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When Elizabeth Warren endorsed Hillary Clinton, Sen. Warren’s supporters accused her of selling out to Wall Street and Goldman-Sachs. They were right. Sen. Warren sold out to Wall Street without hesitation.

During her interview with Rachel Maddow, Sen. Warren said “I’m ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets any place close to the White House.” Tonight, Bernie Sanders became the final sellout. Tonight, the hard left learned that Sen. Sanders and Sen. Warren talked tough about fighting Wall Street but then endorsed Wall Street’s bought-and-paid-for candidate.

This isn’t shocking. The Democratic Party is the party that sells people out. Another example of the Democratic Party selling out the people is how Hillary Clinton is selling out police officers in the hopes of increasing minority turnout:

The mothers of several African-Americans killed by police or gun violence will be put in the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention. The Mothers of the Movement will put presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement at center stage.

I wrote this post last week to highlight the police officers’ outrage with Mrs. Clinton. John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 in Philadelphia, wrote this statement last week:

The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted and will not soon forget that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows and other family members of police officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit and not implied racism.

Democrats aren’t hiding their motivation for inviting Mothers of the Movement:

Obama won more than 90 percent of black voters and well over half of women and younger voters in both 2008 and 2012, exit polling shows. Clinton has a strong lead over Trump among blacks, according to a June survey by Quinnipiac, and tends to carry big margins among female voters, but she has to shore up support among millennials and young voters, who are only slowly warming to her.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t stand with law enforcement. Period. She’s made statements about standing with law enforcement and that violence is never justified but when push comes to shove, Hillary will push law enforcement officers off the stage. Then she’ll invite Mothers of the Movement, the New Black Panther Party and #BlackLivesMatter onto that stage.

This weekend has provided Americans with lots of proof that Democrats will sell the American people out for their special interest allies. Let’s hope they decide they won’t tolerate the Party of Sellouts to live in the White House for another 4 years.

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Saying that Hillary Clinton will want to change the subject of this article is understatement. Let’s start by saying that articles like this virtually guarantee that she’ll announce her VP pick this afternoon. The bad news for Mrs. Clinton is that this ties into the case that Donald Trump emphasized during last night’s acceptance speech.

According to the article, “John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5” in Philadelphia, criticized Hillary for “inviting relatives of victims of police shootings to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, but failing to include relatives of slain police officers.” It’s still possible for Mrs. Clinton to invite some police officers to speak time-wise, though I don’t think it would go over well with Democrats in the hall. Think of how Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panther Party would react to police officers talking about what they face while protecting the public.

President McNesby read from a prepared statement while expressing his disgust with Mrs. Clinton:

The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted and will not soon forget that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows and other family members of police officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit and not implied racism.

Then he said this:

He said it’s “sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country.

“Mrs. Clinton, you should be ashamed of yourself, if that is possible.”

I’d expect the Trump campaign to jump all over this unforced mistake. This fits perfectly into Trump’s narrative that he’s the law and order candidate. Further complicating this situation is that these officers are stationed in Philadelphia, the site of the Democratic National Convention. If these officers wanted to cause trouble, they could invite Mr. Trump to a quickly-organized rally right outside the Democrats’ convention hall.

McNesby wasn’t too happy in this clip:

Suffice it to say that this isn’t the last time Mrs. Clinton will find herself defending the decision to invite the mothers of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to speak at the Democratic National Convention. I’d bet the proverbial ranch that Mr. Trump will emphasize this as proof that Hillary Clinton is soft on crime and that she’ll to the Democrats’ special interest groups in order to win votes. Let’s see if that works.

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Monday, I wrote this post to highlight Gov. Dayton’s statement on the Baton Rouge assassinations. Gov. Dayton said “The terrible murder of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge shocks the conscience of every decent-minded American. I renew my plea for all Minnesotans to engage only in peaceful and lawful ways to exercise their First Amendment rights. This is our opportunity to help lead the nation away from this wanton, mass violence and toward a reconciliation and healing.”

While it’s true that Gov. Dayton’s tone in this statement was conciliatory, let’s not forget that Gov. Dayton also accused a Hispanic police officer of racism by saying “Would this have happened if driver and the passenger have been white? I don’t think so.”

