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5 days before apparent assassination attempt, Biden told Democrats: 'It's time to put Trump in the bull's-eye'

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 18:36

President Joe Biden made incredibly incendiary remarks to his Democrat supporters about former President Donald Trump only days prior to the apparent assassination attempt of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate.

Following his disastrous first presidential debate that caused his own party to question his race for re-election, Biden told Democratic donors on July 8: "We’re done talking about the debate. It’s time to put Trump in the bull's-eye. We can’t go another day, another day, without explaining what he’s doing, and we have to go after him."

Left-leaning Politico admitted that it was a "forceful" message from Biden.

"The forceful message from Biden — which was delivered to hundreds of top Democratic donors and bundlers in the president's National Finance Committee — is the latest evidence that the president and his allies are working furiously to stem defections in the party," Politico stated.

The first presidential debate was held on June 27, which proved to be catastrophic to President Biden and has provided fodder to calls for him to abandon his 2024 presidential campaign — even by his own party.

Biden also told donors it was time to “move forward” and he was “done talking about the debate.”

On Saturday, former President Trump was apparently a victim of an assassination attempt during a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

During his rally, shots seemingly rang out and the former President was seen bleeding from his ear.

United States Secret Service agents pounced and shielded him from any further potential injuries. Videos and photos show Trump bleeding from his ear. He was defiant after the apparent assassination attempt, raising a fist.

Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung declared that Trump was thankful to "law enforcement and first responders for their quick action during this heinous act."

Cheung added that Trump is "fine and is being checked out a local medical facility. More details will follow."

Citing the U.S. Secret Service, the Associated Press reported that the shooter fired from “an elevated position outside of the rally venue.”

One campaign rally attendee is dead, and two are reported critically injured after the shooting at the Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Secret Service chief of communications Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement that agents "neutralized the shooter, who is now deceased."

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WATCH – Glenn Beck covers Trump assassination attempt on X / Twitter

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 18:17

By now you’ve surely heard that there’s been an attempt to assassinate Donald Trump.

At a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, shots rang out from the direction of the crowd, and before anyone knew it, former President Donald Trump was being tackled by the Secret Service as blood dripped down the side of his face.

However, that didn’t stop him from pumping his fist to the frantic audience as he was dragged away to safety.

Thankfully, he is stable and in good condition.

As soon as he heard the news, Glenn Beck jumped on X, formerly Twitter, to cover the incident live and share some encouragement.

Tune in for Glenn’s coverage on X below.

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Steve Scalise following assassination attempt on Trump: 'This inciendary rhetoric must stop'

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 18:16

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and several other Republican lawmakers were practicing for a charity baseball game in 2017 when a leftist terrorist took aim at them and opened fire. Scalise, among the wounded, took a bullet to the hip. He suffered fractured bones, damaged organs, and severe bleeding.

Following the assassination attempt on President Donald Trump Saturday, Scalise noted, "For weeks Democrat leaders have been fueling ludicrous hysteria that Donald Trump winning re-election would be the end of democracy in America. Clearly we've seen far left lunatics act on violent rhetoric in the past."

"This incendiary rhetoric must stop," added Scalise.

While a handful of Democrats condemned the attempted assassination of Trump in Butler, Pennsylvania, many in their party have spent years and untold sums of money vilifying Trump and his tens of millions of supporters.

"This MAGA threat is a threat to the brick and mortar of our democratic institutions," President Joe Biden stressed in a speech last September. "It's also a threat to the character of our nation that gives our Constitution life, that binds us together as Americans, a common cause."

In December, Biden wrote, "Trump poses many threats to our country: The right to choose, civil rights, voting rights, and America's standing in the world. But the greatest threat he poses is to our democracy."

'He will destroy this country, our democracy.'

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) noted after the Trump rally shooting, "The central premise of the Biden campaign is that President Donald Trump is an authoritarian fascist who must be stopped at all costs. That rhetoric led directly to President Trump's attempted assassination."

Plenty of Democrats besides Biden have worked ardently to push this narrative despite knowing all along it was bogus.

Years after calling Trump and his fellow Republicans "enemies of the state," Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested in April that Trump is "a great threat to our democracy."

The Democratic National Committee has, for instance, has been running an ad campaign in multiple states labeling Trump not only a "fraud," a "liar," and a "denier" but also a "threat to our democracy," reported The Hill.

There have, of course, been variations on this theme.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Trump presents a "clear and present danger" both to the Congress and to the country. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), apparently reading from the same script, indicated that every moment Trump is in office is a "clear and present danger to the safety and security of the American people."

In May, California Rep. Maxine Waters (D), long a champion for street violence, attempted to paint Trump as a dictator in waiting.

Waters suggested to MSNBC talking head Jonathan Capehart that Trump would seek a third term and stated, "Donald Trump will do any and everything that he can possibly get away with. He does not at all support the Constitution of the United States of America. This is a man who we better be careful about."

Rep. Robert Garcia (D-Calif.) chimed in, telling Capehart, "If Donald Trump gets re-elected, there is no doubt that he will try to stay in office beyond his four-year term. He will destroy this country, our democracy."

Biden — whose team lashed out at Trump for using the word "bloodbath" in reference to the economic fallout of continued offshoring of jobs under the current administration — suggested on a donors-only call last week that "it's time to put Trump in a bullseye."

The New York Sun noted that unlike Trump's "bloodbath" comment, Biden's "bullseye" remark "has no banal application."

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Elon Musk endorses Trump amid apparent assassination attempt on former president at Pennsylvania rally

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 17:49

Perhaps the world's best-known billionaire, Tesla and X owner Elon Musk, has announced that he endorses former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election after Trump was apparently shot at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

"I fully endorse President Trump and hope for his rapid recovery," Musk posted to X on Saturday at 6:45 p.m., less than an hour after Trump was apparently shot and wounded in the ear during a rally in Butler.

