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12-Year-Old ‘Drag Kid’ Desmond is Amazing’s Mom Blasts a ‘Convicted Pedophile’ for Sexualizing Her Son

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[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/tweettruth2me/status/1084332546895368192]

 

 

In 2018, I covered the story of 11-year-old “drag kid” Desmond is Amazing (here).

Information for my article was culled only from Desmond’s official website as well as the official Facebook page for the anti-gun group with which he protests.

Subsequently, a website called what I wrote a “hit piece,” which it was not.

I merely stated what existed. In a colorful way, yes; but with no abject criticism.

As I marveled in March:

We’re living in a bizarre time when things are so strange that simply recognizing their existence can be interpreted as making fun of them.

Nonetheless, following the form of much online journalism, other websites copied the initial, untrue story — RedState writer attacks 11-year-old boy.

But here’s more hoopla surrounding the drag kid situation as of late; or at least, the circumstances of Desmond’s mom, Wendy Napoles.

Last week on Instagram, Wendy slammed a “convicted pedophile” blogger for sexualizing her little boy. Additionally, she condemned “conservative media” for accusing her of “purposely attracting pedophiles.”

Here are some excerpts:

This is extremely disturbing. Convicted pedophile Tom O’Carroll has written a blog post stating that Desmond is hot & feels sexy performing. He also sexualizes fellow drag kid Queen Lactatia. We do not approve of his statements & have written to @wordpressdotcom several times but they have yet to remove it. It is highly inappropriate to speak of minors in this manner.

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[T]he Conservative press is currently accusing us of purposely attracting pedophiles & accusing the LGBTQ community of supporting this. What Tom O’Carroll has said is out of our control & we do not know him or associate with him or any other pedophiles or sex offenders. I think if a pedophile wants to act on their urges, NO child is safe.

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Desmond came out as gay when he was 11. Although, honestly we knew before then. He got same sex crushes that he would tell me about. Desmond knows the difference between a heterosexual & homosexual. Just because he identifies as gay does not mean he is sexually active or wants to be. He knows what sex is…he’s in middle school and has had sex education class. Apparently, he said all the kids giggled through the whole course. Anyone discussing anything remotely sexual on Desmond’s social media is immediately blocked & reported. We are just appalled at this whole situation – Mom.

So there ya go.

Earlier this year, Child Protective Services visited the Napoles home. The reason: A video appeared online showing Desmond dancing at the 3 Dollar Bill — a gay bar in Brooklyn — while patrons threw cash at him.

Desmond also made headlines due to a video made when he was — at the oldest — 11, wherein he mimicked sniffing a drug with a drag adult:

I’m assuming Wendy Napoles enjoys controversy.

-ALEX

 

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An Ice Cream Vendor Is Sticking It to Entitled “Influencers” by Charging them Double

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Being an “influencer” can mean big bucks, and not just for you but for the business you talk about on your social media feeds. Arguably the most popular influencer in the world is Kim Kardashian who charges around $500,000 for a promotional photo on Instagram. It’s a hell of a way to make a living, and she’s leading a slew of people to try to lead the same kind of lives…or at least attempt to.

Many people consider themselves “influencers” and as a result, attempt to exchange their popularity for cash or free stuff. The idea is that their talking about something on their Twitter feed or Instagram will immediately result in more business for the subject being discussed. Truth be told, it actually works, but not everyone is as influential as they think they are.

In fact, they’re really just entitled brats who are more self-important than they are important.

That’s why one ice cream vendor is taking a stand and charging influencers who try to get their ice cream free double the price.

“We’ve decided to make this thing official with signage. We truly don’t care if you’re an Influencer, or how many followers you have. We will never give you a free ice cream in exchange for a post on your social media page. It’s literally a $4 item…well now it’s $8 for you,” said CVT Soft Serve in Los Angeles in an Instagram post.

The stand against “infludencers” has caught national attention and CVT’s declaration has been covered by various news outlets, including People and Newsweek.

