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Noted Economics Expert Rep. Rashida Tlaib Calls for a $20 Minimum Wage

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nothing has to make sense anymore when it comes to policy proposals from Democrats.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, recently exposed for being a crazy person at a Trump rally in 2016, spoke at a “One Fair Wage” event in Detroit, MI today. There, she called for a minimum wage hike, not to $15, which is already double what it is now, but $20 an hour.

Because losing 1.3 million jobs wouldn’t be enough I guess.

Excerpt via The Daily Caller.

“Big fights like this one, $15. When we started it, it should have been $15. Now I think it should be $20 … It should be $20 an hour. $18-20 an hour,” Tlaib said in a video posted by America Rising on Monday.

Tlaib and Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell participated in an event called “Server for an Hour” to support the Raise the Wage Act that passed the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives Thursday.

That’s some serious wage inflation she’s wanting. By what logic should it be $20? Why not $50? Heck, $100 sounds nice.

Such artificial forces on the jobs market would, of course, end in disaster. Most businesses work on very thin margins. More than doubling the wage they have to pay for menial jobs would result in widespread layoffs, cutting of hours, and the further overworking of salaried employees. No matter how empathetic Democrats believe they are being, no amount of “feels” overrides economic realities.

We saw that with Bernie Sanders this week. When faced with the fact that he wasn’t paying his campaign staffers $15 an hour, he didn’t raise their pay. No, he cut their hours. We saw the same thing when Obamacare mandated employee health insurance for people working over 30 hours. Liberals can keep foisting these ridiculous rules on companies but all it’s going to do is hurt the economy and hurt the workers.

The harsh truth is that the minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage. It can not be a living wage without putting millions of people out of work entirely. Someone mopping floors is simply not worth $15-$20 an hour. The person taking orders at McDonalds is not valuable enough to be paid $15-$20 an hour. Labor is, and always has been a commodity. It’s worth is determined by its ability to produce economic benefits for employers. The government attempting to artificially set the worth of menial labor just accelerates the path to automation.

Sheer economic ignorance plagues much of the Democratic party at this point, but the most outspoken voices on that front continue to be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar. These are not serious people. They have no idea what it’s like to run a business, nor manage a payroll. Their proposed ideas would destroy jobs, put millions out of work, and depress the economy as businesses are forced to cut productivity or close altogether.

It should also be noted that Tlaib served tables at this event, basically slumming it so she can say she knows what it’s like to make minimum wage. If restaurants were forced to pay servers minimum wage, much less $20 an hour, it would destroy the restaurant industry. For those that could survive, near full automation would become the norm decades earlier than anticipated. The fact is that most waiters and waitresses make far more per hour on tips than they would getting paid minimum wage.

Tlaib and the Democrats in Congress who are pushing this doubling of the minimum wage are going to end up hurting a lot of people, causing a lot more poverty, and destroying a lot of businesses. But they’ll get to make the rounds on the cable networks talking about how much they care. In the end, isn’t that what really matters here?

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Report: As the Border Crisis Continues, Africa Gets In on the Action

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On Friday, the Customs and Border Protection agency released a report indicating that, in less than two months and in only one sector, it’s arrested over 1,000 migrants from multiple African countries.

That’s a lot.

The CBP explained in a statement:

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector have arrested over 1,100 people from countries in Africa since May 30.

The Del Rio sector chief, Agent Raul L. Ortiz, made things crystal: When it comes to sneaking into the country, Mexico certainly isn’t the only game in town:

“The apprehension of people from African countries illegally crossing our borders continues to increase. Our agents this year have encountered people from 51 countries other than Mexico including 19 countries from the continent of Africa.”

Africa shows no signs of stopping. And in case you forgot there’s a crisis:

Del Rio Sector continues to see people from the continent of Africa illegally crossing the border into the United States. The majority of apprehensions have been in the Del Rio area, consisting mostly of family units and single adults. For fiscal year 2019 to date, Del Rio Sector’s total apprehensions are in excess of 44,000 illegal immigrants, already more than double the total number of arrests made during the previous fiscal year.

In June, ABC News noted the growing calamity:

Hundreds of migrants from central African countries, including the Republic of Congo, Angola and Cameroon have been apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol in the past month. Federal officials in Texas reported more than 500 people from African countries were arrested in less than a week.

Additionally, in that initial surge was “the largest single group of Africans ever seen by authorities at the southern border.”

