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NASCAR fans who watch this weekend’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis will be reminded of the big race that has a November finish line as they see driver Corey LaJoie drive a car emblazoned with “Trump 2020.”

The red-white-and-blue Ford Mustang set to run at the track is the result of a partnership between Patriots of America PAC and Go Fas Racing, according to a statement posted on the website of Go Fas Racing.

“With an estimated 75 million NASCAR fans out there, I was surprised that about 15 million of those fans are not registered voters,” driver Corey LaJoie said in the statement.

“I will give my best effort to get NASCAR fans registered to vote, through our team efforts on and off the track. When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November,” LaJoie said.

LaJoie’s No. 32 Ford Mustang is set to sport the Trump message in eight more NASCAR Cup Series races.

Patriots of America PAC said it wants to connect with unregistered voters, and there is no better way to communicate with Americans than through NASCAR.

“Our mission is to get voters registered and to the polls in November. We are excited about our sponsorship with Go Fas Racing No. 32 and Corey LaJoie. We feel this partnership is the best way to help us communicate this message to the NASCAR community and encourage all Americans to do their part by heading to the polls,” Jeff Whaley of Patriots of America PAC said in the statement.

According to a Federal Election Commission document, the color scheme was a $350,000 investment for the PAC.

In the Go Fas website statement, team owner Archie St. Hilaire said the entire racing team is anxious for wins on the track and at the polls.

“I am honored to be part of the president’s re-election campaign through the Patriots of America PAC,” he said.

“As a Trump 2020 supporter, this team will do everything possible to secure victory on and off the track electing President Donald Trump to a second term. Let us bring this country back and Keep America Great!”

Many voiced support for the color scheme on Twitter.

The PAC had paid for a Trump 2020 paint scheme on a car driven by Joe Nemechek when the Xfinity Series season opened at Daytona International Speedway, according to the NASCAR-focused website Kickinthetires.

The 2016 campaign also featured a last-minute effort on Trump’s behalf when a Cup Series car driven by Reed Sorenson sported a Trump-Pence design, according to ESPN.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: NASCAR Driver Unveils ‘Trump 2020’ Paint Scheme He’ll Use Starting This Week

Lauren Boebert, whose forthright defense of the Second Amendment at a rally for former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke brought her national attention, on Tuesday won a Republican congressional primary in Colorado.

President Donald Trump retweeted a post from Boebert in which she said, “I am a mother to 4 boys. My husband and I are raising them to be strong men! I refuse to send my children into a socialist nation. Their freedom IS my motivator! Threaten the liberty of Americans, and I’ll be there to hold you accountable!”

“Congratulations on a really great win!” Trump said.

The president had earlier tweeted support for incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Tipton, who drew 45 percent of the vote compared with 55 percent for the challenger.

Boebert — who operates Shooters Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, where all of the waitresses openly carry handguns — will face Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in the November election.

“I’m excited and eager to take this fight on to the Democrats and represent the people of the 3rd Congressional District, just like I’ve been promising them I would,” Boebert said after the polls closed, according to The Denver Post.

Her website is an unapologetic, in-your-face declaration of opposition to all that leftist Democrats stand for.

“There is a battle for the heart and soul of our country that I intend on helping win,” Boebert says on the website. “I’m running for Congress to stand up for our conservative values, address our current representatives’ failed promises, and put far-left Democrats back in their place.”

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Squad and the rest of these left-wing lunatics are taking a wrecking ball to our country while our current representative stays utterly silent,” she says. “Hard-working, patriotic Americans like you and me don’t want the Green New Deal and socialized medicine. Every time AOC and the rest of the Squad pipes up with another crazy idea, I will remind them that our belief in God, Country and Family are what built the United States of America into the greatest nation the world has ever known.”

Boebert also has taken a strong pro-police stand at a time when law enforcement is under attack across the country.

She crashed an O’Rourke rally last fall to take the former Texas congressman to task for saying he would take away Americans’ AR-15s if elected.

Boebert was wearing her Glock handgun as she confronted the Democratic candidate.

“I was one of the gun-owning Americans that heard your speech and heard what you had to say, regarding, ‘Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s and your AK-47s.’ Well, I am here to say, hell no, you’re not,” she said as O’Rourke urged the crowd scolding her to allow her to speak.

Boebert said the only way citizens have to protect themselves against the evil of the world is to be ready to defend themselves.

