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Ben Sasse Mocks the Anti-Catholic Bigotry of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee

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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., right, accompanied by Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., left, speaks as Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch, Twitter’s Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett, and Google’s Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard Salgado, testify during a Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, on more signs from tech companies of Russian election activity. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Of the many strange and wondrous things we’ve seen develop in American politics during the Age of Trump, perhaps one of the most terrifying is the decision by Senate Democrats to adopt blatant, in-your-face religious tests for executive branch and judicial nominees. By that, I mean that actually living something like a Christian life is openly declared to be inimical to service in the federal bureaucracy or judiciary.

The first person to be hit with it was Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett. Who can forget this remarkable performance by Dianne “I didn’t know my chauffeur was a Chinese spy” Feinstein.

When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.

Or the aptly named Dick Durbin.

“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?”

Or Mazie Hirono (D-Mediocrity)

I think your article is very plain in your perspective about the role of religion for judges, and particularly with regard to Catholic judges.

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When Brian Buescher was being considered for a circuit court position he faced similar questions from the fiercely heterosexual Cory Booker and from Hirono:

In written questions sent to Mr. Buescher by committee members Dec. 5, Sen. Hirono stated that “the Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions. For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.”

Hirono then asked Buescher if he would quit the group if he was confirmed “to avoid any appearance of bias.”

Dear Lord, the Knights of Columbus? The most offensive thing about the Knights of Columbus is the feathered hats.

Corey “No, really, I am actually heterosexual” Booker also had a noteworthy addition:

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) noted the nominee’s previously outspoken opposition to abortion and asked “why should a litigant in your courtroom expect to get a fair hearing from an impartial judge in a case involving abortion rights?”

(see Corey Booker And Mazie Hirono Attack Judicial Nominee For Being Catholic.)

Today, the target was Peter Phipps who is President Trump’s nominee to the Third Circuit. The Democrats already have their panties wadded over Phipps. He was just elevated to the federal bench last year and Democrat Senator Bob Casey objected to his nomination to the Third Circuit. With that as the backdrop, this is how it started:

“Judge Phipps, welcome back. I’m going to ask you a hard question. Are you now or have you ever been involved in the organization of a fish fry.”

For the rest, I’ll rely on the Free Beacon’s Nic Rowan.

Sasse’s joke referred to the Knights’s practice of throwing fish fries for Catholic churches on Fridays during Lent, a liturgical time of the year where Catholics typically abstain from meat. It is one of the many charitable actions in which the organization participates, including providing community service and charity drives for children. Phipps, like other judicial candidates before him, has faced scrutiny for his involvement in the organization from Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) and other Senate Democrats, who allege the organization is “extreme.”

Sasse used his question time at the hearing to sarcastically fillet Phipps for his Knights membership.

“So it’s much more the stuff of community service, love of neighbor, fish frys, and pool parties than some sort of Da Vinci Code stuff?” Sasse asked. “I just want to be clear that I understand this scary organization that you’re a member of.”

“That’s exactly right,” Phipps said. “It’s a charitable organization, it’s an organization that has social and recreational activities that many members of my family have really enjoyed and really benefited from.”

Phipps explained the history and work of the Knights, and Sasse warned Senate Democrats to reconsider the “new tradition” of attempting to impose religious tests on members of religious organizations like the Knights of Columbus. “We should ask them about their oath of office to the Constitution, and whether or not they can do that free from bias,” Sasse said.

One member of the Judiciary Committee, however, did not understand Sasse’s joke. After the Nebraska Senator finished his questions, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) told Sasse that he “hates” to hear Sasse suggesting that there be a religious test on the Knights.

“What is Da Vinci? I don’t understand it,” he said. “And I’m a little bit annoyed as a member of the KofC.”

Kamala Harris showed the deleterious intellectual effects of sleeping with Willie Brown when she asked Phipps if he had to “”swear an oath” of allegiance to the Knights of Columbus. It was nearly like she was trying to use the old “dual loyalties” slur that has been directed an American Jews since the founding of Israel and Catholics forever but wasn’t really sure how to tie that to a civic organization.

