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NBA in China: Lakers, Nets Shanghai preseason game to have no media availability

The Chinese government reportedly canceled all media availabilities Thursday surrounding an NBA preseason game in Shanghai between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, an exhibition game that’s morphed into a flashpoint after Beijing began retaliating in response to a general manager’s tweet expressing support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

In addition to eliminating the gameday press sessions, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, China had already canceled news conferences Wednesday, nixed a pair of NBA Cares public relations events, removed signage featuring stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis from several buildings and banned the game from even being broadcast in China. There will still be a global feed, however, and the game can be viewed outside of the Communist country.

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Nearly all of the NBA’s partners in China – 11 of 13 businesses – have cut ties with the league, according to CNBC.

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A worker takes down a billboard advertising an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (AP Photo)

The entire fracas stems from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” from his personal account during the weekend. Morey has since expanded on the tweet but the damage control effort achieved little.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, meanwhile, has tried to walk a perilous line between supporting free speech and dealing with business partners overseen by a totalitarian government.

Silver said in a statement Tuesday that the league “will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues.”

“It is inevitable that people around the world – including from America and China – will have different viewpoints over different issues. It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences,” Silver said. “This is about far more than growing our business…Values of equality, respect and freedom of expression have long defined the NBA — and will continue to do so. As an American-based basketball league operating globally, among our greatest contributions are these values of the game.”

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The threat of cancelation has constantly loomed over the games, but Thursday’s tilt, as well as a second planned exhibition on Saturday, was still going ahead amid the stringent press restrictions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nunes to ask State Dept. about ‘strange’ and irregular’ requests to monitor US journalists in Ukraine

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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Wednesday that he intends to ask the State Department for more information about “strange” and “irregular” requests allegedly made by ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch to monitor the communications of U.S. journalists in the country.

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Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Fox News’ “Hannity”  that he’s looking to ask Yovanovitch during her scheduled testimony Friday about her alleged efforts to monitor reporters.

Yovanovitch, who was appointed ambassador to Ukraine by former President Barack Obama in 2016, and fired by the State Department in May of this year, will give a deposition as part of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

“What I’ve heard — and I want to be clear — there’s a difference. What I’ve heard is that there were strange requests, irregular requests to monitor not just one journalist, but multiple journalists,” Nunes told host Sean Hannity. “Now perhaps that was OK. Perhaps there was some reason for that — that it can be explained away. But that’s what we know and that’s what we’re going to be looking into.”

Hannity said multiple sources have told him they “believe there is evidence that government resources were used to monitor communications” of U.S. journalists and that Yovanovitch may have been involved. Nunes noted that if the State Department had conducted surveillance over press activity in the Ukraine, it may have been done properly.

“We also have concerns that possibly they were monitoring press from different journalists and others,” Nunes continued. “That we don’t know, but we have people who are giving us this information and we’re going to ask these questions to the State Department and hopefully they’re going to get the answers before she comes in on Friday.”

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John Solomon, who recently became a Fox News contributor, also said on “Hannity” Wednesday: “I think we need to dig in more. Ambassador Yovanovitch should be given an opportunity and Secretary of State Pompeo should tell us what happened.”

Solomon is an investigative reporter who has made headlines for breaking stories related to the ongoing Ukraine controversy that have fueled Trump’s support for Attorney General William Barr’s review of the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Ukraine president says ‘no blackmail’ in phone call with Trump

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told reporters Thursday his controversial July call with President Trump involved no bribe, blackmail or quid pro quo, as impeachment-minded Democrats claim.

Zelensky spoke at a daylong event with media inside a Kiev food market, and said he believes the transcript released by the White House is accurate and that he knew the U.S. had withheld $400 million in military aid due to concerns about corruption and concern for American “taxpayer money.” But the issue, he said, was never linked to Trump’s desire that Kiev rekindle an investigation into an energy company with ties to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

“There was no blackmail,” Zelensky said. “They blocked this money and nobody asked us [for] anything,”

A whistleblower’s claim that Trump implied in the July 25 phone call that restoration of the aid would be conditioned on Ukraine reopening a probe of Burisma Holdings and the Bidens’ involvement in the matter has prompted Democrats in the House to launch an impeachment inquiry. On Tuesday, Fox News contributor John Solomon reported that the Ukrainian government had already ordered a reopening of the probe of Burisma Holdings months before the two presidents spoke by phone.

