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It’s Time To Panic: The Trade War Will Hit Scotch Whiskey Next

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While the United States has ceased escalating its trade war with China for the moment, the Trump Administration and the European Union are preparing to up the ante in their disputes.

According to Reuters, several European commodities are slated to be hit with new tariffs, including Scotch whiskey.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office released a list of additional products – including olives, Italian cheese and Scotch whiskey – that could be hit with tariffs, on top of products worth $21 billion that were announced in April.

USTR said it was adding 89 tariff sub-categories to its initial list, including a variety of metals, in response to public comments, but gave no further explanation. Over 40 individuals testified about products included on the initial list at a public hearing on May 15 and 16.

The United States and the EU have threatened to impose billions of dollars of tit-for-tat tariffs on planes, tractors and food in a nearly 15-year dispute at the World Trade Organization over aircraft subsidies given to U.S. planemaker Boeing Co (BA.N) and its European rival, Airbus SE (AIR.PA).

This is simply unacceptable. Scotch is good, tariffs (which are essentially taxes that get passed on to the consumer) are bad.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States criticized the Trump administration’s latest tariff threats and warned they would jeopardize U.S. jobs and hurt consumers.

“We strongly oppose the inclusion of distilled products in the proposed retaliation list,” said spokeswoman Lisa Hawkins.

“U.S. companies – from farmers to suppliers to retailers – are already being negatively impacted by the imposition of retaliatory tariffs by key trading partners on certain U.S. distilled spirits … and these additional tariffs will only inflict further harm,” she said.

The U.S. has announced it will hold a hearing in August on the new products that could be added to the tariff lists. However, the Trump Administration and industry officials are holding a meeting at the White House today in response. With any luck, we’ll see a positive response from the White House when it’s all said and done, particularly where the Scotch is concerned.

And I’m not sorry when I attack Trump over this, folks. This is the line. I am running low on my stock of Aberlour A’bunadh, and if it gets any pricier I’ll be cut off from one of the few pleasures life can still provide (I’m only being slightly overdramatic here – after all, in my day job I’m a teacher and this is how I cope).

In all seriousness, though, I have yet to really understand the strategy in these trade conflicts. Punitive tariffs are actually only punitive on consumers, not the countries of origin. They truly are taxes on consumers more than anything else, and at a time when the economy is strong, any new tax on consumers – particularly the middle class, who purchase a lot (not necessarily the Scotch and Italian cheese, but other basic goods) up the products that get slammed hardest by the tariffs.

In all honesty, the trade wars should – at best – have been a second-term strategy (although preferably not started at all). I don’t care if you can say President Trump is “winning” these wars. The fact that our prices are going up when the economy is otherwise making living easier is ill-advised.

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Dear Megan Rapinoe, Get Over the Fact That You’re a Gay Person With a Political Opinion and Stop Ruining This

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It’s not worth caring about.

It wasn’t long ago that figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy were making it a point to make their homosexuality the centerpiece of their time at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

That they’re gay isn’t really a concern to myself or many others. What mattered is that we had athletes on the world stage and we wanted them to do their very best while they represented our country. That’s all we wanted to care about, but Rippon and Kenworthy wouldn’t let us. They, like you, made it political by launching jabs at VP Mike Pence. Before you, Rippon also declined to go to the White House in order to make a statement.

They forced people to take sides instead of letting us enjoy the global sportsmanship free of political taint.

I want to be clear. When I say “take sides,” I don’t mean gay vs. straight. I mean the overall political message that these men forced the public to answer in the negative or affirmative. That they were Olympians didn’t matter after that. They made their politics eclipse their accomplishments.

What mattered is that they took political stances that many people couldn’t get behind. That they were gay mattered very little.

Now we have you. Another gay athlete with a cliche political opinion that shouldn’t matter in the wake of your victory on the national stage. Sadly, you made it matter. You made sure it would matter, and instead of the world uniting to rejoice and celebrate what you’ve managed to help pull off, we’re now shaking our heads at your disgusting efforts to hijack something pure and uniting and making it into one more thing to fight over.

We watch as you step on the flag of the country that helped bring you to where you are…

You showed further disrespect by consistently kneeling during the National Anthem, essentially insulting those who died for and helped turn this country in a place where heroes can be made and success is far more easily attained. You do this, according to sources, in order to protest Trump, as if the entire country deserves your ire because of one man.

You feel like you’re making a statement and changing things. I’m happy to tell you that you’re likely succeeding, and you’ll likely push people away from your camp and right into Trump’s.

