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Players kneel before the national anthem to protest systemic racism on Major League Baseball's opening night. The Washington Redskins become the Washington football team. And Anthony Foushee throws out a first pitch and make sure that nobody catches anything. I'm Ben Shapiro. This is the bench, Kuroshio. This show is sponsored by Express VPN, stop putting your online data at risk. Get protected at Expressen VPN dot com slash then. Well, you know, I learned my lesson a few weeks ago.
I suggested that when I watch sports, I actually like to watch sports. I know that sports are supposed to be a distraction from everyday life. That's what the goal of sports is. In fact, my friend Clay Travis, who hosts Over an Outcast, the coverage over at Fox News, at Fox Sports. And he pointed out on the show that the word sport comes from Dysport, the word Dysport, which comes originally from Anglo French, which would easily divert or to amuse, literally, it meant in old French to carry away the mind from serious matters.
That's what sport was. Sport was a distraction no longer. We have entered a new WOAK world, and frankly, I'm really excited about it because here is what I want. Here's what I want. I want more politics in sports. I've decided the time has come. I'm tired of all of this, a political mumbo jumbo where we all sort of get together and just have a good time and don't focus in on all the things that divide us.
Now, I need everything to be divisive. I want every single thing to divide Americans. I want to turn on a baseball game. And the first thing I want to see is only political platforms laid forth by every single player. I need to know what you want. Moncada, the second baseman for the Chicago White Sox. I need to know what he's second third baseman trades off positions. And because he has two separate positions on the field, I need two separate policy platforms as well.
I need to know what you on Moncada thinks about the payroll tax. I need to know it. And if I don't know it before the game starts, I'm just going to watch the game. More than that. I need every single player to mouth platitudes about America and how much America sucks. I need them to act exactly the tone and tenor that I like. And if they don't, I'm not going to engage. I'm just not going to watch me so angry.
I don't suggest that they are just not socially conscious. And if anyone else says to me, you know, I just want sports to be a political I know they're lying. I know they're lying because just by saying they want sports to be apolitical, they're being political, don't you see? Right. That isn't the national anthem. Political isn't the flag. Isn't everything political? I want everything to be political. I am only I pledge right here right now.
I am only going to buy h back parts from CEOs who agree with me politically. I am only going to be served by baristas who mouthed the slogans that I like. If somebody doesn't shout at me, silence is violence while handing me my chips and fish. I am simply not going to take them to slam that right down on the table and walk out of the restaurant. That is the way life is going to get better in this United States.
We cannot have any sort of common areas that are apolitical because if we do, then we refuse to acknowledge the evils that go wrong, that go on around us. Every area of American life must be infused with the nastiness and polarization of American politics. And particularly, I want everybody to mount the slogan that America sucks while simultaneously taking part in some of the most lucrative businesses that the world has to offer. That's what the people I want to hear from most are the people who are the most privileged in our society.
I need to hear from people who earn millions and millions of dollars. I want to. I'm desperate to hear from people who earn millions of dollars about how they are victimized in American society and how American society innately victimizes people who are members of their group. I definitely need to hear about that. I want it. You want it. We all want it. When I turn on baseball, I don't care so much about, like, whether somebody can throw a hundred miles an hour or can hit the curve.
What I really care deeply about is what Aaron Judge thinks about everything. Everything ranging from America's China policy to how exactly we handle restructuring of Social Security. And you know about it. I do. OK. And so I was super happy with Major League Baseball's opening day. I mean, I was just pumped about this because they finally got the message. We finally rammed home the message, guys. Every single thing has to be political. Every single thing we can't just in the middle of a pandemic, you know, be distracted by sport, you know, like they were during World War Two when it was considered kind of important to have sports, to be there as a distraction for the American public because we were doing important things at the same time.
Not that they got it all wrong in World War Two. We didn't need Major League Baseball to to just exist so that we could all be distracted and and look at the box scores. What we really needed is for Major League Baseball to be extraordinarily political in every possible way. We don't need sports is a distraction. It's no longer just sport. Sports is politics. Politics is sports. It's all one giant. Agglomeration of of anger and rage and that that makes America better.
I feel like I feel like every time I have a conversation with someone I disagree with. We shouldn't be able to talk sports so we can sort of distract ourselves and remind ourselves what we have in common as human beings. Instead, we should really just you club each other over the head about politics, that it's made the world better. That's how I felt on opening day. I felt so much better about America, knowing that extraordinarily rich baseball players were kneeling to protest an America's systemic racism.
I feel I know about you. I felt great about it. Great. It was good stuff. We'll get to this in just one second. The wonders of watching a sport turns into basically just MSNBC. We'll get to that in a second. First, let's talk about how you can lower your cell phone bill by switching to pure talk. USA. You can cut costs and free up cash on a monthly basis, starting with your wireless provider. Pure talk covers.
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Like why can't we socially distance the fans in these giant stadiums? Why exactly should we not be able to socially distance any of the fans? But apparently we're not going to instead we're just going to have these weird, empty stadiums, which makes baseball seem like all but OK. OK, I'm just glad that we're getting back to sport. I mean, I listen, I'm an MLB TV subscriber. I love baseball. It is my sport. My White Sox are going to be really interesting.
