Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Twitter Needs Trumpers Now

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

When Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump, it appeared that censorship had won. A tidal wave of additional censorship ensued, causing Twitter to become the dullest place on earth.

Free speech vanished on Twitter after excluding Trump. On Earth Day recently, Twitter announced that it will ban advertisements contrary to liberal assertions of man-made global warming, and the European Union recently implemented the Digital Services Act to require further censorship by Twitter and other social media.

Initially, the San Francisco liberals running Twitter appeared to thwart Musk’s takeover bid by adopting a special “poison pill” to frustrate it. But apparently Twitter’s Board of Directors had an epiphany over the weekend, after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and 17 other Republican congressmen sent them a letter Friday telling them to preserve their emails and other records as they opposed Musk.

The Republicans’ letter observed that “the Board’s reactions to Elon Musk’s offer to purchase Twitter, and outsider opposition to Musk’s role in Twitter’s future are concerning. Twitter’s Board Members have fiduciary duties to the company’s Shareholders,” the letter continued.

“These duties apply despite how many corporations’ leaders increasingly pursue progressive policy goals divorced from shareholder interests,” Jordan pointed out. Lawyers might have also advised the Twitter Board members that they would be subject to lawsuits for shareholder harm they could cause by blocking Musk’s bid.

Jordan is a former NCAA college wrestling champion who knows how to take down an opponent, and his timing was perfect. The congressmen who joined Jordan’s letter included Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), who is a Super Bowl champion defensive back fully adept at tackling an adversary.

“Why are Twitter’s board members scared of @elonmusk and free speech?” Rep. Jordan tweeted in addition to his letter. More than 52,000 “likes” of Jordan’s tweet showed how the public supports him, and free speech.

Free speech won on Monday, when the Twitter Board reversed itself and voted unanimously to accept Musk’s bid. If only a little birdie could report next on the communications among the Board members who reversed their initial opposition to Musk’s generous offer.

Reflecting the liberal political fixation of Twitter employees, after the announcement of the Board’s decision to accept Musk’s purchase one employee asked the Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal whether Trump would be reinstated on the platform. Agrawal said he did not know.

Trump, however, stated he does know: he’s not returning to Twitter even if allowed back. This sets the stage for Musk to beg and urge Trump to return, which is how the free market works best.

Trump plans to work on lifting his own platform, Truth Social, by posting soon there. Trump’s platform is outside of European censorship rules, and need not cave into demands by Leftist trolls or allow their stream of vile, senseless response tweets welcomed by Twitter to litter Trump’s prior account there.

"I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on Truth," Trump declared on Monday. "I hope Elon buys Twitter because he'll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on Truth."

Twitter’s current Board of Directors took in a total of $3 million in compensation annually, and Musk has vowed to have a volunteer board for Twitter to save that waste. Indeed, Musk seeks to take the company private so that it will no longer be subject to intrusion by securities regulators.

But without Trump and his supporters, it is difficult to see how Twitter can recapture its spark of 2020 during the presidential election and its aftermath. Amid its increased censorship, Twitter’s stock had fallen sharply in the last nine months, and its bankers reportedly advised Twitter that restoring value required accepting Musk’s offer.

Twitter banned free speech about Covid-19, including terminating the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for criticizing the Covid vaccine. While it seems likely that Musk will unblock Trump, it remains to be seen whether he will allow free speech against the Covid vaccine or healthy promotion of early treatment for Covid.

The decline in the value of Twitter stock prior to Musk’s offer was not only due to its ban of individuals, as its suppression of speech expanded broadly to many Covid tweets. When it did not outright ban someone for Covid-related tweets, Twitter posted ugly disclaimers for disfavored tweets that were critical of vaccination.

A year ago Trump observed that Twitter “has become totally BORING as people flock to leave the site.” He added, “I guess that’s what happens when you go against FREEDOM OF SPEECH!” Elon Musk needs Trump and his many supporters to turn that around, and he should not allow Europe to stifle free speech here. To succeed, a new Twitter needs to restore blocked accounts and end its censorship.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Pelosi is Still Traumatized by Trump Supporters

A US Army plane dropped some parachuters to a Washington Nationals baseball game, resulting in this:
"The Federal Aviation Administration's apparent failure to notify Capitol Police of the pre-planned flyover Nationals Stadium is outrageous and inexcusable," Pelosi said in a statement released by her office. "The unnecessary panic caused by this apparent negligence was particularly harmful for Members, staff and institutional workers still grappling with the trauma of the attack on their workplace on January 6th."
Really? Were they worried Trump supporters were trying to reverse the outcome of a baseball game?!

