Green Bay Police: Antifa Member with Flamethrower Cried in Fetal Position When Caught

A suspected member of Antifa — who was allegedly armed with a flamethrower — cried in the fetal position before his arrest during a Saturday evening protest in Green Bay, Wisconsin, according to law enforcement.

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Matthew Banta, 23, is charged with obstructing an officer and two counts of felony bail jumping.
The criminal complaint says Banta “is known to be a violent Antifa member who incites violence in otherwise relatively peaceful protests.” Police say he’s known as “Commander Red.”
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A responding officer says he saw four individuals walking towards a protest with baseball bats. One man was wearing a metal helmet with goggles and military-style gear with multiple pouches, and was carrying an Antifa flag. When the officer pulled his squad car in front of the group, they ran away. The officer caught Banta, who was carrying the flag, and says Banta “dropped into the fetal position and began crying.”

“It’s worrisome when people associated with Antifa come here to Green Bay from out of town for the purpose of protesting here or for the purposes of committing violent acts,” said Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith.

“An unlawful assembly is three or more people who gather in such a manner where property damage, or personal injury is likely to occur,” Smith added. “We determined this was happening on Washington Street. What was happening was a large group of people had blocked traffic on the street had engaged in throwing a bottle at somebody, were pulling up manhole covers off the street and were blocking traffic.”

Police said 15 protesters were arrested after the demonstration was declared unlawful.

In early August, Banta was charged with biting, kicking, and pointing firearm at a police officer at a protest in Waupaca.

Rose McGowan Rips DNC, Clintons — ‘I Believe Joe Biden Is a Rapist’

#METOO, 2 WORDSFmr Democrat, Celebrity, Rape Victim, Rose McGowan: ‘I Strongly Believe Joe Biden Is A Rapist’

Rumors of Democrats partaking in unspeakable acts of sexual abuse and satanism have been circulating the blogosphere for years.    Ironically, just as news has come to light suggesting there is in fact some ‘there,’ there, (Epstein, Weinstein, Weiner, Clinton, Biden, Prince Andrew …)  the social media giants and technocracy go into overdrive banning certain groups.  Go figure.

During a press conference this past Wednesday a reporter asked President Trump about this.

Reporter: “The crux of the theory is this belief that you are secretly saving the world from this satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals. Does that sound like something that you are behind?

President Trump refused to denounce the ‘Q’ movement.  Instead, his answer left jaws agape…

President Trump“I haven’t heard that but is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing?If I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it. 

I’m willing to put myself out there, and we are actually. We are saving the world from the radical Left philosophy that will destroy this country, and when this country is gone, the rest of the world would follow. That’s the importance of this country.”

According to (USSANEWS.com)… The president’s comments come as Facebook conducts a large-scale purge of QAnon accounts. The social media monopolist reportedly banned 900 pages and groups and 1,500 ads while restricting the reach of over 10,000 Instagram pages and 2,000 Facebook groups related to QAnon on Wednesday.

Was Facebook committing another in kind campaign donation to Democrats with this purge, or were their intentions pure? As always, we will leave that up to you to decide. Read this tweet that Hollywood actress Rose McGowan posted yesterday.

McGowan: “I was raped by a TOP Democratic donor.”  McGowan was undoubtedly referring to Harvey Weinstein.

“Hillary Clinton shutdown NBC’s expose of HW with one phone call from her spokesperson.

“I strongly believe that Joe Biden is a rapist.” A former Secret Service agent assigned to protect the VP characterizedBiden’s depraved sexual advances as “Weinstein Level” impropriety.

DNC had Bill Clinton, serial abuser of young women (Epstein & others) speak.” Consider the allegations leveled against former President Clinton, and other Democrats, and weigh that against the media’s silence.

ABC Reporter Amy Robach:.”It was unbelievable. We had Clinton…We had everything.”

Now compare that to what you would expect from the media if that level of accusation was made against President Trump.  Imagine if Epstein had held the same compromise over high level Republicans and their donors?  Since its Democrats… crickets.

For the record, rumors circulated around Barack Obama and a homosexual tryst with a man named Larry Sinclair.  Whether those rumors are true or not, if they are it would be in keeping with the Dems’ cult-like need for compromised officials who the party can control.

