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Rashida Tlaib Gives Donald Trump And Benjamin Netanyahu HUGE P.R. Victory

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How the “Public Relations” wheel spins round and round.

As I mentioned here yesterday in my piece here at Red State , I was worried that while Israel had every right to ban people coming into their country, they would get smeared P.R. wise.

From my article…

Pelosi is going to have to walk a fine line here. The one HUGE advantage she has is that Donald Trump has already mixed it up with these two. The media will run with picking on people of color nonsense and that he got Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to play along.

While I had people arguing with me about the point, I still stand by it. Everything is run through a P.R. lense and if you want to win the war you better understand these battles. Just saying it doesn’t matter is not enough and quite frankly wishful thinking.

Well, what a difference 24 hours can make.

One of the stated reasons for this visit was for Congressperson Rashida Tlaib to visit her 90-year-old Grandma. As she stated in her request for a humanitarian waiver from the Israeli government she may never get to see her Granmum again who resides in the West Bank of Israel.

(Sorry folks, there is no Palestine. You can blame the body double to former Beatle Ringo Starr, Yasser Arafat, for that debacle.)

As my colleague Bonchie covered here earlier today in this piece Rashida Tlaib Shuns Her Own Grandmother To Trash Israel maybe she was not expecting that waiver to be granted.

That request was granted by Israel with the only condition being that she not promote BDS. Within hours though, Tlaib had changed her mind.

Think about what she’s saying.

Her position is that she values promoting the anti-Semitic BDS movement so much that she’d rather let her grandmother die before visiting her if it means not getting to savage Israel for a few days. Who thinks like this?

Oops.

That backfired quickly.

I’m going to run with the theory that they believed not only would Israel block both of them from going to protest but also block the humanitarian request. When the government of Israel granted her request to visit her Grandmum she was put in a position she NEVER anticipated and she had to come up with some screwball excuse.

Yet that worked perfectly in favor of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu from a P.R. standpoint.

Yesterday they ganged up on some harmless ladies just wanting to go on a tour of the Holy Land. Today with Tlaib scrambling to come up with an excuse for NOT visiting her 90 yr old Matriarch she turned the whole narrative around.

In less than 24 hours. That is Trump-like impressive in terms of running a news cycle.

I can’t wait to see what the ladies of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” come up with next to do to not only try to knock Trump down a notch but also give Nancy Pelosi such a splitting headache she might send them overseas and not allow them back into the country. Which would be very Trump-like also and be another P.R.victory for POTUS 45.

God Bless America.

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GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel Just Mic Dropped On Justin Amash

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Now that Justin Amash is no longer a card-carrying member of the GOP the party chair feels like she can tee off on him whenever she wants. Being Ronna and Justin are from the same home state I think this might have been building up for some time.

After the whole hullaballoo yesterday about Israel not allowing two U.S. citizens going to visit Israel to do political protesting you had people from all sides speak out. I wrote about it also yesterday right here at Red State and will again today.

There were a LOT of hot takes.

The one, however, that caught my eye was current Representative Justin Amash of Michigan and also recently departed member of the GOP. I left the “official” GOP back in 1992 so I fully understand the frustration there.

His tweet and the response from current GOP Chairperson Ronna McDaniel was a perky exchange.

Here is what Amash tweeted.

Israel should stand up to President Trump and allow our colleagues to visit. Nobody has to agree with their opinions, but it will inevitably harm U.S.-Israel relations if members of Congress are banned from the country. We must find ways to come together; there’s enough division.
McDaniels came right back with this.

Come together?

398 Rs+Ds came together to condemn a boycott of Israel, you voted present.

424 Rs+Ds came together to condemn anti-Semitism, you voted present.

395 Rs+Ds came together for Iron Dome funding, you voted no.

Spare us the lecture on unity.

Ronna did a lil homework.

Tlaib and Omar at the end of the day United States citizens. Yes, they are also elected officials which grants them cool perks on overseas junkets but still, they are citizens of this country. The First Amendment does not cover any other country but ours. You want to stifle their speech here, I will fight that all day long. They are not entitled to go rabble rouse in another country because they feel morally justified.

