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Another Federal Judge Spits In the Face of the Supreme Court

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In this Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, photo, Texas Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, right, passes a “No Border Wall” sign during a visit to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a possible location for a border wall. O’Rourke is forsaking a safe seat in Congress and a rising-star career for the longest of odds in an attempt to unseat Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. O’Rourke says that after Donald Trump was elected president, he decided he had to do more in politics than stay put in the House. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Stop me if you’ve seen this movie before.

Another federal judge has decided that Trump building a border wall through his emergency declaration is illegal. This came from Judge David Briones, a Clinton appointee (shocked face). His reasoning is as specious as the first judge that tried this.

Another federal judge ruled against President Trump’s use of a “national emergency” declaration to divert funds for the construction of a border wall on Friday, finding the use of an emergency proclamation “unlawful” because it violated a Congressional budgeting measure from January.

“The Congressional language in the [bill] reveals Congress’s intent to limit the border barrier funding,” wrote Judge David Briones, who was appointed to the federal District Court for the Western District of Texas by former President Bill Clinton.

There’s so much wrong when you drill down into this.

First, how does El Paso County and an activist group (who are the plaintiffs here) have standing to challenge federal agencies using federal funds on federal land? The simple answer is that there’s no legal reason they have standing. Yet, this judge decided they did based on the laughable notion that El Paso County would suffer “damage to their reputation.” By such a standard, anyone could have standing in any lawsuit against the federal government. It’s just ludicrous.

The Supreme Court has already slapped down a judge earlier this summer for an equally ridiculous ruling, which bounced back and forth between the 9th circuit originally. In it, the issue of standing came up, as it was yet another activist group doing the suing. The highest court has already ruled that Trump’s use of the emergency declaration is lawful and the gyrations of this judge don’t change that.

In the end, this will make it’s way up the change and be overturned. But until Chief Justice John Roberts stops sitting on his hands, lower court judges will continue to spit in his face and gum up the judicial system with unsupported rulings such as this. Allowing this ruling to stand for even a day is an affront to our system. It’s not enough to let this spend months going through the system. The Supreme Court should immediately overrule this and then take away the ability for district court judges to make national injunctions.

Meanwhile, the wall keeps going up, whether these rogue judges like it or not.

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Blizzard Finally Breaks Its Silence on China Controversy, Too Little, Too Late

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Blizzard is finally weighing in on the controversy created in the past week when a professional tournament player of Hearthstone was suspended and had his prize money taken away for making a supportive comment on behalf of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.

The player, Chung Ng Wai, was suspended for a year and had $10,000 taken away for him. The two casters who were conducting the interview in which Chung made the remarks were also fired.

Now Blizzard is modifying the punishment somewhat, changing the year suspension of Chung to six months and giving him back the prize money. They are also changing the firing of the casters to a 6 month suspension.

Blizzard made people aware of the change in a lengthy statement.

From The Verge:

I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision,” writes J. Allen Brack, the president of Blizzard Entertainment.

“We have these rules to keep the focus on the game and on the tournament to the benefit of a global audience, and that was the only consideration in the actions we took. If this had been the opposing viewpoint delivered in the same divisive and deliberate way, we would have felt and acted the same,” he continues.

Yet Brack also says that, after evaluating the situation and listening to the community, “six months for blitzchung is more appropriate, after which time he can compete in the Hearthstone pro circuit again if he so chooses.” He goes on to say, “There is a consequence for taking the conversation away from the purpose of the event and disrupting or derailing the broadcast.” ….

“With regard to the casters, remember their purpose is to keep the event focused on the tournament. That didn’t happen here, and we are setting their suspension to six months as well.”

Brack continued, claiming they still believed in one of the company’s slogans: Every Voice Matters.

“Every Voice Matters, and we strongly encourage everyone in our community to share their viewpoints in the many places available to express themselves,” Brack writes. “However, the official broadcast needs to be about the tournament and to be a place where all are welcome. In support of that, we want to keep the official channels focused on the game.”

The problem with this statement was that immediately after the incident when people were commenting about it on their forums, they wiped out the posts of people who were critical of their actions and/or kowtowing to the Chinese. They left up the posts of those who agreed with them. At this point, very few people will believe that their actions are not related to their business relationships with the Chinese.

