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Scott Presler Gives Us An Update About the National Cleanup Effort and It’s Massive

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While many people complained about the trash and dilapidation of America’s bluest cities, Scott Presler rallied a ton of people — many of them Trump supporters — and went to go clean up the trash themselves.

From there, what started as an online call for action sprung into a massive movement that has cleaned up streets everywhere from Baltimore to Los Angeles, and it’s not stopping yet. Now, Presler has released a video telling us just how much he and his movement have cleaned up.

According to a tweet he sent out on Saturday, they’ve collected 29 tons of trash from Baltimore, 50 tons from LA, and now they’re heading to Chicago next month to help with the cleanup efforts there.

Presler reiterated in the video that he was first inspired to begin the cleanup effort when Trump began commenting about the trash problem in Baltimore. He also wonders why he, a man from Northern Virginia, is in places like homeless camps in Los Angeles cleaning the place up, while the elected leadership within the area is sitting around doing nothing.

Presler also urged people to not wait for him to come to their area, and instead begin a cleanup effort themselves.

Presler first began cleaning up in Baltimore in August and began a media frenzy thanks to the fact that many residents began expressing thankfulness for the help that their elected Democrat politicians were giving them.

(READ: Trump Supporters Clean Up West Baltimore As Thankful Residents Defy Media Narrative)

Since then, the left has done its absolute best to pretend Presler doesn’t exist. Mainstream media sources largely ignore the fact that a movement to clean up the streets of blue cities even exist.

Still, when tons of trash suddenly disappears off the streets, it’s hard not to notice. Presler movement is likely going to get some people questioning the Democrats they’ve been voting into office all this time, and like Baltimore residents, realize they’ve been largely forsaken and ignored.

Expect to see Presler’s work have some kind of effect in 2020.

If you’d like to help in Chicago, then Presler already has a way for you to join in on the cleanup effort.

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Squad Member Ayanna Pressley Discovers Economics and Other Adventures From the Facebook Cryptocurrency Hearing

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Yesterday’s hearing on Capitol Hill before the House Committee on Financial Services, was supposed to focus on Libra, a cryptocurrency Facebook is trying to develop. The members had a lot of concerns and rightfully so. The monopoly on the use of deadly force and the monopoly on currency are two things which nearly define the existence of a nation. Give up either and you probably deserve what happens next. But, as happens so often in Nancy Pelosi’s House, a substantive hearing was rapidly turned into something farcical by the lackwits in the Democrat caucus.

The Squad member, Ayanna Pressley probably won the internet for the observation that cryptocurrency isn’t of much use to people with no money.

“This is not about authentication,” she told Zuckerberg. “This is not about banking costs. This is about a tsunami of hurt that millions are experiencing because of a $1.6 trillion student debt crisis, because of rising health care costs and people having to use GoFundMe pages to pay medical bills. This is because of the racial and gender wealth gap.”

Pressley, who often says the “people closest to the pain should be closest to the power,” added that Zuckerberg “represent[s] the power, but I don’t think you understand the pain.”

“There’s underbanking because people are broke,” she said.

Pressley then moved on to ask if Libra would be free to users. Zuckerberg said that was the intention of the initiative, though it is still far from being established.

“So there is no fee?” Pressley asked.

“Congresswoman, that’s the goal, is to make it so that —” Zuckerberg said, as Pressley repeated the question.

“Congresswoman, the goal is to make it —” he began.

“Moving on,” Pressley cut him off.

During her questioning of Marcus over the summer, Pressley made the point that even without fees there would be inherent costs to using Libra, such as needing a smart phone and the fact that, unlike savings accounts, the money stored on the platform would not earn interest.

“If it costs money to buy Libra and cost money to use the Libra money, I fail to see how this helps people with virtually no money,” she told Zuckerberg. “You are attempting to use technology to solve what is inherently an issue of wealth.”

Know what else isn’t of any use to you if you don’t have money? Food. Clothing. Shelter.

Maxine Waters was drumming up business for whatever race hustlers are still in the business (truth be told, I keep expecting Jesse Jackson to come out as a trans-sexual lesbian and kick off another professional shakedown organization like Rainbow-PUSH.

