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‘View’ Gushes Over Cindy McCain’s ‘Brave’ Biden Endorsement: ‘Wish More Republicans’ Would ‘Put Country Over Party’

In between their constant, bitter attacks against Republicans, The View co-hosts found time Tuesday to fawn over the kind of Republican they actually like — the ones who campaign for Democrats. Cindy McCain was welcomed to the show where she spent the entire first segment appealing to Americans to vote for Joe Biden. 

After giving their condolences for her mother-in-law’s passing as well as congratulations for daughter and co-host Meghan McCain giving birth to a girl, Joy Behar immediately began touting her “brave” endorsement. She wondered if Republicans had “turned on her”:

[Y]ou bravely crossed the aisle and threw your support behind Joe Biden. How is that playing with your home state and with your friends, your Republican friends? Are they okay with that or turning on you? What’s going on?

Really how surprising or “brave” is it that McCain is endorsing Biden, given her family’s self-admitted friendship with the Bidens and her late husband’s bitter history with President Trump? But it’s in the media’s interest to hype these types of endorsements for the left. 

McCain carefully avoided discussing Biden’s left-wing policies in her appeal for why he should be president. She instead touted the debunked anonymous Atlantic report about Trump disparaging fallen soldiers to say she wanted Biden and Harris because they can return us to “civility” and “put us back on the right track.” But McCain spoke in praise of Biden at the DNC and then endorsed him September 23 after The Atlantic hitjob was published September 3.

Regardless, the co-hosts eagerly praised the endorsement with “love it” and “good for you.” Sunny Hostin also made sure McCain talked up Harris, asking about her work with the Senator to prosecute human traffickers. Afterwards, the hosts gushed over how “beautiful,” “elegant,” and “wonderful” it was to see a Republican speaking about Biden at the DNC:

WHOOPI: The great thing is that you don’t always have to agree 100% with what somebody stands for. 

MCCAIN: Right. 

WHOOPI: You have to agree they are the best person to take the country in hand and move us forward and so I just have to say it was beautiful to see and such a — as Joy said, it was really elegant and wonderful. I appreciate it. It’s not even about left and right. It’s about forward. How do we get forward and past this insanity? 

As McCain rehashed how her late husband’s relationship with Biden showed what was “right with America,” “putting country above party,” Joy Behar hoped more Republicans would follow the McCain example and side with Democrats. Funny how bipartisanship never requires Democrats to side with Republicans:

BEHAR: Your husband proved that when he saved– 

WHOOPI; It’s good to see. 

BEHAR:– Your husband saved the ACA [Affordable Care Act]. Your husband really went in here and saved the ACA. It was like a moment of total patriotism. I really believe Cindy we’re in an emergency situation in this country right now with Trump and his enablers. I absolutely salute you for putting country above party. It really is inspiring. I wish more Republicans would do that…

Behar and Whoopi ended the segment complaining about Republicans being unwilling to “lose their jobs,” (i.e. their seats in Congress, to defect to the left).

Just last month, The View brought on another Republican Biden-endorser in John Kasich to convince conservatives that Biden is a moderate.

Republicans eager to trash the president and endorse Joe Biden are given special treatment by the media. Some networks even reward them by giving them TV gigs! 

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Read the transcript below:

The View

10/13/2020

JOY BEHAR: Let me ask you a political question, because you bravely crossed the aisle and threw your support behind Joe Biden. How is that playing with your home state and with your friends, your Republican friends? Are they okay with that or turning on you? What’s going on? 

CINDY MCCAIN: The reason I did this is because I, like many Americans, want a country that’s more civil, that has a leader that is not only — not only has a plan for not just covid, but a plan for the country to dig out of this mess. More importantly respects our troops, respects our men and women who serve. I just don’t believe my two sons are losers and suckers. There were a lot of reasons. That was the culminating portion of it. I really believe that Joe can put us on the right track. Something has to put us back on the right track. I believe both Joe and Kamala can do that. 

WHOOPI: Love it. 

BEHAR: Good for you. 

SUNNY HOSTIN:  Speaking about Kamala, you said it wasn’t just about Joe Biden. You worked with his running mate Senator Kamala Harris before. Can you tell us a little bit about that? 

MCCAIN: Well, I’ve worked with Kamala on human trafficking issues and in particular on the back page issue with Kamala was a huge portion of, making sure we put those guys — try those guys and put them away. That was a huge thing that she was able to help us get shut down. She’s a brilliant mind, not only in that arena, but many different issues as well. They make a good team.

WHOOPI: The great thing is that you don’t always have to agree 100% with what somebody stands for. 

MCCAIN: Right. 

WHOOPI: You have to agree they are the best person to take the country in hand and move us forward and so I just have to say it was beautiful to see and such a — as Joy said, it was really elegant and wonderful. I appreciate it. It’s not even about left and right. It’s about forward. 

[cross-talk agreement]

WHOOPI: How do we get forward and past this insanity? 

[cross-talk]

CINDY MCCAIN: The thing about Joe and John were — they were a perfect example of what was right about America. They worked together. They didn’t always agree. In fact they rarely agreed on any issue. They worked together for the good of the country, not the good of the party. They would argue, and have lunch afterwards. It was truly what the system was about in those days. 

