Former President Donald J. Trump bashed New York Attorney General Letitia James at a Save America rally Friday night in Wilmington, North Carolina, for the “baseless, abusive, and depraved”lawsuit she filed against him and three of his children this week.
“There’s no better example of the left’s chilling obsession with targeting political opponents than the baseless, abusive, and depraved lawsuit against me, my family, my company by the racist Attorney General of New York State, Letitia ‘Peek-a-Boo’ James,” Trump said at the rally.
This week, James, who once called Trump an “illegitimate president,” filed the suit against him, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump on Wednesday, “accusing them of undervaluing properties to gain better rates on loans, insurance policies, and taxes,” as Breitbart News reported.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James takes a question after announcing that the state is suing the National Rifle Association during a press conference, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in New York (AP Photo/Kathy Willens).
Trump dubbed her a “raging maniac” who “campaigned for office ranting and raving that her goal, her only goal is ‘we gotta get Donald Trump; we’re gonna get him.’”
Before she had even begun her phony investigation, she went around boasting her plan to weaponize her office against me – probably working with the federal government, of course – declaring, “I look forward to going into the office of Attorney General of New York State every single day and suing him. I’m going to sue him! And then I’m gonna go home, and I’m gonna be so happy because I sued him!” She further screamed that “his days are numbered” and proclaimed that “nothing else matters other than defeating Donald Trump.” This is a gross prosecutorial misconduct, and it’s coming in so many different forms, whether it’s in Atlanta, whether it’s from Washington, DC, whether it’s January 6, coming from many different forms. There’s never been a period of time like this.
Trump later blasted James for the lawlessness in New York and called the Democrat-run state a “cesspool of violent crime.”
Homicides in New York are up 52 percent. Robberies are up 38 percent, and carjackings are up, listen to this one, 286 percent. That’s the new thing. You get in your car: “Oh, I love my car so much, darling. Thank you so much for buying’”– and a gun goes through the window. They say, “Gimme that car!” 286 percent up. Rather than spending all of that time going after me and my family, Ivanka, think of it, Ivanka. Ivanka’s a very good person. Don Jr, he’s is a good person. Eric, Eric, these are good people. This crazy radical leftist nut-job James should be going after the killers, gang bangers, drug dealers, and MS-13 savages, who are ravaging the state of New York. But the radical Democrats don’t care about prosecuting violent criminals; they only care about persecuting Republicans or conservatives. We gotta remember this. We gotta remember.
James is up for reelection this year and polled behind her Republican challenger, Michael Henry, in a Trafalgar Group survey released on September 13. Trump praised Henry, calling him a “real crime fighter,” and wished him luck “because he’s representing a lot of people that want to see New York change”:
The first New York State AG approach was to claim Donald Trump and the Trump organization undervalued their company assets, specifically real-estate assets, in order to avoid income and property tax liabilities. That didn’t work. Apparently, they discovered the complex valuation system of finance in real-estate that ebbs and flows as property evaluations rise and fall under market conditions.
Next up, the same New York AG moved to target Donald Trump and the Trump organization for overvaluing their company assets, specifically real-estate assets, in order to gain favorable financial and banking terms. Thus, the claims today from New York’s political activist Attorney General Letitia James, which will, like all efforts before, eventually fail.
The leftist goal is to continue targeting President Donald Trump through lawfare in order to bleed him out and/or make him go away. Which really raises an interesting aspect as to the unique nature of Donald J Trump.
What is it about this one man’s outlook that causes such levels of fear and targeting?
The big picture answer is found in the primary Donald Trump objective, “America-First!”
The above meme is very accurate, albeit not specific. What the Big Club wants is control over everything related to money; as a result, that brings control over all human activity, at least that’s what they believe.
President Trump stands in the way of this larger ideological construct that forms the cornerstone of the Big Club and all the tentacles of politics. Everything is always about the economics of the thing, even ideology.
Donald J Trump puts the manipulated global financial system, a system based on exploitation of sovereign wealth, at risk. Donald J Trump opposes the biggest of the big force elements that are aligned against people. No other person has ever, or would ever, attempt to confront that scale of enemy.
