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Joe Walsh Has Lost His Radio Show

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Joe Walsh may have just ruined his career over his insistence that President Donald Trump is the worst President in history.

Walsh began as a major Trump supporter, but over time became one of his most ardent opponents. As my colleague Mike Ford reported over the weekend, Walsh announced his intention to primary Trump and run for President himself.

The likelihood of Walsh beating Trump and taking the Presidency is so minimal that you’d have to see his chances through a high-powered microscope. According to Gallup, Trump has an 88 percent approval rating among Republicans and his economy is still going strong.

Walsh has now said that he lost his nationally syndicated radio show during a CNN interview after he revealed that the majority of his listeners are pro-Trump.

“I just found out that I lost my national radio show. So that’s gone, but I figure that might happen, John,” Walsh told CNN on Monday.

Walsh said that he found out he had lost the radio show moments before he went on air with CNN.

“I’m running for president. I oppose this president. Most of my listeners support the president. It’s not an easy thing to do to be in conservative talk radio and oppose this president,” said Walsh.

Walsh said he’s okay with it, and that he’ll be campaigning full time anyway.

Who he’s going to try to win over is a mystery. Even his own fanbase wasn’t with him. Regardless, many mainstream news outlets who were content to call Walsh a racist and a crackpot are now giving him all the airtime he could possibly ask for. This says more about the desperation and derangement of the leftist media than it does anything else.

Furthermore, I’m not sure said airtime is going to do him any good. The Republican party is pretty united behind Trump, especially in the face of the radical threat from the left. It’s not going to uproot itself from Trump’s camp in order to support someone the left now approves of.

 

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Eighth Circuit Rules That Videographer Doesn’t Have To Make That Video

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The right of Christians to be free from the state coercing them into actively participating in events that they consider reprehensible won a major victory in the Eighth Circuit.

Carl and Angel Larsen run a video business called Telescope Media in St. Cloud, MN. The are observant Christians but the Minnesota Human Rights Act unambiguously requires them to provide video services of basically any event. They could be forced to memorialize the drag queen story hour at the local library or day care center or record for posterity a sham wedding ceremony.

In innumerable cases courts interpret laws that prohibit discrimination against homosexual persons to prohibit discrimination against homosexual behavior, and thus to require complicity in behavior Scripture declares to be sinful. Pointing to the many types of behavior one can legally object to in the marketplace, and the obvious wrong of having to facilitate activity deemed immoral, is met with the claim that discrimination against homosexual behavior is discrimination against homosexual persons.

A very recent case of this type concerns Telescope Media Group videography company in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Influenced by Reformed theologian John Piper’s comparison of telescopes magnifying distant stars and microscopes magnifying small objects with our reason for being, which is to magnify God, Telescope Media Group founders and owners Carl and Angel Larsen endeavor to glorify God in all their work and present his truth through their video skills. Although they have a clear religious and expressive purpose in their work, and desire to use their talents to tell stories with their videography about “the historic, Biblically orthodox definition of marriage,” they are unable to use their narrative skills with weddings because of Minnesota’s sexual orientation anti-discrimination law. Not only does the law provide for severe civil and criminal penalties (triple compensatory and punitive damages to the aggrieved party up to $25,000, and up to 90 days in jail), but it is aggressively enforced by the state attorney general with “testers” who seek out merchants who will decline services that contribute to homosexual behavior.

Rather than wait around for the obvious set-up as has happened to Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop and then litigate with tens of thousands of dollars in potential damages hanging over their heads, the Larsens, with the assistance of the Alliance Defending Freedom, filed a suit in federal court seeking injunctive relief. Unsurprisingly, the case was tossed by the district court judge who was pretty much in the “bake that cake” camp. The Larsens and ADF appealed to the Eighth Circuit and last Friday they won in a big way.

(Read the whole decision.)

