The Coming Clash Between Republicans vs. Hardliners On IVF

The Coming Clash Between Republicans vs. Hardliners On IVF

Behind the scenes, the battle lines are being drawn. Will it break the party? One TAC Contributing Editor shares her perspective.

Nearly two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of Alabama ruled that human embryos are human. The ruling was consistent with existing Alabama law, to say nothing of natural law and divine law, and therefore, naturally, caused a ruckus. Following the ruling, the Republican Speaker of the House Mike Johnson and 125 of his colleagues in the lower chamber cosponsored a bill to echo the Alabama ruling in the national legislature: Human embryos are human, and cannot be discarded or destroyed at will. Immediately, several prominent Republicans, including Donald Trump, made a point of opposing their own party’s triumph. 

By Friday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee had issued a press release condemning the ruling and urged senatorial candidates to do the same. In short order, Arizona’s Kari Lake obliged, writing that “IVF is extremely important for helping countless families experience the joy of parenthood. I oppose restrictions.” Donald Trump echoed the sentiment on Truth Social. Nikki Haley, the GOP’s also-ran 2024 presidential candidate, said that, while she personally agrees that human embryos are human, the State of Alabama may need to reconsider its laws.

Since these politicians appear to have already forgotten, it is worth noting that the opinion of the Alabama Supreme Court was not that IVF is, or even should be, illegal. The ruling treated consistency: If you make legal persons, you have to treat them as legal persons in all cases, not just when it is convenient to you. The Wrongful Death of a Minor Act, passed into Alabama law in 1872, was interpreted in 2011 to include unborn embryos. Eight of the nine Supreme Court justices agreed that includes those embryos stored in freezers as well as the ones in utero. The vital detail here, of course, is how the frozen embryos come to be killed: A routine IVF procedure typically includes destroying as many as half of the created embryos, whether due to defects, accidents, or the high price of storage. It is true, if it was not the point of the court, that banning embryo destruction does ban many of the practices of IVF clinics.

Nevertheless, what is interesting in all of this is not simply how Republicans have willfully misdirected the conversation since the Alabama ruling, but that they feel so very threatened by the possibility of an ethical limit on assisted reproduction techniques. Clearly, they perceive their voters, their donors, or both, have an interest in keeping IVF unregulated. 

Any proposal that looks like it makes life harder for infertile couples is politically suicidal. Popular support for IVF today includes more than heterosexual couples struggling to conceive, however, since the LGBT movement has sought to normalize every possible combination of persons under the word “family.” To limit the baby-making industry is to give hard answers to those who would like a chicken in every pot and a baby in every lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender arm. The latter group does not comprise the majority of Republicans, but it does include several of them. Then there are the others: Women who delay childbearing are no longer a left-only phenomena. Sometimes the delay is intentional for the sake of career advancement, some of it a fallout of the battle between the sexes; much of it is tragic, but all of it is promised a solution in artificial reproduction. 

This is why Republicans are so flustered that human embryos should be legally defined as human. It is not merely because the concept of life beginning at conception sounds vaguely familiar to them, and they are wondering if they have heard of it before. It is because the number of men and women for whom IVF is desirable is several multiples of what it was just a few years ago, and growing. The $14 billion dollar fertility industry, in many ways the necessary corollary to the abortion industry, exists to make its fortune off those who cannot have children. It is projected to be worth $129 billion before the decade is up.

Both of these cohorts, those who freeze their eggs and those who buy the frozen eggs and sperm of others, are evidence of our modern approach to children as accessories. When I said as much on Twitter over the weekend, a few responders balked: Who wants a child as an accessory? Of course, that is precisely the point: Like any accessory, the decision to have children today boils down to mere personal preference. “Do you want children?” is wholly separate from the question of marriage, and the answer can now be affirmative even if you are a 45-year-old single woman or, much more concerningly, a transgender pedophile. Neither is possible without IVF. In order to separate childbearing from the role of women, it had to be separated from marriage, too. When you begin smashing delicate things, there is no telling what you might break.