They’ve experienced a massive blowback, with players calling for a boycott and even employees walking out on them at their office in California. Even lawmakers have condemned their actions as anti-free speech and supporting a communist regime.

It’s unlikely this statement at this point, too little, too late, will convince people.

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Bill Maher Slams the Far Left and Their ‘Bullsh–.’ What, Then, of the Future?

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Are you tired of the far Left’s bullsh**?

Bill Maher is.

So says Bill Maher.

Bill occupies an interesting space these days — he’s most certainly a hardcore partisan Democrat, but he’s also a bit of an old-school liberal.

The effect of that combination, it appears to me, is that he’s virtually guaranteed to side with any given elected Democratic official but liable to vehemently disagree with the woker Democratic populace.

Resultantly, every now and then we find ourselves at the corner of Maher and Limbaugh — particularly where it concerns issues of free speech and political correctness.

On Friday’s episode of HBO’s Real Time, Bill welcomed guest Howard Stern — another interestingly-comprised political voice — to whom he remarked, “[Y]ou and I are the last sane people, because we’re liberals but we don’t go for all the bulls*** on the Far-left.”

Bill took particular aim at Dem 2020 hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders (of whom Elizabeth blows out of the water my above guarantee, if not for my life-saving use of the word “virtually”), saying the pair are, well, kinda nuts:

“Obviously this is a fight between two wings of the party, which is almost every election. … [T]here is a far-left which I think would be represented by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.”

So who’s Bill’s man this time around? Well, in progressive fashion, his man’s a woman: Sen. Amy Klobuchar. He called her a potential “dark horse,” given that — thanks in part to impeachment, incidentally — Joe Biden’s on his way to Outsville.

Maher told Amy, who was also a Friday guest, “There is a center in the Democrat, a center-left wing — you’re plenty liberal, you’re plenty progressive.”

Klobuchar was down with that, and she used the opportunity to throw sand on her farther-Left compadres:

“I want to win big, and if someone is looking to kick one hundred forty nine million Americans off their current health insurance in four years, then I’m not your candidate. If you want to use a bunch of hardworking people’s money to send rich people’s kids to college for free and I’m not your candidate. And just because people say ideas are bold doesn’t mean they’re bold. They may be bad.”

Ooh!

Bill also thinks Amy’s got an edge — among lots of dudes, she’s chickin’ it up. Although the host may have a different definition of  “center” than you:

“I’m saying it’s a lot easier to be on the center side of things, as Obama was, if you are not a white man. If you’re a white straight man.”

Amy may also possibly have a different kind of edge, as noted by The Daily Wire:

[S]everal former staffers reportedly told the Huffington Post that Klobuchar is prone to “bursts of cruelty” and to sending strings of abusive and belittling emails to staff in the middle of the night. Others said that Klobuchar “tasked them or their co-workers with performing personal errands, such as making her personal appointments, washing dishes at her home or picking up her dry cleaning” — duties senate staff members are prohibited from doing.

Either way, to Bill at least she’s part part of all the “bullsh**.”

But here’s a question: Nearly all the Democratic candidates are for late-term abortion; Julián Castro believes men can get pregnant and weather is racist; Beto has promised to steal America’s best-selling hunting rifle from the homes of its citizens; and Cory Booker wants to sick the Department of Justice on any church that opposes gay marriage.

If Bill’s a dedicated Democrat but intolerant of the far Left, how’s he gonna deal with the party another election cycle or two? As per his own characterization, they seem to headed intently wheels-down, full speed ahead — on the boulevard of Bullsh**.

-ALEX

 

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Chuck Todd and Other Media Refuse to Cover Questions About Hunter Biden

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Chuck Todd and some others in the media must be taking lessons from the NBA now.

The NBA thinks if they don’t hold media availabilities, the controversy over their kowtowing to the Chinese will just go away.

Todd and the others apparently think the same thing is true as to questions regarding Hunter Biden. If they don’t cover it, maybe people will just stop talking about it.

“We aren’t going to play the sound,” Todd said of President Donald Trump’s remarks about Hunter Biden during the the president’s rally in Minnesota. “We’re not going to repeat the president’s vicious attacks on Hunter Biden.”

