Mid-Day Snapshot · Aug. 2, 2021

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Biden’s Masking and Vaxing Mandates

“It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

Mark Alexander

In his latest effort to expand statist power, ostensibly to protect Americans from the ChiCom Virus, our feckless leader Joe Biden is priming the pumps to re-mask America, and he has started issuing vaccination mandates — for those who have been vaccinated. For months we have asked: If the vaccines work, why does Biden continue to insist that inoculated people need to be masked?

In his latest mixed message remarks, Biden declared: “In a significant part of the country … you don’t have to put [a mask] on — like in my home state of Delaware, where I lived in New Castle County, [and] where I was yesterday in Pennsylvania — because people got vaccinated. They got vaccinated. They don’t need a mask when the majority — the vast majority of people got vaccinated.” Actually, in New Castle County, the full vaccination rates are on par with the national average, about 50%.

Biden then ominously insisted that in about 65% of the nation, people needed to wear masks again, arguing, “We’re seeing a spike in cases because of this new form, this new variant, called the Delta variant.”

Indeed, there is a surge in Delta COVID cases, particularly in Florida, and that surge will likely reach record highs. But despite Biden’s clams, the dreaded “Delta variant” is not new, nor does it pose the fatality risk of COVID-19. In fact, it accounted for more than 62% of infections before Biden’s missed July 4th deadline, when he said he would give us permission to gather in small groups “in your backyard … and have a cookout or a barbecue.”

Remember when Biden was asked if he thought vaccination and masking should be mandatory? He responded flatly: “No, I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory … just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide.” In May, Biden reiterated his insistence that masking should not be mandatory for those who are vaccinated: “If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask. Let me repeat: If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask.”

But this week, asked about his repeated statement, Biden snapped back, “No, I didn’t say that.”

For clarification, Biden’s parrot, Jen Psaki, was asked, “If vaccines work, then why do people who have the vaccine now need to wear masks?” She responded: “Because the public health leaders in our administration have made the determination — that is a way to make sure they are protected, their loved ones are protected.” In other words, because we say so! Just shut up and comply!

The go-to “public health leader” is, of course, Anthony “Flip-Flop” Fauci, the non compos mentis bureaucrat who insists: “The recommendations and guidelines have been changed to say If you are vaccinated, even though you are vaccinated, when you are in an indoor public setting in an area of the country with a high degree of viral dynamics … then you need to wear a mask even though you are vaccinated.”

Got that?

And what about masking children? Fauci endorsed the idea that universal masking of children over two years of age was “a reasonable thing to do.” To that end, Biden also endorsed the latest CDC “masking science” clown show, saying: “The CDC has provided clear guidance on how all schools can safely protect the kids and bring them back to the classroom: every student wear a mask. It’s that simple.”

But the viral threat to children has been grossly overstated.

Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Carey Business School, notes: “A tremendous number of government and private policies affecting kids are based on one number: 335. That is how many children under 18 have died with a Covid diagnosis code in their record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet the CDC, which has 21,000 employees, hasn’t researched each death to find out whether Covid caused it or if it involved a pre-existing medical condition. Without these data, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices decided in May that the benefits of two-dose vaccination outweigh the risks for all kids 12 to 15. I’ve written hundreds of peer-reviewed medical studies, and I can think of no journal editor who would accept the claim that 335 deaths resulted from a virus without data to indicate if the virus was incidental or causal, and without an analysis of relevant risk factors such as obesity. My research team at Johns Hopkins worked with the nonprofit FAIR Health to analyze approximately 48,000 children under 18 diagnosed with Covid in health-insurance data from April to August 2020. Our report found a mortality rate of zero among children without a pre-existing medical condition such as leukemia.”

However, the power-drunk Biden administration is charging forward. In the inimitable words of that great 20th-century philosopher, Yogi Berra, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

The Biden administration’s “fear and angst” strategy is to scare folks into getting vaccinated. For the record, I don’t oppose vaccination, but I do oppose mandatory vaccination.

