31 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-11-20

  1. Victor Davis Hanson nails it again.

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/02/09/the-once-and-future-scandal/

    “The Once and Future Scandal”

    Soon the worm may turn. The real scandal is back on the horizon, and at last, we may learn that no one is above the law—most certainly not a group of smug and mediocre apparatchiks who assumed they had the moral right to destroy a presidential candidate and later an elected president.”

    “Now that the four-and-a-half-month-long Ukraine impeachment bookend to the 22-month Mueller charade is over, it clearly accomplished nothing other than substantially raising the polls of both Donald Trump and the Republican Party. The public was reminded that Representative Gerald Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are every bit as childish, peevish, and absurd as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

    So, we are now back to the existential issue of the entire Trump phenomenon: to what degree did the Hillary Clinton campaign collude with high-ranking Obama officials, and the top echelons of the FBI, CIA, and the national intelligence apparatus, to surveil, defame, and hope to derail Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign by unlawful means?

    Who in the federal government then continued Clinton’s efforts after the 2016 election to disrupt and indeed attempt to destroy the Trump transition and presidency?

    Eventually, someone will sort out whether that post-election effort on the part of federal officials to abort the Trump presidency, abetted by the media and #TheResistance, was a simple follow-up to the Clinton-DNC-Perkins Coe-Fusion GPS collusion against candidate Trump—or a sick preemptive attempt of the administrative state to smear Trump as a “Russian asset” because of their worries about the exposure of their own prior criminality and Trump’s iconoclastic agenda.

    But for now, the following statements are irrefutable.

    Donald Trump, in concrete ways, has been far harder on Russia than was the “reset” Obama presidency, and far more helpful to Ukraine than Team Obama ever was. Trump armed the Ukrainians. He upped sanctions against Russia. He ordered lethal retaliation against Russian mercenaries in Syria. He vastly increased U.S. oil and gas production to Russia’s detriment. He jawboned Germany about its fuel dependence on Moscow. He coerced NATO to spend more on defense. He got out of an asymmetrical missile treaty with Russia. He is rebuilding the U.S. military.

    Unlike his predecessor, Trump did not dismantle U.S.-joint European missile defense in order to coax Putin into behaving during his reelection bid. He did not push a big plastic red reset button in Geneva to mark outreach to Putin, in rejection of prior Bush sanctions on Russians. He did not forbid the shipment of anti-tank missiles to an endangered Ukraine. He did not invite the Russians into Syria after a 40-year hiatus from the Middle East.

    So the libel of Russian collusion was absurd from the get-go.”

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  2. The gravest threat to our nation is internal.

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/02/09/trumps-angry-and-true-victory-speech/

    “Trump’s Angry and True Victory Speech

    What they call dictatorship is a democratically elected president appearing, at least momentarily, to get the upper hand over a managerial elite.”

    “At what point is it fair to say that a political faction presents a threat to the country?

    This question loomed over impeachment week, which saw the country struggling to digest a disorienting series of dramatic contrasts. First we had the Democrats’ demoralizing meltdown in Iowa, followed by Trump’s optimistic but sometimes staid State of the Union Tuesday night and his subsequent victory over impeachment. All of that was followed by the president’s formless, angry victory speech against his enemies on Thursday.

    In a way, Trump’s State of the Union was “fake.” Most of those addresses are forgettable by design, but this time convention was taken to the limit. Trump’s address was solemn, uplifting, and occasionally boring. The theme, a “Great American Comeback,” powerfully evoked a yearning for national renewal, as Trump predicted, “the best is yet to come.”

    But the elephant in the room, of necessity, was left out of the speech: the gravest threat to the State of our Union is internal. This received some passing acknowledgment when Trump attacked the “radical Left” for encouraging illegal immigration. But for the most part, Trump was required to be “presidential,” which is to say, not himself.

    Trump’s tirade on Thursday, by contrast, was gloomy and unhinged, but it also contained more of the blunt truth. It was more indicative of the broken state of our Union, and it was also more suited to Trump’s style.

    Trump is outrageously funny, and he’s at his best when he’s needling the “fake news” media or working a crowd. In an hour of stream-of-consciousness, Trump raged against the Russia hoax, FISA abuse, the Ukraine sham, “horrible” and “vicious” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), “low lifes” Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, “that sleazebag” James Comey, and much more.

