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The American public just got its clearest look yet at the Democratic Party of 2020, and it wasn’t a picture anyone wanted to see.

In a move that might have been stunning only a few months ago, Senate Democrats blocked a proposed resolution condemning the kind of mob violence the country has witnessed since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

The resolution was introduced by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and started with words that not too long ago every school child in America would have agreed with.

“Whereas the United States of America was founded in 1776 on universal principles of freedom, justice, and human equality …”

It ended with a declaration that it is the “sense of the Senate” that:

  • “[T]he rising tide of vandalism, mob violence, and the mob mentality that feeds it—including its cruel and intolerant ‘cancel culture’ — should be condemned by all Americans;
  • “[P]eaceful demonstrations and mob violence are different in kind;
  • “[P]hysical assault and property destruction are not forms of political speech but violent crimes whose perpetrators should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law;
  • “[T]he innocent law enforcement officers, public officials, and private citizens who suffer the mob’s violence and endure its scorn while protecting our communities from them deserve the thanks and appreciation of every American.”

Who could disagree with any of those points?

A Democrat, of course.

According to the Deseret News, the mendacious New Jersey Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez took the floor to say the wording about the nation’s founding “reeked of white supremacy.”

He also wanted to add a sentence specifically saying the president should not incite violence.

Now, an impartial observer might think Menendez, who at one time was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bribery and corruption, would be embarrassed to come out opposing any kind of resolution favoring law enforcement. But he let it faze him no more than his corrupt reputation fazed the New Jersey voters who re-elected him in 2018.

Because Lee’s resolution sought a unanimous agreement, the objections killed it.

Still, Lee, who is known for taking on Democratic sacred cows, was having none of the carping.

“This is a statement that says mob violence is bad,” Lee said, according to the Deseret News. “Democrats can’t say mob violence is bad without simultaneously taking a jab at the president of the United States?”

Things got worse for Menendez and his party when Lee accurately described the Democrats’ position.

“You can’t really oppose this, it seems to me, without being on the side of the mobs, of mob violence, of mob mentality, of cruelty and intolerance and terror,” he said.

“These mobs are not progressive. These mobs are not enlightened. These mobs are not edgy. They’re not hip. They’re dimwitted, phony, drama addicts.”

“I don’t think one can oppose this without being comfortable with those things.”

That brought an objection from Menendez, who asked Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who was chairing the debate, whether Lee was violating a part of Senate’s Rule 19 that prohibits senators from using the Senate floor to impugn their colleagues’ motives.

Check it out here. The Lee quote about “intolerance and terror” starts about the 2:30 mark of the video in the tweet, but the whole thing is well worth watching:

The response was classic Cruz:

“The chair concludes that pointing out that mob violence is dangerous to our nation is not contrary to Rule 19 or any other rule of the Senate,” he said.

Menendez then claimed that Democrats don’t support mob violence, so Lee was violating Senate procedure.

Again, Cruz had the answer ready:

“The senator is more than entitled to express his views in the course of debate,” he said after chuckling. “But other senators will likewise express their views in the course of debate.”

As usual, bottom-crawling liberals were out in force to comment on the resolution on social media, but plenty of conservatives were watching, too.

One of Lee’s strongest points came about the 5:10 mark in the video in the Cruz tweet, when the Utah senator attacked the ideology behind today’s mob of largely white woke supporters of Black Lives Matter as the product of an intellectual infrastructure paid for by the federal government.

From radicalized higher education to local and state lawmakers pushing a liberal agenda on law enforcement or transgender issues, to primary and secondary schooling that have accepted The New York Times “1619 Project” aimed at destroying American history, it’s time, Lee said, “to remove their snouts from the federal trough.”

“Colleges and universities that punish free speech and discriminate against conservative and religious students, city councils who defund their police departments and refuse to protect public safety, states that force doctors to mutilate confused children without their parents’ consent, school districts that embrace the ahistorical nonsense of ‘The 1619 Project …

“All of the above and much more. The whole garbage fire that is the so-called ‘woke ideology’ depends on federal money.

“The mob hates America on America’s dime. It’s time to cut off their allowance.”

If there is a better description of the Democratic Party and its mindless adherents than that, it’s tough to find.

Democrats have been showing the country what they really stand for since long before President Donald Trump took office, but the past three years have made it clearer than ever.

