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Top House Democrat James Clyburn Accuses Pelosi, Democrats of “Tokenism”

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Here’s your daily dose of evidence that the Democrat party is burning itself down over inter-sectionalism.

Rep. James Clyburn rcently did an interview with the Wall Street Journal where he took some shots at Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, specifically over the racial makeup of leadership and how it got that way.

Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Hoyer were unopposed in the House Democratic caucus but Mr. Clyburn got a challenge from Rep. Diana DeGette (D., Colo.), who eventually stepped aside. Mr. Clyburn ended up on the ballot unopposed but he still resents the ordeal. Some of his critics looked at him as a “figurehead,” he says, which he effectively took as a racial slur—that he was in Mrs. Pelosi’s inner circle only because of his race.

Mr. Clyburn said he brings something to the table. “I’ve always managed a fully-integrated staff. Pelosi doesn’t have that experience, nor does Hoyer have that experience. To them, tokenism is all right with them,” he said.

Clyburn took offense to the fact that Pelosi called in the fix for him in 2007. His opponent for his eventual leadership role dropped out, leaving Clyburn to run unopposed. Why? Because Pelosi wanted a black Representative in a leadership position. It also gave the appearance that he Clyburn couldn’t win on the merits and he didn’t like that. I can actually understand his thinking on some level.

To further push the point, Clyburn then goes right at Pelosi and Hoyer.

What does he mean by tokenism? “What I mean is, how many black folks are on Hoyer’s staff?”

He added: “I’m going to let you check it out.”

Have Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Hoyer been told they should hire more black people? “I don’t have to tell them,” Mr. Clyburn said. “They’re grown people. They can read. They can see.”

Clyburn would then go on to “clarify” his remarks when it became clear he had went too far.

“I did not intend anything as any criticism of Steny or Nancy, because I don’t think they deserve to be criticized on hiring practices,” Mr. Clyburn said. “Nancy’s got a whole lot of black folks on her staff.” (Mr. Clyburn’s office is 58% black, according to a spokeswoman.)

The larger point here is the back-biting taking place within the Democrat party, not whether Clyburn is correct about the racial makeup of Pelosi’s staff. The fact that they are even sniping over such things shows the problems they are dealing with. There’s an older guard who simply didn’t see racial quotas on their staffs as important while the new left is demanding such things not just on the Hill, but in all manner of corporate and other private settings.

While Clyburn eventually backed down here, would AOC back down in a similar situation? What about Ilhan Omar? Recent history says they’d simply double and triple down. In fact, Rashida Tlaib has already accused House Democrats of tokenism while complaining about her lack of standing. To any normal person, a freshman Representative would be expected to have little to no say in policy direction but the most radical elements of the Democrat party do not care about that. They feel entitled to it.

Pelosi is probably glad on some level that this will likely be her last stint. Whoever gets the job as Speaker (or hopefully Minority Leader) in her party next is going to have an inter-sectional mess on his or her hands.

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Scandals Involving Joe and Hunter Biden Are Becoming a Problem and the Media Have Finally Noticed

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Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has an extremely checkered history when it comes to business dealings and ethics. Not so much anything he did in those business dealings, but how he possibly got them. Namely, the implication based on serious evidence is that his father used his influence as Vice President to get Hunter some very lucrative positions in countries like Ukraine and China.

Until now, this has mostly been the domain of right-wing media. That was to be expected as anything that’s harmful to a Democrat is typically buried in the mainstream media.

We’ve now entered a different phase though, as the Democratic primary heats up and the debates start next week. Biden is not currently running against a Republican, he’s running against 20 (or so) other Democrats and those Democrats want to take him down. That means the media can’t just ignore what’s happening in unison anymore.

Case in point, this latest write-up by ABC News, which goes right at the heart of Joe Biden’s scandals involving influence peddling for his son.

In April of 2014, the then-vice president led a U.S. delegation to Kiev tasked with rooting out corruption and advocating for Ukraine to diminish its reliance on Russian oil. The Obama administration had pledged aid money to support a fledgling Ukrainian administration recovering from a revolution that ousted the country’s previous leader.

