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WNBA Players Start Full-blown Campaign For Democrat Senate Candidate

WNBA players openly campaigning for a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate sure look and act like a political action committee. Many of the players are wearing “Vote Warnock” shirts as a show of opposition to Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, a U.S. senator seeking re-election who previously wrote a letter to the WNBA commissioner scalding Black Lives Matter.

Rev. Raphael Warnock is the WNBA players’ favorite for the Georgia Senate seat currently being contested in a special election. Rev. Warnock is best known for his support of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the America-hating liberation theology pastor of former President Barack Obama.

WNBA players angrily demanded last month that the league remove Sen. Loeffler from ownership of the Atlanta team after she wrote this to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert:

“I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement, which has advocated for the defunding of police, called for the removal of Jesus from churches and the disruption of the nuclear family structure, harbored anti-Semitic views, and promoted violence and destruction across the country. I believe it is totally misaligned with the values and goals of the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream, where we support tolerance and inclusion.”

Sen. Loeffler, who has also spoken out against mob rule and defunding the police, asked the league to require every player’s jersey include a U.S. flag. That’s a request way too extreme for this far Left league, which in 2018 partnered up with Planned Parenthood. After all, this is a league whose radical players rudely exit the arena as soon as the playing of the national anthem starts up.

The WNBA did, however, refuse to remove Sen. Loeffler, who owns 49 percent of the Dream, stating that she is not involved in day-to-day operations of the club.

In an SBNation story, Hector Diaz says Sen. Loeffler is guilty of “dog-whistling political rhetoric” by saying the WNBA’s support of Black Lives Matter does not represent “American values.”

The Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird (seen above in photo), a social justice warrior who lives with soccer firebrand Megan Rapinoe, suggested the idea of a league-wide campaign for the Democrat. Bird says Sen. Loeffler raised the BLM issue as a political move, Diaz writes:

“Bird also explained how Loeffler’s public opposition to the league’s Black Lives Matter movement was done to benefit her politically. But very quickly we started to realize that this was only happening for her political gain. This was something that she wanted. And the more noise we made, whether it was a tweet saying to get her out, that was just playing into her hands.”

The campaign to support Rev. Warnock is voluntary, but entire teams like the Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky have worn the shirts in pregame warmups. One of Sen. Loeffler’s own Atlanta players, Elizabeth Williams, is campaigning against her boss (if that isn’t too insensitive a term for SJW snowflakes):

Elizabeth Williams tweet

Sopan Deb, of The New York Times, described the situation as players across the WNBA beginning a “public show of defiance by wearing T-shirts endorsing the Democratic opponent of the Dream’s co-owner Senator Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia, who is in a tightly contested race for her seat and has spoken disparagingly of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

ESPN’s Holly Rowe said the WNBA players will not be used politically, but will use their voices to fight back.

Warnock said, “Senator Loeffler and those like her who seek to silence and dismiss others when they speak up for justice have planted themselves on the wrong side of history.” 

Sen. Loeffler refuses to back down amid all the criticism, and stated: This is just more proof that the out of control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them. It’s clear that the league is more concerned with playing politics than basketball, and I stand by what I wrote in June.”

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WNBA Players Start Full-blown Campaign For Democrat Senate Candidate

WNBA players openly campaigning for a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate sure look and act like a political action committee. Many of the players are wearing “Vote Warnock” shirts as a show of opposition to Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, a U.S. senator seeking re-election who previously wrote a letter to the WNBA commissioner scalding Black Lives Matter.

Rev. Raphael Warnock is the WNBA players’ favorite for the Georgia Senate seat currently being contested in a special election. Rev. Warnock is best known for his support of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the America-hating liberation theology pastor of former President Barack Obama.

WNBA players angrily demanded last month that the league remove Sen. Loeffler from ownership of the Atlanta team after she wrote this to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert:

“I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement, which has advocated for the defunding of police, called for the removal of Jesus from churches and the disruption of the nuclear family structure, harbored anti-Semitic views, and promoted violence and destruction across the country. I believe it is totally misaligned with the values and goals of the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream, where we support tolerance and inclusion.”

Sen. Loeffler, who has also spoken out against mob rule and defunding the police, asked the league to require every player’s jersey include a U.S. flag. That’s a request way too extreme for this far Left league, which in 2018 partnered up with Planned Parenthood. After all, this is a league whose radical players rudely exit the arena as soon as the playing of the national anthem starts up.

