On Sunday, before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thrashed the Green Bay Packers 38-10 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, game announcers Joe Buck and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman were caught on a hot mic appearing to criticize a military flyover using four A-10 aircraft following the national anthem, with Aikman predicting, “That stuff ain’t happening with Kamala-Biden ticket, I’ll tell you that right now, partner.”

Aikman started the exchange, commenting, “That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover.”

Buck chimed in, “That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work.”

Aikman then offered a form of political endorsement: “That stuff ain’t happening with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket, I’ll tell you that right now, partner.”

Stars and Stripes noted in March 2018 that according to Air Force spokeswoman Jennifer Bentley, military flyovers don’t cost taxpayers since the flyovers are part of training missions. A flyover can be 10 minutes of a 12-hour mission.

The Air Force’s “2018 Aerial Events Policy” removed limits on flyovers at NFL games which had been shelved due to a Defense Department spending cap; that cap was taken off in February 2018. The flyovers have been used for recruiting as Bentley noted, asserting, “Flyovers are a way for the U.S. Air Force to showcase the capabilities of our aircraft while at the same time inspire a future generation. We are increasing the number of events eligible for support to assist with recruiting efforts and in telling the Air Force story.”

“Up to four aircraft at a time will be allowed to participate in each flyover, and the Air Force has abolished limits on the number of aircraft and equipment displays that it can set up on the ground, according to the new rules,” Stars and Stripes reported. Bentley stated that the Air Force approves roughly one-third of the flyover requests it gets, conducting roughly 1,000 each year. She added, “Just because we increase the eligible number of events doesn’t mean that units will be able to support. All flyovers are done on a volunteer basis.”

As Air Education and Training Command reported:

Despite challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Air Force Recruiting Service had a successful fiscal 2020 making adjusted recruitment goals and achieving new milestones for the year. The regular Air Force accessed 26,268 non-prior service enlisted Airmen, as well as 127 prior service, 660 line officers, 651 health professionals and 50 chaplains. The Air Force Reserve accessed 7,062 Airmen, exceeding their goal of 7,000, including enlisted, line officers, health professionals and chaplains. The Air National Guard assessed more than 9,200 enlisted Airmen and nearly 2,000 officers to finish the year ahead of their adjusted goal.

Maj. Gen. Ed Thomas stated, “Fighting through COVID in 2020 was no small feat and I could not be more proud of our recruiters. They adjusted course quickly from in-person recruiting to virtual recruiting to get the mission accomplished. … When COVID shut down our Military Entrance Processing Stations, recruiters quickly became experts in shifting and rapidly adjusting when and where we shipped recruits from to ensure a steady flow of Airmen into the hands of our Military Training Instructors.”

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper echoed, “What the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service has done in response to COVID-19 by being ready to pivot, prioritize, and match applicants to an optimal job and enter-active-duty date on a weekly, and sometimes hourly, basis has been incredible.”

Aikman’s apparent Harris-Biden endorsement in the hot mic incident runs counter to his past support for Republicans. Aikman has supported Republicans in the past. The Washington Examiner reported in 2013, “Supporting a fellow Texan, the former Cowboys quarterback contributed to former President George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. Aikman gave a total of $27,300 to the RNC and Republican presidential candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: HOT MIC: NFL Announcers Joe Buck, Troy Aikman Mock Military Flyover: ‘That Stuff Ain’t Happening With Kamala-Biden Ticket’

Speaking on the leftist podcast “Pod Save America” on Wednesday, former President Barack Obama, whose disastrous efforts with foreign policy included supporting the tyrannical Iranian regime, the largest terrorist-supporting government on earth; championing the dangerous Iran nuclear deal; withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq in late 2011, leading to the rise of ISIS; ousting Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, thus paving the way for anarchy and ISIS to gain a foothold there, and conducting a “reset” with Russia while Russian military gained ground in eastern Ukraine, among other failures, slammed President Trump on foreign policy, snapping, “He doesn’t have the patience and the focus to really substantially change a lot of U.S. foreign policy.”