And Al Green got into the crazy-pants act demanding to know how many sexual deviants of various stripes Facebook employed. Zuckerberg should have just answered “a sh**load” and let it go, but then we wouldn’t have this comedy classic.

Are there any members of the LGBTQ+ community associated with this association, Mr. Zuckerberg?

Presumably white, male cryptocurrency works differently from other kinds.

There is a silver lining here. The left has convinced itself that Facebook is a conservative platform because a lot of conservative media use Facebook. The hostility Zuckerberg faced was based on this misconception that because Zuckerberg is at least trying to rein in the Social Justice Warriors that he employs that he is some kind of closeted Proud Boy or something.

Expect to see more of this in the future. Facebook is going to get more interest in Congress as the election gets closer and these assclowns are not going to get even a little bit smarter.

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Democrat Power Is Unopposed In Illinois, But A Court Race Could Change That

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An obscure state Supreme Court race holds the key to putting a check on Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s power. Republicans just  have to win it.

Illinois Supreme Court justices represent districts and are elected on partisan lines. They come up for retention votes every ten years. But unlike other states, where beating justices in retention votes is well-nigh impossible, Illinois has a 60% threshold that justices must surpass to be retained. If fewer than 60% of the votes are in the affirmative, the justice is removed from office and their successor has to run in a partisan race.

Justice Thomas Kilbride (D) is up for retention in 2020 in the 3rd Judicial District, which President Trump carried 50-44 in 2016. Forcing a partisan race ought then to be somewhat easy with a well-organized campaign. In fact, he only received 66% support in his retention race in 2010.Westlake Legal Group Kilbride-Retention-Vote Democrat Power Is Unopposed In Illinois, But A Court Race Could Change That Uncategorized Mike Madigan justice thomas kilbride Illinois Front Page Stories

There was a small expenditure against retention in 2010, but the relative closeness of the race suggests that a “No” vote on retention can be achieved.

However, defeating Kilbride is just the first step in a wonky process. If he is not retained, the court, with Kilbride voting, chooses his successor, who then has to run in a partisan race in the next general election. That race, which would be held in conjunction with the 2022 midterms,  is likely to be very expensive. Madigan and the trial bar will spend virtually anything to avoid a check on their power, but the 3rd District is friendly turf for Republicans, particularly down-ballot.

Control of the Illinois Supreme Court could allow Republicans to sue for fair maps in Illinois or put a ballot measure for an independent redistricting commission on the ballot.

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A fair congressional map in Illinois might look like this. A commission would also draw fair maps for the state legislature that would send more Republicans to Springfield and end Democratic supermajorities in both legislative chambers.

Suffice it to say that a lot hinges on just one race.

Follow @il_american on Twitter and stay tuned for more articles like this!

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Dan Crenshaw Slams House Dem Who Called Him a “Racist” Over His Stance Against Illegal Immigrants Voting

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It is like clockwork that nearly every time a Democrat is asked a question about the controversial and oftentimes anti-Semitical comments made by certain members of The Squad, they will dodge and deflect to so-called “racist” Republicans instead of issuing unequivocal condemnations of members of their own party.

Such was the case earlier this month when freshman Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL) was asked during a town hall about Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) and the various anti-Semitic statements she’s made.

Instead of making it clear in no uncertain terms that Omar’s remarks were despicable and anti-Semitic in nature, Casten gave a generic response about how Omar’s statements were “horribly inappropriate” before quickly trying to portray the GOP, especially President Trump and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX), as the real bad guys in this argument.

Here’s what he said:

“There are people who are afraid to go to a synagogue because they’re afraid they might be shot. I’m not worried about Ilhan Omar,” Casten said. “I’m worried about attacks from that are coming down from the Right and we are far too quick to condemn hatred when it comes out of a mouth of a brown woman with a head scarf than we are to condemn when it comes out of a mouth of a white supremacist.”

He then pivoted to focus on Crenshaw, who introduced an amendment to the resolution, which Casten referred to as racist.

