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NBA Kicks Out Paying Fans for Bringing Pro-Hong Kong Sign to Sixers Game

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While the NBA said it won’t censor players and coaches from speaking out freely, apparently they’re not extending that privilege to fans.

According to Philadelphia 76ers fan Sam Wachs, he and his wife were attending a pre-season game against the Guangzhou Loong-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association at the Wells Fargo Center. Wachs had apparently brought along a sign that read “Free Hong Kong” with them.

According to NBC10, Wachs and his wife were sitting near the Chinese bench when he held up the sign.

Wachs then claims that security came and escorted the couple out after he shouted “Free Hong Kong.”

“We were saying, ‘Free Hong Kong,’’ Wachs told NBC10. “What’s wrong with that?”

This move is already going to make the tarnished reputation of the NBA look even worse. The controversy that inspired Wachs to bring that sign all started when the general manager of the Houston Rockets tweeted his support for the Hong Kong protesters.

China responded by killing the broadcasts of two NBA preseason games and giving a not-so-subtle hint to the NBA that anyone who speaks out against China should be punished in some way.

The NBA responded by saying that it would not censor its players or coaches in light of the fact that it would likely anger China even further.

(READ: The NBA Isn’t Caving To China’s Not-So-Subtle Hint That It Should Censor Players And Coaches)

However, many considered this a bare minimum response and a lukewarm approach to China’s demand for censorship. It would appear that in light of this man’s claim that he was removed from the game, the NBA was only paying lip service to the American people to keep them tuned in.

In truth, many have noted that the response to Chinese demands for censorship from the creators of South Park is the standard route to follow. Matt Stone and Trey Parker not only directly criticized China’s censorship and America’s capitulation to it, but verbally antagonized China with a fake apology after China had wiped any mention of South Park from its media.

(READ: South Park Creators Matt Stone And Trey Parker Gave China The “Apology” It Deserves)

It’s unlikely that the NBA would be as bold as Stone and Parker as there is a lot of money to be made thanks to Chinese markets. However, to the American people, this will be seen as weakness and capitulation to a foreign totalitarian government.

People are willing to tune out of major sports events if it upsets them politically. You can ask the NFL about that.

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ESPN Cowers Like a Scared Dog On Hong Kong

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Earlier in the week, we saw the Houston Rocket’s GM send out a social media post simply encouraging people to support democracy in Hong Kong. That led to the thin-skinned Chinese losing their minds. Worse, it led to the NBA folding like a cheap suit, essentially apologizing to the communist state.

In what was probably one of the only unifying episodes on Twitter in years, the dumpster fire that is the NBA was roundly condemned, but then something amazing happened. ESPN, which has prided itself on its wokeness and speaking political truth to power, suddenly decided they aren’t going to be political anymore. Whatever it takes I guess?

Unfortunately, I have to link to Deadspin here, but their wokeness is at least sincere, so they covered the issue and obtained a memo from ESPN on the matter.

If you paid attention to ESPN channels yesterday, you saw the network repeatedly attempt to grapple with the story of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey creating an international incident after tweeting and then deleting his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. You heard talking head after talking head castigate Morey for sending the tweet, speculation over whether he’d keep his job, speculation about the sincerity of his convictions, discussions about what this meant for the Rockets’ bottom line, the observation that it’s unreasonable to expect for-profit companies like the NBA to act morally, and the non-take that cowing to China is simply the cost of doing business in China.

What you didn’t hear was much discussion about what is actually happening on the ground with protestors in Hong Kong, why they’re protesting, or any other acknowledgment of China’s political situation, past or present.

This could be because Chuck Salituro, the senior news director of ESPN, sent a memo to shows mandating that any discussion of the Daryl Morey story avoid any political discussions about China and Hong Kong, and instead focus on the related basketball issues. The memo, obtained by Deadspin, explicitly discouraged any political discussion about China and Hong Kong. Multiple ESPN sources confirmed to Deadspin that network higher-ups were keeping a close eye on how the topic was discussed on ESPN’s airwaves.