Biden mandates are facing strident opposition from conservatives across the nation. That opposition starts in the nation’s Capitol, where Nancy Pelosi has ordered that vaccinated members and staff who are not masked be arrested.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared, “Make no mistake — the threat of bringing masks back is not a decision based on science, but a decision conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state.” That prompted the irrevocably moronic Pelosi to label McCarthy a “moron.” Noting the fact that there is no mask mandate in the Demo-controlled Senate, McCarthy responded, “Can she tell me where the science in the building changes between the House and the Senate?”

Perhaps those arrested can get Kamala Harris to provide bail, as she did for the burn, loot, and murder thugs last summer?

As for vaccination mandates, which would require evidence of vaccination be carried at all times, those plans are in the works.

Bottom line: The Biden administration’s contradictory messaging, particularly as it regards masking for those who have already been vaccinated, sets up Biden’s vaccination goal for failure.

Reinforcing the contradictions, in Los Angeles, the first Demo-gapolis to reinstitute mask mandates for the fully vaccinated, one official noted, “As more people are vaccinated, the number of fully vaccinated people becoming infected will increase…”

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Woeful Immigration Enforcement Worsens Crisis

ICE touts 12,500 deportations while releasing 50,000 illegals into the U.S. without court dates.

Thomas Gallatin

More than 300 illegal alien sex offenders have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since June 4 as part of Operation SOAR (Sex Offender Arrest and Removal). Acting ICE Director Tae Johnson stated, “Our officers have prioritized the arrest of noncitizens who pose the greatest threat to the security and safety of our communities.” He added, “By focusing our resources on those who have committed sex crimes and demonstrated predatory behavior, we reinforce our steadfast commitment to enhancing public safety across the United States.”

The trouble is that the Biden administration refuses to shut down the border even as hundreds of thousands of illegals continue to pour across. Furthermore, Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stopped even providing court dates for illegal aliens. ICE has released some 50,000 illegals who recently crossed into the U.S. without court dates and has instead given them “addresses and contacts for ICE offices across the country” where they are “told to report to one of them.” And how successful has this move proven to be? Well, if the aim is to get illegals to show up, then it has been an abysmal failure, as only 6,700 (13%) have ventured to do so. It’s almost as if the Biden administration’s goal is to ensure that these illegals don’t show up.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration absurdly touts its immigration policy as a successful and “humane” effort to get “tough” on illegal immigration — unlike the “prior administration’s cruel and reckless immigration polices.” As evidence, Biden’s DHS pointed to some 12,500 illegal aliens it has deported thus far. Never mind that hundreds of thousands of migrants have been caught illegally crossing the southern U.S. border over the last few months (no one knows how many more illegals have crossed and not been caught).

Of course, if one is a Cuban fleeing the island’s brutal communist dictatorship, then the Biden administration is eager and vigilant in ensuring no entry into the U.S. That reality was recently brought to bear against 27 Cuban nationals who were intercepted last week by the U.S. Coast Guard a few miles off the coast of Florida in their makeshift boats and subsequently sent back to Cuba. Those refugees are sure to face severe retribution from their communist overlords for daring to seek freedom, but the Biden administration justifies the decision on the grounds that traveling across the open ocean is dangerous. “The time is never right to attempt migration by sea,” says DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking. Allow me to be clear: If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”

The effective message is this: Crossing hundreds of miles over a desert infested with feuding drug lords whose coyotes prey on migrants by using them to move illicit drugs and other nefarious purposes is a-okay and “safe,” but Cubans aren’t allowed to flee legitimate political oppression. Talk about hypocrisy. This has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with feigned humanitarian concerns.

Amazingly, the Biden administration is determined to further fuel Central America’s migration train. Vice President Kamala Harris ridiculously contends that seeking to shut down the U.S. border should only come after the “root cause” for migration has been solved. This is exactly backwards, but then again, that appears to be the Biden administration’s actual plan. Case in point is the Justice Department’s threat to sue Texas over Governor Greg Abbott’s order aimed at preventing the spread of COVID from illegal aliens.

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An Abominable Infrastructure Bill

Checking in at a whopping 2,702 pages, the $1 trillion bill is anything but targeted.