This is an exceedingly sad state of affairs. It shows that the left is unwilling to be bound even by the rules that govern our Republic, much less by any sense of decency. It demonstrates why the Vichy Republicans, the accommodationists with the secular liberal state, are just as much a part of the problem as is Kamala Harris or Mazie Hirono. Phipps will be confirmed. And Sasse got a good dig in on the behavior of the left. But let’s no fool ourselves into thinking that they can be shamed in to acting as though they were American citizens. They can’t.

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The Media’s Push for YouTube to Punish Its Opposition Is Already Claiming Victims

I’m writing this article as I watch a flood of information rolls in over YouTube’s decision to demonetize channels that don’t fall in line with its partnership program. Reading between the lines, this means anyone with a right-leaning opinion and various news channels that are right-leaning or carry a neutral stance.

Here are just a few updates that I’ve seen so far from various users.

Keemstar has posted a picture of various channels that are reporting their ad dollars now disappearing into dust.

Ford Fischer of “News2Share” is an established private journalist who has been flagged over some of his content. The content itself is neutral but contains raw footage of various events including speeches of white supremacist Richard Spencer, which has been used in documentaries.

YouTuber and UKIP candidate Mark Meechum (aka Count Dankula) reported that he is getting tweets and private messages from other users who have found themselves demonetized for not walking the line.

Steven Crowder, who is at the center of the controversy and one of the channels that has been demonetized as a result — especially after YouTube originally found him innocent — stated that what is being dubbed the “Adpocalypse” is just getting started, but that he will continue to post on YouTube for now.

YouTube is now claiming that they will remove the demonetization of Crowder’s channel if they remove the links to the “Socialism is for figs” shirt, which alludes to a slur against homosexuals but does not actually say it.

This move by YouTube is only going to make things worse for them. Maza and the hard left wanted channels like Crowders wiped off of YouTube completely. To them, demonetization isn’t good enough. They want them silenced permanently.

This has had the effect of infuriating the social justice left and the LGBT activists currently swarming Crowder and YouTube.

On the opposite side, the channels that don’t fall in line with the social justice left are getting demonetized, essentially punishing them for not having the right opinions.

YouTube is not going to come out of this looking good at all, and this goes especially for Maza and Vox, who have now turned an entire community of people against them.

 

 

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New Polling From The Swing State Of Michigan Shows No Impeachment Fever Yet.

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New polling out of Michigan ( which Trump won by only 10,000 votes in 2016) is giving a good indication that Nancy Pelosi is right to hold off on going “Impeachment Crazy” in the Great Lakes State like some of her less seasoned colleagues are hell-bent to accomplish. I have written about her reluctance right here at Red State.

Who Was The Biggest Loser In The Mueller Presser? Nancy Pelosi

Lucky for all of you I am here to humbly break down some of the results from this poll released in the Detroit News today. According to the article…

Michigan voters oppose House lawmakers launching impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, though they’re split on whether he committed obstruction of justice, according to a new statewide poll.

The survey conducted last week of 600 likely Michigan voters and released to The Detroit News and WDIV-TV found that nearly 53 percent are opposed to the U.S. House starting impeachment hearings, while about 40 percent support impeaching Trump.

About 41 percent of respondents “strongly” oppose impeachment, while 27 percent “strongly” support it. Opposition to impeachment hearings was particularly high among independent voters at 59 percent.

What does this all mean?

*Michigan voters are split, however, the poll was conducted during the frenzy of the press going crazy during the Mueller press conference and the fall out from that. That 41% strongly OPPOSE impeachment and 27% strongly FAVOR it is amazing given the relentless efforts of liberal networks like CNN and MSNBC to try and compare this to Watergate without the actual water, gate or crime.

*59% of independents were against impeachment. This demographic is an incredibly important group for any candidate and absolutely vital for President Trump in this crucial swing state. Once again being this poll was taken during the foaming of the mouth after the liberal frenzy of the Mueller press conference shows not as much damage was done as Democrats hoped.

*Also the other question, if people were better or worse off than four years ago, had a result of 38 percent said better off, while 36 percent said they were the same, and 25 percent said worse off. While the better off column you would think would be closer to 50% with the economy roaring, that only a quarter of the people here in this rust belt state say they are worse off is a promising sign.

Overall, there are some good signs for Trump 2020 but some big concerns as well. Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin won’t roll over easily as the Clinton campaign allowed them too in 2016. The groundwork is being laid as we speak and this detailed poll in Michigan gives a good indicator of where this is going.

