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Democrat Aide Outs Ocasio-Cortez’s Self-Interest: “She Has No Plans to Serve the People”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during questioning at a House Oversight and Reform committee hearing on facial recognition technology in government, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likes to pretend she cares about the people she was elected by, but she consistently proves that she’s not the person she presents herself to be.

Between taking thousands of jobs away from her constituents thanks to chasing Amazon out of New York — something she’s maintained pride for — and being involved in corrupt financial practices, AOC can reasonably be viewed as a fraud. This latest story doesn’t help her image either.

According to the New York Post, calling AOC’s D.C. office doesn’t allow you to reach the office at all, and instead, you hear a message directing you to the website before another recorded voice tells you to call again before saying “goodbye.”

The New York Post reported that they called all 13 representatives in New York and got a live representative every time, with the exception of AOC’s office:

The Post called the offices of all 13 lawmakers representing New York City – even those in high-profile positions like Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler – and a real person answered the call on every occasion, in every office location, except for calls dialed to AOC’s two offices.

An anonymous Democrat aide spoke to the New York Post and exposed a hidden tidbit about AOC and her motives:

“She has no plans to serve the people. That’s why she has no constituent services operation,” one Congressional Democratic aide told The Post. “If you’re a grandma in Queens who needs help with her Medicare and you call AOC’s ‘district office’ you get a recording that tells you to visit the website instead.”

“What kind of elitist nonsense is that?” the aide said. “Shameful, it’s all shameful.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s aides said the reason for this boils down to the volume of calls the congresswoman receives, and that they use a special filtering system that prevents calls from out of state from reaching the office to better serve those who actually are in AOC’s district:

Aides to Ocasio-Cortez say the issue is call volume. Their office deployed a special phone filtering system that blocks callers without New York or DC area codes from even making it through. Such callers get a message directing them to the Bronx Democrat’s website. There’s no option to leave a message.

“With the filter on only DC and New York phone numbers can get through,” spokesman Corbin Trent told The Post, acknowledging that his out-of-state cellphone wouldn’t be able to call the main office. “When you are getting the volume of incoming that we get, the most important thing is to try to filter out some of the volume to get the people you are actually supposed to be here to work for.”

However, other lawmakers who have the same high-profile as Ocasio-Cortez don’t have this problem, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the high-profile members of “The Squad,” such as Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, both who have dominated the news cycle over the past month far more than AOC has.

The Post called AOC’s D.C. office on Monday and went through a series of hurdles before hitting the brick wall of a full message box:

On Monday when The Post called the district office, the voice of the congresswoman greeted the caller.

She goes through the options telling callers to press two “if you’re a constituent of New York’s 14th district.”

A number of options direct callers to her website – or tell reporters to email her communications team.

“For all other questions or to speak to the receptionist, please press three.”

Dialing two and dialing three sends callers to the same place. It’s to a recording of a man saying “sorry to have missed your call. We are either on the other line or away from the phone. Please leave a message after the tone.”

A female recording then says: “I’m sorry, but this mailbox is full. Please try again later.”

While there’s no doubt that AOC receives an inordinate amount of phone calls and messages, her problem isn’t the volume of calls, it’s the volume of staff. The young congresswoman has the least amount of staff when it comes to lawmakers, which is odd, given the fact that her offices are rent-free and she could easily afford them.

A lawmaker can have up to 18 full-time employees and four part-time employees at any given time. Ocasio-Cortez reportedly has 13 staff members and two paid interns.

Why she’s not spending the extra cash to employ more staff to handle the cavalcade of communications coming from Americans is an oddity, given her popularity. It’s hard not to arrive at the conclusion that she’s trying to keep as much cash as she can at the inconvenience of Americans.

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San Francisco Board ‘Sanitizes’ Language For Criminals; Hopes To Change Views About How ‘Justice-Involved’ People Are Perceived

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A number of syringes are seen in the remains of a tent city being cleared by city workers along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor’s office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

 

Once arguably the most beautiful city in the United States, San Francisco has become synonymous with homelessness and filth. But, instead of tackling the city’s soaring crime rate or taking action to address their homeless crisis, its Board of Supervisors has introduced new “sanitized” language for criminals. They believe that by adopting these changes in vocabulary, it will soften the way people feel about criminals.