About 90 minutes later, Musk called on the leader of Trump's Secret Service detail to resign on account of the shooting: "The head of the Secret Service and the leader of this security detail should resign."

'But then the martyr lived.'

Thankfully, Trump is "fine," a statement from the Secret Service has confirmed, though at least two people, including the suspect, are reportedly dead. There have also been reports of other injuries.

The timing of Musk's endorsement may be unexpected, but the endorsement itself is not. Reports this week indicated that Musk has already made a donation to a Trump-affiliated super PAC called America PAC. The size of the alleged donation has not been disclosed, though the PAC is expected to release a new list of donors sometime next week, The Hill reported.

Just a few months ago, Musk insisted he would not donate to either Biden or Trump, tweeting, "Just to be super clear, I am not donating money to either candidate for US President." He also previously stated that he voted for Biden in 2020 and donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016.

However, he has since seemingly changed his tune, expressing concern about right-leaning issues, including free speech, noncitizens voting in federal elections, and the immigration crisis.

Musk's endorsement of and well-wishes for Trump stand in stark contrast to at least one billionaire donor who has opened his wallet for Joe Biden.

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman has not only continued to back Biden's 2024 campaign despite other Democrats calling for the president to step aside, but he even reportedly joked recently about assassinating Trump. When tech and investment titan Peter Thiel joked that Hoffman's donations to Biden had helped turn Trump into "a martyr" of Democrat lawfare, Hoffman reportedly retorted, "Yeah, I wish I had made him an actual martyr."

After the deadly shooting at the Trump rally on Saturday, Musk called out Hoffman's apparent ill attempt at humor. "The Reid Hoffman’s of the world got their dearest wish … but then the martyr lived," he tweeted.

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'They blew his head off!' Eyewitness alleges Trump's shooter crawled onto nearby roof, law enforcement was slow to react

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 17:42

A witness to the assassination attempt on President Trump said not only that he saw the shooter get into position but that authorities were slow to react to him and other witnesses bringing the shooter's position to their attention.

A man who said he was near the Trump rally where the former president was shot at told a reporter from the BBC that he saw the shooter when he approached the rally after hosting a party.

"You weren't inside the event but you were just outside it. Tell us what you saw," the BBC reporter prompted the witness.

After noting that he was having a party, the witness said that once he and his friends heard Trump speaking, their plan was to walk across the field and listen to his remarks.

'Why is there not Secret Service on all of these roofs here?'

"We couldn't see [Trump], but we could hear him," the witness said, wearing a Trump visor.

"We walked up, and probably five to seven minutes of Trump speaking ... we noticed a guy crawling ... up the roof of the building beside us, 50 feet away from us."

"We're standing there and we're pointing at the guy," the witness continued, before the BBC reporter interrupted.

"He had a gun?"

"He had a rifle, we could clearly see him with a rifle. Absolutely," the witness said.

'The guy was on the roof right there!'

"Police were running around and we were like 'hey man, there's a guy on the roof with a rifle!' And the police were like 'huh? What?!'"

"Next thing you know I was thinking to myself, why is Trump still speaking? Why have they not pulled him off the stage, I'm standing there pointing at him for two or three minutes," he alleged.

The witness explained that he believed he saw Secret Service attempting to locate the alleged shooter with binoculars, but they were likely unable to, due to how the nearby rooftops were oriented.

"Next thing you know, five shots rang out."

The man said with "100%" certainty that the shots came from the man on the roof.

"Why is there not Secret Service on all of these roofs here? This is not a big place!" he exclaimed.

"Did you see what happened to him?" the reporter asked about the alleged shooter.

"Oh yeah, they blew his head off," the witness replied. "Secret Service blew his head off ... absolutely, 100%" he added.

"[Secret Service] crawled up on the roof, they had their guns pointed at him, made sure he was dead, he was dead, and that was it. It was over."

"The guy was on the roof right there!"

After being asked if he was familiar with firearms, the witness stated that "it was a rifle of some sort," adding that the man was seemingly wearing tan-colored clothing.

According to the Associated Press, the investigation is being treated by law enforcement as an assassination attempt, and the shooter and one victim are reported as dead.

NBC News reported that President Biden released a statement from Delaware, detailing that he was praying for Trump's health.

"I'm grateful to hear that he's safe and doing well. I'm praying for him and his family and for all those who were at the rally, as we await further information," Biden said. "Jill and I are grateful to the Secret Service for getting him to safety. There's no place for this kind of violence in America. We must unite as one nation to condemn it."

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Joe Biden condemns assassination attempt on Trump: 'I’m praying for him and his family'

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 17:35

President Joe Biden released a statement condemning the attack on former President Donald Trump during a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday.

A gunman fired at Trump as he was speaking at the rally and appeared to injure the president before the gunman was shot and killed, according to initial reports.

'We must unite as one nation to condemn it.'

Biden offered a statement calling on Americans to condemn the political violence.

"I have been briefed on the shooting at Donald Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania. I’m grateful to hear that he’s safe and doing well. I’m praying for him and his family and for all those who were at the rally, as we await further information," read the statement.

"Jill and I are grateful to the Secret Service for getting him to safety," he added. "There’s no place for this kind of violence in America. We must unite as one nation to condemn it."

Other political figures weighed in to offer prayers for the former president.

"As one whose family has been the victim of political violence, I know firsthand that political violence of any kind has no place in our society," read a statement from Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California.