Only last week House Democrats even blocked a vote on a resolution condemning rioting and looting.

On Thursday, when Democratic senators blocked a resolution that simply condemned the mob violence that has wracked the country, cost untold hundreds of millions in property damage and wiped away countless jobs, the picture was complete.

It’s not a picture of a major political party any American should want to see. But seeing it now, before the November election, might just ensure voters keep Trump in the White House another four years.

The mob that hates America on America’s dime needs to learn the party’s over.

Author: Joe Saunders

Source: Western Journal: Senate Democrat Embarrasses Himself by Blocking Anti-Mob Violence Resolution

For once, conservatives might want to believe Rep. Adam Schiff.

The notoriously deceptive California Democrat is best known for his ability to lie with a straight face — about “Russia collusion,” about the “whistleblower” who sparked the impeachment of President Donald Trump, and much, much more.

It’s safe to say that if Schiff announces what time it is, it’s a good idea to check a watch or smartphone, just to be sure.

But when the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee blurted out an apparent joke about moving to Canada on Monday, conservatives Americans might have just gotten their hopes up.

According to the Just The News website (founded by John Solomon, a former columnist for The Hill and current Fox News contributor), Schiff made the remark during an online forum on “Social Media Disinformation and Election Interference” that was organized by George Washington University.

In addition to Schiff and others, the forum included Dominic Leblanc, an adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As moderator Frank Sesno, director of GWU’s School of Media and Public Affairs, was preparing to question Leblanc, he segued into one more question for Schiff.

“Before we move to Canada,” he said. “At your hearing last week ….”

Schiff interrupted.

“We may all be moving to Canada soon,” he said, sparking a moment of laughter for Sesno.

(The C-SPAN video is here. The “Canada” quote comes about the 42:40 mark.)

It wasn’t clear who “we” might mean, but it’s a good guess Schiff was talking about his fellow Democratic Party members. Regardless, for Schiff critics who caught wind of it, the moment was less a joke than a dream come true:

Of course, Schiff’s talk of going to Canada probably holds as much water as the tantrums of celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Lena Dunham and Barbra Streisand, who implied or outright stated they would leave the country if Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

(Spoiler alert: He did. They didn’t.)

It’s also important to remember that Schiff’s relationship with the truth could charitably described as “casual.”

Back in February 2019, he told CNN’s “State of the Union” that there was evidence of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia “in plain sight.”

Later developments showed this was not only false, but Schiff had to know it was false, since witness after witness who testified before the House Intelligence Committee in 2017 and ’18 had said they knew of no proof of collusion.

During the farcical proceedings surrounding the impeachment proceedings this year, Schiff repeatedly claimed he did not know the identity of the “whistleblower” whose complaint about a Trump phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky sparked the Democratic attempt to dislodge a sitting president.

Considering the identity of the “whistleblower” was probably the worst kept secret in Washington, no one with any sense — probably not even liberals — believed Schiff then.

But even in a joke, there might be some truth.

As the point man on the impeachment effort, Schiff knows firsthand what it feels like to try to take down the president and end up in abject failure. He knows that frustration, and it’s possible he sees more of it ahead.

It could well be that Democrats are more nervous than they and the mainstream media want Americans to believe about the outcome of the November election. If Schiff were confident that the doddering Joe Biden was actually going to defeat Trump, it’s more likely his joke would have been something like “We won’t need to move to Canada after Nov. 3.”

Despite an onslaught of unrest from Black Lives Matter radicals, malicious attacks from dishonest Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the ever-Democrat-accommodating mainstream media, Trump is not only not defeated, if his primary numbers are any indication, his support is as solid as ever.

As the New York Post reported June 20, Trump’s primary vote totals have trounced previous incumbents facing no or only token competition like then-President Barack Obama in 2012 and then-President George W. Bush in 2004.

In other words, Trump’s enemies in the political realm and in the media are already trumpeting a coming Democratic win in 2020, but Trump’s strength should not be counted out. And an off-the-cuff-remark by one of the most deceptive members of a deeply deceptive political party might have revealed more uneasiness than Pelosi & Co. are showing publicly.

And for once, we might want to think Adam Schiff is telling the truth.