Don’t let Gov. Dayton’s latest public statements fool you. Gov. Dayton accused a Hispanic police officer of being a racist. In her speech to the NAACP Convention, Hillary Clinton said “Americans need to do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day. We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility rather than assume that our experiences are everyone’s experiences. We all need to try, as best we can, to walk in one another’s shoes, to imagine what it would be like to our son or daughter down and have the talk.”

Whether it’s Gov. Dayton accusing police officers of being racists or whether it’s Mrs. Clinton talking about white privilege, Democrats talk the language of victimization to minorities, especially African-Americans.

Gov. Dayton’s political allies at TakeAction Minnesota hinted that white people are racists in this letter:

Last week, we shared our reflections on the tragic death of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and countless other black people, as well as other people of color, at the hands of the police. We were amazed by the overwhelming amount of people like you who recognize this injustice and are ready to act.

You know more than anyone that the time to show up, to be in solidarity, to act for the movement of black lives is NOW. We must take action against the structural racism plaguing our state and entire country. A racism that shows up in our policing as systemic violence, in the public education system that fail students of color, and in every other facet of our communities.

Here are a couple immediate ways you can join the fight right away:

In the Twin Cities tomorrow? We’re joining the educators from the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change & other black leaders hitting the streets to demand justice for #PhilandoCastile and for Black lives across the country.

Can’t make the march, but still want to act? Sign this petition to call on St. Paul County Attorney Choi to turn over the investigation on the murder of Philando Castile into the hands of an independent special prosecutor.

Police violence and structural racism are literally costing the lives of people of color and ultimately, both of these forces impact all of us in varying ways, but they do and will take all of us to create change. As a white father, whose children are in the St. Paul Public Schools, the tragic death of Philando Castile is a terrifying reminder that the educators who care so much for my children are not safe themselves – and that’s unacceptable. We can’t stress this enough. That’s why we’ll be there tomorrow, and we want to see you.

It isn’t difficult to understand what’s happening. In public, Gov. Dayton and Mrs. Clinton sound like us. The minute they’re with their special interest friends, though, they start accusing people of being racists. Personally, I can’t trust someone who changes what they say depending on which audience they’re speaking to.

Mrs. Clinton’s divisiveness is off-putting and unattractive. Couple that with her lack of trustworthiness and you have a legitimate reason not to trust her with the keys to the Oval Office.

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It’s difficult to take Gov. Dayton’s statements about law enforcement seriously these days. Hours after Philando Castile was shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer and while the investigation was just getting started, Gov. Dayton threw white gas on the fire by saying he thought Castile wouldn’t have gotten shot if he’d been white.

Law enforcement officials across the nation and in the Twin Cities took Gov. Dayton to task for making such a reckless statement. They were justified in extracting the proverbial pound of political flesh from Gov. Dayton’s hide.

I can’t take Gov. Dayton’s statement about the Baton Rouge assassinations seriously after Gov. Dayton’s statements about Philando Castile. In his statement about Baton Rouge, Gov. Dayton said “The terrible murder of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge shocks the conscience of every decent-minded American. I renew my plea for all Minnesotans to engage only in peaceful and lawful ways to exercise their First Amendment rights. This is our opportunity to help lead the nation away from this wanton, mass violence and toward a reconciliation and healing.”

Lt. Gov. Smith issued this statement:

I join all Minnesotans in mourning the tragic shooting deaths of two Baton Rouge police officers and an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office deputy. Our prayers are with their families, friends, and communities. Law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge and across our country bravely serve to keep us safe with little consideration for their own well-being. This makes their murders particularly horrifying. We must stop this terrible violence.

Notice what’s missing from their statements. Notice that they didn’t criticize Black Lives Matter. Neither criticized Al Sharpton or President Obama for the outright lie that is “Hands up, don’t shoot.” That would require them to exhibit courage, something that neither has.

If we want healing, which is desperately needed, we need politicians who will call out race pimps like Sharpton and gutless civic ‘leaders’ like Marilyn Mosby and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Right now, the Democratic Party doesn’t have anyone that fits that description.

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I intentionally gave this post that inflammatory title. Other than a few left fringers that I could count on my fingers, nobody is pro-terrorist. It isn’t difficult to make a case that there are lots of lefties that hate America or that think that they need to apologize for America, with our current president at the top of that list.

After reading Chris Stirewalt’s article, though, I thought it was important to highlight how the Democrats’ passivity or indifference towards terrorism and their pandering towards #BlackLivesMatter, Hands up, don’t shoot and Al Sharpton have created the situation we’re currently facing.

