‘We Need Trump To Fix This’: New Yorkers Slam Bidenflation, Border Crisis, And Lawfare At Bronx Rally

'Things are tight ... the price of gas, food, and just not making ends meet anymore,' one attendee said. 'I was making ends meet under Trump.'

NY Gov. Hochul belittles citizens who came out to hear Trump in the Bronx, calling them 'clowns'

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Thousands of Americans turned out in the South Bronx Thursday night to support former President Donald Trump and hear how he plans to reverse the perilous trends that have begun or worsened under the Biden administration.

Despite leading with the headline, "Trump bombs the Bronx," Axios acknowledged that the "sight of Trump speaking to several thousand people in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in deep blue New York is a sign of the realignment happening between the two parties."

"Trump's GOP is becoming more working class and a little more multiracial," the publication noted. "Democrats are gaining with more well-educated voters in the suburbs."

Just weeks after suggesting black children in the Bronx "don't even know what the word 'computer' is," and calling a New York Supreme Court justice an "extremist" for following the law, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul concluded on CNN's "The Lead" Thursday that the constituents of this diverse crowd of working-class Americans were "clowns."

Host Jake Tapper led into Hochul's seeming "basket of deplorables" moment by noting, "Donald Trump, former President Trump, he's holding an event shortly in the Bronx in an effort to attract voters of color, Latinos and African Americans — historically a loyal voting block for Democrats, especially African Americans."

"The truth is this is, this is a sport, this is politics of margins. What more do Democrats need to do to solidify and mobilize their base?" asked Tapper.

"Well, I'll tell you what won't make a difference at all Jake and that is for Donald Trump to be the ringleader and invite all his clowns to a place like the Bronx," said Hochul. "New York will never, ever support Donald Trump for president. We know him better than anyone and that means we understand what he's all about is just for himself. So this state will go solidly behind Joe Biden for president as it has in the past."

'Biden only leads Trump — whose negative favorability rating is not much worse than Biden's — by a 'narrow' nine points.'

Trump only nabbed 16% of the vote in the borough and 37.8% of the vote in the state in 2020 — a state that has not thrown its support behind a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan — yet he assured the enthusiastic crowd, "We're going to win New York," and implored them to vote in numbers "too big to rig."

A Wednesday Siena Poll indicated that the delta is no longer insurmountable: Biden only leads Trump in New York 47-38%.

“In a state that hasn't voted for the GOP candidate for president since Ronald Reagan 40 years ago, and where Democrats hold a 26-point enrollment advantage over Republicans, Biden only leads Trump — whose negative favorability rating is not much worse than Biden's — by a 'narrow' nine points," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

"While 18% of Democrats support Trump, only 9% of Republicans support Biden, and independents are evenly divided, 37-37%," continued Greenberg. "There is only a small gender gap as Biden leads with men by five points and with women by 12 points."

In other words, the so-called ringleader's tent is more populous than Hochul may like to think.

Hochul told Tapper, "So, if he wants to spend his time doing these made-up fake rallies and pretending there is support here, be my guest because while you're doing that, Donald Trump, Joe Biden's out there on the other side, making sure he is delivering for Americans. And so go ahead, spend all the time you want in New York because we'll be with Joe Biden, and Joe Biden is out there winning over the rest of the battleground states."

Biden is currently failing to win over the rest of the battleground states.

'Right now, this election is about President Biden's economic record and America's economic future.'

A Cook Political Report survey released Thursday indicated that in a horse race including third-party candidates, Trump is leading Biden in Arizona by 4 points, in Georgia by 4 points, in Michigan by 3 points, in Nevada by 8 points, in North Carolina by 8 points, and in Biden's home state of Pennsylvania by 3 points. The two are presently tied in Wisconsin.

In terms of a head-to-head, Trump is leading Biden by 1 point in Arizona, 3 points in Georgia, 2 points in Michigan, 9 points in Nevada, 7 points in North Carolina, and 3 points in Pennsylvania. Again, in a head-to-head they are dead even in Wisconsin.

"Right now, this election is about President Biden's economic record and America's economic future," said GS Strategy Group president Greg Strimple. "When it comes to who voters trust to move the economy forward, Trump is in the driver's seat."

While abortion remains an animating issue for Democrats, the pollsters indicated Biden's advantage on the issue isn't enough to "offset Trump's overall strength on bringing down the cost of living."

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Trump’s Multiracial Working-Man Optimism Beats Biden’s Corrosive Anger And Resentment

Unlike Biden, Trump's optimistic campaign speeches show a man who seems to love this country and want it to return to health.

Boy Scouts go WOKE to cover up 83,000 SEXUAL misconduct lawsuits

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The Boy Scouts of America is no longer the image of Americana innocence — and it now seems that it never actually was in the first place.