The business’s owner, Joe Nicchi told time that he’s inundated with requests by influencers for free product every week.

“I’m truly embarrassed for these people,” Nicchi told People. “I’m not really 100 percent sure what they actually do, and their followers, likes, and comments can all be purchased, so I have trouble looking at them as being reputable.”

“I’m sure there are some legitimate ‘influencers’ out there, but we haven’t come across any at our trucks or through event requests,” he added.

Nicchi told People that he “received a request for an event to comp them 300 servings in exchange for “exposure”…I believe that’s an influencer’s favorite word.”

As a guy who has had businesses request free work in exchange for “exposure,” I can tell you that it really doesn’t pay the bills. The people offering up “exposure” aren’t getting paid in exposure themselves. It’s essentially you doing all the work and them benefiting from it at no cost.

I’ve played Oregon Trail enough to know you can die from exposure.

We currently live in a culture where you can be famous for being famous, and it’s creating a group of people who attempt to utilize their popularity in getting what they want from people who aren’t as popular. This would be like the popular kid in school telling the nerdy kid that they’d hang out with them for an hour for money in order to increase their standing.

Only many of these “popular kids” aren’t as popular as they think they are. In fact, they’re the most annoying people in the cafeteria.

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The Twitter Account of Antifa Group that Attacked Andy Ngo Still Active as Twitter Censors the Right

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Andy Ngo was attacked by Portland’s Antifa chapter. That much is undeniable, and in no small part because there’s video evidence of it.

No matter how many times Twitter tries to take the video down, it’s going to pop up somewhere like Fox News where millions of people are going to see it anyway.

Portland’s Antifa chapter has a Twitter account known as “Rose City Antifa.” From there, Antifa releases propaganda and coordinates meetups with various links to its website. Recently, it has been posting various articles and tweets that speak out against Ngo and attempt to deny, downplay, or excuse their physical attack on him.

This is the same Antifa group that has blocked routes to hospitals and committed violence against anyone they deemed to be a “fascist,” which can be anyone at anytime for any reason.

They even turned on one of their own after she was caught giving police information about marching routes. According to Willamette Week, June Davies was an Antifa medic who wanted to let cops know where the medics would be so they wouldn’t get arrested or moved by officers. Upon a “friend” discovering four months worth of texts between she and one of the Portland officers, she was ostracized and received death threats:

It was awful. I woke up and half of my friends were just gone. Everybody was talking about me. I got threats, I got told that I had to leave the city. It wasn’t exactly explicit, but it was implied that bad things would happen to me if I showed up at certain places.

I didn’t leave my house for like a month. I was afraid. The night that everything happened and the next morning, I was suicidal. I’ve had mental problems for a while, but I haven’t had suicidal thoughts that strong since I was 16.

All this to say that Portland Antifa is definitely in the business of doing wrong and their Twitter account helps them coordinate to do it.

Meanwhile, various accounts on the right continue to be suspended or even taken down by Twitter for so much as sneezing in the left’s direction. Meghan Murphy, Alex Jones, Nick Monroe, and more have been permanently banned by Twitter, while countless others have either been temporarily suspended or shadow-banned for a myriad of reasons.

Even President Donald Trump is going to have his tweets marked with warning labels if they “break the rules,” though as we’ve seen, those rules seem to be nebulous.

Meanwhile, Rose City Antifa continues to have an account that’s going strong.

If someone like Jones — whether you like him or not — can have his account removed because of something he did outside of Twitter, shouldn’t Antifa qualify at this point? Why does a group that openly promotes violence get to continue to organize via help of their Twitter account and continue to exist on the platform?

But if the fact that Twitter is choosing which rules to enforce on whom again, then how about the fact that the DHS has labeled Antifa a domestic terrorist group? If the government recognizes them as such, then why is Twitter allowing them to continue to organize and propagandize on its platform while it suspends someone like Erick Erickson for making jokes about Elizabeth Warren?

By the left’s own rules in regards to allowing speech on platforms that equates to violence, Twitter is complicit in every Antifa attack that takes place.

