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Winners And Losers In The Democratic Debate (Part One)

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In a contest between Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Tim Ryan, John Delaney, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Marianne Williamson, Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, and John Hickenlooper, there was a lot of talking, a lot of responding, and a lot of… actual debating. These ten candidates met on the stage for the first of two nights of debating, and with CNN as host, it was quite the show.

The expected match-up of the night was Bernie Sanders versus Elizabeth Warren, but it turned into a free-for-all as Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, and Don Lemon did their best to put candidates on the record not just on their own statements, but in response to the statements of other candidates. CNN’s panel did a good job of getting the candidates to confront their differences with each other, making it good television and a good policy debate.

But, with all the debating and the arguing and the questioning, there were some candidates who set themselves apart. Both in good ways and in bad.

As a reminder, this is not a “Winners And Losers” analysis based on

The Winners: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson

This was billed as Comrade Sanders against Chief Grand Cherokee, but Sanders and Warren instead spent their time tag-teaming against the lesser creatures sharing the stage with them. Warren, for her part, struggled to begin with. She tried to shoehorn in an anecdote in two separate questions, resulting in the audience laughing and her snapping at them in response, saying “It’s not funny!” However, she regained our footing but didn’t really explore any new ground here. She played it pretty safe with her usual talking points without being incredibly controversial.

Sanders, however, didn’t care about taking swings and offending people. He defended Medicare For All to the death against Tim Ryan and John Delaney (the latter getting murdered in the process), and hit back against several other candidates with ferocity. Also unlike Warren, Sanders wasn’t a one-note guy. Warren went back to the trough again and again on the “The Rich Run The Country” mantra. Sanders, for what it’s worth, did talk actual policy at times and had actual ideas (whether we agree with them or not).

However, there is no doubt in my mind that Marianne Williamson is the clear winner of the night. Her job as a lower-tier candidate was to get herself recognized. She had to fight the odds and the lack of screen time that the other two winners had, and she had to stand out. She got legitimate applause, she had the most memorable lines, and she was in every way the charismatic candidate Donald Trump was in the Republican primary. Saying that what happened in Flint wouldn’t happen in Grosse Pointe and that the country is suffering from a “dark psychic force” resonated more than any other line during the debate. As of right now, I fully expect her to see a surge from this debate and make it to the next one.

The Losers: John Delaney, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg

John Delaney was murdered on stage tonight. Bernie Sanders beat the living hell out of him, and Elizabeth Warren went in for the kill. If the Democratic Party would listen to John Delaney and Tim Ryan, they would have a better shot against Trump in 2020, but he spoke far too much sense and the progressive wing of the candidates will have none of it.

Pete Buttigieg had the most potential going into the debate, but he just hasn’t lived up to it. He ducked and dodged conflict and did not really seem to stand up for anything when challenged. It was a major letdown if you were a Buttigieg fan, because he was eclipsed by others – especially Marianne Williamson.

Beto O’Rourke? Honestly, I wasn’t sure he was still running, and after this debate I still don’t know if he’s still running. He talked an awful lot about his time spent traveling Texas to be a U.S. Senate, completely ignoring the fact that he lost that race to someone who, frankly, is nowhere near as popular as he used to be. O’Rourke still seems to think that all the press he got in that race will translate over to this race. It hasn’t, and it won’t.

The Also-Rans: Steve Bullock, Amy Klobuchar, Tim Ryan, John Hickenlooper

Of the four who were also on the stage, the only one who had a great performance was Tim Ryan. However, like Delaney, Ryan is far too moderate and far too critical of the progressive left to ever get a shot at the nomination. He was smart on the right issues and, if I were a Democrat, I’d take a closer look at him. He is probably the most effective moderate the primary has, which makes him all the more likely to get nowhere close to the nomination.

