27 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-2-20

  1. “Social Media’s Election Interference”

    “What Facebook and Twitter are doing is no less insidious than meddling by a foreign adversary. Their activity is political, not commercial.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/06/29/social-medias-election-interference/

    “Acollege senior raised in a conservative household now posting Black Lives Matter propaganda on her Instagram account. A son-in-law berating his wife’s self-made millionaire family about racism and Donald Trump. A twentysomething graduate of one of the country’s top universities informing his attentive, loving parents that he’s ashamed of how he was raised in a mostly white suburb. Parents bullied by their children into posting Black Lives Matters memes and George Floyd condolences on social media. A biracial couple on the verge of a break-up over disagreements on race, protests, and riots.

    Those are just a few of the stories I’ve heard recently from friends and relatives dealing with the consequences of the country’s ongoing racial strife. Dissent, or even mild disagreement, are not allowed. The Left is tearing the country apart on both the macro and the micro level as families and friendships are shredded over accusations of “systemic racism.”

    Now, admittedly, children condemning their parents for how they were raised is nothing new. Generational revolt is a rite of passage in America. But friends once debated politics without ending up in fisticuffs. And while presidential election years always are fraught with tension and terse discourse, the Trump era has been a nonstop temper tantrum from the Left.

    The unique danger underpinning the current calamity, obviously, is the added fuel in the form of social media. Teens and young adults don’t read papers or watch network news; according to a 2018 poll, more than one-third of adults ages 18 to 39 list social media as their primary source for news. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook rule the news cycle. And information is rarely posted without comment—consumers are told how to interpret the article or video before they have a chance to view it independently. Groupthink takes over; mobs are incited, cities burn, minds are poisoned, detractors are silenced, and the country unravels bit by bit.

    The purpose of the latest uprising is the same purpose that has been animating the Left in this country for nearly four years: to oust Donald Trump from the White House. Before the twin blows of coronavirus and racial strife, Trump looked like a sure bet for reelection. After a failed Russian collusion hoax, a failed special counsel probe, and a failed impeachment attempt, Trump was well-positioned to defeat a feeble-minded, baggage-laden Joe Biden. Democrats effectively have leveraged both crises for maximum political gain while hiding Biden in his basement.

    Social media moguls, hostile to Donald Trump and part of the ruling corporate Left, also are exploiting the unrest as an excuse to censor the president—and they’re not even trying to hide it. The same platforms that have promoted lies about everything from Trump-Russia collusion to Catholic high schoolers disrespecting a “native elder” have developed a sudden interest in acting as the internet’s truth-sayers.

    “The 2020 elections were already shaping up to be heated and that was before we all faced the additional complexities of voting during a pandemic and protests for racial justice across the country,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote Friday in announcing his company’s new censorship policies. “During this moment, Facebook will take extra precautions to help everyone stay safe, stay informed, and ultimately use their voice where it matters most—voting.”

    As Liz Sheld detailed Monday, the company is folding to intense pressure from employees, corporations, and activist groups to silence Trump and his supporters just four months before Election Day.

    Lifting language from an Ayn Rand novel, Zuckerberg disclosed he’s been advised by “civil rights auditors” to develop portals that will offer “authoritative” information on voting rights. This will include any attempt to disparage mail-in ballots, a priority for Democrats as they prepare to steal various elections: “[S]haring authoritative information on voting by mail will be especially important,” he promised.

    Facebook and other platforms also are thwarting the Trump campaign’s digital advertising game, a key part of his reelection strategy. Dozens of Trump campaign ads were removed from Facebook last month after activists insisted the posts included “pro-Nazi” symbols. Trump, who has a significant cash advantage over Biden, spent nearly $2 million in Facebook ads the last week of June alone; Zuckerberg’s censors will make sure paid ads meet a different standard: “We already restrict certain types of content in ads that we allow in regular posts, but we want to do more to prohibit the kind of divisive and inflammatory language that has been used to sow discord.” Rest assured that vague rule only will apply to Team Trump and Republicans.”

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    It’s biased, discriminatory, and intentional.

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  2. They can’t handle the truth.

    https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2020/07/01/college-official-out-pro-cop/

    “Researcher Forced Out After Touting Study Finding Cops Aren’t Racist”

    “The left likes to call anyone to the right of them: “anti-science.” They say that because we don’t buy the hysteria on things like climate change and similar topics, of course, which is fine. They can call us whatever they like. After all, they’re going to do it anyway.

    However, the truth is that they’re not as pro-science as they like to argue.

    Take what happened to a Michigan State University researcher.

    Michigan State University leaders have successfully pressured Stephen Hsu to resign from his position as vice president of research and innovation after the Graduate Employees Union launched a campaign to oust him from his role.

    This came after the union, which represents teaching and research assistants, crawled through years of blog posts and interviews Hsu had conducted and criticized him for sharing content on genetic differences among different races.

    But the main thrust to oust Hsu came because the professor touted Michigan State research that found police are not more likely to shoot African-Americans.

    “The victory of the Twitter mob will likely have a chilling effect on academic freedom on campus,” Hsu told The College Fix via email.

    Hsu will stay on as a physics professor as Michigan State, but his gig as vice president of research and innovation was gone because he touted the wrong research.

    In particular, he held up research done by the university that found that police aren’t as racist as groups like Black Lives Matter like to pretend them to be.

    More troubling, though, is that the union that called for Hsu’s head also thinks politics should determine what studies get promoted and which don’t.

    The graduate union told The Fix that administrators should not share research that runs counter to public statements by the university.

    “It is the union’s position that an administrator sharing such views is in opposition to MSU’s statements released supporting the protests and their root cause and aim,” Ackles wrote in an e-mail to The College Fix.

    That’s right. It doesn’t matter if the study is factual or not. It doesn’t matter whether the methodology is sound or not. What matters is whether or not the studies support a given ideology or not.

    And people wonder why so many gun folks aren’t crazy about taxpayer dollars being used for gun violence research. It’s a total mystery.”

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  3. “Trump: From Great Disruptor to Great Protector”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/07/01/trump_from_great_disruptor_to_great_protector_143591.html

    “Our America First movement faces a fulcrum moment. After achieving the incredible upset of seizing the presidency from the conventional interests that dominated United States politics and media for decades, now President Trump can advance to the next step of his historic quest: transitioning from the Great Disruptor to the become the Great Protector of the American people, particularly the middle class.

    The disruption emanated from the profound frustration of working-class citizens witnessing a continual erosion of their political agency and their standard of living. The shock of Trump’s triumph compelled a needed wholesale reshaping of national politics, including a de facto takeover of the Republican Party by believers in American nationalism. In reaction, the media mouthpieces of the established political and administrative classes went to war with the president, and he returned rhetorical fire, with fervor. Simultaneously, the enmity of the entrenched administrative powers of our capital commenced seemingly endless investigations and frivolous prosecutions of Trump allies and, ultimately, the president himself.

    Despite the systemic upheaval, tangible policy achievements abounded, particularly a rollback of the regulatory state, smart trade accords, and the confirmations of hundreds of conservative judges. Nonetheless, the consternation and agitation have intensified in this election year, as an increasingly polarized country battles over first principles. As necessary as the disruption was, our nation cannot remain in this embattled space; it’s too chaotic.

    Therefore, the next natural iteration of the movement lies in President Trump becoming the Great Protector, a leader promoting a second term agenda that guards the economic and legal rights of the masses.

    On the economic front, protecting the prerogatives of the American worker entails taking on two powerful, intertwined interests – both of them hell-bent on defeating President Trump in November: China and American Big Business. Regarding China, Trump has already shifted the entire paradigm of our national approach to this adversary. The recent deception by the Chinese Communist Party quite literally infected the world and crashed the global economy, awakening the U.S. public to the reality Trump has long ascertained and described. Given the criminal actions of the Beijing regime, President Trump’s second term will laser-focus on confronting this threat, particularly to the prosperity of American workers. The long-term benefits of the decoupling process will compel domestic employment, especially in manufacturing, and ignite the economic recovery from the ravages of the Wuhan CCP virus.

