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That Study On Trump Causing Hate Crimes that CNN Keeps Touting Has Been Debunked, But It Gets Even Better

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Whenever something plays into your narrative perfectly, it’s always best to be skeptical. CNN has never learned that lesson and it has led to dozens of published stories over the years on Donald Trump that turned out to be wrong or misleading.

Enter a study released by the Anti-Defamation League and relentlessly pushed by the media. CNN recently re-upped the claim in an on air segment claiming that Trump’s rhetoric “resonates” with white supremacists while citing the aforementioned study.

Well, now that same study has been debunked, and keep reading because it gets even better than that.

A study purporting to show that hate crimes increased 226% in counties that hosted rallies for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016 has been officially debunked. Not only did the study’s authors fail to account for the fact that political campaigns prefer to host rallies in populous areas, which already experience more hate crimes, but the authors didn’t check to see if the same increase could be applied to Hillary Clinton’s rallies.

The study’s authors purposely left out major context, seemingly not even applying a control, while coming to the conclusion that there was a major spike in hate crimes caused by Trump’s rallies being present in cities. Other problems include them not even adjusting for population. In other words, they simply took totalities of reported hate crimes (many of which weren’t even hate crimes) in major populous areas and compared them to counties with only a fraction of the people, thereby manufacturing an increase.

Then things got really awkward. The original study’s methodology was applied to Hillary Clinton rallies and the results are hilarious.

Simply applying the same formula as the original academics, two Ph.D. students from Harvard University found that “Clinton rallies contribute to an even greater increase in hate crimes incidents than Trump rallies.”

Yes, when using the flawed methods of the much ballyhooed study, Clinton rallies actually showed a greater increase in hate crimes. Now, does this mean that Clinton’s rallies were the cause of such an increase? No, because the increase isn’t even real. This is from the Harvard team that debunked all this.

Both of these results rely on comparing counties with rallies to other counties without them. This produces a glaring problem. Politicians tend to hold political rallies near where large numbers of people live. And in places with more people, the raw number of crimes is generally mechanically higher. Simply put, no one should be surprised that Orange County, California (population 3.19 million) was home to both more reported hate incidents (5) and Trump rallies (2) than Orange County, Indiana (population 19,840, which had zero of each).

They would go on to mince no words about the original study’s veracity, saying this in conclusion.

The Harvard students went a step further. Unlike the original study, they added “a simple statistical control for county population to the original analysis causes the estimated effect of Trump rallies on reported hate incidents to become statistically indistinguishable from zero.”

Once again CNN and the mainstream media at large have been caught with their pants down. Will we get an on air correction? Nah, of course not. They’ll just move on to the next faux outrage and the cycle will repeat as it always does. It’s all partisan and it’s all about the narrative.

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CNN and Stelter Continue to Create Their Own Storm Damage in Targeting the President

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As Hurricane Dorian has moved off and become an inconsequential storm in the North Atlantic over at CNN they continue to make themselves inconsequential in their attempt to brew up a tempest over President Trump’s Sharpie advisory. As most would expect a news organization to focus on the storm’s aftermath, especially the damage inflicted upon The Bahamas (you can help here) CNN continues to rail about a perceived error the President made over one week ago.

The tempest involves the President holding a forecast tracking map of the hurricane while it was in the Caribbean and showing Florida as a likely target for landfall. He then chose to manually extend the cone of probability with a Sharpie to show Alabama could also become impacted. CNN and others in the media pounced, as they say, because supposedly official storm offices and researchers had not gone so far as to include coastal Gulf locations.

Except in a fashion they had. As the President himself noted in a tweet he sent out, CNN weather personalities had themselves mentioned Alabama as a possible location for impact from hurricane activity. This has done nothing to alter Stelter’s track on attempting to impact the president. On Brian’s Sunday program Reliable Sources he was still going after President Trump.

You just have to sit back and marvel at how oblivious Stelter is in this segment. He is declaring that Trump is using his campaign playbook of demonizing his network in order to sway the electorate over to his lies, and then he goes on to state that this is all the justification needed to continue what they have been doing. What he is saying is that because the President has declared CNN/the Press his opponent they now have to attack him even more, justifications for doing so being irrelevant.

And with that as his impetus Stelter continued to harp on the hurricane gaffe, hammering away without a nail. In an attempt to offer conflicting evidence as a way to prove Trump wrong Stelter presented this forecast tracking map from NOAA.