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Inside the Latest Biden Showdown With Second Amendment Devotees

Inside the Latest Biden Showdown With Second Amendment Devotees

The White House’s anti-gun campaign threatens to repeat sins of law enforcement’s recent past.

“His name was Duncan Lemp” is a common phrase among violent extremists, according to the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Symbols report. The Washington Post sneered that Duncan Lemp had “become a beloved martyr” to “anti-government extremists around the country.” But Duncan Lemp was wrongly killed in his own bedroom thanks to the same policies that President Biden champions for the nation.

Biden is denouncing “the rising tide of extremism” and demonizing American gun owners to boost his re-election campaign. He wants to outlaw rifles with an arbitrary list of characteristics he labels “assault weapon.” He is also demanding that states adopt “red flag” laws that entitle police to intervene preemptively to stop gun violence—including by killing the target.

Almost four years ago, on March 12, 2020, Montgomery County, Maryland police launched a predawn SWAT raid that began with smashing in a bedroom window and throwing in two flash-bang grenades (which leave people temporarily blinded and disoriented) into the bedroom where Lemp slept next to his pregnant girlfriend. Lemp had posted a photo of a rifle on Instagram, tagged it to his hometown, and added a caption—“green tip armor piercing gets the girls wet.” Maryland police used that posting to help get a no-knock search warrant and that became a death warrant for Lemp. 

In his novel 1984, George Orwell warned, “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.” Lemp, a 21-year-old software programmer, was shot three times without warning by a policeman standing outside a broken window. Lemp was lying on his bedroom floor, bleeding profusely and gasping for breath, his eyes open and terrified. Instead of offering first aid, a policeman came forward and placed his boot on Lemp’s throat. Lemp died a few minutes later. 

Police claimed that Lemp had grabbed his rifle before he was killed. But citizens were obliged to take the police’s word since they made no video recordings of their assault. After Lemp was gunned down, a policeman did walk through the house videotaping the wreckage, including Lemp’s mother, Mercedes, sitting on her bed weeping inconsolably. Mercedes told me in 2021: “I will always wonder whether the police intended to kill Duncan from the start—there was never a search…. The way they conducted themselves seems as if they intended to kill him even before the raid began.” Police never sought to question Lemp or his parents before shooting him.

Though the media (except for The American Conservativehere, here, here, here, and here) almost completely ignored the Lemp case, a wrongful death lawsuit by his parents could soon expose shocking police abuses. 

Police justified the preemptive attack by falsely asserting that Lemp possessed an Israeli assault rifle prohibited under Maryland law. Nine months after the SWAT team killed Lemp, the county attorney issued a report which perfunctorily noted that “upon further review and investigation into the IWI Tavor X95 rifle, it was determined that it was not an assault rifle…. It appears that Lemp’s rifle was a legal ‘copycat’ made to look exactly like the illegal version of the IWI Tavor X95. Very minute changes such as the overall length of the weapon can mean the difference between an illegal assault rifle and a legal one.” The county government treated its fatal mistake like a paperwork error. In July 2022, the Supreme Court effectively invalidated the Maryland assault weapons law.

“Very minute changes” is the key to the assault weapons controversy. Tweaks to official regulations can convert millions of American gun owners into felons overnight. Biden talks of “assault weapons” as a catch-all term to designate any firearm he disapproves. Biden is championing a revival of a federal assault weapons ban despite evidence that the prior ban had little or no impact on homicide rates. Perhaps Biden is seeking to avoid controversies over “very minute changes” by calling for a blanket prohibition of private ownership of semi-automatic weapons—which could require confiscating 50 million guns. 

Biden is also championing a national red flag law that would give a federal seal of approval for preemptively seizing guns from alleged troublemakers in every city and county in the nation. Lemp was not killed in a red flag raid—the police made no effort to commandeer his weapons before the pre-dawn assault. But the same type of ideological targeting that police used in the Lemp case could proliferate with a national red flag law.  

