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House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Breitbart News exclusively this weekend that he is concerned Google is attempting to influence the 2020 presidential election with a “tremendous amount of power” it wields to control “what people think or see” through its monopoly search power.

Appearing on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel this weekend, McCarthy said that Breitbart News has “been at the forefront” of exposing big tech. He pointed to Breitbart News uncovering video of an internal Google meeting of senior executives in the wake of the 2016 election when they promised to use their power to make President Donald Trump and the movement that elected him a “blip” in history. Then he noted that Google has essentially monopoly control over search as 90 percent of online search traffic goes through the tech giant, and that Google has been using that power to push its worldview on the public.

“You guys have been at the forefront, and I worked closely with you even in the last election. Remember, when we were in the majority we were able to bring these CEOs in when we first discovered it,” McCarthy said. “Remember where Breitbart came out and was able to discover what happened at Google after the election. People were crying after all the actions they took, the actions they took to try to get Hillary elected. If you Googled the Republican Party of California before the primary election, they said we were ‘Nazism.’ Ninety percent of all searches on the Internet go through Google. That’s a tremendous amount of power, but now they’re utilizing it for their own personal bias and Breitbart has been on the forefront of showing that. But there was no stronger indication of it than what did Twitter do to Donald Trump Jr., even before it? Simply because he put up a video they put him like in Twitter jail. How many other things have we seen that they have done in the past? We have watched it over and over, the bias against conservative views instead of free speech.”

During a House Judiciary Committee antitrust subcommittee hearing this week, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) pressed Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai on these matters and a subsequent Breitbart News investigation that shows Google has essentially turned off search traffic to Breitbart News ahead of the election in 2020. After the hearing, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) followed up with an in-depth letter to Pichai to further probe into the matter with detailed questions and laying out his concerns that Pichai may has misled Congress in 2018 testimony. Cotton has also asked Attorney General Bill Barr to pursue potential antitrust violations by Google. Asked about all this and about Google’s efforts to use its market share to control what information people see ahead of the election, McCarthy said the evidence emerging seems to indicate that Google is using its power “to influence what people think or see” and to “influence an election,” something he said is “wrong” and a “real concern to me.”

“They want to use their power, what some people would call a monopoly, to influence what people think or see—which is wrong,” McCarthy said. “Remember, when I brought the CEO in when we were working in the majority they then put a letter out to make sure there was no bias, they said. What are they doing now? Complete opposite. It’s a real concern to me when individuals try to use technology to influence an election but more importantly they’re trying to stop the voice of conservatism out there. You watch what they’re doing to the traffic of Breitbart. You know it and you see it. But it’s not just one entity itself. It’s come from almost all of those in the tech sector. Remember, they control so much. Just two companies control YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Google. Those are some of the biggest avenues to get any message out.”

More from McCarthy’s appearance on Breitbart News Saturday this weekend is forthcoming.

LISTEN TO KEVIN MCCARTHY ON BREITBART NEWS SATURDAY:

Author: Matthew Boyle

Source: Breitbart: Exclusive – Election Interference: McCarthy Warns Google Using ‘Tremendous Amount of Power’ to ‘Influence What People Think or See’

President Donald Trump raised an eye-popping $20 million on Tuesday night in his first-ever virtual fundraiser, from a total of more than 300,000 individual donors who participated.

“This is a great day for the president and for the country showing the robust enthusiasm for President Donald Trump,” Kimberly Guilfoyle, the national chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee, told Breitbart News on Tuesday evening. “They want four more years. We had over 300,000 people log on for our event tonight to donate to the president. We raised over $20 million in the first-ever of its kind virtual Zoom event.”

Pulling in $20 million in a single fundraiser is stunning for any candidate, especially in the age of virtual events during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guilfoyle and Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., co-hosted the event, along with Trump’s younger daughter Tiffany Trump. It featured special appearances by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

The event included a roundtable and other virtual features, for which the president participated in every development.

“This shows the momentum that the president has that everyday Americans are choosing President Donald Trump,” Guilfoyle told Breitbart News. “The silent majority is speaking up with a willingness and a desire to vote for four more years on Nov. 3.”