    As he fumed over the coup plotters that have dogged him from day one, Trump cracked plenty of jokes, but he wasn’t in a joking mood. He was angry, hurt. Listening to him torch the “Mueller . . . top scum” and “evil, corrupt” people who sought his destruction, you would think that our country was in terrible danger—not from Iran or Russian internet trolls, but from a faction within our very borders.

    “We’ve been going through this now over three years. it was evil. It was corrupt,” Trump said. “It was dirty cops. It was leakers and liars. And this should never ever happen to another president.”

    Of the Russia hoax: “It was all @#$%$#@#.”

    Trump was not there for a speech or a news conference, he said, but to celebrate. But what he had to say was terribly sad. President Trump has spent the majority of his first term fighting a war of succession. To the ruling class, Trump’s election was a catastrophe like no other in American history because it placed a man who they had not vetted in the halls of power. They responded by taking the country on a deranged, three-year detour through Eastern Europe.

    First it was a maundering Russian fever dream that held its target audience, the corporate leftist media, in rapt attention for the better part of two years, then a Ukrainian soap opera that was somehow even more esoteric and insane. It was a joke from start to finish, but also it wasn’t. It did profound harm to the nation. Nothing like it has ever happened in American history.”

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    And we need to ensure it never happens again.

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  3. Meanwhile, the Dems continue to lie in the face of the truth and do everything they can to undermine the country for political gain.

    https://nypost.com/2020/02/09/democrats-just-look-ridiculous-pretending-the-economy-is-falling-apart/

    “Democrats just look ridiculous pretending the economy is falling apart”

    “It isn’t just a Beatles song, it’s America’s reality: It’s getting better all the time. So why are Democrats so wedded to the ­notion that America sucks and ­always has?

    Sure, they have to poke holes in President Trump’s accomplishments and pretend things aren’t as rosy as they seem. But they take things far beyond that.

    Nancy Pelosi sat behind Trump during his State of the Union ­Address looking like she was sorting through her mail. She would look up every once in a while to shake her head, as if the numbers he was touting were untrue.

    “Nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps.” “Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century.” “More people are working now than at any time in the history of our country — 157 million people at work.” These aren’t Trumpian boasts — they are empirically verifiable facts.

    In her response for the opposition, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer questioned the economic data. “American workers are hurting,” she said. “In my own state. Our neighbors in Wisconsin. And Ohio. And Pennsylvania. All over the country. Wages have stagnated, while CEO pay has skyrocketed.”

    But the numbers don’t lie. Gallup’s Mood of the Nation poll last week “recorded a 20-year high in Americans’ confidence in the US economy.”

    And no, it isn’t just rich people excited about the boom. Writing in The New York Times last month, Ernie Tedeschi, a former US Treasury economist, noted: “These days, wages in the United States are doing something extraordinary: They’re growing faster at the bottom than at the top. In fact, ­recent growth for workers with low wages has outpaced that for high-wage workers by the widest margin in at least 20 years.”

    Tedeschi credits state-level minimum-wage increases with this, though that can’t possibly be the full explanation. For starters, as he himself admits, “Wage data will by definition capture only those who stayed employed after an increase. If people were laid off because of a minimum-wage increase, their loss of wages wouldn’t factor into the average.” Plus, minimum-wage work only ­accounts for “around 13 percent of hours worked by Americans in the bottom third of wages.”

    Last week, noted denier of facts Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ranted about American success and how it is impossible to achieve for those who aren’t born wealthy. Apparently unfamiliar with metaphors and figures of speech, AOC said, “It is a physical impossibility to lift yourself up by a bootstrap, by your shoelaces, it’s physically impossible. The whole thing is a joke.”

    The former bartender who, ahem, pulled herself up by her bootstraps and became a congresswoman doesn’t exactly have standing to claim the American Dream is dead. Then again, in America, you can be a millionaire socialist like Bernie Sanders and win the support of a representative who claims success is impossible — ­despite her own.

    What a country.”

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  4. And it’s time they paid a price for their working against America and her safety and security as well.

    Here comes the pain.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/barr-announces-new-sanctuary-policies

    “Barr announces sweeping new sanctions, ‘significant escalation’ against left-wing sanctuary cities”

    “Charging that so-called “sanctuary” cities that protect illegal immigrants are jeopardizing domestic security, Attorney General Bill Barr announced a slew of additional sanctions that he called a “significant escalation” against left-wing local and state governments that obstruct the “lawful functioning of our nation’s immigration system.”

