Giancarlo Sopo


The most ‘liked’ Farsi tweet in the history of Twitter

President Donald Trump expressed his solidarity with Iranian protestors calling for the resignation of Ayatollah Khamenei on Saturday.

As he often does, the president took to Twitter to circumvent the media and speak directly to the people. Only this time, he did so in Farsi, the official language in Iran—and broke a Twitter record in the process. As of the writing of this article, one of his tweets had earned over 300,000 “likes,” making it the most “liked” Farsi tweet in history, according to the Washington Examiner.

The other Farsi tweet is at over 223,000 “likes.”

Expert: Tweets are something the media ‘will not report’

The president’s tweets in support of the Iranian people was noticed by Saeed Ghasseminejad, a senior adviser and financial economist at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who remarked the protests were, “A strong show of support by Iranians for Trump’s Iran policy, something the MSM does not and will not report.”

The nation’s commander in chief also tweeted translations in English of his messages to the Iranian people:

To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.

In his second Persian tweet, Trump directed his message to the Iranian regime:

The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people. There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching.

On Sunday morning, America’s 45th president warned Iran not to harm its protestors:

Why are Iranians protesting?

As TheBlaze’s Chris Enloe reported, protesters took to the streets of Tehran on Saturday and demanded that Ayatollah Khamenei step down as supreme leader of Iran. The protests come after the Iranian government admitted its armed forces “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian commercial plane, killing all 176 people on board.

In videos posted on social media, protestors can be seen shouting “death to the Islamic Republic,” “death to liars,” and “Soleimani was a murder, his leader is also a murderer.” Reuters also reported the protestors were chanting “death to the dictator,” a direct reference to Khamenei.

Other leaders of the Trump administration have also spoken out in support of the Iranian protestors.

Commenting on Twitter, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday afternoon, “The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC under [Khamenei’s] kleptocracy.”

“We stand with the Iranian people who deserve a better future,” Pompeo added.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Trump’s support for Iranian protestors breaks a Twitter record, something the MSM ‘will not report’

Accept your little award…and f*** off!’

British comedian Ricky Gervais tore into Hollywood on Sunday night as the host of the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards.

Gervais told millions of viewers watching around the world that the room filled with A-list actors and corporate moguls, such as Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, were in no position to lecture the country on politics—or anything else for that matter.

“So, if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award. Thank your agent and your god, and f*** off!”

So-called “woke” corporations were not spared of the comic’s ridicule either as Gervais took aim at the business practices of several entertainment giants.

“…You say you’re woke but the companies you work for…Apple, Amazon, Disney…if ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?”

The star of the UK version of the series, “The Office,” even dropped an “Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself” joke.

“Spoiler alert, season two [of “After Life”] is on the way. So, in the end, he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Shut up, I know he’s your friend but I don’t care.”

You can watch Gervais’ opening monologue below.

This is a developing story and we will continue updating it as the evening progresses.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Ricky Gervais destroys Hollywood liberals: ‘You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything’

Several churchgoers and an armed security guard returned fire on the gunman

Parishioners fatally shot a man who opened fire during a church service Sunday in White Settlement, Texas, Police Chief J.P. Bevering said. The gunman’s motive is unclear at this time.

According to CNN, the gunman killed one person at West Freeway Church of Christ and seriously injured another. A video of the incident shows that he was taken down by churchgoers and what appears to be a security officer within three seconds of opening fire at the Sunday service.

The church service was being livestreamed on YouTube when the shooting took place. A clip of the gunfire exchange was shared on Twitter by user @GrantB911.

Police Chief Bevering praised the “heroic” churchgoers who returned fire, killed the assailant, and saved countless lives in the process. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman with MedStar Mobile Healthcare said that the suspected shooter and a victim died on their way to a nearby hospital. Another victim’s heart stopped beating but was resuscitated by paramedics en route to the hospital and is currently in critical condition.

In a statement, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described the shooting as an “evil act of violence.”

“Our hearts go out to the victims and families of those killed in the evil act of violence that occurred at the West Freeway Church of Christ,” he said. “Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life.”

This is a developing story and we will be updating it as more information is made available.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: BREAKING: Gunman opens fire in Texas church and gets taken down within seconds by parishioners

It’s not the first time she attacks America

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said on Saturday at a rally in Los Angeles for democratic socialist presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that the United States is turning into a fascist country under President Donald Trump.

“It is fascism that we’re evolving into,” the Democratic congresswoman said after she was interrupted by a heckler, according to the Washington Examiner.

The Democratic representative also said the U.S. is not an “advanced society.” The Examiner reported she cited remarks by Harvard professor and left-wing activist Cornel West who spoke before her:

“Establishing a loving society in the United States of America” is not “an irrational, overly feeling, sympathetic statement,” she said. Rather, it’s the pursuit of “an advanced society.” And an advanced society, Ocasio-Cortez said, guarantees healthcare and tuition-free college and trade schools, among other benefits.

“What we are living in now is not an advanced society,” Ocasio-Cortez declared.