This shortened season, that bunch of young up and coming players tells pretty pumped. And then I got even more pumped because I realized not only was I gonna get baseball, I was going to get social justice warrior messaging with my baseball, which is what I crave. It's what everybody craves. Were already getting it with basketball and football. We'll get to in just a moment. But get it with baseball, which is my personal favorite sport. I loved it every single second.
So last night, the Yankees and the Nationals kick off the kick off the MLB season in an empty stadium and they kick off the season by kneeling not from the national anthem, but before the national anthem while holding a very, very, very, very, very, very, very long black cloth, which has solved all of our problems.
Murka. Amazing. They all knelt. Now, why were they kneeling? They were kneeling to protest systemic racism, systemic racism, the vaguest most weasel word, weasel phrase used in American politics today. It means virtually nothing. As John McWhorter has said, as Glenn Lowry has said, the term systemic racism has very, very little meaning. It's deliberately designed. Glenn Lowry, the professor at Brown University who happens to be black. He pointed out on my program yesterday that the term systemic racism is basically just a way to silence debate, because by saying systemic racism, you now suggest that anyone who disagrees with your take is, in fact, a racist.
So all the players who, by the way, are disproportionately of color. I mean, the the MLB is not disproportionately black. But it is disproportionately Hispanic and Latino. The MLB, you have all these people who are earning millions of dollars to hit and throw a baseball kneeling for the systemic racism of the United States, which is always wonderful. They knelt for it and they played a beautiful video from Morgan Freeman, a social justice catechism right before the game.
And frankly, I'm looking forward to the seventh inning, Neal. I think that will be the new aspect of a Major League Baseball. That's really exciting. Instead of standing for the national anthem. And then you kind of just sit for it generally and also mostly for the seventh inning stretch we need seventh inning stretch is not well enough. I'm sorry. It's snacks of privilege. You even have time to stretch. How many people around America cannot stretch today because of income inequality?
How many people around America are forced not to stretch? Stretching is for white people because yoga is a white people thing. Hey, no more seventh inning stretch. We need to stop the seventh inning stretch instead. We need to play. Donald Glover's This is America and everybody needs to kneel. It's the seventh inning, Neal. That's what we need from now on. He's a Morgan Freeman let off the season with a bizarre, meaningless video about empathy, because, of course, the implication is that if you disagree with kneeling for America's systemic racism, you are not empathetic.
All right, that that is the goal of this particular video chain to create a new canvas, optimism, empathy must lead to charge. This moment signifies our our brotherhood, our unity, equality and unity cannot be until there is empathy. Today and every day we come together with our brothers and sisters, all with the same. To level the playing field. OK, there is only one problem. OK. Empathy is actually kind of bad for politics.
The reason that empathy is bad for politics is because it leads you to empathize with people that you are more likely to like as opposed to people you don't like. OK, so first, all the pitch for empathy is actually there's been several books that are written on this social science books talking about how empathy is not actually the best thing for politics and actually almost deactivates the reasoning centers of your brain, because when you're empathetic, you don't actually create good policy.
This doesn't mean that feeling sympathy for people is a bad thing. It means that if empathy is what drives your policymaking, you're probably not acting in a rational fashion, but that the real goal here is, of course, not to generate empathy. The real goal here is to suggest that if you disagree with the idea that America is systemically and institutionally racist, you're not an empathetic person and therefore you're a bad, cruel and callous person. The idea is that that empathy is really about me.
It's really a moral statement about what kind of good person you are. And you can't watch baseball until you say it along with Morgan Freeman. You can't you can't just watch a game and be distracted, which is the goal of sports. Now, listen, none of this is to say real obvious. I'm being incredibly sarcastic. None of this is to say that players don't have a right to speak. They do. I think that every player has a right to speak just like every other American.
I think also the words should be taken with exactly the same amount of seriousness that their expertise on the subjects dictates. So when it comes to actually hitting a curveball, the actual art of hitting a curveball, I'm not an expert on that. And when I sound off about it, you should take it with a grain of salt. I flamed out as a baseball player at age twelve. But when I talk about, you know, systemic, systemic racism in the United States, it's meaning economic inequality of things that I've actually spent years studying, then probably should take it a little bit differently than a baseball player who's been zero time studying it but knows that they're supposed to.
Neil, for the Morgan Freeman social justice invocation before a baseball game. You know that we don't have to take everybody's opinion with the same amount of seriousness, but we are now being dictated to really by the corporation that is MLB. It's not really the players. So some of the players are doing this kind of stuff and you take them with about as much seriousness as they deserve. What's actually happening right now is that the major corporations have decided, just like all major corporations across America, that if they virtu signal and incredibly vague fashion about things that social justice warriors want, then they can buy off the social justice warriors.
That's really the goal. The goal here is not about forwarding any particular any particular good in the United States. The goal is avoiding the blowback. It's the same reason you see so many corporations across the United States paying Robin D'Angelo to educate their people on diversity. They don't actually care what Robin D'Angelo has to say. They're just trying to limit their liability. It's the exact same thing with regard to these major sporting events and teams and corporations. Their goal is to avoid public blowback, blowback.
They don't want to be called out for not being empathetic enough. So if instead they, quote unquote, lead the charge by saying incredibly vague things with no actual commitment to do a thing of no actual prescription, well, then they've fulfilled their pledge. They've been shamed into repeating and believing. And this is why you see the Boston Red Sox unveiled a giant Black Lives Matter logo at Fenway Park yesterday. I mean, enormous. Right outside Fenway Park.
