Rep. Mo Brooks to Newsmax TV: We Must Regain Election Integrity

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Rep. Mo Brooks to Newsmax TV: We Must Regain Election Integrity (Newsmax TV's "Stinchfield")

By Jim Thomas | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 10:54 PM

The Democrats and the radical left are systematically manipulating, thus destabilizing, the election system in the U.S., according to Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. on Newsmax TV.

"We've lost a lot of confidence [in our election system], in part because the election system has so many systemic flaws that were manipulated to end up with deleterious consequences," Brooks told Tuesday's "Stinchfield." "I'm very disappointed in those who seek to undermine our election processes.

"If we don't have honest and accurate elections, then we are no longer a republic, because the bedrock underpinning of any republic is an election system that people can agree with and have confidence in that it reflects the will of the American people."

State legislatures are exclusively tasked with the responsibility to set guidelines for federal elections in each respective state, Brooks noted, adding that is what H.R. 1 and S.R. 1 seeks to dismantle.

"In Article 1 section 4 of the United States Constitution, he said, it is the legislatures and Congress [generally] that's supposed to set all of the laws relating to the times, places, and manner of elections, and so our legislative bodies need to do what they have to do in order to make sure that we have honest and accurate elections," Brooks added.

The commission on federal election reform report, known informally as the bipartisan Carter-Baker commission, was published in 2005 and it remains a guidepost today that should be followed to help solve the election problems we currently face in this country after the 2020 election, according to Brooks.

The commission, he said, included former President Jimmy Carter along with co-chair James Baker who was the White House chief of staff under Ronald Reagan.

"They identified some systemic flaws in our election system that unfortunately, the socialist Democrats exploited to maximum bad effect in the 2020 election cycle," Brooks lamented.

Some of the glaring weaknesses Brooks identified was the lack of voter ID and citizenship proof to vote.

"The commission recommended photo identification because that's one of the weaknesses in our election system," Brooks said.

"They also recommended that we do things to stop non-citizens from voting," he said, adding "including repealing Section 5 of the 1993 Voter Registration Act. That makes it illegal for voter registrars to require proof of citizenship."

"Now you would think that we only want American citizens voting in American elections, but unfortunately there are evil forces that want to do something to the contrary to the detriment of American citizens."

Notwithstanding those examples, the highest vulnerability occurs with mass mail-in ballots, according to Brooks.

"The place where there was the most fraud, according to the commission, bipartisan commission on federal election reform, is the mail-out ballots, absentee ballot system, and so we should minimize that rather than expand it," he said.

Finally, his last point focused on having just one election day.

"Ideally, we should do as Congress said, we set an Election Day," he concluded. "That is in the United States Code. We did not set a week. We did not set a month. We did not set a season, and we ought to restrain voting as much as possible to that Election Day, because those votes are the ones that are the most secure and most likely to accurately reflect the will of the American people."

Rep. Brooks was also recently endorsed by former President Trump in his bid to become senator of Alabama.

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Rep. Mo Brooks to Newsmax TV: We Must Regain Election Integrity

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Rep. Mo Brooks to Newsmax TV: We Must Regain Election Integrity (Newsmax TV's "Stinchfield")

By Jim Thomas | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 10:54 PM

The Democrats and the radical left are systematically manipulating, thus destabilizing, the election system in the U.S., according to Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. on Newsmax TV.

"We've lost a lot of confidence [in our election system], in part because the election system has so many systemic flaws that were manipulated to end up with deleterious consequences," Brooks told Tuesday's "Stinchfield." "I'm very disappointed in those who seek to undermine our election processes.

"If we don't have honest and accurate elections, then we are no longer a republic, because the bedrock underpinning of any republic is an election system that people can agree with and have confidence in that it reflects the will of the American people."

State legislatures are exclusively tasked with the responsibility to set guidelines for federal elections in each respective state, Brooks noted, adding that is what H.R. 1 and S.R. 1 seeks to dismantle.

"In Article 1 section 4 of the United States Constitution, he said, it is the legislatures and Congress [generally] that's supposed to set all of the laws relating to the times, places, and manner of elections, and so our legislative bodies need to do what they have to do in order to make sure that we have honest and accurate elections," Brooks added.

The commission on federal election reform report, known informally as the bipartisan Carter-Baker commission, was published in 2005 and it remains a guidepost today that should be followed to help solve the election problems we currently face in this country after the 2020 election, according to Brooks.

The commission, he said, included former President Jimmy Carter along with co-chair James Baker who was the White House chief of staff under Ronald Reagan.

"They identified some systemic flaws in our election system that unfortunately, the socialist Democrats exploited to maximum bad effect in the 2020 election cycle," Brooks lamented.

Some of the glaring weaknesses Brooks identified was the lack of voter ID and citizenship proof to vote.

"The commission recommended photo identification because that's one of the weaknesses in our election system," Brooks said.

"They also recommended that we do things to stop non-citizens from voting," he said, adding "including repealing Section 5 of the 1993 Voter Registration Act. That makes it illegal for voter registrars to require proof of citizenship."

"Now you would think that we only want American citizens voting in American elections, but unfortunately there are evil forces that want to do something to the contrary to the detriment of American citizens."

Notwithstanding those examples, the highest vulnerability occurs with mass mail-in ballots, according to Brooks.

"The place where there was the most fraud, according to the commission, bipartisan commission on federal election reform, is the mail-out ballots, absentee ballot system, and so we should minimize that rather than expand it," he said.

Finally, his last point focused on having just one election day.

