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‘He had nothing to do with it’

The police chief of a Pennsylvania city was reportedly fired earlier this month over his wife’s pro-Donald Trump social media post.

Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace, a Democrat, abruptly announced the retirement of Lancaster Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser on Oct. 2 — and according to the former head of the local Fraternal Order of Police, Berkihiser’s swift dismissal was punishment for his wife’s support for President Trump.

What are the details?

According to LNP, Berkihiser’s wife, Kristy Berkihiser, had recently explained on Facebook why she is supporting Trump in 2020.

Mrs. Berkihiser was reportedly responding to a friend who had volunteered at a Trump campaign event. According to that friend, Trump spoke highly of law enforcement. In response, Berkihiser wrote, “why im [sic] voting for him again. Same reason as last time… you don’t see him meeting w Jacob Blake’s family or speaking to him by phone…”

That comment was made on Sept. 27. Just five days later, Sorace announced Berkihiser’s sudden retirement at a press conference that lasted less than four minutes and did not include the police chief.

John Fiorill, the former head of the local FOP, told LNP he learned about the details of Berkihiser’s shocking retirement because the chief reached out to the union when Sorace demanded his resignation.

“The irony of this whole thing is, he didn’t make that statement,” Fiorill told the newspaper. “He knows better than to get involved in politics. It was his wife. Where does the mayor have the audacity to request his resignation based on what his wife said? He had nothing to do with it.”

What did Sorace say?

According to LNP, she praised Berkihiser’s tenure as chief:

At the Oct. 2 press conference, Sorace cited some of Berkihiser’s accomplishments, including implementing a department-wide body-camera program, improving the department’s use-of-force policy, creating a community engagement sergeant position, and hiring the city’s first police social worker.

However, she refused to comment further about Berkihiser’s career.

“As it relates to Chief Berkihiser’s retirement, I have nothing further to add beyond my comments last Friday,” Sorace said.

What did the chief say?

Berkihiser called his retirement “unexpected and unplanned” and has declined to comment further.

What is the community doing?

More than 9,000 people have signed a petition demanding Berkihiser be reinstated as Lancaster police chief.

“Please sign this petition if you believe Chief Jarrad Berkihiser was unjustly fired for political reasons in which the Mayor has a responsibility to examine her own biases. Chief Berkihiser should be reinstated as he possesses the compassion, integrity, and deep commitment to Lancaster that is needed for such a time as this,” the petition reads.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Democratic mayor fires police chief over wife’s pro-Trump Facebook post. Now the community is rallying.

‘CNN. Fake News. It’s fake!’

“CNN is fake news!”

That’s what CNN viewers heard Saturday as CNN Supreme Court reporter Ariane de Vogue reported live from outside the Supreme Court following Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

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“CNN is fake news! Yeah! It’s fake news! CNN. Fake News. It’s fake,” one man screamed.

Others in the raucous crowd then joined him, screaming “fake news” and loudly booing.

The crowd was so loud, in fact, that CNN host Wolf Blitzer had to stop de Vogue from continuing to report on Barrett’s nomination.

“Ariane, I want you to standby— we can barely hear what you’re saying because of the crowd behind you,” Blitzer said.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: ‘CNN is fake news!’: Hilarious video shows live CNN shot crashed by hecklers

The truth hurts

President Donald Trump had poignant words for his predecessor over the new Supreme Court vacancy.

In an essay commemorating Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former President Barack Obama suggested the high court’s vacancy must remain open in the spirit of “consistency.”

Obama wrote:

Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in. A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment. The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle.

On Saturday, before traveling to North Carolina for a campaign rally, Trump responded to Obama’s request.

A reporter asked: “Sir, President Obama’s pick in 2016, Merrick Garland, didn’t get a chance to move forward. That was an election year. Why should your pick get a chance to move forward in an election year?”

Trump responded: “Well, that’s called ‘the consequences of losing an election.’ He lost the election. He didn’t have the votes. When you lose elections, sometimes things don’t work out well.”

