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Random Thoughts On Rep. Katie Hill And Her Thrupple

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I was involved in a Thupple? Is that on Google?

Ahhhhhh just when you think that you have seen it all in the world of entertainment and politics, along comes a freshman Congresswoman from California and her “Thrupple” that says “I can do better, hold my hairbrush.”

Miracles truly, never do cease.

After reading the excellent work done by my colleague Jennifer Van Laar on Rep. Katie Hill D-CA and her inappropriate relationship with her staffers CA Rep. Katie Hill Allegedly Involved Female Staffer In 2-Yr ‘Throuple’ Relationship, I sat down and jotted a few random thoughts down about this story.

Here they are…

*According to Jenn’s story, Katie Hill was married for 15 years and had a female staffer that she and the hubby were involved with.

Photographs and text messages obtained by RedState show that Rep. Hill was involved in a long-term sexual relationship with a female campaign staffer. The woman, whose name is not being released, was hired by Hill in late 2017 and quickly became involved in a “throuple” relationship with Hill and her estranged husband, Kenny Heslep.

Heslep and the staffer, according to text messages provided to RedState, believed the polyamorous arrangement to be a long-term, committed relationship. The trio took multiple vacations together, including to Alaska, where this photograph was taken.

So Katie and the hubby start off as a couple and then bring the third girl into the mix. So this part I understand being I watch HBO shows based in California and have seen crazier things. However, being I am not steeped in the rules for “Thrupples” my first questions are these.

Now that Hill has jumped ship to her finance director, do the hubby and the female staffer continue on? Do they find a third wheel to replace Hill? Do they maybe include the finance director and would that be a quadruple?

I’m a newbie and I have questions people.

* In this EXCLUSIVE photo (listed below) from Jenn’s article, it is shown that Rep. Hill is naked while brushing the third wheels hair while sitting on a chair in what looks to be a hotel room.

My question and or thought here is, did anyone alert housekeeping that the cushion NEEDED TO BE CLEANED? Having congresspersons bare A$$ on a cushion in a hotel room that the next patron uses also when it was not cleaned is GROSS.

When did the Thrupple community become such savages?

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*When does this story become a Jeopardy question?

Question: This Freshman Congresswoman from California was married to a guy but they both had the same girlfriend and were alleged to be in a what?

Answer: What is a THRUPPLE Alex!

*When are any of the mainstream media or entertainment outlets going to pick up this excellent reporting by Jenn?

Here we have a story about an allegation of clear abuse of power. You are not supposed to be playing any type of intimate relations game with people that WORK FOR YOU ( on the taxpayers’ dime ) when you are an elected official. This is about as unethical as it gets.

How has this tale about Thrupple sex and a clear abuse of power not made Special Report With Bret Baier or even TMZ for cripes sake? Cmon Harvey, you’re better than this. I have been looking forward to you and Charles covering this for TMZ Live and then watch you shake your head while looking at the ground like you do when you’re flabbergasted.

I’m sure if it were a Republican this would be getting the same treatment of nonchalant yawns from the mainstream media. I’m sorry, I couldn’t even type that without laughing aloud.

Once again, great work by my colleague Jennifer Van Laar on this. She has been doxxed and threatened over this, which I don’t understand why. She introduced a new word to all of us non-heathens and heathens alike and you should be thankful, not ticked off.

Check out all of Jenn’s work RIGHT HERE

Check out my other posts here on Red State and my podcast Bourbon On The Rocks plus like Bourbon On The Rocks on Facebook and follow me on the twitters at IRISHDUKE2 

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Journalists are Amused by the Irony of Canadian PM ‘Jussie Trudeau’ Winning a Minority Government

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau managed to squeak out a narrow victory on Monday night, winning a minority government. Trudeau prevailed over his Conservative rival, Andrew Scheer, to win a second term. Late polls showed a very tight race.

Given the numerous photos and videos showing Trudeau in black and brown face that surfaced in the months leading up to the election, many journalists are having a little fun with the fact that he has won a minority government.

Conservative icon Michelle Malkin, who refers to the Prime Minister as “Jussie Trudeau,” tweeted that “Jussie Trudeau is now a real minority — and he doesn’t have to wear blackface!”

Twitchy points out that the New York Times‘ headline states that Trudeau’s party will lose its House of Commons majority, rather than saying Trudeau won a minority government.

