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Video: After Elijah Cummings Accuses the CBP of an “Empathy Deficit”, Jim Jordan Promptly Sets the Record Straight

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Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, asks questions to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, during a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Congressional Democrats seem to believe the best approach to solving the issues our nation faces is by first falsely accusing their political opposition of not giving a d*mn about minorities and children. Such was the case today at a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on border conditions.

NPR reports:

Democrats pushed back against what oversight committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., called [acting DHS Secretary] McAleenan’s attempts to “sugarcoat” conditions for detained migrants.

When McAleenan insisted his agency was doing its “level best,” Cummings shot back: “What does that mean? What does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces, can’t take a shower? Come on, man. What is that about? None of us would have our children in that position. They are human beings.”

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., held up pictures of men and children at DHS faculties she said she visited, saying, “This would not be allowed as a kennel for dogs.” But McAleenan said Congress specifically excluded funding for more beds at facilities run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, exacerbating the overcrowded conditions there.

McAleenan also fired back after Cummings suggested that border patrol agents had an “empathy deficit”:

“I can tell you that I am at a point where I begin to wonder whether there is an empathy deficit,” Cummings said while questioning McAleenan.

McAleenan objected to the suggestion from Cummings.

“I just wonder why would an agency if they have a deficiency of empathy, create a Border Search Trauma and Rescue team to try to protect people that are making this dangerous crossing and make over 4,000 rescues a year, on their own time with the collateral duty apply to be emergency medical technicians so they can help people in dangerous conditions,” McAleenan said.

“Where’s the deficit of empathy there?” he added.

Cummings later clarified he was referring to the “zero tolerance” policy that resulted in thousands of children being separated from their families. Cummings and McAleenan also agreed to travel to the border together.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the ranking member on the committee, was particularly incensed over Cummings’s accusation of the CBP allegedly having an “empathy deficit.” Watch the video below, as Jordan displays a photo taken by former CBP acting Commissioner John Sanders of agents assisting a child at the border. Jordan then asks if the photo looks like a display of an “empathy deficit.”

McAleenan is also seen in the video explaining more about what the Border Search Trauma and Rescue team does. He also noted that a majority of the agents who worked for the border patrol were of Latino descent – a point Jordan emphasized:

Nice work by both Jordan and McAleenan to speak out on behalf of the men and women who work the border tirelessly every day. The vast majority of them are good and decent people doing their jobs.

The fact that most of them are Latino members of the community who are working to help Latino migrants who are attempting to cross the border also just goes to show you how utterly despicable the blanket accusations of “racism” by The Squad and others against the agents actually are.

Related –>> Rep. Jim Jordan at Obamacare Hearing: “How Can You Undermine Something That’s Already Failed?” (Video)

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America is Out-Performing the “Medical Paradise” of Canada In Procedure Wait Times

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In the course of every debate about Medicare in the United States, someone on the left will eventually bring up Canada. Glorious Canada, where medicine flows freely down panacea rivers and Canadians don’t have to pay a dime for it. 

Only none of that is true. It’s a horrendous healthcare system with horrible wait times, excessive costs via taxes, and you’re forced to pay for everybody’s bad decisions in regard to how they lived their life. Regardless of this being the reality, leftists like Sen. Bernie Sanders will tell you how much better Canada’s healthcare system is as opposed to America where, from the sounds of it, we have people dying in the streets over it.

This is odd, seeing as how in Canada you may be waiting quite a bit for care once it’s proven that you need it. You’re made to wait long periods for treatment as your condition worsens over time.

But in America, you’re far more likely to get that treatment ASAP.

According to the Foundation for Economic Education, a new study by the Fraser Institute shows just how fast America is in getting care to those who need surgeries compared to its Canadian cousin:

Surgeries are scheduled after patients are seen by the surgeon, and most people see surgeons only after a referral by either their primary care physician in America, or their general practitioner in Canada. In the United States, 70 percent of patients are able to be seen by specialists less than four weeks after a referral. In Canada, less than 40 percent were seen inside of four weeks.

After being advised that they need a procedure done, only about 35 percent of Canadians had their surgery within a month, whereas in the United States, 61 percent did. After four months, about 97 percent of Americans were able to have their surgery, whereas Canada struggled to achieve 80 percent.

America is significantly outperforming Canada in surgery wait times even as it’s likely that tens of thousands of Canadians come here to use the American system.