Do you recognize what scale of effort they are willing to exhaust in order to remove the threat Trump represents?
Can you fathom what Machiavellian deployment they would be willing to organize in order to retain the system of controlling western wealth?
Do you realize what personal characteristics a ‘John Galt‘ must possess in order to face that enemy?
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) is accused of being under a “dark cloud of pay-to-play” after reports revealed the company her administration awarded a $637 million contract to purchase coronavirus tests was founded by one of Hochul’s prominent campaign donors.
In December, Gov. Hochul’s administration awarded Digital Gadgets a $637 million contract for the purchase of 52 million at-home, rapid coronavirus tests.
However, Digital Gadgets founder Charlie Tebele and his family are major financial backers of Hochul’s campaign, so much so that Tebele held multiple fundraisers for Hochul.
One November 22 fundraiser came less than one month before Hochul authorized the deal with Digital Gadgets. Additionally, Hochul’s deal was made under emergency pretexts that may have made it easier for the agreement to be approved.
The deal was enabled by Hochul’s revived suspension of competitive bidding rules for the administration’s purchase of COVID-19 supplies — a policy change that had also been been put in place for a time by former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Through an emergency executive order, Hochul suspended those rules on Nov. 26, four days after the Tebele fundraiser.
Interestingly, Tebele’s son James started an internship on Hochul’s campaign in November 2021, around the time of the Digital Gadgets contract, before ultimately landing a paid job as a campaign “finance associate” in May 2022.
Tebele and his family have donated roughly $300,000 to Hochul’s campaign, with $70,000 being donated before the Digital Gadgets contract was made. Further, Tebele hosted another fundraiser for Hochul in April, roughly two weeks after New York made the final payment on the $637 million contract.
New York also reportedly paid 45 percent more than California for the same rapid coronavirus tests by going through the third-party distributor Digital Gadgets.
As the Times Union explained:
In selling the antigen tests to New York, Tebele’s company charged a far higher price per test than other vendors the state used last winter. California bought the same test Tebele was selling for a price of 45 percent less per unit.
Unlike California, which bought the AccessBio “Carestart” test directly from the manufacturer, the Hochul administration bought them through Digital Gadgets, a third-party distributor that took an unspecified cut.
New York taxpayers could have saved close to $286 million if the state paid the same prices as California for the rapid tests.
John Kaehny, executive director of Reinvent Albany, told the New York Post there is a “dark cloud of pay-to-play” surrounding Hochul’s deal with Digital Gadgets.
“The more we know the worse it looks. This is a big deal,” Kaehny said. “There is a lot of money and it looks really, really bad and there is a dark cloud of pay-to-play hanging over this – and it’s not going to go away.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Hochul’s Republican challenger who is closing the polling gap, called on New York law enforcement to investigate Hochul’s contract with Digital Gadgets.
“Kathy Hochul gave a no-bid $600M+ contract to a top campaign supporter after she unilaterally suspended NY’s competitive bidding law,” Zeldin tweeted. “The same day the donor offered to be the middle man for the COVID tests, Hochul agreed to pay twice the price. Where’s the AG, DA, & Comptroller?”
Kathy Hochul gave a no-bid $600M+ contract to a top campaign supporter after she unilaterally suspended NY’s competitive bidding law. The same day the donor offered to be the middle man for the COVID tests, Hochul agreed to pay twice the price. Where’s the AG, DA, & Comptroller? https://t.co/OTTpeRMqWP
New York Republican Party chair Nick Langworthy called the payments a “brazenly illegal kickback scheme that defrauded taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars,” while also calling for an investigation into Hochul.
However, both Hochul and Tebele have denied any wrongdoing.
“Mr. Tebele has never had a conversation about (Department of Health) business with the governor — ever,” Tebele’s attorney said in July.
“Governor Hochul did not oversee the procurement process and was not involved in the day-to-day procurement decisions,” Hochul spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays said. “She simply instructed her team to purchase as many available tests as possible to meet the tremendous need across the state, and they did exactly that to keep New Yorkers safe.”