Other media outlets, such as CP24 (above) and AFP News relished the irony of it all and couldn’t resist.

Here are some responses to the news by twitter users (via Twitchy):

Someone explain to Justin that minority here does not mean he has to go shoe polish shopping

Trudeau finally gets to be a real minority.

Congrats to Canada for re-electing its first black PM.

I see what you did there…

For those who may have missed the photos.

And finally, “That face when you’re ’bout to form a minority gov.”

Can you imagine if even a single photo emerged of President Trump wearing black face?

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Newt Gingrich Eviscerates Mitt Romney: ‘He doesn’t matter. He’s a fossilized element of a party that’s disappearing’

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News of Mitt Romney’s secret twitter account made national headlines on Monday.

Ever since losing the nomination to Donald Trump in 2016, Romney, AKA Pierre Delecto, has become increasingly consumed with anger and bitterness, which only deepened after he was turned down for the Secretary of State position. Unlike Hillary Clinton following her stunning defeat, Romney was characteristically quiet about it – at first, then became progressively more vocal. He was happy to accept President Trump’s endorsement in his senate race last year. But upon his arrival in Washington last January, the trickle of criticism he’d directed toward Trump escalated to the point where he has become one of the President’s most outspoken critics.

Now the left which derided him in 2012 and even 2016, treat him like a hero. He mistakes this newfound attention and flattery from the liberal elites as true respect when it’s actually a case of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ He’s become a tool of the left.

Before Romney locked down the account on Monday, other Twitter users had scoured through it and found the gems. Among the many Republicans he had denigrated was Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday night and he and host Laura Ingraham discussed it. Here’s what Newt had to say about Romney.

As a historian, I think this is how revolutions occur. Mitt Romney represents the old order. Well, guess what, he just gave you an old order speech. Why should that surprise anyone?

Maybe I am generous to a fault, but the truth is I don’t pay attention to Mitt Romney. I don’t think Mitt Romney matters in the long run of American political history. He certainly does not matter in a Donald Trump Republican Party. I think he is a fossilized element of a party that is disappearing. It doesn’t offend me.

Mitt Romney’s being true to Mitt Romney…I’m not trying to psychoanalyze Mitt. We were competitors. We have enough scars on both sides. But I think as a historian, you’re correct to say whether it was Paul Ryan or it was Mitt Romney or a handful of other people, they are the old order and it’s an order which is disappearing.

 

I voted for Romney in 2012 not only because I feared the damage that four more years of Obama would do to the country, but because I thought that, with his experience in turning around businesses that were in trouble, he could work wonders for America.

When he ran again in 2016, I was less enthusiastic. Romney had had his chance and America had rejected him. It was time for a new candidate.

The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins published an article on Sunday evening about his recent interview with Romney. It is entitled “The Liberation of Mitt Romney” and it’s lede says “The newly rebellious senator has become an outspoken dissident in Trump’s Republican Party, just in time for the president’s impeachment trial.” Romney spoke as if he were a victim, a target of Trump’s vicious, immature tweets. And a read of Coppins piece shows that’s exactly how the left portrays him.

Coppins writes, “They manage that tension in different ways: While the president spent a too-online Saturday earlier this month unloading on Twitter—launching #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY into the canon of viral Trump taunts—Romney enjoyed a quiet afternoon picking apples with his grandkids in Utah and refusing to take the bait.”

Right, Trump was sitting at the White House feverishly composing insulting tweets while St. Mitt, above the fray, was off picking apples with his grandchildren.

Let’s not forget that Romney’s first act upon arrival in Washington was to publish a scathing, judgmental op-ed in the Washington Post. And that New Year’s Day missive was merely the opening salvo. Following Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Northern Syria, his resistance to Trump has turned into open hostility.

Coppins continues:

When I met him in his office a couple of weeks later, I asked if the Twitter insults bothered him.

That’s kind of what he does,” Romney said with a shrug, and then got up to retrieve an iPad from his desk. He explained that he uses a secret Twitter account—“What do they call me, a lurker?”—to keep tabs on the political conversation. “I won’t give you the name of it,” he said, but “I’m following 668 people.” Swiping at his tablet, he recited some of the accounts he follows, including journalists, late-night comedians (“What’s his name, the big redhead from Boston?”), and athletes. Trump was not among them. “He tweets so much,” Romney said, comparing the president to one of his nieces who overshares on Instagram. “I love her, but it’s like, Ah, it’s too much.”