Lemp was targeted in part because he allegedly made “anti-government” and “anti-police” comments, according to confidential informants recruited by the police, who also accused Lemp of being part of militia groups. (His parents denied that charge). Lemp, who had no history of violence, was outspoken on social media championing the Second Amendment. His last tweet declared: “the constitution is dead.” Three months later, so was Lemp. Before he was killed, he had texted his mother that he might be targeted by police “because I exercise my constitutional rights.”

Anyone who vigorously criticizes and opposes politicians and bureaucrats could be labeled a wacko who cannot be trusted with a gun. How easy would it be to forcibly disarm peaceful citizens? Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf posted a graphic on Twitter in 2022 showing how Red Flag laws could provide practically automatic disarmament. After a woman sees a “social media contact” post “photos of guns and cryptic messages,” she calls the police who sway a judge to entitle them to “temporarily” seize his guns. “Cryptic messages” suffice to prove someone is a threat who must be forcibly disarmed. Wolf declared that “red flag laws allus to take action when someone who has a gun begins to act erratically.” But the Bill of Rights did not contain an asterisk entitling government officials to nullify the Constitution any time they believed private citizens were erratic. The vapid standard that Wolf championed would suffice to confiscate weapons from any gun owner who publicly vigorously criticized the government.

Police have covered up almost all the details of their actions against Lemp, whose slaying was ignored by the same local Democratic politicians who rushed to condemn Minneapolis police for killing George Floyd. But court filings by the Lemp family lawyer Terrell Roberts as part of the wrongful death lawsuit revealed a key element of the Lemp case that could endanger millions of other Americans.

Do police have the right to preemptively attack gun owners for failing to comply with laws they never knew existed? Police justified assailing Lemp because he allegedly violated a Maryland law that prohibits firearm possession until age 30 by anyone convicted of certain offenses as a juvenile. Lemp was convicted as a teenager for second-degree, non-residential burglary (which could have meant stealing pumpkins from a farmer’s barn). But Lemp was unaware of that law and was officially approved to purchase firearms by both Maryland and federal background checks. It was apparently easier for local police to shoot Lemp than to simply question him or his parents. The county government has thus far refused to reveal whether police ever considered any alternative to peacefully detain or arrest Lemp prior to attacking his bedroom.

The same principle imperils legions of Americans thanks to recent arbitrary federal decrees. Hundreds of thousands of gun owners became felons when they did not surrender or destroy “bump stocks,” which President Trump outlawed after bizarrely claiming that the rifle attachments that enable rapid scattershot fire were actually machine guns. The Biden administration embraced that decree and defended it in oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Biden issued his own decree ordering anyone who owns pistol braces (used to stabilize firearms) must register those accessories with the federal government or face harsh penalties or prison. To justify his edict, Biden idiotically declared that putting a brace on a pistol “makes them where you can have a higher-caliber weapon—a higher-caliber bullet—coming out of that gun.” Even CNN fact-checkers groaned over that howler. 

More than 10 million pistol brace owners have failed to register their devices, though many of them may be unaware of the new rule. But collective guilt is the ultimate entitlement program for Biden’s anti-gun crusaders. 

Duncan Lemp’s name continues to resonate as a rallying cry for Americans fearful that the government is out of control. The Biden administration admitted in 2021 that a “belief that the U.S. government is purposely exceeding its Constitutional authority” spurs many “domestic violent extremists.” But Biden and his liberal allies apparently believe that the problem can be solved by deluges of new laws and regulations that entitle officials to scourge people who distrust the government.

How many peaceful gun owners will the Biden administration need to persecute to restore domestic tranquility? It is folly to expect fair play on gun owners’ rights when politicians openly seek pretexts to disarm as many Americans as possible. Politicians who pompously seek to destroy the Second Amendment cannot be trusted to respect any other right or liberty. It remains to be seen whether Duncan Lemp was prophetic when he tweeted: “the constitution is dead.”