The organization has announced that it is now changing its name to “Scouting America” in order to promote inclusivity and explore diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

“Can I remind America that this is an organization that has 83,000 lawsuits against them for sexual misconduct on young boys?” Jaco Booyens asks, adding, “We’re just going to change the name and welcome more dysfunction, because we are welcoming more dysfunction.”

“So, if you’re thinking of your son being in the Boy Scouts — it hasn’t existed for a long time. Pull them out. Pull them out of public school, pull them out of the Boy Scouts,” Booyens says.

The organization has also apparently sought bankruptcy protection because of all the lawsuits against it, and it had a reorganization plan that allowed it to continue its programs while compensating all of the victims.

“You have all of these people who are coming forward with these claims, which clearly have merit to them, and everyone’s just like, ‘Yeah, it’s fine, you can exist. In fact, just rename yourself Scouting America so that you can just completely hide behind that,’” Sara Gonzales says angrily.

“It should be called ‘Pedophiles Scouting America,’” Booyens chimes in.

Matthew Marsden agrees, noting that this is “the degradation of our youth, especially young men.”

“The Boy Scouts was there to prepare you to be a man,” Marsden says. “Of course, the allegations of abuse are really serious, but this a deeper thing to emasculate young men and to take away their manliness. This is what it’s about, really, to raise a generation of wimps.”


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Alleged attempted murderer among armed illegal aliens found squatting with drugs in NYC home: Police

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Several illegal aliens, including one man accused of attempted murder, were apprehended in a recent raid of a home in the Bronx.

Around 10 p.m. last Wednesday, NYPD received a call about a man wielding a firearm at a home on Hull Avenue in the Norwood section of the Bronx. When officers arrived, they spotted an armed suspect dash downstairs.

A pursuit of the suspect revealed a rather chaotic scene: Eight adults and a 7-year-old child were gathered in a room in the basement of the building. In the area, police reportedly also found at least two other loaded weapons, a "ghost gun," ammunition, and a bag of ketamine mixed with cocaine.

The following suspects, all of whom are believed to be foreign nationals, were arrested: Javier Alborno of Venezuela, 22; Johan Cardenas Silva, 35; Hector Desousa-Villalta of Venezuela, 24; Yerbin Lozado-Munoz, 25; Yojairo Martinez, 42; Jefferson Orlando Abreau, 39; Yoessy Pino Castillo, a 20-year-old female; and Miguel Vaamondes-Barrios, 31.

All were charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

Neighbors say the group has been a nuisance in the area for a while. "They're squatters and the owner has been trying to get them out of the apartment for the longest period of time," said Alfred Munoz. "They came, they were a disruptive force mainly because there were a lot of them. You didn't know who was staying, not staying there, and the owner of the building had a hell of a time trying to get them out."

Many of them are already well known to law enforcement as well. Some are suspected of being involved in a string of robberies in Bergen County, New Jersey, though they have not yet been charged. Vaamondes-Barrios has been accused of committing retail theft in Pennsylvania and New York. He had been held on $25,000 bail in one of those cases and may face extradition.

Alborno, who allegedly attempted to flee the Bronx apartment with a gun when the cops arrived, was also arrested last September for allegedly carrying a loaded firearm. Though the prosecutor in that case requested Alborno be held on $10,000 bond, the judge released him.

And in an apparently violent culmination of an argument over a woman in Yonkers, Desousa supposedly shot a fellow illegal immigrant in the leg last August. While Desousa was later charged with attempted murder, the victim later reportedly refused to cooperate in the investigation.

NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell claimed that the cases against Desousa and Alborno remain "open."

Desousa and Alborno now both remain in custody in connection with the most recent charges, but the others apprehended during the Bronx raid were released without bail.

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Police arrest thugs suspected of slashing and pummeling uniformed NYPD officer on NYC subway

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Two thugs are in custody following a vicious attack on a New York City police officer Saturday night in the Bronx.

Marquise Webb of Yonkers and Haitian-native Brian Innocent, both 24, are being held at Riker's Island on $40,000 cash bail or $120,000 bond for allegedly slashing and pummeling 16-year NYPD veteran Lt. Gypsy Pichardo on a subway car. They have been charged with assault, resisting arrest, harassment, and obstructing governmental administration, reported WABC-TV.

Lt. Pichardo was called to Kingsbridge subway station around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday in response to a report from an MTA conductor about two groups of knife-wielding men fighting on a Bronx-bound train.

The New York Daily News indicated that one of the groups got off the train at 231st Street station, but the other group remained on until 238th Street Station, where they ran into Lt. Pichardo.

Upon his arrival, the NYPD lieutenant confronted Webb and Innocent, ordering them to disembark the halted train. Bronx prosecutors indicated both suspects refused to cooperate.

The criminal complaint claims the duo got back on the train, where they "refused several commands to place their hands behind their backs," reported the New York Post.