“You have to fight the cancer of corruption that is endemic in your system right now,” Biden told the Ukrainian parliament during the first of several post-revolution visits to the country. “And with the right investments and the right choices, Ukraine can reduce its energy dependence and increase its energy security.”

Within weeks of his visit, Ukraine’s largest energy producer, Burisma Energy, appointed Hunter Biden to a paid directorship on the firm’s board.

Just months before, in December of 2013, there was a similar episode when the then-vice president led an Obama administration effort to tamp down tensions in the Far East. Hunter Biden disembarked from Air Force Two in Beijing alongside his father, ahead of a series of meetings between the vice president and several high-ranking members of China’s ruling party. Upon his departure, Joe Biden called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “good friend.”

Within weeks of that visit, Hunter Biden was doing business there, as a participant in a firm called Bohai Harvest RST. The corporation formed a novel Chinese-American investment partnership that involved such Chinese state-owned firms as the Bank of China. Reports at the time said they sought to raise $1.5 billion.

The idea that all of that is just coincidence strains belief. The younger Biden was even on the trip to China. Two weeks later he’s getting a lucrative position with a Chinese investment firm that’s partnered with Chinese government owned banks. Come on.

Biden’s issues in Ukraine also go deeper than just his son getting a job out of nowhere. There’s also the admission by Biden that he threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine if they didn’t fire a prosecutor who just happened to be investigating the very firm Hunter Biden was working for.

Here’s the details.

Back in 2016, as The Daily Wire previously reported, Biden pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to replace the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. Biden later bragged in 2018 that he was able to get Shokin removed by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees. Shokin was fired.

What Biden neglected to mention is that at the time he was working to get Shokin fired, the prosecutor was looking into Burisma Holdings, a company that employs Hunter Biden. Hunter’s American based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, also received monthly transfers of more than $166,000 from Burisma from 2014 to 2015. Shokin was investigating these payments, the Wire previously reported.

With Shokin out of the picture, the investigation into Burisma and by extension, Hunter, ended. This kept the issue from affecting Democrats in 2016, specifically, Hillary Clinton’s election campaign. Clinton still lost.

We are again told by the Biden campaign that it’s all just happenstance.

But it’s not just foreign dealings haunting Joe Biden in relation to his son’s actions. This news broke today and could get messy in a hurry.

This stems from a women who gave birth to a child back in 2018. She’s not making this accusation idly or just in the media. She’s going to court and putting the weight of action behind what she’s saying. What the circumstances of the relationship were aren’t really known yet. Did Hunter Biden abandon the mother and child knowingly? Is it even his child? We’ll find out eventually but his past doesn’t do much to absolve him of the possibility. He was revealed as part of the Ashley Madison hack back in 2015, a pro-adultery website. After getting divorced, he dated his deceased brother’s widow and just recently married another woman last month.

If this were a general election, I’d dismiss all this as going nowhere. Noway would our stalwart media allow any of this to take down Biden in a race against Trump. But we aren’t in a general election and there are a lot of 2020 candidates gunning for him who have more liberal credibility with the Democratic primary base. That means the media will end up reporting this stuff and it’s going to get brought up, whether in interviews or in the debates.

Biden’s got a slog ahead of him and things are going to get ugly. Of course, if he makes it to the general election, you can expect all of this to go away very quickly.

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Roy Moore Wants to Lose Another Senate Race

The only Republican who could lose a statewide race in Alabama these days is determined to try again. News broke today that Roy Moore, the former judge who lost the 2017 Alabama Senate special election to Doug Jones, was tossing his cowboy hat in the ring once again.

It takes a special level of talent to lose in deep-red Alabama to a pro-choice Democrat, and none of Moore’s baggage from his 2017 election — the series of women and corroborating witnesses who accused him of sexual misconduct and sexual assault, getting removed from his judicial offices twice for willfully failing to follow the law, countless comments that many viewed as racist, anti-Semitic, or homophobic — have dissipated, but Moore is determined to cause another round of chaos for Alabama Republicans.

The Washington Post report notes that President Donald Trump, who endorsed Moore in 2017, and top Republicans in his state all voiced concerns that Moore could not win.

