ABC Town Hall Masquerades Anti-Trump Activists as ‘Uncommitted’ Voters

Multiple voters characterized by ABC News as undecided—and selected to pepper President Donald Trump with questions during a network town hall—are longtime Trump critics. While the network claimed its Tuesday town hall “provided uncommitted voters the opportunity to ask the president questions about issues affecting Americans,” a Washington Free Beacon review of social media posts found that two of the questioners have long denounced Trump.

Kutztown University professor Ellesia Blaque—whom ABC repeatedly identified as “uncommitted” in its coverage of the town hall—praised vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris during the Democratic primary, saying she would “be there, volunteering” for the California senator in Pennsylvania. The English professor was not shy about her partisanship, calling Trump a “f—ing moron,” “pathetic,” “pig,” “swine,” “punk ass,” and “LOOSER” (sic) in a slew of 2019 tweets. She is a self-described “liberal Democrat,” according to her Facebook profile, on the grounds that liberals “are not motivated by money or power, but by humanity and the needs of the people.”

Another “uncommitted” voter, Philadelphia pastor Carl Day, tweeted that he’s “never once supported trump and won’t now” in August, just weeks before the ABC town hall. He went on to say that Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan refers to a time in which “the n— did what they were told in all industries, wouldn’t have the audacity to try to enter a white establishment and didn’t talk back to the cops.” Day also referred to Trump as a “villain,” called him “ridiculously arrogant & obnoxious,” and said he “ain’t no Christian” in posts spanning from 2015 to 2019.

An ABC spokesperson told the Free Beacon that the voters “all identified to [the network] as uncommitted.” The spokesperson would not say whether the network took any time to verify those claims, nor did he answer questions about the selection process.

Blaque appeared on MSNBC after the town hall, saying, “I didn’t know if I was going to vote or not—it was never a question of will I vote for Trump or Biden.” According to CNN, Blaque’s hesitance to vote altogether was “why she qualified as an uncommitted voter by ABC’s standard.”

Blaque assured MSNBC viewers that she “really did go [to the town hall] with an open mind,” adding that she “decided to bite the bullet and vote for Biden” after the event. She displayed a Michelle Obama photo book in the background and said that she watches host Joy Reid “every night.” Blaque penned a CNN opinion piece after the town hall, accusing Trump of seeing her as a “fat Black woman—a metaphoric rock in his shoe” rather than a “human being asking for his support and help.”

Day also appeared on CNN following the town hall, telling host Don Lemon that Trump referred to “statistics and numbers, stats that he probably had no substance behind” during the event.

Neither Blaque nor Day responded to requests for comment.

The town hall was hosted by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, a former aide to President Bill Clinton who donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation between 2012 and 2014 and came under scrutiny after interviewing twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton without disclosing the donations. He also interviewed the author of a book criticizing the foundation’s foreign donors in 2015 and did not reveal the conflict of interest. The anchor’s Clinton Foundation contributions were first discovered by the Free Beacon.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden also addressed voters two days after ABC’s event at a CNN town hall. He falsely claimed that he would be the first president without an Ivy League degree and was the first person in his family to go to college.

The post ABC Town Hall Masquerades Anti-Trump Activists as ‘Uncommitted’ Voters appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Go to Source
Author: {Washington Free Beacon}

NBA Playoffs Sponsored by Chinese-Owned Teen Surveillance App

A Chinese-owned teen surveillance app is sponsoring a controversial American sports league under fire for its friendly ties to the Chinese government and its acquiescence in the face of Muslim genocide.

TikTok, which rose to prominence as a technological juggernaut by answering the question, “What if memes, but in real life?,” is a primary sponsor of the NBA playoffs on TNT.

The app, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has been at the center of geopolitical controversy after President Donald Trump demanded TikTok be sold to a U.S. firm to avoid a nationwide ban. Trump signaled his approval over the weekend for a tentative deal that would make Oracle and Walmart minority stakeholders in a new company, TikTok Global, headquartered in the United States.

Trump and others had expressed concern about the relationship between ByteDance and the Chinese government, particularly with respect to the mountains of personal data collected on the roughly 100 million TikTok users in the United States, many of them sexy teenagers who like to film themselves dancing.

The NBA sponsorship is a natural fit. Like TikTok, the basketball league has been criticized for its own close ties to China amid its ongoing efforts to tap into the profitable Chinese market. While NBA league officials, executives, and players have been outspoken in their criticism of social injustices in the United States, they have been increasingly reluctant to say anything that might anger the Chinese government.

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, for example, was swiftly denounced by NBA officials in 2019 for tweeting a message of solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. LeBron James suggested Morey “was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation.” The NBA’s Chinese Twitter account issued a Mandarin language statement saying the league was “extremely disappointed in the inappropriate comment.”