Calls for ‘revolution’

The freshman congresswoman also encouraged Sanders’ supporters to heed the democratic socialist’s calls for a “revolution.”

“This is about a movement that has been decades in the making,” she said. “We can’t go back to the way things were before, because the way thing were before is how we got to where we are now. We cannot go back to a world where the rich are put first and working people are put last in Washington day in and day out.”

Not the first time she says this

This is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has said the U.S. is turning into a fascist country. The young representative declared over the summer that Trump’s governance mirrored that of “authoritarian regimes.”

“Are we headed to fascism? Yes. I don’t think there’s a question,” Ocasio-Cortez said in July after she visited migrant detention facilities.

“If you actually take the time to study, and to look at the steps, and to see how government transforms under authoritarian regimes, and look at the political decisions and patterns of this president, the answer is yes,” she said at the time.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the U.S. is not an ‘advanced society’ and is evolving into ‘fascism’

The comments come as polls show Democrats are declining

Not a single vote has been cast in the 2020 election, but top House Democrats are already beginning to de-legitimize its outcome.

In a joint Sunday morning television show appearance on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) implied that next year’s election may have already been “corrupted” by President Donald Trump and his campaign.

Stephanopoulos asked Schiff to react to the news that Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, was in Ukraine as recently as early December to investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the country. It is common and legal for political campaigns to conduct opposition research of their opponents.

Schiff and Nadler question the ‘election’s integrity’

“This misconduct goes on,” Schiff, who described Guiliani’s trip as a “threat to our election’s integrity,” said.

The House Democrat added that the Trump campaign’s opposition research effort represents “a clear and present danger, I think, to our democracy and not something we can turn away from simply because the Republicans in the House refuse to do their duty and continue to put the person of the president above their constitutional obligation.” Schiff also accused Trump and Giuliani of conducting a “sham investigation” and trying to “cheat in the next election.”

Nadler agreed with his colleague’s characterization, telling Stephanopoulos that the Trump campaign’s research into Biden represents “a total threat” to the 2020 election.

“This is a crime in progress against the Constitution and against American democracy,” he said. “We cannot take the risk that the next election will be corrupted through foreign interference solicited by the president, which he’s clearly trying to do.”

Impeachment efforts are backfiring

The congressmen’s comments come as recent polls show the favorability ratings of 2020 Democratic candidates are in decline and that Democrats are failing to persuade voters, particularly in swing states, that the president’s dealings with Ukraine merit his removal from office.

At a media briefing on Thursday, Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale told reporters that the Democrats’ impeachment efforts are bolstering the president’s re-election efforts.

“They have ignited a flame underneath that, with 300-some days to go, actually makes our job easier in some ways,” Parscale said. “This lit up our base. Turnout for our rallies has increased since the impeachment process started. I think it’s a huge miscalculation by [Democrats].”

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Top Democrats are now trying to de-legitimize the 2020 election, say it has already been ‘corrupted’

‘Battleground state polls show a more negative reaction…’

An analysis by the Washington Post’s polling experts has bad news for Democrats hoping the Ukraine scandal would weaken President Trump.

After months of bad headlines and two weeks of public testimonies, voters in key battleground states are not buying the Democrats’ impeachment case against the president. The Post’s average of a dozen polls conducted since October in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin found that 51 percent of voters are opposed to impeachment and 44 percent support it.

Pollsters Scott Clement and Emily Guskin also noted: “Battleground state polls show a more negative reaction to the impeachment inquiry, signaling more risk to Democrats and potential benefit for Trump,” adding that “support for impeachment in key 2020 states lags the country overall.”

Nationally, voters remain divided

As TheBlaze has pointed out, support for impeaching Trump spiked nationally on or around October 14, just a few weeks after the Ukraine scandal broke in late September. However, public opinion began turning on the Democrats the more voters learned about their case.

Clement and Guskin looked at the polls before and after the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearings and found little movement:

The Post’s average of nationally representative polls conducted since the start of the House’s public hearings on Nov. 13 finds 47 percent of Americans support impeaching and removing Trump, while 43 percent are opposed. That level of support is little different from the 47 percent support in the two weeks before hearings began and 48 percent support earlier in October.

The two analysts noted that Independent voters are also divided on impeachment: 42 percent in support and 44 percent opposed.

Trump’s popularity has ‘barely moved’

Additionally, the Post examined Trump’s job approval ratings, which are a baseline indicator of how voters feel about his performance, and found they have “barely moved” since the Democrats initiated their impeachment inquiry.

The stability of Trump’s approval ratings affirms just how locked-in Americans are in their views toward Trump, even as some independents and Democrats changed their opinion on whether Congress should impeach and remove him from office. The lack of movement in this essential measure of Trump’s political standing also indicates that while most Americans think Trump did something wrong in his dealings with Ukraine, news and congressional testimony about this issue have not shifted how people feel about the president.

According to Gallup’s polling over the past 10 weeks, the percentage of voters who say they approve of the job Trump is doing as president has remained within the range of 39 to 43 percent. Quinnipiac University polls show similar numbers with 38 to 41 percent of registered voters approving of Trump’s performance during the same period.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Washington Post analysis confirms Dems are losing impeachment argument in key swing states

We also paid singer-songwriter Bob Dylan $84,000 for a statue

Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) recently published the fall edition of his Waste Report that details prodigal spending by the federal government.

