WaPo: ‘Send Her Back’ Chant Was ‘Fire Of Racial Animus’ Within Trump’s Base

By calling out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for her documented anti-Semitism, President Donald Trump was inspiring the crowd at his rally Wednesday night in Greenville, N.C., to engage in a racist chant, according to a piece Friday from the Washington Post.

The Post’s Ashley Parker took a number of liberties with the facts in “How a racist tweet became a Trump rally chant in three short days.”

The deception began with her lead: “This is the story of how a racist suggestion – that four congresswomen ‘go back’ to their ‘totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came’ – became an angry rallying cry in three short days.”

What Trump actually tweeted is: “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

Parker then wrote that Trump “awoke” Sunday morning and, “surprising just about his entire political orbit, targeted four Democrats – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) – in a trio of tweets.”

Trump’s tweets mentioned no names.

She then wrote that “the ensuing controversy unspooled as if from muscle memory – with all Trump’s world a stage, and all the men and women within it merely players.”

There was “the early silence and pantomimed shrugs,” Parker wrote. Then, on Monday came “the exposition – part clarification and part double-down – in which Trump and his allies claimed he was simply saying that, if these women were so unhappy in the United States, well, no one was forcing them to stay.” Again, that was not part of Trump’s tweet.

Then, “later that day came the political calculation, in which the president, his campaign and the Republican National Committee eagerly elevated” the so-called Squad “as the allegedly anti-American and anti-Semitic faces of the Democratic Party.”

There is no “allegedly” to the anti-Semitic statements of Omar and Tlaib. Omar has accused members of Congress who support Israel as being “all about the Benjamins” and Tlaib has said it gave her a “calming feeling” to think about the Holocaust, in which 6 million people – most of them Jews – were murdered because of racism.

“Then, finally, the denouement,” Parker wrote. The hot, steamy July night in Greenville, N.C., “where the crowd took up Trump’s cause for him, chanting ‘Send her back! Send her back!’ as he railed against Omar.

“The president and his allies may have aimed for plausible deniability – he’s not racist and he in no way suggested that these women were somehow ‘others’ who belong elsewhere, came the refrain – but his supporters seemed to understand exactly what he meant. And they were more than happy to oblige,” she wrote.

The president paused as the chant took hold. He did not look comfortable, and he since has disavowed the chant.

But that’s not what Parker saw.

“The president paused, as if to let the moment unfurl, to fan another guest of oxygen onto the fire of racial animus devouring his base.”

This probably isn’t the end of it, Parker wrote. “There is a very real possibility that a chant, which began as a suggestion from a racist tweet, will simply be added to the panoply of greatest hits at his political rallies – another angry interlude in the Trump Show.

“Trump’s dubious history on the topic of race – from nativist to racially charged to downright racist – is long and well-documented, even just from his time as a politician onward.”  

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Author: Brian McNicoll


On 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing, NYT Extols ‘Equality’ of Soviet Union’s Space Program

America may have been first to put a man on the moon, but the history the Apollo 11 crew made 50 years ago this week is eclipsed in the view of the New York Times by the Soviet Union being first in the race and gender “equality” department, according to a piece earlier this week on the Times’ website.

“The Cold War was fought as much on an ideological front as a military one, and the Soviet Union often emphasized the sexism and racism of its capitalist opponents – particularly the segregated United States,” wrote Sophie Pinkham in “How the Soviets Won the Space Race for Equality” – subhead: “The USSR sent women and people of color to space years before the U.S.”

“And the space race was a prime opportunity to signal the USSR’s commitment to equality. After putting the first man in space in 1961, the Soviets went on to send the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit – all years before the Americans would follow suit.”

Pinkham wrote that the director of Soviet cosmonaut training put in his diary in 1961 that “We cannot allow the first woman in space to be American. This would be an insult to the patriotic feelings of Soviet women.” Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschchev “agreed, and the search for candidates began.”

