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MSNBC guest blasts black Kentucky attorney general with racially charged remark: ‘He’s skinfolk, but he is not kinfolk’

A guest on MSNBC declared Wednesday that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron “should be ashamed of himself” after announcing that the three police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor will not be charged with murder, calling the black attorney general “skinfolk” but not “kinfolk.”

The racially charged comments, made by retired LAPD sergeant Cheryl Dorsey, came following a news conference held by Cameron announcing that only one officer, Sgt. Brett Hankison, would be charged with a crime, and that crime is not directly related to Taylor’s death. The other two officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were placed on administrative leave but not charged by a grand jury.

Dorsey labeled the attorney general’s news conference “intellectually dishonest” and called his remarks “offensive” on MSNBC with anchor Ayman Mohyeldin.

She responded to a point made by Cameron about “celebrities, influencers, and activists” who don’t live in Kentucky creating a nonfactual narrative about what happened, saying that Cameron does not speak for black people.

“Let me just speak to this whole celebrity influencer thing, well if they can’t speak for Kentuckians, let me say this as a black woman: He does not speak for black folks,” Dorsey said.

“He’s skinfolk, but he is not kinfolk,” she continued. “And so just like he thinks they can’t speak for Kentucky, because he’s up there with a black face he does not speak for all of us.”

“This was not a tragedy. This was a murder. He should be ashamed of himself.”

Taylor was killed on March 13 when three officers entered her apartment while executing a warrant. Initial reports claimed the officers executed a “no-knock” warrant, but Cameron said a witness corroborated that the officers knocked and announced their presence before entering the apartment.

Police said Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot at the officers, for which they returned fire. Walker said he thought the officers, who were not in uniform, were home invaders. Walker shot Mattingly in the leg and the three officers returned fire with more than 20 shots. Taylor was shot five times, fatally.

After reviewing the facts of the case as investigated by his office, Cameron announced that the use of force by Mattingly and Cosgrove was justified after having been fired upon by Walker. He said Kentucky law bars his office from pursuing criminal charges against the officers because their use of force was justified. Hankison has been indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.

“The use of force by Mattingly and Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves,” Cameron said. “This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Ms. Breonna Taylor’s death. The truth is now before us. The facts have been examined and a grand jury comprised of our peers and fellow citizens has made a decision. Justice is not often easy. It does not fit the mold of public opinion, and it does not conform to shifting standards. It answers only to the facts and to the law.”

“There will be celebrities, influencers, and activists, who, having never lived in Kentucky, will try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case and that they know our community and the Commonwealth better than we do,” Cameron said.

“But they don’t,” he continued. “Let’s not give in to their attempts to influence our thinking or capture our emotions.”

The state attorney general’s announcement sparked immediate outcry and the city of Louisville is preparing for a night of civil unrest. The city is currently under a 72-hour curfew order, beginning Wednesday night at 9 p.m. and continuing through 6:30 a.m.

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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says attacks on Amy Coney Barrett’s faith are ‘awful,’ opposes packing the court

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said it’s “awful” that Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s religion is being attacked as rumors circulate that she’s the front-runner to be President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

“I’m Catholic, OK. And religion should not enter into it. It sure doesn’t with me,” Manchin said in an interview on Fox News Wednesday. “The freedom of religion is one of the basic rights we all have as American citizens.”

Judge Barrett, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, is widely seen as President Trump’s likely pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. She has been the subject of recent articles raising critical questions about her Christian faith as she undergoes the vetting process for the Supreme Court.

Previously in 2017, during Senate confirmation hearings on Barrett’s appointment to the Chicago-based 7th Circuit, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) caused controversy by questioning her Catholic faith, saying, “the dogma lives loudly within you.”

“It’s awful to bring in religion,” Manchin said in response to a question about the criticisms of Barrett’s faith on “Fox & Friends.”

The moderate Democrat also declared his opposition to voting on a SCOTUS nominee before the election and also opposed packing the courts in retaliation if Republicans advance a nominee to the court.

“We should be waiting, and if I use the words of all my colleagues, Republican colleagues with Merrick Garland, let the people decide. It’s an election year, let them decide, but especially within 42 days to go,” Manchin said.

He believes having a politicized confirmation fight in the Senate before an election will increase partisan divides.

“My goodness, everything is so political. Jurors should be picked on their qualifications, their experience level, and basically their findings. And you can say you agree or disagree because of the way they ruled on other cases,” Manchin said.

He fears holding a vote on Trump’s nominee before the election will be a partisan effort that will erode the Senate’s character.

“There’s no civility, there’s no fairness to it, and we have to make sure we set some precedent to it,” Manchin said. “The Senate is much different. The Senate was basically designed and intended to be bipartisan and every time we break away and keep pulling that cover off, there’s not going to be any difference between us and that hot cup of tea that comes over from the House, as Washington said.

“We’ve gotta cool that off, and the Senate’s gotta cool that off, and we’re not doing a very good job of that,” he said.

Manchin touted his record as the “most bipartisan person in the Senate,” noting that he’s voted for 161 of Trump’s judicial nominations. Manchin was also the only Senate Democrat to vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Asked about threats made by Democrats against Republicans to pack the court after the election, Manchin suggested that would be another partisan effort akin to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees and would backfire on Democrats.

“I do not believe that would help anybody,” Manchin said. “Basically no one is working together. So if you have 11 or 13, it’s going to flip the other way no matter who comes into power. So why would you go down that path? It didn’t work in 2015 with the nuclear option, and I would have doubts it would work this time.

“We’ve got to fight for basically who we are as the Senate,” he said. “Can we represent the people in a bipartisan way, Democrats and Republicans?”

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Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley: ‘Trump is the strongest leader that we’ve got on the table’

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says he likes to keep focused on making music and doesn’t like to talk about politics. But in a recent interview, the 69-year-old rocker made clear he’s supporting President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020.

“I don’t think politics and rock and roll mix — in my opinion,” Frehley told “The Cassius Morris Show” in an interview reported by Blabbermouth.net. The topic of politics came up while Frehley was discussing his new rendition of the Cream song “Politician,” to appear on an upcoming covers album, “Origins Vol. 2.”

“I try to stay away from that as much as I can. I mean, once in a while, I’ll make a crack,” Frehley said. “I will say I’m a Trump supporter.”

“All the politicians have had skeletons in the closet,” he continued. “But I think Trump is the strongest leader that we’ve got on the table.”

The last time Frehley spoke up about politics was in 2018, when he said Americans should support the president or “go move to another country.”

“I don’t think politics and music mix,” he said on a podcast. “I really frown on musicians who get up on a platform and start talking about the president or complain about — I just don’t think it belongs. I’m an entertainer. There’s no reason to bring up politics. Let me play my guitar and write songs and entertain people. That’s my job.”

“Let me say this about Trump,” he continued. “Whether you love him or hate him, if you’re an American and you’re a patriot, you should get behind your president. He was elected. We live under the Constitution of the United States, and you’re supposed to support your president. Love him or hate him, you’re supposed to support him, or go move to another country.”

Back then, Frehley said that while Americans obviously have a right to say whatever they want, entertainers shouldn’t be especially vocal about politics.

“Being American, we have the right to free speech, and I’m all for everybody putting their two cents in on everything,” he said. “But when musicians or actors get really verbal and jump on a bandwagon against our government, I don’t agree with that.”

At least one of Frehley’s former bandmates feels differently. KISS vocalist Paul Stanley is an outspoken liberal and frequent critic of President Trump. Last month Stanley made news for criticizing Trump’s comments on the November election. The president said, “The only way we’re going to lose this election is if this election is rigged,” at a campaign stop in Wisconsin. Stanley blasted Trump’s comments in a tweet, calling them “incendiary & abhorrent.”

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Florida sheriff uses pictures to help confused press: ‘This is a peaceful protest. This is a riot.’

