Watch: Handmaids Chant ‘Amy Coney Barrett Is a Christian Theocrat’ During D.C. Demonstration

Demonstrators dressed as handmaids gathered in D.C. on Saturday to protest Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination and forthcoming confirmation, taking part in a series of chants and proclaiming that Barrett is a “Christian theocrat.”

“Amy Coney Barrett is a Christian theocrat,” the women, wearing handmaids costumes and holding signs reading “Trump Pence OUT NOW,” chanted on Saturday.

“Donald Trump is stealing the election. We must vote,” they continued.

“But voting is enough to remove Trump when he’s stealing the election. This is why refuse fascism is calling on people to take to the streets and stay in the streets,” the demonstrators continued, inviting others to march with them.

“Be one of a lot of handmaids announcing to the world, ‘Trump Pence out now!’” they added.

Anti-Barrett protesters have gathered in the nation’s capital several times since her nomination. On Thursday, demonstrators wearing the same handmaids outfits took part in an “installation,” chaining themselves to a bench outside of the Supreme Court to demonstrate purported voter suppression.

“These are women dressed in the enslaving garb of the handmaids outfit representing theocracy and the enslavement of women. They are being put in chains, and the voting ballot— booth is going to be just out of their reach,” a speaker said, claiming that Trump is “stealing the election and suppressing votes”:

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Yelp Jumps in Bed With Cancel Culture in Their Pursuit to Destroy Small Business Owners

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Yelp, a website which provides a space to review and rate businesses, has created a new label which will alert consumers if a business has been accused of racism.

Following an uptick in reports of alleged discrimination, Yelp thought it would be a good idea to create a new label for businesses. The platform says that the alert will help customers decide whether they will be welcome at a particular business. Critics disagree.

Many opposed to this change claim that it will be used to “destroy” businesses using false allegations.

According to The New York Post, “Yelp says it will place the notice on the profiles of businesses that see an influx of reviews after getting public attention for reports of ‘racist conduct’ and direct users to a news article with more details about the allegations.”

The label is apparently an extension of efforts by Yelp to flag businesses that become overwhelmed with bad reviews from consumers that have never visited their establishments, but have instead heard something negative about them in the news or on social media.

This phenomenon of leftists attacking businesses over perceived discrimination has become a more common occurrence amid the Black Lives Matter protests and riots which have recently swept the nation. Yelp announced that it has placed more than 450 alerts on businesses pages that have been accused of or targeted by racist behavior between May 26 and September 30.

Prior to adding this new label, Yelp had already had a process by which it adds a “Public Attention Alert” to these businesses’ profiles, and temporarily blocks users from adding reviews on the pages while the platform confirms if the posts were based on actual first-hand experiences.

According to Noorie Malik, Yelp’s vice president of user operations, the new alert will read “Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert”, and will only be added when the allegations involve overt racism and Yelp is able to link a relevant news story confirming it.

“As the nation reckons with issues of systemic racism, we’ve seen in the last few months that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions,” Noorie Malik wrote in a Thursday blog post announcing the move.

Yelp’s announcement drew fire from many on the right who say that the company, based in San Francisco, is creating an avenue for false allegations of racism by angry customers.

“Yelp is really giving race hoaxers a specific tool to destroy any business they want on a whim,” conservative blogger Matt Walsh tweeted.

Andy Ngo, editor of the Post Millennial, noted that an ANTIFA group in Portland is already compiling a list of businesses they disagree with to flag on Yelp:

“This is an inducement to false accusation and thuggery. What if a bunch of people wantonly accuse [Yelp] of racism? Will they place a racist alert on their own company?” tweeted Dinesh D’Souza.

Harmeet K. Dhillon, a Republican lawyer, tweeted that Yelp was “weaponizing defamation” and opening itself up to lawsuits.

Some critics also pointed to a recent Business Insider article about alleged racist behavior within Yelp’s Phoenix office.

Asked about the criticism, a spokesperson for the company said that the platform’s alerts “are meant to bring more information to the forefront” and notify users that they might see reviews that aren’t based on first-hand experiences.

Yelp shares were down around 1.3 percent at $20.80 as of Friday afternoon.

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After Ratings Plunged, NBA Retreats From Pushing Woke Racial Justice Message On The Court

The National Basketball Association has plans to pull back from publicly pushing its racial justice agenda.

In a recent interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on “NBA Countdown,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hinted that the league will be retreating from their woke corporate position on the Black Lives Matter movement and take a subtler, more “off the court” approach to social justice advocacy.