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Joe Biden Just Got Caught Plagiarizing Again, Less than 24 Hours After First Being Exposed

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I’ll give him this. Joe Biden is certainly consistent.

Yesterday, Biden was caught plagiarizing major parts of his “climate” plan, which appeared on his website. He apparently lifted the language from left-wing non-profits with no citation.

When confronted about it, he called it inadvertent, but that doesn’t add up.

Now, more examples are coming to light today.

The difference between now and 1988 is that the media won’t dare call him out on this. Sure, they’ll ask for comment, but noway does this become the scandal it was back during his first run for the Presidency. He’s too important to be taken down by something like this so they’ll protect him.

This says a few things about the Biden campaign.

One, it’s not nearly the machine it’s being made out to be. In actuality, he’s still building infrastructure and is riding high off name recognition. He’s also decided to go into hiding the past few weeks, but that won’t work forever. Eventually, he’s got to hit the trail daily and his handlers can’t keep him in a bubble.

Two, it shows that Biden is still massively prone to mistakes. One of the myths about the 2020 Biden campaign is that it would be different this time. No more gaffes, no stupid comments, and no more touching women inappropriately. But this is Joe Biden. You can’t change a 76 year old man and his campaign reflects his sloppiness.

What all this means is that you can probably throw those “Biden up 10 points” polls to the side for now. The current environment isn’t real. It’s a carefully constructed facade that Biden can’t keep up the entire campaign. Even speaking of the Democrat primary, the punches are going to come hard and fast once the debates start. Being the old man hiding in the corner won’t win him any races in the long term.

As to the plagiarism itself, it shows how much of an empty suit Biden is. He has no original ideas or principles. He’s just flailing about, trying to find a middle ground where he can hold onto some of the left-wing base while not ticking too many moderates off. Copying and pasting liberal propaganda dealing with climate change and education is just laziness on his part.

Biden thinks he has this wrapped up but the race hasn’t really started yet. Expect many more screw ups on his part to come in the future.

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YouTube’s Conclusion that Crowder Is Innocent Sends Carlos Maza Into a Dangerous Meltdown

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Conservative comedian Steven Crowder has been locked in a war with Vox’s Carlos Maza that could have put an end to Crowder’s channel, or at the very least, censored his videos and put him on some kind of probation.

Despite Maza’s best efforts to shut Crowder down, YouTube has found nothing in the rules that would allow them to do so. Crowder hasn’t violated any user agreements.

That should be the end of it, but YouTube’s ruling seems to have shoved Maza over the edge.

Taking to Twitter, the Vox commentator claimed that Crowder spent two years harassing Maza.

But, having failed to appeal to YouTube to shut Crowder down, Maza turned to his fellow LGBT community members to rise up against YouTube. He rallies them by claiming the platform allows the bullies that plagued people like him in school to torment them as adults.

I’m not going to subject you to any more of his nonsensical vomit, mainly because he continues along the same vein of “YouTube is allowing anti-LGBT bigotry to thrive.”

It’s not. Let me go ahead and say something that is a direct attack on Maza’s character.

He is a childish grown-baby whose skin is so paper-thin that instead of just handling himself and confronting his opponents like an adult he went crying to the authorities like a coward to fight his battles for him. Upon failing to shut down someone, he’s now running to the mob to punish the company that actually stood by its rules for once.

Let me reiterate that Crowder did, in fact, call Maza names, but that these are names that Maza has used to identify himself with. I recognize the distinction between using words with different connotations, but at the end of the day, they are just words.

Crowder never advocated for violence or targeted harassment against Maza. This also makes Maza an overdramatic liar.

Here’s the worst part, now. Because of Maza’s temper tantrum over not getting his fascistic way, he’s going to bring the mob down on YouTube. The mob isn’t beyond attacking businesses associated with people they don’t like. As a result, businesses are going to get cold feet and withdraw from supporting YouTube.

This will then see to it that all content creators are punished. YouTube will be forced to start censoring or punishing channels in order to convince advertisers to stick around.

Maza, however, will remain in the free and clear since his employer Vox could care less how much money they’re getting from YouTube. They’re supported by a $200 million investment in Vox Media by NBC.

So Maza and Vox punish YouTube for not silencing a conservative voice, and in effect, harm YouTube creators who rely on their content for a living.

