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Biden commemorates Tulsa massacre, notes ‘terrorism from white supremacy’ is ‘greatest threat’ to US
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Biden commemorates Tulsa massacre, notes ‘terrorism from white supremacy’ is ‘greatest threat’ to US

Biden commemorates Tulsa massacre, notes ‘terrorism from white supremacy’ is ‘greatest threat’ to US
Joe Biden commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre by visiting the city and announcing new efforts to combat “white supremacy” and increase federal spending on minority-owned businesses.

Speaking from Tulsa’s Greenwood Cultural Center after visiting with the three remaining survivors of the massacre of black citizens, Biden noted he was the first sitting president to visit the Oklahoma location, something he said he did to help erase the “silence” around the dark event, which he described in detail.

The Tulsa destruction began when a young black man named Dick Rowland was falsely accused of rape by a white woman. With a white mob demanding the sheriff turn him over, dozens of black citizens showed up to guard Rowland at his trial. After being turned away, they returned in greater numbers only for things to descend into violence with a mob of white people. The chaos led to the destruction of the Greenwood neighborhood, referred to as “Black Wall Street” thanks to its thriving black-owned businesses. Numerous homes and shops were destroyed and black citizens were killed, some even by private planes dropping bombs.

ALSO ON RT.COMArmed protesters march for reparations in Tulsa, Oklahoma as the city marks 100th anniversary of black massacreThe true death count from the day is not known, but some have estimated that it could be higher than 300.

“This was not a riot. It was a massacre,” Biden said to applause, dismissing the long-held narrative that the events were a “race riot.”

“Imagine all of those hotels and diners and mom-and-pop shops that could have been passed down this past 100 years,” he later added, before announcing efforts to help in “black wealth creation,” including increasing federal contracts to “black or brown owned” businesses by 50% as well as combating the “racial discrimination in housing,” noting black home ownership is lower today than 50 years ago.

“We’re committed to changing that,” he said.

ALSO ON RT.COMTrump expects to get reinstated as president by August, New York Times’ Maggie Haberman claims, sparking stormAmong his administration’s other efforts is setting aside $10 billion in infrastructure spending to go to rebuilding roads, schools, etc. in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

The president also said he was putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of an effort to push back against new voting laws in various states he claims are trying to suppress the “right to vote.” Biden did not go into specifics, but said he would have more details about his plan in the coming days.

He wrapped his commemoration by comparing the “hate” at the center of the Tulsa Massacre, as well as voting rights issues, to more recent events such as the 2017 Charlottesville riot and Capitol riot – done by a mob of “violent white extremist thugs,” according to Biden – on January 6, which led to the death of five people, though he did mistakenly say the latter took place on January 9.

“Terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today,” Biden claimed, citing concerns from US intelligence communities.

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Dems stage surprise walk-out at Texas State House to block vote on voting rules bill, governor calls for special session
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Dems stage surprise walk-out at Texas State House to block vote on voting rules bill, governor calls for special session

Dems stage surprise walk-out at Texas State House to block vote on voting rules bill, governor calls for special session
Texas Republican legislators’ attempt to rush through a controversial voting bill before the end of the legislative session was stopped in its tracks by a surprise Democrat walk-out, denying a quorum.

Senate Bill 7 (SB7) would enact a major overhaul of the electoral process in Texas. Written along lines not unlike those of similar bills passed in Georgia and Florida, it became a focal point for partisan clashes on the state and federal levels. Republicans said the reform was meant to protect the integrity of elections from fraud, while Democrats said it was meant to suppress the vote of black Texans, with some branding it the “new Jim Crow,” in reference to the system of legal discrimination of black people that was in force in many states before the mid-1960s.

ALSO ON RT.COM‘Moving in the wrong direction’: White House slams new Florida voting law as ‘built on a lie’With the GOP controlling both chambers of the state legislature, the Texas bill was expected to be finalized on the weekend and passed on to the desk of Governor Greg Abbott. However, a last-minute maneuver by House Democrats blocked a vote on Sunday, the last day of the legislative session.

The Democrats’ initial plan was to stall until the midnight deadline with speeches against the bill, but “it became obvious Republicans were going to cut off debate to ram through their vote suppression legislation,” House Democratic chairman Chris Turner said in a statement later. “At that point, we had no choice but to take extraordinary measures to protect our constituents and their right to vote.”

Republicans have only themselves to blame for the way this Session is ending.

