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2020 Begins Tonight: What To Expect In Tonight’s Democratic Debate

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Committee member Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Ma., questions witnesses during a Senate Specials Committee on Aging hearing on drastic price hikes by Valeant and a handful of other drugmakers that have stoked outrage from patients, physicians and politicians nationwide, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016,. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Tonight, starting at 9 pm ET, the first Democratic candidate debate begins.

Because the field is now up to 24 candidates and many of them have met the Democratic National Committee’s requirements for making the stage, the first debate is actually a two-night affair. Tonight, you’ll see 10 candidates – Elizabeth Warren, Corey Booker, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Tim Ryan, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Jay Inslee, and Bill de Blasio.

The DNC has given exclusive broadcast rights to NBC News, so you’ll only be able to see it on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo. It will be roughly two agonizing hours long, so I suggest you grab an adult beverage and settle in. Alternatively, you can be the real winner of the debate by doing literally anything else. It’s my job to torture myself for you, and that is a responsibility I take very seriously.

With all of that said my friends, here’s what we’re expecting to see tonight.

The two big names to watch for tonight are Elizabeth Warren and Corey Booker. It’s their’s to lose (particularly in the case of Warren), while the other eight have to figure out the best way to come out on top. And, to be frank, it’s a steep climb.

What’s interesting about tonight’s debate is that Warren will not be on stage with Joe Biden. The media has been pumping up Warren in trying to make her campaign a thing while also trying to take out Biden. Warren has been receiving a lot of profiles recently – the most recent from the New York Times in a piece called “How Elizabeth Warren Learned To Fight.

It was 1962 in Oklahoma City and Liz Herring, a new student at Northwest Classen High School, was feeling insecure. She was good at school, had skipped a grade, and now, as a skinny freshman with glasses and crooked teeth who had grown up in a town south of the capital, she was hungry to fit in.

She joined the Cygnet Pep Club to show her school spirit and the Courtesy Club to help visitors find their way around the school. She became a member of the Announcers Club, reading messages over the school’s central sound system. But it was the debate club where she really found herself. At a time when Home Ec and preparing for marriage were priorities for young women, debate was a place where they could compete on equal ground.

She loved learning about the big topics of the day — Medicare, unions, nuclear disarmament. She began carrying around a large metal box with hundreds of index cards with quotes and facts written on them.

Booker, meanwhile, has received a more recent piece in the Times, though it questions if he is “too nice.

Yet even as he voiced this indictment of Mr. Biden, he softened it on the front and back end.

“I love the guy,” he said after recounting what he said was a very positive telephone conversation with Mr. Biden last week.

And after laying out his bill of particulars, Mr. Booker was quick to add of the former vice president: “Doesn’t mean we don’t love and respect him.”

His supporters have tried to put the best face on his early difficulties, but they recognize that he must use the debate Wednesday and then the one in July to stand out from the field.

“It’s not as great as I would have hoped at this point, and I’m sure that Cory feels the same way,” said Tracy Higgins, a Booker donor based in New Jersey who is planning to host a fund-raiser for him this fall. “But it’s tough with so many candidates, and I think that for Cory, he’s not yet really been able to make his more specific case about ‘why him.’ The debate can certainly present that opportunity.”

It is their media coverage in particular that gives them the edge.

Warren, despite the dreadful mishap with her Native American heritage, is still a deeply progressive candidate and one that many people in media see as the best avenue to beat President Donald Trump. She is every bit the progressive Bernie Sanders is while still being an actual Democrat and also a woman – a trait that pays off in the Democrats’ strategy of using identity as a major selling point.

Booker, meanwhile, received a ton of extra media coverage with Joe Biden’s recent segregationist gaffe (as referenced in the above Times story). If Warren’s gender identity is a plus for her, then Booker’s racial identity is just as much in play, and it’s one he’s going to use.