As TheBlaze has frequently documented, sometimes the media have difficulty distinguishing between peaceful protests and destructive riots. Well, one Florida sheriff decided to provide a visual aid for members of the press who can’t seem to tell the difference.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd on Monday held up photos contrasting a peaceful protest with a violent riot at a news conference announcing new anti-riot legislation.

“I can tell you folks so that there’s no misunderstanding today,” Sheriff Judd said as he held the photos. “This is a peaceful protest. This is a riot. We can tell the difference. The governor can tell the difference. Our law enforcement officers can tell the difference.”

“In the event you didn’t get that, let me show you something,” the sheriff continued, holding up two more photos. “This is peaceful protest. This is looting. If you loot, the next thing you can try to steal is something off of your food tray at the county jail because you’re going to jail, that’s a guarantee. And we’re going to enjoy taking you down there.”

Judd then held up two more photos for the “slow learners.”

“This is peaceful protest. This is violence. It’s not acceptable.”

“I truly believe in our God-given right and our constitutional right to speak openly and freely to address our government. That’s important. We listen every day. But I’ve also watched across this country when law enforcement officers who put their life on the line were told to stand down,” Judd continued.

Judd spoke at a news conference held by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announcing new anti-riot legislation that will be introduced in the state legislature this upcoming session. The “Combating Violence, Disorder, and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act” will make participation in a violent demonstration a felony and also will protect fleeing motorists from any liability for causing injury or death to mob members while they attempt to drive away for safety.

Additionally, the bill increases penalties for toppling monuments, criminalizes disorderly assemblies harassing civilians at restaurants, and targets funders and organizers of violent riots with state RICO charges.

“If you are involved in a violent or disorderly assembly and you harm somebody, if you throw a brick and hit a police officer, you’re going to jail, and there’s going to be a mandatory minimum jail sentence of at least six months for anyone who strikes a police officer, either with a weapon or projectile. And we’re also not going to simply let people back out on the street,” DeSantis said. “So if you are in custody for one of these offenses relating to a violent or disorderly assembly, you’re not getting bail before your first appearance.”

“If you are from another state and you come to participate in one of these violent or disorderly assemblies, you’re going to have extra penalties imposed on you as well,” DeSantis added.

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77-year-old veteran attacked for wearing MAGA hat, police say

Another individual has reportedly gone berserk at the sight of a little red hat.

An elderly military veteran from California said he was attacked last week by a man for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat supporting President Donald Trump.

The man, who did not wish to be identified, described the attack to KRCR-TV. He said he was at the Red Bluff post office on Friday when he was caught completely by surprise.

The victim said he was wearing a MAGA hat and a “Back the Blue” face mask with a blue line in support of police when he was approached by two people, a man and a woman.

“She looked at me and she goes, ‘We just don’t like people like you,'” the victim said. “[I] just kind of got shocked a little bit and said, ‘Well, that breaks my heart.'”

Shortly after those words left his mouth he got hit on the left side of his head, he stated.

“Then somehow he got me in a headlock and started pounding me on top of my head … I got blood all over the place and I’m trying to figure, you know, where’s my hat, where’s my package?” he said.

KRCR reported that the victim was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. A photo the man provided to the news channel shows cuts and scrapes on the top of his head. He said he’s still suffering from headaches three days later.

Police have arrested a suspect, 26-year-old Daniel Gomez-Martinez, on charges of battery and elder abuse.

The victim blamed himself for not seeing the attack coming.

“I just feel kind of bad, seven years in the military, Vietnam veteran and 30-plus years in law enforcement and you’re always taught situational awareness. And this guy came out of — I never saw it coming,” he said, adding, “I was so shocked for the hate that people have, you know. I don’t hate them. I never met them. I just can’t believe they would do something like that.”

This is not the first reported attack on an individual wearing a MAGA hat this year.

In February, retired New York City police officer Daniel Sprague was celebrating his 50th birthday at a bar, wearing his hat when he says a woman spun him around and punched him in the face. The attack left him bloody.

Again in March, police said a man wearing a red hat with “Make America Great Again” written in Russian was repeatedly punched in the face during a restroom visit in Hermosa Beach, California.

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Debate commission reveals the topics for the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden

The topics for the first presidential debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden were posted Tuesday. They were selected by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who will moderate the debate next week.

The Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit and nonpartisan group that sponsors presidential debates, posted the selected topics to be discussed at the debate, which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. They are as follows:

  • The Trump and Biden Records
  • The Supreme Court
  • Covid-19
  • The Economy
  • Race and Violence in our Cities
  • The Integrity of the Election
Each of these topics will be discussed in six 15-minute segments, “to encourage deep discussion of the leading issues facing the country.” There is no particular order of discussion, and the debate may begin with any of these topics.

The debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET and continue for 90 minutes without commercial breaks.

The selected topics reflect recent polling on what Americans view as the the top issues facing the country. A Gallup poll conducted in July found 30% of Americans consider COVID-19 to be the most important problem in the country. The next-most important issue was the government/poor leadership, according to 23% of those polled, and 16% said race relations were most important.

Both Trump and Biden face pressure to perform well. Early and absentee voting in many states begins well before Nov. 3, making the first debate one of the last opportunities the candidates will have to make the argument for their candidacies on prime-time TV before some voters make up their minds.

Ahead of next Tuesday night’s showdown, the Trump campaign is building up expectations for Biden’s performance. In an interview on Fox News Monday, President Trump predicted Biden is “going to do great” before attacking the Democratic nominee’s record. “I’ve done more in 47 months than he’s done in 47 years, and that’s absolutely true,” Trump said.

“I think he’s a professional,” Trump said of Biden. “I don’t know if he’s all there, but I think he’s a professional.”

The Biden debate team is preparing Biden to aggressively fact-check Trump’s record on the debate stage.

“He’s going to lie and lie some more and spin everything and blame it on Biden and Obama,” a Biden aide reportedly told the Hill. “The VP needs to go on offense and immediately say, ‘This is on you. The state of the economy, high unemployment, kids out of school, a pandemic that has gone unchecked. All of it is on you.”

“The only way he ‘wins’ is if he stays on offense,” another Biden ally reportedly said. “The second it goes the other way, things could go sideways.”

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GOP Congressman to propose constitutional amendment on court packing he says will get Congress through this ‘momentary temper tantrum’

A Republican congressman running for U.S. Senate in Georgia says he has a proposal that will end the political war that erupted after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) plans to introduce a constitutional amendment that he says will “take the heat of the moment out of” Supreme Court nomination fights as Democrats threaten to pack the court should President Donald Trump and the Senate GOP majority move forward with a new Supreme Court nominee before the inauguration of the next president.

“Any time the Democrats don’t get their way, they want to change the rules,” Collins, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

“So what we’re gonna say is this, if you want to pack the court, like Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said and others have said, then we want to put in a constitutional amendment that says let’s take the heat of the moment out of this.”

Collins’ proposed amendment would prohibit legislation designed to change the size of the court from taking effect until 10 years after such legislation is passed by Congress and signed by the president.

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On Saturday, the day after Ginsburg’s death was reported, House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.J.) publicly called for the next Senate to “immediately” expand the Supreme Court if Trump’s next nominee is confirmed before the election.

Nadler is one of several Democrats who have renewed threats to pack the court if they win the election.

Collins believes that like “sham impeachment,” this is another case of “any time the Democrats don’t get their way, they want to change the rules.”

He feels that that a 10-year waiting period for expanding the Supreme Court will temper the passions of both parties that threaten to do it.

“That way, if you’re really serious about this, if you have a reason to expand this court beyond your momentary temper tantrum, then we actually will have something that you can go ahead with it, but it takes place ten years after the heat of the moment that we’re in,” Collins explained.

Any proposal to amend the Constitution faces the extraordinarily high bar of a two-thirds vote of both house of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states.

President Trump and Senate Republicans have been clear that a nominee will be announced this weekend and the confirmation process will begin shortly after.

The president on Tuesday said he will make his nomination on Saturday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), took to the floor of the Senate Monday to reiterate that Trump’s nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday sent a letter to the Democrats on his committee declaring his intention to hold confirmation hearings for the president’s nominee.

