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Jerry Nadler Throws His Weight Around, Threatens to Hold AG Barr in Contempt of Congress

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We are in the midst of a full-scale freakout regarding AG Bill Barr doing such awful things as telling the truth and not covering up the Mueller report.

In response, Democrats have acted in their typical bad faith and tried to play games with his testimony. Instead of doing the constitutional thing and having House members perform their oversight functions, the Democrats wanted Barr stuck in a room to be grilled by a bunch of un-elected lawyers.

Barr, not being an idiot, laughed in their face and told them to go jump in a lake.

This has the girthy Rep. Jerry Nadler foaming at the mouth with rage.

A good faith attempt would have been to not place unreasonable, abnormal conditions on Barr’s testimony. It’s one thing to have staffers ask questions formulated by representatives. It’s another to bring in a team of lawyers to try to grill someone, with the obvious objective being to set a perjury trap. That’s not the proper role of the House of Representatives and Barr was right to say not show up.

Press Sec. Sarah Sanders hit back at Nadler earlier today.

“It’s surprising to find out he has actually lost confidence in himself and his capability to do his job,” Sanders said of Nadler. “If he can’t, and he’s not capable of asking the attorney general questions, maybe he should step down and resign and allow someone else to.”

Given that Nadler is an underhanded partisan, don’t expect his second attempt at “good faith” to be anymore productive. That will lead to the next step of Democrats voting to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.

Some Democrats are so frothing with excitement that they think Barr is going to prison.

Yeah, no, that’s not how this works at all.

There is something disturbing about just how comfortable Democrats are becoming with trying to use the legal system to target their political opponents for political reasons. This is the kind of garbage you see third world countries devolve into.

If Nadler wants Barr to testify, he can simply agree to question Barr himself. Instead, he’s making unrealistic demands, such as the release of the entire un-redacted Mueller report, which would be illegal because grand jury material is protected. He does all this knowing that Barr can’t comply, which leaves Nadler able to run to the microphones to bloviate for the dozen or so people still watching CNN.

Frankly, I can’t wait for the media to suddenly decide that being held in contempt of Congress is a huge deal. When it happened to Obama lackey Eric Holder, it was met with a collective shrug. Regardless, nothing is going to happen to Barr except his appearance in a few more thug life memes for how ice cold he is in handling the Democrats.

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BREAKING: Baltimore Mayor Resigns After Months of Scandals

After months of troubles including state and federal criminal investigations and health problems, Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D) resigned today.

Her troubles heated up back in March, when the news stories broke about suspiciously lucrative deals Pugh had secured for her self-published “Healthy Holly” series of children’s books, featuring African-American families in stories that promoted healthy diet and exercise habits.

Last week, federal investigators executed search warrants on two homes Pugh owns, her City Hall office, a non-profit office connected to her, and the apartment of one of her former top aides.

Multiple entities that conduct business with Baltimore entered into contracts with Pugh to purchase the books, contracts with eye-poppingly high monetary figures. In total, she raked in nearly $800,000, which the Washington Post characterized as “an enormous amount in the world of children’s literature,” especially for an otherwise unknown author.

Buyers of the books included Kaiser Permanente, which was seeking a $48 million contract with the city at the time, and the University of Maryland Medical System, on whose board Pugh sat.

In late March, Pugh was hospitalized for pneumonia, and officially went on a leave of absence from her position as Mayor in early April. Since then, she has largely stayed out of the public eye, her resignation announcement being delivered through a statement read by her attorney, Steven D. Silverman, while she reportedly remained at home.

Silverman called Pugh’s resignation a “sad day for Baltimore.” In her statement, Pugh, who had originally denounced the investigations against her as a “witch hunt,” apologized for “the harm I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore and the credibility of the office of the mayor.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) had called for Pugh’s resignation last week and praised her announcement today as “the right decision, as it was clear the mayor could no longer lead effectively.”

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Kevin McCarthy Calls the Russia Collusion Hoax a Coup Attempt and He’s Right

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Back in 2017 and 2018 as word began to leak out about the extraordinary surveillance…and equally extraordinary lack of a defensive briefing to candidate Trump…some people became convinced that we were seeing the work of a highly politicized and partisan intelligence apparatus working to defeat Donald Trump’s attempt to be president and then, when he won, one could see the same apparatus begin an attempt to force him from office.