Tulsi Gabbard, meanwhile, was making plays for the moderate (doing so with less name recognition than Biden has). Jay Inslee seeing climate change in every issue. Amy Klobuchar, another woman, also has to contend with bad press over her treatment of staff. Bill de Blasio has treated the media in frankly the same way Donald Trump treats them and his coverage reflects that. Castro, Delaney, and Ryan are registering very little outside of their core fan base.

That leaves Beto O’Rourke, the only other outlier here who could do some damage if he wanted to. He is young, attractive, and has natural charisma. But, his numbers have tanked in recent months, and the very traits that made him so appealing to national media while he was running for the U.S. Senate in Texas made him a target of the same media when he announced his bid for President. If anyone has an image to reshape in tonight’s debate, it’s him.

Of course, it’s impossible to tell how this will go before the debate even starts, but right now, it’s Warren’s and, to a lesser extent, Booker’s to lose and O’Rourke has the best chance of surprising the audience.

The rest? Well, as we say in the south… bless their hearts.

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Captain of US Women’s Soccer Team: ‘I’m Not Going to the F**king White House’ If Team Wins World Cup

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Co-captain of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team Megan Rapinoe may be better known for her hatred of President Trump than for soccer. In a recent interview with soccer magazine Eight by Eight, she was asked, if her team wins the World Cup and receives an invitation to the White House, would she be “excited” to go.

She responded, “I’m not going to the f*****g White House.”No. I’m not going to the White House. We’re not gonna be invited. I doubt it…[Trump] tries to avoid inviting a team that might decline. Or, like he did when the Warriors turned him down, he’ll claim they hadn’t been invited in the first place.”

(Scroll down for Trump’s response.)

Rapinoe is a huge fan of Colin Kapernick and began kneeling during the national anthem in the fall of 2016 to protest police brutality against blacks. When the U.S. Soccer Federation adopted a policy which required players to “stand and honor” the flag, she began to stand. But she wants you to know that she “refuses to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” or put her hand over her heart during it.”

When Rapinoe began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, she wrote:

I haven’t experienced over-policing, racial profiling, police brutality or the sight of a family member’s body lying dead in the street. But I cannot stand idly by while there are people in this country who have had to deal with that kind of heartache.

There is no perfect way to protest. I know that nothing I do will take away the pain of those families. But I feel in my heart it is right to continue to kneel during the national anthem, and I will do whatever I can to be part of the solution.

She said that it was “because of her utmost respect for the flag and the promise it represents” that she “took a knee.”

“When I take a knee, I am facing the flag with my full body, staring straight into the heart of our country’s ultimate symbol of freedom — because I believe it is my responsibility, just as it is yours, to ensure that freedom is afforded to everyone in this country.”

Three years later, little has changed.

According to The Washington Post, Rapinoe recently said that “just the fact that someone like her can play her way onto the team amounts to “kind of a good ‘F you’ to … the administration.”

I don’t understand the connection between the two, but that’s alright.

She also describes herself as “a walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration” because of “everything I stand for.”

It’s worth noting that Rapinoe began her protests in September 2016, two months before Trump won the presidency.

What was it again that goeth before a fall?

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Clint Eastwood Defies Film Boycott Of Georgia (Because Of Course He Does)

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In a brain twisting bit of irony, Hollywood icon and legend Clint Eastwood will defy other Hollywood actors’ (but let’s face it, none that even approach his stature in talent or reputation) attempted boycott of Georgia over recent pro-life legislation the state passed to make a film that will likely portray pro-lifers as less than sympathetic.

I know. Wrap your head around it.

Eastwood, a filmmaker known for authenticity in his work, frankly had no better option than Georgia to make his film since its subject matter deals with the media frenzy accompanying the 1996 Olympic games bombing in Atlanta; a frenzy that helped point the finger at the wrong man, security guard Richard Jewell.

(Although I like to think Eastwood would have chosen Georgia for his film anyway because he shoots where he damn well wants to shoot. *spits tobacco*)

Clint Eastwood’s next film “Richard Jewell” is listed among the Georgia Film Commission’s projects set to shoot in the state this summer — despite the calls for a boycott of production in Georgia over the state’s new anti-abortion “heartbeat” law.

