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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Leftist journalist Chris Hedges: In 'lynching the Deplorables,' the Democratic establishment is 'shredding civil liberties'

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Just prior to Tucker Carlson's exhibition of footage calling into question the claims and intentions of those on the January 6 committee, leftist journalist Chris Hedges penned an article condemning the Democratic establishment for "polarizing the country and shredding civil liberties."

Hedges, who previously wrote for the New York Times, NPR, Truthdig, and other publications, noted Sunday that he is no fan of Trump supporters, Christian nationalists, and so-called conspiracy theorists. Notwithstanding his antipathies for elements of what some characterize as the far right, the veteran reporter indicated that he still cannot — and others should not — support "the judicial lynching against many of those who participated in the Jan. 6 events, a lynching that is mandating years in pretrial detention and prison for misdemeanors."

After all, "Once rights become privileges, none of us are safe," wrote Hedges.

In October 2021, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth determined that a Jan. 6 prisoner's civil rights had been violated, reported Reuters.

Lamberth said, "It is more than just inept and bureaucratic shuffling of papers. ... I find that the civil rights of the defendant have been abridged. I don't know if it's because he is a Jan. 6 defendant or not, but I find that this matter should be referred to the attorney general of the United States ... for a civil rights investigation."

The prisoner in question, former Proud Boys member Christopher Worrell, has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and broke his hand while in custody. Despite a surgeon recommending that he undergo surgery to repair his hand, the Department of Corrections apparently didn't bother providing the doctor's notes to the U.S. Marshals Service, necessary for the surgery to take place.

The cancer patient languished in jail for months before getting the treatment he needed.

Hedges noted that the mistreatment over 1,000 people arrested and charged so far for participations in events on Jan. 6, including Worrell, has been celebrated or at best ignored "by Democratic Party supporters and much of the left."

He noted that while partisans may have enjoyed the persecution and prosecution of those they are convinced are their foes, no doubt with the help of former ABC news chief James Goldston's dramatic framing, "these show trials will come back to haunt them."

Hedges wrote that the same Special Administrative Measures established by the Clinton administration, originally brought to bear against convicts who ordered murders from prison and mass murderers, are now used to isolate "all manner of detainees before and during trial."

SAMs "severely restrict a prisoner's communication with the outside world; prohibiting calls, letters and visits with anyone except attorneys and sharply limit contact with family members," wrote Hedges. "The solitary confinement-like conditions associated with SAMs undermine any meaningful right to a fair trial according to analysis by groups like the Center for Constitutional Rights and can amount to torture according to the United Nations."

Joseph D. McBride, a lawyer who once provided free legal advice to members of the Occupy movement in New York City, now represents several individuals charged in the Jan. 6 protests.

McBridge told Hedges, "The post 9/11 model is being applied to American citizens."

Like those Muslim Americans who had their rights trampled with the help of the Clinton-era measures, despite having had nothing to do with the Sept. 11, 2001, Islamist attacks on the United States or the 19 hijackers responsible, McBride suggested that Jan. 6 protesters are now considered to be "a threat based on who they are, what they look like, what they believe in."

Statists have decided to hound "a new group of people, primarily white Christians, Trump supporters, for now," said McBride.

Hedges noted that while Ryan Nichols — a Marine Corps veteran previously without a criminal record — is now living under strictly controlled house arrest in Texas, he spent much of his two years of pretrial detention in solitary confinement.

Nichols, who ran a search-and-rescue nonprofit, was accused of assaulting officers and obstructing an official proceeding. He faces 20 years in prison and is scheduled to go on trial March 27.

FBI agents blitzed his house on Jan. 18, 2020, after arriving in armored vehicles and cutting power to his house.

Nichols' wife told Hedges, "We didn’t know anything was wrong. They asked Ryan to come in for questioning. Ryan went and turned himself in. They arrested him and I didn’t see him again for over a year and a half."

Nichols reportedly got the mass-murderer treatment: roughly 22 months in solitary confinement, which landed him on suicide watch, strapped to a bench in a room where the light was permanently on.

While her husband wasted away, Bonnie Nichols said her financially stressed family, including her two young boys, would routinely receive death threats.