McGowan:

“I know more than you will ever know about their evil.”

The list goes on… Don’t forget Anthony Weiner and his amazing disappearing laptop.

Erik Prince on the NYPD and Weiner’s laptop:

I know, and this is from a very well-placed source of mine at 1PP, One Police Plaza in New York – the NYPD wanted to do a press conference announcing the warrants and the additional arrests they were making in this investigation, and they’ve gotten huge pushback, to the point of coercion, from the Justice Department, with the Justice Department threatening to charge someone that had been unrelated in the accidental heart attack death of Eric Garner almost two years ago.That’s the level of pushback the Obama Justice Department is doing against actually seeking justice in the email and other related criminal matters.”

If you’re wondering why Congress seems to be sabotaging the American people with criminal trade deals, and if you’re concerned with why the richest people around the world grow richer at the expense of the American taxpayer and their unborn progeny, then I suggest you consider the value all of this compromise holds for influencing people.

“I Know More Than You Will Ever Know About Their Evil”

Air Force Helicopter Hit by Gunfire Over Virginia, Crew Member Injured

The US Air Force chopper shot at from ground over Virginia during a training mission and the FBI is investigating the incident, involving the chopper assigned to President Donald Trump’s support detail.


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In a shocking incident on Monday, an Air Force helicopter was shot at from ground while it was flying over Virginia. The chopper assigned to President Donald Trump’s support detail had to make an emergency landing after one of the pilots was injured.

The UH-1N Huey helicopter was conducting a routine training flight roughly 1,000 feet above the ground when it was shot at. The chopper was immediately landed at a nearby airport Manassas, Virginia, U.S. News reported citing an Air Force spokesperson.

The helicopter was assigned to the first Helicopter Squadron, which supports the movement of other senior government officials besides the President to and from Andrews, also the base of Air Force One.

FBI is investigating

Soon after the incident, the FBI “dispatched Special Agents and its Evidence Response Team to the Manassas Airport after receiving reports that a helicopter was shot at from the ground nearby,” the FBI’s Washington Field Office said in a statement.

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The Manassas Regional Airport officials received the distress call from the pilot at about 12:20 p.m. about the inbound chopper. Medical assistance was requested and the injured crew member was taken to the hospital for treating non-threatening injuries.

“The FBI Washington Field Office is working jointly with our law enforcement partners, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. One individual in the helicopter sustained a non-threatening injury, for which he was treated and subsequently released from the hospital,” the FBI said.

Joint Base Andrews is assisting the FBI for the investigation. OSI take threats to our Airmen and our resources very seriously. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further investigative details can be released at this time,” Joint Base Andrews said.

Stella Immanuel’s theories about the relationship between demons, illness and sex have a long history

Matfre Ermengaud’s ‘Temptation by Lechery’ from a 14th-century manuscript. The British Library

President Donald Trump has a new favorite doctor

On July 27, the president and his son Donald Trump, Jr. tweeted a viral video featuring Dr. Stella Immanuel, in which the Houston pediatrician rejected the effectiveness of wearing face masks for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and promoted hydroxychloroquine to treat the disease.

Journalists quickly dug into Immanuel’s background and found that she’s also claimed that having sex with demons can cause illnesses like cysts and endometriosis.

These beliefs don’t come out of thin air, and she’s far from the only person who holds them.

As a scholar of biblical and apocryphal literature, I’ve researched and taught how these beliefs have deep roots in early Jewish and Christian stories – one reason they continue to persist today. 

Hints of demons in the Bible

As in many religions, demons in Judaism and Christianity are often evil supernatural beings that torment people.

Although it’s difficult to find a lot of clarity about demons in the Hebrew Bible, many later interpreters have understood demons to be the explanation for the “evil spirit” that haunts King Saul in the first book of Samuel.

Another example appears in the book of Tobit. This work was composed between about 225 and 175 BCE and isn’t included in the Hebrew Bible or accepted by all Christians. But it is considered part of the Bible by religious groups like Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Beta Israel and the Assyrian Church of the East.

Tobit includes a narrative about a young woman named Sarah. Although Sarah doesn’t suffer any physical affliction, Asmodeus, the demon of lust, kills every man betrothed to her because of his desire for her.