The WNBA did, however, refuse to remove Sen. Loeffler, who owns 49 percent of the Dream, stating that she is not involved in day-to-day operations of the club.

In an SBNation story, Hector Diaz says Sen. Loeffler is guilty of “dog-whistling political rhetoric” by saying the WNBA’s support of Black Lives Matter does not represent “American values.”

The Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird (seen above in photo), a social justice warrior who lives with soccer firebrand Megan Rapinoe, suggested the idea of a league-wide campaign for the Democrat. Bird says Sen. Loeffler raised the BLM issue as a political move, Diaz writes:

“Bird also explained how Loeffler’s public opposition to the league’s Black Lives Matter movement was done to benefit her politically. But very quickly we started to realize that this was only happening for her political gain. This was something that she wanted. And the more noise we made, whether it was a tweet saying to get her out, that was just playing into her hands.”

The campaign to support Rev. Warnock is voluntary, but entire teams like the Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky have worn the shirts in pregame warmups. One of Sen. Loeffler’s own Atlanta players, Elizabeth Williams, is campaigning against her boss (if that isn’t too insensitive a term for SJW snowflakes):

Elizabeth Williams tweet

Sopan Deb, of The New York Times, described the situation as players across the WNBA beginning a “public show of defiance by wearing T-shirts endorsing the Democratic opponent of the Dream’s co-owner Senator Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia, who is in a tightly contested race for her seat and has spoken disparagingly of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

ESPN’s Holly Rowe said the WNBA players will not be used politically, but will use their voices to fight back.

Warnock said, “Senator Loeffler and those like her who seek to silence and dismiss others when they speak up for justice have planted themselves on the wrong side of history.” 

Sen. Loeffler refuses to back down amid all the criticism, and stated: This is just more proof that the out of control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them. It’s clear that the league is more concerned with playing politics than basketball, and I stand by what I wrote in June.”

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Morning Joe LOL: NY Attorney General Claims No ‘Politics’ Behind Attempt to Destroy NRA 

How’s this for chutzpah?

Less than three months before the election, Letitia James, the Democrat Attorney General of New York, who in 2018 called the NRA a “terrorist organization,” brings a lawsuit seeking to “dissolve,” i.e. destroy, the NRA. But she insisted on Morning Joe that “this lawsuit has nothing to do with politics.”

James also claims that when it came to bringing her suit at this crucial point in the election season, she in no way considered the political calendar.

Sure.

 

To their credit, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist asked skeptical questions. Scarborough asked “Can you talk about the timing? Why August instead of, say, December?” Willie Geist added “What do you say to that [NRA] membership when you’re not just trying to decapitate the organization, but to get rid of it altogether?

Then, “MSNBC Republican” Susan Del Percio, an ardent Never Trumper, flatly put it to James that she brought the suit with an eye on running for governor in 2022. James responded that “by no means am I looking at 2022.”

Sure. Again.

What made Del Percio’s suggestion that James brought the suit with an eye for running for governor in 2022 particularly interesting is that last year, we caught Del Percio suggesting that gun control advocates should play “dirty pool” with NRA board members. So you might think that Del Percio would welcome James’ lawsuit.

Except that . . . “Republican” Del Percio’s last political gig was serving as an adviser to Democrat NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has indicated that he intends to see re-election in 2022  Was Del Percio looking to stick a fork in Andy’s potential opponent?

There was one member of the Morning Joe panel who was apparently dozing during the segment. When Mike Barnicle was given a chance to pose a question at the end of the interview, he asked James whether the goal of the suit was just to remove CEO Wayne LaPierre and other senior NRA officials, or to “eliminate the NRA.” If poor Mike had been awake, he would have heard the panel and James repeatedly mention her intent to dissolve the entire organization.

Letitia James’ denial that there are any politics behind her attempt to destroy the NRA was sponsored by Liberty Mutual.

Here’s the transcript.

MSNBC
Morning Joe
8/7/20
8:27 am EDT

JOE SCARBOROUGH: One other criticism that Donald Trump, the Wall Street Journal opinion page, and others have had over the past day is the timing of this lawsuit. The question of whether you’re putting this out there to influence the election, to stop them from being able to support Donald Trump and Republican candidates. Can you talk about the timing? Why August instead of, say, December?

