Saturday, May 23, 2020

More evidence comes to light

Tulsa wants Tesla

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Tulsa has transformed its landmark 75-foot-tall Golden Driller statue into a likeness of the Tesla CEO in a bid to convince him to open a new factory in the Oklahoma metropolis. ⁣ ⁣The statue, which is the fifth-tallest in the continental U.S. and stands outside the Tulsa Expo Center, was built in the 1960s as a tribute to the state’s petroleum industry. Its electrifying makeover included replacing its “Tulsa” belt buckle with one that says “Tesla,” adding the automaker’s logo to its chest and painting its face to resemble Musk’s. ⁣ ⁣Tesla is currently looking for a location for a second U.S. automotive manufacturing facility to build its Model Y utility vehicle and upcoming Cybertruck pickup, and has reportedly narrowed down its choices between Tulsa and Austin, Texas. ⁣ ⁣The Wednesday stunt was put on by the Tesla Owners of Oklahoma, and supported by Mayor G.T. Bynum.

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🇺🇸 Vice President Mike Pence @mikepence told Breitbart News that he and President Donald Trump are excited to get the United States reopened and moving again as the coronavirus pandemic recedes nationwide. Backstage after a roundtable with local business leaders here at Waffle House corporate headquarters, where Pence and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp @govkemp appeared to encourage the continued reopening of the country, Pence told Breitbart News that Georgia’s efforts led by Kemp to reopen aggressively have been successful and are a model for the nation. All 50 states have begun reopening in one way or another, Pence noted in the interview that aired on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM @siriusxm 125 the Patriot Channel, citing Georgia and Florida—where Pence visited earlier in the week with Gov. Ron DeSantis—as examples for the country. “It would be on April 15, 30 days into the mitigation efforts that we presented to the country—that the president directed the White House Coronavirus Task Force to publish guidelines for opening up America,” Pence said. “We believed because of what the American people were doing and continued to do over that 45 days that we would be in a position for some states and some counties around the country to begin to reopen and put America back to work. Nobody wants to reopen this country more than President Donald Trump. So we equipped governors around the country to be ready for when the 45 Days to Slow the Spread came to an end. Georgia and Florida and other states around the country evaluated the cases in their state, evaluated the data, and have been and have taken steps that are now demonstrating that we can safely and responsibly reopen our economy without putting the people of this country’s health and wellbeing at risk. I think Gov. Kemp also and Gov. DeSantis also recognize that this isn’t a choice between health and a growing economy. It really is a choice between health and health. There are serious health consequences if we were to continue indefinitely the lockdowns that we asked the American people to embrace for 45 days. I must tell you, I know the president is as grateful as I am that as we sit here today.”

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All Business Is Essential

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In an act of what he calls “economic disobedience,” Erik Kiilunen is posting “All Business is Essential” billboards around Michigan to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shutdown orders. Billboards will be appearing in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Howell, and Kiilunen said it’s only the beginning. “All business is essential, and the government, and state governors, do not have the legal authority to pick and choose who has the right to work and feed their families, and who doesn’t,” he said. Kiilunen appeared on The Kyle Olson Show and said, “What I want to do with this campaign is 1. Eliminate fear, 2. Educate the public, and 3. Restart the economy.” He said he doesn’t fear contracting the coronavirus after looking at the data, but something he does fear is “doing this another 2-3 months, taking $5-6 billion out of the state’s economy and saying, ‘okay, now what do we do with 3-4 million unemployed people?'” Kiilunen said when the state shutdown, his manufacturing business “lost $600,000 overnight. I had a 10-man contracting company, I laid everybody off. There was just nothing to do.” He said as the lockdown dragged on, “You cannot just stop and start a business. It just doesn’t work that way.” So he decided to launch the effort posting billboards around the state with the “All Business is Essential” message. “When your government’s busy throwing rocks at each other and doing nothing productive for the country, it’s up to us to stand up and straighten it out,” he said. “Michigan’s on life support and if we don’t fix it now, we’re going to have a problem of colossal proportions coming down the pike,” he told The Kyle Olson Show. Kiilunen started a GoFundMe to help finance his efforts and has raised over $31,000 so far. “If we all just get up and go to work, there’s nothing they can do to us,” he said.

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Hundreds of protesters joined barbers and hairdressers giving free haircuts outside the Michigan Capitol Wednesday in defiance of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus “stay-at-home” order. The demonstration, organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition and dubbed “Operation Haircut,” attracted about 300 people who opposed the measures Whitmer imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19. “I will not stand down,” declared Karl Manke, a 77-year-old barber who was among about a dozen groomers offering free haircuts at the demonstration. Manke gained national recognition after reopening his shop in Owosso earlier this month. He was cited twice and had his license suspended by regulators last week after refusing to close.

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Not for Biden? "...then you ain’t black.”



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🚨🚨BREAKING🚨🚨 Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) declared Friday morning that if black Americans are unsure whether to support him over President Donald Trump in the November election, “then you ain’t black.” Biden made the unsolicited racially-charged remark as he departed his virtual interview with Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne tha God. “It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact — I want something for my community,” the radio host shot back. Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President Trump, responded to Biden’s comment, tweeting that it sounded “racist.” “Imagine if Donald Trump said this,” he then asked. “It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact — I want something for my community,” the radio host shot back. Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President Trump, responded to Biden’s comment, tweeting that it sounded “racist.” “Imagine if Donald Trump said this,” he then asked. “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told Charlamagne, not in response to any question, but to the host’s statement: “It’s a long way until November, we’ve got more questions.”

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College football and NFL legend Herschel Walker ripped former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, after the Democrat nominee said that black people confused about who to vote for, “ain’t black.” During a Friday interview on The Breakfast Club, Biden told host Charlamagne tha God that if black people were “confused” about whether to vote for him or Trump, then they “ain’t black.” “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden said to Charlamagne. Walker took to Twitter and let the former Veep know that “black and brown skinned people can think for themselves.” The tweet read: “Wow. I just watched former Vice President @JoeBiden... Does he not understand that black and brown skinned people can think for themselves. You don’t determine who we vote for.” Reaction to Biden’s remarks were quick and severe. By mid-afternoon, Biden said he regretted the comment. “I should not have been so cavalier. I’ve never, never, ever taken the African American community for granted,” Biden said during a call with black business leaders, according to CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe. “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Biden offered. “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier. No one should have to vote for any party based on their race, their religion, their background.” To black Republican Senator Tim Scott, however, the comments were not that easily explained away. “I thought to myself, as an African American, been black for 54 years, I was struck by the condescension and the arrogance in his comments,” Scott said during a conference call. “I could not believe my ears that he would stoop so low to tell folks what they should do, how they should think, and what it means to be black.”

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On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered,” co-host Harris Faulkner @harrisfaulkner criticized 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden for his remarks about black voters by stating that the remarks are “more than just a little offensive.” And “I’ve been fighting against this notion that you’re not black enough unless you think a certain way, you vote a certain way, you speak a certain way, you do certain things, my whole life.” Faulkner said, “I’ve been fighting against this notion that you’re not black enough unless you think a certain way, you vote a certain way, you speak a certain way, you do certain things, my whole life. I grew up military. Pretty much neutral along the zone of, can we all just get along no matter what we look like? I have biracial daughters, Melissa, you know them. This is more than just a little offensive. It is shortsighted. It is a blind spot for this former vice president.” She continued that Biden “should have gotten up immediately” and restated his comments.

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Vice President Mike Pence @mikepence told Breitbart News exclusively that former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments on Friday morning were “offensive and racist” and that they are a sign of “desperation” on the part of Democrats fearful of losing black voters in November. “It was offensive and racist and he should apologize to the more than 1.3 million Americans that supported President Trump in 2016 just for starters,” Pence told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview at Waffle House corporate headquarters. “I can’t say any more about it. I just was—I was taken aback.” Earlier on Friday, during an appearance on The Breakfast Club with Charlamagne Tha God, Biden said that if any black Americans are unsure of whom to support between himself and Trump in November, “then you ain’t black.” The controversial comments have drawn swift blowback against Biden from across the political spectrum, and his campaign spokeswoman originally tried to brush off the comments as having been “in jest.” But later, Biden himself said he did not mean to be “so cavalier” in his comments. “I should not have been so cavalier,” Biden said later on Friday. “I’ve never, never, ever taken the African American community for granted.” The last time a major Democrat presidential candidate insulted huge swaths of America was when 2016 Democrat nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton attacked supporters of President Trump as a basket of “deplorables.” Asked about that comparison here, Pence told Breitbart News in this exclusive interview that he again considers what Biden said to be “racist and offensive” and added it “demeans” all black Americans nationwide no matter their politics. “It’s—I just can’t say more clearly. It was a racist and offensive comment,” Pence said in the interview backstage after.an appearance at a roundtable on reopening America alongside Waffle House’s CEO and other business leaders and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp @govkemp . “But it also really, it literally demeans African Americans all across the country whatever their politics.”

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BET @bet co-founder Robert Johnson has condemned Joe Biden for claiming that black people aren’t really black if they don’t vote for him. “VP Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell Black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not Black unless they vote for him,” Johnson said in a statement obtained by Fox News’s Bret Baier. “This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that Black people owe him their vote without question; even though, we as Black people know it is exactly the opposite. He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every Black person he meets.” Robert Johnson is the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, which was acquired by Viacom in 2001. The cable channel is the biggest TV network dedicated to black audiences. Johnson currently heads the asset management firm RLJ Companies. Joe Biden made the inflammatory remark Friday during an interview on The Breakfast Club radio show. “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told host Charlamagne. Biden’s remark wasn’t in response to any question, but to the host’s statement: “It’s a long way until November, we’ve got more questions.” The presidential candidate’s comment has drawn swift rebuke from black conservatives, including Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Prominent black cultural figures including Sean “Diddy” Combs have also questioned Biden’s comment. But a campaign spokeswoman said that Biden’s remark was intended to be in jest. “Vice President Biden spent his career fighting alongside and for the African American community. He won his party’s nomination by earning every vote and meeting people where they are and that’s exactly what he intends to do this November,” spokeswoman Symone Sanders wrote on social media. “The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest, but let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day. Period,” she tweeted.

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