I think it’s equivalent to remembering to make a mortgage payment when your house is on fire.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a “convicted felon” released from prison will now be known as a “justice-involved person” or simply as a “returning resident.” There’s a big difference between a “convicted felon” and a “returning resident” folks. Just saying.

Instead of the negative term “juvenile delinquent,” they will use the phrase, a “young person with justice system involvement” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.” As if this person was just living their life, and this random event happened to them when they weren’t looking.

Parolees and those on probation will be referred to as “a person on parole or a person under supervision” and “drug addicts or substance abusers,” will be called “people with a history of substance use.”

Board Supervisor Matt Haney explained to the newspaper, “We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done. We want them ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”

The guidelines state:

The previous words used to describe criminals only serve to obstruct and separate people from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal…Inaccurate information, unfounded assumptions, generalizations and other negative predispositions associated with justice-involved individuals create societal stigmas, attitudinal barriers and continued negative stereotypes.

The Chronicle “noted an individual whose car has been broken into could well be known to police as “a person who has come in contact with a returning resident who was involved with the justice system and who is currently under supervision with a history of substance use.”

This new language has been endorsed by the city’s district attorney, and awaits the endorsement of the Mayor, London Breed.

Stories like this help us to understand how San Francisco’s problems, particularly the city’s homelessness and surging crime rate, have spiraled out of control. The city’s leaders spend their time on these stupid, impotent measures while Rome burns.

The Board officials are only fooling themselves if they believe their decision to soften the language they use when referring to criminals will do anything to alleviate or to reverse the city’s underlying problems.

San Francisco will continue on this dangerous trajectory until the city becomes the next Baltimore.

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Reaching for 2020, Beto O’Rourke Tries to Cash In on Ben Shapiro’s Name. Shapiro Burns Him Something Fierce

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Controversial conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire and former editor-at-large of Breitbart News, addresses the student group Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Utah’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Lecture Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Shapiro uses his web-based talk show and online columns to support President Donald Trump’s policies and criticize the “self-righteous media.” (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, Pool)

 

 

On Tuesday, Beto O’Rourke’s campaign sent out a mass-email referencing conservative voice Ben Shapiro.

Its subject line was “Trump, the NRA, Ben Shapiro, and Brit Hume,” and the digital dispatch trumpeted that “Beto’s running a new kind of campaign.”

What kind would that be? “One that throws out the old political playbook and fully focuses on people. It starts with engaging everyone, everyday, everywhere — whether they’re in an early state, a deep red state, or a blue state.”

The message noted a fear among Ben, the President, and a few others — a deep concern over Democratic success. The kind of big-time victory that’s in the cards for Beto — the man who inherited millions and married into half a billion and who’s promised to rid America of the privileged elite (here).

More from the email:

They’re right to be nervous! Beto is a huge threat to the lot of them. Not just because he’s an incredible leader (and he is!) but because all of us are building a nationwide grassroots movement to take power back for the people — no matter where they live.

The Daily Wire reported that the campaign communique asked recipients for a crisp green Abe Lincoln:

If we beat Trump, it’ll be because we built the largest grassroots campaign this country has ever seen. And that all comes down to you, and what you’re willing to do. Hence the email asking you for $5.

Advice for next time: Use “when,” not “if.”

If he wins, Beto’s certainly got his work cut out for him. He can start by protecting the world from you: As he pointed out in June, you’ve starved Central Americans with your “excesses.”

And once he’s broken up all the country’s wealth (except, apparently, his own, which he’s kept), he’ll be able to move straight into fighting all y’all racists:

Molly Prince of TDW tweeted a reference to the fundraising email, and Ben Shapiro responded with a serious burn:

Yikes.

Maybe Beto prefers single percentages — like the one reflecting the wealthy upper crust he’s part of.

Well, if he doesn’t get to fix the nation’s woes, at least the dude can fix a flat:

-ALEX

 

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Bill Maher Reminds Rashida Tlaib: If You Want to Boycott Me Over BDS, You’ll Need to Boycott Your Party, Too

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., questions Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Because we must ban/boycott/punish all the things associated with upsetting Democratic Squad members like Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI), it wasn’t a big shocker that over the weekend she called for people to boycott liberal comedian/cable TV talk show host Bill Maher after he went on an epic anti-BDS rant Friday night.

