Biden will use Covid to rig election – Trump

The former US president has urged his supporters not to comply with lockdowns or mask and vaccine mandates

Former US president Donald Trump has claimed that President Joe Biden’s administration will take advantage of the reemergence of Covid-19 to rewrite election rules in order to prevent him from winning the upcoming election. 

“The left-wing lunatics are trying very hard to bring back covid lockdowns and mandates with all of their sudden fear mongering about the new variants that are coming,” Trump said in a video message released on Thursday. “Gee whiz, you know what else is coming? An election.”

“They want to restart the covid hysteria so they can justify more lockdowns, more censorship, more illegal drop boxes, more mail-in ballots and trillions of dollars in payoffs to their political allies heading into the 2024 election,” he continued, adding “does that sound familiar?”

The threat of Covid-19 was invoked by both Democrat and Republican governors to change election laws in 2020. Mail-in ballots were issued to more voters and accepted beyond the usual election-day deadline, party activists were permitted to harvest ballots from drop-boxes, and absentee ballots were accepted without witness signatures. The implementation of these laws varied from state to state, with Democrat-run states typically waiving the most rules.

COVID Tyrants want to take away our Freedom.

Hear my words— WE WILL NOT COMPLY.

— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 30, 2023

While these changes resulted in an election that defied almost every traditional indicator to end in Trump’s loss, it was Trump himself who continuously renewed the state of emergency declaration used to justify the changes. He also imposed a nationwide lockdown in March and April 2020, issued national guidelines recommending the closing of schools, and appointed the pro-mandate Dr. Anthony Fauci to lead his coronavirus task force.

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“To every Covid tyrant who wants to take away our freedom, hear these words: we will not comply, so don’t even think about it. We will not shut down our schools; we will not accept your lockdowns; we will not abide by your mask mandates; and we will not tolerate your vaccine mandates,” Trump continued in Thursday’s video. 

“They rigged the 2020 election and now they’re trying to do the same thing all over again by rigging the most important election in the history of our country.”

Public health officials are currently tracking the spread of two new coronavirus variants: EG.5, or Eris, and BA.2.86. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer tracks new cases of the virus, its most recent figures show a 19% increase in hospitalizations and a 17% increase in deaths between the second and third week in August. However, only a quarter as many people were hospitalized this month as during the same month last year, and most of those receiving treatment are over the age of 65, CDC Director Mandy Cohen said on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, universities in Georgia and Louisiana have already reimposed mask mandates, as have some healthcare providers and other businesses

EU should be ready to adopt 10 new members – Borrell

Ukraine and the Western Balkan nations have to become part of the bloc “quickly,” the EU’s top diplomat also said

The European Union has to prepare for a future enlargement that might involve up to ten new members, the bloc’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said on Thursday, following a meeting of EU foreign ministers in the Spanish city of Toledo.

Ukraine and the Western Balkan nations are the primary candidates for EU accession, the official said, adding that the ongoing conflict between Kiev and Moscow did not prevent such a development.

“I think that the war in Ukraine has had a collateral effect, which is to speed up the enlargement process,” Borrell told journalists after the meeting. He added that, although the process of becoming a member would still largely depend on the potential candidates fulfilling all the necessary requirements, “it is good to have a political target –a horizon– … to give a political impetus to the process.”

“Yes, we too have to be prepared for an enlargement that could add ten more members to the European Union,” he said, without naming any of the potential candidates except for Ukraine. Setting a “time target” would supposedly help the EU “mobilize our energies and the energies of the candidate countries,” Borrell claimed.

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EU to prepare for expansion before 2030 – FT

Earlier this week, the Financial Times reported that Brussels was preparing for a potential enlargement before 2030. European Council President Charles Michel allegedly planned to propose admitting new member states in the near future, according to the paper. The FT also said that Michel supposedly sought to emphasize the importance of timing as well.

It’s expected that EU leaders will hold their next discussion on expansion in early October at a summit in the Spanish city of Granada. Over the past years, Brussels has officially accepted Ukraine, Moldova and Albania as candidate countries. Discussions have also been held on whether to allow as many as eight other nations to join in the foreseeable future.

Kiev was granted candidate status in 2022 amid its conflict with Moscow. Ukrainian officials have since insisted on opening accession talks as soon as possible, preferably before the end of 2023. Some European Union members, including France, have previously stated that Kiev should not expect a fast track to membership.

Brussels said in February that Ukraine was only at an “early stage of preparation” for the implementation of EU policies in many key areas.

Member state blocks EU military aid to Ukraine – Borrell

Hungary is holding up “European Peace Facility” funds earmarked for Kiev

The EU has been unable to release €500 million in ‘European Peace Facility’ funding for Ukraine, due to opposition from one of the members, the bloc’s foreign policy commissioner Josep Borrell told reporters on Thursday. The country was later identified as Hungary.

“I have to regret that the 8th tranche of the European Peace Facility (EPF) is still blocked,” Borrell said after an EU ministerial meeting in Toledo, Spain. “I hope we will be able to unblock [it] in the next [few] weeks. But this is a problem that is still pending to be solved.”