We have a problem at the border. And yet, Washington continues to twiddle its thumbs. Or stick them in places they don’t really belong.

Until something more drastic than absurd rhetoric and juvenile arguments over skin color is done, the problem isn’t likely to simply continue; it’s all but guaranteed to worsen.

If Congress needed a reminder, consider the report a good step in that direction.

There’s a Vegas-style sign to the south. It’s flashing and blinking, thanks in part to sedentary Republicans, partisan Democrats, sanctuary cites and counties (here, here, and here), and goofs such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And its message is clear: “Sneak In Here.”

 

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Ted Cruz Reaffirms His Status as the Funniest Guy On Twitter at Bernie Sanders’ Expense

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A favorite running joke of the public’s is that Sen. Ted Cruz is the “Zodiac Killer.” Funny enough, it’s also one of Cruz’s favorite running jokes.

According an eagle eye’d Twitter user, that title may need to be taken from Cruz and given to none other than democratic socialism’s crazy grandpa, Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Twitter user found a picture of Sanders as a young man, and it looked highly similar to the sketch of the Zodiac Killer.

“We tried to blame this one on Ted Cruz,” tweeted Kyle Mockeridge.

Of course, Cruz watching his Zodiac Killer joke potentially fading away, pondered allowed why socialists are always trying to take things that don’t belong to them.

“Why do socialists try to take things that aren’t theirs?” tweeted Cruz.

Many people took this self-deprecation as hilarious, but Sanders supporters were a little less than amused.

Right now, Sanders is having to deal with his own problems. Sanders is beset by enemies on all sides, be it the capitalists, his fellow 2020 Democrat contenders, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders, who might be the biggest opponent Sanders has.

Recently Sanders had to promise to pay his staff $15 an hour after a controversy arose surrounding his campaign due to the fact that he wasn’t paying wages high enough for his staff. Instead of securing the pay for everyone’s jobs, Sanders had to lay off some of his staff and increase hours for whoever remained. Odd, since Sanders is promising this kind of wage for all Americans, but when it comes to pony up himself, his socialism has to take a back seat.

Remember folks, socialism is for the people, not the socialist.

 

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Twitter ‘Blue Checks’ Force Macy’s to Pull Plates They Say Promote Eating Disorders

Just four hours after two Twitter “blue checks” complained about these allegedly “fat shaming” plates carried by Macy’s, the massive retailer capitulated and removed the plates.

Alie Ward, who hosts a science podcast and is the host of CBS’ Innovation Nation, was in NYC shopping when she spotted what would soon become the object of her scorn. Her original tweet asked, “How can I get these plates from @Macys banned in all 50 states”? Shortly after, actress Jameela Jamil quote-tweeted Ward, saying, “F these plates,” effectively signing the plates’ death warrant.

Macy’s reply:

“Hi, Alie – we appreciate you sharing this with us and agree that we missed the mark on this product. It will be removed from all STORY at Macy’s locations.”

But did it really miss the mark? Maybe we should be eating a little less. According to the latest map of Adult Obesity Rates compiled by the CDC, there’s not one state in which less than 20 percent of the adult population are obese.

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It’s well-known that obesity is the underlying cause of numerous serious diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. It’s also a huge economic drain on both the obese person and society as a whole:

“Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. Currently, estimates for these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year. In addition, obesity is associated with job absenteeism, costing approximately $4.3 billion annually and with lower productivity while at work, costing employers $506 per obese worker per year.”

The plates’ manufacturer, Pourtions, told the Huffington Post their products are meant to lightheartedly encourage portion control.

“Pourtions is intended to support healthy eating and drinking. Everyone who has appreciated Pourtions knows that it can be tough sometimes to be as mindful and moderate in our eating and drinking as we’d like, but that a gentle reminder can make a difference,” said [Pourtions’ president Mary] Cassidy.

“That was all we ever meant to encourage. We ourselves use our glasses and plates every day to help us take our own advice. We know this is serious business. We also believe a touch of humor can, for some, be just the right touch,” she said.

None of that matters to the “these plates are causing eating disorders” crowd, who want to love and accept the population into morbid obesity.

One tweeter posted a modified version of the plates that carried the phrases “Enjoy your meal!” and “You are great! Still great! Still great!”

When asked by HuffPo for comment on the plates’ removal, Ward said:

“I wasn’t being literal at all in terms of a legal ‘ban.’” She added that she “just wanted to show the world how insidious beauty culture, and in this case one that shames women, can be. But I wanted Macy’s to know that what they carry and display matters, it can hurt people, and they’re accountable for it.”

