1. Trump has been leading thousands in popular rallies
1a. Massive Houston tailgate awaits Trump rallying for Cruz
For those who did not camp out overnight waiting for a place among the 19K that the Secret Service allowed into the Toyota Center, a tailgate event occurred. As documented by Fox News in a 23 October 2018 article, those outside the Toyota Center were offered a number of things in consolation.
Thousands of MAGA supporters have been tailgating for more than a day, waiting for President Trump to stage a large Monday night rally in Houston, Ted Cruz’s hometown, to help the Texas senator and his 2016 presidential rival fend off a tough challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
“I’m here to support my president,” Lisa Brewer, 55, a logistics-company worker who was the first in line, outside the Toyota Center, which seats roughly 19,000, told The New York Times. “He talks to the people.”
Brewer waited more than 32 hours, and she surely wasn’t alone.
“Everybody says, ‘Well, how could you support somebody like Trump? He tweets bad things.’ And I don’t like all of the tweets he makes,” realtor Linda Van Bebber, 64, told The Houston Chronicle. “But if you look at the bottom line, it’s a lot about him being tough on certain issues.”
With the midterm elections fast approaching, Democrats are trying to flip nearly two dozen House seats to regain control of that chamber. Republicans are trying to maintain a slim Senate majority and defend several governors’ mansions.
Houston’s police Chief Art Acevedo said that 70,000 people signed up for tickets to the rally in recent days, according to the Times.
(Read more at Fox News)
If Trumpists have flocked to events covering his accomplishments, why would one fan start bombing? Looking at the photos and videos of the many campaign events, we see little more than excited and happy people who cheer for a booming economy and lifted governmental regulations.
1b. Thousands attend Trump rally in southwest Missouri
A 21 September 2018 article from the Christian County Headliner tells us of the thousands who attended a Trump rally in Missouri.
They waited outside for hours, many of them through intermittent rain.
The most dedicated supporters stood on an arena floor for more than two hours to see President Donald Trump. The President held a “Make America Great Again” rally in Springfield at JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus on Sept. 21. People filled the arena’s lower bowl of seats and much of the standing only space on the floor.
“This is an incredible time for our nation. We have the best economy in our history today,” Trump said. “We are restoring our industrial might like nobody can believe. Nobody believes what’s happening.”
(Read more at the Christian County Headliner)
2. The bombs appear at a time when the “blue wave” seems to be fizzling
2a. Former Navy explosives expert notices strange characteristics of device sent
In a thread of tweets, Tom Sauer (a former Navy explosive ordinance disposal unit officer and graduate of the Naval Academy) offered a series of salient observations:
2b. A Washington Post poll points toward the disappearance of the “blue wave”
As early as April 2018, the “blue wave” seemed to be dissipating (as reported by the following 16 April 2018 Washington Post article).
Democrats hold an advantage ahead of the midterm elections, but a Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that edge has narrowed since January, a signal to party leaders and strategists that they could be premature in anticipating a huge wave of victories in November.
The poll finds that the gap between support for Democratic vs. Republican House candidates has dropped by more than half since the beginning of the year. At the same time, there has been a slight increase in President Trump’s approval rating, although it remains low. Measures of partisan enthusiasm paint a more mixed picture of the electorate in comparison with signs of Democratic intensity displayed in many recent special elections.
(Read more at the Washington Post)
2c. Even the New York Times recognizes four advantages of Republicans
The New York Times listed the following four reasons that Republicans might be excited about the midterm elections:
- The enthusiasm bump they got from Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings seems to have stuck. The intensity gap between the two parties has narrowed, and Republicans are outpacing Democrats in early voting in most key states, according to data analyzed by NBC News.
- The competitive incumbent Senate seats — Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas — seem tighter than a few weeks ago, according to our own polls. And Republicans feel confident about notching a win in North Dakota.
- President Trump’s approval rating is at an all-time high, up to 47 percent, with 49 percent disapproving, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
- Democrats are banking on turnout from independents, younger voters and minority voters — groups that typically don’t show up in big numbers for midterm elections.
3. The recent calls to violence have come from Democrats
3a. Nancy Pelosi calls for ‘collateral damage’ against Republicans
A 19 October 2018 article in The Blaze points out how Nancy Pelosi reaped what she sowed in terms of violent confrontations.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared stunned by loud protesters who yelled and cursed at her as she entered into a restaurant in Miami, Florida.
Pelosi had been criticized for what sounded like encouragement for Democrats to attack and harass Republicans when she said in a speech Sunday that “collateral damage” against those who disagree with them is acceptable.
“If there’s some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it,” Pelosi said.
(Read more at The Blaze)
3b. Maxine Waters Tells Supporters to Confront Trump Officials
Time made note of Maxine Waters’ vitriolic wordsin a 23 June 2018 article.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is calling on her supporters to confront Trump administration officials and staffers in public amid widespread backlash to the President’s zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” Waters told a crowd in California over the weekend. “If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
(Read more at Time)
3c. Democrat Senator Cory Booker tells supporters to “Get in the faces” of Republicans
A 30 July 2018 Big League Politics article documents Cory Booker’s incitement of his supporters.
