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A lifelong Democrat who serves as a council member in Flint City, Michigan on Wednesday endorsed President Donald Trump, gaining the attention of the president.

During a rally at Flint Bishop Airport, Flint City Council member Maurice Davis got to speak before Vice President Mike Pence, giving his full endorsement to Trump and criticizing the Democratic party, NBC 25 News reported. Davis said he voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but says he will now vote for Trump.

“Right now the narrative has been spent, President Trump is full of hate. Let me tell you something, the Democrats are full of hate. I have been a democrat all my life, 64 years. The last four years I voted for Hillary Clinton. This year I decided to go with President Trump,” Davis said.

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“I am not a bootlicker, I am not an Uncle Tom,” Davis continued.

Trump tweeted out a video of Davis’s speech Thursday morning, saying “THANK YOU!”

Pence also thanked Davis for the endorsement on stage, saying “Vice president of the City Council in Flint. Where are you, Maurice? Let’s hear it for Maurice. I’m partial to vice presidents. Thank you, Maurice.”

Pence continued: “And thank you all for being here today. And it really is amazing. It really is amazing to think about all that we’ve accomplished.”

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Lifelong Democratic Flint City Council Member Endorses Trump

Democrats in the Senate voted to block the passage of a coronavirus stimulus package Wednesday after months of stalled negotiations between the two parties.

The vote was 51-44 and the measure needed 60 votes to pass. It was a party-line vote. The $500 billion bill would include a federal unemployment benefit, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding and additional money for more coronavirus testing. If the bill was passed, money would have been directed to schools. Every Democrat voted against the stimulus package.

“If this relief does not pass, it will be because Senate Democrats chose to do Speaker Pelosi’s political dirty work rather than stand up for struggling people… Let’s find our common sense, agree where we can, and advance this legislation while we debate the rest. The American people deserve action,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement before the vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on October 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

McConnell announced last week that the Senate would be voting on the $500 billon coronavirus stimulus. McConnell released a statement saying that Republicans will continue to work with the White House in order to bring a vote on a bipartisan piece of coronavirus stimulus legislation before the election. McConnell specifically mentioned the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and helping small businesses. McConnell said the bill would authorize $500 billion dollars of funding.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) released a statement after Democrats blocked the bill, slamming them for not passing the legislation.

“Millions of people desperately need additional COVID relief, and once again Senate Democrats decided to play partisan games instead of delivering much-needed help to Americans,” NRSC Communications Director Jesse Hunt said. “The Republican Majority has continued to offer a number of solutions but Democrats refuse to come to the table for anything except a $2 trillion liberal wish list. Democrat candidates should prove they aren’t beholden to Chuck Schumer and speak out against Senate Democrats’ intransigence.”

In early September, Democrats in the Senate voted to block the passage of a coronavirus stimulus package, saying they wanted more money.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Senate Democrats Block Republican’s COVID-19 Relief Bill

CNBC Host Jim Cramer called Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi “crazy Nancy” during a Tuesday interview with her.

During the interview, Cramer asked  Pelosi about what deal could be made with Republicans on a stimulus package, after Senate Democrats blocked the GOP’s package Thursday. During the question, Cramer called the speaker “crazy Nancy”, a name given to her by President Donald Trump.

Cramer immediately corrects himself, saying he was sorry and that he was quoting Trump. He also went on to say he would never use such a term. To which Pelosi responded by telling Cramer that he just used the president’s term, while smiling.

“What deal can we have, Crazy Nancy? I’m sorry, that was the president, I have such reverence for the office I would never use that term,” Cramer said.

“But you just did. But you just did,” Pelosi responded.

The House is currently working on a coronavirus stimulus package they hope to have passed before the elections in November. However, Republicans would need to support the legislation.

There have been coronavirus stimulus talks for months, resulting in no action, as both parties have refused to come to an agreement.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Jim Cramer Calls Pelosi ‘Crazy Nancy’ Right To Her Face During Televised Interview

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will call for drug tests before debating 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden before their first scheduled debate on Sept. 29.

Trump thinks Biden’s performances improved over the course of the Democratic primary and hinted that he believes the reason behind Biden’s success was related to drugs, he said during an interview with The Washington Examiner.

“Nobody thought that he was even going to win,” Trump said. “Because his debate performances were so bad. Frankly, his best performance was against Bernie. We’re going to call for a drug test, by the way, because his best performance was against Bernie. It wasn’t that he was Winston Churchill, because he wasn’t, but it was a normal, boring debate. You know, nothing amazing happened. And we are going to call for a drug test, because there’s no way — you can’t do that.”

Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speak after the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University’s Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“I don’t know how he could have been so incompetent in his debate performances and then all of a sudden be OK against Bernie,” Trump continued. “My point is, if you go back and watch some of those numerous debates, he was so bad. He wasn’t even coherent. And against Bernie, he was. And we’re calling for a drug test.”

