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Tammy Bruce: Attacks on Goya CEO expose the left’s mob-mentality tactics

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Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Washington Times.

True to form, when someone announced a generous and important action that will help untold numbers of Americans, Democrats and the left launched into cancel mode. Why? Because when Robert Unanue, the CEO of Goya Foods, announced a massive donation of their products to food banks across the country, he also praised President Trump.

During his remarks, he noted that “Trump was ‘a builder,’ like his own illustrious grandfather, and called for Americans to pray for their president,” the Media Research Center reported.

Fortunately, for most Americans, such decent and generous remarks are considered normal and worth praising, yet Democrats were sent over (again) their Trump-hating cliff leading to a call for a boycott of this largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, with more than 4,000 employees worldwide.

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Make no mistake, this cancel-culture obscenity, the seeking to destroy people and businesses that do not conform, is the virtual version of the riots that played out in Democratic-run cities with real-life fire bombing of buildings and the physical destruction of businesses and lives. It may be less visually dramatic, but it is still the mob, and they still seek to destroy and punish anyone who dares to get in their political way.

Mr. Unanue was attacked on social media and in newspapers. The conventional wisdom was, after having his company disemboweled, he would lift himself briefly off the ground, beg for forgiveness and then slink away into cancelled obscurity.

But as a man of principle, he decided to not bend to the mob. In several interviews, he has refused to apologize and instead has condemned this culture of destruction.

“You know, this call for a boycott. There’s so many people for, you know, against the boycott and for our company. So it’s just a reflection, I believe, of the division that exists today in our country,” Mr. Unanue told Fox Business’ Varney & Co. “I don’t know who I attribute this quote to, but we’ve lived by the philosophy of ‘there are those who are born to love and to build and others to hate and destroy.’ And unfortunately, this great divide is killing our nation.”

As the left was engaging in virtual arson, conservatives and other well-meaning people countered this threat against Goya with a call to support the company and buy their products.

The “buy-cott” was initiated by radio host Mike Opelka by tweeting “My brother came up with a terrific idea and I am encouraging all to join me in purchasing $10 worth of Goya Foods products and donating them to your local food bank. Let’s push a BUY-cott, not a boycott. Let’s show … people what compassion can do.” He noted in an interview he’s “trying to fight anger with love.”

In another case, a GoFundMe campaign was launched which, as of this writing, has raised $127,000 for the purchase of Goya Foods for food pantries.

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This typical cancel-culture effort to destroy a person and a company for not conforming to the Democratic worldview is nothing new. Bullying, abuse, violence and rioting are now the upfront Democratic election strategies for 2020. I know, it doesn’t make sense, but it is all the left has ever had — they feed on envy, jealousy and hate, and condition their base to view everything, especially their own lives, through a lens of victimhood and enemies.

This attack on Goya especially exposes the core of the fraud of identity politics. For generations now, liberals and the left have been conditioning Americans to see each other through the lens of tribalism. It is, after all, easier to control people when they believe they’re under constant threat by an unknown and unknowable enemy who happens to live right next door.

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Americans have been sold the lie that a sliver of your identity is what matters, and that the Democratic machine will represent and protect you. Ask the people of Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Portland and Baltimore how that’s working out for them.

Identity politics is sold as philosophy of personal elevation and power, but in reality it’s about control, punishment and destruction. Ultimately, it is the brainwashing and destruction that enforces a code of complete conformity lest you are expelled and cancelled.

This is the real agenda of the left — control people with threat so questions, debate, independent thought and genuine inquiry into facts are too dangerous to even consider. It is the only way violent fascists are able to take, and keep, control of Americans cities without fear of confrontation.

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How else can you explain urban areas run by Democratic mayors in the United States before our very eyes turning into dystopian hellscapes? How else can you explain the demonstrations by Black Lives Matter, but their silence about the surge in murders of Black people (including children) every weekend in New York and Chicago? How else is it that Mr. Unanue, head of the largest Hispanic-owned company in America, founded by his immigrant grandfather, would be at the top of the liberal list for virtual execution?

It is explained by the fact that it is all about control by people who have contempt for the very communities they claim to care about. It is about the political control brought by chaos and fear. And it is the only thing the Democrats and their allied groups know how to do.

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Congressional Democrats target Confederate symbols at Capitol, US military bases

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You’ve heard of defund the police. Now, defund the Confederates.

