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BREAKING: Trump Officially Gives Up On Census Battle

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A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are loaded on to a van, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Granjeno, Texas. At least six local, state and federal law enforcement agencies patrol the five mile zone which is illegal immigration’s busiest corridor. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

I don’t have the video yet, but President Trump just spoke in the Rose Garden on his effort to count citizenship via the census.

While trying to dress it up otherwise, he officially gave up on trying to get the question onto the census. This is the culmination of a ridiculous legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court. For 175 years, the census included a question on citizenship but the rules are always different for Trump. The lower courts came up with tortured reasons why he couldn’t add the question back. That eventually led to Roberts once again joining with the liberals on the Supreme Court to affirm the right to add the question while twisting in the wind about motive to deny it in the end.

Trump would go on to say in his speech that they will get the citizenship numbers from elsewhere in places such as government databases. This was the thrust of the executive order that was announced during his remarks, which directed all agencies to use the information they have to compile the number of non-citizens in the country.

While that may be an acceptable alternative to some, it seems largely irrelevant to me. The entire point of this fight was to have citizenship and residency enumerated on the census. If it’s not on the census, it’s useless in terms of fighting fraudulent apportionment. The 14th amendment clearly intended for only those that are taxed (and their dependents) to be given representation.

Without that check in place, liberal states like California have every incentive to keep flaunting immigration laws and garnering more and more House seats based on increases in illegal alien populations. This was not the intention of those who ratified the 14th amendment in 1868. Going back even further, the idea that uncounted, foreign populations could simply cross into the United States and be counted toward government representation would have been taken as a ludicrous idea by the Founders.

This was a fight worth having, even if it meant delaying the census. Now, the issue is all but moot. Even if Trump somehow gets the citizenship numbers, they will not be in a legally actionable form to deal with the apportionment issues. The data will be completely useless outside of general studies and the like. You also can’t just pick this baton up a year from now. The next census will be in 2030.

Whether he wants to admit it or not, the President has lost this war.

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Perfect: The Babylon Bee Has Figured Out the One Person Megan Rapinoe Should Meet When She Visits DC

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The U.S. women’s soccer team member Megan Rapinoe holds the championship trophy at City Hall after a ticker tape parade, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women’s World Cup title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Just a couple of days after she and the U.S. women’s soccer team were victorious in the World Cup, outspoken sports figure Megan Rapinoe appeared on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show to talk about the games, her social activism, and what her plans were post-tournament.

Among other things, Rapinoe has been invited to Washington, D.C. by Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY). She told Maddow that when she visits our nation’s capital she has very specific ideas in mind on the types of people she’d like to talk to in addition to the two prominent New York Democrats:

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe said she would only accept invitations to visit Washington or have conversations with people who believe the same things she does.

“Yes to AOC, yes to Nancy Pelosi,” Rapinoe said Tuesday about which people she would accept invitations to visit Washington from. “Yes to the bipartisan Congress, yes to Chuck Schumer, yes to anyone else that wants to invite us and have a real, substantive conversation, and that believes in the same things we believe in.”

So like she’s not interested in meeting with anyone who might respectfully engage her in an actual debate about issues she’s flat wrong about like the equal pay discrimination non-issue. Okay.

Since Rapinoe, who says she is “constantly oppressed“, is so determined to only talk to people who comport with her narrow worldview, the fine folks at the Babylon Bee have suggested she meet with one person and one person only when she visits D.C. in order to avoid the remotest possibility of being triggered by disagreement: herself:

“I’ll have a conversation with anyone who I know will agree with everything I am thinking before I think it,” Rapinoe told reporters. “Open conversation is what this country is all about.”

When asked if she would be willing to branch out from speaking only with a perfect clone of herself, Rapinoe said she would also be happy to have a constructive, open-ended dialogue with a mirror, the surface of a pond, a shiny new hubcap, and the front-facing camera on her phone.

Perfect.

