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Video: Lindsey Graham 2.0 Responds to Outrage Over Trump’s Tweets With Some Sage Advice

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Last Friday, I wrote about an interview Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did on Fox News in which he gave President Trump some advice on how to handle the public infighting and squabbles between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). During the interview segment, Graham said:

Literally. Mr. President if you’re watching tonight, just enjoy this. Be quiet.

Well, the President wasn’t quiet and the result was a series of tweets he wrote this weekend that have led to outrage across the political spectrum.

Monday morning on an episode of “Fox and Friends”, Graham did not condemn Trump’s tweets but did offer him some more sage advice (transcribed)

“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel, they hate our own country. They’re calling guards along our border — the Border Patrol agents — concentration camp guards. They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for ‘the Benjamins.’ They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America. Don’t get down. Aim higher. We don’t need to know anything about them personally. Talk about their policies.”

There was some crosstalk where it sounded like Graham was asked if he found the tweets negative. Here’s what Graham said in response (transcribed):

“I think they’re American citizens who are duly elected that are running on an agenda that is disgusting, that the American people will reject. Talk about what it means for America to have free healthcare for illegal immigrants, and no criminalization of coming into the country — see how that works for controlling immigration.

Their ideas, they’re anti-Semitic. They talk about the Israeli state as if they’re a bunch of thugs, not victims of the entire region. They wanted to impeach Trump on day one. They are socialist, they’re anti-Semitic, they stand for all the things that most Americans disagree with. Make them the face of the future Democratic Party and you will destroy the Democratic Party.”

Watch video of Graham’s remarks below:

Sounds like the President was listening. Trump tweeted a partial transcript of Graham’s remarks on his Twitter feed earlier today.

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Nancy Pelosi Says She Will ‘Forcefully Respond’ To President Trump’s Tweets By Passing A Meaningless Resolution

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters during her weekly news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2018. After several questions about President Donald Trump and his policies, Pelosi responded: The President said he was going to drain the swamp. He has become the swamp. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Yesterday, President Trump unleashed a broadside against the Four Harridans of the House, who apparently have styled themselves as “The Squad” for reasons known only to them. This blast came as the Democrats were acting like a coyote trying to get out of a steel trap. There has been comment on what it all means. Here are our offerings:

Point: Bonchie As Democrats Fight a Civil War, Trump Strips Naked and Runs Onto the Battlefield

Counterpoint: Mike Ford President Trump Stirs the Pot in Dems’ Civil War, Forcing Pelosi To Make Nice With Those Who Want to Destroy Her

Pile on, because that’s how we infantry guys roll: Mike Ford Troll Level: EPIC

and there have been posts on the ramifications:

Ilhan Omar Might As Well Have Told Radical Leftists It’s Open Season On Trump Supporters with Latest Retweet

#Journalism: After “Racist” Trump Tweets, Brian Stelter Brags About CNN’s (Inconsistent) Labeling Standards

Trump’s Tweet About Congresswomen Is Full of Issues but It Isn’t Racist

For whatever its worth, I’m more inclined to agree with Bonchie than Mike but I’ve been wrong so often about so many things Trump has done that I don’t even have an opinion on how this is going to play out.

This morning, President Trump was back at it

While none of us knows how this plays out, there is no doubt that Trump’s tweets and his demand for an apology did give Nancy Pelosi the chance to try to make common cause with The Squad.

House Democrats are drafting a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s racist tweets against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other high-profile freshman congresswomen.

“This weekend, the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats announcing the party’s plans.

“This morning, the President doubled down on his attacks on our four colleagues suggesting they apologize to him,” she added. “Let me be clear, our Caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks.”

This is a joke. Actually it is less than a joke. The joke was when Pelosi couldn’t get the House to pass a resolution condemning the blatant anti-semitism of Ilhan Omar. This resolution is not going to make The Squad and their fanbois happy. They will accuse Pelosi of not defending these disgusting little commies. It isn’t going to hurt Trump because no one really cares what kind of resolutions a virulently anti-Trump House passes. If anything, this may very well have the effect of a New York Times editorial excoriating Trump.

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Trump’s Tweet About Congresswomen Is Full of Issues but It Isn’t Racist

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Dominating my feeds over the weekend was the fact that President Donald Trump tweeted out that people like Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib should go back to their respective countries of origin and fix the problems there if they think America is horrible.

The tweet was heralded as racist from the top of every soapbox the leftist collective could find. It even prompted Omar to retweet an article that essentially labeled all of Trump’s supporters as racist if they support him, marking the first time Omar actually labeled Trump’s following as racist.