As the debate continued, he instructed members of the Democratic caucus to discreetly leave the chamber and the building. With dozens of lawmakers trickling out, the 150-seat body didn’t have the quorum. Two-thirds of the House members have to be present to take a vote. Republican Speaker Dade Phelan adjourned the session and later lashed out at the Democrats, accusing them of dereliction of duty.

The runaway lawmakers “killed a number of strong, consequential bills with broad bipartisan support,” Phelan said in a statement. “Texans shouldn’t have to pay for the consequences of these members’ actions – or in this case inaction.”

ALSO ON RT.COMSenator Scott blasts Dems for divisive political race-baiting, Liberal Twitter brands him ‘Uncle Tim’ in responseThe governor likewise rebuked the Democrats and said the bill will be back on the floor in a special session. “Election Integrity & Bail Reform were emergency items for this legislative session. They STILL must pass,” he tweeted. A brief statement along the same lines did not set a date for when the special session will be held.

The clash over SB7 escalated on the weekend after a slew of last-minute changes were proposed by a conference committee following a behind-closed-doors discussion over the past week. The changes introduced additional rules that were not part of the previous versions of the bill, which were passed by both the House and the Senate.

These older versions differed significantly from each other. On Sunday, both chambers were supposed to pass a unified text that would then be signed by Governor Abbott. A marathon debate in the Senate, where Democrats objected to the changes and the fact that they were not given enough time to review them properly, ended with a victory for the GOP, after SB7 was approved overnight.

 

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Jarvis DeBerry: Supreme Court ruling may doom more Louisiana juveniles to permanent imprisonment
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Jarvis DeBerry: Supreme Court ruling may doom more Louisiana juveniles to permanent imprisonment

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Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile defendants don’t jibe with the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” and should be imposed on the rare juvenile who is “permanently incorrigible,” Louisiana has acted as if incorrigibility isn’t rare at all. It has acted as if young defendants deserve every bit of the cruelty that older defendants do.

“Louisiana — just like we see on the adult side — per capita has sentenced more children to life without parole than any other state,” Victor Jones, a New Orleans-based attorney for children, said last week.

Since 2012, Jones said, Louisiana has largely been ignoring Miller v. Alabama, which prohibited mandatory life without parole for defendants younger than 18. Henry Montgomery, a Louisiana man who was 17 when he killed a Baton Rouge police officer in 1963, asked the Supreme Court to make its Miller ruling retroactive, and even though the court did, Louisiana’s response was to grant Montgomery parole hearings and then deny the model prisoner’s request for release. He’s now 74.

Now, Jones said, Louisiana judges will be further emboldened to condemn juveniles to prison for the rest of their lives.

The ruling “broke my heart for specifically Black children and children with disability,” Jones said. “Because those are the two groups that we know are more likely to be faced with these charges. The idea that a child is incapable of redemption is contrary to morals, but it’s also contrary to scientific evidence that shows that juvenile brains are not the equivalent of adults, and therefore there is room to grow. Think about being held accountable for the rest of your life for something you did as a child.”

Undergirding such decisions, she said, is the belief that children who do wrong are “throwaway children,” that anything can be done to them because “nobody loves them.”

Kevin Griffin-Clark, who was sentenced to the now-shuttered Tallulah Detention Center when he was 10, said Thursday that he begged his mother to stop traveling the 3½ hours from New Orleans every weekend because he knew she was putting herself out by either renting a car every time or arranging someone to drive her. He said one man who often drove his mother said she’d cry all the way to Tallulah, “get herself together, come in there and visit you, and then she would come out and cry the whole time home.”

Griffin-Clark said some boys attacked him with sticks, and a shard of glass from a broken bottle he threw at them struck one of them in the face, causing him to lose his eye. When Griffin-Clark got to Tallulah, he said, he was so tiny he couldn’t fit any of the clothes.

The 36-year-old husband and father of three is now a multimedia specialist and youth pastor who has no tolerance for adults who are unforgiving of children. “If we’re honest, we all have a story (where) we did something that could have changed the trajectory of our lives for the worse in an instant, and God gave us grace and it didn’t go that way,” he said.

Jarvis DeBerry is editor of the Louisiana Illuminator, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization based in Baton Rouge.

Almost Half of Texans Would Vote for McConaughey Over Abbott for State Governor, Poll Reveals
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The actor, who travelled through a black hole and came back alive in “Interstellar”, has been playing with the idea of running for state governor in 2022 for months now. McConaughey previously said that such an “honorable consideration” would mean getting himself “into a leadership role in the next chapter of my life”.