In its opinion in Telescope Media Group v. Lucero, the 8th Circuit wrote, “Carl and Angel Larsen wish to make wedding videos. Can Minnesota require them to produce videos of same-sex weddings, even if the message would conflict with their own beliefs? The district court concluded that it could and dismissed the Larsens’ constitutional challenge to Minnesota’s antidiscrimination law. Because the First Amendment allows the Larsens to choose when to speak and what to say, we reverse the dismissal of two of their claims and remand with instructions to consider whether they are entitled to a preliminary injunction….”

“Indeed,” the 8th Circuit continued, “if Minnesota were correct, there is no reason it would have to stop with the Larsens. In theory, it could use the MHRA to require a Muslim tattoo artist to inscribe ‘My religion is the only true religion’ on the body of a Christian if he or she would do the same for a fellow Muslim, or it could demand that an atheist musician perform at an evangelical church service. In fact, if Minnesota were to do what other jurisdictions have done and declare political affiliation or ideology to be a protected characteristic, then it could force a Democratic speechwriter to provide the same services to a Republican, or it could require a professional entertainer to perform at rallies for both the Republican and Democratic candidates for the same office.”

I think the court gets this exactly right. The Minnesota statute essentially makes any business owner and any employee a serf to any customer. Carried to its logical conclusion you could have a situation were a demented pre-op transsexual could demand that a women’s salon wax and moisturize his balls.

Just some thoughts here.

The decision was 2-1. A Trump and a Bush appointee finding in favor of religious freedom, an Obama appointee demanding that the cake be baked. The Trump appointee wrote the opinion. You people who laughed about folks voting for Trump because of judges and who actively pushed for a Clinton presidency, you should be feeling pretty ridiculous right now…but I know you aren’t.

I don’t know what kind of legs this decision will have but the majority lays out an easily understandable and defensible position in the face of totalitarian laws like the one in Minnesota.

Every time we get one of these cases to the Supreme Court, we’ll gain some ground. The recent decisions out of SCOTUS on parochial school funding, management of church personnel, and the display of religious symbols have stopped the bleeding. Even though Jack Phillips did not have a clear win, his partial victory certainly makes these little fascists on state “human rights” boards and commissions be more inventive in their deliberations.

This is a struggle that will go on for years but I think in the end we’ll be able to carve out sufficient space for people of faith to be able to live a life comporting with that faith in the public square.

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Congrats, You Now Have a Constitutional Right to Harbor Illegal Immigrants

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The judiciary is out of control.

A judge in Kansas ruled 8 U.S.C. 1324 is unconstitutional because it supposedly infringes on the first amendment. This ruling is bonkers for a variety of reasons, namely because of what the statute actually says vs. why the judge claims to be invalidating it. It also means a single, lower court judge is once again dictating their whims on the entire country, something that was never imagined to be possible at our founding. With the stroke of a pen, 130 years of duly passed law and precedent is gone. As you’ll see, the conflicts of interests present with this judge leave real questions of whether this is purely political.

Here’s the details per Conservative Review.

KCUR-FM reports that on Wednesday, Judge Carlos Murguia of the U.S. District Court of Kansas ruled, based on a Ninth Circuit opinion, that 8 U.S.C. §1324, the law prohibiting someone from “encouraging” or “inducing” illegal immigration, is an unconstitutional infringement upon the First Amendment. In doing so, Murguia vacated the convictions of two illegal aliens, Jose Felipe Hernandez-Calvillo and Mauro Papalotzi, who were convicted in August 2018 by a jury for conspiring to encourage illegal aliens to remain here through employment at a drywall company in Lawrence, Kansas. Four others were originally indicted by a grand jury in 2015.

Let’s talk about the legal aspects first.

By this judge’s logic, you can go encourage and induce anyone to commit any crime and it’s not illegal. Want your husband killed? Just ask someone else to do it and you aren’t liable because it’s just free speech, right? I’m being overly broad though. In this case, this wasn’t just about free speech. The convictions that were vacated centered around two other illegal aliens who were encouraging illegal aliens to come work for their drywall company. The judge, based on no logic or legal standing whatsoever, decided that such direct actions to harbor and assist lawbreaking are the same as simply protesting ICE or railing against high taxes.