After looking at the tweet, I can easily arrive at two conclusions. The tweet is stupid and not very well thought out, but it’s definitely not racist nor is it without its point.

Before I start getting angry tweets thrown at me from both sides, let me explain.

Let’s take a look at the tweet in question.

Trump calls out the anti-American nature of these “Democrat Congresswomen,” and notes that their countries of origin are horribly run, not at all well-maintained, and are usually corrupt.

He then tells them to go back and fix the problems those countries have, then come back and show the U.S. how to solve these problems.

Let me just skip analyzing the countries that these women either hail or descend from. I don’t think I need to point out that Somalia is a horrible place or that the area around Israel is infested with terrorism and brutal governments.

Here are the two things that should be focused on and why I think it’s important to be able to differentiate between a stupid tweet and a racist tweet. For one, Trump isn’t saying that one race is better than another, he’s calling out the governments of foreign countries which definitely aren’t as good as ours. Trying to say that the United States is just as good as Somalia is just like trying to say a lion is the same as a house cat. It just doesn’t work.

Trump didn’t say “Omar and Tlaib’s races are inferior to the white race that dominated America’s history.” That would have been a racist tweet. What he said was that these women should retreat to these countries where these governments get it horribly wrong, then upon fixing these governments where problems that these hard-leftist claim to loath really are present, come back and show us how to fix the problems at home.

It’s key that he also said that they should come back. He doesn’t denounce their citizenship within the U.S., nor does he remove the idea that they’re elected officials. In fact, his tweet very clearly recognizes both.

Trump doesn’t demonstrate racism throughout these tweets, and it appears that claims of racism are inferred rather than proven from mainstream outlets that report on it. It’s the idea that Trump would tweet something like this because he’s racist. Thing is, the tweet doesn’t touch race, just crappy governments, and last I checked, government bodies don’t qualify as races.

On top of that, Trump has a point. These women consistently act like the United States is a cruel country with horrific problems generated from its embracing of a culture that was propagated by their favorite boogieman, the white male. I feel like I shouldn’t need to point out how racist and sexist this is, but funny enough, I constantly have to.

Their anger usually comes off as ignorant, like the spoiled ranting of first-world kids who haven’t truly known what it’s like to be oppressed, or live with little hope. Trump is advocating that they truly see what it’s like to have to live in a place where you don’t get a vote based on your genitalia, and prejudice and bigotry are a standard, not an exception like it is in the country they’re in now.

That said, this tweet was horribly worded and a reeked of ignorance. While not named, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the most famous of the “progressive Democrat Congresswomen” and while being born in in the U.S., she is a descendant of Puerto Ricans, a U.S. territory. It’s a place with a increasingly bad drug problem and a good deal of its citizens live below the poverty line, but it’s not exactly the hell-hole that is Somalia, where Omar actually hails from. Tlaib’s family is from Palestinian places outside of Israel, which are infested with terrorists and brutal governments, but Tlaib was born in the United States.

I’m not defending these women. The bigotry and ridiculousness they’ve shown eclipses anything stupid that Trump has done or said, but with that in mind, I think Trump’s tweet indicates that he doesn’t know much about these women other than the fact that they’re of foreign origin. Whether he mean to or not, this comes off as ignorance, and as such makes his already un-professional tweet come off as stupid. It’s likely that when he wrote of their countries of origin, he meant where they were descended from, but that doesn’t come off in the tweet.

Two things can be true at once. Trump’s tweet can be solid in its point, and it can be a ridiculous tweet that he shouldn’t have probably tweeted out in the first place. He’s definitely punching down at lawmakers who, while they have a very loud following, are generally recognized as silly people who don’t know what they’re doing half the time.

Let me be clear. I think addressing their comments in context and slapping them down when they tend to make news is a superb idea, but throwing out statements that contain generalities that come off like whispered comment on an episode of Real Housewives isn’t.

Omar and Ocasio-Cortez aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box, but we can easily sit back and let them prove that themselves without the President’s jabs. That said, what Trump tweeted wasn’t at all racist, and I think it’s a bit ridiculous that this isn’t obvious.

This is just one more incident that proves that the word “racism” has lost all meaning.

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#Journalism: After “Racist” Trump Tweets, Brian Stelter Brags About CNN’s (Inconsistent) Labeling Standards

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The hot takes are flying after incendiary tweets President Trump posted over the weekend about the Queenie Quartet of Democratic Reps. AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, which many on the left, some on the right, and some in the mainstream media have characterized as “xenophobic” and “racist.”