Really just perfect. Perfect. Like, again, the basic idea that Black Lives Matter is utterly uncontroversial. The group Black Lives Matter is a neo Marxist organization. The semantic overload that has been placed on the phrase Black Lives Matter is deliberate. When when folks in the Black Lives Matter movement say they want to tear down the entire site's structural system of the United States, they are not lying about that. And then the idea is, if you say, well, I don't agree with that, then you must not agree.
Black lives matter. It's all semantic overload, overload, game playing. So the Red Sox are engaging this. Do you actually believe that the Red Sox believe the entire system has to be torn down in Ibram Candy and how to be an anti-racist fashion? You believe that? I don't believe that. This is just walk virtue signalling that people will say, oh, look at the Red Sox.
Look how much they care about the empathy and the feelings. So at least I will say this. At least the Yankees and the Nationals didn't kneel for the national anthem. Right? They knelt before. So kneeling for systemic racism is stupid because America is not systemically racist. It isn't. America is one of the most tolerant countries on the planet. Black Americans are the richest black people on planet Earth. It is not particularly close to the system of the United States is built around the notion of equal rights.
We're not talking about the history of that of the of the failure of application of that principle. Time out right now. In 2020, America is not a systemically racist country. The presence of inequality does not mean that all disparity is discrimination. Yes, I have problems with the basic premise that everybody's supposed to kneel for systemic racism, especially when the case that's being used. Even the George Foy case, that is not evidence of systemic racism. I'm sorry.
There is not evidence that Derrick Chavan, who is apparently a very bad cop, was not just being a very bad cop. He was actually being a vicious racist who was targeting black people. The evidence is not even on that. But even if he were, that would not implicate law enforcement across the country. The eight hundred thousand law enforcement officers across the country. And that would not implicate the generalized system of American rights duties and institutions. But at least the Yankees nationals in need for the national anthem.
He can't say the same for Mooky bats. So Mooky Bats is a terrific, terrific baseball player who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. And Mooky Bats is kneeling for the Nationals, not for the national anthem. He just, by the way, signed a contract with the Dodgers were three hundred and sixty five million dollars. There are 60 buttons that, listen, you can be rich and you can still spot flaws in the United States. But if what you're saying is that the system of the United States is deeply broken, while you are currently kneeling for the national anthem, getting no blowback and picking up three hundred sixty five million bucks to boot.
Yeah, that that's a heart. That's a hard push. That's a hard push right there. And by the way, MLB is doing more than this. Right, there's the corporate I talk about the corporate virtue signalling we'll get to what MLB is doing corporately in a second. First. Let's talk about one easy way to make your health better. I mean, these days, you should be concerned about your health and good health starts with good habits.
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OK, so. MLB has gone further than this. So MLB has now issued a bunch of regulations on what is supposed to appear on the field, according to Sports Illustrated. MLB will debut a Black Lives Matter stencil on mounds across the league. It apparently I don't like. I've been watching baseball all my life. They've never put a political logo on the mound. OK. The American flag is not a political logo. I'm sorry. Anybody who who who suggests that Black Lives Matter, which again, is a term that has been issued with semantic overload.
Right. Just Black Lives matter just mean that we care about black lives. Because then it's not political. And it also doesn't need to be said because it's a hundred percent true and pretty much everybody agrees with it. And if you don't, then you aren't like one in three hundred thirty million. Does black lives matter mean America systemically racist cause that's highly political. And if Black Lives Matter reflects, the organization is even more political net. But I've not seen any political messaging on the mound before.
But apparently we are an unprecedented point in crisis for black Americans, which is just a.. Every piece of data ever existent in human history. We are not at a point of existential threat for black Americans. It is just not true. There is no existential threat to be 42 million black Americans, the vast majority of whom are middle class or up. The idea that the police are systemically hunting down black people is a lie. It is a blatant, overt lie.
There are grand total. Last year, according to The Washington Post, of 15 black men shot unarmed by the police. The majority of those cases is where the person was attempting to steal a weapon off a cop or was attempting to use another object in order to harm a cop, like driving a car or something. And by the way, and all the other cases, the cops are under investigation. And so the entire idea that law enforcement hunting down black people is just not true.
But. But apparently it's a point of existential crisis, which is why every major corporation now has to infuse the stuff that was supposed to be distractions from politics in real life. Right. We have to infuse all of that with these deeply and apparently universally upheld a political messages that have happened to be very, very political. OK, Sports Illustrated reports MLB will debut a Black Lives Matter stencil on mounds across the league in its opening week. According to the Washington Nationals, the stencil first appeared on Thursday.
The Nationals, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. And we'll utilize the platform and national stage of opening day to express support for the fight against systemic racism and injustice. So there it is, right? It's all about America's systemic racism and injustice. And if you don't believe this. Well, you're going to watch baseball. You're going to see it anyway, just like you see it when you watch the NBA.
And it's on the sidelines. MLB will also allow players to sport a social justice message on their jersey for opening day, according to ESPN. Howard Bryant, United for Change and BLM are among the approved phrases to be written on Jersey patches for Bryant. I also look forward to unborn lives matter. I think that I want to be real good. I think free Hong Kong should appear as well. I I'd like really let's just make this as political as humanly possible.