"Ideally, we should do as Congress said, we set an Election Day," he concluded. "That is in the United States Code. We did not set a week. We did not set a month. We did not set a season, and we ought to restrain voting as much as possible to that Election Day, because those votes are the ones that are the most secure and most likely to accurately reflect the will of the American people."

Rep. Brooks was also recently endorsed by former President Trump in his bid to become senator of Alabama.

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Squad Calls to Abolish Police, Top Dems Distance Themselves

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Squad Calls to Abolish Police, Top Dems Distance Themselves ilhan omar and alexandria ocasio-cortez walk through capitol hill halls Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

By Nick Koutsobinas | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 10:25 PM

Top democrats, including President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., kept members of the Squad at arm's length after calls came from them to abolish the police following the fatal police shooting of Black man Daunte Wright, 20.

Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., suggested Monday in a tweet that policing "can't be reformed" but White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded Tuesday that is "not the president's view."

Speaker Pelosi pointed back to the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which seeks to do exactly that: reform policing.

"As I painfully watched the trial of Derek Chauvin during Holy Week, I was grateful that the House had already passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act," Pelosi said in a statement to Fox News. "This is all the more sad with the tragic killing of Daunte Wright this week.

"Our legislation provides a solution to systemic racism and does not paint all law enforcement with the same brush.

The Squad is made up of Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.

Tlaib tweeted Monday:

"It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed."

Omar also tweeted Monday:

"We are sick and heartbroken. In the closing days of Derek Chauvin's murder trial, Brooklyn Center police killed 20 year old Daunte Wright, another Black man, during a traffic stop. This violence is a basic part of police interactions with communities of color. It must stop."

But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also disagreed with the squad's position, backing Speaker Pelosi's call for reforms to policing.

"Look, we all know we have to root out systemic bias in law enforcement and we feel the best way to do that is the Justice in Policing Act," Schumer said.

Squad Calls to Abolish Police, Top Dems Distance Themselves

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Squad Calls to Abolish Police, Top Dems Distance Themselves ilhan omar and alexandria ocasio-cortez walk through capitol hill halls Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

By Nick Koutsobinas | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 10:25 PM

Top democrats, including President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., kept members of the Squad at arm's length after calls came from them to abolish the police following the fatal police shooting of Black man Daunte Wright, 20.

Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., suggested Monday in a tweet that policing "can't be reformed" but White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded Tuesday that is "not the president's view."

Speaker Pelosi pointed back to the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which seeks to do exactly that: reform policing.

"As I painfully watched the trial of Derek Chauvin during Holy Week, I was grateful that the House had already passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act," Pelosi said in a statement to Fox News. "This is all the more sad with the tragic killing of Daunte Wright this week.

"Our legislation provides a solution to systemic racism and does not paint all law enforcement with the same brush.

The Squad is made up of Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.

Tlaib tweeted Monday:

"It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed."

Omar also tweeted Monday:

"We are sick and heartbroken. In the closing days of Derek Chauvin's murder trial, Brooklyn Center police killed 20 year old Daunte Wright, another Black man, during a traffic stop. This violence is a basic part of police interactions with communities of color. It must stop."

But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also disagreed with the squad's position, backing Speaker Pelosi's call for reforms to policing.

"Look, we all know we have to root out systemic bias in law enforcement and we feel the best way to do that is the Justice in Policing Act," Schumer said.

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WH: First Lady to Undergo ‘Procedure’

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WH: First Lady to Undergo 'Procedure' WH: First Lady to Undergo 'Procedure' (Getty)

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 09:43 PM

The White House says President Joe Biden will accompany his wife, Jill Biden, early Wednesday morning to an appointment where she will undergo a “common medical procedure.”

The White House says both Bidens will then return to the White House and “resume their normal schedule.”

Later Wednesday, the president is set to address the nation on his plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. He will then visit Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of many American service members who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The White House did not immediately detail the nature of the first lady’s procedure.

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Dick Morris to Newsmax TV: Biden ‘Tilting at Windmills’

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Dick Morris to Newsmax TV: Biden 'Tilting at Windmills' (Newsmax TV/"Stinchfield")

By Eric Mack | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 09:40 PM

President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan, putting America's near future on green energy initiatives, ignores the fact China owns the supply chain on rare-earth minerals used in batteries for those technologies, according presidential strategist Dick Morris on Newsmax TV.

"When he goes around setting up charging stations and has incentives for people to buy electric cars, we have to realize the batteries that the electric cars run on are made with rare-earth minerals," Morris told Tuesday's "Stinchfield." "The United States used to be the main supplier in the world of those, but then the environmentalists got a hold of it and closed down all but 1 of our mines.

"So we now make a tiny fraction of the global supply, and China makes 80-90% of it."

Biden seeks to take the power from the oil-producing countries of the Middle East, but it hands that wealth to China, Morris told host Grant Stinchfield.

"We've exchanged the Arab sheiks for the communist bureaucrats, because they will determine whether we will get rare-earth minerals, whether we can make batteries, and whether these cars can go anywhere," Morris lamented.

"The rest of this package is just like that. He wants to transform our electric power generation into solar and wind. Well, the solar panel and the wind turbine both run on rare-earth metals. You can't run them without that.

"So if he thinks he can have solar energy and wind energy without the rare-earth metals, Grant, he's just tilting at windmills."

The clean energy initiates are not without merits, Morris agreed, but technology cannot be rushed the way Biden is attempting.

