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Mid-Day Digest

Jun. 18, 2020

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Atlanta DA’s Politically Motivated Injustice

Thomas Gallatin

On Wednesday, Atlanta’s Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that he is charging both police officers involved in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, including a charge of felony murder against Garrett Rolfe, the officer who shot Brooks. These charges may come as a surprise to many, given that video footage clearly shows it was Brooks who initiated the altercation and violence that eventually resulted in his death. Indeed, as we argued earlier, based on all available evidence, this appears to be a case of officers simply doing their job. There is nothing from the known evidence to justify these charges, especially that of felony murder. So, why charge these officers?

The simple answer is dirty politics. In short, Howard, who has held his position as Fulton County’s DA since 1997, is fighting to maintain his political office during a runoff election in the Democrat primary. Charging the officers appears to be a clear play to appease to the local Black Lives Matter mob’s demand for police scalps.

Adding to Howard’s tenuous political situation is the fact that he himself is under scrutiny by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) for allegedly illegally supplementing his income by funneling $140,000 to his salary from a nonprofit. In fact, Howard took the highly unusual step of charging the police officers without first consulting the GBI, and he didn’t wait for the GBI to complete its own ongoing investigation. By Georgia law, the GBI is required to investigate every police-involved shooting.

In announcing the charges against officers Rolfe and Devin Brosnan, Howard ridiculously claimed, “At no time was Mr. Brooks ever a threat to anyone, including the officers in the Wendy’s parking lot.” Did he not watch the video footage? Furthermore, Howard blatantly contradicted himself when he argued that Rolfe should not have fired his sidearm after Brooks fired the taser at him because Brooks did not pose a deadly threat. A mere two weeks ago Howard asserted that “a taser is considered a deadly weapon under Georgia law.”

Finally, the fallout from Howard’s egregious decision was felt almost immediately, as police officers across the greater Atlanta area began a walkout. As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“There are officers walking off,” [Vince] Champion [Southeast regional director for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers] said Wednesday evening. “There are officers saying they are not going to leave the precinct unless to help another officer. Some are walking off and sitting in their personal vehicles.” Champion said he has been told APD was attempting to get back-up support from adjacent law enforcement agencies. But he said some agencies declined to help. “Why would you put your officer in Fulton County and take the chance of this happening?” Champion said. “You have an officer who just heard what Paul Howard said, saying he’s going to be in prison for the rest of his life or put to death, and now he’s got to surrender.”

Unfortunately, the great irony is that those who will be hurt the most by Howard’s grotesque politically calculated decision will be the very folks living in the district he is charged to protect.

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Mass Police Resignations Ensure Societal Chaos

Arnold Ahlert

Travis Yates is a 27-year Tulsa, Oklahoma, policeman who published an editorial that ought to frighten and anger every decent American thoroughly disgusted with self-aggrandizing “revolutionaries” and their equally contemptible supporters in media, academia, “woke” corporations, and Hollywood — along with a Democrat Party content to see American burn to the ground as long as it gets to rule the anarchic carcass of a former constitutional republic. “We Are Leaving” will resonate with thousand of cops across the nation no longer interested in risking their careers and/or lives to keep America safe. And despite the satisfaction massive numbers of resignations will engender among the aforementioned accomplices to this catastrophe, the country will be substantially worse off.

Yates “grew up in a law enforcement family” he admired greatly. And though he had no desire to be a cop, “I went on a ride along and my life’s journey would never be the same,” he writes. “After four years of college my dad wanted me at an agency that respected that education so I moved to Tulsa (OK) at 21 years old and never looked back.”

Now Yates is looking back, and he is appalled. “It’s not that law enforcement has changed for the worse but everything around it has,” he writes, offering a series of examples to make his case:

  • “The mentally ill used to get treatment and now they just send cops.”
  • “Kids used to be taught respect and now it’s cool to be disrespectful.”
  • “Supervisors used to back you when you were right but now they accuse you of being wrong in order to appease crazy people.”
  • “Parents used to get mad at their kids for getting arrested and now they get mad at us.”
  • “The media used to highlight the positive contribution our profession gave to society and now they either ignore it or twist the truth for controversy to line their own pockets.”
  • “There used to be a common respect among criminals. If they got caught, they understood you had a job to do but now it’s our fault they sit in handcuffs rather than their own personal decisions.”
  • “If someone attacked a cop, they were seen as such. Now we martyr them and [they] sue for millions.”
  • “We used to be able to testify in court and we were believed. Now, unless there is video from three different angles, no one cares what you have to say.”

