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‘Find the motherf***ers who would do this’: GoFundMe set up after Antonio Basco’s car stolen hours after his wife’s funeral in El Paso

Twitchy - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 21:41

Antonio Basco, whose wife, Margie, was killed in the El Paso shooting earlier this month, had his car stolen and vandalized just hours after his wife’s funeral:

BREAKING from KVIA TV in El Paso: Antonio Basco, who, 24hrs ago, buried his shooting victim wife, Margie, surrounded by thousands of strangers who showed up to console him, just had his car stolen & damaged in an apparent case of theft and vandalism https://t.co/viRvqlqYME

— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 18, 2019

Thousands of people attended the funeral after Mr. Basco invited the community to help him honor his wife:

This is how Antonio Basco was greeted as he made his way into his wife’s memorial “We are your family sir… We’re your family.” #ElPasoStrong pic.twitter.com/anI3KLFoPa

— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) August 17, 2019

The theft was first reported on Facebook by Vanessa Kondow whose husband towed his car after it was found damaged. (And we agree 100% with her last line, “Find the motherf***ers who would do this”):

Mr. Basco had been living in his car after the shooting until supporters helped him get a hotel room:

Antonio Basco hasn't left Walmart since his wife, Margie Reckard, died. He'd been living out of his car, which had broken A/C, and sleeping on the ground next to her cross to clean off the dead flowers in the am. El Paso rallied: fixed his car, got him a hotel, brought him food pic.twitter.com/CmM7mATYuy

— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) August 14, 2019

This is just awful to read:

El Paso will take care of Mr. Basco. But, damn. 2/

— Bob Moore (@BobMooreNews) August 18, 2019

A GoFunMe has been set up to help Mr. Basco recover from all of this:

Here’s an account set up to help Mr. Basco. 3/ https://t.co/FCYmwGFk3F

— Bob Moore (@BobMooreNews) August 18, 2019

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Catch and release (with a misdemeanor): THIS is why gun crime is so bad in Chicago

Twitchy - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 21:17

Back in 2012, the WSJ ran this op-ed based on an interview with former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton where he talked about the “certainty of punishment” as being necessary to cure gun violence:

In Chicago, where the murder rate rose 16% last year, “to try to put someone in jail for gun-related activity you really have to go the extra mile,” he says. “If there’s one crime for which there has to be a certainty of punishment, it is gun violence.” He ticks off other places where help is needed: “Oakland, Chicago, D.C., Baltimore—all have gangs whose members have no capacity for caring about life and respect for life. Someone like that? Put ’em in jail. Get ’em off the streets. Keep people safe.”

And here we are 7 years later and . . . nothing has changed in Chicago. Via Chicago Police spox Anthony Guglielmi:

Is this the Chicago you want? For $500, you could walk out of jail after being arrested for possession of this arsenal. James Mather was charged with felony gun possession & 5 misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a weapon. @CWBChicago has the story here. https://t.co/SHkN5mEzfc pic.twitter.com/h76ptrd2nT

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) August 16, 2019

Use a gun, go to jail. And then leave jail with only a misdemeanor charge:

How does Chicago have some of the nation’s strictest gun laws and some of the nation’s highest rates of gun crime, you ask…? https://t.co/S4BAq06F2G

— Emily “Al Fredo” Zanotti (@emzanotti) August 16, 2019

And that dude wasn’t even the worst one in the article:

All of these charges are possessory offenses, unlike the guy further down in the @CWBChicago story who actually fired shots during a fight and had six felonies dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to a single misdemeanor.

— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) August 16, 2019

So, will Chicago prosecutors charge these guys with a misdemeanor, too?

Also from the 5th dist, these assault style weapons were recovered by police in the vicinity of South Peoria. People of interest are in custody for questioning. Investigation ongoing. pic.twitter.com/ybUpWvn9Ek

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) August 11, 2019

Please do read the entire thing here from CWB Chicago. It’s eye-opening, to say the least.

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Melania Trump Begins Her Holiday Planning at the White House

LifeZette - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 21:05

America’s first lady, in the dog days of summer, is looking ahead to a beautifully bedecked White House for the holiday season this fall and winter.

She’s already begun plans for this year’s upcoming holiday season, the White House announced this past week, as a number of outlets reported.

“First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald J. Trump will once again open the People’s House up to the public for the traditional Christmas decorating of the White House,” reads a statement from Mrs. Trump’s office.

The statement shared an application for volunteers who might want to help decorate the White House or act as greeters for its many guests during the popular holiday season — and for musicians who might enjoy the chance to perform at the White House during the season.

“Additionally, the White House invites musicians including high school bands, choirs, and Christmas-themed entertainers to apply for the opportunity to perform during the Holiday Open Houses throughout the month of December,” the statement noted.

People magazine noted that this is “not the first time Mrs. Trump, 49, has spotlighted Christmas cheer amid a backdrop of high-pressure current events.”

Related: Melania Trump Is Verbally Attacked on Twitter

“In July, as Robert Mueller testified before Congress about his investigation into President Trump’s ties to the Russian government, she shared four photos on Twitter of her Christmas planning while in the White House’s East Wing.”

“’I’m looking forward to sharing our final vision for this unique tradition in the coming months,’ she wrote,” as People reported.

Melania Trump — sadly so — has come under intense left-wing media fire in past seasons for her holiday decorations at the White House.

Last year many critics literally said they hated her red Christmas trees.

Related: Melania’s Media-Panned Red Trees a Hit with White House Guests

Vogue magazine, for its part, called her 2018 decorations “a strange assemblage of blood red trees … [she] looks to be channeling ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.'”

Yet many visitors to the White House praised the decor — and said they enjoyed and appreciated the first lady’s tasteful and unique decorations.

“Every single person that came through the East Wing stopped for a photo” with the trees, conservative commentator and recent White House guest Paris Dennard told the Associated Press last December.

Walking through a strange assemblage of blood red trees, Melania Trump looks to be channeling The Handmaid's Tale. https://t.co/VUPKfmhMuF

— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) November 27, 2018

Conservative commentator and recent guest Armstrong Williams also told the outlet that he thought the red trees were “just classy” and “great for photos.”

As LifeZette reported last December, the first lady’s Christmas decorations theme for 2018 was “American Treasures.”

It highlighted “the spirit of patriotism.”

It took the group three full days to decorate the red trees and included hand-pinning thousands of red cranberry clusters to the trees.

The 45 red Christmas trees that led to the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall represented “patriotism” and “the heart of America,” according to a White House press release.

Ohio-based florist Vickie Wenstrup, one of 125 people selected from a pool of 7,000 applicants to volunteer their decorating services at the White House last year, personally helped decorate those red trees.

