Politics

More Political Terrorism: Leftwing Nuts Strike Georgia House Race

Next week’s special election between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossof has made big news for being the most expensive congressional race in history.

But now it’s making the news for all the wrong reasons.

A day after a crazed shooter attempted to assassinate Republicans in Virginia, more leftwing terrorists have threatened the neighbors of Karen Handel with an unidentified white power in their mailboxes.

The FBI shut down the neighborhood in their investigation to determine who’s behind the threat.

Included with the power was a note railing against Handel as a ‘dirty fascist’ and other epithets we can’t even repeat here.

So much for civil discourse.

Here’s more from Redstate…

In most years, a special House of Representatives election that’s not going to tip power would not get nearly as much attention as this year. With Donald Trump as president, the media, pundits, talking heads, pollsters, and political analysts are diving in deep on these races to see if any of them are a referendum on Trump.

There is an intense focus on the contest between Karen Handel and John Ossoff, the latter taking in tens of millions in donations (most of which is from outside the district) and now there’s some real ugliness surfacing in the form of terrorism.

The Washington Free Beacon has the story:

Police have blocked off Georgia Republican Karen Handel’s neighborhood after reports that letters containing a white powdery substance and calling Handel a “dirty fascist” were left at homes of her neighbors.

Cops have been going from mailbox to mailbox after finding the “suspicious package,” according to local reports, which also indicate that Roswell police continue to flood to the area.

A neighborhood resident posted a picture of the contents of the envelope. She told the Washington Free Beacon that several letters were distributed and that they contained white powder.

The content of the threatening letter, posted below, contains graphic language.

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The incident comes a day after a politically motivated shooting on Republicans practicing for Thursday’s congressional baseball game.

Among the Republicans targeted by the shooters social media rants was Handel, who was labeled by the man as a “Republican bitch.”

“Republican Bitch Wants People to Work for Slave Wages, when a Livable Wage is the Only Way to Go! Vote Blue, It’s Right for You!” James Hodgkinson wrote on Facebook.

Handel responded to the information about Hodgkinson by saying that it is time to “work together in a civil and productive way.”

“I am aware that the suspect recently made vile comments about me on social media,” Handel said in her statement. “It also appears that the suspect targeted members of Congress specifically because he disagreed with their views.”

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Issues, Media, Politics

Hail Caesar: Crowds Cheer When Trump Is Killed in NYC Play

Despite losing two high profile donors and being the target of national outrage, the NYC Shakespeare Theater rendition of Caesar continues to go on.

This week two protestors rushed the stage in an attempt to shut down the performance but were quickly apprehended.

But now reports are that the crowds are in on it as well. At the moment in which the character portraying Trump is assassinated, crowds in attendance begin cheering as if they’re in a modern day version of the colosseum.

That’s what it’s come to now in our civil discourse.

Disgraceful.

Here’s more from American Mirror…

Not even this week’s shooting of a Republican congressman and four others by a crazed leftist, corporate sponsors pulling out, or a disruption by protesters would deter the Public Theater from killing President Trump again on Friday night.

Shakespeare In the Park once again staged “Julius Caesar”  in New York City, and once again a Trump look-alike was stabbed to death to the delight of the audience.

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“I just saw a Manhattan crowd roar with applause as President Trump was stabbed again and again on stage,” Jack Posobiec tweeted after he and Laura Loomer disrupted the show.

“Blood-chilling.”

Loomer stormed the stage and temporarily halted the performance, to the dismay of the booing audience baying for blood.

After immediately being seized by security, Posobiec continued, “You are Nazis,” as the cast stood on the stage.

So far, Delta and Bank of America have pulled funding for the production, while American Express claimed its support for the Public Theater didn’t go to Shakespeare in the Park. The production’s other sponsor, the New York Times, has been silent on the issue.

Inside Edition has the shock footage from the first performance last weekend:

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Politics

FBI Refuses to Release Comey Memos to News Outlet

The FBI’s special counsel continues to take heat from various corners as the investigation into Russia and now also obstruction drags on.

And members of both the conservative and mainstream (e.g. liberal) media want the details of Comey’s memos — some of which he already leaked — to be made public.

Quoth the FBI: Nope.

So now the FBI has its own legal trouble as both CNN and the New York Times have filed Freedom of Information lawsuits demanding release of the memos.

If a judge agrees, this could be a whole new can of worms which likely won’t end well either for Comey or the FBI.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The FBI has refused to release to the media the memos its former director, James Comey, penned about his meetings with President Trump, according to a report published Friday.

Buzzfeed said it had requested the documents under the Freedom of Information Act. At least one of the memos Comey mentioned during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8 is unclassified, the report said. However, the news outlet was informed the memos are part of a “pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding” and therefore could not be shared.