Of course, the Vichy Republicans would hear nothing at all of this. To hear them tell it, everything was completely above board because the Obama regime would simply never do something wrong and the intelligence community would never ever break rules or lie to please their political masters.

The Mueller report left several rather large and surly gorillas in various corners. How did a hear-say report of a bullsh** session in a bar constitute probable cause to open any kind of investigation? Who did Christopher Steele talk to? What was the role of Bruce Ohr’s wife, Nellie? How did a Russian lawyer who had been banned from the US get permission to enter? Why did that lawyer meet with Fusion GPS honcho Glenn Simpson before and after the Trump Tower meeting? What about those leaks? What kind of validation was the Steel dossier given? How did a long time FBI informant end up being portrayed as a potential Russian contact? Why was there no mention of Fusion GPS’s links to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and why is there no mention that Deripaska had a relationship with the FBI? Why did the FBI at first dispute John Brennan’s characterization of Russia’s goals in the 2016 election meddling and then meekly roll over for him?

Yesterday, Attorney General Bill Barr wondered aloud about he provenance of the dossier:

This, of course, calls into question what the FBI and the CIA knew and when they knew it and if they were complicit in using a Russian information operations document and using it to create an investigation of a presidential campaign and a president. And Barr expressed some skepticism that we know the totality of the FBI’s efforts.

Now the stench has become so overpowering that even people who have a vested interest in protecting the status quo and not upsetting figurative apple carts are saying the obvious. There was an apparent scheme afoot to remove a duly elected president.

Here is House Minority Leade–and Speaker-in-Exile–Kevin McCarthy at a Washington Post event. The disembodied head he’s talking to is Robert Costa.

Start at 0:56.

COSTA: Congressman Meadows was here, and others have talked about the President’s language. He uses the word “coup.” “Coup attempt.” That’s how he described the investigation. It was not only a hoax, but it was an attempt to have a coup d’etat of his own administration. Do you share that perspective that President Trump has?

McCARTHY: I don’t think it’s President Trump’s. I think when you read the texts between individuals they use it as well. I believe, yes, a few individuals wanted…

COSTA: They don’t use the word “coup.”

McCARTHY: Their actions are a coup.

COSTA: Their actions are a coup attempt?

McCARTHY: Yeah. Very much so.

This is pretty strong stuff and it is very justified. From Bill Barr’s comments, it is clear that he has some of the same concerns. While this may not have started out as anything more than a way of sandbagging Trump’s presidential campaign, it is clear that it morphed rapidly into a means of getting rid of Trump. For instance, there is no way in hell that any part of the collusion hoax wasn’t known to be false no later than the day that Mueller was appointed special counsel. So why did the investigation drag on for two years? To show due diligence? Or to create Volume Two for use by a Democrat House committee?

I think the next three or four months are going to be some of the most amazing in American political history as the IG report is presented, as leak investigations are finalized, and as Barr makes decisions on how to deal with the prime movers in this grotesque narrative: Brennan and Comey.

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The Media Has Decided That Louis Farrakhan Is A Far-Right Extremist Now

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Update: The Washington Post has issued a correction, saying they misidentified Farrakhan as a far-right leader.

Correction: Louis Farrakhan is an extremist leader who has espoused anti-Semitic views. An earlier version of this story and headline incorrectly included him in a list of far-right leaders.

Original story below:

Louis Farrakhan has been banned from by Facebook’s network of social media, along with Alex Jones, InfoWars, and Milo Yiannopolis.

The ban has presented the media with the new and exciting opportunity to re-write history and present Farrakhan as being a problematic member of the right.

Facebook said on Thursday it has permanently banned several far-right and anti-Semitic figures and organizations including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Infowars host Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer for being “dangerous,” a sign that the social network is more aggressively enforcing its hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights groups.

Facebook had removed the accounts, fan pages, and groups affiliated with these individuals after it reevaluated the content that they had posted previously, or had reexamined their activities outside of Facebook, the company said. The removal also pertains to at least one of the organizations run by these people, Jones’ Infowars.

I am wondering what definition of “right wing” the Washington Post is using here, because the “right wing” has spent a lot of time pointing out just how many Democrats love to pose with and praise Farrakhan.

Do Linda Sarsour and Ilhan Omar know they’ve been rubbing shoulders with a notorious, right-wing extremist? Do the countless other Democrats who have been shrugging off or defending themselves against attacks about their association with him know he was a right-wing provocateur all along?

