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Children, Behave: Liberal Protestor ‘Milkshakes’ Florida Congressman Outside Town Hall Meeting

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) had spent his afternoon doing what we want Members of Congress to be doing — holding a town hall meeting with his constituents — when he was assaulted by a liberal protestor who was caught on video dumping a drink on him. Media Matters campaign director Jordan Uhl gleefully tweeted the video, commenting, “Matt Gaetz got milkshaked in Pensacola.”

The video, posted by WKRG, Pensacola’s CBS affiliate, shows Gaetz leaving the town hall meeting in Pensacola, one of several he scheduled around his congressional district this weekend. Protestors can be heard yelling various chants, taunting Gaetz as he walks out, when a drink is lobbed at him, appearing to strike him in the back and shoulder.

WKRG reported that police “quickly detained and arrested” Amanda Leigh Kondrat’yev for the alleged assault. Kondrat’yev said she was there to protest the town hall.

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Amanda Leigh Kondrat’yev. Law enforcement photo.

According to WEAR, the local ABC affiliate, Kondrat’yev was one of the candidates who unsuccessfully ran against Gaetz in 2016 for the congressional seat. She has been charged with battery.

Gaetz has often attracted a higher degree of media attention than one might otherwise expect for a freshman Congressman, partly due to his enthusiastic and vocal support for President Donald Trump, and partly due to his penchant for controversial comments and social media posts.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) takes a selfie with President Donald Trump. Photo via Representative Matt Gaetz on Facebook.

In other words, while Gaetz has his ardent supporters, he also attracts a large number of critics.

Fine. Hooray for the First Amendment. That’s part of what being an elected official entails. Kondrat’yev and her fellow protestors had every right to protest outside Gaetz’s town hall and speak their mind.

But when Kondrat’yev decided to physically attack Gaetz, she wasn’t exercising her free speech rights. She was committing a crime. [Allegedly, allegedly, allegedly, etc. — this incident was caught on video and Kondrat’yev was identified and arrested immediately at the scene. She is, of course, presumed innocent in our criminal justice system.]

I’ve certainly had my criticisms of Gaetz over the years, and I’ve made no secret of my skepticism of Trump. But how pathetic and childish are these protestors when they can’t figure out how to express themselves in words and resort to throwing drinks and food like toddlers?

Uhl, the Media Matters campaign director, and the other liberals who cheered Kondrat’yev’s [alleged] attack, drawing the parallel to the milkshakes thrown on pro-Brexit politicians in the UK, are perhaps even worse. They are openly cheering for physical assaults on other people, just because they don’t agree with them on a political issue.

The Pensacola Congressman seemed unharmed, fortunately, other than some minor laundry issues for his shirt, but this idea that “milkshaking” is a harmless prank and an acceptable form of protest is absolutely wrong. Any time someone throws a physical object at someone, especially where a lot of people are gathered closely together, there’s a potential for injury or sparking an incitement in the crowd. There’s a long standing tradition for treating all unwanted physical contact as criminal behavior, for good reason.

James Gagliano, a CNN law enforcement analyst, tweeted that he was “no Matt Gaetz fan” but condemned the “utterly shameful and disgusting” assault and those who were celebrating it, expressing his worries that this was an escalation that could lead to violence.

As Kondrat’yev contemplates spending thousands of dollars on legal fees and court costs, plus whatever sentence the criminal justice system may impose, she should ask herself what she actually achieved today.

Matt Gaetz is not going to stop supporting Trump, resign from office, change his vote on any bill, or switch his position on any issue whatsoever. Her little stunt accomplished absolutely nothing, except to create potential challenges for her own future. “Assaulted a Congressman” isn’t the kind of resume line most employers crave.

Gaetz seemed in good spirits about the whole kerfuffle, tweeting his thanks to local law enforcement who “keep everyone safe at our events,” and quipping that “[c]learly it takes more than a drink to slow down our great team.”

UPDATE: The Pensacola News Journal confirmed that Kondrat’yev was one of Gaetz’s congressional opponents in the 2016 race, and further reports that she has been released from jail on a $1,000 bond. Kondrat’yev is also one of four plaintiffs suing the city of Pensacola to force the removal of a cross from Bayview Park.

