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Noted Hat Fetishist Rep. Frederica Wilson Goes on Bizarre Rant, Calls to Jail People Who Make Fun of Congress

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I’m under no illusions that the elected officials in Congress are collectively brilliant. Anyone that’s listened to Eric Swalwell or Maxine Waters riff on anything is probably pretty numb to it all. Even still, there are days when one of them says something so ridiculously dumb that it makes you double take.

Enter Frederica Wilson, noted hat connoisseur and crazy person. Last we heard from her, she was spreading the contents of a private phone call to a dead soldier’s widow to take political shots at the President. After she was criticized for her antics, Wilson would go on to attack Gen. John Kelly (who lost his son in Afghanistan) as a man with no honor. Once all that died down, Wilson sunk back into the obscurity she’s known for most of her regrettable career in Washington.

Today, she made her comeback.

“Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable,” Wilson said during a press conference. “We are going to shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted.”

What the heck did I just watch?

That’s one of the most bizarre rants I’ve witnessed in politics, and I don’t just mean her inability to speak complete sentences with proper word usage. A sitting U.S. Congressional member is calling for the prosecution of people who…make fun of Congress online. Could Wilson help us all out by citing the criminal statute she’s referencing? I’ve made fun of Frederica’s ugly hat fetish before. Should I be looking for black helicopters out my window?

I’m not who she’s referencing when she says we’ll “work with whoever” to shut down free speech on the internet, but I’d assume she’s talking about the tech companies.

Hearing someone in a position of power make statements like this would be scary if Wilson wasn’t such a joke. I’m going to sleep soundly tonight knowing she can’t actually do the lunacy she espoused in her speech. What it does show though is a streak of illiberalism that’s readily apparent in the Democrat party. This isn’t actually something new, they are just more emboldened these days to say the bad parts out loud. There’s no accountability anymore for the left. Not only does anything go, anything will be propped up and reinforced.

Had a Republican said something like this, it would be big news and it would be justified in being so. No elected official should be calling for the prosecution of free speech, much less targeting people for joking on the internet. Just as concerning, no politician should be calling to collude with others in positions of power to “shut them down” just because people say something you don’t like.

Despite the bluster we constantly hear about Donald Trump, the real threats to the first amendment consistently show themselves on the left. Will the brave heroes in our fabled news industry take notice of this latest example and condemn it? Nah.

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2019 as ‘1984’: Charlottesville Dumps All Celebrations of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

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America continues it’s short, rapid march towards becoming 1984′s Oceania. The AP news service is reporting that  the Charlottesville city council has voted to drop all celebrations of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. Instead they will replace it with an observation of abolition and emancipation.

Charlottesville, Virginia, will no longer celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday as an official city holiday and instead will observe a day recognizing the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.

The city council voted Monday night to scrap the decades-old April 13 holiday honoring the slave-holding president and Founding Father. Charlottesville will now mark Liberation and Freedom Day on March 3, the day U.S. Army forces arrived in the city in 1865.

Charlottesville has been grappling publicly for years with how to tell its history of race and discrimination. Those efforts intensified after white nationalists gathered in the city in 2017 for a rally that descended into deadly violence.

Charlottesville was ground zero for a brutal clash over civil war era statues and their removals from public properties.

Much like our nation in general, Thomas Jefferson’s history is complicated and nuanced. Also like our nation in general his legacy is both bitter and sweet. Regardless of the challenges of recognizing such a figure in our history, Jefferson’s contributions to the prosperity we all now enjoy cannot be measured. To erase that history is to erase our future.

But maybe that’s the point.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Tries to One-Up Ted Cruz on the Antifa Issue, Fails Miserably

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Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, R-TX, speaks as FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, and DOT I.G. Calvin Scovel appear before a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing on commercial airline safety, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

As Red State‘s Sarah Lee wrote yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on the feds Sunday to “investigate & bring legal action against” Portland, OR Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) in the aftermath of this past weekend’s violent attack on independent journalist Andy Ngo.

Cruz alleges that “for political reasons, [Wheeler] ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists” and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Seemingly oblivious to Cruz’s call for legal action against him, Wheeler logged on to the Twitter machine Monday afternoon to give himself credit for seemingly being on top of the situation, and pledging that “those who have committed violence” will be “held accountable.”