More registered voters in Texas have said they would vote for Matthew McConaughey over incumbent Governor Greg Abbott if the actor ran for the state’s highest office, a new poll conducted by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler showed.

If the actor ran for governor, 45% of registered voters in the state said they would definitely vote for him. By comparison, 33% of voters said they would vote for Abbott again, with slightly less than a quarter saying they would vote for someone else.

Although it is unclear which political party McConaughey himself supports, as he has criticised both major parties, the actor received more potential votes from Democratic-leaning voters in the poll than Abbott, with 66% saying they would vote for the “Dallas Buyers Club” star.

For his part, Abbott, who is running for a third term, received more Republican support than McConaughey, with 56% of those who identified themselves as Republicans saying they would still vote for the governor if the actor ran.

According to this new poll, however, the star of the critically acclaimed HBO series “True Detective” received more support from voters who identified as independents than Abbott, with 44% of that category of voters supporting the actor compared to 28% who said they would vote for the governor.

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Actor Matthew McConaughey attends A+E Network’s “HISTORYTalks: Leadership and Legacy” at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in New York

The poll’s findings also suggested that the actor would have a stronger primary chance if he ran as a Democrat rather than as a Republican. A large majority of Democratic primary voters, 70%, said they would vote for McConaughey, while just 29% of Republican primary voters said the same.

When asked if they would vote for a moderate or progressive candidate for governor, the majority of Democratic primary voters said they would vote for a progressive candidate. If McConaughey runs, this could mean trouble for him, as he has previously encouraged Americans to become “aggressively centric”, according to The Dallas Morning News, which released the poll.

Nevertheless, according to UT-Tyler political scientist Mark Owens, who guided the poll, some Trump supporters warm to celebrities, and that feeling, combined with the wishes of one-fifth of the primary electorate for a more moderate candidate, could open a lane in the GOP primary for McConaughey.

“Matthew McConaughey gets a huge boost from tremendous name recognition and recognition for what he does to help Texans and add to the celebration of the state’s successes”, Owens said. “Most of our survey respondents know his story, but many are waiting to see how he opens his next chapter”.

A total of 1,126 registered voters were questioned in the latest poll, which was conducted from 6-13 April. It has a plus or minus 2.9 percentage point margin of error.

A native Texan, McConaughey has repeatedly stated he is serious about considering a gubernatorial run.

The star of Guy Ritchie’s viewer-acclaimed movie, “The Gentlemen”, is the founder of the Just Keep Livin’ charity foundation and was actively involved in raising funds to help fellow Texans who suffered during the abnormally low temperatures in February of this year.

McConaughey said at the time that politics “seems to be a broken business to me right now”. He did say, however, that he believes he has “some things to teach and share”.

Texans would rather have a celeb grenade like McConaughey as gov than the same old politics – and that’s alright, alright, alright
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Texans would rather have a celeb grenade like McConaughey as gov than the same old politics – and that’s alright, alright, alright

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Texans would rather have a celeb grenade like McConaughey as gov than the same old politics – and that’s alright, alright, alright
A new poll shows that actor Matthew McConaughey, who has mentioned a potential jump into politics, has far more support in his state to run for governor than the currently-elected Republican.

In a poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler, 45% of registered Texan voters wouldn’t mind the guy most well known for saying, “alright, alright, alright” as their next governor.

Republican Governor Greg Abbott, on the other hand, received only 33% support in the poll. Broken down by party lines, it becomes clearer that McConaughey’s popularity on the screen – also likely recent interviews touching on cultural subjects like political correctness – outshines any ‘experience’ Abbott or others bring to the job.

ALSO ON RT.COMFail Hydra! Captain America is now so woke he’s fighting a Jordan Peterson parody rather than Nazis hell-bent on world dominationAmong Republicans, 56% said they would support a McConaughey run to lead the Lone Star state, while just 30% threw their weight behind Abbott.

For Democrats, 66% support the ‘Dazed and Confused’ star, while a mere 8% would want Abbott in for another round.

The poll is good news for McConaughey, who recently mentioned a potential future in politics as he appears to be slowing down in his acting career to pursue other opportunities – he released a memoir last year.

“It’s a true consideration,” he said of the potential run for governor, saying he’s balancing what his “leadership role” is in the future to his home state.

The little that is known about McConaughey politically has mainly earned him ire from the left, as he’s targeted both political parties and called out “condescending” Hollywood liberals in recent chats. His non-PC friendliness combined with his relationship to folks like Jordan Peterson (aka Red Skull, apparently) has already inspired waves of social justice warriors to warn the Austin resident to check his “white privilege” as they attempt to tie him to the most extreme version of conservatives painted by the mainstream media.