Also, the whole rah rah speech of being united is odd coming from the guy that just ditched his party. As I said I ditched the whole party apparatus 27 years ago. Amash worked the system, was elected as a Republican and just now is realizing that the party hierarchy sucks?

Sounds like blatant opportunism to me.

So sitting here as a non wild eyed never screams about the dollar being tied to GOOOLD libertarian, who believes that countries have borders…..I’m going to give this round to Ronna.

Hopefully, Justin finds his footing his term in Congrees ends next year. He has not announced whether he will try to fight off those vying for his seat and the GOP challengers he would face or if he is going to try for the Senate seat here open here next year. We need voices like his in the public arena.

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Same NBC Analyst Who Accused Trump Of Using Nazi Numerology Compares His Supporters To Terrorist Organization

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You may remember NBC’s national security analyst Cesare Frank Figliuzzi from several weeks ago. In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, President Trump called on Americans to fly their flags at half-staff through Thursday, August 8th. Good thing we had Figliuzzi to explain the significance of this particular date, 8/8.

The numbers 88 are very significant in the neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter ‘H’ is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and to them the numbers 8-8 together stand for ‘Heil Hitler.’ So we’re going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8…No one is thinking about this.

He’s right. No one did think of this.

Figliuzzi, a former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI, has a new message for us.

MSNBC’s Chris Jansing said, “I think one of the things, Frank Figliuzzi, is that this president has always, from anyone who was around him, Anthony Scaramucci knows this as well as anybody else, demanded this blind loyalty, right? ‘I say it, it must be so. Or even if you don’t think it’s so, you don’t criticize me for it.’”

Here is Figliuzzi’s reply:

Well, this is why it’s so important to look through the lens of radicalization when you look at this president and then apply counter-radicalization techniques. Because you’re right, attacking his followers is going to be counterproductive.

He demands that loyalty, and they are loyal. So if you call Trump followers racist en masse, they simply coalesce around each other and become even more protective and defensive of the leader, just as they would in, say, a terrorist organization to compare to the radicalization.

This is what passes for intelligent commentary on MSNBC and CNN. They are so enlightened and we are so contemptible. This is how progressives do it. They can’t argue on substance, so they have to smear.

Figliuzzi characterizes Trump supporters as a herd of sheep blindly following our leader. He is projecting the reality of the left onto us. They act like a herd of sheep.

The left has a list of talking points at any given time which they all repeat. That’s what makes it so easy for Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity to produce video montages which show ten different liberals on separate programs all spouting the same exact lines.

For example, after Robert Mueller was appointed to the special counsel, every talking head on every CNN and MSNBC program uttered some version of the phrase, “This is the beginning of the end for Trump.”

Back in January, liberals all denied that what was happening on our southern border was a real crisis. They were all repeating, “This is a manufactured crisis.”

The death of the bogus Russian collusion narrative was quickly followed by the demise of the obstruction narrative. It was a real one-two punch and it left them rudderless until, as a group, they adopted their new ‘Trump is a racist’ mantra. ‘Trump is a white supremacist” is a variation on that theme.

Finally Figliuzzi compares Trump supporters to members of a terrorist group.

Once again, he is projecting the groupthink of the left onto conservatives. He is attacking innocent people.

Fox News’ Jesse Watters pointed out that “terrorists attack innocent people and that’s exactly what MSNBC is doing.”

The most frightening thing about Cesare Frank Figliguzzi is that he is a 25-year veteran of the FBI.

Watch the clip below.

(Relevant segment begins at 4:45)

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Israeli Ban Of Omar And Tilab Puts Democrats In Awkward Position

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The Israeli governments move announced earlier today that Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Minn and Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Mich would be banned from making a trip there beginning on Sunday, has created waves in both countries diplomatically.

This has also created another potential problem for the Democrats in Congress.

Some background first.

