By Jeff Dunetz
After being disciplined by Speaker Pelosi for fighting internal Democratic Party battles via Twitter, in front of the public, freshman member of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) complained that Pelosi was specifically targeting women of color for her criticism.
When the House voted on the emergency border funding bill, AOC and three other freshmen members of Congress (Ilhan Omar D-MN, Rashida Tlaib D-MI, and Ayanna Pressley D-MA) very publicly voted no. In an interview with the NY Times over the weekend, Pelosi tried to reign in the four junior members of her caucus with, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”‘
She doubled down during a meeting of the entire House Democratic caucus on Wednesday. Without naming the offenders, Pelosi was reported as saying, “So, again, you got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”
After the caucus meeting, Pelosi on Wednesday Ocasio-Cortez spoke to the Washington Post expressing her belief that the Speaker’s admonishment wasn’t about protecting the caucus moderates:
“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,
“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.”
Now that’s ironic. Pelosi doesn’t seem to be a racist, but she loves using the race card against Republicans. For example, commenting on the issue a census citizenship question on Monday Pelosi made a ridiculous charge, “This is about keeping — you know … his hat — Make America White Again. They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted. It’s really disgraceful, and it’s not what our founders had in mind.”
It’s nice to see Pelosi get hit with the race card since she uses it indiscriminately herself. The real good news is that this latest exchange took the feud in the Democratic Party and made it personal. The more the Democrats fight, and the nastier it gets, the better the GOP will do in 2020. So besides being entertaining, in the end, this Democratic Party feud will be good for America.
House Democrats have erased a tweet promoting a hearing on the effects of President Trump’s border policies on children after finding out they used a photo depicting a migrant detention center under President Obama’s watch.
The tweet was posted in anticipation of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, dubbed ‘Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border’, and included a dramatic photo backdrop displaying the dismal conditions at US migrant detention facilities – but it was soon deleted after conservative critics pointed out the origins of the image.
“Last week, members of our committee visited a detention center at the southern border and discovered grotesque treatment of children,” reads the now-deleted tweet, posted on Tuesday. “This week, we are examining the inhumane treatment of the children in these detention centers.”
The congressional Democrats then had another go at it, but their alternative photo choice, much to the lawmakers’ immediate embarrassment, was also taken while President Obama was still in office. The second tweet was deleted in record time and replaced with nothing, as apparently the many thousands of up-to-date photos of the detention centers fail to convey the same sense of horror as the Obama-era images. Or perhaps a third photo was simply too much effort.
Opponents of the Trump administration have previously used the same photo to attack the president’s border policies, to such an extent that the Associated Press was forced to publish a story clarifying that the image in question was captured in 2014, smack in the middle of Obama’s second term. The AP, not exactly a pro-Trump media arm, kindly requested critics to stop attributing the images to Donald Trump.
While the Oversight Committee’s Wednesday hearing featured plenty of cogent criticisms of President Trump’s approach to the border, it seems that for many Democrats, “inhumane” policies aren’t so objectionable as long as the right person is sitting in the chair.
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US President Donald Trump’s favorite social media platform has stopped working even as he was hosting a White House meeting about deplatforming and other forms of online censorship. The cause of the outage is unknown.
“Sorry, something went wrong” was the message that greeted Twitter users starting at 1:30 pm Eastern time in the US, according to the monitoring website DownDetector.
The outage appears to be global, with reports coming from all corners of the world and not just the US. Downdetector.com showed that there are nearly 50,000 incidents of people reporting issues.
As the breakdown occurred, President Trump was hosting a number of social media creators – rather than company officials, to the consternation of mainstream media outlets – to “engage directly with these digital leaders in a discussion on the power of social media,” according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.
Trump has been a prolific Twitter user, opting to keep posting from his personal account rather than the official @POTUS handle created under his predecessor Barack Obama. This has led to lawsuits from activists that Trump blocked from access to his tweets, and federal judges ruling that the platform is a designated public forum. The platform has also rewritten some of its rules with Trump in mind.
Twitter is usually where most social media users go to react when outages strike other platforms – such as the May incident that left over 2 billion Facebook users in the dark for 14 hours. Its last major breakdown was in April 2018, when the platform stopped operating for several hours on a Friday afternoon.
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“I think he’s been doing bad things with her for a very long time,” O’Donnell says
By Adan Salazar
Rosie O’Donnell on Wednesday outrageously claimed President Trump has sexually abused his daughter Ivanka.
