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Dan Crenshaw: AOC’s Only Solution to Border Crisis Is Open Borders, and That’s Not Going to Happen

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Since being sworn in to serve in Congress in January, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has emerged as a leading voice on the border crisis and a persistent vocal critic of the duplicitous tactics of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

He’s ripped Ocasio-Cortez for her absurd comparison of border detention centers to Nazi concentration camps. He’s also called her out over her refusal to consider a funding request to alleviate some of the humanitarian issues at the border – even as she complained about the conditions (months after she asserted the crisis was manufactured).

Most recently, Crenshaw appeared on Fox News‘s “The Story” with Martha MacCallum on Tuesday to discuss what AOC alleged about conditions at the border during her Monday visit, and what he believes her ultimate goal is at it relates to the issue of illegal immigration:

“Now she is saying that border patrol agents harassed her and forced migrants to drink out of toilets? This is insanity. This is not true. There is no one else corroborating these kinds of reports.

“Yet, she is using it to try and make her case that we shouldn’t have any enforcement and that we should have open borders. This is really dishonest behavior from a member of Congress and I honestly can’t believe it.”

Crenshaw added he believed Ocasio-Cortez is not being forthright on the facts about illegal immigration and the influx of asylum seekers.

“People like AOC are operating off of a false premise, and it’s deliberately designed to misinform the American people for her political ends,” he claimed.

“First there was no crisis at all. Then it was a ‘manufactured crisis,’ then it was a crisis completely created by Trump, then there were ‘concentration camps,’ then people are Nazis.”

The bottom line, Crenshaw suggested, was that AOC and other members of Congress – as well as Democrats running for president – were ultimately advocating for nothing short of full-on open borders with no enforcement:

“What they really want is no enforcement, this is the crux of it. They don’t talk about what the actual problem is which is tens of thousands of people coming across and overwhelming our system,” Crenshaw added. “And then they have to answer the question, should we have a system at all? And they say no. Well what is the point of even having a border? Why even have custom agents at airports if we are not going to enforce any kind of management over who comes in and out of our country? They don’t want to answer these tough questions because in the end they want open borders.”

Watch the full interview segment below:

As to AOC’s claims of abuse and harassment during her visit, the CBP responded by saying her allegations were false. Other witnesses and later visitors to the border dentention centers have disputed some of Ocasio-Cortez’s claims as well.

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Hispanic Pastors Toured Border Facilities And Were SHOCKED (At The Negative Misinformation AOC’s Been Spouting About Them)

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When Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and pastor at New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, heard the reports from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the inhumane conditions at a migrant border facility she toured in El Paso County, Texas, he was “full of indignation.”

Rodriguez, who has advised the last three presidents (including Trump) on immigration, decided to see for himself. And he was shocked. But not by the conditions at the center. Rather, he was amazed at the misinformation AOC and others have been spreading.

“I read the reports, saw the news clips. I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system,” Rodriguez, who has advised President Trump and both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush on immigration reform, noted. “To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”

“We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions and no lack of basic necessities,” Rodriguez remarked, adding he specifically asked border agents if they staged the facility in response to the negative press. “They unequivocally denied it — we were witnessing the identical conditions the attorneys saw when they toured the facility days earlier.”

In fact, some told him the sources from whom the negative coverage originated “never toured the areas of the facility that we toured” and speculated they might have had political motivations.

Rodriguez and the group of pastors he took on the tour of the facility noted that the commitment of the border agents — many of whom are hispanic themselves — was inspiring and their pleas to get that word out that they are not monsters as the press has portrayed them was palpable.

“[Rodriguez] said one emotional Border Patrol agent turned to him and said, referring to the vilification: ‘Pastor Sam, what they’re saying about us is completely false. We care about these kids and have a passion for our calling.’”

Video embedded below.

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Decides to Melt Down Because Democrats Are Left-Wing

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Last weekend, I wrote a piece about two articles penned by Bret Stephens and David Brooks. In them, they both lament the fact that the Democrat party has moved so far to the left, with the main concern being that Donald Trump might win again if it continues.