“I would like to know how you intend to legislate evil. Because it is not the gun, it is the heart of the man that does that,” she said.

Boebert said gun confiscation would strip protection from “American citizens like myself, American mothers — I have four children, I am 5-feet-0, 100 pounds, cannot really defend myself with a fist.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Conservative Mom Who Famously Confronted Beto O’Rourke Scores Massive Election Win

Seeking to conform with the racial sensitivities of the times, Rhode Island is lopping off part of its history along with its official state name.

Legally, Rhode Island is on the books as the “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”

An executive order from Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says that the governor’s office and all executive agencies under her control will officially use only “State of Rhode Island” as the state’s name in all correspondence until such time as a referendum is held to wipe away the second half of the official name.

She noted in the order that the word “plantation” has been an object of discussion for years and that “many of the State’s residents find it painful that a word so closely associated with slavery should appear in the official name of the state.”

As a result, the word will be stricken from websites, official notices and everything else controlled by the executive branch as soon as possible.

“I have heard from so many African-Americans in Rhode Island — actually, particularly in the past couple of weeks as I have really been amping up my efforts to listen, that it’s a painful thing to see,” the governor said at a news briefing Friday, according to WJAR-TV.

“Like, state employees. Every time they get their paycheck, they have to see the word, ‘Plantation,’” she said. “Every time you get a proclamation from the state for doing a good thing, you should feel proud about it, [but] you have to see the word, ‘Plantation.’ So, I think we ought to do the right thing — put it on the ballot. Ask the people of Rhode Island to do the right thing and change our name.”

Raimondo said it is up to the people to officially change the name for good via a referendum.

Democratic state Sen. Harold Metts has sponsored legislation to allow voters to do so. A bill he has introduced, approved unanimously in the state Senate last week, would put before voters an amendment to the state’s constitution to legally change the name of the state to simply the “State of Rhode Island.”

“The word ‘plantations’ conjures extremely painful images for many Rhode Islanders. Whatever the history of the term is in Rhode Island, it is an unnecessary and painful reminder of our nation’s racist past,” Metts, who is black, said in a statement on his website.

“‘Plantations’ brings to mind the inhuman and degrading treatment of the African-Americans, slave sales that tore families apart, rapes and lynchings. It is a hurtful term to so many of us.”

“Whatever the meaning of the term ‘plantations’ in the context of Rhode Island’s history, it carries a horrific connotation when considering the tragic and racist history of our nation,” Metts also said, according to the Providence Journal.

“Not unlike the debate over the Confederate flag, retaining the term does nothing to memorialize history but conjures an unnecessary and painful reminder of our racist past,” he added.

In 2010, Rhode Island voters were offered the chance to revise the state’s name, but rejected the proposed change 77.9 percent to 22.1 percent.

The “Providence” part of the state’s name has its roots in 1636, when minister Roger Williams, on the run from Massachusetts Bay Colony, where his brand of religion was found injurious to the general order, purchased land on Narragansett Bay from the Narragansett Indians to found a place where people of all faiths would be welcome.

Williams, who advocated strict separation of church and state on the grounds that delving into policy concerns would pollute the church, wrote that “having, of a sense of God’s merciful providence unto me in my distress, [I] called the place PROVIDENCE, I desired it might be for a shelter for persons distressed for conscience,” according to Smithsonian Magazine.

The vision Williams had of a colony where those of all faiths would be welcome first came alive in 1644, when, on March 14, Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Plantations gave Williams a charter that granted colonists there “full Powre & Authority to Governe & rule themselves … by such a form of Civil Government, as by voluntary consent of all, or the greater Part of them shall find most suteable” so long as its laws “be conformable to the Laws of England, so far as the Nature and Constitution of the place will admit.”

Professor emeritus J. Stanley Lemons of Rhode Island College said the meaning of plantation at the time was any settlement, not simply fields worked by slaves.

“Plymouth Plantation, or Ulster Plantation, or Roxbury Plantation, or Providence Plantation, has zero to do with slavery,” Lemons told WJAR-TV.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: An Entire State Is Now Considering a Name Change Over ‘Horrific Connotation’

Statues of Confederate leaders that have adorned Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, for generations are going to be history soon, as leaders in Virginia are using the protests linked to the death of George Floyd as a reason to exile the statues from their historic, prominent locations.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam will announce Thursday that he will order the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, according to The Associated Press.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Wednesday said he will seek to take down statues of Confederate leaders that are on city property, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Lee’s statue is on state land, while monuments to Confederacy President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gens. Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart are on city land.