Well, isn’t that convenient. The moment being political means they might have to stand up to the Chinese, they suddenly get cold feet.

This is the same network that compared fighting the transgender bathroom bill in North Carolina to the civil rights movement. It’s the same network that has had multiple, high level personalities personally go after Trump and call him a racist. They have shows dedicated specifically to political takes on sports. They praised Kaepernick’s stunt, and to this day, you’ll find many of them still commenting on how brave and stunning it was.

But standing up for democracy in Hong Kong? That’s a bridge too far I guess.

What this shows is that these people are one-sided cowards. In fact, Rachel Nichols, who made the aforementioned comments on the transgender bathroom issue, did a glowing live spot from China the day after the news broke on Morey’s tweet. No mention of what China had done or that the controversy was brewing. She bowed before her communist masters and their buckets of cash.

Clay Travis, one of the more sane voices in sports, lambasted her, ESPN, and the NBA for it.

What’s so sad here is that even in the face of all this folding, China is still throwing a fit. They pulled all preseason NBA games off the airwaves and stated that free speech doesn’t cover anything that challenges “national sovereignty.”

In conclusion, it’s easy being woke when you are slapping at Trump. Kneeling for the national anthem carries no risks. But when push comes to shove, the wokest among us cower like scared dogs.

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BOURBON ON THE ROCKS: WHERE IS THE QUO IN THE QUID-PRO? #849

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On the Economic Rise of China, Part I

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China represents an existential threat to the national security of the US in terms of growth of military capabilities but more importantly in the economic realm as they pursue their “Made in China 2025” and Belt-Road initiatives.  Fortunately, more and more people are recognizing the threat, thanks to the laser-like focus of the Trump Administration on resetting the trade balance with China. And the ongoing ChiCom threats against the Hong Kong protectorate showcase Beijing’s threat to the entire region.

There are a number of voluminous and detailed reports produced by US government entities over the past few years that are intended to educate Americans. These reports contain a LOT of quite shocking information that we have ignored for a generation or more. However, in the fast-paced and social media-driven American culture, few people other than academics and national security professionals seem to take the time to truly read and understand the Chinese threat, especially in the economic realm. The purpose of this series is to elucidate the contents of one of those reports in “bite-sized chunks” that are more easily digestible in order to convey a better understanding of the Chinese economy and its long-term challenges to the US and the world.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century. CRS is well-known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has 24/7 access to the nation’s best thinking. CRS recently produced a report entitled, “China’s Economic Rise: History, Trends, Challenges, and Implications for the United States.” This report is the basis for this series.

Let’s get started with the first bite-sized chunk; here is the report’s summary:

Prior to the initiation of economic reforms and trade liberalization nearly 40 years ago, China maintained policies that kept the economy very poor, stagnant, centrally controlled, vastly inefficient, and relatively isolated from the global economy. Since opening up to foreign trade and investment and implementing free-market reforms in 1979, China has been among the world’s fastest-growing economies, with real annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging 9.5% through 2018, a pace described by the World Bank as “the fastest sustained expansion by a major economy in history.” Such growth has enabled China, on average, to double its GDP every eight years and helped raise an estimated 800 million people out of poverty.

China has become the world’s largest economy (on a purchasing power parity basis), manufacturer, merchandise trader, and holder of foreign exchange reserves. This in turn has made China a major commercial partner of the United States.

China is the largest U.S. merchandise trading partner, biggest source of imports, and third-largest U.S. export market. China is also the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasury securities, which help fund the federal debt and keep U.S. interest rates low.

As China’s economy has matured, its real GDP growth has slowed significantly, from 14.2% in 2007 to 6.6% in 2018, and that growth is projected by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fall to 5.5% by 2024.