It won’t be hard to figure out why. Your childish behavior rings more like a narcissist with a grudge than a socio-political role model. What’s more, you’re not even original. Rippon already did what you’ve done in the impotent quest to move the public through sports-based LGBT protesting and, like you, failed to move the needle one iota in your direction. What’s more, a lot of your actions are just microwaved leftovers of what Colin Kaepernick already served up, and when his nonsense was trendy to do in the NFL, the league actually lost 33 percent of its audience.

It’s likely that world’s buzz around you will fade, and your divisive advocacy will go with it like Rippon before you. Using your status as an LGBT sports star with an axe to grind will be one more reason for people not to care about what you have to say. Again, it won’t be because you’re a lesbian, it’ll be because you’re beating everyone over the head with it and using it to draw lines in the sand.

Again, nobody cares that you’re gay.

I’ll write for you what I wrote in 2018 to Rippon and Kenworthy.

The bottom line is that being gay doesn’t make you special, it makes you gay. It doesn’t make you a cultural mouthpiece for the western world, nor does it make you a mouthpiece for the LGBT community at large. It’s a diverse crowd with diverse opinions, and I know too many who roll their eyes so hard at the behavior of people like you that their eyes nearly fall out of their sockets.

Outrage about gay outrage is old hat. You need to understand that we are used to it, and that’s all thanks to braver people who came before you. Outside of your ability to play sports well, you are nothing special, just one more blowhard patting yourself on the back for your identity politics while attempting to paint your political rivals as evil.

You’re gay. Get over it. We certainly have.

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Census Bureau Data: Non Citizens Earn $9K More Per Year Than Black Americans

Importing cheap labor, documented or undocumented, has a real economic cost and it is black Americans who are the most harmed.

Anyone who has a basic understanding of economics knows about the Law of Supply and Demand, which essentially states

The law of supply and demand is a theory that explains the interaction between the sellers of a resource and the buyers for that resource. The theory defines how the relationship between the availability of a particular product and the desire (or demand) for that product has on its price. Generally, low supply and high demand increase price and vice versa.

Applying the Law of Supply and Demand to the labor market, the law of supply and demand means that the fewer workers (the sellers of their labor services) available, the higher wage employers (the buyers of workers’ services) must pay.

Conversely, when there are more workers than jobs, the price of labor falls.

This is how too many immigrants in the labor market (legally and illegally) can harm American workers.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data (in full below), it appears that black Americans are the most harmed by immigration.

In fact, the median income of “Non Citizens” is more than $9,000 than black Americans. Overall, Hispanics earn nearly $10,000 more than than black Americans.

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“Claims that immigration enforcement equals racism ignore the reality that the group most likely to benefit from a tougher approach to immigration enforcement is young black men, who often compete with recent immigrants for low-skilled jobs,” noted the Los Angeles Times last year.

This dynamic played out recently at a large bakery in Chicago that supplies buns to McDonald’s. Some 800 immigrant laborers, most of them from Mexico, lost their jobs last year after an audit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Cloverhill Bakery, owned by Aryzta, a big Swiss food conglomerate, had to hire new workers, 80% to 90% of whom are African American. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the new workers are paid $14 per hour, or $4 per hour more than the (illegal) immigrant workers.

While the fact that blacks earn less than non-citizens or Hispanics should not be construed as “anti-Hispanic,” in terms of economics, it does explain how immigration affects the Law of Supply and Demand.

Further, if politicians are truly concerned about erasing income inequality, the easiest thing to do would be to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

Related:

 

Income and Poverty in the United States- 2017 on Scribd

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Cross-posted.

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Users On Wikipedia are Trying to Quietly Edit Out Democratic Connections In Epstein’s Bio

The sensational case surrounding billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein hasn’t just stopped at Epstein. People are turning it into a political fight due to Epstein’s habit of being connected to big political names such as Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

As people in our society will do, when they want to learn who somebody is they’ll hit up America’s number one source of information, Wikipedia. The site is open sourced, meaning anyone can come in and make changes to a page. This can be used to update references, correct information, or in some cases, rewrite history for malicious reasons.

You can bet your Britannica that some were only too happy to rewrite Epstein’s history to make it seem like he was more of a figure among Republicans than Democrats.

Upon clicking on Epstein’s bio, you’ll be treated to various facts about his life, such as the fact that he was good friends with Clinton, as well as disgraced actor and sexual assaulter Kevin Spacey. In fact, it details that Clinton had been on Epstein’s private plane 26 times.

