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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is calling to ban authorities from using non-lethal munitions, such as tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets, on protesters as violent riots continue to dominate U.S. cities.

“No more tear gas, no more pepper spray, no more rubber bullets on protestors. Ban them all,” Sanders wrote, linking to a piece titled, “Kenosha police fire tear gas to disperse crowd protesting shooting”:

The piece details the unrest that fell on the city Monday night, as protesters broke curfew, hurling various projectiles, including fireworks, at authorities.

“Police first fired the tear gas about 30 minutes after the 8 p.m. curfew took effect and protesters refused to disperse. But hundreds of people stuck around, lighting fires and screaming at police,” according to the report.

Violence escalated in Kenosha Tuesday night, prompting Gov. Tony Evers (D) to authorize 500 members of the Wisconsin National Guard to assist local law enforcement in maintaining law and order after initially previously rejecting the White House’s offer to provide further support. Protests reached a violent breaking point Tuesday, as two people were shot and killed and another wounded as a result of the riots.

Notably, Sanders did not condemn the violent acts of sheer lawlessness exhibited by protesters — who have committed acts of arson, destroying area businesses and livelihoods — in his tweet.

While Joe Biden’s (D) adviser released a brief statement condemning the riots, he has yet to do so personally.

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: Bernie Sanders: Ban Officers from Using Tear Gas, Pepper Spray, and Rubber Bullets

Armed citizens moved to defend businesses in Kenosha Monday night as rioters torched the city, targeting businesses for the second night in a row.

Protests swept the city as arsonists brazenly targeted businesses. Jorge Ventura, a field reporter for the Daily Caller, was on the scene and caught up with armed citizens attempting to stop the angry rioters from destroying businesses:

“Nobody fuck with the business owners,” one man said in a video showing two armed men walking beside a building.

“They’re probably with you. Fuck with the government,” another shouted.

“These guys [business powers] are probably out here with the BLM protesters,” one of the men, hailing from Milwaukee, told Ventura. “They don’t want the government to shoot people. They’re against the government too, probably. The government fucks them every day. Taxes, shit like that.”

He made it clear that he believes the officer-involved Kenosha shooting incident is “bullshit” but drew the line at protesters destroying businesses:

Several videos from reporters on the ground show protesters vandalizing businesses and buildings completely engulfed by flames:

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) appeared to stand in solidarity with protesters, referring to the officer-involved incident, which is still being investigated, as “another attack against a Black man” and declaring racism a “public health crisis.”

“As folks across our state are making their voices heard, they should be able to assemble and report on these issues without any fear of being unsafe. If you are exercising that right, please do so peacefully, wear your masks, and keep physical distance as best as you can,” he said on Monday, prior to the second night of lawlessness:

Pete Deates, president of the Kenosha Professional Police Association, blasted Evers for his initial response to the incident, calling it “wholly irresponsible and not reflective of the hardworking members of the law enforcement community, not to mention the citizens of the City of Kenosha.”

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: Watch: Armed Citizens Move to Defend Kenosha Businesses as Rioters Torch the City

The Trump campaign is suing three Iowa counties over their absentee ballots, which arrived “pre-filled with information” — something the campaign claims violates Secretary of State Paul Pate’s (R) instruction to mail blank forms to voters.

The Trump campaign has launched lawsuits against Johnson, Linn, and most recently, Woodbury County over the mailing of absentee ballot request forms featuring pre-filled information, including “names, dates of birth and a voting pin number that few people know,” according to the Associated Press (AP).

In March, Pate announced that absentee ballot request forms would be mailed out to every active registered voter in the state ahead of the state’s June 2 primary. Similarly, voters “just have to review, sign and return the forms to get ballots mailed to them beginning Oct. 5,” for the upcoming general election.

The issue, though, is the pre-filled information. The campaign contends that it violates Pate’s insistence that blank ballot forms be sent to voters to “ensure uniformity statewide,” according to the AP:

County officials say they are acting within their authority to promote absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic. They say that leaving the forms blank would threaten to disenfranchise people who do not know their voting pin or driver’s license numbers, either of which must be provided under the state’s voter identification law.