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Biden and Mayorkas Have Blood on Their Hands

Biden and Mayorkas Have Blood on Their Hands

The death of Laken Riley was tragic; it was also avoidable.

Last Wednesday morning, Laken Riley went out for a jog at a lake on the campus of the University of Georgia. 

She never came home. The police found her body brutally beaten and disposed of in the woods. The autopsy revealed she died of blunt force trauma to the head. The University of Georgia police said it was a “crime of opportunity.” In other words, this was essentially random violence and could have been anyone’s daughter. Laken Riley was just 22 years old. She studied at the University of Georgia until last spring, when she had enrolled in a nearby nursing school. She was a daughter, a friend, a sorority sister, and a student with a promising future.

This tragedy became national news when police arrested and charged Jose Antonio Ibarra, an illegal alien from Venezuela, with Laken Riley’s murder. Ibarra illegally crossed the southern border into El Paso in September 2022, was arrested and then released by Customs and Border Protection, and subsequently put on a bus to New York. 

Laken’s murder was far from Ibarra’s first offense. In September 2023, Ibarra was arrested in New York City and charged with “acting in a manner to injure a child under 17” and for driving without a license. Specifically, Ibarra was accused of endangering a 5-year-old child, and yet was released with minimal consequences. Because New York is a sanctuary city, illegal aliens who commit crimes are not turned over to ICE when their jail time is up.

So, my question is: What are Georgia’s Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff doing to secure the border? The Senate is supposed to be considering the impeachment of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas this week. Are Georgia’s senators going to vote to remove Secretary Mayorkas or let Laken Riley’s murder be in vain? 

If Laken Riley were my daughter, Secretary Mayorkas would have to go into hiding. I would never let him forget her name or that his inaction led to her death. We cannot possibly understand what the Riley family is going through right now. But for the open-borders-at-all-costs crowd, she’s just collateral damage. Laken Riley is just another sacrifice on the altar of woke ideology. 

Tragically, there have been countless victims of illegal immigrants from coast to coast. Just a couple of weeks ago, in Texas, a 16-year-old girl named Lizbeth Medina was killed in her own bedroom. A grand jury indicted an illegal alien in the case. He is charged with breaking into her home and then beating her and stabbing her to death.

This week, an illegal alien was arrested in Louisiana for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl. In my state of Alabama, Albertville police just arrested two illegal aliens for alleged child exploitation. About 30 minutes from the U.S. Senate in Prince George’s County, Maryland, police arrested an illegal alien who shot a 2-year-old during a drug dispute.

The list goes on and on. The mainstream media wants you to believe that the illegal immigrants invading our borders are all women and children, but this is a blatant lie. The majority of illegals crossing our border are working-age men. We have no idea who these people are—but we do know some are criminals, gang members, terrorists, and drug traffickers with the explicit intent to harm Americans.

Joe Biden made his second visit ever to the southern border this week after 50 years in politics. When Biden visited El Paso last January, Border Patrol cleared the streets of the illegal immigrant camps so as to not inconvenience the President. Biden didn’t go to a single Border Patrol station or speak with illegal immigrants. He simply did his photo-op and left. 

Apparently, the purpose of this week’s PR stunt was for Biden to ask for more asylum officers. Adding more asylum officers will do nothing to fix the problem. Joe Biden has issued 94 executive orders to make it easier for illegal aliens to come to America. In fact, one of Biden’s executive orders let asylum officers give out asylum at the border without having to wait for a hearing. 

Under President Trump, we had the most secure border in history. We don’t have to think too far back to remember policies that worked. We should be building the wall, reinstating the Remain in Mexico policy, and enforcing our existing laws. Joe Biden has the exact same laws on the books that President Trump had. Yet, the difference is night and day. 

Joe Biden and Alejandro Mayorkas have blood on their hands for every single American murdered by an illegal alien. They need to do their jobs and secure our border before more innocent Americans are killed.

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Liberal Hollywood Celebs Are Throwing a Fit Over Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear Trump Immunity Case

As you probably know, the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Trump immunity case and liberals in Hollywood are not taking the news well.

Rob Reiner and his fellow leftist travelers in tinseltown are having an absolute meltdown on social media, calling the SCOTUS illegitimate and worse.

They simply cannot control their hatred of Trump. They’re seething with rage.

Breitbart News reported:

Hollywood Celebrities Freak as SCOTUS Takes Up Trump Immunity Case: ‘F**k The Supreme Court’

The day after the Supreme Court ruled that it would take up former President Donald Trump’s immunity case, Hollywood celebrities appear to have received their marching orders — to smear and delegitimize the court in the mind of the American public.

With alarming ferocity, Hollywood stars are trying to gin up popular outrage, using the ruling as an opportunity to push the Democrats’ agenda of packing the court and singling out Justice Clarence Thomas for more political persecution.

“Fuck the Supreme Court,” wrote Ellen Barkin.

“Thomas needs to be in jail,” rocker Steven van Zandt posted.

“Dems must push to expand the court,” CBS’ Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer wrote.

See their desperate tweets below:


— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) February 29, 2024

The country needs to know what this Supreme Court decision means. It ends any possibility of justice for Trump. It ends the concept of “no man is above the law.” Adding to its vile blatant violation of separation of Church and State, it becomes the most corrupt Court in history.

— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) February 29, 2024

Republicans in the Senate refused to hold Trump accountable for leading a violent attempt to overthrow the US Government. Now Republicans on the Supreme Court have just given him a get out of jail free card. It’s now up to voters to rid US of this cancerous threat to Democracy.

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) February 29, 2024

SCOTUS has lost its last shred of legitimacy.

Slow walking the immunity case is the final straw.

Dems must push to expand the court, add 18 year term limits, and a full ethics investigation of Clarence Thomas.

— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) February 29, 2024

The GOP Supreme Court just insured the nation will not receive a verdict in Trump’s attempted coup trial before the election. Trump’s immunity claim is preposterous.

— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) February 29, 2024

It would be funny if it wasn’t so demented and sad.

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Oregon Lawmakers Move to Recriminalize Drugs After Massive Spike in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

A few years ago, Oregon decided to decriminalize drug use, perhaps in an attempt to further prove their progressive values. Things did not work out as planned.

In addition to a sharp rise in crime and homelessness, Portland and other areas in the state saw a dramatic rise in drug related deaths, many of them due to fentanyl use.

Now lawmakers are pushing to recriminalize drug use and even Democrats are supporting the effort.

The Oregon Capital Chronicle reports:

In first vote, committee passes controversial bill that would unwind Measure 110

Oregon lawmakers on the joint addiction committee on Tuesday evening voted for a proposal to backtrack on Measure 110 and reshape the state’s approach to the drug addiction and overdose crisis after months of planning and an intensive three weeks of debate and reworking the proposal.

The committee’s bipartisan 10-2 vote to send the bill to the House came after wrenching testimony in a series of hours-long meetings by family members who lost loved ones to fentanyl as well as opposition from civil rights advocates and public defense attorneys. To become law, the bill needs to pass the House and Senate and be signed by Gov. Tina Kotek.

Democrats, who control the Legislature, say they have enough support for it to pass.

John Sexton of Hot Air adds this:

The real story here, which most of the news outlets writing about this completely skip over, is that the city of Portland has been a mess ever since 2020. That’s when police were defunded and crime began to go up sharply. And thanks to the passage of Measure 110 (also in 2020) drug use on the streets and homelessness have gotten worse as well.

Portland has been doing what it can to deal with these problems including passing a city ban on open drug use last September. But of course the city can’t ignore state law which says drug use is legal statewide. So the ban on drug use in Portland hasn’t taken effect and won’t until Measure 110 is overruled.

it’s sad that it took so many deaths to get to this point.

The beginning of the end of decriminalization of drugs is upon us. It took thousands of deaths and Portland to become overrun with drugs and homelessness to do it. This harmful policy bankrolled by @DrugPolicyOrg is a dead stick.