Congressional Democrats are on the march against Confederate symbolism inside the U.S. Capitol and on military bases across the country. They’re targeting annual spending bills which fund the government.

Purse strings are the ultimate authority in Congress. You want to understand how lawmakers feel about a given program or policy? Follow the money. Did Democrats spend $4 on a given item when Republicans would spend $6? Or vice versa? How much money Congress spends dictates policy, whether it be federal appropriations for a warship or upkeep of a Confederate statue.

Twelve annual appropriations bills fund the government each fiscal year. The furor over controversial figures is central to five of those bills: Legislative Branch, Military Construction/VA, Defense, Financial Services and Interior.

“I continue to be greatly sad and at times outraged that we as a nation have not made more progress to address racism and the cruel legacy of the Confederacy,” said House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee Chairwoman Betty McCollum (D-MN). “I’m including in this bill a line which requires the National Park Service remove all Confederate commemorative works.”

McCollum added lawmakers “needed to confront the truth of our history and work to right past wrongs.”

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House Democrats originally drafted a $694 billion defense measure to fund the Pentagon, by far the largest of the 12 spending measure. The first run of the legislation featured a $1 million allocation to rename facilities bearing Confederate names, like Fort Bragg.

The Senate hasn’t prepped its spending bills yet. But in an interview with WDRB-TV in Louisville, KY, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he doesn’t oppose some changes.

“I don’t think we can erase history. But there’s certainly a question of the prominence of recognition of Confederates. For example, I don’t have any problem with changing the bases in the south that I didn’t even realize were named after Confederate generals.”

In contrast to the Pentagon measure, the bill funding Congress – Legislative Branch Appropriations – is by far the smallest of the 12 measures. The House bill clocked in at a scant $4.19 billion for FY ’21. And, the measure ordered the removal of Confederate statues that line the halls of Congress.

“There is no statue of Benedict Arnold,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) when speaking recently at the Capitol. “But if you could absorb for a minute what it feels like to know that our ancestors built this building. And as we spend every day in the Capitol, to walk past statues of people who didn’t even feel we were human. Who wanted us to be in chains.”

PELOSI URGES CONGRESS TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE STATUES IN A LETTER

In addition to various Confederate statues, the legislation called for the removal of the statue of Vice President John C. Calhoun, who advocated for slavery. And, a bust in the Capitol of Chief Justice of the United States Roger Taney. Taney authored the 1857 Dred Scott decision which excluded Black people from citizenship.

“We need to make a statement now on something we can control: the removal of statues that many visitors to the Capitol find offensive. This is the people’s House. So let’s make sure all people are welcome,” said House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Ryan (D-OH).

Ironically, the same bill included a provision paying several hundred thousand dollars to the Stennis Center for Public Service. Congress created the Stennis Center in 1988 “to promote and strengthen the highest ideals of public service in America.” It’s named after the late Sen. John Stennis (D-MS) who retired in 1989 after 41 years in the Senate.

PELOSI ORDERS REMOVAL OF PORTRAITS OF EX-HOUSE SPEAKERS WHO SERVED IN CONFEDERACY

Stennis supported segregation, opposed the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling desegregating schools and signed the “Southern Manifesto” which opposed public integration.

But perhaps that discussion is for another day.

There are even questions as to whether the House should attach a “rider” on statues to an appropriations bill.

One GOP source told colleague Mike Emanuel that statues were a policy issue. Thus, their removal should “be considered by the authorizing committees and the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library, not as part of the appropriations process.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote to the heads of the Library Committee last month, House Rules Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO), requesting they remove the Capitol statues in question. But no dice yet.

“I promise you, we will continue to defend America’s great traditions against those who want to tear down statues. Erase history,” said Vice President Pence during an appearance on Fox. “We can learn from history.”

“This isn’t about equality any more. This is a radical rewriting of our history,” said South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) in a separate Fox interview. “It’s alarming to me.”

The House will likely put these spending measures in the floor in various combinations in the next few weeks – “mini-buses,” as they’re called on Capitol Hill. But it’s doubtful those provisions will ever wind up in measures bound for the President’s desk.

It’s doubtful the House and Senate will sync up on these spending plans in the next few months. It’s an election year, fraught with radioactive politics, augmented by a pandemic. The last thing the sides want right now is a government shutdown. That’s why the House and Senate could write an interim spending bill, known as a CR (short for Continuing Resolution) to fund the government past the October 1 deadline. A CR would simply renew all current spending and run deep into the fall or winter – if not into next year when the new Congress is seated and we’ll know if there’s a second term for President Trump or “President Biden” is in office.