Coppins wrote, “When I would speak with his friends and allies in Utah during last year’s campaign, there was often a certain dilettantish quality in the future Senator Romney they envisioned—a venerable elder statesman dabbling in legislation the way a retiree takes up tennis.

Like Joe Biden, Romney should have called it a day. He’d lived the American dream. He had achieved success and respect, he had a loving, close knit family, he had it all. Still, he wanted to cap it all off by winning the presidency. His inability to achieve that dream, especially to someone he considered so morally inferior, was something he just couldn’t accept.

So, here he is, proudly revealing his alter ego “Pierre Delecto,” to the world. With this one act, he has shattered the integrity and the decency we believed was synonymous with Mitt Romney.

Resentment is a powerful and costly business.

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A History of the Demise of American Constitutional Democracy, Part 3

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In the previous two parts of this series, I attempted to show how the courts and the Supreme Court have been instrumental in dismantling the intentions of the Framers of the Constitution.  This they have achieved through the terrible practice of stare decisis, a practice the Court is under no obligation to follow. To correct a wrong, they have created two other doctrines- substantive due process and Chevron deference- while expanding the meaning of the Commerce Clause.  As such, they have vested tremendous powers into the hands of unelected bureaucrats and created the modern administrative state with a big Court blessing.

But perhaps the greatest insult to the Constitution is the Court’s ability to create law on their own without any prompting from any President or any Congress.  As mentioned in the first part of this series, the lone dissenter in Plessy vs. Ferguson was the lone Justice who got it right the first time.  If the Court had heeded the words of Justice Harlan, there would have been no Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954.  Long on social justice and references to sociological and psychological studies, that decision wreaked more havoc than good.

First, education was and should strictly be the province of state and local government.  But the decision in 1954 mandated a national solution to a local problem.  While we can argue the virtues of an integrated school system, the theory of such being desirous is now so ingrained in jurisprudence that it dictates beyond that which the Court required in 1954.  In essence, it dictated that education was some unknown “right” not to be found in the Constitution and as such the “rights” of someone or some group were being violated.  The solution was, at times, armed National Guard troops stationed at schools, or court-ordered busing of students well outside their neighborhoods to achieve the realization of this “right.”

Ironically, on many college campuses these days we see a reversion to pre-1954 attitudes among those the decision sought to benefit.  Many students who are gay, or black or Latino are shouting for their own housing, classes, and list of demands.  They are self-segregating.  This puts all that sociological research cited in 1954 by the Court into question.  And from Brown comes a myriad of cases involving higher education where the Court still persists in the belief that diversity is an absolute good in and of itself and therefore desirable above all else, outcomes be damned.

Of course, the high watermark of rights created by the Court is perhaps the worse decision.  Some point to the Dred Scott decision as to the worst.  In that decision, at least Dred Scott got to live, albeit as a slave.  In Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court sanctioned the murder of countless humans based on a specious “right to privacy.”  While they wring their hands over the death penalty, they have condoned the killing of unborn humans in the name of privacy.

To see how this privacy right works in another context, a recent case is instructive and illustrates how far the Court has strayed from Constitutional interpretation and the clear wording of the text.  That case is Carpenter vs. the United States.  Carpenter was a career armed robber.  Police used cell phone location data to convict him.  He argued that this violated his Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

The Framers did not have cell phones, but neither did they have landlines.  But a case from 1928 involving the conviction of a bootlegger found no problem adapting the Bill of Rights to new technology.  In that case, Justice Taft noted that the telephone lines were outside the bootlegger’s premises for starters and that conversations are not “papers.”  Hence, there was no Constitutional violation.

All that was “settled law” until 1967 when the Warren Court decided that what the Framers really meant by “persons, houses, papers and effects” was a person’s “reasonable expectation of privacy.”  One can see how this clearly fits into the Bill Of Rights’ “penumbras and emanations.”  In the Carpenter decision, the Court relied on this “reasonable expectation of privacy” to overturn his conviction.