"I think all of us agree that electric cars are good, that we would rather see them than internal combustion engines, and that we would rather see solar and wind than coal and oil, and maybe even than gas, but don't put the cart before the horse – an odd metaphor for car batteries," Morris said.

"But don't charge ahead and prohibit the internal engine, have everybody buy electric cars, build all the charging stations, cut out fossil fuels, go to solar and wind, when you don't have the rare-earth minerals to make the batteries and the infrastructure to build this."

Former President Donald Trump was already on the mission to secure rare-earth mineral production again in the U.S. to get ahead of the technology transformation, Morris said.

"It was outrageous that we neutered ourselves of these," he added. "There's 1 little mine on the Nevada-California border that makes it, and there used to be 7 or 8 of them. We need to reopen them. Trump started that.

"Give it a very high priority. And then after we've done that, when we have the rare-earth minerals, then play your games with the electric cars and solar and wind."

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Fauci Defends Pause on J&J Vaccine

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Fauci Defends Pause on J&J Vaccine dr. fauci wears a mask against a white house backdrop National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci wears a lab-themed face mask while talking to reporters on April 13, 2021 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Solange Reyner | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 08:26 PM

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday defended the decision by federal health officials to recommend a pause on giving out the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine while they study the serious illnesses that developed in six American women.

“The pause not only allows us to take a look at the cases and learn more, but it is also a signal out there to help the physicians,” Fauci told reporters at a Tuesday press briefing, referencing a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration that distribution of J&J’s vaccine temporarily end. Officials are investigating a “rare and severe” blood clot that developed in six women after they had received the vaccine, including one who died.

Fauci, President Joe Biden’s medical adviser and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said the 6.85 million Americans who have already received the vaccine had little to be concerned about.

“Someone who maybe had it a month or two ago would say, what does this mean for me? It really doesn’t mean anything. You’re OK, because if you look at the … timeframe when this occurs, it’s pretty tight, from a few days, six to 13 days, from the time of the vaccination.”

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday announced they were recommending a pause in the use of the vaccine “out of an abundance of caution.”

The FDA authorized the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in late February. The vaccine is cheaper, can be transported and stored for up to three months using regular refrigeration, unlike the two other vaccines which need freezers, and requires only one shot.

Acting FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock told reporters that the investigation of these “extremely rare” events would move forward rapidly and could conclude within days.

“Did we pull the trigger too soon on this because it was such a rare event?” Fauci said. “Well, you know, our FDA is internationally known for their capability of making sure that we have the safest products out there. and that’s what I meant when I said an ‘abundance’ of caution. … We want to get this worked out as quickly as we possibly can, and that’s why you see the word ‘pause.

“We want to hold off for a bit and very well may go back … maybe with some conditions, or maybe not, but we want to leave that up to the FDA and the CDC to investigate this carefully,” he added. “I don’t think it was pulling the trigger too quickly.

Fauci Defends Pause on J&J Vaccine

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Fauci Defends Pause on J&J Vaccine dr. fauci wears a mask against a white house backdrop National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci wears a lab-themed face mask while talking to reporters on April 13, 2021 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Solange Reyner | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 08:26 PM

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday defended the decision by federal health officials to recommend a pause on giving out the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine while they study the serious illnesses that developed in six American women.

“The pause not only allows us to take a look at the cases and learn more, but it is also a signal out there to help the physicians,” Fauci told reporters at a Tuesday press briefing, referencing a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration that distribution of J&J’s vaccine temporarily end. Officials are investigating a “rare and severe” blood clot that developed in six women after they had received the vaccine, including one who died.

Fauci, President Joe Biden’s medical adviser and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said the 6.85 million Americans who have already received the vaccine had little to be concerned about.

“Someone who maybe had it a month or two ago would say, what does this mean for me? It really doesn’t mean anything. You’re OK, because if you look at the … timeframe when this occurs, it’s pretty tight, from a few days, six to 13 days, from the time of the vaccination.”

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday announced they were recommending a pause in the use of the vaccine “out of an abundance of caution.”

The FDA authorized the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in late February. The vaccine is cheaper, can be transported and stored for up to three months using regular refrigeration, unlike the two other vaccines which need freezers, and requires only one shot.

Acting FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock told reporters that the investigation of these “extremely rare” events would move forward rapidly and could conclude within days.

“Did we pull the trigger too soon on this because it was such a rare event?” Fauci said. “Well, you know, our FDA is internationally known for their capability of making sure that we have the safest products out there. and that’s what I meant when I said an ‘abundance’ of caution. … We want to get this worked out as quickly as we possibly can, and that’s why you see the word ‘pause.

“We want to hold off for a bit and very well may go back … maybe with some conditions, or maybe not, but we want to leave that up to the FDA and the CDC to investigate this carefully,” he added. “I don’t think it was pulling the trigger too quickly.

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Expert Says Cop Was Justified in Pinning Down George Floyd

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Expert Says Cop Was Justified in Pinning Down George Floyd Expert Says Cop Was Justified in Pinning Down George Floyd Chauvin (Getty)

AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Tuesday, 13 April 2021 08:07 PM

Former officer Derek Chauvin was justified in pinning George Floyd to the ground because he kept struggling, a use-of-force expert testified for the defense Tuesday, contradicting a parade of authorities from both inside and outside the Minneapolis Police Department.

Taking the stand at Chauvin's murder trial, Barry Brodd, a former Santa Rosa, California, officer, stoutly defended Chauvin's actions, even as a prosecutor pounded away at the witness during cross-examination and banged on the lectern. At one point, the prosecutor reacted mockingly when Brodd said that Floyd kept moving instead of “resting comfortably” on the pavement.