Author: Joe Saunders

Source: Western Journal: In Joke Sure To Delight Conservatives, Schiff Indicates Move to Canada May Be in Future

Democratic deception doesn’t get much lower.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the man who came within a hair’s breadth of the vice presidency of the United States in the 2016 election, took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to offer a staggeringly inaccurate history of slavery in North America.

And considering Kaine is a college graduate who holds a law degree from Harvard, it’s dead sure he knew exactly the kind of lie he was telling.

During a speech on police department reform, Kaine, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, ventured into the history of slavery in what is now the United States — and completely botched it.

“The first African-Americans sent into the English colonies came to Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619,” Kaine said. “They were slaves. They had been captured against their will. But they landed in colonies that didn’t have slavery. There were no laws about slavery in the colonies at that time. The United States didn’t inherit slavery from anybody. We created it.”

All of that might have been true if the United States had actually existed in 1619. It might even have had a semblance of truth if the British colonists in Virginia had developed in a sphere completely separated from the rest of mankind.

But neither of those things are reality.

The fact is, the United States as a nation did not exist for almost 200 years after that 1619 landing, and the issue of slavery was so divisive it would almost rip the country apart in a Civil War less than 100 years after George Washington took office as the first president.

The other fact is that slavery as an institution had existed for millennia in human societies all over the world. (That very much included the Muslim world, as talk show host Larry Elder pointed out in a February column for RealClearPolitics. Don’t expect to hear Democrats talking about Muslims enslaving black Africans anytime soon.)

There’s no doubt Kaine is perfectly well aware of those facts.

There’s also no doubt that Democrats are relying on the current racial upheaval sparked by the death George Floyd in Minneapolis in May to swell their voter turnout in November to try to defeat Trump.

But social media users didn’t hesitate to call Kaine out:

It’s important to remember here that Tim Kaine was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016.

Considering Clinton’s health and legal and political baggage, it’s a good chance that Kaine might be running for the presidency as an incumbent vice president right now.

Instead, thanks to God and the 2016 American electorate, he’s giving deliberately duplicitous speeches on the floor of the United States Senate smearing the country he once pretended he was qualified to lead.

Kaine and Co. would likely argue that his point was really that the conditions of legal slavery were created with the first laws of this country, but not even Democrats would believe that’s what he was saying. And the rest of the country isn’t even close to being that stupid.

The United States didn’t create slavery. If anything, the adoption of the United States Constitution that gave birth to the country heralded the destruction of the evil represented by slavery by specifically allowing, as the National Constitution Center notes, for the prohibition of imported slaves beginning in 1808.

The federal government outlawed the importation of slaves effective Jan. 1, 1808, the moment it became constitutionally possible. Fifty-three years later, the federal government under the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, went to war with the Democratic-run slaveholding states of the South and exterminated the institution in the still-new country once and for all.

Tim Kaine knows this. Every Democrat in office or vying for office knows it, too — from former Vice President Joe Biden on down.

But they have no problem standing in the most public of place — like the floor of the United States Senate — and lying about the history of their own country in a deceitful attempt to smear their political opponents.

Their tactic is to rely on the malice and ignorance of savage mobs in the street to grab back the reins of power Trump and his supporters tore from their hands four years ago.

As brutal as 2020 has been so far, it’s going to get worse as the November election nears and Democrats desperate to win back the White House get ever more radical.

But no matter what depths they sink to, it’s going to be tough to get much lower than this.

Author: Joe Saunders

Source: Western Journal: Hillary’s VP Candidate Tim Kaine Makes Wildly False Claim About US and Slavery

If CNN can’t air the truth about its own employees, how does it expect Americans to believe its words about President Donald Trump?

Even at a time when mainstream media outlets seem to be competing with each other over which can be the most savagely anti-Trump, CNN stands out.

And when CNN’s own on-air personalities try to outdo each other in attacking the president’s honesty, Chris Cuomo is one of the most outspoken of the bunch.

So it’s all the more noteworthy that when the “Cuomo Prime Time” host — who has allegedly been self-isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus — took to the air Monday with a recounting of the end to his self-imposed quarantine, he did it with dishonesty that was evident for all the world to see.

Here’s what Cuomo’s show tweeted Monday night:

“Here’s the very moment @ChrisCuomo emerged from his basement, where he’s been riding out coronavirus for the last several weeks,” the post said.

In the video, Cuomo tried to act overwhelmed by the moment.

