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I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, to find out that the violence hasn’t stopped in Portland even though the federal officers that were supposedly the catalyst of the violence have left. Weak municipal leadership, not federal law enforcement officers, is the reason for Portland’s violence. It’s understatement to say that re-imagining law enforcement isn’t working.

Remember the MSM insisting that the rioters (my words, not the MSM’s) were confined to a small area, aka the Mark O. Hadfield Federal Courthouse? That myth has been exposed as BS, thanks in large part to Andy Ngo’s reporting. In one of Andy’s reports from war-torn Portland, he said that “Antifa rioters have started a street fire in north Portland (far from the federal courthouse). There are no police outside. The busy street is entirely shut down again.”


What will the MSM say about this?



This isn’t about George Floyd or black lives. It’s about spreading anarchy. It’s about terrorizing citizens. If Portland had a leader, they’d end this rioting. Unfortunately, they’ve got Ted Wheeler instead.

It’s a bit much to say that the entire nation will turn into copies of Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle if Democrats retake the White House but not by much. Ted Wheeler and Boy Mayor Jacob Frey are virtually identical copies of progressive wimps. They aren’t leaders, nor are their governors.

The rioting in Portland hasn’t stopped because Ted Wheeler isn’t interested in stopping the violence because it’s wrong. He wants it to stop because it’s helping President Trump.

Saturday afternoon, President Trump essentially told Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he was tired of them negotiating in bad faith when he signed 4 executive orders that suspends the “Payroll Tax through remainder of 2020,” continues “the moratorium on evictions”, extends “unemployment benefits” and defers “student loan payments.”

That left President Trump looking like a hero to struggling families while simultaneously making Pelosi and Schumer look like Ebenezer Scrooge. Their joint statement sounds like sour grapes from start to finish:

Today’s meager announcements by the President show President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families. We’re disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans’ problems, the President instead chose to stay on his luxury golf course to announce unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors’ Social Security and Medicare.

“These policy announcements provide little real help to families. For instance, not only does the President’s announcement not actually extend the eviction moratorium, it provides no assistance to help pay the rent, which will only leave desperate families to watch their debt pile higher. Instead of passing a bill, now President Trump is cutting families’ unemployment benefits and pushing states further into budget crises, forcing them to make devastating cuts to life-or-death services.

Let’s remember that Nancy Pelosi once said during the Obama administration that unemployment checks stimulated the economy. Trusting her with the economy is as foolish as trusting Robert Francis O’Rourke with protecting the Second Amendment, trusting Bernie Sanders with the nation’s health care or trusting AOC with environmental policy. Nick Arama’s article highlights what happened yesterday:

Now these are incredibly popular moves. But Trump made them. And it means the Democrats don’t get to hold Americans hostage for their agenda. So therefore Democrats are going to fight against them despite the fact that they’re popular and help Americans. Not because Democrats truly have any principled objection to them, but simply because they can’t hold Americans hostage any more to get what they want.

There are 3 possible outcomes. One possibility is that Democrats sue, then win. That means they win the lawsuit but lose with voters. Another possibility is to sue and lose. That’s the worst outcome because they lose the lawsuit and they lose with voters. The other possibility is to just let President Trump’s executive actions take place. That’d give President a clean political victory.

The Trump EOs are the right prescription for what’s ailing the economy. The Pelosi-House bill invests in government and some extraneous things. The Trump plan invests in families. The differences between the 2 plans is startling.

President Trump’s economic policies are making it difficult for Democrats to criticize him. The July jobs report was better than expected, creating 1,763,000 new jobs while dropping the unemployment rate to 10.2%. While this is the smallest month of job creation since the shutdown ended, it’s still a strong number. The total number of new jobs created the last 3 months is 9,300,000. That’s the largest 3-month gain in US history.

Two months of record-setting payroll growth slowed in July but was still better than Wall Street estimates even as a rise in coronavirus cases put a damper on the struggling U.S. economy. Nonfarm payrolls increased 1.763 million for the month, the Labor Department reported Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 10.2% from its previous 11.1%, also better than the estimates from economists surveyed by Dow Jones.

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that Ms. Pelosi hasn’t issued her monthly statement on that month’s jobs report. When the June Jobs Report showed that the economy had created 4,800,000 jobs, Ms. Pelosi ignored that statistic in her statement:

The early June snapshot in the jobs report, when the economy was opening up too early, does not reflect the coronavirus spiraling out of control, forcing communities that had begun to reopen to close once again.

