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In Tweet Denouncing Israel’s Decision, Biden Leaves out Fact That Obama Admin Once Made a Similar Decision

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to local residents during a community event, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Joe Biden has enjoyed the privilege of consistently being the frontrunner in the vast majority of polling regarding Democratic candidates running for president – even when he wasn’t officially a candidate. But in spite of that, one of the most persistent criticisms of him from the progressive left is that he isn’t “woke” enough.

He found that out the hard way after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) disingenuously broadsided him at the first debate about his praising working with segregationist Senators back in the 70s in order to get things done, and for his stance at the time on busing. Though he ultimately recovered from her attack, the questions about his “wokeness” have still lingered.

On Thursday, in the midst of the wave of criticisms being directed at Israel from mostly Democrats over the country’s decision to bar BDS proponents Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) entry into their country on security grounds, Biden pounced and seized on the opportunity to win over some of his “woke” skeptics.

Here’s what he tweeted:

Biden left out that something similar also happened under the Obama/Biden administration, where the administration did a little entry barring of their own:

Hot Air‘s Karen Townsend explains in detail:

In that case, the person denied a visa to enter the United States to attend a conference was Michael Ben Ari. The reason given was that, according to the State Department, Ben Ari had ties to a terrorist group. This idea centered around Ben Ari’s conservative views and actions. He follows Kahanism ideology which means he believes that Arabs shouldn’t be living in Israel and shouldn’t have voting rights in Israel. The Kach party has been banned by the Israeli government and the U.S. State Department has labeled it a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Michael Ben Ari’s denial of entry would fall into the same category as Tlaib’s since both were denied due to their political statements. Yet Biden only voiced objection to one and that happened in the course of his Democrat primary campaign. Biden didn’t personally make the decision in 2012, of course, but I am surprised he weighed in as he did, given the dreadful relationship the Obama administration had with Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu in particular.

Whether Biden either conveniently forgot or really didn’t remember the Ben Ari denial of entry or not, his tweet denouncing Israel’s decision may not be enough for The Squad and their defenders for a couple of reasons:

1) Biden didn’t tweet about the issue fast enough for some on the left (though he posted on the issue around the same time Tlaib did and within an hour of when Omar did):

2) He noted in his tweet that he had always been a staunch supporter of Israel, which is an absolute no-no in the fever swamps of the activist left.

It would seem that matter how hard he tries, Biden just cannot be “woke” enough for the progressive left. Whether or not that ultimately works to his advantage in 2020 as more people begin to tire of The Squad’s obvious political games remains to be seen.

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Pants on Fire: Not Even Politifact Is Buying What Gavin Newsom Is Selling on San Francisco’s Homeless Problem

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Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at his gubernatorial campaign’s primary night watch party in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

When it comes to addressing serious problems in their own backyards, Democrats typically default to blaming Republicans in an effort to avoid responsibility for the consequences of their own disastrous polices.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is a prime example of this, especially when it comes to issues he has no one to blame for but himself and his fellow left coast Democrats.

Back in June, Newsom told Axios‘s Jim VandeHei in a wide-ranging interview that the dire homeless problem in San Francisco was primarily due to an influx of homeless people coming to the city from … Texas:

Facing what feels like the first real crisis of his new administration — and in the midst of stalled efforts in Sacramento to do something about it — Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken aim at something new when asked about California’s homelessness problem: Texas.

Specifically, Newsom accused the Republican-led state of sending people to San Francisco.

“The vast majority also come in from — and we know this — from Texas. Just interesting fact,” Newsom said in an interview broadcast on Sunday with “Axios on HBO.”

The comment came after interviewer Jim VandeHei asked Newsom why the net size of San Francisco’s homeless population hadn’t changed much during his tenure as the city’s mayor (although a number of people did find shelter during his administration).

The L.A. Times, not exactly a friend to Republicans and Texans, wrote about Newsom’s claims at the time and easily debunked them, noting that it was actually the reverse that was true:

A spokesman first pointed to a 2016 newspaper story that counted the number of homeless people San Francisco officials put on buses to other communities and states. But the article doesn’t cite any inbound deliveries of people. In fact, it reported that Texas was the top out-of-state destination for San Francisco to send away homeless people. As of late Sunday night, there was no additional information provided to back up the governor’s claim.

