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Democratic Rep. Max Rose calls de Blasio worst mayor in history of NYC – New York Post

September 9, 2020 | 3:55pm | Updated September 9, 2020 | 5:39pm

First-term Staten Island congressman Max Rose is running digitals ads calling fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio “the worst mayor in the history of New York City.”

Rose is locked in a tough re-election battle against Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis in the 11th congressional district that encompasses Staten Island and southern Brooklyn.

“Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City,” Rose says in a six second spot as he looks into the camera. “That’s the whole ad.”

Rose makes the same accusation in a 15-second spot. Having a few seconds of air time left, he chuckles, “That’s it guys. Seriously. That’s the whole ad.”

De Blasio is unpopular in the 11th CD.

Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman, was the Republican candidate for mayor against the incumbent in 2017.

While de Blasio handily won re-election citywide, Malliotakis trounced the mayor in more conservative  Staten Island, where she captured 70 percent of the vote.

Rose has been critical of de Blasio despite hailing from the same party.

He endorsed former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bid for president before the billionaire dropped out of the Democratic primary. De Blasio’s presidential bid also flamed out.

Rose is attacking de Blasio while Malliotakis and the GOP have run ads trying to link Rose to the mayor on issues such as rising crime and anti-police protests. The PBA and other police unions have endorsed Malliotakis.

The GOP also has run ads slamming Rose for voting to impeach President Trump following the Russia election meddling probe.

Rose complained that de Blasio failed to provide a real plan to reopen schools and accused the mayor of “actively trying to kill” New York City restaurants by delaying the reopening of indoor dining.

After a night of looting across New York City during protests following the death of George Floyd, Rose said the mayor “lost control of the situation,” and called on the National Guard to enforce curfew. Rose, a military veteran who served in Afghanistan, is a member of the National Guard.

Rose also criticized de Blasio during his first run for Congress in 2018, when he toppled Republican incumbent Dan Donovan.

De Blasio spokesman Bill Neidhardt responded, “So Max Rose prefers Fernando Wood? That’s a strange take.”

Neidhardt was referring to Wood, the Tammany Hall Democratic mayor during the Civil War who expressed sympathy for the confederacy.

The Malliotakis campaign got a kick out of Rose’s attempt to disassociate himself from de Blasio.

“It’s fun to watch two far-left politicians like Max Rose and Bill de Blasio squabble over who’s worst. The question Max Rose needs to answer is if he joined the nearly 70% of his constituents who voted for Nicole Malliotakis in the 2017 race for mayor,” said Malliotakis spokesman Rob Ryan.

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Warren calls for Postal Service board members to fire DeJoy or resign | TheHill – The Hill

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls for Postal Service board members to fire DeJoy or resign Bloomberg convention speech goes viral after fly lands on face On the Trail: Joe Biden, party man MORE (D-Mass.) said board members for the U.S. Postal Service should fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyTensions flare as senators grill postmaster general The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Postmaster General attempts to calm mail-in voting fears Postmaster General testifies that ballots will be prioritized for delivery MORE or resign themselves amid controversy over planned changes he’s announced.

“The @USPS Board of Governors has a responsibility to serve the public interest. That means delivering the mail on time – not acting as accomplices for the Postmaster General’s partisan sabotage. If the Board won’t fire Louis DeJoy and reverse the damage, they should resign too,” Warren tweeted Friday. 

The @USPS Board of Governors has a responsibility to serve the public interest. That means delivering the mail on time – not acting as accomplices for the Postmaster General’s partisan sabotage. If the Board won’t fire Louis DeJoy and reverse the damage, they should resign too. https://t.co/7lA3mlyRw3

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 21, 2020

The tweet came after a contentious hearing held by the GOP-led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in which DeJoy, a major GOP donor and ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCEO of National Enquirer parent company steps down Biden says he would shut US down amid pandemic if scientists said it was needed Warren calls for Postal Service board members to fire DeJoy or resign MORE, defended his proposed operational changes to the Postal Service amid claims from Democrats that they would impact the November election and prescription deliveries among other things. 

