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After Getting Zero Votes, AOC Now Wants This for the Green New Deal

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” has been a particularly entertaining piece of legislation. After a FAQ was released to multiple media outlets and put on her website, we found out that the plan called for everything from paying people who don’t want to work to eliminating cow farts. Once the embarrassment became overwhelming, AOC then claimed the FAQ was actually an “early draft” that got released by mistake.

It obviously wasn’t, but the media dutifully bought her spin and started reporting that it was actually Republicans who were misrepresenting the Green New Deal by quoting her own fact sheet about it. It must be nice to be a Democrat.

Eventually, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called AOC’s bluff and put the ill-fated plan up for a vote.

This was the result.

You’d think after face planting that hard, AOC might take a breather, but nah.

Instead, she’s now pitching a new documentary about one of the biggest legislative flops in the last decade, because in the Democratic party, abject failure is worthy of celebration I guess.

Why is a sitting Congressional member spending her time negotiating documentaries about a resolution that not a single Democrat voted for? I’m sure the “documentary” will be a completely objective look at the situation as well, right? The part where it ends with AOC laughably claiming that she told her party not to vote for her own plan is gonna be great.

Ocasio-Cortez is a grifter. She lied about her upbringing while she ran for re-election, she’s possibly committed multiple campaign finance laws, and she even took money from kids for her campaign coffers under false pretenses. Now she’s doing everything she can to raise her profile instead of simply trying to do her job. Wasting time on a documentary about an utter failure of a proposal is exactly the kind of thing you’d expect from her.

Instead of her behavior being called out, she’s lauded in the press as the new face of the Democrat party. While that’s probably good for Republicans, it puts the shallow, partisan nature of our media on full display.

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Twitter’s Not Just Banning Parodies – They’re Banning Links to a GOP Candidate’s Website

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Over the last week, Twitter’s been purging accounts – almost exclusively of the conservative variety – with alarming frequency. James Woods, an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez parody account, and David Horowitz are among those banned in the last two days.

Jack’s now adding election interference to his repertoire, banning users from posting a link to Los Angeles City Council candidate Brandon Saario’s website just a month before Election Day.

Saario knew that he was facing an uphill battle in getting the word out about his campaign in Democrat-controlled Los Angeles and knew that Twitter, Facebook, and the like weren’t exactly friendly to conservative candidates or causes. But, as everyone who follows or works in politics knows, any serious candidate must have a presence on all of these platforms.

Former State Assembly candidate Roxanne Beckford Hoge sounded the alarm:

Users who tried to click through to Saario’s website from his Twitter profile received a scary message:

Those using Twitter’s desktop site received the following message when attempting to send any tweet containing a link to Saario’s website. Tweets with the same verbiage, but no website link, were allowed to go through.

Here’s one example of verbiage Twitter classified as “might be automated.”

When reached by RedState, Saario said he hadn’t received anything from Twitter notifying him that there could be a problem with the link to his website or with automated posts, or what he could do to rectify the situation. He said the same thing happened about a month ago and after multiple messages to @TwitterSupport the ability to post a link was restored. This time, it’s been 48 hours with no response from Twitter.

There has been no visible response from the California GOP or the Los Angeles County GOP to this issue on social media.

If it’s not okay for bots to interfere in the electoral process, why is it okay for @Jack to systematically silence conservative voices?

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“We Will Only Get Louder”: Pro-Life Rally Planned for Friday in PA, and Matt Walsh Has a Message for Brian Sims

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PA State Rep. Brian Sims (D) outside of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood. Source: Life News HQ.

My Red State colleague Alex Parker has written about recent incidents involving PA state Rep. Brian Sims (D) engaging in despicable behavior against peaceful pro-lifers at a local Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia.

In one incident, Sims bullied an elderly pro-life woman , demanding her home address, and mocking her Christian faith. In another, he made a video offer to Twitter followers of $100 to dox three teenagers who he harassed as they peacefully prayed outside of the Planned Parenthood.