Just this week, Lebanon, an arch-foe of Israel, started talking to Israel; they “kicked off their first negotiations in 30 years on nonsecurity issues,” The New York Times noted. That follows the series of Arab countries starting to make peace with Israel, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Obama was prompted by host Tommy Vietor, who asked, “You spent countless hours with Vice President Biden talking about national security. What did you learn about how he thinks about diplomacy and counterterrorism and the use of military force that others would not have seen?”

Obama answered, as reported by Breitbart:

Well, a couple of things. One, and I think this is most important, is when people ask me what surprised me most about the presidency, you know, what I always tell them is: I understood but didn’t fully appreciate the degree to which we kind of underwrite the international order. And in the sense that even our enemies can expect us to behave like adults on the international stage. You know, if there’s a crisis somewhere, people don’t call Moscow or Beijing. They call us and say, “What are we going to do to help?” If there is ethnic cleansing, if there is a conflict, if there is a natural disaster. And the reason that we can serve in that role, even if we’re not perfect, is that we have the infrastructure. We have experienced diplomats. We have institutional traditions that allow us to show leadership on the international stage — whether it’s in the Paris Peace Accords, whether it’s on the Iran Deal, you name it.”

“The thing that over the last four years, it’s not as if Trump has been all that active internationally,” Obama said pompously. “I mean, the truth is he doesn’t have the patience and the focus to really substantially change a lot of U.S. foreign policy. What he’s done is he’s systematically tried to decimate our entire foreign policy infrastructure. And the thing I know about Joe is that he respects people who know history and have expertise, and he’s going to pay attention to somebody who has worked in Africa to find out, like, ‘how should I deal with a particular crisis there’ as opposed to calling it a bunch of I won’t say the word countries, right? He has a respect and understanding for what American leadership can do.”

Nile Gardiner, a former aide to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said at the very end of Obama’s presidency that his Middle East policy was a failure, stating, “President Obama’s approach was extraordinarily naive in the Middle East. He also failed to combine his optimism with any hard power. That really enabled a number of very dangerous actors to emerge and to threaten directly the United States and its allies. It isn’t very clear that the Obama White House has any real strategy for eradicating ISIS. It’s a containment strategy; it’s not one of victory,” as The Washington Times reported.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Obama, Architect Of Numerous Foreign Policy Failures, Rips Trump: ‘Doesn’t Have The Patience … To Really Substantially Change A Lot Of Foreign Policy’

On Tuesday, disgraced former Congresswoman Katie Hill, who resigned in late October 2019 after allegations of sexual impropriety with a staffer came to light, weighed in on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s clothes at Barrett’s confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court, tweeting, “I hate to be someone who judges women on their clothes but I’m sorry ACB’s outfits are all way too handsmaid-y.”

The temerity of Hill, who was reportedly told to resign by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), commenting on Barrett’s modest attire had its comedic appeal, since Hill long ago admitted to having an “inappropriate” sexual affair with a young female campaign staffer after explicit photographic evidence of the affair was released online, and a “British tabloid published intimate photos of her allegedly showing her holding a bong while naked, as Politico noted.

In March 2020, Hill admitted to New York magazine that she was planning on lying about the adulterous sexual relationship with her then-campaign staffer, as The Daily Wire reported. She discussed her “throuple” relationship with the then-staffer and her then-husband, claiming her initial plan was to “just deny it …You know, honestly, it was one of those things where it was like, Well, I’ll just deny it,” as The Cut reported. “[My former campaign staffer] is not accusing me of anything. She doesn’t want it to come out any more than I do.”

Caitlin Moscatello of The Cut wrote:

This was in early December as Hill scrambled to form a new life after photos of her — some of which she said were taken without her consent — were published online in mid-October. One shows Hill nude, brushing the hair of a junior female campaign staffer, Morgan (referred to here only by first name), in a hotel room. In others, there is Hill naked, holding a bong, with a tattoo of an iron cross — a Nazi-associated symbol used by white supremacists — near her groin; Hill and Morgan kissing. The articles accompanying them include private text messages among Hill, Morgan, and Hill’s estranged husband, Kenneth Heslep, detailing a three-way romantic relationship, as well as a claim by Heslep from a since-deleted Facebook post that Hill had had an affair with her male legislative director, Graham Kelly.