It took the group three full days to decorate the red trees and included hand-pinning thousands of red cranberry clusters to the trees, Wenstrup told WLWT5.

But mainstream media outlets and liberal critics panned the cranberry trees and viciously mocked Mrs. Trump for daring to try something so unique — just as they did the year before for her stunning white trees.

In 2017, many outlets, including House Beautiful, had harsh words for the gorgeous white trees.

House Beautiful that year rudely referred to the decorations as “a terrifying amount of white” — while a Daily Beast article claimed that the White House “[had] become the most terrifying domestic space in America,” as evidenced by the first lady’s decorations.

However, Melania Trump, is “unfortunately used to” divisive behavior, as her spokesperson said not long ago.

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Brit Hume serves up a truth bomb that’s made in the USA to dismantle Beto O’Rourke’s shameful race-baiting comments

Twitchy - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 20:58

As we suffered through earlier, Beto O’Rourke says the United States was founded upon racism and is still racist today, a statement to which he has received a lot of backlash.

This is the strategy, huh: Beto O’Rourke says ‘no denying’ America was ‘founded on racism and is still racist today’ https://t.co/svw1IRlGnt

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 18, 2019

One of the pushback responses came from Fox News political analyst Brit Hume, who succinctly dismantled O’Rourke’s shameful remarks as only he can.

In fact, no country on earth has done more to overcome racial prejudice both in law and practice. Indeed, racism today is nearly universally rejected in America, which is why the left tries so hard to pin the label on its political opponents. https://t.co/qLr66z6BDP

— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 18, 2019

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‘Let’s not be afraid of optimism’: Larry Kudlow explains why he doesn’t see a recession on the horizon this time

Twitchy - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 20:28

Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council for President Donald Trump’s White House, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday that despite fears from some economists, he does not see a recession on the horizon for the U.S. economy.

To back up his point, Kudlow pointed to retail sales consumer numbers toward the end of this past week, which he calls “blockbuster.” He also said that most economists shifted their forecasts for the third and fourth quarters up toward the end of the week.

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Kudlow: "I sure don't see a recession. … Let's not be afraid of optimism." pic.twitter.com/Is8EJVIPwN

— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 18, 2019

More from Kudlow:

“Consumers are working at higher wages. They are spending at a rapid pace. They’re also saving while they’re spending; that’s an ideal situation, so I think actually the second half of the economy’s going to be very good in 2019. No I don’t see a recession.”

“Let me add just one theme … we’re doing pretty darn well in my judgment. Let’s not be afraid of optimism.”

Some counter that Kudlow got it wrong ahead of the 2007-08 recession.

uh oh https://t.co/5TKutna98n

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) August 18, 2019

Larry Kudlow, Dec. 2007:

“Despite all the doom and gloom from the economic pessimistas, the resilient U.S. economy continues moving ahead.”

“There’s no recession coming.” https://t.co/i4PCcfSz0F

— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 18, 2019

Kudlow admits that he got it wrong then but says “this is not then.”

Chuck Todd reads Larry Kudlow his own quote from December 2007:

"There's no recession coming. The pessimistas were wrong. It's not going to happen. … The Bush boom is alive and well. It's finishing up its sixth consecutive year with more to come." pic.twitter.com/Q9Y3J0ebNz

— Axios (@axios) August 18, 2019

Much has been made about the inversion of the Treasure yield curve (for the first time in 12 years), but historical data shows that it is not always a guarantee that a recession is imminent.

Fact: Every U.S. recession since the 1960s was preceded by a year or so by an inversion of the Treasury yield curve.

Not a fact: Because the yield curve inverted, the next recession must be on the way https://t.co/B5RlaYQGri via @bopinion

— Bloomberg (@business) August 18, 2019

Another White House adviser, Peter Navarro, says we technically did not have an inversion but a “flat curve,” adding that it indicates economic strength.

White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro: "Technically we did not have a yield curve inversion…In this case the flat curve is the result of a very strong Trump economy." https://t.co/EhdddemTTM pic.twitter.com/pQ6muveWpa

— The Hill (@thehill) August 18, 2019

We shall see…

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Scaramucci Attacks Trump’s ‘Culture of Leadership Inside the White House’

LifeZette - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 20:09

Anthony Scaramucci served only very briefly — for 11 days, to be exact — as White House communications director during the Trump administration.

Yet he’s not resting in calling out the president for what he — Scaramucci — now believes are issues of leadership.

In other words — he flipped.

“You’ve largely been defending the president for years,” said Fox News host Howard Kurtz of “Media Buzz” to Scaramucci on Sunday during an interview. “How did you go, in a few days, from saying Trump needs to tone down his rhetoric to calling him a [jacka**], crazy, off the rails, narcissistic — and saying the Republicans should dump him in 2020?”

Scaramucci argued that “those are probably words that his entire staff is saying about him but they’re just, unfortunately, not willing to come out in public and say them.”

“But I’m trying to understand,” said Kurtz, “why you flipped — because you didn’t just come out and say, ‘I can’t support him.’ You are now basically kind of campaigning against him.”

“He’s gone off the rails, Howie,” replied the guest. “Because he’s acting in a way that is completely unstable. It is an issue of leadership and the culture of servant leadership. He is literally … When he looks at a news feed or a news search, he is focusing on the name Trump, and not the name the United States of America. And so, the guy has completely lost it,” he went on. “Moreover, as it relates to the culture of leadership inside the White House, the Cabinet, the people that he is leading, he doesn’t lead them. He thinks that his personal charm is going to fix the China situation, or the North Korea situation, when in fact, it’s the very opposite.”

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“And so, now, we’re in this perilous situation where he is blending racism into the leadership culture,” insisted Scaramucci during the interview.

“I’m just saying I’m a very loyal guy … I stayed loyal to him for two years. I broke gradually on several specific things. They’re taking babies, four-month-old babies, away from breastfeeding moms in ICE attacks. I mean, come on, guys. This is not the United States we grew up in.”

Kurtz pointed out that Scaramucci’s critics, “especially on the Left, [are] saying this: The president has used divisive language from the beginning, they believe, and they’re saying you largely defended him. And yes, you were tough on certain issues including on this program, including some of his harsher rhetoric against the press. But you largely defended him. You wrote a book largely praising him. And now, they are saying, what took you so long?”

