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Vice President Mike Pence slammed Democratic candidate Joe Biden over his plan to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, asserting the Democrat copied it from the Trump administration’s actions.

Pence met Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Biden’s vice presidential pick, on a stage in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday night for the only vice presidential debate of the 2020 presidential campaign. Pence rebutted assertions that the Trump administration had failed the American people in its response to the pandemic, and said that a Biden administration would not have acted much differently according to Biden’s own plan.

“The reality is when you look at the Biden plan, it reads and awful lot like what President Trump and I and our task force have been doing every step of the way. Quite frankly, when I look at their plan, which talks about advancing testing, creating new PPE, developing a vaccine, it looks a little bit like plagiarism, which is something Joe Biden knows a little bit about,” Pence said, referencing Biden’s history of plagiarism accusations dating back decades.

“I think the American people know that this is a president who has put the health of American people first. And the American people, I believe in my heart, can be proud of the sacrifices they have made. It saved countless American lives,” Pence said.

Pence’s Wednesday night debate performance is not the first time the Trump administration has accused Biden of ripping off the president’s agenda. In July, Trump accused Biden of copying Trump’s “Buy American” plan for the federal government to invest $700 billion in the U.S. economy.

“He plagiarized from me, but he can never pull it off,” Trump told a group of reporters. “He likes plagiarizing. It’s a plan that is very radical left, but he says the right things because he’s copying what I’ve done. But the difference is he can’t do it, and he knows he’s not doing that.”

“He can’t do the same because he’s raising taxes way too much; he’s raising everybody’s taxes. He’s also putting tremendous amounts of regulations back on, and those two things are two primary reasons that I created the greatest economy we’ve ever had, and now we’re creating it again,” he added.

Biden’s history with plagiarism dates back to his first run for president in 1987. Biden was accused of appropriating the phrases and mannerisms of a British politician without attribution. Together with a clip of him reacting angrily to a New Hampshire voter, the scandal helped tank his run and he announced he was withdrawing from the race 11 days after the news broke.

Biden insulted the New Hampshire voter’s intelligence and made false statements about his own family, claiming that he was the first in his family to go to college and later admitting that what he said was not true.

Biden told the voter:

I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship, the only one in my — in my class to have a full academic scholarship. In the first year in law school I decided didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class, and then decided I wanted to stay, went back to law school, and in fact ended up in the top half of my class. I won the international moot-court competition. I was the outstanding student in the political science department at the end of my year. I graduated with three degrees from undergraduate school and 165 credits — I only needed 123 credits. And I’d be delighted to sit down and compare my IQ to yours if you’d like, Frank.

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: Pence: Biden’s Pandemic Plan ‘Looks A Little Bit Like Plagiarism’ Of Trump’s

Los Angeles’ two NBA teams, the Clippers and Lakers, want to boycott the rest of the 2020 season over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.

Players and coaches met Wednesday night after the Milwaukee Bucks team refused to come out of the locker room to play the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the first round of playoffs. The Bucks players, who were protesting over Blake’s shooting, prompted the league to suspend the rest of playoff play.

During the Wednesday night meeting, the teams were asked whether they wanted to continue with the 2020 season. All but two teams, including the Bucks, voted to continue playing, but the Clippers and Lakers teams both voted to boycott the rest of the season. After the vote, Lakers star LeBron James walked out of the meeting in a move that “shocked” the rest of the players. The meeting ended “ugly,” sources told The Athletic.

It is unclear after the vote whether the Clippers and Lakers will continue to play in the playoffs. Both teams are strong contenders to win the championship, and the vote was reportedly more of a poll, not a definitive stance.

The vote appears to amplify a feeling among professional athletes that “sports are a distraction from the movement,” as Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills tweeted in June. In a press conference earlier this week, James said that the Blake shooting and other incidents took the joy out of playing.

“I can’t even enjoy a playoff win right now, which is the sad part,” James said. “We are scared as black people in America … Black men, black women, black kids. We are, we are terrified.”

