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After a new government report revealed U.S. drug overdose deaths hit a new record in 2020, former National Drug Control Policy Director Bill Bennett said Thursday that the United States needs to designate Mexican cartels as foreign terrorists.”There is a poison that is coming across. We talked about the getaways. Do the people get away? How about the drugs that get away? ” Bennett said on “America Reports.” “You guys are very good at showing these huge caches of drugs that are caught and authorities seize. But there’s a lot that we don’t see, and it’s making its way in the country.”BIDEN DENIES HE’S ‘OLD FRIENDS’ WITH CHINA’S XI, SAYS WORLD QUESTIONING BEIJING ON COVID-19 ORIGIN PROBEFox News reported that an angel mom argued that the current border policies under the Biden administration allowed China’s criminal “partnership” with Mexican cartels to flourish.”This partnership in combination with our current border policies have allowed this fentanyl to continuously pour over the Southwest border practically unabated,” Virginia Krieger, founder of Parents Against Illicit Narcotics, said Thursday on “America’s Newsroom.” Krieger, who lost her daughter Tiffany Leigh Robertson to a fentanyl overdose in 2015, warned that the flow of drugs into the United States has caused a “fentanyl poisoning” crisis, wherein online sellers have targeted unaware American teenagers with fraudulent prescriptions filled with the potent synthetic opioid analgesic.This, in addition to contaminated party drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines, has affected an “entirely new population”–mainly teenagers – who were previously not a major sector of the substance abuse community. Krieger said that a significant portion of these teens were first-time users when they overdosed. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), fentanyl is between 50 and 100 times stronger than morphine, an opiate used in hospitals to treat serious pain.In 2020, 93,331 Americans died from drug overdoses, a 29% increase from the previous year. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPBennett suggested that the U.S. put “pressure on China” because that is where the “precursor of drugs are made from fentanyl.””One thing we need on our own, we don’t need Mexico’s help to designate these cartels as foreign terrorist organizations just like Al Qaeda,” Bennett said. “They’re killing a lot more people than Al Qaeda every day. And then we can act in that country, we don’t have to wait for them to cross the border.””Governor Abbott has urged the president to do this,” Bennett added, saying that “others need to as well.” “This is really unbelievable the numbers that we’re seeing. Again, we have to underscore that we’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “Of the 93,000 deaths, Sandra [Smith], 70,000 we think are due to fentanyl. That’s one powerful drug.”The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a nationwide report in the summer of 2016 indicating hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills had been entering the U.S. drug market since 2014, with some of the pills containing deadly levels of fentanyl. “The current fentanyl crisis continues to expand in size and scope across the United States,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).Fox News’ Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report.
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday eviscerated critical race theory, calling for “every governor in the United States” to “ban” the racially charged academic movement.”Think about a 5-year-old that starts kindergarten and they don’t know anything about color. If she’s white, you’re telling her she’s bad. If she’s brown or black, you’re telling her she will never be enough and she’s always a victim. That’s harmful for the well-being of our children,” Haley told “America Reports.” Haley’s comments come as school districts nationwide have been scrutinized by parents in recent months over CRT-themed topics being taught in some classrooms and CRT seminars being offered to teachers and administrations. The former South Carolina governor argued teaching critical race theory will have “long-lasting effects” on children. Moreover, Haley asserted critical race theory does not need to be taught to children in kindergarten as it is on the collegiate level.Furthering her point, Haley recalled being “teased” as a kid for being Indian, sharing what her mother’s response was to the situation.”I remember getting teased when I was younger in rural South Carolina and my mom would say, your job is to show them how you’re similar and not how you’re different,” Haley said.NIKKI HALEY SLAMS CRITICAL RACE THEORY, SAYS AMERICA SHOULD NOT BE ‘DIVIDED BY DIFFERENT SHADES OF COLOR’Haley doubled down on a tweet she posted last week arguing critical race theory will “hold generations of young people back.” She called it harmful to young people and a general hurdle to uniting the country. “Critical race theory is going to hold back generations of young people,” Haley wrote on Twitter. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP”Every governor in the country needs to ban funding for critical race theory. Governors can decide this. They decide what money they take from the Department of Education. Don’t take this money,” Haley implored, adding that kids do not need to be judged when they go to school. “They don’t need to be told what label they are when they walk in the school. We need to treat kids as the opportunities they’re going to be to fix America, not break them before they start,” Haley concluded.
