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For whatever reason, the Democrats are harping on the fact that President Donald Trump referred to the Wuhan coronavirus as the “Chinese virus.” They claim that it’s racist to point out the fact that the virus originated in China.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s Senior Adviser, Symone Sanders, reiterated that point of view during an interview on Wednesday with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum. “It’s something that’s offensive to Chinese Americans,” Sanders claimed.

“What President Trump announced today — it’s a tough job but it has to be done – on some of what he said today was good but the reality is he also stood at the podium and called the coronavirus COVID-19, what I would suggest is a racial slur,” Sanders explained.

According to the Biden campaign surrogate, what President Trump said is “offensive to many Americans.” She said that “instead of namecalling, instead of pointing fingers, talking about poll numbers–”

“The MERS virus is M-E-R-U-S. Do you know why it’s called MERS?” MacCallum asked.

“You tell me, Martha. You brought it up,” Sanders said.

“It’s called the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome because that’s where it originated,” MacCallum explained. “This rabbit hole of getting into this whole issue of racism, I think is so counterproductive to what we are trying to do here. I talked to an amazing scholar on China moments ago who said absolutely China, at the leadership level, has tried to obfuscate and be everything but transparent since the very beginning. They lied and lied and lied about this situation. Why is it not okay to recognize where it originated?”

Sanders said this had nothing to do with China being “forthright,” something the Fox News host completely disagreed with.

“Yes, it is. That’s exactly what it is,” MacCallum clapped back.

“Not in terms of what the President of the United States is referring to this virus from the podium. The reality is yes, the Chinese government refused to let American scientists in to research to see what was going on. That’s the stark difference from what happened in the Ebola crisis when the United States government demanded to come in to African countries. That is something we should have and continue to push for. My only point is is they have noted it is offensive to them and in times of strife, particularly when we are dealing with pandemic currently affected with people that has had no contact with people overseas —”

“No one is suggesting American Chinese people are responsible. Every thinking human being who looks at this understand that the reference is to the origin of the virus and also the leadership in terms of how that virus was handled in the country of origin,” MacCallum said. “I’m going to leave it there.”

We can call it the coronavirus, the Wuhan coronavirus, COVID-19, or whatever new term that’s going to be developed tomorrow. Who cares what we call it? What matters right now is that our leaders are taking appropriate actions to protect the lives of Americans across the nation. Period. End of story.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: ‘Let’s Be Serious’: Martha MacCallum Shreds a Joe Biden Surrogate Over Politicizing the Wuhan Coronavirus

The Department of Justice’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, last week released a new report detailing at least six terrorist attacks on American soil that the FBI could have prevented between November 2009 and January 2017 under former FBI Director James Comey’s supervision.

According to Horowitz, the FBI was made aware of six homegrown violent extremists (HVE), but because of the agency’s rush to close terrorism cases, threats were not adequately assessed and vetted.

The FBI established the HVE policy after the September 11th attacks to prevent future terrorist threats.

Following these attacks, the FBI conducted reviews and determined there were weaknesses in its HVE assessment processes. However, we found that the FBI has not taken sufficient action to address these weaknesses. Additionally, in 2017, the FBI conducted an enterprise-wide review and identified potential terrorist threats that may not have been adequately assessed during calendar years (CY) 2014 through 2016, which amounted to 6 percent of the total assessments reviewed. We found that the FBI did not take adequate action on nearly 40 percent of these assessments for 18 months. After we inquired about the lack of action, the FBI reexamined these assessments and, in some instances, the reexamination resulted in the opening of an investigation. We further found that the FBI has experienced a substantial influx of reports of suspicious incidents, but has not developed comprehensive strategies for addressing the challenges associated with the potential cross-over between terrorist threats and other categories of threats, for example, those posed by individuals with mental health issues and criminal threats to life.