“I will run for the U.S. Senate in 2020,” Moore said at a campaign launch event in Montgomery. “Can I win? Yes, I can win.”

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Alabama’s senior senator, told reporters a few days ago that he did not think Moore could win and he would not support him.

“There are a lot reasons known to you and everybody else,” Shelby said. “I think Alabama could do better. I think he would be a disrupter. I think we can win that seat back as the Republicans but I won’t support him.”

Moore joins multiple other Republicans who have already launched primary campaigns, including Rep. Bradley Byrne, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, State Rep. Arnold Mooney, and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville.

Former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who resigned his seat to temporarily become Trump’s Attorney General, is rumored to be considering running for his old seat, and is viewed as likely to clear the field.

Moore’s announcement drew swift condemnation from the Senate Leadership Fund, a PAC that supports GOP Senate candidates. They released a statement calling the idea of nominating Moore again “gift wrapping this Senate seat for Chuck Schumer.”

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Rashida “Impeach the M-Fer” Tlaib Says Liz Cheney is “Bullying” Poor Victim AOC, Does Not See the Irony

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It’s like the 5th grade all over again.

We’re on Day 4 now of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) desperately trying to convince those of us in the cheap seats that she really, really was right on concentration camps.

Just to recap: On Monday night, she did a Live Instagram video in which she declared that the detention centers at the border were “concentration camps”:

The freshman lawmaker also said President Trump is a fascist, underscoring her argument that what is happening in the United States has parallels to Nazi Germany and other fascist states.

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” the freshman lawmaker said. “If that doesn’t bother you … I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.

“The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the ‘Home of the Free’ is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it,” she added.

Ocasio-Cortez was ripped by Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) among many others, and Holocaust experts also weighed in to correct her.

AOC and Cheney exchanged a brief back and forth about the issue on Tuesday, as I documented here.

Apparently Cheney’s correcting of Her Highness for the record did not sit will with one of the Three Amigas – Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13), who two days later typed out an angry tweet about Cheney and her “crew”:

First of all: Who knew Cheney had a “crew”? If true, I wanna join!

Secondly: Cheney has posted a total of three tweets on this issue to AOC. Three. AOC, in turn, has posted like 1,537. A slight exaggeration, to be sure, but not that far off the mark. She’s truly become obsessed because she hates being scolded for looking like an absolute fool who has no idea what she’s talking about.

AOC is a woman who knows everything, and don’t you dare suggest otherwise.

Third: This is the same Rashida Tlaib who routinely attempts to bully others – including those in her own party – into silence for having the sheer audacity to call out anti-Semitism when they see it. The most common cards she, AOC, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) use in their shutuppery efforts are the “incitement” cards and the “WOC” cards – the latter of which Crenshaw has also called out.

Memo to Tlaib, AOC, and Omar: This has nothing to do with you being women of color. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

It also has nothing to do with anyone wanting to “silence” any of you. On the contrary, we want you to keep talking.

It does, however, have something to do with wanting to set the record straight and educate AOC so she’ll maybe one day learn to not pop off every random thought on current events she has on social media without thinking about it first.

Keep in mind that Tlaib, Omar, and AOC are among the Democrats who so often lecture the rest of us on how “words matter”, that we should be careful in what we say. Yet they fly off the handle with impunity and call their political opposition the most vile names in the book, and play word games over very serious issues.

Yet they expect the rest of us to be quiet about it?

Not today, hypocrites. Not today.

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Video: Even College Students are Denouncing AOC’s Concentration Camp Comments

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The controversial statements made by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have dominated the media for days now. What should have been an open and shut case of a politician saying something stupid has become a national conversation about what the term “concentration camp” implies.

This is mostly because a sympathetic media has been really reaching deep into their bucket of absurdity in order to run defense for their Democratic darling. It’s also because of Ocasio-Cortez’s mob of fans have gone above and beyond to make sure their leader remains untouchable.

Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips decided to take the conversation out of the realm of the digital and see what people were saying in the streets. Despite AOC typically finding support within the younger crowds, Phillips found that even students at D.C.’s George Washington University couldn’t give their approval to the democratic socialist’s comparisons of Nazi death camps to the holding areas where Hispanic children illegally crossing the border are kept.