The current President of these United States happens to be Donald Trump and he is not a fan of these two ladies and the other members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” and those that share their mindset. In fact, just before the official announcement from the Israeli Interior Ministry confirming the ban saying it was “inconceivable that those who wish to harm the state of Israel while visiting would be granted entry”, Trump tweeted this…

It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

Generally, Presidents don’t make such statements about their counterparts in the Article I branch of government. However, we are now fully aware that in the “Age of Trump” the rule book on these things has been thrown out the window. Trump operates on a totally different level than any President before so that which was once uncommon is now commonplace.

The President also flat out said that this in a tweet just after the announcement was made…

Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!

So it is clear that President Trump not only pushed for this ban but thinks that Omar and Tlaib hate Israel. Is that a fair argument?

Well, it is one that the Democrats in the House of Representatives actually confronted earlier this year.

From a March 4th article over at NPR

House Democrats are again considering a vote on a new resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to recent comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that senior members of the party and Jewish groups say play on anti-Semitic tropes. A House Democratic leadership aide said the vote could come as early as Wednesday.

A spokesman for Omar has not responded to a request for comment on the resolution.

The infighting among Democrats has largely played out on social media, but this time the Minnesota Democrat is pushing back against her colleagues who say she should apologize and change her tone.

The House voted 424-0 last month on a Republican motion to condemn anti-Semitism following a controversy over Omar’s tweets in which she suggested lawmakers support Israel only because of Jewish lobbying influence and money.

The article also goes on to talk about how House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y both pushed back on these comments. Engel went as far as to ask for her to be removed from his committee. Also, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was contacted by the head of the Anti-Defamation League to condemn the statements made.

Just a mere 5 months ago Democrats voted to essentially tell one of the members of the squad to shove it. Of course in the most polite way the House can.

Pelosi is going to have to walk a fine line here. The one HUGE advantage she has is that Donald Trump has already mixed it up with these two. The media will run with picking on people of color nonsense and that he got Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to play along.

The huge downside is that Pelosi is once again dealing with a minority in her caucus that thinks they represent the country thus that anything they say is speaking for the people. So far, that has not proven to be true.

Even though the “Go Back To Your Own Country” line from Trump created a bit of a cease-fire in the battle between Pelosi and the cheer crew, it won’t last. Like her or despise her, Nancy Pelosi knows how to lead. The ones who criticize Donald Trump for tweeting and do the exact same thing don’t have that skill yet. If they take this as a signal to start firing off some crazy stuff, Trump will win that battle every day.

Which in that case could lead to the beginning of the break of that ceasefire because of the pressure behind the scenes of people agreeing with the ban in Dem circles.

We now have under 15 months until the next Presidential election. The Dem POTUS hopefuls are turning up the rhetoric on Trump and soon to be each other. Nancy Pelosi wants to keep herself as a Speaker and keep the newbies from going off the rails with language that is or may seem anti sematic.

Even with Trump as the foil will the democrats be able to keep their radical members in line?

We have just over 400 days until we find out and it will be well worth watching.

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Alyssa Milano announcement: Fundraising to flip Rust Belt states in 2020

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Never mind the huge protests in Hong Kong that I cannot look away from on my television screen, never mind the political stories in America from the campaign trail, never mind a potential economic recession lurking, actress/activist Alyssa Milano has an ANNOUNCEMENT. I know it has to be important because she typed it in all caps. She also used red light emojis.

What is it now, Alyssa? Oh. It’s a new vanity project being funded by other people’s money. It’s “her” #2020Fund but you can pay for it.

Milano is partnering with Movement Voter Project, which will match $1 million in donations. She is targeting Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in the 2020 presidential election because above all else, the bad Orange Man must be defeated. The money raised is to fund grassroots efforts in these states for voter engagement projects.

“Let’s start working together now on something we can all agree on: defeating Trump in the three states where he just barely won in 2016,” Milano said in a video on the fund’s website.

“These organizations empower youth, immigrants, women, people of color, and communities facing the worst of Republicans’ horrible policies,” she wrote on the website. “They fight tirelessly on the issues AND Get Out The Vote.”

