Remember when the House impeachment managers wanted to call witnesses, and then they changed their mind? And then they changed their mind? They wanted you to think it was over a phone conversation that some unknown Republican Congresswoman said she heard about that concerned Republican House minority leader Kevin McCarthy talking to then-President Trump during the riot on January 6. That was a lie as is everything that comes from Democrats without fail.
The real problem for the Democrats came about when Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the first witness he would call would be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the first questions he would ask her would be what did she know and when did she know it? The kinds of questions the senator from South Carolina would ask would have destroyed the Democrats’ impeachment case because thanks to the censorship of their friends in the mainstream news media and the tech tyrants in social media censoring any information that didn’t align with the lies and gaslighting that the Democrats were doing would come as a shock to millions of Americans.
AAt that point, the Senate Democrats held a lil chat with the House managers and told them to back down from the offer and agree to no witnesses to be able to get the hearsay statement they had from the Congresswoman into the record.
But in the end, they were afraid of something else coming out that they just couldn’t allow the American people to know about at that stage of the game.
Let me just start off by pointing out how despicable the Democrats are for what they did during the impeachment process. They lied, they invented information, they altered documents, and they withheld exculpatory evidence. Had they been in a real courtroom they not only would have been disbarred but they would have faced criminal charges and possibly sent to prison with large fines on top of it. The Left and the Democrats are going around now with the talking point that it’s not a court of law and it’s different because it’s political. Yes, it’s not an actual court of law, and yes, it is a political process, but the decorum of a court atmosphere is still expected. The American people don’t expect their elected officials to fake a trial against an innocent man by doctoring information, manufacturing evidence, and withholding exculpatory information which is exactly what the Democrats House managers did.
The new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer assured America that there would be a trial and that it would be “full and fair.” The house managers provided nothing of the sort. It was reminiscent of an old Soviet Union rigged trial.
The House managers presented their case as if Trump was inciting people to riot and then he didn’t do anything to stop it, which is completely backward from what really happened.
The Democrats then impeached President Trump but it wasn’t really an impeachment in the sense that the Founding Fathers gave us in our Constitution. The Democrats in the House didn’t hold a single hearing and they didn’t call a single witness. What’s worse is they didn’t allow the President to defend himself. They just talked about it for days then voted to impeach. It was all a rush job.
The reason the House managers changed their mind on calling witnesses is that they didn’t want the truth to get out about why the entire impeachment process was a sham. They didn’t want the American people watching the impeachment show to learn that there is far more evidence that shows Donald Trump did not incite the January 6 riot and that he most certainly did take action to stop it, but the Democrats thwarted his efforts. You can throw in the mainstream news media and the social media tech tyrants as well because as it turns out they censored the president’s speech by deleting tweets and two videos he made asking for people to stop the violence, to go home, and to respect law enforcement.
The Democrats didn’t want the American people to know that for days before the January 6 riot President Trump offered up to 10,000 National Guard troops to protect the Capitol, and every offer was rebuked every time. The House Sgt at Arms declined their help and he reports directly to the Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. The Sgt at Arms needs to be asked if Pelosi gave him orders to not allow the National Guard to move in for protection and if not, then why did he turn them down? We know the Capitol police chief said he asked for help and was turned down.
We reported last week that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that Trump made sure the National Guard was waiting and ready to move in.
“We also know that in January, but also throughout the summer, that the president was very vocal in making sure that we had plenty of National Guard, plenty of additional support because he supports our rule of law and supports our law enforcement and offered additional help,” Meadows told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo.
“Even in January, that was a given, as many as 10,000 National Guard troops were told to be on the ready by the Secretary of Defense,” Meadows said. “That was a direct order from President Trump and yet here is what we see … all kinds of blame going around but yet not a whole lot of accountability.”
“That accountability needs to rest where it ultimately should be and that’s on Capitol Hill” Meadows added.
Meadows noted that the Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller would back him up on the issue, and Miller did back him up, according to an interview in Vanity Fair.
The acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, was at the White House with his chief of staff, Kash Patel. They were meeting with President Trump on “an Iran issue,” Miller told me. But then the conversation switched gears. The president, Miller recalled, asked how many troops the Pentagon planned to turn out the following day. “We’re like, ‘We’re going to provide any National Guard support that the District requests,’” Miller responded. “And [Trump] goes, ‘You’re going to need 10,000 people.’ No, I’m not talking bullshit. He said that. And we’re like, ‘Maybe. But you know, someone’s going to have to ask for it.’” At that point Miller remembered the president telling him, “‘You do what you need to do. You do what you need to do.’ He said, ‘You’re going to need 10,000.’ That’s what he said. Swear to God.”
As it happened, Miller, on January 4 approved the authorization to give National Guard support if it was asked for January 5th and 6th. But they had to ask for it because that’s the law. In fact, when they didn’t ask for support, Trump went to great lengths to offer them support, and they turned him down.
That’s why what the Trump defense team along with Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham said was important to understand. They let the cat out of the bag that neither Speaker Pelosi nor DC Mayor Muriel Bowser asked for the additional support beforehand, and you didn’t think the Democrats would admit that Trump offered the help, do you? Had either one accepted Trump’s offer for 10,000 National Guard troops for support there wouldn’t have been a riot and more-than-likely nobody would have died. I think a riot is exactly what the Democrats wanted so that they could attack Republicans as all being domestic terrorists the way they have been since January 6.