During the Wednesday night meeting, LeBron said he wanted more direct action taken by team owners and executives on social justice issues, sources told The Athletic.

The NBA stands to lose potentially around $1 billion in national television if the season is somehow canceled, though the more likely outcome, if the Clippers and Lakers refuse to play, is that the league treats their remaining games as a forfeit. The Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green argued in an Instagram post reported by Outkick that the NBA season should continue. Green responded to a comment saying “sports can wait.”

But why can sports wait? Because it’s a sport? It to is a business, like the many other businesses in the world. Why is it that sports can wait but other businesses should not? If that is the case why shouldn’t the CEO of YouTube boycott Alphabet? Or the President of Apple boycott the company? But you say basketball can wait … Is it because sports (the platform) has afforded the athletes involved such huge platforms? Or maybe the athletes involved past and present actually afforded sports those platforms, that the many athletes currently have today (that’s neither here nor there). The notion that athletes should just stop working but no one else in the world should stop is baffling to me. Why stop doing the very thing that offers you the biggest platform to speak for those that look like me/a lot of us. To do that is to actually give up the platform to speak for them, because without us using our platforms which is afforded by the influence of the sport, it actually stops us from echoing what those in the back are saying. Those people then will never truly be heard. Athletes stand with the people, no secret there, but to actually tell athletes to stop doing what provides that platform to speak for the people is actually counterproductive. In my opinion.

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: Clippers, Lakers Vote To Boycott Rest Of NBA Season Over Blake Shooting

Former NFL linebacker Brian Urlacher slammed the NBA after players postponed two days of games as they considered boycotting the rest of the playoffs over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Urlacher was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in 2018 after a 13-year career in the NFL playing for the Chicago Bears. He put out a statement on his Instagram on Thursday afternoon calling out NBA players for faltering “in the face of adversity.”

“[Former NFL quarterback] Brett Favre played the [Monday Night Football] game on the day his dad died, threw 4 [touchdowns] in the first half, and was a legend for playing through the face of adversity,” Urlacher said. “NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police.”

NBA players and coaches met on Wednesday night to discuss the future of the NBA playoffs, still in its first round of play, after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to come out of their locker room and play their Game 5 matchup against the Orlando Magic earlier in the day. The Bucks players refused to play in protest of Blake’s shooting by a police officer.

During the meeting, the two teams from Los Angeles, the Clippers and the Lakers, voted to boycott the rest of the 2020 season. Every other team, including the Bucks, moved to continue playing. Lakers star LeBron James walked out on the meeting after the vote, a move that “shocked” other players.

NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass released a statement on Thursday suggesting that talks were moving forward in the NBA to resolve whatever concerns that James and the rest of the players on the Clippers and Lakers teams voiced during the meeting. Reports said that James wanted team owners to take a more active role in certain racial social justice causes.

“NBA playoff games for today will not be played as scheduled. We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday,” Bass said. “There is a video conference call meeting scheduled later this afternoon between a group of NBA players and team governors representing the 13 teams in Orlando, along with representatives from the National Basketball Players Association and the league office and NBA Labor Relations Committee Chairman Michael Jordan, to discuss next steps.”

The NBA’s deliberations are happening alongside a similar protest in the WNBA over the Blake shooting. As The Daily Wire reported:

On Wednesday, the WNBA postponed three games set to be played in Bradenton, Florida, to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake and other social justice grievances.

Players took to the court, not to play, but to wear bloody bullet hole t-shirts, which spelled out Blake’s name on the front, and to take a knee in “solidarity.”

A police officer shot Blake on Sunday after police were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance. Blake fought with officers after they arrived, allegedly prompting one to use a stun gun on him. The stun gun failed, and Blake opened the front driver’s side car door and leaned into the vehicle. An officer following Blake shot him seven times in the back. Investigators looking at Blake’s vehicle after the incident found a knife on the floorboard, and Blake has admitted to carrying the weapon.