It also, Guilfoyle said, allowed grassroots ordinary Americans access directly in a virtual format to the president.

“Everyday Americans who are forgotten no more under President Donald Trump were able to log on and participate with the president,” Guilfoyle said. “This is a great day for Americans.”

Author: Matthew Boyle

Source: Breitbart: Trump Raises $20 Million from 300,000 Donors in First-Ever Virtual Fundraiser

The presumptive 2020 Democrat presidential nominee, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, used the N-word 13 times in a 1985 hearing series, U.S. Senate transcripts reveal.

Video of one such instance where Biden used the N-word twice when he was quoting someone else already surfaced late last month. The Senate hearing series during which Biden repeatedly used the offensive term was when he was questioning William Reynolds, then-President Ronald Reagan’s assistant attorney general for civil rights, when Reynolds was under consideration for a promotion to be associate attorney general. In particular, Biden was asking Reynolds about his role in providing clearance for a redistricting plan in Louisiana that courts later struck down.

A memo was submitted to Reynolds before he approved the redistricting plan that included a racist quote from someone described as a “key legislator” in defeating the alternative redistricting plan. According to this memo, that legislator, then-Republican Rep. Charles Emile Bruneau of New Orleans, allegedly said he opposed the left’s desired redistricting plan for Louisiana in starkly racial terms. We already have a n***** mayor (in New Orleans), and we don’t need another n***** bigshot,” Bruneau was quoted in that document as saying.

In his line of questioning Reynolds in these 1985 hearings—which stretched over multiple days—Biden repeatedly brought up this exact quote and kept using the N-word. In fact, U.S. Senate transcripts from the time demonstrate that Biden used it a grand total of 13 times.

The first instance occurred during the morning of June 4, 1985, when Biden first used the term twice. A later instance, from the next day, June 5, has already had widely circulating video of Biden reciting the derogatory term from the quote twice. While some people circulating the video left out the context that includes proof Biden was not using the N-word himself but quoting someone else saying it, the mere question as to if that is even acceptable has dogged politicians for some time. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, for instance, faced questions last year over his use of the word in a book in the late 1990s, especially from leftists and Democrats on Twitter:

In fact, MSNBC’s Joy Reid—who on Monday evening takes over the primetime slot that former anchor Chris Matthews vacated—has repeatedly argued publicly that it is never acceptable for white men to use the N-word even when quoting someone else. Biden will appear on Reid’s new primetime program, The ReidOut, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday night—and it is unclear if she will ask him about this. Biden’s campaign has not responded to requests for comment from Breitbart News about these instances of his repeated use of the N-word in U.S. Senate hearings. But Reid has called out other politicians, including former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), when they have used it and has a long history of being opposed to any white people using it in any context, even if quoting someone else:

Reid has even floated the possibility of a tape of President Donald Trump saying the racist term, a tape which has never materialized despite constant rumors from the establishment media and the left:

Plenty more examples exist of Reid calling out the use of the N-word in all forms on her Twitter page. And even though that rumored Trump tape has never emerged–possibly because it might not exist despite all the hopes from the leftist media–she does have the Democrats’ presidential candidate on her debut primetime show on Monday and plenty of evidence contained here of Biden using the term she says white men like him must never use under any circumstances.

Two instances of Biden using the term, which surfaced in the videos spreading around social media, found their way into pieces from establishment media figures such as Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher and into an attack ad against Biden from the outside pro-Trump group, Committee to Defend the President. That group mentions the first instance in a recent campaign ad, saying Biden was “caught on the record repeating the N-word twice” in the middle of listing out a string of issues Biden has had with race over the years:

The first instance came in the morning of June 4, 1985, when Biden was questioning Reynolds and quoted from the document using the N-word twice in his first bit of questions for the Reagan appointee. Later that afternoon, Biden—again when quoting that document citing the term to the Louisiana state lawmaker—repeated the word five more times, according to Senate transcripts. Those transcripts demonstrate that Biden used the term again the next day, two more times, in a June 5 hearing. Then on June 18, 1985, in a follow-up hearing, the Senate transcripts demonstrate he used the N-word when quoting that original document four additional times in three different instances. That means, in total, during these 1985 hearings, Biden used the N-word 13 total times.