Shortly after starting in office, President Obama said that he didn’t know the facts surrounding the Cambridge Police Department arresting Henry Gates but that he knew that “the cops acted stupidly.” Later, he sent then-US Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson to conduct a civil rights review and investigation. President Obama even bought into the ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ storyline. President Obama didn’t speak out against Black Lives Matter, either, because he wanted them stirred up for the midterm elections.

Couple that with Bill DeBlasio’s shameful statement that he worries about his son and Gov. Dayton’s statement that he thinks that Philando Castile would still be alive if he wasn’t black and Mrs. Clinton’s statement that systemic racism is putting African-Americans in danger.

It isn’t a stretch to say that the Democrats’ default position is to question law enforcement authorities. It’s simply happened too many times to argue otherwise.

As for terrorism, it’s painfully obvious that this administration hasn’t done all it could in fighting ISIS. John Kerry admitted that attacks against Syria and ISIS would be “unbelievably small”:

In Afghanistan, generals recommended to President Obama that they use a troop surge to destroy the Taliban. Rather than immediately accepting their recommendation, the administration dithered and dithered until the opportunity had passed and the Taliban had escaped. After all that time waiting, President Obama ordered a troop surge, then stated in the very next sentence when he’d pull our the surge troops.

Hillary isn’t much better. She’s more ‘hawkish’, if you can call it that. She’s more willing to use the military but she’s only willing to do that in a photo op way. Look at Libya. She insisted that we get rid of Qaddafi. Eventually, that happened. Then she ignored all of Christopher Stevens’ urgent requests for additional security. After ignoring those urgent cables, the result was Christopher Stevens getting killed in a terrorist attack.

There’s no proof that she’s learned from that lesson.

Simply put, the Democratic Party hasn’t shown that they have the inclination to consistently support police officers or to fight terrorists wherever they are. If we want to make America safe again, then voting for Hillary isn’t an option. She has tons of national security experience with virtually no serious accomplishments. Think Benghazi, the Arab Spring, the Russian Reset Button and insisting that Bashar al-Assad was a reformer we could work with.

That isn’t the type of experience that I’d vote for.

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When it comes to the networks or the NY Times naming civil rights leaders, they’ll frequently name Jesse Jackson, Jr., Al Sharpton or, occasionally, John Lewis. It’s time to name a new set of civil rights leaders. If I were king-for-a-day, I’d start the list with Alton Sterling’s family. I’d start with Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of his son Cameron.

My heart broke when I read that she said “My family is heartbroken for the officers and their families. We are praying for them, city leadership and the Baton Rouge community. As my son Cameron and I have said from the beginning, all we want is peace. We reject violence of any kind directed at members of law enforcement or citizens. My hope is that one day soon we can come together and find solutions to the very important issues facing our nation rather than continuing to hurt one another” in a printed statement.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to think of Quinyetta and Cameron as the opposites of #BlackLivesMatter and Al Sharpton. Further, I’d argue that Quinyetta and Cameron’s attitude is more like Martin Luther King’s attitude than #BlackLivesMatter and Al Sharpton’s attitude towards MLK. Check out this article about “8 peaceful protests that bolstered civil rights”:

1. Montgomery bus boycott, 1955-56

Lasting just over a year, the Montgomery bus boycott was a protest campaign against racial segregation on the public transit system in Montgomery, Ala. The protest began, on Dec. 1, 1955, after African-American Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. The next day, Dr. King proposed a citywide boycott of public transportation at a church meeting.

2. The Albany movement, 1961

The Albany movement was a coalition formed in November 1961 in Albany, Ga., to protest city segregation policies. Dr. King joined in December, planning only to counsel the protesters for one day. Instead, he was jailed during a mass arrest of peaceful demonstrators, and he declined bail until the city changed its segregation policies.

Read the entire article.

Alton Sterling’s family is calling for peace just like Martin Luther King rejected violence in his march for civil rights. Dr. King was a giant, just like Quinyetta and Cameron are peace-advocating giants at a time when America needs more peace-advocating giants.

On Wednesday, Cameron Sterling made a public plea for peace.

“Protest in peace. Not guns, not drugs, not alcohol, not violence,” he said. “Everyone needs to protest in the right way, with peace. No violence. None whatsoever.”