She has a “brilliant new strategy” to stop Trump in these swing states and wants you to know about it. She’s counting on support from all the usual suspects because identity politics is a totally new idea for Democrats. Yes, she sounds that naive. Bless her heart.

The organizations in Michigan for which Milano will be raising money include Detroit Action, Michigan Liberation and Mothering Justice Action Fund. The Pennsylvania organizations for which she’s fundraising are 215 People’s Alliance, Pennsylvania Stands Up and Pennsylvania Student Power Network. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin-based organizations are Black Leaders Organizing Communities, Leaders Igniting Transformation Action Fund and Voces de la Frontera Action, Inc.

She calls this fundraising initiative the “most compelling strategy” to defeat the “orange-haired guy”. Wait. I thought his skin color is orange. I’m so confused. The appropriations from the money raised are vaguely described. It includes supporting volunteers, hiring staff, and canvassing neighborhoods. Translation: they have to raise money to pay for “volunteers”.

The missions of the organizations that will receive money from the fundraiser in Michigan sound just as vague as they intersect with standard grievances of those in perpetual victimhood. “Birth justice”? This is the pro-abortion crowd.

Detroit Action fights for political power and racial and economic justice for working-class Detroiters.

Michigan Liberation is dedicated to leadership development and the creation of campaigns to advance racial, gender, economic and criminal justice reform statewide.

The Mothering Justice Action Fund advocates for affordable child care, birth justice, earned paid sick time, family medical leave insurance and raising the minimum wage.

According to Morning Consult, Trump’s approval numbers in Michigan are down 20 points, down 17 points in Pennsylvania, and down 20 points in Wisconsin. Trump has some campaigning to do. Look for him to be in these states often between now and Election Day 2020. As a matter of fact, he is in Pennsylvania today to tour a petrochemical plant.

I’ll end with this tweet from Milano. Monday was her daughter’s fifth birthday. She takes the opportunity to ask for yet more donations – this time for UNICEF. Her daughter is cute, if not a little bored, like most five-year-old kids.

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President Trump Might Be Right About Conservatives With Fredo Cuomo

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Fredo returns to Florida after meeting with his brother in Cuba and finds out he is still all wet.

This whole thing with CNN covering for their anchor after threatening someone for using a non-ethnic slur is typical left-wing garbage. What is also becoming more garbage in my mind is the conservative response to simple things like this.

In what can only be termed as a HUGE break from Donald Trump, Sean Hannity of all people stated that he thought Fredo deserved an apology for someone calling him Fredo while out with his family. Here is what Hannity gurgled according to The Hill

Fox News host Sean Hannity is defending Chris Cuomo after a video surfaced showing the CNN host threatening to “f—ing throw” someone down the stairs for calling him “Fredo,” a fictional character from “The Godfather.”

“I say good for @ChrisCuomo,” Hannity wrote on Twitter late Monday. “He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family. Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology.”

Being a jackass is now calling someone a fictional name from an iconic movie? The video does not show anyone OTHER than Cuomo using bad language or being confrontational. The person who deserves an apology is the guy Fredo went off on.

Sean’s tweet went out on Monday night and President Trump tweeted this later on Tuesday which probably made the hair gel on Sean’s noggin lose some of that oomph it usually has.

It always happens! When a Conservative does even a fraction of what Chris Cuomo did with his lunatic ranting, raving, & cursing, they get destroyed by the Fake News. But when a Liberal Democrat like Chris Cuomo does it, Republicans immediately come to his defense. We never learn!

If you are on T.V. or radio and you throw hot takes all over the place, when you go out in public you can fully expect for people to praise you or throw a verbal jab. If someone is going over the line like we have witnessed with Sen.Ted Cruz where they are shouting or physically touching someone than take appropriate measures. In the video that was posted Fredo Cuomo was clearly the aggressor and there was no need for it. Zero. Nada.