The context of Biden repeatedly using this word happened on the backdrop of his laying the groundwork for his first run for the White House, a doomed 1988 presidential campaign. While he did not even make it all the way to the actual primaries in 1988—he dropped out in 1987 amid concerns he plagiarized throughout his early political career—Biden was in the mid-1980s barnstorming the American South, showing common cause with segregationists concerning racial issues.

In 1986 in Alabama, for example, as Breitbart News has reported, Biden downplayed civil rights as he prepared to run for president. He spent years before that currying favor with segregationists, and also in 1986 in a speech in Baltimore to the NAACP, he pushed for the group to “move beyond” busing as an issue to integrate American schools. It cost him politically at the beginning of the Democrat primaries as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), his one-time opponent who is now vying to be his running mate, attacked Biden on the debate stage at the first Democrat primary debate over busing.

The context of Biden repeatedly using this word happened on the backdrop of his laying the groundwork for his first run for the White House, a doomed 1988 presidential campaign. While he did not even make it all the way to the actual primaries in 1988—he dropped out in 1987 amid concerns he plagiarized throughout his early political career—Biden was in the mid-1980s barnstorming the American South, showing common cause with segregationists concerning racial issues.

In 1986 in Alabama, for example, as Breitbart News has reported, Biden downplayed civil rights as he prepared to run for president. He spent years before that currying favor with segregationists, and also in 1986 in a speech in Baltimore to the NAACP, he pushed for the group to “move beyond” busing as an issue to integrate American schools. It cost him politically at the beginning of the Democrat primaries as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), his one-time opponent who is now vying to be his running mate, attacked Biden on the debate stage at the first Democrat primary debate over busing.

Author: Matthew Boyle

Source: Breitbart: Senate Transcripts: Joe Biden Quoted N-Word 13 Times in 1985 Hearings

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is rolling out a new bill that would provide cash rewards to good cops nationwide, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.

“Police officers are being unfairly demonized across the country as calls for defunding departments grow, despite the fact that the vast majority of officers are selfless public servants who are already underfunded,” Sen. Cotton told Breitbart News. “It’s never been more important to recognize those officers who exemplify the best kind of policing. My bill will reward the policemen and women who are working hard to improve their service and win the public’s trust.”

Cotton’s Better Community Policing Recognition Act comes as President Donald Trump on Tuesday rolls out an executive order on police reform and while Congress more generally debates the issue in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The bill, Cotton’s office told Breitbart News, aims to reward and incentivize good cops, rather than just demonizing bad cops like the Democrats, the left, and the establishment media keep doing.

It would create an annual $5 million fund from which officers at the state, local, and tribal level nationwide would be eligible for nomination for cash rewards for exemplary policing practices. It would allow their local police departments or state attorneys general to nominate officers who, according to Cotton’s team, “exemplify best practices or come up with significant innovations to reduce the excessive use of force or improve community policing strategies.”

“Those officers who go above and beyond to make their communities better and safer for everyone would be eligible to be nominated by their local police department or by their state attorney general,” Cotton’s team told Breitbart News.

Then the Justice Department would select winners from the nearly 18,000 police departments across the country for cash awards to be given out to these officers through the newly created $5 million annual fund.

Author: Matthew Boyle

Source: Breitbart: Exclusive: Tom Cotton Introduces Bill to Provide Cash Rewards to Good Cops

President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening is expected to name Ambassador Richard Grenell as his new acting director of national intelligence, making Grenell the first openly gay cabinet member in a GOP administration in the history of the country.

