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During his daily briefing about the Wuhan coronavirus on Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced businesses that continue to operate despite being deemed as non-essential will have their water and electricity shut off to get them to close down.

Garcetti justified the punishment since Los Angeles and those in Los Angeles County have not yet experienced the full extent of COVID-19 cases, saying the city is 6 to 12 days behind New York City, which is the heaviest hit city in the United States with cases.

Garcetti said his “stay at home” is clear because “it closes non-essential businesses that requires workers to be present in person.”

“Most Angelenos have stepped up, heeded the calls to practice physical distancing and I’m so grateful for that. But it isn’t enough. We’re still getting reports, each day, of non-essential businesses that continue to operate as normal. This behavior is irresponsible and selfish. It may serve a few people for a moment, but will put all of us at risk for a long time. That’s why the city must strongly enforce these measures that we have put forward,” he continued.

Garcetti explained the non-essential businesses that are caught operating will receive a warning before there is an escalation in enforcement.

KLTA reports L.A. County has 669 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, with 11 deaths. The state has 2,566 cases and 51 deaths.

Garcetti’s announcement comes as there was some confusion as to what constitutes a non-essential business, such as a gun store. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva ordered county gun stores to close because he determined they are not an essential business. The city of Burbank, which is in the county but has its own law enforcement, said they would allow firearm stores to remain open.

“[Being] closed down hurts small businesses, hurts families, it hurts everybody, right? I think we are an essential business. I understand a bar is not an essential business. I think we are,” James Janya, one of the owners of Guns Direct in Burbank, told Townhall. Why do you think people are buying guns right now? Because people are scared, it’s not because people just want to walk around with a gun. You see the way people are acting over toilet paper, over food? Can you imagine?” he asked.

Villanueva said late Tuesday evening’s orders to close gun stores have been suspended after county counsel said gun stores can be considered an essential business.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Los Angeles’ Government Is Getting Heavy-Handed In Making Sure Non-Essential Businesses Remain Closed

Former presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) criticized President Trump’s use of the phrase “Chinese virus” to describe COVID-19 in way that echoes the authoritarian Chinese government.

In a tweet on Thursday, Warren posted a screenshot of a tweet from Trump where he used “Chinese virus,” but blurred out the word “Chinese.” Trump was explaining why signed the Defense Production Act to protect supply lines during the Wuhan virus outbreaks in the United States.

Warren called on Trump to “dragging your feet [and] burying your head & start helping hospitals that are about to be slammed by this pandemic.”

Trump has been heavily criticized by Democrats and members of the media for referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus.” He explained his shift to labeling the virus as such because the authoritarian Chinese government has been claiming either the virus originated in the United States or the United States military created the virus in an attempt to absolve themselves of mishandling the initial outbreaks.

“Well, China was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave that to them. That is false. Rather than having an argument, I said, ‘I have to call it where it came from. It did come from China.’ So I think it’s a very accurate term. So no, I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. Our military did not give it to anybody,” he said during a press conference on Tuesday.

The Chinese government did try to hide how serious the outbreaks were in Wuhan and how easily transmissible the virus is, even ordering doctors who were studying it to destroy samples.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Elizabeth Warren Takes a Cue from Communist China’s Playbook to Criticize Trump About the Wuhan Virus

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) warned during her appearance at Northeastern University that our civilization is on the line in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

“This election is a very important election. In my view, civilization as we know it is at stake. It’s about everything. It’s about America. We ask God to bless America. What is America? America is our Constitution. America is our Constitution, the genius of the separation of powers, ‘a republic if you can keep it,’ Benjamin Franklin. All of the Bill of Rights and all that that contains, and that is under siege,” Pelosi said at the NU’s Women Who Empower Summit.

Pelosi said she believes President Trump’s administration has “a disloyalty to the Constitution.”

“What is America? This beautiful land from sea to shining sea and beyond, which is being degraded almost every day in D.C. and again, denial about climate and the rest of that, disloyalty to the Constitution, denigrating newcomers, degrading the environment. As America, our values, our values which are being undervalued, devalued by the current attitude in D.C.,” she continued. “Now I know this isn’t a political arena, but you asked a political question. So what do you expect?”

During the same event, Pelosi also remarked how she usually votes for women because of their gender. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who was a frontrunner at one point, dropped out of the presidential race last week after failing to come in first or second place during the primaries. The only woman left in the Democratic race is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI).

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Nancy Pelosi Fear-Mongers How ‘Civilization as We Know It Is at Stake’ in the 2020 Election

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) said during her CNN town hall on Wednesday that she will come out with a plan to divert money from President Trump’s “racist” border wall and use it to fight the Coronavirus epidemic.

Trump held a press conference at the White House Wednesday evening to assure Americans the federal government is doing everything it can to prevent the Coronavirus from reaching high levels within the Untied States. Vice President Mike Pence was tapped to lead the government’s effort to contain the disease.