Later, once Wheeler got wind of Cruz’s demand for an investigation, the embattled Mayor attempted to one-up the Texas Senator by asserting that he did not order any officers to stand down:

As of this writing, Wheeler’s tweet has been severely ratioed, but that ratio is nothing compared to the blistering response he received from Sen. Cruz:

Wheeler can deny he ordered a stand down all he wants, but Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner issued a statement in the aftermath of Saturday’s violence that would seem to back up Cruz’s version of events (bolded emphasis added):

It doesn’t matter if our citizens are democrats or republicans; no one should be attacked in the streets of our city. Good leadership means taking the reins and stepping forward to let people know when there is wrongdoing. The law is applicable no matter which side you’re on.

Where are the voices condemning the lawlessness and violence? If this violence had been directed at Antifa, there would have been an immediate call for an independent, outside investigation. This is a perfect example of Portland politics at work and why our great City is now under fire in the national news.

The Mayor, our Police Commissioner, is not allowed to use the rank and file officers of the Portland Police Bureau as a shield to deflect Portland’s negative press nationwide. As we have said before and will continue to say: Police officers work to uphold the Constitution, including the right to free speech. It’s our job to ensure that our community can peacefully protest without fear of violence but right now our hands are tied.

It’s time for our Mayor to do two things: tell both ANTIFA and Proud Boys that our City will not accept violence in our City and remove the handcuffs from our officers and let them stop the violence through strong and swift enforcement action. Enough is enough.

Ngo, who was severely injured in the attack and hospitalized, said on CNN today that there have been “many other [similar] incidents that have happened since 2016 and the policing has remained the same, which is a policy of not engaging with militant protestors.”

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn: ‘Nike and Colin Kaepernick Should Understand Who Defends Our Flag’

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By now, most of us have heard the news that Nike cancelled the rollout of their new “Betsy Ross” flag themed sneaker following a complaint from Colin Kaepernick. The former NFL player, famous for kneeling in protest during the national anthem, told top Nike officials the flag was “an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery.” My colleague, Sarah Rumpf, posted about this story here.

Nike and Kaepernick are free to do whatever they choose, no matter how anti-American it appears. But I find it incredibly sad that so many on the left are willing to put this country down. They want to erase history. They have no appreciation for their freedom let alone those who fought for it. Nike and Kaepernick have no gratitude for the country that allowed them to succeed as they could have in very few other places. Nor do they even try to hide their contempt for it.

Rush Limbaugh discussed this story on his radio show earlier and made the following disturbing, but accurate, observation. “It used to be said of the two political parties that we all want what’s best for America. That can’t be said anymore.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) shared her feelings in an op-ed which was published earlier on Breitbart.

Here is what Sen. Blackburn had to say:

Well, who would ever have thought that a spoiled brat football player would have a problem with an American flag that was first made by one of our founding mothers in 1776?

Sounds like someone needs a little flag education on what that symbol of freedom actually stands for to millions of people, not only in America, but also around the globe. It is time for the self-absorbed to understand a little bit about who continues to defend that freedom and protect their free speech so that they can say such inane things and continue to make millions of dollars. It happens because Americans are free to choose.

What the self-absorbed need to understand is that we are “free to choose” because over one million Americans who serve in the U.S. military have raised their hands and taken an oath to serve this nation and to protect our freedom. That’s right, they raised their hands, took an oath to protect and defend, and they did not have a highly paid agent negotiating a bloated contract that would put millions of dollars in their pocket. They chose to put their lives on the line because they are called to serve and protect our freedom. The self-absorbed also need to realize that they are protected by the local law enforcement—that’s right, the thin blue line between chaos and calm.

Those who complain about an American flag being on a pair of shoes could not fight like a soldier if they had to. If they had the guts to put on camo–not the beautiful bright colors of a sports uniform–they would hit the battlefield instead of the playing field. On the battlefield, the soldiers are protectors, not the protected. Those who are complaining about this don’t have the mental toughness of someone who wears a military or police uniform. They should trade for a few days and see how it feels. A soldier has no one to carry his gear or work out that pain in his back or the muscle spasm in his leg. They tough it out.

I might not agree with much of what this spoiled brat football player has to say, but I will defend his right to say it because I believe in free speech. I will support our military because I believe in the cause of freedom, free people, and free markets. I will back the blue because they keep our communities safe.

To Nike, there are millions of us who would really like to wear a Betsy Ross running shoe and celebrate what women have done for freedom and freedom’s cause—there is such a thing as founding mothers. Why don’t you choose to honor them? None of us would be here without their contributions to this nation. Get the shoe back on the market.

