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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has labeled herself as a tough-on-crime, “progressive prosecutor,” despite multiple left-wing news organizations concluding otherwise. She made herself out to be pro-law enforcement, a law and order kind of Democrat. It was something that backfired during her failed presidential election. Now that Democrats have decided lawlessness and chaos is their MO, she’s having to backpedal and work overtime to cover up that image she tried so hard to portray.

That stance came back to bite her in the butt on Sunday when CNN’s Dana Bash asked her, point blank, whether or not she’s flip-flopped on the public safety issue.

“Because this is where you come from, law enforcement, and you know, ‘top cop’ is where you come from, I want to ask about something that you wrote in a 2009 book, which is: ‘If we took a show of hands of those who would like to see more police officers on the streets, mine would shoot up.’ And then in June of this year you said to the New York Times, ‘It is status quo thinking to believe that putting more police on the streets creates more safety. That’s wrong.'” Bash read. “So, my question for you now, in retrospect, looking at your time as DA and Attorney General of California, through the lens of 2020, did you help contribute to what you describe as a ‘status quo thinking,’ that more police equals more safety?”

Harris became visibly uncomfortable at the question. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that she claimed to be the DA who would prosecute crimes (and even went so far as to lock up a high number of African Americans for truancy-related issues).

“I’m very clear that we’ve got to, in America, reimagine how we are accomplishing public safety and what I believe now and what I believe then remains true and consistent, which is, if you look at the communities that have no or very little police presence, as compared to those who have a high degree of police presence, you will see stark differences,” the vice presidential nominee replied.

According to Harris, the biggest differences in areas where less law enforcement is present has to do with resources.

“What you will see is well-funded public schools, higher rates of home ownership, small businesses that have access to capital,” she said. “You’ll see families who have jobs where they don’t have to worry about getting to the end of the month and feeding their children.”

She said investing in communities is the way to have safe communities, although she failed to explain what exactly that means and looks like. Of course, Harris also failed to answer Bash’s follow-up question: would her hand still shoot up in favor of more of a police presence?

“I would say now, which is what I would say then, which is if a woman is raped, a child is molested, or one human being murders another human being, that there will be a police officer that responds to that case and that there will be accountability and consequence,” she said matter-of-factly.

It’s hard to know what Harris thinks or believes. She flip-flops so much. Her “tried and trued” stance seems to be whatever the popular opinion of the day is.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: WATCH: Kamala Squirms When Asked About Her Previous Stance on Law Enforcement

As the “Defund the Police” movement continues taking center stage at Black Lives Matter protests and riots throughout the country, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that the goal isn’t to permanently dismantle the police department but rather to “start anew.” Omar and the members of the Minneapolis City Council agree that the Minneapolis Police Department is beyond repair.

“Let’s talk about that. Because you’ve talked about the dismantling, the need to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. What takes its place, if you could just decree what takes its place, if you could decree what takes its place? Who investigates crimes? Who arrests criminals? What happens?” Tapper asked.

“Yeah. So, Minneapolis unanimously just voted on a resolution that will engage the community on a one-year process of what happens as we go through the process of dismantling the department and starting anew,” Omar said. “A new way forward can’t be put in place if we have a department that is having a crisis of credibility, if we have a department that’s led by a chief who’s suited for racism, if we have a department that hasn’t solved homicides, half of the homicides in Minneapolis Police Department go unsolved. There have been cases where they’ve destroyed rape kits.”

“And so you can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild. And so this is our opportunity, you know, as a city, come together, have the conversation of what public safety looks like, who enforces the most dangerous crimes that take place in our community, and just like San Francisco did, right now they’re moving towards a process where there is a separation of the kind of crimes that solicit the help of, you know, officers, and the kind of crimes that we should have someone else respond to,” she explained.

Tapper said, for clarification, that Omar wasn’t calling for the MPD to be dismantled and replaced with nothing.

“Absolutely not. I think that’s where the conversation is going wrong because no one is saying the community is not going to be kept safe. No one is saying crimes won’t be investigated. No one is saying that we’re not going to have the proper response when community members are in danger,” she explained. “What we are saying is the current infrastructure that exists as policing in our city should not exist anymore and we can’t go about creating a different process with the same infrastructure in place.”

According to the freshman congresswoman, that’s why the city has decided to “dismantle’ the current MPD. The city can then look at what things should be “funding priorities” as they can “imagine a new way forward.”

