President Trump wasted no time hopping back into campaign mode following the optimistic report Sunday afternoon on his recovery from the Wuhan coronavirus. One of the president’s physicians, Dr. Brian Garibaldi, said that Trump had shown remarkable improvement and could feasibly return to the White House as soon as Monday. But even from inside Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the president’s signature energy and enthusiasm were apparent through a series of tweets early Monday morning.
In a series of 15 tweets beginning just before 7:00 am on Monday, the president brought the enthusiasm from his rallies to his supporters on social media, encouraging them to vote on the issues, and on his record.
While Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden continues to campaign on a very limited schedule while refusing to take any substantive questions from the press and waffles on policy positions depending on who’s asking, the president went with good, old black and white transparency to kick off the week.
Trump also reiterated his pro-life, anti-abortion stance, an issue that has reached a fever pitch in recent weeks following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Having a pro-life president and a new pro-life justice, pro-abortion activists and politicians say, could mean Roe v. Wade would be overturned.
And while the president has been a solid leader and champion for the lives of the unborn with a presidential record to back it up, Biden has tried instead to woo religious voters by dumping seven figures into an ad campaign meant to underscore his own Catholic faith. But as I reported last week, people aren’t buying his hallow message of faith while he and his party push for tax-funded abortion-on-demand at all gestational ages.
The New York Times has published many items over the past few years that have been critiqued for failing to hold the Chinese Communist Party responsible for the persecution of their own people and their curtailing of freedom throughout their country.
But the newest one takes the cake.
In a new op-ed written by Regina Ip, described as a “legislator and a member of the Executive Council in Hong Kong,” the argument is unquestionably made for stomping out any pro-Democracy sentiment in Hong Kong.
And while Ip is simply presented to readers of the New York Times as a “legislator,” the reality is that she is the current chairperson and founder of the New People’s Party, a strongly pro-Beijing political party. It has often been claimed that Ip’s interest in founding the party in 2011 was in order for her to become the Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
She began her article with a swipe at the United States and other countries that have enacted sanctions against China for quelching the pro-Democracy efforts and the civil rights of people in Hong Kong.
No amount of outcry, condemnation or sanctions over the Chinese government’s purported encroachment in Hong Kong’s affairs will alter the fact that Hong Kong is part of China and that its destiny is intertwined with the mainland’s.
She goes on to say that the protesters, who were gassed, sprayed with paint, arrested, and harassed for almost a year in Hong Kong, were only advocating for an extradition bill that was “withdrawn.” The suppression of their quest for democracy, she said, was overblown by locals, outsiders, and the global media. But to Ip, the acts of the protesters who wanted to maintain promises made to them in 1997 by Beijing assuring their independent government was simply too much and needed to be stopped.
“Something had to be done,” Ip said. “And the Chinese authorities did it.”
She then praised the highly panned National Security Law, passed earlier this year, for finally diffusing the protests and returning to order in Hong Kong. Those who “retired,” or “fled the country” were falsely being hailed as heroes. She didn’t mention the several journalists who were arrested for publishing political thought that dared to dissent from the CCP.
She explains the NSL:
To some, the new national security law is especially chilling because it seems simultaneously vague and very severe. But many laws are vague, constructively so. And this one only seems severe precisely because it fills longstanding loopholes — about subversion, secession, local terrorism, collusion with external forces. One person’s “severe” is someone else’s intended effect.
Oh, okay. Well wouldn’t want any “loopholes” that allowed personal freedom and any kind of protection from government overreach, so just fill those right in, right Ip? She explains that, really, Hong Kong has no choice in the matter because they’re just too small.
Like it or not, Hong Kong is part of China. And given the two’s vast disparity in size and Hong Kong’s growing economic dependence on the mainland, the city’s progressive integration with China is unavoidable.
And finally, Ip tells the concerned world around Hong Kong to butt out of the situation entirely.
Foreign governments should not benchmark what happens in Hong Kong against standards that prevail in Western countries; those are governed by a political system entirely different from China’s. Instead, they should benchmark Hong Kong against the rest of China, and measure how the city can maintain its unique characteristics — openness, a commitment to personal rights and freedoms, respect for the rule of law and the ability to reinvent itself economically. Beijing’s national security law is saving “one country, two systems” by ensuring that Hong Kong does not become a danger to China.