“I think she owes a major apology to the American people for comparing these detainment camps to one of the most horrific events ever in history,” said one of the students, adding that her comment is “an embarrassment to the Democratic Party.”

“I think that’s a bit extreme,” said another.

“To call them concentration camps where, you know, no one’s being killed en masse, or killed indiscriminately is a reach,” noted one student.

“You can’t be throwing the word ‘concentration camps’ around all willy-nilly,” says another.

One student said that Ocasio-Cortez is trying to stir her fans into rallying around her cause but that this kind of sensationalism is only going to annoy people.

Ocasio-Cortez is now on her third day of trying to justify her statements and has said that she will not apologize for what she said despite the fact that many have pointed out that her comments are unjustifiable.

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The Left Condemns Chuck Todd for His Correction of AOC’s Embarrassingly Ignorant Concentration Camp Remarks

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As I covered previously, on Monday night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Instagram to do the thing she does: Wax philosophic on things about which she appears to have zero understanding (here).

AOC claimed Donald Trump is running concentration camps along the border.

Witness the dumbness:

“That is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps. The fact that concentrations camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing and we need to do something about it.”

The remarks brought the ire of Liz Cheney and Jewish groups (here), among others.

It also gained a “Right On” from Jerry Nadler:

But MSNBC host Chuck Todd took time to correct the 29-and-a-half-year-old who doesn’t seem to know things:

“Fair enough, but congresswoman: Tens of thousands were also brutalized, tortured, starved and ultimately died in concentration camps. If you want to criticize the shameful treatment of people at our southern border, fine — you’ll have plenty of company. But be careful comparing them to Nazi concentration camps. They’re not at all comparable, in the slightest.”

Sounds right as rain.

But cue the outpouring of condemnation of Chuck from the Left.

That included more goofiness from the freshman representative:

Check out Vox writer Carlos Maza:

“Most shameful”!

And uh…in news, neutrality is a virtue. In fact, neutrality is supposed to be the only thing news is. News is supposed to be only objective facts (here).

Chuck wasn’t being “neutral,” however. But he was being right.

Nevertheless, he’s a disgrace:

Hollywood director Judd Apatow joined in, heaping shame:

And here’s Democratic strategist Adam Parkhomenko:

“Strategist” is a good word.

Many on the Left — and, it could be said, in politics in general — aren’t concerned with being right; they’re concerned with winning. Why make sense when you can say something that sounds good (here)?

Did Alexandria win? Not with people who have any understanding of the border and the holocaust. But among voters who are dummies (here), well…never say never.

-ALEX

 

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Trump Takes a Strong Stance on Abortion (& Murder) at His Re-Election Kickoff – ‘Every Life is a Sacred Gift From God’

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Given the bevy of stiff abortion legislation as of late (such as that in Illinois and Missouri), the issue’s become a particularly white-hot topic in the political sphere. In Orlando Tuesday night, Donald Trump made clear where he stands.

At his 2020 campaign kickoff, the President vowed to a “rousing crowd of 20,000” — as reported by LifeNews — that the Trump White House will continue its fight for unborn children.

He pointed to the unspeakable allowance of killing babies just moments before their birth — aka murder — and lambasted the DNC for wanting to force taxpayers to fund the atrocity.

And…

–What the crap is happening to our society?–

…He referenced the killing of babies — via neglect or more aggressive means (here and here) — after birth:

“Virtually every top Democrat also now supports taxpayer-funded abortion right up to the moment of birth – ripping babies straight from the mothers’ womb. Leading Democrats have even opposed measures to prevent the execution of children after birth. You saw that in Virginia. Republicans believe that every life is a sacred gift from God. That is why I have asked Congress to prohibit extreme late-term abortions.”

He’s right about “top Democrats” — see my compilation of every 2020 Democratic candidate’s position on late-term abortion here.

The speech adds to strong words from his February State of the Union:

“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days.  Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth.  These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world.  And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.

“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.

“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life.  And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”

There is a war raging. And whereas it concerned before an issue of debate — a question of “When does life begin” — it is now, more simply, “Is it okay to murder a baby?” To this question, some Democrats are saying Yes.