For the back story, Red State‘s Bonchie and Mike Ford had two entirely different takes on Trump’s tweets, which you can read here and here.

It’s the day after now, and CNN‘s Brian Stelter has done an “analysis” of sorts on the media’s coverage of Trump’s tweets. In his newsletter this morning, he bragged about how CNN definitively labeled the tweets in question “racist” and chided other news outlets for the unpardonable sin of allowing readers to draw their own conclusions:

Trump’s racist tweetstorm

President Trump launched a bigoted attack against four minority congresswomen on Sunday morning. His tweets were straight up racist. Did the news media accurately describe it that way?

By and large, no, most major news outlets did not do that. Reporters and anchors took the story seriously but largely leaned on “critics,” primarily Democrats, and cited their accusations of racism. The significance of Trump’s words risked being lost in a partisan fog.

He said/she said is a tried and true journalistic technique, of course, but it is insufficient at a time like this. If telling Democratic congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” isn’t racist, what is?

There were some exceptions — CNN chief among the news outlets — that called out this example of racism emanating from the highest office in the land in an authoritative, institutional voice. CNN’s banners and headlines said “racist rant” and “racist attacks.”

The headline for CNN‘s primary piece on the tweets was: Trump tweets racist attacks at progressive Democratic congresswomen.

The piece published at CNN this morning by Stelter analyzing the story is basically a reposting of all the “points” he made in his newsletter.

Stelter’s nauseating backpatting of himself and his network would be far more impressive if he and the CNN team applied the same standards to Rep. Ilhan Omar‘s and Rep. Rashida Tlaib‘s unquestionably anti-Semitic remarks that they do to offensive comments made by President Trump.

But they don’t.

Take, for example, this piece from early February, where CNN took great pains to carefully explain why Omar and Tlaib say and do the anti-Semitic things they do:

Omar along with Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, are indeed changing the conversation on Capitol Hill over the United States’ long-standing relationship with Israel by speaking out critically against the Israeli government over its treatment of Palestinians.

As they challenge the political status quo over Israel in Washington, Omar and Tlaib are facing intense scrutiny and criticism, in particular from Republicans eager to exploit divisions in the Democratic Party.

Got that? Omar’s and Tlaib’s anti-Semitic remarks are “indeed changing the conversation” and “challenging the political status quo” on our country’s relationship with Israel, but not in the way that CNN portrays it (the whole piece was like that, by the way).

Here’s another piece from around the same time:

Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota publicly apologized Monday after she faced backlash for tweets condemned by both sides of the aisle as anti-Semitic.

[…]

Omar’s statement came on the heels of one from House Democratic leadership calling on Omar to apologize for comments they said included “anti-Semitic tropes.”

Note the qualifiers there. “Condemned by both sides of the aisle as anti-Semitic” – but not definitively declared as “anti-Semitic” by CNN. “They said included ‘anti-Semitic tropes’” – but CNN did not characterize them as “anti-Semitic tropes.”

Stelter noted in his Monday newsletter that “he said/she said is a tried and true journalistic technique, of course, but it is insufficient at a time like this” – yet he found the technique sufficient at a time when Omar and Tlaib were spouting off anti-Semitic tropes with regularity, endorsing anti-Semitic movements, and associating with anti-Semitic figures without apology.

If Stelter were an authentic man of his craft, he’d call out his own network’s duplicitous nature when it comes to using qualifiers to describe controversial comments and demand consistent standards across the board. But he’s not.

Stelter’s media firefighter “standards” are designed only to motivate his fellow journalists to move even further to the left in terms of their coverage and commentary of Trump and Republicans. He does not do this out of any sincere altruistic desire to see the national media earn back any of the credibility and respect they’ve lost over the last several years.

Nice try, Mr. Stelter. But some of us see right through you.

Related –>> Andy Ngo to CNN: Why Won’t You Publish Graphic Photos of Terrorist Victims Like You Did the Rio Grande Migrants?

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Ilhan Omar Might As Well Have Told Radical Leftists It’s Open Season On Trump Supporters with Latest Retweet

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Leftist’s calling anyone to the right of Marx a “racist” is about as common as day following night. The accusation of racism amounts to one of the laziest, but most effective ways the left has silenced arguments from the right for ages. While the accusation definitely doesn’t have the edge that it used to, it still manages to get hard left figures riled up and ready to #resist.