Because of the relentless backlash that has ensued, Sims, who fancies himself as a one-man wrecking crew in defending far left causes, issued a non-apology apology today on social media. His statement doesn’t really quite cover the fact that he, as a government official, was interfering with American citizens and their right to protest.

In response to Sims’s reprehensible behavior, the Daily Wire‘s Matt Walsh, who frequently writes about pro-life issues, had the idea of organizing a rally at that same Planned Parenthood to counter Sims. The idea, he writes, has taken off:

Last night, I suggested on Twitter that we organize a massive rally at that very same Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia. I thought it would be good to show Sims and everyone else that we are not going to sit back submissively while pro-lifers are abused for speaking out in defense of the unborn. Happily, this rally is now becoming a reality. Minutes after I sent that tweet, a number of pro-life groups reached out to help organize. Several prominent conservative voices expressed their desire to be a part of the effort. Hundreds of people said they would like to attend.

So, at 11 AM this Friday, I will be at that clinic on 1144 Locust St in Philadelphia alongside Abby Johnson, Lila Rose, Graham Allen, and many others. If Sims wants to show up with his camera again, any one of us would be more than happy to engage with him. I know he prefers to target elderly women and teenage girls, but now he’ll have the opportunity to pick on someone his own size. The lesson here is simple: If you try to intimidate us into silence, we will only get louder. Bullying tactics will achieve the exact opposite of what you intended. That’s the takeaway.

Walsh even encouraged Sims on Twitter to attend the rally with camera in hand:

This ought to be good.

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SO WOKE: Alyssa Milano Calls For BOYCOTT On Chicken Nuggets.

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Do they not like anything that middle America loves in Hollywood?

Our favorite actress on the left coast, Alyssa Milano, who is a shoo-in to play Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the eventual biopic of A.O.C., is tweeting her crazy wacky ideas again. She is aiming her mighty twitter following at fast-food chain Wendy’s because their chicken nuggets support rape or something.

According to the Pluralist this is what the A.O.C. Hollywood version had to say…

Feminist actress Alyssa Milano responded Monday to news that fast-food restaurant Wendy’s would be bringing back its crowd-pleasing spicy chicken nuggets by accusing the company of “refusing to protect farmworker women from sexual assault & rape in the fields.”

Grammy-winning musician Chance the Rapper campaigned for the return of spicy chicken nuggets to Wendy’s menu in a Sunday tweet. Wendy’s pledged to make the dreams of fast-food lovers everywhere come true if a tweet the company made in reply to Chance received more than 2 million likes.

She tweeted this at “Chance The Rapper” and chastised him for wanting rape nuggets.

.@chancetherapper did you know @Wendys is the only fast food chain refusing to protect farmworker women from sexual assault & rape in the fields? Message for the people in charge: Instead of spicy nuggets, we want food that is harvested w/ dignity NOT violence. #BoycottWendys

Alyssa “might” have gotten her info on this from a Think Progress piece from March of 2018 that took Wendys to task for essentially not joining a coalition to protect workers. While workers organizing is fine, stretching this out and say that if you don’t join X workers will be killed, raped or whatever bad thing you can think of is over the top.

Rape and sexual assault are serious issues and must be dealt with in a professional manner. A coalition or union cannot protect you from a predator attacking you or harassing you. That is a legal matter and must be dealt with in conjunction with the legal authorities and we need to make sure and encourage that happens anytime any issue arises.

When you just blindly yell RAPE because you feel something happened and you wanna make cheap political points about delicious chicken nuggets, you do what West Coast A.O.C. did here. Tweet and not think about what you are saying because the P.C. gods must be pacified.

If you want to make a difference then help these workers organize without yelling that Wendy’s supports rape. That is just pure nonsense on Milano’s part and she is not helping anyone who is a victim of sexual harassment or rape with this.