“I think it’s a very justifiable criticism,” replied Scaramucci, “and I will be — I will have an editorial in The Washington Post this week that fully elucidates that. Frankly, I do not have enough time on your show to fully elucidate it. But here’s what I would say to those people on the Left. We recognize that the president is a clear and present danger to the American society, the American culture. There are many people inside the White House and in the Cabinet. I would ask the Left … Let’s create an off-ramp for those people, because when you’re trying to deprogram people from a cult, one of the first things you have to do is allow them to change their mind. And you have to allow them to have the space to change their mind … So [to] me, it was a very gradual process, and they can be very critical of me for that. I have frankly owned that.”

After those controversial comments, he went on to insist that “there’s a ton of people inside that White House, inside the government, up on Capitol Hill that feel the exact same way, and I would just caution those people on Capitol Hill, when their poll numbers start to go in the direction of the president’s — I know they’re intimidated by his bullying now and I know they are intimidated by the force of his personality and his nonsense, but don’t be … Let’s just speak the truth.”

“There is a lot of things that the president has done, economically, delayering the administrative state, deregulation, tax reform, by and large, [that] has helped corporate America become more competitive. There’s a lot of things that he has done,” admitted Scaramucci.

“You’re saying,” noted Kurtz, “that you speak for some Republicans who aren’t willing to say these things publicly. But, look, you have been a very popular guy this week. You have been all over MSNBC and CNN. You sat down with Don Lemon, one of the premiere Trump bashers on cable news. You were on MSNBC with Omarosa. Sean Spicer says your defection is — I’m quoting here — catnip for the left-wing media to go out and use somebody like you to create a controversy. Does he have a point?”

“Well, he has a point,” Scaramucci admitted, “and I think it’s a very good talking point. But … people can see through the camera, in their living rooms, that that’s not really my personality. I got brutally fired by the guy — if I was going to break from the guy, why wouldn’t I have just broken right then and there? I tried to stay loyal to his agenda and his mission, but I’m also balanced today. I’m also pointing out there’s a lot of things that he’s done as it relate[s] to the economy [that] has been very helpful. The racial stuff has been very hurtful.”

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“And what I would say to Sean Spicer and others,” he added, that “ripping the social fabric of the country is a cancer. It’s a metastatic cancer. Having a recession here or there — that’s a bone break, but we can survive it. But what he is doing and the way he is processing that, and I said it on your show a few weeks ago, I said, please stop doing that. It is un-American. It is not good for our country … I’m looking at the country, my five children. I’m looking at where we are culturally.”

“When you now say all of these things — you just called him a cult leader, which is pretty incendiary language. So, were you just swallowing all of this while you were largely — and you were … you were largely a defender on television. Were you just sort of — I mean, did you have terrible judgment? Because now you’re coming out and expecting all of us to believe the guy is a terrible leader, the guy who you supported.

“I didn’t really call him a cult leader,” replied Scaramucci.

“You said members of a cult,” Kurtz reminded him.

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“OK, people in cults need to be deprogrammed, and so, therefore, you have to create an off-ramp for them,” said Scaramucci. “But on this specific question, again, I’ll say the exact same thing to you that I said three weeks ago so that you can see it’s consistent. There is a lot of things that the president has done, economically, delayering the administrative state, deregulation, tax reform, by and large, [that] has helped corporate America become more competitive. There’s a lot of things that he has done. But as I said on this show three or four weeks ago, if he continues down the path of projecting racism to try to split the country, people like myself will break from him. So … it’s been a gradual, painful process, frankly. And if you want to question my judgment, that’s fine.”

Kurtz then said to him, “I wanted you to be able to respond to what [White House spokesman] Hogan Gidley said about people like you, [that] when they see a moment they can profit personally from turning on the president … it makes them a lot more popular with the rest of the media.”

“Hogan Gidley has seen my S86, which is my financial disclosure,” the guest replied. “I’m not interested in anything like that. What I’m interested in is real leadership and less division. And I think that’s the most important thing for the country.”

On Tuesday, Trump retweeted the following about the short-term employee in his administration:

Just another disgruntled former employee who got fired for gross incompetence! https://t.co/63VhfqQwhx

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019

Share your thoughts below.

This article has been updated with President Donald Trump’s tweet. 

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No big deal, just a simulated assassination of President Trump at a fundraiser for an Illinois Dem

Twitchy - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:59

Check out these photos of an attendee at a fundraiser for Democratic Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval simulating an assassination of President Donald Trump:

A political fundraiser for @SenatorSandoval simulates an assassination attempt against a mock @realDonaldTrump decked out in Mexican garb. Looks like a man pointed a fake assault weapon at the fake President to pose for a picture. pic.twitter.com/MlT9zjB1mn

— Mark Maxwell (@MarkMaxwellTV) August 17, 2019

Wow. Remember when a rodeo clown got fired for wearing an Obama mask? Times sure have changed!

Rodeo clown who mocked Obama banned from Missouri State Fair: http://t.co/6MY3byoikd -CC

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 12, 2013

Sen. Sandoval has since apologized and said he doesn’t “condone violence toward the President or anyone else”:

Response from @SenatorSandoval: “The incident that took place is unacceptable. I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.” https://t.co/HLKDJAdHX8

— Mark Maxwell (@MarkMaxwellTV) August 18, 2019

As has the Democratic party of Illinois:

Now @DemsforIllinois responds: “The tragedies in El Paso and Gilroy have demonstrated how hate-filled political rhetoric can fuel violence. These images are unacceptable and dangerous. The place to make our voices heard against Trump is at the ballot box.” https://t.co/HLKDJAdHX8

— Mark Maxwell (@MarkMaxwellTV) August 18, 2019

And the state’s Dem governor:

From @GovPritzker: “As our nation grapples with the epidemic of gun violence, purposely pointing a fake gun at anyone is insensitive and wrong. I condemn actions like the ones displayed in the pictures because they lack the civility our politics demands.” https://t.co/HLKDJAdHX8

— Mark Maxwell (@MarkMaxwellTV) August 17, 2019

Too little, too late.

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Editor’s note: We’ve corrected a typo in the headline. 

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‘Propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals’: Ted Cruz tears into the admittedly biased NY Times for stoking racial tensions

Twitchy - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:45

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz believes the New York Times making a calculated shift from “covering” the Russia collusion narrative to “covering” the “racism” of President Donald Trump says a lot about where journalism stands in 2019 America.

He says the agenda-driven coverage of President Trump that they admitted at their employee town hall last week is scandalous.

There was a time when journalists covered “news.” The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their “town hall” are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet. https://t.co/3xZiABaBYv

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 18, 2019

If you care about journalism, or the First Amendt, READ the transcript. The Editor says (in effect) “for 2 yrs, we covered ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ facts be damned; now we’ll scream ‘racism, racism, racism’ for 18 mos, and the rest of the media follow us.” That’s not journalism. https://t.co/TPkpB0DjNj

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 18, 2019

Cruz called out the publication for being blinded by their hatred for President Trump and for stoking racial tensions through their admittedly agenda-driven stories.

