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‘That’s not true’: MSNBC’s Ali Velshi ‘knows he’s being dishonest’ when he says this to gun grabber Shannon Watts [video]

Twitchy - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 22:06

Pipe down, bitter clingers. MSNBC’s Ali Velshi says nobody’s trying to take your guns:

MSNBC's @AliVelshi says, "Nobody in America has suggested banning any guns."


well that's not true

— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) March 21, 2019

For more on how nobody has suggested banning guns, let’s go to Shannon Effing Watts.

Not in any meaningful way

— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) March 21, 2019

No? Tell that to the residents of Deerfield, Illinois. Ask Bernie Sanders if he’s being “meaningful” when he says we need to “ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States.” Ask Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the endless parade of liberal celebrities and media outlets applauding New Zealand for swiftly stripping citizens of their inherent right to self-defense just how “meaningful” their calls for the U.S. to do the same are.

define meaningful?

— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) March 21, 2019

Think the March for our Lives activists have engaged in meaningful efforts

— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) March 21, 2019

Ah, but that’s not what Ali meant:

I mean legislatively. There has been no meaningful legislative attempt to ban guns. As you heard, my comment was about the NZ announcement and I was comparing that to legislative efforts in the US.

— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) March 21, 2019

No meaningful legislative attempt whatsoever. Except maybe for legislative attempts like this:

— harrison bergeron (@harrisonberger0) March 21, 2019

So basically, Ali is full of sh*t. We say that meaningfully.

He knows he's being dishonest. He also knows the viewers don't know or care that he is. And that's the problem.

— Fracalacka (@FracasAsNeeded) March 21, 2019



Go figure! Stephen Gutowski & Charles CW Cooke note celebration from the ‘nobody’s coming for your guns’ crowd

Hillary ‘nobody’s attacking the 2nd Amendment’ Clinton admires New Zealand PM’s efforts to disarm citizens

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Take cover! Dems won’t be able to trash the economy and Electoral College fast enough after seeing this analysis of Trump’s 2020 chances

Twitchy - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 21:44

The 2020 election is still a long way off, but every now and then it’s fun to check in on some analysis about what might happen if the race were being held today. If that were the case, for Dems, it likely wouldn’t be good:

Moody’s Analytics has run 12 different models combining economic and political data. @realDonaldTrump win re-election in all of them. Mostly by a lot. Me and @POLITICO_Steve

— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) March 21, 2019

If the outlook stays that way, the Dems will have to escalate efforts to talk down the economy and get rid of the Electoral College:

If the economy holds up for another ~20 months, Trump is going to be very difficult to beat.

That's a big 'if,' but people are seriously underestimating his odds to win again.

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 21, 2019

Moody’s predicts a 2020 Trump landslide (if the election were held today). Outstanding economy driving a lot of it. Will be hard for the Left to sell “America is a disaster” when the economy is booming.

— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) March 21, 2019

Something tells me this will be in a lot of desperate fundraising appeals later today.

“Friends, I don’t know if you saw the latest polling, but unless you join me Donald Trump will be re elected. Whatever you can contribute is badly needed to stop…”

— Scott Paterno (@ScottPaterno) March 21, 2019

We would not be surprised.



The Pelosi effect? New poll shows enthusiasm for Trump’s impeachment has dropped to new low

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 20, 2019

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‘Literally shaking right now’! When will Talia Lavin apologize and deactivate her account over this ‘threat of violence’ against journos?

Twitchy - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 21:40

As Twitchy told you, Commentator editor John Podhoretz apologized and deactivated his Twitter account after joking that “J schools should be neutron bombed” in response to the news that NYU has hired nutjob Lauren Duca and disgraced ex-New-Yorker fact checker Talia Lavin to teach journalism courses.

Lavin, for what it’s worth, did not accept Podhoretz’s apology:

I don’t accept the apology of a man who will neither recognize nor atone for his rank, abusive misogyny. Stay gone, Podhoretz.

— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) March 21, 2019

Which is interesting, because as far as we can tell, she hasn’t atoned for this tweet about nuking someone she doesn’t agree with:

and am i legally permitted to nuke its author from space?

— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) May 24, 2018


wow can't believe Talia Levin would call for nuking NYT op-ed writers

unbelievable, literally shaking right now. Can't believe this threat of violence against the First Amendment and free speech


— Alex Muresianu (@ahardtospell) March 21, 2019

Tsk, tsk, Talia. So problematic!

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Oh HONEY, wrong again! AOC gets seriously called OUT for confusing leadership with tyranny

Twitchy - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 15:41

Another day another AOC tweet that makes every Twitchy editor’s right-eye twitch just a little bit more. We used to think people like Ron Perlman and Alyssa Milano deliberately tweeted really stupid stuff because they wanted us to cover them more than anyone else …

But now we see Cortez (sorry, Ocasio-Cortez) outdoing even them.

She seems awfully excited about a country’s government disarming legal gun owners.

Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8.

Christchurch happened, and within days New Zealand acted to get weapons of war out of the consumer market.

This is what leadership looks like ⬇

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019

And look, she took the time to exploit Sandy Hook as well.

Nothing says leadership like a government disarming the people.

Holy crap, for real?!

At this point, all we can do is shake our heads and wait for the next ridiculous tweet to post.

This is what *tyranny looks like. FTFY.

— Austin Petersen (@AP4Liberty) March 21, 2019


True story. Then again she is a Democratic Socialist and we all know their endgame is tyranny, so no wonder this resonated with her.

You misspelled tyranny

— daniel scott (@daniel_the_scot) March 21, 2019

No, that’s what authoritarianism looks like.

— Luvqraft (@Luvqraft) March 21, 2019

That too.

Wrong. We just witnessed a knee-jerk-reaction that will make that country's defenses exponentially weaker.

— Wis (@pwislander) March 21, 2019

Bad guys know the good guys have given up their weapons. But hey, like leadership and stuff. Yeah man, cool.

And you are welcome to go live there. May want to check out their immigration policies before you go. They're pretty strict. While we're on the topic of where you could go that isnt here, I hear Hell is nice this time of year.

— Ian Robertson (@erobertson01) March 21, 2019

Actually it’s just a different form of government which allows for infringing on the rights of citizens. Plus you know they have less people in their country than the entire state of NY

— Fr. Chip Hines (@Chines) March 21, 2019

Oh yeah, America is different from New Zealand.

