Cortney O Brien


Gov. Andrew Cuomo pulled off an incredible about-face on Monday. With the COVID-19 vaccine now being administered throughout the state, he’s suddenly decided that it’s time to reopen the economy.

“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass,” Cuomo said. “The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”

The contrast from a few months ago wasn’t lost on Cuomo’s many critics.

Some social media users wondered if he was only now open to opening the economy because the Democrats are about to take control in Washington.

“And it begins….this whole lockdown bulls*it was just about securing the election,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Now watch how fast democrat supporters start saying we need to open up the country,” wrote another. “Was it worth all the lost small businesses just to win an election?”

Others simply wondered if President Trump had hacked the governor’s Twitter.

Republican lawmakers were confused by the governor’s change of heart. Leader of the New York State Assembly Republican Conference Will Barclay released a statement cheering Cuomo’s words but criticizing how he’s going about it.

“Certainly, I agree with him on these goals,” Barclay said. “But he presented far too little help for small businesses, direct assistance to families, future logistics on the state’s slow vaccination rollout or how he plans to address New York’s mounting debt and precarious budget deficit.”

Cuomo is also catching flak for how he’s handled the New York vaccination rollout. He waited days to open up the process to senior citizens, and when he did they found a complicated, convoluted application. He’s also announced that vaccinations are going to be by appointment only.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Townhall: Cuomo Suddenly Decides It’s Time to ‘Reopen the Economy’

After a series of legal setbacks this week, the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee says the President is nowhere near to throwing in the towel.

Pennsylvania rejected Trump’s attempt to block Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D) from certifying the results, and on Tuesday she went through with it, handing Biden the Keystone State’s electoral votes.

But RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel told Trump supporters what they needed to hear.

“He is not by any means giving up this fight,” she said on Fox News on Tuesday, before explaining a few voter inconsistencies that they are still pursuing.

“We still have a recount going on in Wisconsin,” she noted, “with major issues in how their election laws were applied with over 200,000 people saying they were indefinitely confined, that is four times more than happened in 2016. It just doesn’t seem correct.”

And that, she explained, “helps them to evade voter ID laws.”

She pointed out other suspicious activity in Georgia. In 2018, 280,000 absentee ballots came in with a 3 percent rejection rate. In this election, 1.2 million ballots came in, with a .3 rejection rate. The governor announced a recount to take a closer look at the signatures. And in Michigan, the Board of Canvassers voted that there should be legislative review of the election process.

In other words, McDaniel said, “There’s a lot still going on.”

In their Friday press conference, then-campaign lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani claimed to have proof of vast voter fraud. Powell even went so far as to say that Trump won re-election in a landslide. Since those bombshell statements, the Trump campaign has parted ways with her. But Powell insists she’s still going to prove her allegations.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Townhall: RNC Chair Says Trump ‘Is Not Done Fighting’ and Outlines Next Steps

In their autopsy on how poorly they fared in last week’s House elections, Democrats are trying to pinpoint where their messages went wrong. Most concluded that it was the radical progressive wing of the party pressing for the defunding of the police or socialism that probably cost them precious seats.

Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger sounded off in a wildly entertaining phone call with caucus members. As others have reported, the Virginia Democrat lit into Democratic leadership by arguing “defund police almost cost me my race because of an attack ad.”

“Don’t say socialism ever again,” she reportedly said.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reasoned that most of his colleagues are rational on these issues.

“I don’t know of any of the Democrats in the caucus that are for defunding the police,” he said. “We’re not for that whatsoever. And when they talk about Medicare for All, we can’t even pay for Medicare for some. Doesn’t make any sense at all.”

But, as Politico reported on Monday, the Squad is standing their radical ground.

“Rashida Tlaib isn’t apologizing for wanting to yank money away from bad police departments,” the outlet writes. She’s “not interested” in the unity that so many of her fellow Democrats are talking about right now.

“We’re not going to be successful if we’re silencing districts like mine,” said Tlaib, who told her colleagues something similar during a contentious call last week. “Me not being able to speak on behalf of many of my neighbors right now, many of which are Black neighbors, means me being silenced. I can’t be silent.”

“We are not interested in unity that asks people to sacrifice their freedom and their rights any longer,” said Tlaib, whose Michigan district is among the poorest in the country. “And if we truly want to unify our country, we have to really respect every single voice. We say that so willingly when we talk about Trump supporters, but we don’t say that willingly for my Black and brown neighbors and from LGBTQ neighbors or marginalized people.” (Politico)

But she’s not alone. A few other Democrats are doubling down on their anti-police agenda, including a few incoming members like Democrat Representative-elect Cori Bush (D-MO). She agreed with Rep. Tlaib that she’s not going to remain silent.

“We have this super aggressive police department, and they don’t get to continue to just kill black folks in my community and I not say anything,” Bush said on MSNBC. “So yes, defund your butts.”

She suggested using that money instead for substance use programs.

In his Saturday night speech, Joe Biden, the projected winner of the 2020 election, spoke about the need for healing and unity, arguing that he wants to be president for those who supported him and those who didn’t. That sounds like a far cry from what the above Democrats are advocating.