Trump’s decision to name an effective loyalist to the position of acting director of national intelligence is likely to rankle powerful intelligence community officials, especially in the wake of the president’s acquittal by the U.S. Senate on the highly partisan articles of impeachment that the U.S. House brought against him. When Trump had previously put Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) up for the director of national intelligence position, deep state-aligned Democrats freaked out claiming Ratcliffe was not experienced enough for the job—despite the fact he’s served on the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and has been focused on intelligence community issues during his several years in Congress. Under scrutiny on these fronts, Ratcliffe eventually withdrew from the appointment before the U.S. Senate took up his confirmation process—leaving the position open until now, where Trump is subbing Grenell into the role in an acting capacity.

Immediately upon the news breaking that Trump is turning to Grenell for the job, several top supporters of the president weighed in praising the selection:

Serving as acting director of national intelligence will not require Grenell to be Senate-confirmed—if he were being appointed into the role permanently he would need Senate confirmation—but he can only serve for three months in the position. Many sources close to the Trump reelection campaign expect Grenell, an outspoken supporter of the president, to eventually make his way to the campaign trail in some capacity as Trump seeks reelection. But this posting as acting director of national intelligence will serve as an at least three-month-long stop along the way in a key position for the president post-impeachment, as he seeks to rein in an unruly and restless deep state.

Given Trump’s political battles with the intelligence community, Grenell’s appointment this week is surely going to rile that same ire that Ratcliffe’s previous appointment did as deep state apologists are likely going to make the factually inaccurate case that Grenell lacks the experience to lead the intelligence community. One figure from the intelligence community, the so-called “whistleblower” whose complaint led to Trump’s impeachment and then acquittal, is perhaps the most egregious example of Trump’s war with the spooks, but the president has long been battling the entrenched and powerful spies that comprise that deep state on everything from major policy decisions to fabricated scandals hurting the administration. Leaks, too, have plagued Trump from the beginning, many of them coming from the intelligence community—not to mention the president’s ongoing battles for policy control with people from this world, as evidenced perhaps most sharply by some of the Democrats’ impeachment witnesses’ disagreements with the president on Ukraine policy. Grenell, in his new capacity, will be tasked with solving all of these problems and more—a daunting and bold mission for one of the president’s closest and most effective allies.

Grenell, one of Trump’s most trusted ambassadors, has served as U.S. ambassador to Germany since the U.S. Senate confirmed him in April 2018. Prior to this posting, Grenell was the longest-ever serving spokesman for the U.S. at the United Nations for eight years—but it is during his time in Berlin where Grenell has set himself apart from others when it comes to his effectiveness as a diplomat.

Early in his tenure as U.S. ambassador to Germany, Grenell—at Trump’s direction—secured the deportation of 95-year-old Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij.

“The president asked me to do this so I made a point to bring it up at every single meeting … they could tell that we were making it a priority,” Grenell told reporters at the time in a White House briefing.

Several previous administrations both Republican and Democrat failed to get Germany to accept Palij into their custody if the U.S. deported him. But Grenell succeeded when Trump tasked him with it.

“The previous approach had been trying to work through the legal argument, the reality is that I made a moral argument about that fact that the German government had a moral obligation because this individual served in the name of the former German government,” Grenell said at the time.

That first flashy win—securing the deportation of the Nazi—was hardly the only one Grenell has delivered for President Trump during his time in Germany. Grenell has emerged as Trump’s perhaps most effective ambassador, wracking up win after win for the United States on foreign and security policy in Europe.

Perhaps most significantly, thanks in large part to pressure from Grenell, Germany has finally agreed to increase its spending on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) spending from its lowly one percent of German Gross Domestic Product (GDP) up to the two percent of GDP that NATO membership supposedly requires. While the Germans say they will hit this goal by 2031, it is under Trump’s administration—and Grenell’s pressure campaign on behalf of the president—that the Germans agreed to meet this goal.

“Germany will reach a NATO defense spending target by 2031, its defense minister said, missing a 2024 deadline agreed by the allies who are under heavy U.S. pressure to beef up their military budgets,” Reuters reported in November 2019. “Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Germany would spend 2% of its economic output on defense by 2031, belatedly reaching the goal set by NATO leaders at a 2014 summit, months after Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.”