Read my RedState article archive here.

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Legacy Time: Hillary Clinton Selfishly Uses College Commencement Speech to Talk Mueller and Bash Trump, Facebook

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Hillary Clinton speaks at the Hunter College graduation ceremony in NYC. 5/29/19. Screen grab via NBC News.

Students ready to put years of hard work behind them, celebrate their graduation, and get started on their respective career paths were treated to a blatantly political and self-centered commencement speech given by twice failed candidate for president Hillary Clinton on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports:

Clinton’s bluntly political speech to members of the class of 2019 at Hunter College was delivered at Madison Square Garden hours after Mueller made his first public comments about his probe into election meddling.

Referencing Mueller’s remarks, Clinton said the allegation that Russians had attempted to sway U.S. voters “deserves the attention of every American,” and she condemned Trump for largely dismissing Mueller’s work as a witch hunt.

“What we’ve seen from the administration is a complete refusal to condemn a foreign power who attacked our democracy,” she said. “We’ve got to deal with what has been investigated and reported.”

[…]

“What do we do when people in positions of authority are not held accountable? When they defy requests from Congress? When they spread misinformation online?” the Democrat said, suggesting it was up to the graduates to find solutions to such problems.

Clinton also took a jab at Facebook:

“When Facebook refused to take down a fake video of Nancy Pelosi, it wasn’t even a close call,” Clinton told the graduates. “The video is sexist trash. And YouTube took it down but Facebook kept it up.”

The former presidential candidate then suggested that a message be sent to Facebook to show opposition to the tech giant’s decision, and she warned that the site would be “flooded” with “false and doctored videos” if nothing happens.

Her full speech can be viewed below:

Twitter users called Clinton out for using the speech to air her personal and political grievances instead of making it about the students:

Some Twitter users pointed out something I noticed, too: Some of the graduates sitting behind Clinton looked visibly bored and agitated:

As I’ve written before when she’s made similar remarks, it’s just really rich to see her of all people complaining about people in positions of authority not being held accountable, especially when you consider how Clinton herself managed to avoid indictment in 2016 in spite of all the evidence against her as it related to her email server scandal.

Clinton’s rationale for continuing to bang the Mueller drum is not just political, it’s personal – very personal. Her loss to Trump in 2016 had to be devastating to her. Very embarrassing, too, considering she was a “sure thing” if you listened to so-called political experts and polling gurus.

Some have called the investigation into Russian interference a “coup attempt” against Trump, but for Hillary, the investigation has been a way for her to soothe her bruised ego over the fact she was defeated. She’s convinced herself that without the interference she would have won the election.

The students at Hunter College deserved a speech that was centered around them, their accomplishments, and their futures, not a political bashfest with insinuations about what could have been for her in 2016. Clinton’s defenders will call this her greatest speech ever, but in reality this was not a good look for her. Not good a good look at all.

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Go Girl: Actress Selma Blair, An MS Sufferer, Shuts Down Trolls Who Said Her Head Wrap Was Cultural Appropriation

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Actress Selma Blair on Good Morning America – February 2019. Screen grab via ABC News.

Actress Selma Blair is hitting back at critics who accused her of cultural appropriation after she shared two photos of herself on Instagram wearing a head wrap.

People magazine reports:

The actress, 46, first sported the wrap in a photo taken with Rachel Fleit, a filmmaker known for embracing her hair loss and baldness, caused by alopecia.

“We have one answer to your bad hair days or NO hair days. #alopecia @rachelfleit … wraps! (oh, it’s been around for thousands of years…),” Blair wrote.

The Cruel Intentions star has been open about dealing with the intense side effects of multiple sclerosis, which may include hair loss, ever since she revealed she was diagnosed with the chronic neurological condition in October.

Blair also shared a photo of herself and her son Arthur Saint, 7½, both wearing headwraps.

[…]

“This is not brilliant and is not cool,” one user wrote. “White people have scorned Sikhs for hundreds of years, and now we wanna appropriate and make it trendy? No. Just no. We dont get to do this.”

Another added: “Cultural appropriation. How can one wear that when the religious people who actually wear it gets so much ridicule.”