America’s healthcare system isn’t perfect. That much is clear. However, it still beats Canada’s.

 

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Jeffrey Epstein Case Document Dump: ‘It’s Going To Be Staggering, The Amount Of Names’

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FILE- In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein is shown in custody in West Palm Beach, Fla. Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta is expected to face questions at his Senate confirmation hearing about an unusual plea deal he oversaw for Epstein, a Florida billionaire and sex offender, as U.S. attorney in Miami. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Uma Sanghvi, File)/Palm Beach Post via AP)

 

Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman has been following the Jeffrey Epstein case very closely and he reports that as early as the next few days, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will release approximately 2,000 pages of documents.

According to the court’s three-judge panel, the documents will implicate “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders.”

Attorney David Boies, who represents Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, told Sherman the documents were filed during a civil defamation lawsuit brought by Giuffre, a former Mar-a-Lago locker-room attendant, against Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell.”

Boies added, “Nobody who was around Epstein a lot is going to have an easy time now. It’s all going to come out.”

A second attorney involved in the case told Sherman, “It’s going to be staggering, the amount of names. It’s going to be contagion numbers.”

Yikes.

One of Sherman’s sources told him that Epstein “collected people, that’s what he did.” Well, it’s a safe bet that some of those people are more than a little bit nervous about this latest turn of events. Given the circles in which Epstein traveled, many of these names will likely be familiar. Sherman describes the case as an asteroid poised to  strike the elite world in which Epstein moved. He notes that even after Epstein was forced to register as a sex offender, he continued to cavort among the rich and famous. And now, many of these people are moving heaven and earth to distance themselves from him.

For example, several years ago, Epstein attended a dinner party in Palo Alto at the home of LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman. According to Sherman:

At the dinner, Elon Musk introduced Epstein to Mark Zuckerberg. (“Mark met Epstein in passing one time at a dinner honoring scientists that was not organized by Epstein,” Zuckerberg spokesman Ben LaBolt told me. “Mark did not communicate with Epstein again following the dinner.”)

In an email, Elon Musk responded: “I don’t recall introducing Epstein to anyone, as I don’t know the guy well enough to do so, Epstein is obviously a creep and Zuckerberg is not a friend of mine. Several years ago, I was at his house in Manhattan for about 30 minutes in the middle of the afternoon with Talulah [Riley], as she was curious about meeting this strange person for a novel she was writing. We did not see anything inappropriate at all, apart from weird art. He tried repeatedly to get me to visit his island. I declined.”

A source told Sherman that Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse, said to be one of the largest private residences in the city, “welcomed a steady stream of the Davos crowd in the past decade.” The source added that Bill Gates, Larry Summers, and Steve Bannon visited the house.”

Another name that comes up frequently is that of Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz. He spoke to Sherman earlier this week and said, “I want everything to come out! I’m not afraid of anything because I did nothing wrong.”

Dershowitz told Sherman:

He’d been friends with Epstein since 1996, when they were introduced at a party on Martha’s Vineyard by Lynn Forester de Rothschild. “She begged me to meet him. She told me, ‘here’s this smart academic.’” A few days later, Epstein invited Dershowitz to Les Wexner’s 59th birthday party at Wexner’s mansion in New Albany, Ohio. “It’s a tradition that Jeff invited the smartest person he met that year. He told them I was the smartest.” They remained close for years. Dershowitz strenuously denied ever participating in Epstein’s underage sex ring and said he’d only been in Epstein’s presence with his wife. “I got one massage!” he told me. “It was from a 50-year-old Russian woman named Olga. And I kept my shorts on. I didn’t even like it. I’m not a massage guy.”

I tend to believe Dershowitz for two reasons. I think he’s too smart to get involved in a situation like that and also, he’s not trying to deny or minimize his relationship with Epstein.

We’ll see what the next few days brings. In the meantime, Epstein remains behind bars until his trial. His bail was denied earlier today because he is considered a flight risk.

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As Dems Pearl Clutch Over “Send Her Back” Chant, the Same Left Circulates #DeportGorka Hashtag

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Right now, the left and its media are fuming over the chant in North Carolina that erupted during a Trump rally that saw attendees repeating “send her back” in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar.

