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Jason Whitlock’s op-ed is something celebrities, especially athletes, should read. Primarily, it calls out Nike and LeBron James. It doesn’t stop there, though. It calls out “Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe and all the social justice reformers”, too.

In the article’s second paragraph, Whitlock wrote “Demand Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, etc., bring a significant portion of their manufacturing jobs back to the United States.” In the third paragraph, Whitlock continued, writing “I don’t trust athletes and celebrities to fix the criminal justice system, community policing or other problems well outside their area of expertise.” From there, Whitlock gets into the heavy lifting of the article:

We’re making a mistake allowing athletes and celebrity influencers to set the agenda for the kind of reform and change we want to see in America. Professional athletes and Hollywood elites answer directly to their corporate overlords. They’ve lived inside an elitist bubble since they were teenagers and they don’t care to know what they don’t know. They’re paid handsomely to represent the desires of corporate America.

That’s exactly right. Anyone that thinks LeBron James or Colin Kaepernick have dealt with social justice issues on a personal level is kidding themselves.

From there, Whitlock calls out LeBron James:

LeBron James’ primary employer is Nike, not the NBA. LeBron’s shoe contract is worth more than $1 billion. Every calculated move LeBron makes related to social justice reform, from the Ahmaud Arbery tweets to the Equality T-shirts to the school his foundation partially funds to his decision to remain silent on the Hong Kong protesters, is made with Nike in mind.

Let’s get serious something straight. LeBron James isn’t a patriot. He sided with China because that’s where the shoes that he endorses are made with child labor. That isn’t my definition of a patriot.

Let’s be clear about this. Tweeting about Ahmaud Arbery while making hundreds of millions of dollars off the backs of child labor isn’t making this nation great. It’s playing a lead role in China’s propaganda fight.

Racial unrest in America leading into this presidential election cycle is good for Nike and great for Nike’s primary business market, China. Nike and China are aligned in their dislike of President Trump and his America First mantra.

This alone should be reason enough to vote for President Trump. If China is for something, we should oppose them. The Chinese Communist Party wants to eventually dominate the world. God forbid that happens. If it happens, China will censor anything it doesn’t want in public. But why would LeBron care? He’ll still be rich. He won’t have to worry about the annoying things that the little people will be burdened with obeying. This will get Whitlock virtual universal condemnation from the elitist haters:

As I have stated in previous columns, I do not vote and I have not involved myself in politics. But I will admit President Trump’s America First mantra is consistent with my values. Let me explain.

My mother was a 32-year union factory worker for AT&T’s Western Electric in Indianapolis and Kansas City. Her mother, my grandmother, was a 35-year union factory worker for General Electric’s RCA Corporation in Indianapolis. My father started as a union factory worker for Chrysler Motors in Indianapolis before owning and operating three neighborhood taverns that catered to union factory workers.

Then there’s this:

Global corporations have shipped the values taught and the opportunities provided by manufacturing labor overseas.

My dad didn’t graduate high school. My mom started working in a factory shortly after graduating high school. On the back of factory labor, they raised two sons who graduated from college, have never been in legal trouble, built professional careers and own homes. That’s the American Dream.

LeBron James won’t hesitate in selling the US out if it means extra millions in his bank account. I don’t begrudge a person for making fists full of money. I only begrudge it when he sells out the US of A.

Jason Whitlock is a patriot through and through. LeBron James never will be a patriot. LeBron is what’s wrong with America.

Joe Biden thinks that wearing a mask “projects leadership.” That’s what he told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview right after Memorial Day. Later, Biden said “The truth of the matter is that I think you’re supposed to lead by example, and one of the things our governor has said he wants to keep social distancing, stay at home has been the order, until June 1 of this year. And so I think it’s important that – look, 100,000 deaths and at least 35,000 to 50,000 were avoidable, but for lack of attention and ego, I think. And just – so – and you know me, I’m usually the last one to leave an event, I like interacting with people. But, I hope to be able to do more, but we’re going to do it by the numbers, because I think it’s important because this is not over.”

Wearing a mask in the situations President Trump found himself in — outside, in bright sunlight and with family — are situations that don’t require a mask, especially outside in bright sunlight. COVID doesn’t last long in that situation. A potent argument can be made that using the right precautions in the right situations is leadership.

Be that as it may, President Trump showed leadership on January 31 when he stopped flights with China. What did Joe do? Check it out:

Later, Biden admitted that stopping those flights were the right thing to do. Leadership comes from getting the big decisions right the first time. Had Biden been president, he would’ve let untold numbers of COVID-infected people into the United States, spreading the contagion across the nation. That would’ve created a crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen since 1918.