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Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono: Packing the court is ‘long overdue’

Senate Democrats are telling the American people they are ready to go all in on packing the Supreme Court if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election in November. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) is the latest in a growing chorus of Democrats vowing to expand the court, calling the extreme legislation “long overdue court reform.”

“This is long overdue court reform as far as I’m concerned, and I have been thinking about court reform and what we can do regarding the Supreme Court to make it so much more objective,” Hirono said on CNN Tuesday.


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“This is not something that a lot of us have not thought about,” she added. But she acknowledged a “serious discussion” about packing the courts can only happen “if the Democrats take back the Senate.”

Nine justices have sat on the Supreme Court for more than 150 years. The Constitution grants Congress the power to determine the size of the court, though the last serious attempt to change its makeup came during the New Deal, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt threatened to expand the court to as many as 15 justices. FDR’s opponents accused Roosevelt of attempting to “pack” the courts with justices sympathetic to his policies after various New Deal programs were initially declared unconstitutional.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has so far refused to say whether he would approve of a Democrat-led effort in Congress to expand the court. Confronted by a reporter in Wisconsin on Monday, Biden dodged.

“It’s a legitimate question. But let me tell you why I’m not going to answer that question: because it will shift all the focus. That’s what [President Donald Trump] wants,” he said. “He never wants to talk about the issue at hand. He always tries to change the subject.”

Previously, Biden publicly opposed expanding the court, telling Iowa Starting Line last year, “I’m not prepared to go on and try to pack the court, because we’ll live to rue that day.”

During a Democratic primary debate in October, Biden again opposed the idea. “I would not get into court packing,” Biden said. “We add three justices. Next time around, we lose control, they add three justices. We begin to lose any credibility the court has at all.”

But many Senate Democrats don’t agree.

“Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) tweeted Friday. “If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.”

Among the Democratic senators who ran for president in the primary, Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said they were open to the idea of expanding the courts.

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Lindsey Graham tells Senate Judiciary Democrats there will be hearings on President Trump’s SCOTUS nomination

Protests outside the home of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will not stop him from holding confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nomination.

In a letter sent Monday to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Graham announced his intention to hold confirmation hearings for Trump’s nominee this year.

After offering condolences for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Graham explained that the Republican majority in 2016 acted constitutionally in refusing to begin confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.

“When the American people elected a Republican Senate majority in 2014, Americans did so because we committed to checking and balancing the end of President Obama’s lame duck presidency,” the letter states. “We did so. We followed the precedent and that the Senate has followed for 140 years: since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee during an election year.”

But this year, the presidency and the Senate majority are both held by the Republican Party.

“Because our Senate majority committed to confirming President Trump’s excellent judicial nominees — and particularly because we committed to supporting his Supreme Court nominees — the American people expanded the Republican majority in 2018,” Graham wrote. “We should honor that mandate. And unlike in 2016, President Trump is currently standing for reelection: the people will have a say in his choices.”

In 2016, Graham opposed holding confirmation hearings for Garland and called on his critics to “use my words against me” if he ever changed his position.

“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said, ‘Let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination,'” he said. “And you could use my words against me and you’d be absolutely right.”

But in his letter Graham explains that his views have changed after witnessing how Justice Brett Kavanaugh was severely mistreated by Senate Democrats and the media during his confirmation hearings. He asks his colleagues to compare how Republican nominees Kavanaugh, Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito were treated vs. Democratic nominees to the court, including Ginsburg herself.

“I now have a different view of the judicial-confirmation process,” Graham wrote. “It’s clear that there already is one set of rules for a Republican president and one set of rules for a Democrat president.”

“I therefore think it is important that we proceed expeditiously to process any nomination made by President Trump to fill this vacancy,” he continued. “I am certain that if the shoe were on the other foot, you would do the same.”

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Mitch McConnell debunks ‘myth’ that the GOP won’t have time to confirm a SCOTUS nominee

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the Senate Monday to debunk claims that the Senate does not have sufficient time to consider a Supreme Court nominee before the general election in November.

Citing historical precedent, McConnell argued that the Senate has plenty of time to confirm a nominee and promised that there will be a vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee this year.

“President Trump’s nominee for this vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell said, reiterating a statement he issued Friday after the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, passed away from complications due to pancreatic cancer.

“Now already, some of the same individuals who tried every conceivable dirty trick to obstruct Justice [Neil] Gorsuch and Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh are lining up to proclaim the third time will be the charm,” he continued.

“The American people are about to witness an astonishing parade of misrepresentations about the past, misstatements about the present, and more threats against our institutions from the same people who’ve already been saying for months — well before this — already been saying for months they want to pack the court.”

Already, Democrats and some in the media have misrepresented the so-called “McConnell rule,” claiming the Republicans are hypocrites for promising to move forward with a Supreme Court nomination during an election year after previously refusing to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland to fill Justice Scalia’s vacancy on the court in 2016. Though Democrats say McConnell’s 2016 position was no Supreme Court confirmations during an election year, McConnell’s actual position was that if the presidency and the Senate majority are of different political parties and cannot agree on a nominee, then the American people may resolve the matter with an election.

This year there is a GOP majority in the Senate and President Trump is a Republican president. Republicans have the constitutional power to fill a Supreme Court presidency and they say it is their obligation to do so.

McConnell also addressed “incorrect” claims that the Senate does not have time to complete the confirmation process before the election.

“We are already hearing incorrect claims that there is not sufficient time to examine and confirm a nominee,” McConnell said. “We can debunk this myth in about 30 seconds.”

“As of today there are 43 days until Nov. 3 and 104 days until the end of this Congress,” McConnell said. “The late iconic Justice John Paul Stevens was confirmed by the Senate 19 days after this body formally received his nominations — 19 days from start to finish.”

“Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, another iconic jurist, was confirmed 33 days after her nomination. For the late Justice Ginsburg herself it was just 42 days. Justice Stevens’ entire confirmation process could’ve been played out twice between now and Nov. 3 with time to spare. And Justice Ginsburg herself could’ve been confirmed twice between now and the end of the year, with time to spare.

“The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination. History and precedent make that perfectly clear.”

So far only two Senate Republicans have publicly stated their opposition to confirming Trump’s nominee before the election.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters Friday she will not vote to confirm a new SCOTUS justice until after inauguration day, saying “fair is fair,” presumably in reference to Republicans refusing to confirm Garland.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) issued a statement Saturday giving her support to holding confirmation hearings on Trump’s nominee before the election but opposing a confirmation vote until afterward.

“In order for the American people to have faith in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently — no matter which political party is in power. President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and I would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s beginning the process of reviewing his nominee’s credentials,” she said.

“In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the president or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the president who is elected on November 3rd.”

On Friday, Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) communications director Liz Johnson refuted a claim that Romney “committed” to not confirming a nominee until after Inauguration Day.

Romney is reportedly waiting to meet with Sen. McConnell at Tuesday’s GOP conference lunch before making a statement on his position.

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Trump suggests Democrats? made up Justice Ginsburg’s reported dying wish about her replacement

President Donald Trump on Monday questioned the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s reported dying wish that her replacement on the Supreme Court not be nominated by Trump, wondering aloud if her alleged statement was “written by Adam Schiff, Schumer, or Pelosi.”

Ginsburg, 87, died Friday evening of complications from a long battle with pancreatic cancer. According to NPR, days before her death, she dictated a statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera, saying, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

As Democrats are threatening to impeach President Donald Trump should he move forward with a Supreme Court nomination before the election, the president questioned whether those words were said by Ginsburg or, he suggested, written by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of House Intelligence Committee and leader of the drive to impeach the president earlier this year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

“I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi?” Trump said during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

“I would be more inclined to the second. That came out of the wind. It sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe Pelosi or shifty Schiff … maybe she did and maybe she didn’t,” the president continued.

There is no evidence that the Democrats fabricated Ginsburg’s statement.

“Look, the bottom line is we won the election,” Trump said, adding, “We have an obligation to do what’s right and act as quickly as possible.”