"I thank God that former President Trump is safe," she added. "As we learn more details about this horrifying incident, let us pray that all those in attendance at the former President’s rally today are unharmed."

Pelosi was referring to a hammer attack on her husband at their home in San Francisco by a man who allegedly intended to kidnap Pelosi.

"There is absolutely no place for political violence in our democracy," read a statement from former President Barack Obama. "Although we don’t yet know exactly what happened, we should all be relieved that former President Trump wasn’t seriously hurt, and use this moment to recommit ourselves to civility and respect in our politics. Michelle and I are wishing him a quick recovery."

"Reports of the shooting in Pennsylvania are horrifying. Violence of any kind has no place in American politics. We are grateful for the reaction of Secret Service and other law enforcement and pray for the former president and all those injured," said former Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.).

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) also condemned the violence.

"My thoughts and prayers are with former President Trump. I am thankful for the decisive law enforcement response. America is a democracy. Political violence of any kind is never acceptable."

Former President George W. Bush also released a brief statement:

"Laura and I are grateful that President Trump is safe following the cowardly attack on his life," he wrote. "And we commend the men and women of the Secret Service for their speedy response."

"There is no place for political violence in this country, period. This is not how we solve our differences," said Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D). "I am horrified to learn of this news, and we will be following the situation closely. I am grateful for those in law enforcement who stepped in immediately."

Former President Bill Clinton registered his gratefulness.

"Violence has no place in America, especially in our political process," he said. "Hillary and I are thankful that President Trump is safe, heartbroken for all those affected by the attack at today’s rally in Pennsylvania, and grateful for the swift action of the U.S. Secret Service."

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is also running for president, called on all Americans to unite.

"Now is the time for every American who loves our country to step back from the division, renounce all violence, and unite in prayer for President Trump and his family," he said.

The Trump campaign has said that the former president is receiving medical care but will be fine.

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Shooter at Trump rally is dead, as well as at least one rally attendee: Report

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 16:58

A shooter at former President Donald Trump's rally Saturday in Butler, Pennsylvania, is dead, ABC News reported, citing Butler County District Attorney Richard A. Goldinger.

Goldinger added that one bystander is "confirmed dead" and "possibly a second" bystander is dead as well, the network noted. CNN reported the shooter was "neutralized," citing numerous law enforcement sources.

'President Trump thanks law enforcement and first responders for their quick action during this heinous act,' Trump's campaign said.

Video caught the moment Trump reached to his right ear while he was speaking, after which he ducked down and Secret Service agents surrounded him and took him off stage.

Secret Service confirmed that Trump is safe.

Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said in a statement, "President Trump thanks law enforcement and first responders for their quick action during this heinous act. He is fine and is being checked out at a local medical facility. More details will follow."

Donald Trump rushed off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang during rally

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Trump haters on social media say shooting was a hoax: 'Created by the right for sympathy and votes'

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 16:34

Former President Donald Trump was apparently shot at a Pennsylvania rally Saturday, and some on the left took the occasion to spread conspiracy theories that the shooting was a hoax.

Trump was speaking at a lectern in front of his supporters in Butler, Pennsylvania, when shots rang out. He grabbed at his ear before being engulfed by members of the Secret Service. The former president then stood up and raised his fist to the crowd. Blood was clearly dripping from his ear.

'All orchestrated by Trump.'

While many offered thoughts and prayers for the president, others in social media posts claimed that the shooting was a hoax.

"The failed shooting of President trump was clearly a hoax created by the right for sympathy and votes. Like the man is telling his security 'wait this is a perfect' and raise his fist lol," read one tweet.

"Watch, this whole thing will be found out to be a hoax. All orchestrated by Trump," said another user.

"This Trump shooting is a hoax. His bodyguards look absolutely clueless!" claimed another detractor.

"3 shots, nobody hit, don’t rush him off stage, and he makes his photo op. Nobody moves. Hoax," read another response.

"I mean, what a coincidence this Trump hoax happened in a state he needs," replied another user.

"THIS IS A HOAX just like January 6th @realDonaldTrump SET THIS UP and planned to be shot in here - close relation to trump campaign," said an account calling itself progressive.

The Secret Service has confirmed that Trump was, in fact, injured in a "security incident" and that he is being treated at a medical center.

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Trump campaign confirms former president is 'fine' after apparent assassination attempt

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 16:27

President Donald Trump was speaking to massive crowd at a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, Saturday when multiple gunshots rang out. Midway through a sentence about the fallout of illegal immigration, Trump gripped the right side of his head and crouched while U.S. Secret Service agents rushed to his aid behind the podium.

The crowd seated behind him similarly took cover, though some simply looked on in disbelief. Trump, bloodied but ever defiant, raised a fist above the phalanx of Secret Service agents, apparently said, "Fight!" repeatedly, then was escorted off the stage and toward an SUV.

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, confirmed shortly after the incident that the "Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former President is safe."

Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung indicated that Trump was thankful to "law enforcement and first responders for their quick action during this heinous act."

Cheung indicated that Trump is "fine and is being checked out a local medical facility. More details will follow."

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Video: Donald Trump whisked off stage after shots fired at campaign rally, former president seen bleeding from face

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 15:53

Former President Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania after apparent shots rang out in the air. Video and photos show Trump bleeding from the face.

Trump held a campaign rally on Saturday in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Video shows members of the U.S. Secret Service attempting to protect Trump after the popping sounds in the crowd.

Photos show blood dripping from Trump's ear and running down his face.

Trump defiantly raised a fist in the air after seemingly being shot and having blood on his face.

Trump's condition was not immediately known.

Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said in a statement, "President Trump thanks law enforcement and first responders for their quick action during this heinous act. He is fine and is being checked out at a local medical facility. More details will follow."