A handful of black Americans, residing in New York City, have filed a federal lawsuit against the city’s Board of Elections for a local law that would allow nearly a million foreign nationals to vote in citywide elections.
As Breitbart News has chronicled, Democrats on the 51-member New York City Council approved a plan last month that allows more than 800,000 foreign nationals with green cards, visas, and work permits the opportunity to vote in citywide elections so long as they have resided in the city for at least 30 consecutive days.
Four black Americans — Phyllis Coachman, Deroy Murdock, Katherine James, and Anthony Gilhuys — represented by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) have now filed a lawsuit in federal court that mimics their lawsuit filed in New York state which challenges the law on the grounds that it violates the 15th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act.
Racial discrimination, the latest lawsuit alleges, is behind the New York City law as it seeks to dilute the votes of black Americans by adding hundreds of thousands of Hispanic and Asian immigrants to the voting rolls.
The lawsuit states:
Local Law 11 violates the Fifteenth Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because it was adopted with impermissible racial intent. It was the explicit intent of the Law’s sponsors to increase the voting strength of certain racial subgroups while simultaneously decreasing the voting strength of other racial subgroups. An election law enacted with any racial intent or purpose is unconstitutional under the Fifteenth Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. As the Supreme Court of the United States has stated, “There is no room under the Amendment for the concept that the right to vote in a particular election can be allocated based on race.” [Emphasis added]
According to data from the 2020 American Community Survey of the United States Census, there are approximately 1,300,000 foreign nationals residing in Bronx, Kings, New York and Queens Counties. Of that total, approximately 495,000 are Hispanic and 348,000 are Asian. [Emphasis added]
New York City has approximately five million active registered voters. The addition of approximately one million foreign-citizen voters could potentially make up almost 20 percent or more of the electorate in future New York City elections. This is greater than the margin of victory in many municipal elections. [Emphasis added]
The lawsuit cites former Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez (D) as “consistently” advocating for the law “with an explicit racial purpose.”
“Throughout the September 20, 2021, New York City Council public hearing, Council Member Rodriguez spoke in favor of the Bill in racial terms … many of his statements referred to the race of the foreign citizens who would be granted municipal voting rights,” the lawsuit states.
In June, the New York Supreme Court struck down the law as “illegal, null, and void” because “it is clear … that voting is a right granted to citizens of the United States” after the New York Republican Party filed suit in the state.
The federal lawsuit brought by black Americans is the third to challenge the law but the first that asks the federal courts to intervene in blocking its implementation.
The case is Coachman v. the City of New York, No. 1:22-cv-05123 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
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Rep. Jerry Nadler handily defeated Rep. Carolyn Maloney in New York’s marquee Democrat primary Tuesday, bringing to a close a heated race in which two New York powerhouses were pitted against one another in a battle to keep their congressional seats.
Nadler was beating Maloney, his congressional colleague of three decades, 56 percent to 27 percent as of the time of this writing. NBC called the race shortly after polls closed at 9:00 p.m. local time.
Nadler and Maloney, two chairs of major House committees, Judiciary and Oversight, were forced to face each other in New York’s 12th District race in Manhattan after the state’s congressional lines were redrawn to combine parts of both their districts.
Maloney during her campaign sought to make the case that voters should not “send a man to do a woman’s job” in an appeal to liberal voters who perceive that women’s rights are at stake in the wake of the pro-life movement’s Roe victory.
Maloney, who was endorsed by the National Organization for Women and feminist Gloria Steinem, touted her push to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and lamented that the number of women in Congress is disproportionate to the overall U.S. population.
Maloney said at one point that Nadler had told her to “leave and stand aside” once their redistricting dilemma became apparent and that she felt that sentiment was sexist, according to the New York Post.
When Nadler picked up a prized endorsement from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, another New York Democrat bigwig, Maloney dismissed Nadler and Schumer as being members of the “old boys’ network,” per NY1.
Nadler, for his part, focused his campaign on solidifying his left-wing bona fides, contrasting his “principled, progressive” voting record with Maloney’s, as reported by NY1, and holding a post-Roe abortion-related hearing through chairing his committee around the same time Maloney held the same through her committee.