“I would say, in terms of the messages you see on our court, on the jerseys, this was an extraordinary moment in time when we began the discussions with the players, and what we all lived through this summer.”

While Silver claims that the NBA still believes that racial equality is important, he says that the league will be proposing different ways to advocate for those issues in the future.

“We’re completely committed to standing for social justice and racial equality, and that’s been the case going back decades. It’s part of the DNA of this league. How it gets manifested is something we’re going to have to sit down with the players and discuss for next season,” he explained. 

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Silver said he hopes that the decision by the league will provide a sense of “normalcy” to fans and viewers who valued the sport for its entertainment value and not its political agenda.

“My sense is there’ll be somewhat a return to normalcy, that those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor,” Silver said. “And I understand those people who are sayingI’m on your side, but I want to watch a basketball game.’”

The decision comes after months of falling NBA ratings following the organization’s broad appeal to “championing” social and racial justice.  While there are numerous reasons why these ratings have taken a dip, it is speculated that the league’s drastic shift towards accommodating and even mandating “Black Lives Matter” messages on courts, jerseys, and in statements incentivized some viewers to forgo watching any games. Viewers also expressed disinterest after multiple players and teams walked out of their playoff games in the name of racial justice for Kenosha man Jacob Blake after he was shot by cops in August.

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While the NBA seems to be moving away from its racial wokeness, the league and some its coaches and players still refuse to denounce China’s inhumane practices against the minority group Uyghur people as well as the reported “child abuse and deception” demonstrated by the country at NBA basketball camps in China’s Xinjiang province.
Despite calls from Sen. Ted Cruz to denounce China’s wrong practices, Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban also “explicitly refused to defend democratic protesters in Hong Kong facing oppression from the Chinese Communist Party.”

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As Trump Battles COVID, BLM/Antifa Disrupt Trump Rally in Beverly Hills

Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters descended upon a rally in support of President Donald Trump on Saturday in Beverly Hills, CA, a day after the president announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19.

Left-wing protesters shouted, “Black Lives Matter.” Demonstrators also held signs reading, “NAZI TRUMPS FUCK OFF!” and “DEPORT NAZI SCUM.”

Breitbart News spoke with Whitney R., supporter of Trump who attended the rally in Beverly Hills. She said, “Everyone was dancing, having a nice time. They just started a prayer for the president. BLM and Antifa showed up. The police had to set up a barricade in the middle between them and the Trump supporters. BLM tried to start a fire in a trash can. Antifa was going up to people and taking pictures and videos of Trump supporters, getting right in their faces.”

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Video posted to Twitter shows local police officers separating Trump supporters from Antifa and Black Lives Matter demonstrators.

The president’s supporters prominently displayed American flags and Trump 2020 signs. Some American flags included the thin blue line motif. Gadsden flags with the “Don’t Tread On Me” slogan were also visible. Other messages expressed support for God, Israel, police officers, and Trump.

Some of Trump’s supporters chanted, “U-S-A!!” as Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters approached them.

Police placed physical barriers separating the two sides.

Some of the left-wing demonstrators shouted incoherently at Trump’s supporters.

YouTube channel Alien Alphabet shared a livestream from the event via YouTube.

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NBA Finals Viewership Down by 45%, Lowest Since 1994

One would think that having the American sports world’s most popular athlete playing in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, would equal impressive ratings.

Well, one would be wrong. One would in fact be very wrong indeed.

Instead of posting the good, if not great numbers that the NBA should have drawn for a Game 1 Finals clash including with millions at home on lockdown and LeBron James on the floor, the NBA saw a catastrophic drop in both ratings and viewership.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

The opening game of the series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat brought 7.41 million viewers to ABC, the smallest audience for the finals since at least 1994, when total viewers began to be regularly recorded. The previous low was 8.06 million for Game 3 of the 2007 NBA Finals.

The game, which took place about four months later than the usual start date for the NBA Finals, was down by about 45 percent in total viewers vs. the U.S. audience for last year’s finals opener between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors. The two conference finals series that wrapped up last week were down a collective 35 percent year to year. The NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals series, also delayed by several months, was down by more than 60 percent for NBC Sports. Major League Baseball has also struggled during its shortened season.

Massive declines in viewership and ratings are nothing new for the NBA. Since the league restarted its season with a full embrace of social justice activism, the NBA has suffered huge drops in numbers. A counter-intuitive development for a league that restarted after fans had been starved for sports for five months and much of the country was at home due to coronavirus.

