Trump’s Remaking Of Ninth Circuit Will Have Long Lasting Impact

H/T Bearing Arms.

President Trump’s part of legacy will be his court appointments.

When all is said and done, I suspect that Donald Trump’s biggest legacy as president will be the hundreds of judges that his administration has been able to place on the bench around the country. Trump’s efforts have helped to reshape the federal judiciary, and nowhere is that more evident than the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Long considered the most liberal (and anti-gun) of all the appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit is now at near parity between Democrat-appointed judges and those appointed by Republicans, and the new balance already having an impact on Second Amendment cases, as California attorney Ben Feuer writes in a new piece at the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

The Ninth Circuit’s jurisprudence has started shifting along with its alignment — but the process is slow. The court is bound by its own precedents, which for half a century have often leaned well to the left. And only active judges, among whom Democrat appointees still slightly edge out Republican appointees, can call for cases to be reheard by 11-judge “en banc” super-panels, which are the sole way the court can overrule its own precedents.

But change it will, over time.

We’re watching one of those en banc super-panels right now in a case called Young vs. Hawaii, which challenges the state’s ban on open carry of firearms without a license (a license which the average resident of Hawaii cannot hope to obtain). A three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit ruled that the state’s law violates the constitutional rights of residents, but the en banc panel that’s reviewing the case has yet to release its opinion, though oral arguments were heard back in September.

That en banc panel consists of six Republican-appointed judges and five judges appointed by Democrats. While that doesn’t automatically mean that we’ll get a good decision upholding the original Ninth Circuit ruling, it definitely increases the odds of that happening.

In addition to the appellate judges that Trump’s been able to place on the Ninth Circuit, several of his U.S. District judicial appointments in the Ninth Circuit have also offered key rulings in support of the Second Amendment. Judge Roger Benitez, for example, has declared California’s ban on so-called high capacity magazines unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction against the state’s laws barring online and out-of-state ammunition purchases, leading gun owners in the state to nickname the judge “Saint Benitez.”

As Feuer writes, the changes to the Ninth Circuit won’t be able to be easily undone by Democrats, even if Joe Biden is inaugurated next month. Ironically, though the Ninth Circuit has been a roadblock for the Second Amendment for decades, the road to full recognition of the right to keep and bear arms may very well run squarely through the Ninth Circuit in the years to come.

House Republicans Demand Special Counsel Investigation Into Election Fraud

H/T Western Journal.

I hope President Trump does appoint a special counsel to investigate election fraud.

A group of Republican congressmen on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to order a Justice Department investigation into possible election irregularities.

The Republican congressmen asked Trump in a letter to direct Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special counsel to head the investigation.

Reps. Lance Gooden, Paul Gosar, Louie Gohmert, Scott Perry and Jody Hice were among the 27 congressmen who signed the letter.

“The American people deserve a definitive resolution to the uncertainty hovering over the outcome of our election, but legitimate questions of voter fraud remain unanswered,” the congressmen wrote.

Barr has said that the Department of Justice has yet to find any evidence of election fraud that could sway the result of the election.

“The Department of Justice has been asked on multiple occasions to launch an investigation into this matter, but inaction from the Department along with public comments made by the Attorney General indicate a lack of willingness to investigate the irregularities your campaign and other elected officials across the nation have alleged,” the Republican congressmen continued.

“The appointment of a Special Counsel would establish a team of investigators whose sole responsibility is to uncover the truth and provide the certainty America needs,” they added.

Trump’s campaign has filed numerous lawsuits alleging widespread fraud, but many of them have been rejected in courts across the country.

Texas filed a new lawsuit on Tuesday against Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, accusing the states of altering their election procedures illegally.

“Our Country stands at an important crossroads,” the lawsuit said. “Either the Constitution matters and must be followed, even when some officials consider it inconvenient or out of date, or it is simply a piece of parchment on display at the National Archives.”

“We ask the Court to choose the former,” it continued.

Lindsey Graham Alleges 25,000 Suspicious Nursing Home Ballots Uncovered in Pennsylvania

H/T Western Journal.