Who knew?


‘WOW. So POWERFUL!’ Carpe Donktum shares hands-down the BEST video on ‘Another Day in Trump’s America’ (you’ll fist pump!)

Get off his LAWN! Brit Hume knows EXACTLY why so many college students are full of BS and millennials just can’t DEAL

WAKE UP! Dana Loesch stomps a mudhole in TX GOP’s a*s for ‘snoozing at the wheel’ in BRUTALLY honest thread

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‘Must read’: Next time a pro-abort argues that unborn babies don’t feel pain, show them this thread

Twitchy - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 21:48

A lot of pro-aborts like to justify their position by refusing to think of unborn babies as people who feel pain. One NICU nurse would like to give them a much-needed dose of reality.

This thread is a must read.

— Artist_Angie: Sensei of Sarcasm (@Artist_Angie) March 20, 2019

Indeed it is:

There are actually some studies saying a fetus can’t feel pain until 24, 28, or 35 weeks.

Fun right?

Here’s a typical day at work in a level IV NICU where we take care of babies 21 weeks and up… (1/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

0645 Sit down to get report from the night nurse. We have a 23 weeker now 26 weeks. And a 27 weeker now 32 weeks. She gives me report and ends report telling me lab called -the CBC clotted, I need to recollect. Also his PIV’s don’t last long. (2/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

0730 I assess my 32 weeker and his OGT tube is loose. I need to retape it. I gently and slowly pull off the barely stuck tape on his little chin and he cries and swats at me. (Because tape coming off hurts). (3/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

I swaddle him so he doesn’t ‘help me’. I suction his slobbers, dry his little chin and the tube, make sure it’s at the right depth and retape it. But he doesn’t want it in and gets an arm out of his swaddle to grab the tube. (4/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

Luckily I already have it taped. I give him a pacifier and hold his little hands and tell him I’m sorry it hurt but he has to have it so he can eat. He sucks on his binky and gives me an annoyed side eye. (5/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

His temp probe came out from under the sticker so I carefully lift a corner of the sticker off his belly to put the probe back under. He sucks harder on his binky, furrows his brows, and his heart rate goes up. (Because that hurt a little). (6/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

I ask my coworker to come over while I start a new PIV & draw a CBC. She gives him a binky, holds his arms gently and holds the leg while I insert a needle/catheter into the top of his foot. I tape the new PIV. I want another nurse to help keep him calm. (Because it hurts). (7/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

He whimpers and sucks on his binky. She says, “I’m sorry little buddy.” He scrunches his little eyes closed, and his heart rate goes from the 150’s to the 180’s. I tell him, “I’m sorry, almost done”. We apologize because we hate causing pain. (Because getting an IV hurts). (8/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

0825 I settle him in and hear a nearby baby, a 28 weeker, start to desat. My coworker is busy. I go over to her and she’s pulled her nasal cannula down out of her nose and into her mouth and is sucking on it. I tell her that’s adorable but it really needs to be in her nose. (9/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

I carefully pull off the loose tape and she cries and kicks her little legs (because that hurts). I put the cannula back in her nares and put on new tape. Her oxygen sats come up nicely and I give her an actual binky. (10/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

0845 I assess my other 26 week baby. Take her pulse ox probe off her little foot (it’s taped on & removing it very gently still hurts) she cries (because it was painful). I get her footprints so I can make her mom a footprint card bc today she’s 2 pounds and that’s major. (11/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

Then move the pulse ox probe to the other foot, we rotate sites every 12 hours. And I finish up her assessment and start her feeding. As I’m leaving her bedside a recently repaired gastroschisis preemie starts to cry. (Because healing from an abdominal surgery is painful). (12/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

I go over to him and he’s in pain. I try to calm him while his nurse checks to see when he can have his next pain med dose. Then sit down to chart everything including the PIPP’s pain scale for both babies. (Premature Infant Pain Profile). (Because we know they feel pain). (13/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

That’s only the first 3 hrs of a 12 hr shift. The NICU nurses, neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, and occupational & physical therapists constantly try to prevent pain, assess pain, & treat pain. All day everyday because they feel pain… (14/?)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

I could go on and on about the pain the extreme micropreemies feel just from diaper and position changes. But there’s also pain from chest tubes, endotracheal tubes, drains.

They feel pain.

We do all we can to prevent it.

Do not tell me they don’t feel pain. (15/15)

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

These babies feel pain. Just like any human. And many Democrats openly advocate for the right to kill them at this stage of development in the womb. It’s cruel, and it’s wrong.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

— Becca (@BeccCobain) March 20, 2019

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AHEM: @redsteeze busts media pearl clutchers outraged over Donald Trump trashing John McCain

Twitchy - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:46

It’s a day ending in “y,” which of course means that Donald Trump is dumping on the late John McCain. Because nothing says “I’m a big, strong, powerful man” like trashing a war hero. Disagreeing with McCain on politics is one thing; spitting on the memory of a man who made actual sacrifices to serve his country with honor simply because you disagree with his politics is something else entirely. John McCain was by no means perfect, but he didn’t deserve this:

President Trump on John McCain: "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don't care about this. I didn’t get thank you. That's ok. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain."

— CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2019

Needless to say, Trump’s getting deservedly dumped on, himself:

Disgraceful behavior.

— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) March 20, 2019

What a scumbag, but at least we got tariffs and no wall.

— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) March 20, 2019

Devin Nunes has thicker skin than this idiot man child.

— BT (@back_ttys) March 20, 2019

Trump is a shameless pig.

— ƧЦƧΛП •— O)|||||(O —• (@wayward_okie) March 20, 2019

This is disgusting. The president's defenders frequently underestimate the malignant effect of such a toxic person on a nation and a political party.

— David French (@DavidAFrench) March 20, 2019

Our Guardians of Truth are appalled by Trump’s remarks as well:

The President was in Ohio to promote his efforts to save a Lima tank factory and to tout manufacturing. Instead, the headlines will be about Sen. McCain, foreign adversaries and Mueller. Had he stuck to the script, he could have had the coverage his team sought. He didn't.

— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) March 20, 2019

Trump is totally bashing John McCain again in front of a pro-military crowd in Ohio.