Previously titled “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” the film tells the true story of a security guard who was falsely accused in the bombing that took place at Atlanta’s Centennial Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Paul Walter Hauser plays Jewell alongside a cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Kathy Bates.

That cast is a little interesting as more than one of them have been known to speak out about political and policy issues on their respective social media accounts (ahem, *cough* Rockwell and Wilde).

But the actors aren’t alone. The Wrap notes Warner Bros., which will be releasing Eastwood’s film, is under the umbrella of WarnerMedia, who said in May they were watching (Big Brother-style I guess) the state and the movement of the Heartbeat Bill legislation and would “reconsider” filming in Georgia if law takes effect next year.

We’ll give you a minute to roll your eyes.

“We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time and while that doesn’t mean we agree with every position taken by a state or country and their leaders, we do respect due process,” the company said in a statement. “We will watch the situation closely and if the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions. As is always the case, we will work closely with our production partners and talent to determine how and where to shoot any given project.”

My, how bravely non-committal.

There’s a lesson here for Hollywood types: hang with the Eastwoods, not the Milanos. You won’t have to make statements you have no intention of living up to or take stances you’ll have to walk back later because Eastwoods don’t bully and they don’t deal in intimidations and threats. They just get the job done.

And they don’t feel compelled to explain themselves to the Milanos of the world.

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Liberal Tears Flow After Fraudster Michael Avenatti Calls a Senator a “Fraud” and Demands Ben Shapiro Debate Him

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FILE – In this July 17, 2018, file photo, Michael Avenatti, attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, speaks at an “Occupy Lafayette Park” protest outside the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Liberal icon and media hero (but I repeat myself) Michael Avenatti is having a no good, very bad, horrible week.

On Monday, porn star Stormy Daniels’s former lawyer weighed in on Twitter about the upcoming Maine Senate race between incumbent Sen. Susan Collins (R) and her newly-announced Democratic challenger Sara Gideon (D). Here’s what the disgraced lawyer had to say:

Gideon has tweeted out a list of endorsements she has received so far, but for some strange reason Avenatti’s endorsement is not noted on the list.

In any event, after Avenatti called Collins a “fraud” – presumably over her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court – NRSC adviser Matt Whitlock slid into the comments section of the tweet to point out the pot, kettle, black nature of Avenatti’s accusation (via Twitchy):

Whitlock, in fact, absolutely roasted Avenatti over and over again:

Unfortunately for Avenatti (but fortunately for us), things only got worse for him the next day.

On Tuesday afternoon, he tweeted this question about “The View”‘s Meghan McCain after she pushed back on AOC’s absurd claim that border detention facilities are like Nazi concentration camps:

As you can imagine, it did not go well. Avenatti took particular issue with Ben Shapiro’s criticism, and challenged him to a debate:

The responses were hilarious:

As Hot Air‘s John Sexton documented here, the two went back and forth for a bit afterwards but it’s not clear whether or not an actual debate will take place.

My personal view is that Shapiro should not waste his valuable time. For reasons Whitlock outlined and more, Avenatti is not worth it. He’s a dishonest blowhard, an exploiter of women, and a fraud who will say and do anything for attention, fame, and money – even and especially at the expense of the truth.

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Here’s How Roy Moore Is Polling in the Alabama GOP Senate Primary

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Roy Moore is back. He’s declared himself a candidate for the 2020 Republican Senate primary in Alabama for reasons only known to himself.

Moore was, of course, savaged in 2017 after forty-year-old allegations that he dated underage girls surfaced. Most of the allegations were more creepy than illegal (i.e. it’s not illegal for a 30-year-old to date a 17-year-old) but one involving a 14-year-old ended up being the biggest factor in his downfall. There was a later accusation of sexual assault that appeared at the behest of grifter lawyer Gloria Allred, but that one was best left out of the equation.