The president on Monday declared his intention to nominate a judge to the Supreme Court on either Friday or Saturday, after funeral proceedings for Justice Ginsburg have concluded.

Democrats have threatened to restart impeachment proceedings against the president if he moves forward with a nominee. Asked by reporters Sunday evening whether impeachment was under consideration, Senate Minority Leader Schumer nodded in agreement as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “We must consider, again, all of the tools available to our disposal, and that all of these options should be entertained and on the table.”

Speaker Pelosi also suggested retaliatory impeachment is among Democrats’ “options.”

“We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Pelosi said.

Trump predicts that any impeachment action taken by Democrats will help him win the election.

“I heard if I [nominate], they’re going to impeach me,” Trump said. “So they’re impeaching me for doing what constitutionally I have to do.”

“If they do that, we win all elections,” he said.

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Trump says to expect SCOTUS nominee Friday or Saturday, after Justice Ginsburg’s funeral

President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to fill the United States Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death by this weekend.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, the president said he will announce his decision “Friday or Saturday,” after funeral services for Justice Ginsburg.

“I think it will be on Friday or Saturday,” Trump said. “We want to pay respect; it looks like we will have, probably, services on Thursday or Friday, as I understand it. I think, you know, with all due respect, we should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg.”

“So we’re looking probably at Friday or maybe Saturday,” Trump added.

Brian Kilmeade asked the president about three of his rumored top choices for the court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Barbara Lagoa of the Eleventh Circuit, and Judge Allison Jones Rushing of the Fourth Circuit. The president confirmed that Lagoa is under consideration.

“Well, she’s excellent. She’s Hispanic. She’s a terrific woman from everything I know; I don’t know her,” Trump said, noting that Lagoa is from Florida and “we love Florida.”

Lagoa is one of the recent additions to President Trump’s Supreme Court list, along with Rushing. The president said he’s narrowed his choices from that list down to five.

“They’re all very smart,” Trump said. “There are actually five I’m looking at; it’s down to five. It could be any one of them; they’ll all be great. These are really top people, if you get on that list — I created a list, and Biden should do that too.”

Trump criticized Biden’s potential Supreme Court nominees as all “major radical left players,” saying Biden would upset his base if he appointed a centrist judge instead of a member of the “AOC plus three crowd.”

“He’s got a problem. If he puts somebody on that is not going to be popular with a certain group of people, they will all run away from him like the plague,” Trump said.

Trump declined to reveal who else is under consideration when pressed.

“I’d rather not say, but they’re two fantastic people,” Trump said. “So I’m looking at five, probably four, but I’m looking at five very seriously. I’m going to make a decision on either Friday or Saturday. I will announce it either Friday or Saturday, and then the work begins. But hopefully it won’t be too much work, because these are very qualified people; no matter how you would look at it, these are the finest people in the nation. Young people, pretty young, for the most part.”

Steve Doocy asked the president whether electoral politics is influencing his decision, noting that Lagoa being from Florida may sway Florida voters in November. “Is politics gonna be part of it?” Doocy asked.

“I try not to say so,” Trump replied. “I think, probably, automatically it is, even if you’re not wanting to do that, it becomes a little bit automatic. A great one from Michigan; as you know, Indiana represented very well; we have from all over the country.”

“These are the smartest people. These are the smartest young people. You know, you like to go young, because they’re there for a long time,” Trump said.

“You could have somebody be on the bench for 40 or 50 years, you know, these are big decisions,” he continued.

“We’re looking for somebody who is brilliant, really understands the law and abides by the Constitution, and a good person. We’re looking for a good person, a person who’s really been somebody that has very, very high moral values,” Trump said.

After news of Ginsburg’s passing on Friday, Democrats called on the president and the GOP majority in the Senate to refrain from nominating a judge to fill the Supreme Court vacancy until after the election, when a new president might be installed in office next year.

The Republicans intend to move forward with a nomination with no regard to complaints from Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared Friday that Trump’s nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

Two Republicans, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are opposed to moving forward with a Supreme Court confirmation before the election. The GOP holds a 53-seat majority in the Senate. If two more GOP senators join Murkowski and Collins in opposition, then Trump’s nominee, whoever he or she is, will have difficultly getting confirmed.

The president called on all Republicans to consider a nominee “without delay.”

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Progressives poll Latino voters on ‘dog-whistle’ GOP talking points, shocked to find approval for ‘Trump-style rhetoric’

Former Vice President and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is struggling to reach Latino voters. That statement is not pro-Trump wish-casting about the 2020 election, it’s mainstream analysis reported by CNN, the Financial Times, The Atlantic, and even The Daily Beast, hardly Trump-friendly publications.

When it comes to the question of “why” Biden is underperforming with Hispanics, two progressive researchers sought to find out and in an op-ed published Friday they characterized the results of their research as “sobering.”

As it turns out, so-called “dog-whistle” messaging based on Republican campaign talking points on immigration as well as other issues resonated with Latino and other minority voters. In fact, Latino voters found such messaging more convincing than even white and black voters. The standard-packaged Democratic talking points condemning President Donald Trump as a bigot and criticizing structural racism were less-effective with these voters.

Writing in the New York Times, researchers Ian Haney López, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Tory Gavito, founder of the left-wing Texas Future Project, cite recent polling from Quinnipiac and Monmouth that found 38% of registered Hispanic voters in 10 battleground states may be “ambivalent about even voting,” arguing that Latinos will be “a key component of the swing voters in this election.”

Knowing the Latino vote will be crucial for Biden to beat Trump, López and Gavito commissioned liberal pollsters to conduct 15 focus groups with Hispanics, whites, and African Americans from across America. You can find their research here.

They began by asking these focus groups whether a “dog-whistle message lifted from Republican talking points” was convincing. The study refers to this message as the “opposition message” and part of it condemns “illegal immigration from places overrun with drugs and criminal gangs” and calls for “fully funding the police so our communities are not threatened by people who refuse to follow our laws.”

In full, the “opposition message” reads:

Our leaders must prioritize keeping us safe and ensuring that hardworking Americans have the freedom to prosper. Leaders who built a strong economy once can do it again after COVID-19.

Taking a second look at China, or illegal immigration from places overrun with drugs and criminal gangs, is just common sense. And so is fully funding the police, so our communities are not threatened by people who refuse to follow our laws.

We need to make sure we can take care of our own people first, especially the people who politicians have cast aside for too long to cater to whatever special interest groups yell the loudest or riot in the street.

According to López and Gavito, three out of five whites polled found this message convincing. And so did three out of five black voters, and even more Latino voters.

“These numbers do not translate directly into support for the Republican Party,” the researchers explain. “Nevertheless, the results tell us something important: a majority across the groups we surveyed did not repudiate Trump-style rhetoric as obviously racist and divisive, but instead agreed with it.”

Translation: Majorities of white, black, and Latino voters responded positively to a pro-market, pro-sovereignty, pro-law and order message about caring for Americans forgotten by politicians and special interest groups and antagonized by rioters. That is, essentially, Trump’s re-election message.

Now, for full context, the study characterized this message as code for “business leaders should run the country,” people of color are “dangerous and undeserving,” and hating “liberal government” because “it coddles criminals and welfare recipients — and thus betrays whites by favoring people of color.” This is what they mean by “dog-whistle,” that when supposedly racist and bigoted Trump supporters hear things like “Taking a second look at China,” and “fully funding the police,” they know that what Republicans are really talking about is using government to protect whites by oppressing minorities.

Naturally, these progressives are distressed that such a supposedly evil message resonates with the voters they need to win the election. And this is where the analysis from López and Gavito becomes fascinating, as they try to understand why this message works with Latinos.

“Hispanics, of course, are no more monolithic than any other group, and internal differences influenced how individuals reacted,” they write. “The single biggest factor was how respondents thought about Hispanic racial identity. More than whether the individual was Mexican-American or from Cuba, young or old, male or female, from Texas, Florida or California, how the person perceived the racial identity of Latinos as a group shaped his or her receptivity to a message stoking racial division.”

