Christine Rousselle - Someone Built A Tiny Wall Around Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
Posted: 7/20/2016 5:30:00 PM EST

Throughout the Republican primary, Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been vandalized again and again.

First came the swastika...

...then the "mute" symbol...

...and now this: a six-inch "border wall," complete with tiny razor wire.

An artist who goes by the name "Plastic Jesus" took credit for the addition to the star. This is not his first piece of anti-Trump art: he also sells "No Trump Anytime" signs.

At least this vandalism is easily removable and doesn't actually damage the star.

Megan Maxey - Benghazi Soldier Reveals Special Ops Members Will Leave Military If Clinton Is Elected
Posted: 7/20/2016 5:00:00 PM EST

Benghazi survivor and former CIA operative John “Tig” Tiegen sat down to speak with The Daily Caller Tuesday in Cleveland.

The Benghazi survivors have been very vocal about their opinions on the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton - and for good reason. Tig was one of the six military contractors stranded in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 where their call for help was never answered. Four of his fellow Americans died because of this negligence.

In the Facebook Live interview, Tiegen told The Daily Caller many of the military's best and brightest will leave if Hillary is elected. “There’s guys leaving now just because of that,” said Tiegen. “Cause they don’t know if the call for help is going to be heard.”

Tiegen spoke on the "downgrading" the Obama administration has conducted overseas and that the men in the military have a growing doubt in the government because of it. 

“If you ask for help, or you need your help, you expect the military to come help you, one way or another,” said Tiegen. He then brought up a similar situation to Benghazi - an ambush on a group of marines in Afghanistan in 2013. These marines were left helpless because President Obama pulled troops put of important areas in the Middle East.

Tiegen stated the fight would remain overseas if Trump was elected, but if Clinton were to be elected we will be fighting this war on our home front. Staff - RNC Day 3: Law Enforcement Prepare for Looming Protests
Posted: 7/20/2016 4:42:00 PM EST

Cleveland, OH - Reports are circulating that a large protest will take place outside of the Republican National Convention this evening. The video below shows law enforcement moving in to help reinforce the perimeter.

The latest update from sources on the ground say that all exits out of the security perimeter (except one) are sealed due to the protests, and that there have been several arrests so far. 

This piece will be updated as information comes in.

UPDATE (5:28 p.m. ET): The Revolution Communist Party was responsible for the protest flag burning outside of the convention perimeter. Video below shows Carl Dix, the party chairman, explaining why they burned the U.S. Flag. 

Carl Dix (transcript of video): "...Nor do we need a continuation of the crimes of today. And that's what both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton represent. Their only difference is what's the why to keep this empire in effect, and keep it committing crimes against people here in this country and around the world..."

Christine Rousselle - Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law
Posted: 7/20/2016 4:35:00 PM EST

The Fifth Court of Appeals has struck down Texas' voter ID law. The court found that the law violates the Voting Rights Act and was discriminatory towards minorities. The law required residents to show a photo ID in order to vote, and did not consider a school ID to be a valid form of identification--the strictest policy in the nation.

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed previous rulings that the 2011 voter ID law — which stipulates the types of photo identification election officials can and cannot accept at the polls — does not comply with the Voting Rights Act.

The full court's ruling delivered the strongest blow yet to what is widely viewed as the nation’s strictest voter ID law. Under the law, most citizens (some, like people with disabilities, can be exempt) must show one of a handful of types of identification before their ballots can be counted: a state driver's license or ID card, a concealed handgun license, a U.S. passport, a military ID card, or a U.S citizenship certificate with a photo.

Texas is among nine states categorized as requiring "strict photo ID," and its list of acceptable forms is the shortest.

The law was first passed by then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) in 2011. It has faced numerous court battles since then.

Justice Don Willett, who is nearly as famous for his tweets as he is for his position on the Supreme Court of Texas, was blunt in his response: Texas loses.

Cortney O'Brien - WATCH: Cruz Supporters Boo Trump Plane As it Flies Into Cleveland
Posted: 7/20/2016 4:25:00 PM EST

In what may or may not be an indication of what we can expect when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) steps on stage on this third night of the Republican National Convention, some of his supporters greeted Donald Trump's plane with boos as it flew into Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon.