Pinkham’s website – sophiepinkham.com – is festooned with a drawn image of bathing suit-clad people enjoying a pool party with a red flag and a ball that reads CCCP – the old Russian abbreviation for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – in the background.

It declares she is a “writer and academic specializing in Russian and Ukrainian culture and politics” and promotes a book she wrote about the Ukraine.  

Her piece details the firsts.

The first woman was Valentina Tereshkova, a 26-year-old factory-worker-turned-cosmonaut, who flew a solo mission in 1963 that orbited the Earth 48 times. “Ardent female fans in the USSR saw her triumph as a welcome reaffirmation of the Soviet commitment to gender equality, while women outside the Soviet Union took it as proof that there was no limit to what women could achieve,” Pinkham gushed.

The U.S. would not send a woman into space until Sally Ride in 1983.

The other firsts came through the Interkosmos program the Soviet Union “and its socialist allies” used so the Russians could squeeze money from other countries to finance its space program.

This yielded the first Asian in space, she wrote, — Vietnamese pilot Phan Tuan, who flew in July 1980. It also yielded the first African – a pilot in the Cuban Revolutionary Guard named Tamayo Mendez, whom Pinkham informs us that “like Tereshkova,” he had “impeccable socialist credentials.”

This was no accident, Pinkham wrote. “Cosmonaut diversity was key for the Soviet message to the rest of the globe: Under socialism, a person of even the humblest origins could make it all the way up.”

One Twitter follower, who goes by the handle @hollymathnerd and writes about women in math and space fields, took issue with the assertion of the superiority of cosmonaut diversity.

“USSR and Soviet Russia combined? 4 women astronauts since 1963,” she tweeted. “Almost 50, including all these firsts: mother, Chinese-born woman, payload specialist, married couple, black woman, Hispanic woman, shuttle pilot and commander, ISS commander, and teacher. Also oldest.”

A later tweet read: “More USA distinctions for women astronauts: first Indian-American woman in space, first AND second female commander and pilot, most cumulative time in space (665 days), most EVAs, first woman to make 3rd, 4th and 5th flights. Five women (out of 11 total) in current astronaut class.

“Not bad for the space program of a deeply misogynist hellscape country that won’t let any women succeed in STEM, eh?”

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Author: Brian McNicoll

Trump Calls Media Out for Double-Standard in Political Reporting

President Donald Trump calls out the mainstream media for their double-standard in their positive coverage of the liberal “The Squad” vs. negative coverage his recent rally in North Carolina.

Trump also said that he disagreed with attendees at his own rally when they created a chant he disagreed with.

He tweeted: “It is amazing how the Fake News Media became “crazed” over the chant ‘send her back’ by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen.

“Mainstream Media, which has lost all credibility, has either officially or unofficially become a part of the Radical Left Democrat Party. It is a sick partnership, so pathetic to watch! They even covered a tiny staged crowd as they greeted Foul Mouthed Omar in Minnesota, a State which I will win in #2020 because they can’t stand her and her hatred of our Country, and they appreciate all that I have done for them (opening up mining and MUCH more) which has led to the best employment & economic year in Minnesota’s long and beautiful history!”

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Author: Carrie Sheffield

WSJ: Racial Discrimination No Longer Biggest Barrier to Black Economic Advancement

Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley, a prominent black conservative, wrote in a recent column that racial discrimination is no longer the biggest barrier to black economic advancement — an argument that is widely ignored in the mainstream media.

“No reasonable person denies that racists still live among us or that racial discrimination can retard upward mobility,” Riley writes.

“Still, evidence of racial bias in the past or the present is not proof that racism is responsible for current social disparities. After all, the pathologies we see in low-income black communities aren’t confined to those communities. As Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam wrote in 2017, ‘The white working-class family is today more fragile than the black family was at the time of the famous alarm-sounding 1965 “Report on the Negro Family” by Daniel Patrick Moynihan.’”

Riley pointed to social science data showing the single parenthood has a strong impact on black poverty and unemployment rates, another factor largely ignored by the mainstream media.