Words still mean things. Except, apparently, to the people who make money writing words.

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Bill Barr and the Justice Department Don’t Seem All That Concerned About Nancy Pelosi’s Temper Tantrum

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With the release of the Mueller report we have officially issued in a new era of jurisprudence in which anything a Democrat doesn’t like become, ipso facto, a crime. Take, for instance, the firing of crapweasel James Comey. The FBI director is an appointee of the President and serves “at the pleasure” of the President. When the President stops being pleased, he can tell the FBI director to pack his crap and get out of the area. This can be done for cause or it can be done because the Presidential eggs weren’t cooked properly. In the case of Comey, however, firing him has become an alleged instance of Trump obstructing justice…never mind the new FBI director, the special counsel, the 670 day hoax investigation, the 400+ page report. In fact, Volume Two of the Mueller report is chock full of banal and mundane things that Mueller, his henchmen, and the Democrats want to criminalize just because they don’t like them.

Now we have another entrant.

The night before Attorney General Bill Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mueller, or more like Andrew Weissmann, released a letter written by Mueller to Barr saying that the four page summary released by Barr was giving a misperception about Trump being innocent (he didn’t say that, but that’s what he meant because Barr focused on the bottom line findings and not on all the bullsh** Mueller had crammed together with a few conjunctions, linking verbs, and adverbs. Barr called Mueller, and on a speakerphone with several witnesses asked Mueller if he objected to the facts in the memo. Mueller said he didn’t, but that his buddies in the media were getting the story all wrong.

On April 10, Barr testified before the House Appropriations Committee and he had this exchange with Orange Charlie Crist (by the way, anyone who thinks Trump has an unusual hue should take a gander at Crist).

Now based on Mueller’s private letter, Pelosi has “pounced” if we can use that term:

It seems that Barr has committed a crime worthy of some sort of punishment:

“The attorney general of the United States did not tell the truth to the Congress. That’s a crime,” Pelosi said angrily on Thursday about Barr’s testimony Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“He lied to Congress. If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime,” Pelosi added. “Nobody is above the law. Not the president of the United States and not the attorney general. Being attorney general does not give you a bath to go say whatever you want and it is the fact because you are the attorney general. It just isn’t true.”

I don’t know if she’s talked to Eric Holder (or James Comey or Peter Strzok or Glenn Simpson or Nellie Ohr or, I’m too tired to continue) but Democrats lying to Congress seems to have risen to the level of spectator sport. If it were a crime, lots and lots of prominent Democrats would be in jail.

This is from Politico

Crist later told POLITICO that he agreed Barr committed a crime.

“It’s called perjury,” he said.

Asked what the result should be, Crist said, “We ought to have somebody who is in a law enforcement space charge him.”

Crist said he was open to potential contempt or impeachment proceedings against Barr.

When a reporter asked Pelosi if Barr should go to jail, she said, “There’s a process involved here, and as I said, I’ll say it again, the committee will act upon how we will proceed.“

YAWN.

The Justice Department is obviously scared:

“Speaker Pelosi’s baseless attack on the Attorney General is reckless, irresponsible, and false,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement.

Nothing is going to happen here. The only way Barr becomes criminally liable is if his subordinate, the US Attorney for the District of Columbia, takes this case to a grand jury. That isn’t going to happen. They could seek civil penalties but, unfortunately for the Democrats, the law says federal employees acting in their official capacity. You’re witnessing the last stage to the Democrat temper tantrum.

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Paging Brian Stelter: Biden Campaign Ripped Over Reports They Are Blocking Journalists

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Freelance journalist Marcus DiPaola took to the Twitter machine yesterday to express serious concerns over what he says is the Biden campaign’s growing penchant for blocking reporters from having access to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

DiPaola wrote:

He went on to say that even though Biden and his handlers kept trying to steer him away from answering journalists, the journalists ultimately won the battle:

DiPaola was asked to name some of the other reporters who were having issues getting access to Biden. He explained why he couldn’t:

Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim highlighted DiPaola’s Twitter thread, and the comments to her tweet went about as you’d expect:

What makes no sense is why they would block access? Biden’s gotten mostly positive press since well before he officially declared his candidacy, even with the wave of allegations of inappropriate touching that have been made against him over the last few weeks.

