7 Things: Trump v. NATO — Outside groups want Alabama Senator Doug Jones’ vote on SCOTUS nominee — ‘disappointing and deceptive’ attacks in the Lt. Gov. and AG race ramp up — and more …
1. President Trump continues to bang on NATO as he arrives for a summit
— As Trump arrives in Brussels for his latest meeting with our allies, he launched an old-school attack about how they don’t pay their agreed upon GDP percentage for national security. He also hit Germany for making deals with Russia while portraying them as a threat — a point he is right about.
— Inexplicably, this desire for more NATO spending is reported by the media as the work of Vladimir Putin. Trump earlier had referred to the meeting with Putin, saying it “may be easier” than NATO, which is also considered a love note to Putin.
— Both Senators Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly have decided whether the judge will allow pre-existing conditions to be covered under ObamaCare is the central issue in this nomination, which shows Democrats think these judges are legislators.
— After Jones’ wishy-washy comments over the last few days, Judicial Crisis Network is pouring money into Alabama to get citizens to pressure Jones to vote “Yes.”
— Another day, another lame attack by a desperate and failing Troy King. This week he is hilariously alleging that Steve Marshall is beholden to gambling interests. King cites a fundraiser from an attorney general association he himself was a part of and then he admits he “[does] not know who attended.”
— In what surprised many, and will probably move none, former candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin came out in support of Will Ainsworth in the lieutenant governor race. Martin specifically cited the “disappointing and deceptive” Twinkle Cavanaugh attack ads as a reason.
4. Attempts to reunite children with their criminal illegal parents are going as well as you would expect
— In spite of a court order, only four of 102 children separated from their parents had been returned as of mid-day Tuesday. It is also likely the government will miss the arbitrary deadline of July 26 to reunite all roughly 3,000 kids.
— Some will never be returned because “some parents have been found unsuitable for reunification because of issues discovered during a criminal background check, including child cruelty, child smuggling, narcotics crimes, robbery convictions, and a warrant for murder.”
5. Mexico’s new president wants to shut down their southern border; no word on their northern one
— During Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s presidential campaign, he claimed he would not help the United States with border enforcement, but his attitude has changed on his southern border. He also will be lowering crime by “legalizing drugs, instituting gun control, and reducing punishment for criminals.”
— Alfonso Durazo, Lopez Obrador’s future security chief, told Bloomberg that, “We’re going to create a border police force that will be highly specialized,” and “They need to apply the law.”
6. American liberals have absolutely no clue how the Supreme Court works
— Many in the political media seem to believe that judges are there to make law or to change the law to where it can pass Constitutional scrutiny. This is obviously not the case, but this is really why they are scared.
— This obvious ignorance of how anything works is why Nebraska Senator Sasse slammed the protests at the Supreme Court on Monday night. His argument, as summarized by the Weekly Standard: “Protest at the White House, he says, or protest at Congress—those are the places that are supposed to be responsive to politics. The Supreme Court is supposed to be responsive to the law.”
7. Sen. Doug Jones is now seen as “adamantly pro-choice“, after selling himself as a moderate
— Now-Senator Doug Jones, the statewide media, and the national media ran his campaign in 2017 on two absurd narratives: that Roy Moore was a pedophile and that Doug Jones was a moderate. It worked, but now the mask is off.
— Jones was always for abortion up until birth, but that wasn’t enough for the press. Now that the race is over and they want Jones to be exactly what they knew he was, they are saying he has always been “adamantly pro-choice“, which is a moronic lie.