Under a new law passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, auditors cannot use their databases to fill in blank pin numbers on the forms as they have done in past elections. Instead, they must try to contact those voters by email or mail to correct errors themselves, a time-consuming process that will not always be successful.

Similarly, President Trump’s 2020 campaign, as well as the New Jersey Republican State Committee and the Republican National Committee (RNC), are suing New Jersey over Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) executive order “instituting the rules that would give voters an option to avoid voting in person during the coronavirus pandemic,” as Breitbart News detailed.

In addition to sending vote-by-mail ballots, along with pre-paid postage, to all active registered voters, Murphy’s executive order extends the deadline for the return of the ballots. Those returned through USPS “with a postmark on or before November 3rd to be counted as a valid ballot by the County Clerk, if received by 8:00 p.m. on November 10th.”

Additionally, “ballots without a postmark that are received by the county boards of elections within 48 hours of the closing of polls on November 3rd shall be considered valid.”

Per Murphy’s office:

Today’s executive order will also require a minimum of at least one polling place in each municipality and a minimum of 50 percent of polling places in each county to provide New Jersey voters with access to in-person voting opportunities, including accommodations for voters with disabilities. All public schools will close for in-person instruction on November 3rd to allow counties to use their buildings as polling locations, if necessary. Polling locations will be required to follow public health standards, including ensuring six feet of distance, requiring poll workers to wear face coverings and gloves, frequent sanitization of high-touch areas, and providing sanitization materials to all individuals at a polling place.

“In his haste, the governor created a system that will violate eligible citizens’ right to vote,” the lawsuit alleges.

“By ordering universal vote-by-mail, he has created a recipe for disaster,” it continues. “Fraudulent and invalid votes dilute the votes of honest citizens and deprive them of their right to vote in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: Trump Campaign Sues Three Iowa Counties over Mail-in Ballot Request Forms ‘Pre-Filled’ with Information

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) kicked off Monday night with the official theme of unity, but it focused primarily on divisive party talking points, dominated almost entirely by race.

Several segments of the DNC’s first convention night focused on racial strife and division — a theme pushed by Democrats in the wake of George Floyd’s May 25 death, which spurred riots and violence against police officers across the country.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) was one of the first to deliver an address, with “Black Lives Matter Plaza” serving as her backdrop. She touted the false “peaceful” protesters’ talking points and invoked her two-year-old daughter, explaining that she wanted her to grow up in an America where the president “doesn’t fan the flame of racism and looks out for all of us.”

“We can’t just paint those words behind me. We can’t just say those words. We have to live those words. We have to undo the laws and systems that have codified racism for far too long,” she said, urging everyone to “challenge our own biases.”

Bowser then introduced members of George Floyd’s family.

“My brother George was selfless. He always made sacrifices for his family, friends, and even complete strangers,” his brother said, praising those “peacefully protesting in the name of love and unity” — a “fitting” legacy for Floyd, he said, listing others who “we’ve lost to hate and injustice.”

They then held a moment of silence.

The convention then played a segment featuring Joe Biden (D) speaking with a group of individuals, virtually, about racial inequality.

“Mayor, how are you prioritizing the many things you have to do as we try to tackle, in a way we haven’t before, systemic racism in the city?” he asked Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D), who said it is about “economic empowerment.” She did not mention the uptick in violence in her city.

Following the segment, the words, “We the people need a leader who will fight for racial justice” displayed on the screen, introducing a montage of voters calling for racial justice.

“Racism structurally, individually, and systematically is real,” Anton G. of South Carolina said.

“What I want to see in the next president of the United States is someone who fair. Who believes in equal justice under the law. I want him to lead us through this revolution that we’re experiencing right now,” one voter said.