“Unemployment continues to be higher than any previous period since World War II. We have reached 15 straight weeks of more than 1 million Americans applying for unemployment insurance and tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases reported each day, as the critical lifelines that are helping to keep American families and communities above water expire. Economists, scientists and even the Chair of the Fed have indicated that if we don’t deliver the investments in The Heroes Act, we will end up in a worse place economically and health wise.

With negotiations hitting an impasse on a 4th ‘stimulus’ bill, what will Pelosi criticize this time? Will she criticize the fact that we didn’t create as many jobs in July as we created in June? If June’s job creation numbers were record-setting, why didn’t Ms. Pelosi mention them when we broke that new record?

Pelosi and Schumer finally issued this joint statement on the July jobs report:

The latest jobs report shows that the economic recovery spurred by the investments Congress has passed is losing steam and more investments are still urgently needed to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people. Millions of Americans are still hurting and yet, despite this reality, President Trump and Republicans appear ready to walk away from the negotiating table to do unworkable, weak and narrow executive orders that barely scratch the surface of what is needed to defeat the virus and help struggling Americans.

We remain committed to continue negotiating and reaching a fair agreement with the Administration, but we will not go along with the meager legislative proposals that fail to address the gravity of the health and economic situation our country faces. We call upon the White House’s negotiators to join us once again at the negotiating table today to secure a bipartisan agreement to put children, families and workers first.

There’s no proof that the recovery is slowing. It’s true that job creation numbers will eventually shrink. It’s impossible to picture the economy creating 3,100,000 jobs per month indefinitely. That’s more than 12,000,000 jobs created per year.

It isn’t surprising that CNN is carrying the Democrats’ water on the $600 ‘bonus’ through the unemployment system:

This isn’t a typical election. That’s why it’s important to throw this year’s polling out. It’s junk on steroids. This year, Democrats are on the wrong side of some unpopular issues.

This year, Democrats support defunding the police. Biden, Pelosi and Schumer insist that they don’t support defunding police when asked. Unfortunately for these Democrats, the Squad is driving this issue, along with local leaders who hate the Democrat establishment. This will be one of the top 2 issues, in my estimation, along with COVID.

Speaking of COVID, that’s the only important issue where VP Biden leads, although by not that much. It isn’t that this isn’t important. It’s that people get it that it isn’t a life-changing problem for people other than seniors and those with weakened immune systems.

President Trump holds a substantial lead over Biden on the economy, which will help President Trump in the battleground states. Thursday in Ohio, President Trump rallied with factory workers at the Whirlpool factory in Clyde, OH. On the road from the airport to the plant, Trump supporters were lining the roadway:

Karl Rove ridiculed the Biden campaign for saying that they added staff in Ohio and had purchased ad time in Texas. According to Rove, the Biden campaign hired 2 staff in Ohio and bought $65,000 worth of advertising in Texas. That isn’t a serious effort. You’d need millions of dollars per week in Texas to compete. You’d need 25+ additional staffers to compete in Ohio.

Another ‘issue’ that favors President Trump is something that I haven’t seen written about that often. The only person who frequently writes about it is Salena Zito. If she isn’t part of your trusted reporter list, you’d better add her ASAP. I call it the ‘rebuilding communities’ issue. Thanks to the various trade deals that’ve been signed and the anti-energy industry regulations, small towns throughout Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania were decimated. The deregulation has helped these communities rebuild after years of neglect. These are the so-called forgotten voters that then-Candidate Trump appealed to. The trade agreements and hardline positions against China have helped manufacturing, too.

These things have led to a rejuvenation within these Rust Belt states. These aren’t getting much in the way of headlines. That doesn’t mean people on the ground haven’t noticed. Remember how many reports questioned the existence of hidden Trump voters last time. The ‘experts’ didn’t admit that they existed until 9:30 election night.

Trump supporters won’t self-identify in advance. They’ll just show up and vote. That’s why I expect President Trump to be re-elected and for him to have a GOP majority in both the House and Senate.

Joe Biden is attempting to look like a leader on the China Virus. It’s failing because he’s proposing to do things that President Trump did months ago. They sound reasonable at first blush. That’s because they’ve been implemented months ago:

The former vice president swung into his spiel: “I talked early on about the Defense [Production] Act” to order companies to manufacture essential items, he said. Mr. Trump invoked the DPA March 27 to force General Motors to step up ventilator production.