Footage of the incident provides a partial glimpse of a pair of thugs teaming up and cornering Lt. Pichardo, delivering kicks and haymakers. The video also reveals the attackers had a fan club as at least two men looked on without intervening on the officer's behalf.

After the bloody attack, officers can be seen chasing the suspects along the platform with Tasers at the ready. The attackers reportedly attempted to escape onto the train tracks but were captured by authorities after a brief chase.

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Lt. Pichardo was taken to St. Barnabas in stable condition. He suffered significant bruising to one eye, which had swollen shut, and cuts on his face requiring eight stitches.

The NYPD indicated that a knife, a box cutter, and a straight razor were recovered by police following the arrests.

Webb and Innocent pleaded not guilty to all charges in Bronx Criminal Court Sunday night. According to WABC, detectives continue to look for the other members of the apparent gang who fled the scene.

This is not the first time in recent weeks criminal elements have tried to bleed police officers in the Bronx. A 40-year-old suspect reportedly charged two NYPD officers at Pelham Parkway station on Oct. 11, stabbing one officer in the arm and slashing the other.

Days earlier, NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri suggested that the increase in felony assaults this year has been driven in part by an increase in assaults on police officers.

Patrick Hendry, president of the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, said in a statement, "There is a simple reason that assaults on cops are going up. It's because anti-police activists — many of them on the public payroll — have normalized violent resistance against police officers. Charges against criminals who assault cops are frequently downgraded or thrown out, while hard-working cops are having their careers destroyed for using appropriate force to defend themselves or safely make an arrest. Police officers are literally getting beaten up in this environment. It's another reason that cops are still quitting in droves."

It's not just unsafe for armed police officers to travel around New York City. The NYPD indicated that felony assault increased 6.9% last month as compared to October 2022. Crime in the transit system also jumped 5.7%, and the total number of alleged bias incidents investigated by the NYPD Hate Crime Task Forces increased by 124% in October.

According to Neighborhood Scout, the chances of becoming the victim of a violent crime in the Bronx is 1 in 128.

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Suspect fleeing drug bust on motorcycle meets his demise after cop hurls cooler into him, sending him flying

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An NYPD police sergeant is in hot water after putting a fleeing suspect on ice.

The department noted in a statement that 35-year-old Sgt. Erik Duran, a 13-year veteran with the Narcotics Borough Bronx, has been suspended from duty without pay following a Wednesday incident in which a man attempting to flee from the police on a motorcycle wound up dead.

The New York state Attorney General's Office is now leading the investigation into possible wrongdoing.

Undercover narcotics officers executed a drug bust in the University Heights section of the Bronx in hopes of capturing drug traffickers in the area, reported the New York Times.

According to officials, the 30-year-old decedent, Eric Duprey, sold drugs to one of the officers. After the exchange was made, plainclothes and undercover officers swooped in to make the arrest.

However, before police could cuff Duprey, he jumped onto a motorcycle and sped off.

Surveillance cameras captured footage of Duprey whipping perilously down a sidewalk near the corner of 190th Street. The fleeing suspect careened toward a group of roughly 10 people seated around a table as well as Sgt. Duran.

Duran reportedly grabbed a plastic cooler from the table and hurled it toward the motorcycle.

A witness told the Daily News that Duprey "was on the bike, moving north when the cops started chasing him. ... Then he took a U-turn and was riding on the sidewalk. ... The cop then took my cooler, which was filled with soda cans, water bottles, and hit him."

The sergeant's aim was good, and the suspect's handling was poor.

After being struck by the cooler, the fleeing suspect lost control, then went flying into a tree. The motorcycle carried on into a metal barricade and a Jeep Cherokee.

Officers immediately called for medical assistance, which arrived just after 5:30 p.m.. Duprey was pronounced dead minutes later.

Duprey reportedly had at least two previous arrests, including an open felony assault case from last summer and a drug case in March.

Orlyanis Velez, Duprey's widow, indicated that he left behind two children, ages 5 and 3, whom she has yet to tell about their father's death.

Duprey reportedly also had a third child, age 9.

"Officers are supposed to be protecting people, not killing people for no reason," said Velez.

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The Times indicated that Duran's suspension has been criticized inside the department.

One high-ranking officer said that Duran "had attempted to make a lawful arrest" and that the sergeant's use of the cooler could "be equated to closing the door and stopping from leaving."

It appears that the hasty suspension may have been intended to put a damper on protests or worse.

An internal departmental memo obtained by the New York Post said, "We had an incident in the Bronx with narcotics that is high potential for unrest."

The memo further recommended that officers keep their protective gear and batons handy.

Sgt. Duran's lawyer Andrew Quinn indicated that his client would be exonerated, stating, "There is much more to this situation than the brief, 10-second video clip shows."