If McConaughey does choose to run and he continues his push as a self-described “moderate,” he will find quickly there is no grey area in modern American politics. You’re on one side or the other, and if you refuse to ‘cancel’ someone like Peterson, your side has already been decided for you.

ALSO ON RT.COM‘The Father’ is a masterful film about living with dementia… and a reminder that America’s MSM is a dementia simulation machineFor now, however, McConaughey has the same wild card celebrity appeal that many public figures have when they jump into politics, Donald Trump included. Not knowing the man’s specific positions, but admiring his more broad, straightforward approach to subjects is something voters are craving more and more as approval ratings for lawmakers in Congress continue to be abysmal.

Trump may have lost in 2020, but he also received more votes than any incumbent president ever. Like it or not, the man’s brash style and penchant for theater mastered over decades in television and in front of cameras gave him an appeal against the same-old, same-old, well-groomed politicians we’re so used to seeing slide in and out of office.

Like Trump, McConaughey is a political grenade. Success or failure, he’s different and sure to shake up a system that, quite frankly, needs some shaking up, especially when you consider the current president is staring down the barrel of 80 and already served as vice president in the very administration that arguably created the void Trump capitalized on to win the presidency in 2016.

McConaughey is not the only celebrity who has mentioned politics as a serious consideration in the post-Trump era. Former Trump supporter Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly looking at challenging Governor Gavin Newsom in California, and others have mentioned interests in representing their home states, like the Trump-supporting Kid Rock (Michigan).

It may sound crazy to hand the keys of the castle to a bunch of reality television stars and entertainers, but this is how out of touch politicians have become. People identify more with a frustrated celebrity bucking woke trends than anyone who can bring vague ‘experience’ to the job.

ALSO ON RT.COMMatthew McConaughey calls out intolerance and hate from ‘far left’. Their response? Shut up and check your ‘white privilege’One can argue this is a bad thing and just further chaos, but only a few months of the Biden administration has already shown us the reliability career politicians have. The current president has spent his first weeks racking up massive bills, completely fumbling on the immigration crisis at the border, and he even pushed the deadline for US troops to leave Afghanistan (something that likely is only even being considered by this administration because Trump pushed them into a corner with his peace deal).

The role of politician is not some sacred role to be worshipped, but that’s the place we’ve reached with many modern representatives, who act as celebrities in their own right, cashing big government checks, spending half their time on cable news, and promising the same things over and over, and not delivering.

It’s this disappointment that led to Trump, and it’s this disappointment that will likely lead to a Gov. McConaughey, if we ever see the day he decides to run. That disappointment, however, is not a bad thing. Either PC-hating figures like McConaughey can bring some positive changes to politics, or they can at least remind those sitting comfortably in their offices to not get too comfortable because their jobs can be done by anybody, even the ex-star of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.’

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Texas GOP Chairman: Biden Trying to Punish Legal, Law-Abiding Gun Owners With ‘Meaningless’ Orders
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US President Joe Biden has faced increasing pressure to act on gun control after a spate of mass shootings across the United States in recent weeks. His plans have, however, been slammed by pro-gun individuals and groups as “unconstitutional overreach”.

US President Joe Biden has announced a series of executive orders to tackle what he called “the epidemic” of gun violence in the United States, claiming that the proposed actions do not violate the Second Amendment.

In an interview with Sputnik, Allen West, Texas Republican Party chairman and National Rifle Association (NRA) board member, argues that these orders could impinge on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Sputnik: Do you believe the Biden administration’s proposals infringe the Constitution and civil rights?

Allen West: Absolutely right – The first 10 amendments of the United States Constitution or what we call the Bill of Rights, and so therefore no executive order can undermine or take away those constitutional rights. And I was very concerned when I heard the president of the United States of America, who supposedly took an oath to the Constitution, say that those constitutional rights are not, in his own words, I believe he said permanent or cannot be adjusted to change, something along those lines. So, it’s a big concern for me that he believes that by executive order he can undermine individual rights of the citizens of the United States of America.

Sputnik: The Second Amendment guarantees the right of the American people to keep and bear arms and was considered an essential part of the US Bill of Rights. How relevant, in your view, is the 2nd Amendment nowadays and why? 

Allen West: It’s very relevant. As a matter of fact, if President Biden believes that he can, by executive order, undermine and infringe upon the Second Amendment, then what about the other amendments? What about our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom of expression, all those First Amendment rights? What about our Fourth Amendment rights; we have our rights to free and fair trials, things of that nature.