In June, Biden’s campaign committed to three debates with Trump before the election in November.

“Joe Biden looks forward to facing Donald Trump in a multi-debate series that the American people have come to expect from their leaders; we hope that President Trump would not break that tradition or make excuses for a refusal to participate,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote in a letter to the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.

Trump’s campaign then slammed Biden for declining to do more than three debates, as the Trump campaign had been pushing to do four.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Trump Says He Will Call For Drug Tests Before Biden Debate

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday that he will suspend changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the 2020 election to avoid interfering with races across the country.

DeJoy released a statement saying he wants to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail” as the House was set to return back from recess Saturday to pass legislation for the USPS. DeJoy has also been called to testify before the House and the Senate, according to Axios.

“The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall. Even with the challenges of keeping our employees and customers safe and healthy as they operate amid a pandemic, we will deliver the nation’s election mail on time and within our well-established service standards. The American public should know that this is our number one priority between now and election day,” the statement reads.

Demonstrators gather outside of the condo of President Donald Trump donor and current U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy on August 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images)

“The 630,000 dedicated women and men of the Postal Service are committed, ready and proud to meet this sacred duty. I am announcing today the expansion of our current leadership taskforce on election mail to enhance our ongoing work and partnership with state and local election officials in jurisdictions throughout the country,” the statement continued.

“Leaders of our postal unions and management associations have committed to joining this taskforce to ensure strong coordination throughout our organization. Because of the unprecedented demands of the 2020 election, this taskforce will help ensure that election officials and voters are well informed and fully supported by the Postal Service,” DeJoy added.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs announced Tuesday that it will hold a hearing Friday with DeJoy as his actions at the USPS have been called into question by Democrats in both the House and Senate.

“Retail hours at Post Offices will not change,” DeJoy wrote. “Mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are. No mail processing facilities will be closed. And we reassert that overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed.”

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Postmaster To Suspend USPS Changes Until After Election

The United States Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Republican Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe as the permanent Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

The vote was 49-44. Sens. Alexander, Burr, Markey, Murkowski, Murray, Rounds, and Sanders, did not vote. This comes after the previous DNI Dan Coates announced his resignation July 2019, Trump then revealed his nomination of Ratcliffe on Twitter shortly after.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup hearing on the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Longworth House Office Building on Thursday December 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harrer – Pool/Getty Images)

In August 2019, Trump withdrew his nomination, saying there would be a difficult confirmation process. The Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Joseph Maguire, served as Acting Director between August 2019 and February 2020. Richard Grenell, has been serving as Acting Director since Feb. 20, 2020.

Trump then re-appointed Ratcliffe for the position in February.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: John Ratcliffe Confirmed As Director Of National Intelligence

Eight Senate Republicans broke with their GOP colleagues on Wednesday voting in favor of a resolution that would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran without approval from Congress.

The vote was bipartisan, 51-45, with eight Republicans voting with Democrats. The eight Republicans were:

  • Utah Sen. Mike Lee
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
  • Maine Sen. Susan Collins
  • Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander
  • Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy
  • Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran
  • Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski
  • Indiana Sen. Todd Young
(Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

“We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress votes to authorize such a war,” Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who introduced the resolution said, according to CNN. “While the President does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there. An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition.”

The resolution could be vetoed by Trump, as he vetoed a War Powers resolution in 2019.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Here Are The 8 Republicans Who Voted For Tim Kaine’s War Powers Resolution Against Trump

Republicans in the House of Representatives are criticizing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s claim that President Donald Trump cutting funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) is “illegal.”

The Daily Caller spoke to over six House Republicans who all criticized Pelosi for her comments in regards to Trump halting funding for the WHO. Some even went on to call for WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to resign, saying the best way for them to move forward is by getting rid of Tedros.

“I’m not sure who Nancy Pelosi is trying to cover up for when defending a disgraced institution. I mean the World Health Organization has a deplorable track record when it comes to pandemics. It’s not just what WHO has done to cover up for China and literally to regurgitate Communist Chinese talking points on the coronavirus,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise told the Daily Caller.

“I’m not sure who Nancy Pelosi is trying to cover up for when defending a disgraced institution. I mean the World Health Organization has a deplorable track record when it comes to pandemics. It’s not just what WHO has done to cover up for China and literally to regurgitate Communist Chinese talking points on the coronavirus,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise told the Daily Caller.

“But if you look at their track record with other outbreaks like Ebola, the World Health Organization was described as being non-existent when it came to calling out other types of health crises. So their credibility has been a question for a long time. And President Trump ought to be commended for protecting taxpayer dollars by taking it away from a highly questionable organization like W.H.O. and direct those scarce resources to more reputable health institutions,” Scalise continued.