BEHAR: Your husband proved that when he saved– 

WHOOPI; It’s good to see. 

BEHAR:– Your husband saved the ACA. Your husband really went in here and saved the ACA. It was like a moment of total patriotism. I really believe Cindy we’re in an emergency situation in this country right now with Trump and his enablers. I absolutely salute you for putting country above party. It really is inspiring. I wish more Republicans would do that. They’re so scared of him. They’re scared of losing their job. You know how many jobs I have lost in my day? So many jobs. And yet they’re so scared of losing their jobs. It’s not the worst thing in the world to lose your job! It’s upsetting every day to watch this.

WHOOPI: Sometimes people need a change. I suspect we’ll see a lot of what happens when the election happens. I think we’ll see a lot of changes happening and I think it’s good because the thing you can’t ever do with America is you can’t take your eye off the prize. The prize is the American people. Once you sort of put them to the side, they don’t really want to mess with you very much. 

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‘Dodging Questions’: CBS Anchor Smears ACB for Following ‘Ginsburg Rule’

Ever since the vile left invented the idea of “Borking” a judicial nominee in the late 1980s, it has been the precedent that nominees would not comment on how they would rule on any given topic. It was Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s staunch application of the precedent that gave it the name “the Ginsburg Rule.” Even recent judicial nominee has adhered to this precedent, yet according to CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell, it was Judge Amy Coney Barrett “dodging questions” from Democrats.

From the moment she started speaking, O’Donnell was trying to gaslight her viewers. In the opening tease, the anchor huffed about how Barrett “gave few specifics” on “how she’d rule on abortion, guns, and health care.”

Refusing to acknowledge the precedent that even liberal Justices Kagan and Sotomayor followed, O’Donnell insisted Judge Barrett was “dodging questions”:

President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, has spent the day defending her judicial philosophy, and dodging questions about how she’d rule on future cases, including next month’s challenge to ObamaCare. Barrett also refused to say how she would rule on abortion, insisting she has not made deals with the President or the White House.

And while she would not commit to recusing herself from any election-related cases, Barrett said she would not be used as a pawn by the President to decide the election in his favor.

CBS chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes agreed with O’Donnell and began her report by echoing Democrats who “accuse her of being evasive about some of her positions.” At the same time, the on-screen headline read: “Barrett refuses to answer questions on abortion, health care law.”

 

 

After noting that Barrett testified that she would be her own justice and not just a carbon copy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Cordes suggested: “On many issues, though, she declined to share her views.” She then ran this series of edited soundbites of the Judge:

It’s not something really that’s appropriate for me to comment on. [Transition] I’ve never expressed a view on it. [Transition] I can’t answer questions like that.

And when she finally got around to acknowledging the existence of the “Ginsburg Rule,” Cordes framed it as something Barrett “said she was just following.” “But Ginsburg did state her support for abortion rights back then, while Barrett refused today to discuss her personal opposition to Roe v. Wade,” she went on to chide.

That was followed up with a soundbite of California Senator Dianne Feinstein lashing out at Judge Barrett, saying: “On something that is really a major cause with major effect on over half of the population of this country who are women, it’s distressing not to get a straight answer.”

Cordes then touted how “[a]s expected, Democrats pressed her on ObamaCare.” She rebuked Barrett’s testimony that she was “not hostile to the ACA” by declaring: “President Trump has explicitly said he is choosing justices who will overturn the law.” And she also complained about how Barrett “would not say if she agreed with the court’s 2015 decision guaranteeing the right to same-sex marriage.”

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The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

CBS Evening News
October 13, 2020
6:32:19 p.m. Eastern

NORAH O’DONNELL: But we’re going to begin with that marathon confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill that is now stretching into the night. President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, has spent the day defending her judicial philosophy, and dodging questions about how she’d rule on future cases, including next month’s challenge to ObamaCare. Barrett also refused to say how she would rule on abortion, insisting she has not made deals with the President or the White House.

And while she would not commit to recusing herself from any election-related cases, Barrett said she would not be used as a pawn by the President to decide the election in his favor.

With her confirmation all but certain in the Republican-controlled Senate, tonight, Democrats are focused less on stopping her appointment and more on making it a key campaign issue just three weeks before election day.

There’s a lot of new reporting to get to tonight. Our team of correspondents is standing by to cover it all. CBS’ Nancy Cordes is going to lead off our coverage tonight from Capitol Hill. Good evening, Nancy.

NANCY CORDES: Norah, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has been on the hot seat for more than eight hours now. And both sides are praising her knowledge and her eloquence, even as Democrats accuse her of being evasive about some of her positions.

[Cuts to video]

Senators scanned Barrett’s background today for clues about how she would rule.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): People say that you’re a female Scalia. What would you say?

CORDES: Barrett clerked for the conservative giant in 1998.

JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT: Justice Scalia was obviously a mentor. But I want to be careful to say that if I’m confirmed you would not be getting Justice Scalia. You would be getting Justice Barrett.

CORDES: On many issues, though, she declined to share her views.

BARRETT: It’s not something really that’s appropriate for me to comment on. [Transition] I’ve never expressed a view on it. [Transition] I can’t answer questions like that.

