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Friday night, I got TakeAction Minnesota’s weekly newsletter. The top item in TAM’s newsletter, predictably, was President Trump’s Thursday night rally. TAM wrote “Well, it’s Friday, and it’s been quite the week. Last night, President Trump visited Minneapolis. And, as expected, he used his platform to spread hate and division. Much of it was directed it toward our Somali friends and neighbors.”

Of course, that was only part of this DFL front group’s dishonest update. It continued, saying “But that’s not the entire story. Last night, tens of thousands of Minnesotans, including many of you, came together in the cold rain to affirm what we know: every person has inherent worth and dignity. No matter where they came from or what faith they practice. And no matter what President Trump says. Right now, we’re faced with a choice: Either we stand together with unbreakable solidarity across race, class, gender and geography, and rise up to meet the challenges we face. Or we allow hatred and cruelty to rule the day.”

Speaking of hatred and cruelty, here’s what the rioters did while the rally was just ending:

Then there’s this:


It’s a safe bet that the rioters weren’t Trump supporters. I’d estimate the chances of the rioters being Democrats and Antifa to be north of 90%. If TakeAction Minnesota wants to talk about hatred and cruelty, they’d better look in the mirror first. TakeAction Minnesota is famous for pushing the envelope when it comes to on-the-ground activism. I wrote about TAM’s threats and intimidation in this post. TakeAction Minnesota went to Jason Lewis’s home:

But my neighbors saw 20, 25 people, nobody knows the real count, outside. Their daughters were home alone, got scared, called their dad. He called the police, which, by the way, in the suburb I live in, it’s a violation of a city ordinance to what, not to mention trespassing.

Rule #1 — Whatever the DFL accuses Republicans of doing is exactly what the DFL is doing. Rule #2 — Never forget Rule #1.

Check out this wrap-up of Thursday night’s violence. Spread these videos far and wide. Without visual proof, people won’t believe that the DFL has gotten this violent.

Friday night, Almanac’s political panel included Republicans Brian McDaniel and Fritz Knaak and Democrats Javier Morillo-Alicea (from the SEIU) and Kenza Hadj-Moussa of TakeAction Minnesota. A healthy portion of the discussion centered on President Trump’s statement at the rally in Greenville, NC, and whether he’s an authoritarian. While nobody attempted to defend the chant that arose from the arena, Morillo-Alicea tried making the point that Lindsey Graham’s statement the next day, to Mr. Alicea, smacked of “authoritarianism.”

During the discussion, Kenza Hadj- Moussa insisted that Rep. Omar, if that’s her real name, has a message “of hope.” That sounds like the statement that TakeAction Minnesota issued on Rep. Omar’s behalf. In that statement, here’s what they said, in part:

Either we stand together with unbreakable solidarity across race, class, gender and geography, and rise up to meet the challenges we all face. Or we allow hatred and cruelty to win the day.

Silence isn’t an option. We choose love, courage, and solidarity. Like Congresswoman Omar.

When Rep. Omar co-sponsors a resolution that would significantly hurt the Jewish people, is that an example of loving one’s neighbors? When she makes one anti-Semitic remark after another, is that another example of loving one’s neighbors? When she belongs to a group of women that accuses Nancy Pelosi of being a racist, I’m fairly certain we’re talking about bigoted people. Bigots aren’t capable of being loving, courageous people. TakeAction Minnesota’s statement is more myth than factual.

You can watch all of the DFL’s ridiculous statements in this video:

I was surprised beyond belief that Javier Morillo-Alicea accused Lindsey Graham of speaking like an authoritarian. That isn’t a stretch. That’s just outright BS.

Finally, TakeAction Minnesota organized Friday’s staged triumphal rally for Omar. The Twin Cities media covered it like it was spontaneous. It was staged. Go figure.

A coalition of DFL activists, a significant portion of whom are paid activists, organized a resist movement event at Monday night’s St. Cloud City Council Meeting. Included in the coalition of DFL activists were “the East Central Area Labor Council, TakeAction Minnesota and #UniteCloud, according to Jane Conrad, field representative for East Central Labor Council.” TakeAction Minnesota is one of the most hardline progressive organizations in Minnesota.

I wrote about TakeAction Minnesota’s depravity in this post because they went out to then-Congressman Jason Lewis’ home to spread their fear and hatred to Lewis’s family and neighbors by trespassing on Lewis’s property. What’s ridiculous is that Monday night’s activists carried signs that read “We are greater than hate”:

TakeAction Minnesota is among the greatest fear-mongers in the state. TAM is one of the weapons that the DFL uses to stifle debate. They aren’t about civic pride. They’re about shutting down debate. They’re about intimidation. If TAM didn’t have fear and intimidation, they wouldn’t be activists.