Or alternatively, what's happening with these corporations is they feel like they're going to make a quick buck because capitalism always makes its buck. Now, again, if I sound upset about this, I am I mean, I am upset about this. You have every right to do what your corporation can do it. I don't have to like it. I can also point out I think it is bad for the country when every area of American life becomes overtly political and you are forced to take a position on deeply controversial issues.
And you're supposed to actually not even take a position. You're supposed to not acknowledge and repeat that America is a systemically racist country in order to watch a damned baseball game. It's an absurdity. It's an absurdity. And by the way, this is, of course, the going message of the NBA as well. They've put Black Lives Matter on the side of the courts if you watch a basketball game. Now you're gonna be messaged to by people who suggest that America's systemically racist in a league that is 80 percent black.
And where the average salary is millions of dollars. Now, again, none of this is true. None of this is to fail to recognize that problem still exists in the United States. Of course, they still exist. Of course, there are still races. Of course, bad things happen to people on the basis of race sometimes. But the notion that America is systemically racist and LeBron James going to lead the charge. LeBron James, I'm sorry, he's just not a good spokesperson for this stuff.
He isn't. OK. LeBron James yesterday he put out a statement, but he said Black Lives Matter isn't a movement. It's a walk of life. It's a walk of life. And then he went further. He actually said it's not a movement because there has been no movement for black people in America. LeBron James, one of the richest black men on planet Earth who grew up in apparently pretty impoverished circumstances and has risen to become not only one of most powerful voices in the country, but also one of the richest voices in the country.
Apparently, there's been no black movement, no movement for black Americans, according to LeBron James, which read a book. Here's LeBron James.
A lot of people kind of use this analogy somehow. Black lives matter as a movement. It's not a movement when you black. It's not a movement. It's a lifestyle.
We sit. Here's is a movement.
Okay. How long is this movement go away? Don't stop the movement. This is a walk of life. You wake up and you black you. That is what it is. It's not it shouldn't be a movement. It has to be a lifestyle. This is who we are and we understand it. I don't want to.
I don't like the word movement because unfortunately in America and society, there have been no damn movement for us, maybe no movement.
There hasn't been a movement for black Americans. There hasn't really, really weird, because if there hasn't been a movement for black Americans, I have been reliably informed by The New York Times that slavery was at the root of the American experiment. I've been reliably informed by every historic source in human history that black Americans used to be held as slaves and then black Americans were kept in abject poverty and segregation for 100 years. And now I have an extraordinarily powerful black man on my TV who earns hundreds of millions of dollars like a year right through advertising and all sorts of other venues.
And by the way, who's done a lot of great charitable work headway, LeBron James. And I hear from it. There's been no movement for black Americans. None, zero. Curious. Curious. I feel like I'm not being fed a line that is true here. But again, if you refuse to acknowledge that that line is truth, if you refuse to suggest that America is a systemically racist country today, if you refuse to acknowledge, then of course, you are unwell.
And by the way, if you point out that you think that this very fraught battle, the best place to fight, that might not be, you know, on the field itself, like if you want to have these conversations off the field, go for it. Enjoy. But when I turn into a baseball game, I actually want a baseball game. Then you are apparently on WOAK and problematic and also very political. It's just as political to say you want to watch sports without politics as it is to say that every single player in the NBA and the MLB and the NFL ought to mirror the sentiment that America is systemically racist country.
This sort of stuff is designed to divide Americans, and it's they're taking away. They and by they I mean the corporations. I mean the social justice warriors. I mean the sports media. I mean many of the players, they're attempting to divide the country by specifically taking apolitical areas of American life and making them incredibly political. It makes the country worse. There are plenty of ways to have these conversations. We have an every single day in this country, every single day or have you not noticed?
But apparently, unless everything becomes political, then the country is worse off. Well, we'll see how that goes. I have a feeling that is not the case in just a second. We'll get to other social justice warrior stories from the world of sports. Get to that in just one moment. First. Let's talk about the fact that hiring can be really difficult. Why not make it as easy as possible on your side? It is a really vital, volatile time in the economy.
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The Washington Redskins have renamed. They're not called the Washington football team. I'm not kidding. That's a real thing. Redskins. It wasn't just that the term Redskins was offensive. Now, again, there are polls that been done over the past 10 years. It shows the Native Americans did not care about this issue. There was a poll done about seven years ago show nine out of 10 Native Americans didn't not only didn't care, they actually kind of thought that the name was was cool because you had a bunch of people who were actually rooting for a team named after Native Americans.
But the Washington Redskins were pressured because of George Floyd or something into removing the name. OK, fine. I understand like you think that one's offensive. But here's the problem. There is no limiting principle to renaming anything that could possibly be found offensive. So Washington could not find a new name is not the Onion. It's not the Babylon. B, what the Washington team could not find a new name. They've renamed themselves the Washington football team. So I designed a logo for them that really emphasizes the team aspect of it.
And and the logo looks a little something like this. Looks like that, right, Gary? Is he like Washington football team, Big T right there in the middle? It looks like WITF, but actually it's W F.T.. Right. That he's just big in the middle. What?
I think we've gone walking a little too much. Our guys. The Washington football team. Exciting, exciting stuff. Established in nineteen thirty two. They won't change their color scheme. They're still gonna use burgundy and gold. But apparently the rebranding process takes 12 to 18 months. And according to Terry Bateman, the franchise's new executive vice president, chief marketing officer. Just you want to do it right. You've gotta take a deep breath, take a step back, go through the process.