There are villains in this story and it’s not Crowder. It’s not the channels that will suffer under the hand of YouTube’s attempts to fix the situation. The villains here are those who call for censorship, and upon not getting it voluntarily, will then attempt to force censorship.

UPDATE: During the course of writing this article I learned that YouTube has reversed the ruling on Crowder and has demonetized him.

Maza’s stirring of the mob is already having the effect I spoke of above. Consider YouTube fully compromised.

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Tolerance: Antifa Ghouls Arrested for Allegedly Shoving and Throwing Urine on Pro-Lifers at Boston March for Life

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Boston pro-lifers held their annual March for Life rally over the weekend, but instead of being able to march in peace, they were confronted by a violent and organized mob of pro-abortion protesters. Some of the protesters were wearing masks, which is a hallmark of the Antifa movement.

Life News reports:

The incidents occurred during the Massachusetts Citizens for Life annual march, where a record-breaking crowd demonstrated in defense of babies in the womb.

WBZ-TV Boston reports police arrested seven people after a small group of abortion activists clashed with the pro-life crowd.

C.J. Williams, community engagement director for the pro-life organization, told the Boston Herald that two men shoved her and shouted expletives at the crowd. She said she was setting up the sound system when the two men, who were much bigger than her, pushed her.

She said at another point, someone threw urine and a slushie on one of their speakers.

“Ironically when I tried to find common ground or start a conversation, it was men who blocked the dialogue,” Williams said in an email. “While the irony made for an interesting story, we hope next year’s discussion will be more civil.”

Here’s video of the immediate aftermath of one incident involving an unknown liquid (maybe the slushie?) substance being thrown on a pro-life activist. You can see the protester the police have detained on the ground is wearing a mask.

You can also hear in the background one of the pro-abortion protesters using their bullhorn in an attempt to incite a “Cops and Klan go hand in hand” chant as one of the black officers tries to help regain control the scene:

Another video clip at a wider angle shows agitators, some of them masked, trying to provoke pro-lifers and law enforcement officers (language warning):

The seven arrests for alleged acts of violence come on the heels of the escalation of harassment and assaults against pro-life activists in states around the country in recent months, including Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

I eagerly await the mainstream media’s declaration that these disturbing incidents targeting right-to-life advocates are part of nationwide epidemic. But I won’t hold my breath.

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Marco Rubio Signalling Support for Trump’s Mexico Tariff Means No Veto Override Is Possible

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Last Friday, President Trump announced he planned to slap Mexico with tariffs.

While Trump makes a brief mention about the auto industry, his real focus is on forcing the Mexican government to take a stronger stance in preventing illegal immigration into the US from that country. While standing alongside lameduck British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump said: “Mexico shouldn’t allow millions of people to try and enter our country, and they could stop it very quickly and I think they will. And if they won’t, we’re going to put tariffs on. And every month those tariffs go from 5 percent to 10 percent to 15 percent to 20 and then to 25 percent.”

In fact, Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, says the administration has three goals in imposing tariffs:

In the interview with Sciutto, Navarro outlined three demands he wants Mexico to meet in order to prevent a 5% tariff on Mexican imports to the US from going into effect next week.
“They can commit to taking all the asylum seekers and then applying Mexican laws, which are much stronger than ours,” Navarro said. “That’s number one on my list.”
Navarro said he wants to see “a strong commitment from the Mexican government” to put resources on the country’s southern border, where he said it was much easier to control the flow of immigrants coming up from Central American countries. He added that America was likely to “help (Mexico) in any way possible,” with that effort.
The trade adviser said the third thing he wants to see Mexico do is stop the “corruption” he says exists in the country that makes it hard for Mexico to manage checkpoints that migrants pass through before arriving at the US border.

 

We’ve got over 100,000 illegal immigrants at any given day now, moving up on that conveyor belt. This illegal immigration imposes billions of dollars of costs on the American economy and society.

This has created a near revolt in the Senate.

Defiant Republican senators warned Trump administration officials Tuesday they were prepared to block the president’s effort to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, threatening to assemble a veto-proof majority to mount their most direct confrontation with the president since he took office.