We can parse the words of the Fourth Amendment.  As noted in the dissent by Thomas, a cursory review of a dictionary reveals that when the word “search” was inserted into the Amendment, it meant looking into suspected places.  If you transfer the Amendment’s protection from places to people, you have effectively read a word out of the text.  Writing “their…papers” also cannot mean someone else’s records so a subpoena for cell company records, upon which Carpenter based his appeal, is also a ludicrous premise.  Thomas also asked who decides what a “reasonable expectation” is in the first place?  That, he claimed is a policy determination and one better left for the legislative branch rather than the judicial branch of government.  Yet, it was Roberts who cast the deciding vote to further subvert the authority of law enforcement.

These lines of reasoning extend beyond a cell phone company subpoena.  Besides hamstringing law enforcement with Court-created rights nowhere to be found in the Constitution, or re-interpreting clearly worded Constitutional provisions, the ability to discipline disruptive students has also been hampered.  In 2013, a federal judge overturned the will of California voters when he ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.  Two years later, the Supreme Court made it federal in the Obergfell decision by declaring that gay marriage violated the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in a decision long on poetry and short on Constitutional sanity and in the face of human existence.

If anyone reviews Supreme Court cases from year-to-year, one finds that they often grapple with problems they themselves created.  Most of the cases are statutory interpretation and very few are Constitutional interpretation.  What makes this more concerning is their refusal to reach decisions firmly rooted in the words of the Constitution.  Their reliance on stare decisis is part of the problem, but their seeming inability to reach the core issues, especially under Roberts who would rather prefer to slither away using legal sleight of hand, is another problem.

Anyone who holds out hope that Roe vs. Wade will be overturned by this Court is seriously mistaken.  As they have shown in other areas and in a precious few, there is no willingness to redirect the Court to its proper role.  Its proper role is the interpretation of the words of the Constitution given the commonsense usage of those words.  It is not to read words, the thoughts of writers, “life” or their preferred outcomes into a decision.  It is not to sanction an administrative state and confer upon unelected bureaucrats, no matter their “expert” status, powers that impact everyday life.  And it certainly is not to be bound by Court-created principles that have no mooring in the words of the Constitution.  At this point in time, we can safely say sadly there is only one Supreme Court Justice (Thomas) or possibly two (Alito) willing to correct previous wrongs.  The jury is still out on the two Trump appointees.  But if history is any guide, this is one writer who does not hold out much hope.

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The Senate Is In Play for 2020

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The Republicans are looking at a very hard choice ahead of them in 2020.

Do they stick with President Donald Trump, who still has a firm hold on his base but sees moderate voters slipping away? Or do they run against him or even convict in an impeachment trial?

A year ago – even two months ago- the notion would be absurd. But a string of bad decisions and the Democrats’ slow, methodical rollout of the impeachment inquiry are changing the numbers ahead of not just Trump’s presidential re-election, but the re-election of several key incumbents in the Senate.

Currently, the Republicans have a 53-47 edge over Democrats in the Senate. We know that Doug Jones in Alabama is in trouble, so the Republicans could pick up a seat there. However, 23 Republican seats are up for re-election, nearly 2-to-1 over the number Democrats have in 2020. Among those Republicans are several in swing states: Susan Collins, Corey Gardner, Martha McSally, and Thom Tillis. As well as those four, you see Democrats attempting to make a play against Joni Ernst of Iowa and David Perdue of Georgia.

However, with all of that said, this isn’t just to say that the Senate is in play in terms of Senator re-elections. It’s also in play in the impeachment process.

That 53-47 lead is a slim one. You don’t need that many Republicans to break away from the party vote the other way to put Trump in trouble. Several Republicans fit the bill there.

Leading the charge is Senator Mitt Romney, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s for a while, but has ramped up his attacks in the past couple of weeks. Susan Collins is just as likely to side with the Democrats as she is Republicans, as is Lisa Murkowski.

On the fence, you have senators like Ben Sasse, Joni Ernst, Lamar Alexander, and Martha McSally. Sasse has been a longtime critic of Trump’s, though his tone has softened a bit. McSally came out hard against impeachment, but she has recently been quieter on the subject of Trump’s Ukrainian phone call. Ernst is in a similar position as McSally, while Alexander is set to retire from his seat.

You also have guys like Mike Lee and other solid conservatives who may see this as a chance to try to right the ship. It’s a very outside chance that these guys would join in, but if the Democrats get enough evidence together, it can definitely turn the tables.