The Christian gospels are full of stories linking demons and illness, with Jesus and several of his early followers casting out demons who afflict their victims. In one of the most prominent stories told in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus encounters a man possessed by a group of demons who call themselves “Legion” and sends them into a nearby herd of pigs who stampede off a cliff.

Demon lore spreads far and wide

Demons pervade biblical apocrypha, which are stories about biblical subjects that were never included in the canonical Bible and include various associations between demons, illness and sex. 

The early Christian text “Acts of Thomas” was likely composed in the third century and became hugely popular, as it was eventually translated into Greek, Arabic and Syriac. It tells the story of the apostle Thomas’ travels to India as an early Christian missionary. Along the way, he encounters a number of obstacles, including people who have been possessed by demons.

In the fifth act, a woman comes to him and pleads for help. She tells the apostle how, one day at the baths, she encountered an old man and talked to him out of pity. But when he propositioned her for sex, she refused and left. Later that night, the demon in the guise of an old man attacked her in her sleep and raped her. Although the woman attempted to escape the demon the next day, he continued to find her and rape her every night, tormenting the woman for five years. Thomas then exorcises the demon.

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A 19th-century drawing of Astaroth. Louis Breton

Another demon story is found in the “Martyrdom of Bartholomew,” which probably dates back to the sixth century. Bartholomew also travels to India, where he finds that the inhabitants of a city worship an idol named Astaroth who has promised to heal all of their illnesses. But Astaroth is actually a demon who causes afflictions that he then pretends to cure in order to gain more followers. Bartholomew reveals the farce and performs several miracles to prove his own spiritual prowess. After forcing the demon to confess to his deceit, Bartholomew drives him into the wilderness.

Apocrypha like the “Acts of Thomas” and “Acts of Bartholomew” were popular in the medieval period, and even those who couldn’t read or write knew these stories. They also helped fuel the “witch craze” of the 16th and 17th centuries, in which zealous Christian leaders persecuted and killed thousands of people – mainly women – for their beliefs, often concocting claims that they consorted with demons.

Beliefs that persist today

It’s clear that Immanuel has profited from her beliefs in the supernatural, especially in right-wing and religious circles. She has over 9,000 followers on Facebook and over 94,000 on Twitter, with a dedicated platform as a pastor. In fact, she casts herself as a prophet and destroyer of demons.

It isn’t difficult to find other modern Christians who connect demons, sex and health issues. The conservative Christian magazine Charisma published a story claiming that sex with demons causes homosexuality. And researchers recently were able to show that belief in supernatural evilcould predict negative attitudes toward abortion, homosexuality, premarital sex, extramarital sex and pornography. 

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Meanwhile, many evangelical Americans believe that Trump is God’s chosen one, who has been tasked with fighting actual demons. Trump’s personal minister, Paula White, is just one conservative figure known to espouse these views.

If anything, the coronavirus pandemic has shown how many on the religious right continue to rely on faith over scienceStudies have already emerged showing how the tension between faith and science has influenced many conservative Christians to resist the use of masks and other public health responses to the pandemic.

With many conservative Christians sharing some of the same views about demons as Immanuel – and conservative Christians forming a core base of support for the president – Trump’s promotion of the doctor’s beliefs makes perfect sense. 

He’s preaching to the choir.

U.S. TURNING TO COMMUNISM: Cuban Defector WARNS President Trump Of Democrats Efforts

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Elijah Cummings ‘signed subpoenas from his hospital bed’ for Trump impeachment before his death

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Elijah Cummings was kept busy to the very end of his life leading an investigation into Donald Trump before passing away at the age of 68 on Wednesday, his aides have said.

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee was signing subpoenas from his hospital bed, one aide told the New York Times.

He also helped lead a Democratic caucus conference call.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Mr Cummings as a “north star” who spoke with “unsurpassed clarity and moral integrity” on the House floor.

Ms Pelosi, who grew up in the city Mr Cummings represented, said he was her “brother in Baltimore” during a press conference on Thursday, adding: “We’ve all lost a friend … I’m devastated by the loss.”

Despite not having participated in a roll call vote since September, the late congressman was continuing to spearhead the oversight committee’s impeachment inquiry into Mr Trump along with two other House committees handling the investigation.