Stephens’ actual article was quite good in a vacuum as a critique of the Democratic party, but the timing and who the complaints were coming from all seemed a bit self-serving. Now, your concerned about these things? The very things other Republicans figured out years ago? The Democrat party has been moving hard left for over a decade now. That’s what many on the right had on their minds when they pulled the lever for President Trump back in 2016.

We are also talking about writers who endorsed electing Democrats in 2018. Less than a year ago, they were telling everyone to put Nancy Pelosi in as speaker but now I’m supposed to listen to their worries about the Democrat party’s continued march left? There’s no credibility left there.

Stephens and Brooks aren’t the only ones who’ve suddenly discovered Democrats are crazy though.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had quite the meltdown yesterday on Twitter.

You don’t say?

Predictably, liberals didn’t take too kindly to him trying to tell them what to do, so Scarborough kept tweeting.

Would you walk into a Chinese restaurant and complain they aren’t serving spaghetti? Scarborough apparently would.

The Democrat party being left-wing is not new. It’s not unforeseen. Nancy Pelosi wasn’t a moderate three years ago. I find all these complaints to be a bit ridiculous. If he wanted a party that doesn’t endorse those things, he probably shouldn’t have went so over the top so as to put all his chips on a political party that supports abortion until birth and open borders. Just a thought.

There’s a certain delusion that comes with Scarborough’s position. It’s one thing to be anti-Trump and sit at home. Arguments can be made over what is actually being helped or hurt at that point, but abstaining can at least be defended as a principled position. Being so triggered by Trump that you’d support socialists and crazed inter-sectionalists can’t be defended by any appeal to principle. And whether Scarborough likes it or not, that’s exactly what he’s supporting.

Scarborough chose his new friends. He could have remained somewhere in the undefined middle and not become so rabid over all this (his moral preening over Trump is especially rich since he just recently left his wife and kids for his co-host). He chose not to and instead went full full bore to elect Democrats. Now, he gets to live with the consequences of that. Liberals are not going to change who they are because Morning Joe isn’t happy with their platform.

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Fox Outperforms MSNBC, CNN For 70 Consecutive Quarters; CNN Finishes 15th

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Nielsen Media Research has released cable news viewership data for the second quarter of 2019 and Fox News is looking good.

Considering all of the criticism directed at Fox News by the mainstream media, the network has managed to attract more viewers than either MSNBC or CNN for the 70th straight quarter in both the daytime and primetime (8-11 pm EST) categories.

According to Nielsen Media Research, in the primetime category, Fox dominated with an average of 2.4 million viewers, followed by MSNBC with 1.7 million. In the number three spot was TNT, and fourth and fifth place went to ESPN and HGTV, respectively.

CNN averaged only 761,000 viewers, less than 32% of Fox’ audience.

In the daytime category, Fox was in first place with an average of 1.3 million viewers. This was the 12th consecutive quarter in which Fox has achieved the number one spot. Number two was MSNBC with 900,000. HGTV, Nickelodeon and Investigation Discovery came next. CNN wound up in eighth place with 525,000, approximately 40% of Fox’ viewership.

“Hannity” remained the “most-watched” show on cable with an average of 3.2 million viewers.

Second place went to “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with 2.8 million. “Maddow” came in third with 2.5 million. (I’m surprised she had so many viewers.) Fourth and fifth place went to “The Ingraham Angle” and “The Five.”

CNN’s most watched program was “Cuomo Prime Time,” with an average of 910,000 viewers, which finished at #25. Fox reports that 14 of their network’s programs and 10 of MSNBC’s, were ahead of CNN’s #1 program.

“Hannity “also prevailed in the key demo category, averaging 505,000, which includes viewers between the ages of 25 and 54. Next was “Maddow” with 396,000. “Fox News had eight of the 10 most-watched shows in the demo, while CNN didn’t have any programs among the top ten. In fact, CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” had its lowest-rated quarter ever in both categories.”

For over eleven years, Fox News has remained the most-watched cable network in the primetime demo.

“Fox & Friends” has been the most-watched cable news morning show for over seventeen years. And “The Greg Gutfeld Show” beat CNN and MSNBC combined in its timeslot.”