Releasing all of the documents could “reasonably interfere with enforcement proceedings,” the agency added.

Comey testified earlier this month that he leaked one of the memos to his longtime friend, Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School. Comey told the intelligence panel that he wrote down details about his conversations with Trump in order to have a reference point if the administration were ever to disagree about a conversation the two had in the past.

The New York Times and CNN have both filed lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act for the memos.

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Politics

Report: Alexandria Shooter Carried GOP ‘Assassination’ Hit List

Two critical details have emerged from the investigation into the Virginia shooting early this week which left Rep. Steve Scalise in critical condition.

First, James Hodgkinson obtained his guns legally as ATF/FBI gun traces confirmed, and he bought them in Illinois despite some of the most onerous gun laws in the nation.

Second, Hodgkinson was found by police to have had a ‘hit list’ of Republican congressmen in his pocket following the attack, two of who were at the practice that day and likely would have been shot had police not responded.

The lesson for the day is this: if someone is hell-bent on committing murder, they’re going to find a way to do it no matter what laws we pass.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

After police took out Alexandria attacker James Hodgkinson, they discovered an assassination list consisting of Republicans in his pocket.

Not only were the names on the list Republican, they were House members who are among the most conservative of Republicans. Life News notes that the three Representatives are pro-life.

The Daily Caller reported that the list contained the names of Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). “All three representatives are members of the House Freedom Caucus” and Duncan and Brooks were at the Congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, but Duncan left before the attack occurred.

As Duncan was leaving he came upon Hodgkinson in the parking lot and said Hodgkinson asked “if the players on the field were Republicans or Democrats.” Duncan told him the baseball players were Republican.

CNN reported that Hodgkinson was a “Bernie Sanders supporter” who was “strongly anti-Trump.”

After the attack, Breitbart News noted that Hodgkinson bought all this guns legally. Roll Call reported that the Alexandria Police, the Capitol Police, the FBI, and the ATF released a joint statement, which said, “ATF has conducted traces on these weapons and has determined that both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees.”

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Politics

Pelosi: Republicans Being ‘Sanctimonious’ About Colleague Getting Shot

There is quite appropriately a good deal of public outcry from the right against the sort of vicious anti-Trump political rhetoric that almost certainly fueled the rage with which yesterday’s shooting was perpetrated by a leftwing nut.

But that’s just a bunch of ‘sanctimonious’ blabber according to San Fran Nancy Pelosi, which she made clear in her press conference yesterday.

She’s still suffering from temporary political amnesia (TPS) which has her forgetting all the sanctimony with which she and Barack Obama screamed for gun control over the last eight years EVERY single time some nut wielded a gun in a crowd.

Sandy Hook, anyone?

Yep, double-standards only apply to Republicans.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Thursday at her weekly news conference, when asked about negative discourse playing a role in the shooting of Republicans practicing for a congressional charity baseball game, which critically injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Republicans began the current level of coarse political rhetoric attacking President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

She then pointed to then-candidate Donald Trump joking at a campaign rally, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

Pelosi said, “Let’s all say, let’s examine our conscience, let’s see how we can rid ourselves of our negative attitudes that go to a place that is like this. We’ve had—it didn’t use to be this way. Somewhere in the 1990s, Republicans decided on the politics of personal destruction as they went after the Clintons and that is the provenance of it and is what has continued. Again, I feel as if we’re having a family moment that is very, very serious and we’re talking about things that we can say, the discussion—save the discussion for another day. When you have a president that says I can shoot somebody on 5th Avenue and nobody would care, when you have people saying beat them up and I’ll pay their legal fees, when you have all the assaults that are made on Hillary Clinton, for them to be so sanctimonious is something. I really am almost sad that I had to go down this path with you, because I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to have the fullest discussion of it. And it will be for another day. It will be for another day.”

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Politics

Trump Fires Back Over Reports of Obstruction of Justice Investigation

Amid the fury over yesterday’s shooting carnage in Virginia, the Washington Post dropped a bombshell story alleging internal reports from the office of the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller that an investigation into obstruction of justice has commenced.

In an early morning tweet, Trump blasted WashPO, “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story.”

Then Newt Gingrich chimed in calling Mueller the ‘tip of the spear’ of an organized effort to take down the Trump administration.

But one thing is certain: if there is an investigation into obstruction, Democrats will seize it as proof for pursuing formal impeachment articles.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

President Donald Trump challenged the authenticity of the reported investigation into charges that he obstructed justice by firing former FBI director James Comey, suggesting that it was just the latest attempt by his political enemies to damage his presidency.