“This is what I’ve been dreaming of, literally, for weeks,” Cuomo said as he mounted the steps up from the basement of his home to greet his wife and children.

It was supposed to be touching. It was supposed to be poignant. It was, as Cuomo said in an introduction Monday night, “a huge day in Casa Cuomo.”

And it was all a lie.

As almost anyone who follows CNN’s knows, Cuomo has emerged from the basement at least once before, to get into a shouting match with a bicyclist who saw him outside on Easter Sunday. The man wanted to know why Cuomo was breaking his much-ballyhooed quarantine.

“Sometimes he’s scary stupid,” the man, identified only as David, told the New York Post in an April 14 article about the confrontation in the Hamptons.

The man said he stopped his bike when he saw someone he thought was Cuomo with a woman and three kids on property he said Cuomo had purchased in East Hampton last year — miles from Cuomo’s South Hampton home.

“I just looked and said, ‘Is that Chris Cuomo? Isn’t he supposed to be quarantined?’” he told the Post.

Cuomo, who’s been reported to have a violent temper when dealing with strangers before, confronted the man.

The man told the Post he wasn’t fazed.

“I said to him, ‘Your brother is the coronavirus czar, and you’re not even following his rules — unnecessary travel,’” he said.

There’s no disputing that the incident occurred. Cuomo himself ranted about it in a radio interview last week, as the Post reported in a separate article.

But CNN viewers were supposed to forget all that and watch a video of Cuomo claiming to be rising from his basement — something he’s been “dreaming of, literally, for weeks” — and pretend it was the truth.

Liberals have spent three years proving to the country they will fall for anything — that Trump is some sort of sexual pervert, that his election was masterminded by Russia, that some Ukraine security deal was going to end the Trump presidency (it didn’t even come close).

So it’s not impossible CNN viewers would fall for it en masse — self-delusion is a fearsome power.

Fortunately for American society and the fate of the republic, most Americans aren’t inane enough to be CNN viewers, and the response on social media showed it:

As usual on social media, there was a certain amount of comic relief (the video is laugh-out-loud funny):

But this one puts it perfectly:

Regular CNN viewers — whoever those benighted souls may be — know it’s a lie.

CNN’s executives and Cuomo know the viewers know it’s a lie.

Yet none of them seemed concerned in the slightest about whether there’s a problem with airing a demonstrable falsehood in front of the American public.

And these are the people who expect to be believed when they launch incessant, ankle-biting attacks against the president of the United States?

Even for CNN, even for Chris Cuomo, even for the nadir of American journalism that’s been reached after four years of dishonesty about Donald Trump, it’s a new low.

In fact, it’s almost unbelievable.

Almost.

Author: Joe Saunders

Source: Western Journal: CNN Scorched After Being Caught in Blatant Lie Over Chris Cuomo’s ‘Quarantine’

If CNN can’t air the truth about its own employees, how does it expect Americans to believe its words about President Donald Trump?

Even at a time when mainstream media outlets seem to be competing with each other over which can be the most savagely anti-Trump, CNN stands out.

And when CNN’s own on-air personalities try to outdo each other in attacking the president’s honesty, Chris Cuomo is one of the most outspoken of the bunch.

So it’s all the more noteworthy that when the “Cuomo Prime Time” host — who has allegedly been self-isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus — took to the air Monday with a recounting of the end to his self-imposed quarantine, he did it with dishonesty that was evident for all the world to see.

Here’s what Cuomo’s show tweeted Monday night:

“Here’s the very moment @ChrisCuomo emerged from his basement, where he’s been riding out coronavirus for the last several weeks,” the post said.

In the video, Cuomo tried to act overwhelmed by the moment.

“This is what I’ve been dreaming of, literally, for weeks,” Cuomo said as he mounted the steps up from the basement of his home to greet his wife and children.

It was supposed to be touching. It was supposed to be poignant. It was, as Cuomo said in an introduction Monday night, “a huge day in Casa Cuomo.”

And it was all a lie.

As almost anyone who follows CNN’s knows, Cuomo has emerged from the basement at least once before, to get into a shouting match with a bicyclist who saw him outside on Easter Sunday. The man wanted to know why Cuomo was breaking his much-ballyhooed quarantine.

“Sometimes he’s scary stupid,” the man, identified only as David, told the New York Post in an April 14 article about the confrontation in the Hamptons.