Everything has to be blamed on Trump, global warming, covid, or structural racism. This was her way of blaming Trump.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

So Why Isn’t Biden Visiting Ukraine?

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

The latest request by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who was elected after a 2014 Leftist revolution there and supported by a media oligarch billionaire, is for $50 billion in new funding from the West and a personal visit by Joe Biden. The White House responded “no,” but only to the part about Biden visiting.

Biden and Congress have already granted the liberal Ukrainian politicians 13.6 billion American dollars. But Zelensky is back, asking for more than three times that much this week in the form of grants or loan guarantees by the United States, with no end in sight for how much this will ultimately cost Americans.

Biden has entangled the United States in this conflict far worse than Congress ever authorized him to. By sending weapons to Ukraine, Biden has wrongly put our country and Americans at risk of deadly retaliation by Russia, as Russian President Vladimir Putin recently warned could happen in unexpected ways.

Some Republican candidates for office in upcoming primary elections are not supporting this as entrenched politicians in D.C. are. One of the skeptics, J.D. Vance, was just endorsed by Trump for a pivotal open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, which has its primary in a mere two weeks.

The retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus. A crowded Republican group of many talented candidates compete for Portman’s seat amid the worsening Russia-Ukraine war. Many immigrants from Ukraine settled in Ohio, beginning around 1900, but most have assimilated into American culture as other waves of European immigrants from that period have done. It seems doubtful that there are many Republican primary voters who support Biden’s mishandling of this conflict.

The anti-Trump candidate, state senator Matt Dolan, is polling in a distant fourth in this race. He appeared on the Today show on Monday to declare that he wants the United States to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, “to start off with.”

That approach could lead to the United States taking in upwards of a million refugees, particularly if Dems think they will vote their way. Poland has accepted more than 2.5 million Ukrainian refugees and seeks to relocate them.

Last Friday Donald Trump enthusiastically endorsed J.D. Vance, who has criticized Biden for spending so much time on Ukraine. In an interview with Steve Bannon on February 19, Vance stated that “I think it’s ridiculous that we’re focused on this border in Ukraine.”

Trump’s endorsement of Vance was gutsy, as he trailed in third place by a polling average of 7 points behind the front-runner. Vance is a conservative populist like several other candidates Trump has endorsed, and Trump proves again that he’s not interested in backing only the leaders in polls.

A Marine veteran endorsed earlier by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Vance campaigns on rejuvenating manufacturing in Ohio, which once had thriving automobile parts and steel industries. Both are ravaged by the phony policies of free trade that have also devastated its neighboring states.

Vance stands in contrast with rival candidate Mike Gibbons, who declared last year that the middle class is somehow not paying its fair share of taxes. Vance responded by saying that Republicans should defend “middle-class people being able to raise a family and do it on a single income.”

Vance wants to break up Big Tech, which would help end the suffocating censorship that emanates from the Left Coast. Not even the wealthiest man in the world, Elon Musk, can stop the censorship imposed by the liberals who control Twitter as its Board of Directors adopted a poison pill to thwart his takeover bid.

Vance fully supports Trump’s platform to end the illegal immigration streaming over our southern border, and to build a wall. A recent grim story about how smugglers, called “coyotes,” left a woman to die ensnared in rope while trying to climb over a border wall in Arizona demonstrates how ruthless the immigration smuggling operation is.

Several congressmen, also in contested primaries, have been outspoken against giving Leftist politicians in Ukraine a blank check at the expense of Americans. Both Reps. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) have been leaders in opposing Biden’s senseless entanglement in the Russia-Ukraine war.

Once marginalized as "far-right," Marine Le Pen has skyrocketed in French popularity by urging against an escalation in hostilities with Russia. She stunningly made the final runoff for the presidency of France, and cautions against pushing Russia into a closer alliance with communist China that already opposes the liberal cultural influence of Hollywood.

