Andrew Cuomo shocks crowd, says America ‘was never that great’

 

H/T Fox News.

Little Andy Cuomo’s attitude is exactly how the Dippycraps feel about America.

Little Andy and the Dippycraps see America as the oppressor as well as being bigoted racist and homophobic.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have just handed Republicans a ready-made campaign ad for his rumored 2020 presidential bid – by declaring Wednesday that America “was never that great.”

The Democratic star made the seemingly offhand remark as part of his rebuke of President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan during a bill-signing in New York. But the line drew gasps from the crowd.

“We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great,” Cuomo said, to an awkward blend of gasps and chuckles.

“We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged, we will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone and every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution,” he said.

Within hours, his spokeswoman tried walking it back. “The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential,” Cuomo’s press secretary, Dani Lever, said in a statement. “When the President speaks about making America great again – going back in time – he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions. The Governor believes that when everyone is fully included and everyone is contributing to their maximum potential, that is when America will achieve maximum greatness.”

But the “never that great” line tore through social media in a New York minute, as journalists and his political rivals seized on the remark.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro said America, “with its imperfections, has always been great” and called on Cuomo to apologize.

“This governor is so determined to distract voters from his failed policies and corrupted administration that he’s willing to dismiss the steady, determined march of the American people, making and remaking the greatness of America. Mr. Cuomo owes the nation an apology,” he said in a statement. “He should be ashamed of himself.”

Cuomo for months has been positioning himself as one of the biggest gubernatorial foes of the Trump White House. He also is facing a primary challenge from the left from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon.

Nixon has made a number of controversial statements, including calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement a terrorist organization, and has claimed Cuomo is shifting to the left in response.

“It’s called The Cynthia Effect,” Nixon said in a speech in May. “Since I got in the race, Cuomo has moved left not only on marijuana, but climate change, teacher evaluations, restoring voting rights and banning plastic bags.”

 

But it remains to be seen whether Cuomo’s stances in the New York race could come back to haunt a 2020 bid. Earlier this week while addressing New York Republicans, Trump dared Cuomo to run against him.

“Please do it. Please,” the president said in Utica, adding that “anybody that runs against Trump suffers.”

COLORADO IS GOING AFTER JACK PHILLIPS OF MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP AGAIN

H/T The Daily Caller.

I guess the recent ruling by the Supreme Court does not matter to the state of Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission.

The perverts are running Colorado and they want to bankrupt Jack Phillips, the Christian baker. 

  • Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop fame is suing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
  • The Commission commenced new proceedings against Phillips on behalf of a transgender complainant just weeks after he prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Phillips’ attorneys say the Commission is engaged in a concerted campaign to destroy him, which is unlawful.

Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court after declining to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple, filed a lawsuit in federal court late Tuesday suing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Phillips and his attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) say the Commission has revived its campaign against him following June’s high court decision, singling Masterpiece Cakeshop out for disparate treatment on the basis of their religious beliefs.

“The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs,” said Kristen Waggoner, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney who represents Phillips. “Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him — something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do.”

On the same day the high court agreed to review the Masterpiece case, an attorney named Autumn Scardina called Phillips’ shop and asked him to create a cake celebrating a sex transition. The caller asked that the cake include a blue exterior and a pink interior, a reflection of Scardina’s transgender identity. Phillips declined to create the cake, given his religious conviction that sex is immutable, while offering to sell the caller other pre-made baked goods.

In the months that followed, the bakery received requests for cakes featuring marijuana use, sexually explicit messages, and Satanic symbols. One solicitation submitted by email asked the cake shop to create a three-tiered white cake depicting Satan licking a functional 9 inch dildo. Phillips believes Scardina made all these requests.

Scardina filed a complaint with the civil rights commission, alleging discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The matter was held in abeyance while the Supreme Court adjudicated the Masterpiece case.

Three weeks after Phillips won at the high court, the commission issued a probable cause determination, finding there was sufficient evidence to support Scardina’s claim of discrimination. In a somewhat strange development, the probable cause finding reads that Phillips violated state law, even though the proceedings are still in a preliminary stage.

In turn, the ADF filed a lawsuit against the Commission on Phillips’ behalf, accusing the panel of violating his constitutional free exercise, free speech, due process, and equal protection rights.