President Joe Biden was asked about the apparent Trump assassination attempt.

While in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, President Biden reportedly told the press that he had not been briefed about the situation regarding his Republican competitor.

Donald Trump rushed off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang during rally

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What really happened at the RNC platform committee

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 12:54

I became involved in politics in 1988. Over those years, I’ve done everything from chairing a precinct meeting to serving as a statewide elected leader in the Texas Republican Party. I’ve seen my share of political games. I understand the interactions between campaign consultants, party leadership, and grassroots activists. I’ve lived it. But what I experienced in the closed-door meeting in Milwaukee on Monday was something new.

I was elected by Republicans in Texas as one of two to serve on the National Republican Platform Committee. I’ve been elected to do this at five previous national conventions. We heard there would be well-organized efforts to remove or weaken the traditional pro-life and pro-family planks of our existing platform, and I was sent to the national convention to help protect those areas. With other pro-family leaders from across the country, we began coordinating efforts ahead of the committee meeting to keep those planks strong.

Our party should always follow its own duly enacted rules — including those requiring transparency. We should not violate or set them aside in deference to any candidate.

We knew that the Trump campaign was working in several states to get hand-picked delegates on the platform committee, blocking other elected delegates, and even at times holding unauthorized parallel conventions where campaign officials didn't follow GOP guidelines or rules to achieve their goals. In many cases, these delegates were more loyal to the campaign than to the process. It soon became obvious that the campaign had a clear majority.

All 112 platform committee delegates met in our Sunday evening orientation meeting, where the committee chairman was supposed to give us the initial draft platform for us to review overnight so we could begin our subcommittee work the next day. But that did not happen this time. We were given no platform to review. And all of our committee proceedings were ordered closed.

According to party rules, national platform proceedings have traditionally been streamed live, usually on C-Span, for all the world to see. This time they were not.

Each delegate entering the room the next morning to begin work on the platform was required to place his or her phone and smart watch in a sealed Faraday bag that only the RNC or campaign staff could open. In fact, when one committee member later took out his computer to make notes for himself, eight staffers and two security guards came over and physically took his computer from him. Yet the RNC and campaign staffers were allowed to retain and use their phones and devices.

At least 50 RNC staffers lined the walls. They walked around watching and monitoring delegates as if we were schoolchildren locked in detention, ensuring no one was using a hidden phone or computer.

The RNC dispensed with the usual subcommittee meetings and went directly to considering the platform wording, which none of us had been allowed to see previously. Of course, we had many questions and objections, but the committee chairman quickly shut us down. Delegates Tony Perkins of Louisiana and state Sen. Jim Dotson of Arkansas both attempted to speak and ask questions. They were quickly quieted by the chairman and voted down by the campaign-picked delegates.

Whenever a vote was taking place, the campaign had a staffer at the front who walked around holding up a sign that read, “Vote Yes,” instructing campaign-picked delegates how to vote on each issue. One first-time delegate asked a seatmate why they were doing that. The response: “They don’t think you’re smart enough to think for yourself.”

Our traditional values side never had more than 29 votes against the campaign’s strong-arm efforts. The intimidation was simply too much. In fact, when votes were taken, staffers took pictures of delegates who voted against the campaign and the RNC’s heavy-handed process.

Ironically, the platform passed with less than an hour of actual voting and debate time. Not a single change to its campaign-written content was allowed for consideration. To put this in perspective, the four previous conventions allocated a full week to build the platform from the grassroots up, starting with subcommittee meetings and then having the full committee approve and release the final product.

This cycle’s process was fully orchestrated and executed by the campaign and RNC staff, down to every motion, every second, and every vote. It was a brilliantly executed political strong-arm move by the campaign and RNC leadership; it also completely killed the transparent grassroots process that has been a hallmark of the Republican Party platform process.

When the meeting adjourned, more than 20 of us signed on to an unofficial “Platform Minority Report,” which read in part:

The Declaration is the heritage of all Americans, always true but likewise always straining to be realized, for the slave as well as for the free, for women as well as for men, for the poor as well as the rich. For Republicans, from the very inception of our party, the words of the Declaration took form in two overarching moral propositions, that is, the rejection and elimination of what our very first platform in 1856 called “the twin relics of barbarism”: slavery and polygamy. We note with sober reflection how vast a cost the people of the United States paid for the achievement of that platform’s commitments, and how long a period passed before those goals could be achieved.

Today we observe the vitality of a more recent but analogous set of commitments, embodied most prominently in the promise of the Republican Party to preserve the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death. That commitment made its way into the platform of 1976, twelve decades after that original session in Philadelphia. That commitment to a human life amendment and a call for the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection application to children before birth has been repeated in every platform since and, by this declaration of principle, we extend it now. In no season, under no rationale spurred by the exigencies of a political moment, can or should we abandon the high principles that have created and sustained this party, with God’s grace, into a third century.

I will be actively involved from now to November, but I also believe we must always look beyond the next election and work to preserve and promote the enduring ideals that ensure life and prosperity for future generations. I further believe that the end does not justify the means, even if it is for our side.

To be clear, I am not indicting this year’s platform but rather the process. The positions on pro-life, pro-family, and pro-Israel were definitely weakened, but there are still many, many aspects of the platform’s 57-item agenda I enthusiastically support. This includes Donald Trump’s plans for fighting crime, increasing energy production, securing the borders, de-federalizing education, protecting women’s sports, and many other issues that Republicans and common-sense Americans believe to be important.

If Republicans remain silent now, our opportunity to have a voice of influence in the party platform in the future may be gone.