They continue (bolded for emphasis):

Progressives commonly categorize Latinos as people of color, no doubt partly because
progressive Latinos see the group that way and encourage others to do so as well. Certainly, we both once took that perspective for granted. Yet in our survey, only one in four Hispanics saw the group as people of color.

In contrast, the majority rejected this designation. They preferred to see Hispanics as a group integrating into the American mainstream, one not overly bound by racial constraints but instead able to get ahead through hard work.

The minority of Latinos who saw the group as people of color were more liberal in their views regarding government and the economy, and strongly preferred Democratic messages to the dog-whistle message. For the majority of Latinos, however, the standard Democratic frames tied or lost to the racial fear message. In other words, Mr. Trump’s competitiveness among Latinos is real.

In other words, most Hispanic voters do not see themselves as part of an oppressed racial class. They have a Hispanic heritage and are proud of it, but they want to be Americans too. They want to assimilate, and they believe that with hard work they can achieve the American dream.

“Even more than whites and Blacks, Hispanics emphasize the importance of hard work and favor government creating opportunities for advancement,” the study says.

Most Latinos do not believe there is systematic racism in American institutions standing as an obstacle to their success. And that’s why they’re receptive to “Trump-style rhetoric.”

This is a problem for Joe Biden, and López and Gavito offer a simple solution: Change the message.

“The key is to link racism and class conflict,” they say. And also to stop blaming white people as a group for everything wrong in America.

“Democrats should call for Americans to unite against the strategic racism of powerful elites who stoke division and then run the country for their own benefit. This is not to deny the reality of pervasive societal racism. But it does direct attention away from whites in general and toward the powerful elites who benefit from divide-and-conquer politics.”

This focus-tested “race-class approach … fuses issues of racial division and class inequality, and by doing so shifts the basic ‘us versus them’ story — the staple of most political messaging — away from ‘whites versus people of color’ to ‘us all against the powerful elites pushing division.'”

That message looks like this:

We had come so far, but now Covid-19 threatens our families — for instance with health
risks, record unemployment and losing the businesses we worked hard to build. To
overcome these challenges, we need to pull together no matter our race or ethnicity. But
instead of uniting us, certain politicians make divisions worse, insulting and blaming
different groups. When they divide us, they can more easily rig our government and the
economy for their wealthy campaign donors. When we come together by rejecting racism
against anyone, we can elect new leaders who support proven solutions that help all
working families.

The focus groups polled reacted much more strongly in favor of this message than the “opposition message” or traditional Democratic Party talking points accusing Republicans of “xenophobia, racism, and division” or taking a “color-blind” approach. Messages similarly framed on immigration and criminal justice reform issues also found more support.

López and Gavito advise Biden and Democratic Party strategists to view Hispanics “not as a monolith but as America in microcosm.” The study they put forward urges Democrats to make cross-racial appeals to voters, uniting Latinos, whites, and blacks in solidarity by framing their issues as a struggle against unresponsive elites ignoring their needs and pushing division.

Ironically, this closely resembles the populist messaging President Trump used in the 2016 election to win the White House. Trump ran a “drain the swamp” campaign focused on criticizing establishment politicians. As he promised in his victory speech, “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

Despite what progressives claim, the “forgotten” American does not have one race or creed. Trump’s message attempted to appeal to all Americans who felt disenfranchised by politicians who did not keep their promises and a government that over decades grew too large to be in touch with their needs.

The Trump campaign and Republicans have just as much to learn from this study as the left. The lesson is Latino Americans, like all Americans, do not want to be divided. They still believe the elites are out of touch. They want to feel like someone is fighting for their interests, not special interests.

The challenge for President Trump as an incumbent is to argue he hasn’t forgotten the Americans who put him in power and to show how he has unified the country. The challenge for Biden is to credibly craft a unifying message while the assorted victim-classes in his base compete against each other to be the most oppressed and publicly declare their contempt for America.

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Dave Rubin slams critical race theory as ‘absolutely racist propaganda,’ says Trump’s new EO responds to the left’s ‘overreach’

BlazeTV host Dave Rubin blasted critical race theory as “absolutely racist propaganda,” saying President Donald Trump’s recently announced executive order to reform how schools teach U.S. history is a response to the left’s overreach.

Rubin, the author of “Don’t Burn This Book,” appeared on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning where he was asked to respond to the president’s announcement of the development of a “pro-America curriculum” for schools and subsequent left-wing critics deriding the president’s initiative as propaganda.

“It’s really bizarre seeing some of the push back on this where people are saying, oh, if you teach young people to be patriotic that that somehow is propaganda,” Rubin said. “Yet, these are the same people that have no problem as our young people are being taught critical race theory, which absolutely is racist propaganda, and are being taught about the 1619 Project.”

“Even one of the originators of the 1619 Project admitted that it’s not fully fact-based,” he added.

President Trump delivered a speech Thursday at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C., announcing a new executive order to promote “patriotic education” in schools.

“We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country,” the president said, denouncing curricula based on critical race theory and the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which claims that America was founded on slavery, as “toxic propaganda.”

“Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda — an ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together,” Trump said. “The only path to national unity is through our shared identity as Americans. That is why it is so urgent that we finally restore patriotic education to our schools.”

Rubin agreed with Trump’s assessment.

“The idea that America was founded on slavery is an absolutely crazy idea. We actually fought a war to end slavery. We’ve brought more people here to share in our success than any other country in the history of the nation,” Rubin said.

“The idea that we’d be teaching people, hopefully proper history to be proud of America — I don’t want young people to be taught propaganda — but I want them to be proud of the country because this is a great country. It was founded on incredible principles and it’s a shining beacon to the rest of the world that you can be free and take charge of your life. And we should be teaching that,” Rubin continued.

The president’s executive order will establish the 1776 Commission to create guidelines that the president says will teach that America is “an exceptional, free and just nation, worth defending, preserving and protecting.”

Rubin said the president’s executive order is only necessary because progressives struck first in the culture wars.

“If the Left hadn’t overreached so much, if they hadn’t gone so far off the rails in the last couple years, then Trump wouldn’t need to do this,” Rubin said. “So they’re very upset at Trump right now for trying to inject something pro-America into our curriculum, yet it’s their move to inject all of this stuff that actually is racist. Again, critical race theory is racist, and they’re the ones that injected it and now he’s the counter-measure.”

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New anti-lockdown songs from Van Morrison labeled ‘dangerous’ by Irish government health minister

Famous Irish singer-songwriter Sir Van Morrison’s new anti-lockdown lyrics have been labeled “dangerous” by a health minister in Northern Ireland.

The singer said on Friday that he recorded three new “protest songs” in which he reportedly claims the U.K. government is using COVID-19 lockdowns to “enslave” the people. The new songs are called “Born to Be Free,” “As I Walked Out,” and “No More Lockdown” and will be released in two-week intervals beginning Sept. 25, AFP reports.

“Born To Be Free, As I Walked Out, and No More Lockdown are songs of protest which question the measures the Government has put in place,” a statement on Morrison’s website said. “Morrison makes it clear in his new songs how unhappy he is with the way the Government has taken away personal freedoms.”

“I’m not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already,” Morrison said. “It’s about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves.”

According to the statement, Morrison “feels strongly that lockdown is in danger of killing live music.”

The lyrics to “No More Lockdowns,” as reported by the BBC, give an explicit idea of what Morrison thinks of the COVID restrictions adopted in the U.K.

No more lockdown / No more government overreach,” goes the chorus. “No more fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace.”

“No more taking of our freedom / And our God given rights / Pretending it’s for our safety / When it’s really to enslave.”

Morrison’s lyrics also accuse scientists of “making up crooked facts” and, according to the BBC, refer to a viral Facebook post of a screenshot from a U.K. government website saying, “Covid-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK.”

“While it is true that Covid-19 does not meet the criteria for an HCID — which typically has a high fatality rate (as much as 50% in the case of Ebola) — the disease is still considered highly infectious, with no specific vaccines or treatment currently available,” the BBC reports.