Specifically, the FBI had information on the following incidents:

  • Ft. Hood attack carried out by Nidal Hasan on November 5, 2009. Thirteen people died and more than 30 others were wounded.The FBI opened a counterterrorism investigation into Hasan on January 1, 2009. The investigation was closed on June 17, 2009. The FBI determined he posed no threat.
  • Boston Marathon attack carried out by Tamerian and Dzhokhar Tsarvaev on April 15, 2013. Three people died as a result of the attack and more than 260 were injured. In March of 2011, the FBI opened a Guardian assessment on Tamerian. It was closed June 24, 2013, when the FBI determined he posed no risk to national security.
  • Garland, Texas attack carried out by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi on April 30, 2015. Both gunmen were killed and one other person was injured. The FBI opened an investigation into Simpson on August 1, 2006 and closed it on November 7, 2014. Between February 4, 2015 and February 24, 2015, there were numerous Guardian assessments opened on Simpson. On March 3, 2015, the FBI reopens its investigation into Simpson.
  • Pulse Nightclub shooting carried out by Omar Marteen on June 12, 2016. Forty-nine people died and more than 50 were injured. The FBI opened a case into Marteen on May 20, 2013, based on statements “indicative of radicalized ideology.”
  • New York and New Jersey bombings carried out by Ahmad Rahami between September 15th and September 17th, 2016. Although 30 were injured, thankfully, there were no fatalities. The FBI opened a Guardian assessment on August 27, 2014. The case was closed on September 19, 2014, as “No Nexus to Terrorism could be determined.”
  • Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting carried out by Esteban Santiago on January 6, 2017. Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured. The FBI opened a Guardian assessment on November 8, 2016. The case was closed on November 30, 2016, when he was determined not to be a national security threat. He was also taken to a psychiatric institute for evaluation.
  • The report highlighted issues in how the FBI failed to handle information. One of the recommendations Horowitz made was for the FBI to develop “formal policies on the assignment and completion of routine counterterrorism assessments to address issues of timeliness and to encourage prioritization of counterterrorism assessments. In addition, this review identified concerns about the assignment of Task Force Officers as the lead investigators on certain assessments and investigations, and the need for increased training for counterterrorism Task Force Officers.”
  • According to the report, FBI agents were quick to close terrorism cases. Those quick closures meant the FBI failed to assess potential threats adequately.

Since September 11, 2001, HVEs have carried out over 20 attacks in the United States, some of which occurred after the FBI closed a counterterrorism investigation or assessment on the individual. Following these attacks, the FBI conducted reviews and determined there were weaknesses in its HVE assessment processes.

However, we found that the FBI has not taken sufficient action to address these weaknesses.

Additionally, in 2017, the FBI conducted an enterprise-wide review and identified potential terrorist threats that may not have been adequately assessed during calendar years (CY) 2014 through 2016, which amounted to 6 percent of the total assessments reviewed. We found that the FBI did not take adequate action on nearly 40 percent of these assessments for 18 months. After we inquired about the lack of action, the FBI reexamined these assessments and, in some instances, the reexamination resulted in the opening of an investigation.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed former FBI Director James Comey’s leadership for not taking responsibility for the agency’s failure to protect innocent Americans, specifically those who were at Pulse Night Club.

Below is the full report:

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: IG Report: FBI Had Evidence That Could Have Prevented Six Terrorist Attacks on American Soil

Those who hate the Second Amendment and firearms will do anything and everything in their power to advocate for gun control legislation. They will flat out lie about shootings and gun laws that are on the books as a means of creating mass hysteria to further their agenda.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg did just that during his town hall with CNN on Wednesday night. He instantly jumped to assumptions about the shooting at Molson Coors in Milwaukee, even though authorities have yet to release detailed information about the gunman.

What we know so far is that the gunman was a former Molson Coors employee that was fired earlier in the day. He left, retrieved a firearm, came back and opened fire on his former coworkers.

According to the former New York City mayor, universal background checks should be passed in all 50 states, but “it’d be much easier if we could do it at a federal level.”