Why? According to Todd, “whatever you thought of [Hunter Biden’s] decisions, he’s not a public figure. He isn’t running for office. And he’s not a campaign surrogate. He’s not even on the campaign trail. And he isn’t in any way asking for this attention, obviously…It’s newsworthy, but we can’t in good conscience amplify those attacks, so we wouldn’t.”

Then he really went over the slide with pomposity. “We all need to play a role in not rewarding this kind of politics. This is the job, not just the press, but of anyone who has sworn an oath to defend the Constitution.”

Someone get a shovel because it’s getting a little deep in here.

First of all, Hunter Biden isn’t 13 year old Barron Trump.

Put aside your political sides for the moment and anyone can see the proper concerns about the son of the Vice President working with a China-backed company and a Ukrainian company with government connections and getting a boatload of money in the process while his father is the point man on those two countries for the Obama administration with his hand on billions in aid. And that’s without any intervention by his father then the VP and now a presidential candidate in getting the prosecutor who was investigating his son’s firm fired by threatening to withhold aid. Or the Vice President flying Hunter to China on Air Force Two to talk with the man with whom he’s making a billion dollar deal.

As Jerry Dunleavy with the Washington Examiner observes, it’s surely just a coincidence that Todd doesn’t want to note that he, Todd, was mentioned in the Trump remarks about Hunter Biden.

Todd’s efforts to go to bat for the Bidens might be another reason that he doesn’t want to mention it to Americans.

Just as a factual matter for Todd, Joe Biden has mentioned that Hunter will indeed be joining him on the campaign trail.

Additionally, it’s surely just happenstance that this comes after a full-court press by Joe Biden to shut down any media attention to the subject of his son and his business dealings. As Jonathan Turley notes at The Hill, Hunter Biden is “he who shall remain nameless,” by edict of his father to the media.

Indeed, the Biden campaign has been remarkably open in demanding that news organizations stop airing interviews or publishing articles about the allegations. Instead of calling it “fake news” (which is virtually copyrighted by Trump), the Biden campaign calls such coverage “conspiracy theories.”

Thus, the campaign wrote to various networks, demanding that they stop airing interviews on the scandal with figures such as Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. Kate Bedingfield, deputy manager of the Biden campaign, also denounced The New York Times for publishing an op-ed by author Peter Schweizer on the controversy. The campaign apparently expected the Times and the networks to fall in line and bar others from even expressing a view.

Most recently, the campaign fired off letters to Facebook, Twitter and Google, demanding that they take down Trump ads referencing the Hunter Biden contracts. This normally would be viewed as unbridled hubris and arrogance — except that many TV news hosts are doing precisely what the campaign has demanded.

CNN and other media has tried to stop people from commenting about the Hunter question, claiming variously it’s already been investigated, there’s no evidence or that it’s all “conspiracy theories.”

To claim that questions about Hunter Biden are not legitimate is itself an illegitimate and disingenuous argument. And it’s particularly so from media who has entertained all manner of speculation and calumny about Trump and his family in regards to the Russia collusion hoax. We’re sure Todd’s position has nothing at all to do with helping the Democratic narrative with regard to questions about the Bidens. And when did journalists take an oath to defend the Constitution? Because it sure hasn’t felt like it with the way that many of them have approached the due process for the last few years and pushed their own conspiracies that have greivously injured the health of the body politic.

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Beto’s Problems are Exclusively Financial, so He Needs You to Send Him $2 Million – Pronto

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks at the Iowa Federation of Labor convention, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

 

 

On Friday, Beto O’Rourke revealed his third quarter campaign take: $4.5 million.

That was nearly a cool mil more than quarter 2.

Still, his Democratic adversaries raised more.

O’Rourke took to the webwaves for an urgent plea: Send money, pronto.

He needs this “breakthrough.” STOP.  Send cash. STOP. Blessings await. STOP.

Or maybe just stop?

No way — the punk rocker expressed optimism about the campaign’s “wonderful trajectory” and expectations of snagging California, Nevada, and Texas for the nomination.

He’s got a “path”:

“We have a path to the nomination — and through that, a path to the presidency — but at this moment we’ve got to break through. So, I need everyone’s help, doing everything that they can…to make sure that you make this commitment now. There is no later moment to do it. It must happen now if we’re going to make the most of this moment, of the momentum that we have, of this wonderful trajectory that we’re on.”