The truth is, 8 U.S.C. 1324 in noway stops activism and this judge projected his own ridiculous interpretation onto a law that clearly says otherwise.

Rather than rule based on the law, he decided to adopt the ruling of the Ninth Circuit (which doesn’t have jurisdiction in Kansas), which ruled last December that §1324 is “unconstitutionally overbroad” because it “criminalizes a substantial amount of protected expression.” “The court adopts (the 9th Circuit’s) analysis in full and agrees that (the law) on its face is overbroad under the First Amendment,” said Murguia in a brief bench ruling first reported by KCUR-FM.

This assertion is ridiculous, because the law clearly refers to engaging in subversive and fraudulent activities to encourage or enable actual individual aliens to remain in the country, not mere political advocacy for liberal immigration policies in the abstract. It’s like saying that someone who hates high taxes or gun control laws and advocates against them is the same as a person who actively assists tax cheats and gun felons in achieving the end goal of the criminalized behavior.

If I sell a gun to a felon who can’t own a gun, that’s not free speech. If I harbor an illegal immigrant by giving them a job knowing they are an illegal immigrant, that’s not free speech. It’s helping someone else perpetuate criminal behavior. In every other aspect of our criminal justice system, that’s a crime. This judge decided it’s not for the very specific case of illegal immigration. Why?

Well, we have a pretty good idea of why.

Yet one judge, who worked for an open-borders group named El Centro Inc. and whose sister Janet Murguia is president of La Raza (now called UnidosUS), suddenly thinks conspiring to harbor and encourage illegal immigration violates the First Amendment. Carlos’ sister Mary (who is an identical twin to Janet) is a federal judge on the very Ninth Circuit Court from which he drew this opinion. Judge Mary Murguia once recused herself from a trial involving pro-enforcement Sheriff Joe Arpaio because of her sister’s leadership of La Raza. Carlos should have done the same thing this week in this case, which involves a law that directly conflicts with the work with the open-borders groups his family is associated with.

It just so happens that this judge’s sister is the president of La Raza, a radical pro-illegal immigration outfit that pushes Hispanic supremacy in a variety of ways. They’ve since changed their name because being called “The Race” didn’t help them avoid criticism. This judge himself also worked for a pro-illegal immigration outfit in his past. All of this adds up to an easy decision for the judge to recuse himself, but he didn’t. Instead, he tortured the law and invented a new constitutional right to harbor and encourage illegal immigration.

No doubt, this case isn’t just about the two convictions being overturned either. This is a green light to sanctuary cities to keep doing what they are doing.

The DOJ needs to come down hard on this.

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Man Is Assaulted by Portland Mob Over His MAGA Hat

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I’m losing count of how many instances we now have of someone being verbally or physically assaulted because of their support for President Donald Trump.

According to the Daily Caller, a man named Luke Lenzner and his wife entered Growler’s Taproom in Portland, Oregon, after midnight. According to Lenzer’s testimony, not long after he and his wife were sat down on the patio, he was attacked with a sucker punch by a mob who surrounded him on all sides:

“I got mobbed by everybody that was in that bar outside. People came from the inside out — just circled me and my wife,” Lenzner said, according to FOX 12. “Surrounding me, like literally surrounding me, pushing me. I’m just trying to get through, trying to stop the person from hitting me, from taking my hat, and then I get sucker punched.”

Police arrived at the scene around 12:50 a.m., and discovered large bruises on Lenzner’s face, prompting a manhunt for those involved with the assault. Officers were able to locate two individuals in their 20s that they say were involved with the Saturday morning violence Portland Police told The Daily Caller.

Two individuals in the mob were arrested and charged. Leopold Hauser, 22, and Adebisi Okuneye, 23, were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for third-degree assault.

According to a bartender at the location, Lenzner may have started the fight himself by “pointing to his hat,” though how this should start a fight is beyond me.