Also on city property is a statue to Matthew Maury, who had a prestigious career in nautical research prior to the Civil War, but later served as a Confederate officer.

State Del. Jay Jones, a black lawmaker from Norfolk, said he was “overcome” by emotion when he learned the statue would come down.

“That is a symbol for so many people, black and otherwise, of a time gone by of hate and oppression and being made to feel less than,” he said.

Northam will shunt Lee’s statue into storage until some other place for it can be found, an unnamed administration official told the AP.

Stoney said his ordinance to topple Confederate statutes will be introduced July 1, the effective date of a new state law that ends state protection for Confederate monuments and allows local governments to decide whether they stay or go.

“[R]emoving these statues will allow the healing process to begin for so many Black Richmonders and Virginians,” Stoney said in a statement. “Richmond is no longer the Capital of the Confederacy – it is filled with diversity and love for all – and we need to demonstrate that.”

The plan drew competing reactions.

Joseph Rogers, an organizer with the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, supported removing the statues.

“I am proud to be black, proud to be Southern, proud to be here right now,” he said.

Monuments to the Confederacy have been a target in the current national environment shaped by protests and riots that have taken place after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In Alexandria, Virginia, a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier titled “Appomattox” was taken down this week, Fox News reported. In Birmingham, Alabama, a five-story tall obelisk honoring Confederate troops is being removed.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Virginia Gov. Northam To Remove Prominent Statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond

A new report claims that in January, China asked the World Health Organization to cover up emerging details about the spread of the coronavirus.

The allegation was contained in the German publication Der Spiegel, according to The Daily Caller.

The Daily Caller said the German language report said Chinese President Xi Jingping personally contacted WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to cover up details about the outbreak in Wuhan, and cited information that Der Spiegel said was supplied by the German intelligence agency BND.

Xi asked the controversial Tedros not to announce that human-to-human spread of the virus was taking place, the report said, according to The Daily Caller.

Xi also asked Tedros to stall declaration of a pandemic, the Taiwan News reported.

The report said the German intelligence agency said that the delay in announcing the full extent of the spread of the virus led the world to waste four to six weeks it could have used to prepare for the onslaught.

The WHO issued a statement on Saturday denying the report.

“Der Spiegel reports of a 21 January, 2020, telephone conversation between WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and President Xi Jingping of China are unfounded and untrue,” the statement said.

“Dr Tedros and President Xi did not speak on 21 January and they have never spoken by telephone,” the statement said. “Such inaccurate reports distract and detract from WHO’s and the world’s efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The statement said that “China confirmed human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus on 20 January.”

On Jan. 20, ABC reported the WHO as saying there was “limited human-to-human transmission” of the virus.

“This is in line with experience with other respiratory illnesses and in particular with other coronavirus outbreaks,” the WHO said then, according to ABC, noting that at the time the extent of human-to-human transmission was uncertain.

The WHO did not declare the coronavirus a global emergency until Jan. 30, according to The New York Times.

President Donald Trump froze U.S. funding for the WHO on the grounds it failed in its mission to protect the world.

“The World Health Organization has been a disaster,” Trump told Fox News last week.

“Everything they’ve said was wrong. And they’re China-centric. They agree with China, whatever China wants to do. So our country, perhaps foolishly in retrospect, has been paying $450 million a year to the World Health Organization. And China’s been paying $38 million a year,” he said, later adding that the WHO “missed every single call.”

A Department of Homeland Security report has said that China’s leadership “intentionally concealed the severity” of the disease in early January, according to The Associated Press.

The DHS report said China withheld information from the WHO while it was stocking up on medical supplies.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: German Intel Service Says Tedros and Xi Worked Together To Hide Outbreak for Weeks: Report

The woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by then-Sen. Joe Biden in 1993 is condemning media outlets for what she calls complicity in a cover-up concerning her allegations.

In an interview with Fox News, former Biden staffer Tara Reade noted that since she went public with her story more than a month ago, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president has been interviewed multiple times on national TV without ever being asked about her allegations.

“I think it’s shocking that this much time has passed and that he is an actual nominee for president and they’re not asking the questions. He’s been on ‘Anderson Cooper’ at least twice where he was not asked,” referencing the CNN host.