In this day and age, however, the accusation tends to get people on the hard left to become a tad violent. Tactics from groups like Antifa have become more common than ever, and they justify their violence by labeling people various things like “Nazis, fascists, and racists.”

So when Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar retweets an article blatantly calling the fans of President Donald Trump “racists,” it can be a bit worrying.

CNN contributor Wajahat Ali tweeted out an article from the Daily Beast by Goldie Taylor, which argued in no clouded terms that Trump is a racist and so are you if you support him.

I’ll spare you the details of the article, suffice to say that Taylor is angry over Trump’s comments that people like Omar should go back and fix their own countries if they hate this one so much. This was taken as a racist act by Taylor and much of the leftist media.

Omar then retweeted Ali’s tweet of the article.

While Omar calling Trump a racist isn’t anything new, this would mark the first time Omar has gone and called his supporters racists.

Again, calling a Trump supporter racist is about as common as ants at a picnic, and just as annoying. It’s not an accusation that holds weight, but that doesn’t matter.

Right now we have a radical left that is looking for excuses to become violent. Groups like Antifa justify their violence against people by putting labels on them just like this, and attack innocent people. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls the holding camps “concentration camps” and we now have Antifa members attempting to firebomb ICE locations and treating the offender like a martyr to be celebrated.

Now we have Omar labeling Trump supporters as a general enemy.

I don’t think Omar has the power that Ocasio-Cortez has, but regardless, this is still a member of our electorate labeling an entire group of people as someone whom violence is pre-justified against. Omar should apologize for this retweet and make it clear that violence is not the answer.

But I’m not holding my breath.

 

 

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Dem internal poll: Ocasio-Cortez becoming the party’s “definitional face” in the heartland

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Why did Nancy Pelosi reverse her earlier approach to her noisy first-term progressives and start taking them to the public woodshed? An internal poll conducted in May by Democrats might explain why Pelosi decided to start cracking down on the frosh “Squad.” Axios got its hands on the survey, which showed that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had succeeded in making herself the “definitional face” of Democrats among swing voters.

And that’s not a good thing for most other Democrats. When it comes to “white, non-college voters” that Democrats wooed away from Donald Trump in the midterms, AOC is box-office poison:

  • Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.

It’s not just Ocasio-Cortez personally. The socialism that she espouses turns out to be “toxic,” as Democrats discovered:

  • Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.
  • “Socialism is toxic to these voters,” said the top Democrat.

Yikes. Socialism is toxic in any waters — just look at Venezuela to see how it inevitably ends up — but Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had to have blanched at that result. Not only is Ocasio-Cortez busy selling socialism as the new agenda for the Democratic Party, so are most of their presidential candidates. Joe Biden’s the only one lightly jogging just to the right of Karl Marx, and only just. Biden’s taking flack for trying to add more socialism into ObamaCare rather than abandoning it for single-payer.

We’ll have more on that later, but this extremist impulse explains why Pelosi decided to go on the offensive against Ocasio-Cortez and her squad now, although the necessity has existed since the first days of 2019. Until that poll, Pelosi could shrug off AOC and her “Squad” as nothing more than a media creation and believe Pelosi herself was the face of the Democratic Party. Pelosi’s not a terribly popular figure either, but she knows how to stay on brand and on message to keep a competitive posture. Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Socialists threaten to destroy that brand and turn the Democrats back into a fringe urban party and lock them out of power for a generation.

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Troll Level: EPIC

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Troll Level: Epic
Yesterday morning Donald Trump sent out a series of tweets that according to some, appeared to target 4 recently elected Democrat Congresswomen. My good friend and colleague Bonchie reported on this here. I also did a hot take on it, here. My response to Bonchie yesterday, was meant to convey the idea that Trump’s tweets weren’t a bad thing but were likely a good thing.

Given a night to reflect, I’ve decided to “revise and extend my remarks,” so to speak. I now believe that the President has indeed reached Troll Level: Epic. As expected, the left went nuts over yesterday’s series of tweets. As also expected, the epithet they immediately started screeching was, “Racist!” Of course that’s just hogwash. As Neil Boortz used to opine, “It’s not the color, it’s the culture.” What sane person wants to import the culture of Mogadishu to Detroit? Wait. Never mind.

Trump’s comments had nothing to do with racism. Except for the few fringe idiots up in the hills, there really are very few Americans who hate blacks or other minorities. However, the vast majority of Americans are getting well nigh tired of being called racists at every turn, merely for standing up to leftists and their destruction of America agenda.