Newsom conceded in the broadcast that California has an enormous poverty problem. “We’ve got to get our act together,” he said. Nonetheless, he went on to criticize states led by Republicans that he said have an “intentional” policy to ignore those in need.

Nearly two months later, the geniuses at Politifact finally decided to weigh in. And in a genuine shocker of shockers, they rated Newsom’s claims as “Pants on Fire”:

Politifact isn’t exactly the type of fact checking organization that rushes to defend Republicans or to take Democrats to task, so that they decided to take Newsom to the woodshed is worth mentioning.

They did a detailed analysis of Newsom’s claims, and found them to be sorely lacking. Here’s what they concluded in their ruling:

San Francisco’s own homeless surveys contradict this. They show a large majority reported living in the city before becoming homeless, and just a fraction coming in from out-of-state.

Newsom’s office pointed to data from San Francisco’s bus ticket program for homeless people. But that defense doesn’t hold up. It shows just a small fraction, less than 7 percent, left for Texas, and doesn’t demonstrate that they originally came to San Francisco from that state.

In the end, we found Newsom made a ridiculous claim.

We rated it Pants on Fire.

Just to put an even finer point on how duplicitous, self-serving, and shameless Newsom is on this issue, when asked about comments made by President Trump in early July that the federal government may need to “intercede” in cities with large homeless problems, here’s how Newsom responded:

“If interceding means cutting budgets to support services to get people off the street, (Trump has) been very successful in advancing those provisions,” the governor said. Instead, he argued, the president has been “decreasing the social safety net to address the reasons people are on streets and sidewalks in the first place.”

It’s similar to what he told Axios in June. In other words, Republicans are to blame for this crisis.

It’s baloney. The homeless issues the state of California (and not just in San Francisco but in other big cities like Los Angeles, too) can in large part be laid at the feet of Democrats who have absolutely run the state into the ground, including Newsom.

Newsom was a member of the SF Board of Supervisors from January 8, 1997 to January 8, 2004. He was the Mayor of San Francisco from January 8, 2004 to January 10, 2011. He was the Lt. Gov. from January 10, 2011 to January 7, 2019.

That’s 22 years he alone has had to commit to helping solve the homeless problem that exists in cities like San Francisco and L.A. Him trying to pin the homeless crisis there on Republicans is absurd, and just shows he’d rather conveniently pass the buck rather than take responsibility for his own leadership failures.

(Hat tip: Hot Air’s John Sexton)

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Vindication: Trump Gets Grilled for Claiming His Rally Attracted a Bigger Crowd Than Elton John. But Look

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Elton John performs in concert during the opening night of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road World Tour” at the PPL Center on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Allentown, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

 

 

On Thursday night, Donald Trump unleashed a tweet that got a heck of a blowback. After his rally in Manchester, he tweeted the following:

“Tonight, we broke the all-time attendance record previously held by Elton John at #SNHUArena in Manchester, New Hampshire!”

Reportedly, he was referring to the Crocodile Rocker’s 2004 triumph.

Cue the ridicule:

Ya gotta love this picture:

There’s one problem with the social media slam: Trump’s claim was actually correct.

That’s according to Manchester Deputy Fire Marshal Mitchell Cady, who oversaw the crowd count.

Here’s what he told The Daily Mail:

“[Attendance was] just over 11,500. … [T]he arena staff said Elton John was around 11,300.”

Additionally, Mitchell noted The Donald had about 8,000-9,000 fans outside the arena watching the jumbotron.

And there’s more:

“Had some more snuck in during the period when we’re trying to assess the situation and get the door closed, when we’re trying to get everyone through the mags (walk-through metal detectors), then maybe it’s 11,500-plus.”

As pointed out by The Daily Wire, just Wednesday New York Times writer Gail Collins took this jab at the Trumpster:

“Trump can’t bear suggestions that he’s not a crowd megamagnet. Every time he gets on a stage, he seems compelled to claim the audience is of epic proportions. The place is packed! Not to mention the masses waiting outside!”

If I may, I’d like to add: I really like Elton John. As a person, he seems wholly unencumbered by groupthink. He does things his way, thinks his own way, and he doesn’t care what anyone else has to say about it. In my estimation, the world could use more like him in that regard. The man dueted with Eminem — despite his anti-gay-labeled lyrics; Elton performed at the wedding of Rush Limbaugh, for Pete’s sake.

