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Pelosi Tells Sick Lie About Jan. 6 Deaths and Completely Gets Away with It

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House Republicans were roundly criticized in the establishment media for not joining House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her moment of silence on the floor of the House of Representatives to mark the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion.

A sample of the coverage this inspired from Cristina Marcos at The Hill: “The scene exemplified the attempts by most Republicans to avoid any reckoning with former President Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election that led the violent mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol and interrupt lawmakers’ certification of the Electoral College count.”

Never mind that a great deal of this leading prose wasn’t true to begin with and was wrong in multifarious ways. (We’ve documented plenty of these issues here at The Western Journal, and we’ll keep setting the record straight. You can help us in our fight to bring America the truth by subscribing.)

They steered clear because Pelosi’s “moment of silence” was a moment of political grandstanding that also happened to have a very glaring lie attached to it.

The moment of silence was, in part, in the memory of four police officers she said died because of the events of Jan. 6.

“I want to acknowledge our fallen heroes of that day,” Pelosi said in her remarks, naming Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood and Billy Evans and Metropolitan Officer Jeffrey Smith.

The death of a police officer is always tragic and shouldn’t be minimized. However, only one of these officers died on Jan. 6, and even his death couldn’t be definitively linked to the Capitol riot.

The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh provided a TL;DR primer of what actually happened to the officers: “Sicknick died of a stroke. Evans was killed by a leftist lunatic weeks afterwards. The other two were suicides. Pelosi is lying blatantly and shamelessly. But she’s in the ruling class so she is allowed to do this without consequence.”

Meanwhile, the only person who was killed during the Capitol incursion was Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed Trump supporter who was shot by Capitol Police.

Sicknick died the day after the attack and later lay in honor at the Capitol Rotunda. It was assumed he had suffered some form of injury while engaging rioters, and The New York Times initially reported he had been “struck by a fire extinguisher.”

However, in an April 2021 interview with The Washington Post, District of Columbia medical examiner Francisco J. Diaz confirmed Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes.

He couldn’t reveal whether Sicknick had any pre-existing medical conditions, citing medical privacy laws, but he noted that the officer had no allergic reaction to chemical agents used to contain rioters, nor did he have any internal or external injuries.

Evans, meanwhile, was killed in April, months after the attack. The Capitol Police officer was rammed outside the perimeter of the building by a knife-wielding man in a car. The suspect, Noah Green, was shot to death after he exited the vehicle.

Green’s political sympathies, such as they may have played a role, were diametrically opposite to those responsible for the Capitol incursion; Green was an ardent follower of left-wing hate-preacher Louis Farrakhan, although relatives also said he suffered from mental health issues.

Pelosi, it’s worth noting, wasn’t the only Democrat heavyweight linking Evans’ death to the Jan. 6 riot. During his speech on Thursday, President Joe Biden also conflated Evans’ death with that of Sicknick’s.

Was Nancy Pelosi lying?

“As we stand here today — one year since January 6th, 2021 — the lies that drove the anger and madness we saw in this place, they have not abated,” Biden said, according to a White House transcript. “So, we have to be firm, resolute, and unyielding in our defense of the right to vote and to have that vote counted.

“Some have already made the ultimate sacrifice in this sacred effort. Jill and I have mourned police officers in this Capitol Rotunda not once but twice in the wake of January 6th: once to honor Officer Brian Sicknick, who lost his life the day after the attack, and a second time to honor Officer Billy Evans, who lost his life defending this Capitol as well.”

Yes, the lies have indeed not abated, although not precisely in the way Biden meant to imply.

As for the suicides of officers Liebengood and Smith, as personal matters, they’re tragedies. When their deaths are being used as political props, however, we’re compelled to note correlation isn’t causality. The fact both of them responded to the Capitol riot has never been mentioned as a causative factor in their deaths.

It would be just as easy — and just as pathetic, insensitive and cynical — for conservatives to adduce a connection between their deaths and a year that saw police officers reduced to cultural villains by the left.