Let’s pray we find more Quinyettas and Camerons fast. We need them badly.

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In the aftermath of this morning’s assassinations of 3 Baton Rouge police officers, half-hearted statements from the Commander-in-Chief aren’t enough. What’s required are strong actions that tell the world that assassinating cops won’t be tolerated.

Right after Philando Castile, Gov. Dayton opined that Castile might still be alive if he were white. It was an ill-advised statement that Gov. Dayton never should’ve made.

As long as it’s out there, though, it’s important that we flip this around. In light of the assassinations of the 5 DPD police officers last week and the assassinations of 3 police officers this morning in Baton Rouge and the I94 #BlackLivesMatter riots in St. Paul that left 21 officers injured, isn’t it time to ask whether #BlackLivesMatter should shoulder at least some of the blame for the assassinations of these police officers? Shouldn’t Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, especially Sharpton for his fiction of ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ in Ferguson, be blamed for throwing white gas on a raging racial fire?

In light of those things, the thing we didn’t need was a half-hearted statement from President Obama:

I’ll admit that it’d be difficult for President Obama to take Sharpton to the political woodshed but it’s what’s required. That’s what a leader would’ve done. Here’s what I would’ve written if I were the President’s chief speechwriter:

This morning’s assassinations of 3 police officers breaks my heart, especially knowing that it was another black man that shot those police officers. While I won’t pretend that police officers always treat minorities the same way they treat whites, I won’t pretend that black leaders like Al Sharpton and #BlackLivesMatter haven’t stoked the fires of racial animosity, either. It’s time for the police officers across the nation to review their procedures. Likewise, it’s time that the black community realize that most officers think that their job is to protect and defend the people in their city.

It was wrong for Gavin Long and Micah Johnson to murder in cold blood 8 police officers whose only sin was protecting people. It’s wrong for Al Sharpton to stoke the flames of racial animosity with chants of “Hands up, don’t shoot”.

Frankly, it’s time that both sides worked together rather than fighting each other.

That’s a statement President Obama doesn’t want to give, which is why it’s a statement that won’t be released.

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Thanks to his attorney’s statements, Officer Jeronimo Yanez’s side of the story is getting out. Tom Kelly, Officer Yanez’s attorney, is getting word out that there’s much more to the story than what’s been told thus far, saying “The shooting had nothing to do with race and everything to do with the presence of that gun”, adding that Mr. Castile “was not following the directions of the police officer.”

This investigation is just getting started, meaning that they’re just starting to connect the dots. Still, it’s clear that a significant portion of the early reporting didn’t tell the whole truth. I suspect that we still aren’t getting everything but the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit together a bit better.

One thing, though, that’s clear is that Gov. Dayton’s initial statements on the Philando Castile were ill-advised. That’s when he said “Would this have happened if those passengers would have been white? I don’t think it would have. I’m forced to confront — and I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront — this kind of racism exists, and that it’s incumbent upon all of us to vow that we’re going to do whatever we can to see that it doesn’t continue to happen.”

It was always known that Diamond Reynolds’ account wasn’t the final word. It was dramatic. It showed part of the story. It was never going to be the final word on what happened. It’s been known that Gov. Dayton’s statements would quickly proven as ill-advised.

Gov. Dayton should’ve waited. Had he done so, he might’ve learned this:

An audio clip purporting to capture the moments just before Castile was stopped by Yanez seems to indicate that the officer believed he and Reynolds ‘looked’ like suspects in a robbery.

“I’m going to stop a car, I’m going to check ID’s,” the officer can be heard saying in the recording, obtained by KARE 11. “I have reason to pull it over. The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery.”

The officer then tells dispatch he believes the driver looks like one of the suspects because of his ‘wide set nose’. Less than two minutes later an officer screams that shots have been fired and that it’s a ‘code 3’. The license plate mentioned by police in the recording matches the plate of the car Castile was driving, and the location the officers give to dispatch matches where the traffic stop took place.

It is not yet clear what alleged robbery the officer in the recording was referring to.

In light of the fact that there is audio indicating that the stop was happening because the officer thought the car was used in a robbery, it isn’t difficult to think that Officer Yanez was worried for his safety. Couple that with the claim that Officer Yanez told Castile not to move. If it’s proven that Officer Yanez issued that command and that Castile didn’t obey Officer Yanez’s order, that’s a potentially explosive situation.

