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Rep. Jim Jordan at Obamacare Hearing: “How Can You Undermine Something That’s Already Failed?” (Video)

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Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, asks questions to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, during a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing on Obamacare. Specifically, the committee wanted to discuss what they called the Trump administration’s “attacks” on the ACA:

The purpose of the hearing is to examine the Administration’s decision to reverse its position in Texas v. United States and assert that the entire health care law should be struck down, as well as the impact this reversal could have on millions of Americans—including those with pre-existing conditions—and the United States health care system.

Ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH) didn’t mince words in an opening statement that questioned how Obamacare could be “undermined” if it had already failed. He also talked about what he called the “Nine lies of Obamacare.”

After asserting that the committee was not interested in working towards bipartisan healthcare solutions that would “make the lives of everyday Americans better”, Jordan said the goal of the hearing was to score “political points” against the Trump administration.

“The Majority’s title for today’s hearing is ‘Trump’s Efforts to Undermine the ACA’,” Jordan said, reading off the agenda in front of him. “Undermine the ACA? Think about what we were told when this bill passed now, what, 9 years ago? I call them the nine lies of Obamacare”:

1 – “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. Y’all remember that one?”
2 – “How about the one if you like your plan you can keep your plan?”
3 – “We were told by the President of the United States premiums were gonna go down.”
4 – “He then got more specific: Premiums will go down on average $1,500.”
5 – “He said deductibles would decline.”
6 – “This was in the fall of 2013, remember this one? They told us the website was gonna work.”
7 – “They told us the website was secure. Your information would be secure there.”
8 – “They told us that these [Obamacare] co-ops were wonderful, end-all, be-all creations. Twenty-three were created. Guess how many are still in existence? Four. The other nineteen went bankrupt.”
9 – “First they told us [the individual mandate penalty] it’s not a tax, then they went to court and said it is a tax. Now they’re saying no it’s not really a tax at all ’cause you can’t tax them now ’cause the individual mandate’s gone. There’s no penalty.”

Nine different lies we were told about Obamacare and the hearing is titled ‘Trump’s Efforts to Undermine the ACA.’ How can you undermine something that’s already failed?”

Watch Rep. Jordan’s opening remarks about Obamacare below:

Matt Margolis at PJ Media has a good explainer giving some background on each of the lies Jordan talked about. Make sure to check it out.

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Joe Biden Puts On His Cool Clothes and Wokes Up: ‘I Respect No Borders.’ Can Ya Dig It?

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[Screenshot from TheDC Shorts, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxAT4bPGTkI]

 

2020 presidential hope-to-be Joe Biden is letting the world know he’s just as cool as the cool kids, Daddy-O — and he ain’t into borders.

During a foreign policy speech Thursday, the former vice president said that, as Leader of the Free World, he’d be a Harlem Globetrotter.

Oh, wait — delete the “Harlem” part. Maybe he’ll add that when he campaigns in Chicago.

Joe vowed to “extend our presence around the globe.”

Is that really what we need?

Either way, borders aren’t nearly groovy. He’s hip, man.



In addition to slickin’ his hair with Vitalis and courtin’ coolness, Biden was, it seems, trying to paint himself as a world’s worth of different than Donald Trump. He noted that working with other nations doesn’t make America “suckers. Hence, he’ll “reimagine” our relationships with foreign entities.

I thought the Dems insist Trump is working with the Russians?

The erstwhile Obama official landed a direct hit on the White House:

“Working cooperatively with other nations to share our values and goals doesn’t make America, as it seems to imply in this administration, suckers.”

What does it do, Joe?

“It makes us more secure. Enables us to be more successful. We amplify our own strengths, extend our presence around the globe, magnify our impact while sharing the burden of leadership with our partners.”

We “share” the burden of leadership with other countries? I thought we’re autonomous.

Joe reached in his pocket and pulled out one of the most trite mechanisms in politics — the ol’ “this era demands it, like other eras didn’t”:

“No country, even one as powerful as ours, can go alone in the challenge of the 21st century.”

