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USWNT Fans Who Chanted Curses at Trump on Live TV Go on to Give Eye-Roll Worthy Anti-Trump Interview

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In true Democrat fashion, those planning to vote against Trump decided to make the victory by the U.S. women’s soccer team political because, as you know, everything has to be political.

As my colleague Elizabeth Vaughn previously covered, a Fox News report covering the celebrations at a bar in France suddenly became political. As the reporter began his live-on-location coverage of the crowd’s celebration, a guy in a red hat bearing an American flag began shouting “f**k Trump” repeatedly and causing the crowd to join him in the chant.

It only got more cringe-worthy, as reported by Caleb Howe at TheBlaze. Fox News decided to interview the crowd and what followed was more of a political statement than a sports victory celebration.

The reporter tried to keep it relegated to talk about the team, but when he came back to the man in the red hat who started the aforementioned chant, it came right back around to Trump after being asked if he had any doubts that the U.S. team would win.

“None! None whatsoever,” said the man in the red hat. “Now we need to win in 2020.”

“Democrats!” screamed the man into the microphone, causing the people around him to shout the same.

“Get that racist out of the White House!” shouted the red hat man.

According to Howe, an Irish blog also interviewed the left-leaning crowd at the bar and went further in-depth with their thoughts and feelings. Sure enough, it was still about politics. The man in the red hat celebrated that the U.S. women’s team was diverse in race and sexuality, instead of, ya know, winning a big victory:

“I mean, I think our team really represents what America is about,” said the ringleader, in a red but non-MAGA baseball cap that had a non-Betsy Ross American flag on it. “So we have diversity racially, we have an LGBTQ population represented, and that’s what Americans get behind.”

“So, I think Trump is really the old guard and it’s kind of the last grasp for them to keep power,” he continued. “But power should be divided amongst everyone.”

The next person interviewed was a female fan, whose remarks consisted in the main of observing that the players are also female.

After that was a young male fan, who explained how female fans should feel now that the World Cup has presented a great opportunity for them to see “their idols” on a big stage for the first time ever in this, the team’s fourth win.

They cut back to the red American flag hat-wearing ringleader, who said it’s “definitely a risk taking a political stance” that may ‘alienate some fans”, but that “whether it’s [Megan] Rapinoe, whether it’s NBA stars like LeBron or Steph Curry, it’s gotta come from the population.” It’s not exactly clear what that meant, but his easy command of current NBA news shows what a true fan of sport he is.

“Hopefully in 2020 there’ll be a different story, because right now, I’m very embarrassed to be American,” the sports expert jock said thoughtfully. “it’s time for people in our country to stop believing all these lies. It’s really depressing that there are those that are so uneducated that they’ll believe everything he says.”

Being embarrassed to be an American in light of a great American victory just because there’s a guy in office you don’t like is indicative of a serious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Expressing your political concerns is all well and good, but there’s a time and place, and that wasn’t it. To be honest, this only tells me that the guy has a solid amount of square footage in his brain where Trump lives quite comfortably.

As it stands, our red-hatted friend may be disappointed come 2020. As Tim Pool recently covered in a video, Trump’s numbers are at record highs.

He’s also raking in far more donations than any Democrat candidate, though at this time there are enough Democrat candidates to fill a small country. Even so, Trump is bringing crowds to his rallies that actually do look like small countries.

It sucks that this had to be made political, but between players snubbing Trump for a White House visit and various fans making our escapism a divisive affair, it is political now, and making everything political is one of the reasons Trump is going to win in 2020.

We’re just over the “orange man bad” nonsense constantly forced down our throats.

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Failing Democrat Follies Continue – Did Amy Klobuchar Just Dismember Smokey Bear?!?!

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From Twitter account @amyklobuchar

The Not-Ready-For-Primetime candidates continue to deliver the comedy.

The ever-growing field of Democrats (yes, still: Tom Steyer now wants to join the hoedown) means that interest for individuals is diluted, polling percentages are at a premium and the desire for notice borders on desperation. Candidates are eager to do almost anything to get some form of traction with voters.

This means that many are willing to do/say/project anything to distinguish themselves, and more often it delivers comedy. Look at Liz Warren trying to seem natural while drinking a beer. There is Kirsten Gillibrand at a gay pride party sipping a shot of liquor. And Duke Nuke’em himself, Eric Swalwell, is a perpetual gaffe machine as he panders to any group in his crosshairs.