One of the bullets that hit Blake severed his spinal cord, and Blake’s lawyer has said that it would be a “miracle” if he ever walked again.

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: Hall Of Fame Linebacker Brian Urlacher Slams NBA Players For Postponing Games Over Blake Shooting

President Donald Trump suggested delaying elections over the pandemic on Thursday.

Trump said that an election conducted by mail-in voting would lead to the “most INNACURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.” The president has warned against Democratic calls for greatly expanding the absentee voting system for weeks, asserting that U.S. elections would be exponentially more vulnerable to fraud and abuse.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s Thursday morning tweet is the first time he has suggested delaying the election over the pandemic. The president has previously been a proponent of reopening after states issued strict lockdown orders following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States in March.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted out a video of CBS News conducting an experiment in mail-in voting. “CBS News This Morning” co-host Tony Dokoupil sent out two batches of 100 mock ballots from different locations around Philadelphia and found that, even in his small experiment, some went missing.

As The Daily Wire reports:

After a week, 97% of the ballots Dokoupil mailed had been returned. “Three simulated persons, or 3% of voters, were effectively disenfranchised by mail by giving their ballots a week to arrive,” CBS noted. “In a close election, 3% could be pivotal.” Even four days after mailing the second round of fake ballots, 21% of the fake votes had failed to materialize. Almost half of states allow voters to receive ballots less than half-a-week before the election.

Attorney General William Barr has argued that Trump is correct about the danger of mail-in voting, while Democrats have accused Barr of making assertions without evidence. Barr has said that while he lacks evidence, he has “common sense” that suggests a massively expanded mail-in voting system would be chaos.

“Well, it absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud. Those things are delivered into mailboxes. They can be taken out,” Barr said in an interview on Fox News last month. “There’s questions about whether or not it even denies a secret ballot, because a lot of the states have you signing the outside of the envelope. So, the person who opens the envelope will know how people voted.”

“There’s no – right now, a foreign country could print up tens of thousands of counterfeit ballots, and be very hard for us to detect which was the right and which was the wrong ballot,” Barr continued. “So, I think it can upset and undercut the confidence in the integrity of our elections. If anything, we should tighten them up right now.”

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Suggests Delaying Election Over Pandemic To Avoid ‘FRAUDULENT’ Mail-In Voting

A Brooklyn woman was killed after attempting to reason with several people illegally setting off fireworks in the neighborhood of East New York.

The victim, 33-year-old Shatavia Walls, was just following the advice of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to try resolving non-violent disputes through “community policing,” which does not involve calling actual police officers, Walls’ mother told the New York Post.

“She watched the news. Yes, she heard it,” Walls’ mother Helen Testagros said, referring to Adams’ advice. “It was probably in the back of her mind.”

“It’s not a good idea. You don’t know who you are approaching,” she added. “These kids are not respectful anymore. … They’re more ruthless.”

For weeks leading up to July 4, New York City residents were plagued by people setting off illegal fireworks displays and, at times, turning firecrackers into weapons by firing them off at others. On the Fourth of July, Walls confronted a few people setting off one such illegal display, and told them to move their fireworks away from the children who were playing in the area.

During the confrontation, one person chased Walls into her mother’s apartment building, firing a single shot at Walls while she fled. The bullet missed Walls, and she was able to recover the spent shell casing and the driver’s license of the alleged gunman, which the person had dropped during the chase, Testagros said.

Walls reported the alleged gunman to New York police, though nothing was done, according to Testagros. The New York City Police Department disputed the claim, saying they did not hear about the incident involving Walls and a gunman until July 7, when the same suspect allegedly shot Walls eight times after she confronted another group of people setting off fireworks in the neighborhood. Walls later died at a nearby hospital.

Borough President Adams, who is expected to run for New York City mayor in 2021, had urged people to solve non-violent disputes among themselves without involving police officers to avoid the risk of a police confrontation escalating.

“Stopping fireworks cannot turn into fireworks between the police and the community,” Adams said on June 21. “We want a good community response to dealing with a nuisance. … This is a nonviolent act. So those three numbers that we all dial, 911, get over that.”