It’s time to consider the possibility that this tragedy wasn’t about racism but that it might’ve been about a potentially dangerous situation and a motorist who didn’t obey a police officer’s commands.

It’s become clear that #BlackLivesMatter isn’t interested in healing racial divides. They’re proving that they’re interested in injuring police officers. At least one officer is injured. Police are reporting that “protesters started arming themselves with rebar from the construction site” and that police then used smoke and glass balls to clear the crowd. Protestors also threw glass bottles and liquids at the officers. One officer is injured from being hit with a glass bottle.”

The Star Tribune is reporting that as “many as 200 protesters were blocking both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the major traffic artery connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul near the Lexington exits. Many sat on the freeway while others stood, the air filled with yelling and chanting. Some onlookers were climbing over the freeway fence to join the blockade, with the crowd swelling to an estimated 300 people filling the lanes in both directions.”

KSTP-TV is reporting that “St. Paul Police say 3 officers have been injured so far in I-94 protests #PhilandoCastile.” Meanwhile, #BlackLivesMatter- Minneapolis posted this picture:

Meanwhile, some of the best ‘reporting’ is coming from Twitter. For instance, this just got reported:

People now chanting “let the kids out”. Police agreeing to.

Then there’s this:

Aggressors still throwing fireworks and rocks at officers’ heads.

That came at 11:08 pm. The bad news is that things are spiraling out of control elsewhere, too:

reports of Shots Fired At Houston Police Officers

It’s going to be a long night in St. Paul:

Rebar is again being thrown at officers from a bridge above the freeway.

Yes, that’s a different report than the one earlier. From this point forward, I’ll try to differentiate between protesters and criminals. The people throwing rebar at officers aren’t protesters. They’ll be criminals if they can be located and arrested. This would definitely be considered criminal activity if it’s confirmed:

Dallas PD confirms it received an anonymous threat against law enforcement across the city; has taken precautionary measures.

The violence is somewhat limited but that’s a relative term. I’m going to publish this post now because, frankly, Twitter is giving the timeliest updates. Check back to LFR tomorrow for a round-up of tonight’s violence.

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When a young black man was shot and killed in Falcon Heights, MN this past week, Black Lives Matter activist Nekima Levy-Pounds was among the first people to show up to protest. The question Minnesotans should ask is whether they should question Black Lives Matter Minneapolis is a legitimate organization raising legitimate questions or whether they’re a bunch of professional agitators with ulterior motives.

It’s legitimate to ask that question because Black Lives Matter has engaged in some pretty radical behavior. First, their about us page tells the story of a pretty radical group. It says “#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society. Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.”

In other words, #BlackLivesMatter starts with the belief that a man acquitted by a jury is guilty of murdering a black youth. Forget the facts seems to be their starting point. That’s confirmed by their insistence that something that didn’t happen should become their rallying cry:

The Department of Justice found that Brown physically attacked Wilson and attempted to grab his gun. Wilson then allegedly shot Brown in self-defense. This information countered the testimony of Dorian Johnson, Brown’s friend and witness to the shooting, who said Brown’s hands were raised when he was shot, something Johnson still maintains as truth. “Hands up, don’t shoot” would eventually become a protest cry.

Forensic evidence discredited Johnson’s testimony. Dorian Johnson’s own words discredit his testimony:

On August 12, three days after Mike Brown was shot, Dorian Johnson (and his attorney) appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper program. Johnson claimed that he and his friend, Big Mike, were walking down the middle of the street when they were blocked by Officer Wilson, who then just reached out and grabbed Brown by the throat:

[The officer] reached out the window with his left arm. He grabbed on to my friend, Big Mike’s throat. And he’s trying to pull him in[to] the vehicle. And my friend, Big Mike, very angrily is trying to pull away from the officer. And the officer now is struggling with trying to hold a grip on my friend Big Mike as he’s trying to pull away.

Forensic evidence showed “hands up, don’t shoot” never happened.

Things like facts don’t seem to matter to #BlackLivesMatter. Threatening violence seems to be part of their repertoire:

Last night, Nekima Levy-Pounds was on Almanac calling for harmony. She might’ve gotten a better reception if #BlackLivesMatter hadn’t chanted something that seemed to threaten police officers. ‘Pigs in a blanket. Fry em like bacon’ isn’t the chant to use to promote healing.

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