What they carry can hurt people? Suppose it hurts someone (who isn’t this writer, promise) that they can’t afford all of the shoes and household goods they’d really, really like to have from Macy’s. They work hard and shouldn’t be taunted by capitalist largesse, right? Macy’s should just sweep that stuff right off of their shelves. Wrong!

Unfortunately, society is now rewarding the mindset that one shouldn’t have to be exposed to a product they don’t like or somehow offends them. Further, they’re rewarding the mindset that products some random, opinionated person on Twitter decides to drag shouldn’t exist, period. While we don’t have to care about everything we see online, there’s a lot to be said for pushing back against this intolerant and destructive mindset.

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Donald Trump Jr. Flattens Wild Child Rashida Tlaib Over Her Video of Getting Forcibly Booted from a Trump Event

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As covered Saturday by RedState’s Bonchie, in 2016, Rashida Tlaib went “absolutely insane” at a Trump event.

The member of Congress’s left-wing Freshmen Fab Four was physically ousted as the soon-to-be President outlined his economic policy at the Detroit Economic Club. While getting the boot, she shouted, “You guys are crazy!”

Submitted for your approval:

Here’s more. This is who Michigan elected to make its laws:

Nice.

The video of Rashida’s removal went viral over the weekend, prompting some to give her the ol’ high-five:

One user fought the power of due process (unlike Al Franken Monday — here):

But, of course, some just thought she was a nut:

But what’s the Commander-in-Chief’s #1-tweeting offspring think about the spectacle? Twitter gunslinger Don. Jr. responded Sunday, with a comment on “crazy deplorables” and patriotic Americans who don’t judge people by the color of their skin:

Jr. has a knack for sharp quips comprised of less than 280 characters — see for yourself:

Don Jr. Pounces Like A Cat On AOC & Those Backing Her ‘Concentration Camp’ Remarks, Calls Freshmen Dems ‘The Clown Show’

Don Jr. Makes A Fool Of MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Turns The Tables On Yet Another Absurd Accusation

Don Jr. Just Called Newsweek ‘A Piece Of’ This Bodily Function – 2 Guesses

And for a clip of a wild woman acting batty, set the above video to Loop. Or — if you wanna up your game — witness the apex of class and civility with this gem (WARNING: LANGUAGE).

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Karma: Woman Suffering From TDS Gets SUV Stuck in Barbed Wire Fence After Vandalizing ‘Trump 2020’ Sign

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Screen grab via WSB-TV.

There must be something in the water in Georgia these days.

There’s been the escalating she said-he said war between a Democratic stage legislator and a Cuban-American Democrat over heated words that were exchanged at a Publix grocery store express lane last Friday.

But there’s also another crazy story coming from Georgia involving a woman who hated a Cobb County man’s Trump 2020 display so much that she drove her SUV through a barbed wire fence to vandalize it at 1 in the morning last Monday.

WSB-TV reports:

[Property owner George] Bentley’s security cameras captured a car driving through the barbed wire fence and then knocking over a bright-colored cube around 1 a.m. Monday.

The video then shows a woman standing in front of the camera to spray-paint the Trump sign.

Bentley and his girlfriend, Dee Corson, discovered what happened when they woke up later in the day.

“That’s pretty strong for it to bother you something like this,” Corson said.

Unfortunately for the vandal, she couldn’t get her car back through the barbed wire fence:

They also made another discovery: a car left behind.

Video shows the woman struggled to get back through the fence, so she left the car there.

“If the car hadn’t been here with the tag on it, and we just had video of the person, it would have been really tough,” Bentley said.

The car led police to Azaria Moore, 20, who is charged with criminal trespass and failure to report a crash.

Moore didn’t talk on camera but told the news outlet that, if convicted, she might have to face up to five years in prison.

Watch the video report below, which includes a short clip of Moore driving through the field and spray-painting the sign:

You know what they say about karma, right?

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Trans Activist Is Hosting a “Topless,” No Parents Allowed Swimming Event for Girls as Young as Twelve

A trans activist in Canada named Jessica Yaniv has been making some waves around the news as of late. He recently made the headlines for filing a lawsuit to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal against fifteen female aestheticians who refused to give him a Brazilian wax due to their discomfort with handling male genitalia.