DeJoy emphasized that he is postponing some of the changes until after Nov. 3 to avoid the appearance of impacting an election that is anticipated to rely heavily on mail-in ballots. However, the official decried the “false and unfair” narrative that he was trying to suppress the vote. 

“Managing the Postal Service in an efficient and effective manner cannot succeed if everything is politicized,” DeJoy said, adding that he has never discussed the Postal Service with President Trump.

“I recognize that it has become impossible to separate the necessary long-term reform efforts we will need to undertake from the broader political environment surrounding the election, and I do not want to pursue any immediate efforts that might be utilized to tarnish the Postal Service brand, particularly as it relates to our role in the democratic process,” he said. 

DeJoy added that ensuring mail-in ballots are delivered on time for the election this year is his “No. 1 priority.”

Democrats in Washington have indicated that despite DeJoy’s assurances and his decision to delay the changes, they have every intention of performing oversight over the agency.

Democrats have long voiced worries that DeJoy’s proposed changes, which include a staff shakeup, removing ballot drop-off sites, curtailing overtime for Postal Service workers and adjusting delivery policies, would impact timely delivery, but Republicans fired back Friday that their colleagues’ concerns were baseless. 

“From what I’ve heard so far today, apparently the post office never had any issues, there were never any delays … until 65 days ago when you arrived, and then apparently all chaos has broken out,” Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordWarren calls for Postal Service board members to fire DeJoy or resign Tensions flare as senators grill postmaster general Hillicon Valley: ‘Fortnite’ owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations MORE (R-Okla.) said.

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Fauci Calls Russia’s Claim of Effective COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Bogus’ – Newsweek

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said Russia’s claims of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is “bogus.”

During a live episode of the podcast ‘Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic,’ hosted by George Washington University, Fauci said, “It’s not bogus because he has a vaccine, what’s bogus is to say you have a vaccine that’s safe and effective,” when asked about Russian President Vladamir Putin’s claims of a coronavirus vaccine.

“There’s a big difference between having a vaccine and proving in trials, that are really well-designed, randomized placebo-controlled trials, that when you’re starting to give it widely to hundreds of millions of people, that you’re giving a safe and effective vaccine,” he said on Wednesday.

“The Russians, to my knowledge and I’m pretty sure I’m correct, have not been studying this intensively in very large, randomized, placebo-controlled trials,” Fauci added.

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Newsweek reached out to Putin’s office for comment but did not hear back before publication.

The U.S. top-leading infectious disease expert said the country has six ongoing vaccine projects, which he noted have yet to be proven as safe and effective. He said until it’s proven, “you really don’t want to be talking about having a vaccine.”

At least two of these vaccines are already in Phase 3 trials, which began on July 27. One is a 30,000 person trial, while the other is projecting to include 60,000 participants. Fauci said a third vaccine trial will begin soon.

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Fauci predicted that the U.S. will have a COVID-19 vaccine ready by the end of December or early January.

“We will likely know within a period of several months, which takes us to the end of this calendar year and maybe to the beginning of 2021, whether or not we’ll have a safe and effective candidate,” Fauci said. “I believe, based on the preliminary data that we have, that we can be cautiously optimistic.”

Anthony Fauci
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on July 31, 2020. On Wednesday, Fauci called Russia’s claims of an effective COVID-19 vaccine “bogus” during a livestream hosted by George Washington University.
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Last week, federal health officials announced that a COVID-19 vaccine will be free for all Americans.

However, as science finally catches up to the virus that has now infected more than 5 million Americans, fewer Americans say they’ll get it once it becomes available.

A new poll from CNN/SSRS found that 40 percent of Americans said they would not get vaccinated for the virus if one were widely available at a low cost. This number has grown from the 33 percent who said they would not get a vaccine back in May.

Fauci said that because “vaccine disinformation can lead to vaccine hesitancy,” it is important to engage these individuals rather than criticize them. He said community engagement is especially important among minority communities, who are often and understandably reluctant to believe health authorities.