Now, excuse me while I go to Wendy’s and get some of that chili with extra spice.

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The Bernie Sanders Campaign is Imploding

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Remember when Sanders was the front runner in the 2020 Democratic primary about five minutes ago? That ride appears to be not just over, but the car is being driven off a cliff. While it was always assumed that Biden would take 1st place once he entered the race, most pundits felt Sanders had the staying power to bounce around just a few points below him.

Well, so much for that. I took a look at the latest polling and it’s absolutely brutal for the resident communist.

Here’s the five polls taken since Biden entered the race per RealClearPolitics.

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Here’s a live look at Bernie Sanders after seeing these numbers.

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Not only is Bernie getting blistered by 20+ points in every single poll, his baseline numbers are sinking to the point where Elizabeth Warren is leading him in one sample.

Elizabeth freaking Warren.

I’m not sure what Bernie’s path is from here. He hasn’t shown any ability to grow his vote share, as it appears a majority of the Democrat party have no interest in the self-avowed socialist. His base is strong, but it has peaked at a number too low to bring him to victory. Does he try to play the long game and hope the rest of the field splinters? That seemed like a good idea a few weeks ago but the way things are falling now shows Democrats want the most electable candidate and Biden (at least in their minds) appears to be that person.

While the “fresh faces” of the Democrat party, such as AOC and Ilhan Omar, keep pushing socialism as the wave of the future, it seems the actual voters in their party aren’t too keen on it. Not yet at least. That’s actually good news for the country. If the race comes down to Biden and Trump, they’ll still be real downsides if Biden wins, certainly for the conservatives among us who actually care about accomplishing things and not just virtue signaling. But, as a worst case scenario, Biden is far less worrying than Sanders.

That’s really the issue for Donald Trump though. While he’s playing up the idea that he’d love to run against Biden, it’s the worst possible match-up precisely because Biden is such a goofball. To a lot of Americans, including some who disagree with his politics, he comes across as harmless. I suspect even many Republicans see him as someone who’ll simply propagate the status quo. Without a great foil across from Trump, i.e. Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, his path does get more difficult in the mid-west, where he absolutely has to do well to have a chance.

With that said, it’s really, really early. Biden could implode in the primary, although it’s highly unlikely. He could have some scandal take him down during the general. The American people could smartly decide that a booming economy is worth putting up with Trump’s rougher edges. No one really knows how it’ll fall if that’s the match-up.

What I do know is that Bernie Sanders is in big trouble and it’s way too early in the game to get floundering already. I expect the politics of all of this to get really dirty as we head into the first debates. Sanders isn’t going to roll over this time. It’s going to be great entertainment.

BTW, given that Kirsten Gillibrand is now polling below someone named Inslee (seriously, I have no idea who that is), perhaps somebody should pull her aside and let her down easy.

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ThinkProgress Is Mad HBO’s Game of Thrones Isn’t Actually a Climate Change Lecture

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[Spoiler alert for Game of Thrones through Season 8, Episode 4 below. Consider yourself warned.]

HBO’s Game of Thrones television series has been a gigantic success for the premium cable network, combining War of the Roses-inspired medieval historical drama with fantasy elements like dragons and zombies to create escapist entertainment that has proven to be popular with both audiences and critics. What it’s not, obviously, is a scientific documentary. That didn’t stop ThinkProgress from complaining that the show featuring dragon-based warfare isn’t including enough content lecturing viewers about climate change.

In an article posted yesterday titled, “Game of Thrones is not about climate change after all as HBO wimps out,” ThinkProgress contributor Joe Romm complained that the showrunners had “literally shattered the entire metaphor” of the show as a warning about the dangers of climate change.

[Last chance to avoid spoilers. No whining if you continue reading past this point.]