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Ted Cruz Flattens Beto O’Rourke (Again) After the Failed Senate Candidate Went on Anti-American Rant

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As Red State‘s Bonchie wrote Wednesday, 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (D) went for broke during a recent campaign stop in Tennessee, trashing his own country in a room full of refugees and immigrants. The comments came off as anti-American to conservatives and Republicans alike, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) weighed in on Thursday on the issue, slamming his former Senate opponent.

To recap, here’s what O’Rourke told the audience, via The Hill:

During a roundtable event hosted by a local organization that works with immigrants, the presidential candidate pointed to his home state’s history in the Confederacy while arguing that the legacy of racism persists in U.S. institutions.

“I know this from my home state, Texas, places that formed the Confederacy, that this country was founded on white supremacy,” he said, according to the Tennessean. “And every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our democracy.”

He made the remarks in response to a question about how he would tackle white supremacy if elected president.

Watch video of his remarks below:

Just a week after giving a much-needed history lesson to former QB-turned-social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick on abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass, Cruz once again used history to flatten another expression of anti-American sentiment:

Cruz is right, of course. The hard left “traffics” in anti-American hate more often than not, and unfortunately Democrats like O’Rourke are trying to mainstream it for political advantage.

As I wrote today at Legal Insurrection:

What’s become increasingly popular over the years in elite Democratic circles is the notion that to be considered sufficiently woke, you must believe that America and its foundations are fundamentally flawed. You also must have the unwavering desire to change them fundamentally.

The key to that message being successful for Democrats is in framing it in such a way as to make voters believe that big government’s encroachment into their lives and wallets is the way things should have always been from the start. This is one reason why Barack Obama was elected.

It worked for Obama, but it won’t work for Beto, because too many Democrats view him as a “privileged” candidate who has led a mostly charmed life and who doesn’t have much to offer in the crowded, diverse field of candidates.

It also won’t work with any Republicans he’d like to win over, because you won’t find many Republicans who will buy into the anti-Americanism that Beto is selling (unless your name is Ana Nararro).

Nevertheless, he took his campaign to new lows this week in a desperate attempt to revive some of that old Beto magic from 2018. Unfortunately for him, it’s too late. His time to shine in the political spotlight has long passed.

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Trump Lawyers Release Bombshell Video that Vindicates Him In Unwanted Kiss Lawsuit

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President Trump is currently embroiled in a civil suit brought by a former campaign staffer named Alva Johnson. One aspect of it is accusations of pay discrimination but the real blockbuster charge has been that Donald Trump supposedly forced himself on her and kissed her without her consent.

Sounds serious, right? The media have certainly treated it as such, with Johnson being given the red carpet treatment on CNN and MSNBC.

Things just took a dramatic turn though. Trump’s lawyers managed to dig up actual video of the encounter and it essentially vindicates the President. In fact, it makes Johnson look like a malicious liar given that the video appears to show her leaning in and actually kissing him on the cheek.

Here’s the video and it’s readily apparent there was absolutely nothing improper about what happened.

By comparison, here’s how Johnson originally described the encounter in her lawsuit per CNN.

“As Defendant Trump spoke, he tightened his grip on Ms. Johnson’s hand and leaned towards her. He moved close enough that she could feel his breath on her skin,” the lawsuit states. “Ms. Johnson suddenly realized that Defendant Trump was trying to kiss her on the mouth, and attempted to avoid this by turning her head to the right. Defendant Trump kissed her anyway, and the kiss landed on the corner of her mouth.”

In reality, he didn’t come close to mouth to mouth contact as she alleged and it appears he didn’t even actually make mouth to cheek contact. This was simply Trump doing the typical European style greeting you see all over the world. He also did not ever touch her hand at all, much less forcibly tighten his grip on it.

For their part, Johnson’s lawyers are laughably claiming this vindicates them somehow by proving they did meet. Yes, Trump has said in the past he doesn’t know who she is. That’s completely consistent with the fact that this is 1) the only time they interacted and 2) she was one of thousands of staffers across the country. Of course he wouldn’t recall who she was.

I’ll also note that Johnson herself never described the encounter as problematic until much later, saying that she hadn’t realized he’d committed battery against her until she saw others come forward during the #metoo movement. Yes, she is alleging what’s in that video is battery.