As for #UniteCloud, that organization specializes in preventing transparency and accountability. Whenever someone asks for information on how much the refugee resettlement program costs, #UniteCloud reflexively accuses that person of being Islamophobic and racist. This DFL hate group isn’t interested in having a discussion about the program itself. It’s about overthrowing an election of 2 conservatives. (The rest of the City Council are either progressives or Chamber of Commerce Republicans, aka crony capitalists.) The last thing the DFL’s shadow organizations want is to deal with people who know how to articulate a principled message.

Loyal readers of LFR have reported that ISAIAH/GRIP was out in force Monday night, too. These organizations portray themselves as religious organizations. That’s fiction. They’re another DFL front organization. In 2010, ISAIAH/GRIP published “three ‘Shining the Light’ reports, co-authored by the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity.” The Kirwan Institute identifies themselves as dealing with implicit bias. In their own words, implicit bias “affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness. Rather, implicit biases are not accessible through introspection.”

In other words, one of the organizations attacking Paul Brandmire and Mike Conway think that people possess biases that they’re unaware of and that they can’t control. But I digress.

Conway said Brandmire, by agreeing to be interviewed for the story, was “trying to have an open discussion. All he did was he noticed. You bring in 20,000 people, I don’t care where they are from, you bring them in from anywhere in a short period of time, you are going have people say, ‘Oh, that’s different,'” Conway said. “Paul is not a racist. I’m not a racist. We’re not bigoted. We just are the ones who are saying, ‘Hey, there are some differences going on. We need to find out how to make those things work.'”

The message that ISAIAH/GRIP, TakeAction Minnesota and #UniteCloud want to put out there is that Republicans are racists. The truth is irrelevant to them, which is disgusting. These DFL front organizations aren’t about having a conversation. They’re about shutting down debate.

UPDATE: This is the speaker who called for the resignations:

This is the speaker representing the labor unions:

Let’s be clear about this. The DFL was behind this artificial uprising. This wasn’t happenstance. The DFL doesn’t like Republicans serving anywhere. That’s why this happened.

TakeAction Minnesota is trying to spin this disaster as a good faith effort to talk about the issues. That’s a lie. In fact, when TakeAction Minnesota trespassed onto Jason Lewis’ private home, they used a tactic that Democrat fringe groups have used before.

Alpha News wrote “A group of about 15 protesters from a progressive advocacy group called TakeAction MN planted themselves on Lewis’ front steps with a goal of making their presence known to the neighborhood at large. They were there accusing Lewis of stripping away Medicaid, and claiming that ‘healthcare is a human right. We are here to make sure the Congressman Lewis’ neighbors know exactly why we are here,’ said a woman leading the demonstration. ‘So let me hear you cheer, let me hear you cheer so loud that the entire community here will hear us and know exactly why we are here.'”

It isn’t difficult to paint Democrats as extremists. Here’s why it isn’t:

One of Lewis’ challengers, Rosemount high school teacher and football coach Jeff Erdmann, remains quite skeptical of all of these claims, and sent some mixed messages out regarding the incident.
‘TakeAction MN had a peaceful protest outside of Jason Lewis’s residence. Jason’s campaign doctored TakeAction’s video and put that doctored video on his YouTube page, then posted about the incident on Facebook,’ Erdmann’s campaign wrote in a press release according to Blois Olson’s Morning Take. ‘The Erdmann campaign would never condone people protesting on a person’s private residence.'”

It isn’t difficult to paint Erdmann as a conspiracy theory fanatic. What proof does Erdman have that Lewis’ “campaign doctored TakeAction’s video” before posting it? If he doesn’t have proof, then he should be ridiculed mercilessly for making that type of accusation.

Nina Easton’s article highlights how similar TakeAction Minnesota’s militant actions are to other Democratic fringe groups’ actions:

Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. And that, in the minds of the organizers at the politically influential Service Employees International Union and a Chicago outfit called National Political Action, makes his family fair game.

Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack, alone in the house, locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.

Compare that with what happened at Lewis’ home:

“Suffice it to say it is more than a bit disturbing to get a call from your neighbor saying his daughters were afraid and called him to contact the police.”

These aren’t frustrated people trying to contact a politician about an important issue. They’re people who didn’t think twice about intimidating young women in their own homes. That isn’t acceptable. That’s what playground bullies do.

Since Hillary’s defeat, Democrats have tried proving that they’ve closed the enthusiasm gap with Republicans. If I got $100 each time I saw or read an article that predicted Democratic victories in special elections that didn’t happen, I’d have a fat retirement account. This article highlights how little Democrats understand about the people they’d like to represent.

The article starts by saying “Democrats have been given an enviable political landscape, with an opposition president at a historically low approval rating and scandal besetting his White House. But they risk potentially blowing it due to a lack of central leadership, diffuse organizational structures and disputes over tactics and issues.” In the next paragraph, the writer writes that “That’s the fear that some top officials harbor as they gear up for the 2018 elections: that the party has yet to learn its lessons from the 2016 cycle; that a horde of newly organized political groups are drawing money away from party infrastructure; and that a lack of a singular leader has complicated the need for a centralized message.”