Throughout its eight seasons, the show has followed two key narrative arcs, both of which present deadly threats to the characters. The first centers around the clashes between various noble family houses for political control of the realm of Westeros, with military tactics, court intrigues, and soap-opera-style romantic drama all factoring into how the fortunes of different houses rise and fall.

The second arc is about an ice demon called the “Night King” who has the power to reanimate human and animal corpses into an army of the dead, and the efforts of these forces to invade the lands to the south. In this fictional world, seasons are not regular portions of a year, but both summers and winters can last for years on end, and the long winter that was starting in season one ties into this season’s coming onslaught from the Night King and his ice zombie army.

ThinkProgress is unhappy because the show apparently wrapped up the Night King story line before the series finale airs in a few weeks, and mad that “[o]ne of the show’s heroes single-handedly ended the existential climate threat with a clever knife trick,” because “[i]n the real world, climate change is far too challenging a threat to be ended by one person.”

Romm is correct that George R.R. Martin, the author of the book series on which the show is based, told the New York Times that the Night King storyline on Game of Thrones was a “great parallel” to the climate change threat, but in that same article, Martin expressly passed on a question asking him how Game of Thrones “provides insights into the mind-sets and strategies of modern-day geopolitics.”

That’s because Martin is aware that the story he created is just that, a fictional story. And it is one that from the very first episode has followed both storylines of the human political conflicts and the ice zombie invasion threat.

For the sake of argument, let’s not get into the weeds of the climate change debate and pretend for this moment that ThinkProgress’ positions regarding both the seriousness of the threat and their recommended remedies are correct. Why does what a bunch of fictional characters do in a battle with dragons and ice zombies have anything to do with climate change?

The event that upset ThinkProgress was when Arya Stark defeated the Night King by stabbing him with a knife made from dragonglass, a material described as having magical properties. This is after another character, Daenerys Targaryen, fails to kill the Night King after her dragon blasts him with fire.

So, does ThinkProgress approve of the dragon fire failing to kill the Night King? What lesson are we mere mortals, with our pet housecats and corgis, supposed to learn from watching a fire-breathing dragon?

Seriously though, why does ThinkProgress’ climate change argument need to be validated by ice zombies? What difference does it make if the Night King was defeated by a partial coalition of Westerosi forces rather than all of them? Out of all possible environmental threats, the risk of Earth ceasing to follow its annual orbit around the sun is extremely unlikely for millions of years, so why is it so important to get lessons about a place where winter can last for years?

Why do liberal solutions so often require forcing everyone to follow the same program?

Looking at the problem from a different angle, what about the fact that Arya spent most of the series studying and practicing skills that made her capable of issuing the fatal blow in that crucial moment? It was far more than a momentary “clever knife trick,” but rather roughly a decade of the character’s life spent doing difficult and dangerous tasks that were physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing. She sought out a series of experts who offered her different types of training, from “dancing master” Syrio Forel, to Jacquen Haqar and the Faceless Men’s assassin training, to Sandor “the Hound” Clegane’s ruthless tactical skills, to Brienne of Tarth’s swordsmanship.

Perhaps that’s a better metaphor for the more prudent approach to climate change and other environmental challenges: rather than demanding the unified “involvement of all the world’s major powers” to march in lockstep, we should encourage the research and innovation that has historically — on our actual real planet earth, not the fictional world with the dragons — led to continued environmental improvements.

Western capitalism has created cleaner automobiles — including traditional gas-powered engines as well as hybrid and electric vehicles — and more efficient energy production. There’s a company in Texas that developed a way to produce energy from natural gas with zero emissions by using its own pressurized liquid CO2 as a working fluid to turn the factory turbines. When we shop for light bulbs these days, we can chose from incandescent, halogen, florescent, and LED bulbs, all of which are more energy efficient than previous generations of light bulbs. The manatee population in Florida has increased after years of enjoying safe havens in the warm water outflow from several power plants around the state.