“You are so wonderful and I know you mean no harm, but this is serious cultural appropriation,” a third commenter wrote. “I’d be happy to have a private conversation about how this is hurtful to Sikhs if you’re open to it.”

Here are the “hurtful” photos:

Some people would just delete the photos out of frustration over the sheer stupidity of the criticisms, but not Blair. Here’s how she handled it:

The “Legally Blonde” actress also responded to comments on her posts, writing: “This is not at all a Sikh turban or imitating one. And funnily enough, Sikhs absorb negativity, diffuse it. Tolerance. So none of these comments hurt. They may be not knowing what they write. A head wrap can be useful and beautiful in all cultures.”

“Covering one’s head is not appropriating anything but warmth and a wig alternative,” she responded to another critic.

“Scarves have been worn by all colors for ages. Relax. What do you want a woman with no hair to wear? Just an itchy wig? Why not tie your own scarf and bejewel it. I think it’s a pretty alternative.”

Good for her.

Accusations of “cultural appropriation” have gotten way out of hand over the years as bored people online actually look for things to get offended over. That Blair took the time out in the middle of her MS battle to push back against the concern trolls in her comments section is a testament to just how strong of a fighter she is. For those who actually do engage in the comments of their social media posts or blogs, it’s a lot more emotionally taxing than you might think. That goes double for anyone who is dealing with serious health issues, as Blair is.

Blair opened up to “Good Morning America”‘s Robin Roberts back in February about her struggle with MS. At the time of the interview, she was experiencing an MS flare-up but still held her own because she wanted to raise awareness of what MS was like.

Watch the interview below, and please keep her, her family, and everyone who lives with MS in your thoughts and prayers.

To learn more about multiple sclerosis, click here.

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Hollywood Studios Threatening Georgia Over Heartbeat Law Have No Problem With Other Countries Where It’s Illegal

 

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A stampede of studios are virtue signaling on abortion, but are unbothered by countries where it is illegal.

The Georgia heartbeat abortion law has had Hollywood in a state of panic for a couple of months know…if we are to believe their dramatics over the issue. And you should not believe them. As I covered recently, their words initially sound stern on the issue, but in reality once faced with the fact that the bill was signed into law they are rewriting their script.

Now we hear of them saying they will wait to see how the courts support the law (something that could take years), all while they will continue working in the accursed Peach State. On Tuesday Netflix came forward with the announcement that it is reconsidering working in Georgia — in the future. Said Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos:

Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there — while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.

After the Netflix announcement the floodgates seemed to have opened, and numerous studios are now echoing their concerns. Disney, NBC/Universal, Warner Brothers, and just Today CBS joined in with their hedged statements. All were a variation of the same theme; “We may start to consider changes in the future once we learn if the courts hold this law up.”

What is remarkable however is the sheer amount of obliviousness every single one of these studios has on the issue prior to the Georgia law. Curious that Netflix has no issue with programs it is filming in Egypt, which bans abortion, as well as Jordan, where only the most limited amount of the procedures are permitted.. Somehow Disney was able to overlook that abortion is illegal in Saudi Arabia, where it is working to install a massive theme park. For that matter, almost every studio is straining to have its films released in Saudi Arabia, where the ban on movie theaters has been recently lifted, after nearly 40 years.

In the same manner, all studios have been salivating to get into the Chinese marketplace in any number of ways. That country’s theater market will someday very soon pass North America for higher box office grosses. Not only does Hollywood want its movies released on the mainland, but they are also working with Chinese studios to produce films strictly for the Chinese marketplace. They seem perfectly at ease working directly with a communist regime that has a record of human rights abuses that far exceed their biggest nightmare envisioned to take place in Georgia.

Any lip service these studios give to supposedly caring about the plight of females is dismissed with the application of cold reality: this is Hollywood we are talking about. That industry is still digging out of the sexual crater left by the Harvey Weinstein aftermath. Hell, most of those production sources posturing over Georgia have been dealing with its own issues on the matter. Warner Brothers recently had its CEO forced to resign over a casting-couch scandal. CBS not only saw longtime helmsman Les Moonves forced out over numerous sexual harassment charges, it paid out millions in a settlement to actress Eliza Dushku over a sexual harassment claim.