President Trump brought together captains of industry in the Rose Garden to put together a response to testing. CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and other companies brainstormed ideas to make testing super-accessible and free. Joe Biden wouldn’t have had a clue who to bring together. President Trump told Peter Navarro to get ventilators built ASAP. Here’s what happened:

“In under 11 days, General Motors sourced materials, converted a manufacturing facility and trained a workforce to build lifesaving ventilators in Kokomo, IN.” Saving lives by manufacturing ventilators in record time is bigtime leadership that Joe Biden couldn’t make happen if Americans’ lives depended on it. Wearing a goofy-looking mask when he’s already social distanced is preening for the cameras. It isn’t leadership.

President Trump has his faults but they’re nothing like Biden’s. Biden provided ‘leadership’ on the 1994 crime bill that started mass incarcerations. President Trump provided leadership by fixing Biden’s mess:

Tearing families apart isn’t leadership. Reuniting families requires leadership.

This article highlights the difficulties that will soon plague Mark Kelly’s senatorial campaign. Running as a pro-gun control Democrat in Arizona is a stiff fight as it is. The article now highlights the fact that Kelly’s firm, World View Enterprises, “announced during a visit to Beijing that Tencent had invested an undisclosed sum of money in the Tucson-based space travel venture. In April 2016, as part of a subsequent, $15 million investment round, World View announced that it had received more funds from Tencent, along with three other venture capital firms.”

That was then. This is now:

Tencent was already under intense U.S. scrutiny before the COVID-19 world crisis. In addition to the surveillance suspicions, Tencent also sparked a U.S. backlash for suspending its streaming of National Basketball Association games after the Houston Rockets’ general manager praised Hong Kong democracy protests last fall.

Now it’s radioactive. A recent University of Toronto study found that WeChat has been censoring keywords relating to the COVID-19 outbreak since at least Jan. 1. Several prominent lawmakers in recent weeks have deemed Tencent an arm of the Chinese Communist Party and a threat to U.S. national security. Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley in late April introduced a bill aimed at preventing Chinese espionage by prohibiting U.S. federal employees from conducting official business over platforms run by Tencent, Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese companies and barring U.S. tax dollars from being used for any international contracts with those firms.

It’s not just a GOP concern. The United Nations in mid-April backed out of a deal with Tencent to provide videoconferencing and text services at the organization’s 75th anniversary after U.S. officials, lawmakers and human rights groups complained. Louis Charbonneau, the U.N. director for Human Rights Watch, called Tencent “an enabler of Chinese government oppression.”

Normally, it’s 3 strikes and you’re out. I’m not certain that it’s 2 strikes in this instance. Being anti-gun in Arizona is a difficult challenge by itself. Being supported by the Chinese Communist Party while they’re hiding information about the Wuhan Virus isn’t positioning yourself well.

Kelly isn’t just anybody, either:

Mark Kelly, the former NASA astronaut who commanded the second-to-last space shuttle mission and spent 25 years in the Navy.

Arizonans hate the Chinese Communist Party. Couple that with the fact that Arizona has a significant ex-military population and things get plenty complicated pretty fast. It isn’t that this will kill Kelly’s candidacy automatically. It’s just that I’d consider it another heavy weight for Kelly to carry as he attempts to win a tight Senate race. This ad won’t help his cause:

Nancy Pelosi thinks that sidelining the World Health Organization isn’t wise. In fact, she thinks that it’s dangerous:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is criticizing President Trump’s effort to withhold funding from the World Health Organization and other steps his administration is reportedly taking to sideline the global health agency. “It’s stupid — it’s more than stupid; it’s dangerous,” Pelosi told NPR.

What’s stupid is paying hundreds of millions of dollars to a Chinese puppet. Then again, that’s normal for Democrats. Then Pelosi went off the deep end:

“Worse than [the funding], if you can believe it, worse than that is that he and the secretary of state have been deleting any reference to the World Health Organization in any of our strategies on how we can deal with the pandemic. That may be more harmful than just the money,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi apparently thinks that we should get pushed around by corrupt international actors acting on behalf of evil nations intent on replacing the United States as the world’s superpower. That’s who the W.H. O. is. Tom Cotton has been right about China since January, when Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler were trying to impeach President Trump. Here’s what Sen. Cotton told Maria Bartiromo:

As early as the second week of December, it was clear that this virus was spreading from person to person. By late December, it was spreading to doctors in Wuhan hospitals. Some doctors were trying to blow the whistle on these facts, and the secret police arrived at their doorsteps in the middle of the night. So only after China fessed up to the WHO on December 31 did the world know what was happening. Yet, still they continued to deny that it was spreading from person to person into mid-January. That allowed millions of people to leave Wuhan.