Back to that 4.5, in his race against Ted Cruz, Beto broke the record for contributions in a single quarter, making the books with $38.1 million.

Ted — who won — only raised 12, but that was still the third-highest senate fundraising for that quarter.

I’m no mathematician, but perhaps Beto’s problem isn’t cashflow.

Then again, what do I know? So he needs $2 million over the next six weeks.

“If we’re going to take this campaign to the next level and move up in the standings, we are going to need your help right now. I often say this is a critical moment for the country, and now it’s a critical moment for the campaign too.”

He’s ready to let people know him:

“We believe we have the right message. But we need a monumental amount of money this month to make sure we get on that debate stage in November, reach out to folks who don’t know us yet, pay for our ads, grow our organizing team, and all the other ingredients we need to get right so we can win this thing.”

I’m just spitballing here, but it may be that folks already know about him, and that’s why he’s at 2% — they know he’s the millionaire inheritor who’s going to seek and destroy privileged wealth (here), he’s the one who said anything less than him isn’t good enough for the country (here), he’s the guy who blamed them and their lives of “excesses” for illegal immigration and starving Central Americans (here), he’s the guy who tried to show he was like them by conspicuously changing a tire without a speck of sweat or grease and his shirt tucked in (here), and he’s the thief who’s literally promised — complete with T-shirts — to steal their hunting rifles just ’cause (here). And if he doesn’t know those are hunting rifles (here), then he’s the guy who’s too inept to find out about the very thing he’s willing to forcibly take from millions of Americans’ homes.

And, as reported by the Catholic News Agency, he’s also this guy:

On Thursday night, during and Equality Townhall hosted and broadcast on CNN, Robert Francis O’Rourke, a former congressman, was asked by CNN anchor Don Lemon if he thought that “religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities, should they lose their tax exempt status if they oppose same sex marriage?”

O’Rourke answered “yes,” and after applause and cheers from the crowd, added, “there can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us. And so, as president, we’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

Nevertheless, he insists he’s the only “candidate in this field who can compete in blue states and in red states…”

Beto’s ready to fulfill his promises.

And all he needs is $1 million for each percentage point in the polls.

He inherited millions of dollars; he married into half a billion dollars; and he raised over $40 million for a campaign that never got there. But he needs you to send him $2 mil so he can steal from you.

Politics is a very strange place.

But it looks to be good work if you can get it.

-ALEX

 

 

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NBA Has a Solution to the Controversy: No More Media Availabilities

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The NBA has been earning a lot of flack in the wake of its response to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s support of the Hong Kong protesters. The NBA then denounced Morey’s remarks saying it didn’t represent the Rockets or the NBA and Morey was forced to apologize.

That infuriated people and was widely viewed as kowtowing to China because of the NBA’s business interests with the Chinese.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver then tried to clean it up, still equivocating, but it didn’t go well, particularly after further media incidents during the week.

Fans came out to the games with “Free Hong Kong” shirts and were ejected from games. Congress then blasted the NBA for their actions.

CNN sports reporter Christina Macfarlane dared to ask Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook about the controversy during a media availability in Tokyo. She was then stopped by a team media person who wouldn’t let the players respond and they took the mic from Macfarlane. The NBA later apologized, saying that shouldn’t have happened.

The NBA also got bad attention after Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr insulted America while defending the Chinese, comparing the communists to the United States and saying we had people being mowed down by AR-15s in shopping malls, so “nobody’s perfect.”

Needless to say, neither media event played well.

So the NBA now has the solution. Are they going to cut loose bending over for the Chinese? No.

But they are going to stop having media availabilities while the teams are abroad in Asia for games, according to the Daily Wire.

On Friday, the NBA released a statement saying that allowing press to continue to ask questions put players in a “complicated” and “unfair” position.

“They [the teams] have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real time,” the statement said, according to CNN.

There is no availability for the final game with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets and there wasn’t any for the game on Thursday at the request of the Chinese government, according to CBC.

The NBA said however that this was in the interests of their players and not because the Chinese were influencing them, that the players were free to speak without retribution if they so chose.

Somehow one thinks that shutting down more media to make the Chinese happy doesn’t actually help you say that you’re not being controlled by them.