I have some news for the left. Most Americans, including traditionally Democrat union members in Detroit agree with Trump’s tweets and here’s why. Let’s walk through how this played out. The President tweeted out a series of tweets not naming anyone in particular, though most of us could guess the identity of at least one of his implied targets. That was the bait and the left took it.

Immediately excoriating the President, House Speaker Pelosi decided to officially put names on the President’s targets. Stay with me here. These four women have a history that ranges from saying merely stupid things, all the way to profanity laced racism. Rep. Cortez says so many idiotic things, that there are entire Facebook memes with her face on them. Rep. Omar was castigated by her own party for a anti-Semitic remarks. Rep Tlaib is well known for her profanity when discussing the President.

The fourth (heretofore unknown) member of the Cortez “posse” provides the best example, especially since the left is working so hard to make the President out to be a racist. During a round table regarding black opportunities and supposedly referring to members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Ayanna Pressley said, “We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice.” That sounds pretty racist to me.

Here is the result. President Trump has once again baited the left into showing America just how insane they really are. He has baited Nancy Pelosi into coming out in public support of one idiot and three racists. All of them advance the interests of foreigners over that of Americans they are supposed to be representing, but clearly despise. Blue collar Democrats in Detroit aren’t going to forget this. The icing on the cake, is that these four won’t show her one iota of loyalty for defending them.

Troll Level: EPIC.

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Ilhan Omar Claims Palestinian Opposition to Israel Is “Non-Violent”

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Netroots Nation has been a goldmine of Democrats saying ridiculous things. This may qualify as the most disconnected from reality though.

This past weekend, Rep. Ilhan Omar was speaking on a panel and went on a several minute monologue on hypocrisy. Apparently, because our country celebrates the non-violent movements of our civil rights era but we aren’t celebrating Palestinians for their non-violent movement, we are all hypocrites. Amazing how it always comes back to how awful Americans are.

People can have varying views on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It’s no secret that I find the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to be dumpster fire organizations that purposely choose suffering and terrorism over peace. Regardless, what Omar is saying here is objectively false no matter what your view of Israel is. There is no “non-violent” Palestinian movement to “liberate” (her words) them from Israel.

Here’s more non-violence from the Palestinian movement in a video put out just last month.

It should also be noted that liberate in this context clearly means to destroy Israel. How do I know that? Because the Gaza Strip is not occupied. Israel pulled out over a decade ago and it is governed by a terrorist group that was voted in by the residents there. Omar is never pressed on that fact, nor is Rashida Tlaib, as they continually push the “occupation” talking point that is simply false. The logical end game of their views on Israel is its downfall and the erection of yet another Muslim fundamentalist government in the Middle East.

How that’s not more controversial is beyond me, but I realize that inter-sectionalism essentially provides these Congresswomen with total immunity from hard questions.

I’ll also note that at the end of the video, Omar makes another nonsensical comparison that shows how illogical her thought processes are. Namely, that if you think healthcare is a human right, you must support Medicare for All or you are a hypocrite. I don’t think healthcare is a human right for obvious reasons, namely that you can’t make something a right to relies on the labor of others. But even pretending that’s not the cardinal issue, couldn’t someone believe healthcare is a human right but simply think Medicare for All is a terrible, completely unworkable plan that would collapse the system?

This is how Omar operates though. She sets up a false dichotomy and then calls you a bigot and/or hypocrite if you don’t agree with her. And because she’s from Somalia and is a Muslim, no one is allowed to even object without being accused of inciting violence against her. It’s a nice racket she’s got going.

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Pelosi Loses Control Of Her Party And It’s All Her Fault

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Over the weekend, the Democratic Civil War spilled out into the open, consuming social media and setting a blaze on Twitter that could be seen rising to the sky all the way from barren wasteland of MySpace.

Nancy Pelosi and the moderate wing (and, by “moderate,” I mean they are trying not to go too far left to scare off voters) are now engaged in open war with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Justice Democrats. What started as a demand in the backrooms of Congress to keep grievances off social media became a public bloodletting when Ocasio-Cortez and her team began attacking the idea on Facebook.

The House Democrats’ official account went live with an attack on a member of AOC’s staff, and all hell broke loose.

There was a strange silence in the traditional media over the hullabaloo, though many journalists also took to Twitter to express their opinions (a large percentage appeared to be on the side of the Justice Democrats). Conservative media, of course, had a lot to say, but many of those opinions you’ve undoubtedly already read – or had yourself.

If you embrace chaos among the enemy, then you probably want the Justice Democrats to win this fight. In fact, I see them winning the battle, though I also believe they are setting themselves up to lose the war.