“It’s easy to sit and judge … an officer’s conduct," Brodd testified. “It’s more of a challenge to, again, put yourself in the officer’s shoes to try to make an evaluation through what they’re feeling, what they’re sensing, the fear they have, and then make a determination.”

He said he doesn't believe Chauvin and the other officers used deadly force when they held Floyd down on his stomach, his hands cuffed behind his back and Chauvin's knee on his neck or neck area for what prosecutors say was 9 1/2 minutes.

Brodd likened it instead to a situation in which officers use a Taser on someone fighting with officers, and the suspect falls, hits his head and dies: “That isn’t an incident of deadly force. That’s an incident of an accidental death."

Several top Minneapolis police officials, including the police chief, have testified that Chauvin used excessive force and violated his training. And medical experts called by prosecutors have said that Floyd died from a lack of oxygen because of the way he was restrained.

But Brodd said: “I felt that Officer Chauvin’s interactions with Mr. Floyd were following his training, following current practices in policing and were objectively reasonable.”

The question of what is reasonable is important: Police officers are allowed certain latitude to use deadly force when someone puts the officer or other people in danger. Legal experts say a key issue for the jury will be whether Chauvin’s actions were reasonable in those specific circumstances.

Prosecutor Steve Schleicher used his cross-examination to once again painstakingly go through video clips of a pinned-down Floyd gasping that he couldn’t breathe and then going limp.

The prosecutor hammered away at Brodd, saying that a reasonable officer in Chauvin’s position would have known Floyd stopped resisting, that another officer told him he couldn’t find a pulse, and that others said Floyd had passed out and was no longer breathing.

“And the defendant’s position is, and was, and remains, as we see here at this moment, in this time, in this clip — on top of Mr. Floyd on the street. Isn’t that right?” Schleicher asked, as he banged his hand on the podium repeatedly.

“Yes,” Brodd replied.

At one point, Brodd argued that Floyd kept on struggling instead of just “resting comfortably” on the ground.

“Did you say 'resting comfortably’?” an incredulous Schleicher asked.

Brodd: “Or laying comfortably.”

Schleicher: “Resting comfortably on the pavement?”

Brodd: “Yes.”

The prosecutor went on to say that Floyd was moving, but it was because he was struggling to breathe by shoving his shoulder into the pavement.

Under questioning by the defense, Brodd also testified that bystanders yelling at police to get off Floyd complicated the situation for Chauvin and the others by causing them to wonder whether the crowd was becoming a threat, too.

Brodd also appeared to endorse what prosecution witnesses have said is a common misconception: that if someone can talk, he or she can breathe.

“I certainly don’t have medical degrees, but I was always trained and feel it’s a reasonable assumption that if somebody’s, ‘I’m choking, I’m choking,’ well, you’re not choking because you can breathe,” he said.

Chauvin, a 45-year-old white man, is on trial on charges of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death last May after his arrest of suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 at a neighborhood market.

Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson has argued that the 19-year Minneapolis police veteran did what he was trained to do and that Floyd died because of his illegal drug use and underlying health problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease. Fentanyl and methamphetamine were discovered in his system.

The defense began presenting its case on Tuesday after the prosecution rested following 11 days of testimony and a mountain of video evidence.

Nelson started by bringing up a 2019 arrest in which Floyd suffered from dangerously high blood pressure and confessed to heavy use of opioids. And he suggested that the 46-year-old Black man may have suffered last May from “excited delirium” — what a witness described as a potentially lethal state of agitation and even superhuman strength that can be triggered by drugs, heart disease or mental problems.

Nelson also elicited testimony from another witness that Floyd panicked and cried over and over, “Please, please, don’t kill me!” when officers first approached his SUV at gunpoint on the day of his death.

Nicole Mackenzie, a Minneapolis police training officer, was called by Nelson to expound on excited delirium. While Floyd was pinned to the ground, a relatively new officer at the scene had mentioned that Floyd might be suffering from such a condition.

Mackenzie testified that the signs of excited delirium can include incoherent speech, extraordinary strength and sweating, and that officers are trained to call paramedics, because a person in that state can rapidly go into cardiac arrest.

An expert in forensic medicine previously dismissed Nelson's excited-delirium suggestion during the prosecution's case, saying Floyd met none of the 10 criteria developed by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The defense's first witnesses testified about a May 6, 2019, incident in which Floyd was pulled from a car and arrested by Minneapolis police.

A now-retired paramedic who responded to that call, Michelle Moseng, testified that Floyd told her he had been taking multiple opioids about every 20 minutes.

“I asked him why and he said it was because he was addicted,” said Moseng, who described Floyd’s behavior as “elevated and agitated” before the judge struck that remark from the record.

Moseng said she recommended taking Floyd to the hospital based on his high blood pressure, which she measured at 216 over 160.

On cross-examination, prosecutor Erin Eldridge got Moseng to testify that Floyd’s respiratory output, pulse, heart rate, EKG and heart rhythms were normal. Eldridge said Floyd was taken to the hospital and released two hours later.

The prosecution's expert witnesses rejected the notion that drugs or underlying health problems caused Floyd's death, with a cardiology expert on Monday saying that Floyd appeared to have “an exceptionally strong heart.”

Another defense witness Tuesday was Shawanda Hill, who was in the SUV with Floyd before his ill-fated encounter with Chauvin.