I fully understand how Donald Trump’s style pisses people off. There are times that I even scream STOP TWEETING. However, he is spot on with this take. Stop acting as though people in entertainment (Which is what CNN is) get to throw jabs and can’t receive any when not in front of the teleprompter.

Sean Hannity is wrong. Donald Trump is right and Chris Cuomo is now Fredo forevermore.

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Houston Chronicle begs Beto: Drop out. Run against Cornyn, not Trump

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The Houston Chronicle editorial board published an op-ed last weekend pleading with Beto O’Rourke to quit his campaign to be the 2020 Democrat presidential nominee and come back home to Texas. The Chronicle’s message is clear – Beto is the one true hope of turning Texas blue in 2020. It begins with running against John Cornyn for the U.S. Senate.

Beto is milking the tragedy of a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso for all it’s worth. From the time the news of the shooting broke, Beto struck gold with renewed opportunities for national interviews and television appearances. Above all else, Beto is an opportunist. He’s taken full advantage of his new role as the face and voice of El Paso. The very white Irish-American politician is the voice of Mexican-Americans in Texas now whether you like it or not.

As I write this Tuesday morning, O’Rourke is listed at 2% in the Real Clear Politics national averages. So far he hasn’t moved the needle. Maybe he will see a little bump in the polls in the coming days but I’m a skeptic.

It makes perfect sense for the left to ramp up pressure on Beto to give up his dreams of moving into the White House, at least for now, and concentrate on defeating Senator Cornyn in 2020. Beto is far more popular with Texas Democrats than he is with Democrats in general across the country as is painfully clear at this point in the primary race. How many times does he get to re-start a national campaign? It seems to me that this moment in time, feeding off a mass shooting in his hometown is his last shot at a second look from primary voters. The Chronicle begs Beto to come back home – Texas needs you.

For too long, Texas officials have had only to consider how far to the right they must go to stay in office. No one is asking whether there might be a good idea or two on the Democratic side of things. We need you, Beto, because Texas badly needs that other view of the world, those differing opinions. You’ve brought us closer to having real, competing parties than any other candidate has, and than any candidate on our radar could.

Would you beat John Cornyn, who is seeking his fourth term? It wouldn’t be easy. You’d have to fight for it, and do better than you did against Cruz. But a lot has changed since 2018 — you had a lot to do with that — and Trump is no longer rock-solid in Texas. Neither are the Republicans who support him.

Imagine the effect you could have on our state. Ideas get sharper when they’re challenged, when points of view clash. We think Texas will get smarter, and its politics more sophisticated, if campaigns here were a true test of ideas, not one-sided races set to autopilot.

So please, Beto, after you’ve taken some time to mourn the dead in El Paso, consider whether now is a good time to leave one race and join another. Texas needs you back home.

The latest Emerson poll shows that Biden is in the lead in Texas right now, not either of the two Texans running for the Democrat nomination. The poll shows Biden up over Trump by 2 points. Bernie Sanders also is up 2 points over Trump. It was conducted before the mass shooting in El Paso.

The poll was conducted Aug. 1-3 among a sample of 1,033 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. For the Democratic presidential primary, about 400 people were surveyed with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

While the Texas voting population is changing and Democrats are continuing their rise in winning back some longtime Republican-held districts ( my own district in Houston, for example, went Democrat in 2018 for the first time ever), it’s doubtful that O’Rourke would defeat Cornyn. The only hope for a Democrat to pick up Cornyn’s seat in the Senate, though, is for Beto to run for it. Beto motivated and inspired Texas Democrats in 2018 that drove them to the polls. He came really close to beating Cruz – less than 3 points – and that means it’s a new landscape out there with the right Democrat candidate. Granted, Cruz isn’t very popular, even with lots of Texas Republicans, but Republicans have held on to statewide offices since the mid-90s. I don’t see that changing in 2020.

John Cornyn isn’t in a great place right now. That pains me to say.

The news is not great for Cornyn, the powerful incumbent who’s held the seat since 2003. Only 37% approved of his job performance, while 31% disapproved. The polls found that 33% of Texans were neutral or had no opinion.