Of course, the Senate could come out 53-47 in Trump’s favor if the impeachment makes it to trial, but his actions in Syria have alienated a lot of loyal Republicans. His decision to host the G-7 summit at Dural, before he canceled the idea, was also frowned upon by many in the Senate, including those in his own party.

Right now is the time that Trump should be working closely with members of his party, and ease their concerns. But he has this unfortunate habit of lashing out through social media when he’s feeling cornered or upset, and that tends to not help his situation.

This is by no means a doomsday forecast, but it is a warning. Republicans – not just Trump – need to take a lot of things into account if it becomes a matter of getting re-elected. If Trump goes down, are these Republicans willing to go down with him? And, on the flip side of that, if they choose to abandon Trump and he beats impeachment and whoever his 2020 opponent is, how well will he and the Senators who broke from him work together past that point?

It is an incredibly difficult position many of these Republicans find themselves in. I don’t envy the choices they are going to have to make.

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Trump Defends Tulsi Gabbard Against the Equivalent of the Democrat Party’s Mean Girls

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is not the most popular kid at the Democrats’ table, and that’s primarily because she finds common ground on both sides of the aisle on different subjects. Today’s Democrats don’t like that kind of “impurity,” and as such, have begun throwing nasty comments her way, as well as spreading vicious rumors about her.

The meanest of the mean girls at the Democrats’ lunch table is failed 2016 candidate, Hillary Clinton, who went so far as to accuse Gabbard of being a “Russian asset” as my colleague Bonchie previously covered.

(READ: Hillary Clinton Attacks Tulsi Gabbard and Gets Absolutely Wrecked In Response)

If there’s one person who knows what it’s like to be labeled a Russian asset by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, it’s President Donald Trump, who spoke out in defense of Gabbard, and verbally smacked Clinton down during a small press conference, according to The Hill.

“Hillary Clinton, I don’t know if you’ve heard of her, she’s the one accusing everybody of being a Russian agent. Anybody that is opposed to her is a Russian agent,” Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting. “That’s a scam that was pretty much put down.”

“I don’t know Tulsi, but she’s not a Russian agent,” Trump continued. “I don’t know Jill Stein. I know she likes the environment. I don’t think she likes Russians. If she does like them, I know she’s not an asset.”

“These people are sick. There’s something wrong with them,” Trump, who has repeatedly cast doubt on the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in 2016 to help him defeat Clinton, said.

Trump also claimed that Gabbard, whose presidential campaign has struggled in the polls, would be helped by Clinton’s comments.

“I think that Tulsi Gabbard probably got helped quite a bit by this there.”

“I think we were helped,” Trump said, accusing Clinton of perpetrating a “scam.”

Gabbard has been one of the candidates many moderates on the left have come to support, and even conservatives have grown to find a certain respect for her without lending her any support. This defense by Trump is likely not to improve Gabbard’s chances of being liked within the current mainstream Democrat party as it is, but may indeed attract more moderates back to the left.

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CNN: Mexico Has Essentially Built Trump’s Wall and Is Paying for It

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FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2016 photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Santa Teresa, N.M. Can Donald Trump really make good on his promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border to prevent illegal migration? What’s more, can he make Mexico pay for it? Sure, he can build it, but it’s not nearly as simple as he says. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

You may have noticed in reports about illegal immigration that there’s been a precipitous drop in apprehensions at the border. That’s not because there are fewer being caught, that’s because there are fewer coming across.

That’s in large measure due to the cooperation deal that President Donald Trump struck with Mexico.

In fact, even CNN has had to admit Trump’s success.

In an astonishing case of pigs flying, CNN actually ran article on Sunday by Catherine Shoichet and Natalie Gallón, “Why some say Mexico already built Trump’s wall — and paid for it.”

In it they note that Mexico has effectively built the wall, that Mexico by marshaling thousands of their troops to prevent people from coming in and not going north to the U.S. is acting as the wall itself.

Among the things they have done:

Nearly 15,000 troops are deployed to Mexico’s northern border, where they’ve set up 20 checkpoints, Mexican Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said last week at a press briefing on the country’s security strategy. At the southern border, 12,000 troops are deployed and have set up 21 checkpoints.

And it’s worked.