Aha! Alabama is not even included — we nailed him! Uh, yes Brian, if you are going to rely upon selective evidence gathering. Turns out if you follow storms with any type of regularity, as we do here less than 100 miles from the cat-5 landfall, there are numerous measurements and projections with these storms, including wind speed charts. These tend to show areas potentially affected by storm winds, and there was one of these charts made available. It was on the day of President Trump’s Sharpie Scandal. Additionally, it was also offered up by NOAA.

Huh. It seems the weather experts were actually citing Alabama as a potential location for activity. This is an interesting omission by Mr. Stelter in his hyperventilating message on a windstorm. Yet despite scientific data to the contrary, and video evidence of his own network making the exact same claims, Stelter states this map conflagration is deeply important.

This past week wasn’t “Sharpie-gate,” it was “lying about a hurricane-gate.”He wasn’t “doubling down” all week, as many people (myself included) said, he was “digging a deeper hole.” He wasn’t stirring a “controversy,” he was politicizing the weather and providing more evidence of his instability.

Amazing the layers of projection in that quote, with Tater accusing The President of all characteristics he is displaying himself. Stelter has declared this to be the biggest lie the President has told in his term so far. This really places Russian collusion in perspective. And in his zeal to deliver rebukes Stelter also states all of this “was about Trump failing a basic geography test.”

That so, Brian? That’s a curious accusation coming from the same network that delivered this map citing Alabama as “Mississippi’ to viewers, at the same time.

 

 

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John Ratcliffe Predicts An Indictment For CNN’s Newest Contributor, Andrew McCabe

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In an appearance on Fox News‘ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) told host Maria Bartiromo he sees an indictment for fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on charges of lying to the government.

McCabe was fired on March 16, 2018, hours before his retirement was scheduled to take effect. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions made his decision based on recommendations from both the DOJ’s Inspector General and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. The IG report indicated that McCabe “had made unauthorized releases of information to the media and had misled agents who questioned him about it” and had “displayed a lack of candor.” Simply put, he lied to investigators.

The IG report stated:

We found that, in a conversation with then-Director Comey shortly after the WSJ article was published, McCabe lacked candor when he told Comey, or made statements that led Comey to believe, that McCabe had not authorized the disclosure and did not know who did.  This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.5 (Lack of Candor – No Oath).

We also found that on May 9, 2017, when questioned under oath by FBI agents from INSD, McCabe lacked candor when he told the agents that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ and did not know who did.  This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor –  Under Oath).

We further found that on July 28, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview, McCabe lacked candor when he stated: (a) that he was not aware of Special Counsel having been authorized to speak to reporters around October 30 and (b) that,  because he was not in Washington, D.C., on October 27 and 28, 2016, he was unable to say where Special Counsel was or what she was doing at that time.  This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).

We additionally found that on November 29, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview during which he contradicted his prior statements by acknowledging that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ, McCabe lacked candor when he: (a) stated that he told Comey on October 31, 2016, that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ; (b) denied telling INSD agents on May 9 that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ about the PADAG call; and (c) asserted that INSD’s questioning of him on May 9 about the October 30 WSJ article occurred at the end of an unrelated meeting when one of the INSD agents pulled him aside and asked him one or two questions about the article. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor –   Under Oath).

McCabe denied any wrongdoing, claiming the charges were politically motivated.

Actually, although IANAL, it looks like perjury to me.

Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor, said, “Here, you have the inspector general stating that Andrew McCabe did that multiple times, and the magic words, did so intentionally and knowingly. I think the Department of Justice is going to have to indict Andy McCabe, simply because to do otherwise would be to admit that there are separate standards for people doing the same thing for the same conduct. You can’t really tell the public we’re going to treat people differently for the same conduct.”

He added that the Mueller team “made a cottage industry out of charging people like General Flynn and George Papadopoulos for lying to investigators.”

The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross notes that, given McCabe’s rank at the FBI, he was “authorized to release information about ongoing investigations to the media as long as it was done in the public interest.” But, in his report, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz writes that “McCabe authorized the leak in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership.”

An August 26th report from the New York Times said that McCabe’s attorneys had met with Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. When a suspect’s attorneys meet with the Deputy AG, it is often a clue that an indictment is on the way. It can be construed as a last ditch effort for the attorneys to make the case that their client is innocent.

The New York Times report said:

Federal prosecutors in Washington appear to be in the final stages of deciding whether to seek an indictment of Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director and a frequent target of President Trump, on charges of lying to federal agents, according to interviews with people familiar with recent developments in the investigation.