Of the remaining three, none of them did anything special. Worse than losing was not being recognizable, which is exactly what they were. Steve Bullock fought his way to this debate, only to ensure it would be his only one. Hickenlooper is somewhere between Ryan and Sanders, but is so awkward about it that I half-expected him to look off-stage during an answer and shout “LINE!” because he’d forgotten what to say. Klobuchar was worse than bad – she was forgettable. She had stale answers, a boring demeanor, and tried to force a depressing anecdote into her closing statement. It did nothing to boost her already low profile. At one point, she had to pay herself a compliment because no one else (especially her staff?) would be giving her one.

One thing I do want to say is that, despite how we normally discuss CNN here, I have got to hand it to them for the way they handled the rules of the debate. The time limits were well-moderated and the politicians were asked repeatedly to clarify answers they dodged. It was a better production than the NBC-run debates, and there was a lot more substance to be had.

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Trump Just Got Another Win In Court, Democrat Party Lawsuit Is Dismissed With Prejudice

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President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ridiculous lawsuits have become the norm during the Trump era in regards to targeting a Presidential administration. Just a few weeks ago, a judge threw out a lawsuit brought by various activists alleging that Trump was violating the emoluments clause.

While there are still quite a few outstanding, another frivolous lawsuit bit the dust today and this one was filed directly by the Democratic party.

By being dismissed with prejudice, it makes any possibility of an appeal extremely unlikely. In other words, the judge is letting the DNC know their lawsuit was garbage and never should have been brought. The idea that Trump could be sued for the actions of someone else, of which we still have little evidence showing exactly who it was, is crazy on its face.

The judge did stop short of sanctioning the DNC’s legal team, but that’s a peripheral matter.

Even this Clinton appointed judge understands how terrible the reasoning of the DNC was. By their telling, Trump was liable for sharing publicly available information and Wikileaks was liable for releasing it in the first place.

Both of those are insane contentions given the broadness of the 1st amendment. Had the DNC gotten their way here, every single time a newspaper publishes any leaked materials, they could be sued. While the press should be responsible for publishing clearly false, defamatory information, no one should want to live in a society where you can be sued for simply sharing information. It smacks of the illiberal moves New Zealand made after the Christchurch shooting.

In the end, Trump gets another win over the litigious nonsense he’s had to deal with since assuming office. That has to count for something.

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LIVE BLOG: Second Democrat Debate (Part A)

Helloooooo Red State! Welcome to the Live Blog of the Democrat Primary Debates; Round 2, Part A. My name is Mike Ford, one of your Front Page Contributors and I’ll be your host. Tonight we’ve gathered several Red State Front Page Writers to comment live as the Democrat debate proceeds. This allows us to have multiple sets of eyes & ears as we assess this event and make predictions.

As always, your eyes & ears and YOUR comments on the debate are critically important. Red State cannot succeed without engagement from you.

What’s a political debate without a contest? As we know, “racism” is the singular Democrat issue, especially since they can’t win on substance. In the comments section below, I’ve started a “number of times race/racism is mentioned” thread and announced my number. If you want to play, post your number below mine in the same thread. At 8:15PM, I’ll close the thread and tally votes/picks. As soon as possible after the debate, I’ll announce the winner.

Remember, we aren’t like the left. We are Happy Warriors because we know we are the good guys. The debate begins at 8:00PM. Feel free to chime in beforehand with predictions, commentary or just general levity. Have fun!

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7:58 – Brad Slager: CNN is not even operating on the pretense of objectivity tonight; good like finding a conservative voice on any of their panels. I heard a number of those in seats saying “We” while describing Democrats.

7:46- Brad Slager: DNC Chair Tom Perez doing his best Microsoft Software rollout speech. He sounded angry, while praising the Democrats for their accomplishments — including THEY landed a man on the Moon?!?!

7:51PM-Mike Ford: DNC Chair, Tom Perez understands what’s at stake…”No matter what, we need to elect a Democrat.” Republicans, especially the RINOs and never-Trumpers, need to understand this simple concept. Even the CNN pundits get it.

7:45PM-Mike Ford:“We believe in Baltimore!” Really??

7:43PM-Mike Ford: Only meme from DNC Chair that MIGHT work: DEMOCRAT for President.

7:31PM-Mike Ford: Contest is now open. See comments section.

7:30PM-Mike Ford: Live Blog is now open. Welcome!