To recap, Empress Tlaib was none too pleased that Maher called the BDS movement for what it was on his “Real Time” HBO program in the aftermath of the “outrage” over Israel’s Thursday decision to bar both Omar and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from entry on security grounds:

“It’s a bulls— purity test, BDS is a bulls— purity test by people who want to appear ‘woke’ but actually slept through history class,” Maher said, drawing loud cheers from the audience. “It’s predicated on this notion … I think it’s very shallow thinking that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and Palestinians are mostly brown, so they must be innocent and correct and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this ‘completely peaceful people’ found themselves occupied. Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars.”

The HBO star quoted BDS movement founder Omar Barghouti, who said, “No Palestinian — rational Palestinian, not a sellout Palestinian — will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.”

“So that’s where that comes from, this movement. Someone who doesn’t even want a Jewish state at all,” Maher told the panel. “Somehow this side never gets represented in the American media. It’s very odd.”

[…]

“I see why [Omar and Tlaib] don’t get a hero’s welcome,” he added.

“Maybe folks should boycott his show,” Tlaib tweeted Saturday about Maher. “This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa.”

Maher responded on Twitter today, and included video of the Friday night segment to reiterate his point and show he was not going to back down:

Correction: The House vote to condemn the BDS movement was 398-17. That includes 209 Democrats, which only further amplifies Maher’s point.

As I’ve written previously, I frequently disagree with Maher. He’s wrong probably 95% of the time. But on the BDS movement, he was spot on. Tlaib can continue to try and shame people on the left and right who dare to expose the poisonous anti-Semitic rhetoric she and Omar use, but that will only make those same people louder. Maher proved that today.

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The Press in Iowa Caught by Surprise they Were Participating in a Bernie Sanders Fundraiser

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Somehow something every candidate does caught journalists off guard.

The Democratic candidates have been canvassing Iowa, making a number of required stops throughout, pretending as required they are just like the normals, and eating all the required foods. During his stay in this foreign land Bernie Sanders made the attempt to stage a campaign event that would endear him to the locals.

It was recently announced that Major League Baseball will be playing a regular season game at the famed Field Of Dreams stadium, in Dubuque Iowa. This is the now famous landmark location where the titular baseball motion picture was filmed, and the Sanders campaign officials were struck with an idea to hold a softball game at the location. Not much of a problem so far; these are just the kind of photo-ops campaigns stage to get publicity, and to raise more money.

It is that last detail that emerged, much to the surprise of the journalists covering the Sanders campaign. See, it turned out the game being played for the Sanders campaign was a contest between his staffers, and members of the media on the opposing team. It was only “at the last minute”, according to Politico, that members off the CNN and ABC News organizations who were going to play in the game backed out. This was due to a fundraising email the Sanders team sent out regarding the game.

It had not dawned on these journalists that the event may be spun in some fashion as a benefit for the campaign. And apparently, the fact that they intended to raise money off of the game was the only objection these journalists had. Otherwise, their co-mingling with the candidate and his staffers was not regarded as anything approaching a conflict of interest.

This harkens back to the 2016 race, where a cadre of journalists was beaming while surrounding Hillary Clinton aboard her private plane. And the same type of sycophantic behavior is on display this campaign. For instance behold this tweet from Kim Norvell, of the DesMoines Register.

Pure happenstance, this little snapshot of Americana, eh?

 

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This reporter from Iowa with the job of covering the campaign of Elizabeth Warren, who is campaigning in Iowa, “Just Happens” to come across Liz Warren while campaigning…in Iowa. Kim is the luckiest reporter — in Iowa, on the campaign trail!

So it appears we are getting more of the same from our esteemed leaders in unbiased objective journalism. Of course ,these professionals missed that there could be an issue of propriety by joining in on an organized event with the campaign they are covering.

Why would there be an issue playing softball with a candidate after they have been lobbing softball questions at him for weeks already???

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HEADS EXPLODE: Radio Host Calls Trump “The Second Coming” of God.

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(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Ahem. Let’s start with some very basic things here.

IF you are a CHRISTian than you have only one savior whose name happens to be Jesus Christ. There is a whole book about Him in the Bible ( mostly the New Testament but some hints in the Old Testament) and His life is pretty well documented and His influence felt over the world today.