“You get out there and you get community representatives to engage them, to try and be as transparent as you possibly can with the data, answer the questions that they have and try to convince them that vaccinations in general, particularly a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, is something that’s important for them, their families and society in general,” Fauci said.

He said he would not support a vaccine mandate for the general public, calling a requirement from the federal government “unenforceable and inappropriate.”

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Trump calls out New Zealand’s ‘terrible’ Covid surge, on day it records nine new cases – The Guardian

Donald Trump has called out New Zealand for its recent Covid-19 outbreak, saying the places the world hailed as a success story is now facing a “big surge” in cases.

“The places they were using to hold up now they’re having a big surge … they were holding up names of countries and now they’re saying ‘whoops!.

“Do you see what’s happening in New Zealand? They beat it, they beat it, it was like front-page news because they wanted to show me something,” the US president said at a campaign rally in Mankato, Minnesota.

“Big surge in New Zealand, you know it’s terrible, we don’t want that, but this is an invisible enemy that should never have been let to come to Europe and the rest of the world by China.”

On Monday Auckland recorded nine new cases of the virus, and 13 on Tuesday, while the US’s Monday figure was just under 42,000.

It is the first time Trump has mentioned New Zealand in a campaign speech. On Tuesday, prime minister Jacinda Ardern responded, saying there was “no comparison” between the situation in the US and her country.

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PM Jacinda Ardern says there is “no comparison” between NZ’s cases and the USA after Donald Trump said her country had experienced a big surge.

NZ has 13 new cases today. pic.twitter.com/D0hPlkf1lq

August 18, 2020

New Zealand’s government has described the outbreak as contained and manageable, and has chosen not to place the country or even Auckland in full, level 4 lockdown. The outbreak is currently limited to a single cluster of related cases, which as of Tuesday numbered 69.

Overall 22 people have died from Covid-19 in New Zealand, compared with more than 170,000 in the US, the highest death toll in the world. It accounts for nearly 22% of deaths globally.

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It was v tricky to say why the scientists, the modellers, the public servants, health workers, teachers, supermarket workers, politicians, businesses, people denied tangi, funerals, weddings, and millions who made myriad other sacrifices did it, but suddenly clear now https://t.co/TDYhtytsXH

August 17, 2020

In June, New Zealand declared it had eliminated the virus, and went 102 days without any infection in the community.

Last week four people tested positive for the virus, and dozens more in Auckland were been infected, prompting the prime minister to place the city of 1.5 million into a two-week, stage 3 lockdown.

It is still unclear how the virus got into the community, but health officials continue to test workers at the international borders, ports and a cool store factory that handles international freight.

President Trump has been criticised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic – from labelling it a “hoax” in the early part of the year, to wrongly suggesting that injecting disinfectant could be a potential way to fight Covid-19. Until the past few weeks Trump has refused to wear a mask.

Cases began to rise for a second time after the Memorial Day holiday weekend at the end of May. Los Angeles county is the worst affected in the country, with more than 220,000 cases, followed by Miami-Dade in Florida, with 145,000 cases. This compares with Queens in New York, which has recorded the most deaths in the country (5,977), and 68,000 infections.

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Calls for nationwide sickout as Arizona district cancels reopening – The Guardian

An Arizona public school district was forced to cancel its plans to reopen on Monday after more than 100 teachers and other staff members called in sick.

“We have received an overwhelming response from staff indicating that they do not feel safe returning to classrooms with students,” Gregory Wyman, district superintendent, said in a statement on Friday.

Now some activists in Arizona, which saw a high-profile teachers’ strike in 2018, said they hope teachers across America will adopt a similar strategy to keep educators safe, as some parents and politicians continue to push for schools in the US to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’d love to see a nationwide sickout,” Kelley Fisher, an Arizona kindergarten teacher who has led protests in the state, told Reuters on Friday.

In San Tan Valley, a suburb of Phoenix, the JO Combs unified school district’s board of governors had voted to resume in-person classes on Monday. Another school district nearby had made a similar choice, pressured by some parents who argued that reopening schools would be best for their children.

The president of the Arizona Education Association, a teacher’s union, told the Arizona Republic that the two districts both decided to reopen despite not meeting the health metrics as recommended by Arizona’s department of public health.