That staffers for these hopefuls do not always take an editorial eye to some of the social media output may be a sign of their yearning for any instant exposure. Instead of pausing to ask about optics and impressions of their offerings it is a rush to put anything and everything up on accounts. The need to stay relevant supersedes decorum. Take Amy Klobuchar as the latest example.

The Minnesotan has desperately needed to be noticed in the crowded herd, and so her recent Twitter post shows this rashness on full display. She met up with an individual at a recent parade event and thought she had captured a prime candid moment to reveal her true side. Instead, this was the result.

The most apathetic viewer would have to regard this as appearing as though she is standing over the felled remains of Smokey Bear. She appears less a community member than a hunter posing over her trophy kill. We get that she wanted to show support for a citizen volunteer, but maybe the dismembered ursine image was not the way to go?!

Now factor in that Amy is still battling the stories of her venomous treatment of her staffers, and then this hoped-for sweet moment becomes transformed into something else entirely.

Then you also take into consideration that her hastily-fastened blouse was blatantly askew and the decapitated Kodiak becomes an altogether different image.

For these very reasons, I have been mentioning to those who are bemoaning the length of the campaign and breadth of the field as being a tortuous affair that they need to consider the other possibilities. These desperate souls are going to be a good source of comedy for the months to come.

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“Shameful”: Nikki Haley Blasts Rashida Tlaib’s Nonsensical Explanation for Voting Against Border Crisis Funding

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After Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) appearance on ABC News‘s “This Week” Sunday, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikky Haley had some thoughts.

As I wrote yesterday, Tlaib was interviewed on the program about the border crisis and was specifically asked why she voted against humanitarian aid funding. To recap, here’s how the freshman Congresswoman answered:

She said on Sunday that rather than listen to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, who appeared on the program before her and denied the accusations, she would listen to the Customs and Border Protection agents she met while touring the detention center.

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“Three agents took me aside, away from my colleagues and said more money is not going to fix this, that they were not trained to separate children,” she said. “That they don’t want to separate two year olds away from their mothers. That’s not what they were trained for, that’s not what they signed up for in their service to our country. They signed up to protect the border, not to separate children, not to put people in cages.”

I noted in my post that Tlaib’s explanations didn’t pass the smell test for multiple reasons, most importantly because Tlaib’s vote against the funding came before her visit to the Texas border detention facility when she was allegedly pulled to the side by CBP agents to discuss the issue.

Haley watched the video of Tlaib’s aggressively defensive, nonsensical answer and called her out, noting the bloviating Congresswoman wasn’t actually interested in solutions:

As it turns out, Haley wasn’t the only prominent female public figure to call out Tlaib’s duplicity on border funding over weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) also took Tlaib to task, along with other “Squad” members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), and Ayanna Pressley (MA) for their “no” votes on the aid package. ⁩

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said per New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in a Saturday column. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

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Medicare is $38 Trillion Short – And Other Reasons Government Shouldn’t Run Anything

America’s Left has certainly evolved.

Fifty years ago, it was the Left who didn’t trust Big Brother – and wanted to stick it to The Man.

Now – they LOVE Big Brother.  Because they now are The Man.

The Left now runs nearly everything.  And has for quite a long while.

The Left with ever-increasing influence controls schools grades K-12.  The disasters continue to mount.  We spend ever more money – to have them deliver ever diminished results.

Governments schools do not educate – they indoctrinate.  Seven-year-olds aren’t furthering their reading and math – but they are receiving climate change and LGBTQ propaganda.

Government schools have extruded hundreds of millions of students who can not read the diplomas they’re handed – but they can all roll a condom on a banana.

The Left controls the colleges and universities.  Which is why 99+% of them can now more rightly be called insane asylums.  They have spent decades producing not clear-thinking, self-sustaining, educated individuals – but tens of millions of mindless radical Leftists.

The Left controls the vast majority of the media.  Which is the only way they can continue to propagate their Big Lie.  Because Reality so often, so directly opposes them.

We have dozens of television networks and movie studios, hundreds of newspapers and magazines and millions of websites dedicated to the maxim:

“If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”

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It’s a necessary part of the Program.  Which is why they freak out in such a hyper-over-reactory way whenever there is a tiny talk radio-Fox News chink in their otherwise un-penetrated armor.  ANY little glint of sunlight entering their dark world – is egregiously damaging to their cause.

And of course the Left has nigh total control of governments everywhere.