Now, what was that they were saying about Fox News?

 

(Note: All data courtesy of  Fox News and Nielsen Media Research.)

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CNN’s Fareed Zakaria: ‘Pains Me To Say’ Trump Is Right About Asylum

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CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has emerged as one of the first liberal journalists to admit that the U.S. system of asylum is “out of control” and is being “gamed.”  He discussed the growing crisis on his program, “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” and in a recent column in the Washington Post saying it “pains me to say that he [Trump] is right.” Finally, a voice of sanity from the left.

He acknowledges that the number of asylum seekers has skyrocketed in the last five years which has led to a “staggering backlog in immigration courts.”

Zakaria calls the current asylum rules “vague” and says “they are too lax.” He even quotes a senior Homeland Security Department official who recently said, “the system is on fire.”

 The initial step for many asylum seekers is to convince officers that they have a “credible fear” of persecution in their home countries, and 76 percent meet the criteria. Some applicants for asylum have suspiciously similar stories, using identical phrases. Many simply use the system to enter the United States and then melt into the shadows or gain a work permit while their application is pending.

Perhaps Zakaria’s most honest admission was that “asylum is meant to be granted to a small number of people in extreme circumstances — not as a substitute for the process of immigration itself. Yet the two have gotten mixed up.” Asylum has become a fast way to circumvent traditional immigration procedures which are lengthier and more stringent.

He cites the Atlantic’s David Frum who recently wrote that the concept of “a right to asylum is a relatively recent one” which can trace its beginnings to the early years of the Cold War.

Guilt-ridden over the rejection of many Jewish refugees during World War II, the United Nations created a right of asylum to protect those who were fleeing regimes where they would be killed or imprisoned because of their identity or beliefs. It was intended to help the victims of totalitarian regimes like Hitler’s and Stalin’s. This standard has gotten broader and broader over the years, including threats of gang warfare and domestic violence.

These looser criteria, coupled with the reality that it is a safe way to enter the United States, have made the asylum system easy to abuse. Applications from Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans have surged even though the murder rate in their countries has been cut in half. More broadly, hundreds of millions of people around the world who live in poor, unstable regions where threats of violence abound could apply for asylum. Do they all have the legal right to enter the United States through a back door, bypassing the normal immigration process?

Trump has tried to tighten the requirements for asylum. He’s also hired more judges and has recently pressured Mexico to help prevent asylum seekers from entering the U.S.

Zakaria agrees with these steps, but says that far more needs to be done. Laws need to be toughened. Loopholes need to be closed. He says, for example, “the loophole that allows applicants to work while their claim is pending has simply created perverse incentives.”

He calls for a “much larger fix.”

The criteria for asylum need to be rewritten and substantially tightened. The number of courts and officials dealing with asylum must be massively expanded. (According to former immigration official David Martin, today’s crisis has its roots in the budgetary cuts of the mid-Obama years, which starved the government of resources to process asylum applicants quickly.) People should not be able to use asylum claims as a way to work in the United States. There needs to be much greater cooperation with the home countries of these applicants rather than insults, threats and aid freezes. No one fix will do it, but we need the kind of sensible bipartisan legislation that has resolved past immigration crises.

Quite an admission from a CNN host. The most important point Zakaria makes is that “sensible bipartisan legislation” is needed. That’s a tall order given the recent hard left turn the Democratic Party has taken.

At last week’s Democratic debate, all 2020 candidates raised their hands when the group was asked which of them supported medical coverage for illegal immigrants. That’s a pretty extreme position. U.S. taxpayers should provide free healthcare to every person who crosses the border illegally? They are encouraging illegal immigration.

The divide between Republicans and Democrats has become so wide, it’s hard to see how compromise is possible.

Zakaria believes that if Democrats continue to “assail the Trump administration for its heartlessness,” and remain unwilling to “address the roots of this genuine crisis,” it will hurt them in 2020. He wrote:

If things continue to spiral downward and America’s southern border seems out of control, Trump’s tough rhetoric and hard-line stands will become increasingly attractive to the public. Keep in mind that the rise of populism in the Western world is almost everywhere tied to fears of growing, out-of-control immigration.