Former Education Secretary Bill Bennett said on Tuesday that the fight against critical race theory is “worth it.””I hate to say that I told you so, but I told you so. When I became secretary of education I said the teachers’ unions were the worst force in America except for organized crime, and it was a close call,” Bennett told Fox News “Outnumbered.” “And I think [with] this last year of COVID and this resistance in the unions now they have come out this way.Bennett encouraged parents concerned about their children’s education to run for the school board.”Take a look at Loudoun County, they are making a difference,” Bennett said.BIDEN DENIES HE’S ‘OLD FRIENDS’ WITH CHINA’S XI, SAYS WORLD QUESTIONING BEIJING ON COVID-19 ORIGIN PROBEBennett reacted to the country’s largest teachers union’s move to undermine the left-wing talking point that critical race theory is not taught to children — by voting promote it and arguing it is “reasonable and appropriate” to use CRT in social studies classes.The National Education Association has approved a plan to “publicize” critical race theory and dedicate a “team of staffers” to assist union members looking to “fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric.”New Business Item 39 also declares that the union opposes bans on critical race theory and the New York Times’ controversial 1619 Project – which roughly half the U.S. states have already implemented.The move comes as districts around the country and liberal pundits have attempted to fend off anti-CRT parents by telling them the curriculum is too complex for K-12 students and is only taught to students in graduate-level courses.That claim is made despite evidence that critical race theory seminars are being offered to teachers and administrators and examples of CRT-themed topics are being introduced in some classrooms.Conservative lawmakers have already secured bans on CRT in roughly two-dozen states, with Iowa going as far as to declare it “discriminatory indoctrination.” And the topic on its own has prompted impassioned public comments at school board meetings around the country.Critics say CTR is a racist philosophy that encourages stereotyping and labeling while highlighting divisiveness and anti-American rhetoric rather than unity and the virtues of the founding documents.The NEA represents more than 2 million members – well over half of the 3.2 million public school teachers the U.S. Department of Education estimated were working in the country last year.The union did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPBennett explained how teacher unions are getting in the way of school choice.”The other thing is school choice,” he said. “They are not doing it the way you want it, as a parent, your school, you should be able and now you are able to leave that school and go to another school.””This is obnoxious behavior on the part of the teachers’ unions,” Bennett continued. “Just one caution — I think Shannon (Bream) and Emily (Compagno) would agree with this. States are writing these anti-critical race theory laws, careful that they are not overbroad. They are going to get challenged on free speech issues and so on. Nevertheless, this fight is worth it. This is a fight about our children and our future.”Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.
Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren on Monday slammed Democratic lawmakers that criticized the Fourth of July instead of celebrating our Independence Day. “In a time when disparaging and otherwise dumping on this great nation has become not only commonplace but celebrated, I’d like to show the good ole US of A some well-deserved and much needed TLC,” Lahren said on her Fox Nation show “Final Thoughts.””And let me tell ya something else, even though I fear for our future and believe there’s a lot of fighting the good fight ahead of us, I don’t love this country any less just because Slow Joe AKA Kamala Harris AKA The Squad is ‘running it,’” Lahren said. “No, my love for this nation is unconditional, as it should be. Because even at a time when America is being sadly and moronically put last, it is still the greatest nation on the face of the Earth.” BIDEN DENIES HE’S ‘OLD FRIENDS’ WITH CHINA’S XI, SAYS WORLD QUESTIONING BEIJING ON COVID-19 ORIGIN PROBELahren’s comments came after one Democratic lawmaker and several left-wing figures used the Fourth of July to share controversial statements or disparage the founding of the United States.Democrat Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo, tweeted out, “When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for White people. This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.”There were some who agreed with Bush’s comments, like congressional candidate Shahid Buttar. He replied to her tweet saying, “Speak it, @CoriBush! It’s almost as if our entire country has been brainwashed to ignore our history—and how its worst elements continue today—despite our self-congratulatory rhetoric.”CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPFormer MSNBC anchor Toure was far more vocal, tweeting out “F–k Independence Day. Not only were we not free, the whole reason the Colonies wanted independence was because Britain was moving toward abolishing slavery. Why would Black people celebrate a day so wrapped up in our enslavement?”He also tweeted out his own opinion piece for the website The Grio titled “F–k Fourth of July: The only independence day I recognize is Juneteenth.”Actress Alyssa Milano also disparaged the Fourth of July by sharing a TikTok video of herself reading, “Reminder: The United States was founded on the unjust treatment of Native Americans, Africans and other people of color.”News organizations also took the opportunity to use the holiday to criticize the United States and its history. NPR tweeted out a thread of the original Declaration of Independence, claiming it to be “a document with flaws and deeply ingrained hypocrisies.” It also remarked immediately that the document “says ‘that all men are created equal’ — but women, enslaved people, Indigenous people and many others were not held as equal at the time.”Lahren argued that American greatness has to be “maintained and protected by defending our civil and personal rights and liberties.” “That means securing and protecting our borders. That means respecting and funding law and order. That means loving our fellow Americans as we do ourselves, even if they don’t think or vote the way we do,” she said. “Some may feel this country, our flag, our anthem and our colors don’t represent them, and that’s fine. But let them not forget, we are one of the only places on earth where the right to vocally and expressively hate one’s own nation, is too, protected.”Fox News’ Lindsay Kornick contributed to this report.Fox Nation programs are viewable on-demand and from your mobile device app, but only for Fox Nation subscribers. Go to Fox Nation to start a free trial and watch the extensive library from your favorite Fox News personalities.