The crowd is silent.

— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) March 20, 2019

As Trump goes off on McCain yet again:

1) McCain spent five and half years in a POW prison in Hanoi, where he was tortured but refused early release.
2) Trump got multiple educational deferments and then claimed "bone spurs" kept him out of the draft.

— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) March 20, 2019

Trump's obsession with John McCain is creepy AF. How are you THIS pressed with a dead man when you're the so-called leader of the free world?

— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) March 20, 2019

"The President now, quadrupling down."@BrookeBCNN shares a new instance of Trump attacking John McCain.
In Ohio, Trump says of McCain "I've never liked him much, hasn't been for me."
Trump then adds "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted … I didn't get 'thank you.'"

— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) March 20, 2019

……I have no words

— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) March 20, 2019

No words? Interesting, Katie. Because you and the media had plenty of words about John McCain when he was alive. As Twitchy staple Stephen Miller, aka @redsteeze, points out, the media only seem to have taken up defending John McCain’s honor after Trump started disparaging it:

Man I haven’t seen this much hate directed at McCain since the media and the 2008 election.

— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 20, 2019

Nailed it.

by some of the same media folk who are pretending as if they respect, and revere Mccain…its all left wing politics…lol

— notional emerg'cy (@randOmuos) March 20, 2019


— Duff1st (@1stDuff) March 20, 2019


— Vickie Freeman (@vlfAKAfreebird) March 20, 2019

Trump’s remarks today — like his past remarks about McCain — are indeed shameful and disgusting. But the media clutching their pearls when they spent years crapping on John McCain reeks of self-righteous disingenuousness. In other words, they’re full of it.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional text.

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‘Mind blowing stuff’! Nate Silver notes popularity of switching to popular vote (and people have thoughts)

Twitchy - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:36

Calls from many Democrats for a constitutional amendment to scrap the Electoral College for U.S. presidential elections and switch to a national popular vote system are all the rage. Just how popular is the move to switch to the popular vote? Pollster Nate Silver said the popular vote is fairly popular:

Pundits who are implying that eliminating the Electoral College is some sort of radical position should check the polls. Most people support a Constitutional amendment to change to a popular vote.

— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 20, 2019

Is that so? People have thoughts on that:

You mean it’s popular to change to the popular vote? Wow. That’s mind blowing stuff. Thanks Nate.

— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) March 20, 2019

We are not a democracy. The Founders were emphatic that we not be a democracy. Oh and if this ever changes, that really is the end of us. And will be the beginning of a national breakup of America. Rural America would never stand for being dominated like that.

— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) March 20, 2019


— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) March 20, 2019

1. Something being popular doesn't mean that advocating it isn't a radical position.
2. Systems built to protect the less powerful by giving them disproportionate privileges almost always rankles the majority. See: Affirmative Action.

— neontaster (@neontaster) March 20, 2019

Radical does not mean "unpopular." Thankfully, it takes more support than that to amend the constitution.

— art jones (@drivenbyart) March 20, 2019

“Area Majorities Favor Eliminating Counter-majoritarian Protections”

— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) March 20, 2019

Unfortunately for Dems, no matter how “popular” they say the popular vote would be, it won’t be popular enough in the way it has to be, at least not for a long time:

The only thing that matters is whether 2/3s of Congress and 38 state legislatures agree. They don’t, and they won’t for the foreseeable future. It’s exactly this reality that enables candidates to so casually support abolition.

— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) March 20, 2019

Removing the Electoral college would require a Constitutional convention, a 2/3 majority in each half of Congress, and ratification by 38 states, many of which are tiny & want to protect their power.

Ain't gonna happen.

— EnterTheKingdom (@1Thunder_Struck) March 20, 2019

But since so many are on a “popular vote” kick, a final assignment:

Now… Do laws that ban third trimester abortion.

— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) March 20, 2019

We’ll wait.

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‘The hypocrisy continues’! Kirsten Gillibrand opioid crisis hot take bursts into flames, shot & chaser-style

Twitchy - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:35

As we told you yesterday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a deserved shredding for this take on the opioid crisis:

If we want to end the opioid epidemic, we must work to address the root causes of abuse. That’s why @SenCoryGardner and I introduced legislation to limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain to 7 days. Because no one needs a month’s supply for a wisdom tooth extraction.

— Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (@gillibrandny) March 15, 2019

That tweet got ratioed in a bipartisan fashion, and among those reminding everybody about what a double-standard Gillibrand is setting on that issue is Brit Hume:

Shouldn’t this be between the patient and her doctor, sort of like, you know….

— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 19, 2019

Oh my. Let’s just say the Democrats senator and presidential candidate is not consistent on that point, and nobody has pointed that out more effectively than Gillibrand herself:

“A woman’s medical decisions should always be made between her and her doctor”

— Charles Signorile (@CharlieSigs) March 20, 2019

Gillibrand believes that, unless she doesn’t of course:

A woman’s health care decisions are between her and her doctor, not politicians in Washington.

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 29, 2018

Women should always have the right, freedom, and privacy to make their own decisions about their bodies, with their doctors and families—and without the federal government barging its way into the conversation. #7in10forRoe #Roe45

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 22, 2018

A woman’s health care decisions should be made between her and her doctor. No one else.

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) October 6, 2017

When women talk with their doctors, making personal decisions about their health, bodies, and families, Congress should stay out of the way.

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 15, 2017

Unless it comes to prescription medications, then Gillibrand thinks the government should review prescriptions on a weekly basis? Just perfect.

My body, my choice….oh, wait. I guess all health care decisions aren't between a woman and her doctor. Your hypocrisy continues.

— Slightly_Coherent (@SCoherent) March 20, 2019

You've stated on numerous occasions that abortion is a decision between a woman and her doctor, but you decide how long a person can take a painkiller?

— Stanley Roper (@TonyMegal) March 19, 2019

File Gillibrand’s tweet under “E” for “Epic Fail.”