During a closed-door lunch on Capitol Hill, at least a half-dozen senators spoke in opposition to the tariffs President Trump intends to levy next week in an attempt to force Mexico to limit Central American migration to the United States. No senator spoke in support, according to multiple people present who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting.

The lawmakers told officials from the White House and Justice Department they probably had the Senate votes they needed to take action on the tariffs, even if that meant overriding a veto.

Maybe.

But I doubt it.

Why, you ask? Because even if senators didn’t speak in support according to “multiple people present” at least one is speaking out publicly.

I think it is safe to say that if Marco Rubio is supportive of the objective of the tariff, that the votes do not exist to override any veto by President Trump.

How this will play out is anyone’s guess. Ideally, President Obrador will take the action that Mezico should have taken some decades ago and establish positive control of its southern border and assist the US in controlling the US-Mexico border. I don’t know that it has the ability to that. Just this week, the Mexican government admitted that about 80% of its populated area is either controlled by drug cartels or they are actively contesting government control.

If Obrador can’t control the situation, despite all the whining about US consumers paying for the tariffs, there will be major economic pain and dislocation in Mexico which is not going to help matters. But we are at a point where we know continuing to do what we were doing is not only not working, it is making us look foolish. If people like Rubio are saying, “what the hell, what have we got to lose?” then you know the situation is serious and dire.

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Shocking Atlanta Billboard Campaign Aims to Expose Human Trafficking Horror

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Sex trafficking is a gruesome subject. The horrifying nature of the issue is perhaps a large reason why the problem is so pervasive and yet so low-profile. It is difficult to properly discuss the details of what happens to a woman…or a child, in many cases…who has been forced into sexual slavery.

We are loathe to admit that it happens here in this great country, but it does.

One Atlanta-area advocacy group is taking a new approach to fighting the scourge of human trafficking. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the International Human Trafficking Institute (IHTI) recently launched a shocking new billboard campaign aimed at addressing the root of the problem – perpetrators.

The campaign launched May 21 and is a series of pictures showing bruised and haggard looking dolls, meant to represent the victims of trafficking, particularly children. Each billboard includes a message to those abusers who pay to degrade children.

“Once you’re in prison for raping me, you’ll see what it feels like.”

“You found me on the internet, your family will find you in jail.”

“Molested at 12. Sold by dad. Forced on drugs. Raped 8X a day.”

The mastermind behind the campaign is Michael Dunn, CEO of Legend ad agency. He says the goal is to speak directly to predators.

The billboards, he said, were designed to get into the predator’s mind, deconstruct his motivations and destroy his justifications. He doesn’t see his behavior as destructive but rather transactional. He has blinded himself to the truth, the horrors he creates, the irreparable damage he does to these innocent children who have absolutely no choice — and never have.

Not only are we numb to that pain, Dunn said research shows predators rarely even see children as human but rather objects.

What’s more, the ads are strategically placed along the highways that lead to some of the wealthiest areas of Atlanta. This is no accident. Executive Director of the IHTI Deborah Richardson says it is important for people to understand these predators walk among them daily.

 …a national study by U.S.-based Demand Abolition, which campaigns against the sex trade, indicates only a small percentage of people — mostly men — buy sex with children, but here’s the real problem: They do it a lot.

They are, in fact, responsible for 75 percent of the market. What might surprise most of you is here in Georgia, the majority of men buying sex with children live north of I-285. The vast majority have incomes of $100,000 or above. They’re privileged, upstanding businessmen.

“If we can get the public to come out of denial about who is perpetrating this crime, then there would be more outrage and a public will to arrest these predators,” Richardson said, “but because they operate in anonymity, there is no societal pressure to stop.”

Richardson goes on to say that it is no longer acceptable to simply keep patching up a leaky boat. Arresting the traffickers themselves is only a small part of the equation. We must go straight to the root of the problem in order to end the demand.

“We can’t continue to put a Band-Aid on this,” she said. “This is a serious gaping wound in our city and our state, and we need to focus on the source of why it’s happening in the first place. We’ve got to go up the river with this.”

The campaign will run until mid-June.

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Watch: University Students Attempt to Shut Down Republican Speaker, Promote Murder

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Patriot Prayer founder and rally organizer Joey Gibson speaks to his followers at a rally in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland, Oregon, deployed “flash bang” devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters.(AP Photo/John Rudoff)

The Western Oregon University recently featured a Republican speaker and incited the reaction of college leftists, including its Antifa members, who attempted to storm the speech, in addition to ignoring simple questions and promoting murder.

