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It’s looking more and more like the unthinkable will finally happen this year. To Minnesotans, the unthinkable is defined as a Republican presidential candidate winning Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes. The unthinkable might just have company in the form of the impossible. In Minnesota, the impossible is defined as a Minnesotan winning a statewide race.

Apparently, both things are possible this year. President Trump is well-positioned to flip Minnesota from blue to red. Further, Jason Lewis is finishing fast, making it very possible for Lewis to Trump Tina Smith on the strength of standing with the police. In Lewis’ case, it isn’t a matter of following President Trump’s lead. Jason Lewis’ wife is a retired police officer.

What’s making this possible are 2 forgettable Democrat candidates (Joe Biden, Tina Smith), 2 solid GOP candidates (President Trump, Jason Lewis) and a great GOP GOTV. President Trump and Jason Lewis are enthusiastically pro-mining and stoutheartedly pro-law enforcement. With a week left in the campaign, GOP momentum is surging while Democrats stay in hiding.

Tina Smith has shied away from debates, only competing in 1 virtual debate. Joe Biden visited Minnesota once (Hermantown, just south of Duluth). When Biden visited, he did the impossible when he shut out the local media, which generated lots of negative local press. He visited a union training center, where Biden had a captive audience of about a dozen trainees.

That same night, President Trump rallied in front of “a crowd of thousands at the Bemidji Regional Airport for a campaign rally.” A crowd of thousands to a Biden rally is beyond unthinkable. I don’t think it’s happened this campaign season.

Tina Smith and Joe Biden should worry about this:

But Republicans have to worry about Biden’s enormous lead in urban areas, 64% to 28%, and his 48% to 42% lead in suburbs. Trump’s 53% to 36% lead in rural areas of northern, western and southern Minnesota might not be enough to offset the Biden advantage in the metro area.

A Democrat that isn’t leading by 40+ points in the Twin Cities is hurting. Further, a Democrat running about even in the suburbs is in trouble. Law and order is the predominant issue in the suburbs. It’s also where many shy Trump voters live.

The momentum is clearly on Republicans’ sides going into the final week campaign. The biggest question is who closes stronger.

Mark Kelly’s police problem isn’t going away anytime soon. That’s because the Democrat candidate for the US Senate is attempting to be too clever with his non-apology apology. Kelly’s spokesperson said that “Our campaign values the public service, bravery and sacrifice of police officers across our nation. The tweet posted by a junior staff member is unacceptable and we are taking the appropriate action.” When asked to describe what that action was, Peters failed to provide additional details.

First, L’Heureux initially tweeted “@Chicago_Police you worthless f—ing pigs.” That’s why L’Heureux is getting disciplined. The Kelly campaign issued a statement, which “included a statement from L’Heureux.” In his statement, L’Heureux said “I deeply regret my comment and apologize for what I wrote – I was wrong. My comment does not reflect who I am or what I believe, and most importantly, it is not representative of what this campaign stands for. The language I used and the sentiment I conveyed do not belong in our political process, which is why I have deleted the tweet.”

That’s what dishonesty looks like. His comment reflects who he is and what he believes. If he didn’t believe it, why did he say it? That’s why the McSally campaign jumped all over this situation:

“It’s no wonder why the Arizona Police Association endorsed Martha McSally in this race. They know what we’ve known all along: Martha will have their back; Mark will throw them to the wolves,” said Caroline Anderegg, a McSally campaign spokesperson.

This is worth pondering:

Joe Clure, the executive director of the Arizona Police Association, slammed Kelly’s campaign for the vile remark.

“It sadly isn’t the first time I’ve seen this from Democratic campaign personnel,” Clure told the The Free Beacon. “I hope that [Kelly] fires [the staffer] immediately to show that he doesn’t condone this kind of attitude that police are ‘f—ing worthless.'”

The fact that the Kelly campaign isn’t talking about what discipline they’ve meted out says everything. What’s so difficult to take this staffer to task? Some statements require a verbal warning. Others require a written warning. L’Heureux’s statement requires a termination notice, in my estimation.

The Kelly campaign is aptly described as embattled. This McSally interview speaks volumes why Kelly’s campaign is embattled:

Kelly’s campaign lacks police support. The good (?) news is that he makes up for that lack of support with support from the Chinese.