“I noticed when I was backstage, watching the president, he said ‘our prayers should be with the families,’ and I’m sympathetic with that, but what he should have said is, ‘We’re going to do something to have background checks to stop guns being sold to people that shouldn’t buy them,'” Bloomberg explained as the audience cheered.

He went on to remind the audience that the Second Amendment exists but the Supreme Court has ruled “reasonable restrictions” can be placed on Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.

“The reasonable privileges include things like background checks, so you don’t sell guns to minors, people with physiatric problems, or people with criminal records,” the billionaire said. “And if you did just that and took just 24 hours to go through the background check, you would make a very big difference in this country.”

It’s interesting that Bloomberg is telling us how to “fix” things to prevent shootings, like the one in Milwaukee, yet we don’t know very much about the gunman. All we know is that he was a disgruntled employee and this seems to be an act of revenge. We don’t know how he obtained his firearm. We don’t even know what type of firearm was used, how many rounds were fired or if there were multiple guns. Making the assumption that this guy was a prohibited possessor who bought his firearm on the black market is irresponsible.

It’s irresponsible for anyone to jump to conclusions and say, definitively, that some kind of gun control law would have prevented this tragedy. Law enforcement needs to carry out their investigation before gun control zealots harp on Second Amendment advocates and our current laws. Let’s get the facts first. But then again, that would make too much sense.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: WATCH: Bloomberg Attempts to School People on Gun Laws. There’s Just One Problem.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made waves when she shredded President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this month. The next day we learned that she planned to make a scene, as evidenced by video footage. She confirmed her desire for attention during an exclusive interview with CNN on Saturday.

“Are you giving a signal that the Democrats will fight back hard, that you will not be constrained by what you believe to be insurgent behavior on the other side, and that this is, you know, a time to go mano a mano?” CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asked.

“Let me say this: I had no intention of doing that when we went to the State of the Union. In fact, I was well into past the first third of it. I’m a speed reader so I was reading ahead so I knew what was there. I got past about a third of it and I thought, ‘This is terrible,'” Pelosi explained.

According to the speaker, she decided to put little tears in the areas of pages she wanted to remember. Except each page had something she thought was “rememberable.”

“I made a niche on a couple of pages thinking, ‘You ought to remember what was on this page, this page,’ then I realized most every page had something in it that was objectionable. So it wasn’t a planned thing, but it was —” she rolled her tongue in her mouth, clearly looking for words, before she changed the subject.

She then changed her narrative, saying it’s the presses fault that she had to resort to such actions.

“One of my disappointments is the fact that all we have done legislatively, whether it’s equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, gun violence protection, issues that relate to our children, the list goes on, climate action now, we have very little press on it,” Pelosi stated. “And it seems if you want to get press you have to get attention. So I thought, ‘Well, let’s get attention on the fact that what he said here today was not true.'”

We all knew this was premeditated. It was obvious Nancy was doing this for attention. If she wasn’t, she wouldn’t have ripped the speech up in sections. She wouldn’t have continually turned as she ripped the papers so that every camera saw her.

If her actions are because of a lack of press, what newspapers is she reading? What news stations is she watching? Because leftist media continually covers climate change and minimum wage proposals. And “gun violence prevention” is something that’s covered widely across the board. The left covers it as a national health crisis. Those of us on the right point to the policies and continually talk about the Second Amendment infringements.

Nice attempt at spinning, Nancy, but we see through your BS.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Pelosi Spins Her ‘Impromptu’ SOTU Shredding and Places Blame on… the Media?

On Saturday, six Trump campaign volunteers in Jacksonville, Florida were working to register voters. At approximately 2:45 p.m., a golden-colored van attempted intentionally ran through their booths with the intention of mauling volunteers. Thankfully, no one was injured.

After driving through the tent, knocking over tables and chairs, the man stopped, took a video and flipped the Republican volunteers off. The driver sped off but was later apprehended.

Police arrested 27-year-old Gregory William Loel Timm. He was “charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a person over 65 years old, criminal mischief and driving without a license,” News Jax 4 reported.

Lt. Larry Gayle told News Jax 4 that police are monitoring social media to see if Timm’s video will pop up.

“We don’t know if this is politically motivated,” Gayle said. “We’ve got detectives coming out. We’re following up on information and trying to determine if we can identify this person right now.”

Multiple people condemned the attack as politically motivated, including Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, President Donald Trump, Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Trump Supporters Were Registering People to Vote… Until Someone Attempted to Maul Them

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is in Iowa doing last-minute campaigning on behalf of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). During an event in Clive Iowa, Omar explained how her idea of the “American Dream” were shattered once she came to America.

“When I first came to the United States, I remember one of the first things that I saw was homeless people sleeping on the sides of Manhattan when we arrived in New York. And I remember turning to my father and saying, ‘This doesn’t look like the America you promised.’ And my father looked at me and said, ‘Hush, child, we are going to get to our America,'” Omar recounted. “Because the America we were shown in the orientation tapes when we were coming here from the refugee camp in Kenya had beautiful homes with white picket fences, happy families eating a full meal in their beautiful living rooms. It had happy children getting on the bus to go to their beautiful schools. It had pictures of amazing malls, megamalls, and had pictures of beautifully built bridges and highways. It was a picture of abundance. Now that is the ideal.”

“That is the America we all know we deserve but our reality is full of homeless people. Our reality is full of families who have moms and dads who are going without dinner or lunch or breakfast just so that they can have enough for their children,” she explained. “Our reality is full of kids who are showing up to schools that are full of mold and leaking rooftops. Our reality has children who are facing drills every single day to learn about how they can escape being shot in our schools.”

Omar seems to forget that the areas that are being overrun with homeless people – like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City – are all cities under Democratic mayors and legislators. Homelessness isn’t a new phenomenon. L.A. has always had “Skid Row,” an area in downtown that has become infamous because of its condensed homeless population. Democrats continually cite areas like Skid Row or even Downtown San Francisco as an area they want to “clean up” and “fix.” What do they do? Throw our taxpayer dollars at the problem but they never get to the root cause of the issue and why people are homeless to begin with. Is it because people fell on hard times and couldn’t afford a house or an apartment? Did someone get involved in drugs and they’re living on the streets so the money they’d spend on housing can go towards their drug habit? Does mental illness play a role in a person’s instable living conditions?

In fact, Dr. Drew Pinsky has repeatedly said the people on Los Angeles’ streets are people who are “chronically mentally ill” and they fail to receive treatment. That’s a place for Democrats to start instead of launching poop patrols like San Francisco did.

Instead of coming to America and blaming the country for not living up to her fantasy, Omar should be looking at her party for failing to give her and her family the “American Dream” they were promised.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: WATCH: Omar Trashes the U.S. for Not Living Up to Her ‘American Dream’

Democrats continually say far-fetched things, especially as President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is underway. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) might take the cake (at least for this week).

Once the House impeachment managers wrapped up their case on Friday, Schumer hit the airwaves to talk about the arguments his Democratic colleagues made in the Senate. And the Senate Minority Leader somehow believes House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is comparable to Martin Luther King Jr.

“There are certain speakers who are quite compelling, I mean the greatest of these I think is Martin Luther King. He forced American to listen to him even when people didn’t want to hear it, when, you know, bigotry had been swept under the rug for a hundred years,” Schumer told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

“They – when Adam Schiff gets to his closing remarks, all three nights, the Republicans are looking at him and listening,” the Senate Minority Leader said. “Much of the time they’re talking to each other or looking down. They don’t want to hear this stuff because they know it’s uncomfortable in the way it points out how terrible their president has been on so many different things. But when Schiff talks, they listen.”

Martin Luther King Jr. is, arguably, one of the greatest Civil Rights heroes in American history. He fought for African Americans to have equal rights. When he could have been violent, he rose above and preached peaceful protesting. He did everything with integrity and strength, even when he faced adversity.

Adam Schiff is a politician who has it out for President Donald Trump simply because he dislikes the guy. He has wanted to get Trump ousted from office since he was inaugurated. Just look at how he pushed Russia collusion. When that blew up in his face he moved to this Ukraine call.

Schiff claims he wants to get to the bottom of things on behalf of the American people. The reality is he wants to be considered a hero. He wants the limelight. He wants progressives to hail him as the man who singlehandedly got the Big Bad Orange Man kicked out of office.

Comparing Adam Schiff to Martin Luther King Jr. is disgusting. And Schumer should be ashamed of himself.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: ICYMI: Chuck Schumer Somehow Believes Adam Schiff Is Comparable to Martin Luther King Jr.

Now that it is officially 2020, illegal alien adults in California are now eligible for Medi-Cal, the state’s health care system for low-income families. Starting January 1 – today – Medi-Cal is now extended to illegal aliens ages 19 to 26. Before today those under the age of 19 were able to receive Medi-Cal benefits, the Modesto Bee reported.

Before the new legislation took effect, quite a few illegal aliens were receiving limited Medi-Cal benefits (basically emergency services). Now they are able to receive full-scope Medi-Cal benefits, which include preventative and primary care on top of emergency services.

Those who were in the system receiving limited scope benefits received letters saying that, at the start of the new year, they would have full access to Medi-Cal benefits. Lucky them, right?

Officials in the state estimate that roughly 138,000 illegal alien adults will receive full-scope benefits under the medical plan. What that actually translates to can vary once coverage begins.

Before the Medi-Cal expansion kicked in, once an illegal alien turned 19, they would lose their benefits. Now that is extended until they are 26.

Legislators in California allocated $98 million to provide health care to illegal aliens. But that budget is only for fiscal year 2020. It will be interesting to see how much money the Golden State spends on this.

According to a 2019 health policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 2.2 million people in the state are illegal aliens. And guess what? Those between 19 and 26 – the very age demographic these benefits are geared towards – make up seven percent of the low-income, illegal alien population. Those between the ages of 0 and 18 make up 12 percent of the population. That means that California is going to spend millions providing health care for 19 percent of the low-income, illegal alien population.

The largest demographic of the state’s illegal aliens – 56 percent – are those aged 26 to through 55. And you know it is only a matter of time before liberals in the state decide those folks need taxpayer-funded health care too.

Congratulations, California. You are the first state in the nation to extend even greater health care benefits to illegal aliens (as if they should be given any to begin with). And just more proof that your legislators are willing to put illegal aliens before actual Americans.

It really is sad to think about it. I have friends and family members who still live in California and they suffer under the state’s ridiculous laws. They are expected to pay a crap ton of taxes, pay for their own health insurance and for what? To be told that someone who should not even be in America can get “free” health care (translation: they can essentially take money from an American citizen to use for their own health care). And people like Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) cannot possibly understand why people flock to our southern border en masse. It is because they know they can get benefits like this.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Nothing Says ‘Happy New Year’ Quite Like Giving Taxpayer-Funded Health Care to Illegal Aliens

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday night discussed the attacks on the United States’ embassy in Baghdad with Fox News’ Mike Emanuel. According to Pompeo, those who carried out the attacks are terrorists that are backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“Well, what you say was Iranian-backed terrorists. Many of them are individuals that have been designated terrorists by the United States and others, coming to the American embassy and posing a risk to the American diplomats and personnel inside the embassy,” Pompeo explained. “You saw President Trump direct a quick, decisive, prudent response by making sure that we had all the resources necessary to keep our people safe and to secure the compound as well.”

“Any plans to evacuate the embassy in Baghdad, sir?” Emanuel asked.

“None,” Pompeo replied.

“Okay. Any plans to pull some of the 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq out?” Emanuel asked.