“We have left the place of 911 being the response for everything in our city. Now we have to stop talking the talk, and walk the walk,” Adams continued. “What does community policing look like? It’s the extension of everyday residents engaging with people when there are nonviolent acts taking place in the city.”

Adams did not back off his advice when addressing Walls’ death in a statement, instead calling for more action to be taken against “illegal guns.”

“My heart goes out to the family of Shatavia Walls on this horrific incident,” Adams said. “Gun violence has hurt too many innocent people in our city, from 1-year-old Davell Gardner to this dynamic young lady. Dangerous people are shooting innocent people for senseless reasons. I renew my call for cracking down on the scourge of illegal guns.”

“Our call is to continue building an ecosystem of public safety that includes community response and police. Whenever someone exhibits violence we should call the police, but whenever we can communicate peacefully with our neighbors, we should do so,” Adams added.

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: Woman Shot Dead After Following Community Leader’s Advice To Settle Disputes With Rioters Without Police

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is pushing the U.S. attorney general to investigate a Missouri prosecutor for civil rights violations for investigating a St. Louis couple that used guns to threaten protesters that had broken into a private neighborhood.

Hawley sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging him to take action against St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. Gardner is investigating a St. Louis couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, for allegedly meeting protesters who broke into the McCloskeys’ gated community with a “violent assault.”

Hawley suggested in the letter that if anyone should be prosecuted, Gardner should pursue the protesters who trespassed on private property while chanting slogans for Black Lives Matter.

“Gardner is now threatening to prosecute not the trespassers, but the McCloskeys, and she is using the powers of her office to target them,” Hawley said. “Her office has seized their firearms, and police have applied for warrants in the case, with an indictment believed to be imminent.”

Hawley continued, “This is an unacceptable abuse of power and threat to the Second Amendment, and I urge you to consider a federal civil rights investigation into the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office to determine whether this investigation and impending prosecution violates this family’s constitutional rights. There is no question under Missouri law that the McCloskeys had the right to own and use their firearms to protect themselves from threatened violence, and that any criminal prosecution for these actions is legally unsound. The only possible motivation for the investigation, then, is a politically motivated attempt to punish this family for exercising their Second Amendment rights. Indeed, this is part of a troubling pattern of politically motivated prosecutorial decisions by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney, who has not seen fit to prosecute many violent offenders, and who has expressed hostility to gun rights in the past. Recently, she declined to pursue charges against twenty-nine individuals arrested during a weekend of riots in the city, and charged only seven.”

After the June 28 protest, Mark McCloskey did a number of media interviews defending his and his wife’s actions against the protesters. McCloskey is a St. Louis attorney who has a record of civil rights cases representing victims of police brutality.

“Right now I’m representing a young man who was assaulted by the police who’s sitting in prison right now for being involved in a car accident after which the police came and assaulted him. It’s on video. I’m not some kind of extreme, you know, anti-Black Lives Matter guy,” McCloskey told a local news station. “I do these cases, I’ve been doing them for decades. I mean, I have on the wall of my conference room, I’ve got an anti-slavery broadsheet, the abolitionist broadsheet from 1832 has been there as long as I’ve owned this building. I mean, I’m not the enemy of people that really care about black lives, but I’m apparently the enemy of the terrorists and the Marxists that are running this organization.”

McCloskey said that the protesters had threatened him and his wife. One of the demonstrators, according to him, had pulled out a loaded pistol magazine, showed it to the McCloskeys and said, “You’re next.”

“We were threatened with our lives, threatened with the house being burned down, my office building being burned down, even our dog’s life being threatened. It was about as bad as it can get. You know, I really thought it was the storming of Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it. It was a huge and frightening crowd and they broke in the gate and they were coming at us,” McCloskey said.

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: Josh Hawley Calls For Civil Rights Investigation Into Prosecutor Who Confiscated Weapons From St. Louis Couple

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