Predictably, Democrat activists have threatened violence if President Trump nominates someone to replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. One Democrat activist, Andrew Desiderio, posted a tweet on the subject. Reza Azlan then replied to Desiderio’s tweet. Here’s that tweet:


Here’s Desiderio’s original tweet:

Author Aaron Gouveia similarly blasted McConnell’s statement, saying: “F–k no. Burn it all down.” A Canadian political science professor called for arson, prompting accusations he made a terroristic threat. “Burn Congress down before letting Trump try to appoint anyone to SCOTUS,” Waterloo professor Emmett MacFarlane tweeted.

Senate Republicans better wake up. Whether they like it or not, this isn’t going away. If Senate Republicans haven’t realized that Democrats have declared war on Republican judicial nominees, then they’re stupid and need to be replaced ASAP. The truth is that Democrats are coming after every GOP senator, whether they vote before or after the election.

Susan Collins, Thom Tillis, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst and Lindsey Graham will get targeted by Democrats whether they vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee or not so they might as well confirm President Trump’s nominee. Democrat politicians and Democrat activists are in win-at-all-cost-mode. If that means demolishing people or institutions, these Democrats won’t hesitate in using whatever tactics are required to stop the confirmation of President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee. If yoou think I’m bluffing, check this out:

A member of Wisconsin’s ethics commission, Scott Ross, ordered Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., to “burn it all down” if he couldn’t stop McConnell. “F—–g A, Ed. If you can’t shut it down, burn it down,” he said. Other tweets didn’t contain violent threats but indicated opponents wouldn’t take Ginsburg’s replacement lying down. If McConnell jams someone through, which he will, there will be riots,” warned GQ writer Laura Bassett.

It isn’t like these should be treated like idle threats. These are the people who’ve contributed to bail funds like Minnesota Freedom Fund. I wrote about the exploits of MFF in this post:

Timothy Wayne Columbus, a 36-year-old-man, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly penetrating a girl in 2015 when she was about 8 years old. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 25. But he was later bailed out of jail and according to a court document, filed to have his bail money returned to Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), the organization Harris and many Biden staffers asked their followers to donate to during the rioting in Minneapolis earlier this year.

According to MFF’s website, “At Minnesota Freedom Fund, we believe that wealth should never determine who is kept in jail. That’s what the money bail system does. It puts a price on freedom that only a few can afford and many cannot. This system is unjust. That’s why we’re working to create a society that values the freedom of all people, regardless of class or identity, ends mass incarceration, and invests in restorative and transformative justice.”

Restorative justice is the system that let the Parkland shooter roam free without getting flagged by law enforcement agencies. MFF says that this system “is unjust.” Tell that to Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was assassinated at Stoneman Douglas HS. But I digress. More on this system of organizations in future articles.

I’m stunned that Joe Biden, the law & order candidate in this presidential election, hired staffers who then bailed out an accused child abuser. How can someone who has consistently insisted on being tough on criminals go so soft on an alleged child abuser? Sorry for the sarcasm to open this article. This article is meant to highlight the fact that Democrats have failed at multiple levels to protect the residents of Minneapolis.

Tim Walz, the DFL governor of Minnesota, flinched when Jacob Frey, the DFL mayor of Minneapolis, requested National Guard troops when the riots first broke out. Gov. Walz didn’t send the troops, then accused Frey of choking. Then there’s the Minneapolis City Council, the all-DFL city council whose brilliant idea was to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department without having a plan on what to replace the MPD and without talking the people living in Minneapolis. But I digress.

Timothy Wayne Columbus, a 36-year-old-man, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly penetrating a girl in 2015 when she was about 8 years old. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 25. But he was later bailed out of jail and according to a court document, filed to have his bail money returned to Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), the organization Harris and many Biden staffers asked their followers to donate to during the rioting in Minneapolis earlier this year.

The story was first reported by Alpha News MN and The Daily Caller. “If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” Harris tweeted on June 1.

This is disturbing news:

Then there’s this:

The allegations against Columbus are macabre. The arrest warrant in the case states that the girl Columbus allegedly assaulted lived with her grandmother, who regularly spent time with her friend “Tim,” while the girl was seven and eight years old. When the girl was about eight, the victim told police, “‘Tim’ laid her on her couch and held her down as he unbuckled his pants and then pulled down her pants. Victim stated he then ‘put his thing inside me.'”

