“MAD DOG” MATTIS GIVES NO-NONSENSE RESPONSE TO BRAINLESS FAKE NEWS REPORTER
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis emphatically denied a reporter’s suggestion Wednesday that the deployment of approximately 5,200 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border is part of a political stunt ahead of next week’s midterm elections.
“We don’t do stunts in this department. Thank you,” Mattis told a reporter who posed the question after a Pentagon meeting with Mattis’ South Korean counterpart. The defense secretary added the deployment was to provide “practical support” to the Department of Homeland Security and was based on a request from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The deployment is in response to the approach of a caravan containing an estimated 4,000 Central American migrants. An additional 2,000 to 3,000 forces have been told to prepare to deploy if needed.
The White House repeatedly has warned members of the caravan that they will not be allowed into the United States. In an interview with Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Monday night, President Trump vowed that the migrants “are not coming in” and said the administration would build “tent cities” to house asylum-seekers.
“We’re going to have tents, they’re going to be very nice and they’re going to wait and if they don’t get asylum, they get out,” the president said.
Federal law prohibits the military from acting as a domestic police force, which means the troops going to the border cannot…
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CRAZY DEMOCRAT TRIES TO DISTANCE HERSELF FROM OTHER CRAZY DEMOCRATS
Sen. Claire McCaskill’s, D-Mo., efforts to distance herself from “crazy Democrats” sparked a fiery backlash from a Missouri Democratic state senator, who responded by calling her a “piece of s—” and nicknaming her “Dixie Claire.”
“Claire McCaskill is desperate,” state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal tweeted. “She’s a piece of s—. Instead of knowing why people of color are angered by this administration, she chooses to put us and our families in harm’s way. If my family is harmed, blame it on Claire McCaskill. She deserves to lose. She is not a Democrat.”
McCaskill said in an interview earlier this week with Fox News’ Bret Baier that she was not a “crazy Democrat,” and took a swipe at Chappelle-Nadal in the process. The senator also released a radio advertisement in which a narrator assured constituents, “Claire’s not one of those crazy Democrats.”
“The crazy Democrats are people who walk in restaurants and scream at elected officials’ faces,” McCaskill told Baier. “The crazy Democrats are … we have a state senator here in Missouri that actually advocated for the assassination of President Trump. That’s a crazy Democrat.”
McCaskill was apparently referring to a comment from August last year in which Chappelle-Nadal said on Facebook: “I hope Trump is assassinated.” She eventually deleted the post and apologized. (CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING)
INDIANA DEMOCRAT PROVES HE’S A CLOSET RACIST
Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly – one of the most vulnerable Democrats heading into next week’s midterm elections – is taking heat after awkwardly responding to a question during Tuesday night’s Senate debate with Republican Mike Braun by saying several of his staffers are great at their jobs even though they are minorities.
“Our state director is Indian American, but he does an amazing job,” Donnelly said during the debate. “Our director of all constituent services — she’s African American, but she does an even more incredible job than you could ever imagine.”
Donnelly was immediately called out by Republicans for using the word “but” in describing the minority staffer’s talents.
Others argued the comments would be considered a big gaffe – if said by a Republican. (CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING)
PRESIDENT TRUMP BLASTS PAUL RYAN FOR BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP STANCE
President Trump on Wednesday bashed Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for rejecting his call to end birthright citizenship, deepening an intraparty feud over the controversial proposal days before the midterm elections.
Trump tweeted that Ryan should instead focus “on holding the Majority,” implicitly laying blame at the Speaker’s feet if the GOP loses control of the House.
“Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about!” Trump tweeted.
Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about! Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
The broadside comes one day after Ryan flatly denied that Trump could end birthright citizenship via executive order, which the president said during an interview with Axios is something he intends to do.
“You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order,” Ryan said.
Trump added that “our new Republican Majority will work on this,” seeming to suggest he would ask lawmakers to end the Constitution’s guarantee of citizenship for anyone born in the U.S. in addition to or in place of an executive order.
The testy exchange points to the underlying tensions between Trump and House Republicans as the GOP fights to hold on to its majority in the midterm elections on Tuesday.
Most handicappers think Democrats have a good chance of winning back the House majority, and Trump’s remarks about birthright citizenship were widely seen as damaging to vulnerable Republicans struggling to hold on to suburban House districts.
But Trump has decided to double down on his hard-line immigration stance in the final stretch before Election Day, a plan he hopes will fire up his core supporters and get them to the polls.