According to Paul’s report, taxpayer spent $230 million on items ranging from $500,000 for an unused toilet and $22 million to bring Serbian cheese up to international standards, Townhall noted.

A press release from Sen. Paul’s office stated:

Once again, The Waste Report takes a closer look at just some of what the federal government is doing with the American people’s hard-earned money, this time including stories of it continuing to turn over so many taxpayer dollars to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, funding research that involves hooking Zebrafish on nicotine, buying textbooks for Afghan students that are subpar or sitting in warehouses, and more in a list that totals over $230 million.

Half a million dollars for a used toilet

The report states: “From 2003 to 2017, according to the OIG, [DC] Metro spent ‘approximately $500,000 maintaining a single self-cleaning toilet located at the Huntington Metro Station.'”

“The OIG cannot definitively state how much was spent because Metro lost invoices for 2007, 2012, 2013, and 2014,” the report added. “To make matters worse, the toilet was not user-friendly, a documented experience shared by the news shows — though it did excel at providing some background music for users.”

Taxpayers paid Bob Dylan $84,375 for a statue

The list of absurd spending items listed in the Waste Report was a payment exceeding $84,000 to music artist Bob Dylan for a statute for an American embassy.

The full list included:

  • Spent millions on the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority: $153,000,000
  • Funded debate and Model United Nations competitions in Afghanistan: $300,000
  • Funded research that involves hooking Zebra fish on nicotine: $708,466
  • Bought a statue from Bob Dylan for the embassy in Mozambique: $84,375
  • Studied the connection between drinking alcohol and winding up in the ER: $4,658,865
  • Improved the quality of Egyptian schooling: $16,000,000
  • Bought textbooks for Afghan students: $33,921,175
  • Brought Serbian cheese up to international standards: $22,000,000

“Why is the State Department buying art in the first place?” the report asked. Apparently, every time the State Department develops a new consulate or embassy, “0.5% of the value of the construction project” has to be allocated for the acquisition of art, regardless of how large the 0.5% represents.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Taxpayers paid $22M for Serbian cheese upgrades, according to government waste report

Wrong priorities, maybe?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters on Friday that the pending trade deal with Mexico and Canada, known as USMCA, is “the easiest trade deal we’ve ever done,” prompting conservatives to ask after two years of negotiations: Why is it not finished then?

According to Bloomberg, the congresswoman from San Francisco said, “We’re on a path to yes, and I think every day brings us closer to agreement. Adding “I’d like to have it done as soon as it’s ready. I wouldn’t rule it out next year. Hopefully we can do it sooner, but I said: when it’s ready we’ll do it.”

Conservatives aren’t buying it

GOP congressional leaders say that delaying a vote on USMCA until next year could inject 2020 presidential politics into the decision and sink the agreement. Conservatives argue that Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues have been too distracted by their efforts to impeach President Donald Trump to approve the deal.

As conservative pundit Ed Morrissey argues in Hot Air:

If it’s that easy, why haven’t they finished it up? And why can’t they get it done “sooner”? Could it be that Pelosi and her majority caucus have been distracted all year long pursuing another goal — one in particular, perhaps?

Morrissey noted that Canada and Mexico are waiting for the U.S. to get its act together and approve the deal:

The other two trading partners (our biggest partners, by the way) are waiting for the US to commit to this agreement, and in the meantime the stalling creates uncertainties for businesses and investors that limit economic growth. We’re going on a year now without even getting a mark-up.

It could boost the economy

Further bolstering conservatives’ concerns that delays are mainly driven by Democrats’ desire to deny President Trump a victory is the fact that economists anticipate a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico to strengthen the American economy. In a study released in April, analysts at the U.S. International Trade Commission said the new agreement will create thousands of jobs and boost economic growth:

The Commission’s model estimates that USMCA would raise U.S. real GDP by $68.2 billion (0.35 percent) and U.S. employment by 176,000 jobs (0.12 percent). The model estimates that USMCA would likely have a positive impact on U.S. trade, both with USMCA partners and with the rest of the world. U.S. exports to Canada and Mexico would increase by $19.1 billion (5.9 percent) and $14.2 billion (6.7 percent), respectively. U.S. imports from Canada and Mexico would increase by $19.1 billion (4.8 percent) and $12.4 billion (3.8 percent), respectively. The model estimates that the agreement would likely have a positive impact on all broad industry sectors within the U.S. economy. Manufacturing would experience the largest percentage gains in output, exports, wages, and employment, while in absolute terms, services would experience the largest gains in output and employment.

With polls showing most Americans already approve of the president’s management of the economy, Pelosi’s hesitation to call a vote on USMCA may provide the GOP with an argument to take to the nation in the weeks and months ahead as Republicans back against the Democrats’ impeachment efforts.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Pelosi admits trade deal is the ‘easiest we’ve ever done.’ Conservatives ask: Why is it taking so long?

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