    Deeply enmeshed with China’s anti-worker agenda, giant American multi-nationals also often scheme to stymie the success of American labor. President Trump’s strong recent policy shift on foreign worker visas sends a signal for more such second-term policies to protect and prioritize American labor. In addition, part of economic protection should embrace aggressive anti-trust enforcement against monopolistic firms that deter competition and brazenly trample on the privacy and constitutional rights of citizens.

    The second facet of Trump as the Great Protector involves legal safeguards. The recent danger and disorder across America found motivation and cheerleaders among entitled power brokers of the media and the Democratic Party, but ordinary people and vulnerable businesses paid the price. President Trump increasingly takes a strong stance against mayhem, both in messaging and action. For the next Trump term, a pledge to maintain order will gain the confidence of understandably anxious citizens. Aggressive policing and powerful prosecutions can demonstrate our national resolve against mobs and mayhem.”

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  4. “Brit Hume: Corporate America’s Sickening Political Correctness For Black Lives Matter”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/06/30/brit_hume_corporate_americas_sickening_political_correctness_for_black_lives_matter.html

    “BRIT HUME: Let’s be clear about what Black Lives Matter stands for. It isn’t about protecting or saving black lives it’s about protecting and saving some black lives. Which is to say, the black lives that are lost at the hands of the police. A number which is dwarfed by those who are lost in the kind of urban violence that you describe in Chicago, New York and other cities. So let’s put aside the idea that Black Lives Matter is really about black lives matter in any meaningful sense. And let’s also note this, Tucker, you see the tearing down of these statutes which seems to be the reflection of the ignorance of the people who are doing it, and who they are and what they did it.

    But these things are not actions in any meaningful sense, these are just gestures. And the reason they are just gestures is that that is all they’ve got. The only substantive position that this movement, and that’s what it is, has been able to come up with is a one to defund the police. And whom do you think will be hurt worse by diminishing the police forces in these urban areas? It’s the blacks and other poor people who live in these crime-ridden neighborhoods.”

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  5. “Larry Elder’s New Doc, ‘Uncle Tom,’ Will Frighten the American Left”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/07/01/larry_elders_new_doc_uncle_tom_will_frighten_the_american_left_143589.html

    “Is there anything more frightening to the American political left and their high media priests of the woke world than Black Americans who think for themselves and refuse to kneel?

    No. Black people who become conservatives and dare question Democratic Party policies, from social programs to public education, are a threat to control. And so, they are demeaned by Democratic politicians and either ignored outright or marginalized as race traitors, sellouts and “Uncle Toms.”

    It’s a way to humiliate them, shut them up and cancel them. And the party’s handmaidens of the media play along.

    But that’s one reason why Larry Elder’s stunning new film, “Uncle Tom: An Oral History of the American Black Conservative,” is so important, especially now.

    Elder, the prominent conservative radio talk show host, discussed his new movie on “The Chicago Way” podcast that I co-host with WGN radio producer Jeff Carlin.

    Elder is one of the producers and writers of the film, which was directed by Justin Malone.

    “The ‘Uncle Tom’ movie simply asks a very simple question: Why can’t we have an intelligent, healthy discussion within the Black community without a whole cadre of well-educated, bright, thoughtful Black people being maligned and discarded as sellouts?” said Elder. “What’s prompting this?”

    It is an inspiring and optimistic film, a series of interviews with well-known and not-so-well-known Americans who think for themselves and refuse to see a victim when they look in the mirror. You’ll see the courageous American economist and philosopher Thomas Sowell, a personal hero of mine.

    But those who are less well known are perhaps even more compelling. You’ll also witness the dignity of small businessman Chad O. Jackson. He’s a contractor, not famous, but he wrestles with the big questions of politics and policy. After realizing he’s a conservative, he gets grief from his family of Democrats.

    Jackson refuses to be herded out of fear. And that makes him heroic.

    Right now, at this time, “Uncle Tom” just might be the most important film out there. The woke world priests won’t clamor to have it out on streaming services such as Netflix, because the left doesn’t want to acknowledge that Black conservatives exist.”