“So the way I think about this is first we think about allocation. Our overall approach. I’m going to be introducing a plan tomorrow to take every dime that the president is now spending on the racist wall at the southern border and divert it to work on the Coronavirus,” Warren said.

“We also need someone in the White House who is coordinating all of the work and all the messaging and all the information and we need someone who is not actively disqualified from doing that the way the vice president is,” she continued.

The White House has requested Congress appropriate $2.5 billion to fight the virus, which originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. It has since spread to 31 other countries and territories, according to the CDC. As of February 23, fourteen cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in the U.S., and an additional 39 cases have occurred among those who were evacuated from countries with high infection rates. There have been no reported deaths in the U.S. from the virus.

In contrast, to fulfill a new request from the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized his department to spend $3.8 billion to build approximately 177 miles of fencing along the southern border.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Warren Says She Has a Better Way To Spend Money Than Trump’s ‘Racist’ Border Wall

Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, defended their son Hunter during their interview on “The View” Thursday, brushing away the accusations of misconduct Republicans have pointed to in both his personal and professional life.

Co-host Joy Behar asked why the Democratic presidential candidate did not get more angry when President Trump tried to have Ukraine investigate why Hunter sat on the board of a gas company in the country, and drew a large monthly salary, when he had no experience in that field, while Biden was vice president.

Some Senate Republicans called for Hunter to testify in the impeachment trial.

“Well you know, I — I would like to be able to be back in high school and just have [Trump] and I in a room,” Biden said. “But all kidding aside, here’s the deal. Look, it is — it is hurtful, particularly when guys like Lindsey Graham who’s a friend of mine do these things.”

Biden added that he would not attack Trump’s kids because, “That’s not how we were raised. And look, nobody has said he’s done anything wrong. This is a guy who has done nothing but good things his whole life, my son, and ran a food program USA, a whole range of things.”

Jill Biden said the “attacks” on Hunter have been really hurtful. “I mean, to hear your son attacked, you know, I expected that Joe would be attacked but not your children.”

“The View’s” hosts asked how Hunter had been dealing with all the reports on his life, such as being forced to pay child support to a woman in Arkansas with whom Hunter fathered a child, after he met her when she was a stripper in Washington, D.C. while he was also dating his deceased brother’s widow.

“He’s doing great. I just — I talk to him almost every day,” Biden said.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: ‘Nobody Has Said He’s Done Anything Wrong’: Joe Biden Defends His Son Hunter on ‘The View’

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee rolled out their secret weapon to flip the Texas statehouse blue in the upcoming election with losing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. Until his failed presidential run, O’Rourke was most known for losing the Texas Senate race to Sen. Ted Cruz (R).

The DLCC is a Democrat group that works to win majorities in statehouses across the country.

“I’m reaching out to encourage you to get behind our efforts to flip Texas,” O’Rourke states in the video. “We’re only nine seats down from taking control of the state legislature for the first time in 2001.”

O’Rourke said if Texas is able to get a Democratic-majority in the statehouse, then the state can work on passing gun control and addressing climate change.

“And those nine seats we need to pick up? I actually won those districts when I ran for Senate in 2018. So this is totally possible. We just have to decide it’s important to us, get after it, and support those candidates who are bravely stepping up to run these races. So let’s flip Texas in 2020,” O’Rourke concludes.

Cruz won the race with 50.9 percent of the vote, O’Rourke received 48.3 percent, according to the New York Times.

While O’Rourke entered the crowded Democratic primary with high hopes and another round of darling media pieces, his candidacy began to tank. After a campaign reboot and a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, O’Rourke infamously ran on having mandatory confiscation of AR-15s and AK-47s, along with pushing for removing tax-exempt status for religious institutions who do not approve of same sex marriage.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Democrats Want to Turn Texas Blue With This Losing Presidential Candidate

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke provided insight into how police would enforce his proposal for a government confiscation of AR-15s and AK-47s.

The Democratic presidential candidate told reporters he would impose a fine on AR-15 owners to “compel” them to follow the law and turn in their banned firearms. Owners who turn in the guns will then be compensated.

“We expect our fellow Americans to follow the law. If they do not, there would be a fine imposed to compel them to follow the law,” O’Rourke said. “We’ve seen this implemented successfully in Australia, where you’ve seen a near 50% reduction in gun violence deaths in that country.”

O’Rourke has maintained he believes gun owners would follow the law and turn in the banned weapons because he said gun owners have come up to him on the campaign trail to say they would. He has also defended the proposal as constitutional.

“This is something that we’re able to do through the Commerce Clause and this is something that is not prevented from — wouldn’t prevent the United States from doing by the Second Amendment. So this is constitutionally sound,” O’Rourke told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

O’Rourke made headlines during the third Democratic debate on Thursday when he said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, we’re not going to allow it to be used on fellow Americans anymore.” South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said such language is “playing in the hands of Republicans.”

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Washington Examiner: Beto O’Rourke: Fines will ‘compel’ AR-15 owners to turn their guns in

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