How many of these 25,000 were cast only for Joe Pee Pads Biden?

I think I can say safely none were cast for President Trump.

 

New claims of potential voter fraud have emerged from Pennsylvania, according to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Graham appeared Monday night on Fox News’ “Hannity” and sniped at Democrats’ willingness to allow potential voter fraud to pass without investigation if it allows them to end up with Joe Biden in the White House.

“The law is a means to an end. If it doesn’t get you to where you want to go, you just ignore it,” Graham said, repeating what he termed as the Democratic philosophy.

“How many times do we have to see that when it comes to liberals and the Democratic machine, they want an outcome the law be damned.”

Graham said that there are new claims emerging from Pennsylvania that require a thorough investigation.

“I’ve got more information. We’re now finding potentially that 25,000 nursing home residents in different nursing homes requested mail-in ballots at the exact same time,” he said.

“You can’t ballot harvest in Pennsylvania,” Graham said. “What are the odds that 25,000 people in different locations of the same age group requested at the same time a ballot? Somebody is up to no good in these nursing homes.”

Graham said that justice demands all allegations be investigated, whether Democrats like the process or not.

“We don’t need their permission to look into these allegations. We owe it to those who voted for President Trump and the country at large to test this system. If we don’t deal with voting by mail in 2020, we will never win the White House again,” he said.

Graham said mass mail-in voting represents the biggest difference between the 2016 and 2020 elections, and Republicans need to bring order to the chaos that has been revealed.

“It is the wild, wild West at post offices and there are no rules and if we don’t come up with some rules pretty soon, we’re going to get killed in perpetuity in presidential campaigns,” he said.

Graham said with two runoff races coming up in January that could determine control of the Senate, getting to the bottom of any and every allegation of election misconduct is critical.

“Why do we want to run down every lead and count every vote? We’ve got two elections in Georgia that will decide the fate of the nation,” he said.

Incumbent GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia will each face a January runoff. With the Senate projected to be 50-48 Republican after all the Election Day votes are counted, those races will determine if the GOP keeps its majority, or if the Senate is split 50-50, giving the tie-breaking vote to the vice president.

Graham said the nation needs to thoroughly review mail-in voting.

Ex-Trump Adviser Trump in a Good Spot To Run in 2024 if He Loses

H/T Western Journal.

If President Trump does lose I think he will run for and get the 2024 nomination.

He could very well become the new Grover Cleveland serving two non consecutive terms.

Even if, by the margin of a stack of contested mail-in ballots, Democrat Joe Biden wins the presidential election, one former Trump adviser is telling Americans not to toss out those “Make America Great Again” lawn signs.

Bryan Lanza, communications director for President Donald Trump’s transition team after Trump’s 2016 triumph, said the president is in a good position to “run again four years from now.”

In 2024, Trump “will be younger than Joe Biden than his current bid for the presidency, so age isn’t the issue,” Lanza told the BBC Radio 4 program “Today” this week, according to The Independent.

Lanza identified COVID-19 as a chief issue on Biden’s watch, if he is proclaimed the winner.

“Biden will have the opportunity to guide this country out of COVID, and we’ll see what his successes and failures are. And there’s nobody in the Republican Party that can challenge President Trump in the primaries,” Lanza said.

Should Trump “lose a very tight election” he can “make a strong case to run again,” Lanza said.

After all, Trump received just shy of 63 million votes to win the 2016 election, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Even with all the votes from Tuesday not counted, Trump is at over 69 million votes this time around, The New York Times reported.

By way of contrast, 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney received about 59 million votes, according to NBC News. Former President Ronald Reagan, in his 1984 landslide victory, garnered slightly less than 54.5 million votes.

Given Trump’s ability to get votes and the unprecedented loyalty his supporters have shown, “the Republicans would step aside to let it happen,” Lanza said, referring to the possibility that Trump loses this year and runs again in 2024.

Speaking about Trump’s attempt to throw shade on Biden’s vote totals, Lanza said,  “I don’t think it’s different from what the Democrats did when they told Americans that Russians were involved in Donald Trump’s election four years ago.”