Look, I’m all for giving victims room to prove their case without being attacked but this lawsuit is complete garbage. It’s a reminder of how false accusations can be wielded against people in powerful positions and why skepticism is warranted in all cases.

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Barring President Trump From Blocking Twitter Accounts Opens a Lot of Interesting Possibilities

President’s Twitter Now Immune From Being Banned?

Yesterday, my good friend and fellow RedStater, Sister Toldjah, penned a very nice article, with just a touch of schadenfreude. It seems as though in losing a court battle regarding his Twitter account, President Trump may have just won the war. Here’s the immediate fallout: From the article.

After a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday on First Amendment grounds that President Trump could not block Twitter users, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) found herself on the receiving end of a couple of lawsuits on the same grounds. One is from a New York Democrat.

It’s nice to enjoy it when leftists are hoisted on their own petards. It’s even better when their tactical “victory” could possibly turn out to be a strategic route to the benefit of conservatives. Over at American Thinker, Dr. Thomas Lifson explains.

The latest in a long series of rulings by federal judges hamstringing moves by the Trump administration already is teaching a tough but obvious lesson to judges.  A precedent applies to everyone, not just to the specific defendant in the matter at hand.

Lifson goes on the explain that the most recent ruling by a Federal Appeals Court has essentially declared the President’s Twitter account to be a “public forum.” Further, because POTUS uses his Twitter account to communicate with the people regarding public policy, coupled with the fact that his account is open to that same public to comment, his account (emphasis mine) “warrants constitutional free speech protection under the First Amendment.”

Constitutional Free Speech Protection. It gets better.

Well, that makes Twitter, when used by a federal official, covered by First Amendment protections.  So much for the discussion that Twitter might suspend or close President Trump’s account, as it has done to many other conservatives’ accounts. Even better, it also enshrines the right of conservatives to respond to tweets by leftist elected officials.

Dr. Lifson notes, as did Sister Toldjah, within hours of the ruling, Representative Ocasio-Cortez was sued for blocking users on her Twitter account who disagreed with her. Permit me a small chuckle as I enjoy that comeuppance.

In closing, Lifson floats the possibility of a strategic win for conservative against the leviathans, Twitter and Facebook.

If responding to federal officials on Twitter is protected by the First Amendment, then why not make Twitter itself respect the First Amendment rights of conservatives who respond to elected federal officials?

“Twitter itself,” along with Facebook and every other public platform that has been shadow banning or using other nefarious methods to keep the conservative message from getting out, now stands the very real possibility of legal sanctions. Lawfare can be fun.

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Popcorn Time: AOC Goes Nuclear, Pulls “WOC” Card on Pelosi in War of Words – but Backtracks Just Hours Later

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The war of words between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) definitely heated up today after provocative remarks the freshman Congresswoman made to the Washington Post complaining about Pelosi’s treatment of the Queenie Quartet went viral.

The Hill reports:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of repeatedly singling out newly elected women of color in the House, saying that the veteran congresswoman’s criticism has become “outright disrespectful.”

Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks in an interview with The Washington Post late Wednesday after a day of heightened tensions between Pelosi and House Democrats.

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Post.

“But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” she added.

The “newly elected women of color” AOC is referring to are her BFFs Ilhan Omar (MN), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA).

Hours after the the report was published, Ocasio-Cortez backtracked by saying that, contra to what she told the Post, she did not think Pelosi was racist in any way:

So Pelosi is deliberately targeting WOC but she’s not racist? Oookay.

Daily Wire‘s Matt Walsh is siding with Pelosi on this one:

Good points. But if you’re inclined to feel sorry for Pelosi in this battle, don’t. What’s happening here is that Democrats are being hoisted by their own petards, and instead of being able to keep their focus on Republicans, Democrats are trading barbs with each other in a very public and embarrassing way.

It’s almost impossible to keep track of how often AOC, Tlaib, Omar, and Pressley have disingenuously played the “woman of color” card over the last several months in response to any and all Republican criticisms. Not only that, they won’t hesitate to insinuate that even the bare minimum criticism they receive puts them under “constant threat” (so shut up with your dissent!).