The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other. https://t.co/pH2GIcEAYg

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 18, 2019

It’s also deeply cynical—at a time when racial tensions are raw, for the NYT to be deliberately stoking the fires of racial tension & hatred. Ironically, their approach is the obverse of their original headline (before they succumbed to the mob): “NYT Urges Racism Vs Unity.” https://t.co/Pyuzdhd1PP

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 18, 2019

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This is the strategy, huh: Beto O’Rourke says ‘no denying’ America was ‘founded on racism and is still racist today’

Twitchy - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:08

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke believes the United States was founded on racism and is still racist today.

Our country was founded on racism—and is still racist today. In Arkansas, I said why I believe there’s no denying this reality; and why it’s on all of us to change it. pic.twitter.com/cHLKmCMGEB

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 18, 2019

This reaffirms his implication last week on CNN that he believes all Trump voters are racist.

Drop out, dude: Looks like Robert Francis O’Rourke’s strategy to break two percent is calling all Trump voters racist https://t.co/4ayukm0cEq

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 11, 2019

A statement that was backed up by another presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, on Sunday.

Deplorables 2.0? Pete Buttigieg asked by CNN whether voting for Trump is a ‘racist act’ https://t.co/kbx1hDbmLZ

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 18, 2019

They constantly fail to see the conundrum of their reckless words:  If everything is considered racist, then how can actual racism be identified?

How can this message fail? https://t.co/vRCITpxpVE

— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 18, 2019

There must be a memo circulating among Democrat candidates saying that in order to win the election, they must call into question the character of every American who’s ever lived.

Heading into 2020 and the Democratic platform is unabashedly, "Vote for us or you're racist." https://t.co/D7780y3W8b

— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) August 18, 2019

“You’re the worst, and so were your forefathers!” Is not typically a winning message. https://t.co/QwvC7WuxNG

— Cody Derespina (@CDerespina) August 18, 2019

Beto may be way behind in the polls, but he does get first prize for most annoying and sanctimonious candidate https://t.co/RcGEkZAeE9

— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 18, 2019

And to the extent that elements of racism do still exist in the U.S. today, who is Beto O’Rourke to try to address it?

“So elect me, a privileged but woke white person, to fix it.” https://t.co/SlK061Mu5U

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 18, 2019

Do the members of our garbage ruling class think that normal people don’t notice how much the elite hates them? https://t.co/Tz6NZsRAiU

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) August 18, 2019

By what right does Mr. O’Rourke (or any Democrat running for president in 2019) dare assert that the United States was founded upon racism?

And I thought it had something to do with “all men are created equal”, endowed with certain unalienable rights, including “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” https://t.co/prUtNQ4XwQ

— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) August 18, 2019

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Six Amazing Things Most of the Media Won’t Tell You About a Trump Rally

LifeZette - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 17:58

As a native of New Hampshire, this writer thought it might be fun to go to my first Trump rally.

When I heard that President Donald Trump would be coming to the Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manchester this past week, I got online and got my free pass.

Wow, that was easy, I thought.

Maybe if I show up a couple of hours early, I’ll get good seats, too.

Was I ever naïve about that.

If you haven’t yet been to a Trump rally, make a point of doing so.

It’s an experience you will never forget.

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Here’s are six very surprising things I learned at my first Trump rally this week.

1). President Trump is more popular than a rock star. Think that’s an exaggeration?

More people passionately love our president, in my opinion, than anyone alive today (except maybe the pope, but even that is questionable).

Yes, he has plenty of haters, too. But his supporters love him on a level I’ve not witnessed before.

Women supporters were literally crying as his motorcade pulled up to the Southern New Hampshire University Arena this past Thursday night.

Here was my spot in line at Thursday’s Trump rally; it was over 10 blocks long in Manchester.

Between 30,000 and 40,000 people converged on Manchester to get a glimpse of Trump.

That’s three times more people than the next largest draw in Manchester’s history, which was Sir Elton John.

Sadly, for most of us, the stadium “only” holds just over 11,000 people. The line to see the president had started 24 hours before he spoke.

The doors opened around 4 p.m., and a little over an hour later, the entire arena was at full capacity.

Related: Trump Returns to New Hampshire, Where He Secured His First Primary Victory

I showed up at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon — and wound up hiking to the end of the line, which wound through the streets of Manchester for over 10 blocks. And the line was 4 to 5 people wide.

2.) There are many people of color at Trump rallies. If you’ve ever watched CNN or MSNBC, you would think that only “white nationalists” and “racists” support Donald Trump.

So imagine my surprise when I noticed a large number of Trump supporters who were black, Hispanic, and Asian in attendance. And this was in New Hampshire, one of the whitest states in America.

One African-America gentleman I spoke to drove up from Boston to see the president. I also chatted with a Chinese immigrant from Rhode Island who supports Trump because she said she knows firsthand what Communism does to humanity.

While standing outdoors by the Jumbotron during the president’s speech with thousands of other supporters, I noticed no less than 10 non-white supporters within 20 feet of me.

The crowds at Trump rallies are diverse and passionate.

3). Millennials are the most enthusiastic Trump supporters. I had assumed that all young people were ignorant, brainwashed snowflakes.

I was shocked by how many of these Trump supporters were so young.

And they seemed to have the most passion for conservative causes in the crowd.

Let’s face it, conservatives are generally better looking than liberals, too.

Perhaps it is just the energy that comes with youth, but the millennials in attendance were the ones holding Trump 2020 banners, hilarious homemade signs, and the ones leading the chants of “U.S.A.!” and “Four more years!” during the president’s address.

It was inspiring — and it gave me hope for our nation’s future.

4.) Trump supporters love each other. There was a very happy and loving vibe in Manchester on Thursday night.

The crowds were so thick it felt like I was in New York City’s Times Square that evening.

Everyone was smiling.

Biker dudes were hugging skinny nerds they had just met, and whenever I bumped into anyone, a hand would touch my shoulder and the offender would politely say, “Oh, I’m so sorry my friend!” with a friendly grin.

While standing among the throngs of supporters under the Jumbotron, a middle-aged man next to me just blurted out at the top of his lungs, “I love all you people!”

At first I was taken aback and even embarrassed for him — but within a split second everyone around us started cheering and saying “We love you, too!”

Another supporter chimed in with, “‘I love you’ on three!”

“One, two, three” — after which dozens of people around us all screamed in unison, “I LOVE YOU!”

Truly, it was an amazing moment.