‘Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad.’: Here’s a great thread on Kirsten Gillibrand’s horrible opioid policy

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‘Lose with honor’: Bill Kristol has high hopes that amateur psychologist George Conway will challenge Donald Trump for the GOP nomination

Twitchy - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:02

Bill Kristol floated a new name this morning to potentially take on Donald Trump in a 2020 GOP primary: George Conway, amateur psychologist and wife* husband to senior White House adviser Kellyanne:

I’ve assumed the GOP challenger to Trump would end up being someone like Weld or Kasich or Hogan or Haslem or Burgum or Hurd or Gallagher—but why not @gtconway3d? I suppose we could do a highly scientific poll: In a 2020 GOP primary, whom would you support?

— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) March 20, 2019


Better to “lose” with honor than “win” with Trump.

— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) March 19, 2019

Conway and the president are fighting it out over on Twitter this morning as well, with Trump calling “Mr. Kellyanne Conway a “stone cold LOSER & husband from hell”:

George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted. I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!

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

Conway responded with, “You. Are. Nuts”:

You. Are. Nuts.

— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 20, 2019

Conway, who has no medical training, diagnosed the president with Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

What really matters—who cares about me—is how many people have now reviewed the diagnostic criteria for Narcisisstic Personality Disorder? #ThankYouMrPresident

— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 20, 2019

And he’s now comparing the president to Captian Queeg from “The Caine Mutiny”:

— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 20, 2019

Of course, if you’ve watched the film (or, even better, have read the book) you know that it’s actually the junior officers around Queeg who failed their captain and abandoned him when he needed them most. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Editor’s note: We accidentally listed George Conway as Kellyanne’s wife.



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‘WTF???’ Slate plummets to ‘new low’ with this demented take on the Christchurch massacre

Twitchy - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 23:18

At this point, we’d be more surprised to not see an awful take from Slate. And yet, somehow, we’re still amazed by this one on the deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch:

After Christchurch, we need more blame, not less.

— Slate (@Slate) March 19, 2019

Rachel Withers writes:

Who is responsible for the terrorist attack that killed at least 50 New Zealanders as they prayed in their mosques? Looked at one way, the answer is simple: The shooter alone bears the guilt for his crimes. But the picture is wider than that.

No, it’s really not. But Rachel’s hellbent on implicating a lot more people than the shooter. Namely, “all white Australians.”

So why do I feel so guilty? And why am I so angry not just at the obvious targets, but at my country?

Could it be because you’re demented and self-loathing? Actually, yes:

I’m a white Australian. I know that blaming myself and my cohort is illogical, but I can’t escape the feeling that all of white Australia is implicated in the deaths—a white majority that has fomented and let foment hate. Though he may have labeled himself a European, [the shooter] was an Aussie through and through, growing up in a country town north of Sydney, steeped in mainstream Australian racism and our particular national brand of Islamophobia. He grew up in the same Murdoch-controlled mass media environment that the rest of us did—one that recently trashed Islam 2,891 times in a single year—and under the same governments, with prime ministers who have repeatedly stoked anti-Muslim sentiment for votes, with one major party making it central to their electoral strategy.

You might think that this is all too strong, that placing at least some of the blame on white Australia is a kind of self-centered masochism, that blaming a nation’s culture for the sins of a citizen is like blaming humanity for the crimes of one man. But it’s better than the alternative, of saying “#notallAustralians” and looking the other way, thinking, well, there’s nothing I can do.

White Australians may not be strictly answerable for [the shooter’s] crime, but we have some big questions to ask ourselves. If you’re an Australian and reading this makes you feel defensive, you should ask them now.

If Rachel wants to self-flagellate for crimes someone else committed, that’s her prerogative. But to suggest that this is a “white Australian” problem is incredibly disingenuous. Not to mention seriously messed up.


— A.O_91 (@isse159) March 19, 2019

Isn't this what the shooter wanted?

— MonoValentine (@DagothValentine) March 19, 2019

This is… not a take Slate would publish if the circumstances were different.

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) March 19, 2019

It most certainly is not.

So should all Islamic terrorist attack be blamed on all Muslims?

— Drink your Cocoa (@j0nath0npr1e5t0) March 19, 2019

So then every single Muslim is responsible for every single Islamic terrorist event? And every single black person is responsible for every single murder committed by a black? Why do you hate blacks and Muslims?

— Chihoowa' oshi' (@DroppinTheMitts) March 19, 2019

Rachel hates herself. And she’s taking it out on people who did nothing wrong.

Slate, this is a new low, blaming millions of innocent people for the atrocity at Christchurch

— Don't Tread (@tastysquirrel7) March 19, 2019

Yes of course. Let's continue spewing hate, because it's working wonders for is so far. Right???
And like others have already pointed out. This is akind to blaming all muslims for the actions of a few. Something that I'll never take part in. No matter the underlying ideology.

— Klaus Bech Rasmussen (@BechKlaus) March 19, 2019

Terrible choice, @Slate.
Racism in Australia is relevant. The writer's feelings of white guilt are up to her. But the Christchurch attack definitely does not implicate all white Australians.
Collective guilt is wrong. Counterproductive strategy and wrong.

— Nicholas Grossman (@NGrossman81) March 19, 2019

For those keeping track at home, white terrorism is a cultural problem, Islamic terrorism is not a cultural problem, except for when its carried out by men, which is indicative of a cultural problem, or the target is a gay bar, which is indicative of a Republican cultural problem

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) March 19, 2019

Hate-click journalism is usually nice mixture of depressing and humorous. This is just gross.

— Richard Pell (Saw) (@RichardPell4) March 19, 2019

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Oops! Facebook apologizes for temporarily blocking President Trump’s social media director

Twitchy - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:59

On Monday night, Facebook blocked President Trump’s director of social media without explanation, but the social media site has apologized and said its automated systems mistook him for a bot.

Facebook BLOCKS @Scavino45 @realDonaldTrump ’s social media chief, no reason given

— Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) March 18, 2019

Needless to say, despite the assurances of Jim Acosta, the move didn’t sit well with those who suspect the big social media platforms are all biased against conservatives.

Will Facebook block me from posting your article about the block (will it be shadowbanned)? I didn't know you were on FB @Scavino45, I'll follow shortly.

— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) March 18, 2019


— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) March 18, 2019

Time for the DOJ to hammer Facebook . They are attempting to influence an election with their platform . Criminal charges need to be brought .

— RickJ (@RickJSportPlays) March 18, 2019

pretty interesting how only conservative voices get censored, no?

— Kevin_JKU (@skcornivek1) March 18, 2019

The day @facebook or @Twitter does this to me, is the day I delete my account.