After the Biden administration’s Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Georgia’s new election law, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Tuesday that the “truth is on their side.””We have some great attorneys and we will meet them and beat them in a court of law. We have the truth on our side,” Raffensperger told “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”The Justice Department on Friday filed a lawsuit against Georgia over the state’s new voting law.The lawsuit will challenge several of the provisions in Georgia Senate Bill 202, according to the DOJ.”The right of all eligible citizens to vote is the central pillar of our democracy, the right from which all other rights ultimately flow,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said in a statement. “This lawsuit is the first step of many we are taking to ensure that all eligible voters can cast a vote; that all lawful votes are counted; and that every voter has access to accurate information.”BIDEN DENIES HE’S ‘OLD FRIENDS’ WITH CHINA’S XI, SAYS WORLD QUESTIONING BEIJING ON COVID-19 ORIGIN PROBEGeorgia’s new law requires voter ID for absentee voting rather than relying on signature matching for verification, limiting ballot drop boxes to one per county or one per 100,000 voters, expanded early voting days, and standardized early voting hours to a minimum of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a maximum of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The law also handed more election authority to the GOP-controlled state legislature. It states that the General Assembly is to select the chair of the state elections board, rather than the board being chaired by the Georgia secretary of state. It also shortens runoffs from nine weeks to four.Raffensperger said that the “number one issue is there has been so much controversy over signature matches.” “It was what was in place. And we’re not moving away from that, which is very subjective to an objective measure. Driver’s license with photo I.D. It’s what they’re using actually in Minnesota right now run by the Democrats, it’s used currently in red states and blue states. It’s nonpartisan, bipartisan. It doesn’t matter what demographic group you’re from, it works.”Though critics slammed their election reform measure for eliminating drop boxes, Raffensperger pushed back saying that there’s one allowed per every “100,000 people in every county and at least one per county.” “And it’ll actually get mandated that every county needs to have drop boxes. Last year during the pandemic, 139 out of 159 counties did do drop boxes. 20 counties chose not to do drop boxes. Now it’ll be a uniform process based on population.” CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPRaffensperger said that “it is offensive for the Department of Justice to claim voter ID will hurt certain demographics.” He also mentioned that polling shows both Republicans and Democrats across all racial groups support voter I.D. because the voters could easily be identified whether they vote, in-person or as an absentee.”If you look at what we’ve done is going with photo I.D., this is the same argument they used 10 years ago when we did photo ID for in-person voting. They said it would hurt certain demographic groups. It has not,” he said.Raffensperger said that the people purged from voting rolls “do not live in Georgia” which makes the voting rolls as accurate as possible.”The Federal laws are some of biggest impediments allowing us to clean up our voter rolls. With The National Voter Registration Act Of 1993, once we are in an election year, we effectively cannot update our voter rolls because we go from a primary election to a primary runoff, which we typically have in Georgia, then go to the fall election and then we also then have runoffs in the fall. And so last time we could do it on the voter rolls in twenty was in February. We just went ahead and update our voter rolls. So federal laws actually hurt us in the state of Georgia from maintaining clean voter lists continue.” Raffensberger also noted that he was on the phone with attorneys earlier in the day discussing the case.”We are going to have a robust defense, we’re going to win on this, and that’s why we’re excited because we can settle these issues. He went on to say, “I was elected in 2019. I immediately had about eight cases. Right now we have another eight cases from this law that we just passed. At one point we had a push in about 15 cases. We’ve been beating these cases back from left-wing groups — Stacey Abrams and everyone that’s on her side that are well funded by the civil action groups. And we’re looking forward to finally getting some resolution … We are going to prevail. And that way, I think it really sets the table to actually go forward.”Fox News’ Audrey Conklin, Michael Balsamo, and Christina A. Cassidy contributed to this report.
