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What a shock! Supposedly pro-border security Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee boycotted a hearing that would fix most of the problems with the US-Mexico border. Once again, this proves how unserious Democrats are on the subject of border security. What these Democrats are quite skilled at is complaining about Republicans’ bills.

The article notices that “Ms. Feinstein said Mr. Graham’s bill went too far to eliminate the Flores Settlement, which she said included important protections for migrants when they are in custody. She also complained that he hadn’t worked hard enough to make his bill bipartisan. ‘We believe that the solution on the immigration issue can and should be done on a bipartisan basis,’ the California Democrat said.”

This is a political stunt. Anyone that complains about the minor details in a bill without offering an amendment to fix that detail isn’t interested in bipartisanship. They’re interested in signaling to the media to cover, then criticize, the Democrats’ PR stunt.

Sen. Josh Hawley, (R-MO), nailed it with this analysis:

I triple-dog dare a Democrat to tell me what serious bills Democrats have submitted in either the House or Senate. I’m not worried about the results because Democrats aren’t serious about border security. Yesterday’s stunt was proof that Democrats care more about the optics of the issue than they care about fixing the problem.

In 2020, Americans will need to decide whether they’d rather have a president and a unified congress that wants to fix problems or whether they’d rather have a congress that’s mostly interested in obstructing. A vote for a Democrat is a vote for obstruction. In the House, Democrats haven’t written a single serious bill that would fix our asylum laws or would fix the Flores Decision.

For several years, Politifact has been seen by conservatives as a joke. Their ‘fact-checks’ have been more opinion than objective fact. This weekend, a controversy erupted over whether AOC had gotten her picture taken in front of an empty parking lot. This article sets the record straight.

The fact-check, titled “No, this isn’t a photo of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez crying over a parking lot,” was written by Ciara O’Rourke and Duke University student Stefanie Pousoulides. It was reviewed by several editors, Fox News is told.

Their approach didn’t pass muster among commentators Tuesday, who said the site had missed the point intentionally, for the sake of issuing a “false” rating that would help bury stories unfavorable to Ocasio-Cortez about the episode.

Politifact deserves a misleading rating. Here’s why:

Wrote humorist Frank Fleming: “‘Ha! AOC was crying over a parking lot!'” POLITIFACT: ‘False, haters, we checked a satellite image and it was an empty road.’ I might be paraphrasing @jamestaranto, but fact checks are like editorials but dumber.”

“IMPORTANT CORRECTION: @AOC Was Weeping Over an Empty Road, Not an Empty Parking Lot,” joked PJ Media’s Jim Treacher.

Whether AOC was ‘crying’ over an empty road or empty parking lot is immaterial except in the most nit-pickiest of senses. Nothing there is nothing there except in the most insignificant of details.

The story started by saying that AOC was crying over little children being kept in a cage. As usual, the initial story was intentionally fake. It was legitimately called fake news. Someone named Ivan Pierre Aguirre started the story with this tweet:

Now that you’ve seen AOC’s fiction, take a look at what AOC actually saw:

The fact that Politifact stands by their false rating against Jim Treacher’s article earns them a new name. They shouldn’t be called Politifact. They should be called PolitiFiction. Either that or they should be called another weapon in the DNC’s ministry of propaganda, aka the MSM.

One last thing: here’s how AOC laid it on thick about being heartbroken for the children:

Now that’s empathy. Caring about children that aren’t even there.

Anytime that the matchup is Rep. Dan Crenshaw vs. AOC, it’s bound to be a mismatch. Crenshaw is a rising star in the GOP. Part of that status is earned by his willingness to subject Democrats to harsh truths about the Democrats’ policies. Rep. Crenshaw unloaded on AOC and other Democrats because he’s tired of Democrats offering nothing except complaints.

AOC has now proposed a commission to study the border crisis. What genius! The house is burning to the ground. The neighbors are worried that their home is the next to go and AOC thinks that a commission that will take 3 months minimum to staff will fix anything? It isn’t as stupid as some of her other proposals but it isn’t that bright, either. A commission is the right option if you’ve got the time. It’s the worst option in a crisis.

One of the things that Republicans should run on is the do-nothing Democrat House majority. If Pelosi rattles off some partisan bills that got passed in the House but went nowhere beyond that, the people should be reminded that it only matters if the President signs the bills into laws and they actually fix things. If they don’t meet that criteria, then Democrats will have failed.

“Notice that they never come up with a solution,” Crenshaw told “Fox & Friends” Monday morning. “They talk about the over-crowded facilities. They never have a solution. They don’t have a solution for our immigration system. They say it shouldn’t be defined by the administration — well, we do have laws right now…that says you can’t illegally cross the border. That’s immigration policy set by Congress. It’s a law in place. We need to enforce it.”

Democrats like passing laws, then not enforcing those laws. Don’t pay attention to the Democrats’ words. Pay attention to their actions. Pay attention to their shifting priorities, too. What is a priority one week isn’t a priority the next, often for no good reason. Rep. Crenshaw wasn’t finished unloading both barrels. Here’s more:

“I’m worried that the Democrats like this crisis too much,” Crenshaw added. “I’m worried as I’ve seen them fight against every single, even the smallest measures to help fix our immigration problem, they fight against. They don’t want walls. They don’t want a fix to the asylum loopholes. They’re talking about decriminalizing illegal border crossings.”

Where are the Democrats’ solutions? Do the Democrats think in those terms? Thus far, I’ve seen Democrats only proposing fixing symptoms. I haven’t seen them fix the underlying problem on anything.

Rep. Crenshaw vs. AOC is a mismatch. It isn’t pretty. Then again, AOC is a dipstick.

This Washington Free Beacon article contains the latest whopper from Rep. Ilhan Omar. In responding to a question about her sham marriage, her office said “Whether by colluding with right-wing outlets to go after Muslim elected officials or hounding family members, legitimate media outlets have a responsibility not to fan the flames of hate. Continuing to do so is not only demeaning to Ilhan, but to her entire family.”

The only responsibility that media outlets have is to find the truth. News organizations don’t have an obligation to politicians except to report fairly what that politician has done.

If news organizations report things accurately, then they’ve met their obligation. The last I looked, reporters report to their editors, not to the politicians. If politicians don’t like getting asked uncomfortable questions about touchy subjects, then they should stay out of politics.

Lately, Democrats have thought that they aren’t accountable to the people. Proof of that is the quickly-thrown-together rally at MSP Airport:

It takes a trained eye but the proof is in this picture. That ‘spontaneous’ rally was thrown together by TakeAction Minnesota, one of Minnesota’s furthest far left organizations. This paragraph is rather telling:

“We’ve asked her these questions, and also asked her to make her father available. We’ve tried to reach Elmi. We’ve tried to reach her sisters. Her family could put this (the question of Elmi’s relationship to Omar) to rest easily. No one will talk to us. I wish we could send a reporter to Mogadishu (Somalia) but we don’t have the bandwidth.”

A simple DNA test would determine whether her Omar ‘siblings’ were actually siblings. If they aren’t her siblings, then she’s potentially committed immigration fraud. It’s also likely at that point that she isn’t a legal citizen of the United States because her citizenship is tied to her father becoming a citizen before she turned 18. If she isn’t Mr. Omar’s daughter, then she isn’t a citizen.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out that she doesn’t meet the Constitution’s requirements if she isn’t a citizen. Here’s the text of the Constitution pertaining to eligibility:

No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen.

This helps explains why Rep. Omar hasn’t cooperated. Potentially, she’s got a lot to lose.

To: Swing Voters
From: Gary Gross, uppity peasant, aka Trump supporter
Subject: Why voting for President Trump is imperative

This past week +, the Agenda Media, aka the MSM, aka the Media Wing of the Democratic Party, spilled tons of ink on the subject of President Trump’s criticism of 4 women known as the Squad, aka AOC + 3. Let’s stipulate immediately that some of the things that President Trump said shouldn’t have been said. Period. Before we move on to more important matters, however, let’s also stipulate that each of the members of the Squad said disgusting things this week.

AOC insisted that Border Patrol agents forced illegal aliens to drink water from toilets. There’s no proof of that. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib co-sponsored a resolution calling for a policy known as BDS. BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. In this instance, Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib advocate for boycotting products made in Israel. They also advocate for placing crippling sanctions on Israel.

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Further, Israel is the strongest ally of the United States. Is this policy, presented by Democrats, the direction we want to take the US at this point? I’d argue that it’s never the direction we should go in.

President Trump has said things he shouldn’t have said but that’s virtually irrelevant. Here’s why:

  1. President Trump’s economic policies have produced the most prolific economy in the last century.
  2. Minority unemployment is the lowest in history
  3. Women unemployment is the lowest it’s been since WWII.
  4. President Trump is the only person who is serious about protecting the US-Mexico Border.
  5. President Trump’s regulatory policies have started rebuilding communities that the previous administrations forgot.
  6. President Trump’s corporate tax cuts have rebuilt the manufacturing sector, creating 467,000 jobs during Trump’s first 2 years in office compared with creating a paltry 73,000 manufacturing jobs in President Obama’s final 2 years in office.
  7. Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, fewer minority families will get split apart, thanks to the First Step Act, which was passed in 2018.

Knowing these things and knowing that Democrat presidential candidates want to incentivize chaos at the border by decriminalizing illegal aliens, isn’t the choice exceptionally clear that the only real choice is a vote to re-elect President Trump? Further, isn’t it painfully obvious that the Democrats’ policies of a) ending employer-provided health care, b) preferential treatment of illegal aliens and c) job-killing tax increases would cripple the US economy just at the time when the economy is working for everyone from blue collar workers to small businesses to corporations?

Put differently, why would we think about voting for a Democrat in 2020? A vote for a Democrat might restore a little civility, though I doubt it. (Just ask Andy Ngo if he thinks Democrats are pro-civility. Here’s the video of Antifa Democrats attacking Andy Ngo:

American voters face a stark choice. They can vote for a president who’s accomplished more in his first 2+ years than most presidents got done in 2 terms in office. The other option is voting for the people who voted for policies that created a stagnant economy, pathetic wage growth and that crippled small town America.

True patriots should reject that second option in a heartbeat. That option isn’t a legitimate option. That’s an act of foolishness.

Do I wish President Trump’s tweets were more civil? Definitely. If given the choice, though, I’ll pick the blunt guy who’s gotten an amazing amount of things done while dealing with a fake scandal over the smooth-talking do-nothing Democrats. That isn’t a choice. That’s just common sense.

Although it felt like fingernails running across a chalkboard, I still listened to Dick Durbin’s spin about the Democrats’ trip to the US-Mexico border. Durbin tweeted out a message that essentially said that Trump is a racist for enforcing US immigration laws. Specifically, Durbin said “Just got done with my trip to the southern border in McAllen, TX. Our immigration system is broken. You can’t walk into these facilities, see these children, and believe that this situation is acceptable. America is better than this.”

Like Sen. Schumer, Durbin didn’t mention a thing about tightening the asylum laws, closing immigration loopholes or fixing the Flores decision. Neither man mentioned building a physical structure to funnel drug cartels or human traffickers into chokepoints. Everything these men said focused exclusively on the conditions for the children.

What these Democrats didn’t talk about spoke louder than the things these Democrats did talk about. Here’s Durbin’s tweet:

What chutzpah from Sen. Durbin. President Trump first told Democrats that there was a crisis on the border before the midterm elections. Back then, Democrats called it a “manufactured crisis.” CNN joined in to sing from the Democrats’ spin hymnal. Ditto with MSNBC. Kirstjen Nielsen testified before Congress that Homeland Security was at a breaking point. The day after Christmas, 2018, she re-iterated that point in this article:

Declaring the U.S. immigration system had been “pushed to a breaking point by those who seek open borders,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday ordered mandatory medical checks on all children under the age of 10 in U.S. custody and said she would send U.S. Coast Guard medical personnel to the border to help. Nielsen said she also planned to visit the border later this week to see “first-hand” how medical screenings were handled.

Apparently, Democrats didn’t give a damn one way or the other about “the children.” Apparently, Democrats didn’t start caring until it reached a political tipping point. The Democrats’ phony solution to everything that’s happening on the border is nothing more than treating symptoms. Caring for children in custody is the right thing to do but that’s treating a symptom. In this post, I noted Sen. Schumer’s ‘solution’ to the border crisis:

We must pass our bill to help end it—the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act.

I don’t know who’s worse between Sen. Schumer or Sen. Durbin. Neither of them paid attention to the crisis until a month ago. These Democrats ridiculed President Trump, who correctly identified the crisis months ago. Then again, Sen. Durbin has a history of criticizing law enforcement and the military. Here’s an oldie but goodie:

A US senator has refused to apologize for comparing the actions of US soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to those of Nazis, while others have decried or defended the mandate and method used to hold prisoners there.

“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime – Pol Pot or others – that had no concern for human beings.”

That’s what Sen. Durbin said about our military guarding terrorists in Gitmo. That’s what a Democrat dirtbag sounds like.

Don’t mistake the Democrats’ calls for helping the children as actual empathy. Always remember my old saying about Democrats. If you’ve forgotten, it goes like this: Democrats will always do the right thing … when it’s the last option left.

That’s the definition of a dirtbag politician.

Chuck Schumer has tweeted that he’s visited Texas. In this tweet, Sen. Schumer announces that he’s in Texas with a group of Senate Democrats “to investigate, inspect, and evaluate conditions for migrants at facilities on the southern border.”

In this tweet, Sen. Schumer said something that’s undoubtedly true and another thing that I find impossible to believe:

I find it interesting that Sen. Schumer found it important to inform the world that “the vast majority of migrants coming to the United States are NOT criminals.” It only took 19 people to commit 9/11. Ever since that day, I’ve been wary of rationalizations that essentially say ‘the majority of people coming into the United States are good people.’

I don’t buy the notion that these are people fleeing danger. I’ve seen too many interviews with Border Patrol agents or chiefs that tell a dramatically different story than the spin that Sen. Schumer’s peddling. This video should be must viewing for people who want to get a true picture of what’s happening:

The truth is that most of the people fleeing Central American countries are fleeing failed economies and corrupt governments. The fleeing danger line is vastly overblown. I don’t know the figures off the top of my head but I’m betting that there are more criminals coming into through the southern border than there are people who get accepted as legitimate asylees.

One thing that comes through repeatedly is the line “These are human beings.” Sen. Schumer used it repeatedly in his tweets. He didn’t address the fact that these people were caught trying to get into the United States illegally. Sen. Schumer didn’t mention the fact that Congress could fix this problem with legislation that closes immigration loopholes, fixes the Flores decision and that tightens our asylum laws.

Go back to Rep. Chip Roy’s questioning of Kevin McAleenan. Specifically watch the part where Congressman Roy talks about fixing these problems with legislation that would fit onto “a single sheet of paper.”

Sen. Schumer should be ashamed of himself. He spent the entire day telling us things that we already knew while ignoring his responsibility for not fixing this crisis. Do Democrats think that they shouldn’t help fix this problem? Based on this tweet, Sen. Schumer apparently thinks that we don’t need any rules governing immigration:

In Sen. Schumer’s world, all that matters is that people want to come here so we should let them in. How do they elect people this corrupt? The next time you hear a Democrat tell you they care about border security, tell them that they’re liars. Not once did Sen. Schumer mention fixing border security in his tweets. Not once in his tweets did he say that Democrats should help fix our nation’s immigration laws. In this tweet, Sen. Schumer proposed new legislation:

So much for prioritizing border security. It’s now official. It’s impossible to take Democrats seriously on immigration and border security.

Based on the contents of this article, it’s pretty clear that AOC and Democrat presidential candidates are helping Republicans win the fight on immigration. Democrats thinking that they can just pander to the immigration extremists are kidding themselves.

AOC calling CBP detention centers “concentration camps” was the first step in helping Democrats lose the fight on immigration. AOC vehemently insisting that CBP agents had told women to drink out of toilets poisoned the conversation even more. (Nobody except the extreme far left believed her.) The tipping point, though, came when each of the Democrat presidential candidates said that the US should give illegal aliens free health care. Check out what one Michigan focus group said on the matter:

They grew animated on the subject of 2020 Democrats offering free health care to illegal immigrants. “Why would you want to give it to another person from a different country for free?” Larry S. asked. “Give them free benefits, this that and the other thing. That is ridiculous,” said Rhonda H. “We need to focus on Americans and not the immigrants,” said Paul T.

That’s music to President Trump’s ears. If Democrats continue ignoring the American people, they’ll hand Trump a re-election victory on a silver platter. This is what happens when spineless Democrats try to out-left each other.

The Democrats’ biggest problem is that they’re forced into thoroughly unpopular positions by the Resist Movement. Resist is vehemently opposed to Trump victories of any sort. When Democrats follow Resist’s script, they lose. It’s that simple.

The joke about Resist these days is that if President Trump cured cancer, Resist would issue a statement complaining that he’d put oncologists on unemployment. Nothing positive can be seen as a victory for President Trump, apparently. How sad.

AOC needs a new dictionary, too. Here’s the real definition for concentration camps:

A place for assembling and confining political prisoners and enemies of a nation. Concentration camps are particularly associated with the rule of the Nazis in Germany, who used them to confine millions of Jews (see also Jews) as a group to be purged from the German nation. Communists, Gypsies, homosexuals, and other persons considered undesirable according to Nazi principles, or who opposed the government, were also placed in concentration camps and eventually executed in large groups. (See Holocaust.)

What part of that definition sounds even remotely like what’s happening in these detention centers? Answer: nothing.

Democrats are hitching their wagon to AOC much like they hitched their wagon to another loser 18 years ago. That loser’s name was Hillary Clinton. Why don’t Democrats learn?

Thomas Friedman’s latest column must’ve been a difficult column to write for him. It’s one of the few columns that he’s written that I’ve actually agreed with.

For instance, Mr. Friedman was exceptionally coherent when he wrote “I was shocked that so many were ready to decriminalize illegal entry into our country. I think people should have to ring the doorbell before they enter my house or my country.” I totally agree, Mr. Friedman. I think that’s just common sense. I think it’s also just common courtesy. I wish more of your media cohorts would starting simple truths like that on a frequent basis.

Mr. Friedman’s coherent statements continued in the next paragraph when he wrote “I was shocked at all those hands raised in support of providing comprehensive health coverage to undocumented immigrants. I think promises we’ve made to our fellow Americans should take priority, like to veterans in need of better health care.” Again, this isn’t complicated. It’s common sense.

Which brings us to Mr. Friedman’s lede. Friedman opens the column by saying “I’m struck at how many people have come up to me recently and said, ‘Trump’s going to get re-elected, isn’t he?'” Yes, Thomas, President Trump’s path to re-election is smoother than a baby’s bottom. On the Democrats’ stage are wannabes without any political gifting. Compared with this clown show, John Kerry might look entirely plausible.

And I was shocked by how feeble was front-runner Joe Biden’s response to the attack from Kamala Harris — and to the more extreme ideas promoted by those to his left. So, I wasn’t surprised to hear so many people expressing fear that the racist, divisive, climate-change-denying, woman-abusing jerk who is our president was going to get re-elected, and was even seeing his poll numbers rise.