When he saw an officer at the window with a gun, Floyd “instantly grabbed the wheel and he was like, ‘Please, please, don’t kill me. Please, please, don’t shoot me. Don’t shoot me. What did I do? Just tell me what I did,'" Hill testified.

Also testifying was Minneapolis Park Police Officer Peter Chang, who helped at the scene that day. He said he saw a “crowd” growing across the street that "was becoming more loud and aggressive, a lot of yelling across the street.”

“Did that cause you any concern?” Nelson asked.

"Concern for the officers’ safety, yes," Chang replied.

Nelson hasn't said whether Chauvin will take the stand. Testifying could open him up to devastating cross-examination but could also give the jury the opportunity to see any remorse or sympathy he might feel.

Sen. Rand Paul to Newsmax TV: For Vaccine Buy-In, Don’t ‘Lie’ to People

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Tuesday, 13 April 2021 08:02 PM

If the government wants conservatives and African Americans, two populations who have been skeptical of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, to buy in to the program it is essential they are truthful with them to avoid further resistance, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., tells Newsmax TV.

"If you want people who are skeptical of the vaccine to take it, a couple of things tell them, number one is, it's their choice," Paul said Tuesday on "Spicer & Co." "In a free society, their freedom, make a choice and through persuasion, try to persuade them to take it."

Secondly, he added: "You can't lie to us. We're not stupid, and the more you lie to us, the more resistant we'll be. If you tell me that an 18-year-old absolutely has to take it the same as an 85-year-old you are lying to me. And once I know you're lying to me, I'll be resistant to believe everything else."

COVID, he noted, is heavily weighted in mortality towards age so older people and those with risk factors should be first in line to be vaccinated.

Paul was critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, because Paul said Fauci has not said that a third of the public has antibodies from already having had COVID.

Though people who have COVID do have immunity for several months after they contract the virus, infectious disease experts say that immunity is not permanent and they should still be immunized to prevent reinfection.

Paul also said Fauci should be talking more about the benefits of monoclonal antibody treatments that saved the life of former President Donald Trump and others as a vital treatment of the disease once someone has contracted COVID.

Though Paul favors personal choice, he said, "No one should make me produce papers to say that I've agreed with somebody to have a vaccination, he added, "That being said, I'm for the vaccine, particularly for high risk individuals."

Responding to news that the CDC and FDA has recommended a pause in administering Johnson & Johnson vaccines over concerns that six women have had complications with blood clots, Paul said again decisions should be left to individuals.

"If I was 80 years old, I would take the Johnson & Johnson right now," he said, because he'd be at higher health risk. "If I were 25, I probably wouldn't."

"If you're at high risk, and it's the one out there … I'd take whatever vaccine you get your hands on if you're younger, and don't have any health risk, then it's really gonna be your choice," he said.

In other matters, Paul responded to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who tweeted on Monday in response to the police killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota:

"It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed."

Paul wouldn't comment on individual police shooting cases, but said, "I don't think that police, in general, are racist."

A large percentage of police chiefs and more than half of officers in major cities are African American, he said, adding, "Look when I was attacked by a mob in D.C. with my wife, two out of the three policemen who saved our lives that night were African American. Parts of the mob were African American. We just need to get beyond thinking that everything's about race.

When police misconduct happens it should be taken care of, he said, but it is wrong to be talking about defunding the police.

At the same time I don't want to be insensitive to any of these individual cases. Also, I don't know the details enough to be like a juror on a trial for any of the things that have been happening," he said. "There are so many things going on, and we do need to look at trying to make policing better in our country."

Police are quitting over the issue, creating another problem, he noted.

"If we so vilify and categorically say they're all racist I think that's very inappropriate," Paul said of Tlaib's statement. "She ought to retract it."

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Biden Says ‘Pause’ on J&J Shots Shows Wisdom of His Approach

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ZEKE MILLER Tuesday, 13 April 2021 07:59 PM

President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign hit a snag Tuesday when federal regulators recommended a “pause” in administering Johnson & Johnson shots. But the White House portrayed the action as important validation of his measured approach throughout the rollout.

Biden declared that even with a temporary loss of J&J 's one-shot vaccine, there is a huge supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, enough that "is basically 100% unquestionable, for every single solitary American.”

Perhaps more concerning than any worry about supply, however, is the potential blow to public confidence in all of the vaccines, as polls suggest potentially tens of millions of Americans are hesitant to get the shots that public health experts say are necessary for the nation to emerge from the pandemic.

The pause actually should have the opposite effect, boosting confidence that the government is putting safety first, Biden and top health officials said at a White House briefing. The advisory by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — citing a need to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots — was “testimony to how seriously we take safety," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert .

In the opening months of his presidency, Biden has put top priority on a robust response to the virus that has killed 559,000 Americans, with a vaccine campaign in which nearly 50% of adults have received at least one shot.

His actions have received generally strong reviews, and hesitancy toward taking the vaccine has gradually declined as inoculations have increased. With three vaccines in use in the U.S. and plenty of supply in the pipeline, Biden actually has received some criticism for not sharing more vaccines with other nations. The president said Tuesday’s action proved the wisdom of his approach.

“My message to the American people on the vaccine is, I told you all," Biden told reporters after the announcement, adding that he “made sure we have 600 million doses” just from Pfizer and Moderna in the pipeline.

The Johnson & Johnson pause, which regulators say they hope to resolve within days, comes on the heels of production issues at the Baltimore plant that produces the J&J vaccine.