7:28PM-Mike Ford: Candidates arrive on stage

7:20PM-Mike Ford: Richard Trumpka now speaking. How out of synch is he with his rank and file. “Mother wonders when great economy will reach her paycheck.” His rank and file are already getting that benefit. Government isn’t taking as much of it

7:20PM-Mike Ford: Michigan Governor is opening speaker. She says that the path to the Presidency is through Michigan…and makes sure to talk about their roads.

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AOC Gives Crazy Interview on Israel and White Supremacy

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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)

Someone on her media team might want to reign her in a bit because this isn’t a good look.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decided to sit down with a morning today show called “Ebro in the Morning,” because what could possibly go wrong? In the interview, the host naturally brings up Israel and this leads to some very ill-informed and ridiculous statements from the young Congresswoman. Perhaps worse though is what she explicitly voices agreement with in regards to the host’s words.

Transcript via The Washington Examiner. We’ll start slow.

“Now you look around the globe and you have multiple corrupt governments working together — you’ve got Israel, you’ve got America, you’ve got Russia, you’ve got the Saudis, right — all working in concert. And I bring up Israel because you’ve been vocal about Palestine, the occupation and what needs to go on there. And specifically, I even think people in Israel are trying to get Netanyahu as well,” the host said.

“I agree, I agree with that,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.

I love how out of all the awful governments on earth, this host chooses to equate the United States and Israel with Russia and the Saudis. And on what planet are the Russians working together with America? Our working relationship is essentially nil right now and it’s at it’s lowest point in decades.

Despite the idiocy of that statement, AOC jumps it to say “I agree with that,” probably not even being lucid enough to understand the logical fallacies that were just presented to her.

Then things got weird.

The host continued, “There’s a lot of young Jewish people that I know that are absolutely against the occupation and I wanted you, because often on this program, we have the freedom to address the fact that something that you know people, it’s an oxymoron, how do you have white supremacist Jews? How do you have people like Stephen Miller? How do you have these individuals who are legit aligning with racism and white supremacy, but they’re Jewish and it’s something that most people can’t wrap their brains around. But it’s a real thing and what’s going on with Israel and Palestine, while it’s very deep, it is very, very criminal. It is very, very unjust.”

“Absolutely, and I think to where we’re at as a country when it comes to Israel-Palestine is very much a generational thing. I think that when we start looking at it through that lens, a lot of this stuff starts to make sense. It’s like what you’re talking about, young Jews in Israel are sick of this.”

What the host is trying to say is clear because this is not a discussion about immigration or the United States. It’s completely about Israel and he’s positing that if you don’t support the Palestinian cause that you are a white supremacist. He even ties the two ideas together neatly by talking about “what’s going on with Israel and Palestine” directly after saying some Jews are white supremacists. It’d be ridiculous gaslighting to suggest otherwise, although I’m sure some will try.

And what does AOC do? She offers her support again for his point of view. “Absolutely” she says, agreeing with the idea that some Jews are white supremacists and that the Israeli government is run by such people in a criminal fashion.

This was bad enough that even Seth Mandel, who’s entire brand is taking a contrarian approach to most right wing complaints in politics, agreed this was bad.

Other parts of the interview also veered into stupidity. Namely, the ranting about the “occupation.” These people still don’t realize that Israel pulled out of Gaza over a decade ago. That area is completely run by Hamas, who were elected by the Palestinians.

Yet, she goes on to blame a lack of clean water on Israel, despite the fact that the only reason Gaza is somewhat livable is by the actions of the Israelis to provide them infrastructure and medical care. At one point in the interview, AOC also says the Palestinians have no choice but the riot, which sounds pretty much like an endorsement of the violence they are perpetrating.

Even past the veiled anti-Semitism, AOC’s pure ignorance of the actual Israeli-Palestinian conflict in this interview is enough to make it noteworthy.

Of course, no one outside of right wing media will mention all this because AOC is a Democrat and part of the protected class. But perhaps continuing to expose her and her gross ideology will eventually lead to more people turning against it? One can hope.