— T Wolf (@Twolfrecovery) February 29, 2024

Oregon’s fatal overdoses increased nearly 42% in one year.

But legalizing all drugs had absolutely nothing to do with it, right?

— The Pragmatist (@pdxpragmatist) February 19, 2024

Of course, there is no guarantee that this reform will pass, but Oregon would be wise to do it. They clearly have a big problem.

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Christian Groups Demand Apology From Politico Over Reporter’s Stupid Comments About American Rights and Christian Nationalism

Last week, a reporter for the liberal outlet Politico appeared on MSNBC and suggested that if you’re an American who believes that your rights come from God and not the government, that you’re a Christian Nationalist.

This was meant to insult all Christians, conservatives, Trump supporters, and all of the other people who are despised by the left.

Now at least two Christian groups are calling out Politico and demanding an apology.

Townhall reports:

Now, Politico is facing formal calls for an apology from two of America’s leading faith-focused organizations: the Family Research Council and Catholic Vote.

FRC President Tony Perkins and Catholic Vote President Brian Burch fired off a letter Wednesday to Politico’s editor-in-chief John Harris, Politico CEO Goli Sheikholeslami, and Jan Brewer, the Deputy of CEO of Politico’s parent Axel Springer, demanding an apology for Przybyla’s attack on Christians.

Saying Przybyla “demonstrated a disqualifying lack of knowledge of the United States of America’s founding documents and a prejudicial view toward American religious groups,” Burch and Perkins noted how Politico’s reporter failed to acknowledge “that our own Republic was founded on the belief that our rights come from God, not earthly kings or government,” a revolutionary idea “clearly articulated in the Declaration of Independence.”

“Ms. Przybyla is charged with reporting accurately on American government, politics, and law,” the religious leaders’ letter noted. “It is deeply disturbing, therefore, that she appeared unaware of the opening of the Declaration of Independence or to its references of ‘the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.’”

In addition to a woeful lack of knowledge about America’s founding, Perkins and Burch called out Przybyla for “an attempt to spread misinformation about Christians by creating the perception that they hold unique beliefs that pose a distinct and, in her words ‘extremist,’ threat to our country.”

Here is a reminder of what Przybyla said:

Here @MSNBC helpfully makes it clear their disdain for Christians in America.

She says that if you believe that your rights come from God, you aren’t a Christian, you are a Christian nationalist.

Somehow they seem to not mention that our own founding documents make this…

— Wade Miller (@WadeMiller_USMC) February 23, 2024

Politico should apologize for this but no one will be holding their breath waiting for them to do the right thing.

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DeSantis Signs Bill That Authorizes Release of Epstein Documents: ‘The Public Deserves to Know Who Participated’

On Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law that officially authorizes the release of documents from a 2006 grand jury investigation in Palm Beach County regarding the late Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual assault of underage girls.

“Today I signed HB 117, authorizing the public release of grand jury documents like those in the Jeffrey Epstein case,” DeSantis wrote on the social media platform X. “Nobody should be above the law, regardless of wealth, status, or connections,” he said. “The public deserves to know who participated in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking operation, and the survivors deserve justice.”

Today I signed HB 117, authorizing the public release of grand jury documents like those in the Jeffrey Epstein case.

Nobody should be above the law, regardless of wealth, status, or connections. The public deserves to know who participated in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking…

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 29, 2024

WPTV reported, “The bill will take effect July 1, although a South Florida circuit judge might release the transcripts sooner as part of a lawsuit filed by the Palm Beach Post.”

DeSantis held a news conference Thursday in Palm Beach, to coincide with the signing of HB 117, during which he stated, “they say that justice delayed is justice denied. And I think in many respects this whole ordeal has proven that to be true.”

He said the lack of access to the grand jury materials led to the investigation being “stymied.” DeSantis added, “There needs to be a mechanism in some of these rare circumstances where people can get the truth and where we can try to pursue justice.”

Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation to Authorize the Release of Jeffrey Epstein Grand Jury Documents

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 29, 2024

Addressing his audience at the news briefing, DeSantis said, “We are now sitting here, decades later, and you’ve had Epstein and then [Ghislaine] Maxwell is actually in prison in Florida and yet nothing else has ever happened with any of this.”

He continued, “How is that possible given the magnitude of what was going on? And what was going on in Florida was only a fraction of what was happening because you had activities and abuse in New York City, in the Virgin Islands, and this was a massive, massive operation here that was targeting these very, very young girls. And to not have justice on this is something that has been a big black spot on our justice system.”

Before he signed, DeSantis invited two of Epstein’s accusers, Haley Robson and Jena-Lisa Jones, to speak at the podium.

Both women thanked DeSantis.

“I can’t express the gratitude I have for this bill,” said Robson as she looked at DeSantis with tears welling up in her eyes. “I just am trying to put pieces together on the final pieces of this puzzle to help me move on and finally get the peace that I deserve for my life. And I am just so grateful. And I would just really just want to know, why was Jeffrey Epstein given such grace and mercy for his inhumane crimes and why were we so outed in the media and treated so poorly?”

DeSantis invited Jones to speak next. “We have been left in the dark for so long with no answers to what is going on and why things played out the way they did,” said Jones.

DeSantis then invited Robson, Jones and a third person to join him at the table where he signed HB 117 into law.

Epstein, a billionaire U.S. hedge fund manager, was arrested on July 6, 2019 on sex trafficking charges, which included minor girls as young as 14.

Less than one month later, on August 10, he was found hanging dead in his cell at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center while awaiting trial. Epstein was 66.

Although autopsy reports confirmed Epstein died by suicide, there had been much speculation as to whether his death was, in fact, a murder staged as suicide.

The cameras in Epstein’s cell were mysteriously shut off at the time of his death and his cellmate had been transferred out the day before he died.

Epstein, who was on suicide watch, did not receive a new cellmate.

In an interview with American media personality Tucker Carlson, which was released on Jan. 4, Epstein’s brother Mark also questioned whether Jeffrey died by suicide.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Joe Biden Calls Skeptics of Climate Change “Neanderthals” in Border Speech (VIDEO)

Joe Biden arrived in Brownsville, Texas on Thursday for a drive-by photo-op border visit.

Brownsville is a desolate stretch with virtually no illegal alien invasion compared to other hot spots such as El Paso and Eagle Pass.

Biden shuffled around for less than 20 minutes before meeting with border patrol officials.

Biden looks very confused as he begins his highly choreographed visit — shuffling along a desolate stretch of the border with no illegal aliens in sight

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 29, 2024

Biden met with border officials before delivering remarks. He spoke more about nonexistent climate change than he did about the border crisis he created.

“I love some of my Neanderthal friends who still think there’s no climate change,” Biden said.


Joe Biden calls skeptics of climate change “Neanderthals.”

— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 29, 2024

Biden spoke about climate change during his border visit while completely ignoring a question about murdered Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.

22-year-old, a University of Georgia student, was murdered by a Venezuelan illegal last week.

The illegal alien who murdered Laken Riley crossed into the US on Biden’s open border invitation.

According to an affidavit unsealed, the barbaric savage who murdered Laken Riley “disfigured her skull.”

Credit: Laken Riley Facebook/Clarke County Sheriff’s Office

Biden won’t even say Laken Riley’s name.

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Kamala Harris Called Out on Twitter/X After Praising ‘Non-Partisan’ Poll Worker Who is Actually a Far Left Activist

Kamala Harris recently took to Twitter and heaped praise on a pair of supposedly non-partisan poll workers, saying that ‘our democracy’ could not function without such people.

She was almost immediately called out however, by sharp-eyed Twitter/X users who recognized one of the men as a far left activist.

What are the odds that Harris didn’t know this when she sent her initial tweet?

FOX News reports:

Kamala Harris praises ‘nonpartisan poll worker,’ which immediately backfires when people learn who he is

Vice President Harris took to social media to praise the efforts of poll workers amid the presidential primaries and just months ahead of the 2024 election, but her complimentary remarks quickly backfired.

