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This article explains what’s happening in Minnesota. It’s long been known that Minnesota’s political landscape was changing. The last 4 years, though, have shown that the pace of change accelerated.

The article opens by saying “Ask Larry Cuffe why, after decades of voting for Democrats, he voted for Donald Trump four years ago, and he’ll talk about his distrust of Hillary Clinton and the need to get northern Minnesota’s mines back to work. Ask the former police officer why he’s sticking with Trump in 2020 and the list is very much longer.” The simplest way of putting things is by saying that President Trump has kept most of his promises to Blue Collar America. He hasn’t been perfect but he’s worked tirelessly to do what he promised. The political establishment hasn’t worked hard to support the lunchpail crowd.

Andrea Zupancich, a real estate agent and part-time mayor of the small city of Babbitt who also voted for Obama and signed the letter in support of Trump, twice testified to Congress that China dumping cheap steel on the US was killing her community. She said the imports drove down demand for iron ore from the mines around Babbitt which cost jobs, battered the local economy and drove people to leave the city. “We were pleading with Obama to do something about this. He started doing a little bit and then it just kind of fizzled,” she said.

Zupancich credits Trump for standing up to China by imposing tariffs on its steel that she says has injected new life into the industry in the US and the Iron Range. “The tariffs, that is causing an equal playing field for the selling of our steel, so we’ve noticed an increase in the mines’ production. We see that they’re hiring people, they’re putting money back into the mines. They’re planning on mining for a while,” she said.

The next time Joe Biden insists that President Trump took over a booming economy, then ruined it, throw this back in his face. The Obama-Biden administration hurt the Iron Range in northeast Minnesota and steel mill towns in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

President Trump got rid of the Obama regulations that revitalized the energy industry. Now we’re energy independent and energy dominant. President Trump imposed tariffs on China when they tried cheap steel into the US. It didn’t take long for China to stop dumping steel into the US. When the China steel dumping stopped, the Iron Range’s economy was revitalized. The Obama-Biden administration was mostly about career politicians flapping their gums. The Trump administration specializes in fixing economic problems.

“We are sitting on a half a trillion dollars’ worth of copper and nickel,” said Zupancich. “We import all our nickel whereas we could provide 90% of the world’s nickel and the state would really benefit. The mining taxes pay for our schools for the entire state.”

The plan ran into opposition from Minnesota Democrats over environmental concerns. To Zupancich it didn’t make sense if a ban on mining in northern Minnesota means the minerals then come from countries such as China or Russia with lower environmental and other standards.

I started my political night watching Joe Biden answer softball questions from George Stephanopoulos. After hearing 5 Biden lies in the first 3+ minutes, though, I had to bail. Joe Biden is insufferable. I was DVRing both candidates’ townhalls so I switched in the hopes of seeing a more entertaining debate.

Unfortunatel, I was treated to Savannah Guthrie interrogating questioning President Trump for the first 16 minutes of the NBC townhall. The bad news is that Ms. Guthrie had little respect for President Trump. The good news is that President Trump handled Guthrie’s hostility with magnanimity … to a point. One thing that President Trump was asked was to condemn white supremacy to 8,475th time. He condemned it in strong, unambiguous terms, then added that Joe Biden should be asked to condemn Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other Democrat hate organizations.

President Trump didn’t raise his voice. He wasn’t argumentative but it sent a clear message. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Guthrie started soliciting questions from the audience. Last night’s ‘townhalls’ weren’t legitimate townhalls. Biden’s event was like a Guthy-Renker infomercial. President Trump’s event was more like an interrogation. That’s fine. Trump’s a big boy. He handled things just fine:

This is disgusting:

One of the questioners at the ABC-hosted event was Nathan Osburn, a former speechwriter for the Obama White House. Osburn specifically worked for the Office of Public Affairs at the Commerce Department under the Obama-Biden administration and at the Small Business Administration.

Here’s a softball, Joe. Hit it out of the park. Sheesh. You’d think that these activists/DNC operatives would learn that they don’t get away with this. The Democrats’ heavyhanded tactics will cost Democrats this election. When the dust settles, the MSM will have helped Republicans strip Pelosi of her speaker’s gavel. Republicans will enlarge their Senate majority and give President Trump another 4 years in office.