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The military aid was later released to Ukraine, and President Trump has denied the whistleblower’s claims. The White House has also refused to cooperate with what it claims is an unconstitutional impeachment effort by House Democrats.

The White House sent an eight-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday that read: “President Trump and his administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process. Your unprecedented actions have left the president with no choice.

“In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”

Zelensky, a 41-year-old actor, comedian and screenwriter elected in May, has sought to reverse his country’s image as a hotbed of corruption. He told reporters Thursday that the main purpose of his conversation with Trump was to set up a meeting with the American president and show reform measures were in place in Ukraine.

“We just wanted to establish relations,” he said, adding at one point, “the story with Burisma has nothing to do with weapons.”

Trump and other Biden critics question how Hunter Biden, who reportedly knew little about the energy business and the country, ended up on Burisma’s board while his father was vice president and spearheaded Ukraine relations under President Barack Obama. The elder Biden was later recorded bragging about how he pressured Ukraine to oust a prosecutor who had been looking into the company’s founder, though Biden allies say this intervention was driven by corruption concerns.

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It is unclear how much money Hunter Biden made while serving on the board of the firm, but reports have estimated he made up to $1 million per year.

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Cal Thomas: Trump channels George McGovern with decision to abandon Syria

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The year was 1972 and Americans wanted out of the Vietnam War; the right because it was not being won and the left because of the increasing body count and lies from generals and politicians about “progress” toward defeating the communists.

Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern’s slogan “Come Home, America” resonated with growing numbers of people. When Richard Nixon defeated McGovern in a landslide, even Nixon began planning for a U.S. withdrawal. “Peace with honor” was his slogan.

The late Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden cited that withdrawal as evidence that the U.S. had no stomach for long wars. He believed the U.S. would grow weary from the “War on Terror,” ceding the killing field to the terrorists.

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Now comes President Trump with another promise for a unilateral withdrawal of “between 50 and 100 troops,” from Syria. Many critics of the decision believe it is an invitation for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to slaughter Kurdish forces, America’s loyal ally in the region in the fight against terrorism. The Kurds have served as a buffer, preventing an attack by Turkey’s powerful military.

Not surprisingly, it didn’t take Turkey long to press its advantage. Reuters reports, “Turkey’s military struck the Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, as Ankara prepares to launch an offensive there after a surprise U.S. troop pullback.”

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Following a backlash, the White House appeared to reverse its Syria decision. An administration official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, said, the U.S. is not removing its forces from Syria in the face of a Turkish incursion. Which decision will ultimately prevail?

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But Trump has gone further than announcing a unilateral withdrawal of forces, he has threatened Erdogan that if he attacks the Kurds and mistreats ISIS prisoners and does anything the president considers “inhumane,” “they could suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy.”

Erdogan is an Islamist and it appears he’s trying to take Turkey back to the days when it was an Islamic state. Does the president seriously believe Erdogan will bow to threats from one he likely considers an “infidel” leader of the “great Satan,” as another Islamist state, Iran, has called us?

The president says he is merely fulfilling a campaign promise to stop involving America in “endless wars.” It is a noble pursuit, but just as it takes two to tango, it also takes two warring sides to declare a ceasefire, or peace. When only one side abandons the battlefield — and with terrorism the battlefield is everywhere — guess which side wins?

Even some usually supportive Capitol Hill Republicans are critical of the president’s decision because it betrays a lack of policy objectives in the region. No one knows, or can articulate, U.S. foreign policy anywhere. Another example: the administration supports the toppling of the Maduro regime in Venezuela, but it is no closer to achieving that stated goal.