Right, so to Ip, and the NYT editors who agreed to publish her, the idea that the pro-democratic voices of Hong Kong represent a threat to the Chinese Communist Party is the most important thing; not the obvious threat to the lives and freedom of the people of Hong Kong.
The first two days of the Democratic National Convention have been packed with heart-warming stories about the firm morals and even temper of their candidate Joe Biden. They have painted a portrait of a man full of grace, slow to anger, who only wants the best for everyone.
To them, he is the anti-Trump. They want voters to see a man who doesn’t tweet angry screeds at late-night talk show hosts, doesn’t call the press the “enemy of the people,” would probably even get a dog if elected.
But no matter how heavily Democrats lean into this narrative, no matter how confidently they push the imagery of good ole “Uncle Joe,” and tout him as a unifier and a man of peace, it simply isn’t the truth. Throughout the early days of his presidential bid, Biden’s temper was tested by members of the press and voters. And as you may remember, he didn’t do well.
It might be easy to forget Biden’s behavior, now that he has the excuse of a global pandemic preventing him from interacting with the press or public off-script, but Biden got himself in hot water on multiple occasions for being the opposite of a “nice guy” when challenged on just about anything.
Lying Dog-Faced Pony Soldier
In February, after a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucus, Biden was asked by a 21-year-old college student why he thought a man with his credentials faired so poorly in the early Democrat contest.
“Iowa’s a Democratic caucus,” Biden said in response. “You ever been to a caucus?” She responded, to his obvious surprise, in the affirmative.
“No, you haven’t,” Biden shot back. “You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier,” he said without a hint of humor. Later, Biden tried to excuse the confusing but derogatory remark as a quote from a John Wayne movie. Months of research by many reporters have not yet yielded a movie with that line, though Biden had previously used the insult when challenged about the notorious Obama lie that people would be able to keep their current doctors under the ACA.
A man pointed out to Biden in 2019 that his father was promised he would be able to continue with his current doctor under Obamacare, but that he had been lied to. Biden suggested instead that the man’s father was a “lying dog-faced pony soldier.”
The insulted student, Madison Moore, wasn’t even bothered by the strange put-down. She just wanted to know why he challenged her simple question in the first place.
“Joe Biden has been performing incredibly poorly in this race,” Moore said. “His inability to answer a simple question from a nobody college student like me only exacerbates that reality.”
Biden, with the help of several last-minute endorsements, managed to turn the tide of his campaign after his first abysmal primary results. His ability to answer questions for which he has not prepared, however, hasn’t improved that we know of.
Biden spox @SymoneDSanders on his calling a voter a “lying dog-faced pony soldier”:
“It was a joke. Many people in the room laughed. … There is not a better retail politician in America than Joe Biden.”
Biden’s temperament came in to question months before the Iowa caucus when pro-abortion activist K.C. Cayo attempted to discuss his recent reversal on the Hyde Amendment.
After decades of support, Biden changed his stance on the Amendment that barred federal funding of abortion; he even vowed to repeal the amendment after a heart-to-heart with his buddy Alyssa Milano. That reversal and accompanying mea culpa wasn’t enough to placate the furthest left, however, and they weren’t afraid to say so.
But the “bird-dog” activists, who prided themselves in confronting political candidates with tough questions, barely got half a thought out before Biden snapped back at them and even shoved his finger in Cayo’s face during a June 2019 campaign event, also in Iowa.
After Biden attempted to skirt the accusation that he was too conservative on abortion (really?) and touted his work on the Violence Against Women Act, the activists attempted to get clarification.
“No, we’re not talking about that,” Cayo said. Before she was able to properly clarify, Biden and his finger shut down the line of questioning.
“Nobody has spoken about it, done more, or changed more than I have,” he said before turning away and disappearing. Cayo shouted, “we deserve better” at his retreating frame.
“I wasn’t able to even finish my 30-second elevator pitch—I never got past the first sentence,” Cayo said of the interaction. “Just the fact that he wagged his finger at me in such a condescending manner is very telling.”
That incident came on the heels of accusations that Biden had behaved inappropriately with women and young girls, often seen touching them or sniffing their hair when they weren’t inviting him to do so.
At a December campaign event in Iowa, Biden became incensed when a supporter of then-candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren questioned Biden about his son Hunter’s involvement with Ukraine and Burisma Holdings.
“[You] sent your son over there to get a job and work for a gas company that he had no experience in gas, nothing, in order to get access to the president…you’re selling access to the president just like he is,” the voter said at the No Malarkey! campaign stop.
