Cortney O Brien


“He wants to shut down this country. And I want to keep it open,” President Trump said as he pointed to his debate opponent on Tuesday.

Trump said he and his task force have learned a lot over the past several months. What they’ve learned, is that while seniors are at risk, young children and young adults aren’t vulnerable, and they should be permitted to live their lives without fear.

“More people will be hurt if you keep states closed,” Trump said.

He accused Democratic governors of wanting to keep states shutdown “until after the election.” And a President Joe Biden, he said, would do the same thing.

If Biden had been in charge this year, Trump asserted, he would “never” have been able to handle the pandemic.

“You could never have done the job that we did,” Trump said. “You don’t have it in your blood. You could’ve never done that job.”

He reminded Biden of his less than stellar response to H1N1. Biden’s own coronavirus advisor Ron Klain admitted on tape that the Obama-Biden administration “did every possible thing wrong” when it came to Swine flu, including failing to refill the depleted national strategic stockpile.

But Biden insisted that Trump has been “totally irresponsible” as to how he’s handled social distancing, and for “discouraging” Americans to wear masks.

“He’s a fool on this,” the former VP said.

Biden also criticized Trump for holding massive campaign rallies, questioning the safety of the events.

“If you could get the crowds, you’d do the same thing,” Trump quickly retorted.

Experts, including White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci, have said that the Trump administration “acted very, very early” to combat the spread of the virus, including the decision in January to ban travel from China.

Two hundred thousand people is a tragedy, Trump noted. But he said that “2 million people would be dead now” had he not acted so soon.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: President Trump Tells Biden Why He ‘Never’ Could Have Handled COVID

President Trump took part in a historic Israel-Arab peace deal signing at the White House on Tuesday that will normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel. It’s the first such agreement between Israel and a major Arab country since 1994.

“These agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region,” Trump said ahead of the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the agreement “heralds a new dawn of peace.” He shared how “grateful” he was to President Trump for his “decisive leadership.” UAE foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed agreed that the Abraham Accords “would not have been possible” without his lead.

Townhall Editor Katie Pavlich was on the scene to witness the significant signing.

Most everyone celebrated the moment as a key step toward peace in the Middle East. Everyone except House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who recently called the agreement a “distraction” from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increases,” Pelosi sarcastically said.

The House GOP regretted that the speaker was so “consumed by politics” that she couldn’t celebrate this bipartisan achievement.

Pelosi released a new statement on Tuesday after the signing. This time she said that America “welcomes” the agreement, but that “questions remain.”

Other leading Republicans shared their own disappointment in the speaker.

President Trump hinted that a handful more countries are expected to join the Abraham Accords in the near future.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: Republicans Sound Off on Pelosi’s ‘Classless Response’ to Trump’s Middle East Peace Deal

The re-election campaign for President Trump has some additional requests for The Commission on Presidential Debates ahead of his live tête-à-têtes with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

“We are concerned that arguments to eliminate debates have escalated and we now believe that re-stated written confirmation from the Biden campaign is needed to ensure that he will attend three debates in person,” Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani wrote in a letter on Monday.

And who can blame them after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi so publicly instructed Biden to not participate in the debates?

“I don’t think there should be any debates,” Pelosi said during last week’s press conference. Because, as she put it, Trump “has not comported himself in a way that anybody has associations with truth, evidence, data and facts.”

Hogwash, said Giuliani.

“The public discussion of canceling the debate schedule should not be allowed to continue unchecked,” he continued in the letter.

Especially now, considering the Democrats have a nominee who has flip flopped on major issues in the past year. He was in favor of the Hyde Amendment, which bans taxpayer funding of abortions, until he wasn’t.

“Written assurance of Joe Biden’s attendance at debates is important because we have seen this act before,” Giuliani’s letter reads. “There have been numerous instances of Biden saying one thing about a given topic in public, only to have his campaign come behind him and clean up his statements after the fact. While he may verbally give vague assertions of his intentions, there is no way of knowing what his handlers truly have planned for him.”

The Trump campaign also took the opportunity to reiterate its request for an earlier debate on the schedule, keeping those early mail-in votes in mind.

“If Joe Biden’s handlers are now issuing day passes for the candidate,”Giuliani concludes, “it stands to reason that they could let him out to stand on stage with President Trump before a sizeable portion of voters begin to cast their ballots.”