You see it at the local level all the time – especially in schools.  Students and their parents protest the insanity the schools are imposing – and the government tells them to take a flying leap.

High School Student Suspended for Refusing to Join Political Protest:

“High school students across the U.S. walked out of class on Wednesday to protest in favor of gun reform….Jacob Shoemaker, a Hilliard Davidson High School senior in Ohio, refused to join his classmates in taking part of the ‘National Walkout.’…Jacob didn’t feel that politics should play a role in the classroom, and he refused to take sides. He argued that divisive politics should be kept out of schools.”

Hundreds of Parents Pull Kids From School to Protest LGBTQ Curriculum:

“(T)he curriculum would be rolled out in the second grade, where students are about 7 or 8.”

And of course you see the Left’s control of the entirety of Washington, D.C.

We have over the decades periodically elected this attempt or that at reducing government – President Ronald Reagan, the Newt Gingrich Congress, the Tea Party,….  Only to see the Leftist bureaucracy time and again overwhelm our efforts.  And the government only continues to grow.

Since the presidential election of Swamp Drainer Donald Trump – we have time and again see some random institutionalized Leftist bureaucrat or phony judge unilaterally block something Trump has tried to do in the name of drainage.  And the government only continues to grow.

The Left is certainly very good at ensuring they run things.  Are they any good at actually running things?

Heavens no.

Medicare Faces Unfunded Liability of $38.6 Trillion

And that was in 2012.  It’s inexorably worse now.

The Left’s “solution?”  EXPAND the seniors-only program – to include everyone.  Genius.

Social Security’s Looming $32 Trillion Shortfall:

And that was in 2016.  It’s inexorably worse now.

Two Leftist programs – $70 trillion short.  But wait – there’s more:

The Federal Government Will Spend Half Its Budget On Older Adults In Ten Years:

“(M)ostly for health care and retirement benefits.”

Ummm…that’s Medicare and Social Security.  Oops.

This year’s federal budget – is $4.5 trillion.  And will be inexorably larger a decade hence.  Oops.

We could list examples of government failure from now until the crack of Doom.

And things never, EVER get better.  Only inexorably worse.

Bad:

IG Report: 300,000 Veterans Died While Waiting for Health Care at the Veterans Administration (VA)

And then worse:

VA Still in Disarray Four Years after Veterans Wait-List Death Scandal

Bad:

Barack Obama’s Immigration Action Means Tax Refunds For Illegals, Says IRS

IRS to Pay Back-Refunds to Illegal Immigrants Who Didn’t Pay Taxes

And then worse:

IRS Refunds $4.2 Billion to Illegal Aliens for Taxes Not Paid

So when We the Normal have a precious gem – a portion of life that has managed to remain nigh-completely government free – we should cherish and protect it with all the might we can muster.

One such very rare cabochon – is the Internet.

True, the Web was born of government.  But in government’s hands it languished in inert obscurity – for decades.

In the 1990s, government in bipartisan fashion decided to hand the thing to the private sector.

Boom.

Twenty-five years later, the Internet has gone from “What’s that?” – to a free speech-free market Xanadu that is now one-sixth of our entire $19 trillion economy.

Boom.

Very shortly after the very wise bipartisan decision to deregulate – the Left began looking to re-regulate.  Born was the inanity known as Network Neutrality.

And in drooling anticipation of that government grab – the Left got even greedier (shocker, I know).  And now insists we impose upon the Internet – 1934 landline phone law.

Is that a good idea?  Heavens no:

“‘Title II undermines broadband competition. In the five years after the FCC first proposed Title II (2010–15), investment dropped somewhere between $160-$200 billion relative to what it would have been projecting forward from 2005–10, when net neutrality alone was the baseline for investor expectations.’”

So whenever you hear any Leftist demand we have government do this to the Internet – please ask them:

“Are you looking to emulate government’s failure with Medicare?”

Or:

“Are you looking to emulate government’s failure with Social Security?”

Or:

“Are you looking to emulate government’s failure with the VA?”

Or:

“Are you looking to emulate government’s failure with schools?”

Or….

You are free to pick any you wish.

Because the government is awful at all of them.

Because the government is awful at everything.

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WaPo Promotes Federal Gas Tax Hike

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WaPo Promotes Federal Gas Tax Hike

“States are doing it. So why hasn’t Congress increased the federal gas tax?” So goes the headline in Saturday’s Washington Post advocating for yet another attempt to pick the pockets of the middle class—and along with them, the minimum wage workers least likely to afford it.

The Post prints a litany of reasons why the Federal Government should raise the gas tax on top of what the states severally, are doing. Here are a couple.

Congress last raised the federal gas tax in 1993, which means that the 18.4-cent-per-gallon levy has fallen more than 40 percent in real terms. That is a rough indication of how much incentive for consumers to drive less, and to drive more fuel-efficient vehicles, thus reducing carbon emissions, Congress has passively forfeited.

These leftists cannot resist using the tax code as a cudgel to sanction behavior they disapprove of, such as driving oneself somewhere without permission from government. Note the language. The leftists simply must promote their climate change scam. What’s worse is how they view your hard earned money. “…Congress has actively forfeited.” Such arrogance. It’s not your money. It’s ours!

The shrinking gas tax is a major reason the Federal Highway Trust Fund has enough money to meet its obligations only through fiscal 2020.

Sorry folks. That’s just false to fact. One reason the so-called, “Federal Highway Trust Fund” is running short of cash is because of the Davis-Bacon Act (David Webb, are you listening?). Davis-Bacon adds 40 percent to any construction project which uses Federal funds. Stay tuned for a follow-up to that particular issue.

The other reason is that no politician, local, state or federal, can resist shoving his snout down into that money trough up to the shoulders. Surprisingly, the Post halfway admits that (emphasis mine)

Obviously, a different political dynamic pertains to federal gas taxes, which are collected more remotely from where they are spent and used for mass transit, as well as roads.

Mass transit, Bike Paths and all sorts of other non Federal Highway projects that take advantage of the slush fund that gas taxes provide fodder for.

The article’s final paragraph contains a truth and a lie all wrapped up together

Yet the states’ experience demonstrates that the American people are open to more rational fuel taxation and that Congress’s old excuses for avoiding it may no longer apply.

Yes, hard-working Americans are willing to pay for their use of the roads. However, what they usually end up getting, is higher taxes and crappy roads. They are certainly tired of their hard-earned dollars being siphoned off to promote the leftist agenda—bike paths and other such nonsense that does little if anything to make their daily commute any better.

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A Major Democrat Figure Is About to Join the Race for 2020

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I’ve lost count of the number of people running for President on the Democrat side at this point. It’s well over 20 and we are about to see another name added to the list if new reports pan out.

Billionaire and liberal sugar daddy Tom Steyer is telling allies he’s going to jump into the 2020 Democrat primary and he will reportedly make his announcement tomorrow.

The billionaire investor Tom Steyer, who in the past decade has been both the top Democratic donor in the country and the prime engine for pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, appears ready to become Democratic candidate No. 26. Last week in San Francisco, Steyer told staffers at two progressive organizations he funds, Need to Impeach and NextGen America, that he is launching a 2020 campaign, and that he plans to make the formal announcement this Tuesday.

Politico is reporting the same thing but with a bit more certainty.

Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist who toyed with a 2020 presidential run before deciding against it, has told people he plans to announce that he’s entering the race for the Democratic nomination, according to three people familiar with his plans. Steyer had said in January that he was passing on a 2020 run.

Steyer held a private conference call last week to announce to people who work for Need to Impeach, NextGen America and Steyer’s Sacramento office that he was planning to run, according to one of the people.

Steyer is most famous for putting bags of cash into piles and setting them on fire. He’s been the money man behind a lot of the efforts to impeach Donald Trump and has shown himself to be your typical liberal conspiracy theorist. He was also the money behind Andrew Gillum, who would go on to lose a race he was favored to win in Florida last year. Republican Ron DeSantis proved victorious after a contentious campaign.

Back in January, Steyer had previously claimed that he wouldn’t run for President because he felt what he wanted was already being represented by other candidates, but ego is a funny a thing. He’s apparently reconsidered and wants a piece of the action. The risk for the other Democrats is that Steyer can drop tens of millions on his own campaign without blinking at eye. He can flood the airways and internet with ads, basically buying his way to a high profile in the race. Whether that’ll translate to actual voter support is up for debate.

Steyer’s political views are exactly what you’d expect. He’s a major, major booster of global warming hysteria. His economics are in line with the rest of the Democratic field. Oh, and he hates Donald Trump with the fire of a thousand suns, so that box is checked as well.

I don’t see Steyer doing anything but adding to the chaos. Still, like a demolition derby, there’s something satisfying about watching the carnage.