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who was praised by President Trump for her service when she announced her resignation, has joined the growing chorus of people alarmed by the president’s decision. Haley, a potential presidential candidate in the near future, has said that the new U.S. policy toward the Kurds (if one can call it a policy) amounts to “leaving them to die” and is “a mistake.”

Yes, the Middle East is a snake pit and the U.S. has spent a lot of money over many years trying to kill off the “snakes.” But stopping the killing of those who want to kill us almost guarantees they will return to the battle with renewed resolve and new recruits. What will the unilateral withdrawers say then?

Coming home is no guarantee the terrorists won’t come after us here. In fact, Iran has bragged of having their agents inside the U.S., awaiting instructions to inflict more death and destruction.

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America’s withdrawal of troops from Vietnam ensured a communist victory, but that war was more about nationalism than communism. This war is different.

When he was president, George W. Bush said we are fighting terrorists over there, so we won’t have to fight them here. Withdrawing troops and risking the destruction of the Kurds is a step too far.

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Sabres rookie Olofsson ties NHL power-play goal record

Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Victor Olofsson has tied an NHL record in becoming the fourth player to score each of his first six career goals on the power play.

Olofsson made it six in a row with a one-timer off Jack Eichel’s pass into the right circle to open the scoring 5:04 into the first period against Montreal on Wednesday night. The Swede’s streak dates to the end of last season, when he scored twice in two games.

Winnipeg’s Craig Norwich in 1979-80, Hartford’s Sylvain Turgeon in 1983-84 and Islanders’ Jeff Norton, from 1987-88 to 1989-90, share the record.

Nicknamed “Goal-ofsson” by Sabres fans, the 24-year-old Olofsson was selected in the seventh-round of the 2014 draft. He spent five seasons playing in the Swedish Elite League before signing with the Sabres in April 2018.

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Mom’s candid photo of blended family goes viral

One Canadian woman who proudly puts family first said she never thought a candid image of her blended family would go viral, and that the overwhelmingly positive response from social media users has taken her by surprise.

Two months ago, Madison Holley and fiancé Cody Pietz welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Waylon. The new mom, who shares son Cade, 3, with her former partner Tyler Mcilveen, quietly took a photo from behind as her toddler happily walked hand-in-hand with his father and Pietz, Good Morning America reports.

In his other hand, Pietz carried little Waylon in an infant car seat, as the blended family left the hospital together, 24 hours after the new baby was born.

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Two months ago, Madison Holley and fiancé Cody Pietz welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Waylon. The new mom, who shares son Cade, 3, with her former partner Tyler Mcilveen, quietly took a photo from behind as her toddler happily walked hand-in-hand with his father and Pietz.  (Madison Holley)

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“Just because a relationship doesn’t work out between two people DOES NOT mean the relationship with the child shouldn’t. I would never take that away,” the Ontario mother of two wrote in an Oct. 3 Facebook post published by blog Love What Matters.

“Every child needs a mother and father figure and my son Cade just happens to get some extra love,” she continued. “Be civil and co-parent. If you made the child together it’s both your job to raise the child.”

In the days since, the woman’s opinionated take has gone viral with over 148,000 likes, 46,000 shares, and thousands of comments to date.

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Madison Holley with her young sons, Cade and baby Waylon. (Madison Holley)

Holley said she never expected for the emotional picture to go as far and wide as it did, and that other blended families have since shared with her photos of their own unique crews.

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“We were leaving the hospital after Waylon was born and my son was holding his dad’s hand but he also wanted to hold Cody’s hand,” the parent told People. “I just found that super adorable because they both have important roles in my son’s life.”

“I guess this isn’t something you see every day. I wish that it could be that way for more people.”

— Madison Holley

“That photo captured all the love they have for my son. It was a really nice moment,” she continued, exclaiming that the sudden viral fame “blew my mind!”

In a larger sense, Holley credited some of the smooth co-parenting dynamic she shares with Mcilveen in caring for Cade to a good relationship with his current girlfriend, Karin Gray.