NBC is equally laughable on the matter. This is the network that tried to kill the Harvey Weinstein story when it was first breaking. This is the network that shielded Matt Lauer for how many years as he was rampaging like a predator with female staff members? Hell, this is the network that tries to frame President Trump as a rapacious sexual offender, while it raised him to prominence with his own primetime programs.

For this growing list of studios to pretend as if they care about abortion rights and women’s issues, their words fall on deaf ears. Georgia is hardly the place they want to stake their reputations, considering all of the far worse shooting locations and business markets they have tolerated for years already.

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UNCW Speaker Makes a Joke About Diamond Rings and Women, Humorless Feminist Professors Label Him a Sexist Pig

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A University of North Carolina Board of Governors member is in hot water after a speech he gave during a commencement ceremony earlier this month a UNC Wilmington that offended some students and faculty members.

Wilmington’s WECT reports:

Thomas Fetzer, a member of the UNC Board of Governors, was expected to deliver greetings to the Class of 2019 on behalf of the board.

In emails obtained from the university, WECT learned Fetzer went off script.

[…]

…. Fetzer spoke for more than six minutes on topics including continuing education, personal advice on finances, and technology.

Here’s what Fetzer said that caused the uproar (bolded emphasis added by me):

“Let me just cut to the chase young ladies, there are only two things in this world you should borrow money for. Your continuing education and a house. Pay cash for everything else because it’s a depreciating asset and you will end up owing more than it is worth. And that is the road to ruin. Those are the parents clapping. Young men, I will add one thing to the list for which you may borrow money. A diamond ring. Because it will appreciate, and so will she.

That’s it. Yep. He made a diamond ring joke. For that, Fetzer has been branded as a sexist pig.

Here were some of the email complaints from professors about Fetzer’s comments:

“I have heard from several students and parents who were both disappointed and offended by the Board of Governor’s representative, Mr. Fetzer’s long and sexist speech at graduation. Traditionally this speech has just been a “greeting” of a few sentences. Mr. Fetzer took the position of keynote speaker, much of his content was unnecessary, some of it entirely inappropriate. To advise students “Gentleman… you must invest in a diamond for your lady” was something right out of 1965…to say it was insulting to women who have just received their degree is an understatement.”

[…]

Two other professors also echoed concerns in response to the professor’s initial email.

“I would like to echo [her] concerns about the speech given by Mr. Fetzer on Saturday. It was, to say the least, disappointing, at the worst, belittling and denigrating to swaths of our population and counter to UNCW’s purported commitment to honoring inclusion and all peoples,” wrote a professor from a separate department.

A third professor responded to the email writing, “Thank you… for articulating a reaction that I am sure was widely shared. I disagree with only one part of your comments: I’d say the speech was right out of 1865. Whatever its vintage, it was completely inappropriate.”

You know, it’s one thing if the main issue was that the speech wasn’t vetted. It’s understandable for a university to want to approve of what a speaker is going to say before they say it. But even saying that, if Fetzer had “gone off script” and blasted Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly over the “bathroom bill” and other issues liberals have with them, he would have been applauded and celebrated by these same professors.

But he didn’t. He made a timeless joke about the cost of a diamond ring and how a woman would appreciate over time just like the ring did. And for that, he’s the scum of the earth?

I was searching for the right comments to use to respond to this absurd nonsense and came across those of UNCW Sociology and Criminology Professor Mike Adams, who has had (and won) some major free speech battles with the university in the past. Here’s what he tweeted about the Fetzer controversy:

‘Nuff said.

(Hat tip: Campus Reform)

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Video: Joe Scarborough Bizarrely Equates Nancy Pelosi Impeaching Trump to When Lincoln Freed the Slaves

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Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. Screen grab via MSNBC and MRC-TV.

When Joe Scarborough isn’t hypocritically accusing someone else of “selling his political soul” and Mika Brzezinski isn’t hypocritically belittling other women for bravely stepping forward with their #MeToo stories, they’re making bizarre comparisons that strain the bounds of credulity.

Such was the case on Thursday. The husband and wife commentary team had a segment on the issue of impeaching President Donald Trump, and Joe went off the rails. Mika didn’t add much outside of sitting next to him and echoing his comments like a puppet.