He messed up — when you make that statement in politics, it should always include “can’t afford” — as in, “We can’t afford to go alone…” Get with the program, Joseph.

But I’ll give him a pass. Albeit stale as a 10-day old doughnut, such a claim in the Washingtonsphere always posseses 2 virtues:

  • No one can argue that the past is exactly like the present, even if they don’t know what the #$%?! he’s getting at.
  • No one can really argue what the future doesn’t hold, because it hasn’t happened yet.

What does Joe think about borders?

I sense a stab at wokeness in an attempt to compete with his much younger Dem competitors in the race for the Oval Office. They want no borders (here, here, and here)? Okay, take a little bit of this! Ki-yah!

“I respect no borders and cannot be contained by any walls.”

Boom!!!! D*mn right!!

But is that what he was thinking when he voted in favor of 2006’s Fence Act (here)?

Here comes his imagination:

“As president, I will do more than just restore the historic partnerships. I’ll lead an effort to reimagine them, to better meet the challenges we’re grappling with today in the next 20 or 30 years, to keep NATO military capability sharp, while also expanding our capacity to take on non-traditional threats like weaponized corruption, cyber theft, new challenges in space and on the high seas.”

The high seas!

Big words. And, if I may say so — his boss pirate reference notwithstanding — generic.

I think Joe’s gonna have to do better.. Sure, he stands against cyber theft; but AOC puts on a cape (here) and swoops down to keep cows from farting (here and here).

And while she’s looking for a cork, Julian Castro’s giving free abortions to all of America’s pregnant men (here).

Long way to go, Joe. Long way to go.

-ALEX

 

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AOC Is the Bed Nancy Pelosi Made

To say that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are in a quiet struggle for control of the party wouldn’t surprise anyone to hear it. The jabs and waspish snaps they exchange, all delivered with mean girl smiles aren’t an uncommon occurrence.

The problem is that Pelosi is losing this battle. It’s clear that members of the media and leftist activists sympathize more with Ocasio-Cortez, and that the Democrat party is surely but slowly being taken over by radical leftists just like the young New York democratic socialist.

Pelosi has only herself to blame for this as well.

Throughout her career, Pelosi has made it a point to bring her San Francisco, west-coast elitist politics to the mainstream, and it would be wrong to say that she hasn’t had something of a successful run of it. She’s always pushed the proverbial Overton window further and further to the left, making positions considered extreme seem perfectly acceptable to Democrats and Democrat voters.

Pelosi is the same person who once called illegal immigrants her “constituency” and applauded the idea of illegal immigrants bringing their children into the United States, and pushed hard for amnesty. She pushed for socialized healthcare with the media and activist groups cheering her on and successfully got Obamacare passed. She pushes for higher taxes and sensationalizes everything Republicans do to the point where any victory they have is a precursor to mass amounts of death.

If Pelosi was the drug the left got hooked on that allowed it to feel it’s most radical tendencies and feel good about it, then Ocasio-Cortez was the inevitable result of the addiction that is now carrying the party into self-destructive territory.

She throws around sensational claims that are easily disproved about everything from the border to military spending. She pushes pipe dream legislation like the “Green New Deal” which is a wildly unrealistic and unreasonable economic plan that would break a country with four times the success of America, if such a country existed. She throws around promises of free health care, free college and even a wage just for being alive. On top of that, she hurls accusations at her opponents with reckless abandon, whether they’re true or not.

She is Pelosi turned up to 11.

Pelosi should have realized what was coming long ago when her hard-left political posturing created a problem for her. During a press conference in 2017, amnesty activists stormed in and began shouting down Pelosi while simultaneously demanding answers from her. You can actually watch Pelosi become visibly frustrated, microphone shaking in hand, and she was eventually forced to flee.

This was the first time, at least in my opinion, that Pelosi watched as the monster she made turned around and began to consume her. She created it as a tool with which to attack her opponents, but like Frankenstein’s monster, it turned on her and now her years of pushing for radical change an not accomplishing it set up someone to come in and stand as a radical foil.