He has sparred with Mr Trump since the president took office, condemning the humanitarian crisis on the US-Mexico border during a fiery speech and decrying his attempts to ban residents of Muslim-majority nations from entering the country as “unconstitutional” and “un-American”.

Mr Trump consistently attacked Mr Cummings online, calling the congressman a “racist” then describing his majority-black district as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” in which “no human being” would wish to live.

Mr Cummings served 12-terms representing the 7th District of Maryland, which includes parts of Baltimore.

The president tweeted his “warmest condolences” to Mr Cummings’ family and friends, writing: “I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader.”

He added: “His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!”

The House announced its intentions to continue the impeachment inquiry against Mr Trump in the wake of Mr Cummings’ passing.

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News of his death came as Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, testified on Capitol Hill.

He turned on Mr Trump in a rare rebuke from a sitting ambassador and admitted he was “disappointed” by the president’s decision to have his Ukraine agenda go through his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

Cruz Unloads on NYT After Leaked Report Shows They Allegedly Planned to Push Trump-Racism Narrative

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) unloaded on the New York Times after leaked meeting transcript allegedly shows editors discussing plans to tie President Donald Trumpto racism.

Late last week, Slate published the transcript of a recorded meeting allegedly held by New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet where he addressed the staff about their political coverage.

Baquet acknowledged that the New York Times took the Mueller investigation from a story about “whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character.”

Now that the Mueller report came up empty relating to a conspiracy between Trump and Russia, Baquet told his staff that they needed to take their coverage in another direction, this time focusing on Trump and racial issues in the United States.

He claimed that race “is going to be a huge part of the American story” and added that he hoped their 1619 Project — a series of reports looking at the impact of slavery in the U.S. — would “teach [New York Times] readers to think a little bit more like that.”

Cruz was outraged that the New York Times was planning to tie their coverage of Trump to race before they even know what will happen. He took to Twitter to call the outlet out.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

There was a time when journalists covered “news.” The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their “town hall” are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet. https://twitter.com/redstate/status/1163118517685825536 

RedState

@RedState

The New York Times Decides ‘Trump’s Racism’ Is The New Hotness After Russia Collusion Narrative Fails https://www.redstate.com/slee/2019/08/18/new-york-times-decides-trumps-racism-new-hotness-russia-collusion-fails/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=new-york-times-decides-trumps-racism-new-hotness-russia-collusion-fails&utm_content=0&utm_campaign=PostPromoterPro 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

If you care about journalism, or the First Amendt, READ the transcript. The Editor says (in effect) “for 2 yrs, we covered ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ facts be damned; now we’ll scream ‘racism, racism, racism’ for 18 mos, and the rest of the media follow us.” That’s not journalism. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163134559862611969 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

There was a time when journalists covered “news.” The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their “town hall” are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet. https://twitter.com/redstate/status/1163118517685825536 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

If you care about journalism, or the First Amendt, READ the transcript. The Editor says (in effect) “for 2 yrs, we covered ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ facts be damned; now we’ll scream ‘racism, racism, racism’ for 18 mos, and the rest of the media follow us.” That’s not journalism. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163134559862611969 

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Cruz even called out the Times for their recent scandal where they changed a headline, allegedly folding to pressure from anti-Trump critics, as IJR previously reported.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

It’s also deeply cynical—at a time when racial tensions are raw, for the NYT to be deliberately stoking the fires of racial tension & hatred. Ironically, their approach is the obverse of their original headline (before they succumbed to the mob): “NYT Urges Racism Vs Unity.” https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163137145218973696 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

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CNBC reporter John Harwood noted that the exact quote by Baquet wasn’t “racism, racism, racism,” in an attempt to discredit Cruz’s rant. The senator called out Harwood and encouraged him to read the transcript to verify Cruz’s summary.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

Harwood—whose angry partisanship was so bad he got NBC fired from hosting 2016 GOP debates—reflexively defends NYT. But w/ ZERO facts, ZERO analysis: he simply asserts (w/ apologies to Orwell) “Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” 1/x https://twitter.com/johnjharwood/status/1163268187682680839 

John Harwood

@JohnJHarwood

no, that’s not what the editor said https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

