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Tennessee | July 30, 2021

Tennessee Representative Rose Calls Out Biden Claim That ‘Crime Is Down’

Tennessee | July 30, 2021

In House floor remarks on Thursday, Representative John Rose (R-TN-06) called out President Joe Biden for insisting in a CNN Town Hall with host Don Lemon a week ago that “crime is down” even as murder rates rise.

The current rise in violent crime has been broadly acknowledged by an array of journalistic and academic observers, and even by liberal outlets like The Atlantic Monthly.

Rose called attention to murders having risen by 533 percent in Portland, 50 percent in Minneapolis, 35 percent in Philadelphia, and 24 percent in Los Angeles compared to those cities’ rates a year ago. He also cited a 91-percent rise in anti-police ambushes over the past year.

“Right now, American families are being forced to face an explosion of violent crime in their streets and their neighborhoods,” he said. “After the riots of the past year, which saw the destruction of both public and private property, and as we undergo one of the worst crime waves in modern history, citizens are deservedly concerned about their safety and well-being.”… (Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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District of Columbia, Tennessee | July 20, 2021

Senator Marsha Blackburn Questions Biden Administration Collaboration With Big Tech

District of Columbia, Tennessee | July 20, 2021

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) called on the Biden administration to explain the extent of their collaboration with Big Tech companies to censor individuals on social media.

Blackburn’s letter comes after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated that the administration has worked with Big Tech to limit “misinformation” regarding COVID-19.

“We are in regular touch with these social media platforms, and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff, but also members of our COVID-19 team,” Psaki said in her press briefing.

Blackburn argued the move by the executive branch is limiting American free speech.

“What the Biden White House is doing—namely, ordering big tech companies to ban Americans that do not regurgitate government approved messaging—is what authoritarian regimes do. The American people deserve to know the extent of the White House’s coordination with big tech. President Biden should waive executive privilege and release the emails,” she said in a statement.

In Blackburn’s letter, the Tennessee Senator laid out multiple questions to determine the level of involvement by White House officials.

“What is the legal basis for your Administration’s decision to direct social media platforms to flag and remove posts from their sites? Does the White House have staff dedicated to searching social media for content to flag for removal?” she questioned….

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Tennessee | June 14, 2021

Senator Blackburn and Fauci Go Toe-to-Toe Over His Emails and Relationship with Big Tech

Tennessee | June 14, 2021

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) challenged Dr. Anthony Fauci this week over his handling of COVID-19 and apparent collusion with Big Tech. Following the mass release of Fauci’s emails through an open records request last week, Blackburn published a video Tuesday to offer some summarized insight on Fauci’s involvement in the COVID-19 outbreak and his email correspondence with Facebook.

“Here are the facts on Fauci that big tech doesn’t want you to know,” tweeted Blackburn.

Blackburn explained that Fauci and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed means of controlling the narrative around COVID-19, and shared how the National Institute of Health (NIH) provided nearly $1 million to Wuhan lab research under Fauci’s directive.

Okay, a lot of information going on stirring around the Wuhan lab and COVID-19. Here are some facts that I want you to know. First of all – yes, Dr. Fauci was emailing with Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook, trying to create that narrative, cherry-picking information so that you would only know what they wanted you to know and there would be a narrative that would fit with this cherry-picked information. The second thing [to] be aware of: it was Dr. Fauci and his agency that wrote that check, sent that money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to do this coronavirus research…

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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California, District of Columbia, Tennessee | May 25, 2021

McCarthy, Kustoff introduce bill targeting anti-Semitic hate crimes amid wave of attacks

California, District of Columbia, Tennessee | May 25, 2021

Attacks ‘have no place in our country,’ Tennessee lawmaker says

EXCLUSIVE: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Rep. David Kustoff on Tuesday rolled out a bill to prevent anti-Semitic hate crimes amid a wave of violent attacks against American Jews in the U.S. after an 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Fox News first obtained McCarthy, R-Calif., and Kustoff’s, R-Tenn., legislation, Preventing Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Act, on Tuesday.

“Over the past several weeks a growing number of House Democrats wrongly blamed the violence in the Middle East on Israel,” McCarthy told Fox News. “In fact, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Cori Bush irresponsibly tried to delegitimize our closest ally in the region, calling it an ‘apartheid state.’ Within days, this same sentiment of bigotry spilled into several major U.S. cities. Graphic videos showed pro-Hamas mobs intentionally target random Americans simply because they were Jewish. “

McCarthy said these “hateful attacks contradict the very essence of our nation’s core principles.”

“Yet socialist Democrats continue to endorse and promote repulsive anti-Semitic rhetoric, while Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer refuse to unambiguously condemn the unhinged statements from members of their own party,” McCarthy said, referring to anti-Israel progressive members of the Democratic Party. “This follows more than four years of abhorrent smears from Democratsincluding then-candidate Biden and Whip Clyburn, who frequently equated President Trump and Republicans to Hitler and Nazis, diminishing the atrocities of the last century for cheap political talking points.” ..

(Excerpts from Fox News)

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