My social media feed is filthy with it, and claims that this is proof that the right is as racist as they’ve always claimed. They virtue signal that kicking Omar out of the country is a horrible thing to suggest and that this is, in fact, her country now.

The left is lighting torches and grabbing pitchforks over it. Or at least, they will. First, they have to get back from their #DeportGorka rally.

Yes, the left that is currently virtue signaling over the horrid concept of deporting an immigrant back to their birth country over things she said is also the same left that was willing to deport an immigrant back to their birth country over things he said.

Sebastion Gorka, deputy assistant to Trump in 2017 and now an outspoken right-leaning analyst who has become famous in his own right, seems to have the ability to drive the left absolutely insane. With that power, he’s actually caused members of the left to shout for his forced deportation back to the UK where he’s originally from.

In fact, the left created an entire hashtag around it with #DeportGorka all the way back in…this week.

This goes on for pages, so feel free to check out the hashtag for yourself.

Gorka, like Trump, never said anything racist, yet they’re throwing accusations at him of Nazism. Meanwhile, Omar can’t seem to stop speaking badly about Jewish people, and is generally very antisemitic. In fact, Omar recently compared Israel to Nazi Germany, which is so out of the bounds of reality that it’s hard to understand why she’s not locked up in a padded room.

Still, the left continues pretending Omar is somewhere between an angel and an all-American hero who is having evil racist chants thrown at her at Trump rallies for no reason. To be clear, the chant has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with Omar’s apparent dislike of America and seeming appreciation of terrorist groups. Even so, Trump wasn’t a fan of the chant, and as I’ve written, neither was I, but I digress.

The hypocrisy here is entirely apparent. The left can encourage deportation of anyone on the right strictly for wrong-think without any blowback. In fact, they’ve tried to have Gorka deported officially back in 2017 under claims that he belonged to a Hungarian far-right group. However, if the right suggests deportation to a famous Democrat who refuses to condemn Al Qaeda and calls Trump supporters racist while spouting antisemitic rhetoric, that’s suddenly crossing the line.

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As Mayors in LA & NYC Promise to #Resist Immigration Enforcement, a Mom & Her Young Children are Murdered by a Twice-Deported Criminal

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31-year-old Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana was arrested Tuesday after allegedly murdering the family with whom he lived in Des Moines.

As reported by the Associated Press, Marvin is supected of having shot to death 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez and her two children: 11-year-old Grecia Daniela Alvarado-Flores and 5-year-old Ever Jose Mejia-Flores.

Marvin called 911 himself.

The Guatemalan — who’s in the country illegally — has a rich history with law enforcement. In 2010, he was deported due to an illegal entry conviction.

A court ordered him not to return.

2011 = deportation #2.

Marvin told a 911 operator Rossibeth had murdered her own children, and he’d had to kill her in self-defense. Authorities say that’s not what occurred, though it remains unclear why he slaughtered a mother and her two young kids.

He’s being charged with three counts of first degree murder.

Meanwhile, ICE intends to arrest and deport resistors court-ordered to self-deport via a series of raids (here). New York Mayor Bill de Blasio — as well as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti — wants to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Bill had a message for illegal immigrants fitting the description above:

“This is your city.”

Police Chief Michel Moore offered Los Angeles this:

“We will not enforce immigration laws that are civil in nature and fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.”

For more stories of innocents suffering at the hands of insufficient immigration enforcement, please read:

In Protest Of Washington’s Radical New Sanctuary Law, ICE Releases A List Of Atrocities That Resulted From Sanctuary Policies

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here, here, and here.

See 3 more pieces from me:

MSNBC: With His Dictator-Style Parade, Donald Trump Turned The 4th Of July Into Something Divisive & Vile

Los Angeles Activist & Head Of The Mayoral Recall Effort Petitions President Trump: ‘Help Our City. Our Citizens Are Dying’

More Reason To Love It: Chick-Fil-A Employee Jumps Out The Window & Saves A Little Boy’s Life In The Drive-Thru (Video)

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“It’s About the Criticism”: Watch as Lindsey Graham Explains Why Trump’s Focus on The Squad Is Not About Race

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Earlier today, Red State‘s Brandon Morse wrote a good piece about the “send her back” chant that took place at President Trump’s rally in Greenville, NC last night.

The “her” in the chant was Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of the members of the so-called “Squad” of Democratic freshman Reps. that also include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA), and Rashida Tlaib (MI). Trump had been criticizing Omar shortly before the chants began.