"We are God-loving patriots," said Bonnie Nichols. "Who’s going to be next? It’s not about Republican or Democrat or white or black, Christian, or Muslim. We are all children of God. We are all U.S. American citizens. We are all entitled to our constitutional rights and freedom of speech. We can all come together and agree on that, right?"

Concerning the thousands arrested and charged so far in connection with Jan. 6, and the 476 who pleaded guilty "in what has been the largest single criminal investigation in U.S. History," Hedges noted that with the exception of "a few of the organizers of the Jan. 6 protest such as Stewart Rhodes, who founded Oath Keepers, [who] may conceivably be guilty of sedition, and even this is in doubt, the vast majority of those caught up in the incursion of the Capitol did not commit serious crimes, engage in violence or know what they would do in Washington other than protest the election results."

McBride suggested to Hedges that the undue severity of their treatment was the result, in part, of propaganda advanced by the media, the Biden White House, the Democratic Party leadership, and a tainted Washington jury pool of people with links to the federal government.

"The D.C. jury pool is poisoned beyond repair," said McBride. "When you just look at what the January 6 Committee did alone, never mind President Biden’s speeches about ‘insurrectionists,’ ‘MAGA Republican extremists’ and all this stuff, and if you just consider the fact that D.C. is very small, that people who work in the federal government are all by definition, kind of victims of January 6 and what happened that day, their institutions and colleagues were ‘under attack.’ How can anybody from that town serve on a jury pool? They can’t. The bias is astounding."

Hedges underscored that this political theater, which has involved the performance of real sacrifices on stage, is "exacerbating the growing tribalism and political antagonisms that will increasingly express themselves through violence."

"We are complicit, once again, of using the courts to carry out vendettas. We are corroding democratic institutions," he added. "We are turning those being hounded to prison into political prisoners and martyrs. We are moving ever closer towards tyranny."

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Republicans slam Biden for 'Neanderthal' insult against red state governors

Republicans are hitting back after President Joe Biden accused two red state governors of "Neanderthal thinking" for lifting COVID-19 restrictions such as mask mandates to reopen their economies as vaccinations rise and hospitalizations fall.

Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany likened Biden's insult to Hillary Clinton's famous "deplorables" jab against Trump supporters.

What are the details?

On Wednesday, Biden reacted to the news that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) were reopening their states by saying he thinks "it's a big mistake" on their part, and that "the last thing we need is the "Neanderthal thinking that...everything's fine" as coronavirus deaths continue.

Reeves was quick to respond, saying that "Mississippians don't need handlers," adding, "I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them."

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) told Fox News in reaction to Biden's remark, ""What I would call 'Neanderthal thinking' would be Governor [Gavin] Newsom (D) in California telling his people not to come out of their cave for a year."

Patrick continued, "I would call 'Neanderthal thinking' the Democrat Governor [Andrew] Cuomo of New York sending patients with COVID to nursing homes where he covered up 12,000 people dying."

McEnany, now an analyst at Fox, said on "Fox & Friends," "Simply giving freedoms causes Joe Biden, the great uniter, to call us Neanderthals, among other words, that his predecessor Hillary Clinton did, as well."

The Washington Examiner noted that "McEnany was referring to a comment Clinton made while running for president in 2015 where she referred to Trump supporters as 'deplorables.'"

How did the White House respond?

During a press briefing Thursday, a reporter asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki, "Does the president have any second thoughts about the language that he used yesterday, and how does comparing someone to a Neanderthal help convince them to change course and get on board with your public health message?"

Psaki corrected the reporter and emphasized that Biden was comparing "the behavior of a Neanderthal — just to be very clear. The behavior of."

"What everybody saw yesterday was a reflection of his frustration and exasperation which I think many American people have," the White House press secretary continued. "For almost a year now, people across the country have sacrificed, many times they haven't had the information they need from the federal government, they haven't had access to greater understanding of what the public health guidelines should look like."

She added, "And those include many people in Mississippi, in Texas, in Ohio, Florida, in every state across the country."

Each of the states she mentioned have Republican governors.

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