With Moore back on the scene, some conservatives lashed out at him for putting a solidly red seat in jeopardy once again. Those included the President’s son.

Now, we’ve got our first polling of the primary race and here’s how Moore is faring.

Moore is clocking in a distant 3rd with coaching legend Tommy Tuberville at the top. Needless to say, if Tuberville gets the nomination, he’s going to walk away from Doug Jones and win.

Bradly Byrne, a current Congressional Representative, will probably get a lot of establishment support. Arnold Mooney is currently a fringe candidate but has picked up some high profile endorsements from people like Mark Levin. The key here is that Mitch McConnell needs to not try to pick a winner by destroying other viable, conservative candidates. Stay out of it and you won’t end up with a Strange vs. Moore scenario again.

Here’s my opinion on this. Roy Moore is a clownish figure who constantly steps on his own feet and he has no business being the nominee at this point. While he may have done some good things as a judge in past decades, this Senate seat is not about him and he’s not entitled to it. The point is to win the election, not to make sure Roy Moore is given a chance at vengeance.

Alabama will have to decide for themselves, but with a tough Senate map in 2020, every seat counts. That means losing a Republican seat in deep red Alabama is simply not an option. For the moment, it looks like Alabama voters aren’t game for a do-over with Roy Moore and that’s probably a smart decision.

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Troll Game Strong: ‘Cocaine Mitch’ Tweets Hilarious Advice for Democratic Senators in Advance of Tonight’s Debate

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The next two days will be yuge for the 20+ Democrats who are running for president as the first round of pre-primary debates will be held tonight and tomorrow night in Miami.

Red State‘s Bonchie wrote earlier this week about how Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it clear that votes on proposed legislation would not be delayed in spite of the fact that several Senators will be on the presidential debate stage. Per The Hill:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday dismissed a call by Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to delay passage of a mammoth defense bill until after the Democratic presidential debates so the entire chamber can vote on an Iran amendment.

McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor, brushed off the request from Schumer, saying Democrats missing the votes in order to take part in the Democratic presidential debates were prioritizing trying to win “the favor of the resistance.”

“I was incredulous to hear the Democratic leader call yesterday to postpone moving forward with the NDAA,” McConnell said, referring to the National Defense Authorization Act. “Apparently some of our Democratic friends need to go hit the presidential campaign trail. They can’t be here because they have to go campaign.”

As Bonchie noted in his post, McConnell’s decision to not delay votes was not just about needling the presidential candidates who were also members of the Senate but also because, you know, actual work needed to get done:

While Cocaine Mitch probably had sticking it to these do-nothing Democrats in the back of his mind, the truth is that remaining in session is absolutely crucial right now. They were already scheduled to be off the first week of July. While most of us get a single day off (and some no day off), Congress gets the entire week for some reason.

That means that there’s no way to take Thursday and Friday off, as working on immigration issues is vital right now. Trump agreed to a two-week delay in a major ICE deportation operation after Pelosi requested it. While a deal is unlikely, you can’t make an attempt at one if you take that entire two weeks off.

For good measure, though, the MccConnell campaign wished the candidates good luck and tweaked them with some pre-debate prep of their own:

As I’ve said before, Cocaine Mitch’s troll game is strong…

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Bernie Sanders Is Making One of My Worst Nightmares Come True, and It’s Not About His Socialism

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I’m a stickler for politics staying out of my escapism, and one of my fears is that one day, politicians will discover the inherent power of the video game industry and begin to insert themselves into the gaming culture. While the gaming community has had no shortage of political battles — GamerGate being its most high-profile political occurrence  — politicians have blessedly been content to overlook gaming.

Now that very well may change, and we all have democratic socialist and 2020 hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders to thank for it.

According to PC Gamer, Sanders has started an account on Twitch, a popular platform gamers use to live stream themselves playing games to the world. He’s apparently not going to be playing games, at least not yet, but he is going to use it spout his socialistic nonsense:

Instead, as Recode reports, the Sanders campaign plans on using Twitch alongside Facebook and YouTube to stream up-to-the-moment live videos in which Sanders and his staff discuss his presidential campaign and issues of the day. The channels will kick off tomorrow in the leadup to the first round of Democratic candidate debates, with commentary before and after the debates.

After that the campaign plans on producing regular live shows, said Josh Miller-Lewis, who runs the digital communications arm of Sanders’ campaign.

“We’re moving toward doing a lot more live content on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook, tapping into an audience where there’s not a lot of political content already,” Miller-Lewis told Recode.

“Well, he’s not going to game on it so what’s the problem?” you ask.

The problem is that Sanders is opening a door that we won’t be able to close once he gets his foot in it. Let’s say he starts streaming on Twitch and realizes that the gaming community is a lot larger than he thought. He starts playing video games on there just to pander. Soon other politicians will take notice after Sanders brings in headlines and, possibly, an approval bump.

Soon, other politicians will start migrating to Twitch in order to take advantage of the blue whale that is the gaming community. and what was typically a pastime used to get away from politicians and the news becomes just another place for it. It’s one more place we can’t go to escape the noise.

And that’s not even considering what may happen if developers and publishers want to start trying to take advantage of the media attention by partnering with politicians. Perhaps they even start showing up at conventions and shows like E3 or RTX.

I always operated under the assumption that politicians finally looking at the gaming industry as a potential source of votes and not just a community to blame for atrocities was inevitable, but I was hoping I’d at least get a few more years in before it all went to the dogs.

Who knows. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the gaming community will reject the idea of politicians stepping into the gaming realm. If that happens I’ll know we’re not in the darkest timeline. Until then, this is just a sad day.

 

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We Shouldn’t Be Doing Business with Communist China

We didn’t win the (first) Cold War with Communist Russia – by handing them trillions of dollars.

Embargoes and Sanctions – Cold War Sanctions:

“In 1948, the United States began a campaign of economic sanctions against the Soviet Union that would last more than fifty years….

“For many years, the embargo on the Soviet Union was quite severe….

“(R)estrictions were tightened again after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979. In 1983, Ronald Reagan approved the National Security Decision Directive 75, which set the policy of using economic pressure to limit the foreign policy and military options of the Soviets.”

In 1991, Communist Russia collapsed in an economically-ravaged heap.

And as important: Communist Russia spent the preceding half century limping around far less effectively – because we were denying them trillions of dollars of operating capital.

Contrast this – with how we’ve dealt with Communist China.

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President Nixon Aimed to Establish a New Strategic Framework Built on Peaceful Relations with Beijing

And “peaceful relations” – meant trade.

Which meant in the name of fake “free trade” – we would ignore all sorts of Communist China’s abuses of us and the global market.

We were suddenly quite happy to abuse Chinese prisoners – put to slave labor by the regime to make cheap stuff for us to buy.

Exposed: Slave Labor and Torture in Communist China

Human rights?  Forget about it – I’m saving twenty dollars on this TV.

American workers won’t work for one (small) bowl of rice a day – so Amercian companies have spent the last half century-plus becoming de facto Chinese companies.  To avail themselves of Communist China’s slave labor.  Thereby handing Communist China trillions of dollars to which they never otherwise would have had access.

This isn’t even remotely close to free trade.

But that’s not all.  Communist China doesn’t just trade – Communist China steals and cheats.

China has spent the last five decades stealing trillions of dollars of our companies’ Intellectual Property (IP).   And in the name of fake “free trade” – our government has done nothing to defend our companies from this inconceivably huge heist.

This isn’t even remotely close to free trade.

China cheats – by floating its currency:

‘Dirty Float’: How China Manages its Currency:

“(I)t is controlled through central bank’s buying and selling currencies in a bid to cap its appreciation….

“Market analysts widely suggest that the yuan is held at a substantially undervalued level to make its exports more globally competitive.”