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  6. Good news for America…..

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    Bad news for Democrats…..

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  7. The cowardly Epstein has already been judged by The Judge.

    His pimp has been arrested and will face judgement here.

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  8. Jobs Increased And Unemployment Decreased In June

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/07/02/june-2020-jobs-added-unemployment-drop/

    “The U.S. added 4.8 million jobs in June, while the unemployment declined to 11.1%, according to Department of Labor data released Thursday.

    Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 4.8 million in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report, and the number of unemployed persons fell by 3.2 million to 17.8 million. These numbers mark the second month of both increasing jobs and dropping unemployment since the country lost a record 20.5 million jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic closures.”

    “May’s unemployment rate had declined by 1.4 percentage points from April’s 14.7%, which was the largest over-the-month increase and highest unemployment rate since at least 1948.”

    “These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it,” the report said. “In June, employment in leisure and hospitality rose sharply. Notable job gains also occurred in retail trade, education and health services, other services, manufacturing, and professional and business services.””

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  9. Your first link had me muttering OK Boomer until I check a bio and found she was roughly my age. Political arguments within family are nothing new. Perhaps what is new is the millennials, now reaching their 30s, no longer tolerating boomers at the dinner. Its been a long ride for the boomers but demographics are no longer on their side and another generation is speaking up. To describe the current politics as unprecedented in terms of animosity is to be ignorant in history — look at the antebellum era, the fighting in the streets of the late 60s, etc. The eight years of Obama featured silly fits from FOX complaining about arugula, tan suits, bicycle helmets and golf trips.

    As for social media, both sides of the political spectrum criticize Facebook. Zuckerberg has a fairly good relationship with Trump and presents himself as non-political. The site itself is open to a lot of diverse and sometimes weird ideas. However, there’s been pressure for Facebook to be more socially responsible and fact check. In addition corporations have pressured Facebook to clean up its act. Facebook then will be tighter this election year — but its not a political bias rather corporate profits which will push the algorithm. People do get their news from social media — cable news is dying, but the younger generation is far more adept at critical consumption.

    The cancelled ad featuring a red inverted triangle can be seen as a reference to the Nazi badge for leftist prisoners. Recent actions by Trump — tweeting a video where a man yells “White Power”, using the term “kung flu” and now adopting a new logo that resembles a nazi logo indicates he and his campaign don’t care anymore. https://globalnews.ca/news/7130932/trump-nazi-eagle-logo-america-first/

    Finally, the author’s assertion that Trump would have easily won until the coronovirus and BLM marches is weird. It would have been incredibly close but Biden was ahead or tied in the states that matter. Now he is much further ahead.

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  10. Trump as the Great Protector?? What is he protecting? The administrative state is failing as evidenced by the feeble response to Covid 19. The economy relies on constant stimulus to keep moving, throwing trillions at the stock market so the numbers look good. Withdrawing test funding so the numbers look good. The unemployment figures are suspect and have only improved because Republican governors opened their states to early sacrificing low paying service workers so the numbers look good. Zero Hedge, admittedly a right wing crank site that my “gold” friends quote as reliable for stats, reports the BLS has noticed a glitch in the labor survey resulting in a 1 to 3 % lower unemployment rate….. Trump is building a Potemkin village.

    The term Great Protector is interesting — Tudor/Stuart historians will see a reference to the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell. The Trump admin and campaign’s fondness for dictatorial references may be unintentional but does reveal a thought process.

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  11. At least we can agree on Maxwell. The left side of the internet is creating a pool on how long she stays in custody until she commits “suicide”.

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  12. Sometimes I wonder if everyone on the left is smoking crack.

    What you folks see and allege rarely is based in reality.

    Like this little twit. On what planet is it a good idea to publicly threaten people? Sure that might be fine at your leftist coffee clutch, but not with the general public.

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    She was so happy with her million hits. Not so much with the cost.

    https://nypost.com/2020/07/01/harvard-grad-claira-janover-lost-deloitte-job-over-tiktok-stab-threat/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow

    “Harvard grad Claira Janover says she’s lost Deloitte job over TikTok ‘stab threat’”

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  13. Poor response?