Actually, what’s hurting Democrats the most is the lack of an appealing message. It isn’t that Democrats didn’t get their message out. It’s that their message isn’t appealing. I’ve argued that Democrats have gone too far pandering to the environmental activist wing of their party that they’ve alienated main street. Here’s something that illustrates that point:

As if you didn’t have your fill of liberal tomfoolery this week, check out what the Dayton administration is up to over at the Pollution Control Agency.

This summer, they are spending time and taxpayer resources shaming you, the taxpayer, into dumb and impractical ideas to reduce your carbon footprint this summer, such as these ideas for hosting:

BYOP (bring your own plate)
Provide reusable or compostable plates, cups, silverware and linens, or ask your guests to help contribute dishware! Using reusable and washable items is always the best choice whenever feasible.

Drink up
If you provide separate recycling containers for empty cans and bottles, you can go one step further by buying bulk-size containers and asking guests to bring reusable cups or mugs.

You’ve got mail
Elect to email invitations when possible to reduce paper waste. It’s also a great idea to tell your guests in the invitation to bring their own food for the potluck or dishware, or at least to share how sustainability is a goal of your event!

Pass the ketchup
Buy condiments in bulk to avoid those pesky individual wrappers. Buying food in bulk is an easy way to create less packaging as well!

Bring a doggy bag
Remind guests to bring reusable containers so they can take leftovers home. Otherwise, you can gather the leftover food and take it to a compost drop-off site.

Normal people don’t think like this. The more often that the DFL puts this stupidity out there, the more likely it is that they’ll keep losing elections. The key driving factor in the Democrats’ defeats isn’t the enthusiasm gap. It’s the ‘These people are nuts’ gap. Here’s a perfect example of the Democrats’ foolishness:

The Left has once again peed into the wind and declared it a refreshing rain shower.
This week, protesters from the infamous Take Action Minnesota showed up on the doorstep of Congressman Jason Lewis’ private home to protest, taking full credit for their despicable actions by livestreaming the event and later taking victory laps on social media, much less refusing to apologize for trespassing on his private property (yes, a concept foreign to these people) and disturbing his and his neighbors right to the peaceful enjoyment of their property.

The paid professional leading the protest exhorted the assembled trespassers to disturb the congressman’s family and neighbors. “We are here to make sure the Congressman Lewis’ neighbors know exactly why we are here. So let me hear you cheer, let me hear you cheer so loud that the entire community here will hear us and know exactly why we are here,” she yelled. The trespassers left the neighborhood chanting “We’ll be back.”

If you see TakeAction Minnesota’s logo, run:

Let me rephrase that. If you see TakeAction Minnesota activists in your neighborhood, don’t run. Run fast.

If Democrats don’t start acting like normal people, they’ll keep losing.

I didn’t think they’d do this but TakeAction Minnesota is doing its best to exploit the Crossroads Mall shooting for political advantage. This morning, I received an email from Justin Lewandowski. Justin says that he “was born and raised in Saint Cloud” and that he’s “also a former student of Saint Cloud State” and that he’s “a community organizer.”

Justin wanted me to know that “What happened in Crossroads, in my community, this weekend is a tragedy. I’m hurting and so is the rest of my TakeAction team. We wish the ten victims of the attack and their families healing and strength.” After that, the email gets uber-emotional fast.

For instance, Sarah Drake, a single mother, community leader and TakeAction Volunteer, said “I’m a single mother passionate about learning about others and being a bridge builder. On Sunday morning I visited a Somali Muslim owned business so they knew they had an ally in the wake of this tragedy. My daughter and I discuss the issues facing our community regularly and as a result, she was leading conversations with students at school. By letting people see my actions, they started to talk about their fears and good experience with their neighbors.”

Next I heard from Sabrin, who is described as a “community leader and a “TakeAction Volunteer.” Sabrin said:

Emotions are contagious, so spread positivity. A community is like marriage, through sickness and in health, to have a healthy community requires that we be strong together, speak to each other, and to move in one breath and beat. We need to come together right now, or we won’t heal. We can’t be afraid. Let us hold hands through our roughest times.

Both of these testimonials make some foolish assumptions. First, they’re assuming that the Somali community wants to assimilate. At this point, that’s a theory. It isn’t a fact. If Somali refugees were interested in assimilation, why did the terrorist’s father need a translator when talking to police? He’s been here 18 years, which is more than enough time to learn the language.

Next, these TakeAction, aka DFL, volunteers apparently think that these refugees just need to be told that they’re welcome here for them to become productive members of the St. Cloud community. I’m sure that if Sabrin and Sarah had just talked with Dahir Adan, he wouldn’t have attacked those shoppers at Crossroads Saturday night.

It’s pretty sick to use a terrorist attack to cozy up to voters who frequently don’t share our priorities. That’s what TakeAction Minnesota just did.

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