Despite winning the presidency, Democrats have had to do some soul searching regarding the dismal performances at the congressional and state level. The pundit class was utterly convinced that Democrats would have a clean sweep at the federal level. Their house majority would expand and they would retake the Senate. None of that ended up happening.
Now, there are some fissures within the Democrat Party regarding messaging and public policy items to pursue, which CNS News has highlighted. On November 7, 2020, South Carolina congressman Jim Clyburn asserted on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the movement calling for defunding the police is what contributed to Democrat Senate candidate Jaime Harrison’s defeat when he ran against South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger echoed similar sentiments right after elections took place on November 3. She cited the party’s advocacy in favor of defunding the police and pushing for socialist politics as some of the reasons for Democrat’s dismal performance down ballot. NBC host Chuck Todd questioned Clyburn about Spanberger’s comments and whether her claims about Democrats’ performance were right.
“Well, I don’t know about all the seats. I’ve talked to the people down in South Florida. They told me that that really, really was a problem down there, but I can tell you about the 1st congressional district of South Carolina. I really believe that that’s what cost Joe Cunningham his seat, and I can also tell you about the Senate here in South Carolina,” Clyburn remarked.
“Jaime Harrison started to plateau when ‘defund the police’ showed up with a caption on TV, ran across his head. That stuff hurt Jaime, and that’s why I spoke out against it a long time ago. I’ve always said that these headlines can kill a political effort. We are all about making headway, and I just hope that going forward we will think about each one of these congressional districts and let people represent their districts,” the congressman continued.
“You know, Joe Cunningham could not get elected in my district, and I can’t get elected in his. So let’s recognize that the people should reflect that diversity in our country,” Clyburn observed.
“Let me get you to respond to something that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview this weekend. She said, ‘The last two years have been pretty hostile. Externally, we’ve been winning. Externally, there’s been a ton of support, but internally, it’s been extremely hostile to anything that even smells progressive.’ That was about how things have worked inside, inside the Democratic Congress. How would you respond to her?” Todd inquired.
Well, you know, sometimes I have real problems trying to figure out what progressive means. You know, I tell people all the time, my father was very conservative. He was a minister. I never heard him ask his congregation to give conservatively. He always asked for a liberal offering, and so I believe that it’s good to be conservative at times and in many ways, but it’s also good to be liberal at times, in many ways, and so you have to balance all of this out.
“Now, some people refer to me as being moderate, I’ve been called conservative, and I’ve been called a flaming liberal. What would we call John Lewis? You know, anytime you challenge the status quo, you are looked upon as being liberal. No, you just want to be a part of what’s going on in this great country, a country that you’ve helped to make great, and that’s all this is,” the congressman continued.
There are clear ideological divisions within the Democrat Party. The establishment vs. progressive wings of the party are involved in an interal struggle over issues such as policing, global warming, and healthcare. Much of this squabbling is brought about by the emergence of the radical Left. One issue where there will be consensus is federal gun policy though. Democrats across the board agree on passing gun control. Even though Democrats have many divisions, conservatives should do everything possible to deny them trifectas and total control of governing bodies. Such circumstances would allow them to trample all over civil liberties.
Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse
At this Time, Conservatives Cannot Afford to be Timid
Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer, posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail.
In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”
This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.
Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”
She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”
The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”
Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”
Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”
At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.
It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks.
Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?
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