For now, America has a leader who believes “life is a sacred gift from God.”

For now.

-ALEX

 

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Video: Claire McCaskill Likens “Stinky, Creepy” Sens. Cruz and Sessions to Segregationist Senators Biden Praised

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Though Joe Biden has faced lots of criticism in Democratic party circles in recent days for speaking on being able to work with segregationist Senators to get things done, one Democrat is rushing to his defense – and making some bizarre comparisons in the process.

Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) appeared on MSNBC Thursday morning to discuss the backlash the 2020 frontrunner has received, and she was specifically asked about Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) strong reaction to what Biden said.

Noting that Biden and Booker were “both good friends” of hers, McCaskill claimed that “context” was needed on this issue. She then went on a rambling explanation about how 60 votes are needed in the Senate to get things done, and that Biden’s overall point was correct – that you have to be able to work with people you don’t necessarily like in order to find common ground and pass legislation.

She then stated that “Biden is trying to convey that he can work with really creepy, stinky people.” Immediately after that is when she referenced Senators that Booker and other Democrats have had to work with.

“And by the way, Cory Booker worked with Jeff Sessions. And AOC is workin’ with Ted Cruz. I mean these are pretty stinky, creepy people themselves, right?”

After wrongly equating Republican Sens. Cruz and Sessions to segregationist Democratic Sens. Eastland and Talmadge, the former Missouri Senator – ironically – said it was a “big mistake” for Biden to use Eastland and Talmadge as examples.

Watch the segment below:

The problem with McCaskill’s argument isn’t just that she’s looney tunes when comparing Cruz and Sessions to Eastland and Talmadge, but also in the fact that in the early days of Biden’s career he actively sought help from Democratic segregationist Senators to help him argue against one of the left’s signature issues: Mandatory busing as a way to help desegregate public schools:

Read the full story here.

Biden himself wasn’t against desegregation, but opposed forced busing as a means to achieve that goal. But because he didn’t go all in on it means, in modern terms, that his nuanced position was no better than the “creepy, stinky” racist Democratic Senators who he sought to work with at the time.

That said, those are the left’s rules of engagement these days. And while it’s good to see them actually applying their (normally double) standards to one of their own, McCaskill really should just stick to Games of Thrones critiques.

Because when it comes to making political comparisons, she sounds a little too “creepy, stinky” to be taken seriously.

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SCOTUS Rules Against Atheist Scolds In Maryland Peace Cross Decision

For nearly 95 years a 40-foot tall Latin cross has stood on public land in Bladensburg, MD, to commemorate US war dead in World War I. For most of that time the cross was uncontroversial, but then in 2014 a group of liberal atheist scolds operating under the guise of the “American Humanist Association” filed a lawsuit demanding that the monument be demolished because it gave them the heebie-jeebies every time they looked at it and because this cross on public land meant that Christianity was established as the official religion of the United States. A federal district court heard the case and granted summary judgment against the scolds, but the Fourth Circuit not only threw out the judgment, it ruled that the cross was unconstitutional and sent the case back to the lower court for a decision on what to do next…presumably something involving bulldozers. Today the Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling, Alito writing the majority opinion and Sotomayor and Ginsburg dissenting, which said, in essence, “yeah, its a Christian symbol and get over it.”

The opinion was interesting because the reasoning that Alito took, and which brought a solid majority along with him, basically ignored the historic Lemon test for determining if a religious symbol was too hurtful to be displayed on public grounds. That test sets the bar at the practice or object serving a secular purpose, its principal effect does not advance or inhibit religion, and it does not create an “excessive entanglement with religion.”

Via SCOTUS Blog:

Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court today, in an opinion that once again eschewed the use of the Lemon test. Alito began by explaining that although the cross “came into widespread use as a symbol of Christianity” and continues to have that meaning today, it “has also taken on a secular meaning” in other contexts. In particular, Alito noted, the cross became a “central symbol” of World War I – which likely explains the choice to use a massive cross as the memorial for the Prince George’s County soldiers.