“Liberals who insist that racial discrimination largely explains the black-white wealth gap are ignoring other plausible explanations,” Riley continued. “Black poverty and employment today, for example, seem to be more a function of family formation than of white racism. For more than 20 years, black married couples have had poverty rates in the single digits, and black married men have had a higher labor-force participation rate than white men who never married. According to The Wall Street Journal, last year the labor-force participation gap between blacks and whites virtually vanished, the first time that’s happened since 1972. Systemic racism may be ‘in the air we breathe,’ but black unemployment rates are at generational lows.”

Riley pointed out that liberals–aided by their mainstream media allies–are pushing a false narrative about opportunity and welfare.

“Government programs are no substitute for the development of human capital,” Riley concludes. “If wealth-redistribution schemes lifted people out of poverty, we would have closed these gaps a long time ago. Liberal politicians and activists have little interest in addressing the ways in which black behavioral choices impact inequality. It’s easier to turn out voters and raise money by equating racial imbalances with racial bias and smearing political opponents who disagree. Will it work in the end? It didn’t for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Telling people what you think they want to hear can be easier than telling the truth, but you also risk insulting them. And blaming bad outcomes among blacks on the malevolence of others is not only wrong but insulting to Americans of every race. This isn’t 1950. Attitudes have changed. Behaviors have changed. American neighborhoods and schools and marriages are more integrated. We elected a black president twice, and he won several of the nation’s whitest states both times. Racism has probably never been less significant in America, and blacks have never had more opportunities to seize. Liberals are pushing a narrative that many white voters don’t recognize and that many black voters know is false.”

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Author: Carrie Sheffield

Michelle Obama: Obama Presidency Had ‘No Scandal’

Former first lady Michelle Obama commenting on her husband’s administration told CBS This Morning host Gayle King proudly proclaimed that it was scandal-free.

Obama was attending the 25th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans on Saturday and recounted her emotions attending President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration, contrasting his more white crowd with the diverse crowd at her husband’s inauguration in 2009.

“You could look at his crowd and you would see America. All of it,” Obama said. “And I had to sit in [Trump’s] audience, one of a handful of people of color and then listen to that speech, and all that I had sort of held onto for eight years, watching my husband get raked over the coals, feeling like we had to do everything perfectly, you know, no scandal.”

“Yeah,” King responded.

“No nothing,” Obama said  “No nothing!”

“Yes. No scandal,” King said.

King who is a close friend of Oprah Winfrey and several other powerful liberals and Democrats abandoned her responsibility to good journalism by neglecting to mention the IRS scandal where conservative groups were targeted, the botched handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack and the infamous Fast and Furious  gun-running operation that resulted in a contempt citation for Attorney General Eric Holder among some of more notorious scandals under the Obama administration.

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Author: Don Irvine

Newly Resurfaced Tape Fuels Media Mission To Link Trump to Epstein

Mainstream media stepped up efforts to link President Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein, the New York-based financier arrested two weeks ago for sex trafficking with underage girls and conspiracy, pulling a tape from the archives of a news show that did a segment on Trump in the early 1990s.

The point is to undermine Trump’s statements that he is “not a fan” of Epstein and that he helped victims and their attorneys make the case against Epstein after his first arrest for sex crimes.

The footage – which Trump invited Faith Daniels to use on her show “A Closer Look” – appeared on TV in 1992 as part of a profile of Trump and how he was emerging from financial and marital difficulties. It shows the president partying at Mar-a-Lago with Epstein, former basketball star and congressman Tom McMillan and cheerleaders from the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.

Trump said he hasn’t spoken to Epstein in 15 years, which would mean 12 years after the party, and he never went to Epstein’s so-called Orgy Island, where much of the abuse took place. But Salon’s Matthew Rozsa attempted to make this a smoking gun event in efforts to link Trump to Epstein.