Douglas Andrews

It seems like only yesterday when a high-ranking Democrat told us, “We have to pass the bill so that you can, uh, find out what is in it.”

That, of course, was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi back in 2010 doing Barack Obama’s dirty work to help ram through Congress a 2,700-page obscenity known as the Affordable Care Act. And while Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has so for refrained from saying something so stupid this time around, the bipartisan Senate committee that’s been hammering out a massive “infrastructure” bill has been perfectly willing to follow the same secretive ObamaCare playbook. As the Wall Street Journal editorial board reported over the weekend:

Senators have negotiated behind closed doors for weeks over the details of their bipartisan infrastructure bill, and the legislative language was finally expected to be finished late Sunday. Yet Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to jam the $1 trillion legislation through this week before most Americans will even know what’s in it.

“Given the thoroughly bipartisan nature of the bill, I expect we will be able to consider all the relevant amendments and finish the bill in a matter of days,” Mr. Schumer said. But being “bipartisan” is hardly reassuring. The infrastructure bill is being written by a handful of Senators, though you can be sure lobbyists are all over the details if not in the room.

They’ve indeed finished writing the bill, and they’ve made it available for your perusal. But you’d better hurry: Schumer wants this bill and a separate budget-busting $3.5 trillion package of child care, education, antipoverty, and climate provisions wrapped up and ready for Joe Biden’s signature before Congress’s August recess, which is scheduled to begin next Monday, August 9, and last through September 10.

This spending debauchery comes at a particularly inopportune time, too, given that the nation’s second-quarter GDP numbers were well off the mark. As the Business Insider headline blares, “US GDP badly missed growth estimates in the 2nd quarter — but the economy is still bigger than it was before the COVID-19 recession.”

When all else fails, print more money. As National Review grimly notes: “The Biden administration’s own estimates foresee debt as a share of the economy surpassing the World War II record this year. And Fed chairman Jerome Powell, who had been insisting that inflation is going to be transitory, has conceded that it will take longer to abate than he previously expected.”

Not to be deterred, senators will soon begin marking up the infrastructure bill. As the Associated Press reports: “Despite the hurry-up-and-wait during a rare weekend session, emotions bubbled over once the bill was produced Sunday night. The final product was not intended to stray from the broad outline senators had negotiated for weeks with the White House.”

We, of course, haven’t yet read the entire infrastructure bill. Nor do we plan to. Nor does anyone else on planet earth plan to. But because we’re deeply suspicious of its contents, we wondered about its page count, which, if nothing else, demonstrates both a sense of moment and a respect for legislative abominations past. How so? Just like the original ObamaCare bill, this one tips the scales at more than 2,700 pages.

Here, at least for once, Karl Marx was right: “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”

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Pelosi the ‘Devout Catholic’

“No one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of innocent human life.”

Mark Alexander

According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), “As a devout Catholic … [taxpayer-funded abortion] is an issue of fairness and justice for poor women in our country.” Of course, Joe Biden makes the same fallacious claim.

“Fairness and justice” for everyone — except the poor child!

Pelosi was endorsing taxpayer-funded termination of preborn children, which her Demo lemmings voted to authorize last week. As noted by the editors of National Review: “From 1976 to 2020, regardless of partisan control of Congress, every appropriations bill funding Medicaid included the Hyde amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortions for enrollees except in rare circumstances. … But … not a single House Democrat voted against either appropriations bill on the grounds that the legislation would force American taxpayers to fund the deliberate destruction of innocent human lives at home and abroad.”

At its core, this vote was designed to terminate children who would expand the numbers of what Pelosi calls “the poor,” which is code for “undesirable races.” What Pelosi and her Demos voted for is precisely what Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger advocated.

Sanger characterized the poor as “human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning … human beings who never should have been born.”

As for ministry to the poor, central to the faith of “devout Catholics,” Sanger argued: “Those vast, complex, interrelated organizations aiming to control and to diminish the spread of misery and destitution and all the menacing evils that spring out of this sinisterly fertile soil, are the surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding, and is perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents, and dependents. My criticism, therefore, is not directed at the failure of philanthropy, but rather at its success. These dangers are inherent in the very idea of humanitarianism and altruism, dangers which have today produced their full harvest of human waste.”