Not a single district in Arizona currently meets all three metrics for a safe resumption of mixed in-person and online learning, the Arizona Republic reported, citing the most recently available state public health data.

By late Friday afternoon, 109 teachers and other staff members from JO Combs had already called in sick, a district spokeswoman said. That number represents nearly 20% of the district’s total staff of about 600.

“Due to these insufficient staffing levels, schools will not be able to reopen on Monday as planned,” Wyman, the superintendent, said, noting that “all classes, including virtual learning, will be canceled” until further notice.

Debates over when or how to reopen schools for in-person instruction have flared across the US. In Arizona, even as teachers are protesting to delay reopening schools, citing safety concerns, some parents have rallied to open classrooms, arguing that choice is best for their children.

Hundreds of parents and students held a rally in Phoenix last week in support of resuming in-person classes, Reuters reported. Among them was parent Christina DeRouchey, whose son is in first grade.

“We just want the choice that is best physically, mentally and most importantly emotionally for our children,” DeRouchey said.

Elsewhere in Arizona, the debate over when to reopen schools remained at a standstill. In Lake Havasu, Arizona, the local school district pushed back the discussion of when to reopen schools to this coming week, the local paper reported.

“At some point, we are going to have to come up with an acceptable casualty rate, and nobody wants to have that conversation,” one school board member said during last week’s discussion over reopening schools, a comment the editor of Today’s News-Herald, the local paper, called “chilling”.

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Rep. Walker calls for Falwell’s resignation from Liberty University – Fox News

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., called for the resignation of Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. after images surfaced of him on a yacht with his arm around a woman and their pants unzipped.

“Jerry Falwell Jr’s ongoing behavior is appalling,” Walker tweeted. “As a Music Faculty Advisory Board Member and former instructor @LibertyU, I’m convinced Falwell should step down.”

“None of us are perfect, but students, faculty, alumni and @LUPraise deserve better,” he added.

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY’S JERRY FALWELL JR. TAKING LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Falwell is a key figure in the evangelical Christian community, and helped garner support for President Trump during his campaign.

The Liberty University president has apologized for the photo, but said that it was all in good fun.

“I’ve apologized to everybody,” Falwell said in an interview this week with a local radio station located in Lynchburg, Va.

Falwell said that the woman in the photo was his “wife’s assistant” who was on the trip with them.

“She’s pregnant, so she couldn’t get her pants up,” he said in the interview. “And I had on pair of jeans that I hadn’t worn in a long time so I couldn’t get mine zipped either. And so I just put my belly out like hers.”

“She’s my wife’s assistant and she’s a sweetheart, and I should never have put it up and embarrassed her,” he added.

“And, anyway, long story short, it was just in good fun. That’s it.”

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The photo has been deleted, but critics have deemed Falwell a hypocrite, citing the Christian university ‘s rules of conduct, which require “modest” attire for students while on campus.

“If you’re running the largest Christian university in America maybe don’t put photos of yourself on social media with your pants undone on a yacht – with random women in bad wigs,” Meghan McCain tweeted this week.

“So gross, so hypocritical.”

Falwell said in his radio interview, “I’ve promised my kids I’m going to try to be a good boy from here on out.”

Falwell agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence from his role as president and chancellor of Liberty, where he has served since 2007 after his father, Jerry Falwell Sr., passed away. Falwell’s father founded the university in 1971.

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“Unfortunately, with this success and the burdens of leading a large and growing organization comes substantial pressure,” Jerry Prevo, chairman for the university’s board of trustees said Friday.

“Today, my colleagues and I on the Liberty University Board of Trustees and Jerry mutually agreed that it would be good for him to take an indefinite leave of absence.”

“This was a decision that was not made lightly,” Prevo added.

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Cuomo calls Hamptons concert a ‘gross violation’ of public health, NY state launches probe – CNBC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday called for an investigation into a charity concert that drew a packed crowd of partiers in the tony beach village of Southampton this past weekend.