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World Cup Fans In Lyon, France Bar Chant ‘F*** Trump’ During Fox News Broadcast

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Fox News’ Greg Palkot was broadcasting from a sports bar in Lyon, France following the USWNT’s victory over the Netherlands on Sunday afternoon when boisterous patrons began chanting “F*** Trump.” Despite the shouting going on behind him, Palkot soldiered on with his report.

Moveon.org’s senior video producer, Sara Pearl, caught the chant which can be viewed in the tweet below.

Megan Rapinoe, co-captain of the team and outspoken Trump critic, made headlines last month when she was asked, if her team wins the World Cup and receives an invitation to the White House, would she be “excited” to go.

She responded, “I’m not going to the f*****g White House.”No. I’m not going to the White House. We’re not gonna be invited. I doubt it…[Trump] tries to avoid inviting a team that might decline. Or, like he did when the Warriors turned him down, he’ll claim they hadn’t been invited in the first place.”

The Washington Post reported Rapinoe recently said that “just the fact that someone like her can play her way onto the team amounts to “kind of a good ‘F you’ to … the administration.”

President Trump had the grace to put their differences aside and congratulate the team on their victory. “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!,” Trump tweeted.

The left found the impromptu chant to be quite amusing and Sara Pearl’s video went viral. She was very excited about that. In the tweet below, she wrote “I feel like this is actually a big f*** you to Trump’s military tank parade hijacking our Fourth of July. I’m calling today the true Independence Day Westlake Legal Group 1f602 World Cup Fans In Lyon, France Bar Chant ‘F*** Trump’ During Fox News Broadcast USWNT Sports President Trump Megan Rapinoe Front Page Stories Featured Story donald trump democrats Culture Allow Media Exception   Westlake Legal Group 1f1fa-1f1f8 World Cup Fans In Lyon, France Bar Chant ‘F*** Trump’ During Fox News Broadcast USWNT Sports President Trump Megan Rapinoe Front Page Stories Featured Story donald trump democrats Culture Allow Media Exception   ”

Laura Ingraham had a question for those who found this to be so entertaining. She asked, in a tweet: “What would the media/Left’s reaction have been had such a chant ever been directed at Obama in any bar?”

Journalists Jim Stinson and Joel Pollack answered below.

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America Has Gravely Disappointed Ilhan Omar

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Omar’s short time on the public scene has been filled with one controversy after another. Whether it’s her consistent habit of delving into antisemitism, the evidence she committed marriage fraud, or just the general way she conducts herself as a lawmaker, Omar has managed to find herself in the news over and over and rarely for positive reasons.

Despite plenty of issues at play, because she’s a Democrat, that means she gets puff pieces in The Washington Post. This latest one caught my eye.

We’ve all disappointed her, guys.

There’s a certain arrogance to Omar’s time in the United States that tends to rub people the wrong way and that’s on full display as The Washington Post dives into one of the fluffier pieces you’ll read about a D.C. politician. Take this anecdote for example.

Five years earlier, Omar told the students, she was working for a Minneapolis city councilman who asked her to report back on problems with the courts. There, she recalled encountering a “sweet, old . . . African American lady” who had been arrested for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her “starving 5-year-old granddaughter.”

After spending the weekend in jail, the woman was led into the courtroom and fined $80 — a penalty she couldn’t pay. “I couldn’t control my emotions,” Omar continued, “because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.”

“Bulls—!” she recalled yelling in the courtroom.

Omar, perhaps because of her lack of background with American ideals, seems to not understand that prosecution for criminal activity, even supposed “crimes of desperation,” are what help hold society together. It’s a short walk from arbitrary decriminalization to the anarchy of her home country of Somalia. There’s also the fact that the story she told, much like her entire career, is likely complete nonsense.

Omar’s story echoed the plot of “Les Miserables.” If true, it is also probably embellished. City officials said that police aren’t allowed to arrest people for shoplifting unless there’s a likelihood of violence or further crime. Typically, shoplifters are sentenced to attend a three-hour class.

In an interview, Omar said she may have flubbed some facts. “She might have had a prior [arrest],” Omar said. “I’m not sure. . . . The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”

Much like we witnessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s slanderous claims about Border Patrol last week, this new generation of leftist politicians rely on exaggeration and falsehood to push their narratives. It doesn’t matter if what they say is actually true, only that it paints a moralistic picture they feel can advance their goals.

Omar goes on to call America a “broken promise.”