The long-term danger of this platform process is that it sets a precedent for future Republican presidential nominees to turn the platform into their personal campaign agendas. While all campaigns should have and publicize their agendas, the Republican Party's platform has historically been a statement of the beliefs and principles of Republicans, not of a single candidate. This tradition dates to the first platform penned in 1856. Our principles should always transcend and go beyond the term of office of any individual candidate.

To ensure grassroots influence in the future, the average Republican must contact his state RNC members and insist on reclaiming the process. Our party should always follow its own duly enacted rules — including those requiring transparency. We should not violate or set them aside in deference to any candidate.

Going forward, Republicans in states across the country should reaffirm their commitment to the principles of life, family, and Israel through their own state party platforms and by expressing their thoughts on the process and the platform to RNC leadership. If Republicans remain silent now, our opportunity to have a voice of influence in the party platform in the future may be gone.

Having said this, the difference between the choices in November remains stark and clear. Former President Trump is by far the strongest candidate in the race on pro-family issues, and for four years in office, he demonstrated his support for these issues, including through his judicial nominees. He also knows there are only two sexes; that parents’ rights over their children surpass those of any government official; that the U.S. Department of Education is unconstitutional and must go; that weaponization of the government must stop; and much else.

President Trump covers all of this in his 2024 campaign platform — which every American should read.

Then read Joe Biden’s and the Democrats' platform. Their most recent is 2020; it will be the end of August before they have one for this campaign.

Then make your choice and vote — and make sure your friends vote, too.

Illegal immigrant allegedly stabs 2 children to death in Wisconsin

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 12:21

An illegal immigrant is accused of stabbing his two children to death and injuring his wife in Wisconsin. The Mexican native accused of murdering his daughters had been living in the United States illegally, according to reports.

Victor Manuel Gomez Acosta was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and attempted homicide. If convicted on the charges, he could face up to life in prison.

Acosta Gomez remains in custody at the Clark County Jail on a $1 million bond. He also has an immigration detainer filed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that will hold him in custody.

According to WEAU, police responded to an emergency call that a woman had been stabbed around 1:40 a.m. on July 5 in Abbotsford, Wisconsin. The woman told investigators that she was sleeping when the stabbing occurred.

Police discovered two children with fatal stab wounds at the crime scene.

WQOW-TV reported that one of the children suffered 20 stab wounds to her chest, back, neck, hand, and arm. Some allegedly appeared to be defensive wounds. The other girl was stabbed 16 times, mostly in the chest and neck area.

The mother of the children was also stabbed multiple times, but she survived and needed critical medical treatment.

The mother of the children was stabbed roughly 17 times, including slicing her vocal cords and another was extremely close to her jugular vein. She required emergency surgery.

Police officers allegedly surrounded the trailer home where Acosta Gomez had been residing and the standoff lasted about 30 minutes until he surrendered.

Acosta Gomez reportedly had self-inflicted stab wounds and was transported to the Marshfield Medical Center for his injuries before being medically cleared to be transported to the Clark County Jail.

The Colby-Abbotsford Police Department said in a press release that a motive for the stabbing "has not been identified at this time."

An investigation into the fatal stabbings has been launched by the Colby-Abbotsford Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Wisconsin State Crime Lab, Wisconsin State Patrol, Clark County District Attorney’s Office, Clark County Coroner’s Office, and the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office.

Citing ICE officials, Fox News reported that Gomez Acosta entered the U.S. legally at the port of entry in Laredo, Texas, in September 2016. However, he allegedly violated the terms of his entry conditions.

Colby-Abbotsford Police Department Police Chief Alex Bowman informed Just the News that Gomez Acosta entered the U.S. on a six-month work permit but overstayed the legal time period he was allowed to work.

The police department said Gomez Acosta was previously arrested for Operating While Intoxicated/Impaired (OWI) by an outside jurisdiction and arrested for another OWI offense in Colby-Abbotsford.

Bowman told the outlet that it has been extremely difficult to get ICE to take custody of illegal immigrants who commit crimes since 2020.

“Prior to 2020, it was a lot easier to work with ICE and immigration and now their hands are tied on a lot of things,” Bowman said. “I can tell you that even felons we’ve arrested for felony crimes and stuff, immigration still hasn’t come and gotten them.”

“I used to see immigration [officials] all the time over here,” he added. “Now, I haven’t heard from ICE in four years. It’s terrible.”

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George Clooney helps raise $28 MILLION for Biden — then joins push to OUST him

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 12:00

President Joe Biden may continue to claim he’s fit to remain president, but his supporters aren’t so sure.

In a recent New York Times op-ed titled, “George Clooney: I love Joe Biden. But we need a new nominee,” Clooney makes the case for Biden stepping down and allowing another Democrat to take on Donald Trump in the 2024 election.

“I love Joe Biden. As a senator. As a vice president and as a president. I consider him a friend, and I believe in him. ... In the last four years, he’s won many of the battles he’s faced. ... But one battle he cannot win is the fight against time. None of us can,” Clooney wrote in the op-ed.

“It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘big F-ing deal’ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate,” Clooney continued.

“Joe Biden is a hero; he saved democracy in 2020. We need him to do it again in 2024,” he concluded.

While Sara Gonzales and Dave Rubin agree that Biden is unfit to be in the White House, they’re not totally sold on Clooney’s little think piece.

“How many shots of Casamigos did he have before he wrote that thing,” Rubin jokes, while Gonzales laughs. “First off, Joe Biden did not save democracy. Secondly, he has not done anything positive, if you really care about America, in the three-and-a-half years of this sham, absurd administration.”

Rubin believes this all actually has “something to do with Barack Obama.”

“At the end of that event, the way he carried him offstage,” Rubin explains. “The way he put his arm around him was so condescending, and that was Obama to me, signaling to everybody, 'Don’t worry, this is really me in charge.'”