Cruz was speaking at a rally outside of the Quicken Loans Arena when his audience spotted the Trump aircraft. It was perfect timing, as the plane came into view just as Cruz said, "Our party now has a nominee." Cruz laughed and asked his staff if they had planned it that way.

Cruz is included in the lineup of keynote speakers for Wednesday night, despite his very nasty battle with Trump during the GOP primary. In perhaps the tensest moment of the campaign, Cruz denounced his rival as a "pathological liar."

That was in May. Now, the Texas senator will be addressing a convention that has just nominated Trump as its presidential nominee.

Reports suggest Cruz will not offer his former opponent an endorsement.

Christine Rousselle - U.S. Rep Mark Takai Passes Away At Age 49
Posted: 7/20/2016 3:35:00 PM EST

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai (D-HI) passed away on Wednesday at his home in Hawaii after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 49.

Takai served in the House of Representatives since January of 2015. He had previously served 20 years in the Hawaii House of Representatives.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Takai during this terrible time.

Matt Vespa - ICYMI: American-Backed Syrian Rebel Group Just Beheaded A Child
Posted: 7/20/2016 2:45:00 PM EST

Editor's Note: Headline was tweaked for clarity.  

Obama’s foreign policy has been bad on Syria. We have U.S.-backed militias firing on one another in the country. President Bashar al-Assad remains in power. The Russians are conducting airstrikes of their own—and now we have American supported militias beheading children (via The Clarion Project):

US-backed Syrian rebels, screaming "Allahu Akbar," brutally beheaded a child named Abdullah Issa. The shocking clip shows fighters from Nour-al-din el-Zanki telling the camera, "These are the prisoners from Liwa al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade – a Palestinian militia group). He [Assad] can't stoop any lower. He sent us children today, are you sending us children?"

America funds Nour-al-din el-Zanki, which fights against the Assad regime.

Liwa al-Quds (The Jerusalem Brigade) is a pro-Assad Palestinian paramilitary group. The rebel group accused the boy of being a spy.

Referring to the prisoner, one jihadi says, "These are the dogs of Assad. These are your people Bashar." Another says, "We shall not leave anyone in Handarat," the Palestinian refugee camp where a battle between regime and rebel forces is currently taking place.

To shouts of "Takbir" and "Allahu Akbar," a fighter from the group saws through the neck of Abdullah Issa. In a grisly scene, he then holds the head aloft and exclaims "Allahu Akbar" several more times.

Oh, and here’s a friendly reminder: During her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was the number one advocate of training and equipping Syrian rebels to fight Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. She adamantly believed that her tactics would work and bring stabilization to the region. Clinton was so confident in her plan that she even criticized Barack Obama's failure to "build up a credible fighting force" in 2014.

“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton said.

Web Editor Justin Holcomb contributed to this post

Christine Rousselle - Caitlyn Jenner Speaks at "Big Tent Brunch"; Urges Republicans to Embrace LGBT Community
Posted: 7/20/2016 2:35:00 PM EST

Speaking at the American Unity Fund's "Big Tent Brunch," Olympic gold medalist-turned-reality-star Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her experiences coming out as both trans and Republican, and how she'd like to see the party evolve in the future.

Jenner (née Bruce), who came out as transgender in an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, initially generated more surprise when she also revealed in the interview that she was a conservative Republican. Jenner had also expressed support for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the Republican primary.

"It was easy to come out as trans. It was harder to come out as a Republican," Jenner said to laughter at the brunch.

Despite her party loyalty, Jenner was not fond of efforts by Republicans to pass bills regarding bathroom usage. Jenner pointed out that more Republican politicians have been arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than trans people have, and joked that perhaps the nation needs a law prohibiting politicians from bathrooms.

Watch the full video here:

Cortney O'Brien - Vets Group Responds to Trump Advisor Suggesting Hillary Should Be Shot
Posted: 7/20/2016 2:30:00 PM EST

Bill Rausch, the executive director of the veterans group Got Your 6, which works to promote accurate portrayals of veterans in the media, is outraged by one of Donald Trump's veterans' issues advisors, Al Baldasaro, suggesting Hillary Clinton should be shot for her history of scandals. During an interview with the "Jeff Kuhner Show," Baldasaro condemned the former secretary of state for lying to the families of Benghazi, then said the following:

“This whole thing disgusts me, Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

Rausch rejected Baldasaro’s remarks, calling it “completely inappropriate.”

