Chronicled by a few right-wing Twitter pundits, there has been a complete 180 degree flip flop by leftist politicians and their media ilk about whether there actually is a humanitarian crisis at the U.S. Southern border.
Recall that from January to March, President Donald J. Trump was trying to secure funding – first via the legislature, then through declaring a national emergency and using executive branch money – for what he described as a crisis at the border. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) agreed with the president, highlighting the human cost of the migration crisis on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Polls even showed that Americans recognized a crisis at the border.
But that was a few months ago, when the Democrats needed a political win and wanted to block Trump from building a border wall by any means necessary. They swore up and down that there was crisis at the border. They said it was “manufactured” by the Trump administration.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) claimed just that.
“Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes,” Schumer said. “This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”
But ever since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) began shouting about “concentration camps” last week, referring to migrant holding facilities, the crisis that Trump was talking about has apparently become very real.
Stephen Miller noted Daily Beast “reporter” Sam Stein’s hypocrisy.
“There’s no actual crisis at the border,” Stein said in February.
Wednesday Stein posted a photo of dead two bodies, face down at the border – casualties of that crisis that was not a crisis a few months ago.
They’re really doing this. They’re really pretending we don’t have memories beyond six months. It’s astounding. pic.twitter.com/NPul2Hsv1J
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 26, 2019
Similarly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has effortlessly flip-flopped, as noted by Twitter user @neontaster.
“So Elizabeth Warren says she went to the border in June 2018 and saw a humanitarian crisis, but then in March 2019 she tweeted that the border crisis was fake,” he said, posting Tweets of Warren’s side-by-side to prove his point.
So Elizabeth Warren says she went to the border in June 2018 and saw a humanitarian crisis, but then in March 2019 she tweeted that the border crisis was fake. pic.twitter.com/SBLW1fIhXb
— neontaster (@neontaster) June 26, 2019
Pelosi, who can always be counted upon to exploit any situation for political gain, also turned on a dime.
“Trump’s failed policies have exacerbated the situation at the border, where children endure inhumane conditions on a daily basis. This week, the House will advance legislation to protect families & fund effective, humane alternatives to detention,” she said on Twitter, months after denying Trump funding to do just that.
Trump’s failed policies have exacerbated the situation at the border, where children endure inhumane conditions on a daily basis. This week, the House will advance legislation to protect families & fund effective, humane alternatives to detention. https://t.co/dyTjTSpvFt
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 23, 2019
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Mitch McConnell Preparing Exit Strategies, Potential Successors in Advance of Possible Retirement
Will Mitch retire?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly created a shortlist of potential successors, with the establishment Republican considering a possible retirement before his term ends. McConnell was reelected to another Senate term in 2020, and the Intercept broke the news of his retirement considerations on Thursday.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is reportedly McConnell’s first pick for his successor. Former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams are also possible replacements. McConnell, 79, has served as a Kentucky Senator since 1985.
Kentucky law currently would allow Governor Andy Beshear- a Democrat- to appoint McConnell’s successor if he retired. However, McConnell is pushing for the Republican state legislature to pass reforms allowing them to select replacements for Senators who have resigned. McConnell’s quiet boosting of legislative reforms to appoint interim Senators led to the reports of his potential retirement, although it’s unclear when he plans to leave the picture.
McConnell largely alienated the Republican Party with a forceful denunciation of former President Donald Trump during the second sham impeachment trial targeting the President, although he declined to vote to convict the President on the basis of legality. A Republican candidate in the mold of McConnell’s 20th century style would have a difficult time winning a Kentucky GOP primary, and McConnell’s appointed pick may start off in such an election with a considerable handicap. In addition, the legacy Senator remains popular in Kentucky, although at least one county party censured him for his betrayal of Trump in January.
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