We want to do it right. We just couldn't figure out what the hell to call the team. So we're now the Washington football team. Oh, we America getting better. One stupid renaming at a time. Well done. Well done. And by the way, in other politics, in sports, Anthony Foushee threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals New York Yankees opening day game. It didn't go great for him. So let's put this out there.
Let's go. Anthony Fouche is 80 years old. I wouldn't expect him to fire in a fastball, but there are few kind of oddities about this. One is he's wearing the Washington Nationals mask in the middle of a completely empty stadium, which you don't actually need to do. And second of all, it's not a good first pitch. I mean, let's just pointed out. Is that important? Absolutely not. It's not important, but. That doesn't mean we can make fun of it.
I mean, here he is throwing a first pitch. The only first pitch I've seen, it really is as weak as this first pitch. Barack Obama threw a real weak first pitch at the All-Star Game in what I think 2011, the first. This is not good here from from Anthony Fouche. He gets up there. He really flattens the curve. Here he is throwing up and there it goes right down the first baseline and fake crowd noise. Cheering that on.
Anthony Foushee, by the way, that the reason that it is incredible how Anthony Foushee has it. We do. It seems like we keep doing this over and over because of Trump and people buying votive candles of Robert of Robert Mueller. If you want perceived to be at odds with Trump, would there be anybody who's worshipping Fouche at this point? Of course, I don't see Deborah Brooks throwing out the first pitch. Do you mean anybody who's actually serving in the administration is not worthy of throwing out the first pitch?
Only one foushee opened the gap between himself and Trump. Was there this feeling that that Foushee was now national hero number one, again, to the point where he's throwing out first pitches. And it was you know, the good news is that Foushee ensured once again that nobody could catch anything. Either way. I just I'm wondering, like, how she's being celebrated it is it as it is a national hero, like. I'm glad that he served the country in a lot of ways.
Right. He helped solve HIV and he's actually done an enormous number of very good things in his life. But I mean, the handling of the pandemic, if it's so bad for most Americans, Foushee was in the president's ear for months on end. At some point, you know, you've got to say that it's not gone that great either. It's gotten greater ink on that. Right. By the way, that was the worst that was the worst first pitch since I'm 50 Cent thrown out at the at the Cubs game a few years back.
Great. At the Mets game. Yeah. Didn't it. Did not go well. Yeah. It was pretty similar. I will say that he got a little more distance on his throw than Foushee Budha. But 50 Cent is is probably in his 30s, 40s in his 80s. So to be fair now, not to a Nats shoeshine, the president here, but the president does have a better throwing motion. There was a video that came out yesterday in which he's throwing with Mariano Rivera.
So here we can compare a 70 year old man throwing a baseball to Mariano Rivera with an 80 year old man throwing a baseball at the at the members of the National Games.
He's got a pretty good motion. I mean, I'll admit that the president, the United States has a fairly decent motion right there in Pennsylvania. All of this is is silliness. But baseball should be the great distraction. It is no longer the great distraction.
We have to load up the social justice messaging. Also, every element of American life should be turned into social justice messaging to the point where everything becomes entirely stupid. There's a singer songwriter I'd never heard of named Koenen Gray Koenen Grey apologized yesterday for his use of emojis, his use of emojis. He said Many of you have brought to my attention my use of ten emojis. I apologize to anybody who was hurt by my use of the messages that you believe are too dark for me to use.
I am mixed race. I chose to use the emojis that I felt best represented my skin tone. Most of you have never met me in real life and are unaware of how I look in person. I am not pale. I'm not white. I am mixed race. I was only trying to find new Mojie with a skin tone that felt most accurate to me in my background. So this guy is now apologizing for the use of emojis. We've made the country better.
Dang. Everything is moving in the right direction. I feel excited. Everything has to be political. Emojis, sports. Hollywood has to get even more political, Michael B. Jordan, the major star of Creede, among other movies. He came out, he said that Hollywood has to defund the police. That's exciting stuff, he said Hollywood has to divest from the police and invest in black talent and careers and hire independent security firms, apparently very easy for Michael B.
Jordan, who is who is being taken care of by studios in terms of his security. Good. Good times. From Michael B. Jordan again. The country is just getting bad. Don't you feel the wilderness healing the country? Can you feel the wilderness losing out of the pores of America? Covering us all up in a great. A great, wondrous coating of protective joy and just and just binding the country together. I feel like we're doing so much better now, don't you?
Everything's just way better right now in every way. The Sierra Club, by the way, is apologizing for John Müller's. That's exciting, too. Like every aspect of SJW nonsense now has to be has to be humored. The executive director of the Sierra Club apologized on Wednesday for the substantial role the group played in perpetuating white supremacy. They condemned John Muir for friendships and views he had for canceling John Muir now. That's exciting stuff. That is because John Muir was friends with Eugenicist.
I was kind of a racist, but I just have a question. Did they found the Sierra Club because he was a racist? Nope. But doesn't matter. Sierra Club's now apologizing for John Muir. I guess we're gonna rename the high schools just for all the harms the Sierra Club has caused and continues to cause to black people, indigenous people and other people of color. I am deeply sorry. Yeah, the the Cultural Revolution continues apace. OK.
