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Trump Steps Back From Insurrection Act, But Not Before Military Leaders Issue Strong Rebuke

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President Donald Trump has signaled that he is going to step back from threats he’s made concerning the deployment of federal troops to states that are refusing to use the military to quell riots and violent protests, but not before leaders in the military issued sharp rebukes for his position on the matter.

Trump spoke with with former White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Newsmax TV Wednesday saying, “I don’t think we’ll have to,” referring, of course, to the invoking of the Insurrection Act, which would dispatch active-duty military troops on the streets to help reign in the current chaos.

“We have very strong powers to do it. The National Guard is customary, and we have a very powerful National Guard, over 300,000 men and women, and we can do pretty much whatever we want as far as that,” the president said. “But as far as going beyond that, sure, if it was necessary.”

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On a leaked call Monday, Trump called governors “weak” and urged them, with the backing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, to call up more National Guard members to quell protests in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody.

“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” he said.

Esper went on to say on Wednesday morning that the military lexicon was inappropriate.

“I’ve always believed and continue to believe that the National Guard is best suited for performing domestic support to civil authorities in these situations,” Esper stated.

“I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”

The former National Guardsman went on to add,

“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now.”

Another major criticism for President Trump’s handling of this situation came from his former secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, who resigned back in 2018 after disagreeing with Trump’s policy concerning Syria.

Mattis said, “I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled.We do not need to militarize our response to protests.”

“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens — much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside,” Mattis added.

Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Obama years, also slammed the president in a piece that was published by the Atlantic.

“It sickened me yesterday to see security personnel—including members of the National Guard — forcibly and violently clear a path through Lafayette Square to accommodate the president’s visit outside St. John’s Church,” Mullen penned. “The United States has a long and, to be fair, sometimes troubled history of using the armed forces to enforce domestic laws.”

“We must, as citizens, address head-on the issue of police brutality and sustained injustices against the African American community. … And neither of these pursuits will be made easier or safer by an overly aggressive use of our military, active duty or National Guard,” Mullen continued.

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Local Rancher Has Major Doubts About Search for Brian Laundrie in Florida Reserve

“No buzzards, no body”.

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The most wanted man in America is said to be hiding out in a vast, protected wilderness near his home in Florida, and police have now spent well over a week scouring the land for evidence.

Brian Laundrie went missing just days before the body of his fiancée Gabby Petito was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, some 2,200 miles away.  Laundrie had returned home to Florida without Petito, refusing to speak to police about her sudden disappearance.

Police honed in on the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000+ acre wilderness near his family home where his parents claim he went hiking the last time that they saw him.

One local man with knowledge of the area now says it’s unlikely that Laundrie is still there…if he ever was.

Florida cattle rancher Alan McEwen has spent nearly every day of the last 30 years navigating the woods where Brian Laundrie is suspected of hiding and says it’s not conducive to habitation.

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“There’s no surviving out here, I don’t know how to say it,” McEwen told Fox News Digital.

The weather has played a significant role in McEwen’s belief as well, after the Carlton Reserve received a heavy dose of rainfall.

“Unless he’s got a butt like a duck and can float, he’s not in there,” McEwen said as he gave Fox News Digital a tour of the submerged park in his swamp buggy.

Some have wondered if Laundrie perhaps fled into the swamp to harm himself, but McEwen finds that unlikely as well…and for a macabre reason.

“Anything dead you find in the woods, you’re gonna look up, you’re gonna see buzzards flying like crazy,” he said. “No buzzards, no body is my theory. And I haven’t seen any buzzards flying.”