The health minister for Northern Ireland, Robin Swann, described the new songs as “dangerous.”

“I don’t know where he gets his facts,” Swann said. “I know where the emotions are on this, but I will say that sort of messaging is dangerous.”

This is not the first time the “Brown Eyed Girl” singer has created controversy over coronavirus lockdown policies. In August, Morrison tried to rally other musicians to “save live music” and campaign against socially distanced gigs.

“I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this. Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up,” Morrison said.

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Ohio veteran walks state with ‘thin blue line’ flag to ‘back the blue’ and show people they don’t have to be afraid of COVID-19

An Ohio man wants to spread a message of support for the police and courage in the face of the pandemic by walking around his state carrying flags with him.

Conrad Allen, 52, of Putnam County carries a “thin blue line” flag, a flag supporting President Donald Trump, and a United States flag 15 to 20 miles each day around the perimeter of the state. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he wants people to know “we don’t have to be afraid of each other,” telling WKEF-TV he hopes his actions will inspire people to be less afraid.

“COVID is real, but so is being free,” Allen said.

Allen is the executive director of the Committee for a Better Ohio, a nonprofit grassroots organization that advocates for conservative policies to improve Ohio. His biography describes him as “an outspoken American patriot and Christian Conservative who lived a life of adventure as an international exploration geologist.” He is a veteran, having served on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Why is he carrying his flags?

“Peace, I want to bring peace,” Allen told WLIO-TV last week at the start of his journey. “You know we are here, out here, in Putnam County and near Lima here, it’s pretty much Trump country. But I am going to go through the heart of Dayton, through the heart of Cincinnati, the heart of Cleveland. I want people there to know that conservatives love them, we truly do. Some of the bad guys will probably try and take my stuff and treat me mean, but I don’t care about that, I will just keep going.”

On his daily walks Allen says people will stop and bring him water and thank him for “backing the blue.”

A sheriff in Troy even bought Allen a Wendy’s sandwich for lunch to show his department’s support for what he’s doing.

Allen shared a video of meeting Sheriff Dave Duchak of Miami County and two other officers at the Miami County Courthouse in Troy on his Facebook page, where he posts photos and videos some of his walks around Ohio.

“It’s great what you’re doing,” Sheriff Duchak told Allen in the video. “We in law enforcement just appreciate the support. There’s so much support out there that’s not getting reported on.

“Law enforcement is not the enemy, and what you’re doing is huge,” the sheriff added.

Miami Valley Today reporter Michael Ullery caught up with Allen on Tuesday when he was passing through Troy, interviewing him about his mission. He said his message is to travel the state to support our law enforcement officers, support the president, and support the United States of America.

“I’m a walking talking flag pole,” Allen told WKEF. “It’s the goodness in these flags people are reacting to.”

Allen plans to continue walking around the circumference of his state, a nearly 1,000 mile journey he expects will take around 100 days to complete. While such a trek would be daunting to some, Allen is excited to keep walking.

“Fall in Ohio is absolutely beautiful,” he said. “Walking 7 to 10 hours a day is absolutely heaven.”

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Trump slams 1619 project and critical race theory as ‘ideological poison,’ announces executive order to reform how schools teach U.S. history

President Donald Trump defended the legacy of the American founding and denounced “cancel culture,” Critical Race Theory, and the New York Times’ 1619 Project as “toxic propaganda” in a speech on Thursday announcing a new executive order to reform how schools teach United States History.

The executive order will establish the “1776 Commission,” a national commission to promote “patriotic education.”

The president delivered his remarks at the White House Conference on American History, held at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate Constitution Day. He was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and a panel of scholars and historians, led by Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, who spoke at length about the state of America’s public school system and the progressive curricula that teaches students to view America’s founding in contempt and her history as shameful.

“Our mission is to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes, and the nobility of the American character,” Trump said. “We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”

The president praised America’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights as a “glorious inheritance.”

“On this very day in 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was the fulfillment of 1,000 years of Western Civilization,” Trump said. “Our Constitution was the product of centuries of tradition, wisdom, and experience. No political document has done more to advance the human condition or propel the engine of progress.”

Shifting to speak about the violent leftist and anarchist mobs that are tearing down statues in the United States, the president warned of a “radical movement” attempting to “demolish this treasured and precious inheritance.”

“These radicals have been aided and abetted by liberal politicians, establishment media, and even large corporations,” Trump said. “Whether it is the mob in the street or the cancel culture in the boardroom, the goal is the same: To silence dissent, to scare you out of speaking the truth, and to bully Americans into abandoning their values, their heritage, and their very way of life.

“We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny. We will reclaim our history and our country for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed,” the president continued.

Trump connected the modern Left’s violence and anti-American iconoclasm to “decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools.”

He took particular aim at the “totally discredited” New York Times’ 1619 Project, an effort by NYT journalists to re-tell the American story with slavery and racism as the primary motivating force for all of American history, arguing “anti-black racism runs in the very DNA” of America. The project has been criticized by historians as “anti-historical,” “one-sided,” and just plain “wrong.”

He also called out Critical Race Theory as a “Marxist doctrine” that teaches that “America is a wicked and racist nation, that even young children are complicit in oppression.”

“Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda — an ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together,” Trump said. “The only path to national unity is through our shared identity as Americans. That is why it is so urgent that we finally restore patriotic education to our schools.”

In September, President Trump ordered the defunding of “un-American propaganda” in government, placing a ban on training programs in government agencies that teach concepts from Critical Race Theory. The memo announcing the ban characterized the training as “divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions.”

“Today, I am also pleased to announce that I will soon sign an executive order establishing a national commission to promote patriotic education, it will be called the 1776 Commission,” Trump declared.

The commission will “encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding.”

Schools will be encouraged to teach that America is “an exceptional, free and just nation, worth defending, preserving and protecting,” Trump said.

“The only path to unity is through our shared identity as Americans,” Trump said. “That is why it is so urgent that we finally restore patriotic education in our schools.”

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President Trump speaks at the White House conference on American History — 9/17/2020

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House Dems pass resolution condemning phrases like ‘China virus’ as ‘anti-Asian sentiment’

The Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday condemning the phrase “China virus” and other terms used to describe COVID-19 as a form of “anti-Asian sentiment.”

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), calls on public officials to condemn and denounce “all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19.” It passed in a mostly party-line vote of 243 to 163 with 14 Republicans voting with the Democratic majority in favor, Reuters reported. All other Republicans voted “no.”

The text specifically cites the phrases “Chinese Virus,” “Wuhan Virus,” and “Kung-flu” as examples of “anti-Asian terminology and rhetoric” that has “perpetuated anti-Asian stigma” in the United States. It calls on lawmakers to denounce anti-Asian sentiment in any form, as well as “all manifestations of expressions of racism, xenophobia, discrimination, anti-Asian sentiment, scapegoating, and ethnic or religious intolerance.”

The House also calls on law enforcement to “expeditiously investigate and document all credible reports of hate crimes” against Asian Americans.

“The increased use of anti-Asian rhetoric has resulted in Asian Americans being harassed, assaulted, and scapegoated for the COVID–19 pandemic,” the resolution reads.

It lists several crimes committed against Asian Americans, including the assault of a woman wearing a mask at a New York City subway station; two children and two adults who were stabbed at a grocery store in Midland, Texas; a couple assaulted and robbed by attackers in Philadelphia; and a 16-year-old boy who was hospitalized after bullies attacked him.

The resolution also quotes Dr. Mitch Wolfe, the chief medical officer of the CDCl, who said, “Stigma is the enemy of public health” and cites CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, who testified that the term “Chinese coronavirus” is wrong and inappropriate.

Ahead of Thursday’s vote, Rep. Meng called out President Donald Trump for using the term “China virus,” saying it is “wrong and dangerous” to use such terms.

“Passing #HRes908 sends a unified message that such bigotry, hatred & xenophobia will not be tolerated,” Meng tweeted.

