Controversy regarding Judge Kavanaugh during the past few weeks has exploded. Everyone is divided into their own sides of the aisle. The opinion of one high profile politician could sway public opinion in a different direction, though.
The Daily Caller reported,
“Former President George W. Bush still supports Brett Kavanaugh after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on sexual assault accusations against the Supreme Court nominee. Politico asked Bush on Thursday if he still supports Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“Yes, he does,” Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff, said. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified on Thursday that Kavanaugh groped her and held his hand over her mouth at a high school party in the summer of 1982. Kavanaugh categorically denied the allegation and accused Democrats of conducting a coordinated smear against him.
In addition to his on the record support, Bush is also reportedly whipping votes for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have all received calls from Bush in recent days urging them to support Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh served as an associate counsel in the White House and then staff secretary during Bush’s presidency. When Kavanaugh was first accused of sexual misconduct by Ford, Bush said, “Laura [Bush] and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated: ‘He is a fine husband, father, and friend — and a man of the highest integrity.’”
Business Insider reported,
“According to The Post, in recent days, Bush has contacted at least some of the senators seen as swing votes — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, and Lisa Murkowski — to discuss their votes as Kavanaugh faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Post’s report suggests Bush decided to contact the senators because they’re less likely to be swayed by President Donald Trump. The report indicates Bush called the senators before Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Flake announced on Friday that he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Shortly after releasing his statement, Flake was confronted by survivors of sexual assault as he headed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Kavanaugh worked for Bush during the 2000 presidential-election recount in Florida. Three years later, Bush nominated Kavanaugh into the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Kavanaugh was Bush’s White House staff secretary until 2006, while his confirmation to the court was delayed. Bush voiced his support for Kavanaugh in July when Trump tapped the judge as his choice for the Supreme Court seat.
“He is a fine husband, father, and friend — and a man of the highest integrity,” Bush said of Kavanaugh. “He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.” Bush reaffirmed his support of Kavanaugh after Ford’s allegation surfaced, saying he and his wife “stand by our comments.”
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday heard hours of emotional testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh. The Senate is expected to vote on his confirmation on Friday afternoon.”
Judge Kavanaugh’s history with the president goes way back. After he finished his clerkship in the Supreme Court he worked with Ken Starr in 1997 as Associate Counsel in the Office of the Independent Counsel. Some of his colleagues included the likes of Alex Azar and Rod Rosenstein.
While at the White House he dealt with many different types of constitutional and legal issues. He even partook in the investigation into the death of Vincent Foster. During this investigation, Kavanaugh was criticized for investing money that came from the federal government into investigations of so-called conspiracy theories that were partisan.
Several years later in December 2000, Judge Kavanaugh started working with President Bush regarding the ballot recount issues in Florida. Shortly thereafter, he was brought on as an associate by the White House Counsel, who at the time was Alberto Gonzales.
He worked on the scandal surrounding Enron, the nomination of now Supreme Couty Justice John Roberts, as well as the nomination process of Miguel Estrada which was ultimately unsuccessful. A few years later, he started serving as an Assistant to the President and the White House Staff Secretary. He had succeeded Harriet Miers.
President Bush eventually nominated Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. The vacancy was created by Judge Laurence Silberman. For over three years his nomination was stalled in the Senate. Senator Dick Durban called him the Forrest Gump of Republican politics and accused him of being too partisan. Not much has changed since then in that regard.
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Ocasio: ‘I Was Joking About The World Ending In 12 Years’
Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is now claiming that she was only joking when she said that because of climate change the world will end in twelve years. In fact, she says everyone with two brain cells knows she was only kidding. Except of course all the kids who became activists because of her videos on the subject and her repeated charge that it was indeed true.
The young socialist proceeded to mock the Republican Party for taking her claim about the end of the world seriously, which she suggested was a combination of “dry humor + sarcasm.” Right… it fell flat so now she is trying to pretend she never meant it. Typical. “This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and ‘fact check’ it. Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal. But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows,” wrote AOC in a tweet published on Mother’s Day. Evidently, she believes all her acolytes are idiots for believing her.
Ocasio-Cortez first addressed the topic back in January at a Martin Luther King forum in New York City. At the time, she was not joking when she said it either. Those in attendance gave her a roaring round of applause and then she emphasized the point by calling the fight against climate change “our World War II.”
“I think the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people, in Gen Z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,” stated Ocasio-Cortez. “And your biggest issue, your biggest issue is how are going to pay for it? — and like this is the war, this is our World War II.”
This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it.
Like the “world ending in 12 years” thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.
But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows. https://t.co/pmkwrdeAnq
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 12, 2019
Not only has Ocasio-Cortez repeated her apocalyptic climate change vision over and over again… she has collaborated with The Intercept to create a video centered around the claim. “Climate change is here + we’ve got a deadline: 12 years left to cut emissions in half,” she captioned a tweet promoting the video last month.
The video was entitled: “A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” and it pictured a future where AOC’s widely-panned and uber-expensive Green New Deal has inspired action to save the planet. In the video, she again says that we have a “12-year deadline.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 22, 2019
The Daily Wire reported at the time:
“The congresswoman then warns that we have “twelve years to change everything” before “hundreds of millions of people would be more likely to face food and water shortages, poverty, and death.”
“Twelve years to change everything,” she narrates. “How we got around, how we fed ourselves, how we made our stuff, how we lived and worked — everything. The only way to do it was to transform our economy, which we already knew was broken.”’
Climate change is here + we’ve got a deadline: 12 years left to cut emissions in half.
A #GreenNewDeal is our plan for a world and a future worth fighting for.
How did we get here?
What is at stake?
And where are we going?
Please watch & share widely ⬇️pic.twitter.com/IMCtS86VXG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 17, 2019
More from The Daily Wire:
“Moreover, as reported by The Washington Free Beacon, Ocasio-Cortez doubled-down on her 12-year declaration during an Instagram live-stream when a viewer mocked her over the claim.
“We have twelve years left to cut emissions by at least 50 percent if not more,” Ocasio-Cortez, visibly annoyed, told her viewers. “For everyone who wants to make a joke about that, you may laugh, but you’re grandkids will not, so understand that the internet documents everything.”
“She then went on a tangent about looking back in history books of the civil rights movement and seeing the white people holding signs against allowing black people to vote,” the Beacon noted.
“They would hold up these bigoted signs and they would hold up signs that said things like ‘What about white rights?’ and all of this stuff in the 1950s and 1960s, so just know that in the present day there are a lot of people who hide the fact that their families and that their grandparents fought against principles of equal rights in the United States, not 100 years ago, not 80 years ago, but in this generation’s lifetime,” said the elected rep.
“While a lot of people can hide that their grandparents did that in the civil rights movement, you should also know that the internet documents everything and your grandchildren will not be able to hide the fact that you fought against acknowledging and taking bold actions on climate change,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “People who are trying to mock and delay this moment, I mean—I just feel bad for you. I just pity you for your role in history right now.”‘
For some reason GOP seems to think this is a gaffe, but it’s actually a generational difference.
Young people understand that climate change is an existential threat: 3,000 Americans died in Hurricane María.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 22, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez was not kidding when she made her claim. She got many young people and activists to join her in her ‘the sky is falling’ mantra… New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is among them. Virtually every 2020 Democratic contender supports her Green New Deal and her claim of global doom. So, she just called all of them morons as well.
She wasn’t joking when she made her claim but she was lying just as she is now. Perhaps Nancy Pelosi whispered in her ear that if she values her political career that she should tone it down and back off of this climate nonsense. It’s right out of the Democratic playbook.
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Kamala Harris: I Will Take Gun Dealers’ Licenses Away With Executive Action If Elected
Sen. Kamala Harris is once again vowing that she will use executive powers to enact gun control measures if Congress fails to act in the first 100 days of her presidential administration. That’s breathtakingly unconstitutional and all but tanks her chances in a presidential bid. We may have literally just dodged a Second Amendment bullet because of her arrogance.
“I’m proposing, one, that if by my 100th day in office when elected president of the United States, if the United States Congress fails to put a bill on my desk … then I’m prepared to take executive action because that’s what’s needed: action,” Harris, a California Democrat, and 2020 hopeful, said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The first time Harris voiced her intentions on the issue was at a CNN town hall in late April. But she reiterated it on Sunday after yet another school shooting. This one involved a transgender shooter with an illegal immigrant felon for a father and a young hero… 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo who was killed after rushing the gunman to save his classmates.
“We are not waiting on tragedies and we are not waiting on good ideas,” Harris said, pointing to the “heroism of a child who we now mourn his loss, his parents’ only child.” I’m surprised she didn’t attack ‘thoughts and prayers’ as well here. Castillo’s parents probably hate her using their deceased son as a political pawn – his fellow students walked out of a vigil because of that same offense involving Colorado Democratic politicians.
From The New York Post:
“When asked how she liked Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) proposal for a federal gun registry she answered, “I like the idea. But, Jake, I’m going to tell you, on the issue of the need for gun safety laws, we’re not at any loss for good ideas. People have been having good ideas for decades on this issue.”
“Booker is also vying for the White House.
“Harris said that the country was waiting for Congress to act.
“If she was forced to take executive action, Harris said she would require those who sell more than five guns a year to do background checks.
“She would also have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives take away licenses from gun dealers that don’t follow the law.
“Harris also expressed support for government intervention in dealing with Facebook. Co-founder Chris Hughes said Thursday that the social network should be broken up.
“Asked by Tapper if she agreed with Hughes, Harris answered, “yes, I think we have to seriously take a look at that, yes.”
“I mean, when you look at the issue, they’re essentially a utility. Like, there are very few people that can actually get by and be involved in their communities or society or in whatever their profession without somehow, somewhere using Facebook,” Harris said. “It’s very difficult for people to be engaged in any level of commerce without – so, we have to recognize it for what it is. It is essentially a utility that has gone unregulated. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s got to stop.”’
Harris also tried to walk back that she wanted to do away with private health insurance. She explained that while she supported Medicare-for-all “it doesn’t get rid of all insurance.” “It was in the context of saying, let’s get rid of all the bureaucracy. Let’s get rid of all the waste,” she said concerning her previous remark.
Harris said the Medicare-for-all bill she supports “doesn’t get rid of supplemental insurance.” That bill would also give healthcare services to illegal immigrants. Tapper asked if this meant Harris supported giving healthcare to illegal immigrants. “Let me just be very clear about this. I’m opposed to any policy that would deny in our country any human being from access to public safety, public education or public health, period,” Harris answered.
And she figures taking away guns and the license to sell them is in the interest of public health evidently. The woman simply cannot open her trap without lying and trying to take away our constitutional freedoms.
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