In July, the NBA was forced to terminate its relationship with a basketball training facility in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, the site of an ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign against Uighur Muslims, more than one million of whom are currently held in government-run concentration camps.

The post NBA Playoffs Sponsored by Chinese-Owned Teen Surveillance App appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Go to Source
Author: {Washington Free Beacon}

FLASHBACK: Democrats Warn of Deadlocked Supreme Court Without Nine Justices

Joe Biden and Senate Democrats in 2016 stressed the need to fill a Supreme Court vacancy with all due speed, pointing to the issues that would arise from deadlocked, 4-4 decisions.

The post FLASHBACK: Democrats Warn of Deadlocked Supreme Court Without Nine Justices appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Go to Source
Author: {Washington Free Beacon}

Yale Publishes Graphic Guide to COVID-Proof Sex

Yale University published a comprehensive guide for how to have sex amid the coronavirus pandemic—so comprehensive, in fact, that it includes detailed descriptions of the sex acts thought to spread the virus.

Yale’s health department circulated a “Safer Sex During COVID-19” document that advises students to limit sexual interactions by masturbating and “liven up” their sex lives by wearing masks. The guidelines also offer tips on how to properly clean sex toys before and after use, and ask students to avoid “rimming, or any sexual activity that involves putting your mouth on the anus.” Other tips include selective kissing, using condoms, washing hands before and after sex, and using the internet for sexual exchanges.

“Consensual virtual connections over the phone or on web platforms can be ways to interact socially and sexually without exchanging fluids,” the guidelines read. “Use this time to liven up your sex life while staying safe!”

Under the “Spice It Up” subhead, the guidelines say heavy breathing can spread the virus and suggest students wear masks in bed to prevent infection. “Though wearing a mask while having sex might not be your thing, it is a good way to add a layer of protection, especially since heavy breathing can spread the virus further,” the document states.

Similar sex guidelines were issued at the University of Georgia, though the school removed the list following online ridicule. The language of both the University of Georgia’s and Yale’s guidelines mimic that of the University of Maryland Medical System and the New York City Department of Health.

Yale is also encouraging students to partake in cybersex and masturbation, saying that “you are your safest sex partner.” According to a Frontiers in Psychiatry study, however, cybersex sometimes “serves as another outlet for gratification that feeds a previous problem,” especially for those addicted to drugs and alcohol. College students abuse drugs at some of the highest rates in the United States.

The university did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The post Yale Publishes Graphic Guide to COVID-Proof Sex appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Go to Source
Author: {Washington Free Beacon}

Chicago Issued Thousands of Parking Tickets After Mayor Declared Moratorium

Chicago raked in hundreds of thousands from parking fines in the months since Democratic mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the city wouldn’t write tickets during the coronavirus pandemic, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

Lightfoot told Chicagoans at a press conference on March 18 that until April 30, the city would not ticket cars unless they posed a threat to public safety. But according to city parking data obtained by the Tribune, 70 percent of parking tickets issued during that period were for violations that the mayor had said would not be ticketed—such as allowing a parking meter to expire, parking without proper permits, or driving with expired license plates. 

Tickets for cars parked at expired meters downtown accounted for nearly half of those 35,000 tickets and have cost Chicagoans $558,000. 

“It’s a betrayal, just absolutely ridiculous,” one resident told the Tribune. “It puts people in a tough financial position at the worst time. It’s just a really shady thing to do.” 

The Tribune reported that Lightfoot failed to warn Chicagoans when she changed the city’s policy on March 27 and told the private company that monitors the city’s parking meters to once again begin ticketing cars parked at expired meters. 

Lightfoot has come under fire on multiple occasions this summer for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as destructive anti-police protests in her city. Under the mayor’s direction, Chicago spent $66 million to create a makeshift hospital that treated 38 patients with coronavirus. And some have said her lack of support for local police contributed to an uptick in police department retirements this year. 

The post Chicago Issued Thousands of Parking Tickets After Mayor Declared Moratorium appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Go to Source
Author: {Washington Free Beacon}

UPDATE: Journalists Still Can’t Stop Giving Mitch McConnell Badass Nicknames

Journalists are terrified of Mitch McConnell. The Senate majority leader strikes fear in their hearts, and they want the American people to fear him as well. Hence the “scary” nicknames: Midnight Mitch, Moscow Mitch, and Cocaine Mitch.

As previously reported by the Washington Free Beacon, these journo-derived nicknames actually make Mitch McConnell look like a cunning badass, which he is. The same is true about the latest McConnell-related fearmongering by the Washington Post, which recently described him as the “apex predator” of American politics.