5.) Trump rallies are a boon to the local economy. In my 20+ years of living in New Hampshire, I have never seen downtown Manchester as busy as it was Thursday night.

Every restaurant and pub along Elm Street was at full capacity.

On top of that, I witnessed no crime, no bad behavior, and not even a single drunk on the streets. (Maybe they were there; if so, I just didn’t see them.)

A sea of people were wandering the streets in red hats, pleasantly saying hello to each other, nodding, or giving one another a thumbs-up and a little “MAGA!” greeting.

It was fun, and I couldn’t help feeling like this is what America used to be like: prosperous, friendly and safe.

There were so many passionate supporters standing outside at this rally, I could barely see the outdoor Jumbotron.

I imagine a liberal reader would criticize my comments and describe them as “racist and reminiscent of white America.”

But this was not an all-white crowd. The crowd was diverse; all ages and ethnicities were present around us, as I suggested earlier.

After the rally, my buddy and I stopped into a pub and sat down for dinner.

The people on either side of us immediately greeted us and started asking how our evening went. The bartenders and wait staff were hustling, and they appeared to be making great tips that night.

There were between 100 and 200 protesters, mostly kids and old white guys with grey ponytails, who were waving signs and shouting. For the most part, they were largely ignored by the sea of red hats. I almost felt a little sorry for them.

No other political rally could compare to a Trump rally. A recent event for former Vice President Joe Biden in New Hampshire drew a crowd of under 100 people. A more recent campaign rally held by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) drew a crowd of 700.

6.) The streets of Manchester looked cleaner after the rally ended. Liberals love to claim that conservatives don’t care about the environment. Of course, this notion is absurd.

But after 40,000 people swarmed into Manchester for the day, I was amazed by how clean the streets were at the end of the night. As might be expected, the public garbage cans were very full. But there was no shameless littering throughout the city.

I witnessed people standing in line for hours drinking from water bottles, but I did not see a single empty water bottle lying in the streets. I even saw a young guy pick up a piece of trash while standing in line and put it in his pocket.

Seeing this kind of behavior by others is contagious. I saw a business card lying on the sidewalk while waiting in line for the rally. Wanting to do my part, I picked up the muddy card and placed it in my pocket until I found a garbage can to dispose of it.

There was one small area outside the stadium that was left messy. The Manchester police were able to corral the Trump protesters and place them all in this one area.

There were between 100 and 200 protesters, mostly kids and old white guys with grey ponytails, who were waving signs and shouting. For the most part, they were largely ignored by the sea of red hats. I almost felt a little sorry for them.

At 11 p.m., well after the rally, that area was littered with protester signs and other garbage. My only regret is that I didn’t get a photograph of the mess they left in Manchester.

Pretty sure the guy (or gal) who owns this truck supports Trump.

Here’s the bottom line. A Trump rally is fun — really fun.

It’s something any Trump supporter should try to attend at least once.

As for me, the next time President Trump comes to New Hampshire, I’ll be taking the day off from work — and I’ll be in line six hours before the doors open.

This piece by a blogger for the Objectivist originally appeared in that publication and is used by permission.

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The ‘Never Trump’ Movement Apparently Has a New Ally

LifeZette - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 14:55

Who on Earth are these people who knowingly are trying to circumvent what the majority of the American citizens want?

They need to at least get out of the Republican Party and formally join the Democrats, in my opinion.

Bill Kristol seems to think he’s the smartest guy in the world, while Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci (shown above) apparently believes he’s the toughest guy in the world.

Both guys, I think, are too smart for their good — since average Joe America and Sally Patriot see right through them.

Best to pay them no mind and they’ll fade away.

Related: Scaramucci Suggests GOP Might Need to Replace Trump on 2020 Ticket

Here’s the latest on the two men’s “chat” about apparently trying to replace President Donald Trump on the GOP 2020 ticket, as reported by CNBC just a few days ago.

The “Never Trump” movement has a new ally: hedge fund boss Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired in 2017 after serving 11 days as communications director in President Donald Trump’s White House.

Anti-Trump pundit and veteran Republican operative Bill Kristol confirmed to CNBC in a few brief text messages that he has spoken to Scaramucci since the SkyBridge Capital founder had a public falling out with Trump this summer.

Asked whether he has spoken to Scaramucci about trying to find another presidential candidate to replace Trump on the top of the GOP ticket next year, Kristol said, “Yup.”

But Kristol, who has been critical of Scaramucci in the past, wouldn’t go much further than that when describing his interactions with the former Trump surrogate.

“Have chatted with him, but working with him would be an exaggeration,” Kristol explained. He declined to give further details on their conversation, which he characterized as private.  (source: CNBC)

To me, it is laughable to think these two can dredge up someone to run against and defeat Trump for the GOP nomination, after all the conservative changes the president has made while in the Oval Office so far.

Think about it.

What would be their platform for a different individual on the ticket? What would they come up with, realistically?

They are not happy because of what Trump tweets on social media, but his actions as president have moved mountains for the conservative agenda.

What would be their platform for a different individual on the ticket?

What would they come up, realistically?

Related: Melania Trump Is Verbally Attacked on Twitter

I suppose they could always assume a copycat posture and promise to lower taxes, create more jobs, reduce the unemployment rate, and so on.

But it’s already been done by our current president.

What? Well, I don’t this is going to happen – looks like @Scaramucci has contracted TDS. It’s a terrible illness that makes people hallucinate wildly unbelievable @realDonaldTrump obsessed scenarios. https://t.co/U8YIUMxDxm

— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) August 17, 2019

Trump has delivered or is trying to deliver on everything his platform included when he was elected in 2016.

A version of this piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com; this article is used by permission.

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Sanders Says U.S. Should Stop Giving Aid to Israel if It Won’t Accept Omar and Tlaib

LifeZette - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 13:09

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) weighed in on Israeli officials’ decision to ban Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from visiting the country based on their vocal support for the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also claimed their agenda’s “sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”

Related: Trump Slams Tlaib for Declining Chance to See Her Grandmother in Israel

MSNBC host Ali Velshi tried to fan the flames of this issue by asking Sanders for his view on Israel’s decision.

Velshi mentioned how “President [Donald] Trump ask[ed] the president [sic] of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, to do this, and Netanyahu oblig[ed].”

WATCH: Bernie Sanders on Israel’s decision to deny entrance to two elected U.S. officials: “If Israel doesn’t want members of the United States Congress to visit their country…maybe they can respectfully decline the billions of dollars that we give to Israel.” #inners pic.twitter.com/m48djEhZjU

— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) August 16, 2019

Sanders said that if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not want to allow Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to visit, “maybe he can respectfully decline the billions of dollars” the U.S. gives to Israel.