And yet, because both men were useful to the left’s cause, they got roped into it.

At the time of Smith’s death, People magazine reported he “is the third officer to die after a large group of Donald Trump supporters, incited by his repeated false claims about election fraud, stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers gathered to certify Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.”

Not that the publication of record if you’re keeping track of Ben Affleck’s numerous treacheries can be counted on for journalistic accuracy in matters more serious than baby bumps, but People writer Chris Harris didn’t even try to pretend there might not be a direct, 1:1 causal link between the Capitol riot and Smith’s death. Even for a glossy scandal rag, that’s shockingly bad form.

As for Liebengood, at the time of his death, a family attorney said the “family has suffered a devastating loss and asks that they be given space to grieve in private,” according to the Post. They weren’t given that space then, nor are they being given that space now — because, to Democrats, his tragic death is an opportunity to add to the GOP body count.

And that’s the problem. During her moment of silence for these officers on Thursday, Pelosi lied about the nature of their ends. You may believe that lie was one of omission or commission, but it remains a lie.

And this is what the establishment media misses about why the House GOP wasn’t there for Pelosi’s moment of silence. It’s not that they don’t want to reckon with the events of Jan. 6. Instead, they knew better than to have a reckoning forced upon them in which they’re given responsibility for whatever febrile falsehoods the Democrats choose to foist upon them — and all for cynical electoral benefit.

Jan. 6, 2021, was a travesty, a low point in our republic. Jan. 6, 2022, could have been a moment for reflection, healing and perspective. Instead, moments like this — where our Democrat ruling class blatantly lied countless times during what constituted a national paid political advertisement — proved Jan. 6, 2023, will be every bit as disheartening for Americans who love their country and the truth.

Correction: An earlier version of this article provided an incorrect date for Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death. He died on Jan. 7, 2021. We apologize to our readers for the error and for any confusion we may have caused.

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Op-Ed: Xi Jinping Is Watching Putin to Decide When to Attack Taiwan

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is watching Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine to decide when to attack Taiwan. At this point that decision is made, but the timing won’t be settled until this fall and before President Joe Biden leaves the White House.

Let me untangle some issues that will dictate Beijing’s timing for its assault on Taiwan: Xi’s enemies and economic challenges, Biden’s green light indicators for Putin’s war, a growing list of battlefield lessons, and Biden’s broken foreign policy.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province, and Xi stakes his future on returning it to Chinese rule.

Last fall, he declared the Chinese people have a “glorious tradition of opposing separatism” and that “complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and will definitely be fulfilled.” The communist chairman added, “The Taiwan question is purely an internal matter for China, one which brooks no external interference,” and he warned last year, “Anyone who would attempt to [interfere] will have their heads bashed bloody.”

Yes, Mr. Xi is committed to reunification, but the timing is bound by two realities.

The first is the possible confirmation of his third term in office, an unprecedented eventuality since Mao Zedong’s death in 1976. Xi’s third term would begin this November.

Xi’s hold on power, however, isn’t assured. Feng Chongyi, a professor at the University of Technology Sydney, said last year that some officials are “in strong opposition and are trying their best to prevent Xi’s next possible term.”

Those enemies know Xi’s Achilles heel: a sagging economy. According to the Communist Party’s “Shanghai Gang” faction, Xi is ruining the Chinese economy and must be ousted.

So, if Xi is to gain a third term, he must balance his domestic opposition and his economic vulnerability before assaulting Taiwan. After all, he learned from the Ukraine war that an attack on the democratic island nation will earn him severe economic sanctions, further threatening China’s economy. Thus, he intends to delay any invasion until after he is assured another term.

The other reality for Xi’s anticipated assault is identified by Andrei Illarionov, Putin’s economic adviser for almost six years in the early 2000s.

Illarionov, now a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, said the Chinese are learning from Putin’s war. He explained that Putin’s “decision to invade Ukraine is based on his absolutely correct understanding of President Biden. Without Biden in the White House, Putin would never invade Ukraine.”

Xi learned from Putin that Biden is weak and broadcasts what he will and won’t do — a predictable enemy.