LETITIA JAMES: So it’s interesting that they would tie this to politics. And this lawsuit has nothing to do with politics . . . We don’t look at the political calendar to determine when we should or not file a lawsuit.

. . . 

WILLIE GEIST: They [NRA members] may say to this, yeah, let’s get rid of Wayne LaPierre, let’s get rid of our leadership that’s blowing our money on yachts in Bahamas, but we have an organization that’s here to protect our constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms? So what do you say to that membership when you’re not just trying to decapitate the organization, but to get rid of it altogether?

JAMES: The mission was violated. The reality is that it goes beyond just Wayne LaPierre . . . Again, the corruption is pervasive, it’s persistent. It’s not limited to one person. It’s throughout the entire corporation and that’s why we seek to dissolve the corporation in its entirety.

. . . 

SUSAN DEL PERCIO: There is a political sense in all of this, and I wonder if maybe perhaps it’s because you’re looking towards 2022—for governor.

JAMES: I, no, by no means am I looking at 2022. You know, I am of the belief that elected officials don’t have to look at the next re-election cycle as long as they continue to do their work . . . Our investigation had nothing to do with politics.

. . . 

GEIST: I want to give you a chance to respond to the NRA this morning. They have said of your suit that it is a transparent attempt to score political points. They say, basically, you’ve had it out for the NRA for a long time, in 2018 calling it a terrorist organization. How do you respond to the NRA?

JAMES: One has nothing to do with the other. My political beliefs have nothing to do with the fact that litigation and lawsuits that we filed are based on the facts. We follow the evidence. And we make conclusions of law. 

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Morning Joe LOL: NY Attorney General Claims No ‘Politics’ Behind Attempt to Destroy NRA 

How’s this for chutzpah?

Less than three months before the election, Letitia James, the Democrat Attorney General of New York, who in 2018 called the NRA a “terrorist organization,” brings a lawsuit seeking to “dissolve,” i.e. destroy, the NRA. But she insisted on Morning Joe that “this lawsuit has nothing to do with politics.”

James also claims that when it came to bringing her suit at this crucial point in the election season, she in no way considered the political calendar.

Sure.

 

To their credit, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist asked skeptical questions. Scarborough asked “Can you talk about the timing? Why August instead of, say, December?” Willie Geist added “What do you say to that [NRA] membership when you’re not just trying to decapitate the organization, but to get rid of it altogether?

Then, “MSNBC Republican” Susan Del Percio, an ardent Never Trumper, flatly put it to James that she brought the suit with an eye on running for governor in 2022. James responded that “by no means am I looking at 2022.”

Sure. Again.

What made Del Percio’s suggestion that James brought the suit with an eye for running for governor in 2022 particularly interesting is that last year, we caught Del Percio suggesting that gun control advocates should play “dirty pool” with NRA board members. So you might think that Del Percio would welcome James’ lawsuit.

Except that . . . “Republican” Del Percio’s last political gig was serving as an adviser to Democrat NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has indicated that he intends to see re-election in 2022  Was Del Percio looking to stick a fork in Andy’s potential opponent?

There was one member of the Morning Joe panel who was apparently dozing during the segment. When Mike Barnicle was given a chance to pose a question at the end of the interview, he asked James whether the goal of the suit was just to remove CEO Wayne LaPierre and other senior NRA officials, or to “eliminate the NRA.” If poor Mike had been awake, he would have heard the panel and James repeatedly mention her intent to dissolve the entire organization.

Letitia James’ denial that there are any politics behind her attempt to destroy the NRA was sponsored by Liberty Mutual.

Here’s the transcript.

MSNBC
Morning Joe
8/7/20
8:27 am EDT

JOE SCARBOROUGH: One other criticism that Donald Trump, the Wall Street Journal opinion page, and others have had over the past day is the timing of this lawsuit. The question of whether you’re putting this out there to influence the election, to stop them from being able to support Donald Trump and Republican candidates. Can you talk about the timing? Why August instead of, say, December?

LETITIA JAMES: So it’s interesting that they would tie this to politics. And this lawsuit has nothing to do with politics . . . We don’t look at the political calendar to determine when we should or not file a lawsuit.

. . . 

WILLIE GEIST: They [NRA members] may say to this, yeah, let’s get rid of Wayne LaPierre, let’s get rid of our leadership that’s blowing our money on yachts in Bahamas, but we have an organization that’s here to protect our constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms? So what do you say to that membership when you’re not just trying to decapitate the organization, but to get rid of it altogether?