On her Twitter account, Tlaib added, #EmbracetheBase.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Townhall: Tlaib: I Don’t Want the Kind of ‘Unity’ Moderate Dems Are Talking About

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer can’t believe his eyes.

As we’ve reported, business owners in Washington, D.C. and other major cities across the country are preparing for the worst on Tuesday night. Never before have stakes and tensions been so high before a presidential election, and riots are now expected to go hand-in-hand with the results.

“I never thought I would see so many buildings here in the nation’s capital boarded-up on the eve of a presidential election in anticipation of possible unrest,” Blitzer wrote on Twitter, sharing some footage of boarded up businesses in the nation’s capital. “And it’s not just in DC. It’s happening in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere around the country. So sad!”

And former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell can’t believe his ears. He reacted to Blitzer’s monologue by noting it’s people like him and networks like his that have “fanned the flames” for our current violent culture. Every time viewers turn on the TV, he noted, CNN is attacking the president.

You also have Blitzer’s colleagues telling audiences that protesters don’t have to be “polite or peaceful.”

Other commenters on Blitzer’s depressing post observed that all the cities he mentioned are run by Democratic mayors. For months, when protests turned deadly in the wake of the police-involved killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Democrats rejected President Trump’s help. Mayor Jenny Durkan in Seattle even suggested that the protesters in the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) Zone would have a “summer of love.” She would later have to walk back that comment after the zone experienced a string of assaults, attempted arson, and a shooting.

You can add Chicago to that list too. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has already revealed a 10-day preparedness plan.

“Given what we experienced over the course of the spring and the summer, we can’t presume that what’s going to happen…is going to be peaceful,” Lightfoot said last week. “We are preparing for the worst.”

Both the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection have been warned to be on standby for civil unrest.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Townhall: Ric Grenell Tells Wolf Blitzer He’s to Blame for Some of the Expected Election Violence

On a Trump campaign hosted a press call with reporters ahead of Thursday’s presidential debate, former Acting Director of the United States National Intelligence Richard Grenell spoke at length about the new revelations regarding Hunter Biden and his business dealings in Ukraine, including how he sat on the board of the corrupt gas company Burisma Holdings. New emails suggest that his father Joe Biden, who was vice president at the time, knew all about the corruption. But the press and social media platforms have largely suppressed the report.

When it was time for Q&A with the press, Grenell shared how frustrated he was that more outlets had not covered the scandal. The Biden team is trying to use the “Russian disinformation” excuse to dismiss the new emails, and as Grenell sees it, it’s important to confront the Bidens about that, especially after acting DNI John Ratcliffe confirmed that it has nothing to do with Russian disinformation.

Grenell, who also served as the former U.S. ambassador to Germany, also suggested that Biden has suspicious ties elsewhere. For instance, why has the Democratic nominee refused to directly blame China for the coronavirus?

“He has to make sure he works very closely with China…He’s unwilling to blame China because they have something on him,” Grenell mused.

Grenell used the opportunity to then sound off on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for blaming everyone but China for the pandemic. If you’ve heard any of his press conferences, you’re more likely to hear him blaming the French and the Italians. He refers to call it the “European virus.”

“For the media to not jump on that and say he’s denying U.S. intelligence…and carrying Chinese messaging, is an outrage,” Grenell said, adding that we have to rely on U.S. intelligence agencies.

Grenell said Americans can “of course” expect President Trump to be looking for opportunities to talk about Hunter tonight.

“We feel strongly that this is an issue that the American people are eager to know about…and they’re already digging in on their own with no help from the media,” Grenell said.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Townhall: Ric Grenell Suggests Why Biden Won’t Blame China for COVID

For the ninth day this month, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has “put a lid” on his campaign events. Meaning, he won’t be talking to the press. According to his team, that’s because he’s knee deep in debate prep.

Observers, including top Republicans and members of President Trump’s re-election campaign, aren’t buying their excuse.

Meanwhile, President Trump is holding another Great American Comeback Rally tonight in Jacksonville, Florida. It’ll be an eventful weekend for him too. On Saturday he’ll be announcing his nominee for the Supreme Court, directly followed by another rally. He took the opportunity on Thursday morning to call his opponent “low energy.”

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: ‘Absurd’: Biden Will Be Another No Show for the Press Today

Maryland congressional candidate Kim Klacik grabbed her high heels and returned to the streets of Baltimore for her new campaign ad. Her first video, in which she toured some of the downtrodden parts of the city in a dress and stilettos and tore the city’s liberal leaders a new one, was such a hit that it earned her millions of fans and a speaking spot at the Republican National Convention.

So why mess with a winning message? In her second ad spot, Klacik asks voters, “Do you care about black lives? I do,” and takes them on another tour.

“Unlike the people that currently run Baltimore, I actually have a plan to make life better for black people here,” she says at the start of her walk.

“There are piles of garbage all around Baltimore,” Klacik notes. “It makes life unsafe for our families.”

She promises to work with city leaders to get the Baltimore Solid Waste Bureau the resources it needs to take out the trash.