Earlier, in August 2019, Grenell publicly pressured Germany saying according to Stars and Stripes magazine that it was “actually offensive” that the U.S. kept troops in Germany while Germany did not pay up on its NATO obligations for member countries. Grenell’s success on Trump’s behalf on forcing Germany to pay up on NATO obligations comes after years of Trump criticizing NATO countries for dropping the ball on their commitments, a major theme of the president’s insurgent 2016 campaign and a talking point the president has zoned in on repeatedly during his presidency.

Grenell also successfully, at Trump’s direction, stopped the building of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany—which would transport natural gas about 750 miles from eastern to central Europe. President Trump in late 2019 leveled sanctions against the company building the pipeline, which forced the company to stop its construction—and Grenell was intricately involved in doing this and helping develop then enact and implement the policy visions that led to this success.

“There’s a lot of talk in Germany about being more pro-European and we think that, when it comes to Nord Stream 2, this particular decision on sanctions is an extremely pro-European position,” Grenell told the Associated Press when the company building Nord Stream 2—Allseas, a Swiss corporation—announced it was halting construction due to Trump’s sanctions.

When it comes to the national security side of things, Grenell was also instrumental in successfully implementing the U.S. policy vision in Germany as it relates to sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. After initially facing resistance, Grenell succeeded in getting German companies to abide by the Trump administration’s U.S. sanctions against Iran in late 2018.

In a November 2018 interview with a German news agency, Grenell thanked the German companies for agreeing to follow the U.S. sanctions.

“We are very pleased that German businesses have decided to abide by the US sanctions,” Grenell told DPA. “German business leaders have told us unequivocally that they will stop doing business with Iran and will abide by the US sanctions. So we are very pleased that the actions of the German business community have been very clear.”

Grenell also succeeded in pressuring Germany to target Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terrorist organization, calling for the country to ban it—something the German Parliament later did at Grenell’s urging.

“We applaud the German Bundestag’s vote today calling for a ban on the entirety of Hezbollah,” Grenell said according to the Jerusalem Post when Germany’s Parliament voted to ban Hezbollah. “We stand ready to support the government’s implementation of a ban and will continue to assist in any efforts to deny the world’s most well-armed terror group operating space in Germany. Today’s vote is an acknowledgement of Hezbollah’s destructive international terrorism, and the action needed to stop its activities throughout Europe.”

Grenell has also been critical for the president when it comes to standing up against more established American adversaries like Communist China. Just a couple days ago, Grenell tweeted that President Trump called him from Air Force One to instruct him to “make clear that any nation who chooses to use an untrustworthy 5G vendor will jeopardize our ability to share Intelligence and information at the highest level.”

That’s not to mention Grenell’s success as a diplomat in another key role for the president, which he assumed last year as the special envoy for negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia. Talks between the two countries had been stalled for nearly a decade since 2011 until Grenell got things moving again at the president’s direction.

The Associated Press reported in late January that Grenell, after visits to both Serbia’s and Kosovo’s capitals, announced things were moving between the two countries.

“U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy for Serbia and Kosovo said Saturday that an agreement to resume railway service between the two Balkan rivals is important for both nations,” the Associated Press reported. “Richard Grenell, who is the U.S. ambassador to Germany, said establishing train links became a priority after U.S. officials brokered another deal earlier this week to restore air traffic between the countries after 21 years. Grenell visited Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, and Serbia’s capital of Belgrade this week. He said Friday at a press conference in Belgrade that details of an agreement to restore rail service would be discussed at a meeting in Berlin on Monday.”

The piece quoted Grenell, too, as saying that Trump’s vision is being implemented in the region.

“President Trump’s vision is now happening. The business community and the focus on job creation is leading the way,” Grenell said.

Grenell’s close working relationship with the president himself—as well as close personal friendships and relationships with key members of the first family—are likely to be critical in this upcoming promotion to acting director of national intelligence. What’s more, while he as of now will not face U.S. Senate confirmation for the job since he is taking over in an acting capacity, he was confirmed on a bipartisan basis by the U.S. Senate with 56 votes for the role of U.S. ambassador to Germany.

Author: Matthew Boyle

Source: Breitbart: Trump Names Richard Grenell Acting Director of National Intelligence

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