“You’re a damn liar, man,” Biden retorted. “That’s not true. And no one has ever said that, and no one has heard that.” At the time of the incident, coverage of Hunter’s connection to Burisma was widely covered by every major news outlet.
Still offended by the question and unable to move on, Biden then sized up the 83-year-old man’s stature and began challenging him to a series of physical tests.
“You see it on the TV?” Biden said, denying there was any chance the man had heard about malfeasance involving Hunter and Burisma, as he claimed. “No, I know you do. And by the way, that’s why I’m not sedentary … The reason I’m running is because I’ve been around a long time, and I know more than most people know, and I can get things done. That’s why I’m running,” Biden said. “And if you wanna check out my shape on, let’s do push-ups together, man. Let’s run, let’s do whatever you want to do, let’s take an IQ test.”
The man continued, saying that he wasn’t accusing Biden of doing anything wrong, per se, but he was seeking clarification on his role in Hunter’s placement on the board of Burisma Holdings.
“You said I set up my son to work in an oil company, isn’t that what you said?” Biden snapped back with increasing anger. “Get your word straight, jack.” After further accusations that the man was lying to him by saying he heard about possible wrongdoing involving Hunter on MSNBC, Biden straight-out called the man “fat.”
“Look, fat, Look, here’s the deal,” he said before trailing off. Biden also shoved his finger in the face of Fox News reporter Peter Doocy in September last year after being questioned over Hunter’s relationship with Burisma and Ukraine. He refused to answer the question and lectured Doocy for even asking it.
WATCH: A tense exchange with a voter at @JoeBiden’s event in New Hampton, IA this morning, where a voter started out by telling Biden he had two problems with him: he was too old, and his son’s work in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/ok7m0ShFPd
At yet another Iowa event (maybe this is not a good state for Joe), Biden lost his temper with CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe when he asked the candidate a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders. At the time, as the candidates were preparing for early primary elections and Biden was lagging in the polls, a Sanders supporter published an op-ed in The Guardian claiming that Biden had a “big corruption problem.” That article was widely shared with Sanders’ supporters by the campaign.
Separately, the Biden campaign had already accused Sanders of releasing a “doctored” video of Biden claiming he would cut social security, a claim Biden starkly refuted. Eventually, Sanders apologized for the op-ed, saying it was written by someone who didn’t officially work for the campaign. He did not apologize for the video.
After a speech in which Biden slammed Sanders, O’Keefe wanted to know why Bernie’s apology hadn’t been sufficient.
“Yesterday you said you accepted Bernie’s apology now you’re attacking him, why are you doing that?” O’Keefe asked as the gaggle of reporters hurriedly followed Biden off-stage. “Why wasn’t his apology enough? Why attack Sanders?” O’Keefe’s line of questions eventually stopped Biden in his tracks.
“Why, why, why, why, why, why, why?” Biden snapped as he turned around and raised his hands toward O’Keefe. Seeming to recognize he’d lost his temper, Biden attempted to morph back into Uncle Joe, placing his hands on O’Keefe’s shoulders. “You’re getting nervous, man. Calm down, it’s okay. He apologized for saying that I was corrupt. He didn’t say anything about whether or not I was telling the truth about Social Security.”
Biden then pounded O’Keefe in the chest with a balled-up fist and walked away.
Last night, amid the pageantry and fawning over Biden’s gentile persona, Katie aptly recalled an incident in March when Biden came close to blows with a Detroit autoworker over a question regarding Second Amendment rights.
Joe is not a "nice guy." Maybe he used to be, but he isn't now. Whenever confronted on the campaign trail before the coronavirus lockdown, Biden would get angry with voters. Even telling a Detroit auto worker he was "full of sh*t" because he asked about the Second Amendment.
During his visit to the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly plant, a meet-and-greet meant to bolster Biden’s good standing with union workers, Biden nearly melted down when one man, Jerry Wayne, asked him about his anti-gun policy stances.
The man asked simply, but directly, why Biden was “actively trying to end our Second Amendment rights and take away our guns.”
“You’re full of sh*t, man,” Biden said stopping dead in his tracks and immediately pointing his finger in the man’s face. The altercation spiraled quickly as Biden got intimidatingly close to Wayne and ranted nonsense about automatic weapons, machine guns, and mythical “AR-14” assault rifles. Wayne continued to try to wave Biden’s pointing finger away from his face, saying “I’m not OK with this,” but Biden’s lost temper clearly got the better of him.