President Donald Trump (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“Not only did China deceive the international community over the origins and impact of the coronavirus, but the World Health Organization was an accessory to China’s reprehensible actions. Politically motivated international institutions led by those who aren’t honest brokers should be avoided and receive no financial support from America,” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs told the Daily Caller.

“Speaker Pelosi has chosen to side with the communists in China in her latest endeavor to undermine America’s duly elected president. History will harshly judge her actions and statements throughout this entire pandemic. I strongly support President Trump’s efforts to hold the WHO and China accountable for this pandemic,” Biggs continued.

On Wednesday, Pelosi called Trump’s decision “senseless.”

“We can only be successful in defeating this global pandemic through a coordinated international response with respect for science and data,” she said in a statement. “This decision is dangerous, illegal and will be swiftly challenged.”

Representative Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, (L) talks with Representative Andy Biggs. (Photo by Jonathan Newton-Pool/Getty Images)

Pelosi’s comments caused more House Republicans to defend Trump’s decision to cut funding for the WHO.

“In January, President Trump formed the Wuhan coronavirus task force and implemented travel restrictions which undoubtedly saved many American lives. At the same time, Nancy Pelosi was laser-focused on her pathetic impeachment hoax. We now know the World Health Organization helped spread the propaganda of Communist China at the expense of the global community,” Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar told the Daily Caller.

“Imagine if Nancy Pelosi was as focused on helping America’s small businesses rather than a global organization who kowtowed to China and failed to prepare the world for this pandemic,” Gosar concluded.

White House officials have also refuted Pelosi’s claims.

Officials in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) explained to the Daily Caller that WHO’s funding was approved by Congress as part of a larger lump sum statutorily allocated for “international organizations.” The White House has discretion over which organizations to send that money to, with past decisions resulting in the budgeting WHO received.

An official explained that the funding allocation is broken down into two groups: assessed dues and voluntary contributions made at the agency level. WHO’s assessed dues, according to OMB, can be immediately halted because a treaty doesn’t exist that legally binds the United States to WHO. Meanwhile, voluntary funds will be reassigned to different world health organizations. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reportedly already directing State Department employees to identify new organizations to receive the voluntary funds originally destined for WHO.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

“Pelosi is a lot more interested these days in bashing President Trump than holding China accountable which is a glaring departure from her long time record,” Indiana Rep. Jim Banks told the Daily Caller.

Kentucky Rep. James Comer told the Daily Caller that he believes the WHO is likely responsible for a number of deaths in the U.S.

“Every bit of information we got initially from the World Health Organization with respect to COVID-19 was completely inaccurate. And it’s probably led to a loss of lives in the United States. I don’t think very many people in Kentucky want to give the World Health Organization a penny of tax dollars until we get to the bottom of what went wrong,” Comer said.

Rep. Greg Steube told the Daily Caller that he believes the WHO is 100% responsible for thousands of deaths in the U.S. Steube said, “If you look at the timeline of the spread of COVID-19, it is clear that the WHO’s willingness to cover up the Chinese Communist Party’s disinformation is directly responsible for the death of thousands of people in the United States and across the world.”

The United States has been by far the largest contributor to the WHO’s yearly budget, donating in excess of $400 million a year.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Criticize Pelosi For Saying Trump’s WHO Cuts Are ‘Illegal’

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to advance a War Powers resolution which would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran without approval from Congress.

The vote was bipartisan, 51-45, with eight Republicans voting with Democrats. The eight Republicans in favor of the resolution included Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Indiana Sen. Todd Young.

Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, speaks during a press conference on aviation safety during the shutdown, as he is joined by airline personnel, air traffic controllers, and employees from the Federal Aviation Administration at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on January 24, 2019. (Photo credit: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

“We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress votes to authorize such a war,” Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who introduced the resolution said, according to CNN. “While the President does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there. An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition.”

The resolution could be vetoed by Trump, as he vetoed a War Powers resolution in 2019.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Senate Passes War Powers Measure

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday will reportedly be announcing his bid for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, sources close to the matter told the Daily Caller.

Sessions has been considering the run for his old Alabama Senate seat, making phone calls discussing a potential campaign, according to October reports.

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks during a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building May 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The former Attorney General said in December of 2018 that he does not plan on running for political office again amid rumors he might challenge Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones for his old Senate seat in 2020. Sessions, who President Donald Trump fired as attorney general on Nov. 7 2018, did not indicate any plans to run for his old Senate seat, now occupied by Jones, in an interview with Politico. Sessions said instead, he could spend time in “the woods” with his 10 grandchildren.

Sessions would be joining a crowded race to beat Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones along with five other major Republican candidates, including Rep. Bradley Byrne, Alabama state Rep. Arnold Mooney, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and former Alabama state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.

Author: Henry Rodgers

Source: Daily Caller: Jeff Sessions To Announce Senate Bid Thursday

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