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“Squad” member Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s, D-Mass., campaign donated over a thousand dollars to a bail fund group that supports defunding and abolishing the police, according to the latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.Pressley, who reiterated her support for defunding the police last month, made the “charitable donation” of $1,240 to National Bail Out, a bail group that supports defunding and abolishing police, from her campaign account last month.”We celebrate and honor Blackness always. And as Black folks continue to mobilize alongside comrades and co-conspirators to demand a defunding of police & respect for the sanctity of our lives, we are still grieving and still mourning the loss of Black life,” the group tweeted in June 2020. SQUAD REP. PRESSLEY SAYS SHE STILL SUPPORTS A ‘RADICAL RE-IMAGINING’ OF POLICING AMID CRIME SURGEThe group tweeted again in August 2020 that they “must dismantle, defund, and abolish the police to protect Black lives.”Last month, Pressley reiterated her support for defunding the police, saying she supports a “radical re-imagining” of law enforcement, despite the crime surge. Pressley tweeted her support for defunding the police last summer, saying the “defund movement isn’t new” and added, “Folks are just finally listening.”During a TIME 100 Talks discussion last June, she voiced her support for defunding the police, saying, “This is simply about a refund.”AOC, ‘SQUAD’ MEMBERS PROMOTE ‘DEFUND THE POLICE’ BUT SPEND THOUSANDS ON PRIVATE SECURITY”This is simply about a refund. This is about true reparations. This is about investment in communities,” Pressley said during the TIME interview. “There’s a reason why the Congressional Black Caucus submits an alternative budget every year. Because we know that our communities have been historically under resourced, underinvested in and divested [from].””We know what works. We just haven’t funded it,” Pressley added. “And so this is the reckoning.”Pressley isn’t the only member of the “Squad” of progressive Democrats who have supported defunding the police. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan all voiced support for measures that would reallocate money from police spending.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Defunding police means defunding police,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a June 30 statement – about a month after George Floyd’s death. “It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools.”Pressley’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., often uses his Twitter account to disparage policies in the United States and Republican politicians he doesn’t like, but he has been silent about thousands of protesters gathering in the streets Sunday calling for the end of the communist regime in Cuba.Sanders, who previously defended some of the policies of Cuba’s previous communist dictator Fidel Castro, including his literacy program, was silent until Tuesday afternoon on whether he supports Cubans speaking out against the communist regime. He finally spoke, but only when prompted with a question, and he did not limit his comment to Cuba.Asked by Fox News for comment on the Cuba situation, Sanders said: “Well, I support throughout Latin America and Cuba and every place else the right of people to protest for a decent economy and for political freedom.” However, he did call for higher taxes on billionaires Sunday in response to billionaires like Richard Branson, who successfully reached space on a test flight for Virgin Galactic, going to space, saying, “It’s time to tax the billionaires.”BERNIE SANDERS DEFENDS FIDEL CASTRO’S SOCIALIST CUBA: ‘UNFAIR TO SIMPLY SAY EVERYTHING IS BAD’The self-proclaimed democratic-socialist also used his Twitter account late last month to accuse Senate Republicans of contributing to “authoritarianism” after they blocked debate on the For the People Act, which would have imposed federal standards on state elections and would have weakened state ID requirements.”It is a disgrace that at a time when authoritarianism, conspiracy theories and political violence are on the rise not a single Republican in the United States Senate has the courage to even debate whether we should protect American democracy or not,” Sanders tweeted.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., gestures as he addresses a rally Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said that Americans traveling to places with a low COVID-19 vaccination rate should “go the extra mile” and wear a mask even if they are fully vaccinated.NBC’s “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd said that Mississippi has the lowest vaccination rate in the United States and asked Fauci whether he would wear a mask if he was traveling there, prompting him to say, “I think there would be a good reason to do that.””I think there would be a good reason to do that because as we’ve said so often that vaccines are not, even as good as they are and highly effective, nothing is 100%,” Fauci said. “And if you put yourself in an environment in which you have a high level of viral dynamics and a very low level of vaccine you might want to go the extra step and say, ‘When I’m in that area where there’s a considerable degree of viral circulation, I might want to go the extra mile, to be cautious enough to make sure that I get the extra added level of protection even though the vaccines themselves are highly effective.”Earlier in the interview, Todd noted that there were nearly 10,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States during June and asked Fauci how many of the deaths were a result of not being vaccinated and whether they were preventable.COLUMBIA PROFESSOR WHO THANKED FAUCI FOR WUHAN LAB MESSAGING HAS LINKS TO CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY MEMBERS”If you look at the number of deaths, about 99.2% of them are unvaccinated about 0.8% are vaccinated. no vaccine is perfect, but when you talk about the avoidability of hospitalization and deaths, Chuck, it’s really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable,” Fauci said.”Obviously, there’s gonna be some people because of the variability among people and their response to vaccine, that you’ll see some who are vaccinated and still get into trouble and get hospitalized and die, but the overwhelming proportion of people who get into trouble are the unvaccinated which is the reason why we say this is really entirely avoidable and preventable,” he continued.Todd asked Fauci how he was handling the attacks from critics over his messaging during the pandemic. Fauci called the attacks “noise” and “nonsense,” adding, “I just focus on my job. And when I focus on my job, I’m fine.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPLast month, Fauci appeared on New York Times writer Kara Swisher’s podcast, “Sway,” where he claimed that attacks on him are “actually criticizing science.””It is essential as a scientist that you evolve your opinion and your recommendations based on the data as it evolves…and that’s the reason why I say people who then criticize me about that are actually criticizing science,” he said.