He’s his own man.

As for Rush’s nuptials, Elton offered this:

“Life is about building bridges, not walls.”

-ALEX

 

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House Democrats Mull Punishing Jewish Ambassadors Over Decision to Ban Anti-Semitic Congresswomen From Israel

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Democrats have shown time and time again that they will do almost anything to protect The Squad from hurt feelings, even if it means throwing one of their core constituencies under the bus.

Not even 24 hours after Israel announced they would bar Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) on security grounds, some House Democratic leaders are mulling over ways to punish the two Jewish ambassadors at the center of the “controversy”: Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and U.S ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

The Miami Herald reports:

About a dozen lawmakers, including senior Jewish members, began discussions on Friday morning over ways to communicate a “deep lack of confidence and trust” in Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.

The group is weighing issuing a statement of no confidence in Dermer and opening an inspector general investigation into Friedman’s conduct, the sources said.

[…]

“We are reviewing all of our options,” a senior congressional source told McClatchy. “With Dermer, the issue is that there already was a severe lack of trust. But now there is a severe lack of confidence. It is completely unclear that he represents his government given he has made promises that he has not kept and wasn’t clear if he ever had any chance of keeping.”

The Democratic lawmakers include Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel of New York and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey of New York.

Another issue the Herald reported Democrats had with Dermer was the release of Omar’s and Tlaib’s planned itinerary:

Adding to their concern over Dermer’s handling of the congresswomen’s visit, Democrats were further angered after the Israelis released Omar and Tlaib’s planned itinerary and a letter from Tlaib in a public justification of the move. That action raised concerns over whether U.S. lawmakers can trust their communications with Israel’s embassy will remain private going forward.

As for Friedman, Democrats say they have similar concerns:

The group of Democrats is also considering action against Trump’s ambassador to Israel, who issued a public statement defending Israel’s decision on Thursday, citing the country’s laws against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Both Omar and Tlaib support the BDS movement.

In the morning talks, lawmakers recalled a 1975 incident in which Henry Waxman, a longtime Democratic congressman from California, was banned from Saudi Arabia after listing his Jewish background on his visa application. The State Department intervened at that time in order to ensure all members of Congress could conduct business on behalf of the government, and Waxman was allowed in.

Friedman is breaking with that precedent, they argue, by failing to stand up for members of Congress.

Let me try to unpack this to give a better idea of just how absurd and self-defeating this is for Democrats to consider doing.

First, do not a single one of them – the Jewish members especially – not see the glaring difference between Waxman being banned from Saudi Arabia over his Jewish background versus Omar and Tlaib being barred from entering Israel because of their stated support of the anti-Semitic BDS movement?

Secondly, releasing the planned itinerary was entirely appropriate as it showed it was not an attempt at breaking bread with Israeli leaders, as Tlaib and Omar had previously suggested. Plus Omar would, hours later, lie about what the visit was supposed to be about:

Thirdly, consider this: Just a few weeks ago the House overwhelmingly passed an anti-BDS resolution. Back in June, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, which included a condemnation of boycott efforts (but did not explicitly mention BDS).

Both Tlaib and Omar are on record as supporting, amplifying, and promoting the goals of the BDS movement, a movement that is unquestionably anti-Semitic.

So we’ve gone from formally condemning the BDS movement just a few weeks ago in solidarity with the Jewish community to considering attempts at punishing Jewish ambassadors over Israel’s decision to bar Omar and Tlaib from country – because they were going to use their trip to promote BDS.

To top it off, 2020 candidates for president like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are suggesting, with the full approval of Omar and Tlaib, the U.S. pull funding for Israel over what happened Thursday.

It’s almost like the Democrats want to lose in 2020.

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Liz Cheney Rips Into AOC for Falsely Claiming Israel’s Omar/Tlaib Decision Was Based on Gender Discrimination

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As I wrote Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) set herself up for a brutal reality check after she tweeted that Israel’s decision to bar her Congressional Squad pals Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was an example of “bigotry” and an implied desire for the country to ban Muslims.

To recap, here are the reasons Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave for rejecting Omar’s and Tlaib’s request to visit Israel:

They were entirely valid reasons, of course, based on what we know of both Omar’s and Tlaib’s anti-Semitic history. But to AOC, it was not just a slight against persons of color – it also had to do with the fact that Omar and Tlaib were women. Here’s what she tweeted:

Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) has, since Day One, been unafraid to take various Squad members to task for their falsehoods, recklessness, and outright stupidity. AOC’s Thursday tweet was one of those instances where Cheney had heard enough.

Here’s how Cheney responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s claims:

The Squad’s frequent use of the “WOC” card is well-known and has been called out often by numerous Republican members of Congress including Cheney and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX).

It may seem tiresome to keep pointing it out, but it’s important that Republicans continue to do so, if for no other reason than to expose the fraudulent image she’s painted of herself as some fierce feminist superhero able to leap tall buildings and slay any contrarian argument in a single bound.

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Liz Warren Doubles Down on Michael Brown “Murder” Tweet, Says It’s the (False) Narrative That Really Matters

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the Iowa State Fair, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

If there’s one thing you can count on from Democrats, it’s that they will say and do the most deceitful things possible to further widen the racial divide. This in spite of their stated desire for “unity” and “harmony” and what not.

There is no better current example of this than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a 2020 presidential candidate who has been enjoying a slow but steady rise in presidential polling since May. She was in New Hampshire on Wednesday campaigning, and was asked about a controversial tweet she posted on the 5th anniversary of the death of Michael Brown last Friday.

To recap, here’s what she tweeted:

Not only did she get fact checked on her false claim by veteran journalist Brit Hume at the time, but after his prodding, three different websites took both her and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to task that following Monday for essentially tweeting the same thing.

Both the Washington Post and FactCheck.org put out pieces on Warren’s and Harris’s tweets, noting their claims were not true:

“Harris, Warren Wrong About Brown Shooting,” read a headline Monday from the non-profit website factcheck.org.

Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler on Monday also awarded both senators four pinocchios over their claims.

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… the fact-checkers said the evidence in the case contradicts the comments by Harris and Warren: Three months after the shooting, a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson. And in March of 2015, a report released by President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice found that Officer Darren Wilson most likely had reason to fear for his life and did not break the law when shooting Brown.

Even Vox.com, which is more openly left-wing than the Washington Post and FactCheck.org, wrote that Harris’s and Warren’s tweets about Brown were false, concluding:

Five years after the shooting, though, major presidential campaigns are still getting the details wrong.

None of this seemed to faze Warren, who on Wednesday doubled down on her claim by taking the Politifact approach to the word “murder” by essentially saying it was more about what she meant than what she actually said:

The U.S. senator from Massachusetts faced questions from back home, where the Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Police Department described as “reckless” her tweet about the five-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, who was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, in a controversial officer-involved shooting.

Warren said the police “murdered” Brown.

“What matters was a man was shot, an unarmed man, in the middle of the street, by police officers and left to die,” she said. “And I think that’s where our focus should be.”

Watch video of Warren speaking to reporters about this issue below:

Hot Air‘s John Sexton is right on the money in describing why Warren’s falsehoods on the Michael Brown shooting matter:

First of all, Officer Wilson didn’t know Brown was unarmed during their encounter. What he did know was that Brown was larger and heavier and that he had already initiated a fight with a police officer including throwing punches and grabbing for his gun.

Secondly, it’s not accurate that Brown was shot and “left to die.” The final shot that stopped Brown entered the top of his head as he was charging forward. He died instantly. Warren may have been trying to allude to the fact that Brown’s body remained in the street for several hours after his death. But that’s not the same thing as being left to die.

At least she left the racial angle out of her “amended” statement on Brown’s death, but even with that said, it’s also wrong and highly irresponsible for her to continue to perpetuate the “murder” lie. She’s smearing a police officer (Darren Wilson) who President Barack Obama’s own Justice Department concluded acted in self defense.

If Warren’s point is to highlight race issues between law enforcement and the black community, she needs to find another case to reference. The Michael Brown case, with the false narratives of “hands up, don’t shoot” and “gentle giant”, is not an example of the excessive use of police force against an unarmed black citizen she claims she wants to focus on.

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Snopes Continues Whining that Satire Site Babylon Bee is ‘Factually Incorrect’

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Way back in 1994 — before many of you were even born! — David and Barbara Mikkelson created a website called Snopes.com and it was a lot of fun for trivia nerds, settling office debates about whether combining Pop Rocks and Coca-Cola really killed Little Mikey from the Life Cereal ads (it didn’t!), and just wasting time online researching random urban legends.

Today, sadly, Snopes is much less fun. They’ve been spending an absolutely absurd amount of time fact-checking not actual claims of fact, but a satire site known as The Babylon Bee.

Just so we’re all clear, here’s the definition of satire, from dictionary.com:

satire; noun

1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.
3. a literary genre comprising such compositions.

Satire is not real. It’s making fun of something by using over-the-top absurdities and sarcasm. Satire might comment on the news, but it is not news.

Normal people with normally functioning levels of brain cells understand this.

The Babylon Bee is satire. They do not hide this fact.

When you Google “babylon bee,” the description says “Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.” Likewise, their “About Us” page begins, “The Babylon Bee is the world’s best satire site…” As Reason noted, their newsletter signup is labeled as “Fake news you can trust, delivered straight to your inbox.”

And yet, Snopes has been repeatedly attempting to “fact check” Babylon Bee articles, to the point that they were characterizing them as “fake news” and temporarily risked The Babylon Bee losing their status on Facebook (understandably, they are considering legal action).

Recently, there have been multiple news articles mocking Snopes for their overzealous attempt to fact-check The Babylon Bee (including here at RedState), but that apparently has not dissuaded them. Here they are today, complaining that The Babylon Bee is “factually inaccurate”:

Stellar investigative journalism, y’all. The satire site is factually inaccurate.

Maybe next, Snopes can blow open Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scam pretending to be an airline pilot!

Or perhaps a helpful explainer about how banging two coconuts together is not an adequate way to travel around medieval England?

Do we need to be told that Charlie Chaplin wasn’t actually showing real scenes from Adolf Hitler’s life in The Great Dictator?

Thank goodness we have Snopes to let us know that Kim Jong Il was not actually an alien cockroach operating a puppet!

All joking aside, it appears that Snopes’ real problem with The Babylon Bee is not that they don’t understand satire, but that The Babylon Bee’s particular brand of satire — coming from a Christian, conservative perspective — annoys them. They haven’t engaged in a vigorous, scorched-earth fact-checking of Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, or Real Time with Bill Maher, or any number of liberal-leaning comedy shows and websites.

Politics is divisive enough. Attacking the creative minds who are approaching the news of the day with humor leaves us all worse off.

Read my RedState article archive here.

Follow Sarah Rumpf on Twitter: @rumpfshaker.

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Rashida Tlaib Gives Donald Trump And Benjamin Netanyahu HUGE P.R. Victory

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How the “Public Relations” wheel spins round and round.

As I mentioned here yesterday in my piece here at Red State , I was worried that while Israel had every right to ban people coming into their country, they would get smeared P.R. wise.

From my article…

Pelosi is going to have to walk a fine line here. The one HUGE advantage she has is that Donald Trump has already mixed it up with these two. The media will run with picking on people of color nonsense and that he got Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to play along.

While I had people arguing with me about the point, I still stand by it. Everything is run through a P.R. lense and if you want to win the war you better understand these battles. Just saying it doesn’t matter is not enough and quite frankly wishful thinking.

Well, what a difference 24 hours can make.

One of the stated reasons for this visit was for Congressperson Rashida Tlaib to visit her 90-year-old Grandma. As she stated in her request for a humanitarian waiver from the Israeli government she may never get to see her Granmum again who resides in the West Bank of Israel.

(Sorry folks, there is no Palestine. You can blame the body double to former Beatle Ringo Starr, Yasser Arafat, for that debacle.)

As my colleague Bonchie covered here earlier today in this piece Rashida Tlaib Shuns Her Own Grandmother To Trash Israel maybe she was not expecting that waiver to be granted.

That request was granted by Israel with the only condition being that she not promote BDS. Within hours though, Tlaib had changed her mind.

Think about what she’s saying.

Her position is that she values promoting the anti-Semitic BDS movement so much that she’d rather let her grandmother die before visiting her if it means not getting to savage Israel for a few days. Who thinks like this?

Oops.

That backfired quickly.

I’m going to run with the theory that they believed not only would Israel block both of them from going to protest but also block the humanitarian request. When the government of Israel granted her request to visit her Grandmum she was put in a position she NEVER anticipated and she had to come up with some screwball excuse.

Yet that worked perfectly in favor of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu from a P.R. standpoint.

Yesterday they ganged up on some harmless ladies just wanting to go on a tour of the Holy Land. Today with Tlaib scrambling to come up with an excuse for NOT visiting her 90 yr old Matriarch she turned the whole narrative around.

In less than 24 hours. That is Trump-like impressive in terms of running a news cycle.

I can’t wait to see what the ladies of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” come up with next to do to not only try to knock Trump down a notch but also give Nancy Pelosi such a splitting headache she might send them overseas and not allow them back into the country. Which would be very Trump-like also and be another P.R.victory for POTUS 45.

God Bless America.

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Heartbreak: AOC Will Not Schedule Any Future Israel Trips Until Squad Members Tlaib and Omar Are Allowed

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, speaks as, from left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-MI, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-MN, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-MA, listen during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In the aftermath of Israel’s Thursday announcement that they would bar Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) entry into the country on security grounds, there was much outrage expressed in Democratic circles.

Tlaib’s and Omar’s fellow Squad Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Ayanna Pressley (MA) were especially incensed, and took to the Twitter machine to air their disgust.

As I wrote yesterday, Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet proclaiming this was about Israel “exporting bigotry” by refusing to allow “Muslims of color” entry into their country was, to put it mildly, horse ****. But she didn’t stop there.

In a later tweet, the freshman Congresswoman asserted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision was an impediment to the peace process, and that as a result she would not be scheduling future trips to Israel until her BDS-supporting pals were allowed in:

AOC probably meant this as some sort of serious blow to the Israeli government, but if so, she failed miserably. I think it’s safe to say that her hurt feelings and that of the rest of the BDS Caucus are not even remotely on the list of priorities for the Israeli government to sort out.

And besides, there’s still this, which not a single member of The Squad nor their mainstream media enablers will acknowledge:

I mean, seriously. You really shouldn’t expect to be welcomed with open arms into any country you’ve denigrated, trashed, and encouraged people to boycott. This isn’t rocket science, y’all.

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As Joe Biden Takes Time off in Delaware, David Axelrod Rips Suggestions His Campaign Events Be Scaled Back

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to local residents during a community event, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

On Thursday, I wrote about reports that some of Joe Biden’s allies were growing increasingly concerned about the number of gaffes he’s made just this month alone. Some of the unnamed allies suggested his campaign consider cutting back on his public appearances to lessen the chances of him making more mistakes.

Here’s a brief recap of what else the allies were saying, via The Hill:

Biden has a tendency to make the blunders late in the day, his allies say, particularly after a long swing on the road, like he had last week in Iowa. They say something needs to be done to give the candidate more down time as the campaign intensifies in the fall.

“He needs to be a strong force on the campaign trail, but he also has to pace himself,” said one ally who has talked to members of the campaign team and others in the broader Biden World about how to move forward.

The ally said it was unclear whether the campaign would make any changes to Biden’s schedule, particularly because Biden was criticized recently for not doing as many events as his Democratic rivals.

Campaign officials for Biden have grasped on to the “Joe being Joe” excuse in recent days in attempting to explain away his gaffes, and have accused the mainstream media of essentially making something out of nothing. One top Biden adviser told CNN this was a “press narrative, not a voter narrative.”

Biden’s press secretary T.J. Ducklo also took a swipe at media coverage of Biden’s flubs earlier this week:

President Barack Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod, who is not shy about weighing in on the Democratic presidential race, on Thursday ripped suggestions that Biden’s schedule load be lightened to avoid the possibility he’d commit another embarrassing flub:

The Biden campaign’s agitation with the press over their focus on his gaffes, and the reports about the advice some allies are giving the campaign about thinning out Biden’s schedule come at a time when the candidate himself is vacationing in his home state of Delaware:

It’s unclear whether Biden’s vacation was scheduled in advance or if it was a decision hastily made in the aftermath of all of the gaffes his made over the last several weeks.

A couple of months ago, President Trump insinuated there might be a more troubling reason why Axelrod’s former boss President Obama was not outright endorsing his former veep for President that went beyond merely not wanting to show favoritism before the primaries even started.

Trump told reporters last week when asked about Biden that he believed the Democratic frontrunner was “not playing with a full deck.” The President told a crowd of supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday that he would never be able to get away with scaling back his appearances. “If I ever did that it would be over. The fake news would get us.”

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