Hill told Moscatello, “I had to admit that, yes, I had this relationship with a campaign staffer. So, you know, I’ve admitted to that. And once you’ve admitted to that one thing, then it brings everything else into question.”

Pelosi issued a brief statement at the time of Hill’s resignation, which included, “She has acknowledged errors in judgment that made her continued service as a Member untenable. We must ensure a climate of integrity and dignity in the Congress, and in all workplaces.”

Conservative social media wrecked Hill for her comments about Barrett:

Columnist Stephen Miller: “I mean of course Katie Hill is criticizing another woman because she’s wearing clothes.”

The Reagan Battalion: “Dressing down another woman, @KatieHill4CA? How did it go last time?”

Conservative Twitter site Comfortably Smug: “More dumb thoughts from a sexual predator.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Disgraced Former Congresswoman Katie Hill Mocks Coney Barrett’s Clothes. Conservative Social Media Wrecks Her.

On Friday, after the diagnosis of President Trump’s coronavirus had been made public, a 10-year-old student in Tacoma, Washington, made the mistake in a remote class of answering his teacher’s question asking which person he most admired.

He answered “Donald J. Trump.”

Brendan Stanton, a middle school teacher at P.G. Keithley Middle School in Tacoma, reportedly asked his students to reply in the online chatroom to the question, “Who is the one person you admire and why?” Elsy Kusander’s son replied:

I admire Donald J. Trump because he is making America great again. And because he is the best president the United States of America could ever, ever have. And he built the wall so terrorists couldn’t come into in the U. S. Trump is the best person in the world. And that’s why I had admire him.

Jason Rantz of My Northwest reported of the teacher, “Stanton almost immediately kicked the student out of the chatroom, deleted the chat, and proceeded to attack the president, while calling out the student for mentioning him.”

Elsy Kusander overheard Stanton, prompting her to film the comments on her cell phone, Rantz reported. Stanton stated, “The example that was shared in the chat, which I went ahead and erased for us, was not appropriate right? Especially as that individual has created so much division and hatred between people and specifically spoken hatred to many different individuals, ok? … Again, that individual has spoken hate to many individuals and I don’t think is an appropriate example for a role model that we should be admiring.”

Kusander told Rantz, “I went into my son’s room and I heard the teacher saying that this individual is hateful and divisive, etc. I started to record. How can a teacher be teaching to his students horrible things about the president of the country without facts?”

Kusander contacted Stanton later in that afternoon after the incident, informing him she was recording the call.

Kusander said that Stanton told her he deleted her son’s comment because it wasn’t germane to the question, which he claimed was to urge students to select a computer programmer they admired or someone from their community. He stated, “Donald Trump would not fit that prompt… just because it was a little bit off topic,” adding that another student was offended by her son’s answer and that triggered Stanton deleting it.

Stanton claimed, “My perspective has nothing to do with Donald Trump himself, right? I try to keep politics out of the classroom.” After Kusander questioned his version of the incident, Stanton asserted, “I do try to keep politics out of the classroom… because students have different opinions, right? And so if the way that I said it was not perfect, I do apologize. What I was trying to say is just ‘Hey, hey, guys, let’s get it back to our topic of the day because we really need to get moving into our content, which was on our computer scientists.’”

Kusander informed Stanton, “I came into the room, and you were talking, I got my phone and I recorded part of your conversation. I clearly saw and recorded what you were saying…”

Stanton then said, “I do apologize if my words were not perfect at the time. If I used… if I said that Trump was ‘hateful and divisive,’ that may have been what I used at the time, but my purpose was in bringing us back to the conversation of computer scientists and the positive role that they’ve played in our history.”

He said of her son, “I totally respect him as an individual — and his opinion. I am always interested in student feedback and also parent feedback as well. So I appreciate you having this conversation with me.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Report: Teacher Asks Class Which Person They Most Admire. 10-Year-Old Replies Donald J. Trump. Teacher Kicks Him Out Of Chatroom.

