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Seattle rioters’ lawsuit over pricey protective gear ‘out of bounds,’ attorney says

A lawsuit brought by Seattle protesters – who claim having to buy expensive anti-police protective gear deprives them of their First Amendment rights – is “out of bounds,” criminal defense attorney Brian Claypool said Friday.

“You’ve got to be kidding me that you’re asking a court that taxpayers should pay for protective gear,” Claypool told “Fox News @ Night” host Shannon Bream during the show’s Night Court segment.

“And then … you’re asking a court that is supposed to be interpreting the law, not making the law, to then prescribe what levels of force that police officers can use in very fluid and volatile situations?”

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The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Seattle on Monday by five protesters, states that poorer demonstrators lose out on their right to protest because gas masks, boots, gloves, helmets and other gear to protect themselves from responding police is prohibitively expensive.

“Rest assured that if these protesters win this lawsuit you’re going to see more police officers injured and more protesters injured,” Claypool added.

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Police pepper spray protesters, Saturday, July 25, 2020, near Seattle Central Community College in Seattle. A large group of protesters marched in support of Black Lives Matter and against police brutality and racial injustice. (Associated Press)

Andrew Stoltmann, an attorney and adjunct law professor at Northwestern University, however, told Bream he feels the plaintiffs have brought up important First Amendment issues.

“You can’t charge people and make people have to buy expensive stuff in order to protest,” he said.

He said it could become a slippery slope if the protesters lose the lawsuit.

“What next?” he asked. “Are we going to say people have to spend $200 or $300 before they vote? And I know it’s kind of easy to laugh at these crazy people in Seattle and Portland but they have a right to protest … and you can’t put various burdens on them.”

The lawsuit claims that protesters have to face the possibility of an aggressive police response and “must purchase expensive equipment to be assured they will be able to protest safely, the indiscriminate use of weapons by [the Seattle Police Department] implicates equal protection.”

Claypool said that winning the lawsuit might encourage protesters to become violent “because now the taxpayers are arming them with all this gear.” He said it’s “guilt by association” to join a protest where others are violent.

“If you go to a protest knowing that the last two months there’s been violence, businesses gutted, a person got killed, then it’s guilt by association and if somebody next to you is tossing a bottle at a police officer and that officer defends himself or herself then you’ve assumed that risk,” Claypool said.

Last month when Seattle police cleared the Capitol Hill Autonomous, Zone Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said their job was to “support peaceful demonstration.”

“But what has happened on these streets over the last few weeks is lawless and it’s brutal and, bottom line, it is simply unacceptable,” she told reporters.

Stoltmann said conservatives would be as outraged as the anti-police protesters if they had to spend hundreds of dollars for protective gear to attend a rally against Joe Biden, for example.

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“We’d all be saying that’s crazy, that’s ludicrous, that’s insane, but because it’s an issue that most of your viewers aren’t very sympathetic about, they’re saying, ‘good, stick it to them,’” he said. “There are bad protesters but most of them are good.”

Bream suggested it might make more sense to sue violent protesters who have hijacked the message. “We’re talking about so many things other than George Floyd and the other lives that have been lost that it seems like we’ve gotten completely off track,” she said. “So maybe the better lawsuit is the peaceful protesters suing the no-so-peaceful protesters.”

The Seattle City Attorney’s office said it is looking into the claims and intends to defend the city. The plaintiffs reportedly seek a temporary restraining order that would prohibit the use of force by city police.

Fox News’ Eddie DeMarche contributed to this report.

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Lindsey Graham on stimulus package delays: ‘Dems hate Trump more than they want to help families’

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The Democrats hate President Trump more than they want to help American families during the coronavirus pandemic, Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Monday.

“The value I don’t share is the hatred of Donald Trump. These people, the Democrats, have gone nuts when it comes to Trump,” Graham, R-S.C., told “Fox News @ Night,” responding to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticizing Republicans for not having “shared values” with Democrats and not understanding the “gravity of the situation.”

“I’d like to help people who are still unemployed, can’t get a job because we’ve shut parts of the country down, due to the coronavirus,” Graham responded.

“I just don’t want to pay people more not to work than they were [getting paid when] working. I’d like to help give money to schools so they could go back safely. I’d like to give money to doctors and nurses and hospitals who’ve had to suffer through this spike.”

