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The Decline of the Democrat Party
Posted:Aug 22, 2019 8:31 am
Last Updated:Aug 22, 2019 10:56 am

Last night I had a conversation with a friend about the upcoming Presidential election. They remarked how well the Trump hats are in a traditionally Democrat stronghold state. I remarked after seeing the decline in some of Americas greatest cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, San Fransisco and Los Angles, it is no surprise voters are walking away from the Democrats. All the named cities have been under Democrat rule for decades. As has been shown they are rat and garbage infested he))-holes. Within a mile of Nancy Pelosis house a person can not walk for fear of stepping on discarded needles or feces. This atrocity in San Fransisco, at one time a beautiful city. Now the Governor, Gavin Newson, also a former Mayor of San Fransisco is doing the same thing to the whole state.

Democrats are so impaired their craving to “get Trump” they guzzle down the day-in and day-out despite the deadly consequences to their party and to the country. Working-class voters feel so abandoned the Democratic Party. The party went from a platform of being center-left economically and socially/culturally conservative to a platform is far to the left economically and socially/culturally.

More so, more people are realizing the economically center-left and socially/culturally conservative party of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy no longer exists. The old Democratic Party was a pro-labor, pro-union party. Today, the Democratic Party is the party of open borders, multiculturalism, and environmentalism—positions reduce wages, divide communities, and undermine economic prosperity. The traditional base of working-class Democrats either cannot relate to or are opposed to these policies and as a result have been leaving the Democratic Party the thousands.

Donald Trump’s election didn’t cause the party’s decline, it exposed it. Democrat derangement has been a problem for years.

This what you get when you ignore over half the country. I got a hunch the next election will seal the coffin for the Democrats.

Various Sources
Uh Oh: Bill Maher Is Now Feeling 'The Squad's' Wrath
Posted:Aug 21, 2019 5:19 am
Last Updated:Aug 22, 2019 3:19 am

The other night, HBO host Bill Maher talked about the Democrats' support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, commonly referred to as the BDS Movement. According to Maher, the Democrats have now created a "bulls**t purity test" when it comes to supporting a boycott against Israel.

"BDS is a bulls**t purity test by people who want to appear woke and have actually slept through history class," Maher said, at which point the audience broke out into a thunderous applause. "It's predicated on this notion that is very shallow thinking, that the Jews are in Israel are mostly white and the Palestinians are browner so they [Palestinians] must be innocent and correct and the Jews must be wrong. As if occupation came out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied. Forget about the infectadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars?"

Maher's comments come after Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-M was initially denied entry into Israel to visit her dying grandmother. Israeli law prevents people who support the BDS Movement from visiting the country, although humanitarian exceptions are made. Eventually, Israel decided to grant a humanitarian exemption to Tlaib so she could visit her dying grandmother. Of course, Tlaib rejected the opportunity.

When Tlaib received word of Maher's take on the stance, she had one simple solution: those who agree with her – and the BDS Movement – should boycott the liberal commentator's show.

Tlaib said her "form of speech" – guess that means boycotting? – is based on "equality and freedom." But it's not. People like Tlaib and those who support the BDS Movement don't even want Israel to exist. These supporters don't want the Jewish people to have a safe haven after all that their people have endured.

This movement isn't about obtaining equality (even though we don't know what that would look like). It's about eliminating Israel altogether. It's about pretending that past history hasn't taken place. And that's unrealistic.

By Beth Baumann
Pundits Who Pushed Russia Hoax Should Publicly Apologize
Posted:Aug 20, 2019 11:55 am
Last Updated:Aug 22, 2019 3:18 am

For two and a half years, some of the most powerful people in America — supposedly serious, well educated people, many of them — made wild and untrue allegations about issues critical to the life of this country, all on the basis of no evidence whatsoever. It’s hard to believe they did that, but they did. What should happen to these people? Congressman Adam Schiff, for example. Schiff claimed he possessed actual evidence of Russian collusion. And he didn’t just say that once. He said it repeatedly:

SCHIFF: And there is significant evidence of collusion. SCHIFF: This is ample evidence of collusion of people in the Trump campaign with the Russians.