“That’s not a good place to be. It shows that he’s vulnerable,” Kimball said of Cornyn’s poll numbers, noting that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had an approval rating of 50%, with only 27% not liking his performance.

O’Rourke has been in El Paso since the shooting. He hasn’t gone back on the campaign trail yet and that does give me pause. Is he thinking of changing over to a Senate run? I’m still not convinced his giant ego will allow him to settle for anything less than the White House at this point. The field of Democrats running against Cornyn continues to grow. The most recent entry is Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, a long-time activist growing grassroots support among the next generation of Hispanic voters, who announced her campaign Monday. She has hired some organizers from Beto’s 2018 Senate run.

John Cornyn has never lost an election. I don’t think that winning streak will be broken in 2020, no matter who runs against him.

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New Report: Epstein’s Cellmate Was Transferred Out Hours Before His Death

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Citing “a person familiar with the matter” who wished to remain anonymous, the Washington Post reported that the cellmate of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was transferred out on Friday, hours before his death. Investigators are looking into why he was not replaced.

Additionally, the source said the guard had not checked on Epstein for several hours before he was found unresponsive on Saturday morning. Guards are expected to check on inmates in the “high-security Special Housing Unit, in which high-profile or dangerous detainees are kept separate from the general population” every 30 minutes. (Those who are on suicide watch are supposed to be checked every 15 minutes, but it’s been confirmed that he had been removed from the watch list.)

Serena Gregg, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3148, blames the failure on understaffing.

She noted that “the Metropolitan Correctional Center is functioning with less than 70 percent of the needed correctional officers, forcing many to work mandatory overtime and 60- or 70-hour workweeks.”

Gregg said that, on the night of Epstein’s death, the two guards on duty “were working overtime — one forced to do so by management, the other for his fourth or fifth consecutive day.” She added that, “one of the individuals assigned to watch Epstein’s unit did not normally work as a correctional officer but, like others in roles such as counselors and teachers, was able to do so.” She said:

If it wasn’t Mr. Epstein, it would have been somebody else, because of the conditions at that institution. It wasn’t a matter of how it happened or it happening, but it was only a matter of time for it to happen. It was inevitable. Our staff is severely overworked.

It’s daunting — mentally, physically. I would feel confident in saying that some of that contributed to the unfortunate death of inmate Epstein.

On July 23rd, Epstein had been found unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck and was immediately placed on suicide watch. A week later, he was moved to the special housing unit, “where there was a higher level of security, but not constant monitoring,” and taken off suicide watch.

According to the Washington Post:

Before the incident, Epstein had a cellmate: Nicholas Tartaglione, a former police officer in custody on murder and narcotics charges. But Young, the national union president, said Epstein was in a cell alone immediately before his death.

Young said he was not certain why Epstein was in the cell alone, as the Federal Bureau of Prisons has moved recently to make sure fewer inmates are housed on their own. He said there was some speculation after the July 23 incident that Epstein was trying to get away from Tartaglione, whom he feared, and he believed that, at least for a time, Epstein had another cellmate after coming off suicide watch.

Young asserted that in the jail’s general population, Epstein also probably would have been a target and that there was only so much officers could do to prevent him from harming himself.

Young told the reporter, “We can’t ever stop anyone who is persistent on killing themselves. The only thing the bureau can do is delay that.”

And here comes the Trump bashing. Young said, “All this was caused by the administration” which “had imposed a hiring freeze and budget cuts on the Federal Bureau of Prisons.”

Young pointed out that, during a Congressional hearing, Attorney General William P. Barr “conceded the bureau was short about 4,000 or 5,000 employees and said he had lifted the hiring freeze and was trying to ensure a steady pipeline of new officers to replace those who leave.”

Brace yourselves for the copious amounts of finger pointing to come.

One would assume, especially in the Special Housing Unit, that cameras would have captured what took place in or around Epstein’s cell in the early hours on Saturday morning. I would expect cameras to be focused directly on inmates’ cells and the surrounding areas.