Budapest has been blocking the EPF funds for months, objecting that Kiev has designated a major Hungarian bank as a ‘war sponsor’. The bloc has used the EPF, established in March 2021, as a way to fund weapons and ammunition deliveries to Ukraine outside of normal budgetary procedures.

Following the meeting of EU defense ministers on Wednesday, Borrell spoke of the need to train more Ukrainian troops faster, noting that almost 40,000 conscripts will have undergone training at various EU sites this year, including at the Spanish military academy in Toledo itself.

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Thursday’s meeting involved foreign ministers, and included a briefing by Ukrainian FM Dmitry Kuleba. At the press conference, Borrell spoke of the need for the EU to support Ukraine “today, tomorrow and always” in a manner that is “predictable and sustainable,” but mainly financial.

The Spanish politician again mentioned that he had proposed to the European Commission to create a new Ukraine Assistance Fund, spanning the period from 2024 to 2027, and expressed hope the body would “reach an agreement by the end of the year.” Borrell envisioned the fund to amount to about €5 billion annually, for a total commitment of €20 billion over the next four years.

While Borrell spoke as if Brussels could afford to leverage its entire economic, political, and military might in the service of Ukraine, Hungary has been skeptical of the bloc’s policies.

Speaking at a forum in Slovenia earlier this week, Hungarian FM Peter Szijjarto described the EU as being in a “very bad shape” due to the Ukraine conflict, “worse than at any time in the past, in terms of security, economy and energy supply.” The bloc’s commitment to arming Ukraine has made it unable to broker a peace, while the EU’s energy, security, and economic prosperity have been dealt serious blows by the embargo against Russia, according to Szijjarto.

Proud Boys organizer sentenced

Joe Biggs has received 17 years in prison for his role in the January 6 riot

Conservative pundit and Proud Boys lieutenant Joe Biggs has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for taking part in the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol. The judge labeled Biggs’ actions “terrorism” in order to send a message to other dissidents.

Biggs’ sentence was handed down in Washington, DC on Thursday, almost four months after he was found guilty of seditious conspiracy – an obscure Civil War-era charge – and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. Biggs was convicted alongside Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and two other senior members of the right-wing fraternity.

The 17-year prison term is the second-longest sentence given to a participant in the 2021 riot, with Stewart Rhodes of the ‘Oath Keepers’ militia receiving an 18-year term for the same offenses in May.

Prosecutors originally sought that a terrorism enhancement be added to Biggs’ sentence, which would see the US Army veteran spending almost 34 years behind bars. Judge Tim Kelly sided with the government in labeling Biggs a terrorist, but did not apply the enhanced sentence. Instead, he said that the terrorism label is intended to send a message that the Capitol riot “should not ever happen again and cannot happen again.”

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The actual act of “terrorism” singled out by prosecutors was Biggs’ pushing over of a metal bicycle rack, which they argued amounted to destruction of a “government facility” intended to “influence or impact the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion.”

“I know that I messed up that day,” Biggs told Kelly, “but I’m not a terrorist.” The 39-year-old, who served in the US military before hosting a show on Alex Jones’ Infowars network, insisted that he didn’t have “hate in my heart” on the day of the riot.

Aside from damaging a fence, Biggs was convicted of verbally abusing police officers, and organizing groups of Proud Boys to push through police lines and into the Capitol building. Prosecutors described these acts as an attempt to lead a “revolt against the government.”

Tarrio is set to be sentenced next week, while three other senior Proud Boys members will be sentenced on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

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A total of 1,129 people have been criminally charged over their participation in the January 6 riot, with more than 600 receiving convictions. Among the accused is former president Donald Trump, who was indicted a month ago by the Justice Department’s special counsel, Jack Smith, and charged with conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the US, and conspiracy against the right to vote. 

Trump insists that the indictment, and other criminal cases against him, are a “Stalinist” attempt by President Joe Biden’s to jail his leading political rival ahead of next year’s election. Trump has condemned the prosecution of the Capitol rioters as politically motivated, and promised that he would pardon “a large portion” of those convicted if elected.

Jacksonville shooting gives US media the ‘white racist’ narrative it craves

Ryan Palmeter’s despicable murder of three is spun to support the claim white people are the black community’s worst enemies

Last Saturday, 21-year-old Ryan Palmeter, armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Glock handgun, killed three black people at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida before committing suicide. As it became immediately clear from the news reports, Palmeter was a radicalized white male and deeply racist, of that there can be no doubt. So here we have a tragedy that reinforces the idea that white Americans, by their inherent ‘supremacist’ nature, are attacking black people en masse. Is there any truth to this narrative?

First, it’s important to understand that the vast majority of crime in the United States is intra-racial, meaning that crimes against white, black and Hispanic people are committed overwhelmingly by members of their own race (The notable exception is the Asian-American population, who are more often victimized by members of other races). However, the mainstream media rarely if ever mentions the interracial crime statistics between white and black people, and for good reason.

According to statistics by the Bureau of Justice, there were 562,550 total acts of nonfatal violence between black and white people in the year 2019. Of that amount, 472,550 of those criminal acts, or 84%, were black people assaulting white people. In the same year, there were 89,980 incidents of white people assaulting black people, or just 16% of total criminal acts reported between the two races.