And then, finally, China continued to pressure the WHO and other countries not to stop international travel from China. That meant that hundreds of thousands of persons left China after this virus was spread far outside of Wuhan, which allowed the virus to escape China’s borders and get to the United States and get to Europe and get to essentially every country in the world.

Why hasn’t Pelosi instructed the Oversight Committee to investigate W.H.O.? Is it that Democrats know how corrupt WHO is? Is it because Democrats are comfortable with the plethora of corrupt international organizations that they fund?

Democrats have spent millions of dollars investigating President Trump but they won’t lift a finger to investigate what the linkage is between the W.H.O. and China? Democrats will investigate a US president that they disagree with but they won’t investigate a nation that wants to run the US into the dirt? That’s the definition of evil. That’s the definition of anti-patriotism.

Jake Tapper got under Pelosi’s skin in this interview:

Pelosi isn’t this great negotiator with nerves of steel. She’s aging and, based on this video, she isn’t aging that gracefully. The day that she signed the impeachment papers is the day that things started going downhill. Then there was this trip to Chinatown on February 24 where ‘Dr. Pelosi’, the world-famous epidemiologist, told everyone that travel is safe:

Let’s be clear about something. If President Trump cured cancer, Pelosi would criticize him for putting oncologists out of business. If President Trump fixed the unions’ pension funds and started running surpluses for the next decade, Pelosi would criticize President Trump for not doing it fast enough.

The truth is that she’s just a high profile political hack. Finally, she’s as tone-deaf as Hillary.

President Trump should fix the WHO, if that’s possible. If it isn’t possible, then we should just undermine what’s left of its credibility.

The phrase ‘Made in China’ still means what it meant 40+ years ago. It still means that you’re buying junk. Forty+ years ago, it meant junk. Then Nixon went to China and businesses started thinking that they’d make tons of money selling their products to China, which was true. Then people started thinking that they’d democratize China and that China would become a democratized nation of capitalists.

That part failed miserably.

That leads us to today’s China news:

The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister tested positive for Coronavirus late last month, was hospitalized over the weekend, then was transferred to an intensive care unit early this week after his symptoms worsened. He has been sickened by a highly-transmissible virus that originated in China, whose government lied, suppressed data and covered up crucial information over the course of critical early weeks — leading to a global pandemic — and their deceit persists to this day. With that as a backdrop, the British government is demanding a refund after becoming the latest victim of defective anti-Coronavirus medical supplies:

The UK is demanding a refund on this Chinese trash. (The sound you hear in the background is Chinese credibility collapsing.) Meanwhile, US innovators are creating new technologies that astonish people with their reliability. (The sound you hear under your feet is the ground shifting as the US reestablishes its marketplace dominance.

When Japan rebuilt its economy, it rebuilt by making quality products. When China entered the world market, it kept building crap for most things. This article highlights how much China’s stock is dropping:

In a blog post on Monday, John Bell, the coordinator of coronavirus testing for Public Health England, said that none of England’s 17 million antibody kits — including the ones bought from China — have performed well. “We see many false negatives and we also see false positives,” he wrote. “…This is not a good result for test suppliers or for us.”

It’s clear that US products are higher quality than China’s products. That’s especially important during a health crisis. Each test, each product is important. Lives hang in the balance with each test. That isn’t something that you can ‘roll the dice’ on. That’s something that you’ve got to nail each time, every time.

By morning, if not faster, it’s virtually certain that the MSM will intentionally mischaracterize the Trump administration’s plans for the economy. That’s how they roll. The key to understanding the administration’s plans, look no further than Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s quote.

In a statement to Fox News, Mnuchin said “The president is very much looking at how we can reopen parts of the economy. There are parts of the country, like New York, where obviously this is very, very concerning. There are other parts of the country where it’s not.”

Kudlow added “The president would like to reopen the economy as soon as he can, and we are planning internally,’ adding that the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus is what will determine when the economy can be reopened. ‘I am hoping … we’re only a few weeks away from a reopening. We’ll see.”

In other words, President Trump isn’t planning on opening the economy by opening NYC a week after Easter. The thought that the administration is planning this suggests that there’s some thoughtfulness involved. Larry Kudlow has helped build some pretty dynamic economies in his career. Why shouldn’t we think that he’s capable of rebuilding the economy another time? It’d be one thing if we were asked to trust someone for the first time. That isn’t the case this time. Mr. Kudlow helped build the original Reagan economy that created 20,000,000 jobs.