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As We Prepare to Celebrate Independece Day with a Salute to America the MSM Focus on More Negativity

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Troops march over the Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., as they head towards the Pentagon during the National Victory Day Parade on Saturday, June 8, 1991. The celebration to honor Gulf War troops drew an estimated 800,000 spectators. The Lincoln Memorial is visible in background. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

President Donald J. Trump touted his plans for the “Salute to America” celebration in Washington on the Fourth of July in a tweet: n a tweet on  Tuesday morning:

I have supported the president’s efforts to celebrate Independence Day with a military parade here at RedState, first in 2017 and again last year — a portion of which was published in USA Today.

Coverage of President Trump’s Salute to America plans by the biased media wing of the Democrats’ Party — the new nattering nabobs of negativism, is largely negative. Most of the coverage focuses on critics’ concerns about the cost of the event and false claims that President Trump is turning the Independence Day celebration into a partisan, political event.

Hallie Jackson complained on NBC’s Today that “critics worry the President is taking the focus away from patriotism and putting it on partisanship.”

On NBC Nightly News, Lester Holt said that “some Democrats are accusing him [President Trump] of exploiting the annual celebration.” On ABC World News Tonight, Cecilia Vega complained of a “growing backlash over President Trump’s Fourth of July plans.” Vega added that “there are questions about just how much it will cost, and whether his speech from the Lincoln Memorial will turn the holiday into a partisan event.”

Kaitlan Collins said on CNN’s Situation Room, “The President is setting himself up for a clash with his critics who say he’s turning the patriotic celebration into a partisan one.”

USA Today says Trump’s “‘Salute to America’ already is eliciting strong opinions over whether a president revered by supporters and reviled by opponents was injecting politics in an event above the partisan fray that enjoys national appeal.”

Major Garrett said on the CBS Evening News that the “Fourth of July on the National Mall has been a tribute to universal American themes, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, a star-spangled civic hymn. This year by design, it will be much more about” Trump.

Ryan Lizza said on CNN’s Situation Room the event will be “classic Trump, where this will be a lot about him and he will push the envelope on sort of the nationalist view that he has.”

The Associated Press complains that “Trump is politicizing what traditionally has been a nonpartisan celebration.”

Reuters cites “questions about the cost and tone of the celebration.” Congressional Democrats “have questioned whether Trump will turn a nonpartisan patriotic celebration into a taxpayer-funded campaign rally.”

The Associated Press reports at least two Army tanks have arrived in Washington ahead of the celebration. The New York Times says tanks’ presence “suggests that Mr. Trump has largely succeeded in turning the city’s annual Independence Day festivities into a salute to the American military.” Streif has shot down this complaint.

I don’t understand the opposition to honoring the military with a parade in Washington, D.C. on Independence Day.  What’s the big deal? There have been Fourth of July military parades in the nation’s capital before.

President John Adams reviewed a handful of military companies in Philadelphia on Independence Day in 1798, and Thomas Jefferson attended a military parade in Washington, D.C. In 1803 and 1804. On July 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln reviewed  30,000 federal troops assembled for the defense of Washington. Parades celebrating victory in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and the first Gulf War — Operation Deseret Storm were also held in D.C. Military units march in the annual National Independence Day Parade which takes place on July 4 down Constitution Avenue.

The Washington Post complains that the White House is giving tickets to the President’s Fourth of July speech on the Mall “to Republican donors and political appointees, prompting Democratic lawmakers to question whether the administration’s planned celebration violates federal ethics rules.” Maybe the Democrats will finally pull the trigger on their constant threats impeach President Trump over this alleged ehtics complaint.

The so-called news media’s constant negativism about any and all things Trump has continued the loss of respect for the media that began with growing mistrust of the mainstream media in the late 1960s and early 1970s and has grown over two generations into a form of visceral hatred of the “fake news enemies” of the people.