China recently ordered a movie studio to delete pro-LGBTQ dialog from the children’s animation Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore, and the studio dutifully pandered to the communists. This contrasts with how Disney today aggressively undermines American cultural norms, unlike the patriotism of its founder Walt Disney.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Trump’s Wizardry in Oz Endorsement

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

Pro-China Dave McCormick currently holds a narrow lead in the polls for the open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. This primary is on May 17, and it is pivotal both for retaking GOP control of the Senate and for winning that state’s 19 electoral votes in 2024.

McCormick, a former Jeb Bush supporter who made his fortune running a Connecticut-based hedge fund, has already spent millions to attain 21% support in the fractured race. He even hired several of President Trump’s former White House aides in an effort to bolster his support in the state he left behind as a young man.

In 2017, McCormick told an audience at Duke University that he “wasn’t a Trump supporter” in 2016, but merely hoped for success for whoever won between Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. For years, McCormick reportedly oversaw an estimated $1 billion in investments in China.

As Philadelphia just became the first major city to reinstate a mask-wearing requirement indoors, McCormick’s deep ties to the communist country that brought us Covid are unhelpful. McCormick has failed to lead on this issue, and even ducked attending a recent conservative gathering in the Keystone State.

His rival, Dr. Mehmet Oz, spoke out strongly against mask and vaccine mandates last year, and two years ago Oz helped save lives by promoting hydroxychloroquine. Dr. Oz received a backlash from liberal public health authorities but courageously spoke the truth they suppressed.

On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci was still preaching his discredited opinions about Covid, which appears to be resurging. For two years Fauci’s regimen of lockdowns, masks, and vaccines failed to defeat the virus, yet the media and Biden continue to give him a platform to pontificate.

Dr. Oz is almost alone among physician politicians opposing Fauci’s fake science. Last December, Dr. Oz stated that “Dr. Anthony Fauci has lost the faith and confidence of the American people.” “I believe Anthony Fauci should be held accountable for misleading, whether willfully or unintentionally, the American public and the United States Congress,” Oz continued. At one point Fauci’s own NIH had to correct his testimony falsely denying U.S. funding of dangerous gain-of-function research in Wuhan, which may have led to Covid.

Trump’s critics pretend that he endorses only front-runners, but Oz is an underdog as was Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) in his bid for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat. Trump endorsed Budd, a young congressman, when Budd was 40 points behind the much better known former governor, Pat McCrory.

When Trump endorsed Budd, Trump was backing a longshot candidate who the polls predicted could not win, just as polls today peg Dr. Oz as the underdog. But a new poll by the independent Emerson College shows that with Trump’s endorsement, Budd has jumped to an astounding 14-point lead over McCrory.

Rural voters account for this change, and are thereby saving the Republican Party. Budd leads RINO McCrory by 42-11% among rural voters, while the candidates are tied among suburban voters.

Without appealing to rural voters, Republican candidates have no chance of winning elections. It is difficult to see how the globalist Connecticut hedge fund trader McCormick has much chance of winning support from rural Pennsylvanians.

McCormick’s allies have spent millions on negative ads against Dr. Oz, whom even liberals describe as charming and personable. Oz, a cardiovascular surgeon who was a professor at Columbia University medical school for two decades, is needed to speak out against the mask and vaccine tyranny.

On Friday, a rare 2-1 Democrat majority of the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans reinstated Biden's Covid vaccine mandate against millions of federal workers. This mandate had been properly enjoined by a Trump-appointed district court judge, but the panel reversed his decision.

A month ago Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla declared that a fourth booster shot is necessary, even though variants continue to confound the vaccine strategy against Covid. Fauci himself admitted last week in an article published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases that classical herd immunity against Covid “almost certainly is an unattainable goal.”

By endorsing Dr. Oz, who was born in the United States to Turkish parents, Trump is already being criticized by some Republicans. But such naysayers were just proven wrong by Trump’s endorsement of the underdog Senate candidate in North Carolina.

Trump further overcame his critics by inviting 26-year-old Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) onto the stage after the Republican Establishment shunned and tried to defeat him for his blunt criticisms. Rep. Cawthorn nearly stole the show with his inspiring words that concluded with his standing up from his wheelchair.

“We have so many in the national party who believe that the key to saving our nation is cheapening our platform and going after these non-existent middle ground voters,” Cawthorn declared. “My friend, there is no middle ground with Marxists.”