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The Trump administration is considering taking “a number of options” without congressional approval as negotiations between the White House and lawmakers on Capitol Hill on the fourth coronavirus stimulus relief package have stalled, Fox News has learned.

A senior administration official told Fox News Monday that the administration is weighing taking unilateral action to quell the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At this point, it is unclear what item the administration could attempt unilateral action on, but much of the negotiations on Capitol Hill have come to a stalemate with regard to unemployment benefits.

“Those that are counting on enhanced unemployment need to be gravely concerned about the lack of progress,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told Fox News. “My recommendation would be for them to call their members of Congress and their senators and ask them why they are not willing to compromise when obviously the White House is willing to compromise.”

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Graham said that since Democrats believe the stimulus package will help Trump’s re-election campaign, they are not going to negotiate.

“That is really sad,” Graham said.

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California pastor defies coronavirus orders despite threat of arrest: Newsom ‘not the head of the church’

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is overstepping his executive privileges with “draconian” restrictions by shutting down churches and telling believers they cannot worship during the coronavirus pandemic, a prominent pastor told “Fox News @ Night” Monday.

Pastor John MacArther says he has been warned he could face fines or arrest for defying Newsom’s July orders by hosting indoor services at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles County, which he says is not warranted by the reality of COVID-19.

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“We feel like we are the most essential reality in the world,” MacArthur told host Shannon Bream. “Look, Jesus is Lord … He is the head of our church. Governor Newsom is not the head of the church. [Los Angeles] Mayor [Eric] Garcetti is not the head of the church.”

“We respect them for their temporal officer leadership in our government that when they move into the life of the church and tell the church what it can do, they’re usurping a role that they don’t have,” the Sun Valley pastor explained. “The Constitution doesn’t give them the power to do that, and they don’t certainly have the spiritual power to do that, to usurp the place that only Jesus Christ has over his church.”

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The Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, expressed his support for MacArthur’s stand for “religious freedom.” While a network of churches, led by Pastor Che Ahn of Harvest Rock Church, filed a lawsuit in July challenging the Democrat governor’s orders, not all faith leaders in the Golden State agree.

Gavin Ortlund, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojal in Southern Calif., wrote in an op-ed responding to MacArthur that he is concerned he is putting “importance of worship” ahead of “love for neighbor,” “obedience to government,” and “maintaining a good witness,” citing Scripture.

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MacArthur, however, says his church has been obeying the government for the last 50 years, loving their neighbor and “not spreading anything but the gospel,” noting that none of his members have tested positive for the coronavirus.

“But never before has the government invaded the territory that belongs only to the Lord Jesus Christ and told us, we can’t meet. We can’t worship. We can’t sing,” he said. “There is no power given to the government to make those kinds of calls against us.”

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Princeton professor pushes back on cancel culture on campuses: ‘First Amendment is for all of us’

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The right to free speech in America needs to be protected, Princeton University jurisprudence professor Robert George stated Friday.

George’s comments during an interview on “Fox News @ Night” came following a Michigan bed and breakfast’s decision to remove their Norwegian flag after dozens wrongly accused the owners of flying a Confederate flag.

MICHIGAN INN REMOVES NORWEGIAN FLAG AS RESIDENTS FALSELY BELIEVE IT’S THE CONFEDERATE FLAG: REPORT

According to reporting from WLIX, when Greg and Kjersten Offbecker created the St. Johns inn — named The Nordic Pineapple — they installed the flag, hanging an American flag alongside it.

The pair then began to receive cruel emails and phone calls. Some were even convinced that the “B&B” was built by Confederate leaders when, in fact, union workers constructed the Civil War-era building for the daughter of the Saint Johns founder.

Kjersten Offbecker said the flag was hung as a way for her to represent her Scandinavian heritage. However, with the confusion, she took it down because she said it was not worth the frustration.

The Norwegian flag has the same colors as the Confederate flag, but the patterns and symbols are different. The Confederate flag is red with a blue “X” containing white stars.

“It’s a combination of a very bad attitude and a great deal of ignorance,” George remarked. “You would think that Americans would be able to tell what is and isn’t a Confederate flag — even if it’s a flag that, in some ways, resembles a Confederate flag.