A real “journalist” (rather than a propagandist) might analyze the transcript, see what the Editor said, have a fleeting concern w/ journalistic ethics. Not Harwood. We must defend the Old Grey Lady. My Tweets linked to actual transcript, encouraged you to read for yourself. 2/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163406452830220288 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

Harwood—whose angry partisanship was so bad he got NBC fired from hosting 2016 GOP debates—reflexively defends NYT. But w/ ZERO facts, ZERO analysis: he simply asserts (w/ apologies to Orwell) “Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” 1/x https://twitter.com/johnjharwood/status/1163268187682680839 

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Cruz highlighted that the editorial team noted several times that the 1619 Project was designed to change the mindset of readers.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

E.g., NYT: ““One reason we all signed off on The 1619 Project [explained below] and made it so ambitious and expansive was TO TEACH OUR READERS TO THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE LIKE THAT.” Does that sound like news? Or editorial? (Remember, this was the “News” Editor.) 3/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163407320111599617 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

A real “journalist” (rather than a propagandist) might analyze the transcript, see what the Editor said, have a fleeting concern w/ journalistic ethics. Not Harwood. We must defend the Old Grey Lady. My Tweets linked to actual transcript, encouraged you to read for yourself. 2/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163406452830220288 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

What is the 1619 project? In NYT’s words: “It aims to REFRAME OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY, understanding 1619 as OUR TRUE FOUNDING, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the STORY WE TELL ourselves about who we are.” 4/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163408247145095168 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

E.g., NYT: ““One reason we all signed off on The 1619 Project [explained below] and made it so ambitious and expansive was TO TEACH OUR READERS TO THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE LIKE THAT.” Does that sound like news? Or editorial? (Remember, this was the “News” Editor.) 3/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163407320111599617 

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Additionally, Cruz highlighted that Banquet specifically tied the racial narrative to future Trump coverage, especially surrounding immigration.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The Editor continued: “Race in the next year…is going to be a huge part of the American story. And I mean, race in terms of not only African Americans and their relationship w/ Donald Trump, but Latinos & immigration.” So, he’s explicit that this is the political narrative. 5/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163409199537229825 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

What is the 1619 project? In NYT’s words: “It aims to REFRAME OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY, understanding 1619 as OUR TRUE FOUNDING, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the STORY WE TELL ourselves about who we are.” 4/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163408247145095168 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

Now, will Harwood engage w/ the transcript, actual facts? More to the point, WILL THE NYT (AND THE MSM) COVER THIS SHAMEFUL, OPENLY MANIPULATIVE “TOWN HALL” AS AN ACTUAL NEWS STORY & report on the facts? Or will they just say “these are not the droids you’re looking for”? 6/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163409951898972160 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The Editor continued: “Race in the next year…is going to be a huge part of the American story. And I mean, race in terms of not only African Americans and their relationship w/ Donald Trump, but Latinos & immigration.” So, he’s explicit that this is the political narrative. 5/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163409199537229825 

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Cruz’s thread on the New York Times caught the attention of many, including President Trump, who tweeted his support for the senator’s outrage.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Thank you @TedCruz, I couldn’t agree more! https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163137145218973696 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

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This is not the first time the Times has been criticized by Republicans. President Trump has gone out of his way to deem the outlet the “failing New York Times” and has claimed they have “zero credibility,” though subscriptions to the Times are reportedly at a record high.

Eric Trump Says He Was Spit on by Restaurant Employee in Chicago

‘It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,’ he said.

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President Donald Trump’s son Eric says he was spit on by an employee at the Aviary, a cocktail bar in Chicago, on Tuesday night. The employee was taken into Secret Service custody but was later released.

“It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,” Trump told Breitbart News. “For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility. When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning.”

The Chicago Police Department was on the scene and assisted the Secret Service with a “law enforcement matter,” CPD Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.

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The Secret Service could not be reached for comment.

 

 

Pastor apologizes after leading praying for Trump: ‘My aim was in no way to endorse the president, his policies’

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On Sunday, Donald Trump made an impromptu stop at a megachurch in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

On Sunday, Donald Trump made an impromptu stop at a megachurch in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Trump had just finished golfing, and his staff said he wanted to stop by the church to pray for the families and victims in the Friday mass shooting in Virginia Beach. The White House released the following short statement, saying, “President Donald J. Trump is visiting McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA, to visit with the Pastor and pray for the victims and community of Virginia Beach.”