To the self-absorbed, learn to show a little tolerance and a little respect. Grow up. You are not the center of the universe.

As for me, I will always stand for the flag. I will always support our troops. I will always celebrate being American.

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10 Ways to Make a Trump Voter

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The 2016 elections made a lot of people look very differently at presidential elections.

But not enough.

President Trump has gone on to not just change the game but change the field, the refs and the audience. The progressive Left has gone back to their old playbook, unaware that their stadium isn’t even half full anymore.

Instead of winning back regretful voters, the Democrats and their allies seem to be – almost unbelievably – creating more Trump voters for 2020.

So, in case the Democrat party needs more help adding new pages to that old playbook, here is a list of 10 surefire ways to create a new Trump voter in 2020.

1.Complain about how trump will never concede the election then when he wins refuse to concede the election. Then unironically complain for the next four years that if Trump wins again he will never concede the election.

2.Run with poorly sourced or downright false stories about the President that give people on the fence about Trump a reason to feel confident in disliking him. Then be forced to retract those stories one after another after another until no one believes anything you report on anymore. Push the fence-riders into a begrudging acceptance that perhaps Trump is right about “fake news” and that might mean he’s right about some other things too.

3.Take an immature, dim but proud socialist child and an anti-semite who is possibly an Islamist and refers to the most terrifying attack on American soil in modern times as an event where “some people did some things”  and make them the faces of your party. Assure people that this is the future of the American Left. Make those skeptical of Trump even more skeptical of where the Democrat party is leading the country. Force people to choose between the “We Hate America Wonder Twins” and actual America.

4.Ruin every single great tv show and film with commentary on how awful Trump is and how horrible his voters are and how they are despised. Forget that over half the people you are talking about are your customers. Remind them repeatedly that your tolerance will never extend to them.

5.Dig into the past of every person who gains some kind of popularity. Dig up years-old tweets, high school emails, letters to grandmothers, drunk texts and comedy routines from 1995. Demand an apology and then tell people their apologies will never be enough. Destroy lives and careers forever and then laugh and laugh as you put your pitchforks away for another night. Never think that you’ll be the receiving end of those pitchforks one day.

6.Call black people and women brainwashed race/gender traitors for supporting Trump. Never ask for their genuine thoughts and opinions. Don’t treat them like people. Speak scorn and derision for them out of one side of your mouth while simultaneously preaching about being an ally to women and minorities out to the other side. There’s nothing like an over-confident hypocrite to drive people away from an ideology or group. Just ask anyone who’s ever left the Christian church.

7.Refuse to acknowledge that life in the big city is significantly different than life in flyover country. Keep looking down your nose at people who grow your food and deliver your oil. Tell them they need to accept that coastal sensibilities are American sensibilities. Push them to vote for Trump just to spite your snobby ass.

8.Make colleges and universities a tightly controlled bubble where no competing ideas are allowed to be heard, let alone suggested. Drive out centrist and conservative speakers with physical force. Get in their faces, spit on them, throw water and milkshakes, act like uncontrollable infants and then turn on your own brethren when they dare suggest that such acts are indeed childish and unpersuasive. Watch the college system fold in on itself as it collapses under the weight of its own ideological cowardice.

9.Make one of the most prominent legs of your platform a bizarre and unbending devotion to allowing babies to be killed right up until the very moment before they leave the birth canal. Justify it in the name of health. Ridicule people who feel even a little bit odd about taking such a hardline stance on infanticide. Make their votes a binary choice between literal baby-murder and Donald Trump.

10.Call everyone who disagrees with you a Nazi. All the time. Always. Compare Trump to a man who murdered 6 million Jews and fly giant Trump-baby balloons whenever he visits. Never stop being overdramatic lunatics. Continue to make people feel uncomfortable in watering down the Holocaust, slavery and racism. Abuse the terms constantly. Make Americans numb to your rhetoric.

Follow these steps and you will surely guarantee another Trump victory in 2020. You’re off to a good start!