One man referred to Biden as a “healer” and “unifier” who will “fight for the Black Lives Matter movement,” followed by a woman who called to “undo, remove, tear down, the remnants of structural and systematic racism in this country.”

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), speaking from Charleston, South Carolina, also brought up race.

“Six months ago, I stood not far from here and endorsed Joe Biden to be our 46th president. It was a decision I made with my feet firmly planted in this community — this community — for 80 percent of African Americans in this country can claim an ancestor who arrived on these shores in bondage,” he began, noting that the community is still healing from the white supremacist shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church.

He also spoke about the removal of the John C. Calhoun statue being removed and praised Biden, referring to him as an “adopted son of South Carolina.”

Failed Democrat primary candidate Beto O’Rourke (D) did not mince words during his appearance at Monday’s virtual convention, bluntly calling President Trump the “most destructive, hateful, racist president in the history of this country, who is literally tearing apart the fabric of the United States of America.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of the big headliners of the night, emphasized that the U.S. is “confronting systemic racism” and accused Trump of “leading us down the path of authoritarianism.”

The former presidential hopeful added that the “unthinkable has become normal” during Trump’s first term, declaring that “authoritarianism has taken root” in the U.S. He continued in fanning the flames of racial unrest by repeating the debunked Democrat talking point that President Trump has coddled white nationalists.

“Joe Biden will end the hate and division Trump has created,” he claimed. “He will stop the demonization of immigrants, the coddling of white nationalists, the racist dog-whistling, the religious bigotry, and the ugly attacks on women.”

Former first lady Michelle Obama, the final major speaker of the night, wrapped up the evening in a speech harping on the same themes of racial unrest, mentioning George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.

She said in part:

And here at home, as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and a never-ending list of innocent people of color continue to be murdered. Stating the simple fact that a black life matters is still met with derision from the nation’s highest office. Because whenever we look to this White House for leadership or consolation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division, and total and utter lack of empathy.

Obama talked about kids and what she believes they are witnessing in the world under a Trump presidency.

“They see people calling the police on folks minding their own business just because of the color of their sin. They see an entitlement that says only certain people belong here,” she explained

“And they see what happens when that lack of empathy is ginned up into outright disdain. They see our leaders labeling fellow citizens enemies of the state while emboldening torch-bearing white supremacists,” she continued:

They watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages, and pepper spray and pepper bullets are used on peaceful protesters for a photo op. Sadly this is the America that is on display for the next generation — a nation that’s underperforming not simply on matters of policy but on matters of character. And that’s not just disappointing. It’s downright infuriating.

“Now, I understand that my message won’t be heard by some people. We live in a nation that is deeply divided, and I am a black woman speaking at the democratic convention,” she continued.

“But enough of you know me by now,” Obama added, urging people to vote for Biden “like our lives depend on it.”

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: Democratic National Convention Dominated by Divisive Racial Justice Talking Points Despite ‘Unity’ Platform

The Trump campaign bested Joe Biden’s (D) campaign in July, outraising him by $25 million, according to final numbers released this week.

The Trump campaign, working with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and its joint fundraising committees, raised $165 million in July, compared to $140 million raised by the Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The Trump campaign also announced that it officially surpassed the billion-dollar threshold “with a cycle to date haul of $1.1 billion” and touted its cash on hand advantage of over $300 million. Biden and Democrats reportedly have $294 million cash on hand.

“With 90 days until victory, our teams and supporters are in overdrive working to re-elect President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement, stressing the growth of enthusiasm across the country.

“From Maine to Nevada, the enthusiasm we are seeing from voters only continues to grow as Americans know the critical choice they face in November – a lawless cancel culture under Joe Biden, or a Great American Comeback under President Trump”:

The Trump campaign said it is continuing in its efforts of “powering the largest field program and data operation in Party history,” with the RNC hiring 300 field staffers, “bringing the total Trump Victory operation to over 1,500 – double that of Biden’s field operation,” according to the campaign’s release.

