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Watch: GOP Sen Presses Becerra Why 'Mother' Replaced with Term 'Birthing Person' in Biden Budget

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GOP Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on Thursday concerning why the Biden administration’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget replaces the term “mother” with “birthing people.”

The exchange, specifically referencing where the budget addresses maternal health, took place while Becerra appeared before the Senate Finance Committee, according to a news release from Lankford’s office.

“I also noticed you changed a term in your budget work. You shifted in places from using the term ‘mother’ to ‘birthing people,’ rather than mother. Can you help me get a good definition of ‘birthing people'”? the senator asked.

Becerra appeared to struggle with how to respond.

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“Well, I’ll check on the language there, but I think if we’re talking about those who give birth, I think we’re talking about … I don’t know how else to explain it to you other than …,” the HHS secretary said.

Lankford jumped in to further clarify.

“I was a little taken aback when I just read it and saw it, that the term mother was gone in spots and it was replaced with ‘birthing people.’ And I didn’t know if this a direction that you were going, if there were shifts, if there are regulatory changes that are happening related to that or what the purpose of that is,” the senator said.

Becerra did not elaborate much further, promising to take a closer look at the wording.

“I think it’s probably — and again I’d have to go back and take a look at the language that was used in the budget — but I think it, it simply reflects the work that’s being done,” he said.

Lankford drilled into the topic a little further, saying if the point was not to offend anyone, the terminology likely failed on that count.

“The language is important always. We don’t want to offend in our language,” he said. “But would you at least admit calling a mom a ‘birthing person’ could be offensive to some moms, that they don’t want to get like a ‘Happy birthing person’ card in May?”

“Can you at least admit that term itself could be offensive to some moms?” he further queried.

Becerra did not concede the point.

“Senator, I’ll go back and take a look a look at the terminology that was used and I could get back to you, but again if we’re trying to be precise in the language that’s used,” he said.

Lankford replied, “Mom’s a pretty good word. That’s worked for a while and I think it’s pretty precise, as well.”

Becerra made headlines during his confirmation hearing in February when he used the term “future baby” while justifying his 2003 vote against a ban on partial-birth abortions.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Jill Biden’s Elitism Shows as She Forces Kids to Mask While She Goes Maskless Reading to Them

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Trust Jill Biden’s masking advice. After all, she’s a doctor.

Not a medical doctor, mind you — she has a doctorate in education — but I’ve been reliably informed it’s misogynist if you don’t call her “doctor.” So trust her when she models proper masking behavior: 70-year-old adults can go without one, but kids had better cover their faces.

Sound backward? She’s a doctor. Are you questioning the (educational) science? (“Questioning the science” is something that power-hungry liberals always love to tar their opponents with. We’re dedicated to fighting that kind of forced conformity here at The Western Journal — and you can help us by subscribing.)

According to the Daily Caller, the first lady welcomed some second-graders from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland, on Monday as she unveiled the White House’s Christmas decorations and read from her children’s book, “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops.”

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Dr. Seuss it wasn’t, so perhaps the White House wanted to hide the reactions on the faces of the little tykes. Whatever the case, notice the difference between Jill Biden and the children as she asks them how much money they got from the tooth fairy:

Jill apparently needn’t wear a mask. The kids, however, had to cover their faces. Don’t let the dirty riff-raff breathe all over the joint, I guess.

The full remarks were carried on C-SPAN and evinced more mask hypocrisy from the adults.



At the 26-minute mark, Martin and Chris Kratt of PBS’ “Wild Kratts” come into the room wearing masks but quickly take them off. They speak maskless for a little less than four minutes before they introduce the first lady, “Dr. Jill Biden!” (What are the odds that PBS would lose federal funding if they forgot the “doctor” part?)

The book-reading begins at around the 33-minute mark. The 2012 book, which tells the story of Jill Biden’s late stepson Beau’s deployment, means exceptionally well, but sounds as if it could have been written or read by any adult present at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on Monday. (I’m guessing some of the kids probably could have penned it, for that matter.)

Thus, keeping the first lady’s mask off allowed the students to remind themselves they were gazing upon the first lady to distract themselves from her leaden prose. After the reading, however, she kept on going maskless — even though the Kratts, having reappeared at around the 46-minute mark, were masked up.

If the Kratt brothers can mask up, why can’t Jill Biden?

If one wishes to “follow the science,” for instance, consider that the first lady is exponentially more likely to die of COVID than the youngsters are. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, 175,430 Americans between the ages of 65-74 have died of the virus as of Nov. 24. Only 621 under the age of 17 have. Furthermore, the 17 kids were all tested for COVID before they came to the White House.

The masking drew some reactions on Twitter.

“Jill Biden forces little children to mask and social distance at the White House while she does neither. This is beyond stupid. This is a cruel and sick abuse to children for a Christmas celebration,” Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson tweeted.

Furthermore, this comes days after President Joe Biden went maskless inside a store in Nantucket, Massachusetts, over Thanksgiving vacation. The president could be seen through a glass door with a large sign reading, “Required Face Covering.”

At least Dr. Jill’s husband wasn’t forcing kids to wear masks while he went maskless. That’s a different level of elitist hypocrisy right there.