Or at least that’s what you would have seen if you had pulled up Epstein’s page at around 8:30 this morning. According to some eagle eyed Twitter users, the page was edited sometime between then and 10:30 this morning with the connections to Clinton and Spacey now completely gone.

Twitter user Desiree Mills posted the screenshots to Twitter, as you can see below.

It’s unclear who is editing the page, but it should be noted that anyone can do so with the right login. Some pages on Wikipedia are locked and unable to be altered by the public, sometimes for this very reason. However, if the page suddenly does become locked with the information subtracted from Epstein’s page, we’ll know that it wasn’t just randoms on the internet looking to separate Democrats from something Democrats have recently been known to do, and that’s involve children in sex.

That said, it’d be a real shame if you spread this article around and ruined their efforts to stop people from connecting Democrats to Epstein.

Regardless of their attempts at rewriting history, the connection between Epstein and Democrats is pretty established at this point. People are going to want answers as to who Epstein was connected to, and I can imagine there will be more sleuthing into who else may be engaging in sexual acts with children.

Earlier today, a raid on Epstein’s home by Federal authorities produced a number of nude photographs of underage girls. How he got them and who he shared them with will definitely lead to more arrests. The question is now who will be included in the investigations.

For further speculation on that, I advise that you read my colleague Jennifer Van Lar’s piece on this.

 

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Apple Co-Founder Has a Message for the World: Get Off of Facebook

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[Screenshot from TMZ, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XLnnLyx7nQ]

 

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says…

Actually, let’s pause for a moment and consider who this guy is… Apple co-founder.

Can you imagine being the co-founder of Apple??

Steve Wozniak can. And he has a recommendation for you: Delete your Facebook account (but don’t — please go to https://www.facebook.com/alexparkeronsocialmedia).

Speaking to TMZ at DC’s Reagan National Airport, Steve said a lack of privacy is his main beef with the ‘Book:

“There are many different kinds of people, and some [of] the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy. But to many like myself, my recommendation is – to most people – you should figure out a way to get off Facebook.”


As reported by Fox, back in March of 2018 — after news of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal broke — Woz deleted his account. At the time, he managed this zinger:

“Mark Zuckerberg buys all the houses around his for privacy and buys extra lots in Hawaii around his for privacy. But oh, our privacy has not been respected and watched over.”

In case you don’t remember what the Cambridge calamity was about: It was revealed that millions of Facebook users’ private information was being used by the firm that worked for Trump’s presidential campaign. The UK’s top watchdog determined the use was illegal.

Back to Steve:

“But, everything about you. I mean, they can measure your heartbeat with lasers now, they can listen to you with a lot of devices. Who knows if my cellphone’s listening right now? Alexa has already been in the news a lot. So I worry because you’re having conversations that you think are private or think are to yourself. You’re saying words that really shouldn’t be listened to, because you don’t expect it. But there’s almost no way to stop it.”

But there is one way, he noted: Pay for it. The Apple man suggested FB could offer a more private, paid option:

“People think they have a level of privacy they don’t. Why don’t they give me a choice? Let me pay a certain amount, and you’ll keep my data, you know, more secure and private then everybody else handing it to advertisers.”

I’m not sure a lot of social media is worth a paid subscription; but if Steve Wozniak says we have no privacy, then I’ve got to believe — we have no privacy.

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Trump Says ‘We Will No Longer Deal With’ The British Ambassador; Disinvites Him From Dinner With Qatar’s Emir

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Queen Elizabeth II, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, from left, attend an event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England Wednesday, June 5, 2019. World leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump are gathering Wednesday on the south coast of England to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

 

In recently leaked diplomatic memos sent to the British Foreign Commonwealth Office, British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch delivered some nasty blows to President Trump and his administration. He wrote, “As seen from here, we don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” In fact, it’s a real possibility that “his career could end in disgrace.” I posted about this story here.

The President spoke to reporters briefly on Sunday and said, “You know, we’ve had our little ins and outs with a couple of countries and I would say that the Ambassador has not served the U.K. well. I can tell you that we’re not big fans of that man… I could say things about him, but I won’t bother.”

On Monday afternoon, Trump reacted to the insulting cables by tweet. He wrote:

I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister. While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!

According to Bloomberg, an administration official reported that Sir Kim had been disinvited from a Monday evening dinner party at the home of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The guests of honor will be President Trump and the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

A U.K. government official issued a statement that was cordial, but very direct. It said:

We have made clear to the U.S. how unfortunate this leak is. The selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship. At the same time we have also underlined the importance of ambassadors being able to provide honest, unvarnished assessments of the politics in their country. Sir Kim Darroch continues to have the Prime Minister’s full support.