Others are speculating about what Trump might do if the legal challenges he is mounting do not go his way.

“I would absolutely expect the president to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024,” Mick Mulvaney, former acting White House chief of staff and now Trump’s special envoy to Northern Ireland, said Thursday, according to The Irish Times.

Last month, former White House aide Steve Bannon said that Trump will not walk away just because he loses a round.

“You’re not going to see the end of Donald Trump,” he told The Australian.

“I’ll make this prediction right now: If for any reason the election is stolen from or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he’s going to run for re-election in 2024,” Bannon said.

Report: Mail-in Ballot Count ‘Halted’ in Philadelphia as Democrats Challenge Court Order Allowing GOP Observers

H/T Breitbart.

This should give President Trump grounds to challenge Pennsylvania being called for Joe Pee Pads Biden.

Officials “halted” mail-in ballot counting in Philadelphia following a court order allowing GOP observers to watch the vote count — a ruling that Democrats are now looking to challenge.

Philadelphia paused the count around noon Eastern on Thursday after Democrats took an issue with a court ruling allowing Republican watchers to stand six feet from those counting the ballots. Two Democrat officials told NBC that Democrats are taking their complaint to the state’s Supreme Court:

 

 

A spokesperson for the state’s high court quickly quashed the rumor that it had overruled the lower ruling. While the spokesperson denied that a filing had been made, minutes later, they said a filing had been made:

 

“The crooked and thieving Democrats in Philly oppose having lawful observers watch ballots being counted,” Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said, questioning why Democrats would “oppose basic transparency”:

 

Earlier, Miller announced the “massive legal victory,” delivered by Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon.

Per the ruling, “all candidates, watchers, or candidate representatives be permitted to be present for the canvassing process … and be permitted to observe all aspects of the canvassing process within 6 feet, while adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, including, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing”:

 

Trump held a 116,000 as of noon Eastern, but the Biden campaign believes he will secure a victory in the Keystone State due to his advantage with mail-in ballots.

JACK NICKLAUS ENDORSES TRUMP: HE DELIVERED ON HIS PROMISES

H/T  The Trump Times.

President Trump is a rarity in the world of politics he believes that if you make a promise you keep said promise.

Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus late Wednesday endorsed President Donald Trump and encouraged undecided voters to give his candidacy another look, as the president has “delivered on his promises.”

This is not a personality contest; it’s about patriotism,” Nicklaus said in a statement posted on his Twitter account while announcing he’s already voted for the president. “His love for America and its citizens, and putting his country first, has come through loud and clear.

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He acknowledged that many people may not like what the president says or tweets, “and trust me, I have told him that,” but at the same time, “I’ve learned to look past that and focus on what he’s tried to accomplish.”

Nicklaus added that Trump’s love for the United States, its citizens, and putting the country’s interests first have come through “loud and clear.”

“How he has said it has not been important to me,” the golf champion said. “What has been important are his actions.”

Trump thanked Nicklaus for his endorsement through a tweet, calling the champion’s backing a “great honor.”

 

 

 

 

MI Gun Sales Suggest Good News For Trump

H/T Bearing Arms.

This will give President Trump a big boost in Michigan.

Hopefully every new gun owner will be a vote for President Trump.

In Tuesday’s election, one group that’s been deemed critical are so-called suburban moms. Basically, white, middle-class women with families who live outside but near larger cities. These women tend to vote Democrat much of the time. They don’t always, though, and that makes them a critical swing demographic. If you can get them to side with your guy over the other guys, you’ve got a good chance of taking a state, especially a state where the city and rural numbers have some measure of parity.

Much of the speculation surrounding a Trump defeat has hinged on many of these suburban moms simply not liking the president. In fairness, the guy is loud and brash and it’s easy to dislike him. My favorite part about the man is that he pisses off the people I want to see get pissed off, so it’s not hard to understand that he’s also pushing other people’s buttons as well.

 

That would include suburban moms.

However, recent developments may have pushed those voters past any inherent dislike of President Trump as a person and make them vote Republican. That would be the riots.