Finally, there’s this:

FOX 9 reported earlier this summer that MFF had raised $35 million in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. A recent update on its website indicates that it has spent at least $3,475,000 bailing people out of jail in recent months, with just $210,000 of that being spent bailing out protesters and rioters who were arrested in the unrest immediately following Floyd’s death.

FOX 9 also first exposed some of the non-protesters being bailed out by MFF, including Darnika Floyd, who was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing a friend to death, and Christopher Boswell, who is facing charges of sexual assault and kidnapping. The group put up $100,000 on behalf of Floyd and $350,000 on behalf of Boswell.

These are the thugs that the Biden-Harris ticket helped liberate. Do these actions tell us that Biden-Harris is committed to restoring order to our cities? Or do their actions sound like most Democrats who are soft on crime? I’d argue they sound like the latter.

This morning on Outnumbered, former Obama State Department propagandist Marie Harf said that Joe Biden had spoken out forcefully against anti-police violence. While I’ll agree that Biden has said the right thing when he’s spoken, I’ll mention that he essentially went the entire summer without mentioning the rioting, looting and anti-police violence. Harf has also said that Democrat aren’t for defunding the police.

That’s interesting since Kamala Harris praised Eric Garcetti for slashing the LAPD budget by $150,000,000:

Vice presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday applauded Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision to slash police funding by $150 million but stopped short of saying she backed the ‘defund the police’ movement. “I support investing in communities so that they become more healthy and therefore more safe,” Harris said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I applaud Mayor Garcetti for doing what he’s done.”

Just because she didn’t say ‘defund the police’ doesn’t mean she doesn’t support the defund the police movement. At this point, it’s just semantics. It’s essentially irrelevant.

Check this article out:

“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police’?” said Jamal Osman, newly elected council member of Ward 6. He said he’s already been inundated with complaints from residents that calls for police aren’t being answered. “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen,” Osman said.

The Minneapolis City Council should’ve thought about that before they voted to dismantle the MPD. Residents are right. They need the police to stay safe. When DFL (DFL is Minnesotan for far-left Democrat) politicians promised to dismantle the police, police started retiring early en masse or seeking jobs with other PDs.

Right now, the MPD is understaffed according to the Minneapolis City Charter:

The city charter, which serves as its constitution, currently says the city must maintain a police department and the council must “fund a police force of at least 0.0017 employees per resident.”

The point is simple. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi can spin this whichever way they want to sound moderate but they’re essentially irrelevant. City councils determine police department funding. Big city city councils are either mostly or entirely Democrat activists. The city council activists align mostly with AOC and Keith Ellison. In Minneapolis, Keith Ellison’s son, Jeremiah, is on the City Council. Jeremiah voted for dismantling the MPD. That didn’t prevent him from shooting his mouth off at Tuesday’s meeting:

You named the strategies and the resources that we’re deploying … but does this type of enforcement action, is it able to have any kind of effect? It seems like we pour money into it, but we’re not seeing it have an effect.

When politicians disrespect the police, then cut their budget, crime will increase. That’s the predictable outcome.

This is particularly heartbreaking:

Rather than dismantling the police, what’s required is police reform and adding substantially to the police force. Let’s drop the ‘reimagining police’ propaganda that Democrats use. It isn’t legitimate. It’s the Democrats’ way of getting people to abandon time-tested policing tactics. This video contains a montage of ‘reimagining policing’:

Voting for Democrats is a vote for increased violent crime. That debate has been had. The statistics speak for themselves. Res ipsa loquitur.

At the most recent Minneapolis City Council meeting, Democrat Jeremiah Ellison criticized Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, saying “You named the strategies and the resources that we’re deploying … but does this type of enforcement action, is it able to have any kind of effect? It seems like we pour money into it, but we’re not seeing it have an effect.”

Councilman Ellison should read the newspapers more often. This article starts by saying “Some South Minneapolis residents are voicing concerns about staffing at the city’s Fifth Police Precinct. The commander of the precinct confirms that some nights there are only eight officers on patrol covering 20 neighborhoods.”

The article continues, saying “Minneapolis Deputy Chief Erick Fors said the department is short on officers. The reason, he says, ranges from early retirements to hiring freezes to dozens of officers on medical leave, mixed with COVID-19 challenges, like officers having to stay home and quarantine if they’re exposed to COVID-19.”

“So yes, that’s considerably less than an authorized total strength of 888 officers, so that requires us to look at our resources, look at our demands, again focus on our core services and move resources around as needed,” Fors said.