“Although President Donald Trump recently claimed that he ‘was not a fan’ of Jeffrey Epstein, video footage newly resurfaced by NBC News reveals he partied with the billionaire financier and registered sex offender in November of 1992,” Rozsa wrote.

NBC News took a more dramatic tack in its story “Tape shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein discussing women at 1992 party,” by Jack Bohrer.

“The footage shows two wealthy men laughing and pointing as they appear to discuss young women dancing at a party,” Bohrer’s piece began. “Today, one of the men is president of the United States. The other is in federal lockup awaiting a bail decision as he fights sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.”

Later, Bohrer writes, “The president says that he hasn’t spoken to Epstein since his guilty plea, and that his relationship with him was no different than that of anyone else in their elite circle. ‘I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him,’ Trump said last week. ‘I was not a fan.’ But on the tape, Trump gives Epstein plenty of personal attention.”

Mother Jones headlined its story “New Video of Trump and Epstein Partying and Leering at Women Emerges” – subhead: “‘She’s hot,’ Trump is seen telling Epstein at one point in the 1992 clip.”

“It was only last week that President Donald Trump, before unleashing a racist tirade against four Democratic congresswomen of color on Sunday, was engulfed in the scandal stemming from disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest for alleged sexual abuse of underage girls, charges that prompted two new headaches for the president,” Mother Jones wrote.

The headaches were “the future of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta [who since has resigned] amid renewed scrutiny over his role in allowing Epstein to escape a federal investigation for similar sex trafficking charges more than a decade ago. The second saw Trump attempting to brush off his once-friendly relationship with Epstein, a man he once praised as ‘terrific.’”

The Washington Post joined the fray with “Behind the scenes the night Trump partied at Mar-a-Lago with Jeffrey Epstein and NFL cheerleaders,” by Rosalind Helderman and Beth Reinhard.

Helderman and Reinhard pointed out that “Trump has said repeatedly he is ‘not a fan’ of Epstein’s and that the two had a falling out about 15 years ago. … In the video from the 1992 party, the two men appear chummy, chuckling as Trump appears to point out women on the dance floor. At one point, Trump can be seen whispering in Epstein’s ear, causing the financier to double over in laughter.”

Later, they wrote: “Trump’s interactions with women at the Mar-a-Lago party – welcome or not – provide visual evidence of the kind of behavior he would later brag about on a 2005 ‘Access Hollywood’ recording that surfaced at the end of the presidential campaign: that he could grab and kiss women because he was a celebrity.”

None of the women complained about Trump’s behavior.

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Slate Attacks Tapper For Revealing Democratic Dissent Over the ‘Squad’

CNN’s Jake Tapper pulled back the curtain on Democratic dissatisfaction with the “Squad,” and it did not go over well with some of his fellow media members.

Tapper unfurled a tweet thread Wednesday afternoon that began: “House Democrats appeared unified in their votes this week but I’ve spent the day talking to a bunch of them and many are extremely frustrated. All agree POTUS’s tweets needed to be condemned; they spoke under condition of anonymity so they could be candid.”

“‘The president won this one,’ said House Dem 1 of the Trump v Squad (AOC, Tlaib, Omar & Pressley) showdown. ‘What the president has done is politically brilliant. Pelosi was trying to marginalize these folks and the president has now identified the entire party with them.’”

A third tweet was a member, identified as House Dem 2, asking what Democrats are focused on no that will help the class of 2018 Democrats get re-elected. “’The president’s words and actions speak for themselves. We need to focus on the issues that got them here: jobs, health care …’” Tapper tweeted.

Other House Democrats, Tapper wrote, “are conflicted about having to defend the Squad given things they’ve said and done. House Dems cited: talk of supporting challengers to incumbent Dems in primaries, AOC’s use of the term ‘concentration camps,’ anti-Semitic comments by Tlaib & Omar.’”

Members were frustrated that the House voted to condemn Trump’s remarks, but “we couldn’t even bring ourselves to have a resolution exclusively condemning anti-Semitism uttered by one of those members” – Omar – “but we leapt to their defense here.”

