Will the Trump Brand be Enough to Bring the Crowds Out for Strange in Alabama?

What a conundrum Trumpbart Breitbart must be in.

They invested all their populist dreams in Donald Trump, only to see him roll on DACA, the border wall, and now in his choice of Senate candidates.

Trump has endorsed the establishment favorite, Luther Strange, in the runoff election for the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In doing so, Trump has aligned himself with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

It looks like a family spat, however, as the outlet has opted to run a piece today, revealing that some within Trump’s White House worry about what the optics of a small crowd in Alabama could do to Trump’s image.

“White House aides told Breitbart News they were worried about turning out a large crowd size for Trump, given they know the president has already given his endorsement and that he and the Vice President Mike Pence are campaigning for the establishment candidate against the presumed anti-establishment candidate former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore,” it continues before citing an anonymous White House official.

“It doesn’t look good to have them [Trump and Pence] stumping for the guy who is going to lose,” the official told Breitbart.

“We have concerns that there may not be a high amount of turnout at the rallies for Strange and we are concerned that some of those that may show up may be there to shout pro-Roy Moore slogans — or that they just want to see the president and vice president but still plan to vote for Roy Moore,” Breitbart says another unidentified aide told it.

Welcome to politics.

Trump and Vice President Pence will both be making trips to Alabama in the coming days.

Trump is scheduled to appear in Huntsville on Friday, while Pence will make a last minute lunge for Strange on Monday in Birmingham.

On the other side, Sebastian Gorka and Sarah Palin – both reliable lackeys to the Trump cause – are campaigning over the weekend for Moore.

Currently, Moore is leading Strange in the polls.

I wouldn’t worry that hitching his wagon to a losing horse could ruin the crowd size. Trump will just do as he did for his last rally – have the people pack into a small area and film only that tight space, to give the illusion of a massive crowd.

Problem solved.

 

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VIDEO: Students Justify Violence from Antifa

As a recent college graduate and a current grad student at a public university, I’ve lived the “college conservative experience” with one soaring takeaway: actual definitions of terms pale in comparison to the emotion that can be driven up out of them.  Few students know the real goals motivating groups like Antifa and others like them, but they have no problem voicing their support for folks who wear masks and beat people who disagree with their ideology.

The Brookings Institute released a new survey last week that showed just how accepting undergrads are becoming of violent behavior and censorship: one in five want to silence speakers who make “offensive and hurtful statements” and half said it was acceptable to shout over a speaker whose message they deem inappropriate.  The places that should be our factories of ideas are quickly becoming emotionally-charged cages for those who fear a differing thought, and incorrect definitions of ideas and groups go unquestioned and, in some cases, defended.  Campus Reform released a video yesterday of students at American University in Washington, D.C. defending Antifa and offering their support for the group that, as one student put it, is “marching next to me and standing for what I believe in”:

I asked Cabot Phillips, Media Director for Campus Reform and one of the interviewers in the video, about his reaction to the students’ responses: “It’s shocking to see how many students view violence as a legitimate means of shutting down those with whom they disagree. Sadly though, this shouldn’t surprise us given what we’ve seen from the Left. A recent poll showed that nearly 20% of college students think violence is okay when it means shutting down a controversial speaker. This sort of thinking is antithetical to what college is all about.”

It truly is terrifying to hear my generation justifying use of violence to shut down a speaker they disagree with.  Education in these situations is everything, though, and we can’t give up on this.  Antifa is being portrayed on campuses as the antidote to the white supremacist movement, and we absolutely must continue to confront such assertions and replace them with truth.  If we don’t, we can kiss that nifty little First Amendment right goodbye.

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California School Board Approves Transgender Books for Kindergartners, Disallows Parents to Remove Children from Class

The school board of Northern California’s Rocklin Academy Gateway voted unanimously to keep a policy that allows books that promote transgenderism to be read to children as young as five, but added a policy that they would warn parents before they did.

Despite notifying the parents, however, the school board denied a proposal to give parents the right to pull their children out of classes that would teach the children pro-transgender education, essentially making the notification rule useless.

The controversial vote came about after a kindergarten teacher read “I Am Jazz” — a book about a transgender child’s transition to the opposite sex — and then allegedly held something of a “transition ceremony” where a young boy went into a bathroom, and then reemerged dressed in girl’s clothing. The teacher identified the boy as a girl, with a girl’s name.

The event shocked and disturbed some of the children, many who went home crying that they were going to turn into the opposite sex.

According to the teacher, gender transition did not fall under the auspices of sex education, and therefore the parents didn’t have to be notified that the show would be taking place.

To break it down, Rocklin Academy has allowed the teaching of controversial material outside of the curriculum, so long as they tell the parents they’re going to do it first. However, the parents can do nothing about it, as they won’t be allowed to remove their child from the classroom as it’s happening.

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This essentially gives a teacher free reign to urge the kids to support whatever that teacher believes, and put on lessons and demonstrations some would find questionable, much like the “transition ceremony” that allegedly took place.

If the ceremony did take place, this raises another troubling question. The ruling from the school board primarily tackles the type of books that would be read to students, but did not seem to tackle the demonstration by the reports given about the ruling. Does this mean the teacher can put on further demonstrations regarding transition?

For instance, in an effort to further teach the children about transgenderism, could the teacher urge students to try out transgenderism for themselves by asking them to change into clothing from the opposite sex? Would parents still not have the right to remove their children from that kind of “education?”

The possibilities for forcing transgenderism on students seems wide open here. If that’s the case, then parents should take this inability to interfere in their own children’s education to the highest court they can.

 

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