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If we have now made it that every corporation in America must mirror hard left social justice nonsense about systemic racism and bigotry, then that does shift exactly how we live. But it also has real world consequences, because it turns out that if you suggest America systemically racist and that the police are the leading arm of the systemic racism movement, it turns out that you are more likely to want to get rid of the police, which does have some pretty significant real world consequences.
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So there are real world consequences, as it turns out, to a lot of the BLM messaging. If you believe American systemically racist, if you believe the police are systemically racist, the first best moves to get the cops out of heavily minority areas. There's only one problem when that happens. Then areas with high crime, which unfortunately are heavily minority across the United States, immediately become more violent. And that is really not great. Last night, a teenager was shot and killed in Minneapolis, your 30th in Chicago Avenue, which is basically where George Lloyd was murdered.
This boy's death is going to Mike Tobin was a Fox News International correspondent. The boy's death marked Minneapolis's 30th homicide, more than doubling last year, a total of 17. So in order to fight police brutality, they removed all the cops. And twice as many people have been killed in Minneapolis as we're last year. Well done, everybody. So apparently the legacy of Black Lives Matter in Minneapolis is the riots that that hollowed out a lot of the industrial and commercial centers.
A perpetual feeling of crime on horizon and an increased murder rate. Seems like life is getting better in Minneapolis as a result of all of this. You can see the progress happening in real time is pretty fantastic. Also, progress happening in Seattle, according to Rhines veteran over a daily wire. The Trump administration is having to send an elite tactical team to Seattle to serve as backup for law enforcement officials already there after the Democrat controlled city has failed to stop violent riots in recent days.
The New York Times reports the special response team is being deployed similar to the tactical teams currently operating in Portland. Agents from the special response team, operated under U.S. Customs and Border Protection, are typically deployed for intense law enforcement operations similar to the agency's BORTAC group that has operated in Portland. The agents will be backing up the Federal Protective Service, which said in a statement the CBI team CBP team will be on standby in the area should they be required.
Over the weekend, violent rioters injured at least a dozen Seattle police officers and cause significant damages to numerous businesses and attacked multiple police stations. So things been going great in Seattle. When the mayor calls off the police, shockingly crime rises. Who would have thunk such a thing? So things been going great in Seattle. Things actually went so great in Chicago that the Chicago mayor actually signed an agreement with President Trump to increase the federal footprint in Chicago. Remember when she was saying that it was basically the feds terrorizing Chicago?
Lori Lightfoot at the same time was negotiating an agreement with the feds to bring in more resources, which is just perfect. Apparently, according to Daily Wire, President Donald Trump reportedly phoned Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday night to hash out details of a surge of two hundred federal agents designed to help Chicago officials control a dramatic uptick in gun violence that is taking place in the city since the end of May. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the pair spoke about an agreement to send 200 federal agents, mostly from the FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals and DEA to assist the Chicago PD in handling crime and a number of target neighborhoods wracked by recent gang activity.
Litefoot fought federal assistance, but after a gang related mass shooting outside of a funeral home of 15 mourners wounded Tuesday night. Lightfoot seemed somewhat more open to the idea of receiving federal assistance. Shocker. So now the Sun-Times says Trump and Lightfoot are in agreement over the strategy of sending in agents to plug into existing operations. So, in other words, it was all for show. Lori Lightfoot is perfectly happy to accept federal agents in her town. She just doesn't wanna say that out loud because Trump, which is demonstrative of the fact that everyone right, left and center knows the only way to stop criminal activity is with law enforcement, but willing to lie about it, to pretend that American systemically racist, that is the goal.
This resulted in Chicago protesters being very angry at the mayor last night. They went out outside of the mayoral offices and protested in large numbers. Lot of white people protesting there. See how many white people there are in this crowd. A lot of white people. Not all of them were wearing masks. You still can't visit grandma in the hospital. But we can have these mass protests in close proximity with a lot of people not wearing mass. A lot of dancing going on.
It really is just giant street party guys. People shouting in close proximity to one another, which is exactly how cold it gets passed. Things are just going great out there. The country's falling apart, but things are going fantastic. I can see people dancing in the middle there, half them not wearing masks. Really good stuff. In order to combat this, Lori Lightfoot has now announced that the city of Chicago is going to remove statues of Christopher Columbus.
So problem solved, guys. Problem solved. Christopher Columbus, who's been dead for like five hundred fifty years. That guy, he's gone. He's down. Problem solved. Chicago is now nonviolent. So they removed the Christopher Columbus statue from the city park, just, by the way, a few days after there were near riots there that injured a bunch of police officers, according to the Hill. Crews came around 1:00 a.m. A few dozen people cheered when the statue came down a few hours later.
Not clear where the statue is going to be taken because Western civilization arriving in the Western Hemisphere was apparently a very bad thing. There's apparently really, really bad. The move is a reversal from Lightfoot, who initially opposed taking down the statue on the grounds of a race. The history of the Italian explorer. She's rejected calls to rename Columbus Day holiday. That that rejection will last approximately another seven point two seconds. America getting better by the hour. The unbelievable hypocrisy of my town is completely out of control.
Let me call in the feds. Also, let me cave to the rioters and looters and protesters at every available opportunity is pretty incredible. It's pretty strong stuff. Meanwhile, in Portland, the situation continues to unravel. Continued writing last night because it was a night ending in Y. Meanwhile, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who's being called a fascist by the people he was allowing to ride and loot, went on CNN and said that the problem here is, of course, you.