    Speaking at the National Sheriff’s Association 2020 Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., Barr said the Justice Department would immediately file multiple lawsuits against sanctuary jurisdictions for unconstitutionally interfering with federal immigration enforcement, and implement unprecedented national reviews of left-wing sanctuary governments and prosecutors.

    “Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible,” Barr began. “When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape. These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society. Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible.”

    The DOJ has now filed a federal complaint against the State of New Jersey seeking declaratory and injunctive relief “against its laws that forbid state and local law enforcement from sharing vital information about criminal aliens with DHS,” Barr said.

    That was a reference to New Jersey Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive 2018-6, which the DOJ says illegally bars officials from sharing the immigration status and release dates of individuals in custody. It also requires New Jersey law enforcement to “promptly notify a detained individual, in writing and in a language the individual can understand” if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) files an immigration detainer request for the individual.

    Additionally, “we are filing a complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against King County, Washington, for the policy … that forbids DHS from deporting aliens from the United States using King County International Airport,” Barr said.

    “That lawsuit targets King County Executive Order PFC-7-1-EO, which the DOJ said has dramatically increased operating costs for ICE as detainees have had to be transported to Yakima, Washington. The executive order unconstitutionally conflicts with the federal Airline Deregulation Act, which “prohibits localities such as King County from enacting or enforcing laws or regulations that relate to prices, routes, or services of air carriers,” the DOJ said.”

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  5. Meanwhile, Mini Mike is promising to make us less secure and to target law enforcement for, you guessed it, enforcing our laws.

    https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/02/10/bloomberg-pledges-to-investigate-ice-and-end-trump-policies-in-newly-unveiled-immigration-plan-885552?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    “Bloomberg pledges to investigate ICE and end Trump policies in newly unveiled immigration plan”

    “Mike Bloomberg’s campaign released his immigration platform Monday, calling for the end of President Donald Trump’s most notable border enforcement programs.
    The billionaire New Yorker called for the termination of the “Remain in Mexico” program, metering, third country transit agreements and a travel ban, and he pledged to end border wall construction.
    The plan also called for the Justice Department to investigate “abuse” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and a reprioritization of immigration enforcement.
    Mike Bloomberg unveiled his wide-ranging immigration plan Monday, pledging to investigate Immigration and Customs Enforcement and undo a number of Trump border initiatives, among many other things.

    Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and a Democratic presidential candidate, introduced his comprehensive immigration plan Monday. The detailed plan included many pivots from the current administration, such as ending the “Remain in Mexico” program, metering at the border and a slate of Central American asylum agreements. However, his plan stopped short of some of the most progressive proposals pushed by other Democratic candidates.

    “[R]ight now, our immigration system isn’t working for any of us,” read an expert from Bloomberg’s immigration proposal. “Congressional inaction — coupled with President [Donald] Trump’s incompetent and cruel policies — has created chaos at the border, separated families, trapped millions of immigrants in legal limbo and paralyzed an already inefficient system.”

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    And drastically reduced the flow of illegals and escalated the deportation of criminals. So yeah, sorry Mike, it’s working just fine, thanks.

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  6. Mayor Pete has some ‘splainin’ to do. This was under his watch. If he can’t keep crime down in a relatively small city, how does he plan to do it for a whole country?

    “Violent Crime in South Bend Doubled During Mayor Pete’s Tenure”

    https://bongino.com/violent-crime-in-south-bend-doubled-under-mayor-petes-tenure/

    “While the youngest on the field by far, Pete Buttigieg proved on the debate stage last Friday (yes, there actually was a debate) that he was just as adept at dodging questions as any seasoned politician.

    During a discussion on race, one of the debate moderators asked Buttigieg about why the disparity in black arrests relative to white arrests for drug crimes increased under his leadership as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg tried to dodge the question by arguing that rates of drug arrest are lower in South Bend than the rest of the nation – which the moderator quickly shot down by pointing out the irrelevance of that answer when the fact is that they still rose under his tenure. After Buttigieg then deflected entirely in the rest of his answer, the moderator asked Warren “Was that answer substantial from Mayor Buttigieg?” which drew immediate laughter from the audience (and a swift “no” from Warren).

    And there’s a good reason he doesn’t want to talk about how record in South Bend.

    While the discussion at the town hall focused mainly on his police department disproportionately arresting minorities for drug offenses – an even greater issue the city faced in regards to policing was how effective they were at fighting crime.