As of this writing, the Lord has not made His reappearance known. Which means the current President of the United States is not Jesus Christ. You can call me a skeptic but I’m feeling pretty good on this hot take.

Continuing on this theme, I’m pretty sure that the vast majority of those in the faith of Judaism believe they have not yet seen the messiah. I might be a bit weak on the specifics but I feel pretty good about this call also.

I’m a CHRISTian, my Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ and I want to be 100% clear on that before I continue.

Good? Good!

Now let’s get to the main event.

Now I’m going to assume that Wayne Allyn Root got a bit excited and might have used some hyperbole here in the tweets that President Trump retweeted earlier today, where Root called Trump the “Second Coming” for the Jewish people. Either that or Wayne bumped his head a bit earlier in the Nevada daylight.

Here are the tweets…

“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him….

….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..

…..all Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone. And importantly, he’s good for everyone in America who wants a job.” Wow!

If only Wayne had tweeted that last part about Trump is good for everyone who wants a job.

I doubt people in Israel think Trump is King over there but he has a better shot of that than being the Messiah. Like 100% to nothing.

I know that Donald Trump loves to promote what he is doing. That was one of the reasons he has had success over the years. If you deny that point then you are just in the emotional set that is still pissed Marco Rubio missed his chance in 2016 and you had your office in the West Wing all picked out.

This is where Trump needs to show he is joking ( the left will still blow up) over stuff like this.

Wayne is an entertaining guy but he is most famous for doing sports betting and convincing people to buy his system so you can feel good about getting beat by the spread every Sunday Night. The guy is not an expert on diety relations, because if he was he would not be referencing that the Jews thought Trump was the second coming of anything for the reasons I mentioned above.

I’m taking a guess here but part of the solid 35% that are always supporting Trump have a solid group that takes their belief in God more serious than the admiration of any elected official. There is no reason to screw with that in any way. Even if it is from a guy that lives in Sin City and can promise you his “Lock Of The Week” will make you $$$.

One last thing on this.

Heads are going to explode over the tweets above and I get that 100%. This is just a sideshow that didn’t need to happen.

The President is doing some really interesting things in regards to China. He is actually risking his Presidency by engaging in these tariffs and demanding that intellectual property theft needs to stop. He is spot-on in this regard and every administration going back to Reagan has looked the other way in dealing with China on this. This is an incredible moment and something this whole country should be behind.

Yet because of the flap caused by this, when Trump was making this point on the South Lawn before flying to Kentucky today he cracked a joke about him being the “chosen one” to take on China. Now, this important message will be lost. Tweet and video below…

Dammit, I hate it when a really good point gets lost.

So what have we learned here today?

Trump is not the messiah and not likely to be King of Israel.

If you are a CHRISTian, Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He claims the title of the Messiah.

People in Nevada named Wayne Allyn Root are great dinner guests and fun to watch a football game with but not really strong on diety assignments.

Donald Trump needs to talk THREE TIMES A DAY about what his administration is doing with China. Also, do not RT above twitter guy from Nevada unless it is the LOCK OF THE WEEK. Unless it has to do with the Detroit Lions than RT but do the opposite.

Amen.

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Trump Administration Moves To Terminate the Flores Agreement and Brain Matter Is Detected By NORAD Radars

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FILE – In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who were taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas. On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, The Associated Press has found that stories circulating on the internet that President Barack Obama did not oversee the separation of 90,000 migrant children and their parents at the U.S. border are untrue. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP)

Probably the most emotional issue in the immigration debate is how to detain minor children apprehended with alleged parents. If they were American citizens and arrested the answer would be amazingly simple. The kids would go into foster care until the custodial parent was released. No one would really care about the separation of parent and child. But because we are dealing with illegal immigrants and there is a perfect storm of Trump-hate bringing together people who want open borders and people who despise and oppose Trump as part of “muh principles,” what should be a fairly routine action has been inflated into what we’re supposed to believe is a national scandal.

Central to that political fight is something known as the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA).

The FSA, which is a consent decree between the US Justice Department and a class of plaintiffs lead by Jenny Lisette Flores, requires the government to hold minor detained illegals in the least restrictive setting. In Flores’s case, she had been held in a detention facility with adults of both sexes. The consent decree was never intended to be permanent but our black-robed overloards have seen it differently.