Gregory Price at Newsbusters reports:

After saying earlier in the show that “our high schools need to teach civic classes and American history” in response to President Trump’s comments about Joe Biden in Japan, Scarborough demonstrated that he himself needs to go back to history class by drawing a very flawed analogy between the leadership of President Lincoln during the Civil War and Speaker Pelosi in the quest to impeach Donald Trump:

“I will say, Nancy Pelosi has to be calculating. Abraham Lincoln was calculating in saving the union. Early in the war, he said, “If the country has to be half slave, half free, if that saves the union, then I’m for that. If saving the union is required by letting all go free, then I am for that.” He was very calculating, and he moved to the position when he felt the American people were ready. Ready to move toward the emancipation of slaves. I’m not being critical of Nancy Pelosi here. I will say though, there are times though to not calculate. I would say when you have a president who has abused power more than any other President, not only in our lifetime, I just can’t think of any historical precedence, of any president who abused his position more– “

Watch video of the segment below:

Someone please tell Joe that we are not a nation of slaves, that Trump’s alleged abuses of presidential power don’t even come close to other historical examples, and that the state of our union does not depend on whether or not Pelosi will impeach Trump.

Good grief.

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Chicago Police Department Releases Hundreds of Pages of Documents from the Jussie Smollett Investigation

 

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It has been four months now that the Jussie Smollett case has been a national news story. The singer/actor who was a cast member of the Chicago-based Fox drama “Empire” has managed, in that time frame, to deliver more drama than the entire run of that program.

Last week a judge ruled that the court case, which had been bizarrely sealed following all 16 charges held against Smollett being dropped, would in fact become unsealed. “While the court appreciates that the defendant was in the public eye before the events that precipitated this case,” wrote Judge Steven Watkins in his decision, “it was not necessary for him to address this so publicly and to such an extent. By doing so, the court cannot credit his privacy interest as good cause to keep the case records sealed.”

The Chicago police has as a result released hundreds of pages of digital files related to its investigation. (Links to the PDFs are below.) While select elements of the files are redacted there are times where the particular players — specifically the Osundairo brothers — are evident in the redactions. It becomes rather clear in the various pages the police had a firm shift in their investigation, based on the collected information and began to regard Smollett as the hoaxer he is now recognized as being.

We see in the documents that the police recognized the Osundairo brothers as important figures while both were out of the country. A plan was put into place to arrest them as they returned to O’Hare Airport, and then execute a simultaneous search warrant of their home. It was on February 13 that the brothers confessed to perpetrating the false incident, which they say was staged and planned by Smollett. This was one day before Smollett’s now infamous Good Morning America interview.

In the report where Smollett gave details of his “attacker” he is described as:
5’10-6’00 180-200
Black Mask With Open Eyes Only, Dark Jacket/Top, Dark Pants

There is no mention made of there being a red MAGA hat. That was an embellishment that Smollett gave investigators in a subsequent interview. Also, on the day of the GMA appearance there is a follow up interview where detectives noted to Smollett there was a number of inconsistent details he gave about what the attacker was said to be wearing, and his declaration of their race. Victim now stated that he “Assumed they were white due to the comments that were made”.

One page describes the conditions on the evening in question:
WEATHER, LIGHTING:
Cold and Clear, 5 degrees, Artificial Street Lamp Lighting

As we speculated here in previous reports, those are not the kind of conditions in which individuals who are hoping their target might somehow arrive at 2:00 am would likely be staking out.

One page comes with the heading of MANNER/MOTIVE – Jussie SMOLLETT made false reports to the police claiming to be the victim of an aggravated battery. It is under this section that the police detail finding the surveillance video of the Osundario brothers shopping at the Beauty House store. They are recorded buying items, including a face mask, knit cap, gloves, a red hat, and sunglasses. It is almost surprising they are not recorded asking the clerk where they can find the “anonymous robbery/assault gear package”.

The staging of the assault was described by one of the brothers. He described how he punched Smollett in the face and began hitting about the body being careful to “pull his punches”. He also began rubbing his knuckle into SMOLLETT’S face trying to “bruise him” with hurting him to [sic]badly. Osundairo had been nervous about the car that had passed them and was trying to get the staged incident finished as quick as possible.