“The last amendment on the floor that day came from Dan Crenshaw, the new Republican, the Navy SEAL with the eye patch. He came up with an amendment to say we’re going to add a rider on this bill that says that illegals can’t vote,” Casten said. “… why are you doing that? The reason you’re doing that is because you are a racist. Because you are trying to appeal to people who will vote for you if you stand up and oppose brown people.”

Watch Casten reply to the question from his constituent below:

Here’s how Crenshaw responded, according to the Daily Wire:

“Rep. Casten, we’ve never met, we’ve never talked. I’ve never insulted you,” he continued. “But instead of articulating a policy position, you resort to petty name-calling, which is a good indication you can’t defend your argument with any sort of intellectual vigor. This is Congress — it’s our job to debate — but please leave you smear tactics at home next time.”

He also followed up with a couple of tweets about Casten, including one recommending people support a Republican who is vying to run against him next year:

Crenshaw’s spokeswoman Kerry Rom went even further, telling the Free Beacon that Casten “should be honest with his constituents and let them know how little he values the power of their vote” in contrast to how he values the idea of illegal immigrants being allowed to vote in U.S. elections.

During his run for Congress last year, Casten equated President Trump to Osama bin Laden and claimed there were “Nazis” working in the White House.

Casten’s 2018 win in Illinois’ 6th Congressional district was the first one by a Democrat in decades. It’s conceivable that this is one seat that has a realistic potential to flip back to red in 2020 with the right candidate.

Stay tuned.

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A University of Illinois Professor Posts an ‘Anti-Racist’ Biologist Job Opening That Will Blow Your Mind. Or Save the World

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If two trains leave Tulsa at 3 p.m., 1 traveling at 75 mph and the other 85, and if the first goes east and the other west, how long will it take for them to be 487 miles apart?

The answer: White cisgender b*st*rds have systematically subjugated all others through social constructs and capitalistic manifestations of the inherent patriarchal evil.

Perhaps you haven’t learned the new math, but there’s a lot of it goin’ ’round.

Just see: “Seattle Public Education Posts Its White-Privilege ‘Math Ethnic Studies Framework,’ And It Just May Blow Your Mind

But for those of you who understand that objectivity is outdated and not subscribing to microagressions is a microagression and commiting a microagression is a macroagression, do we have a job for you.

Dr. Kate Clancy is offering the opportunity of a lifetime to one lucky “anti-racist, intersectional feminist biologist” jonesing for a PhD.

If you’ve always wanted to study how…

Well, I’ll just let her tell it:

“Are you an anti-racist, intersectional feminist biologist looking for an awesome lab in which to get your PhD? Want to study how environmental stressors (including those from structural racism/sexism) influence women’s & gender diverse people’s reproductive function?”

She’s nothing if not specific. Because, what if you were a racist intersectional feminist biologist? Wrong fit.

But if you’ve got the goods, she’s sittin’ on go to “advocate for you”:

According to her Twitter profile, Kate’s an associate professor at the University of Illinois. Her interests: “Harassment, discrimination, stress, and menstrual cycles.”

Apparently, she also hosts the Period Podcast, “a podcast about ladypart science.”

And if you’re worried about sexual violence in the world, Kate’s fixing it:

As for the job opening, she’s got some interest:

“Can I get a second PhD? Because I think I would love that environment!”

“I mean… it’s too late for me. But are you looking for postdocs?”

“Is the fall start strict? I have a current masters student who would be really interested in this, but doesn’t finish until end of 2020!”

“If this had been two years ago I would have been there in a second! Doing my PhD already but if/when you’re looking for a post doc in a few years, you’ll hear from me so quick”

Some naysayers got serious:

“Dr. Clancy, you should come see the institutional racism and slaughter of whites in South Africa. Some liberals calls it payback. Was never this bad under Apartheid though. Read the book “Kill the Boer” by Ernst Roets.”

“Makes me highly suspicious of your work. The study of biology should have no political leaning, and to recruit on ideological bent is a huge red flag. I knew this crap was in the humanities, but it seems it’s metastasising…”

“If you had any sense whatsoever you would completely and utterly ashamed of yourself for spreading this ideological excrement. It is truly a a clear indication of a deep disorder of the mind.”