President Trump has repeatedly used the phrase “China virus” or a variant of that term to describe the coronavirus.

In March, after being questioned on his use of the phrase, the president told reporters he doesn’t consider “China virus” to be a racist remark.

“It’s not racist at all,” Trump said, explaining that he uses the term because he wants to be accurate and because the Chinese government accused the U.S. military of starting the coronavirus outbreak.

“China had tried to say at one point — maybe they stopped now — that it was caused by American soldiers,” Trump said. “That can’t happen. It’s not going to happen, not as long as I’m president. It comes from China.”

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Police hunt for Maine woman who left dog poop in Trump supporters’ mailboxes, defaced campaign signs

In election years, voters are used to crap mail filling their mailboxes, but in Maine the problem has become literal.

The Hampden Police Department is looking for a woman they say has been committing acts of vandalism,
WGME-TV reports.

Witnesses on Sunday and Monday reported seeing a masked woman dressed in purple, riding a purple bike, and wearing purple crocs delivering unpleasant surprises for homeowners with campaign signs for President Donald Trump on their front lawns.

According to police, this woman is putting dog feces in the mailboxes of Trump supporters.

“She has been picking up dog feces and putting it in mailboxes, specifically of people who have Trump signs outside and she has been also defacing Trump signs, writing comments on the signs,” said Alyshia Canwell, a Hampden Public Safety patrol officer.

Defacing political advertising and vandalism are crimes, police said. They have requested that witnesses contact the Hampden Police Department if they have any information about the suspect.

Other acts of vandalism

This is not the only act of campaign season vandalism in the country committed against supporters for Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

In McLennan County, Texas, KXXV-TV reported Trump 2020 signs were vandalized with paint. One had slurs painted on and the other referenced the Black Lives Matter movement. The Democratic and Republican parties of McLennan County condemned the vandalism and police reminded citizens vandalizing campaign signs is a crime with punitive fines up to $500.

In North Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, political yard signs for former Vice President Biden have been stolen and houses targeted by vandals. Surveillance video reported by KDKA-TV shows three people stealing signage from a home in the middle of the night. The homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous to avoid further targeting, said his home had been egged twice in the last week.

“It’s become so decisive that we have to worry about things like that which is silly,” Lloyd Fernandez, a Biden supporter, said. “Just silly. This is going to be over in 50-something days. Hopefully, everything will go back to normal.”

Vandalism has prompted political leaders on both sides of the aisle in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, to say “enough is enough,” according to the Fond Du Lac Reporter. Republican Chair Rohn Bishop and Democratic Chair Joseph Lavrenz issued a joint statement to condemn vandalism, theft, and destruction of yard signs promoting both presidential campaigns.

“Destruction of political signs is not only wrong it is against the law,” the statement said. “A political yard sign expresses an opinion and that needs to be respected.”

“Candidates and campaign volunteers put money, time and effort into our democratic process during an election cycle. People need to respect that effort and leave the yard signs alone,” it continued. “Democracy rests upon participation and free expression, it should not be interfered with by the lawless actions of some.”

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Dad blasts ‘obscene’ $1 million bail set by judge for sorority member daughter charged with BLM rioting, arson

A Franklin & Marshall College Kappa Delta sorority sister is
one of nine people charged with crimes connected to the riots in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, last weekend. The girl’s father on Tuesday blasted a judge’s decision to set her bail at $1 million as “obscene” and unconstitutional.

Kathryn Patterson, 20, faces
felony and misdemeanor charges including arson, vandalism, riot, and disorderly conduct after her arrest early Monday. She was allegedly a participant in the protests over the fatal police shooting of Ricardo Munoz, who according to bodycam footage chased a police officer with a knife in a threatening manner.

Patterson is a Black Lives Matter supporter, posting on Facebook “BLM, all day every day” and commenting, “my left fist, to symbolize black power.”

The girl’s father, Chip Patterson of Mercersburg, called the $1 million bail set by the district judge “obscene.”

“Everything that I know so far, which is not a lot, indicates that Kat is not guilty of those charges. But then again, we’ll have to wait and see,” he
told the Associated Press.

“I cannot tell you how long this night has been,” he said. “I think regardless of what these people did or didn’t do, the bail amount is just outrageous and clearly against the Eighth Amendment.” The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits “excessive bail.”

Patterson’s defenders say she and her friend Taylor Enterline, another individual who was arrested by police, were doing nothing more than acting as “medics” before they were arrested. The social justice advocacy group Lancaster Stands Up characterized the “absurdly high bail amounts” as “a politically motivated attack on the movement for police reform and accountability.”

A GoFundMe page set up for Patterson has received support from the Franklin & Marshall College chapter of Delta Kappa, members of the Black Student Union, and as reported by the Washington Free Beacon’s Brent Scher, even the college president Barbara Altmann thanked students for creating the GoFundMe, posting on Instagram that “many of us in our community will be contributing.”

“Kat was providing medical attention to injured demonstrators and has now been wrongfully accused of crimes she could not possibly commit,” the page states. “We as members of the Black Student Union and Kappa Delta Sorority, have created this fund to raise money to support Kat and her family.”

The fundraiser has so far raise just over $54,000 toward its goal of $60,000.

An update to the page also urges donors to support the GoFundMe pages for “activists and friends” Enterline and Alexa Wise, a “Black Trans Activist” who was also arrested on charges of arson, riot, and vandalism.

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Ocasio-Cortez believes the far left can ‘push Vice President Biden in a more progressive direction’ if Democrats win the White House

Democratic socialist and “squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) believes the far left of the Democratic Party will be able to push former Vice President Joe Biden to enact some of their preferred polices, should the Democrats win the presidency.

Ocasio-Cortez, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary, told JustTheNews reporter Nick Ballasy she agrees with Sanders’ reported concerns that Joe Biden is not progressive enough for the modern left.

“Of course I do,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We’re different people, and clearly I, in the primary, one of the reasons why I was supportive of Sen. Sanders was because of how progressive his stances are, but, you know, the primaries are over, and right now what is most important is to make sure that we ensure a Democratic victory in November and that we continue to push Vice President Biden on issues from marijuana to climate change to foreign policy.”


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Sanders is reported to have recently expressed doubts to Biden’s associates that the Democratic presidential nominee is doing enough to excite progressives and turn them out to vote. In private conversations, he reportedly said Biden is at “serious risk” of losing the election to President Trump by alienating progressives with his centrist positions.

Sanders has denied making these comments, but Ocasio-Cortez agrees Biden should move “in a more progressive direction.”

“I think, overall, we can likely push Vice President Biden in a more progressive direction across policy issues,” she said. “I think foreign policy is an enormous area where we can improve; immigration is another one. There are some areas where we just fundamentally disagree, but that’s OK. I think it’s important to acknowledge that we can have, in some cases, very large disagreements — it doesn’t mean that we’re trying to undermine the party or undermine each other. It means that we’re trying to do what’s best for people in the country.

“We’ll see what progress that we’re able to make on issues like immigration and criminal justice reform,” she added.

Ocasio-Cortez cited the “full legalization” of marijuana as an example of a policy she feels a possible Biden administration might move left on.

“One perfect example is that I believe in the legalization of marijuana, not just decriminalization, but full legalization, regulation, et cetera,” she said. “But, you know, we will hash those out. Our main priority is to make sure that the vice president is successful and victorious in November so that we can have those kinds of conversations in the first place from a more effective stance with him in the White House.”

An example of an issue Biden has thus far refused to move on is health care. Biden refused to endorse Sanders’ signature “Medicare for All” health care plan during the Democratic primary, attacking the idea championed by Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives as too costly with its $35 trillion price tag and promising to veto such legislation if he were president.

Instead, Biden has put forward a plan to expand on Obamacare, offering a public option to achieve “universal” health care coverage through a new government program like Medicaid.

Ocasio-Cortez criticized Biden’s public option plan but argued it is better than the status quo.