“Colorado has renewed its war against him by embarking on another attempt to prosecute him, in direct conflict with the Supreme Court’s ruling in his favor,” Phillips’ lawsuit reads. “This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado’s continuing persecution of Phillips.”

The suit requests an injunction barring further prosecutions of Phillips for violations of Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, a declaration that the Commission violated his constitutional rights, and damages from the director of the commission. The complaint names the director, Aubrey Elenis, in her professional and personal capacity, meaning she is personally liable for any financial judgment the court might award.

Phillips is seeking damages from Elenis for lost work time, lost profits, emotional distress, and reputational harm. He is also requesting an additional $100,000 punitive judgment against her.

The complaint also challenges the criteria by which commissioners are selected to serve on the civil rights panel. According to the filing, the seven-member Commission must always include four “members of groups of people who have been or who might be discriminated against because of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, religion, or age.” Two seats must be filled by representatives of the business community, while another two seats are reserved for government entities.

ADF argues these criteria are not neutral, and embed hostility to Phillips’ religious beliefs into “the very structure that Colorado uses to enforce its public-accommodation law.”

Finally, the suit challenges a provision of Colorado law that prohibits Phillips from conveying his religious objections to prospective customers. A state statute makes it illegal for companies to indicate that protected persons will not be served at their place of business.

ADF lawyers say these restrictions prevent Phillips from communicating his refusal to create custom goods conveying messages. They also alleged a particular clause of the law is unconstitutionally vague. The clause at issue forbids advertisements indicating “that an individual’s patronage or presence at a place of public accommodation is unwelcome, objectionable, unacceptable, or undesirable because of … sexual orientation.”

The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. A legal rule called Younger abstention generally forbids federal courts from handling civil rights claims while they are being heard in state courts. Phillips’ lawyers plan to argue that Colorado is acting in bad faith, warranting the case’s removal to federal court.

Another Prominent Anti-Trump Republican Just Went Down In Minnesota. Here’s Why This Keeps Happening.

H/T The Daily Wire.

If you are in the GOP and you are an Anti-Trumper you are going down in flames.

On Tuesday, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty was rejected by Republican voters in his gubernatorial primary with Jeff Johnson, a commissioner from Hennepin County. The main cause of his defeat: failure to follow President Trump with enough alacrity.

Johnson cut an ad at the end of the campaign featuring Pawlenty criticizing Trump after tape broke of Trump in October 2016 talking about grabbing women by the genitals. “Tim Pawlenty stuck his finger in the wind,” Johnson intoned. “I won’t panic when it matters most.”

Pawlenty had called Trump “unsound, uninformed, unhinged, and unfit to be president of the United States” during the 2016 campaign. Pawlenty lamented, “The Republican Party has shifted. It is the era of Trump, and I’m just not a Trump-like politician.”

Pawlenty joins a bevy of other Republican politicians who have seen their support base erode for failure to pay fealty to Trump: Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) among others.

Now, the race as a bit more complex than a mere referendum on Trump. Pawlenty had flamed out in his 2012 presidential bid, and he’d spent the intervening years as a lobbyist. He wasn’t exactly the type to make the heart go pitter-patter for primary voters.

But it is certainly true that Republican politicians cannot afford to cross President Trump in the way they could afford to cross, say, President George W. Bush.

So why is Trump such a litmus test for primary voters?

For the same reason Trump was elected: attitude.

There’s been a continuous two-year effort afoot to intellectualize Trumpism, as though Trump’s popularity is tied to his policy proposals. That’s nonsense. Trump won the Republican primaries because he was — by far — the most aggressive, no-holds-barred candidate. Republican primary voters wanted to see Hillary Clinton pummeled on stage, and Trump offered the best promise of that. After brutalizing Jeb Bush and reducing Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to frustrated stammering, Trump proceeded to pile drive Hillary Clinton at every opportunity. Republican primary voters got precisely what they bargained for.

What’s more, backing Trump lent Republican voters a sense that they were in the fight. After Mitt Romney’s destruction at the hands of Barack Obama in 2012 — after the Democrats turned the cleanest politician of the modern era into a gay-bashing, dog-hating sexist who wanted to put black people “back in chains” — Republicans were fully on board with the Sean Connery line from The Untouchables: “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way.” Trump was the knife, and the morgue, and all the consequences wrapped up into one giant bag of id, topped with a puzzling hairdo.