President Donald J. Trump promised to reform and restructure the US Government in 2018 and many people have been at war with him over it ever since. Trump’s Department of Defense (DOD) reforms and changes may be somewhat confusing for Americans while watching unfolding events around the nation’s Capitol for the anticipated Inauguration happen, especially with the large military build-up.
Biden wants the Department of Homeland Security to be in charge:
But that is not going to happen:
HEAD OF DHS RESIGNS
“Among the acting secretary of Homeland Security’s final acts in office was an order on Monday to beef up D.C.’s Inauguration Day security nearly a week earlier than planned. And less than a week after a deadly onslaught at the U.S. Capitol, the building had already begun to assume a high-security posture,”Zenger News reported on Tuesday.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F. Wolf said Monday in a statement that the show of force, meant to deter any future violence, would grow considerably — and soon.
There was the “hand off”. Wolf resigned, but who is in charge? Not the Department of Homeland Security.
The Department of Defense should have a growing presence in the minds of Americans as they watch events unfold around the Inauguration:
Reports circulated on social media of an increased military presence on the streets of Washington DC, with armed National Guard, and with it concerns about who is the point of contact, the commander, the center of communication for the coming days, which are expecting see violence.
“National Guardsmen and women patrolled the grounds, buffered by a 7-foot fence that Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy called “non-scalable.” The guard troops did not appear armed, but U.S. Capitol Police stood guard with high-powered rifles at key points of entry — including the doors rioters forced open last Wednesday,” Zenger reported.
The Left and their media allies say that the military build up is due to “violent and armed Trump supporters” who are expected to storm the city, with any reason to believe that is actually true, but stem from an event at the US Capitol on Jan 6th.
The DOJ announced this week, in a video, that it had opened more than 170 criminal cases related to the Jan. 6 Capitol demonstrations. Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael R. Sherwin said those cases would expand “geometrically,” suggesting a broad dragnet. Charges will range from trespassing to seditious conspiracy and felony murder, Sherwin said at the press conference.
Sherwin had also opened an excessive force case against the man who shit a woman dead at the Capitol, But the Department of Justice is not in charge of the military in the Capitol either.
On Wednesday there were already small dustups with law enforcement and a few groups of Leftist and the DC Police Demonstrators, with no pro-Trump groups or protestors to be found:
The Mayor of DC is known for her encouragement of leftist groups violent protesting around the city and intimidating police and citizens. Many people are wondering if she is in charge of the National Gaurd in DC. No, she is not.
It is unclear what her role will be in the coming days over law enforcement with the military build up:
Asserting herself, far-left radical Democrat Muriel Bowers has been confusing the public with a number of Executive Actions of her own, confusing people about who is in charge of the law enforcement at the US Capitol and how uprisings will be handled.
“I have instructed the U.S. Secret Service to begin the National Special Security Event operations for the 2021 Inauguration effective Wednesday, January 13th instead of January 19th and at the recommendation of Secret Service Director James Murray, I have instructed the U.S. Secret Service to begin the National Special Security Event operations for the 2021 Inauguration effective Wednesday, January 13th instead of January 19th,”Bower’s note to Wolf, who resigned, was posted on Twitter, apparently attempting to muddy the waters on the chain of command.
Bowser writes to Wolf, but Wolf is gone and the National guard is not under her control.
A local reporter posted about the new and strong “law and order” presence on the streets of DC, showing who will be in charge of the street activists, and it doesn’t appear to be Bowser:
The Metro Police for DC has promoted Robert Glover to Commander, and he is not liked by activists.
So who is in charge of the National Guard in DC?
The Acting Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller is in charge. In the following recent video, Miller is seen walking among the troops giving them service coins as a moral boost.
Curioulsy, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote a letter and asserted their dominance in decision making, and it is unclear what role they will play, if any, they are not in charge of the National Gaurd in DC:
The chiefs wrote in the letter that the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol was an attack on the Constitutional process. They declared in the memo that service members swear an oath to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
John Solomon, for Just The News, reported on the memo and said that it was not well received by one Marine Coprs sergeant:
“We’re not sure why that went out,” an aide to one service secretary told Just the News. “Ours is a highly trained, professional force. They don’t need to be reminded of basic fundamentals.”
“We already know this stuff,” one Marine Corps sergeant said. “People in my unit were saying, this must be a joke. If it’s not a joke, it’s an insult.”
Further reading on Chris Miller and actions taken by Trump in the last months of 2020:
Joe Biden’s “transition team” is furious with Defense Secretary Christopher Miller for calling “a holiday pause” in intelligence briefings, shutting the door for Biden and his team to partake in top information.
Biden and his supporters had fought diligently to receive the briefings claiming that Biden was the “President-Elect”, and even though Biden had not legally been titled the “President-elect”, President Donald J. Trump and his administration agreed to allow Biden get the briefings.
Now that is privilege has come to a halt.
News of the “halt” comes as the intelligence community scrambles to respond to a massive cyberattack that breached multiple federal agencies, including Defence, State, Treasury, Homeland Security, Commerce, and the Department of Energy’s National Security Administration, which is responsible for the country’s nuclear arsenal.
The halt announced on Friday came after the Defense Department issued a statement saying, “At no time has the Department canceled or declined any interview. … After the mutually-agreed-upon holiday, which begins tomorrow, we will continue with the transition and rescheduled meetings from today.”
Reaction from Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes on Twitter was interesting, saying Biden “could not get even a low-level security clearance right now”.
“He’s compromised by the Chinese Communist Party,” Cortes posted.
But it could be because they are just really busy. “As of today, we have supported 139 interview sessions, more than 200 DoD personnel, 161 requests for information, and disclosed thousands of pages of non-public and classified documents, exceeding prior transitions,” Miller said in his statement. “At no time has the department canceled or declined any interview.”
Axios reported that Biden’s team was furious:
“Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to cooperation with the transition of President-elect Biden, shocking officials across the Defense Department, senior administration officials tell Axios.
The latest: Biden transition director Yohannes Abraham contradicted the Pentagon’s official response to this story on Friday afternoon, telling reporters, “Let me be clear: there was no mutually agreed-upon holiday break.”
“In fact, we think it’s important that briefings and other engagements continue during this period as there’s no time to spare, and that’s particularly true in the aftermath of ascertainment delay,” Abraham continued, referring to the Trump administration’s delay in recognizing Biden as president-elect.”
Axios, cited a defense official it didn’t identify as saying workers were feeling overwhelmed by the number of meetings.
The New York Post reported, that Pentagon officials have been ordered to halt cooperation with president-elect Joe Biden’s transition team as the Defense Department said it was being overwhelmed by the volume of transition meetings and would reschedule them for after a “holiday pause.”
It’s unclear what prompted Miller’s directive, which surprised staffers across the Defense Department, the report said.
Asked if the Pentagon was not being truthful in claiming a mutual agreement, transition spokeswoman Jen Psaki replied: “I don’t think we need to communicate that. I think you can make your own judgments.”
The Director of National Intelligence, which serves as head of the US Intelligence Community that includes the Department of Defence, announced on Wednesday that “a number of agencies have not finished coordinating on the product”.
That could be the report expected on Friday:
Amanda Schoch, ODNI Director of Strategic Communications: "This afternoon the DNI was notified by career intelligence officials that the Intelligence Community will not meet the December 18 deadline, set by Executive Order and Congress…" (1/3)
The Department of Homeland Security is holding classified briefings for Congress on Friday to outline how the scope and scale of the hack are wider than the 18,000 SolarWinds Orion customers who installed the back-door about six months before the presidential election, according to Reuters.
Homeland Security reportedly issued a bulletin on Thursday to warn the attack targeted multiple US agencies and included targets outside of those that used the compromised SolarWinds software.
Considering the amount of high level investigations going on, it might be wise to let the Biden team take a little break.
A remarkable announcement was made by the acting secretary of defense Christopher Miller, on Wednesday, about a reform of the positioning for the special forces that was full of reminders of President John F. Kennedy.
“Miller, a former Green Beret who took part in a secret mission in Afghanistan immediately following the 9/11 attacks, announced the new policy while at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the historic home of Army Special Forces,” John Solomon for Just the News, reported.
““I am here today to announce that I have directed the Special Operations civilian leadership to report directly to me, instead of through the current bureaucratic channels,” Miller said.
In their article, In Shake-Up, Acting SecDef Elevates Special Operations to Be ‘On Par’ with Service Branches,Richard Sisk wrote for Military.com:
“Acting Defense Secretary Christoper Miller announced Wednesday that U.S. Special Operations Command will now report directly to him, putting it on par with the service branches.”
Miller had been named acting Defense Secretary recently, after the firing of Mark Esper.
Miller said the move for Special Ops comes in recognition of the nation’s increasing reliance on its covert forces.
“I have directed the special operations civilian leadership to report directly to me,” Miller said. “It will put Special Operations Command on par with the military services for the first time. This reform will immediately improve agility for the department and the command and will enable us to streamline decision flow; enhance decision-making; and more adeptly support our commanders and their superb soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines.”
With the support of President Donald Trump, “We are forging the next chapter in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces and formalizing a watershed reform,” Miller added. “Right now, we start the transition to provide greater civilian oversight of and, critically, advocacy for our special operators.”
“The new policy eliminates bureaucratic layers that have existed between the Pentagon chief and the head of Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict. It also gives Special Operations Command, which is based in Tampa, Florida, a more direct line to the defense secretary.
The move is a “watershed reform,” said Miller, who described U.S. Special Operations Command as “a national treasure unparalleled in the world.”
The new move likely is pegged to the coming drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Pentagon official told Just the News. It also hints at current bureaucratic logjams within the Department of Defense,” Solomon reported.
Miller delivered remarks at the Special Operations Memorial Plaza during a visit to Fort Bragg, N.C. on Wednesday, join by Ezra Cohen-Watnick.
Former President John F. Kennedy was invoked at the announcement.
“Ezra Cohen-Watnick just delivered a speech regarding the move to place civilian SpecOps directly underneath the Acting Sec of Defense. Listen closely,” one poster wrote.
“The Department of Defense has started the process of formalizing what we have long known the fundamental role of US Special operations in defense of the foreign policy, and by elevating special operations forces to a level on par with Military Departments as authorized and erected by Congress. As we enact these reforms, we follow these reforms; we enact the vision of President John F. Kennedy, who predicted the rise of special operations nearly 60 years ago. He foresaw “another type of war, new in its intensity, ancient in its origin that would require a whole new kind of strategy, a wholly different kind of force, and forces which are too unconventional.
President Kennedy gave these remarks at the nuclear age opening when the Pentagon was primarily organized to plan and direct large conventional operations against superpowers, not special operations short of overt declared conflicts. The Global demands for special operations forces, then and now, have confirmed his foresight. Under President Trump’s leadership, we fully realize President Kennedy’s view of Special Operations. We should be again entering of great power competitions as we will affirm the importance of the special operations committee and then, as now I know the special operations will play a vital role and by historical reforms that we have enacted today, will give us civilian forces commemorate to the secretary’s other military departments. I am honored to serve as your service secretary,” Cohen-Watnick said.
Speculation on social media drew connection to John F. Kennedy’s National Security Action Memo 57
The reference to the quote by JFK about 100 Pieces has an interesting background.
The news of the sweeping reform comes at the same time Miller is ordering the reduction of troops in Afghanistan, where he personally served.
“We are now bringing these conflicts to their successful and responsible conclusion under the bold leadership of President Trump,” Miller said.
God rest the soul of President Kennedy. We never forgot him.
If you saw the headlines for the story about what took place at the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, California you wouldn’t have thought it was as alarming as it turns out to be. At first, when you read the headline you thought it was just a minor incident, maybe punk kids screwing around with fireworks. But it wasn’t fireworks, rather, it was a real hate crime.
What went off at the church was an improvised explosive device (IED) of the same nature as what our military soldiers had to deal with in Iraq and Afghanistan. The explosion was so powerful it blew out all of the windows and sent smoke belching from the building afterward. In the aftermath, if you went inside you found the walls were covered in hateful graffiti. The FBI is now looking into it, but after what the FBI has done over the last four years can they be trusted to investigate a crime against a church? It just so happens that the pastor of the church contacted the FBI two weeks ago to report threats of violence in arson.
“Sirens are heard in the distance and multiple police cars are seen racing to the scene. A bomb squad was called in to check for any secondary devices. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency is investigating the ‘IED attack’ as a possible hate crime.”
“Anytime a house of worship is attacked, we will respond,” the FBI spokeswoman said. “If it was motivated in any way by hate, that’s always a working theory when a house of worship is attacked, although that has not been confirmed.” But what about when there are warnings brought to the attention of the FBI by houses of worship that an attack is imminent? In this case, the FBI did nothing. They got involved after the fact.
Folks, this is the type of attack that conservatives have been warning about if Biden won the election. Millions of Americans believe he didn’t win but successfully stole the election from President Trump. We told you that attacks like this would continue and probably exacerbate because the anarchist groups like ANTIFA, and BLM would feel that they now own the country.
The LA Sheriff’s Department set up a command post near the church following the explosion. The bombing of the church happened only two weeks after Pastor Bruce Meija said that he contacted the police after getting a threat on social media that his church was going to be set on fire.
“It appeared that the walls to the church had been vandalized as well as all the windows at first appeared to be smashed,” El Monte Police Department Lt. Christopher Cano said. “Then, we realized that the windows were not smashed and that they had actually blown out from some type of explosion.”
The most sickening thing about this is that our mainstream news media didn’t really focus on the bombing of an American church, rather, they focused on the fact that the church opposes same-sex marriage. So, according to the reaction of our mainstream news media, a hate crime against a church is not newsworthy if the church’s dogma goes against a leftist dogma. Ladies and gentlemen that is a sick attitude by any industry that is supposed to bring truth to the American people.
For example, KTLA5 ran a headline “FBI investigating bomb ‘attack’ at anti-LGBTQ church in El Monte.”
NBC ran a headline saying “FBI investigates explosion at anti-LGBTQ church in California.”
ABC ran with “FBI investigating explosion, graffiti at California church known for anti-LGBT views.”
Did they have to add in “anti-LGBTQ” to their headlines? The purpose of that was to dehumanize the people from the church. The Woke has to dehumanize the unwoke in order to discredit them so that they can be dismissed. The American media has in effect blamed the bombing of a church on the church itself.
It is a church after all, and they have every right to oppose same-sex marriage, just as any other church has the right to support same-sex marriage. The Bible defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The church’s religious beliefs garnered over 15,000 signatures on a petition at Change.org with demands that the church be shut down. And the Woke Supremacist organization the Southern Poverty Law Center a radical progressive group has referred to the church as a hate group. For some unknown reason, that designation by this crazy group of Woke Supremacists will carry a lot of weight in the Supremacy. These two actions could cause more harm to more churches throughout the country.
To sum it up, a Christian church and not an Islamic mosque was attacked with an IED device and the mainstream media tried to suppress it by focusing on the fact that the church was preaching traditional marriage. Had it been a mosque I think Joe Biden would have called in the National Guard. It’s the end of the civilized world as we know it. Believe what we believe or we’ll blow you up.
The campaign to re-elect President Donald J. Trump released a new ad on Thursday they call “backbone” on the same day they posted about a recovering economy that they say grew at a 33.1 percent annual rate in the third quarter, nearly double the previous record.
“President Trump promised to deliver record economic gains for American workers and, with today’s historic GDP report, has proven the success of his America First policies,” the campaign to elected President Donald J. Trump posted.
“Joe Biden has spent 47 years in Washington shipping factory jobs overseas and selling out to China. President Trump has defended American jobs and brought economic success back to our country. America’s hardworking men and women form the backbone of this country and, with President Trump, they will always have an ally in the White House. The Trump Campaign’s new ad, “Backbone,” highlights President Trump’s economic record of Promises Made, Promises Kept and will air on network cable and local broadcast and cable across the country,” the Trump campaign said.
The ad comes on the same day that the Trump campaign writes,
The Largest Quarterly GDP Growth When Joe Biden Was Vice President Was 5.5 Percent In 2013 Q3. (Bureau Of Economic Analysis, Accessed 10/25/20)
Growth Beat Economists’ Expectations
S&P Global Forecast 29.5 Percent Annualized GDP Growth In The Third Quarter. (“Economic Forecasts: Third Quarter 2020,” S&P Global, 9/20)
Bank Of America Forecast 27 Percent Annualized GDP Growth In The Third Quarter. (Ben Winck, “Bank Of America Boosts 3rd-Quarter GDP Forecast And Lowers 4th-Quarter Outlook On Mix Of Pros And Cons,” Business Insider, 9/11/20)
Morgan Stanley Forecast 27 Percent Annualized GDP Growth For The Third Quarter. (“Bank Of America Boosts 3rd-Quarter GDP Forecast And Lowers 4th-Quarter Outlook On Mix Of Pros And Cons,” Business Insider, 9/11/20)
The Congressional Budget Office Projected 23.5 Percent Annualized GDP Growth In The Third Quarter. (Phil Swagel, “CBO’s Current Projections Of Output, Employment, And Interest Rates And A Preliminary Look At Federal Deficits For 2020 And 2021,” Congressional Budget Office, 4/24/20)
Economists Surveyed By The Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia Predicted 19.1 Percent Annualized GDP Growth In The Third Quarter. (“Third Quarter 2020 Survey Of Professional Forecasters,” Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia, 8/14/20)
Kiplinger Projected 18 Percent Annualized GDP Growth In The Third Quarter. (David Payne, “Recovery Has Begun, But Progress May Slow,” Kiplinger, 8/27/20)
The Economy Has Gained Back 11.4 Million Jobs So Far, And The Unemployment Rate Has Been Cut Nearly In Half
The Economy Has Added Back 11.4 Million Jobs In The Last 5 Months, More Than Half Of The Jobs Lost Due To The Pandemic. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 10/2/20)
The Unemployment Rate Has Fallen From 14.7 Percent In April To 7.9 Percent In September. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 10/2/20)
Jobs Are Being Added Back And The Unemployment Rate Is Falling Faster Than Experts Predicted
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Projected That The Unemployment Rate For 2021 Would Be 10.1 Percent, And That It Would Only Decrease To 9.5 Percent By The End Of 2021. “The labor market is expected to improve after the third quarter, with a rebound in hiring and a significant reduction in furloughs as the degree of social distancing diminishes—leading to an increase in business activity and an increase in the demand for workers. In particular, the unemployment rate is projected to decline to 9.5 percent by the end of 2021. Under that projection, the unemployment rate at the end of 2021 would be about 6 percentage points higher than the rate in CBO’s economic projection produced in January 2020, and the labor force would have about 6 million fewer people.” (Phill Swagel, “CBO’s Current Projections Of Output, Employment, And Interest Rates And A Preliminary Look At Federal Deficits For 2020 And 2021,” Congressional Budget Office, 4/24/20)
JPMorgan Projected That The Unemployment Rate Would Only Fall To 10.9 Percent By The End Of 2020. “Economists at the bank now peg their base-case scenario for unemployment at the end of 2020 at 10.9%, up from a prediction of 6.6% when it reported first-quarter earnings. That dimmed outlook comes as earlier-than-expected rehiring during May and June still left 20 million out of work, and as business reopenings are being rolled back in some regions.” (Lisa Bellfuss, “What JPMorgan’s Earnings Outlook Says About The U.S. Economy. Hint: It’s Not Great,” Barron’s, 7/15/20)
JPMorgan Predicted Unemployment Would Still Hover Around 8 Percent At The End Of 2021. “More interesting is where JPMorgan sees the U.S. economy at the end of 2021. Unemployment will still hover around 8%, the bank says, and GDP will still contract—a call that contrasts with many other Wall Street firms expecting a return to growth next year.” (Lisa Bellfuss, “What JPMorgan’s Earnings Outlook Says About The U.S. Economy. Hint: It’s Not Great,” Barron’s, 7/15/20)
Goldman Sachs Projected The Unemployment Rate Would Only Fall To 10 Percent At The End Of 2020 And Stay Above 8 Percent Through 2021. “Goldman Sachs expects the unemployment rate to stand around 10% at the end of 2020. For context, that matches the worst levels of the Great Recession. And even by the end of 2021, Goldman Sachs sees unemployment above 8%.” (Matt Egan, “Goldman Sachs Issues Warning About US Unemployment,” CNN, 5/13/20)
The Federal Reserve Projected Unemployment Would Only Fall To 9.3 Percent By The End Of 2020. “Federal Reserve leaders predict a slow recovery for the U.S. economy, with unemployment falling to 9.3 percent by the end of this year and to 6.5 percent by the end of 2021, after tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs in the stunning recession caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.” (Heather Long, “Federal Reserve Predicts Slow Recovery With Unemployment At 9.3 Percent By End Of 2020,” The Washington Post, 6/10/20)
The Trump Administration’s Actions Have Protected American Businesses And Workers
The Paycheck Protection Program Has Provided $521 Billion To Over 5 Million U.S. Businesses, Protecting A Total Of More Than 51 Million Jobs. (“Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Report,” U.S. Small Business Administration, 7/31/20; “Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Report,” Small Business Administration, 6/30/20)
The Trump Administration Has Sent A Total Of $269 Billion In Coronavirus Relief Payments To 153 Million Americans In All 50 States. (Press Release, “IRS Statement On Economic Impact Payments By State (As Of Aug. 28, 2020),” IRS, 8/28/20)
THE ECONOMY IS RECOVERING FASTER THAN IT EVER DID UNDER JOE BIDEN
51 Percent Of All Jobs Lost Due To The Coronavirus Have Been Added Back In The Last Five Months. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 10/20/20)
It Took Two Years And A Half Years – 30 Months – To Gain Back The Same Percentage Of Jobs During The Joe Biden-Led “Recovery.” (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 10/20/20)
The U.S. Economy Expanded By 33.1 Percent In The Third Quarter On An Annual Basis, A Record Amount. (Bureau Of Economic Analysis, Accessed 10/29/20)
It Took Four Quarters To Gain Back The GDP Losses From The Great Recession Under Biden’s “Recovery.” (Bureau Of Economic Analysis, Accessed 10/25/20)
The Unemployment Rate Has Fallen From 14.7 Percent In April To 7.9 Percent In September, A Decrease Of 46 Percent In Five Months. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 10/29/20)
It Took Five And A Half Years For The Unemployment Rate To Decrease By The Same Percentage During Joe Biden’s “Recovery” – From 10 Percent In October 2009 To 5.4 Percent In March 2015. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 10/29/20)
THE BIDEN-LED “RECOVERY” WAS THE SLOWEST SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION
CNN 2016 Headline: “Yes, This Is The Slowest U.S. Recovery Since WWII.” (Heather Long And Tami Luhby, “Yes, This Is The Slowest U.S. Recovery Since WWII,” CNN, 10/5/16)
“If You Look Solely At The Average Rate Of GDP Growth, It’s True That That The Economy Recovered More Slowly After The Great Recession Than During Previous Rebounds.” (Tara Subramaniam And Katie Lobosco, “Fact Check: How Trump’s Economy Compares To Obama’s,” CNN, 2/19/20)
According To Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, Economic Growth Following The 2009 Recession Grew At The Weakest Rate Of Any Post-1960 Recessions, With Growth Averaging Just 2.3 Percent Compared To An Average Of 4 Percent. “The current recovery continues to rank last among post-1960 recoveries in terms of real economic growth. Since the recession ended in the second quarter of 2009, real GDP has grown at an average annual rate of 2.3 percent. In other post-1960 recoveries, real GDP expanded at an average annual rate of 4.0 percent during the comparable five-and-one-half year period (see Figure 4).” (“The 2015 Joint Economic Report,” Joint Economic Committee, 3/17/15)
The U.S. Did Not Recover Lost Manufacturing Jobs During Biden’s “Recovery”
In A “Strong Economy” Wage Growth Would Be Around 3 To 4 Percent. “That’s below the 3 percent to 4 percent that would be expected in a strong economy, according to Glassdoor economist Andrew Chamberlain. Wage growth usually has reached at least 3 percent after previous recessions.” (Aimee Picchi, “Looking For Wage Growth? Then Consider These Jobs,” MarketWatch, 1/8/16)
The Middle Class Was Left Behind Under Biden
2016 Washington Post Headline: “The Middle Class Is Shrinking Just About Everywhere In America.” (Emily Badger And Christopher Ingraham, “The Middle Class Is Shrinking Just About Everywhere In America,” The Washington Post, 5/11/16)
A December 2015 Pew Study Found That For The First Time In Four Decades, The Middle Class Was No Longer The Majority. “After more than four decades of serving as the nation’s economic majority, the American middle class is now matched in number by those in the economic tiers above and below it. In early 2015, 120.8 million adults were in middle-income households, compared with 121.3 million in lower- and upper-income households combined, a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data.” (“The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground,” Pew Research Center, 12/9/15)
A December 2015 Gallup Survey Found That Only 51 Percent Of U.S. Adults Identify As Middle-Class, Down From 63 Percent Of Those Polled In 2008. “A Gallup survey this spring showed that just 51% of U.S. adults considered themselves middle or upper middle class, with 48% saying they are part of the lower or working class. As recently as 2008, 63% of those polled by Gallup said they were middle class.” (Don Lee, “Middle-Class Families, Pillar Of The American Dream, Are No Longer In The Majority, Study Finds,” Los Angeles Times, 12/9/15)
According To A September 2016 Gallup Poll, 57 Percent Of Americans Believed The U.S. Economy Was “Getting Worse.” (Gallup, 3,040 A, 2.0% MoE, 9/5-11/16)
In 2016, The U.S. Homeownership Rate Hit Its Lowest Level “Since 1965.” “The homeownership rate, the proportion of households that are owner-occupied, fell to 62.9%, half a percentage point lower than the second quarter of 2015 and 0.6 percentage point lower than the first quarter 2016, the Census Bureau said on Thursday. That was the lowest figure since 1965.” (Jeffrey Sparshott, “U.S. Homeownership Rate Falls To Five-Decade Low,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/28/16)
The Biden Economy Left Behind Large Parts Of America
In 2016, The National Association Of Counties Found That Under Biden, 93 Percent Of Counties In The United States Had “Failed To Fully Recover” From The Recession. “More than six years after the economic expansion began, 93% of counties in the U.S. have failed to fully recover from the blow they suffered during the recession. Nationwide, 214 counties, or 7% of 3,069, had recovered last year to prerecession levels on four indicators: total employment, the unemployment rate, size of the economy and home values, a study from the National Association of Counties released Tuesday found.” (Eric Morath, “Six Years Later, 93% Of U.S. Counties Haven’t Recovered From Recession, Study Finds,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/12/16)
14 Million Americans Left The U.S. Workforce Under Biden
By 2016, Business Formation Had Still Not Returned To Its Pre-Recession Peak, With The Level Of New Businesses Created Annually Stagnating Around 400,000. “To provide some context, consider that, by one measure (the Business Dynamics Statistics database compiled at the U.S. Census Bureau), new formation of business firms finally rebounded slightly in 2011, after four years of decline from its peak of more than 560,000 new businesses created in 2006 to a low point of fewer than 390,000 new firms started in 2010.New business formation continued to inch upward for several more years (401,000 in 2011, 411,000 in 2012), before dropping slightly in 2013 to 406,000.” (Tom Miller, “Entrepreneurship & Economic Dynamism: Marginal Return From Health Policy Thus Far,” Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 2016)
At A Time When Businesses And Workers Were Struggling, The Obama-Biden Administration Unleashed A Flood Of New Regulations At A Cost Of $743 Billion
An August 2016 Analysis By The American Action Forum (AAF) Showed That The Obama-Biden Administration Had Issued 600 Major Regulations, “20 Percent More Than” Under The Bush Administration. “Now, the administration has once again reached another record-breaking figure: 600 major regulations in roughly 7.5 years, which is 20 percent more than the previous president did in eight years.” (Sam Batkins, “600 Major Regulations,” American Action Forum, 8/6/16)
Obama-Biden’s 600 Major Regulations Came At A Cost of “At Least $743 Billion.” “What is the economic burden from these 600 major regulations? According to American Action Forum (AAF) research, based on data provided by agencies, it’s at least $743 billion (including deregulatory measures) and 194 million paperwork burden hours (President Bush issued roughly $2 billion in major rules in 2009). To put those figures in perspective, $743 billion is larger than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Norway and Israel combined.” (Sam Batkins, “600 Major Regulations,” American Action Forum, 8/6/16)
Obama-Biden’s 600 Major Regulations Amounted To “A $2,294 Regulatory Imposition On Every Person In The United States.” “It is a $2,294 regulatory imposition on every person in the United States. In the equivalent amount of time to complete 194 million additional hours of paperwork, it would take 97,429 employees working full-time (2,000 hours a year) to comply with these new federal requirements. That’s roughly the population of Albany, NY working full-time filling out government forms.” (Sam Batkins, “600 Major Regulations,” American Action Forum, 8/6/16)
The US Department of Justice issued a press statement, Friday, about people being charged federally with assaulting federal officers, arson, failing to obey lawful orders, and damaging federal property
U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that 74 people are facing federal charges for crimes committed adjacent to or under the guise of peaceful demonstrations in Portland since at least May 29, 2020.
“It is important to note that while some federal charges require crimes to be committed on federal property, others do not. Violent acts committed throughout the city of Portland under the guise of peaceful protest are being evaluated by local federal prosecutors for prosecution,” the FBI said.
Felony assault of a federal officer with a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years.
According to the statement:
For more than 90 consecutive nights, Portland has been home to large demonstrations and protests against police use of force and anti-Black racism.
On many nights, after peaceful demonstrations end, various public and private buildings have been the target of vandalism and destruction.
Local, state, and federal law enforcement working to protect these buildings and ensure the safety of peaceful demonstrators have been subjected to threats and assaults from violent agitators while performing their duties.
“Violent agitators have hijacked any semblance of First Amendment protected activity, engaging in violent criminal acts and destruction of public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our federal law enforcement partners are expeditiously working with local and state law enforcement to identify, arrest, and prosecute these individuals that are disrupting the rule of law in our communities and physically attacking our law enforcement officers and destroying property. Violent agitators not only delay real reform but make our community less safe by keeping law enforcement from responding to other critical calls for service.”
“While the FBI supports and safeguards Constitutionally-protected activity and civil rights, there is no permit for assault, arson or property damage and these are not victimless crimes,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “Among the victims of violent crime are business owners, residents, and individuals exercising their First Amendment rights through protests or other legitimate forms of expression.”
“The nightly violence has to stop,” said Russel Burger, U.S. Marshal for the District of Oregon. “It is drowning out the voices of the many who are calling for change and pulling police resources away from their primary mission of keeping this community safe. We must all come together to find a productive way to move forward.”
“As the nation’s primary source for fire investigative knowledge, ATF remains committed to investigating those responsible for committing arsons in our communities and holding them responsible for their illegal actions,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Jonathan McPherson. “As a reminder, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for arson. ATF takes these violent actions seriously and will work diligently to bring justice to the victims.”
“It is vitally important that all Americans have the ability to exercise their first amendment rights to freedom of speech,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Seattle Eben Roberts. “Unfortunately, much of what we’re seeing in Portland is the antithesis of that. Instead, tragic events are being used as excuses for individuals with ill intent disguising themselves as activists to commit violent crimes against their communities and law enforcement officers. Progress can only be made if community leaders, law enforcement, and the public come together in the name of social change, justice, and peace.”
Since May 26, 2020, federal law enforcement authorities have arrested 100 people for crimes committed during local demonstrations.
Seventy-four face federal charges, including felonies, misdemeanors, and citation violations. Crimes include assaults on federal officers, some resulting in serious injuries; arson and attempted arson; damaging federal government property; failing to obey lawful orders; and unlawful use of a drone; among others.
Charged defendants include:
Edward Carubis, 24, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 1, 2020;
Rowan Olsen, 19, is charged (photos available) with creating a hazard on federal property, disorderly conduct, and failing to obey a lawful order on July 2, 2020;
Shant Singh Ahuja, 28, of Oceanside, California, is charged with destruction of federal property on July 4, 2020;
Gretchen Blank, 29, of Seattle, Washington, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Andrew Faulkner, 24, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Christopher Fellini, 31, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Theodore Matthee-O’Brien, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Cody Porter, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Taimane Teo, 24, of Eugene, Oregon, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Benjamin Wood-Pavich, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Jacob Gaines, 23, a Texas resident, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 11, 2020;
Lillith Grin, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 12, 2020;
Benjamin Bolen, 36, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 13, 2020;
Kevin Weier, 36, is charged with attempted arson on July 13, 2020;
Wyatt Ash-Milby, 18, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Jerusalem Callahan, 24, is charged with damaging government property on July 21, 2020;
Zachary Duffly, 45, is charged with creating a disturbance on July 21, 2020;
Caleb Ehlers, 23, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Paul Furst, 22, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Jennifer Kristiansen, 38, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 21, 2020;
Ella Miller, 26, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Marie Sager, 27, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Giovanni Bondurant, 19, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;
Bailey Dreibelbis, 22, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Gabriel Huston, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;
Joseph Lagalo, 37, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 22, 2020;
Taylor Lemons, 32, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;
Joseph Ybarra, 21, is charged with arson on July 22, 2020;
David Hazan, 24, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;
Nicholas Kloiber, 26, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;
Cameron Knutson, 28, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;
Carly Ballard, 34, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 24, 2020;
David Bouchard, 36, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 24, 2020;
Dakota Eastman, 30, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
Josslynn Kreutz, 28, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
Ezra Meyers, 18, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
Mark Rolycanov, 28, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
Pablo Avvocato, 26, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Douglas Dean, 34, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Rebecca Mota Gonzales, 37, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Thomas Johnson, 33, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Richard Lindstedt, 33, is charged with violating national defense airspace on July 25, 2020;
Nathan Onderdonk-Snow, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Stephen O’Donnell, 65, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Joshua Webb, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Jeffree Cary, 30, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
John Tyler Gabriel, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
Noelle Mandolfo, 30, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
Patrick Stafford, 35, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
Travis Williams, 27, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
Caleb Wills, 29, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
Brodie Storey, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 27, 2020;
Edward Schinzing, 32, is charged (photos available) with arson on July 28, 2020;
James Hickerson, 54, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 28, 2020;
Ian Wolf, 26, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order and creating a hazard on federal property on July 28, 2020;
Sabastian Dubar, 23, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
Jordan Johnson, 32, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
Evan Kriechbaum, 31, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
Christine Margaux, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
Gabriel Agard-Berryhill, 18, is charged (video available) with arson on July 30, 2020;
Isaiah Maza, 18, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 31, 2020;
Dakotah Horton, 24, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on August 17, 2020; and
Dakota Means, 20, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on August 24, 2020.
Eleven others have been issued citation violations. All defendants, unless noted, are presumed to be local residents.
These cases are being investigated by the FBI; U.S. Marshals Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and Federal Protective Service.
They are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
The FBI is assisting partner agencies by asking for the public’s help in identifying individuals who participated in or may have been a witness to criminal activity at the following locations:
Near or inside the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland on the night of May 29, 2020 or into the morning of May 30, 2020. Details here: Justice Center
Near the Chase Bank branch located at 811 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, shortly before 1 a.m. on May 30, 2020. Details here: Chase Bank