Even worse, Yates explains why he would no longer “send anyone I cared about into the hell that this profession has become”:

  • “It’s the only job you can do everything right and lose everything.”
  • “It’s the only job where the same citizens you risk your life for hate you for it.”
  • “It’s the only segment left in society where it’s cool to discriminate and judge, just because of the uniform you wear.”
  • “Cowards are all around us. From chiefs to sheriffs to politicians, no one has our back.”

Bottom line? “You aren’t going to have to abolish the police,” he declares. “We won’t be around for it.”

At the bottom of Yates’s column, an editor’s note reveals that since its publication, there has been an orchestrated media effort to destroy his reputation.

Something else has happened as well. Seven police officers have resigned from the Minneapolis police force due to lack of support from city leaders. The Star Tribune characterizes this as an “unusually large exodus,” but one suspects it is only the beginning. Retired Minneapolis police officer and use-of-force expert Mylan Masson, explains why: “They don’t feel appreciated. Everybody hates the police right now. I mean everybody.”

Not everybody. Millions of decent Americans of every ethnicity and political persuasion are appalled by those who would destroy the nation while calling that destruction “social justice.” They are disgusted as they watch cities get burned and looted and hear such orchestrated mayhem referred to as “peaceful protests.”

Moreover, they know those orchestrating the divisiveness are a contemptible combination of racial arsonists, disaffected and indoctrinated youths with bleak futures, useful idiots who assume the color of their skin automatically makes them “guilty” and “privileged,” and a cadre of elitist accomplices, organizers and/or cheerleaders with genuine wealth, power, and privilege — including private security forces and gated neighborhoods — who think being “down with the cause” has bought them absolution.

It hasn’t, any more than #MeToo exempted people of power and privilege from an absurd “believe all women” standard. Yet that cause officially crashed and burned when the same hypocritical zealots who imposed it on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh revealed their calculated incuriosity regarding Tara Reade’s sexual-assault allegations against Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The same dynamic is likely to apply here when a few “enlightened” elitists become as vulnerable to the mob as the most deplorable deplorable.

Nonetheless, pessimism abounds. “The left controls the institutions of our society,” columnist Frank Miele writes. “They control speech. They control schools. They control the media.”

Indeed, if there’s “systemic” or “institutional” racism in this country, just remember who controls those institutions.

Miele continues, “The Soviet Union suffered under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat for seven decades before enjoying a partial return to sanity in the late 1980s. There is no reason to think the United States will get off any easier.”

Oh yes, there is. Between now and November, the electorate will have been thoroughly marinated in leftist dogma and the ominous permutations that attend it. As problematic as Trump is, Americans will be forced to consider what it really means to vote for a Democrat Party that allows the same cities where officials first imposed draconian lockdowns to subsequently be looted and burned. A party that embraces a Cancel Culture that threatens the well-being of anyone who isn’t completely aligned with progressive ideology. A party that applauds the destruction of history, one toppled monument after another.

Americans will be forced to consider how one maintains the monetary value of one’s home or business in a riot zone, whether dialing 911 will lead to a response, or whether the burned-out supermarket or department store they frequented will ever be rebuilt. They will be forced to consider whether feckless Democrat Party leaders will abide more “autonomous zones” that subject them to the whims of the mob.

And they will have to decide if the purposeful evisceration of entire police forces for the sins of a precious few is the panacea leftists assert it to be — or the surrender of civilized society to the mob. Dennis Slocumb, who served 32 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, knows the answer. “The predators would devour the prey,” he states, “and when the prey are gone then they would devour each other.”

Will a majority of Americans willingly subjugate themselves? “Men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other resources,” remarked Israeli politician Abba Eban in 1967.