According to Ian Miles Cheong at Human Events, Yaniv’s lawsuit against these women for “transphobia” is a hot topic, but according to Cheong, Yaniv’s depravity goes far deeper than forcing lawsuits against innocent women who displeased him.

According to a document uncovered by Cheong, Yaniv filed a request to appear before Langley city council in order to discuss permission to host a swimming event for children as young as 12. Among the topic of discussion is that the girls who attend will be able to go “topless.”

To make this even creepier, Yaniv has also noted that parents and guardians will not be able to attend to the swimming event.

In other words, Yaniv is asking the city of Langley if he can host underage girls at a pool where they will be swimming half nude.

This should be blasted from every mainstream media outlet from Canada to China, however, due to Canada’s overt obedience to social justice, naysaying a transgender person may not only land you a status as a public pariah, but it can land you in legal and financial trouble just like the ladies in the lawsuit above.

In any normal world, this kind of proposition would immediately be dismissed and the person who proposed it possibly investigated. However, in Canada, this is forced down the public’s throat without much recourse. It’s so bad that Yaniv has posted in young women’s bathrooms without any punishments from authorities or even social media platforms whatsoever.

Judging from Yaniv’s reported texting history, this man is clearly delusional and seems very interested in seeing young girls nude.

His alleged texts have even revealed his intent to ask children as young as 10 if they have tampons or pads, as well as attempting to court them.

If these texts are real, then this man needs help before he does something to a child. However, he has successfully managed to get people on social media silenced for calling him out for his behavior, and has even gotten far enough that he can now ask to have a semi-nude party for LGBT kids where parents aren’t allowed.

 

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Is Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Violating Workplace Laws?

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A Washington Post article last week exposed three areas where the Bernie Sanders campaign *may* be violating workplace laws. Since then, Sanders himself exposed another possible violation.


[See DISCLAIMER below.]

Last week, the Washington Post ran an article (in full here) about a labor dispute between management and unionized staff within the Bernie Sanders campaign.

The crux of the dispute stems from campaign field organizers’ assertion that they are being paid a salary of $36,000 but “working 60 hours per week at minimum, dropping their average hourly pay to less than $13.”

While many focused on the apparent hypocrisy of Sanders paying his own workers less than the $15 minimum wage he touts out on the campaign trail, Sanders quickly addressed the problem by reducing the staffers’ hours.

Although Sanders may have dodged the PR dilemma, there are several potentially-bigger issues (and questions) that the Washington Post article exposed.

They are:

1. Is the Sanders campaign misclassifying non-exempt employees as exempt?

Most employers (and their employees) in the United States are governed by federal laws (as well as individual state laws).

One of those federal laws is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938.

Among other things (like banning child labor), the FLSA mandates that employers pay employees the minimum wage, as well as overtime after 40 hours of work…unless they are classified as exempt from the FLSA.

It seems pretty clear from the Washington Post article that Sanders is treating his field organizers as exempt salaried employees. But, are they?

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Screenshot of an excerpt from the Washington Post’s “Labor fight roils Bernie Sanders campaign, as workers demand the $15 hourly pay the candidate has proposed for employees nationwide,” dated July 18, 2019

“Employees whose jobs are governed by the FLSA are either ‘exempt’ or ‘nonexempt,’” according to one legal summary. “Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay. Exempt employees are not.”

With few exceptions, to be exempt an employee must (a) be paid at least $23,600 per year ($455 per week), and (b) be paid on a salary basis, and also (c) perform exempt job duties. These requirements are outlined in the FLSA Regulations (promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor). Most employees must meet all three “tests” to be exempt.

It seems clear that the Sanders team is in compliance with part (a) and (b) as listed above, but what about part (c)?

Are the field organizers actually doing “outside sales” (exempt), or are they doing “inside sales” (non-exempt) in compliance with the Department of Labor’s salary test [see DOL fact sheet in PDF here]?

  • One side note: If a field organizer takes a few days off (e.g., to visit family or some other non-protected reason), does the Sanders campaign dock that employee’s pay? If so, that could also put the employee into a non-exempt category.

[If, in the off-chance, the Sanders campaign is classifying its employees as “independent contractors, that opens up a whole new set of hypocritical issues for the socialist senator.]


2. If employees are indeed misclassified, a) was it willful, and b) does the Sanders campaign owe back pay for overtime?

If Sanders has misclassified employees, his campaign may owe campaign workers a lot of money.