“But, look at how quickly people just turn to outrage and tried to shut these people down because they thought they had broken the rule against wrongthink…” he told host Shannon Bream. “So, the combination of malice and ignorance is really toxic.”

George highlighted the importance of speaking up in defense of the free speech rights of those you strongly may disagree with.

Temple University was under pressure to discipline [Professor] Marc Lamont Hill for some statements that I very strongly disagreed with. But I, nevertheless, threatened to myself lead a protest…in defense of the free speech rights of the very progressive Marc Lamont Hill,” he explained. “Because he has every bit of [a right to] free speech as I have or as anybody else has.

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“The First Amendment is for all of us,” George pointed out.

“It’s not the property of the left. It’s not the property of the right. It’s not the conservatives’; it’s not the liberals’ [property]. It’s everybody’s right…” he said.

“And so, we need to protect the free speech rights and stand up for the free speech rights of those we oppose,” George urged.

Fox News’ Jack Durschlag and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Acting CBP commissioner dismisses Elizabeth Warren’s ‘ridiculous’ claim about election

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Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan blasted Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “ridiculous and outrageous” claim that President Trump might deploy federal forces to prevent a peaceful transfer of power if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the 2020 election.

Morgan made the comment during an appearance on “Fox News @Night” on Wednesday after host Shannon Bream noted that one of the agencies Warren wants a commitment from is the Department of Homeland Security. Warren said she is concerned that federal agents will be used if Trump loses the upcoming election and refuses to leave office.

Warren said she “asked them to commit that they will not let Trump use these forces in the event he loses the election and doesn’t want to leave office peacefully.”

“I want to hear that commitment. I want to hear it in their own words and if they won’t say it, then I want to hear that silence because at a time like this their silence will shout,” she continued.

Morgan brushed off her comments.

“That’s pure politics,” Morgan said in response to Warren’s remarks. “I’m not even going to get into it. That’s not even worthy of a response.”

“It’s ridiculous and outrageous,” he continued. “What you’re seeing in Portland has nothing to do with those comments.”

Morgan went on to say that federal agents were in “Portland to absolutely address a specific situation that’s going on, and that’s over 60 days of violence targeted against the federal building and the federal law enforcement officers. That’s what that’s about.”

“That’s just an absurd comment,” Morgan said.

In an interview earlier this month on “Fox News Sunday,” the president declined to commit to accepting the election results in November.

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“I have to see. … No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time, either,” Trump said when pressed during his sit-down interview with host Chris Wallace.

The comment went viral, sparking scores of headlines and stories theorizing what might happen if the president loses November’s general election, but won’t accept the results and concede.

Morgan appeared on “Fox News @Night” one day before federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city’s downtown area, according to Oregon’s governor.  Morgan, however, insisted on Wednesday that federal agents are not leaving Portland until they are confident there is no threat to federal property.

Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown tweeted on Wednesday, “After my discussions with VP Pence and others, the federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland.”

“They have acted as an occupying force & brought violence,” she continued. “Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland.”

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said in a statement that he and Brown have been in contact and reached a joint plan to end “the violent activity in Portland directed at federal properties and law enforcement officers.”

“That plan includes the robust presence of Oregon State Police in downtown Portland,” Wolf said. “State and local law enforcement will begin securing properties and streets, especially those surrounding federal properties, that have been under nightly attack for the past two months. Oregon State Police will coordinate with Federal Protective Service (FPS) officers to ensure all federal facilities remained protected and secure.”

Morgan reacted to Brown’s tweet on Wednesday saying, “The secretary has been crystal clear about his conversations and what was agreed upon.”

“Your listeners need to know we’re not going anywhere right now,” Morgan said.

“The governor has authorized the state police to come in to work with the federal authorities that are there shoulder by shoulder, side by side, to address the ongoing violence and anarchy going on in the city streets of Portland,” he continued. “That’s what we should be doing, that’s what we’ve been doing for a long time, but we’re not leaving until we’re absolutely sure that the threat against that courthouse and the officers inside is gone.”

“Until then, we’re going to remain in Portland,” Morgan said.

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Portland has experienced more than 60 consecutive nights of demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis. Portland police officers clashed with demonstrators before federal agents arrived on July 4 to protect the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, Multnomah County Justice Center, and other government buildings.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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US Marshals Service director says Portland protests ‘hijacked by violent extremists’

While protests in Portland, Ore. have been “hijacked by violent extremists,” the U.S. Marshals stationed there aim to come to a resolution, U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington said Tuesday.