This, among other reasons, is why I have argued that Democrats are the architects of white supremacy.

Eviscerating Pelosi’s “devout Catholic” assertion, her San Francisco archbishop, Salvatore J. Cordileone, responded: “Let me repeat: no one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of innocent human life, let alone have the government pay for it. The right to life is a fundamental — the most fundamental — human right, and Catholics do not oppose fundamental human rights.”

Cordileone continued: “To use the smokescreen of abortion as an issue of health and fairness to poor women is the epitome of hypocrisy: what about the health of the baby being killed? What about giving poor women real choice, so they are supported in choosing life? … This would give them fairness and equality to women of means, who can afford to bring a child into the world. It is people of faith who run pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics; they are the only ones who provide poor women life-giving alternatives to having their babies killed in their wombs. I cannot be prouder of my fellow Catholics who are so prominent in providing this vital service. To them I say: you are the ones worthy to call yourselves ‘devout Catholics’!”

Pelosi and Biden are the consummate rich, white, leftist hypocrites and the enemies of Liberty, and the “devout Catholic” claim exemplifies their unmitigated penchant for lying.

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Simone Biles: Drawing the Battle Lines

The Olympic gymnast’s decision to withdraw is not a battle worthy of even being a controversy.

Emmy Griffin

When talking about our athletes and their behavior at the Olympics, there has been a lot of uproar. The most recent flap involved the gold medal favorite female gymnast, Simone Biles, who sparked controversy with her decision last week to withdraw from the team competition after having a disastrous vault in the first event of that meet. She subsequently withdrew from further competitions. Biles explained she was struggling with mental issues and did not feel it would be good for her to continue. Her decision came as a shock to the world — and immediately the battle lines were drawn. A lot of conservatives excoriated her decision as cowardice. They disingenuously decided she lacked toughness and patriotism.

This is not a battle worthy of even being a controversy, and here’s why.

We can debate being “a pansy” in an era of participation trophies and snowflake tendencies, but that is not what this is about. This writer must disagree with the conservative mainstream assessment of the situation. Having been an avid watcher of women’s gymnastics for many years and a collegiate-level athlete myself, it puts me in a unique position to understand the pressures that come when great expectations are thrust upon you. When my husband and I tuned in to the qualifying rounds on the first night of competition and the cameras zoomed in on Biles’s face, it was immediately apparent to me that she was not okay. I commented on it at the time with great concern. It was a look I had seen in the faces of others over the years. I knew that she was struggling. Her performance that night was a testament to that struggle. It was not up to her usual standards, and with each mistake, you could see the fear mounting in her eyes. In spite of that, she still managed to surpass every athlete there during the qualifying rounds. A few days later, however, when the actual team competition got underway, Biles got lost in the air — in what’s commonly known by gymnasts as “the twisties” — during her first vault and nearly fell off the mats with the roughness of the landing. She withdrew after that but stayed to cheer on her team from the sidelines.

Gymnastics is a sport that demands perfection. Athletes’ performances are scored out of a perfect 10, and Simone Biles is in a league of her own. At the level at which she competes, Biles has to be in perfect mental health and focus. If she isn’t, there’s a distinct possibility of her seriously injuring or even killing herself with a mis-execution of a skill. When you add to the mix the immense pressure of being called the GOAT (greatest of all time), it’s amazing that she didn’t feel overwhelming anxiety before now.

Having personal experience with loved ones who battle anxiety and depression, it’s important to hit home that mental illness cannot be fully — or often times even nominally — understood by those who are mentally “there.” We can’t know for sure Biles’s motives, but evidence suggests she was indeed mentally struggling. Her decision to withdraw ultimately put her team first. After all, her team went on to win the silver medal in that competition, which may not have been achieved had Biles continued under the duress she was in. Is that not patriotism?

Which brings us to the most important point: It is a far greater offense to Americans to have our own athletes kneel in opposition to the U.S. flag or even threaten to burn it on the podium as opposed to bowing out due to health concerns. Biles was not disrespecting the U.S. or its flag, nor being selfish or unpatriotic. On the contrary, she was respecting her country, team, and own personal health … which is more than can be said of other American athletes who use every opportunity on the world stage to intentionally embarrass and demean the American people.