"What is undisputably clear is that the deceased, who was intent on evading arrest for selling drugs to an undercover officer, was speeding on a motorbike in an incredibly dangerous manner down a crowded sidewalk, jeopardizing the life and safety of everyone there," added Quinn.

Duran has reportedly been recognized by the force 38 times for excellent and meritorious police service.

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'I'm going to f***ing kill you': Surveillance catches women brutally beating grocery store clerk in brazen attack

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Surveillance video captured the moment a defenseless grocery store clerk was brutally attacked in the Bronx on Sunday.

Lisbel Rodriguez Luna was working her shift as a cashier at the Food Universe Marketplace Sunday afternoon when at least four women descended upon her cashier's booth and began pummeling her, repeatedly punching her in the head and yanking her hair.

Nearby employees and customers tried to intervene, but were unsuccessful. After performing their beatdown, the women ran away. Fortunately, Luna was not seriously injured.

Luna told the New York Post that she knew one of her attackers, not personally, but from an incident that happened several days prior to the assault. According to Luna, she had a run-in with a woman a week before after stopping the woman from cutting in a line to exchange recyclables for cash. The woman responded by threatening Luna.

"She said, 'B*tch, that's not your business. You better just give me my money,'" Luna recalled. "I'm going to kick your ass. I’m going to f***ing kill you. I'm going to bring my daughters and we’re all going to kick your ass!'"

Luna said that incident left her "terrified." And it appears the woman made good on that promise.

Store manager Jose Minaya said that woman returned to the store on Sunday with three of her daughters and another older woman. Minaya said he tried to defuse the situation by moving Luna to a different part of the store, but the women "came in and just immediately attacked."

Police have not arrested any of the attackers, but they are searching for two of the women, WNYW-TV reported.

Anything else?

The owner of the store, Pedro Goico, told WNYW that he wants New York lawmakers to pass new laws that increase the punishment for assaulting grocery store employees.

The Collective Action to Protect Our Stores agrees. The group says assault on retail workers is a growing problem in the New York City area and wants lawmakers to act.

"Beyond the statistics on retail thefts going up, these are people — many immigrants — who are being attacked when stores are robbed. We need our leaders in city hall and Albany to step up to protect our workers, stores and ensure customers can shop in safety," the group said in a statement.

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Trans activist arrested after sting operation indicates he solicited sex from male he thought was 14 years old: Report

Trans activist arrested after sting operation indicates he solicited sex from male he thought was 14 years old: Report

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A transgender and HIV activist in New York City was recently arrested after a sting operation conducted by a nonprofit indicated that he may have solicited sex from a person he thought was a minor.

On the morning of October 20, Lailani Muniz, a 39-year-old trans activist living in the Bronx, arrived on a street corner expecting to meet "Josh," a person Muniz reportedly believed to be a 14-year-old boy. However, "Josh" does not exist. Instead, Fred Medina, an adult member of the nonprofit organization NY Creeps Spotlight, created an account on Grindr, posing as 14-year-old "Josh."

Muniz and "Josh" first began corresponding on Grindr back in March, and reports indicate that Muniz quickly began making sexual references to "Josh," even after Muniz allegedly acknowledged that "Josh" was underage.

"I can’t front, I am nervous," Muniz supposedly wrote to "Josh." "I watch too much TV [because] I know you’re young, it reminds me of that show To Catch a Predator where they set people up attracted to minors."

According to allegations, Muniz arranged to meet up with "Josh" and asked him to bring a condom. Reports based on screenshots of their alleged Grindr conversation suggest that Muniz had specifically requested that "Josh" perform sexual favors on him.

When Muniz arrived at the designated location to meet "Josh," he instead encountered Medina, who informed Muniz that he had posed as "Josh" and began accusing Muniz of attempting to solicit a person he thought was underage.

Medina filmed his entire interaction with Muniz and posted it to YouTube. At around the 13:12 mark, Medina can be seen showing cops what appeared to be his Grindr conversation with Muniz. Police then arrest Muniz around 14:57.



Muniz has been charged with attempted sexual abuse, misconduct, and endangerment of minor. He has since been released from jail and is expected to appear in court on Dec. 2.

Muniz, who is HIV positive, is a high-profile figure in the NYC trans and HIV activism scene. He is a member of the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York; a spokesperson for Amida Care, an HIV/AIDS nonprofit; a participant with the "HIV Stops With Me" campaign; the chief operations officer for the New York Transgender Bodybuilding Federation; a trauma informed care specialist at Damian Family Care Center, a health care and dental nonprofit; and a volunteer for CK Life, which provides "gender-affirming" surgery; and Princess Janae Place & Destination Tomorrow, resources for homeless LGBTQ people. Last year, Muniz was also featured in EDGE Network, an LGBTQ magazine, and a VICE documentary on HIV/AIDS.

Earlier this year, Muniz also received a certificate of merit from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson at a pride flag raising event at the Bronx courthouse.