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Progressive Cabal Holds Freakout Session To Plan Attacks Against Steve Bannon

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This article by Patrick Howley originally appeared at The American Spectator:

A cabal of progressive operatives met Sunday night in New York City for a public strategy session that was promoted by the hashtag #DeleteAltRight.

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman hosted the conspiratorial gathering at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea, using the tagline “What You Need To Know About the Alt-Right and White Nationalism.” The event was convened to promote a new film called “Hate in America” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. But the whole thing was about how to target White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Breitbart, the news site he chaired before moving to the Donald Trump campaign.

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Matthew Tyrmand, an advisory board member at my organization the America First Project, provided me with photos and audio from inside the gathering. Tyrmand is a Bannon supporter, a Breitbart contributor, and an avowed enemy of anti-Semitism in all of its forms.

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New York City public advocate Tish James was introduced as someone who will “lead the resistance to Donald Trump.” New York is a so-called sanctuary city for illegal immigrants, with mayor Bill de Blasio vowing to defy Trump’s immigration orders.

James said that the ”prejudice and xenophobia” of Trump’s campaign goes all the way to the top. ”That ignorance and hate is reverberating across the country.”

One of the panelists made clear that Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist, will be targeted above anyone else by the forces of the progressive Left.

As a Breitbart News 2016 campaign reporter who worked under Bannon, I can say with the utmost certainty that the man is no racist. But that’s not stopping the establishment forces on both sides of the aisle from trying to smear him by any means necessary.

An attendee questioner at the event said that Bannon and Trump adviser Stephen Miller are “doing things that absolutely mirror the early stage of the Third Reich.”

Southern Poverty Law Center official Heidi Beirich went into a cartoonishly hysterical diatribe against Bannon, a successful former Wall Street banker and naval officer.

“I would say Steve Bannon is probably the worst offender right now in the administration,” Beirich said. “The thing about Bannon is this: he intentionally stated that he wanted to create the website that he was running…as a platform for the Alt-Right. Those are his words. That’s what he wanted out of Breitbart dot com… he’s sanctifying white nationalism.”

“You’ll find headlines like ‘trannies,’ there’s actually a whole section on the site about black on white crime…it’s actually the thing that got Dylan Roof to commit the shooting in Charleston South Carolina….so when a top adviser to the president says I want to provide a platform for these kinds of ideas it’s scary.”

“I can go on and on and on about these headlines on Breitbart,” Beirich said, calling them “exactly the ideas this country has been trying to get rid of and supersede.”

“He’s absolutely not bashful about it. And he doesn’t seem to care,” Beirich said of Bannon.

“Even in their parents’ basement, behind their computer though, they feel like they have a massive” support system, another official panelist said, referring to so-called “un-affiliated” extremists.

This is the comic-strip fantasyland of hateful, paranoid delusion inhabited by the modern Left. Only a combination of classist isolation, willful dishonesty, and severe mental problems could convince these so-called intellectuals that any of this nonsense is actually happening. But the Left, chastened by their historic loss, want Bannon’s head at all costs.

Republicans need to rally behind Bannon as he plays a key role in the most productive opening period for any modern president. Will supporters of Paul Ryan come to Bannon’s defense, or just let the progressives go at him?

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After U.S. Capitol Siege, Federalist Society Considers Purging Trump Supporters

The conservative movement is showing why it has conserved nothing.

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Following the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, the conservative movement is aggressively folding to the Democrats – making capitulations designed to protect the wealth of the donor class even if it means the facilitating the death of American liberties.

The Federalist Society is one of the conservative organizations that is readying a pivot left-ward, with weak conservative members of the society agitating against pro-Trump lawyers involved with the group.

“Recent events… have me extremely troubled about the direction in which the Federalist Society is heading. While I embrace spirited debate and do not believe in the left’s cancel culture instincts, I do believe there is a line that cannot be crossed — insurrection and incitement to undermine the rule of law and our constitution,” attorney Jeremy Rosen wrote in an e-mail to Federalist Society leaders after the Capitol siege.

Rosen, a former Trump judicial nominee who has served as the president of the Los Angeles Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, is trying to engineer a purge of pro-Trump individuals, particularly those who supported an investigation into electoral fraud, from the group.

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“[O]ne of the major causes of this incitement, John Eastman, remains prominently at the head of one of our most significant practice groups and a frequent speaker at our events. And Senators Cruz and Hawley are longstanding members and frequent speakers. I am sure there are others who acted similarly and are in our leadership and speaker ranks,” he wrote in the email.

“I think that the Federalist Society must take a stand to remove anyone from leadership and to take away the legitimacy of our public forums to anyone who participated in this attack on the rule of law and our constitution,” Rosen added.

Rosen is far from the only influential Federalist Society stalwart sharing this opinion. Other long-time members of the organization, such as Gregg Nunziata, a former staffer for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Department of Justice attorney, share Rosen’s desire to purge Trump supporters from the society.

“As we process what happened last week, we need to reflect on how we got here — and how we can get out of this place. The Federalist Society, as an organization and as a community, has some necessary soul-searching to do,”  Nunziata told legal analyst David Lat.

“Obviously the organization includes people who disagree on many things. But we share core convictions about truth, the rule of law, and the Constitution. The organization and its members should be able to speak up strongly in support of those values — and confront the fact that some members of the Society went wobbly on all three of those values, when it most mattered to the country,” he added.

Law professor Irina Manta, a regular speaker at Federalist Society events, is using the Capitol siege to malign Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), a former college rival who edged her out to be president of Yale’s Federalist Society chapter when they both attended the university.

“The Federalist Society doesn’t normally issue policy statements. But in light of recent events, I think the organization should explicitly distance itself from any individuals who have played a role in the storming of the Capitol and the contesting of the results of the presidential election. Doing so would be in line with the Fed Soc’s mission to defend the Constitution and the rule of law,” she said.

Big League Politics has reported on how judges appointed to the bench by President Trump based on recommendations from the Federalist Society repeatedly rejected legal challenges to Democrat election fraud:

For years, Republicans have bragged about the quality, rule-of-law judges being appointed to the bench by President Donald Trump at the behest of the Federalist Society.

Now, those same judges are refusing to hear electoral integrity cases in the court of law, dismissing cases without considering evidence, and hiding behind legal fictions in order to abdicate their duty to overturn massive voter fraud. A long-time favorite of the Federalist Society is even boasting in the mainstream media that the organization has duped Trump and his supporters this entire time.

David French, the ‘Never Trumper’ who defends drag queen predators grooming child victims in public libraries, wrote an op/ed in Time Magazine championing the Federalist Society for its judges who are rolling over and allowing the most grotesque crime in U.S. history take place unabated.

“The leading lights of the conservative legal movement won’t touch the election challenges with a ten-foot-pole,” wrote French, who noted that he is a regular at Federalist Society events.

“Many conservative lawyers are also institutionalists. John Roberts is a notable example. They have deep respect for the reputation of the judiciary and the integrity of the bar,” he added.

French made it clear that the Federalist Society is producing judges and legal minds that refuse to demonstrate courage under the pressure, and this is what the conservative movement is all about.

“While a member of Congress believes he risks his career if he doesn’t embrace Trump’s conspiracies, a conservative lawyer in private practice risks his professional reputation (and thus his ability to progress through the highest ranks of his profession) if he does,” French wrote, noting that top conservative legal minds care more about securing their prestige and their bottom line than doing what’s right.

The Federalist Society has promoted judges they knew would support what is best for the corporate elite, and they have failed America as a result. This pathetic organization’s fealty shows why conservatives have conserved nothing except the wealth of oligarchs all these years.

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