Good Tuesday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president hosts a Cabinet meeting
- President Trump meets with the governor of New York
Omar apologizes for remarks about Jews
After the Democrats, who cash an awful lot of Jewish checks, slapped Rep. Ilhan Omar around for making public statements that
might be are considered anti-Semitic, Omar apologized. Because she didn't know that what she said was wrong? No, of course she knew.
“Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception," Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement, joined by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark.
“We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share," the statement continued. [I'm laughing my ass off here.]
"But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments," they said. "As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered,” the statement reads.
To which Omar responded:
As I said yesterday, Omar is really only guilty of using her out-loud voice to make anti-Semitic gestures. Let's see if this keeps her public outbursts in check.
If Omar were a Republican, this would be all over the front pages and news shows: Former KKK Grand Wizard Defends Omar Tweets
Trump in El Paso
Here is a summary of Trump's event yesterday in El Paso. Robert Francis O'Rourke held a competing rally nearby.
"With the eyes of the country upon us, all of us together are going to make our stand, here in one of the safest cities in the United States of America -- safe not because of walls, but in spite of walls..." said Beto.
What does this even mean? That El Paso is safe IN SPITE OF walls? There are walls all over the place in the U.S., like in banks, hospitals, statehouses...? Beto's house has walls. When Beto was a congressman, there were all kinds of walls to get into the building where his office was in Washington. D.C. Is he kidding?
Sounds like gibberish to me.
Deal or no deal?
News is creeping out that legislators have made a deal to avoid a government shutdown. What's in the bill? We don't know yet but...
The bipartisan group did not provide details of the agreement on Monday. However, congressional aides said it included $1.375 billion for a structure along the southern border – well below the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump has demanded for the wall that he made a central promise of his 2016 presidential campaign.
"We're talking about serious, serious, serious things, and we're hopefully making some progress," Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) told reporters earlier at the Capitol after the group met for a second time Monday.
One sticking point is that the Democrats want a cap on the number of people ICE can detain. So if the number is over the amount, what do we do?
Democrats said ICE routinely detains more immigrants than it needs to, imprisoning those who don’t have criminal backgrounds and pose no threat to national or domestic security. That’s why they want to set a hard cap on the number of immigrants ICE detains, the goal being to force the agency to focus its resources on violent criminals.
“This agency needs checks and balances, so the Republicans want to get more wall money and Democrats want to get controls on ICE. This is what a negotiation looks like,” said Kerri Talbot of the advocacy group Immigration Hub.
I don't know about that. Would ICE have to release the detainees once the limit is hit? That doesn't sound like a good idea. The president doesn't think so either.
We shall soon see what's in the proposal. It should be released today or tomorrow.
Must-read for today:
Historical picture of the day:
Your daily WTF:
OH COME ON PEOPLE. Katy Perry faces criticism over shoe design resembling blackface
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
The American media can't stop discrediting itself:
One of my favorite things about the Trump era is how it has totally unmasked the media as the partisan hacks they are. Not too long ago, most Americans believed that the MSM was generally fair, accurate and objective. Most people lead busy lives, they don't read blogs or pay hyper close attention to the news, and they naively believed the MSM was giving it to them straight.
I discovered this in 2012, after one of my daughters had surgery on her legs, and she had to go through many months of physical therapy. I got to know her physical therapist -- a former Navy guy who seemed fairly conservative -- pretty well.
Right after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, I mentioned that there was something weird going on with the story and the media seemed to be pushing a false narrative.
I'm sure most of you recall how the media pig-piled on Mitt Romney for criticizing the Obama administration's response to the attack. At the same time, they were also pushing the administration's BS line about the the whole thing being the result of a demonstration over an anti-Mohammed YouTube video. (Try to imagine them carrying the Trump administration's water if they ever came up with such a nonsensical story.)
I -- like I'm sure most of you PJ Media readers (because we're political junkies) -- was immediately suspicious.
The physical therapist told me he trusted the MSM's reporting on the story because they generally give you the straight and objective truth.
I was blown away.
What could I say? It had taken years of observing the media closely for me to understand how biased it is. There was no way I was going to be able to convince him in one PT session and I didn't even try.
After two years of covering Trump, they've done a much better job of convincing guys like my daughter's physical therapist that they can't be trusted to give them unbiased news than I ever could have.
A boondoggle so boondoggly even a boondoggler can't stomach it:
Jerry Brown knew that he had finally reached the last public office he would ever hold in California so he stuck with this fiscal insanity until the end. A kid with 3rd grade math skills could see that this was infeasible no matter how it played out. That Newsom is bailing on it so quickly into his tenure is all anyone needs to know about just what a hot mess this project has always been.
Just a reminder: El Chapo could provide the solution for the wall funding.
Yeah, that about sums it up.
Time to build more tunnels...
Let's hope said "high-security prison" can live up to its name. This guy is a slippery one.
Even more Venezuelans going hungry is just another bitter fruit of the American Left's #resistance.
One thing that really struck me as I watched President Trump's rally last night was the sea of MAGA hats in the crowd. To me, it looked like a massive show of defiance in the face of the left's (including the MSM's) open hostility toward those who wear the hats.
Reportedly, a Trump supporter went postal against the media during the rally, entering the press area, shoving people, and pushing over camera equipment.
This is how the MSM is reporting the disruption: "MAGA-Hat-Wearing" Trump Supporter Attacks Media In El Paso.
Virtually everyone at the rally was wearing a MAGA hat, so that was not exactly a distinguishing feature. But it is a way to continue the anti-MAGA narrative the media loves so much, while casting themselves as victims of Trump's constant needling.
Here's a typical headline from NBC News: 'MAGA' hat-wearing Trump backer accused of shoving journalists at El Paso rally
This nutjob -- whoever he is -- does not represent every person who wears a MAGA hat, or even a tiny percentage. He's the outlier, the exception to the rule, the man who bites the dog.
But the MSM just can't help themselves. And the deplorables will continue to wear the MAGA hat in defiance.
Just how sick to death are you of these crybullies?