“They’re realizing, 'Uh-oh, Biden is not going to win so we better replace him quick so that we have a chance for Barack to have his fourth term,'” he adds.

Gonzales notes that on May 20, Clooney called a top White House official to complain about Biden condemning the ICC and calling its arrest warrants outrageous “because Joe Biden was dissing his wife.”

Strangely enough, Clooney also threw a massive fundraiser with Biden, where together they raised around $28 million for the Biden campaign.

“Then shortly afterwards, we hear George Clooney is all of a sudden like, ‘Oh, you know, changed my mind,’” Gonzales says, wondering what's really behind the sudden change.

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer, sex therapist turned pop icon, has died

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 09:48

Dr. Ruth Westheimer – the famous sex therapist who became a pop icon, a media personality, and best-selling author – has died. Westheimer passed away on Friday at the age of 96.

Pierre Lehu – Westheimer's publicist and who co-authored books with her – confirmed the celebrity death of the famous sex guru. Westheimer died at her home in New York City surrounded by family.

"She was restful when she passed away. Her son and daughter were with her and holding her hand at that moment. It was as peacefully as she could possibly go," Lehu told People magazine. "It's amazing, there was stuff still going on in her life [she has a book coming out this fall with Allison Gilbert] and someone wants to make a biopic about her."

Lehu did not offer any further details of Westheimer's death.

Westheimer was born Karola Ruth Siegel in Germany in 1928.

Westheimer described herself as "an orphan of the Holocaust" after losing her entire family during World War II.

At age 10, she was sent by her parents on a train to Switzerland to escape Kristallnacht. Westheimer never saw her parents again.

At 16, Westheimer moved to Palestine and reportedly joined the Haganah – the underground movement for Israeli independence. Westheimer was trained as a sniper, but she said she never shot at anyone.

Westheimer suffered severe leg injuries when a bomb exploded in her dormitory, killing many of her friends.

Westheimer developed numerous sex education programs after graduating from Columbia University. She delivered lectures at Yale, Hunter, Princeton, and Columbia universities.

In 1980, she began her call-in show "Sexually Speaking" on sex education.

By 1984, her radio show was nationally syndicated.

In 1985, she starred in her own TV show called "The Dr. Ruth Show."

She was a regular guest on popular late-night talk shows.

Westheimer penned more than 40 books and also wrote a nationally syndicated advice column.

She even had a board game named after her: "Dr. Ruth’s Game of Good Sex."

Westheimer was married three times. Her last husband – Manfred Westheimer who she married in 1961 – died of heart failure in 1997.

Westheimer is survived by her two children, Miriam and Joel, and four grandchildren.

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Country music stars cry racism over Texas music festival 'incident' involving a cotton plant

Sat, 07/13/2024 - 08:30

Jason Whitlock has a new segment on his show called Justice for TT, where he finds “the most outlandish ... far-fetched claims of racism” so that he can “demand justice” (i.e., mock the absurdity).

Today’s subject involves the War and Treaty – a country music husband-wife duo who threw a fit when they found a certain plant in their greenroom at the Coca-Cola Sips & Sounds Summer Festival in Texas.

Country Music Stars Cry Racism Over 'Incident' at Texas Music Festival

“The War and Treaty felt ‘betrayed’ after finding cotton plant in dressing room,” says Jason, reading from a People magazine headline.

According to the article, the duo found the presence of the botanical “deeply offensive.” Tanya Trotter was especially upset considering she’s “the granddaughter of a sharecropper.”

“Beyond it just being about racism, it’s broader now,” she said. “It’s now a safety issue because we have to feel safe coming to these festivals.”

Tanya’s husband, Michael Trotter, shared his wife’s offense.

“Anger is what I felt. Disrespect is what I felt. Sadness is what I felt — sadness not just because of what that plant represents to people who look like me but sadness for myself because I am a son of this country,” he lamented.

Jason finds the “incident” funny and certainly worthy of mockery.

“Do these people wear cotton underwear? Cotton T-shirts? Where does it end?” he asks.

Apparently, Tanya Trotter’s “grandfather actually bought the plantation he picked cotton on,” and her family “still lives there," but Jason only sees hypocrisy.

“Your grandfather bought a plantation that grew cotton, so when your grandfather would step out of the house and look at a cotton field did he go, ‘Oh my God, there's cotton, I'm so traumatized!’?” he asks.

“People magazine and many other media outlets picked up on this story, and they're treating it seriously,” laughs Jason, adding that this is clearly the work of people who are looking to “hunt down some racism.”

To hear more of the story, check out the clip above.

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Florida woman incited massive riot of hundreds of people after skating rink canceled her party, police say

Fri, 07/12/2024 - 19:39

Florida police said a woman incited a riot involving hundreds of people after a skating rink canceled her party for violating its agreement and trying to throw a much larger party.

Between 400 and 500 people rioted in May at the parking lot of the Astro Skate rink in Tampa and led to about 26 arrests. Police announced that they were trespassing and issued multiple warnings, but they continued to riot.

'For y’all, if y’all still go up there, tear the f*** out of them. I’ve got some money for y’all.'

The rioters fought and vandalized nearby businesses, and it took police officers about six hours to disperse the crowd. One girl was thrown through the glass window of a barber's shop, reportedly causing $1,200 of damage and injuring the girl.

After an investigation, police said in a media conference on Thursday morning that they had arrested 36-year-old Stephanie Pedroso for inciting the riot in revenge for canceling a party she said was for her daughter's 18th birthday.