Then, Mr. Biden said, “you need more testing.” More than 50 million tests have been conducted in the U.S., 754,858 on Tuesday alone. Next, he said, “insist that everyone wear masks.” The White House Coronavirus Task Force and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on April 3 that everyone wear masks in public.

To help the economy, Mr. Biden proposed to “make sure that people are in a position where they can maintain their businesses.” Mr. Trump signed the Cares Act on March 27, providing $349 billion in partially forgivable small-business loans, later raised to $659 billion. His next idea was to guarantee “no one has to pay for contracting COVID and being treated for COVID.” The Trump administration announced April 3 it would use Cares Act money to pay hospitals that treat uninsured people for Covid-19.

Remember that this Reid-Biden interview happened on July 20. Way to go, Joe. You got around to proposing your China virus plan 3+ months after President Trump implemented this plan. Moving at that speed, we’re sure to defeat the virus before the end of President Trump’s successor’s 2nd term.

With regard to a vaccine, Mr. Biden said it was essential to “have a command officer now . . . to put together exactly how that will be distributed to over 300 million Americans.” Gen. Gustave F. Perna, head of Army Materiel Command, was appointed chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed on May 15 to accelerate vaccine production and distribution.

Again, Biden is late by 2 months. Can’t this guy get anything done fast? I’ll tell you what Biden did in March. We can’t forget this golden oldie:

Joe Biden’s economic plan will produce a recession:

The former vice president’s July 9 economic plan, for example, proposes to raise $3.2 trillion in revenue over the next decade. It would do so by increasing taxes not only on the top 1% but on every American. The nonpartisan Tax Foundation says it “would lead to lower after-tax income for all income levels” and reduce the nation’s gross domestic product.

That’s before Biden would reimpose the industry-crippling regulations that temporarily killed the coal industry and the energy industry. By comparison, President Trump’s policies have made the US the world’s largest producer of energy. We don’t rely on foreign energy anymore.

Another example: Mr. Biden’s July 14 climate plan calls for closing every natural gas and coal-fired power plant within 15 years. They now produce 60% of America’s electricity. It’s probably impossible to achieve, but even trying would raise everyone’s utility bills and endanger millions of jobs in the energy and power sectors.

It’s time to reject this hostage of the far-far-left. We can’t afford his incompetence.

I’ve long thought that Joe Biden’s lead isn’t as solid as polling suggests. This article suggests that President Trump is making a spirited pitch to Hispanics. When Democrats attacked and boycotted Goya Foods, it gave the Trump campaign the opening it needed to attack Democrats and Joe Biden.

In a TV ad set to start airing in south Florida, Cuban actress Susana Pérez says “We sacrificed so much to be free and respected. Now the left has launched a smear campaign against Goya, the brand we love, just because Goya is working with President Trump, just like it did with Obama. Joe Biden and the Democrats are too extreme, socialism, cut police funding, take away charter schools and Joe Biden is too weak to defend us.”

The message is clear and powerful. Mixed throughout the ad are images of Che Guevara, the Cuban Refugee Airlift, AOC and a picture of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders smiling on a debate stage while the Chiron says “Extremists.”

That’s just part of the bad news. Here’s more bad news for Biden:

The same survey found 60 percent of Latinos said they’d vote for Biden over Trump. An NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll from late June found that 59 percent of Latino voters back Biden over Trump. Those figures, if translated into November vote totals, would be less than the 66 percent Hillary Clinton achieved in 2016 and the 71 percent Barack Obama won in 2012.

If President Trump gets 30%-35% of the Hispanic vote, he’ll put lots of states in play. Think of it this way. If President Trump loses Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin but holds all of the other states he won in 2016, he’d be at 260 electoral votes. If President Trump then wins New Hampshire and New Mexico, that puts him at 269 electoral votes, which throws the race to the House of Representatives.

That’s before considering possibilities like Colorado and Minnesota. Thanks to Jacob Frey’s mishandling of the George Floyd riots, Minnesota is definitely in play, though it’s still an uphill fight for Trump.

That’s academic if President Trump wins any of the Hillary Blue Wall states this time.