In rebuttal to all the negative media coverage of the idea of a military parade in which Americans can show their appreciation of the military, I continue to support President Trump’s “Salute to America” which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday. It is a patriotic, flag-waving, red white and blue celebration of America’s birthday. Happy Independence Day

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Marble Halls & Silver Screens Podcast Ep. 76 — The Pacific Northwest Thuggery Edition

 

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An exclusive podcast from RedState about the connections of politics and entertainment, covering the stories from Burbank to The Beltway

Astonishingly, we were forced this week (in much the same way everyone else was) to discuss whether or not journalist Andy Ngo, who was beaten into the ER by everyone’s favorite white, middle class cowardly thugs Antifa, got what he deserved because those were the terms of the debate laid out by Antifa and their media handlers. You can probably guess where we came down on the issue, but listen anyway to find out.

There’s also a discussion this week about some canceled shoes:

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And Russell Crowe’s introduction to just how agenda-driven Hollywood can be when it comes to political storytelling.

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We also talk about the #USWNT (that’s the U.S. ladies’ soccer team to you non-followers) and the things that make them mad while they’re playing absolute bang-up soccer in the World Cup; and we round it out with a little look at how China’s film industry may be affected by the larger trade relationship Trump is developing with that country.

Give us a listen!

Listen to “Marble Halls & Silver Screens Ep76” on Spreaker.

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John Solomon: Interview With Russian Oligarch Leads to New Questions for Robert Mueller

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Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a Putin ally, once controlled Russia’s largest aluminum producing companies. Interestingly, this mysterious man has ties to figures on both sides of the Trump/Russia collusion story. He was once a client of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager. He has also been a client of Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous Steele dossier. And, along the way, Deripaska has acted as a friendly cooperator to the FBI through which he’d become acquainted with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Deripaska and the three companies he once controlled were sanctioned by the Trump administration to financially punish Putin for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. In January, after Deripaska’s stake in each company had been reduced, the Treasury Dept. lifted sanctions against the companies. However, the sanctions against Deripaska himself remain in force.

The oligarch agreed to an interview with The Hill’s John Solomon, who now has even more questions for Robert Mueller when he appears before Congress in two weeks.

Deripaska confirmed to Solomon a story he had heard over a year ago. FBI agents had most definitely interviewed him in September 2016. Deripaska said he told agents he strongly doubted that the Trump campaign, through Manafort, had colluded with Russia to steal the election. Deripaska said:

I told them straightforward, ‘Look, I am not a friend with him [Manafort]. Apparently not, because I started a court case [against him] six or nine months before … . But since I’m Russian I would be very surprised that anyone from Russia would try to approach him for any reason, and wouldn’t come and ask me my opinion.’

I told them straightforward, I just don’t believe that he would represent any Russian interest. And knowing what he’s doing on Ukraine for the last, what, seven or eight years.

Solomon asks us, why should we care that Deripaska told the FBI he did not believe the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the election?

The most important reason is that, according to Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing:

Deripaska’s interview with the FBI reportedly was never provided by Team Mueller to Manafort’s lawyers, even though it was potential proof of innocence. Manafort, initially investigated for collusion, was convicted on tax and lobbying violations unrelated to the Russia case.”

That omission opens a possible door for appeal for what is known as a Brady violation, for hiding exculpatory information from a defendant.

Downing contacted Solomon after reading one of his articles and explained:

Recent revelations by The Hill prove that the Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) claim that they had a legitimate basis to include Paul Manafort in an investigation of potential collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government is false. The failure to disclose this information to Manafort, the courts, or the public reaffirms that the OSC did not have a legitimate basis to investigate Manafort, and may prove that the OSC had no legitimate basis to investigate potential collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government.

The second reason why this is relevant to Mueller’s testimony goes back to Deripaska’s dealings with the FBI in 2009. Solomon had heard this story a year earlier from one of his FBI sources (and reported on it) and Deripaska confirmed it during their interview.

Note: Robert Mueller was serving as FBI Director during this time.

In 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson had been captured in Iran during a CIA mission.