That means some of these provisions about Confederates icons are window dressing – at least until next year.

But there is a wild card. Do not underestimate the political energy exemplified by recent protests and what that could mean for the future of the anti-Confederate provisions in these bills. Political pressure has been so intense of late that no one really knows if that could translate into law. This is a period of almost unprecedented political volatility.

Democrats know the anti-Confederate provisions are probably just optics now. Democrats also know GOPers are facing lots of pressure to change names and remove controversial statues.

Still, we’ve seen legislative surprises before. Watch to see if Congress punts into the fall or next year – and if the Democrats flip the Senate and win the White House. That’s when the time of Confederate statues and other controversial imagery may well expire.

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Moving Jacksonville GOP convention to outdoor venue ‘a very real possibility’: official

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As Florida deals with a surge of new coronavirus cases, President Trump and GOP officials appear to be nearing a decision to possibly move the celebratory parts of the Republican National Convention next month in Jacksonville from the planned indoor area to nearby outdoor venues.

Two Trump re-election campaign officials told Fox News on Tuesday that the president was briefed at the White House Monday night about the possibility of moving the convention outdoors.

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While they stress that a final decision has not been made, the two officials said the decision would need to be made soon and that Trump would be the ultimate decider. One described the move as “a very real possibility.”

Separately, a Republican involved in planning for the August convention told Fox News that “we are planning for multiple scenarios and various health precautions.”

Fox News reported last Thursday that GOP officials had already checked out multiple outdoor venues in the immediate vicinity of the VyStar Arena – where the convention is currently slated to be held – and are in discussions about potential options for all of them, including football and baseball stadiums. The Republican convention is scheduled to kick off on Aug. 24.

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VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. will host thousands at this year’s Republican National Convention (Robert Sherman, Fox News)

Locations that Republican officials have scouted last week include the 121 Financial Ballpark, which hosts minor league baseball games and can hold around 11,000 people, and the TIAA Bank Field, a 65,000-seat stadium that’s home to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both venues are a short walk from the VyStar arena, which seats around 15,000 people.

The developments are the latest involving a convention that’s seen plenty of drama over the past couple of months due to health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) last month chose Jacksonville to host major portions of the convention, after largely abandoning the city of Charlotte, N.C., over disagreements on coronavirus-related crowd restrictions.

The president and Republican officials were angered after Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina, a Democrat, said that because of the pandemic he wasn’t prepared to guarantee the RNC a full-fledged convention with an arena packed full of party officials, delegates and activists as desired by Trump. Some business aspects of the convention, however, will still be held in Charlotte.

North Carolina is among the majority of states that have seen major spikes in new coronavirus cases in the last month and a half.

Jacksonville was likely attractive to GOP officials because it was the only city under consideration as a backup to Charlotte that has a Republican mayor in a state with a governor from the same party.

JACKSONVILLE MANDATES WEARING OF MASKS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

But new cases of the coronavirus have surged dramatically in Florida in recent weeks, raising fresh concerns regarding the convention. The city recently enacted a mandatory mask requirement for public and indoor locations.

Republicans involved in convention planning noted there would likely be less concern among attendees over the risk of coronavirus transmission at an outdoor event rather than at an indoor venue. But a growing list of Republican senators and representatives have said they won’t attend the Jacksonville convention over health concerns – with many other GOP lawmakers taking a wait and see approach.

The large crowds predicted last month at an indoor arena in Tulsa, Okla., for a Trump campaign rally – the president’s first since the pandemic swept the nation in March – never materialized. The 19,000-seat arena was not even half full.

The president’s second campaign rally – scheduled for this past weekend in New Hampshire – was to be held outside on an airport tarmac before being postponed. The campaign said they delayed the event due to forecasted severe storms that never materialized in Portsmouth, where the rally was supposed to have been held.

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A look at the Jacksonville skyline off the shores of the St. Johns River (Robert Sherman, Fox News)

Holding an outdoor convention in Florida in the summertime could trigger other issues. The state is extremely hot in the summer – with temperatures in the 90s and often topping 100 degrees. Thunderstorms are also a constant threat, and August marks the traditional start of hurricane season.

QUESTIONS REMAIN AS DEMOCRATS SPELL OUT VIRTUAL CONVENTION RULES

The Democratic National Convention – which was pushed back a month and is scheduled to start on Aug. 17 – is still being held in Milwaukee.