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She Persisted: Nikki Haley Blasts Twitter User Who Accused Her of Hiding Behind Her Race

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Haley, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, weighed in on the Trump vs. Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD) controversy on Twitter earlier today, and suggested that instead of throwing around allegations of racism, those complaining about Trump’s remarks should take him up on his offer of help:

As I noted in a prior post, Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young (D) came pretty close to accepting the offer Monday. In a response to Trump, Young did not dispute conditions on the ground in his city, instead saying that Trump should stop “childishly” tweeting about the issue and send federal assistance instead.

Young, however, has been the only Democrat I’ve seen so far who has indicated he wants and would accept the help.

Haley, an Indian-American, received a ton of hate in the comments to her tweet from bigoted leftists who still can’t believe after all this time that she had the nerve to become a Republican instead of a Democrat who just uncritically toes the liberal line on feminism and race issues.

One particular troll got her attention by snidely claiming she was hiding behind her race. Here’s the context and how she responded:

This did not sit well with Haley, who proceeded to lower the boom:

The Twitter user attempted to double down later in response but Haley had already proved her point about him and moved on.

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Look What Baltimore City Leaders Did In Six Hours; Imagine What They Could Do With Some Direction

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Within a week of the infamous Unite the Right rally in August of 2017, Baltimore’s leaders executed their plan to remove the city’s four confederate monuments and they did so literally overnight. Crews worked from 11:30 pm through 5:30 am one night and the statues were gone.

Eliminating the statues was obviously a priority for them and they made short work of it. So, why can’t they apply that same initiative toward improving conditions in their city?

Republican strategist and activist Kimberly Klacik joined Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday night. Ingraham asked her why Democrats are “doubling down on failure?”

Klacik replied, “Honestly, it’s because they don’t know how to address it.”

She hit the nail on the head. They don’t know how to address it.

Baltimore’s problems have become too big for city officials to handle. Aside from the rampant corruption the city’s politicians have become known for, conditions in the city have deteriorated to such a shocking degree that local leaders don’t even know where to begin the task of cleaning up. They need a blueprint.

Imagine if President Trump were to turn Baltimore into a test city. Baltimore is now a city in decline. But, with the proper amount of capital and planning, it can be turned around.

Directing federal funds to the city’s politicians has been tried before and did not work. The city had little to show for itself after receiving $1.8 billion from Obama’s 2009 stimulus package.

I propose that any new government spending be administered by a team of HUD employees who are trained in and familiar with urban renewal. This group would focus on the revitalization of the city and would work with the local politicians and planners to implement the changes that need to take place.

The venture would be overseen by Dr. Ben Carson, HUD’s current secretary. Carson’s personal interest in the city is well-known and such a project would be dear to his heart.

For nearly 30 years, he performed pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital which is located in Baltimore. He spoke to Tucker Carlson last night and said, when his patients who lived in East Baltimore were ready to go home, it was a real dilemma for him. These children would return to apartments which were filthy and “infested with rats and cockroaches and tics and mold and lead and I didn’t want to send them back.”

During those years, Carson was involved with projects to help the city and he has continued his work. He spoke well of Rep. Elijah Cummings and told Carlson that earlier in the day, he asked President Trump if “he would be willing to work with Cummings to bring some relief to the people of Baltimore. He said he would be happy to.”

If Trump were to work with Cummings on turning the city around, the results could be a triple win.

First, this would be a win for the city of Baltimore.

Second, if the project brought about any meaningful change to the city, Trump would benefit politically. It would help him gain support among blacks. Voters would see him as willing to work across the aisle. And Elijah Cummings’ constituents would have to wonder what he’s been doing in Washington for the past 23 years.

Finally, if the Baltimore “experiment” works, it could be repeated in other U.S. cities. Detroit comes to mind.

As the city’s leaders proved when they removed the confederate statues in six hours two years ago, they know how to get things done when they want to. From the interviews of Baltimoreans on television, it’s clear that they love their city and they’re sad about what it’s become. What could be more exciting to both leaders and residents than taking back the city they love?