Asked to respond to claims that Mexico is effectively paying for the wall Trump wanted, foreign ministry spokesman Roberto Velasco told CNN that migration flows have notably decreased in recent months, and that efforts continue for a regional development plan to address the root causes of migration in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

“The number of migrants presented before Mexican authorities has decreased by 70% from June to September,” he said.

This all came after the threat of tariffs from Trump earlier in the year.

CNN doesn’t seem completely pleased while noting this success, quoting Univision’s Jorge Ramos, “It’s true: President Trump is using Mexico. And, against all logic, Mexico is letting him get away with it,” he wrote. “This has to change.”

Why would you want to stop success? Because it doesn’t align with the Democratic effort to open the borders?

But in this case, it’s also to Mexico’s benefit because they’re protecting their own sovereignty as well as preventing folks from getting north to get to the United States.

So will other media pick up on this and give credit where credit is due?

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Payback? Kamala Harris Surrogate Floated the “Tulsi is a Russian Asset” Accusation Before Hillary Clinton Did

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The political world was rocked last week when it was reported that failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called 2020 presidential contender Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) a “Russian asset” along with 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

Clinton’s provocative comments, for which she provided no evidence, were made during a podcast with former Obama senior adviser David Plouffe. Gabbard obliterated Clinton in response on Twitter and then later in interviews.

Something that wasn’t widely reported last week, however, is that another Democrat was floating the “Tulsi is a Russian asset” accusation before Hillary was.

During last Tuesday night’s presidential debate, Gabbard mentioned a “CNN commentator” who that morning “said on national television that I’m an asset of Russia.”

Watch:

That CNN commentator she was talking about is Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina state representative. Sellers is also a vocal supporter and surrogate for the presidential campaign of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), which was reported back in April.

On CNN’s New Day the morning of the debate, here’s what Sellers said about Gabbard:

“I firmly believe that Tulsi Gabbard stands on that stage and is the antithesis to what the other 11 individuals stand for, especially when it comes to issues such as foreign policy.”

“There is no question, there is no question that Tulsi Gabbard, of all the 12, is a puppet for the Russian government,” said Sellers, a lawyer and former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

“[T]here is a chance that Tulsi is not just working for the United States,” he also said, adding, “That’s not just an allegation.” Sellers, however, did not produce any evidence to back up his claim.

Watch the segment below, courtesy of MRC-TV:

The panel appeared momentarily stunned. But as you can see from the transcript, New Day hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman provided little to no pushback on Sellers’ shocking remarks.

When Gabbard made her comments about him at the debate, I’m not sure if she knew he was a surrogate for the Harris campaign. Would have been VERY interesting to see her ask Harris point blank on the stage if she agreed with him. It could have been Tulsi vs. Kamala from the second debate all over again.

Which brings me to my main question: Did Harris know Sellers was going to make this “point” the day of the debate? Watch her non-answer Friday to a journalist’s question about Clinton’s accusations against Gabbard:

“I mean everyone is entitled to their opinion.” And then “I think that there is nothing else to say.” What is that even supposed to mean?

If I didn’t know any better I’d say Sellers’ comments were planned. There is a lot of bad blood between the Gabbard and Harris camps that stems even further back than just what happened at the July debate. It would not surprise me at all to find out this was calculated. Politicians – Democrats especially – are notorious for launching nasty broadsides at their political opposition via surrogates but then feigning ignorance or innocence when directly asked about it later.

Sen. Harris has proved time and time again she is not above this tactic herself. I can’t prove it, but my gut instinct tells me she was aware of what Sellers would accuse Gabbard of during that segment.

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House GOP Resolution to Censure Adam Schiff for Abusing his Power has Failed, But it Sent a Clear Message

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A House Republican resolution to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for abusing his power to mislead the American people failed on Monday night. He’s been conducting his interviews behind closed doors, withholding documents from minority members of his committee and leaking cherry picked pieces of information to deliberately mislead the American people. (Scroll down to read the full resolution.)

Although House Republicans did not have the votes to pass this resolution, merely introducing it has shined a light on the secretive, partisan manner in which Schiff is conducting the proceedings. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) appeared on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto’s show on Monday to tell us what we already know, that Schiff is engineering a total political hit job on President Trump.

Republicans aren’t the only ones to notice how covertly Schiff has handled the impeachment inquiry so far.