But the Democratic National Committee announced last month that their confab will be conducted mostly online.

Fox News’ Mark Meredith contributed to this report.

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Georgia Democrat rips Biden’s ‘record of failure’, says ‘it’s just too late’ for former vice president

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Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, who endorsed President Trump for reelection in April, told “Outnumbered Overtime” Tuesday that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “has a record of failure.”

Jones added that Biden has had “40-some odd years to do something good … economy-wise and he hasn’t.”

Last week, Biden proposed spending $700 billion on American products and research in the hopes of bringing back millions of jobs lost by an economy flattened by the coronavirus pandemic.

“All of a sudden he has a plan to come out and do what President Trump has already proven he can do in just three and half years,” Jones said Tuesday.

The legislator pointed out that prior to the pandemic there was “a record [low] number of unemployment, small businesses [were] thriving, people had job opportunities, big businesses and small business were thriving, areas that were going through depression with ‘opportunity zone’ districts, those areas were assisted, so this president, President Trump, has a solid record.”

“Joe Biden can’t get up late at night and claim he got an early start yesterday,” he continued. “It’s just too late for him.”

Jones made waves when he endorsed Trump earlier this year, citing the incumbent’s support for criminal justice reform and historically black colleges and universities. The endorsement resulted in swift blowback from fellow state Democrats.

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On Tuesday, Jones said President Trump is “about results.”

“That’s why I put my country before my party, because this president is about getting things done,” Jones continued. “He’s done it with job opportunities, he’s done with prison reform, he’s done it in so many other areas.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Madeleine Rivera contributed to this report.

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McEnany dismisses Hillary’s suggestion Trump won’t leave office ‘quietly’ if he loses: ‘Quite comical’

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told “Outnumbered Overtime” Tuesday she found it “comical” that top Democrats, like Hillary Clinton, have suggested President Trump may not leave office if he loses his bid for reelection in November.

“It’s quite comical to watch the Democrat Party talk about not accepting the results of the election,” McEnany said, “because the only people who haven’t accepted the results of elections are people in the Democrat Party, like Hillary Clinton who’s blamed her loss on, I think it was something like two dozen different entities, never blaming herself.”

McEnany also took a shot at former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who has repeatedly cast doubt on the validity of her 2018 loss to Republican Brian Kemp.

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HILLARY CLINTON ON ‘DAILY SHOW’: AMERICANS SHOULD ‘BE READY’ IF TRUMP WON’T ‘GO QUIETLY’ AFTER ELECTION

Clinton told “The Daily Show” Monday that it was legitimate to be concerned about Trump causing a fuss before leaving office.

“I think it is a fair point to raise as to whether or not, if he loses, he’s going to go quietly or not,” she said. “We have to be ready for that.”

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Former Vice President Joe Biden similarly floated the idea that the military might need to escort Trump out of the White House if he loses in November.

Fox News host Harris Faulkner pointed out that Trump had told her last month that he would leave office in January 2021 if the election doesn’t go his way, saying, “certainly if I don’t win, I don’t win.”

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Newt Gingrich: Defund vs. defend — policing debate poses opportunity for Republicans in 2020 election

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A major choice in this year’s election will be between defunding or defending police.

Most Americans are worried by the rise in crime and dramatic increase in violence in some of our nation’s cities after Democratic leaders withdrew their police forces in the face of radical, violent left-wing protests

Most Americans believe the vacuum created by defunding the police is going to be filled with predators and dangerous criminals — not with social workers and do-gooders.

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Yet, on the left, we are constantly hearing chants of “defund, defund, defund.” Some legislators and activists claim that the term “defund” doesn’t really mean defund and really means reform. Others, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her radical colleagues, say we should zero out the New York Police Department. All the while, the chanting and double-speak drums out the public and any rational debate.

The gap between the radical left and the American people was captured in a recent Pew Poll that showed 73 percent of the American people opposed cutting spending on the police, and only 25 percent favored decreasing spending on the police.

The detailed numbers are even worse for the radical Joe Biden-Nancy Pelosi-Chuck Schumer proposals. Twenty percent of those asked said we should spend a little more on police, and 11 percent said we should spend a lot more (for a total of 31 percent who favor spending more money on policing). By contrast, 12 percent said to cut a lot and slightly less than 14 percent said to cut a little. The largest bloc of Americans was 42 percent, who said we should keep police funding where it is.