The U.K. has a special and enduring relationship with the U.S. based on our long history and commitment to shared values and that will continue to be the case.

The lack of warmth in the statement may be related to Trump’s frequent criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit. She will soon be stepping down and Boris Johnson has the best chance of succeeding her.

Moreover, the Brits were unhappy with Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told The Sun that it’s “possible the leak might be the result of a hack by a hostile government. Of course it would be massively concerning if it was the act of a foreign, hostile state. I’ve seen no evidence that that’s the case, but we’ll look at the leak inquiry very carefully.”

Trade minister Liam Fox said he “would offer an apology to Ivanka Trump during a meeting in Washington.”

The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey tweeted, “Trump’s own team likes the ambassador and regularly dines and socializes at the embassy with him.”

Fierce Trump critic George Conway, husband of White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway, replied “Indeed they do. They never miss parties at the British Embassy. They love the ambassador, as does everyone else (except for a certain narcissist-in-chief). Frankly, the ambassador was being kind in his assessment of the narcissist-in-chief.”

No surprise there.

Finally, although this type of incident is rare, it is not without precedent. Fox News’ Gregg Re wrote:

British ambassdor Lionel Sackville-West was summarily sacked in 1888 for writing the so-called Murchison letter, which touched off a firestorm by indicating that Britain preferred Grover Cleveland over Republican Benjamin Harrison. (Republicans publicized the letter, helping Harrison win the White House.)

And in May 1856, President Franklin Pierce expelled John F. Crampton, then the British ambasador to the U.S., and several other British diplomats, following a lengthy spat over British efforts to recruit North Americans to fight in Crimea.

“It’s not entirely unprecedented,” Dan Drezner, Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Tufts University, told Fox News. “When WikiLeaks released a trove of diplomatic cables, the Bolivarian leader of Ecuador expelled the U.S. Ambassador. Even in that case, however, the Ecuadoran government went through the proper diplomatic channels. A PNG-by-tweet for the leak of cables confirming mainstream media reporting of the Trump administration is definitely new.”

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9 Democratic Candidates as Taylor Swift Lyrics

This time around, it’s the Democratic Party’s turn for a dumpster fire of a primary and, holy cow, are they delivering.

Although, as of this morning, there were 22 candidates in the field, they are mostly so generic that they’re difficult to keep straight. To help you remember who’s who, I’ve matched each candidate with his or her perfect Taylor Swift lyric.

Here we go, in order of popularity.

The Overall Democratic Field

Everybody here wanted somethin’ more
Searchin’ for a sound we hadn’t heard before
Welcome to New York

Joe Biden

As the current frontrunner (polling at 29%), things are looking pretty good for former VP Joe Biden. Then again, at the rate his own party seems to be trying to take him down, maybe he’ll just crash and burn. That left me with one perfect choice.

So it’s gonna be forever
Or it’s gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it’s over
If the high was worth the pain
Blank Space

You probably won’t have to write him in a blank space, baby. It’s looking pretty good he’ll be on the ballot. Then again, it’s early days.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is only a few points behind Biden at 23%, begging the question- will America really go full socialist? We all know Bernie only puts a D after his name every 4 years when he wants to make a run at the White House.

We also know that socialism has failed every time it’s been tried. Every. Single. Time. And failed miserably. With lots of dead people and the eating of household pets and zoo animals to stay alive.

Then again, we’re talking about a guy who took his honeymoon to communist Russia. He’s got a pretty skewed sense of a good time.

Still, Bernie voters thinks his ideas sound good and forget to think about reality. They’re like:

My mind forgets to remind me
You’re a bad idea
Sparks Fly

Kamala Harris

While Biden and Bernie are up at the top, Kamala is lagging quite a bit behind in third place with only 11%. A lot of her platform is about the idea that there are people who have things that other people want and that just isn’t fair.

She wants to spread that wealth- especially by bribing black voters with government goodies (paid for by you, the taxpayers). She says she wants to look into reparations, but has promised to spend $100 billion to help black families buy homes. Look what you made her do.

The world moves on, another day, another drama drama
But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma
And then the world moves on, but one thing’s for sure
Maybe I got mine, but you’ll all get yours
Look What You Made Me Do

Elizabeth Warren

Hot on Kamala’s heels is Elizabeth Warren, also polling at 11% (but slightly behind her in likely voters, putting her a spot behind). Remember the time Warren told everyone she was Native American, took a DNA test to prove it and…very much wasn’t? That was just one of the many times she was awkwardly fake.

