Breck Dumas


‘We will have a ticket waiting for Mr. Shakur’

The campaign for President Donald Trump has left a ticket available for long deceased artist Tupac Shakur to attend Wednesday night’s debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), in a swipe to Harris who recently named Shakur as the “best rapper alive.”

What are the details?

Harris was asked during a CNN interview last month who she believes is “the best rapper alive,” and she responded, “Tupac.”

The Hill reported that after the moderator “reminded her that the famed rapper was no longer among the living. Harris responded with a laugh, ‘Not alive. I know, I keep doing that!'” She was unable to name an alternative favorite among the living.

As TheBlaze noted previously, “The rapper Tupac Shakur died 24 years ago on Sept. 13, 1996, from the injuries he suffered from a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.”

So when a CBS News reporter asked the Trump campaign during the day on Wednesday who Pence would be bringing to the debate against Harris that evening, a spokesperson told her, “Tupac.”

But the campaign did not stop there with the joke. The New York Post reported that Trump-Pence 2020 senior adviser Jason Miller told the media during a pre-debate conference call, “I can confirm that we have left a ticket for Tupac Shakur, who as we know is Sen. Harris’ favorite rapper alive.”

Miller added, “I don’t know if he shows up. I’m personally more of a Biggie fan if he’s still alive, but we will have a ticket waiting for Mr. Shakur.”

The outlet pointed out that Miller was referring to Biggie Smalls, “who, like Shakur, was gunned down decades ago.”

The Post further reported:

The invite for Shakur to attend the Salt Lake City debate also resurfaces an allegation that Harris, who graduated Howard University in 1986, lied in a radio interview about getting high in college while listening to Tupac and Snoop Dogg.

Critics claim she falsely said she smoked pot as an election ploy. Tupac released his first album in 1991. Snoop Dogg released his first album in 1993.

Harris defenders say she did not lie, but instead was saying which musicians she listened to while getting high, but not necessarily in college.

As district attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011, Harris oversaw 1,900 marijuana convictions, according to the Mercury News.

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Trump campaign invites the late Tupac to VP debate after Kamala Harris dubs him ‘best rapper alive’

‘It’s a freedom tree, everybody!’

A group of women held a protest outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) San Francisco home on Thursday, stringing a tree outside with hair dryers and chanting about freedom as the Democrat faces backlash for being busted in a salon in violation of the city’s coronavirus restrictions while citizens are prohibited from doing so.

What are the details?

In footage taken by local CBS affiliate KPIX-TV, the demonstrators can be seen hanging blow dryers, an American flag, and other adornments from the tree to create their display. Some of them wore rollers in their hair, and one can be heard declaring, “It’s a freedom tree, everybody!”

KPIX producer Bobby Tooke posted the footage on Twitter, reporting, “Protestors gather outside of @SpeakerPelosi house in #SanFrancisco. They chant about freedom and place hair dryers on a tree.”

Another clip of the protest shared by the San Francisco Chronicle shows a demonstrator telling the group, …”To gather, to make sure everybody has an opportunity to earn a living and feed their families.” The women then cheer and another adds, “The government needs to stay out of it.”

Reporter Jessica Christian tweeted, “None of these demonstrators in front of Nancy Pelosi’s home are salon owners or workers. They’ve all described themselves ‘angry salon customers’ who want to get their hair and nails done.”

Pelosi was caught visiting eSalon in San Francisco on Monday during an appointment solicited by her assistant with a stylist who rents a chair from the salon that has been shut down for months due to the city’s stringent coronavirus regulations. The owner of eSalon, Erica Kious, called Pelosi’s actions a “slap in the face,” saying her business would likely not survive due to local regulations imposed by Democratic leaders.

The speaker’s salon visit — which was first reported by Fox News — drew widespread backlash, but Pelosi was defiant when asked about it on Wednesday, blaming the salon and calling for them to apologize to her.

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times,” Pelosi told reporters. “And that when they said ‘We’re able to accommodate people one person at a time’ and that we can set up that time, I trusted that. As it turns out, it was a setup, so I take responsibility for falling for a setup.”

She insisted, “I think that this salon owes me an apology, for setting [me] up.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Protesters hang hair dryers on tree outside Pelosi’s house amid salon uproar

One administration official explained, ‘President Trump is ensuring taxpayer dollars are not wasted by lawless mayors.’