Following in the footsteps of his Leftist comrade Maxine Waters, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) called on his supporters to confront members of Congress by “getting in their face”.
Booker made his remarks on Wednesday while speaking at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington DC. At the end of his speech, Booker told the crowd, “Go to the (Capitol) Hill today. Please, get up in the face of some Congress people … That’s my call to action here.”
(Read more at Big League Politics)
3d. Hillary to Democrats: You can’t be civil
The Daily Wire shares in a 9 October 2018 article how Hillary wants to deny civility until Democrats rule again.
In a shocking affirmation of Democratic activists’ anti-Brett Kavanaugh strategy, Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Christine Amanpour in an interview that it is impossible to “be civil” with the Republican Party, and peace will only return to the political process when Democrats regain control of the House and Senate.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton told the CNN anchor.
“That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.” she continued.
(Read more at the Daily Wire)
3e. Holder says, “When they go low (and stand up for life, the concept ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ or the 2nd), we kick them”
In a 10 October 2018 Washington Times article, details about the former attorney general’s threat against his opponents were made clear.
Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that Democrats need to be as tough as Republicans to win more elections.
“Michelle [Obama] always says ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. No. When they go low, we kick them,” he said as the crowd cheered.
Mr. Holder’s comments came as he was speaking at an event to promote Stacy Abrams, the Democrat nominee for Georgia’s gubernatorial race.
Mr. Holder stressed that this New Democratic Party is “proud as hell” and has to be willing to fight.
(Read more at the Washington Times)
3f. Professor calls for harassing Republicans at restaurants, sticking ‘fingers in their salads’
In a 17 October 2018 Washington Times article, the Times shows how incivility thrives in academia.
The University of Mississippi has condemned a tweet by a faculty member that called on activists to abandon civility and harass Republican senators in public.
“Don’t just interrupt a Senator’s meal, y’all,” James Thomas, an assistant professor of sociology, tweeted from his @Insurgent_Prof account on Oct. 6, the day Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh was sworn into the Supreme Court.
“Put your whole damn fingers in their salads,” he wrote. “Take their apps and distribute them to the other diners. Bring boxes and take their food home with you on the way out. They don’t deserve your civility.”
Without specifically naming Mr. Thomas, Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter issued a statement Sunday condemning a “recent social media post by a UM faculty member,” Campus Reform reported.
“A recent social media post by a UM faculty member did not reflect the values articulated by the university, such as respect for the dignity of each individual and civility and fairness,” Mr. Vitter wrote. “While I passionately support free speech, I condemn statements that encourage acts of aggression. I urge all members of the Ole Miss community to demonstrate civility and respect for others and to honor the ideal of diversity of thought that is a foundational element of the academy.”
(Read more at the Washington Times)
4. Democrats lead in acts of violence
4a. Diners confront Mitch McConnell at restaurant, get told to ‘leave him alone’ by others
4b. Rep. Andy Harris is trapped in office by protesters
The Daily Caller presents a story of the grief visited on a Republican during the Kavanaugh hearings.
Pot-smoking protesters tried to force their way into Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris’ office on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
According to Jennifer Bendery, a reporter for The Huffington Post, the Capitol Police confirmed that protesters pushed in the door to Harris’ office and claimed that the congressman was “assaulted.” Video of the incident does not corroborate an assault.
(Read more at the Daily Caller)
4c. Senator Cruz chased out of DC restaurant by Democrat protesters
A 24 September 2018 Daily Caller article details the events where protesters accosted Senator Cruz and his wife while they ate at a DC restaurant.
Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz was chased out of a DC restaurant by protesters on Monday night, according to video posted on Twitter.
Two videos were posted by “Smash Racism DC” and they show a large group of protesters chanting “We believe survivors” in reference to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at Sen. Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz.
One video shows a protester confronting Sen. Cruz and his wife as they entered the restaurant. Sen. Cruz tells the woman “God bless you” before attempting to take a seat at a table.
After the protesters surround the table, Sen. Cruz tells Mrs. Cruz, “Let’s go ahead and go” and puts on his jacket to leave.
(Read more at Daily Caller)
4d. Rep. Scalise warns of the violence that the Left instigates
The Daily Caller quotes Steve Scalise in a 7 September 2018 article as he points out the reckless attacks by the political and media Left.
The political left needs to do a better job of policing its members who are “inciting” violence, according to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who narrowly survived a politically-motivated mass assassination attempt in July 2017.
Noting recent instances of violence against Republicans, Scalise said that “some on the left are inciting this violence and frankly they should be called out on it.” He added that some Democrats are “almost encouraging” political violence.
The Louisiana Republican made the comments on an episode of Republican Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy’s podcast, Plaidcast, which aired on Friday.
“You’ve got some people on the Left, that just want this idea of resist and ignore the fact that [Trump] is president, they want to interrupt the ability of congress to do its job and of course you’ve got death threats and literal attacks on lives and frankly I want to see the Left stand up to this,” Scalise said.
(Read more at the Daily Caller)