The White House, which got only about 12 hours’ notice that some sort of announcement was coming and did not have any advance warning about the substance of the FDA and CDC’s action, moved swiftly to minimize concerns about its impact. Aides recognized that they had to portray the decision as ensuring the “gold standard” of safety, to avoid feeding into vaccine hesitancy.

“I think it’s a very strong argument for safety actually,” Fauci said.

White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients added that the pause by the agencies “should reassure the American public that they will be very diligent and conservative about how they approach the vaccines.”

They argued the pause proved the prudence of Biden’s cautious approach to promises around vaccine supply and delivery, as well as his administration’s reluctance to make commitments to share excess vaccine with the world because of concerns about potential setbacks such as this.

“They’re clearly trying to reassure people there will be supply, and it will be safe,” said former White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri. “You don’t want this to have happened, but in terms of what are your tools when it does, they used their best ones — the president, the most senior person who has credibility and the top experts — to do it.”

Due to supply issues, the J&J shot reflects just a small share of doses being administered, though it had been one of the most promising vaccines given its ease of administration and distribution. Zients said the U.S. still expects to take delivery of enough doses of the other two approved vaccines for every adult American to get their shots by the end of May. Moderna and Pfizer this week are delivering 28 million doses to the federal government — enough to exceed even the current 3 million shot-per-day pace.

Zients acknowledged that some states may have been caught off guard by Tuesday's announcement but said that reflected the speed with which officials moved to address the safety concerns. He added it was proof of Biden’s commitment to “follow the science” in responding to the pandemic.

“We want the science agencies to lead with science,” Zients said, saying no one at the White House was involved in the decision to call for the pause. “There’s no reason for us to be involved in any of the scientific decisions, we bring nothing to the table.”

The agencies said Tuesday they were investigating unusual clots that occurred in six women, of the more than 7.2 million adults who’ve received the shot. One of the patients died and another remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Officials said the delay had as much to do with educating physicians about the unique way the clots have to be treated as their desire to study the exceedingly rare side effect. The usual treatment, with the blood thinner heparin, could lead to dangerous patient outcomes, they said.

Fauci, speaking at the White House, advised those who had recently gotten J&J shots not to “get an anxiety reaction, because remember it's less than one in a million.” He added, “However, having said that, pay attention” to potential symptoms of the clot including severe headaches, abdominal or leg pain, and shortness of breath.

Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, an infectious disease physician at the John Cochran VA Medical Center and St. Louis Board of Health, said the J&J pause might affect overall vaccine confidence but the transparency was critical to boosting confidence in minority communities that have some of the lowest uptake of the shots.

“Today was such a sign of strength and of leadership and of improved direction toward rebuilding trust in these communities,” she said of the Biden administration’s forthrightness about the issue. “They came to us as soon as this information became available knowing what was at stake.”

“They’re trusting the American public, and this gives these communities a reason to trust them,” she said.

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WH: Biden Won’t Include Gas Tax Increase in Infrastructure Bill

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By Solange Reyner | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 07:57 PM

President Joe Biden won’t include a gas tax increase in his infrastructure bill, White House press secretary told reporters Tuesday.

“In yesterday’s meeting with members of Congress, the president mentioned the gas tax only to make a point that even a significant increase in the gas tax, which some people have proposed, would pay only for a fraction of the investment the country needs,” she said.

“Now, fundamentally, he does not believe that paying for this historic investment in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure and creating millions of jobs should be on the backs of Americans.”

The report comes a day after Biden told lawmakers at a White House meeting that he was open to raising the gas tax by 5 cents to pay for the $2.3 trillion package, which includes large investments in clean energy and electric vehicle technology.

Biden reportedly also said he was open to instituting a user fee on electric vehicles.

Psaki refuted the first claim, telling reporters the president raised the prospect of a gas tax hike to point out it would not raise a lot of money.

“So, he doesn’t believe that anyway, he’s proposed his own means of paying for it, but he was using it as an example of how it wouldn’t even make a sizable dent in paying for the package,” she said.

Congress has not boosted the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gasoline tax since 1993. That tax is now worth just 10.2 cents after adjusting for inflation, and an increase is seen as potentially garnering bipartisan support.

The president’s proposed tax increases on corporations to pay for the bill have drawn a skeptical reaction from many Republicans, and some Democrats. The proposal would increase the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from 21 percent and increase taxes on companies’ foreign earnings.

The White House said the increases would, over 15 years, cover the cost of the package.

Some Republicans have indicated they are open to raising the tax gas and to place taxes based on the miles a vehicle travels in an attempt to capture revenue from electric vehicles that don’t use gasoline.

“We have to make sure we are putting money into the trust fund,” said Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo. “Electric vehicles are a perfect example of a vehicle system that doesn’t pay into the use of that road.”

Democrats have the option of passing the bill without Republican support if they use a process called reconciliation.

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Florida House Condemns Democratic Socialism in Resolution

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BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Tuesday, 13 April 2021 07:52 PM

The Florida House took the unusual step of denouncing democratic socialism Tuesday with the sponsor of a non-binding resolution invoking the name of the country’s most prominent champion of the ideology, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, in calling it a threat to American democracy.

Though the resolution has little legal significance, Democrats disavowed the bill as political theater in a state where the specter of socialism and communism has become a potent political talking point, particularly among Florida's sizable Hispanic electorate with relatives who have fled political turmoil of Cuba, Venezuela and other Latin American countries.

“Democratic Socialism is really no different from socialism itself,” said the bill’s Republican sponsor, Rep. Tom Fabricio.

During debate, Fabricio contended that the politics of social democrats espoused by politicians like Sanders was wrongheaded and dangerous for American democracy and capitalism.