There are many, many more examples like this, but none of these innovations came quickly or simply. No “clever knife tricks” to kill off the problem in seconds. They required expert scientists and innovators, entrepreneurial business leaders and venture capitalists, experimentation, time, failure after failure, all eventually leading to progress.

ThinkProgress is unhappy that a fictional television show about dragons failed to guilt trip everyone into giving up their personal automobiles or becoming vegan or whatever the latest cure touted by Green New Deal advocates may be. I’d rather cheer on the real world Arya Starks who are working hard to improve their skills and learn from experimentation to find innovative solutions.

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“#TeamPregnantDad”: Major NC Newspaper Publishes Multi-Part Series On How “Men” Who Give Birth Are Blazing Trails

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Transgender man Liam Johns and husband Duane Danielson – screen grab via the Charlotte Observer.

The Charlotte Observer (the “CO” as I’ll call it going forward), my hometown newspaper, has done a 5-part series chronicling the pregnancy of Liam Johns, a 30-year-old transgender man from North Carolina.

The paper first reported on Johns in April 2016, about a month after the passage of the state’s controversial HB2 “bathroom bill.” The CO – along with their sister paper the Raleigh News and Observer – was virulently against HB2, which their editorial pages, straight news pieces, so-called fact checks, and even their sports columnists made very clear.

Their 2016 feature on Johns, who was not pregnant at the time, was just one of many transgender stories they peppered the paper with throughout the year in an effort to express their solidarity. Meanwhile, other pieces portrayed HB2 proponents – including sexual assault survivors – as either backwards-thinking women or hate-filled bigots.

From a May 2016 editorial:

From October 2016, the front page of one of their Sunday editions:

The purpose of what I’m about to write is not to poke fun at the couple in the CO’s just-published series. The two agreed to have their private journey to fatherhood documented and published by the paper, and unfortunately the paper exploited and sensationalized their story to promote the myth that men can give birth.

Using the hashtag “#TeamPregnantDad”, the first chapter in the CO’s documentary focused on “the man in the maternity ward”:

Liam, for as far back as he can remember, has longed to have children. But it was only recently, in his late 20s, he imagined himself pregnant.

He’s not the first transgender man to have a baby. While there’s no official data or record-keeping on trans men giving birth, the recognition of “first” is typically given to Thomas Beatie. Beatie appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008, when he was about six months pregnant. Although headlines announced Beatie as “the world’s first pregnant man,” trans health experts say it’s likely hundreds came before him.

What does the CO not tell you about Beatie? That even though the transgender man had gender reassignment surgery, Beatie had kept the female reproductive organs he was born with, which is how “he” was able to get pregnant (bolded emphasis added):

Five years ago, Thomas Beatie, then 34, gave birth to a girl called Susan.

The American man was born female but subsequently underwent gender reassignment – keeping his female reproductive organs – after having breast surgery to remove glands and flatten his chest.

Since then Thomas has given birth to two other children, Austin and Jenson.

As far as Liam’s road to transitioning and pregnancy goes, the CO makes you read between the lines to figure out that he, too, still had the female organs he was born with in order to get pregnant (bolded emphasis added):

The road to becoming Liam started with small steps in high school, when he shaved his head, wore men’s clothing and confided in a few close friends he was transgender. Later, with the help of hormone injections, Liam grew a beard and soon after, legally changed his name and gender. Then, at 27, he had cosmetic surgery to remove his breasts and reconstruct his chest.

After 10 years of physical transformation, Liam says, he finally felt comfortable in his own body. The confidence — he hoped — would be enough to challenge one of society’s most-ingrained assumptions: that only women give birth to babies.

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[In the summer of 2017] Liam, fresh off a broken engagement, had already been off testosterone injections and was trying to start a family for almost a year.

Hold up: “society’s most-ingrained assumptions: that only women give birth to babies”? I’m sorry, but that’s not a societal “assumption” – that’s a biological, irrefutable fact. Why would any reputable news outlet that seeks to serve their community with reliable information suggest otherwise?