Apparently, Councilman Ellison hasn’t pulled his head out of his butt. Thanks to grandstanding politicians who blame police officers whenever possible, officers are leaving for better jobs or they’re taking early retirement. Why put up with the politicians’ abuse week-after-week? Their job is difficult enough as it is with a full compliment of officers. Check this article out:

Service calls for police response either through 911 or other dispatches noticeably declined since the unrest that rocked Minneapolis ended, in part underscoring the department’s staffing and budgetary problems. After Floyd’s death, the force lost more than 10 percent of its officers through resignation, termination, retirement or medical leave – and could shed more employees by year’s end.

Watch this video from November, 2019:

It says that the Minneapolis City Council “is set to approve a $772,000 sculpture” but that the police department is understaffed. It’s in that context that we have to picture Jeremiah Ellison’s statements. He voted for the statue. Then he voted for dismantling the police department. Here’s how Chief Arradondo replied:

Arradondo said he’d like to see deeper research into the root causes of community and police violence. “Too often, we as police departments, we are dealing in a reactionary mode. We have oftentimes come to finding crime as opposed to preventing it. If we just stayed status quo, right now, we will end this year with numbers that are absolutely unconscionable about what we should have in terms of community violence, and we don’t do a deep dive as a city as to what caused all of those.”

Instead of dismantling the MPD, Minneapolis should strengthen training while hiring more officers. Finally, it’s time for the people to fire grandstanding politicians like Jeremiah Ellison the next time he’s up for re-election.

That means electing Republicans to the City Council. Jeremiah Ellison and his DFL friends have failed miserably at protecting Minneapolis residents.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson is upset with the Dallas City Council. He’s upset because the Dallas City Council just voted to cut DPD funding by $7,000,000.

Apparently, the Dallas City Council is controlled by the Black Lives Matter organization:

The Dallas City Council voted on Wednesday to cut the money from the police department’s fund dedicated to overtime pay. The cut comprised 25% of the department’s overtime budget. The decision came after Black Lives Matter protesters called on elected officials to defund the police department.

“The city of Dallas is facing a serious uptick in violent crime, and it’s not just a few days or weeks or months in the making. We’re talking about a couple of years now of steadily increasing aggravated assaults, steadily increasing homicide and steadily increasing domestic violence,” Johnson said, according to The Dallas Morning News.

“I don’t believe, and neither do the people of Dallas … that now is the right time to be defunding the police, or cutting funding to the police to send a message or anything like that,” he continued.

Dallas is one of many U.S. cities that have been rocked by Black Lives Matter riots in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd died in police custody after an officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. An autopsy of Floyd’s body found a potentially lethal cocktail of fentanyl and methamphetamines in his system.

Check this out:

It’s time to eliminate the idiots on the Dallas City Council who just voted to a) keep the bureaucrats fully funded and b) cut $7,000,000 from the DPD overtime budget. This says everything:

“I think we need to have a very serious conversation about these topics, and I’ll say this. When I first heard the phrase to defund the police several months ago, I very genuinely and earnestly asked the question what does that mean, and I was actually met with some ridicule and met with some derision and accused of pretending not to know,” Johnson said. “People are all over the place on what it means.”

Dallas City Council member Carolyn King Arnold issued a response to Johnson’s criticism on Saturday, defending the council’s decision and claiming that the council’s action should be viewed as a “reinvestment” in disadvantaged communities.

BLM-Dallas is interested in weakening Dallas police by stretching them far too thin. The City Council should be beefing up the police budget, not cutting it.

This article shouldn’t surprise people. Since DFL politicians like Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey let Minneapolis get torched, it was inevitable that citizens would start taking matters into their own hands. This article simply confirms that:

Gun dealers in Minnesota attribute a surge in firearms sales to anxiety over the coronavirus, civil unrest and the uncertainties involving the presidential race. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says there were about 21,900 background checks for gun purchases in Minnesota in August of 2019. This year, there were nearly 35,000 in the same month.

This says it all:

Dave Amon, an agent at Gunstop of Minnetonka, said the demand shows no signs of slowing especially as the changing role of law enforcement is in the spotlight, the Star Tribune reported. “I’ve seen a lot more single moms that are scared and need something to protect them,” he said. “They’re scared when people talk about defunding the police.”