Our streets should be a reflection of our leaders, she said. Clean, not dirty.

There are over 17,000 abandoned buildings in Baltimore. Klacik plans to address those eyesores by introducing tax credits and incentive programs to help residents buy and rehabilitate these homes.

Klacik has a plan for education too. As she noted on Hannity Monday night, 9 out of 10 young black boys are not reading at grade level. Over a dozen high schools have zero students who are proficient in math. That’s where school choice comes in, Klacik says. School choice gives parents the option “to escape schools that do not serve our children.”

Baltimore, she says at the end of the ad, “doesn’t have to vote Democrat.” The new ad already has nearly 2 million views.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: Kim Klacik Takes to the Streets of Baltimore Again in Latest Hard Hitting Ad

A new study from the Institute of Labor Economics claims that a motorcycle rally held in Sturgis, SD last month has resulted in hundreds of thousands of COVID cases. In their introduction, the researchers explain how they arrived at the conclusion that this was a “super spreader” event.

“First, using anonymized cell phone data from SafeGraph, Inc. we document that (i) smartphone pings from non-residents, and (ii) foot traffic at restaurants and bars, retail establishments, entertainment venues, hotels and campgrounds each rose substantially in the census block groups hosting Sturgis rally events,” the 63-page study begins.

The researchers, who represent San Diego State University, Bentley University and University of Colorado Denver, found that in counties nationwide who had a lot of Sturgis attendees, the COVID-19 case count in their home counties increased about 10.7 percent from “about a month before to a few weeks after the rally.”

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem labeled the report, and the breathless media reports about it, as science fiction.

As she notes, the media has been wrong on the coronavirus before.

“Predictably, some in the media breathlessly report on this non-peer reviewed model, built on incredibly faulty assumptions that do not reflect the actual facts and data,” Noem goes on to tweet. “At one point, academic modeling also told us that South Dakota would have 10,000 COVID patients in the hospital at our peak. Today, we have less than 70. I look forward to good journalists, credible academics, and honest citizens repudiating this nonsense.”

Noem added that she believes the real objective here was to suppress Americans’ “personal freedom.”

“Under the guise of academic research, this report is nothing short of an attack on those who exercised their personal freedom to attend Sturgis,” Gov. Kristi Noem said in the statement to The Argus Leader. “Predictably, some in the media breathlessly report on this non-peer reviewed model, built on incredibly faulty assumptions that do not reflect the actual facts and data here in South Dakota.”

Gov. Noem has been consistent on this issue, believing the doom and gloom Covid reports to be exaggerated. Back in April, she explained that she will not be issuing stay-at-home orders as other states have because she didn’t want to “take too much power in a time of crisis” and force businesses to shutter.

Other skeptical readers of the study wanted to know if the researchers had also analyzed the Black Lives Matter protests that have consistently sprung up around the country these past few months. The analysts say they did, but found that because the BLM protests “were small relative to the local population and accompanied by offsetting avoidance behavior by the local population,” those events did not result in as many Covid cases. Other studies, however, like one from Princeton University, have noted how violent some of the BLM protests were.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: Gov. Noem Rejects Report that Sturgis Rally Led to Hundreds of Thousands of COVID Cases as ‘Fiction’

Thanks to former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Americans were reminded about the corruption that has surrounded the Bidens for years. As she recalled for viewers during night two of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, it was Hunter Biden’s suspicious work in Ukraine that led to the bogus and sensational impeachment trial of President Trump earlier this year. As one of the members of the White House’s legal team during the trial, Bondi knows more than most just how deep the corruption goes.

“When you look at his 47 year career in politics, the people who benefited are his family members, not the American people,” Bondi said of former vice president Joe Biden. “Let’s take a closer look.”

“We all know about Joe’s son, Hunter Biden. A corrupt Ukrainian Oligarch put Hunter on the board of his gas company, even though he had no experience in the country – or in the energy sector. None. Yet he was paid millions to do nothing. He only had one qualification that mattered: He was the son of the man in charge of distributing U.S. aid to Ukraine.

“And recently reported information revealed that a few months after Hunter Biden joined the corrupt company’s Board, the Obama-Biden State Department began doing business with them even as it remained under investigation for corruption.

“It gets worse. That very same company was being investigated by a Ukrainian prosecutor. Joe Biden— the Vice President of the United States—threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine unless that same prosecutor was fired… and then he was fired. Hunter only resigned from that board…just before his dad announced his campaign for president.”

It was this suspicious timeline and apparent corruption that Trump reportedly asked Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate. Yet a White House whistleblower interpreted the request as Trump attempting to hurt his political opponent and help secure his re-election. Democrats did their best (not really) to convince their colleagues that Trump had abused his power and obstructed Congress. But the Senate would eventually acquit him of the charges.

Unfortunately, Bondi continued, corruption has found its way to other parts of the Biden family tree. She referenced a few other instances of Biden using his office to benefit his family, which you can watch in full below.

“Joe says he will build back better…yeah, build the Bidens back better,” Bondi said.

Author: Cortney O’Brien

Source: Town Hall: Pam Bondi Reminds Voters About the Biden Family Corruption

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