And what a triumph for the President if he were to initiate it.

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New Poll Tests 2020 Trump-Democrat Matchups and the Results May Surprise You

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The political sphere has spent the last four days arguing about whether Donald Trump is a racist simply because he criticized Baltimore and Elijah Cummings. As per the normal rules, a Republican is never allowed to bring up the squalor within a Democrat member’s district and the President obviously isn’t much for the rules of politics.

If you only pay attention to the mainstream media, you’d think Trump was on the edge of total defeat, a mere shell of himself wilting under the barrage of Washington Post editorials saying the same thing over and over. Even on the right, we’ve gotten the usual suspects in the smart set assuring us that Trump’s highlighting of Baltimore was political mistake.

A new poll is pushing back on that conventional wisdom though. Emerson polled a series of head to head matchups. Unlike many other polls going right now, this one is done with registered voters (which will later be supplanted by likely voters) instead of just the general adult population.

The results against Biden and Sanders actually track with what we’ve seen for a while, although the Biden margin is much lower than other polls. Biden, because of his credibly (deserved or not) with mid-west Democrats, has always represented the largest threat to the President’s reelection. As for Sanders, for whatever reason, he appeals to working class voters who otherwise would vote for Trump. If you’ll recall in 2016, Trump pulled about 10% of Sanders voters on election night.

What’s most interesting about this poll is that Trump is tied or beating Warren and Harris. That does buck the conventional wisdom we constantly hear in the press. Harris is described as ascendant, even though there’s little evidence of that. Warren is constantly described as smart and ambitious, with a “plan” for everything.

Yet, the public aren’t necessarily buying it.

This can be explained mostly by their combination of radical policy positions coupled with just being plain unlikable. Warren is easily the shrillest person in the Democratic field. Listening to her screech through policy is like nails on a chalkboard. Harris doesn’t suffer from this and has a much better delivery, yet she’s constantly stumbling and flip-flopping. It makes her seem inauthentic and too much like a calculating political.

I’ve said for a while that either Harris or Warren would be the best matchup for Trump if we are picking from the top tier. There are actually some people in the lower tiers that I believe would fair far better in a general election.

A few last comments about this poll. Notice the numbers breakdown to an even 100%. That’s because they didn’t include the useless “undecided” option that other polls use. The truth is, no one is truly undecided right now. That’s not say some small subset couldn’t be swayed, but we learn much more when people are forced to make a decision.

Another thing to note is that this poll took place after Trump’s Baltimore comments. They seemed to have had no effect on his support. That should be a lesson to those who are positive their view of traditional politics is correct. If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that thinking only inside the box is a sure way to end up with egg on your face again.

If you take anything from this poll though, it should be this. The mainstream media simply don’t impact things nearly as much as they’d like you to believe they do. Most of the country are tuning them out. They do not have the ability to take down Donald Trump no matter how much they scream and yell. Remember that the next time they start another outrage cycle.

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Ted Cruz Provides the Humor Break We All Need in Hilarious Quip About Why He Grew His Beard

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As Red State‘s Brandon Morse wrote earlier today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was besieged at LAX over the weekend by loud protesters who oppose his anti-open borders stance. Cruz remained unfazed, even smiling and laughing as he posed for pictures while the organized mob yelled at him in the background.

That humor carried over into today, when the Senator noticed a news report about how Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) had decided to grow a beard so people would stop confusing him for his twin brother and 2020 presidential candidate Julian:

Reporters were thrown off by the pair at last month’s Democratic presidential debate in Miami, when the brothers entered the media room afterward in similar suits.

And at a candidates’ forum in April, organizers mistakenly used a photo of Joaquin.

Julian took it in stride, saying it was OK because his brother is “better-looking.”

But Joaquin has come up with a solution to the hairy situation: He’s growing a beard.

“I hadn’t shaved in, like, five days, and I thought I’ll just go ahead and grow it, you know?” Joaquin, who reps the San Antonio area, told The Post.