“With a grassroots army of 1.8 million Americans, the Trump Victory field effort is on pace to surpass the 2.2 million volunteers that helped re-elect President Obama in 2012,” the release added.

Trump Victory data obtained by Axios this week indicated that the campaign’s ground game is continuing to reap positive results. The GOP is reportedly closing the voter registration gap in key swing states such as Pennsylvania, Florida, and North Carolina:

According to the data obtained by Axios, the GOP has “lessened the margin by 133,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania and 87,000 voters in Florida” while gaining “a net 216,410 voters since Election Day 2016” in North Carolina.

Republicans have also reclaimed a voter registration advantage in Iowa and are outpacing Democrats in Arizona.

President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump raised $4 million for her father’s reelection campaign in a virtual fundraiser this week.

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: Trump Campaign Outraises Team Biden by Millions in July

An exclusive Restoration PAC ad obtained by Breitbart News brings Joe Biden’s (D) history of dishonesty and fabrication, particularly as it relates to his resumé, to the forefront. The ad is part of the PAC’s $2 million ad buy in Wisconsin — a crucial battleground state that President Trump seeks to secure again in November.

The ad, produced by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad maker Rick Reed, highlights several claims made by the Democrat Party’s presumptive nominee regarding his resumé, all of which proved to be false.

The words “Joe Biden has never been president for some very good reasons” are displayed as the video brings viewers to then-Sen. Biden touting his resumé at a New Hampshire campaign event on April 3, 1987, during his first presidential run:

“I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship, the only one in my — in my class,” Biden told a man, identified as “Frank,” at the time.

“I was the outstanding student in the political science department at the end of my year. I graduated with three degrees,” he continued, telling the man that he would “be delighted to sit down and compare my IQ to yours if you’d like.”

All of those claims, as Restoration PAC highlights, proved to be false — something the New York Times even reported later that year.

Biden did not graduate in the top half of his class in law school, he was not named the outstanding student in his college political science department, he did not graduate with three degrees, nor did he go to law school on a full academic scholarship. Nonetheless, Biden claimed that his recollection was “inaccurate.” His lies were eventually forgotten following the eruption of his plagiarism scandal, leading to his departure in the race.

According to Restoration PAC, the ad was “highly effective in a recent wide-ranging focus group testing both Republican and Democratic TV ads,” giving it the potential to prove “devastating” for Biden.

“This devastating ad has all the qualities of a difference-maker — it’s the candidate in his own words, it’s new information to most voters, and it concerns an important issue (integrity),” said Restoration PAC founder and president Doug Truax.

The ad comes as establishment media outlets continue in their efforts to boost the Democrat Party’s presumptive nominee, who has largely avoided public appearances and used the coronavirus pandemic as a justification for his absence from the public eye. Despite that, Biden has managed to tout a swath of falsehoods throughout his current presidential run and continues to misrepresent his record, from his position on the Iraq War to his involvement with his son’s business dealings in Ukraine and China.

Notably, Biden has made waves several times this election cycle over tense exchanges with potential voters, once again challenging a man to an IQ test — as well as a pushup contest — and calling him a “damn liar” on the campaign trail last year.

The $1,995,134 ad buy will air in all media markets in Wisconsin beginning Thursday and run through July 21.

The latest Restoration PAC poll shows Trump trailing Biden in the Badger State by double digits. Trump secured an upset victory in the state in 2016, besting Hillary Clinton by less than one percentage point.

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: Exclusive: Restoration PAC Makes $2 Million TV Buy for ‘Devastating’ Anti-Biden Ad in Wisconsin

New York City contact tracers, those who are tasked with tracing and monitoring the contacts of those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, are not asking infected individuals if they have recently participated in large-scale protests, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) office.

The state’s contact-tracing program is designed to “slow the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer to begin to return to normal again” and has been touted by leaders across the state. However, after months of warnings detailing the risks of attending gatherings — both large and small — contact tracers are being instructed to refrain from asking individuals if they recently attended protests, some of which have drawn thousands.