CNN’s Brian Stelter has anointed himself as a paragon of journalistic virtue and the ultimate decider on what is and is not a legitimate threat from politicians to freedom of the press. He also fancies himself as a valiant defender of journalists themselves.

So I’m wondering when he’ll get around to covering this story?

As of this writing, there’s nothing at all on his social media feeds on it. There’s a whole lot of tweets and stories related to fact-checking the Trump administration, but strangely enough, nothing on the reports from DiPaola about the Biden campaign physically blocking reporters from covering a presidential candidate.

Odd, that. I mean, hello? The future of our democracy is at stake and stuff.

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Democrat Rep Loses His Mind, Eats Fried Chicken and Plays With Toys to Protest Bill Barr

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This seems mature.

Democrat House members are really upset that Bill Barr didn’t agree to play their games and told them to pound sand over his testimony.

This led Rep. Steve Cohen to lose his ever loving mind.

Yeah, that’ll show Barr.

Cohen is that guy we all knew in high school who thought he was funny and couldn’t keep straight face when he’d tell a joke. You can see him laughing it up with Nadler and trying to hold a smile back as he chomps down on fried chicken at 9am in the morning.

I mean, who’s really the butt of the joke here though? Barr or Cohen’s digestive system?

Not content with the amount of media coverage, Cohen then went out and played with a chicken statue in front of the press.

Serious question. Why would Bill Barr give these clowns the time of day? They clearly aren’t serious and are certainly simply out for partisan gain. What’s the point of cooperating with people like this?

In reality, Barr is probably doing them a service by not coming today given how badly he savaged Democrats during his Senate testimony yesterday.

Barr was prepared to come and testify though, despite their idiocy, but Nadler wanted to play hardball by trying to make Barr agree to be questioned by random staffers. The constitutional oversight role is for Congress, not staffers. Nadler, Cohen, and whoever else are welcome to do some actual work and question Barr themselves if they really want to speak to him.

They don’t though. This is all theater and Nadler doesn’t have near the amount of power that he likes to pretend he has. Bill Barr is doing the right thing by not playing along with this nonsense.

I’ll point out that while the media think this is brilliant and are spreading around a #chickenbarr hashtag, they got really offended when Sen. Mike Lee used props to make fun of AOC’s Green New Deal. So are jokes in Congressional settings ok or not?

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The Anatomy of a Democratic Smear; ‘Using the Criminal Justice System as a Weapon’

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Wednesday’s ‘trial’ of Attorney General William Barr was reminiscent of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Decorum was out. Incivility was in. The Democrats tried hard to land a knockout punch on Barr, but to their great dismay, the man remained unruffled. They tried to surpass each other with their rhetoric. Many called for his resignation. Most seem to agree that Maisie Hirono (D-HI) was the worst offender, although Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) certainly was a close second.

Democrats’ hatred of Trump has made it impossible for them to accept his vindication. They have almost three years invested in this fight and it’s hard for them to let go. They will seize upon anything at all to keep their hope alive. In this case, they’ve chosen the letter Robert Mueller wrote to Barr in late March after he released the four-page summary of the Mueller Report. The letter can be viewed here.

Perhaps I lean too far toward conspiracy theory, but it seems to me that Mueller’s letter was intended for the very purpose it actually served. It functioned as an “insurance policy,” a way for the Mueller team to run interference if the left complained too much about their inability to charge Trump with a crime. In fact, it was similar to Peter Strzok’s insurance policy, in the event that Trump were to win the presidency.

So, they latched onto the letter and Barr became their new punching bag. They hurled insults and accusations of perjury and threatened impeachment.

But the whole thing is all smoke and mirrors, just as the accusations of Russian collusion against Trump were. Be that as it may, we’ve learned the hard way how a narrative, if it is repeated often enough and long enough, becomes a weapon which can cause tremendous damage. This is the anatomy of a smear. This is what Barr meant when he spoke of “turning the criminal justice system into a weapon.”

Democrats are quite good at it. They’ve had a lot of practice. But this time, we know better.

We have several indisputable facts on our side.