    Just take a look at the chart below of violent crimes per 100,000 people in South Bend. From the point Buttigieg took office violent crimes roughly doubled from trough to peak. Even if we were to measure from before the dip in violent crime before he took office (which could just be due to variance), we’re still looking at a roughly 75% increase.”

    “Responsible for most of the increase is an increase in rapes and aggregated assaults, while homicide and robbery rates have remained mostly constant.”

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  7. Proving once again, that China is not our friend, and certainly no “trade partner” other than in name.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/02/10/doj-chinas-military-behind-equifax-hack/

    “DoJ Indictment: Equifax Hack “An Organized And Remarkably Brazen Criminal Heist” By China’s Military”

    “The Department of Justice reminded us today that not all viruses from China are biological. Attorney General William Barr unveiled a federal indictment against four members of the People’s Liberation Army for hacking Equifax in 2017. The theft of information was the largest so far, but it’s just one in a series of such thefts by China over the last decade.

    Barr led off with his thoughts in support of two murdered NYPD officers, and then read his announcement about the indictment. Were they after the data, or after Equifax’s intellectual property? Probably both:”

    “The Department of Justice unveiled charges against four members of China’s military for allegedly hacking into the credit agency Equifax and stealing the personal information of millions of Americans in 2017.

    “This was one of the largest data breaches in history,” Attorney General William Barr said at a press conference on Monday. “The scale of the theft was staggering. As alleged in the indictment, the hackers obtained the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of nearly 145 million Americans, and the drivers licenses of at least 10 million Americans.”

    The four charged are Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Liu Lei, all of whom are members of the 54th Research Institute, a component of China’s People’s Liberation Army, prosecutors said. A federal grand jury in Atlanta returned the nine-count indictment on charges of computer fraud, economic espionage and wire fraud.

    Barr mentions the hack of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in 2014, which continued without detection for over a year and gave China access to sensitive government personnel records going back to 1985. China was also behind commercial attacks on Marriott and Anthem Insurance, Barr alleges in this presser, as well as other hacks of US government systems. China has been a bad actor for a long while on several fronts, and it has taken a long while for the US government to provide a robust response.”

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  8. There’s that internal threat again…..

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/09/grassley-johnson-blast-democrat-senators-for-leaking-oversight-material-into-the-bidens/

    “Grassley, Johnson Blast Democrat Senators For Leaking Oversight Material About The Bidens”

    “Two top Republican senators, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, slammed Democrat senators for attempting to undermine congressional oversight of Hunter Biden’s shady business activity by leaking information about the investigation to the press.

    Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Grassley, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement that they shared information related to the probe of Biden with ranking members of the committees in good faith it “would be treated appropriately and remain confidential.”

    On Thursday, Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden’s office complained to Yahoo News that the Treasury Department was complying the Republican senators’ requests for documents showing “’evidence’ of questionable origin,” in the form of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).

    “Applying a blatant double standard, Trump administration agencies like the Treasury Department are rapidly complying with the Senate Republican requests – no subpoeanas necessary – and producing ‘evidence’ of questionable origin,” said Wyden spokesperson Ashley Schapitl. “The administration told House Democrats to go pound sand when their oversight authority was mandatory while voluntarily cooperating with the Senate Republicans’ sideshow at lightning speed.”

    Grassley and Johnson said it was “strange that any senator would complain about Congress receiving responses to oversight requests in a timely manner.” The two GOP senators also noted that most oversight requests do not require material subject to executive privilege and can therefore be expedited to Congress.

    “Democrats have recently received productions from Treasury pursuant to their oversight requests,” Grassley and Johnson pointed out. “If the administration were to claim priviledge over requested material, as the Obama administration did in the ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ investigation, members of Congress can use other tools at their disposal – including the courts – to compel cooperation.”

    During the recent impeachment proceedings, Democrats chose not to use these powers.

    “Our oversight work over the last several years should stand in stark contract to the slapdash impeachment inquiry in the House,” the senators said.

    On Wednesday, the two senators also requested Biden’s travel records from the U.S. Secret Service to determine whether former Vice President Joe Biden’s son “used government-sponsored travel to help conduct private business” in his work with overseas nations.”

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  9. There are 1.8 billion reasons to get answers from the Bidens.

    And kudos to Glenn Beck for doing the hard investigative journalism the MSM has no interest in because it makes Dems look like crap.