The man said he stopped his bike when he saw someone he thought was Cuomo with a woman and three kids on property he said Cuomo had purchased in East Hampton last year — miles from Cuomo’s South Hampton home.

“I just looked and said, ‘Is that Chris Cuomo? Isn’t he supposed to be quarantined?’” he told the Post.

Cuomo, who’s been reported to have a violent temper when dealing with strangers before, confronted the man.

The man told the Post he wasn’t fazed.

“I said to him, ‘Your brother is the coronavirus czar, and you’re not even following his rules — unnecessary travel,’” he said.

There’s no disputing that the incident occurred. Cuomo himself ranted about it in a radio interview last week, as the Post reported in a separate article.

But CNN viewers were supposed to forget all that and watch a video of Cuomo claiming to be rising from his basement — something he’s been “dreaming of, literally, for weeks” — and pretend it was the truth.

Liberals have spent three years proving to the country they will fall for anything — that Trump is some sort of sexual pervert, that his election was masterminded by Russia, that some Ukraine security deal was going to end the Trump presidency (it didn’t even come close).

So it’s not impossible CNN viewers would fall for it en masse — self-delusion is a fearsome power.

Fortunately for American society and the fate of the republic, most Americans aren’t inane enough to be CNN viewers, and the response on social media showed it:

As usual on social media, there was a certain amount of comic relief (the video is laugh-out-loud funny):

But this one puts it perfectly:

Regular CNN viewers — whoever those benighted souls may be — know it’s a lie.

CNN’s executives and Cuomo know the viewers know it’s a lie.

Yet none of them seemed concerned in the slightest about whether there’s a problem with airing a demonstrable falsehood in front of the American public.

And these are the people who expect to be believed when they launch incessant, ankle-biting attacks against the president of the United States?

Even for CNN, even for Chris Cuomo, even for the nadir of American journalism that’s been reached after four years of dishonesty about Donald Trump, it’s a new low.

In fact, it’s almost unbelievable.

Author: Joe Saunders

Source: Western Journal: CNN Scorched After Being Caught in Blatant Lie Over Chris Cuomo’s ‘Quarantine’

This is one development President Donald Trump’s supporters will need to remember come November — and the mainstream news media and Democrats are hoping the country forgets.

With the tidal wave of coronavirus news reports swamping pretty much every other development in the news these days — and understandably so — it’s easy for even major news items to vanish beneath the surface of American political life.

But this one is one that can’t be swept away.

As Fox News reported, the Justice Department Inspector General reported Tuesday that the FBI’s failure to follow its own supposedly rigorous process for obtaining a secret warrant to investigate the Trump presidential campaign is part of a pattern of almost criminal carelessness in the nation’s premier law enforcement agency.

According to the IG’s report, the office reviewed 29 of about 700 FBI requests for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act between 2014 and 2019.

The audit showed every single one had problems with documentation, errors, or — most damningly — “inadequately supported facts,” according to the report.

In a masterpiece of bureaucratic understatement, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote that the documented “deficiency in the FBI’s efforts to support the factual statements in FISA applications … undermines the FBI’s ability to achieve its ‘scrupulously accurate’ standard for FISA applications.”

That’s pretty dry language for describing what amounts to a corruption — intentional or otherwise — of the secret court system set up to protect Americans from being spied on by their own government.

Republicans on Capitol Hill were more colorful.

In a Twitter post, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote that the audit shows the FBI’s problem with its FISA applications go far beyond the warrants it received to investigate Trump campaign aide Carter Page – warrants that turned out to be shaky at best.

“We r learning FBI flubs on Carter Page spying case r just tip of iceberg,” Grassley wrote. “IG audited 29 other spying applications on Americans+found problems w EVERY ONE OF THEM! Constitutional rights r at stake when FBI fails 2justify use of spying tools Reforms needed 2protect civil liberties.”

Naturally, Grassley got a lot of criticism from liberals demanding how he could be focusing like a little thing like the FBI abusing its powers to spy on American citizens when the nation is facing a health crisis.

And the #Resistance Democrats and mainstream media would nothing like more than for the country to get so distracted by the coronavirus crisis that its voters forget how Trump opponents in the Justice Department, FBI and major media institutions spent three years investigating the Trump administration based on slanted, incomplete or outright false information.