“She’s the reason why everybody turned out the way it did. She helped us all be civil. She helped me to be able to even speak to Tyler again after we broke up,” Holley said of Gray. “Not only did me and her build a friendship, she’s been awesome with my son.”

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Gray also got Holley, Mcilveen and Pietz together at Easter to “talk about how we could make it work,” Holley said, an all-important meeting that Holley is truly grateful for.

“So many people actually struggle with co-parenting. I guess this isn’t something you see every day,” she mused. “I wish that it could be that way for more people.”

Moving forward, Holley said that she hopes their story can inspire other blended families to put any differences aside and embrace a shared commitment to their children.

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Whistleblower lawyers admit client had contact with presidential candidates; Trump wants Turkey to be ‘humane’

Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know as you start your Thursday …

Whistleblower lawyers acknowledge client had ‘contact’ with presidential candidates
The attorneys representing the whistleblower at the center of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry acknowledged in a statement Wednesday that their client “has come into contact with presidential candidates from both parties” — but insisted the contact involved the politicians’ roles as “elected officials – not as candidates.” Mark Zaid and Andrew Bakaj asserted in their statement that the whistleblower “has never worked for or advised a political candidate, campaign or party” — leaving open the possibility that the whistleblower advised a current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate prior to their run for office.

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Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The lawyers’ disclosure came shortly after the Washington Examiner reported that Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson told lawmakers the whistleblower worked “or had some type of professional relationship” with one of the Democratic presidential candidates, citing three sources familiar with Atkinson’s interview with lawmakers on Friday. Click here for more on our top story.

In other developments in the Trump impeachment inquiry: President Trump on Wednesday told reporters that he would cooperate with a formal impeachment inquiry if there is a House vote on the investigation and if Democrats commit to rules he believes are fair. Trump also said Republicans must get a “fair shake.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time called for the impeachment of President Trump over the Ukrainian controversy. According to a new Fox News poll released Wednesday, just over half of voters want President Trump impeached and removed from office. A new high of 51 percent wants Trump impeached and removed from office, another 4 percent want him impeached but not removed, and 40 percent oppose impeachment altogether.

And in an interview on “Hannity,” Trump’s son Eric noted that former President Barack Obama has been conspicuously silent regarding the link between Ukraine and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. “He’s the only guy who’s hiding,” Eric Trump said of Obama. “I mean, Joe Biden was his vice president. Where is Obama? What does he think about this rampant corruption?”

Turkey says ground forces advancing in Syria, at least seven civilians among the first deaths reported
Turkish ground forces pressed their advance against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said, launching airstrikes and unleashing artillery shelling on Syrian towns and villages the length of its border.. The latest development comes as at least seven civilians and three members of the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces were among the first reported deaths Wednesday after Turkey announced that its ground forces invaded northeastern Syria to fight against Kurdish forces.

The ground offensive was part of a wave of initial attacks in the region after President Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw American troops from the area. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the mission was to “neutralize terror threats against Turkey and lead to the establishment of a safe zone, facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.” After Erdogan announced the offensive, Trump called the operation “a bad idea.” Later Wednesday, he said he didn’t want to be involved in “endless, senseless wars.”

The president told reporters Wednesday that he would do “far more than sanctions” against Turkey if the country didn’t act in the most “humane way as possible,” and that he hoped Erdogan would act rationally. When asked what would happen if Erdogan wiped out the Kurds, Trump threatened to “wipe out” Turkey’s economy, saying he’d done it once before. Click here for more on this story.

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Matt Lauer rape accuser thanks supporters, calls Lauer letter ‘victim blaming’
A former NBC News employee whose rape allegation against Matt Lauer went public for the first time Wednesday posted a Twitter message later in the day, thanking those who supported her decision to come forward with her story. Brooke Nevils, 35, who claims Lauer raped her in a hotel room at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, also excoriated Lauer in a letter to NBC News, calling Lauer’s written denial of her allegations “a case study in victim blaming.” (Click here to read Lauer’s letter.)