Trump has said he and the Republican-controlled Senate will move forward to fulfill their constitutional duty of filling the Supreme Court vacancy.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: President Trump has biting response for Barack Obama over filling SCOTUS vacancy

This is really something

Voters who spoke recently to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Matt Miller were adamant: President Donald Trump’s alleged racism is reason enough why he should not win re-election in November.

But they refused to apply that same standard to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden when confronted with the former vice president’s history of racist comments.

What are the quotes?

Miller approached several groups of young people and shared with them quotes that he at first said were from Trump.

  • “Unless we do something about this, my children are gonna grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle, with tensions having built up so high that it’s going to explode at some point.”
  • “Poor kids are just as bright as white kids.”
  • “Obama is the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean.”
  • “Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is incredibly diverse and with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”

In response, one voter said, “It’s so racist and ignorant in every way. It’s like [Trump has] never interacted with a black person, or anybody else for that matter.”

Another voter responded that such comments are “unacceptable.”


What happened when they learned Biden said them?

Despite declaring that people with such beliefs should not be president, the voters justified voting for Biden in November after learning that he — not Trump — was responsible for the racist statements.

  • “Joe Biden is problematic as hell, but like, we all know that he’s not had a great past … but he is the option we need.”
  • “I think that, if we were to look at the whole person, that, just like the 2016 election election, Joe Biden is still the better choice.”
  • “It doesn’t make any of this OK, but I still will choose Biden over Trump.”
  • “Honestly, we’re picking our poison here, and clearly [Biden] is the better option, and it’s the more progressive and tolerant option.”

One woman even told Miller that “to some degree” it does not matter what Biden says or does — the number one priority for the election should be voting Trump out of office.

“Unfortunately, that’s super f***ed up to say, and I know that you’re pointing that out in a really powerful way, but I’m just so not going to vote for Trump,” the woman told Miller. “I’m going to vote, so who am I going to vote for? It’s gonna have to be Biden — yeah.”

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Voters condemn Trump for racist comments — then learn Biden actually made those comments

‘This is probably the strongest level of demand that I’ve seen’

As violent crime surges across the United States amid the “defund the police” movement, gun sales have also skyrocketed.

There were an estimated 1,795,602 gun sales in July, the Washington Free Beacon reported, shattering previous records for the same month. The number was an increase of 133% compared to July 2019.

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FBI statistics confirmed the firearm purchasing boom.

The bureau conducted more than 3.6 million background checks in July, the third-highest month for background checks since the FBI began keeping related statistics more than 20 years ago, according to CNN. The background checks are required for every purchase made from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

By comparison, the FBI conducted about 2 million background checks during the same one-month period last year.

Americans are purchasing firearms at an eye-popping rate during the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest that has gripped the nation for more than two months.

The only two months that saw more FBI background checks for firearm purchases were in March — when 3.74 million background checks were conducted — and in June when an all-time record of 3.91 million background checks were completed.

According to Fox News, more than 2.5 million firearm purchasers in 2020 were first-time buyers, while the Free Beacon reported that firearm ownership in the black community is setting records.

From the Free Beacon:

Gun dealers reported a 58.2 percent increase in black customers in 2020—the most rapid growth of any ethnic group, according to a survey from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents gun makers and dealers. More than eight million guns have been sold in 2020, according to background-check records, and many purchasers are first-time gun owners.
The record-setting sales and firearm interest has led to record profits for gun manufactures, like Ruger and Smith & Wesson.

And according to Chris Killoy, chief executive officer of Sturm, Ruger & Company, the sales boom shows no sign of slowing down.

“Having been in this industry for 30 years, I saw the surge in 1994 before the assault weapons ban took place,” Killoy told investors last Thursday, the Free Beacon reported. “This is probably the strongest level of demand that I’ve seen. One of the most significant differences is how it has impacted all levels of the channel and the impact on inventory at all levels.”

The boom, Killoy explained, is driven by three factors: the COVID-19 pandemic, mass protests, and the call for reduction of law enforcement.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Gun sales shatter records amid mass protests, ‘defund the police’ movement

‘Their statues pay homage to hate, not heritage’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week that she wants to remove 11 Confederate monuments at the United States Capitol.

Pelosi wrote to the Joint Committee on the Library, which manages Capitol displays, and requested that statues of officials with Confederate affiliation are removed.