“I really would look to him for answers and I would never do that again. I’ve lost total respect,” she said of Cooper, adding that “as a civilian,” it is hard to know “what news source to trust” because of the “blatant bias” shown by Cooper and others.

Reade said that she is not being treated equally by media outlets that have sensationalized claims against Republicans.

“I guess my question is, ‘If this were Donald Trump, would they treat it the same way? If this were Brett Kavanaugh, did they treat it the same way?’” Reade told Fox.

“In other words, it’s politics and political agenda playing a role in objective reporting and asking the question.”

Reade said news anchors who have refrained from asking Biden about her claims “don’t want to ask him” about something Biden does not wish to discuss.

Although Biden’s campaign has issued a statement denying the allegations, Biden has not personally spoken on the issue.

“There are two things happening at once,” Reade said, noting that Biden “is not making himself accessible to be asked the question. And when he does make himself accessible, they are not asking, those anchors. And so that tells there may be a political agenda behind that and that’s gross.”

“I’m a survivor and I would like the question asked,” Reade said.

When Reade first told her story to The Intercept, she said her mother, who died in 2016, called into CNN’s “Larry King Live” in the 1990s to discuss the alleged assault. A video clip that has been uncovered supports that claim.

Reade said the woman heard in the clip was her late mother, Jeanette Altimus. Although the clip was from a CNN show, it was initially found by the Media Research Institute, a conservative media watchdog group.

Reade worked for Biden from 1992 to 1993, and has said during interviews that Biden had kissed, groped and digitally penetrated her during an unwanted sexual advance.

Biden’s deputy campaign manager and communications director, Kate Bedingfield, has issued a statement denying the claim.

“Vice President Biden has dedicated his public life to changing the culture and the laws around violence against women. He authored and fought for the passage and reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard – and heard respectfully,” the statement said, according to Fox.

“Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press. What is clear about this claim: it is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Tara Reade Shocked by Media’s Refusal To Confront Biden, Calls Out ‘Blatant Bias’

As Democrats from 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to presumptive 2020 nominee Joe Biden call for overhauling America’s system of elections and instituting voting by mail amid the coronavirus outbreak, Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said this needs to be seen as Democrats “plotting their next attempt to use the pandemic for political gain.”

If Democrats had their way, Americans would “throw election integrity to the wayside in favor of an all-mail election, fundamentally changing how Americans vote in eight months,” she wrote in an Op-Ed on Fox News.

“The overhaul would vastly expand opportunities for fraud and weaken confidence in our elections, but all Washington Democrats see is a potential benefit for their party,” McDaniel wrote.

Weeks ago, Clinton was advocating voting by mail, claiming it was required by efforts to deal with the coronavirus.

Last week, Biden joined the parade of Democrats embracing the concept.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that “$4 billion is probably what would really democratize our whole system” by converting to a vote-by-mail system and making other changes.

“Pardon those of us who thought we already had democratic elections,” McDaniel wrote, poking holes in the Pelosi plan.

“If it were about safety,” she wrote, “why does Pelosi call for mandatory early voting in all states, forcing polls to be open ‘no less than 10 hours’ every day for over two weeks before Election Day?

“Why do Democrats encourage public transportation use, which can increase exposure to viruses, by mandating polling places be within walking distance of a bus stop or metro?

“And why do Democrats want paid campaign operatives going door to door, collecting mountains of ballots?

“So much for social distancing.”

From California Gov. Gavin Newsom to House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Democrats have said they want to use the fight against the virus to reshape America in their liberal image.

“Democrats see the pandemic, as Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said, as ‘a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit  our vision,’” McDaniel wrote.

She noted that Democrats have already been accused of using what is called ballot harvesting to win elections. Ballot harvesting takes place when one person brings in a haul of absentee ballots, often with the voters never having that least idea for whom they supposedly voted.

“The Democrats’ all-mail ballots proposal is a ruse to legalize ballot harvesting nationwide,” McDaniel wrote.

She also pointed out that voter registration rolls are notoriously inaccurate.

“Mail-in voting increases the opportunity for fraud,” the GOP chairwoman wrote, noting a 2012 report in The New York Times that concluded “fraud is easier by mail.”

Adding to that checkered history is the potential of trying to revamp the election process on deadline for the November elections.

McDaniel noted that in New Jersey, officials left 172,000 voters off the list of who was able to get a ballot.