“No person will be asked proactively if they attended a protest,” Avery Cohen, a spokesperson for de Blasio, told THE CITY in an email.

THE CITY reported:

Instead, test-and-trace workers ask COVID-positive individuals general questions to help them “recall ‘contacts’ and individuals they may have exposed,” Cohen said. Among the initial questions: “Do you live with anyone in your home?”

Tracers then ask about “close contacts” — defined as being within six feet of another person for at least 10 minutes.

It’s up to tested individuals to volunteer whether any of those close contacts occurred during protests. “If a person wants to proactively offer that information, there is an opportunity for them to do so,” Cohen wrote.

Failing to ask infected individuals if they recently attended protests could hide the impact the widespread gatherings are having on the spread of the virus. Several progressive politicians — from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to Hillary Clinton — have praised the efforts of the protesters, while others — like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) — have ditched all previous warnings and gathered to be among the demonstrators themselves.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has indicated that officials are “not sure” of the role protests are playing in the spread of the virus, but it appears to be a question that will remain outstanding, at least in New York City, where contact tracers are instructed to avoid asking the question, leaving the divulgement of such information to the individual.

Jonah Bruno, spokesperson for the state’s health department, provided a relatively vague statement, explaining that the department is working with the city “to balance the public health priority while also protecting personal privacy, as we seek to ensure a thorough contact tracing program that helps us contain the COVID-19 virus and monitor any fluctuations in the infection rate as we continue reopening New York.”

The news coincides with another massive gathering, as thousands gathered in Brooklyn Museum plaza on Sunday for a “black trans lives” demonstration:

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: NYC Coronavirus Contact Tracers Won’t Ask About Protest Attendance

President Donald Trump’s campaign is reportedly planning to resume its iconic rallies after a months-long halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Politico’s report, upcoming rallies are in the works. The campaign hopes to resume the rallies as early as this month, but details and safety precautions moving forward are still under review.

“Aides are factoring in an array of factors in determining where the rallies will be held, including the number of coronavirus cases that exist locally,” the outlet reported:

While Trump is likely to face blowback for resuming in-person events while the coronavirus pandemic is still ravaging the country, his advisers contend that the recent massive protests in metropolitan areas will make it harder for liberals to criticize him.

“Americans are ready to get back to action and so is President Trump. The great American comeback is real and the rallies will be tremendous,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement, according to Politico.

“You’ll again see the kind of crowds and enthusiasm that sleepy Joe Biden can only dream of,” he added.

Trump campaign director Tim Murtaugh also confirmed Politico’s report to CNBC.

President Trump has not held a MAGA rally since March 2 and canceled the scheduled rallies in Colorado and Nevada as the coronavirus pandemic continued to unfold.

The last rally took place in Charlotte, North Carolina — the same city where the Republican National Convention was originally slated to take place. However, Trump has indicated that they are looking elsewhere after local officials failed to guarantee the convention could proceed as planned, citing coronavirus-related concerns.

RNC officials are reportedly considering several cities, including Nashville, Las Vegas, Savannah, Jacksonville, and Orlando to host the event.

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: Trump Campaign to Resume Iconic MAGA Rallies Within Weeks

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), in an interview published Wednesday, explained why she rejects the term “rioting” in describing violent protests, contending that the word is part of “negative language used far too often in a description of black people by folks who fundamentally don’t see black people the same way they see whites and others.”

Waters spoke to The Cut about her “longtime fight over the language of insurrection and unrest versus rioting” and told the outlet that the unrest in recent days brought her to reflect on “what was going on back in the day, when I was confronting Daryl Gates, starting when the police shot Eula Love, which brought me in contact with the police commission and brought me to taking a look at what was going on with police community relations” years ago.

She spoke in depth about her experience with Gates, Los Angeles’s former police chief, and explained how those events shaped her view of the “negative language” used today.