The skating rink's owner, Chris Maganias, told WTSP-TV that Pedroso refused to hire off-duty deputies for the event and then sold tickets in violation of their agreement. She also allegedly marketed the event as something other than a birthday party.

"The kind of stuff with booty contest, and all that nonsense, that's not for us, so we were within our rights to cancel her party and that's what we did," said Maganias.

"She came in, flipped out, cussed and screamed and posted nonsense about [coming] to the skating rink the next night," he added.

Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said that Pedroso went streaming live on her daughter's Instagram account and asked for people to riot at the business while promising to pay them.

"Using social media to weaponize our youth is absolutely deplorable," the sheriff said. "As a parent, I cannot fathom what went through this woman's mind when she put lives at risk to provoke this mayhem."

Chronister said Pedroso made violent and vulgar statements in addition to using racial slurs.

“For y’all, if y’all still go up there, tear the f*** out of them. I’ve got some money for y’all, and I’ll pay y’all a**," she allegedly told people.

'This is a stark reminder of how quickly situations can spiral out of control.'

Chronister excoriated Pedroso for her alleged actions.

"I want to be clear: Using social media to encourage people to riot and destroy businesses is completely unacceptable, and we will not tolerate that here in Hillsborough County," he added. "This is a stark reminder of how quickly situations can spiral out of control and shows the importance of responsible behavior and the consequences of inciting violence."

Pedroso will face a stiffer penalty if convicted because of new legislation passed in Florida in 2021. She could be imprisoned for up to five years based on that change in the law.

Hillsborough State Attorney Suzy Lopez said in a statement that the case had nothing to do with free speech.

"This case is not about peaceful protesters. This case is about rioters and in Hillsborough County, we will prosecute rioters," she said.

In addition to the charge of inciting a riot, Pedroso was charged with unlawful use of a two-way communications device and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Her husband was also charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.

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Ohio mother dies after jumping on car being stolen with her 6-year-old son inside, police say

Fri, 07/12/2024 - 17:55

Ohio police said a woman died trying to save her 6-year-old from a carjacker by jumping onto the hood of her car.

The tragic incident unfolded at the White Oak Park Condominiums in Columbus on Thursday at about 1:30 a.m. when 29-year-old Alexa Stakely went to pick her son up from a babysitter.

'They absolutely know what they did. They know publicly at this point what has happened.'

Stakely brought out the sleeping boy to the Honda-CRV and then returned to the home to pick up his belongings, but she left the car running.

That's when someone tried to steal the car.

The woman yelled at them to stop and said her child was in the car, but they kept driving, so she jumped on the hood to try to stop them.

Police said she fell off the car and was injured so severely she died later at Mount Carmel East Hospital.

Witnesses told police that they saw two males run away from the vehicle and escape into another apartment complex. The boy was found unharmed in the abandoned car, still sleeping.

Police believe that the two men who tried to steal Stakely's car were a part of a group of men who were seen looking into apartments in the area just before the incident.

“We believe there are multiple involved. We know that between the multiple suspects that we believe were involved, they absolutely know what they did. They know publicly at this point what has happened,” said Sgt. James Fuqua.

Investigators said two of the males in the group matched the description of the two attempted carjackers.

Police asked people in the area to review footage from security cameras in hopes that someone got video useful to their investigation.

Stakely worked as a speech-language pathologist in the preschool program at Winchester Trail Elementary. She also had a second job as a server in order to help provide for her child.

Her younger brother, Hayden Swartz, told WBNS-TV that she was an amazing mother to her child.

“She was an extremely amazing person who had a heart for kids and teaching kids, being in SLP and was just brilliant about her work,” he added.

He went on to call on those responsible for her death to turn themselves in.

“Do what is right. Justice needs to be served and people need to learn their lesson that there's law in this community and in this world,” he added.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for the needs of her child.

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Meta removes restrictions from Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts

Fri, 07/12/2024 - 16:51

Meta announced Friday that it would remove certain restrictions that had been placed on the Facebook and Instagram accounts of former President Donald Trump.

The restrictions were placed on his social media accounts in the wake of the rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by some Trump supporters who sought to overturn the official results of the presidential election.

'These penalties were a response to extreme and extraordinary circumstances.'

Meta had previously allowed Trump access to his accounts in Feb. 2023 but added restrictions that meant he faced “heightened penalties for repeat offenses." The accounts could have been “suspended for between one month and two years” if he violated their terms of service.

Those restrictions have now been removed.

"In assessing our responsibility to allow political expression, we believe that the American people should be able to hear from the nominees for president on the same basis," said Nick Clegg, the company's president of global affairs.

"In reaching this conclusion, we also considered that these penalties were a response to extreme and extraordinary circumstances, and have not had to be deployed," he added.

Trump had excoriated the social media platforms that suspended him but was able to garner attention when he joined Truth Social, a platform created by a former campaign aide. He has since posted his messages to that platform and ignored X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

In Dec. 2022, a group of Democrats sent a letter to Meta begging them to keep the ban on Trump based on their anger over his insistence that the results of the 2020 election were fraudulent.

"Social media is rooted in the belief that open debate and the free flow of ideas are important values, especially at a time when they are under threat in many places around the world," read a statement from Meta in 2023.

"The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying — the good, the bad and the ugly — so that they can make informed choices at the ballot box," the company added.

Democrats have tried to pin responsibility of the Jan. 6 rioting on Trump, but he has been able to escape culpability thus far. One poll found in Dec. 2021 that 60% of adults said that Trump bore some or most of the responsibility for the Capitol rioting, but only 50% said the same a year later in Jan. 2024.