SCHIFF: I think there’s plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy.

In the end, Schiff never produced the evidence. It didn’t exist. He was bluffing, which is to say lying. He still is.

What about his enablers, the journalists and pundits and fellow lawmakers who helped Schiff tell his lies? These are the people, you’ll remember, who blithely accused the sitting president of treason:

CARL BERNSTEIN: The evidence suggests, indeed, Trump is, has been a pawn of the Russians,

MAZIE HIRONO: But when you start to see a pattern where he basically spouts Putin’s lines, then we have to ask the most unusual and frightening question about our own president.

DON LEMON:…why this president seems to be putting Russia's interests ahead of our own,

SAMANTHA VINOGRAD, CNN: Well Kristy, the President's tweet trying to make the case that he's not a Russian asset really just undercuts his own defense. The President's tweet couldn't have been scripted better if it was written by Putin himself.

JOHN BRENNAN: This is nothing short of treasonous because it is a betrayal of the nation. He is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

CLAPPER: Is there influence whether witting on unwitting by the Russians over President Trump?

SCHUMER: The possibility, the very real possibility, that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump.

PELOSI: Trump's eagerness to sell out America proves the Russians must have something personally, politically or financially on President Trump.

It’s unbelievable, yet typical, from so many of today’s hateful and intolerant liberals. For three years, all we heard about was “Russian collusion,” and now we know it was all a lie made up by Obama's crooked Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice. It’s interesting how that story has just vanished, huh?
Ignorant Liberals Need To Go Visit America
Posted:Aug 19, 2019 5:41 am
Last Updated:Aug 20, 2019 2:47 am

It’s always good to occasionally leave deep blue west Los Angeles and visit the United States. When your congressjerk is Ted Lieu, you get a skewed perspective on the country as well as suffer continuous embarrassment. My recent travels through parts of the country that aren’t populated and controlled almost exclusively by liberal nimrods gave me some hope for the future. America as a whole does not appear eager to become Scat Francisco. The problem is the people who want to transform our entire country into a socialist open sewer know nothing of this country outside their reeking pinko enclaves.

It’s a very different country when you get between I-5 and I-95. People are generally nice. They smile and attempt to assist you, even when you display the insanity inherent in your blue homeland. If you go to a restaurant and ask if they have a vegan, gluten-free keto alternative, they try to help you and bring you a glass of water.

I rediscovered biscuits. Biscuits are good.

One thing they try to do is avoid politics, mostly because they have better things to do outside an election year. Politics is a necessary evil to Normal people. Unlike in Santa Monica, you see very few of the fraying Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit 2016 bumper stickers on the back of lime green Priuses. You do see a lot of stickers reflecting an affinity for Jesus or some branch of the military. They like Christians in America, and they like vets. A huge number of people you meet are both. So, America is pretty much hell for the kind of leftist dweebs I’m normally surrounded by.

There was no talk of how guns are awful and how they need to be confiscated. Nor was anyone excited about letting the same folks who couldn’t keep Jeffrey Epstein from gacking himself take over our medical system. No one was upset about the of criminals who broke our immigration laws crying on camera – Americans understand that if they get picked up for a DUI, MSNBC won’t show up with a crew to videotape their sobbing.

Those are the kind of elite fetishes you hear advocated on CNN and the places where people watch CNN, like Washington. CNN also plays in airport lounges, but the only political talk I overheard there was generalized contempt for political correctness. There were also complaints about irritating liberal initiatives, like paper straws, signaling generalized discontent with these gratuitous policy pokes at the Normal people liberals seem determined to improve or, if that doesn’t work, eliminate.