Former U.S. attorney, Preet Bharara tweeted, “There should be – and almost certainly is – video of Epstein’s suicide at MCC. One hopes it is complete, conclusive, and secured.”

E.O. Young, the national president of the Council of Prison Locals C-33, disagrees. He said, “It was not clear how much, if any, of the incident or authorities’ check-ins was captured on camera.” Young also told the reporter that, “while cameras are prevalent in the facility, he did not believe they generally captured inmates’ cells.”

News of Epstein’s apparent suicide while in federal custody immediately triggered both an FBI and a Department of Justice Inspector General investigation. It also sparked outrage among his victims who were waiting for Epstein to face justice.

The city’s chief medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, announced that an autopsy had been performed on Sunday, but said they would not be releasing their immediate findings. “At the request of Epstein’s representatives,” private pathologist Michael Baden was allowed to attend the autopsy.

Still, I imagine we’ll be hearing quite a bit from “sources who are willing to speak on the condition of anonymity.”

In the tweet below, Tech tycoon and current presidential candidate John McAfee adds a bit of levity to the buzz around Epstein’s death.

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Uncle of orphaned baby in El Paso: Family supports Trump

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The unhinged left is crazed with criticism of a photo released by First Lady Melania Trump after a trip to El Paso this week. President Trump and Melania went to the hospital where eight surviving victims of the mass shooting at Walmart are recovering. No good deed goes unpunished, as the saying goes.

It’s more than a good deed for the president to visit with victims of horrific events like mass shootings, it is a part of his job to be the Consoler-in-Chief. It’s President Trump, though, so even this trip must be criticized by his opponents, especially those in the media. President Trump was giving a thumbs-up gesture in the photo and smiling so clearly he is a very, very bad Orange Man, at least in the minds of his critics. It may well be a bit unusual in this particular photo, but Trump frequently uses that gesture in photographs. It’s his thing. And, yes, he’s smiling but so are the others, even the baby if we’re honestly critiquing the shot.

The photo is included in a montage from that day by the First Lady. She wasn’t featuring it as a separate photo, just a part of chronicling the day. She is holding baby Paul. The press is still going nuts over it. The narrative that is strong with them is that the eight victims in the El Paso hospital didn’t want a visit from Trump so he didn’t see them. Instead, he visited with staff and first responders and thanked them for their work. One family he did visit with was that of Jordan and Andre Anchondo. Andre’s brother Tito Anchondo, his sister, Deborah Ontiveros, and his baby Paul met the President Trump and First Lady Melania. They were invited to do so, as none were hospital patients. They were pleased to have the opportunity of a visit.

Tito is now dealing with the headlines and stories of that visit besides the grief of losing his brother and sister-in-law, the parents of baby Paul. Andre shielded Paul from the gunshots. He and Jordan were murdered but the baby survived with broken fingers. He didn’t want the visit to be about politics. As a matter of fact, his parents, baby Paul’s grandparents, turned down the White House invitation to meet with President Trump because they wish to remain private in their grief. Tito was interested in hearing from the president and trying to determine his sincerity. It turns out that Tito and his family are conservative Republicans and support President Trump. The family wants to leave politics out of their grief.

Tito Anchondo said he sought to meet the president to share his family’s grievous pain. “He was just there as a human being, consoling us and giving his condolences,” he said about Trump in an interview outside his family’s auto-body shop in south-central El Paso.

But Anchondo strongly rejects that view of the shootings and said he did not want the photo to be seen through a political lens. Anchondo previously told NPR that his family is Republican and his murdered brother had supported Trump.

The president “wasn’t there to be pushing any kind of political agenda,” he said, describing “a private conversation between human beings.”

Asked if he felt consoled by the conversation, he said, “Yes, definitely.”

