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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

A top medical executive at a Buffalo hospital was fired this weekend after demanding that supporters of President Donald Trump renounce ventilators if they become critically ill with coronavirus.

In a Facebook exchange, Laura Krolczyk, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s now former vice president for external affairs, wrote, “Trump supporters need to pledge to give up their ventilators for someone else … and not go to the hospital.”

Krolczyk also said Trump supporters should “barricade themselves” inside churches to ride out the coronavirus.

“Also don’t cash your stimulus check. It’s all a hoax. Chew some ibuprofen and be on with your day,” Krolczyk wrote of Trump supporters.

Krolczyk was initially placed on administrative leave, but was later terminated over the comments, according to the Buffalo News.

Roswell Park released the following statement announcing Krolczyk’s termination, WGRZ-TV reported:

This employee was terminated today [Saturday] after our Human Resources team concluded its investigation. We followed standard procedure, which required that we gather and verify relevant information before taking any disciplinary action.

Dr. Johnson and her team responded with swift and appropriate action. We have always been and continue to be a center serving everyone who needs us. That is core to our mission, our culture and the experience our patients and families can expect every day.

This behavior is not tolerated at Roswell Park. If any team members act in a way that does not accord with that commitment, we will take swift and appropriate action, just as we did in this instance.
Krolczyk earned $226,580 in compensation in 2019, the Buffalo News reported.

Krolczyk previously worked for Hillary Clinton and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Top hospital exec fired after saying Trump supporters with COVID-19 should give up ventilators and die

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is reportedly why Democrats suddenly opposed an emergency coronavirus relief bill that had bipartisan support in the Senate.

According to Ben Williamson, the chief of staff for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Pelosi returned to Washington, D.C., on Sunday with a wish list of sudden demands, striking down the bipartisan agreement made by the Senate.

“Senate spends all weekend negotiating a bipartisan deal. Agreement reached. Pelosi flies in from California, whips out her unrelated ‘wishlist,’ and says no. Senate Democrats then vote against proceeding on a bill they negotiated. Jaw dropping,” Williamson explained.

John Bresnahan, Politico’s Washington bureau chief, reported that Pelosi had a “laundry list” of new demands, including many items completely unrelated to COVID-19 relief, like election security funding, student loan debt forgiveness, and a “host of other issues.”

Despite the Senate’s agreement, Pelosi also revealed on Sunday that House Democrats would move forward with their own coronavirus relief package.

According to Politico, Pelosi’s actions even have some members of the Democratic caucus questioning her motives.

Many of those same provisions are also being negotiated in the Senate bill but some House Democrats wanted to go even further, using the urgency of the herculean package to achieve broader, long term policy goals like a massive infrastructure deal.

But even some House Democrats are privately wondering what is Pelosi’s endgame, especially given that lawmakers, including many in her own caucus, don’t even want to return to Washington at all, much less for a standoff with the Senate.

The motive, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, is political — it is all about hurting President Donald Trump.

“Some Dems are betting that Trump will he received as Bush post-Katrina as opposed to Bush post-9/11. And there’s a split among Dems about how they ought to be handling Trump in this moment, which so far has ended up benefiting the president,” Haberman reported Sunday.

Democrats have already seized on the moment to further demonize Republicans.

It is well established that Republicans and Democrats in the Senate had come to an agreement on the relief package. But after Pelosi’s bucking, Democrats began circulating talking points that blamed Republicans for the impasse. They claimed Republicans attempted to insert a $500 billion “slush fund” into the bill.

But according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Democrats are just playing games.

“The notion that we have time to play games here with the American economy and the American people is utterly absurd,” he said in a fiery speech on the Senate floor Sunday night.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Report: Nancy Pelosi had ‘wishlist’ of unrelated demands for coronavirus bill, killing bipartisan agreement

‘…media janitor wants to tell Surgeon General how to do SG’s job’

Surgeon General Jerome Adams scolded the media during a White House press conference on Saturday for politicizing the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

“Straight talk from the nation’s doctor: We really need you all to lean into and prioritize the health and safety of the American people,” Adams said. “No more bickering, no more partisanship, no more criticism or finger-pointing.”

But the prescription was too much for CNN host Brian Stelter.

In CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter, Stelter blasted Adams for his comments and attempted to lecture the top U.S. doctor on how to do his job.

What Adams called “bickering” and “criticism” is what most of us call accountability. Is there value in focusing on the future? Yes, but when Adams said he wants “less stories looking at what happened in the past,” I hear him saying “stop exposing the Trump administration’s failures.” There is value in all of the coverage. And government officials don’t get to decide that — readers and reporters and whistleblowers and editors do.

Adams used the word “need,” talking to the press corps. So I will too. He needs to spend his time educating the public about how to protect each other, not lecturing the press about what’s newsworthy.

The directive did not go over so well for Stelter.

“Does anyone else find it ironic that @brianstelter, instead of using his platform to provide critical information that could support the health and safety of the public, is complaining that the Surgeon General is tone policing the media?” one person responded.

“I would be a lot more sympathetic to your pontificating about the media’s role in ensuring accountability if your network didn’t host Anthony Scaramucci today to give his opinions about the coronavirus. Yes, the media has a vital role. It’s to deliver crucial facts. Do that,” another person told Stelter.

“Uh, the Surgeon General has been spending his time educating the public about how to protect each other – he did so today & on TV & across the country. Him taking ten secs to call out the exact thing you’re trying to pull here doesn’t change that, Brian,” another person responded.