That’s not to say that there are no activated, aggressive folks out there. There are. I spoke to a great conservative group in New Orleans and found, as I do in other places where I talk to Republicans, that they are intensely woke and intensely up for a fight. The Jeb! crew of country club cons has abandoned ship, and any mention of sleazy geebos like Lose Boat Cap’n Bill Kristol draws howls of utter contempt (and a chorus of “Ahoys”). The base is all in on Donald Trump; no Fredocons need apply. If you want a surefire applause line, roast some squishy simp like Candy Crowley’s vinyl-clad gimp Mitt Romney and the crowd goes wild. We’re never going back to failure as usual.

There were some interesting revelations along the way. I visited the Schlichter hometown of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where the first of us ended up in about 1750, probably after being kicked out of Germany for being too real. I was last there back in 2010 between toga parties at the nearby Army War College, and it was a wreck. The businesses were boarded up on the main drag, and everyone in the neighborhood my dad grew up in was sipping on a 40 and looked like Eminem.

It was a stark portrait of the collapse of rural America. So, coming back in 2019, I resolved to keep the windows up and drive fast, except it wasn’t a disaster in 2019. It was vibrant and clean. There were no degenerates wandering the streets. It wasn’t fancy, but on the surface at least, it no longer looked like a petri dish of middle American pathologies. I did not expect that; I expected to practically smell the opioids. Maybe having a president who gives a damn about people who don’t live in Brooklyn makes a difference.

History is not a hypothetical there. John Brown did some of the planning for the raid on Harper’s Ferry in C-Burg, and the Democrats burned it twice in the first civil war they provoked. Just up the road is Gettysburg, and visiting that battlefield with my grandmother (who had met veterans of that war) was one of my earliest memories. The problem is that this real American history, if it was ever learned by them, has been forgotten by the liberal dummies who need to learn it the most.

The battlefield was full of visitors, but these were almost all Normals. The same was true at Mt. Vernon and Arlington – a whole bunch of middle American folks and very few hipsters or liberals. How could I tell? You can tell. You saw families and a lot of vets, and not a lot of people who don’t look like they can do push-ups wearing t-shirts for obscure bands while their gender-indeterminate partner wears a kitty hat.

At Little Round Top and the Angle, you stand on patches of ground where bodies piled up because Americans could not resolve their differences in any other way than with bayonets and Minié balls. That’s true American history, not the garbage propaganda the elite tries to feed us to undermine the moral basis of our country and thereby justify their fundamental transformation of it into a socialist dictatorship with them in charge, of course.

Americans are thirsty for their heritage. They flock to it. And liberals, at best, ignore it and its lessons when they are not actively trying to erase it. The New York Times has promised a series of essays dedicated to show that slavery was the entirety of America’s foundation, but that’s a lie designed to create a kind of original sin they can exploit for their own advantage today. It’s weaponized history. My family didn’t have slaves – they carved a farm out of wilderness. The vast majority of people didn’t have slaves. And if you think there will be some sort of acknowledgement of what those men did to end slavery at Devil’s Den or Culp’s Hill, I’ve got a unicorn named Chet for sale cheap.

But liberals will gobble it up while regular Americans will continue actually going to where history happened and learning the truth. The gulf will widen between red and blue, and that’s bad because when you learn fake history you do not learn to avoid the mistakes of the past. And the Democrats made some whoppers like, well, starting the Civil War comes to mind.

Locked up in their largely -free urban playgrounds, our garbage elite is utterly unaware of the real America and of real Americans themselves. And it is dangerously unaware of – even actively hostile to – our true history. There are lessons there they need to learn as they continue to bully and provoke the mass of Americans who just wish to be left alone. Anyone who causally suggests confiscating millions of weapons from millions of American patriots and who has not walked through Lexington and Concord is a fool. And, sadly, our blue elite is full of fools.

By Kurt Schlichter
More on Tlaib and Omar
Posted:Aug 18, 2019 10:56 am
Last Updated:Aug 20, 2019 10:12 am

You’ve got to admire Israel. When people who want to destroy their country try to enter their borders, they turn them back. Rather than do the same, the political left in this country celebrate those people. No matter where they are in the world, progressives have one objective: destroy.

People don’t volunteer to have something they love to be “fundamentally transformed,” and fundamental transformation of the country and the world is exactly what progressives ultimately want. And they’re willing to do anything to get there.