The second presidential debate, scheduled for October 15, will be moderated by Steve Scully, the political editor at C-SPAN and host of Washington Journal, who once worked as an intern for Senator Joe Biden in college, later working as a staff assistant in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s communication office.

“While attending college, he served as an intern in the office of Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden, and later a staff assistant in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s media affairs office,” Utah Valley University noted.

In an interview with Journalism Jobs in May 2011, when he was asked, “Has the quality of broadcast journalism decreased over the past five years?”, Scully took the opportunity to rip Fox News, stating, “I think what has gone downhill is when cable networks get caught in all the titillating news of the day when they should be focusing more on the things that are important to people, like following the money and the state of the nation. Having said that, if you’re sick and tired of watching Laci Peterson on the Fox News Channel, then you can come on to C-SPAN and understand the process that we do in following it.”

Later in the same interview, he praised Tim Russert, then-host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying, “I think Tim Russert — who is paid a lot of money to do what he does — earns his money because he works hard and he understands the process. He’s probably one of the best interviewers out there.” Then he turned to Fox News again, claiming, “We are seeing more opinionated journalism on Fox, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, the whole incident with Dan Rather.”

Asked, “What will be the long-term impact on the credibility of journalists if the public’s perceived bias in reporting goes unchecked?”, Scully said, “Journalism in general will face more credibility blows. The most important thing you have is your reputation. How people view you and the organization you work at — they’re going to see things through the prism of that. It would be a shame if we go down the path where everyone looks at The Washington Post and the New York Times and dismisses them as being supportive or critical of Republicans.”

He added a criticism of CBS News, asserting, “The best thing any news organization can do is to try to maintain a level of credibility — make sure that the facts they put in the newspaper or on the air are accurate and verified. That’s one of the lessons CBS has realized. You could see the mistakes they were making every step of the way. They are going to pay a price for that.”

Scully mentioned former NBC News anchor John Chancellor, saying, “If you have a comment by a news anchor that is truly his opinion — and I personally don’t like that — you need to make sure it is clearly marked and identified. Having a John Chancellor commentary at the end of the newscast — which was still popular in the ’70s — blurs the line.”

Scully is “in charge of the network’s White House coverage. He’s even served on the Executive Board of the White House Correspondents’ Association, where he was the president of the association from 2006 until 2007,” Marie Claire noted.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Moderator For 2nd Trump-Biden Debate Worked As Intern For Biden, Staff Assistant For Ted Kennedy

On Wednesday, at a White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary lacerated the mainstream media for not asking a single question about the historic peace deal President Trump announced on Tuesday between Israel and the Arab nations of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Near the end of the briefing, McEnany was asked about a personnel matter, and answered, “I’m not going to weigh in on any personnel matters, but what I will weigh into is the Middle East peace deal signed yesterday that I did not receive a single question about.”

“That was the first time it’s happened in a quarter of a century,” McEnany said, referencing the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty signed on October 26, 1994. She continued, “If Obama and Biden had achieved this, it would look a lot different. You wouldn’t have Chuck Todd saying he’s ‘uncomfortable’ with the deal that brings peace between the United Arab Emirates and Israel and Bahrain; you wouldn’t have CBS calling it a ‘business deal,’ and you wouldn’t have Nancy Pelosi calling it a ‘distraction.’ Maybe it’s a distraction from her visits to the hair salon, but those were significant agreements. First time in a quarter of a century; three peace deals in 29 days; it took 26 years for the prior two peace deals.

McEnany concluded, “The Nobel Peace Prize nomination for the president, two of them: very well-deserved.”

Trump has been nominated by a member of the Swedish Parliament for his work on the Kosovo and Serbia peace deal and also nominated by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, for his work in securing the peace deal between Israel and the UAE.

McEnany’s reference to Chuck Todd derived from Todd saying to White House correspondent Peter Alexander on MSNBC’s MTP Daily Tuesday afternoon shortly after the peace deal was signed, “You know, Peter, this deal is a bit uncomfortable for a lot of observers to watch because it seems so transactional, it’s as if pulling out of the Iran deal is what got these Gulf states on board to do this, you know, to then recognize it. It feels like there is a lot of quid pro quos involved in this, that it isn’t something larger than that.”

Unlike President Obama, who coddled the Iranian regime and emboldened it, thus paving the way for friendlier relations between Israel and Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt as all four countries are threatened by Iran, President Trump has made no bones about his opposition to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism in Tehran.

McEnany’s reference to Pelosi derived from her statement after the deal was announced. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer acknowledged, “These are dramatic developments in the Middle East.” Then he asked, “How much credit do you give the president for these peace agreements?”

Pelosi responded, “Good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increases.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: McEnany Hammers Media For Not Asking About Historic Peace Deal

On Monday, attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Jacob Blake, reported that Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris told Blake that she was “proud of him and how he is working through his pain.”

Blake was shot in a confrontation with police in late August. According to the Kenosha Professional Police Association (KPPA) the narrative that was built around the incident was inaccurate; they released a statement that asserted:

The officers were dispatched to the location due to a complaint that Mr. Blake was attempting to steal the caller’s keys/vehicle. Officers were aware of Mr. Blake’s open warrant for felony sexual assault(3rddegree) before they arrived on scene.Mr. Blake was not breaking up a fight between two females when officers arrived on scene.

The silver SUV seen in the widely circulated video was not Mr. Blake’s vehicle.

Mr. Blake was not unarmed. He was armed with a knife. The officers did not see the knife initially. The officers first saw him holding the knife while they were on the passenger side of the vehicle. The “main” video circulating on the internet shows Mr. Blake with the knife in his left hand when he rounds the front of the car. The officers issued repeated commands for Mr. Blake to drop the knife. He did not comply.

The officers initially tried to speak with Mr. Blake, but he was uncooperative. The officers then began issuing verbal commands to Mr. Blake, but he was non-complaint. The officers next went “hands-on” with Mr. Blake, so as to gain compliance and control. Mr. Blake actively resisted the officers’ attempt to gain compliance.

The officers then disengaged and drew their tasers, issuing commands to Mr. Blake that he would be tased if he did not comply. Based on his non-compliance, one officer tased Mr. Blake. The taser did not incapacitate Mr. Blake. The officers once more went “hands-on” with Mr. Blake; again, trying to gain control of the escalating situation.

Mr. Blake forcefully fought with the officers, including putting one of the officers in a headlock. A second taser (from a different officer than had deployed the initial taser) was then deployed on Mr. Blake. It did not appear to have any impact on him. Based on the inability to gain compliance and control after using verbal, physical and less- lethal means, the officers drew their firearms. Mr. Blake continued to ignore the officers’ commands, even with the threat of lethal force now present.

The criminal complaint against Blake stated that Blake’s ex-girlfriend (identified as LNB in the complaint) claimed he entered her house uninvited early in the morning on Sunday, May 3, 2020 and that she awoke to see him standing over her:

LNB stated at about 6AM she was woken up by the father of her children, Jacob Blake, herein known as the defendant, standing over her saying, “I want my s***.” As LNB lay there, on her back, the defendant, suddenly and without warning, reached his hand between her legs, penetrated her vaginally with a finger, pull it out and sniffed it, and said, “Smells like you’ve been with other men.”

Officer Raiche reported LNB had a very difficult time telling him this and cried as she told how the defendant assaulted her and then the defendant immediately left the bedroom.

LNB stated the defendant penetrating her digitally caused her pain and humiliation and was done without her consent. LNB stated she was upset but collected herself and ran after the defendant out the front door and then realized her vehicle was missing. LNB ran back inside to her purse, which was on the kitchen counter and checked it, quickly realizing her key to her truck (Ford Explorer 2002), a black individual key and the only key for the vehicle and her Great Lakes Debit Card were missing. LNB immediately called 911 and while waiting for Officers, checked her Great Lakes Account and saw two fraudulent ATM withdrawals on May 3, 2020 that she did not make, both at PNC Bank, 3920 Washington Road, both for $500, at an unknown time.

LNB stated she and the defendant have three children together but have never resided together in the eight years they have been on and off. LNB stated the defendant is unemployed, has no vehicle, and would not tell LNB where he was currently living. LNB stated over the past eight years the defendant has physically assaulted her around twice a year when he drinks heavily.

As a result of the complaint, Blake was charged on July 6 with felony third-degree sexual assault, misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct connected to domestic abuse.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Lawyer: Kamala Harris Told Jacob Blake She’s ‘Proud’ Of Him. Social Media Blasts Her.

On Tuesday, a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, buying into the conspiracy theory that President Trump is trying to rig the 2020 election by manipulating the U.S. Postal Service, posted pictures of himself chained to a mailbox in order to protect it from Trump’s supposed nefarious plan.

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), who serves as Chair of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, posted a video on his Twitter account with a picture of himself chained to the mailbox, calling out, “They’re not gettin’ this one.”

“He’s posted a number of videos over the last several days alleging, without evidence, the conspiracy theory about Trump and the postal service. He also managed to allege Trump was also responsible for supposed delays in mail-order prescription drugs reaching senior citizens and military veterans because why not?” Legal Insurrection noted.

One tweet from DeFazio stated, “The United States Postal Service is a SERVICE a lifeline for Americans. Seniors, and veterans — and Trump’s sabotaging it, cutting back on operations and services to steal the election, This has to stop NOW! #Save Our USPS #USPS.”

Another tweet read, “Donald Trump is intentionally trying to destroy the United states Postal Service (USPS) to steal the election — and we can’t let it stand! Millions of Americans rely in the USPS to get their prescription medication, and other essential items. #SaveThe PostOffice.”

After Hollywood intellectuals such as Jamie Lee Curtis and Mia Farrow stoked #MailboxGate, former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice gave a much-needed boost by retweeting Farrow, writing “WTH??”

But as Oregon Live reported:

A Postal Service spokesperson said declining mail volume means the Postal Service is removing “duplicate” boxes from areas that have multiple collection boxes. The USPS confirmed that four mailboxes were removed in Portland this week.

Ernie Swanson, a spokesman for the USPS, told OregonLive, “First-class mail volume has declined significantly in the U.S., especially since the pandemic. That translates to less mail in collection boxes.” He added to Willamette Week, “The reason we’re doing it is because of declining mail volume. Ever since the pandemic came along, people are mailing less for some reason.”

Postal Service spokesperson David Rupert echoed that some mailboxes were replaced with higher-security boxes. answered the rhetorical question, “Were USPS Mailboxes Removed in Oregon?” by stating:

A fact sheet from the Postal Service does show that the volume of mail has decreased over the last decade. In 2009, 77.6 billion pieces of first class mail were sent through post office. In 2019, that number sat just below 55 billion. Conversely, the number of delivery points has increased by about 9 million over the last decade. It should also be noted that removing collection boxes has been a cost saving measure used by Postal Service for years. In 2011, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that number of collection boxes had declined by 60% between 1985 and 2011.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: Oregon Dem Chains Himself To Mailbox To Protect It From Trump

Tuesday night, prior to his first-round playoff series game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James led some of his teammates in wearing mock “Make America Great Again” caps which had the “Great Again” crossed out and replaced by “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

James also wore a t-shirt emblazoned with “By Any Means,” while writing on Instagram, “By Any Means‼ Lets Get It #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor.”

Some of the other members of the Lakers squad who donned the mock MAGA hats included Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook, Rajon Rondo, Danny Green, and JR Smith, as The Daily Mail reported.

After the game, James told reporters, “You know the situation that’s going on in Louisville, Kentucky. An innocent woman being killed, by the name of Breonna Taylor. A woman who had a bright future. Her life was taken away from her. There’s been no arrests, there’s been no justice, not only for her, but for her family … We want to continue to shed light on that situation because it’s just unjust. That’s what it’s about.”

Last month, James told reporters at a press conference, “The same energy that we have on the floor is the same energy that we have towards having justice for Breonna Taylor and her family is the energy that we bring to the game. That’s just who we are. We want the cops arrested who committed that crime. As one of the leaders of this league, I want Taylor’s family to know and the state of Kentucky to know … we want justice. And that’s what it’s all about. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. And this is a wrong situation that’s going on … It’s just heartbreaking. You guys don’t understand. Unless you’re a person of color, you guys don’t understand. I understand you might feel for us. But you will never truly understand what it is to be black in America.”