“It wasn’t just a gross violation of public health rules. It was a gross violation of common sense,” Cuomo said during a press conference call. “We’re taking that very seriously.”

Cuomo said the town of Southampton could face penalties for violating public safety measures. He said the village leadership will be involved in the inquiry by the New York State Department of Health. 

“This is a law. There are civil penalties. There are criminal penalties,” he said. “The town of Southampton is going to have a problem. I don’t know how they approved that permit.”

Cuomo urged local governments to step up and “do their job.” Many bars and restaurants in New York City are continuing to receive citations for violating the state’s coronavirus measures, according to the governor. On Monday, 26 citations were issued in Manhattan and 16 in Queens, he said.

“I need the NYPD to do a better job in New York City,” he said.

The concert, called Safe & Sound, was a drive-in charity event that included performances from the Chainsmokers. Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, who moonlights as D.J. D-Sol, opened the concert. 

The event quickly came under fire after video footage on social media showed crowds of people not social distancing, wearing masks or following public health measures. 

According to the event description, the concert was “designed to maximize social distancing.” All venue staff were required to wear masks and attendees were encouraged to wear masks when going to restrooms.

The tailgate area allowed up to 600 vehicles, and guests weren’t allowed to leave their designated area unless using a restroom. The event also restricted each vehicle to hold a maximum of four guests in a sedan and six in a SUV.

The organizers said in a statement they adhered to all state and local health mandates, and the concert followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines.

Goldman Sachs released a statement Tuesday saying that Solomon “agreed to participate in an event for charity in which the organizers worked closely with the local government and put strict health protocols in place.” The company said Solomon performed early and left before the show ended.

“The vast majority of the audience appeared to follow the rules, but he’s troubled that some violated them and put themselves and others at risk,” the investment bank said in a statement.

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AOC calls out GOP Rep. Ted Yoho after he semi-apologizes for berating her: ‘This is not an apology’ – NBC News

Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., on Wednesday addressed heated remarks he made on Monday to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.— who said he called her “crazy” and “disgusting”— but the New York congresswoman said his response was “not an apology.”

“I stand before you this morning to address the strife I injected into the already contentious Congress,” Yoho said on the House floor, reading from prepared remarks.

“I rise to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York,” he said. “It is true that we disagree on policies and visions for America but that does not mean we should be disrespectful. Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of my language.”

Yoho said the “offensive name-calling words attributed” to him were never said, “and if they were construed that way I apologize for their misunderstanding.”

“I cannot apologize for my passion, or for loving my God, my family and my country,” he added.

Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter pushed back on the remarks, saying, “This is not an apology.”

– Does not apologize or name any action he did

– Does not accept responsibility

– Lies (this was not a “conversation,” it was verbal assault)

– Distracts by making it abt poverty (ironically)

– Says everyone else is wrong and the incident never happened.

This is not an apology.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 22, 2020

She also noted, “He didn’t even say my name.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday that he appreciated the Yoho’s remarks.

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“The apology was appropriate,” Hoyer added. “I hope that Mr. Yoho feels that apology sincerely. And I hope all of us take a lesson to think before we speak so harshly toward one another.”

Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday told reporters that Yoho confronted her on the steps of the Capitol ahead of Monday’s votes, calling her “disgusting” and “crazy.”

“I hear him just kind of like lobbing these insults at me but I just kept walking into votes,” she said.

The exchange was first reported by The Hill.

According to The Hill, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was “disgusting” for suggesting unemployment and poverty were leading to a rise in crime in New York City.

“You are out of your freaking mind,” Yoho said to the congresswoman, who then told him that he was “rude,” The Hill wrote, adding that the conversation was overheard by a reporter.

Yoho stood alongside Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas., during the exchange and said “f—ing bitch” as he walked away, The Hill reported.

In a statement to NBC News, a Yoho spokesman denied the slur was used.

“He did not call Rep. Ocasio-Cortez what has been reported in the Hill or any name for that matter,” said the spokesman, Brian Kaveney, who added, “Instead, he made a brief comment to himself as he walked away summarizing what he believes her polices to be: bulls—.”