The most wanted man in America is said to be hiding out in a vast, protected wilderness near his home in Florida, and police have now spent well over a week scouring the land for evidence. Brian Laundrie went missing just days before the body of his fiancée Gabby Petito was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, some 2,200 miles away.  Laundrie had returned home to Florida without Petito, refusing to speak to police about her sudden disappearance. Police honed in on the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000+ acre wilderness near his family home where his parents claim he went hiking the last time that they saw him. One local man with knowledge of the area now says it’s unlikely that Laundrie is still there…if he ever was. Florida cattle rancher Alan McEwen has spent nearly every day of the last 30 years navigating the woods where Brian Laundrie is suspected of hiding and says it’s not conducive to habitation. “There’s no surviving out here, I don’t know how to say it,” McEwen told Fox News Digital. The weather has played a significant role in McEwen’s belief as well, after the Carlton Reserve received a heavy dose of rainfall. “Unless he’s got a butt like a duck and can float, he’s not in there,” McEwen said as he gave Fox News Digital a tour of the submerged park in his swamp buggy. Some have wondered if Laundrie perhaps fled into the swamp to harm himself, but McEwen finds that unlikely as well…and for a macabre reason. “Anything dead you find in the woods, you’re gonna look up, you’re gonna see buzzards flying like crazy,” he said. “No buzzards, no body is my theory. And I haven’t seen any buzzards flying.”

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Here are the 135 GOP Congressmen Who Voted with Democrats to Take Your Guns

Democrats added a “Red Flag” law to the Defense act would give authorities the right to take your guns. And 135 Republicans joined them.

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Last week, House Democrats added a “Red Flag” law to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to give authorities the rights to take your guns away. And 135 Republicans joined them.

According to Cam Edwards at Bearing Arms:

“The military version of the red flag law proposed by Democrats looks a lot like the civilian version found in more than a dozen states. Without being charged or even accused of a crime, a service member could have their right to possess a firearm taken away from them by a military court, and the subject of the red flag order wouldn’t even have a chance to provide any evidence on their behalf for up to 30 days after the court’s order was issued.”

Edwards added that the provision has major flaws:

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Just like with the red flag laws in place in states from California to Connecticut, if a person is found (through a lowered standard of review than what is used in a criminal proceeding) to be a danger to themselves or others by a judge, there’s no actual mental health component to the order removing guns. A supposedly dangerous person can be left with knives, pills, poison, gasoline and matches, and any other tool they might use to take their own life or the lives of others as long as any legally owned guns are taken away.

Let’s hope the U.S. Senate eliminates this Democrat add-on to the NDAA.

Still, despite how bad these provisions are, 135 Republicans voted for it, anyway!

Here are the RINOS who went all in to take away your guns with the slightest provocation:

Rick W. Allen – Georgia

Mark E. Amodei – Nevada

Don Bacon – Nebraska

James R. Baird – Indiana

Troy Balderson – Ohio

Jim Banks – Indiana

Andy Barr – Kentucky

Cliff Bentz – Oregon

Jack Bergman – Michigan

Stephanie I. Bice – Oklahoma

Gus M. Bilirakis – Florida

Mike Bost – Illinois

Kevin Brady – Texas

Vern Buchanan – Florida

Larry Bucshon – Indiana

Ken Calvert – California

Kat Cammack – Florida

Jerry L. Carl – Alabama

Earl L. “Buddy” Carter – Georgia

John R. Carter – Texas

Madison Cawthorn – North Carolina

Liz Cheney – Wyoming

Tom Cole – Oklahoma

Eric A. “Rick” Crawford – Arkansas

Dan Crenshaw – Texas

Rodney Davis – Illinois

Scott DesJarlais – Tennessee

Mario Diaz-Balart – Florida

Neal P. Dunn – Florida

Jake Ellzey – Texas

Pat Fallon – Texas

Randy Feenstra – Iowa

Drew Ferguson IV – Georgia

Scott Fitzgerald – Wisconsin

Brian K. Fitzpatrick – Pennsylvania

Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann – Tennessee

Virginia Foxx – North Carolina

Scott Franklin – Florida

Matt Gaetz – Florida

Mike Gallagher – Wisconsin

Andrew R. Garbarino – New York

Bob Gibbs – Ohio

Carlos A. Gimenez – Florida

Tony Gonzales – Texas

Anthony Gonzalez – Ohio

Kay Granger – Texas

Garret Graves – Louisiana

Sam Graves – Missouri

Mark E. Green – Tennessee

Brett Guthrie – Kentucky

Diana Harshbarger – Tennessee

Vicky Hartzler – Missouri

Jaime Herrera Beutler – Washington

French Hill – Arkansas

Ashley Hinson – Iowa

Trey Hollingsworth – Indiana

Richard Hudson – North Carolina

Darrell Issa – California

Ronny Jackson – Texas

Chris Jacobs – New York

Mike Johnson – Louisiana

Bill Johnson – Ohio

Dusty Johnson – South Dakota

David P. Joyce – Ohio

John Joyce – Pennsylvania

John Katko – New York

Fred Keller – Pennsylvania

Trent Kelly – Mississippi

Mike Kelly – Pennsylvania

Young Kim – California

Adam Kinzinger – Illinois

David Kustoff – Tennessee

Darin LaHood – Illinois

Doug Lamborn – Colorado

Robert E. Latta – Ohio

Jake LaTurner – Kansas

Julia Letlow – Louisiana

Billy Long – Missouri

Frank D. Lucas – Oklahoma

Blaine Luetkemeyer – Missouri

Nancy Mace – South Carolina

Nicole Malliotakis – New York

Tracey Mann – Kansas

Kevin McCarthy – California

Michael T. McCaul – Texas

Lisa C. McClain – Michigan

Patrick T. McHenry – North Carolina

David B. McKinley – West Virginia

Peter Meijer – Michigan

Daniel Meuser – Pennsylvania

Carol D. Miller – West Virginia

Mariannette Miller-Meeks – Iowa

John R. Moolenaar – Michigan

Blake D. Moore – Utah

Gregory F. Murphy – North Carolina

Dan Newhouse – Washington

Devin Nunes – California

Jay Obernolte – California

Greg Pence – Indiana

August Pfluger – Texas

Tom Reed – New York

Guy Reschenthaler – Pennsylvania

Cathy McMorris Rodgers – Washington

Harold Rogers – Kentucky

David Rouzer – North Carolina

Maria Elvira Salazar – Florida

Steve Scalise – Louisiana

Austin Scott – Georgia

Michael K. Simpson – Idaho

Adrian Smith – Nebraska

Christopher H. Smith – New Jersey

Victoria Spartz – Indiana

Pete Stauber – Minnesota

Michelle Steel – California

Elise M. Stefanik – New York

Bryan Steil – Wisconsin

Claudia Tenney – New York

Glenn Thompson – Pennsylvania

Michael R. Turner – Ohio

Fred Upton – Michigan

David G. Valadao – California

Jefferson Van Drew – New Jersey

Beth Van Duyne – Texas

Ann Wagner – Missouri

Tim Walberg – Michigan

Jackie Walorski – Indiana

Michael Waltz – Florida

Brad R. Wenstrup – Ohio

Bruce Westerman – Arkansas

Joe Wilson – South Carolina

Robert J. Wittman – Virginia

Steve Womack – Arkansas

Don Young – Alaska

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Last week, House Democrats added a “Red Flag” law to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to give authorities the rights to take your guns away. And 135 Republicans joined them. According to Cam Edwards at Bearing Arms: “The military version of the red flag law proposed by Democrats looks a lot like the civilian version found in more than a dozen states. Without being charged or even accused of a crime, a service member could have their right to possess a firearm taken away from them by a military court, and the subject of the red flag order wouldn’t even have a chance to provide any evidence on their behalf for up to 30 days after the court’s order was issued.” Edwards added that the provision has major flaws: Just like with the red flag laws in place in states from California to Connecticut, if a person is found (through a lowered standard of review than what is used in a criminal proceeding) to be a danger to themselves or others by a judge, there’s no actual mental health component to the order removing guns. A supposedly dangerous person can be left with knives, pills, poison, gasoline and matches, and any other tool they might use to take their own life or the lives of others as long as any legally owned guns are taken away. Let’s hope the U.S. Senate eliminates this Democrat add-on to the NDAA. Still, despite how bad these provisions are, 135 Republicans voted for it, anyway! Here are the RINOS who went all in to take away your guns with the slightest provocation: Rick W. Allen – Georgia Mark E. Amodei – Nevada Don Bacon – Nebraska James R. Baird – Indiana Troy Balderson – Ohio Jim Banks – Indiana Andy Barr – Kentucky…

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