Leah Barkoukis


President Trump’s supporters are so enthusiastic that “thousands upon thousands” of them greeted the commander in chief in the deep-blue state of California on Sunday, according to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

Supporters lined the streets for miles, McEnany said on Twitter, as the president drove toward the home of Palmer Luckey, the co-founder of Oculus, for a fundraising event in Newport.

“Thousands upon thousands lined for miles along our motorcade route in CALIFORNIA to cheer on President @realDonaldTrump!!!!!” she said.

Luckey, 28, sold his virtual reality company to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, according to CNBC. He is one of the top Republican donors in the state.

While Newport Beach is a conservative-leaning area in the deep-blue state, the enthusiasm is nevertheless similar to what the president has enjoyed across the country, as first evidenced by his high primary vote totals.

[I]n 23 of the 27 states that held primaries both this year and in 2012, when President Obama ran for re-election, Trump has racked up higher raw vote totals than Obama did — often doubling or tripling his predecessor’s numbers. His primary vote totals also beat President George W. Bush’s in 2004.

The high Trump turnout showed up not only in reliably Republican states like Montana and Arkansas, but even in deep-blue strongholds and in purple states that Joe Biden hopes to flip come November.

In Michigan’s March primary, Trump’s 639,144 votes dwarfed the 174,054 that Obama notched in 2012. A few weeks later, Trump scored 713,546 votes in Ohio — more than twice Obama’s 2012 total of 285,990. (New York Post)

Now, as we inch closer to Election Day, Trump may be behind in surveys but as Matt reported Sunday, there’s an edge he’s enjoying that pollsters are failing to pick up on: “the surge in GOP voter registration in key states.”

Author: Leah Barkoukis

Source: Townhall: ‘Thousands Upon Thousands’ Welcome Trump in…California

Leaked audio from a conference call between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Jewish leaders last week about the recent uptick in coronavirus cases in some parts of New York City shows the Democratic leader admitting the lockdowns are not based in science.

The call came hours before the governor announced new restrictions on businesses, schools, and houses of worship in parts of Queens and Brooklyn.

During a response to a question about why schools needed to be closed completely, Cuomo acknowledged the response was “not a highly nuanced, sophisticated” approach, Hamodia reports.

“I’m a hundred percent frank and candid,” he said. “This is a fear-driven response, you know. This is not a policy being written by a scalpel; this is a policy being cut by a hatchet. It’s just very blunt … it’s out of fear. People see the numbers going up – ‘Close everything! Close everything!’ It’s not the best way to do it, but it is a fear-driven response. The virus scares people. Hopefully we get the numbers down … the anxiety comes down, and then we can have a smarter, more-tailored approach.”

That coming from the party of science.

As Cortney reported earlier, a group of lawmakers from Brooklyn said they were “appalled” by the governor’s latest restrictions.

“He has chosen to pursue a scientifically and constitutionally questionable shutdown of our communities,” the lawmakers said. “His administration’s utter lack of coordination and communication with local officials has been an ongoing issue since the start of the pandemic, and particularly recently as we face this uptick.”

Author: Leah Barkoukis

Source: Townhall: Leaked Audio Shows Cuomo Admitting the Real Reason For NY Lockdowns

If Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the election, he may choose New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be attorney general, according to reports.

The possibility is leading aides at the National Governors Association to look into contingency plans for replacing him as chair, Axios reports.

Cuomo’s reputation has become decidedly more controversial throughout the coronavirus pandemic, including the governor’s mandate that nursing home facilities take in coronavirus patients. The disastrous policy led to widespread outbreaks in these communities and resulted in more than 6,000 deaths, and now he’s claiming it never happened. The governor has also repeatedly threatened religious liberties during the pandemic and warned houses of worship he’d shut them down if they don’t follow the rules.

Thus far Cuomo has denied wanting the AG position, telling ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he wishes to remain governor of New York.

“I was in a Cabinet, I was in Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, been there, done that,” Cuomo said about his time as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001. “I don’t want to go to Washington. They couldn’t drag me, they couldn’t force me. I only represent the people of the state, I have no agenda besides theirs.”

Thus far Cuomo has denied wanting the AG position, telling ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he wishes to remain governor of New York.

“I was in a Cabinet, I was in Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, been there, done that,” Cuomo said about his time as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001. “I don’t want to go to Washington. They couldn’t drag me, they couldn’t force me. I only represent the people of the state, I have no agenda besides theirs.”

Cuomo’s senior adviser Richard Azzopardi also dismissed the possibility.

“100% he’s made zero outreach, has had zero conversations about this and has made his desire to stay in New York clear as day and be governor as long as people want him,” he told Axios.

Author: Leah Barkoukis

Source: Town Hall: Who Biden’s Reportedly Considering for Attorney General

After months of rioting, looting, and unrest in streets across America, President Trump has positioned himself as the law and order candidate. Only recently did Democrats start caring and speaking up about violent protests, which happened after seeing the issue materialize in polling. Throughout this time, Trump has brought in endorsements from countless law enforcement groups and a number of Democratic groups. But Joe Biden, who once expressed support for redirecting police funding but now says he’s totally against defunding police, couldn’t name any support he had.