CORDES: The 48-year-old mother of seven said she was just following an example set by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

RUTH BADER GINSBURG: A judge sworn to decide impartially can offer no forecast, no hints.

CORDES: But Ginsburg did state her support for abortion rights back then, while Barrett refused today to discuss her personal opposition to Roe v. Wade.

BARRETT: Whether I say I love it or I hate it, it signals to litigants that I might tilt one way or another in a pending case.

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): On something that is really a major cause with major effect on over half of the population of this country who are women, it’s distressing not to get a straight answer.

GRAHAM: Can you set aside whatever Catholic beliefs you have regarding any issue before you?

BARRETT: I can. I have done that in my time on the Seventh Circuit.

CORDES: As expected, Democrats pressed her on Obamacare.

BARRETT: I’m not hostile to the ACA.

CORDES: President Trump has explicitly said he is choosing justices who will overturn the law.

BARRETT: I have had no conversation with the President or any of his staff on how I might rule in that case.

CORDES: She would not say if she agreed with the court’s 2015 decision guaranteeing the right to same-sex marriage.

BARRETT: I do want to be clear that I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on the basis of sexual preference.

[Cuts back to live]

CORDES: That term “sexual preference” was slammed by Democrats as outdated and offensive because it implies that sexual orientation is a choice. A short time ago, Judge Barrett apologized, saying she didn’t mean to offend anyone. Norah.

O’DONNELL: All right, Nancy Cordes, thank you.

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CNN Hysteria: Barrett ‘Spells Doom’ for Abortion; Hearings Are ‘Mortal Danger’

CNN’s New Day was on full offensive Monday morning in the minutes leading up to Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing. In the span of about ten minutes they laid out attacks on Barrett and Senate Republicans. One notable thing, they did not even mention the excellent credentials of the judge or that she is extremely qualified to sit on the Court. Instead, New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota followed Democratic Party talking points to the letter: “When you parse [her opening statement], does that spell doom for the Affordable Care Act?”

This continued when CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin denounced Barrett’s views, crying out: “I think more specifically spells doom for Roe v. Wade, because it suggests that issues like abortion, like gay rights should be decided by political branches of governments, ones directly accountable to the people. The code there is don’t expect the courts to enforce rights.” There was no discussion on the role of courts, just the assertion that Barrett was wrong.

 

 

The ridiculously one-sided coverage followed the playbook that was formulated by the Democratic Party. Democratic nominee Joe Biden gave a speech on Friday where he opined on the danger of the Court striking down Obamacare. Democratic nominee Joe Biden stated on Friday that the Supreme Court was in danger of striking down the ACA. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer proclaimed: “We’re focused on the issues and the merits. And on the illegitimacy of the process. We are not focusing on the personal characteristics of Amy Coney Barrett. Zero,”

Toobin heeded the attack order, yelling out: “Only under one condition, that they don’t die because this is a hearing being held in the middle of a pandemic in the middle of a hot spot.…This is so unbelievable that they’re doing this.…The idea they’re doing this hearing now is so surreal and so dangerous.” There was no evidence given, no analysis, just an attack.

As has been seen in recent Supreme Court hearings, the leftist media is more concerned with backing up their own political ideology and their own party over giving the nominee fair coverage. Toobin opined: “

The idea of moving from the most liberal member of the court to someone who will probably be as conservative as Clarence Thomas to a 6-3 conservative majority is something that is going to effect this country for decades to come. And after most of the Senators on that dais are forgotten, Amy Coney Barrett will be a justice deciding issues we can’t even envision today and that’s going to be of enormous consequence.

Coming completely unhinged, Toobin later decried the entire hearing as a life-threatening event due to coronavirus concerns: “The idea that they’re putting all of these people in literal mortal danger to get Amy Coney Barrett confirmed before the election is just beyond surreal.”

Time will tell if there will be new attacks given as the hearing commences, but CNN has already made their opinion clear before the first word was spoken.

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A transcript of the October 12th Coverage is included below:

CNN’s New Day
10/12/20
8:38 AM ET

ALISYN CAMEROTA: Confirmation hearings begin this morning for judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Joining us now, CNN’s chief legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, and political director David Chalian. To get to even more news on this busy Monday morning. Jeffrey, today is opening statements. And we do have judge Barrett’s opening statement. I want to read a portion for you and have you comment for us. She says ‘Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law critical to a free society, but courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life. The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by political branches elected by and accountable to the people. The public should not expect courts to do so and courts should not try.’ When you parse that, does that spell doom for the Affordable Care Act?

JEFFREY TOOBIN: I think more specifically spells doom for Roe v. Wade, because it suggests that issues like abortion, like gay rights should be decided by political branches of governments, ones directly accountable to the people. The code there is don’t expect the courts to enforce rights. If there are rights to be enforced, it should be the political branches of government to do it, so it’s really more about social issues than about the Affordable Care Act in particular.

JOHN BERMAN: Health care will be front and center, the Democrats will bring it up whenever they can. David Chalian, one other thing that’s interesting, I lost count, there are five, six, seven campaigns that will be going on right before our eyes during the hearings with members of the committee who are in tough re-election battles, the chair of the committee, Lindsey graham, his opponent announced raising $57 million in the third quarter, so there are all these campaign story lines.