“But the idea that a member of the United States Congress cannot visit a nation, which, by the way, we support to the tune of billions and billions of dollars, is clearly an outrage.”

“And if Israel doesn’t want members of the United States Congress to visit their country, to get a firsthand look at what’s going on – and I’ve been there many, many times – but if he doesn’t want members to visit, maybe he can respectfully decline the billions of dollars that we supp — that we give to Israel.”

Sanders has made suggestions like this before, suggesting the leveraging of U.S. aid to Israel to achieve foreign policy outcomes.

In the past, Sanders — who is Jewish — has said he supports Israel’s right to exist in peace and security, yet he has repeatedly criticized Netanyahu and advocated for Palestinian rights.

Why, Bernie, should Israel give up foreign aid for barring two people who have demonstrated that they are anti-Israel and want a Palestinian state without Israel?

This opinion writer applauds Israel for denying entry to these two lawmakers who have 9 percent approval ratings in the U.S.A. — and now appear to want to bash Israel as they do the U.S. virtually every day.

A version of this piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com; this article is used by permission.

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Watch This Off-Duty Cop Stop an Armed Robber in Mere Seconds

LifeZette - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:30

An off-duty policeman standing at the checkout counter of a convenience store didn’t know what was coming.

But he was there to take care of business, clearly.

I have nothing but respect for the officer in this situation.

He acted quickly and decisively.

The incident happened last month — and though the exact location isn’t revealed below, the action was all captured on video.

Related: Why Off-Duty Cops Should Always Carry a Gun

Take a look at what happened.

And watch this officer’s incredibly quick and careful reaction.

Share your reactions to this story below.

This WayneDupree.com piece is used by permission.

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Obama Said to Be Panicking Over Biden’s 2020 Run, Fears ‘Legacy’ Will Be ‘Damaged’

LifeZette - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 21:24

New reports say former President Barack Obama tried desperately to talk former Vice President Joe Biden out of running for president for 2020 because he fears he’ll “damage his legacy.”

“You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” Obama allegedly told Biden, according to a New York Times report.

The report added that Obama “took pains to cast his doubts about the campaign in personal terms.”

It also said that Obama warned staffers that whether Biden wins or loses, they need to make sure he does not “damage his legacy.”

Biden reportedly responded by saying he could not forgive himself if he turned down another chance to beat Donald Trump.

Related: Trump at Rally in New Hampshire Rips Biden’s Plan to ‘Scale Back’ Campaign

Obama has met with Biden multiple times, the Daily Mail reported, to discuss his run — even advising Biden about those he should hire for his team. The former president reportedly told Biden that he needs to hire more young people because his team was “too old” and “out of touch with the current political climate.”

During the 2016 election, Biden was “quietly pressured” by Obama not to run because the former president favored Hillary Clinton over him.

“I regret it every day,” Biden said of his decision to sit out that race, adding that it was “the right decision” for his family.

Fox News host Rachel Campos Duffy agreed that Obama did not want Biden to run.

“I think that Obama clearly never really wanted Biden to be running anyway,” Duffy said on “Fox & Friends” on Saturday morning. “I think he knows he’s a gaffe machine. I think he’s very afraid that Biden might damage his legacy.”

Duffy also said that Biden’s age seemed to affect him more than Trump was affected by his age.

“A lot of people are nervous that he’s [Biden] lost some of his mojo,” one major Democratic donor reportedly said.

“Donald Trump can outwork anyone and he’s, I think, the only president who actually starts to look younger in office,” she said.

Biden has slipped up numerous times in his campaign, making a series of humiliating mistakes. Biden recently told an audience of Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” as many outlets reported.

Two days later, he mistakenly said he had met with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, during his time as vice president — even though the shooting occurred over a year after Obama and Biden were out of office and while Trump was president.

“A lot of people are nervous that he’s lost some of his mojo,” said one major Democratic donor. “They’re getting nervous about him [Biden] going toe to toe with Trump. But the problem is, there doesn’t seem to be an alternative.”

This piece originally appeared in the Objectivist and is used by permission.

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‘You are in a very unsafe situation’: Journalists report being pepper-sprayed by Antifa; Julio Rosas surrounded

Twitchy - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 20:13

It should be no surprise that members of Antifa don’t want what they do publicized by the fact that the majority wear masks or kerchiefs over their faces and do things like give independent journalists like Andy Ngo a brain hemorrhage and steal his camera equipment.

Ngo reports that another independent journalist was pepper-sprayed in Portland Saturday, although the guy sees to be in good shape. He and his camera obviously aren’t welcome, though:

Independent journalist @Muffinpan503 was attacked & pepper sprayed. A woman tries to calm the angry shirtless man following him but is told to mind her own business as a white person. pic.twitter.com/SeQb2A2gTX

— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) August 17, 2019

Antifa pushes a guy out of the park, don't know why. As they push him out, antifa uses umbrellas to block reporters cameras.

At one point, the guy in the dog mask briefly turns his attention to me. pic.twitter.com/lN0hXyxKCQ

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 17, 2019

Independent journalist @Muffinpan503 was pepper sprayed when he crossed into the Antifa side and began filming.

Black bloc attempted to prevent our journalist from getting footage. pic.twitter.com/vF6rHn0W9p

— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 17, 2019

Didn’t Mayor Ted Wheeler announce two weeks ago that people who spread fear and violence weren’t welcome in his city?

And watch this poor guy, who claims not to be affiliated with either side. He’s told to put away his camera and go home — “You are in a very unsafe situation,” he’s warned.

“Death is coming to your doorstep”

Man taking pictures who claims no political allegiance claims to have assaulted by Antifa by pepper spray: pic.twitter.com/lL6wbCVBdJ

— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 17, 2019

Didn’t Antifa try to claim that they weren’t actually an organization — just people who happen to show up and the same time and place in their matching homemade assault gear?

As Twitchy mentioned earlier, Washington Examiner journalist Julio Rosas was accosted by a protester whose gender we won’t assume over the black-and-white flag emblem on his sleeve; see, the American flag is the banner of a fascist and a sign of the enemy.

It turns out things got much hairier for Rosa after that encounter.

Things are getting tense as a man shouts antifa is not here to talk, but to fight. pic.twitter.com/ePwY2cwphu

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 17, 2019

I got surrounded by antifa and they shouted I had to leave. Police came in and took me aside to defuse the situation. pic.twitter.com/EZqLxxJvqZ

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 17, 2019

He came up to me again and people again surrounded me. He said I get hurt then that was on me. Police came back said I was provoking them by being there. pic.twitter.com/yHTx34CU50

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 17, 2019

“He said if I get hurt then that was on me.” Hey, Chris Cuomo, aren’t these the guys you likened to allied soldiers storming the beach at Normandy to fight Nazis? We thought the CNN crew was against the intimidation of journalists — will Oliver Darcy and Brian Stelter be as upset over this as they are a “fake news” tweet from President Trump?