Since then, we’ve been forced to endure livestreams of her drinking a beer (which appeared to be her first), interacting with her husband (which also seemed to be a first), and otherwise trying to act like the regular folks she hopes will vote for her.

In fact, being super phony is probably the #1 thing that differentiates Elizabeth Warren from a field with largely the same platform.

There I was again tonight forcing laughter, faking smiles
Same old tired lonely place
Walls of insincerity
Enchanted

Pete Buttigieg

He loves to go by “Mayor Pete” to keep that down home Indiana folksy vibe, but he can’t wait to leave that behind and get to Washington, DC. He’s polling at 4%, so that’s not looking likely, but who can blame him?

He was mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a city with crime rates nearly double the national average, and I have a feeling he ca’t wait to get out of there. With his husband. Because I’m not sure he mentioned it, but he’s gay. When he leaves, he’ll be playing this song:

This is a big world; that was a small town
There is the rear-view mirror disappearing now
White Horse

Amy Klobuchar

What do we know about Amy Klobuchar, other than the fact she’s raking in 2% of the vote? Mostly that she treats staffer like garbage and once ate a salad with a comb. In the face of these revelations, she seems completely unrepentant.

I bet she identifies with this particular lyric:

They say I did something bad
Then why’s it feel so good?
They say I did something bad
But why’s it feel so good?
Most fun I ever had
And I’d do it over and over again if I could
It just felt so good, good
I Did Something Bad

Beto O’Rourke

I almost feel bad for Beto. He was the golden child of the Democratic party when he was up against Ted Cruz in Texas, and they made him think he could be president. Then, he ran for president, and they all turned against him.

Now he finds himself last amongst the candidates polling at 2%, and he’s starting to realize that the left that once courted him so vigorously has been talking about him behind his back. We know just what they’ve been saying.

I used to think that we were forever, ever
And I used to say, never say never
Huh, so he calls me up and he’s like, “I still love you”
And I’m like I just mean this is exhausting, you know, like
We are never getting back together. Like, ever.
We are never ever, ever getting back together
We Are Never Getting Back Together

Cory Booker

You know who else I almost feel bad for? Cory Booker. Everybody thought he was all cool and handsome and charismatic, and he’s completely fallen off the radar. He even randomly started dating a Hollywood actress and promised a White House wedding and is still polling at 1% (and he’s not even the top candidate at 1%).

It’s like T-Swift says:

And I know that it’s long gone
And the magic’s not here no more
All Too Well

Marianne Williamson

In the middle of the 1% pack, we find Marianne Williamson. Her Twitter feed is full of deep, meaningful, and sometimes inspirational quotes that one would normally find on an influencer’s Instagram.

Things like:

Don’t you worry your pretty little mind
People throw rocks at things that shine
And life makes love look hard.
Ours

Eric Swalwell

Today, Eric Swalwell became the first Democrat to drop out of the race. He was dead last in the poll, just above “other.”

I’m sure his staffers were thinking:

The more I think about it now the less I know
All I know is that you drove us off the road

And the 0% of people voting for him:

People like you always want back the love they pushed aside
But people like me are gone forever when you say goodbye

But few people are thinking the title of the song- All You Had to Do Was Stay. 

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After Pelosi Took a Swipe at AOC’s ‘Squad’, a WaPo Journo Tried to White Knight Them – But It Didn’t Go Well

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, left, looks over her notes during testimony by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill, 2/27/19. Sitting next to Ocasio-Cortez is Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-MA, right. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Bonchie wrote over the weekend about how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) was fed up with the BFF freshman squad of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA).

In an interview she did with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Pelosi downplayed the influence The Squad had on policy decisions made by House leaders, insinuating they were more interested in Governing by Twitter than actually getting things done in Congress.

In particular, the San Francisco Democrat was not pleased that the four of them banded together to vote against the border humanitarian aid bill.

Naturally, the Four Amigas were not happy that their childish tantrums were called out by the House’s leading Democrat, and three of them fired back on Twitter in response.

In the middle of all of their attempts at accusing Pelosi of being insufficiently woke, one Washington Post journalist attempted to step up to the plate in defense of the Freshman Four, suggesting that they had more influence on policy in the House than the Speaker was willing to give them credit for:

Tlaib retweeted Stein’s first tweet.