In an interview on “Fox News @ Night,”  Washington said that his agency has been charged with the protection of the federal judicial function for 230 years and that the approximately 40 agents in Portland are “part of [the] community.”

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“So, we’re not some outside invading force, if you will,” he said. “This is where we should be, and we don’t have the option to not be here.”

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Federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

According to Washington, the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse is a “symbol” of federal justice for Portland, “from which many important decisions have come.”

“So, we are here as the protectors, if you will, of Article III of our Constitution. That’s our primary duty and function. And so, that’s why we’re here,” he noted.

Washington says the U.S. Marshals hope to “work toward a reasonable resolution,” as well as “ensure that peaceful protesters are protected.”

“We think that we do that and we do that in a very professional way,” he said. “But, it’s also our job to enforce federal law. Because this peaceful protest, in many respects, has been hijacked by violent extremists who have no intent to arrive at any solution other than to continue to create chaos.

“So, I’m going to meet with members of the community over the next couple of days — members of the faith community, the business community, and others who are willing to talk about [what’s] next,” Washington told host Shannon Bream.

Washington is encouraging the public to “separate the good from the bad” actors, adding that while the U.S. Marshals Service wants “law and order” they also want “equal justice under the law.”

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He said that while “it’s hard to argue against the concept of equal rights for everybody,” Americans should also not be burning down courthouses or engaging in assaults against federal officers trying to protect federal institutions.

In the long-run, however, Washington is optimistic and believes trying times will make for a “stronger union.”

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Portland business owner on impact of riots, coronavirus: ‘It’s terrifying’

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Two months of daily and nightly protests and rioting have devastated the city of Portland, Ore., leaving many residents and businesses in a state of fear and uncertainty.

On Tuesday night’s edition of “Fox News @ Night,” host Shannon Bream talked with Stacey Gibson, owner of five fast-food restaurants in the Portland area, including one in the troubled downtown section.

“It’s terrifying,” Gibson said about trying to keep her businesses alive – and her employees in their jobs – amid the twin disasters of the coronavirus and the rioting, which Bream described as a “one-two punch.”

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Gibson told Bream that the coronavirus outbreak had already taken a 60 percent bite out of her overall sales – then two months ago the rioting and vandalism began, slowing sales by another 20 percent.

She said she was initially supportive of the Black Lives Matter protests because she agreed with the underlying call for racial equality — but now believes the protests have been hijacked by violent opportunists seeking to cause destruction for no reason.

“The message is getting lost because it’s certainly not the Black Lives movement that is causing all this damage on the federal buildings and everything else,” Gibson said.

“It’s certainly not the Black Lives movement that is causing all this damage on the federal buildings and everything else.”

— Stacey Gibson, Portland business owner

“It’s just people taking advantage of an opportunity. And it’s hurting a lot of people – I mean, not just the businesses but the residents and everybody that’s trying to be down here. I mean, it’s just destroyed Portland, in my opinion.”

The difference can be seen by comparing the numbers in her downtown Portland restaurant versus those in outlying areas away from the unrest, she said.

“I mean, we’ve got one store that’s well over last year’s sales, it’s as if you know everybody’s just doing quite great,” she said of a store away from the violence.

The downtown location had to be temporarily closed.

“When we boarded up, it was absolutely devastating financially,” Gibson said. “We had to make a really tough decision on whether or not we wanted to just close the store and wait for everything to kind of be over.

“And then we decided against that because we wanted to keep our people employed and do what we could to, you know, make their lives a little bit better and security-wise. And so we pulled the boards down and are just crossing our fingers that we don’t get the damage. The business next to us was completely destroyed.”

What bothers Gibson the most, she said, is the seeming impunity with which rioters are getting away with their actions.

“It’s just not fair that people can break laws and not have any kind of consequence,” she said. “I mean, that just needs to be resolved. It’s just not something that should be going on.

“It’s just not fair that people can break laws and not have any kind of consequence.”

— Stacey Gibson, Portland business owner

Despite the troubles, she’s maintaining hope that conditions will eventually improve.