“They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning. “Nice.”

Citing anonymous sources close to the investigation, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was interviewing senior intelligence officials to see if Trump tried to influence or block the Russian investigation into Mike Flynn.

“You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people!” Trump told his supporters on Twitter.

Trump allies are questioning the investigation, pointing to sensitive details leaking into the press and Mueller bringing on high-powered lawyers who have donated to Democratic candidates.

“Mueller is now clearly the tip of the deep state spear aimed at destroying or at a minimum undermining and crippling the Trump presidency,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote on Twitter.

He accused Mueller of setting up a “dragnet” of obstruction so that he could investigate every aspect of Trump’s personal life and business associations.

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Politics

Scalise Anti-GOP Shooter ‘Liked’ Leftwing Groups, Rachel Maddow

James T. Hodgkinson has been identified as the leftwing loon who carefully planned and executed his attempt to slaughter Republican lawmakers yesterday morning during their annual charity baseball practice.

In addition to GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise, three other people were shot.

Capitol Police in attendance as security detail for Scalise were able to respond swiftly, ultimately killing Hodgkinson before he was able take any lives.

As the story quickly unfolded it became clear that he was a committed anti-GOP protestor with an extreme, leftist ideology which included liking the social profiles of the SPLC, Media Matters, Rachel Maddow and others.

He declared in a recent Facebook post, “It’s time to destroy Trump and Co.”

The leftmedia is scrambling today to change the story to one of needed gun control to distract from the radical leftist elements of anti-Trump incitement.

Here’s more from WND…

The Illinois man who allegedly wounded Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and several others at a baseball practice early Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, apparently was a fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which nearly five years ago was linked to a domestic terror attack at the Washington office of the Family Research Council.

James T. Hodgkinson, who reportedly shot at Republican congressmen and staffers who were at a practice for an annual charity baseball game for members of Congress, was an avid supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, according to his Facebook page.

Many of Hodgkinson’s profile pictures featured Sanders, as did his cover photo before Facebook removed his page Wednesday shortly after he was identified as the suspect.

Hodgkinson “liked” many anti-Republican, far-left Facebook pages, including “Dump Trump,” “Liar, Liar, Republican campaign on fire,” “Republicans ARE the problem,” “Berniecrats United to Resist Trump” and “Fire the Republican Government.”

Overtly anti-Republican groups were not the only things he liked on Facebook. His “liked” TV shows favored by the left-wing such as “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on HBO, “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC and “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central.

The shows regularly paint Republicans to be incompetent at best and outright fascists and Nazis at worst.

He also was a member of groups such as “The Road To Hell Is Paved With Republicans” and “Community Justice Center,” a California-based group of community organizers who opposed Republicans. He posted statements such as “It’s time to destroy Trump and Co.” and that Scalise should “lose his job.”

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He “liked” the Southern Poverty Law Center, which itself has been linked to domestic terror and once put Ben Carson on its list of “haters.”

SPLC’s past targeting of FRC was cited in court as the impetus for an attack on the Christian organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

The legal team at Liberty Counsel, criticizing SPLC for “falsely and recklessly labeling Christian ministries as ‘hate groups,’” noted SPLC is “responsible for the first conviction of a man who intended to commit mass murder targeted against a policy organization in Washington, D.C.”

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Politics

Breaking: Rep. Steve Scalise Shot During Congressional Baseball Practice

More details continue to emerge from this morning’s carnage in Norther Virginia.

During a practice among Republican congressional members ahead of the annual Republican-Democrat baseball game, shots rang out over the field fired by an unnamed gunman.

At least two individuals were shot, one a staffer and the other House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who is in stable condition.

Capital police were able to detain the shooter after a lengthy gunfight but not before a reported 50 shots or more were fired.

Reports also indicate that the gunman asked whether Democrats or Republicans were practicing before launching his attack.

More details to come…

Here’s more from Redstate…

Here is a Fox News report:

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and at least one other aide was also hit in the chest by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, Fox News confirmed.

Police tweeted they “believed” the gunman was in custody. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was dead. He said a staffer used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise’s bleeding.

As with any breaking news story, be very, very careful about jumping to conclusions.

UPDATE: Steve Scalise on a stretcher:

 

UPDATE: Just before the shooting, a guy walked up to Jeff Duncan and Ron DeSantis and asked if it was Democrats or Republicans who were practicing.

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Elections, Politics

Mitt 6.0: Romney Appearance Stokes Speculation of Another Run

Mitt Romney has been seen increasingly on-stage and in the public eye in recent weeks, which is fueling speculation that his days in politics aren’t over after all.