“Imagine the chaos of overhauling election systems in all 50 states in eight months,” she wrote.

President Donald Trump has said he opposes a mass switch to voting by mail.

“The Republican Party will always defend free and fair elections, especially in times like these,” McDaniel wrote. “That is why we will continue to fight and win against attempts by Democrats to use the pandemic as an excuse to circumvent election integrity.

“We are all in this fight together. We will get through it. But we will not throw out our most elementary promises of democracy, because agenda-driven Democrats do not want to let a pandemic go to waste.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: GOP Chair: Democrats’ Mail-In Plan a ‘Way To Undermine Democracy’

Despite the prospects of a gloomy April as America hunkers down for its battle against the coronavirus, a former Obama adviser predicts that by November, voters will turn out in legendary numbers to re-elect President Donald Trump.

David Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, said on Thursday’s “Fox News Rundown” podcast that there is little Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden can do about it, according to Fox News.

He said Trump’s likely victory turns logic on its head, given a superficial look at the current state of the nation.

“You look at the economic situation and say, ‘How can an incumbent win in that?’ But, you know, no one’s blaming Trump for the damage,” Plouffe said, suggesting a candidate might get traction against the president if the candidate could “lay his crisis response at his feet and connect that to the economy.”

“But almost no matter what happens, can Donald Trump win Wisconsin? Can he win Michigan? Can he win Pennsylvania? Can he win Florida?’ Sure, because his base is so solid. And I think he’s going to turn out voters almost at a historical level on his behalf, so that makes him very dangerous if you’re Joe Biden,” Plouffe said.

But mostly, he said, Biden is on the sidelines.

“There’s nothing he can do about it. He’s not in office. He’s not a governor. He’s not the president. And truthfully, [New York Gov.] Andrew Cuomo, [California Gov.] Gavin Newsom … Donald Trump, citizens want to hear from those folks because they’re the folks making decisions,” Plouffe said.

That leaves the former vice president trying to find ways to get attention.

“So all Biden can do is leverage interviews … leverage social media every day … to communicate how you would handle this crisis,” he said.

Conservative commentator and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan said in his column Tuesday that the virus has left Biden with few options.

“If Biden begins to mimic a hostile media, baiting Trump at every turn, pointing out conflicts in his views, Joe will invite the same fate the media seem to have brought upon themselves,” he wrote, referring to a recent survey in which Americans held the media in low esteem.

Buchanan said traditional political attacks could backfire in the current climate.

“But if Biden cannot gather crowds to hear him in a time of social distancing, how does he get his message out? How does he attack Trump without appearing to undermine the president in his role as a wartime commander in chief, where America wants Trump to succeed?” he wrote.

Biden “pops up infrequently in interviews out of the basement of his Delaware home where, sheltering in place, he reads short scripted speeches from a teleprompter,” Buchanan wrote, while Trump assumes the role of a wartime commander-in-chief.

“Moreover, when Biden appears on camera, he often seems confused and forgetful, loses his train of thought and doesn’t remember what he came to say. The sense that Biden is losing it is taking hold, and not only on the Republican right,” he wrote.

Buchanan said there is only one path to victory for Biden — and that would require a major blunder by the president.

“For Biden to win this election, Trump must lose it. And the one way Trump can lose it is the perception on the part of a majority of Americans that he has proven an ineffectual president in America’s worst pandemic since the Spanish flu of 1918,” Buchanan wrote.

“If Trump is seen as the victor over the virus, Biden is toast,” he said.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Former Obama Adviser Expects ‘Historical’ Turnout for Trump, Says Biden Is in Trouble

Vice President Mike Pence schooled Wolf Blitzer Wednesday when the CNN host slammed President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

After Pence praised the response from all levels of government in America to deal with the crisis, Blitzer went on the attack.

“It would have been good if the president wouldn’t have been belittling the enormity of this crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, as he was. Now he’s finally on board,” Blitzer said.

The host noted that current estimates of 100,000 deaths from the virus assume there is a national lockdown in place, saying not all of the nation was “on the same page” regarding restrictions and asking why the administration would not impose a nationwide order to stay at home.

“Well, Wolf, respectfully I take issue with two things that you just said,” Pence replied. “I don’t believe the president has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus.”

As Blitzer tried to talk over his guest, Pence continued.