Instead, Trump walked onstage, and Pastor David Platt prayed for Trump. No word whatsoever from Trump, nothing about the shooting victims or their families. No consoling words. Nothing. After the prayer for him, Trump turned and walked away, his golf cleats clacking across the stage, leaving the church just as quickly as he arrived. He might as well have been playing through a hole on the golf course.

Turns out, he wasn’t invited, and Platt sent a letter of apology to the congregation after Trump’s presence upset some of its members. Indeed, in the video of Platt’s prayer for Trump, some members of the church band are clearly refusing to clap. During the introduction and after the prayer, the applause was very muted, except for small number of loud MAGA supporters who yelled out in approval. In the letter, Platt notes that he’d just finished his afternoon sermon when he was notified backstage that Trump would be there within minutes. Platt says he prayed about what to do and then decided he would introduce him to the congregation and ask for people to pray for Trump.

Trump’s visit now makes a lot more sense. And a tip of the hat to the members of that church who recognize that virtually all of Trump’s actions are antithetical to the teachings of Jesus in their Bible.

Dear MBC Family,

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we didn’t see coming, and we’re faced with a decision in a moment when we don’t have the liberty of deliberation, so we do our best to glorify God. Today, I found myself in one of those situations.

At the end of my sermon at the 1:00 worship gathering, I stepped to the side for what I thought would be a couple of moments in quiet reflection as we prepared to take the Lord’s Supper. But I was immediately called backstage and told that the President of the United States was on his way to the church, would be there in a matter of minutes, and would like for us to pray for him. I immediately thought about my longing to guard the integrity of the gospel in our church. As I said in the sermon today, Christ alone unites us. I love that we have over 100 nations represented in our church family, including all kinds of people with varied personal histories and political opinions from varied socioeconomic situations. It’s clear in our church that the only reason we’re together is because we have the same King we adore, worship, fear, and follow with supreme love and absolute loyalty, and His name is Jesus.

That’s why, as soon as I heard this request backstage, the passage from God’s Word that came to my mind was 1 Timothy 2:1-6:

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

Based on this text, I know that it is good, and pleasing in the sight of God, to pray for the president. So in that moment, I decided to take this unique opportunity for us as a church to pray over him together. My aim was in no way to endorse the president, his policies, or his party, but to obey God’s command to pray for our president and other leaders to govern in the way this passage portrays.

I went back out to lead the Lord’s Supper and then walked off stage, where the president was soon to arrive. In that brief moment, I prayed specifically for an opportunity to speak the gospel to him, and for faithfulness to pray the gospel over him.

While I won’t go into the details of our conversation backstage, one of our other pastors and I spoke the gospel in a way that I pray was clear, forthright, and compassionate. Then I walked back out on stage, read 1 Timothy 2:1-6, and sought to pray the Word of God over the president, other leaders, and our country. (If you would like to see the full context of my comments and prayer, I have included the video below.) After I prayed, the president walked off stage without comment, and we closed our gathering by celebrating heroes among us, a couple who has spent the last 48 years spreading the gospel in remote places where it had never gone before they came. We then recited the Great Commission as we always do, sending one another out into the city for the glory of our King.

I wanted to share all of this with you in part because I know that some within our church, for a variety of valid reasons, are hurt that I made this decision. This weighs heavy on my heart. I love every member of this church, and I only want to lead us with God’s Word in a way that transcends political party and position, heals the hurts of racial division and injustice, and honors every man and woman made in the image of God. So while I am thankful that we had an opportunity to obey 1 Timothy 2 in a unique way today, I don’t want to purposely ever do anything that undermines the unity we have in Christ.

n the end, would you pray with me for gospel seed that was sown today to bear fruit in the president’s heart? Would you also pray with me that God will help us to guard the gospel in every way as we spread the gospel everywhere? And finally, I’m guessing that all of us will face other decisions this week where we don’t have time to deliberate on what to do. I’m praying now for grace and wisdom for all of us to do exactly what we talked about in the Word today: aim for God’s glory, align with God’s purpose, and yield to God’s sovereignty.

 

I love you, church.

 

Your Pastor,

David

You can watch video of the prayer below:

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