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The situation with regards to homicides paints no less of a disproportionate picture. According to the FBI, 3,299 white Americans were murdered in 2019. Of that number, 2,594 of the victims (79%) were killed by white perpetrators, while 566 of them (17%) were killed by black perpetrators. Meanwhile, 2,906 black Americans were murdered in 2019. Of that number, 2,574 (89%) were killed by black perpetrators, while 246 (8%) were killed by white perpetrators.

To understand the demographics at play, there are about 235 million white Americans and about 47 million black Americans living in the US. This means that one out of every one million white Americans killed a black person in the year 2019. By contrast, 12 out of every one million black Americans killed a white individual in the same year. Now, if the US were really suffering from an epidemic of ‘systemic racism’ against black people, one would expect those numbers from the ‘white oppressor’ category to be much higher. And that’s why the media shifts into overdrive anytime a white person commits a violent crime against a black person: it doesn’t want its audience to suspect that murders inspired by racism of the sort just witnessed in Jacksonville are extremely rare occurrences.  

One way the media hypes such stories is by focusing attention on the race of the suspect – but only if the suspect is white. For example, here is how CNN reported on the criminal case involving Andrew Lester, who shot a black youth in April: “A White 84-year-old homeowner who allegedly shot and wounded Ralph Yarl, a Black teen, after the 16-year-old went to the wrong home to pick up his siblings, will face two felony charges, Clay County Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Thompson announced early Monday evening.”

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the mainstream media’s style guide changed, but gone are the days when you will read in a news article: ‘police are looking for a black suspect.’ Yet by refusing to speak the truth in an effort to help the authorities track down fugitives, the media is working against the best interests of the community it is supposed to serve. Not surprisingly, since the mainstream media is heavily invested in liberal ideology, there is a significant political component to this agenda, as clearly witnessed in Jacksonville.

In its report on the Jacksonville shooting, the Associated Press could not resist dragging politics into the discussion.

“Elected officials said racist attacks like Saturday’s have been encouraged by political rhetoric targeting ‘wokeness’ and policies from the Republican-led state government headed by [Governor Ron] DeSantis, including one taking aim at the teaching of Black history in Florida.”

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What AP failed to mention, however, is that the black history course that DeSantis rejected from Florida’s College Board was to include “Black Queer Studies,” arguments for reparations, street activism and critical race theory, which denigrates all white people as oppressors while designating all black people as helplessly oppressed victims. It would be difficult to imagine anything else that aggravates tensions between the races more than that college-level curriculum. In any case, for AP to suggest just one day after the crime had been committed that Ryan Palmeter was somehow incited to kill due to the policies of the Republican administration is the height of journalistic recklessness.

Meanwhile, conservatives are noticing a striking difference in the way the media is covering the Jacksonville shooting compared with the Nashville shooting. On March 27, Aiden Hale (born Audrey Elizabeth Hale), a transgender man, indiscriminately shot and killed three nine-year-old children and three adults at the Covenant School, a private Christian school in the suburbs of Nashville. Hale was a former student at the school.

While the mainstream media was quick to describe the Jacksonville shooting as a ‘hate crime (here, here and here),’ which it most certainly was, the same label did not apply when six Christians were murdered in cold blood by a transgender person.

“We have opened a federal civil rights investigation and we will pursue this incident as a hate crime,” said Sherri Onks, an FBI special agent. “Hate crimes are always and will always remain a top priority for the FBI because they are not only an attack on a victim, they are also meant to threaten and intimidate an entire community.”

Are we supposed to believe that the Christian community, which largely opposes the transgender movement, did not feel threatened and intimidated by Hale’s heinous act, especially considering that it occurred just days before a planned ‘Trans Day of Vengeance’ protest was scheduled to happen in Washington, DC?

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Yet, instead of the media discussing the details of the Nashville shooting and its Christian victims, it focused attention on the transgender community. NBC News, for example, carried a story with the headline, ‘Fear pervades Tennessee’s trans community amid focus on Nashville shooter’s gender identity.’ The article mentioned a transgender drag performer, Denise Sadler, who said she would have to hire armed guards following the “anti-trans rhetoric spawned by the shooting.” Not a peep, however, about how Christians were dealing with security issues.

Meanwhile, CBS News reportedly went as far as to bar the word ‘transgender’ from its coverage of the Nashville shooter, despite the fact that the police had identified Hale as transgender almost immediately. Now try and imagine CBS reporters writing up the Jacksonville shooting story without mentioning the term ‘white supremacist.’

All things considered, the establishment media is the main purveyor of hate and fear that is sowing discord between the races. While there is certainly a small group of individuals in the US, from both the black and white communities, who could be described as racist, the statistics do not support the claim that the country is suffering from ‘systemic racism.’ In fact, judging by the way the media handles such stories, it would be more correct to say the US suffers from ‘systemic propaganda,’ and the sort that inspires mentally deranged copycat attackers. The US media really needs to get its facts straight on US race relations before it singlehandedly sparks irreversible civil discord between black and white people.