That means by 73 percent to 25 percent (almost 3:1), Americans reject the radical left’s mantra of spending cuts for the police. If asked to choose between defend or defund, Americans overwhelmingly prefer to defend rather than defund those who protect them.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., just doubled down on and broadened the effort to defund rather than defend. The Washington Times reported that “the Senate’s top Democrat, threw his support Friday behind a proposal to cut $74 billion from the Pentagon’s budget, embracing a key priority of the left-wing. The 10 percent cut to the Defense Department was authored by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.”

So, both at home and abroad, the radical Democrats led by the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer triumvirate are developing a pattern of defunding those who defend us.

This pattern is not just about speeches, slogans, and platforms. The Democrats in Minneapolis are abolishing the police department and replacing it with some undefined community service program. You can imagine how intimidated robbers, murderers and rapists will be by the unarmed-but-sincere Minneapolis community service force.

In Seattle, the Democrats are cutting the police budget by 50 percent with a similar community service fantasy replacement. Given that six people were shot, which led to the deaths of two teenagers, during what the Democratic mayor called “the summer of love” in the autonomous zone, you might have thought the people of Seattle would get more police protection rather than less.

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Jack Dunphy, a 35-year veteran of policing in Los Angeles wrote in City Journal on July 10: “In New York City, where the city council has voted to cut $1 billion from the NYPD’s budget, weekly shooting incidents in mid-June increased by 358 percent over the same period in 2019. In Chicago, homicides are up 34 percent so far this year compared to last year, and nine children have been killed since June 20.” His article was aptly titled “Demoralizing the Police.”

Every week, from now to the election, we are tragically likely to see more murders, children killed, and incompetence by Democrats mismanaging cities. The reality that Democrats are making America more dangerous for innocent people and their children will begin to sink in.

In fact, as crime rates soar, the 14 percent who currently favor cutting the police “a little” may change their minds. They may find the more reasonable option to be keeping police funding the same or, in particularly violent cities, they may favor increasing police funding.

The 12 percent who want deep cuts are probably ideologically driven to maintain that position — even if their own neighborhoods are under siege by criminals.

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The propaganda media of the left (formerly the news media) will do everything it can to avoid connecting the dots. But the grim reality is that the Democratic mayor of New York is cutting a billion dollars out of the law enforcement budget and openly despising the police. This has a powerful effect on the police’s energy and aggressiveness. Many veteran police are opting for retirement in record numbers. The Democratic mayor is blocking the new recruits who would have replaced them. New York City will grow steadily weaker, more violent and more dangerous as it slips back into the lawlessness which existed before Rudy Giuliani cleaned it up as mayor beginning in the early 90s.

Ultimately, there are only two groups who should be happy about the Democratic Party’s commitment to defund rather than defend: criminals and the Chinese Communist dictatorship. Both groups will be cheering for a Biden-Pelosi-Schumer victory.

Now, the propaganda media will interpret support for the police as racism – even when three-quarters of Americans oppose defunding police. If Republicans can find the courage to ignore the distortions and dishonesty – and muster the discipline to stick to supporting police alongside a set of big issues despite every media effort to get them off message – the GOP may be successful in November.

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If Republican pollsters and consultants could be convinced to give up cleverness and personality attacks and stick to developing the clear choice between weak-on-crime, weak-on-China Democrats and the Republicans who want to defend Americans from criminals and the Chinese Communist dictatorship, we might win a crushing victory this fall.

The Biden-Pelosi-Schumer team is doing all it can to set Democrats up for a shattering repudiation. The question is whether the Republicans can calmly focus on emphasizing the choice — and winning the election.

To read, hear, and watch more of Newt’s commentary, visit Gingrich360.com.

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Missouri man who guarded home with rifle tells Tucker that ‘rumor is’ he and wife will be ‘indicted shortly’

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Missouri attorney Mark McCloskey, who along with his wife Patricia brandished legally-owned firearms when confronted by Black Lives Matter protesters at their St. Louis home last month, told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday that “the rumor is that we are going to be indicted shortly” over the incident.

Last week, authorities executed a search warrant at the McCloskeys’ home in connection with the June 28 incident. Mark McCloskey told host Tucker Carlson that the officers were “almost apologetic” when they served the warrant.

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“They didn’t want to have to be there. They were doing their job. Patty wanted to take a picture to document it and she asked if they wouldn’t mind facing away from the camera so that people wouldn’t get mad at them if their faces were shown on TV,” he said. “They all did so.