The people have had enough. The backlash is building. The Democrats’ tactics will have failed. Democrats have ignored Main Street. Democrats are now the Party of Silicon Valley and Wall Street, the Party of Antifa and BLM.

It’s time to expose the Democrats’ Supreme Court agenda and its ramifications. First, it’s time to stop calling it “packing the Supreme Court.” That’s too vague. It’s better to call it expanding and politicizing the Supreme Court. Madison, Jefferson and Hamilton established an independent judiciary that was a check on the 2 political (Executive and Legislative) branches that was free of partisanship.

The importance of checks and balances can’t be overemphasized. Without checks and balances, the potential for mob rule increases exponentially. The ability to ram through ill-advised, counterproductive legislation becomes relatively easy. Mob rule, supported by a partisan judiciary significantly increases the likelihood of trampling people’s civil rights. Democrats have said that they’d confiscate law-abiding citizens’ AR-15s and AK-47s. This summer, Democrat city councils in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and NYC have voted to cut their cities’ police department budgets. Minneapolis voted to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, though that isn’t likely to happen anymore.

Gun-grabbing Democrats, from U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly to megabillionaire Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, push bills that would gut the Second Amendment. Couple that with installing partisan justices on the SCOTUS and major cuts in police funding and you’ve got a recipe for chaotic, out-of-control societies.

Another major downside to expanding the Supreme Court with partisan activists is that Democrats wouldn’t need to win major legislative victories. Democrats could just pass minor bills. Then Democrats could have one of their activists file a lawsuit and have the Supreme Court make the policy changes it couldn’t win through the legislative process.

Joe Biden stepped in it during this Q & A:

LOCAL REPORTER: But don’t the voters deserve to know…interrupted
BIDEN: No, they don’t des…I’m not going to play his game.

Let’s just be blunt. Vice President Biden doesn’t have the temperament to be commander-in-chief. Also, he isn’t smart enough. He’s actually had an over-sized ego. He’s had over-sized positions that he isn’t qualified for.

The Democrats’ SCOTUS agenda would essentially gut the Constitution by eliminating the non-political branch of government, then replacing it with an unelected activist branch of government. If that sounds like a wise system of government, move to Cuba or Venezuela.

It’s exceptionally obvious that Chris Wallace and Susan Page have been co-debaters masquerading as debate moderators. It wasn’t until the final 15 minutes of the debate that Page interrupted Sen. Harris. By that time, she’d interrupted Vice President Pence at least 20 times for going long on his answer. Despite Page’s interruptions, Sen. Harris still wound up with more speaking time than Vice President Pence. Sen. Harris wound up speaking 3 more minutes than Vice President Pence.

That’s the bad news for the Trump-Pence ticket. The good news for the Trump-Pence ticket is that Vice President Pence defeated the Harris-Page ticket last night. It wasn’t that close of a match, TBH. One thing positive that I’ll say about Susan Page is that she didn’t interrupt Sen. Harris when Sen. Harris admitted that Vice President Biden would raise everyone’s taxes if elected:

“On the other hand, you have Donald Trump, who measures the strength of the economy based on how rich people are doing. Which is why he passed a tax bill benefiting the top 1% and the biggest corporations of America, leading to a two trillion dollar deficit that the American people are going to have to pay for. On day one, Joe Biden will repeal that tax bill. He’ll get rid of it.

The it that Biden would get rid of is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It includes child tax credits, lower marginal tax rates and Tim Scott’s Opportunity Zones provisions that are intended to attract investment in minority neighborhoods and communities. Why would Biden get rid of things that help minority communities?

Further, Joe Biden was in DC for almost half a century. Was he too blind to notice these problems? Or did he just take the problems for granted? Blighted neighborhoods aren’t a new phenomenon. Detroit was destroyed 30 years ago, partially by terrible trade deals, partially by counterproductive urban policies. Baltimore has been blighted for 20+ years. But I digress.

Susan Page wasn’t as obnoxious as Chris Wallace but she still interfered too often. What needs to change is having co-moderators, where mainstream conservatives like Katie Pavlich, Ed Morrissey, Guy Benson and Charlie Kirk pitch questions to the Democrats and sensible Democrats, if they still exist, ask questions of the GOP nominee.