    Not one person needed a ventilator and didn’t get one.
    Not one person who needed a hospital bed was denied one.
    The US federal govt has done and spent more than any country in the world to fight Covid 19.

    You’re just ungrateful, again, as usual.

    What is he protecting?
    US monuments and our history, unlike any Democrats. Our economy and businesses, again, with little to no help from Dems. Our constitution, our Bill of Rights, religious freedom, etc…

    The list is quite long actually, as is his list of accomplishments. Just because they aren’t important to you, a foreigner, doesn’t mean they aren’t to US voters.

    And I’ve seen the clown you elected. You wouldn’t know good leadership if it slapped you in the head.

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  14. Nazi accusations? Really?

    How unoriginal can you get? A sure sign you have no real argument. Pathetic really, but that is the left.

    And just because some lefty yelled white power during a video Trump posted, in no way makes Trump a white supremacist. You know this, but the left trades in dishonesty, character assassination, and lies, so I’ve come to expect nothing less. Sad and pathetic.

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  15. People should be responsible for their social media messages. Employers will take action when its deemed inappropriate for the profession or corporate image. This has happened to enough people for various reasons, I’m amazed people are still surprised it happens to them. If you post something advocating violence or racism, you should be held responsible — advocating police use extreme measures, encourage shooting, or racist chants — all should be enough for someone to lose their accounts and possibly their jobs.

    When you post something which has racist chants, you are in fact approving of this chant, esp if its without comment or context. The person who yelled “white power” was in fact the Trump supporter in the golf cart adorned with pro-Trump messages. The lefty was calling him out but its the Trump supporter who said white power. Why post something unless you agree with it?

    No one is accusing Trump of being a Nazi but the dog whistles have become a bull horn.

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  16. About a week ago, I posted a link to an article which had a graph showing the peak and decline of covid in various western nations. Only in the US, it peaked, declined a little and then started to peak again and the US is setting records for new cases. American gave up the fight in exchange for the economy — essentially service employees, the elderly, etc were sacrificed in order to open the economy earlier.

    Florida just reported 10 000 new cases — No European nation, even Italy and Spain nor Canada ever reported that many cases in one day. Canada with a higher pop than Florida only once reported more than 2000 new cases. As the cases have declined in the western world, the US which encountered coronovirus at the same time is still fighting the disease along with Brazil, Russia, and India. The EU is opening up for travel from almost the entire western world except the United States. Americans are still banned from Europe along with Latin Americans and Africans

    The shortage in PPE at the early stages was made worse by the interference by Kushner and others from the Trump admin. And was made worse when states were forced to bid against each other.

    By any standard, the US response is one of the worst in the western world, only the UK comes close.. I’m not blaming Trump personally — the US administrative state has been in decline since Reagan. And the rush to reopen in the southern republican states has been misguided and perhaps criminal. Not sure why you mention the pretty boy who runs Canada as you should know by now I’ve never voted for him or his party. I find it interesting the three provinces responsible for over 90% of Covid cases are run by right wing populists. I sense a pattern — UK, US, and right wing populist premiers in Canada didn’t do well. Meanwhile, countries run by left wing young women did extremely well.

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  17. Is Trump really protecting American monuments or is it Confederate monuments? You know, memorials to traitors and losers. You’ve had this argument with Ricky years ago in which you argued there was no need for statues to traitors and losers — I remember since its one of the few times you and I agreed and argued against Ricky at the same time.

    Is he protecting the economy? At what cost? Forcing people to work and putting them at risk just to creating better numbers. And does the stock market in which the admin threw 7 trillion dollars actually reflect reality? This week the stock market valued Tesla higher than Toyota. The stock market has no reflection in reality. As for the constitution etc — the left will argue the opposite, it all depends on how you interpret the constitution and Trump’s actions.