And just so we're clear: I did not do or say anything to these people. They came up to me and started the confrontation.

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 17, 2019

A pepper ball is used by police as they make an arrest, the guy who was threatening me earlier. pic.twitter.com/wEdqWJCdhD

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 17, 2019

The “milkshaking” continues:

The police decided to stop protecting that small conservative group that got separated & antifa went after them. Man holding flag got a bunch of stuff thrown on his head. Not sure why @PortlandPolice left. Mob is following them. pic.twitter.com/bTlAUsUpbr

— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) August 17, 2019

Oh, and remember how Mayor Wheeler had the brilliant idea to send out police liaison officers to interact with each side of the protest and try to calm things down? That didn’t work.

A Portland officer hands a card to Antifa members, he wouldn't say what was on it.

An antifa member quickly stands between the officer and the person he was talking to. pic.twitter.com/Mb0uJWd7qK

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 17, 2019

Just as a bonus, here’s a member of Antifa dressed as a unicorn dancing around to taunt police:

Antifa unicorn dances in front of Portland Police. #PortlandProtest pic.twitter.com/GnTo6Jhif7

— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) August 17, 2019

Beautiful Portland, everyone.

Related:

‘America 2019, the video’: Protester in Portland VERY offended by flag on reporter’s shirt, among other things https://t.co/yhtEtXMRnA

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 17, 2019

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‘America 2019, the video’: Protester in Portland VERY offended by flag on reporter’s shirt, among other things

Twitchy - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 19:31

There are dueling protests in Portland today, and the DC Examiner’s Julio Rosas is on hand. At the start of things there was one person who didn’t like the flag on Rosas’ shirt, among other things, and questioned his reporter cred as a result:

.@dcexaminer reporter @Julio_Rosas11 is confronted for wearing a shirt with an American flag on the sleeve. A protester is extremely offended. pic.twitter.com/8KCkjjE3ix

— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) August 17, 2019

Here's the beginning of the interaction. I asked why the person was following me. The person said I didn't look like a real reporter. pic.twitter.com/ETcoPwyl74

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 17, 2019

Here’s more info on the shirt worn by Rosas, who is a Marine Corps veteran:

An individual began harassing @Julio_Rosas11 from @dcexaminer for his shirt, which is made by veteran-owned @Gruntstyle.

Implied the black and white American flag was a symbol of fascism, and that Julio was present representing/instigating for a fascist organization/publication. pic.twitter.com/NViqB0PMza

— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 17, 2019

And by the time the night’s over that might end up being the friendliest conversation between any reporters in the area and the gathered protesters who are at the moment being kept separated by a police line.

there is so much "wtf" going on in this video https://t.co/lUTlKBZN0N

— Amethystlock (@Amethystryst) August 17, 2019

Antifa: You don't look legitimate

Riiggghhhtt

Bravo for showing the flag@Julio_Rosas11 https://t.co/rNA4D2upcJ

— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) August 17, 2019

I don't even know what to say about this. Insane. #CommieRats https://t.co/7p8fdPmhjd

— Chris_Herrala (@chris_herrala) August 17, 2019

Filed under "Stuff You Never See In Texas"https://t.co/Dc0IEoGrUZ

— Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) August 17, 2019

America 2019: the video https://t.co/5E8PBfTEPx

— Scott Greer (@ScottMGreer) August 17, 2019

pic.twitter.com/sHUCqO7Bg2

— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 17, 2019

***

Related:

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Nancy Pelosi Wants Senate Back Early from Recess to Work on Gun Control

LifeZette - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 17:56

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claims that House Democrats are cutting their August “vacation” short to return to D.C. to take up gun control — and she wants the Senate to do the same thing.

More gun control?

How depressing, in my view.

Why don’t these lawmakers have any concern for the top 10 destroyers in our society — such things as abortion, alcohol, tobacco, etc?

Their ideas for gun control are laboriously boring.

Related: How Anti-Gun Money Is Fueling the Gun Control Narrative

They keep demanding stricter gun control. Yet in cities and states that already have strict gun control, there is also more crime.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Republican Senate leader, said he isn’t calling senators back to session, but he will review possible bills for consideration when lawmakers return in September.

Forgive me, but I didn’t know Pelosi ran the Senate, too.

Perish the thought.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the country’s elected officials have a responsibility to “ensure domestic tranquility” and called on the Senate to return to work to vote on the House’s bill bolstering background checks for gun purchases.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Pelosi said she’s heard “grave concern” from Americans and members of Congress about gun violence and the rise of heated rhetoric, including xenophobia and white supremacy.

“The Senate has to do the job,” Pelosi said. “This is simple: They just have to take up the bill and send it to the president.”

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have expressed a new openness to gun legislation in the wake of mass [incidents] this month in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. (source: The Associated Press)

Earlier this year, the Democrat-led House approved legislation bolstering background checks for gun purchases.

The Senate also saw a similar bipartisan bill; some senators say the action would deter the kinds of mass tragedies like those that occurred a few weeks ago.

The Democratic Party doesn’t seem to want to understand that law-abiding people are in control of their right to protect and defend themselves.

We need to make safe gun zones illegal — for they are.

If people could fire back if and when fired upon, things would end quickly, in my personal opinion.

And we need to stop illegal drugs from coming into the U.S. Many of these perpetrators are as high as a kite when they commit their hideous crimes against innocent people.

 A version of this piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com; this article is used by permission.

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Melania Trump Is Verbally Attacked on Twitter

LifeZette - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 17:00

Late-night host Trevor Noah, who has been critical of the Trump administration in the past, this week decided to let it rip on first lady Melania Trump.

He did so while discussing her husband’s immigration policy.

Noah’s comments come after the Trump administration sought to remove green cards from immigrants who use taxpayer-funded welfare.

Check out the below comments.

Is Donald Trump trying to deport Melania? #DontDeportMelania pic.twitter.com/aWoNOErfbV

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 15, 2019

Melania Trump is the most popular member of the Trump family, according to polls. Noah said on his Wednesday night show, “Personally, I love her, too.”

He mentioned that they are both immigrants, stating, “Neither of us would be here if it weren’t for Donald Trump.”

Then, referencing Trump’s recent move on immigration, Noah said, “I think Donald Trump is trying to deport Melania.”

He said that the first lady is rarely in the White House — and then he made a crude conjecture about the president, which we won’t repeat here.

