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The Morning Briefing: Cops Wanted Racial Fight Club at C-ville? and Much, Much More

Good Wednesday Morning.

Here's what is on the President's agenda today:

  • In the afternoon, President Donald J. Trump will depart New York, N.Y., en route to Bedminster, N.J.
  • The President will then sign H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act.

Hope Hicks to be named White House comms director

Press conference gone wild

Yesterday, the President held a press conference to announce his infrastructure plan and it turned into something much different, something outrageous.

The outrage focuses on the equivocation of the alt-right and the alt-left. The media has willfully ignored the dangerous alt-left movement so those who depend on their news and information from places like CNN and the New York Times are unfamiliar with the political violence these anarchists have been inflicting on people around the country. So perhaps they are surprised to see another group put in a similar position on the moral index as the universally reviled neo-Nazi movement. The alt-left is very dangerous and they don't just want to go after Nazis. Is violence against these sad White Power characters justified? There are people that believe so. But if this is your position, tell me what other groups are entitled to be violently attacked. I support the 1A right of the Nazis to hold their rally on government property, but I most certainly do not support their message. Am I fair game now?

Here's my special message to the Nazis.

Where we are now

Calls to tear down Confederate monuments are increasing. Early this morning, Baltimore took down "a number" of statues.

The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper (D), has called for all the Confederate statues to come down.

"Some people cling to the belief that the Civil War was fought over states’ rights. But history is not on their side," he wrote. "We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery. These monuments should come down."

The Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matters joined in the chorus.

The group, in a series of tweets, wrote, “The fact that the Confederate flag & statues permeate the south is evidence that white supremacy was never overthrown in the United States.”

Comparing Confederate symbols and monuments to Germany’s ban on all Nazi-related propaganda, the group added, “After WWII, Germany outlawed the Nazis, their symbols, salutes & their flags. All confederate flags & statue, & groups should be illegal.”

If you do think Confederate monuments need to come down, do it legally. A 22-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the statue removal at Durham.