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Kentucky’s last Democratic Congressman could have his career ended by redistricting

Many members of Congress representing districts in states dominated by the opposite party are careful to pull their punches before redistricting. Not Kentucky’s Rep. John Yarmuth, (D-Louisville).

A member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Yarmuth has supported impeachment since December of 2017, and has been a big supporter of single-payer healthcare. He is also an outspoken supporter of gun control, and he has an A-rating from Planned Parenthood. Some of his behavior may just be habitual – he has always been this way – but with Kentucky Republicans in full control of the legislature for the first time ever, it might finally backfire.

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While Kentucky does have some stipulations on how congressional maps can be drawn, they mostly focus on avoiding county splits between districts. A similar map to the one above would comply with those requirements while ensuring Yarmuth’s defeat in any of the three districts that contain a portion of his native Louisville.

New district lines are drawn by the legislature every 10 years and configuring the seats to spread out Democratic voters is easily done. The lines can be vetoed by the governor, but vetoes can be overridden with a simple majority in Kentucky. If GOP Gov. Matt Bevin is reelected, that would not be an obstacle.

Since Republicans control the state legislature and the United States Supreme Court has ruled that redistricting complaints are non-justiciable in federal court, Democrats’ only resort to save Yarmuth would be to sue in Kentucky state court. However, the Kentucky Supreme Court has a conservative majority, so a lawsuit would be unlikely to succeed.

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It is also worth noting that Kentucky is just one example of where Republicans may gain seats in redistricting. The attached map illustrates where Republicans are primed to make gains after new maps are implemented. A rough estimate suggests the GOP may gain somewhere around 20-25 seats. For context, Democrats currently have an 18-seat majority in the House.

But while drawing out Yarmuth is just a question of whether the Kentucky GOP has the backbone to do it, redistricting in other states will be directly affected by elections in 2019 and 2020. The plan in future articles is to look at those elections and the possible congressional maps in states where the GOP stands to gain.

Follow @il_american on Twitter and stay tuned for more articles on redistricting.

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NSC Staffer is Revealed as Whistleblower’s Likely Informant; White House Decides to Cut NSC Staff

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On Friday, a source told Fox News that a National Security Council (NSC) staffer had spoken about Trump’s July 25th phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “multiple” people outside of the NSC, and had characterized the call as “outrageous.” This occurred before the whistleblower’s complaint had been submitted. This development had been reported to then-senior National Security Council (NSC) leadership.

According to Fox:

The development comes as Fiona Hill, a former special assistant to the president who worked on European and Russian affairs, is set to give a deposition next week. Fox News has reached out to Hill for over a week with questions about whether she helped prep for the July 25 call or received any readout of the call.

Hill departed the White House in July, after working under ex-National Security Advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton.

Separately, President Trump’s new National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien, appeared on Fox Business News’ Lou Dobbs on Thursday and said he plans to reduce the number of staff members of the National Security Council over the next 15 months to about 100 from the current level of 178. O’Brien said that the Obama administration had over 200 staffers on its NSC while the George W. Bush administration had only 100. He told Dobbs that, “It just ballooned into a massive, you know, bureaucracy…under the last administration. We want to bring it back to historic levels. We think we can be more efficient and better serve the President with that sort of a streamlined organization.”

O’Brien said the cuts would happen through attrition. He explained that “most of them are detailed from agencies, from the DOD, from various branches of the military, from the State Department.”

Considering that the most recent leak from an NSC staffer resulted in the whistleblower’s complaint which has become the basis of the Democrats’ bogus impeachment inquiry, Trump is obviously concerned.

However, a senior administration official said Friday that O’Brien’s planned staff reduction was unrelated to the leaks. That seems rather unlikely. A smaller staff would be in the administration’s best interest as it would make members a bit more accountable and leakers somewhat easier to find.

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the whistleblower’s attorneys asked lawmakers if, instead of appearing before Congress in person,  their client might answer questions in writing. So far, there has been no response.

Their source said the whistleblower’s attorneys fear that Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee would leak their client’s identity.

Several ideas have been tossed around about how to protect the whistleblower’s anonymity such as having him or her “appear remotely and using technology like voice modulation software to conceal his identity.”