They also said that the resolution just introduced by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), two members of the Squad, to affirm the right of Americans to boycott, “perceived as an expression of support for the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divest and sanction) movement that most House Dems oppose.” One House Democrat told Tapper that bill coming “from someone with a history of anti-Semitism – Omar – so yeah, it’s challenging.”

Others expressed frustration with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) chief of staff recruiting primary challengers to run against Democratic members deemed insufficiently leftist.

His comments led to a headline on Slate that read: “Jake Tapper Appears to Have Taken a Break From Truth-Telling.”

Author Ashley Feinberg questioned whether Tapper spoke to his anonymous sources at all.

“According to Tapper, he’d spent the day talking to a number of Democrats (all of whom he granted anonymity) who expressed frustration with the four freshman congresswomen known as ‘the Squad,’” Feinberg wrote. “… Here, Tapper never actually indicated how many Democrats he spoke to, simply saying that it was ‘a lot.’”

Feinberg wrote that Tapper gives more information in his Twitter thread than he did about his contacts during a panel discussion of the tweets on CNN. He said he was “providing quotes from at least four separate Democrats, two of whom he refers to as ‘Reps,’” she wrote. “Throughout the thread, Tapper repeats these anonymous Democrats’ rehashing of right-wing talking points: that Omar has a ‘history of anti-Semitism’ and that the four freshman congresswomen argued that moderate Democrats were ‘against human rights.’”

She then pointed out that her former boss, Alex Pareene of the New Republic, had tweeted at Tapper that “I assume you made every effort to get the targets of these comments to respond because you are a straight-shooting objective reporter and not simply carrying water for one side in a political fight, but you didn’t mention it because you didn’t want to do an unlucky 13th tweet.”

Tapper responded that the Squad members “are more likely to want to respond through their own social media accounts than through mine, if they choose to do so at all.”

She then tries to make it look like Tapper is lying by writing that if he had reached out as he claimed, “it seemed odd not to have included it in his 12-tweet thread.” She said only two of the four said they had been contacted by Tapper.

Later, she revealed the other two had not responded to her at all.  

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Author: Brian McNicoll

Friedman: Democrats Are Setting Trump Up For Re-Election

Liberal New York Times columnist admitted that the Democratic Party has drifted so far left — its leaders spouting ideas that Friedman called “crazy” in their first debate — that it is setting President Donald Trump up for re-election in 2020.

In a column published Wednesday, Friedman wrote, “please, spare me the revolution! It can wait. Win the presidency, hold the House and narrow the spread in the Senate, and a lot of good things still can be accomplished. ‘No,’ you say, ‘the left wants a revolution now!’ O.K., I’ll give the left a revolution now: four more years of Donald Trump.”

Friedman expanded his remarks in an appearance on MSNBC with Brian Williams.

“This column all started with people coming up to me saying ‘we’re going to lose, aren’t we?” Friedman said. “Trump’s going to win again.’ And that’s what made me sit back and really articulate what I felt when I watched that democratic debate. I heard a lot of things I agree with. A lot of things I agree with.

“But I heard things that I was shocked by. The idea that we would decriminalize entry into this country, you could just walk in? .. I actually believe you should ring the doorbell when you come to my house or my country. It’s a little tick I have, ok. The idea that we’re going to give health care to all these undocumented immigrants when we have health demands from Americans, like veterans, that are really in need? I heard stuff that was just crazy. I’m sorry, to me crazy. OK?”

Friedman said many of his readers felt the same way — that the Democratic Party has become too extreme.

“I’m a big pro-immigration fan,” Friedman continued with Williams. “But I think we need a high wall with a big gate. I think you’ve got to control the border, assure other Americans you can control your border. And then I am really pro-immigration for both the high energy, lower-skilled and the high IQ risk-takers. We need both. But there are ways to balance all of these things.