The former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate is rumored to be mulling a second bid for U.S. Senate…from Utah.

Recall Romney was defeated in 1994 by Ted Kennedy for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.

But now with the retirement of Sen. Orrin Hatch, GOP backers in the heavily Mormon state are said to be pressuring him to run, which would be his 6th campaign for office.

This could get interesting.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Failed 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered lukewarm praise for President Trump over the weekend at his annual E2 summit — an appearance that included some rumblings of possibly yet another run for office from the former Massachusetts governor.

The annual summit in Utah, attracting wealthy Romney donors, political elites and business leaders, saw Romney declare that he and Trump are “not as far apart as I feared early on,” according to Utah’s KUER radio.

He reportedly pointed to Trump’s appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and Trump’s pro-business economic policies as areas where the two agree. He also agreed with Trump’s approach to NATO. Romney had been widely rumored to be in contention for the position of Secretary of State — but Trump eventually went with Rex Tillerson.

In a Q&A, he called it “encouraging” that he had been considered for the position.

“I didn’t believe for a minute I could tell him what to do on any of those things, but I thought that that kind of openness was very encouraging,” Romney said. “And if he was willing to have me in that position, I would be anxious to serve because I love the country.

Yet the summit also raised the possibility that Romney is on maneuvers for a future run himself. According to Politico, in a closed-door appearance Friday, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden floated the idea that Romney should run again — this time for the Senate.

Politico reported that Romney, who has previously spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about succeeding Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), merely smiled in response to the remark as the audience applauded.

Should Romney run again, it would mark the latest in a long line of attempts to seek high office. He challenged Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy for his Massachusetts Senate seat in 1994, before running for and winning the Massachusetts gubernatorial race in 2002.

In 2008, Romney ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination, being beaten by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and lost to President Barack Obama after winning the nomination in 2012. He also considered running for the 2016 nomination, before deciding against it. However, he gave a speech in which he condemned Trump as “a phony, a fraud” before later allowing himself to be considered to be Trump’s Secretary of State.

Should he run for Senate in the future, it would mark the sixth time he has either run for office or seriously considered it.

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Politics

AG Jeff Sessions Kills Federal Slush Fund For Leftwing Groups

Barack Obama’s insurgent leftist legacy continues to unravel as the Trump administration pulls evermore bricks out of his big ‘blue wall’.

This week Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended the federal practice of mandating a slush fund for leftwing groups, a slick practice that became commonplace under Obama.

When corporations settled financial suits with the Department of Justice, part of the settlement include ‘donations’ to non-profit groups.

And those mandated donations went to leftist groups like ACORN to the tune of hundreds of millions.

It was essentially a federal shakedown wherein corporations were given leniency on fines if they forked over the donations.

And now it’s all ended. Good riddance.

Here’s more from Redstate…

In the past few years, it has become common for the federal government to require, as part of financial settlements in cases, defendants to donate money to specific charities.

For example, earlier this year we learned the Department of Justice arranged a settlement with Citibank and Bank of America that required these corporations to “donate” $150 million to “community development groups” similar to ACORN. The donations earn “double credit” against the banks’ obligations, so $150 million erases $300 million in fines.

In early 2016, we learned that the Bank of America donated more than $60.1 million to various charitable funds and nonprofit groups, as part of a $16.6 billion settlement with the United States. Here’s the best part (for Bank of America)—for every one dollar the bank gives, the bank is credited with $2 toward its financial fraud settlement with the Justice Department. The federal government argues that these donations are “voluntary” and thus are not funds that the bank should deposit to the Treasury. However, if the bank does not make the “voluntary” donation, that would violate its plea agreement with the Department of Justice. The grateful recipients of Bank of America’s largesse are organizations that support the present Administration.

Bank of America is not alone. Citigroup signed a similar agreement, giving least $10 million in “community relief” to a government-approved list that (coincidently?) are Democratic-friendly nonprofits. It pays to have friends in high places.

We find ourselves in a situation where the federal government can claim to the public that it is settling a case for, let’s say, $1 billion, but the federal coffers never see this money. Instead, the settlement is wiped clean when the corporation gives half of it to political supporters of the party in power.

Not only do these settlements provide a piggybank for leftwing groups — ACORN, for instance, was a beneficiary of the Bank of America deal — they are actually an attack upon the Constitution, as they serve as a way of shifting federal funds outside the appropriation process. Plus the potential for abuse is tremendous and inescapable. A defendant can’t choose which charity to fund; the prosecutor in the case make that decision without any public disclosure of potential conflicts they may have. And, of course, the taxpayer is screwed. Money that should be going into the federal treasury to fund projects paid for by tax dollars is diverted to private hands.

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