…The law actually requires that these people be detained under most circumstances and does not place a time constraint on the detention, nor does it make exceptions for children. The constraint on holding children in certain facilities emanated from a court settlement that began in the 1980s and crystalized in 1997 as a temporary arrangement until 45 days after government promulgates a permanent regulation defining the parameters of the holding facilities for children along safe and sanitary guidelines laid out in the settlement.

Until now, courts have lawlessly “legislated” a 20-day deadline for holding children without such certified facilities or else they have to be released. Moreover, Judge Dana Sabraw created a new edict last year contrary to law that children can’t be released alone once they come with an adult and that the adult must be released with them. Thus, the expansion of Flores and Sabraw’s ruling spawned the worst period of migration in our history, where primarily one adult would come with one child, the perfect scam.

Last night, the White House revealed–in a scoop to The Daily Caller–that the administration would roll out a rule change to eliminate the FSA.

The Trump administration is seeking to terminate the Flores settlement, an immigration-related court order that prevents most migrant family units from being held in detention centers for more than 20 days, the Daily Caller has learned.

Eliminating the Flores settlement would allow the U.S. government to hold migrant children and their families indefinitely while they await court proceedings. The 1997 Flores v. Reno decision by the Supreme Court laid out specific conditions under which unaccompanied migrant children could be held in detention, and was later expanded to place time restrictions on the detention of migrant children accompanied by family members.

The new rule is expected to be rolled out during a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press conference on Wednesday morning.

“The Administration is closing one of the legal loopholes that has allowed human traffickers and smugglers to exploit our vulnerabilities at the southern border,” a senior administration official told the Daily Caller. “President Trump has made it clear that he’s going to secure America’s border at all cost and this rule plays a vital role in the strategy to restore the integrity to our immigration system and our national security.”

Now it is official

(Read the whole press release)

The left’s outrage meter is pegged in the red zone:

In a stunning escalation, the Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will abrogate a decades-old legal agreement in order to indefinitely detain immigrant families.

The proposed termination of what’s known as the Flores agreement is President Donald Trump’s most aggressive—and most legally suspect—attempt to circumvent legal protections for undocumented children since his disastrous “zero-tolerance” policy resulted in the separation of thousands of immigrant families.

This rule fulfills the requirements of Flores by agreeing that detention facilities will not be restrictive. In theory, this should be case closed. In reality, because the overseeing judge is in lawfare country in the Ninth Circuit, it will inevitably be delayed by court action. Ultimately, I believe the administration will prevail because the FSA really just requires the government to hold unaccompanied minors in the least restrictive setting and the various time limits are simply imposed by judges acting outside their authority but who have been kowtowed to by this an other administrations because of lack of imagination.

Daniel Horowitz, who is never quite happy with anything, points out the costs of this abrogation of authority on the part of the executive branch dating back to the Clinton Administration (if you want some real outrage dialed up to 11, give the link a click).

It’s truly difficult to overstate the evil that expanded Flores has done to our security, our fiscal solvency, and Latin American children. By creating a huge market incentive to exploit children for mass migration by adults, it has:

Indeed, even if the wave were to end today, we will likely be seeing the effects of the crime wave and fiscal cost for years to come.

But to gauge the significance of this you only have to look at the people who oppose it:

Love the butthurt in this thread

If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions then our judiciary has constructed a 98-lane superhighway with a downhill 60-degree grade heading straight into the Ninth Circle and let the open borders advocates and corrupt judges fuel the car with nitromethane and hit the accelerator. Walking away from the FSA will not be quick and it will not be a panacea but it is at least an attempt to pop the drogue chute.

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President Trump Says No To Universal Background Checks

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In the immediate aftermath of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump unsettled some on the right by seeming to endorse so-called “universal background checks” for gun purchases.

President Trump traveled to hospitals in Texas and Ohio Wednesday to console victims recovering from mass shootings that left 31 dead, and he pledged to advance gun control legislation, declaring himself “all in favor” of expanded background checks.

Mr. Trump told reporters earlier in the day that he is working with congressional leaders in both parties on legislation focusing on more background checks for firearms purchases.

“There is a great appetite for background checks,” Mr. Trump said at the White House. “I’m looking to do background checks. I think background checks are important.”