This is what passes for “substantive” debate with them. They want to talk and lecture while you shut up and listen – and conform.

That the leader of the pack has turned around and used the POC card against one of her own shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Unlike with Pelosi, AOC is not in Congress to break bread in the interest of bipartisanship and getting things done. Her method of operation is Governing by Twitter. It’s her way or the highway – and if you dare cross her, expect her to go nuclear on you in response, and her social media cultists to respond accordingly.

AOC’s tirade has had the intended effect. It’s stirred up the Woke Mafia into voodoo dolling the House Speaker.

Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza:

Unhinged MSNBC host Joy Reid:

Bree Newsome, the social justice warrior activist/liberal icon who climbed up the pole in South Carolina and took down the Confederate flag:

You have to wonder, though, if AOC’s friendly-fire tactics will have the opposite effect on other Democrats, though:

Stay tuned!

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Popcorn Time: AOC Goes Nuclear, Pulls “WOC” Card on Pelosi in War of Words – but Backtracks Just Hours Later

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The war of words between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) definitely heated up today after provocative remarks the freshman Congresswoman made to the Washington Post complaining about Pelosi’s treatment of the Queenie Quartet went viral.

The Hill reports:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of repeatedly singling out newly elected women of color in the House, saying that the veteran congresswoman’s criticism has become “outright disrespectful.”

Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks in an interview with The Washington Post late Wednesday after a day of heightened tensions between Pelosi and House Democrats.

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Post.

“But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” she added.

The “newly elected women of color” AOC is referring to are her BFFs Ilhan Omar (MN), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA).

Hours after the the report was published, Ocasio-Cortez backtracked by saying that, contra to what she told the Post, she did not think Pelosi was racist in any way:

So Pelosi is deliberately targeting WOC but she’s not racist? Oookay.

Daily Wire‘s Matt Walsh is siding with Pelosi on this one:

Good points. But if you’re inclined to feel sorry for Pelosi in this battle, don’t. What’s happening here is that Democrats are being hoisted by their own petards, and instead of being able to keep their focus on Republicans, Democrats are trading barbs with each other in a very public and embarrassing way.

It’s almost impossible to keep track of how often AOC, Tlaib, Omar, and Pressley have disingenuously played the “woman of color” card over the last several months in response to any and all Republican criticisms. Not only that, they won’t hesitate to insinuate that even the bare minimum criticism they receive puts them under “constant threat” (so shut up with your dissent!).

This is what passes for “substantive” debate with them. They want to talk and lecture while you shut up and listen – and conform.

That the leader of the pack has turned around and used the POC card against one of her own shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Unlike with Pelosi, AOC is not in Congress to break bread in the interest of bipartisanship and getting things done. Her method of operation is Governing by Twitter. It’s her way or the highway – and if you dare cross her, expect her to go nuclear on you in response, and her social media cultists to respond accordingly.

AOC’s tirade has had the intended effect. It’s stirred up the Woke Mafia into voodoo dolling the House Speaker.

Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza:

Unhinged MSNBC host Joy Reid:

Bree Newsome, the social justice warrior activist/liberal icon who climbed up the pole in South Carolina and took down the Confederate flag:

You have to wonder, though, if AOC’s friendly-fire tactics will have the opposite effect on other Democrats, though:

Stay tuned!

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Billionaire on Twitter Helping Those in Need, Enlists Donald Trump Help.

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Finally, a feel-good story about Twitter after all the negative news we hear about it and from it. Including that lil spat over the newbies in the House of Representatives by the Speaker of said House over social media and Twitter in particular.

Earlier today on Twitter, Michigan billionaire Bill Pulte tweeted that he would give 30,000 dollars to a Veteran in need if the United States President and avid Twitter user Donald Trump would give an RT to this noble cause. You have to know already what POTUS did.

According to Fox 2 Detroit, this is something he hopes to encourage with others who can help those in need…

In a video Pulte, managing partner of Pontiac-based Pulte Capital Partners LLC, says he hopes this is the start of a new wave of philanthropy on the social media site.