And, like Sean Connery, much of the Republican base began asking its politicians a simple question: “What are you prepared to do?” What are you prepared to do to defeat the Left? Are you prepared to defend a man on tape bragging about grabbing p*****s? Are you prepared to back him when he says some “very good people” marched at Charlottesville? Are you prepared to cheer when he kisses up to Vladimir Putin? What are you prepared to do?

It isn’t just the Lord who hates a coward — it’s the Republican base. And the Republican base perceives cowardice in anyone who won’t back Trump down the line. In fact, the worse the black mark on Trump’s record, the more the base judges politicians who won’t back him — every sin becomes a referendum on the courage of politicians. Trump is the man who stopped Hillary Clinton and who stands between the country and Hell, in this view — those who mouth niceties about tape of the n-word or holding meetings with Russian lawyers are simply providing aid and comfort to the other side. In this view, Republicans weren’t even willing to smack around Democrats for violating basic rights, but they’re more than willing to earn “strange new respect” by attacking Trump. This makes Trump the only important figure in the Republican Party, and the standard upon which all Republican politicians are judged.

Trump exposed a crack in the Republican political facade: an unwillingness to challenge perceived political norms. He burst through that crack like a big rig busting through a pane-glass window. But here’s the problem: destroying some political norms that required destruction does not mean that all political norms should be destroyed. Pre-Trump Republicans erred on the side of leaving too many political norms in place; Trump errs on the side of eviscerating all political norms in the name of victory. And because Trump won, and continues to win, the Republican base largely believes in the evisceration.

The truth is that Republicans must go up against the Left with the same alacrity with which they attacked Trump in October 2016. They didn’t. Trump did, because he attacks all of his enemies with that alacrity. If Republicans who wish to push back against Trump’s lack of character truly wish to emerge with a conservative movement intact, they must combine Trump’s fighting spirit with the principles Trump lacks. And that means showing the base that they are willing to fight Left tooth and nail — not once, but over and over and over again. Otherwise, the base will continue to judge fighting spirit by the lengths to which politicians will go to defend the often-indefensible.

World War II-era submarine flooded by vandals in New Jersey

H/T Fox News.

Horsewhipping would be in order if these disrespectful bastards are caught.

A group of New Jersey vandals this weekend did what the Nazis couldn’t — sink the U.S.S. Ling. At least partially.

The intruders boarded the World War II-era vessel, which is berthed in a New Jersey river, and opened underwater hatches, flooding the sub. The thieves also stole several plaques.

Navy veteran Jack Brown, a trustee on the Submarine Memorial Association, which is responsible for maintaining the U.S.S. Ling, told FOX5 he was at the New Jersey Naval Museum in Hackensack on Sunday when he noticed something was off.

“I noticed the boat looked very low in the water,” Brown said. “[Vandals] cut through with bolt cutters, I guess, got in and opened all the hatches. The equipment and artifacts inside are ruined.”

The Ling, a Balao class-submarine, was commission on June 8, 1945 and was the last of the fleet boats that patrolled U.S. shores during World War II, according to the Historic Naval Ships Association.

NJ Submarine 1

The U.S.S Ling was inundated with 10 feet of water, according to officials.  (FOX5)

“Ling made one Atlantic patrol before the war ended,” the group notes. “Decommissioned in 1946, Ling became part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet until reactivation as a submarine training vessel in 1960.”

Besides having the Ling inundated with 10 feet of water, officials said four bronze plaques that commemorated the more than 3,000 Navy officers who died on U.S. submarines during World War II were also taken. Hackensack Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

“Taking those plaques, dedicated to people who never came back from war, lost in submarines, is just deplorable,” Army veteran Joe Schuler told FOX5.

NJ Submarine II

The vandals also stole four bronze plaques that commemorated the over 3,000 Navy officers who died on submarines during World War II.  (FOX5)

The vandalism came as the group was planning to move the artifacts after being evicted from the site due to a nearby development project.

The museum’s president, Gilbert De Laat, said volunteers are still trying to figure out how to clean up the vessel, which could cost thousands of dollars just to drain.