“They, unfortunately, are stuck between a circuit attorney [Kim Gardner] that wants to prosecute us, and their own belief that we did nothing wrong.”

In the June incident, the McCloskeys said they were startled shortly before dinnertime when “300 to 500 people” entered the gated community where they live.

“I didn’t shoot anybody,” Mark McCloskey said. “I just held my ground, protecting my house, and I’m sitting here on television tonight instead of dead or putting out the smoldering embers of my home.”

“If you just retreated into your house, it probably would be burned to the ground, as you just said,” Carlson told McCloskey. “But is that how society should function? I mean, shouldn’t someone in authority in the State of Missouri be coming to your aid right about now?”

Carlson has previously criticized of Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson for largely sitting on the sidelines while the McCloskeys have been investigated by authorities.

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“The way I view it is, when you have certain elements of society encouraging violence, [and] at the same time asking the police to stand down, what’s the only possible result?” McCloskey responded. “The only possible solution is for individual citizens to stand up to defend themselves, and I’m afraid what’s being promoted is causing citizens to stand up and defend themselves so they can be chilled and abused the way we have been.”

McCloskey also criticized the media coverage of his ordeal.

“The traditional media is right behind the mob — I mean, we’re not allowed to use that word anymore — a loud crowd of angry people and they are supporting these entities which are, from my understanding, Marxist and oppose everything that I stand for and I hold dear and near,” he said, before adding, “We’ve gotten tremendous support from ordinary people … We’ve gotten calls from all over the world, I got a nice letter from a lady in Ireland congratulating us for taking a stand against the violence, and so I think the vast majority of Americans wish they could do something.

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AOC doubles down amid GOP criticism over take on NYC crime

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended comments she made over the weekend suggesting that the crime surge in New York City is likely because struggling residents are forced to shoplift in order to “feed their child” by saying Republicans haven’t “experienced or seen” poverty.

“Republicans are all upset that I’m connecting the dots between poverty and crime,” the progressive firebrand tweeted. “I know most of them haven’t experienced or seen these issues first hand, but I have. This may be hard for them to admit, but poverty and crime are highly linked, both violent & nonviolent alike.”

In a virtual town hall meeting she hosted Thursday, some clips of which were shared by The Hill, the 30-year-old Democratic congresswoman was asked about the troubling uptick in violent crimes overtaking the city.

“Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now?” she responded. “The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession?”

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“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out, and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, adding that “they’re put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”

The latest jobless claims figures from the Labor Department push the number of job losses since the shutdown began to nearly 50 million – or roughly 31 percent of the nation’s workforce.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has reported a staggering increase in shootings and violent crimes in recent weeks. On Saturday, the New York Post reported 15 shootings in 15 hours, just one week after the city saw a bloody July Fourth weekend with 44 shootings and at least eight killed.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called the congresswoman’s comments “astonishing” on “America’s Newsroom.”

“There’s a big difference between shoplifting and cold-blooded murder and for her not to know the difference is frankly astonishing,” Huckabee said.

Host John Roberts brought up the fact that a 1-year-old was shot and killed and three other people were injured late Sunday night at a family cookout in a Brooklyn park, according to authorities.

“Her saying, ‘people are hungry so they’re going out and lifting bread,’ no, they are going out and killing people randomly,” Huckabee said.

“You don’t kill a 1-year-old because you need some bread, that doesn’t put bread on your table and that’s why the absurdity of her [Ocasio-Cortez’s] remarks have to be called out.”

“She needs to be held accountable for this,” he continued. “She needs to walk it back and recognize that violent crime has nothing to do with people’s lifting some bread.”

New York City recently cut the NYPD budget by $1 billion, but Ocasio-Cortez has criticized the cuts for not reaching far enough, and accused de Blasio of using “budget tricks” and “funny math” in the calculation. Others, including former law enforcement officials, have made the same argument about budget gimicks being used reach the $1 billion figure.

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When asked later to comment on the issue, the congresswoman said: “When people ask me ‘What does a world where we defund the police look like?’, I tell them it looks like a suburb.”

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Watters raps critics of Roger Stone commutation: ‘Bill Clinton, didn’t he pardon his brother?’

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The Five” co-host Jesse Watters claimed Monday that critics of President Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of longtime Republican political consultant Roger Stone are mostly upset that the “witch hunt got exposed.”

