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Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez acknowledged the waves of protests and civil unrest have something to do with the current COVID-19 flare-up going on around the country.

Gimenez also blamed other gatherings for the increase, which he said included socializing at beaches, bars and restaurants.

“I think obviously the protests had a lot to do with it,” he said. “We had, you know, thousands of young people together outside, a lot of them not wearing masks. And we know when you do that, and you are talking, and you are chanting, etc., that really spreads the virus.”

“So absolutely, the protests had something to do with it,” Gimenez continued. “But also our people, our residents, did not — I think they let their guard down and started to socialize. And again, that also has to do with it. So it’s all the above. I’m not saying it’s just that, but it was a contributing factor.”

Author: Jeff Poor

Source: Breitbart: Miami Mayor Gimenez: ‘Protests Had a Lot to Do with’ Florida Coronavirus Spike

Thursday on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told listeners he planned to call a number of ex-Obama administration officials to testify before his committee.

Among those are former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Graham added he did not know if former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes would be called to testify before his committee but said he was deferring to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, to investigate matters pertaining to the period between the 2016 presidential election and inauguration.

Partial transcript as follows:

HEWITT: Now I have a series of questions. I just would like to know yes, no, I don’t know as to whether or not you will be calling as a witness to the Judiciary Committee the following people. Will you be subpoenaing James Comey?

GRAHAM: Yes.

HEWITT: Andrew McCabe?

GRAHAM: Yes.

HEWITT: John Brennan?

GRAHAM: Yes.

HEWITT: James Clapper?

GRAHAM: Yes.

HEWITT: Susan Rice?

GRAHAM: Don’t know.

HEWITT: Ben Rhodes?

GRAHAM: Don’t know. I’m having, Senator Johnson’s going to look at all the things that happened from the election to transition. His committee’s going to look at all that.

Author: Jeff Poor

Source: Breitbart: Lindsey Graham: Comey, McCabe, Brennan and Clapper Will Be Called to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) lamented House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) obstructionism throughout the processes of coronavirus relief efforts considered by Congress.

McCarthy argues Pelosi’s main priority was opposition to President Donald Trump, noting her opposition to the President’s Chinese travel ban earlier this year.

“Well, what it would do is something that we’ve been requesting for the last two weeks — more funding for the small business program,” he said. “This business program has worked very well. More than 1.6 million businesses requested the money to pay their employees, to pay their rent. Unfortunately, Nancy Pelosi has held that up for the last two weeks. What we have watched and the one question I have watching her on the Sunday show, name me one productive thing Speaker Pelosi has accomplished in this pandemic. When President Trump in January 31, put in the ban from China, February 24, she asked people to gather together in San Francisco.”

“She actually fought the ban,” McCarthy continued. “When we wanted to put the CARES Act together, she came in, held it up. Now we had a small business program working. She’s now held up the money. There’s 700,000 small business applications in right now trying to keep their doors open. Last week we watched five million people, new numbers for unemployment. How many more millions of Pelosi’s layoffs will we have to endure before she’ll put people before politics? Even at this moment to get this agreement, we could have been done yesterday, but the Democrats continue to hold up even though we have agreed to all the numbers.”

He also pointed to other instances Pelosi has opposed Trump for the sake of opposing Trump and reiterated she has accomplished very little.

“I’ve watched Nancy Pelosi disagree with this president every time. January 31, when he stopped the flights from China, she wanted to put on the floor a no-ban to make that much harder for the president to do. February 24, she asked people to gather in San Francisco in Chinatown,” McCarthy said. “When we wanted to be able to move the CARES Act, she held it up to get more funding for the National Endowment of the Arts. When we wanted more funding for small business, something she already voted for, she held it up.”

“When you look at per-capita testing, especially in the hot spots from New York or Louisiana, America has tested more than any other place in the world,” he added. “This is what the Speaker has done. Instead of work together, she has tried to fight every element. Again, name me one thing this Speaker has accomplished that’s productive during this pandemic. All she’s ever done is criticize. We need to work together as one. Look, the virus is here. We did not invite it. We did not want it, but we will defeat it together. At no other time in history, when we’ve had a challenge such as this, you’ve watched a speaker work with the president. We’ve only now watched the Speaker criticize every action.”

Author: Jeff Poor

Source: Breitbart: McCarthy: ‘Name Me One Productive Thing Speaker Pelosi Has Accomplished in This Pandemic’

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