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'Blaze News Tonight' RECAP: Project 2025, the SAVE Act, and Inflation

Fri, 07/12/2024 - 16:00

The left is panicking over Project 2025, villainizing it as far-right extremism, but what's really in the document? Heritage Foundation president and co-author of the initiative Kevin Roberts joins the show to answer questions and debunk lies regarding Project 2025. Next, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) explains the SAVE Act — a bill that would bar non-citizens from voting in the 2024 election. Democrats have largely voted against it; Biden has even vowed to veto it, and yet, 81% of the American people agree that only American citizens should have the right to vote in U.S. elections. What the people want is crystal clear, but how likely is the SAVE Act to pass prior to November? Finally, Carol Roth joins the program to tell us the truth about inflation, including what the recent one-tenth drop means for the average American.

Project 2025: Heritage President DEBUNKS Lies | Guests: Kevin Roberts & Sen. Mike Lee | 7/11/24

Heritage Foundation president Kevin Roberts on Project 2025

Democrats are in an uproar over Project 2025, calling the initiative far-right extremism and attempting to attach the document to Donald Trump, who has denied any affiliation. Headed by the Heritage Foundation, Project 2025 is a detailed plan of policy proposals for the next conservative administration. What's in the document, though? Kevin Roberts, Heritage Foundation president and co-author of Project 2025, joins the show to "separate fact from fiction."

The list of lies liberals are spreading about Project 2025 grows longer by the day, but "the one thing they get right," Roberts says, "is that we call for the utter elimination of the U.S. Department of Education."

As for the people "doxxing" and "threatening" those behind Project 2025, Roberts promises unapologetic prosecution.

"We are going to prosecute you, and we're going to do that using every ounce of the law. It's going to be peaceful; it's going to be lawful, but you have picked the wrong fight," he says.

Sen. Mike Lee on the SAVE Act

Among the many fears Americans harbor regarding Biden's open border policies that have ushered in millions and millions of illegal immigrants is the concern that non-citizens will be given voting rights prior to the 2024 election, potentially changing the outcome. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), however, alongside Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and House Speaker Mike Johnson, have proposed the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act that aims to ensure only American citizens can vote in the 2024 election. Unsurprisingly, most Democrats have voted against it. Biden has also mentioned vetoing the bill.

Sen. Mike Lee, who joins the show, explains that liberal opposition to the bill is rooted in Democrats' desire to "rely on non-citizens" to impact "a federal election" — something he calls "terrifying."

While Lee admits that they face "some heavy obstacles to passing [the SAVE Act]," he knows that should the bill be voted down, the decision "is going to come at a price," granted "81% of American voters agreed that only citizens — only American citizens — should vote in federal elections," which is "a huge bipartisan supermajority."

Sen. Lee also broke down his op-ed on Blaze News, which discusses the legal lawfare the left has used to take down Trump. "[Democrats] are the rule of law," he says, adding that "Democrats love throwing around ... the term 'our democracy,' and yet, when they use the term democracy, they're more often than not talking about something that is the exact opposite of democracy."

As for President Biden's cognitive decline, Lee says his Democratic colleagues "are referring behind closed doors to this situation ... as the 'Weekend at Bernie's' chat."

"I think they've finally started to accept the fact that they've pushed it so far they can't take it any farther."

Carol Roth on inflation

Blaze News contributor and author of "You Will Own Nothing" Carol Roth joins the show to tell us the truth about inflation, one of the biggest — if not the biggest — complaint of American citizens.

"The top issue on Americans’ minds as they head to the polls is the economy," Roth wrote in her recent article "The GOP needs to stay focused on inflation, not cognition."

Roth, who agrees that Biden's mental acuity is a problem, argues that his administration's destructive policies — including the ones driving inflation through the roof — are the far more pressing issue.

"We're missing the opportunity when we're talking about his cognitive decline to talk about the fact that whether it's Biden or someone they put in his place ... these are the broader policies of not just this man but of the Democrats and that if we want to save our country, we need to be making a change in holding those people accountable, and that goes farther than just Joe Biden," she says.

As for inflation, which as of yesterday was down "one-tenth of 1%," Roth says she isn't hopeful it will make a real difference for the average American.

"A quarter of a percentage point, which is probably what is on the table today for September (if that even happens) isn't going to change things meaningfully," she says, adding that she thinks "we need to see something like a 1% cut ... then maybe Americans start to feel a little bit of relief in terms of anything that is tied to an interest rate."

"The most meaningful thing it will mean is that the $35 trillion in debt we have — that big portion of it that needs to be refinanced plus the almost $2 trillion deficits that we're running that need to be financed — they will be able to be financed hopefully at lower interest rates, which will overtime, theoretically, bring down the deficits and hopefully have a positive impact on inflation ... that's the best we can hope for."

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Judge tosses out involuntary manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin

Fri, 07/12/2024 - 15:45

A New Mexico judge tossed out involuntary manslaughter charges against Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin on Friday in a stunning development.

Baldwin was facing charges over the Oct. 2021 accidental shooting on the set of his movie "Rust" that took the life of 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza. Baldwin has maintained his innocence and even claimed at one point that he didn't even pull the trigger on the gun.

'The state is highly culpable for its failure to provide discovery to the defendant.'

Baldwin's attorneys argued that prosecutors were hiding new evidence after they failed to hand over the evidence to the defense. The evidence were bullets that they said were relevant to the case.

Lead prosecutor Kari Morrissey testified that she did not believe the bullets had evidentiary value, but the judge disagreed.

“The state is highly culpable for its failure to provide discovery to the defendant,” Sommer said. “Dismissal with prejudice is warranted.”

Baldwin broke down in tears after Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer made her decision.

No new charges can be brought up against Baldwin.

Baldwin could have faced up to 18 months in prison had he been convicted.

This is a breaking story and will updated with additional information.

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