“A lot of negative language gets used against black people, describing what whites often believe is true about us: that language includes ‘lazy,’ ‘criminal,’ and ‘rioting,’” Waters told the outlet.

“It’s all negative language used far too often in a description of black people by folks who fundamentally don’t see black people the same way they see whites and others,” she continued, drawing a connection between the protests in 1992 and those that have played out over the last week:

So when they talked about rioting in 1992, what I saw was an explosion of a hopelessness being played out. I’d been working with those children in public housing and understood what was going on with crack cocaine, that these communities had been dropped off of America’s agenda, and the only real interaction they had was with police: the use of a battering ram to break down a door, as Daryl Gates did, or stopping young black men on the street to have them spread their legs to be searched by police. So when this unfortunate situation happened, where we had a lot of these young people in the street, they were acting out in anger and frustration. It reminded me of much of which I saw this past weekend, with people who had been cooped up because of COVID-19, who have lost jobs, whose family members have been getting infected, and then you have this police officer put his knee on the neck of George Floyd and hold it for eight minutes-plus, while his life drained out on the sidewalk … that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. So yes, I said “insurrection”: People acting out of frustration and hopelessness and understanding that they don’t have an establishment — political or otherwise — that really cared about their ability to work or have good health care. Yes, I choose to call it an insurrection.

While it is true that there have been peaceful protests around the country, several demonstrations in major U.S. cities have turned into violent riots — a term Waters continues to reject. Over the past week, demonstrations in New York City, D.C., Philadelphia, and Santa Monica have quickly devolved as protesters took to the streets, attacking police officers, vandalizing buildings, smashing police vehicles, and looting businesses one by one:

Waters formally endorsed Joe Biden (D) this week after stating that Trump is “goading confrontation.” She also claimed the president is “not only talking about killing black people, he’s talking about killing young white children.”

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: Maxine Waters Classifies Term ‘Rioting’ as ‘Negative Language … Used Against Black People’

Former President Barack Obama was one of the central figures behind Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) exit from the presidential race, according to a report from the New York Times.

While Obama failed to publicly support his former running mate throughout the primary race, he quietly worked behind the scenes to encourage the Vermont senator to exit the primary race, having several phone conversations with him over the last few weeks, according to the Times.

The former president reportedly made the first call to Sanders at the end of March, as the coronavirus pandemic worsened and Sanders’ campaign continued to falter, reportedly citing the need to “accelerate the endgame.”

According to the Times, Obama informed Sanders that he had, largely, accomplished his political goal in moving the party further to the left:

In late March, Mr. Obama reached out to Mr. Sanders. The two men would talk at least three more times, with the former president reassuring Mr. Sanders that he had already accomplished much of what he had set out to do, moving the party — and Mr. Biden — substantially to the left, according to two people with knowledge of their interactions.

That much is certainly true for Biden, who over the course of his campaign has embraced positions once deemed too radical by the party. By the end of the race, Biden had openly called for raising taxes, embracing some form of a Green New Deal, and providing government-run health care for illegal immigrants.

According to the Times‘ sources, Obama “mostly listened to Mr. Sanders, who was in a reflective mood, speaking candidly about his post-campaign plans and feelings about the race, the kind of conversation the two men had never had before.”

Nevertheless, it was not until every single one of Biden’s Democrat challengers dropped out of the presidential race that Obama publicly stated, “I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a President right now.”

“Barack — This endorsement means the world to Jill and me,” Biden said on Tuesday after enduring months of Obama’s public silence. “We’re going to build on the progress we made together, and there’s no one I’d rather have standing by my side”:

Sanders also formally endorsed his former challenger this week.

“Today I am asking all Americans — I’m asking every Democrat, I’m asking every independent, I’m asking a lot of Republican — to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy which I endorse,” Sanders said on Monday, staying true to his vow to support the party’s ultimate nominee.

Author: Hannah Bleau

Source: Breitbart: Report: Obama Pressed Bernie Sanders to Drop Out, Citing Need to ‘Accelerate the Endgame’

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