President Donald Trump has ordered federal agencies to find ways to “defund” cities that have permitted “anarchy” amid the ongoing riots in the U.S., according to an exclusive report from the New York Post.

What are the details?

“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” the president wrote in a memo to agencies, according to The Post. “To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”

New York City, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Portland are targeted in the report, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s name is invoked twice. De Blasio has repeatedly asked the federal government to bail out his city citing revenue losses due to COVID-19 lockdowns after he pulled roughly $1 billion from the NYPD budget at the request of protesters amid soaring crime rates.

President Trump’s memo reportedly calls out the cities for “failed leadership” as rioters have burned businesses, threatened officials (including the mayors themselves) and incited violence. He added, “As a result of these State and local government policies, persistent and outrageous acts of violence and destruction have continued unabated in many of America’s cities, such as Portland, Seattle, and New York.”

The president’s move comes after he has repeatedly offered federal law enforcement assistance to Democrat-run cities who have rejected his offers while leaders simultaneously acted to steer funds away from their own police departments amid the unrest.

One unnamed senior administration official told The Post, “taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for local politicians’ dereliction of duty.” The person added, “President Trump is ensuring taxpayer dollars are not wasted by lawless mayors.”

Anything else?

Protests devolving into violence have plagued cities across the U.S. since late May following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.

Democratic politicians largely supported the protests in the beginning and marched in solidarity with organizations such as Black Lives Matter, with some even egging on the unrest. But as the destruction has started to impact polling numbers, Democrats — including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — have started clarifying their messages, adding that violence is not warranted in the demonstrations for justice.

Meanwhile, President Trump has repeatedly called for “law and order” as a campaign platform for his reelection bid.

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Trump takes action to pull federal funds from NYC, other cities that ‘permit anarchy’

Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) says he wants offenders shut down ‘permanently’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) announced Wednesday night that by the end of the week, the city will start cutting off water and electric services to homes and businesses caught holding unauthorized large gatherings in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.

The mayor says he wants offenders shut down “permanently.”

What are the details?

“Recently we’ve seen the reports of some large parties and gatherings in flagrant violation of health ordinances,” Garcetti said during a news conference. “As our county Department of Public Health said yesterday, and I quote, ‘The highest risk settings are large, in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least six feet apart and where face coverings are not worn.”

Despite the fact that Garcetti himself was pictured (see photo above) mask-less among crowds of crammed-together George Floyd protesters weeks ago, he says it’s time to crack down on others who host gatherings that are not permitted by the government.

The mayor went on to say that with bars and nightclubs shut down already under his commands, “these large house parties have essentially become night clubs in the hills.”

So, he has authorized the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to cut services to anyone busted allowing people to assemble in “large” gatherings without permission, starting Friday night.

According to Fox News, Garcetti said his aim is for the utility department to use their new powers against offenders to “shut these places down permanently.”

“By turning off that power, shutting off that water, we feel we can close these places down, which usually are not one-time offenders but multiple offenders,” he explained.

A KTTV-TV reporter tweeted that Gardetti’s “move comes after a massive mansion party took place in #BeverlyCrest on Monday night” that “ended with a shooting that left one woman dead and two others critically injured.”

He added, “Police tell us the party on Mullholland Drive was gang related.”

Garcetti used the example of the Mullholland Drive house party during his conference, and assured citizens that only the most “egregious” offenders would face having their utilities shut off. However, repeat offenders will face criminal charges on top of having utilities cut to their property.

Another KTTV reporter asked the mayor about the legality of his new order, and Garcetti replied that city attorneys assure him the order is “rooted in strong law.”

The Democrat added, “We know we can do this.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: Town Hall: Los Angeles to shut off utilities to homes and businesses that host unauthorized large gatherings

Unsurprisingly, AOC is leading the charge

Democratic politicians and leftists on Twitter are rallying to boycott Hispanic-owned food-maker Goya, after the company’s CEO heaped praise on President Donald Trump.

What are the details?

During a speech in the White House Rose Garden following a roundtable for Hispanic businesses and leaders on Thursday, Goya CEO Robert Unanue said, “We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder.”

He added, “We have an incredible builder. And we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country — that we will continue to prosper and grow.”

NPR reported that “Unanue, a third-generation Spanish American, enraged many with his remarks, including some high-profile Democrats, who also signaled that they would no longer support Goya’s products.”

