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Watch Erick Erickson's harrowing interview with a victim of sex trafficking. This woman's father started selling her for sex when she was 11 years old. It's a story nearly as old as time, but one that should never be allowed to happen in 21st century America. Desperately wicked.

I've been getting a lot of questions lately about how to the progressive online and offline mobs so I did a FB Live about it today:

Remember the horrible fascistic picture of Trump in the shelter?  Guess who else is there.

In case you missed the most awkward thing in America over the weekend, here it is:

Cruz challenged Kimmel to a charity basketball match after Kimmel called the Texas senator a "blobfish" on his show. Cruz edged out Kimmel, 11-9,  in the half-court challenge—that took two hours—in front of a crowd of about 4,000. The big winners were two local charities that benefitted from the duo's $5,000 wager on the game.

A delightfully colorful writer from Chron.com described it this way:

It was the Thunderdome from “Mad Max” or the coliseum from “Spartacus,” if either Max or Sparty were two, middle-aged American men playing a slow-motion car-crash of half-court basketball for charity and political one upsmanship.

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The event, which turned out to be a Coachella festival of air balls, missed shots and footwork that would make a sloth look like Usain Bolt, was sparked by Twitter trash-talk that started after Cruz posted a picture of himself supporting the Houston Rockets over the Golden State Warriors during Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Kimmel joked that Cruz resembled a blobfish, a not particularly attractive creature that dwells at the bottom of the ocean.

One Cruz fan said it best: “These events don't usually happen when a senator or someone calls out someone. That person [usually] backs down,” Houston resident Randall Haynie, who wore a Trump shirt and MAGA hat, said. “So you can see why there are so many people are here. Another reason is to see my senator … I hope Cruz wins.”

Good on Kimmel for taking up the challenge and congrats to Cruz, who didn't embarrass himself too badly.

 

Removing Trump from office is top issue for Democrats.

A recent poll found that Maryland Democrats care most about an issue that won't be on the ballot in November. The Baltimore Sun's Luke Broadwater reports:

In a survey conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies from June 4 through Sunday, 46 percent of Maryland Democrats say the most important issue for them in the primary election is “removing Donald Trump from office,” even though that is beyond the power of Maryland’s governor. The other top issues for Democrats were: public education (26 percent), the economy (10 percent) and public safety (8 percent).

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer has been pushing a movement to impeach President Donald Trump. It seems neither he nor Maryland Democrats have come to grips with the reality that Trump won and will be with us at least until 2021.