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Illegal Border Crossings ‘Nearly Double’ Thanks to $5 Ladders That Easily Hook Onto Trump’s New Replacement Wall

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President Donald Trump has diverted billions of dollars from the Pentagon to ensure his campaign promise to “build a wall” from coast to coast is being kept before the November 2020 election. But what if that wall was not only ineffective, but led to more illegal border crossings?

The New York Times Editorial Board just days ago published a column that slams the diverted funds as “a Campaign Donation From the Pentagon.”

“That ‘big, beautiful wall’ President Trump never tires of carrying on about is becoming one of the most expensive campaign stunts ever. It is a potentially unconstitutional one as well,” the Board writes.

Meanwhile, The Independent reports “Smugglers are reportedly helping migrants scale sections of Donald Trump’s multi-billion border wall using $5 ladders.”

The ladders are made of rebar, similar to that used in the replacement wall that is costing taxpayers – not Mexico – billions of dollars. So similar that it is hard to detect because they “match the rust brown colours of the wall.”

The crossings have increased so much thanks to the easily-defeated wall that “Border Patrol apprehensions of single adults — those most likely to use the ladder method — have nearly doubled in the El Paso sector.”

In just a few months, from October 2019 to January 2020 Border Patrol agents apprehended 10,030 people, “compared with 5,150 in the same period a year ago.”

The Times adds that the cost of Trump’s wall “has been somewhere between $20 million and $30 million per mile in southern Texas,” and “the price will only rise as the administration moves to acquire privately owned land through eminent domain, a process that entails lengthy and costly legal action.”

In June of 2015 candidate Trump announced, “I would build a great wall, and no one builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively.”

 

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Modly Out – Defense Secretary Accepts Acting Navy Chief’s Resignation Over Disastrous Firing of Hero Captain

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Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly offered his resignation earlier Tuesday. It was accepted Tuesday afternoon, just one day after he flew to Guam to tell sailors aboard a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the captain he had firing for trying to protect them was “stupid.”

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in a letter (below) announced he had accepted Modly’s resignation, saying that the Navy can now “move on.”

Modly on Monday told thousands of sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt their former CO, Capt. Brett Crozier, was either “too stupid” or “too naive” to helm the ship because the letter he sent to his superiors urging help for the 100 or more sailors who had contracted coronavirus was leaked to the press.

The number of sailors testing positive for coronavirus has skyrocketed to 173 or more, and Crozier on Sunday was diagnosed with COVID-19 as well.

Modly told them Crozier embarassed the Navy and them by sending a letter he should have known would leak.

A transcript and audio recording of Modly’s disastrous speech were immediately leaked to the press. In the audio, one sailor can be heard responding to calling Crozier “stupid” with an astonished expletive.

The editor in chief of Task & Purpose posted Esper’s letter:

Modly effectively was President Donald Trump’s fourth Navy Secretary. This was his second tour as Acting Navy Secretary under this president.

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Acting Navy Secretary Offers Resignation After Disastrous Speech Telling Crew Their ‘Hero’ Captain He Fired Was ‘Stupid’

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Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly has offered his resignation to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, after his disastrous handling of the coronavirus outbreak aboard a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, his decision to fire its commanding officer, and then calling that CO “stupid,” as Politico reports.

Esper has said he supported Modly’s decision to immediately fire Capt. Brett Crozier last week.

It is not known if Esper will accept Modly’s resignation, but public outrage over the massive coronavirus infection and what many see as Navy leadership ignoring it has been pervasive.

A Washington Post report last week stated Modly had said he was firing the Captain because President Trump wanted him to.

“Navy sources had said Modly told a colleague that Trump ‘wants him [Crozier] fired,’ and though Modly denied getting any direct message to that effect, he clearly understood that Trump was unhappy with the uproar surrounding the Roosevelt.”

Modly on Monday flew eight hours to Guam to deliver a speech to the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt during which he told sailors their fired commanding officer was “too stupid” to helm their ship, because he should have known his letter pleading with his superiors to help his crew would get leaked.

Acting Sec. Modly’s speech – the transcript and audio – were immediately leaked to the press.

He has since apologized for his profanity, which he erroneously claims is a major source of public outrage, and for calling Crozier “stupid” and “naive.”

In the leaked audio one sailor can be heard saying “What the f***?” when Modly called their captain “stupid.”

Modly is effectively President Donald Trump’s fourth Navy Secretary. This is his second tour as Acting Navy Secretary under this president.

Trump fired Modly’s predecessor, Richard Spencer over Spencer’s opposition to Trump pardoning a Navy SEAL charged with committing war crimes. Spencer is the only Senate-confirmed Navy Secretary Trump has had.

Upon taking office Trump asked for the resignations of most of President Barack Obama’s military leaders, including then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who “served as the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy, the longest to serve as leader of the Navy and Marine Corps since World War I,” the Defense Dept. website says.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

 

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‘Politicize My Death’: Americans Furious Supreme Court Forcing Wisconsin Voters to ‘Literally Risk Their Lives to Vote’

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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday evening overruled a lower court and declared the polls must open as scheduled Tuesday morning across the state of Wisconsin, despite a global coronavirus pandemic that has killed at least 10,966 people in the United States.

Americans – mostly liberals, progressives, and Democrats – are furious. Republicans, who pushed to open the polls knowing turnout will be slashed, are thrilled.

Going to the polls to vote for many will not only be difficult, but potentially life-threatening.

Focusing her ire on the conservative majority’s justices Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Monday night that the Supreme Court was “undermining our democracy.” And in her dissent in the Wisconsin case, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg warned the ruling could lead to “massive disenfranchisement.”

A great many poll workers, who are often senior citizens and at high risk of death from the coronavirus, refused to show up, forcing the majority of polling places to be shut down.

Here’s what the polls looked like when they opened Tuesday morning:

This tweet seems to sum up a lot of what many are feeling:

More videos of Wisconsin polling places, with what some are saying:

But this thread captures the existential anger many are feeling:

 

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