In two meetings last week, Mr. McCabe’s lawyers met with the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, who is expected to be involved in the decision about whether to prosecute, and for more than an hour with the United States attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie K. Liu, according to a person familiar with the meetings. The person would not detail the discussions, but defense lawyers typically meet with top law enforcement officials to try to persuade them not to indict their client if they failed to get line prosecutors to drop the case.

Ratcliffe told Bartiromo that “there is a difference of opinion” over whether or not McCabe will be indicted. He said, “I don’t know how you can’t indict him when he is engaged in the same conduct that other people have recently been charged for at the Department of Justice, particularly when your own watchdog says that those lies were done intentionally and knowingly and done repeatedly.”

In an incredibly audacious move, McCabe sued the DOJ and the FBI last month. He blames Trump for his firing. His lawsuit (which can be viewed here) states that Trump had “constitutionally improper motives for removing him.”

Watch the video.

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Mark Sanford Is Probably Not The Right Guy To Challenge Trump

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When it comes to challenging the incumbent president in your own party, you need to be able to do a couple of things in order to even have a shot.

The first thing you need to do is have a squeaky clean past. If you think you should challenge the man who is the leader of your party, you need to make sure that at the very least your sins aren’t the same as his sins.

The second thing you need is a plan. You are trying to wrest control of your party away from someone you think is a lunatic, so you need to have some basic rough draft of a plan put together that you can present and say “This is how we’re going to do it.”

The third thing you need is at least a snowball’s chance in hell.

At no point in any of the musings, writings, or statements of Mark Sanford does he confirm that he has these three things. If he had, it would have been a lie, because he does not.

It simply would not be fair to write a column about Sanford solely making fun of his own sins, which he has apologized to the public for and sought atonement for. However, his past sins to make going after Trump significantly harder.

After all, Trump has openly bragged about his affairs and has never shied away from them. His early life story was built on his successes with women as much as it was his successes in real estate. It was something that people just expected of him, which is largely why the news of the Stormy Daniels affairs never really hurt him in any way with his supporters.

Sanford, however, carried on an affair in secret and used taxpayer money in the process of carrying his affair on. He did it to hide the affair from his family and his constituency. He spent time lying about it because he knew it was wrong and knew that people would judge him for it.

If a large part of your argument against Trump is about the respectability and decency of the office, then the above paragraph alone is probably enough to disqualify you. But that isn’t the extent of the problems Sanford will face as a primary challenger.

There is no plan for Sanford to take any noticeable votes from Trump. No path he can take to pose a threat to the president. He hasn’t offered one, and short of harnessing the votes of an alternate universe, there is no way to create one. Trump has the base firmly on his side, so Sanford can’t take any of that, and his own past makes it unlikely that other wavering Republicans would look elsewhere.

Democrats certainly won’t choose him. Independents are already trying to decide if they can go with Biden or side with Trump if an absolute trainwreck of a socialist (see: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders) gets nominated. The worst-case scenario is that they just stay home. They won’t vote for a longshot Republican challenger like Sanford.

He is also going up against a raving lunatic of a radio host who was a raving lunatic of a Trump supporter early on (Joe Walsh) and the only man I’ve ever seen in a presidential election actually have less than zero energy (Bill Weld). If these three are the best that the anti-Trump Republicans can come up with, then they are foolish and would be better served if they just left the party and went elsewhere (Britain maybe? I hear they need some new conservative voices).

If Sanford isn’t running solely to lift his name ID or sell a book, then he’s a delusional maniac. There is nothing for him on the path he’s chose to take.

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The UN Is About to Elect Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro to the UN Human Rights Council Because of Course They Are

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No, this is not some kind of parody article.

Several UN watchdogs are reporting that Venezuela is almost certain to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council. That’d be the same Venezuela that has death squads and has carried out thousands of extra-judicial killings.

You may be wondering how this is possible. It comes down to the fact that there are two spots open for countries from Latin America and Venezuela is one of only two countries running. Instead of abstaining or using some other means to deny them the seat, it’s apparently all but certain the current members will give them the 2/3 vote they need. This isn’t exactly surprising given the myriad of dictatorships and dumpster fire nations that currently inhabit the Human Rights Council.

Here’s more details via the Miami Herald.

And yet, according to YourHRC, UNWatch and other human-rights groups, Venezuela — alongside Brazil — is almost sure to win one of Latin America’s two vacant seats at the Human Right Council at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly session.

The General Assembly elected the 47 members of the Human Rights Council. Candidates need two-thirds of the General Assembly’s votes, or 126 votes, to be elected.

“Right now, Venezuela’s election is almost certain to happen because there are only two seats available for Latin America at the Council — and only two countries are running,” UNWatch director Hillel Neuer told me.

The article’s writer takes some shots at President Trump, claiming that we could do something about this had we not left the Human Rights Council previously over their corruption. That’s nonsense.

Unfortunately, Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Council and several other multilateral forums such as the Paris Climate Accord — as well as Trump’s verbal attacks on America’s European allies and his downsizing of the State Department — have severely eroded America’s clout in the diplomatic community around the world.

As a result, America has less influence than ever in recent times to sway African, Asian and European countries to stop Venezuela’s election to the Council.

This is not President Trump’s fault. This is the UN’s fault as an organization. We did the right thing leaving that council in protest. To remain on it would have only provided it legitimacy it absolutely does not deserve. Our clout was already nearly non-existent anyway. The UN Human Rights Council is a garbage dump of tyrannical dictatorships. The fact that a large majority of their members are poised to offer positive support to Maduro only confirms that further.

It’s time for the United States to leave the United Nations altogether. We have no reason left to be there and we have no moral obligation to keep shoveling money into their coffers.

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California’s Governor Signs a Law Allowing Citizens to Ignore Cops Calling for Help

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Here’s a strange bit of legislation.

On Tuesday, California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill freeing citizens from the obligation to help cops who need help making an arrest.

SB 192’s sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, told The Sacramento Bee it repeals the California Posse Comitatus Acto of 1872. According to Bob, the old law’s a “vestige of a bygone era” that forces “an untenable moral dilemma” for folks.

From the bill:

Existing law makes an able-bodied person 18 years of age or older who neglects or refuses to join the posse comitatus or power of the county, by neglecting or refusing to aid and assist, as described, in making an arrest, retaking into custody a person who has escaped from arrest or imprisonment, or preventing a breach of the peace or the commission of any criminal offense, after being lawfully required by a uniformed peace officer or a judge, guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to punishment by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000.

This bill would repeal that provision and make conforming changes.

The state Sheriff’s Association wasn’t much for the law, and they made it known via a statement:

“There are situations in which a peace officer might look to private persons for assistance in matters of emergency or risks to public safety and we are unconvinced that this statute should be repealed.”

But what if the command puts the person in danger?

It certainly could. As reported by the Bee, a couple claims it did:

The law was cited as recently as 2014, when the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office invoked posse comitatus in its defense during a lawsuit filed by a man and woman alleging they were deceived into responding to a dangerous 911 call on the office’s behalf.

Personally, I find both things strange — that there’s a bill aggressively freeing the public from cooperating with cops in need during an arrest, and also the fact that there was a law demanding the opposite which necessitated it.

What are your thoughts? Is this a wise correction, or just the latest rise out of wacky California?

I look forward to hearing from you in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Don Lemon and Guest: Obama was Great for Them, but Trump Spits in Black People’s Faces

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Don Lemon has a message for black voters: Sure, your unemployment rate may be at a record low, but don’t vote for Trump.

As reported by Newsbusters, on Friday, Don and his CNN guest downplayed August’s headline-grabbing 5.5% black unemployment in favor of highlighting the President’s “racist behavior.”

Besides, the black prosperity was all ‘causa Obama.

Panelist Keith Boykin BOOYAHed for Barack:

“It started going down though in the Obama administration. It was 16.8 percent in March of 2010. And it dropped to 7.8 percent; a 54 percent reduction under President Obama. And Trump…while this was happening, denied that it was even happening. He called the numbers ‘fake news;’ until he came into office, and suddenly all the numbers he said were fake were magically real. And so, he took credit for the momentum that…has occurred since that time.

“So we have 8.9 percent in the Obama presidency, and down by 2.5 percent in this presidency. As you said, it is good news. It is a good trend. But it didn’t start under this president, and the numbers actually declined much stronger under the former president.”

Well there ya go.

Plus, racism.

Here’s what Keith believes black people think:

“I think the message is something that does not resonate with black communities and brown communities simply because of the rhetoric that has come out of the White House.”


To what rhetoric was he referring?

Apparently, some Klannish stuff from that guy who spits in the face of non-whites:

“And so, I think I said almost two years ago to the day on this program, that if someone spits in your face and then hands you a napkin, you don’t get to say ‘Thank you.’”

Don seemed to really like that.

Go sour, Lemon:

“As you say, if someone spits in your face and hands you a napkin, how…what is that supposed to…I don’t understand that argument. Does that mean that the only part of your brain, or the only part of our being that matters is money? Rather than how someone treats you and what someone says about you?”

What has Donald Trump said about the black race?

Oh, here it is; Don posed the following question:

“How do black voters in 2020 weight these unemployment numbers against the President’s racist behavior [indecipherable]– Charlottesville, slamming Baltimore, ‘rodent infested,’ and, you know, go on and on?”

Has Baltimore become the black race? Is it racist to criticize that particular city or refer to a rodent infestation? If so, watch Democrats — including the city’s black mayor — do racist things here, here, and here.

Strange new definition, though; here’ s the old one: the judging of an individual solely by his or her race.

Regardless, the President — it sounds like — has done nothin’ good.

Keith pressed harder, in case you missed it the first time:

“Donald Trump had little to nothing to do with the drop in unemployment for African-Americans. No one can…no one who talks about this in the Republican Party can cite a single policy contributed by Donald Trump that is responsible for the drop in black unemployment. It’s all because of policies that … that started long ago. It wasn’t the tax cut or anything like that. Policies started long ago in the Obama administration when we started to see the drop. And the other thing is that Obama had the good sense not to go out and brag about it every time that there was a drop in unemployment because he knew that it’s still too high compared to the white unemployment rate.”

And that’s the news.

-ALEX

 

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The RedState Box Office Report — Strictly Clowning Around

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An anticipated sequel floats well above the competition.

A sign of an impending blockbuster is the other studios getting out of the way and avoiding a major release. No other big titles were released in the past couple of weeks with the arrival this weekend of a major horror sequel and the players were wise in the decision. Apart from the top movie no other title earned money even in the double-digits.

So here is our off-ramp into the fall season with the first arrival of a major title. In a couple of weeks more notables will arrive, but in the meantime get the greasepaint out.

1.  IT: CHAPTER TWO – $92.0 Million
The numbers here are really only slightly off from the performance of the first film, so no complaints at all are being heard from New Line/Warner Brothers. There were hints at this one landing near the $100 million mark, but just shy is just fine. This performance still stands as second-best in a number of categories that were topped by the shocking performance of the first film. The real surprise in all of this is that the studios did not expand this version into a “Chapter 3”. Part of the reason this total is lower is the number of possible screenings was truncated by the two hour-fifty minute showing. A trimmed run time would have made for more screenings and allowed for an additional release. Also considering the budget here was double that of the original ($79 million versus $35 million) the costs would have been evened out and profits greater. But then, I’m not studio boss.

2. ANGEL HAS FALLEN – $6.0m
The fun action thriller from Gerard Butler has crossed over $50 million. This second sequel is on track to perform better than “London Has Fallen”.

3. GOOD BOYS – $5.39m
This surprise comedy hit continues to linger near the top. There is not as much money to be had these days but the lads are still gathering some cash.

4.  THE LION KING – $4.2m
The undisputed king of the summer is still around. At this stage it is the 13th highest earner ever, in North America, and globally the film has hauled in 1.6 billion to stand as 7th-highest all time.

5.  OVERCOMER – $3.75m
The small faith-based film for Sony/Affirm is continuing to defy the soft projections. To date it has earned $25 million on just a $5 million production budget.

6.  HOBBS & SHAW – $3.72m
Now has taken in over $700 million globally, and in the U.S. it is fifth in the Fast & the Furious franchise.

7.  THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – $2.27m
This Shia LaBeouf arthouse release about a young man with Downs Syndrome who travels on an adventure has been out five weeks and expanding gradually. It enters the top-10 in a softened field for the first time as it now plays on over 1,300 screens.

8.  SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK – $2.26m
The Lionsgate release has been a decent hit as it has earned more than the “Dora The Explorer” film, which opened the same week with double the budget.

9.  READY OR NOT – $2.23m
A class warfare satire packaged in a horror film this has been managing to grind out a respectable return of 4225 million on its meager 46 million budget. Critics and audiences have favored this, just not to the levels you would like to see for that much affection.

10.  DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD – $2.17m
Another indicator of how poorly this has performed is that it opened on 1,500 more screens than “Scary Stories”, and now is playing on 300 fewer screens.

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Republican Smart Set Attack Conservatives for Fighting Back Against Cancel Culture, Offer No Solutions of Their Own

The propensity for a certain sect of blue check mark Republicans to constantly attack their own side continues. They are virtuous, moral, and our betters in every way and they want you to know it all times. The latest example of this involves “cancel culture,” which is the act of using someone’s past statements against them in order to get them fired, punished in some way, or ostracized from polite society.

The left have pioneered its use for years with no mercy. For the most part, Republicans have sat on the sidelines sneering. It hasn’t worked at all. Instead, the left have only build up their offensive inventory more, with outfits like Media Matters and CNN’s KFile constantly looking for anyone on the right to destroy.

That has led many conservatives to decide that holding the left to their own standards is not only the best way to push back, but the most just way to handle the situation.

Of course, then you get stuff like this.

This is absolute nonsense and it’s typical of the kind of snark and venom directed at fellow Republicans by some of the conservative “smart set.” They rarely muster such energy when going after the left though, as you’re more likely to find them exchanging sarcastic, cutesy quips with liberals on Twitter in order to appear “above the fray.” They’ll savage you if you cross their line on an issue but are always respectful to whatever Vox reporter or CNN personality they are interacting with.

Logically, there is nothing immature about holding your opponent to the same standards they apply to you, especially when those standards themselves are not objectively immoral. You may not like it when the right exposes the bad behavior of someone on the left, but that’s not immoral. It was not immoral when Breitbart exposed a college professor for racist views, including saying white people couldn’t have opinions. Why should a school be expected to keep someone like that when he has to interact with students of all races?

Yet, some Republicans rushed to his aid. That’s the entire catalyst for the above tweet and the story written by Robby Soave at Reason. They simply don’t want you fighting back, instead preferring to sit on the sidelines and keep signaling their virtue. That’d be fine if what they were signaling was actually virtuous but politics is not religion and shouldn’t be treated as such. Morality is one thing. Disagreements on tactics are another and it’s perfectly legitimate to use the left’s own attacks against them.

The bigger problem though is that these same conservatives who scold their own side constantly about cancel culture continue to offer no solutions of their own to the issue. Why are Republicans bound to let the left continue to beat their brains in with this? What “principle” dictates that exactly?

John Ekdahl wrote a great response to all this.

What these certain conservatives are demanding is for their own side to simply allow cancel culture to overtake them. The left are not going to stop just because enough Republicans get on Twitter and scold them. Things are only accelerating now and they are only going to stop when destruction is mutually assured. By Griswold’s logic, Reagan should have gotten rid of all nuclear weapons to show the Soviets we are better than them. After all, it was really immature of him to build our weapons stockpiles, fighting fire with fire, when we could have just laid down our weapons and told the communists how bad they are. That would have been the mature, virtuous action, right? It also would have led to our destruction.

If Griswold, Soave, etc. want to keep slamming their political allies, perhaps it’s time they offer some viable solutions other than losing gracefully. There’s a serious rift on the right and I’m not sure Trump leaving the national stage sometime in the future is going to fix it. Too much has been said, too many bridges have been burned. The vast majority do not want to go back to getting beat with the Mitt Romneys of the world. That doesn’t mean everyone now has to be like Trump, as he’s certainly got flaws, but they will have to be willing to go after the left with vigor.

That’s a base requirement at this point and a select group of conservatives seem to be repulsed by even the most basic push back toward the progressive movement. They can either start figuring out ways to win within whatever behavioral worldview they hold or they can continue to go extinct as a political force. What they can’t continue to do is bash fellow conservatives for reacting reasonably while giving no alternatives of their own. That’s a quick path to irrelevancy outside of the bubble they currently inhabit.

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Liberal Gillian Anderson Lends Sympathetic Words to a Politician, Stokes the Inflamed Twitter Mob’s Fire

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On Saturday, another Hollywoodite catalyzed a Twitterfit.

X-Files star Gillian Anderson performed what turned out to be the unacceptable feat having something sort of nice to say about Margaret Thatcher — who she’s soon to play on Netflix series The Crown.

The show’s page posted a dastardly quote:

“I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of ‘The Crown’ and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman. Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era.”

And here’s how that went:

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[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/smooney11/status/1170318108738953218]

People had some pretty harsh takes on Margaret; were they mistaking her for Donald Lucifer Trump?

Select users remarked upon Margaret the Monster:

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[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/UhThisIsPatrick/status/1170404973705945090]

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[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/SpillerOfTea/status/1170386964455088128]

And perhaps most acutely, what appears to be a millennial in Austin knows enough about both Thatcher and Ronald Reagan to confirm — they’re both burning in hell:

Perhaps what we can most take away from this is: Never run for a political office.

Aside from that, even for liberal Gillian Anderson — who once took a knee for the NFL…

…and definitely for Margaret Thatcher…the rage is out there.

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