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“As far as [being] a business owner, I mean, we’re just crossing our fingers and trying to get through as best we can — keeping people working, trying to keep them safe. Hopefully something comes along and we can, you know, just deal with the Covid and try to get through all of that mess.

“But it’s terrifying as a business owner. I’m just not really sure what to expect and this is just unprecedented situations.”

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Sen. Kennedy hits back at NYT op-ed touting Biden: Their answer is turn America over to ‘managerial elites’

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If you believe the words of a recent op-ed in The New York Times which supposedly offers “hope,” then “you were probably that kid in grade school who always ate the paste,” Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy stated Thursday night.

In an interview on “Fox News @ Night” with host Shannon Bream, Kennedy said he had read Nicholas Kristof’s piece, titled “We Interrupt This Gloom to Offer … Hope.”

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“It’s supposedly about hope. I mean, who can be against hope?” he asked. “That’s like, that’s like hating golden retrievers.”

However, upon delving further into the article, Kennedy could not find where the hope was.

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“Here’s what the article says. My words, not the author’s. America is a depraved country. Most Americans, he says — in my opinion — particularly white Americans, are racist, and misogynistic, and ignorant. They’re morons,” he said. “And then, the author goes on to say — my words, not his — that the American people are so moronic that they can’t fix their country.”

Kristof wrote Thursday that while the nation is “a mess,” simultaneous “catastrophes have also created conditions that may finally let us extricate ourselves from the mire,” as well as the “grim awareness of [our] national failures.”

Kristof painted President Trump as the “avatar of failed ‘let them eat cake’ policies — drawing parallels to former President Richard Nixon — but assured there is a “chance for a reset.”

He also highlighted how “America’s 50 years of failures had their roots in racism,” adding that the Black Lives Matter movement “along with a broad recognition that America has taken a wrong path” creates an “opportunity” for presumptive 2020 presidential nominee Joe Biden.

“Is that a pipe dream?” Kristof asked. “Perhaps. But a series of national crises may have exposed our failings enough to give us a chance at a do-over.”

“And so, the answer is to turn America over to the managerial elites,” Kennedy said. “And, by that, I mean the cultured, cosmopolitan, bacon-wrapped shrimp and tuna tartare crowd who think they’re smarter and more virtuous than the American people.”

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“And, the author seems to think that those, that managerial elite, is comprised of what I call the Ritz Carlton Democrats,” he said. “Though I will tell you, I know some big-government Republicans who act the same way.”

“In my opinion, if you believe this article,” Kennedy said, “you were probably that kid in grade school who always ate the paste.”

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Dan Crenshaw hits back at Cuomo for touting coronavirus response, says New Yorkers should be offended

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Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw slammed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday for taking a victory lap for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and took issue with the fact that thousands of New Yorkers died in nursing homes.

Crenshaw told “Fox News @Night” on Wednesday that Cuomo “took affirmative action that actually harmed New Yorkers.”

“What was that?” Crenshaw asked. “You put patients who were infected back in nursing homes, you cannot forget this, he actually took action that hurt people and it’s responsible for the huge amount of deaths there.”

Crenshaw made the comments two days after Cuomo debuted a poster he designed called “New York Tough” that he suggests captures the journey his state went through while addressing the pandemic.

The poster depicts a mountain with essential workers pulling a rope symbolizing the “flattening of the curve.”

Crenshaw said Cuomo’s actions “resulted in this curve which was the exact curve that we were supposed to avoid and then he goes and makes this artistic poster about it and tries to pretend like it’s a good thing.”

“It’s really unbelievable and I think it really offends a lot of New Yorkers as it should,” he continued.

Speaking last month with MSNBC, Cuomo defended his administration’s now-scrapped nursing home policy that critics say contributed to thousands of coronavirus deaths.

When asked if he takes responsibility for the order and “the role it may have played in those deaths,” Cuomo said, “the Republicans definitely are playing politics.”

“We had more people die in nursing homes than anywhere else because we had more people die, because the federal government missed the boat and never told us that this virus was coming from Europe and not from China,” he continued.

Cuomo has received scathing criticism for his early order requiring that nursing homes accept COVID-19 patients who had been released from hospitals, effectively placing them in the same facilities housing the demographic most vulnerable to the virus.

Cuomo has insisted that New York’s original nursing home policy was in line with a March 13 directive from the Trump administration’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that went out to all states on how to control nursing homes.

The guidelines say a nursing home “can accept a resident diagnosed with COVID-19 … as long as the facility can follow CDC guidance” — and require any newly admitted resident with a COVID-19 case to be placed in a designated COVID-19 care unit. The guidance also says “nursing homes should admit any individuals that they would normally admit to their facility, including individuals from hospitals where a case of COVID-19 was/is present.”

New York, among other states, said at the time that nursing homes cannot refuse to take patients from hospitals solely because they have the coronavirus. After mounting criticism that the policy put the most vulnerable people at risk and contributed to a high number of fatalities, New York reversed course May 10. Now hospitals can only send patients who have tested negative for COVID-19 to nursing homes.

Host Shannon Bream pointed out on Wednesday that the situation in New York “was dire” and “frightening” and that it seems that New York is “past it,” but asked, “What do you make of this idea that the governor is sort of getting a pat on the back from a lot of the media and from himself, it appears?”

“I’m always amazed by their ability to spin false narratives,” Crenshaw said in response.

“If you are going to be intellectually honest about criticizing our leaders, you have to be able to look back in time and say you took action, it was clear that you should’ve gone left and instead you went right.”

“A lot of people like to criticize Republican governors for reopening too early, what that really means is you’re saying they were wrong to give people too much freedom,” he continued. “If that sounds ridiculous, it is of course, but Governor Cuomo did something much worse than that, he took affirmative action that actually harmed New Yorkers.”

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In a statement sent to Fox News, Rich Azzopardi, senior adviser to Gov. Cuomo, said, “Another day, another Republican hack trying to distract from the many, many failures of the Trump administration during this pandemic and their lack of action that made us the only nation on earth to not deploy a national Covid-19 strategy.”

“Experts now say the virus was in New York in February, if not earlier, and a DOH [Department of Health] study, which was reviewed by experts at Northwell‎ Health and Mount Sinai, showed definitively that the spike in facility deaths was early, likely caused by asymptomatic staffers through no fault of their own and predated the March 25th directive,” Azzopardi continued.

“No one is buying this GOP political smokescreen and they should knock it off and wear a mask.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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National Association of Police Organizations endorses Trump: ‘We anticipate’ another four years

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The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) announced its decision to endorse President Trump on Wednesday, after two-thirds of their members expressed their support in a virtual meeting, President Mick McHale explained on Fox News.

In an interview on “Fox News @ Night” with host Shannon Bream, McHale said that they had “organized a virtual meeting” following the instruction of bylaws that have been traditionally utilized since their inception in 1978.

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“And, President Trump earned that endorsement with a greater margin of the two-thirds that participated in today’s meeting,” he said. “So, it’s with great pride that I announce on behalf of our National Association of Police Organizations, our endorsement of President Donald J. Trump.”

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik, who was also a guest in the show, said that the organization’s endorsement of the president is “enormous,” but “only the beginning.”

NAPO represents more than 1,000 police associations and 241,000 officers. They did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.

“You have to realize, [there are] 800,000 to 900,000 local, state and federal police officers, law enforcement officers in this country. And, if they’re watching the news, if they’re watching what’s going on on a daily basis around the country —  whether it’s Atlanta, New York City, Baltimore, Portland, Seattle — the Democrats are completely anti-police, anti-law enforcement,” he remarked.

“If that’s the case, there’s only one vote you need. And, that’s for this president who has consistently…been a super pro-law and order president,” said Kerik.

Bream asked the pair about federal involvement in high-crime cities where Democratic leaders are pushing back on the president.

McHale said he was “excited to hear” what the president’s plan is moving forward, pointing out that elected officials had distorted the president’s executive order to help police officers secure military surplus supplies.

“So we’re excited in anticipation of the president’s announcement,” he reiterated, adding that the president has “continually supported legislation to include [the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act] — things like that. And, we anticipate and hopefully have another four years.”

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“Listen, the president’s going to do everything in his power, and I think a lot of this is going to have to do with putting the ATF, the FBI, the DEA and the Marshal Service in these communities start taking out the gangs, start taking out the guns, and cleaning up the communities so that people can live there safely — which is what the Democrats are not doing,” Kerik concluded.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips, Hillary Vaughn, and Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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