According to Wall Street Journal contributor Andy Ngo, Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer was to speak at WUO. This caused a reaction by the student body government who sent out an email to students denouncing hate speech. What hate speech Gibson was guilty of was not discussed.

Antifa set up a mural in readiness for Gibson’s arrival that read 183-PIG, which according to Ngo, 183 is slang for murder.

Leftists turned out for event as well, bearing signs that accused attendees and the speaker of being a Nazi. Another person took photos of every person entering the room where the speech was to happen.

Ngo took a picture of standing-room-only space available to see the speech. Ngo wondered if the attendance was a result of the student government attempting to warn people away from watching Gibson.

Security was put up around the entrance to the room, though the protesters gathered around the glass and attempted to drown the Gibson out from there. One man kept screeching in a heavy metal voice according to Ngo, who posted a video of it.

Some of the opposition still showed up to the speech to try to corner Gibson. It didn’t go well, as one woman threw out unfounded accusations about President Donald Trump’s words and actions, including his supposed rape of various women.

Ngo also posted footage of Gibson interacting with the protesters before the event. He asked what hate speech he was guilty of, and no one could come up with an answer for him. After some time attempting to get them to see reason, the protesters attempted to drown Gibson out by singing “You Are My Sunshine.”

Ngo attempted to get footage of the interaction between officers and protesters attempting to force their way in, but was blocked by protesters who held signs up to block his view. Ngo said that one such attempt to gain access to the room almost resulted in a fight.

After the speech was done, protesters formed a wall of lines in order to make a “walk of shame” for attendees.

This is another example of how college leftists do and think what they’re told instead of actually attempting to sit down with others, get to know them, and attempt to find a middle ground. They’re told Republicans are evil and should never be listened to or engaged with.

This too often results in echo-chamber thinking that begins to become dangerous, with concepts like physical force and violence become perfectly acceptable to them.

 

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Unexpectedly: House Majority Whip Clyburn Suddenly and Curiously Backtracks on Inevitability of Impeachment

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Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC-6). PHOTO CREDIT: Ralph Alswang via Center for American Progress and Flickr Creative Commons.

Though the Usual Suspects continue to loudly bang the impeachment drum, one leading House Democrat has had to rein in recent remarks he made suggesting it was inevitable.

On Sunday, the House’s third-ranking member James Clyburn (D-SC-6) told CNN‘s Jake Tapper during an interview that it was just a matter of time before the President would be impeached:

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday he believes President Trump will be impeached “at some point” but that Democrats must first build a case for impeachment.

Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in House leadership, offered the remarks in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

When Tapper asked Clyburn if he thought Democrats would launch impeachment proceedings against Trump, he said, “Yes, that’s exactly what I feel.”

“What [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] is trying to do, and the rest of us in the House of Representatives, is to develop a process by which we can efficiently move on this issue so that when we get to a vote, it would be something that she calls ironclad, I call effective. And that is why we are trying to take our time and do this right,” Clyburn added.

After a private leadership meeting the next day, Clyburn was singing a different tune:

“I’m probably farther away from impeachment than anybody in our caucus,” Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters Monday night. “We will not get out in front of our committees. We’ll see what the committees come up with. I’ve said that forever.”

Asked by POLITICO whether he thought impeachment proceedings were inevitable, Clyburn simply said no.

Though Pelosi has maintained that she wants to take time with the process, she said today that she “respected” the impatience of Democrats like Clyburn:

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air writes that though calls for impeachment seem to grow louder each day, the actual positions of House Democrats seem to indicate that the rush is not as strong as some would suggest:

The New York Times’ whip count shows that the momentum is real, but so is its opposition. As of noon yesterday, 56 House Democrats want an impeachment inquiry, while 59 publicly oppose — or at least refuse to support — such a move. The other 120 apparently don’t want to discuss it, which speaks volumes about the project and of Pelosi’s sway over the caucus. As James Clyburn can attest.

Does anyone get the feeling that some House Dems are rushing to get the impeachment process rolling ASAP because of potentially damaging findings that may come from Inspector General Horowitz’s upcoming report on alleged FBI abuses of FISA in 2016?

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