In the immediate aftermath of the chants, the condemnations starting coming in from the media, the left, and the right. The media and the left were predictably more critical, attributing the chant – and Trump’s criticisms of Omar – to, of course, “racism.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a 2020 presidential candidate, was one of the many Democrats to echo this sentiment:

On the other hand, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) explained in an interview clip posted by The Hill on Thursday as to why he believes Trump’s focus on The Squad is not about their race or the fact they are women.

What it boils down to, he said, are their policy positions and criticisms, which he says Trump feels are “over the top” and dangerous:

“Here’s what I think. I think the president is playing on the 1968 ‘Love it or Leave it’. I’ve said before, that if you’re a Somali refugee wearing a MAGA hat, he doesn’t want to send you back — you’ll probably have dinner at the White House. What does that tell me? It is about the criticism and the critic, that the president believes that what they’re doing is over the top.

We’re not running concentration camps. So when you start accusing people of running concentration camps who work for the United States government, you’re gonna be met with some pretty fiery responses.

I don’t like it. I’m not going around telling anybody to leave the country who is an American citizen. To a naturalized citizen, this is much your home as much as mine.”

Watch Graham talk about the issue below:

Graham touched on something that I ranted on a bit last night in a Twitter thread. I’m going to share what I wrote there here with additional comments. I rambled a bit but I hope it makes sense. Here’s how it started:

It just so happens that the four people who are saying awful things about America are WOC. It’s a mistake to think he’d hold back if they happened to be white. Think of all the people he’s targeted during his administration – even in his own party. Many have been white.

Saying he targets The Squad because they are WOC is as foolish as saying Pelosi dissed them because they are WOC. They just happen to be the loudest ones in the crowd, & loud folks tend to get noticed more. This is not about race, no matter how badly politically opportunistic people want it to be.

Not only are they loud voices, but the anti-Semitic tendencies of Tlaib and Omar are particularly concerning. AOC’s policies would turn this country into something it shouldn’t be, and Pressley is hell-bent on excluding any minority voices from the conversation that don’t meet with her approval.

In other words, Trump and other Republicans view them as very reckless and dangerous. To make matters worse, the media absolutely adores The Squad, and frequently amplifies their message and acts as apologists when they face even the mildest of criticisms.

Think about this, too: Democratic members of the Hispanic & Black Caucuses have political targets on their backs as well. Who is targeting them? AOC’s Justice Democrats group. The CBC insinuated last week the targeting was race-based. See what I mean about making accusations without thinking about them?

AOC’s Justice Democrats view those caucus members as standing in the way of progress. They want them out. Trump is not any different in that regard to how he feels about The Squad.

Related to that, Trump has torched Republicans he doesn’t like, or who otherwise stand in the way of his agenda, too. Think about the war of words with McCain. He treated him as contemptuously as he does the Squad.

If the left wants to say he’s a jerk to people, fine, but saying this is about racism is inflammatory and wrong.

Again, he’s an equal opportunity “disser.” He was like this in 2016 against Republicans and Democrats alike, and he hasn’t changed. And won’t.

I wish people wouldn’t say and do stupid things at rallies. But Democrat and Republican supporters both do it, as we saw in 2016 …and beyond.

Those fanning the flames of racism the most are members of the mainstream media and Democrats who call everyone who disagrees with them racists. They made what was probably only a minor issue in 2016 into something major, have stirred the pot out of spite, & here we are. It’s out of control and sad.

Related –>> Hot Take: After Lindsey Graham Called Her A Communist, AOC Says The Label Is A Tool For White Supremacy

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Trump Saves Lives!

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FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, a Cincinnati Fire Department medic nasally administers Naloxone to a man while responding to a possible overdose report at a gas station in downtown Cincinnati. New surges in the use of methamphetamine and cocaine, often in mixtures with synthetic opioids, are fueling rocketing overdose death tolls in states such as Ohio, one of the nation’s hardest hit during the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Trump Saves Lives!

Yet, you would never know it by press reporting. The United States Center for Disease Control just reported that for the first time in almost three decades, deaths in the United States due to overdoses on drugs have fallen, according to a Los Angeles Times Article yesterday. From the article

U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.

Nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported throughout the country last year, according to provisional figures posted Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number may go up as more investigations are completed, but the agency expects the final tally will not exceed 69,000.