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/02/07/report-missing-1-8-billion-in-aid-linked-to-corrupt-oligarch-who-bankrolled-ukraine-revolution/

    “Report: Missing $1.8 Billion in Aid Linked to Corrupt Oligarch Who ‘Bankrolled’ Ukraine Revolution

    “In a live video presentation, Thursday night, conservative radio host Glenn Beck accused the Obama administration of funneling $1.8 billion in taxpayer dollars to Ukraine in order to fund the Ukrainian revolution against Russia.

    Calling the scandal bigger than the Reagan-era “Iran Contra” scandal, The Blaze founder said that his research team made the discovery while looking into the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky, which spurred the Democrats’ now-failed impeachment charade.

    Beck explained that there were “things in the phone call that just didn’t make sense to us” and that prompted them to do a deep dive into what happened to the $1.8 billion in aid that went missing in PrivatBank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine, which is owned by the corrupt oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky.

    After former president Barack Obama made then-Vice President Joe Biden his “point man” in Ukraine, the Veep sent $3 billion in aid to Ukraine, and Burisma Holdings—where his son Hunter sat on the board—was implicated in the disappearance of $1.8 billion of that money.

    The notoriously corrupt Burisma has been under investigation on and off for years for various financial crimes.

    Blaze TV scrutinized a Feb. 26 letter from the Latvian government to the Ukrainians, which, according to Beck, led his team to follow the money to Kolomoisky, whose firm, Privat Group, also happens to be the controlling shareholder of Burisma.

    Investigative journalist John Solomon reported on the Latvian law enforcement letter in December, 2019:

    The Feb. 18, 2016 alert to Ukraine came from the Latvian prosecutorial agency responsible for investigating money laundering, and it specifically questioned whether Vice President Joe Biden’s younger son and three other officials at Burisma Holdings were the potential beneficiaries of suspect funds.

    “The Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity … is currently investigating suspicious activity of Burisma Holdings Limited,” the Latvian agency also known as the FIU wrote Ukraine’s financial authorities.

    The letter identified “a series of loan payments totaling about $16.6 million that were routed from companies in Belize and the United Kingdom to Burisma” through Kolomoisky’s PrivatBank between 2012 and 2015.

    The flagged funds were “partially transferred” to Hunter Biden, a board member at Burisma since May 2014, and three other officials working for the Ukrainian natural gas company, the Latvian memo said.

    The letter asked Ukrainian officials for any evidence about whether the funds were involved in corruption and whether Ukrainian officials were investigating Burisma and the recipients of the money.

    The U.S. State Department placed Kolomoisky on a visa ban list prohibiting him from entering the country due to allegations that he had ordered murders and beheadings.”

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    More details from Beck here.

    https://www.theblaze.com/glenn-radio/ukraine-missing-aid

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  10. And here’s the whole thing. Taxpayers deserve answers from the corrupt Biden’s and the Obama admin that enabled them. Not to mention the joke of a media who ignores it all.

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  11. I’ve been wondering if some of the incentive behind the impeachment was to draw attention away from the whole “Biden” situation. “We going to get to the bottom of that” said no Democratic congressperson ever.

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  12. They started trying to impeach Trump the night of the election. I am no Trump fan, but most of us who aren’t were weary of the Democrats and their anger, hatred, disbelief, whatever. If they had left this alone he likely would have been a one term president. As it is now he will very likely be re-elected. They will get what they deserve.

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  13. I have to disagree somewhat Kim.

    Were it not for all the backbiting, lying, false charges, and what not Trump would be even less distracted on more focused on implementing his policy. He isn’t beating Dems because of his sparkling personality, it’s his policies, which have led to a revitalized America. Record low unemployment, he slashed economy killing regulations, made America the largest exporter of fuels in the world. and stopped us from funding our enemies thru the same. They have nothing to compete any with of that, so they rage, as they have been for 3+ years.

    Without Democrats, Never-Trumpers, and their ilk, things could be even better. He was gonna be re-elected either way. Now he will be in spite of their un-American efforts, but things could be even better were it not for disloyal internal threats. As I noted above, the greatest threat to America is Dems and their policies.

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  14. The little dumb butt millennial filmed the evidence they’ll use to convict him too. Moron.

    And sadly we let them vote.

    https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/02/11/man-driven-by-dislike-of-president-trump-in-gop-tent-attack-report-shows/

    “Man driven by dislike of President Trump in GOP tent attack, report shows
    Gregory Timm, 27, was arrested hours after a van he was driving plowed into GOP voter registration tent”

    “The man who is accused of deliberately driving his van into a tent where voters were being registered by local Republicans told the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office his disapproval of President Donald Trump was a motivating factor, according to an unredacted arrest report obtained by News4Jax.