Which means China’s slave labor exports – are artificially rendered even cheaper on the global market.  Which is, again, titanically unfair to American companies manufacturing in America.  Further driving them to leave America and become de facto Chinese companies.  Thereby handing Communist China trillions of dollars to which they never otherwise would have had access.

This isn’t even remotely close to free trade.

But that’s not all.  To further rig the global market in their favor – Communist China subsidizes their slave labor exports.  Which artificially renders them even cheaper on the global market.  Which is, again, titanically unfair to American companies manufacturing in America.  Further driving them to leave America and become de facto Chinese Companies.  Thereby handing Communist China trillions of dollars to which they never otherwise would have had access.

This isn’t even remotely close to free trade.

And Communist China is doing all of this – not just to take from us trillions of dollars.  Communist China is doing this – to build up the ability to impose its Communist domination and will on the entirety of the planet.

Made in China 2025: The Industrial Plan that China Doesn’t Want Anyone Talking About

China’s Master Plan: A Global Military Threat

China Is a Geopolitical Threat

5G: China’s Dream to Dominate World Technology

Oh – remember Communist Russia political prisoner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn?

China Is ‘Threat to World’ Says Dissident Writer

Of course China also wants to dominate the United States.

China’s Plan To Dominate The World & Crush The United States

China and the United States Fight for Global Dominance

China Increasingly Challenges American Dominance of Science

And China is worming its way directly into the US.

China Infiltrating U.S. Education System in Propaganda Coup:

“From kindergarten to college, Chinese government programs indoctrinate youth.”

Controversy Surrounds (China’s) Confucius Institutes at American Universities

But hey – at least the slave labor textbooks are cheap.

We shouldn’t be importing government manipulation from anyone.  We absolutely shouldn’t be doing so from Communist China.

And as with all things trade – this isn’t just about fake “free trade.”  This is also egregiously stupid national security policy.

China’s Bid to Control America’s Energy Resources:

“Beijing is deploying predatory trade practices to seize control of the means of production on a global scale….

“Now, China has set its sights on controlling America’s energy industry….

“Just as they dumped steel and aluminum, drywall and PC plastic pipe, the Chinese have been dumping drilling equipment in the U.S. at prices so low American manufacturers can’t compete….

“And it’s not just low-end pipe fixtures. Chinese imports now target the higher-end market for more specialized equipment.

“The supply chain crucial to American energy dominance is made up of scores of small, independent family-run businesses, and thousands of jobs. All of this is at risk.

“China circumvents…tariffs by transshipping their goods through India, South Korea and other countries. Imports of Indian and Korean couplings made from Chinese steel have increased threefold over the last two years….

“China is out to cripple our domestic oil drilling equipment industry the same way it has driven so many of our other industries to the brink of extinction.

“If it succeeds, China will have veto power over the energy essential to America’s economy and national security.”

We’re on the verge of wholly handing Communist China our domestic oil and gas infrastructure.

Which I’m sure China won’t shut down – or threaten to shut down – any time our government protests even slightly any of China’s very many anti-American-and-World actions.

But hey – I just saved four cents on a gallon of gas.

So it’s all good.

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GoFundMe Partnership With Planned Parenthood Proves Abortion Doesn’t Need Government Funding

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With the abortion industry taking some heavy blows in the face of pro-life legislation and states turning on abortion organizations with gusto, celebrities, activists, and politicians have been pulling out all the stops to keep the practice of taking life in the womb alive and well.

This also includes various businesses, with the fundraising site “GoFundMe” throwing its hat into the ring, and directly partnering with Planned Parenthood to raise funds in order to fight back against pro-life causes.

GoFundMe sent out a tweet from their account telling everyone that they have partnered with Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Network of Abortion Funds to donate money to organizations that will fight to keep abortion alive in states where it’s being restricted.

The fundraiser, titled “Fight Back: Protect Abortion Access,” centers on the idea that the attack on abortion by various states isn’t just a threat to abortion in those states, but everywhere across America, and that people should give to the fundraiser if they wish to keep it alive:

We’re teaming up to fuel the fight against these bans – and make sure that every person who needs abortion care can actually get it, without delay.