Tito felt consoled. Trump did his job. There is no proof of any insincerity, no matter what you read in the press. As much as they want to make it about the people who chose not to meet with the president, there were those who did. To be honest, I don’t know that I’d want such big names visiting me in the hospital. I can understand those who wanted privacy away from cameras and photo ops. And, no doubt there are some who are recovering that are not Trump supporters. It serves no good purpose, though, for politicians and journalists to push the narrative that all of this death and destruction is because of President Trump. The Ohio mass murderer, for example, has a completely different personality profile than the El Paso murderer. No one holds Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders responsible. No one held Bernie Sanders responsible for the near-murder of Rep. Steve Scalise and other Republicans on the baseball field.

Of the smiles in the photograph, Tito asks a good question – what are they supposed to do? Never smile and try to carry on? They received a visit from the most powerful man on earth and the First Lady. It was an historic moment for them. Would the haters have preferred scowls and tears? It wouldn’t matter, you know. The criticism would be there either way.

“Is it that hard to try and understand that a family is trying to not be sad at a moment like this?” said Anchondo, who also appears in the photo along with his sister. “We’re trying to be as strong as we can. … My brother is gone.”

Imagine if President Trump and the First Lady hadn’t gone to Dayton and El Paso. They knew the press reports of the ginned up hateful statements put out by politicians and locals in special interest groups in both cities. The press egged them on and made headlines out of it all. It was a time for comforting victims and families of those who were injured or killed.

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Report: Trump Tells Advisers Israel Should Bar Entry to Reps. Omar and Tlaib

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

Citing “three sources familiar with the situation,” Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports that President Trump told his advisers Israel should use their anti-boycott law to deny entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). Their trip is currently scheduled for August 18th.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told Swan that Trump denies ever giving any kind of directive to the Israelis. She said, “The Israeli government can do what they want. It’s fake news.”

In other words, Trump didn’t issue an order or even a request that Netanyahu block them from entering Israel. He just offered his opinion to members of his staff. I completely agree with him. Both women have well-documented histories of making anti-Semitic remarks and they are likely the two most anti-Semitic members of Congress.

In March 2017, the Israeli parliament passed an amendment to their anti-boycott law which requires the interior minister to bar entry to Israel to foreign nationals who “knowingly issued a public call to boycott the state of Israel, pledged to participate in said boycott, or act on behalf of a group or an organization that have done so.”

Omar and Tlaib meet all three criteria. Recently, they co-sponsored a resolution in the House to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Last month, they were two of 17 lawmakers to vote against a House resolution to condemn BDS. During the preliminary debate, Tlaib compared the BDS movement to the American boycott of Nazi Germany.

We all remember Omar’s reference to the pro-Israel group AIPAC in February. She tweeted, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby!”

After she was widely condemned by House leadership, she tweeted:

Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.

My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize…”

In a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Tlaib was asked twice if she believes that Israel has the right to exist. Finally, she responded, “I truly believe the state of Israel is – it exists, correct. But understand, does it exist in the detriment of inequality for the Palestinian people?”

Regarding their upcoming trip, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer believes his country should overlook the anti-boycott law and allow their visit. Dermer said, “Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel.

According to “a source with direct knowledge,” Trump said that because Omar and Tlaib both supported the boycott, “then Israel should boycott them.”

Axios reports:

Israeli officials say congressional Democratic leadership pushed Dermer to allow the congresswomen into the country. Their advocacy, per those officials, is a major reason why Netanyahu will allow the two women in.

The Democrats had argued that if the Israeli government blocked Omar and Tlaib’s entry, then other Democratic members would cancel a planned, AIPAC-sponsored Israel trip in solidarity, these officials said.

Last week, the Israeli deputy national security adviser Reuven Azar held an interagency meeting at the prime minister’s office with representatives of the foreign, interior and strategic affairs ministries to prepare for the visit, according to Israeli officials who were briefed on the meeting. The officials added the meeting focused on how to react to anti-Israeli statements by Omar and Tlaib during the trip and whether to allow entry to people traveling with them who aren’t members of Congress and who support the boycott-Israel movement.

Two senior Netanyahu aides said the issue was very sensitive and they were not allowed to discuss it.

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