You can read the Trump campaign’s complete letter here.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: Trump Campaign Makes New Demands from Presidential Debate Commission After Pelosi Controversy

At the end of North Carolina congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn’s RNC speech Wednesday night, the partially paralyzed 25-year-old did the unthinkable. He stood.

“I say to Americans who love our country – young and old – be a radical for freedom,” Cawthorn said as he grabbed hold of a walker and started to stand up. “Be a radical for liberty. Be a radical for our republic. For which I stand.”

It was a jaw dropping moment – one that most people found inspiring. But PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor found a sinister motive. To her, Cawthorn was trying to make a political statement.

It’s true that the national anthem has been a hot controversy these past few years, with several athletes refusing to stand during the playing of the anthem to protest what they say is systemic police brutality against minorities. Yet, I’m sure that was the farthest thing from Cawthorn’s mind when he stood up and declared himself to be a “radical for freedom.”

Alcindor, as they say on Twitter, got “ratioed.”

I wonder, will Alcindor say the same about these heroes too, who stood up after Vice President Mike Pence’s speech last night at Fort McHenry?

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: PBS Reporter Shares Terrible Take on Madison Cawthorn’s Memorable Moment at the RNC

The Trump campaign was ready. As soon as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was his running mate, Team Trump released their first ad about the new ticket. In it, the campaign declares their new nicknames for the Biden-Harris ticket, “Slow Joe” and “Phony Kamala.”

On Wednesday, they released their second ad, which according to the campaign exposes Biden’s “long history of racism.” The ad’s strategy is simple: It directly quotes Biden.

“Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden said during a video call with the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re voting for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” he said in a radio interview with Charlamagne tha God.

“Poor kids are just as talented and just as bright as white kids.”

Those were just a few of Biden’s recent racially insensitive and downright racist (in the words of civil rights lawyer Leo Terrell) remarks.

Rewinding to 2007, Biden said of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, “he’s the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright, clean and a nice-looking guy.”

These comments were cringey. But some of the biggest blemishes on his record on race were nicely highlighted by his newly minted running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) during the Democratic primary. In one debate, Harris shared her disgust that Biden had praised working with two former senators, Mississippi Sen. James Eastland and Georgia Sen. Herman Talmadge, who supported racial segregation.

“It was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputation and career on the segregation of race in this country,” she said.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: Another Devastating Biden Ad from Team Trump

The Senate is going to vote on the House’s coronavirus emergency relief bill “as soon as” they get permission, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained at his press briefing. There will be pushback from wary Republicans, but “my counsel is to gag and vote for it anyway,” the leader added.

But, after that vote, Senate Republicans are going to write a much broader proposal, McConnell continued. He created three task forces among Senate Republicans who have been asked to come up with the next bill.

“We’re trying to reach an agreement among ourselves as to what Senate Republicans and the administration favor doing next,” he explained.

Several Republicans were hesitant about the measure House Democrats introduced because of how it would affect small businesses that may be overwhelmed by having to provide more paid sick leave to employees, without any sunset provisions. McConnell himself shared that concern in a Tuesday morning press release.

“In particular, it seems increasingly clear that the House’s effort to mandate that small businesses provide new worker benefits, just many small businesses themselves are in major jeopardy of their own, might even be actively harmful unless we urgently address a broader package that includes more and broader small business relief,” he wrote.

McConnell promised that the Senate “will not adjourn” until they have passed a better, fairer measure.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: McConnell: We’re Ready to Vote on the House Emergency Relief Bill, But Senate GOP Has Much Bigger Plans

As his impeachment trial continues, the Supreme Court gave President Trump a win on Monday on immigration. In a vote of 5-4, the justices gave the Trump administration the green light to stop giving green cards to immigrants they believe will rely on public assistance, such as housing and health care.

The ruling lifts a nationwide injunction that was enforced by a federal judge in New York.

In its ruling, the Court notes that it would be “delusional” for anyone to think this decision “suffices to remedy the problem.”

“I concur in the Court’s decision to issue a stay,” Justice Neil Gorsuch writes in the concurrence. “But I hope, too, that we might at an appropriate juncture take up some of the underlying equitable and constitutional questions raised by the rise of nationwide injunctions.”

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: SCOTUS Gives Trump Admin the Green Light on Limiting Green Cards

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