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[FLASHBACK]: Charlie Kirk Attacks Donald Trump During the 2016 Primaries

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Short-term memory gets the best of us these days.

Lest we forget, Turning Point USA founder and Students for Trump Chair Charlie Kirk once criticized Donald Trump for dividing the Republican Party in an appearance on Fox Business with host Charles Payne back in March of 2016.

A Twitter video posted by @GenXMatthew on Sunday, March 1, 2020, showcased Kirk’s previous anti-Trump comments.

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In that video, Kirk declared that Trump was “self-destructing in front of us.”

“He thinks he’s going to bring the party together… when just a week ago, he publicly retweeted an image that went directly after the spouse of Senator Ted Cruz… I don’t understand how he thinks he’s going to bring the party together,” Kirk declared.

Kirk, who has positioned himself as the youth leader of the Trumpist movement, continued by saying that “I don’t think that’s exactly the uniter you want.”

He also said that the interview Trump had with Chris Matthews was “laughable.”

“Are you kidding me? This is the guy whose going to bring the party together? That says women should be punished because they pursued an abortion?” Kirk said. “This guy is — I think he is self-destructing in front of us.”

In this 2016 segment, Students for Trump founder, John Lambert, challenged Kirk’s assertions.

Lambert is no longer in charge of the pro-Trump student organization that Kirk and TPUSA have absorbed into their fold, after pleading guilty to felony charges of conspiracy to commit a $46,000 wire fraud scam in August 2019.

The sudden change of heart marks one of the more nefarious attempts by political actors to co-opt America First and morph it into a generic Trumpism that avoids the very policies that got Trump elected — immigration, questioning free trade, and ending wars overseas — and shifts the focus on sensationalist tactics on conservative media, “owning the Libs” in pointless Internet squabbles, and delivering generic policy reforms such as tax cuts for the corporate elite and the GOP donor base. BLP previously reported on Charlie Kirk’s attacks against Trump throughout the 2016 primaries.

There is a lot at stake now in America.

Several issues like immigration are not just casual public policy matters that must be tinkered with around the margin.

Immigration is a long-term civilizational matter that could decide what America will look like in the forthcoming decades.

Immigrant voting patterns of the past 50 years and Hispanic voter views (The primary migrant group whose descendants are more becoming more politically active as the decades go by) could fundamentally alter the American nation state as we know it.

Soon, basic freedoms such as free speech and gun ownership could be in jeopardy

It’s not a good sign that Trump is listening more to his Conservatism Inc. base rather than his Middle American “America First” base.

If Trump wants to leave a legacy behind, he should stick to the principles that got him elected.

In doing so, he could save the country from falling into globalist stagnation.

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Flashback: Man Died on Video in 2016 After Dallas Police Pinned Him to Ground, Yet There Were No Riots…

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A report last year from the Dallas Morning News highlighted how Tony Timpa screamed and begged for help more than 30 times as Dallas law enforcement “pinned his shoulders, knees and neck to the ground.”

Timpa bellowed, “You’re gonna kill me! You’re gonna kill me! You’re gonna kill me!”

After Timpa lost conscious, the officers who handcuffed him thought he was asleep and didn’t bother to find out if he was breathing or had a pulse.

As Timpa slowly died, the officers were laughing and joking about waking Timpa up for school and making him waffles for breakfast.

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According to body camera footage that The Dallas Morning News obtained, the police officers waited at least four minutes after Timpa stopped breathing to start implementing CPR.  The Dallas Morning News noted that “His nose was buried in the grass while officers claimed to hear him snoring — apparently unaware that the unarmed man was drawing his last breaths.”

The News added, “The officers pinned his handcuffed arms behind his back for nearly 14 minutes and zip-tied his legs together. By the time he was loaded onto a gurney and put into an ambulance, the 32-year-old was dead.”

The Dallas newspaper was able to obtain the Dallas Police Department body camera footage after a three-year campaign to get records connected to Timpa’s death.

On July 29, 2019, a federal judge ruled in favor of a motion by The News and NBC5 to put out records from his death, declaring that “the public has a compelling interest in understanding what truly took place during a fatal exchange between a citizen and law enforcement.”

Timpa originally called the police on August 10, 2016, from the parking lot of a Dallas porn store. He said he was afraid and was in need of assistance. He informed a dispatcher that he was afflicted by schizophrenia and depression and was no longer on his prescription medication. The News first reported Timpa’s death in a 2017 investigation that depicted Dallas police’s refusal to explain how a man who had called 911 for help ended up dead.

Timpa’s family filed a lawsuit in federal court  to obtain the records of this incident and they alleged excessive force, which contradicted key assertions Dallas police have made in defending the first responders’ actions.

According to the police report, Timpa’s behavior on the night of his death was “aggressive and combative.” The video depicts Timpa wincing in pain and fighting to breathe, begging the officers to stop pinning on the ground.

In a custodial death report that the police department submitted to the state in 2016, the department replied “no” to questions about whether Timpa was resisting arrest, threatening or fighting officers.

The Dallas Morning News offered a summary of what took place on the night Timpa died:

Police had previously claimed to use only enough force necessary to block Timpa from rolling into a busy section of Mockingbird Lane. In the first minute, Timpa rolls around near the curb. But the video shows a police car clearly blocks traffic about a minute later near the bus bench where the officers had pinned him. Several officers continue pressing his restrained body into the ground.

Timpa had already been handcuffed by a private security guard before police came on the scene. He never threatened to hurt or kill the police in this incident

Timpa died within 20 minutes of the police’s arrival, and at least 15 minutes prior to an ambulance transported his body to Parkland hospital.

According to an autopsy, Timpa’s cause of death was rule a “homicide, sudden cardiac death” due to “the toxic effects of cocaine and the stress associated with physical restraint.”

Despite the news emerging from this case, no one rioted in Dallas, nor tried to use this incident to pursue a racial agenda.

There are important questions to ask about policing in America, but they should be done through the political process and in a peaceful manner.

Such impulsive actions of lawlessness do the victims of government abuse no justice.

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