It is in this passage that we get confirmation about that hot sauce bottle that had been found in the area by the New York Post days following the incident. Osundario had brought a hot sauce bottle with him that contained bleach and at this time he poured the bleach onto SMOLLETT who was still on the ground.

The investigators also found that the Osundairo brothers were serving as more than personal trainers for Smollett. Based on text recovered from Smollett’s phone it was found they were a source of recreational drugs for the entertainer. It was found during the review of these text records that on numerous occasions Smollett would request that [redacted Osundairo name] procure items for SMOLLETT which SMOLLETT described as weed, Molly, or Whitney. The detectives acknowledge these to be requests for cannabis, extacy, and cocaine.

This lead investigators to conclude that payments from Smollett was in fact not for training as captioned.

The matter is sure to become of greater interest in future weeks. The police have stated they will soon be releasing video tapes from surveillance cameras they have obtained during the lengthy investigation. If you prefer to read the through the files there are three links to the released documents below.

FILE 1

FILE 2

FILE 3

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Professor Who Picked Last 9 POTUS Winners Picks Trump In 2020 To Win If

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You can hear heads exploding on that headline.

Everyone that follows politics at one time or another is a political prognosticator that will tell others who is going to win. That is about as American as Apple Pie and Nancy Pelosi jokes. Most of us get it wrong though.

Not this guy.

Political historian, Allan Lichtman from American University has picked the last nine Presidential winners and says that Trump will win in 2020 unless Democrats go ahead and impeach. According to The Hill

An American University professor who has correctly predicted the last nine presidential elections says President Trump will win the 2020 election unless congressional Democrats, “grow a spine,” CNN reported.

“It’s a false dichotomy to say Democrats have a choice between doing what is right and what is constitutional and what is politically right. Impeachment is also politically right,” Lichtman told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday.

Lichtman has developed a system of 13 “key factors” that help determine whether the party in the White House will maintain its hold, according to CNN. The factors range from whether the party has an incumbent president running to the country’s short- and long-term economic conditions to foreign policy successes and failures. If the party loses out on six factors or more, he says they will lose the presidency.

Wow. This guy might be a political savant but he also sounds angry and we all know angry professors are never fun to be around.

He is trying to reinforce something here that is being debated right now in the Democratic House leadership side. I covered part of this earlier today here at Red State with Who Was The Biggest Loser In The Mueller Presser? Nancy Pelosi and here After Mueller Press Conference Rashida Tlaib’s Call For Impeachment Gains Steam

Lichtman wants the Democrats to go full steam ahead on holding the hearings for impeachment and to have Trump and his administration be put on trial without the actual trial. This would keep the idea of scandals floating well into next years Presidential election cycle with tons of video floating around. Plus CNN would probably pair up Cuomo and Lemon for a Nancy Grace-style nightly breakdown of all the things Jerry Nadler did or didn’t find.

While the President has an extremely loyal base, at what point do others in the country just say enough is enough?

Pelosi knows the risks here and that is why she is slow-walking this while the newbies in her caucus are yelling full speed ahead. If Professor Lichtman is right impeachment is the only chance that any Democratic nominee for President has a shot of taking down Trump. So the choices are to run the impeachment route and gamble, or hope that the Dems pick someone who can take Trump on and win.

What to do, what to do.

Lichtman has picked the last nine winners which means Trump in 2016, so I’m going to have to give the nod to Trump winning next year.

In the meantime, I’m also going to advise that people stay away from any professor who seems grumpy. Paying that amount for college and having to deal with sourpusses just does not seem like fun compared to dealing with sourpusses on social media.

Social media is free.

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“You’re On”: Ted Cruz and AOC Find Common Ground on Possible Future Legislation and Heads Are Spinning

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Screen grabs via Fox Business and Cruz’s Twitter page.

Who saw this one coming?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) weighed in on Twitter today on the issue of former members of Congress becoming lobbyists. She doesn’t like it and wants the practice stopped – for good:

Not long after she tweeted that, she received support from an unexpected source: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). In response to her tweet, Cruz said:

Then a rare collegial back and forth of sorts ensued:

Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz (HI) also expressed support:

And Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX-21) signed on:

Sarah at Twitchy notes that there is all kinds of confusion on Twitter between conservatives and liberals on this but that it looks like everyone is rolling with it (for now).