When it was announced Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were going to to Israel I remember thinking it was odd. I not only wasn’t sure why Israel would let in people who despise their citizens and want to wipe it off the map, but why would half the Gang of Four want to go there in the first place? Of course, the answer was simple – they want propaganda.

A normal person doesn’t despise Canada, hate Canadians, and plan a weekend in Toronto. Tlaib and Omar wanted to stir problems in Israel and stand on Israeli soil while doing it. It took until the last minute, likely due to the fact they’re both sitting Members of Congress, but Israel finally rescinded their permission to enter.

Since Tlaib and Omar have the arrogance comes with knowing the media will protect them and the shamelessness accompanies living in a bubble where disagreement is rare and ignored, their next step was easy. The racist duo immediately played the victims.
Statements were released read like they were at the ready, in the hope they could be victims. Omar came out against U.S. aid because Israel wouldn’t allow her in to inspire more terrorists. Tlaib whined about not being able to visit her elderly grandmother.

Israel relented to Tlaib on humanitarian grounds. She could visit her grandmother after promising not to attack the country while in it.

should have been the end of it, but neither of them wanted go there to see anything for themselves or visit family, they wanted propaganda; they wanted the accolades from the American left would accompany advocating for the destruction of Israel from within its borders. So Tlaib, after saying she only wanted to pick figs with her grandmother for likely last time, changed her mind and rejected Israel’s magnanimity.
These two wanted specific things from this trip, and if they weren’t going to be able to get it, no “last chance to visit grandma” in the world was going to make it worth their while.

Journalists were, predictably, outraged. They’d just spent 24 hours lying about Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, for enforcing existing law requires people applying for permanent residency status not have a history of bilking taxpayers through the bloated welfare state. The idea of not wanting to import people who won’t contribute to society was, naturally, called racist.

Tlaib, after being granted a humanitarian pass to visit her grandmother, rejected it saying, “When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can't allow the State of Israel to take away light humiliating me & use my love for my sity (grandmother) to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.” She never wanted to see her grandmother, she wanted to use her. she able to do just without having to see her was more than good enough. (And probably lucky for her grandma – could you imagine being used as a prop your own grandchild?)

These people aren’t honest, but they are serious. When your opponent is willing to do absolutely anything to advance their agenda, you have to take them seriously. Never underestimate anyone who is unbound reality or standards of decency. ’s not only Tlaib and Omar, but every Democrat and nearly the entire media.

If Democrats truly had a strong case to make to the American people for what they want to do they wouldn’t have to lie about Republicans, they’d just make it. they aren’t tells you all you need to know.
Israel has every right to keep out guttersnipes who seek their destruction. Unfortunately, in the United States they’re inside the gates and Democrats elect them to Congress. Or they give them jobs as journalists.

Derek Hunter
Of Course: Ilhan Omar Plays the Victim After Israel Bans Her and Tlaib
Posted:Aug 16, 2019 4:38 am
Last Updated:Aug 18, 2019 9:40 am

Anti-semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was banned from entering Israel Thursday ahead of a planned trip to the country tomorrow. She's an avid supported of the BDS-movement, which aims to destroy the country through boycotts, sanctions and divestment.

In typical fashion, Omar reacted to the news by accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Islamophobia and questioned the country's status as a democracy.

“It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government. Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress. Denying entry into Israel not only limits our ability to learn from Israelis, but also to enter the Palestinian territories. Sadly, this is not a surprise given the public positions of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has consistently resisted peace efforts, restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians, limited public knowledge of the brutal realities of the occupation and aligned himself with Islamophobes like Donald Trump," Omar released in a statement.
“As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, it is my job to conduct oversight of foreign aid from the United States of America and to legislate on human rights practices around the world. The irony of the ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East making such a decision is that it is both an insult to democratic values and a chilling response to a visit by government officials from an allied nation," she continued.

How rich and ironic.