    Gregory Timm, 27, was arrested hours after police said his van plowed through the tent, narrowly missing volunteers who were set up the parking lot of a Walmart Superstore at the corner of Atlantic and Kernan boulevards about 3:50 p.m. on Saturday. He’s accused of two counts of aggravated assault on a person over 65 years old, criminal mischief and driving without a license.

    According to JSO investigators who tracked him down, Timm admitted to purposefully driving into the tent because “someone had to take a stand.”

    Timm told investigators he saw the registration tent after he went to pick up food and cigarettes and a nearby Walmart, according to JSO.

    He then showed investigators a video he recorded while driving towards the tent, according to JSO, but the video cut out before he hit the tent. According to the report, Timm said he was upset that the video ended before “the good part.””

    Timm said he waited until there were no people in front of the tent before he ran it over although, JSO investigators noted in the report, the video showed people still standing there.”

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  15. Ouch.

    And others have picked up the strays.

    https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/02/11/brutal-biden-now-trails-sanders-10-latest-national-poll/

    “Brutal: Biden Now Trails Sanders By 10 In Latest National Poll”

    “Last month he was at 30 percent. This month, says Monmouth, he’s at 16. Nearly half his support, up in smoke.

    That’s what happens when you’re an “electability” candidate who turns out to be not so electable.

    Shhhh. It’ll all be over soon.”

    “Buttigieg is the clearest beneficiary of Biden’s collapse but you can see a few Joe voters bleeding off to Bernie (they each appeal to working-class voters, albeit in different ways) and to Mike Bloomberg. It’d be easy to ignore a result like this one and that terrible Quinnipiac result yesterday if Biden were up six points in New Hampshire and set to rebound with a win, but as it is he’s staring at a fifth-place finish tonight. Where will some of his more diehard supporters go in the next round of polling after the electability argument for him takes another devastating hit?”

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    Stick a fork in old Joe, ‘cuz he’s done.

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  16. Party crashing in NH. 🙂

    Trump doesn’t have an enthusiasm problem. His voters are highly motivated.

    https://spectator.us/trump-steals-dems-spotlight-new-hampshire-rally/

    “Trump steals the Dems’ spotlight at New Hampshire rally”

    “President Donald Trump successfully trolled Democrats once again Monday — hosting a packed rally the night before their New Hampshire primary election and successfully directing attention and energy away from Democratic campaigners desperate to interest voters.

    The near-overflowing arena at Southern New Hampshire University stood in stark contrast to the sparsely attended campaign trail events put on just around the corner by Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, and the rest of the Democratic field.

    Bernie Sanders may have a rabid online fan base, but how many would camp out all night and day in the frigid February snow for a chance to see their political hero? Warren couldn’t even get hungry diners to glance up from their meals long enough to ask for their vote.

    ‘I LOVE Trump,’ a concession stand worker said enthusiastically as she doled out chicken tenders and fries to the hundreds of people lined up for food and drink. Attendees danced and sang along to classic rock anthems by Billy Joel and Elton John for hours before the president’s speech, putting Mayor Pete Buttigieg team’s ‘High Hopes’ dance to shame.”

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  17. Millennials are getting a bad rap. In any group, it is always those who are too this or too that who get the attention. I’m sure many older conservatives of today were once quite liberal when they were younger. Each generation, as it gets older, tends to look at the younger folks coming up and criticize their immaturity, or the way they do things differently than the older generations did, and think that this new generation is going to ruin the world.

    Millennials are ripe for a move of God among them. I pray for that to happen soon. Then again, we also need a move of God among Baby Boomers and all the other generations alive.

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  18. That is true, but it’s also true that each younger generation develops some kind of disdain for the older generations. 🙂 “Old people.” eye roll.

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  19. And it begins…….

    2 less choices…..

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    Someone named Michael Bennet also ended his bid.

    But as expected, it’s Bernie, Mayor Pete, and Amy K. (who is doing very well)

    Warren, Biden, and the rest are just ignoring the obvious. Mini Mike isn’t even trying to win. It’s a 3 horse race.

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  20. Amy K. seems to be the big beneficiary of Biden’s collapse.

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    And again, voter enthusiasm is down.

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  21. Hmmmmm……

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    We’ll see how that plays in the general election.

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