This is exciting news on the COVID-19 front:

“Everybody who knows me knows that I am very conservative about making projections, but those are the kind of good signs that you look for,” White House task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a televised briefing on April 6. “That’s the first thing you see when you start to see the turnaround.”

The COVID-19 virus, aka the Chinese Communist Party virus, isn’t to be taken lightly. Still, there’s increasingly positive sign appearing daily. At some point, it’s time to unleash this economy again. It was creating millions of jobs. Wages were rising at 3.1%. Unemployment was at 3.5%. There isn’t much chance it’ll pick up right where it left off. Still, there’s no doubt that it won’t perform well again. This isn’t the Obama administration asleep at the switch this time.

Dr. Fauci answers when we’ll return to normal during this briefing:

Like the title of an old book, “normal is a setting on a dryer.” There’s no question that it’ll take awhile to forget this virus. Some of the dire predictions won’t happen, either.

Still, there’s lots of stuff that we’ll learn from this virus, including whether we should’ve shut down the economy like we did. The easy answer is that we should’ve shut it down but that position is losing popularity due to the fact that we’re realizing that many of our decisions were guided primarily by fear. Fear, aka panic, isn’t the best basis for policy-making.

Calls are mounting for World Health Director-General Tedros to resign. Thus far, Senators Rick Scott, Martha McSally, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse have called for either investigations resignations. Ambassador Nikki Haley has been critical, too.

Last week, Sen. McSally appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s FBN show. That’s where she said that “she has ‘never trusted a communist’ and that the Chinese government’s ‘cover-up of this virus that originated with them has caused unnecessary deaths around America and around the world… I think Dr. Tedros needs to step down.'” Later, Sen. McSally was quoted in this article as saying “Since the very beginning of this crisis, Tedros has parroted Chinese government talking points, even praising the communist party’s ‘transparency’ during its coronavirus response efforts despite a mountain of evidence showing that the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak.”

She finished with this quote:

“At the direction of Tedros, the WHO provided cover for China for months as it attempted to shirk accountability for its bungled efforts to contain this virus,” McSally added. “This deception cost lives.”

Here’s what Tedros said that got him in trouble:

“China is to be congratulated for the extraordinary measures it has taken to contain the outbreak despite the severe social and economic impact that it is having on China,” Tedros said in February.

China has been as transparent as a rock. Their lies have cost lives.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the WHO should consider removing Tedros as its head.
“The World Health Organization has consistently bent to the will of the Chinese Communist Party at the expense of global health and of containing the spread of the coronavirus, from downplaying the extent of the virus to systematically excluding Taiwan,” a Cruz spokesperson told the publication. “Sen. Cruz believes that the WHO has lost the credibility necessary for it to be effective, and a reevaluation of its leadership is urgently called for.”

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., also told the Free Beacon that “we need to have a serious reckoning with the World Health Organization.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined in on calls for Tedros to face accountability for how his organization has performed during the pandemic. “Once this pandemic is under control, WHO leadership should be held to account. That includes Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has allowed Beijing to use the WHO to mislead the global community,” Rubio said. “At this moment, [Tedros] is either complicit or dangerously incompetent. Neither possibility bodes well for his future at the helm of this critical organization.”

The quote from Tedros is especially damning. It’s indefensible.

The best way to limit Chinese communists, which should be the goal, is through limiting the Chinese communists’ economy. The best way to do that has already started. For years, pharmaceutical companies moved their operations to China. That’s changing, thanks in large part to President Trump.

At a recent COVID-19 task force meeting, Peter Navarro, one of President Trump’s economic advisers, said “One of the things that this crisis has taught us, sir, is that we are dangerously overdependent on a global supply chain. Never again should we rely on the rest of the world for our essential medicines and countermeasures.” He’s exactly right.

The Chinese communists lied to us about COVID-19, then lied to the world when they said that U.S. soldiers had spread it into Wuhan Province. The Chinese communists then threatened to cut off our medication if we kept telling the world that the Chinese communists had started this virus. The U.S. can’t be put in that position again. That’s a threat to our sovereignty and security.

Let’s let LeBron James know that Nike gear will have a stamp on it like the Surgeon General’s stamp on each pack of cigarette. It can say something like ‘These shoes were built by Chinese kids, who worked 60 hours a week and were paid $10 a month. Then let him know that anything with his name on them that’s manufactured in China will have a 250% tariff on them. Let’s call it a Social Justice Tariff for proper attribution.