The Chinese government has embraced slower economic growth, referring to it as the “new normal” and acknowledging the need for China to embrace a new growth model that relies less on fixed investment and exporting, and more on private consumption, services, and innovation to drive economic growth. Such reforms are needed in order for China to avoid hitting the “middle-income trap,” when countries achieve a certain economic level but begin to experience sharply diminishing economic growth rates because they are unable to adopt new sources of economic growth, such as innovation.

The Chinese government has made innovation a top priority in its economic planning through a number of high-profile initiatives, such as “Made in China 2025,” a plan announced in 2015 to upgrade and modernize China’s manufacturing in 10 key sectors through extensive government assistance in order to make China a major global player in these sectors. However, such measures have increasingly raised concerns that China intends to use industrial policies to decrease the country’s reliance on foreign technology (including by locking out foreign firms in China) and eventually dominate global markets.

In 2017, the Trump Administration launched a Section 301 investigation of China’s innovation and intellectual property policies deemed harmful to U.S. economic interests. It subsequently raised tariffs by 25% on $250 billion worth of imports from China, while China increased tariffs (ranging from 5% to 25%) on $110 billion worth of imports from the United States. Such measures have sharply decreased bilateral trade in 2019. On May 10, 2019, President Trump announced he was considering raising tariffs on nearly all remaining products from China. A protracted and escalating trade conflict between the United States and China could have negative consequences for the Chinese economy.

China’s growing global economic influence and the economic and trade policies it maintains have significant implications for the United States and hence are of major interest to Congress. While China is a large and growing market for U.S. firms, its incomplete transition to a free-market economy has resulted in economic policies deemed harmful to U.S. economic interests, such as industrial policies and theft of U.S. intellectual property.

This series will provide background on and the history of China’s economic rise; describe its current economic structure; provide a measure of the size of the Chinese economy; examine the impact of foreign direct investment and outflows in China; summarize Chinese merchandise trading patterns; identify the challenges China faces to maintain economic growth; and discuss the challenges, opportunities, and implications of China’s economic rise for the US and the rest of the world.

The dilemma with evaluating the Chinese economy is that the ChiComs obfuscate their economic date despite having joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. This step was to have “opened China’s financial books,” but the renminbi/yuan remains a closed currency and highly subject to manipulations – which is exactly what the Chinese do to further their goals of economic expansion and domination, consistent with their “Made in China 2025” and “Belt-Road” initiatives. More on them later in the series.

The end.

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Video: Lee Zeldin Mic Drops on Schiff-Pelosi “Clown Show” Impeachment Inquiry Process, Volker Interview

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) speaks on Adam Schiff’s handling of the impeachment inquiry – 10/8/19. Screen grab via RNC Research.

On Tuesday, Rep. Lee Zeldin and other Republican members of Congress took questions from the media on the impeachment inquiry process. At one point they were asked why Adam Schiff should release full transcripts of testimony from witnesses including former Ambassador Kurt Volker before all witnesses had testified.

Zeldin proceeded to unload.

“There’s an argument against transparency?”, Zeldin asked the journalist.

“There’s an argument in favor of cherry-picking selective releases of texts. There’s an argument in favor of only telling the American public what is best in the interest of wanting to take down a sitting president. Maybe you should ask what was said inside of Volker’s deposition during his transcribed interview with regards to Adam Schiff’s fairy tale quid pro quo charge, that aid from the United States to the Ukraine was being linked to an investigation into the Bidens. Why don’t you ask what did Ambassador Volker say about that?”

Zeldin then went on to provide the answers, stating that Volker testified for several hours about how, among other things, President Zelensky “had no idea that there was a hold on aid” at the time of the July call.

He also noted that Volker testified that, “during this entire time, the aid was getting released. It was going to get released. And guess what happened? The aid got released” in spite of there being no new investigation into Joe Biden’s role in the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor.

“This whole thing is a fairy tale,” Zeldin ranted. He also opined that Schiff is misleading the media and that they are going along with it, which in turn means the American people are being deceived. Schiff has lied numerous times about what was said during the phone call, which Volker confirmed with his full testimony, according to Zeldin.

