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Chris Christie: No Syrian Refugees, ‘Not Even 5-Year Old Orphans’

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It’s like Bridgegate 2.0, only this time orphaned refugees are being blocked from New Jersey.

Republicans today are rushing to see who can deliver the most disgusting denouncement of Syrian refugees, in the wake of the Paris attacks, based on false stories that a terrorist had a Syrian passport (it was fake). New Jersey Governor (and, oddly, still-in-the-race presidential candidate) Chris Christie has won the prize.

No Syrian refugees, now, not even five-year old orphans, Christie said to conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt today

It really has come to this. 

A 53-year old man is literally afraid of a 5-year old baby.

LOOK: GOP Governors Race To Ban Syrian Refugees From Their States, Forget They Don’t Have That Authority

Christie, according to Hewitt, claimed he doesn’t want Syrian refugees in America because “he lacks confidence in Administration’s vetting ability,” as Hewitt tweeted – except he got the age wrong.

“I don’t think orphans under five should be admitted to the United States at this point, they have no family here, how are we going to care for these folks?,” Christie asked, apparently assuming five-year old orphans can be cared for elsewhere, but not in the richest country on earth.

And it’s a shame the Republicans don’t even bother to acquaint themselves with how the refugees are vetted.  

 

Image by Marc Nozell via Flickr and a CC license
Hat tip: Salon

 

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‘Trump Is Advocating Civil War’: Reporter Stunned When President Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, instead sending a message to Democrats to “get rid of the ballots.”

Trump’s remarks were so disturbing the reporter who asked the question called it “the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked.”

Veteran journalist Brian Karem, a political analyst for CNN and the White House correspondent for Playboy, had asked the President the very simple question.

“Well we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump replied. “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, the ballots are a disaster.”

“Get ri9d of the ballots and you’ll have – we’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there will be a continuation.”

“The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it? The Democrats.”

Ballots are how Americans cast their votes, and have been doing so for centuries.

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‘I Have to Leave for an Emergency Phone Call’: Trump Splits From His Own Press Conference for a ‘Big Call’

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President Donald Trump was late for his 6:00 PM press conference and literally left in the middle for an “emergency” phone call.

“I have to leave for an emergency phone call,” Trump told reporters in the White House press briefing room. As he tried to leave one reporter peppered him with spot-on questions about this afternoon’s decision by a grand jury to not charge any of the three Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Asked what the call was about, Trump replied, “I have a big call.”

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'TIME TO WAKE UP'

‘Five-Alarm Fire’: Top Expert Warns on Trump and Election – ‘I’ve Never Been More Worried About American Democracy’

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One of the top elections experts in the country has just issued a “five alarm fire” warning: “time to wake up.”

Richard L. Hasen, better known as “Rick,” says “I’ve never been more worried about American democracy than I am right now.” Hasen is a law professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and was a founding co-editor at Election Law Journal.

Professor Hasen has a Master’s and PhD degree in political science and also has a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD), but may be best know for his writings at ElectionLawBlog.

“If we are lucky enough, the election will not be close, and we will avoid this election meltdown only to start panicking again in the run-up to 2024. But if it is close, all bets are off,” Hasen writes at Slate.

Hasen points to a two-pronged attack being waged by Trump.

The first is to try to reduce turnout, including the return of mail-in ballots – which he calls “not a particularly strong” argument.

The “second play…is far more worrisome.”

“The idea is to throw so much muck into the process and cast so much doubt on who is the actual winner in one of those swing states because of supposed massive voter fraud and uncertainty about the rules for absentee ballots that some other actor besides the voter will decide the winner of the election,” Hasen warns. “That could be the RBG-less Supreme Court resolving a dispute over a group of ballots. Indeed, on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence suggested that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement needs to be seated, possibly without so much as a hearing, in order to decide ‘election issues [that] may come before the Supreme Court in the days following the election,’ including questions involving ‘universal unsolicited mail’ and states ‘extending the deadline” for ballot receipt.'”

(Hasen generously links to NCRM’s report on Pence’s remarks here.)

“The president has been laying the groundwork for these claims for months, and just Tuesday his son, Donald Trump Jr., baselessly suggested that Democrats will ‘add millions of fraudulent ballots that can cancel your vote and overturn the election.’ (The video remains up on Facebook even though it contains blatant election disinformation. Facebook has added a label to the post, however,)” Hasen adds.

He concludes, “if another body tries to overturn the will of the people in voting for president, there will be protests in the streets, with the potential for violence.”

Read Hasen’s entire piece here.

 

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