And the reason why the Second Amendment is so important is because it protects those very first amendments. Our founding fathers learned on 19 April 1775 when the British landed and they were marching inward toward Concord, Massachusetts, they were doing so to attack and destroy a weapons and armaments factory that was supplying the Patriots, those sons of liberty and what those Patriots did at Lexington Green on that day, they understood that if they were armed, they were citizens.

If they became disarmed, they would be subjects. And that’s why the Second Amendment is and always shall be relevant. It’s part of our rule of law, part of our bill of rights.

Sputnik: In your opinion, what’s the prime cause of gun violence in the US?

 

Allen West: The prime cause of gun violence is an individual. If you look at what recently happened in Boulder, Colorado, here is an individual that was on an FBI watch list. Here was an individual that was in a city, Boulder, Colorado, that has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country. So laws are only obeyed by people that are law-abiding, such as myself. I own firearms. I’m a board member of the National Rifle Association, and none of the firearms that I have could ever just arm themselves and go out and do anything to anybody. So, it is all about the individual. 

And we have seen in Europe and recently in England whereby the knife attacks have gone up or you have even seen vehicles being used to run over people in crowded situations.

So, an evil person is going to do evil – it’s not about the tool, it’s about that individual.

Sputnik: How can Biden capitalise on his attempts to tackle gun violence? 

Allen West: I think what he needs to do is just make sure that the laws that are on the books are abided by. One of the things we don’t hear a lot about when you say mass shootings, there are mass shootings that happen every single day in the inner cities of the United States of America, Chicago, Detroit. Those are gang violence. We don’t hear about that gang violence. And so I think he should tackle it.

I think he should make sure that the background check system is even stronger. Every time you go to purchase a firearm, you have to pass what is called a form 4473. How is it that a person, the shooter in Boulder, Colorado, was able to get a firearm when he was on an FBI watch list?

How was it that the people that did the shooting some years ago during the Obama administration, Tashjian Malik and Syed Farook, they killed people on a Christmas Day massacre. They were not American citizens. They did it in California, which has some of the most restrictive laws. So, [they] try to punish everyone that is a legal, law-abiding gun owner in America. It is a mental health issue and a criminality issue, a gang issue, and that’s what he should be looking into first and foremost.

Sputnik: What, in your view, might be a solution to this problem in the US?

Allen West: The solution to the problem in America is to make sure we don’t have this rampant gang violence.

And also one of the things that President Biden’s party, the Democrat Party, has been talking about is defunding police. And if you do your research, you will see that every single major urban population centre that is controlled by the Democrats that has talked about defunding the police, you have seen anywhere from a 62 to a 65 percent rise in violent crime.

 

We see that right here in the state of Texas where I live in the city of Austin, Texas, where the Democrats there who control the city council and the mayor defunded the police by one hundred and fifty million dollars. And you saw an increase of violent crime by the tune of 63 percent. 

So, I think that’s one of the first things that should happen. And also, these district attorneys like we have here in Texas and Dallas County, Harris County, and Travis County that were brought into office by George Soros. If they continue to release violent criminals and not prosecute criminals that are enacting this violence on the streets, then you’re going have more of this violence that is on the streets, gun violence.

So, you are not seeing legal, law-abiding citizens committing these acts. You are seeing criminals. You’re seeing people that have an issue with mental illness. And so that’s what President Biden needs to focus on.

Sputnik: It’s not the first time gun control-related measures are being discussed in the US. But even after the Sandy Hook shooting, the Obama administration did not succeed in railroading a bill through the Senate, though Democratic at that time. What are the odds of the restrictions being approved under Biden?

Allen West: First and foremost, they’re executive orders and we live in a constitutional republic, not a constitutional monarchy. And we don’t follow edicts, orders, decrees, and mandates. So President Biden’s executive orders are meaningless because we are right, by the rule of law, that’s what is preeminent about a republic.

And so he cannot just, with the stroke of a pen, take away the constitutional rights and liberties, especially those in the very first 10 amendments of our Constitution, which are called the Bill of Rights, and part of that is the Second Amendment.

So his executive orders mean nothing.

Sputnik: The mass shootings we hear about in the media represent only a small fraction of the gun violence-related deaths in the US; nevertheless, the US has among the fewest homicides per capita in the Western Hemisphere, with only Canada, Chile, and Cuba faring better. Why is the US perception of gun violence grounded in sensationalism rather than statistics?