Right now, Pelosi sits on the Democrat throne, but she’s already been kicked off in a figurative manner. Ocasio-Cortez is the one driving opinion now. Even 2020 candidates are following her radical lead to the point where people like Robert “Beto” O’Rourke are claiming that America is a country founded on racism.

Pelosi’s time at the top is drawing to an end, and every squabble with AOC brings her closer and closer to that future. When she’s inevitably deposed, however, I hope that many other Democrats are watching. This is what happens when you craft your entire career around outrage and sensationalism, and while it does wonders against your opponents, eventually it’ll sweep you away as well.

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Action Star Promises His Upcoming Movie Will ‘Constantly’ Address Toxic Masculinity

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What do you do if you’re a hulking giant dude in a big Hollywood movie? You kick a** and take names.

Oh, wait — that’s was the 80’s.

These days you address toxic masculinity, you buncha misogynists.

That’s what actor Dave Bautista — of Guardians of the Galaxy — intends to do.

Teaming with Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani, Dave’s bringing Stuber to the big screen.

The Hollywood Reporterreports:

The film, with Bautista as a rogue cop and Nanjiani as a straightlaced Uber driver, is meant to be a modern action movie, taking on toxic masculinity and calling out some classic action-hero tropes.

Move over, muscled-up Arnold. We’ve found your antidote.

Kumail told THR the definition of masculinity has for too long been narrow. And that’s hurt us all:

“I feel like we’re in a time where we can talk about masculinity and how it’s always been very traditionally defined in a narrow way and how that’s led to problems for everyone — for women and for men. I felt like it would be interesting to try to talk about that stuff in a traditionally very masculine genre. A buddy cop action comedy is such a dude movie, so we thought it would be interesting to talk about dude issues that also affect the whole world, in a traditionally male genre.”

So also, move over pure entertainment; now there’s something messagier.

Dave confirmed the toxicity of manness will be “constantly” addressed in the flick:

“Throughout the film, we’re constantly talking about it. Sometimes you don’t realize it because we’re making you laugh or disguising it with action, but we really do have the discussion throughout the film.”

The traditional recipe for a hit movie’s compelling male character is a guy who every guy wants to be and every girl wants to be with.

Does this sound like a bullseye?

Here’s girl Betty Gilpin, the movie’s love interest, touting a woke win:

“[The film] trojan-horses a woke narrative in it. … It still checks all of the boxes of a classic action movie, but it has this secret thread of men talking about their aggression and anger that are no longer helpful or are standing in their way. I think that’s such an important missing piece that we have right now of men joining the dialogue, and I think Kumail Nanjiani as a person has really stepped up vocally to talk about what men need to change and talk about. And honestly, it’s very sexy.”

Well there ya go.

Get ready to swoon, ladies.

One thing the movie undoubtedly possesses in the plus column is Dave himself — he’s a really good actor, and he’s absolutely hilarious in the Guardians series.

Will there be enough dudes who wanna pay $20 (LA price) to be told their dudeness is making the world worse? We’ll see.

In the meantime, if you really wanna tox it up, I recommend the following:

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Terminator
  • First Blood
  • True Lies
  • From Russia with Love
  • Anything with an angry Lindsey Graham in it

Got any more? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Perfect: The Babylon Bee Has Figured Out the One Person Megan Rapinoe Should Meet When She Visits DC

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The U.S. women’s soccer team member Megan Rapinoe holds the championship trophy at City Hall after a ticker tape parade, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women’s World Cup title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Just a couple of days after she and the U.S. women’s soccer team were victorious in the World Cup, outspoken sports figure Megan Rapinoe appeared on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show to talk about the games, her social activism, and what her plans were post-tournament.

Among other things, Rapinoe has been invited to Washington, D.C. by Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY). She told Maddow that when she visits our nation’s capital she has very specific ideas in mind on the types of people she’d like to talk to in addition to the two prominent New York Democrats:

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe said she would only accept invitations to visit Washington or have conversations with people who believe the same things she does.