But the reality is that the United States is a nation of more than 300 million people with a constitutional form of government more than 230 years old. It’s been through world wars and changed the face of the globe and a Civil War that nearly ripped the country apart. The coronavirus crisis — as serious as it is — is going to pass.

What the country looks like moving forward is going to depend a lot on how a supposedly self-governing people react to the kind of governmental behavior documented in the Horowitz report.

In the Senate, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced he wants Horowitz to appear for hearings on the new report, according to National Review.

That will doubtless revive questions in Horowitz’s previous report that found multiple, glaring problems with how the FBI handled the Page investigation — the subject of Horowitz’s previous appearance before Graham’s committee (which did not go well for the FBI).

Republican Jim Jordan of Ohio, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, officially asked Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York to schedule hearings on the matter as well. Considering Nadler’s chief interest in his office is attempting to remove Trump from the White House, it’s a fair bet that isn’t going to happen during the 116th Congress.

With Congress barely able to muster its members last week to pass the massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, legislative business such as Judiciary Committee hearings is going to be on hold for the foreseeable future.

But even if the coronavirus flood hasn’t peaked yet, it’s inevitable that it’s going to recede at some point.

When it does, Republicans, Trump supporters and all American voters are going to need to remember exactly what was happening in their government before COVID-19 cases wiped out every other consideration.

Democrats and the liberals in the media who spent years assuring the country that the FBI’s reputation is unassailable, that the FISA court system was a rock-solid guarantor of American liberty against police-state abuse, are going to have a lot to answer for.

And no American should forget it.

Author: Joe Saunders

Source: Western Journal: ‘Tip of the Iceberg’: FBI Broke FISA Rules for Wiretap Warrants in Every Case IG Studied

Less than a week ago, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar announced she is up for re-election to represent Minnesota in the federal government.

Now, according to the New York Post, it looks like she’s up for being potentially investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly marrying her own brother as part of an immigration scheme.

She’s repeatedly denied the allegations, but they haven’t gone away.

If the re-election bid works out for her, she could be spending two more years in Congress.

If the FBI review turns into a criminal investigation, she could be spending up to five years in jail.

At issue is a marriage the Somali-born Omar entered into in 2009 with a British citizen identified as Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, according to the Post: And it’s that marriage that has attracted the attention of the FBI, the Department of Education, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Post reporting follows an article published by TheBlaze in mid-January that described how the FBI was working with the Department of Education to look into a claim that Omar’s marriage to Elmi was part of a plan to allow him to obtain a green card in the United States and potentially commit fraud related to higher education.

(Omar herself became a citizen in 2000 at the age of 17, according to The Associated Press.)

TheBlaze report, by David Steinberg — a writer who has spent years on this story — states that Omar enrolled at North Dakota State University in Fargo in 2009, shortly after the marriage. Her husband enrolled in the school a year later.

The married couple permanently separated in June 2011, about the same time Omar completed her degree at the school, Steinberg reported.

At the time she married Elmi in 2009, according to the Post, Omar was legally single, but had borne two children to Ahmed Hirsi, a man she’d married in a Muslim ceremony in 2002.

Throughout the period of her marriage to Elmi, according to Steinberg and the Post, the couple lived with Hirsi and the two children Omar and Hirsi had together.

Is any of this sounding suspicious?

Clearly, investigators at the federal level think it might — and the stakes are considerable.

As the Post reported: “If Omar did marry her brother, she could be found guilty of committing marriage fraud — a felony offense punishable with a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000.”

According to the Post, Omar did not respond to requests for comment on the latest story, published Sunday, but has publicly called the allegations “disgusting lies.” (She used exactly those words during her run for Congress in 2018 according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

After separating from Elmi, Omar had a third child with Hirsi, according to Post. As it turned out, however, she didn’t get around to getting a legal divorce from Elmi until 2017, which freed her up to marry Hirsi again — in a civil, legally binding ceremony this time.

That’s all complicated enough, but according to the Post and Steinberg’s reporting, Omar might have committed perjury in getting the divorce because she claimed he was in the United Kingdom and she had no contact with him. The truth might have been otherwise.

“In divorce papers asking to dissolve their marriage by alternate means in 2017, Omar swore under penalty of perjury that she had no way of contacting Elmi and said his last known location was London in June 2011,” the Post reported.