“The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” Pelosi wrote. “Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals. Their statues pay homage to hate, not heritage. They must be removed.”

As it turns out, nine of the 11 statues that Pelosi wants removed are of Democrats.

  • Jefferson Davis (D): President of the Confederate States of America and former Democratic U.S. senator from Mississippi
  • Wade Hampton (D): Former Democratic governor of South Carolina and lieutenant general for the Confederacy
  • John E. Kenna (D): Former Democratic congressman and U.S. senator from West Virginia and member of the Confederate States Army
  • Uriah Milton Rose (D): Chairman of the Resolutions Committee of the Arkansas Democratic Party
  • Alexander Hamilton Stephens (D): Vice President of the Confederate States who served as governor of Georgia and a Democratic congressman from Georgia
  • James Zachariah George (D): Former Democratic U.S. senator from Mississippi and member of the Confederacy as well as the Mississippi Secession Convention
  • Zebulon Baird Vance (D): Former Democratic governor of North Carolina, U.S. senator and congressman, and member of the Confederate Army
  • Joseph Wheeler (D): Commander in the Confederate Army and former Democratic congressman from Alabama
  • Edward Douglass White (D): Former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and a Democratic U.S. Senator from Louisiana who served in the Confederate Army

Pelosi also wants statues of Robert E. Lee, a commander in the Confederate Army, and Edmund Kirby Smith, another Confederate general, removed from the Capitol. Neither men had stated political party affiliations.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) responded to Pelosi’s request by explaining that individual states are responsible for the statues, therefore the states have the power to remove them.

“When it comes to statues, states have the power to select who to come forward,” McCarthy explained, The Hill reported.

(H/T: Just The News)

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Nancy Pelosi wants to remove 11 Confederate statues from Capitol. Almost all are Democrats.

Joe Biden’s campaign is reportedly planning outreach to Republicans

Former President George W. Bush will not support President Donald Trump’s re-election, the New York Times reported Saturday.

People familiar with the 43rd president’s thinking told the Times that Bush will not support Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

However, Freddy Ford, a spokesman for Bush, refuted the Times’ reporting. He said that Bush plans to speak publicly only on matters of policy — and that he has yet to decide which 2020 presidential candidate he will support.

“This is completely made up,” Ford told the Texas Tribune. “[Bush] is retired from presidential politics and has not indicated how he will vote.”

As TheBlaze reported, neither Bush nor his wife, Laura, voted for Trump in 2016. They did not vote for Hillary Clinton either, although they did vote.

According to the Times, other top Republicans will also not support Trump’s re-election. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) won’t support Trump, Jeb Bush is unsure of how he will vote, while Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, is reportedly considering casting her ballot for Biden.

Former top military officials and government officials who are Republicans or served Republican administrations also expressed dismay at the options in 2020, according to the Times. Even one sitting Republican congressman, Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), told the Times he has considered voting for Biden because Trump is “driving us all crazy.”

“A lot of people that voted for President Trump did so because they did not like Hillary Clinton. I don’t see that happening with Joe Biden — how can you not like Joe Biden?” Rooney said.

In response to uncertainty in moderate Republican ranks, Biden’s campaign will begin reaching out to Republican voters uneasy about supporting Trump. From the Times:

Mr. Biden himself, while eager to win support across party lines, intends to roll out his “Republicans for Biden” coalition later in the campaign, after fully consolidating his own party, according to Democrats familiar with the campaign’s planning.

The public expressions of opposition to Mr. Trump from parts of the Republican and military establishment have accelerated in recent days over his repeated calls for protesters to be physically constrained, “dominated,” as he put it, and his administration’s order to forcefully clear the streets outside the White House so he could walk out for a photo opportunity. His conduct has convinced some leaders that they can no longer remain silent.

Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said that numerous Republican senators have told him they will not vote for Trump in the privacy of the voting booth.

“I’ve had five conversations with senators who tell me they are really struggling with supporting Trump,” Coons told the Times.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: George W. Bush, other top Republicans will not support President Trump’s re-election: report

A deceptively edited video left out a key detail

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that an NYPD officer who was seen in a viral video pulling his service pistol on protesters should be fired.