And there was this head-scratcher:

But then there were these:

And this:

I’m posting this one mostly for the screen name:

And just in case you’re interested in the opening but intimidated by Kate’s academic disposition, she’s a chick who can get casual with the best of ’em:

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Illinois Schools Will Now Be Required to Indoctrinate Young Children With LGBT Principles and Beliefs

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Blatant indoctrination has come to Illinois on the government level as, starting on July 1, 2020, schools will be legally required to teach children LGBT history and be forced to buy textbooks on the topic.

According to Joy Pullman of The Federalist, Illinois’ new curriculum won’t just take place during a short amount of time within the school year. It will be something that continues on throughout it. Students will be subjected to various books like “My Princess Boy” and “I Am Jazz” as well as a documentary that compares mixed-race and single parenthood families to families with LGBT parents:

District 65’s full LGBTQ+ week curriculum can be viewed online. To get a sense of of what this public school district is teaching the children in its care, and what the new LGBT curriculum in all Illinois public schools will look like starting next school year, let’s look at a few selections from their preschool and kindergarten curriculum for this week. This is for children ages 3 to 5.

Teachers were given a lesson plan on slides that include movies and a teaching script to show and say to the children each day of the week. The children are shown, among other things, a video of someone reading aloud the book “Heather Has Two Mommies,” famous transgender teen Jazz Jenning reading his picture book “I Am Jazz,” a book read aloud on video called “My Princess Boy,” and the apparently highly awarded video below. The script tells teachers to use materials like these throughout the year, not just during LGBTQ+ Equity Week.

The “highly awarded video” Pullman mentioned stops for a moment to talk about the intolerance toward the LGBT community. It also seems to contain a polyamorous family, as one child describes his two mommies and two daddies.

Afterward, the students are shown pictures of various types of families, like those seen in the video. The children are expected to respond with a “yes,” according to Pullman:

The children are also openly catechized in LGBT affirmations. For example, the script tells the teacher to say after one video: “OK. Let’s see what we learned. For each picture, you tell me if this is a family. Ready?” The children are clearly expected to say “Yes” to each.

The aforementioned slides introduce children as young as three to various concepts such as “gay and lesbian” and “gender identity.” Slides containing “Black Lives Matter” messaging is included as well.

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Pullman reported that parents and teachers have already raised opposition and concerns about this curriculum, with many wishing to opt their children out of it. However, one district school board President has responded by stating that no child is allowed to excuse themselves from the curriculum.

“Our administration has heard from a number of parents who want the ability to opt their children out of this curriculum. The District 65 Board of Education does not support allowing students to opt out of this or any curriculum that seeks to include a more complete account of the role of historically marginalized people in our society, as such curriculum is vital to supporting our district mission of preparing students to contribute positively to a global and diverse society.”

So, unless you pull your child out of public school, your child is going to be indoctrinated whether you like it or not, and all in the name of a “diverse” society.

While a family teaching its own children their values is one thing, this is the forcing of values on other families through their children. The fact that these families can’t opt out is a heinous intrusion on the belief structure of a family upon a child against that family’s wishes.

This goes beyond “tolerance” or “inclusion.” This is now a cultural stance being forced into acceptance. In fact, it could very well be viewed as intolerance toward values that don’t align with the LGBT community.

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New Planned Parenthood Characterized As a “Regional Haven”… for Whom?

As we’ve covered previously here at RedState, earlier this year, Missouri passed a “Heartbeat Bill” which is one of the strongest pro-life measures in the nation.  As described by Representative Nick Schroer, who sponsored the bill:

“It starts off with a roughly eight-week abortion ban, once the heartbeat or brain activity can be detected in the child,” Schroer explained. “If, for any reason, any court were to overturn that, we have a tiered severance package which would kick it to a 14-week ban.”

If that limit, “which is linked to our scientific and legislative findings,” he said, also were blocked by a court, the law moves the limit to 18 weeks, then to 20 weeks.

The bill also would “ban abortions in the state of Missouri if, for any reason, Roe v. Wade is overturned (or) the Supreme Court dictates that it is going to be up to the states to legislate in the area of abortion,” Schroer said.

The bill’s provisions include allowing criminal charges to be filed against a doctor who performs a nonemergency abortion, with a potential prison sentence ranging from five to 15 years.