“But lease and eviction records and traffic violations reviewed by The Post suggest Elmi was in the US the whole time — living just 2.6 miles away from her at an apartment in downtown Minneapolis.”

As most of the political world knows by now, Omar’s marriage to Hirsi didn’t last – they broke up after she was accused of having an affair with a married political consultant who was paid buckets of money by Omar’s campaign. The accusation is in divorce papers filed by the consultant’s wife, as reported by the Post in August.

Hirsi remarried a little more than a month after the divorce was finalized.

Omar has not, though the Post reported she has been photographed on several occasions leaving the same Washington apartment as the consultant whose wife accused her.

Her love life though, troubled as it might be, could be the least of her worries.

And that re-election bid she announced last week might not be her biggest challenge in the coming year.

With the FBI and inspectors for Immigration and Customs Enforcement looking into her knotty, possibly criminal, domestic affairs, it’s not getting back into Congress Omar should be thinking about.

It’s staying out of jail.

Author: Joe Saunders

Source: Western Journal: FBI and ICE Probing Whether Ilhan Omar Married Her Own Brother in Immigration Scheme: Report

Donald Trump is hitting Iran where it hurts.

For 40 years, the murderous mullahs who lead the Islamic Republic have never needed much of a reason to hate an American president.

Even milk toast Jimmy Carter — a man whose presidency is a byword for American weakness — was hated by the ayatollahs who took over the country after the revolution of 1979.

But as Bloomberg reported Tuesday, the tyrants of Tehran have some especially good reasons to detest the current president:

About $50 billion worth, and that’s likely to keep rising.

According to Bloomberg, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a speech Tuesday declaring that the sanctions Trump renewed on Iran after pulling out of the nuclear deal negotiated by President Barack Obama had cost the country $100 billion in oil revenue and the same amount in foreign investment credit.

That adds up to about $200 billion the hard men of Iran didn’t have on hand to fund terrorism against Americans, Israelis or any other group of people that stand in the way of their twisted views of religious order.

And as Breitbart News pointed out on on Wednesday, that amount dwarfs the $150 billion in Iranian assets Obama released as part of the deal. (Not to mention the planeloads of cash Obama flew the mullahs, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.)

In other words, tangling with Trump has already cost Iran at least $50 billion in net loss from their salad days with Obama.

And unless the regime is willing to come to the table for a new nuclear deal that actually has teeth, that net cost is going to keep going up as Trump tightens sanctions even further.

The American relationship with the Shiite theocracy of Iran has been hostile for four decades — even including the craven outreach of the Obama years. (Remember the 10 American sailors who were detained and humiliated by Iranian naval forces in January 2016?)

But Trump’s decision to impose staggering sanctions on the country — the policy of “maximum pressure” — is hitting the Iranian leadership in ways that hurt.

In April, Reuters reported that the Iranian economy was expected to shrink by 6 percent in 2019 after shrinking 4 percent in 2018. Inflation was expected to reach 40 percent.

And this is a country that thinks it’s in a position to take on the “Great Satan” of the United States — the world’s largest economy that has exploded with jobs and wealth creation since Trump took office?

Social media users were thrilled with the news.

The rapid end of the crisis surrounding the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad could well be a signal that Iranians are starting to understand that Trump is not an American president who could be rolled.

On Tuesday, the sprawling grounds were surrounded by militants with Iranian backing.

On Wednesday, the militias withdrew after Trump took several steps to show how seriously the U.S. was taking the situation.

The relatively peaceful ending isn’t going to be repeated in every confrontation between the two countries, but there were definitely lessons to be learned from it.

Unlike his predecessor Obama, Trump appears to understand just how big of a threat the terrorist regime of Tehran poses to the country — and he’s not willing to meekly submit to it, as Obama was.

Instead, he’s hitting back where it hurts — and even the Iranian president is admitting it.

Author: Joe Saunders

Source: Western Journal: Trump Sanctions Have Cost Iran Billions More Than Obama Gave Them for the Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump was defiant.

As the international media buzzed on Wednesday over a hot mic video that appeared to show Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regaling other national leaders with mockery of Trump at the NATO summit in England, Trump fielded a question on the topic during a news conference that preceded his announcement on Twitter he would be leaving the summit early.

And he had few kind words for the Canadian leader.

