Donald J. Trump Jr. made a sports betting joke on Twitter during Superbowl LIII. Will federal legalization of sports betting follow?
“Anyone want the over?” joked the president’s son about the defensive slug fest, leading some sports enthusiasts to hope the administration may loosen federal regulations against sports betting after the Supreme Court allowed states to legalize it last year.
Anyone want the over?
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 4, 2019
Trump Jr. was referring to the Over/Under, which is a bet paying winners if they correctly predict whether the combined points scored from both teams surpass (over) or fall short (under) of a number determined by oddsmakers.
This year’s Super Bowl was 56 points, so the 13-3 victory by the Patriots clinched the under for gamblers.
Last year the Supreme Court determined that the federal government could not interfere with states that choose to legalize sports betting.
Similarly, the majority posited, if Congress had known that the bar on state authorization or operation of sports betting would be struck down, it would not have wanted the parallel ban on the operation of sports-betting schemes by private entities to continue. The PASPA provision barring the advertising of sports betting met the same fate; otherwise, the court explained, “federal law would forbid the advertising of an activity that is legal under both federal and state law, and that is something that Congress has rarely done.”
The majority acknowledged that the question of whether to legalize sports gambling “is a controversial one” that “requires an important policy choice.” But that choice, the majority continued, “is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own.”
President Donald J. Trump previously suggested that a decision to lift the blanket federal ban could be considered, but noted that the administration “wouldn’t do it lightly.”
As Trump Jr.’s comical tweet turns heads, Big League Politics also discovered a Trump-related bet available on one sports betting website, allowing users to bet on how many times President Trump would tweet during the Superbowl.
The president did not tweet during the game, making more “under” bettors very happy.
WATCH: Portland ANTIFA Deploys Incendiary Device Directly Against Portland Police in Nightly Riot
This is terrorism.
An ANTIFA militant threw an incendiary device directly at officers of the Portland Police Bureau during a Breonna Taylor riot in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday night.
The device, which may have been a molotov cocktail, caused a considerable fire right next to a formation of marching officers.
BREAKING: Portland ANTIFA has just deployed an incendiary device against the police. pic.twitter.com/rNReUQgmf3
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 24, 2020
The considerably large fire set by the device is quickly extinguished by an officer carrying a fire extinguisher.
This could’ve easily killed someone. Portland ANTIFA elevated its level of agitation and violence on Wednesday night, largely aware that they can act with impunity without fear of consequences from Portland’s neutered police department, complicit prosecutor, and clueless mayor.
Another view of the attack shows just how dangerous the de facto grenade was to the public and to law enforcement. This was an act of terrorism and attempted murder.
Another angle. That person was clearly aiming the Molotov cocktail at police officers. Attempted murder. pic.twitter.com/SE0mWsZ2Aa
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 24, 2020
The individual who threw the incendiary device was wearing a mask, and runs off on the video footage of the attack. It’s unclear if the Portland Police Bureau arrested them for the criminal act, but he or she could be charged with a range of felony offenses as severe as attempted murder.
The demonstration was declared and riot and dispersed shortly after the attack. It’s likely Portland ANTIFA will continue street havoc in full force this weekend, with the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision(all the way across the country in Kentucky) potentially inspiring the most dangerous street riots in Portland since the organized criminal behavior began more than three months ago.
An Oregon man used a molotov cocktail device in an attempt to start a wildfire in the already devastated state earlier this week. Firefighters have been combating some of the most destructive fires in recent history in Oregon and California, and one man charged with starting them is a longtime left-wing activist with a criminal record of riot violations.
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