Lori Lightfoot’s war-torn Chicago sustained more bullet holes Tuesday night. Clearly, she isn’t capable of keeping her city safe. That’s her primary affirmative responsibility as Chicago’s mayor. Just before 6:30 pm CDT, shots were reported at “a funeral in the Auburn Gresham community.”

What’s bitterly ironic is the fact that it “began as a solemn ceremony for a victim of gun violence, and ended up becoming a gruesome scene of gun violence unto itself. Chicago Police First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter said a black vehicle was heading west on 79th Street at 6:30 p.m., when people inside began firing at attendees of a funeral. The funeral was taking place at the Rhodes Funeral Services funeral home at 1018 W. 79th St. The attendees of the funeral began firing back at the vehicle, which turned north on Carpenter Street and kept firing at people from the funeral before crashing into a parked car midway down the block.”

Carter said 14 victims were taken to five hospitals in unknown conditions. At least 60 shell casings were located. The Fire Department said at least nine people were transported by ambulances from the scene. The Fire Department said Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and the University of Chicago Medical Center received most of the victims. Victims were also taken, or found their way to, St. Bernard Hospital, OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park, and Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

The good news from Tuesday night is that Lightfoot has agreed to accept President Trump’s help:

President Donald Trump is sending help in the form of federal agents to Mayor Lori Lightfoot to help on the crime front in Chicago. The mayor’s response was somewhat of a forced agreement, as long as it’s not a situation like Portland. The mayor at first pushed back against Trump’s threats to send federal agents to the city. The president said he wanted to send them to fix the city’s gun violence problem.

This weekend, 150 federal agents will be deployed to Chicago. Originally, fearing it would be like Portland, where agents clad in military style uniforms without names or insignia were in the area, the mayor resisted. But her understanding Tuesday is that’s not going to be the case. Instead, Lightfoot said the federal agents will work alongside Chicago Police Department officers which is not unprecedented, and unlike in Portland, the U.S. attorney for the northern district of Illinois, John Lausch, will help.

Apparently, Lightfoot has seen the foolishness of her ways, though I’m betting she won’t act contrite anytime soon. Most important is the fact that President Trump, not the black mayor of Chicago, is trying to fix black-on-black violence. Shouldn’t the MSM admit that if shootings and murders drop in Chicago? I’m not holding my breath on that.

Kim Strassel’s Potomac Watch column nails it in terms of the presidential campaign. She wrote “The headlines of late proceed from the premise that Joe Biden is on a glide path to the White House. Stories highlight polls showing President Trump losing key swing states, even GOP strongholds. Texas is in play! Georgia is at risk! Journalists explain that Mr. Biden is banking money, while the Trump campaign’s leadership team is in chaos. They feature congressional race trackers, who rate more Republicans as vulnerable. All that’s left is for Jill Biden to pick the curtains.”

Let’s stop this stupidity this instant. Joe Biden is proposing to destroy the fossil fuel economy but fossil fuel-rich Texas is in play? That’s a joke and then some. This article says it all: “Biden’s liberal climate policies feared by unions in Pennsylvania.”

If Biden’s climate change policies worry union bosses in Pennsylvania, which Trump won by 44,000 votes, what’s the likelihood that Trump’s in danger of losing Texas, which he won by 807,000 votes? Does Trump have an enthusiasm problem in Texas? I wouldn’t bet on it.

Mr. Biden is promising to delete the jobs of millions of Americans—at a time of soaring unemployment. A study by the National Ocean Industries Association finds that a ban on offshore drilling alone would cost 200,000 jobs, damaging regional economies. Mr. Biden would overrun the nation with solar panels, wind turbines and charging stations. Basic consumer choice would disappear for vehicles, dishwashers, even homes. The Justice Department would become a weapon against businessmen who run afoul of fast-changing progressive standards.

That will be a huge issue in battleground states this fall. It won’t be the biggest issue, though. Riots and “Defund the Police” will be the biggest issue. COVID will be important, just not as important as Defund. People have worries about COVID but they’ve learned to live with the risk. They’re frightened about the riots and Defund the Police. Outside elderly neighborhoods, COVID isn’t that big of a worry.

Every neighborhood is threatened by Defund the Police. Either that or they know someone who’s threatened by defunding police departments. Further, Joe Biden is on the wrong side of the Defund issue. Yes, Chris Wallace, Biden did say that he’s for defunding the police:

Hint: redirecting money away from police departments is defunding. It’s just using a different word. The effect is still the same.