“Twitter is so full of negative stuff these days, especially with the politicians, businessmen, political reporters all of this stuff,” Pulte said in a video. “It is about time we finally have something positive on Twitter. This website is huge, why are we not using that?”

Pulte also hinted that some of his rich friends have been waiting to see if this takes off before joining him in giving away money on Twitter. He hopes the president’s retweet encourages them to start.

Mr. Pulte is right.

We have allowed social media to devolve to the state that it is in today. Luckily we have someone such as Bill Pulte who is stepping up by his own hand and encouraging others that have his type of resources to do the same. Once you get a positive ball like this rolling you know that wherever it ends up peoples lives will be better for it.

Also as a side note, as one who lives in Michigan also, I can’t tell you how awesome it is that someone from my home state is helping lead the charge in this and creating something good using Twitter. You can follow @Pulte on Twitter or the hashtag #twitterphilanthropy.

Well done, sir.

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Logic Need Not Apply As California Passes Law Giving Free Healthcare to Illegal Immigrants

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom just signed into law a bill that will extend free healthcare coverage to illegal immigrants 0-25 years old (the coverage for minors had been previously passed).

On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law State Bill 104, which now extends health care benefits to illegal immigrants between the ages of 19-25, in addition to the law that already had guaranteed coverage to illegal immigrants under the age of 19.

The Hill noted, “The bill, introduced earlier this year, is estimated to cover about 90,000 low-income residents overall and comes with a roughly $98 million price tag.”

This comes as California’s financial future gets even bleaker. While some are claiming a recent single year surplus means everything is all good, that ignores the unfunded liabilities and the fact that they have almost four times as much debt as cash on hand (and states can’t just print more money to cover shortfalls).

In fact, things are so bad that of the $5T in unfunded state and local liabilities in the United States, a full $1T of it resides in California, which only makes up 12% of the actual population in the country. California’s debt-to-GDP ratio is also approaching that of several eurozone countries that experienced economic collapses.

Worth noting is that cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are dealing with an explosion of homelessness right now, many of which are mentally ill or drug addled. Instead of spending the proper resources to try to handle that issue, California is using its already finite, over-strapped resources to give free healthcare to illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, crime has spiked and feces litter the streets as homeless encampments spring up everywhere.

Keep in mind, there are plenty of poor Americans in the state not getting such coverage. It’s actually gotten to the point in California that it could be preferable to be in the country illegally.

Even past the financial considerations, giving free healthcare to illegal immigrants only incentivizes more illegal immigration. That means more money for the cartels, more women raped on the journey, more sick and dead children, and further strain on an already resource-starved Border Patrol. This also means that the “price-tag” for this program will balloon as more and more people show up, creating yet more liabilities for California they can’t pay.

It’s completely irresponsible and ignores all the unintended consequences that are ultimately produced by such a move. That’s a trademark of progressivism though. As long as it feels good, it’s worth doing. Who cares if it actually makes the situation worse, right?

As a moral imperative, I’d love to give everybody on this planet free healthcare. But I recognize that’s not only impossible, trying to do would could cause far more harm than good if it ends up bankrupting everyone in the end.

I’ll end by mentioning the other reason none of this is sustainable. Because of California’s ridiculous finical decisions and over-regulation, which has lead to high taxes and housing shortages, they are experiencing massive emigration to other states. Their tax base shrank to the tune of over 1M people between 2007-2016. Adding more and more debt as you continue to lose tax payers is a recipe for disaster.

But Gavin Newsom got to smile for the cameras and that’s what’s really important here.

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Qatar Using Italy to Abuse US: Government Money Warps Everything Everywhere

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One hundred-plus countries engage each year in tens of trillions of dollars worth of global trade.

Far too many nations engage in all sorts of anti-free trade actions – so as to warp the markets to their advantage.

And when caught, far too many nations don’t stop their anti-free trade actions – they look for new and innovative ways to continue rigging the system.

To demonstrate an ongoing, rolling, evolutionary scam, we humbly give you – The Open Skies Agreement:

“‘The United States has 120 Open Skies agreements with countries from around the world. The agreements are meant to expand international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States.’