“I’m a combat veteran – you don’t say that," he said. "You don’t put people in front of firing squads and shoot them. It goes against the ethos of every single person who’s raised their right hand and swore to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States. He should know better.”

These remarks are “especially inappropriate,” Rausch said, in light of the recent deadly shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, where two of the shooters were veterans. Rausch said the Trump campaign needs to denounce Baldasaro's words.

“That’s damaging us as a community,” Rausch said. “It’s got to be condemned. We’re calling on them to condemn it immediately. There’s just no place for this.”

Not only should the Trump camp roundly denounce his remarks, but Rausch insisted they should “make sure he no longer speaks on behalf of the campaign.” He should not be associated with it “whatsoever.”

“If we made progress this week, it sets us back,” Rausch said.

Day One of the RNC was termed “Make America Safe Again” and featured several keynote speakers who were either veterans or family members of veterans. “They set the bar high” for the DNC convention to reach in Philadelphia next week, Rausch noted.

On Tuesday, they weren’t able to dig deeper into the veterans’ policies mentioned on Monday because the news was dominated by the reports of plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech. Now, they are having to deal with Baldasaro’s unfortunate comments.

It “damages the campaign’s effort,” Rausch said. There have been some really great members of the Trump campaign he’s been working with who he “can’t imagine they would even condone this.”

The Trump campaign has yet to respond to Got Your 6’s requests for comment.

Matt Vespa - ‘Lock Her Up’: The Unofficial Battle Cry Of the RNC?
Posted: 7/20/2016 2:15:00 PM EST

Cleveland, OHIO – Walking around the convention floor during New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s address last night, “lock her up” chants were going strong. While these were uttered during the tail end of the convention’s program with Lt. Gen Michael Flynn’s address on Monday, this was during primetime. The governor went on a tear against the former Secretary of State, offering his own indictment against her policies and asking the delegates and attendees if Clinton is guilty or not guilty as he went down a list of her failures. It was brutal.

“Lock her up” has become the de facto battle cry for the Republican National Convention. Cortney wrote how some members of the GOP are unnerved by these antics. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) tweeted that we can beat Clinton without “jumping the shark” on hoping that Clinton gets put in jail.

On CNN last night, former Cruz communications director Amanda Carpenter was actually taken aback by the chants, and disconcerted that a former U.S. Attorney—Christie—would be part of this developing convention narrative that wishes to see the candidate from the opposing party be thrown in jail. The aurora of the roundtable discussion last night was that such optics cheapens his legal credentials.

Aaron Blake of The Washington Post noted that even Christie was a bit uncomfortable with the crowd’s chants during MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning:

I think the problem is that, you know, people get -- in my party often get so angry about her that they yell and they scream and they use kind of, you know, divisive language that doesn't get to the core of my problem with her." Asked if he was referring to "lock her up," Christie said, "Right. Right."

The theme of last night was Make America Work Again, though it was mostly an attack on Clinton. So, for the Republicans who wanted to see more policy, sorry to say that really wasn’t in the cards last night—or any night since Trump began his presidential race. He has delivered some speeches on policy regarding energy and trade, but last night was overwhelmingly an attack Clinton night. Speaker Ryan got the crowd going with calls for unity after Trump had officially become the nominee earlier that evening, though that sense of unity emanates from the GOP’s hatred of Clinton.

Here’s the thing: from here on out—it’s going to be a bloodbath between Trump and Clinton. Both are unpopular. Both have bases of support from voters who are supporting them, not necessarily due to their position on policy, but because they can’t stand the thought of either Clinton or Trump winning in November. Yet, for all of the wrangling over lack of policy at the RNC, the Democratic National Convention shouldn’t be any different since Clinton has taken the attack Trump stance rather than offering an alternate agenda. So, if you’re going to bash Republicans for not talking policy in Cleveland, just recognize that Democrats aren’t really doing that either. They’re mocking Trump over his business deals, or calling him the most dangerous candidate for the presidency…ever.

As for the “lock her up” chants, FBI Director James Comey said that Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in their handling of classified information, and then opted not to indict. You can bet more than a few Republicans would be angry about that.


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