In a Sirius XM discussion about the recent G20 Summit, O’Donnell ripped the Trump family with false accusations of incest before essentially calling Ivanka a dumb blonde.
“There are a lot of republicans, I think even Donald Trump may be among them, who think or hope the first woman president will be Ivanka Trump,” says SiriusXM Progress host Michaelangelo Signorile.
“Oh dear lord,” O’Donnell grunts in response.
“You saw her just now at the G20 with him. He brought her to every meeting. Talk a little bit about I Ivanka Trump and what Trump is doing with her.”
“I don’t know what he’s doing with her,” O’Donnell bleats.
“I mean politically,” Signorile clarifies.
“I think he’s been doing bad things with her for a very long time,” O’Donnell continues.
“There’s a prevalent incest feel amongst Donald Trump and his children, at least his daughter. Very creepy…I think she’s, you know, a talentless, non-intelligent, non-powerful woman. And I think she’s–it’s laughable to think of her in any kind of public service role.”
O’Donnell is likely still fuming over Trump’s public humiliations of her, of which there have been plenty; from saying he’d oust her “fat, ugly face” right out of her former co-hosting gig on The View:
to the hilarious swipe he made at her during the first Republican presidential debate in 2015.
By Joshua Caplan
An upcoming book reveals former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has returned to attacking President Donald Trump’s character, taking particular offense to his dismissive nickname for pornographic actress Stormy Daniels.
Politico Magazine’s Tim Alberta writes in American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump that Ryan “Now out of office and trading in his power suits for a blue vest” is once again criticizing the president and “saw retirement as the ‘escape hatch,’” according to an excerpt obtained by the Washington Post.
“We’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” Ryan said. “Not in government, but where we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.”
President Trump ridiculed Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in October 2018 after a federal judge dismissed her defamation lawsuit against him, tweeting: “Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas.” In January 2018, a Wall Street Journal report alleged that Daniels, prior to the 2016 presidential election, was paid $130,000 to sign a nondisclosure agreement regarding an affair with the president in 2006.
The book details how Ryan was frustrated with the president’s approach to governing.
“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right,” the former speaker recounted. “Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government… I wanted to scold him all the time.”
“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time,” he continued. “We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”
President Trump, according to the book, is largely dismissive of Ryan’s attacks, often referring to him as a “fucking Boy Scout.”
Ryan retired from the House in January after serving three years as the chamber’s speaker. Under his watch, Republicans lost a House majority in the 2018 midterm election. Since leaving Congress, he joined Fox Corp. as a member of its board of directors.
It’s no secret that President Trump and Ryan shared an uneasy relationship. In an interview with the Daily Caller, the president blamed the Wisconsin Republican for failing secure funding from Congress to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Well, I was going to veto the omnibus bill and Paul told me in the strongest of language, ‘Please don’t do that, we’ll get you the wall.’ And I said, ‘I hope you mean that, because I don’t like this bill,’” the president told the outlet.
“Paul told me in the strongest of terms that, ‘Please sign this and if you sign this we will get you that wall.’ Which is desperately needed by our country. Humanitarian crisis, trafficking, drugs, you know, everything — people, criminals, gangs, so, you know, we need the wall,” he added. “And then he went lame duck.”
In October 2016, Breitbart News published audio in which Ryan pledged not to defend then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump following the release of the Access Hollywood tape. “His comments are not anywhere in keeping with our party’s principles and values,” Ryan is heard telling Republican lawmakers during a conference call. “There are basically two things that I want to make really clear, as for myself as your Speaker. I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future. As you probably heard, I disinvited him from my first congressional district GOP event this weekend—a thing I do every year.”
Of course, President Trump went on to defeat his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton despite Ryan’s desertion.
New Jersey Cops Push Back BIG Time Against Left-Wing AG Who Threatened Them If They Assist ICE Agents
By Jon Dougherty
Police officers and sheriffs are pushing back hard against the attorney general of New Jersey after the threatened to take legal action against anyone found to be assisting federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in apprehending illegal aliens in the state.
As reported by Law Enforcement Today, AG Gurbir Grewal singled out two sheriff’s offices this week for “failing to inform the state’s attorney general that they are helping federal immigration authorities capture and deport undocumented migrants.”
The site noted:
In the aggressive letters that Grewal’s office sent to the elected sheriffs in Monmouth and Cape May this week, officials claim the county sheriffs went directly against a directive that Grewal had issued which would aim to limit cooperation between New Jersey cops and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
It’s called Law Enforcement Directive 2018-6, more often referred to as the “Immigrant Trust Directive”, and it bars local law enforcement agencies from voluntarily working with federal immigration officials.