Fox News host Jesse Watters on Saturday blasted President Joe Biden’sremarks on surging gun crime because the president did not address why crime was increasing.”We know criminals shoot people with guns, Joe. Why are shootings up?” the host of “Watters World” said.Watters’ comments came after Biden’s remarks on Wednesday where he outlined his crime prevention strategy. His strategy includes several components, which focus on firearms like strengthening background checks and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He also called for a boost in community policing. “Biden is incapable of figuring that out or he is ignorant and just doesn’t want to,” Watters said. “Translation, they don’t have a clue.”BIDEN TOUTS NEW CRIME PREVENTION STRATEGY FOCUSED ON GUN CONTROLEarlier this week, the president met with state and local leaders and law enforcement officials ahead of his remarks to discuss crime prevention strategy, amid a surge of violence in cities across the country. Both Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland, who spoke before him, pointed to a historic rise in crime in the summertime, and said that rise “may be more pronounced” as the nation comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The White House insisted curbing gun violence is key to tamping down a “staggering” surge of crime.Watters called out Biden for failing to mention “black-on-black crime, gangs, drugs or families” as the source of rising crime. He continued by saying Biden disregarded the defunding of the police movement, bail reform, and soft district attorneys as potential contributors to surging gun violence.”You can’t solve the problem unless you say what the problem is,” Watters said. “The so-called compassionate president couldn’t bring himself to articulate the painful loss that black American families are suffering from every single day. That anti-gun agenda is a dodge.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWatters concluded his comments by pointing to how former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani reduced crime in the nineties. “New York City was awash with guns in the 90s when [Rudy Giuliani] brought the crime rate down. Proactive policing was the key along with tough sentences. You have got to lock up shooters. It’s just that simple. For instance, in Illinois, illegal possession of a firearm calls for 3 to 7 years in prison. But shooters either get bailed out for nothing and skip or [district attorneys] and judges go soft,” he said. “All we have to do is enforce the law on the books. When the streets aren’t safe, the citizens arm themselves because they don’t trust the law to protect them. Citizens all over the country are losing trust in the people we put in positions of power.”Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.
Fox News contributor Emily Compagno said on “The Big Saturday Show” that Vice President Kamala Harris’ border trip was “just for PR to get the media off her back.””We are seeing a host of migrants and migrant children being kept in devastating conditions, and the administration just flushes them out throughout the system and claims they’re being taken care of, but really they’re just being put into more deplorable conditions,” Compagno said. BIDEN DENIES HE’S ‘OLD FRIENDS’ WITH CHINA’S XI, SAYS WORLD QUESTIONING BEIJING ON COVID-19 ORIGIN PROBE Compagno mentioned how state attorney generals and district attorneys are raising concerns about emergency shelters not having suitable standards for those migrants who are detained and added how many of the children in these facilities are on “suicide watch.” “Yet we’re hearing from this administration that all is fine, everything’s well because she went on a visit and seems to have checked a box,” she said. “Unfortunately, I think this trip was, frankly, just for PR so she can get the media off her back that kept asking when are you going to go.”The Vice President’s border trip came under fire as critics point out that she’s steering clear of the areas that have been hardest hit by the ongoing immigration crisis. Harris traveled to El Paso, Texas, on Friday, 93 days after President Biden first tapped her to deal with the “root causes” of the border crisis. “If Vice President Harris truly wanted to assess the situation at the border, she’d head to McAllen and sites along the Rio Grande Valley,” a senior border official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Fox News. “It will be worth seeing if this trip extends beyond a rubber stamp of ‘I visited the border.’” Tom Homan, former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chief, said Harris “needs to go to the epicenter of this crisis.” “Instead of going there and talking to the men and women dealing with that crisis and taking care of thousands of unaccompanied children, she picks El Paso because she doesn’t want to see the devastation that her administration’s policies have caused,” Homan said. “Now, El Paso, is seeing a rise in crossings, absolutely a rise in drug crossings, but when you look at the crisis, why would you not go to the epicenter and talk to the men and women of border patrol and see what’s going on?” Homan noted separately in a Friday Fox News interview.CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPWashington Post reporter Nick Miroff pointed out that Harris’ trip to El Paso allows her to avoid harder-hit areas in the Rio Grande Valley, where even Democratic officials have been critical of the Biden administration’s response to the border crisis. The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector has been especially hard hit by the crisis. Fox News’ Peter Hasson contributed to this report.