File this in the “cannot be made up” category.
A Democratic Congressman from Georgia who worried in 2010 that the island of Guam would tip over and capsize due to overpopulation called Trump supporters “less educated,” among a litany of other condescension on Tuesday.
“The Jewish people understand tyranny. Charismatic and a good public speaker, deceptive and cunning, Adolf Hitler rose to power to lead Germany in 1932 after Democratic elections. He rode a wave of nationalism and anti-Semitism to power. Replace anti-Semitism with Latinos crossing our borders – rapists drug dealers and murderers. Does that sound familiar?” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) at the Atlanta NAACP 2019 Jubilee celebration.
“The same trend towards authoritarian rule, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, is playing out right here at home. Americans elected an authoritarian, anti-immigrant, racist strong-man to the nation’s highest office,” he continued.
The beginning part of Johnson’s speech is confusing. For the past three years, Americans have been told by the mainstream press and their friends in the Democratic Party that Trump is uncharismatic, a horrible public speaker and too stupid to hold the office of President. But Johnson completely flipped that narrative to make a Trump/Hitler comparison befitting of the simpletons who have been electing him for years.
“Donald Trump and his Make America Great Again followers who want to return America back to a time when white men and white privilege were unchallenged, and where minorities and women were in their place. These folks now control the highest office of the land,” he said.
And then, the whopper.
“Donald Trump supporters are older, less educated, less prosperous, and they are dying early. Their life spans are decreasing, and many are dying from alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease, or simply a broken heart caused by economic despair,” he claimed without providing evidence.
Gratuitous, factually unprovable insults aside, what did Johnson mean by “less educated?” Less educated than whom, exactly? Than Hank Johnson? The congressman who, in 2010, worried that the island of Guam would physically tip over and capsize from overpopulation, apparently failing to understand the concept of… land?
That actually happened during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.
“In a discussion regarding a planned military buildup on the Pacific island, Johnson expressed some concerns about the plans to Adm. Robert Willard, head of the U.S. Pacific fleet,” CBS said at the time.
Johnson: This is a [sic], uh, island, that at its widest level is what, 12 miles from shore to shore, and at its smallest level, or smallest, uh, uh, uh, location, it’s uh, seven miles, uh between one shore and the other, is that correct?
Willard: I don’t have the exact, uh, dimensions, but to your point, I think, sir, Guam is a small island.
Johnson: Very small island – and about 24 miles, if I recall, long – so 24 miles long, about seven miles wide at the least widest, uh place on the island and about 20, about 12 miles wide, uh, uh, on the widest part of the island. And um, I don’t know how many square miles that that is, do you happen to know?
Willard: I don’t have that figure with me sir. I can certainly supply it to you if you’d like.
Johnson: “Yeah. My fear is, uh, that, uh, the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”
Willard: “We don’t anticipate that.”
Kudos to the Admiral for not bursting out in laughter at Johnson’s stupidity. But Johnson as the audacity to call Trump supporters stupid? To intimate that somehow he is more enlightened than them? And not just some of them – but all of them?
His ignorance is a symptom of a larger problem of D.C. politics. Our institutions that put people like Johnson in power are meritocracies that do not require any merit at all. Simply the correct scripted talking points and enough donor cash to the do the bidding of the real people running the show behind the scenes will get the job done.
Case in point? Rep. Hank Johnson.
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EXPOSED: Sen. Richard Burr’s Crony Connections to Casino Magnate Widely Accused of Corruption
Burr’s an anti-Trump swamp politician renowned for his cronyism.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) has been working against the will of his own state, lobbying for the interests of a foreign Indian tribe and a casino magnate with a history of indictments, to essentially override the will of the people.
The Kings Mountain casino has been a hot button issue for years in North and South Carolina, with the Catawba tribe seeking to build the facility. The Catawba is located in South Carolina where their laws prevent Indian casinos that are permitted in other states. The tribe is attempting to cross state boundaries to get their casino built in North Carolina, where the gaming laws are more relaxed. This has angered the surrounding community.
“The casino industry thrives off of things against Christian values,” said pastor Alton Beal, who organizes the group, “Say NO to a Casino in Cleveland County.”
Beal’s group gathered 1,200 signatures last year from community leaders for a letter released in a local paper opposing the casino.
Sen. Burr has partnered with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to take the power away from the people of North Carolina. They proposed federal legislation last year that would allow the Catawba tribe to build the controversial casino while basically circumventing objections from the public. This has enraged other Indian tribes as well, who argue that Catawba is receiving special privileges due to working the system.
“We encourage the Catawba Indian Nation to go through the same proper process in their home state of South Carolina that we have worked through for decades as partners with our state of North Carolina,” said Richard Sneed, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI).
“As it stands, this bill would create a harmful precedent — the first time Congress has expressly authorized an Indian tribe to acquire land into trust simply for owning and operating an off-reservation casino,” Sneed added.
The Catawba tribe has made in-roads with RINO swamp senators such as Burr and Graham due in part to their close association with Wallace Cheves, a gaming kingpin who has been indicted for fraud, illegal gambling, and money laundering. The state of Alabama successfully sued Cheves for running illegal casinos, and he has been accused by South Carolina officials of violating gaming laws in that state. Cheves has paid at least $16,000 to Burr through his various political entities. Despite Burr’s best efforts, the legislation never made it out of committee on the Senate floor for a full vote.
Burr’s legislation was listed in a federal complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court against the Interior Department by the EBCI and several other plaintiffs. The complaint details Cheves’ maneuvering to reinterpret the law for his own ends, wheeling and dealing at every level to boost his investments. After buying off Burr, Cheves focused on influencing bureaucrats in the Interior Department to change their enforcement of the rules, which was ultimately successful.
“On March 12, 2020, Defendant [Assistant Secretary of the Interior Tara] Sweeney issued a decision directing the transfer of the Kings Mountain site into trust for the Catawba and determining that the Catawba could lawfully game at the Kings Mountain site under IGRA,” the complaint reads.
The EBCI hopes to have the federal decision overturned by the courts, which would prevent the new casino from being built in a community that does not want to see it opened. Even though his legislation failed, Burr penned a derisive op/ed slamming Cheves’ legal opponents for “bullying” other Indian tribes for wanting them to follow the law as it has been understood for decades.
“Whether it’s the Lumbees or one mother’s home, it seems that nothing is too big or too small for the Cherokee to oppose if it affects their bottom line. I hope North Carolina rejects such bullying tactics from any tribe and considers each case, including the Catawbas’ and the Lumbees’, on its merits. The stakes are too high,” Burr wrote.
Burr gained infamy earlier this year regarding allegations of insider trading, but that is far from his only indiscretion. This lawmaker truly embodies everything that is wrong about Washington D.C.
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