JAMES: The mission was violated. The reality is that it goes beyond just Wayne LaPierre . . . Again, the corruption is pervasive, it’s persistent. It’s not limited to one person. It’s throughout the entire corporation and that’s why we seek to dissolve the corporation in its entirety.

. . . 

SUSAN DEL PERCIO: There is a political sense in all of this, and I wonder if maybe perhaps it’s because you’re looking towards 2022—for governor.

JAMES: I, no, by no means am I looking at 2022. You know, I am of the belief that elected officials don’t have to look at the next re-election cycle as long as they continue to do their work . . . Our investigation had nothing to do with politics.

. . . 

GEIST: I want to give you a chance to respond to the NRA this morning. They have said of your suit that it is a transparent attempt to score political points. They say, basically, you’ve had it out for the NRA for a long time, in 2018 calling it a terrorist organization. How do you respond to the NRA?

JAMES: One has nothing to do with the other. My political beliefs have nothing to do with the fact that litigation and lawsuits that we filed are based on the facts. We follow the evidence. And we make conclusions of law. 

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Stephen Moore: Trump CAN Suspend Payroll Tax ‘Without Congress’

Economist Stephen Moore shot back at liberals and media acolytes triggered at a Wall Street Journal op-ed he co-wrote calling for President Donald Trump to suspend the payroll tax for the rest of the year.

Moore addressed his article’s core arguments that the president can suspend the payroll tax “without congress” on Wednesday’s edition of Fox Business’s After The Bell. 

Co-anchor Connell McShane asked Moore if it comes down to an “end-run around Congress with the executive action—something I know you’ve suggested — critics of the move have said that it would also be an end-run around the Constitution, which gives the Congress the power of the purse. So, can this happen?” Moore took aim at those in the media attempting to paint his proposal as lawless: “The media has been all over this for the last week trying to find some constitutional scholar who will say that it’s not constitutional, but it is.”

Moore proceeded to claim that in the case of an economic emergency, “the president has the authority under the IRS code to postpone the payment of taxes.” He then reminded McShane that Trump had done something similar “at the beginning of the year, when he postponed the April 15th date for paying federal income taxes.” Moore said that the same thing could be done in the case of the payroll tax being postponed.  

Watch Moore’s interview below:

Moore’s op-ed, in particular, cited Section 7508A of the tax code. According to the Internal Revenue Service’s order concerning the recent federal income tax deferral, the Section 7508A provision “provides the Secretary of the Treasury … with authority to postpone the time for performing certain acts under the internal revenue laws for a taxpayer determined by the Secretary to be affected by a Federally declared disaster as defined in section 165(i)(5)(A.).” 

Also, the IRS said the provision stipulated that “a period of up to one year may be disregarded in determining whether the performance of certain acts is timely under the internal revenue laws.” Although that specific IRS order on the federal income tax deferral did “not apply with respect to any other type of Federal tax,” the existence of the Section 7508A provision does provide support for Moore’s argument.

However, that provision fell on deaf ears for some woke blue checkmarks on Twitter who falsely seethed at Moore’s proposition as being lawless and unconstitutional.

President of the liberal and Soros-funded ProPublica Richard Tofel bleated in a tweet: “So much for ‘The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes[.]’ It’s only in the Constitution.”

Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy McCourt Chair Donald Moynihan couldn’t contain his rage on Twitter: “Another crazy WSJ editorial. 1. Congress has made clear it will not cut the payroll tax as part of the stimulus. 2. Trump advisor Stephen Moore says Trump should do it anyway, telling the IRS to stop collecting the tax. It’s a lawless administration.” [Emphasis added.]

New York Times economist Paul Krugman tweeted out an article by Roll Call trying to cast doubt on the legality of the executive to suspend the payroll tax. Krugman captioned his tweet: “The durability of Stephen Moore as the GOP’s go-to guy on economics tells you something about the party. I don’t think he’s ever gotten anything — factual, legal, analytic — right.”

 

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Apologist Andrea Mitchell Tees Up Possible Biden VP to Dismiss His Racial Remarks

On Friday, MSNBC continued dismissing Joe Biden’s racial controversies before they can damage him. On her noon ET hour show, the Democratic Party’s favorite “news” anchor Andrea Mitchell interviewed Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and treated the possible Biden vice presidential contender to a softball question about the presumptive Democratic nominee’s offensive remarks: 

The former vice president did try today to clarify a statement. He got a lot of backlash yesterday when he was saying that the Latino community is “diverse,” quote, “unlike the African-American community.” He tried to say that he did not mean to suggest that the African-American community is a monolith. But is this a problem, the way he was articulating this?