By Katie Pavlich
Investigating the Investigators
Posted:Aug 15, 2019 6:51 am
Last Updated:Aug 15, 2019 6:55 am

Government watchdog Judicial Watch has uncovered and released hundreds of documents showing the Obama Justice Department working directly with Fusion GPS, a research firm hired by the Clinton campaign, to frame President Trump.
The documents show Fusion GPS' Nellie Ohr, who was specifically hired in 20 to dig up dirt on Trump and his Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric, working directly with U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr on a spread sheet linking President Trump to a of Russian operatives. Nellie and Bruce are married and while Bruce was demoted, he's still working at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C.

"On December 5, 20, Bruce Ohr emailed himself an Excel spreadsheet, seemingly from his wife Nellie Ohr, titled 'WhosWho19Sept20.' The spreadsheet purports to show relationship descriptions and 'linkages' between Donald Trump, his family and criminal figures, many of whom were Russians. This list of individuals allegedly 'linked to Trump' include: a Russian involved in a 'gangland killing;' an Uzbek mafia don; a former KGB officer suspected in the murder of Paul Tatum; a Russian who reportedly 'buys up banks and pumps them dry'; a Russian launderer for Sergei Magnitsky; a Turk accused of shipping oil for ISIS; a couple who lent their to the Trump Institute, promoting its 'get-rich-quick schemes'; a man who poured him a drink; and others,' Judicial Watch released. "On December 5, 20, Bruce Ohr emails himself a document titled "Manafort Chronology,' another Nellie Ohr-Fusion GPS document, which details Paul Manafort's travel and interactions with Russians and other officials."

After the documents were passed back and forth between the two, Bruce Ohr gave them to the FBI.

"FBI interview reports from December 5 and December , and December 20, 20, show that Bruce Ohr 'voluntarily' gave these anti-Trump and Manafort materials, created for the Clinton campaign by Fusion GPS, to the FBI," Judicial Watch found.

Additionally, the documents show Ohr forwarding an article to the FBI about impeachment on a crime he essentially set up through his work with Fusion GPS.
"On February , 20, former-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Kathleen Kavalec forwarded Ohr a Huffington Post article touting the Steele Dossier's claim that an alleged deal between Russian oil company Rosneft and Trump supporter Steve Schwarzman constituted a 'high crime of treason worthy of impeachment.' Ohr forwarded the article to the FBI's Washington Field Office the day," they found.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

"These documents show a crazed DOJ-FBI effort to use the Clinton spy ring at Fusion GPS, namely Nellie Ohr, to smear President Trump - even before he was sworn in as president," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said about the findings. "Clinton campaign operative Nellie Ohr may as well as have had a desk at the Justice Department."
After two years of investigation, thousands of interviews and hundreds of subpoenas, Special Counsel Robert Mueller found zero collusion between any Russia operative, asset, government official or individual and the Trump campaign.

By Katie Pavlich
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Wind Turbines Can Cause Sickness, Say Public Health Officials
Posted:Aug 14, 2019 4:58 am
Last Updated:Aug 17, 2019 6:20 pm

The Madison County Board of Public Health is going on record to say that there are legitimate negative health effects caused by wind turbines.

Board Chair Dr. Kevin de Regnier said the board identified two concerns after a review of scientific literature and months of hearings and meetings with residents and MidAmerican Energy.

The two health concerns identified are:

“Flicker” caused by the sun reflecting off turbine blades creates a strobe effect that can cause headaches and nausea.

“Infrasound” is a soundwave just below what the ear can actually detect. It is created by the turbines disturbing wind flow. It, too, can cause headaches and nausea.

"Resolved that the Madison County Board of Health determines that there is the potential for negative health affects associated with commercial wind turbines and that current setbacks are inadequate to protect the public health," said Madison County Public Health in a statement to Channel 13.

The board recommends that any future wind turbine projects be 1.5 miles from any residence.

However, the Iowa Environmental Council disputes these claims and said there is not any proven health consequences associated with wind turbines.