As noted here last week, “if the Sanders campaign workers are not exempt from the FLSA and are entitled to overtime, they should be making nearly $26 per hour for every hour worked over 40 instead of the $12 they’re averaging now.”

If, for example, the workers are entitled to overtime, worked 60 hours and were not paid for it, Sanders may owe each of them hundreds of dollars for each week they worked between 40 and 60 hours.

If there are willful violations, the Department of Labor has the ability to impose treble damages.

Ironically, Sanders (and other Democrats) have been outspoken in asking the Department of Labor to investigate employers they believe have misclassified employees under the FLSA.

Perhaps the same should be asked for the Sanders campaign?


3. Was Sanders’ campaign management direct dealing with unionized staff?

In May, Bernie Sanders proudly announced to the media that his campaign staffers had unionized with the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 400.

While it remains unclear whether Sanders and his campaign management encouraged unionization (which, itself, could be deemed coercive under the National Labor Relations Act), one passage in the Washington Post’s article bears some scrutiny:

First this (from the Washington Post):

The union and the Sanders campaign reached a collective bargaining agreement that went into effect on May 2 and expires on March 31, 2021.

Then this

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Screenshot of an excerpt from the Washington Post’s “Labor fight roils Bernie Sanders campaign, as workers demand the $15 hourly pay the candidate has proposed for employees nationwide,” dated July 18, 2019

If the Washington Post article is stating the facts correctly (a big ‘if’), Bernie Sanders’ campaign got a signed-union contract on May 2.

Then, after the contract went into effect, Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir called “an all-staff meeting, during which he recommended raising the pay for field organizers to $42,000 and changing the workweek specifications…”

If that description of events is accurate, that could be a potential violation of the National Labor Relations Act, as it infers that management [Shakir] was circumventing the union by “direct dealing” with employees.

Here is what the National Labor Relations Board states [in PDF]:

Once an employee representative has been designated by a majority of the employees in an appropriate unit, the Act makes that representative the exclusive bargaining agent for all employees in the unit….Once a collective-bargaining representative has been designated or selected by its employees, it is illegal for an employer to bargain with individual employees, with a group of employees, or with another employee representative.

While the actual facts of the meeting may differ from what was reported in the Washington Post, if they are indeed accurate and management met directly with unionized employees, either campaign staffers or their union (the UFCW), if they wanted to, could file unfair labor practice charges against campaign management with the National Labor Relations Board.


4. Are Sanders’ own statements violating employees’ rights?

Following the kerfuffle that the Washington Post article reported on, Bernie Sanders reportedly later commented that it was “really not acceptable” and that it was “improper” that “people are going out outside the process and going to the media.”

Here’s how it was reported in the Des Moines Register:

He [Sanders] also expressed frustration that staffers had taken their complaints to the media.

“It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media,” he said. “That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it’s improper.”

Sanders said, ahead of a weekend Iowa campaign swing: “We are disappointed that some individuals have decided to damage the integrity of these efforts. We are involved in negotiations. And some are individuals that have decided to damage the integrity of that process before they were concluded.”

Although the Senator may not realize it, employees are afforded many rights under Section Seven of the National Labor Relations Act.

Among those rights are the right to engaged in “protected, concerted activity” (with or without a union).

Prohibiting employees against talking to the press about their wages or working conditions could be deemed unlawful.

In fact, only recently, the NLRB issued further clarification on this point:

In a memo released on April 15, the agency evaluated a case where a company maintained a policy that prohibited employees from speaking to the media at any time. The NLRB found this rule to be unlawful and explained: “Employees have a statutory right to speak publically about their complaints or concerns with their terms and conditions of employment, including to the press, without employer authorization.”

Despite the fact that he is running a political campaign, Sanders is an employer–and like the CEO of his campaign.

If employees were to interpret his statements as potential threats that adverse action may be taken against them for speaking to the press, Sanders could have charges filed against him.

As stated above, beside the press accounts as reported, it is uncertain what the actual facts are. However, as described, the reporters’ accounts may, in fact, warrant a closer look into whether or not Bernie Sanders and his campaign are violating its workers’ rights.


DISCLAIMER: The questions raised herein are questions that are based on a Washington Post article and dependent on the reporters’ statements in the article. Without a formal investigation, there can be no way of knowing if, in fact, the reporters’ statement are accurate, nor whether the Sanders’ campaign is in violation of the National Labor Relations Act or the Fair Labor Standards Act—nor should this be construed as an accusation of such.