“People today aren’t recognizing the value of artifacts that represent our history,” he told FOX5. “3,000 lives were lost in submarine service — it was really the thing that changed the outcome of World War II.”

Hackensack City Councilman Leonardo Battaglia told NorthJersey.com the city doesn’t have the financial resources to move the vessel unless it gets help from other entities.

“I don’t know if the city is in the position to spend millions of dollars to do something,” he said. “The city doesn’t have the money. We’re trying to get tax relief for residents.”

Size Doesn’t Matter – Henry Johnson Awarded Medal of Honor for Fierce Fighting and Heroism

H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Sergeant William Henry Johnson July 15, 1892 – July 1, 1929.

In June 1917, a young, slight railway porter left his job in Albany, New York and joined the US Army.  A scant two months after America declared war on Germany, Henry Lincoln Johnson, then in his mid-20s, was determined to do his duty for his country.

Johnson stood five foot four inches in his stocking feet and weighed in at a slight 130 pounds, but this pocket rocket went on to distinguish himself like a giant in Europe.

Johnson enlisted in Brooklyn, and he was assigned to C Company of the 15th New York Infantry Regiment.  It was one of the regiments made up entirely of African-American soldiers that would, in time, become the 369th Infantry Regiment, perhaps better known as the Harlem Hellfighters.

Henry Lincoln Johnson in uniform.1917

The 369th also became the first black American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces.  Before the 369th, any African-American that wished to serve in a combat role had to join the army of another nation, usually France or Canada.

At this time racism was prevalent and deeply ingrained in the military hierarchy.  In fact, the American Expeditionary Forces even had a booklet, “Secret Information Concerning Black American Troops,” printed and distributed to the civilian authorities in France.  This booklet stated that the black troops were inferior and given to rapist tendencies.

Soldiers of the 369th (15th N.Y.), awarded the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action, 1919.

With this booklet having been distributed it is not surprising that the 369th was initially placed on labor duties such as digging latrines and acting as stevedores on the docks.  However, in 1918 the French decided that enough was enough and insisted that the 369th enter combat as they had been trained to do.

The French harbored fewer of the racist attitudes of their American counterparts, so early on the morning of 15 May 1918, Johnson and his compatriot, Needham Roberts, found themselves on guard duty on the Western Front near the Argonne Forest.

Henry Lincoln Johnson and Needham Roberts in 1918

Around one in the morning, the two men found themselves under fire from a German sniper.  Johnson opened a box of hand grenades and started lining them up so that he would have plenty of ammunition close at hand.

As he was doing this, he heard the sounds of German soldiers cutting their way through the wire protecting his guard post.  He threw a grenade at the sound and the next thing he knew the Germans unleashed hell on earth, firing bullets and grenades at the sentry post.

A 1918 lithograph dramatizing Johnson’s actions in the war

Needham Roberts had been wounded in one of the first volleys fired, but even though he could not walk, he sat upright in the trench and passed ammunition to Johnson. When Johnson ran out of grenades, and his rifle jammed, the Germans advanced and took Roberts prisoner.

Johnson was not about to allow the enemy to take his fellow soldier without a fight, so he leaped out of the trench and charged at the German soldiers.

He used his rifle as a club, swung his fists at anything he could reach, and used his bolo knife to slash at anything close enough to cut.  The brave pocket-size hero stabbed a German soldier in the stomach and killed a German lieutenant, but he was shot in the arm in the melee.

He sustained several more wounds as a German soldier tackled him from behind, but the German fell back when Johnson stabbed him in the ribs.  Johnson then managed to drag Roberts back to the safety of their trench as Allied reinforcements arrived on the scene.

Henry Johnson biographical cartoon by Charles Alston, 1943

Exhausted from an hour-long fight and the 21 stab wounds he sustained to his arms, feet, back, and face, Johnson passed out once he knew Roberts was safe.  Johnson’s left foot had been badly broken, and he had a metal plate inserted while undergoing medical treatment at a French hospital.

William Henry Johnson and Needham Roberts standing with their French Croix de Guerre medals in 1918

When day dawned, his American compatriots found the bodies of four Germans and evidence that between 10 and 20 additional enemy soldiers had participated in the fight.