The measure includes an exception for an abortion in an emergency situation, but it does not include any exceptions for an unwanted pregnancy caused by rape or incest.

Since the bill was signed into law by Governor Mike Parson on May 24, 2019, it has, not surprisingly, faced legal challenges. One of the biggest ongoing battles has been the contention by Planned Parenthood that its lone abortion clinic in the state would be forced to shut down under the new law.

Don’t worry overmuch, though. A new “mega clinic” has sprung up nearby – just across the river in Illinois:

Less than 15 miles from the border of Missouri, a state that is barely holding on to its last abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood has quietly erected one of the largest abortion clinics in the nation.

The 18,000-square-foot “megaclinic,” which will open later this month, was constructed in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and is equipped to provide services to 11,000 patients, Planned Parenthood announced Wednesday. CBS News first reported the clinic’s opening.

“Quietly.”  Why “quietly“?

The new clinic has been in construction for more than a year but was built in secret to avoid protesters and delay, officials said.

“Unfortunately, just given all of the stigma associated with abortion care and the targeted regulations against abortion providers, we needed to make the decision to open this facility in secrecy just like many other Planned Parenthoods around the country had to do in order to protect the project and be able to complete it on schedule, because we know that there is so much significant unmet need for family planning and abortion care around our region,” Rodriguez said.

A Post-Dispatch reporter who visited the site Wednesday morning found no signage inside or out indicating it was to be a Planned Parenthood facility. The head construction worker said he only found out Tuesday. Plans on the table were labeled generically “Medical Office Building.”

Yeah. Heaven forbid residents of the surrounding community be informed of the “mega clinic” springing up in their midst. Wouldn’t want them to have any say in it or anything. Democracy may die in darkness; secrecy thrives in it.

Here was the real kicker for me, though.  Local radio host Annie Frey posted a link to this article on her Facebook page yesterday:

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A “regional haven” for abortion access. That sounds so…warm and fuzzy. If only those hellbent on “quietly” erecting megaclinics so as to avoid the associated stigma were as concerned with providing a haven for the lives their temples will be snuffing out.

I hear ya, Annie, but it’s hard to be still on this.

 

 


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The Key to Solving the Opioid Epidemic is Border Security

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For years the opioid epidemic has devastated communities across the country. As Sheriff of a suburban Chicago county for 12 years, I saw the rise of the epidemic firsthand. Working hand-in-hand with other law enforcement agencies, we had more success fighting the epidemic in Lake County, Illinois, than most communities across the country, but we were limited in our success because the federal government has yet to solve the problem that is now driving the epidemic: the flow of synthetic opioids like fentanyl into the country across the border.

The opioid epidemic is not a new crisis. As a sheriff for 12 years, interim coroner for two years, and a prosecutor for 16 years, I have been on the frontlines fighting the opioid epidemic for years. In Lake County, we started innovative, cross-jurisdictional task forces and programs to combat the problem. One of our programs has even won national awards for its success in fast-tracking individuals with substance use disorders to treatment programs and services.

In most of the country, the opioid problem is only getting worse. Drug overdoses killed a record 72,300 Americans in 2017, a rise of 10 percent since 2016, which is more than the yearly death tolls from H.I.V., car crashes and gun deaths combined. For this reason, President Trump declared the nation’s opioid epidemic a national health emergency in October 2017.

The growth of synthetic opioids like fentanyl can be blamed for the recent increase in overdose deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids rose by 520 percent between 2013 and 2016. At the same time, overdoses from legitimate prescription drugs leveled off for the first time in history. Federal and state government laws – and new innovative programs like ours in Lake County – should be credited for the success in reducing prescription drug and heroin overdoses, but we have yet to seriously curtail overdoses from synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Just a few months ago, Customs and Border Protection officers made the country’s largest fentanyl bust in history. Two hundred and fifty-four pounds of the drug was stopped at the border in a tractor-trailer loaded with cucumbers. In fact, as of mid-July 2019, border agents had seized more than 2,000 pounds of fentanyl, more than enough to poison the entire U.S. population. Perhaps even worse, law enforcement officials are seizing record-setting amounts of the deadly drug thousands of miles from the border as well. In April 2018, Nebraska state troopers seized 118 pounds of fentanyl in a routine traffic stop.