“It’s truly what needs to happen. That’s why you had 13 members unanimously on a city council vote to start this process,” she said.

Omar said there are other cities that should be doing the exact same thing Minneapolis is doing, although she didn’t identify which ones.

What Omar said directly conflicts with what others have claimed. Reverend Al Sharpton and John Legend have both said the calls to “defund the police” are about pulling some funding from police departments and moving it towards other areas, like mental health. Neither one of them talked about completely gutting the police department and creating something new to establish a police presence. In fact, this “defund the police” movement is so radical that even “Democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders can’t get behind it.

Sounds like Democrats are all over the place on this issue and don’t know what it is they actually want. They just know they don’t want what they currently have.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: WATCH: Omar Reveals the Steps Minneapolis Plans to Take Now That They’re Dismantling Their Police Force

The New York Times found itself in the middle of the news cycle this week when they decided to publish an opinion piece by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) calling on President Trump to utilize the United States Military to end the rioting and looting taking place across the country.

NYT reporters took to Twitter to say running the OpEd “put black lives in danger.” The Times’ opinion editor, James Bennet, was forced to defend the decision. Then the newspaper decided they never should have ran Cotton’s opinion piece.

Now the “paper of record” is having a shakeup. Bennet resigned his position as Editorial Page Editor. Deputy opinion editor Jim Dao is transferring from the opinion desk to the newsroom and Katie Kingsbury will serve as Editorial Page Editor through the November 3rd election.

Publisher A.G. Sulzberger plans to work with Kingsbury “to bring more editing support to the Opinion department, as well as take other steps to ensure all our work meets our high standards.”

“There are also fundamental questions to address about the changing role of opinion journalism in a digital world, and we will begin work to reinvent the Op-Ed format so that readers understand why we choose to elevate each argument and where it fits in the national debate,” Sulzberger wrote in an internal email to staff.

When Cotton saw the announcement, he slammed the newspaper for lying.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: LEAKED: Internal Email Reveals NYT Shakeup Following Tom Cotton Controversy

Americans across the country have taken to the streets to protest the wrongful killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man who was killed when a white police officer pressed and held his knee into Floyd’s neck. The officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes even after there was no response from Floyd, which ultimately lead to his death.

Various groups, including Antifa, have hijacked the George Floyd protests across the country. Those that do that are not peaceful. They do not want justice. They are merely seeking an opportunity to steal from others and they are using the Black Lives Matter movement as cover. It’s something a black business owner in New York City took issue with.

“The problem that bothers me is you said, ‘Black Lives Matter.’ I worked here part-time,” she said, pointing to the business behind her. “Plus I’m a part owner of this store. You said, ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Why don’t’ you choke me? I’m black.”

“Look what you did to my store. Look! Look what you did to my store,” she said pointing.

The camera panders over a pile of garbage and debris a couple of feet away.

“Look at the things you’ve done. Look,” she said, pointing to the pile. “We’ve been here all night cleaning up, all night cleaning.”

Another lady jumps into the frame.

“And you got black people standing right here with her,” the second lady said.

“Tell me ‘Black Lives Matter.’ You lie,” the first lady said. “You wanted to loot the store. You needed money. Get a job! Like I do. Stop stealing.”

“This is the neighborhood. We trying to build it up and you tearing it down,” she said.

This woman isn’t the first person to feel the pain from the riots and looting. Stephanie Wilford, a disabled woman that lives in a high-rise apartment complex near Minneapolis’ 5th Precinct said she no longer has places to shop or a way to get to stores because of the destruction.

“For them to do what they did was just stupid. It was ignorant,” Wilford explained. “Now what are you going to do? Where you going to shop at? Half the people probably don’t live in Minnesota. They don’t care.”

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: WATCH: Black Business Owner Dismantles Looters’ Claim That ‘Black Lives Matter’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday admitted that Democrats are focused on pushing another Wuhan coronavirus relief bill “without too much conversation.”

“I think when they see what we are doing – and it will be big because the problem is big and the needs of the American people are big – that it will be more attention paid to what the Republicans are saying or doing and then a judgment can be made,” Pelosi told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. “But I’m optimistic, always. I see everything as an opportunity. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity.”

Pelosi touted the fact that four bipartisan Wuhan coronavirus relief bills have been passed but she said it’s not enough. Instead, she wants to see the “three pillars” of concern addressed: 1) the need for testing, a vaccine and opening up the economy; 2) the need to honor front line workers by flushing more money into the state and local governments; and 3) giving another direct stimulus to the American people.

“To those who would suggest a pause, I say the hunger doesn’t take a pause, the rent doesn’t take a pause, the hardship doesn’t take a pause, as we see families losing – you said over 80,000 – that’s unimaginable and so many infected and so many on unemployment,” Pelosi said. “So, have a big need, it’s monumental, and therefore it’s a great opportunity to say ‘Let’s work together to get this done.’ There’s a way to reopen the economy based on science, testing, testing, testing and let’s get on with it that’s what we’re here to do.”

But the biggest concern is that Democrats are, once again, wanting to jam through legislation without any kind of debate or consensus from Republicans.

“Our participation has been very strong. It’s important for us to put forth our bill now without too much conversation with other people,” she said. “We’re just bringing from the needs of the American people.”

If the speaker was so worried about the American people, why did the House convene for a recess at the last minute while the Senate pressed on? If we’re in such dire constraints, shouldn’t the 435 members of the House stayed to work on behalf of their constituents?

Pelosi has been outspoken about her super left-wing wish list that Democrats are trying to add to their coronavirus relief packages. They’ve pushed for bogus things, like bailing out the USPS, requiring early voting and upping the federal minimum wage. When she says she “sees everything as an opportunity,” she isn’t kidding. After all, the Democrats’ mantra is to never let a good crisis go to waste.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Pelosi Let Down Her Guard and Revealed Dems’ Next Coronavirus Stimulus Move

Even though the World Health Organization failed the globe, YouTube has decided to trust their guidelines and recommendations. In fact, the social media platform is pulling any and all Wuahn coronavirus content that isn’t “authoritative” or comes directly from leading health care organizations.

“We’ve served billions of impressions across our network that come from all the different public health organizations and made sure that people understand what are the resources,” Wojocki explained. “… We’ve seen a 75 percent increase in the news coming from authoritative sources since the beginning of 2020 so we’ve seen a lot of demand there.”

According to the CEO, YouTube is actively working to push “authoritative information” and removing information that’s deemed “problematic.”

“Of course, anything that is medically unsubstantiated – so people saying take Vitamin C, take Turmeric, those will cure you – those are the examples of things that would be a violation of our policy. Anything that would go against World Health Organization recommendations would be a violation of our policy and so remove is another really important part of our policy,” she explained.

Stelter said YouTube removing “the lie” is a “pretty aggressive” action. Wojocki reminded him that the social media platform removes videos that violate their policies, even in the pre-pandemic days.

“We’ve had community guidelines since the very beginning of YouTube and anything that is a violation of our policy we do remove,” she explained. “What was really unique about this was just how fast-moving the COVID-19 crisis was and so we’ve had to make numerous policy changes, all within a really short period of time, to make sure we stayed abreast of the changes.”

One of the so-called conspiracy theories YouTube recently removed was based on the rumor that the Wuhan coronavirus began because of 5G technology.

“I think in many ways we’ve seen an acceleration in our digital lives,” the CEO said.

Wojocki used the example of kids now attending online classes. In the past, that was always seen as a far-out reality or considered part of a Sci-Fi movie.

“I think with public health we probably would have gotten there in a couple years but certainly it’s been a big acceleration of realizing the important need of working with established public health organizations to get the right information online to users and we’re seeing that opportunity,” she explained.

Keeping the spread of misinformation isn’t a bad thing but the WHO has become highly incredible. Taiwan attempted to alert the WHO about the Wuhan coronavirus back in December. Instead of heeding the warning, the WHO turned their back on Taiwan (and the world for that matter). A month later the organization parroted the Chinese Community Party’s talking points, particularly that the virus was not transmissible through human-to-human interaction. When President Trump halted all flights from China, the WHO completely disagreed with the move. Looking back now, that decision has been credited with the lower-than-projected number of cases in the United States.

It’s hard to take a health organization seriously when they put a communist regime’s public image and PR needs above the health and well-being of citizens around the world.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: YouTube: If You Disagree with the WHO We’re Pulling Your Content

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s mental health has been called into question over the course of the 2020 campaign. Many times he’s physically present but it’s obvious that he’s struggling to find the words to say what he wants to articulate. After all, he previously thought he was running for the Senate, not the White House. He even got his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and his sister, Valerie Biden Owens, mixed up. And then there was that time that he forgot President Barack Obama’s name (despite them supposedly being best friends).

On Tuesday, the former veep had quite a few more mishaps during on-air interviews.

During an interview on CBS News, Biden was asked what made him “the best post-COVID-19 choice.”

“Well, that’s kind of a presumpt[ious] thing for me to say, for me to answer,” he said, looking for words. “But, um, we went through, our administration, uh, the H1N1 virus. We also dealt with the whole pandemic that was in Africa. Kept it under control by, you know, doing what I urged the president to do months ago and he’s doing now, getting the U.S. military in building hospitals.”

That “whole pandemic that was in Africa” is known as Ebola.

It’s rather amazing that he said the virus was in Africa (which it was). Wasn’t he the one who said referring to the virus as the “Wuhan coronavirus” or the “Chinese virus” is racist or xenophobic?

Later in the interview, he was asked who he was considering to be his veep pick. He gave a rather long laugh and asked, “Are you available?”

Shows how much confidence he has in his former 2020 Democratic opponents. It’s also a weird thing to say considering Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said she folded up her campaign to join his ticket. Then there was that whole possibility of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) being his running mate.

Guess he forgot their names and tried to be funny about it?

And then, during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Biden spent almost 30 seconds stammering to find his thoughts on the Wisconsin primary election, which was held today.

The sad part is guy is leading the Democratic field. He’s swept the majority of delegates across the country. This is the person roughly half the country is putting his faith in to lead the free world, our military and make economic decisions that could impact us for years to come. If that doesn’t scare you, it should.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Sleepy Joe Provides Us With Even More Proof That He’s Mentally Unfit to Be President

During Monday evening’s White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, President Donald Trump questioned a reporter about whether or not she works for a Chinese-run television network. The questioning was prompted when the reporter asked about the Chinese government and companies, like Huawei and Alibaba, donating medical supplies and personal protective equipment to the United States.

“Who are you working for, China?” Trump asked.

“Hong Kong Phoenix TV,” the reporter replied.

“Who owns that, China?” Trump pressed. “Is it owned by China? Is it owned by the state?”

“No, it’s not,” she said. “It’s a private-owned company.”

As One America News Network’s Liz Wheeler pointed out, Phoenix TV is technically “privately-owned” but their biggest investor is a state-owned mobile company.

Back in 2018, it was revealed that Phoenix TV was “identified by U.S. intelligence agencies as a major overseas outlet used to spread propaganda and promote the policies of the communist government in Beijing. The Hong Kong television station also has close ties to China’s intelligence service and military,” the Washington Free Beacon reported at the time. “… Former Chinese insider and billionaire businessman Guo Wengui said Phoenix TV was established under Chinese leader Jiang Zemin in the early 1990s specifically as a government and intelligence tool for overseas influence operations.”

The goal of the propaganda machine is to garner support for the regime’s policies and downplay atrocities, like human rights abuses.

Another report from the Free Beacon revealed more insight into Phoenix TV’s ownership:

In 2009 testimony before the congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Anne Marie-Brady, a fellow at the Wilson Center, revealed that Phoenix is “nominally privately owned” but that its main investor is the state-owned enterprise China Mobile.

As an example of the broadcaster’s links to the government, [Sen. Ted] Cruz noted that Phoenix in 2016 broadcast the forced confessions of five Hong Kong booksellers who had been kidnapped by Chinese authorities for violating Chinese censorship laws.

The Hoover Institution dubbed Phoenix TV the “semi-official” Chinese media outlet in Hong Kong, the Daily Caller reported. The pro-democracy think tank Freedom House revealed that a former Chinese military officer who is close to officials in Beijing owns the network.

“Phoenix TV’s coverage is typically favorable to the CCP [Chinese Communist Party],” the 2017 report stated. “Moreover, over the past two years, it has been used as an outlet for airing televised confessions by various detained CCP critics, most notably all five Hong Kong booksellers abducted by Chinese security forces in late 2015.”

The Chinese government has continually pumped out propaganda over the Wuhan coronavirus. Instead of being honest about the virus from the get-go, the regime sought to cover things up. When Taiwan attempted to alert the World Health Organization about the virus, they were ignored. Not only that but the WHO continually reiterated Chinese talking points, including the biggest one: that the virus does not transmit from human-to-human (which we now know is not the case).