While Stein was praised by the Radical Four’s sycophants, he was also given a reality check by others:

While it’s true some of the presidential candidates are discussing AOC’s Green New Deal, it still is going nowhere – even if a Democrat does manage to get elected president. It’s just that several of the candidates running for president are desperate for AOC’s endorsement, and the quickest way they think they can get it is through signing on to some form of the Green New Deal.

Watch them say something completely different in a general election campaign, though. That’s how these things typically work. But in the event they don’t backtrack, Trump is going to have even more of a field day with them – which should make the presidential debates next fall a whole lot more entertaining.

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Pence Blasts AOC for Trivializing the Holocaust, Promises Trump ‘Will Always Honor the Memory of the Victims’

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is certainly making lots of headlines on the right side of the aisle.

And those headlines find her being clueless and wrong. To a breathtaking degree — particularly the clueless part.

But that begs a question: For every conservative action, is there an equal or opposite one of the left-wing sort? Is she being, just as frequently, hailed as a spot-on genius over there?

Oy.

As for more from RedState: VP Mike Pence blasted the socialist twentysomething at the Christians United for Israel Summit Monday, over what he considered her trivialization of the Holocaust.

He told the crowd:

“We must never allow the memory of those lost in the Holocaust to be cheapened as a cliche to advance some left-wing political narrative.”

(That would be her).

“Sadly in recent weeks, that’s exactly what some Democrats have done in the national debate. Last month, a leading Democrat in Congress actually compared our U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facilities to concentration camps. And her allies in Congress, the Left, and the media shamefully came to her defense.”

They certainly defended her.

But Mike didn’t:

“To compare the humane work of dedicated men and women of Customs and Border Protection with the horrors of the Holocaust is an outrage. The Nazis took lives.”

The Vice President needs to get with the program — the word “nazi” now only has two possible meanings:
A) Conservative
B) Anything anyone who isn’t conservative doesn’t like.

Among the latest First World generation, completely lost on mushy minds are the high stakes of real life and death. These days, pronouns are at the epicenter of the best and worst the world can bestow. That’s life, death, and the violence in between. Hence, perchance to many, the border’s a veritable genocide.

But Mr. Pence believes there are more profound things:

“American law enforcement saves lives every day. Make no mistake about it, this slander of law enforcement was an insult to the six million killed in the Holocaust. And it should be condemned by every American of every political party everywhere.”

Alexandria’s clueless comments certainly brought their share of stories. Such as these:

Two Prominent Jewish Groups Lambaste Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Over Her Claim Of ‘Concentration Camps’ At The Border

Nancy Pelosi Uses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Concentration Camp Remarks As A Lesson On The Evils Of The GOP

The Left Condemns Chuck Todd For His Correction Of AOC’s Embarrassingly Ignorant Concentration Camp Remarks

Don Jr. Pounces Like A Cat On AOC & Those Backing Her ‘Concentration Camp’ Remarks, Calls Freshmen Dems ‘The Clown Show’

Holocaust Denier’: Alan Dershowitz Excoriates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez For Her ‘Concentration Camp’ Remarks

That’s a lot.

During Mike’s speech, he also managed to get in a plug for the ol’ Commander-in-Chief:

“I promise you — President Donald Trump will always honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and he will always honor the service of the brave men and women of law enforcement.”

That should be a headline; I think I’ll make it one.

-ALEX

 

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Bill Clinton Releases Statement on Epstein…And It’s Less Than Convincing

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Former President Bill Clinton has suddenly weighed in on the recent arrest of his personal friend Jefferey Epstein.

On Monday, Clinton pulled a “New phone. Who dis?” on Epstein by releasing a statement through the Clinton Foundation.

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In it, Clinton denies he had any prior knowledge of Epstein’s crimes and says he hasn’t even seen the disgraced billionaire in a decade.

 

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Not everyone is buying it. Perhaps not anyone, in fact given that it has been proven that he has traveled with Epstein multiple times and even recently, even ditching his secret service detail at several points. 

Speaking of Bill Clinton, it was learned in 2016 that the number of times he traveled with Epstein was more than double what had been previously reported (26 instead of 11) and that he’d ditched his Secret Service protection on at least five flights. These flights all took place in the same time frame allegedly covered in the soon-to-be-unsealed indictment (2002-2005).

NRO’s David French smelled the fish before it even landed in the Twitter pond.

Clinton’s quick response when most of Epstein’s friends are laying low is  red flag in itself. He may have drawn more attention to their involvement rather than soothing any curiosity, for the reasons French points out.

God don’t like ugly and this thing looks to be the ugliest thing we’ve seen in a while.

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