Johnson’s ferocious defense of Roberts earned him the nickname “Black Death,” and he was awarded the Croix de Guerre with a Gold Palm by the French for his extraordinary bravery.  Roberts received the Croix de Guerre.  Johnson was the first American to receive this award, France’s highest for bravery.

Johnson in 1919, wearing his Croix de Guerre. Note, too, the two wound chevrons on his lower right sleeve.

The Harlem Hellfighters continued serving with distinction and spent 191 days on the front line.  They sustained a total of 1,500 casualties during this time, more than any other unit.

Johnson returned to America but was unable to return to his old job as a porter due to the severity of his injuries. He became a sad, broken man, destitute and addicted to alcohol.  He contracted tuberculosis and died of myocarditis in January 1929.  His remains were interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson of the New York Army National Guard accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of Johnson

Read more article from us – WWII Spy Award Congressional Medal of Honor 60 Years After Service

He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart in 1996 and, in 2002, the Distinguished Service Cross.  President Obama also awarded him the Medal of Honour for his bravery.  The citation for his Medal of Honor makes for fascinating reading.

CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including North Carolina

H/T ABC 11 EyeWitness News.

Diseases we once had eradicated in America are making a come back thanks to open borders.

Diseases like the measle TB polio and God only knows what else.

https://abc11.com/video/embed/?pid=3957674

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday afternoon that 107 people from 21 states, including North Carolina, have reported contracting the measles.

The other states included are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

This number will likely outpace the number of measles cases reported in 2017.

There were 118 cases in 2017, and only 86 the year before that.

The last outbreak was in 2015 when 188 people contracted measles.

The outbreak was linked to an amusement park in California where it is thought that a traveler from overseas brought it to the U.S.

Measles is an airborne virus that spreads through coughing and sneezing.

Symptoms show up in 10-14 days after exposure. The symptoms last 7-10 days and include a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes followed by a rash that typically starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

According to the CDC, some people may suffer from severe complications, such as pneumonia and brain swelling which could result in hospitalization or death.

 

Video: Antifa Tinkerpots Threaten Trump’s Life – Share This Video With The FBI

H/T Clash Daily.

If these type of threats were made against Bathhouse Barry Obama the people making said threats would be under the jail looking out.

How exactly do threats of violence fit into the Left’s self-serving rhetoric of ‘we go high’?

Notice the ‘love Trumps Hate’ sign in the midst of the same crowd.

“I would murder him for the people”.

“for the people”, you say? What about all the people who DON’T want him murdered? He IS up over 50% approval now, you dummy.

 

Considering that, Trump’s approval rating is higher than Obama’s was at the same point in his presidency…

…by that very same ‘logic’, he would also want to assassinate the PREVIOUS president eight short years ago, given a chance.

See how dumb that is?

But wait, there’s more! Other people at this ‘Love Trumps Hate” group had things to say bout our President. Things like:

“We gotta take him down.”

“F*** Trump!”

“If it was a group effort, we’d have to do him like Gadaffi.”

In case you forgot what is meant by ‘doing him like Gadaffi’, allow Hillary to elucidate.

If I got a chance to f*** him up, I would.”

“I wanna smack the s*** out of him” (Notice the big grin on his face while he describes his little fantasy.)

“I wanna slap him too. It’d be like a ‘pimp-slap’.”

“Beat his ass.”

(Holding up a bell in his hand) “I’d throw the F***ing bell at him. (Another big grin.)

One of the weirder and more creative threats was, “I think I’d piss on his leg.”

There were some others, too. Including a reference to Melania.

Speaking of Melania, the “resist” crowd loathes her. Patriots love her.

But love her or hate her, she’s Making America Classy Again.

Trump revokes ex-CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance

 

 

H/T Fox News.

There are other security clearances that need to be revoked like Comey, Clapper,Rice etc.

I can hear the Dippycrps whining about their hero’s getting their security clearances revoked.

President Trump has revoked the security clearance for former CIA Director John Brennan, the White House announced Wednesday, in the first decision to come from a review of access for several top Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement officials.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders read a statement on behalf of the president during the start of the press briefing, saying Brennan “has a history that calls his credibility into question.”

The statement also claimed Brennan had been “leveraging” the clearance to make “wild outbursts” and claims against the Trump administration in the media.

“The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that’s what he’s doing is fulfilling that responsibility in this action,” Sanders said Wednesday.