And to think, Whoopi Goldberg once floated the first lady as a possible pick for surgeon general. Some doctor she turned out to be.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Trust Jill Biden’s masking advice. After all, she’s a doctor. Not a medical doctor, mind you — she has a doctorate in education — but I’ve been reliably informed it’s misogynist if you don’t call her “doctor.” So trust her when she models proper masking behavior: 70-year-old adults can go without one, but kids had better cover their faces. Sound backward? She’s a doctor. Are you questioning the (educational) science? (“Questioning the science” is something that power-hungry liberals always love to tar their opponents with. We’re dedicated to fighting that kind of forced conformity here at The Western Journal — and you can help us by subscribing.) According to the Daily Caller, the first lady welcomed some second-graders from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland, on Monday as she unveiled the White House’s Christmas decorations and read from her children’s book, “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops.” Dr. Seuss it wasn’t, so perhaps the White House wanted to hide the reactions on the faces of the little tykes. Whatever the case, notice the difference between Jill Biden and the children as she asks them how much money they got from the tooth fairy: First Lady Dr. Jill Biden asks a group of kids visiting the White House how much money they get from the Tooth Fairy. pic.twitter.com/matJbvm373 — The Recount (@therecount) November 29, 2021 Jill apparently needn’t wear a mask. The kids, however, had to cover their faces. Don’t let the dirty riff-raff breathe all over the joint, I guess. The full remarks were carried on C-SPAN and evinced more mask hypocrisy from the adults. At the 26-minute mark, Martin and Chris Kratt of PBS’ “Wild Kratts” come into the room wearing masks but quickly take them off. They speak maskless for a little less than four minutes before…

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No Friends Left: Even the Dems Say the Trump-Hating Lincoln Project Shouldn’t Exist

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The Lincoln Project was born out of hatred of former President Donald Trump.

But now, in “post-Trump” times, all the allies that the Lincoln Project once had are beginning to turn against it.

The Lincoln Project has the righteous goal of “holding accountable those who would violate their oaths to the Constitution and would put others before Americans.”

But even in its own mission statement, the organization really just lays out that it wants to be anti-Trump.

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“The Lincoln Project launched with two stated objectives. The first was to defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box. The second was to ensure Trumpism failed alongside him. As we have seen, our fight against Trumpism is only beginning. We must combat these forces everywhere and at all times. Our democracy depends on it,” the stated mission on the website reads.

The problem for the Lincoln Project now is that Trump is gone. The adversary, the main object of its hatred, is no longer in office.

However, the Lincoln Project is still determined to keep fighting.

“The Lincoln Project’s mission heading into 2022 is simple and direct: Defeat the Republican Party and their candidates in key states and Congressional districts. There is no path forward for today’s GOP — there is no way out of the dark wilderness they’ve created. This is not a fight between right and left, or conservative and liberal. It is a fight for the future of America and preserving the chance to create her best future,” co-founder Reed Galen said, as Florida Politics reported.

But people are getting sick of the Lincoln Project.

In fact, many are even beginning to criticize the Lincoln Project’s over-the-top antics as a trigger to pave the way for a Trump comeback.

“And one of the organization’s most recognized members is facing blowback for rooting for another Trump nomination on grounds that he’d be the easiest Republican to beat in the general election,” Politico reported.

More recently, the organization drew heavy fire for their strange and tasteless stunt of planting fake protesters outside the campaign bus of the then Virginia-gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin. They were dressed in outfits reminiscent of the far-right extremists who were involved in the Charlottesville violence in 2017, as Forbes reported.

The Lincoln Project released a statement saying they put those “protesters” there as “our way of reminding Virginians what happened in Charlottesville four years ago, the Republican Party’s embrace of those values, and Glenn Youngkin’s failure to condemn it.”

This garnered criticism from all sides.

Even Democrats are tired of the Lincoln Project and want them to move forward and stop focusing on Trump.

“Read the room … They sound like me in 2016,” Zac Petkanas, a Democratic strategist and former aide to Hillary Clinton, told Politico

The problem is that the Lincoln Project will have a hard time stopping itself, because it accidentally became very successful and made a lot of money.

“None of the dissident Republican consultants who created the Lincoln Project a year earlier had imagined how wildly successful it would be, pulling in more than $87 million in donations and producing scores of viral videos,” the New York Times reported.

Now the Lincoln Project seems to be struggling to stay relevant. But that’s just soliciting more eye rolls and doubts about what the organization is really doing.

As one former official of the group told Fox News, the Lincoln Project was “utterly desperate” and “disgustingly unpatriotic.”

In short, the Lincoln Project may have had a flash of brilliance and support, but the moment is over.

“It was the darling of the resistance for savagely attacking Donald Trump. But now, everyone keeps rolling their eyes at the Lincoln Project and fears they may be clearing a path for the former president’s reemergence,” Politco wrote.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The Lincoln Project was born out of hatred of former President Donald Trump. But now, in “post-Trump” times, all the allies that the Lincoln Project once had are beginning to turn against it. The Lincoln Project has the righteous goal of “holding accountable those who would violate their oaths to the Constitution and would put others before Americans.” But even in its own mission statement, the organization really just lays out that it wants to be anti-Trump. “The Lincoln Project launched with two stated objectives. The first was to defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box. The second was to ensure Trumpism failed alongside him. As we have seen, our fight against Trumpism is only beginning. We must combat these forces everywhere and at all times. Our democracy depends on it,” the stated mission on the website reads. The problem for the Lincoln Project now is that Trump is gone. The adversary, the main object of its hatred, is no longer in office. However, the Lincoln Project is still determined to keep fighting. “The Lincoln Project’s mission heading into 2022 is simple and direct: Defeat the Republican Party and their candidates in key states and Congressional districts. There is no path forward for today’s GOP — there is no way out of the dark wilderness they’ve created. This is not a fight between right and left, or conservative and liberal. It is a fight for the future of America and preserving the chance to create her best future,” co-founder Reed Galen said, as Florida Politics reported. But people are getting sick of the Lincoln Project. In fact, many are even beginning to criticize the Lincoln Project’s over-the-top antics as a trigger to pave the way for a Trump comeback. “And one of the organization’s most recognized members is facing blowback…

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