Economist and academic Glenn Loury on Sunday said the United States should “get beyond race” and reparations would be “disastrous” for the future of America.Loury, an economics professor at Brown University, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” to discuss critical race theory and Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday, when he was asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos about how Americans can “bridge the divide” on these issues dealing with race.”I think we should get beyond race. I know I’m spitting in the wind when I say that. I know no one wants to hear it. I think the right story here is that it’s the American story. We’re all in this thing together. I know that’s very easy to say,” said Loury, the first Black tenured economics professor at Harvard University. “I think Martin Luther King got it right in 1963. I think that the racialization of this discussion of crime and violence, and policing, of poverty and wealth and whatnot is bad for America.”ECONOMIST GLENN LOURY TACKLES THE ISSUE, IMPACT OF RACE ON ‘TUCKER CARLSON TODAY'”I think talking about reparations, whatever the moral argument might be, is disastrous for the future of this country,” Loury continued. “Black people should not be trying to cut a separate deal with America. Let’s make the country a good country for everybody and we’ll be on the right track.”Earlier in the interview, Loury was asked about conservatives expressing concerns about critical race theory and whether he agreed with their definition. Loury responded by saying he believes their definition is “fine” and that their concerns revolve around the “narrative” being pushed.”I think the definition is fine as far as it goes. I think the concern is about the narrative. It’s about what is the story of the American project and where does race fit into that,” Loury said. “I think it’s a bit like arguments about how do you teach evolution versus creationism or what do you do about sex education in the schools where people are concerned a certain narrative, a certain view, which is very uncharitable to the American project.”ILHAN OMAR RENEWS CALL FOR REPARATIONS IN JUNETEENTH TWEETLoury was then asked whether he would ban critical race theory in schools.”No I wouldn’t do that no more than I would ban the teaching of Marxism. I wouldn’t ban it. I would argue against it,” Loury said.Once an obscure topic among academics, CRT and its associated ideas have featured prominently in political discussions over the past several months. Among Republicans, the issue has become particularly relevant. Former President Trump banned ideas associated with CRT from being utilized in federal government trainings – something Biden quickly repealed after taking office. Loury has expressed his opposition to reparations over slavery several times and said, “You don’t want to commodify that” and has called it a “terrible idea.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPRep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a member of “the Squad” – a group of progressive lawmakers that includes Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, repeated her push for reparations on Saturday in a tweet about Juneteenth.”As we reflect on the significance of what this day symbolizes, let’s keep fighting to address the lasting consequences of slavery. Next step: reparations,” Omar tweeted.Fox News’ Sam Dorman and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.