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

More Illegals as Biden Ends Title 42

The Phyllis Schlafly Report
By John and Andy Schlafly

A record 1.7 million illegal aliens had encounters with our courageous border patrol agents in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021. In addition, the number of known gotaways has exceeded 2,000 per day in recent months, plus many more who evade detection.

Amid this crisis, Biden opens the floodgates further to double or triple the influx, by terminating Trump’s Title 42 policy. Section 265 of Title 42 of the United States Code authorizes the federal government to exclude persons at the border whose admission would endanger the public health from a communicable disease.

Last Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Trump’s proper use of this law to stem illegal immigration would end on May 23. That throws our border wide open by repealing Trump’s only remaining border security policy that was still being enforced by the Biden Administration.

Senseless liberal logic welcomes Covid-infected illegal aliens, while imposing burdensome vaccination requirements on Americans and those who enter our country lawfully. When asked about this contradiction, Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki absurdly responded last year that the illegals do not intend to remain here for a long time.

They certainly do plan to stay, and consume billions of dollars in benefits while they are here. The strain of Ukrainian refugees on Europe dominates the media, while it ignores similar hordes of illegals here.

In the last month alone, our border agents had 165,000 encounters with illegal aliens. Many additional illegals are never caught. The numbers this year are far higher than the record-breaking totals of last year. Democrats see a new voter for their side in every new illegal alien, no matter how much harm that causes to the United States.

The illegal drugs they bring into our country are enough to kill every single American. These drugs imported by illegal aliens include 634 pounds of lethal fentanyl and 12,500 pounds of life-threatening methamphetamine that were seized in February alone.

To put this in perspective, merely one kilogram of fentanyl amounts to 500,000 lethal doses. The monthly seizure at our border of fentanyl exceeded 100 million fatal doses, while far more probably slipped through.

Biden, wanting illegals as future Democrat voters, vastly increases the illegal border crossings by allowing the Title 42 restrictions to expire. A thousand miles from our southern border, even Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is shocked, calling this “a frightening decision.”

“Title 42 has been an essential tool in combating the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the influx of migrants at our southern border,” objected Sen. Manchin. “We are already facing an unprecedented increase in migrants this year, and that will only get worse if the administration ends the Title 42 policy.”

Arizona’s Democrat senators are complaining too. “Today’s decision to announce an end to Title 42 despite not yet having a comprehensive plan ready shows a lack of understanding about the crisis at our border,” Kyrsten Sinema stated candidly about her own party’s president.

To make room for this massive increase in illegals, Biden ordered ICE to dismiss up to 700,000 or 40% of the 1,700,000 cases that are pending for deportation orders by immigration courts. This means nearly a million of these illegals will also get a free ticket to stay and collect benefits here.

Already Biden’s Justice Department is refusing to honor a judge’s order to reinstate President Trump’s most successful border policy, which required all illegal migrants to “remain in Mexico” until their bogus claims for asylum are heard and rejected. That case, Biden v. Texas, will be argued in the Supreme Court on April 26.

ABC News reports that DHS has prepared a 16-page strategic plan that includes frightening projections for post-Title 42 southwest border encounters. “Based on these projections,” the document says, the newly established Southwest Border Coordination Center “is currently planning for 6,000, 12,000 (high) and 18,000 (very high) encounters per day.”

Let those numbers sink in. 18,000 per day is more than 500,000 per month, and more than 6 million per year.

The flood of people crossing our southern border is not some natural disaster beyond anyone’s control. The reality, as stated by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) yesterday, is that “This is deliberate, this is intentional.”

It is intentional, to replenish the shrinking number of liberal voters.

On Tuesday, the 4th of the 10 House Republicans who voted with liberals to impeach Trump, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), announced he would not run for reelection.

The entrenched, 18-term incumbent Rep. Upton’s announcement comes three days after Trump held a massive rally in Michigan which attracted 10,000 conservative supporters. The sports arena booked for Trump’s rally quickly overflowed.

At this Michigan rally Trump predicted we will be “deluged by illegal immigration” amounting to “10 to 12 million” new illegal aliens, because of Biden ending Title 42 restrictions.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

These columns are also posted on PhyllisSchlafly.com, pseagles.com, and Townhall.com.