Cruz responded to the report by saying he understood the frequent mix-ups, because he grew a beard to stop being confused with Kevin Malone from “The Office” series:

Twitter users got a big kick out of the quip and responded:

Here’s the video that .gif came from:

Of course, there was a Grayson Allen reference:

And a Zodiac killer reference:

Brandon even got in on the fun:

There have been other instances of Ted Cruz look-alikes written about on the Internet, which you can scroll through here.

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Attorney General Barr Starts A Crack Down On the Illegal Alien Amnesty Racket

Yesterday, Attorney General Bill Barr continued building upon the worthy legacy of Jeff Sessions in the issue of immigration law. While I might have had my doubts about Sessions’s abilities on the whole–I thought he was way, way too invested in fighting the states on marijuana laws, too much in search of positive affirmation from the Justice bureaucracy to really crack the whip, and a total p***y in dealing with the Russia hoax–he was a staunch warrior on the issue of immigration. This is how he was described in The New Yorker after he resigned:

But, as the Trump Administration adopted increasingly draconian policies, it became clear that, for Sessions, orchestrating the most systematic and wide-reaching assault on immigrants in modern history was well worth enduring near-constant humiliations from the President. As the government’s top lawyer, Sessions was responsible for, among other things, cancelling daca, spurring family separations, trying to defund sanctuary cities, dismantling the asylum system, reshaping the immigration courts, and retooling multiple travel bans. To the extent that the President has styled himself as an anti-immigration crusader, it’s with a script written entirely by Sessions.

These policies have moved ahead, though, due to a concerted campaign of lawfare, with fits and starts. The most significant reform made by Sessions was to remind immigration judges that they were executive branch employees and not some ersatz form of Article III judges. Significantly, Sessions broke tradition and assumed his legal authority to rule on immigration cases of his choosing. It was through this authority that Sessions cracked down on the use of “domestic violence” as a reason for awarding asylum (this is now in federal court even though the law clearly says federal courts have no role in interpreting immigration policy).

Barr hasn’t been a shrinking violet. He issued an order, now the subject of a lawsuit, that prevented illegals applying for asylum from automatically being granted bail. Now he’s taken another shot at the whole illegal immigration complex.

Attorney General William Barr is moving to cut off asylum for people whose claims are based on being related to persecuted family members in the Trump administration’s latest effort to restrict who is eligible to seek refugee status in the U.S.

Mr. Barr overturned a decision on Monday from the Board of Immigration Appeals, which had ruled that a Mexican man could apply for asylum on the basis of his father being targeted by a Mexican cartel.

Federal law gives the attorney general the authority to overrule the immigration appeals board’s decisions. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people Monday’s ruling could affect.

Asylum eligibility usually hinges on whether people are afraid to return to their country of origin because they face persecution on the basis of factors such as race, religion, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

Membership in a family, Mr. Barr said, didn’t count as membership in a social group that might make the Mexican man eligible for asylum.

“An applicant must establish that his specific family group is defined with sufficient particularity and is socially distinct in his society,” Mr. Barr said. “In the ordinary case, a family group will not meet that standard, because it will not have the kind of identifying characteristics that render the family socially distinct within the society in question.”
This is so reasonable one wonders about the intelligence of the people on the Board of Immigration Appeals. If a family relationship to someone who is allegedly being threatened by criminals becomes the standard for asylum, you don’t have to be a very deep thinker so see how this ends. First off, what is the kinship relationship that allows this? Offspring? Cousins, Nephews and nieces? How many removals of cousins? What would be the process for adjudicating this. This is how Barr phrased it:

While the Board has recognized certain clans and subclans as ‘particular social groups,’ most nuclear families are not inherently socially distinct and therefore do not qualify as ‘particular social groups.

Further, as almost every alien is a member of a family of some kind, categorically recognizing families as particular social groups would render virtually every alien a member of a particular social group. There is no evidence that Congress intended the term ‘particular social group’ to cast so wide a net.

I’m sure this is headed for court. And I’m sure that a tame judge will be found to issue an injunction. When it reaches the Supreme Court, it will be upheld. The only fly in the ointment here is the fate of the Trump administration in November 2020. If President Trump wins, we’ll have locked in a solid body of immigration law to protect our borders. If we have a President Harris or Buttigieg, then all of this will have been for naught.