Obviously the real issue is the actual comment itself, not his articulation of whatever idea was floating around in his head. She didn’t mention Biden asking a black reporter if he was a “junkie” during that same event because that would clearly display racism in his comments, choosing instead to deflect for Biden’s political benefit. Mayor Bottoms was more than happy to go along with Mitchell’s generous framing of the topic:

 

 

Well, I believe what he was trying to articulate was just in terms of voting patterns. But I know he doesn’t believe we are a monolith, because I’ve had these conversations with the vice president directly, and we’ve talked about the growing importance and voice of the Progressive wing of the party, fueled in large part by younger African-Americans. I do think obviously that it perhaps could have been expressed better. But I know his heart, and I know the conversations that I have had with him directly, and what he’s expressed to me about his appreciation about diversity within the African-American community.

The lengths that the media will go to protect Democrats is unreal. They would never engage in this kind of mental gymnastics to avoid the controversy for Republicans. If you watched this segment you might have blinked and missed their discussion of it at all, as they quickly went into Trump bashing and Obama loving again:

And I know how busy you are, but I was really struck when I had a chance to listen to Michelle Obama’s podcast yesterday where she talked about what she called a low level depression that she’s experienced during the pandemic, largely because of the experience of George Floyd’s death, reliving a lot of the racism that she and President Obama encountered on their campaign and when they were first in the white house. And it struck me that that is — that experience, with all of these police cases, you’ve experienced them in Georgia, as you know, that’s something that a lot, millions of African-Americans, African-American women, are feeling.

The effort to paint Obama as a victim president, suffering from large-scale racism is absurd. Obama earned 43% of the white vote in 2008, and somehow he suffered from racism from the electorate? The media methodology is simple, cover for Democrats and bash Republicans, no matter what. 

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Read the full transcript below to learn more.

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports

8-7-20

12:02 PM

ANDREA MITCHELL:  We begin today with the pandemic’s impact. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joining me right now, Madam Mayor, thank you for being with us. A new report from the Center for Public Integrity where Dr. Deborah Birx is mentioning increasing rates in Georgia as well as other states. Tell me about the situation in Atlanta. It’s among a handful of cities where there are still major concerns. How are you combating the disease in Atlanta? 

KEISHA BOTTOMS:  It’s unfortunate, Andrea, as I saw you mention that New York is opening up schools, because they’ve been able to get on the other side of covid-19. Unfortunately in Atlanta and across the state of Georgia we are headed in the wrong direction. Our numbers are continuing to rise, and our ICU beds are at and beyond capacity at many of our hospitals. And we are continuing to face this challenge of reopening the state while not taking the precautions necessary to put us in a place like New York and so many other states who have been able to get to the other side of this virus. 

MITCHELL: As you talk about the schools there, there is some footage, really disturbing footage of a school north of Atlanta, where we see — I think it had to shut down, we saw pictures that went viral, taken in a hallway, a corridor packed, crowded with students. And that’s less than an hour from your city. 

BOTTOMS:  It’s very concerning, Andrea. I have four kids. I took two of my kids out yesterday to attend a taping that I had to do. And just watching my two kids fiddle with their masks. They’re kids. They were taking their masks on and off. It’s very difficult to expect our children to be able to abide by all of the rules that are necessary for us to combat covid-19. And that’s my concern, as schools are reopening across this state. Many school districts, including the school district in the city of Atlanta, have opted to go with virtual learning for the first few weeks of school. As I’ve said repeatedly, it’s not just about our kids. It’s about our kids often being asymptomatic and infecting teachers and custodians and cafeteria workers. But unfortunately, in Georgia, just yesterday, a 7-year-old with no underlying health conditions died from complications related to covid-19. 

MITCHELL:  So much for the president’s declaring that they are almost definitely immune from it, the children. We know that there are these tragic cases. They may be outliers, but this is the tragedy and this is the risk to the schoolchildren, while you as a mom of four children know how important it is to get them back in the classrooms. How is Atlanta responding to your urging them to wear masks, mandating it, the governor disagreeing, the lawsuit, how widespread is the wearing of masks from your observation? 