Grewal’s office now says that working with federal officials in this capacity would “essentially deputize our state’s police officers to act like ICE agents.” Grewal says that the measure was supposed to build trust between the immigrant communities and law enforcement for reporting and helping with criminal investigations. He says cooperation with ICE can only continue if he decides it serves “a valid law enforcement purpose.”
Greater Lakewood news added that the AG accused the sheriff’s departments of working too closely with ICE. Last year, Sussex Sheriff Mike Strada “accused the AG of making New Jersey a sanctuary state,” the paper reported.
— GreaterLakewood.com (@GreaterLakewood) July 9, 2019
The local news site also published images of the letters Grewel’s office sent to the departments.
Law Enforcement Today noted further that police agencies have sent letters to U.S. Attorney General William Barr protesting Grewel’s policy. Also, New Jersey citizens have petitioned to have the policy put to a statewide vote, but so far to no avail.
For his part, Grewel claims to have absolute authority over the actions of local police jurisdictions in the state by issuing his directive.
“Officials and residents may not instruct their law enforcement officers to ignore a law enforcement directive,” Grewal said following complaints about the measure.
Grewal’s directive went into effect in March of 2019. NJ.com reported that at the time, sheriff’s offices in three New Jersey counties — Cape May, Monmouth and Salem — still had existing agreements with ICE under a program dubbed “287g,” which allows state and local law enforcement to “act as a force multiplier” for ICE. Several counties had earlier done away with the agreements, which in New Jersey mainly applied to officers in county jails.
21 states take part in the 287g program. Officials say it “allows ICE to actively engage criminal alien offenders while incarcerated in a secure and controlled environment.”
Just last week, Grewel bragged on Twitter about New Jersey working with “federal” and other partners to curb criminal activity.
Everyone deserves to live in a community free from fear & violence. We want New Jerseyans to know that we’re doing everything we can by working w/ our federal & local partners to make that promise a reality. Reducing violent crime is a top priority & we won’t waver in our efforts
— AG Gurbir Grewal (@NewJerseyOAG) July 3, 2019
That sounds rather hypocritical.
Law Enforcement Today added:
Let’s get this straight. Law enforcement officers in New Jersey are doing their jobs by working with federal ICE agents to arrest and deport people who are actively breaking the law, and the attorney general, who is supposed to work alongside the criminal justice system to uphold the Constitution…is threatening them?
When did we decide which laws are important and which aren’t? How is living in the country illegally justified because a leader in your state suddenly decided to go against federal law enforcement agencies and declare the community one of sanctuary?
This is becoming far too popular of a trend.
This article originally appeared at The National Sentinel and was republished with permission.
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By Shane Trejo
President Donald Trump is scheduled to return to WWE programming, over a decade after he appeared at WrestleMania 23 participating in an iconic billionaire hair vs. hair match with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Trump is set to appear on WWE SmackDown Live in October. This will help kick off the show after the television program moves to FOX, who acquired the brand for $1 billion dollars in 2018 to air on Friday nights.
FOX reportedly floated the idea of incorporating Trump into their first broadcast of SmackDown Live. According to internal e-mails and documents, they have been “talking to Vince” and prodding McMahon to “make the call” to Trump to finalize the deal for him to appear on the program.
“FOX have asked for Trump so I’m trying to write something short and easy for him that makes him look good. Vince doesn’t like us to say anything bad about Trump so I’m just doing the best I can,” a member of the WWE creative team told Sportskeeda, adding fuel to the speculation that Trump will appear on SmackDown.
Trump has a great relationship with McMahon and the WWE going back many decades. Trump hosted WrestleMania IV and V in 1988-1989 at the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and appointed his wife Linda to a role as Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). She now works on a political action committee to ensure Trump’s presidential victory in 2020.
“She has been a superstar,” Trump said of Linda McMahon. “She’s going to go and help us with a very, very important year and a half that we have coming up,” he added. “And the re-election as they call it. And we look forward to that.”
“I wish to thank the President and I will continue to be a strong advocate for him and his policies,” Linda McMahon said as she departed the SBA.
When McMahon and Trump have appeared on WWE programming together in the past, the results have been incredibly entertaining:
If Trump does end up appearing on an edition of SmackDown Live, it will mark the first time that a sitting President of the United States has ever appeared on a pro wrestling show. It would be yet another milestone that Trump could add to his already massive list of achievements.