Both Maloney and Nadler struggled during their campaigns with their affiliation with President Joe Biden, who remains deeply unpopular in polls.
Maloney in particular flip flopped egregiously on questions about Biden running for a second term. Most recently, she told the New York Times “off the record” that Biden was not running in 2024, and when the Times did not agree to go off the record, she clarified, “He should not run again.”
Nadler, when posed a similar question, said it was “too early to say” if Biden should run again.
In addition to being backed by Schumer in his race, Nadler picked up hefty endorsements from the New York Times and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Additionally, what came as possibly a gift to Nadler was an endorsement from another New York titan, former President Donald Trump, who announced last week in a statement laced with sarcasm his support for Maloney.
Voters in Florida, New York, and Oklahoma vote on Tuesday in key primary, runoff, and special elections in each state that could say a lot about where the nation is headed going into the midterm elections less than three months from now.
In Florida, Democrats will select a gubernatorial nominee between Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) and state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) to face off against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) seeks to make her bid for the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate official, and aims to turn her attention formally to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in November.
Down-ticket in Florida, several interesting congressional primaries from the GOP side in Florida’s seventh and thirteenth districts to the Democrat side in Florida’s tenth district are also likely to be interesting.
Up in New York, a special election for the 19th Congressional District between Republican Marc Molinaro and Democrat Pat Ryan could say something about the upcoming midterms. A Molinaro victory would be yet another flip from Democrat control to GOP control in special elections, as this seat was vacated by former Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY) when Delgado took the job as Lieutenant Governor for Gov. Kathy Hochul. Molinaro winning would slice House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority down to just three seats, and make it very difficult for Democrats to pass any agenda items before the end of the year.
GOP voters upstate in the Buffalo suburbs will also select a nominee for the new 23rd Congressional District, a nasty primary that has pitted businessman Carl Paladino against New York GOP chairman Nick Langworthy. Republicans will also have several other interesting primaries statewide.
But the main event may be on the Democrat side in New York City, where two longtime Democrats–who are also both top lieutenants of Pelosi as committee chairs–will face off on the island of Manhattan to see who survives. Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) have spent the past several months duking it out in a gnarly Democrat-on-Democrat intra-party war, and the winner will be crowned on Tuesday. Several other Democrats, due to redistricting and New York losing population–and a congressional district–also face interesting primary battles, including Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY). Former President Donald Trump has poked fun at the Democrats by jokingly endorsing several of them in efforts to actually hurt them with Democrat voters. Whether that had any impact remains to be seen.
Down in Oklahoma, GOP voters will select the nominee in the primary runoff for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring longtime Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), with former President Trump’s endorsement, has surged to the front of the race, but a late-breaking poll suggests that challenger T.W. Shannon might be stronger than he looks–so Mullin looks to make it official and keep Trump’s U.S. Senate primary endorsement record perfect this cycle.
The polls close in most of Florida at 7 p.m. ET, and in the Central Time zone parts of Florida in the Panhandle, as well as in Oklahoma, at 8 p.m. ET. The polls close in New York at 9 p.m. ET. Follow along here for live updates as the results pour in.
UPDATE 9:41 p.m. ET:
It appears as though DCCC chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) has survived a primary challenge:
I’ve seen enough: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) defeats state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D) in the #NY17 Dem primary. @CookPolitical November rating: Lean D.
With 2 percent reporting in the special election in upstate New York in the 19th congressional district, Democrat Pat Ryan is currently leading Republican Marc Molinaro but expect this to change and tighten significantly.
UPDATE 9:13 p.m. ET:
The first results are trickling in from across the Empire State. A few immediate thoughts: With 50 percent reporting in New York’s 10th district Democrat primary, Daniel Goldman–the impeachment lead attorney for House Democrats in Trump’s first impeachment–is currently leading by about 7 percent.
In the 12th district Democrat primary, Jerry Nadler has a commanding lead with 32 percent reporting and looks like he will defeat Carolyn Maloney handily.
With only 8 percent in in New York’s 23rd district GOP primary, Carl Paladino has a sizable lead over Nick Langworthy but still a long way to go there.
UPDATE 9:06 p.m. ET:
Gov. DeSantis’s team is loving the Breitbart homepage right now:
Another conservative school board candidate victory, this time up in Duval County in Jacksonville, Florida, where April Carney is projected to defeat her leftist opponent and Charlotte Joyce won too. Both were endorsed by Gov. DeSantis:
Charlotte Joyce won re-election to the Duval County School Board, while April Carney was voted in. Both were backed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and had the support of conservative group Moms for Liberty.
The GOP focusing on issues, particularly education, is how the party wins. Republicans nationwide need to learn from Florida tonight and this school board sweep that is shaping up. Those numbers are undeniably great for conservatives going into November.
UPDATE 8:19 p.m. ET:
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has easily fended off a primary challenge:
I’ve seen enough: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) defeats Mark Lombardo (R) in the #FL01 GOP primary. @CookPolitical November rating: Solid R.
There was a time not too long ago that the establishment thought he was vulnerable so the fact he won within 15 minutes of the polls closing is a big deal–and a decisive victory.
UPDATE 8:17 p.m. ET:
Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL) survived a primary challenge from Laura Loomer, but it was closer than Republicans expected:
I’ve seen enough: Rep. Dan Webster (R) defeats alt-right activist Laura Loomer (R) in the #FL11 GOP primary. But the final margin – single digits – will be a lot closer than House GOP leaders bargained for.
The Sarasota School Board has flipped from a 3-2 liberal majority to a 4-1 conservative majority. This is a landslide there in terms of conservatives fighting back against radical leftism in schools and a very good sign for Republicans for November and a bad sign for Democrats:
🚨BREAKING: All three of our endorsed candidates in Sarasota County, Florida have WON their elections.
We just flipped the school board from a 3-2 liberal majority to 4-1 conservative.
Congrats to Bridget Ziegler, Robyn Marinelli, and Timothy Enos.
Conservative candidates in school board races across Florida are doing very well on Tuesday night, and many more are likely to flip. This might be the biggest story out of today’s elections. Keep eyes on Duval County, Clay County, and Miami-Dade.
UPDATE 8:00 p.m. ET:
The polls have closed in the rest of Florida and in Oklahoma now. More results are expected imminently.
UPDATE 7:51 p.m. ET:
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) has formally won the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate.
U.S. Rep. Val Demings easily wins her Democratic primary race tonight.
In response, the campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) lit into Demings over her support for radical leftist policies.
“Marco Rubio has consistently delivered huge wins for Florida families, working across the aisle to improve the lives of people throughout the state. Meanwhile, Pelosi Puppet Val Demings votes for Joe Biden’s failing agenda 100% of the time and would be a rubber stamp for Democrats’ radical agenda in the Senate. Demings is desperately hoping Floridians will look past her record in Washington but this November, Floridians will remember that while Marco delivers results, Val Demings is just another radical rubber stamp,” Rubio communications director Elizabeth Gregory said.
UPDATE 7:43 p.m. ET:
Cory Mills has won the GOP nomination for Congress in Florida’s 7th congressional district:
I’ve seen enough: Cory Mills (R) defeats state Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) in the #FL07 GOP primary. House GOP leaders breathe another sigh of relief. @CookPolitical November rating: Likely R.
With 74 percent reporting in the 13th district GOP primary, it is a barnburner between Trump-backed Anna Paulina Luna and opponent Kevin Hayslett. Luna leads by just under 200 votes. This one is very close.
Up in the 7th district with 27 percent reporting, it is a much different picture. Cory Mills is leading with 49.4 percent and Anthony Sabatini has 21.2 percent. Still time for Sabatini to make that up but that’s a lot of ground to fill in.
UPDATE 7:09 p.m. ET:
Now, with 20 percent in, Crist is at 64.1 percent and Fried is at 31.4 percent.
UPDATE 7:08 p.m. ET:
We’re up to 12 percent in and Crist has expanded his lead. He’s at 63.8 percent and Fried is down to 31.5 percent. He seems to be the odds-on favorite to face off against DeSantis in November.
UPDATE 7:05 p.m. ET:
How refreshing: Just minutes after the polls closed, the first results are in in Florida. Florida is perhaps the most efficient big state when it comes to election results–after the 2000 election battles the state cleaned up its act and continues to improve on election integrity–and now we are already getting a quick picture of who is winning in key races.
With 8 percent already reporting in the Democrat gubernatorial primary, Charlie Crist has a huge lead over Nikki Fried. He is at 59.2 percent and she is at 35 percent.
UPDATE 7:04 p.m. ET:
Turnout is apparently extremely high for Republicans in the Sunshine State:
In the 2020 Primary, 106,423 total ballots cast.
Today, we are at 102,190 ballots cast with 6+ hrs left of Election Day.
MONSTER Election Day turnout in Sarasota for Republicans so far.
Assuming this trend holds it could bode very badly for Democrats going into November, and very good for Republicans.
It’s also worth noting there are a number of school board races around Florida on Tuesday, and those are a major proxy war between the Democrats and the Republicans. The right has the opportunity to flip many school boards around the state, and Gov. DeSantis has been aggressive in endorsing and campaigning for school board candidates.
UPDATE 7:00 p.m. ET:
The polls have closed in most of Florida–except for the Panhandle–now, and results are expected imminently.
President Joe Biden is considering whether to grant Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a known mass murderer and human rights abuser, a visa request in order for the Iranian leader to enter the U.S. and speak at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly meeting in New York next month.
As the Associated Press reported, Raisi is among the nearly 160 world leaders who “say they plan to attend September’s first totally in-person gathering” at the UN General Assembly “since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020,” with additional leaders on the provisional list of speakers including “U.S. President Joe Biden, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, [and] King Abdullah II of Jordan,” among many others.
“[I]t’s clear from the provisional speakers list released [on July 18] that over 80% of leaders of the U.N.’s 193 member nations want to address the annual gathering in person and engage in many of the off-the-record meetings and conversations where a lot of international business is conducted,” the report reads.
In light of Raisi’s purported plans to attend the upcoming summit, a delegation of Republican senators comprised of Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa, Ted Cruz of Texas, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, and Tom Cotton of Arkansas has since pressured Biden to deny the Iranian leader a visa to enter the U.S., with the group highlighting Raisi’s horrendous human rights record and the Iranian regime’s recent efforts to assassinate U.S. officials.
“Raisi’s involvement in mass murder and the Iranian regime’s campaign to assassinate U.S. officials on American soil make allowing Raisi and his henchmen to enter our country an inexcusable threat to national security,” the senators wrote in a letter. “If recent reports are true that Raisi plans to attend the UN General Assembly, the White House must deny Raisi and other Iranian officials visas to attend. Allowing Raisi to travel to the United States—while his agents actively work to assassinate senior American officials on U.S. soil—would gravely endanger our national security, given the likely presence of [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] agents in the Iranian delegation.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who along with former National Security Adviser John Bolton were targets of Iranian assassination plots, issued similar remarks, telling the Washington Free Beacon that the Biden administration “is allowing [Iranian terrorits] to come to New York City while actively engaged in efforts to kill Americans on U.S. soil.”
“The Iranians just recently sponsored an attack that was almost successful in killing an American in [New York],” he said referencing the apparent Iranian assassination attempt on British author Salman Rushdie. “We can do better.”
Back in 2019, Raisi was among numerous Iranian government officials sanctioned by the Trump administration “for advancing Iran’s radical agenda.” During his time as the head of Iran’s judiciary, Raisi held “administrative oversight over the executions of individuals who were juveniles at the time of their crime,” as well as the “torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in Iran, including amputations.”
When pressed by The Federalist on whether the administration plans to grant Raisi and his delegation visas to enter the United States, a Biden State Department official declined to provide a definitive answer on the matter, claiming that “visa records are confidential under U.S. law” and that the United States must fulfill its previously made commitments to the UN.
“As host nation of the UN, the United States is generally obligated under the UN Headquarters Agreement to facilitate travel to the UN headquarters district by representatives of UN member states. We take our obligations under the UN Headquarters Agreement seriously,” the representative said. “At the same time, the Biden Administration has not and will not waver in protecting and defending all Americans against threats of violence and terrorism.”