Through PSAs, let’s tell Americans that Mike Bloomberg sold his soul to Chinese censors for a few extra $$. Let’s see how that information plays in Peoria.

The concern is bipartisan. Three Senate Democrats backed legislation put forward by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) last month that advocates for the U.S. to reprioritize its productive capability in order to achieve less supply chain dependence on China, particularly as it relates to products used in the federal health care system.

This is a priority. It’s foolish to put ourselves in a position to be held hostage by despots like the Chinese communists. On matters of national security, it’s best to be in control. Giving Chinese communists the opportunity to hold us hostage over life-saving medications is dangerous. Tom Cotton is, besides Sen. Rubio, the top expert on national security on China. Let’s listen to what he said a month ago:

Let’s restrict China’s influence. It’s the right thing to do.

Susan Rice apparently sees her post-Obama administration role as being an apologist for the Communist Chinese Party, aka the CCP. It should frighten Americans that she was President Obama’s National Security Adviser during his entire second term.

Appearing on Andrea Mitchell’s show on MSDNC yesterday, Rice said “the Trump administration’s description of the coronavirus as the ‘Wuhan virus’ is unacceptable and undermines global cooperation.” That’s interesting since China hasn’t exactly cooperated with the Western Hemisphere, especially in terms of telling us that a lethal virus had started in Wuhan.

The truth is that the Chinese still aren’t helping in terms of information. They insist that things are fine but they’ve just cancelled their professional basketball season. Is that proof that things are just fine? I don’t think so.

Rice added “It doesn’t serve us well, it doesn’t serve the objective of squelching the virus globally, to brand in nationalistic, or xenophobic, or racist terms. We all have to work together…”

Tell that to the CCP. They’re the ones cooking the books. They’re the ones that just re-opened the wet markets where this plague started. Check out how Rice defends the CCP and criticizes Secretary of State Pompeo in this interview:

Rice’s first implication here is that the need for cooperation means it is wrong to criticize China in any regard over the virus, even though the Chinese Communist Party’s deception led to its catastrophic mishandling of the virus in the outbreak’s earliest stages. You know, when the virus might just have been stopped from becoming a global pandemic.

This is the Obama administration’s appeasement strategy in action. China shouldn’t be criticized for igniting this pandemic. To say that is racist. This is the Democrats’ typical play. When backed into a corner, which Democrats frequently are, they start shouting ‘Racist’ at the top of their voices. It’s gotten to the point where people simply ignore them.

The Democrats’ dark money groups plan to spend millions of dollars in key battleground states. That isn’t disgusting. That’s just politics. What’s disgusting is that they plan on politicizing the Wuhan virus.

According to the Washington Post, “the group Pacronym is planning to spend $5 million on ads attacking Trump’s response to the pandemic. Pacronym, whose board of directors includes former Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, said its ads will target key 2020 swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Arizona.”

Good luck with that. The next time Democrats complain about dark money or too much money in politics, throw this information in their face:

Pacronym is the political action committee affiliated with Acronym, the non-profit who also funded Shadow, Inc., the company responsible for the failed Iowa caucuses reporting app. Acronym is financed by a larger democratic dark money group, New Venture Fund.

In 2018, the New Venture Fund gave at least $250,000 to Acronym, Acronym’s 2018 990 IRS forms show. New Venture Fund is just one of the dark money nonprofit funds under the umbrella of the for-profit, privately held consultancy called Arabella Advisors, LLC.

It isn’t just that Democrats don’t hate money in politics. It’s that Democrats have put together networks of dark money organizations to propagandize the people. It’s proof that Democrats can’t live without dark money in politics.

Another Democratic PAC called American Bridge said they will also be running similar ads politicizing the pandemic in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. American Bridge told the Washington Post it would be placing an additional ad on “Trump’s incompetence,” including “clips of Trump himself downplaying the crisis.”

If that’s what Democrats want to do, fine. Let’s throw this back in the Democrats’ faces:

In that press availability, Biden said that the Chinese “are not bad folks, folks.” Let’s remind people in Michigan, Pennsylvania and other Rust Belt battleground states and see how Biden’s own words on China play, especially in light of China’s hiding the Coronavirus Crisis for almost 3 months. How do you think that’ll play with an out-of-work steel mill worker? How will that work with an out-of-work UAW worker in Ohio or Detroit?

David Plouffe is a talented political guy but he doesn’t have a clue about Trump’s Rust Belt battleground states. If Democrats want to politicize the Wuhan Virus, they should expect the Trump campaign to highlight Vice President Biden’s friendliness with China, including his son Hunter’s virtual affair with the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership.