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Ilhan Omar Responds to Criticism of Her Maduro Support Exactly As You’d Expect

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Yesterday, I wrote a piece on Marco Rubio criticizing Ilhan Omar’s nonsensical take on Venezuela, namely that she thinks the U.S. is responsible for the economic collapse (narrator: it’s not) and that Venezuelans are better off without regime change (narrator: they aren’t).

Here’s a refresher on what she said.

“This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States,” Omar said on the progressive television program.

Rubio slammed her as unintelligent and embarrassing.

VP Mike Pence also responded to Omar’s crazy comments.

I’ll give you one guess what Omar’s response was.

Ok, time’s up.

You see, it’s not that Pence and Rubio are rightly calling out how wrong she was in her Maduro supporting rant about sanctions, it’s that everyone criticizing her is RACIST! (in my best Tucker Carlson voice).

The “women of color” canard is the favorite deflection by Omar, AOC, and Tlaib. Anytime anyone points out how ill-informed they are, they throw it out there. Accusing someone of racism in our society has taken the place of rational debate.

What’s perhaps sadder than Omar’s response are those pretending it’s clever and factual. If you scroll through the responses to her tweet above, you’ll see hundreds of people insisting that a 4 month House member with no expertise in anything is the one who actually knows what she’s talking about. Never mind that she’s factually wrong, she checks the inter-sectional and political boxes and must be defended at all costs.

I sure hope the saying that Twitter isn’t real life holds true in this instance because if it doesn’t and these people vote, we are in trouble. There was a time when both sides of the political aisle would largely agree that a socialist dictator like Maduro should be opposed, even if just diplomatically. Unfortunately, we no longer live in that time.

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Hunter Biden’s Chinese Investment Fund Has Large Stake in Face++; Company Sells Mobile Phone App Which Allows Government To Spy on the Country’s Muslims

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Hunter Biden’s overseas business ventures are becoming a problem for his father’s nascent presidential campaign. In addition to Joe Biden’s having to deal with his son’s shady business dealings in Ukraine, it was just reported that Hunter Biden’s Chinese Investment Fund, Bohai Harvest, has purchased a large stake in Face++ Cognitive Services. The company specializes in facial recognition technology. The company manufactures “a mobile phone app built by the Chinese government to introduce a mass surveillance state and spy on its citizens.”

The app is used by the Chinese government “to spy on Muslims in China’s western province of Xinjiang, where an estimated 1 million Muslims are held in “re-education” camps.” This technology “provides authorities access to data that shows personal information such as their religious activity, blood type and usage of utilities.”

Human Rights Watch recently released a disturbing report about how the government uses the app. The group wrote:

Since late 2016, the Chinese government has subjected the 13 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang to mass arbitrary detention, forced political indoctrination, restrictions on movement, and religious oppression. Credible estimates indicate that under this heightened repression, up to one million people are being held in “political education” camps. The government’s “Strike Hard Campaign against Violent Terrorism” has turned Xinjiang into one of China’s major centers for using innovative technologies for social control.

According to a review of Chinese business filings by The Intercept, due to the way Bohai Harvest is structured (it networks with a number of other funds), Hunter Biden enjoys “close proximity to influential Chinese government and business figures which has made him an influential businessman in China.

It was reported several days ago by Dick Morris in The Western Journal that Hunter Biden accompanied his father on a December 2013 official visit to China. Shortly after their return, the Bank of China invested $1.5 billion in Hunter’s hedge fund, Rosemont Seneca Partners.

There is no question that Hunter Biden has benefitted financially from his father’s vice presidency.

Perhaps that might explain Biden’s reluctance to criticize China.

At a rally this week, Joe Biden downplayed the threat China poses to the U.S. either economically or militarily. He said, “China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man! The fact that they have this great division between the China Sea and the mountains in the East — I mean in the West. They can’t figure out how they’re going to deal with the corruption that exists within the system. They’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what, they’re not competition for us.”

Trump called Biden’s comments naive. “For somebody to be so naive, and say China’s not a problem – if Biden actually said that, that’s a very dumb statement.”

Well, then again, Biden is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

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Leaked Transcript of Loretta Lynch’s Testimony On Pre-Exoneration Tarmac Meeting With Bill Clinton Shows He Was ‘Strangely Eager’ to Speak to Her

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Real Clear Investigation’s Eric Felten obtained a copy of the still unreleased transcript of then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Congressional testimony about her infamous tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton.

On the evening of Monday, June 27, 2016, between 7 and 8 pm, Clinton made his way onto Lynch’s private plane which had recently landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Four days later, on Friday, July 1st, Hillary Clinton was interviewed by FBI agents for 3 1/2 hours about her use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

The following Tuesday, July 5th, then-FBI Director James Comey held a press conference during which he recounted Hillary Clinton’s many violations of the law, before making the stunning announcement that he was clearing the former first lady of wrongdoing.

Testifying under oath in a closed-door hearing on December 19, 2018 before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, Lynch answered questions about her encounter with Clinton.

Felten describes it as “both perplexing and preposterous, a story that defies innocent explanation.”

The day after their meeting, a reporter questioned Lynch about what she and Bill Clinton had discussed the previous evening. She replied, “Our conversation was a great deal about his grandchildren… It was primarily social, there was no discussion of any matter pending for the [Justice] department or any matter pending for any other body.”

According to Felten, the reality was quite different than the answer she gave to the press. He reported:

The meeting she described to lawmakers was a forced and awkward encounter in which Bill Clinton was strangely eager to meet with her, so eager that he made it up the stairs and onto her plane without being invited. And once aboard, he simply could not be persuaded to leave, chatting and chatting and chatting, strangely oblivious to Lynch’s repeated hints he had overstayed his welcome.

Although spokespeople for the Attorney General tried to characterize it as a “chance” meeting, “it was anything but.”

Lynch had just touched down in Phoenix ahead of a meeting scheduled for the next day at a local police station.

During her testimony, Lynch “explained there was a standard protocol for getting everyone off the plane. They would always deplane in a series, “security detail first, my staff [next], and then I would leave and go immediately to the car. Security exited, then the staff, all as per normal.”

She told lawmakers that, as she and her husband “walked to the door, the head of my security detail came to me and said: ‘Ma’am, I’ve been informed that former President Clinton is also at the airfield and would like to say hello.’” Seconds later,  “former President Clinton was standing in the doorway of the plane.”

Felten reported:

He proceeded to work the room (or perhaps we should say the fuselage). After a cursory hello to Lynch and her husband, Clinton greeted her “security detail officer, shook his hand, and then stepped toward the back of the plane” where there “were two members of the flight crew.” Clinton lavished them with attention. According to the former AG’s congressional interview, Clinton “said hello to them, shook their hand, spent about five minutes talking with both of those two individuals.”

Finally, he approached Lynch and her husband. She said, “I sort of reintroduced him to my husband. Clinton spoke with him for several minutes, asked about our trip, asked about our flight…I congratulated him on their new grandchild. And we were standing up, and he turned and said, thank you very much, and started talking about that. Asked my husband if we had children. They began talking about children and kids.”

She said that lasted for “maybe eight or nine minutes, a little under 10 minutes” and added “it was the only real conversation I’ve ever had with him.”

Investigators asked Lynch what else they had spoken about. “Well, he asked what brought me to Phoenix. He asked how my travels were, and I mentioned looking forward to seeing the police department. He also asked had I been traveling a lot. I mentioned that I had just gotten back from China but had cut that trip short to come back and go down to Florida because of the Pulse Nightclub shooting…And that was probably the extent, the largest part of my conversation with him.”

Lynch said she tried several times to make a gracious exit. “And at one point, I said: Well, you know, thank you very much. It’s lovely seeing you. We have to move on…He made a comment about where he was headed to next and started talking about his next location. He finished that anecdote. I don’t recall what it was about.”

She tried again to end the conversation. “And I, again, said: Well, you know, thank you very much. It’s been nice seeing you. You know, we have to move on. But he continued chatting. He continued talking.”

Judiciary Committee majority staffer Zach Somers asked her, “Was he doing anything campaign-related that was part of that discussion?”

She responded, “He didn’t share that with me. He said he had been playing golf.”

The temperature in Phoenix had reached a mid-day high of 110 degrees that day.

Felten spoke to Christopher Sign, the reporter who broke the story. Sign said, “To this day I have never found a single person who claims or corroborates any story that Bill Clinton played golf on this particular trip. I feel strongly the former president did not play golf on this visit.”

According to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Bill Clinton was in Phoenix to “attend several campaign fundraisers.”

Lynch again told Clinton that they had to move on. “Clinton said he was moving on someplace as well. And I don’t recall if he was going to West Virginia, but somehow he ended up talking about West Virginia. And he had sort of an anecdote about West Virginia coal mining that was sort of a historical issue. It wasn’t something that I was familiar with.”

“And we were talking about, again, moving on. And at one point a staffer of mine came on the plane to get me. And at that point the president was — Mr. Clinton was then talking about Brexit. He was saying that either he had been reading an article about Brexit, and he made a reference — he quoted something that had been in The Times — The New York Times, I should say — about Brexit when my staffer was stepping on to the plane.”

Lynch was asked if she had ever thought to herself, “Maybe I shouldn’t have this conversation”?

She answered, “As we — as his conversation continued, I just felt that the conversation was continuing for too long. And I thought that not only did we need to move on, he didn’t seem to have any particular purpose in talking to me, you know, there was nothing specific he seemed to want to say. And after you exchange pleasantries, really people typically go on about their days, or about their evenings in this case…The conversation went on too long…As we were leaving I felt that it was — it certainly was going to raise a potential issue in the appearance of how the case was being handled.”

Felten’s take:

How much of an issue? James Comey was FBI director at the time of the tarmac meeting. Much later — just two days before Lynch’s closed door testimony on Capitol Hill — Comey gave his own private congressional interview. He claimed to have been so troubled by the Lynch/Clinton get-together that he considered calling for a special counsel to investigate. But, he decided a special counsel wasn’t necessary. Which left him in the position to usurp from Lynch, with his July 5, 2016 press conference, the decision of whether or not to prosecute Hillary.

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Lynch was not lying to Congress. If so, it seems to have dawned on her rather late that Clinton had compromised her, had put her in a jam. What if that’s exactly what he set out to do? It would explain the ex-president’s otherwise inexplicable behavior — how one of the great glad-handers of all time leapt onto a plane in order to bore everyone to death. He was anything but clueless; he was demonstrating to the attorney general that he could cause her real trouble, and could do so with cheerful impunity. He didn’t have to make heavy-handed threats or otherwise put himself at risk of an obstruction of justice charge. No, all he had to do was darken the airplane doorway and prattle on with seeming obliviousness about grandkids, travel plans, coal mining, golf, and Brexit.

In the wake of that bravura performance, Lynch had to convene working groups to determine whether she needed to recuse herself from the Hillary probe. She would untimately decide against recusal, but said she would accept the decision of career staff and the FBI on whether to prosecute.

What a mess. And what a splendidly innocent way of causing mayhem and conveying menace. Give Bill Clinton his due — the man is no amateur.

This theory has a lot of merit. The entire visit last approximately 20 minutes. He spoke to Lynch and her husband for under ten minutes. It would likely take longer than that to transition from small talk to “please go easy on Hillary,” especially with someone he had never had a proper conversation with.

In addition, Lynch’s husband was present which made him a potential witness. If he had been speaking to Lynch alone, anything he said could be later denied.

It’s also possible that Clinton had intended to speak to Lynch about Hillary’s case, but his plan was foiled once he learned she was accompanied by her husband.

Clinton is a smart man. He is also a devious, calculating man. Would he risk his reputation or his wife’s presidential campaign by asking the Attorney General to clear Hillary? Probably not.

Would he manipulate a situation and try to put an influential person into a difficult situation if it served his purposes? Sure, he would. Bill Clinton has spent a lifetime perfecting his skills. He is the master of the game.

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BREAKING: Plane Skids Off Runway in Jacksonville into Water; All on Board Rescued

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It was a terrifying situation with a thankfully happy ending in Jacksonville, Florida tonight, when a Boeing 737 skidded off a runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville into the St. John’s River. All 136 passengers and 7 crew members on board have been safely rescued with no fatalities.

The plane was apparently attempting to land when it skidded and ended up in the water. Fortunately for those on the plane, the water was shallow and the plane was never submerged.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to the scene, along with Jacksonville Fire Department, and assisted with the rescue. The JSO official twitter account posted the good news that “[e]very person is alive and accounted for.” There were two minor injuries reported.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry confirmed the successful rescue of all on board and asked for prayers while first responders did their work. Curry also noted that teams were working to contain any potentially spilled jet fuel.

The plane was a charter flight that departed from the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba earlier tonight. The accident occurred around 9:40 pm ET.

Local CNN affiliate WJXT reported the following information from flight tracking service Flight Aware about the plane’s travels today:

  • Departed Naval Station Norfolk around 5:30 a.m. and landed at NAS Jacksonville around 7:20 a.m.
  • Departed NAS Jacksonville around 3 p.m. and landed in Guantanamo Bay around 5:30 p.m.
  • The departed Guantanamo bay around 7:30 p.m. and was attempting to land at NAS Jacksonville around 9:30 p.m.

This is a breaking news story and still developing.

Photo by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. 

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Americans to Democrats: Accept Mueller’s Findings and Move On

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The recently released Harvard/Harris poll has some bad news for Democrats, chief among them that they seem tired of the circus surrounding the Mueller investigation.

According to The Hill, the poll shows that a majority of Americans feel that the Democrats need to accept what Mueller found in his investigation into President Donald Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia to interfere in the 2016 elections, or that he was guilty of obstruction of justice.

Moreover, over half of Americans believe that political bias played a role in the investigation in the first place:

Sixty-four percent of voters said Democrats should accept Mueller’s findings and move on without launching any new Russia probes, though 61 percent said they support a special counsel being appointed to investigate the origins of the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign. Fifty-five percent said they believe bias played a role in the FBI launching its investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

The poll also detailed that two-thirds of Americans aren’t in favor of impeachment proceedings against Trump, further driving the point home that the Democrats are not going to oust Trump through criminal charges.

As Sister Toldja highlighted earlier, the tables may soon be turning as calls for investigations into the origins of the Mueller investigation are gaining steam, including a recent one from Vice-President Mike Pence.

Both Sens. Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham have blocked resolutions for the Mueller investigation to be made public until communications between the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign are also made available. Democrats have so far refused to allow that to happen.

Attorney General William Barr recently said that he does believe the 2016 Trump campaign was spied on and vowed to conduct a thorough review of all available information.

“I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016,” Barr said during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing. “A lot of this has already been investigated and a substantial portion that’s being investigated is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the department.”

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Lindsey Graham Tells Mueller to Put Up or Shut Up

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Sen. Lindsey Graham doesn’t play games anymore and he’s not doing so in regards to Robert Mueller’s antics.

As we found out this week, Mueller sent a whiny letter to Barr, where he insinuated Barr had not provided proper context for his findings. When pressed on it though, he folded and admitted nothing Barr had said was inaccurate. In the end, Mueller blamed the media for misrepresenting the findings.

Buried in the Post report and absent from the headline is this pretty important line way down in the body.

“When Barr pressed him whether he thought Barr’s letter was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not, but felt that the media coverage of the letter was misinterpreting the investigation, officials said.”

In other words, Barr pushed back on Mueller’s silly complaints and got him to admit that Barr hadn’t misrepresented anything. Then we see Mueller fold and say he’s actually just upset with the media for misrepresenting the matter.

That hasn’t stopped the media and Democrats from losing their minds over it and continuing to assert that Barr is lying. Some have even called for him to be thrown in jail.

Well, Graham has a solution to that. He’s asking Mueller directly to put up or shut up about Barr and his report.

In response to questions by Senator Blumenthal, the Attorney General testified in essence that you told him in a phone call that you did not challenge the accuracy of the Attorney General’s summary of your report’s principal conclusions, but rather you wanted more of the report, particularly the executive summaries concerning obstruction of justice, to be released promptly. In particular, Attorney General Barr testified that you believed media coverage of your investigation was unfair without the public release of those summaries.

Please inform the Committee if you would like to provide testimony regarding any misrepresentation by the Attorney General of the substance of that phone call.

This is what it looks like to call someone’s bluff. Enough silence and enough hiding.

What will happen now is that Mueller will come back and say that Barr’s characterization was accurate, Democrats will be really sad, and we’ll move onto the next faux outrage. Barr is way too smart to have lied about anything interaction with Mueller. In fact, I’d guess he’s got the whole thing recorded and memorialized just in case the former special counsel tries anything. If you’ve watched Barr work in his testimony before Congress, it’s clear he’s not a guy you screw with.

Good on Graham for not letting this simmer and instead going right to the source to demand answers. Now the pressure is placed on Mueller to stop cowering and start talking. Once he does, there will be noway to obfuscate from reality, although CNN, et al will certainly try.

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OOF! Polls Show Voters Aren’t With Democrats On Impeachment Proceedings

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Everything is coming up Trump right now, and a new Harvard/Harris poll is throwing a few more reasons onto the pile of reasons Democrats should feel like they’re on the losing end of things.

According to The Hill, two-thirds of Americans are opposed to the idea of carrying out impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Democrats seem almost split, while a minuscule amount of Republicans would like to see impeachment proceedings push forward. Independents in favor of impeachment are a minority as well:

The latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey found that 65 percent of respondents oppose impeachment proceedings. A majority of Democrats polled, 56 percent, support impeachment, however, only 32 percent of independents and 14 percent of Republicans are in favor.

“It seems that impeachment is over as a real threat to the Trump presidency, though the base of the Democratic Party remains energized on the issue,” noted Harvard CAPS/Harris polling director Mark Penn. “Overall though, the voters want Democrats to get back to issues over investigations and they may pay a price for not listening to them.”

The poll also indicated that when it came to the Mueller investigations, most believe it’s time for the nation to move on from the idea that Trump colluded with anyone according to The Hill:

A majority of respondents, 58 percent, said it’s time to turn the page on the Russia investigations, including 60 percent of independents, although two-thirds of Democrats want to see further investigations.

With no reason to impeach Trump, it would seem voters are done with the Democrats throwing around the concept of kicking Trump out of office through legal proceedings.

If Democrats are smart, they will take these cues and drop the idea that Trump is a criminal. However, it would appear that many are still having a hard time letting go.

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Socialism Fail: Ocasio-Cortez Is Dodging Questions About Maduro and Venezuela

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New York’s democratic socialist Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has made it very clear that she loves the idea of socialism, and wants it implemented in the United States as soon as yesterday. However, one strong argument against her wishes is the desolation of Venezuela as overseen by the socialist leader Nicholas Maduro.

Suffice to say, with all the turmoil currently happening in Venezuela, Ocasio-Cortez isn’t too keen on talking about the unofficial Venezuelan leader.

On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez was asked if interim president Juan Guaido or Maduro was Venezuela’s rightful leader by National Review’s John McCormack. Instead of answering the question, Ocasio-Cortez kicked the can to her party’s leadership, saying that she would rather defer to them.

The socialist who speaks constantly suddenly has nothing to say.

The inability to denounce Maduro is clue enough to what Ocasio-Cortez thinks, but this isn’t the first time she’s attempting to tip-toe around the issue. We can also see her dodging the question when she reacted when President Donald Trump first reacted to the news that Guaido had been officially made Venezuelan’s leader.

Back in January, AOC made it seem as if she was taking a cautious approach to figuring out what’s going on in Venezuela. It would have seemed like a wise move if she wasn’t known for speaking out on subjects she doesn’t know about with great speed.

For Ocasio-Cortez, she told the Daily Caller News Foundation that she found the crisis in Venzuela “concerning,” but quickly shifted the attention to Trump’s recognition of the legitimately elected leader of Guaido as “non-democratic.”

“Our office is monitoring it closely. I think that, you know, the humanitarian crisis is extremely concerning but, you know, when we use non-Democratic means to determine leadership, that’s also concerning, as well,” Ocasio-Cortez told the DCNF. “So, we’re figuring out our response and making sure that we center the people of Venezuela first and foremost.”

Maduro and his socialist regime have done so much damage to the country’s economy that such everyday items as toilet paper, baby formula, and other products we would consider mundane almost unfindable. In fact, so destitute are many of Venezuela’s communities that they’re now transporting their sick and injured to hospitals in dump trucks.

Condemning Maduro should not be a difficult task, but for a socialist, Maduro’s failures and the failures of socialism could easily be theirs. Avoiding speaking about it is the best move they have.

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only socialist refusing to speak about Venezuela. Some news outlets have been trying to get Sen. Bernie Sanders to speak on it for years, and he too does his best to dodge it.

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WATCH: Sen. Tillis Makes Hilarious Point About Chicken Choices in Slamming Unhinged Rep. Cohen’s KFC Stunt

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Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) speaks on the Senate floor. Screen grab via C-SPAN.

As my Red State colleague Bonchie wrote yesterday, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9) thought he’d get cute by bringing a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken to a House Judiciary hearing yesterday in retaliation for Attorney General William Barr’s refusal to comply with House Democrats and their dog and pony show.

The obvious point during the “hearing” was to insinuate Barr was a “chicken.” Cohen later referred to Barr as “Chicken Barr” during interviews.

In response, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to slam Cohen’s stunt for the political theater that it was. He also questioned Cohen’s choice of KFC (bolded emphasis added):

“What this really boils down to is theater, some of it almost to the level of comedy. Let me give you an example of what I mean. There was a House hearing today. I’m about to put up a picture that actually was on CSPAN, that actually occurred in a house hearing,” Tillis said as part of his floor speech.

“You tell me whether or not the chair of this committee is actually serious about this subject when you’ve got a guy eating fried chicken in place of where they wanted Attorney General Barr to be.

“This guy didn’t have even have good enough sense to have Bojangles’ chicken.

“They’ve got, the chair and others, letting him have that kind of theater in a House committee room. Really? Can you honestly say you’re serious about this or is this like a circus and a political tool because you lost? You wanted the president to be guilty. You wanted to prove he obstructed. I get that. A lot of it was a political exercise.”

Watch Tillis’s speech below:

As I’ve written before, Bojangles is just pure delicious southern fried chicken goodness.

Cohen, in not bringing a Bojangles family variety feast box instead of a KFC bucket definitively proved he was not worth listening to (not that he had been before that, anyway).

Heh.

According to McClatchy: “There is a Bojangles’ in the bottom of Union Station, abut a mile from the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Bojangles, to their credit, responded with a bipartisan invitation for both Tillis and Cohen:

A fried chicken summit! I’m down with that. Just make sure not to forget the sweet tea.

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Mainstream Media Lunacy: Now CNN Is Calling Louis Farrakhan Far Right

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The left-leaning mainstream media is doing its best to craft a narrative around antisemitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan that would convince people that the Nation of Islam leader is right-leaning.

As Joe Cunningham previously covered, Farrkhan was labeled a member of the alt-right by the Washington Post. While no one but the alt-right is out to defend the alt-right, the media oftentimes uses the term to paint anyone to the right of Ocasio-Cortez as “alt-right.”

Most importantly, however, Farrakhan is a died in the wool leftist as mentioned by Newsbusters:

Farrakhan is most known for his anti-Semitic views as well as being a popular ally to high-profile Democrats. He was most recently seated between black Democrat leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson at Aretha Franklin’s funeral. Farrakhan famously met and took photos with then-Senator Obama in 2005. The right, unlike the left, has always condemned Farrakhan, but he’s been embraced by Democrat politicians numerous times over the years as well as Democrat celebrities, who even as recent as today spoke out against Farrakhan being banned from social media.

The Washington Post wisely walked it back and issued a correction.

Despite all that controversy, however, CNN was apparently not paying attention, and instead of remembering the definition of “insanity,” they embraced the old maxim of “if at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

New Day host Alisyn Camerota decided On Friday to try her hand in painting Farrkhan as an alt-right figure, as pointed out by Newsbusters.

“So Facebook is banning several far-right extremists from its services because it considers them dangerous,” reported Camerota. “This includes the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Also banned, Paul Nehlen, an anti-Semite who ran unsuccessfully for Congress, along with fringe personalities, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, and Paul Joseph Watson.”

This is why CNN continues to lag behind other news organizations, and its viewers are outnumbered by witches and people who own chickens.

Yes, you’re more likely to run into a witch than a CNN viewer. That is not hyperbole.

 

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