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I Need to Complain About the Lion King Remake

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I argued with myself about writing about this seeing as how I’m a bit late to the party and it’s been reviewed and criticized over and over again, but I feel like if I don’t get this out I’m going to explode.

I saw the latest entry in Disney’s attempt at reviving its past glory by making everything a “live-action” remix of the original. I want to treat my take on it here like a compliment sandwich. The only problem is that the very well made and enticing bread is holding in what I can only describe as a mess of three-day-old compost.

The movie wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t at all good either.

Let’s start with the good. The movie really shows off the extent of Disney’s abilities with CGI. There was so much attention to detail that I couldn’t tell what was CGI and wasn’t if they used real elements in the movie at all. In fact, they call it a “live-action” remake, but it’s mostly all CGI and we’re okay with them calling it “live-action” because it really does look like it. I was blown away by the littlest things like the waving of the grass and trees, the way the wind played with feathers of birds on the wing, and the way water splashed and soaked things when it was run through.

With that out of the way, I need to list why this movie had me leaving the theatre feeling melancholy, and I’m using that word specifically. I left sad.

I remember going to see The Lion King when I was around 10 and thinking I had just seen Disney’s greatest accomplishment. Not only was the animation stunning, but the African inspired music took me to the setting faster than any supersonic jet could, and the rid wasn’t just comfortable, it was exciting. The first moment that sun rose and the man came in with that drawn-out “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba” I was stunned and enraptured. 

Fast forward to now and I’m waiting for that amazing moment when the sun rose and the song began. The movie opens with an African setting with the sun still down. It’s peaceful and serene, and then it happens. The sun pops up and the music starts…and I laughed out loud. The sun pops up almost comically and the timing of the song takes you by surprise as if both the sun and the song were late and making a comedic entrance.

That was my first step back into the world of The Lion King and it wasn’t a good start. The laughter wasn’t mirthful. I was involuntarily laughing at something, not with it. Sadly this would define a lot of the rest of the movie for me. Many iconic moments from the film would find me somewhere between disappointed and ambivalent.

One example is the death of Mufasa, which is supposed to be a heart-wrenching moment in the movie. While it still produces feelings of sadness, none of it hits home like it did in the original. Even my fiance, who tends to feel emotions far better than I do, didn’t shed a tear. One of the main reasons was easy to deduce.

I felt like the characters didn’t care.

Sure they sounded sad, but for a photo-realistic movie with lions that have a concept of feudalism and existential crises, we can include a touch of facial animation to help carry emotion. Simba had the same look on his face during the trauma of trying to reawaken his dead father as he did when he was happily playing with Nala. It so removed me from the moment that I became detached from what should have been an affecting scene.

Facial expressions carry a lot of weight in a scene, and they just left these behind in favor of “realism.” You could easily still have the photo-realistic animals and still have human-esque facial expressions. I know this because they did it well in The Jungle Book remake.

Here’s a super-cut of some of the animations within The Jungle Book. Notice how the animals still maintain a realism to them while still expressing human emotion. A subtle lift or furrow of the brow here, a slight upturn of the mouth there. Emotion is translated without taking you out of the feeling that you’re looking at wild animals.

The Lion King fails to do this and results in a removal from the emotional weight of what the characters are going through. This was described perfectly by David Ehlrich of IndieWire:

Most often, the animation is just bland in a way that saps the characters of their personalities. Scar used to be a Shakespearian villain brimming with catty rage and closeted frustration; now, he’s just a lion who sounds like Chiwetel Ejiofor. Simba used to be a sleek upstart whose regal heritage was tempered by youthful insecurity; now he’s just a lion who sounds like Donald Glover.

Speaking of the voice-acting, it’s very hit or miss. I’m a fan of Donald Glover and I think he does everything he touches well, be it music or comedy. Here, however, I felt like Glover was somewhat flat. Like he tried to be there, but just couldn’t quite hit the mark.