Overdose deaths had been climbing each year since 1990, topping 70,000 in 2017.

Deeper into the article we find (emphasis mine)

The improvement was driven by a drop in deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers. Those decreases were offset somewhat by continuing increases in deaths involving fentanyl, cocaine and stimulants like methamphetamines.

This. Is. Huge. Although correlation isn’t causation and it’s pretty early on, it appears that President Trump’s Opioid Epidemic fight is getting some good traction.

As always, the liberal LA Times pole vaults over mouse droppings to avoid crediting Trump, again, emphasis mine.

Strategies to reduce drug overdose deaths have included tougher policing, treatment program expansions, policies to limit opioid painkiller prescriptions and wider distribution of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.

Haffajee and other researchers are trying to figure out what measures are most responsible for the slight improvement.

Not even a mention of the President’s program. Go figure.

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With Leana Wen Gone, Planned Parenthood’s Interim CEO Brings With Her a Religious Message: Abortion is for Christians, Too

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Planned Parenthood’s Leana Wen was let go Tuesday after nearly a year as the abortion provider’s CEO.

During her tenure, she generated news stories such as these:

New Planned Parenthood President Says It’s ‘About Saving People’s Lives’

Planned Parenthood President Guests On Comedy Central, Brags Of Her New ‘Badge Of Honor’

Planned Parenthood President Offended ‘As A Mother’ By Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Leading the charge for abortion, she tweeted things like this:

Now that she’s been pushed out, whats’ the status of the organization’s interim leader?

She’s a woman of faith.

In 2014, Alexis McGill took her message to the church.

She described herself to The Christian Post as a Christian who believes abortion is complicated issue rightfully managed between the woman, the doctor, and God:

“We all recognize that abortion and terminating a pregnancy is a very complicated decision, but that issue needs to be left to a woman, her doctor and her God, not a politician. I felt that it was a very insulting way of trying to suggest that we’re not capable of grappling with the implications of the decisions that we make.”

Also, keep those black abortions coming:

“I feel like [the pro-life campaign is] an assault on black women’s ability to make a decision. We’d have to talk about the conditions under which that is happening. Black women have less access to healthcare for a whole variety of reasons, and so trying to create those causal links are not always the easiest ways to understand really what’s underlying the challenges that black women are facing.”

Christian Alexis — who’s served, according to LifeNews, on the PP board of directors for “many years” — is sure to generate some compelling headlines of her own.

Concerning Leana — who appeared to perpetually take the position that abortion is all about healthcare rather than politics — there may be a particularly political reason she was ousted.

As reported by The Daily Wire:

Insiders note…that another factor that contributed to Wen’s departure was her lack of “trans-inclusive” language, believing that it would isolate moderates from supporting Planned Parenthood.

Is this a sign of the ubiquitous abortion giant slimmings its waistline, or will the new direction mean impregnated sales?

RedState’s Kira Davis noted on the 16th:

A recent Gallup poll revealed that a mere 25% of Americans support abortions under any circumstances. That puts into question the wisdom of advocating for things like partial birth abortion.

Kira included an interesting quote from Students for Life President Kristin Hawkins:

“The musical chairs at the top of the nation’s number one abortion vendor changes nothing. Women don’t need what Planned Parenthood is selling. Pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion, and with federally qualified health centers standing by to offer true, full-service healthcare, women have lots of options that don’t include abortion.”

As for Leana’s lack of transgender inclusion, Alexis is primed for such a move. As we’ve already seen in the early Democratic debates, there’s support there. Julian Castro is wholly on board:

“And, you know, what that means is that just because a woman — or, let’s also not forget, someone in the trans community, a trans female — is poor doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the right to exercise that right to choose.”

And as I covered twice this week, so is bellowing anti-Trump doctor Eugene Gu:

It’s a new frontier. So get ready, Christians and men: Your abortions await.

-ALEX

 

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Left Forgets It Stayed Quiet On “The Squad” Not Funding the Border as They Lash Out At Rand Paul Over 9/11 Fund Misunderstanding

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If you were to believe the mainstream media, they would tell you that Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was blocking the 9/11 funds. There’s more to the story, of course.

Paul was never blocking the funds, just offering an amendment. It’s something that both his spokesperson and he himself clarified on Twitter.

“It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in the country,” he said.