Zeldin continued:

“…if we weren’t there last Thursday, you would have no idea of everything that Ambassador Volker said to obliterate Adam Schiff’s fairy-tale quid pro quo charge. You’d have no idea.

So we’re here. Now as far as the administration goes, if they don’t want to send Ambassador Sondland here, because this is a kangaroo court, because there has not been a vote to launch an impeachment inquiry, because the minority does not have any rights for subpoenas, because the president doesn’t have the right to have council present to ask questions for subpoena power, to present evidence. This entire thing is a political charade, is a clown show.”

Watch Zeldin dismantle the Schiff-Pelosi “clown show” below:

Related –>> Freedom Caucus demands release of full Volker transcript

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Trump Legal Team Hires Former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy

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President Trump is adding another politician turned pundit onto his legal staff as he heads for a showdown with the Impeachment Posse on Capitol Hill. Former South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy has agreed to join the fight according to Axios

President Trump has asked former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to assist him with legal advice from outside the White House and Gowdy has agreed, though details are yet to be finalized, according to people familiar with the situation.

Where it stands: As the president faces an impeachment inquiry, Gowdy can offer Trump another opinion on where legal theory meets political reality, a person familiar told Axios’ Margaret Talev, adding that his Benghazi experience is seen as an asset. Gowdy is expected to advise the White House behind the scenes and appear on TV to advocate on behalf of the president.

At least one reporter from the New York Times is not buying this until POTUS 45 tweets about it

The president has yet to tweet about hiring Gowdy.

Gowdy is often effective on the T.V. side of things which is the main reason Trump inc probably wanted to hire him. Personally, I tuned him out after the Benghazi hearings when the GOP had control of the House of Representatives and nothing was done to anyone in the Obama administration for the awful debacle. Great speeches were made but nothing else.

This is another sign though that the White House is gearing up for an impeachment battle after the past week. ( READ: BREAKING: Trump Tells Democrats In Congress, Not Cooperating With Your Impeachment Inquiry.

Let’s see if they can get this circus done before CHRISTmas to make sure these aggrieved Democrats can make it home to panhandle off this debacle.

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Leftist Concerns over ‘Joker’ Show They Miss it is Commentary on Leftist Intolerance

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Promotional screen shot from ‘Joker’, courtesy Warmer Brothers Pictures

The very people complaining about the impact of the film are the same voices who chased the director into making the film.

CNN has been one of the louder voices in the chorus of hand-wringers warning of the possible impending violence this film may inspire. “The ‘Joker’ hit movie theaters this week despite a wave of criticism that it glorifies a killer and could encourage copycat attacks nationwide” says the outlet, almost sounding hopeful some kind of calamity might transpire.

This echoes comments of this sort which have been made for well over a month now, but it ignores the cinematic history of this type of character. The hysterics have been loud enough that the studio releasing the film, Warner Brothers, prevented reporters from interviewing the cast during its red carpet premiere. It has all been a ridiculous enterprise, and it exposes a massive contradiction within the industry.

SEE ALSO: “Concern over ‘Joker’ ignores historical variations of the character“.

I discussed this issue on last week’s broadcast of “Disasters In The Making” with writers Paul Young and Christian Toto. While critics and social activists have been intoning grave concerns this manages to become a paradox within Hollywood. All of these voices predicting or promising a spark of impending violence are in direct opposition to the knee-jerk reaction from this same group when legitimate violence has taken place and anyone dares suggest Hollywood was the cause. As recently as this week actor Robert DeNiro was getting angry at the suggestion made by Donald Trump that acts of violence could be attributed to movies.

So we are in a curious nexus where it is acceptable to blame impending violence on a film, but it is outlandish to attribute actual violence to film. If anyone can untangle that knot, by all means, let me know how.

What is even more vexing for the left is how they are upset with Todd Phillips, the director of “Joker”. Phillips is a curious figure to be behind this type of movie, as his filmography is populated with ribald comedies. (“Road Trip”, “Starsky And Hutch”, and the “Hangover” franchise are his most notable efforts.) Much of that outrage results from the fact that he is upset with them. “Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” Phillips recently told Vanity Fair. When responding to why comedies do not work as well in Hollywood he offered up, “I’ll tell you why, because all the f***ing funny guys are like, ‘F*** this s***, because I don’t want to offend you.’”

As a result, Phillips moved away from his core source material and decided to address the very mob mentality in his allegorical take on a comic book villain origin story. He decided to take on the hectoring hordes.

“With all my comedies—I think that what comedies, in general, all have in common—is they’re irreverent. So I go, ‘How do I do something irreverent, but fuck comedy? Oh I know, let’s take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this.’ And so that’s really where that came from.

Therein lies the irony. The outrage experts on the left who are dismayed with what is being portrayed in “Joker” are seemingly unaware they are in fact being addressed directly in the film. The “how dare he!” experts are upset over a product they have themselves inspired with their “How dare you!” attitude towards the culture.

The only thing funnier than seeing them becoming satirized in a drama on screen is seeing them missing the point entirely.

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An Official Was “Visibly Shaken” and “Frightened” About the Trump-Ukraine Call and It Exposes Something

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If you are starting to feel like the waters are so muddy at this point that it’s hard to even grasp what exactly the Democrats are doing on Trump-Ukraine, you aren’t the only one. After Trump released the transcript without a fight, it essentially blew up their script. Like the Kavanaugh hearings, Schiff and company clearly expected to be able to slow roll out multiple “whistle-blowers” in order to build a narrative of there simply being too much smoke to not be a fire.

With the transcript out though, we’ve all read it. We know what is there and what’s not, which is why a story yesterday (which was first covered by Nick Arama here at RedState) left me scratching my head.

The whistleblower said that he made a record of the conversation he had with a White House official concerning the call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.”

The memo describes the official as saying the call was ‘crazy,’ ‘frightening,’ and ‘completely lacking in substance related to national security.’”

Had the transcript not been released, this would have been gold for Democrats. Much like the Mueller leaks, such a memo on its own completely lacks context and provides no actual evidence about whether the “official” in this case was honestly describing what happened.

The problem? We have the transcript.

Anyone that reads what’s in that call and is “visibly shaken” probably should go curl into the fetal position and just hang out a while. Further, it seems to me that it’s pretty scary that such people are actually in charge of large parts of our national security apparatus. This is an official that’s expected to stand up to China and Russia, but they are physically affected by a phone call that can only be described as mundane at best? At this point, if you are reading this, you’ve likely read the transcript. What exactly is in there that is “frightening?” Trump only mentions Biden in a passive way, never making a demand, making no threats, and not bringing up aid at all. Perhaps you think that’s bad, but objectively, it’s simply not what it was first described to be.

Of course, some are rooting for this official to be something more than he/she probably is.

If this is John Bolton saying this stuff, then Trump 100% did the right thing by getting rid of him. But I don’t believe that. Bolton may have had his differences with the President given his hawkish nature, but he certainly has more mental fortitude than a preteen girl. Or at least I’d hope he does.

But here’s what this all shows us. As I said in the beginning of this piece, the Democrat strategy on the matter was completely blown up when Trump released the transcript. They really expected to push out multiple complaints and memos, all painting a dire picture, without having to actually show their work. Now that we have the call, all these second and third hand accounts are falling flat. It was the Kavanaugh playbook all over again, except they can’t successfully run it now.

No doubt, there will be more “whistle-blowers” that come forward, all represented by this partisan law group that pays them for their complaints, but who cares? We have the call. This is why you are seeing Democrats shift to obstruction arguments and being scared to death to actually vote on impeachment. Trump called their bluff and they are scrambling.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Says His Anti-Gun Crusade Has Cost the Company a Quarter Billion Dollars

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After the Parkland shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack made a very big show of being a pro-gun control advocate by announcing that he refused to sell any more AR-15’s from his stores. He even began launching campaigns to promote AR-15 bans.