— Reality Telecaster (@twter_JohnM) March 18, 2019

Just amazing. What a joke Facebook has become.

— John Petrarca (@johnpetrarca22) March 18, 2019

This reminds me. I haven't seen anything from @Scavino45 in my Twitter feed in a long time. Twitter shadow ban, too?

— Norma Earls (@ginnypub1) March 19, 2019

I was purged from FB because I am a conservative journalist. There's nothing I can do but hopefully, someone will be able to take action.

— Daveda Gruber (@DavedaGruber) March 19, 2019

I'm on my 5th 30 day ban , this time for a carlton meme

— ~Kristen~ (@DicorciaKristen) March 19, 2019

President Trump even weighed in on Twitter Tuesday:

I will be looking into this! #StopTheBias

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2019

Though Facebook claimed comments on Dan Scavino’s account were being reported as spam, Facebook later apologized and explained that its automated systems had mistaken Scavino for a bot.

Facebook Apologizes After "Mistaking" Trump Social Media Director @Scavino45 For a Bot. These "mistakes" never happen to the left, but always against the right. #StopTheBias

— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) March 19, 2019

KPIX reports:

Facebook on Tuesday said it had apologized to White House social media director Dan Scavino for temporarily blocking some features on his account for a few hours on Monday.

In a statement, the social media giant headquartered in Menlo Park also said that its automated systems mistook Scavino for a bot.

Scavino wrote on Facebook on Monday that he was being blocked from replying to comments on the platform.

“AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!?? People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me???,” Scavino wrote.

Shocking how this consistently only happens to major figures on our side…isn't it.

You'd think at least half of those blocked would be libs.

— Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) March 19, 2019

mistake, uh huh, sure…..

— Darin Gillies (@dagsteel) March 19, 2019

Too much… Too little…

— Cathy (@USAFOREVER2016) March 19, 2019

Facebook really isn’t making many friends in the Trump administration.


Is Facebook suppressing conservative journos' pieces on Jussie Smollett?

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 18, 2019

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‘Beyond parody’: Jim Acosta’s latest tantrum about the Daily Caller and Trump’s war on brave journos is ‘off the rails’ [video]

Twitchy - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:04

Jim Acosta has got a bee in his bonnet. And the Daily Caller and Donald Trump put it there:

Jim Acosta criticizes the questions asked by Daily Caller reporter @esaagar: The question was asked in a way that really tee'd it up like a game of tee-ball here in the Rose Garden. The president was just sort of served up a softball there…

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) March 19, 2019

Don’t worry … there’s more where that came from:

Video: Here's portions of Jim @Acosta's latest meltdown, attacking the @DailyCaller, accusing Trump of spreading "a virus" that the media's biased around the world, denies conservatives are silenced on social media and even suggested conservatives have bigger media footprint

— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 19, 2019

Where to begin?

The question was asked in such a way that it was actually a question, not a speech.

— Jay Tee Ell Oh Ell (@jtLOL) March 19, 2019

Well no wonder Jim hated it so much! But seriously, that’s not even close to the stupidest part of Acosta’s rant.

It blows my mind that Jim Acosta of all people is criticizing how other reporters ask questions at press conferences. Beyond parody

— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) March 19, 2019

It really is. Honest to God, if Jim Acosta didn’t already exist, we’d have to invent him.

cnn's senior washington correspondent asked obama what enchants him when he worked for the nyt

— Ryan (@alwaysonoffense) March 19, 2019

Ok Jim, explain to me about this footprint

— Shelby (@smellyman59) March 19, 2019

We, too, would like to hear more about this powerful conservative media presence.

Acosta becomes a bigger joke after every press event.

— Dan Alden ⭐⭐⭐ (@DanAlden73) March 19, 2019

Just outright lies at the end of the vid

— bdnisthetruth (@bdnisthetruth) March 19, 2019

The only virus is the TDS virus which has @Acosta firmly in its grips.

— Ret Doc (@retinaldoctor) March 19, 2019

Acosta's gone off the rails.

— Jim Brooker, Jr. (@JBCloudwatcher) March 19, 2019

Guy has really lost his grip on reality.

— Lisa B. (@politeracy) March 19, 2019

He sure has. Which is why we have no doubt he’s gonna be very upset when he sees this:

Live look @esaagar getting some "tee ball" swings in ahead of next @POTUS press conference

cc @Acosta

— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 19, 2019


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Trump Donates His Latest Paycheck to the Department of Homeland Security

LifeZette - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 00:21

President Donald Trump on Monday revealed that he donated the latest installment of his $400,000 salary to the Department of Homeland Security, as Fox News reported.

“While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security,” Trump tweeted.

“If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!”

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Trump also posted a photograph of the check itself, which was dated March 12, 2019.

While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security. If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019

It was paid to the order of the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump signed it; his address was listed as Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

The White House said in January that Trump donated his salary from the third quarter of 2018 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

While he was running for president in 2016, Trump pledged not to accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary.

It must, by law, be paid out to the president of the United States.

Trump has donated the quarterly payments he’s received to various federal departments and agencies.

Those include the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, among others.

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Homeland Security contains several different agencies or organizations that focus on securing the U.S. and its citizens.

Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are among those that are included under the departmental umbrella.

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AOC knows the REAL reason her popularity has taken a dive (bet you can’t guess!)

Twitchy - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:22

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has only just recently begun to discover that she’s not nearly as popular and beloved as she thought she was. How can anyone possibly not like her? Well, Washington Monthly contributor and California Democratic Party officer — and, based on his Twitter name, apparent advocate for court packing — David Atkins has got it figured out: bigots and Fox News.

It's interesting to see centrists suddenly downplay or ignore the effects of racism, sexism and Fox News targeting when discussing @AOC's overall approval ratings.

— David Atkins #11Justices (@DavidOAtkins) March 18, 2019

Centrism can never fail. It can only be failed. If a centrist candidate is unpopular, they blame racism, sexism and "Berniebros."

If a progressive candidate is underwater *only with older white men*, then it's "the left is unpopular" and only Biden, Schumer and Beto can save us.