Ocasio-Cortez said she did not hear the slur but also did not dispute the report. She said Yoho confronted her a second time later Monday.

“He starts screaming saying all these other terrible things about me again kind of essentially doubling tripling down,” she said.

Williams, meanwhile, told The Hill he wasn’t paying close attention to the exchange. To that point, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday, “Gotta love Republican courage from Rep @RogerWilliamsTX: when he undeniably sees another man engaged in virulent harassment of a young woman, just pretend you never saw it in the most cartoonish manner possible and keep pushing.”

“(He’s lying, by the way. He joined in w/ Yoho),” she added, saying in a follow-up tweet that Williams yelled at her about “throwing urine.”

Earlier, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted she “never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday.”

“Believe it or not, I usually get along fine w/ my GOP colleagues,” she added. “We know how to check our legislative sparring at the committee door. But hey, “b*tches” get stuff done.”

Yoho appeared to be referencing remarks Ocasio-Cortez made earlier this month in which she said, “Crime is a problem of a diseased society, which neglects its marginalized people.”

At a Tuesday news conference, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he was going to discuss the incident with Yoho. Hoyer on Tuesday also said that Yoho should face punishment for his remarks.









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Trump calls protesters ‘terrorists,’ pledges ‘retribution’ for tearing down statues – POLITICO

Spray paint on a statue of former President Andrew Jackson outside the White House. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

President Donald Trump on Thursday promised “retribution” against protesters nationwide who tore down statues and referred to Wisconsin demonstrators as “terrorists.”

“Every night, we’re going to get tougher and tougher,” Trump said at a Fox News town hall in Wisconsin on Thursday night, in response to an audience question about his plan to tamp down protests there. “And at some point, there’s going to be retribution because there has to be. These people are vandals, but they’re agitators, but they’re really — they’re terrorists, in a sense.”

It’s unclear what the president meant by “retribution,” but Trump earlier in the town hall called for prison time for protesters who tear down monuments. And in a Tuesday tweet, Trump promised 10 years in jail for “anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such federal property,” citing the 2003 Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act.

Protesters have toppled statues of Confederate generals, slaveholders and colonial figures in cities nationwide in the wake of massive protests against police brutality and racism. On Monday, demonstrators attempted to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson outside the White House before law enforcement cleared the crowd.

“I can understand certain things being taken down, but they ought to go through a process legally,” Trump said Thursday.

In late May, Trump seemingly urged the shooting of looters in Minneapolis amid protests over the death of George Floyd. Trump has repeatedly called for “law and order” as protests continued throughout June.

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Wolf calls DACA ‘unlawful’ after Supreme Court blocked Trump administration from ending program | TheHill – The Hill

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad WolfChad WolfSunday shows preview: Bolton delivers bombshell while US tackles COVID-19, police brutality Trump admin used drones, helicopters to surveil George Floyd protests in 15 cities Acting DHS Secretary: Supreme Court DACA ruling ‘usurps the clear authority of executive branch’ MORE said Sunday the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is “unlawful,” just days after the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from ending the program. 

“What we know is the program is clearly unlawful. And I would point you back to the Supreme Court decision. At no point in that decision did they say that the program was lawful. They simply didn’t like the rationale and the procedures that we used. And I find that a little troubling,” Wolf said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”  

Wolf said the Trump administration is seeking other ways to end the Obama-era program that shields nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. 

“We’re continuing to look at the opinion that the court produced this week, making sure that we adhere to that. But we are going to end an unlawful program,” Wolf said. “As the acting secretary of Homeland Security, I don’t have the luxury to ignore the law. The program’s unlawful. We need to solve it. The president’s begging Congress, has been for the last two and a half years to solve this problem. We’re willing to sit down at the table and negotiate with them.”

The court ruled in a 5-4 decision on Thursday that the administration failed to give an adequate justification for terminating the DACA program. 

The program is open to an estimated 1.3 million noncitizens eligible for DACA by virtue of having been brought to the U.S. as children and who have maintained residency and meet other criteria.  

The Supreme Court’s decision does not prevent the Trump administration from working to rescind the DACA program in the future.

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