Lauer, who was fired from NBC News for sexual misconduct in 2017, is accused of sex crimes reported in graphic detail in journalist Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book “Catch and Kill.” Lauer in a letter provided to Fox News by his lawyer called the rape allegations false and said the sex was consensual.

US-China trade talks may last only one day as tensions flare
The latest trade talks between the United States and China may have cooled before they even started. Originally set for Thursday and Friday, the talks may only last one day, Fox Business has learned. The delegation, led by Vice Premier Liu, will depart for China on Thursday at the conclusion of the talks. It is unclear why talks were shortened so close to the start. However, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere issued this statement: “We are not aware of a change in the Vice Premier’s travel plans at this time.”

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Carlos Lama of Bayside Cafe, which was among businesses to lose power due to PG&E’s public safety power shutoff, uses an LED lamp and light from his phone at the counter of the restaurant in Sausalito, Calif. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal via AP)

PG&E begins second wave of California planned power outages to head off wildfire risk
The largest utility company in California began its second wave of planned power outages to head off wildfire danger from downed power lines Wednesday evening, according to a report. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. delayed the outages planned for noon local time Wednesday in parts of Northern California until after 7 p.m. Around 234,000 customers were expected to lose power in the second wave, Sacramento’s KCRA-TV reported.
 
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Biden campaign slams NY Times for running ‘Clinton Cash’ author’s op-ed on ex-VP’s Ukraine ties

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The deputy manager of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign slammed The New York Times on Wednesday in a letter to the newspaper’s executive editor — blasting the paper’s coverage of the former vice president’s involvement in Ukraine.

The letter, written by Kate Bedingfield to Dean Baquet of the Times, criticizes the paper for “giving top billing” to “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer in a Wednesday op-ed titled, “What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal – That’s the Problem,” CNN reported.

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In his article, Schweizer asserts Biden was “self-dealing” in Ukraine while vice president.

Bedingfield goes on to criticize The Times’ Ukraine coverage at large. She writes that the newspaper had an “outsized hand in a baseless conspiracy theory” promoted by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani that Biden acted inappropriately in helping get rid of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

She then accuses the Times of “active participation” in a “smear campaign” against Biden, citing a May article titled, “Biden Faces Conflict of Interest Questions That Are Being Promoted by Trump and Allies.”

The Times later pushed back against the Biden campaign official’s assertions, according to a statement obtained by CNN.

“Our coverage of the Biden campaign and Hunter Biden has been fair and accurate,” the newspaper wrote, adding it “will continue to cover Joe Biden with the same tough and fair standards we apply to every candidate in the race and we’re happy to sit down with Biden advisers anytime to discuss news coverage.”

The Times’ statement emphasized the Schweizer story was published in the Opinion section, “where their mission is to invite intelligent discussion on a range of opinions and ideas.”

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The Biden campaign also sent letters to Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday, asking them not to run ads from the Trump campaign that promote what it described as conspiracy theories about the Bidens in Ukraine, according to CNN.

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Newt Gingrich: The coup against Trump began the day he was elected — This is not an impeachment process

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The fake impeachment movement taking place is part of an ongoing effort to drive President Trump from office. It is part of a determination on the left that Trump must be expelled from the White House.

This coup attempt – which is exactly what it is – has nothing to do with evidence or any single accusation. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said when asked what she would do if the whistleblower accusation involving Ukraine collapsed, “We have many other, shall we say, candidates for impeachable offense in terms of the Constitution of the United States, but this one is the most understandable by the public.”

In other words, no matter the evidence and no matter how many times President Trump and his team knock down the attack, there will always be another effort designed to drive him from office.

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This “destroy President Trump” coup effort developed in the first 24 hours after the 2016 election.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, a left-wing group announced emergency protests against Donald Trump in six cities that day. Within 24 hours of Trump being declared president, left-wing activists were gathering in Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, New York City, San Francisco, and Albuquerque. As the organizers at Act Now to Stop and End Racism (ANSWER) announced:

In a shock result, Donald Trump has been elected president – but the people can rise up and defeat his bigoted, extreme right-wing agenda! The ANSWER Coalition is mobilizing across the country to organize and take part in emergency actions.