In 2020, the bet here is a majority of Americans are thoroughly exhausted.

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Reform, Tokenism, and Kente Cloths

Douglas Andrews

“Y'all still wearing those kente cloths over there @Senator Durbin?”

So went the rebuttal from South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott to Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, after Durbin referred to the GOP’s newly unveiled police-reform legislation as a “token” approach.

It’s impossible to know whether Durbin’s word choice was a deliberate racial smear of a black conservative, a Freudian slip, or a simple mistake, but this much we do know: Tim Scott is uniquely qualified to lead this legislative effort, and he can clearly take the slings and arrows. (As our Nate Jackson pointed out earlier this week, the Democrats’ kente cloth pander blew up in their faces when it was revealed that they were wearing the garments of African slave traders.) As for Durbin, the Left long ago turned our language into a linguistic minefield, and it’s great to see him gagging on a dose of politically correct castor oil.

The more serious story here, of course, is the JUSTICE Act, the reform legislation introduced yesterday by Scott and his fellow Republican senators.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, the legislation “seeks to collect more data around controversial police practices, establish new training programs and widen the use of body cameras, among other proposals, but wouldn’t take more far-reaching steps to curb officers’ legal protections or change standards for prosecution.”

The bill would also collect data on the use of excessive force and “no-knock” warrants, and it would reduce funding for departments that don’t ban chokeholds except where deadly force is appropriate. In addition, it would create a national database to track officers’ disciplinary records to help ensure that bad cops aren’t able to infect one department after another.

Predictably, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Durbin in denouncing the Republican legislation, although she refrained from calling it a token effort. “The Senate proposal of studies and reporting without transparency and accountability is inadequate,” said Pelosi. She went on to sing the praises of the House Democrats’ competing bill, the shamelessly pandering George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

Whether Floyd is a worthy martyr is certainly debatable, but the need for police reform isn’t. And unlike the Democrats’ effort, the Republican bill does so without demonizing or unduly burdening our nation’s 800,000 law-enforcement officers, the vast majority of whom are outstanding citizens who wish only to serve their communities.

As to the choice between supporting the cops or supporting the black community, Senator Scott rejects it as falsely binary. “The answer to the question of which side do you support is ‘I support America,’” he said. “And if you support America, you support restoring the confidence that communities of color have in institutions of authority. If you support America, that means you know that the overwhelming number of officers in this nation want to do their job, go home to their family. It is not a binary choice. This legislation encompasses that spirit.”

Will Republicans and Democrats ultimately hammer out a compromise reform bill? Consider us pessimistic. There’s an election around the corner, and any legislative agreement might be seen by Democrats as a win for President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans. Indeed, the image of this president at a Rose Garden signing ceremony, flanked by black families and white cops, is one that Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer would like to avoid at all costs.

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Facebook’s ‘Fact-Checkers’ Wrongly Target Us … Again

Nate Jackson

Our “Memesters Union” is no stranger to controversy over the humorous images we produce on a daily basis. Facebook has, shall we say, “disagreed” with our stance on several memes, and this week brought another instance.

USA Today’s “fact-checkers” engaged in their usual opinion debates masquerading as objective checking of facts, deciding that a meme similar to one we produced was inaccurate. Facebook now hides our meme behind this “independent fact-check” so it can tell you why The Patriot Post is supposedly sharing “partly false” information.

Facebook is wrong and, ironically, pushing misleading information.

The debunked meme (from 2019) had a picture of Joe Biden with former West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd under the text (poor grammar in the original), “Biden with Grand wizard Of KKK. So who again is playing you, lying to you, using you for the votes, Creators of the KKK, opposed civil right of blacks. Yup thats the Democratic party.”

Our meme (from last week), shown below, did not make the claim that Byrd was a “grand wizard” of the KKK, which USA Today smugly debunked. Our meme simply states Byrd was a “KKK leader.” That is indisputably true, as even USA Today admits. Byrd recruited folks to begin a KKK chapter and rose to the rank of “Exalted Cyclops.” He later renounced and lamented his affiliation with the organization, but that doesn’t erase his years-long work for it.