  1. Prior to releasing his summary of the report to Congress, Barr asked Mueller if he would like to view it. Mueller declined.
  2. Upon receiving the letter, Barr called Mueller and learned that he did not feel Barr misrepresented the findings of the report. Instead, Mueller admitted it was the media coverage that bothered him.
  3. If Mueller had enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction, he would have done so.
  4. Because Mueller could not bring a case against Trump, but wanted to maintain pressure on him. So, he submitted a report without a conclusion, which would allow House Democrats to  pick up where he left off. It is uncommon for a prosecutor to do so.
  5. Because Mueller did not make a decision, it was left to Barr. No one interfered with Mueller’s investigation. And he had vast resources at his disposal as well as unlimited time.
  6. Ultimately, Barr released the full report with only the light redactions which were legally necessary. He had planned to do so all along, so why would he risk lying?
  7. He was not required by law to release any portion of the report.

The National Review’s Andy McCarthy appeared on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” and offered the most simple explanation of all. (Segment begins at 24:10 in the video below.)

Prosecutors are supposed to make one decision. Either there’s enough evidence to charge or there’s not. Ordinarily, if there’s not enough evidence to charge, you don’t hear anything.

Mueller took a different approach. Mueller’s idea was even if he didn’t find collusion, there had to be a lot of mood music behind everything that he returned, so for example, you would get the Roger Stone indictment which has some tiny process charges at the very end, but first you have to go through huffing and puffing about almost-collusion.

In a normal case, a judge would not allow that to go on. That kind of stuff would get stricken out of the charges as surpluses because it’s not relevant to the thing that’s actually been charged by the prosecutor.

What Mueller wants is to get the narrative out so the public can see how hard they tried to find collusion and how they looked under every rock for it.

Barr is saying, in what is the traditional way of looking at things for prosecutors, that is, was there enough evidence to charge or wasn’t there? And when he says there appeared to be agreement as far as he could detect, what he means is the only thing that’s of any relevance which is the bottom line for any prosecutor. Was there enough evidence to charge or wasn’t there? And there wasn’t.

The program’s host, Sandra Smith, displayed a DOJ statement which said, “It would not have been appropriate for me to simply release Volume II [the obstruction portion] of the report without making a prosecutorial statement.”

McCarthy responded:

The only thing the public ever gets in a case is the prosecutorial judgement. You don’t get all the to-ing and from-ing, you don’t get a bunch of information that doesn’t quite cut it as information. When an investigation gets closed without charges, you don’t get to find out what all the evidence is in a normal case. You get the bottom line and he’s quite right about that.

This episode is designed to fuel a political narrative. But we don’t need a narrative – we don’t even need anyone to explain the report plainly. That’s because we now have the report. We can read it for ourselves. The rest is noise.

Barr said that the DOJ is moving on. Although they have moved heaven and earth to prevent it, the tables have turned and the situation that Democrats never thought would come to pass is here. Time’s up.

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Hillary: What if a Democratic candidate publicly called on China to get Trump’s tax returns?

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This is not, of course, a pure hypothetical.

She’s not advising China to do this (I think?), just using the example to underline the fact that Trump had zero moral or ethical qualms about using hacked material laundered through Wikileaks to his advantage in 2016. But really: If China had taken it upon themselves to hack Trump’s tax returns three years ago and put them online, what would she and the Democratic Party have done? Even if she made a point of not promoting the hacked material by commenting on it publicly, it would have been a national sensation. Democratic operatives would have eagerly exploited it on background with the media. The Resistance would have called it political malpractice *not* to exploit it given that Trump posed a unique threat to American democracy and needed to be defeated at all costs, yadda yadda. It’s fine and correct for her to note that POTUS is a plainly amoral creature but if Beijing hands the 2020 Democratic nominee a weapon that can be used as an electoral kill shot, that weapon will be used. And not just as payback for Russia’s hackings in 2016.

Anyway, Democrats don’t need to encourage China or Russia to do this. No doubt foreign governments will try, or possibly already have tried and succeeded, to dig up dirt on Trump for 2020. His tax returns are the holy grail given all of the public attention paid to them since 2015 but there are other avenues for uncovering information about his finances. New York State’s digital security for filed tax returns probably isn’t as good as the feds’. Deutsche Banc’s security may not be as good either. Remember that Russia had already successfully hacked the DNC and John Podesta by the time Trump famously called on Moscow to “find” Hillary’s missing emails; as sleazy as his half-joking public invitation to them was, they were way ahead of him. The deterrent to them doing this in 2020 isn’t Democrats withholding their approbation, it’s the risk that they’ll try to take Trump out with underhanded campaign interference and he’ll win anyway and then they’ll have to face his wrath. Russia assumed that risk with Hillary in 2016 and it paid off. I’m not sure either they or China would want to assume it with Trump, a far more mercurial character, in 2020.