In Omar’s immigrant story, America wasn’t a “city on a hill,” a haven for grateful masses fleeing war and oppression. Rather, it was a broken promise. “I arrived at the age of 12 and learned that I was the extreme other,” she often said. “I was black. I was Muslim. I also learned I was extremely poor and that the classless America that my father talked about didn’t exist.”

While I can sympathize with the idea that her expectations may have been unrealistic, perhaps not being in a war-torn country, being offered government assistance, and being part of a society that allows a refugee to become a Congressional member should count for something. No one actually promised Omar utopia. What America has always been is a promise of opportunity and she, even though she’ll never admit it, proved the inclusiveness of that promise by attaining her current position.

One particularly jarring passage from the piece involved Omar giving this description of U.S. military combat veterans.

At times, she struggled to see the humanity in her opponents, dismissing a paralyzed Gulf War veteran’s suggestion that the presence in Congress of more combat veterans, who have experienced the costs of war, might produce a more cautious foreign policy and improve veteran care.

“I’ve been in rooms with people who have served who say the most horrendous things, who have complete disregard for life,” she said. “I would love for that statement to be true, but it isn’t in most cases.”

The article keeps going from there, but the essential point is that America has failed to live up to Omar’s demands throughout her time here.

In Omar’s version, America wasn’t the bighearted country that saved her from a brutal war and a bleak refugee camp. It wasn’t a meritocracy that helped her attend college or vaulted her into Congress. Instead, it was the country that had failed to live up to its founding ideals, a place that had disappointed her and so many immigrants, refugees and minorities like her.

I’ll give the author credit for tacitly countering some of her claims, i.e. him pointing out above that this country helped pay for her to go to college and gave her the pathway to attain almost anything, including becoming a U.S. House member. Still, if the United States has been such a grave disappointment to refugees and immigrants, there’s always the option to not come here. The truth is, the United States, while not perfect, is still the greatest country on earth. Some semblance of gratitude from Omar would go a long way, yet she chooses to show absolutely none.

Of course, the writer stops short of any real push back, instead choosing to tell “her story” mostly uncritically. Nowhere in the article is there mention of the evidence that has mounted that she committed marriage fraud. There’s no mention of the proven campaign finance violations she committed. Most egregiously, The Washington Post doesn’t bring up her bouts of antisemitism while in Congress at all. You’d think that would be relevant. Would the Post write an article about a Republican without laying bare every questionable aspect of his or her past? We all know the answer to that.

While the article mostly focuses on her past, Omar’s graceless treatment of the country that saved her continues apace. We see it in her political rantings, defending terrorist regimes like Iran and the Palestinian Authority while outright lying about the actions of Israel. The presence of Muslim fundamentalism in her worldview, even though we aren’t supposed to talk about those things, clearly influences her to defend the indefensible while attacking those who have outstretched their hand to her.

Omar manages to find time to defend ISIS terrorists and ask for radical members of the Muslim Brotherhood to be released, but she trashes American veterans of the Battle of Mogadishu as “Satan.” We’ve seen her laugh about Al Qaeda with anti-Semitic figures, defend tyrants like Nicolas Maduro, and laud literal terrorists like Angela Davis. But one thing always eludes Omar’s lips, that being any praise for the country that took her in and gave her everything.

It’s all completely bizarre and I don’t believe just how bizarre is lost on most of the American voters who are watching this from afar. The reason Omar remains relatively unscathed is simply because of the culture of that inter-sectionalism has propagated in the country. People are afraid to speak the obvious about her actions and worldview for fear of retribution.

At some point though, the truth has to outweigh fear of the mob. Omar has no business being in Congress. While the Congresswoman may constantly focus on her disappointment in America, we all have far more reason to be disappointed in her.

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Not Adding Up: Rashida Tlaib Tries, Fails Miserably to Defend Her Vote Against Border Humanitarian Aid

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., questions Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) voted against the border humanitarian aid funding bill late last month after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reversed course and pushed for approval of the Senate version of the bill.

Tlaib, like her pals Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Ayanna Presley (D-MA) were just four of many Democrats in the House to suggest earlier this year that there wasn’t a humanitarian crisis, that it was manufactured.

But once they decided it was a crisis, they quickly blamed President Trump – and then repeatedly refused to consider the administration’s request for $4.6 billion in funding to help alleviate the humanitarian issues.