“None,” Pompeo replied.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon deployed 750 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg that were sent to nearby military bases where they will wait until they are needed in Baghdad. Up to 5,000 troops from the 82nd are reportedly being sent overseas. Emanuel asked about the 82nd being used to “bolster forces in the region.”

According to the Secretary of State, more context has to be given to the situation.

“This is 40 years of the Islamic Republic of Iran [being] engaged in global terror campaigns, nuclear weapons dreams and nuclear enrichment capability existing today,” he explained.

Pompeo said that when the Trump administration took over, they inherited a difficult situation.

“The previous administration provided lots of money, lots of money that was used for that nuclear program, lots of money that had been used for terror all around the world, to develop their missile program,” he said. “The Trump administration has taken a much different view.”

“We put real pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he explained. “We will continue to do so. And you saw the president say today we will continue to hold the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable wherever we find their malign activity and we’ll make sure we have the resources to do so.”

Although Pompeo refused to talk about specific actions that can and will be taken against Iran, he reiterated President Trump’s stance that Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will feel America’s power if the situation warrants it.

The Trump administration has continually worked to “convince the Islamic Republic of Iran to behave like a normal nation for the entire three years we’ve been in office,” he said.

The Secretary of State said the Iranian people have demanded their political leaders behave differently than they have in the past.

“Unfortunately the Iranians responded by killing hundreds of their own citizens,” he said. “We’ve watched even in Beirut and in Iraq. Even today, there were protestors, it wasn’t in your footage, but there were protestors today. We saw real protestors today, not Iranian-backed militiamen who had been directed to go to the embassy by Qasem Soleimani, but rather real protestors, demanding to say that those folks at the embassy, those aren’t Iraqis.”

Pompeo made it clear that America cares about Iraq and “we want an Iraq that’s free, independent and sovereign.”

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: WATCH: Pompeo Responds to Iran’s Three Demands Following Their Attack on the U.S. Embassy

When Democrats initially launched their partisan impeachment push, they continually claimed it’s what the majority of Americans want. As time goes on and they continue to push this one-sided agenda, polling continually reveals that the majority of Americans – regardless of political party – do not want Congress to impeach and remove President Donald Trump. In fact, some lifelong Democratic voters are walking away from the party and plan to vote for Trump in 2020. The reason? They see this for what this is: a farce that’s based on hatred of the president, not based on facts or wrongdoing.

A panel of voters recently sat down with NBC News’ Dante Chinni to discuss impeachment. As the camera went around the table, each one of the people said impeachment isn’t something that they care about or hear their neighbors talk about. It’s not significant in their everyday lives.

“I don’t even care about it. It’s just noise,” Dr. Michael Wittmer, a professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Cornerstone University, explained. “Have you ever recorded a football game but found out the final score before you watched it? You just don’t even care. You know what’s going to happen. The House will vote [to approve] articles of impeachment. The Senate will probably acquit. And so, it’s already baked in. It’s not interesting.”

Cindy Timmerman, a former chamber of commerce executive, said things are “already a done deal” because we already know how both the House and Senate will vote.

“We’re not hearing people talk about it in my circle. At all,” Timmerman said. “Pretty much everyone knows where everyone else stands. You know, they’re just not interested or they don’t have the time to try to follow it.”

Chinni asked the group if people don’t care about impeachment because it’s “too complicated” to understand. The group seemed to agree that wasn’t the case.

“I think it’s fairly straightforward,” attorney Peter Smit replied. “I think a lot of people see it more as an infomercial politically and it is very different than, like, looking back on the Nixon impeachment, which was really, really grave at the time, and, by the vote, very bipartisan. And this just seems like it really is political theater.”

The truth is Democrats are so focused on “being on the right side of history” and being one of the people who “took down Trump” that they don’t care about what’s best for our nation. They would rather see their country crumble if it means Trump is no longer president. They’d rather see a nation in ruins than Americans prosperous under Trump.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Voters in the Battleground State of Michigan Describe Impeachment as ‘Political Theater’

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