“Outstanding – until someone starts cheating and lying:

“‘The Partnership for Open and Fair Skies released a report in January 2015 that alleges that the governments of Qatar and the U.A.E. have granted close to $40 billion in subsidies and “other unfair benefits” to its state-owned carriers.

“‘Since then, they say, another $10 billion has been identified as government subsidies.

“‘The Partnership asserts that the subsidies violates the Open Skies agreements and undermines the basic principles of fair and open competition behind the Open Skies policy.’

“A fifty-yard dash is not a ‘fair and open competition’ – if the other runners are putting $50 billion worth of rocks in your pockets.

“You can call this all sorts of things – but you can not call it ‘free trade.’”

Thankfully, Qatar got popped for rigging the system.

Here’s How President Donald Trump’s Open Skies Deal with Qatar Will Help Make America Great Again

Unthankfully, Qatar didn’t start complying – they started an anti-free trade, anti-Open Skies workaround.

In the cinematic classic The Godfather – Part II, we are provided a precursor to Qatar’s latest move.  Mob enforcer Willie Cicci is testifying before Congress – and he has this exchange with Senator Pat Geary:

Senator Pat Geary: I’m interested to know, was there always a buffer involved?

Willie Cicci: A what?

Senator Pat Geary: A buffer. Someone in between you and your possible superiors who passed on to you the actual order to kill someone.

Willie Cicci: Oh yeah, a buffer. (Laughter)  The family had a lot of buffers.

Behold Qatar’s buffer – Air Italy:

Air Italy Is Just Qatar Airways Draped In An Italian Flag:

“Exploring new frontiers in commercial aviation, let’s take a chronically money-losing European airline and put it together with a heavily subsidized Middle East airline and then dramatically boost flying to the United States, even though the Middle East airline had indicated it wouldn’t do that.

“What do you get?

“‘The Italian version of Qatar,’ is what United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz called it earlier this month, during a conference call with reporters.

“In 2017, Qatar purchased 49% of Air Italy, which very quickly thereafter adopted a Qatar strategy:

“Build a hub with rapid expansion of U.S. service, enabled by lots of new airplanes purchased with government money.”

So Qatar hasn’t stopped their anti-Open Skies mass subsidies of flights into the United States.  They have purchased a foreign front – through which they run their mass subsidies of flights into the United States.

Whether the mass subsidies are in Qatari Riyal or Italian Euro – they are illegal.

I very much appreciate and admire President Trump’s taking on the mind-bogglingly monstrous task of trying to right the very many global trade wrongs the United States has for decades suffered.

One price of the mission – is eternal vigilance.

Having popped Qatar once – Trump must pop Qatar again.  And not just for the sake of the Open Skies Agreement:

“Qatar must be called to account, and not just for its own mischief but for the message that would send to the Chinese and other major U.S. trading partners.

“If Qatar Airways continues to use Air Italy as its proxy, and gets by with it, that would tell China, Japan, Mexico, Canada and Europe they can agree to trade deals and if they’re caught cheating the United States will look the other way. Someone could write a book, and call it ‘The Art of the Steal.’”

Which, by the way, countries like China have already been doing.

NAFTA’s ‘Uninvited Guest’: Why China’s Path to U.S. Manufacturing Runs Through Mexico

Uber-subsidizing China spent decades running trillions of dollars worth of their uber-subsidized goods through Mexico (and Canada) into the US.  To circumvent trade limits imposed upon them because of their uber-subsidies – by abusing the daylight out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) advantages Mexico and Canada enjoyed.

Which Trump for decades understood.  Which is why he – when he became President – rightly killed NAFTA.

And Trump imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada – because China has been running through Mexico and Canada their ridiculously subsidized steel and aluminum.  Which he will remove when NAFTA successor USMCA – which addresses the China buffer – is ratified.

Qatar’s Air Italy – is China’s Mexico and Canada.

A Godfather buffer – to yet again get around the law.

President Trump popped Qatar once.

It’s time for him to do it again.

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