Alito then reasoned that in cases involving longstanding religious memorials or symbols, the Lemon test should not apply. At least when the question is whether to keep them in place, rather than to put up new ones, Alito emphasized, there should be a presumption that they are constitutional.

That presumption, Alito continued, applies here: Not only did the cross start off with the “added secular meaning” associated with World War I, but it took on “historical importance”: It reminds local residents of the conflict and the sacrifices that area soldiers made. On the other hand, there is no evidence that Jewish soldiers were either “deliberately left off the list on the memorial” or “included on the Cross against the wishes of their families.”

“The cross is a Christian symbol,” Alito concluded, “but that fact should not blind us to everything else that the Bladensburg Cross has come to represent. For some, that monument is a symbolic resting place for ancestors who never returned home,” while for others “it is a place for the community to gather and honor all veterans and their sacrifices for our Nation.” “For many of these people,” Alito stressed, “destroying or defacing the Cross that has stood undisturbed for nearly a century would not be neutral and would not further the ideals of respect and tolerance embodied in the First Amendment.”

Justice Clarence Thomas also would have allowed the cross to stand, but for a different reason: He believes that the Constitution’s establishment clause does not apply to the states at all. Even if it did apply to the states, he added, there would still not be any constitutional violation – either because the establishment clause only applies to laws passed by a legislature or because the clause requires actual coercion by the government.

Justice Neil Gorsuch also agreed that the cross should be permitted to remain in place, but he argued that the case should be dismissed, because the challengers do not have a legal right, known as “standing,” to bring a lawsuit. Simply being offended by the cross’s presence is not, Gorsuch contended, enough to justify the lawsuit.

And predictably, the legal big brains on the left went full bore theocracy:

On the one hand, the decision did what was needed. It kicked this bunch of anti-religious scolds to the curb and told them to get a life and it did it in a way that will make the lawfare being conducted against religion to continue. On the other hand, it left in place an, in my view, unconstitutional prejudice against Christian symbols and references in the public square…because let’s face it, we live in a society where the prohibition on an establishment of religion is regularly employed to suppress Christian imagery and yet school children can be required to recite the Muslim shahada in order to pass a high school history class. The court should have jettisoned the whole mess and simply stated that unless a government was forcing people to profess a particular faith in order to receive services or to hold office, that religious symbols were, by definition, not establishing religion.

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Things Get Lit As Joe Biden and Cory Booker Exchange Blows Over Segregationist Comments

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As I wrote on yesterday, Joe Biden made his first major gaffe of the 2020 campaign and it was a pretty big deal.

It managed to wrap up several key negatives for Biden in one single, ill-advised rant. Not only did he appear to tacitly praise segregationists as being “civil,” he did so while attacking the far left of his own party. In the end, he pleases no-one. Not the Biden friendly minority voters who supported Obama nor the radicals who are more apt to support Sanders or Warren.

Sen. Cory Booker, who’s 2020 campaign has never really taken flight, has decided to try to capitalize on this by going hard at Biden for the remarks.

Others, including Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren also hit him in statements to the press.

In response, Biden doubled down, suggesting that it’s actually Booker who should apologize.

Inject this directly into my veins.

Not to be outdone, Booker then ran to Don Lemon’s show on CNN, which is basically a venue for anyone who wants to accuse someone else of racism. That’s Lemon’s entire shtick.

Even more hilariously, some Democrats are now hitting Biden for using the phrase “racist bone,” asserting that Biden saying he’s not a racist actually makes him a racist. I didn’t say it had to make sense.

Biden is starting to take fire from all sides and nothing I’ve seen from him says to me that he has the physical, nor political stamina to absorb the barrage.

As I’ve said a few times this week, these attacks from fellow Democrat primary opponents are a preview of next week’s debate. Whether it’s him not being far-left enough or these latest comments speaking well of segregationists, he’s going to be hit and hit hard.

Now, if he were as smart as Donald Trump when it comes to handling your opponents, Biden would just hit back and own the criticism. He’s not though so he won’t. He’ll instead continue to try to kowtow to the left while desperately clinging to his moderate appeal at the same time. It won’t work and it’s going to come crashing down.

In the voice of George Constanza from Seinfeld, “A Biden divided against itself…can not stand.”

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