“Our democracy could not function without nonpartisan poll workers like Vasu and Rob whom I met in Georgia. President Biden and I thank you and we support you,” she said Tuesday on X, sharing a photo of her appearing to listen to Vasu Abhiraman.

Instead of applauding a “nonpartisan” poll worker, X’s Community Notes immediately tagged the tweet with additional context that readers “might want to know,” including that Abhiraman is actually a liberal advocate who promotes the progressive movement.

“The ‘nonpartisan poll worker’ on the left is Vasu Abhiraman, a staffer at the left-wing Alliance for Justice and formerly of ACLU Georgia,” reads a notice on Harris’ tweet.

Here’s the Harris tweet:

Our democracy could not function without nonpartisan poll workers like Vasu and Rob whom I met in Georgia.

President Biden and I thank you and we support you.

— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) February 27, 2024

Here are some responses:

Lol. The “nonpartisan poll worker” on the left is Vasu Abhiraman, a staffer at the left-wing Alliance for Justice and formerly of ACLU Georgia.

— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) February 28, 2024

Community notes yet again doing what major media “fact checkers” refuse to do.

— The Dank Knight (@capeandcowell) February 29, 2024

A fantastic community note and a great example of how Democrats work with left-wing groups to advance their anti-election integrity agenda.

— Gates McGavick (@GatesMcgavick) February 29, 2024

The “nonpartisan poll worker” on the left is Vasu Abhiraman, a staffer at the left-wing Alliance for Justice and formerly of ACLU Georgia. This is the sort the federal gov is hiring to register voters which is actually illegal!

— OrgConservAmericans (@OCAmericans) February 29, 2024

Of course, you’ll never hear about this on CNN or MSNBC. This is the value of Twitter/X.

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Australia’s Top Spy Says Former Politician ‘Sold Out’ His Country to a Foreign Intelligence Service

Mike Burgess.

The land down under has been rocked by a espionage scandal, after Australia’s top spy made serious accusations against an unnamed former politician.

Head of security for the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), Mike Burgess, said that the politician ‘sold out’ Australia to a foreign intelligence service that also remains unnamed for now.

Burgess added that the Australian agency confronted the ‘spy ring’ to let them know their cover had been blown.

ASIO chief said in his annual speech that he had declassified details of the operation, ‘which used professional networking platforms, email and social media to target Australians’.

Reuters reported:

“He did not name the country involved, but said it had also targeted Australia’s defense industry, offering money for reports on the AUKUS partnership with the U.S. and Britain to build nuclear submarines.

He said the foreign agency had ‘successfully cultivated and recruited a former Australian politician’ several years ago. He did not identify the politician, and said the person had not been charged because they were no longer active.

‘This politician sold out their country, party and former colleagues to advance the interests of the foreign regime. At one point, the former politician even proposed bringing a prime minister’s family member into the spies’ orbit’, he said.”

In his speech, Burgess called the foreign spies the “A Team”. They attracted Australians that had national security information ‘by offering them consulting roles’.

Academics and political figures attending an overseas conference were met by ‘spies in disguise’, he said.

“‘ASIO disrupted this scheme and confronted the Australians involved. While some were unwitting, others knew they were working for a foreign intelligence service’, he said.”

The links between the Australians and the foreign spies were severed, and individuals ‘should be grateful the espionage and foreign interference laws are not retrospective’.

“‘We have seen it try to recruit students, academics, politicians, business people, researchers, law enforcement officials and public servants at all levels of government’, he said.”

Australia’s ‘foreign interference taskforce’ has conducted 120 operations since it was formed in 2020, he said in the speech.

“‘We assess this government is not actively planning sabotage, but is trying to gain persistent undetected access that could allow it to conduct sabotage in the future’, he said, without identifying the country.”

Now, Burgess is under heavy pressure to name the politician and the country – which many in the media speculate would be China.

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