Fentanyl flows into the country via Mexican drug cartels and Chinese drug smugglers and is trafficked all over the U.S. China is currently our nation’s largest source of illicit fentanyl, but the problem of drug smuggling across the border has only increased in recent years as the federal government has attempted to crack down on China. Fentanyl seizures more than doubled last year, yet officials at the border say more of the drug is still getting through and ending up in our communities.

The solution to the opioid epidemic starts with increased border security. Federal, state, and local government programs have made an impact in stemming the tide of the crisis, but to truly curtail the problem, federal policymakers must focus on tightening border security and giving border agents the training, tools, and resources to stop fentanyl before it flows to the rest of the country. Communities across the U.S. have been battling the opioid addiction crisis for years, but we will only be truly successful if the problem at the border is fixed by the federal government.


Mark Curran was the sheriff of Lake County, Illinois in suburban Chicago from 2006 to 2018. He is now a candidate for U.S. Senate running against Sen. Dick Durbin.

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Squad Blues: AOC Stomps Feet After Pro-Life Democrat Says His Primary Opponent Is as Extreme as She Is

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Earlier this year, pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, and NARAL enthusiastically threw their support behind Marie Newman in the IL-3 Congressional race. Newman is a pro-abortion Democrat who is trying to primary out Rep. Dan Lipinski, who is one of the last pro-life Democrats in Congress.

Newman tried and failed in 2018 to unseat Lipinski, and decided to give it another go again this year. In addition to having the backing of the pro-abortion groups mentioned above, former presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) also endorsed her this election cycle – as she did in 2018.

Though Gillibrand’s endorsement and that of current Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders (VT) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) are feathers in Newman’s cap, she received an endorsement this week that is even much more coveted in the fever swamps of the progressive left: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY).

The New York Times reports:

“Marie Newman is a textbook example of one of the ways that we could be better as a party — to come from a deep blue seat and to be championing all the issues we need to be championing,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview.

Of Mr. Lipinski, she said: “The fact that a deep blue seat is advocating for many parts of the Republican agenda is extremely problematic. We’re not talking about a swing state that is being forced to take tough votes.”
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“We are so proud that Marie Newman is the first Justice Democrat of this cycle to receive an endorsement from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” said Alexandra Rojas, the executive director of Justice Democrats.

Lipinski responded to the news by noting that Newman would be the equivalent of a 5th member of the Squad if she defeated him:

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Marie Newman makes crystal clear that Ms. Newman is an extreme candidate who is completely out of step with the voters of Illinois’ Third District who do not want to be represented by a fifth member of the “Squad,” Lipinski said in a statement.

“The Democratic Party — and our country — cannot afford an obstructionist “Tea Party of the Left” when we need to focus on winning this next election and passing policies that will truly help working families and all who are struggling in America today,” he said.

This fauxfended tough girl AOC bigly. She clapped back on the Twitter machine:

“Aggressive statements” – is she … serious? I’d say Lipinski kept it pretty tepid (read his full statement here) in comparison to what he could have (and perhaps should have) said about the unquestionable extremism of the Squad.

AOC’s little tantrum just proves once again how incapable she is of handling even the mildest of criticisms. I’m surprised she didn’t accuse Lipinski of inciting violence against the Squad, which as we all know by now is Standard Operating Procedure for the Queenie Quartet.

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War: AOC endorses progressive primary challenge to centrist House Dem colleague

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This was of mild interest until I saw the reaction from the Democrat whom she’s trying to oust.

Now it has my full attention.

Background: Democrat Dan Lipinski represents a safe-ish blue district in Illinois, having succeeded his father in office 15 years ago. He stands out in the House caucus as being a centrist among centrists. How centrist? He, uh, didn’t endorse Obama in 2012. He didn’t vote for ObamaCare in 2010 either. He’s pro-life. And he supported DOMA before the Supreme Court flushed it.

I mean, in fairness to AOC, if you’re looking for someone in Congress who meets the description of “DINO,” it’s Dan Lipinski.

