Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested that house officials review security measures taken to protect Representative Ilhan Omar. The move was made after President Trump tweeted a video of her controversial comments juxtaposed with videos of 9/11.
Omar has become an unintentionally controversial figure over a slew of comments she made last week and earlier that some have taken as anti-Semitic and anti-American. Specifically, Omar made comments regarding those who carried out 9/11 as “a few people,” unintentionally downplaying the worst attack on the United States in history.
Recently Omar has received a slew of death threats because of her controversial remarks which have been highlighted here. Many of which really highlights the Islamophobia that still exists today. Earlier this month, a man was charged after calling the congresswoman to threaten her life.
While I do believe that Omar has continued to dig a hole for herself that she neglects to work on (although some of it is impossible to change) President Trump’s actions have put her in danger. It’s one thing to claim that he doesn’t incite violence against his enemies but there’s proof he does.
Like when he calls the media the enemy of the people and next thing you know, a lunatic sends bombs to CNN and the offices of vocal opponents of the president. There’s no way around it, if something were to happen to the freshman congresswoman, the president would be to blame.
I also want to point out to critics saying that she needs to condemn 9/11, it’s not like she hasn’t done anything about it. Omar is the cosponsor of a bill that would have extended the life of a compensation fund that helped victims of 9/11 set to expire in 2020, which is more than can be said about some republicans who killed the proposal.
She is a red blooded American, just like the president, just like everyone else living in this country.
Notre Dame Cathedral Burns
Today, a day after Palm Sunday, the historic Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire and burned for most of the day. The fire began at 6:30pm (Central European Time) and raged on for the greater part of the evening. Officials believe that the fire started in the Cathedral’s attic which caused it to spread across its roof, leading to its collapse – including its iconic spire
The Cathedral had stood the test of time, built over 800 years ago, it stood during the French Revolution even the Nazis had failed to bring it down during WW2 after which both times the Cathedral was restored. Recently, structure was in dire need of restoration, which was estimated to cost $180 million. Last week, 12 copper statues were removed from the premises so that more work could be done on its spire.
World leaders, including President Emmanuel Macron and President Trump have expressed their condolences to the people of France:
“Notre-Dame de Paris in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thought for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our compatriots, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn.” Said Macron who postponed a national speech scheduled for tonight amid political turmoil in the country due to the “yellow jacket” protests.
“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” said President Trump on twitter. Officials later criticized the president’s suggestion at using water tankers to save the building.
A symbol of Catholicism for most, the cathedral drew in crowd of 13,000 people a day and an estimated 12 million people a year. Officials have announced that they contained the fire and that the structure would not be lost to the flames. Thankfully, no one has been reported hurt or killed during the fire.
While the cause of the fire isn’t known at the moment the questions needs to be asked, how and why did this happen?
Well, it’s Tax Day and if you’re reading this and still have yet to file your taxes.
That goes especially for President Trump and the tax cuts he signed into law back in 2017. This comes as a growing disdain for the cuts due to many people believing they didn’t receive one at all. Thanks to a joint poll conducted by NBC News and Wall Street Journal that only 17% of respondents believed that their taxes would go down. On top of that, only a third of the country actually approves of the legislation – despite it actually helping the people.
The biggest beneficiaries of the tax cut are those that have to deal with the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. This part of the legislation has been criticized as helping to deepen deficits in the country. On top of that, only households that make $500,000 and $1 million gained anything significant from these cuts, about 5.2 percent while those with lower income only saw a .6 percent gain.
What about you? Has this administrations tax cuts helped or hurt you this year?
I still would like to see his personal taxes.
But that’s a different story for a different time.
Mueller Report Update
Finally, rounding out stories for today an update to the Mueller investigation.
It seems after weeks of deliberation; the DOJ has announced that it would release a redacted version of the controversial report this Thursday. Whether or not democrats will accept this version of the report or continue the fight to see the full report is up in the air.
Last week AG William Barr said that he would allow some members of congress to view some of the things he is redacting from the report and to cooperate to the best of his ability.
Personally, I would like a full version of the report to be released, not to the public but to congress so they may view its entirety. I don’t honestly think anything damning will come from this report, but transparency should be extremely important when going about handling such a serious subject.
Either way you slice it, we’re getting closer to the full truth of what happened in 2016. Regardless of what side of the aisle you’re on, it’s important to know what exactly happened.
Witch hunt or not.
That’s it for tonight’s briefing. If there is anything you would like to add or a story that I didn’t cover, feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts. Until next time, have a great night.