Mathew Broderick, the original Simba, brought so much personality to the character that Glover had an uphill battle ahead of him, to begin with. However, there was a sort of detachment there that made me divest from the character. I’d like to chalk that up to the lack of expressive animations, but both James Earl Jones’s reprisal of Mufasa and Seth Rogan’s Pumba were incredible.

I get the impression that Glover wasn’t playing Simba, he was playing Glover playing Simba.

You felt this way for a few of the characters, especially Scar and the hyenas, but the largest character letdown, however, was Rafiki the baboon.

Robert Guillaume’s performance as 1994’s Rafiki is one of the most underrated voice acting performances cinema ever produced. Not only did Guillaume’s Rafiki really deliver a character you never forget, but he also added subtle habits and sounds to his voice that made you truly believe you were watching a baboon talk despite it being a toon.

Watch this interaction between Guillaume and Broderick during a scene that teaches a lesson that has stuck with me since I was a kid. Bonus: listen to the powerful music once Simba realizes who he is and what he must do. A superb scene all around.

The footage hasn’t been clipped from the 2019 version as of yet, but I can tell you that the scene from the recent version is like looking at a shadow of the real thing. This is in part because Rafiki has been neutered.

Despite the fact that Rafiki is considered a secondary character, the baboon acts as the connections between the old and the new, and when he moves, the movie moves with him. When he got excited, you felt it too. When he went to go find Simba personally, you felt like you were watching the agents of Heaven move to realign the players of Earth.

In 2019, however, Rafiki felt less. John Kani delivers Rafiki’s lines with a quarter of the personality of Guillaume, and the character feels like a Rafiki cut with water. For instance, 94′ Rafiki is known as something of a mystic who can deduce events from far away by means we don’t understand. The Rafiki of 2019 has lost that magical part of him.

The scene where he finds out Simba is alive is a perfect example of this. In 1994, Rafiki finds out Simba is alive by pondering debris in a turtle shell after receiving it from the wind. In 2019, he finds out Simba is alive because Simba’s hair was brought to him via ants, who got it from a dung beetle, who got it from a giraffe’s poop.

This loss of magic takes away from the potency of the discovery and epicness of the events that transpire. It goes from being a moment of fate to a moment of happenstance. We’re supposed to be in a world of talking lions and Kings, yet we’re consistently pulled back from the edge with attempts at “realism.”

Pardon the quality but watch the two scenes side by side and see which scene carries the emotion, excitement, and possibilities with it. Pay attention to the musical ambiance that acts as a storyteller all on its own as well as Rafiki’s reactions.

This article is already overlong. I could go into how Scar used to be a clever and devious villain of great magnitude but only comes off now as a flat villain who never grew out of his moody teenage phase, but I’ll wrap it up.

I said earlier in the article that I walked away feeling sad and I want to explain that now that I’ve laid out some details that I didn’t like.

This movie, at least to me, felt like Disney was trying to give me something it thought I and my generation wanted. It tried to deliver our childhood back to us but now in a more mature format. Personally, I didn’t want that at all. I don’t need a more realistic or mature Lion King. I’m happy with, and cherish, the one I got when I was ten.

And I know this movie was for the adults who grew up on the original Lion King despite it being a family film. So many moments and jokes were targeted at people like me that called back to the original, usually in fourth-wall-breaking moments by Timone and Pumba who practically acknowledge that the audience has seen this movie before.

My age has nothing to do with my love of the mystical and fantastical. I’ll watch family movies as a man as enthusiastically, if not more so than I did when I was young. I love the idea of a lion talking to a meercat about the quality of bugs, or a wise baboon teaching a young king an important life lesson. This doesn’t need to be mixed with so much realism that the magic begins to feel hollow.

It made me feel legitimately sad to watch something so exciting and welcoming from my childhood flicker and fade in the face of trying to grow up.

As C.S. Lewis said: “When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown-up.

Disney shouldn’t be afraid to make a magical movie for the kids with nods to adults like it used to. Trust me, the kid is still there, he just has a driver’s license and bills now. Both of them will still love it regardless.

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