. Why has the media given Charlie Baker a FREE RIDE?
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KENNEDY’s Florida dinner — POT lobbying hits new high — DEVAL on reinvesting in America
03/05/2018 07:31 AM EDT By Lauren Dezenski (firstname.lastname@example.org; @LaurenDezenski) with Brent D. Griffiths (email@example.com; @BrentGriffiths) GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS.KENNEDY'S FLORIDA DINNER - Rep. Joe Kennedy III made his first high-profile out-of-state visit since his State of the Union response speech this weekend, visiting Florida for the Broward County Democrats…
THE BIG IDEA: PITTSBURGH—If Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone wins an unexpectedly close special election here next Tuesday, it will be on Donald Trump’s coattails. On the other hand, this race wouldn’t be competitive at all if the president was not so polarizing – even in a mostly blue collar, largely rural southwestern Pennsylvania district that he carried by 20 points in 2016.
This race should be a gimme for the GOP. Democrats didn’t even bother to field a candidate in 2016 or 2014. But public and private polls show the contest in the 18th district is now a toss-up, even after Republicans have poured in more than $10 million – about five times what Democrats have spent.
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These might have been defining moments for any previous president, but they weren’t even the biggest stories of the day. It was just another Wednesday in Trump’s Washington, where many have become inured to comments and actions that suggest both disregard and even disdain for the rule of law.
During a televised roundtable with lawmakers to discuss what should be done to prevent future school shootings like the one in Florida, …
THE BIG IDEA: President Trump got the headlines he wanted this morning by signaling openness to modest gun-control measures, but will policy changes really follow?
Reacting to the “evil massacre” that left 17 dead at a Florida high school last week, Trump directed the Justice Department on Tuesday to draft a proposed ban on the devices known as “bump stocks.” Then he tweeted that Democrats and Republicans “must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!” And his press secretary told reporters that raising the minimum age at which a person could buy a semiautomatic weapon from 18 to 21 is “on the table for us to discuss.”
THE BIG IDEA: President Trump campaigned like a populist but has mostly governed like a plutocrat. On trade, he’s decided to follow his populist id.
Trump has few core convictions. He has been all over the place on almost every issue. Trade is the biggest exception. The president has consistently agitated for protectionism since the 1970s, and it was a signature theme of his insurgent candidacy.
On Thursday, he followed through on his campaign rhetoric by announcing that he plans to slap tariffs of 25 percent on foreign-made steel and 10 percent on aluminum.
“You will have protection for the first time in a long while, and you’re going to regrow your industries,” Trump told steel executives at a White House meeting. “What’s been allowed to go on for decades is disgraceful.”
The president added this morning …
THE BIG IDEA:
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I posed that question to 30 supporters of the president over three hours on Saturday night as they waited to see Trump speak at a rally outside the Pittsburgh airport, where he campaigned for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone ahead of today’s special election. The answers had nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with personality.
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