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As one of my colleagues discovered, these gatherings were just the beginning. Below, we’ve compiled a partial list of the first week’s intense reaction from the left.

The left’s first reaction was simply to protest Trump’s election. It was essentially a protest against democracy and our electoral system.

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After weeks of sometimes violent protests, the anti-Trump movement realized that simply shouting and causing public nuisance wasn’t going to get them what they wanted. It didn’t take long for the members of the left to find impeachment was the best vehicle for their coup to drive the president from office.

By Dec. 15, about five weeks after the presidential election and roughly five weeks before the presidential inauguration, Vanity Fair published an article by Emily Jane Fox headlined “Democrats are Paving the Way to Impeach Donald Trump.” The focus at that phase of the effort was the family business, the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. and possible personal financial improprieties (all of which disappeared within a few weeks and were replaced by “Russian collusion” as the focus of Democratic coup efforts).

By the day of the inauguration, January 20, 2017, the impeachment hunger was great enough that the Washington Post headlined Matea Gold’s article “The Campaign to Impeach President Trump Has Begun.”

As I wrote in my bestselling book, “Understanding Trump and Trump’s America,” this effort to drive President Trump from the White House has never been about finding truth. It has always been about subverting the will of the people.

You are not watching an impeachment process. You are in year three of an attempted coup d’etat, which started the day the president was elected. The evidence is there for anyone who wants to look.

Post-Election Protest Timeline

November 9, 2016

“Not Our President’: Protests Erupt Across the Bay Area After Trump’s Stunning Presidential Victory” – NBC Bay Area

“Anti-Trump Alaskans Talk Unity, Look Ahead at Candlelit Gathering” – Anchorage Daily News

“Thousands Join Anti-Trump Protests Around Country” – ABC 13

“Trump Victory Sets Off Protests On Both Coasts” – CBS Miami

“Hundreds Gather in Portland Following Trump’s Victory” – WGME 13

“Anti-Trump Demonstrators Take to DC’s Streets” – NBC Washington

“Anti-Trump Protests in Multiple American Cities Including Winston-Salem” – Fox 8

“Anti-Trump protest takes Tempe streets” – NBC 12

“Fires Erupt, Vandalism Reported at Anti-Trump Protest in Oakland” – ABC 7

“Thousands Protest Trump Election in LA, Block 101 Freeway Downtown” – ABC7

“‘Love Trumps Hate’: Protestors March Through Atlanta After Election” – WXIA

“Donald Trump Victory Sparks Protests in Downtown Detroit” – WXYZ Detroit

“Protests in Major Cities for Second Day After Trump’s Victory” – CBS News

“Anti-Trump Protests Break At The University Of Michigan” – NBC 6

“Anti-Trump Protesters March Through Richmond For 2nd Night” – NBC 12

“Nationwide Protests Continue as Obama and Trump Strike Conciliatory Tone” – NBC

“Oxnard Students Took To The Streets Protesting Trump” – VC Star

“#NotMyPresident Protests in Downtown Greensboro” – WFMY News

“Louisville’s “Not My President” Protest Wraps Up” – WLKY

“Hundreds of Anti-Trump Protesters Close Down I-94 in Minneapolis” – CBS Minnesota

“Anti-Trump Demonstrations Continue in Philadelphia for Second Night” – CBS Philly

“Anti-Trump Protesters March to Iowa Capital” – The Des Moines Register

“Students Hold Anti-Trump Protests at Texas State University” – KSAT 12

“‘Ignite Your Right: Humanity Against Trump’ Protest Friday at UMass” – Amherst Wire

November 11, 2016

“Second Anti-Trump Protest of The Day Takes to Nashville Streets” – The Tennessean