“Democratic socialism is a slippery slope that does lead to socialism in many nations, and people have died looking to obtain individual liberties that we enjoy here today,” he said.

Sanders' office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Republican office seekers have sought to gain the edge at the ballot box by tying Democrats to socialism, particularly among Cuban Americans and other Latino voters in South Florida. Many of those voters hail from countries still plunged into political turmoil.

The resolution does not ban any political party or prevent political candidates, like Sanders, who identify as a democratic socialist from holding public office or seeking it.

Nevertheless, Democrats have bristled at being described as socialists.

“Social democracy is not socialism, and democratic socialism is not socialism — if it was, there wouldn't be the modifier. It implies that there is an element of democracy,” said Rep. Geller. “If this is just some kind of theatrical stunt, OK, pass it over us."

And the Republican-led House, along party lines, did exactly that in a lopsided 79-36 vote.

“Are you at all concerned that we are setting a terrible precedent here by cherry picking political parties for condemnation and candidates — as you mentioned, sitting U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who by the way, almost was the nominee for the Democratic Party in previous elections,” Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith asked the bill sponsor.

“No, I do not believe we are setting a dangerous precedent,” Fabricio replied.

Democrats have introduced proposals to condemn the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Republican former President Donald Trump. But those measures have not advanced, including efforts Tuesday to add language to the resolution decrying fascism and other ideologies.

“We have a very real problem here that needs to be addressed, and it's not Democratic Socialism,” Smith said. "It is important for us to call out the fascist, right wing, neo-Nazi white supremacist movement that is happening in this state and across the nation," Smith said.

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Senate GOP campaign arm announces $23M fundraising haul in Q1

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An organization dedicated to getting Republicans elected to the Senate raised more than $20 million in the first quarter.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R), who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, announced the amount on Tuesday. He partly attributed the amount to robust digital fundraising.

The group brought in more than $8 million in March alone, outpacing the more than $6 million raised in February.

The sum of money raised by the group is more compared to the amount raised during the same period in 2017 and 2019. This suggests the NRSC’s finances weren’t effected by corporate threats of boycotts directed at lawmakers who objected to the 2020 election results.

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Officer Kim Potter Might Face Charges in Fatal Wright Shooting

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By Eric Mack | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 07:29 PM

The police officer who accidentally shot Daunte Wright, 20, during a traffic stop near Minneapolis on Sunday might face criminal charges Wednesday, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

Minnesota's Department of Public Safety identified Kim Potter, 48, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, as the officer who fatally shot Wright, who was Black.

Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon both tendered their resignation earlier Tuesday, but a decision to charge Potter in Wright's death could be made Wednesday, Fox News reported.

Potter reportedly wrote in a one-page resignation letter saying she "loved every minute of being a police officer and serving this community to the best of my ability, but I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately."

Mayor Mike Elliott told reporters they both resigned after the city council passed a resolution to dismiss both Gannon and Potter.

The moves followed two nights of protests in the town of 30,000 people just miles from Minneapolis, a city already on edge with the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd last May.

As Elliott spoke, relatives of Wright and their lawyer had assembled down the road outside the Minneapolis courthouse where Chauvin is being tried to lament the loss of a man they say was kind and worked multiple jobs to support his young son.

"I'm hoping this will bring some calm to the community," Elliott said, adding he had yet to accept Potter's resignation, leaving a path to firing her. "We want to send a message to the community that we are taking this situation seriously."

Firing Potter could affect her pension and ability to work in law enforcement elsewhere.

Wright was shot Sunday after being pulled over for what police said was an expired car registration. Officers then discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest, and an officer accidentally drew her pistol instead of her Taser during a struggle with Wright, who re-entered his car, Gannon said Monday. The officer was later identified as Potter, who can be heard on police video shouting, "Holy sh**, I just shot him."

Given the importance of the investigation, Elliott said he would ask Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to assign it to Keith Ellison, the state's attorney general. Ellison was also put in charge of the Chauvin case.

The Wright shooting is currently being overseen by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Outside of the Minneapolis courthouse, family members recounted the events that led to Wright's death at a press conference with their attorney Ben Crump.

His mother, Katie Wright, said her son called her after he was pulled over Sunday and said he was being stopped because he had air fresheners hanging from the rear view mirror, which is illegal in the state.

After offering to mediate, the mother said she heard an officer asking a confused Wright to get out of the vehicle and then scuffling and an officer asking her son to hang up the phone. She said she kept calling him back, to no avail.

She said the girl in the car with her son eventually picked up the phone and, amid cries and screams, told her Daunte had been shot.

"She pointed the phone toward the driver's seat and my son was laying there, unresponsive," Katie Wright said as she wept. "That was the last time that I've seen my son."

Wright was killed just 10 miles from where Floyd, 46, lost his life while under arrest for allegedly passing a bogus $20 bill, unleashing a months-long nationwide upheaval of protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

Material from Reuters was used in this report.

Rep. Mike Turner to Newsmax TV: US ‘at Risk’ With Biden Iran Nuke Plan

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By Nick Koutsobinas | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 07:53 PM

The Biden administration's desire to "run back into" former President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal is not only "very flawed," but it will put the United States at risk, according to Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, on Newsmax TV.

"This is a very flawed strategy; the agreement itself was flawed," Turner told Tuesday's "Spicer & Co." "It had provisions that allow them to continue their missile development, which would continue to put United States at risk.