“Mr. Putin is a very good psychologist,” Illarionov said. “He studied [security agency] files for Mr. Biden. He understood that’s a person who would never do anything against his invasion against Ukraine.” In fact, Biden showed his hand long before the war began.

Last year, Biden removed sanctions on Nord Stream 2, renewed the U.S.-Russian nuclear arms agreement without negotiations, did nothing about the buildup of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border and ordered U.S. warships out of the Black Sea after a Russian-Dutch naval confrontation. Putin perceived these moves as weaknesses, an effort on Biden’s part to avoid confrontation.

Biden’s representatives weren’t any better.

He sent William Burns, the CIA director, to Moscow, where, according to Illarionov, he offered guarantees “on issues of security, even when Russian troops [were] on the Ukrainian border and ready to attack Ukraine. That can be understood only in one way: Biden administration is giving green light for Putin to attack Ukraine.”

Then, in December, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with his Russian counterpart to discuss the Ukraine crisis. However, Illarionov said, “90 percent” of the discussions were about the Iran nuclear deal, yet again “giving a green light to Mr. Putin to attack Ukraine.”

On other fronts, according to Illarionov, Biden recalled American citizens and military personnel from Ukraine. He even offered to help President Volodymyr Zelenskyy leave Ukraine. Once again, Illarionov said, “Mr.  Putin understood these signs in the exactly right way”: as weakness and a go-ahead to invade.

Xi understands that Biden was never serious about stopping Putin’s war. In fact, Illarionov said Xi, like Putin, “understands very well that there is a unique window of opportunity … when Mr. Biden is the president. With any other U.S. president … [an invasion of Ukraine or Taiwan] would be impossible.”

The Russian concluded, “This dangerous moment will last at least until January 2025, until hopefully another president will be in the White House.”

Of course, there are numerous other lessons from Russia’s war for the Chinese dictator. His invasion of Taiwan will be tougher than Putin’s assault on Ukraine because the Chinese are attacking a well-fortified island nation 160 miles from the mainland, a true logistics nightmare. Further, unlike the go-it-alone fight forced on Kyiv, the government in Taipei expects the U.S. and other Western powers to directly intervene.

The most important lesson for Xi is that Biden is a predictable, weak enemy who broadcasts his intentions. So unless the Biden team finds better foreign policy acumen, we could as soon as late fall see the skies reflect green lights signaling Xi to assault Taiwan.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is watching Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine to decide when to attack Taiwan. At this point that decision is made, but the timing won’t be settled until this fall and before President Joe Biden leaves the White House. Let me untangle some issues that will dictate Beijing’s timing for its assault on Taiwan: Xi’s enemies and economic challenges, Biden’s green light indicators for Putin’s war, a growing list of battlefield lessons, and Biden’s broken foreign policy. Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province, and Xi stakes his future on returning it to Chinese rule. Last fall, he declared the Chinese people have a “glorious tradition of opposing separatism” and that “complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and will definitely be fulfilled.” The communist chairman added, “The Taiwan question is purely an internal matter for China, one which brooks no external interference,” and he warned last year, “Anyone who would attempt to [interfere] will have their heads bashed bloody.” Yes, Mr. Xi is committed to reunification, but the timing is bound by two realities. The first is the possible confirmation of his third term in office, an unprecedented eventuality since Mao Zedong’s death in 1976. Xi’s third term would begin this November. Xi’s hold on power, however, isn’t assured. Feng Chongyi, a professor at the University of Technology Sydney, said last year that some officials are “in strong opposition and are trying their best to prevent Xi’s next possible term.” Those enemies know Xi’s Achilles heel: a sagging economy. According to the Communist Party’s “Shanghai Gang” faction, Xi is ruining the Chinese economy and must be ousted. So, if Xi is to gain a third term, he must balance his domestic opposition and his economic vulnerability before assaulting Taiwan. After all, he learned…

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Americans’ Summer Vacations on Chopping Block Thanks to Biden

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For many families in Joe Biden’s America, going on vacation this summer means going for broke — literally.