Related: Green Card Rules Represent Tough New Immigration Policy

Noah then noted that all of Trump’s moves on immigration seem to target the president’s own wife.

The late-night host also noted that Trump has promised to end chain migration — even though the policy allowed Melania’s Slovenian-born parents to obtain U.S. citizenship.

He said, “That’s what Donald Trump was trying to stop. He was trying to turn his in-laws into outlaws.”

Noah’s rant spurred #DeportMelania to trend on Twitter. Thousands of users then launched brutal verbal attacks on the first lady.

#dontdeportmelania no, wait… she stands by while her husband puts kids in cages in spaces so small children are unable to lay down to sleep. Yes please do #deportmelania https://t.co/GEyfBPYzfH

— #FreeRealityWinner #BelieveSurvivors ️‍ (@tria_willow) August 15, 2019

The United States should keep to their standard and #deportmelania.

@FLOTUS is complicit in her husband’s crimes, the Marie Antoinette of America.

She does absolutely nothing for this nation other than helping to drag it through the mud. Get her out of here!

— The Resistance (@realDomaldTrum) August 16, 2019

#deportmelania go home now

— d1burner2627 (@d1burner2627) August 15, 2019

Isn’t it amazing what money can buy you? She doesn’t belong here, if others do not as well. She should not be an exception. Period. If Trump is going to deport “illegals” that means the @FLOTUS goes too. #DeportMelania https://t.co/CevLujj6jK

— RavenNightRaze (@DarkCorvidae) August 15, 2019

If you are going to #deportmelania, did you keep your packaging she arrived in? #ThursdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/Q8FihowqnZ

— #BoycottNRA #Competent #Navy #Vet (@Mindpollution3) August 15, 2019

Many Trump supporters have argued that such a verbal attack and such antics never would have been tolerated against former first lady Michelle Obama.

This piece originally appeared in the Objectivist and is used by permission.

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Bill Maher Insists a Recession Would Be Better Than Trump’s 2020 Re-Election

LifeZette - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:38

Bill Maher, the host of “Real Time” on HBO, doubled down on Friday on his expressed desire for America’s economy to fall into a recession if that would help prevent a second term in the White House for President Donald Trump.

Maher told a group of guests on his show that any hardship that results for Americans would be “very worth” it, in his view.

“I’ve been saying for about two years that I hope we have a recession and people get mad at me,” said Maher.

What’s true is that Maher has been saying this for quite some time: In June of 2018, for example, he declared he was hoping for a “crashing economy” in America as a way to “get rid” of Trump.

While admitting more than a year ago that the economy under the president was good, Maher also pontificated that he knew the “bottom could fall out at some point.”

The man, of course, is “a multimillionaire who would likely be well insulated from [any] financial downturn,” as Fox News rightly pointed out in a piece about Maher’s most recent remarks.

“I’m just saying we can survive a recession,” Maher continued on Friday night.

“We’ve had 47 of them. We’ve had one every time there’s a Republican president!”

“They don’t last forever,” he went on. “You know what lasts forever? Wiping out species!”

Maher also said, “A recession would definitely knock him out of office.”

The host and his panel went on to slam the Trump administration’s announcement this past Monday that it would try to roll back protections for endangered species and allow for economic factors to be weighed before adding animals to the list, as The Hill noted.

WATCH: Bill Maher: "Yes, a recession would be very worth getting rid of Donald Trump and these kinds of policies.” https://t.co/jinh6vFOrF

— The Hill (@thehill) August 17, 2019

Trump, the financial genius, is driving the economy over the cliff.
Did you see what happened in the stock market this week? I spent more time gasping for breath than Jeffrey Epstein. pic.twitter.com/nWa6ZXvC96

— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 17, 2019

Maher said that rollback is “what any evil villain would do.”

He then declared with a flourish, “Yes, a recession would be very worth getting rid of Donald Trump and these kinds of policies.”

As LifeZette pointed out when Maher made similar statements earlier, to actually dislike this commander-in-chief to the point that one hopes the economy crashes and that millions of people struggle to survive means this person needs to gain some very serious perspective.

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When Marty Sampson Shared His Faith Struggles, Here’s What He Did for Others

LifeZette - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:04

When Marty Sampson, prominent writer and worship leader for Hillsong, announced this past week that he was struggling with his Christian faith because he wanted “genuine truth,” it was a compelling reminder to reinvigorate my own relationship with God.

Searching for truth within Christianity — without a deep, personal relationship with God — will only confuse and dissatisfy us.

Sampson said his specific reasons for leaving Christianity were the failure of preachers, the lack of miracles, and the contradictions in the Bible.

But should failures, miracles, or contradictions ever be the basis for our faith or lack thereof?

If so, who can we ever fully trust?

Worship leaders need theological training. Marty Sampson of @Hillsong posting about leaving the Christian faith breaks my heart.

God loves Marty and will continue to pursue him. I pray this is not the end of the story. https://t.co/TdsxtGxFNL

— Adrian Tijerina (@AG_Tijerina) August 11, 2019

Hillsong's Marty Sampson left Christianity … but what he said when he announced his departure suggests that he was badly catechized and badly formed. This is not just a pop Evangelicalism problem, but something all Christians today have to face. More: https://t.co/XoStM6r7dL

— Rod Dreher (@roddreher) August 13, 2019

Life is full of contradictions and people who fail us. Even if our greatest faith is in ourselves, well — we are also full of contradictions.

And we very often fail ourselves.

God knows this. That’s why Jesus died. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. He is the only one worthy of our deepest faith. No one else is — not even us.

He is the only one who never fails us. When we pursue a relationship with Him, we experience the kind of faith that is worth having.

Related: The Goodness of God Can Transform Our Lives

I completely understand where Sampson is coming from — I’ve been there. I was disenchanted by Christianity at one time because I had intellectualized it — and I had failed to fall in love with God. The result was predictable. As the Apostle Paul has written: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬).

So I walked away. I was disenchanted by my failure to understand the things of God because His truth is impossible to know — without knowing Him.

In the end, I thank God. Why?

He did not stop pursuing me.

His goodness drew me back to Him. And I was so amazed by it that I committed to getting to know Him.

The deeper I go, the more He reveals His truth.

Related: Bible Proclaims God Is Love — Here’s What That Means for Us

I can’t describe the experience better than Paul does: “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him — these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words, not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9-13‬)‬‬.

Faith in God should be based upon a relationship with Him.

Within it, He reveals truth that anchors us so deeply we never want to live without Him.

It is within our vital relationship with God that His Word comes alive, His wisdom abounds within us, and we see “what no eye has seen nor any heart has imagined.”

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