Asked about him swearing at this voter, Biden pivots and says he is “surprised” Sanders is in alignment with the Trump campaign on bashing him: pic.twitter.com/9zetQZzO2m
In a subsequent interview, Wayne expressed his surprise at Biden’s furious response to what he felt was a straight-forward question.
“I thought I was pretty articulate and respectful,” Wayne told Fox News. “I didn’t try to raise any — any feathers. And he kind of just went off the deep end. I saw that he was digging a hole. And I just kind of let him talk for a while to dig the hole.” Wayne later made an ad for the National Rifle Association based on his viral interaction with Biden.
The Democrats’ facade of “Biden the nice guy” seems to be based entirely on an idea of a man and not his actions. With or without the cover of his surrogates, Biden will eventually have to face real questions from the American people, who will be quickly reminded of his true persona.
The CHOP/ CHAZ in Seattle has finally been shutdown after almost a month of unrest in the city’s central Capitol Hill neighborhood. Its demise was not the end of a peaceful protest but a necessary curtailing by police and city leaders of a movement that turned violent and claimed the lives of two teenagers.
That shutdown should have been much sooner, as signs of violence and mal-intent abounded from early days. But the city’s mayor, Democrat Jenny Durkan sided with the protesters who insisted they were there only to peacefully demand racial justice following the death of George Floyd.
“This could be a summer of love,” Durkan famously said.
Parks in Capitol Hill were decimated, residents and businesses were blocked from accessing their homes and storefronts, and a police precinct was quite literally run out of town. In no time, gun violence became commonplace in CHOP as it had in so many other parts of the country.
As police were cast as the enemy, however, violent crime erupted from the zone. Multiple shootings in CHOP have tainted whatever message of peaceful protest the occupants claimed to have and now, two teenagers are dead.
Seattle isn’t the only place to have watched the message of racial justice and peace turn to bloodshed and death. But the lives lost during the unrest that has set in across the country don’t seem to be gaining any traction with the political motivations of Black Lives Matter, who are bent on ending policing and destroying American history.
Even though the lives of those who died during the protests don’t matter to Black Lives Matter, they should be remembered too, regardless of the political narrative leading to their violent end. Here are five people who have died since the protests to demand justice for Black Americans began.
1. David Dorn, 77, St. Louis, MO
The retired St. Louis police captain was shot and killed while protecting a friend’s store during looting that occurred in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. The shooting and Dorn’s horrifying death were captured on a Facebook Live video. After announcing the arrest of Stephan Cannon, who is charged with Dorn’s murder, the police department said this of their fallen brother.
Dorn retired from the St. Louis Police Department in 2007 after 38 years on the job. He rose from rookie patrol officer in 1969 to captain. He was the deputy commander of the Bureau of Patrol Support, which oversees traffic and mounted patrols, commercial vehicles and the tactical unit.
When he retired, Dorn then became police chief in Moline Acres.
2. Italia Kelly, 22, Davenport, IA
Kelly had attended a Black Lives Matter rally at a Walmart parking lot in Davenport where she was shot while trying to get into a friend’s car. Marquis M. Tousant, 22, was also shot and killed after the peaceful protest turned violent in the Iowa community. 21-year-old Parker Marlin Belz was later arrested and charged with the killings.
“Kelly was known as someone who was empathetic and uplifting and would speak out against injustice,” according to the Des Moines Register.
3. Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, Tallahassee, Florida
Salau was a known activist and supporter of Black Lives Matter who had become a popular voice in Florida protests following the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd. Friends raised concerns when she vanished in early June after tweeting about a sexual assault. Her body was found later that month along with the body of 75-year-old Victoria Sims, also an activist. Aaron Glee, Jr., 49, was arrested on suspicion of both murders. Glee had recently been arrested on felony charges of assault but was released from jail after “incomplete” evaluations failed to show whether he was a flight risk or a danger to society. He was known to have mental health issues.
4. Horace Lorenzo Anderson, Jr., 19, Seattle Washington
The teen’s father thought his son, who had special needs, was in bed for the night, safe and sound. But friends of the younger Lorenzo Anderson woke his father in the middle of the night to say that he would not be coming home again, he had been killed in the Seattle CHOP zone.