The article, written by NBC News analyst Howard Fineman, opens with an anecdote presumably intended to make McConnell look bad. But as is often the case, the Senate majority leader comes across as a humble, charming, clever, and cerebral badass of epic proportions:

When Minnesota Democrat Al Franken was in the Senate, the only way he could even briefly befriend Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was to compliment the Republican leader on a speech. One day, after McConnell had given what passed for heartfelt remarks in praise of Senate spouses, Franken approached him to say it was a “lovely speech.” A comedian in an earlier life, Franken then proceeded to kid him on the square. “Mitch, I have to say, I really like your speeches better when they aren’t in the service of evil.”

“I like the evil ones better,” McConnell replied, with a thin smile.

Run for the hills, libs. 

There’s a predator on the prowl.

He thrives in darkness.

He knows no borders.

All he does is win.

The post UPDATE: Journalists Still Can’t Stop Giving Mitch McConnell Badass Nicknames appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Go to Source
Author: {Washington Free Beacon}

Sweeping New Sanctions Hit Iran’s Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The Trump administration on Monday announced an unprecedented set of new sanctions on Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile sectors.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was joined at the State Department by top Trump administration officials as they announced the new measures, which target Iran’s proliferation of nuclear materials used to feed its atomic weapons program. The sanctions also seek to restrain Iran’s contested ballistic missile program, which has progressed in tandem with its nuclear program as the country seeks to construct a weapon capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

The most far-reaching sanctions will target Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics agency, as well as its leaders, for exporting arms to Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, who also was targeted by the new sanctions. The measures are aimed at stopping Iran from exporting arms across the globe, including to regional hotspots such as Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.

The new sanctions are being issued under a fresh executive order announced Monday by the White House enabling the United States to sanction Iranian government actors and those globally who have been identified as aiding Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. The move comes a month after the United States invoked a procedural mechanism at the United Nations that ordered the “snapback” of all global sanctions on Iran. Snapback took effect on Saturday. The unprecedented move was met with anger by European powers and Tehran’s allies, raising questions about whether the world will uphold the sanctions. Pompeo and senior Trump administration officials warned that they will not hesitate to sanction any country caught working with Iran.

“Now that virtually all U.N. sanctions have been reimposed on Iran, stakeholders worldwide are warned that the United States will aggressively use U.S. sanctions authorities to impose consequences for failures to comply with the snapped-back U.N. measures on Iran and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of U.N.-prohibited activity,” the State Department said in announcing the new action.

To further tighten the noose on Iran’s nuclear program, the United States designated several Iranians who it says are “centrally involved in Iran’s uranium enrichment centrifuge operations.” Among those sanctioned is Hamid Reza Ghadirian, group director at Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. He was penalized due to his support for the “installation of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges … that are used to increase Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile.”

Other new sanctions target individuals associated with Iran’s Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, which has manufactured the fuel needed to run the country’s nuclear reactors. This includes greater restrictions on Iran’s production of a nuclear byproduct known as heavy water, which could provide Iran with an alternative plutonium-based pathway to a bomb.

The Treasury Department also designated two Iranian military officials and several organizations aiding the country’s ballistic missile program. One such group, Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, “is in charge of liquid-propellant ballistic missile development,” according to information provided by the department.

Additionally, the Department of Commerce on Monday added five Iranian nationals to its “entity list for nuclear-related activities,” which prevents them from importing materials that could aid the country’s nuclear program.

President Trump, in a statement on the new sanctions, said the White House executive order paves the way for not just the reimposition of global sanctions, but new actions meant to stop Tehran’s pursuit of a weapon.

“My actions today send a clear message to the Iranian regime and those in the international community who refuse to stand up to Iran,” Trump said. “The United States will not allow the Iranian regime to further advance capabilities to directly threaten and terrorize the rest of the world.”

The post Sweeping New Sanctions Hit Iran’s Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Go to Source
Author: {Washington Free Beacon}

U.S. Increases Troop Presence in Syria As Russian and ISIS Threats Grow

Military officials announced a slight uptick in American troop presence in Syria as a bulwark against increasing Russian aggression and revitalized signs from ISIS in the region, the New York Times reported Friday.

The additions will bring about 100 new personnel to the roughly 500-person American contingent in the country, as well as military hardware such as Bradley fighting vehicles and increased fighter jet patrols.

“These actions are a clear demonstration of U.S. resolve to defend coalition forces,” Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the military’s Central Command (CENTCOM), told the Times in an email, “and to ensure that they are able to continue their defeat-ISIS mission without interference.”

ISIS’s operations in Syria and elsewhere remain a challenge to American vital interests. A Friday Wall Street Journal report found that ISIS’s cash reserves, estimated to be over $300 million, are helping fund the terrorist organization’s efforts to withstand American-led coalition operations across the Middle East.

“The underlying conditions that allowed for the rise of ISIS remain,” CENTCOM head and Marine general Frank McKenzie said last month. “They continue to aspire to regain control of physical terrain. Without sustained pressure, they have the potential to do so in a relatively short period of time.”

Regional issues have only been complicated by Moscow’s adversarial posture toward the United States across the world, but especially in the Middle East. In August, a Russian vehicle conducted irregular maneuvers and rammed an American patrol, wounding seven American soldiers. The incident elicited concern from CENTCOM. 

“They were in an area they were not supposed to be,” McKenzie told the Times. “They were not in an area that they had received permission to go to. And their actions were frankly reckless at the tactical level.”

Months prior to the incident, reports circulated that Russia had paid the Taliban bounties to kill American soldiers. In 2018, Syrian operators allied with Russian mercenaries raided a compound held by American commandos. The resulting firefight left up to 300 Russian and Syrian fighters dead.

The post U.S. Increases Troop Presence in Syria As Russian and ISIS Threats Grow appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Go to Source
Author: {Washington Free Beacon}

Justice Department Slams New York City, Portland, Seattle for ‘Permitting Anarchy’

Police Respond To Continued Protests In Portland

The Justice Department on Monday called out local governments in New York City, Portland, and Seattle for failing to curb criminal activity and “permitting anarchy, violence, and destruction” during a wave of anti-police demonstrations this summer. 

According to the Justice Department’s press release, the three cities failed to protect citizens’ safety and property and refused to support their police departments’ efforts to curb “widespread or sustained violence and destruction” after demonstrations began in late May. The department’s list follows President Donald Trump’s push to cut federal funding from cities that allowed and enabled riots to persist throughout the summer, as expressed in a Sept. 2 memorandum

Attorney General William Barr said federal dollars should not be “wasted” on state and local governments that cannot protect citizens’ lives and property. 

“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Barr said. “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance.” 

New York City, Portland, and Seattle all experienced upticks in crimes corresponding with the outbreak of violent demonstrations, the Justice Department noted in the press release—and, at the same time, all three cities moved forward with legislation to defund their police departments. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio (D.) approved a $1 billion NYPD budget cut in June, the same month that the Portland city council passed a $15 million police department budget cut. Seattle City Council passed a series of police department budget cuts in August, which led Carmen Best, the city’s first black female police chief, to resign

The Justice Department said that it would continue to identify other jurisdictions that failed to stymie destructive demonstrations this summer.

An Axios report released last week found that the first two weeks of protests alone cost insurance agencies up to $2 billion, more than any other event of civil unrest in U.S. history. Protests began in late May following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

The post Justice Department Slams New York City, Portland, Seattle for ‘Permitting Anarchy’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Go to Source
Author: {Washington Free Beacon}

Report: North Korea Laundered Millions Through American Banks

The flag of North Korea is seen in Geneva

Over the course of several years, North Korea and organizations linked to the regime laundered over $174 million through American banks, according to documents obtained by NBC News.

The laundering scheme occurred over several years through a complex illicit finance network that included shell corporations and had support from Chinese companies.

“Taken as a whole, you have what really, frankly, looks like a concerted attack by the North Koreans to access the U.S. financial system over an extended period of time through multiple different avenues in ways that were fairly sophisticated,” Eric Lorber, a former Treasury Department official, told NBC.

North Korean funds made their way into multiple prominent American banks, including JPMorgan Chase and the Bank of New York Mellon. The laundering detailed by the documents occurred largely from 2008 to 2017, a period in which the United States leveled a series of tough international sanctions on Pyongyang’s ability to do business across the world.

Intended to freeze Kim Jong Un’s ability to develop or obtain nuclear weapons, the sanctions were often circumvented by North Korea with the help of friendly business and political interests in Beijing, experts said.

“The documents you have in front of you, I think, help explain why the North Koreans have been so successful at sanction evasion,” Hugh Griffiths, who monitored sanctions on North Korea for the United Nations, told NBC. “What you have is gold dust, because so few journalists, or investigators generally, get access to banking internal compliance documentation.”

There is recent precedent for North Korea’s flouting of international sanctions. In July, more than 40 countries condemned Pyongyang for violating petroleum import caps put in place by the UN.

“If [North Korea] is able to flagrantly evade international sanctions, it will have little incentive to engage in serious negotiations,” the complaint reads.

The current sanctions regime on North Korea has inflicted significant damage on the country’s economy during the coronavirus pandemic. In August, Kim Jong Un addressed fellow Workers’ Party members in a rare admission that Pyongyang’s economic planning had fallen short of its stated goals. As the economy in North Korea stalled, Kim also suspended missile testing in August.

The post Report: North Korea Laundered Millions Through American Banks appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Go to Source
Author: {Washington Free Beacon}