    Of interest — Trump only created about 20 miles of new wall along the border. The rest was replacement and repairs to existing walls. Obama built more, rather ironic. He hasn’t done a good job of closing the borders off — however, Canada is now putting out barriers to prevent American entry.

    But you are right — the American voter decides not me. Currently Biden is ahead by about 9% and the disapproval rate is roughly -15%. There’s plenty of time but its not looking good for him.

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  18. HRW,

    I stand by my prior points about the South and what I view as it’s traitorous acts. I think these statues, in the case of Lee and his ilk, would best be displayed in a museum as part of a larger telling of their significance, horrible as it was. I too would take down such monuments in public squares. But their historical relevance is indisputable. What they did was reprehensible and one the greatest stains on our nation largely to protect another of our worse stains, slavery. 620,000 of our fellow countrymen dead. It’s not abortion level numbers, but it’s the runner up.

    But the difference is I would do it in the right, just, and legal way. Thru legislation, debates, and a majority of votes. Not by rioting hordes of idiots destroying public and private property.

    And let’s not forget, the idiots have gone well beyond them to Lincoln, Columbus, Mt. Rushmore, The Emancipation Statue, and numerous other that had nothing to do with slavery, or as in Lincoln’s case, were on the right side. It’s way past time to be harsher with these miscreants.

    Add to all this the left wants to abolish police. That would be a very bad idea. At this point they’re the only ones protecting rioters from some good old fashioned vigilante justice. Careful what you wish for.

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    And again, just because one idiot yells something in a crowd, doesn’t mean everyone there agrees or heard it, and it in no way disputes the message the video intended.

    Hey, maybe it was one of those rabble rousing undercover cops trying to make the rest look bad that you’re always bringing up. I bet that’s it.

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  19. There’s wrong, and there’s weapons grade Maddow level wrong. 🙂

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    And the smirk gives the smarmy little jerk away. She ‘s hoping she’s right.

    Thankfully she was fabulously wrong yet again…..

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  20. Message fail. And talk about ungrateful…..

    https://freebeacon.com/2020-election/biden-trots-out-small-business-owner-who-got-thousands-in-govt-assistance-to-argue-trump-isnt-helping-small-business/

    “A new campaign video from Joe Biden features a small business owner who says the Trump administration did nothing to help her during the coronavirus pandemic. Unmentioned is that she received thousands through the administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

    Tiffany Easley, who owns NV My Eyewear in Philadelphia, received a forgivable $27,000 loan during the first phase of the program in April, she disclosed to local news outlet BillyPenn. She disclosed the same to Biden during a June 11 roundtable he held in Philadelphia, telling him her major concern was creating safe conditions for her furloughed staff to come back into the store.

    But the disclosure is missing from the video testimonial Easley provided for the Biden campaign, in which she says the administration made “everything worse.”

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    “Alfredo Ortiz, president of the Job Creators Network, told the Washington Free Beacon the video should be taken down by the Biden campaign for “false advertising.”

    “It ignores the success of the PPP, which has helped roughly five million small business owners, including the one featured in the ad itself,” Ortiz said. “The fact that the Biden campaign couldn’t even find a small business owner who hadn’t received PPP funds demonstrates the incompetence of the Biden brand, and just how expansive President Trump’s relief efforts have been.”

    Administered through the federal government’s Small Business Administration, PPP gave small businesses loans that were forgivable if the money was used to pay staff. When Easley received the PPP loan, in addition to smaller grants from local relief funds, she said she was optimistic about her business.

    “I was surprised, because if you listen to the news, they were so quick to say all the money was gone,” Easley said in April. “I have a good feeling, I think we’ll be ok. I just think it’s gonna take some time to get there.”

    Adam Michel, a senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation, pushed back against the claim that the government left businesses behind during the pandemic.

    “The federal coronavirus response has been nothing short of extraordinary,” Michel said in an email.

    “More than 70 percent of small businesses have received financial support from the PPP loans and have benefited from various other provisions, like delayed tax filing deadlines, two-year delay in employer payroll tax payments, and expansions of tax loss rules,” Michel said, adding that support for such policies has been bipartisan.”