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) declared on Twitter, “Oh look, it’s the sound of me Googling ‘how to make your own Adobo.”

Failed Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro tweeted, “@GoyaFoods has been a staple of so many Latino households for generations. Now their CEO, Bob Unanue, is praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain. Americans should think twice before buying their products. #Goyaway”

Immigrant youth organization United We Dream put out a statement saying, “We don’t support companies who endorse and comply with a White Supremacist regime. Under capitalism, know the power of the dollar in their eyes. We’re using it to make a statement. Pledge your commitment to boycotting Goya Foods today.”

By evening, “Goya” was the top trending word on Twitter, along with the hashtags #BoycottGoya and #Goyaway.

According to Goya Foods‘ website, the company was founded by Spanish immigrants Don and Carolina Prudencio Unanue in 1936, and is currently “the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Dems call for boycott of Hispanic-owned food company Goya after CEO praises President Trump

‘Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead’

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has declared a state of emergency and called up the National Guard to protect citizens and property after violence over the Independence Day weekend left more than thirty Georgians injured and five dead from shootings.

What are the details?

The governor issued an executive order Monday to deploy as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops focused on the city of Atlanta, where an 8-year-old girl was killed Saturday night as riots continue to rage weeks after the death of Rayshard Brooks.

“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda,” Kemp said in a statement. “Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead. This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”

He added, “Enough with the tough talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Kemp “issued the emergency order after threatening late Sunday to ‘take action’ to curb the unrest in Atlanta if Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) failed to do so, a move that highlighted the complicated, and increasingly tense, relationship between two of the state’s most prominent politicians.”

A press release from the governor’s office stated that “the Georgia Guard will provide support at state buildings, including the Georgia State Capitol, Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters, and Governor’s Mansion. This aid will allow state law enforcement personnel to increase patrols on roadways and throughout communities, especially those in the City of Atlanta.”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Georgia governor declares state of emergency, deploys National Guard after deadly weekend

The speaker of the House says if they are removed, it should be done safely

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested holding formal discussions over whether statues of Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson should be taken down, saying she is “all for” such a review.

What are the details?

During an interview Thursday with Washington Post Live, host Robert Costa asked Pelosi for her response to activists who believe “there needs to be a reckoning of some sort” for America’s slave-owning Founding Fathers.

Speaker Pelosi said that while she feels any monuments to Confederates should be removed without question—albeit safely—she is also in favor of talks over whether statues depicting the nation’s first and third presidents should also be taken down.

“I’m concerned about slavery in our country. I think it’s a sin,” the Speaker told Costa. “I also am concerned about what happened to Native Americans in our country, so we have a list of grievances that are part of the early years of our country and we do not want that to be continued by glorifying any of the people who perpetrated those injustices.”

Pelosi then suggested, “Rather than tearing down and defacing (monuments), why don’t we just have a review.”

“I’m all for it. Let’s review this,” she reiterated. “Why are we glorifying the sins of the past? That doesn’t mean because Thomas Jefferson or George Washington or others were slaveowners that we should undermine what they did for our country.”

The Democrat said when it comes to Confederates, “that’s a different story,” then added, “But you know what, subject everything to scrutiny and make a decision.”

You can watch the entire interview below. The discussion on monuments honoring the Founding Fathers begins at the 07:00 mark:

Anything else?

The speaker’s comments come as the Trump administration has called up the National Guard to assist in protecting monuments in Washington, D.C., and told U.S. marshals to prepare to defend monuments nationwide from destruction following weeks of riots that have left statues toppled across America.

Confederate tributes were largely the target of activists during the initial weeks of protests, but statues of Founding Fathers, other U.S. presidents, and even abolitionists have been torn down by mobs in recent days.

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Nancy Pelosi ‘all for’ holding a ‘review’ on taking down statues of Washington and Jefferson

No explanation was provided by the department

The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department’s investigation into a sexual assault allegation against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is “now an inactive case,’ a department spokesperson told Fox News on Wednesday.

The MPD provided no explanation for the change in status of the criminal complaint filed by accuser Tara Reade, which the department described as “an active, ongoing investigation” as of one week ago.

What are the details?

Reade claims Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 when she was an aide in his Senate office. She says that she filed an internal personnel complaint against Biden during the time she worked for him, and that her initial complaint was ignored.