This summer, with lockdowns in tatters and everything open that opens, vacation planning has been going on at a record pace, according to Bloomberg.

“Summer 2022 will be the busiest travel season ever,” Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern told the outlet.

Getting there is no longer half the fun; in fact, it is a substantial portion of the pain.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the U.S. hit a new record high of $4.483 on Monday, according to AAA. A year ago, it was $3.042 on average. That is an increase of 47 percent.

And that’s not all.

The travel site Hopper.com says airfare is up 3 percent over last year and hotel rates are 20 percent higher than a year ago, according to WFMY-TV.

And for anyone thinking of sending the kids off for a dose of the outdoors, plan to pay more when you can find a vacancy.

Rates for summer camps are up 10 percent to 15 percent from a year ago amid strong demand, said Tom Rosenberg, president and CEO of the American Camp Association, according to CNN.

“Demand is extremely strong for camps as parents are desperate for their kids to be out in nature with their peers and away from tech devices after two years of social distancing,” he said.

So did the Grinch decide to steal summer? Not quite, but inflation has been at work for months, hitting 8.3 percent in April after an ugly 8.5 percent in March — the biggest month-over-month increase since December 1981.

As a result, about seven in 10 Americans are adjusting their vacation plans to address fiscal realities, according to Bankrate.

Motorist Ibrahim Khokhar said he’s not waiting until vacation season to start scrimping, according to The National Desk.

“I’m seeing almost a 25 percent increase in my fill-up price. So, like, before it used to cost me $45. Now it’s like $60, $65,” he said.

Like so many others, Khokhar said he’s now changing some daily habits because of rising prices.

“I’ve started kind of doing the math and how much each mile basically costs me. So it’s like $0.10, $0.15, so it’s like, is it really worth going to hang out with my friends?” he said.

In an Op-Ed for the New York Post, Kevin Williamson said President Biden has found a way to make a bad situation worse.

“When you don’t have any fresh ideas or real principles — and when your long-term goals are limited by the fact that the president, who was born during the Roosevelt administration, isn’t exactly buying any green bananas — then the easiest thing to do is to throw money at every problem,” he wrote. “Throwing money at things is how you make inflation worse.”

“Biden, who was in the Senate in the 1970s, is old enough to remember the word ‘stagflation,’ which is what you get when you have a stagnant economy and inflation at the same time,” Williamson said.

“And it is what you get when you combine the wrong monetary policy with the wrong fiscal policy, the wrong trade policy, the wrong regulatory policy, and the wrong energy policy.

“And that’s how you make inflation worse.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

For many families in Joe Biden’s America, going on vacation this summer means going for broke — literally. This summer, with lockdowns in tatters and everything open that opens, vacation planning has been going on at a record pace, according to Bloomberg. “Summer 2022 will be the busiest travel season ever,” Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern told the outlet. Getting there is no longer half the fun; in fact, it is a substantial portion of the pain. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the U.S. hit a new record high of $4.483 on Monday, according to AAA. A year ago, it was $3.042 on average. That is an increase of 47 percent. And that’s not all. The travel site Hopper.com says airfare is up 3 percent over last year and hotel rates are 20 percent higher than a year ago, according to WFMY-TV. And for anyone thinking of sending the kids off for a dose of the outdoors, plan to pay more when you can find a vacancy. Rates for summer camps are up 10 percent to 15 percent from a year ago amid strong demand, said Tom Rosenberg, president and CEO of the American Camp Association, according to CNN. “Demand is extremely strong for camps as parents are desperate for their kids to be out in nature with their peers and away from tech devices after two years of social distancing,” he said. So did the Grinch decide to steal summer? Not quite, but inflation has been at work for months, hitting 8.3 percent in April after an ugly 8.5 percent in March — the biggest month-over-month increase since December 1981. As a result, about seven in 10 Americans are adjusting their vacation plans to address fiscal realities, according to Bankrate. Motorist Ibrahim Khokhar said…

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