However, it seems much of the country found the NBA’s focus on politics to be a major turn off.

In early September, a Harris poll found that most fans were watching fewer games because the NBA had become “too political.”

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Watch Live: Left-wing Groups Protest Across Country to Oppose Amy Coney Barrett Nomination

Left-wing groups, including MoveOn, Indivisible, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Sunrise Movement are launching protests at courthouses across the country to oppose the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Washington, D.C., a protest is taking place at the Supreme Court. Watch live above.

In what has been dubbed the SCOTUS Rapid Response Action Guide, protest planners offer a wide range of guidance for protesters and also provide links so visitors can donate to Planned Parenthood to “protect RBG’s Legacy.”

The guide says, in part:

In this moment of overlapping crises — a global pandemic, mass unemployment, systemic racism, and climate change — the stakes of nominating and confirming a new Supreme Court Justice could not be higher. Supreme Court justices are appointed for life and as the highest court in the US, their rulings shape all of our lives — everything from abortion to segregation, transgender rights to climate change, big money in politics to healthcare. It is unjust and unacceptable to try to rush through a nomination less than 40 days from the election.

With our futures on the line, we must rise up to demand that US Senators stand on the right side of history and let the people decide on the next Supreme Court Justice of this country. We must demand no nomination before inauguration.  It’s our future and we should get to choose our justice.

The Google Document also includes suggested slogans to use on signs and social media, including “No Confirmation Before Inauguration,” “Racial Justice,” “A Green New Deal,” and “Reproductive Freedom.”

The guide instructs people about using social media and to also include in the post the hashtag #LetThePeopleDecide. Other hashtags are #OurCourts #OurFutureOurJustice #ProtectTheCourts #PeopleOverPolitics.

A link directs people to a MoveOn website seeking signatories for a petition that, on Sunday, had 1,290,955 signatures:

Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nomination for the Supreme Court of the United States.

He did this against Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wishes and before she has even been laid to rest, while some states have already started voting, and with hardly a month to go until Election Day. This is an obvious attempt by the Republican Party and Trump to control all levers of power in this country and hold leverage over the election’s results. We cannot let this happen.

With less than 40 days until the election and voting already underway in many states, it’s important that we demand all senators pledge not to move forward with any nominee until after the next inauguration.

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Left-wing Groups Plan Protests Across the Country to Oppose Amy Coney Barrett Nomination

Left-wing groups, including MoveOn, Indivisible, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Sunrise Movement are launching protests at courthouses across the country to oppose the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Washington, D.C., a protest will take place at the Supreme Court.

The protest, dubbed SCOTUS Rapid Response Action Guide, offers a wide range of guidance for protesters and also provides links so visitors to the guide can donate to Planned Parenthood to “protect RBG’s Legacy.”

The guide says, in part:

In this moment of overlapping crises — a global pandemic, mass unemployment, systemic racism, and climate change — the stakes of nominating and confirming a new Supreme Court Justice could not be higher. Supreme Court justices are appointed for life and as the highest court in the US, their rulings shape all of our lives — everything from abortion to segregation, transgender rights to climate change, big money in politics to healthcare. It is unjust and unacceptable to try to rush through a nomination less than 40 days from the election.

With our futures on the line, we must rise up to demand that US Senators stand on the right side of history and let the people decide on the next Supreme Court Justice of this country. We must demand no nomination before inauguration.  It’s our future and we should get to choose our justice.

The Google Document also includes suggested slogans to use on signs and social media, including “No Confirmation Before Inauguration,” “Racial Justice,” “A Green New Deal,” and “Reproductive Freedom.”

The guide instructs people about using social media and to also include in the post the hashtag #LetThePeopleDecide. Other hashtags are #OurCourts #OurFutureOurJustice #ProtectTheCourts #PeopleOverPolitics.

A link directs people to a MoveOn website seeking signatories for a petition that, on Sunday, had 1,290,955 signatures:

Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nomination for the Supreme Court of the United States.

He did this against Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wishes and before she has even been laid to rest, while some states have already started voting, and with hardly a month to go until Election Day. This is an obvious attempt by the Republican Party and Trump to control all levers of power in this country and hold leverage over the election’s results. We cannot let this happen.

With less than 40 days until the election and voting already underway in many states, it’s important that we demand all senators pledge not to move forward with any nominee until after the next inauguration.