“One concern I’d say that I have with a public option is that it very easily allows insurance companies to just kind of bump off their more expensive patients onto a public option, thus making an increase in the costs on a public option and kind of them keeping healthier people that require less insurance coverage for themselves,” she said.

“The whole purpose of insurance is to even out those costs, which is why I believe single-payer is a better policy, so in terms of that we do disagree,” she added. “But either way, I do think that a public option is likely a better scenario than we have right now.”

To convince Biden and the country to adopt her position, Ocasio-Cortez said a “mass movement” in America is needed to energize support for democratic socialist policies.

“That would not just take me to convince him nor any one individual,” she said. “We need a mass movement in this country. We need widespread popular support for single payer in order to get a chance at getting it done.”

Despite the alleged concerns from Sanders and the criticisms raised by Ocasio-Cortez, the Biden campaign has actively courted the progressive left with promises to implement policies that are well outside the mainstream. Working together with Sanders, the Biden campaign’s “unity task force” unveiled a compromise platform that pulls elements from Sanders’ radical agenda.

Among the campaign promises mentioned in these “unity guidelines” are a commitment to “eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035,” banning for-profit private charter schools, opposing school vouchers, and recommending a “civilian corps” of non-police first responders be created to answer 911 calls for nonviolent emergencies instead of police.

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Mitt Romney questions legitimacy of Biden-Burisma investigation, claims Senate inquiry is a ‘political exercise’

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) questioned the legitimacy of the Senate investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine, calling the probe a “political exercise.”

In remarks made Wednesday during a business meeting of the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, Romney said “the Biden-Burisma investigation … I think, from the outset, had the earmarks of a political exercise, and I’m fearful that comments made in the media recently have only confirmed that perspective.”

The “comments made in the media” Romney referenced are likely comments made by the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). On Monday, Johnson told supporters on a call to “stay tuned” as “in about a week we’re going to learn a whole lot more of Vice President Biden’s unfitness for office.”

“Obviously, it’s the provenance of campaigns and political parties, opposition research, the media to carry out political endeavors, to learn about or dust up one’s opponent, but it’s not the legitimate role of government for Congress or for taxpayer expense to be used in an effort to damage political opponents,” Romney said. “Therefore I am pleased that our votes today do not include additional authorizations relating to the Biden/Burisma investigation.”

Earlier in Wednesday’s meeting, Johnson canceled a committee vote that would have issued a subpoena to U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Bridget Brink to testify in the Biden probe. Johnson is leading an investigation into allegations of corruption involving Joe and Hunter Biden’s business dealings with Ukrainian gas firm Burisma. Biden is accused by critics of using his position as vice president to influence U.S. policy toward Ukraine and benefit his son, who sat on Burisma’s board.

Romney has been skeptical of the Burisma investigation since it began in March.

“There’s no question but that the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political,” he told reporters at the time.

“And I think people are tired of these kind of political investigations and would hope that if there’s something of significance that needs to be evaluated, that it would be done by perhaps the FBI or some other agency that’s not as political as perhaps a committee of our, of our body.”

Romney did, however, vote in favor of issuing new subpoenas as part of the Senate investigation into the FBI’s conduct during the Russia investigation.

“With regards to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, I think it’s also important, because this has such obvious political implications, that the committee’s investigation focus on the specific wrongdoing alleged by the inspector general’s report,” Romney said. “My vote today essentially is a reaffirmation of the subpoena authorization that was already approved by this committee with my support on June 4th, and I will continue that support as long as it does not fall into the realm of rank political undertaking.

“I do believe it’s very important that the committees of Congress, and ours, in particular, not fall into an increasing pattern that we’re seeing, which is using taxpayer dollars and the power of Congress to do political work. That’s the role of campaigns.”

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Hurricane Sally causes ‘catastrophic,’ ‘life-threatening’ flooding, leaves nearly half a million US households without power: ‘Just a nightmare’

Hurricane Sally made landfall in the Gulf Coast in the wee hours Wednesday morning, bringing with it “catastrophic” and “life-threatening” floods and knocking out power to nearly half a million U.S. homes.

The storm, moving slowly inland, made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, at 5:45 a.m.as a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, the Weather Channel reported. Sally is moving north and east and is projected to continue on that trajectory throughout the rest of the day. Its maximum sustained winds have decreased to 80 mph.

A tornado watch has been issued for southeast Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and southwest Georgia until 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service office in Mobile, Alabama, issued a flash flood emergency warning early Wednesday, declaring “a severe threat to human life & catastrophic damage from a flash flood” and urging people to seek higher ground.

WTVY-TV in Alabama
reported “significant damage” to the beach and an expectation of “life-threatening flash-flooding” throughout Gulf Shores. CNN’s Ed Lavandera reported transformers are blowing up in Mobile, knocking power out for hundreds of thousands of people.

Estimates from utility tracker poweroutage.us suggest more than 500,000 homes in Alabama and Florida are now without power.

Pictures of the damage in Gulf Shores were shared by WALA-TV reporter Tyler Fingert, taken near Highway 59 and Beach Blvd. They show structures along the beach destroyed, buildings suffering damage, and debris left by the storm surge covering the streets.

In Pensacola, more than two feet of rain has caused severe flooding. Videos shared on social media capture streets under water as storm surge rips through the city.

“We believe that this is an epic proportion flooding event,” Escambia County Public Safety Director Jason Rogers
told WEAR-TV. “There is extremely high water, moving water that is very dangerous. We don’t believe that we have yet seen the worst of the flooding.”

“We anticipate the evacuations could literally be in the thousands,” Sheriff David Morgan, of Escambia County told CNN.

Emergency services and first responders are working with the federal government, including FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard, to engage in rescue operations.

The greater danger from Hurricane Sally is not in the strength of the storm, but in its reported 3mph speed as it moves inland. Heavy and sustained rainfall will continue to cause flooding.

“It’s not common that you start measuring rainfall in feet,” National Weather Service forecaster David Eversole in Mobile said, speaking to the New York Times. “Sally’s moving so slowly, so it just keeps pounding and pounding and pounding the area with tropical rain and just powerful winds. It’s just a nightmare.”

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Big Ten Conference reverses itself, votes to bring back college football during pandemic

It’s official. Big Ten college football will return in October.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors announced Wednesday after a unanimous vote that the conference’s football season will resume on the weekend of Oct. 23-24. The announcement follows reports that a proposal had been approved for the league to resume play and a hot mic moment from the University of Nebraska’s president suggesting an announcement was imminent.

Each school is to play eight games in a nine-week window, with the league title game tentatively set for Dec. 19, the Journal Sentinel reported. The decision on whether fans will be able to attend the games will likely be left up to individual schools.

In August, the Big Ten voted to postpone all college sports, including football, because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors soon followed suit, also voting to postpone its own fall sports season.

The Big Ten’s statement announcing the resumed play indicates student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and anyone else on the field for practice and games will undergo daily antigen testing for COVID-19. The decision to play was reportedly made after hours of deliberation Sunday afternoon in cooperation with the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a team of medical experts that established rules and procedures to maintain the health and safety of the teams.

“Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities,” Dr. Jim Borchers, the head team physician at Ohio State University and co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee, said.

“Our focus with the Task Force over the last six weeks was to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes. Our goal has always been to return to competition so all student-athletes can realize their dream of competing in the sports they love,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said. “We are incredibly grateful for the collaborative work that our Return to Competition Task Force have accomplished to ensure the health, safety and wellness of student-athletes, coaches and administrators.”

Daily testing for football will begin by Sept. 30. Other Big Ten college sports will also require testing protocols before they may return to play. The Big Ten will soon announce updates on men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, wrestling, and other winter sports.

The Pac-12 is also in discussion to return to play this year. ESPN reported that the “most aggressive” return plan is looking at mid-to-late November to see play return. The Pac-12 has partnered with Quidel Corporation, an FDA-approved rapid tests manufacturer, to prepare to test student-athletes daily for the coronavirus. However, schools in California and Oregon are dependent on state public officials to be cleared to resume play.

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