“Media janitor doesn’t want to be lectured re what’s newsworthy. Also, same media janitor wants to tell Surgeon General how to do SG’s job,” another critic responded.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: CNN’s Brian Stelter tries to lecture Surgeon General on how to do his job, and it does not go over well

Virginia Democrats blocked a pay raise for sheriff departments across the commonwealth over the law enforcement officers’ staunch opposition to gun control, a state lawmaker has claimed.

During passage of the Virginia budget last week, state Sen. Bill Stanley (R) introduced an amendment to give each Virginia sheriff’s department a 3% pay raise. Unfortunately, every Democrat rejected his proposal.

According to Stanley, state Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D) admitted that his party rejected the pay raise because law enforcement across Virginia so openly opposed Virginia Democrats’ aggressive gun control agenda, the majority of which even went to far as to declare their jurisdictions “sanctuary counties.”

“Hey Stanley, you want to know why your sheriffs didn’t get a raise? — because they came to our committees and said that they weren’t going to enforce our laws,” Stanley claimed he was told.

In a Facebook post, Stanley condemned Democrats’ actions, saying that “hypocrisy has a name.”

Tonight (just now) on the Senate floor, I tried to amend the state budget to give all of our men and women of Virginia’s Sheriffs’ Departments a 3% raise for this year. It was defeated, with all democrats voting “no.” When I went to get a vote count from the clerk, Majority Leader Dick Saslaw came up and said this to me: “Hey Stanley, you want to know why your sheriffs didn’t get a raise? —because they came to our committees and said that they weren’t going to enforce our laws.” When I asked him which law was he talking about, he said “gun control”.

I was shocked that the Democrats are now punishing our local Sheriff’s Departments (by eliminating a pay raise for them), for the their choice to protect and defend our citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Democrats want to restrict a citizen’s right to protect themselves, but won’t pay our sheriffs’ deputies to protect Virginians. Hypocrisy has a name.

In response, Saslaw admitted that Stanley is telling the truth about their exchange.

“He didn’t lie … I said it,” Saslaw told WTVR-TV. “All I said was a lot of people are upset that these people come in and say they’re not going to enforce our laws. That’s all.”

Ultimately, the state Senate approved only a one-time bonus of $200 for Virginia sheriff department employees, WTOP-TV reported. The state House, however, has approved a pay raise.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Revenge: Virginia Democrats block pay raise for law enforcement over gun control opposition

In his pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump revealed which Democratic candidate he would most like to run against this year.

His answer? Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I would love to run against Bloomberg. I would love it,” Trump told Hannity.

The president has made his disdain for Bloomberg clear over the last several days, even mocking Bloomberg’s height during his interview with Hannity, calling the billionaire businessman “very little.”

“I just think of little. Now he wants a box for the debates to stand on. Okay, it’s okay, there’s nothing wrong. You could be short, why should he get a box to stand on, OK? He wants a box for the debates,” Trump said. “Why should he be entitled to that? Does that mean everyone else gets a box?”

But Trump did not stop there. He went on to say that it is “very unfair’ the Democratic National Committee adjusted debate qualification criteria to accommodate Bloomberg.

In response, the Bloomberg campaign similarly attacked Trump’s appearance.

“The president is lying. He is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan,” Bloomberg campaign spokesperson Julie Wood said in a statement, NBC News reported.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: President Trump reveals which Democrat he would ‘love’ to run against in 2020

‘If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book’

President Donald Trump has strongly denied explosive allegations about his Ukraine dealings made by John Bolton, his former national security adviser, in a forthcoming book.

In a series of tweets published just after midnight Monday, Trump accused Bolton of parroting falsehoods to promote book sales.

“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book,” Trump said.

The New York Times reported late Sunday that Bolton claims in his book that Trump admitted to him last August that he wanted to continue freezing nearly $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine if the Ukrainian government did not cooperate with investigations into the Bidens.

Bolton’s account undercuts the heart of Trump’s impeachment defense and suggests the president engaged in a quid pro quo, or at least intended to do so.

According to the Times, Bolton also writes about the involvement of other top government officials.

For example, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged privately that there was no basis to claims by the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani that the ambassador to Ukraine was corrupt and believed Mr. Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients, Mr. Bolton wrote.

Mr. Bolton also said that after the president’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine, he raised with Attorney General William P. Barr his concerns about Mr. Giuliani, who was pursuing a shadow Ukraine policy encouraged by the president, and told Mr. Barr that the president had mentioned him on the call. A spokeswoman for Mr. Barr denied that he learned of the call from Mr. Bolton; the Justice Department has said he learned about it only in mid-August.

Speaking on “Fox & Friends” Monday, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham blamed the manuscript leak on Bolton’s publisher, and said the timing was “suspect.”

“It’s very clear the president did nothing wrong. And then suddenly, this manuscript has magically appeared in the hands of the New York Times making very, very big claims. This is by a publisher — the same publisher that [James] Comey used, also,” Grisham said, Politico noted. “And the fact that magically, again, you know, the book ordering online — pre-order link popped up a couple hours after all of this hit, you know, it’s sad. But I think the timing is very suspect.”

But Bolton’s lawyer, Charles Cooper, blamed the leak on the White House. He told the New York Times that the White House has been in possession of Bolton’s manuscript since Dec. 30, when it was turned over for review to determine if there was classified information in the manuscript, a routine procedure for books written by former government employees.

“It is clear, regrettably, from the New York Times article published today that the pre-publication review process has been corrupted and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved in reviewing the manuscript,” he said.

Bolton’s book, titled, “The Room Where It Happened,” is scheduled to be released on March 17.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Trump fires back at John Bolton over explosive Ukraine allegation in forthcoming book

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