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Rumors are swirling that Ocasio-Cortez plans on endorsing Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (MA) presidential candidacy. Why is that relevant to this story? Because Warren has already proposed a Congressional lobbying ban that is quite expansive:

Other lawmakers have expressed the concerns as Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez, most notably presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

She introduced a bill that includes a lifetime ban on lobbying by former lawmakers, presidents and top executive branch appointees.

(See more on Warren’s proposed legislation via Reason)

Is this a backdoor way for self-described Democratic socialist AOC to help the uber-liberal Warren earn some rare bipartisanship credibility alongside the solidly conservative Cruz? Or does Cruz himself have an ace up his sleeve?

Stay tuned…

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Video: CNN Anchor Quickly Backtracks After Calling Unborn Babies “Children”, Makes Other Disturbing Remarks

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One thing you get used to as a pro-life writer is the near-daily influx of pro-choice talking points that are regurgitated by mainstream media news anchors.

The instances are are too numerous to document in one post, but the latest example comes from CNN‘s “New Day” co-host Alisyn Camerota. On Wednesday, she grilled interviewed state Attorney General Curtis Hill, a Republican, on the recent Supreme Court decision to sidestep the most controversial aspects of a 2016 pro-life bill Mike Pence signed into law when he was governor.

A quick recap:

But the court declined to take up a challenge to a provision blocking abortions on the basis of sex, race or disability, avoiding a major ruling on abortion for the time being.

[…]

The court’s order also means that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that blocked the second Indiana abortion law stands. That law stopped abortions on the basis of the fetuses’ sex, gender or disability. The court stated that it will let lower courts continue to weigh in on that provision.

The fetal remains portion of the law was allowed to stand.

As the Free Beacon‘s David Rutz documented, Camerota went straight for the jugular in her interview with Hill. By the time it was all said and done her line of questioning sounded like it came straight of the Planned Parenthood handbook (or maybe NPR‘s abortion-reporting guidelines?).

Here’s how it went down (bolded emphasis added by me)

“What I want to focus in on is the first part we just described, where Indiana had tried to block women from getting abortions if it were based on a disability,” Camerota said. “I’m just curious about that one. Why would you want a family to have to have a child with a severe disability?”

[…]

“Well, the issue that the General Assembly faced was not with regard to the question you posed,” Hill said. “It’s the question of the rights and consideration of the unborn child in terms of discriminatory actions of eliminating that opportunity at life. Making a decision based solely on race or disability certainly is a discriminatory practice, and no decision in terms of whether or not to have a child should be based on that solely.”

“That confuses me, because as you know there are lots of terminations of pregnancies based on the fact that there are severe abnormalities of a fetus. Why would you take away that choice from a family?” Camerota asked.

Hill said it wasn’t about taking away a choice but rather making a decision because the child didn’t have a “particular characteristic.”

Later, Camerota quickly backtracked after she called unborn babies “children”, as Townhall‘s Leah Barkoukis notes:

“The law doesn’t address issues with respect to severe abnormalities that would make a child un-viable,” Hill said to a still-unsatisfied Camerota.

While she already had acknowledged at several points that the end result of a pregnancy is, indeed, a child, she catches herself referring to it as such in the womb.

“Yeah but lots of families make that decision based on — Hold on a second. Lots of families do have to make that decision based on the single characteristic of finding out their children, that their fetus, has a severe abnormality,” she said.

Watch the segments below:

Hillary Clinton came under fire from abortion advocates in 2016 after referring to an unborn child as an “unborn person” instead of a fetus.

Describing an unborn child using anything other than clinical terms like “fetus” is a big no-no in the pro-choice community. Insinuating that the compassionate thing to do in cases where an unborn child has a disability is to give parents the option to terminate the pregnancy is a common talking point for pro-choicers.

Instead of putting a qualifier of sorts in front of her questions like “abortion advocates say”, Camerota, in effect, came off as a ghoulish abortion advocate herself instead of a neutral anchor just asking questions.

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