“Stone’s no saint and he has been in the gutter for decades, but he is not a criminal either,” the “Watters’s World” host said. “He is an old man who likes to talk a lot of trash and got caught up in a frame job.”

The 67-year-old Stone was due to report to federal prison Tuesday to begin a 40-month sentence after he was convicted in November 2019 on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress in connection with the Russia investigation.

“If a guy plants a gun on you and he is a police officer and you throw the gun in the river, you cannot be charged with obstruction,” Watters continued. “It is a dirty investigation, and we know it was a baseless investigation. There was no collusion.”

Trump’s commutation of Stone’s sentence has drawn criticism from Democrats and the media, as well as Republican Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Watters then pointed to what he considered to be more egregious pardons by Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Obama, he noted, commuted the sentence of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of passing classified information to Wikileaks.

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C-host Greg Gutfeld chimed in that Obama also commuted the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, a leader of the Puerto Rican separatist terror group FALN — which has claimed responsibility for dozens of urban bombings in the U.S.

“Bill Clinton, didn’t he pardon his brother? Or his business partner?” Watters asked. “But this is the craziest thing: He pardoned the biggest tax cheat [financier Mar Rich] because his wife gave $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. Come on! A little perspective.”

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Democrat sheriff says defunding police means ‘you won’t find good men and women willing to do this job’

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A Democrat sheriff in Arizona on Sunday slammed the notion advocated by Black Lives Matter protesters to defund the police, arguing that demonizing law enforcement will lead to “lawlessness” and “change the entire dynamic of who we are as a nation” because then you “won’t find good men and women willing to do this job.”

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, who runs the largest sheriff’s office in the state and fourth-largest in the country, answered reporters’ questions on the impact of defunding the police. Video of the press conference was posted on YouTube Sunday.

“If we continue to go about this issue as demonizing and criticizing law enforcement without limitations and not recognizing the dangers, the challenges, and the human elements, then we will live in a space that’s lawlessness because you won’t find good men and women willing to do this job and that changes the entire dynamic of who we are as a nation,” Penzone said.

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“The solution to the problem is to find a way to be better. Not find a way to be punitive because we’re not happy with what we’ve seen,” he said.

The sheriff said he agrees that there are problems in law enforcement that “we need to overcome” but that the profession “in its majority is not the problem. It’s more about the solution.”

“We cannot tolerate racial injustice, implicit bias, explicit bias, racist policing – we can’t tolerate those things – and we cannot tolerate abuse by law enforcement,” he continued. “But don’t ever underestimate the balance in the two. That there’s violence out there that’s inherent and we are the ones that have to go out there and engage it and try to mitigate it.”

Penzone, who has combined 30 years of law enforcement and public safety experience, further explained why he has “serious concern over statements to defund the police,” and the potential impact on agencies, law enforcement officers, and the American people.

“We live in a nation where there are laws intended to protect people to include the community. Protect everyone from people acting in a manner that’s in conflict with our values, our principles or our laws — to include often times when we see law enforcement actions that are deemed criminal in nature,” the sheriff said. “Yet, we still have to have men and women who are willing to do this job to keep their communities safe because there are bad people out there. There are violent people and there are laws that need to be enforced.”

Penzone described how by defunding police departments, cities and towns would be stripping resources, training, and support services for police officers to “be better, be stable, be mentally well.”

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“I have deputies now who have suffered a significant trauma during this event,” he said, referencing major protests as well as increased violence and looting that has gripped the nation since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. “If I have less dollars that means I can’t have a program in place to check and care for them to ensure that they can return to service in a healthy capacity.”

“If you defund law enforcement that means when we make decisions relative to do we have a gun and a Taser or just a gun if we’re going to face lethal force we’re going to have to at least have that option available to protect ourselves and others. Now you’re limiting other options that could be non-lethal,” Penzone continued.

Penzone, a Democrat, was elected sheriff in 2016, defeating longtime incumbent Joe Arpaio. He is a former sergeant in the Phoenix Police Department, where he worked for 21 years, including seven dedicated to the department’s nationally-recognized Silent Witness program, which focuses on solving cold cases and apprehending dangerous fugitives.

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After retiring from the Phoenix Police Department, Penzone spent time as Vice President with Childhelp, a 60-year-old nonprofit dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse. He also owned and operated a  private security firm that focused on issues such as school and workplace safety, threat mitigation, internal investigations, and comprehensive security.

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