“But these people are off in a place, Brian, that I think many Democrats were saying ‘Wait a minute, I don’t feel that, I can’t defend that.’ And as I looked through the comments on my column today–there were 5,000 of them–I was just struck by so many people saying ‘Yes, I felt that way, that was just too far to the left for me.’ And if they felt that way, imagine what Republicans were saying.”

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Author: Carrie Sheffield

Survey: Most Mexicans Agree With Trump’s Immigration Concerns

As mainstream media figures attack the Trump administration as being anti-immigrant and racist, the administration’s concerns about immigrants from Central America entering the country illegally are shared by a majority of the Mexican people, according to a Washington Post survey.

“Mexicans are deeply frustrated with immigrants after a year of heightened migration from Central America through the country, according to a survey conducted by The Washington Post and Mexico’s Reforma newspaper,” reported the Post’s  Kevin Sieff and Scott Clement. “More than 6 in 10 Mexicans say migrants are a burden on their country because they take jobs and benefits that should belong to Mexicans.

Many mainstream media figures have decried Trump’s call for deporting undocumented immigrants, yet his sentiment is shared by a majority of the Mexican people, according to the Post.

“A 55 percent majority supports deporting migrants who travel through Mexico to reach the United States,” the Post continued. “Those findings defy the perception that Mexico — a country that has sent millions of its own migrants to the United States, sending billions of dollars in remittances — is sympathetic to the surge of Central Americans. Instead, the data suggests Mexicans have turned against the migrants transiting through their own country, expressing antipathy that would be familiar to many supporters of President Trump north of the border.”

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Author: Carrie Sheffield

Kellyanne Conway Calls Out Media for Cherry-Picking Offensive Statements to Report

Kellyanne Conway called out the mainstream media for failing to report on offensive statements by the “Squad” of congresswomen who have been accused of anti-Semitic and anti-American statements.

“The fake news media has completely underreported the ‘Squad’s’ controversial statements and ties,” Conway said yesterday on Fox News. “We’re tired of some of these women palling around with terrorists. One of them is in pictures with somebody who was responsible for the murder of three Israeli soldiers. Where is the press? Stop falling down on the jobs. Stop being so afraid of and adoring of four people who got here a few short months ago.”

Conway said the mainstream media have failed in their fact-checking of the “Squad.”

“‘All about the Benjamins,’ yes, laughing about Al-Qaeda and lying today in the press conference, I mean, I’m always amazed when the fact-checkers, just go gaga and genuflect when any one of ‘the Squad,’ ‘the Squad’ who, apart from getting a lot of media attention, haven’t done squat; they don’t fact-check these people,” Conway continued. “The House cannot condemn President Trump after it embarrassingly dropped the ball on, what should have been, a straight-forward condemnation of Rep. Omar’s anti-Semitic comments.”

Conway pointed out the political hypocrisy of House Democrats and their anti-Trump resolution passed yesterday while they were unable to name Rep. Ilhan Omar in a previous resolution.

“Let me just say about this resolution today. This is important. Back in March there was meant to be a resolution condemning the anti-Semitic comments by Ilhan Omar. And the House couldn’t even get that right,” Conway said. “Why the hell can’t we condemn anti-Semitism? Why can’t we name Ilhan Omar? They’re going to name President Trump today in the resolution? It’s politicized and it’s [a] sham, because they couldn’t call a member of our own who said ‘it’s all about the Benjamins,’ dual loyalty. Some of the most anti-Semitic garbage that we’ve heard in the House floor ever.”

Conway pointed out that the members of the “Squad” were the only four Democrats to vote against the $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid that has been crucial to improving conditions on the border.

“They are the only four Democrats to vote against any humanitarian aid crisis on the border. They have no moral authority to talk to the border about anymore. They voted against $4.6 billion in aid,” Conway said. “These four women are distinctive for one important reason I want America to know: they’re the only four Democrats to vote against any form of humanitarian aid at the border when that vote was taken two weeks ago. They have no moral authority to ever talk about the border and the kids and the humanitarian crisis there.”

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Author: Carrie Sheffield