BOTTOMS: As I’ve been out, I’ve been very encouraged by the number of people that I see with masks on. And it’s very hot in Atlanta, as you can imagine, right now. It’s 90 degrees plus every day. But as I’ve gone into the grocery store and other places, people are wearing masks. And I actually was pleasantly surprised, because I didn’t see many people wearing masks but people are certainly heeding the warning appreciative that we’re pushing forward with a mask mandate in the city. We’ve gotten notes from business owners who also express their appreciation. 

MITCHELL: We’re rapidly approaching Joe Biden’s decision on a running mate. Can you at least clarify whether or not you have had an interview? I assume not an in-person interview, I don’t think you’ve been traveling. 

BOTTOMS:  Andrea, I’ll continue to refer you to the Biden campaign for questions about that. But as I’ve said repeatedly, this is the most important election of our lifetime. John Lewis reminded us of that with his parting words. If we don’t exercise our right to vote, we will lose it. So I know there’s a lot of speculation and excitement about who Joe Biden will name. But the most important person’s name on that ballot will be Joe Biden. 

MITCHELL: The former vice president did try today to clarify a statement. He got a lot of backlash yesterday when he was saying that the Latino community is diverse, quote, unlike the African-American community. He tried to say that he did not mean to suggest that the African-American community is a monolith. But is this a problem, the way he was articulating this? 

BOTTOMS:  Well, I believe what he was trying to articulate was just in terms of voting patterns. But I know he doesn’t believe we are a monolith, because I’ve had these conversations with the vice president directly, and we’ve talked about the growing importance and voice of the Progressive wing of the party, fueled in large part by younger African-Americans. So I know that he does not believe that. And I thought that as his policies have come forth, his policies reflect his appreciation of diversity within the African-American community. I do think obviously that it perhaps could have been expressed better. But I know his heart, and I know the conversations that I have had with him directly, and what he’s expressed to me about his appreciation about diversity within the African-American community. 

MITCHELL:  And I know how busy you are, but I was really struck when I had a chance to listen to Michelle Obama’s podcast yesterday where she talked about what she called a low level depression that she’s experienced during the pandemic, largely because of the experience of George Floyd’s death, reliving a lot of the racism that she and president Obama encountered on their campaign and when they were first in the white house. And it struck me that that is — that experience, with all of these police cases, you’ve experienced them in Georgia, as you know, that’s something that a lot, millions of African-Americans, African-American women, are feeling. 

BOTTOMS:  Absolutely, Andrea. I appreciate the Obamas for so many reasons, but I especially appreciated that she had articulated that, because just a couple of days before, I articulated something very similar to my husband. I said, I’m waking up feeling really down, and I almost used the exact words, low key depression. And it is something that clearly is felt by so many African-Americans. And seeing it in our kids, the level of anxiety and fear and frustration. And it’s difficult as African-American parents because we are supposed to reassure our children that everything will be okay. And it will be okay. We know we’ll get to the other side of this. But it’s very difficult when adults and children are struggling to make sense of where we are in America, which again, is why I can’t stress enough the importance of this election. This term of Donald Trump needs to be a comma in our history, not a period. 

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Tech War with China? Trump Issues Executive Order to Ban WeChat App

President Donald Trump’s WeChat executive order shows the war on Chinese subterfuge is bigger than just TikTok.

Trump issued two different executive orders on Thursday evening: The “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok” placed a ban on TikTok from being used in the U.S.,  and the “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat” placed a ban on WeChat. 

“The Chinese company’s popular messaging app WeChat could now be banned in the United States, if Tencent doesn’t agree to sell it by mid-September,” CNN Business reported August 7. “Trump had already said that he would ban TikTok if a deal for the app is not reached with an American company, but the inclusion of WeChat indicates that Washington is broadening its efforts to restrict some Chinese apps from operating in the United States.”

WeChat is a communication app used for instant messaging and “provides a range of services, including instant messaging and the ability to send money to other users” CNN Business noted.

The executive order stated that “any transaction that is related to WeChat” would “be prohibited beginning 45 days after the date of this order.” 

The order justified the decisive measure by explaining: 

“Like TikTok, WeChat automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users.  This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.  In addition, the application captures the personal and proprietary information of Chinese nationals visiting the United States, thereby allowing the Chinese Communist Party a mechanism for keeping tabs on Chinese citizens who may be enjoying the benefits of a free society for the first time in their lives.”