At the FBI’s request, Deripaska told Solomon he had “spent more than $20 million of his own money between 2009 and 2011 on a private rescue operation to free Levinson. McCabe, then a rising FBI supervisor who was a former colleague of Levinson was one of those who asked him to help.”

Deripaska said, “I was approached, you know, by someone that he is under a lot of scrutiny now — McCabe. He also said that it was important enough for all of them [FBI officials]. And I kind of trusted them.” Solomon wrote:

Deripaska said his privately funded rescue team came very close to a deal with the Iranian captors to secure Levinson’s release but he was told by his FBI handlers that the deal ran into difficulties at Hillary Clinton’s State Department and was scuttled. “I heard that some Russian ‘hand,’ or whatever you call people who are expert on the Russians at the State Department, [said], ‘We just don’t want to owe anything to this guy,’ ” Deripaska told me, adding that he never expected any U.S. favors for his personal efforts to free Levinson.

Solomon asked Deripaska if he believed Levinson was still alive. He replied, “I don’t think so. If Levinson had been alive, he likely would have come home in 2016, after the Obama administration struck a nuclear deal with Iran.”

He told Solomon he “is continuing to investigate what really happened at State with Levinson.”

The fact that Deripaska had spent $20 million to fund Levinson’s “rescue mission raises questions about a conflict of interest. Mueller’s FBI had first received a gift…before Mueller, as special prosecutor, investigated Deripaska’s ties to key figures in the Russia case.”

The story continues. Deripaska said that in 2012, his legal team hired Christopher Steele to conduct research for a lawsuit against him. “It was a research project to support what was the case against me in London. But my understanding is that the lawyers trusted him for some reason, and he was for quite a time on retainer.”

At that time, unbeknownst to him, “Steele was also working for the FBI on a special program to recruit Russian oligarchs to provide intelligence on Putin and Russian organized crime.

He told me that Steele invited him to a September 2015 meeting with some Justice Department officials, under the guise that they might be able to help with the Russian’s long-running battle with State to get visas to visit the U.S. He said the offer to help with his visa problem was a “pretext” to recruit him.

“They actually never talk, you know, about the [visa] problem. They start talking about anything else. They ask, ‘Do you have anything? Give me names. Cases, whatever,’ ” Deripaska recalled.

He said he later was shocked to learn that Steele eventually went to work for the Clinton campaign through Fusion GPS, and the FBI, and spread allegations of the now-disproven Russia-Trump collusion.

Deripaska’s is currently suing to have the sanctions against him reversed and to obtain a normal visa from the State Department.

Solomon asked about the State Department allegations against him. They allege that, “earlier in his life while consolidating power in the aluminum industry, he had ties to Russian mobsters and may have killed or encouraged killing critics.”

Deripaska replied, “There is no evidence. What is there to dispute? Do you believe that I could kill someone 25 years ago and there will be no victims, no corpses, no names?”

And he concludes:

Throughout the interview, it was clear Deripaska chose his words in English carefully. But there was one word he offered only twice — once in response to the Steele dossier’s allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, and the other time to respond to the allegations used to sanction him. “Balderdash,” he insisted.

Now it’s time for Team Mueller to answer the same questions.

July 14th is going to be a very long day for Robert Mueller.

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Gavin Newsom Gets a Brutal Reality Check After Painting Nike’s Flag Shoe Decision as Patriotic

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Yesterday, Red State‘s Sarah Rumpf wrote about sports merch giant Nike dropping plans to sell a Betsy Ross-themed sneaker because former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he and other sports figures found the shoe racially offensive.

Here’s a brief recap via the Wall Street Journal:

After shipping the shoes to retailers, Nike asked for them to be returned without explaining why, the people said. The shoes aren’t available on Nike’s own apps and websites.

“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag,” a Nike spokeswoman said.

After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery, the people said. Some users on social media responded to posts about the shoe with similar concerns. Mr. Kaepernick declined to comment.