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    I don’t know HRW…. that “nothing short of extraordinary” thing kinda refutes what you said about a “feeble response” earlier.

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  21. Museums don’t need the statutes. Despite the Civil Rights Act the statues have remained there. I can forgive people for being impatient. They have no historical value. As for other statues — they probably would not have attracted as much attention if others had been willing to compromise and pull down the Confederacy statues. Pent up frustration increases the demand.

    Almost every country provided assistance to both corporations and people. The US programs are nothing special. What struck me about the US aid package was how corporate and employer oriented it was with a hope it would trickle down. In most countries the aid focused on individuals; many Europeans suspended mortgage and rent payments, support benefits increased, etc. My daughter lost her PT job and has been collecting $500 a week as an emergency benefit. This benefit has been extended to September. Instead of giving her employer money, the gov’t gave it directly to her.

    However, my feeble response comment was more about the actual coronavirus plan. Trump ignored it too long. He was too slow to react and the US was behind almost right away. And then when the US had reached the peak and was coming down, the Republicans were too quick to reopen because the economy concerned them more than the lives of seniors and service employees. My province which has about 200 new cases a day has a more stringent social distancing etc policy than Florida which has over 10 000 new cases a day. The Republican governor is more concerned about the economy than the people. Contrast this to Michigan where the Democratic governor refused to bend to Trump’s demand she reopen the state. Michigan now has about 600 new cases a day. I also think its no accident it was a female governor was concerned about people’s health rather than the economy unlike Florida’s male governor.

    The strange think about this is the simple fact that those who valued health over the economy are now reopening the economy whereas in the US, states are muddling through both. I also wonder if Americans are aware that they can no longer travel — they are barred from entry worldwide as other nations consider it too risky to allow Americans in their country. The total new cases in the US today was over 57 000 — that’s incredible and there’s no excuse.

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  22. When you post a video in which somebody yells “white power” and you don’t provide context, you are implying approval. Even if the Trump supporter was an undercover leftist trying to make Trump look bad, Trump did post the video and did not distance himself from the white power statement of his supposed supporter. Why post a video of someone holding signs supporting yelling white power unless you approved or at the very least don’t care. At the very least it shows incredibly bad judgment.

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  23. Kizzie,

    “Israel We Know You, Jews Murder Children Too!”

    https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/video/power-lie-history-blood-libel

    “Hatreds are rooted in stereotypes and myths. The lies persist despite efforts to set the record straight. We are going to examine one of the most powerful and pernicious of those lies—the blood libel. It’s the false claim that Jews engage in ritual murder, that is, religiously sanctioned murder. It’s been traced back to 12th century England. In the 1100s, many Christians were outraged that Jews refused to convert to Christianity.

    They saw the Jews’ refusal as a willful and obstinate denial of what they perceived as God’s truth. They expressed their anger in words and images that dehumanized and demonized Jews. It was in this charged atmosphere that some Christians began to accuse Jews of ritual murder.

    The accusation came at a time when life was precarious in Europe. And as in other times of great fear and anxiety, many people found it all too easy to blame them, the people who are not like us—

    Like us.

    Like us, for every tragedy.

    Every hardship.

    Every loss.

    The blood libel grew out of an incident that took place in Norwich, England, in 1144. On Good Friday a woodsman discovered the body of a missing child in a forest near his home. The man claimed that young William’s death had to be the work of Jews because no Christian would have murdered a child so brutally.

    The boy’s distraught family agreed. The authorities did not. They firmly stated that there was no proof that any Jew was involved. No one was punished for the child’s death.

    Five years later, a monk named Thomas of Monmouth arrived in Norwich. After hearing the gossip, he decided that the boy’s death was no ordinary murder. It was a ritual murder. He claimed that the Jews were reenacting the crucifixion. He charged that every year they killed an innocent child in much the way they killed Christ. He insisted that in 1144 the country they chose was England.

    The city was Norwich.

    And the chosen child was William of Norwich.

    Within just 50 years’ time, Christians in eight European cities had accused Jews of ritual murder. In the German town of Fulda in 1255 a new element was added to those charges.”

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