Sure enough, the move cost him dearly.

While appearing on CBS Sunday Morning, Stack mentioned just how much the company had lost thanks to Stack’s virtue signal.

“About a quarter of a billion,” Stack replied. “Pretty close.”

Stack said that he had anticipated losing that much money, including the $5 million worth of AR-15’s he destroyed within his company’s inventory.

“I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them,’” he told CBS about the move.

According to Stephen Gutowski at the Washington Free Beacon, Stack’s expectations that he would lose a lot of money thanks to the company’s stance under his leadership was something he had factored in:

That is consistent with Stack’s previous statements on the losses associated with his decision. In the company’s 2018 annual report, he wrote that gun sales were a “sizeable part” of Dick’s business and that his push for the company to support new gun control laws significantly hurt that business. However, this did not make him reconsider his decision to use company resources to lobby for gun control and to remove certain guns from stores.

“The hunting category is a sizeable part of our business; however, there has been an overall slowdown in sales in this category since the announcement of our new firearms policy,” the annual report read. “Despite this, we continue to believe that implementing this new policy is the right decision for our athletes and our communities. In fact, if we could go back and revisit it, we would still make the same choice today.”

While gun sales have been down overall, they’re recently beginning to shoot back up thanks to Democrats targeting guns, such as Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s “hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15” comment. This is likely going to cause a bigger dent in the company’s bottom line.

Stack has indicated that he’s thinking about pulling the company away from any gun sales whatsoever. How this will affect the company remains to be seen, but it’s likely that it won’t end well.

 

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Warren Has Overtaken Biden as Frontrunner, and This Is Bad News for Democrats

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FILE – In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a house party campaign stop in Rochester, N.H. Rising disagreement among congressional Democrats over whether to pursue impeachment of President Donald Trump has had little effect on the party’s presidential candidates, who mostly are avoiding calls to start such an inquiry. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

The inevitable finally came to pass. It would appear that Sen. Elizabeth Warren has finally taken the top spot among the 2020 Democratic primary candidates, overtaking former VP Joe Biden as the frontrunner.

Late last month, Warren had overtaken Biden in an Iowa poll. Despite her lead there, Biden still had a 30.2 approval over Warren’s 19.8. In that short time, Warren not only closed the gap, but also passed Biden.

She now has a .2 lead over him nationally according to Real Clear Politics. Warren now has a 26.6 average while Biden has 26.4.

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While this happened rather quickly, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Biden’s approval had been in free fall for some time, thanks to his incessant gaffes and embarrassments. Now, with him and his family in the spotlight over the Ukraine scandal, Biden has become too risky.

While this may be good news for Warren, it’s not necessarily good news for Democrats. Warren has taken the mantle of radicalism within the party, and Americans have shown that they’re fully ready to reject that. Even worse for the Democrats is the fact that major Democrat donors have threatened to remove their money from the Democrat party and give it to President Donald Trump if Warren ended up being the primary winner.

(READ: Big Democrat Donors Threaten To Switch To Trump If Elizabeth Warren Wins The 2020 Nomination)

The reason for this is that Warren is openly at war with business. She has sworn to attack the banks and rich CEOs should she be elected, and not only do those banks and CEOs not like that idea, but many people who are employed by these rich people also don’t like it either.

But the crippling blow to her campaign is the fact that Warren has promised a lot of “free” stuff to Americans, but refuses to tell us how she’s going to pay for it. She has been asked repeatedly and very directly, even by leftist pundits and talking heads, if she plans on raising taxes on the middle class.

Warren has done everything her power to avoid answering that question.

(Watch: Warren Dips, Dodges, Ducks, Dives, And Dodges Answering If She’ll Raise Middle Class Taxes)

Warren may have taken the lead in the Democratic party, but it’s a shrinking party thanks to people like Warren driving voters out and into the arms of Trump.

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