As noted in the agreement cited by the administration, however, the United States retains the authority to protect its national security.
“Nothing in the [UN Headquarters] agreement shall be construed as in any way diminishing, abridging, or weakening the right of the United States to safeguard its own security and completely to control the entrance of aliens into any territory of the United States other than the headquarters district and its immediate vicinity,” the document reads.
Biden Caters to Iran
While Biden’s refusal to bar Raisi from entering the U.S. is foolish, it’s not surprising. Since taking office over a year and a half ago, Biden and his team have repeatedly worked to appease Iran’s authoritarian leadership as a means of coercing Tehran into signing a new nuclear deal.
Earlier this year, for instance, the Biden administration notified Congress that it had “restored so-called ‘civ-nuke’ waivers,” on Iran, which would allow for “non-American companies to work on civilian nuclear projects” in the Middle Eastern country “without drawing retaliation from the US government.” Moreover, the administration also reportedly took action in October 2021 to lift sanctions on two Iranian entities “involved in the military missile programs.”
As reported by The Hill, “The sanctions, targeting the Mammut Industrial Group (Mammut Industries) and its subsidiary Mammut Diesel, were originally imposed by the Trump administration in September 2020 as part of efforts to increase a maximum pressure campaign of sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear activity and actions in the region criticized as malign and destabilizing.”
Personal Legacy over Security
While it’s not shocking for Biden to make a major foreign policy blunder given his disastrous presidency thus far, the reckless push for a new Iran deal reeks of something different than simply pure incompetence. For Biden, the rabid obsession with securing a new nuclear agreement — no matter its efficacy in containing Iran’s push for nuclear weapons — isn’t based on global security so much as it is his personal legacy.
Unlike his predecessor, who brought peace in the Middle East through numerous treaties between Arab states, Biden’s foreign policy in the region has been a complete disaster. In addition to his appeasement of Iran, Biden also botched the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, leaving behind hundreds of American citizens and billions of dollars worth of military equipment for the Taliban to use against the Afghan people.
For Biden, getting Iran to sign on to a new nuclear deal would mean covering up his failure in Afghanistan and stamping his name in the textbooks of history as the president who managed to tame the beast of the Middle East known as Iran. Like any other policy issued by the Biden administration, it doesn’t matter how effective any new deal would be at stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, or whether Tehran would abide by such an agreement. So long as he gives the appearance of “doing something,” it seems Biden couldn’t care less what the long-term effect of any deal is.
At the end of the day, the lesson for Iran is this: You can plot to assassinate U.S. officials, fund terrorism across the globe, threaten to wipe Israel off the map, and Joe Biden still might roll out the red carpet for you at the United Nations to spew anti-Western propaganda for the world to hear.
Shawn Fleetwood is a Staff Writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood
Border crossers arriving in New York City on migrant buses sent from Texas by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) are being awarded healthcare services as well as free cellphones, among other things.
On Sunday, as the New York Postreports, the city’s hospital system held an event for arriving border crossers at a hospital in the Bronx where they were offered healthcare services along with free cellphones, food, library cards, and school supplies.
The event comes as Mayor Eric Adams (D) estimates that, in the last few weeks, Abbott has bused more than 4,000 border crossers to New York City as part of his plan to alleviate waves of illegal immigration to Texas by transporting new arrivals to sanctuary cities run by Democrats.
In addition to free goodies from the city, thousands of border crossers are expected to be housed in luxury hotel rooms across Manhattan.
Last week, Breitbart News reported that New York City officials are planning to house border crossers arriving on migrant buses in about 6,000 hotel rooms. That plan comes as rents for New Yorkers have skyrocketed.
Likewise, New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Catholic Charities is working to enroll young border crossers in high-priced Catholic schools.
Illegal immigration poses massive costs to American taxpayers, annually. Every year, taxpayers are billed more than $143 billion to subsidize the cost of the nation’s 11 to 22 million illegal aliens.
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The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.