In response to the move, Arizona’s Gov. Doug Ducey (R) expressed his disappointment and announced on social media that he had “ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here”:

Nike had plans to open a manufacturing plant in Goodyear, AZ that reportedly would have brought 500 jobs to the state.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) seized on Ducey’s announcement by way of slithering into the conversation and making his own offer to Nike. Newsom said pulling the flag shoes was “the right thing” to do and that their decision “represents the best of our American values”:

Several Twitter users, in turn, kindly reminded “Governor Hair Gel” (as a California friend refers to Newsom) that businesses are actually fleeing California, not flocking to it:

More importantly, Newsom was reminded of just how prominently the “racist” Betsy Ross flag was featured in the second inauguration of President Barack Obama:

To put an even finer point on it, historians and extremist group experts confirm that, contra to Kaepernick’s opinion, the flag is not a symbol of slavery, racism, and oppression.

And last but not least, a great point from Daily Wire‘s Matt Walsh:

Indeed.

This was a massive virtue signaling fail not just on the part of social justice warrior Kaepernick and Nike, but also Gov. Newsom.

Much thanks to all three for reminding us once again right here at Independence Day why so many people believe Democrats hate their country.

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—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–

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The Collective Freak Out Over Trump and the Fourth of July Celebration Continues Apace

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Two Bradley Fighting Vehicles are parked nearby the Lincoln Memorial for President Donald Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ event honoring service branches on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Washington. President Donald Trump is promising military tanks along with “Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!” for the Fourth of July. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

What do anti-Trump partisans do when the Mueller investigation comes up empty, the economy is good, and the Democrats have gone fully insane?

Collectively freak out over the President adding some things to Washington D.C.’s annual Fourth of July festivities, of course. He’s even going to honor the military and have some tank displays, so you know there’s real evil at play.

As streiff wrote earlier today, Joy Reid decided to opine on her show that Trump is actually doing all this to threaten the #resistance and show his disdain for democracy, because that’s where our discourse is at this point. It couldn’t possibly be because tanks are cool to look at and honoring the military as the protectors of our independence makes sense. No, it’s because Trump is about to declare himself dictator and destroy our republic.

The hot takes weren’t just relegated to low-rated weekend shows on MSNBC though.

Here’s a sampling of some of the gnashing of teeth.

There’s something funny about full grown men wetting their pants at the mere site of military hardware. Someone make sure these guys never make it to an air show or they might spaz out and die on the spot. If they are feeling dangerous though, one of the best military air shows in the world happens right outside of D.C. on Joint Base Andrews.

Contrary to the narrative being spun, this is not anywhere close to the first time tanks have been used in parades on the National Mall. It’s happened numerous times, including after Desert Storm.

Here’s some dude from the CATO Institute, because of course that’s where he’s from.

I’m not even sure what this is supposed to mean. Are the tanks going to secure the Capitol and kick Nancy Pelosi out? Is this the beginning of a military coup, where a few lone Abrams and Bradleys manage to takeover the entire government? I don’t even think Olson knows what he’s actually saying, but it sure sounded good when he typed it.

Meanwhile, CNN and The Washington Post are doing what they do.

Yes, it’s Donald Trump that’s dividing us over the Fourth of July. It’s certainly not liberals who are currently rallying against (checks notes)…the Betsy Ross flag.

Which military chiefs would those be? We don’t know because CNN is quoting a single, third hand source. That’s journalism in 2019. If it fits a narrative, it’s fit to print.

This entire thing is just ridiculous. Trump is not a dictator, this is not Tienanmen Square, and Joy Reid will still be on the air next week. It’s a parade and some fireworks. A few armored vehicles will be there to take selfies with. When this is what people are getting outraged about, you know things are otherwise going really, really well in this country.

Want proof of how dumb this controversy is? Even David French is dragging people over it.

If Trump wins in 2020, his first order as President re-elect should be to have tanks at his inauguration. The sheer troll factor alone will be worth it.

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CNN Goes on Defense for Kamala Harris to Charge Racism but Needs to Overlook its Own Anchors Leading the Conversation

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Screen grab: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) – gets asked a question during her CNN town hall – 4/22/19.