This is an indictment against DFL mayors and DFL Gov. Tim Walz. They let Minneapolis burn the first 2 nights of the George Floyd Riots. Frey gave orders to sacrifice Minneapolis’s Third Precinct Police Station. When it went up in flames, so did the surrounding neighborhood:

Here’s drone video of the riots’ damage:

That’s what happens when there’s a leadership vacuum. When politicians won’t act, the citizenry will. This isn’t unusual. It’s quite predictable, in fact.

For more than 2 weeks, Democrats have insisted that the violence in America’s streets was happening in “Donald Trump’s America.” Joe Biden suggested multiple times that it was President Trump’s fault. To prove the dishonesty of these assertions, a simple set of questions will suffice. Let’s get started proving the Democrats’ dishonesty.

  1. During any of the riots, did President Trump instruct the Democrat mayors to go easy on the rioters?
  2. Did President Trump tell Ted Wheeler, Portland’s Democrat mayor, to look the other way while Antifa destroyed Wheeler’s city?
  3. When Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey ordered the police to abandon the Second Precinct Police Station, did he give those instructions on President Trump’s instruction?

  4. When Officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on George Floyd’s neck, was it because he’d received bad training?
  5. Or did it happen because the powers-that-be in Minneapolis haven’t changed the culture within the Minnneapolis Police Department?
  6. Did President Trump have anything to do with either the officers’ training or the culture within the MPD?
  7. When Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s Democrat Mayor, told President Trump she didn’t need federal help, was that President Trump’s fault?
  8. Was it President Trump’s fault when the Rochester Police Chief and his deputy retire today?

Check this out:

Here’s another set of questions:

  1. If, God forbid, Joe Biden is elected this November, will Ted Wheeler suddenly become Portland’s version of Joe Arpaio?
  2. Would Jacob Frey suddenly turn into a Minneapolis version of Clint Eastwood?
  3. Would Bill de Blasio suddenly turn into Serpico?

Let’s get serious a moment. Joe Biden’s accusations shouldn’t be taken seriously. His accusations only make sense if President Trump is in charge of the police forces in Rochester, Portland, New York, Minneapolis and Chicago. Since the US Constitution is built on the principle of federalism, Biden’s accusations don’t make any sense. Then again, nothing makes sense to a candidate who looks like this:


Here’s the video by itself:

That candidate is barely able to read a teleprompter. Is he the guy you’d want handling an international crisis? I wouldn’t.

This article opens with the statement “The Minneapolis City Council’s resolve to end the city’s police department has lost momentum, the result of the failure to get the question before voters in November and council members’ diverging ideas on the role of sworn officers in the future.” Apparently, some activist organizations led the push to end the MPD. We find that out when the article reports “Black Visions, formerly known as the Black Visions Collective, organized social media campaigns asking city officials to cut the department’s budget and vow never to increase it again.”

That didn’t go over well with other activist organizations:

“They really did miss the opportunity to create actual change,” said Michelle Gross, of Communities United Against Police Brutality. “It’s almost as if changing the police is a bad word, and you’re supposed to be talking instead about getting rid of police.”

That led to this:

City Council Member Alondra Cano was the first to reach out, Omeoga recalled. They talked about the need to do something bold. Soon afterward, Black Visions and its partner organization, Reclaim the Block, connected with other council members and began discussing what promises they might feel comfortable making.

After that, this:

By the time they took the stage, nine council members had agreed to participate: Bender, Vice President Andrea Jenkins and council members Cano, Phillipe Cunningham, Jeremiah Ellison, Steve Fletcher, Cam Gordon, Andrew Johnson and Jeremy Schroeder. They took turns reading from a joint statement that asserted the Police Department could not be reformed. “We are here today to begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department and creating [a] new transformative model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis,” they said.

They added that they didn’t have “all the answers about what a police-free future looks like” but promised to spend a year engaging with “every willing community member.” Without a detailed plan to accompany their pledge, some people turned to statements from individual council members for help interpreting what it meant. Some had promised to dismantle the department, while others focused on boosting funding for violence prevention programs.

After the riots (they aren’t “mostly peaceful protests”) and after street violence skyrocketed, Minneapolis’s minority communities have started taking a harder look at what the DFL-controlled Minneapolis City Council voted to do. These DFL politicians voted to take these minority communities’ safety away. If Minnesota flips into the red column for President Trump this time, that action will be rightly seen as triggering the perfect storm. Videos like this won’t help VP Biden’s cause: