Carlos Garcia


Many on social media found the gesture childish and innappropriate

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has been one of the most vocal Democratic opponents to the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and she manifested her fury on the Senate floor during the roll call vote on Monday.

Hirono registered her vote against the nomination by saying, “hell no!” and stomping off. Her vote was caught on video.

A clip of her petulant vote was circulated on social media:

Hirono was among the Democrats who questioned whether Barrett could be fair in her Supreme Court decisions given that she is so devoted to her Catholic faith. Others accused Hirono of religious bigotry over the suggestion.

“Look, it wasn’t her religious views — it’s anybody’s views that they bring to their decision-making,” Hirono said last month about Barrett’s faith.

“So they keep telling us that none of the things they wrote or said yesterday should infringe on their decision, but how can we be assured that they can be objective?” she added. “Why should we say you get a lifetime appointment so that you can reflect your ideological agenda in your decision-making?”

Hirono reiterated her opposition to Barrett’s nomination through her Twitter account.

“Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a clear and present danger to the rights and protections [Ruth Bader Ginsburg] fought for. The American people are paying attention and voting,” she tweeted.

Hirono is also among the critics of the Barrett nomination who are demanding that Democrats pack the Supreme Court with extra seats for liberal justices after the election as revenge against Republicans.

Despite Hirono’s opposition and that of the Democrats, Barrett’s nomination was approved by Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Monday by a vote of 52 to 48.

The Associated Press reported that Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to Barrett before a crowd of about 200 on the South Lawn at the White House. She will be able to participate in the court Tuesday after taking the Judicial Oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony.

Here’s more about the vote to put Barrett on the Supreme Court:

This story has been updated.

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: WATCH: Sen. Mazie Hirono votes ‘hell no!’ on Amy Coney Barrett nomination and storms off of Senate floor

Biden could not answer the question

President Donald Trump was ready for the issue of caged children at the border to be brought up during the final debate, and he pummeled Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden with his response.

Kristen Welker asked the president to respond to a report that ICE was unable to find the parents of more than 500 children who had been separated from their families at the border.

“Children are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels, and they’re brought here, and they used to use them to get into our country. We now have as strong a border as we’ve ever had; we’re over 400 miles of brand-new wall. You see the numbers, and we let people in, but they have to come in legally,” responded Trump.

He went on to explain how he was falsely accused by the media over caged children photographed before his administration.

“Coyotes didn’t bring them over; their parents were with them. They got separated from their parents. And it makes us a laughingstock and violates every notion of who we are as a nation,” responded Biden.

“They did it; we changed the policy. They did it; we changed the policy,” said Trump, who was interrupted by Biden and the moderator.

“Who built the cages, Joe?” Trump interrupted.
“Who built the cages, Joe?” he added again.

“Let’s talk about what we were talking about,” said Biden, who didn’t respond to Trump’s prodding.

The president went on to explain that the administration was working to reunite the children with their families.

Democrats used photographs of children caged at the border to excoriate the president’s policies on illegal immigration, but the narrative was undermined when it was discovered that some of the photos came from Obama’s presidency.

Here’s the video of the heated exchange:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: ‘Who built the cages?!’: Trump pummels Biden at final debate over migrant children separated at the border

“Voter fraud is a serious and widespread issue”

A mayoral candidate of a small town in Texas has been charged with 109 felonies over a fraudulent scheme involving mail-in ballots.

Zul Mirza Mohamed was arrested on Thursday and charged with 25 second-degree felony counts of unlawful possession of ballot or a ballot envelope without the request of a voter, and 84 third-degree felony counts of fraudulent use of mail ballot application.

Sheriff Tracey Murphree of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that they were tipped off about “possible fraudulent activities with absentee ballot applications” by the Denton County Elections Office.

They found that absentee ballots were requested to be sent to a P.O. box by voters in a Carrollton nursing home. When they contacted those voters, they said that they had not requested absentee ballots.

Investigators then found that the P.O. box had been obtained through the use of a false Texas driver’s license, and a false student identification card from the University of North Texas.

They then surveilled the P.O. box and installed an undercover agent. Investigators witnessed a suspect pick up the ballots on Wednesday, and obtained a search warrant for their residence.

Law enforcement officials there discovered the mail ballots and the fraudulent driver’s license used to obtain the P.O. box. They arrested Muhamed and charged him with the 109 felony counts.

“I want to commend all the investigators and agencies involved in this investigation,” said Sheriff Murphree.

“Voter fraud is a serious and widespread issue and cannot be tolerated. The fact an actual candidate for public office would engage in these activities is appalling,” he added. “We will continue to aggressively investigate allegations of voter fraud.”

Mohamed was running to unseat the current mayor, Kevin Falconer, of Carrollton. It was unclear to which political party Mohamed belonged.

He ran against Falconer in 2017 as well, during which his past criminal behavior became an issue in the campaign. He received 167 votes in that election, or 2.4% of the total votes.

Here’s the president deriding mail in balloting:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Texas mayoral candidate charged with 109 felonies related to mail-in ballot voter fraud

“They are horrific”

Liberals and other critics of the president pounced on a leaked audio of first lady Melania Trump talking to her former friend about reaction to her Christmas decorations and controversy around children detained at the border.

In the audio, which aired on CNN Thursday, the first lady can be heard angrily criticizing the reaction to her Christmas decorations, and complaining that the media wasn’t reporting on her efforts to help children detained at the border.

“They say I’m complicit. I’m the same like him. I support him. I don’t say enough. I don’t do enough,” said the first lady on the recording.

“Where I am, I put, I’m working like a, my ass off at, Christmas stuff that you know, who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff and decoration? But I need to do it, right?” she continued.

“OK, and then I do it, and I say that I’m working on Christmas planning for the Christmas. And they said, ‘oh what about the children that were separated.’ Give me a f***ing break. Where were they saying anything when Obama did that?” she said.

The first lady went on to complain that she tried to reunite a child with their mother but that the media refused to cover the story.

“I was trying to get the kids reunited with the mom. I didn’t have a chance. Needs to go through the process and through the law,” she said.

“They would not do the story because, they are not, they would not do the story, because they are against us, because they are liberal media. Yeah, if I go to Fox, they will do the story. I don’t want to go to Fox.”

Liberals pounce

While the first lady was clearly upset at the reaction from her critics, some like Muslim commentator Dean Obeidallah misrepresented her comments into something more sinister.

“After listening to the #MelaniaTapes where she says about the children separated at border ‘Give me a fu**ing break’ it’s clear that Melania’s jacket she wore to visit the kids was a comment on how she viewed the children: ‘I really don’t care,'” said Obeidallah.

“OMG!!!!!! @CNN is airing the #MelaniaTapes and they are horrific. Melania says kids love being in cages,” claimed LGBT activist Rob Gill.

“Oh. My. God,” reacted actress Alyssa Milano.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) took the opportunity to demand that the president and the first lady stop “disrespecting” Christians.

The Twitter hashtag “Melania Tapes” was trending nationally as a result of all the reactions Thursday evening.

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Liberals pounce on leaked audio of Melania Trump talking about children at the border and her Christmas decorations

Democrats hoped to get moderates on board with their cause

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will likely be able to push the Senate to consider a nomination to the Supreme Court after several Republicans made statements of support on Monday.

Democrats and their supporters were hopeful that enough moderates would break from the party line in order to doom the effort to fill the seat left empty by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said in a statement that he would not stand in the way of another nomination by President Donald Trump.

“Over the years, and as recently as July, I’ve consistently said that taking up and evaluating a nominee in 2020 would be a decision for the current chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Senate Majority Leader,” Grassley said in the statement.

“Both have confirmed their intentions to move forward, so that’s what will happen. Once the hearings are underway, it’s my responsibility to evaluate the nominee on the merits, just as I always have. The Constitution gives the Senate that authority, and the American people’s voices in the most recent election couldn’t be clearer,” he continued.

“While there was ambiguity about the American people’s will for the direction of the Supreme Court in 2016 under a divided government, there is no such ambiguity in 2020,” Grassley added.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, informed members of the committee on Saturday that he would hold confirmation hearings for the nomination.

‘Senate must decided how to best fulfill its constitutional duty’

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado also said that he would not stand in the way of a nomination.

“When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decided how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent,” Gardner said.

“I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law,” he concluded. “Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm.”

A heated debate

Democrats have argued that if Republicans were to push a nomination that it would be hypocritical because of McConnell’s refusal to consider former President Barack Obama’s nomination so close to the 2016 election.

Republicans have countered that the history of nominations to the Supreme Court offers precedence for senators of the same party as the president to have the mandate from the people to move forward on a nomination.

“[M]ake no mistake: if the shoe were on the other foot, Senate Democrats wouldn’t hesitate to use their Constitutional authority and anything else at their disposal to fill this seat,” Grassley said.

Republicans have a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate, but Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have already said they would not support a nomination before the election.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has not made a statement about his position in the debate, but if no other Republicans go against the party line, a tie in the Senate would lead to a tiebreaker vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

Here’s more about the nomination debate:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Mitch McConnell has enough support for nomination to the Supreme Court after statements from Grassley and Gardner

He went after other media figures, too

The attorney representing Nick Sandmann warned Brian Stelter of CNN that a retweet from his social media account might cost him his job because it violates a confidentiality agreement about their lawsuit.

Lin Wood, Sandmann’s lead attorney, tweeted a screenshot of the offending missive from CNN’s media correspondent from his own account on Monday.

“This retweet by @brianstelter may have cost him his job at @CNN. It is called breach of confidentiality agreement,” Wood said.

“Brian Stelter is a liar. I know how to deal with liars,” he added.

The retweet was of an exhortation by attorney Mark S. Zaid against speculation about the settlement of a lawsuit by Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student from Kentucky.

“Those with zero legal experience (as far as I can tell) should not be conjecturing on lawsuits they know nothing about. What kind of journalism is that?” asked Zaid.

“I’ve litigated defamation cases. Sandman [sic] was undoubtedly paid nuisance value settlement & nothing more,” he conjectured.

Wood implied that Stelter was breaking the confidentiality agreement by retweeting an opinion about the probable outcome of the lawsuit against CNN.

He went on to accuse others at CNN of committing the same error, including CNN analyst Asha Rangappa who speculated that Sandmann received “$25K to go away.”

Sandmann also weighed in on the tweet and chastised Stelter.

“I can’t decide if it’s worse to be Brian Stelter or believe Brian Stelter,” tweeted Sandmann.

“He was never in any court hearing or meeting I was,” he added. “So why does he act like he knows anything?”

Sandmann sued over the unfair coverage of a viral video of his confrontation with Native American elder and activist Nathan Phillips during the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. in January 2019. He settled a $275 million lawsuit against CNN a year later, and settled his $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post on Friday.

Wood also said in a previous tweet that he had agreed to represent former Trump campaign aide Carter Page against Yahoo News and the Huffington Post for falsely accusing him of being a traitor and trying to “ruin” him.

Here’s an interview with Wood about the lawsuit:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Nick Sandmann’s lawyer warns Brian Stelter that his tweet about the CNN lawsuit may cost him his job

Will Democrats take notice?

A new poll found that many more Americans want funding for police to increase or stay the same than those that want police to be defunded.

Black Lives Matter protesters and activists have made the defunding of police forces a central platform of their political demands.

A Pew poll released on Thursday shows that few Americans support the policy.

A plurality of Americans, 42%, said that they want the funding for police to stay the same. Another 31% of Americans said they want funding for police to increase.

Both of those groups are larger than the group that called for the defunding of police only 25% of those polled.

Of those who want the police defunded, 12% said they wanted police funding to decrease by a “a lot,” while 14% said they wanted police funding to decrease “a little.”

President Donald Trump has come out forcefully against the defunding of police, but when presumed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was asked if he supported the policy, he also said no.

A small increase in support for BLM

Other results from the poll show an increase in support for some parts of the narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement.

There was a small drop in Americans who said the police do an “excellent or good job of protecting people from crime,” from 62% four years ago to 58% in the newest poll.

A greater drop was found among Americans who agreed that police are doing a good or excellent job of “treating racial and ethnic groups equally,” from 47% down to 34%.

Two thirds of those polled also said that civilians should have the power to sue police officers “to hold them accountable for misconduct and excessive use of force.”

Here’s more about polling on the police protests:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: New poll shows very few Americans want to defund police

‘Uh, Joe Biden is Joe’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that she considered the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden closed and she announced that she would no longer answer questions about the matter.

She made the announcement while talking to Ari Melber Tuesday evening on his MSNBC show.

“Now that he has given that answer, do you view this as a closed issue, what is your response?” asked Melber after playing a video of Biden’s response to the allegations.

“Well it is for me!” Pelosi responded.

“Uh, I said I am proud to support Joe Biden for president. Uh, I believe him when he said it didn’t happen, but I also believe him when he said let them look into the record, and that’s what they should do,” she explained.

“But I’m not gonna answer this question again,” Pelosi said.