“I think he’s expressed confidence that America will meet this moment,” Pence continued. “I think he’s expressed gratitude and confidence in health care workers in this country, and the American people can be assured that President Trump is going to continue to be confident that we will meet this moment.”

Blitzer cited as evidence comments made by Trump during the weeks when the extent of the impact of the virus on the nation was unclear, even among experts.

Pence responded that cherry-picking quotes ignores the fundamental truth of the early days when the nation knew the virus existed.

“I will be very candid with you and say that in mid-January the CDC was still assessing that the risk of the coronavirus to the American people was low. The very first case, which was someone who had been in China, I believe took place in late January around the 20th day of January,” Pence said.

In an oblique reference to the impeachment trial that dominated Washington during January, the vice president added that “while a lot of other things were going on in Washington, D.C., before January was out, the president stood up the White house coronavirus task force, assembled a whole-of-government response, and then did what no other president had ever done in American history: He suspended all travel into the United States from China.”

“At that point, other than cases that had been people who had been in China, we had virtually no cases in this country but the president took that unprecedented action on the recommendation of his coronavirus task force, and every step of the way, as the president did again this weekend, we’ve been taking bold and decisive steps at the president’s direction to put the health of America first,” Pence said.

When Blitzer pressed the vice president about an alleged “late start,” Pence noted that the world did not know then what it knows now.

“Well, the reality is that we could have been better off if China had been more forthcoming,” he said.

“The reality is that China’s been more transparent with regard to the coronavirus than certainly they were for other infectious diseases over the last 15 years,” he said. “But what appears evident now is that long before the world learned in December that China was dealing with this, maybe as much as a month earlier than that.”

Pence also told Blitzer that Trump “is an optimistic person.”

“We’ve been from the very beginning, when the president suspended all travel from China and stood up the White House coronavirus task force in January, we have been hoping for the best but planning for the worst, and that’s been being worked out every single day. And what the American people can see in this president every day is a leader who knows that we will get through this,” he said.

Pence urged Americans across the nation to follow federal, state and local guidelines, but noted that “there are tough days ahead.”

He said that if all Americans do their part, “by some time in early June, we could well have the coronavirus largely behind us as a nation.”

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Mike Pence Hits Back When CNN Host Questions Trump’s Coronavirus Response

President Donald Trump on Sunday accused House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of leaking classified information on Russian interference in the 2020 election. Trump said he thinks the goal of the California Democrat was to hurt the candidacy of current Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Trump made the comment as he departed the White House for a trip to India in response to a question about reports that a congressional briefing indicated Russia was supporting Sanders.

“I read where Russia is helping Bernie Sanders. Nobody said it to me at all. Nobody briefed me about that at all,” Trump said, according to Reuters.

“They leaked it — Adam Schiff and his group, they leaked it to the papers as usual. They ought to investigate Adam Schiff for leaking that information. He should not be leaking information out of intelligence. They ought to investigate Adam Schiff,” Trump said, according to a White House media pool report.

Trump added to his comments with a tweet about Schiff.

“What it could be is, you know, the Democrats are treating Bernie Sanders very unfairly and it sounds to me like a leak from Adam Schiff because they don’t want Bernie Sanders to represent them. It sounds like it’s ’16 all over again for Bernie Sanders,” Trump said, according to the pool report.

Trump has said that Democrats want to deprive Sanders of the nomination and made the point again Sunday, relating to Sanders’ dominant win in the Nevada caucuses.

“He had a great victory yesterday, but you know what’s happening, you can see the handwriting on the wall.”

Trump’s comments brought about a rejoinder from Schiff on Twitter.

“Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again,” Schiff tweeted.

Trump’s comments came days after The Times report described the briefing by saying that lawmakers were told that Russia was supporting Trump as well as Sanders.

The report has been contested, even among the media, as well as by administration officials.

“I haven’t seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything to attempt to get President Trump re-elected,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on the ABC program “This Week,” according to Reuters.

Schiff has said before that despite there being no charges field against Trump, he still believes the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in 2016.

The fact that special counsel Robert Mueller came up empty in its effort to prove collusion allegations against Trump hasn’t deterred Schiff at all.

“There’s a difference between compelling evidence of collusion and whether the special counsel concludes that he can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the criminal charge of conspiracy,” he said in March 2019.

Author: Jack Davis

Source: Western Journal: Trump Suggests Schiff Leaked Russian Interference Intel To Hurt Sanders Campaign

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