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FLASHBACK: Baltimore Mayor Fled State Amid Federal Raids Over Corruption

The former Mayor of Baltimore fled the state amid federal raids over corruption charges.

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Flashback Baltimore Mayor Fled State Corruption

Only three months ago, the Mayor of Baltimore fled the state and essentially went into hiding as the federal government conducted raids relating to her alleged corruption.

As President Donald Trump continues to be called a racist for describing the city of Baltimore, Maryland as an “infested” place full of rats, trash, crime, and corruption, Americans are remembering a recent corruption scandal that saw Baltimore, Maryland Mayor Catherine Pugh, a Democrat, flee the state.

Big League Politics reported in April:

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Catherine Pugh, the Democrat mayor of Baltimore has reportedly fled the state of Maryland amid FBI and IRS raids on her home, and her office in City Hall.

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“[N]o one has seen the mayor and her own spokesperson doesn’t know where she is even though she’s supposed to be recovering from pneumonia,” according to WJZ13. “However, a source tells WJZ however Pugh was at her home when the raid began, but has since left the state.”

Her attorney reportedly did not reply to a comment request.

Citing health concerns, Pugh took an indefinite leave of absence just as an investigation was opened into her dealings selling children’s books.

Pugh would later resign over the corruption charges, prompting the mainstream media to lament her departure from the state’s political scene.

CNN, for example, called it an “absolutely stunning fall”:

On Thursday, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned just a few weeks after news broke of a no-bid book deal — via a state agency — for a book she had self-published. Pugh, in the wake of the initial reporting by the Baltimore Sun, had largely disappeared from public view and her resignation was more a matter of when, not if.

For more on Pugh’s fall — and what it says about the city she once led — I reached out to the Sun’s Dan Rodricks. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.

While President Trump is called racist for describing the city accurately, it is worth nothing that local media agreed with the president publicly in 2016.

Big League Politics reported:

efore the hyper-partisanship set in completely with the fake news media, the Baltimore Sun published an article declaring that Trump is correct about his assertion that Baltimore and other large Democrat-run cities are disaster zones.

The op/ed was written by Sean Kennedy at the Maryland Public Policy Institute in Nov. 2016, shortly after Trump was elected to the White House, admitting the problems with Baltimore that Trump brought up were in fact legitimate.

“Donald J. Trump is known for his hyperbole, but not all of his ideas are a stretch. Our inner cities are a “disaster,” as he said in the final presidential debate — and they should be officially declared so,” Kennedy wrote.

Big League Politics will continue to track and chronicle leftist absurdity related to the city of Baltimore and Democrats’ response to the president.

 

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WATCH: Tucker SLAMS Lindsey Graham For EB5 Visa Giveaway Scheme Amidst Coronavirus Epidemic

Graham wants to use the crisis to boost immigration visas.

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Tucker Carlson took South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to task in a segment on his show Thursday night, blasting the opportunistic Senator for seeking to insert an immigration visa giveaway into upcoming Coronavirus stimulus legislation.

Graham is attempting to enact a raise in the annual level of EB-5 visas. The controversial program allows wealthy foreigners to enter the United States on the basis of supposed investment they make into the economy.

Graham is lobbying President Trump to agree to a massive boost to the program-raising annual EB-5 visa levels from a current total of 10,000 to 75,000. Graham also seeks to lower the threshold of investment for an EB-5 from $900,000 to $450,000.

In a display of tone-deaf politics taken to a new level, the EB-5 program Graham seeks to expand is currently commonly used by wealthy Chinese citizens to purchase American residency and citizenship. Allowing a free path to residency for China’s richest multi-millionaires and billionaires almost certainly would provide the Chinese government a means of entryism into major American institutions and society, in an age where the American public is more distrustful and skeptical of Chinese influence than ever before.

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Graham has also gone on record advocating for a bailout of big businesses and private companies, while opposing direct basic income transfers to everyday working American families.

American citizenship is not a mere bauble to be offered for sale in a time of crisis, especially considering the EB-5’s dubious benefits on the American economy. The verification mechanisms for the visa recipients’ investments in American jobs are notoriously weak, to the extent that both major parties agreed to scale back the program last year.

America is a country, not merely an economy. It’s well past time Senator Graham gives up his constant attempt to retcon old globalist policies into President Donald Trump’s administration, especially in times of national emergency.

 

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