There’s a deeper point here that Hillary doesn’t make, namely, that Trump and his staff were seemingly so indifferent to letting foreign chicanery hand them an advantage in 2016 that the invitation to Russia to “find” Hillary’s emails would have been implied even if Trump had never made it explicit. His enthusiasm on the trail in late 2016 for the Podesta material published by Wikileaks was proof enough to Russia that there’d be no consequences to them for having interfered in the campaign if he won. China surely remembers that, too. Trade war or no trade war, it’s probably more in their interest to go digging for dirt on the Democratic nominee in 2020 than on Trump, expecting that POTUS would receive that dirt as graciously as he would a proper campaign contribution. A Dem who got elected thanks to Chinese dirt on Trump might feel obliged to punish them regardless, if only to follow through on the party’s rhetoric since 2016 about how appalling foreign meddling in elections is, but Trump probably won’t. If anything, he might consider foreign interference on his behalf patriotic, an attempt to help Make America Great Again.

Given his sensitivity to having to share credit with Russia for the glorious victory of 2016, I wonder if it ever occurs to him that people might be less inclined to insist that he share credit if he hadn’t made that famous press-conference pitch on the trail about “finding” Hillary’s emails. Go figure that when you invite Russia to team up, your critics are more likely to see your win as a team effort. Exit question: If China did leak Trump’s tax returns in 2020, would any votes actually change? He’d deny that the documents were real, his fans would naturally believe him, and the haters would naturally believe the documents were authentic. What changes?

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WATCH: Pro-Abortion Dem State Rep. Chillingly Says It’s Better to Kill the Unborn Now Than Later in Life

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Alabama State Rep. John Rogers (D). Screen grab via WVTM-TV.

State Rep. John Rogers (D) of Alabama is in hot water over recent remarks he made during a debate on a pro-life bill in the statehouse.

Fox News reports:

The Republican-controlled House in Alabama overwhelming approved a bill that would make it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of a pregnancy — with a sole exemption for women whose health is at risk. The measure passed with a 74-3 vote. The bill will now advance to the state Senate.

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However, one of the state-level opponents to the anti-abortion legislation, Democratic Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham, spoke out against the vote.

“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later,” Rogers said.

Watch video of Rogers’s remarks below:

Rogers also said abortion should be an option for women in cases where their unborn children are “retarded” or “half-deformed.”

Watch below:

Amazingly, Rogers says he’s not a proponent of abortion but…:

He also stated he might propose legislation to castrate men in response to the pro-life bill:

When I first saw this story come across my social media feeds last night, I wasn’t sure if I should believe it or not. It originally came from an obscure source I’d never heard of, and there was no video accompanying the report. A couple of hours later, though, video surfaced and I watched in horror as Rogers callously spoke out in favor of aborting “unwanted”, “retarded”, or “half-deformed” children.

One of the reasons Rogers’s remarks horrified me so much was because I was once pro-abortion. I made similar comments at that time in my life in justifying my position on the issue.

I have carried so much guilt and shame over my old beliefs on abortion and how I rationalized my position. To see an actual elected official putting into words what Democrats and feminists typically only whisper about abortion rights in back rooms absolutely sickened me, and brought everything back.

This is a common excuse given by pro-choicers on abortion. I heard it often when I was a proponent of abortion, and I’ve heard it in “mixed” political company since. Democrats are just usually smart enough not to say it on camera.

Rogers, with his remarks, has pulled off the left’s mask on this issue. Just as Va. Democratic Governor Ralph Northam and Democratic House Delegate Kathy Tran did with their cold comments on infanticide back in February.

As Alexandra DeSanctis writes:

While Rogers’s defense of abortion is certainly chilling, it’s also a striking reminder of how rarely abortion-rights activists openly admit the reality of the right they are demanding. Most often, they dismiss an unborn human being as being somehow inhuman, or a “clump of cells,” or a parasite within the mother. With his horrifying comment, Rogers has exposed those lies, admitting, as abortion defenders so rarely do, that every abortion procedure — no matter when or how it takes places — intentionally ends an innocent human life.

Indeed.

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