Which is the more important battle to fight? The battle between personal needs that have nothing to do with being unpatriotic? Or the battle between fomenting hate by kneeling or lambasting your home country? The moral of this story: Be careful when judging — and make sure you’re on the right side of the battle line.

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The Rank Politicization of Vaccination

Democrats and the Leftmedia seeded mistrust in a vaccine for purely political purposes.

Thomas Gallatin

The divide over COVID vaccine favorability has increasingly fallen along political lines, with Democrats generally in favor of receiving it and Republicans generally more reticent. How did the vaccine become such a politically divisive issue when it never should have been?

The answer from the Biden administration is to blame “misinformation” on social media. However, that dubious explanation itself is predicated on a political power play that Democrats and their Leftmedia cohorts put in motion early on when the coronavirus pandemic first began.

With the economy roaring under Donald Trump’s leadership, Democrats were desperate for anything that could be used to prevent his reelection. And that opportunity came with COVID. “God’s gift to the Left,” Jane Fonda called it. Democrats and the Leftmedia used the pandemic to create a narrative in which Trump was responsible for the deaths of what was then 200,000 Americans. It was an absurd and disingenuous claim, especially given the fact that after Trump left office, Joe Biden’s “solution” to COVID was essentially to continue doing what Trump had started.

When Trump predicted that his Operation Warp Speed would likely yield a vaccine by the end of 2020, he was widely panned by Democrats and their Leftmedia pundits as delusional. Yet Trump was proven correct with Moderna’s announcement a little over a week after the election that it had developed a vaccine. Pfizer soon followed suit. And just as Trump had predicted, Americans began being vaccinated before the year’s end.

Where were the media apologies or admissions that Trump had been right all along? They were nonexistent, of course, because Orange Man Bad.

Worse still, recall Kamala Harris’s comment regarding the development of a potential COVID vaccine prior to the election. When asked if she would take a vaccine developed under the Trump administration, Harris responded: “Well, I think that’s going to be an issue for all of us. I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump. … I will not take his word for it.” Harris is Exhibit A in who’s to blame for the politicizing of the vaccine.

And she wasn’t the only one peddling vaccine mistrust due entirely to the fact that Trump was president. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was “bad news” that the vaccine came during Trump’s presidency. But he didn’t stop there. Cuomo had state health officials review the vaccine because he didn’t trust the Trump administration to develop a safe one.

Biden himself similarly expressed distrust in the vaccines, saying, “I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump.”

Leftmedia outlets blatantly considered any potential announcement of a vaccine prior to the election as dubious and downright dangerous. A Vanity Fair headline from September read, “Will Anyone Trust Serial Liar Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Vaccine?” USA Today echoed this with a story headlined, “If Trump announces a preelection COVID vaccine, who’d believe him — or go and get one?”

Even when Democrats were called out by the Trump administration for politicizing the vaccine, their Leftmedia defenders only doubled down. “Journalist” April Ryan fumed, “Mike Pence said Kamala Harris is playing politics with a national vaccine! He can’t be serious!” MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin offered his own disingenuous spin, stating: “Trump just lied, claiming that Joe Biden has ‘anti-vaccine theories.’ Biden is not anti-vaccine. Biden is against the possibility politicization of a vaccine by Trump. Trump made other lies about the production of COVID vaccine that are not worth spreading, even in a fact check.”

There was much, much more of this leftist anti-vaccine politicization going on for months — in fact, nearly the entire time Operation Warp Speed was going. And the result was predictable. A Gallup poll from October of last year found that 50% of Americans wouldn’t trust a COVID vaccine.

Fast-forward eight months, and now Biden and company are complaining that too many Americans are still refusing to get the COVID vaccine. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said “the administration is looking into” a federal vaccine mandate before walking it back after the predictable reaction.