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Doug Ducey Comes Under Ridiculous Criticism for Pulling the Plug on Nike’s Corporate Welfare

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FILE – In this June 20, 2018, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, speaks at a campaign rally in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona has developed a reputation over the past decade for being one of the country’s greatest political flashpoints, with divisive debates over of immigration, rambunctious populists and a divided GOP. But the Arizona politician who’s had the most consequential decision this past week is Ducey, a buttoned-down ice cream executive who managed to put his stamp on the U.S. Senate. Ducey, the onetime chief executive officer of Cold Stone Creamery, on Tuesday, Sept. 4 named former senator Jon Kyl to fill the seat vacated by the late John McCain. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

There is sort of a war going on within conservatism over how conservatives should approach the current political climate. This conflict is best demonstrated in the debate that features New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari on the side of social/traditional conservatives and National Review’s resident bearded scold (to distinguish him from the plethora of unbeared ones plaguing us today) David French. It all started out in a First Things essay titled Against the Dead Consensus:

Yes, the old conservative consensus paid lip service to traditional values. But it failed to retard, much less reverse, the eclipse of permanent truths, family stability, communal solidarity, and much else. It surrendered to the pornographization of daily life, to the culture of death, to the cult of competitiveness. It too often bowed to a poisonous and censorious multiculturalism.

The essence of the argument is that Sobhani and others like Rod Dreher argue that in the absence of a shared vision of what America is about…and this boils down, in large part, to the destruction of religion and the family (I won’t say “traditional” because that goes without saying)…that tolerance leads to traditional values being treated as hate crimes. French and the Bulwark boys and various pudgy guys at other allegedly center-right outlets claim that if we only talk and explain our point odf view to the left, they won’t kill us just yet. Read this Vox.com essay, yes, I said it, for a very good overview. In this argument, I’m 100% with Sobhani, I might even think he’s a bit on the soft side. I’m much more of a Kurt Schlichter #NewRules believer. In reality, I think the argument is more economic than philosophical. When guys like French and like The Bulwark and like…well, let’s just leave it there…make the argument for dialog and tolerance what they are looking at is using the force of the left’s natural intolerance to put other outlets out of business. Their sucking up to the left is less a reaction of making tolerance a fetish than it is a craven response to the rejection of their ideas by people on the right and wanting to destroy competitors. This, in my view, does a better job of explaining the supine indifference of guys like French to the existential danger that social media acting as a self-appointed censor and arbiter of acceptable speech than does any fealty to the First Amendment. By being submissive and obsequious to the left you never offend them and are in no danger of being blocked or banned from a social medial platform. That, however, is a post for a different day.

To get back on track here, Nike had a sneaker in the works featuring the “Betsy Ross” flag. Colin Kaepernick, who tried to play pro-football and now grifts of anti-American sentiment for a living, vetoed the idea. And Nike pulled the sneaker. Nike had some kind of a deal to move whatever portion of their company that doesn’t involve Cambodian toddlers working in sweatshops to Arizona in exchange for financial incentives. Governor Doug Ducey, demonstrating why he won reelection by 14 points while Martha McSally lost by three, ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to pull the incentives.

Quite honestly, I think Ducey is a freakin hero for doing this. But, the Vichy Republicans had a sad. According to them, government is obligated to support companies whose values and beliefs are out of step with those of the citizenry by giving them money.Case in point is this blue checkmark guy who bills himself as:

Christian, husband, dadx3. Senior Fellow, Free Speech and Toleration – Charles Koch Institute. Radical Frenchist.

“Radical Frenchist.”

On its merits, this is nonsense. Nike has no property interest in or constitutional right to financial incentives from the State of Arizona that are not granted to other corporations. Ducey has every right to decide that he doesn’t want a craven, anti-American, and exploitative company like Nike to be given money to bring its values to Arizona. The comparison to Chick-Fil-A is so grotesque that if one had any sense of shame they wouldn’t make it. Ducey is not saying Nike can’t come to Arizona, he’s saying he won’t rob Arizona taxpayers to make that happen. The Chick-Fil-A cases involve a government banning a particular business franchise from its geographical limits because the government doesn’t like the beliefs of the corporate officers.

There may be a case somewhere that says that a state has to give financial incentives to companies, but that is not an Arizona law. If Nike wants to go to court to enforce this agreement, they have lawyers who can do that. And Arizona has labor and building inspectors.

The fact that these people can’t even support a conservative governor making a righteous decision is a lesson for 2020. These people are not our friends. They are not our allies. They are more interesting in getting the approval of the left than they are in “conserving conservatism” or preserving liberty. These people have surrendered to the left on everything of importance and their only remaining value is to get you to surrender, too.

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Kamala Harris’s Ex Willie Brown Rains on Her Parade, Says No Democrat Can Beat Trump at This Stage

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With her post-debate poll numbers rising and a large fundraising haul, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is the perceived winner from last week’s Democratic debate.

But though the praise for her debate performance against frontrunner Joe Biden continues to roll in, an unexpected source is pouring cold water on the celebration: Harris’s ex beau Willie Brown.

Brown penned a column in the aftermath of the second in a series of two Democratic presidential debates last week, and opined that after what he saw, none of the candidates could beat President Trump at this stage of the game:

The first Democratic debates proved one thing: We still don’t have a candidate who can beat Donald Trump.

California Sen. Kamala Harris got all the attention for playing prosecutor in chief, but her case against former Vice President Joe Biden boiled down in some ways to a ringing call for forced school busing. It won’t be too hard for Trump to knock that one out of the park in 2020.

Biden did himself zero favors by telling Harris that he opposed only busing that was ordered by the federal government. It was a weird endorsement of states’ rights and local jurisdictions’ right to segregate schools. That’s the best argument he could marshal against busing little kids miles across town?

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Trump must have enjoyed every moment and every answer, because he now knows he’s looking at a bunch of potential rivals who are still not ready for prime time.

Brown, who is viewed as a kingmaker in California Democratic circles, has made it a habit of insinuating himself into the public debate at inopportune times for Harris ever since she announced her presidential run.

Just a week after she went public with her presidential ambitions earlier this year, Brown published a piece at the SF Chronicle admitting that the two had once dated “more than 20 years ago.” He also noted that some of his actions benefited her politically at the time:

I’ve been peppered with calls from the national media about my “relationship” with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president. Most of them, I have not returned.

Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.

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And I certainly helped with [Harris’s] first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.

Not mentioned in the piece was the fact that Brown was (and still is) married at the time of their relationship, though he and his wife have reportedly been separated for decades.

About a week after that, Brown wrote another column, which more or less stated that the one he wrote about their relationship the week prior probably did not help her nationally.

Harris has done what most in her situation would do in ignoring Brown’s rantings and bloviations. But in the long run, her ex may be the least of Harris’s worries if her opponents finally start gunning for her actual record on the issues.

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CNN Covers Andy Ngo Getting Attacked By Antifa Exactly As You’d Expect

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As sure as the sun will rise, CNN is going to be a ridiculously biased and intellectually dishonest network.

A few days ago, I covered the brutal attack on Andy Ngo carried out by Antifa in the streets of Portland, OR. His grave sin was daring to simply be present to document the violent, fascistic behavior of the left-wing movement. This led to all manner of hot takes, from the idea that Ngo is “alt-right,” to blue checkmark Twitter users outright saying he deserved to be beaten.

Another largely unsurprising thing happened. The mainstream media mostly blacked out the story or tried to marginalize the event by blaming both sides. Keep in mind that these are the same people who to this day still bring up Trump’s admittedly awkward “fine people on both sides” comment after Charlottesville, even as the actual transcript showed the President specifically saying he was not talking about white supremacists. By contrast, no one can seriously argue there wouldn’t have been wall to wall coverage has this been a liberal journalist attacked by Trump supporters.

While CNN’s Brian Stelter managed to make a 25 second mention of the situation on his low-rated show (while purposely not naming Antifa as the attacker), we finally saw more extensive coverage this morning on the liberal network as Ngo appeared for an interview.

How did CNN handle Ngo’s appearance? Exactly as you’d expect.

Ngo “says he was assaulted” is a cute line. It’s not like we don’t have video tape from multiple angles showing that Ngo was indeed attacked by members of Antifa. CNN (much like Snopes did) still chooses to report on the situation as conjecture.

Ngo is also not a “conservative journalist.” He’s a gay Asian guy with personal politics that are center-left. The website he works for is also a center left outlet. The only thing that makes him even remotely conservative is his opposition to Antifa. If that’s how lax the standard is for labeling someone a “conservative” now, most of the country can be placed under that banner. If you watch the video, the New Day host pushes that line further by quoting some liberal professor that labeled Ngo a “political pundit,” something Ngo clearly isn’t if you’ve followed his work.

Ask yourself if CNN would ever put such labels or cast such doubt over any left-wing journalist if they were attacked like this.

CNN knows exactly what they are doing. By calling him a conservative journalist and using criticism cloaked in quotes, the network can marginalize him and his story without actually having to do the dirty work themselves.

Now compare that to how CNN’s New Day handled Jussie Smollett’s allegation vs. how they painted Ngo’s attack.

The one that was a hoax and had no corroborating evidence was immediately framed as a factual occurrence. Meanwhile, Ngo’s attack has more camera angles than a Michael Bay film and CNN promotes it as simply an allegation.

But hey, at least CNN covered it. That’s got to count for something right?

 

 

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Kellyanne Conway Torches AOC: “You Either Want the Humanitarian Aid, or You Want the Photo-Op”

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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks on “Fox and Friends” – 7/2/19. Screen grab via Fox News.

Politically speaking, there are few things more satisfying for conservatives and Republicans these days than seeing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) being hoisted by her own petard.

GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX) are two Republicans who have done so with finesse over the last few weeks in response to her hysterical rantings about how border detention centers are the equivalent of Nazi concentration camps. Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) is another who hasn’t pulled any punches.

Perhaps no call out will have as sick a burn, however, as the one done earlier today by Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump. During an appearance on “Fox and Friends”, Conway discussed how Democrats including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were accusing Trump of staging a photo-op this week in his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

She segued from Schumer’s comments to Ocasio-Cortez’s dramatic Monday visit to the border, and noted that the freshman Congresswoman had the chance to put her money where her mouth was on humanitarian aid for the border crisis – but didn’t:

“I have a whole list here of anchors and people on TV and Democrats who said it was a manufactured crisis, who now dropped the word ‘manufactured,’ and are calling what they see at the border, a crisis,” she said.

“Chuck Schumer wants to talk about photo-ops? I saw one yesterday and it’s called, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, going down to one of these facilities and making this outrageous claim that a woman is drinking from a toilet — which everybody who has control over that facility … has said that is not true,” Conway continued.

She said when Ocasio-Cortez was challenged by a reporter on whether she actually saw someone drink from the toilet, “she put the window up” in her vehicle. [“Don’t let the air condition out. She put the window up.”]

“People need to challenge this because she’s one of 95 people, Democrats, who voted against the aid package. You either want the humanitarian aid, the $4.6 billion to go and help, or you want the photo-op.”

Watch video of this segment from Conway’s interview below:

Needless to say, the temper-tantrum prone AOC was not happy with Conway’s statements, and tried to blast back on Twitter, but the only people buying what she’s selling at this point are the deluded who think she walks on water anyway:

Don’t go away mad, AOC. Just go away.

Related:

  • Video: Jake Tapper Gets AOC To Essentially Admit She Had No Intentions Of Supporting *Any* Border Funding Bill
  • Deplorable: AOC Endorses Boycott To Deprive Kids Of Beds Days After Complaining About Sleeping Conditions At The Border
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    Gingrich: Not Sure If Iran Can Do Anything ‘Bad Enough’ To Europeans For Them To End Their Pro-Iranian Posture

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    On Monday Iran’s state media outlet, IRNA, reported that Iran has breached the 300kg cap for enriched low-grade uranium set forth by the JCPOA (nuclear deal). Under the agreement, Iran had agreed to these limits in return for relief from economic sanctions.

    IRNA also said the regime would soon begin to enrich uranium beyond the 3.67% concentration limit. According to an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal,Tehran threatened this breakout if Europe didn’t do enough to circumvent U.S. sanctions, and now it’s daring the West to do something to stop it…The loud announcement of a nuclear breakout is intended to scare the world into coaxing President Trump to back off the sanctions pressure.”

    This information was confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the global nuclear watchdog. IAEA spokesman Fredrik Dahl issued a statement which said: “We can confirm that IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has informed the Board of Governors that the Agency verified on July 1st that Iran’s total enriched uranium stockpile exceeded 300 kg of UF6 enriched up to 3.67% U-235 (or the equivalent in different chemical forms).”

    Late Monday, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that Iran had not violated the agreement. He claimed the agreement gave them the right to respond after Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement.

    (Note: E3 includes Germany, Britain and France; +2 adds Russia and China.)

    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Abbas Mousavi commented on this latest development saying, “We told the Europeans that if more practical, mature and complete measures were taken, Iran’s reduction (to its) commitments could be reversed. Otherwise, we will continue.”

    President Trump said, “They know what they’re doing. They know what they’re playing with. And I think they’re playing with fire.”