"The Obama deal the Biden administration is running back into, is bad for America. It's bad for allies. And now, of course, Iran is saying they're going to 60% enrichment. Weapons-grade is 90%. They're gonna be on their way to be able to obtain a nuclear weapon.

"They continue to try to obtain missile technology that would reach United States – would put us at risk from nuclear attack from Iran."

And, Turner added to host Sean Spicer, Israel and Europe will also be "at grave risk," because the deal needed to be reworked as former President Donald Trump had long sought.

"Initially, when United States stepped out of the deal, the Trump administration said, 'let's renegotiate the deal; let's close these loopholes where these incredibly important provisions have a short term and expire; let's include missiles; let's include malign activities; let's make certain we have a more rigid inspection regime,'" Turner said.

Trump pulling out did not have to lead to Iran not keeping up their end of the pact with Europe staying in it, Turner noted.

"Obviously Iran did not keep to that," Turner concluded. "The Biden administration, though, by trying to run back in to this very flawed deal certainly puts Iran closer to being able to obtain a nuclear weapon."

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Rep. Mike Turner to Newsmax TV: US ‘at Risk’ With Biden Iran Nuke Plan

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By Nick Koutsobinas | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 07:53 PM

The Biden administration's desire to "run back into" former President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal is not only "very flawed," but it will put the United States at risk, according to Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, on Newsmax TV.

"This is a very flawed strategy; the agreement itself was flawed," Turner told Tuesday's "Spicer & Co." "It had provisions that allow them to continue their missile development, which would continue to put United States at risk.

"The Obama deal the Biden administration is running back into, is bad for America. It's bad for allies. And now, of course, Iran is saying they're going to 60% enrichment. Weapons-grade is 90%. They're gonna be on their way to be able to obtain a nuclear weapon.

"They continue to try to obtain missile technology that would reach United States – would put us at risk from nuclear attack from Iran."

And, Turner added to host Sean Spicer, Israel and Europe will also be "at grave risk," because the deal needed to be reworked as former President Donald Trump had long sought.

"Initially, when United States stepped out of the deal, the Trump administration said, 'let's renegotiate the deal; let's close these loopholes where these incredibly important provisions have a short term and expire; let's include missiles; let's include malign activities; let's make certain we have a more rigid inspection regime,'" Turner said.

Trump pulling out did not have to lead to Iran not keeping up their end of the pact with Europe staying in it, Turner noted.

"Obviously Iran did not keep to that," Turner concluded. "The Biden administration, though, by trying to run back in to this very flawed deal certainly puts Iran closer to being able to obtain a nuclear weapon."

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CNN’s Gupta breaks from network stance, says COVID could come from lab

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CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta debunked his network’s stance on COVID-19, and said the virus likely came from the Wuhan lab.

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“There’s reason to suspect this is the origin of the virus. It’s a big virology lab right in Wuhan that happened to be studying bat coronaviruses,” Gupta said. “Just from an Occam’s razor standpoint, finding the simplest explanation, it would make sense.”

In a recent interview, Gupta appeared to defend former CDC chief Robert Redfield, after CNN criticized him for saying COVID-19 likely came from the Wuhan lab.

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CNN, along with the Chinese Communist Party and the Biden administration, has continued to claim the virus emerged naturally, but Gupta appears to disagree.

“I don’t think anybody who says, ‘well this obviously came from the wet market,’ you say, well where’s the evidence behind that? There was lots of people who had never been to that wet market who became infected, had no contact with anybody at the wet market,” Gupta explained. “There’s all these open questions, and even the World Health Organization now, Tedros, the head, has said all options, all possibilities are still on the table.”

Gupta also criticized the World Health Organization for allowing the Chinese government to control its probe into the origins of COVID-19. He admitted we may never find out the truth due to this suspected cover-up.

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Gov. Reeves to Newsmax TV: Mississippi Opposes Virus Passports, Supports Vaccination

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By Jim Thomas | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 07:12 PM

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday he is "adamantly opposed to vaccine passports," and not only doesn't it make sense for his state, it doesn't make sense for the country. It doesn't make any sense in Mississippi doesn't make any sense in America,” he said.

Appearing on on Newsmax TV's Chris Salcedo Show, the Republican Governor said all citizens should be vaccinated against COVID-19. “I am one of the people that stand up and I have gotten vaccinated; I encourage all three million Mississippians to get vaccinated, and I encourage people across America to get vaccinated,” he enthusiastically stated.

Biden’s liberal left party policy is completely different than the Republican Party on the virus passport issue. Here is the difference, he said, “the difference between Joe Biden's party and the party that I believe in, and the principles that I believe in, is the fact that I trust Americans and I trust Mississippians to make the best choice for themselves and for their families.”

“Joe Biden and his team believe in central decision making.” He added, “They believe that the government is the entity that should make all decisions for all people, and it's just a fundamental philosophical difference, we trust the American people to make their decisions, they trust government.”

Reeves stated that notwithstanding his decision to open his state back up in early March, Mississippi’s COVID numbers are extremely low. Our “number of cases are down 60%. Our seven-day moving average is under 200 cases per day over the last seven days we've averaged 196.4 cases, he said.

“We've had less than 1400 cases over the last seven days and that is down 94% from our peak, which was at 2400 cases per day, almost 17,000 over a seven-day period, and in addition to that at our peak we were at 1444 Mississippians hospitalized, today that number is below 200, he added.

He attributes his state’s success and significant progress toward fighting against COVID to the vaccine. “Again, our numbers have plummeted, and it's because we recognize that the vaccine is our light at the end of the tunnel, he said.

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