The Trump White House used the week to lay out a competing vision. At a UPS facility in Georgia Wednesday, the president announced a “top-to-bottom overhaul” of the federal environmental review process, which stands in the way of nearly every infrastructure project in the country. Transformation of that permitting regime would clear the way for new highways, ports, bridges, pipelines and tunnels. That would create millions of jobs, attract more business to America and make the country more competitive. “Biden wants to massively re-regulate the energy economy,” Mr. Trump said, drawing the contrast. “We want to get things built.”

In other words, President Trump wants to make life better faster. Biden wants to listen to AOC’s and Bernie’s socialist instructions. That’s the fast-track to a lost decade.

We lost a decade of economic growth during the Obama administration. We’d experience worse economic growth during a Biden-Sanders-AOC administration. In fact, we’d likely experience a major recession during a Biden-AOC-Sanders administration.

Wednesday afternoon, the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) endorsed President Trump. That’s a major switch from 2008 and 2012, when NAPO endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket. NAPO didn’t endorse a candidate in 2016.

According to NAPO’s website, “The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States and was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action and education.”

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) endorsed President Trump’s reelection Wednesday, praising his “steadfast and very public support” for law enforcement. NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.

This is a major snub to Biden. NAPO figures to be a pivotal voting group this fall, especially with the rioting and looting taking such a prominent position in terms of issues that Americans care about. According to this report, NAPO is “the biggest group that represents the police benevolent associations and police unions across the country”:

This is NAPO’s endorsement letter, which was sent to President Trump:

Here’s why NAPO rejected Biden:

Officers have faced routine disparaging in wake of nationwide racial injustice protests, and some have called out presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for not condemning anti-police rhetoric. While Biden’s campaign has staunchly opposed the idea of abolishing police departments, the candidate said that some funding should “absolutely” be redirected from the police.

Al Franken’s stupidity and partisanship are fully displayed in this CNN op-ed. Early in the op-ed, Franken writes “When your opponent is digging himself a hole, you let him keep digging. By design or necessity, Joe Biden has laid low since we all sheltered in place, allowing President Donald Trump to turn the November election into a referendum on Donald Trump. And right now, Donald Trump appears to be losing badly to Donald Trump.”

This is what I’d expect from an idiot like Franken. Franken apparently hasn’t figured out that Biden’s dementia has robbed him of an ability to look plausible. Apparently, Franken isn’t bright enough to figure out that the rioting and looting are losing issues for Democrats in battleground states. It’s obvious that Franken is discounting the economic recovery that’s already underway thanks to the steps President Trump put in place.

While I don’t have the official data that proves the start of the COVID economic recovery, the signs are getting impossible to miss. Consumer confidence is rising. Millions of jobs are getting created. Home sales are going up. Oil prices have recovered, which wouldn’t happen if the economy is still contracting.

After reading this, I’m wondering if Franken has used his brain lately:

The first, of course, is that a Trump victory would be a disaster for everything Democrats hold dear. Here’s a short list — democracy, economic justice, social justice and justice. That leaves out a whole bunch — for instance, providing health care for all Americans and global warming. Stuff like that.

Secondly, between now and November, Trump and the Republicans will do everything they can to cheat. That means using every tool possible to suppress votes, including a full court press to prevent vote-by-mail, even if we are still deep in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Third, if Trump loses a close election, he may very well refuse to leave.

Franken’s right about something. A second Trump victory “would be a disaster for everything Democrats hold dear.” That, though, would be a positive thing for the nation. Another Trump victory would mean 4 more years of hitting China hard for the Chinese Communist Party’s corruption and deception. Another Trump victory would mean 4 more years of a soaring economy that works for everyone. Another Trump victory means that Republicans would expose Democrats as being weak on crime and defense, economically illiterate and that they talk a better game about the middle class than they deliver.

Next, President “Trump and the Republicans” won’t try to cheat. Sen. Franken should check with the NJ Attorney General. Democrats, not Republicans, committed voter fraud, mostly through the Vote-By-Mail, aka VBM, system in Paterson, NJ. People in glass houses should carelessly throw stones around.

Third, it’s time to retire the ‘Trump won’t leave if he loses’ line. Hillary still hasn’t accepted the results of the 2016 election. This is the worst case of projection in the history of partisan politics.

Then again, Franken’s brain is likely too fried from all the drugs he’s used during his SNL days: