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Willie Nelson and former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke are reportedly among those helping with the costs of Texas Democratic legislators who left the state in protest of Texas’ recent voting bill, according to Western Journal. Nelson gave the Democrats $5,000, the report adds.
Democrats left Texas and reportedly stayed at the Washington Plaza Hotel in D.C. Western Journal comments that Democrats “have vowed to suffer in four-star surroundings until the special session called by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott expires.” Republicans have moved forward with passing election reforms despite Democrats’ efforts to flee the state. O’Rourke is reportedly leading a fundraising effort to pay the bills of the Democrats who fled the state. The hotel bill is estimated to top $10,000 a day.
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As of Wednesday afternoon, the effort had pulled in $526,780 from 14,654 donors, the report said… The stunt has drawn lots of attention, but the long-term results are uncertain. Abbott has vowed to continue calling special sessions until the voting reforms Republicans have the votes to pass are approved.
Democratic state Rep. Chris Turner, however, is hoping that somehow the federal government will side with the runaway-bride-like Democrats and prevent Texas from making its own laws. “Our commitment is to kill the bill for this session and make the case to the U.S. Senate to embrace the House’s good work,” he said, according to The Morning News. “We’re not in any way suggesting that members are going to stay out of the state of Texas for the rest of the year, the next two years, obviously that’s not realistic.”
Texas Democrats have proven that the hill their party is willing to die on is election integrity.
Under no circumstances do they wish to allow free or fair elections – period.
If that doesn’t prove everything about how they get elected, I don’t know what will.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) July 14, 2021
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says that when TX Democrats arrive back in the state, "they'll be arrested and brought to the Capitol and we will pass these bills" pic.twitter.com/rrZSGeQWoA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 15, 2021
I got a message for you Texas Democrats.
Y’all are singing “We Will Overcome” like you’re oppressed or something… but you’re riding to DC in a private jet and cashing six figure checks.
There is no modern day Jim Crow.
There is no problem with Voter ID. Y’all need to go home! pic.twitter.com/LpYVtrjSi2
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) July 15, 2021
On Day 3 of Texas Democrats' vacation in DC abandoning their legislative duties, Republicans are turning the Democrats' gambit into an advantage for the GOP in the 2022 election.
Republicans are working to pass laws to help Texans.
Democrats are hiding.https://t.co/LQaeaJLYwB
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 15, 2021
NEXT STORY: BREAKING: Senate Unanimously Passes New Bill to Ban All Products from China’s Xinjiang
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to ban the import of products from China’s Xinjiang region, according to Reuters. This comes as part of efforts in Washington to punish Beijing. U.S. officials reportedly believe China has an ongoing genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim groups.
The legislation passed by unanimous consent. This is a bipartisan effort and places the burden of proof to importers. Reuters reports that the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would create a “rebuttable presumption” assuming goods manufactured in Xinjiang are made with forced labor and therefore banned under the 1930 Tariff Act, unless otherwise certified by U.S. authorities.
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The bill must also pass the House of Representatives before it can be sent to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law. It was not immediately clear when that might take place. Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who introduced the legislation with Democrat Jeff Merkley, called on the House to act quickly… “We will not turn a blind eye to the CCP’s ongoing crimes against humanity, and we will not allow corporations a free pass to profit from those horrific abuses,” Rubio said in a statement.
NEXT STORY: NFL Going Even More Woke, Decides to Include Black National Anthem Before Games for 2021 Season (Report)
Fox News reported that the “Black national anthem” is reportedly set to return before NFL games for good starting in 2021. If you recall before the start of Week 1 games during the 2020 NFL season, the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was played. Now the NFL plans to make it a “prominent part of big league events.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We, at the National Football League, believe Black lives matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country.” Goodell continued, “”Without Black players, there would be no National Football League and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of Black players, coaches, fans and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family.”
Additionally, the NFL allowed social justice terms like “End Racism” to be painted in the back of teams’ end zones. Players were able to honor victims of racism and police violence. Fox News added: “The national anthem is usually only heard before early-season games or some primetime games, the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was played before Super Bowl LV and the draft in April.”
NEXT STORY: Megan Fox Wrecks Cancel Culture — Says Donald Trump was a ‘Legend’ at UFC Fight
Megan Fox is accused of supporting former President Trump after she referred to the former president as a “legend” at the recent UFC 264 fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, according to Fox News.
Jimmy Kimmel on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” asked Fox about her recent attendance at the fight and she noted that Trump was received by the crowd at the event as a “legend.” Fox reports that the remark clearly got people upset. Fox later wrote on social media in all-caps:
“UHMMM… I DO NOT ALIGN MYSELF WITH ANY POLITICAL PARTY OR INDIVIDUAL POLITICIANS,” she wrote in her all-caps rebuke. “I NEVER SAID DONALD TRUMP IS A LEGEND. I SAID HE WAS A LEGEND… IN THAT ARENA (KEY PART OF THE SENTENCE).”
“REALLY LOVING THIS UNEDUCATED, MID-EVIL [sic] PITCH FORK CARRYING, BURN THE WITCH AT THE STAKE MENTALITY THOUGH. THE WORLD NEEDS MORE OF THAT.”
During her appearance on the late-night talk show, Fox indeed referred to Trump as a “legend,” but made sure to note that the fans in the arena were the ones giving the former president a positive reaction… “I was in a row with Bieber and Trump was also in my row. I’d never seen the Secret Service in person before so he had like 30 Secret Service with him. He was a legend. That arena was very supportive of Trump when he came in,” she said.
She added: “I don’t know how I feel about it, because if someone is a target then like, I could be harmed because I’m adjacent to where he is. So I was worried about my own safety, that’s all I was caring about. I’d never seen anything like that before. It was crazy.”
NEXT STORY: Federal Court Issues Major 2nd Amendment Ruling, Says Banning Guns for Adults 18 to 20 Is Unconstitutional
According to CNN, a federal appeals court ruled that regulations setting a minimum age of 21 for handgun purchases from licensed dealers violates the Second Amendment rights of those citizens. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a three-judge panel and the vote split 2 to 1.
One of the judges was appointed by former President Donald Trump. This same judge also wrote the majority opinion. Judge Julius N. Richardson argued that laws relegated “either the Second Amendment or 18- to 20-year-olds to a second-class status.” He continued, “Looking through this historical lens to the text and structure of the Constitution reveals that 18- to 20-year-olds have Second Amendment rights. Virtually every other constitutional right applies whatever the age. And the Second Amendment is no different.”
Judge G. Steven Agee, who was appointed by George W. Bush, also agreed with Richardson in the majority. However, a Barack Obama appointee, Judge James A. Wynn, Jr., was alone in dissent. Wynn Jr. claimed adults ages 18-to-21 years of age are less mature and crime statistics show are more likely to commit a crime with the handgun.
More from Newsmax: “That particular argument, however, seems to support the majority opinion that younger adults would be ruled not equal under the law… Wynn’s dissent also took a political position versus a constitutional, textual and legal one, accusing the majority of giving “the gun lobby a victory in a fight it lost on Capitol Hill more than fifty years ago,” CNN reported.”
“Wynn, who lost in the ruling, also argued the court’s ruling usurped constitutional authority of lawmakers, writing it was not ‘consistent with the proper role of the federal judiciary in our democratic system.'”
NEXT STORY: Conservative Talk Show Host Announces He’s Running for Governor
Conservative talk show host Larry Elder is joining Republican candidates in the California recall on Monday to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom, according to Politico. “Maybe, just maybe, I can do something about this,” said Elder, who is 69. “The target is Gavin Newsom. It is time for this man to go.” Elder says he will focus on crime, homelessness, housing costs and school choice during his campaign to replace .
Newsom has reportedly raised at least $20 million. Elder said “we’re going to need so much money to compete.” There are reportedly more than 90 potential candidates who have expressed interest in the Sept. 14 special election. Elder has over 875,000 Twitter followers and nearly an equal number on Instagram as well as a national media presence. Elder is known to his fans as the “Sage of South Central.”
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Elder charged that President Biden has “declared war” on small businesses in America and that Newsom has “done the same thing by clamping down on small businesses, while keeping his own open” during the Covid-19 pandemic. While that attack has circulated among conservatives on social media, The Sacramento Bee in April determined that the allegation about Newsom’s Plumpjack Winery was false… Elder also charged that Newsom is “beholden to the teachers union” and has failed to re-open California schools in a timely manner. The California Teachers Association endorsed Newsom in June after battling the governor over his attempt to reopen schools in late winter.
Several Republicans have entered the ring in the last few days, including Board of Equalization Member Ted Gaines and state Assemblymember Kevin Kiley. They face an uphill battle in a state where Democrats have roughly a 2-to-1 registration advantage and voters overwhelmingly opposed former President Donald Trump in 2020. Newsom and his campaign team have tried to tie the recall to Trump supporters at nearly every turn… Elder said Monday that as a Republican, he does not apologize for supporting Trump last yer. But “Gavin Newsom will not be running against Trump,” he told listeners. “I’m my own man.”
“Larry is known nationally… and he’ll have a national finance base,” thanks to his radio, TV and social media clout, said Louis Barnett, who will serve as Elder’s campaign manager. The campaign spokesperson will be Ying Ma, who served as spokesperson for GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson.
NEXT STORY: Tucker Carlson Delivers on His Promise, Releases Explosive Evidence of Fulton County Election Fraud
Tucker Carlson delivered on his promise and investigated voter fraud in the Georgia election during a segment on Fox News. Tucker said, “At least 36 batches of mail-in ballots from the November election were double-counted in Fulton County, that is a total of at least 4,000 votes. How’s that possible? I don’t know.”
Tucker continued, “Every American should want to know, because the answer gets to the heart of the integrity of our elections, otherwise known as our democracy. We’re not talking about a couple of ballots here. We are talking about a lot of ballots, at least hundreds of ballots involved. Enough potentially to affect the outcome of the election. How is that not flat-out criminal fraud?” Tucker asked. “We’d love to know. Because it certainly sounds like flat-out criminal fraud.”
Becker News dived into the story further:
As reported earlier, an independent election audit team poured through ballot images in Fulton County, Georgia and found numerous examples of fraudulent ballots double-counted in the election. The forensic auditing team found double-counted ballots from the 2020 election and showed them in a video release… The ballots scanned were identically marked in their entirety. The issue with double-ballot counting is that it circumstantially corroborates video-recorded evidence that appears to show Fulton County election workers running stacks of ballots through tabulators.
A video recording taken at State Farm Arena late election night showed election workers dragging out boxes of ballots from under a table after election observers were wrongfully sent home early. Then they ran stacks of ballots through tabulators multiple times for unknown reasons… Contrary to widespread media myths, as the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway rightly pointed out, the State Farm vote-counting video has not been “debunked.” After the release of thousands of ballot images under a Georgia state law that has made them available to the public, the mainstream media has finally conceded that hundreds of double-scanned ballots were cast in Fulton County in the 2020 election.