“More North Texas Anti-Trump Protests Planned Tonight” – CBS DFW 11

“Anti-Trump Protesters Gather in Downtown Miami, Block Traffic” – CBS Miami

“Anti-Trump Protesters Take To The Streets In Grand Rapids” – The Collegiate

“Denver High School Students Walk Out of Class in Anti-Trump Protest” – The Denver Channel

“Vanderbilt Students Protest Trump, Shout ‘Not My President’” – The Tennessean

“Anti-Trump Protesters Block I-80 in Iowa City” – KCRG

“Anti-Trump Protesters Gathered in Southwest Bakersfield Friday” – 23 ABC Bakersfield

“200 Gather In Burlington For Afternoon Anti-Trump Rally” – The Burlington Free Press

“Round Three of Anti-Trump Protests in Dallas” – WFAA

“Dallas And Fort Worth Streets Filled With Anti-Trump Protesters For Third Day” – WFAA

“Anti-Trump Protests Flare in Large US Cities for 3rd Day” – VOA News

“Protesters in Royal Oak March Against Trump and Bigotry” – The Detroit Free Press

“Dozens Protest in Olympia: ‘No KKK, No Fascist USA, No Trump’” – My Northwest

“SUNY New Paltz Students Protest Trump Presidency” – The Times Herald-Record

“Anti-Trump Protests in Michigan and Around the Nation” – The Detroit News

“Anti-Trump Protests Held in CT” – Eyewitness News 3

November 12, 2016

“Not Their President: UI Students Protest Trump’s Election” – The News Gazette

“Anti-Trump protests at UNCG, UNCW” – WCNC Greensboro, SC

“Students Hold Anti-Trump Protest on Campus” – WECT 6 News Wilmington, NC

“Anti-Trump Protest: Marchers Burn American Flag, Fail to Block Interstate” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Trump Protesters Take Over Downtown San Antonio” – My San Antonio

“Anti-Trump Protesters March at VCU: ‘We Do Not Respect Blatant Sexism’” – CBS 6

“U.S. Protesters March Against Trump Presidency for Fifth Day” – Reuters

“8,000 Anti-Trump Marchers Flood Downtown Los Angeles; Many Fear Immigration Policy” – The Los Angeles Times

“Thousands Protest Against Trump in Chicago” – WGN9

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November 13, 2016

“7 Arrested In Indianapolis Anti-Trump Protest, Where Hundreds Gathered” – USA Today

“Day Five of Anti-Trump: Protests Continue in a Number of Cities” – NBC

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Hannity calls on GOP to boycott impeachment inquiry: Let Democrats ‘die with it’

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Sean Hannity blasted Democrats over their impeachment inquiry Wednesday and advised Republicans not to participate in what he called an “illegitimate, unconstitutional process” that has been unfair to President Trump.

“They have denied the president the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present and so many other basic, simple, fundamental, guaranteed rights of all Americans,” Hannity said on his television program Wednesday. “All this violates the Constitution, the rule of law and every past precedent.”

“All this violates the Constitution, the rule of law and every past precedent.”

— Sean Hannity

WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES IT WILL NOT COMPLY WITH ‘ILLEGITIMATE AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL’ IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

Earlier in the day, the White House issued a defiant letter, saying it would not cooperate with the Democrats’ inquiry into Trump’s July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats claim Trump urged Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden as part of a quid pro quo involving the withholding of U.S. military aid.

Hannity called on Republicans to follow the lead of the White House and let the Democrats “dig their own grave.”

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“My message to you Republicans is you cannot participate in an illegitimate, unconstitutional process. Let the Democrats [and] their allies in the media mob own it, sleep with it. They can die with it,” Hannity said. “Let’s call the roll. Let’s see where the so-called moderate Democrats in those Trump districts stand. Republicans, don’t even bother to show up. Don’t participate in a lawless unconstitutional illegitimate scheme.”

“Let the Democrats [and] their allies in the media mob own it, sleep with it. They can die with it.”

— Sean Hannity

Hannity added, “They have their deep-seated hatred for Trump that trumps everything. No pun intended.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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