— David Atkins #11Justices (@DavidOAtkins) March 18, 2019

There's also this weird phenomenon where if a 60-year-old Romney supporter will only for a white male moderate, everyone gravely nods their head. But if a 30-year-old disaffected voter will only back a dem socialist, everyone loses their mind.

— David Atkins #11Justices (@DavidOAtkins) March 18, 2019

Sounds like a big bowl of word salad to us, but it makes total sense to AOC herself:

When “centrists” care more about the GOP base than the Dem base, bigotry gets legitimized.

This is *the* playbook. GOP does it w/ virtually every Dem figure who isn’t a white male: otherize, demonize + splinter.

It’s vital that we adapt & dismantle this approach, not cow to it.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 18, 2019

First of all, “cow to it”? For the love of God, somebody please get this girl a dictionary.

It’s not “cow” though …

— teeshirt_tim [SSC] (@budbunde26) March 18, 2019

Can we talk about "cow to it"? My inner grammar nerd wants to say it should be "kowtow to it" but maybe others have seen this bovine-based variation?

— Art Pennymasher (@ArtPennymasher) March 18, 2019

She meant either cowed by it, or kowtow to it.

— ND_Strong (@irishbluegold) March 18, 2019

Not cow to it? Or kowtow? I’m confused

— BriziDoesIt (@PersianKiss) March 18, 2019

We all are. Including her.

— Adam Trahan (@AdamTrahan) March 18, 2019

She is openly anti-cow.

— Mr.Bookman (@bamabear40) March 18, 2019

Cute that a woman who regularly defends anti-Semitic bigots Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib is worried about bigotry being legitimized. By “centrists,” no less! Also, what the hell is she on about? Let’s see if she’ll start to make more sense:

We can’t gloss over it, or quietly consider that the “shrewd” thing to do is nominate someone who won’t be subject to bigoted attacks.

Morally, we can’t give a pass to this dangerous tactic.

But even politically, the Dem base is all the people you demoralize by not standing up.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 18, 2019

This is different than being moderate on policy. I may disagree w/ approach (keeping the ACA as-is w/small tweaks, etc), but at least that’s a policy convo.

But to make decisions based on the political efficacy of a bigoted argument gives that bigotry power, & that’s a problem.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 18, 2019

She’s a stunning, brave, strong, independent woman who just so happens to bust out the victim card whenever the going gets tough.

Dear Lord

— dudefromaplace (@jon38218117) March 18, 2019

Apparently no one who has ever criticized AOC has ever done so because what she was saying was extreme or absurd (or both). All responses are the result of racism and sexism:

— John Sexton (@verumserum) March 18, 2019

Not everything you disagree with is *bigotry*, AOC.

— Yeet (@seanthevaliant1) March 18, 2019

Not everything is about you.

— Cynthia Runions (@CynthiaRunions) March 18, 2019

It’s always about her. She needs it to always be about her. That’s the thing about narcissists.

Isn't it possible people just don't like you?

— Boomieleaks (@notwokieleaks) March 18, 2019

She can’t handle that possibility. Because it’s the truth. And if there’s one thing we know about AOC, it’s that she most definitely cannot handle the truth.

"AOC is polling unfavorably but only because they're bigots" is a take

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) March 18, 2019

Poll: 2/3 of New Yorkers say they supported the Amazon deal

Also poll: AOC's support is underwater in New York

genius: Damn it, Fox News

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) March 18, 2019

And of course any theory that relies on ethnicity/gender/propaganda being the reason for AOC's bad numbers requires a third of New York Democrats to also be bigots/rabid Fox viewers.

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) March 18, 2019

Also, AOC's unfavorability with NY Dems is about twice national Dems (30% to 15% per Gallup, 14% per Fox). So any explanation for her in-state unpopularity probably begins and ends with local politics, not bigotry or cable news or whatever.

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) March 18, 2019

God forbid AOC admit that maybe she’s just not so special after all.

Why is the left so obtuse about this?

— Chris G (@ChrisGTwoAgain) March 18, 2019

Because they choose to be.

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Jeb Bush Urges Republican Primary Challenge to Trump

LifeZette - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 20:17

Sitting presidents have rarely had to face a primary fight from party insiders.

If former governor and would-be presidential candidate Jeb Bush has his way, however, President Donald Trump might have to run through the primaries once again.

In an interview on “The Axe Files,” Jeb Bush expressed hopes that a Republican would step forward and challenge Trump in the 2020 Republican Primary.

Bush has made it clear, however, that he doesn’t plan to make the challenge himself.

Run, Jeb, Run! #NewEnergy

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 16, 2019

While Bush was at one time the frontrunner in the 2016 Republican primary, he quickly fizzled out. Bush attracted a lot of corporate donations but never resonated with the crowds.

Then-candidate Trump labeled Bush “low energy,” an insult Jeb could never recover from. Bush may have also suffered from the same anti-Establishment trends that sucked energy out of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Jeb Bush thinks a Republican should primary Trump in 2020.

He didn't say if he's the Republican to do it, though.

Do you think he should be?

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 18, 2019

Should President Trump be worried? As of now, probably not.

While sitting presidents have been challenged in primaries, none have ever lost.

Gerald R. Ford came close to losing to Ronald Reagan in 1976. However, Ford became president only after Richard Nixon resigned, not via popular vote.

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Perhaps most important, Trump remains popular among Republicans, who would ultimately determine any primary race. Gallup reports that 90 percent of Republicans support President Trump.

Already, at least one Republican has pledged to challenge Trump. Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld has established an exploratory committee and has claimed that Trump’s presidency is “calculated to destroy the interest of the United States.”

The rumor mill has been busy with other potential challengers as well.

Former Ohio governor John Kasich has reportedly been considering a challenge. While Kasich isn’t likely to unseat Trump, he might bruise the president in the vital Midwest.

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President Trump, however, has been working with the GOP to make primary challenges more difficult.

Trump’s team has been working to change state rules and to push out potential challengers before they can build momentum. Trump himself has regularly been holding campaign-like rallies in key states as well.

Any primary challengers will face a steep uphill battle.

Brian Brinker is a political consultant and has an M.A. in global affairs from American University.  This OpsLens piece is used by permission.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Illegal Aliens Reside in My District, They’re My Constituents’

LifeZette - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 19:55

I am speechless.

When I saw that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) referred to illegal aliens as “my constituents” during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing last week, I was floored.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross was on the so-called hot seat when it was AOC’s turn for questioning.