Congresswoman Tlaib appeard on ABC News‘s “This Week” program on Sunday morning to defend her vote against the funding. Here’s what she said:

She said on Sunday that rather than listen to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, who appeared on the program before her and denied the accusations, she would listen to the Customs and Border Protection agents she met while touring the detention center.

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“Three agents took me aside, away from my colleagues and said more money is not going to fix this, that they were not trained to separate children,” she said. “That they don’t want to separate two year olds away from their mothers. That’s not what they were trained for, that’s not what they signed up for in their service to our country. They signed up to protect the border, not to separate children, not to put people in cages.”

Watch video of Tlaib’s remarks below:

She later tweeted out a defense of her vote against funding:

There are a number of problems with Tlaib’s explanations.

First: Can you imagine anyone from the CBP telling a member of Congress to NOT approve funding to help them do their jobs? I find this hard – almost impossible – to believe. If conditions are as bad as Tlaib, AOC, and others suggest, they are not going to turn down money that would have the potential to at the very least temporarily resolve some of the issues at the border.

Second: Why would Tlaib be “taken aside”? The trip was organized by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and was comprised entirely of Democratic members of Congress who have taken issue with Trump’s immigration policies. Why would any member of the CBP take Tlaib alone off to the side rather than explain their position to an entire delegation of sympathetic Democratic Congressional representatives?

This story does not add up.

Finally, here’s the biggest problem with Tlaib’s explanation: The Democratic Congressional delegation’s trip to the border was made on Monday July 1st. The vote on the border crisis funding bill was Thursday June 27th. So she had not yet visited the facility in question, had not yet allegedly been pulled “aside” and supposedly been told that more funding wasn’t the answer.

In short, Tlaib is very likely being dishonest about why she voted “no” on border crisis funding. Her real reasons are more political in nature than anything else.

As Rep. Dan Crenshaw made clear last week in comments regarding the Democratic position on illegal immigration, it’s ultimately about open borders:

“What they really want is no enforcement, this is the crux of it. They don’t talk about what the actual problem is which is tens of thousands of people coming across and overwhelming our system,” Crenshaw added. “And then they have to answer the question, should we have a system at all? And they say no. Well what is the point of even having a border? Why even have custom agents at airports if we are not going to enforce any kind of management over who comes in and out of our country? They don’t want to answer these tough questions because in the end they want open borders.”

Bingo.

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Justin Amash; In The Name Of God—GO!

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In the Name of God…Go!

During a House of Commons debate on the debacle of the French-British expedition to liberate Norway from the Nazis, a member of Parliament hurled the following at then Prime Minister Chamberlain,

“You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

—Leo Avery, MP
May 7, 1940

As history recalls, 3 days afterwards, Germany thrust its armored dagger into the heart of France and the Low Countries. Shortly after that Winston Churchill became Prime Minister and led Great Britain through the rest of World War II.

Congressman (newly Independent) Justin Amash deserves much the same invective. Not satisfied with the pusillanimous act of deserting his party, he just had to show it was all about him by publishing a self righteous OpEd and of course the de rigeuer appearances on the Sunday shows.

On CNN’s State of the Union Show, Amash alleged that he had been contacted by other Republicans, some who were senior officials. These folks supposedly thanked Amash for what he was doing, claiming they supported his impeachment comments regarding the President.

At first blush, this would appear to be bad news for President Trump and the Republicans as a whole. Not so fast. In a recent poll, it would appear that the voters recognize a self aggrandizing turncoat when they see one. Amash has a primary opponent, State Rep Jim Lower, who appears to be giving him a run for his money.

In a June 5-9 Practical Political Consulting (PPC) and MIRS survey of just 360 likely GOP voters announced Tuesday (though not yet available online), Lower thumped Amash in a head-to-head matchup, 49 percent to 33 percent.

One poll, such a small one at that, means little or nothing in the long run. This poll also did not take into account the late entry into the primary, Alabama National Guardsman, Tom Norton. Amash is toast. He thinks he is going to be able to leave Congress and become a “tame Republican,” on the liberal talk show circuit. He likely believes the current flattery from the left over his decision to leave the Republican Party. He’s also floated the idea of running for President. Good Luck with that.

Justin Amash is about to learn the hard way that disloyalty doesn’t pay. He just might continue receiving flattery and a few lucrative speaking gigs. Like Benedict Arnold however,he will soon find out that no one trusts a turncoat—even the beneficiaries of his pusillanimity. His constituents should use the upcoming primary to forcefully tell him, “You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

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