As Stelter and company try to protect Harris they turn a very blind eye.

This may come as a shock, but CNN’s resident hall-monitor Brian Stelter went on an accusational crusade. What had the pundit-with-distemper in a pique this time was anyone daring to question California Senator Kamala Harris’ ethnic claims. She has of late taken up the mantle of the downtrodden POC, and this has had many coming forward to actually look into her background.

Harris has a mother of Indian descent, and her father hails from the island of Jamaica. While I’m not about to argue over her lineage (as that would imply a level of concern on my part that does not exist) there have been some to declare she is not legitimately able to be classified as ADOS — an “African descendant of slaves”. This devolves into a discussion of whether Jamaicans are classified as such, and how they choose to self-identify, and to those of us on the outside it is nothing but migraine-inducing white-noise (no racism in that term intended.)

The amazement in all of this is the outrage that people will dare mention the race of a candidate after said candidate voluntarily made race a central issue in their campaign. Such is the life of those who traffic in racial politics.

So as this dialogue has been brewing the folks over at The Tempest Agency — that being CNN — have stepped up to defend Kamala’s honor. Once Donald Trump Jr. dared enter this conversation Donnie O’Sullivan penned a piece in defense of Harris. CNN’s hall monitor Brian Stelter Tweeted out the article, sounding the alarm of outrage. Racism is alleged, and O’Sullivan credits Trump Jr. for seeing that it was “elevated to the mainstream” — not by Harris herself bringing up the subject on the nationally televised debate.

A user had sent a tweet to Don Jr. mentioning Harris’ mixed lineage, and he responded with “Is this true? Wow,”, in a now-deleted tweet response. CNN dutifully went to the Harris camp for comment. “This is the same type of racist attack his father used to attack Barack Obama,” Lily Adams, communications director for the Harris campaign, told CNN.

Question, the for the CNN pundits: If Don Jr. responding, with curiosity, is considered an “attack” then how would you and the Harris campaign describe your co-worker Don Lemon actively questioning Kamala’s racial integrity with a panel on his news program?! More than being taken aback by new information, Lemon actively argued that Harris was not “African American”.

Lemon got into the deep dive into Kamala’s racial bonafides with April Ryan:

To want the distinction to say ‘is she African-American’, or ‘is she Black’ or is she … whatever — there is nothing wrong with that. There is a difference between being African-American and being Black.”

Ryan then further muddied the waters with more muddled thinking.

So she could indeed be African-American mixed with others, but she is a Black woman,” she said.

Jamaica is not America,” Lemon said, interrupting her again. “Jamaica did not come out of Jim Crow. I’m just saying.”

Despite this CNN is trying to claim that clearly Don Jr. is the one making the Harris racial component a mainstream issue. Except that this exchange with Don Lemon took place in prime time — FIVE MONTHS AGO!

But here we get O’Sullivan, and Stelter, attempting to set off the responsibility of Donald Trump Jr., and giving the Harris campaign the chance to offset responsibility for it onto the President, by extension.

The Apple Network continues to display its patented slander that continues to drive away viewers.

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Took a Swipe at Nikki Haley, but Donald Trump, Jr. Had the Last Laugh

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Last month, not long after the news broke that failed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (AL) said he’d be taking another shot at the seat in 2020, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley weighed in on Twitter with her thoughts on the announcement:

As recent polling in Alabama indicates, Moore is pulling in a mere 13% of Republican voters. So he’s not exactly a top contender:

But inconvenient facts like that don’t matter to MSNBC‘s Chris Hayes, who (belatedly) took a swipe at Haley on Monday on the social media platform, suggesting that Moore was the face of the Republican party:

That didn’t sit well with a number of Twitter users, who pointed out that Hayes needed to work on cleaning his own backyard before he started casting stones over the fence:

Donald Trump, Jr. joined in, too, and hammered the Virginia point home:

It should be noted that Trump, Jr. opposes Moore’s candidacy like most Republicans do:

As of this writing, Hayes has not responded to Trump, Jr.’s tweet.

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