DAVID CHALIAN [CNN Political Director]: The most junior Democrat on the committee, Kamala Harris is the running mate on the democratic ticket. She clearly already announced she’s going to participate remotely from her office there making a clear statement. You remember just last week that she had asked to have Plexiglas installed on the debate stage. Again, health care and the pandemic, front and center. No doubt about that. But John, Lindsey Graham who you noted, his opponent, that’s bonkers money. Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa. Four of the high profile Senate races this cycle, Republicans on the judiciary committee are going to hope to use these next couple of weeks as a real base rallying donation moment to get the grass roots enthused, to get people really excited about the conservative movement and you know how much courts are part of that, getting judges on the court, none higher than the Supreme Court. They hope to use this to actually blunt some of the momentum you’re discussing that the Democrats demonstrated.

TOOBIN: Only under one condition, that they don’t die because this is a hearing being held in the middle of a pandemic in the middle of a hot spot. Tillis has COVID, Mike Lee has COVID, Lindsey Graham refuses to get tested, Chuck Grassley also on that committee, refuses to be tested. This is so unbelievable that they’re doing this. They’re three members of the committee, Grassley, Pat Leahy, Dianne Feinstein in their 80s exposing themselves to this virus. The idea they’re doing this hearing now is so surreal and so dangerous. I think that’s worth mentioning, too.

CHALIAN: Not just doing it as you know, Jeffrey, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey graham want to stop at nothing, not even a pause for a moment of the pandemic. Yes, they restructured layout of the room obviously that the hearing will take place in, but that’s literally to the side. The pandemic that the entire country is facing because of how important as you know this political mission is of getting Amy Coney Barrett on the court.

CAMEROTA: And I think we’ve gotten confirmation that Senator Mike Lee who had tested positive will be there in person.

JOHN BERMAN: I have to tell you, this is once again like the President doing rallies to packed crowds, which serves as a reminder to people he couldn’t even protect himself from coronavirus. I know Mike Lee thinks it might send an image of strength, but I think people may look at it as a reminder of the spread of this pandemic.

CHALIAN: Without a doubt. This is the weight around the President and obviously it has an entire impact down ballot. His mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic for the last eight months and then more specifically if you look at all of the polling in the last ten days, John, his total irresponsibility in the way he handled his own infection with the virus and what that means for how he handled people who were around him such as these Senators that you’re talking about right now at the event that rolled out Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, that’s gotten such a thumbs down from the public, more so than the general partisan spread we see. It is a real political problem, the way in which they are currently dealing with the pandemic.

TOOBIN: How would you like to be Mike Lee’s staffer that has to sit next to him, or Capitol Police officers that have to stand there, or the custodians that have to clean the floor. The idea that they’re putting all of these people in literal mortal danger to get Amy Barrett confirmed before the election is just beyond surreal.

CAMEROTA: Senator Ted Cruz I believe is still in quarantine, he said something interesting I think on Friday, David, about the way he thinks, two ways that the election could go. Listen to this.

TED CRUZ [Senator, R-TX]: People are going back to work, if they’re optimistic, if they’re positive about the future, we could see a fantastic election, [spliced clip] but I also think if on election day people are angry and have given up hope and are depressed, what Pelosi and Chuck Schumer want them to be, it could be a terrible election. We could lose the White House and both houses of Congress, it could be a bloodbath of Watergate proportions.

CAMEROTA: That’s interesting to hear him say that out loud, David.

CHALIAN: Certainly is. He framed it as if only people were depressed and angry, it also could be because the Democrats are super-charged and enthusiastic trying to drive Donald Trump out of office. Maybe the reason we see a huge blue wave. Again, that’s not the certain outcome of the election, but as Ted Cruz rightfully acknowledges, it is certainly a possibility.

BERMAN: Jeffrey?

TOOBIN: Look, I’m leaving to Chalian the political predictions. I have been wrong too often. The stakes for the Supreme Court are clear. This is the most consequential nomination in probably two generations. The idea of moving from the most liberal member of the court to someone who will probably be as conservative as Clarence Thomas to a 6-3 conservative majority is something that is going to effect this country for decades to come. And after most of the Senators on that dais are forgotten, Amy Coney Barrett will be a justice deciding issues we can’t even envision today and that’s going to be of enormous consequence.

BERMAN: David, some of the subtext of Ted Cruz is he may be right, I don’t know, maybe it will be an electoral bloodbath, but Amy Coney Barrett will be a consolation to a lot of Republicans, maybe some will think it is worth it.

TOOBIN: Worth it. Absolutely.

CAMEROTA: Jeffrey, David, thank you both very much. Great to talk to you. CNN’s special coverage of the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearing begins after this short break.

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump’s MAGA Rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania – Over 115,000 Watching RSBN!

Trump is holding a MAGA rally Tuesday evening in Johnstown, Pennsylvania at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria Airport at 7 PM ET and supporters are already lining up.

TGP’s founder and EIC is at the PA rally tonight!

Thousands of supporters are at the Johnstown rally.

TRENDING: SCOOP: Man Who Fired First Shots Behind Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha Has Been Charged

TGP’s Jim Hoft with OAN’s Jack Posobiec.

Air Force One landed at 7:15!

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SCOOP: Man Who Fired First Shots Behind Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha Has Been Charged

The man who fired the first shots from behind Kyle Rittenhouse during the fatal incident in Kenosha has been charged.

Joshua Ziminski, 35, has been charged with disorderly conduct and use of a dangerous weapon for firing his weapon during the incident on August 25.

According to the charging document, obtained by The Gateway Pundit, while investigating the shooting by Rittenhouse, Kenosha detectives obtained videos in which Ziminski “was holding a black handgun, which he was holding in his left hand, pointing downward. Detective Howard reports that in reviewing multiple other videos, he was able to see the defendant and Kelly Ziminski, in and around multiple other people on the streets, and the defendant was seen holding the handgun down at his side in said videos.”

“In another video, the defendant and Kelly are seen walking near a fire in the area of the Ultimate Gas Station lot. In later video, the defendant’s right arm is seen on the video, which is taken near 63rd Street and Sheridan Road, in the City and County of Kenosha, State of Wisconsin. Detective Howard reports the defendant’s arm pointing the gun upward towards the sky,” the document explains. “Detective Howard observed a muzzle flash emit from the handgun, and heard a gunshot at the same time. In another video, the defendant is clearly seen at that same location. The defendant is seen walking in the same area, holding his right arm upwards, and firing off one shot from his handgun. The defendant and his wife are then seen leaving the area. Several other people are in the nearby vicinity when the defendant fires the handgun.”

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The police go on to report that when speaking to Ziminski, and his wife who was present at the time, both admitted that he had fired off a “warning shot” into the air.

This strengthens the case that Rittenhouse had reason to fear for his life and was acting in self defense when he shot and killed two rioters.

A New York Times timeline of events of the shooting states, “while Mr. Rittenhouse is being pursued by the group, an unknown gunman fires into the air, though it’s unclear why. The weapon’s muzzle flash appears in footage filmed at the scene.”

“Mr. Rittenhouse turns toward the sound of gunfire as another pursuer lunges toward him from the same direction. Mr. Rittenhouse then fires four times, and appears to shoot the man in the head,” the Times report continues.

Rittenhouse, 17, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. He is currently in a juvenile detention center in Lake County without bond and is due to appear in court again on October 30.

It was reported on Tuesday that Rittenhouse will not be charged in Illinois for the weapon used during the riot.

Rittenhouse is a community lifeguard who was working in Kenosha the day of the shooting.

In a previous statement from Rittenhouse’s defense team, they explained that he was acting in self defense.

“Kyle stopped to ensure care for the wounded attacker but faced a growing mob gesturing towards him. He realized he needed to flee for his safety and his survival. Another attacker struck Kyle from behind as he fled down the street. Kyle turned as the mob pressed in on him and he fell to the ground,” his legal team says. “One attacker kicked Kyle on the ground while he was on the ground. Yet another bashed him over the head with a skateboard. Several rioters tried to disarm Kyle. In fear for his life and concerned the crowd would either continue to shoot at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to fire multiple rounds towards his immediate attackers, striking two, including one armed attacker. The rest of the mob began to disperse upon hearing the additional gunshots.”

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Amy Coney Barrett Claims She Doesn’t Recall Ever Hearing Trump Promise To Kill Obamacare

When Amy Coney Barrett was being questioned by California Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday, she said she didn’t recall ever hearing Donald Trump promise to kill the Affordable Care Act before she was nominated to the Supreme Court.

“Prior to your nomination, were you aware of President Trump’s statements committing to nominate judges who will strike down the Affordable Care Act?” Sen. Harris asked in what seemed to be a pretty easy question.

“As I’m siting here, I don’t recall seeing those statements,” Barrett responded. “I guess I can’t really definitively give you a yes or no answer.”

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Barrett’s response comes after a day of testimony in which she – among other things – refused to say whether Trump should commit to a peaceful transition of power.

Either Barrett is completely uninformed, or she’s not being honest

Anyone even remotely tuned in to current events understands that one of Donald Trump’s key campaign promises was to kill the Affordable Care Act.

On the issue of judicial nominees, Trump has repeatedly made it clear that he would choose judges committed to dismantling Obamacare. Amy Coney Barrett is one of those judges.

Either she is completely uninformed, or she simply isn’t telling the truth. Either way, it calls into question whether she should be given a lifetime position on the United States Supreme Court.

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Poll Porn: The ‘Americans Love Horndogs, Hate Waffles’ Edition

THREE WEEKS.

Just twenty-one days until we fire that orange excrescence and put an end to this four-year waking nightmare. We can make it.

But if you’re feeling jumpy in the meantime, Cook Political has some Senate nicetimes to calm your nerves.

Burn it down, y’all. Un-pollable Alaska and Texas get moved one click to the left, from “Likely” to “Lean” Republican (goddammit, Beto!), while Georgia’s special election is now looking like a tossup, with Democrat Raphael Warnock taking a plurality of votes and teed up to face Senator Kelly Loeffler in the runoff. And if there’s anyone who can lose a Senate seat in Georgia, it’s Kelly Loeffler.


She’s, like, really good at comms, you guys. Also talking about race. So congrats to Gov. Brian Kemp for inviting Kelly Loeffler to the party and offering her just enough support that she’s likely to edge out Rep. Doug Collins — who is gross, but not a complete incompetent — keeping him out of the runoff.

Cook had already moved South Carolina and Georgia’s other Senate race into the tossup column (goddammit, Stacey!), along with Iowa, Maine, Montana, and North Carolina. And Democrat Barbara Bollier’s strong showing in Kansas puts that race in the “Lean” Republican category as well. Incidentally, if no candidate in the regular Georgia Senate race between Jon Ossoff and David Perdue gets to 50 percent, that race could go to a run-off round as well.

Cal Cunningham’s extramarital dumbassery doesn’t seem to have cost him any support in North Carolina. Or as the Raleigh NBC affiliate WRAL put it in the press release announcing the results of a poll it commissioned from SurveyUSA:

An ebbtide sinks all boats, and Tillis’ fight for a 2nd term in the USA’s quintessential battleground state cannot be judged absent the larger context of how Republicans are faring nationwide in the final weeks of President Donald J. Trump’s first term. Movement in the Presidential contest between Trump and Democrat Joseph Biden and movement in the election for Governor of North Carolina, poll results from which will be released over the coming 48 hours, provide context to interpret Tillis’ failure to thrive.

Ummm … okay.

SurveyUSA has Cunningham ahead by 10 points (49-39), improving on his lead since the sexting scandal broke and Tillis was diagnosed with coronavirus. And in fact Cunningham seems to have improved his standing with men, while maintaining a nine point advantage with women. They don’t call it the Dirty South for nothing!

And, hey, lookit what just dropped as we were typing. Here’s Monmouth confirming that Cunningham got more popular once his constituents found out he was down to … kiss a lot.

Meanwhile Susan Collins and Martha McSally continue to be as popular with their constituents as cold sores. (To be fair, Susan Collins is doing better than Martha McSally, who’s barely beating out genital warts.)

All of which has FiveThirtyEight’s model projecting Democrats will re-take the Senate in 69 out of 100 “scenarios”. Whatever that means. Anyway, we think it’s good. And it’s good that no one on earth is projecting the GOP has a chance to win back the House.

So, take nothing for granted, but also don’t give yourself an ulcer panicking either. We’re going to make it, after all.

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You’ll NEVER GUESS What The Anti-Abortion & Stem Cells Crowd Thinks Of The President’s Stem Cell Smoothie!

Oh, so baby parts risotto is a perfect entree when it’s the GOP hosting the dinner party. Duly noted!

With the president out touting the wonders of an antibody cocktail developed using kidney cells from an aborted fetus, the forced birthers are contorting themselves into pretzels to explain why this is perfectly fine and totally consistent with their previous opposition to stem cell research which “destroys human life.”

Just last year the Trump administration announced an almost complete ban on the use of fetal stem cells in government funded projects, installing a 14-member Human Fetal Research Ethics Advisory Board to review applications for just the kind of research used to develop the Regeneron cocktail Trump touts as a “cure” which made him “immune” to COVID. The board, appointed by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, must contain a lawyer, and ethicist, and a theologian, and currently counts among its members representatives from the Catholic Medical Association and the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

When HHS announced the policy, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, called it “a major pro-life victory and we thank President Trump for taking decisive action. It is outrageous and disgusting that we have been complicit, through our taxpayer dollars, in the experimentation using baby body parts.” But she and her compatriots seem less upset now that it’s Donald Trump using taxpayer dollars to “cure” himself using drugs derived from “baby body parts.”


Vice has a fun flipbook of reaction shots from the No Choice For You Crew.

At Breitbart, they’re simply denying reality, relying on a wildly disingenuous statement from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, an outcrop of the SBA List, which states that the drug was tested on mice, and ipso facto propter hoc, “No human embryonic stem cells or human fetal tissue were used to produce the treatments President Trump received–period.” Which conveniently elides the fact that cloned cells from the electively aborted fetus were used to develop particles which mimic the virus, and those particles were then injected into the mice to test the efficacy of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail.

Over in Wingnuttistan, in the Province of Q, where it is dogma that Democrats are sustaining themselves with chemicals derived from murdered babies, there seems to be tension between those calling this an eleventy-dimensional chess move to beat the Deep State at their own game — if Trump got cured without the virus, than it doesn’t matter that Fauci is blocking release of the vaccine to throw the election! — and those who are sure Trump is now an adrenochrome swilling demon.

(This person is allowed to walk freely among us!)

Business Insider got the skinny from the loons in suits. Most declined to comment on the record, although they pointed out that these particular fetal cells were grandfathered in because they came from an abortion performed in 1972. The Lozier Institute stuck to its line that the drug itself was acceptable because it didn’t contain any baby parts, while Texas Alliance for Life’s Joe Pojman said it was totes cool because GORSUCH (and Kegstand and Barrett).

“We continue to be very enthusiastic about endorsing president Donald Trump for reelection. He has been sensational on the life issues, and we’re very grateful to him for that,” he told Insider.

Only one forced-birth doofus was willing to take the bait. But he was very, very willing.

“In the case of President Trump, the doctors who are providing those medicines to him, those treatments to him, they were not involved with that abortion that took place decades ago,” Eric Scheidler, the executive director of Chicago’s Pro-Life Action League said. “They didn’t assist in it. They didn’t choose for it to happen. They may even wish that it had never happened, even if they’re benefiting from something that came from that injustice.”

It is fine to use cells from an abortion as long as Donald Trump didn’t actually perform the abortion with his own tiny hands.

In summary and in conclusion, it is totally fine for Republicans to use drugs derived from fetal stem cells. But Democrats are baby killers who hate marriage and children and apple pie and America and probably kill children in the basement of a one-story pizza parlor and use their body parts to make risotto. The end.

[Science / Vice / Insider]

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Knowing who’s meeting with whom is crucial to stop corruption. Morrison doesn’t want it

When it comes to who’s courting whom federally the public is in the dark because there aren’t even basic anti-corruption measures in place.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Image: AAP/Dean Lewins)

The revelation that New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian met with two convicted criminals at the behest of partner Daryl Maguire — after they had been knocked back for meetings by more junior ministers — is another staggering example of her misjudgement, and further evidence that she not merely turned a blind eye to but enabled the sordid activities of her spiv boyfriend.

It also again demonstrates how far ahead NSW is of the Commonwealth in terms of basic transparency and accountability.

The exposure of Maguire’s misconduct in 2018, renewed investigations into him since, the revelation of his relationship with Berejiklian and attempts to exploit his connection to her, has already demonstrated yet again the importance of a genuinely independent and unfettered anti-corruption body that can conduct public investigations and make findings of corruption.

As Crikey noted yesterday, the contrast with the pathetically weak federal integrity body offered — but never acted upon — by Scott Morrison couldn’t be more extreme. The prime minister’s body couldn’t investigate Maguire, couldn’t conduct a public investigation and couldn’t find his conduct corrupt — if it existed, which the government has shown no signs of seeking to achieve.

There’s another key transparency tool that the Morrison government refuses to consider: meetings diaries for ministers.

We knew something stank about Berejiklian’s meeting with the two publicans with criminal records back in 2018 when the release of her meetings diary for October 2017 confirmed she’d met with them and Maguire, who apparently no one suspected was her boyfriend at that point.

NSW has been publishing ministerial meetings diaries since 2014, when it followed Queensland in making available details of who premiers and ministers met with. The ACT now also publishes ministerial diaries.

New Zealand has ministerial meeting diaries. The UK government was forced by courts to publish diaries in 2015. Regional governments there do too.

Federal ministers (and shadow ministers), however, can meet anyone they like without any fear of the meeting being revealed. Who they meet with while on taxpayer-funded business is kept a secret.

It’s another example of how, when it comes to federal politics, the basic mechanisms to prevent corruption are entirely absent and we’re operating in the dark in trying to identify who is trying to meet ministers to bend regulations to suit their business interests.

NSW also has far more rigorous political donations laws. Property developers and gaming interests are banned from donating, there’s a (currently $6600) cap on donations; donations above $1000 must be reported and donors can’t hide behind the claim they’re “buying” seats at fundraisers in order not to report.

While transparency and integrity measures haven’t stopped corruption in NSW, they have made it easier to detect and gather evidence of it. The Commonwealth, however, has a pro-corruption institutional environment in which corrupt ministers and business interests keen to game regulatory outcomes can flourish.

As for Berejiklian, even without damning evidence from Maguire today and tomorrow, her credibility is permanently damaged by her meeting with Gino Scutti and Nicholas Tinning. They are men who successive gaming ministers had refused to meet.

This is the insidious style of NSW politics: when ministers do the right thing and avoid being lobbied inappropriately, they can be short-circuited by someone exploiting a connection elsewhere. In this case, with the premier.

The group Berejiklian met with failed to get the outcome they wanted. Maguire, it seems, failed at every scheme he tried. At least we had some visibility of his efforts.

How many shonks and spivs are exploiting their connections in Canberra to try to influence Morrison and his ministers — or, for that matter, Labor’s Anthony Albanese and his team? We have no idea.

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‘View’ Gushes Over Cindy McCain’s ‘Brave’ Biden Endorsement: ‘Wish More Republicans’ Would ‘Put Country Over Party’

In between their constant, bitter attacks against Republicans, The View co-hosts found time Tuesday to fawn over the kind of Republican they actually like — the ones who campaign for Democrats. Cindy McCain was welcomed to the show where she spent the entire first segment appealing to Americans to vote for Joe Biden. 

After giving their condolences for her mother-in-law’s passing as well as congratulations for daughter and co-host Meghan McCain giving birth to a girl, Joy Behar immediately began touting her “brave” endorsement. She wondered if Republicans had “turned on her”:

[Y]ou bravely crossed the aisle and threw your support behind Joe Biden. How is that playing with your home state and with your friends, your Republican friends? Are they okay with that or turning on you? What’s going on?

Really how surprising or “brave” is it that McCain is endorsing Biden, given her family’s self-admitted friendship with the Bidens and her late husband’s bitter history with President Trump? But it’s in the media’s interest to hype these types of endorsements for the left. 

McCain carefully avoided discussing Biden’s left-wing policies in her appeal for why he should be president. She instead touted the debunked anonymous Atlantic report about Trump disparaging fallen soldiers to say she wanted Biden and Harris because they can return us to “civility” and “put us back on the right track.” But McCain spoke in praise of Biden at the DNC and then endorsed him September 23 after The Atlantic hitjob was published September 3.

Regardless, the co-hosts eagerly praised the endorsement with “love it” and “good for you.” Sunny Hostin also made sure McCain talked up Harris, asking about her work with the Senator to prosecute human traffickers. Afterwards, the hosts gushed over how “beautiful,” “elegant,” and “wonderful” it was to see a Republican speaking about Biden at the DNC:

WHOOPI: The great thing is that you don’t always have to agree 100% with what somebody stands for. 

MCCAIN: Right. 

WHOOPI: You have to agree they are the best person to take the country in hand and move us forward and so I just have to say it was beautiful to see and such a — as Joy said, it was really elegant and wonderful. I appreciate it. It’s not even about left and right. It’s about forward. How do we get forward and past this insanity? 

As McCain rehashed how her late husband’s relationship with Biden showed what was “right with America,” “putting country above party,” Joy Behar hoped more Republicans would follow the McCain example and side with Democrats. Funny how bipartisanship never requires Democrats to side with Republicans:

BEHAR: Your husband proved that when he saved– 

WHOOPI; It’s good to see. 

BEHAR:– Your husband saved the ACA [Affordable Care Act]. Your husband really went in here and saved the ACA. It was like a moment of total patriotism. I really believe Cindy we’re in an emergency situation in this country right now with Trump and his enablers. I absolutely salute you for putting country above party. It really is inspiring. I wish more Republicans would do that…

Behar and Whoopi ended the segment complaining about Republicans being unwilling to “lose their jobs,” (i.e. their seats in Congress, to defect to the left).

Just last month, The View brought on another Republican Biden-endorser in John Kasich to convince conservatives that Biden is a moderate.

Republicans eager to trash the president and endorse Joe Biden are given special treatment by the media. Some networks even reward them by giving them TV gigs! 

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Read the transcript below:

The View

10/13/2020

JOY BEHAR: Let me ask you a political question, because you bravely crossed the aisle and threw your support behind Joe Biden. How is that playing with your home state and with your friends, your Republican friends? Are they okay with that or turning on you? What’s going on? 

CINDY MCCAIN: The reason I did this is because I, like many Americans, want a country that’s more civil, that has a leader that is not only — not only has a plan for not just covid, but a plan for the country to dig out of this mess. More importantly respects our troops, respects our men and women who serve. I just don’t believe my two sons are losers and suckers. There were a lot of reasons. That was the culminating portion of it. I really believe that Joe can put us on the right track. Something has to put us back on the right track. I believe both Joe and Kamala can do that. 

WHOOPI: Love it. 

BEHAR: Good for you. 

SUNNY HOSTIN:  Speaking about Kamala, you said it wasn’t just about Joe Biden. You worked with his running mate Senator Kamala Harris before. Can you tell us a little bit about that? 

MCCAIN: Well, I’ve worked with Kamala on human trafficking issues and in particular on the back page issue with Kamala was a huge portion of, making sure we put those guys — try those guys and put them away. That was a huge thing that she was able to help us get shut down. She’s a brilliant mind, not only in that arena, but many different issues as well. They make a good team.

WHOOPI: The great thing is that you don’t always have to agree 100% with what somebody stands for. 

MCCAIN: Right. 

WHOOPI: You have to agree they are the best person to take the country in hand and move us forward and so I just have to say it was beautiful to see and such a — as Joy said, it was really elegant and wonderful. I appreciate it. It’s not even about left and right. It’s about forward. 

[cross-talk agreement]

WHOOPI: How do we get forward and past this insanity? 

[cross-talk]

CINDY MCCAIN: The thing about Joe and John were — they were a perfect example of what was right about America. They worked together. They didn’t always agree. In fact they rarely agreed on any issue. They worked together for the good of the country, not the good of the party. They would argue, and have lunch afterwards. It was truly what the system was about in those days. 

BEHAR: Your husband proved that when he saved– 

WHOOPI; It’s good to see. 

BEHAR:– Your husband saved the ACA. Your husband really went in here and saved the ACA. It was like a moment of total patriotism. I really believe Cindy we’re in an emergency situation in this country right now with Trump and his enablers. I absolutely salute you for putting country above party. It really is inspiring. I wish more Republicans would do that. They’re so scared of him. They’re scared of losing their job. You know how many jobs I have lost in my day? So many jobs. And yet they’re so scared of losing their jobs. It’s not the worst thing in the world to lose your job! It’s upsetting every day to watch this.

WHOOPI: Sometimes people need a change. I suspect we’ll see a lot of what happens when the election happens. I think we’ll see a lot of changes happening and I think it’s good because the thing you can’t ever do with America is you can’t take your eye off the prize. The prize is the American people. Once you sort of put them to the side, they don’t really want to mess with you very much.