Thank you for that Fareed.

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Trump Administration Folds on the Issue of Counting US Citizens In the 2020 Census

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appears before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to discuss preparing for the 2020 Census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The Trump administration acknowledged on Thursday that billions more dollars are “urgently needed” to ensure a fair and accurate count during the 2020 Census. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

It seems like every week marks another controversy involving the left using lawfare to advance its goal of turning this nation into the proverbial Third World sh** hole and the Administration trying to keep that from happening. The Administration has chalked up some wins but last week it lost a major one.

One of the goals of the Administration had been to ensure the US decennial census enumerated the number of US citizens rather than the number of warmish bodies of uncertain provenance. The Census would have counted everyone, but it would have identified who was eligible to vote and who wouldn’t. There is nothing nefarious about this. The UN’s agency that advises nations on how do conduct censuses recommends that citizenship be a question. Up until 1960, citizenship was a standard question. The left didn’t like that idea at all because of two factors, one real and one illusory. The illusory reason was that illegal aliens would not fill out the Census forms because of fear of being deported or some such bullsh**. Think about that for a moment. People who entered the country illegally and who are more likely than not engaged in identity theft in order to get documents that allow them to work–or who work for cash and don’t pay taxes–would quail at the thought of lying on a Census form about their citizenship. Does that make sense to you? Didn’t think so.

The real reason is that rolling non-citizens into redistricting numbers is a clear violation of the Equal Protection clause. A district composed of 50% illegals gives greater weight to the votes of the citizens in that district than to that of a district that is 100% citizen. Basing congressional seats on having a bazillion illegals disadvantages states which have a low number of illegals.

The administration added the question to the Census…and they did it according to the old Army maxim of “if you want it bad, you get it bad.” The process by which the citizenship question was added as so half-assed and ad hoc that it was difficult to construct any kind of defense for why it was included. In fact, the Supreme Court plurality last week ruled that the Administration had the authority to add the question but their justification was a pretext. They were told to come up with a better reason if they wanted to add the question. This, quite simply, was an own goal. It was a decision that was either the result of someone being too cute by half or of deliberate sabotage of the decision.

Yesterday, the Administration made noises like it would persist in trying to add the question but it was really up against a pretty tight time window if the results were to be collected by the end of 2020. Just a few hours ago, the Administration bowed to the inevitable and pulled the citizenship question.

Make no mistake about it. This is a huge loss and sets back the cause of protecting the right to vote and ensuring that Congress represents citizens and not flocks of illegals. The Administration can gripe about courts and the left all they want, but the bottom line here is that they screwed the pooch by engaging in a haphazard process that they knew, or should have known, was going to end up in hostile courts. They have no one to blame but themselves.

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In Celebration of July 4th, The New York Times Prints a Completely On Brand Hot Take About America

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The New York Times never disappoints when it comes to publishing anti-American tripe and they served up something special for this Fourth of July.

In the buildup to Independence Day, a holiday the country used to be able to largely celebrate without controversy, the Times decided it was a good idea to give space to this piece.

This is truly the most on-brand thing the Times has ever done.

I mean, the United States has only helped lift billions of people out of poverty, won two world wars, and led medical advancements that have saved literally millions of lives around the globe. Well, that and formulating most of the major technological breakthroughs of the last century, which again has helped billions of people. Clearly those are the accomplishments of a country that’s just average though according to the Times.

So where does this article get it’s idiotic take from? Why, “studies” of course. Here’s the Washington Examiner with an explainer of what’s so wrong about the video.

Referencing the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Raza and Jensen offer a graphic which says the U.S. has the “highest poverty rate.” One problem? The OECD’s own statistics show America does not have the highest poverty rate of member nations. Oops. But there’s another issue here: The OECD applies a relative poverty measurement to reach its conclusions. It relies on assessments of equality of wealth; the relative poverty rate prejudices nations such as America that have a lot of wealthy residents.

They are using a study that uses relative measures of poverty and inequality. The problem with that is that’s it’s an incredibly stupid metric. If you have $1000 and I have $100000, you are still richer than the guy in Honduras with $20 while his wealthy neighbor has $100. These are the kinds of stupid games we see played in the intellectual sphere to try to paint the U.S. as anything other than what it actually is, which is the most economically prosperous and opportunity rich country in the world.

The video also goes to the tired “infant mortality” trope. In reality, records are not kept uniformly, with many countries not counting certain deaths that we count. Only an absolute moron could possibly believe the United States simultaneously leads all of human history in medical innovation but that we can’t birth children as safely as Cuba. Yet, you have mainstream liberals who will make that argument.

But things get even dumber.

“It’s gotten to a point where I think there are specific times and places where you can confuse America for a developing country,” the narrator said, “as elections are tampered with, water can’t be drunk from taps, citizens don’t trust uniformed officers, infrastructure is crumbling, and where a dual system is emerging when public services are available to the highest bidder.”

If you look at the United States and confuse it with a developing nation, you’ve never actually been to any developing nations. Most of what’s listed there is just patently false and nothing but left-wing propaganda.

On the subject of elections being “tampered with” though, guess who they flashed on the screen?

Yes, we are still doing this. Stacey Abrams, who lost by over 50,000 votes despite there being zero evidence of voter suppression (black turnout actually exceeded historical norms), is still being bandied about by the Times as a victim who had the election stolen from her. They are never going to stop are they

I’ll say this. The United States is not perfect. The same is true for every other country in the history of humanity. That does not negate that we are still the greatest country on earth. No country has done more to help more people than the United States. Whether we are talking directly, technologically, financially, or even philosophically. It shouldn’t be controversial to say that but we’ve reached a level of such insanity in our politics that it’s now politically expedient for some to denigrate the country that’s given them so much.

Keep in mind, this is the same newspaper that did an entire series about how great life was in the Soviet Union. But when it comes to the United States, we are presented as a hell hole and you better not think otherwise.

Here’s the million dollar question. If the United States is not the greatest nation on earth, who is? Of course, you’ll never get an answer to that question because then the Times would have to actually defend that position and it wouldn’t go well for them. Easier to just crap on the United States via a bunch of vague liberal talking points and run away.

 

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Noted Hat Fetishist Rep. Frederica Wilson Goes on Bizarre Rant, Calls to Jail People Who Make Fun of Congress

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I’m under no illusions that the elected officials in Congress are collectively brilliant. Anyone that’s listened to Eric Swalwell or Maxine Waters riff on anything is probably pretty numb to it all. Even still, there are days when one of them says something so ridiculously dumb that it makes you double take.

Enter Frederica Wilson, noted hat connoisseur and crazy person. Last we heard from her, she was spreading the contents of a private phone call to a dead soldier’s widow to take political shots at the President. After she was criticized for her antics, Wilson would go on to attack Gen. John Kelly (who lost his son in Afghanistan) as a man with no honor. Once all that died down, Wilson sunk back into the obscurity she’s known for most of her regrettable career in Washington.

Today, she made her comeback.

“Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable,” Wilson said during a press conference. “We are going to shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted.”

What the heck did I just watch?

That’s one of the most bizarre rants I’ve witnessed in politics, and I don’t just mean her inability to speak complete sentences with proper word usage. A sitting U.S. Congressional member is calling for the prosecution of people who…make fun of Congress online. Could Wilson help us all out by citing the criminal statute she’s referencing? I’ve made fun of Frederica’s ugly hat fetish before. Should I be looking for black helicopters out my window?

I’m not who she’s referencing when she says we’ll “work with whoever” to shut down free speech on the internet, but I’d assume she’s talking about the tech companies.

Hearing someone in a position of power make statements like this would be scary if Wilson wasn’t such a joke. I’m going to sleep soundly tonight knowing she can’t actually do the lunacy she espoused in her speech. What it does show though is a streak of illiberalism that’s readily apparent in the Democrat party. This isn’t actually something new, they are just more emboldened these days to say the bad parts out loud. There’s no accountability anymore for the left. Not only does anything go, anything will be propped up and reinforced.

Had a Republican said something like this, it would be big news and it would be justified in being so. No elected official should be calling for the prosecution of free speech, much less targeting people for joking on the internet. Just as concerning, no politician should be calling to collude with others in positions of power to “shut them down” just because people say something you don’t like.

Despite the bluster we constantly hear about Donald Trump, the real threats to the first amendment consistently show themselves on the left. Will the brave heroes in our fabled news industry take notice of this latest example and condemn it? Nah.

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2019 as ‘1984’: Charlottesville Dumps All Celebrations of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

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America continues it’s short, rapid march towards becoming 1984′s Oceania. The AP news service is reporting that  the Charlottesville city council has voted to drop all celebrations of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. Instead they will replace it with an observation of abolition and emancipation.

Charlottesville, Virginia, will no longer celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday as an official city holiday and instead will observe a day recognizing the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.

The city council voted Monday night to scrap the decades-old April 13 holiday honoring the slave-holding president and Founding Father. Charlottesville will now mark Liberation and Freedom Day on March 3, the day U.S. Army forces arrived in the city in 1865.

Charlottesville has been grappling publicly for years with how to tell its history of race and discrimination. Those efforts intensified after white nationalists gathered in the city in 2017 for a rally that descended into deadly violence.

Charlottesville was ground zero for a brutal clash over civil war era statues and their removals from public properties.

Much like our nation in general, Thomas Jefferson’s history is complicated and nuanced. Also like our nation in general his legacy is both bitter and sweet. Regardless of the challenges of recognizing such a figure in our history, Jefferson’s contributions to the prosperity we all now enjoy cannot be measured. To erase that history is to erase our future.

But maybe that’s the point.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Tries to One-Up Ted Cruz on the Antifa Issue, Fails Miserably

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Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, R-TX, speaks as FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, and DOT I.G. Calvin Scovel appear before a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing on commercial airline safety, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

As Red State‘s Sarah Lee wrote yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on the feds Sunday to “investigate & bring legal action against” Portland, OR Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) in the aftermath of this past weekend’s violent attack on independent journalist Andy Ngo.

Cruz alleges that “for political reasons, [Wheeler] ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists” and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Seemingly oblivious to Cruz’s call for legal action against him, Wheeler logged on to the Twitter machine Monday afternoon to give himself credit for seemingly being on top of the situation, and pledging that “those who have committed violence” will be “held accountable.”

Later, once Wheeler got wind of Cruz’s demand for an investigation, the embattled Mayor attempted to one-up the Texas Senator by asserting that he did not order any officers to stand down:

As of this writing, Wheeler’s tweet has been severely ratioed, but that ratio is nothing compared to the blistering response he received from Sen. Cruz:

Wheeler can deny he ordered a stand down all he wants, but Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner issued a statement in the aftermath of Saturday’s violence that would seem to back up Cruz’s version of events (bolded emphasis added):

It doesn’t matter if our citizens are democrats or republicans; no one should be attacked in the streets of our city. Good leadership means taking the reins and stepping forward to let people know when there is wrongdoing. The law is applicable no matter which side you’re on.

Where are the voices condemning the lawlessness and violence? If this violence had been directed at Antifa, there would have been an immediate call for an independent, outside investigation. This is a perfect example of Portland politics at work and why our great City is now under fire in the national news.

The Mayor, our Police Commissioner, is not allowed to use the rank and file officers of the Portland Police Bureau as a shield to deflect Portland’s negative press nationwide. As we have said before and will continue to say: Police officers work to uphold the Constitution, including the right to free speech. It’s our job to ensure that our community can peacefully protest without fear of violence but right now our hands are tied.

It’s time for our Mayor to do two things: tell both ANTIFA and Proud Boys that our City will not accept violence in our City and remove the handcuffs from our officers and let them stop the violence through strong and swift enforcement action. Enough is enough.

Ngo, who was severely injured in the attack and hospitalized, said on CNN today that there have been “many other [similar] incidents that have happened since 2016 and the policing has remained the same, which is a policy of not engaging with militant protestors.”

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