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Rand Paul Votes With Trump Only 74% of the Time

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Several Republican Senators have failed to support President Donald J. Trump at crucial times during his impeccably successful first two years in office.

The usual suspects, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Sen. Bob Corker, (R-TN), support Trump less than 90% of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight. Sen. Susan Collins, (R-ME), supports the President 80% of the time, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) supports Trump 64% of the time.

But one name in particular stands out among Republicans whom one might expect to vote with the President on key issues. That name is Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who supports Trump a disappointing 74% of the time.

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Paul has voted against a Trump-supported bill nine times already in 2018.

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In February, the libertarian-leaning Senator voted against the White House immigration proposal. The bill was a compromise for a DACA extension in exchange for border security, particularly “constructing, installing, deploying, operating, and maintaining tactical infrastructure and technology in the vicinity of the United States border,” or colloquially, building a wall.

Paul enjoys a cozy relationship with billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch, who fund the Americans for Prosperity.

“The plan by the Koch brothers to lobby the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress to pass an amnesty ahead of the 2018 midterm elections is a strategic political move for the billionaires in order to prevent Trump and likeminded Republicans from running campaigns against cheap, foreign labor and mass immigration,” wrote Breitbart in April.

Paul may oppose strict borders from a libertarian standpoint, but he is effectively doing the bidding of billionaire Republican donors like the Koch’s, who need a steady flow of economic migrants in order to keep their profit margins high.

On other issues, Paul breaks with the President too.

In January, he voted against the re-authorization of the warrantless spying provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is meant to allow the government to monitor the activities of suspected terrorists. Many fear that the program is extended to innocent U.S. citizens.

In the same month, Paul voted against the extension of government funding for four weeks, and then three days later against the extension of government funding for three weeks to end the federal government shutdown.

Curiously, Paul voted against Alex Azar to become Secretary of Health and Human Services on January 24.

Moving to February, Paul voted against the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, and then against the two year budget bill.  In March, he voted against the 2018 fiscal year appropriation bill.

Finally, in May, Paul voted against Gina Haspel’s nomination to head the CIA.

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

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Mexican Government Reported that Nearly 80,000 People are Still Missing

Mexico Spirals Out of Control While Joe Biden Promises Mass Amnesty

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According to a report released by the Mexican government on November 25, 2020, over 79,500 people are still missing in Mexico.

This comes in the backdrop of Mexico’s infamous military offensive against drug cartels in 2006. Since the erstwhile president Felipe’s military offensive against drug cartels, the number of missing people in Mexico has skyrocketed.

Before 2006, there were 1,500 disappearances in Mexico, per statistics that Deputy Human Rights Minister Alejandro Encina put forward. Since July, there have been roughly 6,300 new cases reported.

Encina observed, however, that the number of disappearances have dropped since 2019.

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Mexico is notorious for its alarming levels of violence, which is largely perpetuated by organized crime. In 2019, 34,582 people were murdered. So far in 2020, 26,431 people have been murdered from January to September. 

Encinas claimed that Mexican authorities have discovered 1,399 mass graves in Mexico over the past two years. Of the 2,290 bodies discovered in the graves, 879 have been identified.

Mexico is not in good shape and that’s putting it lightly. America at least recognized this with Donald Trump in office. Trump was elected on an America First platform which stressed tough policies on the border and was not willing tolerate mass immigration like his predecessors.

Sadly, the apparent president-Joe Biden is more concerned with trying to pass mass amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens and freezing deportations for 100 days.

Securing our Southern border is a recognition of the cold, hard truth that Mexico is falling apart, and it’s institutional and social rot could potentially make its way up north. Much to America’s chagrin, the next occupant of the White House will likely not recognize that. Should fraud allegations fail to invalidate the current results of  the 2020 elections, America First patriots must act accordingly and make immigration a massive issue during the 2022 midterms, both in the primaries and general election.

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