“It is not the place of an officer to pull a gun in the middle of a crowd, knowing that there are peaceful protesters in that crowd. That is unacceptable, that is dangerous,” de Blasio said, WLNY-TV reported.

“That officer should have his gun and badge taken away today. There will be an investigation immediately to determine the larger consequences.”

The Democratic mayor was referring to a 12-second video that went viral over the weekend that showed an NYPD officer point his firearm at protesters.

As it turned out, the video was deceptively edited, and a video of the full incident depicts a much different picture.

The Police Benevolent Association of New York City, the local police union, published a 27-second video on Monday showing the moments leading up to the officer in question pulling his service weapon on protesters.

The video shows a protester hit a police supervisor in the head with a brick. The supervisor was hit so violently, in fact, that he immediately fell to the ground. The officer in question then responded by pointing his firearm at protesters to protect his supervisor.

“Now we have the full story: this police officer unholstered his weapon only after his supervisor was nearly killed with a brick,” the NYC PBA said.

The mayor has not updated his statement in light of the new video showing the fuller context.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: De Blasio says officer who pulled gun on protesters should be fired. Then a full video of incident surfaced.

Do as I say, not as I do

Do as I say, not as I do. That was Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s attitude over the weekend.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Northam announced last week that he would issue a statewide policy on Tuesday requiring Virginians to wear face masks while in public. He told the public their “homework” for the weekend was to buy face coverings for themselves and their families.

But Northam ironically failed his own assignment on Saturday.

While meeting with constituents on Virginia Beach, which had just reopened in time for Memorial Day, the Democratic governor was not wearing a face mask, and was often within six feet of others.

Gov. Northam without a face mask.
Image source: WVEC-TV screenshot

Northam’s office excused his mask-less face by claiming the governor did not expect to be within six feet of others while visiting the crowded beach.

“The Governor has repeatedly encouraged wearing face coverings inside or when social distancing is impossible. He was outside today and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone,” a spokesperson said, WWBT-TV reported.

In another statement, Northam spokesman Alena Yarmosky reduced the situation to a learning moment.

“This is an important reminder to always have face coverings in case situations change — we are all learning how to operate in this new normal, and it’s important to be prepared,” Yarmosky told the Associated Press.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Gov. Ralph Northam breaks his own policy requiring face masks by not wearing face mask on crowded beach

The truth is coming out

A new intelligence report from Germany’s intelligence service, known as the Bundesnachrichtendienst, reveals how China and the World Health Organization colluded to suppress the truth about coronavirus.

According to the report, which was obtained by German newspaper Der Spiegel, Chinese President Xi Jinping asked WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom in January to suppress the truth about COVID-19.

Unfortunately for the international community, Adhanom complied with China’s request, according to the Taiwan News.

During a conversation on Jan. 21, Xi reportedly asked Tedros not to announce that the virus could be transmitted between humans and to delay any declaration of a coronavirus pandemic.

It took until the end of January before the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak needed to receive international attention. Because of China’s delay, the world wasted four to six weeks it could have used better to counter the virus from spreading, the BND concluded.

In response, the WHO categorically denied the allegations.

“Der Spiegel reports of a 21 January, 2020, telephone conversation between WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and President Xi Jingping of China are unfounded and untrue,” the WHO said in a statement.

“Dr Tedros and President Xi did not speak on 21 January and they have never spoken by telephone,” the statement alleged.

As the global pandemic continues, China’s negligence is becoming increasingly uncovered.

Five Eyes — the intelligence alliance between the U.S., England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — concluded in a leaked report that China’s communist government destroyed evidence of the virus, suppressed the truth by “disappearing” doctors and scientists who dared speak out, lied about human-to-human transmission, and refused to provide international experts working on a vaccine with a live strain of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, a Homeland Security report said that China “intentionally concealed the severity” of the virus to hoard medical supplies for itself.

For the WHO’s role in the cover-up, President Donald Trump has ordered a temporary halt to U.S. funding of the WHO. The move was significant because U.S. contributions account for nearly 15% of the WHO’s annual budget.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Bombshell intel report exposes how China colluded with WHO to hide truth about coronavirus

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