DML Morning Briefing: The right and the left
(Thurs. Nov. 5)
By Team DML
Today is November 5 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch.
1 – Trump supporters protest at Arizona voting center while ballots are tallied
Supporters of President Trump took to an Arizona elections center Wednesday night to protest the ongoing ballot counting in the state, according to multiple reports.
Several hundred demonstrators gathered at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, located outside Phoenix. “Count those votes!” and “We want Trump!” they were heard yelling.
The crowd gathered around 7:30 p.m. local time before filling the parking lot at the center, where sheriff’s deputies were guarding both the outside of the building and the counting inside, reports said. At least five protesters carried assault-style rifles and others wore handguns, according to the paper. (Arizona is a permit-less carry state.)
DML: Funny how the left is having fits over THIS peaceful protest.
2 – Dems demand Twitter suspend Trump’s account until all ballots counted
Democratic lawmakers are urging Twitter to suspend President Trump’s account, suggesting none of his tweets should be posted until all ballots have been counted in the 2020 presidential election.
The president, whose Twitter comments Wednesday complained about Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s lead among mail-in ballots and claimed victory for himself in Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina before counting was finished, has been spreading “pure disinformation,” Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly said.
“Suspend his account, @Twitter,” Connolly wrote. “Valid votes are being counted. This is America, not Russia.”
Rhode Island’s Rep. David Cicilline said Trump’s Wednesday tweets were “a threat to our democracy.”
DML: Why aren’t they calling for Biden’s Twitter account to be shut down too?
3 – National Guard activated after widespread violence in Portland, NYPD arrests about 50 protesters
The Oregon National Guard was activated in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday night in response to widespread violence in the city, authorities said.
Portland Police declared a riot amid a wave of destruction in the city that saw people smash storefront windows of local businesses in the downtown area. At least 11 rioters were arrested.
Videos shared to social media of demonstrations in New York City showed police and activists in heated confrontations. The NYPD announced about 50 arrests related to the protests. Police confiscated several weapons, including knives, a stun gun, and explosives.
In Minneapolis, police closed traffic on Interstate 94 after protesters marched onto the highway.
DML: And Obama praised these “peaceful protesters.”
4 – MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Close presidential race shows ‘great amount of racism and anti blackness’ in US
MSNBC’s Joy Reid said late Wednesday that “there’s a great amount of racism and anti-blackness” in the U.S., with the primetime host adding it is “aggravating” and “disappointing” the results of the presidential election are so close and President Trump faces no “repudiation.”
“I think partly because we knew the red wave was a thing, the red mirage, I should say, we all knew it was coming,” Reid said to host Rachel Maddow. “In the moment, it’s aggravating. And I think partly, and I said this last night, I do think it’s because we’ve been reporting for five years, Rachel, about Russia … undermining our national security, the impeachment, the racism, the Nazis, all of it and then COVID laying on top of it, [it] felt like a repudiation was coming.”
“I think even though we intellectually understand what America is at its base, right?” she said. “That there is a great amount of racism, anti-blackness, anti-wokeness, this idea that political correctness is some scheme to destroy white America, right?”
Earlier in the day, Reid had also sparked backlash who sparked considerable backlash over a racist remark about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, calling him “Uncle Clarence,” in what appeared to be an “Uncle Tom” reference.
DML: Just can’t make this stuff up.
5 – BET founder Robert Johnson says voting Democrat gives Black Americans ‘minimal return’
CNBC reports: Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson doesn’t have much faith in a potential Joe Biden presidency. In fact, he doesn’t see the Democratic Party as a good choice for African Americans altogether, he told CNBC.
“I think Black Americans are getting a little bit tired of delivering huge votes for the Democrats, and seeing minimal return in terms of economic wealth and closing the wealth gap, the job creation and job opportunities,” Johnson, the millionaire entertainment magnate and philanthropist, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble via video call.
“And Joe Biden was not an inspiring candidate for many Black Americans. And some of them stay at home. Some of them voted for Trump.”
“Black people do not embrace Biden as he never articulated a policy that went directly to the concerns of Black Americans,” the businessman said. “I don’t think Biden has that leadership quotient that’s going to allow him to do what is critical to bring the economy back, due to the trade-off between restoring the economy and fighting the pandemic.”
DML: Wise words from this man!