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Airline Bans State Senator Over Repeated Mask Infractions

This is just INSANE!

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America is slowly but surely pulling herself out of the coronavirus pandemic here in the first half of 2021, thanks in no small part to a massive operation to get as many people vaccinated as possible, and with a swiftness.

But we aren’t completely out of the woods yet and, depending on who you ask, there are still plenty of reasons for Americans to continue practicing social distancing, and for masks to be worn in some public situations, such as while in a grocery store or during air travel.

It’s that latter activity that has one of Alaska’s elected officials in the hot seat this week.

Trending: VIDEO: Conservative Icon Tears Through 30 Pushups to Teach Reporter a Lesson

Over the weekend, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines confirmed that Sen. Lora Reinbold, R-Alaska, has been barred from flying with the carrier for continuing to refuse to follow the rules, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

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“We have notified Senator Lora Reinbold that she is not permitted to fly with us for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy,” spokesman Tim Thompson said on Saturday, and confirmed the same to Fox News. “This suspension is effective immediately, pending further review.”

A recent incident that was captured on video seemed to epitomize the issue rather succinctly.

On Thursday, video footage hit Twitter of Reinbold appearing to argue with Alaska Airlines staff at Juneau International Airport over the PPE protocol, the Associated Press reports. In the quick clip, an Alaska staffer named Troy told the senator “We need you to pull the mask up or I’m not going to let you on the plane.” More specifically, Troy clarified that “We can’t have it down below your nose.”

The banning forced Reinhold to return to Juneau via road and ferry for the upcoming legislative session, with the public official telling her constituents that Alaska Airlines seems to have a “monopoly” on air travel between there and Anchorage.

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VIDEO: Conservative Icon Tears Through 30 Pushups to Teach Reporter a Lesson

He’s still got it!

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There has been no shortage of concerns over the health of our elected officials as of late, and with good reason.  We keep electing septuagenarians who aren’t exactly the perfect specimen of physical or mental health. And so, far too often, we hear these elder statesmen ragging on one another’s condition.  During the 2016 election, we had to watch the painful and frankly scary behavior of Hillary Clinton, who was in continual denial about whatever affliction she was dealing with at the time.  In 2020, it was Donald Trump and Joe Biden arguing back and forth over their stamina and physical aptitude.  At one point, Biden even suggested that he would drop and give us several pushups in the middle of a debate if Trump would be willing to match him. That potentially hilarious incident never occurred, (maybe thankfully, in order to save our nation from that embarrassment), but these feats of strength remain out there, in the ether, just waiting for some poor sap to take the bait. A reporter in Texas was almost that sap this week. Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West, a 60-year-old former Army lieutenant colonel, did 30 pushups at a press conference outside the state capitol on Wednesday. The pushups occurred near the end of the event, which was to discuss the state’s new abortion and anti-transgender bills. West initially challenged a CBS Austin reporter who showed up late to the event to do 30 pushups in order to make up for his tardiness. After the journalist declined, West did the pushups himself. The crowd counted along and then cheered after he completed them in roughly 22 seconds. Video of the incident shows that West has still got it. https://twitter.com/janestreet/status/1390055667612979204?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1390055667612979204%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsweek.com%2Ftexas-gop-chair-lt-col-allen-west-challenges-reporter-press-conference-do-30-pushups-1589432 West has long been an icon in the conservative world, and there is little doubt that this…

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Twitter Account Suspended for Sharing Link to Trump’s New Website

This is unbelievable.

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Twitter has long had it out for Donald Trump, having already banned the former President from the platform for life following the attempted insurrection of January 6th.  This was followed shortly thereafter by a slightly less-permanent ban by Facebook that has yet to be rescinded. Now, however, Twitter is taking it a step further, and essentially erasing the 45th President of the United States from the platform entirely. A Twitter account sharing posts from former President Donald Trump’s new blog and other right-wing content was banned by the platform Wednesday. A spokesman for the social media site said Twitter would take enforcement action against accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account. The suspended account reposted blog entries that were originally published on the From the desk of Donald J. Trump blog, which launched Tuesday. The suspended account also shared tweets from other Republican politicians, including Caitlyn Jenner, who’s running for governor of California. Trump’s new blog is billed as “a place to speak freely and safely,” though readers don’t appear able to comment on his posts. Posts date back as far as March 24 and contain sentiments anyone familiar with Trump’s tweets would recognize. Buttons to the right of his posts allow readers to like or share a post in their own Twitter or Facebook feed. This censorship will likely be put to the test in the coming years, as Trump has made it abundantly clear that he intends to run for office again in 2024.

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