It is an irrefutable fact that every transgender “man” who has ever gotten pregnant has done so with the lady parts “he” decided to keep during their transition.

Men cannot have children.

No matter how many times the CO and other mainstream media outlets write otherwise, that fact will never change.

In addition to their multi-part series, the paper produced a 13 minute video of Johns and husband Duane Danielson’s experiences:

The comments on the articles are disabled, but you can let the paper know your thoughts on their series by sending them an email, or sending a tweet to executive editor Sherry Chisenhall or editorial page editor Taylor Batten.

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AOC Tangles With Rick Scott About Sarcasm, Socialism, and Sexism

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Just a few weeks ago, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed she was cutting back on social media for mental health reasons, but that didn’t stop her from tangling with Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) on Twitter yesterday.

It all started when Scott tweeted about a proposal from Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), one of the approximately 7,135,804 Democrats currently running for the 2020 presidential nomination, to create a federal gun registry.

Scott slammed the idea as “terrible” and noted “[t]his would be scary if Booker had any chance of becoming President,” a perhaps harsh but likely accurate comment considering the jam-packed clown car that is the Democrats’ primary at the moment.

Next, he tweeted a sarcastic quip, pondering if the Democrats would next endeavor to require Americans to register if they owned any sharp knives, and then, “Maybe @AOC will make us register every time we buy meat as part of her #GreenNewDeal.”

Ocasio-Cortez did not appreciate Scott making fun of her Green New Deal and attacked Scott for lacking “critical thinking” and “honesty,” and claiming that if he were a female candidate, “maybe you’d be called ‘unlikeable,’ ‘crazy,’ or ‘uninformed.’”

Scott fired right back, mocking her for failing to “understand sarcasm,” as well as pointing out that “America rejects socialism and will continue to do so.”

First of all, Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is so unpopular even among her fellow Democrats that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has publicly voiced her lack of enthusiasm for it, making it very clear she had little interest in expending her political capital to help it advance. When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the Democrats’ bluff and put up the Green New Deal for a vote, the majority of the Senate Democrats voted “present” rather than take a risk of going on the record supporting the bill.

The simple fact is that the Green New Deal is an unworkable set of legislative proposals that would impose restrictions far more extreme than Americans are willing to accept, and the savvier Congressional Democrats who value their own re-elections know that.

Scott knows AOC’s Green New Deal doesn’t actually require people to register when they buy a hamburger, but he was making a larger point about how ridiculous and unwieldy some of the proposals are, and how unpopular socialism actually is.

That’s called sarcasm.

Now, I don’t actually share the belief of some of AOC’s critics that she’s an idiot. Getting elected to Congress at such a young age — especially by first knocking out an incumbent of your own party — is no simple task.

But her constant frenzied habit of taking overly seriously every word from her critics, while insisting that her own foibles be viewed through the most generously forgiving of lenses, is a gimmick that became tiring long ago.

Even worse was AOC’s attempt to paint Scott’s criticism as some sort of sexism. 

Scott wasn’t commenting on her hairstyle, physical appearance, clothing style, voice, or anything at all related to her being a woman. He was criticizing a legislative proposal she had promoted.

If you can’t handle people criticizing your bills, then maybe you aren’t tough enough to be in Congress. Is it sexist if I question whether she’s tough enough? Again, I actually think she is, and this is just political theater from her, but it has gotten ridiculous seeing her cry sexism every time she’s criticized.

It’s specifically ridiculous regarding Scott to try to claim there’s some sort of inherent sexism in calling a politician “unlikeable.”

Scott famously refused to meet with any of the editorial boards of the newspapers around Florida when he first ran for governor in 2010. They were annoyed by his snub, and all endorsed his opponent. A similar pattern repeated itself for his 2014 reelection campaign and his 2018 campaign for Senate.