The ‘Fight Back’ campaign is a centralized fundraiser enabling each donor to fund legal battles in court, provide critical services all across the country, join the movement to protect access to safe, legal abortion, and encourage legislative bodies to take steps to protect reproductive rights  — all with a single donation.

The fundraiser promises to do three things with the money:

-Remove the many financial and logistical barriers to abortion access – including offsetting the cost of transportation, childcare, lodging, and abortion procedures – that too many patients face;

-Fuel the fight in the courts to protect access for EVERY patient, and keep health center doors open for patients who need care; and,

-Help continue on-the-ground organizing in states to protect access, build the movement, and ensure elected officials everywhere support comprehensive reproductive health care.

It also notes that 25 percent will be going to the NNAF, 37.5 percent to Planned Parenthood organizations, and 37.5 percent to the ACLU.

I want to point out something that all of these organizations may have overlooked, and that’s the fact that they’re proving that organizations like Planned Parenthood don’t need government funding. It can raise funds for the practice all on its own.

At this time, Planned Parenthood receives approximately $500 million a year, with taxpayers footing the bill. This does not include the various donations they receive from celebrity-backed donation drives or fundraising efforts like the kind we see above.

Hilariously, the abortion industry’s attempts at fundraising may not be as popular as it had hoped. At the time of this writing, the fundraiser has been live for six days and has only received over $40,000 worth donations from 306 people. Compared to the swiftness with which some GoFundMe campaigns receive donations. For comparison, the GoFundMe for the border wall is 616 times that amount with well over $24 million in donations that are still rolling in by the minute. This is pretty sad for Planned Parenthood.

I will make note that the wall fundraiser has been active for six months, not six days, but the difference is still very striking. It would appear that abortion isn’t as popular as some of these groups may have hoped.

What’s more, the announcement on Twitter didn’t seem to go as well as they hoped, with Twitter users expressing anger at the company for partnering with abortion causes, and some swearing they’ll never participate in a GoFundMe campaign again.

 

 

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AOC and the Fresh Face Caucus Vote Against Aid for the Border After Grandstanding About It

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This is how you know you Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley aren’t serious about their constant emotional appeals regarding the border. The “fresh faces” of the Democratic party are all about making Twitter rants and posing for glamour shots, but when it comes to actually helping solve the problem, they are there to work against those trying to fix the situation.

The aforementioned four were the only Democrats to vote against the Border Security funding bill that passed the House yesterday.

To be clear, this is not comparable to other votes against relief packages by Republicans and Democrats in the past. In those cases, and I’m struggling to find any examples otherwise, the bills themselves were laced with unrelated poison pills leading to protest votes.

In the case of this border funding package, there was no poison pill. In fact, it’s largely a cave by Republicans in terms of priorities and doesn’t even increase bed counts for CBP. The bill itself is only $4.5B and there are no unrelated amendments tacked on to make it untenable for a Democrat to vote for.

Even still, the fresh face caucus voted against it. Why?

Good luck getting an answer to that because the media won’t dare ask them, but it’s not hard to figure out. These people do not want a solution to what’s going on at the border. It gives them a political issue to bat around. When the cameras are on, they feign outrage and proclaim a humanitarian crisis. Then they go cry about Wayfair providing beds for children’s facilities and block funding for basic necessities.

Everyone knows you can’t just let people cross the border unchecked. How is letting unaccompanied minors wander the streets humane, for example? Reality dictates they must be detained and found safe situations to be sent to. Yet, these four Congressional members are calling for a total closing of the facilities housing them. What’s their actual plan? They don’t have one except to grandstand and post tone-deaf pictures of themselves crying at the border.

It’s just disgustingly manipulative and incredibly harmful for those actually needing resources at the border, whether we are talking about CBP or the illegal immigrants themselves.

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