This is pretty much what he said after the Parkland shooting (details on that are in Bonchie’s CNN’s S.E. Cupp Shows Us That Those Screaming the Loudest About Conservative “Principles” Rarely Have Any). And we all know what became of that. Be that as it may, there were calls of “betrayal” and vows to not vote for him in 2020.

By last, Trump had started to back away from the idea. The first hint was in the Wall Street Journal:

While the president is vacationing at his golf course in New Jersey, White House officials began meeting this week with congressional staff in a bid to find areas of compromise.

“It’s very simple: There’s nobody that is more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, ” Mr. Trump told reporters Tuesday before departing for a speech in Pennsylvania. “But I don’t want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac, and I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that.”

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son who often speaks with his father about his views on gun laws, has raised concerns about both red-flag legislation and about tightening background checks, according to people familiar with the matter.

This was mocked in the failing group blog, Salon, but the one thing we know for certain about Trump’s decisionmaking process is that he trusts very, very few people and the few he does trust have enormous influence.

By yesterday morning, the Washington Post was reporting that background checks didn’t seem all that likely, in fact the article is sort of a monument to invective masquerading as reporting:

On Monday, Democratic leaders said they viewed Trump’s shifting posture as a sign that he was never serious about leading a push to tighten gun laws.

“We’ve seen this movie before: President Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA and the hard-right,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. “These retreats from President Trump are not only disappointing but also heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence.”

And by last night, the Post headline read Trump tells NRA chief that universal background checks are off the table.

President Trump talked Tuesday with National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre and assured him that universal background checks were off the table, according to several people familiar with the call.

Trump told LaPierre that the White House remained interested in proposals that would address weapons getting into the hands of the mentally ill, including the possibility of backing so-called “red flag” laws that would allow the police to temporarily confiscate guns from people who have been shown to be a danger to themselves or others.

Nonetheless, the president’s conversation with LaPierre, which was first reported by the Atlantic, further reduced hopes that major new gun-safety measures will be enacted after the latest round of mass shootings.

My prediction is that the Red Flag law that is being discussed either goes nowhere either because the more we learn about how they work the scarier they become.

There are a couple of big lessons here.

President Trump has an annoying and often counterproductive habit of thinking out loud. One should not mistake what he says in any non-teleprompter moment as an indication of what he will end up doing.

While Trump has manifest weaknesses, one he doesn’t have, and one which ran riot inside the Bush White House, is a willingness to sell out his supporters to try to curry favor with people who will always hate him. If, at any time, he here’s that siren song of bipartisan agreement on commonsense gun laws, Donald Trump, Jr., will be there to pull him back to reality.

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‘Unplanned’ Star Teams with Pro-Life Group to Help Mothers in Need, & Her Personal Connection Goes Well Beyond the Movie

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Actress Ashley Bratcher has a new mission: to help mothers facing unplanned pregnancies.

The star of the Left-derided film Unplanned has teamed with Heartbeat International in the creation of an educational scholarship.

The Unplanned Movie Scholarship fund is now accepting donations, and it vows to provide expectant moms in need a $5,000 annual supplement to their education.

The description reads as follows on the initiative’s official website:

While plans may shift when the unexpected happens, it doesn’t mean that dreams need to stop completely. Inspired by her role as Abby Johnson in the movie Unplanned, Ashley Bratcher is partnering with Heartbeat International, the largest pregnancy help network in the world, to offer moms facing unplanned pregnancies educational scholarships so that they can continue pursuing their dreams while raising their babies.

We will honor these brave women who chose life with a $5,000 annual scholarship to put toward their education. By encouraging positive choices, we can literally transform families and communities.

Thus serves as a reminder, I suppose, that even Hollywood is comprised of diversity of thought.

As covered by RedState’s Sarah Lee Wednesday, actress-turned-benevolent-bullhorn Alyssa Milano recently expressed gratitude for all she has — thanks to her two previous abortions:

“I would not have my children [Elizabeth, 4, and son Milo, 7] — my beautiful, perfect, loving, kind and inquisitive children who have a mother who was so very, very ready for them. I would not have my career. I would not have the ability or platform I use to fight against oppression with all my heart. I would never have met my amazing husband, David, whose steadfast and immeasurable love for me sustains me through these terrifying times.”