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Here’s a Montage of How Delusional and Wrong the Media Were (Again) About the SDNY Taking Down Trump

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Last week, I wrote on a story that was mostly overlooked, despite being pretty big news. Namely, that the Southern District of New York, which had been promoted for years as being Trump’s coming downfall, closed their case against Trump and his organization with no further charges coming.

Judge William H. Pauley III announced that prosecutors in the Southern District of New York revealed this development to the court in a status report, as media companies including The New York Times, Associated Press, CNN, and Dow Jones & Co. have pushed to unseal the search warrant materials related to the case. The end of the investigation likely means no additional charges will be filed against anyone, including the president.

And with that, a collective scream went out among the #resistance. Their last, great hope had crashed and burned, showing itself to be just another dud in the road to take down Donald Trump. The SDNY was supposed to do the job Robert Mueller didn’t do. This time it was supposed to be different. They were the “existential” threat to Trump’s presidency and his family. Lots of “really smart” people told me so on cable news and in editorials at The New York Times.

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. In the end, the SDNY didn’t have the goods and closed up shop.

That’s no reason to let the media off the hook though. Here’s a killer montage of just how delusional they were in fluffing the SDNY as the coming deus ex machina to take out Trump.

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In the montage, you can see foaming at the mouth predictions that Trump would be arrested leaving the White House, that his children would be hauled off the prison, and that there was noway the SDNY was going to let this go without getting “justice.” Will those people apologize or admit they were wrong? Nah, they’ll move onto the next conspiracy theory like they always do.

Adam Schiff was on the Sunday shows just this past weekend insisting that the DOJ may reopen the case after Trump leaves office. That’s not going to happen, but it does show the kind of sickness we are dealing with. These are not sane people.

But good job as always to our intrepid, virtuous media. I can’t imagine why they have absolutely no credibility at this point.

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“They Don’t Want Solutions”: Watch as Dan Crenshaw Again Exposes the Open Borders Position of Democrats

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has emerged as a leading voice among House Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration, and in recent weeks has emphasized the point that the Democratic position is that there be nothing short of open borders.

In an interview with Fox News this morning, Crenshaw responded to claims from Democrats about what’s happening at the border and the course of action some on the left are demanding be taken.

But first, some recent history: Earlier this month Crenshaw pointed out how the Democratic position on the current border crisis had evolved over the last few months from accusing Republicans of “manufacturing a crisis” to finally admitting there is a crisis at the border – and then blaming Trump.

In particular, the freshman Congressman took issue with the claims of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who has been among the loudest voices of opposition to the Trump administration’s border policies, and who said she was harassed during her visit to a detention center in early July:

“Now she is saying that border patrol agents harassed her and forced migrants to drink out of toilets? This is insanity. This is not true. There is no one else corroborating these kinds of reports.

“Yet, she is using it to try and make her case that we shouldn’t have any enforcement and that we should have open borders. This is really dishonest behavior from a member of Congress and I honestly can’t believe it.”

In his interview this morning, Crenshaw responded to a question from Fox and Friends‘s Brian Kilmeade about AOC calling for a 9/11-style commission to investigate how conditions on the southern border have deteriorated:

“Notice that they never come up with a solution,” Crenshaw told “Fox & Friends” Monday morning. “They talk about the over-crowded facilities. They never have a solution. They don’t have a solution for our immigration system. They say it shouldn’t be defined by the administration — well, we do have laws right now…that says you can’t illegally cross the border. That’s immigration policy set by Congress. It’s a law in place. We need to enforce it.”

He said Democrats aren’t proposing ways to fix the issue.

“What they really want is more commissions like this, more investigations they can point to, to call the president evil,” he said. “That’s what they want.”

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“I’m worried that the Democrats like this crisis too much,” Crenshaw added. “I’m worried as I’ve seen them fight against every single, even the smallest measures to help fix our immigration problem, they fight against. They don’t want walls. They don’t want a fix to the asylum loopholes. They’re talking about decriminalizing illegal border crossings.”

In other words, what they want is one thing: Open borders.

Watch video of this segment of the interview below:

Crenshaw also recently pushed for an amendment that would allow for crime data collection in sanctuary cities, which Democrats blocked. Watch below as he discussed the bill during a committee hearing:

“I do honestly fear that we have gotten to a point where we are actually debating between open borders and managed borders,” he said in the clip. “I hope we’re not there. I honestly do not hope we’re there.”

Unfortunately, we are most definitely there.

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