In a recent appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” he was questioned about the secrecy surrounding his inquiry by journalist Margaret Brennan. Schiff replied, “There’s a reason why investigations and grand jury proceedings, for example, and I think this is analogous to a grand jury proceeding, are done out of the public view initially. Now we may very well call some of the same witnesses or all the same witnesses in public hearings as well. But we want to make sure that we meet the needs of the investigation and not give the President or his legal minions the opportunity to tailor their testimony and in some cases fabricate testimony to suit their interests.”

A Wall Street Journal editorial points out:

A grand jury is a criminal proceeding. Impeachment is a political process in which the House defines the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Mr. Schiff wants it both ways: Run his secret hearings like a criminal grand jury, but then impeach Mr. Trump of political offenses even if the President committed no crime.

And he wants to keep it all secret so Mr. Trump and his “legal minions”—i.e., his lawyers and the House minority—don’t have access to the evidence he will use against the President. Oh, and he says contrary evidence will be fabricated—an accusation of a crime in advance but with no evidence. With his every statement and action, Mr. Schiff is making Mr. Trump’s case that this impeachment is a rigged game.

The American people are so much smarter than Schiff or most other Democrats give them credit for. We’re all still waiting for the evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians which was hiding in plain sight. This man went on the Sunday talk shows and lied to voters for over two years.

In fact, a newly released Rasmussen national telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely voters found that 51% believe it’s Likely that senior law enforcement officials broke the law in an effort to prevent Donald Trump from winning the presidency; 34% say it’s Very Likely; 36% say it’s Unlikely; 22% say it’s Not At All Likely; 13% are not sure.

Finally, separately but related, Byron York reported that all nine Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee signed a letter to Schiff accusing him of withholding 21 documents from them. Townhall’s Guy Benson points out that this is more significant than we might think because two of the members, Reps.Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Will Hurd (R-TX) stand out. Stefanik, he says, is “a young, serious member from upstate New York who does not reflexively back Trump or feed red meat to the party faithful. Will Hurd, is a fiercely independent swing district Texan who has frequently criticized and broken with the president…and who is retiring after this term. Hurd cannot be caricatured as a paint-by-numbers partisan. He also has an extensive background in the intelligence world. If he signed a letter objecting to Schiff’s tactics, the objections should be taken seriously.”

Although, with Republicans currently in the minority, the resolution failed and the letter won’t have much of an effect, it’s good to see Schiff being called out formally for the first time. Let’s  hope we see more of this.

 

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Tupac Shakur is Arrested in Tennessee, and He’s Still Up to His Old Tricks

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For all you hardcore rap fans out there, is Tupac still alive?

Well, the short answer is Yes.

But he is in jail.

Aaagain.

In Johnson City, Tennessee over the weekend, a man named Tupac Amaru Shakur — the exact first, middle, and last names as the Thug Life rapper who was murdered in a car beside Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight on the Las Vegas strip 23 years ago — was taken into custody.

Police responded to a call Saturday about Pac, who had outstanding arrest warrants. When officals tried to make the detainment, he came toward ’em with a knife.

That’s textbook Tupac.

The officers should’ve known better.

From Pac’s album One Million Strong:

Runnin‘ from the police (Yeah, I know what you mean)
No matter what I do, they got a n*gga
Still runnin’ from the police
(Put them mother****ing Nike’s on tight and get ghost y’all)

Still runnin’ from the police, I gets no sleep
I got you peepin’ in my window, while I’m smokin’ indo
But I ain’t no mother****ing track star, pigs got a jeep
Like [a friend] runnin’ through mother******’s backyards
So I grabs my piece before I flee

This time around, him grabsing his piece resulted in a bit of a scuffle, and when officers searched generously-tattooed Tupac, they found a syringe and multiple bags of meth.

The star was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, unlawful drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of meth.

Tupac’s lookin’ a bit different these days, perhaps from the stress of having to hide from all other human beings since faking his death.

See for yourself:

Not quite the sheen he once had.

And it looks like he may suffer from sleep apnea.

Someone get that thug some hoes and a CPAP.

Oh, well — at least America’s favorite deceased rapper is still among us.

But, of course, eventually, this too(pac) shall pass.

Especially if he keeps doing meth.

But that’s the thug life.

-ALEX

 

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