Other ideas involve the use of secure rooms called Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, or SCIFs. The source said that “while those rooms are available on Capitol Hill, appearing there likely would pose additional challenges to protecting the whistleblower’s anonymity given the number of people, especially reporters, in the halls of Congress. One alternative that has been discussed is using a SCIF at an executive branch agency, people familiar with the matter said.”

Given how significantly the whistleblower’s case has unraveled over the last couple of weeks, I think we should dispense with the term “whistleblower.” Like Christine Blasey-Ford, he or she is a tool of the Democratic Party.

The Democrats’ protection of this individual stands in sharp contrast to their Stalinesque treatment of the President. Even the accused have rights in the U.S. justice system. The Confrontation Clause in the Sixth Amendment “provides that a person accused of a crime has the right to confront a witness against him or her…as well as the right to cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses.” House Democrats have accused our President of an offense that falls into the category of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” He is entitled to a defense and he deserves to confront his accuser.

 

(Relevant segment begins at 3:55.)

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Watch: Video That Shows How Unhinged The Left Has Become

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President Donald Trump held a packed rally Thursday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota and enthusiastic supporters were out in force.

About 20,000 were in the building with more outside. People even began lining up outside two days before.

But outside there were hundreds of protesters. And despite the presence of police, Trump supporters were harassed and attacked outside the venue. The police themselves were harassed, with protesters calling them “pigs” and trying to incite them. Police had to use pepper spray on some of the protesters.

We reported on attacks on Trump supporters outside of President Donald Trump’s Minnesota rally.

Now, more video has emerged. The video shows more of just how unhinged some on the left are and the scary nature of the leftist mob violence.

They chased after one man after someone called out, “There’s a Nazi over there,” attacking him as he tries to get away, smacking him.

Here’s another view of that same encounter as the man flees the mob.

Here’s the very tolerant left surrounding a man, hitting him in the head, smacking the Trump hat off his head and then stealing his hat.

Schaffer reported there were many such encounters where Trump and MAGA hats were stolen.

How unhinged are they? Well, you have to be pretty unhinged when you assault someone in the middle of a live interview.

But this shows, right here, the difference between the right and the unhinged left. The Vice interviewer was justifiably shocked. But the Trump supporter shrugs it off, continues on with the focus of the interview as the coward flees. Two of the protesters apologize for the coward, although one equates the hat with being as hateful as the spit again, showing the lack of reality even in the person who had enough sense to apologize.

Trump folks should put this in an ad and play it on a loop: this is what we are fighting against.

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Lindsey Graham Warns Trump To Listen To His Attorneys On Impeachment.

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As I wrote here earlier this week READ Trump Legal Team Hires Former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy the Trump team is getting ready for impeachment. They wisely hired former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy to help with that effort.

Another South Carolinian though had a message for Trump. Listen to Gowdy and your other lawyers.

According to Fox News

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., urged President Trump Friday to heed the advice of his legal team, especially its newest member, former Rep. Trey Gowdy.

“He brings a lot. He understands the Congress. He’s a smart lawyer but it won’t matter if the president won’t listen to him,” Graham told Brian Kilmeade.

This is sage advice from Graham to the President.

Trump has done a good job hiring people who are talented and surrounds himself with them. The President though also likes to go, rogue, and ignore the advice of these very same people. That has so far worked well for him.

In dealing with impeachment though it will not.

Whether you agree with this statement or not it is a well-known fact inside the beltway that Nancy Pelosi is a political animal. She lives and breathes this stuff on a daily basis. Remember she took the bullet with Obamacare and lost the Speakership and than hung on to her leadership post to gain the big chair 8 years later. She has shown that she is shrewd and smart and has a level of dedication most do not.

Donald Trump revels in the fact that he is not a Washington D.C. insider which is a huge plus. Trump also knows though that you have to rely on your experts in the room and your instincts. That means listen to those that know the system and how impeachment works and do what they advise.

Lindsay Graham has been in D.C. for over 20 years and knows what he is talking about. He has personally invested some political capital to help Trump succeed and seems to have an understanding with the President that other lawmakers lack.

The President would do well to listen to Sen Graham’s advice and listen to Gowdy and the others trying to derail this mess the democrats are hoisting upon the country.

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