The Virginia Democratic nominee for governor is dismissing as a “right-wing conspiracy” the concerns that many have raised about racial trainings and curricula in the state.In audio obtained by Fox News, McAuliffe blames the ongoing controversy – which has exploded school board meetings – on his opponent Glenn Youngkin and former President Trump.”That’s another right-wing conspiracy,” he said. “This is totally made up by Donald Trump and Glenn Youngkin. This is who they are. It’s a conspiracy theory.”A woman had asked him: “I was just wondering – with all of the Republicans talking about critical race theory, and they’re making this huge deal about it, and it’s all of the conversation with the news in Virginia. What are you going to say to all of those people making education about that?”VIRGINIA SCHOOL BOARD MEETING EXPLODES AS MEMBERS FACE BACKLASH FOR SUSPENSION OF TANNER CROSSA source familiar told Fox News those comments were made on June 4, after months of debate surrounding racial content in Virginia schools. Youngkin, the GOP nominee for governor, has been outspoken about the issue and attempted to tie it to McAuliffe in May.He told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that “it just seems that Terry McAuliffe and the left, liberal Democrats here want to take our education policy from having everybody in the fast lane to putting everybody in the broken down lane.”Youngkin and others have blasted the Virginia officials for proposing a series of controversial measures that appeared to limit advanced opportunities for students. “Critical race theory is not a political game or talking point to Virginians,” Youngkin spokesperson Macaulay Porter told Fox News. “Terry should tell that to the parents, teachers, and students in Loudoun County, Fairfax, and across the Commonwealth who are up in arms about the lefts’ political agenda being forced into classrooms.”Among other things, Virginia state employees have proposed eliminating accelerated math courses and advanced diplomas.Beyond that, residents have alleged that critical race theory (CRT) is infiltrating various aspects of the educational system, such as its social-emotional learning standards. Various advocates on the left have attempted to deny that CRT influenced material in places like Loudoun County.WHAT IS CRITICAL RACE THEORY?Although Loudoun’s superintendent has denied teaching CRT, a public records request and one of its school board member’s comments indicated that the ideology influenced staff and policymaking. Once an obscure topic among academics, CRT and its associated ideas have featured prominently in political discussions over the past several months. Among Republicans, the issue has become particularly relevant. Former President Trump banned ideas associated with CRT from being utilized in federal government trainings – something Biden quickly repealed after taking office. In Virginia, the majority of Republican gubernatorial candidates signed onto an anti-CRT pledge just before the GOP nominating convention.Nailing down a definition of CRT is difficult as one of its progenitors indicated it was a continuously evolving topic.”CRT is not so much an intellectual unit filled with stuff – theories, themes, practices and the like – but one that is dynamically constituted by a series of contestations and convergences pertaining to the ways that racial power is understood and articulated in the post-civil rights era,” said law professor Kimberle Crenshaw.She went on to say: “I want to suggest that shifting the frame of CRT toward a dynamic rather than static reference would be a productive means by which we can link CRT’s past to the contemporary moment.”VIRGINIA EXPLORES PLAN TO END ADVANCED DIPLOMAS: ‘EQUITABLY SERVING THE NEEDS…OF ALL VIRGINIA LEARNERS’Still, critics like Asra Nomani argue that both the curricula and source material behind it contain too much similarities not to be derived from CRT.In their book, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, authors Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic list generally agreed-upon tenets: racism is ordinary and therefore difficult to cure, White people have a material interest in maintaining racism, and “race and races are products of social thought and relations.”Nomani, who helps lead the anti-CRT group Coalition for TJ, responded to McAuliffe’s comments in a statement to Fox News Wednesday.”Mr. McAuliffe insults parents by dismissing their sincere concerns as ‘another right-wing conspiracy,'” argued Nomani, who says she’s a registered Democrat.”It’s arrogant and out-of-touch with reality. Across Virginia, Mr. McAuliffe needs to understand students are being divided as ‘oppressors’ and ‘oppressed,’ shamed for having ‘white privilege’ and belittled for achieving merit. Asian students are being told they aren’t the right kind of minority. … Democrats in Virginia risk losing the votes of many parents if they continue to try to gaslight us. We are educated about the divisive ideology of critical race theory, and we don’t want it in our schools. Teachers need to educate, not indoctrinate.”McAuliffe’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.During his exchange last week, McAuliffe suggested Republicans were creating a distraction with CRT.”You know what, people want to know about why are we not paying our teachers?” he said. “Why are we down 1,000 teachers today? Why? And why are 50% of our schools 50 years old? This is what people want to know about. So, let’s pay our teachers. Let’s get our children access to broadband. Let’s make sure we get at-risk children taken care of with pre-K. Those are what the Virginians care about.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCRT and the COVID-19 pandemic have combined in fueling criticism of teachers and administrators, who have generally been accused shirking their responsibilities as educators.The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which has contributed $175,000 to McAuliffe since 2013, controversially supported continued lockdowns and promoted the “1619 Project,” which has been the target of anti-CRT legislation in recent months. “The 1619 Project, and its extension of educational resources, is one way to address that gap and help students connect their lived experience to the history of the nation,” an AFT press release reads.