“I will just say I have every confidence that Joe Biden will be a great president of the United States. Uh, not only because of the person of integrity that he is, but the person of vision that he is for just some of the things you talked about,” she continued.

“About healthcare for all Americans, about job security, about the kitchen table issues that he’s so familiar with in his own family, when his father lost his own job,” Pelosi explained.

“Uh, Joe Biden is Joe,” she added helpfully.

Biden was accused by Tara Reade, a former congressional aide, of sexual assault in 1993 when he was a senator. He has denied the allegations but more sources have surfaced to corroborate the claims from his accuser.

Here’s the video of Pelosi’s comments:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Nancy Pelosi will refuse to answer any more questions about sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden

There is a bright spotlight on the WHO and it’s not finding good things

World Health Organization Director Dr. Tedros is facing increased scrutiny over his ties to an organization that was designated as a terror group by US officials.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who goes by Dr. Tedros, was a leader of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, a group that was designated as a terrorist organization by U.S. officials.

A memo from the Department of Homeland Security in 2014 details the background of the EPRDF.

The TPLF is a political group founded in 1975 in Ethiopia, as an opposition group. The TPLF engaged in prolonged armed conflict with the government of Ethiopia, which, along with other groups, it succeeded in overthrowing in 1991. The TPLF then joined the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a political coalition that became the governing coalition in Ethiopia. The EPRDF continues to control the government of Ethiopia. The TPLF qualifies as a Tier III terrorist organization under INA section 212(a)(3)(B)(vi)(III) on the basis of its violent activities before it became part of the ruling coalition and the government of Ethiopia in May 1991.

In 2017, National Review called for the WHO to be defunded in part over Dr. Tedros ties to the terror group.

Dr. Tedros, as he likes to be called (he has a Ph.D. in community health), is a leader of Ethiopia’s brutal minority party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, a wing of the ruling Marxist-rooted Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front. He served the violently repressive regime as minister of foreign affairs from 2012 to 2016, after a stint as health minister.

Even before he was elected to lead the WHO, Dr. Tedros was hit with accusations that he had helped cover up numerous epidemics in Ethiopia during his time as the health minister of the country.

There are also claims that Dr. Tedros was aided in his campaign to lead the WHO by China.

President Donald Trump ordered the end of US payments to the World Health Organization over their bungled response to the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats have been very critical of the move and said it was not the proper time to weaken the global institution.

Here’s more about the WHO director’s very shady history:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: WHO director was a leader of a political group designated as a terrorist organization by US officials

The bizarre claims were ignored by the mainstream media

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) excoriated the government’s response to the coronavirus epidemic and claimed that children in the U.S. were attending schools funded by taxes paid by illegal aliens.

The firebrand democratic socialist made the claims in an online video published on Thursday.

“Yes, so this is a very important question. So this administration in the negotiations for this bill basically said anything for immigrants is a non-starter,” she said, referring to illegal aliens.

She went on to say that Democrats fought for benefits for illegal aliens, but Republicans would not pass the bill with those provisions included.

“Yes, undocumented people pay taxes. Undocumented people pay billions of dollars in taxes every year. We send our kids to public school on the taxes that undocumented people pay,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“Undocumented people pay more money in taxes than Amazon or Facebook, or anything combined. So yes, I believe that if you pay into this system, you should benefit from this system, she added.

“So there is not cash assistance for the undocumented, you have to have a Social Security number,” Ocasio-Cortez explained.

She also pointed illegal aliens to possible assistance from state-funded social safety net benefits. She concluded by saying that illegal aliens paid more in taxes than anyone else.

“So um, so some of these state programs are eligible for you if you are undocumented,” she concluded, “but what just passed here in the CARE act very cruelly cut out undocumented people, despite the fact that they pay into the system just as much as anyone else.”

Critics of these kinds of claims point out that although illegal aliens do indeed pay taxes in various forms, they also place an enormous burden on social services, with some estimates running into more than $100 billion per year.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted similar claims in July 2019, saying, “people who are undocumented pay taxes! Public goods aren’t ‘gifts’ to immigrants – they pay for your kids’ schooling too.”

Despite tweeting that she would make her claim “for the last time,” Ocasio-Cortez has repeated the claim many times since July 2019.

Here’s the video of Ocasio-Cortez:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Ocasio-Cortez says illegal aliens pay as much in taxes as ‘anyone else,’ calls Republicans cruel for preventing assistance to them

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