He continued, “A lot of people kind of use this analogy, talking about Black Lives Matter as a movement. It’s not a movement. When you’re black, it’s not a movement. It’s a lifestyle. We sit here and say it’s a movement, and, OK, how long is this movement going to last? ‘Don’t stop the movement.’ No, this is a walk of life. When you wake up and you’re Black, that is what it is. It shouldn’t be a movement. It should be a lifestyle. This is who we are. … I don’t like the word ‘movement’ because, unfortunately, in America and in society, there ain’t been no damn movement for us. There ain’t been no movement.”

“You know what’s going on now. Is that progress? I think we can all say that’s not progress,” he said. “The conversations being had right now and how many people are really listening or just having the conversations of trying to make things happen, that’s progress. We got a long way to go.”

In July 2018, James told CNN that President Trump is “dividing us and what I’ve noticed over the last few months. He’s kinda used sport to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white and I got the opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became very good friends.”

“Sports has never been something that divides people it’s always been something that brings someone together,” he said. Asked whether he’d sit down with Trump, James answered, “I would never sit across from him. I’d sit across from Barack though.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: LeBron James And Lakers Wear Mock MAGA Hats

One new poll and another survey find that the lead that former Vice President Joe Biden has held over President Trump has significantly shrunk recently.

The Hill-HarrisX poll surveying respondents between August 2-5 found Biden garnering 47% of the national vote versus 43% for Trump, a lead of four percentage points. The previous Hill-HarrisX poll, conducted between July 17-20, found Biden with 45% of the vote and Trump with 38%.

In the latest Hill-HarrisX poll, 9% of respondents said they had not decided yet, 5% of respondents said they wanted another alternative, and 3% said they had no intention of voting, The Hill reported.

Two key demographics surged for Trump: Midwestern voters voting for Trump rose from 38% to 42% while that same group plummeted for Biden from 45% to 39%. Independents also surged for Trump from 31% to 35% while Biden fell behind at 33%.

Trump has been climbing steadily in the Hill-HarrisX poll. At the beginning of June, Biden led Trump by 10 points; 47% of respondents chose Biden while 37% chose Trump. At the time, Terrance Woodbury, Democratic pollster and founding partner at Hit Strategies, pointed out to Hill.TV that numbers showed 24% of black voters approving of Trump. He stated, “I’ll tell you right now, if he can get half of those 24 percent of people to vote for him, then he is reelected.”

CNN reported in late July:

If the race for president tightens, Trump’s small gain with Black voters could make a difference. It could cost Biden 0.5 points nationally on the whole compared to where Clinton ended up. That may not seem like a lot, though it could make the difference in a close election. And, of course, Biden’s margin with Black voters may tighten further if the margin with other voters also shifts. Historically, Trump is doing as well and probably even a touch better than Republicans normally do among Black voters.

Writing of the vote in Pennsylvania, a key swing state in the presidential election where Trump eked out a victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, Monmouth University noted:

Most registered voters (54%) say they were surprised in 2016 when Trump ended up winning Pennsylvania’s electoral votes. They are evenly divided on whether they expect Trump (46%) or Biden (45%) to win the commonwealth this time around. One reason for this seems to be that most voters (57%) believe there are a number of so-called secret voters in their communities who support Trump but won’t tell anyone about it.

The three-point margin between Biden and Trump that the Hill-HarrisX poll found accords well with findings from Rasmussen Reports, which stated on Wednesday:

Likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden still holds a slight lead over President Trump in the latest Rasmussen Reports’ weekly White House Watch survey. The new national telephone and online survey finds Biden with 48% support among Likely U.S. Voters to Trump’s 45%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, while another three percent (3%) remain undecided. A week ago, Biden had a 48% to 42% advantage.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: New Data Finds Biden’s Lead Shrinking Significantly, Trump Within Striking Range

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