“Yes to AOC, yes to Nancy Pelosi,” Rapinoe said Tuesday about which people she would accept invitations to visit Washington from. “Yes to the bipartisan Congress, yes to Chuck Schumer, yes to anyone else that wants to invite us and have a real, substantive conversation, and that believes in the same things we believe in.”

So like she’s not interested in meeting with anyone who might respectfully engage her in an actual debate about issues she’s flat wrong about like the equal pay discrimination non-issue. Okay.

Since Rapinoe, who says she is “constantly oppressed“, is so determined to only talk to people who comport with her narrow worldview, the fine folks at the Babylon Bee have suggested she meet with one person and one person only when she visits D.C. in order to avoid the remotest possibility of being triggered by disagreement: herself:

“I’ll have a conversation with anyone who I know will agree with everything I am thinking before I think it,” Rapinoe told reporters. “Open conversation is what this country is all about.”

When asked if she would be willing to branch out from speaking only with a perfect clone of herself, Rapinoe said she would also be happy to have a constructive, open-ended dialogue with a mirror, the surface of a pond, a shiny new hubcap, and the front-facing camera on her phone.

Perfect.

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BREAKING: Trump Officially Gives Up On Census Battle

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I don’t have the video yet, but President Trump just spoke in the Rose Garden on his effort to count citizenship via the census.

While trying to dress it up otherwise, he officially gave up on trying to get the question onto the census. This is the culmination of a ridiculous legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court. For 175 years, the census included a question on citizenship but the rules are always different for Trump. The lower courts came up with tortured reasons why he couldn’t add the question back. That eventually led to Roberts once again joining with the liberals on the Supreme Court to affirm the right to add the question while twisting in the wind about motive to deny it in the end.

Trump would go on to say in his speech that they will get the citizenship numbers from elsewhere in places such as government databases. This was the thrust of the executive order that was announced during his remarks, which directed all agencies to use the information they have to compile the number of non-citizens in the country.

While that may be an acceptable alternative to some, it seems largely irrelevant to me. The entire point of this fight was to have citizenship and residency enumerated on the census. If it’s not on the census, it’s useless in terms of fighting fraudulent apportionment. The 14th amendment clearly intended for only those that are taxed (and their dependents) to be given representation.

Without that check in place, liberal states like California have every incentive to keep flaunting immigration laws and garnering more and more House seats based on increases in illegal alien populations. This was not the intention of those who ratified the 14th amendment in 1868. Going back even further, the idea that uncounted, foreign populations could simply cross into the United States and be counted toward government representation would have been taken as a ludicrous idea by the Founders.

This was a fight worth having, even if it meant delaying the census. Now, the issue is all but moot. Even if Trump somehow gets the citizenship numbers, they will not be in a legally actionable form to deal with the apportionment issues. The data will be completely useless outside of general studies and the like. You also can’t just pick this baton up a year from now. The next census will be in 2030.

Whether he wants to admit it or not, the President has lost this war.

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Perfect: The Babylon Bee Has Figured Out the One Person Megan Rapinoe Should Meet When She Visits DC

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The U.S. women’s soccer team member Megan Rapinoe holds the championship trophy at City Hall after a ticker tape parade, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women’s World Cup title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Just a couple of days after she and the U.S. women’s soccer team were victorious in the World Cup, outspoken sports figure Megan Rapinoe appeared on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show to talk about the games, her social activism, and what her plans were post-tournament.

Among other things, Rapinoe has been invited to Washington, D.C. by Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY). She told Maddow that when she visits our nation’s capital she has very specific ideas in mind on the types of people she’d like to talk to in addition to the two prominent New York Democrats:

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe said she would only accept invitations to visit Washington or have conversations with people who believe the same things she does.

“Yes to AOC, yes to Nancy Pelosi,” Rapinoe said Tuesday about which people she would accept invitations to visit Washington from. “Yes to the bipartisan Congress, yes to Chuck Schumer, yes to anyone else that wants to invite us and have a real, substantive conversation, and that believes in the same things we believe in.”

So like she’s not interested in meeting with anyone who might respectfully engage her in an actual debate about issues she’s flat wrong about like the equal pay discrimination non-issue. Okay.