“And therefore any new spending that we are approaching, any new program that’s going to have the longevity of 70, 80 years, should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable. We need to, at the very least, have this debate,” he continued. “I will be offering up an amendment if this bill should come to the floor, but until then, I object.”

As reported by The Hill, a spokesperson for Paul clarified that he’s not blocking anything, just looking for a way to pay for costs:

A spokesperson for Paul later told The Hill that Paul “is not blocking anything,” adding that he is “simply seeking to pay for it.”

“As with any bill, Senator Paul always believes it needs to be paid for. Senator Paul is simply offering an amendment, which other senators support, to pay for this legislation,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Paul also took to Twitter to clarify what was happening.

The left immediately began virtue signaling, starting with New York Senator and 2020 tag-a-long Kirsten Gillibrand who said she was “deeply disappointed that my colleague has just objected to the desperately needed and urgent bill for our 9/11 first responders.”

Other various media outlets began repeating that Paul is blocking the fund to help the first responders of 9/11. Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart even stepped in and bashed Paul, ignoring that both Paul and Sen. Mike Lee are only offering amendments, not blocking the bill.

Given its sensitive nature, I can understand why people would become upset with the stall, but asking for a debate over cost offsets on a bill that will cost us over $10 billion through the next decade is entirely reasonable. Still, the left is making out like Paul doesn’t care about the heroes of 9/11. Gillibrand made the comment that Paul should stop playing political games, but once again, it’s the left doing all the gaming.

Of course, all their virtue signaling and theatrical outrage for something they supposedly care about was nowhere to be seen when “The Squad” failed to vote for funding for the migrants families at the border.

Resisting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call for billions in emergency border funding, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Ayanna Pressley(Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) all voted against the bill, effectively attempting to deny aid to the migrants they reportedly care so much about in order to own Trump.

“Throwing more money at the very organizations committing human rights abuses—and the very Administration directing these human rights abuses—is not a solution,” said Omar. “This is a humanitarian crisis—a humanitarian crisis inflicted by our own leadership. It’s also a refugee crisis fueled by state violence, corruption, and impunity in the Northern Triangle–one that this Administration has only fueled through mass deportation and slashing aid.”

Yes, they slashed aid in order to get back at Trump for slashing aid.

Was their backlash? No. Despite the fact that Democrats consider the immigrants at the southern border to be the sharpest arrow in their quiver, the mainstream media shrugged off “The Squad’s” so-called principled stance and continued to rail about the horrific things Republicans were doing.

Once again, Paul isn’t even blocking funding for the 9/11 bill, just offering an amendment and encouraging debate about where they can cut costs elsewhere to help fund it. “The Squad” flat out denied emergency border funding just to spite Trump.

Yet, look at what the media and the left is losing its mind over.

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Trump Says He Didn’t Like the “Send Her Back” Chant at His North Carolina Rally

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I wrote earlier that the “send her back” chant that erupted at Donald Trump’s North Carolina rally wasn’t something I could agree with, and it would appear that President Donald Trump is one of those who agree with me.

I mainly considered it wrong because deporting someone by force over saying something you don’t like is a practice in restricting free speech. As a free speech advocate, it’s my position that Rep. Ilhan Omar, whom the chant was about, can talk trash and speak warmly of terrorists all she wants. So long as she’s not actively playing a part in helping them carry out terrorist attacks, she can speak out without fear of legal reprisal.

In fact, I encourage it. I like when horrible people expose themselves as horrible through their own stupidity.

I haven’t seen Trump elaborate on his personal reasons for disliking the chant, but I did write that he hadn’t stopped it or spoken out about it since. Now he has.

According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, Trump was asked about the chant, and revealed he doesn’t like it. He also said that he’d try to stop it next time it happened.

Video has now come out showing his comments in full, adding that he “felt a little bit badly about it.”

And fair enough. Forceful deportation over speech isn’t something anybody should stand behind. Though, as I wrote in the article I posted above, if Omar hates this country so much and thinks it’s a horrible place to be, then she should feel obligated to voluntary pack her things and leave it.

Her family escaped here from Somalia, a suburb of hell. You’d think she of all people would understand what it is to live in a country as wonderful and free as ours, yet she continuously badmouths it and its allies.

I wouldn’t chant “send her back.” I’d chant “just f***ing leave.”

 

 

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