Despite our meme being indisputably true, Facebook’s public-shaming notice also ominously warns, “Pages and websites that repeatedly publish or share misleading content will see their overall distribution reduced. … Deleting misleading content won’t affect these outcomes.”

Indeed, this isn’t our first encounter with “fact-checkers” who get the facts wrong, and we doubt it will be the last. And, of course, we may never know exactly what degree of this punishment Facebook might bestow upon us since administrators never bother to specify their judge, jury, and executioner rulings in individual cases. These things happen with no warning and no recourse. It doesn’t matter that the image we shared didn’t even match the one in the final ruling of the “fact-check.”

The entire “fact-checking” genre is a disgrace to journalism that should be left on the scrapheap of history.

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Trump and Bolton: Id vs. Id

Douglas Andrews

“There’s only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that’s not being talked about.”

So said John Bolton … er, Oscar Wilde. But it might just as well have been The ‘Stache. Indeed, just a few short months ago, Donald Trump’s former national security advisor was the talk of the town, his name and his possible “Ukraine” testimony on the lips of every impeachment watcher in Foggy Bottom.

Times have changed, though, and Bolton’s tell-all tease was supplanted first by talk of a pandemic and economic collapse and then by talk of riots, police brutality, and “systemic racism.” Still, there’s something newsworthy about the clash of two giant egos (Ids, really), one belonging to Trump and the other to Bolton.

Last September 10 began innocently enough — that is, until the president tweeted that Bolton’s services were “no longer needed at the White House.” And President Trump being President Trump, he then gave his guy a gentle kick out the door while telling the world that he “and others in the Administration” had “disagreed strongly with many of [Bolton’s] suggestions.” Then there was something about hell, fury, and scorn, and then a book deal.

“Game on,” says a prepublication taunt directed at Trump on the book’s back cover. And between those covers, claims by Bolton that Trump cozied up to China to help his reelection prospects are among the most inflammatory.

It’s certainly true that President Trump’s reelection prospects are tied to China — just as those of any U.S. president who tried to rebalance such a consequential trade relationship would be. But is this really news? Trump’s rhetoric toward China has been tough and unprecedented, hammering Beijing for cheating on trade and enabling a pandemic. Indeed, he’s changed the very way Americans think about China. This is hardly what we’d call “cozying up.”

So now you’re up to date, except for a little legal matter that popped up yesterday. As The Wall Street Journal reports, “The lawsuit, filed by the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, accuses Mr. Bolton of breaching the contract he signed as a condition of his employment and to access classified information. The suit marked the latest effort by the Trump administration to block the publication of "The Room Where It Happened” — set for June 23 — which is expected to be harshly critical of President Trump.“

The Journal continues, "The lawsuit asked the court to require Mr. Bolton to finish the prepublication review process or to create a 'constructive trust’ for any profits from the book if Mr. Bolton proceeded with the set publication date of June 23. ‘The United States is not seeking to censor any legitimate aspect of Defendant’s manuscript,’ the lawsuit said. The lawsuit also accuses Mr. Bolton of violating his nondisclosure agreements by circulating drafts of his book to some of his associates, citing news reports from January.”

“Brace for the Bolton Book Brouhaha,” alliterates The Resurgent, which tells us that the book will divulge “Ukraine-like transgressions … across the full range of his foreign policy” — which is to say, nothingburgers from start to finish. (Seriously: Can you name another president who’d have been impeached for merely trying to ascertain how the wastrel son of a former VP had landed a million-dollar do-nothing job with a corrupt foreign energy company?)

“I am hard-pressed,” Bolton is quoted as saying, “to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations.”

Well.

Isn’t that the idea, John? Shouldn’t President Trump be doing everything within his legal power to ensure that Joe Biden never ever takes the Oath of Office?

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Introducing the BSA’s ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ Badge

Nate Jackson

I am an Assistant Scoutmaster in a local Boy Scouts troop, and two of my three sons are currently Scouts — one Life, the other Tenderfoot. Two of my sons, adopted brothers, are also black. Here at The Patriot Post, we rarely write in first person, but I tell you this by way of saying that the BSA’s latest pandering effort hits very close to home for my family and me.