Since Rapinoe, who says she is “constantly oppressed“, is so determined to only talk to people who comport with her narrow worldview, the fine folks at the Babylon Bee have suggested she meet with one person and one person only when she visits D.C. in order to avoid the remotest possibility of being triggered by disagreement: herself:

“I’ll have a conversation with anyone who I know will agree with everything I am thinking before I think it,” Rapinoe told reporters. “Open conversation is what this country is all about.”

When asked if she would be willing to branch out from speaking only with a perfect clone of herself, Rapinoe said she would also be happy to have a constructive, open-ended dialogue with a mirror, the surface of a pond, a shiny new hubcap, and the front-facing camera on her phone.

Perfect.

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Facebook Suddenly Deletes Policy Permitting Death Threats Against People They Don’t Like

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For all of Facebook’s talk of wanting to provide a safe environment, the truth  of the matter came to light yesterday as the guidance for how Facebook enforces its policy on death threats was posted.

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When one cross-references this to the definition of Dangerous Individuals and Organizations

In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence, from having a presence on Facebook. This includes organizations or individuals involved in the following:
Terrorist activity
Organized hate
Mass or serial murder
Human trafficking
Organized violence or criminal activity
We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders, or individuals involved in these activities.

Oh, snap!

This is the way Facebook explained it to The Daily Caller:

“We don’t allow credible threats of violence against anyone,” company spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “We do allow some speech that calls for certain forms of violence, such as calls for the death penalty for criminals or support for military action against terrorists.”

Except that isn’t what the policy says, and we know from experience the expansive definition that Facebook applies to “hate” when anyone on the right is involved.

Do you really, really think this policy would apply if you were singing the praises of the USSR or Communist China or making the case that the Khmer Rouge had some good ideas or extolling the bravery of Palestinian terrorists? Of course not. If you have politics that are in sync with the nasty little twits who write stuff like this on behalf of Facebook, you’re fine. There are any number of grotesquely anti-Semitic Facebook pages masquerading under the whole Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions umbrella. Louis Farrakhan followers have a Facebook page.

This should be self-evident, but let me say it anyway. There is really no justification for Facebook allowing death threats to be made against individuals other than perhaps a pre-deceased Osaama bin Ladin or Mullah Omar or some other high profile terrorist who is being sought by the Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies of the Western world. I don’t care if the person is Jeffrey Epstein, there is no circumstance under which Facebook should tolerate an actual threat to kill someone. If you get in the timeline of an Antifa (not that Facebook would ever call their darlings terrorists) or a Proud Boy or a KKK member–because the policy Facebook posted clearly allows this–and threaten them or theirs Facebook should not be in the business of making value judgments on their politics and their worth as a human being. In fact, it is very difficult to see how this policy, if someone was hurt, would not carry criminal liability along with it.

Apparently, Facebook has disappeared this policy. But you know what has not disappeared? The attitude that wrote, reviewed, and approved the policy in the first place. And do you know what lesson is learned from this? Not that fomenting and condoning violence is wrong, but that they need to keep their policies confidential.

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Hollywood Billionaire Media Mogul Slams AOC On Israel And REALLY Dislikes Bernie (And He’s A Democrat)

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You may not know the name Haim Saban, but you’re familiar with his work. He’s the reason the West even knows about The Power Rangers. That’s how he made his money, in fact: on a business trip to Tokyo, Saban decided to bring the popular Japanese show Super Sentai to American audiences and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was born.

Saban became a billionaire when he merged with Fox Children’s Production to form Fox Family Worldwide and then sold his family of networks to The Walt Disney Co. for $5.3 billion. From there he and his wife Cheryl, who also have a major stake in Spanish-language news channel Univision, have given away $420 million to philanthropic causes because Haim, an avowed democrat who outgave even George Soros to help Hillary in her failed presidential election, is a Jewish immigrant from Egypt, first to Israel and then the U.S., and knows the sting of poverty.