From the scholarship site, by contrast:

Help us support mothers as they go to school so they can provide more for their families and make responsible choices that will impact not only their lives, but the lives of their little ones.

On the homepage, Ashley recounts reaction to the pro-life film, which was hit with an ‘R’ rating by the MPAA (here), threatened with banning in Canada, and whose account was canceled by Twitter (here):

After the release of Unplanned, I received an overwhelming number of messages from women who had been touched by the film. Some described the sacrifices they made in choosing life, and some were currently facing unplanned pregnancies that they feared would interfere with completing or attending college. It was then that I realized the need to reverse the negative stigma surrounding unplanned pregnancies.

The response inspired her:

I wanted to be a part of empowering mothers to chase their dreams and to provide a means for those who chose life to continue their educations.

I hope that the Unplanned Movie Scholarship will not only empower mothers seeking to continue to their education but that it will also spread awareness for the thousands of Heartbeat affiliate pregnancy resource centers across the world. So many women do not realize the resources and support that is available to them and this is an opportunity to show them that they’re not alone.

[Heartbeat International] and I share a common goal: to reach and change hearts through love and compassion. We invite you to join us!

The actress has an especially personal connection to the issue, aside from her involvement with the movie: Not long ago, she received a startling revelation — she herself was almost aborted.

Her mother explained to her:

“I need to tell you something that I’ve never told you before. I was going to abort you. I was at the clinic sitting on the table when the nurse, who was very pregnant, came in to talk to me. I felt sick. I couldn’t do it. I got up and walked out … and I chose you.”

Ashley recalled the above to Fox & Friends, prior to the film’s release.

“I’m grateful that God, through His providence, planted me here to tell my story,” she told the show. “And that I have the privilege of sharing this film with the world.”

Now she’s sharing something more: The opportunity for women in crisis to make better lives for themselves. And for their children.

-ALEX

 

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Prepare for More Cranial Combustion: Jon Voight Declares Trump ‘the Greatest President of This Century’

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In May, Oscar-winning actor and dad to Angelina Jolie surely made some noggins combust when he proclaimed Donald J. Trump “the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln” (see here).

Well, brace for more blowout.

In a video posted to Twitter Monday, Mr. Voight took aim at “the radical Left” and their far-from-tolerant disposition before giving the President yet another title: the greatest president of this century.

“This is not peace,” he says in the clip. “This is not love. This is hate among the radical Left.”

Jon explains that “no amount of ‘book smart’ will show the given policy of what truth stands for. Truth is a powerful emotion.” Furthermore, he says, “Love is what we should be voting for.”

The actor expounds further on that whole “hate” idea:

“[T]his is war among the Left. They have hate. It’s like a venom. No words of God, no words of love, but a radical emotion of hate.”

He also praises the Commander-in-Chief for his stance in defense of Israel:

“I’ve said this many times, and I’m saying it again: From the deep truths of my heart and soul, President Trump is a man of truths, love, and justice for the American people. And also for the people of a sacred place — Israel.”

Trump certainly hasn’t shied away from defending the tiny and threatened Middle Eastern nation. He did so again on the White House lawn Wednesday, with a 2020 tie-in:

“In my opinion, the Democrats have gone very far away from Israel, I cannot understand how they can do that. They don’t want to fund Israel. They want to take away foreign aid to Israel. They want to do a lot of bad things to Israel. In my opinion, you vote for a Democrat, you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.”

“Not only does [the President] love our country, the United States of America,” Jon notes, “but he has a love for the people of all nations.”

In closing, the Ray Donovan star asks for prayer for the Leader of the Free World as he wishes for clarity and a change of heart within those who detest him:

“Let us pray for peace. Let us pray for this country, that President Trump will take on four more years of his strength, devotion, knowledge of truths. And all that doubt and who have extreme hate and anger toward President Trump, may they be shown differently, that President Trump is the greatest president of this century. Let us take a stand for liberty and justice for all. God bless.”

Given the climate of Tinseltown, personally, I find Jon Voight’s perpetually outspoken endorsement of The Donald remarkable. If you think you and I are aware of Hollywood’s left-wing lean, how much more so must be a man who’s appeared in 98 productions starting in 1963?

But he isn’t wavering with his support.

Also unfaltering is his hope — for the United States and for the world.

-ALEX

 

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