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Trump Questioned a Reporter’s Ties to the Chinese Government – and He’s Definitely Onto Something

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday to explain the focus of the newly-formed House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tapped him to chair. According to Clyburn, the goal of the committee is to “protect the American people.”

“I think that is one of the reasons Speaker Pelosi decided that this committee was necessary. We, in the United States Congress, have oversight and we must perform that oversight,” Clyburn explained. “And we will do that to make sure we save lives, that we save taxpayer money and she was very smart, I think, to pattern this committee after the Trump committee that was stood up in 1941.”

Clyburn went on to explain that then-Senator Harry Truman argued in favor of one committee to investigate what took place in World War I instead of the 116 committees that were established.

“He said, at the time, he thought it was much better to have one committee before the fact and that committee proved to be very, very wise,” Clyburn explained. “According to history, the committee spent less than $1 million dollars but saved $15 billion dollars and that’s what Speaker Pelosi is trying to do here, get out in front of this to protect the American people so that we can not only save lives, we can keep fraud and abuse, profiteering.”

The House majority whip cited an example of price gouging that has taken place in New York State. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was paying 70 cents for an N95 mask. That price has skyrocketed to $7 a mask.

“This is not about the President of the United States or even the independent counsel or the inspector general. This is about focusing on how the money is spent, whether or not the people who are getting the money are actually working on behalf of the American people or whether or not they’re profiteering,” he said.

According to Clyburn, his understanding is that the newly-formed committee will focus on how private businesses are handling the response, not whether or not the federal government could have responded the Wuhan coronavirus sooner.

“The crisis is with us. The American people are now out of work. There are millions of them out of work. The question is whether or not the money that’s appropriated will go to support them and their families or whether or not this money will end up in the pockets of a few profiteers,” Clyburn said.

Let’s get this straight. The Democrats are trying to do everything they can to take care of the American people? If that’s the case then why did Pelosi come in at the last minute and completely blow up the bipartisan, bicameral deal that was made without her? Oh. That’s right. It’s because she wanted to use this stimulus plan to fundamentally transform our country. Her wish list had ridiculous demands, like bailing out the USPS, upping the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and offsetting airline emissions by 2025. Clyburn himself even said the Wuhan coronavirus relief package was the perfect opportunity to further their agenda.

The Democrats aren’t looking to protect the American people. They’re looking at protecting their party status and their position in government. They’re doing everything in their power to push their radical agenda and move our country further left. The fact that they have to use a crisis to attempt to get it done shows just how unpopular their socialist ways really are.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: What Garbage: Clyburn Obviously Just Lied About the Focus of the House Coronavirus Crisis Committee

No matter what President Donald Trump does or doesn’t do in response to the Wuhan coronavirus, the mainstream media loves to complain. At the end of January when Trump placed a travel ban on all flights to and from China, the Democratic media complex labeled the move as “racist” and “xenophobic.”

Fast forward two months later and the very same people are complaining the president didn’t take the Wuhan coronavirus seriously.

“In late February, President Trump began downplaying the coronavirus by likening the illness to the seasonal flu,” MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said.

But looking back at their coverage since January, one thing is clear: the mainstream media has continually said the flu is much worse than the coronavirus.

Doctors and hosts on NBC, MSNBC, CNN and CBS downplayed the seriousness of the Wuhan coronavirus. In fact, they told Americans to be more concerned with contracting influenza than the coronavirus.

“Half the people in America do not get a flu shot and the flu, right now, is far deadlier,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper said on March 4th. “So if you’re freaked out at all about the coronavirus, should be more concerned about the flu.”

The truth is this: China and the World Health Organization (WHO) lied about the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus. We were told in January that the virus is not transmitted through human-to-human contact. We now know that was a lie. Taiwan alerted WHO about the virus in December so other countries could be warned. And guess what happened? Everyone waved Taiwan off.

Instead of holding China and the WHO accountable for this pandemic, the Democratic media complex wants to blame the Trump administration. The Trump administration is doing the best they can with the limited, reliable information they have. They continually give the American people updates on what’s being done, how personal protective equipment (PPE) is being made and shipped to various areas throughout the country, and how to “flatten the curve.”

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: FLASHBACK: Remember When the Mainstream Media Compared the Wuhan Coronavirus to the Flu?

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