Allen West: Because it’s grounded in the sensationalism of the progressive, socialist, leftist media. They want to get a certain narrative out.

 

I would challenge anyone if they would take the major urban population centres in the United States of America, which are controlled by Democrats and many of which have very restrictive gun control laws, such as Chicago. If you were to track the gun violence from those cities, you would find that the United States of America is a very peaceful place. So, unfortunately, people aren’t dealing with the statistics. People aren’t dealing with the truth. People aren’t dealing with the root cause of the issue. 

They just want to have a narrative that can and punish legal, law-abiding citizens that own firearms here in the United States of America.

And what history has taught us is that the very first thing that any dictatorial, tyrannical government wants to do if they want to control their people is they take away private gun ownership. Most recently, we saw that in Venezuela when Hugo Chavez rose to power.

Sputnik: There are an estimated 400 million privately owned firearms in the United States, with somewhere between one-third and one-half of American households owning at least one gun. Do proposed attempts at disarmament run the risk of causing a popular uprising? 

Allen West: Well, if they are going to attempt some form of disarmament it’s not going to be met very well by the American people and I will tell you that recently what you have seen happening in America is the fastest demographic that are becoming gun owners are suburban white females because they’re very concerned about defunding of police.

They’re very concerned about this situation with illegal immigration. Here in Texas, we are the number one state in the United States of America for human and sex trafficking. So, there are a lot of concerns for women and their safety and security because when they hear the message from the Democrat Party that they want to defund the police, they want to get rid of ICE, they continue to release criminals onto our streets, they have to be able to protect themselves. And Joe Biden is not going to prevent Americans from being able to protect themselves.

The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

Sen. Ted Cruz demands meeting with the Marines commander over ‘political attacks to intimidate Tucker Carlson & other civilians’
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Sen. Ted Cruz demands meeting with the Marines commander over ‘political attacks to intimidate Tucker Carlson & other civilians’

Sen. Ted Cruz demands meeting with the Marines commander over ‘political attacks to intimidate Tucker Carlson & other civilians’
Ted Cruz (R-TX) has requested a meeting with the head of the Marines, accusing the Pentagon of launching a coordinated PR offensive against Fox News host Tucker Carlson and others critical of the military’s social justice agenda.

“Under Biden, the military is launching political attacks to intimidate Tucker Carlson & other civilians who criticize their policy decisions. Officials in uniform are being used for the campaign,” Cruz tweeted on Sunday, announcing that he had penned a letter to US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, requesting a meeting with the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He also sought policy changes that ensure the US military won’t be “similarly mobilized against the speech of American citizens or in the service of left wing political causes.”

ALSO ON RT.COMPresident Tucker Carlson? CNN brands Fox News host ‘the new Donald Trump’ as ratings slip with Biden in office“Instead of allowing the debate to run its course in public among American citizens and their elected leaders, military officials over the last week have repeatedly launched attacks on Carlson,” Cruz charged, denouncing the military’s conduct as alternating “between being ostentatiously childish and simply outrageous.”

The Pentagon has been in a raging war of words with Carlson, after the latter accused the military of playing identity politics rather than focusing on combat readiness. As an example of its new-found wokeness, the Fox News host cited the creation of “maternity flight suits” that allow pregnant service members to fly missions while expecting. Although the “maternity suits” were already in the works during the Trump administration, President Joe Biden’s mention of the uniform to mark International Women Day apparently triggered Carlson, who lambasted the rule change allowing women to fly non-combat craft into their second trimester as “a mockery of the US military.”

The Pentagon did not hold back, launching a full-blown publicity campaign targeting Carlson, that saw the Department of Defense issuing a press release, denouncing the media personality, and the senior enlisted leader in the US Space Command tweeting a video, criticizing Carlson while wearing a uniform. The offensive was soon joined by the Marines, with the commanding officer of the II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Information Group (IG) calling Carlson a “boomer.”The force told a commentator, who responded to the broadside by echoing Carlson’s point, to “come back when you’ve served and been pregnant.”

ALSO ON RT.COMPentagon slams Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for segment on ‘feminine’ US militaryCarlson mounted a counter-offensive, accusing the Pentagon of “declaring war” on a “domestic news operation,” but ultimately conceding that the forces are not even, and that the US military boasts a “manpower advantage” over his crew.

While noting that there can be different takes on the “merits” of Carlson’s argument, Cruz argued that the talk-show host voiced “broadly held concerns that have been the fodder of political controversy and debate for decades.”

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