In response, Brennan tweeted hours later: “This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all American’s, including intelligence professioanls, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

Last month, the White House said they were looking into the clearances for other former officials and Trump critics, including former FBI director James Comey; former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe; former director of national intelligence James Clapper; former national security adviser Susan Rice and former CIA director Michael Hayden (who also worked under President George W. Bush).

CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 16, 2016, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Islamic State. Brennan said that the Islamic State remains "formidable" and "resilient," is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for its territorial losses in the Middle East. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former CIA Director John Brennan has had his security clearance revoked by President Trump.  (AP)

On Wednesday, Sanders added to the list Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, former FBI agent Peter Strzok (who was fired from the bureau last week) and former FBI general counsel Lisa Page.

“This is specific to Mr. Brennan, and the others are currently under review,” Sanders said.

The White House last month accused the former officials of having “politicized” or “monetized” their public service, and said their clearances gave “inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence.”

James Clapper  Reuters

The White House is also considering revoking the security clearance of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  (Reuters)

Brennan joined NBC News and MSNBC in February as a contributor and senior national security and intelligence analyst.

But Democrats blasted the administration for the clearance review, saying Trump politicized the process and had gone too far. Wednesday’s announcement fueled those allegations.

“In adding John Brennan to his enemies list, Trump demonstrates again how deeply insecure and vindictive he is — two character flaws dangerous in any President,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., top House Intelligence Committee Democrat, tweeted. “An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American. I also believe this action to silence a critic is unlawful.”

And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the move a “stunning abuse of power.”

Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called it an effort to “scare away critics.”

“This is clearly another effort to silence critics and not allow the Mueller investigation and for that matter the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation to get to the bottom of this.”

Former CIA deputy chief of staff for Brennan, Nick Shapiro, told Fox News last month that Brennan “hasn’t made one penny off of his clearance.”

He added: “This is a political attack on career national security officials who have honorably served their country for decades under both [Republicans] & [Democrats] in an effort to distract from [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller’s investigation.”

TRUMP’S FULL STATEMENT ON REVOKING JOHN BRENNAN’S SECURITY CLEARANCE 

In his July 26-dated statement, Trump said: “Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary, is wholly inconsistent with access to the Nation’s most closely held secrets and facilitates the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos.”

But despite the ongoing review, several former officials suggested it would have no impact on them.

FILE - In this Thursday, June 8, 2017, file photo, former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Comey is urging voters to support Democrats in November's midterm elections. Comey says on Twitter that the "Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders' design that 'Ambition must ... counteract ambition.'" (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/File)

Former FBI Director James Comey is also on the White House’s list of former officials they are considering revoking security clearances, though a friend of Comey’s suggested the former director no longer has a clearance to revoke.  (AP)

Following the White House’s initial announcement, Hayden tweeted that he doesn’t “go back for classified briefings. Won’t have any effect on what I say or write.”

A friend of Comey’s, Benjamin Wittes, tweeted last month that the former FBI director doesn’t have a security clearance to revoke.

And Strzok, upon his removal from the bureau last month, lost his security clearance.

McCabe’s spokesperson Melissa Schwartz said his security clearance was deactivated when he was fired.

While Brennan is among the highest-profile on the list in terms of media appearances, Clapper and Hayden also are contributors for CNN. Rice frequently is a guest on news programs, and Comey recently finished a media blitz to promote his memoir “A Higher Loyalty” in May.

 

DNC Silence on Disturbing Keith Ellison Charges Has Not Gone Unnoticed

H/T Town Hall.

This whole matter will most likely be swept under the rug as Comrade Ellison is a Muslim and a good Dippycrap.

UPDATE: The Democratic National Committee is now reviewing the charges against their deputy chair Keith Ellison.

“These allegations recently came to light and we are reviewing them,” the committee told NPR. “All allegations of domestic abuse are disturbing and should be taken seriously.”

A former DNC representative did what the current leadership hadn’t done in hours and weighed in on the domestic violence charges against Rep. Keith Ellison.

“The party has no choice but to suspend him at a minimum until they figure out what’s going on,” Former DNC communications director Luis Miranda said. “Frankly, it would be malpractice not to. We’ve made it clear we’re going to take these accusations seriously, at a minimum. We set too high a standard not to take this seriously.”