Democrats and the Leftmedia have the temerity to lament the politicization of a vaccine that they are entirely responsible for creating. The Biden administration is now demanding that social media companies crack down on COVID “misinformation” because it is “killing people.” Democrats made this mess. They seeded vaccine mistrust. But now they want to blame Trump and Republicans.

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Trump Still Looms Large

The former president’s pick lost a special Texas House race, but he still has cash and influence.

Nate Jackson

The 2024 presidential election is still eons away in terms of all that can happen politically. Heck, in that sense, the 2022 midterms aren’t exactly right around the corner. Yet every once in a while, there’s a significant marker that maybe points to the direction things are going.

One such marker seems to have happened in Texas last week, where Republican Texas state Representative Jake Ellzey won a special election to replace the late Ron Wright, who died of COVID-19 in February. One special House election is rarely a major bellwether, but this one holds some intrigue.

Notably, Ellzey defeated Susan Wright, the widow of the late congressman. That happened despite the fact that Wright was endorsed by Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, and newly installed number three House Republican Elise Stefanik. She also had the support of the Club for Growth, Trump’s Make America Great Action PAC, and House Freedom Action. Moreover, Wright lost despite leading by double digits in multiple polls.

We’re sure it was a particularly emotional loss for Wright, and we certainly offer our condolences.

From a political standpoint, the Beltway’s prognosticators went into overdrive to figure out whether this means Trump’s influence in the party is waning. “This may have been Trump’s worst week since leaving the White House,” declared Republican strategist and Trump critic Doug Heye.

Memo to the establishment: Trump isn’t going anywhere. According to Federal Election Committee filings over the weekend, Trump has $102 million in the bank. His various political action committees reported another $82 million in income through June 30 — in an off year.

Memo to Trump: You can use all that money and influence for GOP victories, or for personal grudge matches.

The former president gave indications that he’s going to struggle with that choice. He understandably vented about the infrastructure deal in the Senate, but he unfairly blamed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Under the weak leadership of Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans continue to lose,” Trump complained. “He lost Arizona, he lost Georgia, he ignored Election Fraud and he doesn’t fight.” He added, “RINOs are ruining America, right alongside Communist Democrats.”

McConnell doesn’t fight? A dozen years ago, we would have agreed. But McConnell displayed incredible backbone in the fight over the judiciary — backbone that won Trump the 2016 election and saw the confirmation of three Supreme Court justices and hundreds of conservative judges in just four years. You’d think Trump would show a little gratitude. Instead, he’s acting as if he’s some sort of small-government puritan, griping about infrastructure spending that he himself has touted.

And the reason McConnell is the minority leader is not McConnell but Trump and his divisive election recriminations in the disastrous Georgia runoffs the day before the Capitol riot.

On the other hand, Trump showed that he can be a team player — and we don’t doubt a very effective one. Trump said he “can’t imagine a more important time to elect good Republicans to the House and Senate.” He added, “Commonsense conservatives were never more badly needed.”

But will he put his money where his mouth is? So far, no. The Wall Street Journal reports, “Yet even as the former president has handed out more than two dozen endorsements for state, local and congressional candidates, his committees haven’t followed them up with campaign contributions.”

That’s not going to cut it in 2022. Furthermore, Trump’s flirtation with another presidential run in 2024 is handcuffing other Republican candidates who would, in our humble opinion, be stronger among the general electorate, who showed they’d clearly had enough of Trump’s personality and chaos.

As has been the case since Trump burst into the GOP primary in 2015, threading the needle among feuding Republicans is going to be as important for him as it is for anyone who talks about him.

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On the Web

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • President Biden looks to have feds provide lawyers for migrants at border (Washington Examiner)
  • Biden and Congress allow eviction ban to expire (CNBC) | AOC blames “conservative Democrats” (Washington Examiner)
  • DOJ orders Treasury to turn over Trump’s tax returns to House Ways and Means Inquisition Committee (National Review)

National Security

  • 50,000 illegal immigrants released into U.S. without court date; only 13% have reported to ICE (Not the Bee) | Meanwhile, Coast Guard sends 27 Cubans found at sea back to communist island (Epoch Times)
  • Taliban launched 22,000 attacks in four months after Biden delayed Afghanistan withdrawal (Breitbart)
  • U.S. and UK blame Iran for drone strike on oil tanker in Arabian Sea (Axios)