And, as he surveils the 2020 democratic presidential field, he has a few choice words for New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Of Sanders he says:

“We love all 23 candidates,” Haim says, then pauses. “No, minus one. I profoundly dislike Bernie Sanders, and you can write it. I don’t give a hoot. He’s a communist under the cover of being a socialist. He thinks that every billionaire is a crook. He calls us ‘the billionaire class.’ And he attacks us indiscriminately. ‘It’s the billionaire class, the bad guys.’ This is how communists think. So, 22 are great. One is a disaster zone.”

AOC draws even more of his ire because Saban retains Israeli citizenship and is a former member of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The IDF, in fact, is one of his favorite philanthropic targets.

Haim acknowledges that his mission has become more difficult in the current climate. “There is a certain tension [now], but is that tension something that was always there but not expressed? I don’t know. There’s a famous saying that anti-Semitism is a light sleeper, and it doesn’t take much to wake it,” he says.

Haim places some of the blame on Israel itself for “not doing a good job at clarifying to the American people the importance to the United States of that relationship.” But he takes particular umbrage with rising Democratic congresswoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“AOC made a statement: ‘There’s a massacre in Gaza,’ ” he says. “She was asked a question related to what’s going on between Israel and the Palestinians, and she said, ‘Well, I’m going to have to study this.’ So, here she made a statement that is pretty scary and pretty compelling but misinformed. Why don’t you go study and then make a statement?”

With that, Haim asks a staffer to bring over a framed quotation from Alexander Haig, Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, to illustrate why Americans should support Israel. The quotation reads: “Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier and is located in a critical region for American national security.”

The Sabans have just given their names and $50 million dollars to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, “the largest donation to the complex now rising on Wilshire Boulevard and scheduled to open in 2020.”

It’s fair to say they hold enormous influence in Hollywood. And they have no affection for two of the left’s most progressive candidates.

You may as well consider the field narrowed by two.

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Ted Cruz Flattens Beto O’Rourke (Again) After the Failed Senate Candidate Went on Anti-American Rant

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As Red State‘s Bonchie wrote Wednesday, 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (D) went for broke during a recent campaign stop in Tennessee, trashing his own country in a room full of refugees and immigrants. The comments came off as anti-American to conservatives and Republicans alike, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) weighed in on Thursday on the issue, slamming his former Senate opponent.

To recap, here’s what O’Rourke told the audience, via The Hill:

During a roundtable event hosted by a local organization that works with immigrants, the presidential candidate pointed to his home state’s history in the Confederacy while arguing that the legacy of racism persists in U.S. institutions.

“I know this from my home state, Texas, places that formed the Confederacy, that this country was founded on white supremacy,” he said, according to the Tennessean. “And every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our democracy.”

He made the remarks in response to a question about how he would tackle white supremacy if elected president.

Watch video of his remarks below:

Just a week after giving a much-needed history lesson to former QB-turned-social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick on abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass, Cruz once again used history to flatten another expression of anti-American sentiment:

Cruz is right, of course. The hard left “traffics” in anti-American hate more often than not, and unfortunately Democrats like O’Rourke are trying to mainstream it for political advantage.

As I wrote today at Legal Insurrection:

What’s become increasingly popular over the years in elite Democratic circles is the notion that to be considered sufficiently woke, you must believe that America and its foundations are fundamentally flawed. You also must have the unwavering desire to change them fundamentally.

The key to that message being successful for Democrats is in framing it in such a way as to make voters believe that big government’s encroachment into their lives and wallets is the way things should have always been from the start. This is one reason why Barack Obama was elected.

It worked for Obama, but it won’t work for Beto, because too many Democrats view him as a “privileged” candidate who has led a mostly charmed life and who doesn’t have much to offer in the crowded, diverse field of candidates.

It also won’t work with any Republicans he’d like to win over, because you won’t find many Republicans who will buy into the anti-Americanism that Beto is selling (unless your name is Ana Nararro).

Nevertheless, he took his campaign to new lows this week in a desperate attempt to revive some of that old Beto magic from 2018. Unfortunately for him, it’s too late. His time to shine in the political spotlight has long passed.

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