“Seattle is fine. Don’t be so afraid of democracy,” Mayor Durkan callously wrote in response to concern about safety inside CHOP just days before Anderson’s death. The distraught father hasn’t heard from Durkan or the police in Seattle about his son’s violent death by gunshot.
Durkan only chose to finally end the anarchy in her city streets after protesters marched to her house with a list of demands last week. Police finally evicted the last “residents” of the zone Thursday morning. Anderson and a 16-year-old boy lost their lives to violence within the zone, an area where police had been evicted and barricaded from entering. Because of the danger, emergency responders were also unable to enter the zone without a police escort and were often forced to ignore gunfire to protect the safety of EMTs and responding officers. More than 40 arrests have been made as police reentered the area this week.
5. Marvin Francois, 50, Kansas City, MO
Francois was killed early in June when three men attempting to carjack him shot the father of four three times leaving him to die. Francois was an avid photographer who had been snapping photos of the protests that raged in Kansas City when he was accosted. His passion for the city and for taking photographs was remembered fondly by his teenage son Jayden.
“He could capture life. A moment. A person. An event. Anything in that split second,” said Jayden. “To make it beautiful and to show the world that this is what life is. It is a life worth living.”
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Wednesday morning that he believed former President Barack Obama was aware of shady dealings between Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine. Questions about Biden’s below-board ties to Ukraine which involve his son Hunter have swirled since last year, as Democrats pursued the impeachment of President Trump.
“There’s been rumors for quite a while that people within the Obama Administration knew about the corruption problems with Hunter Biden, that they warned the vice president and maybe even the president about it,” Paul said in a Wednesday morning interview on Fox News. Paul was responding to a recently leaked letter from Obama in March that was deeply critical of the Senate’s request for papers from his administration on Biden and Ukraine during a probe last November.
In his letter, addressed to the National Archives and Records Administration, dated March 13, 2020, Obama also referenced the investigation by Senate Republicans as being “actively supported by Russia,” in their quest for his administration’s documents.
“It arises out of efforts by some, actively supported by Russia, to shift the blame for Russian interference in the 2016 election to Ukraine,” Obama wrote in the letter. The former president referred to the Senate’s request for two documents relating to Joe Biden and Ukraine as “improper.” He ultimately opted to provide the investigative committees access to two documents saying that it was only “in the interest of countering the misinformation campaign” against Biden.
Joe Biden and his son Hunter have been the subject of consistent criticism for potential malfeasance during Hunter’s time on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings. Questions about a bloated salary for Hunter despite his meager qualifications, Joe Biden’s level of involvement, and even suspicion of quid pro quo have been raised. Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma from 2014 until 2019, at times drawing a salary of up to $50,000 per month.
Sen. Paul asked to consider why Obama would want to keep such records sealed and out of the Senate investigation suggested there could be something damning among the hidden files.
“I think that there could be a smoking gun, that there’s actually a record of some of these complaints that were going on at the time,” Paul said of Obama’s unseen documents. “There have been some articles written quoting unnamed sources saying that they were assistants and people around Joe Biden at the time were saying, ‘this Hunter Biden thing looks bad, and you should put a stop to it,’ and they never did. But I think even President Obama knew about this. It’s not surprising to me that they should try to keep a lid on it and not let any records come to the public.”
Questions about the Bidens’ relationship with Ukraine dating back to the Obama Administration ultimately led to the impeachment of President Trump, after he was charged with using quid pro quo with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens. Months later and amid a global pandemic, Sen. Paul expressed optimism that investigative work was being done by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) into Hunter and Joe Biden’s mysterious past with Ukraine.
“Ron Johnson is looking into this, and I think really is trying to find the truth about this,” said Sen. Paul. “I think what we’ve found is that every time we have looked into the corruption of Hunter Biden said, the other side says, ‘oh no, no, the Russians interfered in our election, not Hunter Biden and Ukraine.’ But no one is really saying that Russia didn’t interfere in the election or that Russia and Ukraine couldn’t have tried to interfere in the election.”
Sen. Paul also flatly said that the firing and subsequent federal convictions of former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort because of leaked information from a “secret notebook” had more effect on the 2016 elections than anything else.
“But the one thing that probably had more effect on the election, or threaten to have more effect on the election, was the firing of the Trump campaign chairman over things that came out of Ukraine,” Sen. Paul said. “These documents were released on purpose from some secret notebook saying that the former chairman had been paid by entities in Ukraine and that probably was more damaging or as damaging as the released emails on Hillary Clinton.”