Some may say that Lenzner knew what he was doing when he wore a MAGA hat in public in Portland, and while I can’t deny that Lenzner knew the dangers, it doesn’t excuse the fact that people are being attacked physically for their support of Trump. Intentional or not, the fact that Lenzner can incite violence — if he did incite it at all — by simply wearing a hat that says “Make America Great Again” says more about the state of our political discourse and the radicalistic infection of Portland.

 

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A Pastor Responds to Alyssa Milano’s Abortion Celebration With The #GreatJoy Movement

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First puppy. #greatjoys

 

Last week, in an episode of her podcast, “Sorry Not Sorry,” Alyssa Milano revealed she’d had two abortions in 1993. The vacuous actress is so happy she made that decision because, if she had not, she said, “My life would be completely lacking all its great joys. I would never have been free to be myself — and that’s what this fight is all about: freedom.”

Naturally, her remarks drew a considerable amount of blowback, and rightly so. I mean, what did she expect? Admiration? I’m not condemning her, but patting herself on the back for what a great decision she made to abort two pregnancies doesn’t sit well with me.

Anyway, her inane remarks came to the attention of Jarrid Wilson, an associate pastor at the Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. Wilson and his lovely wife are the parents of two young boys.

Wilson countered Milano’s provocation by tweeting a photograph of his family and calling for others to post pictures of their own children with the hashtag #greatjoys.

Wilson was interviewed by an online Christian publication called FaithWire. He said:

I don’t know Alyssa Milano personally, but I’m praying she really thinks about the totality of what she’s saying on public platforms, especially in regards to situations that encompass the reality of life and death … Children are our future, and a blessing from God, not a burden that so many people — specifically people who are only focused on their own achievement and goals — make them out to be … I believe our world needs to stop treating them that way. Whether she wants to admit it or not, she now has two children in heaven whom she will never experience the joy of parenting.

Is choosing abortion unforgivable? Not at all. But I believe Alyssa’s views on the subject to be both harmful and mentally disturbing.

Wilson “wondered if Milano had ever thought about the fact her own mother had not aborted her,” and added:

Because if she’s honest with herself, that’s what would have kept Alyssa from experiencing the joys and success that she’s encountered in life. That’s the story she should be advocating for, not the current one.

I don’t hate Alyssa. I want nothing but the best for her, her family, and her career. But I would encourage her, in love, to really re-think the impact her words may have on other people.

Many people responded to Wilson’s invitation and posted photos of their own. Here are a few:

 

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A Hong Kong Protestor Is Asked About China, His Answer Is Hilarious

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The unrest in Hong Kong continues as I write this, with the local authorities warning of consequences if the protesting continues. That hasn’t stopped millions of people from taking the streets, pushing back on the communist encroachment on what is supposed to be a free and democratic region.

One such protestor was seen holding a flag calling for Hong Kong’s independence. This prompted a reporter to go up and ask him if he thinks Donald Trump should step in.

The man’s response took the internet by storm.

The video is only six seconds, but it may be the greatest six seconds in political protest history.

Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but it’s still hilarious. The shades, the facial expressions. It all just works.

I for one hope this guy and everyone in this movement with him succeeds. China’s government is a dumpster fire of communism and dictatorship. Any American should be able to sympathize with what these people are going through. The odds may be long, but I’m rooting for them.

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What Does the Washington Post Know About New York Times Reporters That You Don’t and Why Is It Laughing

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Yesterday, the New York Times ran a really huffy little story about how some conservatives are using the tactics pioneered by Media Matters against reporters. You can read my post here, but the story is basically this. For years the leftwing media has used Media Matters and other nutter groups to do opposition research on conservative politicians and media figures. This isn’t just any oppo, these assclowns will go through writings as far back as they can trying to find something dumb or offensive. Then they hand off the statement to CNN or the New York Times or MSNBC or the Washington Post or all of the above. These media outlets will then trumpet the faux pas and try to get the target to either resign from office or get them fired. Sometimes they go after private citizens who have been a little too outspoken, like the guy who did the meme of President Trump wrestling CNN.

In just a couple of months, the group has counted coup on a couple of media employees with a sordid past. A CNN photo editor was fired for outrageously anti-Semitic tweets (not a shock, CNN after all) and a political editor for the New York Times engaged in racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric allegedly to “shock” his friends (mission freakin accomplished, Scooter).

The New York Times went so far as to actually say that it is fine with the media does this–because journalism–but when it is done to the media it is an assault of freedom of the press. Yep. My jaw dropped, too.

Breitbart burned the New York Times. And the Times really doesn’t like it.
If the New York Times thought the Fourth Estate was going to rally to their defense, they were sadly disappointed. This is how the Washington Post’s media critic treated it Breitbart burned the New York Times. And the Times really doesn’t like it.

They are bad actors. They are driven to suppress legitimate inquiry. They are by no means journalists.

And they read Twitter very carefully!

Those are the contours of an alarm rung on Sunday by the New York Times. “A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists,” wrote Kenneth P. Vogel and Jeremy W. Peters.

And just what would this “damaging information” be? Illicitly obtained DMs? Gossip about their sexual habits? HIPAA-protected information?

Nope. “Four people familiar with the operation described how it works, asserting that it has compiled dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.” Bolding added to note that this “damaging information” is available not only to a “loose network of conservative operatives” but also to the loose network of everyone with access to the Internet.

I was on my second cigarette by the time I got this far. It gets better.

Yet at the same time, Sulzberger all but admitted that the information supplied by Schwartz and Co. can be relevant to the management of the New York Times: “No organization is above scrutiny, including The Times. We have high standards, own our mistakes and always strive to do better. If anyone — even those acting in bad faith — brings legitimate problems to our attention, we’ll look into them and respond appropriately.”

Good! There’s an incompatibility in the Times story and the Sulzberger memo: On one hand, there’s an attempt to tar the motivations of the “loose network of conservative operatives”; on the other, there’s a stubborn admission that they have brought actionable information to public attention. For decades now, representatives of the mainstream media have answered conservative critiques by imploring: Judge us by the work we produce, not by the fact that more than 90 percent of us are liberal/Democratic. Mainstreamers cannot have it both ways. Cut the idle and unverifiable talk about motivations. If the tweets presented by the “loose network of conservative operatives” are racist or anti-Semitic or otherwise problematic, take action. If they’re nonsensical distractions, ignore them.

In the meantime, the “loose network of conservative operatives” must be celebrating right about now, having triggered not only an extensive scolding in the Times, but also an eight-paragraph memo from its publisher.

He’s exactly right. All the frothing Sulzberger did on “bad faith” is just bullsh** and excuse-making. The allegations are either real or they aren’t. Their validity is not affected one whit whether they are brought to you privately to alert you to a problem or trumpeted across the internet to make you look hypocritical and rather stupid. Reporters having to live by the rules they have created, which is that a notation in a high school yearbook could result in a demand for your firing thirty years after the fact, is a very good thing.

The this that struck me here was the rather gleeful tone. It’s almost as if reporters talk and they know which of their colleagues have posted stuff which would be, in the left’s vernacular, “problematic” if brought to light. The group working on this project claim “that the operation had unearthed potentially “fireable” information on “several hundred” people.” The subtext here, in my reading, is that there is some really bad stuff floating around that is common knowledge but that no one in the industry has done anything about because their first loyalty is to their group and ratting out a fellow journalist would get you blackballed. The whole “bring in on” attitude also makes it seem like that the writer thinks the New York Times is going to be uniquely stricken by the outbreak of truth that is about to happen. We can only hope.

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Rashida Tlaib Thinks Trump Is Afraid Of Her, but Here’s the Truth

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Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of “The Squad” is a putting a bit more stock into her attention from President Donald Trump than she should, and by “a bit” I mean so much stock that she owns a majority share in TDS Corp.

After the recent dust-up between Trump, Tlaib, and Israel, the Democrat Representative from Michigan told The Guardian

“It’s been very clear to me, especially this last week, that he’s scared of us,” Tlaib said. “He’s afraid of women of color … because we’re not afraid of him and we’re not afraid to speak up and say that we have a white supremacist in the White House who has a hate agenda.”

By “us,” she means “the Squad,” consisting of herself and Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Crazytown). A lot of Trump’s media attention has been directed to these four women. While Tlaib believes that this proves Trump is only coming after them because they’re women of color, the fact that he’s only going after them and not other women of color should be a massive clue into how he really feels.

Since Tlaib seems unaware, I’ll shed some light on it for her.

Trump only cares about “the Squad” because they’re useful to him, not because he’s afraid of them. Nearly everything that comes out of the mouth of any given member of “the Squad” is more asinine than the next. Their ideas are so terrible that even other Democrats try to avoid voting for them. Not to mention the consistent antisemitism that consistently gets them in trouble and forces the media to bail them out.

And it’s that last part that has been so useful to Trump over the past month. Tlaib and Omar, in particular, can’t help themselves when it comes to their antisemitism. Trump highlights it in a tweet and the media reacts accordingly. As all parties involved strive to defend and make excuses for antisemitism, they look worse and worse to the American voter.

Just so we’re all clear here, “the Squad” is a means for Trump to control the approval ratings of the Democratic party and discredit a media obsessed with harming him and defending them. Tlaib is a useful tool for Trump. No more. No less.

You often see Democrats talking about how one political figure “fears” a group or politician constantly, but the truth is that “fear” isn’t really the issue here. While the right does want to make sure the agendas pushed by a left that has become radical never come to pass out of fears of what their agendas tend to do to societies, fearing them isn’t exactly accurate.

I’ve often said that I hope people like AOC never go away because they do represent everything that is wrong with the Democratic party and make the ideals of the right look far more appealing. “The Squad” is, at best, a sideshow that made its way to the mainstage due to the Democrat party overreacting about Hillary Clinton’s loss to a man they considered a joke.

It’s a foolish look that Trump is capitalizing on, and I don’t blame him. It’s effective, but it should be understood that it’s only effective because Tlaib and her “squad” are making it so.

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Video: Never Trumper Jennifer Rubin Says the Republican Party Must Be “Burned Down” in Order to Save It

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There are unhinged Never Trumpers. And then there is Jennifer Rubin, who never passes up an opportunity to show off what she firmly believes are her “woke” creds when in the presence of like-minded commentators.

The faux “conservative” Washington Post columnist appeared on MSNBC’s AM Joy show on Sunday to discuss with a panel of fellow Trump-hating Democrats the absolute horror (sarcasm) of Sean Spicer getting a dancing gig on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

The entire segment, in fact, was devoted to discussing just how wrong it was for any former Trump administration official to be able to enjoy life in any capacity after working for the “racist” in the White House who, in the minds of the panelists, has done horrible things to the Latino community.

Host Joy Reid teed up Rubin’s unhinged rant by asserting that “this was an extreme administration that is dangerous.” Reid also stated that if you are Latino, you should always carry your birth certificate because you might be “scooped up and stolen” by ICE. “But yet it’s fine. Go and dance on TV. It’s just incredible,” concluded an outraged Reid.

Rubin then weighed in. Here’s what she said (as transcribed by The Blaze):

“What we should be doing in shunning these people,” Rubin said. “Shunning, shaming these people is a statement of moral indignation that these people are not fit for a polite society. I think it’s absolutely abhorrent that any institution of higher learning, any news organization or any entertainment organization that has a news outlet would hire these people.”

“It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” the columnist continued, as other panelists nodded in agreement. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party. We have to level them, because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again. They will take this as confirmation that, ‘hey, it just pays to ride the waves look at me I made it through.’”

“And so up and down the ticket, federal state and local offices, the country has to repudiate this,” Rubin added. “It is not a normal administration.”

Watch video of Rubin’s remarks below, courtesy of Newsbusters:

Rubin’s comments were an echo of statements she made in July 2018 on how all Trump administration officials should be shunned and harassed publicly as a “life sentence” of sorts for their role in the administration:

Ironically, it is fake Republicans like Rubin who are destroying the fabric of our society as we know it by siding with extremist Democrats like Reps. Maxine Waters and AOC in calling for shunning, ostracizing, harassment, and confrontation of Republicans they don’t like.

Rubin likes to talk about how this administration is supposedly not a “normal administration.” In actuality, what is not normal is that she sees fit to call for the current and former Trump administration officials to be trailed by protesters wherever they go.

Imagine how she’d react if her logic was applied to her? She’d go on Reid’s show to complain about how hateful and deranged Republicans have become.

Rubin has become a one-trick pony. It’s tiresome and sad, really. Maybe by 2020 she’ll finally do what she should have done a long time ago: Switch her party registration to Democrat.

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The Stunning Hypocrisy Behind the Media’s Sudden Disapproval of Outrage Journalism

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Self-awareness is important. It allows us to stay grounded and react to different situations with some basis of consistency in relation to our own actions.

Of course, our mainstream media have no self-awareness so you get ridiculous freak outs like this, which my colleague streiff covered yesterday.

Now, I’ve been reliably told by many leftists on Twitter that if you don’t want controversial things you’ve said to be exposed, you should not say controversial things in the first place. Context, age, and time passed since said comments doesn’t matter. This was the standard applied to Kyle Kashuv, who you may recall was booted from Harvard after private racist comments he made when he was 15 were leaked. At no point did the media say “this is out of bounds” nor push back on the idea that such kinds of journalism are toxic to society and unfair.

In fact, the media reaction has been the complete opposite. They’ve perpetuated outrage journalism and weaponized it to attack their perceived political enemies. Whether it’s trying to destroy a high school kid for smirking at someone that was harassing him or doxxing a fork lift driver from New York because he made a joke video of Nancy Pelosi, there have been no boundaries at all from the liberal media. Worse, many press outlets have their own departments dedicated to this kind of nonsense, with CNN’s “KFile” being one of the more prominent.

Now that a conservative group headed by Arthur Schwartz is using their own tactics against them, they are suddenly crying foul though. On what basis? Well, they can’t really explain that given their own actions, so they just cast aside all self-awareness and pretend that what they are doing is somehow different.

Read this hilarious take from The New York Times and try not to spit your drink out.

Fearless and fair coverage? What planet do these people live on? They’ve run literally thousands of anonymously sourced, slanderous stories over the past three years. Despite this, the Times feels it gets to be the moral arbiter of what does and doesn’t qualify as “reporting.” That’s laughable.

Essentially, every average citizen just trying to live their lives is fair game for outrage journalism and mobbing, but not journalists themselves because reasons.

Townhall’s Guy Benson made another good point about this. Namely, that just weeks ago, the media were out in force defending Joaquin Castro for doxxing Trump donors, claiming it was fair game and shrugging at complaints about the tactics.

What the media want to do is sit in their bubble and destroy everyone else while asserting some kind of made up special right by which they can’t be similarly attacked. Meanwhile, conservative media figures have been dealing with bad faith attacks from the mainstream press for decades. Heck, Media Matters exists expressly for this purpose and they are fluffed by outlets like CNN and MSNBC all the time.

Now, Trump and his campaign are preparing to fight back and the media want to change the rules again. Actually, to be clearer, they want two different set of rules of to be applied.

Take this “report” released just today, which is targeting In and Out Burger’s founders for giving the paltry sum of $15,000 to political causes the past few years.

This “journalist” can target a family for simply giving political donations, but according to the liberal media, Emily Cohn herself is off limits. Nah, that’s not how this works. They came up with these new rules and they will be made to play by them.

I hope we can one day exist as a society free from woke mobs, outrage journalism, and targeting of private citizens but today is not that day. Until the media back off, not once, but enough to show they’ve gotten the message, they are fair game. I hope the Trump campaign drops the hammer on these people. Expose all their secrets and give them a taste of the hell they’ve been applying to other people’s lives for decades. Perhaps then they’ll come to a realization that what they’ve been doing is wrong.

What the media won’t be allowed to do any longer is act out their hypocrisy without consequences.

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