She focused on the “citizenship question,” which the Trump administration is trying to add back to the census for 2020.

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What’s on the line is which states will gain or lose seats in the House of Representatives when redistricting begins in 2021.

Ross wrote a memo about why the citizenship question should be added back to the Census.

It read:

The Department of Commerce is not able to determine definitively how inclusion of a citizenship question on the decennial census will impact responsiveness.

However, even if there is some impact on responses, the value of more complete and accurate data derived from surveying the entire population outweighs such concerns.

Completing and returning decennial census questionnaires is required by federal law, those responses are protected by law, and inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census will provide more complete information for those who respond.

As for AOC, her breadth of history only goes back a couple of weeks, so she doesn’t understand the reason for the question, which you can view in the video below.

“Mr. Kobach later sent an email to you on July 14, writing that the lack of the citizenship question ‘leads to the problem that aliens who do not actually reside in the United States are still counted for congressional apportionment services,'” she said.

“Of course they do reside in the United States. They reside in my district. They’re my constituents.”


Who does that?

She’s willing to publicly tell America what we already know — but act as if it’s OK.

Her mindset is that it’s OK for illegal aliens to be in this country illegally.

I’ve never understood the “insurance policy” Democrats have with illegals when they call them law-abiding citizens after these people sneak into our country and use our resources.

That always angered me that they get away with it.

Yikes: AOC favorability awfully weak in NEW YORK (state), per new Siena poll.

Schumer fav: 51-41 (+10)
Gillibrand fav 43-33 (+10)
Cuomo fav 46-48 (+2)
AOC fav: 31-44 (-13)
De Blasio fav: 34-50 (-16)

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) March 18, 2019

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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Meghan McCain Blasts Trump: ‘He Will Never Be a Great Man’

LifeZette - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 19:44

Meghan McCain launched into an emotional rant directed at President Donald Trump on Monday in the wake of renewed attacks on her late father from the Oval Office.

McCain slammed Trump is a blistering monologue on ABC’s “The View” on Monday after her fellow co-hosts came to the late senator’s defense.

Joy Behar also managed to get a small shot in at the president, saying that “no one in his family wants to spend any time with him,” in response to McCain’s tweet from the weekend suggesting Trump spend time with his “family instead of on Twitter obsessing over” hers.

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The 34-year-old kicked off by saying it’s an “uncomfortable” position to be in, before unloading on the president.

“He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it, I know it, and all of you know it, he will never be a great man,” she said.

“My father was his kryptonite in life and he was kryptonite in death. On a personal level, all of us have love and families and when my father was alive until adulthood we would spend our time fishing, cooking, really celebrating life and I think it’s because he almost died.”

“And I just thought, ‘Your life is spent on weekends not with your family, not with your friends, but obsessing.’ Obsessing over great men you could never live up to. That tells you everything you need to know about his pathetic life.”

McCain closed out the rebuke by adding, “I genuinely feel bad for his family. I can’t imagine having a father that does this on the weekends.”

President Trump has repeatedly tweeted about John McCain in recent days, falsely claiming the late senator graduated “last in his class” at Annapolis and slamming his role in the Russia investigation.

“So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) ‘last in his class’ (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the fake dossier to the FBI and media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the election. He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) “last in his class” (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election. He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019

On Saturday, the president responded to reports McCain and an associate had shared with the FBI and various media outlets the unverified dossier alleging that Moscow held compromising information on Trump.

“Spreading the fake and totally discredited dossier ‘is, unfortunately, a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, former independent counsel,” Trump wrote.

“He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace [of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act] after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”

Meghan McCain, bristling at the remark, fired back with her own Twitter post, in which she said that “no one will ever love you the way they loved my father.”

No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 16, 2019

In a newly unsealed declaration from September, former senior counterintelligence FBI agent Bill Priestap confirmed that the FBI received a copy of the first 33 pages of the dossier in December 2016 from Sen. McCain.

McCain had denied being the source for BuzzFeed after it published the dossier but acknowledged giving it to the FBI.

Trump has made of habit of attacking McCain, even after the former Arizona senator’s death in August last year.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this Fox News report, which is used by permission.

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Colorado Is 12th Blue State to Support Kicking Out the Electoral College

LifeZette - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 16:10

Colorado has joined 11 other states captured by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election to pass a legislative measure to award the winner of the popular vote count with their Electoral College votes.

Democrat Gov. Jared Polis signed the measure on Friday, though it will only take effect if enough states — those representing at least 270 of the electoral votes, the amount needed to win a presidential election — sign onto the same law.

With Colorado’s inclusion, the law has been passed in states representing 181 of the votes.

The move marks yet another in a frightening display that has seen states still raging about Clinton’s defeat attempt to abolish the constitutional system that prevents those with massive populations — such as the liberal cesspools of New York and California — from deciding who leads the rest of the country.

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This should not be dismissed as anything less than an attempt to destroy our electoral process, simply because the Left is, to this day, incapable of accepting the words “President Donald J. Trump.”

Colorado has joined the list of states that plan to allocate their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the nationwide popular vote.

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 18, 2019

Why they’re doing it. Abolishing the Electoral College is a position taken by extremists who dare to claim the wisdom behind their efforts far exceeds that of the Founding Fathers.

This effort stems from two things: bitterness and ignorance. It generates almost exclusively from the Left’s unwillingness to accept the results of the 2016 election, as well as the inability to understand that the Electoral College was put in place to prevent large pockets of the population from deciding elections for the entire country.

Reed Hundt, co-founder of Making Every Vote Count, told The Washington Post that abolishing the Electoral College is necessary because “the electoral system of the 18th century doesn’t work anymore.”

“No one at the time the Constitution was written thought that 80 percent of the population would be irrelevant,” he said.

Other liberal extremist support. House Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) introduced a pair of constitutional amendments on his party’s first day in power after the 2018 midterm elections, one of which would abolish the Electoral College.

Radicals such as the socialist from New York have also expressed support, even portraying the Electoral College as designed to support slavery.

It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 6, 2018

The stunning ignorance one must possess to make such a historically inaccurate statement is, well, quite like Ocasio-Cortez, anti-democracy.