Wait, wait, wait, wait for what the problem is. The orange guy. Yeah. It's not the rioters and the looters who are taking over blocks of downtown Portland and trying to destroy federal property and engaging in mayhem. The problem is Trump and he's a meanie and he's Superman and he's orange and he's bad and he's mean and also bad in orange. Here's Ted Wheeler with idiot Chris Cuomo.
The president is using these federal forces as his own personal militia. I believe for the purpose of political grandstanding, he's doing this. He's creating the chaos in Democratically controlled cities. So, ironically, he can point to the chaos and then say, look, those democratically controlled cities are in chaos. And I and only I can stop the chaos. I think this is abhorrent. And it's a clear political stunt.
Guys, he's creating the chaos. Trump is creating it and all the democratic cities. It's crazy. You sort of like until Trump was president, there was no chaos in any of these cities ever. Chicago was it was just a wonderful utopian landscape until Trump became president. And also Portland, which has not had a Republican mayor in forever. Like, I think literally ever. Portland is it was doing great. And then Trump, you know, these riots, it's all about Trump.
It's all about Ted Wheeler, the world's worst mayor. And there's heavy competition for that title right now. Is it Lori Lightfoot? It could also be Keesha. Lance Bottoms in Atlanta. Could be Bill de Blasio. New York really is a garbage show. It could be. Mayor Garcetti here in my hometown of Los Angeles, could be Jenny Durkan in Seattle. But Wheeler's really up there. I mean, there are a lot of bad mayors. They'll have a D next to their names, oddly enough.
I can't explain quite why. Yes, sure. It's Trump's fault. It's Trump's fault. You're saying he's been burning for two months and it's Trump's fault for sending in people to stop the burning. Pretty incredible stuff here. So everything is going really well. But the important thing is that we have put up banners that say Black lives matter everywhere. And we have embolden people who wish to defund the police. Increasing violence problems solved. America on the right track.
I'm feeling pretty optimistic at this point, aren't you? And if you're not feeling optimistic, what's wrong with you? What's wrong with you? If you just want to watch a sporting event without being clubbed over the head with a brand of left wing politics that castigates America is evil. What's wrong with you? Don't you understand? This is how we make America better by making it more violent, more polarized, more divided by suggesting our fellow Americans are all racist, sexist, bigot, homophobes, and that the entire American system, which is built unprecedented wealth, prosperity, tolerance and freedom, and that system needs to be torn down to shreds.
I can feel the progress. Can you? Can you feel the progress? I'm feeling it. I think everybody else, too. Meanwhile, Cauvin continues to surge across the country. Now, there's some misinformation that's being put out there about about the coalbed surge that is currently happening. I think that this misinformation, it's pretty stunning that it's coming from Dr. No Burke, who's been pretty accurate about this stuff. Yesterday, Dr. Brooks suggested the surge across the country is three New York's.
No, it isn't. It isn't. Statistically speaking, it is not through New York's. If it were three New York's, we would be seeing approximately 7000 out today. Because when you're looking at New York, we're seeing like up to fifteen hundred deaths a day and twenty four and like twenty nine hundred deaths today. Total 3000 deaths today, total across the entire the entirety of the United States. It's not three New York's the total death numbers yesterday were about twelve hundred.
Those were total reported deaths. It's one New York, but it's spread out over the other three hundred and ten million people. Which is bad. But if we could not exaggerate the case, they'd be really nice here as Dr. Number Burks.
We already starting to see some plateauing in these critically four states that have really suffered under the last four weeks. So Texas, California, Arizona and Florida, those major metros and throughout their counties. And I just want to make it clear to the American public what we have right now are essentially three New York with these three major states. And so we're really having to respond as an American people. And that's why you hear us calling for mass and increased social distancing.
OK. So I'm all in favor of the social distancing of the mask wearing. I have been all long. I've been following exactly what the experts and supposed experts been saying this whole way. OK, but we're not facing three New Yorkers. That's not accurate. It's not we're not seeing the ice use overwhelmed for all the talk and anecdotal talk about as used being overwhelmed in places like Houston, it has not happened. In fact, cases are now receding.
Caseload is receding in places like Houston. It's receding in Arizona. So that's just not accurate. And by the way, I am amused and bemused by the media coverage suggesting that, of course, the bad guys here around Decencies in Florida, Greg Abbott in Texas and Doug Doocy and Arizona, completely ignoring the fact that your Corona virus leader in the clubhouse right now among states is California, which is now engaged in a second lockdown, which is exciting stuff.
Gavin Newsom somehow has escaped all of the blowback that all of the Republicans are getting. I can't believe it. All three the Republicans I just mentioned have seen their corona virus handling numbers. Absolutely tank. Gavin Newsom still up at 58 percent. He's real bad here in California. I live in L.A. County. That's basically the epicenter of the United States in terms of corona virus cases. And yet the press are not focused in on L.A.. I can't imagine why could it be because of the Democratic mayor and the Democratic governor and the entirely Democratic state?