In 2018, after running effectively unopposed for years, he faced the same sort of dangerous primary challenge from the left that Ocasio-Cortez herself successfully mounted against Joe Crowley in New York. Lipinski held on in his race, though, defeating progressive Marie Newman 51/49, a margin of about 2,000 votes. Newman’s running against him again in 2020 and trying to line up big-name left-wing support to push her over the top this time. And so AOC faced a dilemma. On the one hand, nothing would be more natural for her than to back a grassroots progressive “change the party” primary effort in Illinois like the one that swept her into Congress last year in Queens.

But on the other hand, some of her House Democratic colleagues resent her because they fear she’s lining up challengers to them in their districts. You may remember that that issue figured in complaints about her now former chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti. Chakrabarti was one of the co-founders of the far-left Justice Democrats PAC, the same group that supported AOC against Crowley and is now supporting Newman against Lipinski. His outspoken criticism of centrist Dems in the House and his relationship with the PAC made Democrats from blue districts nervous that he and AOC might try to get them primaried. Hence AOC’s other option here — renounce support for any primary challenges this year in the name of comity, which would improve her relationships with her House colleagues. But it would also piss off progressives who sent her to D.C. to try to remake the party in their image.

Play nice or support the revolution: That was her choice in deciding whether to stay out of Lipinski’s race or support Newman. She chose revolution.

“Marie Newman is a textbook example of one of the ways that we could be better as a party — to come from a deep blue seat and to be championing all the issues we need to be championing,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview.

Of Mr. Lipinski, she said: “The fact that a deep blue seat is advocating for many parts of the Republican agenda is extremely problematic. We’re not talking about a swing state that is being forced to take tough votes.”…

“This campaign is about putting someone in place that is in alignment directly with the district on issues like affordability for the middle class and working families, the Green New Deal,” Ms. Newman said in an interview on Monday, adding that she and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez “share some very similar values.”

Former RNC guy Doug Heye has seen this movie before on the right side of the political aisle:

Targeting Lipinski was the safest, most judicious way for Ocasio-Cortez to dip a toe into the process of primarying her own colleagues. He’s waaaay out on the right wing of the party, after all. And she’s not the first progressive Democrat in Congress to endorse Newman in this race: Rep. Ro Khanna has already done so, notes the Times, and the head of the DCCC had to cancel a fundraiser for Lipinski earlier this year when the left howled at her for trying to prop him up. (The Democratic leadership and the DCCC continue to support his reelection, however.) Lipinski’s also a white guy and some of the House Dems who have been most worried about AOC-backed primary challenges (e.g., Lacy Clay) are black, fearing that their very blue districts make them a prime target for a primary challenge by Justice Democrats. Focusing on Lipinski may be a signal from Ocasio-Cortez that she’ll avoid targeting minority lawmakers. It’s simply the least controversial primary challenge that AOC could possibly have supported.

To everyone, that is, except Dan Lipinski. Here’s that reaction I mentioned up top. Hoo boy.

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Those first two paragraphs sound almost Republican, which I suppose is on-brand for Lipinski. But there’s a method to his madness, perhaps: Primary elections in Illinois are open, meaning that you don’t need to register as a member of a party beforehand to vote in its primary on Election Day. Lipinski’s apparently going to try to use AOC against Newman by highlighting her support, hoping that the district’s Republican minority will flood into the Democratic primary and hand him a victory to spite her. Between that, his incumbency, and his family legacy, there’s at least a chance that he’ll hold the seat despite her best efforts. Imagine if the Ocasio-Cortez endorsement ends up as the kiss of death in a blue district.

She didn’t care for Lipinski’s response, by the way:

One last note on this via Jon Ward. If AOC was hesitant to jump into Lipinski’s race, she may have felt obliged after she surprised a few people last week by endorsing Ed Markey for reelection to the Senate in Massachusetts. Left-wing revolutionaries aren’t supposed to back incumbents who are being challenged by young progressives, right? The difference with Markey is that he’s the sponsor in the Senate of her Green New Deal plan. She owed him one and she delivered. We’ll see if it helps him fend off a primary challenge from Joe Kennedy.

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