ORIGINAL POST

The Democratic National Committee has yet to speak up about the disturbing domestic abuse charges against its deputy chair Keith Ellison, which have come to light just a few days before the Minnesota primary for attorney general. The silence has not gone unnoticed.

First of all, former White House Press Secretaries Ari Fleischer and Sean Spicer want to know what’s up with the double standard. Where is the media on this? Is it because Ellison, a Minnesota representative who has served in Congress for six terms now, is a Democrat?

Ari Fleischer

@AriFleischer

It’s great to be the DNC. If Ellison were a Republican, the press would have knocked over the doors of the RNC demanding a statement. But the DNC’s co-chairman? No comment from the DNC. No feeding frenzy from the press. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-minnesota-ellison-abuse-20180813-story.html 

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison denies abuse allegations

Ellison, who is deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and running for Minnesota attorney general in Tuesday’s primary, issued a statement denying claims that he dragged the woman,…

latimes.com

Sean Spicer

@seanspicer

Not only is the DNC silent, the media has failed to cover it: DNC Silent As Deputy Chair Ellison Battles Domestic Abuse Allegations
Via @DailyCallerhttp://dailycaller.com/2018/08/14/dnc-keith-ellison-domestic-abuse/ 

DNC Silent As Deputy Chair Ellison Battles Domestic Abuse Allegations

Total silence

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It’s not like these are minor charges. The sons of Ellison’s former girlfriend Karen Monahan alleged in a Facebook post over the weekend that they have video proof Ellison once dragged their mother by her feet from a bed and called her a “f***ing b**ch.” More of the specific allegations below.

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This new allegation against @KeithEllison is quite something.

Ellison denies the charges. It must also be noted that Monahan has refused to release the tape that shows the supposed violent act. Yet, groups like UltraViolet, a left-leaning women’s organization, are demanding he resign from Congress.

“We believe women,” wrote UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas on Monday. “We believe Karen Monahan.”

What say you, Tom Perez?

Arizona father beats, kills man who followed his daughter into bathroom stall, police say

H/T Fox News.

This man deserves a medal for taking out the trash.

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Melvin Harris III, 40, is accused of beating a man to death after finding out the individual tried to get into his daughter’s locked bathroom stall. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

An Arizona father decided to “take care of a situation” his own way when he killed a man who attempted to enter a bathroom stall his daughter was in, police said.

Melvin Harris III, 40, faces a second-degree murder charge in the beating death of Leon Leevon Armstrong, AZFamily.com reported. Harris was taken into custody earlier this month after the deadly encounter at a QuikTrip convenience store in Phoenix involving his 16-year-old daughter.

Harris was waiting in the parking lot to pick up his daughter and two friends when Armstrong approached him asking for money. Harris gave him some change and Armstrong went into the store.

Harris’ daughter came out of the store and told her father that a man tried to enter her bathroom stall by violently shaking the door, police said. She said she told the employees who alerted the security guard.

She then identified Armstrong as the alleged harasser when she spotted him walking out of the store.

Possibly thinking not enough was being done, Harris approached the security guard and told him to “take care of the situation, or he would do it himself.” The guard said the incident was being handled.

The protective father, however, confronted Armstrong about the incident and then attacked him, authorities said. Witnesses told police Harris repeatedly stomped, punched and kicked the man.

Harris fled the scene. Armstrong was taken to the hospital where he later died. He suffered brain swelling, a nasal fracture and loss of oxygen.

Harris was arrested at his home. He later admitted he struck Armstrong in the face, but claims he didn’t throw the first punch, the report stated. He also denied hitting Armstrong when he was on the ground.

Harris’ fiancee, Diana Jackson, told AZFamily.com that Harris was protecting his daughter.

“I’m not mad at him. I don’t feel like he did anything wrong. I love him. He did what he was supposed to do for our kid. You cannot tell someone they’re wrong for protecting their children,” Jackson told the station. “I would have done the same thing. I don’t feel bad at all for his actions. I feel bad that the man ended up dying in the process. I do.”

Jackson said it’s unfair her fiancé is being treated as a criminal for protecting his child.

Armstrong reportedly also had a criminal history that included shoplifting, trespassing and obstructing justice.