DML Morning Briefing: Thurs. Jan. 21
By Team DML
Today is January 21 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch.
1 – Antifa riots in multiple cities as Biden inaugurated
Portland rioters damage ICE building; police declare ‘unlawful assembly’
Fox News reports: Police declared an unlawful assembly Wednesday night in Portland, Ore., after about 150 rioters caused damage to a federal immigration facility in the city, according to the authorities.
The unrest near the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) building was declared after rioters started throwing rocks and eggs, and vandalizing the building, located in the city’s south waterfront neighborhood, Portland police Sgt. Kevin Allen said in a 10 p.m. update.
SEATTLE – Antifa Blocks Streets, Sets Fire in Seattle Inauguration Day Protest
Breitbart reports: Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters joined forces in Seattle to block traffic in the downtown area. A video shows the protesters setting a large fire in close proximity to several commuter buses.
A group of BLM and Antifa posters shut down traffic in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night following the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The KOMO video tweeted by @The_Justice7 shows multiple cars and buses stopped by the protesters as they set a large banner ablaze.
The Antifa mob marched through the streets, yelling for others to join them, chanting, “Out of your house, into the streets!”
“F*** Trump, f*** Biden too, they don’t give a f*** about you” Protesters chant hours after today’s Inauguration in DC.
Another chant: “No cops, no prisons, total abolition!”
DML: And they’re worried about Trump supporters????
2 – Joe Biden Signs Stack of Executive Orders to Roll Back Donald Trump Agenda
Breitbart reports: President Joe Biden signed a stack of Executive Orders on Wednesday, immediately rolling back some of former President Donald Trump’s top priorities.
The president signed three executive orders in front of the press as he sat next to a stack of folders which he intended to sign afterward.
“I thought with the state of the nation today, there’s no time to waste,” Biden said, noting that he wanted to “get to work immediately.”
There were at least 15 folders stacked on Biden’s desk. Biden signed executive orders mandating masks on federal property, ordering support for underserved communities to ensure equity and equality in health care and other areas, and an order reversing the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
DML: The fundamental transformation begins.
3 – WaPo Fact Checkers End Trump ‘False Claims Project,’ No ‘Plans’ To Start One For Biden
The Daily Caller reports: The Washington Post ended its false claims project for President Donald Trump on Wednesday and has no current “plans” to start a new database for President Joe Biden, the paper told the Daily Caller.
Throughout Trump’s four years as president, The Post’s fact checkers said that he made 30,573 false or misleading claims – this number was revealed shortly after Biden officially became the 46th president. Glenn Kessler, editor and chief fact checker for The Post’s fact checking team, tweeted that he “never would have believed this number was possible when” they “started four years ago.”
Trump’s departure also equals an end to having a false claims project for the current president, as The Post said it does “not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time.” Trump’s database began a month after he became president, The Post’s director of communications Shani George told the Caller.
The move comes despite Biden having his own history of pushing false and misleading claims. The current president was forced to drop out of his first presidential race in 1987 after unearthed C-SPAN footage showed him lying about where he ranked upon graduating law school.
DML: Well, that just confirms it – the “fact-checkers” are a total joke.
4 – Press Sec Psaki Dodges Question On Biden Abortion Policy By Saying ‘He’s A Devout Catholic’
The Daily Caller reports: Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question Wednesday night on President Joe Biden’s abortion policy by telling reporters that Biden is “a devout Catholic.”
EWTN reporter Owen Jensen asked Psaki about “two big concerns for pro-life America” during the first press conference of the Biden White House Wednesday evening: the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds for abortions, and the Mexico City Policy, which bars foreign organizations from receiving U.S. funding from providing abortions. Biden has indicated that he will reverse both policies.
“Well, I think we’ll have more to say on the Mexico City Policy in the coming days,” Psaki responded, “but I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that he is a devout Catholic and somebody who attends church regularly.”
DML: And the circus begins….
5 – N.Y.C. now largest U.S. city to grant LGBTQ businesses access to minority contracts
NBC News reports: New York City now recognizes LGBTQ-owned companies as minority-owned businesses, making them eligible for billions in city contracts, as well as access to consulting, mentorship, educational programs and other resources.
The new designation, announced Tuesday by New York City’s Department of Small Business Services in partnership with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, will fast-track LGBTQ-owned businesses into city certification programs, including the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise, or MWBE, Program.
“New York City has a legacy of leadership in promoting inclusivity at every level of public life,” Justin Nelson, the chamber’s president, said in a statement. “LGBT entrepreneurs in New York City will now have the opportunity to create jobs and develop innovations that benefit all who live there.”
New York is the largest city to incorporate LGBTQ businesses in minority contracting and procurement opportunities, but it follows similar efforts by numerous other cities — including Chicago; Baltimore; Los Angeles; Nashville, Tennessee; and Philadelphia — and several states, including California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
DML: Looks like if you’re white and “straight,” you’re out of luck. Sorry folks.