The order went on to provide an example of the dangers WeChat poses from back in March 2019: “[A] researcher reportedly discovered a Chinese database containing billions of WeChat messages sent from users in not only China but also the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia.”

The order also made note that this app has capabilities not only to censor, but to actively meddle with American politics: “WeChat, like TikTok, also reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive and may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party.”

America is far from the only country which has taken a tough stance on Chinese apps. “These risks have led other countries, including Australia and India, to begin restricting or banning the use of WeChat,” the order stated. “The United States must take aggressive action against the owner of WeChat to protect our national security.”

Fox Business quoted China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin, as he declared, “The U.S. is using national security as an excuse and using state power to oppress non-American businesses. That’s just a hegemonic practice. China is firmly opposed to that.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representative and demand that WeChat provide transparency: Companies need to design open systems so that they can be held accountable, while giving weight to privacy concerns. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable

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Tech War with China? Trump Issues Executive Order to Ban WeChat App

President Donald Trump’s WeChat executive order shows the war on Chinese subterfuge is bigger than just TikTok.

Trump issued two different executive orders on Thursday evening: The “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok” placed a ban on TikTok from being used in the U.S.,  and the “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat” placed a ban on WeChat. 

“The Chinese company’s popular messaging app WeChat could now be banned in the United States, if Tencent doesn’t agree to sell it by mid-September,” CNN Business reported August 7. “Trump had already said that he would ban TikTok if a deal for the app is not reached with an American company, but the inclusion of WeChat indicates that Washington is broadening its efforts to restrict some Chinese apps from operating in the United States.”

WeChat is a communication app used for instant messaging and “provides a range of services, including instant messaging and the ability to send money to other users” CNN Business noted.

The executive order stated that “any transaction that is related to WeChat” would “be prohibited beginning 45 days after the date of this order.” 

The order justified the decisive measure by explaining: 

“Like TikTok, WeChat automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users.  This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.  In addition, the application captures the personal and proprietary information of Chinese nationals visiting the United States, thereby allowing the Chinese Communist Party a mechanism for keeping tabs on Chinese citizens who may be enjoying the benefits of a free society for the first time in their lives.”

The order went on to provide an example of the dangers WeChat poses from back in March 2019: “[A] researcher reportedly discovered a Chinese database containing billions of WeChat messages sent from users in not only China but also the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia.”

The order also made note that this app has capabilities not only to censor, but to actively meddle with American politics: “WeChat, like TikTok, also reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive and may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party.”

America is far from the only country which has taken a tough stance on Chinese apps. “These risks have led other countries, including Australia and India, to begin restricting or banning the use of WeChat,” the order stated. “The United States must take aggressive action against the owner of WeChat to protect our national security.”

Fox Business quoted China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin, as he declared, “The U.S. is using national security as an excuse and using state power to oppress non-American businesses. That’s just a hegemonic practice. China is firmly opposed to that.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representative and demand that WeChat provide transparency: Companies need to design open systems so that they can be held accountable, while giving weight to privacy concerns. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable

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‘How Did This Get Published?’ Politico Touts New Jersey as COVID Curve ‘Model’

Former CNN digital producer Steve Krakauer unloaded on Politico in his “Fourth Watch” newsletter last night for a story hailing New Jersey as some sort of model for flattening the coronavirus curve. His headline asked “How did this get published?”

“New Jersey went from being one of the country’s worst Covid-19 hot spots to a model of how to flatten the curve,” began Politico’s August 5 piece, and the tweet carried that same sense of celebration: 

Krakauer lowered the boom: 

Look, I grew up in New Jersey, have a lot of family there – I’ve got love for New Jersey. So no shots at Jersey and the GTL lifestyle. 

But New Jersey should never be considered the COVID-19 “model” for anything.

It’s great news that New Jersey has seen far fewer cases and deaths than they had during the most tragic part of the pandemic. But let’s have some perspective. New Jersey didn’t flatten the curve – New Jersey was literally the curve.

If New Jersey was a country, it would have the most coronavirus deaths of any country in the world per capita – by more than double.

So yes, as states like Texas, my home state now, and Florida, and California, see cases on the rise (but deaths nowhere near the level as the East Coast spikes), it’s great that New Jersey has not seen that. But 44,000 more Texans would have to die to reach the comparable per capita figure as New Jersey – a tradeoff for some yacht cruising now no thinking person would make.

New Jersey is not the “model,” Politico. And how did this get published?!

Phil Kerpen offered a graphic illustration of how New Jersey compares. 

It’s not all celebration. Sam Sutton and Brianna Ehley noted the case count is climbing again, but don’t blame the politicians, blame the reckless vacationers: “If fresh scars of the pandemic’s darkest days and strict orders from the governor weren’t enough to keep tourists and residents from pretending 2020 was simply another raucous summer down the Jersey Shore, the future will be grim for other states that have been less aggressive.”

Gov. Phil Murphy is brought in for lecturing, not for how he failed this year: 

“Frankly, if you see a little bit of slackening of behavior, particularly among young people, it’s really hard to keep using that bullhorn. And with the same level of effectiveness,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in an interview, speaking shortly before announcing new capacity limits for indoor venues. “The economic consequences will be around us for years. And keeping people’s confidence, keeping their sort of habits in the right place as the clock continues to go on? I think that becomes harder and harder.”

…New Jersey’s been forced back into the ring with Covid-19 because of something that’s even harder to contain than the virus.

“It’s human nature,” Murphy said at a recent press conference. After spending the better part of four months under lock-and-key, too many young people are “mad as hell [and] not going to take it anymore.”

PS: This is NOT the first time Politico has polished Murphy’s apple. Back in April, Politico suggested protesters in Trenton against Gov. Murphy’s lockdown were a “vocal small minority” that aren’t that newsworthy, since they don’t represent the massive majority in favor of Murphy’s stewardship. 

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‘How Did This Get Published?’ Politico Touts New Jersey as COVID Curve ‘Model’

Former CNN digital producer Steve Krakauer unloaded on Politico in his “Fourth Watch” newsletter last night for a story hailing New Jersey as some sort of model for flattening the coronavirus curve. His headline asked “How did this get published?”

“New Jersey went from being one of the country’s worst Covid-19 hot spots to a model of how to flatten the curve,” began Politico’s August 5 piece, and the tweet carried that same sense of celebration: 

Krakauer lowered the boom: 

Look, I grew up in New Jersey, have a lot of family there – I’ve got love for New Jersey. So no shots at Jersey and the GTL lifestyle. 

But New Jersey should never be considered the COVID-19 “model” for anything.

It’s great news that New Jersey has seen far fewer cases and deaths than they had during the most tragic part of the pandemic. But let’s have some perspective. New Jersey didn’t flatten the curve – New Jersey was literally the curve.

If New Jersey was a country, it would have the most coronavirus deaths of any country in the world per capita – by more than double.

So yes, as states like Texas, my home state now, and Florida, and California, see cases on the rise (but deaths nowhere near the level as the East Coast spikes), it’s great that New Jersey has not seen that. But 44,000 more Texans would have to die to reach the comparable per capita figure as New Jersey – a tradeoff for some yacht cruising now no thinking person would make.

New Jersey is not the “model,” Politico. And how did this get published?!

Phil Kerpen offered a graphic illustration of how New Jersey compares. 

It’s not all celebration. Sam Sutton and Brianna Ehley noted the case count is climbing again, but don’t blame the politicians, blame the reckless vacationers: “If fresh scars of the pandemic’s darkest days and strict orders from the governor weren’t enough to keep tourists and residents from pretending 2020 was simply another raucous summer down the Jersey Shore, the future will be grim for other states that have been less aggressive.”

Gov. Phil Murphy is brought in for lecturing, not for how he failed this year: 

“Frankly, if you see a little bit of slackening of behavior, particularly among young people, it’s really hard to keep using that bullhorn. And with the same level of effectiveness,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in an interview, speaking shortly before announcing new capacity limits for indoor venues. “The economic consequences will be around us for years. And keeping people’s confidence, keeping their sort of habits in the right place as the clock continues to go on? I think that becomes harder and harder.”

…New Jersey’s been forced back into the ring with Covid-19 because of something that’s even harder to contain than the virus.

“It’s human nature,” Murphy said at a recent press conference. After spending the better part of four months under lock-and-key, too many young people are “mad as hell [and] not going to take it anymore.”

PS: This is NOT the first time Politico has polished Murphy’s apple. Back in April, Politico suggested protesters in Trenton against Gov. Murphy’s lockdown were a “vocal small minority” that aren’t that newsworthy, since they don’t represent the massive majority in favor of Murphy’s stewardship.