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WATCH: Louisville Cop Shot Wednesday Shows Up for Roll Call Thursday

A police officer in Louisville, KY, showed up for roll call on Thursday, less than 24 hours after being shot the previous night during an evening of protests and riots.

Maj. Aubrey Gregory, a 21-year police veteran, was one of the two Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers shot Wednesday evening in downtown Louisville during demonstrations and riots after a Kentucky grand jury decided against homicide charges for the officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Gregory received applause from his colleagues when he showed up for roll call while wearing a hoodie with the message, “NOBODY CARES — WORK HARDER!”

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Wearing a sweater and shorts, Maj. Aubrey Gregory was greeted with a round of applause from fellow officers as he entered a room where the roll call was being held. Gregory, commander of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Special Operation Division, was also leading the department’s efforts during Wednesday’s protest, Interim police Chief Robert Schroeder said during a Thursday morning news briefing.

Robinson Desroches is the second officer who was shot on Wednesday night. He was struck in the abdomen and is recovering from surgery.

Larynzo Johnson, 26, was arrested and charged on Thursday with the shooting of the two Louisville police officers. He will face multiple charges of first-degree assault of a police officer and first-degree wanton endangerment, according to the Courier-Journal.

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WATCH: Louisville Protesters Gather at Unitarian Church to Stay Out Past Curfew

A large group in Louisville, Kentucky, reportedly used a church as a “safe space” Thursday night during the ongoing Breonna Taylor protests.

Courier-Journal columnist Maggie Menderski tweeted a photo of the crowd assembled outside the First Unitarian Church:

The curfew officials announced Wednesday did not include churches, according to Menderski.

“By authority of the mayor, a county-wide curfew will go into effect for the next 72-hours between 9 pm and 6:30 am. Please plan ahead,” the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) tweeted Wednesday night.

A few minutes later, the columnist shared video footage of the protesters and said church members had prepared snacks for them inside the building’s garden:

In a subsequent tweet, Menderski said a church member claimed that police outside were “awaiting a decision from legal about whether or not they can storm the property”:

Minutes later, Brendan Gutenschwager tweeted video footage of a man telling reporters that the church opened its doors as a “sanctuary” for the protesters:

“On the emergency orders, houses of worship are exempt from the curfew,” said the man who identified himself as Brother Tim.

“So we’ve opened this up … or the church has opened this up as a sanctuary zone. A place to get refreshments, a place to get legal aid if they need, a place to see medics if they need it. But it’s a safe zone for people,” he explained.

Later, a man who was reportedly outside the church was heard yelling, “All you white motherfuckers leave!”:

At 9:14 p.m., News Director and Director of Investigations for the Courier-Journal Mike Trautmann tweeted that an LMPD spokesperson told him the police “have absolutely no intention of storming the church that is offering sanctuary to protesters.”

“The spokeswoman wanted to assure people that isn’t true,” he stated.

WDRB News reporter Chad K. Mills later tweeted video footage showing officers in a line outside the church and said the clergy allowed protesters to “seek refuge” on the grounds to avoid being arrested for breaking the curfew:

Nearly one hour later, Gutenschwager tweeted footage of the protesters leaving the church grounds:

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WATCH: Charles Barkley: ‘We Need to Stop the Defund or Abolish Police Crap’

It’s not unusual for the NBA on TNT to swerve into the realm of politics, and Thursday night’s show was no exception.

As the crew reacted to the decision of a Kentucky Grand Jury to not vote murder charges against the three police officers involved in the March 13 shooting death of Breonna Taylor, Charles Barkley asked if “black people” were supposed to call “Ghost Busters” for help if the police are defunded.

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This is not the first time that Barkley has spoken out against defunding police departments. In June, the former 76er called for “weeding out the bad cops,” as opposed to defunding.

“We need to weed out the bad cops — you know I hear these guys getting on television these politicians talking about ‘defunding the police department,’” Barkley said. “First of all, that would have a negative effect on the black communities — who the black people gonna call, Ghostbusters? Because they’re not gonna defund the police in the good white neighborhoods, so we need police reform.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Wednesday that a Grand Jury had voted an indictment for wanton endangerment against Brett Hankison, one of the three Louisville officers involved in executing the narcotics-related raid in which Breonna Taylor was killed.

Cities across the country exploded in violence mere hours after the decision was announced. In Louisville, two police officers were shot. While in Portland and Seattle, officers were attacked with bats and Molotov cocktails.

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