Lisa Mayo owns Flashpoint Firearms in Comstock Park, Michigan, just a few miles north of Grand Rapids.

She said her biggest sales day occurred after rioting in downtown Grand Rapids the night after a George Floyd protest took place. WOOD TV reported that the Grand Rapids Police Department headquarters was tagged with expletives. Storefront windows were smashed. Properties were destroyed. Police cruisers were torched. An estimated $2.4 million in damage was done, according to Mlive.

Mayo said her new customers “were scared” after the riots in May. “There was a lot of single mothers that were coming in, never would have believed in their whole entire life that they would own a firearm, and they came to my store and said they need to protect themselves, but more importantly, their children.”

Mayo said a “significant portion” of her customers are from the city of Grand Rapids and poor.

“They’re fearing for their lives, and their budget is around that $200-$350 price range,” she said.

Now, take that fear and pass it up the chain. Suburban housewives may already live in homes with firearms present, so they wouldn’t need to buy them.

Yeah, it’s speculation, but let’s also remember that poorer single mothers tend to vote Democrat as well, and they’re now buying guns. In fact, they’re typically a more solid Democrat voting block than suburban housewives who are just as freaked by the riots.

The truth of the matter is that while President Trump has been trying to address the riots, Democrats throughout the nation have been siding with the rioters. It wasn’t until polling data showed the riots weren’t popular that we saw former Vice President Joe Biden speak out against them.

Don’t think for a moment that doesn’t play a factor.

Now, in fairness, the above quote is anecdote, not data. It may well not translate throughout the nation by any stretch of the imagination. However, I can’t help but wonder just how universal this might be. After all, we saw riots in pretty much every state. Riots were everywhere on the news and the media covering for them as “mostly peaceful” protests didn’t likely play well with a lot of folks.

It should be interesting to see how this all plays out on Tuesday.

 
 
 

Las Vegas Oddsmaker Announces Final Prediction Trump Electoral Landslide Coming

H/T Town Hall.

Joe Pee Pads Biden is not going to know what hit him on November third.

It’s all there. All the cards fell into place. Liberals and the biased and bribed mainstream media are just too blind to see it.

 

It’s Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton all over again. It’s George H.W. Bush overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat Michael Dukakis all over again. It’s the final days of Ronald Reagan versus Jimmy Carter, when all of America broke for Reagan at the same time.

At this moment, if you’re not blind, deaf or very dumb, it’s clear that in these final days up to the election, a majority of American voters, certainly crucial voters in battleground states, are breaking to reelect President Trump.

It’s all adding up to a Trump electoral landslide.

And I’m not just talking about tightening polls, the few polls that show Trump actually in the lead or battleground states where Trump is outperforming his numbers from his race against Clinton four years ago.

Much more importantly, I’m talking early-voting numbers. Trump is doing extraordinarily well in early voting in Florida, Nevada, Iowa, North Carolina and Arizona. Trump and Republicans are outkicking the coverage. In other words, they’re kicking the Democrats’ butts — with the physical votes on Election Day still to come. And we all know Republicans rule on Election Day.

If Florida is representative of battleground states all over the country, Trump is about to win both the Florida popular vote and an electoral landslide. Democrats are panicking in Florida and all over the country.

 

Trafalgar Group, which ran the most accurate state-by-state poll of 2016 by factoring in the “shy Trump voters” (people afraid to tell a stranger on the phone they support Trump), shows Trump taking the lead this week in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Rasmussen shows Trump’s approval rating at 52%, five points better than former President Barack Obama’s at this same time in 2012 when he was heading for reelection victory.

On Friday, Poll Watch came out with its electoral map, which shows a Trump landslide of 312 electoral votes to 226.

In the end, this is all you need to know …

Trump is leading in Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County (Democratic strongholds) in early voting. That’s like winning the lottery. That’s like two lightning strikes in the same spot. That’s an election miracle.