Dr. Peter Thorne, head of the Occupational and Environmental Health department at the University of Iowa, spoke with the Madison County Board of Public Health last Thursday. Dr. Thorne presented findings from two comprehensive reviews of peer-reviewed science. The findings did not show any scientific evidence that infrasound causes health concerns, according to the Iowa Environmental Council.

The Iowa Environmental Council also noted that Dr. de Regnier voted against the the resolution.

The County Board of Supervisors will discuss this Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

From WHO TV News
Trump Supporters Clean Up Baltimore – Local Media Furious
Posted:Aug 13, 2019 3:58 am
Last Updated:Aug 13, 2019 7:46 pm

The Baltimore Sun apparently disenchanted with the fact that Trump supporter Scott Presler after witnessing the filth and blight within their city decided to help out, by organizing a voluntary clean-up campaign dubbed “Americans to help Americans.”

Rather than being grateful that someone had organized a cleanup campaign, the Sun’s editorial board went into a full-frontal attack on organizer Presler, apparently furious that the Trump supporter took it upon himself to help those poor residents in West Baltimore, living in rat invested squalor.

On Monday, after the clean-up was completed and the organizer was revealed as a MAGA supporter of the President, the unhinged editorial board collectively penned an op-ed with a snarky title dubbed “We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?”

Ironically that rhetorical question could have been posed to the editorial staff of the Baltimore Sun as to why they haven’t successfully used their media platform to actually hold their political leaders like Cummings accountable for the continued decay within the inner city?

Rather than answer that pivotal question the op-ed focused on the collective motives of the 100 plus volunteers who came from all over the country venturing into a dangerous environmentally hazardous situation.

However the editorial board saw it differently, writing, “The effort was organized by pro-Trump activist Scott Presler. He claimed the event was not political. Yes, he was inspired to come by tweets from President Donald Trump describing the area, represented by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, as a ‘rodent-infested mess,'” the editors wrote. “But the visit wasn’t about showing support or animosity for either man, he said.”

The editorial continued, vacillating between begrudgingly thanking the volunteers while criticizing their motives. “Call us skeptical,” the paper remarked before going off on a litany of excuses, condemning those who came to clean up their city. “Look, we appreciate anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves to help Baltimore” the op-ed concluded.

According to Presler’s Twitter feed.” the paper claimed that more than 170 people came from all over the country and cleaned up nearly 12 tons of trash.

The paper seemed particularly irked by the notoriety of having out-of-towners especially Trump supporters coming into their Democratic enclave stating within their op-ed, “But if this was all about “Americans helping Americans,” why all the videos of Baltimore residents thanking Mr. Trump for bringing attention to the issue? We happen to know that not everybody in West Baltimore feels that way, and in the same posts as the videos, why the frequent reminders that this is in Mr. Cummings’ district?”

The simple and most obvious answer to the paper’s question is because it is Cummings’ district for better then 2-decades, and apparently no one has lifted a finger to help clean-up the garbage for almost 10-years.

Which is another reason why the Baltimore Sun attacked Presler in their op-ed. He posted a photo of a newspaper from President Barack Obama’s inauguration dated 2008 that the organizers and volunteers stumbled upon while hauling debris from the streets, suggesting that no one has cleaned up this wasteland of filth for almost a decade…

Moreover after Presler’s visit to West Baltimore became news, the Baltimore Sun had no choice but to acknowledge the 12-hour clean-up along with the 12-tones of trash removed, which simply reinforced the President’s claim that public officials along with the media are either incompetent, corrupt or both.

The editorial board of the Baltimore Sun attempted to excuse their own culpability regarding the dilapidated condition within West Baltimore by attempting to justify their journalistic inaction, blaming it on death threats from junkies and gangs lurking within that hellhole, saying, “Does Mr. Presler know that drug dealers use trash to hide their product and have been known to threaten people who try to clean it up? The solutions are just not that simple.” The paper also blamed people from out of town who dump trash in the city illegally.

And yet better than a 100 volunteers came and cleaned up decades of fifth and garbage in 12-hours and left, without incident.