Scott’s been repeatedly compared to Voldemort, the villainous wizard from the Harry Potter books and movies, and editorial cartoonists have been savaging him for nearly a decade now.

Not. Everything. Is. Sexism.

Once again, I don’t think she’s actually an idiot. She just seems to like playing one on Twitter.

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CNN’s Jim Acosta Makes a Fool of Himself at the WH Medal of Freedom Ceremony

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CNN’s Jim Acosta is in a running gun battle with April Ryan for the worst White House reporter currently on the beat.

Acosta’s self-aggrandizement and constant editorializing in briefings have become the butt of jokes everywhere. His false sense of grandeur has led him to write a book proclaiming how dangerous it is to “tell the truth” in America. Because Acosta’s life is so harrowing. Putting on makeup, saying whatever you want, and taking selfies with hecklers is life-threatening stuff and he wants you to know it.

If you follow sports at all, you probably heard about Tiger Woods winning his first Masters last month. It was a great moment in the country, if for no other reason that it brought a lot of different people from different backgrounds together to celebrate the same thing.

As is tradition at the White House, sports figures often receive the Medal of Freedom and Woods was the recipient yesterday. He becomes the fourth golfer to get the honor.

Ok, I have to admit, Trump plugging the ratings is pretty funny.

Anyway, during the ceremony, Jim Acosta decided it was a good time to yell a question at the President about…Michael Cohen.

Michael Cohen is currently in prison and nothing newsworthy surrounding him has happened in months. What exactly does he think the President would even have to say about that in this setting? Acosta is like your drunk uncle who starts making out with the wall after his fifth beer.

While the rest of the reporters respected that this was a ceremony for Tiger Woods and to celebrate the exceptionalism of Americans, Acosta was the only “reporter” to start yelling out questions like a dog yelping at people on the street.

More hilariously, he then went on CNN and bragged about his tough, hard-hitting question.

Acosta is not a journalist. He’s an activist seeking headlines. The entire purpose of all these stunts was to compile material for his new book and to boost his resume for that sweet new CNN show he desperately wants. Unfortunately for him, with CNN’s ratings collapse, I doubt they’ll be looking to put anymore dull, self-loving partisans in prime time. They’ve already got Chris Cuomo in that role.

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WATCH: Dan Crenshaw Smoothly but Firmly Debunks Unhinged Joy Behar’s False Claim About Trump and Charlottesville

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On Monday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) went into the lion’s den better known as ABC‘s “The View” program to discuss a variety of topics, including illegal immigration, his criticisms of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5), and rhetoric that President Trump uses that the co-hosts find offensive.

One of the highlights of the segment for me was Crenshaw’s calm but clear debunking of the false claim that Trump said white supremacists at the Charlottesville riots were “fine people.”

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Finally, the View producers graciously let Meghan McCain get one conservative question in, asking why Democrats were reluctant to call out Rep. Ilhan Omar.

He boiled it down to partisan politics, which he noted also happens with his own party. Before he or McCain could elaborate, Joy Behar jumped in to defend Omar and bring the criticism back to Trump:

JOY BEHAR: I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up the fact that she’s a new congresswoman. On the right what we have is the President of the United States in Charlottesville saying that there are good people on both sides and people were yelling Jews will not replace us. They’re not good people on both sides–

CRENSHAW: Well in that same sentence when he said that he also said I’m definitely not referring to white nationalists.

BEHAR: Why do you apologize for him? He’s ridiculous! [rolls eyes]

CRENSHAW: You have to read to exactly what he said.

SUNNY HOSTIN: It was not in the same sentence. It was actually in a statement two days later.

CRENSHAW: No, it wasn’t. No it wasn’t.

Watch their back and forth in the video clip below:

The media-driven lies about Trump’s Charlottesville remarks have been debunked many times, yet the myth still persists. Thankfully, Crenshaw didn’t give in on the point as Behar and some of the other co-hosts continued to try and keep peddling the false claim.

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