Trudeau, he said, was acting out because Trump had called out Canada’s unwillingness to meet its obligation to dedicate 2 percent of its gross domestic product to defense spending.

“He’s two-faced,” Trump said Wednesday during a sideline meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Check it out here.

“And, honestly, with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy. I find him to be a very nice guy. But, you know, the truth is, that I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2 percent and I guess he’s not very happy about it,” Trump said.

“He’s not paying 2 percent and he should be paying 2 percent. It’s Canada, they have money, and they should be paying 2 percent.

“So I called him out on that and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about it, but that’s the way it is.”

Trump was referring to comments he’d made during a news conference with Trudeau the day before. Trump has made getting NATO nations to pay more for their own defense a major part of his relationship with the countries and this week’s gathering in the U.K. for the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was no different.

On Tuesday, Trump said Canada was “delinquent” in that spending.

“Slightly delinquent, I would say, Canada. But they’ll be OK. I have confidence,” Trump said, according to The Hill.

“Just slightly delinquent. Some are major delinquent. Some are way below 1 percent and that’s unacceptable. And then if something happens, we’re supposed to protect them and it’s not really fair.”

That’s not particularly harsh criticism — especially by Trump standards.

But if the president is right, it might have been in play during a Trudeau conversation recorded in a video that went viral.

Trudeau was speaking with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday evening when he was caught on a hot mic video apparently referring disparagingly to Trump.

Check out the video here.

For liberals, it was yet another reason to mock Trump, naturally.

But for sane people, it looked like teenagers gossiping about the popular kid behind his back, or maybe schoolkids making fun of the principal.

The fact is, no national leader is at a summit to make friends. He’s there to represent his country and get the best deal for his countrymen.

Trump has said repeatedly, in public and directly to NATO nations’ leaders that other member countries should be paying more for their own defense instead of foisting the burden onto the American taxpayer.

As if to prove the point, Trump cited NATO nations that have met their defense obligations in a Twitter post announcing he was leaving the summit before a joint news conference to close the summit.

That announcement was sure to draw more liberal criticism, but really, what else is there to say?

“Look, I’m representing the U.S., and he should be paying more than he’s paying,” Trump said about Trudeau on Wednesday. “And he understands that. I can imagine he’s not that happy, but that’s the way it is.”

That’s exactly the kind of straight talk an American president needs to deliver, and that the country’s allies need to hear.

Author: Joe Saunders

Source: Western Journal: Trump Slams Canada’s ‘Two-Faced’ Trudeau over Hot Mic Video at NATO Summit

House Democrats are pulling out all the stops as they march full-steam ahead with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

But as the probe continues, public support for impeachment itself is dropping, according to a new poll.

A Morning Consult survey of roughly 2,000 registered voters, conducted between Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, showed that just 47 percent of respondents support Trump’s impeachment.

By contrast, a Morning Consult poll conducted between Oct. 11 and Oct. 13 showed that a majority of respondents — 51 percent — were in favor of impeachment.

Thus, public support for impeachment appears to have dropped 4 percentage points in under a month.

Meanwhile, 43 percent oppose impeachment, according to the latest survey data.

Nearly half of all respondents — 49 percent — did say they support the impeachment inquiry itself. (The inquiry will not necessarily lead to Trump being impeached.)

Moreover, just 40 percent said they support the manner in which House Democrats are conducting the inquiry.

The poll results were released Wednesday, one day after House Democrats released transcripts of closed-door testimony from Gordon Sondland, America’s ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Ukraine.

Sondland has said he presumed there was a connection between the Trump administration’s delay in sending military aid to Ukraine and Trump’s desire for Ukraine to make a public statement against corruption, but admitted he was never directly told such a link exists, The Hill reported.

The poll was conducted in the aftermath of the House passing a resolution to formalize the impeachment inquiry.

The final vote was 232-196, and it was almost entirely along party lines.

Not a single Republican voted for the resolution, and only two Democrats voted against it.

The vote was not to impeach Trump. Rather, it formalized the existing impeachment inquiry that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in September.

According to House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, public impeachment hearings will begin next week.

“I think you will see throughout the course of the testimony,” Schiff told reporters Thursday, “the most important facts are largely not contested.”

Author: Joe Setyon

Source: Western Journal: Poll Finds Public Support for Impeachment Drops as Democrats Plow Ahead

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