Chris Wallace: (37:23)
I do want to talk about this issue of law and order though. And in the joint recommendation that came from the Biden-Bernie Sanders task force, you talked about quote re-imagining policing. First of all, what does re-imagining policing mean and do you support? If I might finish the question, what does re-imagining policing mean and do you support the Black Lives Matter call for community control of policing?

Vice President Joe Biden: (37:54)
Look, what I support are the police having the opportunity to deal with the problems they face and I’m totally opposed to defunding the police offices. As a matter of fact police, local police, the only one defunding in his budget calls for a $400 million cut in local law enforcement assistance. They need more assistance. They need when they show up for a 9-11 call to have someone with them as a psychologist or psychiatrist to keep them from having to use force and be able to talk people down. We have to have community policing like we had before where the officers get to know the people in the communities. That’s when crime went down, it didn’t go up. It went down. And so we have to be…

President Donald J. Trump: (38:35)
That’s not what they are talking about this. That’s not what it is about. He’s talking about defunding the police.

Vice President Joe Biden: (38:39)
That is not true.

President Donald J. Trump: (38:40)
He doesn’t have any law support. He has no law enforcement.

Vice President Joe Biden: (38:45)
That’s not true.

President Donald J. Trump: (38:45)
He has almost nothing. Oh, really, who do you have name one group that supports you name one group that came out and supported you. Go ahead. Think we have time.

Vice President Joe Biden: (38:54)
We don’t have time to do anything.

President Donald J. Trump: (38:55)
No, no think right now. Name one law enforcement group that came out in support of you.

Of course, moderator Chris Wallace then changed the subject: “Now, gentleman. I think I’m going to tell I’m going to take back the moderator’s role. … And I want to get to another subject…”

While Biden supporters are pointing to a list of current and former law enforcement officials who support the former VP, everyone listed is an individual; there are no groups. President Trump, meanwhile, has been endorsed by the nation’s largest police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, as well as a number of other groups.

Author: Leah Barkoukis

Source: Town Hall: Biden Couldn’t Name Support From a Single Law Enforcement Group

President Trump has for the first time taken the lead over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a new Rasmussen Reports survey, though by an extremely narrow margin.

The phone and online survey of 2,500 likely voters showed the president with a 47 percent lead to Biden’s 46 percent, which is within the margin of error.

“The race has narrowed over the past two weeks. Biden had a two-point lead last week, but that survey also marked the first time Trump had edged above 45% over the past two-and-a-half months. Prior to this week, Biden has bested Trump in every weekly survey since White House Watch began at the beginning of July,” explains Rasmussen.

Both candidates have 80 percent support among their respective parties, but Trump has a 9-point lead among independents.

“Trump shows surprising strength among other minority voters, suggesting perhaps that he is attracting Hispanic support as violent racial protests continue in many major cities,” Rasmussen continued.

Indeed, his Rasmussen daily approval rating showed support among “non-white voters” at 65 percent.

A separate Rasmussen survey found that three-out-of-four voters who experienced violent rioting in their town say that unrest is important to their voting decision this fall. “Among these voters, a sizable majority like the job President Trump is doing,” Rasmussen said.

Author: Leah Barkoukis

Source: Town Hall: Trump Takes the Lead in New National Poll

Top Republicans penned a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney demanding that they “stop promoting irresponsible and baseless conspiracy theories about the U.S. Postal Service.”

The letter comes after USPS leaders were doxed and had protesters show up at their homes.

“This behavior is directly motivated by the fabricated attacks on the USPS that you have spearheaded and is now unnecessarily endangering the safety of hard working public servants,” said Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Whip Steve Scalise, and Rep. James Comer, ranking member on the Oversight and Reform Committee.

Among the bogus theories Democrats have been spreading are that the USPS has been removing mailboxes, that the postal service lacks funding and will be “insolvent” before Election Day, and that they lack the “infrastructure” to handle delivering mail-in ballots to and from voters.

“As you know, none of these claims has any basis in fact,” the Republicans wrote, adding that the Democrats are manufacturing “a crisis to undermine President Trump at the expense of America’s institutions.”

The USPS has had financial troubles long before the Trump administration, they argue.

“Democrats continue to malign sensible plans commenced in 2011 and designed to streamline the USPS’ operations, such as removing mail stop and equipment,” the letter said, pointing out that these efforts were carried out under the Obama administration when 12,000 mailboxes were removed and dozens of post offices were closed, but Democrats said nothing and never called for emergency votes.

The USPS is solvent through August of next year, making Pelosi’s decision to hold an emergency vote this weekend “unnecessary.” Operational changes at USPS will also be pushed back until after the election.

“Democrats continue to pursue an unnecessary bailout plan that does not fix any of the underlying operational issues at the USPS,” the Republicans argue, adding that it’s more than capable of handling mail-in ballots.

“Your completely unfounded and baseless attacks on the USPS not only undermines the confidence and integrity of our election system, but also puts the safety of USPS public servants at risk,” the GOP lawmakers conclude. “You must stop promoting misinformation campaigns immediately to prevent further serious damage to the reputation and physical security of USPS employees and the integrity of the 2020 election.”

Author: Leah Barkoukis

Source: Town Hall: Top Republicans Demand Dems Stop Spreading ‘Baseless Conspiracy Theories’ About USPS

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