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Pro-Trump Members of Congress Finding Their Lives Threatened in the Name of #Resistance

It is undeniable that the level of political vitriol has hit a disturbing peak .

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It is undeniable that the level of political vitriol has hit a disturbing peak over the last few years, as progressives struggle to cope with the fact that Trump is, indeed, President, and nothing (so far) is going to change that.

Americans have a strong, proud history of criticizing our elected officials, as well we should; free speech is a foundational aspect of our founding philosophy.

However, law enforcement officials are struggling to wade through the onslaught of incredibly violent language aimed at many members of Congress and determined the legitimate threats from the empty ones.

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The Washington Times reports that “In the past couple of months, the Justice Department announced action in four cases involving people who threatened serious harm, or even death, to federal lawmakers.”

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“Most of those threats were made online, reflecting just one way people can convey their most vulgar feelings toward those on other sides of public policy disputes,” the explain. “Most of the targets have been Republican lawmakers, who are in the crosshairs of anti-Trump forces who relish their stance as a self-styled #Resistance.”

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Rep. Thomas A Garrett Jr., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, and an unnamed member of Congress all received open death threats via social media because of their support for or association with Trump.

“It would be easier to dismiss these disturbed rants were it not for James T. Hodgkinson, a left-wing zealot set on assassinating Republicans,” The Washington Times notes. “He drove from Illinois to Virginia, cased the ballpark in Alexandria where Republican lawmakers were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game and, on June 14, 2017, unleashed 62 rounds from a rifle and a handgun.

Hodgkinson is the man who drove from Illinois to Virginia with the sole purpose of assassinating Republican lawmakers, something he attempted when he opened fire on several congressmen on June 14th, 2017, as they practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. He fired 62 rounds from a rifle and handgun before he was fatally shot by Capitol Police special agents assigned to protect House Whip Steve Scalise, who was severely wounded by Hodgkinson.

However, in an era where you never know if violent threats on social media comes from someone letting off steam or some who has the makings of the next Hodgkinson, law enforcement has a tough job.

“I don’t envy the job law enforcement has of distinguishing between what we have to investigate and what we let slide, especially because you worry that the one case you overlook could have catastrophic consequences,” says Keith E. Whittington, a political science professor at Princeton University, as quoted by The Washington Times.

“We’re in a very polarized environment with a lot of heated rhetoric, and social media has further complicated it all,” Mr. Whittington said. “We don’t want law enforcement to overreact and police-protected political speech, but I think so far they have done a reasonably good job of investigating when people are issuing a true threat that we ought to worry about.”

Following Hodgkinson’s attack, Congress and the U.S. Capitol Police held a closed-door meeting to discuss the safety of members of Congress, and many unnamed Congressmen said they had also had their lives threatened.

While the FBI does not see a sustained trend of these threats, the U.S. Capitol Police, whose job it is to protect members of Congress, and the Justice Department declined to comment on how they are choosing to address this recent wave of threats.

 

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Southern Restaurant Scorched After Refusing to Serve Unvaccinated People

The unvaccinated are quickly becoming second class citizens in America.

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In these late-stages of the pandemic, there are a number of emerging plot lines that almost seem more controversial than those that we experienced at the beginning of this fiasco, and it makes us wonder if some of it isn’t just for show. For instance, in the restaurant industry, where just about every businesses owner is struggling mightily, there are a number of different approaches to dealing with this latest “delta” variant of COVID-19.  This is of particular note now that many establishments had reopened during the lull in cases, and are now hanging on for dear life during “delta”. But one restaurant in the deep south has thrown their prosperity aside, and are making the controversial decision to serve only vaccinated customers. An Atlanta restaurant is making the bold decision to serve only customers who are fully vaccinated. Argosy Restaurant and Bar, located in East Atlanta Village, is one of the first businesses in Georgia to mandate with signs that say “No Vax, No Service.” The company owner made the decision earlier this week after he and several of his employees, who were all fully vaccinated, contracted the virus as breakthrough cases. The owner has suggested that these breakthrough cases were worse for business than treating the unvaccinated as though they are second class citizens. “We did it strictly as a business decision after multiple staff members tested positive,” said restaurant owner Armando Celentano. “We had to close down during a busy weekend, losing out on tens of thousands of dollars.” The decisions certainly stirred up a great deal of conversation on social media, where the restaurant received both praise and criticism for its decision.

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US Women’s Soccer Team Skips Representing U.S.A. at Opening Ceremony

The ultra-woke U.S. women’s soccer team — big losers thus far — decided to skip representing the U.S.A. during the Olympics opening ceremonies.

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The ultra-woke U.S. women’s soccer team — big losers thus far — decided to skip representing the U.S.A. during the opening ceremonies at the Tokyo Olympics Friday. The famously anti-American soccer team claimed that they could not attend because they were scheduled to attend practice during the opening event, according to WXIA-TV. “Obviously we can’t be there, I don’t know who scheduled us to practice at this time,” chief anti-American team star Megan Rapinoe told the media. The women’s soccer team was all about protesting against the U.S.A. during its first Olympics game this week but lost to New Zealand in a crushing 3-0 final. Rapinoe added that this year’s gams are different than past games. “It looks quite different and feels quite different than in the past, but all of us are thrilled to be here,” she said. Team members Abby Dahlkemper and Rapinoe enacted a lame “private parade” and posted it to Twitter: https://twitter.com/USWNT/status/1418557013739536390 The America-hating women’s soccer team was not the only American team that skipped the opening ceremonies. Both the women’s and the men’s U.S. gymnastics teams also skipped the ceremonies. They similarly held their own version of the parade” https://twitter.com/InsideGym/status/1418539840564572160 Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

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