That’s a polite way of saying that these Democrat candidates stink to high heaven. They’re more qualified to do burlesque than run for president. This paragraph speaks volumes:

But I’m disturbed that so few of the Democratic candidates don’t also talk about growing the pie, let alone celebrating American entrepreneurs and risk-takers. Where do they think jobs come from?

Tom, from what I’ve seen, these Democrats don’t think about jobs. They’re mostly about hating employers. You’ve criticized President Trump and that’s fair. What you haven’t done the last 5-10 years is hold Democrats accountable. You let the beast grow. Now that the Democratic Party has essentially disappeared, at least the Democratic Party you grew up in, you’re shocked to find a hideous creature ruled by The Squad.

Lest you think that Mr. Friedman is smart, I’ll disabuse you of that notion with this video:

It reminds me of Joe Biden saying that President Trump “doesn’t get it.” It’s Biden that doesn’t get it. That’s why President Trump will win re-election.

For those who didn’t watch Monday’s press conference featuring the Democrats’ Squad, aka AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, missed an historic press conference. It didn’t take long for Rep. Omar to blow the lid off the event, accusing President Trump of conspiring with Russians and, of course, of being a racist and xenophobe. It was entirely predictable and totally worth it for the Trump campaign.

By attacking The Squad, President Trump forced Speaker Pelosi to defend the indefensible, namely, The Squad. Yes, Democrats had formed a circular firing squad. Indeed, the Squad had called Pelosi a racist. In President Trump’s mind, that was nice but it wasn’t the thing that would do the most long-term damage to the Democrats. When he saw the now-famous poll of battleground districts that shows how toxic AOC and her Squad is, President Trump decided there was more gold to be mined by bringing an end to the AOC-Pelosi civil war than by letting the civil war continue. Now, we’ll test President Trump’s theory. Here’s what the poll showed:

The poll found that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a 22% approval rating and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota had a 9% approval rating among 1,003 “likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education” and knew of the two outspoken lawmakers.

AOC was recognized by 74% of likely voters in those swing districts while Omar’s name recognition was 53%. Tying House Democrats to this toxic pair would definitely yield major benefits in the Trump plan.

First, AOC and Omar fit the Capitalism vs. Socialism theme perfectly. AOC doesn’t hesitate in admitting that she’s a socialist. It isn’t difficult to portray Omar as a socialist. Next, it’s easy portraying both ladies as part of the ‘Hate America First’ brigade. AOC insisted that law enforcement agents told women held at the Clint, TX, detention facility to drink out of a toilet. Nobody believes that. When people think of Omar, one of the first things that pops into their mind is her “some people did something” statement:

This gives Republicans the edge in portraying Democrats as part of the lunatic fringe. But I digress. Let’s return to the press conference, which was an epic fail for Democrats. Think of it as the unofficial end to Pelosi’s speakership.

During her presentation, Rep. Omar hit all the desired high notes. She insisted that House Democrats need to impeach President Trump for colluding with Russia. (Apparently, nobody told Omar that the Mueller Report cleared him of that accusation.) Rep. Omar also accused President Trump of “carrying out mass deportations” as though most Americans see that as a bad thing. Then she accused President Trump of “committing human rights abuses at the border.”

While nobody thinks conditions in these holding facilities is that good, people recognize that border agents are facing an unprecedented situation. The people believe that they’re doing their best under difficult situations. The point is that the Squad repeated the Democrats’ talking points virtually point-by-point.

Now, Speaker Pelosi is proposing a resolution condemning President Trump for attacking the freshmen who attacked her last week as a racist. There’s little doubt that Democrats will pass this non-binding resolution. Add to that the likelihood of a far-left presidential getting the Democrats’ nomination and you’ve built the framework for a Trump/GOP wave election.

While pundits say that it was foolish for President Trump to unite Democrats, there are people who thinks that unifying Democrats around socialism, anti-Americanism and far left ideas is a winner for the GOP. I’ll self-identify with the latter category.