Reade’s sexual assault accusation was reported in late March when she came forward to two separate left-leaning outlets, saying that Biden put his hands under her clothes and digitally penetrated her without her consent. As her story began to gain steam, she filed the criminal complaint with the D.C. police on April 9, knowing, she said, that the statute of limitations had run.

On April 22, MPD public affairs officer Kristen Metzger told Fox News of Reade’s complaint against Biden, “This is an active, ongoing investigation that is part of our regular review process.”

But on Wednesday, MPD spokeswoman Brianna Jordon told the outlet, “This is an inactive case and there are no additional details to provide.”

In reaction to the news that the status of the investigation had changed, Reade told Fox News, “I’ve made a police report for safety reasons only. I am outside the criminal statue of limitation. However, by making that police report, it allows a mechanism for me to safety plan and work with a victim advocate. I am willing to cooperate with any law enforcement if there is any inquiry or investigation in the future.”

Biden’s campaign has adamantly denied the allegations against the candidate, but Biden has yet to respond personally to the accusations from Reade at all. Despite numerous televised interviews since Reade came forward, not one reporter has asked Biden about Reade’s claims.

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: DC police: Sexual assault investigation into Biden now ‘an inactive case’

The team of 43 men went home to their families after nearly a month on the job

A team of 43 Pennsylvania factory workers clocked out from a 28-day shift on Sunday, after voluntarily living on-site at their plant in order to produce raw materials for making N95 masks and surgical gowns for medical workers in the fight against COVID-19.

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The men are being hailed as heroes and were even recognized by the White House for their selflessness and patriotism as America continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

WPVI-TV reported that the employees at a Braskem America plant in Delaware County “unanimously decided to leave their families, agreeing to eat, sleep and live at the facility where they make equipment for health care workers.”

The factory operated around the clock, with workers taking 12-hour daily shifts for nearly a month straight making polypropylene, a raw material used to make critical personal protection equipment for health care workers amid nationwide shortages.

Operations shift supervisor Joe Boyce told the outlet, “We’re truly honored to be able to give back and support people we will never meet in some way.” He added, “All the first responders, all the people on the front lines, we thank you. That’s what makes our job easy to do.”

Health care workers and other Americans have let the team know they are grateful for their sacrifices. Boyce told the Washington Post, “We’ve been getting messages on social media from nurses, doctors, EMS workers, saying thank you for what we’re doing. But we want to thank them for what they did and are continuing to do. That’s what made the time we were in there go by quickly, just being able to support them.”

On Thursday, the White House shared the workers’ story on Twitter with the message, “THANK YOU to the incredible, patriotic employees of the Braskem America plant in Pennsylvania!”

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Factory workers lived at their plant for 28 days straight to make PPE materials in coronavirus fight

‘It’s taking a sledge hammer to an ant’

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has been hit with at least two federal lawsuits from residents pushing back on what they say are “draconian” mandates during the coronavirus pandemic, with one attorney likening her actions to “taking a sledge hammer to an ant.”

What are the details?

Reuters reported that separate complaints were filed in federal court on Tuesday and Wednesday wherein “several Michigan residents and one business accused the Democratic governor of violating their constitutional rights by imposing her ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order.”

The plaintiffs in Wednesday’s lawsuit claimed they “reasonably fear that the draconian encroachments on their freedom set forth in this complaint will, unfortunately, become the ‘new norm.'”

David Helm, an attorney who represents four of the plaintiffs suing Whitmer, told WJBK-TV of the governor’s executive order, “It’s like taking a sledge hammer to an ant. We believe it is over-broad and over-reaching. There is a way to do it appropriately without infringing on Constitutional rights like the governor has.”

Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders go far beyond what most governors have issued during the COVID-19 pandemic and are some of the most stringent measures in the nation — barring Michiganders from purchasing seeds for planting and even banning travel between households.

Along with the lawsuits, Whitmer has faced major pushback for her policies. A petition has been launched to have her recalled, thousands of demonstrators surrounded the capitol building in Lansing in protest of her mandates earlier this week, and several county sheriffs in the state announced they would not strictly enforce her policies, saying she was “overstepping her executive authority.”

Anything else?

For better or worse, the attention surrounding Whitmer’s orders has gained her national name recognition to the point that she is now being floated by pundits as a possible vice presidential pick of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Author: Breck Dumas

Source: The Blaze: Gov. Whitmer hit with multiple lawsuits from Michigan residents over ‘draconian’ pandemic orders

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