Joe Biden added a Friday campaign event in Minnesota — another ominous sign for Democrats. A Republican hasn’t won Minnesota since 1972. Democrats clearly don’t have Minnesota locked down. If Trump wins Minnesota, then a Ronald Reagan-Walter Mondale landslide is forming. All bets are off. Trump could run the table.

I’m not a pollster. I’m a gut-instinct guy. I’m a Las Vegas oddsmaker-turned-conservative talk-show host. And I just happen to be the media personality who predicted 2016 exactly right and has been predicting a 2020 Trump electoral landslide for months — in the face of poll after poll showing double-digit leads for Joe Biden.

Here’s what I know. Here’s what my gut instinct says:

— Nothing else matters like the poll question “Are you better off than four years ago?” Fifty-six percent of voters in one survey answered yes! That’s the highest in modern history. Reagan scored 44%, and he won a 49-state landslide. Trump scored 56%.

Even more importantly, who exactly are they better off than? Common sense says they’re not voting for the guy who made them feel worse (Biden) over the guy who made the feel better (Trump).

— I know Florida is the key. If Trump wins Florida, he’s in the driver’s seat. And based on early-voting numbers, Florida appears to be a smashing Trump win.

— Next in importance comes Pennsylvania. What’s been happening in Pennsylvania lately? If you haven’t noticed, deep-blue, Democrat-controlled Philadelphia is on fire — rioting, looting, burning and injured cops. I guarantee the rest of Pennsylvania voters have noticed. This will push Trump over the edge in Pennsylvania. Democrats have clearly destroyed Philadelphia. Why would any sane Pennsylvanian voter want them to do the same thing to the entire country?

 

— Then there’s Hunter Biden’s poisonous laptop. The media and social media conspired to black out any news. It didn’t matter. The story got out. Did it change millions of votes? Nope. It merely changed a few key swing-state votes. That’s all Trump needed.

— Finally, I come to the infamous kill shot, the coup de grace. Just as I predicted weeks ago, the third-quarter gross domestic product was released on Friday. It showed 33.1% economic growth, the highest in America’s history. It was double the highest GDP in history before this.

This is proof of the Trump economic miracle. And proof Trump has handled COVID-19 in an extraordinary way. He kept us alive and, more importantly, employed. He kept our economy alive to fight another day. He kept our businesses open. We have hope; we have opportunity; we have a future. BRAVO, President Trump.

Who’d be dumb enough to vote against that record? Thirty-three percent economic growth? Who’d be dumb enough to vote against the greatest economic growth in history? My answer is no one (except a few dumb Democrats).

Game. Set. Match. Checkmate. Trump will win a smashing electoral landslide on Tuesday.

American Hostage Rescued in Late-Night SEAL Team 6 Raid

H/T Western Journal.

These terrorist need to understand there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald J.Trump and not Bathhouse Barry Obama.

An American citizen kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger this past week has been rescued in a SEAL Team 6 operation in neighboring Nigeria.

Philipe Nathan Walton was taken from his farm in southern Niger early Tuesday morning by armed kidnappers who demanded a ransom from the man’s father.

The Defense Department confirmed the operation on Saturday, saying it took place in northern Nigeria.

“This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation,” the department said in a statement.

President Donald Trump has promoted his administration’s focus on securing the release of American hostages held by militant groups abroad as well as others being detained.

“We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a U.S. citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

“Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our military, the support of our intelligence professionals, and our diplomatic efforts, the hostage will be reunited with his family. We will never abandon any American taken hostage,” he said.

Niger has faced a growing number of attacks by extremists linked to both the Islamic State group and to al-Qaida.

The kidnapping comes two months after IS-linked militants killed six French aid workers and their Niger guide while they were visiting a wildlife park east of the capital.

A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there were no solid indications that Walton’s kidnapping was an act of terror and that it was instead “trending toward a kidnapping for ransom.”

But the official said the U.S. government was concerned that the hostage could be passed to another terrorist group.

Walton is now back in Niger and no ransom was paid, according to the official.

Earlier this month, two Americans held captive by Iranian-backed militants in Yemen were released, along with a third person, in exchange for the return of about 250 of the Houthi rebels from Oman.