The Baltimore Sun along with Elijah Cummings and the rest of those inept and corrupt Democratic leaders should be ashamed of themselves for how they have willfully mistreated their fellow Baltimoreans for decades.

Written by a Frustrated Libertarian
Democrats want to play politics with mass murder, it works both ways
Posted:Aug 10, 2019 4:35 pm
Last Updated:Aug 14, 2019 5:55 am

As soon as authorities said they suspected the El Paso mass shooter was the author of a hate-filled, white-supremacist online manifesto, Democrats began blaming President Trump. "He is a racist," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., "and we've seen the consequences of it." Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said on Twitter about the president, "Your language creates a climate which emboldens extremists." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., declared that Trump was "directly responsible" for the shooting.
That is shameful. Trump is not responsible for the actions of a madman. As Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro, a lonely voice of reason on the left, correctly put it, "there's one person that's directly responsible for the shooting in El Paso and that's the shooter."

But if Democrats want to play politics with mass murder, it works both ways. Because the man who carried out another mass shooting hours later in Dayton, Ohio, seems to have been a left-wing radical whose social media posts echoed Democrats' hate-filled attacks on the president and U.S. immigration officials. The Associated Press reported on Monday that a Twitter that appeared to be his "showed tweets labeling himself a 'leftist,' bemoaning the election of President Donald Trump, supporting Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and encouraging people to cut fences of immigrant detention centers.

Should we blame Warren for the Dayton massacre carried by one of her supporters? How about Sanders, whose anti-capitalist rhetoric may have inflamed this socialist? Or maybe we should blame Ocasio-Cortez for disgracefully comparing U.S. immigration facilities to "concentration camps" -- a phrase that appears to have caught the Dayton shooter's attention? (He seems to be the second domestic terrorist to echo her rhetoric before carrying an attack; the manifesto of the man who was shot to death by police after he allegedly firebombed an ICE facility in Tacoma, Wash., last month also referred to "concentration camps.")

The answer to these questions is of course not. While the rhetoric used by these prominent Democrats is horrifying, they are not to blame. But they also can't have it both ways: If Trump is to responsible for El Paso, then Democrats are responsible for Dayton.

Democrats claimed his statement was not good enough because Trump did not take personal responsibility for how his rhetoric has contributed to the El Paso massacre. "Donald Trump says hate has no place in this country; Donald Trump has created plenty of space for hate," Warren said.

Sorry, I missed the speech in which Warren, or any Democrat, has taken personal responsibility for how their inflammatory rhetoric contributed to the Dayton massacre. I also don't remember Democrats taking personal responsibility for how their virulent anti-Trump rhetoric contributed to the attempted assassination of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and other Republican legislators in 20 by a deranged former Sanders campaign volunteer -- even though the shooter called Trump a "traitor" on social media, echoing now-disproved Democratic accusations that Trump colluded with Russia during the 20 election.

Yes, Trump has coarsened political discourse. But Democrats were helping to coarsen it long before Trump came along. If you wonder why many Republicans don't take Democratic charges that the president is a racist seriously, maybe it's because they remember how in 2000, the NAACP spent millions on despicable ads linking George W. Bush to white supremacists who brutally lynched James Byrd Jr. in Texas in 1998. Or maybe it's because they remember how in 20, then-Vice President Joe Biden told black Americans that Mitt Romney's "going to put y'all back in chains," and then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused Romney of using "a whistle for voters who consider race when casting their ballot." To the left, all Republicans are racists, not just Trump.

Democrats have also been blaming Republicans for inciting mass shootings long before Trump. They did it in 20 after the shooting of then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in which she was wounded and others were killed. The Democrats making the accusation, including Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva and then-Sen. Frank Lautenberg turned to be wrong; the shooting had nothing to do with politics.

So, Trump is far from alone in his responsibility for the hateful rhetoric that is permeating American politics -- a fact that many Democrats have just underscored by politicizing the El Paso tragedy before the smoke had barely cleared.

Op-Ed by Marc Thiessen: Thiessen is a columnist at The Washington Post.

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