If you embrace stability in the political world, though, you want Pelosi and the Democratic establishment to win this one.

The Justice Democrats would do well to learn to play nice with Pelosi and her allies, who far outnumber them in the House – and throughout the country. After all, they hold a handful of seats in the House. Pelosi’s people hold the majority of the majority in the House, have plenty of allies in the Senate, and Pelosi has made a lot of friends in the donor community. The reason she’s been so useful to the Democrats, in fact, is because of her fundraising ability.

Do I think Pelosi is a moderate? Absolutely not. I think she is a political animal, who has been trying to navigate a growing conservative trend in the United States with whatever tactics she’s had available. With Barack Obama as President and, later, the GOP’s ramped up attacks on illegal immigration, she allowed her party to launch wave after wave of attacks against the GOP, shouting “racism!” at every turn.

And thus became her downfall.

Nancy Pelosi and her allies are now reaping what they’ve sown. The fact that the Justice Democrats are actually accusing Pelosi of discriminating against a woman of color says it all. They have allowed this need to shout about racism to spin out of control, and it’s on Pelosi.

We have 10 years now of Democrats, led by Pelosi, accusing everyone who disagrees with them a racist, bigot, homophobe, Islamaphobe, and everything else under the sun. Ten years of letting her party get away with attacking Republicans with hateful, vitriolic statements that personal and without proof. Ten years of the political dialogue deteriorating with no reason to stop her fellow Democrats from tearing it down – she even participated.

Two years ago, she tried to moderate herself. She shied away from the calls for impeachment, tried to establish an agenda, tried to rally her party around ideas. But, the damage was done. The avalanche has started, and all the ad hominem attacks that will come for her and her allies are the direct result of her actions.

I can’t feel sorry for her. I feel sorry for the real moderate Democrats, who don’t like Trump but who don’t find themselves in favor of the things AOC and the Justice Democrats are pushing. I feel sorry for the Americans without a political home, who are socially conservative but economically liberal (against abortion but in favor of government bigger safety nets, for example). But, I don’t feel sorry for the position that Pelosi finds herself in. I didn’t feel sorry for the position John Boehner found himself in when his party began rebelling against him, either.

This is on them. Let them reap what they’ve sown.

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Democrat Internal Poll of Swing Voters Is Leaked and the Results Are Brutal

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Some Democrat strategist is going to wake up in a cold sweat later tonight after seeing this.

The Democratic Party conducted an internal poll of swing voters, including their feelings on the “squad” and socialism. The result are absolutely brutal when juxtaposed with the stated positions of those running in the 2020 Democratic primary race.

The poll was leaked to Axios and here are some of the results.

The poll — taken in May, before Speaker Pelosi’s latest run-in with AOC and the three other liberal House freshmen known as “The Squad” — included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education.

  • These are the “white, non-college voters” who embraced Donald Trump in 2016 but are needed by Democrats in swing House districts.
  • The group that took the poll shared the results with Axios on the condition that it not be named, because the group has to work with all parts of the party.

The findings:

  • Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.

Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.

  • Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.
  • “Socialism is toxic to these voters,” said the top Democrat.

Headlining members of the fresh face caucus, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have favorable numbers just above the DMV. Actually, Omar’s 9% might not even meet that threshold. I’d have been interested to see the results of Rashida Tlaib but that wasn’t published here.

The numbers on socialism are nice to see. While it’s no doubt a popular trend among young, liberal voters, to see swing voters still sharply opposed to that dumpster fire ideology gives me hope we’ve still got a few more years left in us.

There was some mixed news in the poll though. Trump is doing worse with these voters than he did in 2016 but has shown improvement since the 2018 election, where many of the same swing voters swept Democrats into power in the House. Trump should have room to win the rest back if he can present a disciplined message to this group down the stretch while exposing the radicalism of the Democrats.

As I’ve shared before, I think Bernie Sanders is dead at this point so I’m not going to bother speculating about what would happen if he were the nominee, but if Elizabeth Warren ends up in the position, which is looking very possible right now, the Democrat party is going to have to contend with her outspoken support of socialist policies. This poll also shows why Joe Biden has outpaced everyone else. He’s not actually a moderate, but just his appearance of moderation compared to his challengers has given him a level of support in the middle that the others can’t really touch. That could change though if he keeps floundering as he has.

Trump’s biggest advantage in 2020 is how insane Democrats have gone. I see no evidence they are planning to turn the ship around at this point.

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