“It would not only be anti-democratic … but could actually lead to the dissolution of our nation,” Investors Business Daily writes.

“And those who propose this idea betray a shocking lack of historical and civics knowledge and appreciation for how our nation works.”

Perhaps Democrats should forget about changing the rules in response to their election losses and focus on their performance instead.

Otherwise, they’re going to be in for another shock in 2020.

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Ocasio-Cortez Lashes Out as Her Unfavorable Ratings Keep Soaring

LifeZette - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 14:27

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) responded negatively after learning that her “unfavorable” ratings have been on the rise since she took office.

Seems the more people learn about the New York congresswoman, the less like like about her.

Which is, essentially, a microcosm of the American people’s reaction to socialism itself.

A new Gallup poll shows that while a good portion of Americans had little to no opinion of Ocasio-Cortez when she won her primary this past summer, things have changed significantly over the last few months.

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And the more they learn, the more American voters do not like what they are seeing.

“The increased visibility has not improved her overall standing with Americans,” Gallup writes. “Whereas the public had mixed views of Ocasio-Cortez in September, her image now tilts slightly negative, with 31 percent viewing her favorably and 41 percent unfavorably.”

She’s 10 points underwater — not exactly a “slight” tilt, as Gallup describes.

She’s not happy. As per usual, Ocasio-Cortez responded to the poll by claiming it was fundamentally biased and misunderstanding how math works by suggesting that Gallup should have focused on the groups which had positive views of her only.

If you want to know what subconscious bias looks like, it’s a headline saying “AOC is underwater with every group EXCEPT women, nonwhites, and 18-34 year olds.”

So older, conservative white men are considered “everyone” and everyone else is discounted as an exception.


— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 16, 2019

Not content with asserting that older white men should be dismissed as a demographic, which is extremely racist, Ocasio-Cortez directed her ire at Fox News — suggesting some sort of conspiracy theory that the network is out to get her.

The reason people know more is bc Fox News has turned into “AOC TMZ” (no offense to TMZ), so awareness is growing w/ GOPers.@JaneMayerNYer has reported deeply on this propaganda machine + it will be aimed at any Dem they want. Nothing changes that.

We can’t be scared by that.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 16, 2019

It should be noted that Jane Mayer forever tarnished her career when she tried smearing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with false allegations by a one Debora Ramirez.

Now, while Ocasio-Cortez cherrypicked three groups with which she performs well, it behooves us to point out she remains underwater with many other groups aside from older, white men.

She has a negative “unfavorable” rating with all adults (-10), independents (-5), ages 35-54 (-9) and has seen a drop in numbers in nearly every category, including 18 to 34-year-olds (-7) and women (-3).

Maybe this is why. “Despite her undeniable uniqueness,” Gallup reports, “Ocasio-Cortez’s image is now much like most of her congressional peers, whose negative ratings generally outweigh their positive ones.”

So how did she go from being the darling of the congressional scene to just another member that Americans look at with disdain?

Perhaps voters don’t take too kindly to having their country called “garbage,” as Ocasio-Cortez did recently.

Perhaps they don’t appreciate having law enforcement such as ICE smeared by saying they “incarcerate children and sexually assault women with impunity.”

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Or maybe they don’t enjoy having their religion mocked in the wake of a terrorist attack involving victims specifically targeted due to their faith, as she did last week.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear the American people are beginning to reject the shiny new socialist gem from New York.

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Trump’s Veto Is to Keep the Country Safe, Is ‘Solidly Grounded in Law’

LifeZette - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 14:19

President Donald Trump on Friday signed his very first veto, a power the president possesses.

With the Senate Republicans bowing to Democrats’ pressure, President Trump’s emergency declaration was defeated.

Those Republicans who voted with the Left were, with a few exceptions, not unexpected. Those on the Right scaling to or with the Left are: Lamar Alexander (Missouri), Roy Blunt (Missouri), Susan Collins (Maine), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Morgan (Kansas), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rand Paul (Kentucky), Rob Portman (Ohio), Marco Rubio (Florida), Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania), and Roger Wicker (Mississippi).

“Today I am vetoing this resolution,” President Trump echoed to a phalanx of reporters in the Oval Office.

“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it,” he said, also remarking that the resolution is “dangerous” and “reckless.”

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As he signed the veto, he was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

AG Barr said that the president’s emergency order was “clearly authorized under the law” and “solidly grounded in law.”

There was never any question that if the Senate voted against the Emergency Declaration that President Trump would veto that vote. It had been widely reported that he would take this step.

He did.

Now the legislation returns to the Congress to see if they can somehow override the president’s veto. Most watchers and counters of votes on such things do not think the Congress has an adequate amount of votes to overturn the veto.

That means that this whole exercise is in vain and the president will get the emergency declaration regardless.

The humanitarian crisis at the border the president has so often remarked about is not going away. I talked to several U.S. Border Patrol agents on the Texas/Mexico border: All of them said they were being overrun.

The public does not fully know the depth and dire situation playing out at our southern border. The federal agents also spoke of a large number of people coming across the border with highly contagious diseases like measles, mumps, tuberculosis and chicken pox.

In this era of the anti-vaccination movement, this creates an even more dangerous situation for the entire U.S. population.

It is reported that the Republicans bolted to the other side for various reasons.

Besides those who almost always vote against the president — I am not sure how they call themselves Republicans — there were those that voted with the left on principle, saying the Congress should have funded the barrier and not forced the president to take the emergency declaration route.

In the end, it went down in a 59-to-41 vote against the emergency declaration.

In a statement after the vote, Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said, “The president’s veto is as meaningless as his signature on the national emergency declaration. Congress has rejected the president’s declaration, and now the courts will be the ultimate arbiter of its legality. We look forward to seeing him in court and to the shellacking that he will receive at the hands of an independent judiciary.”

Personally, I think this is wishful thinking.

Even if the emergency declaration ultimately gets rescinded, the president will still have been able to repurpose other funds and tap additional sources to build the barrier.

The legislature fiddles as the U.S. burns and contagions seep through the nation’s seam.

And check out this video:

Jon Harris is a former Army NCO, civilian law enforcement officer, and defense contractor with over 30 years in the law enforcement community. He is an OpsLens contributor and holds a B.S. in government and politics and an M.S. in criminal justice. This OpsLens piece is used by permission.

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