The truth is that the MSM has swerved so far left in supporting Democrats that the MSM is considered the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party. The Joe Biden ‘town hall’ with undecided voters had 2 people on who identified themselves a couple months ago as likely Biden voters. George Stephanopoulos’s Trump town hall was so hostile that I thought the Secret Service might be required to protect our president. The notion of objectivity or, at minimum, neutrality disappeared in 2016. (Think Adam Schiff, impeachment and the Russia Hoax.)

This statement announces the strength of the Trump-Pence campaign. Operation MAGA shows why this year’s enthusiasm gap matters. In the letter, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said “Operation MAGA will fire up the entire MAGA universe to keep President Trump’s campaign at full speed until our Commander-in-Chief returns to the campaign trail. Vice President Mike Pence, the First Family, our coalitions, and our grassroots supporters will be out in full force to show the real enthusiasm behind the President’s re-election and to show we’re working as hard as he always does. We also encourage all of the President’s supporters to pick up the banner themselves by volunteering in our grassroots Army for Trump, flying their Trump flags, putting out more yard signs, and wearing their MAGA gear proudly.”

Charlie Kirk, Judge Jeanine and Leo Terrell personify the MAGA spirit perfectly in this video:


Students for Trump are knocking on doors in battleground Georgia. Leo Terrell told President Trump to call him and tell him which battleground states Mr. Terrell should campaign in. Charlie Kirk said “we are seeing unbelievable enthusiasm and crowds despite the shutdowns. Just coming up this Tuesday, we’ll be right there on the heels of the vice presidential debate with another campus event. We are doing events basically every other day with Turning Point Action, our political vehicle, and I can tell you this, Judge — Joe Biden is really struggling with younger voters. His socialist-lite, big government message is not resonating with young families that are struggling to pay their bills, with mounting health care costs, with business shutdowns. We are an entrepreneurial generation. We don’t want another lockdown.”

RedState’s Mike Miller summarizes things perfectly, saying “Trump being Trump. Loved by supporters and loathed by Pelosi and the Left. Meanwhile, “Operation MAGA” will do its best to continue to fill in for the boss.”

He didn’t forget us. That’s why we’ve got his back while he deals with this illness. He built a great economy. Now it’s time to rebuild it after China tried to destroy it.

Donald Trump is the spiritual leader of this movement but make no mistake about this — this is a populist movement. When people realize the numbers behind this, they’ll get behind the movement.

Think of President Trump’s Platinum Plan as President Trump’s in-your-face attempt to compete with Joe Biden for the African-American vote. First, this isn’t pandering. It’s an honest attempt to improve the lives of African-Americans. Next, the 4 pillars of President Trump’s plan are “‘opportunity,’ ‘security’ ‘prosperity’ and ‘fairness’ for the Black Community.”

Specifically, the Platinum Plan “designates the KKK and Antifa as terrorist organizations and calls for making lynching a national hate crime, while pledging to increase access to capital in Black communities by nearly $500 billion.” Further, President Trump’s Platinum Plan will “will increase access to capital, fuel Black owned businesses, cut taxes, increase education opportunities, lower the cost of healthcare, further criminal justice reform, make Juneteenth a National Holiday, prosecute the KKK and ANTIFA as terrorist organizations, and make lynching a national hate crime.” Exit question: Did the Obama-Biden administration ever propose a plan like this? If they didn’t, why didn’t they?

School Choice

“While Joe Biden has bowed down to left-wing teachers unions at the expense of struggling students, President Trump has fought to give children across America access to school choice and quality education,” said Dr. Linda Lee Tarver, Black Voices for Trump Advisory Board Member. “We need a leader like President Trump who understands the crisis facing America’s public schools, not a career politician like Joe Biden who supports the failing status quo.”

Joe Biden is the status quo candidate. It won’t take long for African-Americans to figure out which presidential ticket has a plan to improve the lives of their community and which ticket is just more of the same failed policies that’ve kept African-Americans on the Democrats’ plantation.

Joe Biden doesn’t have a plan like that. Let’s see how Democrats like competing with Republicans for African-American votes. I think they won’t take it well.

When ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Nancy Pelosi if she’d consider impeaching President Trump, he stopped just short of gift-wrapping President Trump’s reelection. This morning on Fox & Friends, President Trump responded to this mini-fiasco:

President Trump on Monday claimed he would win the presidential election if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually attempted to use impeachment as an option to block his eventual Supreme Court nominee from being confirmed to the seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I don’t think Ms. Pelosi is that stupid. She might threaten impeachment but she doesn’t dare impeaching President Trump.

Likewise, it’s rumored that Ms. Pelosi might shut the government down in an attempt to shut down the confirmation process. Ms. Pelosi might threaten it but President Trump, Sen. McConnell and Leader McCarthy would jump for joy if she actually shut it down. That wouldn’t just guarantee President Trump’s reelection. It would guarantee McCarthy wielding the Speaker’s Gavel starting in 2021 and strengthen the GOP majority in the Senate.

That being said, packing the courts, granting statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington, DC and killing the filibuster are definitely on the Democrats’ priority lists. Schumer and AOC definitely tried ramping up the fear with Republicans:

I don’t give a damn about of RBG’s wish. The spot on the SCOTUS bench didn’t belong to RBG. It belongs to the American people. Had Democrats held the Senate when Justice Antonin Scalia passed, there’s no doubt that President Obama would’ve nominated someone to the left of Merrick Garland and Democrats would’ve confirmed that far-left SCOTUS nominee.

Sen. McConnell set the precedent record straight:

We are already hearing incorrect claims that there is not sufficient time to examine and confirm a nominee. We can debunk this myth in about 30 seconds. As of today, there are 43 days until November 3rd and 104 days until the end of this Congress. The late, iconic Justice John Paul Stevens was confirmed by the Senate 19 days after this body formally received his nomination. Nineteen days from start to finish.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, another iconic jurist, was confirmed 33 days after her nomination. For the late Justice Ginsburg herself, it was just 42 days. Justice Stevens’ entire confirmation process could have played out twice between now and November 3rd, with time to spare. And Justice Ginsburg herself could have been confirmed twice between now and the end of the year, with time to spare. The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination.

Here’s the video of Sen. McConnell’s speech:

Senate Republicans need to ignore the Democrats’ threats. They need to confirm the highly qualified woman jurist to the Supreme Court ASAP. Finally, it’s important to differentiate between RBG’s extraordinary legal career from her time on the bench. As a jurist, she was an activist more than a jurist. President Trump needs to reject activists.

Keith Ellison is Minnesota’s chief law enforcement officer in name only. It’s indisputable that he doesn’t apply the laws equally. If there was any doubt that he’d turn a blind eye towards his political allies, this Powerline article puts that question to rest.

The story starts with “The organizers of a rodeo in the tiny northern Minnesota town of Effie are facing state punishment after disregarding warnings not to hold the event in violation of an executive order restricting the size of public gatherings. It’s the first time the state has brought an enforcement action against an entertainment venue that has operated ‘in open defiance of the law,’ Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a news release.”

Effie is roughly 40 miles from Grand Rapids. It’s literally timber wolf country. The thought that Keith Ellison would file this type of action is beyond disgusting. The first thing to do is sign this petition to tell Mr. Ellison that his double standard doesn’t comply with the Constitution, which requires equal application of the law. Specifically, the Fourteenth Amendment states “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

How many lawsuits has Mr. Ellison filed against Black Lives Matter-Minneapolis? Certainly, their riots in Minneapolis exceeded the limits of Gov. Walz’s EO. They didn’t wear masks and they didn’t social distance, either. This part is infuriating:

Ellison said in a news release that his office has been working with businesses and events across Minnesota for months to help them understand the law and the governor’s orders. In most cases, he says they have reached agreements that led to voluntary compliance, but his office is charged with enforcing the law when people don’t comply.

“Business owners and event operators need to know that they are not above the law. If they risk the health and safety of our communities, my office will take strong action, as we are doing today,” Ellison said in a news release.

“My office will take strong action” ‘except if they’re protesting against the police, rioting in the streets or share the DFL’s priorities. Apparently, then you’re invisible to his office. Tim Walz has been silent on this action. This picture explains why:

Finally, let’s remember that 1 person who attended the event got diagnosed with COVID. Let’s remember that a total of 125 cases have been reported for all of Itasca County since February. If Ellison won’t apply the law equally, then he isn’t fit for this job. He should be removed ASAP.