Earlier this week, the National Executive Committee for the Boy Scouts of America announced a new Eagle-required “diversity and inclusion” merit badge, along with other measures to train staff and review “property names, events and insignia” to ensure total inclusion.

On the one hand, I personally am glad to see the BSA say, “There is no place for racism — not in Scouting and not in our communities. Racism will not be tolerated.” I’m glad to see the BSA, which once upon a time did not allow black Scouts in white troops, leave such division in the past.

Unfortunately, those welcome ideas are accompanied by the requisite groveling to the race-baiters of the Black Lives Matter movement. Black lives do matter, and few of these elitists suffering from white guilt know that better than I do, given all that my wife and I have sacrificed and done to raise two black boys and provide short-term foster care for several other black children. But Black Lives Matter has little to do with black lives and everything to do with the Democrat Party’s political agenda of racial division and socialist redistribution. The BSA shouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot pole.

To add another personal note to this story, last year my young black Scout went to his first summer camp, where he was introduced to a word he’d never heard before. He was called a “n—er” … by other black Scouts. The gasping hoopla that ensued left him feeling embarrassed and singled-out, primarily by the camp’s well-meaning white staff.

This year’s struggle is explaining to that same 12-year-old why the summer camp’s packing list contains the item “sports bra.”

Some of you may be wondering why my family would remain in the BSA after all of the leftist cultural pandering the organization has undertaken over the years. The answer is simple: Our troop is outstanding and this cultural flimflam is mostly relegated to media headlines and the national office, with little bearing on our troop’s activities. My boys treasure the friendships and skills they’re building, and we’re not (yet) willing to walk away. Frankly, this latest badge brings not outrage but an eye-roll, and it will provide a teachable moment in my home. All five of our children, after all, earn the “diversity and inclusion” badge every day of their lives. Of course, that doesn’t mean each new pander, largely brought about by the corporate “progressives” on the BSA’s national board, doesn’t bring new heartache as we lament the decline of a once-great organization.

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More Great Analysis

Thomas Gallatin recounts some instances of Biden’s Contemptuous Arrogance.

Harold Hutchison takes on those who use recent government abuse as an excuse to eliminate the death penalty.

In a display of the American Spirit, an anonymous person returned a historic American flag taken during recent riots.

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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Above the Fold

  • According to Fox News, “The Supreme Court ruled Thursday against the Trump administration’s effort to end the Obama-era program that offers protections to young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The court ruled that the administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program violated the Administrative Procedure Act.” So Barack Obama said 22 times that he doesn’t have the power to do something. He does it anyway. Trump undoes it. SCOTUS says, “You can’t do that.” Do we have that about right?

  • Yesterday, President Donald Trump made the following declaration regarding the burgeoning number of coronavirus cases: “We won’t be closing the country again. We won’t have to do that.” Reuters adds, “Trump’s comments come after White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin both said the United States could not shut down the economy again.” Indeed it can’t. As USA Today reports, “About 1.5 million workers filed applications for unemployment insurance for the first time last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. That pushes the running tally of those who have made initial claims over the past 13 weeks to a mind-boggling 45.7 million.”

Government & Politics

  • Justice Department proposes rolling back protections for Big Tech (Reuters)

  • Trump signs bill protecting Chinese Uighurs on same day John Bolton claims he gave President Xi Jinping approval on detention camps (The Daily Caller)

  • Dick Durbin gives token apology to Tim Scott after “token” remark about police-reform bill (Washington Examiner)

  • Senate Democrats silent when asked if they condemn Dick Durbin’s “token” comment (The Daily Caller)

  • Hypocrite Nancy Pelosi pours $180,000 into Facebook ads while calling for advertisers to boycott the site (The Washington Free Beacon)

Culture & Heartland

  • Ex-Atlanta police officer who killed Rayshard Brooks absurdly charged with felony murder (CNN)

  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it was not consulted by the DA before charges were filed against officers in Brooks case (11alive.com)

  • “There are officers walking off”: Atlanta cops vote with their feet on indictments (Power Line)

  • Dumb and dumber: Seattle adds concrete barricades to safeguard the militant group CHOP (Bearing Arms)

  • Cornell law professor censured by dean after criticizing Black Lives Matter movement (The College Fix)

  • Olympia, Washington, Mayor Cheryl Selby, who supported Black Lives Matter, gets home vandalized during riots, calls it “domestic terrorism” (The Daily Wire)

  • Major fumble: Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy foolishly apologizes for “pain, discomfort” caused by sporting a T-shirt emblazoned with One America News (ESPN)

  • Philadelphia mayor declares Juneteenth a city holiday (The Hill)

  • Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, said she would issue an executive order that would take effect before the November election, ending Iowa’s distinction as the last state to deprive all former felons of voting rights for life (The New York Times)

Other Notables

  • Notre Dame Law School establishes Religious Liberty Clinic (Notre Dame News)

  • Massive spying on users of Google’s Chrome shows new security weakness (Reuters)

  • Border violence could spur India to help U.S. counter China (Washington Examiner)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Want new rules for Big Tech? Look forward, not backward (Issues & Insights)

  • Policy: Reform our cities, not just the police (National Review)

  • Humor: Cracker Jack changes name to more politically correct Caucasian Jack (The Babylon Bee)

  • Related humor: Quaker Oats replaces historically racist Aunt Jemima mascot with black female lawyer who enjoys pancakes sometimes (The Onion)

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VIDEOS

Video: Rage of Icons: Words Fail, Flags and Statues Fall — Can conservatives connect with a generation nursed on pictures, not words?

Video: Walter Williams on Whether the U.S. Is Systemically Racist — “For black Americans, the civil-rights struggle is over and it’s won.”

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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SHORT CUTS

The nitty gritty: “The founding vision for unity presupposed a flawed human nature: People were capable of sin individually but capable of the greatest sin when backed with the power of federal force. The founding vision for unity also presupposed an agreement on the nature of rights and liberty: No man had a right to demand anything from his neighbor. Furthermore, the founding vision for unity presupposed that our strongest bonds would exist outside of government — in our families, our communities, our churches. The founding vision has now been abandoned in pursuit of something more fulfilling: a communitarian vision of reality in which the will of the mob is perceived as virtuous; in which every man has the right to protect himself from the vicissitudes of life and the cruelties of history by demanding redress from his neighbors; in which our strongest bonds are forged at the most centralized level.” —Ben Shapiro

For the record I: “Lawlessness is the hallmark of many black communities. Ultimately, the solution to this lawlessness rests with black people. … Unfortunately, politicians who call for law and order are often viewed negatively. But that makes little sense. Poor people are more dependent on law and order than anyone else. In the face of high crime or social disorder, wealthier people can afford to purchase alarm systems, buy guard dogs, hire guards and, if things get too bad, move to a gated community. These options are not available to poor people. Their only protection is an orderly society.” —Walter Williams

For the record II: “The president was the most presidential I’ve seen him talking to the families [Tuesday]. It was not about anything other than finding justice for the victims and their families. … We’re not a racist country.” —Senator Tim Scott

Upright: “I have an idea… For all these people who don’t want any police, I’d love to meet with American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest and make a deal to fly them to countries that don’t have police. I want them to be happy!” —Herschel Walker

Political futures: “Tucker Carlson, The Federalist, ZeroHedge … the left wants to demonetize / deplatform all non-leftist media heading into the election. They will not like the backlash.” —Jon Gabriel

Double standards: “Google’s decision to target The Federalist is transparently politically motivated. … While Google demands that it cannot be held financially accountable for unlawful speech on its own platform, it is all too willing to use its market power to hold a conservative media outlet financially responsible for allowing disfavored speech on its platform.” —Senator Ted Cruz

Race bait: “If you grew up in America, you came out of American soil, considering the history of this country … how can you not be racist? How can you not have racial blind spots? How can you not see that the factory reset in America is whiteness?” —CNN’s Don Lemon

And last… “You can fight with a cop and steal his taser after you’re busted for being drunk behind the wheel but don’t you dare go to the playground with your kids during a pandemic.” —Dana Loesch

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