Health

  • Texas governor signs statewide ban on government-required masks and vaccines (Not the Bee)
  • Top teachers union: We’ll “try” to open schools in the fall (Townhall) | Meanwhile, average teacher salaries rose almost 3% during year of school closures (Just the News)

Culture

  • Murderapolis: City at center of George Floyd “protests” hits all-time high homicide record (Daily Caller)
  • Democrat donor Ed Buck — who preyed almost exclusively on homeless black men — found guilty in drug overdose deaths (Washington Examiner)
  • Defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teenager in 1970s (Boston Globe)

Other Notables

  • Chickens coming home to roost: Andrew Cuomo begs businesses to return to NYC after devastating shutdown (Fox Business)
  • Mad as hell and taking it no more: Even friendly polls show President Biden tanking amidst renewed lockdowns and mask mandates (National Pulse)
  • GOP report says evidence “proves” COVID emerged from Wuhan lab (Washington Examiner)
  • Trump has built a war chest of more than $100 million (NY Times)

Double Standards Award

  • It took less than 24 hours for DC mayor to be caught violating her new mask mandate (Daily Caller)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: COVID-19 report: Which policies worked, which didn’t, and who’s accountable (Heritage Foundation)
  • Satire: Infrastructure bill stalled until someone can look up what number comes after trillion (Babylon Bee)

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.” —Archibald Alexander Hodge (1823-1886)

Fact-check: True: “Bill Clinton is a pathological liar. Nixon lied too, but at least he had the decency to sweat when he did it.” —Jackie Mason

For the record: “The threat of bringing masks back is not a decision based on science, but a decision conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state.” —House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Hell freezes over: “No matter which party is in power, the government cannot be trusted to label ‘truth’ or ‘fiction’ any more than Facebook or Twitter can.” —ACLU

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “Suppose your child at this time does not want to go to college, but you’re paying taxes to forgive someone else’s obligation. You may not be happy about that.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Non compos mentis: “As a devout Catholic and mother of five in six years, I feel that God blessed my husband and me with our beautiful family. … But it’s not up to me to dictate that that’s what other people should do. And [taxpayer-funded abortion is] an issue of fairness and justice for poor women in our country.” —Nancy Pelosi

Braying jenny: “He’s such a moron.” —Nancy Pelosi regarding Kevin McCarthy

Grand delusions: “Being asked to wear a mask is perhaps not quite the huge challenge [or] burden that sometimes it’s being portrayed. Kids are pretty adaptable.” —National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, who also claims, “Wearing masks, if you’re under 12 and can’t be vaccinated when you’re in school, is a really smart thing to do.”

Demagogue: “The idea you need a weapon that can have the ability to fire 20, 30, 40, 50, 120 shots from that weapon, whether — whether it’s a nine millimeter pistol or whether it’s a rifle, is ridiculous. I’m continuing to push to eliminate the sale of those things.” —Joe Biden

A trip down memory lane: “The frustration is … the freedom of speech … largely cannot be regulated. But yes, we have to do more to monitor hate speech on the Internet.” —ATF nominee David Chipman in 2019

Nope: “We are also continuing to call on President Biden to use his existing legal authority to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt. … All President Biden has to do is flick his pen and sign it.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

The BIG Lie: “This whole issue on race, and all this activity we see going on in elementary schools all about Critical Race Theory — theory is the operative word. We do not teach theory in elementary schools. … Come clean to the American people and let them know this is a red herring.” —Congressman James Clyburn

Race bait: “Even what we consider to be violence, even what we consider to be crime is highly racialized. And therefore, what neighborhoods we consider to be criminal-like and dangerous becomes highly racialized.” —Ibram X. Kendi

Grievance industrialist: “I’ll represent the oppressed people. That’s been my message for the last three years.” —Olympian Gwen Berry, notorious for turning her back on the American flag, prefacing her protest machination if she medals this week

And last… “The new CDC mask guidance is the final political nail into the credibility coffin of public health.” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw

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