It’s long past time to tell Democrat media hacks like Jessica Tarlov, Marie Harf and Donna Brazile to shut up about what the ‘Defund the Police’ movement is or isn’t about. Tarlov, Harf and Brazile are Democrat establishment hacks waging a public fight against the Bernie Bros/BLM/Antifa/AOC activist wing of the Democratic Party. The truth is that Democrats are split on this from a PR standpoint. Democrats aren’t split on this from a policy standpoint.

Bill de Blasio is the worst big city mayor in America. He wants to cut $1,000,000,000 from NYPD’s $6,000,000,000 police budget while “gun violence has surged across the Big Apple.” De Blasio insists that “We can do this, we can strike the balance, we can keep this city safe.”

Of course, that doesn’t match with reality, which is normal with de Blasio:

The violence continued across the city over the weekend as eleven people were shot in less than 12 hours Saturday night into Sunday night, including in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Manhattan.

The key to preventing crime is … reducing the numbers of officers on the street? If de Blasio had been alive when they made the Wizard of Oz, he might’ve gotten cast as the Scarecrow even without an audition:

“We have caved to the mob in a moment we know will come back to haunt us,” Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The Post. “The mayor is smart enough to know that these actions will create a more violent environment in New York. “This is what you get when you have government-by-hashtag,” he added.

Borelli’s counterpart from Queens, Councilman Robert Holden, echoed the complaints. “I’m against wholesale cuts based on protest signs,” the Middle Village Democrat said. “One billion dollars is an arbitrary number that the mayor and some of my colleagues are trying to reach to appease the masses without considering public safety.”

De Blasio insists that this is part of his reform package. That’s BS. There aren’t any reforms in this proposal. The only thing that’s happening is de Blasio caving to BLM, Antifa and AOC.

Defunding the police is happening in too many places for Democrats to ignore. LA, NYC, Seattle, Portland and Chicago are cutting their budgets. Minneapolis wants to eliminate their police department entirely. Since PD budgets are set locally, Democrat hacks like Tarlov, Harf, Brazile and Biden can say whatever they want. Their voices are irrelevant.

The voices that matter are the activists’ voices (#BlackLivesMatter, Antifa) and the de facto leaders of the Democrats (AOC, Ilhan Omar, Lisa Bender and Jeremiah Ellison).

It’s time to throw away the Democrats’ anti-police spin/lies. The latest in the series is Ilhan Omar’s op-ed. It contains one of the biggest whoppers I’ve ever seen, which is something considering the fact that I just read an op-ed written by Adam Schiff.

In the op-ed, Rep. Omar wrote “In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, people across the country and around the globe are standing in solidarity with the protesters in Minneapolis. The message and movement of ‘Black Lives Matter’ has at long last gained the acceptance they long deserved.” That’s almost pure BS. First, the people that’ve gotten out in the streets aren’t protesters. They’re anarchists, rioters and looters. That’s substantially different than the definition of a protester.

The definition of protester is “an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition to something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid.” The definition of rioter is “a noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in the streets.” This isn’t a protest:

That’s what a riot looks like. Next, Black Lives Matter is getting discredited, thanks in large part to the fact that BLM’s co-founders said that they’re “trained Marxists.” America-hating Somalis might think Marxists are gaining acceptance with Democrats but that’s the only place BLM is gaining acceptance. Then there’s this:

For too long, people who live and work in Minneapolis, particularly black and other marginalized communities, have faced violence at the hands of police. Despite attempts at accountability and reform, the department continues to fail the city, as was laid bare with George Floyd’s murder and the department’s actions since his killing.

That’s because Minneapolis is ‘governed’ by activists, not policy-makers. Further, DFL City Councilmembers think first about how situations can be used for their political advantage. The Minneapolis City Council is entirely DFL. If the police aren’t trained properly, then that’s 100% on the DFL.

Ilhan Omar is part of the DFL. Ditto with Keith Ellison, the person who represented Minnesota’s Fifth District. Ditto with Phyllis Kahn, the woman who represented the legislative district Omar represented. Kahn represented the district for almost 50 years.

The legitimate argument is that Minneapolis should throw out the Democrats who’ve represented Minneapolis’s failed status quo for 40+ years. Why doesn’t the DFL get the blame? They’re the people representing the city at all levels of government, from the City Council, to the State Legislature to the U.S. Congress. The results are in and indisputable. Democrats have failed Minneapolis for half a century.