It's incredible how Rhonda Stantis, Greg Abbott, you responsible for California and Trump, too. It's all Trump's fault. It's also incredible how Trump somehow convinced everybody in Spain to act so irresponsibly. They got a second wave. This is from the UK Sun today. Spain admits corona virus second wave may be underway as UK Air Bridge could be axed and France threatens to close the border. There is nine hundred seventy one new cases yesterday. Two hundred forty one more than the previous day.
A record since the end of the country's state of emergency. You can't just look at the wrong numbers, by the way. The United States has many, many more tests than any other country on a raw level. So you really have to look at is the rationality UK sound revealed. The surge could lead to the collapse of an air bridge between the U.K. and Spain, meaning British tourists could be forced to quarantine upon their return home. And Spain and France are closing their own borders to each other.
So that is exciting stuff. Meanwhile, France is experiencing its own second wave. According to the U.K. Express, France is having a second wave and Emmanuel Macron is panicked as Corona virus outbreaks hit a dreaded milestone. On Wednesday, France's health ministry said a further nine hundred ninety eight new confirmed covered 19 cases had been recorded over the past 24 hours, heightening concerns about new flare ups of the epidemic. Fears of a second wave have increased after after the director general of health warned the circulation of the virus is increasing after France recorded 208 currently active coronavirus outbreaks on Tuesday.
Also, by the way, Japan experiencing a second wave, according to France 24 dot.com, Japan's horror record thriller and sixty six new cases of Corona virus recorded in the capital on Thursday. France 24. Correspondent Michael Penns says the national government seems to be prioritizing economic concerns by opening up the country. But Tokyo's governor is urging people to exercise caution and stay indoors. None of this is to say that any of these countries are wildly mishandling this thing. But when you see the same pattern everywhere, which is just giant spike, and then it recedes and then you're seeing this second wave start to begin, you have to start to say nobody has a great handle on this thing.
And Paul Krugman has an idiotic column in The New York Times saying, why can't we handle this the way Italy handled it? Italy has a higher death per million. Right, than the United States. Seen the same thing said about countries like the one you're never allowed to mention, of course, is Sweden. Sweden has a higher deaths per million rate than the United States. But right now, they're experiencing virtually no death like none, even though they have a significant caseload because it's already run through vulnerable areas of the population.
And this is the common theme is that places like New York, it killed everybody. So is there gonna be a second wave as they reopen? We don't know yet. We're starting to see a second bit of an uptick in places like Massachusetts, by the way. Right. Which, again, was supposedly one of the states that handled this beautifully. But don't worry, Andrew Cuomo is on the scene to stop everything bad from happening. Andrew Cuomo, the world's greatest governor, when he's not creating weird papier mâché mountains that symbolize tens of thousands of dead.
I mean, he's not putting out weird posters glorifying himself as the greatest governor in the world that says New York is love and crap like that. Andrew Cuomo is deciding what buyers can and cannot serve. So remember, in New York, the buyers are supposed to be closed, right? You're not supposed to be in a bar drinking in proximity with other people because this is a chief vector of transmission. The problem is that buyers want to stay open in order to serve food.
So Andrew Cuomo got mad because what buyers were doing is they were basically saying, this is stupid, right? You're dictating to us what kind of food we can serve in order to serve alcohol. So what buyers were doing to basically make fun of him, they were issuing what they called Cuomo menus and the Cuomo menus included things like a bag of grapes is like you have to eat this bag of grapes if you're going to drink alcohol. Cuomo, by the way, acknowledges he cannot force people to eat the food.
You just have to order the food in order to get alcohol at the bars. So Cuomo now has his comeback. His comeback is he is going to shut down any establishment that doesn't sell sandwiches. I'm not kidding about this. He says that if you're a bar and you sell buffalo wings, buffalo wings are not sufficient for you to call yourself a food service establishment. It has to be sandwiches. Also, hotdogs do not constitute sandwiches. Not getting.
We now have an official New York government ruling on hot dogs, according to the New York State Liquor Authority guidance. If you operate a restaurant or bar and you understand you must serve sandwiches, soups or other foods when a patron orders an alcoholic beverage. Other foods are foods which are similar in quality and substance to sandwiches and soups. For example, salads, wings or hotdogs would be of that quality and substance. However, a bag of chips full of nuts or candy alone are not.
It is a different food that is similar in quality and substance as a hot dog to a sandwich. The question has been answered, but Andrew Cuomo says even that is not sufficient. Now he is making a distinction between wings and sandwiches. Here's Andrew Cuomo. Great experts explaining based on the science that buffalo wings are different than than sandwiches in terms of nutritional content to be a bar.
You had to have food available, soups, sandwiches, etc. more than just order chicken wings. You have to have some substantive food. The lowest level of something that food where sandwiches.
Now, that is the lowest. But it had me more crunchy to be wings. Can you do. What's incredible is that everybody calls Trump a fascist. Last I checked, Trump wasn't issuing giant national regulations about whether you have to serve sandwiches or buffalo wings. I mean, like, seriously, what? What a horror show. Cuomo is Bedau. He's been great at this. We know he's been great because he's he doesn't like Trump but doesn't like Trump.
Anyone who doesn't like Trump is fantastic. OK. We'll be back here later today. Two additional hours of content. I had some assignments for you. In the meantime, so today there's two additional hours of content. Plus, you need to pick up a copy of my book, How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps. Amazon just lowered the price. Now's a great time to buy the book. It was weird. Amazon headed it like the highest price book in the top 100.
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