    China reacted to this news as expected. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang addressed the story at a press briefing. He told reporters that China “regrets” Iran’s decision, but said:

    US maximum pressure is the root cause of tensions…We call on all parties to view this from a long term and overall perspective, exercise restraint and uphold the JCPOA (nuclear deal) together so that there won’t be further escalation in the tense situation.

    Russia also blames the U.S.  Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov said “Iran was facing unprecedented and unthinkable US sanctions, including an oil trade embargo”…and called it “an attempt to strangle the country.”

    The bigger question becomes, will Germany, Britain or France act? Judging from the statements made by European leaders, it would appear not. All responses basically call on Iran to reverse their stockpiling process and not to do this again. None of them have called for renewed sanctions because they want to continue trading with Iran. They refuse to give up their profitable business relationships with Iranian companies.

    French President Emmanuel Macron “recalled his attachment to the full respect of the 2015 nuclear accord and asks Iran to reverse without delay this excess, as well as to avoid all extra measures that would put into question its nuclear commitments.”

    According to Al Jazeera, the statement said “Macron would take steps in coming days to ensure Iran met its obligations and continued to benefit from the economic advantages of the deal.”

    A German foreign ministry source told Reuters the country was “very concerned. We call on Iran to reverse this step and not to further undermine the nuclear agreement.” The source added that “Germany would carefully consider next steps together with other participants in the JCPOA.”

    The EU and the UN issued similar statements, each asking Iran to comply with the agreement and to reverse the stockpiling process.

    The WSJ editorial board wrote that many Europeans will “blame Washington more than Tehran” for this latest provocation. They wrote:

    But it’s been clear all along that the regime has viewed the deal as a pause, not an end, to its nuclear ambitions. In 2016 the country overproduced heavy water, which the Obama Administration then purchased. Earlier this year the country’s top nuclear official acknowledged the regime had long been preparing to break out from the deal and pursue nuclear weapons.

    Iran also ignores United Nations Security Council bans on missile tests and weapons sales. The regime maintains a destabilizing presence in Syria, plots terrorist attacks in Europe, and calls for the destruction of Israel. Its recent attacks on oil pipelines throughout the Middle East are part of a pattern that long preceded the U.S. maximum-pressure policy.

    Iran’s actions should instead prompt Europe to join the U.S. in sanctions. Some in Europe are hoping Mr. Trump will lose his re-election bid and a Democrat will rejoin the nuclear accord. But we’ve learned enough about Iran’s behavior to know that the regime always intended to use the deal to finance its adventures abroad, while biding its time and getting stronger as it waits for the date it could escape the deal’s strictures and become a nuclear power.

    Though it’s unlikely our European friends will stand with us against Iran, Trump’s “maximum pressure campaign” appears to be working. In a recent post entitled “Trump Can Defeat Iran Without Firing a Single Shot,” I wrote that the daily loss of oil revenue to Iran caused by the existing sanctions is estimated at $120 million. That’s $3.6 billion each month or $43.8 billion per year.

    Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss Iran. (Video below.) He doesn’t believe there’s anything Iran can do to the Europeans “bad enough” to make them end their pro-Iranian posture because there’s too much profit there.

    The problem for the Iranians is that the sanctions are really biting and month-by-month, their economy is getting worse. And people are getting more and more unhappy.

    They are lashing out desperately trying to somehow change their circumstances by either getting us to back off or frankly by getting us to attack them. I think they think they could use nationalism to defend the homeland against Americans.

    The best strategy is to “be calm, be patient, just continue to increase the pressure economically.” He thinks Iran is very close to breaking. “This is a very, very shaky regime.”

    Sen. Tom Cotton was a guest on the show and brought up the importance of Iran’s control over the straight of Hormuz.

    Gingrich first pointed out that the U.S. is energy independent. But, he said, Trump would be wise to talk to the Chinese, the Indians and the Japanese and say, “What are you going to do? You’re the countries that need the oil.” They need to put pressure on the Iranian government.

    I think it’s safe to assume that neither Germany, Britain or France will act against Iran.

    Still, the U.S. economic sanctions are working. And last week, President Trump’s executive order imposed new sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top government officials. Gingrich is correct that Iran has been lashing out desperately. In just the last three weeks, they’ve attacked two oil tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz, shot down a U.S. drone and now the regime has announced they’ve violated the terms of the nuclear agreement.

    The Iranians are angry. Let’s make them even angrier.

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